Friday, 18 April 2014

Easter 2014

Time is passing so quickly with this pregnancy. It is hard to believe that I only have about 16 weeks if I go to 40 weeks. Although I might change my tune come summer and hot, hot weather.
As for now, I am enjoying being the mother of one. It is my toddler's second Easter so hopefully, he will understand it a bit better.  We will ha
ve a egg hunt.  Also, the baskets will have a mix of chocolate and art supplies. I want to get finger print, bubbles and markers for my son and an easel pad, paint, brushes and a smock for my brother. 
http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/happy-easter7-photo-p247134
I am so excited to do this Easter :) Plus, we are going to a Easter party. The kids get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Hopefully, William is okay with it and not scared. I have to say I think I almost more excited for Easter than William. I don't think he completely understands- but the day of he will see it for himself. I also can't wait to decorate some eggs, read some Easter books (Clifford and The Easter Bunny's Gifts) and watch Hop!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Ninja Turtles The Next Mutation Giveaway- Last Day- Synmed! 1

Have a Ninja Turtles fan at home? Enter for your chance to win a copy of the Next Mutation on dvd! A great gift for any special occasion! It might also bring back memories! Plus, there is  female ninja turtle- how cool is that lol?










Enter here: 

http://www.snymed.com/2014/02/ninja-turtles-next-mutation-on-dvd.html

Disclaimer- I posted this as a entry into the contest. 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

New Blog!!

So peeps, I have some exciting news! I have been working on a new blog for the books I read. That way, this book can remain focused on gluten free eating, pregnancy &birth, parenting and green living.

I will link my first new blog post- a book review about Autism Breakthrough by Raun Kaufman. -
http://ashleighandbooks.blogspot.ca/2014/04/autism-breakthrough-review.html

I am also working on a website for my doula business.  I am trying to get as much done as possible before the birth of my second baby.  I really hope to update this blog with pregnancy updates! My 25 week appointment is coming up and I am sooo excited and nervous. I also really need a camera lol. 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

MapleFest-Signs of Spring

MapleFest 2014


One of my favourite signs of spring is Maple Fest! It means the weather has warmed up enough for maple trees to produce sap to make maple syrup. Maple fest is a great family activity. If there is a maple farm in your area, I definitely recommend checking it out. It demonstrates to kids when maple syrup comes from and gets them outside. 

http://www.mcleanberryfarm.com/html/maplefest.html



Maple tastes great in many foods. I adore maple sugar candy- it is basically maple syrup and sugar. It is very delicious and I am sure very bad for you! Another is maple toffee! Basically, it is heated maple syrup on snow. It is really neat!!

 There is nothing like traditional maple syrup. I love it with pancakes. Did you know maple syrup comes in different colours, from light to dark (amber). The darker the syrup, the stronger the taste. I know some people enjoy maple syrup in their coffee. The best thing is that maple syrup is gluten free! :) Another favourite food is maple fudge, but sometimes wheat flour is added to thicken it.  So definitely be careful when you go to purchase it. 

Friday, 28 March 2014

International Doula Week

http://www.worlddoulaweek.com/


It is World Doula Week (WDW). It is a week to celebrate doulas and the amazing birth week they do. Doulas have many positive effects on women and their family, including fewer c-sections, breastfeeding assistance and the chance of postpartum disorders is reduced. 
Thank a doula today!

How to find a doula: 
Check out doulamatch.net
Facebook
Ask friends for recommendations



I am really excited to be a postpartum doula student and hope to complete my birth doula certification.  I really belief that doulas do good things. If I had the opportunity to have a doula with my son, I would have definitely agreed. Postpartum support is so important! I am grateful I had my family and fiance to help me- otherwise finishing school would have more difficult. A postpartum doula would have just been added encouragement, especially as I learned about breastfeeding and co-sleeping. Doulas can help moms research important topics, especially things they may not have thought about before. 

Birth support is important as well. Sometimes, the husband or significant other cannot be there so a doula is a great birth partner. Other times, the significant other needs help and a doula can help them as well. Even if it is to go grab coffee and water so their clients can stay together. Quite simply, a doula is as worthwhile investment as a birth or newborn photographer. 









*Information taken from http://www.worlddoulaweek.com/

Saturday, 8 March 2014

International Women's Day Inspiration

This international Women's Day, I am inspired to write about a woman who has been an all powerful force in my life.  My mother is one of the most amazing people I know. She taught me to read, to love, to cook and to be present in my relationship with my son. She is not the same person she was 20 years ago- but we all change. That does stop the fact that she is a great parent. She has gone through so much-- divorce, almost dying from pneumonia, her mother's severe illness, my grandpa's heart attack, my brother's accident and traumatic brain injury, my Celiac diagnosis and raising my youngest brother by herself. It is not easy being a caregiver, especially the sole caregiver.  This is most definitely the role she is in now as she helps my brother with his settlement, home-schools my little brother and has to watch out for my grandma who is showing signs of dementia/ Alzheimer's - much like her mother (my great grandmother) did.


I am reminded of a lesson that she taught me when I was young. Words hurt. Even unintentionally, words can do harm. I was watching Stars Wars and commented that looked weird compared to the first movie. Of course, I meant different and wasn't trying to be mean. However, my mom told that he had been in a very bad car accident. Not only is it sad, it shows how saying something can be so hurtful. 

I know it is popular to say sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. However,  this is not based in fact. Emotional abuse is horrible and stays deep within you. Many people have committed suicide because of this.
This is an important thing to realize and to teach. Words have meanings. Be mindful of the effects your words have on your children. Children learn from these phrases and internalize them. 

Samsung - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 - 16GB


Hosted by:

Co-hosted by:


One lucky winner will win

a

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – 16GB – White with one year insurance






Dates:
March 5 12:01am to March 26 11:59pm
All entries are optional
Continental US resident only



We appreciate the support of our co-hosts and bloggers promoting, please show your support by following them on their social media pages.

Isn't this a great giveaway? It is the perfect tool for any family! I really loved my samsung until i broke it. It is perfect to use as a kindle too!



a Rafflecopter giveaway





Disclaimer: GlutenFree+2 is not responsible for the awarding of the prize.  If you have any questions about this giveaway, please email the host at nysavingspecials@gmail.com