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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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

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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Sweet Kisses (A Kiss & Tell + Martini Recipe)

 

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Feel the power!

Hey there, Sweet Lips. Yes, I’m talking to you! When was the last time those lovely lips of yours felt the gorgeously, sweet; heart-melting bliss of a kiss?  For me, it was this morning. My youngest daughter planted one on me, while I slept. It was meant to be the kiss of a princess and, well, I guess that made me the queen or perhaps I was supposed to be the prince?

Who knows what the intentions were. But, for that simple moment in time (the moment before we succumbed to our usual morning routine), I was the queen; a smiling, happy queen.

And then, at the breakfast table, we argued about why Nutella, in a bowl, is not an acceptable meal choice and why putting your foot on your sister’s plate is not a cool thing to do. (Even under the guise of Table Yoga). And, just like that, the sweetness of our morning’s start got overshadowed by the battles-at-hand.

Yet, the power of the kiss was still there! It was still emanating its simple message–though hard to see through the angry growls and furrowed brows.

Besides, a new kiss would surely take its place again sometime soon.

Because even if hugs, kisses, smiles, and moments of connection are followed by a toddler meltdown, a sibling showdown, or a battle of wills; those sweet, little acts of affection have real power. They have the power to ground us, in the moment that we’re in, and remind us of what really matters.

And what really matters is: LOVE.

We are privileged to have it and to be able to share it with our kids and our partners, our family and our friends.

So, in honour of those sweet (and oh-so-powerful) kisses, I present: The Sweet Kisses Martini.

 

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For moms who give and receive the sweetest of kisses.

 

 

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. of vodka
  • 1 oz. of passion fruit liqueur
  • 1 oz. of cranberry juice
  • 2 slices of lime (one for garnish)

Method:

  1. Fill a metal shaker with ice and add the above ingredients, including the juice of one large lime slice.
  2. Shake, shake, shake your booty and your shaker.
  3. Strain the beautiful mixture into your martini glass of choice.
  4. Garnish with a lime (and a kiss).

 

Toast: to sweet kisses, to hits and misses, and to love.

 

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 to Make Cleaning FUN (tips from a 6-year-old)

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“I love cleaning! See my smile?!”

With 2016 officially underway, the time has come to tidy and organize our way out from under that inevitable mountain of holiday mess. It’s tasks such as these that leave us, “keepers of the home,” feeling disgruntled, shat upon even, or downright ready to blow!

Sure, fun times have been had. But the aftermath of such fun has the power to erase all the goodness by making a tidying dad or mum feel all sorts of glum.

That’s right we may experience a sense of anger or woe when we find ourselves ass-deep in Rainbow Loom bands (I thought this was last year’s trend?), dried up play dough creations (What the hell are these things anyway?), and abandoned Barbie shoes (I’m just going to throw these little mofos out once and for all!).

The glum can even creep-in when our kids lend a helping (or forced) hand because, let’s be honest here, their efforts are only nice “in theory.” In reality, little hands can only do so much. The fact is, the bulk of the household cleaning and organizing is left for the grown-ups to do. And, in my case, I’m the grown-up in charge…

*sigh*

Luckily for me, my 6-year-old has my back. Not only has she noted that I appear bogged down by a shoulder-load’s worth of shit, she has kindly offered some helpful tips to make cleaning more “fun” for me. I am happy to report that, after only a few days of implementing these simple-yet-effective strategies, more “cleaning fun” has been experienced!

This got me thinking, maybe other cleaners of the home would benefit from her helpful tips. So, here you go…

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The Canadian Husband’s Guide to Stuffing his Wife’s Stocking

 

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Hey there, fellas. It’s that time of year again! And I’m here to help you choose some stocking stuffers that will put a smile on your wife’s face. Just print this baby off, or click on the links and get ordering. With this array of goodness, you’ll make your wife laugh, cry (happy tears, of course) and feel special. These gifts will let her know that you’ve got her covered from head to toe and everywhere in between, this year. She might even give you a high five, and a low five if you’re lucky.

Sippy Cup for Grown-Ups

With this fab-u-lous cup, your wife can sip wine (with little risk of spilling) while hanging by the pool, camping or cottaging in the summer months. AND, in the winter months, she can drink tea, coffee or hot chocolate (with some sneaky Baileys in it) while watching the game or during a winter walk. No wife could ever deny the fabulousness of this sippy cup for grown-ups.

Baileys Minis

There is just so much tastiness sold by the Baileys brand, now. From Vanilla Cinnamon to Salted Caramel, you cannot possibly go wrong with any of the Baileys flavours. Make your wife’s Christmas coffee extra delicious this year! Head over to your local LCBO.

TeaBird Tea

If your wife is into tea, why not indulge her with some Here Comes the Sun herbal tea, by TeaBird Tea Company. Who wouldn’t want a taste of sun in their stocking? I know I would. I mean it’s been a mild winter so far BUT it’s not warm. Warm your wife up with some yummy tea, why don’t ya?

Burt’s Bees Favourites

I love Burt’s Bees products because of the natural ingredients they use. The scents are divine. Their lip gloss (in Peachy or Blush) is a favourite of mine. Perhaps your wife would like it for everyday wear, too?  Their hand salve is an absolute must-have. It smells like eucalyptus, and is especially useful during the cold, dry months of winter. The Peppermint and Rosemary Body Wash is a refreshing way to start or end any day.

Aveda Skin Care

Their Intensive Hydrating Mask is ideal for women who have dry skin, like me. I cannot tell you how much I love this mask. It really does freshen and rejuvenate the winter visage. And while we’re brightening up why not add some essential oil based body mists to the mix. I feel relaxed just thinking about them…

Monica Vinader Jewellery

If you want to spoil your wife this year, check out Monica Vinader’s gorgeous designs. I think these Vega Drop Earrings (gold plated )in moonstone are fab. Maybe your wife would, too? If she is more of a bracelet kinda gal, you could go for the Vega gold plated moonstone bracelet. Or, if you’re really feeling festive, why not go all out and get both!

Intuitive Jewellery

For some unique handmade jewellery, check out Etsy Shop: Intuitive Jewellery, run by Toronto-based designer Glynis Radcliffe. I love her designs and there are plenty of pieces to be browsed, including some gorgeous turquoise pearls!

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

If your wife is also a mother, then she’d be pleased to discover this book/martini guide in her stocking. It has received rave reviews on The Huffington Post and Erica Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Club. It shares funny, heart-warming, and ridiculous tales of motherhood, as told by 37 different moms from around the globe. Plus, the book has martinis (+mocktinis) which are perfect for the holiday season.

Now, I’m about to email my husband a copy of this list. If you’re a wife, and you’re digging these items, why not do the same? Cheers and have a fantastic holiday season!

 

 

  • All of these recommendations are based on my own personal opinions and preferences. I have not been paid to promote any of these items and have shared them because I like them and think that your wife would, too.  Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! , however, I am personally invested in. I (and 36 other writers) created it. I love it as though it were my fourth child.