#NiagaraParks + Tips for easy getaways as a new family of 4

This past weekend we took our first over night trip as a family of four.  We had been in talks about what to do and where to go for a few months.  I was toying with the idea of either an AirBnB near a beachfront or the Niagara Fallsview Waterpark.  I am glad we went with the latter.  The waterpark was not crowded (and we went on two days) and walking around Clifton Hill and checking out The Falls is always entertaining.  Thankfully, the hotel we stayed at had breakfast so we filled up on food (twice for some of us) and didn’t have to worry about preparation or clean up!

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This was totally a kid centric trip, meaning we were back in the hotel room by 8pm.  And even though we were on a “stay-cation” we were still parenting (i.e.: reminding Miss S to eat her veggies or use her walking feet and dealing with baby nap times).  It was by no means easy (I mean travelling in any capacity with kids is a challenge) but it was worth it.

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Within minutes of getting into the hotel room, Miss S and Ellie were playing with each.  Miss S would make a funny noise over and over again and Ellie would laugh at her.  Miss S enjoyed the water way more than I’ve seen in the last year.  And Ellie got to take her first dip in the pool as well.

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Miss S got a few piggy back rides and Ellie got more sling time than usual.  We got a few family selfies and got to eat some Sweet Jesus :)

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Even with all the awesomeness there is some crankiness but everything is a learning opportunity.  If you are looking for some mom hacks to get you through a weekend away with your growing family consider these tips:

  1. A double stroller is must
  2. Adults need to have fun too (and not just cater to the kids)
  3. Always ask a stranger to take pictures of you and your family
  4. Look into hotels that offer continental breakfast or complimentary snack bars

Weekend Activities + Weekly Goals (Part 10)

We are fast approaching the middle of August which means the CNE is starting up and summer is winding down.  This summer as a family of 4 and mom of 2 has been probably the best one yet.  Although I can’t believe I’ve probably only had a handful of cocktails (#NormalizeBreastFeeding)

I know I am a week late with my weekend wrap up but honestly never late then never.  Because let’s be real here – when I do these types of posts, it’s mainly for myself (or my future self I should say)

And I think it goes without saying, I like to document things.  So without further ado, here is a quick recap of our Civic long weekend :)

Friday evening we braved the long weekend crowd and had dinner at our go-to family date night restaurant.  It’s always a little hairy because by the time we get there it’s the start of bed time routine.  Buuuutt we do it anyway, mostly because the Hubz and I are completed clueless about dinner by fridays (that’s a lie, we have the “what should we have for dinner” convo at least 5 times a day) and the change in scenery is a must for all of us.

Saturday, we had lunch with my in laws.  We went to a steak place, but thankfully I was able to find a veggie option that tasted pretty good!

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Sunday we met my family for lunch at my sisters.  Followed by some fun in the sun at a local park.
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Monday, we hung out with friends.  Pretty chill afternoon hanging out in the backyard with all of kids running around us lol.

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Weekend Activities + Weekly Goals (Part 8)

June 18 2017

I may or may not have become addicted to Netflix documentaries.  The lack of unstructured days is starting to get to me and Netflix takes up too much time.  Or maybe I need a way to decompress during one of the those days that seem longer than they actually are.

I should push myself to workout, foam roll, stretch, meditate or even take a bubble bath – but pressing the space bar a few times to restart the docu I was watching is easier (and quieter).  I am tired, the sink is full of dirty dishes, I barely got a workout in (got my 10K steps and promptly removed my fitbit), ate a little too much popcorn and ice cream #LeftOverPartyFood…. ookkkkaaay <end rant>  After I finish this blog post, I am

  • Foam Rolling
  • Journalling
  • Drinking Water, Brushing my teeth and flossing
  • Going to bed!

I’ve committed to this June Blog Challenge so here I am – gotta show up and do that damn thing.

Here is a look at last weeks list.

  1. Read a chapter
  2. Take some everyday/creative photography
  3. Get my 10K steps in 5/7 days and workout 4/7 days
  4. Tuesday Self Care: Mediate, Bath and Yoga
  5. Put away clean laundry
  6. Order birthday cake
  7. Finalize day of party plan + list of things to bring
  8. Join Miss S’ Preschool bday party
  9. Find family pictures from last 3 years
  10. Send pix to friends

And for this week

  1. Read a chapter
  2. Take some everyday/creative photography
  3. Get my 10K steps in 5/7 days and workout 4/7 days
  4. Tuesday Self Care: Mediate, Bath and Yoga
  5. Put away clean laundry
  6. Born to Read program
  7. Wear something other than leggings everyday
  8. Send pictures to friends
  9. Grocery Run
  10. Try my hardest to get in touch with my Mentor

Miss El’s three month update

Wow here we are – 3 month old baby Ellie belly!

She has been smiling for a while now and we’ve heard her giggle.  She is now more into PDA in that she makes physical contact with me, the mister or her big sis.

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She has a favourite toy – its a hand-me-down set of play rings lol.  She likes to look a colourful books …along with the two high contrast black and white books we borrowed have renewed 6 times from the library (this is one of them).
I can see that she’s paying attention to us eat and it’s got me a little nervous about starting solids.  She’s found her hands so she’s usually got a few fingers in her mouth when she sees us eating at the dinner table.
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She is keeping her hands open more now and we love watching her kick and move her arms #DoYouEvenLift.
I see more neighbourhood stroller walks and visits to the library coming up in our future (instead of running errands or doing a grocery runs :P) as our Miss El is no longer officially a newborn.
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If you been following the last 10 days, you might have noticed that I’ve blogged everyday from Monday to Friday and, as a goal and personal challenge, will continue to do so for the rest of June 2017.  Check out the posts here.

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You also might notice that I didn’t actually get this post published on time.  I was mentally exhausted on Friday and couldn’t bring myself to type.  But it’s here now :)

Weekend Activities + Weekly Goals (Part 6)

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Swinging on the big girl swings with my big little girl

Another weekend comes to an end.  I spent the better part of my free time thinking about how writing a blog post for 5/7 days of the week was way more challenging than I was expecting.  Definitely looking forward to see how this week goes.

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Instagram photos turned magnets

This weekend saw us at a family portrait shoot, grocery shopping, take long family walks, spending the better part of the afternoon at the park and also doing some chores around the house (clean the nursery and car) while Miss S spent some time with her grandparents.

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Wild flowers picked by the husband on our family walk

As for right now, I’ve put in the last load of laundry into the dryer, the Mister is getting a workout in, I am making quinoa and writing this post.  Unfortunately lunches need to packed, clothes ironed and the main floor needs to be tied buuutttt netflix released the entire season of House of Cards so priorities will need to be made :)

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A beautiful rainbow over last monday’s rain storm

For this coming week these are my goals:

  1. Read 2 chapters for my book (Finished 1 – learning to find time to read with a newborn)
  2. Make some bread! (Sad but still nothing yet, I’ve had the recipe printed on my counter for 5 days and although its complex I know I can do it but the fear of failure is holding me back
  3. Take some more everyday photography shots and move photos from SD Card
  4. Get my 10K steps 5/7 days next week & Work out 4/7 times 
  5. Take Miss El to the Born to Read library program (Sadly no, hope this week if the weather cooperates!!)
  6. Update my Etsy shop (Check out my new listings here)
  7. Water colour painting an a new canvas part print 
  8. Do 10 sun salutations (Check out my post here)
  9. Finish June EdCal (Done and Done)
  10. Work on Miss S’s party planning (Making some serious progress here, most of the theme items have been purchased, just have to order the cake, pick out outfits for us 4, make some loot bags, figure out cake table decor and order the balloon bouquet) 

Okay 6 out of 10 is not the best but I’ll take it.  Here is how this week is looking.  I realize that I need more specific goals so that I can actually get things done (see how 7 is updated):

  1. Read another chapter of the book I am reading
  2. Bread this week? Bread this week!
  3. Take some more everyday photography shots and move photos from SD Card
  4. Get my 10K steps 5/7 days next week & Work out 4/7 times 
  5. Take Miss El to the Born to Read library program (weather permitting)
  6. Figure out a layout for our 2015 photo album
  7. Update family room painting from black on white to white on black
  8. Thursday Meditation
  9. Put away all clean laundry
  10. Order Miss S birthday Cake

Have a great week!

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Wildflowers 😍