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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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėČ

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

Staying Organized – SAHM Edition

I did a post on staying organized as working Mom so I think it only makes sense to do one now that I am at home full time with two kids.

I am a planner at heart and have always been one, it is my jam and without it I feel lost, unproductive and just not myself. Not everyone is like this which I get but for me it works and helps me keep my sanity.

The first month at home with just Chloe was easy, we did our thing, relaxed and just went with the flow but once Avery joined us at home full time I knew I had to get a little more organized. Avery is a busy girl and well I get stir crazy just as easy so I created a simple weekly planner for us to keep us organized.

Every week I plan the following things:

  • Two outings. Examples – a beach day, go on a picnic, visit a new park, go to the Jungle Farm, go to the library, the spray park…the list goes on and on. I started a list in my phone to keep track of ideas as I see them as well as drop in activities, the times and price.
  • Two-Three at home activities. One will usually be baking since Avery and I love to bake and this helps with our meal/snack planning, then a craft and a sensory/learning activity. Pinterest helps me organize these ideas.
  • Two-Three¬†Mom “to-do”. From cleaning out the fridge, yard work, organizing the pantry I like to have at least one project for myself each week as well. I typically will do these during nap times since both girls nap from 12-2pm together.
  • Breakfasts and Lunches. I usually do not plan these but to stay on track and to make sure we have food in the house for these I have started to plan a few each week. I forgot how much a toddler needs to snack all day! I use Sunday-Monday to bake at least one item for the week and do any other prep.
  • Suppers. ¬†As usual you can follow our meal plans on Foodie Friday!
  • My workouts. With two kids at home I realized I needed to continue planning these as well as treat them as my job and non-negotiables. I have always done this but wanted to re-commit to this idea. Working out makes me feel better, be a better mom/wife etc so I make the time for them.

My tools:

My befilled planner. I have a side column I write down weekly ideas for outings, activites, to-dos, snack and lunch ideas. As I think of ideas I write them down so I might be planning a week or so out.

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Fridge Meal Planner. Suppers are written on this white board that is on our fridge.

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Our family calendar (above). This is just printed from Outlook but helps Chad and I quickly check our schedule a month or two in advance. Appointments and other plans are written down so we do not double book ourselves. I found this to help Chad a lot (though he might not admit it!).

So far this has helped me (and my family) a ton to adjust to stay at home Mom life so I am hoping to continue it through my maternity leave.

Lindsey

Foodie Friday

I feel like days are going by at lightening speed right now, I blink and another week is over! A quick (ha) recap of our week:

Monday РWe went for a chilly walk and park visit in the morning, after that I decided that we would swap our walks and park visit to after nap time with the cooler temps.

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My Mom and brother came over to hang out while Avery napped and Chloe and I headed to a going away lunch for a co-worker of mine. She slept the entire time, of course.

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We also made these butterfly crafts from toilet paper rolls, do not ask but Chad saved a ton so now I am looking for crafts to use them up. My only question, what do I do with the crafts after?!

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I had a neighbourhood association board meeting that night which went good and I am really excited about what is to come with that.

Tuesday –¬†Should have been our “Monday”. The day started off fine, we went for a walk, both girls had great naps, I got some cleaning done AND had a bubble bath during their naps and then I decided to take them to a local play place. We picked up my brother and headed there only to find they closed in 15 minutes (3pm – what?!) but we went in for about 20-25. DUMB MOVE. Avery lost her shit when we went to go and my brother had to carry her out while she yelled “no, bad guy”. Yeah, she was that kid. 15 minutes of hysterical crying in the car we got her in her seat. My brother wanted a game from Toys R Us and before the tantrum I felt bad about the play place closing so said she could get a toy (she had a gift card). Which is a big deal since we never buy her toys. Long story short, another meltdown, she threw off her shoes, protested inside a $350 playhouse that she wanted it and was not going home and we left with some dumb Disney princess set for $30.

Before the tantrum:

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Moving on… we came home to goodies in the mail from Live Clean, baby mineral sunscreen lotion and a sunflower DIY kit.

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By 5pm I was done, and of course Avery was all giggles:

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When Chad got home (late) and wanted to workout I pulled out the “not making supper” card, he agreed and I picked up Chopped Leaf for us. Day made. Oh and this made my day:

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Smiles! Chloe was a hard one to break but I did it!

Wednesday –¬†We went to the library in the morning, Avery loved it, she played, picked out some books and DVDs. We stopped at Cool Beans for a treat then headed home.

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Our afternoon was spent going for a walk, to the park and playing princesses – her weekly obsession.

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Thursday РChloe had a restless night, well I should not complain, she was up at 2am to eat and took an hour of fussing to go back to sleep, usually she eats and then I lay her down and she falls asleep. Anyways, I decided to bite the bullet and make Avery a hair appointment after all her hair was getting a tad crazy:

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Well she was all good to go until the cape came out and then the drama started. Thankfully she did calm down after she ripped it off. And now she has the cutest little bob:

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It was not the nicest day so we spent time playing inside, opened up Chloe a bank account and went to the grocery store.

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Onto meal planning.

foodie friday

Saturday – Greek Turkey Tacos – WhitneyBond

Sunday – Quinoa Veggie Fried Rice – Damn Delicious

Monday – Almond Berry Chicken Spinach Salad – Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Tuesday – Turkey, Avocado and Goat Cheese Paninis and Greek Salad

Wednesday – Chicken Smokies and Cauliflower Corn and Cucumber Salad – Valentina’s Corner

Thursday – Taking Chad out for an early birthday gift, also our first date since C was born!

Friday – Easiest Broccoli Pasta – Skinny Taste

Today I am actually working! It is a huge event for my work that I was the lead on so I am working from lunch on, Miss Chloe will be my side kick so we will see how late we stay up or how that goes. I would kind of like to stay and drink late but not sure that will happen. Besides that we have yard work to do and garage sale prep for the long weekend.  I had planned to go to the zoo this weekend too but life got busy so another weekend!

Lindsey