Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays

This week I would like to share with you a couple of my favourite go-to recipe sites. I very rarely lift a cookbook these days and rely on the fabulousness of the interweb for all my culinary education!

My hands-down fave is Weelicious. This site is packed with healthy delicious recipes that will appeal to even your youngsters. I have previously shared one of her recipes on my blog - Spinach Ricotta Bites - yum. I often lurk her weekly meal plan. Very creative and inspirational family cooking!

She also has an AMAZING facebook page. Check out the photo section for some great foodie eye candy! I kinda hate her a little for being so awesome at making cool lunches for her kidlets. What a great resource!!

I also have been using the Canadian Living site for awhile now. Now this site has a fab meal planner tool that helps you meal plan!!! And it is FREE!!! Best part about it is that you can input your own fave recipes from it as well as use the tested recipes from the Canadian Living Test Kitchen.
(For all of my American friends - Canadian Living is a magazine that caters to the middle age + women of Canada and is renown for easy and delicious recipes!)

Another bookmarked site I frequent is Allrecipes. I love the recipe box function and the review/tips are very helpful. This is a recipe mecca.... you crave it...it is here.

Happy recipe surfing!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


And the winner of the Kiddo Designs gift certificate is........


I will email the winner tonight.

Congratulations Nicole and thanks for entering!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Kiddo Designs Giveaway!!

Crafty mama Nicole from Kiddo Designs has generously offered a $20 gift certificate for use in her amazingly cute etsy shop!

Here are a couple of items you may want to snag....it is what I would get!
Face Scrubbies....um...BRILLIANT! Use for make up removers, light exfoliation, applying toner, etc. Reusable so environmentally friendly...and CUTE.

Newsboy Hat ....oh my cuteness!  Perfect for upcoming fall weather! Available in four size and tons of colours for boys and girls!

Unique Wall Art....great modern twist for a nursery or child's room. I love the simplicity combined with pure cute. There are a lot to choose from!

To enter:

Just fill out the easy entry form HERE

The Rules

Mandatory for entry:
  • Follow Yippie Momma on GFC (or Facebook if you don't use Google)
  • Tell us your fave item at kiddo designs shop
Extra entries:
  1. Like Yippie Momma on Facebook
  2. Facebook "Like" an item on the kiddo designs etsy page (the "like" button is on the right in the grey area)
  3. Etsy "Favourite" an item from the kiddo designs shop
  4. Share the giveaway in your blog or facebook page or twitter
Randoms details:
- The draw will happen August 16th 2011 at 9pm PST.
- I use Random.org to do the draw.
- I will contact the winner via email that you provide me on the entry.
- The winner will have 5 days to respond, or I will move on and do another draw!
- Open to US and Canada

Here is the entry form again - ENTRY FORM

Good Luck!

D day

Tomorrow I return to work.

After being on maternity leave for 16 months, back to reality I go. It is a bittersweet feeling. I love being at home with my amazing children, but I also like to use my brains (and my degree for that matter). Finding a balance between work and life has never been an easy feat for any parent in any situation. Since I have returned to work once before with my daughter, I do have a couple tricks up my sleeve to make the transition a bit easier for everyone. But I now have TWO little ones I am leaving behind. So I am feeling twice as anxious and am left wondering if these tricks will do the trick!

Few of these tricks are:

  • less the stress -  I try to do everything well in advance so I don't have a lot of morning stress...I pick out my outfit (shoes and accessories too), steam it, make my lunch, gather anything else I might need that day the NIGHT BEFORE. It is amazing how much this helps.
  • touch base - call your caregiver to check in with your kids once a day. I hate left wondering how everyone is doing...good or bad. 
  • permission - it is okay to feel crappy about going back to work and it is okay to feel great about it. Just let yourself feel what you are feeling and then move on from it.

Regardless of all of this....my tummy hurts.
Sigh. It will be alright, right??