The Makings of a Wonderful Wedding Party

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dinnertableTwo of our very close friends/family members were recently married. They were married in Mexico with just their immediate family, so we knew we wanted to do something special to celebrate this wonderful couple when they got back home. My parents, as their gift to the couple, decided to throw a  wedding dinner party (where the guest list was chosen by the new bride and groom). It was so much fun – I honestly haven’t laughed that much, and that continuously, in a long time! It was a wonderful group of people, and my parents did an incredible job. The party was a four course meal interspersed with party games. I helped my Mom with the planning and prep work for the games, and the rest was all thanks to my amazing parents. The party was a hit! Here are some of the games and activities we included, in case you have a party of your own coming up:

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2016 Victoria Holiday Events Guide: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I am happy to announce that I have recently signed on as one of the blog contributors for a new local blog called Victoria Moms Blog.

“Victoria Moms Blog is a community based parenting resource and blog for women raising kids of all ages in the Victoria and surrounding area. We are passionate about bringing moms together and cultivating friendships – both online and off – in a supportive community and encouraging you in your parenting journey.” – Victoria Moms Blog, About page.

I’m excited to be a part of this team of amazing women, and to be helping to provide a truly useful resource for local Moms and families. And today … I’d like to share my first blog post on Victoria Moms Blog: “2016 Victoria Holiday Events Guide: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Check out my round up of favorite holiday events around town – then take a look at some of the other awesome posts on Victoria Moms Blog!

 

Technology & Toddlers

In our family, we are still trying to determine our stance on technology for kids. It’s a tough one. As much as technology is a big part of our lives (one of my degrees was even in Ed Tech!), we haven’t quite decided how much we want it in our young daughter’s life. But I do recognize that there are times when technology is useful. Not long ago, both Baby E and I were quite sick. All that either of us felt like doing was cuddling on the couch and watching a little bit of TV. At times like that, with a sick toddler (and Mama!), there’s not much else you can do!

Our favorite way to spend our family time is playing games and make believe, doing crafts, and outdoor fun. Our weekends are filled with what Baby E calls our “adventures” – exploring various locations, activities, and events around town! We actually don’t have cable, and TV is a very small part of our lives. But on those occasions that we do include technology, we tend to choose carefully.

It’s up to each parent to decide what’s best for their family of course, and there are many resources to help with the decision (Mayo Clinic TV guidelines, HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics), Caring for Kids (Canadian Pediatric Society) and Common Sense Media are just a few). Here, I’m sharing with you some of the TV shows and iPad games that we have found Baby E enjoys … and that we think are relatively educational!

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