Author: Hat

Morning with Mom (no malls allowed!)

So… Thursday was a public holiday… and my Mom wanted to “do something” with the kids and I. Nick has been renovating the floors of our bedroom – so I left him to his own devices, and decided to give my Mom a different coffee shop experience (apart from the usual visit to Mugg & Bean at a mall). I don’t like malls.  At all.  Here’s the 3 main reasons why I don’t like malls: Malls are kitsch and ostentatious.  There’s lots of bling, lots of marble, lots of brass embellishments, lots of ‘flash’… it’s just too much of...

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How a rural village in Mozambique changed me…

I have visited my fair share of “3rd world” countries over the years – and without hesitation, I can say that I have learned more from the “poor” about grace, humility and generosity than I have from the “rich”. My experience in Mozambique (a year and a half ago) was no different.  I was there on a trip with Could You? and my travel companions included a woman from Chicago (who works for Oprah)… four women from New York (two who work in the fashion industry – one, a South African ex-pat, who can’t be pigeon-holed and Christine Garde...

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A different kind of make-over…

So… in the interests of doing things differently, I decided to let my kids give me a make-over. Morgan has wanted full access to my make-up bag for years.  And I have usually said “no”.  The reasons usually being:  “Make-up is expensive, kids will waste it”… or “they’ll make a mess”… or “they’ll break stuff”.  Today, I wondered why I’ve been such a stick in the mud about a silly thing like make-up?  They’ll make a mess?  Yes… so?  They won’t break stuff if I’m there to help them out.  And I can think of things far worse than...

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Art Saturday!

I have decided that Saturday mornings need to be dedicated to art!  This is for the benefit of my kids… and for the benefit of ME!  Life has a habit of becoming so busy and demanding, that we lose track of the stuff we love, the stuff that makes us come alive… and we spend all of our time on the things we “ought to” do… the things we “should” do… the things we’re expected to do.  Humbug to that! So – from now on, Saturday mornings will be ART time… lots of joint, creative projects (and, as usual,...

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Speak LOVE!

Remember that nursery rhyme:  “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me”…?  Well, I’m of the belief that words are far more powerful than we give them credit for… and especially when those words are negative or critical – and especially when they come from the mouth of somebody you love, trust or respect. I wrote a song a fews ago called “Speak Love”… and it’s based on the idea that if criticism and harsh words can bring us down – then encouragement and affirmation can strengthen us and put us in a happy...

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