May 15, 2012

Fine Gardening

Recently my uncle-in-law’s garden was featured in Fine Gardening.  I thought for Wordless Wednesday this week, I would show off some pictures of his prized gardens.  Everyone in that generation of our family seems to have inherited this super gardening gene but somehow, the green thumb gene has decided to skip a generation.  Hubby and I can’t seem to keep our garden growing (except for weeds), but we have clearly done our duty and passed on this very important gene to our toddlers.  They clearly have inherited the family gift of gardening.  They seem eager and excited to plant, water and watch plants grow.  It has been interesting and exciting to watch our kiddies share this passion for growing things with our extended family and we look forward to seeing this skill develop as our children grow.

Does the green thumb gene run in your family?  Did you happen to inherit that gene?  Leave a comment below and let us know.
May 8, 2012

The Great Recipe Exchange

This week for me it’s been all about food, glorious food.  Our local Baby Café group had a recipe exchange and wowza, I could feel the pounds already adding to my hips just looking at the great recipes as I compiled them for distribution.  So for Wordless (ish) Wednesday, I knew I had to post some foodie pictures that would have you salivating too!  

Btw: Click on the following highlighted link if you would like a printout of the tasty recipes we submitted to our Baby Café Great Recipe Exchange. 🙂

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Comment below and let me know which dish looks the yummiest to you?

 

 

 

May 5, 2012

Planning a Baby Shower

I love to plan parties! So it’s no surprise that when my friend Laura got pregnant, I was over the moon about being able to plan her baby shower. I decided to send personalized online invitations using cocodot, and since she’s a huge Michael Bublé fan, I had one of his songs playing in the background of the card. Then it was time to start gathering ideas. I knew I wanted it to be a ‘Baby Shower Tea Party’, so I started looking for interesting and super cool ideas, and pinning them on my Pintrest baby shower board. Here is my party planning guide to throwing an ‘epic’ baby shower.

Decorations

Choose a colour scheme: This shower’s scheme was chartreuse and white. This is perfect for a spring baby shower because it’s bright, fresh and serves as a metaphor for new life.

Tie it all together: I built an extension to my dinning room table so everyone would sit down together and break bread with the mom to be. I even broke out my sewing machine and made a white table cloth to fit the extended table. I’m telling you, I totally felt like Martha Stewart as I was planning this shower. I then pulled my decorations together with clear vases filled with chartreuse and white fresh flowers and white bone china tea cup and saucer sets.

Fun activities to do at a shower

Have a onesie station: All the guests can get creative and decorate their own onesie for the new baby. Tip: Have onesies ranging from 3 months to 12 months so the mom to be can remember this special gift time and again over the next year.

Return address: Supply thank you cards to the guests and have them write their address on the envelopes, that way when it comes time for the mom to be to send thank you notes for the gifts, she doesn’t have to worry about finding everyones addresses.

Personalized game sheets: Personalize your baby shower games by pulling in the theme from the invitations in the header of the game sheets you pass around. Here are some links for free templates of the baby shower games I made.  Sweet, sweet baby, Nursery rhyme game, Baby animals match, and the Games answer sheet. Feel free to add the mom to be’s name in the header to personalize them!

Food, glorious food

Classic yet modern: I served tasty modern tea sandwiches and wraps, had a cookie station, and beautifully designed mini cupcakes. There was lots of other foods like tea biscuits and scones with homemade jams, killer brownies, mini cinnabons, banana/coconut bread (thanks Carol), to a beautifully tiered carrot cake (thanks Laura Z).

Tealish-ous

Lovely teas: The teas were from my favourite tea shop in all of T-Dot, called Tealish. I served five types of tea, a traditional Lady Grey with lovely hints of lavender, my personal favourite and a staple in my household, ‘Toasted Almond’, a spunky fair trade organic Rooibos named ‘Zesty Ginger’, a light Rooibos tea named, ‘Sweetie Pie’, and the hit of the party was a lovely herbal tea called, ‘Pink Dragonfruit’.

Carol and Jessica were my esteemed sous chefs who helped me to concoct a beautiful raspberry mint ice tea, using Tealish’s famous ‘Moroccan Mint’ as a base, and I must say it was a smashing success. Thanks ladies!!!

My Favor-ite Things

For party favors: Everyone got to choose their favourite Tealish loose leaf tea, which I then put into tea bags for them to take home and enjoy.

Checklist

It’s important to have a checklist when you are planning a party, so as a special treat, I decided to add a copy of my baby shower planning checklist for you.  Have a great time planning your next shower and don’t forget to enjoy the party.  Trust me, your guest will appreciate being hosted by someone who’s well organized , relaxed and fun!

 

May 1, 2012

Life’s a Beach

After a month of Easter celebrations, weddings in the city and out of town, birthday cruises and baby showers, it was nice to hang out at the beach with the kids.  Even though it was a bit chilly, it reminded me of how much I love the lakes in Ontario.

 “Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” Anonymous

April 12, 2012

Let’s Party like it’s 2012

Hi party people, and welcome to: The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom.

Come on in, have a drink and mingle around the posts on this site.  I have some great pages for you to check out!  If you’re into fashion then my fashionista page will be perfect for you.  If travel floats your boat (lol), then come on over to my travel pages to have an epic adventure with me.  To see some more pictures of my little family, check out the video below.

Every great party has games, so let’s have some fun as you do a quick quiz to discover your love language.  Oh, and let’s have a quick tour around my site.  This is my family – I love them to the moon and back.  This is me having a blast vlogging.  This is me candidly sharing my experiences raising interracial children.  Oh, and check out my thoughts on education and my rumination on blogging!

But I’ve been chatting up a storm. C’mon and dish about what’s up with you, make small talk with me and the other guests by leaving some comments, and if you’d like to subscribe, then please click here.  Also, don’t forget to pop on over and hang out with me on Facebook, Twitter and Pintrest.

It’s been so much fun hanging out with you and partying like it’s 2012!

Thanks so much for stopping by y’all.  It was very nice to meet you!

 

Cheers,

From Char a.k.a Epic Mom