My Top 7 Summer Must Have’s

With summertime I am out and about so much! These are My Top 7 Summer Must Have’s.  I like products I can use while on the go with my kids and a night out.  I need things that are helpful and easy.  There is not a lot of time to focus on stuff that takes a long time, so it has to be easy to use while chasing after my two and four year old.  These products make my summer easier and also make me feel awesome at the same time.

 

My Top 7 Summer Must Haves - I am on the go all summer long with my kids. These are my favourite products for summer to make my life easier & help me feel awesome.

 

My Top Summer Must Have’s

 

1. Large Utility Tote & Cool Clip Thermal

These items are essential for me.  A Large Utility Tote that holds up to 50 lbs and is easy to pop things in and out while running errands, going for play dates or to the park.  I use mine for groceries and library runs, super easy to carry things around easily while juggling my kids.  I use my cool clip thermal a few times a week, it is great for packing small snacks for the park or while running errands.  Mine usually has cheese strings, an ice pack, diet Pepsi, and sandwiches.  Easy, healthy snacks even while on the go.

 

2. Sunscreen Face Stick

I may just be lazy, or just that I don’t like the feel of sunscreen on my face.  But I LOVE these Sunscreen Sticks!  Super easy to apply to your face, and I even use it on my kids as they act like I am trying to water board them when I apply sunscreen to their faces.  At least this I can apply in seconds and they stay still for.

 

3. Silver Icing

I have a few friends who recently became stylists with Silver Icing and I am hooked!  The clothes are great while I am out and about with my kids.  Granted these clothes are the first non-maternity, non-breastfeeding clothing that I have worn in about five years.  I may be biased!  But seriously moms, find a consultant near you (or check out the link above for mine) and feel awesome while chasing your kids during the day.  Then look great for date night at night too!

 

4.  Jamberry Nail Wraps

I am still so in love with these nails!   I use my Jamberry nail wraps for my toes.  I always have them on my toes for a cute pedicure.  Who has time to worry about their nails??  I put these on my toes and forget about them for a few months (except when I look down and think about how cute my toes are).  It’s a great activity to do with my four-year-old daughter too.  She loves them so much and is always excited to get her nails done.

 

5. Bootay Bag

Totally biased as I LOVE getting surprises in the mail.  I am totally in love with Bootay Bag.  Getting a nice little package with new pretty panties in the mail makes me feel great.  Pair that with my Jam nails and Silver Icing clothes and I am ready for a night out with my hubby!  Seriously, two pairs of adorable panties right to your mailbox.  Who wouldn’t love that??  Guys, it’s a great gift for the lovely lady in your life!

 

6. My Happy Planner

I am still so addicted to my planner.  I need a large planner with different slots to keep track of my home/mom/family life, blog posts, and my own business too.  This lets me keep it all together, and a spot to add my notes, like reminding me to do yoga and walk three times a week.  I LOVE my planner so much!!  But I also love how close it is to scrapbooking, I love washi tape, and I also love stickers, what’s not to love!

 

7. Knitting

Or other on-the-go craft.  I love bringing my knitting with me to the park, in the backyard, meetings, anywhere.  Sitting and watching the kids is so easy while knitting, in fact, most moms are on their phones (and no I am NOT judging I do it too, only time to check your e-mail, log your food for the day, check in with your partner for dinner, grocery shop, or just relax and play candy crush) so while knitting I actually pay MORE attention as I am watching them the whole time while my hands are busy.

 

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What it’s like to have Pagan Friends

Ever wondered what it would be like to have Pagan friends?  Think it would be weird?  Wonder if they would stick out and make it obvious they were not Christian?  Probably not.  You have probably known Pagans at one time or another in your life and may or may not know it.

First of all what is a Pagan?  How is it different from Wiccan?  The easiest way I can use to describe it would be to say that Pagan is like the spirituality view (aka Christian) while Wiccan or shaman or kitchen witch would be the denomination (like Catholic or United).    Telling a Pagan they are going to hell is funny, since we don’t believe in hell or the devil.  We believe (many at least, there are always exceptions) in reincarnation.  So no, we do not worship the devil as we don’t believe in one.  We do believe in good and evil though.

One thing that is similar between pretty much all religions or spirituality beliefs is the Golden Rule or the Rule of Three fold.  The Christians have do unto others as you would have done unto you.  Pagans believe in the three fold rule, whatever you send out into the universe comes back to you three fold.  If you are worried about a friend being a Pagan or a witch and putting a spell on you, I wouldn’t worry.  They would only be sending out good vibes for you, otherwise it would come back three times as strong to them.  No one wants to put that kind of negative energy out there.




Some different things you may encounter

with Pagan’s or Pagan kids:

A lot frequent Pagan festivals and rituals

They are not as scary as they seem.  A lot of non-Pagans called “Pagan friendly” attend.  No need to be Pagan only to go!  They have workshops during the day, concerts, rituals, and drumming & dancing at night.  Rituals are actually mostly people standing around in a circle outside.  Usually with one or a few people in the middle talking.  If you are ever at a festival some may even allow you to sit on the outskirts to watch.

The night life, specifically the drumming & dancing is the best part of festivals.  A huge bonfire in the middle, 20-30 drummers and  50+ people dancing around in circles.  This is the highlight of the festival and always lots of fun. I have little ones asleep in the tent so I have missed this for the past five years, but it is a great way to get in some exercise, meet new friends, and have a blast.

Around holidays:

  • They may celebrate double the holidays you do.  Or celebrate things twice, or only the Pagan version.  Many mainstream holidays today had their roots in Paganism.  When the church started converting people thousands of years ago they found it was easier to keep similar holidays to what people were used to.  Thus we celebrate a lot of things twice.  Yule is December 21 & Christmas is December 25.  Ostara is March 21 & Easter is usually a few weeks later.  Mabon is September 21 & Thanksgiving around October 11th.Most of these we celebrate with a family dinner (sometimes with extended family).  We often exchange gifts, usually home-made for the Pagan version.
  • You may receive random gifts around holiday’s you have never heard about.  We often give Ostara baskets or treats to our family, friends, & kids teachers.
  • You may hear traditional holiday songs sang with changed pagan tunes: Jingle Bells, Walking in a Wiccan Wonderland, Silent Night, etc.  My son also asks for chants at nap time to fall asleep.

Other Things you may encounter:

  • We like to dress up all year round!  My kids dress as fairies, dragons, witches, etc. on a regular basis.  We frequently carry belly dancing skirts in our purses to put on at events and festivals.  We also like to wear cloaks and capes as much as we can!
  • They will have odd decorations in their house like brooms, wands, gemstones, goddess statues, books, tarot cards, mini cauldrons, etc.  You may also find some typical decorations we use for magic like candles, incense, and seasonal decorations.  NOTE:  It is always polite to ask before touching someone’s magic tools.  Most people don’t want them touched by others and they are usually only used for magic purposes.
  • Some Pagan’s have altars outside or inside, as with the tools above, look all you want, even compliment.  But please, do not touch!  Pagan’s believe each item has a certain “energy” and when you touch it, you throw that off or change it.
  • They may say things like “goddess bless”, “thank the gods” and other witchy phrases.  Like with all religions, take it as meant.  If someone says they are praying for me, I do not get offended, people mean it with love and I can pray to my gods in return for them.  If someone is sick, needs a prayer or is dying, Pagans often light a candle for them.  So if someone says they will light a candle for you or a loved one, it is meant like a prayer.
  • Pagans and other witchy people have an obsession with all things witchy.  That may be Samhain (or the traditional Halloween), Harry Potter, bones, stones, fire, anything.  We have pumpkin and witch decorations around year round in this house. My kids also ride toy broomsticks (meant as a sweeping kit not for magic!) and play “witch”.

 

 

 

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How to Pack for a Vacation with Little Children

How to Pack for a Vacation with little children - We all know how travelling with a baby & toddler can be challenging and stressful. Follow these packing tips to make things easier.




Packing for a vacation with kids can be pretty stressful.  It takes me a week to prepare and get organized and I bring a lot of things with me, it is worth it though as it makes travelling much smoother and easier.  We went on vacation a week ago and it was amazing.  The place we stayed at had a washer and dryer, I would choose a place with laundry facilities over a regular one any day of the week.  It was amazing!  We were gone for a week and with a 5.5 month old it was glorious to be able to wash his clothes, especially after the fourth poop explosion in one day.
 
Pack days/weeks in advance and keep an ongoing list so you can add stuff as you remember it.  Less rush when the trip comes and less chance of forgetting things.  Also give yourself a lot of travel time, we ALWAYS end up leaving late for a vacation and you never know when you need to stop and diaper change/breastfeed for an hour.  Obviously how much stuff you bring is directly related to how long you will be away.  If it is a quick overnight trip you may not need much. 
 
 How to Pack for a Vacation with little children - We all know how travelling with a baby & toddler can be challenging and stressful. Follow these packing tips to make things easier.

Here are some of my essentials when travelling on vacation with my toddler and baby:

 

Sleeping Gear 

A pack and play for baby/toddler to sleep in or a cot for toddler, their own comforter/blankets, comfort objects, massive amount of pillows (help support back for breastfeeding, line bed so baby can’t roll off). 

Clothes

Bring lots of extra clothes, for all weather, it may be 30+, but you never know if the place is air conditioned, the temperature drops or anything like that.  Always bring clothes for warm and cold weather, including pj’s.  Plus lots of extras for poop explosions, accidents, food spills, mud, etc.

Extra Bags

Bring tons of wet bags (like for cloth diapers) and plastic bags.  Kids are messy and you never know when you may need an extra bag for dirty/peed on clothes, an extra garbage bag, or just another bag to stash stuff in and carry it.

Diapers

Tons of extra diapers/pull ups, vacation is the perfect time for poop explosions, diapers ripping, and other situations to make you run out.  Also on that front, extra wipes.  Although we cloth diaper, when on vacation it is just so much easier to use sposies, less stuff to bring (there but especially back), and a lot less work and smell (lugging around dirty diapers in a hot car does NOT smell good).

Hygiene

Those little sample bottles people give you of lotion/shampoo/soap/etc. bring them.  You get rid of them easily and the small bottles take up less room.

Blankets

Muslin receiving blankets (like the Aden + Anais ones) are amazing and so versatile, blanket for in the car, picnic blanket for outside, change pad, wrap around baby or help clean baby after a poop explosion, wrap around baby in carrier or over stroller to help protect from the sun.  I usually bring a sarong for myself for the same reason, blanket, shawl, quick skirt, can change behind it etc.

Other Random Gear 

Mommas and papa’s snug chair for baby to sit in, eat in, play in, a travel high chair, and potty seat for toddler. Carriers and stroller.  Sometimes the stroller is used to lug stuff around while baby naps in the carrier, either way both get used a lot! 

Easy Snacks

I don’t know what happens to meal times when we are away but we tend to eat a lot of snacks so bring tons of healthy and portable ones. 

First Aid Kit 

I have a toiletry bag where I keep all my medication essentials for baby/toddler, Advil and Tylenol for baby and toddler (yup that’s four bottles), Camilla’s and Hyland’s Teething Tablets, Gripe water, oval, cough syrup, cold medication, Hydrasense, snot sucker, saline nose wipes and nail clippers.  If you bring this stuff, you probably won’t need it, if you don’t bring it you probably will!  Even for an overnight trip, I bring everything with me as you never know when a fever or illness can strike.  Plus Polysporin, bandaids, sunscreen, etc.

Safety

Bring a few child-proofing things such as door knob covers and cabinet locks to ensure they can’t get into dangerous places or escape your room.  Don’t forget your monitors too!  If you are in a condo or a cottage monitors are great to have so you can stay close but keep doors closed to minimize noise.

Soap

Bring some laundry soap, pods if they have a washing machine, individual ones for hand washing if not.  Sometimes doing laundry in the sink (or washbasin while camping) is worth it to prevent permanent stains from those raspberries they ate!  Don’t forget some dish washing soap to wash their sippy cups with.

Toys 

A lot of the time you can find things where you are to help keep a baby entertained, measuring spoons, a chip bag, shoes, etc.  I try to pack items for both kids that can do double or even triple duty, entertain both, and have multiple uses.  Like stacking cups, Duplo, crawling caterpillar, books, etc.

Some of my favourite activities to keep my toddler entertained are without a doubt her Minnie Mouse clip on dress toy, she loves it (Po chews on it), her doctor kit to play Dr. Mc Stuffins, bag of goodies to keep her busy during baby naps like colouring books and crayons, lacing beads, dress-up magnet boards, etc.  I also brought some movies for her to watch during quiet time if she doesn’t nap or we need to keep her busy during naps.

My sister let me borrow a really cool Duplo story book that comes with blocks to do the story.

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For the Car

Pack a special travel bag for the car.  Bee has a special bag I give her for the car with some books (new or put away so she hasn’t seen them in awhile), a Minnie clip on dress toy, and snacks that take a while to eat and they can do independently such as little boxes of raisins, an apple, little bag of goldfish, etc.  I also found (as annoying as it can be) getting some of their favorite music can really help keep them entertained.  Yes listening to two hours of Frozen or Dora the Explorer gets tedious, but better than listening to whining or them screaming and upsetting baby too.

For baby, lots of toys to chew on that are close by.  If you don’t have two, sitting in the backseat and playing with them can really help too.  On an eight hour drive from Boston Bee was amazing at nine months, I sat with her and read her books, handed her different toys and we stopped to let her stretch when necessary. 

 

 How to Pack for a Vacation with little children - We all know how travelling with a baby & toddler can be challenging and stressful. Follow these packing tips to make things easier.

Getting organized while on vacation

When you arrive try to unpack as much as you can right away.  Being organized helps you remain stress-free and it is easier to find things when you need it.  Plus unpacking makes it seem more like home and everyone adjusts easier. 

Travelling with kids can be a great way to explore and have fun as a family.  I hope you get away on a vacation too soon!

What are your favourite things to bring on vacation?  Favourite places to travel with kids?




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Why my Family are Vegetarians

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I am frequently asked why I am a vegetarian, why my husband is vegetarian, why we choose to raise our children vegetarian, in short, Why my Family are Vegetarians.  Everyone is curious,  but there are so many different reasons to be vegetarian.  No two people are alike, in fact my husband and I have different reasons to be vegetarians.

When I met my husband he was actually a vegan.  Vegans eat no meat, cheese, eggs, honey, fish, or anything that has been derived from animals or touched them.  But, I am a regular vegetarian (no meat, fish, or anything that has been derived from them or touched them).  It was amazing to date someone whose food preferences ran the same way as mine.  We went on dates to vegetarian restaurants, of which Montreal has TONS of amazing ones (I miss them so much!).  It was amazing to never have issues with food!  We could always eat together, share food, and not worry about kissing afterwards because someone had eaten meat.  It was a dream come true for me to learn about this whole new world of relationships.

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How did I become a vegetarian?

Backing up a bit, I am a vegetarian, but my family growing up were full-fledged meat eaters.  My sister is a bacon lover and my dad goes on the Atkins’s diet every Winter.  My family is in short, a normal meat-eating family, and they have been my whole life.  But not me.

I never really liked the taste or texture of meat since I was little.  As toddlers my sister and I used to swap, I would get her buns, she would get my hamburger or hot dogs.  Shortly after I had a conversation with my mom over a hamburger.   I asked her what I was eating, hamburger she told me, yes but what is hamburger made of I asked.  Cow, she replied.  After a minor freak out of disgust that I was eating a cow, I pushed my plate away with a YUCK.   My mom quickly looked at my little sister to see what her reaction was, “Can I have some more cow mom”, no problems there!

At five I stopped all meat but cows, by 12 I stopped eating that too.  So in short, I thought it was disgusting to eat an animal and the texture and flavour repulsed me.  Although I am not vegan, I also do not like leather, and I don’t eat gelatin.

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Raising a Vegetarian Family

Now my husband is a very different story.  He became a vegan because of ethical reasons, he didn’t like the cruelty animals face being raised for slaughter, even the cruelty dairy cows and chickens laying eggs face as well.  I try not to dwell on those facts too much as they bother me too.  Killing an animal for food is a fact of life for many, but for us, it’s literally eating a dead animal, I can’t differentiate the meat from the source.  Road kill, fish washed up on the shore, none of it makes sense to me and I couldn’t eat them either.  It’s all the same grossness to me.




Since we obviously do not eat meat, my house is vegetarian.  We don’t cook meat, we may serve take-out pizza with meat on it to guests, and my dog was allowed to have her meat kibble, but largely our house is a full meat-free zone.  I have no issues when we go out to dinner if people eat meat near me, I am not going to judge you or lecture you, to each their own and that’s just not my thing.  Just as being a vegetarian may not be for other people, meat isn’t for us.  But my dishes and cookware will remain vegetarian only.

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What to say to children?

Teaching children what to say is hard.  On the one hand we have to keep it basic for a two and four-year-old to understand, we also have to be firm in why we are vegetarians so they understand and learn to say no.  For now we talk about eating dead animals and how animals are our friends so we don’t want to eat them.  I have a few books we read with them about being a vegetarian, which are really cute.

My four-year-old is great at asking people if there is meat in her food before she eats.  This is big now as she starts to go to birthday parties and not be with me all the time.  It’s a little scary for me to think that someone could feed her meat, but I hope with what we teach her we give her the tools she needs to look out for her own diet as she gets older.

If you want to find some vegetarian books for kids I recommend these two below:

  • Herb the Vegetarian Dragon
  • Linus the T-rex

In short there are four reasons people can be vegetarian:

  1. They do not like the taste or texture of meat
  2. Eating animals is gross
  3. Animal cruelty
  4. Health reasons

 

Are you a vegetarian?  Please share below why you are a vegetarian.  Do you fall in one of the four categories?  If you are a meat-eater, did you learn anything new?  Did you know there were so many different reasons to be a vegetarian?

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5 Easy Ways to Self-Indulge as a Mom

5 Easy Ways to Self Indulge as a Mom - How do you get me time as a mom?  Check out these 5 Easy Ways to Self-Indulge as a Mom.  Just in time for Mother's Day.  Do them at home or on the go.

 

With Mother’s Day Coming up this weekend lets talk about  5 Easy Ways to Self-Indulge as a Mom.  The key is you need to grab some time alone to do some of these.  But, most can be done at home during nap time or maybe after the kids are in bed.  So let’s work on maybe one a week or month depending on your budget and child care possibilities.  The bottom line is Mama needs a break too!  Plus Mama deserves a treat too, so splurge, let yourself have some fun and self-indulge!

 

Spa Night

 

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I’m not talking about spending a fortune and going to a Spa.  I mean at home.  Fill the tub with that fancy bubble bath you are always gifted and never use.  Put on a mud mask, light some candles, play some soothing music, and relax in the tub.  ***Tell me what your idea of soothing music is below so I can add it to my list too!*** Bonus points for pouring your fav glass of wine or making a cup of herbal tea to sip while the stress melts away.  I do recommend you do this AFTER the kids are in bed.  Or hubby runs interference for you and you LOCK THE DOOR to prevent little intruders running in naked and jumping on top of you.  If you are still in the mood maybe do your nails and makeup to round out your perfect Spa Night.

 

Lingerie Shopping

 

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When is the last time you got some new lingerie?  Practical or fancy?  New properly fitting bras and panties are always a great thing to splurge on.  One of the coolest ways to self-indulge is by subscribing to a monthly subscription site for a new pair of panties every month.

I was sent two adorable pairs of panties from Bootaybag.  They are super lacy and cute!  My preschooler thought they were beautiful.  Although they are fancy, they are still super comfortable and not prone to ridding up, which I find is common with other types of lace panties.  I am super happy with my Bootaybag this month and I know it would be an amazing surprise to get in the mail every month!

Do yourself a favour and self-indulge by subscribing to a Bootaybag too, or just shopping on your own for some new lingerie.  It feels so nice to put on something cute and new in the morning.  Even if no one sees it but you and your kids, it is still nice to know it’s there!

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Wine & Cheese Tasting

 

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This can be alone or with company.  Grab some of your favourite cheese, at least two to three kinds, some crackers and maybe a baguette.  Pick two to four of your favourite kinds of wine (or scotch, that makes for a good tasting too) and make a night of it.  You can try to guess which is which (I put a number on the bottom to see if I guessed right), or just see which you like more.  Maybe even what kind of wine goes best with what kind of cheese. Have fun and do something for yourself.  With the summer coming (well it’s supposed to be summer, no one told Canada though since it is SNOWING IN MAY!) it would be a great activity to do on the deck once the kids are safely in bed, or playing in the yard if you aren’t drinking too much!

NOTE: If you like the Close to Home Tray (cheese tray) you can check it out here

 

Girls Night

 

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Perhaps you can pair this with the above Wine & Cheese Tasting, or the Spa night.  Or do something completely different like a paint night, colouring night, movie night, or just chatting.  Whichever way you go, grab your girlies together and do something fun together.  It could be a play date kind of thing or something just for the mom’s once the kids are in bed.  Hanging out with your friends does something for your mood and spirit.  Hanging out with others who just GET IT and understand what you go through as a mom can be so relieving.  Even if you are not talking about mom stuff, it just makes you so much happier after hanging out with friends.

 

Leave the house ALONE

 

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This one may seem easy for some, but not for others.  Especially Stay-at-Home moms.  It is HARD, almost impossible to leave the house alone.  Go shopping alone, run errands without worrying about the car seat and how many stops you can make before your toddler refuses to be strapped in again, grab a coffee, meet up with a friend, maybe even sneak out for lunch or a movie.  I heard a mom talking at my daughter gymnastics lesson one morning about how she sneaks out for sushi sometimes when she is supposed to be doing errands.  I thought this was BRILLIANT.  What a great way to have a little bit of me time and self-indulge!  Where would you go if you got to leave the house alone?

 

What is your favourite way to self-indulge as a mom?

 

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5 Games to play on a Breakfast Date with Young Children

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How many of you are parents to young children?  People who are super busy? Maybe don’t work the same shifts very often.  Well here are 5 Games to play on a Breakfast Date with Young Children, easy dates to do at home in the morning over coffee to spend some quality time together, while still minding children.

I used to have a monthly series on my blog called the Date Night Challenge, all date ideas you can do at home once the kids are in bed.  The idea was sometimes parents don’t have a chance to get out of the house very often, but you should still have a chance to connect.  Doing dates once the kids are in bed is a great way to still have a chance to see each other and still get quality time.  Well ironically enough, I had to stop doing that series because frankly we were too tired at the end of the day.  Movie date nights are pretty much the norm in this house and not exactly a lot of scope to blog about. But they are a perfectly acceptable way to connect and relax at the end of a long day working and chasing young children.

How to connect on a Weekend morning

A new tradition has been developed on Sunday mornings, we have coffee or tea, and play some games.  Doing our quality time and dates in the morning is easier on us, we are both alert and have energy so we are able to do more together.   The thing is, we have little children, so whatever we do can’t have a million pieces, take a long time to set-up or take-down.  Unless, they happen to be going to the park for an hour with Grandpa, then we can.

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Here are 5 Games to play on a Breakfast Date with Young Children:

Mancala

Mancala

A new personal favourite of ours to play together.  The kids do like the colourful stones, but it’s easy to play even with distractions.

Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit

My amazing hubby bought me a travel (I think, it’s awfully small and doesn’t have a game board) Harry Potter Trivia.  Poor guy had no idea what he was in for, like he could possibly beat me at Harry Potter trivia!  It was an amazing gift and we love playing it now.

 

Mille Bourne

Card games

We like Mille Bourne, not too many cards to set up and the games chttp://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=6710&action=editan be super short.  We usually only play one or two hands, not the whole game to 5000 points.  I like cribbage as well for ease of playing and being to play only a few hands at a time.

Board Games

Board Games

We like Monopoly and Settlers of Catan, but there are a lot of pieces, so we have to make sure the kids are distracted for awhile and we play a shorter version.

 

If Books

If Books

My sister uses these as wedding presents, a great way to open up conversations with people and connect on a different level.  Usually, with questions you wouldn’t even think of asking normally.  Such as, if you could have a dinner with three people, anyone alive or dead, who would they be.  If you could go on vacation right now, where would you go.  They are a really fun way to discover what someone is thinking about something when you may not know otherwise.

 

What are your favourite ways to connect with your partner while the kids are around and you are home?  Any fun ways to spend quality time while exhausted and on no sleep?

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I used to do a blog series called Date Night Challenge, check out some of these easy date night ideas below.

 

 

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Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations plus a GIVEAWAY

Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations - Kids Birthday Party's are so much fun! Here are some awesome ways to make them easier on yourself, DIY Party Decorations and locations to go for parties.

 

I love an awesome kids birthday party!  They are always so much fun and so different.  Some have parties at home, some are basic kids birthday parties like we had growing up, some are totally Pinterest-inspired and make me envy the mama’s creativity and energy to pull off something so amazing.  Other birthday parties are held at a hall, or an all-in-one center where there are friendly associates to help guide the kids though amazing activities.

SnapologyMy son has the misfortune (or rather I do I suppose) to have a birthday the week before Christmas.  I will probably be looking for a center to hold his kids birthday party every year, otherwise I risk my house being over run by 10 three-year-olds and my Christmas tree and ornaments are seriously put at risk.  Finding the right center can be challenging, do you look for a hall and bring everything yourself for the party?  Or pay extra to go to a location where they do it all.  I have never had it outside the house as my kids are still young.  But, I have heard it’s not a big price difference between the two.  Personally, I would rather go somewhere where they do it all and I don’t have to worry about a thing.  Especially so close to Christmas.

How to make parties easier

Snapology Next year we will be looking into a kids birthday party franchise to host our party (to save my Christmas stuff!).  One place I wish was closer was Snapology.  This place looks so cool.  I am a big advocate for STEM, especially for my daughter. Snapology She is so clever, she loves science, space, and wants to be a doctor or a cat vet when she grows up. My son too is very technical and loves to learn about how stuff works. Having an educational birthday party would be a great way to encourage their love of learning.  My son had a Paw Patrol party for his second birthday party, that could easily be accommodated with their wide array of themes.  If one opened where I live then he could have a superhero birthday party next year there or maybe a Star Wars party so he could make light sabers.

Make sure you enter in the giveaway below to win a LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator to be mailed to your home.  It is recommended for ages 6+, but with most Lego, with parent supervision your child may be ready to play with it earlier.

 

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DIY Kids Birthday Party Decorations

For those who have a kids birthday party at home, or who like to bring decorations with them to their birthday party location, here are some super easy ways to make DIY decorations for the party in three easy steps:

  1. One of the key ways that you can add a bit of magic into these DIY Birthday Party Decorations is to make them with a free computer site, I use Canva.  It makes it super easy to find graphics online, then add them into Canva to make your decorations.
  2. Next you want to get some pretty paper, card stock, scrapbook paper, even construction paper.  Make sure the pretty paper is bigger than the sign, an inch border on big signs, it could be a cm on smaller signs like for the food table or decorations.
  3. Now time for the magic, hit up your local craft section at the dollar store and buy decorative gems.  Make sure they are the sticky kind, it can be diamond-type, colourful crystals, pearls, whatever goes with your theme.

Invitations

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These are easy to make on your computer and can save you a lot of money.  Instead of buying them, or paying for a personalized etsy one, make it yourself!

Signs for the door to welcome your guests

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This is one of my favourite touches for a party.  Perfect to put at the door, whether to your house or of the party room at your venue.  It tells people they are in the right location, welcomes them to your party, and sets the stage for the theme.  Check out how the bling and decorative paper take it up a notch and make it more magical.

Signs to decorate the room

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Adding extra signs around the room are super cute and fun touches.  The kids love seeing their favourite characters around the wall and the parents get a kick out of them.  It is so easy to pick favourite taglines or quotes to incorporate different parts of the party area into the party.

Banner to decorate the wall

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I love how easy it is to make banners for a party.  For a one-year-old party it is so cute to post a picture of them each month to see how they have grown.  To make it easy, you could even just stick to the traditional triangles.

Optional: Signs for the food table, labels for water bottles.

See how easy it is to make signs for your own party!  Don’t buy designer templates on etsy, or spend tons of money at a party store, save your money for more important things, there are no shortage of expenses around a child’s birthday and there are much better things to spend it on then decorations!

 

I love celebrating Birthday’s!!  Check out some of my other posts on ways to celebrate birthday’s below:

Birthday CelebrationsNever Too Old For A Nerf WarChai Cupcakes with Vanilla

Giveaway

Snapology

The giveaway is for a LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator to be mailed to your home.  It is recommended for ages 6+.

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Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments

You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

 

How many times does it happen that you have little to no warning that you have to go somewhere and keep the kids busy and quiet for a prolonged period of time.  Usually a walk-in clinic, doctor’s office, go to the ER, etc.  This is why you need to be organized and Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments in advance.

I cannot tell you the number of times I have to grab the kids and go to the walk-in for step tests, ER for minor injuries, etc.  The last thing I want to think of when running out the door to take my sick or injured baby to the doctor is what I need to pack and bring with me to keep them entertained.  Even with an appointment we are at our doctors office for usually almost two hours.  A walk in clinic two to three hours.  The Emergency Room (even if considered high priority) three to eight hours.  Sometimes you really need to be prepared to keep your kids busy for a prolonged period of time.  But not just the doctor’s office, restaurants, shopping, non-kid houses, there are tons of places you may go where it can be helpful to have a dedicated bag full of kids activities they can use.


You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

Here are some items I like to Pack in my Busy Bag for Medical Appointments to keep my kids busy at the Doctors office:

  • Grab & Go bags – I find them at the cash at Micheal’s, for a dollar, this is an AMAZING find.  Even just to throw in your purse.  A mini colouring book, crayons, and stickers.  These are perfect to keep kids busy.
  • Books – New-to-them books, or books they don’t read often.  Pick thin paper books so it isn’t as heavy or takes up a lot of room.  They are great to read quietly in the waiting room to kids, or in the examining room while waiting for the doctor or between medical tests.  Bring a bunch.
  • Flash Cards – Great to go through with kids and start conversations.
  • Brain Quests – They have tons starting at 2-3 years old.  Great to keep kids busy and interactive to do with the kids as you sit trying to keep them entertained.
  • Snacks – try to keep it peanut free as you never know what kind of regulations there will be, raisins, fruit pouches, crackers, juice boxes, water bottles, etc.  Don’t forget to pack some snacks for yourself.  Try not to bring items that squish easily.
  • Grab a tablet and chargers as you run out the door, once your busy bag fails, take a break and let them watch Netlflix or play games on your tablet.  Plus, especially in the Emergency Room your phone will die, bring a charger!
  • A book or magazines for you, you will get bored too, bring some stuff to entertain yourself with as well.
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What to pack it in?

  • Cinch Sac – I love this bag, it’s a Cinch Sac by Thirty-One Gifts, we have a bunch we use for different purposes, but I keep this purple one by the door with stuff for a quick visit to the doctors or anywhere else we may have to go.  You can check them out HERE to get one.

What would you Pack in a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments?  Where else would you use one of these bags?

How do you keep your children busy in the doctors office or restaurants?

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You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

I made a bag for kids to use in restaurants check it out below:

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My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s plus a Giveaway

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I am frequently asked what kind of carriers I like and which I recommend.   I have been thinking and working on My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s for a year to be honest.  I want to preface this by saying that carriers are like bra’s, very personal to shop for.  Each carrier fits each woman differently, and they also fit the baby’s differently too.  I firmly believe you need to try out a lot of carriers to find the one that fits you best.

I have a pinched sciatic nerve, which gives me a lot of back trouble, I was not sure I would be able to babywear at all.  I started with some of the cheap and free ones (Infantino stretchy and soft structure, Seven Slings free pocket ones) and found even with a newborn they hurt my back and were not that comfortable.  It did not take me long to realize I needed a better carrier.  My local baby store lets you try out carriers (for free!) for a few days and I found it really helpful.  I tried out four carriers before I found one that didn’t hurt my back.  I found that the carriers with the crossed straps in the back were the easiest on my back.

Are you looking for the best baby sling?  There are tons of amazing ones out there, but I am going to introduce you to My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s plus a Giveaway at the bottom of the post so stick around!

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Please ensure you are practicing safe baby wearing, here is a great site to remind you of some important safety rules while baby wearing.

My Four Favourite Baby Carriers

Wrapsody Water WrapWrapsody Water Wrap

Honestly, I cannot stress my love of this wrap enough.  I use it so much and for so many things!  Bee was not very tolerant of being on her own for long, even while I showered.  I heard of a wrap I could wear in the shower so she could shower with me.  I literally went out the next day to buy it.  This was a life changer!  I could have nice long showers with a baby all happy and close on me and shower every day.

I wear this wrap a lot in the water while camping.  It is REALLY hot in a tent and can be near impossible for baby to sleep.  I put baby in the carrier, put a hat on their head to protect and shade from the sun then go to the beach and hang out in the water for an hour so they can sleep in cool comfort.  It works amazing!  On vacation this summer this was Po’s main way of napping during the day, my sister would watch Bee playing in the sand and I chatted with friends and enjoyed the water.

I also used it a lot as a newborn stretchy wrap (like a Moby, Baby K’tan, or Maman Kangaroo).  I started wearing Po when he was a few days old in my Wrapsody.  It is super comfortable and worked so well for him to be snuggled up against me.

Hopefully I have convinced you of how awesome this wrap is!  You can use it as a newborn stretchy wrap, lightweight wrap easily stashed in your diaper bag, and for in the water for showering or hanging out at the beach.

Beco SoleilBeco Soleil

This is my favourite soft-structured carrier.  I prefer to wear it with the straps crossed, but I can wear it regular in the front or as a back carry too.

Po napped in here in a front carry for the first 6 months of his life while I worked.  It was super comfy for me and a lot cooler than a stretchy wrap for him (he was a hot baby) and gave me lots of room to get my arms around him to type.

I also use this while running errands as it is super easy to put on and put him in, I also used it for Salsa Babies (baby wearing Latin dancing), while cooking/baking, going for walks, watching Bee at the park, pretty much anywhere.

When Bee got older I loved having her in a back carry.  I had SPD while I was pregnant so I couldn’t carry Bee without having excruciating pain in my pelvis.   Not all stores have carts kids can ride in and using a stroller wasn’t always an option so a carrier worked great.  She was also happy being up high and seeing everything.  It was also much safer in parking lots, I could not chase after a toddler, she was a lot faster than I was and I was worried about her safety so being in a carrier made me more comfortable and her out of harms way.

Toddler TulaToddler Tula

When I had Po my hubby got me a Toddler Tula!  I was so excited!  I could tandem wear them both, which I do not do often as they are heavy.  I found the Beco Soleil was a little small on Bee at this stage so this was much comfier on both of us.

My sister tends to wear Bee in the Tula more than I do as when we go somewhere I wear Po while she wears Bee.  It makes going to festivals and events so much more convenient.  Although she can walk, sometimes she is tired and with large crowds we prefer to baby wear them both and zip through places, not to mention we don’t have to worry about escalators, elevators, rocky slopes, or tight quarters.

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Tula carrierTula

My final favourite carrier is the Standard Tula.  I didn’t get to wear this for long.  I had an amazing adventure with my son’s birth group in which we shared a Tula and it got shipped across Canada so everyone had a chance to wear their December 2014 baby in it.  You can check out my story on it here.  This is one of the most well-known brands and most popular so our group went with this Tula as the baby carrier, I only had it for two weeks (insert crying here) but I fell in love with the Tula and seriously debated getting a new pretty Tula in a fun print to enjoy with my son too.  It is similar to other soft-structure carriers too but super fun!

Have you considered baby-wearing? Here is a great site to check out on WHY you should babywear and how awesome it is.

Giveaway Time

I am super excited to announce I am doing a giveaway for a $50 USD gift card.  You can enter in the giveaway below, may the odds be ever in your favour!  We will be contacting the winner after the contest is over.

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I love this baby wearing quote on Pinterest, “Food Spoils. Babies don’t. Hold her. Wear her. Breathe her in. Keep her close.  It goes too fast.”  You can never spoil a baby by loving and baby wearing them!

 

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Getting your Freedom Back as a Mom

Getting Your freedom back as a mom - ig

This past week I had the amazing experience to go camping with my two wonderful children (3 and 1.5 years old), my sister, friends, and other acquaintances at an awesome festival we visit each year.  It is an amazing experience, the only place I go where I can really feel the “village” still has an effect.  Everyone helps to look after each other’s kids (even the child-less adults are moms for the week), we don’t wear shoes and get to run wild in nature hearing bands, attending workshops,  doing crafts at Munchkinland for the kids, swimming daily, and playing at the park.

I have been attending this festival every year for about eight or nine years.  I did it last year with a 2 year old and seven month old baby, and honestly it was hell.  Trying to juggle the two of them (even with help) was awful.  I was an emotional wreak and broke down more than once.  Trying to get the two of them to cooperate for naps and bedtime was just awful, after last year where it was seriously challenging and hard I knew no matter what this year could not be as bad!

This year was a JOY!  My children were amazing!  My daughter was at the age where she could be independent and play on her own while I put her brother down for a nap.  My son LOVED exploring nature and had a blast studying plants and wandering around enjoying his freedom.  They visited friends at neighbouring campsites and I didn’t even have to worry as it was only 10 feet away!

Last year I felt so tied down, I couldn’t attend any workshops, go to any of the nightlife activity since I had to be at the tent with the kids, and my emotions were so raw from trying to juggle a baby and a cranky toddler.  I was thrilled with how different this year was.  Yes they are still children and have their moments, but it was great to see everyone playing nicely (for the most part!) together, both kids had friends their age there from some of my BFF’s so we had two 3-year-olds, 2 1.5-year-olds and other kids around those ages who popped in and out regularly to play.  That combined with the five adults to look after them and back each other up was great.

13872712_10155161292169478_4642200756022411313_nAlthough I still couldn’t make it to any workshops or nightlife this year, I didn’t mind as much, I still got to leave the site with the kids and check out the vendors, and the swimming, that is what gave me my freedom back.  Moms, have you heard of a PUDDLE JUMPER??  It is a LIFESAVER!  I used to have to hold my kids in the water, neither are big enough to swim on their own, then we discovered the puddle jumper, and my life has changed forever.

 

I always loved to swim, I was a fish and loved to be underwater all the time, with kids, you can’t really do that, I was really limited since I am always with my kids, and although I still loved swimming and went in the water, I mostly stayed at waist height playing with the kids.

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13659164_10155161293509478_3227132755319959401_nFast forward back to the camping festival, with both kids in puddle jumpers, I got to SWIM!!  We swam out to the floating dock every day, my kids love to swim and I was thrilled they would go on an adventure with me to the floating dock.  In case you are panicking, there was at least one adult per kid and we were always close to the kids swimming, even in their pudde jumpers.  Once at the floating dock we all climbed on board, my daughter was content to sit on the dock and count for people jumping off, but my son (18 month old) LOVED to jump off the floating dock, sometimes into my arms sometimes nowhere near me.  It was amazing.  I loved to see my kids have so much fun and for me, I got a little freedom back this week.  It may not seem like much, but to someone who loves swimming (and doing anything really on yor own) once you have kids, you realize you have to give up stuff you never even considered before (like going swimming underwater with no child in your arms).  If there is a way to give you back some of your freedom easily, then go for it!

For me it was a simple puddle jumper (you can buy it at Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Amazon, or we got one free from our local buy nothing group) that helped me get some freedom back.  Now my kids could swim WITH me instead of on me, so we were all comfortable going deeper and could do so safely.

Maybe next year I will make it to a workshop, maybe I will get to swim to the dock alone, maybe I can hit up a concert or fire pit and dancing or other night life, for now I am content to be near my kids and satisfied they are safe and happy, but when they are ready for more independence I cannot wait to get back some of mine!

 

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