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My Newborn Essentials

I can’t believe that I am typing this! I honestly cannot believe we have a newborn in our house. The last time I held a newborn for longer than five minutes was Camille 9 years ago. Wow, it’s really been that long. As many of you know, we just moved into our new house, which took forever to remodel. We had purchased the house in June to remodel and move in by October, well so much needed to be done to the house, that we didn’t move in until a day before Christmas. Oh well, you live and learn. So back to newborn, ahem….this pregnancy and parenting phase is different. When I had Camille, I was almost 23 and although learned a lot through other mom bloggers, I now have more information and knowledge under my belt. One of the things that are important to me this time is ‘exposure reduction’. I don’t think exposure to chemicals and metals for a newborn can be eliminated 100% in a polluted world, however, as a parent, it is my …

I Used To Yell

  I was one of those people. You have probably interacted with a good number of these people in the past. They have to yell to get their thoughts across to others. As parents, yelling at their kids when upset was normal. They do not necessarily get angry, the volume of their voice suggest that they are. I did not notice this pattern until I met my fiancé. He called my attention to it in a nice way. He had met a few of my family members and realized that it wasn’t an isolated thing. We spoke in high volumes. And although it was okay for us as a family, it was not okay to outsiders. So, I started working on my yell, um, volume. It took a good a while to get used to. Because whenever I got excited, or needed to get my point across during a disagreement, the volume goes up. The fiancé was extremely helpful – in the middle of an argument, he would caution “you are yelling again, relax”. It …

How we afford international travel

Affording summer vacation with kids requires proper planning and learning to say no (like constant demand for Shopkins, geez!). We just got back from our 10-day trip abroad. We are literally ten shades darker but who cares. This year we planned on traveling to Costa Rica, however, we looked at the economics at the time, and at the very last minute decided on Cancun, Mexico. As a background, my 7yo daughter Tee and I go on at least two or three vacations outside of the country per year. We started in 2013, so this is our fourth year traveling. In 2013, we visited France, Morocco and Nigeria. In 2014, it was Italy, Austria and Switzerland. In 2015, the boyfriend joined our crew, and we visited Vancouver and China (without her). This year, we have Mexico and Belize planned and it’s taking a lot of number games to reach an affordable budget. Traveling with kids can be affordable A number of people have asked me how we can afford these trips and I seriously don’t have …