Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Braces Are On!

Braces: Before and After
(If you haven't been following along with our orthodontics journey, you can read the first and second posts)

Last week I wrote a quick update about Mr. J and his palate expander. We had the appointment to assess how well it had worked, and the orthodontist was extremely pleased. He gave us the go ahead to have the braces put on.

We ended up getting an appointment 2 days later - so not much of a wait (this was great).  It did mean leaving camp for 2 hours in the middle of the day, but that was better than waiting almost 4 weeks.

I am not sure how Mr. J was feeling leading up to it, he just wanted to get it over with.  I know that my children are much more co-operative when I am not with them, so I opted to wait in the waiting room rather than be with him (I knew the hygienist would come get me if it was needed).

When Mr. J came out to get me, he smiled to show me his new gear - and he had chosen blue and red elastics.  He was pretty happy with his choice.

I was a little worried how he would handle the tenderness/pain afterwards, so I made sure to give him some tylenol before his appointment, and a dose of advil 2 hours after. We continued alternating between the 2 for the first 48 hours, and then on the 3rd day he was good with 2 doses of advil and that was it.

It took him a few days to get used to having them on his teeth but he is doing great. He is not too happy with the extra time it takes for brushing and cleaning the braces, but he is doing pretty well.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Week 7 Summer Bucket List Update

A few weeks ago the kids and I sat down to create our summer bucket list. It's something we do each year, and while we know that we may not cross everything off our list, it just gives us some ideas of what we want to do with their time off school.

Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22 Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Let Groupon Help You Save On Electronic Purchases #Ad #Groupon

There are so many different tech gadgets around now, it's hard for me to keep everything straight. When I was growing up the closest thing to an on the go gadget was the Walkman and the Gameboy. Now, you can get almost any technology right at your fingertips. My kids are still pretty young (9 and 6) and I am in no way ready for them to have their own devices yet, as much as they would like to. They each have a Nintendo DS – but anything that connects to the internet is not happening. They are stuck using mine to play Pokemon Go when we are out, or using the family ipad while we are at home.

That said, I am always looking to see what IS out there and thinking ahead to when they are a little older – I am not sure when I will be comfortable with them having their own phone or ipad, but I like to check things out AND I like to save money on my purchases. Groupon is a great site to help do that. I love that you can search what you are looking for, or browse through what they offer. The best groupon purchase we have made was for a trial at a karate dojo. Mr. J LOVED it and is still there, almost 2 years later.

Mr. J after his 2nd tournament
There are so many different items available on Groupon Goods from activity trackers, phones, accessories and more you should have a look and see if YOU can save some money.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Make Family Memories That Last A Lifetime At #GreatBlueResorts

Summer is a time to slow things down, let the routine go and just relax and have fun. What better way to do that than by spending time with your family at a cottage. I know many, many people that love to camp, but it just isn't my thing. I do, however, like cottages that have the comforts of home. Great Blue Resorts gives you the flexibility you need through affordable cottage ownership.

With 7 great resort locations to choose from, you can own a cottage without the normal worries and stresses that go along with your typical property purchase.

The Great Blue Resorts mission is to provide families with a fun, affordable and carefree cottage experience for a day, a week or a lifetime.

Great Blue Resorts offers you a worry and stress free cottage experience. Your annual resort management fee covers essentially all of your running costs: all utilities, land tax, garbage disposal, grounds maintenance, warranty claims assistance, on site management and reception. All you need to do is load the family and groceries into the car and start your road trip!

Great Blue Resorts is family friendly, and they offer a great Kidz Klub from 10am – 2pm throughout the summer. The kids will fill their days with so much fun, you can relax and unwind without worrying about having to entertain them. Lots of family friendly activities to help create those wonderful summer memories.
and yes, animals are welcome also!

Cottage ownership in just a few steps with Great Blue Resorts

Choose one of the awesome Ontario resorts, then decide on the cottage model you like best (all models come fully furnished) and find a location within the resort that suits you!

You will be on your way to cottage ownership and summer fun in no time!

Which Great Blue Resort location would be your first choice to create some wonderful family memories? I think Cherry Beach or McCreary's Beach would fit our family well!

Back To School Prep With DK Canada! #BTS

Summer is coming to an end, and now is the time that we are starting to wind down our activities and get ready for back to school. Earlier bedtimes and a little more routine to our days. Other than reading, we don't focus too much on any type of school work over the summer.  In preparation of #BTS, one way to help get the kids ready is by doing some work with books from DK Canada.

The kids received a package earlier this week containing a few different books. A printing one for Mr. K and Mr. J got a cursive writing book and a 10 minute timer French book.

During our downtime over the next 2 weeks they will spend a few minutes working on the books they received.  It gives them a little practice (Mr. J didn't learn any cursive in school last year, and I think it is important that kids actually know how to SIGN their names) and the extra help with french won't hurt either.  Mr. K is still working on some fine motor issues with pencil grasp, so this should give him some great practice before heading into Grade one!

They have quite a few different books geared for the different ages and grades, you should stop by the website and check out what they have.

Do you do any kind of back to school prep with your kids?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Week 6 Summer Bucket List Update

A few weeks ago the kids and I sat down to create our summer bucket list. It's something we do each year, and while we know that we may not cross everything off our list, it just gives us some ideas of what we want to do with their time off school.