Hosting a Child’s First Sleepover: Guaranteed Fun & Sleep

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The first sleepover is a cherished childhood milestone, and a successful first sleepover is marked by loads of fun and even getting some sleep.  Whether boy or girl, the tools are the same: friends, food, fun, and some freedom from the usual routine.

Coordinating a weekend night is a challenge for most modern parents, but once scheduled, not much can stop the excitement.   So turn the baseball cap backwards, pile the couch cushions and pillows on the floor, and take a flying leap that makes mom squeal. 

Snacks, awesome snacks, are critical.  Pizza, favorite beverages, popcorn or chips, and ice cream are essential. Having pizza delivered is fun, but picking it up provides a brief road trip that can be a treat.  Better yet, makes personal pizzas from scratch. Just a little yeast, warm water, touch of honey, and flour, and the children can knead their own dinner.… [read more]

3 Applications Every New Parent Needs and Why

3 Applications Every New Parent Needs and Why

Welcome to parenthood in the digital age- there are apps for just about everything parenting related to keep you on track and up to speed with all things mommy and daddy-hood. But are they really all that helpful? There are some out there that can make life harder than it has to be, so getting the ones that actually help is imperative. These three apps are helpful for first time parents and seasoned pros, alike.… [read more]

Teach Your Child About The Library

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Books, are an amazing tool. They can be teacher-sharing information and enriching your mind, time machine- taking you places you may only otherwise dream about, therapist- blocking out the world, and oftentimes friend- being there for you whenever you need them.  One of the greatest gifts we an give our children I believe is the power of the written word- BOOKS. One place they can go and find books on any topic they can possibly imagine, is of course the library.

I remember as a little girl my first visit to the public library to get it a library card, it was blue, with a little silver metal tat that had braille like raised indentations representing my card number.  The library seemed so magical to me. I could bring home anything there that I wanted, return it and bring home more! Do you remember the magic of the library as a child?… [read more]

Potty Time! 8 of the Best Tips For Potty Training Your Toddler

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One of the most dreaded and yet looked forward to steps in your toddlers development.

1.Make sure your child is ready- Do they show signs of readiness? Do they indicate when they need to go, or have just gone? Do they do the “gotta go dance”? Can they stay dry for long periods of time? Are they showing any interest in using the potty like a big boy/girl? By all means give it a good try, if the time is not right stop for a month or two and try again.

2. Go shopping-  Make a big deal of this new step by going to pick out underwear or pullups with your child’s favorite character, and a special potty. Letting them pick out these items for becoming a big boy/girl will give them a sense of power over the experience- and we all know toddlers love power!

3.Set a Timer-  Little ones are easily distracted and may not always notice or want to stop playing when they get the urge to go. Set a Timer for every 15-20 minutes and let your child know that means its time to stop what they are doing and go.  Of course encourage them to come anytime they feel the need but having regular potty breaks will cut way down on accidents. This is a fun timer that would work great later for other activities like timed clean ups, etc. … [read more]

Irish Baby Names

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There are never enough baby naming sources. It’s always fun to discover a new name you haven’t thought of or heard in a while. So in honour of St Patrick’s Day, and because I can’t get enough of clever baby name sources, here are some classic (and hopefully lucky) Irish names to consider. Enjoy!

Deirdre: Meaning: “sorrowful” may be the foremost tragic heroine in Irish mythology – but it is certainly a beautiful name. It also happens to be the title of a song from The Beach Boys album Sunflower. 

Rory: Meaning: “red king” is actually a unisex name with Celtic roots. It’s sometimes used as a nickname for Aurora and Lorelai – including everyone’s favourite TV Gilmore Girl. 

Teagan: Meaning: “beautiful” is one of my top picks. The trendy name for girls is actually a form of the Welsh name Tegwin.… [read more]

Smart Tricks to Save on Baby Gear

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Having a baby is notoriously expensive. It can be a huge financial burden to take on but it doesn’t have to stress you out. There are many ways you can save on baby gear and get everything you need in time for your bundle of joy  that won’t leave you penniless.

Buy used only when it is safe. Many people will suggest that you buy used baby gear like strollers, clothes, cribs and car seats. The truth is, most of the stuff you can buy used for baby is not safe to do. There could be recalls on a n item you are not aware of or in the case of car seats, they could be expired or have been involved in a car accident. Instead, if you need to buy used baby gear, buy things like clothing as it is usually safe to do so as long as it isn’t too old.… [read more]