Miss El’s ninth month update

Elora Hazel is 9 months and it’s been an intense month…

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She had a high fever, followed by a few days of mid range fever, followed by her two bottom teeth popping out.  The entire month was hard in terms of sleep and eating and then she started doing a 1-knee crawl and then she discovered how to sit from laying on her tummy.
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So like I said, it’s been an intense month.  Full of learning, development, tired arms and full hearts.
Outside of all of this, she got to sit on Santa’s lap, open lots of Christmas presents and tried her dadi’s (paternal grandmother) banana bread for the first time (it has white sugar in it so definitely tried to avoid it lol).
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She’s watched a few scenes of Frozen here and there (thanks to Big Sis who wants to watch it ALL.THE.TIME) and is still in love with the song “Part of that World” from the The Little Mermaid.  She’s figured out that she can move to music and close her eyes when she smiles her toothy grin – which makes everyone around her laugh.  She’s eating rice and daal from both her grandmothers and will literally grab anything she can to put into her mouth – even faster if she sees me coming to take whats in her hand aka anything she finds from the floor).  She loves saying mamammama, dada dada, and nananana (which I believe is her way of saying “Sanya”).  She loves playing with her sisters toys (she has a keen eye for tiny magnets, lite brite pegs and dolls that have really long hair).
Oh Ellie babe – we love you so!

Sweet Proposal & Virtual Dust

The other day, the mister really wanted to take me to a spot a little up north from where we live so I could photograph it.  I asked him which lenses I would need, he said thats for me to decide.  I think he told me it was an abandoned barn / “one of those photos you really want to get”. It wasn’t an abandoned barn and it’s actually I photo I already have / drawn to capture.

But the thoughtfulness of his proposal was too sweet to just let these photos collect virtual dust on my memory card before uploading them to the google cloud.

So here they are…. Post processed and watermarked.

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Special Thanks: to #1 who quietly waited while her mother fussed with her lenses and took some pictures and to #2 who took her morning nap in the car seat.

Christmas Movies to Watch (when the kids are in bed)

I am really not a RomCom kinda of girl.  I used to be all about he scary movies – but then I became an adult and couldn’t take them any more lol.  Thankfully the Hubz and I have the same taste in movies which is either sci-fi, political drama or unbelievably inappropriate comedy.  And thats what this list is about.  These movies are the perfect thing to watch when you need to add an extra shot (or 3) of Baileys to your hot coco.  Or who am I kidding, maybe it’s straight up whiskey LOL.  They are movies to watch when you magically go the kids to bed (at the same time).  When you want to watch something light but still partake in the Christmas feels.  This list is for you (and for me because… let’s be real).  So whip up a batch of these healthy-ish cookies and turn on your movie streaming network of choice :)

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December Intentions – Mid month check in

We are at Mid December so I figured it would be a good time for me to review my December Intentions.

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I started using a new journal for my gratitude. I found this beautiful hard cover pocket journal with marble design.  It’s like a moleskin (lined, with a bookmark and a band to keep the book closed.  It’s small enough that I can keep it in my smallest purse but I like to keep it on my night stand.  I usually write in it before I close my eyes, but in the morning it doesn’t get filled in until around 8ish (after breakfast & sending the Mister and Miss S on their way).  I try and write 4-6 reasons of gratitude.  Something as simple as “drinking lots of water”, “I got to see my friend for coffee” or “I get to fold laundry”.

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I have been visualizing a lot but I think I want to do more of it with paper to pen.  So I intend to do more writing where I see future self.

I ended November in a spirit of “give me all the cookies, chocolate and sweets”.  I kind of let myself eat whatever I wanted for 2.5 weeks.  On top of that I stopped wearing my FitBit and didn’t work out – simply because I didn’t feel like it.  Around Dec 10, I felt something was a miss.  I didn’t feel like myself and I realized it was because I wasn’t drinking enough water, not making a conscious effort to be active and that eating what ever I wanted was not giving me joy.  So I stopped!  I am doing some light workouts, drinking 3L of water a day and refraining from eating dessert.  It may look like I am restricting myself – but letting myself do whatever I want was actually more restrictive to my wellbeing.  So yes lots of steps and activity – just not measure it.

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I’ve reached out to my mentor and looking forward to her response and a phone meeting we are going to have.

I am using my camera a lot and I try to post the pictures on the blog.

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It’s been easier for me to chant “I am, I can, I will, I do” for 2 minutes than sit and meditate in the more traditional way.  I can say that I’ve been doing this at least every other days (which is a lot more than I’ve ever done for quiet meditation).

I am 1/3 done the book I’ve been reading.  It’s good but there is too much science/biology explanations happening that I end up skimming over it.  I still plan to have this book finished by the end of the month.  I’ve told the Mister I don’t want anything for Christmas.  Not even socks LOL.  I’ve asked him to upload my e-reader with TONS of books.

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Okay so as for giving.  I can honestly say I haven’t done enough.  I mean I am doing the usual teacher gifts for Miss S, participating in a few Kris Kringles and of course for my parents but I still haven’t “pay it forward” or written any Christmas Cards just because.  Something to work on for the rest of the month.

The Best VEGAN Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I have been on HUNT for an amazing HOMEMADE cookie recipe. (Read more about my cookie obsessions here, here and here).

And I think this may be it. And considering it is VEGAN makes me even happier.

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We had our first snow fall yesterday midday into this morning. To me, cold snowy days just   calls for gooey chocolate chip cookies.  These did not disappoint.  And the fact that they contain no refined sugar or flour makes them even more delectable & guilt free.  The Hubz and I easily ate 10 each!

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What you need:

1 can of chickpeas
4 tbsp flour of choice (I just grinded up some quick oats using my blender)
3 tbsp sweetener of choice (I used agave)
2 tbsp nut butter (this is the one I used)
1/2 cup of plant based milk (we use this one)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
Chocolate chips (this is a good vegan one)

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What you do:

Preheat oven to 375
Blend up all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) until smooth
Fold in chocolate chips
Place tbsp portions of the cookie mix on a parchment lined baking pan
(You may need to spread/flatten the cookie)
Bake for 6-8 minutes (shorter if you want it more gooey, longer if you like more of a cake like consistency).

Enjoy!!

Road trip to Pittsburgh

At the beginning of November, the Hubz, the girls and I travelled to Pittsburgh for my husband’s cousins’ wedding.  I was terrified to do a 6 hour car ride with the girls. (give or take an hour or so).  I mean, Miss S literally asks for a snack as soon as I buckle her into the car seat.  And she (like any other kid, including myself when I was her age) incessently ask “are we there yet” or “how many more minutes”. I was really afraid I would lose my $#!t.  (#BadMom alert!)

I am happy to report that it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  Considering we’ve done a few 2 hour trips with them, this was relativity easier.  Mainly because we broke up the trip and having Miss S ride half the time with us and the other half with her grandparents (who were also attending – just driving another car).

We made sure to have lots of snacks, a bag of entertainment (crayons, letter beads/pipe cleaners, hot wheels and lots of books via this children’s e-reader), a few CDs burnt with our favourite songs of the moment (like this, this and this) and of course an iPad with some downloaded kids shows as back up (thanks to Netflix Canada’s downloadable feature)…. I felt for the most part prepared.

Not sure if we could do that type of road trip on our own but I do feel a little more aware of what to expect and a dare I say a little more confident.

Here are some of the pictures I snapped while we were away!

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Kids asleep in the mobile bunk bed (aka a double stroller) so we get to ENJOY!

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Miss S always makes our family pictures so much fun :P

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I always love seeing the “4 pillar” representations at Hindu weddings.

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Gparents babysitting meant that us two got a break and went straight to the Hotel Lobby Bar ;)

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The happy couple!

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