Friday, November 16, 2018

5 Things I Learned By Attending BlogJam 2018

At the end of October, I attended my first blogging conference, BlogJam Atlantic. I wanted to talk a bit about my experience, and tell you what my plans are for the future!

On the morning of BlogJam, I woke up at 4am to get ready, and left Fredericton around 6:30am. The conference was in Moncton at the Delta Beausejour Hotel. I was nervous to be attending the conference alone, but excited to learn, mingle and network at the best of my ability.

Once I got there, I quickly began to recognize faces and names of bloggers that I've been following for years. A lot of them knew each other already, so it was a bit intimidating, but everyone was very welcoming and friendly.

I won't go into detail about the specific speeches and presentations that I watched, because I could honestly go on forever about what I learned on the blogging side of things.

Here are 5 things I learned by attending BlogJam 2018: 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Adventure In The Forest! Our Day At The Hanwell Recreational Park

This past Sunday, we decided to take a drive out to Hanwell to check out the new playground at the Hanwell Recreational Park. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! If you're going to be in the Fredericton area, it's worth the short drive out. Our son loved it, and we loved the atmosphere and beautiful woodland surroundings.

Here are some photos from our day:

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Glamping With Kids- 5 Hacks To Make Your Tent Camping Experience More Comfortable And Luxurious

You've probably seen the term "glamping" bouncing around social media in recent years. If you consider yourself a hard core, deep in the woods, make your own shelter kind of camper, the glamping trend most likely has you rolling your eyes into outer space, because that's not real camping, right?

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Our Weekend At Jellystone Park In Woodstock, NB

I have so many amazing childhood memories of Summers spent at Jellystone Park. My father and step mother wanted me to carry on the tradition with my own family, and graciously offered to pay for us to spend a weekend in one of Jellystone Park's cabins.

We had never taken Mason there before, but we've driven by it hundreds of times on the way to our parent's houses, and he remembered. For weeks before our trip, he talked about how excited he was to go!

This Spring, we looked at their vacation planner online to choose which weekend we wanted to go. You can view it on their website

We chose the Halloween weekend, because I can't think of a better combination than camping and Halloween, plus our son loves trick-or-treating (what kid doesn't?)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Real Mom Confessions- I'm Afraid That My Kid Won't Be Popular

My son is only 4 years old, but I can already see it starting. Kids at preschool forming their own little groups of friends, leaving others out, yelling "I don't want to play with you", and so on. I would never want my child to be mean to others, or make anyone else fee like they don't matter, but I'm also secretly terrified that it will happen to him.

At home we can preach inclusion and kindness all we want, but kids are going to form their own cliques regardless, and I feel like we have a small hand in where they end up. When I was in school, cliques were not just divided by different interests and activities, but also things like social status, class, belongings, who our parents were, what we looked like and what area of town we lived in. I'm not saying any of those things are valid reasons to befriend someone or not, but we all know that it happens.

I remember being in elementary school and watching an "unpopular" classmate get chased by other kids with an apple juice box. They sprayed juice in her hair as she ran away from them, and I helped her wash it out in the bathroom after. Even at that age, she had been singled out because she wore old clothes, always had dirty knotted hair, and was "poor". None of those things were her fault, but she was singled out because she was different and looked at as less than her peers. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I see several sets of parents at fault here. The parents who didn't teach their children to not be assholes, and the parents who couldn't be bothered to wash their daughter's face and brush her hair before sending her to school.

Monday, July 23, 2018

DIY Self Care Products Featuring Simply Earth!

Essential oils are something I've been interested in for a few years, so I was really excited when Simply Earth contacted me to take a look at their essential oil subscription box.  In our home, we use essential oils primarily for making cleaning products, and diffusing, but Simply Earth made it easy for me to try out different recipes for essential oil products.

This box was sent to me at no cost, but all opinions are my own.

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