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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 [...]

Planning my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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 stacey@notjustbabybrain.com. 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! 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 [...]

Nerd Block Jr is fun mail for kids (#giveaway)

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 [...]

Sears Canada will help you #RockTheHalls this fall (#giveaway)

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 [...]

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 [...]

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