Monthly Archives: July 2009

Cynics after my own heart…


Finally a parenting book that I can totally relate to and be forewarned all dear family & friends it’s going to be my go-to baby shower gift from now on, so no copying!

Found this gem in my latest issue of Today’s Parent Magazine. The book is called The Official Guide to Dysfunctional Parenting by Frederick Muench, PhD. & Gregory Nemec.

If you dig the art of sarcasm this book was written for you…because unlike some other syrupy/ gushy parenting books this one is all about how to smother, scare, disorient and alienate your kids…

Hello…finally two authors that speaketh my language:

“Dysfunctional parenting comes as naturally as learning to crawl.
So, you may ask, why write a how-to book about something we have already mastered with no real formal training? Aren’t the influences of television, societ
y, and our own imperfect upbringing enough?
While all of the above are useful, they tend to contribute to the process subconsciously. Wouldn’t you like to be completely aware of your innate dysfunctional child-rearing abilities? Haven’t you wondered about all of the areas of dysfunctional parenting that you may have overlooked?
By following these simple suggestions, you can rest easy with the knowledge that you know exactly why your children are in therapy.

[dysfunctionalparenting.com]

And if you’d like to take a step into the confessional…you can pull up a therapist’s couch and share your stories on the Dysfunctional Parenting blog

Some examples of parents who have dared take the purge myself of dysfunctional parenting horror stories and cleansed their souls:

To their little girl who is in the process of potty training but still has BM accidents in her pull-up: “If you poop in your pull-up, a rat will come in there and bite your butt.” (Hmmm. Any wonder she’s constipated?)

“How did grandma die?” “Well, she went to sleep last night and just didn’t wake up.” and then are frustrated that their 3-year-old won’t go to bed at night.

“If you don’t keep your room clean, bugs will come in there and eat your dolls.”

Really what is not to love about this book? Really.

photo credit: dysfunctionalparenting.com

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Be Funky…

Damn Facebook and Brad for posting this…
Oh the countless hours I will waste on this site…
So fun. So addictive.

A place where everyone can unleash their inner artist. It’s the site to add photo effects to your photos. Cartoon, sketch, stencil, pop-art.

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You’ve been warned.

Calling all Canadian Indie Bands…

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The Bee Gees….oh Barry you sexy thang…


Oh admit it you love the Bee Gees too…..try and not shake you ass to their music….double dog dare you.

And the good news is that two greatest hit compilations are on their way this November [2009].

Read more from my B Sides music blog my clicking below:

Bee Gees Celebrate 50 years.

Hide the credit card…



I am in such of a need of a shoe sugar daddy….
I so heart these shoes/boots….

Damn the website: http://www.80spurple.com
Apparently ‘Report Signature Footwear’ will so be the death of my credit card…

And cause I’m dreaming of the additions to my closet, I’ll add these funky hip, totally stylinroller skates too….

The ‘say what?’ world of music lyrics…


Possible to keep no censoring music loving beliefs and still be a good mommy?
Click below to read my B Sides blog:
Yummy Mummy Club

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Rock ‘n Roll babies…


A few weeks ago a good friend sent me an email with a a subject heading that read: ‘I will now blow your mind.’
And she did. She’s pregnant. And it’s all a good thing, my friend and the BF are beyond super thrilled and so are the soon-to-be grandparents. But if was most definitely my WTF? moment for the week (to put it mildly).

So after I collected the pieces of my exploded brain pieces off of the kitchen floor, I sent her the ‘congratulations’ email wishing her all the best and described my utter delight in the fact that she was going to finally get fat [yeah she’s one of those gorgeous perfect, face, eyes, body kinda girlfriends you love to hate].

Then I immediately started my online search for the perfect gift for the baby. I should note that mommy and daddy-to-be are the quintessential rock ‘n roll fashion statements [black nail polish and skull rings to boot]…it would only be fitting that baby will be sporting the rock ‘n roll look too.

A totally fierce looking bundle of joy…I can’t wait.

So here are some of the very kewl sites that I found in my search…rock ‘n roll baby fashion heaven:

Sassy Monsters For the hip and rockin‘ baby or infant – couture baby clothes to reflect their individual style.

Punk Baby Clothes For that baby who rocks…punk rock, goth and band apparel.

Hive Tees Organic baby onesies with assorted rock ‘n roll designs.

Rock Your Baby For the prematurely hip: funky cool baby clothes & baby-wear for groovy babies & trendy toddlers.

Rock ‘n Roll Baby Wear Cool baby clothes, punk rock baby diaper bags, trendy clothing & baby bling. Seriously they do have the coolest & hippest diaper bags ever.

Psycho Baby Cool, crazy baby & kids stuff…everything from The Ramones, KISS, Nirvana, AC~DC & tons more

Ahhhh so true

Sent to me by a friend of mine….ex guy in band.
Love it because it is so true…so love the musicians.

My darling little Isabella…


Little did I know when I gave birth to my darling little girl nearly a year and a half ago I was also giving birth to a never-forgets-a-damn-thing-loves-to-whine-shriek-climb-furniture-biting-petit-vampire.

Ah yes. Here I foolishly thought that it was going to be my son who would try his best to drive mommy mad but in fact it is going to be his baby sister.

I remember friends telling me ‘oh there is such a difference between boys and girls’…well here’s wishing I had paid better attention.

I’m thinking she’s going to grow up to be either one of two things. First off a performer in Cirque De Soleil…I mean what else can explain her obsession of climbing anything stationary [bookshelves, chairs, tables] and then gracefully launching herself off of the aforementioned pieces of furniture just to see if can nail the landing (all while sending mommy into a slow meltdown).

Or perhaps Hollywood is in her future. This way she can put all her flair for the dramatics…hand waving, head on forehead tilted back to demonstrate her frustrations, the high pitched shrieking when she doesn’t get her way and her constant mocking of mommy and daddy when they say ‘No’. Behold the future soap opera Daytime Emmy winning actress.

Then there’s her biting. First I thought it was just a simple teething, it hurts like hell and if I have to suffer so will anyone foolish enough to expose any skin in the vicinity of my teeth but now I’m thinking she just enjoys it far too much [she actually laughs after she does it]. She seems to derive so much enjoyment from the leaving her teeth impressions on family member’s skin that her Zia [aunt] has affectionately calls her ‘Little Tyson’ [insert mental images of the famous boxing match ear biting incident here].

I’ll be damned if she ever gets her hand on the Twilight series when she gets older.