Friday, 27 April 2012


One of my joys in life is reading. When I was younger and had more time on my hands (aka... before I had children), I devoured books by the dozens a month. Now I am lucky to get through one in a year.

In order for a book to grab me it has to:
- be on a topic worth reading. My time is precious. I don't want to waste it reading something that is not going to impact me in some way.
- be entrancing. You know those books that grab you from the word go? The ones you can't put down and when you do have to put them down, you can't wait to pick them up again?
- be calming and easy to understand.  I read for relaxation. Anything too heavy and I'm done, book closed and off to do something more worth my time.
- be recommended to me by someone. I love reading books that have been tried and test and ring true.

There is nothing worse than picking a book off the shelf that sounds intersting, get it home and regret having paid the money for it.

This all said, I have started a page with my carefully chosen and deemed worthy reads.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Potty Training

The first time we sat Anna on a potty, she was 3 months old. Sounds crazy, I know! That's what I thought at first too. But I am no longer a skeptic. We read this book call "Elimination Communication" that we borrowed from a friend. The lady who wrote the book is a little granola and a little way out there. She NEVER diapers her kids and has them potty trained by like 9 months. Adam and I mostly just tried our own way to save on diapers and were shocked to have it actually work.

According to the author, babies typically always pee as soon as they wake up. So to start, we put Anna on the potty as soon as she woke up in the morning or after a nap. As she got older and began to sit up on her own, we put her on the potty every time we changed her diaper. To our shock and amazement she started doing something in her potty more times than not. It got to the point that at around 10 months she was consistently doing #2 in her potty and holding it until she got on there.

As she got older and more busy, she mostly just peed on the potty, but at least she was aware of the potty's function and knew how to use it.

At 16 months, we decided to take the plung and started to fully training her. We read an article we found on Baby Center It claimed to be a way to train a baby to use the potty in three days. It was intense. Three days of no diapers and basically following her around with a pot. She wasn't fully trained after that but well on her way. She was out of diapers except for naps, trips and bed time. Potty training is a commitment, we soon found out, and Anna still wasn't able to communicate needing to go so we had to make sure we took her every so often. Now whether it was the three day method or Elimination Communication helped or it was all just dumb luck, Anna was trained to use the potty (both #1 and #2)  by 20 months with accidents only once in a very rare while.

We bought a Baby Bjorn potty for Anna. They run about $40 new, but we got ours off KIJIJI for $15. Adam rigged up a strap on it for keeping them on when they are wee little and when they are busy when they're older. Anna likes strapping herself in now just because she is obsessed with buckles. We also have a couple of seats that go on the toilet for travelling.

Because we had such great success with Anna, we have started "potty training" Caleb. We didn't start as early because well, truthfully I was just too busy or lazy. But he is sitting up now and loves being on the potty. He hasn't produced yet, but the amount of times he gets mommy during changing, he should soon aim it into the pot.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Rainbow Cake

It's hard to believe my sweet little Anna bear is 2 years old! I really wanted to make a cake for her birthday that reflected her interest at this age. She loves colours, so I decided to make a rainbow cake. I got the idea of the internet a few months ago and have been planning it since then. Adam always cautions me when it comes to making cakes. I have a mental image of what I want it to look like and always work so hard to make it look like that only to become frustrated and disappointed by the actual outcome. But my mother was visiting this weekend and acted as a second set of hands and the cake turned out really nice. Anna loved it. As she ate it she would rhyme off the colours. Here is a picture story of it. You can find the recipes for the cake and icing in my recipes. :)
It may look complicated but was pretty simple. I made a double batch of my classic white cake recipe and used a kitchen scale to seperate the batter into six equal parts. Coloured the batter with Wiltons gel food colouring and baked each one. Then I put the layers together with icing in between each one.

I lathered white icing over the entire thing and let it sit in the fridge overnight and then put another thin layer of blue over it.

The pieces where really tall and thin and barely fit on the plate, but no one complained.