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

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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!

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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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Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations plus a GIVEAWAY

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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

My Four Favourite Baby Carrier's plus a Giveaway - Baby wearing is amazing! Having the best baby sling or baby carrier is important. Here are my top four favourite baby carriers plus a giveaway!

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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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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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

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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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Travelling Tula

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I am so lucky to have an amazing birth group with my son.  The women are all so supportive and have grown so close.  A bunch of us got together and each pitched in some money and bought a Tula soft-structured baby carrier together.

For the past year I have seen the posts and pictures as the Tula started off in British Columbia with the mama’s and babies there and slowly made its way across Canada.  Unfortunately for me I was the second last one to get the Tula but finally my time came!!  I proudly took the Tula to our local Animal Farm to carry my 16-month-old, shopping at an outdoor mall, and he napped in there a few times for grocery shopping.  It felt amazing each time I put it on.

This carrier was filled with so much love and I could honestly feel it while wearing it, the Tula went to 24 mama’s and baby’s, 6 provinces, and lots of events ad attractions across Canada: the worlds largest fly fishing rod in Houston, BC, a light up festival in Leithbridge for Christmas, Valley View farms in Ottawa, Bluewater Bridge  in Sarnia, watching older siblings practice at hockey rinks, tons of shopping trips, walks around local neighbourhoods, a Halloween costume party, and lots more.

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If you have a birth group and are close I strongly recommend this.  We all signed a waiver on care and damage and each pitched in money, which covered the carrier itself and also helped cover the shipping costs between everyone.  We all voted on which design we wanted to get.  One mama was in charge of funds and we just sent her a copy of the receipt to be reimbursed each time it was shipped to the next mama,  we got the insurance each time for added protection.   We would get the Tula for two weeks then pass it on to the next mama.

One mama (who has her own business selling them) even made a matching chewlery accessory for the carrier so the babes could enjoy chewing as they snuggled.  My son liked to play with it so it did the trick.  It was super cute to have a little accessory to go with the carrier and help out all the poor little teething babies.

I will add, we did the draw this week and the Tula is on it’s way to it’s new forever home with a lucky mama (not me unfortunately!).  We decided to donate the money to a local shelter near our group’s treasurer to help with baby supplies.  There wasn’t much left but it was something!

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If you are thinking about doing this with your birth group (or another group) I strongly recommend it.  I have some tips below to consider and discuss with your group to ensure you are all on the same page.

  • Decide on the type of carrier off the bat.
  • To figure out the cost decide on the carrier and find out the total cost of it (including tax and shipping).
  • Get confirmation from everyone who wants to participate.
  • Figure out shipping costs between everyone.
  • Assign or get a volunteer to handle  the funds.  This is a big responsibility as they collect it from everyone and also reimburse shipping costs as you go.
  • Get your total from shipping costs and the carrier and divide it by participants, that’s your magic number everyone has to pay.
  • Decide on a set of rules, do you wash it after each transfer, how do you wash it, no sick baby’s or food in carrier, no smoking by the carrier etc.  Pretty much ensure everyone has a good idea on etiquette around the carrier so no one has an asthma attack or gets sick from someone else’s germs.
  • Decide on how long everyone gets to keep the carrier for.
  • We didn’t do this, but I recommend writing up the rules and including it with the carrier, I blame my lack of sleep but I thought we got it for two weeks and not one and accidentally kept it longer than my turn 🙁  By the time I got it months and months later I had forgotten everything, and I am sure others would too so a quick guide to remind people is always a safe thing to do.
  • Decide what happens to the carrier at the end and the remaining money.  Having people know what they are signing up for is important.
  • Finally everyone can vote on their favourite carrier!!  This made it super fun as everyone got a say.  We chose a travel-style one (based on a voting process) which was perfect for the travelling Tula.

I have a Toddler Tula and a Becco Soleil so this was my first time using a standard Tula and I LOVED it.  It was a great chance to try out a different carrier, I am not in the market for a new carrier unfortunately, but if I was, I would get a Tula, I really liked it and it was super comfortable.

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It is so amazing to know that this carrier has been used by 24 women and babies in my birth group. I love cuddling my son in here and knowing this carrier is full of love from so many of my fellow mama’s loving and snuggling their babies in here too.  The Tula has had a fabulous journey across Canada and it was such a fun thing to do with my fellow birth group mom’s, seeing the places it went and the pictures taken.  A big thank you to a certain few from my group for all their hard work organizing this journey, you guys were awesome and made it a great experience!

DISCLAIMER:  None of this was my idea, the amazing ladies in my group came up with it and the rules and facilitated it, I am just sharing our journey as I thought it was so much fun and want to share it so others can have the same experience.

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Please share our journey to motivate other groups to do it too.  It is such an amazing experience I really want others to learn more about it so they can try it out too.

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What to do with essential oils

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You like to use essential oils.  You found a whole bunch of oils you like and you looked up tons of different things to try and do.  You know what properties they can help with, now, what on earth do you actually do with the oil?  It can be so easy to collect different kinds of essential oils then have them sit in your closet and gather dust because you do not know how to use them, or you forget to use them, or you are just overwhelmed.

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Here are some of my tips on using your essential oils:

  • Put 3-5 drops in a diffuser and diffuse in your living room or in your room at bedtime to help you sleep.
  • Use it in an oil burner with a candle under it.
  • Dilute in the bath for a nice relaxing bath, add some baking powder to make it a detox bath.
  • Use a carrier oil and apply it directly to your wrists, temples, and other pulse points.
  • Place a few drops in an aromatherapy bracelet/necklace.
  • Whip coconut oil with a mixer (it changes texture and gets light and fluffy) and add some drops to it to rub on your body at the afflicted areas.

I recently made lotion for the first time, using Shea butter, coconut oil, grape seed oil and various essential oils.  I quite like the texture and how soft it is.

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My favourite way to use essential oils is in a roller ball.  I recently got into this and I am making roller balls for everything.  I have a great one to help with headaches, one to help with menstrual cramps, and another one to help when my kids are making me crazy!

If you want to get fancy you can make products with them like bath salts, bath bombs, lip gloss, rollerball, lotions and lots more.

You can even just sniff them in the bottle!  That can help too!

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Disclaimer – The only thing I don’t do is ingest them, I tried once to put it in water and drink it and it made me feel funny, I do not recommend drinking it.

How do you use your essential oils once you have them?  It’s so easy to collect them, but remembering to use them and how to use them when you need them is more important.

 

 

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As always, make sure you read the labels and ensure you are using it properly.  Buy as high-grade and pure as you can.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is coming, the time of year when you can show your wife, your mother, your mother in law, your grandma, your daughter (who may be a mother) exactly how much you appreciate her and support all of her efforts in such a hard job.  Being a mother is not the only hard job I know of, but being a mother is incredibly difficult, no sleep, no sick days, no vacation, no time alone even if it’s to go to the bathroom or shower, you work very long long days sometimes never alone for days or weeks at a time even while sleeping.  The holiday changes with your kids ages, but for me having a 3 year old and a 1 year old, I am in the thick of being a “mombie” with no sleep, and Mother’s Day is one of my new favourite holidays.  I think it is important to support all the other mothers in your lives, friends, mother-in-law, your own mother, all mothers deserve a day to know that they are loved.

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Here are some gifts any mother would love to get:

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Jamberry Nail Wraps

Mom rarely has time to spend on herself, why not get her a pedicure and manicure!  It may not be possible for her to go out somewhere and get it done.  Jamberry is super cool and easy to use and mom can do it at home while the kids are napping or running around her feet.  If she has a daughter, you can get matching Mommy & Me Jamberry nails!

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I got panty by post for my birthday and I absolutely love it.  It’s so fun to know that every month you have a new pair of panties coming your way. I don’t really have time to shop for underwear, I consider my underwear that I bought two years ago to still be my “new underwear” so to get a new pair in the month is absolutely amazing. I can’t wait for the beginning of the month and check my mailbox eagerly for the first few days until I get my package. You name what size you need and you have three different styles you can choose from, the basic collection, the signature collection, and the premium collection, based on your kinds of taste.  It’s so fun to get something new, I get so excited knowing that I have something pretty that I get to wear because I don’t normally get to splurge on myself or pick up things like that so it is a great treat to get the woman in your life.

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New Purse or bag
I know being a mother, you frequently have to lug around a whole bunch of things and don’t always get to pick up the prettiest items for yourself.  I got this bag two months ago and it is so beautiful and I love going out and try and actually dress up just so I can match the bag.  If I have to lug around diapers, wipes, change of clothes and toys, let it be in something pretty that doesn’t feel like a “mom bag”.

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A great way to help her relax, aid congestion, calm down the kids, etc.  I LOVE my diffuser and use it daily.  If the mother in your life is interested in holistic healing, essential oils, aromatherapy, or things along those lines then a diffuser is the perfect gift for her.

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Help make her see that she is putting effort into living healthy by getting her a tool that helps with tracking your fitness and motivating you to put in those few extra steps each day.  It is also great to use as a sleep tracker so she can see how much sleep she gets and adjust from there, whether knowing she needs to go to sleep earlier, seek help to let her have a nap, or just be more lenient on herself knowing she is sleep deprived.

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A new baby carrier!  Baby carriers are a super fun gift and a practical one as well.  Baby wearing can make it easier to get shopping done, chores around the house, cooking and of course going for walks and getting some fresh air.  The type of baby carier is specific to each woman, so if you know there is one she has been eyeing you can surprise her with it, or just tell her that’s what you want to get her and allow her the fun of picking the perfect carrier and print.

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Take mom shoe shopping to get a new pair of comfy shoes, maybe fancy, or practical, something to help keep her feet comfy while she is chasing after kids all summer.  A new pair of sandals goes a long way in in comfort.

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Make a cute craft with the kids for mom.   In my house I am usually the one making crafts with the kids and cute little pictures or crafts for daddy, mommy may not have a chance to get these cute gifts herself yet so why not spend some time with the kids making her a surprise craft.  Bonus, this also gives mom a chance to shower or have a bath not knowing you are making her a surprise.

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My mom’s favourite was going to the nursery on mother’s day and getting flowers to come home and plant with us. One year my dad got her a crab apple tree. She loved it, it flowers every year around mother’s day and is a constant reminder of her family.

We also loved doing activities with her, movie date, pedicures together, picnic, etc. Why add to the clutter with more stuff, experiences last longer and are wonderful memories. My mom and I used to go to Stars On Ice together as my mother’s day present to her. It was always really fun.

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So put on your thinking cap and think of what mom really needs, then ignore that and get her something fun she wants, or should want!

 

What are your favourite frivolous gifts to get mom for mother’s day?

 

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