Archive for January, 2012

4 kids and we’ve stopped counting

Being a stay at home mom of 4 kids might sound intimidating to some people. It certainly did to me before I became a mom. Each time I found out I was pregnant, I would say ‘what’s one more?’ When I look back, on the last 12 years of my life, I think ” that wasn’t so hard”. I have enjoyed the majority of motherhood. The poop I could have done without. ha ha ha. I think given the opportunity I would have a couple more kids. I think a couple more would fit nicely into our home, however that will not be happening anytime soon if not at all.

I believe the secret to a happy home and a smoothly running large household, is routines, post it notes, lists, and did I mention routines? I am also a bit OCD so everything has a place and everything goes back in its place. I am a bit strict with my children, I don’t allow them to go out after dark, they rarely use the computer, and I monitor who they are friends with. They take martial arts and have learned self-control, discipline,integrity, they use their 8 magic words on a daily basis without needing to be reminded of manners, and of course they are getting a fantastic work out. My faith in God plays a very important role in my life and often find myself saying ‘Lord give me strength’. usually when all 4 of my children are butting heads.

My oldest son is now 12, and an absolute delight. people see him and can’t believe how tolerant, laid back, well-rounded and focussed he is. People ask me how he was when he was a baby. COLICKY for the first 6 months, early walker, early reader, learned 3 languages,using big words like “intelligent” by the age of 2. He excels in what he does because that’s who he is. He reacts badly to failure because he expects more of himself. He holds himself to a higher standard then he should but that’s what makes him who he is.

My 10-year-old son is so much fun. He has a different outlook on life and never ceases to amaze me. he’s a ball of energy and fly’s through life by the seat of his pants. He too is a joy to have. He is impatient and ‘twitchy’ loves to learn new things and is very smart and very funny. He has very little focus due to a need to pack in as much knowledge as possible in as little time as possible. When asked how he was as a baby I say “quiet, happy and loved to sleep. the minute he learned to walk, he had to explore everything…including going for a walk in the fields by himself, at the age of 2, which ended in a 4 hour search involving the police, the k-9 unit, a helicopter and ATV’s. He thought it was a fun day and was very thirsty.

My 7-year-old daughter came into this world on a tidal wave. Such an easy baby to care for, as long as she was fed and clean, she was happy. She is now a force to be reckoned with. She is athletic and stronger than the average boy her age, loves to learn, and has more than enough compassion to go around. She is conscious of other people’s feeling and is a great joy to have around. She loves to help with anything and everything. Be it laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning up her room or helping her sister make her bed or get dressed. She is also a self-proclaimed “the cutest one”.

My 3-year-old, is our little princess. she loves to dance and sign, loves all the girly things like tutu’s and tiara’s. She loves to shop and you never know what she is going to say or to whom.  As a baby, she was all smiles, all the time, spent her time happy in mommy’s arm. She loves to be snuggled and there is a chance I will end up having to home school her due to her clingy-ness.

So these are my children all 4 complete polar opposites of each other but we make it work.


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500 Fanpage Giveaway!

We finally did it!! I say “we” because we’re all fans of Baby Yums!

So here are the details of the 500 Facebook Fanpage Giveaway

We have 5 prizes to give away to five lucky Fans of Baby Yums!

Here is what you need to do to ENTER!!

1. Upload a video of your little one eating Baby Yums. You can find the tab on the left hand side on the side bar called “NEW TAB 1”

2. Let your family & friends & co-workers  to vote on your video by liking Baby Yums & liking the video **MUST LIKE BOTH FOR VOTE TO COUNT**

3. You must also “like” all of the great sponsors who have given great prizes for each 5 gift packages! Tell them Baby Yums sent you

Here is the list of pages to “like”

~Baby’s Breath Design (donated 5 reusable snack bags)
~Baby Yums ($20.00 gift certificate)
~BeautiControl  (donated samples for each gift basket)
~Bumblebaby Diapers (donated $10.00 gift certificate for each basket)
~Couture Kids (donated $5.00 gift certificate for each basket)
~Discovery Toys with Krista (donated $10.00 gift certificate for each basket)
~Love Loud Photography (donated $25.00 gift certificate for each basket)
~Sew That’s It (donated 5 reusable snack bags)
~Tim Hortons (from Baby Yums something a little extra $5.00 donated for each basket)

4. We have 5 gift baskets to give away all will include the same thing in each basket. Each gift basket is worth approximant $70.00 worth of goodies!

500 Fan Giveaway Baby Yums Video Contest

The Rules are as follows:

1. Must live in the Ottawa or surrounding areas

2. You must like each of our sponsors page that have donated prize packages for these gift baskets. ( Our blog post will have more info re: the individual pages (

3. You must upload a photo of your child(ren) eating Baby Yums You don’t have to show the packaged food however you may if you’d like and also in the video comment on what Baby Yums food choice your child is eating. Once video is submitted I will personally post them on the fan page then the voting begins

4. You must get people to like your video after it’s been posted by Baby Yums (once submitted)

5. We have 5 gift baskets for the top 5 videos with the most votes will win a prize package. In case of a tie a number 1-10 will be picked by each person then I will use to pick number closet winner will win. *If tie for 5th basket place*

6. Contest Starts January 23rd and Contest closes February 29th at 7:59m. Once contest is closed I will e-mail the top 5 winners and make an announcement on who the winners are via our Blog Post!
GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND HAPPY VIDEOTAPING!! (Please keep video short and sweet no longer than 2 min please.)

If you need any additional info please e-mail

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Baby Yums and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for Baby Yums


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It’s a small world after all

When it comes to food, my husband and I had very different upbringings.

I grew up in an ethnic family in the city; he grew up in a small town eating mostly meat and potatoes.

As far back as I can remember I’ve been snacking on foods like squid and sticky rice. My family had easy access to a wide variety of ethnically diverse restaurants and food, while my husband’s childhood experiences were limited to his mom’s kitchen experiments with curry.

With our household of young children, world travel is not a possibility anytime soon. In the meantime, my husband and I are keen for our kids to get a head start on enjoying worldly culinary delights. And we’ve done our best to make that happen from their earliest interactions with food.

Here are my family’s top three kid-friendly foods from around the world.

1) Dim sum: pint-sized portions of dumplings, sweet buns and sticky rice. It’s a help-yourself-style of eating. Put the stuff you like on your plate and leave the rest for your tablemates. Perfect for even the youngest in the group.

2) Sushi: not the raw-fish kind (or at least not when they’re really young) but the delightful and colourful rolls of cucumber, avocado and julienned vegetables. You might even be able to sneak some highly nutritious seaweed into them! If you don’t want to catch your wee one’s taste buds off guard, you might consider asking for the wasabi on the side.

3) Vietnamese noodle soup: when we’re looking for an affordable and quick family dinner on-the-go, our favourite pit stop is our local Vietnamese noodle house. Each of us orders a bowl of noodle soup and we customize by adding meat/tofu, or in my son’s case, keep it plain. My kids love to pile on the sprouts and fresh basil that comes to the table.

We take great joy in watching our children enjoy a variety of foods. And we are proud that by embracing foods from different cultures we might be helping them to experience those cultures firsthand down the road. We hope we’ve started a lifelong curiosity about foods from around the world and the people and traditions that create them.

It’s a small world, after all.


Louise Gleeson is a freelance journalist and mother of four. Her professional portfolio can be viewed at and you can follow along as she shares stories from everyday life on her blog at  You can also find her on twitter @louisegleeson

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