Holiday Gift Guide For Him

Holiday shopping can be a little tricky and stressful, especially when you are trying to find that perfect gift for the everyone on your list! I have put together some holiday gift guides, with items I think would make great gifts and hopefully it will help you with some ideas to complete your holiday shopping! Thank you to Schick for sponsoring this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I don’t know about you, but buying for the men in my life always proves to be a challenge and they are usually the last ones on my list to buy for! The items on my list for him consist of items I have gifted in the past and some new items I have considered or purchased for this year! Here are my top 10 gift ideas for HIM.

Click the pictures to open up the page where you can found the items and for more information and prices of each!

  1. Tools
    Whether he already has an extensive tool collection or is just starting out, tools are always a good and useful gift to give. There are so many deals and savings on tools this time of year too, so you will be able to save some money, while still getting something you know he will use.

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    I found this set from Home Depot and it would be a great starter kit for simple everyday projects around the house.
  2. Schick Holiday Gift Sets
    Shaving is a part of almost every man’s daily routine, so it just makes sense to gift him shaving products. The Schick Holiday Gift Sets include everything he needs for the perfect shave, all in one convenient package. The gift sets are a great gift to give those hard to buy for men and would be ideal for your work secret Santa gift exchange. Every year I buy Dan a new razor and shaving cream, so this is at the top of my list!
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  3. Funky Socks
    There are so many different socks out there and you can go from super simple to extremely funky! Socks would work perfectly as an add on gift or stocking stuffer and just like the Schick Holiday Gift Sets, as a gift for a work gift exchange or your children’s teachers!

     

    I found these socks from The Bay and they are only a sample of the socks you can choose from from. Click the picture to see all the other options!

  4. Sweaters
    Sweaters are so versatile and can work for both business and casual looks. There are so many great styles and brands available, you are bound to find a look with will work for any man!

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    A dark grey sweater would be suitable for work and also just a casual day at home or out on the go. I found this one at Joe Fresh.

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    This sweater is reversible and the material looks very soft and comfortable. I found this one at Joe Fresh as well.
  5. Drone
    Drones seem to be everywhere these days and I can understand why. Whether he wants to use it for fun or to get that perfect shot for a video, it’s a fun little tech toy that doesn’t have to be too expensive. There are some great deals out there and lots of options, from beginner to expert!

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    I think the features of this drone sound great and it has received great reviews. The price is pretty reasonable at $149.90 and I found this one on Amazon.
  6. Watch
    There are so many cool designs to choose from and a watch is such a great accessory to any outfit. I also find there to be quite a few sales on watches around the holidays, so you can usually pick up a really nice one at an affordable price.

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    I really like the style of Kenneth Cole watches and this watch has a very sleek look. It could easily be worn with any outfit.
  7. Watch Case
    If you buy him a watch, he will need a place to store it, so why not add on a watch case. I bought this for Dan a few years ago and he still uses it today, It’s great to hold his watches and keep them clean, while displaying them.

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    The style is very modern and can be placed right on his dresser. I found this one at The Bombay Company.
  8. Faux Fur Blanket
    To some this may seem strange to have on a gift guide for men, but in reality, even men can use a soft, comfy blanket. We have one similar to this at home and Dan uses it ALL THE TIME!

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    I can feel how cozy this blanket would be just by looking at it. It comes in 3 different colors and I found them at Bed Bath & Beyond.
  9. Gift Cards
    Sometimes when you are really stuck on what to get him, gift cards are just what you are looking for, Whether you purchase one from his favorite store or if you know he is saving up for something specific, like a bigger TV, gift cards let him pick out something for himself and you know it will be exactly what he likes!

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    Many places like to add on additional gift cards or coupons with the purchase of a gift card. For example; purchase $50 gift card and receive an extra $10 gift card. You can keep that for yourself or add it to your gift!
  10. Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
    We have a Bluetooth speaker and it is the greatest thing. With the kids we love to listen to music and have a little dance party and with the speaker we can go anywhere in the house and bring the music with us!

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    This Sony speaker is available in a variety of colors and I found it at Best Buy.

     

I hope you all have a great holiday season and happy shopping!

-Corrie

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Holiday shopping can be a little tricky and stressful, especially when you are trying to find that perfect gift for the everyone on your list! I have put together some holiday gift guides, with items I think would make great gifts and hopefully it will help you with some ideas to complete your holiday shopping! Thank you to Schick for sponsoring this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A gift guide for her is a pretty easy one to fill because I think there is so much out there every woman would love. I also think it’s easy because it’s almost like writing a wish list and a favorites list all in one! Here are my top 10 gift ideas for HER.

Click the pictures to open up the page where you can found the items and for more information and prices of each!

  1. Long Sweaters
    Maybe it’s just me, but these are my favorite sweaters. The long sweaters cover a little extra, but can easily be matched with jeans or leggings. The material looks so soft, but not too heavy and very comfortable.

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    This sweater is available in 3 different colors and the pockets are handy. I found this one at Old Navy.

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    This sweater is available in 2 colors and it has a fun striped design. I also found this one at Old Navy. 
  2. Schick Holiday Gift Sets
    Every woman loves to have smooth legs and even in the winter she will still want to shave, so why not pick up a Schick gift set. You can choose between the Schick Hydro Silk razor or the Schick Intuition razor and both gift sets come with a pair of cozy winter socks (see item #5 and you have 2 items in 1!). The Schick Holiday Gift Sets would also be great for your work gift exchange, or for simple gifts to give your girlfriends.

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  3. Instant Pot
    Who wouldn’t want a little help in the kitchen and what better way than to save time cooking!

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    This is a little on the higher side for gifts, but you know it would be used so often! I found this one at Amazon.
  4. Faux Fur Blanket
    I have one similar to this and it is the COMFIEST and COZIEST blanket I have! It’s the perfect blanket to cuddle up with during the cold winter! (This is also on the Gift Guide for Him!)

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    You can just tell how comfy and cozy these blankets would be from the picture and they are a pretty reasonable price. I found them at Bed Bath & Beyond.
  5. Slipper Socks
    I have about 5 pairs and I may just have to gift myself a couple more this Christmas. Slipper socks keep your feet warm, but unlike regular slippers they don’t fall of easily. There are also so many fun designs to choose from.

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    A cute pair of winter slipper socks. I found them at Bed Bath & Beyond.
  6. The Cricut Maker
    The ultimate gift for the crafters in your life! This is on my wish list this year and I hope if I talk about it enough to Dan, it will be under the tree 😉

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    The possibilities are endless with the Cricut Maker and you can create your own custom designs and home decor. I found this at Cricut.
  7. Home Decor
    There is always that one final piece that will complete the room and if you have an idea of what it is or the style of the house, gifting a home decor item is a great idea. There is always a place for a fun and new item to be displayed around the house!
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    Perfect new addition to a nightstand. I found this at Hobby Lobby.
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    Fun piece to add to a shelf or office. This was also found at Hobby Lobby.

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    Picture frames would make a beautiful collage on the wall. These are from Bed Bath & Beyond.
  8. Hat, Mittens and Scarf Set
    It’s always fun to change-up a winter look, and a new hat, mittens and scarf set is an easy way to do that. This is an easy and quick gift to pick up and something you know she will be able to use.

     

    This red patterned set would match anyone. I found this set at Joe Fresh.

  9. Bathtub Caddy
    The ultimate way for her to enjoy a bath with the ease of keeping things close and out of the water, with a bathtub caddy. Such a simple idea, but it leads to a relaxing bath and some me time.

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    A very modern look and the sides extend to fit across the bathtub. I found this at Bed Bath & Beyond.
  10. Weekend Getaway
    A surprise weekend getaway would be such a fun and exciting gift. All it takes is to choose a weekend, decide on a place to go and then book a nice hotel to stay at. If you wanted to go above and beyond, a week-long trip is something to consider! (Make sure to pick up #2 as an added bonus!)

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    The weekend getaway doesn’t have to be somewhere far. Just a change of scenery and something different from the every day is all that is needed! (Picture from: http://mblog.macys.com/countdown-to-the-weekend-3-day-getaway)

     

     

     

I hope you all have a great holiday season and happy shopping!!

-Corrie

Can You Really Take 4 Kids on a Road Trip? | #ForBetterBeginnings

As you all know, Emily, Jackson, Olivia, Levi and I went on a road trip to Florida and we left Dan behind. We were gone for a total of 13 days. That included 7 days of driving and 6 full days in Florida and although it was a lot of work, the whole trip was so much fun and definitely a great learning experience. I was hesitant to go at first and thought about whether it was really possible to take 4 kids on a road trip. I did; however, find a way to make a long road trip with 4 toddlers a success. Be sure to continue reading to find out! I do want to say thank you to PlaytexBaby™ for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

This trip was something my sister Jessica (aka Aunty Gaga) and I had been talking about from the time she started her maternity leave last October. It was so tempting to just pack up and drive somewhere, knowing we both had all the time in the world. After months of the idea coming up over and over again, we came to the conclusion that it should actually happen! We booked the resort on a Sunday night and then had to wait a long 3 weeks before the road trip began.

Originally it was just going to be Jessica and I taking on the challenge of a road trip with 5 kids to Florida, but since it was summer break for our sister Taylor (aka Aunty Taytay), we thought it would be fun for her to come along too. Then after spending the day with our Nanny, who is retired, we convinced her to join us as well.

I was so excited to go because who wouldn’t be excited to go on a vacation, but I was also very nervous because this was my first time taking all 4 kids on a trip without Dan. Dan and I had recently experienced a long road trip with the kids when we went to Las Vegas and California back in May. It was a lot of work for the both of us then, so I knew I had to prepare for it to be tough for just myself. Luckily, I did have my sisters and our Nanny there to help as well as the experience from the Las Vegas and California trip. As long as I was prepared and ready for anything, I knew I could do it!

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The biggest thing we found that helped to keep Emily and the triplets occupied for the long car ride was to give them snacks while watching a movie. I set up the portable DVD players with one of their favorite movies and then gave them a piece of banana bread. It was such a big hit on our Las Vegas trip, so this time I made 6 loafs, 5 of which were gone by the time we made it to Florida. I also packed lots of other snacks that included crackers, veggie chips, bear paw cookies and also cut up watermelon, strawberries and cantaloupe. Bringing lots of snacks was also a big help with saving money and eating a little healthier on the drive. I made peanut butter sandwiches for lunch and now looking back, I think I only bought 1 or 2 fast food items during the entire drive down.

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Of course,  giving Emily and the triplets snacks in the van meant we needed little snack cups for them to hold and keep the snacks in. We used the Playtex® Flip Top Snacker on both road trips and they were great. I filled the Playtex® Flip Top Snacker up with their snacks and then they sat there quietly eating away while watching their movie. I do have to say that I love the lid on the Playtex® Flip Top Snacker because Emily and the triplets had to work a little bit to get their snacks out, which made them last a little longer and prevented us from having to stop more often to fill them up.

The Playtex® Flip Top Snacker itself was good at stopping their snacks from spilling all over the place, but once those snacks are out and in their hands they can end up anywhere. This would explain the condition of the van when we got home and the mess of food everywhere in the van. We also used the Playtex® Sipsters® Cups on the drive down and I can honestly say we were 100% spill free on both trips!

Once everyone was settled with their snacks and a movie, it was smooth sailing for a good chunk of time. Most times they would all fall asleep for a little nap afterwards, which then let us drive a little longer before we had to stop.

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If I am being totally honest, I was a little bit scared, worried, excited and everything in between before we left. I was worried about the drive down and how Emily and the triplets would be, what it would be like getting gas, making it to the hotels we booked and driving in general. I was also excited for a vacation, a new experience and the fun we would have. There are just so many things to consider and think about when travelling and with being so far away from home so many unexpected things can happen.

Knowing that we were 4 women with 5 kids driving from Ontario to Florida, was a little worrisome. I had 100% confidence that we could do it, especially since Jessica and I have driven down to Florida so many times and have done a lot of travelling, but there was still the thoughts in the back of my mind that something could happen without Dan there with us.

I do have to say that in a weird way, the trip was an empowering experience. Knowing that we had such a fun, exciting and memorable trip with 4 women and 5 kids, with all the stuff that we did while we were gone, is just such a great feeling.

As a #PlaytexMom I think it is so important to be there to encourage other moms and women to do whatever it is they want to do and to show that you can do it! I think that sometimes as  moms, we think all we should be doing is staying home following a routine, which is good, but sometimes it is fun to break away from the routine a little bit and do something you wouldn’t think of doing. If you have ever thought about going on a trip while on maternity leave and with your baby, I would encourage you to really consider it and just do it! If you are prepared and bring everything that you would need with you, then there is nothing stopping you from going.

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If you have a trip planned or are in the midst of planning your first trip with your little ones, whether it’s a road trip or not, you can always trust PlaytexBaby™ to make your travelling experience enjoyable and simple with products that have been designed with both mom and baby in mind. From the time your first baby is born to the time you head out on your first trip with them PlaytexBaby™ will always be there to help #ForBetterBeginnings!

In the end, even after all the work it took, it was so much fun and I can say you really can take 4 kids on a road trip!

Now it’s time to start planning our next vacation!

-Corrie

Why I love FATHERHOOD

Fatherhood changed my life, my kids are my greatest accomplishment and I want to share why.

 

 

Prior to having children, I never imagined my self as a dad…especially a young dad with multiple children including triplets and a toddler. If you had asked me about kids, I would have said that I wasn’t ready and I wanted to wait. Now I hear that phrase and I think to myself, are we ever really “ready” to have children?

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For us there was no plan. My wife and I had been together for 6 years before we had our first child, Emily. I am not saying it was out of the blue – as we had many conversations about having a baby – but it became one of those things where we said that if it happened, it happened…and then it did.

Finding out I was going to be a dad was terrifying! I had just graduated school, I still lived at home with my parents, and I was only 3 years in to working my full time job as a bank teller. Hell, I had never even changed a diaper in my life! Looking back, I had no idea what I was in for. I think what worried me the most probably from portrayals of parenting in movies and on TV was the thought that suddenly your life and freedom come to an end when you have kids (theoretically speaking, of course). I was more worried about all of the judgement from friends and family about our living situation, financial situation, and that fact that we were young parents. I could have not been more wrong.

 

 

My family, my wife’s family and our friends were extremely excited and supportive. I remember telling my mom and watching her break down in tears of joy in celebration of our news. I am not saying my dad and stepmom weren’t excited or supportive, because they were.  But after breaking the news to them did not go the way I had expected it to (details aside), they eventually expressed their happiness.

One thing I learned about expecting a baby was that it “manned” me right up! I knew I had to get my priorities in order,  including, among other things, getting prepared for buying my first home with extreme excitement and focus around setting up our nursery.

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Despite everything I was worried or concerned about prior to having children, I could not have been more wrong. Fatherhood changed my life in the best possible way and to this day it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. My kids are my greatest accomplishment. I know it sounds cliché, but it is 100% my truth!

Growing up, my brothers and I had been through many unfortunate events that no child or children should ever go through. My mom was a single mother of 4 who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and my dad was an alcoholic. I suffered abuse and neglect. I have been through foster care where I was separated from my twin brother and my other siblings for over a year. I remember a very dark past. I never had any real guidance on what life had to offer, or ways to get ahead. My first bank account was opened at the age of 8, and I had no education savings like an RESP. When it came to finances and bills, I often learned things the hard way. In hindsight, it really helped me become more responsible, resourceful, and appreciative of everything I had and everything I worked for.

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I have shared very little details about difficulties in my past, but with everything I have been through and the struggles and battles people like my mom have experienced, I always vowed that my life and my family’s life would be different. I promised myself that they would never experience difficulty or struggle like the hardship I knew from my childhood. I have used the memory and experience of those struggles as motivation to be the best provider I could be so that my kids would not go through anything close to what I had been through. Despite all of the struggles, my mom and dad are wonderful people. I can remember so many amazing things growing up with my family that would truly warm your heart. We all have our battles, and we all have our way of dealing with things. After being addicted to drugs most of my life, my mom has been clean and sober for over 7 years. She is very present in my life and my kids’ lives as well. She is an amazing grandma!

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One of the truest sayings I have every come across says, “When a baby is born, a dad is born.” I never imagined my life as a father to one baby, let alone to four. Being a father of triplets has me in awe every day. It has been two years since their birth and I am still blown away that my wife and I conceived these 3 babies naturally. The last 3 years as a dad have been the best and most rewarding years of my life so far, and I expect that to continue in leaps and bounds as my kids learn and grow.

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Fatherhood for me created such a huge spark in my life and has kept me so motivated! I want to be the best influence and as involved as I can possibly be in my children’s lives. My kids represent everything great about me and they are my greatest accomplishment. When I became a dad, I became a million things. I became a doctor, a comedian and even became a superhero! Dads are there to make things better. To heal wounds, to cause laughter and ultimately give advice. I just love learning about my kids and cannot even begin to express how blessed and happy I am to be a father to my children. They have changed my life.

 

To conclude this blog post, I want to express that fatherhood is amazing! We have such a vital role in our children’s lives and we need to be aware of how important we are and how much we truly mean to our kids. I want to express great wishes and send an honorable fatherly salute to all of you amazing dads out there!

Happy Father’s Day!

Dan.

How to Survive Feeding 4 Toddlers | #PlaytexMoms

Now that the triplets are 2, we can finally say we are living with 4 toddlers. They are always on the go, I feel like they never stop and they are always looking for the next thing to eat. With the amount of energy they burn when constantly running around, it’s no wonder why they eat so much!

It’s a big job to feed 4 toddlers, so I am always trying to find ways to make it easier for myself when it comes to feeding them. Everything from being picky one day with food that they would normally love, to not wanting to share with each other are almost everyday occurrences. I have to think of creative ways to make their meals fun and make sure they are actually going to eat. I think it is a great idea to try to make mealtime fun for everyone that way your kids don’t start to think it’s something they have to do, but rather something they want to do!

As you have watched many mealtimes happen through our vlogs you would have noticed that we use the Playtex® Mealtime Bowls, Plates and Utensils. They have become a key part in our mealtimes for Emily and the triplets, which is why I am excited to share my personal review on them. We are happy to be partnering with PlaytexBaby™ and to be a #PlaytexMom. PlaytexBaby™ has sponsored this post and all the views and opinions in this post are my own, from my own experiences.

I am also going to share three simple tips that I have for each meal, that I think will help to successfully survive feeding toddlers.

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(Left to Right) Jackson, Emily, Levi and Olivia enjoying one of their favorite snacks, banana bread!

Over the course of the day, we generally have three meals and two to three snacks. I love to cook, so when I have the time I always like to try something different, even though most times Emily and the triplets aren’t as excited as I am. Most mornings, I usually make them eggs or something that involves eggs, such as French toast. Both meals are quick and easy to make and I know everyone will always enjoy them. Eggs are still a little difficult for them to eat on their own, but they are getting better each time. If I am being truthfully honest, I hate letting them eat eggs on their own. It never goes well and it usually ends with a big mess of scrambled eggs all over floor with barely any actually eaten!

Although I know they make a big mess with the eggs, the Playtex® Toddler Utensils have been great for helping the triplets learn how to eat with a spoon or fork. I love that the utensils have a soft, non-slip handle which makes it easy for them to hold with their little hands. I also really love that the spoon part and tongs of the fork are metal because it makes it easier to pick up food. I always found with the plastic utensils, it was hard to actually pierce a piece of food to pick up and eat.

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(Left to Right) Jackson, Olivia, Emily and Levi eating a french toast breakfast on their Playtex® Mealtime Animal Plates and using their Playtex® Sipster Cups

Even when I do feed them myself, I like to use the Playtex® Toddler Utensils because they are the perfect size for their little mouths. They also help to control how big of a bite I give them, so I know I am not stuffing their mouth with too much food and preventing any choking from happening.

This leads to my TIP #1 – Keep it Simple

From what I have learned, toddlers don’t like overly complicated meals. They like what they know and that is something simple. I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to add seasonings to recipes to make it taste better or try something new to an old recipe, just to be given a look of disgust and a whole lot of wasted food. Just keep it simple and make what they know and you will have a toddler who will eat!

The second meal of the day is, of course, lunch and this one I find is probably the most difficult of the three. Breakfast is pretty good because Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi are hungry first thing in the morning, but lunch is in the middle of the day, in the middle of their play time and usually falls around their nap time. It can sometimes take a lot to get everyone to sit and eat, so I usually have to think of something fun. Having dishes that have a fun and colorful design on them is such a big help, which is where the Playtex® Mealtime Plates come in to play. The Playtex® Mealtime Plates have some many fun designs with bright colors that really do attract the attention of toddlers. Every time I give Emily and the triplets their plate of food they point out the different animals on the plate. It definitely helps to keep them focused on their meal and eating a little longer.

Now that Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi are self-feeding most of their meals, the design of the Playtex® Mealtime Plates are so great.The Playtex® Mealtime Plates edges are slanted upwards and the height of the slant is high, which helps to keep food on their plate. The rubber rims around the plates and the non-slip base on the plates is another feature I love because, as we all know, tipping and spills are pretty much inevitable with toddlers, but with the non-slip base it takes a little more before they tip the plate over. As much as I try to get everyone to sit still to eat it is virtually impossible, so to have a dish designed like the Playtex® Mealtime Plates is so helpful and saves a lot of time cleaning us a mess.

Now it’s time for TIP #2 – Be Creative

When it comes to creativity, being creative with food can be fun, but like I said in tip #1, keep it simple. When I say be creative, I am referring to how your toddler is going to eat. If you can get outside and set up a picnic style lunch or if you have a little bench or table for your kids to eat at, it sets a different scene for meal time. If it happens to be raining the day you decided to have a picnic, don’t let it stop you. Just set a blanket out on the ground and tell your toddler you are having an indoor picnic. I have done this multiple times, and we almost always have a picnic lunch!

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The final meal of the day is dinner and this is where I pretty much combine everything I do during the day into one. Dinner is our biggest meal of the day and where I really have to focus on keeping things simple and keeping everyone engaged and focused on dinner. I could get away with feeding the triplets and Emily myself for breakfast, but by the time dinner comes around they want to be little independent people, so it’s better if I can make something where they can self-feed.

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Everyone loves to eat dinner outside. They are using their Playtex® Mealtime Bowls and Forks for yummy pasta!

Depending on what I make, we either use the Playtex® Mealtime Plates or Bowls. Sometimes it can be hard to judge how much your toddler should be eating, especially when they will eat everything and more one day and then the next they want nothing to do with their food. The Playtex® Mealtime Plates and Bowls are both portion-sized, which is a tremendous help because it takes the guessing and thinking out of serving the right amount for your toddler. There will always be days when what your kids eat varies, but to have a guide right in front of you of what a portion looks like for your toddler is a life saver.

I find that dinner is the best meal out of the three to really focus on teaching the triplets how to self-feed with a spoon and fork. It is usually the meal where we have a variety of foods that can easily be picked up with the Playtex® Toddler Utensils. Since they are also wanting to be more independent, they are more receptive to using the Playtex® Toddler Utensils.

As crazy as it is, we still try to go out for dinner with all 4 kids. It is a lot of work, but we manage and when I remember, I like to bring the Playtex® Toddler Forks out with us. The forks at restaurants are always so big, which makes it difficult for Jackson, Olivia and Levi to eat on their own. If they have their Playtex® Toddler fork, they are able to eat dinner on their own, which then allows Dan and I to eat some of our meal while it’s warm.

And for my final TIP #3 – Eat What They Eat

Any parent out there who has a toddler or who has gone through the toddler stage, knows that they can be picky eaters. Dan and I have found that no matter how good their meal may be, Emily and the triplets always want to have what we are eating. We have tried the whole feed them first and then eat dinner after and unless we are eating dinner at 10pm when they have all gone to bed, they still want to eat what we are eating. So to save yourself the time of double feeding, make a meal that you would eat and that your toddler can eat. If they see you eating something 9 out 10 times, they will eat it too!

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Feeding toddlers can be a challenge for any parent and every day is going to be different. If you can introduce products in your life to make things easier, such as the Playtex® Mealtime plates, bowls and utensils, everyone wins. I have loved using the Playtex® Mealtime plates, bowls and utensils and can honestly say they have helped me to survive feeding 4 toddlers. They are very durable products and I have seen them put to the test with 4 toddlers who love to run around and throw things. I am happy to have partnered with PlaytexBaby™ and to share with you products that I actually use and love and that I know will help to make your life a little easier too.

I also hope that my three tips will help you out as well. Although they may seem like standard tips, sometimes it is nice to be reminded of little things that you can do and to help show that you don’t have to complicate your life when it comes to feeding toddlers. Just remember to 1. Keep it Simple, 2. Be Creative and 3. Eat What They Eat!

To find out more information about the Playtex® Mealtime plates, bowls and utensils you can visit playtexbaby.ca. If you would like to purchase any of the Playtex® Mealtime plates, bowls and utensils you can find them all at amazon.ca

If you have any tips that you use or have used when it comes to feeding toddlers, please share them below!

My #IntuitionEffect Story

Life can be so busy and very unexpected at times. As parents we are always learning new things about our kids and some days you have no idea how the day will go. Dan and I love our kids, but that doesn’t mean they don’t cause us stress and bring total chaos at times. One minute they could be watching TV peacefully and then a split second later they are all fighting over the same toy. When things just become too chaotic and overwhelming, it’s good to have little ways to help calm everyone down. We wanted to share with you our Intuition Effect Story and how we manage to calm a crazy situation with four kids.

The Intuition Effect is the little pleasures that you do throughout the day that bring happiness and joy to your family, that help to simplify your life even with all the chaos that may be going on. Your little pleasure could be watching your favorite show on TV, indulging in a special treat or taking a few minutes at the end of the day to focus on you with something simple as a hot shower or a skin care routine. Whatever it may be, you know it will make you and your family happy!

Here is our full Intuition Effect Story for our family of 6!

Now that you have heard our story, we would love to hear your story!

We also want to give away 100 of the new Schick Intuition Island Berry razors for you to try! The Schick Intuition razor has been a great tool for simplifying my life. I love the fact that it lathers and shaves in one step and the Skin Conditioning Solid moisturizes during shaving. Shaving may only seem like a small aspect in my life, but with being a busy mom of 4, I have noticed the simplicity it brings to my skin care routine. To have even one part of my life made easier makes such a difference and I get the chance to focus a little more on me. I easily  shave my legs with Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi running around the house and know that I can get it done quickly!

To enter it is very easy and chances are if you are here you have already completed the first half!

Here are the steps

Step 1: Make sure you are following @SchickIntuitionCA on Instagram or @Schick Intuition Canada on Facebook

Step 2: Tag a friend on either our Instagram post or Facebook post and use #IntuitionEffect

Step 3: Watch our full Intuition Effect story video found in our blog

Step 4: Fill out the entry form found here on our blog

We are giving away 50 razors on Instagram and 50 razors on Facebook!

Here is the contest entry form! Please complete all fields for your chance to win one of the new Schick Intuition Island Berry razors.

For full rules and regulations, click here.

This post was sponsored by Schick® Intuition® as part of the #SchickAmbassador program, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mornings are Tough – One Million and One Things To Do! | #ForBetterBeginnings

If you were to stop and think about your day for a second, what would you think about? Would you think about everything that you do in a day and how busy you are?

If you could pick a specific time of the day you find to be the toughest, what time would that be? It’s the part of your day where you have what feels like one million things to do, everyone is looking to you for everything they need, you have places to be at specific times and you have hundreds of thoughts going through your mind about what is happening and what needs to happen.

Does that sound like your mornings?

It sounds a lot like mine!

Mornings are the toughest part of my day and I always feel as though I have so much to do and so much going on. Emily and the triplets always get up at the same time and instantly they want me to change their bums or help to use the potty, get them their bottles and a banana and of course turn on their cartoons. All the while I am trying to just get myself out of bed and ready to start the day. We all know what it is like first thing in the morning; you are trying to adjust to the new day and it may take you a few moments or even minutes to fully get out of bed and get ready to take on the day. I am happy to share my outlook on mornings with you and to be partnering with PlaytexBaby on this post, to talk about how mornings are tough. PlaytexBaby understands that your mornings as a parent are tough and their goal it to help you start your day off right and give each of your mornings a better beginning.

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We all experience mornings and everything that comes along with them. Whether you are a stay at home parent, like myself, or a working parent, we are all going through the same thing. You wake up and you need to get yourself and your kids dressed or change their bums and then it’s time for everyone to eat. Not only do you have to make breakfast, but you are also faced with the challenge of getting everyone to actually eat. Then there is a quick clean up, depending on how big of a mess they made. After that, you may have to make lunches if your kids are in school or go to daycare, then do all the drop offs and finally get yourself to work. Don’t forget about the race with the clock and making sure you are getting everyone to where they need to be on time.

If you don’t have kids in school or daycare and are a stay at home parent, then you start to think of all the things you need to get done in the day. After everyone is ready and fed, it’s time to clean up and make a list of things to do. You would be surprised at the amount of things you need to do when you are home. If you have watched our recent video, you would see what my morning routine looks like as a stay at home mom. No matter what your morning routines consist of, they are no doubt tough!

I think what makes mornings so tough, is the fact that they determine how the rest of the day will flow. I know for myself, if I can get through the morning smoothly, it sets up the rest of the day to flow smoothly too. Even if the morning is rough, as long as I can get the things I need to get done in the morning, I’ll have the rest of the day open for everything else.

Say you wake up late; all of a sudden you are now in a rush, you start to forget things, maybe the kids’ lunch or homework that was due and you just feel frantic all day. Or you may wake up on time, but your baby decides they don’t want to eat and throws the food all over, you are now stuck cleaning up an extra mess you didn’t think of and maybe worried as to why your baby doesn’t want to eat and then it leaves you flustered for the rest of the day.

If you woke up on time, your morning routine flowed smoothly and you accomplished everything on time, it makes you feel relaxed and ready for the day. There could still be a lot you need to do in the morning, but if everything goes according to your plan, the rest of your day will hopefully go well too.

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PlaytexBaby has created a special video to show how they understand that mornings are tough and as parents we have a lot to accomplish within a few short hours. The video depicts four different parents who all show a part of our mornings that can be tough. From changing bums, to feeding, to getting dressed and getting everything ready to go, all four are scenarios we have experienced in the morning. All four parents are using their PlaytexBaby products, which shows that even during those tough times, there are products out there to help simplify your life. I know from my experience, the convenience of the Playtex Diaper Genie Elite is great on those busy mornings when throwing out dirty diapers.

I loved the video and the similar ending that each parent showed. At the end they all stopped for a moment and looked at their baby. To me it showed that no matter how tough their morning may be or how stressed they may feel, in that moment they know it is all worth it and maybe it is not as bad as they think.

We may all have hard days as parents and even though our mornings can be a struggle, we are all doing a great job. Your babies don’t understand the stress you may feel or the amount of work you need to do. They are just having a fun time and enjoying the moment. I think it is a good reminder to remember when you are in a tough situation or feel overwhelmed to just stop and look at your baby and see all the love and happiness they have in their eyes. To them you are doing an amazing job and they will still love you and smile at you no matter how messy your house is or how late you may be running that day.

Mornings are tough, but we as parents are tougher!

#PlaytexMoms #ForBetterBeginnings

More Babies, Co-Sleeping with Triplets and So Much More…Our first Q & A!

We have been wanting to do a Q & A video for some time now and we finally made it happen!

A Q & A, is a great way to get to know us more and for us to share our thoughts, insights and experiences in a different way. We created a Q & A post over on our Facebook page and hoped to get some fun questions we could answer. The questioned asked were great and just what we hoped for!

We answered quite a few of them, but know we will have to do another Q & A, very soon to answer all the remaining ones and any new ones that come up!

Dan and I always love to share our lives, experiences and thoughts on many different topics relating to our lifestyle, kids, parenting and hobbies or interests. The two of us are just two regular people who are making our way through everyday life with 4 kids, including a three-year old toddler and almost 2-year-old triplets. Nothing is ever perfect and we know we are not perfect either, but we have a great outlook on life and the life we live with our kids. We are genuinely happy people who love to smile and have fun and we want to share some of that happiness with everyone around us!

Thank you for all of the great questions asked the first time around! We are looking forward to the next one! In the meantime, if you have any questions always feel free to send us a message on any of our social media platforms and we try our best to get to them and answer them for you!!

Here is our first Q & A!

 

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3 Easy Ways to Get Ready for Spring

Spring is just around the corner and I cannot wait! After the few days of nice weather we have been having here and there, I thought it would be fun to share some of my tips and ways I am getting ready for spring. They are very easy to do and will help make the countdown to spring a little easier!

I am also excited to announce that we have partnered with Schick® and over the next several months we will be sharing their new look and redesigned packaging of razors as well as some brand new products!

The winter can be very hard for many reasons, such as being cooped up inside all the time, dry skin, dry hair and the little to no sunshine. Spring is the perfect time to bring some life back into your everyday and to take some time to focus on you and self-care. Here are my 3 simple ways to get ready for spring.

Smell

Find smells you can associate with spring, such as flowers, fresh air, fruity smells and even fresh cleaned laundry. I think smell can trigger memories and certain feelings. Picture yourself sitting outside with the wind blowing, the sun shining and flowers blooming. Think of what you would smell sitting there, then try to find that through a candle or body spray.

Color

Bright colors tend to cheer me up and give off a positive mood. After a dark and gloomy winter, to have a pop of color really helps to brighten your mood. Think of colors you associate with spring; a light pink, bright yellow or a pale green. Whether it’s a new shirt, a bright nail polish or painting, seeing those colors help to take away the darkness from winter.

Moisturize and Refresh Dry Skin

Winter is hard on the skin with the dry cold air, so it’s important to repair your skin, since you will be starting to show it off once spring arrives. The Schick® Intuition® razor, Schick Hydro Silk® razorSchick Quattro YOU™ Exotic Violet Blooms razor and Schick Quattro YOU™ Peace of Mind razor are perfect razors to help refresh your skin when you shave. All three razors have unique features to help sooth and moisturize your skin, while providing a close shave with their blades.

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Check out our video below to learn more about these three amazing razors and their unique features and find out what else I plan to do to get ready for spring!

Are you excited for spring and have you started to prepare?! If so, what are some ways you get ready?!

 

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HOW I TURNED MY CAR INTO A FAMILY VEHICLE

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Having multiple children at once (we have triplets) is something you can never expect to happen or plan for. We had a unique situation, we were planning for our second when Emily was 10 months old and 3 days before her first birthday we discovered we would be expecting…TRIPLETS!

To this day it still fascinates and shocks me that in 2015 we were going to have 4 kids under the age of two, but the thought of having our kids close in age was really cool! After spreading the news about our expecting multiples we had various friends and family tag us in specific baby products that could help make our lives easier or that we could use given our situation. Beds, cribs and car seats.. you name it and if it had the ability to fall under the multiples category you can guarantee that we would been tagged in it!

One product that always popped up and our friends were sure to tag us in was the Diono Radian RXT car seat. We were literally tagged to use this product 1000+ times as it had a very sleek design, reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, extended rear facing and a five point harness system… Basically it was super safe and looked very cool with 3 seats together!  – But how did that differ from other car seats?

We had the recent opportunity to partner and team up with the our friends the Parent Life Network and they were so great to inform me that I could turn my sedan vehicle into a family vehicle using these Diono Radian RXT car seats… What excited me most is after seeing this product multiple times, it was time to make it a reality!

WATCH HERE AS I TURN MY SEDAN INTO A FAMILY VEHICLE!

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The result!?

After testing out this product, and going on multiple adventures with my triplets; Jackson, Olivia and Levi + plus Emily on separate occasions, I was in awe! I was impressed with how easy they were to install and how awesome it was to transform my sedan car into a complete family vehicle!

Given my situation of having 4 kids I had to take it to the next step in upgrading one of my cars to a mini van [and the Diono car seats have proved to be a huge space saver in the van]! But it goes to show that if you are expecting to have 1 – 3 babies, that you do not have to go out and pay all this money to purchase a mini van/SUV – you can actually save money by purchasing a diono car seat and to safely and comfortably fit your kids in your car! the Radian RxT is a great space saver with a very unique design that has a very extensive set of safety features and I highly recommend them for any family big or small!

The Diono Radian RxT car seat is a game changer!

Things dad find cool = certified impressed!