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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 »

Emergency Preparedness


MR -So with this hurricane Sandy that came through, we were all warned to make sure we were prepared to support ourselves and our families for 72 hours with no power.  This is something that we should be ready for anyways, and I know that there are lots of brochures showing us how to get ready.   I’ve just never done it, even ... Read More »

Clothes Organizing Tip


MR – I recently spent the hours and hours changing all 4 boys’ clothes from summer to winter, and from one size to the next.  Glad to be done, thankful to have so many clothes, but it takes a bit of work.   One Pinterest tip I read somewhere (can’t even remember where) was that when you are putting kids’ ... Read More »

Helpful Hints for Calming Aching, Swollen Throats


 JvO  Wow.  It’s been a few months since I’ve posted!  In the meantime, I finished work, had a baby, had several colds, mastitis, and the flu.  The sore throat that I experienced seems to be making its way around again, based on the statuses I’ve seen on facebook!  After all, ’tis the season! I thought I’d jot down some of ... Read More »

25+ Natural Earache Remedies


MR – When we first published our post about Earache Remedies, we were just looking to share a few ideas that worked for our kids, and were looking for more hints and tips from others.  And wow – did we EVER get a lot!   That post is our most-viewed and most-repinned of all our posts.  At some point in time, ... Read More »

Wedding Invitation Ornament


MR – I don’t know where I first saw a pin using a wedding invitation to make an ornament, but the idea stuck in my head – it was so cute!.  We were going to my brother-in-law’s wedding, and had bought them a gift card.  It’s always nice, though, to give an actual present.  So I took the invitation, cut ... Read More »