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our current reading list

November 23, 2017

My house is filled with a lot of crap. It’s true. My kids have way to much clothes, toys, too much stuff. But one thing I will never mind them having more of, are books. If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for the children in your life but can’t think of what to buy: give the gift of reading. No parent will be unhappy with more books. Here are some of our favorite at the time being. There are “mommy picks” but I’ve also included those cheesy rhyming books randomly bought on grocery shore shelves too. Because sometimes it’s not the educational books your kids love, it’s a book of a little yellow duck that has them truly captivated. And that’s okay too! Here it goes!

  1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, rhythmic and melodic. A book about the letters of the alphabet climbing a coconut tree. Simple, brightly coloured, good choice to familiarize little ones with letters.
  2. A Little Stuck, we love Oliver Jeffers books. Mommy appreciates the gorgeous artwork and kids will love naming random objects and the repetitive sounds. It’s simple, silly, and short. Good for toddler’s limited attention span.
  3. Little Blue Truck, the boys loveeee this book! It’s their top pick at bedtime. Great rhyme and rhythm. Good introduction to farm animals and the noises they make.
  4. Green Eggs and Ham, a beloved Dr. Seuss classic. It’s probably the longest book the boys will actually want to sit through. Max will still request this book even though we’ve read it a million times.
  5. Good Night I love You and other Caroline Jayne Church books, these were among the first books we read to the boys. Easy reads for getting them ready for bedtime.
  6. What Do you Do With a Problem?, definitely more of a mommy pick. Beautifully illustrated and a great message about turning your problems into a positive opportunity. A bit mature for younger readers but I read it to them anyways!
  7. A Cuddle For Little Duck, we found this book on a random walmart shelf. Max loves the story of a little duck going about doing little duck things. He requests this book often and even demands it be put into his bed!
  8. Peppa Pick Bedtime Box Set, another Max and Loggie pick. They are obsessed with Peppa Pig and these books are exactly like the show. Sure, it’s not that well written and borderline annoying but the boys love these books and I aim to please.
  9. Goodnight Moon, another classic. It’s calm moods and sleep inducing prose usher in bedtime. Even though as an adult reading it, the book is kinda creepy. Like why is there an old lady in the corner saying hush?? And why are there mice in the room??
  10. We Are Better Together, a cute book teaching names of various objects.
  11. Construction Alphabet, because my boys are their father’s sons and anything that has the word construction in it flies by really well with Steve.
  12. Finding Nemo and Dory, First Look and Find book, this isn’t a reading book but more of a “Where’s Waldo” for babies. The boys love pointing out items in the legend and have the other find it. And at three years old, they still open this one. To make it more of a challenge, we’ve started counting the fish and discussing what colour they are etc.
  13. Bright Baby ABC, Numbers, and Animals books, along the same vein as the find and look books. These help with building vocabulary with its large pictures and different scenes. My kids love them.
  14. Are you My Mother? I loved this book growing up and hopefully it will become one of my children’s favourites.
  15. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, another very popular kid’s book and Loggie’s favorite.

Books I plan on buying the boys this christmas:

  1. Here We Are, Once Upon an Alphabet, Heart in a Bottle – all by Oliver Jeffers
  2. A couple more of those Peppa Pig books I promised the boys.
  3. Little Blue Truck leads the way and Little Blue Truck Christmas
  4. Please, Mr. Panda

I randomly follow Eva Chen, an Instagram fashion writer and former magazine editor and she just released a list of books her daughter loves. I stumbled upon the link as I was writing this and felt it was very relatable. Follow her on IG, she has the cutest kids! Here’s the link to her list. http://mailchi.mp/evachen212/hooray-childrens-books

Happy Reading!

Food Lifestyle

freshly squeezed.

November 14, 2017

When Steve bought home this Breville Citrus Press Pro, I was highly skeptical. He spent top dollar for a gadget to make orange juice? How often do I need to make freshly squeezed orange juice to even justify an appliance like this? How practical is it to have one appliance serve only a single purpose–to juice oranges? As I said, highly skeptical.


How my mind has changed. I can’t even admit it to Steve how much I love this thing. It sits on my countertop and I juice oranges every day. Have you had freshly squeezed orange juice? There is really nothing like it. It’s fresh, healthy, and a great alternative to all the sugary juices I tend to crave.

Besides my every day use, this appliance is perfect for large batches of orange juice, lemonade or limeade. The Pro version has two filter baskets for light or heavy pulp. There also is a  cheaper version of this press but I don’t own it to give it a proper review. But I recommend to check specs of both to find which suits your needs the best.

The machine is powerful and juices citrus fruit at lighting speed. You cut your fruit in half, put the section onto the stainless steel cone. Pull the handle down, the pressure will start the machine up. It whirs and squeezes every drop out. Its crazy how it leaves practically an empty shell behind and it’s so fast! If your a fan of fresh juice, you know it takes a lot of oranges to make up one cup–it takes three to four to fill a standard mason jar. It’s a lot of work! But with this baby, there is no more killing your arm juicing a million oranges, this thing does it in the fraction of the time and effort. After it’s done, throw all the removable compartments into the dishwasher!

This would make a wonderful, luxury Christmas gift for that special someone in your life. It’s an appliance someone wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves but would love to have. And like me, they’d probably come to use it a lot!

Happy juicing!

Lifestyle Motherhood

new mom & baby gift basket

May 9, 2017

Before having children of my own, I would buy the typical stuffed animal or a cute nursery decor item for a new baby. After having children, I realize how unpractical and kind of useless (sorry! >_<) stuffed animals are. When the boys were born, a girlfriend of mine assembled a basket filled with practical items most people wouldn’t think to give. Things like infant Tylenol and diaper rash cream. When you have a newborn, its incredibly overwhelming, there are a million products geared towards babies and a million brands that make them. It’s nice to have someone with experience buy items to give you a starting point and the new mom can slowly take her time and figure out which exact things she prefers for her own child. Continue Reading

Lifestyle Motherhood

mother’s day gift ideas

April 26, 2016

I enjoy Mother’s Day as a holiday more than almost any other. This holiday celebrates the part of me I treasure most: being a mother. I feel like motherhood has encapsulated who I am. As much as I sometimes miss my independence, being Max and Logan’s mom is the best thing I’ve ever done. Regardless if you are a stay at home mom, working mom, single mom… the important word here is “mom”. And this “job” is should be celebrated!

I’ve put together a list of a couple things I thought would be good gift ideas. But honestly, my boys can come running give me a big kiss and I’m pretty set without presents. But if you are looking for something a bit more tangible, here are some options! Continue Reading