our trip to waskesiu

Hello friends and hello summer!!

Last weekend Geoffrey and I took the children to Prince Albert National Park. Apart from going there last year, it’s something that we used to do every June for our anniversary until we became parents. Once we had Remy, we stopped going camping.

This marks our second summer in a row in Waskesiu, and I think that it’s a tradition that we are going to keep up again. Everyone truly loves it. Last year we went as a family of four in our renovated tent trailer. This year we went as a family of five at stayed at Elk Ridge Lodge. Oh. My. Goodness. It was beyond beautiful. It reminded me more of Colorado than Saskatchewan. The resort has a pool and water slide, two restaurants, spa, a zip line and rock wall, golf course, and more! I can’t ever see us staying anywhere else in the whole of the National Park.

Here are the pictures from our trip. I hope that you like them!

It’s always such an exciting time with the change of a new season. Summer is especially welcome on the prairies as it means there will be no cold or snow for several months. Um, yes please!

What are your plans for this summer? Do you have any vacations booked? Let me know.

And happy belated Father’s Day to the men out there!

Emory

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1st birthday: tips for a successful party

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Hey guys. Prior to even thinking about throwing Remy a first birthday party, I researched several ways on how to throw a successful one. Small children can obviously be unpredictable, and so finding ways to increase their happiness and avoid things that might set them off is imperative. We are lucky in that Remy hasn’t yet thrown a tantrum. However, with her first birthday fast-approaching, I’m sure that they are just around the corner. Until then, I will include a list of surefire ways to have a (somewhat) successful party for a one year old! These are taken from what I have found online, in addition to my own knowledge as a new mother.

1. Keep it short. Babies can get overwhelmed quite quickly, so try to have the party run for no more than 2 hours.

2. Invite people that your children know and like, and not those who they make strange with or are guaranteed to cry around. However, this can’t always be avoided.

3. Avoid balloons and any other party favours that are choking hazards or are potentially dangerous.

4. Dress them in clothes that they are comfortable in. Remy hates anything on her head, so although I wanted to make her a feather crown to wear, I know that trying to keep one on her head would end in a disaster.

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5. Don’t go Pinterest crazy. If you’re going to DIY a lot yourself, make sure that it’s well in advance and things that are manageable to create.

6. Also, don’t go all Top Chef for the party. Buying ready-made food or desserts is a great way to eliminate stress for yourself. I ended up ordering cupcakes for Remy’s party nearly a month in advance, and we are serving chips as a light snack.

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7. Hire a photographer if possible. Just like Remy’s birth, I didn’t want to worry about capturing the perfect moments, nor about editing any photographs afterwards. I also wanted plenty of pictures of us as a family. We have hired someone to photograph her party.

8. Bring a few of their favourite toys along. Because we’re having her birthday in a rented room at the library, I’m going to set up an area for large blanket and several of her toys. This way, she will have a place to play that feels familiar, and the other children can easily join in.

9. Don’t try to set up everything by yourself. Because I’m planning on having Geoffrey watch Remy all morning, I’m going to enlist in the help from a few friends to come to the library and assist me in decorating the room.

10. Schedule the party around naps. This one is for obvious reasons.

11. Finally, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, include some fun details for your guests, such as a photo booth or colouring books!

That’s all that I can come up with. Do you have any tips to add? If so, please write them in the comment section.

<3

Emory

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1st birthday: activity books (diy)

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetLast week, I explained how I wanted to create a photo booth for Remy’s upcoming party as entertainment for the adults. Today, I’m going to show you what I made to ensure the children at the party wouldn’t get bored either. Also, let’s face it, adults can have fun with this DIY as well!

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-48-amscreen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-29-amI created these activity books in Microsoft Word. After going online and finding clip art from the film Moonrise Kingdom, I saved the images that I thought would look best. I also made sure that they were in black and white, which makes colouring them in much easier. Then I opened a Word document, flipped the direction of the page to a landscape rather than a portrait, then added the images.

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-15-amI created the first and last page from scratch. I chose a similar font to what is seen on the movie poster, and made a flag with the number 55 on it. On the back, I put the hashtag that I am hoping people will use for the party.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThese activity books were quite simple to make, and only took the better part of the morning to design, print, and staple them together. I’m going to put them in a crate on a table at the party, and put a mason jar of crayons beside them. I know that my nieces are obsessed with colouring, so I think that they will go over well with the older children there.

Happy Monday, all!

<3

Emory

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camping with a baby: 4 unmissable tips every mom needs

When you have a young baby, it’s hard to take them on the plane. For one thing, they can get scared, so it will make for an uncomfortable journey. And it’s a long day for a little one with so much waiting around at the airport. But as parents, we do need a break! Therefore, you should consider going on a camping trip with your small family instead. It’s a great way for you all to bond without heading abroad. Here are four unmissable tips every mom needs when they want to go camping with a young baby.

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Look for a family orientated campsite

If you are going away with your family camping, you will want to choose somewhere that is going to be fun for all of you. Therefore, you should be looking for a family orientated campsite which has all the facilities you need to ensure your family has a good trip. For example, there might be an area with toys for kids that you can go to, while your partner goes to do some fishing at one of the lakes. Also, they will have adequate baby changing facilities that you will need if you decide to tent during your camping trip. You can look online to find some great places to go with your baby for an unforgettable trip.

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Look into suitable accommodation

Although you might want to tent with your family, it’s going to be harder with your little one. There might not be enough room for their travel cot, and they might struggle to sleep in the strange surroundings. To ensure your family has a great time camping, you might want to look into a travel trailer which can be towed by your vehicle. They will have all the conveniences of home so that you can tend to your baby as necessary. Also, it means you don’t have to rely on campsites to have the right baby changing facilities. You can find a large selection of quality fifth wheels online, which would make the perfect accommodation for your camping break. It’s also an investment piece as you will use it for years to come until your kid is old enough to get on a plane.

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Check the weather before you go

You don’t want to end up unprepared when you get to the campsite. For example, if it’s going to be pouring, you need to ensure you have waterproofs to keep your little one safe. You don’t want them to catch a chill as you didn’t check the weather before you left your home! Therefore, go online and check the reports so that you can pack accordingly for your baby.

Pack plenty of diapers and wipes

When you go camping with your family, you might choose to camp somewhere that’s secluded. After all, it’s good to get away from the rest of the world. However, you need to ensure you have plenty of diapers and wipes with you, as you might be situated miles from the shops. As this feature says, they weigh nothing, so pack more than you think you will need. That way, you won’t have to end up driving miles to find diapers!

Hopefully, these tips will ensure your first camping experience with your baby is a joy, not a bad memory!

** This was a contributed post.

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gone fishing

Well … one of us has! Geoffrey and I will be returning to the northern lakes that I used to visit as a child for a three day vacation. He will be fishing, and I will probably be relaxing on the beaches. 

If you would like to read about where we will be staying, please click here. If not, then you can be sure that I will be publishing the photos once we get back. Plus, I have a little surprise in store for you as well!

I’ll see you all next week. Have a lovely and warm weekend.

<3

Emory

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