Whats in my bag?

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Here are all of my favorite goodies I stock my diaper bag with. I always like to have an extra onsie on hand, usually plain white as it goes with everything. I always have a blanket, they can be used in multiple ways, nursing cover, stroller blanket for colder days or a sun shield. I am not a huge fan of all the processed and pre packaged food for kids but now that we are on solids it is so much easier to have a snack or two in the bag for when we are out and about. I do try and limit how often I give them to Hazel, I prefer to pack my own fresh snacks if possible. I always have a teething ring and a book in the bag, makes for quick entertainment, especially if we are out for dinner. I never leave home without my water bottle and of course some diapers and wipes ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Honest Diaper Rash Cream
  2. Sophie the Giraffe teething ring
  3. Are You My Mother board book
  4. The Gap – First Favorite Short-Sleeve Bodysuit
  5. bkr water bottle in Kitten
  6. Pampers Swaddlers
  7. Vonbon Blush Chevron Blanket
  8. PC Organics Fruit and Veggie Pouches
  9. Baby Mum Mums

Xo. Andria

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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This recipe is favourite in our house, anytime I have “old” bananas sitting around this is my go to recipe. Growing up I was not a huge fan of banana bread, as I don’t particularly like bananas but over the past couple of years it has quickly become one of my favourites. Perhaps its the fact that its easy and has just the right amount of chocolate in it to curve any craving.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

as seen on the Canadian Living website

Ingredients

2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose_flour
1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated_sugar
2 tsp (10 mL) baking_powder
1 tsp (5 mL) baking_soda
Pinch salt
1 cup (250 mL) chocolate chips
2 cups (500 mL) mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, melted
1/4 cup (50 mL) milk
2 eggs

Preparation

In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt ; add chocolate chips. In separate bowl, whisk together bananas, butter, milk and eggs; pour over flour mixture and stir just until blended. Spread in greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.

Bake in centre of 350ยฐF (180ยฐC) oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

I follow this recipe exactly as it is with one exception, I do not mash my bananas. As I mentioned above I don’t like bananas so finding lumps of bananas in my loaf would not make me a happy camper. That being said I puree my bananas, basically making them liquid. You might think this would affect the way the loaf turns out, make it a bit heavy or even take longer to bake, but it does not. The loaf I made above took exactly 50 minutes and came out a nice golden colour and was evenly baked throughout.ย  My banana bread is always nice and light and moist. I actually get a few requests for it from Evans coworkers and some family members, it’s one of my go to items when I want to whip up something quick and easy. Hope you enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Xo. Andria

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Dress like a Pineapple

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Now that we are getting set to Party like a Pineapple,ย  we’ve got to find the perfect outfit to Dress like a Pineapple. I am loving all the tropical inspired clothing that is hitting the stores these days, lots of fun pineapple, palm leaf and flamingo stuff out there! The above are a few of my favourite items that are trending for little ones right now, here are the details:

  1. Gap kids swim suit
  2. J Crew pineapple purse
  3. Zara girls dress
  4. Baby Gap sun hat
  5. Freshly Picked Neon Moccasins

And now a couple of items I am currently drooling over for mama!

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  1. Gap 1969 Palm Maddie Denim Shorts
  2. Gap Scoop Tee
  3. Freshly Picked Birch with Neon Carryall
  4. Gap Classic Leather Sandals

Xo. Andria

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Hazel at 11 months

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I don’t even know where to start with this post, this past month just flew by. I don’t really want to admit it but everyday I feel more and more like I have a toddler on my hands and not a baby.ย  Just looking at her now in the rocking chair, she looks huge in it compared to the first few months. After her 12 month and final photo session I’ll share my favorite picture from each month with you so you can see the comparison from day 1.ย  Enough about next month, I want the next 30+ days to go by as slow as they possibly can ๐Ÿ™‚

We are so close to walking, I feel like she will be motoring around any day now. We currently push our little stroller all over the place, as well as the Poang foot rest and laundry baskets. We furniture surf like nobody’s business and can walk around while holding just one of my hands. We currently have two bottom teeth and 1 top tooth, with 2 more coming in as we speak. We can say “mama” and “dada” and we are starting to associate those words with who they are. We also get super excited when we haven’t seen mom or dad in a while and usually let out a big squeal when we see them. For instance when dad gets home from work he usually is greeted with an ear to ear grin and a squeal. It’s definitely heart melting when you see how much she loves you and how excited she is to see you. We have started to clap this month and are slowly starting to wave. There is nothing we love more than our baths, we crawl straight up the stairs and beeline it for the tub. We also make a beeline for things we know we aren’t supposed to play with when they are accidentally left accessible, like the stairs and Izzy’s water dish.ย  Our favorite toy right now is our monster truck (thank’s Austin ๐Ÿ™‚ and we love Honeydew, we could sit and eat it all day if mom let us.

Here are some pictures from our photo shoot, we were very cooperative for mom today, letting me take lot’s of pictures while she just lounged in the chair.

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Xo. Andria

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San Fran or Bust Part 2

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After enjoying two nights and one full day in Sonoma we had a good breakfast and hit the road again. It’s only about an hour and half from Sonoma to San Fransisco so we knew we didn’t have a lot of driving a head of us which was nice. As we approached we saw the Golden Gate bridge and naturally we did the touristy thing and pulled off to the look out for some pictures. It was extremely windy at the lookout, as you can tell by my hair blowing in three different directions!

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After our quick stop at the bridge we headed for our hotel. We were staying at the top of Nob Hill which meant we were right on the cable car lines and justย  a short trip to Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf, depending on which direction we went. After getting settled into our room we decided we would hope on the cable cars and head down to the Wharf to check out the sites. Now I had been to San Fransisco before so I vaguely remembered where we wanted to go. Our plan was to take the cable car to the bottom but when I heard the driver call out Lombard street I said to Ev that we should get off here and walk down Lombard and then walk the remainder of the way. Now I know what your thinking, what did we do with Hazel if we took the cable cars? Ergo! The only way to see San Fransisco when your 9 weeks old, is to see it by Ergo!

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Once we made it to the Wharf we stopped for lunch and had one of my favorite things to eat in California, Clam Chowder in a bread bowl! I don’t know what it is, but they make it so good! We ventured around for a couple of hours with our little side kick all snug as a bug before catching the cable cars back up to the hotel and enjoying a nice dinner in the hotels restaurant. The next morning we decided to go do some shopping, so we headed down to Union Square. As we were going to shop we decided to bring the stroller so we didn’t have to carry anything we purchased. Now this meant a couple of things. We could not use the cable cars to get up or down the hill, we had to walk. Now if you’ve been to San Fransisco before you know what its like, they have got some biiiiig hills and what goes down must come back up at the end of the day. Hello legs ๐Ÿ™‚ Because we were currently using our car seat attachment with the stroller it did mean we could take a cab if we wanted, which was nice to know if we were too tired to walk back up to the hotel. We spent the entire day wandering Union Square before making the trek back up the hill.

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When we were down in Union Square we noticed a lot of people wearing Giants gear, so when we got back up to the hotel we checked and sure enough there was a game on. So we packed up, threw Hazel into the Ergo and off we went. We took the cable car back down the hill to Union Square and from there we walked to AT&T park for Hazel’s first Major League Baseball game. That’s right Hazel was at AT&T park before it was the cool place to propose, thanks Kimye!

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The next morning we packed up and started our journey home. Before we left California we made one stop, a request from the husband for our very first ever In n Out burger. Totally worth it, probably the best fast food I’ve ever had! From there we took the coast hwy through the Redwoods to Coos Bay where we spent the night. The next day we met up with some friends for a quick visit on the coast and then we were on our way to Seattle to spend our last night of our vacation and celebrate our wedding anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for following along on our crazy road trip with 9 week old Hazel, can’t wait to share another adventure with you.

Xo. Andria

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San Fran or Bust Part 1

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This is one of those stories that one day my husband and I are going to look back and laugh at ourselves. Some would call us a bit crazy for what we did and others would praise us for what we did. Currently I look back and think a bit of both, either way I am glad we did it. To keep from boring you with an overload of this is what we did and here look at this picture I am going to split this post up in two ๐Ÿ™‚

My husband is very lucky with his job and the amount of time off he gets every year. He gets a few more weeks than I do but also accumulates time off through over time and that he works a lot of. When we first had Hazel last June Evan had a lot of vacation to use for the rest of the year, so we were toying with all the places we could go and things we could do. I was amazed at my new-found freedom, a 52 week vacation in one sense, with a whole lot of responsibilities that were being thrown at me fast than any curve ball out there. Back in June we talked about going to San Fransisco the first week of September but never really discussed anything in great detail until 3 days before our supposed departure date. We were planning on doing a night or two in Sonoma and then a couple of nights in San Fran. Friday night we decided we would go and made the necessary arrangements for the animals. As we sat down to plot out our trip the first thing that came up was how far should we drive the first day? Keeping in mind we would be bringing our new little sidekick who was just 9 weeks old. Yes, we were driving to San Fran with a 9 week old baby, like I said some people think we were a bit crazy. After a bit of back and forth we decided to drive straight to Sonoma in one day! Where is Sonoma? About 1.5 hours from San Fran or 14 hours from our house according to Google Maps ๐Ÿ˜‰ Like I said, CRAZY. Now the reason we decided to do it all in one go was so we could take our time coming home and spend 2.5 days coming back up the coast hwy. So Monday morning we got up, loaded up the car, fed the baby, changed the baby and hit the road. We crossed the border just before 8am, where as you can imagine the crossing guard thought we were a little out of our mind when we told him our destination. Our car is a diesel so we knew we would not have to stop for gas frequently, our only plan was stop whenever the baby needed us to stop. For the majority of our trip our little side kick cooperated beautifully. About every three hours we stopped for a little road side feed and a back seat change. Thank goodness for breastfeeding, I can’t even imagine trying to heat a bottle,ย  sanitize etc while on a trip like this. That being said around 9pm she started to lose her sh*t, not going to lie we were also starting to get a bit grouchy from being in the car all day. At this point we were just outside of Redding, California so we decided to pull off the hwy for a bit so we could stretch our legs, cuddle our backseat monkey for a bit and have a bite to eat. We spent about an hour in Redding before hitting the hwy again, we made it about 20 minutes down the hwy and realized there was no way our child was going to calm down. At this point it was too late to cancel our current reservation and we just wanted to get to the hotel so we pulled over and I hopped in the back seat to keep her company. Shortly after resuming our journey she fell asleep and I was left navigating from the back seat. We finally made it to our destination at 12:30am and boy were we tired, I don’t think either of us has ever been so excited to see a bed in our life.

The next day we spent some time wandering around Sonoma and then spent the afternoon hanging out at the pool at our hotel. The best thing about traveling with a baby at 9 weeks is they sleep all the time, so we were able to enjoy a nice dinner out at a local Italian restaurant. Now that you’ve managed to get through all of that here are a couple of pictures from Sonoma and tomorrow I will share how we took on San Fransisco with a 9 week old.

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Xo. Andria

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Vancouver Mom’s Top 30 Mom Bloggers of 2014

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Last week I received one of the biggest honors for a mom blogger in Vancouver. I was nominated as one of the Top 30 Mom bloggers in Vancouver for 2014. As someone who has just started blogging I didn’t think there was even a chance for me. A lot of the current and past nominees are women I follow regularly on Facebook, Instagram etc, so to be honored with them is amazing! The caliber and the content of some of these blogs is beyond amazing, it goes to show that if you put your heart into something and work hard what you can achieve.ย  If you enjoy reading my blog I would really appreciate a vote and please check out the other nominees while you are there. You can vote for up to 3 nominees and you can vote once a week during the two week voting period. Thank you very much for all your love and support, I look forward to bring you many more years of blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

To vote please visit Vancouver’s Top Mom Blogger of 2014.

Vancouver Moms Top 30 of 2014

Xo. Andria

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The Battle of the Spoons

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This morning as I went to feed Hazel her breakfast she refused to eat it. One might think that what ever I was trying to feed her was turning her off, but I was attempting to feed her pureed apples and strawberries with oatmeal, one of her absolute favorites.ย  Now she was not even letting me get anywhere near her with the spoon, flapping her arms like she was about to fly away. There was no way she wasn’t hungry, this kid loves to eat. I thought to myself perhaps it’s the spoon?ย  She has slowly been taking bites from our utensils over the last little bit (yesterday she ate half of my lunch ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ). So I went and grabbed one of her “big kid” spoons, one that was metal instead of plastic and BAM breakfast was on. Well I guess the day has come to start introducing some real utensils to her, the next thing we know she will be using a fork and feeding herself with her utensils. I don’t think I am really ready for this yet, they grow up way to fast. If anyone discovers a way to slow down time, please share.

Xo. Andria

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