Food

Firefly’s Pizza at the Cumberland Farmers’ Market

Do you live in the east end and have no plans tomorrow morning? You do now. You should go to the Cumberland Farmers’ Market and try some of Firefly’s pizza and pasta. Firefly is a colleague of mine that is starting an italian pizza business on the side. Tomorrow is her first time (and hopefully not her last) selling pizza and pasta at the farmer’s market.

Please go visit her! Say hi! Let them know that you read this on the blog. Have a great time!

The Cumberland Farmers’ Market is open Saturday’s from 8am to 1pm.

If you don’t have a chance to visit the market and would still like to try some of Firefly’s food, click on this link to see her menu. (Flyer-2)

Have a lovely weekend readers!

Back-to-Work Mornings

Daily clothing bags

I’ve been trying to find ways to help me organize myself, so that my weekday mornings aren’t as chaotic as I think they could be. Here are some things that I’ve done so far:

  1. Oatmeal bags: I use a Decosonic to make ½ cup plain oatmeal bags for breakfast. I also make small containers filled with toppings for my oatmeal. This week, I’m eating cinnamon raisin.
  2. Healthy snacks: I used the Decosonic again to make healthy snack bags for the office. So far this week, I’ve eaten rice cakes, popcorn and almonds. It’s working out quite nicely.
  3. Clothing bags (see above): I used large Ziploc bags to organize my baby’s clothing for daycare for the week. Each bag includes a onesie, pants or shorts, shirt and socks. I’m flexible for swapping something out, depending on the weather, but it’s really great to have something to start with.
  4. Slow-cooker meals: My husband is an excellent cook (I will be happily blogging about some of his meals later on). This week, he made a big pot of chili. It’s great and really healthy for lunch. We often make a lot of extra food and put it in the freezer until we need it that day.
  5. Pre-made coffee: Not a huge deal, but I find it helps when I pre-make the coffee in the coffee maker the night before. That way, when I’m all glossy-eyed in the morning, all I have to do is push a button and voila! Coffee will be ready soon!
  6. Coconut Oil: I like to use products that have multiple purposes, like coconut oil. I use coconut oil daily as a eye makeup remover and face/body moisturize. For more ideas on ways to use coconut oil, check out this blog post.

Coconut OilWhat do you do to make your mornings go just a little bit smoother?

10 Alternatives to Halloween Candy for Trick-or-Treaters

Play-Doh

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you would have seen that I was happy when I saw Halloween Play-Doh being sold at Costco (Yes, I know it’s August). I love Halloween and absolutely love the idea of people giving away “things” rather than candy. I know it’s still summer and my daughter is still very young, but I can’t help but think about what we’re going to do when our daughter brings home pillowcases FULL of candy after a night of tick-o-treating in a few years.

First of all, let me start by staying that I love Halloween. I love the tradition of going trick-or-treating, getting dressed up in a costume and carving pumpkins. I think the whole season is fabulous and I look forward to it every year

I’m not a big fan of candy. I get it though, it’s a kid thing… but I can’t see our family eating that much candy. It’s too much. I love the idea of her “things” or healthy alternatives (juice).

Here are a few ideas of cheap, fun things you could give away at Halloween instead of candy:

  1. Play-Doh (as shown above)
  2. Mini containers of bubbles
  3. Plastic creatures (dinosaurs, farm animals, monsters)
  4. Bracelets 
  5. Mini colouring books (with or without crayons)
  6. Mini note pads (with or without pencils and erasers)
  7. Stickers
  8. Costume accessories (vampire teeth, clown noses)
  9. Fake spiders and snakes
  10. Craft kits to DIY monster magnets (I’ll blog about this later in October)

This blogger at Play Eat Grow has some other really great ideas for alternatives to Halloween candy (juice boxes, nail polish, glow stick bracelets). Check out her blog here.

Do you have any ideas? What have you done in the past?

4 Healthy Snacks for the Office

I survived my first four days back to work last week. I have to say it went pretty well. I think it helps knowing that my daughter is in a good place and that I also work with really great people.

On a personal side, I didn’t eat as well as I could have. I think I could have done much better on the snack side of things. It doesn’t help that there is a Starbucks close to my office. So anytime I want something to eat, I can just head over and get whatever I want (Mmm.. banana chocolate chip coffee cake).

This weekend, I spent sometime searching for great (healthy) snacks to leave at the office. I found a ton of great ideas, but I wanted snacks that I could leave at the office and not worry about having to put in a fridge. This is what I came up with:

Healthy Snacks

 

  1. Popcorn.
  2. Quaker – Rice Cakes (Original and White Cheddar)
  3. Almonds
  4. Ritz Mini Crackers
  5. Apple sauce

Things I would like to add to my list next time are:

  1. Sunflower seeds
  2. Pumpkin seeds
  3. Banana chips

That’s pretty much all I could think of. Do you have any other ideas of things that I could add to my shopping list? I’m out of ideas.

9-12 Month Old Meal Plan

11 month old meal plan

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working with this meal plan to feed our daughter. I’d like to think that I’m a very organized person, but sometimes I feel scatterbrained. I find that having a weekly meal plan for my daughter works wonders for me. It’s easy to follow and it helps me make sure that she gets everything that she needs. 

When I created this meal plan, I followed the City of Ottawa – Public Health guidelines for feeding a 9-12 month old. Since she’s been 11 months old, she’s been on homo milk. You could always change this to say formula or breastmilk. 

If you would like a copy of this table, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to share this spreadsheet with you. 

 

My 5 Favorite Oatmeal Toppings

 

When I go back to work, I want my mornings to go as smoothly as possible. To make things as smooth as ice, I want to have a great, healthy breakfasts ready to eat before I leave the house. I don’t want to have to think about what I’m going to eat, I want it to be an easy decision. I love oatmeal, but plain oatmeal can be kind of bland. Here is a round-up of my favourite oatmeal toppings that I found on the Internet and would fit in this small black container:

  1. Raspberries and flax seeds (here)
  2. Coconut flakes, pineapple chunks and chopped macadamia nuts (here)
  3. Cinnamon and raisins (here)
  4. Dried cranberries and pistachios (here)
  5. Walnuts, almonds and cashews (here)

What are your favourite oatmeal toppings?