Me and my girls

Me and my girls

Thursday, October 29, 2009

H1N1 - stands for I'm in hell

I am going to have a bit of a rant now due to my increasing frustration with this H1N1 vaccination roll out. I apologize but I just cannot believe how ridiculous this campaign has been handled.

Brett went today to the North York Civic Centre in Toronto for the first day of the "high risk group" clinic. It opened at noon but people lined up hours before. Brett got there at 1:30 and already the health care workers were setting up an end of the line as they would not have enough to go around.

The gov't has been warning us of the Swine flu threat for months now and urging us to get vaccinated when the vaccine became available. Yet, the vaccine is now "available" but it is almost impossible to get. Who was the brilliant thinker behind only having 10 flu clinics for a population of 2 million??? Not to mention all the red tape that doctors have to jump through to get a supply to give out to their patients.

I cannot believe the line ups or the fact that there is not enough vaccines to go around. I even called around to see if anyone had heard of a black market vaccination clinic. Now there's a thought.....

I'm hoping that the gov't will smarten up and open more clinics with longer hours and get the vaccination to the people. What use is a vaccination if only a small percentage of people can get it?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Writer quotes my opinion on today's role models for young girls - I'm so excited

I guess I am a bit of a nerd, but I volunteered my opinion on Tinkerbell's new look the other day and my concerns about role models for young girls. And I was quoted in the article!!! I am so excited. Check it out. Great article. I am starting to think about the images portrayed in the media around women and how they will effect young girls. My eldest is only 2 1/2 and I'm already worried? Yep. I went to buy Ainsley some clothes for her Barbie and struggled to find anything that didn't represent club wear.

Anyway,check out the article to see what I said.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

An now I am an accountant too

I haven't posted in over a week and I apologize to my followers. I have been in the midst of learning Simply Accounting, a book keeping program that is not as simple as it sounds.

We bought this program a month ago as we decided we probably should start now when things are not too busy. It keeps track of inventory (which is fabulous) and it can be passed off to my accountant at the end of the year for tax preparation. I installed the program and quickly went to work. As I went along it became very clear to me that I had no idea what I was doing.

One peice of advice to new business owners - Recognize when you don't know what you are doing and ask for help. I knew I was in over my head but it wasn't until I went for "accounting classes" at my accountants that it became evident that had I continued on my own my book keeping would have been a TOTAL disaster.

It took two three hour classes but now I am confident that I am doing everything I need to be doing. I have a life-line if I encounter a unique situation which is a relief. Even though I have paid for the time of my accountant to set me up, in the long run I have probably saved money as they won't have to fix my mess.

I have been busy for the past week inputting all the expenses and sales since the business started in March. I am at August now so I am getting there. Sigh......

I never wanted to be an accountant but it looks like I will be now. I am also the PR department, Sales department, Shipping department, Creative Department.......

I am Glow Baby and I am proud of my accomplishments thus far.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

My First Press Release

I have been working on my first press release for the past couple of months. I can't believe it has taken me so long but I have never done this before so I wanted to do some research before attempting my own. There is so much information out there that it's tough to weed out what is useful information.

Thanks to all the mompreneurs who answered my questions and shared their own press releases with me. It is so helpful to hear from other women going through the same things as me. If only I had a huge PR budget and could hire an expert. For now though, I have to be a jack-of-all trades and rely on the goodwill of others.

I am proud of myself for this accomplishment. It feels huge as it has been looming on my to-do list for months but it is finally complete. Here is the link to the release.

Please feel free to pass on to anyone you think would be interested to learn more about Glow Baby and Baby's First Journal.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My Babies are getting older

I cannot believe how quickly this past year has flown by. I am starting to plan Juliet's 1st Birthday Party and I started to realize that she will be leaving the baby stage very soon.

She's starting to pull herself up and will probably be walking within the next 2 months. I have started to wean her as well. She had pancakes yesterday for the first time.

I have mixed emotions about this. I love watching Juliet learn new things every day. She's a big explorer and it's great to see her explore her world and learn new things. The perplexed look she gets on her face sometimes is adorable! On the other hand, the snuggly hugs she gives me and the cute baby sounds she makes will end as she gets older and that makes me sad.

I have the same thoughts as Ainsley gets older too. I just cannot believe I have a 21/2 year old and an almost 1 year old. I am going to be a bit mushy now so please excuse me. I am a proud mommy and I am so thankful that I have two wonderful, adorable, kind and smart daughters. I can't wait to see what they do in the future but I am trying to cherish every moment of the present as they are the most special people on earth to me.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Market Moms Shopping Event - Uxbridge, ON

Hello everyone,

I am very excited to announce that Glow Baby will be attending the Market Moms Event in Uxbridge on November 7th!! I submitted Glow Baby to a contest Market Moms hosted to help feature new businesses and I won!

There will be some really great vendors in attendance at this show. It will be a great opportunity to get some of your holiday shopping done. I know I will be visiting the booths (while my husband helps out at my both).

If you live in the GTA check out the event at

Would love to see you there.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The end of the nap

I find myself coming to terms with the fact that it looks like Ainsley has dropped her nap. For the past few weeks, it has become harder and harder to get her to nap but she had been sleeping most days. This past week, she has not napped once. This is one stage I had hoped she would not hit for at least another 2 years.

I love nap time. This is the only time that I get completely to myself. The past couple of days I have kept Ainsley in her room to play quietly. So far, she has been playing nicely by herself so at least I still get some time by myself.

I miss the days of 2-3 hour naps. I hope this is just a phase but I don't think so.