Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday 5

1- Has anyone tried piloxing? It's a combo of boxing, pilates and dancing and it's SO fun. There are a couple great videos on youtube. This one is a full workout that's not too hard but lots of fun.

2- And then there's blogilates. Now I'm a regular and the gym and I do some hard classes (talking to you Body Attack) but this lady does some toning with just your body weight and it is some hard stuff. Here's an eight minute arm workout that I've tried and it's really kinda hard! What are some of your favourite youtube workouts for days that the gym isn't possible?

3- A's one-liner for the week-- come let me get you your boots for these giant feet of yours.  You know what kid, I'm not the only one with giant feet around here! And 8.5 ain't giant! 

4- And here's what's been going on lately around here...

My seven old to my four year old when she's in the car coming home from school--- girlfriend is a hot mess.


When we go to the grocery, C asks for 10 things and I shoot her down. This is usually her reaction but it doesn't stop her from asking yet again next time.

D and I when both girls are showered and in bed by eight o'clock.

Our house on Feb 13th trying to get the class Valentines done and ready for school.

5- And in case, you need to play catch up...

Linking up with 
AndreaErika and Narci for Favourites on Friday
Amanda for Friday Favourites


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentines 2017

This Valentine's Day was a wonderful one! 

First off, let me preface this by saying that Feb 14th is SO different with kids. In those DINK days (Dual Income, No Kids), we'd exchange small presents and go out for dinner... though Valentines' Day dining out can be cray!

The kids bring a new excitement to the day-- my girls are so excited for occasions-- there's a countdown the days before and lots of mental and crafting preparation. But man it's more work, all the Valentines--- this year we had just under 69 for friends and teachers! And all the cleaning up after the Valentines--- the glitter and all the tiny pieces-- crazy!

I phoned it in and bought stuff this year except for some shortbread cookies for A's teachers. 
Just a small cross-section of the goodies.

I got these the day before from my Valentine...

Chocolate chip pancakes started the day off just right--- and left us in a bit of a sugar coma at 8 am.

Lunches were light and love themed as I knew there would be a couple treats in school-- they both left half a wrap despite my most valiant efforts at estimating.

D ordered some gourmet takeout from a local farm-fresh joint.  After violin and dance, we settled in for the night, opened some champs and used our wedding china and crystal-- just because we are fancy ;-)

We began with a wild mushroom soup with potato crisps. It was SO yummy

The girls enjoyed the cheesy pasta the restaurant provided for them as well.

Manicotti as our pasta course...

followed by some butter chicken with brown rice. Such a delicious meal and so nice to do it all at home.

We had way too much sugar after and then we played Pie Face, the girls' Valentine's present. We laughed so hard. Highly recommend it as a family game!
I also gave D his present- some Raffaelo, some notebooks and scotch ice cube trays-- totally random like I can be!

After putting the girls to bed, we then watched Bridget Jones' Baby before turning in for the night!

And that's a wrap for Feb 14th. I know that lots of people can't handle the crass commercialization of the day and yeah it can get pretty crazy. To us though, it's a fun day dedicated to celebrating love-- and that's just what we did... and had some chocolate while we were at it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

These little loves of mine

Happy Valentines' Day,  lovelies! Let's hope we all get a little spoilt today. Mine has already started :-)


On this Show & Tell Tuesday with Andrea, we're talking our loves. Here are mine...


D

My person since almost fourteen years ago. We started dating in our little island of Trinidad & Tobago for about 6 months. Then it was some long distance love for a little more than a year when he migrated back to Canada. I moved up here to go to do my MBA and we did some more long distance but this time only a couple hours. Fit in a graduation, another move, an engagement, quite a bit of travel and in 2006 we got married. 
D is so unassuming and at first glance, he might appear to be quiet and serious. But boy is he a funny one!  He is so humble, so smart and has such a pure heart. I've always said that the person you marry is the person who you choose to become your family-- and I'm so glad we chose each other. I simply cannot imagine a life with anyone else. 
 
 
C

My almost eight year old is my war buddy. Yeah, she made me a momma but in a weird way, I feel like we went through the learning and growing in this parenthood thing together.... all those early sleepless nights, our little outings and so much tiny adventures.  She is my spirit animal. We are SO alike. She loves reading, crafting, cooking, fashion, learning, party planning, her family and friends. My second grader is so full of life, fun and smarts. Her memory amazes me! She is my picky eater but living in a house with three other gourmands, she's trying her best. 

A


A is the teeniest person in the house at four and a half years (the half is very important) and thirty two pounds but she might very well have the biggest personality in the house. She is always chatting away about something or someone! She says the funniest things... like yesterday asking everyone if they had constant foot odour, apparently she saw it on TV and loved the sound of the phrase. She has the most infectious smile... boy, can she be moody though! She cries at the drop of a hat and gets very, very mad. She loves olives, Lego duplo, her friends and her mama.  


Other than these loves, I also adore the rest of my family, my girlfriends, black leggings,  makeup, Target, appetizers, hygge, fitness, entertaining, chocolate, menu planning and a complicated glass of red wine.... and that about covers it...

Have a wonderful chocolate filled day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Easy Valentine Shortbread cookies

Need a last minute Valentine treat? My kids and I whipped these  delicious, buttery cookies up on this snowy pre Valentine Sunday. Apart from them sneaking pieces of dough and bits of sprinkles, these cookies are so simple to make with the little ones.



Ingredients
  •  1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  •  1/4 cup of cornstarch
  •  2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 
  • red food colouring (optional)
  • sprinkles 
  • cookie cutters ( we used a juice glass)

Directions
  1. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Mix flour and cornstarch. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, and continue to beat about 2 minutes more. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed, scraping sides if necessary, until flour is just incorporated. Add food colouring until you reach the desired colour. 
  2. Make two discs of dough and wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1/2 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out 1 disk to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out shapes using desired cookie cutter , and transfer to prepared baking sheets. Reroll scraps. Repeat with remaining disk. Sprinkle sugar or sprinkles. Bake until firm and golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. 





 Try not to eat them all in one go :-). We made these as treats for the girl's teachers. They are the perfect (nut free) snack for a play date or a simple treat.




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