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Spicy Thai Chicken Drum Sticks with Hemp Hearts

July 20, 2017

Plain old chicken is boring, so why not shake things up a tad!? These drumsticks took no time to prepare but tasted like I’d slaved over them for hours, if I do say so myself. And we’re all friends here so I feel like I can be real and say I would never ever slave over ANYTHING for hours! 

All you need is:

Mix Toasted Hemp Seeds and bread crumbs in a bowl. Coat drum stick with Olive Oil. Completely coat each drum stick with mixture and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 425° for 25 minutes

Serve with a squirt of fresh lime and a nice big salad! Enjoy!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: Manitoba Harvest sent me product in order to do this post. See my full disclosure policy here.

 

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Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

July 18, 2017

My favorite thing to do once the kids are both asleep is to kick back in the living room with a good HGTV show and a glass of fizzy water. But I just can’t truly relax until all the toys are put away. But there are some things that you just can’t put away. Like the IKEA Baby Gym, for instance.

Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

We originally got this little gym from the in-laws for Oliver for him to use while we were staying at the cottage. He loved it! And eventually used it to learn how to stand up and then pushed it around the house for his first few steps. Fast forward to now, this little play gym has a few scratches and I’ll be honest, the color scheme is not my favorite.

I had some leftover Fusion Mineral Paint from the Tones for Tots collection that we used to fix up a chest of drawers that we found on the side of the road. It calls our living room home and hides all the toys out of sight. I had been eyeing up the play gym for quite some time, waiting for the right time to make my move. On a nice sunny day, I opened up the garage door and set to work! You can see the transformation in the video below:


Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

 

Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

Baby, DIY & Home

Toddler Jeans-into-Shorts Upcycle

July 4, 2017

I feel like it was only yesterday that I was trying to convince my toddler to go from shorts into jeans in the fall. Now I’m trying to coerce him out of jeans and into shorts and he’s just not having it! But it’s nearly 30 degrees and he’s way too hot. Enter JORTS. Jean shorts!

A perfect little DIY for those jeans that still fit in the waist but the length in the legs is just way too short. It’s a common problem with growing kids!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

Food

Spice Things Up a Little with Sriracha Avocado Toast & Hemp Seeds

June 27, 2017

Toasted Hemp Seeds are my newest fave way to top everything from avocado toast to a salad! Stick around to the end for the coupon code!

Sometimes I get tired of breakfast food and crave a little something spectacular! But honestly, I’m too busy in the morning to put too much effort into a fancy breakfast for myself. I mean, before kids we always made big delicious breakfasts and were able to take the time to craft something fancy. Lately, I’ve been on a quest to find ways to have some of those fancy pre-kid things in my life without having to sacrifice too much time or effort. Enter Toasted Hemp Seeds.

Manitoba Harvest sent me a bag of their Toasted Hemp Seeds in Sriracha and MAN! What a kick! A little sprinkle on top of my avocado toast and it was transformed into a brunch spectacular. I’ve also been adding Toasted Hemp Seeds to salads to kick things up a notch or sprinkle on top of a chicken stir fry for a little pizzazz, not to mention a big healthy dose of protein and omegas!

For this simple recipe, all you’ll need is:

Presidents Choice makes these awesome Avocado Chunks that are seriously a live saver for me. If you’re like me and it frustrates you to try and buy avocados that aren’t either under ripe or over ripe, these are for you. The chunks are individually frozen so I can just take out what I need and defrost it.

Once the avocado chunks are defrosted, I add 1 tablespoon of Mayonaise and mash up the avocado with a fork until it’s the consistency that I like. I like mine pretty smooth, but everyone is different! Once that’s all mixed you can scoop it out onto your toast and finish it off with a little sprinkle of Toasted Hemp Seeds. You can find these in Sea Salt flavor, too! The Sriracha is just enough spice. My toddler was even loving them and he lets me know when things are too spicy!

Want to grab some Toast Hemp Seeds for yourself?  Use this code: ToastedOnToast to receive 15% off the entire Manitoba Harvest website. The coupon code is good until July 31, 2017.

 

Like this recipe? You’ll love these protein packed overnight oats

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: I am a Hemp Ambassador for Manitoba Harvest and I was sent me some product to try. Opinions are 100% my own. See my full disclosure policy.

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Celebrating Canada 150 in our Lush Backyard Oasis

June 12, 2017

Canadians are pretty humble, but once every 150 years we like to brag just a little. We have such a gorgeous country and we are really proud to live here. Every summer on Canada Day when the weather is at it’s warmest, we celebrate Canada’s birthday This year is a really special milestone and over at our house, we aren’t letting this celebration go un-celebrated! Our backyard is feeling like the perfect spot to celebrate Canada’s Birthday.

This post is a part of the ECM #Canada150 Blog Hop where some of my fave East Coast bloggers are sharing everything from recipes and DIY ideas to activities and travel to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. So at the end of this post, click around and see how everyone else is celebrating this summer.

East Coast Mom Media Blogger Celebrate #Canada150

While our backyard is tiny, it is the perfect size for us and the kids. When we bought our townhouse, the patio was already installed and to be honest, it was a huge selling feature for me. I am a huge fan of having no grass to cut but still have lots of green space to enjoy. The best of both worlds! I know my husband is also thankful we don’t have the spend our weekends doing “YARD WORK”, whatever that is! Our first summer in our place we didn’t go crazy planting anything because we weren’t sure what kind of perennials would pop up. We were pretty surprised when we saw all the lush greenery, the bamboo shoots and the shade our lovely maple tree throws on the patio. I am the worst at keeping plants alive so the fact that our backyard and garden takes care of its self is really such a blessing!

During the warmer months, our back patio is just a continuation of our living space inside. On days when it’s just too hot to be inside, we’ll cook everything outside on the deck and eat out there under the shade of the maple tree. Getting a nice patio set was a priority for us so we could maximize the space. We found this awesome set that also has a bench seat so we have ample seating for the kids and any guests.

I hit up the thrift store to find some decor pieces to add to the table to make it feel more like the inside of our home. I didn’t want to spend much money on these pieces because I know I don’t want to have to bring everything in every night, so they are going to get a little worn. I’m in love with this vintage basket that plays double duty as a tray. The braided leather handles are my favorite! I love the detail. I also picked up a nice tall basket that I’m using to store all the kid’s summer toys so that I don’t have to look at a bunch of toys scattered everywhere. Once the kids are done outside, I can quickly zoom around and toss all the toys into this basket so it’s out of sight. I can’t relax until all the toys are picked up.

My son loves to paint and I love to watch him create, so this summer I’m keeping his easel right by the back door so I can easily bring it outside for him when he feels like painting. I love it because it means he’s doing a nice quiet activity and he can get as messy as he wants. As long as the paint is washable, have at it!

I think the greatest part about our little slice of the Canadian dream is that when you’re in our backyard, you wouldn’t even know it but you’re right downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s so nice and peaceful back here with the trees blowing in the wind and the birds tweeting away. Ahhhh, bliss!

What do you think? Want to come over and have some sparkling water or my new favorite fizzy iced coffees!?


Now on to the blog hop! See how my East Coast blogging friends are celebrating #Canada150!


 

 

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: This post contains affiliate links. See full disclosure policy for more information.

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Fizzy Iced Coffee

May 30, 2017

Fizzy Iced Coffee | Mommyzoid

A few weeks ago I was drinking a hot coffee while on a walk with the kids and I remembered that it’s iced coffee season, FINALLY. I’ve really upped my game this year, too. We have a Soda Stream that we use just to fizz our water. We’ve never used it to make our own pop or anything, just fizzy water. I know, we are so plain.

Anyways I was at one of my favorite local shops and I picked up a bottle of Low Point Coffee Co. Cold Brew Concentrate. I had the amazing idea to not just add regular water or milk. BUT FIZZY WATER!!

I was hesitant to try it at first. The thought of fizzy coffee seemed so wrong, but friends… it’s so right!

This just elevated my nap time iced coffee session to a whole new level.

 

Here’s what I do:

Grab a glass and fill it up with ice.

Pour 1/4 of a cup of the cold brew concentrate over the ice and then fill the remainder of the glass up with fizzy water. I use carbonated water that I make with my SodaStream, but you could use any kind of sparkling water or tonic water.

Then I take a taste test and add in more concentrate if it needs it. Or more fizzy water if it needs it!

It’s potent stuff, so go easy! A little goes a long way.

ENJOY!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure policy.

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8 Ways To Maximize Your Sunday

May 23, 2017

8 Ways To Maximize Your Sunday | Mommyzoid

We’ve all seen the quote:

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content

But how the heck can us moms maximize our Sundays so our weeks can start on the right foot?

  1. On Sundays, I meal plan & meal prep. I start brainstorming by going through the cupboards and seeing what we have and what we need to use up. I ask the family what they feel like having that week for dinners. It’s great when my toddler tells us what he wants because then he’s excited to have the meal he asked for!
  2. I start prepping whatever I can ahead of time. I like to make up a big greek salad or a nice roasted veggie orzo pasta. A salad that keeps well in the fridge is great for the first half of the week.
  3. I make up a batch of muffins and fill them with flax, hemp hearts, and loads of frozen fruits.
  4. I fill 5 mason jars with all the dry ingredients I put into my overnight oats. Then the night before, I fill it up with almond milk so it’s ready the next morning when I wake up.
  5. Fill the coffee maker up the night before so I just have to hit start! The faster I can get my coffee, the better!
  6. Crock pot meals are a life saver. I like to cut up all the veggies and throw in the meat with all the spices the night before. Then in the morning all I have to do is grab the crock pot from the fridge and turn it on low for the day.
  7. Sunday is the day I earmark for laundry! I do the sheets and all MY clothes. For some reason, my clothes are the lowest on the priority list now! Making sure I have clean clothes for the week ahead is pretty essential. Here’s my go-to AFFORDABLE yoga pants and my fave nursing tees! Perfect for momming around!
  8. Cleaning the bathrooms and giving the kitchen a nice deep clean help set the tone for the rest of the week. I find it easier to spot clean throughout the week if I start the week off with a nice clean slate, so to speak.

8 Ways To Maximize Your Sunday | Mommyzoid

These little tips and tricks are working for me lately, but I’m always down for learning more ways to keep my family on track! Leave me a comment and let me know what you do to keep your weeks running smooth!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: This post contains affiliate links. See full disclosure policy here.

Baby, DIY & Home, Recipe

3 Easy Toddler-Friendly Popsicle Recipes

May 11, 2017

Healthy popsicle recipes that are sure to delight everyone this summer! Perfect for toddlers and teething babies, but still yummy enough for mama!

I’ve always loved giving my toddler smoothies. They are such a wicked way to make sure they get all their fruits (& veggies, too!) without them even realizing it! Plus we always have lots of fun creating new flavors and Oliver loves having a say in what we throw into the blender. With the warmer months coming (I swear they are coming!) I see lots of smoothies in our future. But another fun way to have our smoothies is frozen in popsicle molds! YUM!

Another fun way to have our smoothies is frozen in popsicle molds! YUM! Jam packed with fruit and real ingredients, these are some of our favorite popsicle recipes that are sure to cool you down in the hot sunshine. My advice is to have these outside, because of the STICKY MESS! Our popsicles are reserved for an afternoon hangout on the front porch or a post-park treat on the deck.

I’m also going to be busy making these to have on hand for Elliot who will be able to start baby-led weaning in June when he’s 6 months old! He’s also teething like crazy so it will be a yummy way to soothe those little gums while getting some nutrients and cooling down.

Chocolate Fudge

1 Cup of yogurt 

1 Scoop of Chocolate Protein powder

1 TBSP of Peanut Butter

Mix everything up in a bowl using a spoon until it’s a pudding consistency. Scoop mixture into a popsicle mold. This recipe makes about one popsicle in the molds I have, which are on the larger size. Freeze in the freezer for 4 – 6 hours.

Pineapple Coconut

1/2 Cup of Frozen Coconut

1/2 Cup of Frozen Pineapple 

1 Cup of Coconut Almond Milk 

1 TBSP of honey (optional)

Blend in blender until nice and smooth and then pour into a popsicle mold. This recipe makes about one popsicle in the molds I have, which are on the larger side. Freeze in the freezer for 4 – 6 hours.

 

Mixed Berry

1 Cup of mixed berries (I use a mix of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries)

1 Cup of Coconut Almond Milk

1 TBSP of honey (optional)

Blend in blender until nice and smooth and then pour into a popsicle mold. This recipe makes about one popsicle in the molds I have, which are on the larger side. Freeze in the freezer for 4 – 6 hours.

If you try one of our favorite popsicle recipes, make sure to let us know! Tag me on Instagram so I can see what you made. and if you discover a fun new concoction, let me know! I want to try making as many new recipes this summer as we can!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure policy here.

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A Manageable Spring Cleaning Schedule

May 1, 2017

Spring Cleaning | Mommyzoid

This spring, I’m a mom of two, which means I have more kids than I have time. Instead of beating myself up about not getting all my spring cleaning done in the span of a day or two, I’m breaking it up into manageable chunks. Here’s how!

My day is broken up by nap times and feedings, so I thought instead of trying to fight this, I’ll use it to my advantage. Instead of plowing through spring cleaning, I’m taking my time and making a plan of action.writtenwriten out my nap time goals and I’ve given myself one goal per day and if it takes me all day, that’s A-Ok, because I’ve planned my time out accordingly. This will keep me from feeling frustrated with myself and keep things in perspective. My days are already full, what with keeping the kids alive and all. I like to remind myself that everything else is a bonus!

Monday: Dressers & Closets

I sort things into four piles: Garbage, Donations, Consignment & keep. And I’m ruthless. I am someone who keeps E V E R Y T H I N G, so this can be an extremely tedious task for me. What makes this process easier is knowing the majority of our things will be donated to a local charity. We also have a great baby, kids & maternity consignment store in Halifax where we are able to take our stuff and use those funds to purchase fresh new finds. I’ve picked up kids Toms and so many lovely name brand maternity and nursing dresses from there. I bag up our garbage, donations and our stuff for the consignment store and throw it all in separate GLAD Easy Tie garbage bags and load them into the trunk of the car and take them to their new home. Heavy duty bags are best for this job because I’ve definitely split a few bags in the parking lot of the goodwill. Not fun.

Tuesday: Kitchen

I pull everything out of the fridge and give it all a wipe down. I also pull each shelf and drawer out and wash it with hot soapy water. It’s amazing the kinds of gross stuff you’ll find. I also like to pull everything out of the pantry and take stock of what we have and reorganize it. Over time, things get shuffled and it just doesn’t make sense anymore. This is also a great way to rotate some older things you might have forgot you had. I also like to spend some time disinfecting each cabinet and every handle with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. This is one of my favorite products, especially for the really nasty stuff, because you just toss the wipes when you’re finished. We always have this on hand, especially during cold & flu season. ICK.

Spring Cleaning | Mommyzoid

Wednesday: Bathrooms

Not sure why we bought a house with four bathrooms, but we did, and now we have to keep all four of them clean! UGH. A deep clean can really keep things sparkly. I love to give the showers a nice deep clean and get into the corners and into the grout with an old toothbrush. This is also a great time to clean out the drains. I know, ICK. But trust me, it doesn’t have to be nasty. Liquid-Plumr Hair Clog Eliminator is easy to use and you don’t even have to touch anything gross. I remember as a kid I would watch my mom open up the sink trap and dig out all the gross stuff blocking the pipes. This is definitely a better way to get the job done!

Thursday: Carpets & Baseboards

I usually give the carpets a once-over every few weeks, but once every few months I like to move things out from the wall like beds and dressers and get to those spaces that you just can’t usually reach. This is also the time when I like to get down on ground and wash the baseboard mouldings. These can get unbelievably dusty and you know what? I never notice they are dusty until the spring sunshine streams in like a spotlight!

Friday: Walls, Windows & Picture Frames/Decor

OK, the hand prints. Again, you don’t notice them until the sunshine streams in and highlights everything. I like to take a cloth with hot soapy water and pretty much go around the house from about 3 ft up the walls down, and look for hand prints, smears of jam and god knows what else. Toddlers are wonderful, aren’t they? We take our screens out of our windows in the fall, so before we put them back in, we give the glass and window casings a good cleaning. I also attack all the picture frames and decor and make sure there is no dust hanging around.

Saturday: Garage/Storage Room

I save this for the weekend so it can be a family affair. We open the garage door, throw on some tunes and start sorting. Anything you haven’t touched in over a year, consider getting rid of it. Again, donating is such a super way to lighten the load and also give back to your community. I also like to give a good sweep and a suck with a shop vacuum. I’m always blown away by the amount of the leaves that get blown into the garage over the course of the fall and winter! There’s also so much gravel and salt that gets tracked in on the car and it feels good to get them all up off the ground! Nothing worse than walking in the garage with bare feet and stepping on rocks. OUCH!

Sunday: Your Choice!

Anything you forgot or want to give a little extra love? Sunday is the day! Maybe you want to tackle your closet AGAIN. With a fresh set of eyes, you might find a few more socks or old T’s you really could stand to part with.

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: This post has been sponsored by Clorox, but all opinions and advice are my own! Please read my full disclosure policy here.

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No-Bake Chocolate Protein Cups

April 17, 2017

Most days (read: every day) I feel like I deserve some chocolate. Momming is hard work and sometimes you may even need a little chocolate for breakfast because you woke up at the crack of dawn to change someone’s diaper. But the truth is, I never have actual chocolate in the house. But I always have chocolate protein powder in the house.

No-Bake Chocolate Protein Cups

When I’m craving something sweet, I turn to my favorite chocolate protein powder. I’ve been experimenting with protein powder lately to create some satisfying treats that help curb my sweet tooth, which always hits right before bed or when I’m up in the night with the baby. Having something quick and sweet is key in these moments of dream-like hunger!

Enter this little concoction I dreamt up one night when I was wishing we had some chocolate. It’s so simple to make and really easy to play around with to change the flavors! Enough chatting, here’s the recipe:

5 tablespoons of coconut Oil

1/4 cup of peanut butter (any nut butter, smooth…crunchy. It’s all good!)

1/4 cup of maple syrup (or honey, or agave)

1 scoop of protein powder (this is what I use)(cocoa powder would work too!)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup of large flake oats

In a small saucepan on low to medium, melt the coconut oil and add the peanut butter, maple syrup, protein powder and vanilla. Mix with a spatula until everything is nice and blended. Take your cup of oats and pour into a large bowl and then add your mixture from the saucepan to the oats, mixing as you slowly pour. Once the oats are nice and evenly coated, divide the mixture up into silicone muffin cups. With the spatula, pack the mixture down firmly into the cup. Pop muffin cups into the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up. When they’ve set up, you can pop them out of the muffin cups and enjoy!

They go really well with coffee at 6:00 am on a Monday! They are pretty goof proof. You can really play around with the recipe, add nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, dried cranberries… really, you can customize it to whatever craving you’re having that night. The best part is there is nothing in them that I wouldn’t put in a smoothie or in a bowl of oatmeal!

If you give them a go, make sure to let me know how you like them! I would be so bold as to describe them as reminiscent of a healthy Reeses Peanut Butter cup.

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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