Mommy’s To-Do List – Week of July 8th

Mama S shot this amazing photo of Noodle and Hannah.

Mama S shot this amazing photo of Noodle and Hannah.

Another busy week begins! Our weekend fun continues with a Monday jam-packed with kid energy, and there’s lots of fun to be had this week.

Weekend Highlights

This weekend was a whirlwind of family fun. On Saturday we hosted some of Nekky’s family for a barbecue and a round of a game called “The Word Game”. The premise of this game is to take a large word and find as many other words from the letters of this word before the 15-minute timer goes off. Sounds like fun, right? Well it was, mostly, but it also turns out that a highlight of the game is watching Mama S and Bapa (Nekky’s dad) argue over the rules. They cleared the room after only the second round, but fortunately there was a lot of delicious food to distract everyone. We were celebrating Ia Fui’s (Nekky’s sister Nadia) birthday, and I’ll share more on that later this week, including menu highlights and family recipes.

As I’m typing the main floor of the house is alive with sound. That’s because Mama S’ sister Crystal arrived yesterday afternoon. She drove here from Texas with her three boys who are all under the age of five. It’s like a hurricane of cute and crazy in our home! The crew is staying until later today and then they are off to Barrie to see Mama S’ folks. I’ll be posting Crystal’s secrets for staying sane later this week, because I know there’s no way I could hold it all together as beautifully as she does.


VIP Tasks This Week

The Classroom

I’d say most of the house is in good shape now, and everything looks very settled in. Our classroom is piled high with boxes and it’s a bit of a minefield. I’d like to begin organizing and purging in there, and get the space ready for painting. I think we could use the classroom for some summer fun activities before we even begin our curriculum for the fall.

Summer Camp At Home

One of my favorite blogs, Simple Kids, featured an at-home nature camp curriculum. I think I’ll give it a whirl and plan some fun activities for the kids for the rest of the summer. We now have swimming lessons to look forward to at the end of this month, but it’s really nice to have some tricks up my sleeve when they run out of their own ideas for fun.

Work Day

I found a bus that runs from the nearby plaza to a stop that is a five-minute drive from my mother’s house! It’s a short trip – only twenty minutes – so now all we have to do is choose a day this week that works for us. I’ll spend half the day writing, and half the day working on home school curriculum and finishing those thank you cards from Noah’s baby shower and Bayah that need to get sent out!

Gluten Free Baking

I plan to hit the local Bulk Barn and see how many of the ingredients I can find for the Gluten Free all-purpose flour I’d like to try. My experiments in gluten-free baking should make for some hilarious writing. How many of you reading these posts eat gluten-free? Do you have any great recipes to share? Please do!

Personal Goals

This week I want to be mindful of spending quality time with the kids. They seem to really thrive when I’m conscious of spending some focused time with them each day. We start our hiking club on Tuesday, so that’s one really fun thing we can count on.

I’d also like to start shifting my focus back to my theatre company. In the whirlwind of moving and getting settled, it seems like a far-away memory, but we have a Halloween show to plan and get working on! I hope that inspiration will come once I turn my mind to the show because I’m feeling a little tapped now.


Things to Look Forward To


I haven’t been on a proper hike in years, and I can’t wait to go out with the kids on Tuesday. Hiking was such a huge part of my childhood. The hiking club has been arranged by one of the moms in our local homeschool group, and I really hope we have the chance to meet some of the other families. The girls want to go rain or shine, so I guess we’ll know who the real nature people are. I’ve got a kick-ass pack for Noodle, and I’ve been practice walking with it this week. It’s very comfortable and he usually settles in for a good nap.

City Time!

I’ve got to head back into town for an errand at the end of the week. I’m really hoping to connect with some of my city peeps. I’ve been craving a meal at Fresh, which is probably the best vegetarian restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. It will be nice to get back there and feel that crazy city energy again.


I plan to hit the local thrift store this week because we have a large pile of stuff to donate. I think it will best for me to have a couple of hours there alone because I like to be so thorough in my searching for stuff that most people find it annoying to shop with me.

I have a feeling this will be one of the weeks that goes by in a flash, which can be fun, but also leave me feeling really tired if I’m not careful to take some down time too. How is your week shaping up? What’s the one thing you’re most looking forward to this week?




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  1. Jax
    July 8, 2013 / 11:23 am

    Sweet Potato and Five Spice Muffins

    Note – Vegan, Gluten Free and Sugar Free

    Servings – dozen

    Cook Time 20 min


    1 large sweet potato, not yam!
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
    1/2 cup xylotol, could replace xylotol and agave nectar with 3/4 cup good quality maple syrop
    1/4 cup agave nectar, see note re:maple syrup
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 cups all purpose gluten free flour, if the flour doesn’t include xanthun gum, add 1 tsp
    2 tsp baking powder
    2 tsp baking soda
    1 1/2 tablespoon Chinese 5 spice powder
    1/2 tsp fine sea salt

    Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Prick the sweet potato with a fork. Bake until soft (when a pairing knife can cut through with zero resistance), about 1 hour. Set the sweet potato aside until it’s completely cool.

    Peel the sweet potato, discard the skin and mash the flesh with a fork. Whisk the olive oil, almond milk, xylotol, agave nectar and vanilla in with sweet potato.

    In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour (and xanthun gum if needed), baking powder, baking soda, five spice, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

    Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or grease tin with coconut oil and evenly distribute the muffin batter among the cups.

    Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. OPTIONAL: brush the tops with maple syrup during the last 5 min of baking. Let the muffins cool before serving.

    • Mama C
      July 8, 2013 / 12:15 pm

      Thanks so much! These sound delicious, and if they’re from your kitchen, I’m sure they taste great too!

  2. Rachelle
    July 8, 2013 / 11:44 am

    Looking forward to having you over on Wednesday. Sounds like a busy week for you.