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Having a newish baby in the house, plus winter weather, means I have not been out to stock up on groceries and household supplies in Dryden in quite some time. That means I shop locally, which in turn means that we’re spending a decent chunk of funds on everything from dinner food to M’s snacks to paper towel. It also means that when we run out of things like toilet paper and coffee, I’m stuck buying it at whatever price the store has it at, because I’m not gonna drive two hours on a whim these days.

Having a newish baby also means that a) we run out of things like coffee and paper towels a lot more often and b) I make a lot of Amazon orders,

Hummingbird Chocolate Maker: Maple 70% & Alta Verapez

These bars are special! My dad bought them after noticing that they’re local, and that their Hispaniola 70-per-cent cacao bar was chosen as the best dark bean to bar in the world last year in London’s Academy of Chocolate awards. Hummingbird is from Almonte, Ontario!

The maple bar did indeed taste like maple, but smoky — less like maple syrup, more like sitting in a sugar shack if that makes sense. It has that sour dark chocolate taste, and is nice and smooth.

The Alta Verapez is supposed to be hoptastic,

Baby Boy Style

Dressing a baby boy is a lot of fun. I admit to looking longingly at some of the pretty dresses and hair bows out there, especially because M dresses herself now and she’s not into that kind of thing at all anymore, but “boy clothes” can be really fun too! We have always shopped in both sections and our kids wear items from each, for what it’s worth.

A is usually in little old man clothes, or bright and graphic colours and prints. I think we dressed M similarly as a baby; either in fussier, frillier little girl clothes,

SOMA Lemon Pistachio Toffee

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A while back, both kids took a weekend nap at the same time and Matt and I dove into my chocolate stash. ​I have so much chocolate that it’s kind of overwhelming at this point so we decided to do a bit of a tasting board. I think I need to start bringing out my collection at parties to use some of it up!

So — all of the photos for the next round of chocolate reviews were taken in a hurry. 😉 Sorry! I’ll start with this SOMA bar, because a) I love SOMA and b) it was our favourite of all the bars we tried that day.

A at Three Months

So A’s “month birthday” is the 30th of every month… which doesn’t work for February. So let’s say he’s three months old-ish, now!


At his appointment on Monday, he weighed in at 14 lbs. 2 oz, and 24.4 inches long. He’s on his growth curve perfectly, around the 50th percentile for both weight and length. For some reason he LOOKS huge but he’s as average as average can get!


Buddy, “Doot” (that’s all me)


Totally random depending on what mood he’s in,