Sunday, October 2, 2011

Where is fall? Brrrrrrrr

Ok seriously 40 C with humid ex to now 4 C and rain? I'm confused where did our moderate temps go, ya know like 15C and sun? Oh right.... we are in Ontario so there is nothing moderate about the weather here. Note to self: move to more moderate climate.

I haven't been all that great at meal planning, we are opting for many meals out and unhealthy options lately. New job= later time home= immediate need for food + the need to enjoy whatever daylight we still have when its actually ah em moderate.

Sunday: Ham, Hash brown casserole and carrots (I needed comfort today can you tell?)
Monday: Beef Barley soup and buns
Tuesday: Deli sandwiches, veggie + dip
Wednesday: Leftover pulled pork, buns and coleslaw (5lbs of pulled pork = freezer portions)
Thursday: Chicken stir fry and rice
Friday: Ham + cheese ommelettes
Saturday: dinner with Nana (Frozen shepards pie I think)
Sunday: Thanksgiving and somehow I have to make a cheesecake and a veggie dish... Where is the extra time in a day?
Monday: Corned beef, cabbage and pototoes.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mouth gives Mess a lesson in language

On a typical day a drive from our house to daycare is approx. 4 min. On that same typical day one of 2 things happen. Two children get buckled in and they chat quietly in their seats and we arrive happy. Or, on most days we are doing the dash and anxiety levels are high and it usually results in 1 or both kids having tantrums in the car because we have left X item inside.

Well... on this occasion we had left X item inside and Super errrrr pressed-for-time mom said we weren't going back in for it. Superkid (also known as Mouth) begins to have a screaming match (and if you didn't know cars are relatively sound proof when all doors and windows are shut).

Mess looks over to Mouth lovingly and says "Shut up" clear as day. The car goes quiet and I think well if that's all it takes to end a tantrum perhaps we should try this route more often, I mean. THAT IS NOT A NICE WORD. Mouth looks over at Tank and states "You can't say those words they are not nice, you can't say shut up, you can't say stupid and you can't say fuck it". *gasp... Yep there ya have it folks these are 3 simple rules of our house and if you adhere to them you will get along fine.

Thank you Mouth for your lessons in language.

Revisiting the quick and easy meals

So much for being on top of the blog eh? Sorry. Life got a bit crazy. However I am quite convinced my readership is non-existent and the hits from Russia are crazy spies trying to steal my identity. Or not.

A few minor updates, I left my old job, took my new job which also happens to be an old job- ha.

Superkid is 4.5yrs old and starts school NEXT WEEK. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. All the way along I said I wouldn't be THAT parent who blubbers like a tart the days leading up til their first departure (and so far so good) but I am sure as sure can be that I will be THAT parent who follows the bus to school to ensure she gets off, I will be THAT parent who stops in for random visits and I am sure I will be THAT parent who sits on the parents council. Yep that's me! So now she has thrown a wrench into meal planning because now I have to feed her for lunches, 4yrs of prepared lunches through daycare has not prepared me for independent thought. Crap.

Tank or also known as "Mess" is 2.5 and talking. In fact he is never quiet. If he's not talking, he's screeching at you. He's growing fast that's for sure and lets hope he doesn't attend his first day of school in diapers because potty training is not going very well.

Meal planning has taken a backseat these past few months due to work stress, work change and just all around bored with food. So here goes.

Sunday: Souvlaki with Tzaziki and cucumber salad.

Monday: Quesidillas with salsa and sour cream.

Tuesday: Potato Soup with buns

Wednesday: Caesar wraps with veggies and dip

Thursday: French toast with bacon and fruit salad

Friday: Our favourite panzarotti order out day

Sat-Mon: We will be in our Nation's Capital City doing the tourist thing!!!!

Any tips on balanced day lunches for school that starts the following week? HELP!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Ok folks....

This is a plea, our local dental office is putting on a contest whereby 1 lucky winner with the cutest kids brushing their teefers will win an iPad 2. I was up for some friendly competition however its gone a little haywire....

So I would be eternally greatful if a) you voted and b) you shared this blog post with your other bloggers and friends to help us win.

Step 1 LIKE Clarence Street Dental fan page
Step 2 LIKE These 2 Cute kids because well... they are cute!

Step 3 SHARE this contest with ANYONE you know that has a spare second to vote!!!!!

Contest is open for voting til May 31, 2011

Thank you in advance!!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Oh by the way....

Remember that lens I said I would take back? Well I didn't. Tee hee.

Can you see why I kept it? I can totally justify keeping it now! Oh AND I came in under budget for my groceries. That is what I call impressive!

Happy Sunday-ing. We are off for a quick getaway to Great Wolf Lodge tomorrow and then back to begin the divorce painting of the entire basement. Benjamin Moore's Piedmont Grey.

Mama goes grocery shoppin'

It's always a fun event at our house... Ok I loathe grocery shopping. There is nothing I hate more then arriving to my favourite discount grocery store only to find out 3/4 of my sale list is out of stock. All in the name of saving a buck people! I'm trying to be frugal but it irritates me to no end when the chicken breasts a great deal of my 2 wk menu rotation depends on are out of stock (and the stock boy says 'come back Tuesday we should have more'). Dude I work. I work til 4:30 and then I pick up kids. Come back HERE on Tuesday with 2 kids? Mmmm no thanks 24hr Sobeys here I come.

Anyway my plan is to go to said favourite 'No bags and discounted prices' store tomorrow with my fingers crossed to pick up said items required for below menu plan! Feel free to borrow ideas, feel free to copy my plan in its entirety my only requests are: leave a comment to show me some love and track back if you use it in your own blog (oh and if you care to share new tips/ideas please do!).

I plan and shop according to a 2wk period. I also try to pick up at least 1 extra "meat" for a meal so that in case I don't feel like something on this menu at least there is a back up. We always have some soup on hand too!

Sunday: Chicken Stir fry with whole grain rice

Monday: We are off to Great Wolf lodge and packin our meals: Lunch- deli sandwiches, veg and dip, grapes and cantaloupe. That night we will likely venture off site for a meal at Pizza hut! (who can pass up a $35 family meal?).

Tuesday: Breakfast: Yogurt/bagels with cream cheese. Lunch: kolbasa, cheese, crackers w/ apples. Dinner: Tomato soup and tuna melts.

Wednesday: Club quesadillas with veggies and hummus

Thursday: Perogies and salad

Friday: Pulled pork on a kaiser with veggies and dip

Saturday: 20 Clove Chicken with roasted potatoes and roasted carrots

Sunday: Home made big mama feta burgers with salad (and probably chips- baked I hope)

Monday: Ham and Cheese calzones and steamed veggies

Tuesday: It's dance night so E-Z is important: baked beans + toast

Wednesday: spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread

Thursday: Sour cream chicken and baked potatoes with broccoli

Friday: Home made pizza w/ ham, mushrooms and pineapple on a whole grain crust

Now the biggest goal: purchase all items on the list for $200 or less. Challenge? yes'm it is. Especially seeing as food prices have gone up yet again and are only going to rise higher in the next few years. Oh but cost of living increases to our salaries? oh right... no.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ferocious Four?

Is that what they call it? Because MAN... Superkid sure has a knack for being saucy. I mean really... we were destined for challenges when Superdad and I procreated however no one said "by the way you may want to drive your 4yr old out to a forest and drop them without a map".

So yeah- she turned four! See:

Do you see that smirk? That smirk only arrived at 5:31pm- I do believe it is the smirk of a 13yr old girl trapped in a 4yr olds body. That is the smirk that is going to make me want to go on vacation at multiple points through the year.

I mean I am all for raising a spirited and assertive girl, because that is what the world needs more of but because I too was a spirited and assertive only child female it puts an entirely new set of challenges in our life. Like how to survive til the end of the day without driving out to the forest. She's crazy. I'm crazy. We make a good pair.

Anyhow she went from being this fabulously innocent 3yr old:

To a 4yr old with A LOT of her own opinions and a way with words like this:

My favourite quote of today was Superdad "please don't point your fork at me its very rude and daddy doesn't like that". Superkids retort was "um then look I'll point it at my plate and point point point". Thanks... Sauce. I watch the cogs in motion all day long and try not to laugh at her snarky short responses. I spend a great deal of time hiding behind a cupboard or turning my head to snicker. Oh dear... I fear for her school days ahead. She's either going to be the bully or she's going to be the ridiculed one. I really don't want either of those options but I guess I will have to teach her to be an empathetic ridiculed one. Raising girls is HARD.

Oh and as an update to the voodoo doctor for those who are interested to hear the outcome. Well... in usual Supermom fashion I am awful with follow through. I lasted 4 days on the program FOUR days. You know, when you make things taste like fish coated apples and Jaagermister there's a good chance people will spend the $100 it costs to start a regime and then never follow through just because a) it tastes like ass and b) it requires an organized person and memory to take things like fish oil at random intervals with food throughout the day, then to take the other crap at random intervals without food. So thats how they make their money. So now both Superkid and Tank are getting daily smoothies with fish oil. Hey- if I am going to avoid taking it then at least it won't go to waste!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I bit the bullet....

And booked an appointment with the Voodoo doctor (read: Naturopath). I have battled monthly psychosis for years and it has only gotten worse since the delivery of The Tank... So I blame him for my monthly woes. I must admit I'm quite the skeptic when it comes to taking a shot if this, chew on a weed of that and jump 6 times when getting out of bed in the morning kinda treatment of all things medical. So I dropped 200 bucks for an hour of time and that is supposed to be the start of all things healthy.

Now I arrived with issues such as irritability, anxiety, moodiness and I was waiting... waiting... waiting... for this miracle worker to come and get me. My appointment was for 2:15pm and I promptly arrived 15min prior to my appointment to fill out the necessary health history and there I waited. So my first impression was not that of one who may rave about pseudo-doctor. So she finally came out, apologized for her tardiness, handed her last patient a container of prosto-ease and sent him packing.

We sat and talked about what ails me and she recorded everything I said on her professional 8x11 blank printer paper and then devised this concoction of junk that I'm supposed to remember to take daily and also record all my eatings for 7 days and come back in 3wks. Uh- ok. So this better work or I'll be ticked that I wasted so much money on said voodoo crap.

Omega 3 + Vit D liquid which is supposed to be apple flavoured though really it tastes like day old salmon in a rotting vat of apples. Dose: 2 tsp gagged twice daily.

Vitex tincture which reminds me of jagermeister in my university days only it doesn't result in quite the hangover. Dose: 1 tsp twice daily.

Nervoheel 3-4 times a day and now I'm sure this is just a sugar pill placebo but hey... for 18.99 and relief I'm sure it works wonders on those who believe.

Last but not least the SEED protocol... Whats this you ask? Well its where the big yellow bird in me comes out. Days 1-14 a mixture of Pumpkin and Flax seeds in the amount of 2 TBSP daily and day 15-28 a mixture of sesame and sunflower seeds in the amount of 2 TBSP daily.

There ya have it, the miracle regime that is going to make my monthly woes disappear.

Dun dun duuun duuuuuuun.

Voodooo mooodoooo

Sunday, January 30, 2011

January Blah's...

I'm not feeling the blogging world lately. Not much to report and not a lot of wit these days... Tired, cranky kids and January blah's. Blah.

The Tank has a...

Slight obsession with Thomas (he IS a really useful engine.)

The Tank also really enjoys...

All things electric (he's not at ALL like his Daddy. Nope.)

Its a good thing Superkid likes...

Items of the girly sort...

But its even better when....

The world stops screaming for just one moment, to show their true love for each other (and TV).

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A View from the Couch...

Last night was our first family movie night of 2011. We have made attempts before however someone (over 24months) usually sabotages our plans with refusing to eat dinner (which is a prerequisite for watching a movie in our house).

Anywho- freshly bathed kids, clean pj's, popcorn, rootbeer and Ratatouille. I think they look like they are having fun don't you?

The fact that The Tank sat on the couch is quite amazing I must say as the only time he ever sits for longer then 30 seconds is for Iggle Piggle and food or both. In tonights case it was the popcorn that lured him I'm sure. But he sat none the less!

We don't make a regular habit of snacking on popcorn or rootbeer for that matter but for this night it was a treat and it was fun!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Twins eh?

They are only 27.5yrs apart... I'd say there is a striking resemblance here...

She even got his fashion sense- eclectic. The good news is she knew enough to put on items with varying shades of pink here.

Superkid and her ability to make you laugh is allllll courtesy of daddy as well.

The only genetic linkage to me would be her natural gift to make every process more difficult due to her ornery nature :P

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Verdict is in....

On a few things actually I might add.

1. I am returning the lens. Yep I have decided to go with less zoom. I will be trading it for this and callin' it a day. Despite my 'financial responsibility' plan, I did recieve over 50% of the money as gifts for my festivus. So I can rationalize it. Then I sold my 18-55mm (well hopefully did as Superdad is makin' the deal tonight off kijij) and pocketed...errrr... hope to pocket $100 which will put the money towards the new lens. So... really its like I didn't even buy it!

2. I went to the Ear Nose and Throat specialist for myself and well the Doc essentially said GIRL where have you been all my life in the most non-romantic tone ever. He alluded to my tonsils looking a tad like the male anatomy and suggested that (but ultimately its still my call) I take the elective tonsillectomy surgery ASAP. Oh god. Did you know that I have an irrational fear of dying and this doesn't help in the least bit? I looked at the doc and the room was a smidge swirly... I attribute that to my lab coat fear blood pressure and gulped uhhhhh ok. So there you have it. Sometime in Winter/Spring 2011 I will be Supermom - 2 superhuge, cryptic and cavernous chronically infected tonsils. In my mind this elective, voluntary surgery would equate to what at least a 10lb weight loss so it may be win-win!

3. I am sitting at my house awaiting the cable guy. Lets just hope its not Jim Carrey who shows up. This little breaky away from worky has afforded me the opportunity to update you, the opportunity to throw a little diddy into the crock pot and to enjoy a Starbucks coffee in peace! Yeah- be jealous.

Did I mention I have had 3 nights in a row of uninterrupted sleep? Did I Did I Did I?

Oh and did I also mention that Tiny dancer super kid had her 2nd ever dance class and she was a hit? Yeah. Did I also mention that I am NOT your typical dance mom? And that in a weeks time I will be live via Blackberry messanger? Life is good. Smashing one may say!

Monday, January 10, 2011

To keep or not to keep.

That is still the question.

I slept on it, and I am no more at peace with either decision so I will share with you some of my captures since I brought this baby home last night.



Now for the part that matters:

Oh and did I mention my 18-55mm kit lens has miraculously began to work again and that for an entire year I was able to manage just fine on my 50mm f/1.8 lens? But I looooove having the ability to zoom and to take a picture a little closer then I could with my 50mm. But. I hate the weight, its doing some serious triggering of the carpal tunnel. However, that being said have you seen how nice it is? I could get over carpal tunnel right? I'll get used to it right? Like my body will adjust to the weight of it after a few weeks, months years riiiiiiight?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Joinin' in on the blog hop!

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom

Its ma birthday.
January 9th.

I was a very happy mama today, woken up by the sweet sounds of little feeties thwapping into my room to tell me that she had found a present for her and that daddy had gone out for coffee. Huh? My brain was still foggy.

Daddy had gone to get me- the birthday girl a lovely Starbucks treat and sure enough Superkid felt that because it had pink icing and white sprinkles that cupcake was destined to be a shared venture. She got her wish as she always does.

Superdad let me have a day-o-rest. He cleaned up from last nights dinner party, he completed copious amounts of laundry and the folding that comes with! Thank you Superdad that is much more loved then a wrapped box with a gift. But. I do like a good gift.

So with all ma birthday monies I went to Henry's and interviewed a great many lenses and walked out of the store with THIS and now I have an extreme case of buyers remorse. Who can spend that much money on such frivolous objects (especially considering this *sigh).

So tonight over dinner we dined and discussed over mouthwatering ribs and cheesecake. I Supermom agreed to sleep on it (though not literally because ouch... that wouldn't be comfy) and in the morning I will decide if its much too silly for me to keep. I love the speed, I love the colour and crispness of the lens but I despise the weight and gauge of my own personal money I had to put toward it. Perhaps a new outfit would be more frugal and I could keep using the 50mm and 18-55mm lenses I already have.

I will sleep on it.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

If I could have Ferber and Karp in the same room....

How can one get angry at this face? Really.

But oh BOY has he been testing the patience of mine lately. We went from sleeping through the night to up several times a night. I'm sorry what? Dude you are 22months old this mama's body has adjusted to the long stretches of sleep so what gives?

I frantically surf the web every night looking for answers. Answers to why oh WHY is my precious little Tank causing so much disturbance to my REM sleep. Tag lines like: Sleep regression or sleep problems in toddlers or HELP-I-want-to-jump-off-the-nearest-bridge-my-child-won't-sleep run through my search engines like the NASDAQ on trade day. Every perfect parent has ideas and solutions to the frantic and sleep deprived parent questions. Cry it out, pick them up, hug them, feed them, give them a bit of bourbon, throw their crib in the garage. You know... all those ideas that have worked for those really great parents.

Anywho so the night I saw the clock from 2:30am-4:00am I enlisted in the Supermom tactics of a lackluster parent. I mixed Ferber with Karp (*gasp) and threw in a little bootcamp Mama. It was not the shining moment in my career as a mom. As I threw back the covers, said some choice words each time I had to go into the Tanks room. I raised my voice out of frustration and I hugged him when I felt bad. That night I realized that those books are garbage really good sources of information in which I can say DUDE you don't have a child like mine do you?

Anyhow- he's cute, he's funny and most of all he makes my heart smile every time I hear that little Tank of mine say "Piggle" or "I-want-that".

From this

to this

Now really- could you get mad at that? His chubby little face just screams trouble! I will say it again. Its a damn good thing he's cute!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

I'll have 2 Venti Peppermint Mocha's please.

That will be $11.13- what? Shut up. When did 2 coffee's equal the same amount as 2 McDeal's at McD's? Oh right, when we started paying attention to our budget and drinking $0.00 home brew (which has slightly increased to approx 0.64 cents per cup of java due to my new baby Breville Keurig).

So this year is all about the budget. 2011 will be the year that we get smart. Both Superdad and I have been quite blind to spending for the past 4yrs and its caught up finally, not in the way you scream OMG we are going to lose everything though so relax mom. This year will be about making responsible decisions and not just getting what we want because we want it. 2011 will be about actually creating savings, sticking to a plan and moving towards goals.

We already made a good choice by cancelling our trip to Florida. Superfam was going to drive the 2000 miles to visit Grandpa in Orlando and maybe do a few days at Magic Kingdom. It definitely sucked having to make that decision to not go but in the end it would be more financially responsible. Our thoughts were if we are going to do Disney in 2013 then why do a 'budget' trip now?

Remember last year when I was all about the 'craft' and the lovey crap? Well its time to get my head out of the clouds and make some realistic financial goals that we hope to achieve by 2012. The Superfam wants to go on a real vacation. One where we pack a few suitcases, get on a plane and stay in a hotel. We could drive but it would be at least a 21hr drive. That's right we want to do DISNEY. Between now and the end of 2012 we plan on saving enough money to pay for a trip to Disney in cash. We also plan to have paid off existing debts save for mortgage and start working on the things we would like to complete in our home.

First thing first:
1. Vacation for the family (it will be our first ever trip too!)
2. Replace carpet in our upper bedrooms because by the time we can do this without borrowed money kids will be over that stoop and poop syndrome called Potty learning.
3. Renovate our sad counter space-less kitchen and replace the appliances
4. Backyard overhaul (whereby we may actually consider an on ground/above ground pool)- these are goals remember not set in stone.

So now its about putting a plan into action. Time to set our appointment with our bank to start our fresh new ideas and get what we want!