Dear iPad, I Love You

How many articles or blog posts have you read about how bad electronics are for kids? Personally I don’t think I can count that high and not to brag but I am pretty damn smart. Electronics are soooo bad that even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge AKA Will and Kate do not let their kids near an iPad. Well I hate to tell you all but I love our iPads. Yes I said iPads as in more than 1. In fact we have 3 of them in our house.

So let me share with you why I love our iPads and owe my life and sanity to them.

5 Reasons I Love Our iPads

  1. Mom Sick Days. Moms everywhere know what I am talking about. We don’t get sick days. OK I do cause I have a pretty damn amazing husband but for real the iPad is the life saver. Hand the kids the iPads and feel free to quietly suffer in sick misery without the kids destroying the house or driving your crazy.
  2. Road Trip! #SorryNotSorry but I am not super mom and I do not want to play 20,000 questions. Here enjoy your iPad.
  3. Doctors Visits. Listen I don’t know what it is like where you live but where I live doctors are NEVER on time. I am talking like 45 minute waits. Don’t even get me started on visiting a walk in clinic instead of your own doctors. Enjoy your iPad kid.
  4. Saturday Mornings! What’s that? You get up and have a grand ol adventure every week-end with your kids? Not this mom. I want some zzzzz’s, enjoy your iPad kids.
  5. Education! Yup I said it, iPads can be educational. Don’t believe me, ask the schools that are using them for the exact same reason. There are thousands of educational apps in the apple store. In fact my older son has homework that involves apps for reading and math.

Now I know I am not alone. So spill it, why do you love your iPad or whatever electronic device you let your kid enjoy?


Unlocked Ottawa – Fortune Found Review

A couple of years ago one of my girlfriends and I headed to Syracuse for a girls weekend shopping trip. While at Destiny Mall we came across a company that hosted escape rooms. They had a bulk discount if you did all 3 room so we decided to try it out. I had a blast and came home to tell my husband all about it. He was totally jealous and said he would love to try it out. Sadly there was no such thing in Ottawa at the time.

Since that time multiple escape rooms have opened up in Ottawa. I mean they are popping up everywhere. Tobei’s birthday was last week so I decided for a birthday date we would go and try our very first escape room as a couple.

I started googling the various escape rooms in Ottawa and came across Unlocked Ottawa. Sounded like the perfect starting ground for us. It was in Kanata which is where I also book us a hotel room for the night and they did not merge groups. All other escape rooms in Ottawa will merge groups to meet the challenge people capacity. I really wanted to just be him and I. Unlocked Ottawa had two escape rooms we could choose from that a group of only 2 people could book. I chose Fortune Found, their newest room.

Unlocked Ottawa – Fortune Found


After an evening at the carnival, you awake to a series of unfortunate events. Through deductive reasoning, you determine the cause of your misfortune is a curse from the incoherent ramblings of the angry Madame Celeste Opal. To break the curse you need to navigate your way through the woods to her tent and find a cure. Good Luck!

Cost: 18.50 pp
Difficulty: 4
Players: 2-4
Time: 45 Minutes

We were greeted promptly and friendly upon our arrival. After filling out a brief standard hold harmless type form we were given our story and the rules. Also the bonus perk of finding out we could have a maximum of 3 clues and still be considered a success should we finish in our 45-minute timeline. They did warn us that this was their newest and hardest room and being only 2 people with little to no experience we would have a hard time completing it.

By some miracle we did it!!!! I won’t lie. We used all 3 of our clues but we still managed to escape in time. The staff was very quick to respond when we asked for our clues making sure no time was wasted on waiting for them.

I wish I could give your more review-y type stuff here but that would kind of ruin all the fun for you and take away from the adventure if you go try it out yourself. Which I do highly recommend it for a fun date night or even a family adventure. This adventure is available in kids mode for younger participants to take part.

All in all, we had an amazing time and can not wait to book our next adventure.

DISCLOSURE: This is not a sponsored review. We received nothing for this post. Unlocked Ottawa doesn’t even know I blogged. We 100% paid our own way on this epic date night adventure.


Put your feet up and grab a coffee!

Oh hey there, welcome to my little corner of that thing they call the internet. The door is always open and the coffee is always on.


My name is Nolie and I am somewhere in my 30s. I like long walks on the beach and meaningful conversations…. oh silly me this isn’t a dating profile. Once upon a time, I was a stay at home mom and a blogger who actually got paid to write things. Everything became a deadline and I lost the love of blogging. So I quit blogging and decided to find something new to occupy my time. Last summer I went back into the work world and just recently started a new job as an office administrator.

I am happily married to my best friend and love of my life Tobei. We have been together for 10 years and this May is our 4th wedding anniversary. All the pictures are gone except what I could dig up on Instagram  (I suck at archiving websites) but you can read about our wedding over at the archive site starting with the post The Yo-Yo.

The Brothers

We are parents to two lovely though sometimes obnoxious boys. Big Brother is currently 10 and already thinks he is a teenager and Little Brother is 6. Little Brother was just recently diagnosed with ADHD so we are swimming in those waters. I am almost positive there will be posts about it in the future. Only in the past 2 weeks did we finally get him on medication that works.

Gramma aka my mom also lives with us. She moved in with us about 2 years ago due to her fibromyalgia and brought with her 2 dogs and a cat. Hence the tagline ~ 1 Husband, 2 Boys, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 Grandma. Sharing our crazy lives one post at a time.

So that pretty much sums up my little family. I promise nothing but rawness, honesty and lack of sugar when it comes to the coating of my posts. Frequency will be as I get around to it. Quality will be nothing to be published in a magazine and I won’t cater to anyone. It is what it is and this blog is all about our lives. One crazy post at a time.