Family Matters

Family Matters

Curly Hair Cues & To Do’s

Curl Ambassadors Hair
It was like finding a secret club that took 40 years to discover. I have curly corkscrew hair. On any given day I can do an epic impression of Donna Summer, Carrot Top or Macy Gray depending on which way the wind blows, the humidity, the full moon or god knows what. When it comes to beauty and creating my own fancy hairstyle I am a complete luddite. I appreciate the curls because it gives me some sorta style when I have none. Albeit the style has been the same for 20 years, at least it has some volume. I
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Missed Connections and Corrections

Mayhem at home
Dad Says: Ok, so here is the deal. About an hour ago, Jenn came home with a sore neck and shoulder, needing a fix after a long day of work.  So here is the solution I proposed.  Hot soak in an Epsom salt bath, massage, stretch, relax.. I even drew the bath, nice and steamy to loosen up the muscles. Pretty sweet deal I'd say, even if I wasn't the heart-throb who had implemented the plan. Again, an hour ago.  The water is now somewhere in the lukewarm range which is nowhere near as therapeutic, as Jenn decided that file management was
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The Meaning of Lice: Hello friends

Simian monkey picking
They're baaaaaack. Every year around this time we can count on a few things. A copious amount of leftover candy, fear/excitement/stress over the upcoming Christmas season, general complaints as the weather dips below zero, and that proverbial letter home....The school has seen a case of lice.  By the mere mention of that word, I start scratching my scalp. I can feel that heebie jeebie grossness and am convinced they are everywhere in our house. Chris watches as I go on high alert. Raising it up to Defcon 2 and start mimicking that of a simian monkey mom, carefully hunting for dinner in my
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Champion of the Little Things

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Mom Says: I am often accused of being an over-committer, a keener, a person who can’t say NO, doing too much, not relaxing enough… Yeah. You know what? I probably am. I thrive in being busy. When things are slow I feel sluggish and unmotivated. It's the push that keeps me going. Keeps me focused and moving forward. I have such a believer of living life to the fullest but lately that fullness has made me feel overwhelmed. Sometimes, I take on too much. I hit these moments of realization but get stuck in the fact that I committed. To
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The Perfect Storm: Story of How We Met

Chris & Jenn-1st Meeting
We often joke about turning how Chris and I met into a movie. Trust me, we have the rough draft already started. Those who have known us over the years, know this story well but as I write my next post for our writer's challenge, there is some relevance to see us from the beginning. The email below was one I sent out the Monday after a freak ice storm/harried weekend trying to get back home to Winnipeg for a bestie's wedding. We met, had our second date a month later, were engaged at 3 months in and got married
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The #CentsAbility of Sharing

CentsAbility
Our #CentsAbility Challenge My dad has a lot of sense when it comes to money.  He can tell you with acute clarity how much my folks have in savings, investments and the cost of running the house. I somehow did not inherit this trait in terms of good money practice and how to save. This is why when Manulife put out the call to try a #CentsAbility Challenge for the month of October, I was 100% totally and completely IN. We are solid in terms of putting money aside for savings like our kids RESP and for our RRSP, but I
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