Merry Christmas 2016!

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Yesterday we spent the day baking, singing christmas carols, cooking and preparing for the big day.

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The day before Christmas is OUR day :)  The three of us celebrate at home with our version of Christmas Evening Dinner.  This year, we had garlic butter herb tilapia, creamy mash and balsamic green beans with toasted almonds.

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We are off to my parents house for more gifting, eating and fun.  Hope everyone enjoys their day!

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Paper Snowflakes #WinterActivity

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We have been thoroughly enjoying some festive activities for the last week.  Every morning Miss S is on a hunt for Eddie (our elf on the shelf).  She she understands what he’s he for / what his job is and has actually shown more sass since he started visiting #ParentingFail.  None the less it’s super fun to watch her play Where’s Eddie.  Even more hilarious when we forget to hide him in a new spot the night before and are running downstairs mere seconds before she bolts down!  I think next year we willl get more pinterest-creative with how we display him :)

On a side note I’ve been making lots of paper snowflakes.   It’s an awesome activity that I am surprised I didn’t start earlier. That said – it is so much fun and completely addictive.  Best part is Miss S wants in on the fun (see her triangle shaped paper snowflake using zig-zag scissors!)

Next up: build a few gingerbread houses and bake / decorate some sugar cookies :)

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29 month kiddo update

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on my toddler.  She’s 29 months (or as I usually say 2 and a half in December).  I’ve mentioned this a few times but I love Love LOVE reading mom bloggers write updates about their kiddos.  It’s the modern day baby journal but here’s hoping she doesn’t hate me when she’s older and find these posts :$

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Nicknames:
We obviously have a few lovey-dovey names for Miss S: San-jaan, San, Sani, Sanu-Manu.  But she ALWAYS corrects us and tells us what her name really is LOL!
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Funny things she says:
Mouth is Moup
Small is Spaal
Clock is Cayock
How she counts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 13 :)
Pretends to understand EVERYTHING we tell her “yeaaahhh” or “ooooh”
She always corrects people when they ask her about daycare “noo peeeskoool”
She is constantly asking us what we are talking about (freaks me out a bit because I can’t not tell her especially if we are talking in the car or a dinner)
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Her favourite food:
Jam and toast, Spaghetti and meat sauce, Egg whites, Parantha (pronti), daal, panner, channe (I think she’s going through an indian food phase), most breakfast foods (except french toast)
Her favourite activity: 
Taking care of her baby dolls, reading books, playing doctor, playing with her friends (or so she tells us), not sharing her toys (see what I mean), eating breakfast for dinner, “reading” books herself or being read to.
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Diwali 2016 + #GiftGuide

Happy Diwali!! I was pleasantly surprised to see the US president lighting a Diwali moorthi to mark the auspicious occasion.  (I mean it’s kind of the norm for Canadian PM to do it lol)

Thought I’d share a quick round up of some #LASTMINUTE gift giving ideas.  This is a modern take on gift giving for Diwali.  Although I do more of my gifting at Christmas, I thought these gifts provided a new way to celebrate the day (while still maintaining the authentic feelings)

  1. Saje Home Pharmacy Essential Oils Kit
  2. Nut Butter gift basket (this would be a great thing to build on your own and give)
  3. Wild Barn candle (love these marble holders)
  4. Milk and Honey

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We usually have a two day extravaganza celebrating with both my side and my in laws side.  And this time was no different. Lots of Puja, yummy food and fireworks.  Although, this year we did a day time celebration with my family which was such a nice, relaxing and welcomed change.

Afterwards we got some time to do a bit of celebration in our own home.  First time EVER doing sparklers with Miss S in our driveway (I’ve been waiting 2 years!)

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How we dine out with the kiddo #TipsAndTricks

We celebrate a lot of birthdays and anniversaries in my family.  And for us…that means a lot of meals outside of the house. When I was little, I was always so happy to go out for a treat meal.  When the mister and I got married, we ate out a lot.  Mainly because we lived downtown and it was fun to try new places.  Now with a little one in tow, we don’t go out as often, but we do enjoy it and try to go often (read: at minimum twice a month).

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When we do go out for dinner, we plan and “early bird” dinner usually and pick family friendly restaurants.  That isn’t always the case when it comes to celebrations with the extended family (being out way past bed time and sometimes the kiddo doesn’t get a complimentary distraction aka crayons with her paper menu).

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After becoming a mom I quickly learned that kids between the ages of 1-5 aren’t designed to sit quietly and respectfully for 45 minutes.  They want to explore, run, say hi to strangers – they get easily distracted and just want to be kids!!  (And who can blame them!)

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I used to be way more strict about it, but I’ve learned let it go and go with the flow because #MommyNeedsAGlassOfWine and it’s easier to have one when there are other hands to help.  That said I have a few survival tips when dinning out with kiddos.

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What are your tried and tested tips for dining out with your kiddo?

Welcoming Autumn

Last weekend we were invited by some close friends to a “Welcome Autumn” party.  I LOVE this idea.  I mean any idea for a party is great but this was an interesting theme idea that I wish I had thought of myself LOL.  After all the over top wedding, showers and summer bbqs – this was a great way to sit, sip, relax and enjoy as we welcomed eveyone’s favorite season.  There was lots of cozy fall foods (lasagna), caramel popcorn, crusty bread with bruschetta – I think the only thing missing was a keg of PSL :P
I tried to get some photos on my iPhone but totally missed getting a video of Miss S wiping the floors with her new dress pretending to be superman!
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