February 21, 2011

down and out (again)

the beginning of the week started out great! then i noticed kinley was a little stuffy and she seemed to be getting worse, but she was still in great spirits! i had to work on tuesday, so she went to the babysitters. she didn't notice any change in her behaviour, the only thing she noticed was that she was stuffy. she wasn't displaying any other signs, but at bed time when i would lay her down she would scream and scream like it was torture. then her nose started to run but it was green (super gross!). j took her to the walk-in clinic, poor thing had an ear infection. so since we started the new year we've had baby measles, a cold and now an ear infection. my poor sweet girl. i then caught something, so we were both under the weather, although it made for LOTS of cuddles, which i LOVE!

February 14, 2011

love

just wanted to wish everyone a...


whether it's spent with a girlfriend, boyfriend, husband,wife, best friend, little munchkin, mum or dad.... enjoy love day today, and tell someone "i love you".

take a seat

our dining room is coming together slowly, but surely. actually our entire house is coming together slowly but surely. it's kind of tough when you 1) have a 9 month old who has just learned to get into EVERYTHING and 2) when you are on limited funds and doing everything bit by bit as you can afford it. we basically do one small project a month (if we have extra money, which isn't always the case). with me on maternity leave still (a full year here in Canada) and j doing his apprenticeship, sometimes money is tight. but we want to get this house flipped so that in another year or so we can put it on the market and move into our forever home (which will be do-able because j will be a journey man!)

anyway, i got side tracked. we scored this awesome table from the fine store known as kijiji (well not really a store!). it is solid solid solid (i swear 200 lbs)



it was in great condition other than the seat covers. the colours weren't really jiving with the decor of our dining room, but they had been VERY well loved by some kids. so i found some fabric, and reupholstered them myself! not too bad for a first timer (if i do say so myself!)

BEFORE:



AFTER:



now to just finish up the floors (we need some quarter round) and i would like to make a window valance and add some accessories and it's DONE! i think that will be the ONLY room in the house (other than kinley's nursery) that will be finished. (which i realize after trying to link to a post of kinley's nursery that i NEVER shared.... i will do that!)

February 11, 2011

feeding time

yesterday a good friend of mine and i got together to get busy in the kitchen. ever since kinley started eating solid food, i've vowed to make all of the food she eats. i'm not all on board with the all natural, 100% organic food. i do buy it if it's on sale though. i know you could argue until you're blue in the face that it's SO much better and that i'm not really doing her much more of a favour, etc. but j and i don't eat like that, so it's unrealistic to have kinley eating like that. we eat healthy food. mostly fruits and veggies, lean meats and products only with ingredients we can pronounce. so i figure that's a good start.

anyway, i'm a little sidetracked. i chose to make her food because quite honestly it SCARES me that baby food on the shelf, has a shelf life of 3 years. they claim there are no additives or preservatives in them, but really, really how can food last that long?? like that's probably WAY worse than the regular fruits & veggies i buy in the grocery store.

i did my research, and i checked out tons of sites and books for ideas etc. i did the basics (sweet potato, peas, apples, pears, etc.) but now that she's older and starting to eat more finger foods (and more of what we eat) i knew i needed some other kinds of recipes. i did a lot of baby-led weaning, so she often times just eats smaller chunks of what we are eating. but sometimes, on those nights when we have something she can't eat (think tacos ~ maybe a little rough on a tiny tummy) then i need something else for her to eat.

one of the best websites that i came across was Wholesome Baby Food. it is a great resource for when to introduce food, ideas on how to make things, and it has a GREAT guideline list for those "no no" foods (like peanut butter, strawberries, egg whites, etc) and new guidelines regarding when you can introduce them to baby (i've given kinley all of the above, even peanut butter gasp!)

i also came across this amazing book!

i have honestly been searching and searching for something exciting rather than the drab peas and carrots combo or "you can mix blueberries and bananas for your little one for new flavours ~ how exciting". this book has so many interesting recipes that are tummy friendly (like baby curry!) and have flavour combinations but also food group combinations that make them healthy and complete meal choices and they are SO easy to make. i am really excited to give kinley a taste of some of the new recipes!

any other tips, recipes, websites, suggestions?

and now just for sheer cuteness - enjoying a yummy meal of pasta & meat sauce (she's also signing "all done" in the photo)!

February 7, 2011

livin' the luxury life

j and i had the opportunity to a very special night out on saturday! we had some good friends of ours come over to watch kinley while we took a little trip over the river (aka to the USA) to watch the Buffalo vs. Toronto hockey game at the HSBC arena in Buffalo, NY. now, not only did we get to watch the game, we got to share the experience with j's parents, brothers, cousins, and aunt and uncle. it was my very first NHL game ever.......
and we had PRIVATE BOX SEATS!
yes, you heard correctly! unlimited wine, beer and cocktails, shrimp platters, chicken wings, beef on a bun, nachos, pizza, salad, fruit trays, pop and then a delicious dessert surprise after the 2nd period (which i learned while at the game, was NOT called "half time" haha). while i may be Canadian, that does not mean i know a thing about hockey.
needless to say, it was a really cool experience, and i don't think i will ever  be able to go to a hockey game unless it's with swanky box seats... i mean that's just not cool...
our view from the box







February 2, 2011

baby painting

a little while back another mommy friend and myself were chatting about fun things to do with our little ladies. they are only 8 months old, but sometimes i feel like i'm not "doing enough" with her. anyone else feel that way? so i'm always trying to come up with new and creative things for her to do that allow her to explore new things and have new experiences.
anyway, we decided that they might enjoy getting down and dirty with some finger paints and creating their own piece of artwork!
we ended up hosting quite the party and had about 12 or so mamas and their babies ranging from 2 weeks old (!) to a year. we gave each baby a canvas, laid some cheap dollar store table cloths down on the floor and made some non toxic paint (you know, just in case they wanted to taste....which they did).
it was SO much fun to see their expressions to the feeling of the paint in their fingers, and toes and mouths and to watch as their eyes lit up when they realized that THEY were making all those wonderful colours on their canvas.
kinley has insane fine motor and hand eye coordination (think picking up the smallest speck of dust off my floor that is located halfway across the room) so it was really neat to watch her create in comparison to the other babies. most used their entire palm and slapped their hands down and waved them about. kinley was so articulate, using just one little finger to draw about on her canvas.
i would highly suggest giving this a shot, it is definitely something i will do again!




baby paint recipe: equal parts water, flour, salt and a drop or two of food colouring