urban recipe: simple summer salad

urban recipe: simple summer salad

The unexpected sun in Vancouver is making me extra chipper these days. Extra doses of vitamin D seem to call for crisp, fresh salads. Since summer is soon to arrive, I like to squeeze the most out of it, including the nice fresh food available. (Before I know it we’ll...
urban favourite: muslin swaddling cloth

urban favourite: muslin swaddling cloth

Babies are adorable, especially when they are snug as a bug. From birth, a baby likes the secure and warm feeling of the womb, and swaddling helps to recreate that familiar environment. The art of swaddling itself dates back to 4000 B.C., with records showing the Egyptians wrapping their babies...
chocolate stout cake

chocolate stout cake

Last week I was the lucky discoverer of a beautiful vintage bundt cake pan. I’ve been on the hunt for one for months, nay, years- and happened upon this perfect pan in my local thrift store. So naturally, I had to find a recipe in order to break in this...
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cheesy-carrot muffins

Have trouble getting vegetables into your child? I have been lately, because when my child teethes (the dreaded 2 yr old molars are arriving), his appetite goes out the window. Combining one of his favorite things (cheese) with another favorite (muffin) resulted in a nutritious, hidden success for child and momma. Cheesy- Carrot Muffins (adapted...

September is here and so am I!

Hi everyone, I know it has been a while since I have updated this blog, but I am back with news. I have been out of commission because we are happy to say we are expecting baby #2! The first four months for me were quite tiring and nauseous, so as you can imagine, the...
milk paints

milk paints

No, the paints are not made of milk. It’s experimenting with colours in milk. What is neat about this activity is watching the milk move from the toothpick quickly, creating neat patterns in it’s wake. This is a great activity to do with the kids that will certainly send them into shrieks of excitement and...
urban favourite: hydrasense nasal aspirator

urban favourite: hydrasense nasal aspirator

Ever found that snot suckers just… suck? This next item is on the top of a must have list for babies! We introduce to you to the Hydrasense nasal aspirator. Most bulb aspirators pretty much do nothing, apart from irritate your baby’s delicate nasal tissues from vain attempts to clear their passageways. We have gone...

weaned

Eighteen months later, my son is officially weaned. It’s been 4 weeks since this fellow has nursed and it really just hit me. By the end it was just here and there, and I’m so glad he was able to do it on his own terms. Mind you, the flu over Easter long weekend was...
dreaming of gardening

dreaming of gardening

Now that spring is officially here, we have been really enjoying the great outdoors. In quiet moments I am dreaming up and planning a kitchen garden. I have wanted a garden of my own for years. Even if it is small, somewhat self-sustaining and fresh, natural (as in untouched), and nearby. Loved and tended to...
down home amy

down home amy

  Eco-friendly. Creative. Practical. Silk screened. Reusable. Durable.   Looking for products with all of these qualities? Amy of downhomeamy is a local Vancouverite who enjoys creating practical, yet beautiful, things for the home and for baby. She designs everything by hand, and prints them onto organic (and sometimes recycled!!) material, resulting in lovely things...
sick days

sick days

This Easter long weekend turned out to be a rather long one. We had such nice plans: family day out on Friday, Easter service, and a nice bridal shower in the evening, a Saturday visit to the Sunshine Coast, a Sunday of family gathering and egg hunt, and today, Monday, full of family as well....
for my honey bread

for my honey bread

I love, love, love baking. And my family especially enjoys eating it. Here is a lovely bread recipe I make that turns out a lovely deep golden loaf. It slices well, doesn’t take too much work, and keeps well. Enjoy the aroma your home will take on with this project. It is a healthy, nutritious,...
dental health month: kids products

dental health month: kids products

As a nation, Canada recognizes April as Oral Health Month. It is a time where the Minister of Health encourages dental visits and promotes good oral hygiene habits, and people run to their local pharmacies to replace their splayed toothbrush. This is a time where people such as myself celebrate. Mostly because I have a...
a manly cupcake

a manly cupcake

Looking for a super yummy dessert for your husband’s birthday, hockey game, Super Bowl party, or weekend barbecue? Look no further than the deliciousness that is in these Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Cream frosting (yes, I said beer!). I had a friend’s 30th birthday bash to attend, and as a woman, I could think of...
april events

april events

Check out some of the events for families, babies and mommies coming to Vancouver this April.     Easter in Queens Park Sunday April 8, 11-2 pm Queens Park Bandshell, Rainbow Playland, New Westminster Featuring: Free Admission Bunny Trail with Family Games & Special Treat at the end Photo with the Easter Bunnies (suggested $2.00...