Avocado Creamy Goodness & Giveaway!

Hey! We have a quick and easy lunch or dinner idea for you today thanks to our good friends at Primal Kitchen. They came out with a couple new dressings so we had to put them to the test. 

Salads can be kind of boring, but I find that when you load them with a ton of different fruit and veggies and throw in a protein, they can be one glorious lunch or dinner.

We have always loved Primal Kitchen's products and our favourite dressing of theirs is the Ranch, made with avocado oil. They recently came out with two new flavours, Green Goddess and Caesar - so yum!! Just a reminder that these three dressings are made with Avocado oil and are dairy, gluten, grain and soy free (they are also #whole30 approved for those who are wondering).

For this steak salad, I think we had 4 different types of fruit and 3 different types of veggies and topped it off with feta cheese and pecans for a little crunch. I love that salads can really just be a game of "What's in my fridge?" We topped our steak salad with some Green Goddess dressing from Primal Kitchen and dinner was served. 

Friends you have to try this new Green Goddess dressing! It is so creamy and delicious and works well with so many different ingredients. The Green Goddess dressing is made with pure Avocado Oil which is my new favourite oil to cook with. Again, this dressing is also dairy free, gluten free, grain free and soy free - which is tough to find dressings these days. I love how fresh, pure and full of flavour this dress is. Trust me -- you will love it and so will your whole family! 

These two babes couldn't possibly wait to have dinner with the fam so they snuck a few pieces beforehand ;) 

It's no secret our whole family loves Primal Kitchen. I love when we find products that are delicious, healthy and made with real ingredients that our family loves! Thank you Primal Kitchen for putting families first!
We want to spread our love for this amazing company and have partnered up to run a giveaway of over $150 worth of product from Primal Kitchen!! Head on over to our instagram page for more details --> www.instagram.com/jane.shelin

Snack time with Baby Bjorn

First time mommas, this blog post is for you!! We are sharing one of our favourite baby items from Baby Bjorn that you will want to put on your baby registry. 

Baby Bjorn is a trusted baby brand that we both love! There are so many different brands, companies etc. out there that as a new momma, I was overwhelmed with how many choices there was when it came to baby items. Baby Bjorn creates so many products that we use and love because of their sleek, contemporary look, functionability and the comfort for mamas, daddies and babies. 

But first, who's ready for snack time? Kinsley is!

Baby Bjorn's High Chair is a must have for families! The black and white, sleek and neutral look catches your eye but what is most impressive is its functionality. Underneath the tray there is a dial with a button you simply push and twist and the whole top tray folds forward so you can slip baby into the chair. The straps are easily adjustable so you can fit a tiny little mini like Kinsley or a toddler!

**We interrupt this post to bring you a public service announcement! Today's snack on the menu: Apple circles with cream cheese and a sprinkle of sprinkles for fun! Served up in our beautiful RePlay bowls.**

The top white tray easily pops off so you can quickly give it a wash so its ready to go for the next snack or meal. 

For me personally, my two favourite things about the chair is how compact it is and its aesthetic appeal. The neutral black and white colour combo fits in any home and the chair also comes in a gorgeous light green and light pink if you want a pop of colour! The high chair is the perfect size and my sister packed it up and brought it with her to Palm Spring because it folds up so nicely (even the legs come off easily). 

With three children between the two of us, as mothers we have been through many different high chairs. This is by far our favourite and we think it is the perfect item for a new momma! Baby Bjorn always creates products with families in mind which is why we love this chair. We used their baby carriers when Kinsley and Cairo were infants as well and we have our eye to try out their Play Yard Light for travelling next!

One For the Book Lover

It is no secret I love books and my kids love books. We read books every single day, multiple times a day and I absolutely love it! Reading to your children is one of the most important things you can do to help your child learn to read on their own.

Chronicle books has this great collection of stories for both adults and kids but we definitely have a few favourites! Last year at my school one of the teachers gave the top book in this photo to her daughter that was graduating. It was called "I Wish You More" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and has the cutest little illustrations and big dreams for any friend or child in your life. It reminds me of "Oh the Places You Go" by Dr. Seuss but talks about developing a person's character in the sweetest little sentences. 

If you have little girls, I'm sure you are familiar with Molly Idle and her Flora series. I love Flora and the Flamingo and Flora and the Peacocks. The stunning illustrations allow little girls to enter into a world of imagination and discovery. Dancing Flora is the perfect book for any girl who dreams of being a ballerina, but for all girls as well. The beautiful story written through pictures shares an important message and the flip up flaps add to the excitement. 

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Another favourite is this "Love Is" book by Diane Adams - we chatted about it on our Mother's Day gift guide here. Definitely a must-buy for anyone who is a mom in your life!

Chronicle Books has so many great options to choose from, we could literally go on and on. The big thing though is that reading to your children is such an important step in helping your children learn how to read. It also opens the door to wonder, imagination and learning for your child in a way that is so entertaining and engaging to watch. So even though it may make me feel like I'm ready for a nap, I actually really love reading to my kids, multiple times a day ;)

If you are looking for some new books to add to your collection for your children check out the list below. We have read and love ALL of these and know that your children will love them too!

1. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
2. Love Is by Diane Adams
3. Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp
4. Papasaurus by Stephan Lomp
5. Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
6. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
7. Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
8. This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

A Morning at Science World

Everytime we drive into the city I am always greeted by the big circular orb - more commonly known as Science World. As a kid, I visited Science World many times with school, friends, family etc.
When I became a mom, I was excited to be able to introduce so many fun experiences I had as a child to my kids - Science World was definitely one of them. When I heard that Science World was creating a new feature called "Wonder" specifically designed for ages 0-5, I was thrilled! The teacher in me was excited for my kids to be able to play, learn and explore all at the same time.

A week or so ago, my sister and I and our friends headed down for a day of exploration, adventure and excitement with our kiddos to check out the new Wonder exhibit. 

Moms (and dads) if you have small children between the ages of 0-5, the Wonder exhibit is a must see!!!! It is absolutely incredible! I was blown away by the conception and creativity of every space in the Wonder exhibit. There was water play, building structure, exploration of light, musical   interactions, digging areas, painting with water....I mean the list goes on and on! 

This was the toddlers favourite area. Our kiddies splashed, poured water, built towers out of duplo, sprayed water wheels and loved watching items travel down the water cyclone! 

The digging exploration area was the perfect size and space for boys and girls to shovel, fill up buckets, and drive construction vehicles. Science world even provides little construction hats and brooms  - perfect little touches.

Throughout the Wonder exhibit there are many different opportunities for toddlers, preschoolers and even babies to engage in activities. These coloured holes have tubes attached so children can put a coloured ball in the hole and it will pop out down below in the matching coloured hole! Cairo loved this activity and would be happy to stand here all day!

As a teacher, I was always thinking of ways to incorporate learning into play in my classroom. So now as a mom, when I see younger children mesmerized with a light table and prisms it makes my heart smile. Science can be so engaging for children when presented in age appropriate ways and Science World has nailed the Wonder exhibit for 0-5 year olds. 

The giant light bright type peg board was a huge hit. It is large enough for a whole family to explore and create a giant picture or just play with patterns, colours and light. 

One of the biggest eye catching features is the large climbing apparatus in the middle of the exhibit. The natural woods, colours and different textures give off a tree house vibe, inviting most children to come and explore. It really is something you need to see in person. 

If you are looking for an opportunity for your children to explore, develop their sense of wonder, and experience science in a way that is age appropriate and engaging, then I must encourage you to go check out the Wonder Exhibit. Plus, when you go to Science World your admission lets you see so many other exhibits like the new "Made in Canada" (our kids loved the airplane making station). A big thank you to Science World for letting our families come and explore the Wonder exhibit and an even bigger thank you to the genius minds behind the creative concept of Wonder. You created a remarkable space for younger children to engage with science and play in a beautiful way.