5 Living Room Upgrade Ideas for 2020

Since the living room is where you spend so much time as a family, it is likely to be one of the parts of the home that you want to upgrade the most. However, a full upgrade of the space could end up being time-consuming and expensive. Simply tackling one part at a time can make all the difference, and this article is here to give you some possible ideas that you can put into practice yourself.

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Why Quality of Sleep is Important for Any Mother

Becoming a new mother can be a very chaotic time. You will notice that your sleep quality and regulatory takes a nosedive, as does your ability to relax as you become more and more attentive to the life of brand new little human. Worrying about a million things at once is stock in trade for a new mother and father. This is fine of course, because any worry or sleepless night is repaid over a thousand times in having a bundle of love to call your own. It truly is a special experience like no other.

However, that doesn’t mean neglecting your peace of mind and sleep is something advisable. It’s not necessarily a complete requirement every single day in order to enjoy and look after your child well. Sometimes, it pays to be smart, and self-care is always smart. Now, you might be reading this thinking ‘well that’s easy for you! Am I supposed to tell my infant baby to stop waking me up?’ Well, of course not. However, what you can do is improve the quality of your sleep.

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A Young Family’s Review of a Soft Play Indoor Playground

Amazing Adventure soft play indoor playground and activity center in Regina, SK offers an extensive list of gymnastics, tumbling & cheer classes, as well as their climbing structure and other toys. It’s a great outing for kids of all ages – right from babies to teens. Their accommodating structure allows for parents and caregivers to supervise along side younger children without having to be cramped. There’s even a café for when you need a bit of a break! Check out Amazing Adventure #softplay #indoorplayground in Regina today! Only $6 for a drop-in. #indoor #playground #toddlers #kids #parenting #play
Amazing Adventure soft play indoor playground and activity center in Regina, SK offers an extensive list of gymnastics, tumbling & cheer classes, as well as their climbing structure and other toys. It’s a great outing for kids of all ages – right from babies to teens. Their accommodating structure allows for parents and caregivers to supervise along side younger children without having to be cramped. There’s even a café for when you need a bit of a break! Check out Amazing Adventure #softplay #indoorplayground in Regina today! Only $6 for a drop-in. #indoor #playground #toddlers #kids #parenting #play Amazing Adventure soft play indoor playground and activity center in Regina, SK offers an extensive list of gymnastics, tumbling & cheer classes, as well as their climbing structure and other toys. It’s a great outing for kids of all ages – right from babies to teens. Their accommodating structure allows for parents and caregivers to supervise along side younger children without having to be cramped. There’s even a café for when you need a bit of a break! Check out Amazing Adventure #softplay #indoorplayground in Regina today! Only $6 for a drop-in. #indoor #playground #toddlers #kids #parenting #play

Amazing Adventure soft play indoor playground and activity center in Regina, SK offers an extensive list of gymnastics, tumbling & cheer classes, as well as their climbing structure and other toys. It’s a great outing for kids of all ages – right from babies to teens. Their accommodating structure allows for parents and caregivers to supervise along side younger children without having to be cramped. There’s even a café for when you need a bit of a break! Check out Amazing Adventure #softplay #indoorplayground in Regina today! Only $6 for a drop-in. #indoor #playground #toddlers #kids #parenting #playLast summer I read something about how soft play is great for toddlers' cognitive and physical development.  Never hearing the term, I figured soft play meant toys that aren't plastic, but rather, soft.

Needless to say, I was wrong.

*After writing this post, I contacted Amazing Adventure to see about any incentives for my promotional write up.  They sent me out some indoor playground passes

After reading a bit more about it, I realized soft play refers to indoor playground type facilities with loads of foam (and germs?).  I quickly started researching the closest arena to us.  Unfortunately, it's 2+ hours away!

So, when we were planning a trip to Regina for a hotel + water-slide overnight before the new baby was due to arrive, I figured we should take the opportunity to check out Amazing Adventure.

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Easy & Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids in 2020

Valentine's day can be challenging. Shortly after Christmas, who wants to spend more money! Find some inexpensive ways to entertain your kids this year. Cute and easy ideas to make it a memorable Valentine's Day with the kids. #vday #valentinesday #kids #frugal #inexpensive #fun #momblog Valentine's day can be challenging. Shortly after Christmas, who wants to spend more money! Find some inexpensive ways to entertain your kids this year. Cute and easy ideas to make it a memorable Valentine's Day with the kids. #vday #valentinesday #kids #frugal #inexpensive #fun #momblog

At the risk of having my woman card stripped, I'm being completely honest when I say that I never have been a fan of Valentine's Day.  Yes, it's nice to get flowers + chocolate, etc., but I really believe that every day should be used to show those around us that we love them.  Right?

That being said, V-Day grew in meaning for me in 2017.  My daughter's first Valentine's Day.

Growing up, my mom would always have a little something for us, and there would be cards and goodies to pass out at our school party.  We even had a coinciding week dedicated to a “secret friend” exchange.  It was exciting and all, but, was it really necessary?

Valentine's day can be challenging. Shortly after Christmas, who wants to spend more money! Find some inexpensive ways to entertain your kids this year. Cute and easy ideas to make it a memorable Valentine's Day with the kids. #vday #valentinesday #kids #frugal #inexpensive #fun #momblogNow that I'm a mama, I appreciate all the effort my own mother, the teachers, and my classmates' mothers put in to making our Valentine's Days memorable and fun, even if I didn't back then.

So, in the spirit of the season, I've been thinking of ways to make Sweet Girl's second and Pip's first Valentine's Day a good one.  While Pip will be a bit small (4 months) to really enjoy anything, I still feel the desire to make an effort for him.

Since it isn't really a true holiday, and since my husband is in school (final term, yay!), I'm brainstorming for inexpensive or free ways to celebrate the day of love.  Who knows, maybe you'll create a lasting tradition.

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The Most Important Reason to Wear an Apron in 2020

Why I wear an apron. vintage lifestyle choice. 4 more vintage lifestyle choices to my homemaking. what I do as a homemaker to make my days meaningful. find what is important to you and your family and run with it. #homemaking #parenting #homemaker #kids #cleaning #reusable

Humor me a moment.  Take a second to think of your grandma, or the ladies of the past.  What comes to mind?  For me, it's fresh-baked cookies, a tidy home, clothes hanging out to dry, and wearing an apron.

While we think of these things as a vintage lifestyle choice today, not so long ago they were just the norm.

Women stayed home and tended the children, house, garden and, if applicable, animals.  The way they lived and operated was through hard work, perseverance, and dignity.

And be damned if they were going to ask their husbands to lend a hand.  No, supper was on the table when hubby walked in from his hard day's work.  He was greeted at the door with a smile and kiss.

Oh, and to top it off, these mystical women were dressed for the day with their hair done and even wore high heels!  

I love a beautiful shoe as much as the next girl, but you won't catch me chasing a toddler or vacuuming in such impractical footwear.

As much as I am thankful for feminists who have paved the way for us in terms of work/home balance, voting, and general equality, it's hard not to appreciate and admire the hardworking housewives of the past.  I mean, heck, I am one now!

Wait, what?

Yep, you read that right, I am a hardworking housewife today.  While I take advantage of modern conveniences (and my husband's obligation to help around the house), there are a few vintage lifestyle choices that I have adopted as my own.

Why I wear an apron. vintage lifestyle choice. 4 more vintage lifestyle choices to my homemaking. what I do as a homemaker to make my days meaningful. find what is important to you and your family and run with it. #homemaking #parenting #homemaker #kids #cleaning #reusable

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