Category Archives: Mom Life

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 😉

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 😉

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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 Butter Snowballs – peanut butter AND chocolate? Sign us up!! These also sound super easy 🙂

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 be 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 🙂

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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?

Avery’s Third Birthday Party

I LOVE party planning. I try and not go crazy but really spend a lot of time planning the details of parties and love it – even if it exhausts me! Avery chose a princess theme for her party so I went with a gold and pink and anything that was princess like. Like I said in my other post I failed when I forgot to take photos of the details (insert sob) but still got enough to get the feel of the party plus I am pretty sure nobody will hold it against me 😉

This was the first year Avery really understood her birthday and the party. She was most excited for everyone to sing to her! Since it is not cheap to rent places we opted to have it at our house and I said 10-12 kids max. Well a week before I realized that while I stuck within this that also meant 24 adults minimum since we had family coming too. I swear if we invited everyone these parties would be 75 people!

It is hard to plan a party that does not interfere with nap time so I went with noon-2pm in hopes kids could still nap after if needed. Avery requested Subway for her party which was easy and we grabbed a pizza last minute too.

I never took a photo but I had a “red carpet” coming into the house with the below balloon bouquet:

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As well as a “Be Our Guest” sign at the front door – again, not pictured.

I have shared the mantle before but will again since I loved it:

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I tried to theme the food, we had fruit wands, princess pink lemonade, Ariel’s fish crackers, Cinderella’s pumpkins (oranges), Olaf noses (carrots and hummus), crown cookies and of course princess cupcakes from Cuppitycakes and a princess cake.

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I had some tulle and balloons behind the table. Note – never buy glitter tulle, I am going to have pink sparkly floors for months!

For favours we did bubble wands thanks to my Mom’s hunting skills for them in October! I forgot to take a photo of these as well!

Onto the party itself. we had hired princess Ariel to come and paint faces but 20 minutes before the party was going to start she messaged me saying she was sick. I was pretty bummed as Avery was SO excited for her to come but was not going to have her come sick. I told Avery she was sick and instead we looked at photos of her and she seemed fine – once all the kids started to come she never mentioned it again! As it turned out we had enough going on and it was 100% ok without her!

The party started with food like every party should then the kid’s went downstairs to do the pinata.

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Such bad lighting in the basement! They loved it and it got rid of extra Halloween candy 😉

We came upstairs for cake and cupcakes and Avery finally got her wish of everyone singing to her!

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We did not even touch the cake so later I took it to my brother who’s birthday was the next day!

Next up presents – all the kids were so good and helped Avery, she did great thanking everyone after opening each gift. Every present was perfect and she was spoiled for sure!

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It was perfect timing as gifts ended it was almost 2pm and people started leaving. Some family and friends stuck around for a bit which I always expect when the the kids are playing as good as they all did together.

I am so grateful to have so many wonderful friends to celebrate these special days with us, we all felt so grateful at the end of the day! Thank you everyone!

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Lindsey

 

Finding Time for Fitness

I had about ten different titles for this post and finally settled on this one since the title itself is where I want to focus. It is not actually about finding the time but MAKING the time.

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For the last 7 years fitness and working out has been a priority of mine. I treat it like my job, it is not a “if I have time” to-do on my daily list, it is a scheduled (just like my paid job) activity. This does a few things for me:

1 -Keeps me accountable. If it is written down there is a 98% chance I will do it. If not, there is probably only a 30% chance I will do it.

2 – No guessing. Like meal planning, I do not have to think for more than a few seconds on what work out I will be doing because it is planned at least a week out.

3 – Balance. I can balance my workouts, from running, to strength, spin, yoga and rest days I am able to balance them out in a weekly schedule.

I will be the first the admit that working out 5-6 days a week was much easier before having kids but it is by no means impossible, and if it is a priority and non-negotiable on your daily “to-do” list you do find the time. My number one tip when it comes to working out as a Mom:

Work out first thing in the morning

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This could be 5am or 10am but do it the first chance you get in the morning. Then it is done and out of the way for your busy day. But Lindsey you say – my kids are busy/do not nap, I work full-time etc… Probably less than 10% of my workouts are done without kids (or when they are asleep). When I was working I was up at 5am to get in my workouts so that I did not comprise evening time with Avery since I know how precious (and hectic!) that time is.

Here is how to get in workouts WITH your kids:

1- Keep them short. Beachbody is awesome for this, they have workouts for only 22 minutes a day! Set up you kid(s) close by with toys, a TV show or books. I keep them both within my vision so I can tend to them if needed. Though 80% of the time they are fine for 30 minutes or so – and they should be!

2 – Take them with you! I run twice a week with both girls, and they love it. Both are so used to it they do awesome for long runs too. I always ask Avery to bring a toy or book with her, and try to go out when Chloe might have a nap.

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3- Find options with child care. I cannot speak to this too much,since I’ve never done it. But many places offer child care now from what I have seen.

My biggest point here is that is if it important to you, you will make the time and have your fitness as a non-negotiable on a daily basis.  I know for me working out does so much more for my well-being than passing up a daily workout for “x” reason(s). And that saying “you will never regret a workout” – 100% true!

Lindsey

A Day In My Life

Since my life is very different than it was the last time I did one these posts I thought I would give you guys a sneak peek into our daily lives right now. It is fun, crazy and by 8pm I am ready for bed!

6:30am – Alarm goes off. Yes, I set an alarm still but 50% of the time Avery or Chloe are up before it. Go downstairs to breakfast in the crockpot (steel-cut oats).

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6:45am – Avery gets up. We eat breakfast. Breakfast went unpictured but was enjoyed with coffee too of course.

7:00am – Clean up from breakfast. Chloe wakes up.

7:00-8:00am – Feed Chloe, clip girl’s nails, Avery has some TV time and we hang out until Chad leaves to work.

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8:00-9:00am – Get myself and the girls ready. Not too much to do today since we are going for a run.

9:00-10:00am – 4.5km run with the girls which is NO joke! And a stop at the playground then to get the mail.

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10:00-11:00am – I shower & get ready then feed Chloe, play and read books. I find getting ready for me is key, even if I am not going far I feel much more human!

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11:00am-Noon – Make lunch while Avery plays with Play-Doh and Chloe watches from her bouncy chair and eventually falls asleep. Lunch today is a snack plate Avery and I share:

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Noon-2pm – Girls nap and I get one or two things done on my list, then relax if nobody woke up early. Today, Chloe woke up half way through her nap but I got her back down. I planted some flowers, swept the floor then made a smoothie and watched HGTV.

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2-2:30pm – Feed Chloe, make Avery a snack and pack up to head out for the afternoon. I always aim for an afternoon outing of some kind. Today we head to Sunnybrook Farm but first stop at buy cupcakes from our favourite place.

2:30-4:30pm – Cupcakes and Sunnybrook Farm!

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4:30pm – Home before Chloe is too mad and hungry – YAY! Feed Chloe, Avery gets to watch a show and I start supper prep.

5:15-6:00pm – Chad gets home and goes to workout (he works out 2-3 nights a week after work). I make supper. Like breakfast it went unpictured. There is a 50/50 chance Chloe is fussy during this time which makes it interesting but we always survive!

6:15-7:00pm – Eat supper and clean up.

7:00-7:45pm – I feed Chloe, Chad baths Avery then we swap, he baths Chloe I get Avery ready for bed and read books, then he joins us. It is a crazy time some nights.

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8:00pm – Our goal time right now to have Chloe asleep too. So far we do good but usually she falls asleep in the bouncy chair so we are going to get her into her crib sooner.

8:00-10:00pm – Our time, we do different things, tonight we did garage sale prep, then watched TV.

10:00-10:30pm – Chad gives Chloe a dream feed bottle and I pump.

10:45pm – Lights out!

Lindsey