My kids left me for 12 days…AND I HATED IT!

My kids left me for 12 days and I HATED IT!

It seems like my entire life has been full of adventure and crazy excitement. I mean, I am a parent of 4 kids 3 and under which includes triplets – so that says a lot! I am just one of those guys who could never settle and always loves to try new things – Maybe that is part of the reason why The Baby Gang social channel grew at such a “rapid” pace. I say this all the time and I would have never thought in a million years we would be where we are with the way everything took off. When we hit 10,000 views on our first major video I thought that was “viral” and it continues to blow my mind.

Since Emily was born in 2013 and the triplets Jackson, Olivia and Levi following mid May of 2015. Life has been a non-stop on-the-go chaotic adventure. Nothing short of amazing though. It has been fun, stressful, emotional, tiring ..literally EVERYTHING. But it has been awesome. For these last few years I have been so adjusted and used to noise along with extreme craziness all of the time. Having this chaos day to day has not really allowed myself or Corrie to have a lot of “Me/US” time. Something most parents if not all parents can relate too. How ever, I will always recognize the fact that moms are the ones who usually lack or suffer from their “me” time and that is OK because each family and reasoning is different. Just know your sanity matters and I hope you are working with your family to get some time for yourself! You moms are amazing and I love you all!

So my kids have gone on a road trip with my wife Corrie taking the kids, along with her two sisters Auntie TayTay, Auntie Gaga with BABY AXEL 🙂 and their Nanny. Sadly due to my work schedule and shortage on vacation time I was unable to go. I would have LOVED to be there, especially after just doing a road trip from Ontario Canada to Las Vegas and California with the kids, after doing that I feel like I can do anything.. I mean that.

Corrie is a stay at home mom, Tay-Tay  is on her summer vacation, Gaga is coming towards the end of her Maternity leave and Nanny is retired – so why no take advantage of such a great opportunity to get away! As much as it worried me – I knew they would work well together (like they always do) and watch over the kids to their best ability. The main thing that worries me is always the possibility of something dangerous or scary happening and having no control to do anything about it – It has been keeping me on edge their entire trip!

You know, most dads or moms based of some of the conversations I have encountered with other parents may feel like they would be in heaven given this same scenario I am in. Honestly, for me, total opposite. I missed the kids instantly! I thought maybe it was going to be a good break away and it was…for two days. From going to crazy chaos EVERYDAY for the last 3+ years to extreme quiet was such a dramatic change to my daily lifestyle and routine. I was not used to it at all and I HATED IT! There are some pluses I must admit and it just makes me feel like I am a teenager/college student again. I can do stay up as late as I want (A different type of stay up, not the one parents go through), I can leave the house when ever I want, I can plans when ever and do what ever. No denying these are great benefits to have but I am a family man now. I love coming home from work everyday and being greeted like a super hero, I love when the kids cry and have a boo-boo and they need a kiss from me to make it better, I love having a wife to come home and talk to – listening to all of the crazy events that happened that day, I love watching them communicate with each other and all of the funny things they do, I love tucking them into bed a night, I love being someone my family counts and relies on – and I will always be there to do that.

I just love being a dad.

I could not wait for my family to come home!

That being said, 2 weeks was a long time without the out the kids, so I am sure you are wondering what I got up too – so to help pass the time here are a few of my amazing highlights.

I was lonely without the kids and got new kids

 

I did a photo shoot BY MYSELF also of my cat Harvey.. Turned out pretty well in my opinion. It is amazing on the magic a camera timer can do.

 I went for a hike.. that was funhike

I did some rock climbing

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I played with my action figures… For someone reason I was reminded of the kids.minions

I tucked my new kids into their beds EVERY NIGHT

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finally… WE REUNITED!

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The end…?

 

 

 

Schick Intuition Effect – Rules and Regulations

THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO CANADIAN RESIDENTS (EXCLUDING QUEBEC) ONLY

AND IS GOVERNED BY CANADIAN LAW

  1. CONTEST PERIOD:  

The Schick® Intuition® Effect Contest (the “Contest”) registration period begins on May 26, 2017 at 10:00:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and ends on June 12, 2017 at 10:00:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) or once fifty (50) eligible Registrations (defined below) have been received, whichever occurs first (the “Registration Period”). The Contest review period begins on June 19, 2017 at 2:00:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and ends on July 17, 2017 at 2:00:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (the “Review Period”). Collectively, the Registration Period and Review Period will be referred to as the “Contest Period”.

 

  1. ELIGIBILITY:

 

The Contest is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the legal age of majority in their province/territory of residence at the time of entry, except employees, representatives or agents (and those with whom such persons are living, whether related or not) of Daniel Gibson & Corrie-Lynn Whyte (the “Sponsor”), Edgewell Personal Care Canada, ULC.  (the “Prize Supplier”), their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, prize suppliers, advertising/promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development, production, administration, or fulfillment of the Contest (collectively, the “Contest Parties”).  IMPORTANT NOTE: The Prize Supplier is merely supplying the prizes and is in no way responsible for the administration, execution or fulfillment of the Contest. If you have any questions or complaints regarding the Contest, please contact the Sponsor.

 

  1. HOW TO REGISTER:

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  To register, go to https://thebabygang.ca/2017/05/26/my-intuitioneffect-story-2/ (the “Blogger Website”) and follow the Sponsor’s instructions to register for the Contest during the Registration Period, including providing all required registration information (including without limitation your name, email address, full mailing address and telephone number) (a “Registration”). By submitting a Registration, you agree to be legally bound by these Official Contest Rules (the “Rules”).

 

Each entrant (up to a maximum of 50) who successfully registers for the Contest in accordance with these Rules (as determined by the Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion) will receive a free Schick® Intuition® razor (approximate retail value = $14.49 CAD).

 

  1. HOW TO ENTER:

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. After you have received a free Schick® Intuition® razor in accordance with Section 3, visit www.thebabygang.com and post a review (a “Review”) regarding your experience with the product along with your Intuition Effect story (and ensure it includes the following message near the beginning of the post: #gotitfree in exchange for my honest feedback on the product, which is also a contest entry) during the Review Period. In order to be eligible, your Review must comply with the Review Requirements stated below. After you have posted a Review, send an email to officialbabygang@gmail.com that includes your name, email address, full mailing address, telephone number and proof of your review (screenshot of review/confirmation email) (and any further information that is required to allow the Sponsor to attribute your Review to you) before the end of the Review Period (collectively, a “Review Report Email”).  If the Sponsor deems that you have sent a Review Report Email and have posted a Review that complies with these Rules (including without limitation the Review Requirements) (as determined by the Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion), you will receive one (1) entry (an “Entry”) into the draw (see Section 7 below for details).

 

REVIEW REQUIREMENTS: By submitting a Review, each entrant warrants and represents that his/her Review:

  1. includes the following message near the beginning of the post: #gotitfree in exchange for my honest feedback on the product, which is also a contest entry.

 

  1. represents his/her honest and truthful opinion of, and experience with, the Schick® Intuition® product;

 

  1. is original to him/her and that the entrant has all necessary rights in and to the Review to enter the Contest;

 

  1. does not violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation;

 

  1. does not contain any reference to or likeness of any identifiable third parties, unless consent has been obtained from all such individuals and their parent/legal guardian if they are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence;

 

  1. will not give rise to any claims of infringement, invasion of privacy or publicity, or infringe on any rights and/or interests of any third party, or give rise to any claims for payment whatsoever; and
  1. is not defamatory, trade libelous, pornographic or obscene, and further that it will not contain, depict, include, discuss or involve, without limitation, any of the following:

 

  • Nudity;
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  • Crude, vulgar or offensive language and/or symbols;
  • Derogatory characterizations of any ethnic, racial, sexual or religious groups;
  • Content that endorses, condones or discusses any illegal, inappropriate or risky activity, behaviour or conduct;
  • Personal information of individuals, including without limitation, names and addresses (physical or e-mail);
  • Conduct or other activities in violation of these Rules;
  • Commercial solicitations for products or services;
  • Any identifiable third party products and/or trade-marks, brands or logos (other than Schick® Intuition®); and
  • Any other content that is or could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, all as determined by the Sponsor and/or the Contest Parties in their sole discretion.

 

By entering the Contest and submitting the Review, each entrant agrees to release and indemnify the Released Parties (defined below) against any and all claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trade-mark infringement or any other cause of action that relates in any way to his/her Review or participation in this Contest.  The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any Review, if it is deemed not to comply with these Rules (including without limitation the foregoing Review Requirements).  

  1. LIMITS AND VERIFICATION

 

There is a limit of one (1) Entry per person/email address during the Contest Period. There is also a limit of one (1) entry per person/email address in any similar contest in the Schick® Intuition® Effect Contest. By entering this Schick® Intuition® Effect Contest via The Baby Gang entrants are ineligible to participate in another contest in the Schick Intuition Effect Contest as may be determined by Sponsor and/or Prize Supplier. If it is discovered by the Sponsor (using any evidence or other information made available to or otherwise discovered by the Sponsor) that any person has attempted to: (i) exceed any of the limits stated in these Rules; and/or (ii) use multiple names, identities, email addresses and/or any automated, macro, script, robotic or other system(s) or program(s) to enter or otherwise participate in or to disrupt this Contest; then he/she may be disqualified from the Contest in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor.  Your Review may be rejected if (in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor) it is not fully completed with all required information or if your Review Report Email is not submitted and received in accordance with these Rules before the end of the Review Period.  The Released Parties (defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed, incomplete or incompatible Registrations, Reviews or Review Report Emails (all of which are void).     

 

All Registrations, Reviews, Review Report Emails, any other Contest-related information (collectively, “Contest-related Information”) and entrants are subject to verification at any time and for any reason.  The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to require proof of identity and/or eligibility (in a form acceptable to the Sponsor – including, without limitation, government issued photo identification): (i) for the purposes of verifying an individual’s eligibility to participate in this Contest; (ii) for the purposes of verifying the eligibility and/or legitimacy of any Contest-related Information submitted (or purportedly submitted) for the purposes of this Contest; and/or (iii) for any other reason the Sponsor deems necessary, in its sole and absolute discretion, for the purposes of administering this Contest in accordance with the letter and spirit of these Rules.  Failure to provide such proof to the complete satisfaction of the Sponsor within the timeline specified by the Sponsor may result in disqualification in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor.  The sole determinant of the time for the purposes of this Contest will be the Contest server machine(s).

  1. THE PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE:

 

There will be one (1) prize (the “Prize”) available to be won consisting of a $100 CAD gift card (subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer). The Prize must be accepted as awarded and is not transferable, assignable or convertible to cash (except as may be specifically permitted by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion).  No substitutions except at Sponsor’s option.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to substitute the Prize or a component thereof with a prize of equal or greater retail value, including, without limitation, but at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, a cash award. All characteristics and features of the Prize, except as otherwise explicitly described above, shall be selected by the Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion.

 

 

  1. PRIZE WINNER SELECTION PROCESS:

 

 

On June 20, 2017 (the “Draw Date”) in Toronto, ON at 2:00:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) one (1) eligible entrant will be selected by random draw from among all eligible Entries received in accordance with these Rules during the Contest Period.  The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Entries received in accordance with these Rules during the Contest Period (but will be no worse than 1 in 50).

 

  1. WINNER NOTIFICATION PROCESS:

 

The Sponsor or its designated representative will make a minimum of two attempts to contact the potential Prize winner (using email) within 2 business days of the end of the Contest Period.  If the potential Prize winner cannot be contacted within such time, or if there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; then he/she may, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor, be disqualified (and, if disqualified, will forfeit all rights to the Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion and time permitting, to randomly select an alternate eligible entrant from among the remaining eligible Entries (in which case the foregoing provisions of this section shall apply to such newly selected entrant).  

 

  1. WINNER CONFIRMATION PROCESS:

 

BEFORE BEING DECLARED THE CONFIRMED PRIZE WINNER, the potential Prize winner: a) may, upon the Sponsor’s request (as determined by the Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion), be required to sign and return the Sponsor’s form of declaration and release following the Sponsor’s instructions; and b) will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question without mechanical or other aid (which may, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor, be administered online, by email or other electronic means, by telephone, or in the Sponsor’s form of declaration and release). By accepting the Prize, the confirmed winner: (i) confirms compliance with these Rules; (ii) acknowledges acceptance of the Prize (as awarded); (iii) releases the Contest Parties and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability in connection with this Contest, his/her participation therein and/or the awarding and use/misuse of the Prize or any portion thereof; (iv) agrees to the publication, reproduction and/or other use of his/her name, address, voice, statements about the Contest and/or photograph or other likeness without further notice or compensation, in any publicity or advertisement carried out by or on behalf of the Sponsor in any manner or medium whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the internet; and (v) agrees that, in the event the confirmed winner provides any other type (i.e. other than the Review) of testimonial, endorsement, review or other type of representation regarding his/her experience with the Prize, such representation will include the following message near the beginning of the post : I got this product free in exchange for my honest feedback on the product, which is also a contest entry).  If the selected entrant: (a) fails to correctly answer the skill-testing question; (b) fails, upon the Sponsor’s request, to return the properly executed Contest documents within the specified time; (c) cannot accept (or is unwilling to accept) the Prize (as awarded) for any reason; and/or (d) is determined to be in violation of these Rules (all as determined by the Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion); then he/she may, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor, be disqualified (and, if disqualified, will forfeit all rights to the Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion and time permitting, to randomly select an alternate eligible entrant from among the remaining eligible Entries (in which case the foregoing provisions of this section shall apply to such newly selected entrant).  

 

  1. GENERAL CONDITIONS:

 

This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.  The decisions of the Sponsor with respect to all aspects of this Contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal, including, without limitation, any decisions regarding the eligibility/disqualification of Contest-related Information and/or entrants.  By participating in this Contest, you are agreeing to be legally bound by the terms and conditions of these Rules. ANYONE DEEMED BY THE SPONSOR TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THESE RULES FOR ANY REASON IS SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION IN THE SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION OF THE SPONSOR AT ANY TIME.  

 

The Released Parties will not be liable for: (i) any failure of the Blogger Website during the Contest; (ii) any technical malfunction or other problems of any nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, those relating to the telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software; (iii) the failure of any Contest-related Information or other information to be received, captured or recorded for any reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website; (iv) any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or other device related to or resulting from participating in the Contest; and/or (v) any combination of the above.

 

The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withdraw, amend or suspend this Contest (or to amend these Rules) in any way, in the event of any cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor that interferes with the proper conduct of this Contest as contemplated by these Rules, including, without limitation, any error, technical problem, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failure.  Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest in any way (as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion) is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.  The Sponsor, at its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to cancel, amend or suspend this Contest, or to amend these Rules, in any way without prior notice or obligation, in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error of any kind, or for any other reason whatsoever.  Without limiting the generality of the forgoing, the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to administer an alternate test of skill as it deems appropriate based on the circumstances and/or to comply with applicable law. In no event will the Sponsor be liable for more than the one (1) Prize as stated in these Rules.

 

By entering this Contest, each entrant expressly consents to the Sponsor, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using his/her Contest-related Information for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy.  This section does not limit any other consent(s) that an individual may provide the Sponsor or others in relation to the collection, use and/or disclosure of their personal information.

The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to adjust any of the dates, timeframes and/or other Contest mechanics stipulated in these Rules, to the extent necessary, for purposes of verifying compliance by any entrant or Review with these Rules, or as a result of any technical or other problems, or in light of any other circumstances which, in the opinion of the Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, affect the proper administration of the Contest as contemplated in these Rules, or for any other reason.

 

In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, including, but not limited to: the Blogger Website and/or point of sale, television, print or online advertising; the terms and conditions of these Rules shall prevail, govern and control to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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

How We Finally Eliminated That Awful Smell #ForBetterBeginnings

One of the many things I do, first thing in the morning and right before everyone goes to bed, is changing diapers. As a mom of 4 kids, who are all in diapers and training underwear, I sometimes feel as though half my day is spent changing diapers. I knew what I was in for and have prepared myself for a few more years, but until then I need somewhere to dispose of the diapers. Thank you to PlaytexBaby, who has sponsored this post and partnered with us to bring you my very own review of their Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite . The thoughts and reviews throughout this post are 100% my own, as a #PlaytexMom, and I am excited to share my genuine experience with the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite .

The Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is a diaper pail, designed to give you a convenient and easy way to dispose of your babies used diapers. The double air-tight clamps and the carbon filter lock in the odours from those dirty diapers, helping to eliminate the smell in your house and we all know how far that smell can travel! The 7 layer refill also locks in odour and locks in germs with its barrier technology. 

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When I first opened the box, I was surprised to see there were only 3 parts to assemble; the lid, the base and the front panel. There was also an owner’s manual booklet, with easy to follow instructions for assembly, how to start and refill, use of the diaper genie and how to empty. I set it up fairly quickly, although it was a little tricky with 4 sets of little hands wanting to grab and see everything! I wish I had taken a picture to show the 3 parts to assemble too, but I was so eager to start using the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite , it totally slipped my mind.

 

Once I had it all set up, I installed the refill and again the instructions were very easy to follow. I was now ready to use our new Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite and it was perfect timing because it was time for another bum change for everyone!

We have been using the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite for the past month and it has truly been amazing! It really does lock in the smell and I don’t have to worry about the smell of dirty diapers lingering around if we have visitors. The smell from diapers is one thing I always worry about and the first thing I ask or say to someone if they come over is “Can you smell that?” and “Sorry about the poop smell.” Now I know they cannot smell anything and I can also walk into the kitchen and passed the garbage without smelling those stinky diapers.

emilyEmily has also been enjoying the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite and with the easy to use foot pedal, she can collect all the diapers and dispose of them herself. From the time the triplets were born, Emily has always been my little helper, picking up the diapers and throwing them in the garbage or at least over the gate from the living room. Now she can still help me and I think it is so cute how excited she gets when it’s time to dispose of the diapers. From the moment we set it up, Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi were just so fascinated with the foot pedal and popping open the lid. I think they all stood around taking turns opening it, while laughing, for a good 10 minutes.

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When it was time to empty the pail, all you have to do is cut the top of the bag with the little cutter inside the pail. At first, I found it a little tricky, but after emptying it a couple of times, I can get the bag cut in one go. After you removed the filled part of the bag, you have to pull down the refill and tie a knot at the end. That is one thing you want to make sure you don’t forget or you won’t have much fun when you are ready to empty the pail and find all the diapers, not in the bag! I also found it was best to pull out a little extra out of the refill, which will make your life a lot easier when trying to tie the knot at the bottom of the bag.

Lastly, I should mention the style and design of the Diaper Genie. It is a very sleek design and can easily be placed anywhere in your home. I love that you can now choose from a few different designs and colors to meet the decor in your home and the pail can also be placed flush against the wall, which makes it very handy when setting it out.

Overall, I think the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is a great product and it does what it was designed to do. It has been a huge help for myself and for my family and we have really noticed how well the odour locking system works. The Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is perfect for any family and I would say a must item for new, expecting and experienced parents!

The Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is available Canada wide and for more information and facts please visit these online retailers Toysrus.ca, Amazon.ca and Walmart.ca.

#ForBetterBeginnings #PlaytexMoms

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Saying Goodbye To The Baby Stage

It was a Sunday night and as I sat on our bed, rocking our daughter Olivia to sleep, I looked around our room and noticed the baby swing leaning up against the bookcase. My initial thought was, I should move that to the basement and it would clear up so much room. Then as I sat there a little longer, it occurred to me, we hadn’t used that swing in almost 2 months.

We had 2 swings, one in the kitchen and one upstairs in the bedroom. That swing was the life saver of all life savers when it came to putting our triplets to bed and to getting them back to sleep if they woke up during the night. It was my go to method of putting them to sleep, especially Olivia. Looking back I don’t think I would have survived some nights without it. As crazy as it sounds, it was essentially our third set of arms, which was highly needed when putting triplets to bed.

Now I look at it, just sitting there, just taking up space and then it hit me. When did we stop using the swing? Could I tell you the exact date or moment we didn’t put them back in? Why did we stop using it?

I couldn’t think of the answers to any of those questions, but while I continued to rock Olivia, waiting for her to fall asleep in my arms, I looked down at her and realized, we had said goodbye to the baby stage. It was in that moment I had come to realize that my three little babies weren’t babies anymore, but 17 month old toddlers. It brought tears to my eyes to look down, see her sleeping and remembering the time only a few short months ago she was just a tiny little newborn baby.

It felt like over night they just became three little walking, talking toddlers and were no longer my little babies who needed me to get them things or move them around the room. They can now hold their bottles, feed themselves, decide which toy they want to play with and go and get it, they can talk and understand directions and things I tell them to do. These were the small changes that happened over time and eventually  became their everyday actions, which made them the independent toddlers (to some extent) they are today.

When do we really say goodbye to that baby stage? What changes a baby to a toddler?

I sat there continuing to think of how we moved from one stage to the next and I guess it was gradually and over a period of time. We no longer have any of the baby items. We sold, gave away or threw out all of those items that tied us to the baby stage. The bassinet, the bumbo chairs, the exersaucer, the second swing, all gone.

Now I know the items you use for a baby doesn’t indicate that you are still in the baby stage, heck our triplets were 15 months and still sleeping in a swing, but they do give you a sense of where you are. To look at the swing, knowing it is really our last piece of baby equipment sitting in our house is very sad and made the knowledge that our babies are not so little anymore very real.

I couldn’t help but give Olivia a little extra squeeze that night, knowing that the time will come where I won’t be holding her or rocking any of the 3 to sleep anymore. I know with our oldest daughter Emily, that time has passed and we no longer rock her to sleep. Sure we still bring her to bed and we could lay with her until she falls asleep, but she doesn’t need us to rock her or hold her anymore and that fact in and of it self is heartbreaking.

I knew having a baby was going to be hard, but I didn’t know watching them grow up would be just as hard. I spent so many days thinking, okay tomorrow will be easier and I will get the hang of this, but now I look back and think what I wouldn’t do just to get one day again when they are little just laying in my arms. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them and I really just want them to be my little babies forever.

The baby stage, no matter how long it lasts, will always be a special stage, filled with so much love, tears (good and bad), joy and memories that will last a lifetime. Although you may not be able to pin point the exact time you move from one stage to another, when you get there you will know.

You have probably heard this many times, but enjoy the moment when you are in it because it wont be like that forever. Enjoy the fact that they still want to cuddle, that they need you and they can still fit perfectly in your arms. Enjoy the time you have with your little one because time goes by too fast and before you know it, they will be putting themselves to bed.

If you have the extra time, stop and hold them a little longer, give them an extra hug before laying them down and stop and stare at them one extra time before you leave the room because you never know when it will be your last time to enjoy the baby stage.
After sitting there in the dark, rocking Olivia to sleep, thinking about all the time I spent putting our babies to bed, it made me really appreciate all that motherhood has to give. There really is no other experience like it and I truly wouldn’t change it for the world.

The last 3 years with Emily and the last 18 months with Jackson, Olivia and Levi, have gone by in the blink of an eye and I can only imagine how fast the next few years will go. They will soon transition from the toddler stage to the next stage and whenever that may be, I hope I will be able to look back and say I experienced and enjoyed all that I could. I want to cherish every moment possible and know I haven’t missed a thing!

 

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

It’s Finally Here…Time for Potty Training!

Emily is our oldest as you all know and she will be 3 in December. I always knew there was going to be a day when we would have to start potty training and I thought for sure it would have been sooner than a few months before her 3rd birthday.

I always joked that I would start potty training her after she could sit up by herself, but that day has passed by long ago. I then thought maybe around a year and a half would be  good time to start and that day too has long passed. Emily is now only 3 months away from her 3rd birthday and we are finally ready to begin this big step in her life.

There have been many times over the last 15 months that we have thought about starting the potty training process and there have also been times where we attempted it, but never committed to seeing it through. We would ask Emily every now and then if she had to go pee and she would say yes, so we would sit her on the potty and wait..and wait…and wait. She would sit there laughing, thinking it is just a fun game and not really understanding the point. Then there would be the occasional time we try to and she does go pee, but we never follow through and then we are back to the beginning.

It has also been hard to find a good time to start potty training Emily after the triplets were born. For the first few months they needed me 24/7 and it was difficult to step away for more than a few minutes. The last thing on my mind was trying to potty train. Then I just thought of the process and how time-consuming it was and I didn’t think I was prepared to put in the work. There is just so much going on in my day and to try and add an extra thing to it would be a lot to take on.

I never did too much reading or research regarding potty training. It would be more from hearing experiences that my friends and family have gone through with their children and just bits and pieces of information from different sources. I always thought it would be a pretty simple and easy concept to teach, but the more I think of it the more I realize it is not the easiest.

To be honest, at some points I think it is easier to just keep using diapers. I just think of the times when we are out at the store and then Emily has to use the bathroom. We have to first find the washroom, then I have to get her there in time before she has an accident, then make sure to cover the toilet seat with toilet paper so she can sit because she would be too small to squat and then after that wait for her to actually do her business. On top of all that, this could be a time I am out by myself with all 4 and then I have to maneuver the babies into the bathroom stall with us and it is not the easiest to get the triplet stroller in anywhere. To have Emily in a diaper while we are out and then wait until we are back at the van to change her just seems like so much less work!

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I know it will take some effort, work and dedication to get through this potty training stage, but I think Emily, Dan and I are ready to make it work. I think it is important for both sides to be ready and excited to start potty training and I watch Emily get excited to use her new diapers and potty. It will be a lot of me constantly asking Emily “do you have to pee?” or saying “come and sit on your potty,” until Emily gets the hang of things and understands the cues of knowing it’s time to go, but I know it will work. It will be such a relief when Emily has mastered potty training and to have one less child to diaper change daily will feel great! This is an inevitable stage in Emily’s life and we might as well embrace it and make it the most exciting and fun adventure it can be for her!

 

What are some of your tricks and tips to potty train?

What your potty training experience what you expected it to be?

What was the easy parts and the hard parts you went through?

 

6 of My Top Mom Hacks

 

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As a parent, I love to find new and efficient ways to do my daily parenting duties or think of new ideas to problems and challenges I have come across. Thinking ahead and being prepared is so important and with 4 kids under 3 years of age I can never be too prepared. After many times of taking everyone out either with others or by myself, to just being at home with 4 kids, I have learned a few things that I found have made a significant difference in my everyday life.

Here are 6 of the hacks that I use and I think they could benefit every parent out there!

Hack #1

Extra Bag of Diapers and Wipes

I don’t know how many times I have left the house and forgot the wipes or only brought a couple of diapers to last the whole day and I would think with 4 kids all still in diapers I would have packing diapers and wipes mastered. Luckily, I have always had an extra bag filled with diapers and wipes that I leave in the van. It is just a small backpack that I leave in the trunk and when I am in a diaper dilemma I remember that bag and I am saved. I do have to make sure I remember to restock the bag after I use it!

Hack #2

Gender Neutral Clothing

When I go out, even if it’s just a quick trip to the grocery store, I always bring my diaper bag. I have learned the hard way, extra clothing is a must! I always bring an extra outfit for everyone and an extra outfit that is gender neutral. The gender neutral outfit can be used for anyone, in case they have a second accident, but saves me the space of having a second extra outfit for everyone.

Hack #3

Bring Extra of Everything

On top of extra clothing in my diaper bag, I pack extra of everything else too! Extra pacifiers are very important when the triplets favorite thing to do is throw them out of the stroller. Extra snacks, toys and blankets also come in handy. We went through a period of losing a pacifier on almost every walk or trip to the store, so to have an extra one in the bag was a life saver, especially when someone gets fussy.

Hack #4

Buy The Same Socks

It is hard enough keeping track of my own socks and now adding socks for 4 more people to the laundry, makes it that much more challenging. Buying the same socks for all 4 of our babies is genius! Now I don’t spend hours matching up each pair of socks, I can just wash them all together and every sock matches every other sock.

Hack #5

Freeze Food

Let’s be honest, the idea of making your own baby food sounds like so much fun and a great idea, until the time comes and you have to make it all. It is very time-consuming and now with 4 eating whole foods, I find I am always cooking, pureeing, mashing, smashing and feeding. I don’t have the time to do this every day or even every other day, so a smart and time-saving way is to make big batches of food and then freeze it. After the food is cooked and pureed, I spoon it in ice-cube trays and then freeze the trays. Once they are frozen, I pop out the cubes of food and transfer them to large freezer zip lock bags. Now I can take out as many servings of the food as I need. I found that each individual ice cube holds about 2 tablespoons of pureed food.

Hack #6

Bring a Thermos of Hot Water Everywhere

When I had Emily, I remember going out to the mall, the grocery store, to the park or just driving in the car and I was always searching for hot water. I would have her bottle, but no way to heat it up, so I started bringing a thermos of hot water with me everywhere I went. It was so handy and saved so much time and energy trying to find a place to get hot water. I also brought my own container to heat the bottle in. I was so surprised how many times I was given a small mug filled to the brim with hot water and had to try warming the bottle in that. I found the cup from my magic bullet would be the perfect thing to put the bottle in and add the water.

 

What are some of your favorite hacks?

 

 

Sometimes There are Fussy Days VLOG #8

With 4 kids all under the age of 3, there are bound to be days when they fight, cry, whine, scream and are just not happy. You could try everything that comes to your mind and it will seem like nothing you try to do can make them happy or help them.

Yesterday was one of those days. It started off as a great morning, they all woke up happy and were playing nicely together. Then after their morning nap, the triplets woke up in a mood. They were getting frustrated over everything and they weren’t the happy little babies they were before their nap.

I tried everything I could think of; I fed them, changed their bums, gave them water, held them, played with them, put on cartoons, gave them different toys to play with and they still weren’t happy. It went on for a few hours and myself, Emily and the triplets were just getting more frustrated as the time went on.

The easiest thing for me to do, was to pack them in the van and drive around, hoping that they would fall asleep. I use the van as a little time out for them and that way they can sit by themselves in their car seat and just relax. They almost always fall asleep while driving around and I find they tend to sleep a little longer too.

You can check out today’s Vlog #8 and see how everything went. I explain a little more about what it is like when I am home alone on days like these and how it can be frustrating for the triplets when they cannot communicate as easily.

 

 

When you are home by yourself and the kids are getting too fussy or cranky, what is your go to plan to help them settle?

Has this plan changed as your kids have gotten older, or do you find it still works?

Outdoor Fun at Chinguacousy Park

Last week I took Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi to Chinguacousy Park in Brampton, Ontario. I went there all the time when I was growing up and we actually lived right across the street at one point. It is a cute little park with a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy and it’s a perfect place for kids of all ages.

There is a little pond with lots of birds and swans, as well as a petting zoo with goats, cows and sheep and a barn with a few different animals to look at. You can also take small children on a pony ride and everyone can go on the train ride and carousel ride they have. You really could spend the whole day there and if it’s hot you can cool down in the little splash pad or run around on the playground. On top of that there are paddle boats available to rent and you can use them in the little pond.

I met my Nanny, aka Emily and the triplets Great Nanny and my cousin Meaghan there. Emily was so excited to see them, as was the triplets and myself. Meaghan became Emily’s best friend for the entire day, it was so cute to see her follow her everywhere.

We walked around to see all of the animals and Emily would say the name of each animal and then make the sounds each one made. It was very cute to watch and it’s so nice to see her so fascinated with all of the animals. Jackson, Olivia and Levi watched from the stroller, laughing at everything Emily did and were so curious to see all of the animals. If they weren’t buckled in they would have fallen right out from leaning over so much to see the animals.

Emily went on the pony ride and loved every minute of it! She absolutely loves horses and was so excited to be on the pony ride. I think I will have to one day sign her up for horseback riding lessons.

After that we headed over to the carousel and train ride. You do have to buy tickets for each ride, but it wasn’t too expensive. I believe we got 7 tickets for $20. I took Levi on the carousel ride and Emily and Meaghan went on too. Emily loved the ride, but Levi wasn’t too sure and about half way through he wanted off! I didn’t think it was going too fast and I was holding him and standing right beside, but it was his first time on a carousel so maybe he just wasn’t use to it.

I took Olivia and Jackson on the train ride and Emily went with Meaghan. Olivia and Jackson loved the train ride and they were so excited to stand up and watch everyone as we went by. I felt bad that they enjoyed their ride so much and poor Levi didn’t have such a fun time on his. I’ll have to make it up to him and take him on the train the next time we go.


We picked up some freezies from the concession stand and then went to a little open field to let the triplets run around. It does get hard sometimes to keep them in their seats for a long period of time, especially now that they are walking. They just want to get up and go, go, go, so to stop for a little bit and let them run around gives them a small break. Luckily my Nanny and Meaghan were there and together we were able to keep them all in one place.

The last “to do” on our list was to head back to the petting zoo and feed some animals. Emily was adorable and her love for animals is too precious. She went around to hug every animal and said hi to each and everyone of them. She also tried to feed the baby cow by picking some grass, she was excited when the cow ate it!

It was great to see my Nanny and Meaghan and a fun way to spend our day. It was nice to take Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi to Chinguacousy Park and have them experience something I did when I was little. I want to share with them some of the places I went to or things I did when I was little and create a lot of the fun memories for them as I have now. I love being outside during the summer and to go to a place that offers so many fun activities is a fantastic way to spend out time. I know Emily and the triplets enjoyed their day and it was only a matter of seconds once we started to drive that they fell asleep.

I can now check Chinguacousy Park off of our Summer Bucket List!