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The Most Perfect Thanksgiving {#HealthyFamilies}

Thanksgiving Turkey

It was late September that I learned my Thanksgiving was going to be different this year. My phone rang in the early evening and it was my mom on the other end sounding very regretful. My dad got on the line too…it sounded serious!

Feeling a little nervous, I braced myself for bad news. I was relieved when I learned that all that was the matter was the fact they were booking a trip for the following month that would cause them to be away for Thanksgiving.

My parents are semi-retired and have done their job tenfold in raising me and my sisters. The fact that they were calling to “ask” if that was okay [to be away on Thanksgiving] was more than considerate of them considering that they are and should be free to come and go as they please.

Thanksgiving is my absolute favourite holiday. It tops Christmas, Halloween, New Years Eve and even my birthday in my books. I’m the only one in my family that feels this strongly about this fantastic fall holiday. That is why my parents felt badly about missing it.

CHOOSING TO KEEP IT SIMPLE

Given that the past few months have been pretty stressful in our household, we decided to keep things simple in regards to Thanksgiving. My parents being out-of-town was the perfect reason to keep things low-key.

We decided that we’d spend a quiet weekend at home just the three of us. And that is exactly what we did. But something happened to me over those three days that was necessary and eye-opening for me.

I tend to have a perfectionist attitude towards myself. It’s not that everything and everyone in my life has to be perfect but the things I choose to put my efforts into have to be done to the very best of my ability. This can be a great quality because as it pushes me to succeed, but it can also cause me great stress. Sometimes I don’t know when to sit back and relax and leave well enough alone.

This past Thanksgiving was a perfect example of this. Even though it was just the three of us, I was still putting pressure and expectations on myself to cook a turkey, make stuffing, gravy from scratch, the whole bit. In my mind there was no other option.

After a quick chat with my husband I realized that I deserved to relax that weekend and they deserved more of me…hence, our Low-Key Thanksgiving was born.

Thanksgiving Menu

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

If you recall the weather in early October, over the Thanksgiving weekend, you’ll remember that it was gloriously sunny and unseasonably warm. Since we face the West, we get late afternoon sunshine beaming through our entire condo. Not on purpose, we sat down just as the light began to fill the room.

It was almost as if the Gods were shining down on me, patting me on the back for letting things go; for taking the easy way out this time; for allowing myself to be imperfect and for spending the time playing not working. And as I sat down and sipped my wine and looked at the smiling faces of the two people I love most in the world, I was proud of myself. I was the most happy I could ever remember feeling.

Family Thanksgiving

SHARE YOUR STORY

Do you have a story where you let things go? Where you simplified things and made your life easier? What traits do you struggle with and how do you manage them?

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Enter to win $20,000 for you & your child’s school {#HealthyFamilies}

Does your child touch EVERYTHING?

Silly question right? Of course your child touches everything! What child doesn’t?

From snails to mud to random things on the ground, my daughter has her hands on everything. The germ-a-phob in me wants to stop her, while the mom in me wants to encourage her to explore. Can you relate?

If so, you’ll love Lysol Canada’s $20,000 Photo Contest…

“Is Your Kid a Kid Who Touches Everything?” Photo Contest by Lysol®

Lysol Photo Contest

Upload a photo to the Lysol Canada Facebook page showing why your child (grand kids too) is a child who touches everything and you could win $20,000 for you and the school of your choice.

Note: Contest closes 11:59am on October 31, 2012.

Click here to find out more on Lysol Canada’s Facebook page.

GRAND PRIZE

If you are voted as the winner of the contest you will receive a $10,000 cheque plus a $10,000 donation to the local school of your choice. Total value of the Grand Prize is $20,000 CAD.

Can you imagine? Personally I would love to win $10,000 but what excites me more is the thought of being able to donate $10,000 to Little S’ school.

Her school is actually a registered non-profit charitable organization which means that they use surplus revenues to achieve their goals rather than distributing them as profit or dividends. They also do not receive any funding from the Ministry of Education. $10,000 could go a very long way for them and this affects not only my daughter, but her entire school and future generations of students.

What would $10,000 mean to your child’s school? What would excite you most about being selected as the Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Photo Contest winner?

Note: there are 49 secondary prizes too of $50.00 well.ca gift cards.

GIVEAWAY

Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser

In celebration of the Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Photo Contest, Lysol Canada and Mom Central Canada are offering one City Mom reader an exciting giveaway! One reader will win a Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser including one refill and batteries.

It’s super easy to enter:

After you enter Lysol’s contest featuring your own child who touches everything, come back to City Mom and enter the City Mom giveaway by using the Rafflecopter form below. All you have to do is include the link to your contest entry in the comment field and you’re entered to win the City Mom Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser package.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Making Time for Me {#HealthyFamilies}

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If there’s one thing I’m sure of it’s that parenting is a tough job!

Do you remember your life before you had kids? Do you remember thinking you never had enough time to do all the things you wanted?

It isn’t until you add kids into the mix that you truly understand what being ‘busy’ is all about…all of a sudden your needs are at the bottom of the list and there really is no time for you!

I’ve always been a firm believer in a rested parent, is a better parent. That is why I always try to make time for me. There are three things that I will drop everything for. Three things that pull rank over housework, laundry, grocery shopping etc. and in no particular order I’m sharing these with you today.

QUALITY ADULT TIME

Thankfully my husband and I each have a supportive family and we’re not often hard pressed to find a babysitter so we take advantage of that by sharing some good quality alone time.

On special occasions or just for fun, we’ll make it a fancy date night by getting dolled up and going out to our favourite restaurants. But more often than not, when we find ourselves sans-child we’ll snuggle up at home and watch back-to-back scary movies and stay up late while eating popcorn and other treats. This may not sound so glamourous or urbane but it’s really where I’m happiest!

SOCCER

Twice a week, every week from May to September (and once a week from November to April) I make time for my absolute favourite pastime, playing soccer. Very few things will keep me from soccer and the women I play with become my summer family.

There are few better feelings than being part of a team and working towards one common goal (or in our case, many goals seeing as we’re in first place in the league!) and getting a kick as* workout at the same time!

Soccer is a game of stamina, agility, skill and determination! And these are all skills that I hope for Little S to have. Allowing her to watch me play soccer as she grows up is what I believe to be a very positive experience and one I am thankful for the opportunity to have.

NAPPING

To say this year has been busy is an understatement. Between being a mom and wife, a full-time Quality Assurance Analyst, blogger and show host/producer, I’ve become quite exhausted. Give me a free hour (or two) in my day I will most likely use it to take a nap.

Sure there are probably more useful things I could do with my time, but settling into bed in the middle of the afternoon (especially on a rainy day) and drifting off into dreamland really makes me happy!

Don’t confuse this nap-passion for laziness. Consider it a hobby that I am just very, very enthusiastic about! It recharges me and makes me a better mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter etc. I love napping! Enough said.

HOW DO YOU MAKE TIME FOR YOU?

What activities or hobbies do you do to make quality time for yourself? If I had a magic wand and could grant you two extra hours a day how would you use them? What are you so passionate about that you’ll drop all other responsibilities to participate in?

I look forward to hearing your answers and learning more about you!

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Confessions of City Mom {#HealthyFamilies}

 

This will be the first time that I let the following words flow out on-screen. Brace yourself for a confession so raw and impactful that it will knock your socks off…ready?

I sometimes long for a backyard!

I know, I know, how could City Mom say these words?

City Mom was developed and is based on an urban, high-rise lifestyle. It feels almost sacrilege to utter these words, but it’s true!

As Little S ages, she gains more independence and moves about at a greater rate. Not only that but we are slowly finding ourselves with a little more freedom as well. I sometimes fantasize about letting her loose in a backyard, grabbing a book and a hot coffee and sipping, relaxing and reading while she entertains herself or plays with the neighbourhood kids.

But that daydream comes to a screeching halt as soon as the fantasy is interrupted by the thought of raking leaves, shoveling a driveway, cleaning out gutters, mowning the lawn, pruning, washing windows and so on. We have come to appreciate the extra time our lifestyle affords us. We have very little to do in terms of house work and home maintenance.

I especially notice this in the summer months when I talk with or visit friends. They seem to spend a lot of time on the upkeep of their home and though they don’t seem to totally mind it, it’s still time spent on chores rather than time out having carefree fun.

This is how I know that we are living the lifestyle we are meant to live. Perhaps one day in the not too far off future we’ll buy a house in the downtown area, but for now, while Little S is young, the condo lifestyle is right for us.

MAKING IT ALL WORK

As my husband and I both work away from home fulltime, it doesn’t leave us much time for household cleaning. For that we have hired a cleaning person. It really helps us to stay on top of the cleanliness of our house and leaves us more free time on weekends to spend with Little S.

In between her visits we tidy and clean as needed. That is why I love to have my favourite household cleaning products on hand like Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner and of course the Lysol Fabric Mist. I use these products for keeping our home germ-free and  smelling fresh.

For now life is pretty peaceful and easily manageable. With the help of Lysol products that keep us happy, healthy and with money left in the bank, things will stay that way…for now?!

LYSOL CANADA ON FACEBOOK

As always, stop in and Like Lysol Canada on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest tips, tricks and special offers.

WHAT’S YOUR CLEAN ROUTINE?

How many hours a week do you estimate you spend on cleaning in your household? What’s your go-to product that you must have on hand at all times?

Until next month, happy cleaning! :)

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s summer; thank goodness for the Lysol® No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser

 

Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser

Bathing and hand washing go into overdrive in our house during the warmer months. Kids just seem to be dirtier when it’s hot out…there’s more dirt, sweat, insects etc. It’s at this time of year that I am particularly thankful for the Lysol® No-Touch Hand Soap dispensers we have in our home.

Since putting the dispensers by our bathroom and kitchen sink, we have not had to argue with Little S about washing her hands…the exciting sensor and touch-less system are incentive enough and the novelty hasn’t worn off!

SSSSERIOUSLY UNSSSSSANITARY FUN!

It’s events like this past weekend that make me realize how grateful I am for the innovativeness of the Lysol products. Check out these photos…

snake

 I have no idea what kinds of germs snakes carry, but I wasn’t about to find out…after all the petting fun, it was straight to the bathroom for a thorough wash. Thanks to the Lysol dispensers, hand washing has become a fun and welcomed activity. It has even become a habit! During our hand washing routine, we take the opportunity to share with Little S all the good reasons to wash our hands regularly.

TIP: Kids should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds for an efficient wash. In order to ensure Little S washes long enough, we implemented a fun activity to help her time it. Each time she washes, we sing the ABC’s (including the ‘now I know my ABC’s…part) from start to finish. When the song is over, she knows she can rinse.

WIN A LYSOL NO-TOUCH HAND SOAP DISPENSER

Is your child one who touches everything? I’m assuming yes, because what child isn’t…so you’ll love to learn that Lysol Canada is giving away 12,500Lysol® No-Touch Hand Soap dispensers. Visit the Lysol Canada Facebook page to enter!

What kinds of things do your children get into? Why would you love to have a Lysol No-Touch dispenser in your home?

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Cinco de Mayo: Lysol Fabric Mist Saved the Day!

 

Lysol Fabric Mist

I know the title of this post probably didn’t make much sense to you at first. How do Cinco de Mayo and Lysol Fabric Mist relate to each other? Well I’m here to share that they go together very well.

Little S had a Cinco de Mayo celebration at school last week and each family was invited to make a traditional Mexican food item to share. With our recent trip to Mexico and my temporary addiction to churros, I decided to make a homemade batch to share with her class.

Making churros is pretty easy. You just need a few ingredients like flour, sugar, cinnamon and oil; lots and lots of oil. They turned out pretty well and word on the street was that they were a hit in the classroom, but our condo was left with a very strong smell of cooking oil.

My clothes smelled, my hair smelled and the entire place reeked of deep-fried leftovers. When you’d walk into our place after being out, it was extremely noticeable. After a day or two it really started to bother me. I lit candles, sprayed room deodorizer, opened the windows but nothing seemed to clear the air.

LYSOL FABRIC MIST

Then I remembered the Lysol Fabric Mist that I had received as part of my Lysol Healthy Families Ambassador package and I realized that there’d be no better time to test it out. So I got to work. I sprayed a few times on the couch and the carpet in the living room and then the carpet in our front hall and then left it alone.

I don’t know what happened next, because until I sat down to write this post, I hadn’t even thought about the leftover odour in our condo. I must have gotten busy with other things and forgotten about using the mist. Clearly the smell had disappeared and so quickly that I didn’t even have time to think about it.

So would I recommend Lysol Fabric Mist to others? Absolutely! If it can get rid of my Cinco de Mayo deep-fried churros remnants then I’m confident that it can get rid of any odour!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Here are some more facts about Lysol Fabric Mist:

  • Eliminates tough odours around the house such as cooking, sweat and smells from cleaning/personal care products
  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria on fabrics, therefore eliminating the root cause of odours caused by the bacteria

And checkout the Lysol Canada Facebook page to learn more about Lysol Fabric Mist like the three yummy scents it comes in.

SHARE YOUR SMELLY PROBLEM

What’s the most difficult odour you have tried to eliminate? Or, what stinky situation do you currently have that you think you could put Lysol Fabric Mist to the test with?

I look forward to hearing your stories!

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

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