Monthly Archives: September 2014

Carp Fair 2014

Carp Fair '14

Carp Fair was here! Did you know that it’s the “Best Little Fair in Canada”? Sure is. It’s not hard to see that. Everything was so well-organized and there are so many things to do for people of all ages. They really don’t miss a beat.

When we went last year when our daughter was only ~ 2 months old, so this really was her “first” year at the fair. We were planning on going on the merry-go-round and the fun slide with her, but she’s too short petite. Next year. Next year she’ll be EVEN more excited to go on the rides. Sad that we didn’t do it this year though.

We did get her to feed some goats, play with pumpkins and spend some time people watching. She was excellent when we went for adult beverages at the curling club. I couldn’t have asked for any better. I’m really looking forward to taking her again next year. Maybe we’ll even do the “thing” that all the cool kids in West Carleton do on Fridays (skip school daycare/work and go to the fair)

At the fair, we also tested out the Skip Hop Zoo Safety Harness (I bought ours from Amazon).  Not 100% in love with it. I do LOVE the cute owl backpack, I think it’s something she’ll use a lot, but the “leash” is too short. Mums, is this right? Not that I wanted it to be super long, but for a safety harnesses, is this normal?

Next year Carp Fair will be tractor pulls, cotton candy and merry-go-round rides until we throw up. Watch out Carp Fair, we’re going to take over!

Gifts ideas for a 7-year-old girl

It may be Monday, but I’ve already got the weekend on my mind. Next Saturday, I will be celebrating a Frozen-loving, adventurous, imaginative, crafty friend’s daughter 7th birthday! Now, I’m no gift expert, so I’m looking at you for help. What do I give a 7-year-old for her birthday? Here are some ideas I’ve been given so far (let me know if they are good or bad):

Another suggestion I was given are books. Why kind of books does a 7-year-old like to read?

Let me know folks!

How to clean water shoes


I’ve searched the internet so you don’t have to. How do you clean a pair of water shoes? It’s actually quiet simple.

You’ll need:

  • A sink with lukewarm water
  • Sunlight dish soap
  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • A sponge with a rough side on it
  • Toilet paper roll tubes x2
  • Dirty, stinky water shoes

How to clean water shoes:

  • Fill sink with lukewarm water
  • Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to water
  • Put Sunlight on a sponge
  • Scrub you’re little heart out
  • Let the shoes sit in the water for 30 minutes
  • Rinse
  • Place shoes on toilet paper roll to dry standing up
  • And voila! You’re done!


White Crocs Help!


I’ve searched the Internet on ways to get the yellow out of these white Crocs. I haven’t had much luck.

So far I’ve tried:

  • Sunlight
  • Mr. Clean White Erasers

Does anyone else have any tips? I might have to let these ones go…


Challenge Accepted

Thanks @megabloks


Original photo posted to Twitter:


Survey: Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre

While I was on maternity leave, I used the Western Ottawa Community services a lot for the parents and children classes. I took:

  • Infant massage
  • How to feed your baby purees
  • How to feed your baby solids
  • Musical Playground

All these classes were free and extremely well done. I particularly enjoyed the infant massage class, because we learned something new for the first half and we had discussion the second half.

When I heard that the WOCRC were doing focus groups to talk about community needs, I jumped at the opportunity to give back. I attended the session on Tuesday night and I think I had something valuable to say. I was the only mother with a young child that has used these services (mentioned above) at the meeting, so I think it helped to add my two cents.

While at the meeting they mentioned that there is a survey available online for anyone to fill out. If you are from the West Carleton/Kanata North area (and/or other western Ottawa area), I strongly urge you to fill out this 5 minute survey.

Help the WOCRC gain some perspective on the western Ottawa communities and help them frame their 5 year strategic plan.

How to clean a pair of rain boots


I am no stranger to used clothing. I LOVE thrift and consignment store shopping. With my daughter growing out of clothing like it’s going out of style, I don’t hesitate when someone wants to sell me 9 pairs of shoes for $4 (especially since the last two pairs I bought for her were $50+ each!).

These next couple of posts are going to be about reviving used kid shoes. Most of the shoes I got are in very good to excellent condition, but some need a bit of love.

My first set of shoes that I worked on are these Winnie the Pooh rubber rain boots. After doing some research online, I found a great way to clean rubber rain boots.

You’ll need:

  • A sink with lukewarm water
  • Sunlight dish soap
  • A sponge with a rough side on it
  • Toilet paper roll tubes x2
  • Dirty boots

How to clean rubber boots:

  • Fill sink with lukewarm water
  • Put Sunlight on a sponge
  • Scrub you’re little heart out
  • Rinse
  • Place boots on toilet paper roll to dry standing up
  • And voila! You’re done!



Indoor Art – Ziploc Bag Art



Ziploc bag art is good clean (cheap!) fun. It’s a great way to keep babies busy when it’s yucky outside.

What you’ll need:

  • Child (able to stand on their own and older)
  • Large Ziploc bags
  • Masking or painters tape
  • Paper (scrap paper works perfectly)
  • Finger paint (ketchup and mustard works too)

Set up:

  • Cut the piece of paper to fit flat inside the large Ziploc bag
  • Put a few drops of paint on a piece of paper
  • Carefully insert the paper in the Ziploc bag and seal
  • Use the tape to attach the Ziploc bag to the wall or window
  • Then let the child tap, bang or use their fingers to move the paint around in the bag
  • Voila! Ziploc bag art!

Our daughter is a very busy girl. We always say “everything for 5 minutes” and that’s about as long as she would play with this. I bet you other babies, would probably play with this a little longer, but mine, not so much.

What we did do, is we left the Ziploc bag art up on the patio door all day. She would go to it through out the day, bang on it and then move on to something else. It worked for us in that sense.


Have you tried this craft before? What did you think of it? Would you do it again? How did you do it differently?


The original idea for this craft came from this pin on Pinterest:

Still working out the kinks…

I’m still working out the kinks here at I’m not 100% happy with the themes I’ve chosen. Please bare with me while I continue to make changes. Posts will continue to be regular, they might just a look a little different someday.

Hope you are all having a good weekend!

Top 5 iPhone Backgrounds (September)

The new iPhone is coming out today! To celebrate iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and 6+, here are 5 of my favourite iPhone backgrounds for September:

1. Bekah O’Connor – Feathers

2. Vetica – Cats

3. Alexquistie – Wrapping Paper

4. Modge Podge Rocks – It’s Fall Y’all


5. Eat Drink Chic – Brush Strokes


Here are my top 5 iPhone backgrounds for July.