• Blog Posts

    WE ARE LIVE!

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    Hi love, and thanks for checking this out!

    This is new, and something I've been toying with for quite sometime. To be honest, the only thing ever holding me back was myself. The world of social media can be an addicting, altered and intimidating place. That being said, it can also be a place of resources, stories that make you feel a little less alone and a great space to get to know others near or far!

    When I first had Avery I was pretty well the first of my friends and the first in my family with a baby since my mom had me - crazy right!? This is when I truly found how helpful this space can be. It is a community of people who may live such different lives but hold something in common. With having gone through the whole new mama thing in this day and age, I obviously had questions, concerns, wanted opinions, advice etc. And with my amazing squad of friends following closely behind on the mama train, I have always shared along the way products, advice, tips and tricks that worked for Avery and I. This is when it clicked, these things may help others out there too - so this is my outlet to share!

    My highs, lows, returning to work & daily reality all in one place!

    xo Amy

  • Blog Posts

    Relax & Unwind

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    One of my favourite nightly rituals once I have Avery asleep and I can focus on myself again is to run a hot bath, light a candle and relax. Avery gets a nightly bath as part of her nightly routine so why can't I? Here's what I use to make it happen.

    I have never been one for overbearing or "fake" scents. The strong ones usually result in a pretty good headache so it isn't worth it. I received the Saje Wellness "Cellucleanse" bath salts as a gift this year and fell in love! They do have a scent, one that I would say is pretty strong as well but you can instantly tell it is a natural essential oil, soothing smell. I don't find it to be overbearing or too much, it's actually quite relaxing. The salts create a bit of an oil feel in the water and it is meant to tighten and firm the skin.

    I usually turn out the lights, spark a candle in a very neutral scent as the oils do take over and I'm not one to mix. I am currently loving the Voluspa "Nissho-Soleil" scent. Just don't get too relaxed that you forget to blow it out when you're done!

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    Apple Crisp

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    A fall favourite in my house is a warm apple crisp. We do an annual Apple Picking Appreciation Event with my City Mortgage Group and we always end up coming home with a big bag of delicious, family farm grown apples that are perfect for baking.

     

    INGREDIENTS

    7 apples, peeled and sliced

    2 tsp white sugar

    1 tsp cinnamon

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    1 cup brown sugar

    1/2 cup white flour

    3/4 cup rolled oats

    1 cup melted butter

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Combine apples, white sugar & cinnamon in a bowl and pour into lightly greased baking dish
    3. Mix togehter brown sugar, flour & oats in a separate bowl
    4. Pour melted butter over the mixture and stir until evenly coated
    5. Add mixture to top of apples in baking dish, lightly patting it down until entire top is covered thinly
    6. Bake until golden brown - about 40 minutes
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    Traveling with a Toddler

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    Okay so some people think it's crazy to travel with a little one as it's so much work and they won't remember the trip anyways but to me it's all about living in the moment and realizing that though she may not remember the travels she is having a blast in the moment! Here are my best travel tips for travels with a toddler:

     

    TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXTRA LUGGAGE - When traveling with a child over 2, you likely have to buy an extra seat for them which means that they get a piece of luggage. My best advice would be to take that piece available, use a full size suitcase and take advantage.This also means that they will get a carry on piece as well. Use this for easy, and quiet toys that don't have a million pieces or make a mess to distract on the drive, the plane or along the way.

     

    BUY SUPPLIES THERE - Depending on where you are traveling, buy diapers & wipes there. This cuts down on the whole guessing game on how many you need as well as the room in luggage to store them - plus, what if your luggage doesn't arrive? Fill the carry on with the supplies you need to get there + 1 day to buy yourself time once you land.

     

    TAKE STAPLE MEDICINE- Again, depending on where you are going there may not be brands you are familiar with. I always like to travel with the staples that I know work for Avery, I have given in the past and am familiar with the dosage just so you don't have to deal with new brands, language barriers or different ingredients.

     

    HAVE A CHANGE EMERGENCY KIT READY - Especially on an airplane, I always put in my carry on a large ziploc that holds an extra full change of clothes & wipes as if you need to make a change from a spill or accident you don't want to have to juggle into an airplane bathroom with a messy toddler and pick pieces you need from a carry on to use and carry to the bathroom.

     

    PRE PLAN SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS- If you can, try and simulate home. Whether that means a pack-n-play, crib, bed rails etc. try and keep it consistent. Many hotels, resorts etc. have these supplies handy and for rental properties such as an AirBnB there are often rental companies that can supply things for you.

     

    DON'T STRESS OVER SCHEDULE - Try and take it one day at a time, this is where personally I struggle the most. You are away from home so their schedule will already be altered so try and make the most of your time away. When they are hungry, they will eat and when they are tired, they will sleep.

     

    READ THE REVIEWS - If you are going somewhere that has kid sections, activities etc. then read the reviews. Likely those who have been there before will give a heads up for other parents on what they've experienced!

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    My Morning Routine

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    So other moms may be able to relate to this but honestly when morning comes and I finally put two feet back on the floor, it is go time!

    A key part of my morning is the night before prep. This is when I pack Avery's bag for school, making sure there is a clean outfit, change of shoes, weather appropriate options and her water container. This gets setup on our front bench with her coat and shoes for the morning so that we are as efficient as possible.

    My own alarm is set for 7am - some mornings I get 30 mins to myself (which is magical) to shower and get ready but some days she is up same time or before my alarm which puts an interesting spin on the morning. When I have the 30 mins to myself I feel like I could conquer the world - a peaceful shower, pick an outfit, blowdry & makeup all with being the only person in my bathroom! I then get her up at 7:30am, get her dressed, hair tackled, teeth brushed, grab a yogurt and her backpack and we're on our way - keep in mind she's almost 3 so it's never actually that smooth but in 30 minutes we can usually get out of the house with at least 95% of that complete.

    On the mornings when she is up with me or before me, I have a partner in crime. Which sometimes means someone is in my bed watching the latest Paw Patrol while I shower etc. and other days means she doesn't want to be put down. Those days are my hair up and get out quick days.

    Most days we can get out of the house by 8:00am which gets me to drop off for about 8:10am so she has breakfast with her friends and I head out for my day at the office.

    | Robes |

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    Sleep Training

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    The first thing one parent asks another after having a baby is "how are you sleeping?" and for me, my sleep is necessary as I don't function well unless I get it. Now don't get me wrong, we had our sleepless nights but at 4 months old we started sleep training Avery. Now, this method isn't for everyone and you should always go with your mom gut and listen to your instincts but this is what worked for me.

    It started with naps. For the first few months she would only nap if she was in my arms. If I put her in her crib, bassinet, swing anything she would wake up within minutes and the nap would be over. Around the 4 month mark I started noticing timing habits with her naps, certain times of the day and for common lengths of time. At this point she would be up in the morning around 7am, and would be looking for her first nap around 9:30am. So, the day we decided to do this I was prepared for 9:30am. I fed her, put her in her crib, turned on her sound soother and left the room. I raced back to the monitor to watch the magic but it was everything but magic. She moved around wiggling for a few minutes and then cue the tears. And not normal tears but overtired, confused "where is my mom" tears which was heart breaking. She cried through the entire 1.5 hour nap and every 10 minutes myself or Mike would go in, place our hand firmly on her tummy to let her know we were there but then leave the room again. We did 2 naps of this and by the 3rd she fell asleep by herself within 25 minutes and stayed asleep for the hour. Her nap schedule then became the following:

    7:00am - wakeup

    9:30-11:00am - nap

    1:30-3pm - nap

    5:30-6pm - nap

    8:00 - bedtime

    The through the night training was a much different battle. It is a very hard thing to listen to your baby cry through the night and when you are woken from a deep sleep, 5 minutes feels like 3 hours. I knew it was time for this when her night feeds became very scattered and sometimes she wouldn't even really eat - just soothe herself back to sleep. What I'm going to say next may not be the norm for this method and let me tell you it wasn't easy BUT ... it took 1 night! I very long, very stressful and upsetting night where both of us cried many tears. Every couple hours she would wake up and cry for me so we stuck to the every 10 minutes, hand on belly for reassurance but no picking up, cuddling, feeding etc. just a calm voice and a hand. She woke up 3-4 time that night and this was the routine until she put herself back to sleep and from that night on unless she was sick, sleeping away from home or dealing with a time change we all had great night sleeps!

    The overnight always seems to be the hardest with moms - it's what everyone strives for but there are many different ways to get there. Follow your heart and listen to what's best for you and your baby as in the end, that's all that matters!

  • Avery

    Taming the Curls

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    Growing up I always had flat, thin hair so you can imagine my joy when I first saw that Aves had curls! She clearly didn't get them from me but none the less I couldn't wait to be able to style them.
    She has a bath pretty much every night unless we are out somewhere and run out of time because the stuff she can get into at pre-school always shows up in her hair. Paint, play-dough, food, dirt - you name it! I try not to use shampoo if I don’t have to as her hair is so young it doesn’t need such harsh products. I have tried some more natural shampoos but honestly find that the Aveeno has been the best. I don’t use a conditioner in the bath unless the nest is really bad as she doesn’t love to sit still long enough for me to rinse it all out. Once she’s out of the tub I use the Johnson & Johnson detangling spray on her wet, towel dried hair and that at least lets me get a brush through it. Her hair is curly but thin so it takes no time to dry - usually about 3 books worth! She’ll sleep on it as is and in the morning we wake up to crazy! This is when I take a spray bottle with just plain water and spray it down. The detangling spray from the night before is usually still able to work it’s magic so the water tames the curls and lets them go back to ringlets. Before leaving for school I typically try to put it in a bun or ponytail so that it’s out of her eyes to tackle the day but she usually takes it out before lunch - you win some, you lose some!
    Now, when she comes home from school and we have to go somewhere that evening I bust back out our detangling spray to brush it out so that the curls reform!
  • Eats

    Turkey Chili

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    This is a crowd favourite in our house and to be honest, if I can find a quick, easy & nutritious dinner that the whole family eats then I consider it to be a big win! Plus, it reheats just as well the next day so making extra covers lunch duty as well. Pair it with some warm fresh bread and you have a perfect combo!

     

    INGREDIENTS

    1 pound ground turkey

    1 onion - diced

    1/2 can of chick peas - drained and rinsed

    1 cup of frozen corn

    3 cups of strained diced tomatoes

    3 tsp of chili powder

    1 pinch of sea salt

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Cook the ground turkey in a pan over medium heat, once meat is cooked add diced tomatoes until slightly browned
    2. Add turkey/onion mixture to crockpot and add remainder of ingredients
    3. Stir and set to low heat
    4. Let sit for 8 hours
    5. Top with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese & ENJOY!
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