BEST TIMES OF THE YEAR TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR HOME

BEST TIMES OF THE YEAR TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR HOME

Believe it or not there are several times of the year when it is the best time to de-clutter and do some deep cleaning at home. Not sure if you believe me? Remember the last time, out of the blue, you started to clean your house?!

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BEST GIFTS FOR NEW PARENTS

BEST GIFTS FOR NEW PARENTS

Whenever I hear a friend or family member’s baby announcement, I am not only super excited for them but I also jump into overdrive on what present I can give to the parents-to-be.

Prior to being a mom, the presents I gave were generally cute, admittedly not very useful, and came with a gift receipt. Eventually, I progressed to making diaper cakes as presents because I thought a handmade present is better.

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PREVENTING HALLOWEEN CANDY OVERLOAD

PREVENTING HALLOWEEN CANDY OVERLOAD

I don't have a sweet tooth so it is super easy for me to take the fun out of Halloween for my daughter (and spouse.) I don't really get why they need to go out, in the cold, walk around, to get a ton of random candy from strangers. After they proudly come home with their stash, I just look at them thinking there is no chance my daughter is eating a quarter of that and then crashing like a crazier than usual preschooler. 

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COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS OF ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS OF ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS

I think the most common misconception of anti-aging products is when to start using them. Often I hear people say they don’t need anti-aging products because they don’t have wrinkles yet. I try to explain to them the best time to start using these products is before there are any signs of aging.

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HOW CAREER PRIORITIES CHANGE AFTER BECOMING A MOM

HOW CAREER PRIORITIES CHANGE AFTER BECOMING A MOM

A couple of years ago, my younger cousin asked me to help her decide what she should take in university and what career she should go for. I told her that I wasn't going to tell her what to do and it is really her journey to figure things out. That is part of the fun of becoming a grownup! You no longer "needed" your parents to tell you want to do!  She then asked me what I wanted in a job when I entered university. I told her: "A very steady job where I sit for most of the day."  Not very inspiring. 

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HOW TO LOVE YOUR HOME AGAIN

HOW TO LOVE YOUR HOME AGAIN

I've been in my current home for over 10 years now. Honestly, I didn't initially buy it because I loved the house. I bought it because it is walking distance to my dad’s house. It was a huge fixer upper and we completed renovated it from top to bottom over the last ten yeas. I always love my home right after the renovations because it is so nice to see our hard work come to life.

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NEW WEBSITE AND RENEWED ENERGY

NEW WEBSITE AND RENEWED ENERGY

If you are reading this, you MUST have noticed my new beautiful website right?! Isn’t it absolutely amazing?! I love my new website so much I feel like my head is in the clouds!

Would you believe it if I told you that I have been blogging since 2009?! Yup, my first blog was on “Blogger.”

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PREPARING MY CHILD FOR THE REAL WORLD

PREPARING MY CHILD FOR THE REAL WORLD

Recently, my partner's coworker told him that she doesn't understand why we keep our daughter so busy with going to events and learning new things. She wondered why we don't just let her be a kid. This coworker was also a mom but her daughter was younger than ours. Her comment might have been innocent and not judgmental but it still rubbed me the wrong way.

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MINIMALISM MAKES MY LIFE EASIER

MINIMALISM MAKES MY LIFE EASIER

Now that I am thinking about it, I might have been a natural minimalist all my life. When I was young, I was always tidy and kept my room straight. Mostly because I wouldn't have to listen to my mom nag me to clean it. When I started working, I didn't buy unnecessary knick knacks because it was a waste of money and I would likely get tired of them.

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MEAL PLANNING HACKS FOR FAMILIES - PLANNED EXTRAS

MEAL PLANNING HACKS FOR FAMILIES - PLANNED EXTRAS

If you're a mother like I am (3 kids over here!), you're probably tired of the never-ending task of feeding your family. It can be overwhelming to find the time and motivation to plan, organize, shop, prep and clean up food. All around your kid's schedule and demands, and possibly your own long work day and commute.

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HOW TO GET MORE DONE IN 24 HOURS

HOW TO GET MORE DONE IN 24 HOURS

Everyone gets the same amount of time each day. 24 hours is all you get. However, there are ways to get more done in a day when you learn to use your time wisely. The very first step to using your time wisely is to determine how your time is currently being used and how much time you actually have.

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IT IS ALWAYS EASIER TO STAY HOME THAN TO GO OUT

IT IS ALWAYS EASIER TO STAY HOME THAN TO GO OUT

It is always easier to stay home than to go out, but you should still go out once in a while. It's not that I have been in a rut. Actually, I just have been super comfortable staying at home and not going out. I have created a routine for my family and the thought of disrupting any of that at any time gives me a lot of anxiety

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MAXIMIZE YOUR WORK DAY

MAXIMIZE YOUR WORK DAY


I don't mind being a working mom because I really do enjoy my job and the people I work with. The biggest downfall is being away from my daughter. The second biggest downfall is the lack of time to do everything that needs to be done. I struggled with the latter until I realized if I use my time effectively,

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SELF-CARE SUBSCRIPTION BOX - I CARE CRATE REVIEW

SELF-CARE SUBSCRIPTION BOX - I CARE CRATE REVIEW

I am a newbie at self-care. I was never good at taking care of myself because my inner voice always told me that doing things for myself is vain, frivolous, and a waste of money. I should be doing something productive, better yet, something that yields a financial gain. 

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COSTCO PLAYHOUSE MAKEOVER

COSTCO PLAYHOUSE MAKEOVER

Super late with this post because I had hoped to get more done on this project before posting. Oops.

Late last year, we were very lucky to have been gifted this well-loved playhouse. It was previously loved by our friend's kids for 7-8 years. It was a cedar playhouse originally purchased from Costco and looked like this: 

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WRITING EFFECTIVE TO-DO LISTS

WRITING EFFECTIVE TO-DO LISTS


I have always been a huge list writer. I like writing things down so I don't forget and I don't have to keep remembering certain things. There is only so much brain space I have! I can't remember that I need to renew my car registration or my daughter has another birthday party to attend (that I have to buy a present for!)

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GREAT KID FRIENDLY PLACES FOR A YYC STAYCATION

GREAT KID FRIENDLY PLACES FOR A YYC STAYCATION

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to have a staycation with my daughter for six days because her dayhome was closed for a month. My partner and I had to alternate weeks to watch her so this was truly our only mommy and Gracie time together since...maternity leave. (Which she doesn't remember at all!)

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GREAT THINGS ABOUT HAVING A 1970'S WEEK

GREAT THINGS ABOUT HAVING A 1970'S WEEK

When our dayhome was closed for a month with less than a month's notice, we were left scrambling for care for our daughter. If needed, we were prepared to each take two weeks off work to watch her but that would really suck because that means no family vacation! Luckily for us, my mother-in-law stepped up and volunteered to watch our daughter for two weeks.

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