Send Us Your Costumes!

Happy Hallowe’en! I for one am totally in love with the cute little monster running around my house today, and I bet some of you are just as excited about yours. Or perhaps you’re just glad you got something together in time! Either way, take a picture of your costumed children and send them to the Bethel MOMs email address – bethelmoms AT gmail DOT com (or just to me or Lindsay, if we’re in your contact list already) and we’ll have a slideshow running on Thursday of our little cuties. Or scaries, or creepies, or just plain strangelings.

~Annemarie

Pregnant Halloween Costume Ideas

During my one and only pregnancy, I was pregnant over Halloween. But I was REALLY pregnant. GROTESQUELY pregnant. Pregnant enough that I didn’t want to do anything other than sitting on my couch and perfecting the art of balancing a bowl of ice cream on my belly and diligently counting down the seconds until my due date of November 3. Knowing what I know now – that baby wasn’t coming until FREAKING NOVEMBER 16 – I would have seized the opportunity to leave my house + do something to amuse myself and others. But I didn’t. And NOT embracing Halloween while pregnant remains one of my only pregnancy regrets. (I know… I obviously need real problems.)

But YOU don’t have to live with the same regret! And you don’t even have to be creative… Because the internet has been creative for you (hehe). And so, without further ado, I give you 25 awesome ideas for Halloween costumes while you’re pregnant.

Enjoy!

– Lindsay

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo starts tomorrow night! It runs from October 20-30 in the evenings, starting at 6pm on weeknights and 5:30pm on weekends. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s an annual Hallowe’en event at the Assiniboine Zoo, with rides and a haunted house, and it’s meant to be scary. Younger kids (like ours) can go to Family Night on October 24 or 25, when the event is more fairy-tale and monster-free. Click the link at the start of this post for more information, like cost and where to get tickets. Also, the idea is you walk through the zoo and it can be quite long, so bringing a stroller or carrier is not a bad idea.

Does anyone want to team up to check it out? I’d love to go with a group if anyone is interested! (And assuming I get Lucy’s costume started finished.) Talk to me tomorrow or leave a note in the comments.

~Annemarie

New Kids Store

Rumour has it that the new Carter’s/OshKosh store opened in Winnipeg today on Kenaston (near Home Depot)… I also heard that there’s a storewide 20% off sale this week.

I’m kind of in love with their kids stuff – super cute AND good quality. Even after this sale ends, there’s pretty much ALWAYS a coupon to be found if you sign up for their emails… whatever you do, DO NOT pay full retail!

Let us know if you go check it out, or if you have any more info!

– Lindsay

Winnipeg Flu Shot Clinic Info

We are NOT going to enter into the debate about vaccinations here… But if you lean toward the pro-vaccination camp (or if you’ve already HAD IT with the germs your kid drags home from preschool and are changing your tune), you should know that Winnipeg’s Flu Shot Clinics opened today – and all the info is right here.

– Lindsay

Slices for Smiles

I’m not even going to pretend that this is a healthy idea. BUT. I believe there must be some form of cosmic healthy eating vs good karma mommy mathematics – so I think you’re okay on this one (hehe).

Pizza Pizza is teaming up with the Children’s Miracle Network and from now until the end of this month, you can get a ‘smile’ half pizza for $2. Or pick up a whole cheese or pepperoni pizza for $5. Details are here.

Just make a salad to go with it… 😉

– Lindsay

Winnipeg Jets Appreciation Day TOMORROW

Tomorrow – Saturday, October 15 – is Winnipeg Jets Appreciation Day at the Royal Canadian Mint (now THERE’s a mouthful!). There are FREE family-friendly activities planned from 9 AM to 4 PM including self-guided tours of the Mint and an appearance by Mick E Moose.

Full details are available here.

Let us know if you check it out!

– Lindsay

Wrap-Up: 5 Languages of Apology

This week we learned the inside secrets of Sandy’s marriage.

Actually, we learned about the different languages of apology, and how that can make a huge difference in our relationships. We talked mainly about marriages since, for many of us, that’s where we apologize the most. The book that Sandy worked from is called The Five Languages of Apology and she highly recommended reading it, as she only gave us a sample. To sum up, the five languages can be expressed as:

  • I’m sorry
  • I was wrong
  • What can I do to make it right?
  • I’ll try not to do that again
  • Will you please forgive me?

The idea is that the style with which we identify most is the language we need to hear to feel an apology has been sincere. Often, it is the one we use in handling a conflict. It’s challenging to recognize that our spouse (or parent, or friend, etc) probably has a different style and needs us to use a different apology language so that they are able to forgive and move on. It’s also challenging to have the other person recognize our style and use it as well. But like so many other facets of communication, with practice it can make a significant difference. And as Maggie pointed out, it can save a fortune on therapy bills!

What did you think of the session, or if you missed it, what questions do you have from this brief summary?

~Annemarie

Free Movies on October 22

You’ll want to mark your calendars for this one…

Cineplex theatres across Canada are hosting a Community Day with in support of the Starlight Foundation next Saturday morning, October 22. The movies are all kid-friendly (and absolutely free) with kids snack combos available for $2 – and all proceeds are going to the Starlight Foundation.

More info on Community Day is available here, and you can view an at-a-glance list of all participating Winnipeg theatres and their line-up of free kids movies here.

– Lindsay