Archive for March, 2012

Im a nosey mom and i’m ok with that!!!

When we bought our 2 boys iPod touch’s for christmas, we weren’t expecting them to be able to contact the outside world. We thought that they would be able to download games and video’s but had no idea that they could text message their friends or us for that matter. (original source)

Knowing that my children were texting each other, us and there friends, I decided to check up on what they were doing and found that my 10-year-old son was using inappropriate language including acronyms such as wtf and omfg. When I asked him what made him think that it was ok to use that kind of language, the only answer he could come up with was “how long am I losing my iPod for?”

Not only did he lose the iPod for 3 weeks but, I also took text plus off his iPod and we had a discussion about being responsible and that he would have to be more mature about texting….that is if i ever let him get text plus again. Did i forget to mention that my husband and i are the only  2 that know the password to our itunes acount? so the boys have to ask us every time they want a new app. (original source)

Having boys that are very close to becoming teenagers, I know that at some point i will have to give up the reins, and let them navigate this world without me being just a few feet behind them. I know that at some point I will have to trust that all the discussions we have had will allow them to make informed and smart decisions when they do hang out with their friends out of my eye sight.

I feel it is my responsibility to know where my children are at all times and that I have to know who they are with and what they are at all times. This easter, we have decided it is definitely time to get our 12-year-old a cell phone. For emergencies. Pay as you go and he will be aloud a certain amount each month. if he goes over, he will have to pay for his card himself. Not only will I feel better knowing that while he is out with his friends he can call and let me know where he is, but he will have more freedom and be learning to be responsible.


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the comfort of a song

At the time I had my first child, I had several friends who hadn’t reached that stage of life. They were still living the life my husband and I left behind when we brought our baby home.

But not being parents didn’t hold any of them back from wanting to share in our excitement. A couple of weeks after our daughter’s birth, one of those friends came to visit. At some point, she handed me a CD. I remember being caught off guard. Everyone had been bringing something small and sweet for the baby and here instead was a gift for me.

I wasn’t surprised though; it was just like her to be so thoughtful. She went on to explain she had put together a collection of songs to “keep me company” when I was up with the baby in the night. For not being a parent herself, she could not have chosen more fitting words.

At that point, my parents had returned home and my husband had returned to work. My baby and I were just beginning the process of navigating long, sleepless nights on our own. And I was struggling with how hard I was finding it. I was disappointed I didn’t find it easier. I was hard on myself for not knowing how to settle her and I resented her for the loneliness that would over take me in the quiet of night.

I don’t remember when I found the CD and decided to play it while the baby and I were doing our ritual back-and-forth middle of the night walk. I did remember my friend’s words when she gave it to me. My baby was swaddled and held close to my ear so I could listen for the sound of sleepy breathing. And then the song that would become ours began to play. I learned the words; I sang it to her every night.

I was reminded of how much music means to me, of how much I want to share that gift with my own children. And I was so touched my friend had helped to start that journey for me. I don’t know if she realizes her gift has been extended to three more children; that I’ve sung those sweet words in the quiet of night three more times. I do know when the time comes for her to rock a baby in the dark, her beautiful gift will be returned.


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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Beating the winter BLAAAHHS!

Keeping 4 kids active in during these gloomy winter months has proven quite easy this year.We live in a fairly small town but there is a fair amount to do. My least favorite words are “mom…im bored!” and I very rarely hear them. I try to keep my kids as busy as I can.

Every Tuesday my 3 oldest children go to youth group. It is run by our local church and they enjoy learning about God and playing games with their friends. On Wednesdays, my 3 oldest have martial arts and soon my youngest will join. they spend 45 minutes exercising their whole body and their minds as well. The class they take is a real life super hero class. They are taught not only martial arts but also how to be respectful of others and how nutrition is just as important as excercise and to use integrity in every given situation.

Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays are always our busy days. My two oldest, boys, are from a previous marriage, and go to and from their dads place on those days. We try to take our children bowling on the weekends and also, take them to church almost every Sunday. I believe having faith in God is also helpful in raising well-rounded children.

There are a few other things we have been meaning to do this winter but have not had a chance to do so thus far. We have been planning on taking our children skating at the local arena and tobogganing, however there has not been enough snow and im sure the few inches we got yesterday will be gone by tomorrow.

We certainly cannot wait till the spring as we can get to the park and go for walks and in the summer the beach is an almost daily occurence as is the local ice cream parlor.

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Happy International Womans Day #IWD

I would like to wish everyone a Happy International Womans Day!

Here are a few names that have inspired me  as a Mother & Wife

my Mother
my Grandmother
my Mother-in-law
my Aunt Kitty
my Aunt Dine
my Aunt Anne
my Aunt Monique
my Aunt Lucy

Here are a few names that have inspired me  as a Business Owner

Lisa Larter
Brigitte Cusson
Ayn MacDonald
Jamie Thoden
Stephanie Crosbie
Tanya Lalonde Desjardins
Becky Stanisic
Maranda Carvell
Amanda DeGrace
Alicia Fagan
Karen Wilson

I could be here all day naming Woman who Inspire me in Business but here a little shout out to each and every one of you and Thank-You!
And to all the other Wonderful Woman who inspire me in Business THANK-YOU!!!

And the person who inspires me the most  as a Woman!

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Everything Green for March

Green with envy it’s March! Or is it the fact that I have Irish roots? Either way I love this month. I will share with you my own personal favorite green vegetables and what you can do with them be it crafts, or recipes. I will also talk about some great green fruits and what crafts, and recipes I’d like to share with you. Starting this year because my boys are 2 & 3 years old I have a fun ritual that I found on pinterest. I will start this tradition this year, I’m excited for their reactions!

A bowl of lucky charm cereal (only on this day) I’m not a personal fan of sugar cereal (however once in a while is A.OK with me) & a glass of milk with some green food colouring is absolutely the best way to wake up on St. Patrick’s Day! I will follow-up after March 17th with my own photos with my boys enjoying this once a year treat! If you end up doing this with your little one(s) please feel free to share your personal photos! You can always post them on Baby Yums fan page If you have any traditions you’re doing with your little ones to celebrate this day please comment below and let us know what you do!

Looking for some fun crafts for this month to do with the Kids? I have a two and three yo and both very active boys. There is nothing more fun then a messy craft! I’m looking forward to spring so we can get out and enjoy the great outdoors and do more fun crafts!! Here are a few of our personal favorites! I will post “original” post to crafts!

Wee little shamrock men

hand print leprechaun’s

St. Patrick’s Day free printable

Here are some great green veggies & fruit plates that are fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day along with a few fun recipes for older kids! Original link posted!

Nothing says a Pot of Gold like Jello! A great treat for any age!

Here is a good one for little eaters (you can omit salt & use unsalted butter)
Green Pea Puree

  • 3 10-oz. packages frozen peas
  • 2 bunches watercress
  • 1 cup canned chicken broth
    3 tbsp. butter
  • Salt

    1. In a saucepan, cook the peas and watercress in the stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the pan with a slotted spoon and put into a food processor with the butter, leaving the stock in the pan. Add stock until the puree is smooth and thick, with the consistency of creamy mashed potatoes. Makes 8 to 10 servings

Heres a really cute one for pre-school children Leprechaun lunch
here is a great “green veggie dish! you can also turn this into a shamrock stamping craft. ENJOY!!! or you can also be creative and make a rainbow out of a bunch of fruit a great healthy snack!

Please share with use your go to creative breakfast, snacks, lunch & dinners. I will be posting a dinner recipe that is in our newsletter. If you’d like to sign up for Baby Yums newsletter click here. It’s only published once a month! Great little read!

Looking forward to seeing all of your comments.

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Our 5 Winners for our 500 Fan Giveaway are:

Baby Yums is happy to announce our 5 winner of our 500 Fan Contest! 

Each Winner will receive 1 prize package each and will all include the following:
~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)

& The Winners Are (in no piticular order)

1. (Mom~Amy ~ DD ~ Briar)
2. (Mom~Renee ~DS ~ David)
3. (Mom Tif ~ DS ~ Mason)
4. (Mom Aysha ~ DD ~ Nina)
5. (Mom Kate ~ DS ~ Oliver)

I would like to Thank each and every one of you who entered!! & Congrats to all the winners!
Can you please send me an e-mail to claim your prize. We will coordinate a pick-up time or delivery time to claim your prize package!


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Eating for two the second time around

If there is one thing that I have noticed about my second pregnancy it is that many of the pregnancy symptoms are heightened.  My lower back pain seems a bit more noticeable, those baby kicks and hiccups came quicker and are much more powerful and my food preferences and cravings have been much stronger.

With my last pregnancy, three years ago, I didn’t have many strong cravings or aversions.  Being six months pregnant now with my second, I’ve noticed an increase in both.  It started with a heightened gagging reflex (yuck!) that haunts me every time I brush my teeth and continues with me while I prepare and eat meals.  Dinner time has been especially tough after a long day at work and entertaining a toddler in the evening. I find I don’t have the motivation to put together meals that I regularly made in the past and when it does come time to sit down and eat I don’t “feel” like eating the prepared meal. This pregnancy brain is always playing tricks on me!

There are a few lifestyle changes I have made since my last pregnancy. We no longer eat dairy since my first child is allergic, we have considerably cut back on eating meat and eat many more vegetarian meals and we eat many more wholesome and organic foods now.

When I was pregnant with my first child I craved food in general, all the time.  I find I’m much more picky this time. My aversions come and go, but the strongest one to date has been to red meat.  I have especially loved eating citrus fruits, especially oranges and grapefruits (yay for Vitamin C and folate!), anything hot (bring on the hot peppers!), pickles and olives (must be the salt!), anything spicy and full of flavour (curry, cumin and ginger are my current favourites) and of course, chocolate (that’s a given with my history).

My son loves hot and spicy foods and I have exposed him to different flavours and spices since I was pregnant with him, then nursing him and then when introducing solids. I wonder how this child’s palette will be shaped because of my eating habits and how it will differ from my first-born?  Will they also enjoy these spicy foods?

Did you have any strong food cravings or aversions during your pregnancy? Were they different with each pregnancy?

Alicia is Mom to E (2 3/4) and expecting her second child in May. You can also find her blogging at I Found My Feet and tweeting at @aliciafagan.

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