Category Archives: Mom Life

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?

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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