Foodie Friday

This week has been so darn COLD. I mean freezing! We got spoiled with a beautiful November and winter last year was so mild we had to know it was coming but it also makes it that much harder!

Monday

I had a staff Christmas photo in the morning, we took it at the mall in Santa’s area so of course Avery wanted a photo on his chair:

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After we stopped at Starbucks, our treat for getting ready and out to door by 8:30am in -30 temps!

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This little one LOVES her jumper these days:

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It has also made her want to stand all the time. Sigh. I am not even sure what we did all afternoon…

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Tuesday

After a rough night for both girls – Chloe came down with a bad cough and Avery was just off I debated skipping yoga but Avery wanted to go, until we got there. Luckily, the teacher is awesome and all turned out ok. I enjoyed a latte while Avery was in class.

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Avery continued to have an off day which happens, even dressing up as a princess did not make life better πŸ˜‰

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Chloe giving me the stink face after not getting food for 0.2 seconds πŸ˜‰

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We decided to meet my Mom for coffee after naps to get out for a bit. Chloe hates the cold, Avery does not mind it!

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Wednesday

I had a run on the agenda but Chloe would not nap so I was running 5 minutes at a time and then going up to settle her, after 20 minutes of that I brought her down with me. Thankfully she was good to play for the last 20 minutes:

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We had a couple appointments – one to sign up the girls for dayhome and Chloe had a doctor appointment. In 5 weeks she gained 2lbs!!

How Avery insists on wearing a toque, but it is better than her not wearing one!

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We did sensory play during Chloe’s nap:

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I finally feel like Avery is at a good age for this! Oh and she helped me wrap gifts then later told Chad “Your present is a secret, want to see your shirt?” – thanks kid πŸ˜‰

Thursday

My Mom joined us for a morning of swimming, then we had a small lunch at Starbucks:

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She is in the “take my photo stage”.

Both girls passed out on the drive home so I started lunch and baking:

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I made cookies for Chad’s treat day today πŸ˜‰ I definitely do not need more sweets in my house these days!

Later we went shopping for a holiday dress for Avery for a couple special occasions she has coming up, the contenders:

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Yeah she picked the pink …of course.

I had book club that night but decided to stay home since I was beyond tired and have parties the next two nights – made me sad not to go though!

Onto meal planning. I have no desire to cook these days, I really hope this passes soon!

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Saturday – Chad’s Christmas Party

Sunday – OUT

Monday – Black bean & cilantro burgers – Be Whole Be You

Tuesday – Creamy Mushroom Tomato Pasta – Oh She Glows

Wednesday – Chicken Avocado Burritos – Gimme Delicious Food

Thursday – Grilled Cheese & soup – Chad is cooking so his choice πŸ˜‰

Friday –Β Salmon stir-fry with noodles

This weekend is filled with Christmas parties, princess camp and just the regular old things!

Lindsey

Shop Feature: Bibs for Kids

Want to know one of our must haves for babes? BIBS. Bibs of all kinds! Chloe is a pukey baby and a drooler on top of it so to save us from many outfit changes in a day we use a ton of bibs. I am quite happy that in recent years bibs have become way more stylish too πŸ™‚

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Bibs for Kids was started by Lauren with a vision of creating relationships and supporting Moms with premature babies. Lauren started this after she had her son prematurely and wanted to provide other Moms that had gone through the same thing with support and encouragement. So inspiring! I mean, having a baby is a lot of work, let alone a premature one and then to start a cause and company too?! After starting up her cause she realized this is only one of the many hurdles that children take on and she expanding her cause to other areas as well.

Currently, she also focuses on childhood cancers, pediatric cerebral palsy, autism, childhood hunger and pediatric HIV. Each one of her bibs supports these causes and 10% of the proceeds are donated to the corresponding charity. How greatΒ is that?

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“Hungry for Love” supports childhood hunger – we thought this was the perfect fit for Chloe as she thinks she is always hungry!!

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I took these photos the week Chloe started to crawl which meant she would NOT stay still!!

These bibs are so soft and wash great too – two important qualities in bibs! As well they are reversible and have a grey and white chevron pattern on the back:

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Being that it is the holiday season we also picked out the red “dream BIG” bib in support of pediatric HIV.

I have to be honest you guys Moms, like Lauren inspire me. As a Mom of two myself I have no idea how they find the time to do these things, but once a passion is lit there is no stopping them and this is why I am happy to share Lauren’s story and cause with you all!

Make sure to check out Bibs for Kids on Instagram and Facebook and learn more about these important causes and see lots of cute babes sporting her bibs πŸ™‚

Lindsey

Chloe – 8 Months

Month eight marks the last month I am at home full-time with the girls! This last month was huge for Chloe, so many big changes and it is my favourite stage πŸ™‚

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Being that she never stays still photos are hard these days, so I gave up trying to get the perfect monthly photo, hence the blurry phone photo above πŸ˜‰

Oh Chloe where to begin?! You are my little spit fire these days, so calm and content but determined – mainly to steal whatever toy your sister has πŸ˜‰ You have zero tolerance for anyone eating in front of you and show it loud and clear! For a baby that was always so quiet you found your voice with many new “words” and well, you sound like a little gremlin!

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Loves:

  • Whatever toy/object Avery has
  • ALL FOOD
  • Books!
  • Destroying anything you can πŸ˜‰

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Dislikes:

  • Eating in front of her – she gets so mad and wants all the food!

Eating:

After seeing a Pediatrician we decided to give Chloe a few bottles a day in addition to nursing. She loved this and as of today is almost weaned except a couple morning feedings. – woot woot! Seeing as I am back to work in just over a month this is a huge relief as I was not sure how this would go over.

Chloe LOVES FOOD. You cannot eat in front of her without sharing or else angry Chloe comes out πŸ˜‰ She eats anything and everything – I love this non-picky stage! She eats whatever we are eating just cut up small. This has helped with her pincher movement a ton and she is getting great at self feeding. I cannot name all the new foods she has had since the only two things we avoid are honey and cows milk.

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Sleeping:

Another BIG month! The Pediatrician told me she did not need night feedings anymore. I was scared to wean these with her low weight gain so I was going to give her until the end of November when she just did it herself. She now sleeps from 7:30pm-5:30am, feeds then goes back to sleep for about an hour.

Naps are pretty consistent too, 8:30-9:30am, 12:30-2:00pm and 4:30-5:00pm. Her ideal awake period is 2-2.5 hours but we can push it with certain tactics πŸ˜‰

Milestones:

  • Sleeping through the night!!! Only took her 7.5 months (this seemed long as Avery was 2 months!)
  • Crawling! She is fast and furious! She rolls, crawls on all fours or army crawls, whatever suits her best at the time. This means trouble! She gets into anything and everything too!
  • “Talking” – so many new words this month. Well, “words” for a 8 month old πŸ˜‰ “Dadda” “Yaya” are the closest to real words.
  • Playing games. Her favourite is “where is Chloe” where she will take whatever she has and put it over her face when you ask her that. She is also pretty great at giving high fives πŸ™‚

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Chloe is still such an easy baby, keep her fed and napped and life is good πŸ™‚ I love this stage, as they become so interactive and start to develop their personalities more and more. I know come January not seeing her all day will be tough but I also know she is going to love dayhome as much as Avery does – she is already a social girl just like Avery πŸ™‚

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Lindsey

Weekend Recap

Friday

We ran errands in the morning to get items for a crafts I found on Pinterest. Surprisingly enough it was not a fail, pretty and easy and they final product was great:

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Once Chad was home we went for supper at a Thai restaurant, we had not been in a long time and it was so good! Without knowing it, Avery took photos of us at supper:

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We also attempted Chloe’s 8 month photos – which were hard with a baby that did not want to stay still:

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Saturday

Chloe and I went to her second last swimming class and Chad took Avery to her first ballet and jazz class and I forgot to ask for a photo! It is not parented so Chad was able to leave and get his haircut – win πŸ™‚

Our day was pretty low-key, we helped my brother and his girlfriend pick up a couch, went to her place for a visit, played games at home and later went to my other brother’s housewarming.

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Good book choice Chloe…

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And I picked up this awesome sweater for my work Christmas photo this morning:

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Chad and I spent about 5 hours between Friday and Saturday night doing this:

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We are old πŸ˜‰

Sunday

We checked the temperature and figured it would be fine for a outside run. Well the temp was okay but we did not realize all the snow that fell overnight! Poor Chad pushed the stroller through a lot of fresh snow:

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We love him πŸ™‚

The girls and I pre-run:

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We spent the rest of the day at home. Doing chores, making gingerbread houses and watching endless Christmas shows.

She was playing peek-a-boo with a doll table – it is her favourite game these days:

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Building our gingerbread (actually cookie) houses. Turns out reading the instructions are smart as I put it together wrong TWICE.

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Chloe’s second favourite thing to so – stand at tables etc. Help me. Where did my baby go?!

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And like that our weekend was over!

Lindsey

Foodie Friday

DECEMBER!! It was one of those weeks where I felt like we had little to do but it still filled up and flew by! I feel like I am finally getting into a groove with inside activities with the girls – just in time to go back to work πŸ˜‰

Monday

Day one of half marathon training. With the shorter days and the girls I will be doing a lot more of this the next 12 weeks:

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This one started to crawl, and is a trouble maker so I now contain her πŸ˜‰

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Speaking of trouble:

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We spent the afternoon making cookies and listening to Christmas music πŸ™‚

Tuesday

Yoga playground, a peppermint latter for me and Chloe got to play on the floor since keeping her in her seat is a no go now:

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Chad was home sick so after we ran some errands, including picking up donations for the toy bureau since it was Giving Tuesday. The girls fell asleep in the car so I spent 20 minutes in the driveway:

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I let Avery pick out three items all on her own for the toy bureau:

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Since Chad was home I decided to go to an early spin class that was a donation class. It was a nice change and after we did a quick core workout too which left me sore for days!

And the highlight of my day, getting my Blogger Christmas Swap package from Jen!

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She knows how much I love to bake with the girls and got us the perfect ornament and goodies! Thank you again Jen πŸ™‚

Wednesday

Another run morning which was my one and only fast run of the week and it flew by! We had a quiet day and spent the morning at home playing and watching a Christmas movie.

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After naps we headed out to the chiropractor and for a few groceries then had a quick supper and went to the hockey game:

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Being a week night we left a bit early as both girls were pretty tired by 8:30pm.

Thursday

We started our morning by watching another Christmas movie πŸ˜‰ SAHM perks! Mid morning we left to my work Christmas potluck lunch and office decorating day.

It started snowing early in the day and did not stop, Avery tried to catch the snowflakes on her tounge:

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We spent a few hours there, eating, visiting and decorating. Avery was entertained playing hide and seek with a co-worker:

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Between Avery being played with, Chloe being held and loved I was once again reminded how lucky I am to have such a great workplace.

We got home around 3pm, finished up some Christmas card crafts and played.

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Onto meal planning:

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Saturday – Chicken Taco Salad

Sunday – Easy Lo Mein – Damn DeliciousΒ 

Monday – Turkey Spinach and Quinoa Casserole – ifoodreal

Tuesday – Avocado Pasta with Chili Lime Chicken – Carla’s Bad Cravings

Wednesday – Hoisin Stir Fry Bowls with Peanut Sauce – Budget Bytes

Thursday – Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry – Cookin Canuck

Friday – BLTs & sweet potato fries

This weekend… Today was supposed to be my Christmas party but that was changed so we will just have a quiet night at home I am thinking. Saturday mornings get a lot busier this weekend with Avery starting ballet and jazz and Chloe swimming. Then just visiting with some family πŸ™‚

Lindsey