Mom Truths | Mom Dates

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When the two of us got married (to our husbands, not to each other…), we never thought we’d have to date again.

Boy were we ever wrong!

Finding a new mom friend is just like dating. It’s Tinder minus the swiping.

First, you have to assess if they’re your brand. Do they look like they could be a good fit for you?

Then, you have to determine (aka stress the eff out about) who will make the first move.

One of you finally initiates conversation, and you vet each other with an awkward game of 20 questions to find out if you’re compatible (Where do you live? Where are you from? What do you do?). 

JUST. LIKE. DATING.

Next, you sit back and watch. You take it all in. You observe they way they act and speak to others, and you find out if they handle situations the same way you do.

If you feel like it’s a match,  like you’ve hit it off and you don’t want to let this one go, you ask to meet again. You get a phone number and try to organize a group thing so it doesn’t seem too intense.

You send them a Facebook friend request. Perve their mutual friends. You check their LinkedIn profile and Instagram feed, because you need a whole picture of who this person is that you’re about to let into your life.

You wait to see how quick they accept your friend request, follow you back, return your text, and you freak your freak if it’s been longer than you hoped.  You start planning your next move before they’ve even made theirs yet.

Somehow everything works out. Things are going well. This is really happening. But…what’s next??

You wonder if you take relationship to next level. Should you go for dinner just the two of you, without the kids? Should you introduce husbands? Is this a real friend or just a park friend?

AHHH. The struggle.

All we can guarantee is that you won’t know until you try. Put yourself out there, say hi, be kind to other moms, start conversations, share a laugh. You may end up finding your mom mate, your mom soul mate, your Cat to your Nat. And that, friends, makes the whole “dating” thing so worth it!!

Check out our latest #MOMTRUTH video below!

 

The mifold Grab-And-Go Booster Is a Must-Have for Moms

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We obviously love bringing you guys the best products we find, because if they make our lives easier, better or more improved in any kind of way, then we know they’re going to do the same for you.

So, we partnered with Canadian Tire to let you know about a new car seat that is literally a game changer for parents (and kids, to be honest). The mifold Grab-and-Go Booster is designed for on-the-go parents – aka every parent in the world – and children aged 4-12.

The mifold booster is super innovative and the first of its kind, yet it passes all the same security and safety regulations as a traditional booster seat, which is the best combo if you ask us. It takes the inconvenience out of boosters without compromising safety, which is the biggest mom win in life.

Ya’ll know how difficult it is to travel with traditional boosters or have extras in your car. That’s why our mind was blown when we saw the mifold booster seat. It’s compact and lightweight, making it portable and easy to carry (along with strollers, bags, purses, our little humans, etc.). It just makes perfect sense for the modern day fam, who is always on the go. You can bring it with you anywhere and swap it in and out of vehicles as needed.

Because of its size (the seat is 10x smaller than your average booster seat and folds small enough to fit in a bag), the mifold booster takes up less space and gives you so much more room in your car for everyone to fit comfortably. Just the other day we swapped out a traditional booster for the mifold so Nana could fit in the backseat with the two kids.

We each have a few mifold seats, but we’ve already had to lend a couple out because they are one hot commodity, let us tell you! One of our dad friends needed to borrow a booster recently, but he came by to pick it up on his bike (LOL)! Thankfully, we had the mifold, so he was able to easily carry it back home with him. And Cat’s sister-in-law needed something for vacation, because not all places you travel to will have boosters available, so she just put the mifold booster in her carry on and was good to go!

This seat is also great for carpooling and playdates, whether you have an extra kid to transport or you’re sending your precious cargo off with someone else. We’ve all been stuck before and haven’t been able to go somewhere because of a booster seat situation, or we’ve needed a kid picked up and relied on our amazing mom community to step in and help out, so having the mifold on hand gives us peace of mind knowing that we’ll be ready in a pinch.

Not only do we love the new mifold seat, but the kids are obsessed, too! It makes them feel like they’re sitting in a grown up seat, not a baby seat, which is huge for them. Whereas a regular booster seat lifts kids to be in the position of an adult, the mifold does the exact opposite, holding the seatbelt down rather than lifting your kid up. The adjustable lap belt makes the seat perfect for families like ours with kids of all different ages. Plus, the booster comes in a bunch of different colours, so if you want your car to look like a rainbow rather than the garbage can it usually looks like, then you can get the seat in blue, pink or green – whichever your littles prefer!

The mifold is comfortable and safe for the kids, easy to clean and transport for parents, and it’s just straight up the coolest booster we’ve ever seen. If you’re reading this and thinking, HOW do I get my hands on one of these?! Head to a nearby Canadian Tire and pick up one…or four.

Mom Truths | How to Avoid a Hostile Situation with Your Humans

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We’ve all been there, time and time again. The beautiful, wonderful person we created turns into an absolute monster and we often don’t have the slightest clue what (or who) set them off.

Having gone through this roughly 27 thousand times in our eight-and-a-half years of motherhood, we have some tips that will help parents get through life with toddlers (and apparently teenagers, too).

Here’s how to avoid a hostile situation when your kid is throwing it down:

  1. Don’t make eye contact with them, it will only ignite the fire.
  2. Don’t act like you care about the tantrum. Not even a little bit. Not even if there is a fire burning inside of you.
  3. Don’t try to control the situation because it’s absolutely impossible. Instead, just let it blow. Pretend they’re not your kid, while staying close enough to ensure their safety.
  4. Don’t try to negotiate or make them stop. And for your own safety, don’t get too close.
  5. Don’t show any sign of weakness because as soon as you do, that’s when they’ll pounce.
  6. Don’t rush them or ask them to do something during the middle of the throw down. Just let it go.

Ya’ll, it’s just the way it goes. There’s literally nothing you can do other than buckle up and watch the crazy train drive on through.

Check out our latest #MOMTRUTH video below for more!

Mom Truths | 80’s Moms Had It Made

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Hot dang a lot has changed over the past 30 years!

Motherhood has never been easy, but it seems to be getting more and more outrageous as the years go by.

We’re listing off just a few (of the gazillion) things the 2017 mom needs to do/not do to survive mom life in this day and age…

DO

  • Pack healthy, litterless lunches in Bento boxes to ensure variety, portion control and NO garbage. And cut everything into bite-sized pieces so your kid doesn’t choke.
  • Send kids to school with indoor and outdoor shoes and be sure to label every single item they own in case something goes missing (something WILL go missing).
  • You can probably let your kid walk home from school alone if they’re over the age of 14. But to be on the safe side, it’s best to drive behind them or install a GPS into their body so you can follow them wherever they go.
  • When it comes to your child’s growth and development, school just doesn’t cut it anymore. Make sure they’re enrolled in every sport, course, class, activity, etc. that exists, otherwise they’re going to be behind the curve.
  • See that your kid is getting at least 60 minutes of exercise a day so that they don’t become obese.
  • Install extra shelf space in your home because kids get trophies for everything these days, even if they’re just a participant, and it is your job to proudly display their accomplishments for the world to see.
  • Make sure you’re doing things for YOU because it will help you be the best version of yourself for your family. Do pilates, spin class, hot yoga, get your nails done, plan a date night, go out with friends, and try to fit in more if you can!
  • Keep a clean house, but it’s important to make your own cleaning supplies that are free of any chemicals.
  • When hiring a babysitter, make sure you complete a formal interview process. And while you’re at it, you might as well hire a nanny even if you don’t need one.

DO NOT

  • Don’t pack chips, processed foods or anything containing red dye in your child’s lunch. It’s like poison. And don’t pack too much fruit, either. The sugar will spike their blood pressure.
  • Don’t even think about taking short cuts when it comes to feeding your family. Serving canned ravioli for dinner is unacceptable.
  • You should never have the TV on in the house, but if you do, make sure it’s an appropriate show and that your child doesn’t watch more than 4 minutes of it – tops.

Ya’ll, it’s outrageous what us moms have to do in 2017!! How did we even let this happen?!

For more reasons why 80’s moms had it made, watch our latest #MOMTRUTH video!

Mom Truths | R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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We teach our kids about respect every dang day, yet we don’t apply our “rules” to our own lives. What is with that?!

So, we thought we’d offer a gentle reminder of how adults should conduct themselves online and in real life.

How to Adult:

  1. If someone is NOT being nice to you, ignore them and walk away. Ain’t no one got time for that.
  2. If you don’t like the way someone looks, keep those thoughts to yourself. Remember the wise old saying, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all” ?? Yeah, it’s really that simple. Shut your mouth!!
  3. If you don’t agree with someone else’s opinion, that’s OK. You’re allowed to disagree. It’s a free country. Everyone has their own opinion. It’s called diversity. Celebrate that sh*t 👏👏
  4. RESPECT, Respect each other’s words, bodies, opinions, ideas, everything about one another.
  5. Keep your hands and your words to yourself. Those things can hurt someone if you use them wrong

Let’s all spread kindness, support one another and respect each other, okay? Who’s with us??!

To watch our latest #MOMTRUTH on respect (aka our Adulting 101 guide), click below!

Pampers Rewards App = Major #MomHack

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Hey, moms! We have an amazing #momhack for you, soooo you are welcome in advance!

Pampers has a genius App that allows you to collect points every time you purchase any Pampers product. Use your phone to simply scan the barcode on the packaging, earn points, and then redeem these points for free stuff. How great is that?!

To be honest, Nat just downloaded the Pampers Rewards App and went through the entire house searching for Pampers products to scan. She found SEVEN different Pampers products (#winning) and immediately scanned them all, and it was so easy. We love watching the points grow! Cha Ching!

As moms to 7 kids (two are still in diapers), we have gone through — and will continue to go through — millions (maybe an exaggeration) of diapers and wipes. So the fact that we’re able to collect points and use them towards many different items we would need to buy anyways is a win win.

We are always trying to bring you guys information that helps make all of our lives a little easier, and an app that rewards us moms for purchasing things that are a family necessity is beyond amazing.

Here’s how it works:

1. Click here to download the new Pampers Rewards App and sign up. It’s free to join and you’ll get 100 points right off the bat, plus an extra 50 for uploading your first code! Already a member? Don’t worry, your existing points will transfer once you log into the new app.

2. Use the app to scan the codes inside every Pampers pack to earn points.

3. Redeem points for great gifts and rewards from the catalogue for you and your whole family.

Now what are you waiting for?! Go earn those rewards!

We created this post as a paid ambassador for Pampers, however, all opinions and advice are our own and we only work with companies we genuinely love and have used prior to being contacted.