Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

2010. 365 days of whirlwind of a year.

But a great year it was.

Hannah's first birthday
A job I actually love
A new car
Vacations to Massachusetts, Vermont and Cuba

So what are my resolutions for 2011?

Exercise more: especially yoga
Teach Hannah something new every single day
Keep work as exciting as ever
Do more for me
Go out more as a couple

I'm sure there will be more added to the list as the New Year unravels.

So as I prepare to ring in 2011, I wish you and your families the very best for a healthy and happy New Year!

And then...I'm going to Disney!

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Place of Religion

For those of you with kids in Montreal CPE daycares you have probably heard about the government's recent ruling to ban religion in subsidized daycares.

The decision has left our house feeling uncertain about Hannah's education.

As of June 1, over 100 daycares in the province will have to change their procedures to fit the new guidelines. But, from what I know those guidelines seem quite blurry. If it's ok to have a Christmas tree or light a menorah on chanukah, why is it not ok to teach kids' hebrew songs?

There is a very fine line between "teaching" and "observing". Don't young children need to be taught traditions and rituals in order to observe?

We attended Hannah's weekly Shabbat party at school this morning, as she was chosen to be Ima at school. It was so nice to see how she is learning about her religion and interacting with her peers in a Jewish environment.

I take some comfort in the recent letter put out my CJA. Looks like the fight isn't over just yet.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Tweet Tweet

Twitter. Up until about 3 months ago it was just social media jargon to me.
But now it has become a part of my life, minute by minute.

I started up my own Twitter account a couple of months ago to get a feel for it all. It was just really practice for the FoodFun Twitter account but it got my feet wet and realizing the potential of this social media tool.

And now I am on Twitter all day long. It's the first thing I check when I wake up and the last thing I do before I go to sleep. It is addictive for two reasons:

1. To make great connections.
2. To stay up to date and in the know

From making great editorial connections to finding out about new restaurants and sales, Twitter keeps me updated. This morning it also brought some sad news about the suspicious death of a young Montreal man. Throughout his disappearance Twitter was a huge tool in searching for his location.

It's amazing what this new medium has done. But also a bit scary.

Where do you draw the line between your regular life and Twitter life?

When do you unplug and stop multitasking?

I wish I knew the answers. Hopefully with time I'll figure it out.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Family Getaway

While most people are holiday shopping, we'll be heading out on a different kind of shopping trip. To luggage stores, that is!

Yes, we have booked a family vacation for this winter. And just in time, as we are taking advantage of Hannah flying for free before she turns 2.

So where are we heading? We're going to Disney!

Definitely not the first place I would have thought I'd be welcoming the month of January but with Aeroplan points to burn Orlando was one of the few destinations still available for a reasonable number of points.

So we'll be heading to the mecca of family friendliness. And staying in the lap of luxury. We got a 2 bedroom 1100 sq. ft. villa at the Sheraton Vistana Resort for an unbelievable price. We just have to tidy up for ourselves (ie. no housekeeping) and we're saving $100/night.

So the itinerary isn't completely booked but we're hoping to spend a day at the Magic Kingdom and another at the Animal Kingdom. So many things to figure out...Do we bring a cooler so we don't spend a fortune on unhealthy food at the parks? Do we book a character dinner? Or is Hannah too young to appreciate it (or will she get scared)?

I know there are tons of moms out there who have done their Disney research so if you have any tips, I'd love to hear them!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Want to have some FoodFun?

So I've been talking a lot lately about FoodFun.

Maybe you've checked out our website or maybe our educational games for kids are new to you.

Either way, I have a special invitation just for you Montrealers.

FoodFun will be putting on a live demonstration of our 3 games - FoodMoves, FoodFarm & FoodFlash at Fait Ici.

Here are the details:
Sunday December 12
11:15 am
Kids 3-8 + 1 parent
2519 Notre Dame West (Corner Charlevoix)

If you are interested in having a Sunday morning of fun please email me to RSVP. Space is limited so its first come, first serve.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hooray for Teachers

As some of you may have noticed my posting frequency has diminished over the past month. I have been utterly consumed in all things FoodFun with our first sales and online launch.

So with a month's worth of content to catch up on, I thought I'd write about the recent parent-teacher interviews we had at Hannah's school Yes, that's right. Parent-teacher interviews for a 20-month old.

I thought it was crazy too. What would they tell me? That she eats her crayons?

But, all joking aside, I am so happy that her school took this initiative. We got to spend one on one time with her teachers and find out how she is doing 3 months into it.

Among other things, we were told that Hannah is:
1. Very smart - she understands everything (every parent's dream!)
2. Outgoing - likes to play with the teachers and her peers which is uncommon at this age when parallel play is the norm
3. Knows what she wants (knew that from numerous tantrums :) )
4. Is always put to bed for nap by one specific teacher

We got some more info about what she is eating. I was curious to know that the elusive "veggies" and "fruits" on the weekly menu consist of tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, apples, oranges and cantaloupes (interesting since I never try to give her those veggies at home).

All in all, it was a great experience to know what she is up to on a daily basis.

I am so grateful to my husband for thanking the teachers for their hard work. I don't know why the thought didn't cross my mind. I guess when you see them for a combined total of 5 minutes per day you take for granted how rough their days are with 14 children to look after.

But they really change their lives. Hannah started counting last week, out of the blue. And its all thanks to her teachers (and learning about the Chanukah candles).

They are absolutely amazing and I am so grateful for their hard work.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Big News

As some of you already know I had a second baby this year. No Hannah didn't get a new brother or sister but rather I helped start up a little brand called FoodFun.

For the past year we have been developing, designing and dreaming up educational games for children that teach them about healthy eating and living. As childhood obesity continues to grow throughout North America we were crafting a concept that would let kids have fun with their food, namely healthy food.


I am so proud to announce that we launched our website today at www.foodfun.org I invite you to check out our first 3 games FoodMoves, FoodFarm and FoodFlash and see what our brand is all about.





Our games are for children between the ages of 3-8, and with Hanukah and Christmas upon us what better gift to give than the gift of health to last a lifetime.

And better yet, for each game sold, we will donate 5% of proceeds to organizations committed to fighting the childhood obesity epidemic.


I'd appreciate your help in passing this message along as we're a small grassroots company. Moms, dads, grandparents, teachers...anyone with a special child in their life.


Thanks so much and hopefully some of you will be "playing with your food" soon!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Snot your Average Tissue

So as I mentioned last week, Hannah was plagued with a cold. A runny, messy nose.

And after going through every washcloth in the house, trying to get off that crusty green mess, I discovered my new favourite product at Toys r Us.

No endorsement here. Just a mom who has discovered a great product that she wants to share with you.

They're "snot your average tissue"



These wipes were created by two moms who obviously knew best. Each wipe contains a saline solution to get those little noses unblocked with a quick swipe.

The wipes are soft, paraben-free and come in 3 flavours including grape, menthol and fresh scent.

For $3.99 a pack I picked up a few to have on hand whenever the next cold hits us. And I'm planning on throwing out my nasal aspirator, which has not gotten much use around here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sick and Tired

What a week!

It started off with a weekend in the country where Hannah developed a runny nose. Lots of soup, juice and TLC but she was still sick come Monday. Turns out 2/3 of her class were in the same boat (luckily she didn't get the gastro part of it).

So I worked from home on Monday and actually accomplished quite a bit during an unprecedented 3 hour nap.

Tuesday was with a babysitter and Wednesday was back to school with a still snotty (but not coloured snot) nose.

So while she's still recuperating from the cold. I'm recovering from an intense work week. I've become an official Twitter junkie promoting our new brand @foodfun. We are getting great response but boy, is it ever an all consuming job.

All that to say that I am so looking forward to sharing FoodFun with you next week when our website officially launches. The brand has been in the making for over a year now so it's wonderful to see it finally coming to fruition.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Moms' Night Out

More holiday shopping. But this one is just for moms.
Wish I could go but I can't so I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Holiday Mismash

Chanukah and Christmas are still weeks away but here are two noteworthy shopping opportunities that have come across my inbox.

1. Pierre Belvedere Warehouse Sale

This is one of my favourite yearly sales. I stock up gift wrapping, gift bags, tissue paper and greeting cards that last me throughout the year. Plus, they've got a selection of kids' toys including educational games and puzzles.


2. Stella McCartney Kids

When Paul McCartney's designer daughter created a line for the Gap I had to check it out. But the prices were not in line with Hannah's fashion budget. Now Stella McCartney has her own kids line which features more reasonably priced fashions for kids 0-12. The items are slightly higher than I would normally pay, but hey, they are designer. Unfortunately, us Canadians are out of luck for the moment as online shipping is only available to the US.

If your kids are a bit older they will absolutely love the activities on the Playground page.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dayight Savings

This article from Smooth Parenting just made its way into my inbox days before daylight savings. I'm not sure how Hannah will adapt to the new hour on the clock but maybe reading this will help.

Baby Sleep and Daylight Savings (Fall Back)

3 Ways To Help Your Baby Adjust to The New Time

By Diana Gonzalez Blanco. Founder, Smooth Parenting.

The end of daylight savings is getting closer and many parents are wondering what to do to maintain their baby or toddler’s sleep habits, despite the time change. We ‘fall back’ to Standard Time on Sunday, November 7th 2010* at 2a.m. by setting our clock back one hour. That usually means that our children wake up one hour earlier the following morning.

Baby sleep challenges are not uncommon during daylight savings time adjustments. Still, there are some general tips that you can follow to have a smoother transition, regardless on how you decide to adjust your child’s schedule to the new time:

· Continue your bedtime and naptime routines. The regular and familiar routines you follow when putting your baby to sleep should be maintained.

· Keep your baby’s nursery dark, so the daylight (and nightlight) changes do not interfere with his/her sleep.

· Carry on promoting positive sleep associations.

· Remember that consistency is still key.

· Change your watch and clocks to the new time before going to bed, November 7th.

In addition to these measures, there are three basic approaches we can follow to help children with the transition:

1. Gradual ‘Pre- Fall Back Day’ Transition

Starting Thursday, November 4th 2010, move your baby/ toddler bedtime back 15 minutes each night. Your baby’s whole daily schedule moves back those 15 minutes the day after. This way, you will have shifted your baby’s schedule ahead by one hour by the time you have to move your clock back one hour. Therefore, your baby would be going to sleep at his usual time right away, based on the Standard Time right away.

2. Gradual ‘Post- Fall Back Day’ Transition

The day after the daylight savings time ends, Monday November 8th, 2010, your baby will most likely wake up one hour earlier than usual (based on the clock). Starting then you should make sure your baby, toddler’s naptime and bedtime are 45 minutes earlier than his/her regular schedule the first day; 30 minutes earlier the second day; and 15 minutes earlier the third day.

The whole daily schedule adjusts to those changes accordingly. By doing this, your baby would be going to sleep and waking up at his regular times, based on the Standard Time, by Friday November 12th.

3. Immediate Transition

The day after the daylight savings time ends, you follow your baby’s schedule based on Standard Time. Therefore, on Monday November 8th, 2010 you switch your child ‘cold turkey’ to the new time. This option tends to be harder on children and on parents, and would be only advisable for children who are extremely adaptable to changes and new schedules.

Regardless of the approach you decide to take, remember that every child is different and they will adjust differently to changes in their sleep schedule. It takes several days to adjust to the new times, so be prepared for your baby to wake up earlier than usual on occasions, to be crankier than usual during the afternoon, and/or to be sleepier during the first days of the transition.

Be patient, loving and consistent to ensure a smooth and successful transition.

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*2010 Daylight Savings ends:

· Sunday, November 7th at 2 a.m. in the United States and Canada

· October 31st in Europe, Mexico and Central America

2010 Daylight Savings Starts in most countries of the South Hemisphere, October 3rd

Monday, November 1, 2010

Trick or Treat, Treat, Treat

Halloween 2010. It was a magical night filled with Tinkerbell, a ballerina and superman(s).

Hannah's first official Halloween.

Last year, we were in New York City for October 31st. While Hannah donned a pumpkin onesie, at just 7 months old there wasn't too much excitement around the day.

But this year, we set out trick or treating in our neighborhood and then to a party. I will admit I felt like our neighbours were looking at me like "she's totally using her kid for candy", but Hannah certainly had the thrill of ringing their doorbells and saying thank you!

The real highlight of her night, however, was serving the 300+ trick or treaters that rang our friends' bell. In about 2 hours, Hannah dolled out the candy, strategically placing 2 pieces of candy per bag. She saw ghosts, goblins, a sumo wrestler, super mario brothers and so many more fun costumes. I wish I had captured the expression of sheer joy on her face every time the doorbell rang.

Instead here are some pictures of the cutest Tinkerbell I've ever seen.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Bugaboo Just Got Better

For all of us first time moms, we just had to have a Bugaboo. From the city efficient Bee to the Frog (my personal favourite) or the Cameleon, with all of the bells and whistles, we could find 100 reasons to excuse this stroller's hefty price tag.

But whether you're thinking about, trying to or are pregnant with a second baby, your Bugaboo may no longer seem like such a good investment. Ya, maybe you can add on the wheeled board if your first is old enough, but it looks like a double stroller might be in your new future.

Well, I hope you are excited as I was (no, I'm not pregnant) to find out about the Bugaboo Donkey. Yes, you might feel like a bit of an ass that you didn't wait for this amazing new model to come around but you can always sell your Bee, Frog or Cameleon on Craigslist once you've snapped up one of these. Because there are plenty of other first time moms out there. We can all admit to our naivete.

So what's the big deal about the Donkey? It has the sleek look and functionality of a Bugaboo but it is a mono-duo-mono stroller. What does that mean? You can have one child with extra storage or two side by side.

Still not sure? Watch this video for a demo

bugaboo donkey from bugaboo on Vimeo.


Now, for the big question...how much will it cost?! Guess we'll find out soon enough.

The Bugaboo Donkey is being released for sale in spring 2011.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sick Day

This past weekend was one filled with tantrums. Lots of crying. Lots of tears. I thought we were experiencing an early bout of the terrible twos.

Turns out we were just getting sick. I thought an upset tummy had cleared come Monday morning but got the dreaded call from school on Tuesday that she had numerous diaper changes, a runny nose and glassy eyes.

When I picked her up, after rushing my way through a major keynote presentation, I found out that 4 kids in her class hadn't come to school because of gastro.

Oh, no!

But lots of starch and liquids and our tummy ache seems to be resolved. We're still stuck with a runny nose but our worst condition is a diagnosis from the doctor this morning of conjunctivitis. Highly contagious, I was warned that her school would require at least 24 hours of antibiotic drops before letting her back in.

Luckily that'll be the case at 9am tomorrow morning. Just in time to see the Wiggles perform live at the Bell Centre.

Crazy to think how quickly germs can spread from one kid to another.

But not as crazy as trying to re-jig my schedule to work and keep her home.

How on earth do parents of multiple kids manage with sick days? I guess thats why so many offices are filled with coughing and sneezing. We save the days for our kids and just grin and bear it even though we'd rather be in bed.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

School Yard Junkie

Last week was an affirming week. A week where I finally took complete confidence in Hannah's school.

That's not to say that I shipped her off every morning worried about how her day might progress. No, I knew she was going to a top facility (did I mention its only $7/day?) but I guess I just had to see it for myself to believe it.

Well, before I even got my half hour glimpse into a day at Hebrew Day School I was welcomed upon pick-up with great news. Hannah slept an hour, then an hour and a fifteen and then an hour and a half. She finally got her groove of sleeping in a room with 14 other kids. Yipee! And the best part of it (aside from not having to worry about her teachers hating that she was the one shortening their "break") is that the behaviour has carried over at home. This weekend we had a record breaking two and a half hour nap. I literally didn't know what to do with myself!

So, all this sleep was a welcome introduction to actually joining Hannah's class on Friday morning. She was the "ima" for Shabbat so I got to tag along (with challah and cookies). In just a short half hour, I realized how encouraging her teachers are. Most of my time was spent singing songs around a table.

But no ordinary songs. The teachers' playlist was crafted to include popular kids' tunes that involve actions like Wheels on the Bus and Skinnamarinkydinkydink. Each time a child imitated one of the actions, the main teacher would shout Bravo or Hurray, providing wonderful positive encouragement.

It was really so great to see.

I think about all of the things Hannah has gotten better at in the past two months (her vocabulary, holding hands, not biting) and it makes me realize how great this experience is for her.

I am genuinely thrilled. Now if only I could do something about the school's somewhat unhealthy menu my mind would be completely at ease..until I find something new to worry about...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back

Today we went apple picking.

As luck would have it, we hit Quinn Farm on the last day of the apple picking season. Empire was the apple du jour. But were they ever hard to find. Luckily Hannah's daddy is pretty tall and he was able to pick apples off of the tallest branches.

Quinn Farm really is one of the friendliest places for kids. We started off our adventure in the barn with a visit to the sheep, turkeys, pigs (with newborn piglets) and a giant horse. Then we climbed aboard a tractor ride and made our way out to the orchard. And then we rounded off the afternoon with a stop at the pumpkin patch in preparation for Halloween.

We made the same trip about a year ago and its amazing to see the differences between a 6 month old and an 18 month old. My main memory of last year's adventure is Hannah bawling the entire tractor ride home wanting to eat. A bumpy wagon wasn't quite my ideal place to nurse. But on today's trip she was having an absolute ball. And rather than sitting in the apples she helped out by placing all of our pickings into the bag.

What a difference a year can make!



Friday, October 15, 2010

Itsy Bitsy

About a week ago I blogged about a new high-end children's clothing store on Westmount's Greene Avenue.

Well, now that the article has officially run on Sweetmama, I can reveal more details to you.

The store is called Itsy Bitsy.

You can read all about it here.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Whine and Dine

Why is it that children only whine for their mothers?

They can be total angels for their teachers, friends and other grownups but the minute their mom enters the room, that high pitched tone breaks out?

Case in point. Yesterday I picked Hannah up from her best friend's house post-daycare. They were playing and having a snack when I walked in. After getting a hug and a huge welcoming grin, Hannah proceeds into the kitchen where she begins to stare up at the counter and whine.

Eat, eat. So her bf's friend gave her a snack to qualm her demands. I asked if she had been whining prior to my arrival and, no shockingly, she hadn't been.

Yes, I know kids feel most comfortable with their moms, but why do we have to get the raw end of the whining deal. I suppose we have to take the bad (whining) along with the good (an instant bond, super smiles, giggling laughs).

Oh, did I mention that the whining in the car is my least favourite kind of whining of all? You wouldn't believe the things we do to try to distract from the long ride. Pointing out dogs (on sunny days), umbrellas (on rainy days) and singing just about every song in the book (with actions and a very dry throat by the end of it), all to avoid any unhappiness.

Oh, wait. I just realized I am now the one who is whining.
I guess I don't need my mom to make it happen, just a captive audience :)

For the Utterly Exhausted

Waking up every two hours? Got into a habit of co-sleeping? Want to reclaim your bedtime rituals?

That was me just over a year ago. But with enough work and perseverance I have been enjoying 8 hours of sleep (plus 4 of relaxation or work) for quite some time.

How’d I get here? Lots of reading. Lots of trying. Lots of tears.

Maybe you’ve read every book and it's not working. Maybe you can’t stand to let your little one cry it out.

Maybe this will help.


FREE PARENTING SEMINAR FROM SMOOTH PARENTING

- Baby & Toddler Sleep Consultations and Parenting Coaching -

Smooth Parenting, which offers ‘Baby and Toddler Sleep Consultations’ designed to help parents who are struggling trying to get their babies and toddlers to sleep for naps and nighttime, today announced a free teleclass for parents everywhere.

"Baby Sleep Basics Teleclass: Top 7 Strategies to Help Your Baby Become a Great Sleeper”

Are you struggling with your baby’s sleep? Did you read all the books and nothing works with your baby? Is your baby’s sleep (or lack of thereof) affecting your family life? If your answer is ‘YES’, you can’t miss this complimentary teleclass!

Smooth Parenting's founder will share with you the top 7 strategies to help your baby become a great sleeper without leaving him/her to cry it out.

Date: Thursday, September 16th, 2010 - 7:30PM EST

If this date/time doesn’t work for you, sign up and you will have access to the recording of the teleclass to listen at the best time for you.

Sign Up Link: http://www.smoothparenting.com/Welcome_Teleclass.html


Please let me stress that I have never tried this company before. I know nothing about them.

But if you are in any way the person I described above you are probably willing to try anything. So let me know how it goes!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Giving Thanks

It's Canadian Thanksgiving.

And while many companies are having sales to promote Turkey day here is one that stood out.

Serena & Lily have a beautiful line of children's bedding.

But my favourite item from their collection has to be their market sling. When Hannah was just a few months old I wanted tone so badly. But couldn't justify the $129Us price tag. I knew a sling would last just a few months compared to my Beco Carrier which lasted over a year.

But maybe if I had the opportunity to save 25% I would have. Well, aren't you lucky!

From October 12-15, you can save 25% off on their gypsy tote and market sling collections.
Just use the code NEWMOM at checkout.







Friday, October 8, 2010

No Ordinary Nap

Hannah is doing fabulously at daycare.

Last week was the first week that I left her in the morning with no tears. Yes, she's been going for over a month but its been a very erratic schedule with just a few days a week in class.

Now, I knew going down to one nap a day would be an adjustment but I didn't know she'd be the short sleeper of the class.

I never sat around eating bonbons while Hannah took a 2 hour slumber. I was lucky to get an hour on any given day. Well, I think her teachers, who are looking after 14 other kids, were hoping to have a bit of a longer break too.

Hannah took a nap that was a whole 15 minutes on Friday. Most days I get a report that its anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes, which is about half of the time of her peers. I knew she would never jump into a super long nap but I thought her classmates might have a bit of an influence on her.

Guess not. But I totally understand where she is coming from. I can't imagine sleeping on a little cot (when I'm used to an enclosed crib) in a room with my friends. I'd love to just sneak in at 12:30 and see how it all really works.

Hopefully with a bit more time she'll start resting longer. In the meantime, I guess her teachers will just have to take what they can get, like I did for 18 months.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Price Tag Wars

Last night I visited a new kids clothing store in Westmount for an article for Sweetmama. I won't give away the name or address yet...you'll have to wait until my article runs to find that out.

I've reviewed many kids' stores in my day but this one was special. Aside from having beautiful fashions for kids of all ages, the store had another distinguishing feature. It's price tags. $100, $200, even $300! I had to scour the shelves for the lowest priced clothing item at $70.

Now don't get me wrong, these shelves were lined with designer labels from
Sonia Rykiel to Moschino. But why does a 2, 6 or 12 year old need to wear such expensive clothing? I don't think I even own one piece of clothing that cost more than $300 (ok, maybe the powder pink dress I wore as a maid of honor was more). So why would a kid, like Hannah, who is prone to tomato sauce stains and dirty knees, need such fine fashions?

I love to dress Hannah in cool clothes. At least twice a week at daycare her teachers compliment her on her outfits but I don't think I have ever spent more than $30 on a single item for her (shoes and outerwear excluded). In fact, if I'm not at
Old Navy, H&M or Joe Fresh, I won't buy anything that's not on sale. Call me cheap. Call me frugal. I just don't see the point.

I already step into our locker and see her 6+ boxes of clothing since she was a newborn and secretly hope that my next child is a girl so all this stuff gets a second life.

What do you think? Are you a $100+ kids' clothing shopper or do you adhere to a style budget?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ready, Set, Shop!

Sample sale season is coming up quickly.
Perfect timing for this rainy weather and the urge to curl up in warm comfy sweaters.

I just discovered this new sale that is full of goodies for the little ones. With sizes newborn to 14 years, the Fashion District, is sure to have something for all of them.

This sale is being held on the following dates:
October 6-8 10am-6pm
October 9 10am-9pm

At this location (just minutes from my office, how convenient...)
7449 Trans Canada Hwy (Cote Vertu exit)
H4T 1T3

Brands featured include European imports like Imps&Elfs, Tumble 'n Dry and Franck Fischer.

You can get all of the details here.

Happy shopping!

Monday, September 27, 2010

You Give me Fever

Why is fever for an adult anything over 98.6 but for a child its over 100.4?

Nothing like making things confusing, especially when you have a little one who is burning up.

Mid-day Saturday, Hannah started getting a little toasty so out came the thermometer. With a challenging feat ahead of us we managed to get take her temperature which was about 99.6.

A few drops of tempra and a low key afternoon were the remedy (along with many smoothies) and then she was off to bed early. With thoughts of febrile seizures looming in my head, we took the monitor off of its beloved position on one of our nightstands and put it next to the couch while we watched the Hurt Locker.

She woke up at 6am, with another mild fever. No other symptoms though. No tummy problems. No runny nose. But most of all, no intention of missing her BFF's birthday party. So a shot more of tempra pre-party dress and she was off.

Not sure why it took me 24 hours (and a faster thermometer) to realize that she had a tooth coming in (thanks mom). Hannah has a mouth full of teeth but these last few ones seem to be taking a toll on her.

Early mornings, short naps, reduced appetite...poor baby!

I didn't get the warmest reception at daycare this morning after recounting her temperature chart, but she had a great day with no more medicine. Hopefully this little fang will break through soon, and my little girl will be back to her normal rambunctious self!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Groceries to Go

Now that I have started working full time, menial house chores are snuck into the most random of places.

Laundry at 9am on a Sunday morning. Cleaning the bathroom sink as I brush my teeth. Groceries at 8:30pm.

Well, now I just discovered a way to cross one of the chores off of my list, by just lifting a finger (or two)

A few days ago, driving home from Hannah's daycare, I spotted a colourful van that was delivering groceries. I jotted down the name in my iPhone notes and only got around to researching Epicerie Direct a few days later. But so glad that I did.

This local company delivers groceries right to your door. And most importantly, they service my neighbourhood which a lot of the supermarket chains do not. The website is very easy to use with a variety of products from homemade bread to organic produce to baby food.

My first order was mostly the basics. Figured I'd keep it small for a test. The prices on this site are extremely competitive and delivery is free with an order over $50. I scheduled my delivery between 6pm-7pm and was greeted by a friendly knock on the door at 6:55pm.

My order was all there and in good condition. Except for the strawberries which were pretty banged up. I even got a bonus bag of grapes (whoops on their part at $6/bag) but was pleased with the easiness and, most of all, the convenience of this service.

You might be thinking...how much did they pay her to write this. The answer is 0. Like I said, I scouted Epicerie Direct out on my own and just wanted to pass along this great time saving find.

If they service your area, hopefully it will take one thing off your to-do list giving you a bit more mommy downtime...