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Uptown Baby – Crafts and Colouring

I like to think of myself as crafty. I even have a dedicated place in my little house for crafts.  Shockingly, it’s not the kitchen table! I want to be able to craft with E. Over the past year we have done many crafts with hand and foot prints but he wasn’t ever really involved with them.  I have many ideas of projects for us to do together and Pinterest has countless. I know this will be our thing we do together! I’m really looking forward to this time that we’ll get to spend together creating and getting messy.  Dad has music and make believe but this… this is all Mommy! I’m SUPER EXCITED!  Haha!

This past Easter, we decided to spend a few days at the family cottage as a mini vacation. This was a great time for us but one problem… what to do with a baby! At home we are doing something daily; we go to mom groups, music classes, drop in at the Y, visit people, etc. But at the cottage it was just us (after Granmie and Granpie left).  Dan was busy working and I need to keep E busy. So COLOURING!

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I taped down the paper to the table (so that he wouldn’t eat it), found some nice big crayons and away we went.

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I let him pick the colours, we would look at the crayons and I assisted him with putting it to paper.  We had a great time! However, the attention span of a 11 month old is pretty small.  So we left the colouring and did something else but he seemed interested each time we sat down at it again!  The first of many times we’ll colour together.

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Welcome to the new layout

Hello and welcome to the new layout!

I’ve been a little MIA for the last little while.  I have many reasons but the good news is that I kept writing so I have a lot of posts coming your way!

One of my goals this year was to get the new layout launch and here it is.  Now, I’ll need to re-read my New Years Post to remember what else I was going to do this year.  Haha!  I do hope you enjoy the new look.  It’s all thanks to my friends at 10am!  Thanks guys!!

So IT’S MAY!  I have yet to wrap my head around the fact that it’s 2015 and bam it’s MAY!  Seriously, someone pinch me, please, because this dream that I’m living in is spinning out of control.  In a really good way but still, time is flying.   I officially have a one year old, I’m back at work (part time until E is 18 months), I’m going to be 33 (in November but still… I’m officially old), we’ll be living in our house for 9 years this September and on May 6th I’ll have been working on my career for 11 years (WOWWERS!).

One of the greatest lessons I learned with having E is stop, breath and slow down.  I’ve realized this past year that I’m always in a rushing state (yet, I’m often late).  Shortly after E was born, I decided that it was important for me to slow down and enjoy whatever stage that he was at.  I’m so happy I realized this early on!  Don’t get me wrong, I still rush but I’m starting to appreciate time more and I’m getting better at taking it easy.  Dan does this really well, when he has the time, and he is a great teacher.

Anyway, I’m getting way off track!  I really do hope you enjoy the new look as much as I do.

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Uptown Baby – Daycare

Daycare… how should I put this.  You are like dating.

We met up on a sunny afternoon and we walked around.  We had a nice time and I met some of your friends, we all seemed to get along.  It was great!  Then I never heard from you. I let you know that I was interested but something kept you away.  I didn’t want to come off as crazy, so I tried to be relaxed and cool, so I sent an email.  You must have been busy because I never really heard from you.  I stayed patient.  I even flirted with a few others but you were always on my mind.

Then today, six months after meeting you for the first time… you wanted a relationship!

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February…WHAT!

How is it February?!?!  I have no idea where the time is going.

So remember my new years post… I wanted to write more.  Haha!  Well, good thing I still have 11 months to fix that.

I feel like I’ve been on autopilot – Dan has been super busy and I have somehow lost my focus.  Dan goes back into the office most nights and I eat ice cream and watch Friends.  It sounds so sad but really, have you ever watched Friends from start to finish… so good!

E-man is becoming more awesome everyday but I’m pretty tried by the end of the day that I just want to relax a little.  Those few hours at night when he is sleeping and Dan is at work is my time.  As amazing as it sounds, I’m not doing the things I want to get done.  And BOOM…February has happened.

It’s time to get refocused and get things moving again!  Just currently, me and E-man are sick so we just need to get over this and we’ll make things happen.

As for right now, I’m going to go have some coffee with Friends.

He was 9 months on January 21!

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Welcome 2015: Recap and Resolutions

The holiday season has now come and gone.  It was the first for our little man and he really had no idea what was happening.  He did enjoy eating the wrapping paper and being the hot potato that was passed around at multiple family events.  He really was awesome and in the middle of it all he popped a tooth!

2014 Recap: What can I say 2014?  You were beautiful.  I’ve learned so much about myself this year and I have a better head on my shoulders because of it.  Clearly, my favourite part about my year was becoming a mom.  However, the best part of my year was the fact that I made my husband a father!  When I see them together it just melts my heart.  They amaze me everyday and I feel so lucky to have them both in my life.

This year wasn’t easy but when I sit back and look at my little family, I’m excited for the future.  This year was the cornerstone that will shape the rest of our lives.  I’m looking forward to what 2015 will bring!

Resolutions: Last year my resolution was to make 100 soups.  Well, I think I made 10.  I really wasn’t thinking about how many soups “100” actually is when I made the resolution. Oh my! I guess at this rate, 100 soups is a “Life Resolution”. :)  
 This year, I have many resolutions!  Having a baby and being on mat
leave (not working) has really cleared my head.  Time is going by so fast now and has allowed me to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life much more.  I now
know that family time is the most important part of the day! My
2015 resolutions are all about me, and that’s OK. But accomplishing them will benefit everyone in the family. As Dan would say, “Happy Wife, Happy Life!”

So here they are:

Learn more – I want to continue to grow and learn more about myself.  This seems like a no-brainier but I think I’ve let this go for the last few years.  Since I have less time to myself these days, I want to take advantage of the time I do have and really achieve something, such as reading a book.  
Achieve more – In a few weeks I’ll introduce what I’ve been working on recently.  I’m truly excited about this project like nothing I’ve worked on before!  I have set a goal for myself to open an Etsy shop and go into a craft show.  I’ve already said too much!  You’ll just have to wait an see…
Move more – While preggers, I retired from kettlebells.  I will pick that puppy up again.
Dwell less – Something I’ve learned this year was that I dwell a lot.  I feel that this is something that has held me back and I want to move forward.  I can’t do anything about the past but I can change my future.  This fact is key to moving forward.  Look, I’m already learning more!!
Blog more – I have a lot planned for 2015 including: a redesign, new recipes to me (can we say “bread”!), baby stuff, past travel stories and crafts.

Cheers to 2015 and new beginnings!

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Canadian Blogger Christmas Swap

This year I thought it would be fun to partake in the Canadian Blogger Christmas Swap!  I’m sooo soo happy that I did!  My swapper was Brie from A Slice of Brie.  She is also a new mommy this year and I’ve fallen in love with her little guy and her blog!  It has been so much fun getting to know another blogger.

This past Tuesday, I received my Christmas Swap package.  I was so excited to open it.  I love getting mail because growing up, I had three pen-pals (you know who you are!).  Do kids even do pen-pals still?  Will E-man even know what a pen is?  Haha!  Anyway, I still get excited for the mail to this day.  Even if it’s just the bills.  Our pretty awesome milkdoor/mailbox combo thing helps with my excitement as well.  Check out how cute this thing is!!

Brie left a lovely note saying that she wanted to find me something beautiful, unique and also timeless.  She hit the nail on the head because I’m all of those things.  Haha!  She picked out the most beautiful ornament.

It has been placed at the top of our tree with the other very special ornaments.  I’m not sure why but I’ve always put the most special ones at the top.  Probably for its own protection.

I love it!  Thank you Brie.  I’m looking forward to doing this again next year!

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32 years young

My sisters and me circa 1982!
Awww 32, nice to meet you.  I think we’ll get along as long as you don’t make me feel old.  I still haven’t figured out how 32 is possible!  I can’t be 32, my sisters are!  Sorry to my sisters, about that last comment, but you are older then me.  32. So crazy.
This past year I’ve learned so much about myself and I’m actually looking forward to this year.  This past year was probably the most powerful year of my life.  I traveled to Europe again, I became a Mom (wow) and I’ve entered my 10th year of working (I’m a 1/3 of the way done).  Pretty epic.  I’m proud of myself and the women that I’m becoming.  
When I got engaged and married I had found a new level of confidence that I never knew before.  As a new Mom, I’m starting to feel that way again.  It’s very empowering.  I recommend it!  Look, I’m getting wise in my older age already!!
32, I welcome you with open arms!
Recipes

Salmon Chowder

I have this thing with not wanting to cook on weekends. I don’t know where it came from!  So I like to use leftovers for something new to speed things up (I call this a “rollover meal”).  Therefore today’s lunch!  I used our leftover roasted sweet potato and carrots and rolled them into the most delish Salmon Chowder (every time I say this word I always think of the Simpsons).

I’ve never made a chowder before so I’m pretty excited to try it. I love chowder though so I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do. I took a quick peek on Pinterest (follow me here) and I was reassured that I was heading in the right direction. 
Here’s the recipe:

Serves 2-4 people (or 3 if you are a breastfeeding eating machine)

Ingredients:

1 medium onion
1 tablespoon oil (I use coconut)
2 cups leftover roasted carrots and sweet potatoes (probably about 1 cup each of using fresh)
2 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/4 cup cream (I just wanted to use this up)
1/2 cup milk
1 can of salmon
1 cup corn
1 cup of cheddar cheese
3 cups chopped kale
Directions:
Heat oil and cook onions until they are translucent (about 5 minutes). Add in sweet potato, carrots and spices. Mix well and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes (or until veggies are soft). 
Add milk, corn, salmon and stir well. Add cheese and kale. Turn off burner. Put lid on pot to steam the kale for a few minutes (mine probably steamed for about 10 minutes).
Give it a good stir, serve and enjoy!
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Uptown Baby – Teething

Teething = NOT FUN!
Just the screaming cries at 4am aren’t fun.  But the drool-monster that is your child is super fun (when not screaming because of teething)!

So a few weeks back, I asked my Facebooks followers what they did with regards to teething.  It was super helpful!  Here are some of the things they recommended and my experience so far with teething (please note – we still are toothless):

Chew Toys or a Soother – E-man enjoyed them but our beloved dog, Betty, ate them.  We haven’t replaced them yet because of the next item…

Frozen Wash Cloth – He totally loves them and it’s what he plays with while we are eating dinner since he isn’t on solids yet.

Frozen Toys – He only likes them fresh out of the freezer.

Tylenol – Haven’t used it yet.  I’m nervous too for some reason.

Camilia for Teething –  I’ve given this to him twice.  Probably the best thing ever.  He claimed right down.  My favourite part is the doses are pre-packaged and small.  So I have them at home and in the diaper bag!

Gnawing on fingers/toys/receiving blankets/anything he can get his hands on – This is going to happen and there is nothing you can do about it.  Some of our favourite unusual things to gnaw on are the snaps on a onesies while getting a diaper change, the zipper on the sleep sac and the heads on toys while playing with other toys.

My mantra for teething “be strong Mama, little one is just trying to tell you something.”

The first picture is my fav!

Have anything else to add leave it in the comments and I’ll be sure to try it!

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Uptown Baby – First Halloween

I’m so late on this one but if you follow me on Instgram then you’ve already seen the pictures!

We didn’t go tick or treating because E-man is only 6 months.  However, we did go to my office, a mom’s group party and a get together with some friends.  So we made our rounds!

Once I had the idea for our costumes, I just went for it!  I was so excited.  You see back in 2009, I started sewing for this very reason.  Growing up my Mom always made our costumes and I wanted to do the same thing.  So I did!

It was a great first Halloween!