So like any ‘normal’ mother, a New Year is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about those resolutions. I’d say my list is not unlike most. This year I will:

- get fit

- start eating right (and feeding the kids healthier)

- get organized (luckily Mabels has already helped with that!)

- stop drinking in the afternoon (just seeing if you’re paying attention)

- be more patient with the kids/my husband/my business partners (just seeing if Mumby is paying attention..hee,hee)

I’d guess these are pretty typical on the mommy circuit. Seems the list doesn’t change that much year to year. Strangely, the year plods along and I seem to be satisfied that if by December 31st I look at my kids and the head count is still the same.

Happy New Year!

A fresh new year is upon us! The 4 inches of fresh white fluffy snow in my yard is quite appropriate, I think. A fresh, clean, white start.

I can’t help but think of all the fun things in store for Mabel this year, in addition to my actual life. Mabel has big things planned that I’m sure you will all love. 2008 will bring a lot of new adventures to our lives and we hope our loyal fans and customers will follow us along for the ride

We’ll keep you posted with our blog and newsletter, of course. Do you know about our facebook pages? If you’re on facebook – look us up! It’s a great way to learn about new stuff and become a part of our community.

Happy New Year one & all. We hope that 2008 brings friendship, warmth, safety and joy.

It takes a village, right?

Would you believe that a kid in the neighbourhood actually told my six-year-old that there is no Santa? I had to fight my initial instinct of shoving the kid’s face into a snowbank.

So my kid says, “Mommy, ‘so-and-so’ said there is no Santa. Is there?”

It’s not in my nature to outright lie to my kids, but I’m not quite ready to kiss the myth good-bye just yet. Quite frankly, I think I came up with a pretty clever response, if I do say so myself. I told her to go and tell this kid that she can believe what she wants but ‘if you don’t believe, you don’t receive’. My kid was quite happy with that comeback.

I was not satisfied. I had to tell the parents of this older child that they need to give a lesson to their little Santa myth-buster about operating on a ‘need to know’ basis. I was polite (no faces ended up in snowbanks) and the response was alarmingly good…a bit of guilt and a promise to have the discussion.

I have to admit, I’m the kind of mother who will discipline any child within reach and it has resulted in a few funny looks. When it happens I generally just scream: “last I heard, IT TAKES A VILLAGE!”. So maybe I’m the Village Idiot, but I’m OK with that.

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