Do you iron your sheets?

A few weeks back I read that the secret to 'hotel sheets' is to iron them. I definitely love hotel sheets, so I thought I would test this theory. Unfortunately, I only have a mini ironing board - the kind that you place on the floor or on a table. Ironing anything larger than a t-shirt is difficult… so queen sized sheets posed quite the problem. Nevertheless I tried my best, and slowly ironed a few square feet at a time.

After making the bed (I didn't iron the pillow cases… maybe I should have?) I couldn't wait to jump into it later that evening. And the verdict? It felt ok. Better than ok, I suppose. I am one of those people who washes the sheets every few days, as I just love the feeling of freshly washed sheets. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would say ironed sheets upped the 'freshly washed' feeling by about 1 point. A little better than just washing them, but not 'hotel quality'. Maybe I'll try it again one day, but to be honest it felt kind of like a make work project. And I have plenty of other 'must work' projects to do before I tackle optional projects!


Baby-wearing fail

We headed to the park yesterday afternoon, and I tried to put Poppy in a wrap facing forward, as opposed to facing towards me, which is what we usually do. As we walked along dodging puddles, I noticed that she didn't feel quite right. The first picture speaks for itself… clearly she was not comfortable! Opps. We managed a re-adjustment at the park and all was well again. I think I'll need to review some you-tube wrap tutorials before leaving the house with her facing forward.

A special big brother is THRILLED to be able to go to the park again. As we walked past this park a few days ago, he asked 'do you think I could play there one day when the snow melts?' aww… this winter truly has been the worst. When we told him he could play now he was so, so excited. And then to go back a day later? He is in heaven. I'm so lucky to get to spend the entire summer with these two, before heading back to work in October. The days are still a little cool, but each day more snow melts and I can feel all of our spirits lifting. Summer 2014 is going to be pretty amazing… of this I am certain!


Post-partum health and diet

Over the last few months I have made an effort to focus on health and well-being. I've tried to curb my sugar addiction while staying full and energized throughout the day. In my experience, breast-feeding makes me super hungry, almost all of the time. But, with two little kids constantly grabbing at me, it's tough to find the time to make healthy balanced meals.

Enter the smoothie. Easily one of my favourite go-to lunches, it is fast, easy, and nutritious. I was excited to try out a new product called Now for Mothers Healing Mix. This healing mix is a natural and organic blend of flax, almonds, pine nuts and other yummy ingredients. It's designed to keep you full over a sustained period of time, and also aid in lactation.

I added a scoop of the healing mix to my favourite smoothie and drank it for lunch. It tastes a bit like homemade granola, which I also love, but don't always have time to make. Two little ones were also dying to try it… well one in particular. Soren took a big drink and proclaimed it to be 'delicious!', so it passed the test in our household. As I was running around for the rest of the day I was surprised to see that several hours had passed, and I didn't feel hungry in the least. I am usually a pretty bad 'grazer', but I had no desire to pick at Soren's goldfish crackers or sneak in a bite of chocolate.

I'll be adding this healing mix to my grocery list, and it would also be a perfect gift for new mothers. I always try to give the gift of food to new moms (and dads!), and I'll definitely tuck a bag of this alongside some fresh muffins or a ready-to-eat dinner.

This post was generously sponsored by Now for Mothers Food Corp., but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit http://www.nowformothers.com/


The worst winter

The numbers are in, and this has officially been the worst winter of my life. It's also the worst winter of my parents lives, and even my grandparents. Yep, the winter of 2013/14 was the coldest on record since 1898. No wonder I have been looking at job postings and real estate listings in warmer parts of Canada! The cold weather started back in October - right around Poppy's birth - and hasn't let up since. These pictures were taken last weekend at The Forks, and you can see the massive amounts of snow that still cover everything in sight.

The last few days have been much better, and we even managed to play at a playground for a few minutes today. The mountains of snow are turning into puddles, but I'm thrilled to be wearing my rubber boots and lighter coat. Looking back, the last six months have been pretty tough. We are VERY excited to be escaping to South Carolina and Georgia in a few short days. Bring on the sun!


34 months

I told Soren I wanted to take some pictures of him… so he said ok. I asked him to stand still and he said no. I asked again… 'NO!' So I had to resort to bribing him with smarties, and even that was not all that successful. This kid loves the word 'no', he has ever since he learned to talk at a very early age:) We've learned to phrase things so that 'no' is not a possible reply, yet somehow I forget every few minutes and I find myself back to bribing.

I received an update email from baby centre today that was titled 'your 34 month old'. To be honest I would have had to count on my fingers if I had been asked how many months he was… I always reply with 'two and a half' when people ask his age. It's shocking to think that I will very soon have a three year old. Crazy. If you ask Soren how old he is he will reply with 'Nothing!', because clearly that is a logical answer.

We have great days where I think he is the sweetest guy in the world, and then we have bad days where we butt heads all day long. It usually starts while he's still in bed… something like 'Good morning Soren!'… 'NO! It's NOT a good morning. Where's Daddy? Does he have to work today? I'm sooo hungry. NO! I do not want to get dressed. I'm sooo cold. I need a sweater.' Again, logical.

He reads the news with me in the morning and asks more questions than I have answers for. He yanks his sisters soother out of her mouth, then says 'I just wanted to kiss her gently' when I give him a look. He holds my hand perfectly when we are out, yet can bolt at a moments notice and give me a heart attack if we are near a road. His memory is far superior to mine, which he proves over and over again as he recites some of his latest Star Wars info. He's the pickiest eater, yet will try red bell peppers multiple times because it was a food Daniel Tiger tried. We never have a boring day, that is for sure. At times I feel badly because I worry that too much of my time is spent with him and not Poppy, but I think it's just that he takes up more of my energy. I spend plenty of time with Poppy, yet it doesn't feel quite so draining, somehow.

We are heading south in two weeks, without my littlest sidekick. I sure am going to miss him for six whole nights, but I think it will be good for us both. He'll have a wonderful time with his grandparents, while we will get some one on one time with Poppy. And with each other. It's tough to have a conversation with a two and half year old interrupting every three seconds. I'm thankful that he is inquisitive, curious, smart, intelligent, strong-willed, opinionated, etc… but sometimes it's nice to have a bit of time to think. Or that's what I think now, at the end of a rather trying day. I'm sure I will miss him like crazy and find myself wanting to have a 'logical' argument with a two year old. And because he is the sweetest:) My most special guy. Almost three… sigh.