Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Penguin Pancakes

As most of you may know, my boy LOVES penguins. For a treat, I decided to make him penguin pancakes.

I used El Peto pancakc mix, and added cocoa powder to make them darker.

To create the penguin body, I scooped batter onto a greased grill. I shaped the body, head and wings with a spoon.

I cooked the pancakes until they were brown around the edges.

I arranged the pancakes on a plate, and melted white chocolate. I spread the white chocolate in the middle of the penguin to create a belly.

I also placed two small drops of white chocolate for eyes, and placed chocolate chips in them. For the beak I used an orange fruit snacks. And, for the flippers I used orange reese's pieces

As you can see, Tyson was VERY excited!

He's one happy boy, and enjoyed every bite!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Small Diaper Cake (Easy, Quick & Cost Effective)

This diaper cake is so simple and easy to make. It's cost effective and only needs a few supplies. The best part is, you can customize it any way you'd like.

This "cake" is for my Aunt, Uncle and their baby Jacob. Jacob was born a month early in January. Thankfully, he's doing great and is very healthy.

The shower is going to be St. Patrick's day themed. Friends and family are coming together and organizing a party for the new parents. There is going to be Irish stew, shamrock cupcakes and other St. Patrick's day treats.

Along with giving my Aunt & Uncle a diaper cake, I've decided to blow up a picture of the baby. While I was babysitting Jacob one day, I had a little photoshoot. I hope they enjoy their presents.

If you're interested in seeing how I made the "cake" please click on the video below.

Friday, February 28, 2014

February Favorites

I've decided to make a little blog about my favorite moments in February. It was a great month, and flew by too fast.

What were some of your favorite moments in February? I'd love to read about them.

Here are a few of mine:

Tyson decided he wanted to do my makeup, and I let him.

The family and I showed our support and wore pink shirts for anti-bullying day! (If you want to learn more, please click here!)

Cody got into the Valentine's day spirit!

Tyson celebrated his very first Valentine's day at school.

Tyson has been having a hard time in school. He's been struggling with behavior and concentration.Thankfully this month he did much better.

My mom got a tattoo to represent Tyson.

Tyson and I went on nature walks, and he loved it!

School was cancelled several times due to the snow, but we made the best of it.

We built an upside down snowman.

Ozzy and Tyson bonded, he typically is timid of her.

Tyson actually played with cars properly. This is a BIG thing to an autism mommy!! Proud moment!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Chex Mix Recipe

6 cups of Rice Chex cereal
1 bag of white chocolate baking chips (12 oz)
1 box of banana cream Jell-O Pudding, or any flavor of choice.
Decorations of any kind such as conversations hearts, sprinkles, food coloring etc.
Optional: Shortening

Side Note: Make sure to use pudding and not pure Jell-O! The gelatine does not have the same effect.

Measure 6 cups of Chex cereal, and place into a large bowl.

Empty entire package of white chocolate chips into a microwave safe dish.

Optional: Add 1 or 2 tsp of shortening to the white chocolate chips. This will help the consistency become smoother, thinner and easier to work with.

Place white chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir gently. Return to the microwave and melt for an additional 30 seconds. Continue this process until all the chips are melted completely.

Add 4 tablespoons of pudding into the melted white chocolate. Stir gently until smooth.

Optional: Add food coloring of your choice! (You can make this for any occasions. Green for Saint Patrick's day, Black and Orange for Halloween etc.)

Pour the chocolate mixture over cereal and gently stir until the cereal is coated in chocolate. 

Add decorations of your choice! We used conversation hearts and colorful sprinkles!

Grab a cookie sheet and place a piece of parchment paper on it. (Or a silicone mat) Pour Chex mix, and allow to solidify.

Place in air tight containers, and enjoy!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lollipop Heart Flowers

Tyson wanted to bring something special to school for Valentine's day. We looked on Pinterest for ideas, and stumbled upon flower suckers. Tyson decided he wanted the flowers to look like hearts.

These were so simple and inexpensive to make. We had most of the supplies at home. The only thing we had to purchase was bags of suckers. (It came to a total of two dollars!)

Construction paper (Red & Green)

Lollipops (I used hearts, but regular is great too.)
Glue stick
Pencil, markers or whatever you prefer to write with
Heart shape cookie cutter to trace (Optional)

Cut out a heart shape larger than the lollipop.

Glue the lollipop to the wrapper.

Fold green constuction paper in half and cut out a leaf shape.  
(Leave both sides attached.)

Unfold the "leaf" and coat the entire inside surface with glue.

Attach the leaf to the lollipop stem, and press firmly to secure.

Add child's name to the leaf (optional) and you're done!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Bell Let's Talk Day 2014

It's that's time of year again!! Bell Let's Talk Day!!! Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives for every text message sent, mobile call made, tweet using #BellLetsTalk and Facebook shares of their "Bell Let’s Talk" image.

Since 2010, Bell has raised over 62.5 million dollars for mental health initiatives in Canada. That's unbelievably amazing, and really touches my heart. As some of you may know, I suffer from severe generalized anxiety disorder along with OCD. I am not ashamed to admit it, but I once was. Thankfully company's like Bell encouraged me to open my eyes, and not be afraid to speak up. I also got strength by being involved with a group called Daybreak and getting guidance from a handful of family/friends. I realized I'm not alone, and I should never feel ashamed of my disorders. Anxiety is so much more than feeling nervous. Just like OCD isn't all about fixing lopsided pictures and organizing.
Please join me in ending the stigma and increasing mental health awareness! Not just today, but everyday!

If you are feeling down and need some guidance, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Please Feel Free To Visit:

Bell's Website

Bell's Twitter Page

Bell's Facebook Page

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stop the Mommy Wars!

I often don't share articles, but I was very touched by this one. It's called "Stop the Mommy Wars: Empowering Photo Series" (Please click on the name to view it) The purpose of the article is to encourage women to stop judging one another, and pleading for an end to the mommy wars. From feeding methods diapering methods and more.
I had postpartum anxiety and depression after giving birth, I chose to formula feed, I only used disposable diapers, I let my baby (reasonably) cry-it-out and my family is not religious. And, all that doesn't make me a bad mom. I love my son unconditionally, and always will.

I was ridiculed from a handful of people for not breast feeding. I felt like a horrible mother, but I just couldn't d
o it. When Tyson was diagnosed with a low form of autism, I blamed myself for not breastfeeding him. (Along with a bunch of other things I thought I did wrong.) Deep down I knew it wasn't my fault, but as mother we really are too hard on ourselves. We can only do what we can do, and I respect every parent. As long as the parent is not hurting their child, and doing they best they can, they have my respect! We all have to stick together!
Let's judge less! We “moms’ are way too hard on ourselves and each other.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Free Live Penguin Webcams

My son is absolutely OBSESSED with penguins! So, I decided to do a little research. I stumbled upon a live penguin webcam that you can watch at anytime. (You can also watch different animals too.) If you're watching the webcam after hours, there will be a prerecording to enjoy.

I think it's absolutely fantastic these aquariums are offering this feature on their site. If you're not interested in penguins, there are other webcams to choose from. (Such as sea otters and birds.)

I can't wait to show Tyson! He's going to go crazy! He loves penguins so much, he wants to even have a penguin themed birthday party.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium

Animal Planet

Sunday, January 5, 2014

December Wrap Up 2013

The family and I had a very hectic and stressful month. We've been dealing with water issues and septic problems. On the bright side my grandmother is just around the corner. We were able to shower, do laundry and anything else that involved using water. Currently the problem is almost fixed, and we can use water again. Yay!

Aside from home issues, the holiday season went well. We tried our best to keep our spirits high. My son performed in his first concert, we went to a Christmas parade, made ornaments for the tree, had the family over for Christmas dinner and more.

Tyson (my son) is completely off track since being on Christmas vacation. He told me he'd rather stay home and hang out with me. I hope the transition back goes well. *fingers crossed!* He's completely off schedule.

I hope you all are having an amazing 2014 so far! I'm looking forward to getting on schedule myself!


Woke up to Tyson jumping up and down. He had a Furby (party rocker) in one hand and an Angry Bird stuffie in the other. He opened everything up under the tree without us... haha! On the bright side, he only opened presents with his name on it.

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