Striped Egg Art | Mama Papa Bubba

Gracen is all about ‘decorating’ for upcoming holidays, which in our house normally means switching out the wreath on our apartment door, changing up the garland that hangs above the large couch in our living room, and maybe adding a few pieces of artwork to the wall above our creative space.  So with Easter not too far away, new decorations are needed asap. Our first project, this striped egg art, is very similar to our paper strip handprint art and is very easy while beautiful at the same time. (more…)

Healthier Dark Chocolate Dipped Rice Crispy Eggs | Mama Papa Bubba

It’s hard to believe that it’s already almost Easter… {Ummmm, wasn’t it January just a couple of days ago?! I’m certain it was.}  Either way, it’s about time Miss G and I get busy with some Easter fun, and we decided we’d start with baking up something delicious in the kitchen along with our friends from Hillary with two Ls {please} and Little Miss Mama.  As usual, we started with a totally non-healthy recipe {this one for Rice Krispie Treat Speckled Eggs} and then worked our magic on it to make it sugar-free and more whole foods based.  While we concocted a delicious healthier version of rice crispy treats over a year ago {and even formed them into rice crispy treat eggs last Easter}, this time I wanted to try something new.   (more…)

What a day.

Shortly after waking up, we decided we’d get ready and head out to the Eiffel Tower nice and early before the crowds made it there.  We still hadn’t decided whether or not we’d go up, but we thought we’d play it by ear and decide once there.  {When planning the trip, I knew I wanted to take Miss G to see the the tower, but going up didn’t seem that 3 year old friendly given the long queues and general crowdedness.  That being said, after talking with a friend, I was wavering based on the fact that it may be a once in a lifetime for Miss G. Brad, on the other hand, wasn’t interested in the least.  We went up during our trip in 2008, and though it is truly breathtaking up there, he figured it wouldn’t be as exciting for Grae.  That and he figured that this was fairly certainly not going to be the only time she visits Paris in her lifetime.}

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After a 4:30 a.m. wake up call from Miss G {and a couple of hours of quiet time thereafter}, we brushed our teeth, threw on some clothes, and headed to the little bakery on the corner for some fresh bread treats.  While Gracen chose a baguette aux noix, Brad and I opted for a regular baguette (so good!) and we headed down the street to our local park. The blossoms were prettier than ever and we had the place to ourselves, which was a perfect way to start the day.

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After 15 hours of travel and arriving into Paris late last night, we spent the night at a hotel pretty much right at the airport.  Though sort of accidental, it worked out well.  We all got a good night’s rest before making our way into the city and therefore had {slightly} more patience while tackling the not so stroller-friendly train system.  We arrived at the flat Brad and I stayed at during our very first spring break abroad just before lunchtime, got somewhat settled, and then headed out on the day’s adventures – walking down cobblestone streets, soaking in the sunshine, admiring cherry blossom trees, eating baguettes wrapped in brown paper, and stopping at parks and playgrounds along the way.  This was our day…

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A bedroom with a view. (more…)

Mama  Munchkin Creative Space | Mama Papa Bubba

Some of my very favourite moments with Miss G happen when we’re sitting side-by-side creating. Whether we’re working on a collaborative project or each doing our own thing, I feel like we do some of our best bonding while creating beside one another.  Sometimes we sit, hands busy, in silence, and other times we have in-depth conversations about serious / random / ridiculous things.  This in mind, I knew that I wanted to create a special mama and munchkin creative space in our new apartment in Kuwait.  A place for us to keep our supplies out – ready to be used.  A place where projects-in-progress could be left out day after day.  A place to showcase our work. (more…)

No Sew Snake Sock Stuffie | Mama Papa Bubba

Miss G and I picked up these ridiculously awesome knee socks at Target during one of our cross-border shopping trips long ago…  At the time, I didn’t really know what we’d make with them, but I did know that they were awesome and had a lot of potential, so into the cart {along with two other pairs} they went!  Somehow, we didn’t get around to using them while still in Canada, so we packed them up in our Kuwait luggage and transported them to the other side of the planet {naturally}.   (more…)

Healthier Veggie Filled Penne Alfredo | Mama Papa Bubba

Each month my little sous chef and I team up with our good friends Tairalyn over at Little Miss Mama and Hillary over at Hillary with two Ls (please) for some friendly bake-off fun.  Though I feel badly about it every round, Tairalyn takes on the recipes as we find them – full of butter, sugar, white grains, and processed ingredients {bless her heart}.  Hillary, on the other hand, takes the original recipes and healthifies them somewhat, adding fruits, veggies, and her homemade touch where she can, while hanging onto just a little bit of the naughty deliciousness.  And our task over here in the desert?  Taking the ridiculously unhealthy recipes we find and full-on hipifying them {yup, hipifying… I said it}.  That means we do our very best to use homemade / wholewheat / organic ingredients, we skip the sugar all together, and we add fresh produce and other nutrient-packed ingredients when possible.  Fun, right? (more…)

Galaxy Play Dough With Loose Parts | Mama Papa Bubba

One of the things I do for the Crafty Kids class i teach here in Kuwait is prepare some open-ended materials for the children to explore and create with after they’re done their main project for the day.  Since this week’s theme Bright Minds was ‘bedtime’, I decided to prepare what I originally called ’sleepy time starry sky play dough’.  My crafty kids loved it and it continued to bring all sorts of fun throughout the afternoon once we were home.  It was a big hit again today, and Miss G actually chose it as one of the activities to have out during our weekly play date with her little buddy from downstairs.   (more…)