Five Things to Watch on Netflix

There’s nothing like curling up with a glass of wine after the kiddos are in bed and enjoying the latest and greatest on Netflix. I’m a film fan and I love a good series to binge now and then so here are my recent top picks if you’re looking for a laugh or maybe even a good cry.

Miss You Already

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This 2015 flick starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette follows a long-term friendship through some serious life business. By the end I was ugly crying so hard my husband came in from an errand and asked me if I was okay. It definitely impacted my views of friendship, motherhood and cancer. A must watch!


Shameless

Season 8 is out ! I love watching Shameless with my husband it’s easy to watch 2 or 3 episodes in an evening and it’s just so gosh darn entertaining. The usual Gallagher train wreck is in full force for season 8 with some surprising behaviour from Frank, landlord drama for Fiona and more trials and challenges for the rest of the clan. If you haven’t started the series yet at all it’s one I highly recommend!

Ken Joeng: You Complete Me, Ho

Joeng is back doing stand up with his latest special for Netflix. You’ll remember the comedian from his hilarious portrayal of Leslie Chow in the Hangover series - and he brings much of that energy back with him on stage for the special. I loved his bits about life before Hollywood when he practiced medicine. He also spends quite a bit of time on his wife and her fight with breast cancer. It’s hilarious, touching and really enjoyable to watch if you’re needing a good laugh!

Workin’ Moms

Courtesy: CBC

Courtesy: CBC

I was sceptical about the Canadian comedy series - but I have to say it’s a pretty refreshing and honest take on motherhood and the realities of working with littles at home. Episodes are only 23 minutes long and they breeze by. There is certainly a character I think every mom will be able to relate to and it definitely has it’s funny moments mixed in with some of the more sobering motherhood realities. It gets two thumbs up from this mama.

How to Train Your Dragon

My littles were born long after this 2010 flick was released - breaking box office records and spawning an entire trilogy of film later on. I love it when great animated movies make their way to Netflix so I can rewatch them with my kids. Paisley is just now becoming better with sitting through entire movies and a good Dreamworks flick like this one never dissapoints!

Happy Binging!

5 Gifts to Give Yourself this Season!

The stockings are hung, the presents are wrapped and the shopping is done (except for maybe a last minute grocery store run). Great job mama, you have worked your butt off to plan the crap out of this hectic holiday season but now you’re exhausted, probably malnourished and running purely on caffeine fumes. Sometimes we can spend so much time thinking and doing for others during the holidays, I think it’s time to turn a little bit of that cheer around and give something back to none other than the lady behind all of the Christmas magic- yourself!! Here are my top five gifts to give yourself this holiday season - because you know it, I know it, we all know it - you deserve it girl!  

1. Jacek Chocolate - With flavours like Almond Toffee, Cardamom & Pistachio Caramel and Peppermint Mocha you can’t go wrong with with the Jacek Holiday and Fireside collections. Indulge in some yummy treats from this local chocolatier and benefit from chocolate’s natural mood boosting properties during this sometimes stressful time of year

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2. Go get a massage! Try and snag a last minute booking for yourself, unwind and let your therapists fingers work magic on those overworked, underpaid mama muscles. I love Ripple Effect Wellness and JH Massage Therapy. 

3. Pour a glass. Sometimes nothing cuts it like a good glass of wine at the end of long day visiting in-laws or chasing after a sugared-up toddler. My favourites lately are the Paxis Red Blend you can find at Costco liquor stores (thanks Chantelle for this recommendation). This yummy Portuguese wine is on the wetter side and makes for super easy drinking. I’ve been told by wine afficianados the Portuguese wines are very underrated and I would have to agree. Other festive faves are Seven Deadly Zins and Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose.

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4. Say ‘NO’ to something. This is less of a material gift to yourself but so worth it. Say no or bow out of one thing this holiday season just to give yourself more time. Paisley’s Playschool had a holiday party scheduled today and as much as we love our friends at the playschool I decided to keep the girls home. With so many events going on this week a quiet morning at home was exactly what we needed to kick the festivities off the right way.

5. Get that pedicure girl! We’re deep into socks and boots season and if you’re anything like me your tender tootsies have gone a bit neglected since the flip-flops have found their way to the back of the shoe closet. If i’m being honest some days it’s a challenge to find enough time to take a shower let alone a whole hour to go out and get my nails done, but you know what - you’re worth it! Get the hubby, or your mom or a niece to watch the kids and treat yourself. My fave place to go on the Northside is Q nails in Oxford centre on 153 Avenue and 127 Street, the staff are super nice and professional - I’ve always been happy with the results.

Well there you have it, now it’s time to go off pamper yourself and take in all the joy, merriment and holiday hooch this season has to offer :) It will be our first Christmas with Baby Isla and I’m so excited to share her with all of our friends and family during the holidays - we’ll even be making a trip down to visit our family in Saskatoon and meet our little niece for the first time! Wishing all of you the happiest holiday season <3

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Recipe: Homemade Pork Spring Rolls

I am so fortunate to have learned the craft of hand rolling authentic Filipino spring rolls from my mother-in-law Jane. She is such a strong and inspiring women - moving to Canada from the Philippines in her teens - she would eventually raise a family of six - working hard in hospitality all of her life. I never see her light up as much as she does when she’s in the kitchen - preparing traditional dishes she enjoyed as a child and passing those recipes onto her children and luckily to me too! 

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Jane in the early years. 

I’ve adjusted the recipe over the years and put my own special twist on it - but every time I set myself up to almost meditatively wrap and place each individual spring roll I am taken straight back to the first time I watched Jane roll hers - intimidated by a task that now seems second nature and is actually pretty relaxing. The best part ? As we prepare to welcome our second little one in October I tripled up this recipe and froze two batches to pull out for a quick supper once baby is born. 

Pork Spring Rolls  

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Ingredients:  

  • 1-lb lean ground pork 
  • One large carrot grated  
  • 2-3 green onions chopped  
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce  
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce  
  • pepper to taste 
  • one package of frozen spring roll wrappers (20 count) thawed in fridge

Set aside spring roll wrappers and mix together all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Take out one sheet of spring roll  wrap and place two spoonfuls of the pork mixture on one corner. Follow package instructions to roll. Seal with a dab of water, place aside and repeat. Fry spring rolls in a pot of oil for approximately 6-8 minutes per roll or until cooked through. 

 Tip: serve with lettuce to wrap around each spring roll for a little bit of added freshness and crunch. 

Spring rolls are a family favourite in our household. Paisley loves gobbling them up!! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do :) 

 

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Mother's Day Gift Guide: Featuring YEG Makers

Mother's Day is less than a week away and if you haven't already gotten the mama in your life something special, here are some ideas for gifts from companies and makers that are all Edmonton-based. #Shoplocal this week and surprise a mom with one of our picks:

For the Wine Lover

These socks from Grandeur Design YEG are adorable. Let the mama in your life sit back, relax and sip on her favourite red. These would be great paired with a lovely bottle of wine from Sherbrooke Liquor Store .

 

For the Foodie

This simple but sweet rustic kitchen sign from William Rae Designs is the perfect gift for the home cook. Pair with a yummy treat from The Italian Centre Shop and you've won over any foodie mama. 

 

For the Green Goddess

This fun gift box from PLANTiful has everything a green goddess needs to feel fabulous. Specializing in plant-based and organic skincare you can look great the natural way!

 

For the mama with a Sweet Tooth

The Hungry Hippo Bakery makes the most adorable cookies I have ever seen. You can find them at local markets like the Capilano Farmer's Market.

 

 

For a little Relaxation

These are not your mother's heating pads! Reflaxation makes hot cold packs from organic flaxseed. Fun handmade designs will ensure the mama on your list is stylish while she unwinds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Mother's Day out there to all of the amazing moms in my life :)

Music Box Babies at the Winspear

Baby P and I had the pleasure of taking part in the Music Box Babies Pilot Program in February and we had an absolute blast. Now open to all YEG parents and little ones Music Box Babies is running a Five Week Program Staring May 17.

Designed for little ones age 0-36 months, these classes are a great way to learn some new songs and actives to engage your child's sensory, motor and memory skills. The activities are simple and the songs are fun and easy to remember. I loved how quickly Paisley picked up some of the lyrics and rhythms and she was soon holding her own Music Box Babies sessions at home. The instructors are fantastic and the Winspear is such an amazing venue right in the heart of downtown so it makes for reasonable access to anyone pretty much anywhere in the city. 

Tip: arrive earlier to find a good parking spot on one of the side streets along 97th. We never had a trouble finding a space and the rates are a bit more reasonable than the import lot attached to the Winspear. 

Classes will be held May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, and June 14 and the cost for all five weeks is $85. Spots are still available for tots in the 0-12 month age category and the 24-36 month group , if you'd like to be put on a waiting list for the 12-24 month group just reach out to lagosti@winspearcentre.com To find out more about Music Box Babies and to register today click here: https://www.winspearcentre.com/educationwins/families-wins#music-box-babies

'Get your Garden on' this weekend in North YEG

Although there's still a few patches of snow melting off here and there, this north yeg mama can't wait to get her patio garden going once again! There are some great Northside events happening this weekend, check them out and get inspired for the upcoming gardening season!

Dig In Horticulinary Festival

  • When: April 29 & April 30 
  • Times: Sat: 10 - 7 p.m. & Sun 10-5 p.m.
  • Where: Enjoy Centre in St. Albert

Various workshops, dinners and sessions take you through a weekend at the Enjoy Centre with celebrity chefs, gardening experts and more. Tickets for the various weekend session range from $0-$129. Click here to find out more and sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dig-in-horticulinary-festival-spring-fest-tickets-32661462313

 

 

Kuhlmann's Open House

  • When: April 29 & April 30 
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Where: Kuhlmann's Garden Market, 1320-167 Avenue in Edmonton 

Come down and check out all that is the beautiful Kuhlmann's Garden Market for their spring open house. There will be coffee, donuts and face painting for the kids from 11-4. Plus enter to win a $500 prize pack! Find out more about Kuhlmann's here: http://www.kuhlmanns.com

The Root Seller Open House

  • When: April 29 & April 30
  • Times: 9 a.m.  - 6 p.m. 
  • Where: The Root Seller, 16735 Zaychuk Rd. in Edmonton

Join The Root Seller family at their Open House this weekend for free coffee and cake, free tool sharpening, free soil testing and a treasure hunt for the kids. You can visit them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/The-Root-Seller-102544966453842/ 

Happy gardening North Yeggians!