Browsing Category

play

artists sharing political opinions

If you Don’t Want to Hear it, Don’t Watch

LIVE, play, Unpopular Mom By February 13, 2017 1 Comment

This is not a story about my political views. This concerns the way we push celebrities up onto pedestals, then knock them down when they reveal themselves to be human. This is the story of how we follow ‘stars’ on social media, in the various tabloids, and gobble up all their various products, but expect these same people to keep their mouths shut and look pretty. Because they obviously exist solely for the benefit of our entertainment whims.

No, this is not about politics. This is a rant that has been building for weeks, months, maybe even years. Decades. 

Serendipity Indigo

Serendipity Indigo is the self-proclaimed Queen of Silver Linings. She frequently writes about the struggle to find the bright side on her blog Mother of Serendipity. Although raised a military brat, she's called New York City home for the last 16 years. Now a wife & stay at home mother to her two young Rebels she can be found ranting, raving, looking for unexpected treasures, and committing random acts of photography. Most of this randomness is shared on her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and whatever other social medias the kids are into these days.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookPinterestYouTube

Share:
netflix-the-deep

The True Education of Families

LIVE, play By December 22, 2016 No Comments

My son desperately wants to be a marine biologist. He’s 10. And recently he was awarded his PADI open water diver certificate. The other cool bit about our son is that he loves to do things with the whole family. The Deep on Netflix has been a godsend – both for him and me as a parent.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

More Posts

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebook

Share:
Crayon Transfers

Quick Craft: Iron-On Crayon T’s

FAM, kids, LIVE, play By December 10, 2016 No Comments

I came across the idea for making crayon drawings into iron-on crayon transfer designs several years ago. But it wasn’t until I was looking for some way (other than the promise of cupcakes) to get my young children excited about attending their older cousin’s baby shower that I realized how beautifully this quick craft might transform into a handmade gift. 

Serendipity Indigo

Serendipity Indigo is the self-proclaimed Queen of Silver Linings. She frequently writes about the struggle to find the bright side on her blog Mother of Serendipity. Although raised a military brat, she's called New York City home for the last 16 years. Now a wife & stay at home mother to her two young Rebels she can be found ranting, raving, looking for unexpected treasures, and committing random acts of photography. Most of this randomness is shared on her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and whatever other social medias the kids are into these days.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookPinterestYouTube

Share:
a-balloon-for-ben

Do More of What You Love

LIVE, play By December 9, 2016 No Comments

Anyone else familiar with that corner of your life soundtrack that doesn’t instill immense pride or happiness? In case you aren’t quite recognizing it, I refer to the monotony of existence that sounds like: “I can’t mom! I have math homework. Not now, dear. Mommy has to finish making dinner. I’d love to, but the car needs a wash. I don’t even have time for a shower, let alone a baseball game.”

Well, on one side there is tedium that can define ‘living’, but somewhere, there is also an alternate pulse that we often forget to harness. I’m sure you know the one I mean – the butterflies in your stomach in seeing your first ‘crush’, the ethereal morning light hours after you’ve given birth to a child. The tiny hand that reaches for yours after being startled by a noise… The magic times. The happiness. The entertainment that explains what it is truly like to be alive.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

More Posts

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebook

Share:
toyota-dream-car-art-contest

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

LIVE, play By December 2, 2016 No Comments
For the tenth year, Toyota is inviting children from all corners of the globe to share ideas about the future of mobility by drawing their dream cars. The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest aims to foster innovation and creativity in youth ages 15 and under, by encouraging them to think about the future of mobility and envision their “dream car”.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

More Posts

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebook

Share:
gifts for geeks

Stuff for Geeks so Geeky they Think Belt Buckle Collections are Passe

LIVE, play By November 22, 2016 2 Comments

It’s important to be able to get your geek on sometimes, and those of us who have loved ones in the mode – only a few gifts are special enough to suffice!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

More Posts

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebook

Share:
gift-ideas-for-travelers

Traveler Gifts that will Make you Want to Board a Plane Now

LIVE, play, ROAM By November 22, 2016 4 Comments

We don’t even need a gift to want to board a plane. But, well, ok. People who travel tend to know themselves and their world very well, so finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. I tend to favour minimalist packing, stylish plane attire, and good luggage. There are a few other traveler gifts on the list too…

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

More Posts

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebook

Share:
mulan-the-musical-vancouver

Mulan the Musical Vancouver Ticket Giveaway

LIVE, play By October 7, 2016 13 Comments

Cultures collide and legend is brought to life in Mulan the Musical. Lucky for Vancouverites, the show will be showcased for one day only on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in an exclusive matinee and evening performance at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The iconic, ancient tale dates back over 1,600 years and tells the story of brave Mulan through a spectacular combination of Chinese drum music, traditional kung fu and dance. And we have a chance for you to win Vancouver Mulan Tickets!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

More Posts

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebook

Share:
#BICFFYW

Moms—Keeping Handwriting Alive, One Letter at a Time #BICFFYW

grow, play, tech By August 31, 2016 1 Comment

My daughter just started preschool and all I can think about is how fast time flies. As parents, I guess we don’t really see the time passing us by until the day we watch our babies walk…out the door for their first day of university.

“Wait..what do you mean you don’t need your blankie anymore?!”

But enough projecting, sometimes it’s all we can do to keep up with their learning pace, so when my three and a half year old started correcting me in our dialogue, I realized that it might be time to get her into preschool.

So much has changed in the school system since my time, and (as a writer and a self-proclaimed anglophile/English history fanatic) I was really sad to hear about the phasing out of cursive writing in schools. Handwriting is an art, perhaps, but it also serves a very basic and necessary function: communication. Once cursive is gone, it won’t be long before the almighty type will begin to chip away at all the options for putting pen to paper. But I will be here to set the example for my child—when she’s ready, she’ll learn it from me.

Jennifer Pitt

I became a mother for the first time at 37. I know, I know – what the hell was I thinking? P.S. I also believe in eating the last butter tart while my husband is sleeping, because snoozing = losing. I also blog at www.mommiesdrink.com.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebook

Share:
startoon

Cartoon Loving Moms, This One’s For You! Vote for your fave Startoon Finalist

entertain, play, tech By August 31, 2016 No Comments

In my early school years, we only had one television—the kind with five aerial channels and no remote control. After my parents separated, my mother kept the TV in her bedroom so my sister and I wouldn’t grow up to be “idiot box” junkies. If Mom fell asleep with the TV on, I’d sneak into her bedroom to catch Rocket Robin Hood early in the morning. I sat on the floor and watched the cheesy animation with delight. Eventually we got a second television in the living room. I don’t know if I became a junkie, but I certainly took in my fair share of cartoons with glee. Superheroes, sword wielding princesses, young women with dual lives as rock stars, anthropomorphic lions, and robots enhanced my cartoon repertoire and imaginative play. My enjoyment of animation never went away. In fact, I think I watch more cartoons than either my husband or my son.

Lesley Donaldson

I write books, save lives and throw axes for fun.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookGoogle Plus

Share:
olympic moms

Lessons from the Games: Olympic Moms represent all of us

fitness, grow, LIVE, play, self By August 30, 2016 No Comments

I don’t know about you—but my body is definitely not the same since I gave birth. Sparing the gory details, let’s just say that some parts are not where they once were. So, for that reason (among many others), I was blown away by watching the Olympic champions competing in Rio de Janeiro this year…who also happen to be moms.

“How do they do it?” I ask myself. These moms prove that women aren’t past their prime after producing life, instead they highlight how powerful moms are by competing and excelling in the Olympic games. I figure, perhaps it’s because of how powerful we have to be every single day. I mean, let’s be real: women who can withstand childbirth can break records in any endeavour we set our minds to. We can achieve all of our goals and make our dreams come true, because we’ve already faced the greatest challenge: kids.

Sandi Schwartz

Sandi Schwartz

Sandi Schwartz is a freelance writer, editor, and researcher specializing in parenting, wellness, environmental issues, and human behavior. She enjoys analyzing everyday life using science, humor, and a passion to improve the world. Her blog www.happysciencemom.com provides a parenting toolkit for raising happy, balanced children. To learn more about her work, please visit www.sandischwartz.com.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInPinterestStumbleUpon

Share: