Heading back to school isn’t just for kids

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How is school starting in 8 days? I always find it sad to look at the calendar in August.  Not only is the summer (my favourite time of year) coming to an end, but school is also starting back up. For those of you who don’t know, my husband is a high school teacher and [...]

Commonly asked questions since my double mastectomy

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Two years ago today on August 24 2015 I underwent a double mastectomy. When I was diagnosed with cancer, there was no doubt in my mind that a double mastectomy was the right decision for me. Since the day of my surgery, my breasts, or lack thereof, often come up in conversations. I’ve had many [...]

Princess Peach is six!

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Dear Princess Peach, Happy 6th birthday (yesterday)  my sweets. I can’t believe that you are six years old. The nine months I was pregnant with you felt like a life time and here you are 2,190 days later and it seems that all I did was blink to get to today!  You are smart, spunky, [...]

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Amazon!

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Happy August, friends! Can you believe that it’s August?? In January, when we were in the thick of winter freezing our faces off in negative 30 degree weather, I know I long for the summer months, and how is it almost halfway over? (insert, tear here). I’m really trying to slow down and enjoy every [...]

Bubble Fun thanks to Gazillion Bubbles Giant Line plus a giveaway

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I recently came across a quote that said “happiness is…….blowing bubbles” and you know what, it’s so true! Happiness IS bubbles.  I’m sure you’re thinking, “Oh, please, Renee……”. But let me explain. When you see bubbles, it’s a natural reaction to pop them, be mesmerized by them, want to catch them on your fingers etc. [...]

Today you are 4

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Dear Little Dude, It is mind-boggling that you are turning 4 today (I’m 2 days late! It was on Monday July 17)! I remember being pregnant with you like it was yesterday and here we are with you turning four and starting JK in September! Before I wrote this letter, I went back and read [...]

No more bottles

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Three years ago, as I was weaning Little Dude from breast-feeding, I did something that I thought was ok, but my pediatrician and husband disagreed.  I introduced a bottle. Little Dude was obsessed with my breasts for one week shy of 13 months. He would pull my shirt down in music class just to take a [...]

14 experiences I had that my kids won’t

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On Friday night, my husband and I took our kids to a restaurant for dinner. The Shabbat dinner that we usually have at my parents wasn’t happening and I was being lazy and didn’t feel like cooking so going to a restaurant was an easy choice. After we parked the car, unloaded the kids, we [...]

Why I’m excited for my son to play t-ball

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A few months ago, Little Dude and I had the following conversation: Me: Hey, do you want to play t-ball? Little Dude: Ya! Me: You want to play? Little Dude: Ya. But I don’t know how to play Me: That’s ok buddy. You will learn. And off I went to sign him up for spring [...]

My kids are assholes

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A few weeks ago, I huffed into work stressed out one morning. I got to my desk, put down my bags and stepped into a coworkers office to say hello. We exchanged the usual pleasantries and then she asked me how I was. How was I, I thought? And then the words came flowing out [...]