Parenting and that Vague Minute

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"Mom, look at the picture I just finished". I was unloading the dishwasher at the time, and out of the corner of my eye I could see Sophia holding up a piece of paper. "Just a minute, sweetie". "You always say that, it's never a minute!", Sophia screamed as she stomped out of the kitchen. It was then that I realized that these three words easily escape my mouth, far too often. In fact, these words are said all ... read more

Goodness Starts Today

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As I stare at the August calendar and count the days left in summer holidays, my heart sinks. It's been an awesome break for us, and we've certainly made the most, just as we set out to do when summer first began. From a cross-Canada trip, sun-filled days spent playing in the backyard, and so much in between; we made many memories to cherish.   While I can't say it's been all rainbows and glitter with ... read more

When a Child Gets Lost

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It doesn't matter how diligent you are as a parent, at some point, you will lose your child. Losing sight of your child is an experience that you'll never forget, the panic hits like a truck and shakes your entire being.  Seconds seem like hours and you're torn in every direction, even hysterical.  I have no problem admitting that I have lost my child for a brief time, and that does not make me a ... read more

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

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Oftentimes I feel like this parenting thing is drowning me slowly. No matter how diligent I can be, I miss appointments. I forget to remind my kids to brush their teeth {because after 10 and 6 years, they still need to be told. And after that same amount of time, my memory can be just as bad}. I can get so behind in laundry. I even raise my voice more than I'd like to, and more than I should.  The list ... read more

So I Don’t Forget

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I must have the worst memory in the world. Sometimes my husband will say things like, "remember that restaurant we went to years ago, when we travelled to ...". And, I have no clue what he's talking about. Most of my memories are sporadic and broad, the fine details mostly non-existent. It's something that has bothered me for years, even prompting many discussions with my doctor - because of course, this has to mean ... read more

5 Reasons To Give Kids An Allowance

5 Reasons To Give Your Kids An Allowance

As a parent you want to teach your children to be financially responsible. Knowing the value of money and the responsibility that comes with it, are key lessons for adulthood.  One of the best ways to tech children about finances, is to give them an allowance.    5 Reasons To Give Kids An Allowance   Teaches them how to budget. One of the best things about giving your children an ... read more

Parenting and The Wishing of Time

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I was half-asleep warming bottles while two tiny voices cried for hunger in the stillness of night. Soon calm rested in their tummies and all you could hear was slurping. The small smiles overflowing with the purest of love, they gaze up at me with admiration. Did that loving moment go unnoticed while I picked some sleep from the corners of my eye, while desperately wishing time would pass to a future ... read more

How to Get the Perfect Curls – Cheer and Dance Hair Hack

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I've most likely spent a small fortune on curling irons and curlers in my lifetime. Even ... perms. Yes, I said perms. While each one I tried had its benefits, I was never a hardcore fangirl of any of them. Each method I tried lost their lustre - either the curl didn't last with one kind, or another was too uncomfortable, and still another took to long to set.  Needless to say, I accumulated a cabinet ... read more

Who Helps You? Campbell’s Celebrates #TheMotherhood

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They say that it takes a village to raise a child and I could not agree more. See that 'I'm gonna drop dead of exhaustion at any minute' look in my eyes in the photo above? The first few months after the twins birth are a blur, yet I do know for certain that my family and friends helped me through it. You see, birthing the twins didn't happen without a bunch of complications, it was a rough time for me and for ... read more

Giving Back with Barbie #BarbieProject

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One of my goals this and every holiday season, is to give back as much as possible. Paying it forward in many little ways and donating toys, food and money to local charities. While we do give back through the year, we focus on this more during the holiday season, since it's that time of year to recognize your blessings and try to extend cheer and goodwill to those less fortunate. Plus, it's Christmas - and at ... read more

To Elfie – An Apology to Elf on the Shelf

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It's been some time since I talked about our Elf on the Shelf, Elfie. 2012 in fact. Wow. Yet, it's always been the usual. Move the elf, forget to move the elf - etc etc. It's relatively routine when it comes to Elfie, the girls still love him to bits, eager to jump out of bed each morning to see where he is. Sure makes getting ready for school easier, versus the 'I want to sleep more' hassle I usually deal with. So, ... read more

Life Experiences Reenacted Through Play

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This past summer I made specific goals for myself and the kids. For the first time in almost 10 years {and a total first with the twins}, we were going to spend a lot of time camping. This Spring we purchased a permanent lot at a campground about 30 minutes from home. With such a short drive from the city, we were able to travel to our home away from home - when time allowed and the mood struck. Now that summer has ... read more

Back to School for the Twins Plus One

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Today is Back to School! My oldest is now in Grade 5 and the twins just started Grade 1. Myself? I have my days free, a first in 10 years. Yes, there were a few teary moments and it was hectic to get 3 kids settled into 3 different classes in only a matter of minutes. Yet, they are there and I am here. The house is quiet. It's just me and my coffee, and the sounds of the keys as I type. I miss you summer ... read more

We’re Learning

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At the first signs of Spring, I watched the girls bring out their bikes and speed down the street. They still had training wheels on, and I realized that they weren't even trying to balance - they kind of coasted on one side, leaned over and completely supported by the wheel.  "I need to take those off or they'll never learn", I said to my husband.  Despite my husbands hesitation, we took off the training ... read more