Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dynamic Hurried Mom's

I am constantly in awe of some of the Mom's I have met and/or have discovered via the wonderful Internet.  I am in awe, I suppose because I lack the focus to be able to pull-off what many of them do.
I recently took up yet another 'habit', not smoking, but maybe something just as addictive and likely not very productive (lol)- it's 'Pinterest'.  Most people are now well aware of this new phenomenon. Yet another online hub for sharing and creativity. It's literally online bulletin boards. Needless to say, also an embarrassingly huge time-waster, but also a ridiculous source of creative ideas for those of us that just can't have enough recipes and crafts!

Here's a couple moms I'd like to bring to your attention:

The first I discovered just yesterday via Pinterest.  Her name is Wendy Tsao and she's from Vancouver, BC (Yay, I always get a bit excited when I discover something awesome- and it turns out to be Canadian!! woohooo!)  This woman is talented... let me re-word that... this woman is incomprehensibily TALENTED!  She makes stuffed-animals (aka 'stuffies', 'softies' etc) based on children's own hand-drawn renderings! Check out her site here: (and prepare to be amazed) http://childsown.wordpress.com/about-2/
I am blown away.  For those of you that don't know me, my B Ed degree was a double major in Drama and Home Economics Education.  Although I don't do much sewing (just small and fast projects as I don't have the attention span to enjoy anything that would take more than a couple of hours) I truly admire her skill! And so wish I could spend my days creating the toys she does. Honestly, can you imagine the look on the face of a child, who drew the fiercest dragon they could imagine, only to have it handed to them days later?  Inspiring. Admirable. Definitely not enough 'feel good' businesses like this in the world!

Another mom that I have to share is Erron Anderson.  I was blessed to have met her also, in a round-about way via the Internet. Although, she lives nearby, our paths may never have crossed.  But I've certainly been grateful they have!
Erron is a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, creator, educator, writer and advocate. She has 4 young children whom she home schools on her country homestead, where they also raise and grow their own food (organicly of course!). Her most recent business venture is www.knitlove.com. She is a Hurried Mum Hero.  She leads by example and inspires others not just with her crafty ideas, but with her words of wisdom in her blogs about parenting, autism, and surviving the loss of a child. Check her out- I guarantee you'll learn something.

Yet another Mom that has inspired me over the years (I think almost 10 years!) is a dear friend as well.  Shann Minish.  This chic needs a blog but I don't know where she'd find the time.  She has always been dynamic.  And her talent has always been reflected in her children.  This is a woman who's oldest child was down-hill skiing around the time of his first birthday. Seriously.
In addition to being a mom, running a house, having 2 kids and a husband with busy extra curricular activities, she manages to run a grain farm (yes- SHE runs it), and she also runs the local postal office in her town.  I always admired her dynamic personality (with her interests ranging from Nascar to Scrapbooking, Wholistic Medicine to Hockey), but when she had auto-steering installed in her combine so she could also breast-feed, she took multi-tasking to a level never heard of!  She's crafty, sporty, generous, giving and she can sing! If she wasn't so dang loveable, I'd probably have to hate her a little. lol 

I hope you are inspired by these Moms.  They make me want to power-forward and try a little harder, while also aspiring for some level of balance and creativity.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Hurried Woman

You may be wondering what the heck is a hurried woman! Well according to some, it's a growing epidemic.  Women of my generation are feeling the crunch.  Many of us were blessed to experience what it was, to have a stay-at-home mother.  We knew what it meant to have hot, balanced meals as a family and not just once a week but actually EVERY day! We had someone there to pack our lunches, volunteer to bake for school bake sales, and permission slips were always filled out and returned to school on time. We are of the same generation, to grow up being told (not only) could we do all that the boys could do, and better, because it was what our mothers and grand mothers suffered for...the seed of expectation was planted.
Yes, the fairer sex, we certainly are good at using guilt as a tool of manipulation, and against ourselves!  As a result of this crunch, a "hurried mum" feels she should have a career, run a household, be the chief decision maker and caregiver for the children, and perhaps even have personal extra curricular interests!  Although husbands or partners tend to do more than perhaps our fathers or grandfathers did, the expectation is still there, that we as the woman, handle the brunt of the household chores and child-rearing responsibilities.  Personally (and truly speaking for myself) this has been partly societal, and partly my own genetic tendancy.  SO this is where this blog starts from- a hurried mum, who now at 30+, is attempting to find balance between work, family and person.  Which - as you'll learn if you don't know me personally, is futher complicated by personality! lol  I am quite 'A.D.D.', in that I am very easily distracted (although I prefer to call it 'inspired') by all things creative. And although my interests are varied, I have little time to dedicate to any one in particular.

You'll soon see why... :)

To give you a small taste of what is to come- here is how my day started today:

I wake up, pleasantly surprised that  there are only 2 of us in our bed- yes, in our home, more often than not, where we fall asleep is not where we wake.


We are currently battling with our 3 year old to embrace independance and become 'potty trained'.

After much heated discussion, which may or may not have included a generous bribe of chocolate (don't judge me) I managed to convince Gabby (our 3 year old) to give the potty a go.  That was the high point of the morning.  Shortly thereafter, she decided that clothing was optional, and before I could try to launch into a convincing argument, she hid.  Yep, she hid under the living room coffee table, she pulled that move right out of our dog, Hank's play book.  It's his go-to spot when he knows we are going to put him in his kennel.  Well, the jokes on Gabs, I'm quick with the camera, and now have yet another shot for the "How to embarrass your future teenager" file.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Here We Go!

Welcome! Thank you for checking out my 'new' blog.  I'm hoping to explore lots of new areas and topics, create some discussion and hopefully share some happy revelations and funny stories with you!  My venture into the writer-dom began a few years ago, after losing my middle daughter, Reece.  I quickly realized the benefit of writing for the grief process and soon realized I had so many ideas and topics I wanted to explore. So, here we go :)