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How We Finally Eliminated That Awful Smell

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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WE HAVE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

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We are starting off the new year with some very exciting news. We are happy to announce that we have officially teamed up and partnered with PlaytexBaby!

Our partnership with PlaytexBaby is going to include a lot of fun aspects, such as product reviews, sharing our experiences through lifestyle posts and giveaways on our Blog and social media outlets! We have trusted Playtex from the beginning with our babies and genuinely love the products, so this is a perfect partnership for us!

As parents we are always asking questions, seeking answers and hoping we have made the right choices and decisions for our kids. When you become a parent for the first time you are constantly learning what works, what doesn’t work and at times it can become completely overwhelming. You look for that one thing you know will make your life a little bit easier and what can help take away some of that stress and anxiety being a first time parent brings.

To me, For Better Beginnings, means exactly that, a better beginning. Taking away that worry at the beginning of your journey as new parents and allowing you to enjoy those first precious moments with your newborn baby is what I think of when I hear For Better Beginnings.

I remember shopping for baby items and creating our registry before Emily arrived, looking around at all the products available and just thinking to myself “What do I choose?” There are so many products out there and you want to make sure you buy the right ones that will be perfect for your little baby. To know that PlaytexBaby has created products specifically designed for a mother and her baby is very reassuring and helps to alleviate some of that worry right from the start. It gives you the chance as a mother and new parents to concentrate and place your focus on your new little baby to give everyone a better beginning.

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I am overjoyed to say that I am a #PlaytexMom and to have the ability to share my knowledge and experiences with many other moms out there. As a mom myself, I know the kinds of questions we ask on a daily basis, the various concerns that are always running through our minds and the expectations we have for ourselves. I understand the struggle to want the best for your little ones and the desire for perfection, but also the fact that no matter how much you try, everything may never be perfect.

I spent a lot of time reading product reviews, seeking out advice from friends and family and hoping to gain some insight into what to buy and what to do during the many stages that come along with having a baby. Although we are still learning and going through new stages, we have experienced many with our four children. I now have my own personal experiences to share, as well as things I have learned along the way. As a #PlaytexMom, I hope to provide insight to new moms who are entering into motherhood for the first time, on baby products that will help right from the start.

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PlaytexBaby has taken on a new look and feel, in order to connect with the new generation of moms. It is very exciting to see this change and to know they are eager to learn, understand and work with moms and what we are looking for. It is great to see PlaytexBaby designing products specifically with new moms and babies in mind, which then allows them to achieve their goal of providing everyone the tools for better beginnings!

We hope you are just as excited about this partnership as we are and we encourage you to follow along with our blog so you don’t miss out on the awesome giveaways, product reviews and lifestyle posts. You can subscribe to our blog by email or with your WordPress account!

For more information about PlaytexBaby and all of their products, please visit their website Playtexbaby.ca

 

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Our first family science experiment!

We took advantage of a nice cold day to conduct our first ever Baby Gang science experiment!

With 4 young children who take up just about every minute of our time, we are a family who loves fun and adventure. What makes that special is doing it together, as a family. That is what family is all about.

Watching the kids grow has both Corrie and myself in such amazement to see how a developing mind works. Their curious little minds like little sponges absorbing all types of information makes me wonder how they see the world around them and what they are thinking about!

Recently on a cold day we took advantage to come up with a fun science experiment with the kids. It was -12 degrees Celsius (not including the windchill) and we wondered if water could evaporate in this freezing cold water. It had the kids super excited!

Makes for a great parenting win!  Watch below 🙂

Be on the look out for more fun with the kids!

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

HOW I TURNED MY CAR INTO A FAMILY VEHICLE

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

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

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

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

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

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The result!?

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

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

The Diono Radian RxT car seat is a game changer!

Things dad find cool = certified impressed!

 

 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK


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

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

Watch me perform the ULTIMATE DAD HACK! 

Click the link below to watch such greatness!

No weakness here. 

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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?

 

 

The Last Week of Summer (Kinda)

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Well this is the last week of SUMMER!

I can’t believe summer is almost over and we are in the final week. That means one week left to cram as much of summer in as possible and do all the things you have yet to do this summer. One week left to be care free, stay up late, go to the park, play outside, go to the beach, eat ice cream and BBQ. I know I am already trying to plan out this next week and see what I can do with Emily and the triplets to make me feel like our summer is complete. I feel like there is still so much I wanted to do this summer and now I am scrambling to get it all done in the last week.

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I don’t know what it is about school starting that makes it feel like summer is over. It’s not like I have kids who are starting school or going back to school. Realistically we could just continue as though it is sill summer, but for some reason it’s just not the same. The weather is still nice, we can still go to the beach, go for walks, eat ice cream and BBQ, but it just doesn’t feel the same when that the school year starts. Maybe it’s because everything that was open for the summer months is now closed or only open on the weekends, kids aren’t running around at the parks or malls anymore and everyone’s holidays have ended, whatever it may be, it definitely doesn’t feel like summer once school starts.

We still have one week left of “official summer” and I plan on making the most of it! I did want to go to the Toronto Zoo today, but we didn’t plan ahead and now it is too late in the day to go, but luckily it is open all year-long and even on weekdays, so there is still lots of time to go. I wanted to take everyone to a big splash pad, maybe even two this week because I do think they close when school starts. I am hoping the ice cream truck comes by (that one is for me). I want to go to the park and have a picnic with Emily and the triplets, which I think is an easy and realistic idea for this week. I really wanted to go to Niagara Falls this summer and I am shocked we never went, so maybe I can fit that into my week as well. Lastly, I want Emily and the triplets to just have fun playing outside. I am going to set up their water table for them to play with, because they really enjoyed it the other day and then have them just run around outside.

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This week is just all about enjoying the last bit of summer and enjoying the feelings that summer brings. Soon it will be cold, there will be snow and I will be counting down days until next summer. It wont be as easy to get everyone out the door, there will be more pants, sweaters and coats to bring along and the process of leaving the house will take much longer. I just love the summer and everything that comes along with summer and I am sad to know it’s almost over.

 

Is there anything that you are going to try to do this last week of summer before it’s over?

Did you get to do everything you wanted to and planned to do during the summer?