Posted on November 28, 2017

Decorating Your Home For Christmas | Winter Forest Decorations

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I feel like Buddy The Elf when it comes to Christmas! I love it so much.

There’s something special about spending time with family, dressing up, watching Christmas movies, eating good food, celebrating Jesus’ birth, and being in the spirit of giving.

This year I ordered a bunch of mix-matching forest animal stockings, and let the girls chose which one they wanted, now I’m hooked on the forest decorations for Christmas.

I still need to decide if I’m going to put up our big Christmas tree or not… Abigail has very selective hearing and exercises it frequently…

When do you put up your Christmas decorations? November or December?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 25, 2017

5 Parenting Wins & Fails Parents Love To Bond Over

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and PC Organics Baby and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.

5 Parenting Wins & Fails Parents Love To Bond Over

I love play dates, it’s a chance to catch up with or meet new mom friends.

Let’s be honest, it’s kind of hard to find good mom friends that you like… But when you do your friendships bloom over discussing these 5 parenting wins & fails:

  1. Sleep (or lack of) – We’re all striving for more than 6 hours of sleep in a row, when we achieve it we have to share it with parents who will be happy with us! They know the struggle of lack of sleep, and this is something worth celebrating!
  2. Physical Milestones: Rolling over to sitting up to crawling to walking to running. It’s the big moments of watching our babies grow up that we love to share!
  3. Verbal Milestones: Are they talking yet? What were their first words? From mispronouncing a word or stringing together a funny sentence, kids say the most hilarious things.
  4. Diaper Blowouts/Potty Training: Nothing binds parents together like sharing our diaper blowouts and potty training fails. It’s right of passage in parenting, if you haven’t had at least one insane blowout or potty training fail please sprinkle a bit of luck on the rest of us.
  5. Food: Whether you’re exclusively breast-feeding, formula feeding, pumping, baby led, early starter – we all feed our children in different ways. The main milestone you’re trying to teach your child is self-feeding. We all have to learn it!

I’m teaching my two year old, Abigail, to self-feed by using President’s Choice Organic baby food products – they are 100% certified organic food products for up-and-coming self-feeders from 6 months to 3 years old. The snacks are full of enticing flavours and balanced nutrition.

I like practicing their fine motor skill of using their pointer finger and thumb to pick up the Multigrain O’s. And Abigail’s favourite snacks are the mini rice cakes and fruit, veggie & oat bars (they come in 2 new flavours).

Have you tried PC Organic baby food products for your self-feeders?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 24, 2017

Things To Do In Edmonton This Christmas 2017

Edmonton Christmas Activities To Brighten Up The Season

I’ve had so many requests for things to do in Edmonton this Christmas 2017, so I made a list of all the fun shenanigans happening in Edmonton for you to treat your family, friends, and yourself to!

Don’t forget to share this page to spread the Christmas community events!

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What will you get up to this Christmas season?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 21, 2017

Gift Guide | Sparkle Surprise Gifts Under $35

Anyone else watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine? You know Gina’s “sparkle surpise” face? Then you understand the title of this gift guide!

Right now Nordstrom is having a kick butt Black Friday sale, and it’s not even Black Friday yet!! 

Last year I learned the hard way that if you wait until actual Black Friday, all the things you wanted will be sold out because of pre-Black Friday sales. So if you want to get some gorgeous presents or stocking stuffers for a reduced price this Christmas, now is the time to start putting in your orders.

Like right now.

Everything listed above are gifts under $35 CAD, so there is something for everyone! 

Do you like to accomplish all your Christmas shopping on Black Friday? Or do you splurge on yourself?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 18, 2017

Board Games For Everyone | Black Friday Week Deals

Christmas traditions

Matt’s family loves board games! Over the years we’ve played the classics and introduced new games – we all have favourites and ones that we’re not the best at but we all end up laughing and creating memories.

These are board games for everyone, and these are our favourites in no particular order:

Buzzword

Catch Phrase

Splendor

Wits N Wagers

Codenames

Telestrations

Munchkin

Settlers of Catan

Taboo

Ticket To Ride

Blokus

Sheriff Of Nottingham

Amazon has their Black Friday Week sales on, and a lot of these games are discounted! So add some board games for the holidays to your cart and create new, wholesome traditions this Christmas.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 16, 2017

Makeup Hygiene | How To Clean & Repair Your Eyeshadow

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Keeping your eyeshadow palettes clean and hygienic is easy when you start with good makeup hygiene routine.

How many months have you gone without cleaning brushes or palettes? Cross contamination is a real thing and nothing is less cute than an eye infection.

Here are a few things to keep your palette and makeup brushes clean:

  1. Clean Your Brushes After Every Use – Use or create a daily brush cleanser that you spray on your brushes after you use them. And then once a week deep clean them – you can use shampoo, your facemask, special makeup brush cleanser, anything! There are no excuses!
  2. Disinfect Your Eyeshadows – Take a tissue or toilet paper and skim the top layer of each colour, and spray with rubbing alcohol. It will not harm your shadows!
  3. Repair Your Eyeshadow With Rubbing Alcohol – I’m sure I am not the only one who has dropped their palette and some of the shadows were all smashed to pieces! Assemble the eyeshadow back into its place, the best you can, spray them with rubbing alcohol then let them dry. It’s an easy, cheap way to save them!

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