You know you’re a mom when…..

Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

It’s a day to show that special lady in your life, ( the one that gave you life.)

How much you care! To shower her with love and gifts and thank her for everything she has done for you!  

my mother and I

Before becoming a mother myself I heard stories of puke and poop, never ending questions, boogers, and temper tantrums. Not to mention the kisses, cuddles, giggles and unconditional love!


The ones that made me a mommy

This post is dedicated to mothers everywhere.

Mother’s Day will be filled with plenty of sentimental moments. This post isn’t one of them. I’ve asked some fellow moms and bloggers to share the mommy moments that we’ve all had! No matter who you are, we’ve all been there.

So sit back with your lukewarm coffee, tighten your mom bun, pull up your yoga pants and try to find a spot where there are no toys to have a seat. Enjoy a laugh or two on us and enjoy the many moments that make motherhood….. Interesting.

First I’ll share mine, you know your a mom when:

Your outfit choice all depends on what clothes spit up is less likely to be noticeable on.

Your daily conversations include the phrases:

  • Stay away from the dog’s but!
  • That’s not what we do with our boogers!
  • Where did your pants go?
  • No, I don’t need a bandaid for all of the “Owies” on my face, they are pimples and I would rather not talk about them, but thanks anyway.
  • Yes Frankie, I know you have a wiener, no your sister didn’t lose hers…
  • Seriously where are your pants?

You never EVER go to the washroom alone, EVER! They will find you!

You use the word “tummy” in an adult conversation ie: ” I can’t finish this meal, my tummy is full. I think I’ll get a take out container.”

Whitney from Splendid life with Whitney shared:

You know you’re mom when a solo trip anywhere (post office, bank, grocery store, bathroom) feels like a vacation. 

You know you’re a mom when you lay down with your child to help them take nap. Only to end up falling asleep yourself.

You know you’re the mom (of a toddler) when your child dramatically throws them-self on the floor of a department store and you’re more concerned about surviving the rest of the shopping trip than with your child laying on the dirty floor.


Holly From Holly Housewife Life shared: Http:// 

You hear so many stories before you become a mama about how ‘oh you’ll never pee alone again’ and ‘get your sleep while you still can’ but what I’m most surprised about is how quickly I adjusted to the ‘ewwwww’ factor of momma hood.
And maybe it’s because I have a son or maybe it’s because my son is just particularly gross Hahahah but I really knew I was a mom when: 

– picking someone else’s boogies no longer disgusts me, actually it feels super rewarding to finally get that sucker!!

– eye gunk, ear wax, toe jam, belly button lint… Just doing the daily rounds.

– something slimy and weird came out of somewhere… and there’s no wipes or bibs in arms reach, just wipe it on my clothes or the babes. (We’re both desperately in need of bathing anyway! Count down to bath time is on)

– you will kiss a spitty, slobbery, foody, sticky face all over without hesitation. (Because come on, that face is the cutest)

– finally, I don’t think this needs any explanation, one word. Poop. Everywhere. All the time. (Ok I added words hehe)

Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely mommas out there, may your babies sleep in and you have a good hair day! (That’s my hope for this Mother’s Day anyway, a girl can dream :)))

Amanda Baldwin of Green Tea + Cotton shared:

Raising 3 boys, and now a daughter, there have been a number of phrases that have left my mouth that never even crossed my mind before having children.  Here are my top 10:

1.  Stop smacking your brother’s butt!

2.  Armpit farts are only funny when we are at home.

3.  Did you brush your teeth?  Did you!?  Let me smell your breath!

4.  How did you even get up there?

5.  Little Miss, no you can’t pull your brother’s penis.  (Yes.  I did utter those words after my daughter yanked her older brother’s penis in the bath tub.  She was almost a year old! Curiosity starts young and I guess she wondered why something was dangling from him. His look was priceless and her meltdown sealed the deal on the hilarious factor!)

6.  Stop picking your toe jam…nevermind…just go take a bath.

7.  I swear….if one of you interrupts me one more time while I’m trying to use the bathroom…heaven help your souls!

8.  It’s just lettuce!  It won’t kill you!  (As the 4 year old is overly dramatic in his hate for even a tiny piece of lettuce on his sandwich or burger or plate!)

9.  I never knew poop could ride up so far out of a diaper.

10.  Ew…ew…ew.. stop putting the dog food in the water and eating it!

Motherhood is filled with hilarious moments.  Write them down because one day, they will make you smile!  Plus you’ll get some good blackmail moments 
from them.

Tami from Mama Sugs shared:

Helen from Mama’s baby steps shared:

I’m a Mommy to a 3.5 year old boy, and a 21 month old girl.  My story about “you know you’re a Mom when” is a little more serious than funny …This question for me is easy to answer. When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I remember feeling so many emotions: excitement, joy, happiness, love, and fear. The last emotion was probably the one that really made me feel like a Mom, and here is why. When you are pregnant, you constantly worry. You worry about what you put in your body, what you put on your body, you worry about miscarrying, youworry about there being something wrong with the baby. You worry about making it to the next trimester, you worry when you go hours without feeling a kick; but feel relief the second you feel that tiny punch or the beautiful sound of a beating heart. You worry about child birth, and everything that goes along with it. I asked my Mom while pregnant with him: “Mom. When do you stop worrying?” “You don’t, because you’re a Mom now.” She was right.

Thank you so much ladies for sharing your stories! 

Please do yourselves a favour and check out their blogs, they are all amazing and you really are missing out if you don’t! 

I think we can all agree that motherhood is never boring! It’s full of highs and lows that we will never take for granted. 

The moments that make us feel like we’re going crazy today will be the basis for many funny stories in the future. All too quickly our crazy little ones won’t be so little anymore. 

On this Mother’s Day I will enjoy my breakfast in bed, presents, hugs and kisses. With a side of temper tantrums, Lego foot of injuries, poopy diapers and spit up.

 I’ll keep a smile on my face the whole time, you know why? 

Because I’m a mom and if you ask me, there’s no better thing in the word!

 (Ok so I lied, this got pretty sentimental) 

An early Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, 

Enjoy your day!

xo Fran


Chewy Gooey White Chocolate Blondies

I’ve seen many recipes for blondies before and honestly not being a fan of white chocolate I usually don’t really pay them any attention. 

I mean really, a “blondie”….. no thanks give me a brownie anyday! 

Recently my inlaws took a vacation to Florida, along with some other goodies they brought me back some Ghirardelli white chocolate baking chips. I was about to go to the obvious choice and make cookies, when I decided to give Blondies a chance.

I adapted a brownie recipe that I’ve used many times, the result was amazing! They are so gooey and fudgey, honestly this time I gotta say blondes might be more fun! 

White Chocolate Blondies

  • 1/2 Cup of unsalted butter
  • 8 oz white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a glass bowl melt white chocolate and butter in the microwave. Use 30 second intervals stirring in between until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Add sugar,and mix well.
  4. Add salt, vanilla and eggs until well incorporated, stir in flour until well combined.
  5. Spread batter into a greased 8 inch pan. Bake for 28 minutes, let cool completely before cutting into pieces.

Super easy, super gooey and super yummy! 

Give these a try and I promise they’ll win over even the biggest milk chocolate fan!



Reese’s Pieces Cake-ookie

last week was extremely cold and rainy! 

Needless to say we were going a little stir crazy around here. I guess it wouldn’t be spring without the rain! Thankfully this week has started out a little better! We spent Monday morning at the park, weather reports were calling for rain so we enjoyed the time outdoors while we could!

When the clouds started to roll in we decided to head home. Both Frankie and I were pretty disappointed that our fun time got cut short. On the walk home I was thinking whats better than cookies to lift your spirits? 

What’s even better than cookies? I’ll tell you! 

A giant cookie! !

I know giant cookies are usually made on a pizza pan, but I used a spring form because I was hoping it would make a thicker gooey cookie and it did! (This recipe will also work in a pizza pan as well, whatever you prefer)

Frankie said it looked like a cookie cake! So while we enjoyed our afternoon treat, we went through many different name combos until we came up with a cake-ookie! 


  • 1 Cup butter softened
  • 3/4 Cup white sugar
  • 3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour ( all purpose)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Cups Reese’s piesces ( I used minis)

Pre heat oven to 375

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating each one well.
  2. Gradually add flour, salt, and baking soda, mixing until well blended. Stir in your Reese’s pieces  
  3. Spread your cookie dough into a greased 9 or 10 inch round spring form pan. Bake for 30 -35 minutes. Until your cookie is nicely browned and the centre is still soft but not raw.   
  4. Let cookie cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before trying to remove from pan.   

I hope the sun is shining where ever you are, if not I hope this yummy treat brightens your day!



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Easter weekend recap!

I hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekend!

We had a busy weekend, we were on the go from Friday to Sunday. Monday morning everything hit me all at once and I spent the day in bed with a terrible headache and sore throat. Luckily Mike had the day off so I got a chance to get som rest!

On good Friday we went to visit Mike’s Parents and sister. It was a big day for Emila, she had a few firsts that day! Emilia got to finally meet her great Nonna and received her first Easter Egg!  Frankie also got a giant Easter egg and held onto it for dear life! ( can you tell he doesn’t get chocolate on a regular basis?) 


After our visit with Nonna, we went to Mike’s parents house where both kids got lots of treats and Emilia went into Frankie’s old Exersaucer for the first time! She’s growing so fast it’s crazy! 



While Emila was having some fun, Frankie went out to do his first Easter egg hunt of the weekend! He said the Easter Bunny was pretty tricky this year!





Later that night, Frankie left out some treats and look who came to visit him!


We had a yummy fish dinner and ice cream cake for desert, Frankie went home very happy and VERY full of sugar!

Saturday my niece spent the day with the kids and I, we watched Big Hero 6. (Super cute movie, everyone really liked it!) after lunch Frankie and his cousin baked a cake for everyone to enjoy at Sunday’s Easter dinner the next night. 


He loves spending time with his cousins, and I’m so glad they are growing up so close!  

That night my younger sister came over to decorate eggs with Frankie, they had a lot of fun. Please excuse my lack of photos for that activity my anxiety level was at an all time high while they made a mess……I mean had fun lol! Those two always have so much fun together and thankfully they are a really good team when it’s clean up time!

When everyone went to bed, I got to work on some easter bunny tracks. I took a large paint brush, and a bowl of baby powder and got to work!


Everyone loved finding them the next morning, except for our dog Pearl who woke up at 6 smelling them and crying…..


We all went downstairs to see what the Easter Bunny had brought, Frankie was very excited! Emilia was more interested in the colourful “grass” in her first ever Easter basket than she was the presents inside. 





We had a nice breakfast together and got dressed up for our family dinner. Of course I had to get pictures of the family before we left! 

Mike responded with his usual ” here we go…” 

Frankie now hates taking pictures, he won’t stay still even if your lucky to convince him to participate. Luckily we managed to get a few good shots!



Once we got to my parent’s house, it wasn’t long before the house filled up with family. My grandparents, sisters, niece, nephew uncles, aunts and cousins all spent the day together.

Easter has always been my favourite holiday growing up. I loved all of the fun my cousins and I had as children, hunting for eggs and playing outside all day. 

Now I get to relive that through my own children!

Speaking of hunting eggs all of the kids had a blast during their own hunt! My mom even set up a little hunt for Emilia inside, 

so off I…….. oops!

I mean she went to find her treats ha!



We sat down to a delicious dinner, and way too many desserts!

Both kids were exhausted and were out cold 2 minutes into the car ride home!

It was a busy weekend full of fun and new memories to treasure forever.

I hope you all also enjoyed your weekend!

For now I’ll be in bed recovering, times sure have changed this isn’t the kind of weekend I used to have to recover from before kids, ha ha!





Easy Baked Chicken Meatballs 

Around here, if you say the words pasta and meatballs a certain little boy’s eyes will light up!  Ok, ok mine too…..

Since I’ve been trying to improve my eating habits (and lose those last 10 pounds of baby weight!) I’ve come up with a recipe that tastes just as good as traditional meatballs, but are much healthier and way lighter. 

I used extra lean ground chicken in this recipe, but you can also use ground turkey if you choose. I also bake them instead of frying, you could fry them if you wanted. They would just be a little less healthy that way.

Easy Baked Chicken Meatballs

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

2 Tbsp onion, chopped

1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1 tsp dried basil

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

2 cloves of garlic minced ( I used my garlic press)

1 1/4 lb ground chicken

1 large egg beaten

1. Preheat oven to 400, line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix until well combined, try not to over mix.


3. Form mixture into balls with your hands, I used about 1 1/2 Tbs per ball. Place them on your baking sheet at least an inch apart.


4. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until are golden brown and cooked through.

These can be served with the sauce of your choosing. I usually make them with  pasta and homemade tomato sauce. I like to add them into the pot when they come out of the oven to add more flavour to the sauce!


You can also make these ahead of time and freeze them:

Prepare them as usual, then let the meatballs cool to room temp.

Place the meatballs on a baking sheet and place into the freezer until they are solid. 

Then transfer them into a ziplock bag to store in the freezer. 

When preparing from frozen, defrost meatballs in the oven for 20 mins then cook for 15 mins at 350. Or add them directly from the freezer into your pasta sauce while its cooking!



Not Enough Hours in the day! ( a little update on our family)

Things are pretty busy around here lately!

I have a bunch of little projects going on around the house, including finishing up Emilia’s room. I’m hoping to get a post about it together soon.

While that’s going on I’ve started a massive spring cleaning, getting rid of so many toys and old clothes we’ve acquired over the past few years. It’s amazing the amount of things that you accumulate overtime! I’m in the mindset that if you haven’t worn it, or used to in 6 months it’s time to let it go! 

Mike on the other hand, finds sentimental value in literally everything we own. If it were up to him we wouldn’t get rid of anything! (We’d also probably be on the show horders and sleeping in our car since we would have no room to live in the house!) 

Frankie is easier to encourage to get rid of things. He understands the idea of donating things to kids that aren’t as fortunate as he is, we also have joined a local online community where we can sell some gently used items. Ever since we opened a savings account for Frankie he’s all about the Benjamin’s, or in his case toonies and loonies lol! He’s more than eager to sell some of his old toys to fill up his piggy bank for his next big deposit!


Seriously, he wants all of the money!

On top of all of that im working on Emilia’s baptism, which is on the 19th. I’m  getting everything together, making decorations and finishing up some last minute details. All while trying to keep up to date on my blogging and trying to get my daily “jobs” done!

Think I’ve got enough on my plate? 

Every night I lay in bed thinking about my to do list for the next morning. To say I can’t wait for this month to be done it an understatement. 

I’ve recently started to make lists for myself daily. I find that if I write down what needs to be done, it holds me more accountable and gives me more motivation to get it done. Surprisingly Frankie noticed my lists and now asks for his own. “I have lots of work to do Momma, please write my list” he dictates his list to me every morning, his important jobs include:

  • Playing Lego
  • Eating snacks
  • Going outside
  • Talking to his sister 
  • Drawing a picture for the fridge
  • Reading his books

As you can see he’s a pretty busy guy too!

Aside from the craziness going on, we’re getting ready for Easter! We’ll be spending Good Friday with Mike’s side of the family and Easter Sunday with mine. I’m looking forward to a fun weekend with family and a few day where I don’t have to worry about my very large to do list!

In other news Emilia started solids and as you can see she loves it……


She’s growing so fast it’s crazy, she’ll be 5 months in only 6 days! Looking at Frankie it’s hard to remember him being so small! 

He’s still a great helper, encouraging his sister to crawl to him at tummy time, cheering her on while she’s eating her cereal and educating her on all of the Ninja Turles and all of his “Star Wars guys”.

So that’s a little of what’s going on around here! I hope you’re all getting a little more rest and relaxation than I am!