Tax season is upon us and I hate it, especially this year being on mat leave. Yeah, I know, we here in Canada have it better than our friends to the south of us but I don’t care I’m still gonna bitch haha. It’s already crappy enough with trying to survive on mat leave pay, which at the very most in Ontario is $822 bi-weekly (seriously how can anyone live off that?). Some of us are lucky because we may work for a company that tops us off a little bit with some extra cash, it may be for the full year or maybe for half the year like the company I work for. But honestly even with the top up (if you get that) it’s not easy (mortgage, car payment, groceries, bills, diapers, formula, etc) and then tax season sneaks up and bites you in the ass..good times! I just picked up my taxes from my accountant this past week and I’m getting back…are you ready for this? $150 hahaha try not to be jealous! I’m also pretty sure that the only reason I’m getting that back is because of the RRSP contribution I made. I guess it could be worst though, I’m lucky I don’t owe anything!
Uggghhhhh it sucks and there’s nothing you can do about it (unless you choose not have kids haha). So, tell me are you getting a good return this year, do you have to pay or are you maybe just breaking even?
Yesterday my sister posted this little story/joke in the Yummy Mummies facebook group and let’s just say it got a lot of reaction haha! I’m sure all you mummies out there have experienced this and I’m sure it’s made your blood boil hahaha! Gotta love our clueless husbands for this!
Grab yourself a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy!
A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a Cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door. He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls. As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, ‘What happened here today?’ She again smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world do I do all day?’ ‘Yes,’ was his incredulous reply. She answered, ‘Well, today I didn’t do it.”
Hahahaha! Isn’t this awesome? I’d love to credit the photographer who took this pic but unfortunately I have no idea who took it.
Great customer service is key and we all know that, but nowadays it isn’t often that we experience it. With Samantha now crawling around, we’ve been busy getting the house baby proofed, which means; getting those baby gates up and saying good bye to our nice looking home. I guess it comes with the territory now haha! Let me tell you, this baby gate business isn’t fun! Auto lock, alarms, pressure, drill in, white, wood, black, metal, wide, tall and the list goes on and on, not to mention they aren’t cheap either! So, when I saw these new Munchkin Extender gates go on-sale at Babies r’ Us, I went and bought 3 but only 2 fit. I should have measured to see if they fit before going to buy them! That would have been the smart thing to do haha! And go figure, the most dangerous area of the 3 where we need a baby gate, the one going downstairs, doesn’t fit because it’s not wide enough. I’m a first time mom so what do I do? I start to panic and freak because this kid is now on the move and I don’t have a gate to block the stairs going down. So, I jumped online to see if I can find an extension for the gate or maybe a wider gate and I came across the Munchkin Extender Extra Tall and Wide gate on their site. Perfect, right? Ya, I thought so too but couldn’t find one anywhere. I even called Babies r’ Us where I orginially bought mine thinking that they must have them, but no luck. By the way, I’m actually still waiting for someone to get back to me from there about doing a special order! I think I might have to wait a while longer haha!. I also tried a few online stores in the USA who had them but guess what? They don’t ship here! So, I called the Munchkin head office here in Canada (Brampton, Ontario) and spoke with Christian who took down my info and said that someone would get back to me to let me know where I could find one. I was so happy and excited but didn’t want to get my hopes up because who knew if I was really going to get a call back, BUT I did! Leena from the Brampton office called me back with amazing news! She said that they would be more than happy to exchange my regular Extender gate for the Extra Tall and Wide model and at no extra charge! WOW! Now that’s customer service! Not having to pay extra was a bonus but because they took the time to hear me out and got back to me with a solution. I was so happy that I drove over to their office right away! My gates are now all up and I feel much better knowing that my little Sammy Baby is free to roam and will be safe!
Thank you Munchkin Canada team! Christian and Leena you guys made my day!
A forever grateful Munchkin fan and customer,
My girlfriend Sara posted this in my Yummy Mummies group on facebook the other day and I just balled my eyes out watching it! Being a Mom is an extremely hard job but on the same note it’s the best job any woman can ever be blessed with!
I came across this on Pinterest and just had to share!
Hope you enjoy it!
I know the writing is a little small so here it is for all of you…
“A mark for every breath you took, every blink, every sleepy yawn. One for every time you sucked your thumb, waved hello, closed your eyes and slept in the most perfect darkness. One for every time you had the hiccups. One for every dream you dreamed within me.
It isn’t very pretty anymore. Some may even think it ugly. That’s OK. It was your home. It’s where I first grew to love you, where I lay my hand as I dreamed about who you were and who you would be. It held you until my arms could, and for that, I will always find something beautiful in it.”
Finally after what seems like forever YummyMummyTO.com is up and running! I swear I’ll get this blog/Wordpress stuff figured out haha! I’m Pina aka YummyMummyTO and this is my blog!
What can I say about myself? Well, I’m a first time mom to a beautiful 9 month old little girl named Samantha, who I absoutely adore! I live in Toronto (which would explain the TO after YummyMummy) and I have a career in the media industry which I will be returning to in just a few short months. Like many new mom’s, I’m often wondering what the hell I’m doing and if in fact I’m actually crazy or on my way there haha!
Anyways…welcome to my blog! I hope that you will enjoy it and keep coming back…in the meantime I leave you with this!