Category Archives: Favorite things

I didn’t do what I promised (I’m sorry)

I guess I left you hanging there in my last blog post and didn’t do what I said I was going to do.  So, here is my brief overview on the life changing events that have gone on since April 2015.

  • I’m pregnant with our second child (due early December). This came as a big surprise for my husband and I, since I have fertility issues and didn’t take any drugs to get pregnant this time. It’s a blessing, but a big surprise for us. It made me laugh a little to, since I attended the Blog Out Loud event in April and in one of Dani’s speeches she said that for some reasons bloggers have a lot of children. They do!
  • We now live a small home west of the city. My husband and I had a long chat about buying/selling our current home or to renovate it. We decided to buy and sell. We sold very quickly and bought the house next door to us. The only problem is, there is a 10 week gap between closing dates, so…
  • We are living in a 30 ft camping trailer. Honestly, it’s been going very well, but the first night was very very difficult for us with our toddler. It was very discouraging, but now she sleeps like a dream all night.
  • With our new gypsy lifestyle, we have taken advantage of travelling with the trailer a few times. We went to Logo’s Land in Coden and camped at a small fair outside of Smith Falls. Coming from a family that camped with a tent trailer when I was younger, camping with your “house” with all your belongings is a hell of a lot easier.
  • Life has not been super easy lately. There has been a lot of stress in my life that I am doing my best coping with and would rather not air that here, but just to let you know that I’m ok, but it’s one of the reasons I’ve taken a step back from regular blogging.

Other little happy things:

  • Our daughter turned 2 and we had a lovely beach day birthday party for her.
  • I’m reading Grey to see what all the fuss is about, it’s o.k.
  • I’ve found two amazing threads on Red Flag Deals for Pampers codes and My Vegas Slots (dreaming of a vacation someday) that I just love browsing.
  • The weather this summer has been beautiful and we have spent a lot of time on the beach.
  • Pinterest does a great job to keep my mind off things.
  • I haven’t watched TV in over a month… Not that it was ever a problem, but kind of nice, you know.
  • Love the new Apple Music update. The playlists are amazing.

That’s it for now. No promises when the next blog post will be, but hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this one.

Hope your having a lovely summer.

Jenny

Baby shower gift ideas

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I was asked recently asked to suggest a few gift ideas for attending a friend’s baby shower.  Here is a list of a few things that I absolutely loved while on maternity leave and shortly after:

Loved this carrier. I had originally bought the Baby Bjorn carrier second-hand. I didn’t love it as much as the Ergo. The padding for the shoulders made a huge difference for me. In case you’re wondering, I never ended up buying the infant insert , but I did do the receiving blanket trick to use the carrier when she was very young.

Loved and still love this book.

We’ve just recently stopped using these. These feeders were great when our daughter was learning to self feed. We could put all kind of things in these feeders and not have to worry about her choking. My trick when I was shopping? Fill them up with Cheerios or Goldfish, attach a pacifier cord to it and let her munch on it while you browse your little heart away.

Once she grew out of the baby bath, we moved her to the inflatable duck bath. It was great when she was just learning how to sit up. It was soft on her back to keep her upright in the tub. Highly recommend.

She was always (and still is) attracted to books that are touch-n-feel. There are lots to choose from. I like the ones about animals.

I found suction bowls hard to find in the stores. Amazon has a few different ones to choose from. We have these ones and love them.

  • Diapers size 4

Because I feel like our daughter will be in size 4 diapers f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

  • PJ’s with zippers only (18 months +)

Buttons are stupid. Our kid moves around all the time. I can’t imagine trying to do up buttons when she’s wiggling around. I also recommend buying 18 month + sleepers or pj’s, because everyone will buy the mommy-to-be 12 months and under pjs.

What are your go to shower gifts? Let me know in the comment section below.

Mr. Stork has arrived in Ottawa!

 

I don’t know about you, but it feels like Mr. Stork has arrived in Ottawa. If feels like a baby boom is happening in Ottawa. Don’t you feel like everyone you know has either had a baby, having a baby or trying to have a baby. It’s wonderful news. All of it. Super excited for all of you and your friends. We’re adding to Ottawa’s population people! Keep it up!

I have to admit that when someone tells me their having a baby, I’m eager to tell them about all the cool websites, checklists and forums that they should sign up for.  I’m that guy. Some websites that offered me some fabulous advice and tips that I just have to share with everyone.

When I was pregnant, I was very thankful when people offered their two cents. Of course, you always take what you want from it and leave the rest, which is what I hope you will do with the following list.

Here is my list of great websites and resources that you should pay attention to if you are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or have a little one.

Trying to have a baby

Getting pregnant wasn’t easy for my husband and I (I’ll save that story for another blog post). While we were trying to “relax and let it happen”, here are a few websites that I kept my eyes on while we were trying to conceive (TTC).

Baby Centre – Community: They have a great TTC section for those that want to talk with others that are going through the same thing. They also have subgroups for those dealing with more specific and/or delicate situations.

Fertility Friend: A great online tracking tool to figure out your ovulation window. If you are tracking your temperature, this site will be very useful for you. They also have a great app that you can download for free.

Ottawa Fertility Center: I count myself very lucky to have been refered here. This clinic took really good care of us and if you ever have to visit this center, I hope they take good care of you too.

Early Pregnancy Tests Online: Buying all those pregnancy and ovulation tests can really add up. This website has great prices on everything you’ll need TTC.

 

Your pregnant (!*$&!)

Congrats! This is the time to take care of yourself and indulge in those crazy cravings (buffalo chicken wraps and red delicious apples for me!). Don’t worry about how much you’re sleeping. Do it. Take advantage of it. You’ll be surprised how little you’ll get later (unless you have a “angel baby” that sleeps all night from day 1… then I hate you… just kidding.. sort of).

Baby Centre – Community: Once you’re pregnant, move over to the pregnancy section. Baby Centre has also created birth groups, so that you can interact with other moms who are due around the same time as you. Baby Centre also has some great apps that you can download which will track your baby’s progress week by week.

Baby Centre – Baby Registry Checklist: I love lists. This is a great one to get your baby registry up and going. It’s very overwhelming all the stuff you need to buy. This is a great checklist to get you started.

Old Navy Maternity: Shortly after you get pregnant you’ll start to notice that some things that fit loose one day, might be a little tighter the next. In comes maternity clothing. You may be lucky and get a wack load of clothing that you’re previous pregnant friend has and lets you borrow, but you might be pregnant in the opposite season as her or what she’s lending to you really isn’t your style.  Every Old Navy in Canada, I believe as of February 2013, should now have a small maternity clothing section. Old Navy often have sales on clothing (40% off everything!). So keep an eye out for these sales. Thyme and Motherhood Maternity also have good sales too once in a while.

Freebies for new moms: Sign up for ALL OF THEM. So fun!

 

Baby is here (!*$&! x2)

Now let the fun begin. Most of us have no idea what were doing. Just keep in mind, this baby has never had a parent before you, so don’t worry if you mess up, it can judge you.

A Cup of Joe (blog): I love this blog and her writing style. She’s a mom with two boys living in New York. My favorite blog post on her blog, is actually written by her husband. Every new mom and dad should read 8 confessions of a new dad. I have to agree with the 9 month comment. Let me know what you think.

Jenny wears glasses list of Ottawa consignment stores: For everything else that you didn’t get at your baby shower, don’t forget to go to visit consignment stores. You can often find what you need, in great condition and at a lower price.

Sleep Easy Solution: For those parents that might need to sleep train their kid. This book saved us.  I buy it for every baby shower I go to now. I always hope that you will never have to open or use this book, but I always find it comforting to know that you have it in your back pocket.

Information about Breath Holding Spells: Now I’m not adding this here to scare anyone, it’s more for information purposes. I never heard of this before I had my daughter and knew nothing about it.

 

What are your favorite websites/resources/tips? Let me know. I would love to hear them.

 

Things that I’ve been doing instead of blogging

Playing on my new iPhone 6+

Reading 50 Shades of Grey (again)

Uploading my family photos to Google Drive

Visiting Saunder’s Farm

Celebrating my birthday!

What have you been doing???

Loving Google Drive

What have I been doing the past couple of nights? I mentioned in an early post, I’ve been trying to find a good website to store all our family photos. Recently, I’ve become really paranoid that one day, our house it going to burn down and we’ll lost everything on our laptop. Enter Google Drive.

For the past week, I’ve been uploading photo, upon photo to Google Drive. I’m already a huge fan* of Google products (Gmail, calendar, documents), moving to Drive was a no brainer. I just wanted to make sure that all my photos wouldn’t be shared with the world, just the people who I choose.

The free version of Google Drive stores up to 15GB. I recently had to upgrade to the 100GB for $1.99/month to store our family photos and documents. I think it’s money well spent.

Have you tried Google Drive? What do you store and share on the Drive?

 

 

*I’m such a huge fan that I recently took a Google test and now have a Certificate of Achievement because I passed the Google Education Basics Exam. Ha!

Dirkje Baby Jeans (Review for Lapeetz.com)

Remember a few weeks ago, I reviewed some LAVISHY wallet’s for the website Lapeetz.com? This time I’m reviewing Dirkje Jeans for children.

Dirkje is a company based in the Netherlands. Dirkje stands for a very extended collection babywear on an affordable price level.

Lapeetz.com currently has Dirkje jeans for sale for $12.99 to $16.99 on his website. The jeans come in the following sizes:

  • 9M
  • 12M
  • 18M
  • 24M
  • 3Y
  • 4Y

A couple of weeks ago the owner of Lapeetz.com gave me a pair of Dirkje jeans to try on my daughter. I wanted to wait a couple of weeks and use them a few times before I wrote my review.

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Three things I really liked about Dirkje jeans:

  • Style: I thought these jeans were quite stylish
  • Durable and easy to clean: These jeans survived a few daycare visits and a trip to the Museum of Science and Technology during Marker Faire (see above).
  • Texture and fabric: I’m always worried when I buy jeans for my daughter that they are going to have that rough jean feel to them. These were actually quite soft and stretchy. Great for little ones.

One thing I didn’t love (because that does happen sometimes):

  • Size: The jean length was really great for my daughter, but it was a bit big around the waist for her. But really, this could happen with any brand of clothing.

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Would I buy these jeans in a store?

Absolutely. Like I said above, I really like the style, quality and softness of the product. They were really easy to clean and survived a few daycare trips (daycare approved!).

Are you interested in purchasing these jeans?

You can find Lapeeze’s products in-store at:

BUT if you visit Lapeetz online store and use the code: JENNYWEARSGLASSES You will get 20% off your entire order (coupon code is good until October 31, 2014).

Have any questions about the jeans? Please contact me or Lapeetz.com

Back-to-School – Coolest 90s Style School Supplies

Can you smell it? First day of school is in the air. Last week, some students went back to school and this week the rest will be attending class. Also, let’s not forget you mom’s out there that took the summer off to be with your kids. You’re going back-to-work too. Pretty exciting eh?

A friend of mine posted a picture on Instagram of her daughter’s first day going into the second grade. She was wearing a cat dress and had a blue zebra striped bag (most likely from Justice). It got me thinking. What was cool when I was going to school in the 80s and 90s?

Off to Pinterest I go.

Follow Jenny Jenny’s board The 90s on Pinterest.

WOW! Do you remember this stuff? Take a look at all the coolest 90s style school supplies I pinned below.

Do you remember Mr. Sketch markers*, troll pencil topper**, Yikes! pencils, New Kids on the Block pencil cases***?

Where you excited to go home from school, have your mom make you a snack so you could watch Full House, Family Matters and Saved By the Bell?

90s pencil collection

Recently, my parents sold their house in my hometown. While they were cleaning out the place, my mom gave me some pencils from my old pencil collection. Aren’t these cool? I actually brought a few of the silver sparkly ones to the office with me.

What school supplies do you remember the most from your childhood? Did you have any Lisa Frank supplies? What is the new in-thing for kids these days? Do they not care for Five Star binders anymore and all want iPads with wireless keyboards?

Talk to me.

 

* You can still  buy Mr. Sketch Markers at Staples.ca. Here’s a commercial for Mr. Sketch Markers.

** For you troll lovers, there are a lot of sellers on eBay selling lots of trolls. If you have one or two that you’re looking to get ride of, I would love to have it! Email me.

*** I’m pretty sure that this is the one that I had.

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DIY Maternity Leave Calendar – Google Calendar

Before I left on maternity leave, I had this romantic idea of all these great things I was going to do with my daughter*. We were going to go to:

I had a super long list of things I wanted to do while on leave. Did I do everything? No! Of course not. I had a baby to take care of! BUT I did do a lot of things. My goal with this maternity calendar, was to put all these great idea of things I could do in Ottawa in one place.

By creating a “maternity leave” calendar it helped give me a good idea on what I wanted to do that week or even that day. Some days are easier than others with a baby. Some days you’re up for bundling them up and heading out the door, while others you couldn’t even be bothered to get out of your pyjamas.

As some of you might know, I’m a huge fan of Google Calendar. My husband and I have used it for years to sync our calendars together. Google also has a great ability for syncing my Google Calendar right to my iCal on my iPhone. It works seamlessly and also helped us avoid a lot of conflicts for double booking events.

This post has two parts.

First, let’s teach you how to set up your Google Calendar and learn how to create an extra calendar with your Google account.

1)      How to set up your Google Calendar (must already have a Google Account) to sync with your iPhone.

2)      How to create a new calendar with your account. I am recommending creating a “maternity leave” calendar that is private, so that you’re husband isn’t flooded with all these great events. 

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Second, here is a list of great places in Ottawa (mostly west-end) that I added to my maternity leave calendar:

Do you have any idea of other activities you could add to a maternity calendar? Something that happens once or a few times a week that new moms can do with their little ones (drop in style recommended).

If you have any questions on how to set this up, please contact me.

 

* I think these moms had the same idea (here, here, here and here).

New Ottawa Tanger Outlets vs. Waterloo Premium Outlets

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“Dad! Take me SHOPPING!”

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Ottawa’s west-end is getting new Tanger Outlets (opening October 2014) near the Canadian Tire Centre. Pretty exciting huh? But will they compare to the Waterloo Premium Outlets in Waterloo, New York. Don’t worry, I’m here to help.

Here is my Ottawa Tanger Outlets vs. Waterloo Premium Outlets in Waterloo, New York comparison:

Driving distance from Downtown Ottawa

Using the address for Fairmont Chateau Laurier (1 Rideau Street) as starting point.

Ottawa Tanger Outlets

  • 26 minutes

Waterloo Premium Outlets

  • 3 hours and 40 minutes (with a toll roads)

Stores that both outlets have*

Accessories

  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Banana Republic Factory Store
  • Brooks Brothers Factory Store
  • Calvin Klein
  • Claire’s
  • Coach
  • Guess Factory Store
  • J.Crew
  • Levi’s Outlet Store
  • Lids
  • Nike Factory Store
  • Nine West Outlet
  • Old Navy Outlet
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
  • Samsonite Factory Outlet
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Tommy Hilfiger

Clothing

  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Banana Republic Factory Store
  • Brooks Brothers Factory Store
  • Calvin Klein
  • Coach
  • Gap Factory Store
  • Guess Factory Store
  • Haggar Clothing Co.
  • J.Crew Factory
  • Levi’s Outlet Store
  • Motherhood Maternity
  • Nike Factory Store
  • Old Navy Outlet
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
  • Puma Outlet
  • Reebok
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Under Armour

Children’s Clothing

  • Carter’s / OshKosh B’gosh
  • Gap Factory Store
  • Guess Factory Store
  • J.Crew Factory
  • Levi’s Outlet Store
  • Nike Factory Store
  • Old Navy Outlet
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
  • Reebok
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Under Armour

Footwear

Specialty

  • Samsonite Factory Outlet

Stores that are unique to that outlet

Ottawa Tanger Outlets

Accessories

Clothing

Footwear

  • Adidas
  • Cole Haan Outlet
  • Naturalizer
  • Nike Factory Store

Specialty

Waterloo Premium Outlets

Accessories

Clothing

  • Ann Taylor Factory Store
  • BCBG Max Azria
  • Bon Worth
  • Casual Male XL
  • Champion
  • Chico’s
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Dressbarn
  • Dressbarn Woman
  • Eddie Bauer Outlet
  • HanesBrands
  • Izod
  • Jockey
  • Jones New York
  • Lane Bryant Outlet
  • Loft Outlet
  • Maidenform
  • Nautica
  • PacSun
  • Rue21
  • The Uniform Outlet
  • Van Heusen
  • VF Outlet
  • Wilsons Leather
  • Zumiez

Children’s Clothing

Footwear

Specialty

  • Bose
  • Chef’s Outlet
  • Corningware Corelle & More
  • The Cosmetics Company Store: MAC · Clinique · Bobbi Brown · Estée Lauder
  • Harry & David
  • Kitchen Collection
  • Mulberry Knoll
  • My Favorite Sports Store
  • Perfumania
  • Toys “R” Us Express
  • Vitamin World
  • Yankee Candle

Other malls close to the outlets

Ottawa Tanger Outlets

Waterloo Premium Outlets

So, what do you think? Is it still worth the drive to the Waterloo Premium Outlets? What are you’re thoughts? Which one is better?

 

 

* based on the information listed on their website store directory on August 28, 2014

My Great Big (9 months #pregnantbelly big) New Mom Free Samples List

 

Hey NEW mom’s!

Remember that post I wrote about all those questions you’ll get asked within meeting a stranger for the first time while pregnant. So.. about those samples.

Below is a list of tried and true new mom samples that you need to sign up for. Share this list with everyone! You should sign up for these samples, get your friends to sign up for these samples for you and get your family to sign up for these samples for you! Get every one involved!

I’ve also included a list of samples that I personally did not sign up for, because I didn’t know about it when I was pregnant, so I’m not sure how good they are. If you signed up for them, please let me know in the comments below.

Am I missing any? Let me know if you have any questions with some of the samples that I did sign up for.

Not a free sample, but something super cool that I came across today. StickerYou has an option to make custom stickers with your kid’s name on it. Which is totally awesome to tag clothing, sippy cups and stuffed animals.

 

 

Note: StickerYou is one of my CJ Affiliates that I would with. Please check them out!