Archive for October, 2011

Halloween Party Success!

So for our first ever Halloween party, we had 14 six year old boys and girls over for 2 hours! I must be crazy … is probably what you are thinking. I have to admit that we had over invited because normally for Sydney’s parties we tend to get a lot of people unavailable, however that may be because her birthday is on Canada Day weekend. I did have my moments of panic but decided to write out a party schedule that includes party activities and responsibilities. While this was a great guideline we went with the flow and it was actually a lot of fun and the kids seemed to have a great time!

As the children arrived, all dressed in their costumes, they watched a Halloween cartoon. We had witches, cats, superheroes and ninjas show up ready to party!

Once most of the kids had arrived we moved over to our craft area to do some door knob hangers and drawings. At one moment it was actually quiet and that’s when I got scared.

After crafts, we played the mummy wrap game and the kids went through about a dozen rolls of toilet paper wrapping each other as mummies. It was a huge hit! As the game ended and I saw my entire floor covered in toilet paper, I decided to give a prize to the team that could clean up the fastest. Genius plan and the kids thought it was a great game! We moved onto the kids putting their hands in cups filled with brains, eye balls and guts!

They had all worked up an appetite at that point so we fed the crowd with some healthy treats and Halloween goodies. We finished off the party with freeze dance (many rounds) while we waited for parents to pick up.

Overall, I would say that our first party was a hit!


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Bragging Rights

One of the perks of being a parent is you almost always have something you think is amazing to say about your kids. Well, here is your chance today!

I will start… as I write this my kids (6yrs and 14 months) are playing and I can hear them laughing.  Where are they playing you might ask? Well that’s the best part… they are in the mudroom, playing in the closet. Apparently my 14 month old, Owen, thinks it’s hilarious to put Sydney in the closet and close the door. He’s developed such a little personality that I find myself having something new to tell my co-workers almost every day.

For example, yesterday when we arrived home from daycare, I put him down as I took off my shoes and coat and he disappeared. I found him sitting in our lounge chair, with his bottle in hand and watching TV. After bath, he goes to get an empty bottle, directs us to the fridge (cuz he wants milk) and then takes one of us by the hand over the couch where he wants to sit. Adorable.

I’d love to hear your “cute” moments. If you’ve read this post, please take a moment to brag about your child(ren)!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’d like to take this time to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I will share with you some of our long time family traditions. Feel free to comment below and share yours. Before children Thanksgiving was always a great start to the fall season. Everyone in jeans and big chunky sweaters. (Not tomorrow with the temps we’re suppose to have) but anyhow growing up it was my favorite holiday just because I knew Christmas was around the corner. Every Thanksgiving one of my family members hosts Thanksgiving (I’m thankful I’m not given this task) as there is over 16+ people to feed. Do any of you have to feed that many people and if so how do you do it? Eventually I’d love to host but will wait till my boys are older (so maybe they can help out)

On our Thanksgiving menu we usually have the following:
mashed potatoes
butternut squash
dinner rolls
& for dessert apple pie & pumpkin pie

this menu has not changed after the kids came along. We still do the same thing each year. Because my husband’s family lives out-of-town we don’t have the 2 or 3 turkey dinners. In fact this year we will be having our family (hubby & both boys) a scaled down Thanksgiving dinner (Turkey, Stuffing, Turnip, gravy, cranberries & pumpkin pie.

If you’d like the recipes that I use for the cranberries & pumpkin pie send an e-mail to I will be more than happy to share with you.

Here is a list of things I’m thankful for this 2011 year:

A healthy family and to beautiful boys
A wonderful loving husband
All my family and friends and customers who show me support with Baby Yums
The house I live in
The food I’m able to eat and share each day to survive
most of all I’m thankful to be living this life

here is one family tradition we as a whole do each year. We do sitdown meals the whole 16+ & during dinner we go around the table and tell everyone what we are most thankful for on this day. It has always been a tradition that I will pass on to my boys. Just makes you reflect a little deeper in the meaning on what is for giving & thanks.

I leave you on this note:
Baby Yums has a deal for Thanksgiving weekend. Because I would like to give you something all you have to do is e-mail the deal you think would be best for you from Baby Yums (example: Buy 3 orders get 1 free) that sort of deal when you e-mail me and I like your deal the deal is yours. If I think it needs to be modified a little I will let you know. This is my Thanks to you and my giving back.

Hope everyone is stuffed after this weekend only 2 months till Christmas (just saying)


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