Our Halloween 2017

I know this post is super late but I wanted to get it up for #MemoriesSake.  I am not a cool Instagram mom and there is waaayyy too much sass and last minuting in this house for a coordinated family costume idea but the fact that we ALL got into the spirit was good enough for me.

Both of my camera batteries were dead so I was only able to get a few quick shots of our costume’s with the Mister’s camera phone (which was incredibly fuzzy for some reason).

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Fidget Spinner Pops Dr. Fairy Lil Kaduu & *Takes a deep breath* Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, The Mother of Dragons

I did however get some action shots of our pumpkin carving.  It’s the hubz chance to get creative but this year we let Miss S choose the pumpkin face design.

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And here is me pulling all the seeds out because we all wanted that salty-crunchy treat!

Our visit to @CafeLandwer

Last week, the Hubz and I (okay… and #EllieHaze asleep in her car seat) checked out Cafe Landwer.  And ohmygoodness it did not disappoint.

We went for brunch but the menu is chalked full of so much goodness.

The restaurant itself has got this cute vintage yet modern looking style with Instagram worthy tiles on the floor.

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Maybe it was the sleeping baby, or the cozy atmosphere, or the fact that we hadn’t been out together in a long time but this place definitely hit the spot.  We ended up getting the Landwer’s breakfast for 2.  It came with 4 eggs cooked to our choice (we went with omelette of veggies and cheese) + a huge tray of bread and a variety of dips.  I swear I felt like royalty eating this :)

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We are definitely going to go back for the coffee and desert and maybe with Miss S to check out the kids menu ;)

Toronto Trippin’ with Miss El

When we left our downtown condo I was about 4 months pregnant with Miss S and I couldn’t wait to get out of there.  Living in the city has it’s perks (everything was walking distance) but I was so over the congestion and car pollution I was really looking forward to more green-space and less concrete jungle.

For me, taking a solo-mama-babe-in-the-stroller visit to the city is a real accomplishment.  It’s like a #RookieMom rite of passage!  I mean with Miss S I did it when she was closer to one year old.  But with our Ellie Bell it happened at 3 months.

We ended up driving down (wasn’t too keen on nursing on the Go Transit during the commuter rush) and seeing my co-workers, introducing Miss El to my mentor and then having lunch with the Mister after visiting his office.  Later in the afternoon, I wandered around Eaton Centre, broke my no-buy-challenge after 27 days (although disappointing it did make an impact on my spending habits – more on that in another post).

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Love the vines growing on buildings near Forest Hill

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In the super glam elevator at H&M – which was obviously made for selfies!

Although do-able with a double stroller, the Eaton Centre is not as stroller friendly as I thought.  I was walking from either ends of the mall to get to the elevators,which were always heavily in use (had to miss two rides because they were crowded with people).  I got over 13,000 steps throughout the entire day in my comfy #AthletiLeasure sneaks.

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Made my option a little more vegan friendly by saying no meat please and getting tofu instead.

For our lunch date, we went to Spring Rolls.  I had the tofu chowmein noodles and Hubz had the chicken pad thai.  We chit chatted and made goggly eyes at each other – it’s been a long time.  I almost always take a part of my dish home but it was so good I ended up finishing it (even when Miss El needed to be held).

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Overall it was nice trip into the city (despite the rain which I was fully prepared for).  Planning another trip later this year.

Our visit to @RipleysAquaCA

About 8 or 9 years ago, I read this book which caused me to make lifestyle changes (mainly: chose vegetarian food whenever I could).  I succeed for sometime and then I jumped off the bandwagon.

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But I always felt ‘guilty’ for not sticking to it.  Maybe because I am south Asian or maybe because of what I believed in my heart to be the right choice for me – I am not sure where the feeling came from exactly.

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A few years ago, I subconsciously started choosing vegetarian options again when going out (aka choose beans over chicken at a mexican place) but at home I wasn’t as strict (trying to eat healthy and then trying to be vegetarian at the same time wasn’t easy).  That said I was really keen on #MeatlessTuesdays but then that dropped the concepts when Miss S joined the picture and realizing that just getting a toddler to eat anything is a struggle and cooking 2 meals for a meal was harder than cooking one.

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Not really an excuse for me but I digress.  In between this time I watched a few documentaries (can’t remember the name of them but some were educational and some were downright horrifying).

And more recently I read this and this and also watched something on Facebook (which I now can’t un-see and really don’t want to link to it because it was really not a nice thing to watch).

So far my thoughts are: There is an industry and there are livelihoods in all of this — and there are ALWAYS two sides to a story.  And all I know is that I want to continue researching and educating myself so I can make the right choice for myself.  I know what makes me feel better and which is the easier route.  Lastly – the advice I want to give to myself is – read, learn, research, educate….it’s the most important gift.

Where do I go from here: I am looking for an almond milk brand that will taste good with a home made cookie (…lol gotta start somewhere!)

Oh…and I really want to give this a try Coconut whip cream

Side Note: Our trip to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto was ahhh-mazzing.  Seeing our 2 year old light up and become so imaginative was really beautiful.

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The last winter storm

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Ahh famous last words for us Canadians, who technically don’t put their winter coats away until some time in May.
We had a winter storm which was kind of like a scene from Day After Tomorrow, you know where everything freezes in a mater of minutes.  As scary as that scene was in the movie, it makes for beautiful pictures.

 

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I’ve recently updated my Etsy shop and added a few listings (that were from the #VaughanOfAKind show) but didn’t get a chance to do so earlier.  You can check them out here, here and here.  

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