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Leanne is Mom to 1 adult and 2 teenage boys, one very adorable baby girl and stepmom to 2 great stepkids! She has a black dog and a black cat.

Beyond being Mom, Leanne is also a dayhome provider with a level 1.7 in ECD (ok so she didn't finish her practicum because her oldest child was on the way) The best part of her job is playing in sensory bins, especially the water beads!

She has been a Submarine captain, a special needs school bus driver, an underwater maintenance provider aka scuba diver, a day care teacher, lunchroom supervisor, an Office administrator, a business owner and most recently, a Pharmacy Technician.

Leanne loves anything that can make her laugh as hard as her best friend can, even though her bestie is not as funny as Leanne is. She loves to read, and watch movies. She hates people that are negative and resemble Dementors.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Butt tingles and sleep deprivation

What if I didn't ever come out of the bathroom?

I mean beyond the numb legs and butt tingles?

Would life go on without me? Would the dog forget that I went in there? Would the kids?

Maybe I could just stay in there for a whole day.... Quiet. That isn't leaving the kids home alone is it? They can get their own cereal....

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

7 things I learned about being a Mom

A common thread throughout my moms groups is the complaint that the new moms either don't feel like themselves, or they are not the mom they thought they would be.

As a new mom, it is common to feel overwhelmed, frumpy and tired. To not get anything done and not get any sleep.

 They are wondering how these supposedly "super moms" do it. The moms that are dressed in heels and make up, nails done and make up almost professionally applied. Their houses are spotless and they always have time to play with their kids.

I have been doing this mom thing for 20 odd years and have seen a few things and learned a few things. I now bequeath you with some of my most valuable lessons...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Heroes of the City Review and Giveaway

I had the pleasure of testing out this super fun app. Heroes of the City app is a great way to entertain your 2-4 year old.

The app includes a few free Heroes of the City movies plus several more you can purchase. These movies are colorful and entertaining. The music is fun without being super annoying. The characters are interesting and engaging. And their voices don't make you feel like tearing your ears off, like some kids movies. The story is about several machines that work together to solve problems and help people. They are constantly rescuing a clumsy bird that seems to find trouble.

So far, the TV show runs on Playkids TV and the DVDs are available through Amazon. A book launch is planned for the US later this year.

The games on the app have awesome graphics, fun music and entertaining activities. Games include: Puzzles, catch bugs in a net, picture paint, put out the fires, catch the stars, whack a mole,  canon bird launch, fix the train tracks and memory. I had fun playing these games. They are easy, most require just a tap in the right place. The games do get harder as you go and as you level up, you can earn trophies.

I would definitely recommend this app to anyone needing to entertain small kids. It is available through Itunes for the iphone and ipad, and on android.

To win a  DVD, Book and Die cast car prize pack, enter our giveaway either by clicking here or on the tab at the top of the page. Contest starts April 6, 2014 and ends April 15, 2014.

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Wherfore Art Thou, Oh Glittering Spring?

Dear spring,

How have you been? I hope you have been well.

We all have been cold and sick all winter. My winter parka is so over worked, she is thinking of going on strike! My mittens are MIA. I think they may be under all the snow boots piled in my closet. There is a musty smell in my house and the window sealing is starting to peel from the window frames.
We really miss you! How is our friend the sun? Please send me some pictures from where ever you are so I can dream of a warm and sunny place. It has been cold and snowy here for so long, I forget what color the grass is. I long to see your creative displays of color and light.
Please hurry home!

Yours truly,

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cadadoodle Reads for April

April's book is Love the One Your With by Emily Griffin

Ellen and Andy Graham have the perfect marriage. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo. The one who brought out the worst in her. The one who left her heartbroken nearly a decade ago. The one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she's living is the one she's meant to live.

Buy it here:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Kakamega is a great app from Itunes. It features fun and energetic songs that your children will enjoy listening to. Set to symphony music, the lyrics are both catchy and educational.  The composer, Shirley Choi has produced children's music that parents will appreciate as well. Set in the rainforest, this musical tells the story of people and creatures, and life in the rainforest. It teaches children about the importance of the rainforest and the need to protect it. Definitely an app to download if you are interested in teaching your children about the environment and our role in preserving it. Or if you are just tired of Dora!

Get the app here: Itunes

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Look! Your chest is bigger than mine when you do that!

    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, we get it, you're a big strong man. Now stop your stupid looking chest puffing and treat the woman you pledged your life to with respect!

    This last week, I have spoken to several people about bullying and outright abuse that has been happening in relationships around me. It makes me sad, and angry, and frustrated.

    Sad that these women (I am not letting women that bully their husbands off the hook here, they just all happen to be women that I know) believe they deserve to be treated this way. Angry that the men that are supposed to be taking care of them are failing so miserably and frustrated because I remember believing in that misconception and I know that right now, none of them are at a point of strength that they are ready to do something about it.

    So I decided to write this post to those women in my life that are being bullied and lied to by the one person that should be swimming through shark infested waters to bring them an ice cold Pepsi.

    Here are some of the lies I hear you believing, and the truth you should see behind them.