Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Fashion Trend Tuesday: Momma Spring Trends for 2014

I am so glad that soon [i hope!] winter will be over and spring will be here. It's one of my favorite seasons. It's always so pretty outside with flowers blooming, animals waking up from their hibernation, trees growing back their foliage, and the nice sunny warm weather that slowly creeps in. I find every year I'm in the same predicament, I'm still stuck in the winter rut of big poofy jackets, sweaters, zillions of layers, scarfs, and big clunky boots, and when the weather gets warmer I'm still dressed like it's -40 outside haha.

Apparently the trendy colors for 2014 are bright pastels. I LOVE pastels. Not only do they subtly compliment anything you wear, but they add a pop of color and aren't overbearing. A lot of the looks this year are crop tops, fringe, bomber jackets, button down shirts, sheer, and exaggerated silhouettes like big boxy jackets, and huge flared pants. There's also florals, tea length skirts, and knit sweater cardigans [thin ones of course.]

Personally, a lot of the "trends" they post on the internet, or TV are WAY too out of this world for regular everyday life, or even the on-the-go mom. Like think about it, wearing big flare pants and a boxy jacket that makes you look like you should be on a runway instead of running around and yelling at your 4 kids to behave when your out in public isn't realistic.

Below are some outfits that are reasonable for spring, and for moms on the go! :)



- Trendy, yet not over the top. Also I would probably switch out the heels for some comfortable black flats





- this one is my favorite. i LOVE green, and it's just so simple, comfortable & classy, yet very casual :)


Monday, 20 January 2014

Momma Monday: Top 20 things NOT to say to the Parents of Toddlers



I came across multiple versions of this on babble.com and it just made me laugh because 100% of it's so true. How many of us are asked ridiculous questions about our growing toddlers, or people have given there opinion about where our children should be on the milestone track when according to others, there "falling behind". This is one of my biggest pet peeves indefinitely. I didn't used to mind, until we were in a grocery store one day and my daughter was about 15 months old, and a lady was stating that A child that age should already be potty trained, and talking in mid-full sentences. I'm like, what planet did you come from, one with super kids or what? I will not stand for others comparing my child to somebody else as they all grow up differently, and at there own pace, and we can't force that.


What NOT to say to Parents with Toddlers

Strangers Are Weird
"Oh is she shy?"
No she doesn't know you and it takes her a few minutes to be comfortable in a new environment.

On Things That Are None of Your Business
"Isn't she potty trained yet?"
Exactly how old were you when you stopped pooping in a diaper?

On Little Boys With Long Hair
"When are you going to cut that hair?"
My son has his own (pretty darned cute) ideas about hair style and length, thank you very much.

No Naps = Zombie Toddler. LEARN THIS.
"Oh, he can miss his nap - it won't hurt!"
Oh sure, you won't mind babysitting them say from 5:00 PM onwards; getting them dinner and tucked into bed would you? However, Zombie Toddler will appear to eat your brains during these hours wherein their exhausted little brains and bodies cry foul.
** this is what happens to my kids. They become Crankzilla, queens of the underworld. 

SO TIRED
"I KNOW, me too."
The response I got when stating I was tired to a twenty-something Barista with no kids. I just laughed and laughed.
Babies & Toddlers Cry. KNOW THIS.
"Why won't she stop crying? What's wrong with her?"  Must be your face. Also? BABIES/TODDLERS CRY.

 ** this is my favorite. I'd love to see a baby&toddler not cry so much. Even if it were for a day, it'd be really nice :)

So Funny! So Smart!
"Oops, I guess the littlest one was a surprise, eh?"
Actually I had 7 miscarriages in 4 years. Would you like to know anything else about my child bearing history?
** this one is on ball. My mother tried for 12 years to conceive a child and adopted my brother & sister, had more miscarriages in between, and didn't know she was pregnant with me till she was 5 months along. So i was known as the surprise or even worse, the accident.. but they don't know how hard and long it took her to actually bear her own child.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
"You know, MY kids never acted like that…"
LIES. All LIES. Your memory sucks.

And It’s Your Business How?
"You're still nursing? But she's so old now!"
Natural weaning is between the ages of 2 and 7. Yes 7. I nursed my first baby until age 5 and I plan to do the same with my second. Not sure why it bothers you?


Ask a Silly Question…
"Does he/she always behave like this?"
Only when you're around.
Organically Grown
"Oh twins!?! Are they natural?"
Why yes they are 100% human, or are you asking if I used fertility treatments?

What’s Wrong With YOU?
"What's wrong with him?"
HE'S TWO.

Such a Zealot
"You must have a lot of time on your hands to be making such healthy meals from scratch all the time!"
I've got to give my kids some sort of material for therapy when they're grown, don't I?

** I have two kids under 3, and even I can still find time to make a healthy meal, weather it be quick and simple, a freezer meal I made days ago, or a simple fruit, veggie, cheese, and kabasa platter. Your children can't live off of hotdogs, grilled cheese, and kraft dinner forever.

For The Single Parents
"You don't need to date, you need to focus on your kids until they're out of the house."
You need to focus on your words before they come out of your mouth.

Just NO
"I used to spank my kids and they turned out just fine!"
Says YOU.

Don’t Talk To Me About Magic!
"Ok -- I know there's a ton of them... ok - here's one; I am always kind of amazed when my kids are in meltdown mode, throwing full on tantrums, I am completely dishevelled and / or crying, and we are in public - usually eating at a cafe or something and some older woman (who has forgotten everything or never had kids) says, 'remember this time forever. It's magical. You are so lucky.' GAAAAHHHHH! In fact, ANYBODY who says this to parents of young children should stop doing so. First of all, we do NOT need MORE guilt for thinking of our children as tiny dictators at times, and second - we KNOW it goes fast, we KNOW it's a magical time, but it feels and looks like the army when you're in it. A look of sympathy and maybe helping put my kids' boot back on would be more helpful." 
On Co-Sleeping
"It irritates me when people tell me not to let my son sleep in my bed. It's our special time to cuddle, he feels safe and secure, it builds our relationship. That is what is important to me!"





Thursday, 9 January 2014

Food Frenzy Thursday: Favorite Side Dishes

I do have to apologize that I haven't been keeping up with my food posting [sigh] which is one of the things im so good at usually because im always constantly baking, cooking, or prepping food throughout the day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sometimes dessert if I find a spare 10 minutes to whip something up :)

I love side dishes. There such a nice way to compliment a main dish and just tie in all the wonderful satisfying tastes together. I've learned from the best of how to incorporate side dishes. My mum was king of the kitchen. I remember my mothers famous pork tenderloin roast that would be accompanied by peas, corn, carrots, mashed AND roasted potatoes, roasted parsnips, stuffing [with the mmm scrumptious crunchy bits] and topped off with a ladle of gravy :) DELICIOUS! No offense but its probably why 3/4 of my family was overweight growing up lmao we were just a family who loved to eat :D [and still do]

SWEET POTATO FRIES
 YIELDS 1 SERVING
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 sweet potato
  • cooking oil/spray
  • salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS
preheat oven to 400 degrees. cut your potato into strips [with or without the skin on] {i like mine with some skin} . Lightly grease a cookie sheet and spread the fries out evenly. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt & pepper [ i use a lot of cajun spice on mine sometimes ] bake for 30 - 45 minutes turning every 10 minutes or so to make em crispy and not stick to the tray. Let cool 5 minutes and stuff your face.

* I also like to dip my fries in either ranch, or my favorite, roasted red pepper, garlic and chili aioli. IT IS SO GOOD!

NUTRITION FACTS
Per 1 Serving: 80 calories
Total Fat: 1g
Sodium: 40mg
Carbohydrate: 18g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 2g

ROASTED SPICY CAULIFLOWER
YIELDS 4 SERVINGS
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 head cauliflower [cored and cut into florets]
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ground black pepper [to taste]
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place cut up cauliflower, oil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss around to evenly coat the cauliflower. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast until soft and golden brown [30 - 45 minutes] Serve Hot.

NUTRITION FACTS
Per 1 Serving: 100 calories
Fat: 7g
Sodium: 85mg
Carbohydrate: 8g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 3g
Protein 3g

SAUTEED SLICED CARROTS
YIELDS 4 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 - 3 medium sized carrots thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
DIRECTIONS
preheat skillet on med-high heat. Thinly slice your carrots. Heat oil and butter together. Add your carrots. Sautee for 10 - 15 minutes until they start to soften. Mix onion & garlic powder together in a bowl with your soy sauce and brown sugar. It might make a thick paste if so add a bit more soy sauce till you get a slightly runny consistency. Add this to your pan. Cook for another 15 minutes until the carrots are soft and have a nice golden coat to them. Serve Hot.

* I hate cooked carrots, and I just threw a bunch of stuff in a pan with sliced carrots and holy crap I ate almost the whole entire pan. They were DELICIOUS!

NUTRITION FACTS
Per 1 Serving: 118 calories
Fat: 4.7g
Sodium: 383.4mg
Carbohydrate: 9.8g
Fiber: 1.8g
Sugar: 4.2g
Protein: 1.4g

ROASTED PARMESAN GREEN BEANS
YIELDS 4 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS
  • 12 oz green beans [ends trimmed]
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • pepper & salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp parmesan (shredded)
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up. In a bowl drizzle beans with oil, salt&pepper, and garlic powder and toss to coat. Lay evenly on baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes shake the pan a bit to turn them, and then bake an additional 5 - 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with grated cheese.

NUTRITION FACTS
Per 1 Serving: 60 calories
Fat: 3g
Sodium: 240mg
Carbohydrate: 8g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 3g

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

The Grocery App EVERYONE Needs!

As we all know, a healthy lifestyle and weight loss doesn't just consist of exercise. It begins in the kitchen. If you ate like a pig but went to the gym for an hour a day, kudos, but you wouldn't see much of an improvement in your overall health or well being. Unless your one of those people, who like my husband, have an incredibly high metabolism and food disintegrates before it even makes it past your esophagus and you can eat all the crap you want, enjoy it while it lasts. Because i'll be one of those who laughs when you turn 30/40 and get really fat. Ugh, so fat :) haha

I'm a stay at home mom. Trying to find time to make a proper healthy meal that my kids will eat and enjoy at the same time can be very limiting. I do a lot of make a head meals, and they are a godsend. Seriously, they have saved my life, and am forever in-debt to pinterest&blogger for finding these amazing people who posted such incredible ideas. Spend 5 hours a day cooking to make 1 - 2 months work of freezer meals so I only have to cook 30 - 60 minutes a night instead of 2 hours. WINNING!

I am also really bad for going to the grocery store and overspending. I do write a list, but its more of a rough guideline haha. I'm also very anal about how I shop. I have my list planned out with categories like produce, meat, dairy etc, and when someone gets me off track and I recheck my list and I've missed a bunch of things, I get angry and frustrated because not only did I miss items that are ESSENTIAL, I now have to spend another half hour back tracking to pick those items up. Not impressed. BUT, one day, I stumbled across the most amazing grocery app in the world. I will use this every time I shop, and nothing else. It's changed my life, and has saved me and my family SO much money on groceries that I feel like that woman off that IKEA commercial yelling to start the car! running with a shopping cart in red vibrant heels feeling like wonder woman :)

The app is called myShopi. you can download it for FREE for your android, tablet, iphone, ipad, anything that supports apps, it's free :) YIPPIE!
Now here's the functionality of the app:

Organize By Category
like beverages, produce, bakery, dairy, meat/butcher, incidentals etc. you can even organize by aisles!

Database of 1000 Predefined Items
 stuff like bread, milk, chicken, broccoli, and bananas. My favorite part about the database is you can add in any product you like to buy into the database and add a picture of that product either from google, your storage device, or take a picture of it. SO FREAKING COOL!

Track Your History
the app keeps track of frequently purchased items from previous grocery shops so you can backtrack to add them to your new list for next month, week, whatever. Also, you can add items to favorites, which is even quicker to add to new lists.

Multiple Lists
you can create a wide range of lists by the store and what they offer to person, etc. so you could get a grocery list for wal-mart or nofrills, or you can shop by person like your husband, or kids, or sister and add items that they want to their own specific lists. super duper awesome!

Send by E-mail & SMS
Seriously. It's just too good to be true. I do my BIG list on my Ipad, but i'm not going to lug around my ipad with my husband and two kids AND a cart to do grocery shopping, it's not just logical. So I send it to my email and when I click on the link, it gets sent directly to the myShopi app on my phone. Not to mention, you can send it to ANYONE who has the app downloaded. If you need someone to pick up something for you, send the list, BAM they go get your stuff.

Price Description
My other fav on this app. You can enter in the price of each item you want to purchase and you can buy by box, can, package, lb, g, kg, ml, l, etc, and it'll tell you how much your grocery list will cost (before taxes obviously)




This is a screenshot of what it looks like on an Iphone. You can see what categories are already in the database, along with the items in that category. Like look how much variety you have in just the fruits category, and you can add more! If you suck at grocery shopping and aren't a coupon fanatic this app could just change your life.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Momma Monday: Mother Knows Best



Two years ago I got pregnant with my first child & then 11 months after she was born had my 2nd. I didn't want to take prenatal classes because I didn't see a need for them but my mother forced my hand into going. The way I saw it was if I really had a question, why couldn't I just google it, watch a video, read an article, or hell pick up a prenatal book that's available in any store anywhere, instead of paying someone a 130$ to talk my face off for an hour about how to be the "proper" parent.

By the time I had given birth to my daughter, I was complete basket case. I worried over nothing and everything, and had anxiety attacks on a frequent basis. I wouldn't allow anyone in our home who was sick. I never let her out of my grasp because I feared if I left her too long somewhere her head would start to warp. Any small noise in the night I would rush to her side fearing something was wrong when really she was just sleeping. SIDS becomes a mothers worst nightmare. You can't have any bedding like bumper pads, pillows, blankets&quilts or even stuffed animals in the crib. SIDS. Don't let your child get too warm during sleep, but keep them warm, but not too warm or your baby can overheat (WHAT?!) I even went out and spent a lot of money on sleepers and onesies that had a temperature dial integrated into the fabric so if there body temperature got over a certain amount it would change color. I got all the gadgets for anything and did everything by the book. I ate healthy & exercised throughout my whole pregnancy, took my prenatal vitamins, got sleep, drank plenty of liquids, everything. I inherited anxiety throughout this pregnancy, and it's not something you need on top of having postpartum depression as well.

I was so upset with how books, media, and those pesky prenatal doctors and nurses think they know EVERYTHING about how to raise a child, yet the majority of them don't even have children. Go figure.

I sat down with my mother and had one of the longest talks about children, their upraising and much else. Back when my mum was raising us she had all the stuff in the crib, she left us in the bouncy chairs and whatever else for hours even if we fell asleep. She used to put whiskey/rum on our gums when we were teething. Put baby cereal in our bottles to help us sleep through the night to give her 5 minutes peace. My mum even has a picture of her breastfeeding my brother with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth, and smoked through 1/4 of being pregnant with me because she didn't know she was, and none of her kids died, or had anything wrong with them.

All in all I am so sorry about this rant it just maddens me to be told that I am an inadequate mother because I don't do things by the book, or whatever. My kids are healthy, doing there own thing, and nobody should ever feel like they are raising there kids wrong.


There is no way to be a perfect parent, 
but there are a million ways to be a good parent.