Sammy & Sophia Are Back!!!

There are so many things I love about the Christmas season. Time with family, the cold weather, decorating the tree, cookies, and watching the joy on Parker and Caity’s faces. Most of all though, I think it’s our elves Sammy and Sophia. Planning out a month of fun things for them to be doing really keeps me in the spirit of wonder and excitement all month. Not to mention watching the kids faces every morning as they look to see what mischief they got in.

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Last year I created a calendar to help facilitate Sammy and Sophia’s daily movements. It made things much easier and a lot more fun! Out of all of them these were probably my favorite.

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This year I want to incorporate a little decorating and family oriented. Sammy and Sophia stick to more lighthearted mischief and role model good behavior. I also don’t focus much on them reporting back to Santa although desperate times we casually remind Parker that Sammy has an in with Santa.

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Caity’s Favorites at 26 Months

Since things are a little crazy here getting ready for Thanksgiving I thought I would make this months update a little easier and share some of her absolute favorites at the moment.

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Dushi Doll Stroller  |  Skip Hop Jump Backpack  |  aden & anais  |  Pop Up Jungle  |   Corolle Baby Doll

She has been inseparable with her baby doll and loves pushing her around the house picking up little things she finds here are there. Anytime we go out she also likes to bring her backpack filled with goodies. It’s cute watching her go around the play room and pick out what she wants each time.

She is currently loving bed time routine including shower/bath, brushing teeth, reading stories and having me lay next to the crib and hold her hand. Her absolute favorite book right now is Pop Up Jungle. Ironically enough I had purchased this book back when I worked at TRU. Apparently I have good taste, lol! She also loves cuddling up with her blankets at night. I got the set of 4 so that we could rotate them more often however, she has different plans and requires 2 to sleep with. I’ve tried to give her the slip at night but she will look at me and say, “two peas”.

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All Hallows’ Eve

~ HAPPY HALLOWEEN ~

We spent the weekend entertaining guests, painting pumpkins, attending parties, and eating more candy than we thought possible.

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We decided to continue supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project and offered a variety of non food treats for the kids. This was our stash from Walmart which was divided between a Halloween event and then our trick-or-treaters. I decided against the bubbles (pictured left) because they had no markings on them and they were a little shady looking. Well done Walmart, well done.

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I gathered up some decorations around the house to dress up the front porch a little for the kiddos.

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My parents and Rob took the kids around the block with our neighbor who is in Parker’s class. I found Caity’s costume on clearance last year and just knew she would make the cutest little Care Bear 🙂 Parker picked his outfit out at Costco, mainly for the whistle.

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I whipped up a shirt supporting my all time favorite movie, Hocus Pocus, and paired it with LLR bat leggings.

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Hope everyone has a fun filled evening with thrills, laughs, and lots of sugar.

Fall Is Here!

I am oh so happy Fall is finally here, it’s not only my favorite season but this year it marks one year as Canadians. It’s beautiful here in the Fall and I have enjoyed crafting with the windows open while the kiddos are at school. I only had time to create a few things for my shop this season but am really excited about what I made. If you are interested you can visit my shop, designsBYmcm on Facebook.

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#MARYSWWJOURNEY

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have once again joined Weight Watchers. I keep going back because I know it works if I just follow the program. I don’t have to give anything up, I just need to adjust the amount of good versus bad decisions I make in a day regarding food.

In just over 4 months I will be traveling to Florida to participate in the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge; a 10k on Saturday and 1/2 marathon on Sunday. It’s probably a little too ambitious but I needed to do something drastic to get my ass in gear. Accomplishing this bucket list item is so important to me and by doing so I will have gotten a jump start on my long term weight loss goal of losing 90 pounds.

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I’ve realized over the last few years that it is much harder to lose weight after kids. It won’t come off as easily as it did before so I decided to come up with an inspirational board to track my progress and achievements. I also came up with some pretty awesome rewards for each of my goals.

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I will be attending meetings on Thursdays and updating my progress throughout the week via #maryswwjourney on Instagram in case you want to follow along 🙂