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Maya Fitzpatrick  Living life to the fullest with a side of complaining & coffee to make it through the day!

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This is 7!
This is the boy that made me an Ima (mom in Hebrew).
Being the oldest, he's our experiment child... or tester. He's guided us in our parenting journey and showed us the true meaning of being selfless.
I always knew I wanted to be a mom....but let me tell you - I was completely unprepared for what was about to come. Kyle turned my life upside down in the most perfectly imperfect way. There were ups and downs, and highs and lows, and days when I was ready to throw in the towel. But the love and joy that he has brought into our lives is pretty much the best feeling in the world.
Happy birthday to my first born!!! Here's to many more birthday celebrations together!!

This week is Child Passenger Safety Week in the Canada, an annual event to raise awareness for car seat safety.
Nate is smiling and super happy to be sitting in his @dionousa car seat because he's comfortable, but more importantly, he's safe - which makes me happy!
When it comes to car seat safety, there is no such thing as “overprotective.” Car seats save lives! So Diono has put together a list of ten safety tips to ensure your child is snug and safe in their car seat. For example, you should do the pinch test to determine whether or not your child is properly harnessed. You can check them all out on www.diono.ca
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While I'm absolutely in love with our new (dream) kitchen, it actually has less storage space than our previous kitchen. I knew that I had to get things to help me organize it as we were unpacking! Otherwise, we would never be able to fit anything in and it would stay in bags (yup - I stored my baking goods in a giant reusable bag) forever.
I headed straight to @kspstuff down the street from us and found exactly everything I needed, and more! Who knew organization could be so much fun!!
I love the KSP FridgeStor, which helps me keep the kid's snack drawer in the fridge super organized and makes it easier for my boys to find what they need quickly. The Locksy containers were perfect for organizing my baking goods. Similarly, the different shapes and sizes of KSP Fresh Lock, helped me organize my pastas, flour and sugar.
I may not be a super organized person but I believe that starting things off right will make a big difference in the long run.
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Weekends are for relaxing....
Hahah, who am I kidding. We have 3 young kids. It's anything but.
When we started this home reno, we had a wish list of sorts, of things would we want to have in our dream home.
This freestanding bath was one of them. I just wish I had more time to enjoy it.
// What would you put on your wish list?

Nate and I just made a donation to the #ShoppersLOVEYOU campaign supporting local women initatives in our community. There's so many great organizations to support that need our help. The one that I hold dear are those that help women with cancer. Last year, certain GTA @shoppersdrugmartofficial [#partner] locations helped the NYGH purchase a new breast biopsy table and funds raised this year will go towards new breast biopsy devices.
Two of my close friends who had breast cancer have shared their breast biopsy stories in my latest post.
Find out what it entails and how you can support women in your community.
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My motto in life... on a mat!

Remember how I said that Ryan rocked his first day of back-to-school (he's in JK)? Well... I was wrong. It's been a hard transition on him and my heart has been aching for him daily. I shared my feelings in my latest post.
I know that things will get easier and better with time, but NOW I feel so helpless. I want to make it better and take his pain away, but all I can do is sit back, provide him with uncoditional love, and wait for things to change with the course of time.
Besides, a good cry once in a while is good for us, right?

School nights are busy and getting back to a routine is hard. Thinking about what to feed my family for dinner is something I often struggle with. Obviously I want them to eat a meal that is healthy and nutritious, but I also don't want to spend hours cooking. One of my go-to's that is both wholesome and quick is @annieshomegrown Mac & Cheese. It is packed with real cheese and milk ingredients and has no artificial flavours. I have it made in about 10 minutes and my kids wolf it down. Serve it with a side of veggies and you got yourself a great dinner (and more time for yourself)! What tips or advice do you have to make dinner time during the school year less stressful?

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It's Sunday... spread some love and joy. Don't think of it as the last day of the weekend. Rather, think "it's STILL the weekend!" Get outside, breath some fresh air, act silly, connect with your loved ones, blow up balloons for no reason. Appreciate what you have and make the best of it and love unconditionally. The world around us feels like it's crumbling down. It's easy to forget just how fortunate we really are.
Happy Sunday everyone!

Today was a little bittersweet. While I was so happy that our old house closed, I was sad that this gem - our home - would no longer belong to us.
When I did my final walk through today, I had to hold back my tears. I'm not one to value possessions or material things but this home was more than a mortgage, or an asset, or a possession. It was where we made, created and stored our memories. It's where John and I lived for 11 years - where our friends and family roomed, where we got ready before our wedding, where we brought each of the boys home to from the hospital. I love our new house and it already feels like home, but I won't lie - I will miss our old home and the memories we created there. I know we'll make many more new ones but nothing will replace those.

Could this kid be any cuter. Ryan started JK today and he did so great. He was so anxious and nervous leading up to day including acting out consistently and experiencing sleepless nights. Luckily, it was all for not as he happily lined up with his backpack on and walked into school for the first time, not looking back once. We couldn't be prouder.
Also, his answer for what he wants to be when he grows up is "car driver!" Love this kid!!!

My kids love to "help" me do things around the house - especially when it comes to preparing food. It's definitely a lot more "work" when they help but that's the only way they'll learn, right?
This week I've been getting lots of "help" as both Ryan and Nate are home with me for lunch. We've been making lots of energy boosting meals that include @CanadianTurkey [#Partner]. So far the new routine is going great but we're only on day 2 - check in with me again in a few weeks.
Do your kids help out in the kitchen?
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