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Monday, March 27, 2017

Camp Fortune Fun

Monday Night Date Nights!!!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

March Break Wrap Up

Shovelled snow


Skied Monday

Daph had teeth pulled see that adventure here

St Patty's Day green crepes

Juicing with Molly

Another ski day at Camp Fortune

Saturday, March 18, 2017

I am not a Grandma yet

So I couldn't live with my grey hair:( I joined FB groups of brave ladies who committed to their grey but for me to go it seemed that I would have to lighten my hair in order to blend my grey...& that wasn't what I wanted. I would be continuing to dye my hair (I was trying to avoid any more dying that's why I did the OOPS solution).  See Am I a Silver Fox?

This is where my grey was evident the most, at the temples and sides of my hair line.  I felt self conscious about putting my hair up. It's hard to tell from the photo but it was quite grey...even white.

 This is after I dyed my roots. So I did not completely dye all of the grey out, I left some glitter strands.  I am just trying to minimize the amount of dye I am using...usually every two weeks.

My hair is somewhat lighter since removing the all over dye and I am not sure if I like it

whaaaa hashtag poormeproblems or hasgtag notarealproblem

#poormeproblems #notarealprob

FINAL DECISION:  on going grey, I have decided it will be when I am a Grandma...and that won't be for a long time

Friday, March 17, 2017


Well her teeth got pulled.

Four to be exact, that is five in total.  There was a baby tooth that was loose so they pulled that one too yesterday.

Daphne was a trooper.  She dreaded the needle that would be given for freezing--it ended up being 5 needles to get her mouth frozen!  I thought it would have been the freezing paste but I guess for this amount of teeth they had to go with needle freezing?!

As previously mentioned, here Daph did not want to be "put to sleep" for her surgery so while she was lying there she opened her eyes just as they pulled one of the teeth out! That is why I prefer to be "put under".  I think I would have passed out if I witnessed that!

She managed to eat some yogurt and ice cream last night and had very little pain.

Braces by the summer is the prediction.

And then hopefully Daphne will smile big & bright.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Night Of Aimee

This is my youngest sister Aimee.

The other night I did three things she recommended:

1) Try the Harvest Kale Salad from Farm Boy with their Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

I liked it because it was quick (15 minutes or 20 if your chicken is a wee bit still frozen), you get to crank your oven up to 500F (I have never cooked at that temp before) and I used salad dressing rather than the herbs and olive oil they suggested (which made it even faster to make).

3) Watch SIX on the History channel (I streamed it using TVADDONS, so I was able to do a mini marathon of several episodes) The main actor is Walton Goggins , whom I really enjoy watching.

Thank you Aimee for a great night!! 

Monday, March 13, 2017


So Daphne had a dentist appointment two weeks ago, to have 4 teeth removed. She was unfortunately blessed with both her parents overcrowded mouth. Both of us had braces and I had 4 teeth removed, at four different times, (16 teeth pulled) when I was younger than her.  

Notice she doesn't smile showing teeth...

For Daphne's extractions, Dr. Rorke, our orthodontist, gave us the option of going to an oral surgeon or going to our regular dentist.  Daphne insisted on going to our regular dentist because as she put it, she did not want "to be put to sleep".  Upon a consultation about which teeth were to be pulled, our dentist mentioned giving Daph something to relax (nitrous oxide), guess what she said?  


So, at this past dentist appointment, only one tooth was ready to be pulled.  She came out of the appointment not too impressed...not because it was her first tooth extraction and she was uncomfortable because she had only had freezing (which by the way is now a paste they spread on your gums rather than a needle!!) but because they did not pull all four! 

 I think the next day she was grateful she did not have all four of them pulled.  She did not go to school, she couldn't eat solids for a few days.
This coming week we go back to see if the other three are ready to be pulled...
That will be another adventure.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

What is this?

I received this as a gift and didn't know what it was...

I put it in my bathroom on my shower. Who doesn't want a parrot in their bathroom?

 It came with a towel and some other fun beachy stuff.

I realized it is for my towel when it is laid upon a chair. you use the clip to keep the towel on the chair. 

Didn't realize this until I saw someone using them in Vegas and then I forgot it when we went to Cuba. So I think I need to go on another "hot" vacation so I can use it:)

Paul? :)

Or I can save it for the cottage.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Beach Etiquette

Beach etiquette : Just a reminder to those travelling this March Break

  • Be careful when adjusting your bathing suit. No one needs to know your religion so keep Nancy the Nipple and Tommy the Testicle tucked away.

  • Personal space still exists at the beach, watch where you set your chaise lounge or towel. Not right beside me.

  • Smoking still not cool at the beach

  • Nor is you playing your techno country hill billy music for all to hear

  • If you brought it to the beach, take it back (garbage, toy, children etc).

  • Shake your towel, spray your sunscreen away from others this also goes for smoking blow it elsewhere 

  • The ocean is clear, we can all see what you are doing

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Yoga Therapy

Here is a pic taken from our couples yoga class @Mountain Goat Yoga. 
We were that good!!!

If you get a chance to do a partner yoga class, do it!!  
Couples left it saying it was like therapy.  It was 2hrs but they flew by.
There was mainly couples but also a mother daughter pair:)

Here are some of the other poses we did which we re-did to show our kids.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Not feeling grey today

So I couldn't deal with the grey creeping in along the sides of my hairline so... I dyed it!

There is still grey sprinkled throughout my hair and I am Ok with them but ... I just couldn't commit to the rest.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Family Day

Glad this lady is part of our family. She is Paul's Mama! It's her birthday!

Happy Birthday Carolyn!

I wanna be like her when I grow up:) I am half way there. She too has an amazing daughter and a super impressive and spectacular son! 
She also has a wonderful husband...I am almost there with that one.


Whatever you do today squeeze your babies tight and kiss the person you love!

Friday, February 17, 2017


So I have a slight sock obsession. This is one of my absolute favourite pairs. They are "Reading" socks from Indigo.  I admit I wore them for more than just reading.

This is their current state :(

Darn a sock...ya right!?

I am still going to wear them, I guess until they actually fall off my feet.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Outfit

Since the web address to my blog is DUHparenting101 I thought I should actually share a parenting moment of mine.

Rewind to last June, Daphne was graduating elementary school and Breton was graduating from Grade 8.  In the mail I received an invitation to Breton's grad because he was going to be winning an award.  If you did not get an invite, parents were not needed to go since Longfields Davidson Heights High School goes from grade 7-12, it was just a small ceremony for the students.  We did not tell Breton we got the invite, we wanted to surprise him.   For the Grade 8 graduates, there was the award ceremony and then a dance afterward.  Breton mentioned he would like a nice outfit to go to the grad yet he waited until the night before to agree to go shopping.  Breton is very particular about what he wears.  To this day he does not like to wear buttons on his clothing or jeans.  So off we went to find an outfit, without leaving Barrhaven.  I was exhausted and patience was running low.  He had an idea in his head so what I suggested was not meshing with what he was looking for.  We went to several stores and ended up at Mark's Work Warehouse.  Keep in mind I am on a budget, so Breton did not have free choice of anything and everything.  I managed to find him a nice dress shirt and then he chose some nice Denver Hayes type pants in an olive green.  I was happy because it was a huge depart from what he normally wears. I think he was a wee bit frustrated that he couldn't find exactly what he had envisioned but in the end it was his decision, the outfit I purchased.

Here it is.

Remember we surprised Breton at the graduation awards ceremony...he thought he was not getting anything yet he wanted a nice outfit for his graduation.
We are seated at the back of the auditorium and doesn't Breton's name get called for Top Male Athlete of his class.
He strolls up to get his award,,,

And he is wearing sweat pants and a hoodie!!!


I guess it goes with the award...a very athletic look but not the outfit we scrambled to get at the last minute the night before!!!!  And also remember he doesn't wear this type of outfit normally and did not have any other "events" to wear the outfit to

Well later that night after celebrating both the kids' graduations I told Breton he had to pay me back for the outfit = $100
I could not return it because he had taken all the tags off and one of the items was final sale.

He had received some money for graduating and as mean as it sounds, that's how awful I felt when he had to turn around and give me that money in payment for the outfit.  He paid all of it back and the outfit still has yet to be worn.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


When my Dad and Bev come to visit they always come with a collection of hundreds of vitamins they take (ok that is an exaggeration but they take a lot of vitamins).  We'd laugh at them and question the necessity of all of them but lately I have been accumulating my own alphabet of vitamins.

This one just keeps everything in my tummy lovely.

When you volunteer to donate blood but are denied twice after they prick your finger before giving blood; your haemoglobin is too low=low red blood cells=low iron.  Also, upon checking your iron levels, your Dr says your levels are "in your boots" you start taking iron supplements.

I take two of these each day.  I take them to prevent UTIs, breast cancer and because I wear sunscreen my body does not absorb D from the sun sufficiently.

This one goes along with the iron and I take it to keep my energy levels up.  It is a higher dose because I hope to keep that energy high too.

For my brain and PMS.

I only take this occasionally when I can not sleep and even then I only take 1/2 a pill (originally I only took 1/4 of the pill, for me that was how powerful it was.  A whole pill left me feeling groggy the next day).  I have even used this one with my dogs when they are anxious during a thunderstorm.

This one helps me prevent colds and just in case I haven't eaten enough fruits and veggies that contain the mighty C vitamin.

This is the newest member to my alphabet.  It is helping me sleep better.  I can not function appropriately when I do not have adequate sleep.  

Did you know that magnesium is a natural laxative?  I did not know until I started taking 3 pills nightly for a continuous time.  My theory was, why not maximize the benefits by maximizing the dose.  I wanted the benefits of preventing/lessening PMS, anxiety and gaining a better sleep... hello toilet:(  I now take a proper dose and all is good.

Besides the laxative adventure I have had no other negative side effects.  These vitamins may be giving me some sort of placebo effect but I do feel they have benefited me too.  Or I just have really expensive pee.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

This little message was written on our front hall closet long ago by Daphne but now it is all that is there!

Love it!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

My Bed

So this is my bed after I make it in the morning:

The Spider-Man sheet is there because the dogs Ruby and Pheonix and sometimes the cat, Vanilla enjoy sleeping on my bed enjoying the warm sun that shines most of the day through my many bedroom windows.

When I return home this is my bed:

It looks like a human has come and napped in my bed!
I do not want to know what they have done in my bed while I was gone...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Am I a Silver Fox?

Silver Fox, that has been my Dad's nickname amongst my uncles, because of his hair.  He went grey around 16.  I have inherited this hair colour change.  Or maybe now that I am 40+ it is just a natural occurrence?
Whatever the reason, I have been colouring my hair for a looooonnnngggg time.  Lately, it has been every two weeks.  Usually, creeps in around my temples along the hairline and at my part.

Recently, I was inspired by Andrea Nair's article (click here to read) and I also worry what all that dye is doing to me...seeping into my brain???

My sister Aimee, also inherited the Silver Fox gene and she recently committed to her grey:

I took another root (hahaha).  Since last summer, I have been dying my hair black and then had been choosing lighter and lighter shades of brown but still all in the dark brown shades.  I honestly couldn't remember my natural shade other then it was brown.

I purchased OOPS from Shoppers Drugmart.  As it states, it removes all artificial hair colour.  In the instructions, they explain that hair dye opens the pores of your hair letting the dye in.  OOPS shrinks those pores leaving you with your natural hair colour.

This is what you had to do after you applied the clear solution:

When I washed it out, there was no colour running out.  I did have to wash my hair several times to get all the solution out and this was me back to my natural hair colour:

I was a little shocked by the lightness and reddish tones to it. There is also the grey which I am still adjusting to and still not committed to.  Paul helped me add a few low lights to cover some of the grey and I plan to add some thin highlights eventually.  I don't know if I can just let the grey grow wild and free...yet, but maybe slowly, ever so slowly I could eventually let it emerge.  We shall see...