Making a mom friend is not an easy task, and when you’re new to a community – or even just new to being a mom! – it can be even harder. Navigating new social waters at the best of times can be challenging but throw in a kid or two and it can be damn near impossible to build bonds with other people when you can’t even finish a sentence because your kid has a mouthful of dirt or your 18 month old is suddenly at the top of a six foot ladder.
In Halifax we have a reputation for being friendly but I’ve heard time and time again from new moms to the area (or even lifelong Haligonians who are new to being moms) who tell me that Halifax can be a hard place to make REAL friends.
I love a good list and I especially love a top baby name list! I’ve always been a name nerd and I love watching the trends on naming babies change – or stay stable – through the years. Today the list of top baby names was released and I have some thoughts on how it should, or should not, affect your baby naming decision process.
Imagine, if you will, a world without your overtired child throwing a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store when you have a half-full cart of groceries that you need to leave behind to get her out of there. Or never having that moment when your newborn decides he needs to eat NOW near the end of a stressful grocery shop and having to leave a full cart of groceries behind to try to find a comfortable spot to nurse him.
Well, parents of Halifax, thanks to Atlantic Superstore’s new online grocery shopping service, that world exists! The future is NOW. I had a sneak peek into how the program works and am sharing the details and my top seven tips to make the process seamless for you too!
I love pinning ideas for things to do with my kids, organizing our home, and meal ideas (don’t we all?). I realized recently, though, that I was not actually TRYING many of these ideas so I’ve decided to do some test drives on my pins to see how well they really work.
My daughter’s stuffed animal situation is out of control so I decided to start with figuring out how to wrangle them. I’ve tried some of my own ideas in the past but her beloved collection has outgrown all of my efforts…
Choosing a name for your baby may be one of the biggest decisions of your life. If you live in Nova Scotia, or are originally from here, or if Nova Scotia simply holds a special place in your heart, this list will give you some wonderful ideas for ways to show your Nova Scotia pride when naming your child.
One of the traditions we started when the kids were one and three years old was a birthday guest book – but it’s not the usual kind of guest book. I wanted a fun way to record the guests who shared their party with them, as well as a way to remember their interests and the theme of the party. Finally I wanted something that would be a special keepsake for them to enjoy through their lives.
I’ve been preparing to let go the only way I know how. It’s the same way I prepared in those final weeks of pregnancy, through nesting. I’ve been baking and cooking every spare minute, but instead of making family size portions, I’ve been freezing them in single size portion for her lunches.
I’ve been organizing and sorting out drawers and supplies, but instead of folding onesies and teeny socks, I’ve been filling her backpack with freshly sharpened pencils and glue sticks, and helping her pick out just the right indoor sneakers.
Mornings, especially once you’re thrown back in the routine of school and day care, often become crazy and chaotic trying to make sure everyone has everything they need and gets out the door on time. I’ve gathered up five easy-to-implement morning and after school hacks to make your life easier…and you might even have time to sit down and drink a whole cup of (HOT) coffee or tea.