A little bit of everything

There are quite a few things that I'm good at. For instance, I'm good at spending money, shopping, loving my children, and I am the queen of procrastination. I'm also good at getting my way, most of the time.

Of course, there are some things I'm not good at, too. I'm not good at cooking, or baking. I'm not good at not worrying. And I'm terrible at saying 'no' to my boys. I've written about this before, and many of you commented that I should start becoming more firm with my children. I appreciated all your comments, truly. However, almost one year later, I'm still not able to really say 'no' to my boys. I do try, it's just... they don't listen, and I give in to their every demand.

It's not that my children are really misbehaving - they're wonderful, most of the time - it's me, not being able to say no, and letting them get away with whatever they want. For instance, if we go to Chapters, my youngest son runs straight to the Godiva chocolate, and I end up spending 10 dollars before we're even in the book section! My inability to say no and to actually put my foot down is costing me a fortune.

I've often wished that Supernanny could come to my rescue, and it seems like my prayers have been answered!

This Friday morning, I'm going to be on the Marilyn Denis show in Toronto talking to and getting advice from a famous parenting expert, someone with a lot of experience under her belt. I am SO excited!

Yesterday, I had a camera crew in my home filming me and my boys for a few hours, and I'm happy to report we did capture a few um, episodes on film, so you'll be able to see that on the show, too. I'm going to be sitting in the audience, talking to the parenting expert, and I hope to come back home with some new knowledge on how to discipline my children. Make sure to watch, okay?

In other news...

Tonight I will co-hosting a party on Twitter with Mom Central Canada! But not just any party... an IKEA kitchen party! IKEA's kitchen event is going on right now, and I am so ready for a brand-new kitchen. Every time I'm in IKEA, I start picking out my new countertops and pull-out drawers. I'm not kidding, if I had an IKEA kitchen, I would never leave my kitchen and in turn, I'd finally become a good cook!

Anyway, at 8:30 EST, please join in the fun on Twitter. We will be giving away six $100 IKEA gift cards in one hour, and your chances of winning are excellent. Make sure to be following me (@MrsLoulou) @IKEACanada, @MC_Canada and @AndreaMillsTO. Use the hashtag #IKEAKitchen. For more information, click here! See you on the Twitter!

One more thing, before I go...

You all know how much I love fashion and shopping and shoes and designer purses, right? Yes, shopping is my therapy, and I get such a high from finding a new LBD dress or the perfect pair of stiletto's. My Louis Vuitton is like my third baby, sort of.

I've been invited to cover Ottawa Fashion Week at the National Gallery of Canada, AND I have been give two guest passes to give to two of readers! How awesome is that?

I have also been given an extra pass to the by-invitation-only OFW Launch Party, hosted in the newly renovated lounge, Lobby. It's going to be the ultimate party with gravity-defying Cirque du Soleil like performers, champagne waterfalls, and hors d'oeuvres. Slated to the be the 'party of the year', you'll be rubbing elbows with Ottawa's VIP, from foreign delgates, to politicians and socialites. Oh, my gosh! What will I wear? I'll be giving away the passes in a few days.

Ottawa Fashion Week will be closing on a charitable note with "Walk the Truth", a Fashion Show Fundraiser and Charity Gala dedicated to spreading awareness about NGO Africa's Children - Africa's Future.

Phew, okay!

I'm off to Toronto for a night of luxurious sleep in a king size bed all to myself. I'm even going to sleep in past 6:30 am! It's the little things that excite me, friends!

Hope you're able to watch The Marilyn Denis show on Friday - if not for me, at least to see the always hilarious Nicole Sullivan from MAD TV and The King of Queens (my mom used to tell me I reminded her of Nicole... hmm?) and Lynda Reeves, Canadian House and Home magazine president and publisher. So excited to see these ladies!

Of course, no trip to Toronto is complete without a little shopping on Bloor Street, right? That's where I'll be after the show!
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Jill said...

Best of luck on Friday! Can't wait to hear all about it. For those of us not in Canada, hope you're going to post a link to the show!!

OHmommy said...

Good luck! Hope you can post it for all of us to see.

Gabriella said...

OOO lucky you!! I'll be watching!

Christy said...

Wow what a great week it is for you! Have fun on Friday - hope you can link up to the show for us non-canadians!

Nenette AM said...

OMG, I am SO going to watch Marilyn Denis that day! I love her show, and now I get to see you too!
I'm so excited for you, Loukia. :)

And congrats on all the other awesome events you're participating in! xo

Lisa said...

Awesome. Will be watching MD tomorrow for sure and will see you at the Twitter Party tonight. :)

Chantal said...

Loukia! You are so busy. I will record the Marylin Dennis show for sure. You are a brave woman!

It must be so fun to be involved in so many awesome things! Have a great time in Toronto! And fingers crossed I win one of those gift cards :)

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh wow, I hope you get some good advice that you are comfortable with! And I love Ikea, btw!


Tyne said...

loukia! that is so cool! How could you say "no" to that?

Scary Mommy said...

I've been thinking about you!!! How'd it go?!

Avitable said...

Did they tell you that you were a lost cause and could never tell your kids no?

Elaine A. said...

So cool about the show! Anyway we can see it here in the states? can you link us to a snippet of it? Would love to see!

And yay for Fashion Week - you are rockin' it girl - congrats!! :D

ModernMom said...

I watched!! You did so well my friend:) Yeah you and a big congrats for all the other fab events going on in your life!!

Brittany at Mommy Words said...

Holy Moly you have been busy girl! That is all just awesome news! So glad the show went well!

Shannon @ AnchorMommy said...

Wow! How exciting!!! I hope the show went well...I want to see it! Post a link if you can!!!