A Century Apart

If you follow me on Instagram (if not, do so here) you might have seen this picture of Ben sitting with my great aunt Beatrice. She turned 102 years old in June and Ben is 17 months, making them more than 100 years apart!

Beatrice and Ben: over 100 years apartI always find it so amazing to see them together. They talk, laugh, and relate to one another even despite how very different their lives have been so far. It’s also pretty rare to have two people together in a photo who are more than a century apart. I’m sure it doesn’t happen very often! I mean, it’s not very often that someone actually lives to be 102! To top it all off, she still lives in her own home and is as sharp as a tack. When we got to her house that day, she opened the door and said “My boyfriend is here!” She loves to see Ben and he feels the same way about her.

I thought it would be fun to see all of the amazing things that Beatrice has seen in her life since 1912. When I’m with her, it’s hard to believe that she was alive and remembers many of these things happening.

  • 1912 – The Titanic sank just 2 months before she was born
  • 1914 – World War I begins
  • 1918 – Spanish flu epidemic
  • 1920 – Women gain rights
  • 1928 – Penicillin is discovered
  • 1930 – The Great Depression
  • 1939 – World War II begins
  • 1940 – The Holocaust
  • 1945 – Atomic bombs are dropped
  • 1955 – The Vietnam War
  • 1961 – The first man in space
  • 1969 – Man walks on the moon
  • 1981 – Pope John Paul II assassination attempt
  • 1989 – Fall of communism
  • 1991 – Break up of the Soviet Union
  • 2001 – September 11
  • Chances are all of my readers have also been around at this point so I’m going to stop here haha!

I also found this video which is pretty awesome! If you have 10 mins to spare, it’s worth a watch. The world has come a long way since 1912.


Aftermath of Arthur

It’s been a few weeks since Hurricane Arthur made his way through here and we are only just finishing the cleanup now. I say that, but there are still piles of branches waiting by the road for the city crews to pick up. We’ve been spending our free time cleaning the yard and enjoying the beautiful weather and I’ve hardly even opened the laptop. Unfortunately for me when I did open the laptop, I found some database errors were preventing people from accessing my blog so there has been some downtime over the past week or so. Sorry about that! Between my web host and I, I think we have things figured out!

Anyway, I wanted to share a few pictures of the damage to our house and property from the day after the storm. During the storm, the wind was so loud inside the house and around lunch time we started to hear some slamming and banging on the roof. It turns out that a few shingles came loose and were slapping against the house. Then as the wind picked up, they started flying off the roof.

Shingles from the roof after Hurricane ArthurNick’s father came over and they climbed up on the roof DURING A HURRICANE and nailed down a few boards to prevent any more shingles from breaking free and prevent further damage. I wasn’t overly thrilled at the thought of them being up there but I was glad they were able to get things nailed down pretty quickly and were able to come back inside. They looked like drowned rats, but at least they were safe!

Roof After Hurricane Arthur

As you can see, the weather was beautiful the next day and within a few hours, Nick and his Dad had the roof looking like new again without too much trouble. It was also good news that none of the tar paper came off so that everything was still waterproof and we didn’t suffer and water damage. Which is more than can be said for our basement!

Tree After Hurricane ArthurHere’s what made me most sad after the storm. One of the big, beautiful trees in our front yard was uprooted and we couldn’t save it. I loved the privacy that it gave our house and thought that it would be such a fun tree from Ben to play in as he got bigger. Unfortunately all that’s left are a few stumps and roots. Our yard looks very different now and feels more empty than before. There is still a huge tamarack standing next to where this tree was but it wasn’t spared from the storm and it lost many of it’s huge limbs as well.

Other than this cleanup, we have been thoroughly enjoying our summer! What a difference a year makes! Last year, Ben was only 5 months old and wasn’t doing much. I didn’t feel like doing much either since I was in the midst of PPD but this year had been so much fun! Ben wants to be outside playing all the time and loves being in the pool or at the beach. He’s a little fish in the making! We walk nearly every day and try to enjoying the warm weather as much as we can since the summers in Atlantic Canada pass by very quickly!

I hope you’ve all been having a great summer! I have been trying to keep up on my blog reading in the evenings but have been slacking in that department too!

Grilled Avocado Chicken Wrap

I am so obsessed with eating avocados lately! They are creamy, nutty, super healthy and just plain delicious! I’ve been getting a bit bored with making them into guacamole though. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good guac, but I need a little variety in my lunch!

I made this today and thought I’d share since it was so yummy!

  • 1 cooked chicken breast
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • shreaded cheese
  • 1 sandwich wrap – I used whole wheat

Grilled Avocado Chicken Wrap

You could add a wide variety of fillings to this but I just used whatever I had in the fridge. It was so simple and very filling!

  1. Spread half of the avocado over the wrap
  2. Scatter the chicken and cheese
  3. Carefully fold in half, roll, or fold burrito style … however you’d like!
  4. Grill for 4-5 minutes in a sandwich maker. I used my mini George Foreman grill.
  5. EAT!

Really though, I probably didn’t need to go into this amount of detail because I’m sure everyone could figure it out … but there’s always one person who will want the walk through!

Fun Fact: I’ve been trying to finished a recipe post for Simple Scalloped Potatoes but every time I make them we eat it all up to quickly for me to get a picture!

Supermom Safety

Sometimes being a mother requires that you have many super hero like powers. It should have been a prerequisite to parenting or something because it isn’t easy keeping a toddler from whacking his head on stuff, sticking his fingers (or other body parts … UGH!) in things, falling off of furniture, grabbing and running with sharp objects … you get the idea. Toddlers are essentially very short people with a death wish.

If I can give any advice to future parents, it would be to start working on these skills NOW! Because you’re going to want to be really damn good at them when you’ve had very little sleep, have food in your hair and have a wild 1.5 year old screaming like a banshee while jumping on the couch with no regard for his own safety. This is my life. And these are my super powers.

Baby Bubbling

You need to learn how to create a bubble for your baby where he can stay safe for a few minutes when you want to shower, cook, pee, paint your nails, shop online. Ok I was joking about the last two but you get the idea. Some people might say to do those things during nap time, but nap times are for mamas too! Here’s Ben’s setup when I’m in the shower. He’s a big fan of his jumparoo so I like to use that to my advantage. Throw in some Netflix on the tablet and he’s out of trouble for a few minutes!

Benny in his bubble

Preemptive Plugging

Any small opening that your baby can stick his fingers in, he will stick his fingers in. Especially if that small opening has electricity running to it. Just do yourself a favor now and go to the Dollar Store and pick up those little plug covers, and lots of them. Better yet, get this super pack. You’ll lose some when you take them out to plug the vacuum in and forget where you put them so you’ll need extras. Good thing they’re cheap.

Lock ALL The Things!

And I do mean all the things. If it can be opened, your baby will want to be in it. Cupboards, drawers, the toilet. I kid you not, one day it got really quiet while I was making lunch (that’s a sure sign that your child is up to something) so I tracked him down and found him sitting IN the toilet. Thankfully, there’s a lock for that too. I have this one. It even keeps some adults out of the toilet.

Toilet Child Lock

Super Surveillance

Although I do have eyes in the back of my head, I also need eyes in other places. Specifically Ben’s bedroom while he’s sleeping. A good baby monitor is an absolute must have in our house since our bedroom is on the top floor and his room is on the main floor. I kick myself often for not thinking about this when we were renovating this house and it is one of the reasons that we’re now thinking that we may have made some poor choices in buying this place.

Creative Cooking

This one can also apply to fussy husbands. Ben is actually a great eater. Much better than his father, in fact! Even though he’ll eat pretty much anything I put in front of him, I still try to make lunchtime food fun for him. Breakfast is Daddy’s domain, and for supper he eats whatever we are having so lunch is the one meal that I can have a lot of fun with. We do mini pita pockets stuffed with a variety of yummy fillings and roll up sandwiches a lot, both huge hits! If it’s something he’s interested in, he’s much less likely to throw it all over the kitchen. And no one likes to have to clean the kitchen during naptime instead of napping themselves. No one.

So there you have it! There are many more Supermom powers that I possess, but unfortunately lack of sleep and spending all day with a 1 year old is having some detrimental effects on my memory.

What are some of your Supermom powers?


June BeautyBox 5 Review

Instead of doing a regular old blog post reviewing my June box from BeautyBox 5, I thought I’d post a video instead! Partially because I didn’t really want to write it all out and partially because I was already wearing makeup at the time and I wasn’t about to waste that! I was only slightly more comfortable filming this video. Even though I am not actually sharing anything personal, for some reason videos just seem much more vulnerable to me. Maybe it’s because I know how horrible YouTube trolls can be haha!

I was very happy with this month’s box and as always, I am looking forward to getting my next one!

As promised, here is the code for your free box: FREE614

While we’re talking about free stuff, have you entered to win the giveaway I have going on? If not, DO IT!!!