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August 12, 2011

Baby Food On The Go | #TravelTip

Carrying around infant cereal in a baggie but no recipient to use for feeding?  Here's a smart travel tip:
yes, we eat Mott's
Wash your old applesauce containers and recycle reclaim and re purpose them as your on-the-go baby food bowl. 

Won't matter if your lose it on your travels.  Easy enough to rinse out to wash.  It makes life easier for busy parents!

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August 11, 2011

General Mills Free Towel Giveaway Winner | #LMDConnector

153 D.Calvert said...


calvert0 at telus dot net

29 July, 2011 7:36 PM

Thanks to the other 225 entrants for participating!  Check back soon for other giveaway opportunities.

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August 10, 2011

The Travel Itch

Right before I go on a trip en famille - I get a travel itch.  It's a worry-ing, nervous, anxiety-ish type of itch (it's the way I am). 

And those who know me - know my worries go straight to my tummy.  Never a good thing.  Especially when travel approaches.

So instead...I focus (almost imprint) on something to BUY for a trip.  (I'm not a buy buy buy type of girl usually - I'm fairly un-splurge-ous).

Trip before last I had to buy this:

Please Mum Puddle Jumper - it is great
And that coat was perfect for chilly, rainy walking!  (and shipping was free and it was on really it was meant to be!).

Going to the cottage, I learned about...and had to BUY

Go-pod - it is le great
And the babe LOVED hanging out in that go-pod (and I loved packing it - super portable).

Are these itches so capricious?  When it's the kids who benefit?  And if it helps direct my energies away from my tummy....can't be bad right?...

And so leaving this weekend on another trip and I have a bit of an itch...

Peg Perego Pliko 3 - kijji-ing it right now

If you've got an itch you have to scratch right?...

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August 08, 2011

Eating Local | #LMDConnector

You might not know this but I interviewed the authors of the 100 Mile Diet for Canadian Girl magazine a few years ago.  (Side note: 100 Mile Diet is a book written by a Canadian couple who decided to eat only what was produced within 100 miles of their home for a year...needless to say they went without chocolate).

However, what they did eat were seasonal foods picked at their freshest and with the lowest food-miles.  Worth a year without cocoa.

I am a big farmer's market city girl.  And local berries are my family's latest farm to table treat.

You can find some easy recipes for cobblers, crisps and more at that link. 

I've already made my yearly double batch of Ontario strawberry jam...local and delish!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own

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Sense and resentenability

I am of two minds these summer days. One mind is much enjoying "Camp Mom" (where I am full-time caring, hangin' and activity-izing my 2 big kids and 1 small babe). It's a good life.
But that other, sneaky and stealth mind is resentful of no "me time".  I miss writing.  I miss networking.  I miss talking with other grown-ups. 

Good Gandhi - growing humans is a rewarding and amazing experience.  I wouldn't trade it for the world (or George Clooney).  And, no I wouldn't want to go back to full-time-out-in-the-world-paid-work and put these 3 humans in daycare.  I do know I have a good life - and am grateful for it.  Staying home with them is a privilege.

But it's also a job.

A big job.

An all encompassing job.

And I struggle to find time to write my Nick of Time column over at  And pop in to and share dear son's latest milestones.  

And I remind myself that when I wrote about life lessons and re-calculating parenting and mourning a baby...that there is a bigger picture.  And I tend to dwell in the details.

So I push the 2nd sneaky stealth mind to the side.  There will be days and years of "me time" "writing time" and "grown up time" in my future.  Right now, I must appreciate the growing years because I know they fly so fast...

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