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Chaos, Cookies, and Coffee

We have had an interesting couple of days. I don't feel like we have got a whole lot accomplished, but I do feel like we have been a little bit unorganized, which is funny, because last night, both of the girls slept right through the night without stirring even once until morning. Turns out they do better with a crazy schedule than I do...
Let's rewind a little bit here. Earlier this year, we purchased a new dining table. The day it arrived, we were so excited, and then noticed a pretty big defect on the table top. We have a technician come out and deem it 'unfixable', so we scheduled an exchange... Well this happened with the next three tables as well - different defects, but unfixable and had to be returned - which we received in exchanges over a course of about 6 months. We finally decided to pick a different table from a different manufacturer. We paid a little extra for our second option, but it was a lovely table, and I was so excited for it - especially becaus…
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Some of you will start reading this post and think 'yeah, yeah, I've heard it all before.'  but I encourage you to really read through what I have to say. Maybe I am just another person telling you about the perils of technology, but I learned a lot today, and even had a couple "ah-ha!" moments, and I really think a lot of people could benefit from this too. 
As much as I hate to admit it, I am on my phone way too much. To the point that if I leave a room without my phone, I nearly feel like I am missing an appendage. I know I am not alone, in fact, I am willing to bet that the majority of the population under 30 feels the same way. I truly believe that our cell phones have become an addiction to some of us. So often I find myself in the middle of doing something, and then because I get a message notification on my phone, I open it up and then get sucked in to checking all of my other apps and social media accounts while I'm at it. I even bring my phone with …

Phone Calls and Music Parties

Today was my first day of going 'unplugged'. This meant putting my phone away, and only taking it out when I had to make a phone call, or to snap a couple quick photos. It was wonderful. We had so much fun, and got so much done around the house, and even made a lot of yummy food, which I'm sure will keep us going for a week (I think I'll be freezing some so we don't get too bored of vegan shepherds pie.)
Being phone-free for the day, meant my daughter wasn't constantly trying to sneak my phone out of my pocket to take photos or play games. She did however spend a fair bit of time using her plastic toy phone, pretending to talk to Daddy. It was really sweet listening to her conversation, and made my heart melt. This girl sure loves her dad, and I know will be so excited to give him a big hug when he finally gets home. 

While I played blocks with my youngest little munchkin, my toddler built a puzzle all by herself. When she was done, she tore it apart and start…

What a Mess

Today we made a few messes. Some where on purpose, some were accidents, but all of them were cleaned up and contributed to an overall great day.
Mess #1: We have a backyard with dirt, we have dogs, and it rained - I will let you put the rest of that puzzle together yourself. Fortunately we also have baby gates, so the mucky paw mess was confined to the front entrance which made it an easy clean up. 
Mess #2: This morning, instead of baking, I thought a craft would be a fun activity. My youngest tried eating the markers and coffee filters, and ended up going for a nap while my toddler and I made a mess in the dining room. We made water colour circles which is the first part of a craft we will be finishing tomorrow if all goes as planned. We did this with felt pens, coffee filters, and spray bottles. My daughter was in charge of spraying her own works of art, so I am sure you can imagine what our dining table looked like by the end of it... It was basically a colourful  puddle.  I wiped …

Thrifty Home Decorating

I have a hard time spending money on home décor. My husband might disagree with this statement (care to weigh in, babe?), but when I'm standing in a store looking at decorations or small things for the home, unless it is a steal of a deal, my first thought is often 'I bet I can make that'.  I love dollar stores, thrift stores, and online buy and sells. I didn't realize how much I love these thrifty ways of decorating my house, until I started itemizing all of the things that I have refurbished, made on my own, or bought at a thrift shop or dollar store. The list is actually pretty long, relative to everything we have in our house. 

Our kitchen has pretty much been 100% decorated in dollar store décor. We have a couple chalkboards, a cork board, a clock, and some small galvanized buckets that hang on the wall for growing our fresh herbs. We also have a tension rod above our sink to hang the garlic and bananas out of the way. The wooden box hanging next to the sink, was…

Cookies, Clefts, and Cuddles

I am not a morning person, which I guess would imply that I am more of a night owl, and given my late night productivity, I'd say that's probably accurate. Last night, after I had some quiet time, I wrote out our dinner menu for the week, and got creative with my chalk writing. This was followed by baking Breakfast Muffins for the girls, which I am thankful I did, because it really made this morning easier. My late night productivity paid off, because today after some good morning snuggles, we came downstairs and my toddler was very eager to eat breakfast. While she ate her breakfast muffins, I made some coffee, and ate a muffin myself, then because my youngest was still sleeping, I let my toddler watch a cartoon while I hopped in the shower quickly. The morning shower was a luxury, as I usually have to wait for the girls to go down for a nap before I can even think about showering on my own. As I expected, my youngest woke up as soon as I got out of the shower, and so we all…

Toddler Breakfast Muffins

These Toddler Breakfast Muffins are made with simple ingredients, and are completely vegan, with no added sugar, and the best part is: kids love them! Bananas, Oatmeal, and Peanut Butter make these cute little muffins perfect for breakfast or for on the go energy boosting snacks. 

Toddler Breakfast Muffins 
1 1/2 Cup Oats 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour 2 tsp Baking Powder 2 Ripe Bananas 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce  3/4 Cup Natural Peanut Butter  1/2 Cup Almond Milk
In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
Mash bananas into the mixture.
Add remaining ingredients and mix together. 
Scoop into mini-muffin tins lined with parchment paper baking cups. 
Bake at 350' for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.