Archive of ‘Baby Brain’ category

Sometimes I don’t recognize myself, and that’s ok

“I don’t even know who I am anymore!” It’s a statement that I’ve been jokingly saying a lot lately and it really has me thinking. While I still certainly recognize the ‘old’ me, there are a lot of things that have changed about myself now, some that I wanted to happen and many that I never would have anticipated! When I was in seventh grade, I read “The Hobbit” and hated it. I had to read it again in grade nine and I still hated it. Read it for the third time in university for a children’s Read more […]

The last weekend in May

Can you believe it’s already June? This past weekend we had my oldest daughter’s school fair on Saturday morning and the weather was hot and sunny. The girls got to play games, climb out of a trailer during a demonstration by a local fire department, and of course play at the play ground! I can’t believe how strong they both are on the bars now. That afternoon it started pouring rain so I helped them get into their swimsuits to go out and play – until a giant boom of thunder convinced us all to go Read more […]

Summer fun ideas for kids in Ottawa

Summer is almost here! We have about a month left until summer break starts and I’m trying to come up with a nice balance of activities to keep us busy and having fun without getting stuck in the same sort of routine that we have the rest of the year. My goal is to try and do one ‘special’ activity each week, with lots of down time, play dates and backyard fun thrown in. I thought about splitting my list into ‘free’ and ‘pay’ activities, but it made more sense to me to divide them based on things Read more […]

Safe sleeping tips from HALO and a #giveaway

This week is both my oldest daughter’s birthday and Mother’s Day. This means that I will have been a mom for 6 years! You’d think that would make me a bit of an expert by now but alas, I’m still figuring it out as I go. One funny thing that I’ve recently realized is how quickly my infant knowledge has become dated. When I take my 4 year old to gymnastics, I watch her with a couple of grandmothers who bring their granddaughters to the same class. They talk about what they used to do when their own Read more […]

Keeping Busy, Finding Balance

I’m almost glad for the rain today, because I can work at my computer and not feel bad that we’re inside instead of enjoying the spring weather! Like many of my fellow moms, I have a hard time figuring out how to balance all of ‘my’ stuff (blogging, college courses, exercise, hobbies), ‘kid’ stuff (dance and swimming lessons, storytime and school, play dates and outdoor time), ‘family’ stuff (special activities and outings, time together reading/playing/watching a movie), ‘couple’ stuff (spending Read more […]

Easter activities in Ottawa

This is the first Easter since we’ve lived in Ottawa that we’re staying home and not hosting any visitors, so I’ve been looking for fun ways to spend our time together as a family. Here is my list of what kid-friendly activities are happening April 3 through 6, 2015: The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (aka “The Farm”) has lots going on! Easter egg hunts for the under 6 crowd, “Signs of Spring” hunt for the older kids, food demonstrations, and of course all of the animals! These activities Read more […]

How to throw an easy and inexpensive princess and tea party birthday

My sweet baby girl is turning FOUR this weekend! Since Rowan’s birthday party had to be cancelled last year we decided to make this year’s party all about her and her closest little friends, instead of having a larger gathering that included her friends’ older and younger siblings. I thought about what Rowan loves to do with her friends: play dress-up, play with her dolls, and do crafts. From that it was an easy leap to a ‘princess’ (or fancy) tea party that included dolls! We asked the guest to Read more […]

Keep warm and read! Our latest preschooler/early reader favourites

It’s no secret that when the weather gets cold, I hibernate. Curling up on the couch with a good book is a favourite way for all of us to pass the time, and these are the books that my 5.5 year old and 3-almost-4 year old keep reaching for right now! “The Mischevians” by William Joyce is on sale for $5 at Indigo now (not an affiliate link, just an awesome deal)! This book is very silly, a little gross at times, and never fails to make the girls laugh. I think “The Mischevians” will be the Read more […]

My word for 2015 is ‘thoughtful’

I know I’ve said it before but I’m just not a New Year’s resolutions kind of girl. Now that we’re nearing the end of January, how many of you are still even thinking of your resolutions? I am on a few online forums and on one of them, a poster mentioned an idea from Christine Kane that really resonated with me: “Pick a word for the year. Just one word. That’s all. Then, hold that word in your mind throughout the year, and let your word guide you to take action.” I’ve decided on “thoughtful” Read more […]

How to host a cookie decorating party without losing your mind

I know, it’s a little late for me to be posting tips on this topic, but a cookie decorating party could still be lots of fun after Christmas. After all, we’ve got two solid weeks at home with our kids and that can be a lot of days to fill! We’ve been hosting a gingerbread cookie decorating party for 4 years now and I think I’ve finally got a pretty good system down. This year we had a total of 12 kids, ranging in age from almost two to five years old, decorating cookies. There were 3 baby Read more […]

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