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7 Days Without Coffee

Day 1: My body didn’t kick the headaches, kids live here and I wasn’t caffeinated.

Day 2: My body didn’t learn to feel energized off of good clean food, kids live here and I wasn’t caffeinated.

Day 3: I almost drop-kicked everyone in this family at least twice. Kids live here and so does my husband and I wasn’t caffeinated.

Day 4: You shut your fucking mouth.

Day 5: I’m drinking coffee right now. Eff all y’all!

In conclusion, don’t. Just don’t. I don’t care how good your PH balance is or how alkaline you should be. DO NOT DO IT! Maybe cut back if you’re drinking more coffee than plain water, but don’t get carried away!

xxo

C

Note: No children were harmed in the course of this week. I can’t say I didn’t punch my husband a lil’ bit. Just a little bit. No big deal…

 

 

Mama, Me

 

My children are alive.

I’m doing okay.

Some days they even thrive.

Hip hip hooray!

Most days they laugh and smile.

I’m succeeding in some way.

They make me laugh too,

every single day.

Sometimes they fight,

but I have some sway.

Sometimes they hug,

and I get my way.

They’ll have rough days,

that might lead them astray.

They’ll have adventures,

that might take them away.

But I am their Mama,

my heart knows no bounds.

Our souls intertwined,

forever we’ll stay.

xxo

C

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Baby J

 

 

Top 5: Easter Candy

Alright people, serious matters are at hand. How do you roll Easter candy wise? Does your Bunny dump the goods in a heap? Do your kids have to scour the house to find them? Do you have a no-candy Bunny? (gtfo, this ain’t the post for you!)

Growing up we woke to an Easter hunt around the house. Then my mom would give us Spring/Summer gear, like jax , bubbles, and skipping ropes. I like that tradition and am implementing it with my kids. By no means am I a “no-candy” mom. I love me some candy! It’s not a holiday everyday, we eats loads of vegetables on the reg.

The most important thing here is what kind of candy your Big B, leaves behind, and so without further ado

My Top 5 Best/Worst Easter Candies

BEST

1. Cadbury Creme Egg (or bust!) If you disagree I don’t even know what you’re doing with your life. (Unfortunate packaging though, very wasteful)

2. Cadbury Mini Eggs. Also, Eggies will do. Don’t be a snob, Eggies are fine.

3. Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks in Pink Lemonade. The only con is that they only come in individual packets which is unnecessary packaging especially because they’ll be dumped into re-usable eggs. They taste amazing though! (also, vegetarian friendly!)

4. David’s Natural Belgian Chocolate Whatever Shape-Pops. Last year they were flowers, this year bunnies. They are a Toronto based company which is amazing (raise the roof for Canadian business)  and the kids love the taste!

5. Jelly Beans. So simple, so classic, always tasty.

WORST

1. Peeps….ew! Just why?

2. “Marshmallow” Easter Eggs. Not the kind that are marshmallow with chocolate coating. No no no, the disgusting ones with the colourful candy coating with what I will never accept as marshmallow, on the inside.

3. Those plain, waxy, chocolate eggs wrapped in tinfoil. My husband likes them, guys. Like, he eats them voluntarily. W.T.F?

4. I saw Easter coloured Candy Corns…what fresh hell is this?

5. Left over Halloween Candy. Don’t even step to me with your stale-ass mini box of Smarties. Not happening!

In conclusion, we’ve already eaten a giant bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs under the table…don’t tell our kids!

xxo

C

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Out Of The Cave and Into The Pool

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For us, Winter is about hibernation. We go sledding and stuff but we don’t schedule a lot of activities. I’m not going to be on time. I used to be an “early” person, but my kids don’t care about that. 4 snowsuits, 4 hats, 4 scarves, 8 boots, 8 mittens, I can’t. I just can’t guarantee that we’ll make it. Plus weather. Plus we’ve almost always had a baby and/or toddler to deal with for the last 7 years. Ugh! So we make up for it the other three seasons. Spring is here and so we are diving in! (see what I did there?) Swim lessons have begun. O and E have been before but this is G’s first class. She’s been in our kids pool, but not had a class yet. Here’s the thing though, G is a Stage 5 clinger. She’s not overly shy, but she does need a minute to judge you or the situation. Last Summer she was a little braver in the water than the year before, but still a little weary. She preferred walking around in the pool or floating on a blow-up chair. She’d cling to us anytime we attempted to tilt her. So, yes, I was a little worried that she wouldn’t be having any of it once she actually got to the water. She was really excited though. I think it helped that E’s class was first and had the same instructor. That gave her a chance to make her assessments from the sidelines. Once it was her turn she was ready to go, and she did a great job.

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Registration was actually a pain. They added more days (I was told excitedly) but that actually meant less choice for us. No matter how we spun it, O was going on a different afternoon than E and G, and to keep those two together (or in this case back to back) we had to choose morning classes instead of afternoon. That means I get to trek out to the pool Monday mornings, with 4 kids, while my husband is at work. Big-family problems, am I right? On the plus side, the classes are small and the pool is relatively quiet at that time.

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Because homeschool is actually Anywhere-School, O was able to get some catch-up work done and wasn’t bored waiting an hour for his sisters. Win! (My husband is with him at his class as I write this!)

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When it was G’s turn in the pool, E got in on the school work too! They actually got a lot done and we only had a few little things to do once we got home. Schedule flexibility is definitely a homeschooling pro for me.

I can feel Spring seeping in now. It takes awhile when you live in a place that’s still at risk of snowstorms as late as Easter! It’s been raining all day here. The earth is beginning to warm up. As it stands that scent of fresh air is still marred by the scent of melting dog shit, floating on the breeze, but I know that after a few rains and a few sprouts of green pop up, that good earthy scent will take hold. The really good smell, that makes you want to read beside an open window.

Let’s go Spring!

xxo

C

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Walking home. Always with the branches! 

 

O x 7

Seven. SEVEN? WHAAAAT? How? When? A minute ago he was turning one. Waddle walking around and climbing onto the couch. Now he’s seven. Running, jumping, parkouring off of my furniture seven!

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All of the science says that 6 is a big year. Their brains go through a huge change. Who they really are starts to come through. Some books call it the first puberty. Now that I’ve experienced it, I’d say that’s accurate. O isn’t a completely different person than he was last year but he’s certainly a more multi-faceted creature. There are more layers, more moving parts. He has deeper thoughts and bigger opinions now. One of those opinions is that he doesn’t want to and doesn’t have to. ‘What?’ you ask? Depends on the day or moment! School work, going outside to play, eating ice cream! There doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason and I think that throws a lot of parents for a loop, but here’s the thing: we’re all like that! There is no reason, it’s just a human thing. He’s a human, and every day he’s just trying to suss out what that entails.

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O is a really good dude. He’s fun, funny, kind, and caring. He loves playing with his siblings, is an excellent helper, and adores when his cousins visit. He’s hesitant about trying new things like putting his face in the water at the pool, or washing his hair in the shower by himself, but he’s learning about bravery and how it’s not about fearlessness, it’s about thinking it through and then doing the right thing in the face of fear. He’s understanding larger concepts now and is getting better at engaging in conversations (although he is still the  master of soliloquies and monologues!).

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Super Into

Minecraft: All day, everyday, always, forever. The bulk of his monologues are Minecraft related.

YouTube: Go ahead and guess what kind of YouTube videos he prefers? Yeah, Minecraft. I mean, come on!

Savoury Foods: He likes candy and cake like anybody but he’d walk away 3 bites in if he felt like it. He really likes savoury. He’s always been a broccoli guy, but recently he’s been upping his pallet game for things he didn’t care for previously like onions and veggie lasagna. He’s always been a BBQ sauce over Ketchup kind of kid.

Role Play: Acting out characters is big for him right now. It helps that G is a consummate actor and E has an excellent imagination and flare for costumes, so they can play pretend for ages. He enjoys make-believe and that fills my heart.

Lego: This kid is all about that Master Builder life! He loves putting together the kits as well as creating his own. Bricks, Batman, video games, Lego has got O covered. He loves all of it.

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Becoming a parent makes you really think about what kind of life you want to lead. The kind of person you want to be. The kind of example you want to lead by. Having him, kicked off this amazing adventure. He is the driving force behind our life outside the box. Our fiery Aries, with his big personality and quick temper. With his quick tears and larger than life joy.

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To you, my O, my Monster, my burning heart, I dream you’ll have a life of adventure. That you’ll remember to use safety gear while diving in with both feet (which you will do even when you’re scared.) I wish you friends that have your back and love that fills your heart. I hope you are always as empathetic as you are right now and that you never stop wearing your heart on your sleeve. I wish you the strength and perseverance to stand up for what’s right and fight for those that can’t. I hope that your life is full of magic and light and that your childhood bolsters you against the naysayers. You are a believer, a wizard, a beacon. I hope those qualities stay and grow with you. Above all else I hope you feel loved.

Because I love you hotter than the sun my love.

Call me anytime you need. Night or day. 2am. Whenever. I’ll be right here. Always.

xxo

C

 

Top 5: Canadian Spring Must-Haves

I hate “magazine Spring”. This is the time of year when all of the magazines switch over to light floral dresses, strappy sandals, maybe a trench coat or two. All of the street-style snaps come from L.A and are heavy on thin high-heels and bare arms. Well this ain’t L.A sweetheart! This here be the Great White North, From Sea to m-flippin’ Sea, and she be cold.

So what do Canadian’s need to gear up for our actual spring? Here is my Top 5 (out of probably 100 and in no particular order.)

My Top 5 Canadian Spring Must-Haves

1. Reading Material. Because, let’s face it, you aren’t going outside in the FREEZING RAIN voluntarily! If you can stomach the smiling faces draped in dresses you can’t wear for another 2-3 months, magazines are great for Spring daydream fodder. It is nice to see all of the new trends and fresh colours coming through. If you’re in need of a new book to read I lean towards the romantic in the Spring. I don’t know why, maybe the flowers and the pastels, but something about whirlwinds in light breezes with an Eiffel Tower backdrop draws me in. Something about painters, authors, eccentrics.

I much enjoyed The Paris Wife by Paula McLain not long ago. Not exactly a think piece, but a bittersweet tale of love and loss filled with Zeldas and Gatsbys. Hemmingways, and beat scenes. Paris bars and deviant behaviour. Aaahh, le printemps en Paris!

2. Boots. Rainboots, gumboots, wellies, some kind of snow-rain hybrid, whatever. You     need them. Spring in Canada means that there are deceiving snowbanks covering a layer of slush covering a lake! Don’t risk it. You aren’t wearing strappy sandals, just   let it go. Unless you want a soaker every single day until June just wear the boots!

As far as my kids go, the best snow-rain hybrid’s I’ve found are the Kamik Snowbuster. Rainboot with winter lining with a drawstring to keep snow out. Perfect. I’ve had no cold feet complaints, they’re lasting/working great as hand-me-down’s, and the rubber goes all the way up so their feet don’t get soaked every time there’s a mild day! Plus it’s still cold here in Spring so I like that they get to keep their lining instead of switching to regular rainboots. Also, Kamik is a Canadian company and that’s always a win!

3. Go-To Sweater.  It’s cold, it’s raining, it’s sunny, it’s warm, it’s sweltering for 2 hours, now actual balls of ice are plummeting to the ground…you need layers. You can’t just wear a shirt and you can’t just throw a coat on over. Coat or jacket? Vest? Where does it end? Nobody really knows, but a sweater is usually a good call. Anything that opens at the front is going to save your sanity at this point, because first thing in the morning it will mean everything to you, but as the day progresses layers will start to shed and you’ll be glad that it’s easy to take off/won’t ruin your hair taking it off/can tie around your waist/over the shoulder preppy look/light enough to jam in your bag or what have you. Plus if your workplace has temperamental heat you may be moving back and forth from freezing to sweating all day and you want to have an easy to deal with sweater.

4. A New (to you) Show. Season finale’s are upon us people and then what? It’s nice to think that we’ll spend our whole Summer’s on adventures so grand that we’ll fall into bed exhausted but content every night, but this is real life. Kids still have bedtimes, people still have work, and although it is nice to take time out and unplug it’s not going to be an everyday occurrence. Plus we actually have to make it through Spring to get to those warm breezy days. So what to watch when your shows are over for the season and it’s miserable outside? Some shows make it easy by having off/late-season air dates. I’m personally waiting (impatiently) for iZombie to start back next month. You’ve got your Game Of Thrones and your Netflix Originals like Iron Fist and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. But maybe you don’t want to wait, you just want to binge some older shows and get on with your life. A few on my list are The Good Wife (which I am currently watching and loving!), Shameless (recommended by my Mom), and Grace & Frankie. I’m assuming that you all just finished a huge Gilmore Girls re-watch recently so maybe I can interest you in a Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, or My So-Called Life binge? Is it too early to re-watch Parenthood? I’ve also heard good things about Call The Midwife and The Queen. Whatever you’re into I hope you find something during this blustery season!

5. A Great Scarf. You have to wear a coat still. You have to wear boots still. You probably still have mitts on. A hat that actually covers your ears is still in play. What can you do to bring a little bit of that dreamy Spring the magazine’s taunt you with? Find a great scarf. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just find something with a little colour. Something that will lift you up a bit when day 4 of dreary overcast skies hang over head. Maybe a little pattern, a bright pop of colour you might not normally wear. Trust me, it will perk you up, and you might even notice it perk others up too. Do you ever catch yourself smiling at someone with a bright umbrella, or an amazing bag? Be that person for yourself. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, you just have to like it! I have some great pashminas that I bought at a tiny shop in an tiny neighbourhood mall. The kind of shop where they have racks out front of the doors and the owners ring you up at the cash. 2 for $15 at the time and absolutely gorgeous. Doesn’t have to be a scarf either, just find a little something that makes you smile and reminds you that the damn snow WILL, eventually, melt!

On paper, Spring is around the corner. What are your must-haves for this season? Is it warm where you live, if so shut up! (Just kidding, but also you’re dead to me). Do you get to break out the bear legs soon, or are you still layering large?

Tag me on IG ( CandiceMay ) or use #BBBSpringInspo on IG or Twitter and let me see your favourite mood brightening pieces and Spring inspiration!

xxo

C

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This was two weeks ago and now there is snow everywhere! Canada, eh!