I recently had the opportunity to attend the Numeracy & Beyond Parent Conference hosted by Peel District School Board. It was a day for parents to come together and learn about how math is being taught and how to help their children develop their math skills. Being a first time parent with no involvement in the school system since I was a student, I was surprised by how much the approach to teaching math has changed. I can’t speak for other school boards but PDSB is three years into their Engage Math program. It’s a new method that gets kids thinking about math in new ways.
There was so much information to take in but I want to take some time to share with you some of the main takeaways I gathered from the speakers and workshop facilitators shared.
You’ve probably seen the commercials for monthly subscription services for companies like JustFab and Fabletics, right? But while receiving shoes and workout gear every month saves time and effort, have you ever thought about more– dare I say– “practical” items you can use on a day-to-day basis?
Recently, I’ve found myself on this journey to organize my life, to truly optimize my waking hours by finding opportunities to simplify my daily responsibilities. I’m sure many of you can relate. That’s why the idea of monthly subscription boxes got me thinking. If you’ve read my post about online meal kit delivery services then you know I’m all for solutions that help to make life run a little smoother. But what else is out there?
OK moms, raise your hand if you’re an “enthusiastic” list maker. You know what I’m talking about. You have a to-do list that seems to get longer by the minute. You either have a notebook in your purse at all times or an app that has somehow become your personal assistant. It doesn’t matter what method you use, the lists just keeping getting longer and it feels like you can’t keep up.
You’ve got laundry to do, meals to cook, groceries to buy, kids to shuttle to school and events, emails to respond to, phone calls to make, a car to service, a house to clean and….I could go on but you get the picture right?
If you can relate, welcome to the club my list-making sister! I completely understand.
With our lists as long as they are, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and struggle to get organized. So what do you do? Before you lose your mind, I have a solution for you!
When you think about balance, does an image of a scale come to mind? If so, are we putting too much pressure on ourselves by thinking, or expecting, that work and life have to be in balance all the time?
The truth is, it’s not possible to find perfect balance. Think about everything you have to juggle in addition to work and life? Perhaps you’re into crafting, DIY projects, or you practice yoga a few times a week, how do you add these into the mix without adding in stress?
Before you say anything, I know I spend an obscene amount of time talking about podcasts. I can’t help it, they’re the best way to stay on top of current events and to learn something new. I’m almost always plugged in when I’m out and about. Whether I’m driving to an appointment, grocery shopping or taking a break at work, I’m usually listening to the latest episode of one of my go to podcasts.
Rather than bore you with how awesome I think podcasts are, I figure it’s time to share some of my favourites with you. If you’re always on the go and want to try something a little different, check out this list of podcasts to get you started.
I use DoublePod to access and download my podcasts but there are tons of others to choose from. DoublePod’s great for Androids. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download the latest episodes from iTunes.
Ready to get started? Here we go!
Whether you’re a stay at home mom or commute to an office everyday, you might want to earn a little extra money. The rising cost of raising a child or the need to build a little buffer into your savings account might be your motivating factors. Whatever’s caused the spark, a side hustle might be an option for you.
I’m a podcast junkie and a bit of a nerd so I subscribe to a variety of podcasts because I want to learn more about things I normally wouldn’t be exposed to. I recently discovered a new one, it launched on Jan 1 and it’s called Side Hustle School.
Just the title alone had me intrigued because I’m always looking for ways to make a few extra dineros.
Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been on hiatus taking a much needed break but I’m back and ready to get 2017 started. I feel refreshed and brimming with lots of great ideas for the blog this year. Stop by regularly for tips on easy food prep, how to juggle life and motherhood and much more. Bring it on 2017!
Speaking of the new year, how many of you have resolutions? I don’t usually do the resolution thing but have instead adopted a new concept a friend shared with me. Instead of dreaming up a list that sounds more like a wishlist than reality, she suggested thinking of one word that you want to define your year.
With the cost of living steadily increasing, it’s time for us to take control of our spending. It’s so easy to go with the flow and not look at the options available if we don’t have to. With high unemployment, single parent households and more, there are people looking for ways to save because its become a necessity. With a little digging into your circumstances, you’ll be surprised to discover ways you can either cut back spending or actively put money towards savings. It’s not easy but it’s worth a sacrifice or two to stay in the black.
Here are creative ways to help you keep more money in your pocket every month. What tricks have worked for you in the past? Please share in the comments.
Some of you may have heard about the recent push for BBQ lovers to stop using bristle brushes for cleanup. CBC had a segment about this during their afternoon show Here and Now. They even published an article about it. It seems that while bristle brushes are a fantastic way to thoroughly clean left over food debris from the grill, they pose a real health hazard. There have been numerous instances of tiny bristles coming loose and sticking to foods placed on the grill. Unfortunately, some of these bristles have become lodged in throats and other critical parts of the body. Continue reading
When I look back over the last three years of my daughter’s life, I can’t help but smile when I think about all of the ways she’s changed my perspective on life. I’ve always been easy going but with Miss O I’ve found that I have more patience and tolerance than I previously thought possible. As a parent you recognize that it’s not all about you anymore, your kids become the focus and you adapt to how they see the world. We adapt to their idiosyncrasies and although these quirks can be trying at times, this is how our children learn and develop. My hope for Miss O is that she grows up to be smart, independent and confident. In order to help with this, I find that I let her take the lead once in a while. And by lead I mean I give her two or three options and allow her to choose. Sometimes things work out and other times I shake my head and ask myself what was I thinking…for instance, now I have to clean paint off of the floor! Who can relate?