7/16/18

Having the kids home all summer may mean you have to think ahead and plan some fun for them. Now that we are almost into August, summer is slowing down but our day trips are not! They are fun (more or less), get us out of the house (or even out of town) and as always, memories are just waiting to be made. Here are some tips that may or may not help your next day trip with the kids! 

Plan ahead.
Budget food/gas/emergency money, where you’ll go, how you’ll get there etc all need to be planned out ahead of time depending on a day trip. It’s easy to make a spontaneous trip to the park for a picknick but if you’re heading somewhere else like a water park or themed amusement park you might want to get things like entry tickets in advance. Lots of places have peak days when it can be more expensive. It’s never nice to have to spend more than you bargained for one simple fun day out with the family.

Secret Stash.
Make sure to save a little cash and some change in an emergency change wallet. Keep it in the glove compartment of your vehicle or in the first aid kit, so you are never without.

First Aid Kit.
A must-have even if it's "just a day trip" you never know when a minor injury can happen especially if your kids are clumsy like mine. Your first aid kit should contain items like band-aids, bandages, alcohol swabs, spray-on peroxide, rubber gloves, heat or cold packs (the ones you bend to activate), flashlight etc. You can usually find kits with everything you'd need at your local stores. 

Bring Extras.
The weather calls for sunny but halfway through your water park visit the clouds roll in and it starts to rain. Packing items like extra towels or sweaters in these situations ensures everyone stays warm! Extra entertainment is also good to have on hand. Maybe not lug out the iPads for a day trip but books can be fun if you're stuck in a camper or car. 

Sleep well.
Getting a good nights sleep is crucial to surviving a day trip with the kids. Make sure both the kids and adults are in bed, it’ll be an early rise to get going! Oh and don’t forget to pre-make some yummy hearty breakfasts for the big morning!

Whatever you do and wherever you go, one major thing to remember is to HAVE FUN! Even if things don't go as perfect as you planned them, it's the memories that count. Trust me, we've had our share of imperfect, perfect day trips and everything turned out OK!

Do you have any trip tips? Share with fellow AME readers in the comments below! Let's chat!

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7/11/18

Summer holidays are in full force at our house! We’ve been trying to avoid dull days and take advantage of the really hot weather while we have it by taking the kids on little trips. Whether it be the local pool, splash pads or getting out of the city for a day, the days have been busy and we find ourselves more on the go!

Skechers has some great summer shoes we wanted to show you if you’re looking for something of quality and comfort!

These Relaxed fit: Skech Flex 2.0 are comfy enough for long-wearing, lightweight and breathable. Made with trubuck leather and mesh fabric upper in a lace up athletic sneaker with stitching accents. Of course, we can’t forget the Air Cooled Memory Foam insole. He always looks for something that’s not chunky as he drives a lot and lighter shoes make things easier. These shoes are perfect for summer rides. Great for this guy on the go.


These women’s Skechers Ultra Flex keep active feet like mine (hello, 3 kids!) comfortable with mesh slip-on design and air-cooled memory foam soles. I’m still amazed by the comfy soles, it’s so hard to find nice shoes that look good and don’t hurt my feet! Although these shoes do come in other colours I find black is easier to maintain and it goes with everything.



Besides our flip flops and sandals, we are truly running shoe type people and Skechers has been one of our go-to shoe brands for a while now. I can’t say we have been disappointed by a pair yet! Great shoes for parents (and kids) on the go!

Find more styles at Skechers.ca


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7/2/18

We finished the school year with a bang; K heading into grade 9, D into grade 5 and Little Miss M into the big grade 1. Throughout the ups and downs of the school year, I think we have earned this summer break!

The city (and I think most of the province of Ontario) has been really warm the past week and a half with a severe heat wave including Canada Day weekend. The hot weather just gave us an excuse to find anything water related to cool off with and have fun!

We would have loved to bring the kids downtown but it’s just too much finding parking then finding space plus my social anxiety doesn’t make me and big crowds of strangers get along very well. We were thinking of take the kids across the street for the annual Canada day celebrations and topping off the day taking them to a special location to check out the Canada day fireworks but that didn’t happen.


The pool opened late in the morning with no Canada Day party this year and by the time the pool did open we had already been invited to take the kids out of the city for the day.


A long, hot, two-hour drive brought us to a campground near the St.Lawrence River where we spent our Canada day with some friends and swimming fun. The water was actually really cold so I was the one sitting under the shade of a tree enjoying the scenery and watching the kids from my spot. Other than the mass amount of little tiny grasshoppers that kept jumping at my face and the black flies that wouldn’t leave us alone, we had a really nice day. I even got some sun on my pale legs although I think it’s more from the car ride than the campsite.


By the time we came home, it was getting dark and we had the kids passed out in the backseat. We got them inside with showers, bed and called it a night for everyone. We didn’t go out for fireworks (although we did see some from the window with people setting some off in the neighborhood) , we were all pretty exhausted from our long, hot Canada Day!


We hope you all had a fun Canada Day weekend! Stay tuned for a summer of fun with #AMEblog plus #AMESocial @AMotherhoodblog (Twitter/IG)

6/27/18

Dance and sing your way to fun this fall with the Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Tour coming to Ottawa this October!



Derived from their #1 hit Treehouse TV program of the same name, this brand-new show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony hit the stage with their friends Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and all the Wiggly Dancers.

Tickets went on Sale June 25th, you can get some great prices on the best seats before they’re gone. If your little kid is anything like mine, you’ll want to bring them!

The Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! Tour will bring all the excitement of what it takes to Wiggle to Centrepointe Theatres on October 4th for two shows at 3:30 and 6:30 PM.

All tickets are $43.75 and are available via www.centrepointetheatres.com, the Centrepointe Theatres Box Office, select retail locations, and by phone at 613-580-2700 and 1-866-752-5231. Children under 12 months are free. A $3 group discount is available for parties of 8 or more.

Check www.centrepointetheatres.com for more information.

Please visit www.thewiggles.com for the most up to date information, as well as exciting show announcements.

We will be heading to the show in the fall, our youngest loves any kind of music and The Wiggles happen to be one of her longtime faves.

You better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as seats to the Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! Tour will sell like hot potatoes!


Win it!

Win a family pass (4 tickets) to see The Wiggles in Ottawa this October!

Open to OTTAWA, ONTARIO (and surrounding area) residents 18+. Winner will receive 4 tickets to the Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Tour show at Centerpointe Theater at the time of their choice. This giveaway is for tickets only and does not include any travel or accommodations for those outside Ottawa who may enter and win.

By entering this giveaway you understand your information will be collected for prizing purposes and will only be shared with representatives of The Wiggles Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Tour should your name be drawn a winner. 

Ends July 6th, 2018
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6/25/18

Summer holidays (for the kids) are just days away which means we are going to be thinking of places to go and things to see this summer; you know, to keep everybody’s sanity intact and all.

Here is a list of things to do and places to see right here in Ottawa this summer that I thought you would all like! 




Museums and History.
Ottawa has several museums to check out such as the Canadian Museum of nature, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and one of my favourites, the Museum of Science and Technology.
Parliament Hill will give you a taste of Canada with its historical buildings. There is usually a fun party on the hill for Canada Day too! 

Recreational Parks.
Jacques Cartier Park isn’t in Ottawa but a quick trip over the bridge to the Quebec side will have you loving the outdoors.

Amusement Parks.
Just outside Ottawa, you can find Calypso Waterpark (Limoges) and Parc Omega (Montebello), both of which are personal family favourites. 

In the city.
Various malls like Rideau Centre, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Bayshore and more await your discovery.
The Byward Market also offers various activities during the summer, fresh market goods to purchase and great dining at different restaurants. If you are from out of town there are lots of great hotels downtown as well as buses to take you wherever you need to go throughout the city. 

We have been living in Ottawa for over 10 years and although it has changed over the while, we still love our city and hope you do too. What are some fun things you can do where you live? Leave a comment below, let's chat! 




6/22/18

If you’re a mom, you probably have one too; a summer bag. That one bag (aside from your purse) that you grab on any outing during the summer with your kids. This bag is like the sacred bag to keep your family fun from unravelling into a complete disaster. Well, maybe not so dramatic but you always make sure to have the tools you need to keep everyone safe and happy. What’s in your summer bag?




- Hand sanitizer
- Lipbalm

- Sunscreen
- Bandaids (including the liquid kind and spray peroxide)
- Polysporon
- A mass amount of clean tissues
- Wet wipes
- Light snacks (individually packaged crackers, granola bars, rice crispy treats, etc)
- Extra phone charger
- Extra sunglasses
- Change purse (preferably with a little cash in it!)
- Somebody’s (usually my youngest child’s) change of clean clothes, just in case.

What are you favourite "go-to" summer items to keep on hand? Have I missed anything important? Share in the comments below, let's chat! :) 





6/18/18

Living in silence to survive, this movie isn’t for the kids.

“If they hear you, they will hunt you.” - THE creepiest tag line!



A Quiet Place is a fantastic movie, the story, the acting from stars stars Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, it’s just great. It’s about a family’s survival against monsters who have super sonic hearing and they of course eat people. The family has to live in absolute silence to survive in a bunker and figure out a way to defeat the monsters. Throughout the movie you just want to scream for the family, it’s very suspenseful! It’s one of those movies you walk into thinking it won’t be good but it turns out to be the total opposite to what you thought in a good way, we enjoyed it.

You can bring home A Quiet Place on Digital June 26th, 2018
On 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ & DVD July 10th!

Learn more about the movie here.

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Enter for your chance to win a copy of A Quiet Place on Blu Ray!

Open to Canadians 18+ excluding Quebec. Ends June 29th, 2018 9:00PM EST!

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