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How to Win at Mornings When You’re Not a Morning Mom

The alarm goes off at 6:45 a.m. I let it ring for a few minutes before I groan and reach my hand out to find its glorious snooze button. I sigh and lay in bed for another five minutes, trying to calculate the latest possible time I can get up before Little C is late for the bus. Without fail, she bounds into our bedroom at 6:55—she’s wide awake and ready for the day to get started. I’m still half asleep. I admit it. I am NOT a morning mom.

With my oldest entering grade two this year, and my middle daughter ready for kindergarten (OH MY WORD!), I know that I have to get my morning act in gear for them. I need to feed them a healthy breakfast, and make sure everyone has a lunch as they head out the door—and try not to grumble and snap as I do it. I need to win at mornings!

Are you chipper and smiley in the morning and ready to take on the day? I salute you. Are you a non-morning mom like me? Let me share with you the tricks I’ve learned over the past couple of school years with my young kids that have helped me win at mornings.

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Relish the Charms of the Present - Free Rose Artwork
Free Printables, Health & Beauty, Randoms

Present: My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions (+ A Free Printable)

Happy 2016, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and that you’re excited for a fresh new year to begin. I sure am. I always love new beginnings.

Here I am again getting a little personal and writing down my resolutions for this year. I did it last year and in 2013 and was so happy that I did – it helps to write your goals down, doesn’t it? I wanted to quickly share mine with you today and I’d also love to hear yours. You’ll also find some free artwork to print for yourself here!Continue reading

The DIY Mommy's Favourite Boxing Day Deals 2015
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My Favourite 2015 Boxing Day Deals

There’s no kind of shopping I enjoy more than sale shopping, so today I wanted to share with you some of my absolute favourite Boxing Day sales for 2015! These are all places I’ve personally shopped from this year, and I’d recommend all of them. These are all picks that are perfect for folks like me – the budget-savvy mama that loves a good dose of style. I’ve got my recommendations for everything from furniture to cosmetics to clothing to crafts… I hope you enjoy my favourite 2015 Boxing Day Deals!Continue reading

Handmade & store bought gift ideas for little ones who love to collect Shopkins and My Little Pony!
DIY Kids Activities, Randoms

Gift Guide 2015: The Wee Collector

Welcome to day 3 of Gift Guide Week 2015! I’m putting together my favourite gift ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people on my list and sharing them with you this week. I hope you find these helpful as you finish your Christmas shopping this year!

Today, we’re focusing on that wee one who loves collecting little toys. For me, this is my 6 year old and 4 year old daughters. They LOVE all things Shopkins and My Little Pony, so I’ve scoured the internet for my favourite little collectible toys and the fun handmade accessories to go with them.  Have a little toy lover on your list too? Here are some unique gift ideas:Continue reading

Gift ideas for techies / geeks / technology lovers on your list!
Randoms, Technology

Gift Guide 2015: The Tricky Techie

Welcome to day 2 of Gift Guide Week 2015! I’m putting together my favourite gift ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people on my list and sharing them with you this week. I hope you find these helpful as you finish your Christmas shopping this year!

Today, we’re focusing on that technology lover in your life. For me, this is my hubby and my brothers. I find them quite hard to buy for, so I’ve scoured the internet for my favourite little techie toys and the fun accessories to go with them. Lots of these are budget-friendly gifts that won’t break the bank, but they’re all rather impressive! Have a computer lover or a “tricky techie” on your list too? Here are some unique gift ideas:Continue reading

Gift ideas for DIY divas / craft lovers on your list!
DIY Parties & Holidays, Life, Randoms, Shopping

Gift Guide 2015: The DIY Diva

Welcome to day 1 of Gift Guide Week 2015! I’m putting together my favourite gift ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people on my list and sharing them with you this week. I hope you find these helpful as you finish your Christmas shopping this year!

Today, we’re focusing on that DIY enthusiast in your life. For me, this are a lot of my close friends – they love to craft just like me. I’ve scoured Etsy for my favourite little craft supplies and accessories perfect for a DIYer. Have a “DIY diva” on your list too? Here are some unique gift ideas:Continue reading

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Collect Moments, Not Things

Collect Moments, Not Things
While this Fall season has been a busy one for us, it’s also been a time of enjoying each moment as it comes. We haven’t been buying as much stuff  this month since taking part in the Interac® 21 Day Credit-Free Challenge, but I’ve definitely felt rich. We’ve been enjoying just being outside together, walking around, and taking in autumn in all its glory. We’ve harvested our little garden together as a family. We’ve played dollhouse, had family dinners, and worked on projects that needed to be done on our home before winter hits. DSC_0187SML

None of these things involved spending a ton of money. As my daughters grow, I’m realizing more and more how precious each day is that I spend with them. They won’t remember the toys I buy them or drawers full of clothes, but they will remember the special moments we share together. I know those are the fond memories of my own childhood – spending time with my siblings outside exploring, and the little daily things like eating suppers together.

It’s no secret that I enjoy designing and decorating our home and doing crafts, but I need to remember why I’m doing these things. Filling our home with sweet moments is more important than filling it with decorations. Teaching my children and spending time with my daughters while doing crafts is more important than making the “perfect” DIY.

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Adhering to a tight budget of money we actually have this month has reminded me once again that we need to collect moments, not things. The stuff we buy will break, get lost, or be passed on to someone else. The moments I spend with my family and friends are precious, fleeting, and they’ll be treasured for a long time to come. Wouldn’t you agree?

The Interac 21 Day Credit-Free Challenge has been a great experience. It’s reminded us that we need to be mindful of our budget and stick with it. It’s allowed me to focus on moments, not things. It’s also stirred up more creativity in me as I came up with different ways to save money while enjoying the season with my family. Thanks for the ride, Interac Debit!

Disclosure: This post was part of a sponsored collaboration between Interac Association and SheKnows

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