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 [...]
My favourite part of fall is that it feels like 'tea season' to me. I worked with Libre Tea in 2011 and I had been enjoying their original tea glass until I accidentally sent it through the dishwasher and ruined the seal (here's a tip: watch their how to use your Libre tea glass video). Luckily for me, Libre Tea has a new line of tea glasses out and I was sent a Starburst Tea Glass to try out!
For the record, the tea above was an herbal loose-leaf that is supposed to be that colour. I have Read more [...]
Now that my diaper bag days have come to an end, I have come to realize that there is no such thing as ONE perfect purse or bag for everything. There is the perfect clutch for a quick run to the grocery store where I'm just bringing keys and my wallet (check), a perfect cross-body bag for a morning at the museum that involves bringing some snacks and maybe a small camera (check), but what I was missing was a bag that was large enough to take to my classes at night but wasn't so big that I over-pack Read more [...]
I'm starting to believe it when I hear "cherish these years, they go by so fast". It feels like just yesterday that I had a toddler and a newborn, and even though they're only 3 and 5 now, our lives are becoming a whole new kind of busy and I think the years are really going to start flying now! I know that lots of kids hold signs for their 'back to school' pictures now (I haven't been on the ball enough to do it myself but I love the idea) and one thing that is on many of those signs is what Read more [...]
I am now accepting submissions for my annual Holiday Gift Guide! If you have a product that you think would be a good fit for the Not Just Baby Brain 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, please feel free to contact me via the form below or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To my readers, please feel free to let me know here or on my Facebook page what sorts of products you're hoping to see featured this year. I know everyone looks forward to the giveaways when the holidays are approaching!
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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 [...]
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 [...]
Nerd Block is a pretty cool idea: you subscribe and then every month, a mystery package full of 'nerd gear' arrives in your mailbox! While the original Nerd Block is geared towards adults, there are also Nerd Block Jr subscription boxes for boys and girls aged 6-11. We were sent both the boys and girls August mystery packages from Nerd Block Jr to check out and the girls could not wait to tear into them!
As is typical with kids, the toys are now strewn about our home and I didn't get Read more [...]
This is our second 'back to school' season and it brings back so many memories for me! One of my favourite 'back to school' rituals was picking out a new backpack (I'll never forget 4th grade, when I picked out a New Kids on the Block backpack in the fall and was over them by Christmas - but had to use the backpack all year) and a special outfit just for the first day of school. I haven't had much say in Ashlyn's daily wardrobe choices since she was about 2 so the only clothes that come into Read more [...]