Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving behind us all the Turkeys can relax 🙂 Its also time to start prepping for one of my favorite holidays! CHRISTMAS! One of the best parts of this holiday is getting to spend time with my loved ones, as well as all the delicious food we share and gifts of course!

Now that my little ones are growing up and Jenna is actually aware of the special festivities it makes it even more fun for us as parents to get to be apart of these magical times for her. 

She LOVES visiting with Santa and seeing all the lights. We go for special drives to see all the beautiful lit up homes. She particularly loves holiday shopping for her family especially her cousins. She hand picks out all the things they would like and it makes gift giving extra special this year. 

What are some holiday traditions you share with your family? I would love to hear about them. 

Memories!

After becoming a mother something that became very important to me was collecting photos to ensure that when the kids got older that they would be able to look back fondly at all the memories we made together.

One of my favorite ( and easiest) ways to do this is with the One Second a Day App

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It is the nicest way to watch my little ones grow and capture special moments like their first laugh or first crawl. You can condense the days and send it like a little video to your family and friends to include them in your child’s memories.

Another favorite is making photo books, now this is a much more time-consuming task, but there are websites out there that will make it for you if you just send them the photos. So now you just have to go through the 100,000 photos you take of your children and choose the best ones 🙂

A few websites I can suggest are; My Picture Book CanadaPhotobook Canadawww.Shutterfly.com.  

There are many more out there, it is up to a personal choice but what a wonderful way to sit back and reflect on your child’s life growing up.

I would love to hear about how you record your memories with your families, please leave a comment below and share!

 

Happy Scrapbooking.

 

 

Chocolate Crack

With Halloween around the corner and having my little babes to take trick o treating this Mama knows she is in for some delicious treats 🙂 As I dream of whats to come I wanted to share one of my ALL TIME favourite dessert recipes. I would also recommend to keep this in your back pocket for Christmas time, it is my go to dessert its super easy and always a HIT!

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Chocolate Crack ( Recipe and Photo Courtesy of seriouseats)

Ingredients:

  • 51 saltine crackers (approximately)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 oz high quality dark chocolate (70% or greater)
  • Flaky sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12 x 17 inch jelly roll pan with foil. Place saltine crackers salt side up and side-by-side in the pan as tightly as possible without overlapping. Use saltine pieces to fill any gaps at the bottom of the pan. Set aside. Chop chocolate so pieces are about the size of standard chocolate chips and set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat stirring frequently with a spatula. Once butter has melted, add brown sugar and vanilla stirring to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes or until mixture is an even dark brown color and has begun to bubble. Remove from heat and pour over saltines using spatula to spread sauce.
  3. Bake crackers for 5 minutes or until butter mixture begins to bubble. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with chocolate allowing the heat to melt the chocolate. Spread chocolate evenly with the spatula so all of the crackers are completely covered. Sprinkle with sea salt. Refrigerate until chocolate sets and hardens. Break apart and serve.
  4. Try not to eat it all before you serve it to your guest! ( I had a hard time with this one)

 

5 Tips for Teething

Starting as early as 3 months our little babes start to teeth. Jenna has almost a full smile and Jacob is only starting out. Before Jenna I did not realize how many products were out there to support this process and how consuming it could be especially when it’s causing your little one pain and resulting them in being fussy and inconsolable at times.

Every baby takes to teething remedies differently, I have chatted with my sisters and have come up with a pretty good list of suggestions you can use for your little one!

  1. Bibs for drool, I started putting on bibs for the kids at around 4 months, that is when the drool monsters really came out. – Here is a link to my favorite bibs:  For Girls   For boys 
  2. Teethers! We have tried so many between our four kids, here are our top 5 favorite that is sure to please your babe:
  3. Placing the teethers or a wet washcloth in the fridge
  4. Using foods for teethers ( ie: raw carrot sticks, cucumber sticks)
  5. Rubbing the babies gums, this helps release the tension in the gums

There are many more remedies that have been tried and true by other mothers and its always encouraged to try what works for you, the above are ones we use in our family.

Let me know which one worked best for you and if you have any remedies of your own.

Sleep Training

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Even though this is not my first Rodeo, I still find myself learning new things in ways I handle my children. With Jenna we didn’t think much of sleep training, she was generally a very good sleeper and we just went with the flow. With Jacob, possibly because I now have WAY LESS spare time, I crave more of a schedule and predictability.

I did seek out some support with Jenna but really dove into SLEEP TRAINING this time around. And I have to say my saving grace has been the Precious Little Sleep community. With the Facebook Page containing thousands of supportive parents who are going through a similar ordeal, to her blog post and podcasts Aleix Dubief and her insight on sleep training has been a blessing!

I even got the book to ensure I did not miss a piece of information that would allow us all to be better rested! I do believe that children crave consistency and being able to provide that to them allows us to all have a hectic free day following the schedules we have carved out for their sleep routines. This also allows us to plan our personal time around their sleeping! Now I have to admit no matter what, each time a child grows older or learns a new skill, things will change- so I find myself back to the mountain of information again this time looking up a toddlers transition to a big bed, or a baby who is rolling over for the first time. But I am thankful to have access to this support and information, I know those mothers before us ( before the internet!) did not have such easy access too!

I highly recommend the book, which I have posted below for your convenience!

https://amzn.to/2NNKGTV

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