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Monday, June 30, 2014

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Lavender Shortbread

On a recent trip to Megabulk Foods to celebrate their 1 year anniversary, I stumbled upon these amazing- AMAZING!- cookies. There is no way to describe how refreshing and delicious these gluten free gems were. I asked the manager if I could have the recipe, and he kindly sent it to me to share with TPB readers.

A big thank you to Jamal at Megabulk Foods for sharing this beautiful recipe!

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Lavender Shortbread
Courtesy of Megabulk Foods 

Items in bold represent products available from Megabulk Foods
1 cup or 60 g. butter (room temperature)
1 cup (125 g) icing sugar
1 ½ cups (270 g) gluten free all-purpose flour
¼ cup (30 g) arrowroot powder
1tsb lavender

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
2. Beat butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. 
3. In separate bowl, mix flour and arrowroot powder together. Add gradually to the butter mixture. 
4. Continue to beat until it forms into a cookie dough texture (mixture will be crumbly at first). 
5. Form dough into round balls and place on cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.  Using a spatula, lightly flatten the top. 
6. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown on bottom and top is firm.

If you are looking for a store that carries natural options, with products catering to gluten- free and other dietary needs, I recommend visiting Megabulk Foods. The staff were friendly and knowledgable, and the prices were some of the best I've seen north of the border. :)

June posts sponsored by Cutie Pie Boutique

Friday, June 27, 2014

Travel Feature: Disney at Sea

It's official: Summer is here! And with it comes the scramble to figure out what to do and where to go.
Whether you have kids or are a kid at heart (or both!) it's hard to think of childhood without Disney. If Disneyland is a 'been there, done that' scenario for your family, but the kiddos haven't had their fill (do I even need to mention Frozen???) why not consider combining a cruise vacation with the mouse?

We asked our travel expert Gary Gallant to tell us more about Disney Cruises. Here's what he had to say...

Have you thought of this unique option for your family holiday?  A Disney Cruise is a perfect destination for you and your family to enjoy!
A Disney Cruise is just like putting a Disney Park on a ship and then sailing away.  And there is something for all ages.  If you have had the chance to visit one of the Disney Parks around the world, you know they always do things differently, and give much more than expected.  Everything is bigger and brighter with Disney!  You will see the same on the Disney ships; they are definitely not your average cruise, and they are a destination in themselves.
Throughout the cruise, Minnie and Mickey will make their rounds, along with all your other favorite Disney characters.  Their aim is to delight all ages.  The kids in the family will get at least as much value from the cruise as the adults will.
Disney Cruise Line has 4 ships. The Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and the newest: Disney Fantasy.  Disney sails around Europe and Alaska during the Spring, Summer, and Fall, with the Fantasy sailing the Caribbean year round.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons Disney sails to the Bahamas and Caribbean from popular ports such as Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston, and San Juan.  Itineraries usually include a day at their private paradise island, Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.  And over the holiday season is one of the most magical times to cruise with them into the sun.  Consider a stop-over before or after the cruise at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  This will make the whole vacation just that much more enchanted. 
Don’t forget that in addition to the marvelous ship experience, you will be exploring exciting ports of call to make this a completely wonderful memory.  For these warm sunny destinations, pack appropriately.  Flip-flops, sun glasses, sunscreen, t-shirts, and shorts are the order of the day.

For those not seeking hot climates, The Disney Wonder sails to Alaska,  sailing out of Vancouver again this Alaska season, running from May until September.  For local Vancouverites this means  no airfare required to have the Disney experience!

As with other premium cruise lines, Disney ships offer varied dining options: Lumiere’s, Triton’s, Royal Court, Royal Palace, Parrot Cay, and Topsider’s Buffet to name a few.  Activities abound, including: original Broadway-style Disney stage shows, movies under the stars, character meet ‘n greets, exclusive kids clubs, family clubs, pools, and AquaDuck, the only water-coaster at sea!  Top this off with world-class adult amenities such as  Quiet Cove adult-only pool, a full-service spa, and Palo adult-only dining to name a few, and Mom & Dad will find a way to enjoy themselves too.  You will find features unique only to Disney, and they are always adding to and improving to their existing services and activities.  The magic is in the details!

When you plan a Disney Cruise getaway you know you are giving the very best to your family.  There will be so many enchanted moments to remember, they will last forever.  It couldn’t get more magical!  
To see Gary's other family- friendly travel advice for TPB, click here.

Gary is a Cruise & Resort Professional with Expedia CruiseShipCenters, and has been in the industry for 14 years.  His passions are people & travel.  

If you would like to learn more about family- friendly travel options, check out his website or contact him:

Phone: 604 803- 2272
Email: ggallant@cruiseshipcenters.com

You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, & LinkedIn

A BIG thank you to Gary for being our favourite travel guy!

Image Sources:
Disney Cruiselines: Flickr
Mickey Anchor
Alaskan Minnie: Flickr
Personal Image: Courtesy of Gary Gallant
June posts sponsored by Cutie Pie Boutique

Monday, June 23, 2014

Yummy Mummy Monday: Birthday Cake!

June & July have become two months for celebrations in our house. With June being Ari's birthday month and July being TPB's birthday month, I couldn't resist throwing in a cake recipe!

This is a classic, simple cake, adapted from my Mum's Be- Ro cookbook (a much loved go- to for our baking growing up). While it isn't the healthiest recipe I've ever featured, I think you need to be a little naughty sometimes! 

I don't think cake needs much of an introduction, so here goes...

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Classic (Birthday!) Cake

1 1/2 cups flour (swap you fave gluten free mix!)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
3 eggs, beaten

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. Line two 7" round baking pans with parchment paper (or grease with butter & dust with flour!)
3. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients, followed by eggs
4. Pour equal amounts into the two tins and bake for 25- 30 minutes  (until top is golden brown and you can insert and remove a skewer cleanly)
5. Allow to cool & frost with your favourite icing!

Let them eat cake!

A bit heartfelt thank you to my mother in law for making Ari's first birthday cakes!

June posts sponsored by Cutie Pie Boutique

Saturday, June 21, 2014

TPB Turns 1!


To celebrate one year of Amazing Moms, Yummy Mummy Recipes, and all the adventures of TPB, we're celebrating for the whole month of July!

The festivities include a giveaway (more info coming soon!) and a fundraiser benefitting Baby Go Round a Vancouver non- profit.
Read on for details...

TPB Turns 1 Giveaway
$250+ in prizes
... more info coming soon!

Declutter & Do Good Fundraiser
Benefitting Baby Go Round
Baby Go Round is a Vancouver non- profit organization that collects items for children 0- 4 years and distributes them to families in need in the Lower Mainland.

If you have items, gear, clothing, or toys that you would like to donate, you can visit us at the main event on July 6 or drop them off throughout the month of July. 
Info on our Events page. Contact TPB for details.

Main Event:
When: Sunday, July 6 10am- 2pm
Where: Firehall Farmer's Market, 
11489 84 Ave, North Delta

*** Earn bonus entries for our birthday giveaway when you contribute cash or items (1 bonus entry per category: cash, gear, clothing, food)
A big thanks to our Fundraiser Sponsor Jelly Marketing

Check our Events page for more info!

June Posts sponsored by Cutie Pie Boutique

Friday, June 20, 2014

Walk in My Shoes with Minimoc

Stemming from the founder, Amanda's, desire to give her friends 'made with love' gifts, Minimocs are locally made in Vancouver from durable, hand inspected leather. After making several pairs as gifts, Amanda discovered a demand existed for her handmade creations.

Handmade from ethically- sourced materials, Minimocs are designed with an elastic opening, and are easy to get on but not so easy to kick off- even by the most active tootsies! The suede soles are the perfect soft, non slip surface for little walkers and are wearable in dry outdoor weather.

Each pair is made to order, with a variety of colours (metallics too!) available. At $40 a pair they make a beautiful gift and support a local YVR family run business.

I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda & her husband at the Mommies N Munchkins Fair and bumped into them again at Portobello West a few weeks ago (these two keep busy!).
When they offered up a pair of Minimocs for my little lady I couldn't resist their gold mocs.

One thing you need to know about my daughter is that she inherited her mama's big feet and picking a pair that was the right size was a comical experience. We popped on a few pairs before deciding on a size she'd fit for a while (the elastic band was appreciated since we had to whip a few pairs on and off in quick succession). The leather they're made from is beautiful and soft- the soles remind me of high quality slippers I'd want to wear.


I love the variety of colours Minimocs come in and had a hard time choosing, but the gold goes with everything making them perfect for casual days or adding some sparkle to a dressy occasion. Comparing them to other shoes I have for Ari, the quality of these mocs is obvious- in both the quality of the leather and the construction. And Ari has yet to wing them off during her various activities (yay elastic!).

Just like what we decided to do with Ari, Minimoc recommends buying mocs a size up so your child will get longer wear out of them. (For a printable sizing chart, click here). And since there is so left or right shoe, the mocs are perfect for busy Moms trying to get their kids dressed & out the door.

Minimocs are available at a variety of stores in BC, Alberta & Ontario or on the company website (worldwide shipping available, or local pick up in Abbotsford available for those nearby). Click here to see where you can find these cute kicks.

Lookin for other stylin' accessories for you lil one? Leather hair bows & bowties are also available.

A big thanks to the lovely couple behind Minimocs for the beautiful gift. I would seriously love a pair in Mommy size. (Check out the cute photo below- I couldn't resist!)

To nab a pair for your lil bumpkin- or to give as a gift!- check out the Minimoc website & Facebook page 

June posts sponsored by Cutie Pie Boutique

Thursday, June 19, 2014

One Year Ago Today...

Happy Birthday Ariana.