What I Made Wednesday

Soooo it’s been quieter than usual on the blog this month. Things happen, life happens, you know how it goes. As we reach the end of the month I’m feeling that itch to get things moving and get things done. And that started today, with my first “What I Made Wednesday.”

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Construction truck pyjama pants! Simple, fun, fast, and boy did it make Little Bear happy.  He loves trucks.  Before he was born I knew maybe three types of trucks.  Now I find myself slowing down as we pass construction sites and pointing out skid steers or diggers. (Yep, I’m THAT driver!) And lately he has been absolutely in love with his pyjamas. Combine those two loves and we have the 30 minute pyjama pants! (Okay, it was really about 40, but that was only because I took a break to fly around the Milky Way.  When the 2 year old says we need to go to Mars, we go to Mars, darn it!)

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These were super easy to make.  For the pattern I just used a pair of pants that Little Bear already had and I actually had all the materials hanging out at home, just begging to be used up! The work was minimal, with 4 seams, plus hemming the ends and an elastic waistband. The pants took less than 1/2 a metre of fabric in total and this material was a comfy flannel which I had cleverly pre-washed before adding it to my growing pile of fabric.

I even have a little fabric left over.  Hmm, I wonder if Ziggy would like a matching construction themed e-collar accessory.  We’ll leave that til Thursday.

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Ziggy for the sympathy vote…

Healthy Family Expo: The road to better health

We are living in a paradox of times. We have access to more information than was ever possible in the history of mankind, yet we are faced with new plagues and problems. The range of issues is seemingly endless, from Celiac disease to new allergies or intolerances to weight management issues. Some of these issues are new, and some of them are simply issues we are more aware of than ever before.  While we are surrounded by all this knowledge and these issues, one thing is true: we are living longer, more vibrant lives.  40 is no longer what 40 used to be (some famous 40 year olds include Penelope Cruz and Leonardo DiCaprio).  Nor is 60 what 60 used to be (think of Oprah, Jackie Chan, or Seinfeld), or 80 what 80 used to be (Larry King, Regis Philbin, and Barbara Walters are all in their 80s).

For us in North America, and especially for those of us here in the Pacific Northwest, there are fewer and fewer excuses available nowadays for living a life without good health. We have been blessed with prosperity: fairly good weather year-round, an amazing quality of life, and availability to pretty much anything we desire. Sometimes, however, there is just too much around us to know what is good for us. And there is always something new out there! If you’re like me, you love discovering new products or companies that have my values and goals in mind. Companies that aren’t just about the bottom line, but keep a focus on their consumers.  Which is why I’m so excited to tell you about the Healthy Family Expo, for which I am a blog ambassador!

The Healthy Family Expo is targeted to parents who are out there looking for the best products for their families. This means healthy living from all aspects: food/drink, recreation, toys, cosmetics, nutritional supplements and much more. I love meeting people who share my interests, and this Expo is a great way to meet people who will help me learn more about keeping my family at its best. There will be over 100 exhibitors at the event next spring!

But don’t worry, you don’t have to wait until next spring to get in on the Healthy Family Expo action! On October 22 at 8 PM PST, you can join in on an hour-long Twitter party with @HealthyFamExpo! There will be over $1000 in prizes from some of the 2015 partners and exhibitors. Who doesn’t love winning prizes? Especially when they’re from companies like Whole Foods Market, London Drugs, Cypress Mountain, Yaya Baby, Modern Mama, Love Child OrganicsNaked Coconuts, SPUDNorwex (Garcie Wong)and GnuSanté, just to name a few. But make sure to head to the Healthy Family Expo website, RSVP for the party, and use the hashtag #HFEsmallsteps in your posts to be eligible for some of the awesome prizes up for grabs.

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The Healthy Family Expo will be held in Vancouver, at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East) on Sunday, March 29, 2014, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

DIY Halloween Decorations

"Chase of the Witches 2" by M Ryan Taylor is licensed under CC by 2.0

“Chase of the Witches 2” by M Ryan Taylor is licensed under CC by 2.0

Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

Halloween scares me.  My mother was never a huge fan of Halloween, and while I’ve grown to enjoy the holiday, I’m not somebody who revels in the darkness of what Halloween is all about.  Last year Arun, Little Bear paid a visit to the local Halloween supply store that had set up shop in our neighbourhood.  Let’s just say the visit was brief but memorable, and not in a good way.  The goriest I can go is a red handprint window cling or an obviously fake hand sticking out of a flower bed.  We have some neighbours a block away that go all out every Halloween.  Jason in the window.  Graveyard in the front yard.  You can hear the children screaming for miles on Halloween night as they dare to collect their candy from this awesome spectacle.

My version of Halloween is tamer.  Think of candy corn and a cartoony ghost in the window.  This year I want to get a bit more into it.  Not Jason in the window into it, though! (Hats off to my neighbours though!)  Here are a few ideas that I found and loved…

15 diy halloween decorations

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