Spring is here and we are all excited to wear shorts and t-shirts. I am instantly reminded that my oldest son seriously looks like a piece of wet spaghetti, he is that lanky and lean. Since his early arrival into the world I have NEVER been able to fatten him up. Making sure he eats enough and has hit all the food groups within his day is like a mission for me. My younger son, meh-total second child syndrome, he’s a picky eater but he’ll survive. Well, maybe I’m not quite that bad but Smashie is a healthy height and weight so I don’t feel like I need to fret as much with him. Obviously, I care about the daily nutritional requirements of both my little dudes and there are some days where I am certain we have not met them, not even close.
Looking for a fast breakfast idea? Heaven knows that on mornings when hubby is still at work (having worked the night shift) and I have to be at work across town we are really in a rush. It is nice to know I have a secret weapon in my back pocket when it comes to breakfast. Breakfast Parfaits are such easy go-to breakfasts at our house. I layer yogurt, fruit, granola in a glass. I get no fuss from either boy when I offer to make them breakfast parfaits.
We have made countless combinations over the years and my boys still don’t tire of it. I like knowing that if cereal or toast are not in the cards on any given day I can make this winner. Both boys will eat it with no complaints and I feel good knowing they are eating several food groups.
I like to use fruit flavoured yogurt as the first layer and then chopped fruit and then granola. Repeat once or twice depending on your appetite! You can use fresh or frozen fruit, plain, Greek or fruit flavoured yogurt and if your kiddos don’t like granola you can layer in their favourite cereal instead. The object is to create a quick breakfast that makes your morning go smoothly AND that your family will enjoy eating!
These are so quick to make that by the time the boys drag themselves to the table I can have them almost all the way assembled. Bonus-Once my boys are a wee bit bigger I think I can even get them to do the assembly!
Do you have a breakfast secret weapon for when your morning routine is going sideways. I’d love to hear any secret morning tricks you have-I can use help just as much as anyone else! I would love to hear if you make this–and what combination of ingredients you used!
If you have followed me for some time then I need you to know you are awesome, I don’t even think my own mother has read more than one or two of my posts before, and also if you have followed along you know I have a
love affair hate-on for my local JerkBear.
I have had a few friends try to call me out on it as I try to live my life in a semi-crunchy way and this seems a little incongruous. Then I tell them the on going drama I have had with JerkBear and they realize my arguments are iron-clad, fricking rock solid. Or maybe they just worry I am crazy and they are trying to back away slowly, attempting to not make eye contact or in anyway threaten me. Suckers, the correct way to respond in this situation is to curl up into a ball with head and neck covered and eventually I will bore of you and move on…..
So in the interest of scientific accuracy I will lay out all of my dealings with JerkBear with no attached emotions, yeah right! This poop is about to get crazy.
When I have great hair it makes me so happy. I get an extra bounce in my step when I have a pretty chignon or sweet side swept ponytail and to be able to create these styles you need a lot of pins and elastics and clips. All these little doodads can very easily start to take over the bathroom, especially when you are have to dig around to find the right accessory. I have quite a few pretties for my hair and they were residing in my drawer in the bathroom AND in a tin in my cupboard. Everything was always in a dreadful jumble. I knew I wanted to be able to have things in plain sight and organized.
I figured Mason jars would keep things contained yet visible, so I sorted all my bits and bobs up into a few jars and cleaned out a few things I never use. I was happy with the system and it was cute in the jars but it could always be cuter, thats where Kidecals chalkboard labels come in. They have several shapes to choose from and I went with the ‘Star’ shape. I love that are pretty, which in a world of boys doesn’t happen often enough for my liking and they are practical.
I also thing these labels would be great on the outside of boring plastic storage containers-can’t you just imagine then on shoe bins? They are top rack dishwasher safe. I think I am going to use the smaller ones to make mason jar drinking glasses. We can write our names on them–will be great at Christmas when we have the whole family over.
I am itching to stick these labels to more stuff, I think I see a pantry re-organization in my future! Where else could I use them? They come in a large and a small size.
Kidecals also has oodles of other great personalized labels for every possible need! Have you already lost a shoe since school went back in-you need to label all they stuff! Kids are genetically encoded to lose stuff, especially just one of anything that comes in a pair.
I was so excited when early summer I got asked to review Say Please Lunchbox Love – Original Lunchbox Notes again (see review from last year). Unfortunately, where I live our kids are still not back in school due to a labour dispute and it sucks! There is only one good thing about the whole thing–I don’t have to pack my sons lunch! Ok Mamas, show of hands, how many of you dislike packing lunches? Most of you are a week or so into the school year and I bet already the doldrums are setting in, unless you make cute little bento box lunches with cheese carved to look like the Slinky Dog from Toy Story or something equally
annoying awesome. All the power to you if you are totally into packing amazing lunch boxes but that is so not me.
When packing my sons lunch I would love to mix it up a bit from time to time but since my son insists on the same sandwich everyday I will need to sprinkle in some love into his lunch another way. These cards are so sweet, with positive notes and trivia to make your little one smile. With sayings such as ‘You make me proud’ and ‘I love your sense of humour’ to highlight what makes your child special to you to positive reinforcement cards like ‘Be Calm’ and ‘Count your blessings’ you can choose a card suited to what your child needs to hear on a given day. It kind of feels like I am packing a little hug in my sons lunchbox!
They have 80 Kids packs to choose from and even sets of them for the full year. Even if your kids are grown they have teen, adult, girlfriends and co-worker sets that all look great.
I can’t wait for my son to head off to kindergarten and I hope he knows how proud I am of him. If he is a little unsure, he will be reminded of it at lunchtime!
Check out the fun ‘windsock’ I made to decorate for Canada Day. If you can spray paint and use a glue gun then you too can make this! Really the hardest part will be finding a big can to use, I used a big warehouse pack sized coffee can. This craft could be ANY colour, pattern, celebration you want it to be. I would LOVE to see your windsock if y0u make one! [Read more…]
I found asparagus on sale and it was featured on one of the money saving apps so I grabbed a bundle with no real plan. I was just going to pan fry it with garlic when I remembered a yummy recipe Hubby makes for the firehall guys. He wraps asparagus and chicken up in puff pastry and it is delicious and looked like a pretty easy recipe. The recipe was simple and took about 45 minutes start to finish (not including the time to thaw the puff pastry). I love how easy it is to customize the flavours of this recipe, see the notes below for some ingredient switch ups!
Want to know what drives me crazy? Socks without non-skid writing on the bottom. Really, you want me to put those on my high action 2-year old, really. An even better scenario is when you get tricked into buying a pack of socks and only the outside pairs have non-skid, all the inner ones are slick as ice. Tricksy. Why would a retailer *cough, cough Superstore* do this? Apparently they think it would be hilarious to have my little dude sprawled out on the kitchen floor.
I really want my cheep, cute socks but want to not be kissing my kid every time he lands on his melon. In fact no melon landing is the safety standard I trying to set.
Well this mama was going to do something about it! And the fix is so easy…..
- Dangerous Socks
- Puffy Paint
- Absolutely No Crafting Skills
- Wash socks first
- Lay socks out with soles flat and on top
- Apply Puffy Paint, see notes
- Let dry according to paint peoples specific instructions