PACKING SIMPLE FOR TODDLERS WHEN FLYING

Packing simple for toddlers when flying

We are certainly not seasoned travellers when it comes to travelling with toddlers. We have done plenty of travelling prior to kids and man do I miss those days! But when we do travel with our kids we tend to do the long long long (feels like eternity) haul flights. I am sure there are longer flights than Calgary to Sydney but that total of 18+hours of travel time (in air and layovers) is long enough! My main tip would be to keep the on board bag simple! The first time I travelled with Noah I was actually pregnant with him, so that doesn’t count. It was nice though, I had 3 whole seats to myself and I literally slept the entire time. Shortest flight of my life. However as Murphy’s law goes, the chances of having 1 free seat let alone 3 next to you, when you are travelling with babies or children is slim to none. My first solo trip with Noah to Australia was when he was 11 months. I was very lucky enough to have a spare seat next to me and then there was a lady at the window who was lovely and even offered help […]

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MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND

MOTHERS DAY WEEKEND

This weekend was a truly wonderful weekend. I am so lucky to have these sweet little people in my life! They made me a mama and they are so worth every single cold meal, mum bun, public tantrum, snotty shoulder, sleepless night, sudocream mess and endless worry. They are all mine and made my life all the better. I was spoilt with beautiful flowers, some gifts, I may have bought a couple 😉 and a breakfast of poached eggs and smashed avo. Who knew the man could cook? I propose he makes breakfast every weekend! I was able to sleep in till 8.30am, which in our house is a pretty big sleep in! I had a longgg bath with some lush products, that I bought intending to have this child free bath and we had mimosas all morning. Although, it has to be said, the day is definitely not about gifts and I would have been happy without the gifts – the sleep in and bath alone would have been perfect enough. I think the main thing is each mama deserves some appreciation for all the hard work she puts in. Mother’s day really makes me appreciate my own mother all […]

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9 RULES THAT CHANGED AFTER BABY NUMBER 2

9 RULES THAT CHANGED AFTER BABY NUMBER 2

When I was pregnant with Noah we, like all first time parents, had no idea what to expect. We went into parenthood with no preconceived notion in terms of routine and parenting style. I read a couple of books on pregnancy and the first year, we also did a 6 week newborn parenting class but that was the extent. For us, I think going in open-minded worked. Once Siena came into the picture it was easy to adjust and add her into Noah’s routine. Of course it was no easy transition and thank god for my mum staying with us for a few weeks. But, we knew what worked in the past and what didn’t. All babies are different, ours were like chalk and cheese. Siena napped and slept amazing, Noah did not. Noah was not a good sleeper, I would ask what newborns are, but I have heard the contrary from some lucky parents! If he wasn’t sleeping on us then he was wake every hour, the only thing consoling him was boob. Back then I had absolutely no clue that he was using me as a dummy, I actually thought he was feeding for 3 hours straight! Seriously […]

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IT’S NOT ALWAYS RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES

IT'S NOT ALWAYS RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES

I am going to make a slight contradiction to an older blog post I wrote, called Motherhood, for your reference if you have not already read it. But I am ok with that because that’s life and that’s motherhood, well parenthood. Lots of peaks and valleys. I am drinking wine on a week night, not my norm but a little insight into my last few days (weeks?). And to be honest, I totally get why people drink during the week, if you have kids, like, dah. Now, it goes without saying I love my kids, I love them with all my heart, they have given me a purpose I never knew I had, they are my everything, my world, my life. But sometimes, just sometimes they can really make being a mum questionable. (Note: see my above devotion to my children!). I know as mothers we don’t want to take for granted the fact that we are able to have children in the first place. We brought them into this world, it’s our job to keep it together and take the positive parenting approach to raising them. But on the other hand I think it’s okay to complain because my god it can […]

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DIY BUTTERY MELTS FOR SHOWER OR BATH

DIY buttery melts for shower or bath

Introducing my DIY buttery melts for shower or bath! These are actually inspired from the Lush king of skin body butter bars which are designed to use in the shower. After washing yourself you use the bar to moisturize. Basically, it helps skip a step once you are out of the shower. I use to buy them religiously during my pregnancy with Noah specifically for my belly to give extra moisture to avoid stretch marks. When I had Siena I started using them again. But at $15.95 they can get pricey. Especially when they are used so often. So, I made my own. My first attempt at the home-made bars melted way too quickly, although they were super moisturizing each one was used too fast. With a 1-year-old and being pregnant I didn’t experiment any more after I had finished them. Until recently! I was in lush recently and saw the body butter bars and figured I will try making them again. And try I did! Without too much effort I think I made an almost perfect shower and bath melt. The reason I say almost is because in my next ones I would like to use cocoa butter too! The […]

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MY FITNESS JOURNEY AND 5 TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE

MY FITNESS JOURNEY AND 5 TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE

Prior to starting the BBG I was never really a big fitness person or motivated to work out. The only form of excise I was semi consistent with was going for walks. But walking isn’t always something you can do here in Alberta. It’s basically winter 9 months out of the year, or that’s at least how I feel! It’s spring, almost May and it’s still snowing!! Over the course of my adult life I have been a member of a few gyms, but never really stuck it out long-term. When I moved to Alberta permanently Joe and I joined a gym together for some time, until I fell pregnant with Noah, so quit. Beside feeling sick for 13 weeks, I had no idea pregnant women went to the gym! I honestly (ridiculously) thought that people would look at a pregnant woman weird for working out at the gym or the gym would be concerned incase I was to injure myself at the gym. This was really before Instagram fitness mummies were a huge thing on Instagram and Instagram is life 😉 so had I known about them I’m sure I would have gone whilst pregnant! So I stuck to […]

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