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March 27, 2009

Earth Hour - Sat. Mar. 28, 2009

Nickelodeon is asking kids to turn out the lights during Earth Hour 2009 (8:30pm to 9:30pm). My question: Aren't most kids in bed by 8:30pm?

Kids might not get included in the actual Earth Hour but there are things which they can do to stop climate change/live a little greener/be kind to the environment.
  • Don't fill a glass of water up and then not drink it. Instead of dumping water down the drain - water plants with unfinished water. [Ed. Note: was recently at a birthday party where Mom served bottled water with the pizza lunch. She re-capped the half-drunk bottles and took them home to water the plants]
  • Turn out the lights when you leave a room. (energy efficient nightlights to ward away monsters very much allowed)
  • Put plastics in the recycle box all-by-yourself
  • Help Mom pack a litterless lunch for school

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March 26, 2009

Going to visit a wolf - a Great Wolf

Heading off to Great Wolf Lodge next week.

Don't know what to expect.
Have you been? Do you have tips on what to pack? Where to eat? What you likey and what you don't?

Would love to hear tips/stories/experiences!

Read the Woes of March Break to see where we first met the Great Wolf

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March 25, 2009

Parent Club Review: President's Choice

The Parent Club test panel (and no, not this writer) has been busy trying some new President's Choice Products. Read on for their findings...->

PC Blue Menu Lime Seltzer 1L “Naturally flavoured sparking water. No sugar added. No artificial sweeteners. Sodium free”
I’m not a fan of seltzer on its own, even if it is lime-flavoured, but I really enjoyed diluting my fruit juice drinks with it! My kids, 3 and 5 years old, don’t care much for bubbly drinks, and I’m happy to avoid giving them anything that will lead them to drinking pop, so I didn’t offer it to them."

PC Blue Menu Honey Multigrain Pretzel Braids “Made with 4 grains”
“Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! That is the response from each of the four people in my household! These crunchy pretzel sticks are delicious. A mild blend of sweet and salty. I like that there are 2g of fibre for each serving. These seem like a yummy alternative to crackers when you’re looking for an easy snack.” [Ed. Note: Two other Parent Club Test Panel families did not care for the pretzels]

PC Blue Menu Honey Dijon Dressing “Fat-Free. Improved! Great new taste!”
“Sorry PC, but this “great new taste” did not go over well with our family. Mommy was keen to try it on her salad as a change from the usual homemade balsamic vinaigrette, but the Dijon mustard flavor was overwhelming. [Ed. Note: One other Parent Club Test Panel family did enjoy the Dijon flavour]

PC Blue Menu Omega Oil “Blend of grapeseed, olive and flaxseed oils. Source of Omega 6 & Omega 3.”
“I was very eager to try this new product. I’m always looking for more ways to add both Omega 6 and Omega 3 to my family's' diet. To really test the flavor of the oil I served it Italian-style, in a shallow bowl with a bit of balsamic vinegar (which happened to be PC Splendido Balsamic Vinegar) and fresh bread for dipping. My husband and two young children enjoyed it as much as I did! This may have to be a regular around our house!” [Ed. Note: One other Parent Club Test Panel family also raved about the Omega Oil]

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March 24, 2009

Knock It OFF!

I need some parenting help. 'Cause one day soon - my inside voice [which is screaming Knock it OFF!!] - is going to rip into a child*. The jealousy and competition for attention after-school is seriously wrecking my days and driving me nuts. I steel myself everyday at 3:55pm; shuddering and breathing deeply knowing the battles which lay ahead.

They yell over each other. Grunt. Push. Close doors. Stomp. Huff. Make fists (which gets a great reaction out of me "excuse me?! What are you DOING?!. I go from a perfectly good mood to I'm- gonna-smack-somebody-straight-into-next-summer** at 4 o'clock. Everyday. Every. Friggin'. Day. You could set your watch to it. "Must be 4 o'clock; Thing 1 & Thing 2 are in UFC mode"

I've tried speaking softly. Time-outs. Special one-on-one time. Snacks. Playing. Hugging. Getting angry. Getting understanding. And now I'm just left with being pissed off. (I'd like a nicer, more penned word...but I search my emotions and vocabulary...and pissed off is the only and true correct term for how I feel). I am so DONE with 4 o'clock.

What is with sibling rivalry? They don't do it with my prince. Wouldn't even dare. But with me it seems it's all GAME ON. The whole attitudepalooza we've got going on -- I'm DONE.

So help me blog, I'm considering adopting them out***.

Update since writing this...funny how the whole energy of misbehaving kids change when Mommy gets really quiet. Instead of yelling, directing or moderating -- I became quiet. A kind of quiet which must have spoken volumes as the kids tried very hard to get back in good grace. Tucked them into bed with a kiss and saying I love you. The * and ** and *** - well, it's the tired talking.

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March 23, 2009

Earth Hour 2009 @ BlogHers ACT Canada

In general, turning off lights is a precursor to fooling around. "hey honey, wanna turn off the lights?"(insert nudge nudge wink wink HERE). Now, put this on your calendar; Saturday March 28th, 2009 - 8:30pm - turn off lights. Now, before you tell your spouse/hurry the kids to bed/get new batteries/whatever...know that turning off lights on this date is a precursor to climate change (and fooling around - if you so desire). It's Earth Hour 2009.
Continue reading my earth-lovin'-article over at my post on BlogHers ACT Canada

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