Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Back to School: Tips for getting ready

It is now the time of year when I start to prep for back to School for the kids. School supplies have been bought and now the work of going through my kids closets and drawers for outgrown clothes begins. Despite that,  I am only cautiously optimistic that they will actually be back in School in a couple weeks.

You can read a detailed timeline here of the events here  however, basically back in April the Teachers, having voted in favour of job action back in March, started Phase 1 Job action. This meant they refused to communicate with school Administrators, would arrive no more than an before and leaving an hour after school hours, and would not supervise students outside of class time. 

This last point  resulted in about a dozen school districts across BC cancelling recess. In May Phase 2 Job action started with rotating strikes. By June teachers voted again on escalating and on June 17th Phase three Job action started, meaning that a full-scale strike commenced.  So Parents who dropped their kids off at School that day quickly learned that it was actually the last day of School.


Korean Beef

I admit that Summer Meals around here sometimes consist of some more hastily thrown together meals especially during hot weather. Once Fall comes and the cooler temperatures with it, I get back into making some of our favourite meals that can be cooked indoors instead of on the grill. Given that Fall is also the start of school and activities we tend to also look for quick, nutritious meals. This one fits the bill and is loved by us all. It is also easily doubled for when we have company for dinner. I like to serve it with steamed carrots too! I originally found this recipe over at Lizzie Writes and adapted the spices used for our taste buds. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kid's Say The Darndest Things!

When it was on air I loved watching Bill Cosby on the show “Kid’s Say The Darndest Things”, it was always good for a laugh. Lucky for me now that I have kids of my own they provide in home entertainment with all the funny things they say! 

In fact, Many years ago when my son started talking I started a little journal that I keep to record those funny moments. I figure we can look back on them and laugh when they are older, either that or I will have some great stories to tell at their weddings!

Here are some recent Things that my kids have said that in some cases literally left me speechless:


 1.  Karensa and I were having a conversation recently about babies and we talked about how her and her brother had been babies in my belly. She will sometimes point at my belly and joke that I have a baby in there. This day we happened to talk about how I won’t be having any more babies. She looked at me and said “Don’t worry Mom, soon I will have babies and you can hug them”…At five years old that “soon” is a long ways away my dear!! She has also been telling people this week that she is going to grow up, have babies and then be a firefighter.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

10 ways to cool down during a heatwave

So it has been a scorcher of a weekend here and we have been trying our best to not get too frustrated with each other keep cool during this extreme heat! And being careful to not really complain about it since we know that all too soon the temperatures will be swinging in the opposite direction. It was perfect timing for me to link up at Mama Kat's for this writing prompt so here are my 10 ways to stay cool:


While it looks like it is over 45 degrees Celsius in this picture, I think that the thing must be broken since it is actually only 31 degrees right now. 

Here are some great tips to cool down during a Heatwave:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to prepare yourself to donate blood

Many years ago I tried to donate blood and ended up not being able to due to the pain involved. Sadly, due to an illness as a teenager not getting diagnosed in a timely manner my blood vessels shrunk and it takes forever to deliver IV medicines and fluids now. This also meant that when I tried to donate blood it just hurt too much. Having countless friends who donate I know that this is not the norm and is as a result of my small blood vessels. I even made sure to drink lots of water that day which obviously was not enough to help.


So when I signed up earlier this month to try and donate again I wanted to try and do everything I could to be prepared. Mentally I am good with it all, prepared that it might hurt just as much as before and I might have to walk out again without being able to donate. I am hoping though that it works so I went in search of some tips to prepare my body physically and wanted to share them.