DIY: Awesome Smelling Playdough

DIY playdough revision 1

It makes PLENTY!  So you could half the recipe or share with a friend!

YOU WILL NEED (per ball/colour of jello)

I cup – white Flour

2 Tbs – cream of tartar

2 Tbs – cooking oil ( I used avocado oil)

1 pkg/3oz – jello

2 tbs – salt

1 cup – warm water


palydough collage

. Mix all the ingredients together in a medium pot or sauce pan

. “cook” it all over MEDIUM-LOW heat (my gas stove is really hot so use your own smarts to when it comes to this step).

. stir the mixture CONTINUOUSLY until it thickens and is tough to mix.  It will begin forming into a ball

. remove the mixture from the heat

. dust your counter top or cutting board with flour.  Let the play dough cool on that floured surface.

. once cooled, knead the dough with additional flour until the dough is no longer sticky (1/2-3/4 cup)

The play dough is now ready for action!  Store it in an airtight container in your fridge for up to approximately one month.  When the dough becomes sticky simply knead a lil more flour into it.

Play Dough clump

paper and love all rolled into one!


paper and love all rolled into one!

My new jewellery is my direct connection with a fellow mother.  I bought this hand-made wrap bracelet, or long necklace if you will, through an amazing organization called Shanti Uganda. This bracelet and other paper jewellery like it are hand rolled by Ugandan women.  The ladies also sew a variety of bags including yoga mat bags.  The money generated from the bags and jewellery sales goes straight back to the ladies who make it!!  Cool right!?  Shanti Uganda believes in empowerment and support of the Ugandan women to create these heartfelt pieces as a means to support their livelihood and that of their children.  The ladies receive training in skills and business parctices as well as access to an onsite community garden.  Many of these ladies face a bundle of challenges including but not limited to poverty, single parenthood and a weak immune system (HIV/AIDS).  You can see why a support network is so important to their success when some many cards can be stacked against them.  The mission of the organization is to improve infant and maternal health of Ugandan women living with HIV/AIDS. Local Ugandan midwives with traditional knowledge paired with modern-day best practices help provide safe deliveries in the local birthing house.

Looking for a way to support mammas and their new bundles of joy?  Visit Shanti Uganda for inspiration 🙂

Best, Julie

pre-mother thoughts

I’ve been reflecting on the time before I was a mom.   Thoughts would run through my head about others close to me that were already parents.  I’d observe their parental tactics and make mental notes about what seemed to work for them and what I agreed with.  On the flip side I’d also make a mental note about what didn’t work or what I didn’t agree with for my own.  Ooops!!! I just fell in to the ethnocentrism category aka judgement!  Perhaps a lesson in cultural relativism was in order for me!  What I needed was the experience of becoming a mother my self so to learn the trials and triumphs of raising a little one.  Going into motherhood I had a list of what I was going to do.  I’m in love with our planet so cloth diapers made sense to me.  I’m keen on amazing nutrients so breast milk made sense to me.  A healthy, active body for the benefit of baby and I also made sense to me and so on.  It didn’t take long for my “optimal parent” list to be drastically altered.  I was getting schooled by my own life experiences!  I can’t think of a better way to learn than being thrown right in!  Any parent can attest to going from 0-100 km/h within seconds of having a little one.  Advice…BUCKLEUP…and enjoy the ride:)

Baby swim lessons…I was THAT mom!

Infant swim lessons!! What a great way to spend time with my little one.  My excitement is bubbling over for our first swim.  M is ready to go.  His swim diaper and trunks are on, he’s fed and napped.  I whip out my bikini to get myself ready and I hear ” you’re gonna be that mom huh?”.   Bahahahaha!  I hadn’t even thought about appropriate swimming apparel for myself.  Is a bikini not ok??  But it’s all I have.  It is a social no-no to wear a two piece to the public indoor pool??  Perhaps switching to the ol’ one piece and kissing bikini days goodbye is common new mom knowledge?!  So I did what any gal in my position would do.  I put on my bikini and went to the pool.  I was comfortable and happy.  Baby M didn’t seem to mind and either did anyone else.  All the other moms were warm and welcoming.  We played water games for 30 mins and successfully completed our first infant swim lesson.

So I was THAT mom for a split second when I allowed my self to worry about wearing a two piece to the pool.  There are far greater concerning moments in life.  My greatest concern that day was making sure I was the best swim partner for my babe.

Buggy in the Snow

We don’t get much snow in Vancouver BC.  This year we were blessed early in the season with a one day supply of snow!! I was excited to get outside. I did what I do every morning!  Pop the baby in the buggy and out we went for our morning walk.  Rookie move on my part.  What was I thinking??  Clearly I wasn’t thinking, but as I got sweatier pushing the babe through the snow I thought this buggy needs is a pair of skis!  Skis would work like a charm and lets be honest that’s how people in the North have gotten around for ages.  Food, family, belongings all get placed on a sled and away they went.  No time for wheels!!  I’m sure any one from a town with snow would have said “look at the city slicker, must be a first time mom too” and they would be correct.  On reflection I think the baby ergo carrier or baby hiking backpack will be in order for the next walk in the snow.

How do you get around with your baby in the winter months?

Julie 🙂