Mommy Date: Bog Walk

One of the amazing things about living in BC is all the natural beauty around us.

I have lived here my whole life and am still discovering some local gems. This week my Mom group organized a walk through Burns Bog in Delta, and I can’t wait to go back.
If you live in or are familiar with the area, you’ve probably heard of Burns Bog. One of the Moms in our group is very knowledgeable about the Bog and offered to play tour guide for us. It was like having our own private eco tour.
To get into the Bog, you have to park at the local ice arena and enter off a paved path. There are 2 options for walking through this part of the Bog: a short, inner path that takes approx. half an hour to walk, and a longer, outer path that takes approx. an hour to walk. We were lucky to have cooperative babies, so were able to go along both paths.
Our Mommy tour guide told us about some of the plants and creatures that are indigenous to the Bog, how the early Natives used the plants (skunk cabbage diapers anyone???), and stories/ legends about the Bog. We were warned not to step off the plank path, since the Bog consists of 20 metres of peat! While the ground looks solid, it it hard to tell by appearance alone where the sink holes are (think muddy quicksand). A partially submerged tractor along one of the paths is a reminder to be cautious; legend goes that the driver sunk with the tractor, and it continues to sink at a rate of 1/2 inch each year.
The nice thing about the plank path (see photo above) is that it’s stroller friendly. Since the Bog is open year- round, there is chicken wire along one side for traction during the rain & snow. The path is built and maintained by volunteers, and they are currently in the process of adding an additional plank path to connect the two routes through the Bog. 
To find out some ways to support the Bog, check out their online store here. (I’m not sure if they sell it online, but you can buy a tea made from a plant found in the Bog- Labrador tea! I’m adding to my ‘gotta try it’ list).
For more info, check out the Burns Bog Society website. If you’re new or unfamiliar to the area, see the link for  a map & directions . I hope you get a chance to go to this beautiful place! It’s beautiful rain or shine!
Stroller dashboard shot!
Labrador Tea! Gotta try it!
The infamous sunken tractor.
Trying out the ‘safe’ part of the Bog to walk on. 
With 20m of peat below, the ground is very soft

2 Month Shots

My little monkey got her 2 month vaccines yesterday…
It was an interesting experience. While she handled the shots pretty well initially, I’d say that madame has been a little out of sorts since.
Since talking to some other Moms, it seems to go in the territory of ‘every baby is different’. My doctor was lovely, but I have to laugh at the info she gave me: ‘Your baby should sleep the rest of the day’… LOL. Except for the car- ride- home- induced- nap, my lil monkey did not sleep again until 9:30pm!!!
Haha to that. But we got some good snuggles in.
On a more serious note, vaccinations have become such a controversial & talked about subject, that it’s hard for parents to sift through all the info and opinions and really, truly make an informed decision they are comfortable with. I will admit if I lived in a part of the country where people travelled less, and thus weren’t exposing the population to disease new & old, I would be tempted to forego vaccines. 
I made my decision based on this, and the hope that prevention is the best medicine. I am not against those who choose to forego vaccines. Again, I know we’re getting into sticky territory here.
That being said, it is important to inform ourselves about what these vaccines are, and why they are deemed necessary. A good reference is your local health authority. Here in BC, the BC Centre for Disease Control has some good info and provides immunization schedules. Babies receive vaccines at 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, & 18 months; then again at 4 years (approx. age that children start kindergarten). After that they don’t receive any more until grades 6 & 9. 
At 2 months, children receive 4 vaccines: DTaP- HB- IPV- Hib (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b),  Pneumococcal conjugate ‑, Meningococcal conjugate C, and Rotavirus. Your family doctor may administer the vaccines. If not, you can visit your local health authority. For those in the Fraser Valley, Fraser Health operates clinics in which the vaccines can be administered. Our local health clinic has a wonderful staff of ladies who are always happy to help & answer questions. Don’t neglect to use this great resource! As a BC resident, you can also call 811 to speak to a health services rep. Again, another great resource. 
Reactions to vaccines range from soreness, swelling at the injection site, fever, and (less commonly & more seriously) seizures. Check out this site for more info. If you think your baby or child is having an adverse reaction to the vaccines, call 911.

In BC, you will want to bring your child’s Health Passport so that the necessary info can be added for future reference. You should be provided with one at your child’s birth, or you can request one from your local health authority.

I hope this info helps. I’ll add more when the young lady receives her 4 month shots (I’ve been warned the reaction may be more extreme).

I’d love to hear your thoughts on vaccines and what influenced your choices, pro or against.

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Retail Therapy

You know the feeling…

The exhilaration of stepping out in public with the babe and enjoying a lil shopping- even if you don’t buy anything!

I had a blast at Homesense this week checking out ideas for kids rooms and I can’t wait until our lil munchkin will add her own twist on her room.

There was some ADORABLE bedding & accessories that I wish I had an excuse to buy. If you or someone you know is looking for some cute items for a girl’s room, Homesense had a really nice selection. See below for some of my faves. πŸ™‚

The bedding & pillows are Cynthia Rowley- LOVE the colours!!!
(The headboard was on sale for $192.99!)

HEART the chevron pattern!

Colin & Justin sheets- how cute are these?!

Calling All WAHMs & SAHMs!

Ladies!

I am looking to promote some local talent! If you or someone you know is a WAHM (Work at Home Mom) or SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) who makes and/ or sells unique products I would love to hear about them!

I’d love to help support local ladies trying to stay at home to raise their families, and getting the word out there is a great way to do this!

I’ll begin featuring these talented ladies as soon as possible!

Nursery Artwork!

It’s crazy some of the baby and kids rooms you see now! People seem to be spending more money on their children’s rooms than their own! I know that’s been the case with our family- the little one has the nicest bedroom of the lot! Some of the rooms you see look like they’ve come right out of a magazine, and i think alot of the credit has to go to how you accessorize the space. 
Even if the room (and/ or budget) is small, you can have a beautiful space- it’s all in how you work with what you’ve got.
That being said, it doesn’t take alot of money to buy the supplies to make your own cute nursery artwork, or to find some inexpensive pieces online. (Check the artwork I make below) πŸ™‚
I’ve recently been working on some fun projects for the little one’s room. If anyone is interested in having their own custom nursery artwork, let me know πŸ™‚

UPDATE: ANIMAL PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE

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