Sunday, April 15, 2012


Just wanted to share this video...

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Here is another post in my series of getting organized.  With a new house comes trying to organize all your things so they work in your new space.  I have a lot of jewellery, mostly thanks to my amazing husband that has good taste in jewellery. I need a place that is easy to store it and in view or I forget what I have and end up just wearing the same 3 pairs of earrings.  I have a great little jewellery box that is about 10 years old that I have totally outgrown so I started thinking what could I use for my jewellery.

A few years back I had seen at the One of a Kind Show in toronto a wooden jewellery rack by Bijoux Display Company that you can hang on your wall.  I never got it because at the old house I really did not have room for it, but now that we have moved it works perfectly in my closet. And voila all my jewellery perfectly organized and easy to find.

Friday, April 13, 2012


After reading a blog post on inhabitat about geocaching with kids I decided to try it out with C Monster.

I looked up a bit about how geocaching works as I did not want to break any rules on my first time out. I also checked out and signed up on the web site.

After that I downloaded the app for my iPhone. We were ready to go.

We started with a spot pretty close to our house to see what he thought about it. It was pretty neat, this little treasure hiding in an area I pass by every week.  C Monster loved it and asked if there were more treasures to find. I showed him the map in the geocaching app and off we were to destination #2.

We ended up staying out from 10am to 4pm and looked for 6 treasures and found 3. The picture to the right is of C Monster checking out the contents of the 3rd treasure.

We need to go a second time pretty soon because we ended up with a travel bug. This is a special item that travels from location to location.  But that's ok with both C Monster and me because he wanted to try to find one of his friends treasures.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I think C Monster started showing interest in skateboarding around 18 month.  He had an old board that he found on the side of the road that gave up last summer.  We had been talking about getting him a board ever since so a few weeks ago off we went to Hogtown Extreme Sport and got him geared up.

We got him a helmet, pads and a mini board. The pads I have to are really nice. We had bought him some pads from sellers for about 20$ a few years ago and those look like junk compared to these. They are from Little Tricky and cost about $35. Worth every penny.

For those of you who do not know what a mini board is. The board is approximately 28x7.5" instead of approximately 32x8" everything else is the same as a regular board.  This makes them a much better size for little kids to handle and learn on.

The board he selected is by Golden Dragon this is a good starter board as it's pretty well made but is cost effective at right around 100$.

After only a few times out on the board we realized that getting him to place his feet above the trucks was going to be much easier if the screws were not the same colour as the grip tape, so we changed the screws to coloured ones he selected pink, orange, green and blue.

As I am writing this the C Monster is playing on his board right beside me while waiting for papa to be ready to bring him to the skate park. He seems to be really getting into this and we go out about 3 times a week right now if not more.

He has mastered getting on and off.  He has pretty good kick turns considering he is 4 and is currently working on learning how to push off with no assitance.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Our new house has this massive maple tree in front of it that overhangs the house; so after we moved in we placed a call to the city to have them inspect it.  I really did not want it falling on our house :-)

They came by last week and said one leader needs to come down because its too close to the electrical wires; one leader diseased. That would only leave one leader that is small and overhangs the house. They trim the trees away from the house so that they do not overhang your home so that would not leave much tree.  So our tree has received the orange mark of death.

It should be coming down in the fall and the new tree will go in spring 2013. We selected a Turkish Filbert.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I wanted to share these awesome cookies that Geoff made with C Monster a little while back.  The recipe comes from "Kitchen for Kids" However I am pretty certain you could make them with almost any cookie cutter style recipe.  You want the dough to be dense, but other then that it should work.

To make the letters you basically roll the dough out into a snake then shape them in the letters you want.  After they are cooked, you paint them with icing (icing sugar, gel icing color and a tiny bit of milk).

I thought this was a great idea and not only did C Monster get to do some baking, he also practised spelling his name.

Monday, April 9, 2012


OK so I will admit it one of the things I like about blogging is well I can brag about stuff.  I said it.  Fellow bloggers you know you like it too. I wanted to show off these awesome cupcakes I made for my friend Jessica's going back to work party that I hosted for her a few weeks back. They are a mix of vanilla and chocolate with pink cream cheese frosting topped with hand made (by me of course) chocolate almond skulls.  I was pretty proud of myself.

Now that I am done patting myself on the back...

It's only been 1 week your back at work Jess and well I miss you; hope the transition is going well for you and your family.

Love ya.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Easter this year was pretty simple. As neither Geoff or I celebrate easter as a religious holiday it's really all about C Monster.  On Friday night he planted magic jelly beans in the garden and a lollypop grew overnight for him.

Then Saturday afternoon papa and C monster started colouring his eggs, that they had so carefully emptied all week.

Then in the evening I helped C Monster make his easter train and this morning we filled it up.

Last night the easter bunny also visited and left a trail of eggs behind for C Monster along with a chocolate surprise at the end. (Pictures to come papa took these)

He also received a few easter packages in the mail from my family - thank you guys!

Now as I relax with my day to myself C Monster and papa are of to the skate park.