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Adventures in Advent 1: Adapting

So my Sis (STOP READING NOW SIS) is embracing a sugar free life. But we’re both big fans of advent and this year, the Starbucks advent calendar. But what’s the fun in opening a calendar when you can’t enjoy the spoils? So I took it up on myself to adapt the calendar to include non-food trinkets. I tried to do this on a tight budget as the calendar itself is a little spendy. So cool though…the tins are sitting on a magnetic chalk board with a simple wooden frame. Nice! You should reveal a caramel each day…but instead my sis…

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Crispy Waffles

Waffles are a Sunday morning fav around here. The boy eats them and I don’t mind whipping up a batch in the early hours. They are dead simple, fairly low on the sweet factor…until the syrup anyway. MOMMYDO WAFFLE TIP: Cool your waffles on a wire rack instead of in a stack to have a yummy crisp crust on both sides. Yes, these are a little ‘homey’ looking, but they taste fab. Super easy too. My favourite recipe is here, and takes about 5 min plus cooking time. I use a big whisk instead of the hand blender as I…

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Christmas Card Looks For Kids

Trying to decide what to dress the kids in for our Christmas cards photoshoot this week with the lovely and talented crew at barebonephoto. I’m super excited but I’m not sure I have the right outfits. There are still a few days to think about it. Do you do photo cards? Whole family or just kids or pets? Christmas Card Looks For Kids on Polyvore Gap Striped Boatneck Dress – french vanilla gap.com Gap Bow Ponte Dress – red gap.com Gap Plaid Lined Knit Waist Straight Jeans – denim gap.com Gap Convertible Plaid Double Weave Shirt – ariel yellow gap.com…

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Sometimes I dream about these at night. Homemade Peppermint Patties

Like last night for instance. Why does Christmas baking only happen once a year (and not at freakin’ Thanksgiving)? And yes, I could just make them now, but then I’d eat them all and they would lose some of their magic. Holiday treat magic… Anyway, now you can dream about them too. Or make them…so, so good. Here’s the recipe! Good old Eagle Brand. For reasons I can’t explain I can eat these despite my lactose intolerance. Many, many of them. All in one sitting. Peppermint Patties Servings: about 8 dozen Serving Size: Nutrition: See Below Prep Time: 20 Minutes…

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Favourite Things, Stylie

Fall Style 2013

Fall Style 2013 by melaniecote featuring knit shirts Joie blouse joie.com Hunkydory knit shirt farfetch.com Dorothy Perkins cream camisole dorothyperkins.com LOFT knit legging loft.com Frye boots $480 – gravitypope.com Tiffany Co necklace tiffany.com Stokke Baby ‘Scoot’ Stroller nordstrom.com Stokke Baby ‘Xplory’ Changing Bag nordstrom.com Sac polochon Balzane roots $625 – longchamp.com Nike Air Max Fusion $120 – footlocker.eu I happened to be on Facebook yesterday when Chatelaine Mag popped onto my newsfeed with this: Hello, friends! Welcome to our fall fashion Facebook hour with our stylish host, our Asst. Fashion Editor, Tyler Franch. Send us your questions now! So I asked: As a work at home…

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Seat Reveiw: Stokke Newborn Set (for Tripp Trapp)

I sound like a broken record whenever I talk about how much I love the Stokke brand. One ‘must have’ on the splurge list (in my humble opinion) is the Newborn set for the Stokke Tripp Trapp. One of the biggest challenges I found with both babes is “where can I put the baby down?” This time around we have the added complication of a 3 year old who thinks ‘gentle’ is a suggestion making our low-to-the-floor options risky choices when he’s around. I have to tell you we have used this particular item EVERY DAY since baby Obi was…

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I love it when things come in the mail

This new ‘subscription box’ craze makes me very happy. But, there are so few that I like that actually ship to Canada. Lucky for me, a local Mom, and I mean really local – like, basically in my neighbourhood – started a fantastic subscription service called MommiesFirst. They ship monthly to expectant mommies and new moms through baby’s first year. I have it on good authority that they’re looking to expand into the toddler years soon. My fingers are crossed that ‘soon’ means January. Anyhoo, I thought I’d take a stab at creating a video and taped the ‘Unboxing’ of…

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Lactose-Free Whipping Cream

Is there anything that you can’t eat that you absolutely love? For me, it’s anything in the dairy category. I’ve become lactose intolerant in recent years and it’s a real heart-breaker. I miss stinky cheese and eating greasy natchos. I really miss cottage cheese with just a little salt, real cheesy lasagna and cheap delivery pepperoni pizza. And I really, really, really creamy anything. If you’re in the same boat lean in really close and I’ll tell you a secret. THEY NOW MAKE LACTOSE-FREE WHIPPING CREAM! You can read all about it here. Seriously! I have been whipping up all…

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New Camera First Thoughts: Canon S100

Camera, photography, gadgets

So I got the Canon s100 as an after Christmas/early Birthday present. In case you’re wondering if this is the camera for you, I’ll give you my first thoughts. You should know that I’ve had a number of Canon point and shoot cameras. My last one had a run in with something sticky and is now unreliable in the shutter department. When it comes to SLR cameras, I have and have always had a Nikon. So I can’t compare the little guy to the big guys in terms of ease of use switching between the two. Right out of the…

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