Tuesday, 18 October 2011

My continued love for Seventh Gen!

Not only are Seventh Generation products at the top of my buying list, they are also at the top of my Awesome generous company list!  During the month of October for every bag of Seventh Generation diapers that is purchased they will donate one bag to a local Canadian Women’s shelter! So now I dont only feel great buying their awesome diapers for my kids, but I can also feel that I will have done a good deed!

They have generously sent me 4 packs of diapers to donate to the organization of my choice and this week I will be heading over to my local CLSC and donating them to parents in need! What a great feeling!

Keep up the great work Seventh Generation!

Disclosure: Seventh Generation provided samples for my review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and no monetary compensation took place.

Monday, 3 October 2011

My new love: Seventh Generation Products!

So I am all about doing what is best for the environment, I use re-usable bags, I recycle, and I lean towards using products that are as eco-friendly as possible....however.....I need my products to work! Whether its cleaning my countertops or cleaning my bathrooms, this mom of two needs to make sure her house is clean! I recently had the great opportunity to be part of a blogging opportunity which allowed me to test out some of the products from Seventh Generation.

The first product I tried out was their Diapers. My little guy is on the move 24/7 so I need something that is durable and won't leak. Seventh Generation Diapers dont have little pictures of Mickey or Winnie the Pooh but man oh man are they awesome! They never leaked once! Even when I ran out to the mall quickly and forgot to refill the diapers in my diaper bag, this diaper held out no problem! I would use them time and time again, I am very impressed.

I am currently trying out their Free and Clear all purpose cleaner and so far so good! I will give you guys an update after I have used it for a week or so and I also will be trying out their Tub and Tile cleaner later on this week, along with their Natural Dish Liquid.

I am so glad to know that I can feel good using chemical free products in my home without having to comprise on the effectiveness of the products!

Dont forget to join their 7th Gen community, where you will have access to coupons, special offers and great tips!

Here is the link for the Canadian site: http://ca.seventhgeneration.com/community_ca

Disclosure – I am participating in the Seventh Generation program by Mom Central Canada.  I received compensation as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Kinder Surprise Re-Launch

I was super excited to wake up this morning and find out I was chosen to be one of the blogger moms in the Kinder Surprise re-launch, as a kid growing up I loved getting these fun little eggs and building the toy inside.

Kinder will be re-launching with a whole new awesome collection of toys. As always your kids will still enjoy the same great chocolate, but experience a toy collection featuring over 70 brand new toys. Including some extraordinary bigger, better, more playful toys! Sounds like a good time to me!

Im really excited for this program to start so I can share all the cool stuff they will be coming out with! What a great way to share some of the traditions of our youth with our kids..:)

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Our winner is......

Using Random.org to draw a number our winner is.....

#44. C.Leclerc81 with the comment entry!!

Please send me an email to jhoward9@hotmail.com with your coordinates!

Baby Kneez Giveaway!

Here are your  numbers:

  1. Jennifer Comerford
  2. Chrissie
  3. Funky kat
  4. c.leclerc81
  5. Judy Dickson
  6. Melissa McHugh
  7. amandaruck1015
  8. tashawilliamson
  9. Srooney
  10. Kindergartenconfidential.com
  11. jade williamson
  12. shaunmcaff
  13. Rander Tander
  14. Naomi Oderkirk
  15. tanyab79
  16. Melissa
  17. Tania
  18. Andrea Grant
  19. Corina
  20. Kirsten Hume
  21. rlegresley
  22. breej23
  23. Randi Thertell
  24. Mrs.Shopper
  25. Jaime
  26. downtimeformomma
  27. Makeup.Mama
  28. Beatriz Bailey
  29. Jasmine
  30. Diana
  31. aleclerc
  32. cindyrobertson77
  33. Heather Hofer
  34. Carrie
  35. shaydon
  36. Jennifer Sample
  37. flower_child_23
  38. only.echos
  39. S.S
  40. Katie Despaties
  41. Patricia Carvajal
  42. crankybear5
  43. Tina McNulty
  44. c.leclerc81 (comment entry)
  45. KristinG
  46. wiserwithwords
  47. Crystal
  48. Jessica
  49. Nikki
  50. bellini_sandra
  51. Christine M Drumb
  52. Heidi Coones
  53. Christy Douglas
  54. Alanna Rand

Good Luck!!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Product Review: Baby Kneez

Baby Kneez are designed to protect your child's knees from bruises and scrapes while crawling or playing. They are soft and comfortable and are made to wear over bare skin. You can basically wear them all day and one size will fit up to 4 years old. They are machine washable and are a must have for crawlers! My problem with P is that he is very tall and although there are all kinds of pants out there with padded knees, the ones that would fit him at the waist would not allow the pads to be at his knees because of his height.
With these pads though I can place them where I need them and the great elastic at the top and bottom allow them to stay put.

We have all hardwood in our house except for the basement so when he is crawling around I find it very hard on his knees...just try crawling around for 5 minutes on hardwood...then imagine doing it all day? His knees were full of bruises. These pads are great and he doesnt mind wearing them at all. I can imagine that if you have carpet it can also prevent a lot of carpet burn!

The only downside to these is that if you do not have air conditioning these things can get hot! As you can imagine made of cotton and padding they are quite thick. Thankfully we do have AC so its not a problem for us but its something to think about if you are considering buying a pair. But since these are a one size fits til 4 years old you can still get a lot of use out of them.

They are manufactured entirely in Canada which I love and come in a few different colors!

And because my readers are so wonderful I will be having a giveaway for a pair of these great contraptions!!  All you have to do to enter is be a follower and you may earn an extra entry if you comment below with a post topic request or product review request. Dont forget as always a follower who gets a new reader follow the blog gets an extra entry! Dont forget the new follower has to comment below saying who referred them! The giveaway will take place Monday! Good luck!

30 days til' 30....

Yup....the time has come....the dreaded 30th birthday is a mere 30 days away....Am I depressed...no not just yet...My 25th was hard...I felt like it was officially waving goodbye to my youth and now officially being tagged a grown up....And now with my 30's just around the bend I am waving goodbye to my pregnancy years ( my cutoff was 30), my 20's, and am now officially on the downward slope to my 40's...
I have to say though that thankfully my hubby is 5 years older then me so I get to watch him go through it all first..hahaha. But seriously with age comes wisdom and experience right? We always say if I knew then what I know now things would be so different! But would they? Of everything I have seen and done in the last 29 years of my life would I really want to change any of it? Not sure? Would I have waited to get that really expensive purse when it came on sale for half the price the month after? Maybe..lol But I dont think I would change anything major? With every obstacle came a lesson learnt or a new experience... Sometimes we just have to be happy and know that everything we go through in life is a path that we were supposed to follow and was an experience to make us grow into better and wiser people.

In my 29 years I have 2 healthy children to be grateful for and a 10 year relationship with my best friend who is now the entire other half of me. I have 2 sisters and a brother in law who support me 100% in anything I do. Awesome family in Ontario, who even if I only see them every couple of years, I think about you guys all the time.And I have a great network of friends...even if some of you I haven't seen in person in the past 10 years...(my network of Facebook homies!!) There is just so much to be grateful for and so much to look forward to!

So all of you readers who have a 30th coming up and all of you readers who have already passed that milestone, always remember you are only as old as you feel and always be grateful for each day!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Review: Aden + Anais Dream Blanket

I have had this dream blanket for about 3 months now and I have to say I LOVE it! P loves it too and I am seriously considering getting one for Nikki even though she is 12! This blanket is the most cuddly blanket ever, it is made of  muslin cloth so it breathes well and is never too hot. P sleeps with his every night and he just loves it! It washes well and keeps its shape nicely. It comes in lots of fun patterns and colors and its a great size that you will be able to use from infant to toddler and even beyond and its one of my new top 10 Baby gifts!

This is the pattern I have..but I really love them all!!

A walk in progress..

So here we are and P will be 13 months old tomorrow. I cannot believe this past year has gone this quickly...he is almost walking on his own and it amazes me every single day how much progress he has made since I held him in my arms for the first time.He still needs my hand to sort of give him some confidence, but every now and then he lets go and takes a few steps...the down side I guess you could say is that there is no more just staying in my arms...he ALWAYS wants to get down and walk! We were at Zellers today to do some quick errands and all he wanted was to get down and walk...and WOW quick errands turn into not so quick errands when you are "walking" with a 13 month old. Although I have to say it was super cute and all the shoppers smiled as we passed...so it was well worth it! He also took a great nap when we got home...BONUS!

I wanted to share a topic with you guys, because I am pretty sure that I am not the only one who feels this way from time to time:  There are days when I feel that I dont see the time pass.. my days are really routine and I tend to pretty much do the same things at the same times every single day...I feel like I look at the clock when I get up and its 7:30 am and then I look at the clock again and its 10 pm....I go to bed some nights and think that I really have to start to take the time to fully enjoy every minute of my kids. They dont stay young forever and I have to sometimes just ignore the chores and get down on the floor and play! The kids will not remember that pile of laundry but they will remember how many memories we made sitting around and having fun!
Of course its one thing to think that way and another thing to actually do it...the perfectionist in me wants everything to sparkle and be done but the mom in me feels that I am losing precious time with my kids!

 So from now on I will try my best to enjoy the precious moments and not sweat the small stuff...

Do you guys have any suggestions of some fun things we can do? Keep in mind that I do not drive and my kids are 11 years apart!

Thursday, 26 May 2011

"All my ladies independant..."

I like to think of myself as a very independent woman, I take matters into my own hands when something needs to get done, whether it be building a piece of furniture, making a call or researching something online. I enjoy challenges and love the gratifying feeling of getting things done. If there is a piece of furniture that needs to be built I grab my screwdriver and hammer open up the box and I wont stop until its done..regardless of the task I do my darnedest to get it done!

There is one thing however that has always held me back as far as being completely independent and that is that I do not have my drivers license! it makes me crazy! I took the course when I was 16 years old and I have even had my learner's permit twice! I just never finish it by doing the road exam...I keep telling myself and others that I hate driving but I haven't really done enough of it to even be able to hate it.

Having my license would be so freeing...I could get so much done. Of course my hubby takes me wherever I need to go on the weekends but I hate that our weekends get so busy because we have so many places I need to go! When we decide to not do anything and just relax I am left feeling so unaccomplished and end up not relaxing 100% because all I am thinking about is the stuff that needs to get done, and when we do get it all done, the weekend flies by and we are not able to enjoy it! If I had my license I would be able to get a lot done during the week and that would leave our weekends free to just enjoy! I could get groceries done and any extras that need to be taken care of would all be done during the week. I think its something that I really need to accomplish! If not for me then at least for my kids! Hubby works long hours sometimes and he even has to work some weekends so if the kids need to go somewhere (birthday party, friend's house, ect...) I always have to depend on other people to get them where they need to go. My sister is great, god bless her and takes me where I need to go no questions asked, but I always feel guilty asking her, she works long hours as well and for me to ask her to bring me here or there cuts into her free time as well and I do not like doing that.

 So for my big 3-0 birthday this year Mike has agreed to send me to driving school as my gift! And I have a feeling it will be the gift that keeps on giving once I have the freedom of being able to be completely independent! Wish me luck I will keep everyone posted on my progress so keep me motivated fans!!!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

And the winners are......

The first winner of the set of Guzzie and Guss Mascots is:

Jasmine! I will contact you using the email you registered with! Congrats!

Our next winner is:

Crankybear5! I will contact you using the email you registered with! Congrats!

Or feel free to contact me at jhoward9@hotmail.com with your coordinates!

Guzzie and Guss Mascot Giveaway!

Here are your numbers folks! Good Luck! Don't forget there are 2 sets to give away!

1. Kindergartenconfidential.com
2. Christine M Drumb
3. crankybear5
4. Melissa
5. Jaime
6. Patricia Carvajal
7. Katie Despaties
8.Rander Tander
9. Makeup.Mama
10. Crystal
11. Mrs.Shopper
12. Christy Douglas
13. Naomi Oderkirk
14. KristinG
15.Jennifer Sample
16. Jasmine
17. Chrissie
18. Judy Dickson
19. Tania
20. Randi Thertell
21. Funky kat
22. Corina
23. Tina McNulty
24. cindyrobertson77
25. Nikki
26. Srooney
27. Carrie
28. Kirsten Hume
29. breej23
30. jade williamson
31. c.leclerc81
32. tanyab79
33. Jennifer Comerford
34. tashawilliamson
35. shaunmcaff
36. Melissa McHugh
37. Diana
38. aleclerc
39. rlegresley
40. only.echos
41. bellini_sandra
42. flower_child_23
43. Jessica
44. wiserwithwords
45. Andrea Grant
46. shaydon
47. Heidi Coones
48. downtimeformomma
49. Heather Hofer
50. amandaruck1015
51. Beatriz Bailey
52. Heather Hofer ( Comment entry)
53. Amanda ( Comment entry)
54. Heidi Coones ( Comment entry)
55. Shaydon (Comment entry)
56. Cynthia (Comment entry)
57. crankybear5 (comment entry)

Monday, 16 May 2011

Review of the Guzzie and Guss 042 Stroller

I had the great opportunity and privilege of reviewing the Guzzie and Guss 042 Stroller

To start off here is their product video:

Guzzie and Guss 042 Stroller Product Video

I have to say I am a definite stroller-holic, between both my kids I have tried and tested several strollers, I needed something lightweight, versatile and comfortable...and this stroller has it all, some of my favorite features are:

- Reversible seat
- Reversible Handle
- Lightweight frame
- Huge sun canopy
- Basket underneath has a drawstring so nothing falls out
- Brake is on the handle ( No more ruined pedicures from trying to use the brakes while wearing flip flops in the summer!)

There are so many more awesome features:
- It comes with a bassinet attachment which normally you would have to purchase separately.
- It also comes with a rain cover and a foot muff to protect those little legs and feet from getting wet or cold.
- The footrest has changeable positions, and so does the seat itself.
- The handle extends so even taller mommies and daddies can push comfortably.
- We have used the stroller in restaurants as a high chair just by pulling the seat right up to the table.

My son likes to sleep in his crib and only his crib...the rare occasion if he is really tired he may fall asleep in the car. But since he has been born he had never once fallen asleep in his stroller. My daughter was the complete opposite, she would fall asleep in anything that moved. So anyway as you can imagine shopping was a nightmare with him...we always had to plan our trips around his naps and rush back in time for the next one, well that is until now! I went out to the mall with him and he actually fell asleep in this stroller! I think the fact that he was facing me and also that the huge canopy made it a little darker in there made him comfortable enough to take a nap! I Have never felt so free! It was a miracle for me and if that alone does not make you run out and get one for yourself I dont know what will!

I assembled the stroller on my own in about 10 minutes, very simple and easy to follow directions. The customer service is great and there is a one year warranty on the frame and a 6 month warranty on the fabric.

They also sell the universal car seat adapter which is great for moving those newborns from the car to the stroller without waking them, and allows you to use your own brand of car seat instead of forcing you to buy a compatible one like the other travel systems do.

I have tested it on all kinds of terrain, grass, sand, gravel, and thanks to the huge air filled tires it drives like a dream on any terrain.

Here again are some pictures of the stroller as I tested it.

It retails online and in store for about 599$, but this is a stroller you will use from birth until they are out of the stroller, and even when you are done with it, will still have a great re-sale value!

The stroller comes in a variety of colors, gray, blue, red, beige and black.

Here is a link you where you can get some discount coupons on the different models they offer:

Click here to get to the Guzzie and Guss Discount link!

Now its time for the giveaway! The awesome people at Guzzie and Guss have provided me with 2 sets of these great mascots to give away to some lucky followers!

So as usual my followers each get one entry, plus an extra entry for any new referrals and for your chance at another entry, in the comments section of this post tell me the top 3 things you look for in a stroller.

The draw will take place Wednesday evening at 8 pm!

Good luck!

So much has happened!

So sorry to my followers! I haven't put up a post in the longest time...and I have so much catching up to do! As you know the cold season has come and gone and come back again...I think we have each had our turn at least twice with some sort of cold or virus. But now we are all back to healthy and so much has been happening in my life! We are looking to buy a house..and so far we must have visited at least 30 homes and maybe 2 or 3 have really caught our eye...it is such a huge decision and so stressful. Its a huge investment and you basically work your butt off to pay for it for the next 20 years so you want to make sure you make the right decision...we might have something now that we really love but I don't want to talk about it yet, in case I jinx it! As we go along our journey I will keep you posted. Thankfully we have a great, wonderful, understanding Realtor that we work with who is able to help us every step of the way! If anyone out there is looking for a Realtor send me a message and I will provide you with his coordinates, its the best decision you will ever make.

Ok next...my son turned 1 last week and what an emotional milestone it has been for me...part of me is so proud that he has grown into such a smart and healthy big boy! But part of me is so sad, since he will be our last baby....I feel this past year just flew by and I feel nostalgic that he will never be that teeny tiny baby ever again...I know that we have so many exciting and amazing memories ahead of us...but I think every mommy wants their kids to stay young forever...

I have a ton of new product reviews coming up starting with my review of the Guzzie and Guss 042 Stroller with a giveaway! That will be coming in the next few hours so make sure you check back later today!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Awesome sites!

Just bought some stuff from this site it has really cute stuff!


This is where I bought Portland's birthday themed things:


Another cool site for baby stuff:


Suzy Shier is having a one day 40% off everything in the store today only!


Enter code MOTHERS2011 to get 20% off  on the Robeez site!


Built in babysitter?? No thanks!

So when I am out with both kids I get many many remarks from people about the 11 year age gap between them, everything from "wow what a lucky brother to have a great big sister" to my favorite..." wow you are so lucky to have a built in babysitter"...I cringe when I hear that. People automatically assume that I must have waited that long between children in order to get off scott free when it comes to a babysitter...well they are hugely mistaken...while yes she is a great help and can be my extra set of hands when my other 8 hands are occupied she is not and will not ever be asked to watch her brother so I can relax, go out or nap...this is my baby not hers and its not her responsibility to take care of him. Again I am not saying she cant help me out now and then but I do not ever want her to feel like she is a "built-in-babysitter"!

My little guy is feeling better although he was starting with a weird cough this morning that I am not to happy about...he hasn't coughed again since but I will still be on the lookout!

My hubby is away for work this week and I plan to get a lot done before he gets back...you see he is a worrier....he doesnt like when I take tasks upon myself that I dont have to, so when he goes on business trips I take care of all those things that make him cringe...this weekend for example I am going to change our clothesline..replace the light bulb above the garage, do some landscaping, clean the garage and throw tons of stuff out...He is quite used to it by now and I am sure he just braces for it when he gets home...always thinking in the back of his mind " what did she do?" lol But in the end he is always happy with the progress I have made!

I have finally finished the planning for Portland's first birthday, I procrastinated, but I got everything booked and ordered this week, so now I just sit back and wait for the big day..I cannot believe he will be 1 in 12 days....makes me so sad and happy at the same time! Sad because he is my last "baby" and happy to see how happy and healthy he has grown to be! Now its time for my sister to have a baby so I can get my fix of baby from her little one!!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Hockey Fever!

Ok so I admit that I only watch hockey during the playoffs...and only if the Canadiens are in the playoffs...otherwise I just dont care...its kinda like the super bowl where I pick my favorite color jersey to win...I know all you hardcore sports fans are cringing...hahahhaa

My little guy was sick over the weekend, we went over to my in-laws for Easter dinner and he started to feel a bit warm...then he got crabby then a full blown cry fest..I knew something was up so after supper we went home. You can always tell your kids arent feeling well by the way they act...all he wanted to so was  snuggle and lay on me...so not like him he is usually hyper and wanting to play...we basically spent Sunday and part of Monday alternating between mommy and daddy and snuggling while we watched some episodes of Oso. My poor boo boo...if there is one thing that can bring a mother to her knees its a sick child...we are helpless and would do anything to trade places with them..its so hard for us to see our kids like that..On the bright side he was feeling better today..not 100% but we are getting there.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Thank you Listen to Lena!!

A fellow blogger wrote a tribute to all us Product Reviewing Bloggers! She is 100% right! Here is her post :

I've been wanting to write this post for quite some time, and since I'm currently "unplugged" due to my Reno-cation, I figured it's an opportunity to power up the emergency laptop and begin typing away.
Today I'd like to recognize, salute and celebrate every review blogger out there who has ever been labelled "that lucky b*tch who gets all the free stuff." Now although I'm not a full-time reviewer, I do count myself in this category, and yes, we're pretty lucky.
But it's a terrible misconception that we receive items for free. On the contrary, we work very hard for the items. And the majority of us are also balancing kids and a household to boot. Still skeptical? Let me break it down for you, speaking personally from my own experience:

1. Before I receive an item to review, I can exchange up to 10 e-mails, phone messages or a combination of the two with a company. There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes! I wish the products could just magically appear on my doorstep, but alas, they don't. (Most of the time; I must admit I've received a pleasant surprise once or twice.)

2. Once I receive the item, I have the responsibility of testing it in a timely fashion, noting interesting user facts, and writing a fair and impartial review. The feature can include pictures, videos, and sometimes requires much time leafing through press info. Yes, it can be fun, but it's also my reputation (and the reputation of the sponsoring company) on the line, and that's an awesome responsibility.

3. Then, most often, I coordinate a reader giveaway, which necessitates promotion, follow up and further exchanges with the company and readers.

And the thing is, I'll go through the exact same steps when reviewing a $20 hat or a $200 high chair. I think I can speak for most review bloggers when I say that sometimes the time spent on reviewing and writing about a product far outweighs the retail value... but we still do it, especially if we believe in the product or know our readers will love it.

So do we receive stuff for free? Nope.
We work for it, just like everyone else. If I returned to the workforce I could conceivably just buy all the items I currently receive and skip all the steps above. But I enjoy blogging so much that it seems like a fair trade-off, and am fortunate in that tons of awesome folks take the time to read my blog every day. (LOVE my readers! xo)

And while on the subject,
I'd like to extend a very special thank you to all the companies who believe in bloggers - who value our opinion, appreciate our influence and reach, and allow us to formulate our own conclusions without coercion.

So to all my fellow reviewers out there... here's to all the hard work you put in to earn that stroller! Or set of labels! Or bottle of shower gel! Whatever it is... HIGH FIVE Y'ALL! 

She is so right! Thanks for representing us all Lena!

You can follow Lena's blog at: http://www.listentolena.com/

Hot deal!

Groupon has a hot deal today!!  You can grab $40 worth of General Mills Products for $20!!  I just bought this one!  What does the General Mills purchase come with?
The deal is $20 for a General Mills Sampler Pack, Coupon Book and Shipping…which doesn’t sound very sexy, but then you figure out what’s actually in the sampler pack:
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  • 13 ounce Reese’s Puffs cereal
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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Coupon crazy

Ok so everyone is talking about that new show on TLC Extreme Couponing... No matter how many times I watch it I am amazed at how this could be possible? So this is my experiment..I will try my best to see how much I can save on a shopping trip. I mean I use coupons here and there but I have never really really thought about what I could save..so I know the USA has different policies about doubling coupons and in store cards and stuff and I dont plan on buying 600$ of groceries and paying 6$ but I would like to see how much money I can truly save if I put my mind to it..also I will only buy things that I will actually use unless its free then I will donate it. We will see what I can come up with!! Stay tuned!

Today we had a consultation with an oral surgeon for Nikki. She was born with two extra baby teeth called "Mesodens" they are tiny little baby teeth that are high up in the pallet and are very rare. When she was 7 we had one of them removed but the other one was too high up in her pallet. So last year when we went to see an orthodontist about getting braces he told us that in order for the braces to do their job we would have to get the other tooth removed. So here we are now seeing the Oral Surgeon. They took a few more x-rays and she told me she had never really seen a tooth in that position...great...
She said she has never gone in to get a tooth and come out no being able to get it. The downside....she would have to be put to sleep for the surgery....not too crazy about that part. I told Nikki that since this was an aesthetic issue and was not impeding in her health that the choice would be hers..The surgeon also said that if we were to wait another 2 or 3 years we could also have her wisdom teeth removed at the same time, so that it would just be one surgery instead of multiple...
At this point she is leaning towards just leaving things the way they are as you can imagine any child is afraid of the word surgery, so we will wait for now and see how she feels a little later on, at least now we know what it will consist of! I am very impressed with the Montreal Children's dental clinic, they are just awesome with the kids and I would recommend them to anyone!!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The routine...

When my daughter was born I was quite young so my knowledge of parenting was very low, my mother had my youngest sister when I was 13 so I did have some experience with babies but compared to what I know now, I knew nothing!! My daughter was a fairly easy baby thankfully, and she was very portable, we had no routine, she just slept when she was tired, wherever she was....in my bed, in her bed, in her swing, in her high chair...anywhere..so I just came and went as I pleased and she was content to follow along...

My son on the other hand is the complete opposite!! He needs a structured routine and will only be content if he is sleeping in his bed...not once since day 1 has he ever fallen asleep in his stroller, and he is just now starting to fall asleep in the car if the ride is longer than 30 minutes.

When he was born it had been 11 years since I had last taken care of a newborn so it felt like the first time all over again..this time however I was not on speaking terms with my mother and my dad lived in Ontario, so I basically had nobody to ask questions to. This was Mike's first baby as I had only met him when Nikki was 3 years old, so I was basically relying on the things I could remember from my first experience ( which wasn't much, I think my memory is fading) and I also relied on books and the Internet. I cant say that one particular book or site was the Bible of parenting for me but I was able to take little pieces of each one and piece them together to see what worked.
Portland spent most of his first 4 months in my arms...he was happy there and pretty much refused to sleep elsewhere, and I found myself getting into the habit of rocking him to sleep...then I would slowly creep up the stairs and delicately deposit him in his bassinet and tip toe out...now as you can imagine the gentle depositing didnt always work and there were many rinse and repeat nights...sound familiar?

I was never able to get anything done...by the time Mike would get home at night I would beg him for just 5 minutes to take a shower because I was so drained....I dreamed of being able to put my baby awake but drowsy in his crib...turning out the lights, whispering goodnight, and closing the door...but I was far far from that..many nights he would wake up and realize he was no longer in my arms and start to wail.. I would have to take him to bed with me out of pure exhaustion ( in our co-sleeper of course)!

Then I started to read about routines in my Baby Whisperer book...was this possible? A routine? Predictability? Ability to function? But my first hurdle was getting him to sleep in his crib on his own....I reached out for some help from my network of Facebook moms and the same methods of letting him cry were being suggested. I was not a fan of this method, I hated hearing him cry and I didnt want him to think I was abandoning him. My friend Cassie told me to let him cry for 5 minutes the first day then go in and check him, comfort him, then go again for 5 more minutes...the next day go in after 10 minutes and then 15 minutes and so on until he is able to sleep on his own..I literally sat by the clock and watched the minutes pass.
But wait...could it be? After 20 minutes he was sound asleep..in his crib...alone....MY ARMS WERE FREE!!!!!! I couldnt believe it!! From that day forward he falls asleep on his own in his crib no problem! It was probably the best decision I ever made! I am not saying it would be that easy for everyone but the trick is to be consistent.
Since then we have been following a routine that is basically ruled by I know that his limit of being awake is usually 2-3 hours after he has woken up..so it goes a little like this:

7:30 - Wake up, Bottle
8:00- 8:30- Play
8:30 - Cereal and fruit
9:00 - Nap
10:30 - Wake up
10:30- 11:30 play
11:30 - Bottle
12:00-12:30 - Play
12:30 - Meat and Fruit
1:00 - Nap
2:30 - Wake Up
3:00- 3:30 - Play
3:30- Bottle
3:30-4:30 - Play
4:30 -Nap
6:00- Wake up
6:00 - Veggies and fruit
6:30-7:30 - Play
7:30 Bath
8:00- Bottle
8:30 - Bed

This obviously can vary depending on the way he sleeps, ect... but this is mostly what I stick to. A routine is great for predictability and babies love to know what comes next, BUT.....if you have to plan an outing or do something that throws off the routine it can sometimes cause major havoc!! That would be my only irk with it. But since we are home more then we are out it really isnt that big of a problem. As he is getting older he is able to adapt more and more to the change. I guess you learn new things with each child as each of their personalities are different and different tactics work for different babies. I really enjoy learning new things with him and I really enjoy sharing some of the things that worked with others..if I can help just one mother free her hands and get control of her days back then I will have succeeded!!

 I have so much to write about but I am just so exhausted tonight so I will continue tomorrow! Lots of stuff going on!

Oh yeah and wanted to let you know that little boy from my bike thief story got his bike back!! I am so glad!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

And the winner of the 50 fan giveaway is.....

Number 52 Shaydon!!! Thanks to her referral entry!! Whoohoo!!! Congrats!!!
Here are your numbers for today's giveaway!

  12. TANIA
  15. CORINA
  18. NIKKI
  19. BREEJ23
  21. C.LECLERC81
  22. TANYAB79
  27. DIANA
  39. MOM2C
  41. AMANDARUCK1015
  45. JAIME
  49. CARRIE

Today's giveaway is for a " My Little seat" These are great for traveling and visiting! And for all you guys who dont have kids in this age range you will have the option of taking our mystery gift instead!! I give these seats as gifts very often to new moms, so you will have the option of choosing the seat or the mystery gift!

Here is a link to the product for more info!

The only pattern I have available is CoCo Snow.


The draw will take place at noon so that anyone who wants to refer a friend to get an extra entry will be able to have enough time, also remember any referral has to comment on this post telling me who referred them!

Good Luck everyone!

Monday, 11 April 2011

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned everyone I will be doing my 50 follower giveaway tomorrow morning at 10 am! I will stick to doing it the same old way I was because I wasn't in my creative mind frame to think of another way!!! So I will post your numbers tomorrow morning and do the draw at 10 am!!

Love this weather!

Man this weather is great! It went up to 21 degrees today according to the weather network! It rained in the morning but we had some sunshine in the afternoon and I am so happy!! I have waited to long to get outside in the warmth!  We had a nice relaxing weekend spent as much time outside as we could.
Saturday evening my sister and brother in law came over and we decided to go out for supper and I have to tell you the story of Portland's first experience with ice cream! Towards the end of our meal the waitress came over to ask us if we wanted any dessert or coffee...we all passed and she asked if Portland who was sitting contently in the high chair had every tried ice cream before? We said no he hadn't and she asked if we would want to try some, so I said sure why not...A few minutes later the waitress came back with a small bowl of ice cream with a bug Sparkler in it...she placed it on the table and Portland was amazed...lol His eyes we as big as the ice cream bowl....super cute...then when it burnt out we all clapped and the waitress grabbed the spoon and  tried to get him to eat a little...now the poor little guy was still shell shocked from the sparkler...and now this strange lady was trying to spoon something in his mouth...he was not impressed...he finally opened his lips enough to just get a little bit in...the poor guy his whole body shivered....I guess the cold caught him off guard...well that was the last straw for him....his eyes welled up and he started to cry...lol It was super cute, super funny, and super sad all at the same time...I think we will have to try a round 2 in a more quiet setting.....

Sunday we met with a Realtor. After speaking with some friends we realized it would be better to have our own agent and have somebody looking out for our best interest. And all I have to say is WOW...we learnt sooooo much and he really opened our eyes...the farm house we decided was not for us ...there was still a bit of work that needed to be done on the house and some things that we really weren't thinking about at the time..Its a beautiful house dont get me wrong and whoever does buy it will be very lucky and love it I am sure, but for us the fit just wasn't right...Now that we have a realtor on our side he will be sending us different listings that fit what we are looking for. I really am anxious for the day we find "Our Home"!! I will keep you guys posted on our journey!!

Friday, 8 April 2011

Spring has Sprung and the jerks all come out...

What beautiful weather we are having! I think we deserve it! It has been a very very long winter and I am in need for some warmth! I will tell you that this summer I am going to enjoy every single day outside! I will never again take summer for granted!! Yesterday I went for a walk with the kids to get my mind off the house and well someway somehow we were walking and chatting and we ended up right in front of the house...lol As if my body just brought me there!!! Well I will be playing the lottery tonight and winning just 1 million of the 50 million jackpot would seriously help me and uncomplicate my life...so please lottery gods help me out tonight!!!

On a not so great note, today around lunch time I was doing my usual daily routine when I noticed some teenage boys outside, one walking and the other on a bike up and down the street for about 20 minutes...I probably would never have noticed them had they not been pacing ..anyway I kept an eye on them and noticed that one of the two  (the one walking) entered the school yard...Now it was obvious that they were more like 15 or 16 years old so I knew they were not students there...then I saw him go over to the bike rack, I went out on my deck thinking maybe seeing me there would scare them off...but nothing, the kid on the bike saw me and mumbled something to his friend but he continued doing whatever he was doing...so I stood there and literally watched the whole thing and once it settled into my brain what they were actually doing I ran inside to call the cops. The one guy who had gone into the school yard had huge bolt cutters and had gone into the yard cut the lock of a little kids bike and was taking off with it...in broad daylight...right in front of me...I swear to god these kids have balls these days!!! I also called the school to inform them of what had just happened since I knew some poor little guy was going to come out looking for his bike... :( Turns out it was a little grade 4 boy who had only had the bike for 2 weeks...he was devastated. How could people be so cruel and selfish? Its not about the bike..its about the principal behind it...If I was their parents I would be embarrassed to have kids like that. And where the heck does a 15 year old get huge bolt cutters???? I am seriously losing hope for the youth...Its a sad day when the only thing kids have to do for fun is take from others...
Anyway the cops were here within a few minutes and took my statement but she was brutally honest in saying that most of the time the bikes are not recovered....nor the suspects caught....Either way this is my neighborhood and I will not tolerate this type of behavior!!! I want a safe area for my kids to play...If I sat back and did nothing I would feel guilty, and its basically me saying to them sure go ahead take whatever you want...do whatever you want...nobody will ever stop you.... I can't do that. I don't know if its the warm weather that has all the jerks out on the roads but I have had enough!! Last weekend we had a ring and run around 11pm..These kids had to walk up my driveway past my truck...up my walkway which is extremely well lit and ring the bell...like what is going on???? They are not afraid of anything!!! I am starting to think its time to keep a baseball bat at the door...you never know anymore!!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

So much going on!!!

Wow so much to tell you ...so much is going on! We visited the house yesterday evening and I am sooooo in love with it....People always told me that you know you are in "THE" house when you walk in and you can envision your family there. I definitely can...I saw the kids running in the yard...I saw BBQ's being had on our deck...pool parties...and just a comfort of being home. Now as I mentioned it is far up in our budget and if it were any other house we would not have even considered it...but it is everything we wanted...perfect size, perfect location, perfect everything..The only thing it doesn't have and would be the one thing on our "CON" list is central air...although the bi-energy heating system is already installed and all the duct work is done so it really wouldn't be that much to add it on. It has a pool for the time being that we can use to cool off if we need. I am so excited and so nervous and so stressed at the same time..so many emotions... Mike and I have a lot of discussing to do!

Next on a not so hot note..I watched Oprah today...the show was about vegan-ism..they showed how they slaughter the cows in the meat industry...and keep in mind it was one of the best meat factories in the country...they didn't dare venture into the disgusting ones...nor would they be allowed I  am sure. It has made me want to be what they called Vegan-ish..A complete vegan doesn't eat anything that comes from animals...which includes, milk , eggs, cheese, butter..ect....I would say that those kind of things don't hurt the animals...at least not that I know of..so I think I am leaning more towards a vegetarian type of thing. Its scary when you actually stop and look to see where your food comes from...very very scary...

Next is my decision to open up my daycare...I have going back and forth with this idea for years now and Mike and I have decided that June 1st of 2012 we will open the doors officially! I think it is so important to make sure our children are well cared for. Most parents do not have the luxury of being stay at home parents, and I find it the most rewarding and privileged opportunity to make sure their children are well taken care of while they are away at work. We hear so many horror stories of daycares and daycare centers, providers that do it solely for the money, take in as many kids as legally possible and sometimes more than the legal limit just to make tons of money...My daycare will not be like that. To begin with I will not take more than 3 children to make sure that each one is cared for properly and has enough one on one interaction. Secondly all children in my care will be treated like my own children and how I would want my own children to be cared for. I have been graced with a gift of caring for children and could not think of a better occupation for me. I will be able to provide for my family and love what I do, isn't that everyone's dream?

In one of my previous posts ( Its all about the Benjamins) I spoke about a plush bear doll from Disney that I really want to get for my son's first birthday. Well I got word that they would be in stock today the 6th and I should check online at midnight to see if the site was updated....So last night with toothpicks in my eyelids I stayed up until midnight...after refreshing a hundred times, I decided to read the posting again....oh dear lord...it was midnight Pacific!! Which meant 3 AM my time....so like a good mommy I set my alarm  for 2:55 AM...I swear it felt like I had slept for 5 minutes and the alarm was going off....I jumped out of bed ran to the computer and refreshed.........I am happy to say my son will be getting a Special Agent OSO plush bear for his birthday!! :) I cant wait to see his face!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Oh farm house...how I love thee

My hubby and I came across this gorgeous farm house just around the corner from us that has just gone up for sale...It is everything I could every want in a home! Wrap around balcony, tons of land for the kids, lots of bedrooms and basically just gorgeous. Our one huge obstacle when we are looking at houses is SPACE...We need space!!!! I love the idea of an open concept and we need a huge master bedroom to fit our giant king bed we also need a lot of closet space and a nice sized yard for the kids. So with that criteria anything within our price range is very very rare...until this one came along. It is high in our price range in fact it is at the top of our price range, but we do love it and we will be visiting it tomorrow night. I cant wait.
Although we have seen many many houses on the internet and I can safely say that what is online is sometimes nowhere close to what you see in person! So I have the mentality of I will believe it when I see it....

So fingers crossed let's hope this is the one!

Every pan needs a lid...

I swear I must own 6 different sizes of frying pans, I usually only use one since its the biggest one and we are a family of 4 but I realized the other day when I went to make some turkey sausages from M & M that I have no lids for any of them....So now here I am stuck with no lid with turkey sausages that clearly need to be steamed...so being the super witty and brilliant person that I am ( this is where you shake your head in agreement)... I took out my splatter guard...

For those of you who dont know what a splatter guard is here is a picture :
Its basically a screen you put over your pans to prevent the splatter of grease or oil from getting all over you stove....

Ok so anyway I decided this would make a fine lid and wrapped it up with aluminum foil ...voila:

Here it is in action!

I know...I know...pretty smart... Rachel Ray, and Jamie Oliver think they can force me to buy a lid with my pans...hahahhahahaha not on my watch!!!!

Saturday, 2 April 2011

I feel a giveaway coming on!!

Whohooo we hit 50 followers!!! You know what that means people! A giveaway!!!!! I will be out for most of today since its going to be a sunny +10 I need to enjoy every minute of it! But tonight I will post the info for the 50 follower giveaway! All my fans will be entered  and for each person you refer to follow me you will get an extra entry! Remember that the person or people you refer must comment on this post telling me who referred them. All referrals must be new followers as of today April 2nd, 2011!

Also don't forget to go an like my one and only favorite daily deal site www.babyheist.com on Facebook to be entered in their 8000 fan giveaway! I have donated a prize and there are about 100 other things you can win!

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Guzzie and Guss 042

Ok so I am continuing my testing and reviewing the Guzzie and Guss 042 model stroller and I am still in love. Every day I find a new thing on the stroller and fall deeper in love! Today I realized that the fleece lining that is on the seat of the stroller comes off so that in the summer its not too hot here is the pic:

I didnt realize at first because it was winter that a fleece lining would be a problem in the summer..lol But I am glad to see its an option to remove it!

I also assembled it with the bassinet part to show you. It only took me about 5 minutes to assemble it and have it ready to go. Here are a few different angles with the bassinet and it drove really well with the bassinet part on as well.

 Another great thing about this stroller is that there is a brake near the upper handle...for all you moms out there who wear flip flops in the summer and have tried to put the brakes on your stroller you know what I am talking about! I have ruined many a pedicure that way! Having the brake on the handle is a great idea!

Here are some more pics of the stroller with the seat part on it. Portland is so much more content to be facing me when we are out. He sits so much more peacefully!

Almost done my review and dont forget at the end I will have a giveaway! So make sure you tell your friends and follow me to be entered!