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Feb 28, 2015
Posted in: All reviews, Thoughts pic - kids picCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

and it also happens to be a Saturday. Could it get any better than this?

With each passing day, we’re getting closer and closer to Spring. Despite the fact that it will also be allergy season for me, Spring is most definitely welcome to arrive sooner rather than later.

It’s still cold outside. Thank goodness it’s sunny to make the frigid cold winter more bearable but I do feel like its dragged on long enough. I’ve become eternally grateful for the invention of snowpants. I don’t know what I ever did without them!

Tomorrow, it’ll be March. Wow.

Now, we’ve had a few warmer days that have helped some of the snow to melt. The only problem is, many storm drains remained covered or blocked. So, where is all that lovely wet stuff to go? You see, I bring that up for a very good reason.

I’m one of those people you’ll see randomly cleaning storm drains. It’s simple really and I don’t need any special tools or tricks. I like going for walks especially on the warmer winter days and when I do, I keep my eye out for blocked storm drains that need just a little bit of help. Sometimes, I can see the storm drain but it’s obstructed by a plop of snow and there’s a big puddle nearby. So, with my trusty foot that’s wearing my trusty boot (I LOVE my BOGS), I swipe that hunk of snow out of the way. Sometimes, I make a path for the wet stuff to drain. WOOSH….instant success. It doesn’t take very much but in that one moment, I may have just made a difference.

It’s not the first time I’ve talked about cleaning storm drains but I think it’s worth mentioning every so often. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it betters your community.

So, on this last day of February, here’s a challenge for you: what small act can you do to make your community a little better?

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Feb 27, 2015 pic - living stoneCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

A Living Stone plant, I should have known a plant with a name like that would be completely beyond my capacity to care for. When I was first at the florist shop, the Living Stone plant sounded completely simple to care for. All I had to do was give it some sun and water it infrequently. Okay, maybe those weren’t the exact words of the store owner but it’s a pretty good summary of what I heard.

That was back in October 2014. It’s now the tail end of February 2015 and the Living Stone plant is still alive so that’s a good thing. Not much has happened to it which I have to say is a little on the boring side. I mean, unlike other plants where you can see tiny new green leaves forming or flowers blooming, the Living Stone plant doesn’t really give me any clues about how it’s doing.

So, what did I do? – Continue Reading

Feb 26, 2015 - klutz mini pom pom petsCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

Cute, cuddly, soft, and adorable. That pretty much sums up this Klutz Mini Pom Pom Pets kit. This Klutz Mini Pom Pom Pets is a great little gift for a big kid who loves to read and create. It’s just tough enough to keep them motivated and simple enough to make one pom pom pet in a short time frame. There are ups and downs but overall, the Klutz Mini Pom Pom Pets is a pretty fun gift for any big kid.

Oh so I thought.

Fair warning, it’s not as easy as it looks. – Continue Reading

Feb 25, 2015 pic - summer 2013Most of us probably aren’t really thinking about sunscreen right now. We’re just grateful that our noses haven’t fallen off into the winter snow. Then I look into my email and get an update from the FDA about the Sunscreen Innovation Act and their review of sunscreen ingredients.

That caught my attention and so I decided to shed some more awareness of this recent development with all of you. Sure, I recognize that not all my readers come from the United States but I do think it’s important to be mindful consumers.

I’ll be honest, I read the FDA update and I scratched my head a few times because it’s not an easy read (correction, it’s not super hard but my brain is on the tired side) but I did appreciate the knowledge. I appreciate being reminded that ingredients aren’t just being randomly allowed for use in sunscreen products.

Do I like all the ingredients that are in sunscreen? NOPE. That’s why I’m very conscientious of the sunscreen that our family uses.

Take a moment to read the following update from the FDA. Read about the Sunscreen Innovation Act even if you’re not living in the U.S. Then, do some homework and find out more about rules and regulations where you live.

For our Canadian readers, I’ve also included a link to the Government of Canada’s website to learn more about sunscreen. Scroll down the page and you’ll learn more about Canada’s regulations for sunscreen products.

It may not be Spring yet but knowledge is power regardless of time and weather!

Homework links:

FDA Update: Shedding some light on FDA’s review of sunscreen ingredients and the Sunscreen Innovation Act

In Canada: Government of Canada: Sunscreens

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Feb 24, 2015
Posted in: Recipes - jap chae noodlesCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

I love Jap Chae, Korean sweet potato noodles with its savory sesame oil infused dressing and veggies galore. Sweet potato noodles are a treasure all on their own. If you’ve never had them before, you may find them a little ‘different’. Sweet potato noodles remind me of rice vermicelli noodles but with an extra bounce that just make me super happy.

For the longest time, I’ve gone to different Korean restaurants to enjoy my fair share of Jap Chae but I’ve taken a culinary leap forward and I MADE MY OWN JAP CHAE NOODLES!!!!!!!!!

*three cheers*

Wait, throw in some confetti too.

This is cause for celebration. – Continue Reading

Feb 23, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts pic - winter snowCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

There is no doubt about that. Granted, I’m fully aware that it’s winter right now and we should be getting snow but man, we are getting SNOW.

I’m trying to decide if I like winter or not. You see, over the years, I’ve flipped back and forth between loving winter and hating it. Ultimately, I think my opinion about winter (and any other season for that matter) really is dependent on my experiences during that season. When all goes well, I’ll generally like the season. When things go kaput, kaboom or kakawawalee, then my mind is pretty much convinced that the season has been a flop.

Recently, I learned about the Winter Cities Institute and that got my brain thinking a little differently. Are we all becoming Winter Wimps? Do we all now tend to hide and hibernate in the winter months? While I don’t work for the Winter Cities Institute and I’m not a member, I’m going to try and paraphrase and say I think their philosophy is this: a cold winter is a given in many parts of the world. There’s no point in hiding from it. Instead, we should be embracing the elements of winter and making wise choices so that we can embrace all that winter has to offer. But, it goes beyond just dressing warmly. It’s about planning and organizing cities so that its citizens can enjoy winter.

Imagine a city with well shoveled streets so young and old can be out and about regardless of how much snow is on the ground. Imagine a city with an infrastructure to embrace the winter elements. Sure, many cities that experience winter have supports in place for those cold months but it could all be improved. pic - snow 2014My big kid loves the winter and she loves the snow so whenever it isn’t iceberg freezing “my face is going to fall off” cold, we’ll be outdoors using her snowshoes, her ski scooter (I can’t remember what that thing is called but it looks like a scooter with skis on it), or just goofing off in the snow and building a snowman. When we shovel our sidewalk, we’ll usually do it for our neighbors too. Don’t get me wrong, we’re still a lazy family so tobogganing isn’t really our thing but we do try to get out and enjoy the winter air when we can.

So, as the winter snow continues to blow in and it continues to be super duper holy moly cold, I’m still debating about my opinion of winter. Winter solstice, for sure, I love but the rest is up for grabs.

Homework for me and for you: visit the Winter Cities Institute website. Maybe if I read a bit more, my opinion might change.


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Feb 22, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts pic - sunset in natureCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

Yes, it’s finally here. has a brand new look! It’s been a long time coming but it’s here. Our family has been thinking of a new design for a while. We did like the whole ‘black is cool and different’ look but it was time for a change.

So, we thought long and hard and decided to go in a slightly different direction. The posts are the same, the photos are the same random photos that we’ve always taken, but the look is more ‘us’.

See that little monkey hanging on our website? It’s modeled after one of my big kid’s favourite stuffed animals. Once we decided on adding it to, the rest of the design followed suit. I’ve also been trying different ways to set up the look of my posts by modifying where I position the image and I quite like the way things are going.

Feedback so far has been positive! By the emails I’ve been getting, it sounds as though many of you like the new look so thank you for the continued support and feedback. It’s certainly a lot crisper, it’s easier to read, and showcases more of our personality. Over the next little while, you may see a few more tweaks here and there but the overall new look is here to stay. I have to say, it’s also a lot more uplifting and we sure do like that little monkey!

This is one change we can definitely embrace.

We hope you like it too!

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Feb 21, 2015 pic - ughCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

You know I’m not a big fan of chocolate. I eat it occasionally and I’ll never turn down a good chocolate mousse or hot chocolate covered in whipped cream but chocolate isn’t on my top 10 list of yummy foods.

I found this recent post from the FDA that I found interesting and wanted to share with all of you. Translation: yes, more homework.

Here’s a question to start off the homework: do you think dark chocolate contains milk? – Continue Reading

Feb 20, 2015 - chima lavals royal fighterCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

Today my big kid and I watched our first episode of Lego Chima, Legends of Chima. It was a random episode and we sort of understood the plot but we spent most of our time becoming acquainted with all the different characters.

In this episode, we saw Laval, Flinx, Lavertus, the Phoenix tribe, Mungus, the ‘horned heads’, Cragger, and a number of other Lego Chima characters. It was fascinating to see them all come to life and to see the storyline unfold.

After the episode was done, my big kid spent quite a long time digesting what we watched. We talked about the different plotlines, noted that Laval and Cragger are friends in this episode but that in the past they had been friends but then became enemies, and laughed at how funny Lavertus was….or is he? (you may not understand that last comment unless you know Lavertus and that he often ends his statements with comments like “or am I?” “or did I?”). There was a lot of discussion, from the voices and personalities of each character to the actual timeline of the story.

Later on this evening, my big kid made the following comment, “But I think this is the only episode I’m going to watch.”

Puzzled, I asked why. – Continue Reading

Feb 19, 2015
Posted in: Recipes - marble swirl cookiesCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

A little while ago, my big kid received a great gift. What was it?

Nope, not a toy.

Nope, not just any ordinary book but a COOKBOOK: Ella’s Kitchen – The Cook Book.

Cookbooks really are books with edible science experiments. Getting a cookbook as a gift is like being given a whole new edible world to explore. On this particular occasion my daughter and I were inspired by one of the recipes in this book and decided to try our own version of their Mix and Match Crumbly Cookies which we called chocolate and vanilla cookies. We made a few adjustments to suit our taste buds since we’re not big fans of overly sweet baked goods. – Continue Reading

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