Stop riding that penguin.

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Jan 13, 2014

The words “Stop riding that penguin, we have to leave” actually came out of my mouth as I tried to hustle our 4 year old out the door the other day. He was bobbing around on one of these, much to Obi’s dismay.Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 12.17.52 PM

 

But that’s not the funny part. As soon as the words were spoken, I giggled, remembering this poster that I pinned on Pinterest a few years ago.

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/95865884/things-ive-said-to-my-children-penguin?ref=tre-2722984995-1

At the time I thought it was hilarious. Now that it actually applies, I think I might just have to order one.

This guy – who has a whole “Things I’ve Said to my Children” series –  is a pretty funny chap. If you’re a parent in need of a giggle, head over and scroll through his wares.

Adventures in Advent 1: Adapting

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Nov 22, 2013

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.

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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 will find all sorts of weird and wonderful things.

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There are little ball magnets in there, a tea-set of erasers, post-it type notes, crafty things, little puffy nativity stickers, eye shadow, rubber bands and more. Nothing fancy for sure, but a little surprise to count down to Christmas? Love. Advent is one of my fav holiday traditions.

I don’t think I’ve ever missed a year.

I’ve continued the tradition with the boy. And now need to make a version for Obi. I’m not crazy –  I know you can’t have for one and not the other, even if one is only 1. I’m on the hunt for things to fill hers with. And the bags for the creation arrived from the Penny Paper Co. today!

I’ll post about that undertaking on the weekend. I also have another great advent idea to share then too!

I just realized today that December is just around the corner, so if you’re thinking of creating an Advent project you’d better get crackin’.

Crispy Waffles

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Nov 13, 2013

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.

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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 often make them with the boy while the husband is still sleeping. And, I usually add a whole teaspoon of vanilla rather than the 1/2 noted in the recipe.

In case you’re thinking “wow, I could really use a waffle maker” I have a Cuisinart like this one and it works great.

Waffles. Wire rack. You’re welcome.

This isn’t a sponsored post. Just a note about stuff I have that I like,

Christmas Card Looks For Kids

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Oct 28, 2013

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

Sometimes I dream about these at night. Homemade Peppermint Patties

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Oct 11, 2013

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.

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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
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • Green or red food coloring (optional)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds chocolate-flavored candy coating*, melted

Instructions

  • LINE baking sheets with wax paper.
  • COMBINE sweetened condensed milk, peppermint extract and food coloring, if desired, in large bowl. Add 6 cups powdered sugar; beat on low speed until smooth and well blended. Turn mixture onto surface sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • KNEAD lightly to form smooth ball. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten each ball into a 1 1/2-inch patty.
  • LET dry 1 hour or longer; turn over and let dry at least 1 hour. With fork, dip each patty into warm candy coating (draw fork lightly across rim of pan to remove excess coating). Invert onto wax-paper-lined baking sheets; let stand until firm. Store covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.
  • *Also called confectioners’ or summer coating.

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Fall Style 2013

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Oct 6, 2013
Fall Style 2013

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 mom, I tend to slide into yoga pants…which in turn make me feel sloppy (but oh-so-comfy). What would you recommend as the staples for an on-the-go-working-mom who spends as much time on the computer with clients as she does on the floor with a baby. I want to look a little more put together when I step out into the world.
And the response was: Lucky for you nothing is cooler right now then mixing in some athletic touches to your wardrobe. Find yourself a great pair of runners (Nike, New Balance, Lacoste… all street worthy right now). I would try a nice stretch denim or 4 pocket legging. A boxy knit could replace a T shirt or sweat-shirt and cozy up in some of falls best knits.
Then this was added a short while later: Black cigarette pants with a navy blue silk would look great! That colour combo for fall is huge.
So I did a little digging and created the combo above to remind me what kinds of things to look for next time I have the funds and opportunity to shop. (I added the boots, as I love, love them.) The Stokke stroller is just ’cause. And sadly, everything needs to work with every mom’s accessory, the diaper bag.
Wish I was showing off actual purchases. Sigh.

Seat Reveiw: Stokke Newborn Set (for Tripp Trapp)

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Sep 25, 2013

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.

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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 big enough to fit the straps – in the first photo I have she’s about 8 lbs but she was in it sooner.

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The seat attaches to the Tripp Trapp making it truly an all ages chair.

The newborn set is recommended up to 9kg (if you’re reading from the US, that’s 19lb 13oz) so there’s a good chance your baby will be ready to move on to the baby seat on the Tripp Trapp before you reach the upper weight limit. Wee Obi is still so wee at 9 months and about 15lbs so we still have a ways to go.  It’s easy to put on the Tripp Trapp and remove, and in typical Stokke style, green indicators let you know when it’s safely locked in place.

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The seat fabric is washable and straps have plenty of room for adjustment.

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For our family, having a nice high perch for her where she can watch her brother, interact while I’m working in the kitchen, be present at mealtimes and just hang out at our level has been such a pleasure.  With her reflux causing her discomfort most of the time in the early months and still, from time to time, putting her flat has seldom been an option. The inclined seat is a godsend – without needing vibration, wiggles or other battery draining gizmos. Our added fabric cover, which she has soiled more than once, washes just as well as the seat fabric and both still look brand new. And, she loves the toy bar. It was a little tricky to attach but once I got the hang of it, it was no trouble. The key is to hook it on from the top first, right at the point where the Stokke tag is on the side. newbornset2

In addition to sitting on the Tripp Trapp, the newborn set has a rocker bottom so you can use it on the floor too!

If you have a Tripp Trapp already, or if you’re considering one, I cannot recommend the newborn set enough. If it’s not too big a splurge… I deem it a ‘Must Have.’

Read all about it here on the Stokke site.

*This review is based on a product I choose and purchased for my baby. I was not compensated for this review and the opinions are all my own. I’m just a big ‘ole fan of the brand.

I love it when things come in the mail

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Sep 16, 2013

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 my latest delivery. I’m not great with the camera, a three year old jumping on me and trying to open and describe new things but I think it gives you a pretty honest look at how much fun it is to get one of these.

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You can also gift one if you’ve got an expectant Mommie or someone with a new baby in the family on your list. Learn all about it here at http://www.mommiesfirst.com!

My favourite part of the video it that the boy takes a hike as soon as he realizes there aren’t any toys for him in there.

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I loves me some Starbucks App

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Jan 26, 2012
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Have you tried the Starbucks app that lets you pay from your phone? I lllove it. And I suspect Starbucks loves me for loving it.

I know they have a lot of haters but Awake Tea makes me really friggin’ happy. And flashing my phone to procure it can’t be beat.

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