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 [...]