Archive for November, 2011

Finding A Balance

What is it that makes us feel that we should be able to accomplish everything all the time?  How do we find a way to balance family, work and household chores?

I am always surprised by the women who seem to be on top of it all.  But are they really on top of it all?

I am a mom.  My day starts early and ends late.  I am at-home, so my house should be immaculate and my family should always be fed a good wholesome, home-cooked meal, right?  Umm.. no.

In my home, there is laundry scattered throughout the house, dishes on the counter, papers stacked up that need to be dealt with, garbage waiting to be taken out and you can bet dinner is just not happening today.  Cereal anyone?  Okay… not every day is like that.

I am a stay-at-home mom to 3 children.  I provide daycare 2 days a week.  I try to find time to sew in order to bring in a bit of extra money.  I have one child that wakes at 4:30-5:00am every day and the last one is asleep around 9:00pm.  I have a toddler in that mix (2 on daycare days).  I don’t clean at night – I am much too tired.  I don’t sew at night (I used to, but now that we have such early days I am too tired at the end of the day).

I am left trying to find a way to fit it all in.

It is a huge challenge.

(Picture taken from pinterest)

I have tried cleaning schedules of all sorts.  Checklists.  You name it.  I also meal plan (but that often doesn’t go as planned because you have to remember to pull things out of the freezer if you want to cook with them!).

Sometimes I am lucky and I get into a groove.  The chores are mostly done.  The family is well fed.  I might even find a bit of time to sew.  I love those weeks days.

The reality is, I find this job to be a challenging one.

And so I wanted to share with you.  Because chances are, there are others out there who are trying to make their way through this juggling act too.

(Picture taken from Pinterest)

Now if only I could find time to get some exercise!


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Changing the Focus

(photo from here)

There is a little person in my life who is suffering right now.  My attention is needed elsewhere and so my blog will be on hold while we work to find a solution.

I wish you all lots of fun times with your toddlers, and your crafts.  I can’t wait to hear about all you have been up to.

Thanks for reading and I hope to be back soon.

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(picture via Pinterest)

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This is Fancy Nancy.   There is a whole wonderful series of books about her.  My 7-year-old adores her!  I can see why too.  You see, much like my own daughter, Fancy Nancy is the only fancy person in her family.  This is not only her favourite doll, but a friend to have tea parties with, have dance parties with and read stories to.

Fancy Nancy would love to be a part of my daughter’s fashion shows, but the poor doll has only one outfit – the one she came with.

Lucky for her, my daughter’s birthday is coming up very soon!  And guess what I made?!?!

A pretty Christmas outfit complete with red satin dress, fur cape and black party shoes!

But that is not all!!!

I also made a tutu-like skirt…

A hat and scarf for the upcoming wintery days…

And a nice fancy and warm blanket and pillow (complete with pillowcase).

And the best part?

She never had any of this on her wish list!!  She will never guess what I made!  But I know she will love it!

This was all so fun to make and I can’t wait to give it to her!

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Does your family have a game night?  We love game night in our home.  It’s a really great way to connect with your kids and have fun together.

I have started introducing board games to our 2-year-old this past month and she has been loving it!

We play Alphabet Bingo almost daily.  She loves it and I love that she is learning her letters.  You can find free printable bingo cards here.  I am only doing upper case letters with her right now.  Once her recognition is good, I will try her with lower case.

Another game she is really enjoying right now is Elefun.  There is no reading required for this game.  Just turn the elephant game on and catch the butterflies.  Each player is supposed to catch the colour of butterfly that matches their net, but we just try to catch any colour.  They can be pretty hard to catch. Usually my toddler just picks them up off the ground and puts them in her net.  This is a great game for a rainy day!  I will warn you though, this game goes through batteries like crazy!!

Although we don’t play it as the game is meant to be played, my toddler has been really enjoying playing Connect 4.  She loves dropping the little chips into the slots.  It takes a bit of coordination.  Sometimes I will drop a chip into a row and then ask her to drop a chip into the same row.  It’s fun to watch her try to figure out which slot she needs to drop the chip into to get it into the same row as mine.

Memory is another great game to play with your toddler.  Start with a small amount of cards and increase slowly as your child’s ability allows.  You can find free printable cards for your Memory game here.

There are lots of great games out there that can be adapted so your toddler can play.  Take a look in your game cupboard (do any families besides mine have these?) and see what you can find.  Happy playing!

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