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…]

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…]

January 17, 2018

Review: How Bill Crush Found our Family Annual Savings of $675

As a family of four, living in Calgary (on mostly one income) we are really mindful of how we spend our money. We are also really conscious about saving money whenever we can.

This means we often price shop, purchase ‘new to us’ items, and we are always looking at ways reduce our household [Read more…]

September 5, 2017

The Twins Start Kindergarten Tomorrow and I’m Just Not Even Ready For It.

The Twins at The Wood Carver’s House, in Radium Hot Springs, a few days ago

The twins start kindergarten tomorrow and, all I can say is, I’m just not even ready for it!

My neighbor told me, a few weeks ago, that her and her daughter are ‘ready’ and are, in fact, ‘celebrating’ the start of kindergarten. I gave this some serious consideration…and wondered if I, too, should have this outlook.

But, no…that’s just not my story.

We have worked so hard to give them a good, solid foundation. Really, the last five and a half years have led us up [Read more…]

August 31, 2017

My last 30-something Birthday – How I celebrated…and the really fun gifts I received!

 

This summer I turned 39 years old and, I’m not going to lie, I was a little sad about it.

Actually…I was a lot sad about it.

Because we all know what the next big milestone birthday is going to be, right?

Cry!

In case you’re not picking up what I’m laying down right now, here is the reminder my husband gave me in card- [Read more…]