Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Me, not so much. I have a list of things I need to do but the stroke of midnight isn't going to automatically kickstart that list.
What a year it has been ... we were named Marketer of the Year by the Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce, we are coming out every 2 months, our new image was launched, I completed my first year on the board of directors for the Spruce Grove chamber... the team has also changed. Jody went on maternity leave in November and Daina gave her resignation in December. As Shrek says, "Change is good, Donkey!"
Dawn, Tyla and Alison have taken on some big roles with the magazine and I look forward to their enthusiasm and spunkiness!
2009 is going to pose it's challenges but this is one badass publisher who eats challenges for breakfast! I like the idea of starting the Hear Me Roar feature and look forward to reading more of What Really Pisses You Off!
Personally, I truly plan on cutting up my day into chunks and taking some of those chunks to regain my life. I miss my old self and need to get some good mental breaks in between all of the craziness that is MOM Magazine.
I am thankful for the last year but as always, look forward to starting fresh in 2009. I don't hold on to the past ... I never have and don't plan on starting now.
The Jan/Feb issue hits the streets next week and I am so pleased with it because, design-wise, it is our best so far. I say that every issue but we continue to evolve and improve in every aspect.
I did cut some columns and will continue to do so as the year progresses. I want to inject some fresh content to keep you interested and it is the only way to do so. If there is a column you want "saved" then let me know. If there is a column you want cut, do the same.
As always, I look forward to chatting with you. If you haven't already, join our Facebook group to keep up to date with what we do!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Anyway, I think this feature will be a hit! Since I sent out the message on our Facebook group this afternoon, I've had 10 responses. And I didn't even have to offer a fantabulous prize in return! Hot damn!
If you didn't get the message about our new feature, here's your chance! Email me and let me know what really pisses you off?!!? Be sure to include your name, last initial and town/city where you are from.
I look forward to reading your rants!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Yep, it was awesome! An afternoon I truly needed. Thanks Dawn! :)
Most moms I know don't get the opportunity to be - as my 3-year-old says - "just girls," or take an afternoon and do something completely gratuitous and selfish and inappropriate.
Any mom - working or not - knows that a weekday afternoon of indulgence is nearly impossible but if the opportunity presents itself, I say GO FOR IT! Your stress levels will drop, your coping skills will increase and you can reminisce about goofy things you did when you were dirrty and single!
Because when you get home and there's loads of laundry, a mountain of dishes and supper to prepare, you will be thankful you took some time for yourself to be "Just girls."
Try it! You might like it.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Straightline Funiture and Interiors is having it's 5th Anniversary TODAY! Saturday, Nov. 22! Join them for fun, prizes, music by a jazz pianist and be sure to check out their AMAZING stock! I reccomend those Wood Wick Candles... only$34.99 but save $5 with a coupon from the Holiday Madness issue of MOM Magazine.
The Tri-Community Festival of Trees is this weekend! Kick off the holiday season with some time at this kid-friendly event. Save $1 off admission with the coupon from the Holiday Madness issue of MOM Magazine.
These are two events I highly reccomend you check out.
In Sherwood Park, there is a Women's Wellness show at the Chamber office. Shop for all things that make you a hawt mama! This event runs from 1-4 p.m. TODAY ONLY!
I've got 19 work days before we go to press again so if I start updating my blawg and it isn't making sense, I will apologize in advance!
Have a great weekend and be sure to check out these events!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I'm a pleased to announce three new additions to the MOM Magazine team! Welcome to Dawn Jones-Pilgrim, Tyla Thomsen and Jen Mackenzie... these three wonderful ladies are now on our sales team and we look forward to their input and involvement of the magazine! I'm so pumped to have them on board!
On a very sad - but sort of happy - note, our sales superstar Jody Tailleur will be taking maternity leave :( I love Jody and am super happy for the new addition to her growing family but very sad to no longer have her on the team. We hope she comes back if those kids start to drive her nuts! LOL
Daina and I are already prepping the Jan/Feb issue because we have LESS THAN A MONTH to get it to the printers! (insert frantic scream here!)
There's lots to do but no one wants to work over the holidays, and quite honestly I have always believed that the last two weeks of December should be for family and friends - not for work.
I wanted to give a special THANK YOU to Mary deBruin for being such an AMAZING cover MOM for the holiday issue. She was so much fun to shoot and was very animated, making it easy to use the pics for the section.
I am setting aside some time to focus on my blawg and to update the site on Fridays so be prepared for more fun web-exclusive content.
Happy Holidays everyone! Even tho, there's no snow (yet!) get into the spirit by doing something nice for someone you don't know. A pleasant smile or a friendly, "Happy Holidays!" to a cashier will surely brighten their day!
Gawd, I have GOT to stop working when I'm PMSing because I get all sappy and sentimental - Don't tell anyone... I am actually sweet sometimes. :O
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Anyway, life is a blur lately. I just looked at my last post where I promised to update the site more regularly... but I seriously do not know what happened this past month. The magazine will be late this month, too, because I was swamped with Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce stuff which ended up pushing back my press day. So, sorry about that!
The files are at the printers so we will get the mag to you as soon as we have it!
I am starting a new feature in the magazine to get us back to our roots of Wife, Woman, Friend, Mentor, Goddess. It's called Hear Me Roar... it will feature women who have overcome adversity in their lives and gone on to live stronger lives in spite of the situations they have faced. It will be a feature that focuses on the strength of women!
It is similar to a book that was published three years ago called Standing Together. I had a story that was in that book, which was published by the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters. The book was launched the day after my daughter was born and I truly felt like that book changed the course of my life.
Since it was published, I have been on a path towards publishing this magazine. The magazine is meant to empower women in a fun, fierce and slightly devilish way, reminding women that LIFE AS A MOM DOESN'T MEAN LIFE AS A WOMAN HAS TO END!
We need more stories that reflect that mantra. Are you a woman who has gone through something in your life and come out the other side STRONGER!?!
Email me and let me know. I want to tell your story! It can be any challenge you have faced. Stories like these empower other women and that's what we need to do!
Sure, it's fun to act like jackasses and take time for yourself but the FOCUS of the magazine needs to get back to my original intentions.
Let's do it, girls!
Don't get me wrong, there will still be great sections in our mag like Big Daddy, Diary of a Mad Publisher, Do You Spit or Swallow, Spice it Up, CheckTheseOut.com, Barb-isms, Dollars and Cents, and Gifts for the Goddess BUT our content will focus on YOU and your stories.
Call me. We'll have coffee and talk.
This magazine is about you and for you. Let's tell your stories.
I look forward to slowing my life down this month and spending some time with you!
Chat with ya soon!
Friday, October 10, 2008
I'm looking forward to the feedback on our next eye candy spread. I was fortunate enough to shoot Maximun Fighting Championship hottie Aron Lofton. I met him when he was in town for the MFC at the River Cree in September. What a charmer! Sweet, sexy and smart! I was a little surprised but he was articulate and very open about his personal life. I will put out a teaser once the mag is at the printers but for now, TRUST ME he is pure eye candy!!
Thanksgiving is this weekend and I will be spending the majority of it in my dungeon prepping for the next issue.
Remember to be thankful for everything you have! Life is too short for regrets.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I wanted to give a special shout out to "Thelma and Lousie" who came ALL THE WAY from Ft. Saskatchewan to participate!! And the "Usana Mamas" were from Leduc!! These teams weren't familiar with the layout of Spruce Grove but participated anyway AND were good sports about the whole thing! They had the obvious disadvantage but you know what? They didn't complain! They played for fun - despite my whole "fight-to-the-death" speech at the starting point - and managed to find their way to the different businesses!
Sex in the Grove captured first place but they caught us off guard at the finish line because they were done in exactly 3 hours! We didn't even have time to get our actual finish line up! Good job ladies!!!
The Kinky Pinks finished a close second, despite some "roadbumps" with the Scavenger Hunt, the Vicious Vixens came in third and The PHAC-ers finished fifth.
We had some amazing prizes and giveaways again so THANK YOU to all of our sponsors!
Karissa at Dragon Lilies once again proved how AMAZING she is with her support by delivering a fabulous speech that almost made our pregnant sales superstar Jody cry! (Yes, Jody's pregnant!! YAYAY CONGRATS BABE!)
Anyway Karissa is freakin' awesome and EVERYONE should shop at Dragon Lilies!!
As for Robin at Romantic Notions, she was FABULOUS and handed out prizes, gave away tickle bags to EVERYONE who competed in the hunt (I didn't get one, tho, so I must take that up with her!!).
The best part of the day - and there were lots of hi-lights - was receiving a plaque from Spruce Grove mayor Stuart Houston. I think he has some groupies now, because we've received emails and facebook messages about our "smokin' hot" mayor. :]
Nice... bunch of horny women, I tell you!!! His wife, Debra, is beautiful and sweet and seems to like our magazine!! YAY!
I love it when we don't offend people! Doesn't happen very often so I'll take it when I can get it!!
In all of my speeches, I never remembered to thank Big Daddy. So, Big Daddy, if you read my blog, THANK YOU for all of your support, patience and financial contributions to MOM Magazine. I love you!!!!
Now, I must focus on making this next year bigger and better for all of us at MOM Magazine and for the readers who continue to pick us up!! THANK YOU!
To our advertisers, keep on working with us! And thanks for the continued support...
Here's to another year!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The goddess of publishing, Ruth Kelly of Venture Publishing, had been honoured as the 2008 CWC Woman of the Year and was to address the crowd. Anytime Ruth speaks, I listen. It's WEIRD because I have been known to listen to NO ONE but Ruth is Ruth so when I heard that she would be at the event, I grabbed the girls and we went to the mixer.
It was the first time I've seen Ruth since she ripped apart our magazine. That was back in April and if anyone has noticed, our magazine has gone through a MAJOR overhaul. Anyway, I humbly approached her with our latest issue of the magazine, bowed my head and handed it to her.
She was thrilled to see me - of course, I mean it IS ME, for gawdsake!! - and flipped through the magazine. She noticed the difference immediatly and told us that she thought it was much better than the last issues she had seen. She seemed almost impressed!!
When she got up to give her speech, she told the crowd that when she usually speaks at events she knows most people, if not everyone in the crowd but that when she accepted her award for the CWC Woman of the Year last March, she knew no one - or rather, no one knew her.
Ruth is the first woman from western Canada to win the award and the first magazine publisher to win the award. It is a BIG DEAL!
She went on to tell us about a reporter who had asked her years ago if she had risked anything to do what she does. She literally laughed out loud because, she said, every entrepreneur risks something whether it's financial or emotional, the risk of failure or, in her case she says, public humiliation.
She said the biggest risk in life is not following your passion in life and doing what you believe in.
When she said that, she looked right at me, smiled and winked.
She went on with her speech but I stood there, stunned and unable to focus on anything else but that moment. I took a mental picture of that moment and have replayed it over and over since it happened. It's almost like she believes in me and what I am doing with the magazine. And she knows how much I have risked and what I stand to lose should this magazine fail.
But that moment gave me more confidence in myself and this magazine, and meant more to me that she will ever realize.
Life is made of moments like that. I have snapshots of moments that define my life - my final visit with my grandma before she died, getting the phone call that I got the job as a sportswriter at the Kelowna Daily Courier when I was 21, seeing Ron for the first time and somehow knowing he would change my life - and I keep these snapshots close because every moment compounds and shapes the person I become.
I never got to say goodbye to Ruth last night, she must have slipped out without me knowing.
So Ruth, if you read my blawg, thank you for that moment.
Daina, Jody and I enjoyed the rest of the evening especially because WE ALL WON door prizes!!! Daina - poor, unlucky Daina - won a gift certificate for her and a friend to Pure Elemnts Day Spa in Sherwood Park, I won a FANTASTIC purse and Jody won a cell phone!!!
It was a GREAT night!
See y'all on Saturday!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
On the BRIGHT SIDE - and there is ALWAYS a brighht side!! - we will be opening up the Finish Line sponsored by Romantic Notions to anyone who wants to come and rock out with us!
Sat. Sept 27
Touch Ultra Lounge at the River Cree Resort & Casino
Tix are $5 at the door
We will have entertainment, door prizes, and great vendors like Gingerlily Photography, Usana, Simply Trimmer, Dashing Dishes and SO MUCH MORE!!!
So I know you may be upset with us for cancelling BUT we hope you understand! We still want you to come and meet us!!!
If you are planning on competing in the Scavenger Hunt, be sure to get your registration forms in by tomorrow to receive your FREE MOM Magazine bracelet.
We will be accepting registrations on the day of the hunt but please try and make our lives a little easier by pre-registering... it helps to have #s ...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
We know you want to party like rockstars with MOM Magazine so get your team together and register!!!
There is only a week left to pre-register in order to receive the bracelet... and we want to meet all of you!!
This is going to be a GREAT time!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I am amazed at her strength. Just watching her speak - only a month after his gruesome murder on a Greyhound Bus - was enough to bring back all of the empathy and sadness I initially felt when I heard about this tragedy.
She was composed, strong and articulate during her interview with the Winnipeg Free Press. She has kind, dark brown eyes and a maternal warmth that makes her the kind of woman you want to hug when you see her.
She spoke of hearing of the murder on the news all day Thursday and thinking, "Oh my God, that's horrible. What state did that happen in? Because it just doesn't happen here.
"And then my thoughts were immediatly to the family." She is a cook in a seniors manor and that night Carol and the seniors watched the news together, commenting on how horrible the murder was. When she returned home that night, her ex-husband called and asked if she had seen the news. "Well, ya, I've heard," she replied.
"It was Tim."
She shook her head and said, "Don't say that. Don't say that."
"No, Carol, the RCMP phoned and they're on their way over here."
"Empathy - you're at an arm's length to feel sorry for a family's loss - and you can feel that sorrow. But not like this. This is like a kick in the gut. This is heart-wrenching. I feel like I've got a whole here now," she says, touching her heart.
She has had to watch her parents suffer throughout this tragedy and knows that her parents wish they could do something to ease her pain.
"My dad wants to reach into my heart and take away the pain.
"And he can't."
Not once during this interview did she break down. I lost track of the amount of times I cried, wishing for just one minute I could - like her dad - take away the pain.
Her strength amazes me. Seeing her speak about Tim and the events of his death made me want to reach out to this mom even more.
Carol had to read about all of the things that happened to Tim on that bus. She knew all of the gory details because they were played out in the media over and over again. She knew all of that even before she knew it was her son that it had happened to.
I encourage you to watch the video and see for yourself how courageous this mom is.
She will forever be in our hearts and prayers.
Monday, August 25, 2008
If you haven't seen the Alberta Magazine Publisher's Association feature on MOM Mag, check this out: http://www.albertamagazines.com/newsletter/issue53/issue_53.html
I think I am going to take tomorrow off. Maybe spend the day with the kids.... cook supper for Ron.... perhaps even do some laundry!
I am really looking forward to your feedback on this issue. The website will be updated next week when I am a little more relaxed and rejuvenated. I see a spa date in my future!
As usual, Daina really stepped up and helped out during this mini crisis. Despite losing the mag last week, we did manage to fit in Cruefest (yeh BABY!!) and had a blast!
Also, if you haven't already, download the Scavenger Hunt form from the website and get your team together! It can be just you and a girlfriend or teams of up to five people.
If you register before Sept. 19 you get a MOM magazine bracelet that says, "Life as a MOM doesn't mean your life as a woman has to end!"
Get on it ladies!!!
See ya at 3 a.m.!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
What do you do at 3 a.m. when you're kid's got the stomache flu and your 13 days away from deadline?
My kids have had the stomache flu all week and my daughter, in particular, has been stuck to me ... clinging and weepy and smelly. It has been a LONG week.
So last night after another session of tossing cookies all over our bed, she insisted on laying across my lap. We went to the living room where I proceeded to go through all 600 channels looking for something decent to pass the time. TV Shopping was on 599 channels. And finally I came across ... IT'S JUST FOOD! Intrigued, and also desperate for something other than Suzanne Sommers hawking anti-aging cream, I clicked onto the channel.
Lo and behold our VERY OWN FOOD WRITER Julie Van Rosendaal was hosting a food show. I love her! Love her recipes, love her charisma and love, love, LOVE her kick ass attititude! She has an amazing weight-loss story, unBELEIVEABLE recipes and a resume that rivals anyone I've ever met (and I have met some amazing people during my career!)
Anyway, the point is that if you are up at some gawd-awful hour, look for this show. Or check out Julie's website: www.dinnerwithjulie.com OR check out the show's website: www.itsjustfood.net There were some amazing salad recipes on the show last night which I plan on making. When I start my diet ... tomorrow... seriously this time!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Damn press deadlines. I wonder if I can really do this every two months? I guess if I am going to, I had better start taking care of myself. Note to self: sleep until 6 am, exercise daily, eat right. Maybe I should close my eyes for JUST a minute....... ah, screw it, I've got too much to.
What's that old saying... no rest for the wicked... I must be the most badass mother out there because I NEVER sleep!!!
I still think Prairie looks weird.
Friday, August 1, 2008
As a mom, I am heartbroken for that kid's family. I can't imagine what his mom must be going through. The events that took place and the description of what happened on various news reports are graphic, disturbing and vivid. She has to read about what happened to her son.
My thoughts and prayers are with that mom who's son won't be coming home.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
You want more MOM stuff. You are offended by our headlines. You think Big Daddy is a hero.
First, I thought the majority of readers loved to hate Big Daddy. He is, after all, the villain of the magazine and we love him for that but we didn't think you did, too! That is good news, though. I am not complaining.
Second, more mommy articles? Seriously? I can't see it happening in the near future but I am sure we can accomodate you somehow. I thought that incorporating the events calendar into the magazine would appease you but perhaps I was wrong.
And lastly, SERIOUSLY? Our Gardeners Do It On Your Knees offends you!?! I'm baffled. No one said boo when I did the Do You Spit or Swallow column (which is wine tasting, for all of you dirty-minded girls out there). But, to steal from my good pal Perez, "Hell to the no!"
We want to make you giggle. We want to take you away from Mommy mode. We want you to WANT US! We need... you ... to need us! Oh gawd, see, now I'm going start singing and it's all going to hell!
At any rate, our first year anniversary is fast approaching and I truly feel that we have gotten over our teething problems, starting pooping on the potty like a big girl and are ready to head off to pre-school!
Enjoy us for what we are and quit trying to change us. We're not the poor bastard you married.
On THAT note, be sure to sign up for our Scavenger Hunt! It's gonna be a BLAST!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
And 3 weeks later we STILL don't have our summer issue on the street. HOWEVER today we get a couple of boxes. Which might help to renew our excitement about the mag.
There are some things I can't control, or so I've been told. SO I've decided to stop dwelling in the depths of despair and focus on the good stuff... like a dream I had last night about our next Eye Candy feature....
So I'm checking out this house that's for sale and in the living room is Michael Buble! I thought, "He might appeal to the ladies out there and I def. dig his music ... but THEN in walks Dermot Mulroney! You know... My Best Friend's Wedding.... the Wedding Date.... super sexy lips...
I couldn't believe my LUCK! So I chat them up and make "dates" with each of them to shoot them for our Eye Candy spread. They were so charming and sweet! And we even did Karaoke!
And then I woke up.
So, it was a great dream and I will dwell on that today.
Now, I must go make coffee. Gawd KNOWS I won't have a good day if I don't have a coffee!!!
Monday, June 9, 2008
The copy is tight, the design is SWEET and I can't wait to see a hard copy!
We have some really cool content: How to grow your own Tea Garden is by far my personal favourite! It is such a neat piece by Amanda Whiting. Who KNEW you could grow your one tea garden? That is such a cool concept and made super easy by Amanda's awesome writing!
On a personal note I have to give a HUGE thank you to my hubby Ron who has been the most understanding, supportive guy a girl could ever ask for. I haven't seen him since I started production on this issue...three weeks ago? Good gawd. But I did redesign it so that took a bit of extra time...
Anyway Ron has been amazing... You know the old adage "Behind every successful man is a tired woman." Well, in my case it has been Ron who has taken care of everything - kids, the house, the dog... I truly am a lucky girl!!
On that note, I will keep you posted as to our official street date. Patience... for a taste of what's to come browse the website. I will be updating it this week!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
One of the biggest problems we're having now is getting our system in place so that we can effectively come out every 2 months starting in Septemeber.
We're excited about doing that... a little overwhelmed at the prospect, perhaps, but we have some really great stuff we're adding to the mag to make it even better than the last 3 issues!!!
On that note, bear with us. We are tired, cranky and living on coffee and no sleep.
But we had a blast at the re:Treat and from what we're hearing you did too!!!
We're looking forward to your feedback for the next issue of the magazine. Keep us posted on your comments...Big Daddy promises not to take any shots at you. Yes you. :}
Friday, May 2, 2008
I can't believe all of the great things we have to give you!!!!!!
If you haven't bought your ticket, get it at the door. This is one party EVERYONE is gonna be talking about!!!!!
I'm so tired, tho. My liver is is shutdown mode after four days of being drunk and having no sleep. Yeah VEGAS BABY!!! I think it will be a very subdued day for me tomorrow but I am sure Daina, Amanda and Rebecca will party like rockstars in my absence.
See y'all tomorrow!!!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I hope we get a lot of people!! I'm excited to meet some of the readers...
I'm more excited to get on that plane, tho. It means Daina and Jody have to deal with everything!!!! Maybe they'll appreciate me a little more when they see EVERYTHING that I do. Yes. Po' me. LOL
Anyway I've been up since 4 a.m. and still haven't had a coffee SO I must bid farewell... until after the re:Treat.
We'll be at the Little Monster's Swap Meet today at the Tri Leisure from 11-2 p.m..... stop by and say hi!
Friday, April 25, 2008
We'll be at the Little Monsters Swap Meet at the Tri Leisure selling tickets for the re:Treat ... be sure to get yours!
I got an email yesterday from Olga who is a fan from Austria! How cool is that?!! She's somewhere in our distribution area visiting and picked up the mag at her friend's house. She's not a mom (yet) but she says "My first reaction was WOW!! What a great idea you (gorgeous) ladies have. The magazine is insightful and funny - nothing quite like it in Austria I must say."
How sweet! She's thinks we're gorgeous! :}
"It is cool and smart not the typical mothering magazine, but judging by the way you ladies act and look (went to your website - what a great looking bunch) you are not the typical mothers. Your husbands are very lucky indeed, Canadian women are so beautiful!!"
Yes, Olga, you're right. Our husbands ARE lucky bastards! LOL
Anyway I wanted to share that because any time we get feedback - negative or positive - we take it seriously and love to hear what you have to say. Especially if you think we're gorgeous! :}
I heard on the radio yesterday about a book called My Beautiful Mommy. Sweet title, isn't it. Makes me think of a nice book with cute things kids say about their moms. No. You know what that crap is? It's about how to explain to your kid WHY you're getting plastic surgery!! Written by a doctor in California so that kids understand what their mom is doing and WHY it will make her "beautiful."
What a crock of -'scuse the language in this blog but it's gonna get nasty - SHIT! Seriously.
I haven't read this book but I'm gonna. And I'm gonna blog and write about it in the next issue.
From what Charles Adler on 630 CHED was saying, this book is about endorsing plastic surgery to younger kids and to ingrain in their psyche that plastic surgery is something they NEED.
This pisses me off. I don't care if a grown woman chooses to a boob job or a nose job or a tummy tuck. That is YOUR prerogative. But to make a kid - who is impressionable and can be swayed to think the way their parents think - believe that in order for them to be accepted into mainstream society they must fix something... IS BULLSHIT. Seriously.
Lola is 2 years old. She is beautiful. Oz is 6. He has the most gorgeous orange hair and is the cutest kid in the world! My kids are great the way they are. They will grow up hearing that from me.
I've heard of stories from moms - friends or colleagues of mine - who have been told by THEIR own parents that they needed a nose job or that they really should lose weight because their ass is too big... what the hell kind of parenting is that?
Maybe it's JUST ME but that kind of parenting is a form of abuse because you're raising your kid to believe in the magazines out there that airbrush and feature size 0 models as the "standard" of which you should aspire.
More BULLSHIT. I can't stand those damn magazines and I do NOT like the path society is taking. If being a size 0 and having perky boobs or a porcelain skin is the only reason I would be liked or loved, then I'll take my fat rolls and double chin because there is NOTHING wrong with me the way I am. I am a good person and a great friend. I am not perfect on the outside or on the inside but I am OK with that.
And anyone who isn't can kiss my fat ass because I will change for myself, NOT for anyone else.
My Beautiful Mommy?
As far as I'm concerned, that doctor in California is a dumbass who is going to contribute to bulimia, anorexia and self-hate in little girls everywhere.
Unless us moms unite and take a stand against BULLSHIT like this!
Ahem. I'm going to get another coffee. And get back to work. Dammit. 71 hours left...
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
It said I have 7 days to renew MOMmagazine.ca
Do you know what that means? It MEANS the concept of MOM Magazine is a YEAR OLD!!! Holy crap! I didn't launch the site until mid May of last year but I must have started researching the domains this time last year.
Where has the time gone?
I boggled. Seriously. I never would have thought that the magazine would have come this far, this quickly. Who woulda thunk that I would have done a photo shoot of Sheldon Souray for an issue of MOM Mag???
Back in the day when I was a sports scribe I used to think that some of those players needed to be featured in a way that was appealing to women. A calendar, maybe? Some sort of shoot that would show women who WEREN'T hockey fans why they SHOULD be hockey fans.
Shooting Sheldon allowed me to achieve that goal.
Anyway, I digress... where the hell has the time gone? I think registering the domain was the first step to launching MOM Magazine. In fact, I don't even think I told Big Daddy that I was doing it.
But really, it was only a $15 investment and my time for doing the site WHICH has come a long way since I first launched it.
I just thought I share that milestone with you at this early hour. Yes, it's 4:30 a.m. and I am trying to get as much done before we leave for Vegas next week. Can't leave Jody and Daina with TOO many things to take care of before the re:Treat!!
I've got to go make some coffee. Seriously, I won't function much longer without it.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
He strolled into the Poker room looking all comfortable and casual... I introduced myself and was proud of my restraint....He was so charming and gracious.
After a quick makeup session with Gina - who could completly enjoyed stroking his face with moisturizer - we went to the Poker room for our first shoot.
The lucky moms - Tara Gustafson, Terri Morgenstern, Mary DeBruin and Sherry Van der Heide - flirted, laughed and had so much fun!
I can't reiterate just how amazing he was. I have so much respect for his parents because a guy like that doesn't turn out as polite, humble and generous as he is without good parenting.
The spread will be out in the next edition...Enjoy!!!!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
In the Spring 2008 issue, Big Daddy invited women to take his remedial driving course. It was quite a funny column and we (Daina, Jody and I) all laughed at his driving tips.
Not everyone like it, though, but that doesn't surprise me.
If you don't have a sense of humour or tend to think that the world revolves around you, you might read his column and relate to it, hence being offended by what he wrote.
Big Daddy doesn`t hate women. He doesn`t really think women are stupid or flighty. Most women aren`t. I will say that. But, like everything, stereotypes are there for a reason.
I know that Big Daddy is one of the smartest people around. He has a twisted sense of humour and will laugh at things that most people would deem inappropriate.
That doesn`t mean he is a bad person. He uses the column to get a rise out of you. YES. You!
He knows that if he puts the most extreme stereotype there is about women, you will write him and complain about him and his column.
Now why, you might ask, do we publish his column....
Well, we think he IS funny. And he gives your husbands a reason to pick up the magazine when it`s in the bathroom. They will laugh, trust me. They will laugh because nine times out of ten, your husband thinks the exact same way. Only they won`t admit it you.
How do I know that Big daddy really isn`t a Big Dick (insert question mark here - my laptop is acting funny and I can`t do it!)
Big Daddy is my husband. Yes. I am married to Big Daddy. He`s a great guy and one of the things I love most about him is his sense of humour.
If you DO have comments or criticisms, you can email him directly at BigDaddy@MOMmagazine.ca I will be more than happy to respond, though, if you want to email me.
Lighten up people. Life is too short to waste it on taking yourself so seriously.
Monday, April 14, 2008
I have met some really cool women over the past few days. Connie from ModernMama.ca stopped by our booth at the KidFriendly trade show on Sunday. She is SO sweet and sincere...I hope we don't corrupt her too badly! Check out her site for things to do for new moms....ModernMama.ca
She has ongoing events to get you out of your Mommy Mode.
Also, I had the pleasure of chatting with Jayne from Edmonton's Child publication. For anyone out there who wants or needs parenting tips and/or advice, this is the mag to pick up.
Also, Maria at FamilyEdmonton.com has relaunched her website. For a quick peek at what's going on in and around Edmonton and we LOVE her! She has a cool contest going on....check it out.
We have some really amazing things lined up for the re:Treat. Included in the ticket price is:
- Wine/Beer tastings
- Finger food
- Mini Makeup sessions
- 10 minute manicures
- Bellydance workshop
- Sexpert session with Passion Parties
- Find Your Life's Passion with MOM Mag columnist, Pajama Party Creator and Woman Extraordinaire Helene Oseen
- Four hot young guys will be greeting you at the door as you come in to Touch Ultra Lounge. Have your picture taken with them.... you know we will!!
Of course every mom will leave with one of MOM magazine's favourite things...whether it's Sheldon Souray's autographed jersey or a spa package, you WILL leave with something!
And then, of course, there is the VIP access to Touch Ultra Lounge after 8 p.m. The first drink is on us!
I can't wait to see you all there!
We will have tickets available at the Little Monster's Swap Meet at the Tri Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove April 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, March 31, 2008
I'm stoked! And I bet our winners are, too! They were just notified about being in the shoot... I look forward to their response!
Let's see.... what else is new? Oh yes! Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE at Dragon Lilies and our office for our re:Treat. Get them while you can!
Daina and I are plotting and planning to make sure we can get our mag out every 2 months as of September. Have any story ideas? Email us at email@example.com
Hmmm... I think that's it for now. My goal for the month of April is to update this badboy every week. Maybe more. Depends on how much I get done before I go to Vegas! That's right! Ron and I are off to Vegas again! WOOOOOO! I love that place! It's my escape from reality!!!!
Anyway, till next time...
Thursday, March 20, 2008
We're back in MOM Mag mode ripping apart the Spring issue to rebuild it, courtesy of some MUCH needed criticism from publishing goddess Ruth Kelly. You can look forward to a sassier, more awesomer issue in June. It will KNOCK your thong off!!
Also a HUGE welcome to some new team members Amanda Wilhauk and Rebecca George. I am excited to have them on board. I only hope they know just what they're getting in to! Muahahahahah
Have you picked up the Spring issue yet? Be sure to check out our pick up locations on the website. It will not be delivered door-to-door in the major centres (Spruce/Sherwood Park/St. Albert/Leduc) because that's impossible. It will be delivered through Canada Post to the smaller hamlets like Legal, Alberta Beach, Wabamun, Bon Accord, etc.
To ensure you get your copy before everyone else, you can subscribe.
Hey, have you subscribed to our e-blasts? If you have, you are ENTERED to WIN 2 tickets to the MOMs re:Treat May 3. All you have to do is sign up! As a member of the MOM Mag community, you get to know all the cool stuff first AND get first dibs at ticket sales for events.
Chat with you soon!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
We got here yesterday after barely making it to the Fairmont in Edmonton to catch the charter bus. We made it literally with 2 minutes to spare AND THEN we weren't even on the list! Some mix up with reservations. Good thing two other girls didn't make it so we took their spots!
We had a yummy brown bag lunch supplied from the Fairmont complete with a ham and cheese sandwich, snack size can of Pringles, White chocolate macadamia cookies, a juice box and an apple.
Daina and I tossed the juice boxes aside and cracked open our coolers before the bus left the parking lot! However, by the time we got to Spruce Grove we had to pee SO bad! And the bus' only scheduled stop was in Edson. It was a LONG drive.
Daina nearly peed her pants laughing at me as I waddled/ran ala Sid the Sloth style to the bathroom at the Esso. Of course, the women's washrooms were lined up but I, being the enterprising chick I am, beelined it STRAIGHT for the men's room. No WAY was I waiting any longer than necessary.
Relief! Let me tell you I could've smoked a cigarette I was feelin' so good!
We finally made it to Jasper and were greeted with a champagne reception complete with chocolate dipped strawberries. Seeing as my hands were full with swag bags and a champagne flute, I casually asked Daina if she would feed me a strawberry.
Just like that. No. She's selfish, I tell you.
We checked in and headed straight to see the original Pajama Girl herself, Helene Oseen. Helene also writes our Fashion 911 column and is one of the most inspirational, empowering, fantasic women I have ever met. We hugged and congratulated her on being a new grandma. She asked us where Jody was and we started crying. Sobbing, actually. You see, our beloved Jody, our sales superstar, our Marge in the relationship, isn't here. She couldn't make the trip and we miss her terribly. We love you Jody and TRULY miss you here!!!!
Anyway we explained the situation to Helene who gave us a bag full of goodies for Jody ANYWAY!
Daina and I left for our room and jumped straight into our new MOM Magazine PJs we bought especially for the trip. We have these awesome shirts that say "MOM Magazine ROCKS! Woohoo!!"
We wore pants, of course... we're not THAT weird! Once we were ready we headed straight to the lounge and had a celebratory cocktail. Or two.
Then, because Helene thinks we're cool, we were treated to a VIPj reception and got to meet the speakers for the event before the actual reception started. It was tres chic! We hugged some more and told eachother how awesome the other person was! It was good times!
But the BEST part of last night was the actual Welcome Reception! The food was unbelievable!! The menu consisted of - and I'm going off of memory here - a Rocky Mountain Potato bar that consisted of mashed white potatoes, sweet potatoes and blue potatoes (all in seperate trays) with garnishes of REAL crab meat, shrimp, different types of cheeses, bacon... it was SO GOOD!!! That was one plate of food, Daina and I then found the most amazing roast beef cooked to perfection, scallops with an orange butter cream sauce (to DIE for), spring rolls, salads.... I'm sure we didn't try everything. We didn't even eat dessert. Our version of dessert was another slice of that roast beef!
They had a photo booth set up with a bed as a prop so we rushed over and had our pics taken... Paris Hilton style. We did that whole "over-the-shoulder" pose to show off our cool shirts!
And then.... we went to bed. Seriously. We were back in the room by 8:21 p.m.
I know... we are lame but we just came off press time. Our energy levels are barely hitting the 2 out of 10 mark. I dozed off and on until 5 a.m. then decided it was time for coffee. I don't sleep well without Big Daddy and cuddling a pillow just doesn't do it for me.
So here I am, regaling you with tales from the Pajama Party! We missed the Dance Party last night... that sucks because I NEVER get to go out dancing... but today promises to be full of wonderful sessions, more great food and a MAGIC show tonight!!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I'm hoping that going to the Pajama Party in Jasper this weekend will help but if past road trips with Daina Benson are ANY indication, we will come home MORE exhausted than before we left.
Last week, we put the mag to bed, went on a whirlwind road trip on Thursday to Calgary for an AMPA conference (Alberta Magazine Publishers Association), came home Friday night, and spoke at an International Women's Day celebration in Devon on Saturday.
Yep, it's been busy! But we love what we do and run on adrenaline. And caffeine. LOTS of caffeine. Oh and those little chocolate covered espresso beans! YUMMERS!
Anyway the mags will be available this week for general distribution and to those of you who subscribe, you will get them first!
Two more days until Pajama Party! WOOOOHOO!
Now, I must enjoy my first coffee of the AM.
Friday, February 29, 2008
At times like this, I wonder why I even bother with the magazine. It's a frustrating process and creates tension and stress-fractures between the team. But we've been here before and we've been through worse in the last two issues.
Stupid petty issues suddenly seem major and things we normally think are funny, suddenly seem offensive.
The reason I am venting is that I don't want people who read this blog to think everything is easy and a piece of cake, or that everything flows smoothly. Running a magazine seems glamourous from the outside but anyone who has ever been a part of the process knows better. It is draining, tiring and frustrating. It is exciting, fun and rewarding.
Magazine publishing is the great love of my life - aside from Big Daddy. Magazines are such an amazing thing to be a part of and I know that when I send the files to press on Monday, I will feel like I have accomplished something. Until then, I will muddle my way through the next couple of days, double up on the Prozac, drink tonnes of coffee, vow NOT to take anything personally and enjoy my wine!!
After all, a great publisher once told me that magazines are a journey - not a destination. Ruth Kelly, the brains and balls behind Venture Publishing, told me that pearl of wisdom.
I just forgot to keep that in mind until I wrote that just now. It's something I need to remember...thanks Ruth!!
I feel so much better... it's amazing what venting to an unknown audience will do.
Three more days....three more days.... till the most kickass issue goes to press!!!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
My braces are off. I only have the top 5 brackets on until I get my retainer. I'm still chubby. Tanning only goes so far. My perky boobs can only get me so much attention... I NEED to start focusing on my HEALTH! Yet, I find reasons why I shouldn't...
I'm too busy, I don't have the time, I'm too tired BLAH BLAH Freakin' BLAH!
Enough is enough already!!! My braces are off. It's time to grow up. No more "Po' Me" attitude... I will hit the gym. I don't have another excuse holding me back. CRAP!
But my teeth are nice...
Saturday, February 16, 2008
But the most amazing interview I've had to date happened last night at Kelsey's in Spruce Grove. I met Karla Anderson! You may not recognize her, I mean she's never been featured on Access Hollywood for flashing her pooter or snoring away a DUI on camera, but she is a true star. She is a single mom of three boys who has managed to put out an amazing record called The Embassy Sessions.
Her hit song What Else Can I Do has been played on Magic 99, won her a Best New Artist award through the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and been played on Joan of Arcadia! And this mom is living in our midst.
We shared some wine and chatted about how she got to where she is, what she's doing now, what it's like to be a single mom and why moms need to be recognized as more than "moms."
I have a personal connection to Karla - that whole 6 degrees of seperation. Six days after my daughter Lauryn (Lola) was born, I went to a book launch that had featured a story I had written. The book was called Standing Together and featured stories of women who had overcome extreme situations but gone on to live good lives in spite of their situations.
The editor of the book, Linda Goyette, told me that she had listened to Karla's CD during the process of doing the book. She said it was like the soundtrack to the book because it got her through some of the toughest stories.
Two weeks after the Edmonton launch I went to the launch in Calgary. Karla was playing and she sang her song What Else Can I Do. I remember thinking how touched I was by the song and how much it meant to me because of the lyrics. I even asked her to sign my book and she was surprised but I told her that she was as much a part of the book as the writers were because of her song.
Flash forward two years and her I am interviewing this same amazing lady. I can't wait for you to read this feature. You will love her as much as I do. She embodies everything MOM Magazine represents and for that, I am insipred by her!
If you get the chance, please pick up her CD The Embassy Sessions. You will not be dissapointed!
Check out her website: www.karlaanderson.com
On that note, we go to press soon so you won't have to wait too long! Mid march and the next issue is on stands!!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Her email account will be set up shortly but if you're desperate to get some feedback from her, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get it to Tara.
Also new is Darlene Rice, an environmental enthusiast, who will be showing us easy ways to do what you can to save the earth. There will be NO preaching, judging or soapboxing from this column, just simple tips to keep the earth green. Do what you can, she says, one milk jug at a time.
Oh, and have you heard... we're hosting a MOMs retreat May 3-4 at the River Cree. This is going to be an AMAZING event with limited tickets. Be sure to get them because we are giving away housekeeping for a year, laundry service for a year, meals for a month and a FREE in-home consultation with Tara Finn!!! And that's just one prize. Stay tuned for details.... email me if you have questions re: this event... I am working feverishly on getting it all together as well as making sure our Spring issue is even more fabulous than the first two!!!
Chat with ya soon!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
MOM Mag does NOT in any way, shape or form encourage poor self-image or being "skinny" but does encourage you to take control of your overall health.
We will be featuring Osteoporosis, a diary of getting fit from a local mom who is attending Curves, a breakdown of all the different weight-loss programs out there including Dr. Bernstein vs. Weight Watchers, yoga/kickboxing vs. lipo, etc., and do Inches really matter?
If you have a story to tell, use us as your voice.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
But that's the thing about being a mom. I have to do the majority of my work when my family is sleeping because it takes away from them if I don't. So I balance my life this way: I get up early, do the bulk of my computer work, drink a pot of coffee, wake the family up by 8 a.m., get them dressed, fed, bring Ron a coffee while he showers, kiss him goodbye, jump in the shower for 2 minutes, throw on some clothes, maybe add some makeup and get the kids ready to go to the office.
I try not to schedule afternoon meetings because my brain is drained by then but if I do have anything scheduled, I drink another pot of coffee - maybe throw in some chocolate-covered espresso beans - and carry on. My childcare is very limited but on the days my kids are with me, I was smart enough to plan my office with a playroom. They're occupied, I get to work and life is good!
Supper is usually around 5 p.m., Ron gets home around 6 p.m. and the kids are in bed around 7:30 p.m. After a couple glasses of wine, I stumble off to bed, leaving Ron to have his "quiet time" in front of the TV.
It's not a perfect routine but it works for me. Ron and I are usually up a couple of times in the night to get Lola a "bobble" or let our dorky dog out to pee.
As most moms know, juggling isn't easy but it is a fact of life. Also, I am an early bird by nature - I get my greatest flow of creativity in the wee hours of the AM listening to the Bear and drinking coffee. It's quiet, no kids are hanging off of me while I'm at the computer or whining for me to read them a book or play Wii with them. Ron isn't lonely for me because, well, he's probably dreaming of me! LOL I get to do all of that stuff during the regular hours of the day and still get to work on the magazine.
By the time the mag goes to press I'm usually burnt out so my in-laws will take the kids for a few days while I catch up on some zzzzzs.
I love, love, LOVE what I do! Is it tough? Absolutely. I don't get to see my friends as often as I'd like but Daina and Jody have become two of my best friends. I don't take a lot of weekends off because I can work at home but that just gives Ron more quality, one-on-one time with the kids.
I'd like to adjust my routine to include the gym early in the AM... it's would happen if I could only tear myself away from my computer.
I'd tell you a little more but I have to get the family ready for their day!
Have a great one!