Monday, June 29, 2009



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Small Wonder Needs Your Votes! (And I'll Return the Favour.)

Vote Now for Small Wonder to be Canada's top Mom Entrepreneur!

Small Wonder is entered to win $15,500 and I need your votes to help me win.

The SavvyMom Mom Entrepreneur of the Year Award is a readers' choice contest designed to find Canada's top Mom Entrepreneur. The winner will be announced in the fall, and will be rewarded with a $15,500 that was designed to help take that business to the next level.

I have been working hard at making Small Wonder a success since 2006. I know it will be what I imagined it to be, and this is one of the ways I will make that happen! So vote for me, please!

If you haven't already, check out the 'Mom Entrepreneurs Gallery' at Small Wonder can be viewed by clicking on this URL...

And look through some of the other nominees, because there are a lot of talented and gutsy Moms out there! And if your one of them, nominate yourself. I'll vote for you!

Voters are also eligible to win prizes provided by Mabel’s Labels, Starrytime Keepsakes and Joe Fresh Style in the voter sweepstakes that accompanies this award program.

So there's a bonus for you, too!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Wanna Walk? How about 3,200 km?

Here's another "Amazing Walker" story - truly inspirational (I say just after I chickened out for my walk because it's raining . . .)

First, a confession: I stole this word for word from the "WoW Power Walking" blog, dated Wednesday, June 10.

Johnny Rowe Marathon Walker

Been walking much lately? How about 3,200 kilometres? Today's Globe and Mail obituary described the life of famed Canadian walker Johnny Rowe who averaged this distance every year for 27 years and who died on May 28. According to the Globe and Mail, Rowe described marathon walking as "a chance to accomplish something without mechnical aid". I suspect he would have scoffed at those of us chained to our GPS devices.

Continue the story here:

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Walking as Soul Work

I have an issue in my life that is causing a great deal of pain and turmoil. I am working through different methods of healing with it, but it can often get overwhelming when it's triggered.

Today was one of those trigger days, and I found myself wrestling with this to the point of complete frustration. By 5:00pm I was at a loss as to how to get peace and move on. I decided to go for my walk, which still needed to get done.

I set my Nike+iPod to a 1 hour walkand set it to play a shuffled playlist of soaking music , put on my Funky Feet, attached the dog to his leash, grabbed a poop bag, and headed out the door.

Read what happened next, here:

Friday, June 12, 2009

Being a WAHM has it's advantages!

So I sit here right now, in front of the computer thinking I *should* be working. But ah... it's friday, the sun is out, I have to get myself & the kids ready to goto my Tae Kwon Do class shortly so I figure... I'll take a break.

The advantage of being WAHM for me anyway, is that I can work when I want and how much I want. I know... this is not the case for all WAHMs... some have jobs that require lots of hours and daily work. I used to be one of these 8 hours/day, 8 days/week kinda WAHMs. Probably a lot of days more than 8 hours... not often less. Here's the thing... being that busy is a *choice*. Yes... you do have to work to be successful and stay successful, but how much and when is 110% your own choice. When I owned my previous home retail business it got busy, really busy. So much so that I rarely got to spend time with my family. What did I do to change that? I hired a Mom helper. That's right... another Mom who could use some adult company and a bit of extra $$. The great thing for me? She was happy to work for store bucks. Being in retail, you know that has fantastic advantages. I 'paid' her a great rate for her but since I bought my stuff at wholesale rates, I got a 'discount' on her pay. So... I got fantastic help, company AND a pay rate I could afford! So... if you have a home retail biz that's really getting too hard to handle... or you simply want more time with your family, 'hire' another Mom. Great if you can find one that will work for product, but often Moms just want to get out of the house and be with another Mom so the pay rate is quite reasonable. And if you can find a Mom that is as passionate and knowledgeable about your product as you are all the better!

So now I'm one of those Mom helpers... only I do it out of my own home in front of my own computer. I sometimes get paid in 'product' but when I don't I get an hourly wage. My boss? Another fantastic Mom who lives in another COUNTRY!!! How cool is that?! I even got the privilege of meeting her one time when I traveled over to the US! I'm WAHM... I work at home... for another Mom and I love it. And in the process, I see lots of new websites, learn tons of new things and come to see some pretty neat products! And the best part of all? I work on my own terms when I have time. Occasionally there is a project that needs done yesturday, but for the most part I make my own schedule. For me, it's perfect.

So here's what my advice is today. If you have a home retail biz that's overwhelmingly busy... think about hiring a Mom helper. Use your connections. Talk about your business to EVERYBODY: family, friends, clients, manufactures, distributors, STRANGERS. And if it ever comes to a point where you want to move on to something else, you will have opened all those doors that you can go back to and say "hey... I can help YOU!"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Renovations of the Soul

We are renovating.

We attempted an en suite bathroom renovation three years ago. It’s still ongoing. I doubt it will ever be done.

So now, we’re doing the main floor, but we learned our lesson, and this time we’re hiring it out. New floors, new paint.

I don’t like renovating. I don’t even like houses - too much work for shelter. I’m not houseproud, I don’t like decorating, and I don’t really care about style and fashion. However, the kitchen floor is coming off, their are nail-pops in the living room, and the wall-paper is peeling. It’s time!

While the kids and I sat there scraping off the wallpaper in prep for painting next week, I thought about how house renovations are much like soul renovations.

Read more here:

Thursday, June 4, 2009

YAY we did it!

OK so its been a long road but the site is finally redone and fully functional!
YAY!!!! I am so happy, and it looks so different.
So stop by and check it out, and give me some feedback, I would love to hear what u like and don't like baout the site!
thanks Ladies

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Impossible Dog Challenge

Ok, here's the scoop - I'm at my wit's end!

We have just about the most perfect dog on the planet. He's a 9-year-old Bichon Shihtzu named Nicki, in perfect health. Lots of energy, doesn't shed, yap, demand attention, pee on my floor, jump up on me, or display any other annoying tendencies, and is incredibly flexible with our lifestyle. He's easy to train, and behaves himself wherever he goes.

He's been kennel trained since birth, and happily goes to his kennel when we leave the house or at bedtime. I'm a stay-at-home mom of two home schooled teenagers, so we are mostly home. Nicki usually gets a walk every day, and lots of one-on-one play time, mostly with my 16 year old son who adores him.

But here's the problem:

Read about it here: The Impossible Dog Challenge

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

momcafé event

May 29th, Moms, Money and Meaning

I go to these momcafé events because at every single one of them, there is a moment when I think "This is my message for today. This is the reminder I am supposed to take with me."

My reminders for this event...

Stop resisting your true self. The world needs you to be who you are, not someone else.


With every economic downturn there will, at some point, be an economic upturn.

Oh, I also go for the lattes, danish and 2 hour break from the toddler. Well worth the price of admission!


I did it!! I did it!!

WOW, I can't believe it, but I achieved my goal of Unit Leader with my new business, lia sophia, and I did it in 2 months!! My goal for myself was 3 months, but I put my head down and got to work!
I started 2 months ago, when lia sophia first launched in Canada, and it's been such a great decision! I can't wait to share it with my family!