EASY DIY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR KIDS - ACTIVITY KITS

EASY DIY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR KIDS - ACTIVITY KITS

In last week’s blog post, I discussed how expensive buying Christmas gifts can get and how you can save money. This blog post is kind of a continuation of that post of how you can create some great DIY activity kits for kids that won’t break the bank.

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SLEEP SOLUTIONS FOR KIDS OVER THE HOLIDAYS

SLEEP SOLUTIONS FOR KIDS OVER THE HOLIDAYS

The holiday season is upon us and for moms we can basically translate that to “more work and less schedule”. We don’t want to miss out on all the family activities but we also don’t want to be paying for it for days/weeks after, so how do we achieve balance?

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10 EASY CHORES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

10 EASY CHORES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Years ago, when my daughter was still a baby, I read an article that some 18 year old's enter university without basic living skills like cooking or doing laundry. I was appalled. At that moment, I told myself that I am going to start giving my daughter chores as soon as she is able to. (I know we all say things like this but I stuck with this one.)

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BACK ON TRACK WITH HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES

BACK ON TRACK WITH HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES

It's been a few months of packing those school lunches.....are you getting tired of it yet?!  Maybe you started the year gung-ho to make Pinterest-inspired, fancy home-made lunches all year long. And most of us are over that by oh….about week 2 of school!

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DIY RAINBOW CAKE TOPPER

DIY RAINBOW CAKE TOPPER

Last year, I was very ambitious and wanted to make a cake for my daughter’s birthday. I tried but fairly quickly realized that I suck at baking and following instructions. The hack I came up with last year was buying a plain cake from my local bakery and decorate it myself. My daughter loved her “Peppa jumping in muddy puddles with her family” cake last year. (She absolutely didn’t make it easy.)

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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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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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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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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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FINDING THE PERFECT AIRBNB (WHEN TRAVELING WITH KIDS)

FINDING THE PERFECT AIRBNB (WHEN TRAVELING WITH KIDS)

To be perfectly honest, I haven't traveled very much or very far since having my daughter. The thought of traveling with her (even if she is an angel 95% of the time) gives me a ton of anxiety. I'm constantly worried about how she will adjust and how we can possibly affect others when we travel. Until I figure out how to best travel with her on a plane, we will be sticking with road trips for a while.

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DAY TRIP TO GRANARY ROAD (REVIEW)

DAY TRIP TO GRANARY ROAD (REVIEW)

With the weather in Calgary FINALLY starting to warm up, I thought it would be timely to share our Granary Road experience!

This was indeed a daytrip for us since we live in the very north end of Calgary. We were literally going from one end of Calgary to the other. When I heard about Granary Road, I was so excited! But I had to keep the excitement to myself because I wasn't quite ready to make the trip there. One random day, I showed Grace a couple of pictures friends posted on Instagram about their trip to Granary Road. From then on, all she could talk about was sliding down a frog's tongue. (This makes sense in a bit.)

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MUST HAVE CRAFT SUPPLIES

MUST HAVE CRAFT SUPPLIES

Imagine this, you are stuck inside for whatever reason and your child is no longer interested in playing with ANY of her toys. You can either: 

1) Grab a new toy out of your surprise bin. (Every parent should have a bin of new toys or things it can bring out in a pinch aka boredom or random birthday party invite. It is a life saver.)

2) Pop in a movie and watch Frozen for the 150th time. 

3) Make something new to play with. 

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HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILD A SECOND LANGUAGE

HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILD A SECOND LANGUAGE

I attended Chinese school for 10 years, every Saturday morning for four hours. I hated it for 7-8 years because I missed all the cartoons in the morning. (All my classmates hated it too.) I might have hated the first couple of years too but I don't remember because I was 3-4 years old. No matter how much I voiced my displeasure with Chinese school, my mom made me go. It got to the point that she said it would be easier on me if we just skip the part where I whine before I go, because I am going no matter what.

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DIY MAGNETIC FISHING GAME (15 MIN PROJECT)

DIY MAGNETIC FISHING GAME (15 MIN PROJECT)

Some of the most random DIY projects arise out of random requests by my daughter. One evening she requested to play fishing. Initially, we used pipe cleaners to make a fishing hook and fishes but she was not impressed at all. Then

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DIY (EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER) BRACELET FOR TODDLERS

DIY (EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER) BRACELET FOR TODDLERS

For the first three years of my daughter's life, we hardly went to events with a lot of people. The reasons were:

1) She wouldn't remember it anyways (true). Why bother fight the crowds for nothing?!

2) Crowds were starting to cause me a lot of anxiety. The thought of losing her makes me want to die. (Not being dramatic at all.)

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POTTY TRAINING FOR SUCCESS

POTTY TRAINING FOR SUCCESS

I was super nervous when it came time to potty train my daughter. I have heard horror stories of poop being smeared all over a bedroom or bathroom, or just accidents at the most inappropriate time or place. Some of my friends told me potty training nearly killed them and they were not being dramatic. Other friends tried to tell me the benefits of potty training (saving tons of money on diapers) and told me to focus on that.

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TODDLER ART STORAGE SOLUTION (15 MINUTE PROJECT)

TODDLER ART STORAGE SOLUTION (15 MINUTE PROJECT)

Previously, I thought I found the perfect art storage solution by making a massive boxto store all of my daughter's many masterpieces. It was a less than perfect solution when I had another whole years worth of masterpieces.

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