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A Little Bit of Love

To this day I still have warm memories of being in grade school and going with my mom to the local drug store to pick out a box of Valentine cards to write out to my fellow classmates.  In class, we would each decorate our own tissue paper box with heart cut-outs and patterned paper, then set it out on our desks to wait for the “mail” to come.  At the end of the day we would open our boxes up to go through the assortment of cards, little envelopes of cinnamon hearts, and foil wrapped chocolate that we had received.  Now that I’m “all grown up”, I still find V-day to be a great excuse for the over usage of red and pink and indulging in all sorts of heart-themed sweets!  But who says that hearts and the colours of bold red and bright pink need to be put away right after February 14th?  Here are some sweet ways of keeping up that little bit of love through out the rest of the year with your little one (Find all sources for images on my Nursery Pinterest board).

 

Heart headpiece!

Gap’s heart ruffle one-piece swimsuit is really as cute in real life as it looks.  I spotted this itty bitty cutie over the past weekend in a Gap Baby store, and even though we haven’t been able to find out the sex of our baby yet (He/she wasn’t in the ideal position during the last ultrasound), I was tempted to snatch this up!

Another easy nusery decorating idea that I am contemplating about after seeing it on fashion and lifestyle blog, The Doctor’s Closet.

Welcome to the World, Grayson

Stork Craft would like to send a warm “Welcome to the world” to little Grayson Quinn.  Born at two and a half weeks early, this little bundle of joy is the son of Amanda Vrtis from Saving 4 Five, our Mom of the week back in December, and also PTPA reviewer of Stork Craft’s Carrara 4 in 1 Crib, Aspen Combo and Tuscany Glider!

 

Now with a total of four children and a husband, Amanda definitely has her hands full!  So how does she handle it all?  We’ve followed up with her to see if she has any pointers for moms-to-be, and to give us a glimpse of how her family has gone through the transition of welcoming a new born into their home.

 

-New Arrival’s Name: Grayson Quinn
-Age: 2 weeks

 

SC: Congrats on the birth of your little one! With three other children, most people would think that you would be a pro at the whole birthing process and all. But has this fourth delivery been any easier or more difficult?

Amanda: I think it’s easy to assume I’m a pro at having babies, but something I try to remember is all deliveries are different! You can’t always plan out what’s going to happen. This delivery had a couple hick-ups. It wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be.

 

SC: Any pointers for mothers who are nervous about going into labour?

Amanda: My best advice to mothers who are nervous about giving birth is don’t be afraid to ask questions, understand that anything can happen, and do what is best for YOU! You’re the one having a baby, not your family or friends. Also stay away from Google! That is one sure fire way of scaring the heck outta yourself.

 

SC: For families that are thinking about giving a sibling to their child, any advice that you have for preparing the family for a new addition, whether in prepping your current child(ren) emotionally, or allocating resources like time, finances, etc.?

Amanda: Being that this is number 4 for us, it has gone different ways with each. This time around my Daughter at 19 months was the youngest to get a sibling. The others were a bit older. I noticed that at about 2 and older the children seemed to be excited for another baby, but my 19 month old not so much. I’ve just tried to understand where she is coming from. I praise her when she loves on the baby and try not to scold her too much when she is being jealous. She is coming around though- Giving more hugs and kisses now than getting mad and jealous.

 

SC: As a mother to four children now, how do you find time for yourself or your husband? Any tips for doing so?

Amanda: I don’t find time for myself LOL.  Well ok I do. I tell my husband that I’m going to take a bath. Going to the store for dinner is also my away time. My husband and I get our time together once all the kids are in bed. So having a set schedule is a must in this house. Even if it’s just a couple of hours watching tv together, it’s just us, and I love my quiet time.

 

SC: As soon as your new little one is/was ready to go out, where is/was the first place that you will take/have taken them to?

Amanda: Being that it is flu season the only time he has been out is his checkups. I think though once spring hits he may get an outing to the park. I know the older kids will love to get out and about! We also have a season pass to our local zoo. Maybe we will go there.

A is for Awesome Printables

With just little over three months to go and a guest room that is acting as default storage room for all our “I’ll figure it out later” items, I am starting to feel the pressure to clean things up for the nursery.  At the same time, we are currently renting a place until we confirm where we would like to settle down, so I am hesitant to do any permanent fixures or even to repaint .  Decorating for this baby’s room will need to be kept simple.

Right now I am loving the idea of using On to Baby’s latest free printable nursery art.  Pick a theme colour, setup that laser printer, finish off with a classic white frame and it’s good to go!  This will work to add that splash of colour without having to drastically alter a room.  And in order to squeeze in more than the one print and colour, an option is to spell out baby’s name and use descriptive words to fill in after “is for”.  Ex. A is for awesome, etc.

Now, on to narrowing down a name…

 

 

 

Mini Me

Is it just me, or has children’s clothing come a long way from what I remember growing up?  Walking past the Zara window display made me do a double take.  They were all outfits that I wouldn’t mind having myself!  Little pea coats with faux fur collars, blazers, and even a little  bit of leopard print.  Talk about the wonderful options that are now out there for dressing a mini me!

Here are some my week’s Pinterest picks for children’s outfits (Sources for images found there).  They all have some classic pieces that will look put together, and give a parent versatility when helping the little one get dressed in the morning.  At the same time, they’re easy and comfy enough to let children simply be children.

 

Shaking Off the Winter Blues: Vancouver, BC

With the Christmas season behind us, the winter lull can get a little long, especially for those of us located in colder climates.  Vancouver, British Columbia, home of Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc.’s headquarters, is one of those cities that can see a lot of rainy days and early evenings that get dark by 4:30pm during the winter months.  Good news is that this city offers some great options to take your family to shake off that cabin fever.

 

1) Vancouver Aquarium:  Rain or shine, the Vancouver Aquarium is the place where little ones (and big ones!) will enjoy spending a day.  The recently installed penguin exhibition has received raving reviews for their adorable African penquins and “A 180 degree view [that] will allow you to see these penguins in action as they waddle on the rockwork and swim in the surrounding water.”

Looking for more than just a day experience?  The aquarium also offers Family Themed Sleepovers.  How cool is that?  “After everyone has gone home and the Aquarium has closed its doors for the night, join us for an exciting night of exploration, complete with special activities, tours, presentations and guest speakers. After a delicious evening snack, we continue on the second half of your adventure in our behind-the-scenes marine lab. Touch local invertebrates, including sea stars, sea urchins and anemones.”  I did this with a youth group back when I was around 10 and a few decades later, I still remember the experience of whispering up a storm with my friends in our sleeping bags, and eventually drifting off to sleep with the glow of the huge killer whale tank in front of us.

 

2) Science World: Housed in the unmistakable silver sphere, Science World is the destination for all curious minds.  No need to hush-hush your kids or tell them “do not touch”.  Let your children get hands on with the exhibitions and galleries that change seasonally.  After the energy is spent, sit back and relax to a OMNIMAX film that will take you on a journey to the ends of the earth.  Currently playing is To The Arctic.

 

3) La Casa Gelato: Needing a sweet pick-me-up after a day’s activity?  Housing 218 flavours on location at a time, La Casa Gelato is the go-to place for Vancouver sweet-tooths.  With so many options to choose from La Casa invites customers to “Come on in and try a few of our 218 flavours, and then make your decision – we have to warn you though, it will be a difficult one.”

 

4)  Cypress & Seymour Mountain: One of Vancouver’s greatest winter features is the skiing.  With Cypress and Seymour as local mountains, both locations are an easy drive up for a day in the snow.  For first-timers, big and small, lessons are available (here and here).

Got the need for speed?  Looking for the rush, but minus all the gear?  Tubing and toboganning are available as well.

 

5)  Granville Island: Located in the heart of Vancouver, Granville Island will delight your family’s senses with it’s fresh produce, bakeries and restaurants, especially during Winteruption.  Grab a bite, listen to various street performances, and survey the vendors that offer everything from locally sourced honey to hand made arts and crafts.

The kids will go ga-ga at the Kid’s Market with its “30 shops, services and activities for children and their families. Kids Market is housed in an old factory which is over 100 years old, two annex buildings and a train caboose”.  Colourful and eclectic, you can be sure to find quality classic toys, as well as the latest, much sought after ones here.