Life with boys…a whole new bucket of worms..literally! #YMCCommunity

When I was growing up, it was a house of three girls. My Mum, my sister and I.

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I was the “man of the house”. Doing the lawn mowing, fixing things and being the one who got the dirtiest.

Definitely a tomboy.

Tomboy

As far as living with boys, I didn’t have any experience until my late teens and by then, they had found their independence and really weren’t at home a whole lot.

Fast forward twenty years and there is a wee lad co-existing in our home.

His older sister was a handful, but I NEVER expected in a million years, what a little boy brings to the equation.

A boy is a noise with dirt on it

The noise, the aggression, the energy, the destruction.

Trouble

It’s enough to drive one to drink. Wait a minute…it has.

After a full day of a nearly 2 year old and a 4 year old going on 16, and especially if hubby is away for work, this Mama definitely needs to put her feet up and shake off the day.

Some days I feel as though the life has been completely drained from me.

Mom going crazy

If I was looking for a way to lose the baby weight that I’m still carrying around, having a little boy running around is definitely gonna do it for me! The attention being required is far greater than when our daughter was his age.

Daily I’m finding things broken, crushed, and dirty.

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I think we’ll have to replace all our dishes with plastic ones, and we’ll be drinking from spill-proof travel mugs.

Do you have a little dude in your home? Do you find them more exhausting than you ever imagined?

 

 

 

Toilets and toddlers…a bad combination. #YMCCommunity

We NEVER had issues, when our daughter was a toddler, getting into drawers or cupboards, climbing on things or throwing stuff into the toilet.
I know, you’re jealous right? And probably thinking of nasty names to call me and curse our fortune.
Well, payback is a B!
Enter our 19 month old Little Dude.
This wee maniac, does ALL of the above, and then some!
He’s walked throughout the house with a box of tissue, thinking he was a flower girl. But before he casually tossed each tissue over his shoulder, he blew his snotty nose in each…and…every…single…one of them.

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He’s climbed atop his sister’s dinner table and thrown, our iPod, iPad, cell phone, remotes, books, and pens from the TV shelf.
Our cupboards now don the ever popular toddler padlocks. All of the doors are kept closed because he has an urge to see how everything operates.
Every so often, we are awoken by our alarm clocks turned to full blast static because he’s been mucking with the dials.
The baby gate is practically falling out of the wall because it’s so much fun to run full steam at it like a charging bull.
The other day Captain Distruct-O was keeping me company in the washroom. As a stood up and flushed, he chucked his soother at the toilet as the lid was closing and it went in! There was no stopping the process. I quickly opened the lid, but everything had gone the way of the dead pet goldfish.

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Perfect, I’ll I need now is to get blamed by Hubby for the toilet overflowing next time it gets used!
I look forward to this special phase coming to an end. I’m not sure I can handle anymore broken “things of importance” and our daughter has decided that she now requires wearing a helmet around her brother.
Do you have kiddos that reenact a tornado when you are momentarily preoccupied?;

“Cleaner” cleaning with #Norwex. {Review & Giveaway} #YMCCommunity

Being a SAHM, I am ALWAYS cleaning up messes. From the kids spilling everything EVERYWHERE, handprints all over the mirrored doors and windows, cooking spills and splatters, dishes, piles of endless laundry, and the dreaded…BATHROOM (dun dun dunnnn).

I grew up with cleaners like Fantastik, Windex, Tilex, Toilet Duck, Lysol and Comet. Laundry was done with powdered soap like Ivory Snow, Tide or Sunlight, and dishes were scrubbed with Palmolive or Sunlight. Now there are countless brands that claim that they work better than each other.

Cleaners

Since becoming parents, my husband and I decided that we wanted a “cleaner” cleaning environment for our home. A lot of common household cleaning products have cancer-causing ingredients, and with family members and friends who have had and are currently suffering from Cancer, we wanted to do our best at avoiding adding poisons to our bodies. We didn’t want our kidlets to be exposed to the “take your breath away” fumes that so many cleaners emit and we didn’t want to have these chemicals come in contact with our own skin, so we chose to use more “natural” products. We also wanted to reduce the chemicals that we were contributing to the environment. When choosing cleaners, we tend to go for the more “green” types, but they still had bleachy fumes and they really didn’t work that great. I was still using a lot of elbow grease to get the soap scum off the inside of the tub. Eventually, I think I’d end up with one HUGE arm like the guy in “Lady In the Water” by M. Night Shyamalan. I even switched to using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Now, this little sponge-like scrubber was great! Again, a lot of elbow grease was used, but I didn’t need to use cleaners with it. Unfortunately, it left bits and pieces all over the place like a loose mouse in the house. Who wants to clean up again after they’ve already cleaned? And if my toddler found the bits first, then we’d be in for a surprise then next diaper change.

I had heard about Norwex through the Mommy Groups in my community and on Facebook and thought, this could be exactly what I’m looking for.

Norwex

A little bit about Norwex:

We realized early on that household pollutants negatively impact our health and our environment. Most of the chemicals in cleaning and personal care products that people are exposed to every day have never been assessed for their impact on human health. Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest ranking environmental health problems in America with chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside. Research and information on the health effects of manufactured chemicals has not kept pace with their development and use.

  • In the last 50 years, the global production and use of manufactured chemicals has increased substantially. More than 80,000 new chemicals have been created.
  • Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest-ranking environmental health problems in America.
  • Evidence shows homes have chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside.
  • Most of the chemicals that people are exposed to every day have never been assessed for their impact on human health.
  • Parabens utilized in personal care for decades have been shown to have potential harmful effects.

What we do know is the harm chemicals have on humans is extensive. Most concerning are the growing links to chemicals that surround us in everyday life. They are linked to serious diseases such as birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. Many today believe the extensive use of chemicals indoors contributes to many of our ‘modern’ diseases such as allergies and asthma.

Our mission at Norwex is to improve quality of life by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. In addition, the Norwex products make cleaning faster and more cost effective than traditional cleaning products.

I recently obtained several Norwex products to test out and I was actually gobsmacked at the awesomeness that these little beauties provide.

If I could give one word to the Envirocloth, it would be, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

This cloth cleaned my stovetop, my oil splattered cabinets, my microwave (inside and out, including the greasy vents for the hood fan), my 1970’s popcorn maker, and the top of our stacking washer/ dryer. I had to stop there because my kids were wondering where I was as I kept finding more things that I wanted to try it on. AND it is antibacterial!!! They have a silver agent woven into the fibres making it 99.9% antibacterial.

The Polishing cloth easily wiped away the awesome hand and face prints that don my mirrored closet doors and windows. All it required was some water and a good wipe and voila, shiny and streak-free.

The Baby cloth…I used this as a make-up remover cloth. Now, if you’ve ever hung out with me , you know that I can’t leave the house without “putting my face on”. This includes foundation, eyeliner and mascara. All awesome to remove without a little help. No match for the Baby cloth. No scrubbing, just wet the cloth, hold it on your eyes for a few seconds, then wipe away. Clean as a whistle.

The Odor Eliminator is by far my favourite. This splendiferous spray, tamed the most defiant beast known to man. The morning constitutional. A couple of spritzes and the washroom was once again safe to enter so I could put my face on.

The Laundry Detergent, left our clothes, bedding and towels smelling and feeling fresh without the use of fragrance and the awesome part, we only needed to use a tablespoon. And if you have a front loading washer, you only need a teaspoon!

The Dishwashing Liquid was a little less impressive for me. I found that I needed to use more than the current brand that I use, to get the greasy dishes clean. It did work great on the plastics, which I seem to have trouble with with my nemesis the dishwasher.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Norwex products that I test-drove. I look forward to trying more products out and seeing how they will replace my current “cleaning occupants”.

A friend provided me with a sample of the Sportzyme that I immediately handed off to my husband to spray down his hockey gear. If you have someone in your family that has hockey gear, you know that it smells like a combination of BO and a fish aquarium. The Sportzyme knocked out that stank and now the gear may reside in our home rather than the storage locker.

If you’d like to find out more about Norwex, please click here to find a consultant near you.

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I’m not eating THAT! {Review} #Cheekychops Holistic Nutrition with Annie Anderson #YMCCommunity

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You prepare dinner, call everyone to the table. After everyone is settled and prepared to dive in to the scrumptious meal that you’ve been slaving away at for the past hour (or so), and the kids pipe up, “This looks yucky! I’m not eating THAT!”

Picky Eater

You tell them that all the ingredients that are in their meal, are all foods that they like, and you proceed to list off said ingredients, but to no avail. Frustrated that they aren’t giving in and it’s getting late, you bust out the foods that they WILL eat and dinner’s done. Chances are you boiled up some noodles, made a silly monster from a Cheese String, rolled up a couple of pieces of deli meat and maybe managed to slice up a few veggies to round out the major food groups.

Wouldn’t it just be nice for EVERYONE to be able to eat the same meal at the same time?!

I’ve gone online to websites that specifically have recipes for kids, Annabel Karmel, weelicious, Super Healthy Kids, Canadian Living Moms, The Sneaky Chef , and several other Google searches for “healthy kids food recipes”, but my kids just won’t eat it. So frustrating!

Enter Annie Anderson from Cheekychops.

Cheeky Chops

Cheekychops is known for providing personalized, one-on-one assistance for sleep, potty training and general parenting advice, and now they have extended their services to include personalized holistic nutrition advice.

Annie had me fill out a quick survey for each of my kiddos, where I answered questions pertaining to their diets. We then had a telephone consultation discussing what the little ones are currently eating, how our mealtimes are (like where do we eat, do we eat as a family, are there any distractions such as TV) and when do we have our meals and snacks.

She made suggestions where we could change what goes on during our mealtimes, a few recipe suggestions and reassured me that I was doing a great job at what we are feeding our kids and that by just having them try new things, they will eventually start to accept what is prepared for them without argument. Sometimes it can take up to 20 times for a child to really decide that something isn’t their preference.

As a result from my consultation, I feel that Annie’s suggestions were ones that we can integrate into our family’s eating habits. She reminded me that having the TV on during mealtimes is major distraction for kids while they are trying to eat, which could lead up to lengthy mealtimes and the annoying job of constantly telling the wee ones to “Keep eating your dinner!”. Eating together as a family (hopefully at the dinner table, if your living space allows, which mine does not) helps create good eating habits, and your kids see how focussing on your meal and engaging with one another is far more important than a TV show. If there’s a good show on during dinner that you just don’t want to miss, set your PVR. Also, by having set meals, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks a day, and eliminating “grazing” throughout the day, this will probably encourage the offspring to be more hungry at mealtimes and actually finish what’s on their plates. Having healthy snack options ready-to-go, will also keep us from just grabbing whatever is handy, which could possibly be a less healthy option like fish crackers or gummie snacks.

Cheekychops Holistic Nutrition Services includes help in areas such as:

  • Feeding babies and children: learn how solids should be introduced and how to ensure your child is getting all the nutrients they need for optimal health
  • Say goodbye to picky eaters: Custom-tailored strategies for turning a picky eater into a more adventurous one
  • Health issues: Addressing common health issues such as allergies, behavioral challenges, eczema & more, with a natural and drug-free approach
  • Customized food menu planning including recipes that are easy to make and cater to your child’s needs
  • Fridge & Cupboard Cleansing/Reading Food Labels: learn to decipher which foods and household products are healthy versus the ones that are toxic for both your child and your whole family (in-home consultation)

In addition to Holistic Nutrition consulting, Annie also provides sleep consultations for children 0-5 years of age. She services the Tri-cities, Burnaby and New West areas, but is also available for consultations anywhere in British Columbia.

Annie Anderson  from Cheekychops is pleased to offer a 10% off promotional  discount for either a telephone/Skype or in-home nutrition package consultation. Telephone/Skype option is open to anyone living anywhere, even outside of BC.  In-home consult is available for anyone living in the Greater Vancouver region, from Maple Ridge through to Vancouver. To take advantage of this offer-please email/phone Annie directly and mention promo code: nutrition03

Check out the link here to find out how a Nutrition Consultation can benefit your child:  http://www.cheekychops.ca/blog/2013/12/cheekychops-now-offers-holistic-nutrition-advice