The Balancing Act of Being a Mom

This coming April will mark one year that I’ve been working outside of the home. For me, it was a huge adjustment going back to work. Finding a routine with a good balance of work, family life, housework and laundry has been hard…really hard!

Part of the problem were all of Bronson’s Doctor and clinic appointments. Now that they’ve slowed down I’ve been able to relax a little bit more and actually get things done around the house on my precious days off. Yay for laundry that actually makes it into a drawer instead of sitting in a laundry basket!

I’m sure that I’m not the only mom that struggles with this. Regardless of being a stay at home mom, a work at home mom, or a working outside of the home mom – there’s always something, or someone, that needs our time and attention.

I’ve found that putting a load of laundry in when I wake up, and into the dryer while I’m getting ready is a huge time saver. I’ve also discovered that slow cookers are the best invention EVER!

What do little tricks do you have to help you get things done around the house? I’d love to hear them! 🙂

Time, Please Slow Down!

I know I’m not the only one who feels as though time is going by way too quickly. I was looking through photos of Kallie and Bronson yesterday and I can’t get over how fast the last 3 years have gone by. In 24 days my little Kallie will be turning 3 years old, it feels like yesterday that I was pregnant with her. 
And, 2.5 months later Bronson will be turning TWO. I seriously can’t believe my baby will be TWO!

Now that Kallie and Bronson are both getting older I love that they’re able to play together.
Kallie may not always appreciate her hair being pulled or being tackled; and Bronson may not always like playing with dolls or wearing princess crowns. But, isn’t that just part of having a sibling? 
I know time can’t standstill but I do hope that I’ll be able to cherish each age and stage they go through and remember how blessed we are.

Christmas 2012

We had a great Christmas with both sides of our families. The kids got spoiled and I’ve been trying to find a home for all the new toys ever since!

We went sledding with Jon’s niece’s and nephews on Boxing Day. It was Kallie and Bronson’s first time sledding and they had huge smiles on their faces…well the smiles lasted until it was too cold and close to nap time.

My family celebrated Christmas on the 27th and it was nice seeing everyone, especially my brother and his girlfriend since we don’t see them too often.
I had Only had Christmas and Boxing Day off and worked the weekend before so I feel like the week flew by! New Years we stayed home and had a chocolate fruit fondue with the kids and once they were in bed Jon and I had appetizers. We watched Divk Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve and I LOVED Taylor Swift’s performance. She’s one talented girl!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas vacation!

Here are some Instagram photos from New Years Day.
(Find me I’m theanthonycrew on Instagram)

In the Media for Sick Kids Hospital

Last week was the start of Sick Kid’s ‘Together We Will’ ad campaign and I’ve seen the commercial on tv quite a few times now. I get excited every time I see it. I think it was very well done and I get a tear in my eye every time. Bronson and Jon are at the end of the commercial in the rocking chair so keep an eye out for them. Sick Kids is such a great hospital and it was great to be able to be apart of an amazing campaign. I’ve wrote about it a few times here and here

Local Newspaper
Last week there was an article in the Northumberland News about Bronson and our journey. You can read it HERE and also read an additional editorial that was published the following day about Bronson HERE

SickKidsFoundation.ca
The Sick Kids Foundation website (notice the banner is of SB & Bronson!) has a brief write up about six of the children involved in the ad campaign and you can view their stories HERE. While you’re on the website be sure to help fill up the theatre to help kids at Sick Kids go to a free movie in the new year. You could also win free movie passes!

Print Ads/Posters
The print ad that Sarah Beth and Bronson are apart of are also going up around Toronto. There were six different children in the print ads and there will be a different print ad running in the Toronto Star most Mondays until the end of December.  Print ads are also in Metro and TO Night.

The posters and mural will be in the Yonge/Dundas subway station and 10 Dundas West starting in early December. 

Christmas Mail Out
Thanks to Cindy for letting me know that the Sick Kids Christmas Mail Out has been published and is in mailboxes. Bronson’s story is featured in the mail out with a picture of him and Jon on one side and another picture of him and Sarah Beth (his aunt who donated a part of her liver) on the other side. 

Commercial/Theatres
The commercial will be playing before every movie at the following Cineplex Odeon Theatres in Toronto from now until the end of the year: 

      Yonge and Dundas, Dundas Square
        Varsity Cinemas, 55 Bloor Street West
     Eglinton Town Centre, 22 Lebovic Ave., Scarborough
 Queensway, 1025 The Queensway
Silvercity Yonge/Eglinton, 2300 Yonge Street
 Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond Street West
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Sick Kids is an amazing hospital and without them we wouldn’t have Bronson here with us today. Without funding and donations the hospital wouldn’t be able to conduct research and help children like Bronson. 
This Christmas season think about making a donation to Sick Kids. 

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If you see any of the ads of Bronson & Sarah Beth be sure to take a picture and email it to me! 
I would love to see where they are! 🙂

InstaFriday: November 9, 2012

Last Friday night we made our own pizza’s for the first time. I’ll admit I didn’t make the crust but we did everything else! 
The finished product. My iPhone picture doesn’t do the pizza justice. 
They were delicious! It might just be a new Friday night routine 🙂
Bronson got these cool Lego shoes in May for his birthday and I’ve been waiting for his feet to grow into them. Well, his feet grew and he can finally rock these cool shoes. 
Actually his feet have taken off in size and they’re now the same size as Kallie’s! His body just needs to catch up to his feet! 
(by the way his daddy is proud of his “big feet” haha)
Last Saturday morning me and Kallie went out early and hit up some shopping sales. 
I love spending time with this girl! 🙂
Happy Weekend Everyone!!

Making Memories

Kids grow up so quickly!
 I loved every minute of the infant stage (minus the sleepless nights) and now I’m loving the toddler stage. At times I live without the stubborn attitudes and temper tantrums but, I love the fun we can have with them. I love being able to take them to a park and kick a ball and run around. 
 I want to make sure that as they grow up we always take the time to go out and have fun. 
That’s how memories are made 🙂

Sick Kids Ad Campaign, "Together We Will"

In September I wrote a post about the photo and commercial shoot we were involved in for Sick Kids and we’ve been waiting to see it. Well, last Thursday we were invited to the unveiling of the new Sick Kids Foundation ad campaign, “Together We Will”, and got a sneak peak of some of the print ads and the commercial.
All of these were taken on my iPhone so they aren’t the best quality. I really regret not taking pictures of all of the other ads because they all looked great. 
There are about 10 print ads (like the above) and as of November 12/12 they will be able to be seen at Dundas station, in bus shelters, and I believe in some malls. In one of the subways there will be a mural of a five year old boy, Hunter, with leukemia and all of his doctors and nurses who were involved in his care. The tagline for his ad says, “Together We Will…no matter how many of us it takes”. 
Every child involved is a patient at Sick Kids and has a heart touching story. There will be a website up with a story about each child but it won’t be up until November 12. I will post it when it’s up and running, 
The commercial is also very touching and a lot of people at the viewing had a tear in their eye. 
There is a 60 second version of the commercial that will be launching on conventional and specialty networks. It will also be able to be seen at six select Cineplex Odeon’s in Toronto. There is also a 30 second, and four 10 second versions of the commercial. Jon and Bronson are at the end of the 60 second version with Jon sitting in the rocking chair holding Bronson. I believe he’s also in the 30 second and possibly one of the 10 second ones. 
Keep your eyes out for all the ads in the next 2 weeks!