I Will Not Turn My Heat On…

This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.       The first week of autumn is here and so is the cooler weather.  Harvest time has come, and the seasons are changing.  Thanksgiving is in just a few weeks and Christmas is already on my … [Read more...]

The Six Month Mark – On Quitting Smoking

It was the best decision I ever made, the day I said goodbye to my best friend.  Ever since I was a teen, they’d always been beside me…everywhere I went, they went.  I has been six months now…but the best six months. Six months ago I quit smoking.  It was the hardest, easy decision of my life, and I am oh – so glad I made it.  My life has changed in so many ways since quitting that I find it hard to compare between now and then. I can run … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Surgery (With Linky)

Today my oldest son Ben had tubes put in his ears for the second time.  The first time seemed so much simpler...he was barely two and had no idea what was going to happen.  He was much more aware this time, a bit scared...and aside from a minor reaction to the anestheia he's doing great.  No longer can he use the "But I can't hear you!" Oh, he can hear me now baby!   … [Read more...]

Each Child is Unique – Win $250 from Kinder Canada

I often find myself comparing my two boys to one another...actually, it's more like I compare my youngest boy William to his older brother. It's no secret, William is a hard child to remain sane around.  He's a goer, and he likes...no loves...to push buttons. My mother often corrects me...usually directly after I have made a comparison between my two sons. " They're two completely different kids, Jen. You cannot compare them."  Sure, she's … [Read more...]

Missing School when Kids are Sick

The last few weeks has been rough for my eight year old.  And his school attendance sheet is showing a lot of absences.  Ben has a history of ear infections....a long history.  They began when he was two and have been a constant in our lives for the past six years.  Any illness begins with his ears.  Every cold, every flu, every little tiny bug starts out with an ear infection.  So much so that he now has built up a resistance to his regular … [Read more...]

No Kids In The Bedroom

There is a new rule in my house. No kids in the bedroom.  I can hear you all now...snickering at my attempt to keep my used-to-be co-sleeper out of my bed.  Hahahah!  Good Luck with that you may be saying.   No kids in the bedroom. For some reason or another, my children seem to believe that the bedroom their father and I share is theirs as well...not so much for sleeping, though the little one has been crawling into our bed in the … [Read more...]


From the moment I became a mom I have been trying to find balance...or harmony...or whatever society wants to call it this week. Trying to balance everything on my plate...or more accurately, plates. Like one of those plate spinners dancing around with 15 plates spinning in perfect sincronization. That's me...except I'm usually standing on top of 15 broken plates. Things I said I would or could do but never got around to it. But I … [Read more...]

I’m Scared.

I'm scared to lose my house. Many of you will remember that we moved into this beautiful house about a year ago...after a long time of living above our cranky neighbours...This house, at that time, was meant to be.  I had finally had it with the neighbours, opened kijiji and there was this house, for rent.  Not long after we signed the lease and moved in.  Our rent nearly doubled, taking up all of our extra cash, but it was worth it.  Worth … [Read more...]

How Do I Get My Kids To Listen To Me?

I have never written a biography about myself that reads Jen Banks, Parenting Expert. I have never claimed to even have the slightest clue as to what I am doing when it comes to this whole parenting gig. But I do know one thing...My mother was right. When my first son was born, paranoia made me bring him into our bed. I always needed to be next to him...to know he was breathing. My mother said that I would regret that decision to co-sleep and … [Read more...]

Greener Pastures

Every year around this time, my Mother and Step Father head out in search of greener pastures.  As the cold, white Nova Scotia winter claims ownership of all the local golf courses, the go in search of their golf greens elsewhere.  Their love of the game has taken them all over the warmer places of North America. They like to golf year round...only staying home long enough for the Holidays...once the Christmas decorations are put away, they … [Read more...]

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