Winter Car Seat Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe AND Warm


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Winter Car Seat Safety- How to Keep Your Kids Safe AND Warm

It’s coming. It’s coming very soon. Maybe in your part of the world it’s already here! I’m talking about winter. With winter comes a whole host of wonderful things from building snow men and making snow angels, to hot chocolate topped with marshmallows sipped by a crackling fire. Unfortunately, winter also comes with a bunch of less wonderful things like ice and freezing cold weather. What’s a parent to do with their little ones when the weather is down right frigid? That’s a very good question. You know what you DON’T want to do? Buckle them into their car seats with a coat on. Yeah you heard me. How on earth do you manage to keep your kids warm and safe at the same time when shuttling them from point A to point B in the car all winter? Not only is it completely possible to keep your kids warm AND safely buckled in, but it’s actually super quick and easy too. If I can do it in the midst of winter here when it gets to -40 without the wind chill, you can totally do it where you live too. Promise.  Read More

Four Steps to Night Time Potty Training

Four Steps to Night Time Potty Training

When we decided to give potty training a go with The Heir, we wanted to do it all in one go. It just seemed to make sense to go completely diaper free at once. Wishful thinking, right? Well, maybe not. We had a plan for potty training and the method we wanted to use suggested training for days and nights at the same time. The Heir seemed ready to be diaper free overnight, but at only 22 months old we just weren’t sure it would work. One of the signs that he was ready for night time training was that he woke up with a completely dry diaper. Not all the time, mind you, but a few times over the week before we started potty training. In theory, it was possible for him to stay dry overnight. With that in mind, we were ready to take the plunge with overnight training. Here’s how we did it.  Read More

The New Mom’s Survival Kit: What You Need Postpartum

The New Mom's Survival Kit: What You Need Postpartum

I’m going to let you in on a secret. There are a whole bunch of things about labour, delivery, and the postpartum period that seasoned moms haven’t told you. It’s not that we don’t think you need to know these things, because you do. It’s just that we’ve either forgotten about them or don’t want to freak you out any more than you already are about birthing a human being. (Don’t worry, eventually you’ll hit a point of being so over pregnancy that you’ll do almost anything just to get that baby out). I’m not going to sit here and tell you every single detail of what the birth experience is like. Apart from the fact that every woman’s experience is different and unique, some things are better left for you to just find out for yourself. That being said, there are some things that I really do want you to know about the aftermath of delivering a baby. I want you to be prepared for a few eventualities so that you have what you need when you need it and aren’t sending your partner out to the drug store every few hours to buy another little something you needed five minutes ago.  Read More

Increasing the Odds of Conception: SMEP

Increasing the Odds of Conception: SMEP

I’ve talked before about how timing is everything when it comes to trying to conceive (TTC), and it’s a big one for sure. Knowing when (or if) you’re ovulating is key, and with that figured out you are better able to get the baby dancing (BD) timing just right too. Maybe you’ve been trying for a while, or maybe you’re just thinking about trying soon, either way there is a method of timing sex that can optimize your odds of success. In the world of TTC there are no guarantees (wouldn’t it be great if there were?), but perhaps this method will bring you success. It’s called SMEP and I’m going to explain what it is and how it works!  Read More

How The Monarch Mommy Washes Cloth Diapers

How The Monarch Mommy Washes Cloth Diapers

I love cloth diaper laundry. I really really do. Maybe that’s because my diapers come out fresh and clean every time. By fresh and clean I mean no stink, no smells, no problems. Want to know how I do it? Read on! Read More