Have I never ever seen...

momboss Sep 07, 2019

Have I never ever seen, a mom, a wife who was so keen…. Who worked so hard she blew her spleen… to make all moms feel like a queen.

The past few months have been interesting, to say the least. To watch, mostly from the sidelines, as my wife, Alana, founder of MomsTO, sets out to try and make a most memorable event for moms that anyone has ever seen.

It’s not to say that there have not been bigger — there have been many that are oodles bigger. Nor more lavish — the Atleier conference did that for Women just this past year. But to design, build and launch an event that tries to get 90% of every dimension is a serious challenge. And not without some roadblocks, bumps, and even a crash along the way.

The idea of “giving moms a great day” is everything that this show has come to be. Her non-stop calling, selling, convincing, espousing, bugging, and downright determination to make this show everything missing from every other show has been a joy...

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I ate all of the Pizza

diet Aug 01, 2019

“I’m not dieting,” I said, “I’m just eating slow carb, TOTALLY different”

I was smug about my problem dieting trends.
I wasn’t dieting–I was just eating BETTER.

Except that was bullshit.

I was heading into 6th attempt at Tim Ferris’s diet book 4-Hour Body. I got married and it worked like a champ to have the baning dress-ready body on my wedding day

But here we were two years later, 1 less white dress and I found myself giving fewer and fewer shits about dieting. It was hard to find motivation. So in between slow-carb attempts, I was annihilating pizzas, subway, and any other thing I could get my hands on—and not in a healthy way. Like entire pizzas, multiple subs and lots of late night chips.

Then came the self-loathing. 

Every time I hit the scale I felt guilt, shame, and resentment towards my body for not doing what I wanted it to. I was sick of failing after years of non-stop dieting (I starting watching what I ate...

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The Mental Load of Motherhood

health Jul 10, 2019

"The one who plans, who notices, who anticipates, who researches, who worries. This is often referred to as “the mental load.” “The mental load” is not just one job though: it is pervasive. It applies to nearly all aspects of raising kids and managing a household." Huffpost.com

It turned up. again.

I can't believe how much of the daily grind falls onto us.

Remembering doctor’s appointments.
Tossing out old toys.
Buying (finds on the side of the street) new toys.
Picking up the next size of clothing.
Preparing kid’s food.
Paying tuition.
Paying taxes.
Organizing date nights.
Folding laundry.
Filling gas.
Brushing their teeth.
Marie Kondo-ing the house.
Buying wipes.
Booking birthday parties.
Registering for aftercare.
Registering for anything!

When was the last time we had sex? “Hey Google, schedule sex!”

Call the babysitter.
Make a reservation.
Put on the "good" bra.

Sweeps the floor for the millionth time today.
Clears the sink... Again.

Wipes snotty...

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Weekend protection

Uncategorized Jul 01, 2019

I love it when my friends come to town for a visit. Our part of the world is so beautiful – the parks, trails, lakes, and cottages make Canada a beautiful destination. Not a weekend goes by in the summer where we don’t take advantage of our natural resources.

As cottage goers and parents, our bags are always packed – we have the essentials with us all of the time. Top of our packing list: Children’s Benadryl®!

This past weekend was no exception. My friends brought their kids to Canada from Los Angeles (LA) for the week and we spent a weekend away at the cottage. If you know anything about LA, it’s like the opposite of cottage country in every way – and in many ways, the opposite of Toronto. So, they were in for a great time and a new experience.

Hanging out at the cottage was the most amazing time. The lake, sun, and BBQ are staples for this time of year. At dinner al fresco, however, our citronella candles just weren’t keeping...

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