Funny Baby Sayings

Funny babyToddlers say the funniest things! When Zara turned 2.5 years her language exploded. She started copying us and we realized that the time had come for us to clean up our act in front of her.

Regardless, she keeps things pretty entertaining. I am keeping things a little light in this post and sharing some funny things baby says that keeps us laughing. So take a read and laugh a little or a lot!

Happy baby at Starbucks

  • Momma my poop is too big.
  • F$$$k##g C$$k$$ck$r (Yup every time she drops something or falls. We have daddy to thank for this one!)
  • I am so cute!
  • Rj go get milk and bread. (This was my fault. Now she says this every night because she thinks that’s what daddy does when she goes to bed.)
  • Daddy you stinky. Stop parting! (Ok this one I might have taught her! )
  • What’s that noising?
  • Can I get a chicken nugget, large diet coke, and a coffee?
  • I want to make a baby. (She means make a baby using playdough. But still funny!!)

What does your kid say that keeps you laughing? Mine, hasn’t said any of this in public or at daycare yet. Has yours? I am waiting for the call from daycare when I have to explain the swearing. Tips on how to handle that?

I hope you have had a good laugh, because let’s be honest this world needs more funny baby sayings and less of everything else.

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Valentine’s Date night : Where to go in Vancouver

Valentine’s day is around the corner! I have compiled a list of my fav restaurants for you mommas and dadas that are looking for date night ideas and BONUS, two of them are kid friendly in case it turns into a family affair!

Here are our fav restaurants:

The Keg: I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal here. When Rj and I first started dating this was our go to date restaurant. Last year Rj and I celebrated our ten year dating anniversary with a dinner at the Keg and we were not disappointed. The Keg is also kid friendly, so if your little one is tagging along on your valentine’s date, this the place to go.

Ahi Tuna and Creme Brûlée YUM

Ahi Tuna

Lupo: Lupo made Rj and I feel at home. It is actually set in a house and it felt like we were visiting a friend’s house. The food is Italian and the flavors are authentic and divine. Make sure to try the beef short rib and the lamb.

Lamb shank, Beef Short rib, Tiramisu, Beef Carpaccio

Wildebeest: This restaurant serves unique flavors and dishes but I promise you the tastes will blow your taste buds! If you see the lamb on the menu try it!!

Lamb shank, Beef Short rib, Fried chicken bites

Merchants : This is our favorite restaurant to go to when we are craving fresh oysters. They also change up their menu often and feature seasonal dishes, to appeal to various taste buds.

Seasons in the Park: I love Seasons in the Park! We got married at Queen Elizabeth park and we had our reception here, so Seasons holds a special place in my heart. We celebrate every wedding anniversary with a dinner here. The views are spectacular and enough of a reason to visit. We have always gotten great service and loved the meals here. Bonus! They are kid friendly and have a kids menu. So if you can’t find a baby sitter, you can still enjoy a dinner out.

Lobster and Prime rib, and Mac and Cheese

What are your fav places to go? Are you planning a date night with your spouse or celebrating with the family? Comment below.

Please note this is not a sponsored post (I wish it was). All opinions are based on my personal experience.

Free/Cheap Rainy Weekend kid friendly spots in Vancouver

Winter is a tough month for families in Vancouver, BC. The rain has everyone stuck inside and usually after the crazy Christmas spending, people are looking to save some dollars.

I am always on the hunt for where I can take Zara to run around indoors, for FREE or for the price of a coffee at Starbucks, on the weekends.

Here is a list of a couple of my favorite places to hang out with Zara for FREE or economical cost in Vancouver.

Oakridge mall : This is one of my favorite malls for multiple reasons. It’s accessible by skytrain and has free parking. The play area is a simple carpeted area but Zara has a blast running around. They also have some coin operated toys in the area that, Zara loves, jumping in to. The play area is also located right by the Lego store, which is a dream for my girl. The LEGO store has a set up of LEGO, that Zara has thoroughly enjoyed. There is also a Vancouver Public Library in the mall if you are feeling like grabbing a book or story time. For meals, there is a White Spot or multiple choices at the food court. Unlike other malls, I find Oakridge busy but not crowded and it is small enough that you are not walking a mile to get to the bathroom!

Trout lake Community Centre: I have written about Trout Lake in one of my previous posts, and it is one of our favorite spots to visit. You can read about it here. The play gym is $3.00 for drop in and runs from 10am to 12pm, Sunday to Friday. You can also buy 10 tickets for $24.00 and save some dollars to treat yourself to a coffee. When you need a large area for your kid to run around on a rainy Sunday, this the place to go. Last Sunday, they had a bouncy castle set up, and Zara was totally blown away. They also have a cute little cafe, serving local baked goods, sandwiches, coffee and ice cream! Covers all the food groups!

Ikea: I recently learned that Ikea supports refugees, so I feel good about spending my money here. Also, the Ikea restaurant has really upped their game on the quality of food. The breakfast is $2.99 and comes with cage free eggs, potatoes and turkey sausage. The lunch and dinner menu is more than just Swedish meatballs and has a lot of variety at reasonable prices. Kids meals are $2.99 and Zara is a huge fan of their Mac and cheese. And did I mention they have wine??!! They have seating with little play areas in the restaurants so the kids are not confined to a high chair.

There is a ball pit play area for potty trained kids, while parents shop. The toy section has a display toys that Zara loves to run around and play with.

Family dinner night anyone??

Fraser River Discovery Centre: The first time I visited the centre I was in awe of how family friendly it is and how much Zara enjoyed it. You can read about my experience here. Adults are $6.00, children 2 to 12 are $3.00, and under 2 are free. With Family day around the corner, they have hands on exhibits to explore including: make a mess at the residue ramp and digging for artifacts in the archaeology bin. Did I mention it’s FREE?

What are your favorite places to go in Vancouver in a rainy day, that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?

Letter to my daughter: You are 2.5 years old!

Dear Zara

Today you are 2.5 years old! Where did the time go? One minute you were a tiny six pound bundle they placed on my chest and the next thing I know you are singing ‘Bingo’ and running away from me.

The first couple of months of being your mother was tough. My life had changed and I had no control over anything and it was terrifying. I felt alone, but I was never alone, because you were with me. Those times were dark and hazy and I wrote somethings that I feel guilty for but I understand what I was feeling better now.

It wasn’t that I did not want to be a mother, I felt I was incapable of being a mother to you. I have a tumultuous relationship with my own mother and I did not want to follow in her footsteps and disappoint you.

You are my miracle. You opened my heart to a love that is so deep and selfless, that it swallows you whole. Zara, you gave my life a purpose that I thought I would never have.

I am so proud of the little person you are becoming. You are always concerned about papa puggles (our dog) and Cj (our cat). I can see that you have a love of animals. You love to sing and dance and you like to put on little shows for us. You love your little friends and you have a little ‘boy’ friend- baby Nathan. 🙂

You are my whole world Zara and every time you hit a milestone, I am proud and sad at the same time. I am sad because soon you will lose your ‘baby face’ and I miss that face so much! But I know that’s what this parenthood journey is all about.

In my mind’s eye you will always be that little six pound bundle that came screaming into this world and latched on to me. I love you forever my baby Zaza.

Love,

Momma

My favorite Overnight Oats recipe

Overnight oats are super easy to put together, and a great option for breakfast on the go. It is very quick to prep and took me under 10 min. Super delicious and even my picky 2.5 year old daughter loved it.

Here is my favorite recipe:

  • 6 or 7 tablespoons of Quick cook Steel cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons of Granola with almonds and coconut
  • 1 tablespoon Crofters fruit spread ( Super Fruit or Strawberry, these Crofter’s fruit spread flavors have no added sugar and are made of just organic fruit).

I like to recycle old Crofters jars and use them for overnight oats. They are the perfect size and hold just the right amount.

Start with oats, as the bottom layer, granola and top with Crofters fruit spread. Add milk, or any milk substitute. I like to add enough to cover the oats and granola.

Good for 5 days in the fridge.

Enjoy Mommas!

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Turkey bone stock and Turkey noodle vegetable soup

I was inspired by Gayle from The Soup Solution to make turkey bone broth. This is something I have always wanted to do but always chickened out at the last min. Gayle gave me a couple of tips and made it sound so easy that I decided to give it a go. I used the stock to make a simple turkey noodle vegetable soup, which was quick and tasted amazing!

Here is what you need:

  • A large stockpot
  • 2 onions quartered not peeled
  • Peppercorns about 10 to 12
  • Any fresh herbs you have ( I had chives, and I had seasoned my turkey with tons of fresh thyme, when I roasted it.)
  • Garlic about 6 or 7 cloves
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • A splash of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water ( enough to cover the turkey bones)

Everything goes in the stock pot on the stove on med until you see it bubbling.

Put the heat on low and let it simmer for 3 hours.

Strain the stock and put in the freezer.

For the soup I sautéed some veggies in coconut oil, added the cooked turkey meat and added as much stock as I wanted and let it come to a boil. I added gluten free noodles and let it boil for about 12 min. Done and ready to eat!

PS: A lot of other websites talk about skimming anything that comes to the top while simmering, to prevent cloudy stock. I did not worry about this.

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Not just another New Year’s Resolution : 2018 Positive Affirmations

New Year’s Eve is here! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. At the end of the year instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I like to reflect on the past year and create positive affirmations for the new year. Positive affirmation, is starting the new year with positive energy, and if you are a fan of the book, ‘The Secret’, you know what I mean.

Reflection on the past year

In the beginning of 2017, I focused all my energy on being the best of me, at work, as a mother and in life. Halfway throughout the year I realized that this is a big ask and I had to reprioritize. I had to slow down and take some breaks. I realized that to be the best of me I had to refocus my energy on what was the most important to me: Zara, my mental health and my family.

Regardless I do feel that 2017 has been very good to me. One of the biggest highlights for me was sharing this blog with everyone. I was not sure what to expect and literally had butterflies when I hit the share button on January 1st 2017. The response over the year has been very positive and I have learnt so much ( with so much more to learn!). To be selected as one of the Top 30 Vancouver Mom bloggers for 2017 was the cherry on top! It is an honor to be part of such a talented group of ladies. These mommas are humble, creative and supportive, and I am constantly learning from them. I am in awe to belong to this momma tribe.

So where do I go from here…

I don’t have a straight forward answer for this. I am going to continue writing and hopefully will partner with other bloggers and brands.

My positive affirmations for 2018 is to focus on opening my mind and to learn:

  • I will learn from my talented momma blogger friends.

  • I will learn from reading and practicing.

  • I will learn to take better pictures (hubby just gifted me a camera for Christmas! ).

  • I will learn who I am, and who I want to be. It is easy to hide behind social media and pretend to have a perfect life, but that’s not me and that’s not my blog.

  • I will not let self doubt creep in and stop me from learning and growing.

I want to thank everyone that is following me on this journey, because without your support I wouldn’t be here. What are your positive affirmations for 2018?

Also, what would you like to see more of on the blog? More recipes? More family friendly activities/venues? Tips? Letters? I would love to hear from you.

Happy New Year and see you in 2018!

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