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$50 Value Village Back to School Wardrobe and a DIY Tank Dress
DIY Kids Activities, DIY Sewing, Fashion

A DIY tank dress and a $50 back-to-school wardrobe from Value Village

Isn’t it fun when your kids develop their own sense of style? I’ve enjoyed watching my oldest daughter, Little C, start to carve out what she likes and doesn’t like. When it comes to fashion, I’ve always favoured standing out from the crowd with some unique, colourful and DIY pieces, and my Little C is starting to like the same. This summer, we were challenged to create a back-to-school wardrobe with a $50 shopping spree at Value Village and we were both thrilled with the outcome! Let me show you my daughter’s fun and quirky back-to-school wardrobe from Value Village, plus how to make an easy DIY tank dress!
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Easy No Sandwich School Lunch Ideas
DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes, Lunch

Easy No-Sandwich School Lunch Ideas

As much as I’d like to give my girls a sweet little bento box for their school lunches every day complete with adorable cut-out shapes, fruit skewers and cheese statues… I simply don’t have the time. I also don’t have the brain power at 6:30 in the morning, for that matter. However, I do want to give them interesting school lunches full of nutritious choices that are more interesting than a daily sandwich. Here are some of the lunches I’ll be packing for my 7 and 5 year old this year, and they don’t include one sandwich! With the help of an insulated container (which I finally purchased for the girls’ lunches this year!) & Minute Rice Ready to Serve Cups, I have a lot more options for school lunches – even when I’m packing lunches half-asleep at 6:30 am! Read on for some easy, no-sandwich lunch ideas for back-to-school.Continue reading

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DIY Kids Activities, Randoms, Reviews & Giveaways

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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