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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.

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;
  • Explicit, graphic or excessive sexual activity;
  • 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 DO YOU DEFINE MOTHERHOOD | #ForBetterBeginnings

Motherhood: the state of being a mother – dictionary.com

Motherhood by definition is the state of being a mother, but in reality it is much more than that. The definition of motherhood is quite simple and it doesn’t give you any indication of what to expect, what it will be like, how you will feel and everything in between. It’s a simple statement that tells you one thing, you are a mother.

Over time, you develop this image of what motherhood will be like. From the images we see in magazines to what we watch on TV or through characters in movies, we are constantly given this idea of what it will be like when we become mothers. As your friends and family enter into motherhood, you get an even closer glimpse as to what to expect, but still nothing can prepare you when you enter yourself.

To me, motherhood starts the moment you find out you’re pregnant. From that moment on you are constantly thinking about someone else and you are physically changing your body to create this little baby. From that moment your mind begins to race and I know from my experience, I started to think about what I need and how I would plan for our baby. PlaytexBaby has always been there for moms from the beginning and they have really developed a strong understanding of what moms and babies need right from the start. PlaytexBaby is a fun-loving brand who is supportive and celebrates the unexpected, which is why they strive to be there #ForBetterBeginnings. I have trusted PlaytexBaby from the beginning and I am excited to share my view on motherhood what it means to me. Thank you to PlaytexBaby for sponsoring this post!

When I found out I was pregnant with Emily, April 2013, I was scared and excited all at the same time. I had ideas of what to expect and what to look forward to, but it didn’t become real until Emily was born. Being the oldest sibling in my family and having two younger sisters, 12 and 16 years younger than me, I had the experience of changing, feeding and holding a baby, but I wasn’t there during the late nights or early mornings.

When Emily was born, my whole world changed. It was now filled with so much love for this little baby who was all mine and who I would spend every day with. We decided to wait until Emily was born to find out if she was a little boy or a little girl and it was one of the best surprises! That day was one of the best days of my life and I still, to this day, remember looking down at her little face and just being so in love.

After the initial meeting and those first few hours at the hospital, reality set in and I was now responsible for our little baby and had to take care of her. The next few days after that, while in the hospital and going home were challenging. I was trying to recover from my C-section, learning how to nurse for the first time, resting when I could and trying to find time to sleep, having everyone come to visit and meet Emily and then just spending time with her myself.

They always say the first two weeks are the hardest, but I think it could be extended to the first month. There was so much to take in and to adjust to that first month. So many new experiences, challenges and things to learn and I found it took about a month to really get a grip on things and start to feel comfortable. I found the same to be true after the triplets were born, but now I had to learn to do everything multiplied by three and with a 1 1/2 year old running around too.

When I think about what motherhood means to me, I think about the endless love I have for my kids, the thought that I know I would do anything for them and I would do everything I could to protect them. Motherhood is about caring for someone else who relies on you for everything and who looks up to you. It’s about changing your schedule to fit the needs of your baby and kids, not necessarily forever, but I think for the first few months to a year it’s easier to follow their schedule than to change it to fit yours. Motherhood is about making sacrifices sometimes and knowing that although your life is completely upside down right now, it won’t be like that forever. It’s about enjoying the time you have with your kids and living in the moment. Knowing that there will be really good days and really bad days, days where you don’t know what to do and other days where you are on top of everything as it happens and knowing that it is ok. It’s ok to have days where you feel sad because chances are you will have many more days that are filled with happiness. You will experience many different emotions in a single day, from laughing one minute to a full-blown crying session the next minute. Motherhood is not just a picture in the moment, but a journey that will last you a lifetime and will be filled with so many experiences that may be good or bad.

IMG_5342I think it is so important to realize that motherhood is going to be a different experience for every mom out there. It may not be the picture perfect experience that you may see on TV or in movies, but it is your experience and it is what you make it! Just know you are not alone and at some point during motherhood, every mom has experienced the same thing as you!

When you enter into motherhood for the first time, or start over again for the second, third, fourth or even fifth time, make sure to go in with an open mind and the ability to be flexible. You never know what you will experience and each time will likely be different. Find friends and family you can rely on to be there for you and find brands you trust, who understand what moms and babies need. PlaytexBaby wants to be there for you and your baby as you experience your journey in motherhood and to give you both what you need #ForBetterBeginnings. I am happy to be one of the #PlaytexMoms and I know I have found a brand to help me along the way!

IMG_2081Motherhood has been a roller coaster ride for me from the beginning and I am still learning as I go. I have never laughed, cried, smiled, yelled and spent more hours awake in my life as I have these past 4 years. Motherhood has taken a lot out of me and at times has given me more than I ever thought I could handle, but it has been worth every grueling moment. I love my four little babies and I couldn’t imagine life without them. They have helped me become who I am and they have shown me how to care and love for someone unconditionally!

I hope that as moms we can always support each other and be there for one another. We are all going through the same thing, even if at different times or in different ways and to know there are other moms experiencing the same thing as you it is comforting to know you are not alone.

I want to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you all have a day filled with love and relaxation! You are doing an amazing job!

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P.S Don’t forget to remind yourself that you are the BEST MOM EVER!

-Corrie

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Finding Time for My Oldest After Having Multiples

One of the biggest challenges I have with 4 kids, is the ability to make sure I am spending enough time with each one of them and making sure my time is divided equally. I know it will never be perfect and I know it will never be 100% equal, but I know how important it is, so I always try my hardest everyday.

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Going from 1 child to 4, was a huge shock and a big adjustment for myself, so I can only imagine how it must have been for Emily. Emily was only 17 months when the triplets were born and as much as we made sure to involve her in everything, it was still a big change to go from being the only child to 1 of 4.

I never want Emily to feel as though I have forgotten about her or I don’t have time to spend with her, so I have come up with a few ideas of things we can do together. I almost always take her to the store with me if I am running out by myself to pick up a few things and when the triplets are napping, I use that time to do an activity such as coloring or even having her sit in the kitchen with me if I have work to do. Just the other day when Olivia, Jackson and Levi were napping, Emily and I spent some time outside on the deck and had some lunch together. I was able to talk to her, listen to her and just be there for her if she needed something or wanted to ask me something. I know there is no need for the activities to be so complicated and I really do think she enjoys the little extra focus just on her.

It will be challenging at times to divide myself between 4 kids and all their needs individually. Finding the extra time during the day to give each one of them a little more attention and focus, will help to make sure I am letting them know I am there. When the triplets were born it was hard because when they needed me, I had to multiply that time by 3. Now that they are older and are capable of playing on their own and not relying on me for everything, I have the time to dedicate to Emily. In a way, I can now make up the time that I couldn’t give to her when the triplets where born!

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If you are subscribed to our YouTube Channel, The Baby Gang, then you would have come across our videos of In The Kitchen with Emily & Mummy. They are fun videos of Emily and I, baking or cooking some fun recipes together and then trying them at the end. Some videos include the triplets, but most of them are just of Emily and I.

I love to cook and bake and I am so excited to teach Emily some of the basic skills and techniques and of course the triplets, when they are old enough. Making the videos of us cooking or baking in the kitchen has been so much fun and Emily has really started to enjoy them. In our latest episode, we made chocolate chip cookies and I thought it was so cute to see Emily picking up on the way I say things or introducing ourselves. At some parts it may have been unclear as to what she was saying, but I know she was explaining the steps of making the cookies and it was just too adorable!

The recipes we chose are not complicated and only take a couple of minutes to throw together and I think that helps to keep the focus on the fun, which is what they are all about. It has taken me a little bit to get over the fact that the video may not go exactly how I imagined or planned, but even after the extra mess and extra time, everything has turned out great.


Baking or cooking is such a great hands on activity to do and allows Emily to learn while having fun. I think it is important to teach basic cooking skills and I find it keeps Emily engaged and eager to do more, as I am sure it would with every child! Not only does it help with learning to cook, but even with her vocabulary, learning new words and new foods and also being able to give directions when telling each step in the recipe. pb3

Sometimes it is a little bit of a challenge to find the time to set everything up and make the video, especially during the day when I am home alone. We have to wait for Jackson, Olivia and Levi to fall asleep and even then we only have a limited amount of time to record. The other option we have is to set up the chairs and have all three join us for the video! It is fun to have them included as well and I like to think Jackson, Olivia and Levi enjoy having a snack and watching us cook. It will be interesting to see how the videos will go when all 3 are old enough and ready to join in on the cooking!

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When we started In The Kitchen with Emily & Mummy, we were wearing our matching Christmas aprons. I had actually found them before we started the videos and they worked perfectly, but we needed an upgrade. Last weekend when we were in Buffalo, we were walking through Macy’s and in the corner of my eye I spotted an apron that said “mama” on it and as I was looking at them, I found a matching one that said “bebe.” They were so cute and exactly what I was looking for and on top of that they were on sale! Now we have some new aprons to wear and they add that much more excitement to each episode!

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At the end of the day, the main purpose of In The Kitchen with Emily & Mummy, is to have fun and spend some quality one on one time with Emily. Even if we decided not to record the videos, we would still be cooking together and having fun!

 

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I encourage everyone to try baking or cooking with your kids. If you have multiple kids who are ready to get in the kitchen and start baking, set up a day every few weeks for each child to join you, that way you can include everyone in the fun, but still have the one on one time with each of them! And if you only have one child who is ready, but have little ones who aren’t, set up their high chairs, set out some snacks or toys and have them watch what is going on!

To check out all of our episodes of In The Kitchen with Emily & Mummy, visit our YouTube Page, Youtube.com/thebabygang and look for the Playlist IN THE KITCHEN WITH EMILY AND MUMMY.

We are always open to trying new recipes and any suggestions, so please leave any you have in the comments below! (We will give you a shout out too, if we make your suggestion!)

Here is our newest Episode of In The Kitchen With Emily and Mummy!

We are baking The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies!

*Emily was too cute and has really started to pick up on how the videos go!

 

A Helping Hand When Nursing Triplets #ForBetterBeginnings #PlaytexMoms

When our triplets were born, I knew one of the biggest challenges was going to be feeding. Not only did we have three little babies to feed, but they would all be feeding at the same time. As only one mom with two “built-in bottles,” I needed that third bottle to help feed all three at the same time. Luckily we had the experience with Emily to help us in our decision-making when it came to choosing a bottle. Now that they are older and transitioning out of bottles we need a sippy cup that would work for everyone, including Emily, that is simple and enticing to use. Thank you once again to PlaytexBaby for sponsoring this post and helping us share our experience and review of the Playtex™ Ventaire Bottle and the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups. As always, the thoughts and reviews throughout this post are 100% my own and I am thrilled to share with you my genuine experience with both the Playtex™ Ventaire Bottle and the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups.

For the first 2 months of Jackson, Olivia and Levi’s lives I relied on the Playtex™ Ventaire Bottles for every feeding. Although I was breastfeeding and had supplemented with formula for the first few weeks, I would pump beforehand, then divide the milk by three. I did this to make sure everyone was getting an equal amount and to keep track as to how much each baby was having. I like the fact that the VentAire® bottles have such large and easy to read numbers and indicators on the side, which makes it very easy to accurately measure how much milk is going in each bottle. During those 5am feedings, I could still pour the milk out equally, even if my eyes could barely stay open!

Around the 2 month mark, the triplets were gaining weight and growing, so I was ready to start nursing them. I was worried that they would have a hard time nursing, since they were using bottles from the start, but The Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple made the transition very easy. I was so happy when all three successfully nursed for the first time, even after 2 months of bottle feeding. Knowing that I now had the option to switch between nursing and bottle feeding was great. This allowed me to utilize the extra help I had when family and friends would visit, because it was easy for them to grab a bottle knowing there would be no confusion between bottle and breast for the triplets.

Another key part of the Playtex™ Ventaire® Bottle is the anti-colic vent. The anti-colic vent prevents air from mixing with the milk and over the course of 2 months of bottle feeding, we did not experience any gas, spit-up or fussiness from Jackson, Olivia and Levi. Emily had really bad gas at some points and for the first 2 weeks of her life, she was very fussy and hard to settle. It wasn’t until after trying the Playtex™ Ventaire® bottle that the gas and fussiness went away. I was so glad I used the Playtex™ Ventaire® bottles right away with the triplets because I couldn’t imagine having to comfort 3 babies with gas and spitting up, all at the same time.

I do have to add in, that I really do like the new designs of the Ventaire® bottles. The new design is a wider bottle and the lid to the bottle has a spot for the top of the nipple to sit in when you put the lid on. This may seem like such a small feature, but after travelling with bottles in a cooler bag or diaper bag and having the milk leak because the nipple bent, this is a great new feature. I also have to say the Anti-Colic vent has been given a great improvement. The older design still did exactly what it was meant to do, but the new one looks and feels a lot more durable and secure in the bottom of the bottle. I think some may say there are a lot of parts to clean, but I actually like the ability to remove the top and bottom of the bottle. It makes it easier to clean and to get to the bottom of the bottle if milk gets stuck or sits there for a day, because let’s face it; we don’t always clean the bottle right when baby is done eating!

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Now that Jackson, Olivia and Levi are almost two, we are in the process of fully transitioning from bottle to sippy cup. I do still like to give them a bottle before bed, but they are now in the fun chewing stage. I am starting to notice holes in some of the nipples from their constant chewing, so I think it is time for the final switch from bottle to sippy cup.

We have been using The Playtex® Sipsters® Cups for a little while now and they are great. They range from Stages 1 to 4, with the option to choose from a spout cup, a straw cup or a spoutless cup. They are very easy to use and everyone has been enjoying them. We are currently using stages 2 and 3 of the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups and they have made the transition very easy for a few different reasons. The first being the fun characters on the cup that I am sure every child is familiar with. Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi are obsessed with Peppa Pig and they all recognized her on the cup right away. Emily has also started to really like My Little Pony, so the Playtex® Sipsters® Stage 3 My Little Pony™ has become her special one. Levi has also taken over the Playtex® Sipsters® Stage 3 Thomas & Friends™ one we have and it is pretty funny to watch them all hand over the right Sipsters® that they each use.

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Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi just don’t stop. When I hand them their Sipsters® Cups, they take them and go. They don’t just sit nicely until they are done; they need to be running around, continuously playing and drinking throughout their activities. The insulation keeps their drink fresh and allows them to play that much longer.

The fact that Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi don’t sit still, even with their Sipsters® in hand, may be worrisome, but The Playtex® Sipsters® Cups are 100% spill-proof, break-proof and leak-proof and PlaytexBaby even guarantees that! I have watched first hand these Sipsters® Cups get thrown around, dropped and banged and not once has anyone of them broken or leaked. I do have to mention though, that it is important to make sure the spill-proof valve is secured and tightly in place or they will leak. I handed Olivia a Sipsters® and just watched all the milk pour out because I forgot to make sure the leak-proof valve was in correctly. It is very simple and easy to make sure the leak-proof valve is properly secured; it was just my carelessness in the moment that made it happen.

The last part, that I really like about the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups is the ease of cleaning. It’s not the fact that all parts are dishwasher safe, but the fact that the leak-proof valves are so easy to clean and they transparent. You always hear of stories of parents opening a valve or part of the sippy cups to find mold that has built up because they couldn’t clean inside. The leak-proof valve doesn’t have an inside part and it can easily be removed from the spout of the Sipsters® Cup to be cleaned. This was one of the first things I noticed right away and it is nice to not worry about the potential of hidden mold.

I sometimes cannot believe how fast the time has gone and how big Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi are getting. It blows me away thinking back to the days when I held them all, feeding them a bottle, to now calling them over and handing them their own drink to drink. I hope that you have found my review of the Playtex™ VentAire Bottle and the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups helpful and have also gained a little insight into what our experience was and is like for using both while feeding our triplets and toddler.

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To find out more information about both products you can visit playtexbaby.ca for the VentAire Bottle and playtextbaby.ca for the Sipsters® Cups

You can also purchase the Playtex™ Ventaire Bottle online through Walmart, Babies”R”Us, Amazon.ca and PlaytexBaby.ca and the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups online through Walmart, Babies”R”Us, Amazon.ca and Playtexbaby.ca.

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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 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.

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Yummy Banana Bread – 2 Ways

I love to bake and one of my favorite things to bake, as well as eat, is banana bread!

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When I was younger, I remember my mom always making banana bread and it was just the best thing in the world. The smell of the banana bread baking would fill the house and as soon as the timer went off we were sitting at the table eagerly waiting to gobble it up. The banana bread smell is easily recognizable and it is one of those smells that reminds me of my childhood.

I don’t think I have ever met someone who doesn’t like banana bread, although I am sure they are out there! There are so many ways to make banana bread, not to mention the endless amounts of add-ins and toppings you can include. You can even make a banana bread cake! Whatever way you choose to customize your banana bread, it is such a simple and easy recipe to make.

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It is also a great recipe to start off with when you want to introduce your little ones to baking and getting them in the kitchen to help you. I am so excited to have Emily join me in the kitchen, now that she is older and I am patiently waiting for the day when Jackson, Olivia and Levi can join us as well! I hope they find the same enjoyment as I do when I am cooking and are just as excited to be in the kitchen cooking or baking with me.

I am always trying to find, fun, easy and of course healthy snacks for Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi to eat, which is also another reason as to why I enjoy making my own banana bread. I can control what ingredients I add and also make adjustments to the recipe. Don’t get me wrong, the banana bread from the store is just as tasty and I have bought it for pure convenience, but I know there is more sugar and added ingredients in it that I would prefer to cut from the recipe. And like I said, banana bread is so simple to make, why not make it if I can.

The recipe that I found online is very straight forward and after making it several times, I have adjusted it in a way that works for everyone. Emily has a milk allergy, which means I have to substitute both the butter and milk that are typically found in a banana bread recipe. The recipe I found uses vegetable oil instead of butter, but still calls for milk. To replace the milk I use one 100 gram container of vanilla yogurt. For some reason Emily is fine with yogurt and other things such as cheese, but will break out in a rash and itchy body if she has direct forms of milk from butter or plain milk. It seems strange, but it works.

I also wanted to cut back on the amount of sugar. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of white sugar, so I cut it down to 1/2 a cup and switch to brown sugar. To be honest, I don’t really know if brown sugar is better than white sugar, since they are both sugars, but I like the flavor of the brown sugar in the recipe and I am taking away one whole cup. To make up for less sugar I simply add an extra banana to the recipe. After adding everything together in the bowl, mixing it and baking it, you would never know the difference or the fact that two-thirds of the sugar is cut out.

Another variation to the banana bread that I have done, was adding some cocoa powder. We always like to add some chocolate chips, either semi-sweet or milk chocolate, but only recently did I think to add the cocoa powder. The banana bread without the cocoa powder is great, but when you want a chocolate fix and don’t want to eat a chocolate cake, this is a good alternative. I add 1/2 a cup of cocoa powder to the recipe and if I am in a chocolate mood I also add in some chocolate chips, because you can never have too much chocolate!

It is so much fun to change-up a recipe and to customize it in a way you know yourself and everyone will love. Banana bread is a great recipe to try out and the variations you can create are endless. I encourage you to try it out and see what new flavors you can come up with. I know both banana bread recipes don’t last long in our house and we will be making banana bread for a very long time!

I have started a new series on our YouTube Channel called In The Kitchen With Emily & Mummy and I am excited to start doing more baking a cooking with Emily. The recipe for our first episode is of course banana bread! It was a lot of fun and we also had 3 little special guests join us. We made the 2 variations that I talked about and you can find the first episode down below!

 

BANANA BREAD RECIPE

Here is the full recipe! This is my altered recipe from the original that I used for the kiddies.

You can find the original recipe at http://www.food.com/recipe/moist-and-delicious-banana-bread-252449

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