TOP 5 LEATHER BAGS

Top 5 leather bags

The last couple of weekends we have gone to the lake. When you’re going somewhere that’s a couple of hours drive away, whether it is over night or for just a day, with two kids, you pretty much have to pack everything but the kitchen sink. Just for a day we end up taking an esky for the kids lunch when we arrive and snacks. Swimmers, towels, several changes of clothes, different shoes, changes of clothes for us, nappies, wipes. The list kind of goes on! It only recently came to my attention that I don’t actually have a “weekender” style bag. Which is crazy to me with all the travelling we have done. But we only have suitcases and nothing really in between besides kids backpacks and some canvas bags. All not being very practical in size so we literally go with 3 plus bags. So now I am on the hunt for a good weekend style bag. Specifically, I am looking for leather or mostly leather bag. The reason I am choosing leather this time is because if you look after your leather correctly it will last a life time. Leather has so many benefits! It does come […]

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FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND

Father's day

This weekend was so fun! The weather was beautiful. On Saturday we decided to go to the lake. The kids had a great time having a water balloon fight with their cousin and seconds cousins. If it involves being outside, in the sun and water then these kids are guaranteed a good time. Noah was obsessed with playing on the boat. Which wasn’t on the water yet. On the drive there they only slept half an hour. They didn’t stop the entire 8 hours we were there and also didn’t fall asleep on the way home which was VERY unusual. So they were in bed at 1030pm. Way past their bed times but the little champs didn’t complain once. It was amazing. Siena slept in on Sunday, Father’s day, Noah of course, did not. It was an early rise for Joe. I would have gladly gotten up with Noah and give Joe the time to sleep in but he’s a daddy’s boy through and through so if daddy is home on a weekend (or any day of the week) then Noah wants to “go down stairs” with him. To avoid feeling any guilt I got up too and made waffles. […]

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FRIDAY FIVES AND PHOTOS FROM OUR WEEK

FRIDAY FIVES AND PHOTOS FROM OUR WEEK

WOO HOO! We made it, it’s friday! Our week was a little all over the place but it actually went by really quick. It’s fathers day here this weekend so time to celebrate the man of our house! We actually don’t really have many plans. Sometimes it’s nice that way. So here is my second friday fives basically it’s five positives from our week! Rainy days. I complain about the weather a lot around here and I have complained about rain this week. But, sometimes when there is a break between the good warm weather days it’s nice to wake up to rain and have an inside day. I usually picture some movies, crafts, pyjama days. They never end up as nice as I picture, we may or may not end up a mad house by the end of the day which is pretty much why I only like one rainy day, when it turns into two in a row, we have a problem! Good friends. I can’t say it enough, having good friends here has really made living in Canada easy. Play dates for the kids and adult interaction for us. Even friends I haven’t seen in a very […]

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6 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL POTTY TRAINING

6 Tips for successful potty training

I will start off by saying I am by no means an expert at potty training. I only have one child who is potty trained, I still have an 18 month old who is in nappies and I am quite okay with that. But my 3-year-old is both night and day potty trained and I thought maybe I can pass on some tips that helped us out for anyone whose about to start this journey with their toddler. I will also be using these tips for our daughter when I feel she is ready to be potty trained too. Noah is a very defiant toddler so I thought we would have our work cut out for us with training him, but he actually took to it easily. Like way too easily. Like I am expecting the ball to drop somewhere. Siena will probably be the tough one! When it came to night training Noah did that all by himself. I don’t think we can take too much credit. We did have a couple of accidents but for the most part we are really proud with how he transitioned. It started because he did not want to wear his pull-up anymore […]

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THINGS I WOULD TELL MY ‘FIRST TIME MUM’ SELF

12 THINGS I WOULD TELL MY 'FIRST TIME MUM' SELF

When I think back of 26-year-old pregnant me and the worries I had of becoming a mother, I have to laugh, because it is without a doubt one of the biggest achievements I have had in my life. Now that I have two childrenĀ I can think of many things I would tell my ‘first time mum’ self. Although Joe may disagree šŸ˜‰ I think I was pretty calm about pregnancy and childbirth. One of my major worries was not being around my family for the pregnancy and birth. Going through pregnancy and birth and having a newborn without your mum close by is a sad feeling. Fortunately both my parents were in Canada for the birth of Noah and again my mum was here for the birth of Siena but then, of course, they had to go back home. And then it’s just me. I remember when my parents left after their visit for Noah’s birth I cried all day long. It took me a good week to get back into the swing of things. Even though this was a new normal to get into the swing of things for, I was home with a newborn. As much as I […]

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TAKING SOME ‘ME TIME’

TAKING SOME 'ME TIME'

This past weekend was beautiful weather! Saturday some girlfriends and I went out for pedicures and high tea. It was amazing! We are all mummies, which is how we know each other, and it was one of their birthday celebrations. Something we all really needed to do; taking some ‘me time’. There was no time limit and that was great. Uninterrupted time away just for us to talk about anything, walking away with pretty toes and eating some really yummy sandwiches, cakes, scones and drinking good tea. Exactly what the doctor ordered. Funny how quickly that relaxation time comes to a screeching halt when you walk in the door! #mumlife. Ā But self-care and taking some ‘me time’ is so important for your wellbeing. Sunday we went against our usual vow of “we are never taking the kids to the mall again” and went to the mall, again. It wasn’t terrible but there were a couple of little hiccups. Needless to say we didn’t leave with what we went there for. But we did have fun at the little arcade. I am pretty sure I enjoy it way more than the kids. On our way home we decided to stop at […]

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