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Mother’s Day Strangers

One Lucky Mama!

A couple of weeks ago, my bad-breathing baby landed us in the Trauma Room in the Emergency at our local hospital. On about his fifth Ventolin treatment, a woman was brought into the bed beside us.

The woman was explaining her symptoms as they were…

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Added by Julie Cole on May 11, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Vasectomy Clinic

often speak about how I do not have the “I’m done” gene when it comes to babies. Whenever I have a newborn, I think, “Yeah, I could do this one more time”. The problem is, I say that EVERY time – whether it’s baby #1 or baby #6.

As a result of my gene-lacking situation, some…

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Added by Julie Cole on April 27, 2011 at 4:44pm — 1 Comment

Dodging 40



On March 5th, 1971 I was born. Yep, I just turned 40. All year I was talking about the big birthday bash we were going to have at our house – it was going to be quite the event! But the closer my birthday got, the more the idea of throwing a party became one big headache. So I started saying that I would have a party when the weather improved. When friends and family asked, I…

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Added by Julie Cole on April 13, 2011 at 4:14pm — No Comments

How Disney Brings Out the Liar in Me

I was recently given an amazing opportunity from my friends at Disney Canada to attend the Disney Social Media Moms conference in Orlando. I jumped at the chance – by March, who doesn’t need to get a hit of that happy drug the Big Mouse deals out?

The added bonus was that this conference is a family getaway….well, for a family of four, anyway. Once I got a friend to agree to come…

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Added by Julie Cole on March 30, 2011 at 4:57pm — No Comments

The Kindness of Strangers

When I posted my last blog about the “meanie at the mall”, I was shocked by how many mamas had experienced the exact same thing. That encounter was a first for me – never before had I been so openly criticized by a complete stranger. I certainly get some funny looks when I’m out with my crew, but never has it been the stink eye (that I have noticed, anyway!)

But the silver lining of…

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Added by Julie Cole on March 15, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments

More Than Just A Label





To celebrate International Women’s Day, Mabel’s Labels asked its female staffers how others have labeled them and about the assumptions that come with those labels. Then the women told us who they really ARE. Please share this video if you have ever been “labeled”… Continue

Added by Julie Cole on March 8, 2011 at 11:14am — No Comments

Mrs. Judgy McJudgerson at the Mall

That cute face is why I got into a fight at the mall. And yes, as his shirt indicates, he was actually “dipped in handsome sauce”.

I took my three youngest kids for lunch at the food court in the local mall the other day. My toddler had a meltdown and was doing the high-pitched…

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Added by Julie Cole on March 2, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

Valentine’s Day for the Unromantic

Daddy-o smootching Fin

A friend on Facebook recently posted some Valentine’s Day advice to all the men out there. In short, she suggested that all women gush over Valentine’s Day and appreciate special gifts and attention in celebration of this holiday. Even…

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Added by Julie Cole on February 15, 2011 at 2:47pm — No Comments

The Surprise Baby

People say that I’m brave for having six kids. My take is that it’s nothing compared to those crazy mamas whose kids are out of the baby stage when they go and immerse themselves right back into it. Imagine ditching diaper bags, sleepless nights and poopy bottoms only to return to them several years later. At…

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Added by Julie Cole on January 31, 2011 at 2:57pm — No Comments

How Can I Help?



And in desperate times, you look to older siblings for help!



With the recent death of both grandpas, I was left feeling like I needed a bit of help and support. I had six jetlagged kids up at random hours (some with fevers),…

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Added by Julie Cole on January 18, 2011 at 12:15pm — No Comments

The Gift of Irony

Pa on his last day at the farm with Oma and his 16 grandkids

 

Two years ago I was pregnant with my sixth baby and boarded a 15 hour flight with my five small children. I was horrified to discover that the airline had put me beside a small child…

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Added by Julie Cole on January 3, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Few Reasons My Kids Believe In Santa

It's shocking anyone believes in Santa with beards like that around!

When I was about six years old, my parents went to Ireland for three weeks. My aunt and uncle stepped up to the plate – they were a lot younger than my parents and a heck of a… Continue

Added by Julie Cole on November 22, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Forced Friends?

There are a couple of Halloween rules that I have and they have nothing to do with safety. Quite simply, my kids must go trick or treating in our own neighbourhood and they must go out together. Enforcing the rule has never been an issue – no one has ever expressed interest in sharing the night elsewhere or with other people. Sure, we meet up with friends on the street, but the team of siblings travel as a pack on this special night.

I had…

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Added by Julie Cole on November 8, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Unspoil Them

We don’t get too worked up about a little mess at our house

My friend Emily over at The Motherhood recently asked me to co-host an online discussion about how to “unspoil” your child. Due to a scheduling conflict, I couldn’t participate, which was disappointing for me. I find spoiling kids to be a particularly annoying habit of many parents.

I started…

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Added by Julie Cole on October 25, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

My Alzheimer’s Experience

Last week I was flying to L.A. for a speaking engagement. As I boarded the plane, I reminded myself how peaceful the flight would be. Flying solo is like a forced holiday. Flying with my gang is a big job and one that I spend a fair amount of time dreading. However, after the experience I had on that particular flight, I realized that maybe travelling with my kids is not so bad after all.

Two rows ahead of me, in the bulk head seats, was a very elderly man who walked with a cane. He…

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Added by Julie Cole on October 12, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hockey – Sport or Insanity?

Hockey is a great North American tradition and our family heads off to the arena on a regular basis to watch our kids try to get a puck in a net. Daddy-o even builds an ice rink in the backyard every winter so they can play among themselves and with neighbourhood kids. My 10-year-old son was keen to play through summer and a few weeks ago his team was in the championship game. It was a summer house league 3-on-3 team so hardly a highly competitive…

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Added by Julie Cole on September 27, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Why I Love School Uniforms

My kids don’t go to private school, but they were part of a pilot project that introduced school uniforms into the regular school system. I soon realized that uniforms are a hot debate topic for parents, teachers and administrators.

So what do I think? In short, it is one of those little things that has helped me maintain a bit of sanity while raising my half dozen kids. The benefits are many for this mama of six. These are the reasons it…

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Added by Julie Cole on September 13, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Mama Friendships – Are Yours At Risk?

Maintaining friendships when you are a mama can be a tricky business. Often already juggling a hectic home life, work and children, while also trying to carve out a bit of time with Daddy-o, can leave little room for your girlfriends.

The way I see it, there are a few friendship fizzling high risk situations:

1) You become a mama: Many report that their friendships with single/childless girlfriends suffer. Mama feels…

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Added by Julie Cole on August 30, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What's the Deal with Blogging?

As you can see, we Mabel gals take our blogging conferences VERY seriously!



Just back from BlogHer ’10 in New York City and quite frankly am feeling like I need a bit of a holiday. So much squealing and excitement on the first night left me with a nasty case of laryngitis. I spent the rest of the conference struggling to speak. But, you can imagine the energy of a conference with 2400 women bloggers all in one…

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Added by Julie Cole on August 16, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Oscar Mario: An Update

Two years ago, our family sponsored a child in Costa Rica named Oscar Mario. He was the chosen one for very specific reasons – at the time, our family was a bit light in the boy department so we thought a male would even things out nicely. My eldest son was obsessed with Super Mario, so when we saw a child who had the name Mario, it was clearly a good fit.

The kiddos feel very connected with Oscar Mario – they send him letters and art work,…

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Added by Julie Cole on July 19, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

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