Parenting 101

Parenting 101

Becoming a parent is the most amazing experience I’ve ever had.  My whole perspective on life has changed.   Wonderful and challenging, day-to-day it’s never the same.   Many lessons you learn before you have children. But alas there are some that you just don’t know about until you are knee-deep in it.  Welcome to parenting 101. 

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1. Having alone time in the bathroom at home will be a thing of the past.

 Whether you are pooping or showering I can almost guarantee with certainty that you will have a little one to keep you company.  Whether they are beside you while you are on the toilet having a conversation with you or banging on the door. 

2.  You will yearn for a clean home.  

 Now this may not be true for all parents I can only speak for myself and those I know.  Your home will be filled with baby toys and products scattered everywhere.  And as your children get older it just gets worse.   That couch you bought right before the baby came will be covered in spit up and boogers.   Consider yourself forewarned. 

3.  A warm meal will be a luxury.  

I love to cook but as my children get older I find that more often than not  my dinner is always cold.  Trying to get them to eat is the priority and then after that fiasco I can finally sit down to eat.   Or I forget to eat at all and find myself starving at 7pm. 

4.  Sleeping in, whats that?  

To this day I can’t remember the last time I have really been able to sleep in.   Waking up every few hours for a feeding when they are newborns to an early riser at 3.  Sleep is a precious thing when you can get it. 

5.  You will become a master of all trades.  

Plumber, Doctor, Chef and Mechanic.   Before children I had no idea how to pull apart a toilet until that fateful day my son decided to flush a toy.  If it hasn’t happened yet I assure you it will. 

6.  You will be late almost daily.  

Time is of the essence,  sadly try to tell your 3 yr old that.  You need to be somewhere at a certain time make sure you plan to leave a half hour earlier then you normally would. From temper tantrums to diaper changes that need doing at the last-minute.  Shit happens literally. 

7.  You now know what unconditional love is.  

Once i had my boys I finally understood what true love really was.  Everything I do and everything thing that has led up to this point has been absolutely worth it.  

 

What have you learnt since having children?

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Gnubees™ Review and Giveaway!

Being a mother with two young boys making sure they have a balanced diet is so very important.    So when I was offered a chance to try out gnubees™ I jumped at the chance. 
 
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Finding nutritious and convenient snacks when you’re on the go
can be nearly impossible at times.  Gnubees™ bridges that gap

by offering a local product with incredible taste, nutrition and convenience.     GnuSanté Creations is a small health

beverage company based in Burnaby,B.C.  They believe that making products destined for people’s bodies comes with responsibility, so they create only premium nutritional beverages.
 
Now how do they taste?  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.   They are bursting with flavour and delicious!   The boys and I both loved them.  I even made some Gnubee popsicles that were a huge hit. 
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Not only do they taste great they are also
  • 100% non-GMO, nut free and Kosher Certified
  • Nutritionally balanced. Each pouch contains 15%allrecommended vitamins and minerals plus 7 grams of protein and 5grams of fibre and is LOW GI (glycemic index)
  •  Each serving contains all 9 amino acids that children require for development
  • Every pouch is made with only premium ingredients
    ensuring even delivery of nutrients without sugar
    highs or energy slumps.
  • Backseat friendly packaging with a spill proof spout
    and easy open choke proof cap
  •  Pouches can be frozen to make great little lunchbox icepacks.

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Learn more about GnuSanté Creations or order Gnubees™ on their website here

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German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake 

It was my little ones 3rd birthday and he requested a chocolate cake.  One of my favourites is German Chocolate.   Not too sweet and oh so delicious.  Sadly I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand that I needed. So I made do with what i had the result, amazing!

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German Chocolate Cake
Yields 2
Not too sweet and very moist this cake is perfect for any occasion
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of flour
  2. 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp of salt
  6. 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  7. 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 1 tbsp vanilla
  10. 1 vanilla bean
  11. 1 cup of milk with 1 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease cake pan set aside
  3. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda
  4. Combine milk and lemon juice and set aside for 5 mins
  5. Place sugar and butter in a bowl , cream until light and fluffy
  6. Beat in eggs one at a time, mix in vanilla until smooth
  7. Scoop out vanilla bean , mix until combined
  8. Slowly add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture until mixed thoroughly
  9. Add batter into cake pan until firm to the touch or knife inserted in centre comes clean about 40mins
  10. Remove from oven and let cool , frost and serve
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Things I never thought I would say to my kids

Things I never thought I would say to my kids

 

Being a mother of two boys its interesting at times.  Hell being a mother at all can have you saying things you never thought you would.  Here are 10 things I have found myself saying.  

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1: Put your penis in your pants!   

Being a mother of boys this is a regular occurrence in my household.

2:  We don’t lick the cat

Yes , yes it’s happened. 

3:  Who are you Poo-casso? We don’t do that to the wall. 

I walked into the living room one day and saw the unimaginable.  Poo + wall.  Well I am sure you get the picture. 

4: As my son is picking his nose. 

Me: Does that taste good?

3 yr old: It tastes like Jelly Beans

Me:  Um ok.  Touche

5:  Stop licking my arm!

6:  No your brother is not a zombie.   

7:  Me:   No we can’t sell your brother.   Would you want to buy him?

5 yr old: No 

8: Don’t put that in your nose!

9:  No, your brother won’t poop if you push on his head. 

10:  No fish don’t like milk!   

This of course happened after I walked into the room as my son was pouring a glass of milk into the tank.  Believe it or not the fish survived. 

 

What have you said to your children that you never thought you would have to say?

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Homemade Beauty Tips : 5 Tips and Tricks

 Homemade Beauty Tips: 5 Tips and Tricks 

Photo Credit: Naturally You Skin Care via Compfight cc
Photo Credit: Naturally You Skin Care via Compfight cc

 

I’m always looking for ways to make different products at home.  Cost effective and easy to do here are five tip and tricks to help you get started. 

1: Blackhead Removal 

There are many recipes out there but this one seems to work the best. crush up a few plain regular aspirins (non-coated) then add a tiny amount of water to make a paste.  Apply this paste like a mask, let it dry and then remove with a warm cloth. 

2: To Remove Built up Residue from Hair

Use every two weeks.  Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp baking soda with small amounts of water until a thick paste forms and then massage into damp hair.  Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse with water.  Shampoo hair. 

3: Facial Scrub  (Oatmeal and Honey Scrub)

Combine 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal,  3 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 to 1 tsp of water.  Add mixture to your face and allow it to sit for 10 mins. Using a soft cloth apply some warm water and gently rub the skin in a circular motion as you rinse it off.  ( make this before you are to use it, cannot be stored. )

4: Hand Butter

warm 1/4 cup of beeswax and 1/4 cup of cocoa butter in a pan until melted.  Add 2 tablespoons of safflower oil and remove from heat. add a few drops off essential oil (if so desired) and beat with a whisk until cool. while its still soft put it into a container.   This will be firm but will melt in your hands when you use it. 

5. Apple Cider Vinegar for clear skin 

Got eczema or acne ? Mix apple cider vinegar with some Epsom salts and add it to a warm bath for a skin cleansing, healing and detoxifying treatment.

What are some tips and tricks you use ?

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls

Yesterday I the urge to make my chocolate chip cookies but the boys wanted ice cream.  So I thought why can’t i have both.  These cookie bowls are delicious and not that hard to make. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl
Yields 12
A bowl you can eat what could be better!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1/4 cup white sugar
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla
  6. 1 vanilla bean
  7. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  8. 1 1/2 cups flour
  9. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. in a mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  2. add egg, vanilla and mix
  3. in another bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and cream of tartar
  4. add slowly to butter mixture and mix well
  5. stir in chocolate chips
  6. preheat oven to 350
  7. chill dough mixture for at least a half hour
  8. lightly grease muffin tins
  9. take a small amount of cookie batter and roll , press into muffin tins
  10. take another small amount and press into sides to form a cup
  11. take a piece of tin foil place into cup and fill with beans, macaroni or another other weight
  12. bake for 12- 15 mins or until done
  13. remove from oven let cool slightly and remove foil
  14. fill with ice cream and enjoy!
Notes
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Press cookie mixture in bottom of tin
Place foil with beans or macaroni to weigh it down during the baking process
Place foil with beans or macaroni to weigh it down during the baking process
And there you have it! Cookie bowls
And there you have it! Cookie bowls

 

Baking Hacks

Your in the process of making a cake and then the unthinkable happens.  You don’t have that one ingredient that you need.  We have all had it happen.   It happened to me two days ago.   Where there’s a will theres a way or a hack ;)  Here is a list of baking hacks that can save your dessert.

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What baking or cooking hacks do you use?

 

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