Yes, I was a Hockey Mom

Yes, I was a Hockey Mom

Yes, I was a hockey mom. The keyword here is ‘was‘.

Its that time of the year again when we focus on back to school. When you have kids who play hockey, this is also the time of year where your family would prepare to head back to the rink. Shopping for new skates, conditioning camps, and evaluations. This year things are a bit different for me as for the first time in about 13 years I will not be spending every weekend in the hockey rink.

Let me go to back to where it all started

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Will They Clean? Cleaning Tips for Your Teens and Young Adults Who Have Moved Out

Will They Clean?  Cleaning Tips for Your Teens and Young Adults Who Have Moved Out

With our oldest sons moving into their own apartments in September while they are attending University, we as moms tend to worry about them eating healthy, getting enough sleep/exercise, studying and of all things…Will they clean??!!

Did you happen to catch Christine’s post a few months back on Ten Things Your Teens Should Know Before Leaving Home? Well one of the items she talked about was teaching them to clean before leaving home.

We know they do not like to clean at home, which is obvious if you have walked into your teen or young adult children’s bedroom and if their rooms are any insight , we have a big job on our hands to teach and provide some guidance on cleaning.

Most commonly heard in our home ‘Can you please pick your clothes up off the floor and MAYBE do some laundry..’

So we have enlisted the help of our friend and local business owner, Mariya of AM Cleaning Calgary to help us with tips and tricks to a quick and easy clean PLUS provide us with an Express Guide to Cleaning theBathroom.

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Essentials for the University Student’s Pantry

Essentials for the University Student’s Pantry

**Take 2 – Apologies to our subscribers. Sometimes technology is not always our friend and I mistakenly published the last post before it was ready..**

Yikes!! Christine and I both have sons attending university this fall who will be moving into their own apartment/condo away from home. No more dorm life or living the sweet life at home.

There are so many things to think about when setting them up to live on their own.

Don’t forget to check out Christine’s post on The 10 Things Your Teen Should Know Before Leaving Home.

All the essentials for cooking and eating at home (let’s hope they make healthy choices), bathroom essentials, linens, laundry supplies (fingers crossed they do laundry and not just rely on the SMELL test!), and cleaning supplies to help them clean, hopefully (I can honestly say that my son has not cleaned a toilet). That blog post will come at a later date.

For me ( surprise, surprise) it is all about eating healthy or relatively healthy. Let’s be realistic here, these are 19 year old young men, I can’t ask for miracles. Will there be trips to the nearest fast food restaurant for a quick bite or a pizza delivery every now and then, of course. So in my effort to set them up for healthy eating success, I have made a list with a good base of pantry items. Now I am not going to go crazy and add items like quinoa and lentils or other items I KNOW they will not eat. (some may but I know that these items are not first on the list for my child) But there will be items that are quick and easy to make because we know they will be studying and not have the extra time to cook, right :)..

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Let’s just hope they add some fresh fruits and vegetables to their weekly or bi-weekly grocery store stock up, maybe meal plan…LOL!! A mom can dream 🙂

I know I may have missed something but I hope this gives you a start to stocking a healthy pantry for your university student. Next stop, bathroom essentials and a discussion on replacing that toilet paper roll!!