Practice = Progress. 5 Tips to keep up the Motivation.

Share Button

So I ranted a little while ago about our bad day and I’m happy to report that we had a breakthrough with her piano practicing.  She’s starting to read some of the notes and it’s no longer ground hog day with the flashcards!

I knew when we decided to start piano lessons that there would be ups and downs but never thought the motivational issues would start so soon and be so much work for the parent!  Especially at this young age where she’s not disciplined enough to go practice on her own or be able to read the written homework sheets provided by the teacher, I have to be very involved. (more…)

Read More

Get Back 2-3hrs from Your Busy Week

Share Button

When Ella was young, it was a whole ordeal to take her to the store.  Ensuring she was fed, changed, timing it so it was between nap times so she wouldn’t be cranky, packing up all the essentials for our trip out and then driving around looking for a relatively close spot (of course all the family spots near the front were ALWAYS taken) and finally we’d get into the store!  Now that she’s a little older I now have to deal with her dragging her feet walking down the shopping isle, wanting to stop to look at things or nagging me to buy something for her.

Regardless of the stage, taking a child shopping with you always makes the trip twice as long!  This coupled with working full-time makes it very difficult to carve out spare time when we’re running around doing errands all weekend long.  Then I discovered that I could save all this hassle and save myself 2-3hrs each week! (more…)

Read More

Today was not a good day

Share Button

Working full-time at a fairly demanding job and often having to stay a little later, we don’t get home until about 6:30 or 7pm each night.  Given that bed time is at 8:30pm, that gives us approximately 1.5-2hrs to cram everything in before Ella’s bedtime.  She wants me to stay with her for a bit at bed time and often I end up crashing out too as I’m exhausted from an early start (I get up early before she gets up in the morning to either catch up on work or do non-mommy related things).  That means we need to cook and eat dinner, practice piano, work with her on her reading and/or homework, give her a bath, brush and floss her teeth, and pick out clothes to wear for the next day (which often is a whole ordeal in itself!) and in that limited period of time.

Today was not a good day.  I am not naturally patient to begin with so I knew having a child would definitely put my patience to the test.  This is one of the reasons we decided to have only one child as I knew myself all too well.

(more…)

Read More

Easy Solution for ALL those craft projects your child brings home!

Share Button

When Ella started nursery school, our “junk drawer” quickly got filled up with all those craft projects and drawings that she brought home each week.  We displayed a few around the house but there were just so many!  As I was not sure what to do with these precious creations, I continued to collect them and it got to the point where unless I threw some away I would have to dedicate a room to start storing them all.

After a couple of months, I came up with a solution that would allow me to keep all the precious memories without it taking over my house!

(more…)

Read More

Product Launch: PYUR – Is it that easy to use and “smart”?

Share Button

I was recently contacted regarding a new product that just launched – PYUR.  It is supposed to be an easy to use web-filtering device that is “smart” and learns our family’s surfing habits so that it can essentially differentiate on-line shopping for lingerie for Valentine’s day vs. surfing for pornographic sites – hmmmm….we’ll see what it can do.  And you are supposed to plug it in and that’s it to start monitoring all computers, tablets, smartphones without having to install any software on each of the devices.  It got me at least curious. (more…)

Read More