The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns

The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns

What? There’s a No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns? Who knew, right? I bet that blog title caught your attention! Every baby is different and every parent is different. That is why there is no cookie cutter way of parenting or caring for your baby. Of course babies are going to cry as that is one of their means of communication with the world, however Elizabeth Pantley teaches us how to maximize a newborn’s sleep schedule in her new book The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns. As soon as I learned about Elizabeth Pantley and her No-Cry Book Series, when my … Continue reading

An Educational Gift Idea for Kids {GIVEAWAY}

book subscription service for kids

I’m always on the hunt for a unique and educational gift idea for kids. When I discovered Marmalade books, a unique book subscription, I was intrigued to learn more. Once received, I knew immediately that it would have to be listed on my Gift Ideas page for all parents to learn about. When I received the Middle Grade Box, I immediately thought of my daughter as she absolutely adores reading books! In fact, today on the way to school, we were chatting about her 30 minutes of daily “reading homework”. Her response was, “Mom, really it shouldn’t be called homework … Continue reading

Check the Date on Your Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms #FirePreventionWeek

smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms

My son came home with some very important homework this weekend. The task was to draw a floor plan of our house homework for Mommy or Daddy and discuss our Fire Escape Plan. I was very pleased to learn that he remembered our plan from last year (and the years before). This year, we have had to make a change in our meeting place as landscape dictates this for us, so we were thankful for this opportunity. As much as we don’t want to talk about a fire escape plan, it is important to re-evaluate every year and refresh our … Continue reading

Mess Free Art Idea

Mess Free Art

Mess free art allows children the space to be creative in a mess free zone – a parent’s dream come true, right? Creativity can take many forms, but often when it comes to children, it is MESSY! Like the protagonist of ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, budding artist Rafe Khatchadorian, would tell you, creative self-expression can take many forms, from a doodle in a note book to a wall covered in Stickies. I can tell you that as a Child Studies major from the University of Guelph, one key learning that continues to stand out in my … Continue reading

Concussions are SERIOUS!

Concussions are Serious

Concussions are REAL and if left undiagnosed and untreated, can cause serious long term effects. Children often are involved in play and sports that increase their risks for a head injury and possibly a concussion. Since becoming a parent, I have heard of conflicting information with regards to diagnosing and managing concussions, which is a cause for concern. I am grateful to have learned of a new service that is FREE to Canadians to provide extra assistance when a child has a suspected concussion. An estimated 225,000 Canadians suffer from concussions each year. Thirty per cent of all traumatic brain … Continue reading

Overnight Oats and Blueberries in a Jar

Overnight Oats

Mornings are always a huge rush around our house AND everyone seems to want something different for breakfast. Because of this, I’ve learned how to pre-make breakfast, enough to cover us for a few days at a time. Along with smoothies, one breakfast meal that I prepare is “Mommy’s special eggs” (perhaps I’ll share that recipe another time) and lately my daughter and I have been enjoying Overnight Oats and Blueberries in a Jar with NO ADDED SUGAR! My favourite ingredient (aside from the blueberries, of course) in these overnight oats are the chia seeds. My favourite chia seeds to … Continue reading

Sherkston Shores – A Beautiful Family Getaway

Sherkston Shores

This past summer, my kids and I had the opportunity to visit Sherkston Shores, an all ages RV resort on shores of Lake Erie. Sherkston Shores has over 560 acres of beautiful land that is connected with paths and small roads that are often navigated by golf carts (the popular way to get around at Sherkston). We were really unsure what to expect of an RV resort, but let me tell you that it was NOTHING like I thought it might be. This family getaway was an experience that we would like to make a tradition every single year! Sherkston … Continue reading

Taquito Pie … Mmmm…

Taquito Pie

When I learned that hubby and my son had made Taquito Pie while my daughter and I were at a vendor show sharing about Norwex and greener cleaning, I was very eager to have it for dinner! Just over a year ago, my hubby came up with this recipe for Beef Taquitos. They were immediately a hit in our family and they make a great freezable meal too! As delicious as they are – preparing them can be a wee bit time consuming with all of the rolling of tech taquito, so his latest version, instead of calling Taquito Pie, … Continue reading

How to De-Stink Your Dishwasher


With the change of season, there are a few tasks around the house that need to be checked off of the “to-do” list. One of them is cleaning your dishwasher in order to de-stink your dishwasher and have it run optimally in time for holiday entertaining. It’s important to have a clean dishwasher to help make sure you’re giving the best clean to your dishes for your family and friends during the holiday season. Would you hand-wash your dishes in a dirty sink with dirty water? Likely, your answer is “no”. Think of all the grease and grime build up … Continue reading

Could You Benefit from Better Sleep?

better sleep

Up until a couple of months ago, hubby and I had been sleeping on a very old mattress. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how old it was. But, when you’ve got a good thing, you tend to hang on and we held on tight to that mattress for many years more than we should have. I knew it was time to get a new mattress when there were rips in the sides, my body was uncomfortable each morning when I woke up and my body was craving better sleep! When I was introduced to the Leesa mattress, I wasn’t too … Continue reading