Printable Preschool Planner Stickers

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

Have you got hooked on planners and planning yet?  Searching Michael’s for planner stickers?  I sure have been!  Along with Etsy, but I haven’t quite found what I am looking for, with my daughter in Nursery School and my son scheduled to start soon I decided to make my own Printable Preschool Planner Stickers.

 

If you are just getting into planning you may wonder what you need, I’m here to help you!

  • My favourite PlannerAn awesome planner.  I like the Create 365, The Happy Planner.  Personal preference, but I like how there are three slots per day. I have a home business, blogging stuff, and regular day to day kids, school, schedules to keep track of so having the three slots means I can track it all in one place.   If you go to the Michael’s website and get a 50% off coupon it makes the cost much cheaper!
  • Pens. A fun collection of fine tip markers, coloured pens, and other writing implements, I love coloured pens!  I use them to keep track of different things. Usually pink to keep track of stuff for my daughter, purple to keep track of my stuff, blue for my son, green for my blog, hot pink for my work, etc.
  • The best Planner BagA good planner bag. Like this one from Thirty-One.  It’s actually a hanging travelling case, but it fits my stickers, pens, markers, planner, etc.  Having a bag where I can keep all of my tools together makes things easier, then whenever I need to add something to the calendar or planner I grab the bag and have everything I need.
  • Stickers.   This is the best part, stickers to decorate your planner with, seasonal, inspirational, to do, etc.  You can use stickers to decorate your planner like a scrapbook, keep track of important events and holidays, whatever, it’s your planner!

 

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

Who else needs Preschool Planner Stickers!

I need some very specific stickers to accommodate the events at my daughter’s Nursery School.  My daughter belongs to a co-op so I bring snack once a month, my hubby cleans toys once a month, and I am on the board and have board meetings.  They have lots of fun theme parties, field trips, and other events, so by designing my own Printable Preschool Planner Stickers it made life much easier!

Materials Needed for Printable Planner Stickers

Ready to print your own stickers yet?

I discovered you can print your own stickers by getting full sticker sheets at the store!  Game changer for planning when I need specific stickers, I can make my own.  Just in case you could use them too I am sharing them!

 

Print the Printable Preschool Planner Stickers below. Or the PDF here.

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

 

What kind of stickers are you searching for to make your planning easier?

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8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing 

 

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Nursing I found was one of the hardest things to do on my own with two kids.  Keeping toddler occupied and quiet while you try to feed baby quietly and get them to sleep is a big challenge.  It can be done, but honestly needs a lot of planning and organization.  Try these 8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing.

One of the big problems my toddler had was that she was left out and needed attention too.  The best activities were things we could do together WHILE I was breastfeeding so she was included but quiet.  The first few weeks I end up living on the couch with a sleeping baby to my breast.  But my daughter misses me too, so I soon learned she needed activities too!!  Please enjoy these 8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing, great for any new mom, or ideas on presents to get a mom to be of two or a big sibling gift.

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Activities you can do with your toddler are:

If your toddler is anything like mine be prepared before sitting down.  Sometimes that means baby has to fuss for five minute while you grab stuff, but, it’s better than starting all over again and having a crankynewborn.  Are you potty training? If toddler is potty trained make them go potty.  Even if they claim they don’t have too, do it anyway.  We had a few accidents as toddler always had to pee while feeding and I couldn’t always get her there in time.

  • Flash cards – shapes, colours, numbers, animals, alphabets, etc. go over them together.
  • Make busy books & bags so they have activities to do quietly.
  • Colouring – get a little tray so they can do it next to you.
  • Stickers – get the big stickers books, little sticker books or just regular stickers to put on paper.
  • Shape puzzles.
  • TV – I know not ideal right? Well, you have a newborn and they have needs too.  If putting toddler in front of the TV can buy you some quiet time to put baby down for their nap and nursing then that’s what you have to do.  You can always pick educational shows if it bugs you, but seriously sometimes it is the only option and that’s ok.  It won’t last forever, toddler needs a treat too and you need a break.
  • Get them a drink and snack.  Preferably stuff that won’t make a mess when they spill it like water (not juice that stuff is so sticky when they leave it to leak on the floor) and raisins or crackers (not apple sauce, yogurt or anything with peanut butter).  Pouches are great healthy snacks too, with fruit or yogurt.
  • Snuggle!  Snuggle those two babies close together, it is hard now and not easy, but it won’t last long and they will be big sooner than you know it.  You won’t always be able to cuddle with two babies together so take advantage while they are small and cooperate!

The NUMBER ONE activity?

  • Basket of books: this was the number one quiet activity to do while nursing.  Have special books they have not really read before so they are more interesting.  If you have friends or relatives close by get them to do a library run every week or two for you to get some new books.  Turning the page can take some maneuvering, but get toddler to help.  It’s a great way to keep them included and work on their fine motor skills. If you have an iPad, tablet, smart phone, kindle etc., use e-books, easier to hold and there are an abundance out there.

This too shall pass

Having two little ones is challenging, you will not always be able to handle it easily, but you will figure it out and get in your groove. It will pass and things will get easier. As kids get older things get easier too!

 

What are your tips to survive nursing a newborn and keeping your toddler from wrecking the house and waking up baby?

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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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Monthly Crafting Book for December – Flip and Flop Penguins Craft

 

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This month for the Monthly Crafting Book for December I decided to focus on the book Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley.  I have a two-year-old and a three-and-a-half-year-old and they identify perfectly with the characters in the book. Both my kids are sick right now so I needed an easy craft, one that both kids would enjoy and could do on their own.

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Materials Needed:

  • Po enjoying making some penguin craftsConstruction paper in various colours: blue/purple/penguin colour, white, orange, yellow
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Glue

How to Assemble:

  • Before you gather the kids cut out a large penguin oval (I used half a paper) for the penguin body.  I picked blue (like one of the characters), but didn’t have purple so I used pink (to my daughters delight), you can use whichever colour you want or stick to Flip and Flop’s character colours.
  • Cut out a circle for the head in the same colour as the body.
  • Next, cut out a white oval, smaller than the body, for the tummy.
  • Grab the orange paper and cut out two orange feet per penguin.
  • Lastly cut a yellow beak.
  • Bee loving making her penguin craftsNow the fun part starts, gather the kids for gluing!  I gave them the pieces one at a time, body, then tummy, then head, then feet, then beak, and let the kids glue them on independently.  Then I had them draw eyes on their penguin.  My daughter’s looked more like eyes than my sons 🙂  But both kids were thrilled with their final product.

What is the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

Have you heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club?  Have you seen any of our past posts?  I am a big advocate for children’s literacy and encouraging kids to read. I think that by incorporating a fun craft with the book it encourages a deeper love of reading and enjoyment of the book.  Every month a group of bloggers get together, whoever feels like participating that month and do a craft based on a specific book or theme.  It’s lots of fun and I get great ideas on activities to do with my own kids!  If you want to join our Facebook group, click HERE and you can check out other books, no obligation to participate each month.

 

Check out some of our past month’s book’s here.

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

 

Next month we are doing the Ladybug Girl series by David Soman, a personal favourite of my daughters! February is Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for December

I love how creative everyone is in coming up with other fun crafts, I cannot wait to check them out too!

 

Monthly Crafting Book Club for December - Winter themed books & crafts from awesome bloggers

 

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Thank you so much to everyone for participating and I hope you got some great ideas on Winter themed books and crafts.

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Banana Avocado Muffins

Banana Avocado uffins - Try making these Banana Avocado Muffins with your little ones. Easy to make and tasty! Perfect for a school snack and easy to make nut & dairy free.

Time for another easy muffin recipe.  Banana Avocado Muffins are a favourite in my house.  My daughter is in a cooperative nursery school and we all take turns doing snack, it usually works out to once or twice a month, but to accommodate allergies it has to be nut-free and dairy-free, so I have to be creative sometimes to come up with a snack for 15 kids that still accommodates this.  This is one of my go-to muffin recipes.  Super easy to make, my kids love to help me, and the kids at school eat it.  Plus *shhhh don’t tell them* its not all that bad for them and they are eating healthy things like avocado too!

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How to make Banana Avocado Muffins

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Banana Avocado Muffins
 
Author:
Recipe type: Baking
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1-2 ripe avocados
  • ½ c of coconut oil or butter softened or melted
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c sugar
  • 1½ c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ c chocolate chips (or other filling if dairy-free) *OPTIONAL*
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and get kids to put muffin liners in the muffin tin while you get out the ingredients. Grease muffin liners if using.
  2. Combine bananas and avocado in mixer and blend together thoroughly until there are no lumps. Add in coconut oil/butter and egg then blend it up. While that is mixing get kids to help you combine the rest of the dry ingredients in another bowl except the filling. Blend it up and then add to the wet ingredients. Mix that up again and then add ½ c of your favourite filling (we used mini chocolate chips) if you want. You can also leave it as is.
  3. Spoon the mixture into your muffin tin (maybe without kids help!) and bake for 20 minutes in a big muffin tin or closer to 15 minutes in a mini muffin tin!

Banana Avocado uffins - Try making these Banana Avocado Muffins with your little ones. Easy to make and tasty! Perfect for a school snack and easy to make nut & dairy free.

Getting kids involved in the kitchen

Personally, I am a big fan of getting kids to help you when you do things in the kitchen, especially baking.  My daughter at three-and-a-half is very good at helping, I tell her to measure out half a cup of coconut oil and she can do it unaided.  But my son at not-quite-two needs a lot more guidance.  He can help peel the bananas, break eggs (on the table when you aren’t looking!), and practice his scooping and pouring with the flour.  I have not baked with my son in over a month and I was amazed how good he was, he had no problem sticking out the silicone muffin wrappers in the tin, for the first time ever on his own.

When you bake with your kids regularly it is surprising how their skills develop, you see what areas they are learning in and where they need more help and guidance, my kids surprise me each time at what they can do un-aided.  Yes it is more work, yes it is messier than doing it alone, BUT look at it like an activity you do with your kids.  Carve the time out to spend with them (when you can) and teach them about measuring, numbers, counting (we need three cups of flour, lets count as we put them in), and ingredients.   They learn so much and take such pride in helping!  You can be sure daughter will be proudly telling her class today how she helped to make them!

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Life lessons learned

A hard lesson in baking, patience, one my son has not mastered yet.  He wants to eat the muffins NOW, not in 20 minutes, and cries as he waits, getting him to watch through the door helps, but this is a hard lesson that is good for him to learn now too!

What is your favourite way to involve your kids in baking?

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Easy Vegetarian Wonton Soup

Why should meat-eaters have all the wonton soup fun? Try this easy vegetarian wonton soup recipe, sure to please the whole family and super tasty!

One of my favourite things to eat is easy vegetarian wonton soup.  Before I was a full vegetarian as a kid I would just pick the wontons out of the soup at restaurants with my parents and leave the meat.  I love eating wonton soup, but making it, particularly stuffing the dumpling part is very time consuming and I don’t always have the time to do it with two kids demanding my attention.  This version is like a de-constructed version of a wonton soup.  You can easily have the wonton experience, but without the dumpling work.  I hope you enjoy!

How to make it:

Easy Vegetarian Wonton Soup - ingredients

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Easy Vegetarian Mushroom Wonton Soup
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Asian
Ingredients
  • •1 pack Wontons
  • •Water 7 cups
  • •2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • •3 Mushroom boullion cubes
  • •2 tsp Sesame oil
  • •2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • •1 tsp Sriacha Sauce
  • •1 tbsp Garlic (I use pre-minced)
  • •2 bunches of bok choy
  • •1 container of mushrooms
  • •1 pack of firm tofu
  • •3-4 handfuls (roughly half a bag) of bean sprouts
Instructions
  1. Put 7 cups of water on the stove to boil in a large pot. Add bouillon cubes once boiling
  2. Cut the mushrooms (I halved or left whole depending on the size) and fry in a pan with some oil. As it cooks cut your tofu in half. Cube half of it. Once the mushrooms are starting to brown, add garlic, the tofu. Crumble the other half into the pan. Stir as it browns a bit. Add in sauces.
  3. I do both pots at once: 1 tsp sesame oil in tofu mixture & 1 tsp in water, add 1 tbsp. soy sauce to tofu mixture & 1 tbsp to the water, add 1 tsp sriacha to pot only (and tofu mixture if you like it spicy).
  4. Cut the bok choy into slices, add to tofu mixture and cook a few minutes. Taste it, add any additional seasonings as desired. Otherwise put in the pot on low to simmer for as long as you have (I like 30 minutes but that's what I have time for).
  5. When you are almost ready to serve cut up the wontons into small squares and add to the pot with the bean sprouts (make sure to separate the wontons so it doesn't stick in the water). It should float when done, about 3 minutes.
  6. Ready to serve.

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What is your favourite thing in wonton soups?

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Easy Lunch Quesadillas

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As most other moms, I like easy lunches!  But they have to be easy lunches my kids will eat, so these quesadillas are a staple in my house that I can make in advance and still be guaranteed that my kids will eat it.

Need an easy lunch?

I got the idea of these from a good friend of mine while camping, every summer she brings quesadillas as one of her camping lunches, and my kids always share them with her since they love them so much. This s a super easy lunch that you can make in advance, then wrap in foil or stick in a container for future lunches for work, school, picnics, or camping.

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Quesadillas

Easy Lunch Quesadillas

Recipe Type: Mexican

Cuisine: Vegetarian

Author: Hil

Ingredients

  • Salsa
  • Black Beans
  • A pack of tortillas
  • Shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Set your tortillas open on baking sheets.
  3. Scoop in a few spoonful’s of salsa, a handful of shredded cheese and a handful or two of black beans on one half of the tortilla.
  4. Close tortilla in half and repeat until your baking sheet is full (I tend to make two sheets full).
  5. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes, enough so the cheese melts but not so the tortilla starts to get crispy. You can even put a pot lid on top of the quesadillas to help keep them flat while cooking.
  6. Take the quesadillas out of the oven and let cool, wrap in foil or put in lunch containers for the week.

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What is one of your favourite lunches to make in advance?  Any tried and true recipes your kids are guaranteed to eat?

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We Are Knitters – Katja Cape knitting review

We Are Knitters - Katja Cape review - My first knitting project and I took on the Katja Cape from We Are Knitters, come check out the results and how easy it is to take up knitting!

I have always loved knitting and wanted to learn to knit.  I learned how to do it as a kid and used to keep my knitting in the van for long car rides.  Unfortunately,  my dad’s van got stolen and that was the end of my knitting since my stuff was gone.  My Granny was an amazing knitter and used to make amazing doggy sweaters, mitts, scarfs, and stuffed animals. I always wanted to figure it out but arthritis kicked in before I was able to learn from her.

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Knitting 5When I was approached by We Are Knitters to try out one of their products I was SUPER excited!  Being a beginner they helped guide me towards the beginner projects that I could tackle. I chose to do the Katja shawl.  I choose the colours and eagerly awaited my shipment in the mail.  It was super fast.

 

Starting Off

Knitting 3I watched the instructional videos over and over again and attempted to start my project.  Well….. there certainly was a learning curve.  I had to re-start three times, but that was due to my ability not the project.  Luckily I had a girls weekend with my friends coming up.  A good friend of mine is an AMAZING knitter (she knit my son a cardigan that still fits him a year later) she took one look at it and encouraged me to rip it apart and start again.  With her help I was now on the right track and could tackle the project.  I suppose starting off with thick wool and chunky wooden needles wasn’t the easiest project to start with, but with her help I was well underway and loving how it looked!

Knitting 4I brought this with me everywhere, with two young kids I could only do a row here and there so it took me a LONG time.  It should have been faster, but oh well.  The next one I am sure I can do in half the time. It came with me to my daughters gymnastics practice to do as I watched, in the car as my husband drove for vacations, outside while watching my kids play, and camping with my other knitting friends.  We may have looked dorky all sitting there knitting, but I  thought we looked cool.

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Knitting 2Practice Makes Perfect

My biggest issue was I kept picking up stitches randomly while I knitted.  I would count at the end, and have an extra stitch or two each line.  Soooo my knitting doesn’t look even, but that is because I had to keep dropping stitches I had picked up.  Although I did the same pattern the whole way along, the beginning was really loose because I was just learning, I kept messing up my stitch count and I got tighter at the end.  Whatever, I love it and for my first piece of knitting I think it looks great.

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I honestly had so much fun doing this piece and really recommend it.  Even with  NO experience (I really don’t count a row or two in the car at age 11) I made this.  If you want to try and learn to knit the Katja Cape like me, this kit (or another beginner one) would be PERFECT for you.  I cannot recommend it enough.  It was a great way to de-stress and have some me time, even with the kids.  Grab a cuppa tea or wine (depending on the time….) and your knitting and you can supervise and interact with your kids while you knit.

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I have a birthday coming up next month and am I am already planning out which kit I want to do next.  These two kits are at the top of my list, so hopefully someone gives one to me!  The Cub Scarf on the left I would need extra wool so I can make one for each of my kids, but I would love one in adult size too!  Otherwise the cloak on the right would be for me 🙂

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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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Camping Hacks

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Do you like to go camping with your kids?  I sure do! Although we always have a blast, I have picked up some tricks over the years to make our trip more enjoyable and comfortable. Here are some of my favourite hacks while camping with my kids.

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This may seem like an odd hack, but after a week camping it was useful to me and other campers thought it was neat so I thought I would share it.  Instead of changing your pillow case before camping, bring the clean pillow case in your luggage, change it after your tent is set up.  I found my pillows got super dirty in the car and sitting on the ground or picnic table during unloading.  It is much better to change it once in the tent for a clean pillow.  Then use the dirty case as a laundry bag, put all your dirty clothes in there during the trip so it is easy to cart home and take straight to the washing machine to be cleaned.

Pump soap & solar shower

This was my sister’s genious idea, combined with my soap.  Bring a solar shower with you.  It is only like $10-15 at Wal-Mart, a great investment if you camp a lot and also good for showers while camping.  Fill it with water and hang it from a tree, put some soap near by, I just brought regular pump soap, it is easier than a bar and can sit at the bottom of the tree on the ground.  After using the outhouse or port-a-potty or bush you can easily wash your hands afterwards!  My three-year-old could manage to wash her own hands, which made our life much easier. Great to wash your hands after playing in the dirt, questionable beach water, and before meals.  A simple cleanliness station, which makes you feel MUCH better camping.

Potty

My daughter can go to the toilet herself at home, but at three I don’t want her traipsing to the port-a-potty on her own and they are pretty nasty.  We bring her potty with us, I take out the center (for catching the poop and pee) and she can easily bush pee on her potty independently without needing us to run her to the camp bathrooms.  With the hand washing station above she can wash her hands afterwards on her own too.  Being able to have your child go to the bathroom independently is a great blessing while camping as it saves you time and effort.  She knew when she had to go poop to tell us and we would take her to the port-a-potty, no one wants to clean that up out of the grass!

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This one is depending on the ages of your kids.  We have a pop-up wagon that is AMAZING.  It can be used to help cart all your camping gear to your tent, store stuff at the site, help you transport kids around the site easily, hold all your beach toys, towels, water bottles etc. while going to the beach, and if you have to walk to your car help transport groceries from your car and/or kids to the car for errands into town.

Thermal BagI brought an extra thermal bag (I LOVE my Thirty-One thermals!) on the way up for drinks and veggies that didn’t fit in the cooler.  Once they did I used the bag for ice runs to keep the ice solid longer.  It worked great!  Driving to town and back plus walking to and from the parking lot meant at least 10-20 minutes that the ice was out of the freezer before going in the cooler.  A thermal bag to transport makes a difference and it is cold carrying it against your body so some extra protection between you and the ice feels better too.

Sarong fence

This one is great for close camping quarters and festivals.  Use those clothes lines like a fence. Bring string/rope to tie up around the perimeter of your camping area (also a great way to mark off your area so no one comes camping in it during festivals) then bring old curtains, sheets, sarongs, and clothes pins.  Pin them up on the clothes lines around the camp, it’s pretty, and you get more privacy!

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Have outside and inside bags

In a week camping we did not let one single mosquito into our ten (and let me assure you there were tons!).  I have a three and one and a half year old so that is saying something.  Trips into the tent are kept to a minimum and usually reserved for nap times and bed time.  I have a bin outside the tent with stuff we need regular access to like sunscreen, bug repellent, toothbrushes, hats, bathing suits, and flashlights.  Stuff is easier to access outside and you keep the bugs out of your tent with minimal trips.

 

Solar Lights

These are awesome and cheap.  You can take ones from your yard, or pick some up at Dollarama before you go.  Stick them out in the sun during the day to charge, then at night you can put them around your seating area and/or the edges of your tent so you can see where the tripping spots are.  It is great for checking on sleeping kids too, enough light to see them and like a nightlight, without having to flash your flashlight at them and wake them up.

 

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What are your camping hacks?  What makes your life easier while camping?

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