Archive of ‘Baby Brain’ category

How using a Strider helped my 5 year old ride her bike without training wheels

Way back in 2011, I did a Strider PREbike review. Just look at how young Ashlyn was! She was about 2.5 when she started using her Strider and while she really enjoyed it, she was never one of those kids who zoomed around at top speed on them. One of the many benefits that a lot of parents give when choosing a balance bike is that it helps the children to learn the hardest part of riding a regular bike. Did you think it was pedaling? Oh no, it’s how to balance your weight properly on the bike! Read more [...]

Our Summer So Far

How is it August already? Before school ended in June, I was worried that we would be bored by August and I’d be out of ideas to entertain the three of us during the day, but that hasn’t been the case at all! Here’s a little glimpse at our summer so far. BBQ smores for dessert, climbing in our updated backyard, as much time as possible spent at beaches/cottages/outside, lots of biking (Ashlyn has learned to ride her two-wheeler without training wheels!) and even a movie – we’re having a blast Read more [...]

Can’t blog, watching Downton Abbey

My husband has been working some unusual hours this summer, so I needed to find something to watch while I’m on my own after the girls go to bed. I had heard of Downton, but I didn’t start to watch until recently, after a very good friend insisted that I watch it. Well, I’m hooked! I just finished season 3 last night and I have a feeling season 4 will be done by next weekend. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it – but not if you have other things to get done because once you start, Read more [...]

Our Ikea Hack: adding a storage shelf to SUNDVIK children’s table

I’m so lucky to have a handy husband! We bought the Ikea SUNDVIK children’s table two years ago for Ashlyn’s birthday and while it’s still in great shape, it doesn’t seem as big now as it once did. I remember when we could get 6 toddlers to sit around it for snack time and now my own two daughters can barely share it when it comes time to do crafts. I thought about buying a second table and sitting them back to back, but this one table fits perfectly into the space that we have for it, and buying Read more [...]

The backyard makeover is complete

As I mentioned in my backyard overhaul post, what started as just changing up the kids backyard toys has evolved into a complete backyard makeover! We finally chose and purchased our patio furniture so I think it’s safe to say that the backyard is done…except for the barbecue, but that will have to wait until next year. Here it is, in as close to a panoramic shot as I could manage! In case you’re wondering where things are from: the basketball net is Little Tikes and was a curbside Read more [...]

How one little change led to a backyard overhaul

Over the winter, my husband and I discussed what we wanted to do with our backyard this year. I knew that I wanted to update the house and play area with toys that were meant for kids, not toddlers, and I convinced him that it would be fairly inexpensive because we could sell the old toys and use that money towards the new stuff. No big deal, right? Turns out, updating the backyard is just like updating a room inside: you think that it will just be a coat of paint and it turns into a huge  project! After Read more [...]

The first long weekend of 2014!

If you’re Canadian, odds are good that you enjoyed the Victoria Day long weekend that just passed! We were so lucky to have fantastic weather in Ottawa, especially since earlier in the week they had been calling for rain the whole time. Ashlyn was given a Rainbow Loom for her birthday a couple of weeks ago, so we spent some time working on bracelets together (translated: she picked the elastic colours and tried with success to hook a few of them together, but mostly she complained about how slow Read more [...]

Minivan mom no more?

I hope all of my wonderful readers had a lovely Easter weekend! We spent a lot of time in our minivan, driving around southern Ontario to visit with our families. The weather was fantastic, traffic was light, and it’s always worth the effort to get to spend some quality time with the ones we love. One surprising turn of events was a conversation that my husband brought up on one of our drives – maybe it’s time to switch from a minivan to an SUV? As anyone who knows us in real life can attest, we’re Read more [...]

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