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20 Uses for Leftover Turkey

Shall I admit that 5 days after Christmas we are still eating leftover turkey. Although my kids and husband are happy with loading their plates full of all the fixings still lingering in the fridge, my taste buds are ready for something new. Unfortunately the enormous amount of turkey that fills 3 Tupperware containers beckons I use it, so thanks to the folks at blisstree.com,… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on January 1, 2010 at 1:11am — No Comments

Mountains, Molehills, & Mammograms

By Rachel Solow



Girl power!

A warm-hearted technician helped the author through a scary rite of passage.



Over the last 10 years, as I journeyed through my thirties, so many ‘marvelous’ things have happened. Grey hair, my metabolism changing from ‘not so great to begin with’ to ‘that of a bag of rocks’, the constant, and I mean constant, ticking of my biological clock (if you listen closely you can probably hear it right now) and now that I have turned 40- my first… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on December 20, 2009 at 3:33am — No Comments

From Frumpy to Fabulous

Don’t you hate it when you run the grocery store, bolting out of the house just as you are, in mom mode: hair frazzled, clothes askew, and no makeup on. Of course, Murphy’s Law kicks in and you run into your boss, ex-boy-friend or arch nemesis from that group of perfect/pretty moms.

More often than not, I find myself underdressed and less made up than I was before kids, and even though I wouldn’t change a second of my mom life… I do kinda wish I… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on December 14, 2009 at 12:51am — No Comments

Teach, Not Tell

We all love witnessing our children’s milestones. Be it their first step or their first home- run, watching our kids try, accomplish and succeed is always a rewarding moment. Recently we have adopted a new mantra with our kids, “teach not tell”. With our four- year-old doing things daily to challenge both us and his curiosity, I see my husband and I often “telling” him how to proceed. We sometimes forget he is only four and allow our impatience or… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on January 17, 2009 at 10:46pm — 2 Comments

You Know You’re a Mom When…

2008 Under Soapbox Mama This morning I laid flat on the floor with my two kids trying to wake up. It was early and my brain had not cleared the fogginess of sleep. Both of them had been up for awhile and like all children, their exuberance had kicked in the moment they opened their eyes. I, on the other hand, have lost that ability to wake up and instantly have zeal and zest oozing from my every pore. Like many mornings, I lumbered out of my bed, into… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on November 15, 2008 at 1:38am — No Comments

Dress Warm

It’s Fall here and that means a few things. The leaves are about to change, it’s the start of cold/flu prevention season, and lots of kids will be shivering and underdressed half the day.

With temperatures changing with the season, it is sometimes difficult to properly dress children for the day. However, it is better to be on the safe side with extra layers that are easily removed, than purple lips and shivering little bodies that result from a… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on November 11, 2008 at 8:58pm — No Comments

Where are the limits to…?

I recently read an article about a 10 year old boy who is a bull fighting prodigy. He is from Mexico and is currently traveling in France partaking in non-professional demonstrations in bullfighting schools. In France, the approved age for bull fighters is sixteen. Due to the age gap, the boy’s involvement has resulted in a canceled appearance and has sparked massive debate about the dangers he faces in the ring.



His parents, who both support his… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on October 24, 2008 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Autumn Hodgepodge

With autumn all around us, this is the perfect time for a hodgepodge of great and fun things all about leaves, colors and the essence of autumn. Enjoy!







Crafts



Hand print and finger print crafts always make wonderful keepsakes. Here’s a fun way to celebrate the coming of Autumn while preserving your child’s size and age at the same time.



What you’ll need:

• White construction paper or card stock

• Orange construction paper

•… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on October 17, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Top 10 for Your Baby must have's!

Last year, five of my friends, including myself, were all pregnant. It was the first baby for all of them, but I was on my second. The days of their disinterest as I rambled on about the greatest children’s products were now ignited by their own fervour and zest for the latest baby merchandise. I had to smirk as they discussed which video monitor was essential or how the trendy fifteen hundred dollar stroller was about to go on sale. All too often I was read reviews, taken to stores, shown a… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on October 7, 2008 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Remember the Love

This weekend I attended a beautiful Greek wedding. It was a very ceremonial event lasting over an hour and filled with tradition and symbolism. At one point in the ceremony, the priest spoke about the roles of both the husband and wife. As he read from his scriptures he talked about the bond between a man and a woman, how he is to love her as he loves himself and how she is to love him like no other. As much as she is to honor him, he (the priest… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on September 30, 2008 at 12:39am — No Comments

It’s Really Me in There…

About a month ago my mother came to visit me. She lives in a relatively small town, so her trips to the city consist of us doing a lot of shopping. Recently, her favorite foundation had run out so we happily made our way down to the expensive department store for a new jar. Due to the birth of my daughter and the lifestyle of a mom with two kids, I had not been using my foundation so I had not actually been to the store in over nine months. Little did I know that they had completely renovated… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on September 26, 2008 at 1:53am — No Comments

How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?

This summer our aging next door neighbors had their two grand daughters come and stay for over two months. The oldest girl was the same age as my son, so by the end of their first day, a new friendship was quickly budding. As with most people who live in populated neighborhoods, most activities that occurred in our yard, they’re privy to them. If we were barbecuing, running through the sprinkler, eating watermelon on the deck or just picking weeds, the girl next door was quickly asking if she… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on September 16, 2008 at 12:13am — 1 Comment

Warding off the Mommy Blues

After my first child, a handful of people asked me if I was feeling any Baby Blues. Thankfully, I was able to escape the hormonal imbalance that often affects new moms and merrily went about my new role of mother with zest and vigor. I quickly immersed myself into all things baby. As my son grew, my world consisted of classes, play dates and, of course, daily trips to the playground. My mornings were about pancakes shaped like dinosaurs, my vehicle only played Old MacDonald, nighttime had me… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on September 12, 2008 at 1:09am — No Comments

Never to Young for Marketing

Recently my son’s little four-year-old girl friend arrived at our house wearing a very hip and stylish Hannah Montana ensemble. I, of course, have a boy, and have not been privy to the Hannah craze. I was surprised that this little tyke was completely informed and up to speed on all things in Montanaville. When I spoke to another friend who has six-year-old twin girls, he said that they know everything there is to know about the show, and dressing like the lead character, well, duh… of course… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on September 5, 2008 at 10:05pm — 6 Comments

First Born Frenzy

When my son was born, our house transformed from a chic, yuppie house to all things baby boy. A barrage of toys-for-boys filled the rooms, an indoor slide, a maze of parachute tunnels and a mini-basket ball hoop dominated his playroom. His closet broke a rod holding the dozens of blue outfits he had been given and I had bought. Every day I was off to the store to get something he needed, and whether it was the latest baby gizmo or another have-to-have baby accessory, I managed to find something… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on August 30, 2008 at 1:51am — No Comments

Here in Canada, we have it all…or do we?

Last fall when I was eight months pregnant with my second child, I precariously hoisted up my two year old onto the bird’s nest vantage point of a local playground’s jungle gym. While up there, running around with the other kids, he slipped, fell and cut his lip.



With screams abounding, I scurried up the vertical ladder to retrieve him. He had blood on his face and was crying uncontrollably–I had no other option but to carry him down.



As I struggled enormously with his… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on August 24, 2008 at 5:07am — 3 Comments

Friendliness in an Unfriendly World

August 14th, 2008



On a typical afternoon I often find myself pushing my son in his stroller as we buy our groceries, go to the bank, pick up our dry-cleaning and shop at the local stores on our busy street. Sitting in his front row seat, meandering through the crowd, my three year old happily says “hello”, “hi” and occasionally “nice dog” to the many people passing by. Sadly, I have to report that few will reply, or say hello back or acknowledge his attempt at being… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on August 15, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

A Mother’s Love

This year, five of my girlfriends had their first child. I was also pregnant, but with my second. As their bellies grew, they stopped looking at me with a bored stare. Instead, the first time moms gushed and cooed about my growing baby. Now each of them were interested and enthusiastic about the arrival of their own child and could not stop talking about everything baby.

As each of them went on at length about the anticipation and excitement of… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on August 10, 2008 at 1:15am — No Comments

UV Protective Clothing, Myths and Truths about Harmful UV Rays

With summer on its way and the kids outside in full force, the dreaded battle of wearing sun protection arises yet again. I don’t know about yours, but my three-and-a-half year old refuses to wear a hat. It’s a constant battle that escalates into a full on tug-of-war every time we venture outside. I have tried every style of head covering, every color and every option, only to have them lost, left and… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on August 10, 2008 at 1:11am — No Comments

Sex, Here I come…

This week I celebrated my daughter’s nine month birthday. It seems hard to believe that nine months have passed since she arrived. So many exciting things have happened in her development and each day I am in awe as her little personality emerges.

In those nine months we have been inundated with pink clothes, midnight feedings, the sighing sound she makes when she sleeps and of course the squeals she makes when she’s awake. She’s brought so much… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on August 9, 2008 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

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