Archive of ‘Baby Brain’ category

My new craft obsession: crochet

Last spring, I decided that I was going to learn to crochet. Not because I was feeling like I didn’t have enough to do already, but because I wanted to have a hobby that was 1) easily portable, 2) not on the computer, and 3) productive. A friend lent me “Stich ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker” by Debbie Stoller and I watched some YouTube videos and slowly figured it out. Here’s what I’ve made over the last few months! This doll boots pattern was my first attempt. The ones on the top were Read more [...]

How the week got away from me

It seems strange that it’s only Thursday night and yet it feels like the week is already over! We had a busy Sunday that included dinner with friends and the morning spent at the Carleton University Butterfly Show. This is an annual event and we try to go every year. This year it was just the girls and I and we remembered to bring our own orange slices to try and entice some butterflies to land in our hands. The girls found the experience to be magical! The rest of the week has been a blur Read more [...]

How to sharpen your disposable razor using an old pair of jeans

I had never heard of ‘stropping’ (the proper term for sharpening something) until a few weeks ago when I read online that you can actually sharpen disposable razor blades at home, easily, using an old pair of jeans. I was skeptical but I figured it was worth a shot, because those razor blades are getting expensive and they don’t seem to last nearly as long as I think they should! I cut somewhere around 2-3 inches off the leg of an old pair of jeans. Hold it so the seams are at the sides. Then Read more [...]

Mommy’s home alone

It seemed like this day would never come, and yet here I am, sitting in silence. For the first time since I became a mom 5.5 years ago, I will have some child-free time during the day. Ashlyn is at school all day and today Rowan started her one morning a week at nursery school. I expected to really enjoy the silence, but I’m missing my little companions! I’ve decided to make this time productive by using it to volunteer at Ashlyn’s school library starting next week. I’ve put a lot of time Read more [...]

New (school) year resolutions

I have a confession: I don’t get the whole “New Year’s Eve” hype. January 1 doesn’t feel any different to me than December 31 did; I don’t feel motivated to make changes or that I’m starting with a clean slate. September, though? September is my New Year. New season, new courses for me, new activities for the girls. New stationary at every turn; pens and highlighters and Post-It’s just begging to be bought at bargain prices. This is when I make plans to work more (ok, any) exercise into Read more [...]

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 [...]

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