Works for Me Wenesday: Reading to Destress

For those of you reading me for the first time. I am a solo parent so getting out etc to destress is out of the question for me so what do I do instead? READ

For me reading is a great cheap escape. I love to read! What are my sources for books? First the local library, then Value Village, then I belong to two great sources for Canucks to get free books. First is the First Look program offered by Harper Collins and the other is the Harper Collins Reading Club on Facebook.

This week I finished reading Laura Lippman’s newest novel Another Thing to Fall. This book I got for free through the Reading Club. I really enjoyed the book and having gotten it for free just made it better.

One of the other ways I get free books is contesting….

So do you want a great spring destressor? A FREE Book? I am having a blog contest this month… 4 reads are up for grabs…all I got either cheap or free over the last month from varying sources.

Which books?

1. Laura Lippman’s Another Thing to Fall

2. Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

3.Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me?

4.Don Piper’s 90 Minutes in Heaven

Here are the rules

1. Open to Canadian and US residents only.

2. To enter you must leave a comment on any post I make in the month of April.

3. You must let me know which book you would like . One comment is equal to one entry into that book’s draw.  

4.Blog or post this wee contest online and tell me about it and you get an extra entry.

5. Contest closes April 30th at 10 pm EST. Draws for all 4 books will be held on May 1st. Winners can read about their win here and contact me on or after May1st. So you will want to read the winners list.If you have a blog it will be linked to in that post.  Iwill contact winners later that day. My email is hollie.pollard@gmail.com

6.You do not have to be a blogger to win, but you must have some way for me to contact you.

So hopefully I can pass some great reads along! Well destressing and reading go hand in hand and work well for me. Going to go and read now what is working well for others over at Rocks in my Dryer

Contest Entry

Entered the Moody Blues contest….why not check out my mix here 

I am simplyhollie and it is called insane motherhood. Iam late getting on board with this one but just maybe my readers can help  this  solo parent  win..

Could it be????  I am feeling lucky!

Our Earth Hour Fun

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Monopoly was the game of choice, and then we read by candle light and our finale was a walk in our neighbourhood where we found 60 houses that were participating! We could even see the stars and that is rare in Toronto..It really was a fun time and a real reminder that we can still do much to go green.

Works for Me Wednesday- Getting Ready for Earth hour

So what works for me this week is me getting ready to celebrate Earth Hour with Roo. What are we going to do? Well let’s see since 8pm this Saturday night it is dusk her in Toronto Roo and I have decided to have a raw dinner and play board games by candle light…no going anywhere just us girls at home this Saturday night. Now if you are in Toronto there is going to be an eco friendly concert downtown but if you go please don’t drive use the better way:TTC or bike or walk. Now off to Rocks in my Dryer to see what is working for everyone else this week. Are YOU doing earth hour? If yes how?

IPRC, and the TDSB and a LONG Wait

Some of you know this, I am the parent of a little girl in grade 4 in the Toronto District School Board. Today we had Roo’s annual review. I asked questions specifically about things that will help her as she has an learning disability as well as walking the Asperger’s/ADHD line ( which means she is dually tracked LD/behavior for IPRC purposes).

 I have been asking for an OT assessment since the beginning of the school year as my daughter writes at about a early grade 2 level( this has not improved at all over the last 18 months where she has done amazing well in getting better at reading, and in self control-thanks in large part to the great staff at her school). Writing is her handicap and really it is stopping her from having the education that most children receive.

 A computer in the classroom that was assigned to her would help so much but it seems that if I stay inside the system that the need will NOT get met for at least another school year, in the meantime my child languishes with a substandard education. It is now taking  the average special needs child over 18 months to get any type of assessments in this board. For her assignments, homework and the like take twice as long, she becomes frustrated with herself and it becomes a battle.

A computer would really give us a handle on where she is really at as assignments etc would be done faster, better and handed in in a manner that a teacher can properly evaluate where she is at. I want what every parent wants a good quality education that leaves her in the regular classroom with her self esteem intact as much as possible. In Toronto special needs children do not get the education for the most part that they need. Funding is more then lacking for this children. Getting testing and things like computers that would put them on a equal footing are hard to get inside the system that frustrates both parent and child as well as the local school. I found a computer   and the 2 programs that would have to be loaded on it for her to get the best benefit

http://www.factorydirect.ca/catalog/product_spec.php?pcode=AC3680

now I just need $450… and for this mom who isn’t working because I have a child who needs me at home it is not doable. So I am starting the ROO FUND.. every penny of change I get will go to the ROO FUND to get her a computer for the classroom before the end of THIS  year, not next or the year after that…If you can think of creative ways for me to raise funds let me know. If you want to donate or have a laptop that you can spare that is less then 2 years old, and is in working order let me know that too..I don’t want her to fall through the cracks and I can see we are sitting on the ledge between educational success and failure.

A New to Canada Snack: Oreo Cakesters

oreo Today I received my campaign box from BzzAgent. In it was a box of Cakesters, as they were released on the Canadian market last month.   When I opened the box Roo said “I was waiting for someone to invent these”. You see both of us love Oreos and chocolate! I was certainly a happy camper when I got to test drive this new to us snack. Roo had a friend over so they were my testers. They got a great review from the kiddos. Now we all know that Oreo is known for a rich chocolate taste I find these lighter but better then another certain chocolate snack cake that has been a staple in this house. We are always looking for good snacks. Now they come wrapped with 2 in a pack. Because of how big they are I recommend eat one and share with a friend. Now they do have an allergy alert on the package so this is a NO go for school here which is unfortunate but none of the ingredients are nut related so I am going to say must be made in a factory where there is a chance of trace from machinery etc. Over all we will buy the product again. If you have tried these let me know what you think.

Whew it is Almost Over!

Well Spring break is quickly coming to an end, and this cheapfrugal mom has made it through without it making a debt in my pocket book! yeah!! On Monday we went to the Shops on Steeles that have the best Spring Break kids program. It started off with a craft, then a free-lunch and then a show. This year’s theme was animals. We saw a wonderful show about birds. On Tuesday Roo went to Kidzown, it was science day! On Wednesday it was PJ and movie day at home. Thursday she went to a play based on Robert Munch’s books. Today we have been at home working on a school project that is coming due after the holiday. 

Menu Monday

This week I found a new website for Menu Monday. It is Wovenfare. It is free to join to get their free plan.

A few days this week are from there. 

1. Monday-Honey Pecan Chicken (recipe available on the download from Wovenfare), snow peas, and brown rice.

2. Tuesday-Our breakfast at night–Cheese Omelet, and tomato slices

3.Wednesday- Fresh Thai Rolls, salad and roasted potatoes (the rolls again are from Wovenfare

4.Thursday-Spaghetti and Meatballs, salad

5. Friday- Cheese Pizza, and carrot sticks and broccoli and dip

6.Saturday- leftovers

7. Out with friends- bringing dessert

Well off to check out what else is on the menu plan this Monday over at Laura’s.

I am Ready for Spring

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Well woke up this  morning to a mountain of snow! I really have no place to put! So here I was lugging snow to my backyard. I have about 1/2 my walk done and decided that was enough before breakfast! So no going out today.

Well I promised to introduce all you partiers to those that I love on my blogroll:

1.Laura at Im an Organizing Junkie really does help me to think of organizing and because I live in a small space well it is something I have to think about. Join her for Menu Mondays!

2. Holyhas been a blog bud forever and I love to read her take on things. She is a fellow Canadian living in Washington! 

3. The Festival of Frugality is an ongoing carnival that lets me read all things frugal and I love it. 

4. Debi over at The Simple Mom is another blogger that I must read!

So they are just a few of the blogs that make my days full of great reads. Well in between shovelling today I hope to get to a few more parties!

It’s Party Time!

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Over at 5 Minutes to Mom they are hosting a blog party!!! It is a great  way to find some new fav reads and maybe win some prizes too!!

Welcome to my lil corner of the neighbourhood, and my blog! Well actually I hvave two this one and The Lucky Cannuck. Can I offer you a cup of hot chocolate or perhaps a cup of herbal tea? Would you like a chocolate? or perhaps a maple cookie? These are some of my favorite food and I really want to be a good hostess! Come on in and sit for a bit.

I am Hollie, a solo mom. I am cheaper than cheap! I have to be. I live on less then $1300 a month in Canada’s biggest city. I have been blogging for years now. I had old blogs on both MSN and blogspot. I really like wordpress!

I write about things cheap frugal. On Mondays I try hard to Menu plan, and post my plans here. I also like to participate in What Works Wednesdays. I also write  about my lil girl who is a unique talented child who walks the Aspergers/ADHD line. Sometimes I will even do an opinion piece if something is on my mind.

I have months of archives here for you to browse…and this week I will introduce some of my favorte blogs and my must reads for help. So glad you came to visit, hopefully you will come back often.