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This weekend marks the beginning of daylight savings time. Yup, get used to 4 p.m. sunsets and ENDLESS SADNESS. Just kidding! We have a remedy for your inevitable winter depression: make soup. You might be thinking, nothing will c…
Noah’s birthday inspiration stemmed from a few of our favourite things: Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Little Caterpillar, our favourite local pizza joint, Piece and his constant giggles whenever we read the book “Secret Pizza Party”. Thus, it was settled, a secret pizza party very hungry little caterpillar style!
Admittedly, this was a more low-key first affair than his sister’s 1st birthday, but don’t feel too badly for him, as he gets to celebrate again this upcoming weekend with a cousins bash.
Despite it being a quaint celebration, I enjoyed finding some great party goods that complimented our theme. Namely, the sweet custom caterpillar sign and favor tags from Kerry’s Krafts and the deliciously adorable cookies from Just4YouTreats. Both are small business owners who are extremely talented, easy to work with and from the Midwest! I loved working with them, and will be sure to use them for future parties!
The cups, plates and tablecloth were from Kara’s Party Ideas.
The cake and cupcakes were ordered at the recommendation of a friend who knows a baker at Mariano’s. I sent her a few photos and she did a pretty amazing job! Oh, and it was very reasonable and tasty too!
The party favours, were Eric Carle’s “Brown Bear” along with these yummy treats!
We had a lot of fun, ate some delicious pizza and most importantly were surrounded by friends who are so good to this little man!
Disclosure: I was provided with goods from Kerry’s Krafts and Just4YouTreats but all opinions expressed are genuine any my own.
First cupcake for the Birthday boy! (He was much mode delicate than I had expected).
A day away from his first birthday and I am reminiscing and remarking upon how fast the time has gone by.
My perpetually smiling, cuddly, blue eyed boy who is remarkably determined, curious, quick and stubborn. You keep us on our toes (since you’re always getting into something, flushing things down to the toilet, trying to climb head first into the tub, eating dog food or paper) and you make us laugh.
Your hugs and laugh are the best, I particularly love all of the mama’s.
You’ve brought so much joy into our lives and we love you so much!
Antarctica leads the world in Emperor Penguins. Who can beat that?
1. Tucking them into bed at night. Someday, they’ll be too big and I won’t get that moment back. Saying goodnight, pulling up the covers and kissing their heads is a gift.
2. Telling them I love them. Start this when they’re…
A good list! What would you add?
I’ve written about 23andme before, but don’t think I have shared my results. Fortunately, I am not a carrier for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or BRCA 1 or 2 (which I was concerned about).
That said, it has been a wealth of information and knowledge is power. Twice in the past month, i’ve used this info. Once when being prescribed meds for my current bout of bronchitis. Finding meds while nursing is rough, and the doctor was reading off the warnings and mentioned that this should not be used while nursing for fast metabolizers of meds. Wait a sec, I am a fast metabolizer according to 23andme, so that treatment was quickly ruled out.
I also discovered that I am a carrier of the celiac genes and am therefore at the higher risk for developing an insensitivity or for having the disease. Interestingly enough, this info combined with some other autoimmune issues (thryoid) I have been experiencing in conjunction with low Vitamin D, I’ve learned are all co-related.
in addition to the DNA results, I came across some amazing ancestral info. My family is from Western Europe, however, it revealed that I had 90% Western European genes and 10% Moroccan ancestry. Amazingly, it identified a third cousin of mine who shed tremendous light on this. He hails from Mazagan (or El Jadida), a UNESCO World Heritage site, The city of Mazagan was established as a portuguese settlement in the 16th century for Portuguese explorers en route to India. My father’s family is from the Azores. Needless to say, i was completely blown away and can’t wait to one day visit this place!
The Fast Company article has made me want to have my husband and children tested asap.
Currently reading, Crazy Rich Asians and enjoying it so far!
There are so many fantastic books that have just been released, or are about to within the next month. Here’s what I am adding to my wish list and to my e-library queue.
Photo Books: Humans of New York!!
From chicken pot pie and classic green salad to brownies and cookies, here are 22 basic recipes everyone should know how to make.