Monthly Archives: March 2014

I Finally Get It…

“It’s something you will understand when you have kids”

I heard that many times in my life.  I am sure that my mom must have used that phrase countless of times when I was in my teens….probably for a good reason.  In fact, I am sure many people hear that phrase and some get offended by it, while others might just shrug it off. 

I have to admit that in my case…it was true.

Something happened today; something that got me really thinking about those ‘things’ that I probably wouldn’t have understood before becoming a mother.  My little girl rolled over for the first time.  For some, that might not be a big deal, but for me and other parents, that was a really proud moment.  In light of this glorious moment I wanted to put together a list of things that I didn’t understand until I became a mother.  To all my followers out there…go ahead and comment on this post to add to my list. 

The list…

  • In a matter of seconds, you could love something more than life itself
  • Seeing a tiny little face light up with a huge smile brings a tear to your eye
  • Being proud of the little milestones that just happen 
  • Feeling like it’s the end of the world when the batteries die in the baby swing or her favourite toy
  • Taking a million photos of the same ‘pose’ and not wanting to delete any
  • How much time it takes to actually get everyone ready and out the door
  • Favourite furniture and processions are put in storage or sold to make room for all of her ‘must haves’
  • How you enter full-on panic mode when the diaper bag is left behind
  • Having a need to buy too many cute baby clothes even though she will only wear them once…if at all
  • Needing to think hard about every decision you make because it isn’t just about you anymore
  • You are not grossed out when you find poop, pee and/or puke on you
  • When they are getting older and you can finally get more sleep and not have to change a diaper, you tear up because they are getting older.
  • How being a mother really does come naturally
  • Why you would want to do it all over again…and again
  • Believing in miracles

…and my little miracle turned 7 months old last week!  In honour of this post (and because you all keep asking for more) check out Piper’s 7 month photos :)

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Find Your Inspiration

I wanted to share a specific (use to be secret) routine of mine to help people find their own routine.  No matter what the day is going to hold, good or bad, everyone needs to have an amazing start.  Sometimes, regardless of what happens in your day, if you start it off inspired and positive…it just won’t matter.  

What do I do?  You have to promise you won’t judge me…

I put on one of my favourite songs that inspires me to have the best day ever and inspires me to dance!  I have danced since I was 5 years old and I will still be dancing after what I am sure will be numerous hip replacements.  I crank up Best Day of My Life by American Authors, and I shake what my mother gave me!  Usually, I pick up Piper and we dance together.  I am not sure which one of us has the biggest smile.  Even though I was trained for years, I just have fun and dance like a fool!  I am sure if the neighbours see, they think I must have sneaked some glorious liquid into my coffee, as I’m dancing like Chandler off of Friends!  

Who gives a crap?

Sometimes you just have to act like a fool in order to be the best you can be!  When the song ends, I sometimes put another one on, but I am usually charged up for the day.  I am inspired to tackle my work load, give my baby girl a great day and work on my books, knowing that something amazing will come out of all of it.

Many people search for inspirations, I make my own! Boom!

If you are having a bad day, week, month or even year.  Take a few moments to put on your favourite song, put on a huge smile and put those negative feelings behind you.  

I was in the middle of dancing to this song when I believed that I could live my dreams and find a publisher for my books….now that one dream is just the beginning.  

Hey, I think Ellen Degeneres is onto something here!

If you really don’t like dancing, do something else.  Find what inspires you and spend at least 10 minutes doing it everyday and then let me know how something so simple changed your life.

Having trouble finding your inspiring routine?

Go ahead, borrow mine….

Here it is! Crank it up and start your day out right!

Code Brown Situation!

So, a day before Piper’s 7 month birthday, it finally happened…

wait for it (insert suspenseful music here) I got poop on me…

Who am I kidding, there was poop in more places then on me.

I’m ahead of myself, let me start from the beginning.

In the past couple of weeks, when we start Piper’s bedtime routine, she goes crazy.  It’s like she just polished off a bag of marshmallows (okay, that might have been me, but on with the story) and she is on a total sugar high.  She starts to squirm and do weird flops on the change table.  The best comparison would be to a fish out of water…just slightly less slimy (pending on whether or not it’s bath day).  Normally this behaviour is rather humorous.  It makes it difficult for her to get her night-time change and baby massage, but it was never a big deal…until now!

See, my precious baby decided to fill her pants something fierce right before bed.  When I say fill, I mean FILL to the brim!  I was trying to get the dirty diaper off and clean her while she was flopping around like a fish.  Yeah, as you might have guessed, it didn’t go too well.  I was trying lift her feet and legs up so she didn’t smear her poopy bum all over the change table cover.  It was all a blur so I don’t even know how my nice white jammies got caught in the crossfire!  I have to admit, I was two seconds away from picking her up by one foot, letting her hang upside down and take her to the shower to get hosed down!

That kid may have one the battle, but this mom won the war! I got her changed and put to bed…with minimal poop damage.

Now…to burn those pjs.

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day…Know What That Means??

It’s funny video time!  To celebrate St. Patricks Day, I put together the top 5 St. Paddy’s Day YouTube videos!

Eat green and enjoy :)

 

Jimmy Fallon Discusses St. Patrick’s Day Pros and Cons

Being in Your 20’s vs. Your 30’s on St. Patrick’s Day

America’s Funniest Home Videos Attempt St. Patrick’s Day Magic

Go Home Animals, You’re Drunk!! 

Guinness Commercial – Best Holiday Ever!

Pizza Spring Rolls!

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Basic Ingredients:

  • Spring roll or Egg roll wrappers
  • Fresh or dried oregano
  • Fresh or dried basil
  • 1 whole egg or egg white
  • Oil for deep-frying

Your favourite:

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Cheese
  • Pepperoni

* The amount of ingredients will depend on how many you want to make!

You can add your favourite pizza toppings but remember the more toppings, the smaller they need to be chopped.  I would recommend using a food processor!

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Finely chop the basil and oregano if it is fresh and chop the pepperoni.  Beat the egg in a separate bowl.  Take a spring roll wrapper and with your fingers or pastry brush, spread egg on all four side edges of the wrapper.  Put a little bit of sauce in the centre, then add your toppings, finishing with the cheese.

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People might have their own methods of rolling, but I am Ukrainian, so we are going to do this cabbage roll style!

Fold in each side about an inch, then spread more egg on the folded flaps…

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Start at the bottom and roll up, putting pressure on the fold to help seal it better!

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About halfway through the wrapping, get your oil warmed up!  If you don’t have a deep fryer, fill a medium saucepan about half full of oil and place on medium heat.  To test if the oil is ready, put the end of a wooden spoon in it and if it starts to bubble around the spoon constantly, it is ready to go :)

When your oil is hot enough, carefully drop the spring rolls in!  Keep an eye on them as you might have to roll them over to get even browning.  Don’t put too many in at a time as they will not cook evenly if they are over crowded.

When they are all finished, heat up some extra pizza sauce for dipping and enjoy!  Just make sure they cool off first 😉