7/31/10




I love finding a good deal on stuff we use everyday especially when it's on products I normally don't buy because of the price.

My kids are have sensitive skin, fragrances and chemicals cause rashes. Also, as for any other mom with a young child I prefer buying tear free kinds to risk the burn of accidently getting soap/shampoo in the eyes.

Shopping at our local dollarama I came across something you normally don't see at dollarama: Huggies baby shampoo/bodywash & lotion. My kids aren't small babies anymore but tear free and at 2$ each instead of the typical $4 and up we'd normally pay at a drug store or deparement store so, I bought a couple to try out.

We've tried Huggies - Soft Skin Shea Butter with oatmeal Hair & Body wash & Huggies - Naturally Refreshing Cucumber & Green Tea Hair & Body Wash.

I was really impressed, they smell great, are truly gentle on the skin & eyes plus it's a 2-in-1. Leaves both hair & skin feeling soft and smelling fresh!

If you're looking for a great baby wash for a great price, check out your local dollarama because you never know what's in store!

*This post was written in honest opinion of a product I've purchased and used for my family and is not sponsored by the mentioned companies*



Until next time...Keep dreaming always...

@AMotherhoodBlog

7/28/10

What's worse than falling down the stairs? The sound of your child falling down the stairs.

It happens to us all at one point in our lives, we fall down the stairs. Picture this: a little girl supposed to be in bed, hears mom & dad have guests and decides to be sneaky. She leans over the railing to listen and suddenly slips on her socks and face plants it down seven hardwood steps. That was me, around the age of four. I remember the fear of both myself and my parents who had to rush me to the hospital.

Tonight my little guy toppled down three steps - while I was preparing the two kids plates for supper. My heart nearly jumped out of my chest. I got to the stairs (which are three steps from my kitchen) as he landed and luckily there was no injury, he only scared himself and we are lucky. One of my biggest parenting fears I have is seeing my kids fall down an entire flight of steps like I did, bruising my entire face.

Typically he will go down the steps on his bum if he's caught climbing but today my little man tried to be daring. A long cuddle and he was alright.

It's the little things like these that are sometimes the biggest wakeup calls.


Until next time...Keep dreaming always...

@AMotherhoodBlog

7/26/10

*Rant*
A friend of mine used to say that if you had a bad Monday the rest of the week would prettymuch panel out the same. Let's hope that's just a myth because I had one of those Mondays that was bad and I think I may have even dreamed it happen the night before.

It started out alright, we did get up a little late but the kids were behaving, it almost seemed as though it was going to be a good day until mine was ruined by a unfunny prank pulled by one of hubbys buddies.

He called (masking his voice) with threats and accusasions about dh stating police will be involved etc. Now, I'm a nervous person who is pronned to panic attacks when the situation becomes too stressful and my kids were in the house so I didn't take it lightly, I was about to call the police myself for the safety of my kids. After about 20 minutes of this and realizing he was upsetting us, hubbys buddy fessed up to it being him just messing around. I was so humiliated and upset, worst part is everyone laughed, but me.

I found it immature and uncalled for, it's not April fools and that guys name isn't Ashton Kutcher this prank was not funny in my eyes. Threatening the safety of my family isn't something I take lightly.

Hubby explained to his buddy that I didn't find it funny so buddy came over with a lot of grovelling.

When I get worked up it just ruins my day, not to mention I missed a delivery and won a contest for a movie I can't go to because it's in Montreal. So disappointed in today -- time to start fresh tomorrow.

So thanks buddy for ruining what could have been a great Monday!


Until next time...Keep dreaming always...

@AMotherhoodBlog

7/21/10

My daughter is well-known among friends for being the one with the long, blonde hair. I call her Goldilocks sometimes, but when we brush those locks it's a continuous battle. No matter what kind of shampoo, conditioner, smoothing cream, defrizz whatever it doesn't work on her hair. She gets knots eventually either way and She hates the brush, she hates the elastic, she hates having her hair done. Period. Yesterday, upon her daily hair brushing she was angry at me for snagging a knot with the brush and said "I want to cut my hair off!" So I said "If that's really what you want, we'll take you before school starts and get a fresh haircut". She agreed and left it at that.

Today we were out shopping with family who came to town to visit. Standing outside waiting with the stroller for everyone else to come out of the store an old lady stopped to talk to us. She had a very sweet disposition, reminded me of my grandmother. She said "You're daughter has lovely hair, it's so long I just love it" I politely thanked her. She went on, "I had all boys, and they have all boys so I never got the chance to raise a little girl so when I see one as beautiful as yours I have to stop and say thankyou for giving me the blessing of seeing her" I again politely thanked her and she went on her way.

DD turns to me and says "Mommy, I don't want to cut my hair anymore". I thought that was the sweetest thing anyones ever said about my daughter to me who weren't family. I wanted to share that with everyone. Maybe its me missing my granny or maybe the fact that little old lady touched my heart after me having somewhat of a bad week. It was a nice moment.

Until Next time....Keep dreaming always xo

@AMotherhoodBlog

7/11/10

image170155567.jpgI don't know about everybody else but during the hot days of summer days sometimes I just don't feel like making a huge meal for lunch or dinner not only heating up the kitchen and making me more tired than I already am. And then there are the nights I'm just too busy, a day sometimes does not have enough hours in it!

On days like these I make simple meals, most of which you can find by just looking in the cupboards and fridge.

Tonight's quick and easy meal was very simple, even laughable but not all of us are Martha Stewart are we? So, here's what we had:

"Sandwich wraps" with Mac n' Cheese and cucumber on the side. Simple, quick and easy.

All you need is:
-Pita or Fajita wraps
-Whatever you want inside (we had lettuce, tomatoe, onion, cucumber, cheese, meats, mustard etc)
- Kraft Dinner (for those who don't know what that is, it's mac n cheese in a box, very simple the directions are right there)
-Extra veggies from pita decorating can be a yummy side, cut cheese cubes or pickles etc.

Basically just lay the pita flat, put on your toppings and wrap it up. We put foil on the end to prevent garnishes falling all over. Place on a plate, side with mac n cheese, veggies, fries or whatever else you desire and there you have it!

For those of us who are no Martha Stewart on any good given day-- this ones for you.



7/10/10

There was a time in my life before becoming a mom and before meeting my now Hubby that I had a dream to travel.

I wanted to travel anywhere I could just to see different places, faces and learn about different cultures. I did travel. Not as far as I wish I still could go but I did travel.

My mother, her bf at the time, myself and sometimes my older brother would take summer trips. We visited 1000 islands, we visited New Jersey and NYC but the best trip we took was one that'll be in my memory forever.

We visited Europe, Holland to be exact. It wasn't just any visit, it was a reunion of friends when I found my childhood best friend online, ICQ I think.

My mother and her mother were close friends, all of us were but they had to move back to holland when I was around 7 years old.i still rember the sleep over we had the night before they left.

13 years later and having grown up in different worlds, the reunion trip is a memory to cherish and I would love to one day relive it with my own kids.

Seeing so many travelling makes me wish upon the dream I once had. I will one day, maybe in another 13 years ;-)


Until next time...Keep dreaming always...

@idream1

7/9/10

*Warning: if you are one with a weak stomach or are eating please stop reading this until later. Why? Keep reading and find out*

Today was just "one of those days" it started terrible, sustained the pretty bad aura most of the day but seems to be ending pretty good.

First off let me start by telling you how hot it's been here. I love summer time, it's my season and July is my birth month but humidity can take a hike when me and my family are trying to sleep.

Think Florida is hot? Just come over to my house, 2nd floor you get the most humidity! Needless to say none of us have been sleeping well, fans running a full force makes for some cranky attitudes all around the next day.

Okay, back to my bad Friday. I woke up to the sweet sound of my little girls voice. Her voice isn't the bad part, it's what she said: "Mom, my brother put poop all over his crib" -- I did NOT just hear those words before my brain is even adjusted to the fact she's talking to me. I jumped out of bed and went to the boy's room. Oh my god. I felt like closing the door and crying at the sight. Need I say what lurked all over my son, the wall, his crib and anything in his crib.
Yes it was everywhere, it stunk to high heavens and yes I was angry but I dealt with it. Like any mom would. Immediately put the boy in the bath tub, scrubbed him down and let him play while I scrubbed down the rest of his room, change his sheets and stop his sister from repeatedly saying "My brother is so gross he put poop everywhere".
After that hectic ordeal I went downstairs hoping Hubby had heard what was going on and perhaps made us some fresh coffee. Wrong, no coffee so I made some, despite how bad a mood I was in.
My day went on with the typical "mom guess what" every ten minutes followed by the "Mom he won't stop" followed by the whining of a two year old who has to have his way, you get the point. I love them all but man, it was a rough day.

Funny enough I was able to get a few minutes in to write a few new posts (thank nap time for that), clean the house including the bathroom, do two loads of laundry and also cooked a roast pork dinner for four. Oh yeah also bathed, dressed and put the kids to bed. Hubby helped with the after supper clean up which I love him for because that's the point in my day and the kids day where we are more tired and edgy especially on sticky summer days.

Now the kids are sleeping soundly in their now cooler rooms since it rained and hubbys gone for a coffee with his buddy I have a moment to take a deep breath and exhale. Thank god it's Friday, now let's start things better tomorrow.

Until next time...Keep dreaming always...

@AMotherhoodBlog



7/6/10

July is my favourite month. Not only is it my birth-month but also marks the middle of summer season. It has been crazy hot here in Ottawa for the past few days. Perfect for getting out to local pools with the kids with AC waiting for us when we return.

Hats, sunscreen, lots of water and a pool is how we have been spending the hot days. It gets everyone out of the humidity crankiness and it helps burn that lingering afternoon energy the kids have.

One thing that attracted us to our current residence is the community center across the street including a park and pool. Unfortunately we won't be enjoying that particular pool this year because it's closed due to the expansion of the center.

That kind of put a damper on dds fun because the closest pool is a good 10-15 minute walk, located right behind dds school. It's a smaller pool with more kids but it's a pool nonetheless and the kids enjoy it.


We had a beach where we grew up, until it became contaminated with town pollution and had to be closed down. The next best thing was the beach an hour drive away or a sprinkler in the yard.

All that matters is my kids have a fun summer, even if it includes walking the distance in the heat.


7/2/10

Yesterday was Canada Day, there were celebrations across the country -- we really didn't do very much. I guess you can say we celebrated in a more humble way, at home as a family. The loud noises and traffic of people downtown are too hectic for little guy, maybe next year we'll spice it up a bit but we had a good day either way.

Today the weather was much nicer. We spent a majority of today outside with the kids. Summer is great for those long walks to burn the afternoon energy, ending with a quick dinner of hotdogs. This was a good day.









Until next time...Keep dreaming always...

@AMotherhoodBlog