Covid-19 Musings

What a crazy year and a half it has been! It’s funny… I have been struggling for a long time to commit to writing on a regular basis here on my website. I always thought to myself “If I only had more time, I would definitely post on my blog at least once a week.” A global pandemic with months of quarantine determined that time wasn’t the problem. 😂 I have to start kicking my own arse and write here much more often. Especially since there have been more viewers here! (Whaddaya at b’ys!!)

There’s so much to talk about but right now, there’s one thing that stands out the most – Respect. What does respect have to do with a global pandemic? Everything! In Newfoundland, we are beginning to see an easing of restrictions. Masks are now an option and not mandatory. Most of the arrows on the store floors have disappeared, schools are returning to normal (depending on alert levels) and more people are permitted at social gatherings. Many people, including myself, are nervous about all of this. As everyone knows, children 11 and younger are unable to be vaccinated against Covid-19 just yet. This is a huge population of vulnerable people. Two of my children are unvaccinated due to their age with my youngest being high risk if he gets sick. We are not relaxing in my family. For us…masks are still worn, hand washing is routine (as always!) and social distancing is a must.

Yet there are people in this world who think that people like me are crazy. That I’m going overboard. That I’m not embracing the “new normal”. That I’m being overprotective. I see the glares in the store. I hear what people say and read what people write on social media. I’m not stunned. Well…I’m not THAT stunned at least. 😂 This pandemic is not over. A fourth wave is here and the delta variant could care less what anyone thinks. It’s out for revenge and it’s targeting those most vulnerable.

This lack of respect and judgement was rampant last year. For example, there were the regular school vs home school battles. If you sent your child to school, you were taking risks with their health. If you kept your child home, you were overprotective. Craziness! How about we stop judging other people’s decisions and just worry about ourselves for a change? I homeschooled my children last year but never once did I judge or disrespect my friends if they sent their children to regular school.

With the new recommendations, I’m not judging anyone who chooses not to wear a mask. I won’t judge anyone who has a few friends over. But please…do not judge anyone who doesn’t make the same choices as you. A global pandemic is a terrible time to judge your family and/or friends for making decisions to keep the ones they love safe.

We aren’t out of the woods yet my friends. Stay safe, don’t lick any door knobs and reach out if you need someone to talk to.

I Frigged Up Breakfast!

I’m sure you’ve all been there. You have something totally perfect planned out, visions of parenting awesomeness are dancing in your head and bam…nothing turns out as planned. That’s what happened to me.

It was a lazy Sunday morning. The snow had begun to fall signalling the start of an expected storm, everyone was cozy in their PJs and I was right in the mood to make waffles for my family. Not just any waffles though…waffles from scratch! No instant mix for this Momma! I set out my measuring cups, got out the bowls and went to get my waffle iron to cook up a scoff. Upon opening the box (which had only been opened once…3 years ago…), I noticed that the waffle iron looked funny. Upon closer inspection, I found that it was splotched with mould. Oh me nerves!! I’m guessing it wasn’t totally dry the last time I put it away. No problem though…I’ll clean it off and disinfect it. 45 fruitless minutes later, there was still spots on the iron. “Batter da Jesus” (or “get out of here” for all you come from aways) I thought to myself as I tossed the useless thing back into the box.

That’s ok, I’ll make pancakes from scratch instead! I got out my Mickey Mouse pancake maker, switched out the ingredients and got ready to cook. What do I need…1.5 cups of flour. Ok, easy enough. I got the flour…and realized it was basically all gone. I maybe had 1/2 a cup left. Are you kidding me?! How do I NOT have flour?! I sighed, put most everything away and got out the Aunt Jemima pancake mix. Bam…pancakes!

So that’s my little tale of how I frigged up breakfast. Lol! In the end, we all ate pancakes and bacon because bacon never lets you down.

I’m Back…Again! Or Is It AGAIN again…?

Whaddaya at b’ys?! I know, I know… This is like my third or fourth time returning to this website. “Why bother coming back?” you might ask? Well, that’s the topic of this post.

The reason I stopped writing was the same reason that many people stop doing the things they love…life. Life got in the way. Along with the ups and downs of life, my youngest Son is going through a Special Needs diagnosis. Being there for my Son takes up the majority of my day and has been a HUGE learning experience. I will definitely be talking about that in the weeks and months to come.

Despite the fact that I didn’t have time to write, I never gave up my little website. I’ve always wanted my own site and I didn’t want to give it up! I checked in every so often to see the stats and, much to my surprise, some of you have been visiting my site! My numbers are up and I felt the pull to come back.

I’m after learning that no matter how your day goes, it’s so important to make time for yourself. You need to schedule in “you” time every single day, just like you would a doctor’s appointment or a meeting. That’s why I decided to come back. I love writing and helping others and so I will schedule in writing time at least every few days.

I hope to see you all back here!

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

This is a bit off topic for my Mommy blog…but I need to get this off of my heart. I do not say this because I am guilty of it…I say this because I have seen it…and I am heartbroken and very angry.

Please…don’t wait until it’s too late to spend time with those in your life who are nearing the end of theirs. Don’t forget them. These are people…your FAMILY. Men and women who have worked hard to raise a family – Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, Great Aunts and Great Uncles. They will love you and think about you right up until the moment they draw in their last breath.

Be there for them. Visit them. Take them out for lunch. Buy them flowers. Take them out for a drive in the car. SPEND TIME WITH THEM. Please spend time with them. It may only be a half hour out of your day but to that person…it’s the highlight of their week. To have seen you…hugged you…to have heard about your day. To know that they have NOT been forgotten.

Don’t say that you don’t have time. You know how you leave 15 minutes early for work to buy a coffee? Well instead…leave 15 minutes early to say hello to someone who is desperate to see you. DON’T say that you don’t have time. When it comes to family – you MAKE time.

If your family needs help…STEP UP. Do whatever you can to help make their final years or days good ones. Don’t assume someone else will do it.

Do NOT put off trips to see them. Please don’t belittle them with vague excuses of why you can’t come to see them. Don’t spend money to see their body…spend money to see them LIVING.

If you have not done this…when they are gone…DO NOT cry crocodile tears. Do NOT say how much you miss them. Do NOT play the part of the mourning family member. Do NOT weep over their body…because you don’t deserve to. They wanted to see you in life, not in death.

Don’t forget your family. Someday you will grow old and you will ache for the company of your family. When the door remains closed all day and the phone remains silent…you will know how it feels to be forgotten.

Now…please go and be the highlight of someone’s day.

I’m Back…Again!

Hey b’ys! No funny picture this time around, just a quick post to let you all know that I’m back.

There have been some big changes in the last year and a half and I had to put a lot of things on the back burner, including my blog/website. Don’t worry, I will share everything with you guys!

As for what’s coming, I will continue my regular funny posts (at least *I* think they re funny) as well as add in some additional content about dealing with a child with potential special needs and my new weight loss journey. I will share tips and hopefully we will learn and grow (or shrink) together!

Some posts may come fast and furious but from here on out, there will be at least two posts per week. Oh…I lied…there is a funny picture!

A Scoff Shouldn’t Put You in Debt!

I’m not going to bore you with statistics, but it’s a well known fact that more and more people are becoming overweight.  I’m sure that poor eating habits and lack of daily exercise are a part of the problem but there’s another hidden factor that some people many not realize.

I’m gonna get right to the point – eating healthy is frigging expensive!!  I’ve seen countless documentaries and news reports discussing why there are more and more people becoming overweight/obese and this is why!  Last month, my baby started on solid foods.  I’ve always made my own baby food and was shocked at the cost of a few simple fruits/vegetables.  Take a look at these receipts:

So for receipt #1 – a small bag of green beans and four avocados came to $11.63.  Individually, there’s not much you can do with these items (except make baby food!).  For that price, I could go to McDonald’s and buy a Double Quarter Pounder meal deal (burger, fries and a drink) and leave the restaurant with change in my pocket.  Two ingredients vs an entire meal.  Think about that for a minute.

Receipt #2 – plum sauce, grapes, corn and broccoli for $15.20.  Now did you notice the savings on the grapes?  Grapes are crazy expensive and they’re rarely on sale.  So let’s add on my savings and take away the plum sauce.  So my produce now costs $15.35.  Again, not much you can do with those three ingredients on their own.  You could make a snack out of the grapes I guess!  For $15.35 I can take my entire family to McDonald’s and buy two children’s happy meals (burger/nuggets, fries/apples, yogurt and a toy), two hamburgers, two small fries and two small drinks for Hubby and I.  Feed an entire family vs 3 ingredients.  Scary, right?

It’s awfully hard to cook up a scoff when the cost of 2-3 ingredients is the same as a family meal at McDonald’s!  Let’s try on a larger scale.  Time to put together a full, healthy meal.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a receipt for that but THIS Newfoundland Mommy knows her prices!  Let’s make a traditional Sunday cooked dinner!  (Not Jigg’s dinner because salt beef is through the roof!!)

  • Roast Beef – $18.00
  • Potatoes – $4.50
  • Turnip – $2.00
  • Carrots – $2.50
  • Peas – $3.00
  • Broccoli – $3.50
  • Cabbage – $2.00
  • Onions – $3.00

So all together that’s $38.50 for a single healthy meal.  Or, I could take my family to McDonald’s twice and go back a third time for happy meals for my kids.  If you were a low income family trying to make your dollar stretch, which option would you choose?

More needs to be done to help people gain access to healthy foods at a lower cost.  Community gardens are an amazing  option!  My town has just started one and I’m very excited about it.  Anyone can go and help tend the garden and your “payment” is access to free fruits, vegetables and herbs.  Communities also need to support local farmers and markets.  The more people who shop local, the lower prices will go!

Don’t judge people who are overweight.  Some of them simply may not be able to afford to eat healthy.

I Didn’t Wanna Have Fun Anyways!


Valentine’s Day…Hallowe’en…they’re all the same thing.

I love special days as much as the next person, but does any other parent out there notice their kids do a behavioural 180 on these days?

As both of my children are young, it’s understandable that they get excited when a holiday comes around. Naturally, I want to do all that I can to make the most of that special day. I have all kinds of decorations whether it be for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Hallowe’en, etc that we put up a couple of weeks in advance. I plan fun things to do and bake yummy treats too. The big day arrives and what happens? The kids decide it’s a great day to test limits and get in trouble.

Maybe it’s something in their biological makeup…an internal alarm that tells them to act out and be bad. What drives me the most is that it only happen on special occasions! I’m all about consistency and that consequences come with bad behaviour. What makes these days very complicated for me is that, while it may be a special occasion, should their bad behaviour be rewarded with the special activities planned for that day?

Days like that just make me want to shout! “Of all days, why are you acting out today? Don’t you realize all of the fun we were supposed to have?!” Now that I see it on paper (or a screen rather), it seems sort of selfish on my part. I guess it’s just a reminder that, while we may have big plans for our children, they often have big plans of their own.

It’s Our First Birthday!!!


Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday Newfoundland Mommy!
Happy Birthday to You!!!!

I guess I should have said “to my blog”, but that didn’t sound as nice.

I can’t believe that my website is one year old!! I honestly didn’t think that many people would be interested in what a small-town Mommy from Newfoundland would have to say, but I am happy to say that I was wrong! Not only have I been graced with followers and other readers…but there are people from all over the world reading my posts!

I would like to thank each and every one of you who take time to visit The Newfoundland Mommy. Without you, my website would not exist. Well…it would exist, but with nobody reading it and that would just make me a crazy person posting stuff on the Internet for no reason.

Honestly, thank you all. I toast each one of you and look forward to another year of writing for you.

God bless your cotton socks!

Alternative Gift Ideas for Children


With Christmas now behind us, what better topic to write about than gift ideas for children! *dodges tomatoes and heads of lettuce* Woah there!

I waited on purpose to write about this topic. The majority of parents, particularly those with small children, prefer getting toys for their kids at Christmas. After the Holidays are over we run into Birthdays, other special occasions/events and so on. I figured now would be the best time to share a list of alternative gift ideas for kids.

Alternative Gift Ideas for Kids

1) Books – Who doesn’t love a good story? A book is a gift which can bring years of enjoyment.

2) Tickets/Passes – A trip to the movies or a night at the hockey game. Single use tickets are an adventure!

3) Memberships – Why not invest in an annual YMCA membership or a membership to the Zoo? It’s a gift that can be used year-round!

4) Subscriptions – If you subscribe your child to their favourite magazine (ie – National Geographic for Kids), it will be like Christmas once a month! Kids love getting mail!

5) Arts and Crafts Supplies – Sketch books, paint, crayons, popsicle sticks, stickers and clay. Help support your child’s creative side!

6) Restaurant Gift Card – My kids LOVE going out to eat. Why not treat your little ones to their favourite restaurant!

7) Lessons – Help to broaden your child’s mind with a set of lessons. There’s horseback riding, piano, art, swimming and more!

8) Coupons – This is perhaps my favourite gift to give and my kids love them! Best of all, to give them is totally free! Here are some ideas:

– Get out of Time Out free (minor offences)
– Choose What’s for Dinner
– Good for One Fancy Bubble Bath (bath side fancy drink and snack included)
– Good for One Movie Night (at home, any night)
– Mom/Dad will do one of your chores
– Pick the activity for any Saturday afternoon
– Good for one batch of your favourite cookies

There you have it! Toys are nice, but sometimes it’s best to give something a little different.