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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 […]

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 […]

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