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.

Just in the St. Nick of time

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Nov 30, 2013

Wow! Everything seems to get done at the last minute around here lately. But I’m happy to say that BOTH kids will have an advent calendar this year. I squeezed out an extra day, as the boy is visiting grandparents tonight, so although it’s not hung, it’s ready to go.

I got the idea from Lindsay over at Little House Blog a few years ago here and have enjoyed filling it ever since. Here it is handing last winter.

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I needed to make one for Obi so I went back to Little House Blog and used this free printable to create a second set of bags.

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I love the colours and set the numbers off to the side to give it a modern feel.

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They’re all done and ready to hang.

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His will be filled with the contents of a LEGO advent calendar and hers will be filled with baby things like socks, headbands and some Little People.

Around here, we hang day by day to avoid the whole “Why can’t we open them all at once?” drama.

If want to make one (next year, maybe, since it’s December tomorrow) you can order the bags from Lindsay’s shop.

Oh Happy Day. December tomorrow. And we’re diving into the Christmas Baking binder to start the 12 Treats of Christmas. Are you ready to get your bake on?

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Police Themed Birthday Party

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Nov 26, 2013

A few weekends ago we hosted the boy’s Fourth Birthday Party. Given his current obsession with Lego and Police, choosing a theme wasn’t an issue… As I posted a few days ago, the theme started to come to life with these great wanted posters from 733blog.

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Even the littlest Crook got in the spirit!

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But what’s a party without snacks? I created these great Lego head Marshmallow pops that I found the tutorial for here. I used a half mini marshmallow for the head and cake decorator gel for the face.

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Now you can’t have a party without cake. And I stole the show by putting actual working lights from the boy’s Playmobil Police car onto the Police Car cake I baked.

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I used the Wilton car pan, and took some inspiration from here. I used the Durable Chocolate cake recipe found here and it worked very well.

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As I can’t seem to decorate a cookie to save my life, I ordered some Lego Cops and Crooks cookies from the amazing Dolce. So cute and so, so delicious.

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Then we made these super cute loot bag tags.

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A huge shout out to Oaks n’ Acorns for being a super swell venue and to my brother-in-law who really helped out a ton. All in all, the party was a great success, despite the boy saying he only wanted to have grown up parties from now on. We’ll see if that’s the case when next year’s party time rolls around.

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I learned something about my little guy.

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Nov 18, 2013

I learned something

The boy isn’t a big party guy, despite my pulling out all the stops this past weekend. Like, spent the whole party saying “I want to go home!”

I’m working on a post about the party, my new lens and other goodness, but in the meantime, that there is the grumpy guest of honour. I got this superfab idea and template for the sign here at 733blog.com.

Pinspired – Halloween Edition (and GIVEAWAY reminder)

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Oct 25, 2013

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:

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MommyDo: REALLY Yummy Mummies:

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They Do: Scary Ghost Pizza:

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MommyDo: Scary-How-These-Don’t-Look-Like-Ghosts Pizza:

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They Do: Halloween Puppy Chow

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Mommy Do: Halloween Puppies-are-a-Mom’s-Best-Friend Chow

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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 dough.

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I used big fat dogs so they took a little longer to cook than expected.

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I am a little food-safety nuts and did check them with a meat thermometer. I thought they were pretty delish but both my kid testers (4ish) pulled off the bandages and just ate the dogs (sigh.)

Pinsperiment #2 was the Ghost Pizza. This was the one I was most excited about. I bought a new cookie cutter just for this! I used some cheater ingredients to make it quick and apparently, just skimmed the directions. Which is not advised.

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The cheese looked so cute before baking…

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Which was part of my problem. You’re supposed to cut out the ghosts…

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…but you’re not supposed to put them on the pizza yet. You need to bake it part way then just add the ghosts at in the last 5 min. Or this happens…pizza4mark

I did cut a little meat to see how that would work and I think it’s a nice addition. I think I will try these again (following the directions) as I still think they’re so friggin’ cute.

The last one I tried was the Puppy Chow. At a time with all that candy there maybe aren’t so healthy a choice. Or a necessary one, given all the sweets just hanging around.muddypup1mark

But they are oh so delicious.

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I halved the recipe. Which has been a good thing…does anyone really need to eat 18 cups of chocolate and peanut butter coated cereal tossed in sugar and scattered with Reeses Pieces? I think not. It’s super addictive though. The bowl you see above only lasted an hour.

On the photography front, I realize it’s still pretty abysmal. Good thing EMMA is coming to the rescue this November with all the food photography tips we’ll need to ensure all our holiday goodies will look as good as they taste.

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Drop Off Zone

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Sep 21, 2013

It’s that time of year around here – birthday party season. And while we’re planning our own party for November, the invites are pouring in for classmates parties.

The thing is, we’re now into drop off parties. Which seems to have come along faster than I’d expected, given the boy is still only 3. This causes 2 major problems for me. One, my boy refuses to be dropped off, which makes me the awkward hanging around parent, and two, I’m gonna have to host a ‘drop off’ party. Which, I’m not gonna lie, seems like about 100 times harder to me.

The theme of the boy’s party this year will be Police Party. I’m currently scouring Pinterest for police party ideas. So far, these from Seven Thirty Three are really catching my eye.

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I’ll definitely be doing something like this for our gang.

Also, serving coffee and donuts to the grownups who do stay is a no-brainer.

Have any strategies for surviving the drop-off party (either attending or throwing)? I’d love to hear them!

Last thing I made was a person

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Aug 27, 2013

I’m feeling the need for a little creative project. I’ve been in survival mode – feed the family and myself, make sure all are alive at the end of the day and have clean clothes to wear the next, work, sleep if possible, shower if the gods are looking favourably upon me. That’s it. Maybe a little bit of housekeeping but not enough for it to be a category (ick!)…

But I feel like making something just for the H E Double Hockey Stick (hell) of it. Who knows? It’s almost September. Maybe this can be my Christmas craft.

With this feeling in mind I scoured Pinterest, and this tutorial stood out for me.

It’s over on Saved By Love creations

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and it really caught my eye. Check out these distressed wood signs.

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I think they’re stunning. And, in addition to possibly be the perfect thing to wrap up under the tree, one would make a fine addition to the work-in-progress nursery.

So I’ve now been searching for the right thing to say on there.

I’m considering:

i carry your heart with me from the ee cummings poem

This too shall pass – words of wisdom from my Dad

These are the days of miracle and wonder – paul simon

The world may be broken but hope is not crazy. – John Green (long but perhaps worth it).

Anyway, I’m hoping to gather some supplies, settle on a quote and maybe even get started this weekend.

Let me know what you’d want on a sign. I could use the inspiration.

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