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Brown Rice ‘Heart’ Sushi

Brown Rice ‘Heart’ Sushi

Did I ever mention my 2 year old is funny? What’s ‘funny’ is that sometimes I just want to make my toddler a peanut butter and jam sandwich with a few slices of cheese and apples on the side and call it a lunch. But […]

Can’t Get Enough of Those Beads

Can’t Get Enough of Those Beads

The beads and pipe cleaners from the last post have been a huge success with Els. She can’t get enough of them. But she has moved on from the actual beading to (in her books) bigger and better and more fun things! Here is how the rest of the day and the day after that, transpired…

Fun with Beads.The animals are hungry. Time to feed them hearts.

Toddler fun with beads.

The train’s coming with more food. And more hungry animals!

Toddler Fun with Beads.

Time to give the beads a bath.

Toddler Fun with Beads.

Squish. Swoosh. Splash.

Toddler Fun with Beads.

Can’t forget the animals. They need a bath too! Jump piggy.

Toddler fun with Pipe Cleaners

“I need my pipe cleaners!” Time to play again. Phew. The animals made it  safely to the top of the squiggly mountain.

Endless! How much toddlers can do with simple materials.

I just wish my energy could keep up with her imagination…

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Getting ready for Valentine’s: Beads and Pipe Cleaners

Getting ready for Valentine’s: Beads and Pipe Cleaners

One of my favorite things about being a mom, is — Arts n’ Crafts. There’s something about glue and glitter, clear glass jars filled with colorful pom poms and  beads, paint, ribbons etc. that make me giddy. Much like a two year old’s enthusiasm. That being said, […]

Quote of the Day

2 Year Old Quote of the Day

Movie Night Snack: Baked Cauliflower ‘Popcorn’

Movie Night Snack: Baked Cauliflower ‘Popcorn’

I originally saw this recipe from Delighted Momma. She had me at ‘tastes like French Fries.’ I called Mark immediately and told him to bring home some cauliflower on the way home. Urgent. And WOW. I have to say, this is my new favorite dish […]

Sunny in California: Los Angeles Zoo

Sunny in California: Los Angeles Zoo

The one thing I noticed living in Los Angeles, is that people seldom talk about the weather. Not like when I lived in Toronto and every other conversation started or ended up with the weather in some way, somehow, and rightfully so. When it was minus 30 degrees (celsius) outside, and you were numb from head to toe, the only thing that made sense at the moment was to say something about it. And then when the weather turned nice, it was almost obligatory to say something again!  But in LA, the weather never really changes. It is always sunny. It is always beautiful. And as far as weather drama goes, it’s actually pretty drama-less.

However, today, I must say, after a few cold days/nights — I woke up, stepped outside and proclaimed out loud so that everybody can hear: “It’s so beautiful out!” Because it was.

And what better way to spend a beautiful day, than to go to the zoo with your family.

And here we are: brushing goats. Hugging goats. Kissing goats.

Catching a glimpse of a giant Orangutan.  A lazy Zebra. And A flock of beautiful pink flamingos.

And visiting the California Condor Rescue Zone. Feeding a baby condor. Standing in their habitat. And helping clean their living space to make it more safe.

“Did you have fun?” I asked.
“Yeahhhhhhhh!” Els exclaimed with so much joy, I remembered why we do any of this in the first place.