Saturday, January 28, 2012
Holiday Inn Express – Syracuse, NY (Fairgrounds)
You can never go wrong with Holiday Inn Express because you get consistent customer services and affordable pricing. We like staying at their chains because we know what to expect – no surprises and no disappointment. Raychel likes the cereal and juice selections at the free breakfast. I like the room cleanliness and the pool/gym amenities. Ray likes the free parking. We stayed here for 1 night to visit my sister and family. She’s attending Syracuse University. We would all stay here again.
Disney World – Pop Century Resort
This hotel celebrates and recognizes all the decades of the 20th century. Also, you see tall statues of lovable Disney characters like Lady and the Tramp, Dalmatians’, and more! It’s located right in the heart of the Disney World complex so you don’t need to travel far on their free shuttle buses to experience any of their amazing parks. And a bigger bonus – as a Disney resort guest, you can take advantage of the extended theme park hours. Bye-bye, long line ups! All 3 of us are excited for our 2 night stay in March after a visit with Nana and Poppa at their home in Port Charlotte.
Westin Grand – Vancouver
Located in downtown Vancouver close to Yaletown, this hotel is really special. I stay here for business but it’s still a great family hotel. It has all the great amenities that Westin/Starwood offers plus excellent bar and restaurant services. You can always find water containers filled with fresh fruit and veggies around the common areas. One morning, I filled up my water bottle with lychee, mints and blackberries. It was quite refreshing. When we go to Vancouver at the end of June, we will be staying here. I’m sure Raychel will love the outdoor pool and the Heavenly shower head.
Super 8 Motel – Niagara Falls
An affordable chain, with simple in-room features, this is a place where families would go just to rest & shower. A perfect one night stay in the summer! I have Dealfind vouchers for this motel and I will plan to invite the in-laws to join us for a weekend in the summer. There’s an outdoor pool so Raychel can enjoy a dip after a day around Clifton Hills.
Great Wolf Lodge – Niagara Falls
This lodge has everything a child could want – a Water Park, Cabin themed rooms, storytelling time and MagicQuest – an interactive adventure with a Classic wand. What haven’t they thought of?! Another great thing about this place is that there are always promotional codes and discounts. And of course, it’s only 2 hours from Toronto. Hopefully we can plan a 1 night stay with our friends or old neighbours this year. All our kids would love it!
Carnival Cruise – Caribbean 5 days
To celebrate our 1 year anniversary, we will plan a R-cubed cruise trip around the Caribbean. I’ve only been on the Disney cruise and both Ray & Raychel haven’t broken in their sea legs so I hope we get to enjoy an intimate family vacation. And there’s lots of fun, exciting activities on-board for Raychel that we can let her play in a supervised setting while we get Mommy & Daddy time!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup Halloween coloured sprinkles
12-15 large marshmallows
12-15 popsicles or wooden candy sticks
2. Place sprinkles in a bowl
3. Dip each marshmallow in chocolate so it goes partway up the sides. Then dip chocolate in sprinkles. Place marshmallows, sprinkle side up, on baking tray to set. Once set, poke sticks into centre of plain side of marshmallow.
Friday, August 19, 2011
But her favourite thing to colour is the living room sofa.
First off, let me describe our sofa: leather, contemporary style, pale yellow with chrome leg pegs. Our daughter thinks it’s a big blank canvas. As you can imagine, our sofa has seen better days.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
- East Side Mario’s
- Frankie Tomatto
- Pizza Hut
- Boston Pizza
When? Any day with an adult purchasing a meal
- Golden Griddle
When? Tuesday, Saturday between 4PM-10PM
*Also, refer to these websites for other Kids Eat Free restaurants:
Happy Dining Friends!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Planning dinner for the family after a long day of work can be challenging. Then on top of this, you have to cook it too. I will admit that I will occasionally depend on quick meals like Kraft Dinner because I may not have the energy to cook a proper home-cooked meal. But I do try to ensure that Raychel eats vegetables and protein with her meals so here’s my version of a “healthy” Mac & Cheese.
First off, I say “healthy” in quotations because I can’t hide the fact that there’s sodium and other products that is not recommended on a daily basis. However, I can incorporate some fresh produce to the meal to ensure that she gets a balanced diet. KD has whole wheat pasta now so you can avoid filling up on white starch and still enjoy the traditional taste.
I use the following items:
1 box of whole wheat Kraft Dinner (2 boxes if Ray is having some too)
½ cup of peas or green beans (frozen or fresh, never canned)
½ cup of carrots cut into cubes (frozen or fresh, never canned)
Optional: 2 grilled chicken breasts, cut into cubes (cut them in a fashion to avoid choking)
Cook the mac & cheese like you normally would. Start grilling the meat; ensure that it’s cooked thoroughly. Set aside and let cool. Then in a separate pot, cook the veggies until they’re tender. After the cheese has been added to the pasta, strain the veggies and add to the pasta. Mix well. Cut the chicken and add to the pasta and veggies. Mix one last time.
If you don’t have any meat, you can use canned tuna. I would recommend the tuna after the child has been tested for allergies.
I often have leftovers so we will pack this for her lunch for daycare. She enjoys eating this meal because it’s colouful, helps her develop fine motor skills (uses her fingers or spoon to fed), and it’s cheese flavour – something she adores.
In total, this takes 15 mins to cook. 5-10 mins to prep. From box to dinner table, under 30 mins maximum.