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Toddler Gym Time

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stashmom:

Brrr it’s cold outside. A perfect time for Toddler Gym Time at the Milton Sports Centre. This is one of our favourite Winter activities. Reasonably priced ($6.75 for 2 kids), lots of exercise for kids, and adult conversation.

Originally posted on Mom on the Move:

I am beginning this post with an apology to my mommy-play group.  I am sorry that I am sharing our new-found activity in Milton.  It’s just too good to not share.

I am always looking for new activities to do with my toddler and baby.  For their sanity, mine and to share on here I like to have at least one activity each day.  That is quite often an idealistic goal, but I try my best.  One problem is that many activities cost $$$.

Now that the Milton Sports Centre expansion is open I was interested in finding out what they have to offer.  My daughter and I have already gone there for the Family Swim, and the original Milton Springers Gymnastics is also located there.  When I saw in the Leisure Guide drop-in activities my interest was piqued.

The drop-in schedule is not listed in the guide…

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Prematurity Awareness Month

stashmom:

Another year has passed and the memories of hospitals and NICU diminish that much more. But it’s important to remember all the other families going through the same thing. November 17 is World Prematurity Day.

Originally posted on Mom on the Move:

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and I felt a strong urge/desire/need to write something for it.

I have lots of posts about the different experiences we had with my pregnancy and subsequent early delivery.  But I still feel like there is so much more to say.

Our son was born at 32 weeks in an emergency c-section.  From about 28 weeks we knew that there was a possibility he would be early due to my placenta previa.  But that still doesn’t prepare you.

I didn’t really cry for days after he was born, maybe even weeks.  As a mom we instinctively go into survival mode and I knew all of my energy needed to go towards taking care of him.  In reality, I don’t think I ever fully dealt with all those emotions until recently, almost a year later.

I recently read a blog about having a preemie…

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How to talk to your daughter about her body

stashmom:

These are great words of wisdom. I wish everyone could teach their daughters (and sons) these things. I know I will do my best with my children.

Originally posted on Hope Avenue:

How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.

Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.

If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:

“You look so healthy!” is a great one.

Or how about, “you’re looking so strong.”

“I can see how happy you are – you’re glowing.”

Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.

Don’t comment on other women’s bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one.

Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards yourself.

Don’t you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk about your new…

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Fall Harvest Time

stashmom:

It’s that time of year again! I can’t wait to take the kids apple picking at Willis Family Fruit Farm. A friend went last week and the kids had a blast!

Originally posted on Mom on the Move:

Fall is my favourite time of year.  I love the weather, the colours and especially the food!

There are multiple crops that are ready for the picking come Fall time, and there are so many orchards to choose from.  Major crops in the Fall are apples, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, corn and pears.  I love Milton for so many reasons, one of them being the wide selection of orchards right within our town.

Pear Tree

Although there are still a couple of more weeks to go before the majority of these orchards are open, I am lucky enough to have a friend who lives on a large acreage complete with pear trees and concord grapes.  On top of that, she has her very own mini-petting zoo with goats and chickens.  It…

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Catching up with Family

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Family is very important to me.  Whether it be immediate or extended, my parents instilled in me the importance of family.  But getting together with extended family is hard.  Schedules and timings and places are near impossible to set down.  So we were fortunate that my sister’s recent wedding in Dominican gave us a reason to get together.

My aunt and uncle and cousins weren’t able to make it to the Dominican, so my uncle offered to host a family celebration.  For location we were able to decide that my house worked out and my aunt and uncle took care of the rest.

4 grandparents, 6 cousins, 6 spouses/significant others, and 7 kids under the age of four.  We quickly realized the last time we were all together my cousin was pregnant with the first of the 7 kids.

When my uncle started planning he asked me for any caterer suggestions.  Automatically I gave him Keith’s name from A Little Bite Different.  We hired Keith for my sister’s bachelorette and he did a fantastic job and  I was looking forward to another great meal by him, and he didn’t disappoint.

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Different then my sister’s bachelorette, our dinner was set up buffet style and was perfect for our casual backyard party.  The kids ate first, eating a meal that was more catered to their sensitive (read: picky) palettes (chicken fingers and fries).

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For the adults we started with three appetizers: chicken and shrimp skewers and an amazing Mango and Apple Bruschetta with Brie.

For our main course two amazing salads and two choices of meat.  The meal couldn’t have been better.

With our neighbours away we had use of both backyards and their trampoline which kept the kids entertained.  As well, my cousin brought a bouncy castle/slide.  They are so mobile and I really think a worthwhile purchase.

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We were fortunate to borrow a friend’s homemade bar and my husband had his perch for the rest of the night.  Playing bartender is a guy thing isn’t it?

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My cousins and their families were staying at a nearby hotel and we arranged ahead of time for Smart Ride cab service to come and drive their vehicle, with kids (and car seats) back to the hotel.  I was really disappointed when their pick time came and went and we had to phone them to find out what was going on.  After a lot of running around they said that they had car problems and hung up on us!!!.  Not great service in my mind, especially close to midnight with 4 cranky toddlers.  Unfortunately I won’t be recommending them.

That’s when Milton’s Black Cab came to the rescue.  A quick call to them and they said they provide the same service.  They brought two cabs and one driver drove the van with kids and parents, while the other car followed them. Parents with kids remember this!  What a great service.

A couple of days later and I’m still recovering, but it was well worth it.  My favourite part of the day was seeing all the kids play together, so great to see the next generation of cousins.  Let’s hope our promise of seeing each other more often is possible.

How do you keep in touch with extended family?

Conference in Muskoka

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After spending three days at The Rousseau J W Marriott Resort and Spa  I can’t wait to go back!

My husband and I attended the UCA convention, which is held annually at various resorts.  Last year was at The Westin Trillium, Blue Mountain and next year will be at Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville.

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This year we were fortunate to travel to Muskoka for the 3 day convention.  And The Rousseau is breathtaking.  Surrounded by lakes, forests and overall peace I was so excited to be there.

Our room was perfect.  I love having the kitchenette, it allows me to bring some food from home for extra food options.  The resort itself is beautiful.  We walked the outskirts the first morning and came within 10 feet of a deer and her fawn.  Being in the middle of nature is an instant stress reliever.

Being with the convention we had several events planned for us.  The first night we boarded the Wenonah II steamship for a tour around Lake Rousseau.  Great live music, food, drinks, scenery and company it was a perfect night to start our stay.  I loved being able to see all the beautiful resorts and their extravagant boat houses!  I would definitely recommend getting out on the water at some point.  You can also rent different water crafts at the resort.

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On our second day, while my husband golfed at The Rock golf course, I was able to enjoy some quiet time by the pool.  The resort has three pools.  One is connected to the spa, one is a larger pool with splash pad/wading pool that seemed to have more kids, so I elected for the third which was a bit quieter.  My husband was fortunate enough to get in a second day of golf, which gave me more pool time, and lots of relaxing.  There are Muskoka chairs all over the resort, perfect for sitting and reading.

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We were fortunate one night to be able to sit outside by one of the many fires.  Felt just like camping, with all the luxuries and comforts of a resort; perfect combination for me.

Where do you go to relax?

 

A Last Minute Road Trip

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When a friend invited us up to a trailer he had rented at Sherkston Shores we were quick to say yes.  I’m  a big planner, so something last-minute isn’t always my thing.  But after just getting back from a family wedding/vacation in Dominican Republic I was anxious to get back to the beach, even if it was Lake Erie.

I’ve never stayed in a trailer before, but they seem to be becoming more popular lately.  Compared to a cottage, they are smaller but definitely a more affordable summer spot.  With lots of trailers nearby, they don’t necessarily offer the same privacy that a cottage might, but that can have both negative and positive sides.

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The drive was well under 2 hours which is a great distance for the kids.  And as someone mentioned to us, Sherkston is close to Niagara Falls, Darien Lake and Buffalo for day trips if you are staying for a longer period of time.

Driving into the resort I was overwhelmed.  I’d never been to Sherkston and couldn’t get over the size of the resort.  There are lots of different places to stay all with varying costs.  Trailers of various sizes and locations; by the beach, across from the beach, by the quarry lake, or in a quiet court.  There were also cabins, campers, tents, and mobile homes.

The trailer was perfect.  It was a single-wide, so had 3 bedrooms, bathroom, common room,  kitchen and a wrap around deck.

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Because of the size of the resort most people got around in golf carts.  The resort rents them for a daily fee, or you can bring your own.  It was fun to see all the customized golf carts motoring around.

There are lots of activities for kids.  With two toddlers, we loved the water park.  We got day passes and the kids were able to spend time swimming in the pool and playing in the splash park.

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The second day we ventured down to the beach.  There are two beaches, one that is  busier with cars, music and a younger age group.  We went to the more family oriented beach and it was beautiful.  It has lots of  sandbars which makes it great for the kids to walk out in the water.  The sand was also perfect for the kids to play in.

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The highlight of the weekend would have to be the Saturday night fireworks.  They were the best and most memorable fireworks I have ever seen.

Cottage, trailer or camper:  what’s your summer vacation preference?

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