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Our family loves using Mydoh! It’s a money management app, with a reloadable Smart Cash Card for kids and teens. It’s a quick and easy way for parents to give their kids an allowance. Mydoh is great because parents have complete oversight of earnings and how their kids spend their money.
How we use it
Isha and I came up with a list of tasks that she needs to complete every day. Then before bed, we can easily check off the ones she’s completed. Every Saturday is pay day and the money automatically gets transferred into her Mydoh account and Smart Cash Card.
If there’s something that we’d like her to work on or if there’s a savings goal that she wants to achieve, it can be easily added in the Mydoh app. It’s simple to delete any tasks that no longer apply as well. For example, it use to be Isha’s job to put away all of the hats, mitts and scarves when we were taking ski lessons. Once the lessons ended, I was able...
To anyone that has been on maternity leave, I don’t know about you, but I’m finding that having to stay home during this Covid-19 pandemic to be quite similar to my first maternity leave. When I had my first baby, maternity leave wasn’t what I expected it to be. I spent so many days at home with the baby and the days felt very long. It wasn’t until I got comfortable with this new lifestyle that I was able to venture out and start to enjoy being on leave.
I now have 4 children and actually enjoy maternity leave a lot more. I extended my leave with my third child, whereas, with the first two, I went back to work at the one year mark. Throughout these maternity leaves, I’ve figured out what to do with a baby so that the days don’t feel as long. I found that on the days where we went out for playdates, trips to the mall or to baby groups, the days would fly by. But now, we have to stay home, so the days definitely feel a lot longer.
After having my first baby in 2014, we planned a family trip to Mauritius when she was 6 months old. Isha was a colicky baby and though this phase had passed, I was still nervous about flying with her and disrupting the other passengers. Before I had children, I always dreaded having a screaming child near me on a flight. Now that I'm a mother of 3, I feel for those parents and know that they're dreading the flight ten times more than I was!
When we were planning our trip, I told a friend that I was nervous about the flight and she mentioned seeing something online about parents handing out goody bags to passengers that included earplugs and some candies with a note explaining that it was their child's first flight. I loved the idea and decided to research it. Well, it turns out that people had both positive and negative things to say about this. Some people thought it was a nice gesture, others thought it was unnecessary and parents shouldn't have to apologize for flying with a...
If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I’m working towards becoming a minimalist. Therefore, I’m constantly getting rid of things we don’t love or use regularly. The playroom is one of the areas that is likely to get cluttered very quickly. You really have to stay on top of it and continuously purge items that aren’t being used if you don’t want it to get out of control. I’ve done numerous playroom purges and thought I’d share the top 5 items we love having in our playroom.
Technically we don’t have a designated playroom since we live in a small condo. Our living room is our playroom and so is part of my kids' bedroom. If you want to know more about how I organized our playroom/living room/kids bedroom, check out this video.
Now here are the top 5 must-haves for our playroom:
We love this table so much that we now have two of them in our condo. We don’t have...
Is your family expanding and you’re starting to run out of space? Or have you recently moved to a smaller space and can’t give every child their own bedroom? Well, you don’t have to. It’s very easy to create a shared bedroom and there are quite a few benefits of doing so.
It’s more comforting, especially for younger children. They will feel a sense of security when going to bed at night if they have a sibling in the room with them.
They learn to sleep more soundly even though their sibling might be making noise. As I’m typing this, my son is currently babbling and singing to himself in bed and my daughter is sound asleep. She has learned to fall asleep, even when there might be other distractions.
It builds a bond and encourages children to communicate with one another. We often hear our kids talking and playing with each other in their shared bedroom....