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.

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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!

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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.

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Emory

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horror camping flicks

UntitledddsdA few weeks ago, my husband and I watched a horror film that centred on a couple getting lost and ultimately meeting their own demise in the woods. It was incredibly scary. Afterwards, I turned to Geoffrey and said that there was no way that I would be going camping this summer. Then we watched another one. My previous comment was only solidified after the second movie.

I stewed over the films for a few days, and because I cannot experience anything in life without thinking about how I can turn it into a blog post, I thought why not scare my readers just as I scared myself? It’s surprising how many camping horror films are in existence, especially on Netflix! I chose five movies that are easily accessible, just for you fine folks. Enjoy!

file_177193_1_willow-creek1. Willow Creek (2013)

Synopsis: Found footage movie Willow Creek is a radical departure in Bobcat Goldthwait’s career after directing a string of black comedies. In the great American tradition of people venturing into the woods and encountering absolutely pants-wetting terror, what starts as two dorks with a video camera having a lark in a national park metastasizes into something much deeper, darker, and queasier. Set in Humboldt County, California, Willow Creek centers on Jim (Bryce Johnson) a Bigfoot believer whose idea of a romantic getaway is to head deep into Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, video camera in tow, trying to shoot his own Bigfoot footage at the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film. That 1967 fragment of footage purporting to show Sasquatch striding along a dry riverbed became a key artifact in the cryptozoology community, and Jim dreams of nothing more than setting foot on the actual location where it was shot. His long-suffering girlfriend, Kelly (Alexie Gilmore), agrees to tag along for the ride, despite the fact that she thinks Bigfoot has about as much chance of being real as leprechauns.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

SAW_1Sheet_Comps2. The Descent (2005)

Synopsis: A group of close female friends on a yearly adventure vacation find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of caves by an unknown force that lurks in the shadows, in the second horror feature from writer/director Neil Marshall. After suffering a devastating car crash one year before, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) is lured to the States with her friend Beth (Alex Reid) to a special spelunking trip by the fearless Juno (Natalie Mendoza), who abruptly fled from the U.K. after Sarah’s accident. Along with two old friends and a new acquaintance of Juno’s, the group embark on a cave expedition that takes a turn for the worse after a rock fall leaves them stranded in an uncharted cave with no map and only a handful of supplies to last them the rest of the trip. As tensions arise in the group, they are faced with another danger — one whose love of the dark is as strong as its lust for blood. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

preservation3. Preservation (2015)

Synopsis: Preservation follows brothers Sean (Pablo Schreiber), a recently returned veteran, and Mike (Aaron Staton), a hedge fund manager, who head out of town to hunt in a closed nature preserve with Mike’s wife, Wit (Wrenn Schmidt) – a brainy anesthesiologist – in tow. With Sean unhinged from his stint in the military, and Mike distracted by career ambition, this was not the romantic getaway Wit was hoping for. But soon the trio is threatened by an unseen menace, and the hunters become the hunted. A camping trip in the woods turns into a contest for survival. When the brothers are stalked and ensnared, Wit must unleash her own animal instincts or else end up a trophy.

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%

honeymoon-dvd-cover-794. Honeymoon (2014)

Synopsis: Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods. Treadaway and Leslie give captivating leading performances as a couple that takes new love to disturbing depths. With romance slowing giving way to terror, writer/director Leigh Janiak puts her unique stamp on this intimate, chilling thriller.

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%

Poster-Art-for-Dont-Blink5. Don’t Blink (2014)

Synopsis: Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge.

Rotten Tomatoes: 23%

The next time you are in your tents in the middle of nowhere, and you hear a branch snap in the distance, please remember this post. Then run for your lives!

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Emory

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  • Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband, daughter, and animals. Welcome!
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  • Thank you to all those who liked, commented, and sent me messages yesterday. I am overwhelmed by your love. I would like to share one more thing. Since 2013, I have used my blog as a creative outlet and my Instagram account as my diary. I feel it’s a much better platform to reach out to others, and to be more truthful (if we dare). I try to only follow those who don’t always show the ups and highs of their “perfect” lives. While I think that the more popular, beige square, ad-infused, California chic, glam mother accounts are beautiful, I also find them to be depressing and unoriginal. A miscarriage is real. It is nothing to be ashamed of. If you don’t choose to discuss yours, that’s totally fine! I needed to share mine in order to begin my grieving and healing process. I am now a mother to two children. This is something that I did not want to, nor will I ever hide. Yes, our second child came much too early and did not survive, but that does not make his/her life any less worthy. Our baby was alive at one time. Our baby has a soul. Now, our baby has a name and will forever be part of our family. We are a family of four- three on earth and one angel in heaven. So, thanks again all. Sadness. What a difference a year can make. Last holiday season, Remy turned 10 months old. She had just gotten her first two teeth, and on Christmas morning, had learned to crawl. This year, we are mourning the loss of our second child. I suffered a miscarriage this week, and it has left a deep void in our family. This was going to be our Christmas card where we revealed to friends and family our joyous secret. Now, it remains one of our only photos as a family of four. Because of this, I want to share it with the world. Give your children an extra hug and kiss for me tonight. You are so blessed to have them. All my love, Emory.
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