Category Archives: Ottawa

Great Glebe Garage Sale 2016

Today was a Great Glebe Garage Sale success. The weather was beautiful, we had some very friendly customers stop by and sold lots of stuff.

To those that received business cards, here are some important links that I recommend you check out:

Six Am Shop – Online marketplace for my in-stock Buskins Leggings, nautical items and mommy & me clothing. **edit: Online shop is now solely done through Facebook – click here to see all in-stock items**

Buskins Leggings Website – Reminder that all the prices are in CDN dollars, includes taxes and free shipping.

Found On Road Kinda Dead Furniture – Andre’s chalk paint furniture can be found here. Request to join the group and I’ll add you.

Business Update

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  • I’m getting ready for the Great Glebe Garage Sale. I have a great spot reserved near 1st Avenue (right at the entrance of the Glebe Collegiate). Come out and check us out. I’ll have everything from my 6 AM Shop and much, much more. I can also take orders from the Buskins site on-site too. I accept cash, PayPal, EMT and all major credit cards.
  • Speaking of the 6 AM Shop, I may or may not continue having an online shop (www.sixamshop.com) and might just stick to the Facebook shop. It seems that most of my sales come from in-person and Facebook. Still thinking about it. Do you think an online shop is necessary for me?
  • I’m looking into other direct sales opportunities. I love being a Buskins affiliate (here is the info if you would like to be one too), but I want more. There are a variety of great DS companies out there, I just need to pick one that I believe I’m a right fit. Which one are you with?

Sorting your baby clothing

 

The Great Glebe Garage Sale is quickly approaching and I’ll be there will all of my 6 AM Shop stuff. In addition to the stuff from my online shop, I’m putting aside clothing and housewares for the sale. I want to make a really good “booth” for potential customers.

One thing I’ve focused on the last couple of days, is going through baby clothing that is too small for Katie. So far I have 5 bins of clothing to sell/giveaway. It took me a while to get here. I had a hard time deciding how to sort though my baby clothing and decide what to keep, toss, donate, sell? In the end, this is the formula I used:

Keep

  • Anything that was handmade or given to me from my parents or in-laws. I love that we had a lot of clothing that my husband and I wore.
  • Anything that I can remember the girls in. It may be a pair of sweatpants or halloween costume. If I can remember one of them wearing it a lot, I hung on to it.

Toss

  • Anything with stains (poop, food, formula, etc…)

Sell

  • Very rarely I’ll find something to sell. Mostly sleep sacks, very pretty dresses, jackets. Those of the kinds of things I’ll drop them off for consignment.

Donate

  • Everything else. I’ll give it to friend, who will then hopefully give it to another friend and another friend.

The GGGS is an exception to my donation and sell rule, whatever doesn’t sell I’ll donate.

What’s your formula for sorting through baby clothing?

 

Thank You Constance Bay

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Tonight, I’m feeling very thankful for living in such a beautiful, generous community.

My daughter Katie isn’t great in her car seat. Going into town takes a lot of planning around nap time. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don’t. It’s very difficult. I’m still doing my best to take part in things outside of our little community, but it’s hard.

Having a child that hates the car seat has forced me to find amenities and vendors in the area and I’m so thankful I did.

To date, I have found:

  • A hairdresser (Kara) that does a great job with colour and cut. Isabelle thinks she’s great and she will come to my house to colour and cut my hair to make it easier for me.
  • Just around the corner from my house, I found a lovely woman named Barb (she owns the All About You Spa), who I had the pleasure having a mommy & me pedicure done the other day.
  • For Mother’s Day, I was given a lovely gift basket made by Nancy who makes scrubs and soaks that smell lovely.
  • There is a great team of lovely mommies and daycare providers that organize the Constance Bay Playgroup. I am so appreciative of this playgroup. It keeps the girls and I busy a few times a week.
  • From attending the local playgroup, I learned about Scentsy which now makes my home smell beautifully and Buskins Leggings (that I sell now).
  • Our little Constance Bay garage sale and donation Facebook groups have helped me find a variety of items from formula for Katie, clothing for Isabelle, to clothing racks for my future vendor markets. I’m so appreciative of the generosity in this community.
  • For Andre & I’s anniversary, since we can’t go very far, went to the new thai restaurant in the Bay.
  • Since I’ve become a Buskins Affiliate, I’ve also become more aware of markets, organized community garage sales and fairs that happen in the area. We’re so fortunate to have so many great events happening around us.

I just wanted to say thank you, to everyone for making this community great. I feel very thankful to be living here.

A Different Kind of Paint Night – Scentsy Colour Away Party

My friend Amy is a Scentsy representative and has come up with this super awesome idea! It’s a unique twist to the regular paint nights that most of us have done.

Instead of painting a canvas (then putting it under the bed so no one sees it), why colour your own Scentsy warmer? There are two beautiful warmers to choose from Reimagine and Calavera. I chose Reimagine.

 

The event is being held at the Thai Destination restaurant in Constance Bay on Thursday, May 12. If you would like to join, you can join the Facebook event here.

Where is Constance Bay? It’s only 20 minutes from Kanata March Rd exit off the highway.

Staycation: Travelodge Carling Ave West

While I was pregnant, I bought a Groupon to stay at the Travelodge Carling Ave West. My big idea was for Isabelle and I to have a “girls night”. We would do our nails, hair, swim, go for breakfast, the works… but things didn’t work out that way.

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Here we are, the threesome that staid over night at the Travelodge. Since Katie still won’t take a bottle, we had to improvise. After Isabelle’s nap, I drove the three of us to the ‘lodge and got the room ready for the evening. Andre joined us shortly after work and we had a great time. We used the pool lots, ordered in and went to bed early and had a lovely time.

The “good”:

  • The room size was just enough for one night. We had a queen size bed and pull out couch, with a pool view room.
  • The pool view room was ideal, because of the indoor patio. We used it often for playing with the girls.
  • We ordered in Swiss Chalet (my choice!) and they delivered the food right to our hotel room.
  • The kiddie pool water was very, very warm. We were all very pleased with the temperature of the water.
  • Breakfast was included in our package. Although it was a basic continental breakfast, it had a lot of food options that pleased Isabelle (Eggo’s, hard-boiled eggs, apples).

The “bad”:

  • Since Katie is co-sleeping, the room layout worked well for sleeping arrangements. However, I was second guessing myself about sleeping with Katie so I requested for a crib/playpen. They didn’t have any on hand. It’s okay, but I have to be honest I was a little disappointed they didn’t have one for us.

The “I wish I would have done differently”:

  • Bring less stuff. I over packed. I had a ton of diapers and wipes, way more than I needed for 24 hours. It was a little over kill. Since I had to bring two large duffel bags, car seat and toddler to the room by myself, it was a little difficult.
  • I wish the hotel would have had one more activity for kids to do. Other than walk up and down the hallways to the ice machine, there wasn’t much to keep Isabelle busy. Next time, I would maybe try to plan to do something with the girls close to the hotel.

Since Katie doesn’t seem to be getting any closer to taking a bottle and is terrible in a car seat, I think local hotel staycations are the way to go for us for now. Do you have a recommendation for another Ottawa kid-friendly hotel that we should try? I’ve heard that the Brookstreet is very good. Thoughts?

Updating Ottawa Bucket List

I’m currently updating the Jenny Wears Glasses Ottawa Bucket List and would love to hear of some of your suggestions for fun things to do in Ottawa. I’m having a case of the winter blahs and would love some great ideas on fun things to do with a 1 1/2 year old.

Here’s my list so far.

Please let me know if you have any more suggestions!

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.

 

New Years Eve Destinations

It’s only October 5 and I’m already starting to think about what to do for New Years Eve (NYE).  I really like NYE.  It’s really just another opportunity to hang out with the people you love, drink champagne and talk about memories from the past year. But honestly, any reason to drink champagne is a good one in my books.

Last year, I didn’t get to spend NYE with my husband. We had made last-minute plans to go to a party and he got sick and went home. Boo. This year, I would really like it if we spent it together. Not sure what we’ll do yet, whatever it is, it will be together.

I’ve started to create a list of places that I’ve thought we could go to. So far, we haven’t come close to a decision on what we’ve liked to do.

Type of places we’ve had in mind:

  • Cottage
  • Hotel
  • Resort

Locations:

  • Ottawa and surrounding area
  • Rural Ontario
  • Muskoka and surrounding area
  • Kingston
  • Open to other ideas

Website’s I’ve used so far:

I’m not coming up with much. I don’t want to spend a fortune, but looking for something nice, fun and something that if we had another couple of friends that wanted to join us it would be easy to add them to the cottage/hotel/resort…

Do you have any suggestions? Is there somewhere that you could recommend that we take a look at?

Let me know!

 

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41 Halloween-y things to do in october

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This is my daughter’s year of “firsts”. Last year, she didn’t react much to the holidays. She was a cute, adorable potato. Even though she was still a little person, she didn’t laugh, react or point to things the way she does now. NOW, the holidays are going to get interesting. She’s going to react to things, pull ornaments off trees, get scared, eat some treats, she’s going to really experience  the holidays.

Now, she may or may not remember these days, but hopefully with the magic of photo and video, I can help her remember some of these beautiful moments and start traditions that will continue for years to come.

The first holiday that I’m really excited for it Halloween. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Not only do you get to dress up, eat delicious pumpkin spiced food and carve pumpkins, my birthday is in October (not near Halloween, but close enough).

This year, as I want to make a Halloween special. I’ve made a list of great things to do during the Halloween season.

  1. Eat pumpkin poop
  2. Spider ice cubes
  3. Make pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon for breakfast
  4. Make Halloween cookies
  5. Make hot dog mummies for dinner
  6. Make hot apple cider
  7. Make hot mulled wine
  8. Make pumpkin pretzels
  9. Make tin can lanterns
  10. Glowing ghosts
  11. Magnetic spiders
  12. Candy centrepiece: using candy corn, candy pumpkins, add a tree (use a paper towel roll to keep the tree in place)
  13. Make a monster door
  14. Get your toddler to paint a pumpkin
  15. Tissue paper ghosts
  16. Spooky forest craft (black construction paper, branches and googly eyes)
  17. Halloween preschool sensory bag pumpkin
  18. Masking tape mummy
  19. Slimy eyes (sensory bag with cheap hair gel)
  20. Erupting pumpkins
  21. Goggly eye soup
  22. Goblin gut sensory painting (might be fun to do in the water/sand table)
  23. Flying ghosts rockets
  24. Pumpkin bowling
  25. DIY Halloween Hair Dye (with sidewalk chalk)
  26. Watch adult Halloween movies (Hocus Pocus, Halloween, The Nightmare Before Christmas)
  27. Watch a Halloween movie kids (The Haunted Mansion, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Casper)
  28. Make a Halloween necklace
  29. Colour a Halloween picture
  30. Rake the leaves and play in them
  31. Make a Halloween garland
  32. Wrap up kids like mummies
  33. Play tic-tac-ghost
  34. Make a wall of bats
  35. Bobbing for apples
  36. Carve a pumpkin (tips)
  37. Bake pumpkin seeds
  38. Visit a pumpkin patch (Ontario)
  39. Tell a spooky campfire story with a flashlight
  40. Eat or make caramel apples
  41. Go trick or treating

Do you have any fun Halloween activities that I could add to my list?