Archive for September, 2011

Trick or Treat! Our first Halloween Party!

Now that Sydney is 6 years old, she has come to want to have friends over to the house. Once a month I organize a play date with close friends and through some of my online groups. Well this year, I have decided to have a Halloween Party. I may regret this later but I know that Sydney will love it.

There is also no turning back because back in June, The Cupcake Fairy (http://www.cupcakefairy.ca) had a great Sweet Deal that gave me 2 dozen cake pops for only $20.00 which was a 50% savings. I just had to buy it and pre-ordered for Halloween.

So where to start planning a Halloween party that will consist of several 6 year olds and a bunch of one year olds (because Owen has to invite friends as well). Well I turned to my trusted advisor, Google.

Decorations and food are the easy parts. How the heck and I going to entertain them all?

Here are some great ideas I found online:

  • Dance contest to the Monster Mash.
  • Silly hats: pick up old hats from the thrift store and decorate.
  •  Pin the stem on the pumpkin
  • Halloween Feel Box – Slimy, gross, and creepy!
  • Skeleton Scavenger Hunt
  • Re-assemble the Halloween skeleton.
  • Mini pumpkin decorating
  • Halloween Bingo
  • Mummy wrap: caution toilet paper will be harmed during this game.
  • Witch hunt: kids race around the house to find hidden witches

Ottawa Start (http://ottawastart.com/halloween.php) and Ottawa Information Guide (http://www.ottawa-information-guide.com/halloween-in-ottawa.html) has some great ideas and events going on over Halloween weekend.

If you have some fun Halloween party idea, we’d love to hear them!

Whatever you do during Halloween, have fun and be safe! I will let you know how the party goes.

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As a mom the feeling of change

Wednesday was the first official day I dropped my oldest son who is 3yo off at preschool. He goes 3x’s a week half day. When I walked in he was holding my hand not wanting to let go. Then he decided to make himself at home and play with some play-doh. I went over to him and said. “Mommy will see you in a bit, have fun and be good. He looked at me and said O.K. Mommy as I then walked away out the door and tried my hardest not to look back. I kept walking and I had an overwhelming feeling of change. Wow this is it this is where it all changes. Yes I know it’s preschool and I still have my baby at home in the morning and 2 full days during the week but the change of transition is heading this way to fast. Everyone around me with older children always said to me “It goes to fast, it goes so quick don’t rush it” Now  I will repeat these words to new parents and it’s something I can say I took for granted. I still have my youngest at home who is 18 months so I’m giving him all of my inner feelings of wanting to hold on yet excited to let go at the same time. As a parent/care giver have you ever had this feeling? If so I’d love to hear what you went though and how did you deal with the inner emotions? I’m all over the place with my emotions, I’m happy, sad, excited, worried and I don’t want to be the parent who hover..

For myself personally what is getting me over the change of things is having my youngest till at home with me, and also knowing that my 3yo loves preschool and there was no tears when I left.  Seeing him run to me and smile and yelling Mommy when he seen me took most of my emotions that where negative away. Our family is growing we’re going through a good transition right now that includes:

  • Preschool 3x’s a week
  • Potty training my 18 month old
  • Both boys moving in the same room together in side by side beds
  • Setting up new playroom for the boys

with all these little activities going I think that’s what makes me strong a a Mother. I always have to have something to do otherwise my head spins in circles and I don’t know what to do let alone to do with my Children. I know I’m not the only Mom out there that feels like this. I also love the therapy that Baby Yums has given me. First off to in tract with new Moms, Dads & Caregivers nice to meet new people, and also it allows me to get out of the house. Cooking is like going to a spa for me it’s relaxing, rewarding and I feel good at the end of the day knowing that I’m feeding a child healthy food just like there parents would if they had the time.  At the end of each day this is what puts me in my happy place and calms me down and not be the worry of a Mother that I vowed never to be. Question for you feel free to comment: What is one thing that your Parents did when you where a Child/Teenager/Adult that you vow you will never do because it annoys you? And what is one thing that you do that your children will probably vow they would never do?

My answers
1. I vowed never to be a nag and to repeat things over and over and over again! (As this was something my Mom did & still dose to this day) *bless her heart* xxoo

2. 1 thing I think my sons will vow never to do that I do. Probably nit pick at cleaning up. I’m forever picking up after them and always chanting the Clean up song “It’s Clean up time, It’s Clean up time! Can you help mommy with clean up time?” hhhaaa so I guess that could be a “nag and repeat things over and over” Yikes I am like my Mom hhhaaa thought you’d get a chuckle!

Say it like it is! Today is Friday. TGIF Have a wonderful weekend and share this post if you’d like.

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Have you heard about the deals?

Have you heard about the deals that Baby Yums is having? We have a bunch of exciting deals for the month of September.

First deal is our “Deal of the Day”. This is great for sampling a few goodies that Baby Yums has to offer. If you go to our fanpage you will notice our deal of the day is located under DISCUSSIONS. It’s real easy how you can take advantage of our deal of the day. All you have to do is make a comment below the “deal of the day” and it’s yours. The price and all addition information is located there for you. What is included in the deal of the day, where it can be picked up and contact info.

Another great deal that Baby Yums is buy 24 teething cookies for $10.00 and get 1 reusable  snack bag from Baby’s Breath design. There is still 6 free bags to give away. Once they are all gone don’t worry you can place an order with Baby’s Breath design .  Baby Yums September promotion will also have the opportunity to get one free small reusable snack bag with the purchase of any set of 3 reusable bags! To take advantage of this special offer send me an email at scrosbie@live.ca with the promo code is BBD09

If you have not heard the spotlight fruit of the month is Apples. We’re looking for great recipes that include apples. Feel free to post your favorite apple recipe or e-mail info@babyyums.com and share!

Any questions please feel free to e-mail me. Take advantage of some great deals!!

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Surviving the first few weeks…

my little guy, Owen

First of all, congratulations to all of you who have just survived “Back to School”. Every time I think of this I imagine that Staples commercial with “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” playing in the background and I think “Yeah right!”.  For many back to school means the end of a great summer with our kids and creating a brand new household routine which can be a challenge. I am going to admit that I am a planner. I hate chaos in the household and in our family routine so back to school means a lot of pre-planning. In return, I get to sit down for supper (almost) every night with my family and spend some quality time together before the kids are off to bed.

Here are a few tips that some of you might consider helpful:

  • Plan your meals for the week (including lunches for everyone in the family, I forget myself in this this part sometimes) then make your grocery list. This might seem like a simple thing but how many of us actually do it regularly. This will not only make your week much easier but cut down your grocery bill because you won’t be buying things you don’t need or too many of anything and potentially throwing it out later.
  • Even better than just planning a week ahead, make up menus for an entire month. Seriously, I did this back in January when my husband and I decided we wanted to lose some weight and eat healthier and it was amazing. I created 4 menus that included breakfast, lunch and dinner on each. Then I created coordinating grocery lists to match the menu.  The grocery list has all the ingredients needed for that week including snacks and household staples like toilet paper. Before doing groceries I would inventory the pantry, fridge and freezer to cross out what I did not need and everything else was there. It meant even my husband could go do the groceries.
  • If you tend to do your groceries at the same store, format a grocery list based on the aisle in your store. This will mean less time in the grocery store. I also have regular things like fruit, veggies, milk and eggs on my template just so we (and when I say we, I really mean me) don’t have to write them down every week.
  • Plan a day/afternoon to prep and make meals in advance. I use Sunday afternoons for this. I wash all my veggies, fruit and pre-bag as much as I can for meals and lunches. Then I make complete two meals which will mean that Monday and Tuesday night I only have to re-heat. I choose Monday because my daughter has Girl Guides so it means an easier night to get her there for six but make it work for you family. If you need to use your meals later in the week, then freeze, thaw in fridge overnight or during the day and throw it in the oven when you get home.
  • Cook for a day and eat fuss free for weeks! Once a month I take a Sunday and just cook.  I make a large pot of spaghetti sauce then do up some lasagna, cheesy stuffed pasta shells, and other dishes to freeze. Then I make an amazing carrot ginger soup, separate into serving sizes and freeze. Then I do up some mini muffin size meatloaves and freeze. Are you seeing a pattern? By the end of the day I am exhausted, have done dishes I don’t know how many time but have filled my freezer with some great meals that I know I can take out on weeks that I am feeling lazy.
  • Learn to love your crock-pot! Unfortunately, I have to admit that I do not practice this because I just can’t seem to master the crock-pot but know lots of moms who love it!!
  • Buy baby/toddler food from Baby Yums!!

While some of this may seem like a lot more work up front, (and I’m not going to kid you here because it is at first) the payoff of having more family time is far greater than the extra work you might feel at first.

If you have any tips or tricks that help your household run smoothly we’d love to hear them feel free to comment below!

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Blind Dating for Moms

As the minutes tick by (at 11:36pm) and I know I should be sleeping because tomorrow is a work/school day my mind is intrigued by the idea of writing for yet another blog (I manage a blog in my work life). Let me introduce myself.  My name is Jennifer Mitchell and I am a mother of two amazing children and wife of almost 9 years to a very loving, patient and passionate man. I have been living in Ottawa for almost 9 years and my family is back home in Cornwall. Aside from being a workaholic mom, I love to scrapbook, run/bike, and teach dance. I have been working for the same non-profit organization for almost 8 years and do truly love my job. When people ask me if it was difficult to go back to work after maternity leave,  I generally respond honestly with “no, not really” and feel a twinge of guilt. I love my children and do love being a mom. I can say that going back this second time was much more difficult because I discovered the online world of “mom-to-mom blind dating”. For those of you who are pregnant, know someone who is pregnant or about to have your first child, you have to get in on this. Seriously, it saved my life (and my husband’s sanity) during my second pregnancy. A friend of mine told me about online groups through Meetup that help moms get connected to other moms for play dates and I thought I would try it out. I attended my first meet up only 6 weeks after Owen was born. A little unsure of what to expect,  I walked into KidKaf wearing Owen in a Blue Celery wrap (which I will rave about in another blog post) only to meet some amazing, friendly, and just as nervous as me moms. Since my first experience was so great, I kept attending meet ups on a regular basis in various locations through the west end. This is actually how I met Crystal, owner of BabyYums of course!! I started hosting weekly play dates and my social calendar started to fill up quickly. These online communities are amazing resources that I share with every new mom I met because it allowed me to get out, socialize and share experiences (good and bad) with other moms. It was often very comforting to hear that I was not the only one going through something. Now that I am back at work, play dates have obviously changes but I now have an amazing group of new friends that I still get to see regularly. Meetup.com is not only for moms though. They have an incredible amount of groups for scrapbooking, hockey, running… you name it and there is probably a group out there. Check it out and share with friends!!

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