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I am a pastor’s wife and work at home mom with 3 beautiful children. Olivia is 5 years old, Owen is 8 years old, and Aiden is 9 years old and has been diagnosed with high-functioning Autism and ODD/ADHD. I work as a virtual assistant and social media manager.
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November 2006
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Mabel's Labels Stylish Scholars Combo review

With back to school just around a corner, and three kids’ supplies to keep straight, I needed labels that would be quick, easy and long-lasting. With Mabel’s Labels I found exactly that.

Mabel’s labels offers a number of unique labeling products that are perfect for back to school, in designs that my kids love. My boys are particularly fond of the blue camo design in the Stylish Scholars Combo.

Application is easy, and these labels last throughout the entire school year and longer. We have been using Mabel's Labels for years and these things never wear off!

I haven't managed to label all the kids school supplies yet (since I haven't actually purchased them yet) but you can see how great they look all labelled up in this Mabel's Labels review I did a couple years ago.

I would recommend Mabel’s Labels to anyone looking for a quick and easy solution to labeling their kid’s school supplies, clothes and more. They are my most favourite. Get some. You won't regret it!

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When Crap Explodes All Over Christmas

I love Christmas.

It is my most favourite holiday. I love the tree. I love the decorations. I love the gifts. I love the turkey dinner. I love it all.

I have even learned to love the fact that my birthday is on Christmas day... for the most part.

But this year?

This year Christmas was something else.

I struggle to find words to adequately describe our Christmas.

I can honestly say that I have never experienced a Christmas like this one in all of my 38 years.

Allow me to tell you the story of the Robertson Christmas of 2013. It is a delight.

For awhile now we have been having some plumbing issues in our home. We've been living with them relatively well but in the weeks leading up to Christmas it got really bad and our landlord had to come over several times to "fix" things.

Unfortunately not so much actual "fixing" happened and a week before Christmas we were left with zero plumbing. Like.... none. No showers. No laundry. No doing dishes. And most traumatic of all? No flushable toilets.

Oh yes... it was super fun.

So on the morning of Christmas Eve our landlord came over to fix the problem but instead he accidentally flooded our basement with sewage.

Oh yes he did.

So now that there was poop-water all over the kids' playroom and our storage room and laundry room  and the sewage had exploded out of our toilet and bathtub all over our bathroom and our house smelled like a public toilet we figured it was time to head to a hotel.

We gathered up the kids and our Christmas tree and all the supplies we could think of to make Christmas morning fun for the kids and headed to the local hotel.

Here is where some good things start happening. Pay attention because people are awesome.

We called our friends who totally had a sick kid and they agreed to take our cat just because they are great. So we dropped off Shadow-the-cat at their house.

We stopped at our local Pizza Hut for lunch and the hostess (who recognized us since we live in a very small town) noticed that we looked... um... not great. So we told her what happened and then we went and ate lunch. When it was time to pay for our lunch our server and the hostess came over and PAID FOR OUR LUNCH for us because they felt so bad for us.

So that was amazing.

Then we headed over to the Holiday Inn Express hotel where the second amazing thing happened - the hotel gave us TWO huge hotel rooms FOR FREE for 3 nights.

That's right. People are awesome.

So yes, our house was flooded with sewage ... but we were fed and we had a warm, lovely place to stay for Christmas. It could have been SO much worse.

Christmas morning was good - the kids opened their presents and presents make everything better when you are 11, 10 and 7.

Then we headed back to our house to see where things were at. And they were bad.

Nothing says "Happy 38th birthday" like cleaning crap off your bathroom walls. Really.

We ate kraft dinner and peanut butter sandwiches for Christmas dinner. I did not love that.

On boxing day we came back to the house again after finally being able to buy some cleaning supplies but quickly realized it was WAY more than I could ever clean up on my own. So my husband called the landlord and he called a professional and she came over and sprayed some sort of disinfectant all over everything. Then she came back a couple days later to clean the mess up so at least it is safe down there now.

Of course we have a pile of toxic belongings on our deck that we have removed from our basement that have been perfectly preserved in their crap-covered state thanks to the -40 degree weather which we haven't yet managed to take to the dump. On the up side it doesn't smell. Yay winter?

The day we were leaving the hotel to come home my husband got a call from the food bank where he is the manager and discovered that furnace had died and a fridge had quit working too. Because of course it did.

I've decided that having your basement flooded with sewage is NOT the best way to celebrate Christmas or your birthday. Just in case you were thinking of doing that next year... don't.

But I could have handled all of that if everything was fixed and we were done with the whole nightmare. Really.

This morning my husband (the chef in our family) put our Christmas turkey in the oven and we began to prepare for the Christmas dinner that we missed.

I got in the shower and admired our new non-poop covered shower curtain that we just purchased yesterday and then I heard it... the toilet started making the same sounds as before. The water from the shower was not draining.

And the toilet stopped flushing.

The plumbing was NOT fixed. We are back to a bucket for a toilet and let me tell you... I am not happy.

Oh no I am not.

The turkey is cooked but it is not getting eaten because I am too busy trying not to have a nervous breakdown.

I may or may not have started sobbing and saying things like "the landlord is not allowed in our house again to try and FIX anything - he has to call a professional this time! I am NOT DOING THIS AGAIN."

My husband may or may not have tried to calm me down by making me tea.

So the landlord has been called. We are waiting for a plumber who had better have some sort of certification.

I let you know how it all turns out.


*UPDATE* Dec 31st - A real certified plumber came and fixed the issue today! Yay! 3 Cheers for plumbers!

So long 2013, don't let the door hit you on the way out!

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Foot Pain

Posted on January 11, 2010 at 4:40pm 0 Comments

My son Aiden has inherited his father's high arches and his poor feet get so sore! We have had a terrible time finding him shoes to help ease the foot pain.

I have done some research online about foot pain in children and found some helpful articles. We will probably need to invest in some custom… Continue

Tea Party

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

I was recently inspired by my friend J. ( from In the Gutter) who wrote a blog post titled "A Penny Saved... is a Missed Opportunity" that begins with the sentence "What are you saving your China for?". It is a good post and you all should head on over and read it. She has… Continue

Conversations With God

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

God and I had a little discussion recently... it went something like this...

Me: ARGHHH these kids are driving me NUTS!@#^@%$*#&@%$&#

they are beautiful wonderful gifts from me. be thankful. stop your whining.


A Boy's Logic

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

So my I got a note sent home from school today about my son Aiden. Apparently he had two "incidents" today- the first was when he kicked a girl from his class when she stepped into line in front of him on the way to the library. The second was when he punched a different girl for being bossy in french class.…


Blog Partying

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Welcome to my Ultimate Blog Party 2009 post!

In honour of this fabulous occasion I thought I would share with you the chaos of my life this month (you are SO lucky!!!).

March 1st was my husband's first day in his brand new job (he's a pastor). We moved 14 hours away from our previous home in northeast Saskatchewan to our NEW home in northwestern Ontario. Apparently… Continue

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At 9:39am on July 12, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)

Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help

At 7:35pm on July 14, 2011, the third boob said…
we (chach + nellie) started a blog & would love for you to check us out and hopefully get a giggle & some answers to "why is this blog called the third boob"?! (http://thethirdboob.blogspot.com/2011/05/third-boob-story-that-started-it-all.html)
if you find the story amusing enough to follow us or tell people about we would be forever grateful.
At 12:30am on August 21, 2010, Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time.
At 9:03pm on January 10, 2010, Gena Roma said…
Hi Tara,
Thanks for adding me as a friend!

At 2:32pm on January 10, 2010, Gena Roma said…
Hi There. just added myself to your FB fan list:) and am now following you too!
At 6:46am on December 21, 2009, Jane Bodiola said…
I am now following your blog. =O)
Happy Holidays!
Jane =O)
At 1:00am on December 11, 2009, Jane Bodiola said…
Hi Tara! I loved your page. I was teary eyes when I read your blog regarding your son saved by a woman when he got lost. It's a very wonderful story. God really protects us. Blessed day!
At 4:10am on December 10, 2009, Jane Bodiola said…
Hi Tara! Thank you for accepting my friend request. Have a great week! =O)
At 5:43pm on August 28, 2009, Grissell Barros said…
Just added to your facebook and google on your blog. Thanks again!
At 5:41pm on August 28, 2009, Grissell Barros said…
Thanks :), I am working on the fan list right now.. doing laundry LMAO..... oh hate folding and putting them away.... :)

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