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Weekend Recap

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend & Mother’s Day ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday

I promised Avery a movie night so we went to the video store after work. Bur first some Fri-Yay photos. I had to share the whole “series: of Chloe:

We watched some movie Avery picked out then called it a night.

Saturday

We spent the morning at the annual local Mother’s Day race that we go to every year. We walked/ran the 5km with my Mom and the girls and then Avery did the 100m run – next year Chloe can do it and Avery does the 250m!

It was pretty chilly but we had some sun still.

Avery ran the whole race this year and did not cry so that was a win ๐Ÿ˜‰

We were taking photos and I asked her to pose – of course she did a yoga pose:

Later we walked to the park, Avery rode her bike – she is bike obsessed now!

I think I was asleep by 9:30pm – haha

Sunday

Chad got a gym membership after not having one for 1.5 years and since the gym opened Saturday he wanted to go so I decided to take the girls for a run. Wow 6 months of not running with them plus some extra weight, I think 50lbs total plus the stroller left me tired and humbled. It was a tough 7km!

Oh yes and my Mother’s Day gifts, new Instagram magnets, flowers, crafts the girls made at dayhome and sign my Mom and a Starbucks gift card – I have the best family and dayhome ๐Ÿ™‚

I needed coffee after my run so we walked (again Avery ride her bike) and we went for coffee and treats. Avery is cake pop obsessed and loves when they get new ones, it was a pirate one today:

During Chloe’s nap I cleaned house, we made a craft for my Mom and Grandma then packed up for a picnic with my family. Once she was up we met my Mom, Grandma, her boyfriend, my one brother and girlfriend for a picnic.

Easy crafts are the best ๐Ÿ™‚

It was the perfect way to wrap up the weekend and the rain came just as we were about to go.

I am so blessed to be a Mom, have the best Mom who I admire more and more every day that I am doing this gig.

Now I am more than ready for a couple short work weeks!

Lindsey

Working Mom of Two

I still cannot it has been 3.5 months since I ventured back into working. It feels like weeks, not months. I found going back this time very different than after Avery. After Avery, it was a world of unknowns, a scary one at that but as the days passed we fell into a new groove and life that we all enjoyed a lot. After Chloe I knew what to expect going back to work and it made the whole transition so much easier. But with working full time, being a Mom, a Wife, this blog, running & training for races plus everything else that falls my way there has to be some sacrifices too.

By nature, I am a type A person so letting things “fall to the wayside” is much easier said that done. Those dishes in the sink? Yeah, they do not need to be done, but for my sanity, they actually do and probably right now so the whole letting those little things go in order for me to still have time for my family is hard some days. But with a little work, a whole lot of planning and an awesome side-kick it is all very possible.

So what have I learned in this past few months?

1 – I cannot plan enough. True story. Meal planning, workouts, my lunch hours, grocery shopping…and more. I find planning these things and times to do these things helps us get it all done.

2- I have an awesome husband. I knew this already but without Chad I could not do what I do.

3 – Some days I am too busy to even notice “those dishes in the sink” or whatever might have driven me crazy before. This helps me to let those little things slide ๐Ÿ˜‰

4 – Two kids is not twice the work. More like 100x – HA. But I would not change it for the world.

5- Flexibility is key – all the time. Kids get sick, they nap at the wrong hour, they get cranky, life gets busy and so on. I am such a planner that sometimes these last minute changes can really get to me but I am learning to roll with it more as life rarely goes as planned.

6 – Downtime is so important. I try and reserve the last hour of the night to just hang out with Chad, no blogging, no working out, just hanging out which these days means watching TV ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hopefully this summer it means sitting outside with a cold drink ๐Ÿ˜‰

7 – I am tired… a lot. But that is life right now so I do not dwell on it.

8 – It really does take a village. From my job being flexible, our great dayhome, family and friends. I could not do it without everyone.

I am the first to admit that our days are usually crazy and hectic but I also love them 98% of the time and would not change it for anything. After all, these two little faces make everything worth it:

 

Lindsey

Inside My (Mom) Bag…

A few months ago when I returned to work I was on the hunt for a bag that would easily transition me between work and evenings and weekends at home. No matter whether it is going to work for the day or running weekend errands with the kids I no longer can use a cute little purse.

I happened to meet up with a friend one day and saw her bag and knew it was what I had to have. While it is no longer available it is the Lululemon Yin Time bag in black. This bag is a organization freak’s dream, it has 14 different compartments for everything you might need to carry.

On a work day i am typically bringing a lunch, possibly workout/yoga clothes, my water bottle on top of the usual purse “things” so I need a large enough bag that also has a ton of organization.

Now to see what those “usual purse things” are:

Lip gloss, lip chap, lotion and hand sanitizer because lip gloss instantly makes you feel better (right?!) and the others are just necessities.

Wipes – with kids these are a must! Kid activities, you never know when you might have to wait that 5 extra minutes that in a kid’s life is hours crayons, activity books, a small toy or whatever always comes in handy.

Snacks. I always have a snack or two…or three in my purse and one is always a protein bar. With 30g of protein Premier Protein bars are the perfect snack for me to have handy in my purse at all times. As a busy Mom I do sometimes forget to eat (something I never thought would happen!) so knowing that I can keep my belly happy until I do have a meal is key. Nobody wants a hungry Momma ๐Ÿ˜‰

These bars are also gluten free and come in three flavours:

My favourite is the dark chocolate mint since that combo always wins in my world! These bars are available at Costco stores throughout Canada.

Along with snacks is water, I never go anywhere without my Swell water bottle!

Lindsey

What is in your bag?

Disclosure: I received the Premier protein bars free of charge in exchange for this blog posts and social media shares. However, all thoughts and options are my own.

Chloe – 11 Months

I do not know how we got here already, but Chloe is ONE in less than a month!

She officially has passed Avery at this age in growth and with her eating habits we bug Avery she will be bigger than her in no time ๐Ÿ˜‰

Loves:

  • Making a mess
  • Getting into cupboards
  • Music
  • Her walker
  • Cheerios

Dislikes:

  • Getting into her caarseat – once she is in she is okay
  • When you tell her no – she throws her head down and screams at you

Eating:

We are entering a huge transition phase as we have to cut down her bottles (5 a day still) and move her to (lactose free) milk. Hopefully next month I have a good update on this. She loves all food unless she is teething, then she only wants soft foods.

Sleeping:

She naps 2-3 times a day but I am guessing soon she can go with two good naps, morning and afternoon. She goes to bed at 7:30pm and sleeps until 6-6:30am.

Milestones:

  • First trip and time on the airplane! She did pretty good considering this age is the hardest I think to travel with as they do not sit still.
  • Climbing stairs
  • Says “mama” “yeah” , “yumm” and shakes her head for “no”
  • I think she has 6 teeth…

Chloe is so busy, and loves to get into everything. She keeps us all on our toes these days but it is so much fun watching her little personality these days, she can be quite the attention seeker to random strangers and loves all the attention she gets from being a goof.

Lindsey

2016 Christmas Baking

Christmas baking is one of my favourite things to do this time of the year. I used to spend hours upon hours to stock the freezer and give goodies away to friends and family. Now I do not have all that extra time but I still make sure to squeeze in some baking time for our favourites and to share these experiences with Avery. She LOVES to bake since that usually means taste testing every ingredient she can and stealing one too many chocolate chips ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This year’s baking has a couple of themes – favourites and easy to make! Here is our 2016 baking list – which we have barely started!

Peanut Butterย Snowballs –ย peanut butter AND chocolate? Sign us up!! These also sound super easy ๐Ÿ™‚

Gingerbread Cookie Bars – I searched and searched for a non-cookie Christmas dinner dessert that was somewhat easy to make and found these. Gingerbread is hands down my favourite so I think these will beย perfect to enjoy after turkey!

The BEST Ever Sugar Cookie As much as decorating cookies with a three year old makes me cringe it has to be done. I am sure she will eat more cookies and icing in the process than needed but that is what it is all about ๐Ÿ™‚

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Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Molasses Cookies – Again, Christmas is not the same without gingerbread cookies! I already made this and they are perfect, with one small change – reduce the baking time by 2 minutes so they are not too hard!

Turtle Stuffed Shortbread – This is an odd pick for me, as I am not a fan of shortbread of Turtles but I thought they sounded yummy and made them for Chad’s treat day the other week and they went off great – they were also very easy to make!

Chocolate Turtle Cookies – These are a household favourite so even though they are a tad more time consuming to bake I am not sure I can skip making them!

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Lindsey

What is on your baking list?