Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning...Doesn't that sound good? Read on for a chance to WIN Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings! Okay, without further ado, here is Hélène...
If she hadn't been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?
Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever.
Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?
Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and to her crush, Luke?
This summer is about to get a lot more interesting...
I have a big family. So big and so scattered that we usually plan a pre-holiday get-together to avoid traveling during the iffy weather of late December. Given that I live in Canada, (the land of woolly hats, hockey and hypothermia) it’s always good to plan ahead.
This year it was my turn to host and, as it is with big families, it was next to impossible to nail down a date when everyone could make it. We finally settled on THE day—but in very early November. The pumpkins hadn’t even been composted yet and we had just packed away the flip-flops, but I was determined to make our get-together as festive as possible.
So, a fresh tree was acquired (not an easy task right after Halloween!) and we were pleasantly surprised to find tons of Christmas decorations in stores already (it was right after Halloween, after all…). As our guests arrived, we began the task of baking, broiling and basting enough food for our thirty-three invitees. Although, itty bitty problem; cooking while entertaining that many people in a smallish house means things can get a bit cramped and a LOT hot.
As the house’s temperature began to rise, everyone started to get a little bit shack-happy. The kids had already blasted through the fourteen holiday crafts I’d planned and the noise level from the card game in the living room was rising to a crescendo.
I stole a crazed glance at my husband across the crowded room. What to do? It was only 3 pm! By the time dinner came along, everyone was going to have to strip down to their underwear to stay cool. (A whole OTHER kinda party.)
My husband understood my look of despair, grabbed my brother, and hustled out of the house. No, they weren’t escaping to the peace and quiet of the nearest Home Depot—they were actually putting our pre-planned Operation: Zamboni plot into play.
Yeah, so, remember that hockey reference from earlier? Well. Canadians play hockey ALL year round. You can tell by the banks of rink snow dumped by Zambonis in arena parking lots throughout the year. And, twenty minutes later, after a quick dash to the local rink, my husband and brother returned and dumped a truckload full of that very Zamboni snow right on our front lawn.
A sure-fire way to cool things off AND get into the holiday spirit on a spring-like November afternoon.
That's awesome and quick thinking on your husband's part! We think it should definitely be a yearly family tradition. Thanks for joining us here today, Hélène, and sharing your pictures.
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