Posts Tagged ‘Yummy Mummy Club’

The Cycle of Self Doubt and Personal Fears in All of Us

When I was in my teens I was a nervous person, unsure of what my talents were, lacking in confidence. I don’t think that made me unusual but it did make for stressful high school years.

Now in my forties I thought those awkward days were behind me. I somehow envisioned that at this stage all those life experiences I had gone through, like school and finding a career and building a family, would give me more confidence and security in who I am. But I still breakout into heart palpitations when invited to a social event. I don’t take risks or chances in my professional life. I don’t give my opinion in discussions or offer to participate in round tables or presentations. I mean, who am I to share my knowledge and expertise or rather, what knowledge and expertise can I share that hasn’t already been covered.

Why am I scared?

What sort of example am I sending to my kids when I won’t take the chances I’m encouraging them to take?

But some recent reading has me doing a little thinking, specially Erica‘s recent Yummy Mummy Club post  A Weekend for Self Esteem with a Twist and Michelle‘s Mom Esteem journey on EverythingMom. These two woman are amazing. I have had the privilege of meeting and working with both of them. They are the two strongest, influential, outgoing and supportive woman I know and are great role models for women like me. So I was amazed to read their posts, admitting to everyone that they too have inner fears and self-doubt.

A revelation: I’m not the only one with doubts and insecurities. Actually that’s not really a revelation; I sort of guessed I’m not the only one feeling this way. What really stuck with me reading these posts is that even those people who you think have it all under control and figured out, those people sometimes feel the same insecurities I feel. Maybe not around the same issues but they feel them none the less. Perhaps I’m going about this doubt issue the wrong way. I will never be the outgoing, extrovert that I would like to be, but that doesn’t mean I have to beat myself up over it. It’s okay to have these doubts and fears, everyone does. The trick is not letting them take over your life, limit your experiences and potential. Admit to your fear and deal with it, work around it, face it.

These insecurities, these doubts, like it or not, are apart of my character; they make me who I am. I need to stop wanting to change that. Instead I need to accept that’s apart of me, accept that there are things I won’t be comfortable doing but at the same time try things that I’m uncomfortable doing. Sometimes this discomfort and insecurity is simply based on the unknown and if I don’t try then these areas will always be unknown, they will always be uncomfortable. As I have discovered from reading Erica and Michelle, taking risks is scary as hell but usually the end result is rewarding.

So I won’t be the belle of the ball but at least when I’m in a room with other women I can be sure I’m not the only one with heart palpitations.

Barbie Fashion Fairytale Movie Event

Sunglasses. CHECK

Fashionable outfit. CHECK

Flashy smile. CHECK

Glamour pose. CHECK

My girls and I were ready to face the paparazzi at the movie premiere. I’m not talking about the Toronto International Film Festival, which by chance is happening in town this weekend too. No I’m talking about the premiere of the new Barbie movie, Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale, due out on DVD September 14, 2010. Yummy Mummy Club and High Road Communications were hosting this exclusive sneak peek for a few yummy mummies and daddies and their kids. I was fortunate enough to be invited, along with my two girls.

While we waited in a sea of glitzy and glamourous girls, we witnesses Barbie’s arrival at the event. My 3-year old was so excited and couldn’t believe Barbie had just walked by her. Before entering the movie, the girls were given these great pink Barbie tiara headbands and they had their chance to strut their stuff on the famous pink carpet. And like all movie premieres they posed admidst a frenzy of flashbulbs. My girls loved it.

Each child attending was also given a kids meal (drink, popcorn and Kinderegg) to enjoy during the movie and parents were given a free Tim Horton’s coffee. They even had the chance for kids to be a Barbie and pose in a Barbie doll box. It was a very cute idea but my girls wanted to get their seats. And it’s a good thing since it looked like a full house. We were lucky to get a seat near the front. We actually sat in the row right behind Barbie. My 3-year old kept sneaking glances over at her in disbelief.

It wouldn’t be an event without prizes right? There were 4 door prizes consisting of a Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale doll and DVD and surprisingly my 8-year old daughter was one of the winners! She was so excited that she dropped her popcorn on the floor. If you know my daughter’s love of popcorn you know she had to be REALLY excited to drop it.

Then it was time for the movie. My girls loved it, even more than Barbie: A Mermaid Tale (which we all loved). The fashion theme and the fairies, or rather flaries (fairies with flare) were big selling features.

WIN a Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale Prize Pack

EverythingMom is running a contest right now to give away five (5) Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale prize packs consisting of both the DVD and Barbie). But hurry, contest ends September 19, 2010.

Mamma Mia: A Night with Mirvish and Yummy Mummy Club

Thanks to the Yummy Mummy Club and Mirvish Productions, I had the opportunity to attend a performance of Mamma Mia with fellow Yummy Mummy Club members. The timing was perfect as a Mother’s Day treat for myself and a birthday gift for my 8-year-old daughter, who happens to be a bit of a Dancing Queen herself.

The evening started off with dinner at Il Fornello (I had a delicious fig pizza. Yum!). Many of the gals going brought either their moms or daughters; it was a great night. My daughter loved connecting with Erica’s daughter. I think the girls loved Jill’s art lessons (my daughter’s been drawing Snoopy heads everywhere now).

We arrived at the theatre and of course the first thing my daughter says to me…‘is that popcorn I smell?’ Yes, she’s a little popcorn obsessed. I don’t make popcorn at night because I’m sure the aroma would wake her from a sound sleep. Well this was our girls night out so I gave in and bought her popcorn.

I love that the Princess of Wales Theatre, where Mamma Mia is playing until June 27, 2010, has booster seats for the smaller audience members. We’re not talking about those plastic seats you find in the movie theatres or restaurants, these booster seats are nice velvet booster seats, like the main seats in the theatre. My daughter felt like she was sitting on her throne. Sadly we were allowed to take pictures inside the theatre, even before the show started.

The show itself is about 2-and-a-half hours long, with 1 intermission but it seemed to pass by so quickly. I knew all the songs accept two and couldn’t help but dance a little in my seat. I was tempted to sing-along but thought those sitting next to me wouldn’t enjoy that as much as the professional singers. My daughter wasn’t as concerned and sang her heart out.

I’ve never seen the movie Mamma Mia so I had no real expectations except for hearing the ABBA songs. It’s hard to imagine how a series of songs could be worked into a cohesive story, but they did it and did it well. For the most part the costumes were simple, regular clothing style except for the scene where Donna (the mother) performs with her old band mates, pictures those white sparkly costumes ABBA use to wear. There was a lot of dance and movement, keeping the actors constantly moving. I especially loved the two scenes where they were decked out in scuba gear (hard to explain, but great to watch).

At the end of the show, the cast all came out on stage and sang and danced a few of the more popular ABBA songs. Surprisingly not many people at that nights show stood-up to dance. I’m not one to put myself out there but I could tell my daughter was itching to get up and dance and she didn’t want to do it herself. Being the good mom I am, I swallowed my nerves and stood-up mid the seated audience and clapped and danced along with her. She loved it. And you know what, I survived too. I had so much fun and Mirvish Productions has a number of great shows planned this season; I might just have to head back.

As if dinner and the show wasn’t fun enough, our wonderful group had the chance to meet some of the cast members after the show. My daughter even had her program signed. I have to thank Jackie Yovanoff since she took both of the images I’ve included. You can see more of her photos of the event here.

Yummy Mummy’s can see Mamma Mia at a discounted rate for shows running from May 4 to June 4, 2010. For more information on the discount and where to buy your tickets, visit the Yummy Mummy Club Mamma Mia event page.

If you haven’t seen Mamma Mia yet, you should. And if you have seen it, it’s worth seeing again before the show leaves this summer. And to get you into the mood, here’s a little Dancing Queen:

Admission to Mamma Mia for myself and my daughter was covered by Mirvish Productions.

Mischievous Mom at the Art Gallery book party

You probably already know I’m a big fan of Yummy Mummy Club and it’s founder Erica Ehm. Well, Erica and writer Rebecca Eckler have teamed up to write a new picture book, The Mischievous Mom at the Art Gallery.

I was excited to be invited to their book launch party yesterday. Okay, I admit it, I was nervous, but excited too. Like any person who maintains a blog, I thought what a great blog post my party recap would make. I even brought two cameras to capture everything. And after all that I took one picture. ONE. And even that image didn’t turn out.

I guess that’s sort of a good thing when you think about it. I mean I was too busy meeting people to take their picture. It was great seeing people I had met before, like Annabel (@MeditatingMommy), Lisa (@Those2Girls), RachealMc, Maureen (@WeeWelcome), Kathryn and Cora (@MC_Canada), Tamara (@WonderMoms), Patty (@PattySullivan), Michelle (@Filterologist),Sharon (@SharonDV), Jacki (@JackiYo), Lisa (@PartyMummy), Lindsay (@GraceAnnounce), Alison (@AlisonBurke) and Heather (@Greenwooddavis). And then there were the twitter people I actually got to meet in real life like Maria (@AMothersWorld), Alison (@NummiesBras), JoAnne (@JoAnneWallace), Eric (@MMPerspectives) and Amanda (@InspireHamilton). I know Scott (@UnMarketing) was also there but I just couldn’t bring myself to say hi. I know, crazy.

Oh and of course the talented Erica (@YummyMummyClub) and Rebecca (@RebeccaEckler), two mischievous moms and talented authors behind the book The Mischievous Mom at the Art Gallery. Wow, that’s a lot of people for me to meet and I’m sure I’m missing someone (sorry).

I’m not really good in social situations. No, I’m not the one who drinks too much and starts demonstrating my lack of musical or dance training. I’m the opposite. I tend to not really talk to people, comfortable to be in the back or hiding in a group. But meeting these wonderful people in person makes me not feel so awkward and shy. I love how they’re so inviting and welcoming and not all cliquey like you would sometimes expect a group of women to be. I think that’s one reason, one of many, that I love being involved with the Yummy Mummy Club; it’s all the wonderful ladies (and gentlemen) who are part of the supportive community.

Even Erica, who to me is the closest person I know to being a superstar, she was so wonderful. It was amazing to hear her and Rebecca share their inspiration for the book and watch their genuine excitement and love of their book and every person who came out. Erica talked to everyone; she treated everyone like her best friend. No wonder people walked away feeling like they had a fantastic time, because they did.

Tamara, from WonderMoms.ca, did a great video interview with Erica on her new book and just being a mom. It’s great if you haven’t seen it yet. Plus she’s giving away copies of The Mischievous Mom at the Art Gallery too, how cool is that.

I haven’t had a chance to read The Mischievous Mom at the Art Gallery yet, but I will. And I’ll be writing a review on it next Wednesday as part of my Write a Review Wednesday post so you’ll have to check back (though I know you read every one of my Wednesday book review posts already right?). I can’t wait.

A Morning with Barbie at The Mermaid Tale movie premiere

I’ve been a member of the Yummy Mummy Club for a number of years now. I’ve enjoyed the articles, even wrote a few, and love their contests. Sometimes they even host events for Yummy Mummy Club members to get out and have fun. Today was one of those days with the Barbie Mermaid movie premiere event.

Barbie in a Mermaid Tale is the newest Barbie adventure move, due out on DVD March 9. To celebrate the movie’s release, the Yummy Mummy Club, along with Highroad, Universal and Mattel, hosted a fun movie premiere event for some local Yummy Mummy Club members.

My daughter’s were thrilled to be invited to attend. I wasn’t sure we would make it out on time with my three-year-old changing her Barbie’s outfit five times (because of course Barbie had to come to the event too).

We arrived to find a group of other Barbie fans waiting to enter the event. It was a sea of pink with little girls dressed in their finest and fanciest. Boys were there too; I think we even saw Superman.

As this was a movie premiere, the kids got to strike a pose on the pink carpet. The paparazzi were there to take their photos. My seven-year-old loved this and my three-year-old followed her lead.

There was even a pink surf board for the kids to surf along side Barbie. My girls were all for standing on he surf board, but they didn’t quite get the surfing part.

Then Barbie arrived! Yes, Barbie. My three-year-old stared in awe as she walked by. She couldn’t believe her luck of getting a picture with her.

Settling in with snacks and after some generous Barbie door prizes were handed out from Mattel, it was on to the movie. My girls loved it, especially my three-year-old. And what’s not to love. Surfer girl Barbie discovers she’s actually part mermaid (her mom was the Queen of Oceana and her father was a human). While she wrestles with her new discovery, she finds an inner strength to help the merfolk and restore her mother to her rightful place as Queen of Oceana.

My three-year-old sat mesmerized by the whole film. She loved the mermaids, laughed at the dolphin, worries about the evil sister Queen and enjoyed herself thoroughly.

When the movie ended, all the kids received treat bags full of little Barbie in a Mermaid Tale items. Although my three-year-old’s favourite part of the day was meeting Barbie and watching the movie, my seven-year-old’s was when Erica Ehm, Yummy Mummy Club founder, interviewed her about what she thought of the film.

Barbie in a Mermaid Tale DVD is expected in stores March 9, 2010. You can also hear what moms and girls thought of the event on the Barbie Movie Premiere episode of  YummyMummyClub TV (including my girls who walk the carpet and my oldest who gives her critic of the movie too).