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How I taught my daughter about inclusion

How I taught my daughter about inclusion

My four-year-old daughter thinks everyone is her friend. Not just the older girls in the neighbourhood, whose heels she follows around endlessly like a little puppy — everyone. Her “swim buddies” at the pool, who she just met, the kids at the playground, even teenagers […]

DIY 3-ingredient slime

DIY 3-ingredient slime

My two-year-old son has been begging me to make him slime ever since he broke free from my arms and grabbed his first fist-full at his sister’s preschool. I was reluctant at first, picturing my couch and carpet splattered with sticky goo, but I relented […]

Easy potato stamps for kids

Easy potato stamps for kids

One of the fondest memories I have of kindergarten is making potato stamp pictures with my classmates. While I was peeling potatoes the other night for dinner, the memory popped back into my head and I decided to make a few stamps for the kids — they loved it! Not only is this a super quick craft to whip up, you can find all the supplies right in your pantry.

Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Potatoes (any type will work, except for mashed of course)
    • Small cookie cutters
    • A small paring knife
    • Paint
    • Paintbrushes/sponges
    • Paper

 Tip: Stamping can get a little messy; make sure to use washable paint. 

How to make your stamps:

  1. Cut potato in half (dab it with paper towel to ensure the potato is dry).
  2. Press the cookie cutter into the center of the potato and cut around the cutter with your knife, removing the surrounding potato.
  3. Add a little paint to the potato stamp. Tip: using a sponge brush gives an even coating.
  4. Stamp away!

4 important things to do once baby arrives

4 important things to do once baby arrives

Life can be one big blur of diaper changes and spit-up once your baby finally arrives. And when you’re just trying to survive the day, it’s hard to think about the essential things you need now that you’re officially a family. Here’s a handy to-do […]

Best of Bridge Sunday Suppers Giveaway

Best of Bridge Sunday Suppers Giveaway

The first time I thumbed my way through a Best of Bridge cookbook, was when I moved out of my parents house a decade ago. I had no idea how to cook, and I would call my mom at least once a day to ask her […]

How I keep my sanity as a stay-at-home mom

How I keep my sanity as a stay-at-home mom

Transitioning from my daily corporate gig to a full-fledged baby raiser has certainly been an eye opener to say the least. It’s been a little over two years since I traded in my blazers for baby bottles, and while I don’t miss the daily grind of meetings and emails, having my new coworkers keep me company in the bathroom has taken a little getting used to.

If you’re wondering what it’s like to be a stay-at-home parent, don’t let the picture-perfect social media posts  fool you. It’s certainly not all rainbows and unicorns — at least not at first.

It has taken a long time, with many lessons along the way, to crawl my way out from under a mountain of dirty diapers to find balance in my new life. Here’s a few things I do to keep my sanity as a stay-home-mom:

One goal a day

It would be nice to have an immaculate house, the gutters cleaned out, the kitchen floors sparkling and my car washed at the end of the day, but it’s an impossible feat when I’m rushing my toddlers to the potty, breaking up their fights and preparing snack after snack, after snack… after snack. So I set one goal for myself each day — cleaning out the closet, writing a blog post — just one extra thing I want to accomplish before the day is done. Just one.

Head out

The last thing I want to do as a stay-at-home mom, is stay at home. Taking my kids to the playground, the mall or the grocery store keeps my house in a state slightly cleaner than a garbage dump. My kids are also able to play and explore, and I’m able to have conversations with real-life adults — everyone wins.

Clear the calendar  

Besides the occasional playdate or dentist appointment, I try to keep our calendar clear during the week. Not only because life with kids is unpredictable, but because we are all tired. Packing in too many things in a day, a week or a month is sure to end in meltdowns, for all of us. Having a free agenda allows me to sip my coffee a little longer, and let’s face it, coffee is my everything.

Accept the mess

Ah, yes, I could spend the entire day picking up Shopkins, peeling stickers off the windows and washing smudgy fingerprints off of the wall, but it’s a never-ending uphill battle. Sometimes I can only scrub the surface, and that’s okay.

Do my own thing

As a stay-at-home mom, my life may revolve around my kids, but I also maintain a life of my own. As impossible as it seems sometimes, I make a point to do the things I enjoy: reading, writing, listening to music, whatever distracts me from the cartoons and crushed Cheerios on the carpet.

Remind myself 

These moments at home with my kids will only last a few short years. Yes, there are times where I lock myself in the bathroom and repeat a not-so-G-rated mantra, but there are also many milestones I am a part of because I’m home with them, and for that, I’m grateful.

3 tips for your trip to the pumpkin patch

3 tips for your trip to the pumpkin patch

October is pumpkin picking time. If you’re heading to the patch this weekend, here are three things you can do to create a great experience for you and your family. Pick the right patch It’s not all about the pumpkin these days. Most families heading to the […]

5 easy Thanksgiving Day crafts for toddlers

5 easy Thanksgiving Day crafts for toddlers

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and in the Robertson household, we take turkey time very seriously. To help get in the spirit of the holiday, and add a little seasonal décor to the home, we decided to make a few simple crafts. All you […]

Enter to win a ‘My Letter Art’ prize pack

Enter to win a ‘My Letter Art’ prize pack

I love crafting with my kids, but when it’s art time, their patience runs thin. They want to dive right in and get their hands dirty as soon as possible, so it’s essential I have a project on hand, ready to go. I try my best to prep the pipe cleaners the night before, but often I’m too exhausted.

Then I found My Letter Art.

Or rather it found me. Brought to life by a fellow busy mom-on-the-go, My Letter Art provides hands-on, ready-to-go letter craft kits, and ready-made letter art for decorating kid’s rooms or classrooms. The best part? These art projects require zero preparation! As a busy mom with two young kids, that’s a big deal. So when the opportunity to try My Letter Art came about, not only were my kids jumping for joy, so was I!

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I handed my three-year-old a glue stick and she dove right in, creating her letter L. It was simple enough for her to do all by herself, and it was also a great teaching tool for my two-year-old son, who is just learning the alphabet.

Not only are these unique craft products a great way to practise letter recognition and phonics, they sparked some ingenious, impromptu letter games. After we created our letters, we spent some time coming up with some additional items that started with the letter L.

In celebration of all the kids going back to school right now, I thought I would share these great teaching tools with you by giving away a My Letter Art prize pack to one lucky winner.

Enter for a chance to win

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We love My Letter Art so much, we’re giving away five letter projects to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is one or all (for additional entries) of the following:

  • Share this post with your friends
  • Follow Rock ‘N” Rattle on social media:
  • Comment on this post and tell us your favourite family crafting project.

Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends on September 19, 2017 10 p.m. PST.

Visit the My Letter Art store to learn more about their products. Happy crafting!

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Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this review, only samples for reviewing purposes. All opinions expressed on this blog are my own.

Basic Invite: customizable stationary with a competitive edge

Basic Invite: customizable stationary with a competitive edge

I spent hours combing through Pinterest when planning my children’s first birthday parties. I decided on a theme, I picked out colours, you would have thought I was planning my wedding all over again. I chose printed invitations because I wanted our family and friends […]