DIY Easter Surprise Eggs are easier than you think

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Mar 27, 2017

mommydo.com || DIY Easter Surprise EggsThis DIY Easter Surprise Eggs recipe is a new Easter favourite. In fact, I might be make them 123,045 times before this easter.

My little one LOVES surprise eggs. Like is seriously-obsessed-to-the-point-that-it-drives-me-crazy obsessed. But I can’t bear to have any more little plastic toys filling up our home, and she really shouldn’t be chowing down on full size big-kid eggs.

So I decided to try and make some at home.

Thrive5 in celebration of Thrive Summit Workshops

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Apr 2, 2016

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I’m excited to be attending TheThriveSummit.ca on Monday. When I first made the decision attend this session to learn and share how I #ThriveinMyLife,  I was mentally planning my February #ThriveTop5 post early in March. I had an amazing month (don’t worry, I’ll still get the post up there) with all kinds of great #thrive2016 moments.

I was excited about the interactive session, networking and unconference sessions too.

Then life did one of those things life does. My 6-month plan to change my work situation changed for me and I was suddenly there – six months too soon. I wasn’t surprised per se, but #WhatsNext certainly crossed my mind.

That was almost 4 weeks ago. Since then I’ve been working on creating a side business that has nothing to do with my “day job” business, done work with some amazing people, have made time for friends, planned nights out, taken the boy on a little road trip, had drinks on a Monday night (yes Monday!), gone out for a boozy lunch and cooked up a storm.

In trying to find ways to Thrive, I’ve realized some things. These are probably completely obvious to everyone else but I’m going to share them anyway. Just in case someone reading has woken up in the morning and felt a little light inside has gone out and is unsure where to start rekindling the flame.

  1. Thriving isn’t just about big things and massive changes. Sure, epic journeys and grand gestures can really get you jazzed up, but putting your head on the pillow knowing you did something important to you, made someone feel special, or made something that mattered to you (even the absolutely perfect cup of tea that you got to enjoy hot) can make you feel good.
  2. Not everything is about me and that’s ok. There are days when, from the first moment someone pries my open to tell me that the sun is back to when I put the finishing touches on the next day’s list of things to remember, it’s all about everyone else. And that’s ok, as long as I know there will be other days when I get to fit things that are just for me into the schedule. Not everything is about me and that’s ok because I can make time for some things that are.
  3. I can say yes. For a long I’m said no to everything. How could I possibly put myself further ‘behind’ by taking the time to do “X”. Turns out all that NO-saying put me at the back of the pack. Far further back than a few YESSES along the way would have. So now I say yes. Not all the time. Not to everything. But to enough.
  4. My family wants me to #thrive too. I know, obviously the people who love me want me to thrive, but I was under the mistaken impression that they really wanted me to do what they want all the time. I’m not sure where I got that idea. Turns out, my son likes to come on weird errands and make random stuff and my husband likes to eat what I spend more time than I should making in the kitchen, even if it means the two of us eat late. I had made assumptions about what they wanted and then held myself to them. In doing that I missed out. And so did they.
  5. No one has ever learned anything by things going according to plan. I always kind of knew this, but lately, I’ve come to embrace this thought. I look for the moments when things are getting a little messy to find ways to add a little #thrive into the situation. Whether the kids are going bananas in the house and it’s time for a little impromptu adventure, or the 6-month plan needs to be turned around overnight, there are all kinds of great things out there. Rather than stewing in the moment or getting all caught up “this is not how I imagined this would go”, I’m trying to live with a “this is going to make a great story, one day” attitude. Like the “I get fired like a boss” story, for instance.

There are still a few tickets left for the Thrive Summit Conference, so Let’s Thrive Together at The Thrive Summit Conference this Monday.

The conference will help you improve your financial success, set new goals, prioritize your healthy living (including stress management) and increase work life quality, productivity, clarity and focus. Over 20 members of our thrive team (including productivity expert and bestselling author Chris Bailey – Author of the Productivity Project) will leave you inspired, energized and ready to prioritize your health, wellbeing, purpose and work objectives more effectively. 

For full details visit our Thrive Agenda

Helping New-To-Canada Syrian Girls Thrive

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Mar 12, 2016

You know Thive is a big theme here this year. I just heard about an amazing initiative from Glen Bernard Camp, just west of Algonquin Park that has been created to offer the summer camp experience to 24 girls who have recently arrived from Syria.
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When you think of summer in Canada, the cottage, trailer, tent camping and summer camp are such an integral part of our summer culture. I spent every summer with my dad at our cottage (we called it camp up North) fishing, swimming, canoeing and sailing. Those are some of my happiest memories. After all the change, all the unmentionable things these girls have seen this year, I think it is so incredible that they will have the chance to just splash around in the lake, sit by the campfire, bunk in with new friends. They’ll have the chance to Thrive in the most amazing environment while canoeing, sailing, climbing high ropes, enjoying arts and crafts and swimming.

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Research has shown summer camp has a real impact on a child’s sense of belonging, self-confidence and esteem. It’s that “sense of belonging” that I think really makes this program special. It’s hard to be a preteen girl. I can only imagine how much harder it is when you’re in a new place, having left just about everything you knew behind.

Glen Bernard for Syria: A Canadian Summer Camp Experience is setting aside 24 spaces at the camp for Syrian girls between the ages of 11 and 13. Jocelyn Palm, the Owner of Glen Bernard Camp and Order of Canada recipient said “This year is our camp’s 95th anniversary. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by opening our doors to these new campers.”

I agree Jocelyn. Well done.

Private sponsors are encouraged to apply on behalf of girls ages 11‐13 in their Syrian family. Application forms for the program are now available on the Glen Bernard Camp website at gbcamp.com and will be accepted until April 1, 2016.

You won’t have to worry about funding the application. All of the costs for these campers are being covered by Glen Bernard. In addition to covering the camp fees, Glen Bernard will provide supplies and equipment through donations from past and current camp families.

 

#Thrive2016: Thrive5 January

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Feb 20, 2016
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Thrive 5 January #thrive2016

So I said at the beginning of 2016 that this is My Year To Thrive. Which was a pretty big statement for me, considering how far on the back burner I’d put all the things that matter to my own well-being.

I realized early in January that there was simply no way that I could put my Thrive ahead of everything else going on. But I did find that I could make opportunities to thrive and seize opportunities when they presented themselves, too. I thought it would be nice to keep track of some of the highlights for times when I felt like things were slipping into old patterns.

So here are a few ways I managed to live my mission to #Thrive2016 last month.

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I knitted a baby blanket. I’m still waiting for enough wool for the full sized one (as it’s coming from an Etsy store way far away) but this little guy is super cute and makes a great lap blankie.

Then I joined an amazing group of bloggers for a Blogger Mastermind session and had my first Google hangout. I know- everyone els has already done this a million times but it was my first, and second, and third, and fourth. I may not get to hang out with friends often in real life, but I’m very much enjoying spending time with these amazing women online.

Another one of the things I’ve been meaning to do for ages is make food videos. I film all kinds of things but I never seem to get them off my camera. In January, I made my first (and second) food videos and although they are a little bumpy, I’m still pretty proud of these first attempts. I posted the first one here, then the second here. Watch for more videos in the future.

Work-life balance has alluded me for a long time so in January, I managed to cut back about 10 hours a week. This still has me working more than most, but not as many as I have. It’s back to busy right now, but I’m hoping to get them back down once this project is finished.

Valentine’s Day Stained Glass Toddler Craft from The Inspired Home

 

The last thing on my Thrive 5 list for January is I made a craft with the kids which we all thoroughly enjoyed. We’re looking for ways to add more crafts into our weekend routines (especially when the weather is bad).  You can read the post about the craft here, including where I found the idea on The Inspired Home blog.

February is going well too! I’ll tell you all about the #thrive2016 Feb Thrive5 soon.

Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Crafting with Exceptional Kids

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Jan 20, 2016

Part of my New Years #thive2016 resolution is ensuring the whole family thrives. So over the weekend I thought we should do a typical family activity. We should make a craft.

Williams Syndrome Wednesday- (1)Not only do both my kids like to make things, Allie gets to work on some of those “therapy skills” when she’s doing crafts at school. Why not do one at home?

I found an easy craft over at The Inspired Home and rounded up all the supplies. This isn’t something we’ve done at home much so I had no idea what to expect. I even tried to google “home craft ideas for kids with intellectual disabilities” but no luck.

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Valentine’s Day Stained Glass Toddler Craft from The Inspired Home

When the time came to prep the craft, my 6 year old son decided he WAS NOT making a heart. Off to a great start. I got everything ready and tried to show Alma how to make her heart but she was much more interested in dumping the bits of tissue paper and peeling up the tape to release the contact paper.

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Crafting with Exceptional Kids

There was a time not long ago when I would have packed it all up and yelled “forget it” (not proud of this) but instead I showed Alma again. And again. And again. I handed her individual bits instead of letting her dump the container. We sang a song as we stuck down the bits.

My husband came to give me a hand with the cover contact paper so we could focus Alma and finish that part.

Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Working Together

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My son came over to talk about the craft he DID want to do, so we got that stuff out and he and Alma sat together laughing and bickering and glueing and fighting over the safety scissors. They shared. I helped my boy glue a snowman. I hung Alma’s heart.

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Valentine’s Day Stained Glass Toddler Craft from @theinspiredhome

I also felt a weight lift from my heart. We’re just a regular family doing regular things. Making decorations for Valentines Day. Screwing it up a bit. Feeling proud anyway.

I hope the next person to google “home craft ideas for kids with intellectual disabilities” sees this post and decides to throw caution to the wind and make Valentine’s Hearts from The Inspired Home or some other neat thing that catches their eye on Pinterest. I hope they don’t wait to try something like I did, or search for a special list of special ideas for special kids.

Every craft a kid makes is special.

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Siblings

Moments like these? Special.

Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Fun with Brother

Fun with Brother

Learning that undivided attention, some time to horse around, and seeing our proud faces as we hang up their creations is just what they need? That was pretty special too.

 

If you’re interested in making the Valentines Day Stained Glass Toddler craft, head over to The Inspired Home for all the supplies and instructions.

Valentine Rice Krispie Treats

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Jan 18, 2016

I was lucky enough to win a Rice Krispies prize pack in the #treatsfortoys twitter party in December. I’m a big fan of the program where Rice Krispies donates money for toys for every toy shaped Rice Krispie Treat posted with #treatsfortoys. This year, the campaign raised $40,000.

I thought I’d say Thank You for the amazing prize (which included a whole bunch of Rice Krispies AND a Visa gift card) by making a video of the first thing we made with the delivery. The whole family enjoyed these and I loved making my first food video.

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Heart Shaped Valentine Rice Krispie Treats

We prepared the recipe from the box. You can find it here:

INGREDIENTS

  • 50 ml or 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 250 ml or 1 pkg (about 40) regular marshmallows or 5 cups miniature
  • 1.5 L or 6 cups RICE KRISPIES* Vanilla cereal

DIRECTIONS

1.Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. OR Microwave on high for 45 sec.

2.Stir in KELLOGG’S* RICE KRISPIES* Vanilla Flavour cereal until well coated. Using lightly buttered spatula, press into buttered 3.5 L (13×9″) pan.

3.Allow mixture to cool.

4. Use cookie cutter to cut Rice Krispie treats into heart shapes. You can squish leftover treats into the cookie cutter to shape.

5. Melt candy wafers in the microwave. Time will differ between microwaves. Use 30 sec intervals until soft. Stir to melt the rest of the way.

6. Dip the tops in melted candy coating.

7. Sprinkle with Valentines Day sprinkles before the candy sets.

8. Hide some before everyone eats them on you because you’re going to want to keep some for yourself.

 

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