Meal Plan 12/05/2016 - 12/09/2016

I've reached that point where I'm annoyed that people need to eat every damn day so this week's meal plan is uninspired. I need a jolt of I-don't-know-what to make me enjoy cooking for my family again. Suggestions?

Monday: BLTs served with tomato orange soup and broccoli slaw.

Tuesday: turkey meatloaf served with leftover broccoli slaw and roasted sweet potatoes.

Wednesday: One-pot Swedish Meatball Pasta served with a side of Responsibility Broccoli. I made this last week and it is so good. It makes excellent leftovers (win!). Grady ate it (smothered in ketchup) (WIN!). One note: the recipe calls for 1/2 tablespoon salt and pepper in the meatballs and broth and I'm pretty sure this should be 1/2 teaspoon.

Thursday: Oven-roasted Chicken Shawarma with Garlic Sauce served with a tomato cucumber salad.

Friday: Leftovers or homemade pizza.


Back in early July, peak summer, our neighbourhood park was dismantled.  

We knew it was coming. There had been planning meetings and neighbourhood consultations and the release of official blueprints. And so, on that sunny morning when the fences went up and the playground equipment started to come down, we weren't surprised. We were expecting the change. We knew our park would be rebuilt, better, bigger, and more interesting than before.  

The weeks passed. The planned unveiling date - Labour Day long weekend - came and went. Summer changed into autumn. Our park remains dismantled. Dismantled but not abandoned. There's a lot of activity at our park. Some days it's almost frenetic. Structures have been built, gravel has been dumped, turf has been laid and watered by an extensive sprinkler system even though it rained for 28 of October's 31 days (and don't even get me started on November). Things are happening at our park. 

We pass our park every morning on the way to school and every afternoon on the way home from school. When I go out for groceries, to the doctor, wherever, I pass our sad, scattered park. It's difficult not to relate. Our park is a work in progress. She's busy and not quite functional and dreams of being valued and fulfilling to others. She's not there yet but she will be one day. When she's not dismantled. 


Christmas at Timberline Ranch

Christmas is a lot of fun with kids but Shawn and I want to make sure it's not just mountains of presents and buckets of sweet treats for Grady and Poppy. Don't get me wrong, there will be presents and sweets and the many indulgences of the holiday season, but we want to make sure we're introducing the other stuff too. The time spent with family and friends. The traditions brought with us from our childhoods and the new traditions we're discovering as our own family unit.

We want to expose our kids to the magic of the holidays so we're excited to check out Timberline Ranch's Country Christmas. Located in Maple Ridge, Timberline Ranch brings us back to a more traditional Christmas celebration. Kids can enjoy cookie decorating, a hay maze, a covered chuck wagon ride, Christmas tree display, pony rides, crafting their own tree ornament in the workshop, and more.

The Details:

Runs December 1 - 20, 2016
Tickets cost $9.45 for adults (13+), $11.55 for kids aged 2 - 12, and infants are free with a paying adult. Preregistration is required.
Located at 22351 - 144 Avenue, Maple Ridge

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The baby gear world is a loud and overwhelming one. There are products for literally every hypothetical situation you could encounter with your little one. I find it difficult to filter through the gimmicks and find what really works, what's really necessary, and what can make my life easier vs what exists solely to drain my wallet and fill my closets.

This is why I'm excited to attend the Modern Mama Hottest Tot Products Vancouver Event. I want to see these gadgets in action. I want to watch the demonstrations and familiarize myself with some amazing products. I want the chance to win some sweet prizes! Mostly I want someone to tell me what I need to buy to make my child sleep at night (that's a thing, right? A miracle products exists that I just haven't found yet? Lie to me if you must.).

So far, Poppy's only Christmas present is a jumbo-sized box of diapers. I have no idea what to buy a six-month-old for Christmas. I wouldn't actually worry about it except that Grady believes in Santa wholeheartedly and will be devastated if Poppy doesn't get any presents. I'm looking forward to checking out the hottest tot products and crossing Poppy of my Christmas gift list. Are you buying for a baby this Christmas? Join me for a night of great products, artisan pizza, and wonderful people.

The Details:

Monday, December 5th
7pm - 9pm
Rocky Mountain Flatbread (4186 Main Street, Vancouver)

Tickets available here. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.

Moms will be treated to delicious artisan pizzas while they are introduced to some amazing products. At the end of the night, moms will have the opportunity to take home prizes valued between $50-$500 and a swag bag. All attendees will also receive a complimentary casual portrait session at the event.

Modern Mama:

Will I see you there?