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Monday, 9 July 2018

Massive Monster Mayhem = Monster sized FUN!

*This post is in Partnership with Massive Monster Mayhem 
All opinions are my own and it goes without saying, genuine.

Guess who went to Monster Jam yesterday?!
Yup, it was us.

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monster jam, massive monster mayhem, family channel,

The show was amazing and our favourite of the day, by far, was Cynthia Gauthier (click).

She was the donut queen, she's Canadian and she drives the cutest Dalmatian dog (Monster Mutt) decked out truck!

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monster jam, massive monster mayhem, family channel,

monster jam, massive monster mayhem, family channel,

monster jam, massive monster mayhem, family channel,

Uncle Jac came with but when I sent this photo to my sister she thought a stranger was thumbs up photo bombing us! ^

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The food was fab, the crowd was wild and the only complaint of the day was the weather was TOO nice! If you can call that a complaint, I don't know but I know I walked away with a nice shade of tan (burn lol)!

After all that time in the sun, we were more than happy to snuggle in on the couch and watch a family-friendly program - Massive Monster Mayhem.

You guys know, Elliott LOVES monsters vs good guys.
He lives for shows like this, so I was not surprised when he was super into it and wanting more after we finished our sneak preview episode.

I'll break it down for you in case you haven't seen it: action-packed, comedy, sci-fi, real kids, athletic challenges, monster superstars!

 It's exciting and funny, I love the hosts and they will seem very familiar to us adults, I think so anyway!
You'll have to watch the show yourself to see what I'm talking about.

New Episodes will be available, Sundays at 4:30pm on Family Channels CHRGD
(check your local listings!)

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Win 4 Monster Jam Tickets!

Disclosure: We received free tickets to this event and free tickets for one lucky winner. 
This does not sway my opinion nor change my voice. 

Have you ever attended Monster Jam?

We have!
And it is an awesome, entertaining, family/community bonding experience.
"Bonding experience? "

YES!
It is the most fun, bonding, community feel event we've ever been to.
You're squishing onto bleachers with strangers, there's cheering, booing, snacking...
It's just an all-around good time.

Not only are we attending this year but I've Partnered with Monster Jam to giveaway 4 tickets to one lucky winner!



Because we attended last year, I already had photos I could have posted in this blog post and carried on about my day.

BUT, because I am a procrastinating perfectionist and felt like I needed to show you all the monster truck toys Elliott accumulated after seeing Monster Jam last year... I snapped some fresh pics with both the kids.

See both new and old photos below and scroll to the end to enter the giveaway!















THIS ^
Noelle's face, lol.
She was perfectly happy but I think the sun was in her eyes.





Monster Jam 2017 ^

The 2017 show was in late May so it was a bit chilly and I was still expecting with Noelle. I swear she must have known what was going on from within the womb because let me tell you, this show is LOUD.

I thought my friend Heidi did an amazing job of rounding up what you need to know about MJ, in her blog post she goes into detail AND she is giving away 4 tickets as well!

So please go read her post here, click here! for some additional info but as far as what I know from last year, you WILL need ear protection (we were sooo naive last year and a kind couple behind us gave these ear plugs to Elliott before we went to buy him some because we naively did not bring any) and this may not be as big of an issue this year because the show is in July but a sweater comes in handy (bleachers = cold butt!).



My sweet little almost 3 year old! ^

The show is fun for all ages and this year is looking like a good one:


Monster Jam, the most action-packed live event on four wheels where world-class drivers compete in front of capacity crowds in racing, 2 wheel skills challenge and freestyle competitions, is coming to Scotia Speedworld for two HUGE shows from July 7 to July 8.









The 4 tickets I have to giveaway are for the show on Sunday, July 8th, 2018 at 1pm
The event is held at Scotia Speed World, 150 Sky Blvd Halifax NS B3B 1L3
(Tickets will be made available for pickup at Box Office on show day)

The contest closes Thursday, July 5th, 2018, 12 AM 
One winner will be contacted and if no reply is received within 24 hours, we will move onto another winner chosen at random

Thank you so much for entering, now good luck and see you at Monster Jam 2018!!





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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

For the dad who has it all, Father’s Day for under $20 - Plus a giveaway!

What do you get Dad/hubby?
I have no freaking clue!
I don't really like shopping for either because well, it's not that they're picky...
it's the opposite!

They're so un-fussy they arent really impressed with anything! lol



Not to mention my dads birthday falls RIGHT ON or next to Fathers Day every single year.
How do calendars work??
Shouldn't his birthday be rotating??
Why does it seem to line up every. freaking. year!
Well, that's what gift cards are for! 



A safe bet for Nick is clothing, even though he desperately wants the Super Nintendo revival... Yeah he really, really wants it and I feel bad but I cannot take the kids to the store at 5 am and push people out of the way for a Nintendo he will probably play once a year.

Look, if they make them more readily available (preferably online orders!) I will be ALL OVER it but until then... sorry Nicky Bear.

 Not a Super Nintendo but equally as cute, we did get him this Old Navy Super dad T.
Which sadly I cannot find in stock but I do see some super cute Daddy and me options -Linked here! clicking click! non spon just cute!





Then I stopped by Walmart and picked up these cards for Nick (above) and my Dad (below)





Then came the simplest but if I may say, CUTEST idea ever!
A little SuperDAD hand and footprint DIY.
I have so much scrapbooking supplies this cost me $0.
I just popped it into an old frame and voila!



So what do you normally do for Father's Day??
Nick does so much for all of the 'mom' holidays and I do feel a little guilty that I'm never able to return the gesture but seriously, what do you get for the guy who says he doesn't need anything?!?

If you let me know down below >>>>>>>>
You will be entered to win this super cool 'Man's Stuff' Man Can!
Supplied by Farley Co







All you have to do is enter as many ways as you please, below >

This contest is only open to my Canadian friends as per shipping restrictions.
Quick closing on June 17th, 2018 so you can surprise 'dad' with the good news!


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Thursday, 10 May 2018

So, you haven’t lost the baby weight...

Ok.
Well, who ****ing cares?!

(I don't know how to get through this without cursing so bear with me)
so you haven't lost the baby weight

































Oh, I will tell you who cares...

Denise from across the street who has birthed 12 kids and "Bounced right back every time! All it took was breastfeeding."

Mike from your work who is single and childless but feels knowledgeable in commenting "You've still got a while to go before you get that pre-baby body eh?"

Your Aunt Beatrix who knew you when "you were always such a thin child/teen, I guess those days are behind you!"

Some John Smith on the internet who literally lives half a world away, knows NOTHING about your life, pregnancy, birth experience, health issues, work, kids, etc. but knows "bouncing back is not that hard, stop being a lazy cow, put down the burger and hit up a gym every once and a while!"

so you haven't lost the baby weight

Then there's the subtle shame and expectations we as a culture put on moms even before they've given birth, experienced parenting or in some cases even been pregnant.

Like this Pregnancy journal that I got for my Pregnancy with Noelle...

so you haven't lost the baby weight

There are a few Pregnancy journal options out there, I had one with Elliott and it was awesome. I remember every little kick and doctors appointment because I kept it in the journal.

With Noelle, I wasn't as organized, second child, sorry Noelle.
So, I went back to fill in the blanks last week and this was the BS I came face to face with.

WTF.
Honestly, what the actual F?!

This ain't my first rodeo so I knew all the ways my body was about to change and I'm not saying its something you should be ignorant to because trust me, your body WILL change.

But am I going to get fat?
Things I miss about my old body?

This is the loaded bullshit that gets women all messed up in the head.
Instead of embracing this time in their lives where they have a beautiful round bouncing belly full of kicks and flips, a nursery to decorate, a lot of sleep to squish in before baby arrives.

Women are already watching the scale, counting every pound that jumps up and stressing about how hard that's going to be to lose once the baby is here.

Then they're running out of the house at 6 weeks postpartum hitting the elliptical like a workhorse, avoiding bathing suits at every cost and trolling TMZ for before and afters of celeb mothers who were back down to their pre-pregnancy weight within 4.2 hours of birth.





IT'S COMPLETE BS.




The fact that anyone dares to look at a new mom probably not knowing anything about them, their medical history, their pregnancy history, their birth history, their home life, their work life, their hobbies, interests, hopes, fears, dreams, babies sleeping patterns...

And makes a snap judgement based on appearance and assumptions.

I'm sorry Denise, but breastfeeding only lasted 4 months for me and can actually cause the opposite effect in some women, where you gain weight because of the hormones/food intake etc.

OK Mike, well I am a little busy right now but believe it or not I do get to the gym as much as possible. In fact, why don't you volunteer you've got some free time, right? How about you babysit and I'll hit a Zumba class or 2.

Yeah Aunt B, seems I am not the same shape and size I was at 7 or 15... probably because that was 16+ years ago. When I was a CHILD, carefree and didn't have 2 mini versions of myself hanging on either arm asking for shiz, needing food, water, playtime and poop wipes every 30 seconds.
According to my high school reunion group, I am on par with the ageing though, thanks.

John Smith, you're not worth my time.







So, I haven't lost the baby weight but you know what I do have?

A brain, that tells me the media has been pushing this "bouncing back" term on the world to create sales, drama, stress, interest, pressure, comments, shares, etc. etc.

A term that puts the birth mom in yet another position of trying to be a great mother, balancing the hormone changes, perfect body, hair, makeup, President and CEO, hobbyist, a classical pianist, volunteer on every committee.

And then feeling like a failure when they can't do all those things perfectly concurrently, feeling like you have to choose between being a great mother or being pretty or smart.

News flash!
I am a great mother, I am gorgeous, I am wicked smart and sometimes I do get all those titles on the same day, some days I don't, but I am no less of any of them. 

My brain makes me hilarious, intelligent and beautiful beyond the measure of what you see on my outer shell.

I have a strong heartbeat, that allows me to hit the gym, dance at Zumba and run (walk ;)) my first marathon 10 days from now.

I have a sense of peace, I know I am so lucky to have had 2 wonderful birthing experiences where everyone came out healthy and happy, my pregnancies leave something to be desired (I had HG!) but still I made it through (counting down literally every. single day.) and my kids were perfect.



AND I STILL HAVE A FREAKING BANGING BEAUTIFUL BODY.



That's right!
My 190-pound body is strong and sexy, like really sexy.
Not just "sexy for a mom" or "sexy for her weight"








I guess the point of this is that there will always be people who comment on your body.
Big, small, short, tall, wavy, curly (wait now I am describing hair types... lol)

Every person has a 'type', every person has an opinion on what the 'perfect' body is but to me its such a moot point, why bother making those types of comments and don't let people who comment like that get you down.

And this extends beyond 'baby weight', I have dealt with weight comments my whole life.
Shamed for being 'too skinny' and too big and it doesn't stop at women, I feel for the men too.

It's a major problem, it's bigger than I can/would know how to fix but I am hoping we can start a ripple effect by doing the smallest thing: love yourself.

Stop comparing, look in the mirror and pick out good things, talk about them out loud, let your kids/friends/family hear you say it, carry it with confidence.

Love your body, show off your body, show off as many different bodies as we possibly can!





*I am not immune to the comments, I have bad days where I get down, hell, I have whole years where I get down on myself! I have blog posts talking about weight, I go to the gym (mind you, I really go to get energy and it helps with mental health). I just want to change the discussion to normalizing and loving all figures!

ex: there is nothing wrong with bouncing back from a baby in 4.2 hours, there is a problem when that's all we see and when it becomes a competition to pit women against each other: 2 hours, 1 hour, 15 minutes, 25 seconds and she was pre baby weight!

I want to see different stories, different examples from all across the board.



Sunday, 22 April 2018

Easy Ideas to do with the Family this Earth Day...

This blog post is in partnership with none other than, Ranger Rob!
In honour of Earth Day, Treehouse is hosting a Ranger Rob marathon April 22nd, 3:15 - 6:30 ET.
(US residents: Sprout 9am, repeating at 3:30)

Easy ideas for the kids this earth day

I will be honest in saying I worry about my carbon footprint, everything in our lives is disposable...

An example, my grandparent's homes always looked the same, in 20 years I think I could count on one hand the number of things that changed in either set of grandparents home and it wasn't that they were too poor or didn't keep their house up, it was just the thought of 'why replace one good thing with another good thing?'

But my mom replaces good things all the time, I don't mean to rag on her but I can't help but notice when something good gets replaced with something equally as good and how its kind of weird. When I walk into stores now I see so much stuff that makes me wonder how much good stuff got tossed into a landfill to make way for this good stuff?

I think about it all year long but I really think about it this time of year because of Earth Day, Spring cleaning, Roadside pick up (if you live in our area there's a giant 'swap' date to put out things you don't want and others can take what they like) etc.

I am guilty too, I'm in part my mom but I will admit my vice is clothing and makeup, which I try to convince myself is better than house decor as its typically in smaller packaging.

There are a few things I try to do especially this time of year to tip the scales back to my grandparents time...

Easy ideas for the kids this earth day

1. GIVE AWAY FREEBIES

You don't even want to know how often I put a bunch of stuff with a FREE sign at the bottom of my driveway. (at least twice a year, last week ^)

You may be done with something but someone else may be able to breathe new life into it!


Easy ideas for the kids this earth day

2. CLEAN OUT THE KIDS CLOSETS AND DONATE

Ok, this is a problem for me because I am not sure if we're done having kids.. but I still try to go through and keep as little as my hoarding self will allow.

Easy ideas for the kids this earth day

Same goes for playrooms!
I have been sorting toys into - donate, yard sale, going back to grandmas, and everyday use.
It's making a huge dent in organizing this mess! (this is the before)

Easy ideas for the kids this earth day

3. BUY USED

If you have the shopping bug I suggest going to the thrift stores!
It always satisfies my itch and usually costs a small fraction of the shopping mall.
(the clothes are still as good as new if not NEW ^ this dress still has the original tags on)

Easy ideas for the kids this earth day

Especially while the kids are young, they have no idea this isn't brand new and I don't think they would care either way! I still find 'cool' paw patrol, superheroes, etc. etc. stuff at the thrift store.

Easy ideas for the kids this earth day

4. CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE AND PANTRY

I am super guilty of letting food expire, mainly because I didn't know it was there.
I have been making a habit of moving the closer expiration dates to the front and putting my new groceries near the back.

Easy ideas for the kids this earth day

5. COOK IN BULK

So, I just did this the other day and it feels really good to have a freezer stock full of food!
Not only because its easier on the wallet but I always feel like fast food/restaurant takeout comes with so much wasteful/ non-biodegradable add-ons!

- straws, cups, lids, ketchup packets, burger wrappers, plastic bags, plastic cutlery... x each family member!

Easy ideas for the kids this earth day



Easy ideas for the kids this earth day

6. PLAY WITH TOYS THAT DON'T USE POWER

I try to keep my kids away from screen time as much as possible, with a 3 year old that may not mean every day (he loves his Gameboy!) but when I can distract him from the video games I try to tempt him with things like sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, bike riding, sandboxes, anything that is outside is only a bonus.



7. SAVE WATER

I will bathe the kids together and/or let Elliott shower with Nick or I and I am forever reminding him to turn the water off while brushing teeth and washing hands!


Easy ideas for the kids this earth day

Tips from Rob ^^

I love that we crossed ideas a couple of times but also love that Rob has more ideas that I can implement today!

Happy Earth Day to you!