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Monday, January 04, 2021

Back to school - virtual school

 2021! Today it's back to school! Mama is on her second coffee!




DH also works from home so one of us always runs out first thing in the morning to grab a coffee. 

We are continuing this new year with all 4 of us home. It's been all 4 of us home since March 2020. We are so grateful to have the options that we do.  The kids really enjoy virtual learning and we have a great schedule that works for our family. 


I wrote this other post in 2020 click here


Some tips on what works for us. . 




1. Keep breakfast simple. Cereal and milk, Oatmeal, Fruit and yogurt, Toast with butter or straight up simple waffle. Keeping it simple allows for breakfast to be quick and less clean up for mom and dad. 

2. Sit in a bright space. Lots of lighting is important! We work in our kitchen because it’s the best lighting with all the windows. 

3. Print out each childs schedule and have it visible. Even though everyday is the same, it’s just easy for mama to glance and get reminded, or hold it up to the kids when they ask haha!

4. Use a phone timer or if you have google home we just yell out the timers as we need. Hey google put a timer for back to class at 11:30!

5. Keep the house quiet. No background noise. No TV or Radios on. School day is the school day. (No iPads or video games allowed on break times either)

6. Provide earphones if you they have them or if they can work independently. My kids have them off and on throughout the day. 

7. I make easy lunches too. I usually make lunch on their first nutrition break which is around 11am. That way their second break is playtime where they head outside or to the basement to release some energy. That's usually my time to tidy up a bit. 

8. I work when they work. I work for myself so this I know is much harder for working parents and their scheduled meetings. When DH is on his meetings I usually play referee making sure there's no noise around him haa.

9. Try not to stress it. They are kids and had to adapt soo much in 2020! Give them a break too. I have a sticker reward system and they get stars for all the great things they did. Even as simple as getting to class on time, listening to instruction, sitting through the lesson. All of this deserves praise. 

10. Close the computers at the end of each day! Our teachers give us independent work blocks to finish homework. So by 3pm they are done. We close their laptop and school is over. The evening is their time to do what they want!  (My kids are SK and grade 4, so this may look different depending their age)

Every family has their own challenges, these are some tips that works best for us as we navigated virtual learning in September 2020. The main thing is to be gentle with the process. It does not need to be perfect. It's new for everyone, our kids, parents and teachers, so let’s be kind to everyone including ourselves. 

- Tania 

Thanks for reading! Be sure to follow Mama T on Instagram @aka_mama_t 

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Part 3 - My Boys

Let’s talk and DH and Mr M

These 2 boys holding it down! 




DH working full time from home with little M by his side. Keeping M happy and fed and dressed ha! DH finding his clothes had to be the best part though.




Mr M directed daddy on how mommy does things around here. How I cook, clean, and put him to bed. These stories were the cutest to hear.

Mr M told daddy to blow the bubbles when the pasta was boiling haha and was soo excited to help daddy cook. 



They both did their part cleaning up and made sure to tell me they did haha 



Daddy made sure the Elf knew that we were away but still showed up to play with Mr M.



He even brought crafts 



He even tried his first burger with daddy haha 


They played! 


They made dance videos! 





Mr M missed us but had a blast with daddy.

While DH was in meetings Mr M knew to quietly play. He owned being a big boy! He’s just 5! I’m so proud of how grown up he handled this whole situation! 



DH worked all day then drove to drop off M at my sisters then would gather items I needed (this was fun getting him in my drawers to pick my clothes ha) 

Mr M had a blast with his cousins and even slept over one night! He wouldn’t stop talking about it!



Mr M has the sweetest soul. He was soo happy to hear that we were coming home. He reminds me to give K is medicine and makes sure to tell me if K is touching his belly button haha. He is so concerned for his brother. 



We missed this little cutie soooo much and we are soo happy to be back cuddling him!!!


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Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Snuggle is REAL!


Our Elf arrives with Christmas Magic! 

So as soon as our decor goes up, our elf arrives!

He usually has treats like chocolate and candies and activity books or toys. 

Santa makes these treats for the local Dollarstore, so I'm sure the Elf gets first 
dibs on these treats from Santa's Shop. 

Sometimes he writes inspirational letters and is always cheering the kids on.



The kids wake up and jump out of bed to look for the 
Elf every morning to see what mess he's got himself into at night. 




Mommy is sure to catch a picture of the Elf, especially when the 
Elf makes so much noise when he is back from the North Pole.



Nightly he magically leaves and gives Santa the daily report and 
Christmas toy list from the kids. 

Santa then gets to work!


Our Elf sure does love chocolate. 



Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows are his favorite!

What's your Elf up to? What's the most exiting thing your Elf has done?



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Monday, May 25, 2020

New Recipe Alert!!



Ohhhh yessss! 

This recipe is now a favorite and will be added to my weekly dinners! 





Crispy cabbage! This will make it easy to up my veggies at lunch and dinner! 

Sooo easy! 

set oven to  425˚F 
1 package of coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage 
Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper 
Nonstick cooking spray
1tsp of olive oil 
2 tbsp Of Everything but the bagel seasoning 
(I got mine here
Sea salt / pepper 

Lightly coat parchment with cooking spray 
Toss ingredients together and lay a thin layer of cabbage on cookie sheet

Cook for 15 min turning once and until cabbage is dry and edges look brown and crispy 






And there you go! A yummy veggie addition to your meal! 

Enjoy! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Yummy Easy Banana Bread




No fail banana bread recipe! Moist and yummy! 

2 cups flour

2-3 bananas 

1 cup sugar

1tsp baking powder 

1tsp baking soda 

3/4 cup oil 

2 eggs 

1/3 milk 

1tsp vanilla 

My no mess steps below! 




  1. In bowl to blend with blender add ripe bananas, 2 eggs, and oil. Blend 
  2. Measure 1 cup sugar and add to the bowl of wet mixture and blend 
  3. Measure 2 cups of flour and add 1tsp of baking powder and 1tsp baking soda.
  4. Slowly blend in flour to the wet mixture and blend. 
  5. Add 1/3 of milk and 1tsp of vanilla to bowl


Sometimes I scoop out into muffins, the kids love that. Or I use a 9x13 pan. It’s more of a banana cake! 


Bake 350 for 30-40min. Check with toothpick. My oven is usually exact with 30min. 


Add other ingredients like crushed nuts or chocolate chips! 


Enjoy!!