“The Bad Person….”

“Mom, today we had a lockdown!”

(My blood runs cold, I can’t hear anything, I’m literally frozen!)

Me: “You what?”
Frankie ” Ya we practiced, what to do if a bad person came!”

(Ok, now I can breath again..)

He then proceeded to show me how they were told to get into their cubby, sit crossed legged and be very quiet!

“The teacher turns off the lights and locks the door! If the bad person looks into the room they won’t see us!” I guess in light of recent events it was time to review these procedures.

The Bad Person….

Growing up in school we regularly had fire drills, when I was Frankie’s age they really gave me a lot of anxiety. I knew they were just practice and I was safe but they still freaked me out!

I know shootings and abductions still happened back then, For the most part we were pretty sheltered from it. In elementary school my biggest fear was getting lice!
(Seriously, my hair was the same then at it is now and that nit comb really hurts! Also there was now way I was chopping off my hair! Are you crazy!!)

After becoming a mother, I turned into the most paranoid person you’ve ever met! Every stranger was a threat to my family. I would stare down anyone who even looked at my child. 

Neither of my children went to daycare, I was blessed to be able to stay home and care for them.When the day came for Frankie to start school, every worst case scenario ran through my head. Every news story of a lost child, school shooting, bus crash you name it I thought about it!

The world has changed so much since I was younger, it’s still changing everyday! All you have to do is turn on the news every night for your proof. Kids can’t be as sheltered as we once were.

While it sickens me to think of why there is a need for these lockdown drills, I’m so thankful they exist! 

Although, thankfully  he doesn’t seem to give the drills a second thought. 

I wish he went to school in a world where his biggest concern was who he’ll be playing with at recess, instead of learning what to do if The bad person comes. 

I know I might sound delusional, but I wish the world was simpler. I wish the light of many could drown out the darkness of a few. I choose to believe that we can help those in need and put a stop to the horrible things going on in cities and towns just like mine.  

For the sake of our children

xo, Fran 

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Junebugs reusable snack bag review+Giveaway! 

  
Supporting small shops is very important to me. 

I love discovering new and unique products, when they also make my life easier that’s a huge bonus! 

I came into contact with Josée through Instagram. She is a gorgeous mommy to three adorable little ones. 

She founded Junebugs in 2011. Why the name Junebugs? That was inspired by her 3 children all of which were born in the month of June! As a mother Josée understands the value of quality handmade items. This is obvious by just looking at all of her handcrafted items and attention to detail. 

Wether you’re looking for

  • Bibs
  • Burp clothes
  • Crayon wallets (such a cute idea!)
  • Hooded towels
  • Nursing covers, or
  • Reusable snack bags

Junebugs has you covered. With so many amazing patterns and designs, it will be hard to pick just one!

Josée was so kind to send two snack bags for us to review, one large sports patterned and one small adorable princess patterned. Frankie loved his bag. He was so excited to bring it to school and came home with many stories about how cool his friends thought his bag was! 

As for Emilia’s bag…. here’s the best part!  

 reusuable snack 
On our daily after school pick up run, I try to keep Emilia in the car as long as possible. (It’s freezing out there !)  She used to fuss and cry until I gave in and let her out of the car. I kid you not, from day one of using her little snack bag. She sits contently snacking away in her seat until it’s time to get out! 

Why? I have no idea. 

Maybe it’s the princess pattern, or maybe it’s the feeling of independence. Having a “big kid” bag like her brother? Whatever it is, it’s made me love these bags even more! 

We used to use countless ziplock bags. These bags have definitely replaced those and cut down on the amount of waste in our house.(Bonus!)

Both kids love using them at home too. Watching a movie or just hanging out they always request their snack in their “cool bags”

Clean up and care for these bags is a breeze! (Yet another bonus!)

They can go right into the wash and even into the dryer! 

We’ve had ours for a few weeks and use them daily. They’ve been washed, dried, crumpled and trampled. I can honestly say they still look as good as the day we received them! The great quality and care put into these bags is undeniable.

I would definitely recommend these bags to every parent. Cut down on waste, save money by cutting back on disposable bags and snack in style! 

Who could ask for more! 

You can see all of the products Junebugs has to offer by visiting: http://junebugs.ca

Keep up to date with all of the newest designs, products and news by following along on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Junebugsfashions/?ref=ts&fref=ts

And instagram:https://www.instagram.com/3junebugs/

Josée and I have teamed up for an amazing giveaway! 

For your chance to win 2 Reusuable snack bags

  • 1 Large 
  • 1 Small

Head over to The Hungry Homemaker Instagram page for all of the details! 

https://www.instagram.com/thehungryhomemakerblog/

Thanks again to Josée for her generosity! 

These bags are definitely one of my new favourite things! 

xo, Fran

(I was sent these products at no cost of my own, for the purpose of review. As always these opinions are my own and true.) 

Cheesy baked caramelized onion dip

It’s been a long week! 

After a week full of work, school runs, cold weather and temper tantrums, it’s our time to relax.

This week Mike and I finally decided we would start watching Making a murderer on Netflix. So after the kids are off to bed we’ll be starting our binge watching! 

Now I don’t know about you but, in my opinion a good tv marathon calls for delicious snacks! (Preferably within arms reach so I don’t have to leave my comfy spot on the couch!) 

So while Mike gets out the tortilla chips and cuts up some pita bread I’ll be getting this delicious dip ready! 

 hot caramilzed onion dip  

Cheesy baked caramelized onion dip

  • 3 large onions, (I used red this time) sliced 
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley 
  • 1/2 Cup cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 1/2 Cup mayo
  • 1/2 Cup  + 1/2 Cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, divided 
  • Dash black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees 

  1. In a large pan heat the oil and add your onions and water. Cook onions until they are caramelized. (About 35/40 mins)
  2. In a large boil using a mixer, mix together all of the other ingredients. Reserving the other half of the grated cheese. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add cooked onions to your mixture, stir until mixed well.
  4. Place mixture into a baking dish, smooth flat and top with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Until lightly browned and cheese is bubbling 

It’s so delicious, you won’t be able to resist! 

The perfect snack to share while you binge watch your favourite show! 

(Or keep it all to yourself, I won’t judge…) 

Enjoy! 

xo, Fran 

Goodbye 2015!

With the start of 2016 I keep finding myself saying “Wow, that year really flew by!”

The truth is, it really did! 

We had so much going on and made so many new memories. Frankie started school, Emilia became so much more independent, now she’s on the move and things are so much busier around here! 

This year we celebrated some big milestones, Emilia’s baptism and first birthday along with the engagement of my younger sister. Mike and I also celebrated 7 years of marriage!! Not to mention all of the other holiday madness that comes during the year! 

  
I turned 30 and shared some things I never thought I would have the courage to talk about. I shared the story of my journey to motherhood. The losses we suffered were hard to relive, but the messages of love and support I received after sharing it were amazing! So many people going through the same thing knew they weren’t alone, if somehow that brought them some peace it makes my heart so full! 

Thank you to The Mother Effin Truth Blog for giving me the opportunity to share my story! You can find my guest post here: http://themothereffintruth.com/truth-tellers/meet-mama-fran/

The blog had a growth spurt, I worked with so many amazing companies and small businesses! I also made such great connections with fellow bloggers and readers.

 I think that’s the thing I’m most proud of. I started this as a place to connect with others, to find people to relate to. To share my life with others, to know I’m not alone on the bad days and share my happiness on the good days! I really feel like I’ve done that through all of my social media platforms and I can’t wait to share even more with you all!  Sometimes life isn’t so “picture perfect!” I love that I can share these times with you all without judgement.

  
Through blogging I even had the chance to appear on T.V! I was contacted by Jeunesse from Rogers Tv’s Daytime Dish! It was so much fun, even though I may or may not have been completely freaking out about it the night before! We discussed celebrity baby names and I honestly had a blast! You can catch the segment here, feel free to watch it a million times just like the members of my family have! Ha ha! (They’re my biggest fans, and all kidding aside I’m so thankful for their support!)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orxw_FiuaDE

Along with the appearance I got to do a guest post on Jeunesse’s blog where I wrote a fun little letter to my “pre mommy” self! http://jeunesse.net/friends/2015/12/7/5-things-i-would-tell-pre-mom-me-you

This year my New Years resolution is to put myself out there more, to be more confident in myself and be brave! 

I realized that I do have something to offer and some people might just want to hear what I have to say! 

You can find more of the guest posts I’ve had the pleasure of doing and their links on my Facebook page! 

I feel a little sad saying goodbye to the past year. As a mom I think it’s hard to watch the time fly by so fast often not knowing where it all goes, but 2016 is going to be great, I can just feel it! 

I hope you’ll all come along for the ride, I can’t wait to share all the fun that’s in store! 

From my family to yours, we wish you a Happy new year, filled with happiness, love, fun and good health!

 

xo, Fran