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Getting a Reluctant Napper into Bed


This isn’t a long or complicated post, but I thought that I’d share anyways, just in case it might help someone else get their little person into the crib for a nap!  My little guy is now 25 months.  He still sleeps in a crib – we’re happy about that, he doesn’t seem to mind, and he’s only climbed out ... Read More »

Orange & Vinegar Spray Cleaner


MR – Just wanted to quickly share my favourite Pinterest find of the week.  I love cleaning with vinegar, but the smell is sometimes very strong.  So when I saw this pin, it looked great!  All you do is put some orange peels in a jar of vinegar, leave it for a few weeks, and then use it.  I left ... Read More »

Super Cheap Cracker Barrel Cheese – Wal-Mart, Canada


 Hello, friends!  This isn’t the type of post that we’ve typically posted on this site, but I really wanted to share the deal that I just got today!  A friend of mine on facebook posted it on Saturday, I tried it out today, and it works just fine! The deal: 400-500g Cracker Barrel Cheese – 2 for $5.84 at Wal-Mart ... Read More »

Lego Manual Storage


More about Lego in our lives.  Our boys have lots of special Lego set that they got for Christmas from their grandparents.  These ones they like to keep separate and play with on their own in their rooms.  But they were often falling apart, and we couldn’t fix them, and the manuals were all over the house.  So we got ... Read More »

LEGO Board & storage


MR - As our four boys move from the infant/toddler stage to the busy-young-boys stage, Lego has become a favourite pastime. But we’ve always had a problem about where to play with it and how to store it.  I was getting Lego all over the house – stepping on it and vacuuming it up.    My husband mentioned that they ... Read More »

Oral Rehydration Solution (Homemade Pedialyte/Electrolyte Subsitute)


 Over (Canadian) Thanksgiving, our whole family (well, except for the 2 month old infant, thankfully!) caught the stomach flu – or gastroenteritis.  Blech.  The only thing worse than spending the day throwing up (and other things) is having to watch your almost 2-year old get sick all over himself – it’s such a traumatic and scary event for the little ... Read More »

DIY Nativity Scenes – easy Christmas Crafts


As I was searching through my Christmas pins, I noticed that I had pinned a lot of Nativity scenes.  There are so many great ideas out there for making your own.  And since I tend to like the more simple, silhouette-style nativities, I was able to search out those simpler crafts.  I find that some of the store-bought ones are ... Read More »

Crochet Mary Jane Slippers


  MR – I learned how to crochet when I was young, and did a fair bit in university.  Even after we were first married, I did a bit, but as the kids came, I did less and less.  That didn’t stop me from pinning all these cute projects, like some cute crochet Mary Jane slippers.  So last week I ... Read More »

Lego Creation Preserving!


MR – Our boys have really been into Lego these days.  And they don’t just keep it in one spot – they need to play with their creation everywhere in the house.  So we’re always watching our step for random Lego on the floor…ouch.  I had seen a neat post (can’t find the link to it anymore) on a neat ... Read More »

Ways to Display Christmas Cards


We got our first Christmas card in the mail today!  As someone who loves (almost) all things Christmas, this got me thinking:  with everything that I’ve come across on Pinterest in the past year, I need some new ways to display Christmas cards.  We typically get too many to just set out on the TV stand, and besides, with a ... Read More »