6 Things I Gave Up When I Had Kids

It’s not like I didn’t know things would change after having kids. Everyone warned me that life would never be the same, but like so many things related to parenting, you don’t really get it until it actually happens to you. Before Kids (or B.K.) was like a whole lifetime ago. Besides my svelte figure and (mostly) flat stomach, here are a few other things I gave up when I gave kids.

6 things I gave up when I had kids
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Books for Every Child {Plus “A Wonderful Year” Book Giveaway}

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know that we love reading and talking about books around here. Books were a treasured part of my childhood, and I aim to create those same memories for my kids.

I love getting the scoop on new and upcoming children’s books. Our friends over at Raincoast Books recently sent us a selection of toddler and preschool books to check out and share with you. Scroll down for a giveaway too!

reading board books

The smaller size and sturdy construction of board books let Keira carry her favourite stories around with her wherever she goes.

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Natural Ways to Treat Your Child’s Cold

We’re still in the midst of cold and flu season around here. Both my kids have already had a cold apiece this year, and I’m just now getting over my own cold and painful bout of laryngitis. Despite all our medical and scientific advances, there’s still no cure for the common cold. Most of the time, colds are a minor illness in healthy kids, but they sure do make everyone feel miserable.

All we can do is treat symptoms and help our kids feel more comfortable. Since all medications have side effects though, whenever possible I prefer to use non-drug interventions first. Remember that Health Canada has determined many over-the-counter cold medications to be ineffective and possibly unsafe for children under six, and the Federal Drug Administration in the US recommends that caregivers avoid those same medications for children under two.

Know the basics! Adequate sleep, regular exercise, vitamin D, and a healthy diet rich in fresh whole foods all help to boost your immune system functioning. Frequent hand washing is one of our best tools to reduce the spread of viruses. But once the kids come down with a bug (and they will), here are some natural, drug-free ways to treat your child’s (and your own) cold symptoms.

Natural Ways to Treat Your Child's Cold

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How To Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Healthy #DentalPetFacts Infographic {Plus a Twitter Party AND a $100 Visa Giveaway!}

Kallie the Keeshond

That’s my Kallie up there! She’s been part of our family for over ten years now. Kallie is a keeshond, a breed related to Samoyeds and Pomeranians. Go check the link – there’s even a super cute picture of Kallie as a 9-week-old puppy at the bottom of that dog breed page I linked! Even though she’s a senior dog now, she still acts like a puppy most of the time. I love her goofy smile, and I want to keep Kallie and that smile healthy for a long, long time.

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Ella Bella Bum Design Your Own Cloth Diaper Giveaway

Favorite Things Giveaway
Welcome to the Favorite Things Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Cloth Diaper Revival.

Each blogger participating has a great cloth diaper prize worth at least $20 for you to win, so after you enter mine, be sure to hop around to all the others in the linky!

Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE for the event!

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My prize is a Design Your Own Custom Ella’ssential Pocket Diaper from favourite Canadian cloth diaper company Ella Bella Bum. This one size fits most diaper is estimated to fit babies between 15-35 pounds. The outside is waterproof polyester PUL, and the inside is stay dry athletic wicking jersey. The winner will be able to choose the outside, inside, and snap colour to create the perfect diaper for their little one!

Win a Design Your Own Ella'ssential Pocket Diaper from Ella Bella Bum (US/CAN, 2/28)

Images adapted from Ella Bella Bum

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