1. The Mom Wars must end, says Mary Elizabeth Williams, who works part-time from home. “It’s in those moments when a spit-up-stained stay-at-home mom who hasn’t washed her hair all week looks across the drive at the polished executive mother heading off on a business trip. It’s there when a guilt-wracked, stuck-at-the-job mom sees the Facebook pictures of a mother boasting of her “magical” summer spent with the kids in the Hamptons. And when they both think, “That bitch has it easy.”
2. Speaking of judging other moms, have you heard of Scary Mommy? It’s a mom confession blog-turned-book and we’re thinking we need to read it right now. Um, “I joined a gym just for the free daycare. I drop the kids off and read magazines and blogs in the locker room.”? Gold! Read more...
Cookie mogul Eden Hertzogshares recipes she enjoys with her family
We go out for coffee every morning. We’ve tried every kind of home coffee contraption there is: bodum, espresso machine, stovetop espresso maker, regular old drip coffee maker – but none of them ever cut it. Why? Because I need to get my ass out of the house. This is especially true with the kid; as soon as he is in his stroller and I am exhaling after a flurry of finding-every-little-thing and getting him and myself dressed, I feel almost like a normal person in the world. We go to two places: Balluchon during the week and The Common on the weekends. I can’t even tell you the joy it brings me to have these two neighbourhood, family-friendly spots to go to at the start of each day. Brian and I recently did a calculation of how much money we would save if we made coffee at home. It was slightly disturbing, BUT I don’t care. Read more...
Get out and explore your own city this March Break
Attention kids and parents! We have an assignment for you this March Break. Ever wonder what is truly the best coffeeshop in your particular city? This is your chance to find out! We want you and your kids to try out the beverage selections at five different coffeeshops in order to find your new favourite.
You can do this by:
Referring to your city’s alt-weeklies and blogs where they typically create best-of lists
Asking your social networks for recommendations
Taking transit to a new neighbourhood and wander around until you find the first interesting-looking coffeeshop
Next, you and your kid have to commit to one item you’re going to order at each coffeeshop. It could be a plain cup of drip coffee, chai latte, hot chocolate, smoothie, or maybe even a cookie. (We’d be checking out the latte situation while the kid would investigate the hot chocolate) Read more...
1. A pregnant lady was struck by lightning, then had to wait out the remaining six months of her pregnancy before finding out what effect the lightning had on her baby girl. She’s good and healthy, but we’re with the dad here and are waiting to hear about her superpowers.
Combine flours, oats, almonds, baking powder, cardamom and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk the egg and milk together, then stir in the cooked oatmeal and apricots. Add this to the dry mixture. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add a thin layer of vegetable oil. Spoon on the pancake batter and flip pancakes after 2-3 minutes. Keep cooked pancakes warm in a 200 degree oven while you cook the rest. Serve with honey. Read more...
Every family does mealtime differently. All we know is food and family go together like PB and J. In Munchland, you show us how your family fills up their tummies.
CITY: Toronto, Ontario
OUR BUNCH:Rebeca, 35, non-profit arts and culture enthusiast. Timothy, 36, haunted house creator/theater director. Diego, 4, machinist (one who takes every machine apart to see how it works).
Rebeca fell in love with coffee shops after she moved to New York 12 years ago and discovered they were a great place to sit and be alone and people-watch. Hard at work on a book about New York coffee culture, she found it challenging to write and spend time with her son, Diego. So now she brings him along, and the two get to hang out and explore different neighbourhoods through small, independent coffee shops. Diego accompanies Rebeca and acts as the certified cookie reviewer, which means he gets a treat every time (pretty sweet deal, if you ask us). Their special thing led to a Facebook fan page, a Twitter feed and a video series, which you can watch on their blog, The Coffee Beaners. Read more...