From a young age I always knew that I wanted to work in radio and when I was 16, I made it happened! Over the years I worked at a number of radio stations (on-air and behind the scenes in promotions and marketing) and for a while I was out of the industry. 3 months ago, that all changed. I was given an opportunity that I just couldn’t say no to and so I returned to my old stomping ground at Corus Radio Toronto as the host of the NEW and much needed show on Talk Radio AM640…The Parenting Show (thanks to executive producer Sandra Carusi).
We all know that being a parent isn’t easy…it’s scary, it’s exciting, it’s overwhelming, it’s crazy but it’s definitely not easy! As the saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child” and The Parenting Show is exactly that village that they speak about. It’s your hub for all things parenting covering topics and issues for parents and parents-to-be, from getting geared up for parenthood, dealing with newborns, toddlers, tweens, teens to getting them ready for adulthood. Whatever stage you find yourself at, we’ve got you covered. It’s our way to give you the inside look on what parenting is all about with real life experiences, stories and guests. It for parents like US and I’m sure you’ll love it!
So give it a listen and be sure to join us every Sunday at 7pm EST (right before Inside Jokes with Sandra Carusi) on Talk Radio AM640 for a parenting show like no other you’ve heard before! We’ll laugh, we’ll cry and we’ll get real!
Today I am featuring an interview with the two creators behind the hot new web series “Running With Violet,” which they describe as a cross between “Thelma and Louise” and “Fargo”…but with a toddler! Hope you mamas will check out this series written and produced by ladies!
Marie-Claire: So partner!
Marie-Claire: So can you give Chic Mammas a sense of our story?
Rebecca: Absolutely! Running With Violet centers around two small town women who take off for a girls’ weekend with a toddler in tow but then get caught up in a small town meth ring. So they think they’re escaping their responsibilities and problems, but end up encountering a host of even bigger problems!
Marie-Claire: That’s always annoying!
Rebecca: Haha! Yes, after writing the series, I definitely never want to get caught up in a meth ring!
Marie-Clarie: Good point, me either! Hm…okay. What are a few facts about our series that ChicMamma.ca readers might find interesting?
Rebecca: Well, the toddler in the show is actually my toddler!
Marie-Claire: That’s definitely interesting! Indeed, it was a crazy ride shooting with a toddler for 14 days, wasn’t it?
Rebecca: Not to mention my own toddler. Definitely up there as one of the hardest things I’ve done.
Marie-Claire: Are we nuts for attempting it?
Rebecca: A bit! Though I have to say leading up to the shoot, I blocked out the realities of what our days on set would look…like how I was going to stay on top of my lines (my actor job), keep the show running smoothly (my producer job), all while keeping Violet happy and safe (my Mamma job).
Marie-Claire: So are you saying it was harder than expected?
Marie-Claire: But we did come up with some fun strategies, didn’t we?
Rebecca: Yes, we got very creative on set as we navigated shooting with Violet! In fact, we stopped using her name whenever possible so we wouldn’t draw attention to her and freak her out. Instead, we started calmly saying, ‘little pinkie is approaching the set.’ And then instead of calling action we would say ‘let’s fry some potatoes!’
Marie-Claire: That actually worked!
Rebecca: Yes, we fried a lot of potatoes! It’s some good frying we did!
Marie-Claire: So many fries!
Rebecca: Do you think the ChicMamma.ca readers will like Running With Violet?
Marie-Claire: I think so! There’s lots of humour—more than you would expect considering the dark scenario.
Rebecca: It’s true, we find ways to bring the funny. For example, even when things get really serious, Violet still needs to pee and she can’t be without her screen time! And your character can be a bit ridiculous!
Marie-Claire: She can be a bit clueless. She starts off the series as an isolated housewife with an abusive husband–
Rebecca: –until she takes matters into her own hands!
Marie-Claire: In fact, some of the themes of our show include escape, finding freedom…
Rebecca: Finding freedom with a toddler!
Marie-Claire: That’s hard!
Rebecca: Yes, it is! I hope we’ve enticed you, Chic Mammas!
Marie-Claire: Please visit us over on our youtube channel to watch our episodes. The episodes are under ten minutes, so hopefully you can fit them in on a bathroom break—
Rebecca: Or when you’re hiding in your closet for some ‘me’ time.
Rebecca: You do what you have to do, MC! You’ll see!
Rebecca: Please watch and subscribe and tell your friends! We hope you love the show!
There’s something about Disney and every little thing that they do that is MAGICAL! The characters, the stories, the emotions and the feelings that come from a Disney experience is like no other than I have ever come across. It doesn’t matter if you’re 3 years old or 93 years old. It brings you back to a time of innocents, it brings you back to a childhood where magic was real and anything was possible.
To this day one of my favourite things to do is sit with my kids and put on a Disney movie to watch together. Many of the stories and movies are ones that I got to experience for the first time with my kids, which makes it extra special for me. The first movie I ever took Samantha and Liliana to see at the theatre was Cinderella (2015) and I will never forget it. They were 4 and 2 years old at the time and were in awe from beginning to end. They didn’t move an inch, say a word and many times I had a to lean over to make sure they were still breathing haha. To see their eyes light up and the smiles emerge on their faces was just magically and is something I will ever get sick of seeing.
This past May I came across the news of a new Disney theatre release…Beauty and The Beast! The girls and I have been patiently awaiting for this movie to hit the theatres and we still have to wait a bit as it won’t be out till March 17, 2017 but today they released the official movie trailer! I have goosebumps and can’t wait to sit down with my little ladies later on to watch it together.
Here it is…
So mark your calendars because it’s coming in a little over 4 months and you don’t want to miss it!
If you are one of the few Chic Mammas out there that wasn’t able to escape to watch Bad Moms with us on opening night then keep reading! Well, wait who am I kidding even if you were there or watched it in theatres on a later date you’re gonna want in on this too!
Let’s just take a moment to watch this, reminisce and share a few more laughs together, shall we? LOL
So good, I know…I could watch it over and over again! Alright, so let’s get to it cuz guess what? It’s time again for a Chic Mamma Bad Moms Night with a twist! This time it’s a CHIC MAMMA BAD MOMS NIGHT IN 😉 . With the movie’s blu-ray and digital download release yesterday we decided that it’s only fitting to host our own party and we’ve got everything needed to get you going. C’mon Mammas you work hard, you’re tired, you never take time for yourself so it’s time to give yourself a break and have a much deserved Bad Moms Night In! Invite the ladies, get the Party Punch going and we’ll take care of the rest.
We’ve teamed up with our awesome friends over at eOne Films and Gaiam Canadato bring you this fab Bad Moms prize pack. Just enter via the rafflecopter contest widget below for your chance to WIN.
Talking about deals, before we leave you we’ve got one more fantastic deal and it’s because we care about you and want to make sure you’re in tip top shape for your kick ass Chic Mamma Bad Moms Night In. We’re hooking you up with 20% off on all Gaiam.ca products when you use promo code BadMoms20. The discount is valid now through to November 30th and is applied to the pre-tax total before shipping costs. So go for it, treat yourself to something nice, you’ll be happy you did!
Music has always been a huge part of my life; to the point where I spent the majority of it in a radio career. Hearing the different instruments come together with vocals and amazing lyrics to make for a killer song always gave me a rush. I remember being pregnant with my first going to concerts and wondering if she was rocking out on the inside just as much as I was on the outside.
When Samantha was born, I continued introducing her to music and did the same for Liliana and now Marcus. That kiddie juvenile stuff isn’t my thing and I can’t stomach playing it for them because let’s be honest, it’s lame and my kids are anything but that!. I always try to find cool stuff for them, real music from different eras and genres and they love it.
Having said that, I have to bite my tongue a bit here because I just recently came across some kick ass kids music featuring amazing Canadian artists and bands. I’m talking about Dine Alone Lullabies created by Casey Cole of Sparrow Sleeps. The album was just released last week and I can’t get enough of it! It features 16 tracks from some of the label’s best-loved artists. Cole has transformed familiar songs from City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Arkells, Jimmy Eat World, and many more into soothing and beautifully haunting soundscapes that children and parents alike will enjoy for years to come. Since I got my copy, I’ve had it on repeat non-stop and love it.
The album is available via iTunes, as well as on CD through Dine Alone Recordswebstore and in various record stores including HMV. Now the BEST part about this album is that ALL proceeds will be donated to the SickKids Foundation to support the highest priority needs at the hospital so staff can continue to provide exceptional care. That to me is reason alone to buy this album! Awesome music for your little ones while supporting a fantastic cause like the SickKids Foundation! Talk about a WIN WIN!
Here’s what you can expect to hear on the album…
DINE ALONE LULLABIES by Sparrow Sleeps Tracklist
01. The Girl (City and Colour)
02. Operator (Vanessa Carlton)
03. Bye Bye Love (Jimmy Eat World)
04. Accidents (Alexisonfire)
05. Oh, The Boss Is Coming! (Arkells)
06. Bambi (Tokyo Police Club)
07. Young Leaves (Attack In Black)
08. I Don’t Know (The Sheepdogs)
09. Stairway (Yukon Blonde)
10. Turn It Around (Lucius)
11. Class Historian (BRONCHO)
12. Robotic (Hannah Georgas)
13. Back To You (Twin Forks)
14. Sweet Mountain River (Monster Truck)
15. Don’t Ever Tell Locke What He Can’t Do (Moneen)
16. Dine Alone (Quicksand)
If you’re a parent, I suggest you hit up your local record store, visit the Dine Alone Recordswebstore or log onto iTunes and download your copy today. You’ll be giving your little one the beautiful gift of music while helping others in need. Now off to listen to some rockin’ lullabies and take a little nap! Ummm, I mean put the baby down for a nap! 😉
As you know in a previous life I used to be a radio chick and occasionally still am when I visit my buddy Todd Shapiro of The Todd Shapiro Show. We talk all things Chic Mamma and have a few laughs here and there. Well last week I dropped in to see the guys and brought a little treat for Mr. Jay Brody…I’m talking about BREASTMILK 😉
Take a look and see what went down…
(The Todd Shapiro Show weekdays between 3pm to 6pm on Sirius XM Canada Laughs channel 168)
As a parent planning fun stuff for the family isn’t always easy, so when I hear about great local events happening I always jump on them and of course spread the word 😉 .
Next weekend (Saturday, May 2nd) the Our Rugrats Expo is happening at the Trios Sportsplex Event Venue (located at 601 Cityview Blvd in Vaughan from 10:00am to 5:00pm) and we couldn’t be more excited! This family friendly event is geared towards children of all ages, parents, grandparents and parents to be. The best part is that it’s FREE!
They have so many amazing things planned for the day and of course not just for the little ones but for us parents and the parents-to-be as well. New this year to the show is the Pretty Mamma and Dapper Dad Zone where parents and parents-to-be can go to get pampered and have some fun with businesses like Arboone, Stella & Dot, It Works!, Golf Lab, Barber’s Cave and more!
Another new and exciting addition this year are the FOOD TRUCKS! Now who doesn’t love food trucks . Everything from an ice cream to Mini Donuts and of course famous BeaverTails which aside from their signature sweet and delish pastries they have yummy french fries and hot dogs perfect for lunch or great to just snack on. All stuff that you and your little ones will love after you build up an appetite inside running around and visiting all the great interactive activities for kids like bouncy castles, Reptilia meet and greet with the reptiles and of of course the Legoland Discovery play area which is bigger and better this year.
The Our Rugrats Expo has all your favourite vendors under one roof. It’s definitely the place to be and you can guarantee the whole family will leave happy.
Alright Chic Mammas we’ve got an event coming your way that you won’t wanna miss! We of course are talking about the Our Rugrats Expo happening Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Trios Sportsplex Event Venue (located at 601 Cityview Blvd in Vaughan from 10:00am to 5:00pm). This family friendly event is geared towards children of all ages, parents, grandparents and parents to be!
Right now the Our Rugrats Expo is looking for exhibitors and so if you’re a Chic Mamma business owner this is for you, especially if you have a business or service that directly serves children or Mammas like us ;). Did you know that Mammas make 84% of all household purchasing decisions, and they show high consumer loyalty by using the same vendors at home and at the office. Mammas control over a trillion dollars in spending every year. The Our Rugrats Expo exhibitor categories ranging from childcare, education, health, toys, family entertainment, food, clothing, insurance & financial, novelties and more, theOur Rugrats Expo can accommodate your needs regardless of if you are a large company or small home-based business.
It is going to be a fantastic and fun event with LEGOLAND Discovery Centre sponsoring an interactive play area which will be bigger and better than the one at the last Our Rugrats Expo! Reptilia Zoo will host an amazing “Meet & Greet with various cold blooded critters” and Fiesta 4 Kids will sponsor bouncy castles and games to entertain the kiddies!
There will be a variety of opportunities for expo goers to engage and participate in interactive workshops, demonstrations, enjoy performances and learn about the newest most innovative products and services available to parents.
This hyper local event with expected 1000+ potential guests will celebrate parenthood and offer attendees a fun day out in their community.
For more information on this event or to find out how you can become an exhibitor be sure to visit them online at http://www.ourrugrats.ca or contact Mary Frasca (Director of Our Brands Media) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 647.461.7627. Find out how they can help grow your business and help you bring it to the next level!
OMG it’s Super Bowl Sunday…this is what dreams are made of! Well not really, I could honestly give two facks about it if you want to know the truth haha.
Some people watch it because they love it, others enjoy the entertainment during half time and some just love the commercials. If you’re a Super Bowl commercial person let me spare you the pain of sitting through the game. All you need to do is click here and you’ll be able to watch all the Super Bowl commercials your heart desires (thank you AdBlitz 2015), you can thank me for this later 😉 haha.
Happy watching and Happy Super Bowl Commercial Sunday to you!
P.S. My money is on Seattle and for no other reason than that’s where Pearl Jam is from haha…yup that’s how I pick my teams!