Friday, January 31, 2014

It wasn't me! I swear!

There is a phenomenon in my house. I am sure you have a similar one.

We have a "not me/ I don't know" ghost.

 This ghost may go around leaving fruit snack wrappers under the couch, and boogers on the wall... (??? WHY? Why don't you just eat them like normal ghosts???)  He also refuses to flush the toilet or put the paper on the roll. He leaves socks stuffed in the book case (Which is a BOOK case not a STUFF case!!) I even once found that he had stuck gum to the wall ABOVE the trash can! WAITWHAT? Why can't you just open the lid and put it INSIDE the trash can? And who the freak keeps giving him gum in the first place??

The most baffling thing our "Not me/I don't know" ghost does is...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Modern Mama

Modern Mama was founded by Connie Peters to help get Moms out of the house and connect with other moms.  She knew being a new mom can be very isolating and wanted to offer all Moms whether married or single, first time moms or seasoned veterans, a chance to meet other Moms and get that illusive "me time". They have great local events in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. They even offer a nanny service at the events to make it easier for moms to attend and still be close to their infants.

Cadadoodle is proud to have the St. Albert Location as one of our family members. Timmie Wanechko, the director of the St. Albert Modern Mama, has some great plans for the up coming year including polishing up the membership program. She is a yoga and fitness instructor, nutritionist, health and wellness blogger (at as well as a mom.

Check out Modern Mama's website at

Keep watching for more on this fantastic company!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sleep? What is that?

    Ok the last Mommy Brian reducer for the month is......

    Get more sleep!

    How? I know I know, baby doesn't sleep well, mommies don't sleep well, but there are some things you can do to help sleep better, when baby gives you the chance.

  1. Exercise. Both the kind at the gym and the uhmm other kind. We all know we feel great after we work out. The endorphins that are released while exercising not only make you feel happier but reduce your stress level and help you achieve a deeper sleep.
  2. Eat right. We already discussed drinking your water and taking supplements but also reducing caffeine (even eliminating it after 2pm) can have a positive affect on your sleep. Eating a healthy diet helps the body get rid of toxins and in turn reduce your stress levels.
  3. GO TO BED!!! Going to bed at a decent hour instead of sitting up uh ... Writing... Blog posts until midnight.....can obviously increase the amount of sleep your body gets. DUH!
  4. Turn off the Screens. Scientists have discovered that the brain registers the light spectrum coming off your computer monitors, tvs, cell phones ect. The same way it sees the sun. This artificially prevents the release of melatonin when it is supposed to be released. Melatonin is the hormone that helps you get restorative sleep.

  5. I hope my Mommy brain segment has been helpful to someone out there. Now go get some SLEEP!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sisters Before Misters

Life without my best friends would be so dull!

I have 2 of the coolest, funniest best friends in the world. No seriously. They are without a doubt the  funniest 2 people in the universe.

They have gotten me through so much and taught me to just laugh at life cause letting it get you down is just a waste of an evening.

When you get the 3 of us together for an evening, you never know what will happen. You could even end up convincing a waiter to

Just Say NO!

Just don't do it....... Smoke that is. Simple right?

Apparently not. I can't say much myself cause I never have. I don't have a high horse I am riding, I just never felt the need.

I am not alone. In 2012 56% of Canadians, over the age of 15, had never smoked. Of the 44% of Canadians that have smoked only 16% were still smokers.  Although the percentage of smokers has decreased from 25% in 1999, Health Canada still considers this a major health concern.

This week is National Non-smoking week.  The theme this year is "Truth in Advertising". Non-smoking advocate groups say that the warnings and designs on cigarette packages are not deterring enough.
"If tobacco companies were truthful in their advertising, their packaging would be in the shape of a coffin," said Bob Walsh, executive director, Canadian Council for Tobacco Control. "It's no secret that cigarettes are the most dangerous product on the market - when used as directed, they have a fifty per cent kill rate. Yet the tobacco industry continues to use branding and product packaging to attract youth and to make their deadly products appear safe."
From <The Canadian Cancer Society>

National Non-Smoking Week aims to:
    • educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking
    • prevent people who do not smoke from beginning to smoke and becoming addicted to tobacco
    • help people quit smoking
    • promote the right of individuals to breathe air unpolluted by tobacco smoke
    • denormalize the tobacco industry, tobacco industry marketing practices, tobacco products, and tobacco use
    • assist in the attainment of a smoke-free society in Canada
If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking,  There is a smokers helpline at 1-877-513-5333 or go to

If you would like to support the National Non-smoking week, donations can be made by going to Canadian Council for Tobacco Control

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Stinky Daddy!

Have you ever had your Daddy come home from work and he STINKS!? My Daddy smells like oil and metal and old man sweat! I have found there is something you can do about the "not the mommy" smell. If your Daddy comes home stinky, then follow these steps and you will have a "mommy smelling" daddy in no time!

First, you have to make sure you eat before he gets home. If you have a dog that can warn you when he is pulling in, this can buy you time but if not, just wait till you hear his car. Then, ask Mommy for some boobyjuice or formula if that is what you drink.  Make sure you drink as much as possible, you are gonna need a very full tummy.

When he comes in the house, smile really big at him. If you aren't finished eating, don't worry, that will just give him time to relax before the de-stinking process. You have to have him lower his guard so make noises and reach for him so he really thinks you love him and want to cuddle.

Once you are in your Daddy's lap, you can start by spitting up just a little bit. Lean over his shirt when you do it. Now be careful not to use too much of your milk. He might pat your Back and hold a rag to catch anymore spitup. DON'T spit up at this point, just wait till he figures you are done. Then when you are on his chest, spit up a big puddle, you need enough that it covers a big area so he will take off his shirt. Again, be careful not to purge all of it, your Daddy will still be stinky at this point.

Now that you have his shirt off you can start the real work. Spit up on him in various spots, make sure to spread it out so be very sqwirmy and get as much of his chest hair as you can. He will use the rag to wipe it off, which will rub some of it in but you will have to help spread it around with your hands.  Try to get some on his shoulder and in his beard as well.

And there you have it, when your Daddy is completely covered in spit up, he will then smell much better and much more like Mommy.
Oh and Don't forget to rehydrate by asking Mommy for more boobyjuice or formula.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Get out your thinking cap!

The mommy brain reducer for this week is exercise, brain exercise, that is.

Something I have been doing to increase my memory is playing Lumosity. Any games that make you think and use your brain can help increase your memory and help with the foggyness. So get out your Nintendo DS or cell phone, or even the local paper and get to work on those puzzles!

Other suggestions to work the muscle between your ears: Join a book club and join in the discussions (Cadadoodle Read's is a GREAT choice for a book club ;-), take a class at the local community college, learn a new hobby, take a first aid class, or even take a parenting class at the public health clinic.

How do you work your brain?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

To each, their own.

“If we do not adequately discipline our children, society will discipline them in a way we may not like.”
-David O. Mckay

As parents, we have been given these precious little people, we love them, we feed them and cuddle them. With these blessings, comes great responsibility. We are now responsible for caring for and providing for these tiny humans. It can be overwhelming at times, but we are also responsible for teaching these little ones how to behave, to be responsible contributing adults.

There are so many different parenting techniques out there, many parents are confused by what is appropriate and what will "damage" their kids.
I have my own parenting philosophy, it works for me and my family. Others may not do it the same way and that is ok. To each their own. All the different methods can be successful, but the common thread in most of the recommendations is that you correct behavior. Call it discipline or correction or guiding or whatever, if you do not do it, someday, someone will.  It might be the school, their peers or (heaven forbid) a judge. And it won't be nicey nice.

January is Postpartum Awareness Month

In 2011 the mayor of Edmonton Alberta, Stephen Mandel declared January Postpartum Depression Month. This was the first city in Canada to declare an official  period of awareness for Postpartum Depression. The awareness has now grown across Western Canada.

If you suffer from this, you may feel alone but in reality, you are not. Postpartum depression affects approximately 15-30% of Moms in the first few years after giving birth. This number could be higher

Monday, January 13, 2014

Fatten Up! Mommy Brain Monday

So how many of you out there drank your water this week? Do you feel better?

I drank as much as I could and I have to say I feel much better. Definitely the fog is lifting.

This weeks tip is a bit more expensive but worth it for more than your brain fog.

Get your Omegas!

 Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids are important for your brain to function properly. They are found in high concentrations in the brain. They contribute to memory and performance. Deficiency in infants during pregnancy can cause vision and nerve problems. A few of the symptoms of omega-3 deficiency include

Friday, January 10, 2014

Cadadoodle Reads

Join Cadadoodle's online Book Club. No meetings, just great books and fun discussion!

The book for January is Divergent by Veronica Roth.

"In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her."

You can purchase it on amazon here: or on Kobo here:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Kids and Family and Friends oh My!

This might surprise some of you more relaxed people out there but being  OCD about your house is a stressful thing.

I feel anxiety on an hourly basis.

See for me, my OCD lies not only in the need to have my house "show home ready" as my husband calls it but I also NEED to follow my routines. If my routine gets interrupted, I get very anxious. A stress level of about 5-6 out of 10.  If it has already been interrupted that day, then more like an 8 or 9.

My problem is

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Forget Monsters, old age is what I worry about!

Hello! Cadadoodle here! My Mommy seems to be stealing the show here so I told her I need to post something!

I wanted to tell you all the things I did over Christmas!

My big brother keeps taking my hand when I am eating my boobyjuice and making the fountain shake and he says "milk shake!!!" I think he is getting old, cause that totally isn't what it is called, so I told him with my free hand "boobyjuice!"  I hope I don't get so forgetful when I get big like him, I mean who can forget BooJu?

 I also learned to shake my fists and ask for a diaper change. That one is cool cause then I don't have to sit in my yucky diapers for long. After one diaper change I felt so much better

Monday, January 6, 2014

Get Wet! Mommy Brain Monday

During the Christmas holidays, I was very sick, had a bad cold. I was walking around in such a fog, more than I normally am. I decided enough was enough and started doing research. Apparently, in spite of the lack of comments confirming I am not alone, I am NOT alone.

I figured since I am not alone, I would give my readers a tip a week, to help with the memory loss and general fogginess many Moms experience after giving birth. The results were surprisingly sparse. I could find little about the condition. Beyond the effect of lack of sleep, there was no other explanations.  I did however find a few interesting facts, ones that could apply.

The first tip is the easiest to follow and the cheapest, that is the only reason it is number one.

Mommy Brain reducer #1:


Mothers (especially breastfeeding mothers) can be prone to dehydration for several reasons. Mine would be that I drink a lot of Pepsi to keep myself awake during the day. Some Moms just get busy with other things and forget to drink water. Nursing Mothers need extra water, to help with milk supply and obviously the hydration of her infant.

This is what Sarah DeWitt Ince, eHow Contributor, had to say about water:

" Just like the rest of your body, your brain also needs good hydration. Water is the transportation system for nutrients because it carries vitamins to the cells where they are needed most. In addition, water also removes waste, which can contribute to bring fog. " Read more:"

Ways to get more water:
• Drink when you snack, or eat. Each time you eat something, drink some water.
• Eat your water. Find foods that have a higher water content like juicy fruits and vegetables.
• Add flavor. My favorite is to add a cut up cucumber or blueberries to my water. Really you can add any fruit or veggie if you like it, or mix it up with strawberries and kiwi.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Being a Mentor- Spirtual Thought Sunday

"Children learn through gentle direction and persuasive teaching. They search for models to imitate, knowledge to acquire, things to do, and teachers to please."
-Thomas S. Monson
 As I was rocking Cadadoodle back to sleep the other night, I was pondering what kind of person she will grow up to be. I can already see her precious personality emerging. She is a very happy baby. She has a smile for everyone. She is sociable and interactive.

I hope to teach her to be kind and empathetic to others. To serve and love her peers and respect her elders and lead those younger than her. I hope she never looses her zest for life. I intend to foster her curiosity and encourage her to learn as much as possible. 

I suppose I will have to improve myself if I am to mentor such an incredible little girl!

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year's resolutions... crump style

I hate making new year's resolutions.

 In fact, for the last few years, I haven't made any.

Don't get me wrong, I have goals, lots of them. I just found that I had the same stupid resolutions every stinking year and I ALWAYS failed, EPIC fail! So I decided one year that new year's resolutions were just to much pressure and I never succeeded anyways, so why bother. Instead, I set reasonable goals throughout the year and forgot about the "loose 150 lbs in 6 months" goals.

Something happened when I did that. I stopped beating myself up because I couldn't stick to a diet and what kind of moron thinks it is OK to cheat on a diet and have to binge the rest of the day cause after midnight, I couldn't eat again for 24 hours... Say what the ...?

 Nope. I was no longer

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