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30 minute meals, Food, These are a few of my favourite things...

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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Here, of all places, watch your mouth.

That’s what I felt to today while at developmental play group. Every week Obi and I participate in a play group that integrates typical kids with those who are experiencing developmental delays. Some are preemies who are just a little behind. Others, like Obi have a diagnosis. And the rest are just typical kids who come to take advantage of the program which includes free play, social snack time, gym time and music all in one fab morning a week. The group takes place in a specially designed room for the 0-2 set in a building that houses an integrated…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: I’m not special and my brain hurts

I’m tired of reading things like “God only gives special children to special parents” and “she couldn’t have come to better parents”  or best “special needs parents are the bravest/strongest/whateverest”. Pffht. My child is special. ALL children are special, but one of mine needs a little more than most. This has very little to do with the kind of person I am or am not. That being said, I am the kind of person who needs to know things. I’m a why? what next? and when? person. So it comes as no surprise that I struggle a little with the…

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What makes you feel like a winner?

For me, these days, it’s trying a new recipe and having it turn out to be as good as the picture looks. For one lucky blog commenter, it’s winning the stamp of their choice! For a little more on the stamp winner, scroll to the bottom of the post. This weekend I tried 2 recipes from Pinterest and BOTH were great. There’s no point in showing my photos since the original posters’ look far more appetizing. I have to say both of these will be part of the regular rotation around here. They def get the MOMMYDO two thumbs up….

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There’s nothing like Ray’s Simple Tomato Soup

There’s nothing like the first whiff of the holiday season to make you miss the ones you’ve lost. And the food they made. Like my dad Ray’s Simple Tomato soup. Today is Starbucks Red Cup day – for me, that’s when the countdown to the holiday season starts in earnest. And, of course, there’s no time I miss my Dad more. This will be the 14th Christmas without him. It’s true what they say, times does heal all wounds. At the same time, it makes the memories richer. Like my memory of a pot of hot soup on the first…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Learning to Fly

I find this new role as a ‘special needs’ parent is quite overwhelming at times. Emotions aside, the logistics are complicated. There are appointments to schedule, keep track of and attend, therapies to practice, milestones to work on. There are new tactics to try to overcome issues (like feeding, for us). Then the emotions creep back in. Once all the other stuff is ticked off for the day there are things to worry about. Things to fret over. Things to be mad about. Things to feel like you did poorly today. There are things I didn’t do because I just…

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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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Pinspired – Halloween Edition (and GIVEAWAY reminder)

I went looking for food ideas for Halloween. I pinned them. Then, instead of forgetting all about them and opening some chips and goldfish crackers, I tried them. Two worked great. One, not so much. (Um, mostly because I didn’t follow the directions…) They Do: Yummy Mummies: MommyDo: REALLY Yummy Mummies: They Do: Scary Ghost Pizza: MommyDo: Scary-How-These-Don’t-Look-Like-Ghosts Pizza: They Do: Halloween Puppy Chow Mommy Do: Halloween Puppies-are-a-Mom’s-Best-Friend Chow So three recipes. The first, Mummy Dogs is pinned all over the place but can be found here on the Pillsbury site. The secret to the mummy wraps is Pillsbury Crescent Roll…

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Giveaway: 100 Facebook Fan “Stampendous” Celebration

I’m so thrilled to be closing in on my first Facebook Fan goal that I’m hosting my very first giveaway. I’m10 fans from 100 and what better way to celebrate than with an awesome little prize, just in time for the holiday season. Wonderful Lindsay at The Penny Paper Co. who also happens blog about all things design/ style/ parenting/ awesome over at Little House Blog has kindly donated a custom stamp to giveaway + shipping to the winner! I happen to be a huge fan of the shop and love, love her stamps in particular. The winner might choose…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: A Beautiful Noise

Yesterday, I heard the most beautiful sound. Baby Obi giggled for the first time. A true laugh. Not just one sound, but a series of chuckles one after another. It was magnificent. This social milestone typically occurs between 3-4 months. Obi is 10 months next week. Some milestones are counted by corrected or adjusted age, but I’ve been told the social milestones are often in line with the actual age. Either way, this laugh has been a long time coming. Her gross and fine motor skills are just a little behind the typical kid, but her eating and social milestones…

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