April 25, 2019

10 Things NOT to Say to Parents of Twins

Without a doubt, twins are special!  …And it can definitely be exciting to see them out in public.  In fact, even I (a parent of twins myself) get excited when I see a parent out with a double-stroller or two ‘littles’ dressed in coordinating outfits.

If the parent looks especially tired, or busy, I will leave them be…but sometimes I can’t stop myself from saying, “Hello!  Are they twins?”.

When I do, I always try to be sensitive to the questions that I know parents of multiple might cringe at being asked.  In case you aren’t familiar with what these might be, I have compiled a short list for you. [Read more…]

January 29, 2019

Sugar 101: Natural vs Refined – My questions and family’s solutions

Do any other parents feel confused about how to differentiate between natural and refined (or processed) sugars?  Or, what ingredient names they might be disguised under?

I totally do!!!

Becoming a parent changed me and, once we had the twins, we really started to become mindful about trying to avoid (when possible) processed, or refined, sugars.  A big problem I have had is understanding some of the language, around sugar-related [Read more…]

December 21, 2018

12 Tips on How to be a Great Classroom Volunteer

Helping out in Grayson’s classroom this year.

I personally love having the opportunity to be a classroom volunteer and I would highly recommend it to any parent, if you can swing it with your schedule.  

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November 29, 2018

Why I love being a classroom volunteer!

I really enjoy being able to help out in my kids’ classroom and I think there are plenty of perks to lending out my time in this way.

I appreciate that parents might not always have the ability to help out, however, if you have been considering [Read more…]

October 15, 2018

Quick Tips I Learned In our First Year in Hockey

Hockey season is beginning and if you’re anything like me, you might not know much about the sport.

I didn’t grow up with hockey in our household.  No one in my family played, or even watched hockey, so I’m really not all that familiar with the game, the culture, or the equipment. [Read more…]

September 30, 2018

Would you like school photos of your twins together?

A long time ago, well before my twins started school, I learned that some schools photograph twins, together, as part of their school photo set up.

At that time, I was surprised (I have never even considered that!)…But I was definitely pleasantly surprised!  I mean, I just thought that sounded so great!

Fast forward to when my twins were in pre-school and school photo time arrived.  I had completely forgotten about this little tidbit, yet, was blown away when I saw the pictures of my twins together in the proofs.

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September 14, 2018

Halloween Costumes for Twins

Photocredit: Mindy Walliser Photography

Now that my twins are six-years old, they have their own ideas about what they would like to dress up as, for Halloween.  BUT – we got in four solid years of dressing them up in matching/coordinating costumes…and what fun and glorious years those were!

Each Halloween season, I enjoy looking back at previous years’ Halloween photos.  I love reminiscing about how little, and cute, [Read more…]

August 29, 2018

How Telemedicine Can Help Busy Parents Get Healthy

Do any other parents feel like getting (and staying) healthy is a huge challenge since having kids?  I know I can’t be the only one (please don’t leave me hanging, here, friends!).

Parenting is hard and takes up A LOT of time!  Between running kids to school and activities, working, volunteering, helping with homework, chauffeuring to birthday parties, household management, etcetera, most of us barely have time (or energy) for anything else!

I totally get it!

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May 21, 2018

Our YYC Date – Fish Creek Park and Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

A year and a half ago, I made a pledge that Darren and I would get out for a monthly date night. Some of you might remember that blog post – Keeping the Marriage Alive – One Date at a Time.  At that time, it was feeling like life (children, activities, work, etc.) was getting in the way of us nurturing our marriage – and we ‘needed’ to get out and have some dedicated time for just us. [Read more…]

May 9, 2018

On Mother’s Day, I Don’t Want to Spend All Day with My Kids – That’s Just the Truth

Me with the twins on Mother’s Day 2017.  This was how the day began…

Of course I love my children – that just goes without saying but, on Mother’s Day, I just don’t want to spend the entire day with them.  Does that make me a bad parent?

I remember my very first Mother’s Day.  I had new twins…they were only a few months old.  I was excited for this right of [Read more…]