Archive for July, 2013


Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by by

“You see those clouds, Mom?”

“I do.”

“That one looks like a bear. Or maybe a wolf. No, definitely a bear.”

“Which one?”

“Wait. Now it turned into a king. A scared looking king.”

“I don’t see it.”

“You might need to crawl back here.”


Mommy Meme Monday: Overdue pregnancy memes for the moms who know babies come when they are ready

Monday, July 29th, 2013 by by

You mean you haven’t had that baby yet?



Practicing Independence Skills – Get Ready for K Through Play

Monday, July 29th, 2013 by by

Independence skills your child needs. Think your child is too young to help around the house? Think again.
It’s time for week 3 of Get Ready for K Through Play! If you joined us for the last two weeks, then you know that this is an 8 week series with some of my favorite bloggers that will give you all the tools you need to prepare your child for Kindergarten in fun, hands-on ways. Each week, we are going to focus on a different Kindergarten readiness skill. This week we are focusing on practicing independence kills that will help your child to be more independent in Kindergarten and at home. I will share some ideas for chores for kids. (more…)

Post-It Math Games – Get Ready for K Through Play

Friday, July 26th, 2013 by by

Children learn basic math concepts from fun math games you can make with Post Its.
Welcome to week 4 of Get Ready for K Through Play! If you have been following along for the past few weeks, then you know that this is an 8 week series with some of my favorite bloggers that will give you all the tools you need to prepare your child for Kindergarten in fun, hands-on ways. We will focus on a different Kindergarten readiness skill each week. This week we are focusing on Math Concepts that your child will need child in Kindergarten. I will be sharing math games using post-it notes. (more…)


Sweet, Sweet Summer

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by by

So, first of all, an apology to any of my readers who attempted to visit the blog and got a warning message about malware. My site was not infected, but, I had a link to another site at the bottom of my page. This linked-to site apparently was also not infected. However, it may have linked to a site that was infected. Anyway, I have removed the problem, and saved my dear blog. :)

Here are the kids fishing in their little ponds. What a great little activity for a hot day! Thanks, Dollarama. (more…)

Italian Meatloaf Cupcake Recipe with #FreshFinds from Lucky Super Market

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by by

Italian Meatloaf Cupcakes - The addition of mozzarella cheese makes these cupcakes cheesy and moist. Kids and adults will love them! #cbias #shop #FreshFinds

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I headed over to Lucky Super Market recently to take advantage of their Pick 5 and Save sale on selected meat products. Summer is grilling and entertaining season and when I find a sale on meat, I stock up. I went shopping with my twins, which if you have kids, you know is like pushing a cart with a timebomb strapped into it. But they were really good this day. I am thinking the fact that they got to “drive” had something to do with that.

It’s a Miracle #2: Basil Oil Cured My Breastfeeding Blues

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by by

For all the mommies who have struggled or ARE struggling with breastfeeding and producing enough milk this post is for you!

My actual bottle- well my third one really.

Yes, THIS Basil Essential Oil cured my Breastfeeding Blues by helping me double my milk supply. I know this may sound hard to believe, and if it wasn’t something I have experienced personally I’d still have an eyebrow raised like I was doing a Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock” impression. (more…)



Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 by by

“Mom, did you know I can think underwater now?”

“Is that something new?’

“Sort of.”

“What do you think about when you’re underwater?”

“A lot of things. Everything.”

“Like what?”

“Mom, stop trying to get at my secrets.”

Sophie’s Journey

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 by by

This is our friend Sophia.  She has been a long time friend of Haven’s and we love her family dearly.  Lately Sophia has been struggling with getting help from doctors and has been waiting to start treatment.  I have included a note from her mom below and there is a link to her Facebook page.  Please check out her page and keep yourself up to date on Miss Sophia.

Sophie’s Journey

I would like to tell you a little bit about my Sophia. She is the youngest of six and was born on October 19,2004, by C-Section. She was only a C-Section because i had one before her. She weighed in at 9 pounds 6 onces and was 21 inches long. Sophia was healthy but she was diagnosed with kidney reflux at 3 months old and antibiotics took care of it. She would out grow the kidney reflux by her second birthday. When Sophia was 18 months old she was tiny at 20 lbs but by the time she was 22 month she had gained almost 25lbs her pediatrition sent us to the OWL program at childrens hospital that’s when we met Dr. Rhodes. i explained Sophia’s symptoms – the throwing up, the thirst, the constipation. So after 2 long years of medical appointments and testing Sophia has been diagnosed with ROHHAD syndrome.

( Rapid onset Obesity With Hypothalamic Dysfunction, Hypoventilation, and Autonomic Dysregulation).

We have a long road ahead of us and not knowing when her body will stop working is very difficult. Just knowing that is a daily struggle. I will try and update Sophia’s progress daily in her journal and will soon add pictures and medical updates and appointments. I want to thank everyone for the support I have received since receiving Sophia’s diagnosis.

We are almost 2 years into our diagnosis and things have progressed with Sophia’s symptoms and she has gotten more symptoms and has lots of medications to take each day. I have meet some great ROHHAD families since her diagnosis and the internet has brought all of us closer together. I will continue to spread the word about ROHHAD in hopes that more families will be able spread the word. And to help other families who are looking for a diagnosis for their child.

5 Reasons to be a Stay at Home Mom

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 by by

My day today was enjoyable, albeit a little nuts. I have two children myself, a toddler and a newborn,
but today, I had over two nieces, one nephew, and two neighbor kids (for a grand total of seven kids ages ranging from 2 weeks to 9 years). We swam and played in the water outside, had baths, cleaned up, watched a movie, sang, danced, had lunch, and read/acted out a story. Then, I sent everyone but my two on their merry way and had a moment to ponder my afternoon.

Background. My hubby is a little nutty and wants ten children. No joke (more…)