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Halloween Fun

I know this is a little late but we have been so busy with soccer and just life but I really wanted to share the amazing job my husband had done on our home for Halloween!!
Halloween is our favourite holiday of the year. We love to ‘spookify’ our home and my husband goes all out with a projection show and music (had to beg him not to buy a smoke machine!).
This year he found the most amazing images to project through the front window and you could literally hear the music about a block away- he set up two speakers outside and several through the windows.
Here is what it looked like:

 

I only managed to snap a couple photos (the kiddies were way to excited to get out there and collect candy!!).

 

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Natrel Baboo and Mom Central Play Date Kit!

Was so excited to go pick up my Natrel Baboo play date kit from Purolator yesterday!! This was an offer that was provided through Mom Central Canada. It came with so many goodies – just to name a few; 24x250mL Natrel Baboo tetra paks, Robert Munsch book, Sesame Platinum hits CD, crayons, $25.00 Loblaws gift card!
I have already started to plan the kid’s play date and have to say I am so excited!!! My youngest loves Natrel Baboo – we tried it out three months ago through a Facebook offer they had running for a free carton. It is an excellent transition from breast or formula feeding to full fat milk.
Some of the benefits are:
  • Lower protein content than regular milk causing it to be easier to digest (Baboo provides a whey/casein ratio close to that of breast milk – which is great for my little guy!!)
  • Has 4% fat content and is enriched with natural sources of omega-3 DHA and Vitamin C
  • An excellent source of calcium and sources of vitamins A, D, E and B6
Can not wait to come back and share the amazing time the children have at the play date!! More pictures to come!!
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Banana Cinnamon Bread

I have finally gotten my recipe right for making banana bread! I have tried to bake a loaf on so many occasions and each time the inside always had a wet, undercooked taste to it. I am so proud to have finally gotten in right that I had to share my recipe with everyone! This was so delicious and had my boys coming back for seconds.
Ingredients:
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Mix the melted butter and mashed bananas together.
3. Add the sugar, beaten egg, vanilla and mix.
4. Add the baking soda and salt, mix.
5. Add the flour, mix.
6. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top (add more if you love the taste of the cinnamon – I’m sure I added more than a teaspoon!!).
7. Pour the mix into a buttered 4×9 loaf pan. Bake for one hour. Allow to cool and then serve.

 

 

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This Soccer Mom Thing

I am so proud of my eldest son, who not only made the Select U9 A Team but also made the Toronto FC training academy!! He has been really big on goals lately and this was a goal he had set for himself to complete by the time he turned twelve, so he is ahead of the game! I haven’t told him yet, but I’ve been looking at the personalized koozies from US Imprints for his soccer team. They’re basically personalised bottle holders, that I could personalise with the team badges, but we’ll see!
He loves to play soccer and to be honest I love watching him play. He has a knack of reading plays and is always at the perfect spot at the right time. And he loves the sport with all his heart. He is kicking a ball from the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to sleep (my poor living room is turned into a soccer field more times then I wish!).
The only hard part is how much soccer he now plays. The commitment is four nights a week plus matches! Which is a lot between school, work, organizing both boys, doctor appts, etc…It was becoming so overwhelming and stressful. It took a while and I had to look up some pointers from other moms but I think we have finally come up with some strategies that work for us so that our family life and his school work does not suffer.
Here is what we are doing:
1) Crock pot meals! How I have become in love with my crock pot! I never used to use it (I actually have two and did not touch them for six years!). Toss the ingredients in in the morning and as long as it is turned on by noon it is good to go!
2) My son has a designated soccer bag that contains multiples of four of everything (four pairs of socks, shorts and shirts,etc.). We keep one pair of shoes in there, as well as an extra pair in my husband’s car.
3) One soccer ball in each of the cars (sometimes plans can change and you become the designated driver!!) along with a pump.
4) He has four novels in each of our cars so that he can keep up with his reading to soccer practices. I really do not want his school work to suffer because of soccer and this was the best way to keep up on his reading skills for us.
5) Package of wipes and diapers in each car (saves having to stock up a diaper bag every time we go out) along with a bag of toys that stays in each of the cars for our youngest.
6) Packing extra snacks the morning of for our youngest to distract him during the practice.
7) Soccer schedule on the fridge with lots of highlighting 🙂
Our routine is by no means perfect but it has helped make our hectic life so much easier! What other ways do you organize or prepare to help make the night/school routine easier if your child participates in sports?
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