Julie Cole: The Baby Machine

Favourite Back-to-School Products, From a Mama of Many | YummyMummyClub.ca

It's that time again! Back to school, back to reality. Here are some great products to help all your days be smooth ones. 

Let’s talk litterless lunches:

Bentology

Litterless lunches are the way to go, and this reusable bento-ware lunch system makes it a snap. I still wish all those lunches would just pack themselves, but short of that, having Laptop Lunches to work with is the next best thing.

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Jun
17
2016
Backyard Chickens for the Summer | YummyMummyClub.ca

Because a busy house with six kids and a dog was a little too chill for me, I decided to let the kiddos get some chickens.

Backyard Chickens for Families | YummyMummyClub.ca

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Mar
10
2016

Do You Want a Snow Day?

FOLLOW THESE EASY STEPS:

Snow Day Fun | YummyMummyClub.ca

It’s still winter time in Canada which means kids everywhere are waiting for the ever-allusive SNOW DAY. In case you didn’t know – your children are in control of whether or not school is canceled based on a whole bunch of crazy superstitions.

If your children would like a snow day, it is guaranteed to happen if they do the following on the evening before the desired snow day:

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Jan
08
2016
Julie Cole shares her greatest parenting fails for 2015. | Family | YummyMummyClub.ca

I took a moment to reflect on the past year to see where I went wrong and where I could do better when it comes to parenting my six darlings.

Other than the usual stuff like forgetting to be the tooth fairy, turning up late for the school play, and pretending I was listening to their concerns while I was on Twitter, the biggie fails this year included:

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Dec
01
2015
How to Deal With Disappointment - At some point, your child won't make the team, the choir list, or have what it takes for competitive dance. How they deal with it is up to you. | Parenting | YummyMummyClub.ca

At some point, every child doesn’t make the team, gets cut from choir, or just doesn’t have what it takes for the competitive dance troupe or cheer team. This disappointment will happen, and we’ve certainly experienced it in our household.

I’m quite proud of how my kiddos have handled this kind of disappointment, so I got to thinking about what we’ve done that may have made our kids cope fairly well in these very upsetting situations.

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Oct
02
2015

3 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Online Threats

How a Mom of Six Keeps Her Kids Safe (and how you can do it too!)

Three Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Online Threats

As parents, it's our job to know and understand what is going on with our children. From school, friends, and activities, to what they are doing online. Things have come a long way since we were playing Space Invaders in the basement. Online safety is now another thing we must be concerned about and it has to be a top priority.

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Sep
16
2015

Hockey Parents: Read This Before the New Season Starts

Tips to make the best of this season - from an experienced hockey mama

Hockey Parents: Read This Before Buying Kids' Hockey Gear

Hockey parents, do these things sound familiar?

  • You've gotten used to dragging your sorry butt to too many 6:00am practices. 
  • You've considered putting a bed in the arena
  • You've become used to being numb from the cold while sitting in freezing hockey stands

If you can relate to any of the above, then you already know hockey season is just a few short weeks away.

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Jul
31
2015

3 Important Life Lessons Your Tween Should Know

3 WISE INVESTMENTS you can give your tween and early teen

Parenting tweens

The tween and teen years can be awkward. As some of my kids approach this age, I’ve pulled in some professionals to help teach them skills that will come in handy as they navigate this tricky phase of life.

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Jun
09
2015

You Won't Believe What People Ask This Mom of Six

COMMON QUESTIONS PARENTS OF BIG FAMILIES GET ASKED

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When people see, hear, or realize that you have six children, many questions and comments follow. Here’s a list of the ones I most commonly hear, including a few of my favourite answers:

Question/comment: “Why did you have so many kids?”

My response: “I kept having them until I had one I liked.”

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May
08
2015

Meet 5 Inspiring Young Women

YOUNG GIRLS DOING AWESOME THINGS!

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These are the girls who inspire me everyday!

It recently occurred to me that I’m surrounded by really inspiring young people. When I think about some of the incredible young women I know, I can get pretty overwhelmed at the thought of all the amazing things they are up to! Here are just a few of the incredibly motivated young women I’m talking about:

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Mar
17
2015

9 Smart Baby Gifts Moms Will Actually Use

Top Gifts Picks from a Mom of 6

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I can’t believe my sixth and final baby is now five years-old. Just because I don’t have a baby in the house, that doesn’t mean I am not still completely obsessed with amazing baby products. My wonderful friend, Shelley Boudah recently had baby Cosette, and I’ve had so much fun watching her explore the world of baby products for her kids.

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Feb
18
2015

Why Do Moms Fight When We're All on the Same Side?

Mommy Wars Seem More Ridiculous the More We Hear About Them

A formula company recently launched an ad that has received quite a bit of buzz. It addresses the so-called “mommy wars” and reminds us that at the end of the day, we all want our kids to be safe and happy.

Have a look:

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Feb
03
2015

Flying Friendly Skies: 5 Air Travel Tips From a Mom of Six

Have a large crew on board? Here's how to manage.

Once the traveling ends, the fun begins.

"Once the traveling ends, the fun begins."

In our family, Daddy-o happens to be from the other side of the planet, so most of our holidays involve long and expensive trips with our biggie-sized family. The most difficult trip involved 21 hours of air travel when I was five weeks out of my fifth C-section. When you have five children and your oldest is six, you mostly try to block these experiences from memory.

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Dec
19
2014

Plan a Great Vacation for Your Family at a Working Farm

FIVE WAYS KIDS FIND FUN outside of the city

People often make big fancy plans when organizing a family holiday. Parents want to see their kids at theme parks dressed as princesses, or racing down a waterslide on a swanky cruise ship, or perhaps soaking in the fun of an all-inclusive resort. All these things sound fabulous, but I’m currently at a family farm in Australia and if you have not done a farm stay before, consider putting it on your holiday wish list. You don’t have to go to Australia to do it – farms are everywhere, and it’s great for kids to see where their food comes from.

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Oct
29
2014

6 Travelling Tips When Leaving The Kids At Home

Quick Survival Tips To Make Mom's Life Easy

I can only describe the last month as a complete whirlwind. I spent September warning family, friends, and whoever would listen that I was heading into a VERY full month of travel for work.

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Sep
04
2014

How I Survived The Summer As A Superhero

What we have suspected all along is true—mothers are superheroes!

What we have suspected all along is true—mothers are superheroes.

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Aug
13
2014

5 Easy Back-To-School Goals For Parents

Set Yourself and Your Family up for Success!

That time of year has hit again, and while we’re busy getting kids organized for back to school, I’m reminding myself of some goals that will help all of us survive the season (and the year!) in a happy and successful way.

1. Family Calendar

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Jul
04
2014

For the average MoFo (Mother of Four) or MoM (Mama of Many), summer presents unique challenges. This is mostly because we have SO MANY DARN KIDS hanging around. So while we get to celebrate not having to pack school lunches, this also means that our kiddos are no longer out of our house for six hours a day, compliments of our government.

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May
26
2014

5 Things Big Families Need

Items you never thought would make it on the "wish list"

There are some things that make living with many small people a heck of a lot easier. I’m pretty sure that every item I list as essentials are things I swore I’d never want at some point in time. Now, I wouldn’t be without them:

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May
09
2014

Take Time To Get Inspired: You Need It and You're Worth It

Why I am Excited to attend The Art of Leadership for Women Conference

Take Time To Get Inspired: You Need It and You're Worth It

Between running a business and raising six kids, the one thing I’ve learned over the last few years is to value my time. And value it I do. When I get invited to events, I go through an actual checklist of requirements the event must fulfill in order for me to accept. So, all those people out there undervaluing their time? Yeah, that’s the opposite to me.

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