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A Lego Birthday Party


Growing up my parents always made a big deal about birthday parties. This is something I want to do for my kids. It isn’t always about the money you spend on the party but the little details that make it special. We have a note book for each of our children. Each birthday we get all of the guests to write or draw a little something. My parents did this for me and I love to look back at my birthdays as a child.

This year our son really wanted to have a Lego birthday party. It was difficult to find any Lego decorations or games. Here are a few things that we did to make his Lego birthday a exceptional one.


Loot Bags

–  Use a 1” circle

punch to cut out 6 circles for each bag. Attach with foam adhesives to the coloured paper bag so they are raised. Write Lego on each circle. You can also make name tags with the Lego font to attach to the bags.

Lego Activities

–  Each child received a 3 in 1 Car Lego kit. We set up a ramp in our backyard for the children to race their new Lego cars down. This was also a part of the loot bag to go home.

–  Give the children a large bin of Lego and see who can build the biggest tower in a 1 min. This is one of those games everyone can participate and really enjoy.

– Give each child a plate of Lego and vote for who made the most imaginative creation, best animal, and most creative vehicle.


Lego Snacks

– Marshmallow Lego men heads. Cut a small marshmallow in half height attach to a larger one. Dip in yellow melted chocolate. Use a food colour pen or fine tip icing to draw the Lego men faces.

– Primary coloured smarties always makes for a yummy snack and goes along with the colour scheme

– You can find

 Lego candies at your local bulk store.

– We used a lego box our son made for all the utensils

– Purchase yellow cups and used black permanent markers to draw on different lego man faces. Each one was different so the kids knew which cup was theirs.


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I had a lot of fun organizing this party for our son. It was a great colour scheme of 4 primary colours, which made it easy to find coloured plates, forks and na

pkins. Our son really loved helping out in making the decorations with his Lego. I hope this gives you some Lego ideas for your little ones special day.



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Week 39 – Keep pushing on! #MyBetter

Remember last week when I talked about being a yo-yo? This yo-yo came back down, just as much as it went up last week. I guess it was a good term to use! I am down .7lbs this week. I have steadily stayed at the same place now for weeks back and forth. I guess it is good to know that I am at least maintaining for the most part right? Well, no matter what the last few weeks have been like, I am not giving up, and am going to continue to strive to be better.

Now for some exciting news that I think will help me on my way – Recently I was contacted by Sport Chek, and asked if I would like to be a part of their team of inspiration people to help motivate others to strive to find their “better”. I can’t even begin to tell you how good that made me feel! The contacted me?!!! Part of what has kept me going on this journey is knowing that I have helped inspire other people. To be recognized for that makes it that much more important to stick with it.

I received this amazing inspiration kit to help assist with my training. This week I am going to pump it up. Going to get back to some weight training, and more cardio. I am excited to continue this journey with you, start this new relationship with Sport Chek and hopefully motivate others to strive for their BETTER.

You will notice soon on my blog a new look, and a new tagline. When you think you can’t, prove that you can. And this is what I will continue to do.

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That Moms Tips for Camping.

A couple weeks ago we ventured out on our second camping trip with some friends and my boys. I won’t lie, I was nervous. I remember all the trouble we ran into the year before of just not being prepared enough. Normally I am one who is very easy going when it comes to camping, but kids change all of that. If they are not happy and relaxed, you are not happy and relaxed. And I go camping to be happy. And RELAX.

I thought I would compile together some of the things we did this time around to make the trip more fun for everyone.

That Mom’s Camping Tips

Pack a special bag for each child:

I picked up these large clear plastic Cars bags at the Dollar store. I put each kids name on it, along with a couple of little treats for them. Activities, flashlights and let them pick out a couple of toys from home that they wanted to bring along. When they started to get restless, or needed some quiet time, we would break out their bags and let them do an activity.

Plan fun activities

I can’t take credit for this one. This was all my great friend Tammy (Crafting with the Gray’s, @ItstheGrays). She came up with this great idea of having a treasure hunt for the kids. Since we were using the exact came site we used the year before, we knew the layout. She drew up a special map for each of the children with their own path to follow. We would start off doing circle time to centre the kids, then find out who the secret camp pirate left the first map for. They Who ever’s turn it was would lead the group along to their map. They would need to follow the specfic route with their friends towing behind – climbing across logs, under picnic tables, and in and around the tents. Their treasures would be found in the bushes, behind rocks, or tied in trees. 6 kids, 6 maps and one day = LOTS of entertainment. It was also a great way to get some structured fun in as well. Thank you again Tammy for the great planning!

Because we had a large group site, we also brought a small pool, and a hose with a sprinkler. HOURS of added fun for the kids!

Be one with Nature

Make sure to really embrace the outdoors. Don’t be afraid to go look for bugs and toads. Your kids will love it, and it will make you feel like a child again. I chased this toad pretty far into the bushes on one of our walks, just so I could bring him back for all of the kids to see. We played with him for a little while, and I may have even tricked a couple of them into giving him a little peck to see if he would turn into a prince. No such luck. Before releasing the little guy, we made sure to sing “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” letting him go on the last verse.

Don’t be afraid to get MESSY

Its inevitable. Your camping you and your children WILL GET MESSY. And if they aren’t, your not having enough fun. Seeing my kids covered in dirt and food at home makes me shiver a little. All I can think about is what those hands will be touching, and what I will need to clean. I don’t like to clean. I try not to worry about this while camping – extra stress you don’t need! Your outdoors, there is mud, there are bugs, embrace it. Camping in a large group made clean up at the end of the day more fun. After sticky-icky marshmallows, us mamas would head down to the bathrooms for what we call “Assembly line bath time”. One mama in the shower washing the kids down, another drying, one dressing, and another brushing teeth. Works like a charm. Quick, easy, and yes, loud and wet.

What Routine? 

8:00pm bedtime? Forget it! While routine is great, sometimes you just need to let it go. Trying to get your children, let alone a group of children, to bed at their perspective bedtimes while camping is not something I would call fun. It may also lead one to drink a little too many beers once they are finally asleep.. then if the wake up…. well. Let them stay up a little later. Pack up some fun after dark toys like glow sticks, or these awesome finger lights we picked up at the dollar store. Run them wild and tire them out. Of course, if you let them, they would stay up later than you, but a little later than normal doesn’t hurt anyone.

And when all doesn’t go according to plan…..

…do what you need to do. This is one of the problems we ran into last year. H would NOT go to sleep in the tent. This year it was Q. We still have some major bedtime issues with him (a long ranty blog post to come – I promise), and I didn’t think it was fair for the entire campground to put up with his antics. Finally, out of desperation he went into his brothers booster seat, with Mickey Mouse on the vans DVD player. Yes, I did it. TV WHILE CAMPING. Roll your eyes, snicker those snickers. I did what I had to do. Mama has to relax too! (And don’t worry, windows cracked, me right there, and of COURSE he went into the tent when it was my turn to crawl under the sleeping bag.)

Anyways, I hope this gives you some good idea’s when it comes to camping with your kids. Don’t be afraid, take it slow, and put a little planning into it. Maybe start out with one night and see how it goes first, or even in your own backyard. I am a BIG fan of camping, and think that it is something wonderful to expose our children to early in life.

I would love to hear your tips and experiences below!

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Making a list, and checking it twice… errr.. three times.

I am a list person. I make lists for everything. If not, my lackluster memory fails me. We are off for 3 nights of camping this weekend, the second time ever with kids. I LOVE to camp, and would multiple times each summer if time would allow it. Camping with kids though is a very new, and very different experience. Long gone are the days of throwing your tent, some food, and a few changes of clothes together and just being one with nature. Now I need to pack diapers, wipes, kids friendly snacks, bug spray, toys… and the list goes on, and on.

Camping Summer 2011

I want them to enjoy camping, have them look forward to it each summer, but I know this means I have to make sure that they are enjoying themselves. Last year, while my list making didn’t fail me, my lack of preparedness did. That tent we set up to make sure still worked? We should have tested the zipper. The air mattress we brought to sleep on? Probably should have tried laying on it first. There were are lot of problems we ran into, making it a stressful trip for the kids, and for mommy.

So now I am off to continue to add, and check things off my lists. Going to visit some other great blogs to see what are the most important things on their check lists. Hopefully, if I get everything done, I will get up a great post tomorrow about what we are doing to be prepared for our camping weekend away!

Wish me luck!