Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer Pre-School with Lovable Labels

This little man had his first day of the summer pre-school program today!!! 
Of course he gave me the whole "I don't want to go" but drop off went seemingly well, with a bit of whining, but no tears!! The biggest change this time was the whole no pull ups, which means no accidents... I was super nervous about this, as he isn't THAT familiar with his teacher and likes his privacy. But he did amazing with it! I showed him where the bathroom was and made him go before I left. His teacher said he ran off during gym time and so she followed and he said he just needed to pee, but that he was having soo much fun and wanted to get back. She said she loved hearing him articulate his feelings!!
Overall he had a great day! He will be going every Thursday for the next 4 weeks, then he will have a little break and start back up in September going Thursday's again. I'm hoping come the new year that we will be able to get him in Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
I will look forward to my mornings with Emilya, although this morning wasn't all that fun, with a drive to London (40 minutes away) to get a new ear mould impression done. Em was NOT a fan at all... she cried, no wait - screamed right up until we left!! But we had success!! 
Last night I was busy labelling all of Noah's stuff for pre-school! 
Lovable Labels makes that soo easy!! I've been using these products for years, but now using them for the kids stuff makes life soo much easier. One mishap with winter boots is all it took!! 
No magic markers, heck there isn't even tags to write on these days, just a quick sticker on whatever it is, from lunch boxes, to coats, shoes, and bag tags. 
 Lovable Labels sent me the back to school pack (which is on sale right now) and it came with: 
    • 15 Sticker Labels 7cm x 1.5cm (2 ¾" x 9/16")
    • 80 Slimline Labels 5cm x 0.7cm (2" x ¼")
    • 12 Shoe Labels 3.8 cm X 3.8 cm (1 ½" x 1 ½")
    • 60 Press N' Stick Clothing DOTS
  • 20 Medium - 2.6 cm x 2 cm (1 1/8" - 3/4")
  • 40 Small - 2.2 cm x 1.6 cm (7/8" - 5/8") 
  • 12 Square Labels 3.65cm x 3.17cm (1-7/8" x 1¼")
  • 2 Mini-Metal Tags 5.3 cm x 2.9 cm (2 1/8 x 1 1/8)
That's 181 labels!! Soo pretty much everything I will need over the next school season!! I let Noah pick his labels and he picked the sporty pack!
If you want to get labelling, be sure to save 10% and get FREE shipping in both Canada and United States using this code:

Valid until July 31, 2017 

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Huge thanks to Lovable Labels for sending us labels to help us get ready for back to school!! 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Fab Fit Fun - Editorial Box

Well I took the plunge and decided to try the Fab Fit Fun Box! I'm not a big fan of surprises, but this subscription box is really fun and I haven't gotten anything I didn't enjoy!! Here is what came in my first box which was the editorial box. 
1) The Gypsy Round Towel:
Value: $50
I love the idea of it, not too sure how I will use it, maybe for snack time by the pool? It's not a towel material, it's very lightweight, so we will likely use it for a picnic blanket. 
2) Real Her Playbook Shadow Palette:
Value $28
I love the colors and they are actually colors I would use, very neutral, nothing too wild. I'm really starting to enjoy doing my make up, so having some extra products to use is a bonus at this stage. 
3) LUV AJ Full Bloom Lariat in Rose Gold:
Value: $75
I love this necklace!! I have always been interested in getting a rose gold piece, but was always to chicken. But it pretty much goes with anything. The length is great, even for this tall girl and is adjustable. Not to mention I love Swarovski crystals. 
4) Spongelle Bulgarian Rose Body Wash Infused Buffer: 
Value: $16
This is an entirely new product for me to try! I have never used a buffer or a sponge in the bath - I'm a loofa kinda gal!!  They say it should last 14 uses and it smells soo good!! 
5) Rifle Paper Co. Herb Garden Set of Coasters:
Value: $14
This is an item I actually needed! We pretty much have no coasters and coasters are not an easy thing to find in store, so this was a real bonus for me! They are lightweight, kid friendly, not to mention cute! They likely won't last forever, but by then I will be ready for something new I'm sure!
6) Marrakesh Hair Oil
Value: $23
I have actually had time to use this product and I did like it! At first I wasn't sure how to use it, but my hair has been super dry lately (and in need of a colors and cut) so any hair therapy is welcomed and I think it did help. I applied it while my hair was wet and it did seem to help and thbonus was the shine it gave. 
7) Anderson Lille's Sicilian Tangerine Beach Body Cream
Value: $24
This cream is paraben and petroleum free. It smells amazing and I don't find it greasy at all!! We use a lot of hand cream in this house, especially Mike, so the true test will be how M likes it!! 
  8) O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Face Peel
Value: $44
I really wasn't too sure how to use this product, but after reading the instructions, it appears to be an exfoliating face scrub that is supposed to take no time to work. As a busy Mom, fitting in skin care can be tricky, so quick is great!! I look forward to trying this!
9) FabFitFun Coloring Book & Pencils
Value $14
I actually look forward to using this. I have one other adult coloring book and some metallic pencils, but I haven't taken the time to use them yet. Noah is not quite into coloring yet, but I want to encourage it more, so this gives me a little something to do while he does!
The total box is valued at $288, not bad for only spending $40! Yes, that is American, but it's still a good deal and shipping wasn't too horrible!! If you follow me on Instagram, I have been posting more on there lately instead of my blog (it's just easier), but I have been doing stories of the boxes I have gotten. I will do a post on my second box soon!! 
We have been on holidays hence the 2 week hiatus, but I am working my way back here, we just have a lot on the go, so find me on Instagram (lifeasiknow09) to stay up to date and I will keep touching base here. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Weekend Rewind

I know another weekend Rewind??? I promise I will share something else other than my weekends soon! Like my fab-fit-fun boxes or some reviews. I just need to take some time to do it, it's just been busy around here and by the time evening rolls around and we get the kids down, I'm ready to just veg! This stage of life is soo busy, but soo fun, with a side of frustrating if I'm being honest haha.

Friday, M had ball. 
 Saturday Em and I ran to Costco while the boys got some work done in the yard. Actually that's pretty much all M did all weekend was yard work and pool stuff. We got the pool heater set up, the pool fencing around as well as the back of the yard tidied up a bit.
It was a busy, yet productive day! 

Noah had fun playing with the neighbours and Em discovered she can climb on the table!! She is climbing everything these days!! 

We did manage to get dinner in outside again before the next rain storm pushed through. We had crazy weather this past weekend, one minute it was sunny, the next it was raining or storming. 

Saturday night was "book club" aka wine club haha. It was a much needed fun moms night out!  
 Sunday morning Em stayed inside with me to do some housework while the guys were back outside working. She did manage to find a cookie in the diaper bag that she helped herself too!! She was pretty proud!    

 I ran into town twice on Sunday... still managed to forget some stuff.  My Dad and Cindy came later and brought dinner along with them. It was a nice visit but got chaotic quickly with my dad's dog and Maggie! I think Maggie thought she was a cat (she is a small dog) and wouldn't leave her alone. 

The kids had fun paying with the new toy table I set up outside with dinky cars and dinosaurs with a few little people I got for free from someone giving it away!! Well I had the table, but she was giving the toys away. 
 After supper we took a trip to the park to play! It was all fun and games until Noah fell and gave himself a shiner... 
 After the kids went to bed, my Dad showed me how to do glass engraving. Here is my first attempt

This was a test cup, we just kept doing different things all over it, as you can see more engraving through it on the other side. 

Here is my second attempt I did yesterday:

Noah sure does hate saying goodbye to Grandpa, but he has soo much fun when they are here!! 


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weekend Rewind

For a weekend that was supposed to be stormy everyday... it was beautiful!!! Couldn't ask for better weather!! 
 Friday night M invited K and J over with the kids for a swim before supper, we had a late supper and let the kids stay up a bit later while we did some work outside. M had ball on Thursday instead of Friday, so it was a nice change having him home. 
 Saturday morning we did decide to skip his last gymnastics class, and he didn't even miss it! But we were outside playing and swimming.

 I also managed to get the house tidied up a bit, as far as cleaning all the floors, dusting, etc. But I will be honest it is hard to get stuff done inside when it is soo nice outside!!  

 When the kids went down for a nap, I decided to run over to the pool store to pick up a solar blanket reel. While I was there I inquired about the gas heater they had sitting there and I am pretty sure, we are going to take the plunge! They are soo expensive, but we have gas back there already, it will lengthen our swimming season big time and allow us to use the pool everyday and overall just make the pool even more enjoyable! We are still researching it all, but the biggest issue we have with solar is that we have to run the pump in the day and hydro is actually pretty expensive here and we aren't getting the proper return back to the pool.  
Of course when I left the pool store, I managed to jam my finger soo stinking bad. Man it hurt! I managed to pull the skin off cuticle (the wrong way). I went back in the store for a bandaid, and then got on my way to get groceries. I guess there was a tornado warning out for us - not sure how I missed that, but it made grocery shopping a breeze with no line ups!! obviously there was no tornado for us either, but I guess one touched down about an hour away?   

 When I got home it was raining a bit and the kids had just woke up, but by the time we got the groceries in it had stopped and the kids were itching to get back outside! M wanted to get the reel set up, so after he finished that we all went swimming. 
We are lucky enough that the pool has been right around 80 with all this heat we have been getting.
 After the kids went to bed M ran back into town to pick up a life jacket for Emilya that someone was selling for $3! That was a steal and just the size we need now!! 
 Sunday was lake day! We have M his Father's Day gifts before we left, but main request was a lake day!!  The weather was hit and miss, and it really wasn't a great boating day with watches and warnings in pace, but we still made it fun. Grandpa and I took Noah to the beach to play for a bit before lunch. It looked like it was going to storm, but we managed to get a good play going and the water wasn't too bad. 

 I ended up talking myself out of my first ticket!! The parks people came around and I didn't pay the parking because we were only thee for such a short time and it was one rate of $14.50 for the day. When we stayed at the cottage, we never saw a parks person once, so figured my chances were good. Well there he was. I left Noah with Grandpa and went running over. Luckily he hadn't ticketed me yet, so after talking to him for a bit and explaining why we were there, he said no problem and let me off!! Success!!  
 We got back just in time for lunch and Emilya had just finished. The little Miss has a hard time making it to nap time without having a morning nap lately, but goes down for her nap much easier. So the goal was to nap both kiddos on the boat at the same time and we succeeded, although Noah was mostly asleep, he still needed Grandma to come cuddle him because it was "her" bed. 

 While the kids were napping, we took the dogs over to the beach. Technically you shouldn't have dogs on the beach, although people do, but since I had already pushed my luck with law that day, we went away down at the end where nobody goes. M found a small path that turned out to be quite swampy - disgusting, but after we got through that we were excited to send Maggie off on her first swim!!   

 It was a success! She loved it!! We figured she would and she did get a funny look on her face when she realized she had to swim, but it didn't hold her back!! And Gracie was loving the water again, which of course just melted my heart after seeing how depressed she was last year. She was fetching sticks again and playing. It was a nice little date.   
When we got back Em had just woken up, which meant short nap for her. M tried to get her back down, but it was a no-go. Noah at least had an ok nap!! 

We went for a boat ride before supper and everyone including the dogs enjoyed that. Just as we were about to sit down for supper it poured out, but it didn't last long at least. 

Their shirts were part of his Fathers Day gift!! 

 We left shortly after supper and managed to beat the rain home. Maggie was dry by the time we got home, as she stood hanging out of the back of the truck the whole time. We have her leashed for safety, because we just never know, but she definitely loves the wind in her face. We also had both kids awake the whole ride home!! Within 5 minutes of unloading the truck, it poured. So we really timed that right!!       

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Emilya - 14 Months

It's been a while since I have updated on little Miss Em, in fact I'm pretty sure there isn't even a 12 month post? Lol. But a lot has changed with Emilya in such a short time. 

Sleeping: Emilya is completely sleep trained now! We don't rock her for naps or bedtime now. We are in the process of cutting out the morning nap, which somedays is harder than others. She might have 1-2 morning naps a week, but otherwise we keep her busy, as she tends to get fussy by 11 AM otherwise. Both kids have a nap between 1-3:30, sometimes that varies for her, but typically that is how it works. She will go to bed between 7:30 and 8 and really struggles to stay up much past that. Emilya starts her day usually by 8 AM, sometimes after, but not much before.  
She is my snuggle bug and I love this more than anything!!

Eating: She gets it from her mama on this one... picky!!! If she could live off of apple sauce, oatmeal, yogurt, puffs and arrowroot cookies, she would!! Currently she is teething so she is even more pickier and won't eat cheese, bread, is picky on the fruits she will eat and no day is the same. One day she will eat blueberries, the next day she won't. We ended up buying squeeze tubes again to get veggies in her. It can be soo frustrating feeding her, but I can usually get a half decent breakfast and lunch in her at least, but supper is the biggest production.

 She has 3 bottles of homo milk a day and the amounts are varying depending on what she eats that day, but she will have a 7-8 ounce bottle when she wakes up, 5-6 ounces before nap and 6-7 before bed. Otherwise we have completely transitioned over to the miracle 360 cups for water and juice.


Clothing: Em is pretty much wearing 18 months in everything. I had to buy t-shirts for her because somehow out of all the hand me downs and stuff I had bought ahead, she had one. But I bought size 2T. They are roomy on her, but will fit her for a while - I hope. She will still wear 12-18 month shorts. She wears a size 4 diaper and we switched from the pampers baby dry to the pampers cruisers. They seem to work better for her long body.        
  Size/Features: Only because we just had our 12 month shots done (because she had an ear infection for soo long) she weighs around 26 pounds and is 31.5 inches tall. Emilya's hair is slowly growing- at the back haha. But it is getting thicker on top and is pretty blonde. Her eyes are still blue.  

   Speech/Hearing: Em is saying a few words including Mama, Na-Na (Noah), Dada, Papa, dog, hi and she will bark like a dog haha. She's doing really well with her language and is very vocal and often rambling on about something. She also has no problem telling off her brother or letting you know when she doesn't want something. 

Her hearing is sitting around the same, although we don't really get accurate testing at this stage, so that can be frustrating, but it's not any worse, so that's as positive as we get. We are in tricky phase as far as her hearing aid goes. I've had to start clipping it to her and making sure she is very busy while she wears it because otherwise she tries to eat it! She also loves pulling it out on me too, but luckily getting it back in is pretty easy for the most part.      

Walking: in the last month Em has really taken off and is pretty much full-time walking within the last week and a half. I love this stage!! She was only crawling outside, which was just wrecking her clothes, but she has recently figured out uneven ground and is doing really well with it!! This summer is going to be soo much fun!! 

She's come a long way in the last 12 months, she was just taking a few steps when she turned 12 months and now she is just going full tilt! Crazy how quickl they learn! But with this new milestone, come the bruises and face-plants. She is learning to put her hands down, but sometimes they don't get there quick enough and will get quite a few bloody lips.     

Teething: Emilya is working on her 10th tooth. She has 4 on top, 4 on the bottom, her left bottom molar and is getting her left top molar. She's breezed through teething but these molars have not been fun, she has required lots of extra snuggles at bedtime, and she has taken on serious tone to her personality- which is just hilarious watching her try to keep a straight face.      

Personality:  Miss Em has quite the personality, she is pretty much happy-go-lucky, but I love watching her personality develop. She has a sense of humour and has just figured out fake sleeping in the car, which is the funniest. She is quite good at it, but will eventually crack with smiles and eventually belly laughs. 

 Emilya is shy with new people at first, but as long as people let her warm up to them and don't get in her face too much to quickly, then she will turn into her typical bubbly self! For the most part, she is pretty laid back and chill. 

 She enjoys sitting down and actually playing with toys, which is a foreign concept to her brother. She loves to dance, loves her babies and stuffed animals, she will play with her little people and vehicles, loves keeping up with her brother, playing in tents, ride on toys, pushing her brother on ride on toys, play food and the little kitchen, reading, snuggling, the dogs and climbing.

 She is super easy to please for the most part and overall doesn't fuss much unless there is a reason. Emilya can get quite fired up when she is mad and as previously mentioned, she is good at letting you know what her problem is.

 She loves swimming, and did really well with her first extra-cirricular activity as swimming lessons.
 I just love watching the two kids together and watching their relationship grow. Of course they have their spats, but for the most part, they are getting along great!! Noah's pretty good with her for the most part and she will tell him off now if he takes a toy or hits her, but she thinks he is the best thing ever and really looks up to him! They have the sweetest bond.

 She does well without him as well for the most part. 

On Thursday's Noah goes to the farm to hang out with Grandma, which gives Em and I some Mommy/Emilya time, one on one and Noah was really missing his one on one time with Grandma, so it is a win/win. 

 I'm really looking forward to summer with the two of them!!    


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