Author: cvegnad

Living the ‘Attitude of Gratitude’

I attended our district school board’s annual Parent Conference over the weekend and it was an experience that has left me completely moved and inspired.
I was originally hesitant to attend the event and was mainly going to represent our school’s council. I was not even too sure what to expect from the event as no other parents on the council had ever attended. All I knew was that later in the afternoon I would be attending a workshop on parenting anxious children (which I was looking forward to as my eldest son has dealt with anxiety over the last two years).
The event started off with such an inspirational mass led by Bishop Crosby. It was definitely an experience to remember. His homily focused on ‘the attitude of gratitude’, something that I know so many of us take for granted (myself included!). He asked us to teach our children to be thankful and to say the words ‘thank you’. And it made me laugh at the time but he told us to teach our children to say thank you and not because we are telling them to say it but because they want to say it. This is so right – too many times children say thank you because we teach them that is the right thing to do but we do not teach them why it is the right thing to do. That we should be grateful that our parents send us to after school programs, we have our favourite snacks in the fridge,etc..These are not all rights but little gifts we give to each other.
He also spoke about that when we switch and lead a life filled with gratitude we can not be unhappy and miserable in our life. If we are grateful for every aspect and item in our life than we can really see how lucky and blessed we have become and there is no need to be unhappy. Sometimes we become so engrossed in our life and personal wants that we do not see all the beautiful small things that are in it. There is too much to be grateful for in life. For myself, I have two wonderful and healthy children (it did take seven years for us to be blessed with our second child but we were finally blessed with one), a roof over our heads, food in our fridge and so much more.
His homily moved me and made me realize that I do not spend enough time saying I love you to my family, sitting down and appreciating every moment of joy and that sometimes I do not say thank you enough. I have tried to make it a point to say thank you to my family members and for the past couple of nights at bed time I have been speaking to my children about good things that have happened in our day (and one bad thing) and what we are grateful for that day. I’ve always made it a point to tell the ones I love that I do love them. I want my children to see and appreciate all the little things in life and not to take for granted that they have been blessed with so much and that tomorrow is never promised. Are there other ways to help children learn this lesson?  How do you teach your children to be grateful?
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Pampers GTG – 5 Points

Use this code to get 5 free Pampers GTG points!
 It is only valid until November 8th so enter it quick!!

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Halloween Fun

I know this is a little late but we have been so busy with soccer and just life but I really wanted to share the amazing job my husband had done on our home for Halloween!!
Halloween is our favourite holiday of the year. We love to ‘spookify’ our home and my husband goes all out with a projection show and music (had to beg him not to buy a smoke machine!).
This year he found the most amazing images to project through the front window and you could literally hear the music about a block away- he set up two speakers outside and several through the windows.
Here is what it looked like:


I only managed to snap a couple photos (the kiddies were way to excited to get out there and collect candy!!).


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Natrel Baboo and Mom Central Play Date Kit!

Was so excited to go pick up my Natrel Baboo play date kit from Purolator yesterday!! This was an offer that was provided through Mom Central Canada. It came with so many goodies – just to name a few; 24x250mL Natrel Baboo tetra paks, Robert Munsch book, Sesame Platinum hits CD, crayons, $25.00 Loblaws gift card!
I have already started to plan the kid’s play date and have to say I am so excited!!! My youngest loves Natrel Baboo – we tried it out three months ago through a Facebook offer they had running for a free carton. It is an excellent transition from breast or formula feeding to full fat milk.
Some of the benefits are:
  • Lower protein content than regular milk causing it to be easier to digest (Baboo provides a whey/casein ratio close to that of breast milk – which is great for my little guy!!)
  • Has 4% fat content and is enriched with natural sources of omega-3 DHA and Vitamin C
  • An excellent source of calcium and sources of vitamins A, D, E and B6
Can not wait to come back and share the amazing time the children have at the play date!! More pictures to come!!
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Banana Cinnamon Bread

I have finally gotten my recipe right for making banana bread! I have tried to bake a loaf on so many occasions and each time the inside always had a wet, undercooked taste to it. I am so proud to have finally gotten in right that I had to share my recipe with everyone! This was so delicious and had my boys coming back for seconds.
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Mix the melted butter and mashed bananas together.
3. Add the sugar, beaten egg, vanilla and mix.
4. Add the baking soda and salt, mix.
5. Add the flour, mix.
6. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top (add more if you love the taste of the cinnamon – I’m sure I added more than a teaspoon!!).
7. Pour the mix into a buttered 4×9 loaf pan. Bake for one hour. Allow to cool and then serve.



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