Why I love FATHERHOOD

Fatherhood changed my life, my kids are my greatest accomplishment and I want to share why.

 

 

Prior to having children, I never imagined my self as a dad…especially a young dad with multiple children including triplets and a toddler. If you had asked me about kids, I would have said that I wasn’t ready and I wanted to wait. Now I hear that phrase and I think to myself, are we ever really “ready” to have children?

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For us there was no plan. My wife and I had been together for 6 years before we had our first child, Emily. I am not saying it was out of the blue – as we had many conversations about having a baby – but it became one of those things where we said that if it happened, it happened…and then it did.

Finding out I was going to be a dad was terrifying! I had just graduated school, I still lived at home with my parents, and I was only 3 years in to working my full time job as a bank teller. Hell, I had never even changed a diaper in my life! Looking back, I had no idea what I was in for. I think what worried me the most probably from portrayals of parenting in movies and on TV was the thought that suddenly your life and freedom come to an end when you have kids (theoretically speaking, of course). I was more worried about all of the judgement from friends and family about our living situation, financial situation, and that fact that we were young parents. I could have not been more wrong.

 

 

My family, my wife’s family and our friends were extremely excited and supportive. I remember telling my mom and watching her break down in tears of joy in celebration of our news. I am not saying my dad and stepmom weren’t excited or supportive, because they were.  But after breaking the news to them did not go the way I had expected it to (details aside), they eventually expressed their happiness.

One thing I learned about expecting a baby was that it “manned” me right up! I knew I had to get my priorities in order,  including, among other things, getting prepared for buying my first home with extreme excitement and focus around setting up our nursery.

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Despite everything I was worried or concerned about prior to having children, I could not have been more wrong. Fatherhood changed my life in the best possible way and to this day it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. My kids are my greatest accomplishment. I know it sounds cliché, but it is 100% my truth!

Growing up, my brothers and I had been through many unfortunate events that no child or children should ever go through. My mom was a single mother of 4 who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and my dad was an alcoholic. I suffered abuse and neglect. I have been through foster care where I was separated from my twin brother and my other siblings for over a year. I remember a very dark past. I never had any real guidance on what life had to offer, or ways to get ahead. My first bank account was opened at the age of 8, and I had no education savings like an RESP. When it came to finances and bills, I often learned things the hard way. In hindsight, it really helped me become more responsible, resourceful, and appreciative of everything I had and everything I worked for.

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I have shared very little details about difficulties in my past, but with everything I have been through and the struggles and battles people like my mom have experienced, I always vowed that my life and my family’s life would be different. I promised myself that they would never experience difficulty or struggle like the hardship I knew from my childhood. I have used the memory and experience of those struggles as motivation to be the best provider I could be so that my kids would not go through anything close to what I had been through. Despite all of the struggles, my mom and dad are wonderful people. I can remember so many amazing things growing up with my family that would truly warm your heart. We all have our battles, and we all have our way of dealing with things. After being addicted to drugs most of my life, my mom has been clean and sober for over 7 years. She is very present in my life and my kids’ lives as well. She is an amazing grandma!

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One of the truest sayings I have every come across says, “When a baby is born, a dad is born.” I never imagined my life as a father to one baby, let alone to four. Being a father of triplets has me in awe every day. It has been two years since their birth and I am still blown away that my wife and I conceived these 3 babies naturally. The last 3 years as a dad have been the best and most rewarding years of my life so far, and I expect that to continue in leaps and bounds as my kids learn and grow.

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Fatherhood for me created such a huge spark in my life and has kept me so motivated! I want to be the best influence and as involved as I can possibly be in my children’s lives. My kids represent everything great about me and they are my greatest accomplishment. When I became a dad, I became a million things. I became a doctor, a comedian and even became a superhero! Dads are there to make things better. To heal wounds, to cause laughter and ultimately give advice. I just love learning about my kids and cannot even begin to express how blessed and happy I am to be a father to my children. They have changed my life.

 

To conclude this blog post, I want to express that fatherhood is amazing! We have such a vital role in our children’s lives and we need to be aware of how important we are and how much we truly mean to our kids. I want to express great wishes and send an honorable fatherly salute to all of you amazing dads out there!

Happy Father’s Day!

Dan.

How to Survive Feeding 4 Toddlers | #PlaytexMoms

Now that the triplets are 2, we can finally say we are living with 4 toddlers. They are always on the go, I feel like they never stop and they are always looking for the next thing to eat. With the amount of energy they burn when constantly running around, it’s no wonder why they eat so much!

It’s a big job to feed 4 toddlers, so I am always trying to find ways to make it easier for myself when it comes to feeding them. Everything from being picky one day with food that they would normally love, to not wanting to share with each other are almost everyday occurrences. I have to think of creative ways to make their meals fun and make sure they are actually going to eat. I think it is a great idea to try to make mealtime fun for everyone that way your kids don’t start to think it’s something they have to do, but rather something they want to do!

As you have watched many mealtimes happen through our vlogs you would have noticed that we use the Playtex® Mealtime Bowls, Plates and Utensils. They have become a key part in our mealtimes for Emily and the triplets, which is why I am excited to share my personal review on them. We are happy to be partnering with PlaytexBaby™ and to be a #PlaytexMom. PlaytexBaby™ has sponsored this post and all the views and opinions in this post are my own, from my own experiences.

I am also going to share three simple tips that I have for each meal, that I think will help to successfully survive feeding toddlers.

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(Left to Right) Jackson, Emily, Levi and Olivia enjoying one of their favorite snacks, banana bread!

Over the course of the day, we generally have three meals and two to three snacks. I love to cook, so when I have the time I always like to try something different, even though most times Emily and the triplets aren’t as excited as I am. Most mornings, I usually make them eggs or something that involves eggs, such as French toast. Both meals are quick and easy to make and I know everyone will always enjoy them. Eggs are still a little difficult for them to eat on their own, but they are getting better each time. If I am being truthfully honest, I hate letting them eat eggs on their own. It never goes well and it usually ends with a big mess of scrambled eggs all over floor with barely any actually eaten!

Although I know they make a big mess with the eggs, the Playtex® Toddler Utensils have been great for helping the triplets learn how to eat with a spoon or fork. I love that the utensils have a soft, non-slip handle which makes it easy for them to hold with their little hands. I also really love that the spoon part and tongs of the fork are metal because it makes it easier to pick up food. I always found with the plastic utensils, it was hard to actually pierce a piece of food to pick up and eat.

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(Left to Right) Jackson, Olivia, Emily and Levi eating a french toast breakfast on their Playtex® Mealtime Animal Plates and using their Playtex® Sipster Cups

Even when I do feed them myself, I like to use the Playtex® Toddler Utensils because they are the perfect size for their little mouths. They also help to control how big of a bite I give them, so I know I am not stuffing their mouth with too much food and preventing any choking from happening.

This leads to my TIP #1 – Keep it Simple

From what I have learned, toddlers don’t like overly complicated meals. They like what they know and that is something simple. I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to add seasonings to recipes to make it taste better or try something new to an old recipe, just to be given a look of disgust and a whole lot of wasted food. Just keep it simple and make what they know and you will have a toddler who will eat!

The second meal of the day is, of course, lunch and this one I find is probably the most difficult of the three. Breakfast is pretty good because Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi are hungry first thing in the morning, but lunch is in the middle of the day, in the middle of their play time and usually falls around their nap time. It can sometimes take a lot to get everyone to sit and eat, so I usually have to think of something fun. Having dishes that have a fun and colorful design on them is such a big help, which is where the Playtex® Mealtime Plates come in to play. The Playtex® Mealtime Plates have some many fun designs with bright colors that really do attract the attention of toddlers. Every time I give Emily and the triplets their plate of food they point out the different animals on the plate. It definitely helps to keep them focused on their meal and eating a little longer.

Now that Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi are self-feeding most of their meals, the design of the Playtex® Mealtime Plates are so great.The Playtex® Mealtime Plates edges are slanted upwards and the height of the slant is high, which helps to keep food on their plate. The rubber rims around the plates and the non-slip base on the plates is another feature I love because, as we all know, tipping and spills are pretty much inevitable with toddlers, but with the non-slip base it takes a little more before they tip the plate over. As much as I try to get everyone to sit still to eat it is virtually impossible, so to have a dish designed like the Playtex® Mealtime Plates is so helpful and saves a lot of time cleaning us a mess.

Now it’s time for TIP #2 – Be Creative

When it comes to creativity, being creative with food can be fun, but like I said in tip #1, keep it simple. When I say be creative, I am referring to how your toddler is going to eat. If you can get outside and set up a picnic style lunch or if you have a little bench or table for your kids to eat at, it sets a different scene for meal time. If it happens to be raining the day you decided to have a picnic, don’t let it stop you. Just set a blanket out on the ground and tell your toddler you are having an indoor picnic. I have done this multiple times, and we almost always have a picnic lunch!

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The final meal of the day is dinner and this is where I pretty much combine everything I do during the day into one. Dinner is our biggest meal of the day and where I really have to focus on keeping things simple and keeping everyone engaged and focused on dinner. I could get away with feeding the triplets and Emily myself for breakfast, but by the time dinner comes around they want to be little independent people, so it’s better if I can make something where they can self-feed.

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Everyone loves to eat dinner outside. They are using their Playtex® Mealtime Bowls and Forks for yummy pasta!

Depending on what I make, we either use the Playtex® Mealtime Plates or Bowls. Sometimes it can be hard to judge how much your toddler should be eating, especially when they will eat everything and more one day and then the next they want nothing to do with their food. The Playtex® Mealtime Plates and Bowls are both portion-sized, which is a tremendous help because it takes the guessing and thinking out of serving the right amount for your toddler. There will always be days when what your kids eat varies, but to have a guide right in front of you of what a portion looks like for your toddler is a life saver.

I find that dinner is the best meal out of the three to really focus on teaching the triplets how to self-feed with a spoon and fork. It is usually the meal where we have a variety of foods that can easily be picked up with the Playtex® Toddler Utensils. Since they are also wanting to be more independent, they are more receptive to using the Playtex® Toddler Utensils.

As crazy as it is, we still try to go out for dinner with all 4 kids. It is a lot of work, but we manage and when I remember, I like to bring the Playtex® Toddler Forks out with us. The forks at restaurants are always so big, which makes it difficult for Jackson, Olivia and Levi to eat on their own. If they have their Playtex® Toddler fork, they are able to eat dinner on their own, which then allows Dan and I to eat some of our meal while it’s warm.

And for my final TIP #3 – Eat What They Eat

Any parent out there who has a toddler or who has gone through the toddler stage, knows that they can be picky eaters. Dan and I have found that no matter how good their meal may be, Emily and the triplets always want to have what we are eating. We have tried the whole feed them first and then eat dinner after and unless we are eating dinner at 10pm when they have all gone to bed, they still want to eat what we are eating. So to save yourself the time of double feeding, make a meal that you would eat and that your toddler can eat. If they see you eating something 9 out 10 times, they will eat it too!

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Feeding toddlers can be a challenge for any parent and every day is going to be different. If you can introduce products in your life to make things easier, such as the Playtex® Mealtime plates, bowls and utensils, everyone wins. I have loved using the Playtex® Mealtime plates, bowls and utensils and can honestly say they have helped me to survive feeding 4 toddlers. They are very durable products and I have seen them put to the test with 4 toddlers who love to run around and throw things. I am happy to have partnered with PlaytexBaby™ and to share with you products that I actually use and love and that I know will help to make your life a little easier too.

I also hope that my three tips will help you out as well. Although they may seem like standard tips, sometimes it is nice to be reminded of little things that you can do and to help show that you don’t have to complicate your life when it comes to feeding toddlers. Just remember to 1. Keep it Simple, 2. Be Creative and 3. Eat What They Eat!

To find out more information about the Playtex® Mealtime plates, bowls and utensils you can visit playtexbaby.ca. If you would like to purchase any of the Playtex® Mealtime plates, bowls and utensils you can find them all at amazon.ca

If you have any tips that you use or have used when it comes to feeding toddlers, please share them below!

My #IntuitionEffect Story

Life can be so busy and very unexpected at times. As parents we are always learning new things about our kids and some days you have no idea how the day will go. Dan and I love our kids, but that doesn’t mean they don’t cause us stress and bring total chaos at times. One minute they could be watching TV peacefully and then a split second later they are all fighting over the same toy. When things just become too chaotic and overwhelming, it’s good to have little ways to help calm everyone down. We wanted to share with you our Intuition Effect Story and how we manage to calm a crazy situation with four kids.

The Intuition Effect is the little pleasures that you do throughout the day that bring happiness and joy to your family, that help to simplify your life even with all the chaos that may be going on. Your little pleasure could be watching your favorite show on TV, indulging in a special treat or taking a few minutes at the end of the day to focus on you with something simple as a hot shower or a skin care routine. Whatever it may be, you know it will make you and your family happy!

Here is our full Intuition Effect Story for our family of 6!

Now that you have heard our story, we would love to hear your story!

We also want to give away 100 of the new Schick Intuition Island Berry razors for you to try! The Schick Intuition razor has been a great tool for simplifying my life. I love the fact that it lathers and shaves in one step and the Skin Conditioning Solid moisturizes during shaving. Shaving may only seem like a small aspect in my life, but with being a busy mom of 4, I have noticed the simplicity it brings to my skin care routine. To have even one part of my life made easier makes such a difference and I get the chance to focus a little more on me. I easily  shave my legs with Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi running around the house and know that I can get it done quickly!

To enter it is very easy and chances are if you are here you have already completed the first half!

Here are the steps

Step 1: Make sure you are following @SchickIntuitionCA on Instagram or @Schick Intuition Canada on Facebook

Step 2: Tag a friend on either our Instagram post or Facebook post and use #IntuitionEffect

Step 3: Watch our full Intuition Effect story video found in our blog

Step 4: Fill out the entry form found here on our blog

We are giving away 50 razors on Instagram and 50 razors on Facebook!

Here is the contest entry form! Please complete all fields for your chance to win one of the new Schick Intuition Island Berry razors.

For full rules and regulations, click here.

This post was sponsored by Schick® Intuition® as part of the #SchickAmbassador program, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mornings are Tough – One Million and One Things To Do! | #ForBetterBeginnings

If you were to stop and think about your day for a second, what would you think about? Would you think about everything that you do in a day and how busy you are?

If you could pick a specific time of the day you find to be the toughest, what time would that be? It’s the part of your day where you have what feels like one million things to do, everyone is looking to you for everything they need, you have places to be at specific times and you have hundreds of thoughts going through your mind about what is happening and what needs to happen.

Does that sound like your mornings?

It sounds a lot like mine!

Mornings are the toughest part of my day and I always feel as though I have so much to do and so much going on. Emily and the triplets always get up at the same time and instantly they want me to change their bums or help to use the potty, get them their bottles and a banana and of course turn on their cartoons. All the while I am trying to just get myself out of bed and ready to start the day. We all know what it is like first thing in the morning; you are trying to adjust to the new day and it may take you a few moments or even minutes to fully get out of bed and get ready to take on the day. I am happy to share my outlook on mornings with you and to be partnering with PlaytexBaby on this post, to talk about how mornings are tough. PlaytexBaby understands that your mornings as a parent are tough and their goal it to help you start your day off right and give each of your mornings a better beginning.

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We all experience mornings and everything that comes along with them. Whether you are a stay at home parent, like myself, or a working parent, we are all going through the same thing. You wake up and you need to get yourself and your kids dressed or change their bums and then it’s time for everyone to eat. Not only do you have to make breakfast, but you are also faced with the challenge of getting everyone to actually eat. Then there is a quick clean up, depending on how big of a mess they made. After that, you may have to make lunches if your kids are in school or go to daycare, then do all the drop offs and finally get yourself to work. Don’t forget about the race with the clock and making sure you are getting everyone to where they need to be on time.

If you don’t have kids in school or daycare and are a stay at home parent, then you start to think of all the things you need to get done in the day. After everyone is ready and fed, it’s time to clean up and make a list of things to do. You would be surprised at the amount of things you need to do when you are home. If you have watched our recent video, you would see what my morning routine looks like as a stay at home mom. No matter what your morning routines consist of, they are no doubt tough!

I think what makes mornings so tough, is the fact that they determine how the rest of the day will flow. I know for myself, if I can get through the morning smoothly, it sets up the rest of the day to flow smoothly too. Even if the morning is rough, as long as I can get the things I need to get done in the morning, I’ll have the rest of the day open for everything else.

Say you wake up late; all of a sudden you are now in a rush, you start to forget things, maybe the kids’ lunch or homework that was due and you just feel frantic all day. Or you may wake up on time, but your baby decides they don’t want to eat and throws the food all over, you are now stuck cleaning up an extra mess you didn’t think of and maybe worried as to why your baby doesn’t want to eat and then it leaves you flustered for the rest of the day.

If you woke up on time, your morning routine flowed smoothly and you accomplished everything on time, it makes you feel relaxed and ready for the day. There could still be a lot you need to do in the morning, but if everything goes according to your plan, the rest of your day will hopefully go well too.

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PlaytexBaby has created a special video to show how they understand that mornings are tough and as parents we have a lot to accomplish within a few short hours. The video depicts four different parents who all show a part of our mornings that can be tough. From changing bums, to feeding, to getting dressed and getting everything ready to go, all four are scenarios we have experienced in the morning. All four parents are using their PlaytexBaby products, which shows that even during those tough times, there are products out there to help simplify your life. I know from my experience, the convenience of the Playtex Diaper Genie Elite is great on those busy mornings when throwing out dirty diapers.

I loved the video and the similar ending that each parent showed. At the end they all stopped for a moment and looked at their baby. To me it showed that no matter how tough their morning may be or how stressed they may feel, in that moment they know it is all worth it and maybe it is not as bad as they think.

We may all have hard days as parents and even though our mornings can be a struggle, we are all doing a great job. Your babies don’t understand the stress you may feel or the amount of work you need to do. They are just having a fun time and enjoying the moment. I think it is a good reminder to remember when you are in a tough situation or feel overwhelmed to just stop and look at your baby and see all the love and happiness they have in their eyes. To them you are doing an amazing job and they will still love you and smile at you no matter how messy your house is or how late you may be running that day.

Mornings are tough, but we as parents are tougher!

#PlaytexMoms #ForBetterBeginnings

More Babies, Co-Sleeping with Triplets and So Much More…Our first Q & A!

We have been wanting to do a Q & A video for some time now and we finally made it happen!

A Q & A, is a great way to get to know us more and for us to share our thoughts, insights and experiences in a different way. We created a Q & A post over on our Facebook page and hoped to get some fun questions we could answer. The questioned asked were great and just what we hoped for!

We answered quite a few of them, but know we will have to do another Q & A, very soon to answer all the remaining ones and any new ones that come up!

Dan and I always love to share our lives, experiences and thoughts on many different topics relating to our lifestyle, kids, parenting and hobbies or interests. The two of us are just two regular people who are making our way through everyday life with 4 kids, including a three-year old toddler and almost 2-year-old triplets. Nothing is ever perfect and we know we are not perfect either, but we have a great outlook on life and the life we live with our kids. We are genuinely happy people who love to smile and have fun and we want to share some of that happiness with everyone around us!

Thank you for all of the great questions asked the first time around! We are looking forward to the next one! In the meantime, if you have any questions always feel free to send us a message on any of our social media platforms and we try our best to get to them and answer them for you!!

Here is our first Q & A!

 

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3 Easy Ways to Get Ready for Spring

Spring is just around the corner and I cannot wait! After the few days of nice weather we have been having here and there, I thought it would be fun to share some of my tips and ways I am getting ready for spring. They are very easy to do and will help make the countdown to spring a little easier!

I am also excited to announce that we have partnered with Schick® and over the next several months we will be sharing their new look and redesigned packaging of razors as well as some brand new products!

The winter can be very hard for many reasons, such as being cooped up inside all the time, dry skin, dry hair and the little to no sunshine. Spring is the perfect time to bring some life back into your everyday and to take some time to focus on you and self-care. Here are my 3 simple ways to get ready for spring.

Smell

Find smells you can associate with spring, such as flowers, fresh air, fruity smells and even fresh cleaned laundry. I think smell can trigger memories and certain feelings. Picture yourself sitting outside with the wind blowing, the sun shining and flowers blooming. Think of what you would smell sitting there, then try to find that through a candle or body spray.

Color

Bright colors tend to cheer me up and give off a positive mood. After a dark and gloomy winter, to have a pop of color really helps to brighten your mood. Think of colors you associate with spring; a light pink, bright yellow or a pale green. Whether it’s a new shirt, a bright nail polish or painting, seeing those colors help to take away the darkness from winter.

Moisturize and Refresh Dry Skin

Winter is hard on the skin with the dry cold air, so it’s important to repair your skin, since you will be starting to show it off once spring arrives. The Schick® Intuition® razor, Schick Hydro Silk® razorSchick Quattro YOU™ Exotic Violet Blooms razor and Schick Quattro YOU™ Peace of Mind razor are perfect razors to help refresh your skin when you shave. All three razors have unique features to help sooth and moisturize your skin, while providing a close shave with their blades.

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Check out our video below to learn more about these three amazing razors and their unique features and find out what else I plan to do to get ready for spring!

Are you excited for spring and have you started to prepare?! If so, what are some ways you get ready?!

 

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HOW I TURNED MY CAR INTO A FAMILY VEHICLE

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Having multiple children at once (we have triplets) is something you can never expect to happen or plan for. We had a unique situation, we were planning for our second when Emily was 10 months old and 3 days before her first birthday we discovered we would be expecting…TRIPLETS!

To this day it still fascinates and shocks me that in 2015 we were going to have 4 kids under the age of two, but the thought of having our kids close in age was really cool! After spreading the news about our expecting multiples we had various friends and family tag us in specific baby products that could help make our lives easier or that we could use given our situation. Beds, cribs and car seats.. you name it and if it had the ability to fall under the multiples category you can guarantee that we would been tagged in it!

One product that always popped up and our friends were sure to tag us in was the Diono Radian RXT car seat. We were literally tagged to use this product 1000+ times as it had a very sleek design, reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, extended rear facing and a five point harness system… Basically it was super safe and looked very cool with 3 seats together!  – But how did that differ from other car seats?

We had the recent opportunity to partner and team up with the our friends the Parent Life Network and they were so great to inform me that I could turn my sedan vehicle into a family vehicle using these Diono Radian RXT car seats… What excited me most is after seeing this product multiple times, it was time to make it a reality!

WATCH HERE AS I TURN MY SEDAN INTO A FAMILY VEHICLE!

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The result!?

After testing out this product, and going on multiple adventures with my triplets; Jackson, Olivia and Levi + plus Emily on separate occasions, I was in awe! I was impressed with how easy they were to install and how awesome it was to transform my sedan car into a complete family vehicle!

Given my situation of having 4 kids I had to take it to the next step in upgrading one of my cars to a mini van [and the Diono car seats have proved to be a huge space saver in the van]! But it goes to show that if you are expecting to have 1 – 3 babies, that you do not have to go out and pay all this money to purchase a mini van/SUV – you can actually save money by purchasing a diono car seat and to safely and comfortably fit your kids in your car! the Radian RxT is a great space saver with a very unique design that has a very extensive set of safety features and I highly recommend them for any family big or small!

The Diono Radian RxT car seat is a game changer!

Things dad find cool = certified impressed!

 

 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK


Corrie and I went out to the grocery with the kids and we found ourselves in a little bit of a dilemma. It happens often actually, but as we got home the kids fell asleep in the car. Normally we leave them be, and can be a great way to catch up on some e-mails, social media, watch a movie or even hit the drive-thru and get a meal! To think you could do all that with 4 kids and not even have to leave your vehicle is a great hack itself! But sometimes you have somethings to do, and often enough you need to let your baby nap! Or else, it’s continued chaos for the rest of the day with cranky children. When you have multiples, you need to take advantage of every chance you get in letting your kids nap ESPECIALLY AT THE SAME TIME! 

Inspired by a friend through a fun conversation about our children. The idea to remove your child while still in the car seat came to me as a genius idea!

Watch me perform the ULTIMATE DAD HACK! 

Click the link below to watch such greatness!

No weakness here. 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK

Getting to Know The Baby Gang Parents

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Dan and I have loved sharing our videos and pictures of Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi with all of you! We thought it would be fun to share some things about us as a couple and as individuals so you could get to know us a little more!

As a Couple

  1. We met in 2006 when we were both working at Zehrs (Zehrs is the local grocery store in Cambridge). Dan worked in the Hot Deli and I worked in the Cold Deli and I guess it is true, opposites attract!
  2. Our first date was on March 15th, 2007 and we went to an arcade, which was a lot of fun. After we went to Walmart and bought two pet fish! We named them Olikey and Gibson-Whyte.

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    Our very 1st picture together!
  3. We started dating on March 18th, 2007 and it has now been 9 years! We went to Tim Horton’s and when Dan dropped me off he said “I have something to ask you and you probably know what it is.” I had no idea what it was. Then he said “Will you be my girlfriend?” Of course I said “Yes” and here we are today!
  4. We both love going to the movies and before having our babies, we would go every Tuesday. We also started collecting Scene Points (a point program Cineplex offers) and our goal was to save enough points to have a year of free movies for the both of us. Our year of free movies, was actually just once a week for both of us, so 52 movies. It was 1000 points per movie, so we would need 104,000 points. We reached our goal!
  5. One day we walked to Pita Factory and while we were eating, I laughed so hard I started to cry. To this day, neither of us can remember what it was about and why it was so funny.
  6. Our go to snacks would be Beatrice Chocolate Milk (we have tried many and that is by far the best), Smartfood Popcorn and Sweet Chili Heat Doritos. We almost always have them on hand at home, but make sure to buy them if we don’t and plan to watch a movie.
  7. We have gone to Florida 3 times I believe, we have gone on a Caribbean Cruise and have gone to Las Vegas 3 times! The Caribbean Cruise was our first vacation of just us two and we went to Las Vegas for our 5th, 6th and 7th year anniversaries. Dan actually surprised me with the trip to Las Vegas for our 7 year anniversary!
  8. We bought our first house together in 2013 and moved in August 1st, 2013. It was also our first time living together!
  9. Being parents is a very important thing for us and we absolutely love it! Parenting means a lot to both of us and we strive everyday to be the best parents possible. We have the same views on almost everything in regards to being parents with the odd opinion here and there, such as when to put a sweater on the babies (Dan seems to always think its warm enough outside, even on days when he can see his breath!) We make a great team!dancorrie6
  10. We love to surprise each other and always try to find new ways! Dan probably had the best surprise ever when he rented the entire ice rink for us for my 19th birthday. The mall in Cambridge has an ice rink and he was able to rent it out after the mall was closed, so it was just us. Dan ordered East Side Mario’s and we ate in the middle of the rink, followed by an hour of skating. He even had my mom and neighbor there to take pictures for us, as our own paparazzi. I will never forget that and it will certainly be hard to top that surprise!

 

Now a little bit about myself!

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  1. I was born in Mississauga, Ontario and I have lived in Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga and Cambridge. While moving from city to city, I also went to 6 different schools. I would love to move to an island one day and experience a simple way of living for a few years. I think it would be a fun and exciting experience for Dan, Emily, the triplets and myself. I looked into it before and it would be a lot of planning and a big change, but it would be worth it!
  2. While growing up I changed my mind quite a few times when thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Those jobs included a super model, a farmer, a veterinarian, a weather girl, a flight attendant and a chef. My reasons as to why these jobs would never work out: I realized I was too short to be a model, I just wanted to ride horses if I was a farmer, I fainted while dissecting a fish in high school, so I lost all hope of vet school, I am not good at public speaking or listening to my voice on camera, I love travelling but I am scared every time I get on a plane and I am too scared to try or eat exotic food and spices, so my food would be very basic and simple. However, if I could I would still love to be a chef!
  3. I love to travel (not that I have been many places) and I wish I could travel across the world. I have gone on vacation to Florida, Las Vegas, England and through the Caribbean on 2 cruises. My dream vacation would be to Bora Bora, where I would stay in a little hut on the water. I can just picture how amazing and relaxing it would be. I would watch fish through the glass floor and go swimming off the dock the entire trip! A girl can only dream =D
  4. I am a pretty shy person, until you get to know me and the video of me changing the babies was the first video I was ever in for the Baby Gang. I am a genuinely happy person and I love to smile and I think they are contagious. I procrastinate more than I should and I even know this, yet still do it.
  5. My favorite things include: Christmas (I love the entire season and start decorating around Nov 15), animals (horses, cats and elephants especially), Starbucks double chocolate chip frappuccino (the only thing I ever order), the colors green and red, reality TV (I can’t help it and I watch too many reality shows to list haha), camping (having a fire, roasting marshmallows and making s’mores) and my 4 babies, Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi =D
    Things I don’t like: coffee, spiders and snakes (they are my worst fear and Dan always kills the spiders for me), small spaces (I am so claustrophobic, even just holding my arms together freaks me out) and bacon (some people may think I’m crazy, but I will eat turkey bacon).

 

Here is a little bit about Dan. I am the one who wrote this, but I did ask Dan what he thought would be good to share about him as an individual!

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  1. Unlike me, Dan has only ever had one true dream job. He has always wanted to be a fire fighter! He went to school for fire fighting and one of his favorite movies is Back draft. He said he watched Back draft when he was younger and ever since then he has wanted to be a fire fighter!
  2. Throughout high school Dan was always on the wrestling team and even helped coach the team after he graduated. If he made it to the Olympics for wrestling it would be a dream come true!
  3. There are many things that Dan is passionate about, but the top ones would be fitness and photography. He has been addicted to the gym ever since we started dating and even with 4 kids he still manages to make it there. Before the triplets arrived, Dan put together a home gym in our basement so he could still work out on the days he didn’t make it to the gym. Dan is also a great photographer and has done photo shoots for friends and taken photos at various events.
  4. Dan is a very outgoing person and he loves to meet new people where ever he goes! I feel like there isn’t a person Dan doesn’t know. Everywhere we go he always seems to come across someone he knows. The best example was one time while in Florida, we were sitting in the hot tub and started talking to the gentleman across from us. It turns out he was also from Cambridge and was actually at the resort with a group of friends who Dan was friends with. I couldn’t believe it, out of all the resorts in Florida he still managed to run into someone he knew!
  5. Dan and his brother Justin are twins. They are fraternal twins and Dan thought it was so exciting for him to have twin boys. Although Dan and Justin are twins they are very different in so many ways, but are still best friends!

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Those are some things about us and we hope you feel like you know us a little more!

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