Monday, June 4, 2018

Double digits! (10th birthday ideas)

It's incredible how fast time passes right before your eyes. My oldest turned 10 in September... TEN! I haven't been very active in the Blogger community lately. But, I plan on changing that. I thought the best way to get back into the swing of things was to write about my first born's birthday.



As a lot of you know, Tyson is on the autism spectrum. He prefers to spend most of his time alone, has little interest in children his own age and is a huge bookworm. I asked what he wanted to do for his special day. I said we could do absolutely ANYTHING! His response "I just want to spend time with my parents, baby brother and Nana." So, that's what we did!



To make his day extra special I decided to get a little creative. He didn't want a party, but that didn't mean I couldn't surprise him. When he woke up he was thrilled to see our kitchen table. The night before we went out and got two huge helium balloons. (Of course a number 1 and 0 to represent his age.) I then sat down with his father and wrote down 10 things we love about him. We also planned 10 birthday activities! The only thing we didn't get to do was visit the zoo. It started raining, but Tyson wasn't upset at all. He was so overwhelmed and appreciative.



We also purchased 10 fun birthday gifts that he absolutely loved. Such as books and sensory items.



And, the last thing we did to surprise him was make a basket up of 10 of his favorite snacks. (Of course all gluten free!)


One of my favourite moments from the day was realizing how much Tyson cares for his brother. He saw a cute baby toy while we were in Chapters. He said that Keean would love it, and decided to use his birthday money to purchase it. I'm so proud of the young man he's becoming.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Winter ONEderland Birthday


My littlest love turned one December 14th. Since he was born during a snowstorm, we thought it would be fun to have a winter party. I browsed the internet and stumbled upon a theme called Winter ONEderland. (How cute is that?!) I kept the guest list small, and made it as comfortable as I could for the birthday boy. He's very shy, so the event was held at his Nana's home. We made sure it was at a familiar place.
My littlest love turned one December 14th. Since he was born during a snowstorm, we thought it would be fun to have a winter party. I browsed the internet and stumbled upon a theme called Winter ONEderland. (How cute is that?!) I kept the guest list small, and made it as comfortable as I could for the birthday boy. He's very shy, so the event was held at his Nana's home. We made sure it was at a familiar place.

I kept the same birthday tradition with Keean as I did with my oldest son. Each year I create special shirts for their special day.
We made white chocolate snowflake cookies for our awesome guests. (They were a hit!)
Since we had mostly adults at the party, we decided to throw together a few games. Everyone got a kick out of "Guess who". Days before the party I asked everyone attending to send me a baby picture of themselves. Guests had to match the name to the baby picture. (So much laughter and fun!)
 We served a few light snacks. Fruit, veggies, deviled eggs, chips, crackers and Frosty the snowman cheeseball!http://melanielee86.blogspot.ca/2013/10/pumpkin-shaped-cheese-ball.html
 If you'd like the same recipe I used for Frosty the cheeseball, click the picture.
 For the cake smash we went very simple. I made a small homemade vanilla cake with blue buttercream frosting. (Guests had cupcakes!) I decorated the highchair with a blue tablecloth, streamers, fake snow and a large snowflake for the front.
 Keean went through every emotion at his party, and it was hilariously adorable. He had a fantastic first birthday with the people who love him the most. We are so lucky to have such awesome friends and family.
If you'd like the same transfer for your little one, feel free to save this image above. (Make sure to follow the directions on the t-shirt paper you purchase.)
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Peanuts Themed Birthday

My blue eyed boy turned 9 years old September 1st. To celebrate, he wanted to have a small family gathering. His only request was that I incorporated Snoopy.



I made Charlie Brown Oreo pops for our guests. Since Tyson is completely wheat free, we purchased gluten free oreos.



I created a fun food table. I found free cupcake toppers online, made a simple cake, painted a Snoopy poster board and added other little cute touches.



Charlie Brown himself made a special appearance at the party! (Tyson's little brother, Keean.) This "costume" was so simple and inexpensive to make. All I needed was one bald baby, a yellow onesie, eyeliner, a black marker and shorts. - I didn't have a yellow onesie, so I dyed one. I then drew a zigzag with a black marker around the onesie, gave my little bubba eyebrows, added the famous Charlie Brown bang and then threw shorts on him. Voila! 



For a little extra fun, Tyson filled out an "All About Me" questionnaire. Each guest had to write down what they thought Tyson would answer. The person with the most correct answers won a prize.



One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing how excited Tyson was to help a local charity. In lieu of gifts, he asked each guest to bring two Toonies. (A Canadian two-dollar coin) One was for himself to purchase a special birthday book. The other Toonie, was to be donated to a charity of his choice. Tyson chose to donate to CARMA. He was able to proudly raise $60. We are so thankful and proud of our family for helping us raise money.




And, last but not least! Tyson requested breakfast for supper! I tried to make it a little extra special for him. He thought his meal was hilarious!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Welcome to the world Keean

I'm very excited to announce that I'm officially a mommy of two. Keean Aubrey Michael Kenny was Born December 14th at 7:36pm. Weighing 8 pounds 6 1/2 ounces and 21 inches in length.

Keean came fast and furious during a snow storm, he didn't waste anytime at all making his appearance. I'm so unbelievably blessed to have had my mother and fiance by my side. They helped me through everything with unconditional love and support.
Big brother Tyson is adjusting well. He's been very accepting to all the changes. I'm so proud of how well he's been doing. Dealing with sensory issues isn't easy. Especially when you throw a baby into the mix.


My heart is so full, there really are no words to express my love for my boys. It's been an exhausting, emotional yet amazing two weeks.
Let the fun begin!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween 2015

We carve/paint pumpkins every year to help us get into the Halloween spirit. We made a "poop empoji" (my son's idea), autism awareness pumpkin and traditional jack o'lantern.



This year my son decided we should be Dr. Seuss characters. I thought it was an adorable idea. This will be his last Halloween as an only child, so we tried to make his day extra special. We even made my baby bump into "Thing 2".



The only things I purchased was the blue wig and stripped hat. The rest was made or we already owned. (If you'd like more information on how I created these inexpensive costumes, don't hesitate to ask.)



Warning: These last two pictures may cause a little scare. Please don't look if you're afraid of clowns!

My fiance entered a contest at his work, and wanted my help. He asked if I could turn him into a creepy clown. The makeup took over an hour to complete, and we had most of the clothing already. He won first place!!




I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. My family and I had a blast. We are already thinking about next Halloween!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Love with Food Gluten Free Subscription Box Review – June 2015

I'm very excited to share that Love with food has asked me to review one of their monthly food/snack boxes!
Get 50% off your first gluten-free box

Love with Food is a monthly food sampling subscription box. They send natural and organic snacks to your door once a month. For every box shipped, they donate two meals to charity.



The Cost:
$9.99/month for the tasting box ($7.99 per month with annual subscription)
$19.95/month for the deluxe box ($16.50 per month with annual subscription), or $24.99/month for the gluten free box ($19.99 per month with annual subscription)



What you receive:
8-12 gluten-free snacks that are organic, all natural, GMO-free, or free from artificial ingredients




You will also receive information about each snack and all ingredients.




And, coupons! (I just love coupons!) This months box even included a recipe, yum! The only downside is they currently only ship within the US. I'm keeping my fingers crossed they decide to make their subscription box international.




Here's what we received in our box!
(The descriptions under each picture is from the brochure. If you'd like to know our thoughts, please watch my YouTube video linked below.)




Buddha Bowl Himalayan Pink Popcorn By Lesser Evil:
Pure pleasure? Yes, and then some. Himalayan sea salt's prized for its healing properties and coconut oil's full of antioxidants. That's superfood!
(Vegan, Gluten Free & Non-GMO)




Original Shoestring Potatoes By Pik Nik:
As all-american as your red and white picnic blanket, these crunchy delights are made with USA-grown, non-GMO potatoes.
(Vegan, Gluten Free & Non-GMO)




Be the first to try these brand new popchips, hot off the line! They'll make your taste buds tingle with a slow, growing burn that's oddly addictive.
(Gluten Free)




Seeds, whole grains and chickpeas give these savory bars everything--flavor, crunch, protein and fiber. Looking for sugar? You've got the wrong bar.
(Vegan, Gluten Free & Non-GMO)




Go turn a few cartwheels, because your idea of amazing baking is about to be flipped upside down. No butter, eggs, or flour -- how is this possible?
(Gluten free & Vegan)


Crisp, classics with a kiss of honey. Spread with almond butter for an afternoon snack or save 'em for sundown when those marshmallows get going.
(Gluten Free)




Protein packed quinoa was eaten by ancient Lanka before heading out to battle. Now, baked into a crisp chip with sea salt, weekend warriors take note.
(Vegan, Gluten Free & Non-GMO)


This delicious bar will make you go {organic} bananas! With soy free, vegan chocolate as the featured ingredient, this bar packs delicious flavor with a ton of powerful antioxidants. Meticulously handmade, we start with whole organic bananas. Then, we toss in plenty of chocolate chips, an assortment of fresh oats, and some protein-packed organic pea crisps for a satisfying crunch.
(Vegan, Gluten Free & Non-GMO)




Paleo Hazelnut Cake & Muffin Mix By Paleo Baking Co.
Gluten-, grain-, dairy- and sugar-free, this versatile baking mix will win you over. And just think of your friends and family who will love all the treats you can make with it!

(Gluten Free & Vegan)



Can't sit still? These super-potassium snacks will keep muscles in check whether you're tossing the Frisbee, running the dog or hitting the ball field.



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I can't thank Love with Food enough for sending me this box! My son and I truly enjoyed trying everything. It's not often we get to have such a large variety of gluten free foods to test.

If you are interested in receiving your own subscription box, please visit Love with Food!

And, don't forget to check out my YouTube video!