What you dont see

What you don’t see 

You see us in the grocery store. That mom frazzled trying to shop with her children. The children are running and grabbing everything in sight. The mother quietly trying to calm them.

You see us at the park. A solitary child awkward, playing alone talking to bugs one moment. Attempting to make friends but no one will talk to him.
The next moment crying and covering his ears , a meltdown waiting to happen as a large noisy truck drives by.

You see us at playdates. The child jumping up and down excitedly , the child who talks continuously and can’t seem to calm down. Chewing on toys and seeming nervous.

You see us at the school. A kindergartener in the office screaming and throwing toys. A meltdown of epic proportions. Screaming for their mom , a blind rage it seems.

Perhaps you think to yourself why can’t that mother control her child. Shaking your head you criticize thinking they need to discipline more.
What kind of parent would raise a child like that.

You don’t see that mother worrying she’ll be judged . Worse yet that her child will not be accepted by others.

You don’t see the fear she has that other parents won’t accept her and her child.

You don’t see the endless appointments , the struggle to find resources for that child.

You don’t see the love that child has. How gentle they are with their siblings. That this child yearns to belong.

You don’t see that they just learnt to write the letter A. Or painted a picture for the first time.

You don’t see the pride in that mothers eyes when their child finally makes it through their first full day of kindergarten after struggling with 2 hr days for months.

You don’t see all of they joy that child brings to her life.

You don’t see the struggle of ADHD and SPD.

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Liar Liar Pants on Fire

“Liar liar pants on fire”  is something I remember chanting to my little brother on many occasions when I was younger.   We all lie from telling your lil one the park is closed when you have a ton of other things to do and are strapped for time , to the easter bunny dropping off chocolate when they fall asleep.  Sorry boys there is no bunny :/

And while those little white lies can make our life easier or make our kids happy they are still lies.     Lying is a part of life and a part of growing up.  Children will lie as they are learning to distinguish between fact and fiction , to get out of doing something they don’t want to do or just because the truth isn’t very interesting. 

How you handle it will teach them that truth is a better alternative. 

The truth is hard to tell. Especially if you have just lied about something.   I have learnt that if your child confesses that they have lied the most important thing to do is thank them for their honesty and give them positive reinforcement for telling you the truth.   Then if needed follow with appropriate consequences.   Lying is never the answer but it happens.  Helping your child see that is oh so important. 

This Month Netflix has many shows for you and your family to watch to help with your next conversation about white lies or even to start that conversation.

For your little kids:

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For your big kids:

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For teens and parents:

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What do you do when you catch your little one in a white lie?

 

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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 some 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. 

11:   No we can’t exchange your brother at the store. 

 

 

 

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

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Strawberry Banana Bread : Comfort Food At Its Finest

Strawberry Banana Bread : Comfort Food At Its Finest 

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Banana Bread has always been a favourite of mine and my boys.  Done right it can be the perfect snack for school, a morning bite ,  a treat for your local school bake sale or family movie night.   This recipe is moist , not too sweet , and oh so delicious with a little something extra.  

Speaking of movies Netflix has some great titles this month for you and for your little ones.  Looking for something for yourself i highly recommend This is 40.  I enjoyed it while eating a bit too much of this bread  For the kids?  here’s a couple of shows that they have enjoyed 

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Strawberry Banana Bread
Moist and delicious perfect for a morning bite or midnight snack
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup softened butter
  2. 1 cup white sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 1/2 cups of all purpose or bread flour
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 cup of 0% plain greek yogurt
  9. 2 medium bananas
  10. 1/2 cup of strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mash bananas set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar, Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add Banana's until combined.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the butter mixture 1/3 cup at a time until smooth.
  5. Fold in greek yogurt and strawberries
  6. Spread evenly into a loaf pan or mini loaf pans.
  7. Cook at 350 for 45 mins or until knife inserted in centre comes clean.
  8. Remove from oven let sit for 10 mins, remove from pan and set on wire rack until cool.
  9. Enjoy right away or freeze for an easy snack.
Notes
  1. **Add Chocolate chips, nuts or some sliced banana for something different**
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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Hello everyone!  I know its been a while.  Things have been a bit hectic as of late on the home-front.  My eldest has recently been diagnosed with Adhd and sensory issues.  Its been a bit of a challenge with adjusting to school but I am happy to say he is now in a specialized program that he is doing very well in :)  Happy boy = happy mama.    With everything going on it has brought a lot of ups and downs but one thing is certain I know we will all get through this rough patch.      

One thing i have been doing more of is spending more time with the boys.    And this year I am again part of Netflix #streamteam which means many more movie nights for us.   For me movies have always been comforting something to take me away from daily stresses.   I was so very excited to see that Netflix had released The Adventure of Puss and Boots!   The world’s greatest fighter, lover and milk connoisseur springs into action with comical tales that take him to exotic locations, filled with unforgettable characters. As Puss embarks on adventures that are the stuff of legend, nothing can stand in the way of this swashbuckling hero … except a hairball! Puss in Boots is a great example of an enduring and entertaining children’s tale based on a book.    

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The boys and I had such an amazing time watching it and eating some good old comfort food that reminded me of my childhood .   What you ask? Chocolate Zucchini Bread.   

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Just like Nana use to make
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Ingredients
  1. 2 small zucchini, unpeeled and grated
  2. 1 1/2 cups of all purpose or bread flour
  3. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  4. 2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 1 cup sugar
  9. 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 3/4 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease mini loaf pans, or loaf pan.
  3. Grate zucchini, squeeze out as much liquid as possible with a kitchen towel
  4. combine flour, cocoa, baking powder , salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  5. Cream sugar and but term add eggs one at a time, add vanilla until smooth.
  6. Stir in flour mixture 1/4 cup then stir in half of the milk, repeat until combined.
  7. Lastly stir in zucchini.
  8. Bake in centre of oven until a toothpick or knife inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean approx 40 mins/
  9. Let stand 10 mins then move to a rack to cool
Notes
  1. Enjoy!
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Holiday Entertaining made easy : Mimosas and Honey, Pecan Oats

Holidays mean many visitors.  And when all the hustle and bustle is done brunch may be in your near future.   Now I have to admit I am a huge fan of Mimosa’s I mean who isn’t really.  The folks over at town hall provided me with a bottle of Summerhill Cipes Brut which won “Sparkling Wine of the Year” 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships.  Now if that doesn’t peak your interest this should.   Cipes Brut is a beautiful Riesling and Chardonnay based traditional method sparkling wine with aromas of apple, lime, pear, almonds and grapefruit. On the palate Cipes Brut exhibits crisp acidity, a soft, creamy mousse, and a long finish.  Delicious!   This wine was the perfect choice for some amazing mimosas and the oatmeal was a perfect pairing.   Like what you see share on twitter and Facebook ” Brunch made easy #BCWine @shaunna13 @summerhillwine http://wp.me/p3QhWf-ma ”

 

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Honey / Pecan Oatmeal
A perfect brunch idea for you and your family. Even better when paired with Mimosa's
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup honey
  2. 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  3. 2 tbsp cinnamon
  4. 2 tsp cardamom
  5. 1/4 cup raisons
  6. 1/2 cup of steel cut oats
  7. 1 orange pieced into segments
  8. 1/2 cup pecans
  9. Mimosa's
  10. Orange juice
  11. sparkling white wine or champagne
  12. triple sec
Instructions
  1. combine honey, almond milk, cinnamon, cardamom and oats into pot cook on medium low until desired consistency. Add raisons in the last few minutes of cooking.
  2. Top with pecans and oranges. Enjoy!
  3. Mimosa's
  4. fill 1/2 champagne flute with wine and orange juice
  5. float triple sec.
  6. top with raspberry or a slice of orange
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Mulled Wine : Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

 

Mulled Wine: Holiday Entertaining Made Easy 

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One thing i have always enjoyed about Christmas is having company over and enjoying a glass of wine.  This week I thought I would do something a little different.  What better way to add a little warmth to your holiday party with mulled wine.  Simple and delicious this beverage will warm everyone up this holiday season.   Now the people over at Town Hall Brands sent me over a bottle of Serendipity Red Handed to give a try, i have to tell you this is now one of my favourite wines.   A well-balanced wine with a long chocolate finish. This wine has strong smells of vanilla, mocha and a toffee type of caramel. Fruit notes of plum, cherry, blueberry and strawberry round out your taste.  Now not only is it delicious but its a BC Wine that’s extremely affordable, you just can’t go wrong with this one. 

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Mulled Wine
A great way to warm up this holiday season
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup brandy
  2. 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  3. 1/4 cup honey
  4. 2 cinnamon sticks
  5. 1 medium lemon sliced
  6. 1 medium orange sliced
  7. orange zest
  8. 2 tsp of fresh grated ginger
  9. 4 whole cloves
  10. 1/2 tsp allspice
  11. 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  12. Combine ingredients and cook on low in crock pot for 4 hours .. serve warm with a cinnamon stick
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot
  2. let simmer for an hour on low
  3. serve warm
  4. garnish with cinnamon stick
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