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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MY OWN HERB AND VEGGIE PATCH

MY OWN HERB AND VEGGIE PATCH

    This weekend was BEAUTIFUL! After last weekend and because the weather was so amazing we stayed home and had a lot of nice outside family time, and some much-needed gardening done! When we bought our house I had big plans to have an area for my own herb and veggie patch. A place where I can grow all the herbs, veggies and fruits that I love and have the kids help me too. In theory it sounds lovely. In reality it was MESSY. The kids had a great time digging in the fresh soil, throwing it everywhere. Siena in particular, rubbing it in her hair. They both still have dirt under their nails so it’s clear they had a good time 🙂 What the pictures don’t show is shopping for said herbs and veggies with said children. You won’t be finding any magical photography award-worthy photos on this blog of us skipping hand in hand down the isles of the nursery wearing our linen rompers, because that my friends, is just not our reality (although, that sounds so fun!). Our reality started off having to slum it with the regular shopping trolley because the special car trolleys were all gone […]

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MAY LONG WEEKEND – 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

MAY LONG WEEKEND - 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

This may long weekend marked my 1 year blogging anniversary! When I started my blog I was so nervous and if I am being honest self-conscious and intimidated. Another new blogger amongst the million others out there. What makes me different? The real difference is that there is no one else out there who is me! So that’s a start. But my main reason to start my blog was to keep my family and friends who spread far and wide up to date. And to have a space where I talk about pretty much everything and anything that I love or want to vent about or get emotional on and maybe along the way others can relate or join in on life’s highs and lo’s and the every day’s of motherhood! You can read my very first post here if you like! At least the weather has been amazing this year! But Joe was away, all long weekend at a bucks. I am ashamed to admit that I was dreading it. The kids and I are always together monday to friday. To say we are all equally excited to have daddy home with us on weekends is probably an understatement. We usually go out […]

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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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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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