Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Make the Promise to End Distracted Driving

Over a year ago, I rear-ended a car, while I was checking my phone for new emails.  

We were stopped at a red light, so I figured it was a perfect time to multitask and check on messages.  With my head down, I saw movement in my peripheral vision, so I assumed the light had turned green and eased up on the brake and tapped her.  I was lucky and so was the car ahead of me and yet I continue this practice every day I drive.   

I’m not proud to admit that I’m a distracted driver.  I’ve put on lipstick, had a drink of tea, adjusted my radio, GPS and A/C, answered a phone call using my speaker, pushed play on the DVD player and even sent a text while at a red light.  It wasn’t until I took the CAA Distracted Driver quiz that it really hit me…I checked them all.


I bet most moms could admit to being distracted when they have kids in the car.  Just think of all those times the kids needed you to open a snack, change the radio station, pass them a toy or just when someone was crying in the backseat.  We multitask as a gender.  Women (especially moms) are forever juggling the needs of work, home, kids, and more, every second of the day. But sometimes we have to stop.  We need to give up the need to multitask and just slow down and FOCUS.  Sometimes we need to FOCUS and be in the moment.  For me, it’s putting down the phone to spend quality time with the kids and it’s while I’m driving.  It’s one of those things that you know is the right thing to do, and yet you find excuses. 


With a simple promise, I’m ending my distracted driving.  I won’t answer your call with my phone or change the station, while I’m driving.  I’m not going to check or type while I should be focused on driving.  It will have to wait.  I’m going to put my own safety, the safety of my kids and yours, FIRST.  I’m going to set the example for my boys, one of whom will be driving in another 5 years.
Will you join me?  You can show that you care about all road users. Invite your friends and family to join you in making the promise to focus on the road.  I urge you to talk to your friends and family about the dangers of distracted driving and help CAASCO reach their goal of 4,000 promises.


Here are the facts:
  • Drivers engaged in text messaging on a cellular phone are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash event compared to non-distracted drivers.
  • Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of collisions and easily one of the most avoidable
  • Distractions can come from almost anything that makes you look away from the road. A split second is all it takes to dramatically change the rest of your life.
  • Driving requires your full attention (check out these tips). 
  • Losing your focus on the road can lead to weaving in and out of your lane, missing a traffic sign and putting yourself, passengers and others at risk.

CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) and other traffic safety partners have come together to launch a six week long education and awareness campaign (July 29 - Sept 12 ). They are urging all drivers to make a promise.  It's simple, go online and promise to your family and friends to focus on the road.
Join the discussion:

Be sure to follow CAASCO on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure:  I'm participating in the CAA South Central Ontario Distracted Driver Campaign because I want to make a promise to focus on the road and encourage other drivers to do the same.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

How to Make a Canada Day Mason Jar Vase and Canadian Hits for Kids on Netflix #StreamTeam

We are now almost half way through the summer, can you believe it?  I sure can't!  

We started the summer with the long weekend, fireworks and Canada Day celebrations for our whole family at the lake.  Our July 1st traditions also mean the official beginning of summer at my parent's house in Fenelon Falls. Their local fireworks display sets the tone for the summer ahead full of adventures on the lake with our family.

This summer we were lucky to begin the summer with a visit from my cousin who has been living in Vancouver.  She and her boyfriend shared their favourite parts of living out west and our boys had so many questions- mostly, when can we go out there? We've never taken the kids outside of Ontario but watching all of my friends traveling this summer to the shorelines of Canada (especially to the East Coast), has me itching to see all that Canada has to offer!  

Here is a new craft we made to celebrate being Canadian- Canada Day Mason Jar Vases!

mason jars (Bernardin were our choice)
red and white paint (for glass)
foam and bristle brushes
maple leaf stencil (or go free hand)
red and white flowers

1.  Clean your jars and make sure they are dry before you paint.
2.  Paint each jar red or white using bristle brushes or foam.  I like the colour really dense, so you can do 2-3 coats.
3.  Let your jars dry
4.  Using a stencil or drawing free hand, draw on a red maple leaf onto your white jar.
5.  Fill with water and flowers

For more Canada Day crafts, check here on momstown.ca.

Celebrate Canada this summer by watching some of Netflix's best "Canadiana" streaming shows with your kids!  These shows have been filmed or created in our own great Hollywood North!

Big Ones-


  1. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  2. Johnny Test
  3. Black Hole High
  4. Alpha and Omega
  5. Goosebumps
  6. Erky Perky
  7. Eliot Kid
  8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Little Ones-

  1. Caillou
  2. Franny's Feet
  3. The Busy World of Richard Scarry
  4. Super Why!
  5. Animal Mechanicals
  6. Monster Math Squad
  7. Team Umizoomi
  8. Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My 5 Favourite Family-Friendly Summer Dessert Recipes

We love making memories with the family at backyard BBQs, pool parties and campfires by the lake and we've been doing a lot of "partying" already this summer!  Whether we're taking a dish to someone's house or having them at our house, it's difficult to come up with new summer dessert ideas each time! 

The summertime is a great time to try some new fun dessert ideas that the kids can not only make but also will enjoy with their buddies, so over the last two summers we've been collecting our favourite summer desserts from friends and family.  

Here are 5 of my favourite family-friendly desserts for the summer! 


1.  Pineapple "Orgasm" No-Bake Dessert is guaranteed to make you beg for more! My mom's go-to dessert for summer entertaining, I promise this will become your favourite too...just don't say the name in front of the kids!


2.  Fruit and Brownie Pizza is Jayden and Zackie's Godmother's signature dessert dish!  She loved making it with kids last summer!  Make the brownie crust first then add the topping for a pretty presentation and delicious treat!


3.  Homemade Beavertails!  A favourite in my house with Nutella, peanut butter and some Reese's Pieces, but now I've found the perfect way to make them at home!  What a simple recipe from Inspired Edibles.
The Classic Beavertail - Source: National Capital Commission

4.  Brownie S'mores are the perfect campfire treat!  We learned how to make these with my parent's neighbours last summer and they were a HUGE hit!  Cut up two-bite brownies and put them inside a marshmallow for a twist on the classic s'more!


5.  Take an ice cream bar on the go!  We love to buy PC little tubs of different flavours and make a trip to the Bulk Barn for our fave toppings like mini M&Ms, nuts, gummy bears and crushed Oreo!  Pack it all up with little waffle bowls and head to any backyard BBQ!  We are also going to try to make this homemade ice cream in a Ziploc bag.

Happy Summer!  What are your favourite summer desserts?