Traveling with a baby: Fun? Crazy? Naive? We didn’t know but decided to roll the dice and see. With me being on mat leave and D having left over holiday time, we wanted to take advantage of our time away from the office and go far away. After considering our warm-weather options we decided on a month-long adventure to New Zealand’s North Island, leaving in mid-November. We had never been, the climate seemed nice, the photos we had seen were stunning, and it is a very safe country to travel in with excellent health care. So with that limited amount of knowledge we booked flights from Vancouver to Auckland and a campervan and bought two travel books that we didn’t really even have time to read until we arrived.
Fall is off to a good start, with a few trips out of town, some socializing and enjoying some beautiful sunny days. It’s been a really low-key month but in the best possible way. Here’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to in the first half of October…
Um, yum. These are so much more interesting and flavorful than your regular chocolate cookies. These combine chocolatey, spicy, sweet and salty flavours. They’re not for everyone, but if you are intrigued by the sound of cayenne, ginger and sea salt served up with a fudgey chocolate treat, these may be up your alley. We like them in our household as a special treat from time to time. They’re inspired by the ones served at Tacofino, a great local place famous for their Baja-style tacos. Check out the recipe below!
After scouring the stores, Instagram, and magazines, I’ve come up with my curated list of Fall 2015 essentials. Actually nothing on this list is essential except for the raincoat and maybe the tea, but I find it’s easier to justify the expenses when you tell yourself these things are essential. Shopping details and my commentary are below!
Last week we skipped town, packed up the Phil & Ted’s travel crib, and went for a little getaway to Whistler. We stayed at Nita Lake Lodge and had no real plans except to relax. It was great to have a change of scenery and to stay in a hotel, with no laundry, dishes, or cleaning to do… having someone to make the bed and fresh towels every day felt like a luxury after my last three months with a baby taking up a lot of my time and energy. It was sunny for half of our time there and rainy for the rest, which was fine by me as that was the perfect excuse to sit by the fire and drink wine and eat baked goods from Purebread. Usually I like to go to the spa when I’m in Whistler (either at Scandinave or the Four Seasons) and go to a yoga class at YYoga NeoWhistler, but neither of those things happened this trip. Instead, this trip was all about family time, leisurely walks, and happy hours. Here are a few iPhone snapshots from our trip.
I tested out this zucchini loaf recipe today from the Butter Baked Goods cookbook, which I love. My mom brought me a bunch of zucchini from her garden last week and I wanted to put it to good use. The loaf turned out nicely and I’ll be sure to make it again the next time I have zucchini laying around. Serve with a cup of tea and enjoy!
This week was really fun. Not even just in terms of mom standards, but legitimately, objectively fun. Highlights included getting dressed up and going to the Nordstrom Opening Gala on Wednesday night and my birthday the next day. I love my birthday – always have, and always will. What better excuse to eat cake for breakfast and spend quality time with people you care about doing what you feel like doing. Here’s the run down on how I celebrated my fourth annual 29th birthday week.