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We are a community group for mothers, currently in the Orillia to Gravenhurst, Ontario area, we focus on food, nutrition and health for our family. We draw on expert knowledge such as naturopaths, but best of all we learn and share knowledge from fellow mothers. Even if you have never cooked before we can help you get started. We want to encourage moms to cook and learn the importance of what they put on the table. We are REALISTIC and STRIVE to make a healthy lifestyle accessible to everyone, through education. Membership is FREE so sign up to follow us today! We work together to share knowledge of everything from recipes, nutrition, to how to plan ahead. We offer something for every lifestyle, from just the basics of cooking, spaghetti and pizza, to people looking to learn something new about nutrition, organics or even raw cooking. Never cooked before, let us help you get started, we offer some basic cooking lessons from a mom, to help get you started and then this group will help keep you going for a lifetime of providing healthy and nutritious meals for your family. We offer: Workshops, share recipes, and fun get togethers.

Monday, July 18, 2011

What a difference a year makes

Last year when Mateo was just over a year old we had taken him camping  and that did NOT workout but look at us now! We went camping with my family and we went prepared this time in case the same drama happened.  We took reinforcements, my family, and made a list of different motels and INNs in the area just in case.  We still learned a few things that we would of done differently like picking a campsite that was more kid friendly. By this I mean one with better facilities like a shower, a park, and a more accessible lake (or waterfront) because keeping  a very busy two year old boy contained on a campsite is not an easy task and one that proves to be tiring for the adults and doesn't allow for a relaxing vacation. All and all a big improvement from a year ago when our little guy didn't sleep, was screaming and we had to abandon ship.
Don't know if we were really testing our two year old but after returning home from camping , three days later we boarded a plane  to the states (only an hour and half flight)and this trip included a three and half hour road trip. Other than being "all done" (which is what Mateo says when he doesn't want to do anything any more) with car rides, we were very lucky with Mateo on these trips, with no real big meltdowns.
What we did learn is that you have to stay realistic with your child's abilities depending on age, like how long they are able to sit on a tour bus.  Also you want to try to keep as much as possible the same schedule/routine because we all know what happens when they don't get that nap in, or don't get lunch at the same time they are use to, it means for one painful vacation.

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