Monthly Archives: February 2014

About Happiness

I recently read Shawn Achor’s “Before Happiness” and the “Happiness Advantage”, I found both books provided insightful and helpful tips. One that I have been trying to practice daily is gratitude. I fall into the “not good enough” trap very easily, forgetting too quickly all the great things in my life. Before I go to bed I think back to the last 24 hours and identify three things that I am grateful for. I have been doing this for about month and it really has affected my mood for the better. So tonight before I go to bed I write this post and the three things that I am grateful for today:

1. Morning naps with Niko – I look at this picture and remember this morning at about 9am when we were napping – I am so very grateful to have this time with my son.

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2. “Family Day” Holiday in Canada. We went to a local cafe for brunch, and then spent the afternoon watching a movie on our laptop and playing with Niko. A lovely lazy day with my two guys.

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3. I had a great spin class! Spinning – have you tried it? It gives me the burst of energy I need to take me to the end of my day. I was able to take a class yesterday – it has been hard to fit in classes regularly, grateful when I can.

Link to Shawn Achor and his work on Happiness, this link also provides the clip from his TEDx lecture: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shawn-achor/happiness-leads-to-success_b_940611.html

A related link: http://themindunleashed.org/2013/10/10-easy-things-that-will-make-you.html

Dinner for Baby and Us

My maternity leave ends in about two weeks, leaving me wondering how I am going to juggle 9-5 at the office and 24-7 as a mommy and wife. Meals take a lot me a lot of time to prepare – I have been trying to experiment with preparing 2 meals at one go. Take what I am preparing for Adam and I, and adapt for our 12 month old.  Last night Adam and I had Eggplant Parmesan for dinner and Niko had eggplant puree with a hard-boiled egg. Prep time for our meal was about 20 minutes and cooking time another 20 minutes.

  1. One and half eggplants sliced paper-thin.
  2. Cut the other half of the eggplant into cubes.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Place the paper-thin slices of eggplant on baking sheets (make sure to grease the baking sheet with a bit of olive oil before placing eggplant on it) and sprinkle a bit of salt and a bit more olive oil on top.
  5. Place the cubed eggplant into a greased pan and sprinkle a bit of olive oil on top.
  6. Place eggplant (sliced and cubed) into oven for about 25 minutes.
  7. For the Eggplant Parmesan – spread tomato sauce on bottom, lay down eggplant slices, spread cheese (I use a mix of mozzarella, parmesan, asiago and provolone) then spread tomato sauce on top, followed by eggplant, and then cheese, do this until you have used up all your eggplant. Bake (at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes).
  8. For Baby/Toddler Food – I poured olive oil into a pan, chopped one clove of garlic and added that to the pan – after about a minute I added the cubed eggplant, spinach and tomato sauce. I let it cook for about 10 minutes and then poured the contents of the pan into a blender. Blended into a thick puree, but not chunky.  I poured this puree over a hard-boiled egg I had cut into small pieces.

Eggplant Parmesan before I popped it into the oven (left). Eggplant before puree (right)

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Changing How We Portray Women and Girls

This is fantastic!

“Getty Images launched the “Lean In Collection” Monday in partnership with LeanIn.org, featuring more than 2,500 photos of female leadership in contemporary work and life…”

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Pictures above from the following websites:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/stock-photos-that-hope-to-change-the-way-we-look-at-women?utm_term=P3Q9L289N3RzaDk0aDJhdw%3D%3D

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/business/leaninorg-and-getty-aim-to-change-womens-portrayal-in-stock-photos.html?_r=0

My City Hall Wedding

I am grateful for my two great loves … A & N …my husband and my son.

Adam and I were married at Toronto City Hall on November 12th (11.12.13!). We didn’t plan or put much thought into our wedding. We called the City Hall Wedding Chambers to book a time and officiant, and invited only four of our closest friends to join us that morning. Afterwards we took our guests to a nearby Italian restaurant. It was a lovely a day – laughter and love.

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Last summer Refinery29 snapped couples getting hitched at NYC City Hall: 17 Stylish Couples Snapped At City Hall.