How to Manage Breast Engorgement

how to manage breast engorgement

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As you may know from my previous post, my fourth child has finally arrived and I am so relieved and happy that he is here! It was really tough those last few days before I delivered but now I am recovering and I’m slowly starting to feel like myself again.

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How to Manage it All After Having Baby with My Free Postpartum Organizational Worksheet

Hey friends! So I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finally had the baby after 40 weeks and 5 days of pregnancy. If you’ve kept up with my blog, you know that we left the gender a surprise and it’s…..(drum roll)……..a BOY! We are so thrilled as we have three girls and never thought that we would have a boy. We were so sure that it would be a girl again! Either way we would have been happy but what a surprise!

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7 Tips When Shopping For Gender Neutral Baby Items

gender neutral baby items

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Since this pregnancy was a pleasant surprise from the beginning, we decided to continue the theme and leave the gender a surprise and I’m actually really glad we did. It’s pretty exciting! Since we don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl, it gives me a bit of challenge in terms of picking out clothes, bedding, and other items. Since it can be hard to find gender neutral baby things, I’ll let you know exactly what I’ve picked out to take the guess work out of shopping for baby when the gender is a surprise.

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Full Term? 20 Ways to Distract Yourself So You’re Not Waiting Miserably for Baby to Arrive!

20 things to do before baby arrives

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Ok. So I am full term and each day feels like the equivalent of three days! I’m just waiting for this little one to make his or her appearance into this world. Today, it feels like baby is just comfy. I’m not experiencing more frequent braxton hicks contractions like baby centre said when someone is 37 weeks pregnant. It definitely feels like baby has “dropped” but nothing else so far.

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10 Things You Might Forget To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

10 things you might forget to pack in your hospital bag

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So baby no. 4 will soon be arriving and I’m super excited and super anxious at the same time. I’m also in the process of slowly organizing my hospital bag. I have my small carry on luggage opened up and everyday I pack something. I remember with baby no. 1, there was something really important that I should have packed!

Here are ten things that you may forget to include in your hospital bag!

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How To Rock Your Maternity Photoshoot

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Hey friends! Today I have a very special post to share with you! I should have shared it with you all sooner but I’m 34 weeks pregnant and doing ANYTHING is getting much harder! I’m just so heavy and huge that, I’d much rather just sit in my comfy chair with my feet up and watch Netflix if you get what I mean. Read more

Why I’m Loving My Cardimom by Multiwear

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What’s great about being a mom blogger, is that you get to meet (virtually) other mom bloggers. I enjoy reading other mom blogs to learn about how other moms live their lives and their thoughts on different mom topics. I recently came across a fellow mom blogger who started her own business and what’s impressive is that she’s created this unique and versatile product that has multiple uses, a must have in every mom’s wardrobe. Read on to learn more about why I’m loving my Cardimom by Multiwear. Maternity clothing every new mom needs.

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How To Put Together This Super Cute Diaper Clutch

Are you tired of carrying around your purse and your super huge diaper bag? I really like my diaper bag. It’s a Skip Hop Diaper bag meant for twins. I decided to get the large diaper bag because I have two little ones who may need extra clothes etc…but sometimes, I really don’t want to be lugging it around!

I mean the diaper bag is great because it carries everything you need, but sometimes, I know I won’t be going out for a long period of time, and I just need the essentials for a straightforward diaper change.

So if you’d rather just carry everything in one larger bag, then read on how to put together this super cute diaper clutch. I’ve searched online for diaper clutches but they are expensive! I don’t feel like shelling out 40 to 50 bucks (Canadian) on a so-called diaper clutch when you can easily put one together for less than 20, maybe 15 bucks!

 

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How I Plan To Be A Better Mom

Now that my kids are getting older, (well not that old, but old enough that they have homework and have to wake up early), I’m finding I’m having to remind them more of what they SHOULD be doing. I’m constantly nagging them to DO their homework, to wash up, take a shower, brush their teeth, brush their hair, stop playing on their iPad, to go to bed, and go to sleep! I’m constantly reminding them, day after day after day.

I’m trying to teach them about responsibility, about taking initiative, to do things without being told! OMG! It drives me insane that I have to remind them to do the same things everyday! Why can’t they just do what they are supposed to do?! I guess that’s why we call them kids!

But when I’m constantly reminding them, I end up getting frustrated and end up shouting at them which I really don’t like! I get upset at them and then they dislike me for it. But they don’t listen! My husband says I need to be more firm with them and lay down the law. I’ve tried the Mr. Nice Guy approach and it doesn’t work! I don’t want to ruin my relationship with my kids.

Having said that, there’s a lot of things that I can do better as a mom. I mean hey, no one is perfect, but there’s always room for improvement. Read my post on how I plan on being a better mother.

I’m going to stop shouting at my kids

There must be a way for me to be firm without resorting to shouting. My kids can really push my buttons when they ignore me, disobey me or give me attitude. I can’t let them get away with the attitude. At the same time, how can I expect them to show me respect if I don’t show respect first. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m going to try to be a good example and be firm without raising my voice.

I’m going to pay less attention to my phone when my kids are around me

This is so hard! Yes, I’m a mom blogger which means I have to check my email. I have to check my stats. I have to check my social media accounts. I have to edit my images. I have to read comments and respond to them. All of these tasks involve the use of my phone and when I’m on my phone, I pay less attention to my kids. Many of us these days are glued to our phones. It’s a guilty pleasure. Putting the phone down is such a hard thing to do because we use our phones in so many ways! It’s our alarm, it’s how we shop, it’s how we stay up to date with current events and it’s how we check the weather. The list goes on and on. But if I want to be there for my kids, I should put the phone down.

I’m going to tuck the kids in and kiss them goodnight

This is a little thing that actually may mean a lot to my kids. Before they go to sleep, I want to leave them with happy feelings. I want to leave them with the feeling their mom loves them and cares for them. Usually, I go to their room and tell them to stop playing around and go to sleep in a firm manner. I don’t want them to be upset with me before they drift off to sleep.

I’m going to start cooking more at home and eating out less

Sometimes, it’s unavoidable and you have to get drive through (for me at least). Some days we are just too hungry and tired to buys groceries and make a home cooked meal. We would rather eat and not be hungry or rather, hangry and hypoglycaemic. But sometimes I feel bad that my kids are eating fast food, which is not ideal, not the most nutritious or healthy. Anyways, it’s cheaper to eat and home and the girls actually eat! We eat within the comfort of our own home where the kids can just eat as they please without us having to worry about making a mess, spilling things or breaking things.

I’m going to play more with my kids and have more conversations with them

Usually the extent of my conversations with my children goes like this, “How was your day? What did you do at school? Did you have a good day? What did you learn?” And then my kids says, “it was good…” failing to elaborate on all the details.

Instead, I’m going to try and have better conversations with my kids, ask better questions and really get to know what they are into and how they are doing.

My kids really love playing Mine Craft and Roblox. I could try to play these games with them and see what they like to do. It could help us have a better bond.

Are there some things that’s you wish you wouldn’t do as a mom? If so, what would you change and how?