Tips to SAVE Money on Kids’ Clothes

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When I was pregnant I went nuts with researching and buying baby stuff.  Once we knew we were having a little girl, I became obsessed with all the cute baby clothes out there!  I purchased items and didn’t care if she was only going to wear them for a short time.  I figured we were having only one child so why not!?!  And then the bills came in and I quickly realized that a couple hundred dollars doesn’t go a long way these days and of course the cuter the outfit, the more expensive it was.  So despite my pregnancy hormones overwhelming me with the need to buy adorable little outfits for my precious little bundle, my bank account forced me to reconsider.

So I approached baby clothes as I did with planning anything else to do with my little one.  I quickly discovered that with three steps, I could save hundreds on my clothing bill for Ella. (more…)

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I no longer JUDGE other parents!

So the saying “you can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes” is definitely something I would say rings true for me now that I’m a parent.  I have always been a control freak when it comes to anything in my life.  Luckily I have a job that allows me to exercise that controlling need but when I’m at home all bets are off.  I never thought that using the same principles that work so well for me at work would be an utter fail for me at home.  It sounds so silly that I ever thought that way but in my own naive way I thought it was logical and would work! (more…)

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How texting can improve your child’s learning

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In this day and age, I know there is a lot of thoughts about keeping your kids away from the phone and computer so imagine the reaction I get when I tell people I signed my 5yr old up for WhatsApp (free text messaging app)!

Now that you’ve had that reaction too, let me explain. Ella is in SK now and they’ve really started to focus on reading. We’re not talking about simple three letter words here and there but full sentences!  To complement this, she is also very interested in learning how to spell. (more…)

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The Guilt with Having Only One Child

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There are lots of people who I talk to who know very early on that they want to have kids.  Unfortunately I wasn’t one of them but our decision to have our precious little Ella was the best decision we could have made!  No regrets for sure and she makes our life and purpose on this world so much more meaningful.

Now onto the hard question that I’ve struggled with and constantly get asked – “so when are you having another?”. (more…)

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A Precious Little Keepsake

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The one benefit of being an “adult” is that you get to purchase most of the things you want or need.  That being said, this poses a big challenge to find a meaningful, thoughtful gift for your spouse, close friends or family after a couple of years.  We have resorted to essentials such as socks and a swap of various gift cards – pretty pathetic but what do you get for someone who already has everything?  I’m sure a trip down south would be well received especially in the cold winter months but definitely not in the budget! (more…)

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