Caroline Fernandez: Activity Mummy

Apr
09
2014

Blog To Book: Turn Your Posts Into Pages

The five steps you need to know if it's your dream to become a published author

The day Erica called and asked me to blog for Yummy Mummy Club was a turning point in my journey from blogger to book author. Have you ever wanted to blog? Write a magazine article? Get your book published? I went from being the Activity Mummy here on YMC, to writing magazine features, to becoming the published author of Boredom Busters.

Here are a few tips on how to turn your posts into pages:

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Sep
11
2013

Why Blogging Makes Me A Better Mother

Blogging, Blissdom, And Being A Mom

mom blogger

With BlissDom Canada soon approaching, I think of myself what inspires me to blog, and ironically, they are the same things which inspire me to be a better mom. With that said, I bring up my most favourite post here on the Yummy Mummy Club "Why Blogging Makes Me A Better Mother"...

Blogging makes me a better mother because...it inspires me. And when I'm inspired, I am more inclined to motivate the people around me.

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Sep
04
2013

Mom's Back-To-School Anxiety

He's Happy So Why Am I Crying?

Today is my son's 1st day of pre-school. We've been waiting, excitedly, for this day for 2-and-a-half years. He gave me a smile, a high five, and a "bye Mommy" when I dropped him off. He's happy...so why am I crying?!

Anxiety much Caroline?! Yes, yes I do.

You would think I would be so over this by now...3rd child...I've done all these milestones before. Yet, my stomach is turning and my shoulders are high and tight.

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Aug
30
2013

Travel Activities For Kids

Airport Playgrounds And More!

I'm back from a long, multi-country, European vacation with my family. 2-hour wait at Toronto Pearson airport. 8-hour flight. 5-hour layover. 3-hour train ride. 9-hour drive. And that was all ONE WAY! Being the Activity Mummy that I am, I had lots of entertainment packed and planned, but what surprised me were the activities we found on-the-go. 

I had an activity bag (three actually). One for my toddler and two for my tweens.

Toddler Activity Bag:

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Aug
01
2013

The waiting time for our delivery guy was 8am-5pm (seriously?! what kind of modern day business has a full-day-wait-window?!). Anytime between 8am and 5pm he would arrive. No he wouldn't call an hour before showing up to confirm...he'd just be there...sometime...during the day. So the kids and I were chained to the house. What do you do to entertain the kids while you wait for the delivery guy?...

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Jul
28
2013

Six Great Back-To-School Tips

make the transition from summer school easier on you and your kids

It's important to get into a bit of routine for back to school. It helps with getting the kids in the school mode as well as organizing yourself into the school grind. The lunch boxes. The school bus pick up. The field trip forms.

Here are a few tried-and-true tips to help with back-to-school:

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Jul
26
2013

The Evolution of Teen Musical Movies

From A Girl like Maria to I Know What Boys Like

My big kids are CRAZY for something called Teen Beach Movie. I have come to the conclusion that every generation has to have a sappy, boy meets girl, break-out-into-a-random-song-and-dance-number musical. Where does this come from? Well, let's take a stroll down musical lane and see where the dance routines take us.

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Hot and heavy—water is a great way to entertain kids and cool them off both at the same time. Here are a few ideas to switch up H2O activities into some awesome Water Games.

Like The Hunger Games? Then Try The Water Games!

My kids and I made up this water game last week (and it was AWESOME). So remember in The Hunger Games when the cornicopia had a bunch of useful items Katniss and Pita could use to defend/attack with? And remember the Gamemaker who crafted the game? And The President who oversaw everything? Ok, it's that...with water.

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Jul
11
2013

Top Five Beach Essentials For Kids

This Will Make Your Beach Day Even Better!

beach tips and tricks for famiies

A day at the beach (in sunny, hot weather) is always good. However, these top five beach essentials for kids will make your beach day even better! Inspired by Loukia's Top Five Summer Beach Essentials — I gathered together some beach essentials for kids.

Beyond towels and water bottles and sunscreen and sun hats, these five things will make family beach time easier. 

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Jul
10
2013

Of all the awesome activities I can recommend for kids this summer, joining the TD Summer Reading Club is high on the list. It’s a summer tradition in our family.

"What is it?" you ask.

The simple answer is this: it's a fantastic free activity that encourages reading and entertains kids.  

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Jul
04
2013

Pinterest Or Soft Porn?

Do Your Kids Pin? You need to know about this...

First off, I love Pinterest. I find it a great source for inspiration, recipes, kid activities, and more. I have it bookmarked on my computer as well as in app form on my phone. But I discovered something I think is share-worthy about Pinterest (especially if your kids like to pin)...there is content which is, um, well you decide...Pinterest or Soft Porn?

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Jun
21
2013

Gift Ideas For Your School Bus Driver

In Snow, Rain, Or Shine They Drive Your Child

I don't believe in giving an end-of-school -ear gift to every person in your child's academic life. However, one person I do acknowledge is the school bus driver. I trust this driver every singlebday with the life of my child. In traffic. In snow. In rain. In ice. This (very minimally paid) person has a great responsibility. And I appreciate that. Which is why I have a few gift ideas for your school bus driver...

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Jun
18
2013

Foul-Mouth Kids: Does Swearing Make You Cool?

What would you do if you heard your child's friend cursing?

I should have said something. Should I have said something?! Today, I surprised dear daughter by a "drop by" visit at the park where she eats lunch with friends. This one boy was "F-this" and "F-that" and "What up A-hole" left and right (seriously. every. other. word.). I was standing right there and this 12-year-old boy had no "grown-up filter" at all. Even when a girl said "Hey, her brother might hear you" (did I mention my 2-year-old was right there too)...he kept on going. Does swearing make this kid cool?

I was torn.

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Jun
10
2013

My friend used come over to my house (weekly) to snuggle my newborn son. “You don’t understand how delicious this is!” she would say. Ok, chocolate is delicious — but babies?! It made me realize that there are everyday moments that provide such pleasure…it’s like a "Daily Dose of Delicious."

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Apr
16
2013

Dear yummy mummy club readers, hold on to your yoga pants and put down that toddler.

I haz great news.

I have a book deal! Ok, maybe not great news to you (you're probably just surfing here trying to glean a good activity for your kid so you can fold laundry in peace). But this is head-spinning news to me. I have a book deal. Still so un-imagine-able.

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Mar
29
2013

Egg Shell Art

Easy Craft For Easter or Anytime

I came up with the idea for egg shell art because one of the eggs we boiled for Easter eggs cracked during the cooking phase. Throw it out?! No way. I gave that egg a second life (well, third—I ate the boiled egg for lunch) as Egg Shell Art. This is a great craft for pre-schoolers.

You will need:

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Mar
22
2013

Earth Hour Activities

On Sat Mar. 23 Make Earth Hour a family affair

Earth Hour is this Saturday March 23rd. At 8:30 p.m. families can save energy for one hour, making a contribution to the global movement of living a more environmentally friendly and sustainable life. Turn off the lights and turn on your family—so to speak. I have a few tips and activities to help you enjoy Earth Hour with your family.

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Mar
19
2013

Using food colouring to dye Easter eggs is a time-old tradition in our house. It's easy, fun, and I already have all of the ingredients in my kitchen. Easter eggs make for a great spring table decoration. Plus, kids are so darn proud of their coloured eggs—"I did THIS ONE." Your kids will LOVE this activity...

You will need:

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Mar
05
2013

Headed to a warm sunny beach this Spring Break? No, me neither. *sighs*. Whether you are doing March Break in Ontario or April Break in Newfoundland, we can all use the same family-friendly tips on Spring Break activities. A bit of organization and we can totally survive this March Break With Kids thing. Now where to go, what to do?

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Feb
26
2013

9 Indoor Activities To Entertain Your Toddler

Fun With Stuff You Already Have In The House

Snow days, rainy days, days I just have to do laundry—we've had a lot of inside time lately. I have been getting creative with my 2-year-old and finding lots of inside fun ideas. From pots and wooden spoons to milk jug bowling—there has been tons of easy fun. 

Here are 9 great indoor activities to entertain your toddler:

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