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LABOUR DAY SALES

Before you head off on your labour day weekend (hopefully you have something relaxing planned), I wanted to send a quick post out with a list of some of the awesome labour day sales that are happening. If you are in need of some Fall attire or maybe back to school clothes are still in your sights, this is a great weekend to grab a few things you’ve been needing. Here is a quick run down of a few of my favorites from around the web, as well as links to more sales after the jump.


no.1 Loft (for mom) – no.2 Old Navy (toddler) – no.3 Old Navy (mom) – no.4 Osh Kosh (toddler) – no.5 Old Navy (for mom) – no.6 The Gap (for dad) – no.7 Old Navy (toddler) – no.8 Loft (mom) – no.9 Osh Kosh – no.10 Old Navy (for dad) – no.11 JCrew (girl) – no.12 JCrew (mom) – no.13 Old Navy (toddler girl) - no.14 JCrew (dad) – no.15 The Gap (toddler girl)- no.16 The Gap (toddler boy) – no.17 The Gap (mom) – no.18 Old Navy (toddler) – no.19 JCrew (boy) – no.20 Old Navy (dad) – no.21 The Gap (toddler girl)

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Getting Our Toddler to Go to Sleep

Chloe had been doing a really great job of going to bed on time, which we set at 8pm, for months.  We were a bit worried about daylight saving time this spring, but both the time change and her new bed didn’t change her bedtime routine.  It wasn’t until this July, when she caught a cold, that everything went haywire. The entire month of July was a huge challenge for us. I was 8 months pregnant and in no mood for these bedtime battles. I was also exhausted during the day, and her sudden no-nap schedule was wreaking havoc on me. I thought for sure that she’d be exhausted by the end  of the day, but she seemed to have never ending energy that was driving me (and my husband) mad. We were lucky if she was in bed by 10pm and asleep by 11. This meant my husband and I had little to no time to ourselves or each other. It meant I wasn’t getting any sleep (because she was awake) and was cranky. Something had to give, and we didn’t know what to do.

What’s that phrase? Threenagers?  One night Chloe would not go to bed. After three hours of bedtime battles, my husband  threatened to take away her mickey car. Chloe sat on the couch and said, “go ahead. Take it!” This went on for 45 minutes. He took her car, her castle, random toys and the kicker… her birdie dress, her most favorite shirt in the universe. He said she could earn them back when she behaved at bedtime.  She sat on our couch, as smug as could be, and egged him on.  “Are you gonna take the big tv too, daddy?”  Ohh, we were seeing red. Nothing seemed to register with her… until the next morning when she realized all her belongings were gone. So she did what any normal 2.5 year old would do: She tore apart her room looking for her toys.

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Trying to avoid the comparison trap

Lately I’ve been thinking about ways that I can be a better parent by avoiding the comparison trap. And by that, I mean in all areas of parenting. Comparing my two daughters to each other… Comparing my kids to my friends’ kids… Comparing myself to other moms… Comparing the family I grew up in to my husband’s family… The list could go on and on!

In a word, it can be exhausting.

I don’t know if it’s just the time of year, with the start of school, and new transitions in our lives, but my own anxiety about my girls suddenly seems a little bit overwhelming. And now I’m beginning to realize that when my anxiety increases, so does my tendency to compare. I start to ask myself questions like, when will my older daughter be reading? Will she be able to make friends in her new class? Should I have signed her up for more extracurricular activities?

And yet, even as I do my best not to compare, I realize how much more relaxed I am with my younger daughter. It’s probably a combination of factors, not the least being that I’ve gone through most of the milestones at least once with my child, but also because of their opposite personalities. Here we are, the same parents in the same house raising two kids, and yet they couldn’t be more different from each other! Obviously, our situation is a little bit more complicated because HJ was adopted, but we are doing our best to show them that we love them equally and yet value their individuality, especially as they get older and start to show different preferences in terms of their interests.

When HJ arrived, and I think mainly because I was a first-time mom and HJ had some developmental delays, I kind of fell head-first into the comparison trap. First, it was why is she not walking? She was 15 months old and just learning to take a few steps. To me, that was a cause of endless worry. Then, it was why is she not talking? She was two years old and again only saying a few words. After that, it was why is she not sleeping through the night? Why is she still using her pacifier? When she turned three, it was why is she still not potty-trained? Why is she having such a hard time adjusting to preschool?

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recharging as a mom

This past year has been really busy for me and my husband in many different ways. We now have two children and our baby is turning into a very active toddler. The preschooler/toddler combination along with my husband’s sometimes 12 hour days, has left my head spinning in so many different directions it’s hard to keep the endurance at times. As a SAHM for now three years, I have been through busy times before. After a while I do seem to land on my feet and grow a bit stronger from all life throws my way, but still, how do you recharge amidst the waves?

This time of year is really busy for my husband so recently I’ve been alone full-time with my daughters. Though we both realize we are in a storm of busy-ness at the moment, it doesn’t make the days any shorter or less exhausting for both of us. The past few weeks I’ve found my energy reserves really low and generally am just feeling worn out. Instead of focusing on what is not great at present, I am trying to recharge the best I can and hang in there until we get to calmer waters.

1. trying to workout more...naptimes and jogging with the girls in the double jogger. As it begins to cool down I am getting back to jogging in the mornings and pilates videos to keep my energy up.

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Bunk bed hack!

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I recently undertook a project that I thought was worth sharing. It wasn’t that hard, gives my girls great joy, and is highly functional. Mrs. Bee has even blogged about some of the hacks that gave me inspiration.

We bought the Ikea Kura bed, with the idea of using it as a bunk bed. Jack Jack could have a Montessori style floor bed on the ground as she transitioned to a big girl bed, and Little Jack has earned her “bed in the sky” by moving from our room to her own bed.  One of my biggest worries in using this bed was safety. I was especially concerned about little kids using the ladder. Luckily, we saw a number of hackers using an alternate solution that we loved. They were using the Ikea Trofast storage system as stairs. This felt much safer to me and the kids love it!

The instructions to do this hack are really very simple.

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Animal Kingdom Day Three & Five

We decided long before we left that Animal Kingdom would probably be Drake’s favorite park, and thus decided to allocate two days for it so we could take everything in and not feel rushed. Animal Kingdom is my favorite park as well and I love that I get to share my love of animals with my son.

The Tree of Life and the mob of people in the park that day

This was my list for Drake at Animal Kingdom:

Kilimanjaro Safaris - The number one thing at Disney that I wanted to take Drake on above all else was the Kilimanjaro Safari. I figured that Drake would love this one as it would bring him up close to so many of his favorite animals like elephants, rhinos, crocodiles, zebras, hippos, ostriches, giraffes, etc.  On arrival we immediately went to Fast pass this ride and got so lucky in getting a slot within 10 minutes of our arrival. We hurried our way over and then talked up all the animals to Drake. I honestly don’t know who was more excited when we got on board the ride — Drake or all the adults anticipating his excitement.  I personally love this ride as well and could ride it all day. It was certainly a highlight of the trip for everyone.

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Bring on the pink!

After a miscarriage and trying for a year, we are now 14 weeks pregnant with a baby girl! We are so excited and I feel so lucky.


My NT scan was on Liam’s first day of preschool and sadly, my husband couldn’t make it. The only appointment they had was in the afternoon, so I had to take Liam with me because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pick him up in time, and I didn’t want him to be at school that late on his first day. I was nervous about him coming with me, but he was such a good boy and he loved seeing the baby and especially listening to her heartbeat.Even though it is still considered early to determine the sex of the baby, the ultrasound tech said she was 100% positive it is a girl. She could clearly see between the legs and she said if there was a penis, she would have seen it.

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