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November Walk

It has been too long since our last "walks" post - long before Poppy was even born. Walks are one of our favourite things to do as a family, especialy since we live in such a pretty area with a big park at the end of our road. Sometimes I wish that we lived in the city and could walk out out door and stroll through shops and cafes. But I really love this peaceful area, and big trees... I don't think I could trade it.  

Last week the most adorbale handmade matching toques arrived from Lyndsay of The Seam Designs showed up at our door just in time for the freezing cold weather. Take a look at her etsy shop because she makes some adorable and cozy crocheted winter goodies. 


My Wildbird

Poppy is just about 10 months now, and I have been wearing her since she was just a week old. It has always been one of my favourite things. We feel close and connected, and it lets me get everything done around the house, or run into the grocery store with both hands free.

I like to share my favourite baby products and that definitely includes my wildbird sling. Its quick to throw on when I'm in a hurry, I just slip it on and plop that cute little booty in there. The thick linen is comfortable and doesn't stretch out, which is nice because Poppy doesn't get lower and lower the longer she's in there. Check out the Wildbird Shop that launches today.  


David Love

I recently recieved this custom gold "David" necklace from www.janebasch.com, I love it so much. I am all about everyday jewellery that you can wear with everything and not take off except to sleep. This name necklace is perfect for that because it so delicate and sits at just the right height. Here is the link to the one I'm wearing, it would be a perfect christmas gift for any girl on your list. 


Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies


Vegan baking is always hit or miss, so when i find a hit, I don't loose that recipe! This is a chocolate chip cookies recipe I found on www.dailyrebecca.com and just made a couple adjustments to. 

Here is the recipe from www.dailyrebecca.com  and below I added my additions. 

Author: veganhousewives.com
Recipe type: Dessert/Vegan
Prep time:  10 mins
Cook time:  20 mins
Total time:  30 mins
Serves: 12-15 cookies
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips (Trader Joe's chocolate chips are accidentally vegan!)
  • **2 Tbs Ground Flax Seed
  • **6 Tbs Water
  • **Coarse Sea Salt
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream (aka thoroughly mix) together the coconut oil & brown sugar, then add the almond milk & vanilla. The mixture may be really "liquidy" this is OK.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Combine the wet & dry ingredients (it WILL BE crumbly - this is OK), then fold in the chocolate morsels & any other mix-ins of your choosing.
  5. Roll into Tbsp sized balls & place them on an ungreased cookie sheet (or on a sheet of parchment paper on the baking sheet), then flatten them out a bit with your palm. The dough may be a little crumbly, but just smoosh it together and it will work fine!
  6. Bake for 7-10 minutes. (I did 8 which was perfect)


**I added a flax egg (2 Tbs Ground Flax Seed + 6 Tbs Water - let sit for 5 min) because the dough was very dry, I couldn't get it to stick together. But this made it perfect. 

**I also added coarse sea salt sprinkled on top of the cookies before putting them in the oven, anything with chocolate tastes better with sea salt to me! 


Waking Up Poppy

This blog is somewhat of a baby diary for Poppy, so I want to post the little things that I want to remember about this quickly moving time with her. One of my favourite parts of the day is when she wakes up in the morning, and after her naps. I hear babbling from her room and whenever I open the door she always reminds me of a kid when you catch in the middle of playing make believe and they're a little embarassed that you saw. 

I know that Poppy is a getting pretty old to be swaddled, but she sleeps soooo much better that way, so why mess with a good thing.  

Theres no door handle on her bedroom door because it's the perfect peep hole to check on her without having to open that squeaky old door.