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Officially a #boymom!

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of getting married to my prince charming and one day raising a beautiful brood of kids. I never imagined that brood would be all boys though. I envisioned at least one daughter, if not two or three. So imagine my surprise to find out that we will be having our third baby boy come next Spring. While I am absolutely thrilled to

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If you’re wondering why there hasn’t been an update on the blog for over three months, it’s because that’s exactly how long I have been feeling sick and nauseous as a result of baby #3. Yup, we did it again. We’re about to be outnumbered. But if I am honest, I already am outnumbered numerous times a month when my husband goes away on work trips. Of course, I’ve never

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How A Budgeting Audit Saved Me $500

Have you ever done a budgeting audit? What do I mean by a budgeting audit? It’s a lot less complicated than it sounds. Basically, it’s me writing out all spending for a two to three month period and looking for ways to improve my budget by going through my spending with a fine tooth comb. You might be wondering how this is different from budgeting on a regular basis, but

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How To Travel Outside Canada With An Expired Permanent Resident Card

This topic has been top of mind for us lately considering my husband’s permanent residency card pending renewal and plans to travel abroad. In the time we have been waiting for his new card to come through, we have traveled internationally three times. How we have been able to do so, and still be allowed back in Canada is what I’ll be explaining in today’s post. Before I go any

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Just The Two Of Us

My husband and I had the privilege to go away on a quick getaway to Japan last week; just us two. The last time we got away with one another was before having kids. My mother graciously offered to watch our boys (aged 4 and 1.5) while we spent nearly 8 days snowboarding, sightseeing and eating our way through Japan. Was it hard to leave our kids? You bet. I

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When My Self Care Became Soul Care

I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with self improvement. If there’s a part of me I can make better, I want to know how. New book on improving household finances? I’m putting a hold on it at the library. Webinar about how to be a more mindful parent? You betcha! Conference to help women find more balance in their busy lives? I’m there. In fact, that is

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Doing This One Thing Saved Me $300 In Groceries Each Month

I used to spend way too much money on feeding my family. For a family of two adults and one child, I would spend close to $700 every month on food, not including eating out. When our second child came along, I spent closer to $800 to stock up on prepackaged baby food and snacks. These are convenience items that really should be considered a luxury purchase, rather than a

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Easy Vegan Cookies & Cake

This past weekend, I had a bit of a baking marathon with my son. I was charged with making desserts for around 50 people for a church event, plus a baby shower for my cousin. Since my son is off of dairy and eggs, I thought it best to focus on vegan baked goods. For his birthday, he received a really cute kids baking set, so we decided to put

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Superhero Theme Birthday Party

Did you have a favourite superhero growing up? I think mine was probably Supergirl or Wonderwoman, two of only a few female superheros who were somewhat mainstream when I was growing up. I was jealous that my brother had a ton of male superheros to choose from. It is pretty exciting though that Supergirl and Wonder Woman have made a resurgence with modern remakes. I’m looking forward to watching them

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How To Live With A Spender When You Are A Saver

In a marriage, there is usually a saver and a spender.  I confess that I am the spender in our marriage. However, my financial personality does not define who I am, nor does it mean that I am irresponsible with money (even if it did in the past). For most of my young adult life before I got married, and even into the first year of marriage, I was oblivious

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