When Kids Give (Backhanded) Compliments

Ah, kids. Those little people with very unique ways of looking at the world and looking at us.

My kids are always coming out with what they think are compliments, but in truth someone else might consider to be a little less than complimentary. But kids are refreshingly honest, and you just gotta accept their compliments in the spirit they’re intended and laugh.

When Kids Give Compliments

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I Finally Updated My Bathroom with a WaterSense Certified Faucet {Plus a Giveaway}

Our house is around 20 years old now, and that means a lot of the original fixtures are in need of repairs and even replacement. We did the roof last summer, and I’m pretty sure we’ll need to replace the furnace this fall. Sigh.

Recently, we noticed the original bathroom faucets starting to fail. First the pop-up drains broke off, then the faucets started to leak, and then one of them just stopped working. No water at all. Now I suppose we could replace the cartridge and the drain rod, but honestly the faucets that came with the house just aren’t that attractive.

Our old, broken faucet needed to be replaced.

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Yvette’s Birth Story: Why I Chose a Repeat C-Section Instead of a VBAC

Editor’s note: We believe that all birth stories and all birth experiences matter. This post is part of an ongoing series of birth stories submitted by readers and fellow bloggers, featuring a diverse range of women and their birth experiences. Today’s story was submitted by Yvette, though it’s more of a pre-birth story than the story of her actual delivery. This is an account of her personal struggle to come to the decision to choose a repeat c-section over a VBAC. If you would like to share your own birth story, please visit this post to learn how. ~Olivia


I wanted to write this birth story in hopes that someone planning their repeat c-section (RCS) would read it and find peace. I scoured the internet for stories of support for planning my second c-section but all I really found were articles that described 1) ways to prevent a c-section, 2) how they were bad unless they were necessary, or 3) why you shouldn’t feel bad about your necessary c-section. None of these were helpful since I had already had one (that was “necessary”) and I was planning my next one that could be considered “unnecessary”. I hated that term.

Why I Chose a Repeat C-Section

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Little Tikes Go Green Playhouse: Eco-Friendly Backyard Fun!

When we were house hunting, a backyard was non-negotiable. We didn’t have kids yet, but I already dreamed of playing with our future children in the yard. I imagined throwing tea parties, running through the sprinkler, playing house, and everything else I loved doing in my own yard when I was a little girl.

Well, we got our backyard, and it’s the perfect setting for the Little Tikes Outdoor Go Green Playhouse we recently received for review. The Go Green Playhouse incorporates eco-friendly features and activities to help kids learn about environmentalism through imagination-driven play. We’re all set for eco-friendly pretend play this summer!

Little Tikes Go Green Playhouse review

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Introducing Hasbro’s New Disney Princess Ariel {Plus a Giveaway} #DreamBigPrincess

I’m pretty sure that The Little Mermaid was the first VHS movie my family ever bought. It doesn’t seem like 27 years ago, but I clearly remember watching and singing along with this Disney classic over and over and over. Sure, the movie turns out almost exactly opposite to the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, but I’ve gotten over it by now. What always stood out to me though, was Ariel’s insatiable curiosity. Long before she ever saw Prince Eric, Ariel yearned to learn about life up on the surface, no matter the cost.

Of course I got our copy of The Little Mermaid as soon as it came out on Blu-ray so I could share it with my girls. This month’s Ariel theme might be for me just as much as it is for the kids! 

Little Mermaid

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Alicia’s Birth Story: Natural VBAC Hospital Birth

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series of birth stories submitted by readers and fellow bloggers, featuring a diverse range of women and their birth experiences. All birth stories and all birth experiences matter! I’m pleased to share Alicia from Mixed Bag Mama‘s story of her successful medication-free vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). If you would like to share your own birth story, please visit this post to learn how. ~Olivia


Alicia's VBAC birth

My due date with my second daughter was January 12th, two days before my own birthday. That day came and went without any excitement. The next day, Wednesday, I got my hopes up when I started getting more period-like cramps in the late afternoon. However, I woke up the next morning, my birthday, to nothing. I was disappointed and pretty much threw a pity party for myself the entire day because I was so tired of being pregnant.

I woke up Friday morning, the 15th, in one of my “must clean all the things” moods. I wouldn’t even consider it a “nesting” thing. It’s just something that hits me now and then. Anyways, it was a miracle I felt like doing anything since I had slept terribly the past two nights. Plus, the cramping was back and considerably more bothersome. But I carried on and my three year old helped me do some cleaning in the bathrooms, put dishes away, and some other random things around the house.

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Wordless Wednesday: Across the Water

Last week I attended the ROAM 2016 Social Media Conference in downtown Vancouver. I loved the opportunity to grow my skills and meet a whole bunch of wonderful bloggers I’d only chatted with online before. On the first day, I went for a walk down to Canada Place with some bloggy friends: Deb from Baby Stylista, Tara from British Columbia Mom, Cat from Thinking Outside the Sandbox, and Bonnie from The Koala Mom. That’s where I caught this view of the North Shore across the inlet.

God, I love living here!

North Shore view

Win a Year’s Supply of Natural Personal Care Products {RV$687}

The products that you put on your skin are just as important as the foods we put into our bodies, which is why it’s so important to choose quality products. Target®, one of America’s favorite retailers, is making it even easier for consumers to choose the best products by creating their unique Made to Matter line. Each product in the unique line is handpicked and is only available at Target stores. The elite group of 20 brands have you covered from head to toe with the best natural products for your family and today we’re sharing 3 of those brands in an amazing giveaway!

Win a Year's Supply of Made to Matter (RV$687) - US, 5/31

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