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Bedtime…I’ll miss you one day

Today’s guest is sharing her honest perspective on daily mom struggles- bedtime routine with her boys! And I’m sure that many mamas can relate!

Hi! My name is Danielle and I am thrilled to be sharing a topic that’s close to my heart, here with all of Joanna’s readers : motherhood & bedtime!

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Motherhood is one of the most rewarding journeys I have ever been on. Yet with the reward
comes the challenge. There are moments of ups and downs as with anything in life, and
although I wouldn’t change this journey for anything in the world there are differently moments that push me to my limits.

Bedtime is one of those times. I love the routine of bed time but not every night runs smoothly and sometimes I am just so tired! So to help me get through I’ve created a list of things about bedtime I am going to miss…someday!

As I lay down with my boys each night (or every other when it works out with my husband) I’m reminded to enjoy the moment. Because sooner than later I know these moments are going to be gone. Here’s my list for you to enjoy and hopefully help with bedtime at your house!

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Lay with me mama – Yes, actually I do get in bed and lay down with my son, until he falls asleep. And of course there are many nights I fall asleep there too.. ( It’s never planned!) But laying there and listening to his sweet breathe makes my heart melt. And as we say in our house, when he’s 21 he won’t want to do this!

Is it your night? – Yes, sweet child it’s always my night when you ask! We try hard to rotate bedtime, but let’s be honest, that just doesn’t always work out and there will be a time that he doesn’t want it to be my night anymore.

Let’s snuggle – I know I’m tired at bed time but snuggles should always be a good idea! Make time for those snuggles.

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One more book – My eyes hurt, and it’s difficult to keep them open but reading to my dude is something this mama will always do. Just pick a short one for the last one!

Can I have some water? – The thought of getting up after laying down can be almost impossible. But remembering that there will come a day that he won’t want my help for anything makes it a little easier!

Can I get in the nook – At our house the nook is inside our arms snuggled real close. It’s a special place I always want my boys to be, as does my husband!

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Hi! My name is Danielle and I am the face & creator behind Mom Wife Foodie – a lifestyle blog set to inspire my readers through food, fashion, family and our personal lifestyle that often includes our home and travel. I hope to bring inspiration to people through our real life stories. I’m married to my best friend, living in the mitten state, raising our two little dudes…and life is pretty rad! You can visit me at my blog, or follow me on Instagram!

Vegetarian Spring Rolls

I love Spring Rolls! They are the perfect light and filling summer dish, and my kids adore them too! And today’s colorful and yummy recipe is brought to you by a very talented Kristeena from the lovely Motherhood in Stilettos.

These are, hands down, the best spring rolls I ever had! #vegetarian #healthy

Ingredients:

For the Rainbow Spring Rolls
1 cup uncooked quinoa, red or white
2 cups vegetable broth or water
10 spring roll paper
1 cup each julienned cucumber, carrot, red pepper and beet
1 cup fresh basil,or any other of your choosing
1 cup red radish microgreens, or any other of your choosing

dipping sauce

Maple Sesame Sauce:

½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
Fresh ginger, cut into small slivers
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Spicy Soy Sauce:

¼ cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons sriracha
1 teaspoon honey
Chopped green onions for garnish
Toasted sesame seeds

Instructions:

In a medium size pot, add quinoa and 2 cups broth or water, bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed and it’s light and fluffy in texture.

Prepare vegetables and herbs, set aside.

Prepare the Maple Sesame Sauce and the Spicy Soy Sauce by adding all of the sauce ingredients into a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

To assemble spring rolls, pour very hot water into a shallow dish or skillet and immerse rice paper to soften for about 10-15 seconds.

Transfer to a damp tea cloth, paper towel, cutting board or a similar surface and gently spread out into a circle. It may take a little practice, so don’t feel bad if your first few attempts result in a few torn rice papers!

To the bottom third of the wrapper add a generous spoonful of quinoa, and layer carrots,red peppers, cucumber, beets and fresh herbs. Gently fold over once, tuck in edges, and continue rolling until seam is sealed.

Place seam-side down on a serving platter and cover with damp warm towel to keep fresh. Repeat until all fillings are used up – about 8 to 10 spring rolls total.
Serve with Maple Sesame Sauce and Spicy Soy Sauce

Vegetarian spring rolls

Leftovers store well individually wrapped in plastic wrap, though best when fresh.
You can prep the vegetables, herbs, dipping sauces and cook the quinoa the night before.

Kristeena Saint-Lo
Kristeena is the founder and content creator of Motherhood in Stilettos, a healthy eating lifestyle blog. She helps busy moms create healthy recipes without breaking a sweat, while occasionally sharing her favorite beauty products and candid stories of motherhood. She is a mom to one wild stuntman boy, a lover of pineapple, a makeup hoarder and a firm believer of never owning too many black pairs of boots. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

The story behind two girl’s knitting passion

It’s been a while since I wanted to share this particular passion of mine with you: Etsy. Yes, I’m an Etsy addictive: I love that you can find so many creative people who put their talents in to life in one place. I love that wherever you live, you can dream, create and sell your hand made items all over the world. Things made with love. Items made while the kids are asleep. Items made by real artists or SAHM like me.

That’s why, one day me too I’d love to open my small little Etsy boutique (it’s a secret, so shh!). Until then, I’d like to share with you some of my favourite creators and their passions.

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So today I want you to meet Petite Laine
aka hand-knitted-with-love-luxury-items-for-kids. Their work is beautiful, detail orientated and so well adjusted for delicate little clients!

Geneviève and Marie-Christine are two old friends from high school who discovered knitting each on their own but around the same time. They shared their tricks and techniques to perfect their art and thrived creating together.

Both of them wanted to develop a new entrepreneurship project and they decided to put their skills to use, confectioning a luxurious line of babies and toddlers accessories. They have a passion for soft and all-natural fibers, choosing merino, alpaca and cashmere yarns for warmest and most comfortable knits.

Where do you live and create?
We both live near one another in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal. We work mostly in the warmth of our homes but you can spot us knitting in various coffeeshop and teahouses in the neighbourhood.

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Why did you start knitting?
We both began knitting around 5 years ago for different reasons.
Geneviève was taught knitting and crocheting when she was a child by her late grand-mother but did not pursue this hobby at that time. Later in life, for nostalgia of her “mamie” ‘s favorite hobby, and of a time when women created beauty with their skilled fingers, she self-learned to knit again.

Marie-Christine, an avid do-it-yourselfer, taught herself knitting with books and videos, fascinated and excited by the prospect of creating and wearing her own knitted items. Wearing hand-knitted pieces feels to her like an act of resistance in a world of ready-made cheap clothing.

What inspires you ?
We get our inspiration from the children around us, mostly Marie-Christine’s two amazing kids aged 3 months and 3 years old. Discussions with other mothers has helped us better understand their expectations towards knitting accessories: warmth, practicality and every-day wearing.

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We created an infinity circled scarf for kids, that’s easier to put on a squirming 2 year old than a regular scarf, and is reducing choking hazards.

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We are drawn to classical looking knits, which can become family heirlooms and be durable enough to be passed from one kid his younger siblings.

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We get inspired by the splendid variety of yarns available in Montreal. We feel like visiting a candy shop when we browse through gorgeous displays of wool! .

And if, like me, you’d like to dress your kids in one of these hand made hats, you can now use code LazyMoms15 for a 15% off until the end of February! Click here to have a look at all of their work.
And if you’d like to see what they are up to, you can follow them on Facebook!