An Afternoon at Harvard Street Park

I promised my little girl yesterday that we would go to the park today. I kept that promise and they had lots of fun!!!

Jack and Julia gone in a flash playing. So excited!
This is one of my favourite swings at the park. I can swing on it too with the littles.
Peek-a-boo!
We have been to this park with Thomas half a dozen times this Summer and this is the first time he actually goes through the tunnel all by himself. Every other time he was too nervous to go all the way! By the way, I kinda got stuck on my belly chasing Thomas through here. I was crying from laughter. Thomas was so excited that he went belly first down the slide instead of on his bum to get away from me. hahahaa.
I guess I took a lot of pictures of Thomas. Jack and Julia were all over the place playing. I kinda got stuck on this slide chasing Thomas too!! hehe.

Lots of fun on the swings. Playing chase with Thomas was the best!  I would go through the play ground equipment chasing him slowly, squeezing through the tunnel and going down the slides. It was a sight to see when I was kinda stuck on my belly in the tunnel. hahaha!! Julia helped pull me out as she went down the slide holding my hands. haha. (I was not THAT stuck though).

Home for drinks, freezies and rest period.  Julia is wrapped in a blanket beside me getting sleepy, Thomas is holding is half eaten apple getting sleepy, Jack is rocking out on the rocking chair and we are watching Moana.  We have watched this movie so many times and we still love it!!!!

Actually, Julia and Thomas are asleep now!! That did not take too long!

Kenny Shore Beach, 2018

Took a couple trips to Chris’ childhood beach this year, and what a blast we had!  With these 5 active children, help was nice to have!! Chris’ mom, Jean was nice to have around!

Cooling down in the water
Jack found a feather!!!
Chris trying to get Thomas comfortable in the water. No go! haha
I don’t have the camera this time!! little boys, so cute!
Chris’ mom, Jean.
Julia has the funniest expressions! Not sure what she is holding. Sand maybe! hahaha
Getting back to the beach for a second time!
There they go, Alaina and Julia. They played with that same log 10 days earlier!
Grammie and Thomas going for a walk, exploring.
Trenching time!!!!! Lots of fun.
Daniel. Loves to pose for nice pictures!
Jack helping dad to dig the long trench to sea.
Girls hanging out together!
I dug a hole for each of them to sit in, then buried them!
Chris adding some special touches to these 3.
Look at those muscles!!!!
So much fun!
Touch ups
Molding shapes around them. haha
Walk time. Love these single photos on the beach
Hehehehe!
Chris is teaching them to skip rocks.
We see a sandbar forming!
Putting his skipping skills to the test!
That rock is too big for skipping! Watch your toes!
Hello!!!!! Found the sandbar.

Great summertime at the beach. Hopefully we will get one more go together as a family this year!!!

This is a list a movies and shows I enjoy and recommend. Started this list around September 2018.

Learning to format WordPress

My husband showed me some formating techniques. So hopefully I will be able to make better tables, columns, buttons etc . . .

Here are our childrens’ bedtime baby lullabies.

Daniels’ favourite lullaby
Twinkle twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Alainas’ favourite lullaby
Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

I love you in the morning,
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening,
Underneath the moon…

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

Julias’ favourite lullaby
Row row row your boat
Gently down the stream
Julia Julia Julia Julia
Life is but a dream

Row row row your boat
Gently down the stream
Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas
Life is but a dream

Row row row your boat
Gently down the stream
Jacky Jacky Jacky Jack
Life is but a dream

Row row row your boat
Gently down the stream
Alaina Alaina Alaina Alaina
Life is but a dream

Row row row your boat
Gently down the stream
Daniel Daniel Daniel Daniel
Life is but a dream

Row row row your boat
Gently down the stream
Mommy mommy mommy mommy
Life is but a dream

Row row,row,your,boat
Gently down the stream
Daddy daddy daddy daddy
life is but a dream

Jacks’ favourite lullaby
Baa baa black sheep
Have you any wool
Yes Sir yes Sir
Three bags full
One for my master
One for my dame
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane
Thomas’ favourite lullaby
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round
Round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town

The wipers on the bus go swoosh swoosh swoosh
Swoosh swoosh swoosh
Swoosh swoosh swoosh
The wipers on the bus go swoosh swoosh swoosh
All through the town

The doors on the bus go open an close
Open and close
Open and close
The doors on the bus go open and close
All through the town

The horn on the bus goes beep beep bepp
Beep beep beep
Beep beep beep
The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep
All through the town

The baby on the bus goes wah wah wah
Wah wah wah
Wah wah wah
The baby on the bus goes wah wah wah
All through the town

The people on the bus go shh shh shh
Shh shh shh
Shh shh shh
The people on the bus go shh shh shh
All through the town

The mommy on the bus says I love you
I love you
I love you
The mommy on the bus says I love you
All through the town

The daddy on the bus says I love you
I love you
I love you
The daddy on the bus says I love you
All through the town

My Improved Grocery Trip

The past 4 weeks have been very pleasing to me! I have found ways to avoid plastic packaging and stick to no bags, recyclable, box board or my own recyclable/cloth bags. I shop at my local Bulk Barn and Grocery store, Sobey’s. Occasionally Wal-Mart and Summerside Butcher Shop.  I would like to expand to our local Farmers Market!

Here is how I am doing now.

Produce with no plastic
Corn
Broccoli
Carrots, beans, tomatoes, lettuce and apples
Berries and fruit
The kids and I love berries! plastic containers, but at least they are recyclable! We do have a blueberry bush and a Mulberry tree. Someday I want a big patch of berries, different varieties. Maybe an apple orchard too! Depending on what everybody eats. There are 7 of us! ☺

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cucumer (not wrapped in plastic) and a single red onion, no mesh wrapping for a bunch of them!
Bulk Barn take in
Almonds, pistachios, cashews, choc. Covered almonds, some candy treats for kids, gummy worms, garlic powder, chocolate chips, rice, summer savory, recently bought ground coffee.
Some items need packaging improvement
Sometimes we are just stuck with plastic.

Popcorn (switching back to our popcorn maker and seeds, last boxed stuff), pads (looking for a change) kraft dinner (don’t eat much of this)
Chips
Meat and hotdogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bacon and sandwich meats
Recyclable packaging
Clothes hangers, the recycle label is there, small, but there! Check them over if you are tossing!
Canola oil, vinegar, cooking oil, popcorn seeds, and curry sauce
Milk and chip dip
Yogurt drinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All I did to start, was to choose a recyclable container or boxboard over waste plastic. Next was to purchase them singly or with my own containers or light cloth bags. This means to switch brands sometimes or look for a larger quanity of that item. For example, Cashmere toilet paper. The small packages (12) are packaged in waste plastic but larger quanities (24+) are packaged in recyclable plastic!) Reuse containers and mason jars!

Hello Coffee Maker

So, our Keurig died today. Not for certain, but it won’t pour water into cups. This happened to us with our first Keurig machine 2-3 years ago. So wanting a coffee fix, I pulled out our old coffee maker from the closet and used my remaining coffee grounds, 4 Tbsp. Great cup of coffee! Now I am thinking, should I make the switch to this one? I think it is more convenient in a way as not having to fill the little reusable filters. Just make a few servings in the maker to get through the morning. It stays heated and ready to pour a new coffee before the Keurig could. Plus, our machine has a program to set a timer to make coffee at whatever time we set it too. No waste except for the plastic packaging for the filters. I am sure there is another package that would be recyclable or boxed. I will have to search. I already know Sobey’s does not, but they do have a cone type filter in boxes. I am not so sure that is what I want in our maker. New exploration ahead!

1 Tbsp of ground coffee per serving, same as a Keurig K-cup.

Update, August 13th, 2018

After a couple of days of using the coffee maker, I have found I like the Kurig much better. The taste is better, I seem to go through a lot of ground coffee with the maker comparing to the k-cup. We bought a new Kurig and I will continue with the reusable k-cups and coffee grounds.

Comparison

3 weeks ago I took notes of prices per 100g of different products between Bulk Barn and my local grocery store, Sobey’s. These prices are 3 weeks old and have or will probably change. There are positives and negatives on both sides. I like to keep in mind the packaging material and prices. Is it worth the extra nickles to avoid plastic? Paper? Recyclable containers? Fill your own container and go plastic free?

See Full Table – Price Comparisons
Product per 100g
$ at Bulk Barn.
$ at Sobey’s
Pretzels
0.63 
0.70 ×
Rice
0.48
0.45 plastic bag ×
Honey
1.41 ×
0.80 recyclable
Pistachios
3.04
3.00 plastic bag ×
Almonds
2.60
3.99 ×
Walnuts
2.99
3.19 ×
Chicken Gravy
0.96
7.96 ×
Brown Gravy
1.03
7.96 ×
Large Rolled Oats
0.27
0.33 ×
Cocoa
1.67
1.76 ×
Hot Chocolate
1.03
1.33 ×
Dark Brown Sugar
0.29
0.25 plastic bag ×
Powder Sugar
0.29
0.25 plastic bag ×
White Sugar
0.18 ×
0.14 paper bag
All Purpose Flour
0.27
0.27 2.5kg paper bag
Salt
0.18
0.20 ×
Baking Soda
0.27
0.25 box
Baking Powder
0.84
1.46 ×
Dry Active Yeast
1.80
3.52 ×
Popcorn Seeds
0.40 ×
0.33 recyclable
Corn Starch
0.46
0.55 ×
Gumballs
0.18
0.98 Wal-Mart ×
Ground Coffee
2.64
8.32 K-cups(12) ×

I prefer the Bulk Barn for many of these products. Of course freshness is desired. I can bring in my own containers to fill, as long as they are clean.  Firstly they need to be weighed at the counter and the cashier will mark the weight per kg on the container. Collect your product and re-weigh and the cashier will take off the container weight marked.

House-hold changes

I switched to dryer balls instead of bounce sheets for the dryer. Though, once these balls wear out, they go to the garbage. Oops. Lesson learned. Meanwhile, I will find another solution! Another thought, I really want a proper clothes line! Sometime in the future!

 

 

 

Cotton rags for the kitchen and bathrooms. We always turn to use paper towels for any messes and cleaning. Not anymore. Once they are used and dirty, they go in a pillow case and once my stash is almost used up, into the washer they go with bleach.

I turned a Tide detergent cap into a holder for small hair accessories.  These little cups could be used for all sorts of storage in the bathroom, kitchen, garage, you name it!

 

 

 

 

Baking Day With the Kiddos

Alaina has been asking to make double chocolate chip cookies for about a week. I finally found some time today, in the 38 degree humidex to make some. Hahaha. They turned out pretty good! My husband found an amazing chocolate chip recipe. Bakery style!

This day, since Alaina wanted double chocolate chip cookies, I decided to add in a package of instant chocolate pudding mix (a secret ingredient from another cookie recipe) and take out 3/4 cup of flour (same amount of dry pudding mixture). I did not want to have the batch too dry. Though I am sure I could have taken some sugar out instead. Another thought for another time.

Next on this HOT day I needed some bread and sub buns made for tomorrow. I told Julia she could help since she was left out with the cookies. Jack wanted to help out too. 

My bread recipe I use makes two loaves, but I make 1 loaf and 5 sub buns instead. I usually use 5-5.5 cups flour instead of 6. It really depends on the humidity and the moisture in the dough referring to how much flour is needed.

Chris sent me some links a while back for tips on making bread. Kneading and windowpane testRounding the dough.     Finger poke test. They are really good to follow, especially if you are just starting or have issues.

Julia and Jack helping to make the bread