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…]

February 26, 2018

Review: Bobs & LoLo’s Blue Skies Album

Image provided by Bobolo Productions Inc.

I was first introduced to the musical duo, Bobs & LoLo, when the twins were just toddlers. At that time, Bobs & Lolo had a joyful and musical television program called, ‘Sing, Dance and Play with Bobs & LoLo’ on the Treehouse channel. It was one of the few programs I felt good about letting them watch, at that time. [Read more…]

February 15, 2018

Becoming a Child Scientist at the University of Calgary

The twins with their very ‘offical-looking’ certificates from the University of Calgary

We are always looking for fun and interesting things to try around Calgary so, when I heard the University of Calgary was searching for ‘Child Scientists’, I wanted to know more! [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…]

November 29, 2017

How we have survived vaccine appointments with our twins, from birth to kinder

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Vaccine appointments are never easy with kids, regardless of how many you have…and they are most definitely not easy with twins. Throw in a parent who can barely stand to go through watching their kids get poked and…GAH!

Over the years, we have developed some strategies for successfully taking our twins to get vaccinated! We have been lucky to avoid a lot of the crying and stress that many kids (and parents) have to deal with…and I wanted to share our tips with you! [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…]

July 22, 2017

Summer Vacation Swimming Lessons? Yes Please!

Let me start off by saying that taking the kids to swimming lessons, has historically been, one of my least favourite things to do as a parent. It’s really is just not my thing. Ask my girlfriends – I grumble about it every time the kids are registered.

…AND…for a whole laundry list of reasons, I ESPECIALLY detest taking the twins to swimming lessons in the wintertime! [Read more…]