Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Five

Happy Friday, loves. For some reason, this week just got away from me and blogging was just not happening. Between this past long weekend with lots going on and an ensuing illness currently plaguing our house, it's been busy. 

Here are just a few happenings around here.

1- Just a few shots from D's birthday. We spent the morning as a family followed by our friends coming over and the very same awesome John ( a la Christmas fame) cooking a four course meal. 

Breakfast with us four.


We inherited two more kids in the process.

The table was set for the amazing wonders to follow

An aperitif to begin the festivities

The food did not disappoint and D did wine pairings to highlight the different flavours in each course.
#1 a coconut milk soup with spicy thai chili, cilantro, ginger and sliced chicken.

2-Tuna and swordfish poke: with papaya sweet peppers and crunchy garlic

3- spicy turkey and quail skewers served with  peanut and honey dipping sauces

4- Grilled lamb medallions with kale, carrots, okra and tomato fried rice and quinoa

We were stuffed and had to wait to do cake the next day as the kids fell asleep also!

2- The lighting for atop the casual dining table is installed. 



Still coming are the counter lights and the formal dining. And yay for the pool being opened last Friday too!

3- I saw these awesome sneakers on Kate's feet and knew they had to be on mine (for 30% off)



4- French and dutch braids for the win. Mama needs practice and these kiddos need to stop squirming.
 
5- The half yearly Nordstrom sale is on. I didn't go crazy but snagged a  few of my very favourites- including two Lush tunics ( i have four already #obsessed much) that I wear almost year round and these awesome shirred Zella Pants to lounge in (lulu quality at half the price)


And that's a wrap this week. Have a wonderful weekend! Ours may either be packed with a visit to TO or very quiet depending on how we are all feeling!!

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


Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Five

Happy Friday, lovelies. The start of a long weekend and beautiful weather here in Canada so the mood around these parts is so, so happy. 

The girls put a chair outside (a dining chair no less) and just enjoyed the sunshine.





1- St Jacobs Farmer's Market (a huge market close to us) will be on repeat this summer with my crew. That's for sure. I went yesterday as they only open on Thursdays and Saturdays right now. So much fresh everything!


 2- We've graduated to Level 2 readers with a certain four year old. Silent e's are hard work for little missy but she's chugging along.

3- I've completed the Three day refresh from Shakeology and it was not as bad as I thought it would b. I had plateaued with weight loss so I wanted to do something different. So far, I've lost 4.2 lbs. 

4- My neighbour's flowers bring me all sorts of happy! Take a look at their carefully curated garden.



5-And of course my very favourite. Happy early birthday to our D! Life is simply happier when you are around. You make us laugh, smile, and sigh all at the same time! Happy birthday, love of my life! 
 





Happy Friday! And Happy Victoria Day weekend, Canadians!
Linking up with 
AndreaErika and Narci for Favourites on Friday
  and Amanda for Friday Favourites

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Yay says everyone else-- I say nay

Otherwise known as things everyone else loves but I.just.cant. Here's a list:

Pop or very sugary drinks- I like to eat my calories, thank you... well except for wine-- and I can't handle sugary wine either. I'm one of the only people I know who can't handle the taste of Coca Cola.

You know those nouveau suspense novels like the Dragon Tattoo series, Gone Girl or Girl on a Train that everyone is into? If I read one of those, I might just skip right to the end. Coincidentally, I did read the latter two movies and really liked them.

Dill. It stems from my time in Eastern Europe when they put dill on everything. Now, if I can, I avoid it.

Gore on TV- like Dexter and Game of Thrones. This year even Scandal was a little dark for me with the bludgeoning et all :-(  Can you sense a theme?

Those portuguese tarts- everyone in my family is crazy for the flaky pastry and custard filling. Everyone except for me.

Cool Pools-I freeze so easily. Maybe it's the island girl in me used to those warm island waters. Our pool is in the eighties at almost all times!

Road trips are not on the top of my list! Blame it on my car sickness or my crazy kids but there are so many things I can think of doing for that time. Alas, it's a necessary evil to save maybe $1000 with our crew per trip!

Washing and styling my hair myself- I have so much thick hair, it's such a pain for me to do it. I make the best of it, watching a show while I do it but if I could afford to get my hair washed an styled twice a week, I would definitely do it.

And in other news unlike most people, I love exercise and cilantro. Weird much? #owningit.

Happy Wednesday and happy second day of the three day refresh to me!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Otherwise known as the day of chill, eats and a whole lot of family time. Here are just a few random pictures. 

Breakfast in bed, chocolate chip pancakes, fruit, granola and yogurt. We were stuffed...

C had a party so A and I did some gardening (i.e. weeding) before we cleaned up to head to a late lunch.


We tried a new place in town for brunch- I had the duck confit with eggs benedict, spinach and sweet potato hash. so.so.good. And of course, a mom-osa.

You can see my Mother's Day present in this pic around my neck. 


We headed out for a midday walk by a river and trails. Such a beautiful day!







A bollywood movie and a totally chill evening followed with takeout and family time followed.

Happy Monday friends! May your week be short and your caffeine strong!

Linking up with sweet Biana for weekending.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fri-yay favourites

Happy Friday, all! Here are a few bits of happy around here on this beautiful May day!

1- On Thursdays, more often than not, we bake a little healthy muffin/bread breakfast for Friday and Saturday. It's a nice, somewhat controlled sweet treat to end the week. This week, we did zucchini chocolate chip muffins.

2- The kids tried a new pediatric dentist this week.  Why didn't they have these facilities around when I was a kid?



3- Has anyone tried cashew cream instead of regular cream? In my quest to reduce just a bit of dairy/saturated fats from our lives, I made it and it is awesome! Used it in a garlicky mushroom, kale, leek medley and also as a cream for butternut squash soup. It was SO yum!!

4-This kid has the best facial expressions. If this doesn't warrant the #nomnom, I don't know what does. 


5- And to all the mamas out there, have a wonderful Mother's Day. To my sweet mom, thank you for all you do and are to us. Your loyal heart, forgiving nature and patient spirit are truly one in a million. I also would like to specially thank you for my low blood pressure and late greying genes. Love you lots!!

(at work, she's an amazing nurse)

Happy Mother's Day weekending, dolls!!

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


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Kids Behind the Blog-- May 2017

It's that awesome time again... time to try to understand the inner workings of my kids' minds with a just a few random prompts. Your guess is as good as mine as to what comes out of their little mouths!

FYI - C is a newly minted eight year old and A is 'techmacally" five. (her exact words)

If you had a magic tree-house that could take you anywhere in the world where would you go?
C- Paris... or like umm Italy
A- Either Trinidad or that place where we went close to Legoland and we got sugared strawberries. (I eventually realised that she was talking about Yogen Fruz- a chain where you choose your fruit and they mix it up with fro yo)

(Sidenote, all of these options sound wonderful to me)


Finish this sentence…red rover, red rover…
C_ perplexed expression 
A- (Full disclosure, I didn't even try this one with A, I cut my losses early) 
 
What is your best childhood memory?
C- Serious consideration: when Kavir came to Canada (this was when my brother, his wife and son came to Canada for a year-- my heart broke a little with this one)
A- Elin (her bestie) and Kylin (her other)


 
What is your favorite part about nature and being outside?
C- I just like--- outside gives me a nice feeling inside
A- I like playing outside in the summer-- and we need summer to grow the vegetables otherwise we won't be able to have  vegetables to eat)

 What do you think Mommy would like for Mother’s Day?
C- a card and a painting....from me.  
A- french toast and cupcakes

(I'm not going to lie- one of my daughters knows me better than the other!)

Also, guess who got glasses on Monday! ?
Okay two of us did...

And one decided to try out some frames-- you know, for future reference...
Linking up with Beth and some other lovelies for the kids behind the blog!


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