18 Birthday Traditions

With my little baby’s F I R S T birthday approaching I have decided to do a special birthday series on my blog – woohoo! And what better way to start the series than with a list of 18 birthday traditions you should start !!! I have teamed up with some amazing mamas who shared their favourite traditions – make sure to check out their blogs!

Traditions have always been something super important to me – I remember every Christmas as a kid I wasn’t aloud to open one present, or on my birthday I got to pick what we were having for supper. Some of my favourite memories as a child involve a family tradition.

So after having my children I knew I wanted to instil these traditions with them – and even make our own!

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I am Not a Perfect Mom

Every night I go to bed and tell myself that tomorrow will be a better day, tomorrow I will be a better mom, I will yell less, and play more. Tomorrow we will eat healthy and go to bed on time.

But then tomorrow comes, and its the same as the day before: two tantrums before 9AM, cereal all over the floor, and I have threatened to throw away all of the toys.

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What my Toddlers Eat in a Day

Sometimes finding something for your toddler to eat can be an excruciating task – can’t they just eat pizza every meal? I feel like I spend all day cooking, and cooling, and cutting up meals for these crazy little boys.

But at the end of the day I know that their bellies are full, and they have had three healthy meals! With a few snacks of course ! 

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How to Meal Plan

Going along with my previous post about budgeting – staying on budget with groceries is something I work towards every week and something I previously struggled with.

I used to go to the grocery store – once, twice, maybe even three times a week – with no list and no real idea what I was going to making for meals.

I started noticing that we were spending $600 or more a month on groceries for a family of three, and by the end of the week I would have to throw away so much spoiled food! It was a waste of money, but more importantly, it was a waste of food.

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How to Save on Your Hydro/ Water Bill

When you buy your own house, you quickly realize that the bills add up – and it can become very overwhelming very quickly. I remember getting my hydro and water bills and not thinking twice about how much they were. I would just pay the $160 (sometimes more) and move on to the next bill.

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How to Budget: Single Income Family

Before moving in together, my husband and I had both never lived on our own – so the concept of a budget was never something we had thought about. It was barely two months after buying our home when I realized that we were not spending our money wisely, and if we kept up the way we were going, we would soon have no money!

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6 Things To Do With Toddlers Before Summer is Done

Summer is such a magical time to be a kid – playing outside all day, popsicles, water balloon fights, staying up late and having s’mores by the fire. Most of my favourite memories as a child are in the summer time, and I can’t wait to share those memories with my boys. But sometimes having young kids makes it hard to do some of the awesome summer activities everyone is doing! So with only a few weeks left, I am determined to fill it with activities that will be fun for the kids and for my husband and I.

There is still time left for you to squeeze in these 6 inexpensive, kid- friendly activities before heading back to school!

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How to Love Someone With Depression

I read somewhere once that over 350 million people in the world suffer from depression – so it’s highly probable that you know + love someone who suffers from this illness.

No one is perfect, so sometimes the person you want to be with happens to be depressed – you already know there is much more to the person than their depression, that’s why you are in love with them in the first place, isn’t it?

You are never going to be able to cure their depression, so there is really no point in trying to fix it or change them – perhaps you should make an effort to understand their illness and be an emotional support for them by accepting them the way they are. That means letting them have negative, painful beliefs and thoughts – even when you really want them to see things differently.

You can stop trying to treat and cure their depression and instead offer support, care, and love.

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Summer Essentials – Toddler Edition

With summer being half way done, I feel like I have finally got a handle on things. The days are hot and long – we spend most of our time outdoors with trips to the park, and local splashpad and our nights usually consist of boat rides and ice cream, with the occasional bonfire. We are absolutely loving these hot days and I don’t think I could make it through them without these 10 essentials!

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How to Install Carpet – On a Budget

Since the day my husband and I bought our home, the renovations have not stopped! First was upgrading our bathroom, then ripping out all the wall paneling – which was in every single room. Then taking out old carpet and refurbishing the hardwood floors underneath; the list goes on and on. Sometimes I feel like we haven’t even got the chance to enjoy our home because we are always ripping it apart.

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