Pirate Party Loot Bag DIY

I am always looking for fun and interesting ideas for my kids birthday parties.
This year Nate wanted an indoor playground party so I didn’t have much to plan other than the loot bags.
We decided on going with a pirate theme.
I like to put together multi-purpose loot bags, so I decided to get chocolate coins to eat, eye patches to play with and a bandana to wear.

   

 

  

Take the coins and eye patch and place them in the centre of the bandana. 

 

Pick up the bandana, while making sure that the contents are in the centre of it and hold it so that you can tie it.

  

Get the string of your choosing and tie the bandana tightly.

  

This ends up being a fun little package that you can hand the kids at the start of the party so that they can be pirates at the pirate party!

 

 

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The “Mom Bod”

Bikini season is on its way.
For the past few years I have been dreading the words “bikini season” as I haven’t been able to wear one since Nate was born.
I mean I can physically put one on but I am not comfortable doing that.
In reality I was never too comfortable in a bikini, I think my new found “Mom Bod” exasperated those feelings.
“Mom bod” you say.
Yes “Mom Bod”
I’m sure you have heard all about the “Dad Bod”.

What is the “Dad Bod” you ask?
Alex Abad-Santos describes the “Dad bod” as a male body type that is best described as “softly round.” It’s built upon the theory that once a man has found a mate and fathered a child, he doesn’t need to worry about maintaining a sculpted physique.

Now the “Mom Bod” is similar but different.
The “Mom Bod” is a body that was recreated and repurposed.
It’s a woman’s body with a twist.
The “Mom Bod” is one where the hips, thighs and butt become larger.
For some it is MUCH larger and for others it is discretely larger.
The breasts, whether breastfeeding or NOT, become hollow like a cave.
Most women with a “Mom Bod” have stretch marks in places that they never knew existed.
In some women they don’t.
The waist expands, even for those doing yoga and crossfit five times a week.
It is not something that we can fight, as Mother Nature trumps the desire to be superficial.

There is something supernatural about said “Mom Bod” as it is one that has housed life.
It is something that should be respected and honoured as it is the creator of our future.
The “Mom Bod” has become something that is feared as many women are afraid to embrace the beauty of it.
It is a natural state where women flourish and should feel a sense of serenity.
Let us stop hating on the “Mom Bod” and start embracing it in all of its forms, as it is the body that brings new life and light to this dingy place we call earth.

Mother’s Day

Mama, thank you for giving me life and for nurturing it.
For teaching me what it means to be a good person and a good woman.
For showing me what a great mother is made of.
Although we don’t always see eye to eye, I am so thankful for your unconditional love for me and my little family.

Adam, thank you for being my partner in crime.
For helping me create these two little firecrackers that we call our children.
For always making me feel extremely confident and beautiful.
I am not an easy person to deal with and you get that.
Thank you for being such an amazing father, it helps me be a better mother.

Nati and Benny, without you I would not be celebrating this day.
You make me strive to be a better person everyday.
I get strength from knowing that I have something to do with the people that you are growing up to be.
Being your mother brings me an endless amount of joy.
Thank you for making me a mother.

To all of the mothers in my life,
having you in my life is empowering.
You help me put things into perspective and make me feel grounded.
Motherhoood is challenging at times.
Frustrating even.
Your support helps me get through the tough days more than you’ll ever know.

Happy Mother’s Day Beauties

Nate

Where do I begin.
You are my teacher.
My anchor.
My hurricane.
My inspiration.
My life’s biggest and most beautiful lesson.
You took me from being a child to caring for one.
You taught me what it means to love someone to no end.
You help me to see myself in a brighter light.
You look up to me and that gives me a kind of confidence that money can’t buy.
I see a lot of me in you and it scares me.
I constantly worry that you will make the same mistakes as I made.
I wonder how you will handle this big bad world.
I smile at the fact that you are so sweet, fun and charismatic.
Our biggest challenge will be to understand one another.
Our personalities will clash as they are so much alike.
Our love for eachother is unbreakable as we share a bond that is unbeatable.
Our hearts are soft and should be handled with care.
I trust that you will treat others’ hearts with care as well.
Trust me to give you as much love and nurture as I have inside of me.
Trust that even when we fight I love you to the depths of the universe.
Trust others only once they have earned your trust.
Trust your gut as it’s one of the strongest tools that you own.
Thank you for being you because nothing makes me prouder than knowing that you are such a decent and good human being.

Love,

Ima (other word for mom)