Time passes so quickly when you are a new parent, all the sleepless nights, the midnight feedings and the screeching sound of a baby crying can all be overwhelming. BUT then there are those tiny first giggles and that gummy smile that makes it all worthwhile, makes being a parent the best job in the world.
Of course to me, my boys had the most insanely cutest smiles ever--I'm sure you can agree that yours did/does as well. I just love the way their little faces would light up with I tickled them or sang their favourite songs, moments I wish I could bottle up forever. Luckily, today we have cameras to capture them all and keep close to our hearts when they are 15 and asking to stay out past curfew...
In the meantime...look at these smiles and try not to crack a smirk yourself.
Having fun with Fisher Price:
I am very excited about the launch of Fisher-Price's new Laugh & Learn
site! It’s a fun place on the FisherPrice.ca
webpage (Fisherprice.ca > Brands > Laugh & Learn) that offers webisodes, fun games and activities, a place where you (well, your LOs) can meet the Laugh & Learn
characters, enjoy fun apps and learn about what’s new and upcoming from our favourite brand! This site is stacked with fun and excitement that you and your children will love! Another Reason to SMILE!
To celebrate the launch of this new site, Fisher-Price will be hosting an AMAZING
Best Little Laugh! This contest will be celebrating all those insanely-cute, over-the-top-adorable smiles, giggles and laughs. Starting today (May 22nd) you could share your baby's best little laugh and WIN great prizes too! PLUS: 1 lucky winner will be chosen every week!! So hurry up and get snapping, dig up your old photos and enter for your chance!!
To enter your child visit: www.fisherprice.com
Disclosure: I am part of the Fisher-Price Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
I love challenges, and I also love quick-easy recipes that are useful for parents who are on the run (like many of us are) so, when Sun-Maid
® Raisin Bread challenged us to create an
leading Canadian chef Bob Villeneuve
I jumped at the chance!
All entries have a chance to win a delicious Sun-Maid® catered brunch for 10 people just in time for Father’s Day (WOW). PLUS entrants are automatically entered for a draw to win Sun-Maid® Raisin Bread for a year!!! Imagine all the possibilities!!
For my recipe I decided to make Raisin Bread-Egg poppers as my quick, easy and nutritious recipe. I have tried this recipe both with bacon and without, and my children tend to like it better without. I personally LOVE bacon so on Sunday mornings I tend to make 6 with and 6 without the greasy good-stuff...but you be the judge ;)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 6 slices Sun-Maid Raisin Bread
- 3 eggs
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- Cheddar Cheese shredded
- Bacon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter 6 standard muffin cups. With a rolling pin, flatten raisin bread slices. Cut each piece of bread in half and then press 2 halves into each muffin cup, overlapping slightly. Brush bread with remaining butter.
- If using bacon, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium (4 mins) until cooked but not crisp.
- Add eggs, bacon, and cheese in a large bowl and beat until mixed.
- Season with salt and pepper and add egg mixture to the bread cups.
- Bake until egg whites are just set, 20 to 25 minutes. Run a small knife around cups to loosen toasts.
I am not personally a fan of soup, nor a fan of chickpeas or spinach....BUT I love this soup!
My mother and aunt have been making it for years and I have finally decided to make it at home for my boys. Since most kids hate veggies, I pureed theirs to look like what we like to call 'Swamp Soup.' Later I realized they liked the soup with the 'chunks' too...either way, this is a hearty and delicious soup the whole family can enjoy! PLUS it is the perfect meal when you are pressed for time or ingredients ;)
1 Can Chickpeas (drained)
1 Handful of Spinach (Frozen or Fresh) Finely Chopped
4-5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Cans of Water -use Chickpea can to measure
Salt and Pepper to Taste
2 Cloves Garlic Chopped
1 Medium Onion Chopped
1. In a medium saucepan mix all ingredients except for the spinach.
2. Let cook on medium-low for 1 hour
3. Use am electric mixer to mash all ingredients.
4. Place back on the stove and add in spinach.
5. Cook for another 20 mins.
Your meal is ready!
**For the 'Swamp Soup' version, simply blend before serving!
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I am a mama that worries...A LOT.
I worry that my children will go out into this world that is not safe anymore, I worry about how they will adapt to a harsh reality that is today. I worry that they will be too 'soft' to mesh well with others, and I worry that they will never ever get to see all the beauty that truly is around them.
In light of the past events that have happened both last week and yesterday's bombings, restoring faith in humanity is really hard--especially when you are a protective mother. Nothing will ever cover the fear that I feel in my heart for my little angels, but I know that without compassion and love, we as a society will never evolve to something safe.
My children taught me something yesterday.
World events are horrible--yes. But what's worse is dwelling on the negative instead of watching every beautiful act that is happening right around us. Children see fun and beauty in such simple things, and I think it is about time we (I) start thinking the same way too.
Be thankful for what you have in the moment, never forget what has happened, and move forth with a little compassion--the world will see it!
Who would have thought that the amount of publicity and controversy surrounding hairstyles would be such a big topic in todays day and age. I am writing with response to the latest story about the Kindergarten boy who was suspended because of his mini-Mohawk. Take a look at this adorable 6 year old boy
who was suspended from KINDERGARTEN because his hair was a 'distraction' to students. Does that mean Maddox Jolie-Pitt should be banned from the covers of millions of news stands?
Isn't everything distracting for a bunch of 6 year old children? I mean, if a child showed up to school wearing a sparkly necklace or something, wouldn't the entire class want to look at it?
This topic hits home personally to me, simply because my son started school with dreadlocks. At first, I have to admit many parents had a problem with his (adorable) hair, but his classmates did not know any different...until their parents infringed their opinions on him. I have to say, children in general are accepting of differences, however it seems that as adults we place so many biases on things like hairstyle. Would a 5 or 6 year old actually be 'distracted' or prejudiced to another child if he/she had different hair without the notion placed in their mind from their parents? Probably not.
Here a a few pics of the MANY hairstyles my oldest has sported...he loves his hair!
Seems that the world has evolved to a place where we are actually backtracking....sad.
We need to stop the hatred, personal bias' and start loving and embracing differences in our society. Hair is not going to hurt anyone, but war and negativity will.
What do you think? Was the school 'going too far'?
What child hasn't enjoyed the movie Cars? Here's a sneak peak at Disney's 'PLANES' set to hit theatres August 9th 2013! Just in time for the end of summer! With celebrity voices from Teri Hatcher, Dane Cook, Louis Dreyfus, and Val Kilmer.
From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theatres on Aug. 9, 2013.
Spring has sprung! What better way to celebrate then to bring on the colourful, fun of the season?
I have found these 3 amazing ideas to get you thinking Spring today! The best part is, most of the items used are found right in your own home! Happy decorating ;)
This idea is simple and cheap! Buy an umbrella and fill it with beautuful folowers and moss for this unique look! You may not want to use your own umbrellas because Spring showers are ahead ;) More: becolourful.typepad.com
Use old rain boots and hang them on a fence, wall or even your front door to bring on SPRING!! Great idea from: homemakersonline.com
Love this idea! Light bulbs at their best...bringing beauty to nature with these little ornaments that will last right through the Summer! hillhouseliving.blogspot.com
For anyone who knows me personally, they also know that I am extremely picky when it comes to my children and children's accessories. I cam across Kiokko Bebe Couture
years ago, but have never had the pleasure of reviewing or trying her products until recently...in one word... BEAUTIFUL! After browsing Kiokko's site, I was in love with all the patterns and beautiful photos, but nothing compares to the craftsmanship and beauty of the actual products.KIOKKO's collection of chic baby accessories are distinguished by its charming prints, bold colours and fresh designs. Each product is meticulously designed with quality in mind without compromising style. We have combined sophisticated designer fabrics and luxurious minky to create posh accessories that are both modern and timeless. Designed with parents in mind, we offer an explicit sense of style and remarkable attention to detail, making each and every one of our luxurious products true must-haves! Born out of a desire to bring style and sophistication to the world of modern parenting, KIOKKO's accessories makes a statement without saying a word.
I tested all the items listed below, and as you can see the patterns are just wonderfully hip and modern! the back of the bib and the blanket are super-soft and luxurious to the touch! I just love how light-weight they are and how well they wash too! This company has become a family-fave, and since becoming an aunt, will be visited often ;)
Hootie Patootie Bib $14.00
Zoology Blanket $42.00
Blue My Mind Mitten Clips $12.00
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Tomorrow will be the day I let my little boy take a bus.
To most, this is not much of a leap or even a thought....
but to me...
It is the biggest event of my life.
I have managed to let him go to school, though it was hard, by convincing myself that I am 1 block away if he needs me. I have stocked him, made sure I was there 10 minutes early for drop-off and pick up, and I have counted the seconds until the bell rings every evening...just to see his smile.
Alone in the scary world, on a bus without ME....I can't breathe!
The anxiety and thoughts of 'what if' will not leave me.
I know he needs to grow, I guess all children do.
If I had known that motherhood would be this difficult, I surely would not have had two.
Until tomorrow I wait anxiously.
Counting the seconds,
Until my baby can tell me of all the wonderful things he did on his own...without ME.
Perhaps it will get easier, or in my case, even harder...
But I guess that is what happens, when little people grow.
**To my sons, who are my life, my loves, my entire being. I wish I could stop the clocks and keep you in my arms forever. Have fun on your trip Cookie, I can't wait for you to give me a big hug when you return <3