If only the rest of my body was as 'young' as my ears

I had to download the MP3 directly, but

Train Horn

Created by Train Horn


Belated congratulations!

Congratulations to Katrina of Fickle Feline, winner of Mabel’s Labels “send a blogger to BlogHer” contest! Here is her award-winning entry.

Can't wait to read your reports from the conference, Katrina!


Who are you calling a twit?


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MLF&H: I need more than 20 characters on my labels!


My daughter's name is more than 20 characters long. Can we get labels with her full name on them? Or are we stuck using her initial and our family name?
Short Answer:
It depends on the label and how many extra characters you need.
Long Answer:
Give customer service a call at 1-866-306-2235 during business hours and discuss your needs with them. Typically they are able to accomodate requests for an additional character or two.
Bonus tip:
Want to include a phone number on your labels?

It's possible!

Contact customer service at 1-866-306-2235 during business hours and they'll do their best to meet your needs!


Valentine, you amaze me!

[Download the PDF for this Heart Maze.]
[Download the PDF for Heart Maze Valentine's Day cards.]

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It's in you to give

valentines 09Andrea from the Fishbowl always has something interesting up her sleeve like creating her own advent calendar or the Shopping Embargo of 2009.

For Valentine's Day, she's rallying the troupes for a bloggy blood drive.

What do you say? Are you in?

She's also linked to another worthy cause.


Loyalty cards


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Sharing, daring and caring

This is (sort of) an entry for the Mabel's Labels BlogHer 2009 contest. They're searching for a blogger to send to BlogHer'09. Even though I can't attend BlogHer this year, I thought that participating in the contest would be a fun excercise. Visit Mabel's website for contest rules and regulations.

What have been the rewards and benefits of participating in the blogging community?

For me, the rewards and benefits of participating the blogging community can be summed up in three words: sharing, daring and caring.

Pssst. That's lovely and all. But the rules stipulate that you need to use at least 250 words.
Hrm? Oh. Right. Well then, let me elaborate.


This blog started out as a companion blog to an online cartoon. A place to write my thoughts related to the comic strip, without interrupting the cartoon's train of thought. Unexpectedly, the cartoon's train of thought derailed.

The blog, however, remained and was used primarily as a place to collaborate with other students as we fine-tuned our mad drawing skills. Blogging is a terrific venue for collaboration and peer support in learning.

2007_11_29_potty_training_manualThe nature of the blogging beast is that through this medium we're able to share our day to day experiences.

On a good day, we'll find that some of them are things that resonate with other people too.

There is much to learn from what other people share:

Acceptance and understanding is fostered by reading about people in circumstances different than your own. It extends beyond the at-home mom reading about the ins and outs of moms that work outside of the home and vice versa.

The more people share, we learn and are able to appreciate the whole mom. The photographer mom. The environmentalist mom. The writer mom. The cartoonist mom. Because blogging reaches beyond the boundaries of motherhood, we can get a glimpse behind the eyeballs of screenwriters, actors and television personalities as well.

No question is too big or too small to ask when there are blogs like AskMoxie to shed light on every form of parenting dilemna. We're amazed at the small everyday things that we can do to make our lives just a little bit easier via blogs like ParentHacks. Controversies in parenting can be explored in depth with The Mother Of All Parenting Experts.

The thing about the internet, is that word travels fast. So when someone gets a really daring and creative idea, it spreads virally. On your own, would you ever consider:
As we read about the daring of others on their blogs, we can be inspired, in whatever small way, to think more creatively about things in our personal world.

When you read about the day to day minutia of people's lives, there's bound to be some “less than Hallmark worthy" moments. It's very uplifting to see people commiserate, offer suggestions and otherwise be supportive to other bloggers during the low points in their lives.

And while it's true that virtual baby-sitting isn't here yet -- your bloggy friends can't give you a break from your crying teething baby -- sometimes having someone else comment “me too" can make all the difference in the world.

After you've been there for the lows, being there for the good times is all that much sweeter. Like seeing a brand new baby or an adorable video of an almost one year old.

Quite frankly, it doesn't get much more inspiring than this video of a grade-schooler doing well after a successful liver transplant.

Connections are made. Friendships are formed. Some are virtual. Some spill over into real life. (And it's been suggested that connectedness is important ingredient for happiness.)

So there you have it. The rewards and benefits of participating the blogging community:
  • Sharing.
  • Daring.
  • Caring.

Oh. And there's also the added benefit of having a digital backup of your memory. You know, just in case.


Seasonal parking

My kingdom for a parking spot!

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Whole wheat blueberry pancakes

Some time ago, I promised Andrea (from the fishbowl) that I'd post the whole wheat pancake recipe we make. Better late than never, eh?


Modified from "Andre's Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe" originally found at 24hourfitness.com (but I can't find it online at this time).

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/8 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries

  • combine all ingredients (except blueberries) and mix well
  • cover a large, nonstick frying pan with a thin layer of your favourite cooking oil
  • heat frying pan over medium low heat until hot
  • add frozen blueberries to batter and mix (If you add the blueberries earlier than this, the batter turns all blue!)
  • pour batter on frying pan 5ml to 15ml at a time (1tsp - 1 tbsp), ensuring edges don't touch (You can make them larger ... 1/3 cup at a time. We like small "toonie" sized pancakes -- no cutting involved!)

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  • cook until golden brown and bubbles appear on top of the pancakes
  • flip and continue cooking until other side is golden


Makes 3-4 servings of 2 (1/3 cup batter) pancakes.


[Cross-posted at please remember these.]