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Warning: Showing Off May Cause Injury

Just prior to taking this photo, someone may have attempted a triple back flip off of the diving board....

I’m all about dads playing hard with the kiddos, but around here I’ve noticed that “playing with” the kids has a tendency to transform into “showing off” for the kids. Unfortunately, when the showing off starts, the risk of Daddy-o injuries increases. That famous quote from Top Gun often comes to mind: “Your ego is writing cheques your body can’t cash”. I must admit that when such adult injuries happen, I’m not exactly sympathetic.

One particular incident occurred a few years ago. Daddy-o had the kids outside to demonstrate some bike tricks. Before long, he entered the house, bracing his arm and saying I had better drive him down to the hospital. I quickly determined that the arm injury was the result of falling off his bike – the bike that he was standing on… while riding down a hill. I suggested that rather than have me pack up all six children for some quality time in the ER, he use his good arm to get himself to the hospital. My compassionate nature does not always shine when our family experiences a showing-off induced injury.

I know other families have suffered such mishaps as well. I recently ran into an old high school friend shopping with his family. When we were kids in the same neighbourhood, this guy lived on his skateboard – riding it everywhere and doing impressive tricks with all his boarding buddies. As we stood chatting in the shop, I noticed his arm was in a brace. When asked about his injury, he told a tale involving breaks in several locations, hospitals, surgeries, pins and rehabilitation. Curious, I asked about the cause of the injury. His wife sighed and rolled her eyes. Yep, you guessed it – he’d dusted off the skateboard to show the kids a few of his old tricks.

Other injuries we’ve encountered have come from lifting heavy items, and an unforgettable one involved wood chopping and an axe. How about you? Has the show-off injury phenomenon made its way into your home? Who do you take to the ER more often – your kids or your spouse?

Get Your Bliss On

Cocktail Deeva Shakin’ it up at Mabel Bliss ’10

BlissDom Canada is a 2 day, 3 evening conference that brings together the best in blogging, social media and public relations. It’s the 2nd year that the conference has taken place and Mabel will once again be joining all the fun. We’ll be kicking off the evening festivities on Friday with the Mabel Bliss power hour right after the last session of the day.

Last year the Mabel Bliss event was a hit with 5 minute make-over’s, profile picture photo shoots, yummy nibbles & more. This year it will be just as fabulous if not more and we can’t wait to watch the #MabelBliss hash tag light up. Cocktail Deeva will once again be shakin’ up Mabel’ Tini’s at this years good old fashioned glam event that is Mabel Bliss!

Where else will you find Mabel at BlissDom Canada?

Co-Founder Julie Cole will be moderating a panel about “What’s in a Brand? The Art of Defining Yourself and Your Creative World” with Cocktail Deeva – Dee Brun, Finance expert – Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Design Editor for Chatelaine –  Kimberley Seldon and CBC personality – Patty Sullivan. Co-Founder Tricia Mumby will also be play the role of Entrepreneur Tribe Leader over the course of the conference and act as a mentor for attendees on any and all entrepreneurial questions they have. I’ll be mixing and mingling throughout the conference & if you spot Julie, Tricia or myself be sure to stop us and say hi. We love getting to know our Mabel friends in real life!

Photo by CL Buchanan Photography


Meet the Judges Behind Mabel’s Labels BlogHer ’10 Contest

We wanted Mabel’s Labels BlogHer ‘10 Contest to be all about quality writing so we called on three web-savvy writers to lend a hand. Kathy, Scott and Erica will be judging who qualifies to win the bounty of an all expenses paid trip to New York City for the BlogHer ’10 conference and a one year paid blogging gig with Mabel’s Labels.

Kathy Buckworth is a multiple award winning author, TV personality and public speaker, with numerous publishing credits in both print media and online.


Scott Stratten is President of and an expert in viral, social, and authentic marketing. His first book is set to be published this summer.

Erica Ehm

Erica Ehm is the multi-talented Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, the online destination for modern moms looking for adult stimulation.

Think you’ve got what it takes?! Write a blog post in response to the following hypothetical situation: Electrical storms are going to wipe out the Internet (perhaps forever). You have one day left to write about your passions: what do you want to say to the blogosphere in 300 words or less? Entries will be received until March 15, with ten finalists notified April 12th and the grand prize winner announced May 1, 2010.

Visit our BlogHer ’10 Contest page for all the exciting details and join the fun!

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