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November 9, 2017

Getting Your Kids To Declutter The Toys

Looking to declutter the toys? Want your kids to help?

As we approach the holiday season most of us are looking to declutter some of the toys to make room for likely the crazy amount of new ones.

Now I typically will actually go through my kids rooms and toy boxes and get rid of toys myself. My in laws occasionally like to take my kids for the weekend and I use this time to sneak out things while they aren’t looking.

Most of the time they never even notice. Except that one time…….

Yeah I may have donated a barbie house my daughter got from someone that was in the back of her closet and she never used. She had proclaimed she no longer wanted to play with Barbies and gave them all to her sister; who has a barbie doll house too.


Weeks later she came to me, “Mom, where is my green Barbie house?”.

Oh no.

“Well, ummmmm Mommy thought you were done playing with it so she gave it to another little girl that is playing with it.”

*Insert tears and pleas to ask for it back*

So I was going to be smart about it this time. I told the girls it was time to go through the toys they had. There was an overflow and some other little girls or boys could benefit from these toys. Which they were already on board with. They usually are. (I’m lucky I know).

A trend however I notice, especially with my older daughter (6) is she is starting this sentimental value to things. So I made them a deal. If they could EACH fill a blue recycle bag of toys to donate I would take them to the store to get them one single new toy. Within reason of course.

At first I let them go at the toy box while I did dishes or something but I noticed a lack of progress. So I decided I go through it with them. .We started to declutter  the shared toybox on the main floor, which they were highly motivated to go through.

By the time we moved up to their rooms things got a bit more challenging. I started in my older daughters bedroom because I new if her younger sister (4) saw her big sister decluttering, she would. As we worked through her room, we would come across a couple situations and here is how I handled them.

  • Slight sentimental value – Not like her favourite doll her grandma gave her the toy but so and so gave it to her, even though she doesn’t care about it anymore. I would ask, “Do you think you will still have this memory with auntie if you don’t have this toy?” Or “Are there other things you have that remind you of your friend?” But at no point did I force her. She was allowed to keep something she really cared for.
  • I paid a lot for the toy – yeah I got hung up here a bit too. But I tried to give these toys to friends and family or sell them.
  • Multiples – This is an unnerving theme I noticed. They had a lot of the same toys! But especially teddy bears! So I would ask her “If you have 4 brown teddy bears, can you maybe keep one you really love and donate the rest?” and this she usually was pretty good with doing.

After it was all done they both had a full bag of toys to donate and as promised their Dad and I took them to the store and got them a toy.

They happened to both pick out a Fingerling (which I’ve heard is the hot toy for Christmas this year, so bonus they already have them!!!) And they were content. In addition, they helped us drop off the toys and got see and do the good deeds.

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In Edmonton, Health on
June 18, 2017

International Yoga Day In Edmonton

June 21st is International Yoga Day!

As the resident hippie of Alberta Mamas I want to share where you can get your Yoga On in celebration of summer solstice and International Yoga Day in Edmonton. If the 21st doesn’t work for you, there are a few events happening all week celebrating it.

International Yoga Day June 21st


Embrace the Goddess – June 20th 7-9pm

Held downtown at Aurora Yoga and Spa a yoga and meditation with essential oils. Tickets purchased through the event page.


The CommUNITY Classes – June 21st 6-7 pm

A weekly FREE yoga class held inside the Thrive studio at the Mosaic Centre.


Sunrise Solstice Namaskar – June 21st 6- 7:30 am

Held in Hawerlak Park first thing in the morning with a live DJ from the It’s Time To Bloom people. This event is hosted by Sattva Yoga. This is a FREE event.


Community For A Cause: Yoga In The Park June 21st 5-9pm

Held in Spruce Grove by Be Free Yoga, all money raised goes to bringing yoga and meditation to those struggling with mental illness. Vendor shopping and the practice is from 7-8pm. Tickets can be purchased through the event.


Summer Solstice: Women’s Circle + Mini Ritual June 21st 3-4:30pm

Held online by She Collective so you can participate wherever you are. Tickets can be purchased through the event.


Family Friendly International Yoga Day and Aboriginal Day June 21st 6-8:30pm

A celebration of both yoga and Aboriginal Day with lots of activities for everyone and a chance to support of community here in our city.


Summer Solstice By Donation Class June 23rd 7:30-9:30 pm

Held at Above Average Yoga with donation to the food bank with either food or cash.


Family Friendly International Yoga Day Celebration June 24th 12-5pm

Food trucks, face painters, henna, prizes and music. Good for the whole family fun hosted by Lahari in St. Albert. This event if FREE.



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