Gorgeous kitchen all in white
Love the colour palette as well as the painted ceiling
I would likely never have this but it’s lovely to look at nonetheless
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The summer is winding down and I’m pulling a few more Pins from Pinterest to keep the fun summer crafts going. Here are a few we’ll be trying out this week…
Too cool- bubbles mixed with some food colouring and then you blow them onto the paper!
Make a paint mixture of baking soda and diluted food coloring, apply to paper, then use a medicine dropper to add some vinegar and apparently we’ll have fizzing watercolours. We’ll see…
Simple and sweet
I think mommy may have to even try this one!
Monday Mommy’s Helper – Please don’t stare
What do you do when you’re in a public place and you hear a kid completely losing his sh*t?
You look in the other direction.
I had Sunday morning plans (to sleep in) and decided to take the bean to Saturday evening mass, a much smaller, quieter service. Our “regulars” (the bitties who love to hug and kiss and gush over my son on Sunday mornings) weren’t there, and it was quite evident that the evening mass is not used to little ones.
My 2-year-old is amazing in mass… sits with his small bag of Goldfish and munches quietly, he colours, he attempts to sing along and he almost always whispers when he speaks to me. But 5pm mass is a whole new beast when it comes to my son’s temperament – by 5pm he’s pretty wired, restless, and chatty, so for the first time in awhile I found mass to be a challenge.
And so did a few short-tempered churchgoers.
I got “the look” on a number of occasions, that face from across the room from a non-parent who is trying to scold you because a toddler (gasp!) sometimes makes noise!
Please don’t do that. As much as we’re parents and we control our kids a certain amount, we can’t predict when they’re going to suddenly experiment with their voice echo (and let out a yelp to test the waters). We don’t know when they’re going to poke you in the shoulder while you sit quietly in your pew, and we can’t anticipate when they’re going to let out a full-volume “Nooooo!” at the exact moment the priest suggests that we pray in silence.
Kids make noise. They get excited. They have meltdowns. They can be inconsolable. And all the while, the parent is trying to do their best (and is possibly verging on a meltdown herself) to quiet their fussy toddler.
We’re all doing our best, and a nasty look in our direction will not help the situation. In fact, it will make me sic my kid on you.
So don’t do that.
Monday Mommy’s Helper – Me time
I took a bubble bath the other day. Like an actual lie-back-and-relax bath. I put in bubbles and essential oils. I even read a few pages in a book (but it made my eyes burn for sleep and I was afraid I might slip into a deep slumber and drown). It was only for 15 minutes but it was glorious. And it made me realize… we all need some me time.
And we all say it… we all think, “Gee, I really need a bit of R&R.” But do we actually do it? Nope.
Maybe it’s because we’re making too much of it… as much as a weekend away or a day at the spa could be the ultimate way to unwind, it’s not always practical, feasible, or affordable. But a foot bath in front of the TV for 10 minutes after the kids go to bed is doable. So is a 10-minute face mask and a cup of tea. Have a shower with some music where you take your time and don’t have to get out in breakneck speed with conditioner still in your hair. Flip through a magazine in the shade for 10 minutes. Do 10 minutes of light stretching. Go for a walk… alone. Dance around the living room with headphones on (especially if you’re working on a cry-it-out moment). Give yourself a pedi. Heck, even colour in one of your kid’s colouring books.
Trust me: You can always find a tiny window of time for you, whether it’s first thing in the morning, during nap, immediately following the introduction of a new activity or toy (pick your moments, people), after they go to bed, or when your spouse takes over for a bit.
It’s really really draining playing house. Being a mommy is incredible but it’s also exhausting, and an alone-time recharge could be the perfect way to plow through another day of runny noses, Playdoh messes, and endless laundry.
Monday’s Mommy Helper: Getting creative
I’m always hunting for new crafts that I can do with my 2-year-old bean, and these are a few fun twists on traditional colouring, painting, and more…
How is July more than half over? The summer is flying by and I have too many cool pins to try out still. These are a few…
Monday’s Mommy Helper: Packing for a roadtrip
Off we went this past week on our first real roadtrip: an 8-hour trek to New Brunswick. I put a lot of planning into the drive, and it went seamlessly both ways. It was part my-planning, part my awesome bean. Here’s how to survive a roadtrip with a toddler:
- Leave early. In their sleepy slumber they’ll chill or even go back to sleep. At one point we also “enforced” a nap – he had a blanket and watched some cartoons, and then it was relaxing time. He dozed off for an hour. Sleep makes the drive go by quicker for everyone!
We also started the drive in PJs and then changed at a rest stop halfway. The simple “change” kinda helped us change gears in the car too.
- Pack good snacks and water. Or make snack necklaces with Cherrios, Fruit Loops, etc. to nosh on and play with during the roadtrip.
- Arts n crafts. Colouring is always fun. Stickers were great too, as well as a few wipe-off-marker books that we did games in. I also picked up a magnet book at the dollar store – he took time popping out the magnets and then doing the games inside. This would work with letter/animal magnets and a small metal cookie sheet too (which could double as a colouring surface).
- Games. We played I Spy. I also brought Melissa & Doug lacing boards and reusable sticker pads. We all played with those, even on quick drives to and from hiking trails while in New Brunswick.
- Wet wipes and a change of clothes. Let’s face it: Messes are gonna happen. And no kid is happy when they’re sticky or wet.
- A tablet. Yes, we brought a device to help us along the way. We loaded it up with interactive games as well as a few movies.
- Books. I went to a secondhand store and got a few new titles he wasn’t familiar with. This made reading a lot more interesting for him.
- A pillow. Everyone has seen their kid sleeping in the car completely keeled over, meaning an uncomfortable sleep, so having a pillow on-hand was helpful to keep him asleep comfortably for longer.
It’s strawberry season in Quebec, and anyone who has enjoyed those little red local jewels know there’s no strawberries on earth like ours. So I hit my Pinterest and found some great ways to make strawberries last longer and taste even better (if that’s possible).
Make strawberries last longer: Mix one part vinegar with 10 parts water (e.g. 5 cups water to 1/2 cup vinegar).
Strawberry yogurt bark courtesy of hello, wonderful
5-minute strawberry frozen yogurt via Just A Taste
Strawberry Dole whip from Chocolate-Covered Katie