Meal Planning

Seven Tips to Make Cooking with your Preschooler FUN!

Seven Tips to Make Cooking with your Preschooler FUN!

Cooking with children from a young age can help them learn basic counting and reading skills, grasp the concept of following directions, develop their fine motor skills, and, the thing most parents are focused on around food at that age, encourage an adventurous palate.

Buuuutt... I KNOW, it's also a lot of work to cook with a preschooler. Trust me, I get it. I know the idea of allowing them "help" can seem like it will take too much time. I've discovered, however, that if you plan ahead a bit and go into it with the right attitude, it can be a wonderful experience for both of you.

Online Grocery Shopping with Atlantic Superstore Arrives in Halifax

Online Grocery Shopping with Atlantic Superstore Arrives in Halifax

Imagine, if you will, a world without your overtired child throwing a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store when you have a half-full cart of groceries that you need to leave behind to get her out of there. Or never having that moment when your newborn decides he needs to eat NOW near the end of a stressful grocery shop and having to leave a full cart of groceries behind to try to find a comfortable spot to nurse him. 

Well, parents of Halifax, thanks to Atlantic Superstore's new online grocery shopping service, that world exists! The future is NOW. I had a sneak peek into how the program works and am sharing the details and my top seven tips to make the process seamless for you too!

HelloFresh Meal Delivery Service Expands to Halifax

HelloFresh Meal Delivery Service Expands to Halifax

When I heard about HelloFresh expanding to Halifax I was SUPER excited. Like telling all my friends: "GUYS, they deliver all the ingredients right to your DOOR. NO grocery store, NO wasted food!" It seemed too good to be true and that was the reaction of most of my friends. So I decided to test it out for you (I know, I'm a giver. It was all for you guys).

Five Easy Slow Cooker Meals To Save The Day

Five Easy Slow Cooker Meals To Save The Day

I asked some local bloggers for their best slow cooker meals and they didn't disappoint. We've been working our way through the list and they've all been fantastic so far. Bookmark this post so you have plenty of family-friendly options to make you look like a rock star at dinner time too.

How to Plan Meals & Make a Grocery List Like a BOSS

How to Plan Meals & Make a Grocery List Like a BOSS

Meal planning is a challenge for even the most organized person (I speak from experience here). Once you throw in jobs and kids and other responsibilities it gets even harder to find the time to plan your weekly meals and create a shopping list that ensures you have everything you need for the week. Then I figured out a system that simplified this process and the task became a BREEZE. 

Grown-Up Crafting at Hue Design Studio

I love crafting but most of the time these days my crafting consists of a lot of glitter, white Elmer's glue, and crayons. When Michele Muir of Hue Design Studio on Sullivan Street in Halifax's trendy North End invited me and a few other local bloggers over to check out her space and take one of her workshops I was first in line. A craft-er-noon? With new friends? And no glitter? Sold!

Michele is an interior designer who opened her own decorating boutique last year. Her charming shop is packed full of gorgeous items like paint and wallpaper from the UK's Farrow & Ball (she's one of their only two retailers in Nova Scotia), custom designed throw pillows, adorable accessories like artwork and unique pull knobs, and a complete selection of Canadian made FAT Paint and FAT Paint products.

The new Amanda Forrest Collection - hot off the presses

The new Amanda Forrest Collection - hot off the presses

Michele got us settled in with snazzy FAT Paint aprons and a counter filled with snacks and told us a bit about the process and the paints we'd be using. FAT Paint is a chalk-style paint and is Canadian through and through. It is owned and operated in BC by a brother-sister team, Victoria and Bradford Lambert, and it started in September 2012.

Hue Design Studio is one of only three Nova Scotian retailers to carry this product and the only one in Halifax. She offers regular workshops, such as FAT 101, for people who want to learn how to use this paint - no experience necessary! She also offers Sign Making Workshops with FAT Paint which is what we were doing.

I decided to make a sign for our Dining Room to post each day's dinner menu with a Bon Appetit! stencil. Choosing the colour was the hardest part for me but I finally settled on Dutch Door, a deep burgundy red and chose Antique Wedgewood for the lettering.

We sanded down the wood then got started with the painting. I hadn't used chalk-style paint before and really loved the texture and how well it covered the board, even with just one coat.

My favourite moment of painting - the first brush stroke

My favourite moment of painting - the first brush stroke

We let it sit for about 20 minutes while we noshed and talked blogs and family. It was so wonderful to meet some of my favourite bloggers, reconnect with ones I'd met before at BlogJam, and learn about some new blogs I'm now following.

Once the second coat was dry I taped on my stencil with painter's tape and put a dab of the Ancient Wedgewood on a plate.

Michele showed us how to remove most of the paint from the brush so it didn't bleed on the stencil and then we went at it.

Okay, I changed my mind. My favourite part isn't the first swipe of paint any more. It's removing the stencil. WOW. I need to start using stencils more often and Hue carries a whole stack of them that I can't wait to start collecting.

Once this dried we brushed on, then rubbed in, some FAT Wax to seal our creations and give it just that extra bit of oomph to the colour and look.

When I got home I finished the last bit of my project which was adding a painted chalkboard on the bottom. I taped off the edges and covered the stencilled part with newspaper and used some black chalkboard spray paint on the bottom.

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After a hour or so I peeled off the tape and the next morning I hung it up on the wall with that night's dinner menu displayed.

Today's Special is...

Today's Special is...

Thanks so much to the East Coast Mom Media

group for connecting us and, of course, to Hue Design Studio - the workshop was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon and would be a great activity for a group of friends or family who want to get together and try something new, and leave with something beautiful. 

You can find Hue at 5585 Sullivan Street in Halifax (steps away from the Starbucks in the Hydrostone) and at www.huedesignstudio.ca

Disclosure: I was provided a free Sign Making Workshop from Hue Design Studios but all views are my own.

Check out the blogs from the other crafters who attended that day and see their creations!

My Life in the Sun

Curtains Are Open

Farm Fresh Style

Simple Local Life

Halitrax