Archive of ‘Baby Brain’ category

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 […]

Give the gift of a memory with PosterJack.ca

Every year we have family pictures taken by Elizabeth Fulton Photography, usually in the spring to coincide with our daughters birthdays, and I usually order a new canvas print to put over our fireplace. I also tend to print some of those pictures to give to our family members or display in the many photo walls we have around the house. Finding a great gift for my husband can be quite a challenge so I was happy to be reminded by Posterjack.ca that the perfect gift was already on my hard drive! Posterjack.ca Read more […]

Happy Halloween

This is the first year that I’ve made my daughters’ Halloween costumes. While teaching myself how to crochet this summer, I came across a pattern for an R2D2 hat and it took no convincing at all to get my girls on board with a Star Wars theme! I also crocheted the belt for Princess Leia and her dress is made from an XL shirt I found on clearance at Joe Fresh; R2D2 is an XL Joe Fresh tank, also on clearance. I’m pretty proud of how the costumes turned out and I think my daughters love them too! Did Read more […]

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 […]

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