Thursday, February 28, 2013

Another late Christmas present

I finally finished my last Christmas present.
 
That's great! I'm ahead of the game! Not really, it was for last Christmas.
 
Luckily, it's for A so he doesn't realize I just finished it now.
 
I made him another one of the alphabet felt books that I found off of this website.

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Cover (this time I added ribbon to keep it closed)

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Dedication page, A for Airplane

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N for nest; D for drum

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R for rainbow; E for eggs

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W for watermelon and the back cover

I love making these things so I can't wait for family and close friends to start having more kiddies!

I made one for J way back when and looking back at it, it's pretty scary looking. I might have to redo the cover some day.

One of my personal goals this year is to not start a craft project until I finish the one I'm currently working on. Now that I've finished this I can move onto my next project, which is going to be a quiet book for J to use in Church.

What craft projects are you working on currently? 
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It's coming....

I'm so excited! Possibly even more than when I got my positive pregnancy tests!
 
Alright, maybe not that excited, but still, there is a lot of excitement over here.
 
There are only a couple of months until....
 
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comes to Canada!

Well, in order to make space for it, Target bought out Zellers (kind of like Wal-mart just cheaper).

The Zellers just around the corner is going out of business so one day when we were at the mall I decided to pop in and see what was available since everything was 50-80% off.

It was fairly picked over but I figured I'd go buy J some big boy underwear. We aren't anywhere close to potty training (see yesterday's post on our trip to the water park) but I figure when they are almost giving them away I might as well pick some up for future purposes so I quickly grabbed a box.

I decided that on the weekend I'd head back, take some time (without the boys) and take a look around. I'm glad I did. I managed to get some shoes for J (think $5 a pair) and some more underwear for him. Here are some pictures of my mini-haul.
 
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Love these little canvas dinosaur shoes!

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Cars!
 
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Size 8's for when his little feet get big!


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 Big boy underwear pile!

Those of you in Canada, check your local Zellers to see if they're still open. My closest one is closing in March so there isn't a lot left, but definitely worth a quick check!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

The day we closed down the toddler pool...

Yup, you read that correctly!
 
My lovely 2 year old son, J, single-handidly closed down the toddler pool at an indoor water park.
 
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J and his cousin at lunch time!
 
This past weekend, we headed to Waves indoor water park in Niagara Falls. I got an excellent deal on Groupon for a day pass. So, the four of us (A, J, The Husband and I) joined my sister and my nephew and decided to spend the day there.
 
The boys had a fantastic time. Americana was a great choice because it's got some bigger slides, but there are a lot of things for younger kids like J to play with and watch.

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So cute!
 
Of course, my child heads straight into the wave pool, which was fine when the waves weren't going, but as soon as that bell went off that the waves were starting, we went closer to the "beach" entrance and were able to play in the waves without getting knocked over.
 
They also had a big bucket that will fill up and pour all over who was standing under it. J wanted to play with the target that was painted on the ground (so people could stand there and get sprayed) but as soon as he heard the bucket start to tip he was gone.
 
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The bucket of terror for J!
 
We had some pizza, garlic bread and wings for lunch and headed back out.
 
About an hour or two after lunch, The Husband comes speeding back from the toddler pool carrying J. He shows me all J's leg and I immediately think "What happened? Did he fall?" The Husband goes, "We're those parents".

Huh?
 
Yup. We were 'those parents', whose toddler pooped in the pool.
 
'Those parents', whose toddler proceeded to shut down the toddler pool so that they could add more chlorine, shock it and then clean it out.
 
The Husband went to clean him and came back to announce that the swimsuit was not going to be salvageable for the remainder of the afternoon and it was time to go.
 
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Little chunky baby to interrupt the story!
 
After discussing it, we determined two things:
 
a) both of us forgot to change J's swim diaper during the day (he usually tells us if he's pooped) so we figured he hadn't
 
b) giving him spicy buffalo chicken pizza the night before and chicken curry the night before that might mess up a toddler's poop.
 
Either way, he had a great time. We were thoroughly embarrassed but luckily his 2 year old little psyche is alright since he has no clue what happened.
 
We did have to wash him down when we got home since his skin has bad reactions to chlorine, but I think we'd do it all again!
 
Any embarrassing water park stories to make me feel better?
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Friday, February 22, 2013

New Beginnings

 
Tomorrow, The Husband, the boys and I will be heading to church. It will be the first time we've gone to church for regular mass in many, many years.
 
Our new church during a previous Easter
 
When I was younger, I loved going to church. The main reason was Sunday school and orange drink from McDonalds. As I got too old for Sunday school, I started to dislike it. Then we started to get away from it when I started racing while skiing in the winters and softball/baseball tournaments took over in the summers and we became one of those families that only went during the holidays.
 
In high school, part of our requirements was to attend chapel before school every morning. Attendance was taken and if you weren't there you got in trouble. I loved chapel so I never ran into that problem. The best part was the singing. I love hymns.
 
Oakville, Ontario photos - An interior shot of Appleby College's John Bell Chapel decorated for the season.
High school Chapel
 
The main reason we are heading back to church is the boys. There are so many positive aspects to being a part of a church that I feel are important to pass onto my kids. The community, the teachings, the character lessons. We want to get them baptized as well. So in order to do this we need to attend church.
 
However, I still have apprehensions about going to church every weekend.
 
I don't feel as though I need to be in church to hold the beliefs that I do. There are many parts of the Catholic religion that I personally don't think rings true anymore but that's fine, because I don't feel as though I have to believe everything I'm told or read.
 
I'm know I'm going to get that guilty feeling if we don't make it every weekend, but it is difficult with two little boys, especially when one doesn't sleep through the night (we're exhausted) or sit in his car seat without crying and the other can't sit still.
 
I'm not going to start adding Bible verses to my blog or preaching about my beliefs or Catholicism so please don't stop visiting. It's more about my insecurities about joining a faith again.
 
Oh, and I want to apologize for my lack of posts this week!
 
I've spent my days clearing out the clutter. Even The Husband is impressed with my work. I haven't had many breaks throughout the day, but I have one tonight so I'm taking advantage!
 
I hope you all have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Toddler Muffins

J isn't a horrible eater but there definitely is room for improvement.
 
He eats most of the foods we eat, but he's pretty good at avoiding vegetables. He's even eaten Shepard's Pie and managed to eat around the peas and corn that were intertwined with the potatoes and ground beef.
 
While I was searching for ways to integrate more vegetables into foods that he might like, I came across these muffins titled "Toddler Muffins" for a very good reason.
 
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Once these were done, my house smelled amazing and J ate them up!
 
Here's the recipe.
 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar (or to taste
2 large bananas, mashed





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J gobbling up a muffin.
 
I'm glad I found these. Some weeks J just won't eat any veggies and these will definitely come in handy.
 
On another note, I need to learn to take better pictures of food and crafts. Any sites you know of that can help?
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Family Day!

In 2008, the Ontario Premier decided that we should start observing a new holiday called 'Family Day'! It's a day where workplaces and schools are closed so that families can spend a day together focusing on each other. I think it was also put in place because there were no breaks between Christmas and March Break and we need some sort of break in the middle of winter.
 
In honour of Family Day, I figured I'd share some pictures of my boys.


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Playing at Grandma and Papa's is hard work!

 
 

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J's first time skating...didn't go so well (sorry about the blurry picture, but it's a good representation of the day)

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Riding on the pink/purple car and J playing with his 'petpad'

Those of you celebrating President's Day and Family Day I hope you have a fantastic day!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mmmm...applesauce

I mentioned yesterday during my Yummi Pouch post (enter the giveaway for 6 pouches) that I made some applesauce to put into the pouches for J.
 
It was so scrumdiddlyumptious and something that I had been wanting to make for a long time! We didn't make it apple picking this year (because a little boy was 6 days late) but I'm already setting out my 'apple plan' for next years apples and this is on my list.

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I used the recipe from Skinnytaste (love it!) as a basis and adjusted it to what I had in the cupboard.
 
Ingredients:
 
8-9 apples of all different sorts
5 tsps of brown sugar
1 1/2 tsps of lemon juice
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
 
Steps:
 
Peel, core and slice up apples (you don't have to peel them though). Place in slow cooker with lemon juice and brown sugar. Set slow cooker to cook for 6 hours. Walk away (for 6 hours). The apples will brown and turn to mush, it's perfectly alright.
 
Once the 6 hours is up, use an immersion blender to make it nice and smooth. Add in the ground cinnamon and stir it up!
 
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Then eat!
 
This makes about 3-4 cups of applesauce so if you want more double the ingredients. It tastes exactly like an apple cinnamon crisp.
 
Go enter the giveaway for the Yummi Pouches, make the applesauce and then fill the pouches when you win!


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Yummi Pouches - Review & Giveaway

I loved making my own baby food for J and have the same plans for A.
 
However, the biggest problem I had was when it was time to head out. I'd have to remember to bring a spoon (simple you think, but I forgot it often) and I even had a container pop open and empty all the contents in my diaper bag.

I eventually found out about the fancy food pouches they sell in the grocery stores but considered them a splurge because they were so expensive. J only had a few of them.

Now I have no excuses.

Enter Yummi Pouches!

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouch. Extra wide easy-fill opening. Holds up to 6oz. Stand up bottom. Baby food squeeze pouch with spout.

Yummi Pouches are an easy way to bring snacks and homemade baby food with you on the go without having to worry about bringing the spoon (or forgetting it).

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Three were already filled and popped in the fridge!

The pouches are refillable, reusable and easy to clean, just pop them in the dishwasher (wide opening down) or scrub them in the sink and let them air dry.

Since we haven't started solids with A just yet, I decided I'd let J try them out. I made him some applesauce (recipe to follow tomorrow) and he had it for breakfast. I love how easy it was and mess-free. Usually he ends up with applesauce all over his shirt. I'm definitely going to be using these for smoothies in the spring and summer as well!

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Clean, healthy breakfast of applesauce and Shreddies

My favourite feature is the section where you can write what is in the pouch and the date you made it so that you can remember without having to open it up. It's dry erase so once it's empty you can wipe it off and change it once you fill the pouch up again.

Here's the best part. The fantastic people at Yummi Pouch have offered to give one of my readers a set of 6 pouches. Just follow the instructions below. The first entry is mandatory and the rest will appear when you have finished it.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Physically Fit - Update and What I'm Wearing

I'm down to 170 lbs!
 
Yay!
 
That's 22lbs down from when I started keeping track and 40 from my heaviest (just before having A).


Before I had the boys, I was never one to love working out. I did it to try to look good. To have single digits on my pants, look decent in a swim suit and be able to hang in with my sports.
 
I'm enjoying it now. I love running. L-O-V-E it!
 
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At this point, my running buddy, Emily, and I are on Week 5 of the Couch-to-5K program. We're up to 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking. Surprisingly (to myself), I'm hanging in there! I'm definitely going to be ready for the 5K in May.
 
Up to this point, we've run mostly at night in freezing cold temperatures but the actual weather and sidewalks haven't been too bad. Then we hit this point.
 
Friday, we got the giant snowstorm so we took Friday off from running. We put it off on Saturday too but we went Sunday instead. We ran through snow. The city did a crappy job plowing some areas and we were high stepping through the snow. We ran last night (Monday) and it was even worse. This time, we had to deal with ice! It got so warm during the day (and rainy) that the snow started to melt, the sidewalks got wet and started to freeze for our run. We were stepping lightly! We're ready if there is snow or ice for our run in May.
 
So, running in -5, -10 degree weather requires some special clothing or at least lots of it.
 
Running tights (a must in the cold weather)
 
 
Turtleneck base layer
 
On top of the turtleneck I wear a fleece sweater and then my running jacket. Sometimes I even put another shirt in between the turtleneck and fleece just for a little extra warmth.
 
If it's really cold, I put track pants on over my running tights to help with the bitter cold.
 
On top, I wear fleece mittens, my toque (hat) and sometimes a neck warmer.
 
It takes a couple minutes to be able to move in it all, but it eventually works out and I can move.
 
I can't wait for warmer weather so that I don't need to worry about running in the snow and ice but also so I can wear fewer layers. I'm already picking out some cute tops to run in once it gets warmer!
 
How are your New Years resolutions/goals going?
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Sick Babies

 
There's nothing worse than having sick babies.
 
They can't tell you what's wrong and they're just miserable.
 
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I hate when my little munchkins are sick!
 
That's where Children's Advil comes in.
 
Their medicines provide fever relief for up to 8 hours for a wide range of ages. Infants' Advil is available for infants ages 6 - 23 months, Children's Advil is intended for use in children ages 2-11 years and Junior Strength Advil is for use in Children ages 6 - 11 meaning they've got your children's fevers covered until your little ones are in middle school!

 RARE *HOT* Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Childrens Advil Coupon!
 
 The active ingredient in the Children's Advil line is ibuprofen, which is the #1 pediatrician-recommended fever reducer/pain reliever.

Another great feature is that Children's Advil comes in different flavours (Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye- Free) so you should be able to find a flavour that your child might enjoy and not fight you on! It also comes in Grape Chewables and easy-to-swallow small tablets and Infants' Advil Drops are available in dye-free white grape.

It is important to remember to always read and keep the packaging for warnings and information on Children's Advil Products. Also, only use the dosing device that comes packaged with the medicine and to dose the child based on weight, which is the most appropriate method.

I feel confident knowing that Children's Advil is safe and effective and helps my boys get feeling better quickly.

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All better!

Check out the Children's Advil website for more information on their products as well as the Helpful Resources in their Relief Section for dosing charts and diaries. Also their Facebook page has coupons and tips on how to make it through the cold and flu season!

Thank you to Children’s Advil® for providing samples, product information and gift pack. 
 
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