Parenting advice

CTV Morning Live – August 19, 2014

I was on CTV Morning Live Ottawa this morning to talk about my top maternity leave apps:

I will blog more about my experience later this week.

To read the original blog post “My favorite mom apps” click here.



Back-to-Work Mornings

Daily clothing bags

I’ve been trying to find ways to help me organize myself, so that my weekday mornings aren’t as chaotic as I think they could be. Here are some things that I’ve done so far:

  1. Oatmeal bags: I use a Decosonic to make ½ cup plain oatmeal bags for breakfast. I also make small containers filled with toppings for my oatmeal. This week, I’m eating cinnamon raisin.
  2. Healthy snacks: I used the Decosonic again to make healthy snack bags for the office. So far this week, I’ve eaten rice cakes, popcorn and almonds. It’s working out quite nicely.
  3. Clothing bags (see above): I used large Ziploc bags to organize my baby’s clothing for daycare for the week. Each bag includes a onesie, pants or shorts, shirt and socks. I’m flexible for swapping something out, depending on the weather, but it’s really great to have something to start with.
  4. Slow-cooker meals: My husband is an excellent cook (I will be happily blogging about some of his meals later on). This week, he made a big pot of chili. It’s great and really healthy for lunch. We often make a lot of extra food and put it in the freezer until we need it that day.
  5. Pre-made coffee: Not a huge deal, but I find it helps when I pre-make the coffee in the coffee maker the night before. That way, when I’m all glossy-eyed in the morning, all I have to do is push a button and voila! Coffee will be ready soon!
  6. Coconut Oil: I like to use products that have multiple purposes, like coconut oil. I use coconut oil daily as a eye makeup remover and face/body moisturize. For more ideas on ways to use coconut oil, check out this blog post.

Coconut OilWhat do you do to make your mornings go just a little bit smoother?

Evening Craziness

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For the past 2 weeks, we’ve been doing our best to find a good evening routine at home. I don’t feel like we are having much success. Here is what we do so far:

Leave work ~3:30

Pick up daughter from daycare ~4:15

Get home ~4:45

Feed baby ~5:00

Bath ~6:15

Pj’s, bottle, sing and cuddle time

Asleep ~6:45

I should probably mention that she wakes up between 5:00 and 6:15 in the morning. We have to leave the house by 6:30am at the latest to get her to daycare/work on time.

What I don’t mention above is that we do our best to clean the house, laundry, dishes, play with her all before she falls asleep. Our house isn’t very big, so she can hear us if we’re making too much noise. I tend not to do too much while she’s sleeping.

I’m not sure if there is any way for us to make this easier on ourselves. Is this kind of craziness normal? What are your evenings and mornings like? Will it get better? Do you have any tips/advice for us?