Where to Find Me

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Welcome to Martinis and Motherhood. My name is Shannon Day and I’m a freelance writer living in the Toronto area. Thanks for stopping by! Although I no longer blog, you can find my writing at various online sites as well as in print. I specialize in parenting, humour, lifestyle, and relationship content. Click on the icons below to see some of my work.

If you are interested in connecting with me, please reach out via email.

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An Ode to Parenthood…

An Ode to Parenthood

 

Becoming a parent is…
the end and the beginning
We worry and we think a lot
And, yes, sometimes we’re winning

And other times we’re losing track
Of time and all our sanity
But parenthood is worth the shift
Overrated was our vanity

Kids simplify perspectives
Yet they also complicate things
They show us new paths and doorways
Make us feel like servants & kings

Our kids, they are so funny
They make us lol
They mess and fight and act like fools
At times, they really smell

But our love for them’s colossal
The most abundant kind
A love so deep and endless
So pure and unrefined

Parenthood’s a paradox
Full of contradiction
Sometimes the flow is easy
Sometimes it’s filled with friction

Yet always there are moments
of greatness that prevail,
A kiss, a hug, a thumbs up
Then out the door, they sail

They’re ours for just these moments
Before we know it, they’ll be gone
So hold tight through the rapids
Of the parenthood ride you’re on

Because having kids is priceless,
a wonderful thing indeed
A privilege, a pleasure
the reason you just laughed & peed

So “Cheers to our children,
To the Wonder and the Woe,
And of course to all the WTF?!
For through it all, we grow!”

Written by: Shannon Day

 

Did you know that Shannon Day and 36 other fab writers have created a book? Well, it’s actually a martini guide too. If you like funny, ridiculous, and heartstring-tugging stories of motherhood (+ easy-to-make martini & mocktini recipes) then you’ll love Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!  Available now on Amazon.

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How I Met My Husband…

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Did I ever tell you about how John and I met?  It happened late one Saturday night, in January 2003 at a bar in Hong Kong. We met. We laughed. And, yes, we made-out like crazy teenagers. When the sun came up, our rendezvous ended, and we went our separate ways with a plan to meet the following weekend. Same place. Same time.  And so we did. And the story of “us” officially began.

Now, did I ever tell you about the events leading up to our meeting?  The ones that make me question whether or not destiny, herself, may have played a small hand in our union?

Well, I wrote a short story about it and it can be found in this fab new book!  Once Upon an Expat shares an ecclectic collection of funny and heart-tugging stories told by women writers from around the globe.  And I am so excited to have my story, A Man From Another Land, within its pages.

 

It’s available on Amazon and all author royalties will be donated to Books Abroad, helping promote literacy and education in developing countries.

 

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If You Give a Mom a Martini…

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If you give a mom a martini,

And a weekend with her friends

She’ll talk and laugh and laugh some more

Live it up, until the end!

Because a mom who’s with her girlfriends

Is a happy mom indeed.

She can just be who she is,

Let her inner-self be freed!

If you give a mom a martini

Fireside, by the lake

That mom will be so thankful

For the comfort and a break.

And if that mom does eat,

Tasty food made just for her,

A smile will form upon her face

Like a kitty cat’s gracious prrrrrrrr.

And if that weekend ends

With, say, a mom who’s stuck in traffic,

It frets her not, for she is calm

And feeling so fantastic.

And even if once home,

 “re-entry” is a bitch

She’ll  still be chillin’ inside

For in memories, she is rich

So give a mom a martini.

And a weekend away

Just give her a martini, dammit!

She, too, deserves to play.

This poem has been inspired by Moms’ Martini Getaway at Bonnie View Inn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moms’ Martini Getaway ~ Haliburton, Highlands

April 8th-10th (7)

WEEKEND PRICE of $250 per person

Plus 10% Service then 13% HST = $310.75

 Includes the list below with the exception of 3 items with a **($)

 

  • A copy of Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!
  • A coupon for a martini or mocktini of your choice, used any time
  • Hors d’oeuvres Friday night
  • Two breakfasts chosen from a full hot choice menu
  • One lunch chosen from a two choice menu served with soup & salad
  • One dinner Saturday night chosen from a menu; served with a choice of a glass of house wine, a pop or a juice.
  • Coffee, tea, water & punch in the main building from 8AM – 12 AM
  • Saturday morning yoga class
  • Reading & Martini Sipping Session with Shannon Day (a book reading and mom-chat with the opportunity to order some of the **($) martinis from the book)
  • Two nights of shared accommodation with the other great moms. (2 per room, 3-4 per chalet; these will be worked out once we know how many are coming! If you want to share with someone specific please let us know!)
  • Automatic entry to win one of the fab prizes from Beauty Counter, Pearls for Girls, Mabel’s Labels & Indigo (plus more to come!)
  • **($) Massages are available from different travelling RMT’s. Please contact the Inn to help you book one.
  • **($) Cash bar open for any type of drink purchase 11AM – 12AM daily

 

 

AWESOME WEEKEND AGENDA

Friday May 13

3:00 PM                Check in anytime after 3. Receive your book and (bewteen 3-5) a welcome TGIF martini/mocktini.

8 – 10:00 PM         Meet & Greet in the Lounge.  (hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.)

10:00 – 12:00 AM Moms’ Social (Music. Games. Cash Bar.)

(Eat on your way there, book to purchase dinner in the Inn’s Dining Room, or inquire about the many great restaurants in the area.)

 

Saturday May 14

8:00 – 10:00 AM   Breakfast is served

10:00 – 11:00 AM  Yoga in the Lounge

11:00 – 1:00 PM     Free time! (Hike, Chill, Have a Massage.)

1:00 PM                Lunch is served

2:00 – 4:00 PM      Free time! (Hike, Chill, Have a Massage.)

4:00 – 5:00 PM     Martinis & Motherhood Reading & Fun Mom Chats + the chance to order some of the martinis from the book. ( ie. The Pelvic Floor and the Motherhood Paradise.)

6:00 – 7:00 PM     Meet & Greet in the Lounge

7:00 – 8:00 PM     Dinner is served

9:30 – 12:00 AM    Moms’ Social (Music. Games. Cash Bar.)

 

Sunday May 15

8:30 – 10:00 AM   Breakfast is served

11:30 AM              Check Out

 

 

Saturday passes can be purchased for locals who’d just like to attend for the day.

Contact The Bonnie View Inn to book: bonnieview.inn@sympatico.ca / 1-800-461-0347

 

 

About Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!

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Stories that inspire, entertain, and make you laugh ’til you pee. Plus martinis! And not just any-old-martinis—these ones were designed just for moms!

These tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?! share a little glimpse into the lives of other moms, who are a lot like you. Through their tales, we’re reminded to savour the little things (like capturing extra morning snuggles), to let go of the stresses (they won’t be in that unfortunate phase forever), and to be grateful for the laughs that the unexpected brings (because laughing is better than crying and it may be the only workout our abs get!).

So shake up an easy-to-make martini, put your feet up (quickly, before the kids find you) and join us on our journey as we toast to the many clink-worthy moments that motherhood brings.

Huffington Post Book Review, by Sarah Cottrell

Erica Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Book Review, by Jen Warman

 

About The Bonnie View Inn

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The Bonnie View Inn is a small family-owned and operated 28-room country inn nestled in the Haliburton Highlands on beautiful Lake Kashagawigamog, only an 8-minute drive from village shopping. Open all year round catering to every season.

Gourmet dinners are prepared by our gold ribbon chef and served in our lakeview, fireside, candle lit dining room with a full menu to choose from. A traditional full breakfast is a delicious delight on any morning. Enjoy wonderful service with a smile.

There is a cozy licensed non-smoking lounge with a fireplace, pool table and board games beside the dining room. Relax on a cold day with a hot drink in the over-sized chairs by the roaring fire in the winter or escape the outside heat with the central air conditioning on a hot summer day…

www.bonnieviewinn 

 

 About Shannon 

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When she’s not spooning her kids on the couch or complaining about the crunchiness of the kitchen floor, former bartender-turned-teacher Shannon Day can be found cocktail-shaking and story-making over at her site, Martinis & Motherhood. There, she ponders the meaning of life, while poking fun at her handsome British hubby. Shannon is co-author and editor of Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! She is a regular contributor to BLUNTmoms, and her writing can be found in various online publications including Mamapedia, The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode, Pregnant Chicken, and Sweatpants& Coffee. Connect with Shannon on Facebook.

Contact The Bonnie View Inn to book: bonnieview.inn@sympatico.ca / 1-800-461-0347

 

 

Exude it and it Will Come

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If ever you feel insecure, or unsure, intimidated or out of your depth- just exude confidence and it will eventually come.

Exude confidence. This was my teenage mantra. I combined the two words back in the early ‘90s, while making my way through the tumultuous high school years. It makes me laugh now, because I remember feeling like the word: exude was all encompassing, and ever so powerful. Broken hearts, mean girl drama, disappointments and, of course, hormones. Each of these were made easier, with my mantra backin’ me up. Continue reading

Agenda ~Moms’ Martini Getaway, Haliburton Highlands

 

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PRICE of $420.47 per person includes the list below! with the exception of 3 items with a ** ($)

  • 10% service and 13% HST are IN the total price, NOT on top of it!
  • A copy of Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!
  • A coupon for a martini or mocktini of your choice, used anytime
  • Hors d’oeuvres before dinner served both evenings
  • Two breakfasts chosen from a full hot choice menu
  • One lunch chosen form a two choice menu served with soup & salad
  • Two dinners chosen from a three course “Chef’s Choice” menu; served with a choice of a glass of house wine, a pop or a juice.
  • Coffee, Tea, Water & Punch in the main building from 8AM – 12AM
  • Reading & Martini Sipping Session with Shannon Day (a book reading and mom-chat with the opportunity to order some of the **($)martinis from the book)
  • Saturday morning Zumba class & Sunday morning Yoga class with the wonderful “Suzanne”
  • A Guided “Mindful Hike” with incredible life coach & adventurer ‘Johnny Waite’
  • Two nights of shared accommodation with other great moms. (2 per room, 3-4 per chalet; these will be worked out once we know how many are coming! If you want to share with someone specific let us know!)
  • **($)Massages are available from different travelling RMT’s. Please contact the inn to help you book one!!
  • **($)Cash bar open for any type of drink purchase 11AM – 12AM daily
  • Contact The Bonnie View Inn to book: bonnieview.inn@sympatico.ca / 1-800-461-0347

 

 

MOMS’ MARTINI GETAWAY ~ WEEKEND AGENDA

Friday April 8th

3:00- 5:00 PM         Check- In (receive your book and a welcome TGIF  martini/mocktini)

6:00 to 7:00 PM      Meet & Greet in the Lounge.  (Hors d’oeuvres. Mingle. Cash bar.)

7:00 – 8:00 PM       Dinner is served

9:30 – 12:00 AM     Moms’ Social (Music. Games. Martinis. Wine. Cash bar)

 

Saturday April 9th

8:15 – 9:30 AM       Breakfast is served

9:30-10:30 AM        Zumba in the lounge with ‘Suzanne’

11:00-12:30 PM       Guided Mindful Hike (or book a massage)

1:00 PM                  Lunch is served

2:00-4:00  PM       Free time (Hike. Chill. Read. Have a Massage.)

4:00 – 5:30 PM        Martinis & Motherhood Reading & Fun Mom Chats + the chance to order some of the martinis from the book ie. The Pelvic Floor Martini and the Motherhood Paradise.

6:00– 7:00 PM        Meet & Greet in the Lounge.  (Hors d’oeuvres. Mingle. Cash bar.)

7:00 – 8:00 PM       Dinner is served

9:30 – 12:00 AM     Moms’ Social (Music. Games. Martinis. Wine. Cash Bar)

 

Sunday April 10th 

8:15 – 9:30 AM       Breakfast is served

9:30 – 10:30 AM     Yoga in the lounge with “Suzanne’

11:30 AM                Check-Out

 

 

Contact The Bonnie View Inn to book: bonnieview.inn@sympatico.ca / 1-800-461-0347

 

 

 

About Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!

Final Book Cover

 

Stories that inspire, entertain, and make you laugh ’til you pee. Plus martinis! And not just any-old-martinis—these ones were designed just for moms!

These tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?! share a little glimpse into the lives of other moms, who are a lot like you. Through their tales, we’re reminded to savour the little things (like capturing extra morning snuggles), to let go of the stresses (they won’t be in that unfortunate phase forever), and to be grateful for the laughs that the unexpected brings (because laughing is better than crying and it may be the only workout our abs get!).

So shake up an easy-to-make martini, put your feet up (quickly, before the kids find you) and join us on our journey as we toast to the many clink-worthy moments that motherhood brings.

Huffington Post Book Review, by Sarah Cottrell

Erica Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Book Review, by Jen Warman

 

About The Bonnie View Inn

Bonnie view 2.jpg

The Bonnie View Inn is a small family-owned and operated 28-room country inn nestled in the Haliburton Highlands on beautiful Lake Kashagawigamog, only an 8-minute drive from village shopping. Open all year round catering to every season.

Gourmet dinners are prepared by our gold ribbon chef and served in our lakeview, fireside, candle lit dining room with a full menu to choose from. A traditional full breakfast is a delicious delight on any morning. Enjoy wonderful service with a smile.

There is a cozy licensed non-smoking lounge with a fireplace, pool table and board games beside the dining room. Relax on a cold day with a hot drink in the over-sized chairs by the roaring fire in the winter or escape the outside heat with the central air conditioning on a hot summer day…

www.bonnieviewinn 

 

 About Shannon Day

Head Shot for BIO

 

When she’s not spooning her kids on the couch or complaining about the crunchiness of the kitchen floor, former bartender-turned-teacher Shannon Day can be found cocktail-shaking and story-making over at her site, Martinis & Motherhood. There, she ponders the meaning of life, while poking fun at her handsome British hubby. Shannon is co-author and editor of Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! She is a regular contributor to BLUNTmoms, and her writing can be found in various online publications including Mamapedia, The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode, Pregnant Chicken, and Sweatpants& Coffee. Connect with Shannon on Facebook.

Contact The Bonnie View Inn to book: bonnieview.inn@sympatico.ca / 1-800-461-0347

 

 

Moms’ Martini Getaway, Haliburton Highlands

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I have an exciting announcement to make! On Friday April 8th until Sunday the 10th, we (Martinis & Motherhood) will be hosting/partaking in a fun-filled, rejuvenating, martini-sipping weekend at Bonnie View Inn, in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands!

And, of course, you’re invited to join us!

There will be yoga, Zumba, and hiking. There will be eating, drinking, and laughing. There will be a book reading/talk and the chance to order some of the martinis from Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!  (Will you go for The Pelvic Floor Martini, The Shit-Storm or The Motherhood Paradise?) There will also be mocktinis and other drinks to suit your fancy. For a look at the planned weekend agenda, click here: What’s On?  Continue reading

Girl Drama & A Helicopter Mama

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Do you hear that? That’s me, helicoptering in. I’m flying low here, binoculars at the ready. I just can’t seem to help myself! I’m not always a helicopter parent, by the way. It’s just that lately I’ve been feeling compelled to keep a watchful eye over my middle daughter, Zed.

It seems things are getting a tad rocky on the friendship front. She and her girlfriends just aren’t as close and loyal to one another, as they once were. It’s bound to happen, I guess.

They’re testing out the friendships’ boundaries, through trial and error. I’m pretty sure unappealing feelings like jealousy and insecurity have been creeping in. Hormones may even be playing a part, here. Words (and silence) are being used as weapons and also as shields. They aren’t being as nice to each other as they once were and they’ve been falling out for weeks.

But this is how kids grow and learn. This is how kids develop their strength of character, right? I know… but being human can be complex at times. And I feel for my little Zed as she faces all this complication, alongside her friends.

I know how it is. I get it! I’ve been a little girl, and a bossy one to boot. I understand that all of this is a process that they need to navigate through. But it’s hard not to hover above, in my mom-copter!

This morning, at school drop-off, a few pals, who up until recently would have waited for Zed, didn’t wait. Instead they pretended not to see us and they just walked by, heads tilted in the opposite direction.

“That’s not very nice.” I’d said, loudly enough for the girls to hear. “You can walk with your sisters, Zed,” I added. So, that’s what she did.

I probably should have kept my mouth shut, but I didn’t.

It’s just that Zed is a thoughtful, kindhearted kid by nature. This is not to say that she hasn’t taken part in some of the current drama. I’m sure she has. But, most often, she treats people well and she likes to keep the peace (she is the middle child, after all). She’s a sweet girl and it’s hard to see her go through this. Though I know she’ll be okay.

So, I think it’d be best if, from now on, I fly my copter a wee bit higher. Zed and her friends will navigate through these growing pains in their own time, they don’t need me hovering around. But first, before I fly off into the distance to find the perfect look-out, I need to make a few calls to the other moms.

Did you know that Shannon Day and 36 other fab writers have created a book? Well, it’s actually a martini guide too. If you like funny, ridiculous, and heartstring-tugging stories of motherhood (+ easy-to-make martini & mocktini recipes) then you’ll love Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!  Available now on Amazon.

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