Time for a change. 

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Pregnant me teaching a Mom and Tot class.

I am changing the name of my blog. If you haven’t already noticed, My Hole in the Head is now The Dancing Mommy

I needed a change to kick me in the ass and keep up with blogging. I wanted a name for my blog and my YouTube channel that gave a clue to what this is all about.

I started out writing this blog and doing videos as a way to try and organize my life. Do little organizational projects and blog/vlog about them. Well, that didn’t really pan out. I’m still trying to be organized but I’m not good at keeping things up. As obvious by the length of time between blog posts.

My Hole in the Head was a name I put on this blog because I was so busy I needed something else to do like “a hole in the head”.

I really think tIMG_4066he new name will help me be a little more focused on what I’m about these days. My kids, and all things mommy related. I have a 4 1/2 year old boy and a 14 month old girl.
My love of finding a good bargain. It could be sales or thrift shopping, the hunt for a good deal is the best part. And dance. I am after all a dance teacher and choreographer, I can’t leave that out.

Also, the balance of running a business, teaching classes, being a stay at home mom (I know that doesn’t really make sense. I’m home with the kids in the day, and teach in the evenings), being a choreographer, and keeping up general house stuff IS a dance it’s self.

That’s it, The Dancing Mommy.  Now other things just might creep in, but that’s the general idea.

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Dancing in “Jesus Christ Superstar” at 6 months pregnant.
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Bubs showing off while I’m giving notes after dress rehearsal of “Oz”. Little V was born a week later.

*curtsie*

Holidays!!!!!

And I’m off! Seriously. We are on the road  heading east across our great island of Newfoundland.As you may or may not have heard, we have had a hell of a busy year. Now, it’s time for a break. We are headed to my parents house on beautiful Three Island Pond in Paradise. Also known to us as “the house on the lake”. 

Road trips with kids are….different. Meaning, you end up packing twice as much stuff as you really need “just in case”. For long car trip, which all of ours are, we need snacks, water, bottles, formula, DVD player, iPad, wipes-lots of wipes, pillows, blanket, etc…lets just say lots of stuff. 

Then, your schedule isn’t your own. Stop so Bubs can pee, stop so I can pee,stop to feed the baby, stop for lunch,stop to change the baby. Our trip used to take 7 hours from Corner Brook to St.John’s. Now it takes about 9. That’s long for anyone, but on a four year old it’s sheer torture. 

I gave Mr Bubbers a gravol before we left as he is susceptible to car sickness, he was stoned for the first 2-3 hours. 
Making all our stops things were going along pretty good. Baby was sleeping a lot and Bubs was watching a movie. 

With the usual “I can’t take this anymore” craziness in the last hour, we made it, 9 hours after we left home.  And it was all worth it. 


Now, where’s my wine?

And I’m off. 

Packing for a last minute overnight trip with 2 kids. 

We just decided to go out of town to visit family tomorrow for an overnight, so I thought I’d do a quick little post about what I’m packing. 

The thing is with packing for small kids is whether you are going away for a night or a week, you’re going to have stuff. Multiple outfits for the kids because they are messy, multiple outfits for you because they are messy. And more often than not, they get messy on you. Not to mention the toys they want to bring, the distractions, the snacks, the diapers etc. 

This is what clothes I packed. 

For Baby V….


1. Onesie and pants to wear in the car. 

2. Back up onesie and pants. 

3. Romper

4. White cardigan 

5. Packing cube (I love these)

6. Footless sleepers (if it warmish)

7. Footed sleepers (if it’s coolish)

8. Bathing suit and cover up (who knows, it’s summer)

10. Pink hoodie. 

For Mr.Bubbers…

1. Swim trunks

2. Two pairs of pants

3. Packing cube

4. Two t shirts

5. Jammies

6. Hoodie 

7. Rain jacket

8. Two pairs of shorts

9. Two pairs underwear 

For me…


1. Red and white striped t shirt and denim capris. 

2. Underwear (going to wear the same bra)

3. Sleepwear

4. Packing cube

5. Navy and white striped t shirt and coral shorts. 

6. Tankini

That’s it for clothes. S packed for himself so I don’t have pics of his stuff. I know we won’t need it all but with the weather here in Newfoundland we could need shorts and a parka in the same weekend. Hope this helps if you needed some ideas. 

And I’m off!

What’s in my Diaper bag “Everything Bag”

One of my first post was about my “My Everything Bag“, some call it a just in case bag or a walking pharmacy. It’s a little pouch of things you might need. I have many versions of this, but this post is about my diaper bag edition.

My baby girl is now 5 months old and my little boy is now 4. I usually have a few “just in case” things in my diaper bag for my little guy too.

Check out my “What’s in my Diaper Bag” post and video.

On with things. Here is what I carry in my everything bag-diaper bag edition.

This Orla Kiely make up bag is what I’m using at the moment. I have two of these one is my regular everything bag. I might have to put a ribbon in it or something, I’ve been getting them confused. 😜


1. Wet Ones antibacterial wipes

2. Tylonol Back Pain-my Doctor gave me a bunch of sample packs last time I was there.

3. Band aids

4. Honest Co. Hand cream

5. Honest Co. Healing balm

6.Honest Co. Surface cleaner- mostly for air travel.

7.Smiths eucalyptus and mint lip balm

8. Advil-again with the sample packs

9. Q-tips

10. Mommy stuff- Urban Decay perversion mascara-sample

11. Rimmel exaggerate eyeliner-my go to.

12. Mirror

13. Baby Tylonol

14. Snap clip-I’m going out my bangs

15. Mini nail file

16. The bag…

17. Binky/pacifier/nummy/dumbtit

18. Nail clippers

Missing-a tampon and gum.

That’s my diaper bag edition of my everything bag. I hope this helps with your diaper bag packing needs. 😜

Here’s the video, and a little Baby V cuteness.

And I’m off!

What’s in my Diaper Bag

I’ve been trying out different kinds of bags to use as my diaper bag for my 3 month old and my almost 4 year old. I’m not opposed to an actual proper “diaper bag”, I just find that my non diaper bag works best for me. I use a Kipling Sherpa travel tote

This is technically a travel carry on bag, but it works perfectly for what I need. The bag has one main part with one inside zip pocket. One long zip pocket on the front with two smaller zip pockets. It also has  a strap on the back that is meant to slip over the handle of a rolling suitcase.

On to what I have in there:

All packed up. There is still room for my water bottle and snacks if need be. 

Here’s what’s in the main part of the bag.


1. A packing cube with a change of clothes for Baby V and clean underpants for Bubs. Ya know, just in case.

2. Change kit. I love this thing. It’s by Munchkin.

3. Receiving blanket/burp cloth. I usually have a small burp cloth in there as well.

4. My Everything bag, but it’s my diaper bag version. Let me know if your interested in what I have in there.

5. Wet bag. I got this a The container store. For wet or dirty clothes.

6. Travel pack of wipes. Loves the wipes. I need them at arms reach all the time.

7. My notebook for a show I currently working on. I’m choreographing Grease and my husband is directing, so we get a babysitter for Bubs and take Baby V. That’s why it’s in there.

8. My Baby K’tan breeze for wearing baby in rehearsal.

Here’s what in the outside zip pocket.


1. My sunglasses

2. A pen

3. Tissues

4. Hand sanitizer

5. Spare pack of wipes for The change kit.

In the two smaller front zip pockets I keep her binky and binky wipes and I can fit two of her bottle in one pocket. We use the Tommee Tippie bottles.

I’ll also throw in some snacks for Bubs if we are going to be out for a while, but that is basically what I keep in there all the time so I can just take it and go. I hate running around trying to remember what to bring when it’s hard enough as it is to get out the door.

Check out my video to hear me show and tell!

And I’m off!

My Florida Haul!

I’ve been back from our trip for about three weeks now, but it’s never too late to share a haul,right?

With the exchange rate the way it is at the moment, shitty, I really didn’t do much shopping for me. I did however buy things for the baby and Mr.Bubbers. I’ll do a separate post on that haul. This one is just the things I bought for myself. I did get to my favourite place,Target about 5 times. Also, I got a few things at Nordstroms rack.

What I got at Le Target:

*please excuse how wrinkly everything is. Eventhough they’ve been unpacked for a few weeks the wrinkles seem to have stayed.


1.Love this t-shirt with the little neon orange elephants!

2.I wore this outfit so much while I was in Florida. The shorts and top are Merona and really light and flowy.

3.I’m still obsessed with this colour this spring.

4.I certainly didn’t need another chambray shirt, I have about 5 of different shades of blue. But I loved the patch pockets on this one.

Ross just happened to be super close to my moms place. So I had to go there.

5. This coral colour top, is my other colour obsession for spring. I love it!

6. I always love navy no matter the time of year. I love the “longer in the back” type tops.

7. Again with this turquoise colour. My mom and I both bought the same one. It’s rounded on the bottom and looks super cute with shorts.

8. These Skechers memory foam loafers are the most comfortable things I’ve ever put on my feet. I was even wearing them around the house as slippers!

The non clothing stuff I bought was a couple bags from Nordstrom Rack and some packing goodies from the Container Store. My internal organized person loves the Container Store. I wish she’d come out more often…..


My treat to myself was this beautiful Rebecca Minkoff canvas tote. This is my summer bag for sure! This was a great find at Nordstrom Rack

The other bag I bought I actually bought the last time I was in Florida.  I left it there to use when I’m there. But I used it so much I decided to bring it home.

 It also came from Nordstrom Rack. It’s a Lasportsac. I used it as a beach/pool bag. It’s so light and it has three outside zip pockets perfect for sunscreens and sunglasses.

I wanted to get a few more Eagle Creek Pack-it system packing cubes. That’s what I got at the Container store.

I got one set of the spectre compression cubes, one set of the spectre pack-it cubes, and the spectre stuffer set mini. I also found a small expandable packing cube by Lewis and Clark at TJ Maxx.

Check out my video to hear a little more about what I got!

And I’m off!

Packing for baby and toddler! 

I started writing this post before our March vacation but I didn’t get it finished. I’m posting it anyway as I think it still could be helpful. Sorry there is no pictures of the packing and it’s very “list-y”. But it’s good if you are wondering what exactly to back for a two part, two climate trip with little ones. 

Here it is. 

  

 Baby V is a month old and we are heading on vacation! A week in St.John’s and then flying from there to Tampa for two and a half weeks, yay!!!

I’m planning on packing very light, or as light as I can with 4 week old baby and a 3 1/2 year old. The tricky part is I have to pack for two climates. Crappy spring/winter in St.John’s and the Florida warm sunshine. The packing light part will mostly be for the Florida part as I have some things left at my moms (where we are staying) but the truth is they don’t have much in the way of warm weather clothes. Bubs has grown out of much of his, and baby V doesn’t have any, obviously. 

So here is what I’m packing. 

Baby V

  

8 sleepers (I’ll leave half of these at my in laws house in St.John’s)

10 short sleeve onesies

5 long sleeve onesies (I’ll leave these at my in laws house too)

3 pairs of baby socks

2 outfits (to look cute for outings or company)

Then the non-clothing things

10 burp cloths/receiving blankets

1 full pack of diapers, I’ll buy more there. 

2 packs of wipes, again I’ll buy more there. 

Vasaline

Bum cream

Baby shampoo 

Baby lotion

Snot sucker

5 bibs

3 bottles, planning on buying another pack there. 

Formula 

2 blankets

Baby/toddler medical kit- baby tylonol, band aids, kids polysproin, gripe water etc

Moby wrap-daddy’s Cartier

Ergo- my carrier, I have a bad back and this one works better for me. 

I didn’t pack and specific Florida clothes for her because, well..she doesn’t have any. My mom took care of that, there is plenty of cute outfits waiting for her there. 

For Mr.Bubbers

  

For my 3 1/2 year old, I packed two separate packing cubes. One with St.Johns stuff that I will then leave there at my in laws house. And one with Florida stuff. 

St.John’s-

2 pairs jeans

4 pairs track/comfy pants

4 long sleeve shirts 

3 short sleeve shirts (to take to Florida too)

1 hoodie

1 fleece jacket

1 sweatshirt 

5 pairs socks

10 pairs underpants 

4 sets PJs

Winter boots

Hiker sneakers

His toiletries 

Toothbrush 

Toothpaste 

Shampoo

Sunscreen 

Florida-

4 pairs of shorts

4 t-shirts (in addition to the ones above)

2 swim trunks

Sun hat

Sunglasses

Sandals 

Sneakers

3sets of warm weather PJs