Dec 162015
 

Fun Gingerbread & Friends Craft for Kids - massholemommy.comWhen the weather gets colder we like to find more things to do indoors. We are from Canada but that doesn’t mean we all like the cold or want to be outside in it, because we don’t – at all!

We like to do more crafts, make more sweets, and even watch more movies together as a family when we can’t be spending excess amounts of time outside. I think our favorite besides making (and eating!) sweets is doing crafts. Especially Winter or Christmas themed. Who doesn’t love having homemade crafts for decorations especially with a house full of kids? We do!

So, today I’m sharing this fun craft for kids to make Gingerbread and Friends!

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Oct 202015
 

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Summer has finally come to a close and the Fall chilly weather is here in Canada. The only thing that makes me sad about this whole idea is all the wonderful fruit we get to enjoy during those warm summer months really isn’t available to us up here (at least not at a reasonable price)

However, before they go bad, or are out of my price range I thought what a better way to use them up than with a delicious fruit dip! My kids love dipping just about everything so it was not hard to get them on board with a fruit dip!

You don’t have to dip fruits in it though – you can dip bread sticks and even shortbread, or sugar cookies! We’ve made cookies into “cookie sticks” before and dipping those is pretty amazing! But, I personally love dipping strawberries in this dip! Continue reading »

Sep 212015
 

Dear Parents in the School Pick Up Line - Put down the smart phone, stop your convo and PAY ATTENTION to your KIDS. - sixtimemommy.com
This week my kids started back at school. I’m going to just jump right into what I want to say because today on the walk home from drop off, and then again on the walk home from pick up I was shocked at what I saw.

Moms, Dads, Older Sisters and Brothers, Neighbors and Friends who pick up kids from school:
Please put down your smart phone and greet the children. I noticed a very sad pattern this week and it is kids being ignored at drop off and pick up for a phone or person next to them chit chatting. The convo, the text, the instagram, the phone call and voicemail can wait 5 minutes while you say good-bye to the child who obviously is having a hard time adjusting to this new schedule of 6 hours away from home. When the child is crying and not wanting to go inside, but your too busy looking at your phone and typing a message to give a second thought. Scooting them inside, and turning away to walk towards your car. How sad it is for these kids to have to feel alone, scared, and more than likely unimportant during a very critical time of the first week back to school. Continue reading »

Aug 102015
 

7 Tips for Packing Successfully For a Move With Kids - massholemommy.comAt the end of August we are moving, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. Where we live right now is pretty toxic (not literally, but the lack of respect and issues we’ve had to deal with the past 2+ years would make make your jaw drop!)

So, we’ve had to start getting things ready to go. I’ve had to figure out some tricks to get things moving along, get the kids to help and organize what we need, what we don’t need and how to deal with the stress that comes along with a move, finding a new place, securing the new place, changing addresses, making arrangements for hook ups, etc etc!

I wanted to share with you, just in case you need to move sometime in the near future what I’ve learned that will hopefully make the moving process for us go a lot smoother from here on out, and maybe you too!

Arm Yourself With a Good Plan:
I need a plan for everything in life, moving was a big one. Sit down and write out a plan to tackle your budget, boxes, rooms, junk and where you will start and finish. Anything you think you may need to plan for, do it. Even if small, or silly. You just never know and costs add up quickly especially those unexpected ones! Continue reading »

Jun 222015
 

5 Small Blogging Tips That Are Just Good To Know - massholemommy.com

In the blogging world there are so many dos and dont’s. Some of which we don’t all know right off the bat – so it’s great to search before you do something if you aren’t sure but it’s also great to ask a fellow blogger their opinion. I have been blogging since I was 11 (I’m turning 30 in July, so you can do the math!) and I’m still learning as I go along….

But, I’ve also been helping a few fellow bloggers on the side. I don’t claim to know everything because I don’t and I’m still learning myself, but the things I have learned along the way I really strongly feel other bloggers should know, and the sooner the better… So, I’m sharing them with you today.

NOFOLLOW. When you are posting links make sure to always do NOFOLLOW posts if you want google to rank your blog. This is so important. It’s the best advice I ever got a few years back, and tell anyone I help with blogs – always use nofollow. If you don’t know what that means, or what the consequences are – please look it up. I’ve had quite a few people approach me to work with me but ask to use dofollow links (opposite of nofollow) and I’ve had to decline because I can’t risk my website. I won’t risk my website. Continue reading »

May 202015
 

5 Ways to Celebrate Dad This Father's Day Without Breaking the Bank! Need an idea? Maybe two? Check out this great list of 5 easy, budget friendly from the heart ideas! - massholemommy.comYep! It’s already time to discuss Father’s Day! It’s right around the corner.

I have a hard time figuring out what to get my husband for Father’s Day. He’s picky, but also doesn’t use much so it’s hard to figure out just what to get him!

Here are 5 Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day Without Breaking the Bank:

Homemade From the Heart:
Pictures are always a great way to the heart of dad. Recycle an old picture frame, print off a great photo of the kids and create or find a heartfelt saying to add to the frame. This can be displayed in his office, or living room and remind dad how much his minis truly do love and appreciate him!

Make him his Favorite dish With the kids:
Surprise him with his favorite dish. Main or dessert. Get the kids to help as much as possible, or even just supervise them doing it all! Take photos too! Continue reading »

Apr 272015
 

Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Things Fresh and Organized: Quick and Easy to get the jobs done! - sixtimemommy.comIt’s that time again! The weather is changing and it’s time to get things around the house organized and ready for the nice warm weather! At my house that job never seems to be done but, I find if I plan to do my Spring Clean out and Winter Clean out way ahead of time I usually get it done much quicker. Having a plan of attack is really necessary for me, I forget everything and seem to have developed a scatter brain the older I got, and the more kids I had! If you are anything like me this just may help!

These 5 tips have helped me get things done quickly and efficiently. No real tricks, but I go down the list in order and it works for me! Maybe it could work for some of you!

1. Clean out the Closets:
We have so many people in our house cleaning out closets can take a few days. But it’s necessary. Rotate the winter for the spring clothes. Put away the costs, hats and boots. I organize in tubs, label the lids and tuck away.

2. Go Through Cupboards:
I find over the winter months I get many containers that are winter themed. Snowmen, wreaths, even Santa. It’s time to tuck them away and organize all the Tupperware, food that’s been piling up (canned soups, etc!) inventory what you have, what you need and what can be tucked away or donated! Continue reading »

Apr 062015
 

Building Friendships Online or Offline.. Does it Matter Which? - massholemommy.com

Being a mom and making friends is hard. I moved Toronto 5 years ago this August and I have 1 actual friend in this City.

Why? Well to put it as nicely as I can, I don’t like many people. I don’t like fake people or fair-weather friends, and often that’s what I have found here and tried hard to stay away from.

It’s so important as a mom to build and have lasting friendships, so what do I do?

I have the best of friends online and back home. Not only is this good for my sanity but it is also less invasive and less drama. The people I have met in person here have turned out to be just that, drama. I don’t need drama, I have children who provide enough of that during the day for me I don’t need it from grown women. I do have one very good and loyal friend, she’s there when we both need each other or to just chat about nothing. Sadly, she lives across town but she’s there.

I will make good friendships where I can. If that’s online, then so be it. I’ve made very good and year long friendships that are still going strong. Continue reading »

Mar 162015
 

Healthy Snacks for Hungry After School Bellies: Make them something good and filling that won't disrupt their dinner!My kids come home every single day starving. How? I’ll never know. Their lunches are completely full to the top of their lunch boxes, and when I say full I mean 5 snacks and a sandwich. Their lunches are full of healthy and filling foods so I just don’t get it. However, When they are hungry – they are hungry so what else can you do besides feed them?

Well, Lately I’ve decided to be a little more on the strict side when it comes to after school snacks. They get home from the bus stop around 3:30/3:35 and we usually eat dinner around 5:00-5:30 so I’d like to them to eat their dinner more than snack on a bunch of snacks.

I’ve come up with some idea’s for after school snacks, my kids just LOVE them so hopefully yours will too!

Tuna Cheese Dip with Crackers & Breadsticks – This is fairly easy and has nothing out of the ordinary in it. I use Dolphin Friendly tuna in water. Drain, Mix well with Mayo, Shred some cheese – put to one side of container, and serve surrounded by cheese crackers and mini breadsticks! Yum. They absolutely love this one.

tunaA Bento Full Snack – I love using Bento box type lunch boxes and having fruit chunks, veggies with dip and crackers ready for them! Sometimes I’ll cube cheese, put celery and PB in there or even just put out a bunch of things and let them fill their box, once that’s full that’s their snack. Continue reading »

Mar 062015
 

Making the Most Out of a Bad Situation: No one likes being left with a huge issue or situation especially if it's bad. With kids? it can seem even more extreme than we are used to, heres how we deal with it! - massholemommy.com

The past year or so I’ve really been pushed to my limit as a parent. My patience has worn thin and my temper has gotten the best of me. No, I’m not talking about my kids making me mad, or having no patience with my kids. I’m talking about things that involve my kids. School issues, to household occurrences out of our control that put my kids health or safety in jeopardy. I’ve been put to the test and I will say, I’ve cracked. The pressure has been way too much for this mama bear.

As you may be well aware, because I know even Robin has shared here how much snow she has gotten this winter over in Mass, well Toronto has been hit pretty hard too. Not with much snow, we are all pretty used to snow – but temperature wise, it’s been really awful. This February Toronto has been under quite a few deep freezes. So much so over 2,200 people have called into the City without water due to freezing pipes.

Guess what? We are one of them! Right now there are 400 homes without water. As of now we’ve been without water over a WEEK. Yes, a week. Our toilets won’t flush, our showers and bath tubs won’t fill up, we can’t wash our hands, or dishes. It’s been something I have never ever experienced before and I can’t say I’m too happy, my limits have yet again been put to the test and I failed miserably. Continue reading »

Feb 262015
 

Age Approrpriate Easter Basket Ideas: without all the junk! who needs it anyway?? - massholemommy.com

It’s never too early to start thinking about Easter! It’s coming soon so I’ve started thinking about what I can do. What exactly do kids need in an Easter basket? Probably nothing, but what would they like? Every single year I go all out. Last year I started toning it down a little bit and making sure there was a lot less candy and chocolate involved in all Holiday’s and I try to shop as frugally as I can when it comes to Baskets, Gift Bags and Treats for special days.

What I will buy my 11 year-old I most definitely won’t buy my 5 year old or 3 year old, so there’s lists I make to ensure I fill up the baskets with age appropriate toys, books, trinkets and gadgets that they will actually use. So, I sat down and came up with some ideas after looking around the dollar store and two other stores.

Ages 1-3:

  • Board Books
  • Blocks
  • Bunny Stuffed Toy
  • Puffs Baby Food
  • Socks
  • Cars
  • Light up toys

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Feb 162015
 

Quick, Easy & Cost Effective Ways to Minimize Bathroom Clutter

We have 3 bathrooms in our home but only two are working at the moment. The one in our basement well, no one uses it and the door stays locked. So, we have two bathrooms. One on our main floor, and one upstairs where all the bedrooms are. We have a family of 8, and a lot of stuff. All over the place, stuff. So what happens when 8 people use two bathrooms? Lots of organizing and keeping tabs! But, thankfully I’ve become quite a pro at making sure things are where they need to be and organized how I like them.

Not to say that others in the home do the same, because it’s been a struggle to get anyone to clean up after themselves in the bathroom (hello, socks don’t belong on a bathroom floor!)

Not everyone has the finances to build new bathrooms or expand current ones. So, here are my quick, simple and cost effective ways I keep my bathroom clutter to a minimum: Continue reading »

Feb 042015
 

7 Ways To Get Him Excited For Valentine's Day: When you think of Valentines Day you usually think of LOVE but, besides love what do you think of? Flowers, Chocolate and Jewellery, right? Well, How about something different. How about something for HIM?

If your husband (or spouse) is anything like mine then he thinks Valentine’s Day is well, just another day.

This makes me sad and just can’t be possible! But if you think about it, when you think of Valentine’s Day what pops into your mind besides love? Flowers, Candy and Jewelry, right? So, I decided this year to make Valentine’s Day all about HIM this year. Usually, Valentine’s although centered around love is geared toward women. But what about him? What about those handsome hunks we love?

We have kids, lots of kids, so going out isn’t really a option for us so I had to sit down and really think. What could be done to focus on HIM this Valentine’s day, and here’s what I’ve come up with

» Make him breakfast in bed: Valentine’s Day is a Saturday this year so if your guy isn’t working make him breakfast in bed! Eggs, sausages, toast and home fries!

» Get him gifts he can appreciate: Valentine’s makes people think of chocolate, jewelry and flowers but men don’t want that. Get him some updated tools, a new power shaver or even take him to a movie or two!

» Be Romantic: But not overly, needy romantic. Show him you care. Give him a foot massage, Back massage or even go for a couples massage (a legit one!)

» Ask him what HE wants to do for the day: You may be surprised with what he chooses, but if not just simple and nod! It’s only one day! Continue reading »