Category Archives: Five On Friday

Five things that went wrong on family swim night

By Jac

1. My brother and sister-in-law and their six-month-old baby are visiting this week, and my sister-in-law thought it would be fun to take the kids all swimming together. However, our baby cousin had been fighting a cold all day and had been pretty crabby about napping, so when she fell asleep five minutes before we were ready to leave, my sister-in-law had to stay home, even though whole thing had been her idea.

2. We got to the pool and had to park really far away because it was busy. As we piled out of our very crowded mini-van, we realized that we had forgotten our kids’ coats and one of them had no shoes on … and it was absolutely freezing outside. Also, and this is important: I was accidentally wearing my slippers. Continue reading

Five Post-Bedtime Shoulds and Shouldn’ts

Every night after the kids go to bed, parents of small children are faced with a very big decision, one that we did not realize would be so important to us before we had children: what we are going to do with the few short short hours we get to ourselves before we fall into bed ourselves. Here are five of our nightly decisions.

1. Thing I should do: Fold the giant pile of laundry on the couch.
Thing I will do instead: Fold this giant donut so it will fit in my mouth while I lie on top of the pile of laundry on the couch. Continue reading

Five (+Five) Kids Costumes that need NO PLANNING

Halloween is tomorrow. So basically, if you don’t have a costume for your child yet, you are totally hooped. Just kidding! Halloween is easy.

Here are five ideas Jac came up with in fifteen minutes, requiring zero trips to the store.

1. GHOST: Sheet over the head. Eye holes cut out. DONE.

2. FARMER: A pair of overalls (pants, shorts, dress … whatever) with a farm animal stuffy of any kind — sheep, cow, pig, chicken, duck, giraffe. Really, who cares? Giraffe farmers are adorable. Continue reading

Five things my kids are thankful for that I’m not

For this week’s #FiveOnFriday, and in honour of Thanksgiving this weekend (or, for our American friends, just a plain ol’ regular weekend) we have decided to share five things that our kids seem to be thankful for that we are not. This is a grumpy way to discuss Thanksgiving, we realize, but we ARE thankful for so much, as evidenced by this Thanksgiving post from last year, and this, Jac’s most recent post on watching her daughter grow up. So I think we’ve earned a bit of grumpiness. Be grumpy with us, won’t you? If you think of anything that fits the category, add it in the comments! We love reading what you have to say.

1. Their stuffies. Their hundreds … of thousands … of stuffies. Stuffies in the closet. Stuffies under the bed. Stuffies piled on the bed leaving little to no room for the child whose bed it is. Stuffies in the family room. Stuffies in the bathroom. Stuffies on the kitchen table, the kitchen counter. Stuffies all up in my biznaz, yo. Continue reading

Five things that happened in five minutes

By Jac

For today’s #FiveOnFriday, here’s a list of five things that happened yesterday, in just five minutes.

1) This conversation. Only, it happened three times, once with each child and then again with them together:
Me: Do you want to colour with those markers? You can only colour on the paper.
Them: YES.
Me: Where do you colour:
Them: On the paper.
Me: Do you colour on the walls?
Them: NO
Me: Do you colour on your body?
Them: NO
Me: WHERE DO YOU COLOUR?
Them: On the paper. Continue reading

Five Ways Present Me is Horrible to Future Me

It’s #FiveOnFriday time! Check out our post, of course, and also some of the other Canadian bloggers linked below!

Well, as is true for every person in the world, there are really two versions of Jac, and two versions of Juli. There are our future selves, and our present selves. It is the job of Present Juli to look after Future Juli, because Future Juli has to live with the choices Present Juli makes, and the same goes for Jac, and for everyone in the world except little kids whose parents are in charge of their future selves. Lucky kids. Because, unfortunately, our Present selves tend to be, well, selfish jerks. Here are five examples. Continue reading

Five Best Items on the Menu At McDonald’s (#FiveOnFriday)

There are a lot of cooking and recipe blogs out there, and for good reason. We are realizing that if we started to write about kitchen hacks and food advice, we would definitely get more traffic to our blog because that’s the stuff the people search for on google. However, we want this blog to accurately reflect who we are, and a post about the clever and healthy ways we feed our families would not be honest because, well, we hate having to feed our families. (This is unfortunate because our families seem to want to eat every day!) Instead, we thought we’d use today’s Five On Friday post to help you in a way that is more accurate to who we really are: fast food advice! Here is our list of the best things to order at McDonald’s. (This is not a sponsored post, but when it goes viral we’re hoping McD’s gives us money anyway.) Continue reading

Five Clever Ways to Use Children to Your Own Advantage (Five on Friday)

Welcome back to Five on Friday! We spend a lot of time discussing how having kids makes your life a lot more difficult (even though we love them a lot anyway), so we thought we’d dedicate this Five On Friday to the awesome little ways we use our children to our own great advantage.

1. A fridge full of cheese sticks. You know, for the kids’ lunches. Just like the pudding and the chocolate milk. Continue reading

Five Things We Should Not Have Done This Summer (Five On Friday)

Welcome to Five On Friday, a link-up in which different Canadian bloggers write a list of “five things” every Friday. We, Jac and Juli, are going to write these fun little posts together, which will mean that they are double the fun! We love it because we (and you!) can connect with other great Canadian bloggers, but each week we can all read some very different lists, some helpful and handy, and others … not so much. Our first instalment of #FiveOnFriday is definitely in that second category. There are only four sleeps left until school begins, and we have a few summer regrets we’d like to share. Continue reading

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