sickness has entered our home. it is stubborn, unrelenting and refusing to leave.

last monday night bear developed a fever. it kept creeping upwards, it hit +39.4c and plateaued. my 5yo was lethargic and listless,  without any other typical sick symptoms’ no runny nose, no belly ache, no cough, no nothing. just a fever. then finally the fever started to creep back down, and bear began eating more and playing again. he missed so much school last week. luckily he is only in SK so it’s not as though he will fall behind.

today to my dismay, a cough and drippy nose has bravely presented itself in bear’s head.  he is coughing chronically, consistently and it is driving us all bit mad.  his eyes look red from the tired that sickness brings. his behaviour is just plain obnoxious, as he is trying to keep up with the day playing and interacting with his family. all his body wants to do is rest.


a morning bath, while his little brother was at preschool.

as his mama, it’s hard to find that balance with rest and play, especially because so much of last week was spent vegging, watching tv and sleeping. we had a busy weekend planned, but had to pull back and stay closer to home. i wanted bear as recharged for school, as possible. i did send him to school today, because he and i  need space. plus, i think he was healthy enough.

(knock on wood!)


my lion has been stuck at home, by default. luckily, he has been happy to play and lounge in his pj’s!

the rest of us see fine and  not showing any signs of illness, but i’m not holding my breath. i am sure with time, we too will get knocked down. sickness will kick our butts sooner rather than later.

such is life.

xo, mama lola

fancy festive bow ties!


bowtie 3bmy boys have their own sense of style and love to look fancy.

they love to look handsome for birthday parties, weddings and christmas festivities are no different. so, this season i am again sewing new bow ties for my wee trend setters, which they will discover one december morning in their advent calender! see previous tutorial HERE.

this is such a quick n’ easy sewing project.


* festive fabric of your choice

* scissors

* thread, needle

* iron

* elastic


* cut two rectangles, one bigger than the other.

* fold fabric in half with the patterns sides facing each other, sew around the edges, leaving an unstiched opening at the end.

sew all the way around your rectangle, except for a small opening at the end. you need this opening to get your fabric right side out.

* cut the corners and then turn the rectangles right side out. mine look wrinkly, because it’s a tight squeeze through the small opening! a quick iron will that!

* sew up the openings by hand.

* this time i used a small scrap piece to cinch up the two rectangles to create the bow tie shape. before, i’ve sewn specific pieces for the centre for cinching. you can find those instructions HERE.

* cut and measure elastic band. loop through the back of the bow tie and then sew the wends together.

here are some examples of other bow  ties i have sewn for the boys. the top one is from bear’s 4th birthday. instead of making loot bags all the guests received a bow tie! the one on the middles is another x-mas bow tie and the purple one at the bottom is from a wedding the kids were in. now, my kids wear bow ties all the time; school pictures, just because or for looking fancy!


and don’t forget, bow ties are not just for boys!

xo, mama lola

may the fourth :: mabel’s labels offer!


The force is strong with this offer because for one day only, on 5/4, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Robot and Rocket Sticky Labels in honour of May the 4th be with you! May 4th celebrates the Star Wars Trilogy that has entertained thousands of fans from all over the world. 

Don’t miss your chance to shop this great offer
xo, mama lola

special offer from melissa & doug!

all kids love bubbles and now that the warmer temperatures are here, even here in ontario, your kids will love these fun bubble makers!

this promo ENDS ON MONDAY
so get it on the bubble fun NOW!

hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

xo, mama lola

new labels! from mabel’s labels! wash aways!

Mabel’s Labels has just launched their new line of Wash Away Labels. these labels are perfect for potluck dishes, bottles for daycare, frozen foods, canning jars, and much more. when the labels are are no longer needed, simply pop in the dishwasher or under running water to rinse off. best of all, these labels disappear completely, leaving no sticky residue. 

i can’t wait to try these labels for all my pickle jars at the end of the summer! they’re also super practical for all those family reunions and picnics everyone is going to be attending this summer!

just click on the picture below and order away!

xo, mama lola

facebook admin announcement!


there is some business i would like to take care of. facebook now requires page administrators to promote their updates if we want our content to be seen by our fans. If we do not promote our posts, only about 10% of the fans receive the updates on the facebook home page feed.

To keep RECEIVING ALL POSTS FROM BEAR & LION you have to hover the mouse on the “Like” button near MY name BEAR & LION. a drop-down menu will appear and select “ADD TO INTEREST LISTS“. then create an interest list (and you can make a nickname for your favourite sites). when you select that interest list you will see ALL of my posts and you won’t miss anything important!

follow the above instructions for ANY facebook page you care about, so you can continue seeing all the posts from the pages you love.

thanks and please share this info with others!

xo, mama lola
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