Let’s face it – becoming a mom takes over your life. All of a sudden your entire existence become all about another person – and while it is perhaps THE greatest feeling of all – whether you are a first time mom or mom of 3+, so many of us often lose ourselves in the process of transition from parentless to parent.
I can personally say this because it happened to me. It still happens to me if I’m not careful. After my daughter was born in 2015, I went through a time where I completely lost myself and who I was. I barely had time to think, let alone read in peace, be with friends or do any of my hobbies that make me feel like “me”. I was there for my daughter, my family and my work…but I wasn’t truly there in the moment. I was just doing, not living. I would get up, get myself and my daughter ready, go to work, come home, dinner, bath, bedtime routine…then go to bed, get up the next day and do it all over again. I knew what I was doing was important, and I love my Mom title and will always be there for my family, but I realized I needed a little “Me” time to recharge and connect with who I am as an individual too. These are ways I have found that allow me to reconnect with my identity beyond just being a mom – I hope you find them useful for you too!
I discovered a little (ok, not so little in my world!) unpleasant surprise the other day: Pinterest has flagged my website, Fitness Family Food Fun, and the links that are connected to Pins as SPAM and BLOCKED my entire website from Pinterest. “Blacklisted” as they call it 🙁
While blogging and sharing some of my blog posts and recipes on Pinterest is new to me, I have personally been using Pinterest for a few years now. I love it…I love DIY projects, searching out and trying new recipes, and to be totally honest – I’m not the most savvy at putting outfits together…and I just get so much inspiration and ideas from it.
I love to laugh and love a good friendly prank…so now that I have a little one of my own I’ll be sure to be pulling some of these when April Fools rolls around at my house! I can’t wait to do something unexpected that will surprise and make my daughter laugh with silliness!
Myra is still a little young for most of these ideas…but here are some kid-friendly April Fools day pranks I will be saving these for coming years!
Wrap your toddlers toys in shrink wrap and watch as they are mesmerizes by it! They will love discovering it and unwrapping them!
Freeze their Breakfast
Fill your child’s bowl with cereal and milk – then stick it into the freezer overnight! The kids will be in for a surprise when they go to take a scoop with their spoon!
Stuff marshmallows onto the tips of branches in your yard. Tell the kids the marshmallows are ready for picking and watch the look on their faces as they race outside to pick the “berries”.
Pudding or Juice Swap
Instead of a glass of milk or juice, give them a glass of vanilla pudding or set jello. They will be in for a surprise when they go to take a drink!
Fill your child’s pillowcase with balloons at nap time. Watch them discover what they pillow is *really* made of!
Funny Colored Milk
Put a drop or 2 of food colouring in their milk…and pretend you have no idea it’s a different color!
Grape Chocolate Eggs
Using leftover Easter egg chocolates, use the foil wrapping and wrap grapes – get ready for all sorts of reactions when they discover a grape inside instead of chocolate!
Have a happy and funny April Fools Day! Have you pranked your kiddies before?
I recently posted a “grinds my gears” thought on my Facebook and it got quite a bit of response from all perspectives so I thought I would share it on here too. It’s about the average cost of teenage babysitters these days. I’m talking your casual young teen sitters…not an experienced nanny, licensed daycares or ECE’s, etc who have made child care their careers. I’m talking “little-to-no-work-experience-and-still-too-young-to-qualify-for-a-regular-job-teen”.
$8+ per hour (I’ve heard as high as $12 if the teen is “experienced”). Maybe I am way behind the times, but I’m a numbers and stats girl…and to me, these numbers just don’t add up.