Morning friends! It feels like I haven’t published a post in forever. Truth is, we’ve all come down with a flu virus that has literally knocked us off our feet. Mum was first and she eventually needed a sick visit to get antibiotics while Mer and I are on the mend after nearly 2 weeks of battling a stuffy nose, cough and burning sore throat. Thankfully Margs has managed to somehow avoid catching this bug, dealing instead with pesky hand foot and mouth which left her covered in an awful rash, running a fever and feeling generally unwell. We’ve been an absolute mess and until today, I really haven’t had the energy to do anything let alone write blog posts. In our desperation we started looking to home remedies to help us manage the symptoms. Coughing was probably the worst part of all of this and after some research on pinterest we tried out a few things we found that helped some and will probably become staples in our house when we’re dealing with a similar virus in the future. Homemade vapor rub shower cubes from The Homespun Hydrangea Bath salts for cold and flu from Everything Pretty We’re hoping…

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  Margsy turned 16 months old over the weekend! I just can’t wrap my head around this. She’s nearly 1.5 years old. Time just flies doesn’t it? I wrote a similar post honoring Margs’ 15 month birthday last month and had a lot of fun sharing a typical day with you fine folks so I figured I’d do it again. Like I mentioned last month, our days are pretty predictable around these parts. Sticking to a solid routine seems to work best for us so our days aren’t extraordinarily exciting. But, since last months installment was on a weekday I decided to base this one on a weekend. Sunday to be specific! 5:30 am – my alarm goes off and I get out of bed and head downstairs to put on a coffee. I listen to an anxiety podcast while I wait. I drink my morning coffee, listen to podcasts, check emails and answer blog comments. <—- my morning routine! 6:30 am – I jump in the shower and get ready for the day. I don’t feel like blow drying my hair so I put in some conditioner and let it air dry. (My hair is on the wavy side so…

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So it happened, earlier than expected but, it happened. At play group last week my 15 month old daughter was intentionally pushed to the ground when she tried to play with an older child who wasn’t in the mood to share that day. My heart just about broke into a million pieces. I watched in disbelief as this unknown to me child put her hands on my baby and forcefully pushed her to the ground. I stood there dumbfounded and processed what had just happened. I mean, I somehow thought that I’d have at least a few more years before I’d have to deal with this sort of thing – she’s still a baby for crying out loud. My reaction was probably pretty typical. I ran over, picked up my kid and comforted her because that was what my momma instincts told me to do. (To be fair, although shocked by what had happened Margs wasn’t hurt, crying or otherwise upset) I watched the other child simply continue playing with really no awareness of what had just happened.   I spent the rest of the day pretty upset. I was sad that Margs had been excluded. I was angry that…

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A few weeks back I had a listen to The Power of A Morning Ritual from the Accidental Creative. I was at a point where I often found myself frantic, scattered and overwhelmed in the morning which made me irritable and unpleasant the rest of the day. Mornings around here can get pretty busy. Mer is up and trying to get ready for his work day while I’m mostly dealing with Margs on my own (who wakes up FULLY energized and ready to rock) which leaves very little time to wake up, focus and start the day off on the right foot. For quite some time, we had a great system going. She’d wake up and we’d cuddle in bed together for a good while before we all headed downstairs to get a start on our day. Recently though, she’s decided that once her eyes open she’s got to get right out of bed and mosey on down the stairs. This leaves very little time for me to do anything for myself since before I know it I need to whip breakfast together, change her diaper/clothes and start moving and shaking to keep up with her. The Accidental Creative podcast…

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