Super Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers

Sun’s out, gotta go out… okay, well, maybe that’s not the *official* saying, but you know what we mean! Here are some of our favourite summer activities for toddlers!

Ready for the summer season? So are we! Here are our favourite summer activities for toddlers - let's enjoy that sunshine! #parentingtips

Gotta enjoy that sunshine!

I don’t know about you, but the moment my son hit the toddler phase, he was all about playing outdoors. In cold, cold Montreal, that’s sometimes very hard to accommodate. So when summertime rolls along, we’re all about heading outside and basking in all of the sunshine.

Now that summer is well on its way, I rounded-up some of the best summer activities for toddlers. These ideas are original and budget-friendly: so it’s perfect for any family!

Super Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers

Rounded-up 7 of the most popular summer activities for toddlers. Now, let's get outdoors and play! #summeractivity

Living in Montreal means experiencing the extremes of every single season. Winter is down-right freezing and in the summer season, we can have weeks of heat waves.

When the weather is right, our family takes full advantage and we tend to stay outdoors. Here are a few fun summer activities for toddlers so that they can stay entertained.

Ready for the summer season? So are we! Here are our favourite summer activities for toddlers - let's enjoy that sunshine! #parentingtips

1. When you’re outside, making a mess isn’t all that bad! (Trust me!) This Bubble Painting activity by Glitter on a Dime is fun and colorful!

2. This DIY Glow Lantern by HodgePodge Hippie is absolute genius! Your kiddos will absolutely adore the results of this neat craft.

3. Get wet and wild! These DIY Sponge Bombs by Masshole Mommy are a fun way to cool down on hot summer days.

4. I have always been a huge fan of fairy gardens and this one from Finding Zest is just oh-so adorable!

5. On Natural Beach Living, they’ve got step-by-step instructions on how to experiment with baking soda and vinegar… in a watermelon! Absolutely perfect for summertime.

6. This ball-themed summer party by Uncommon Designs Online is just absolutely brilliant! What a great way to celebrate!

7. This DIY Summer Jar is a great way to list all your summertime goals and achieve them! Great idea by The Country Chic Cottage.

From this list, what activities will you be participating in with your toddlers? One thing’s for sure – we absolutely cannot wait for the summer season! Come faster, please!

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Get outdoors with your little one. Need some inspiration? We've got 7 of the best summer activities for toddlers! #parentingtips #FabulousHabits

Our Favourite Magic Kingdom Toddler Rides

Thinking of travelling to the oh-so magical Walt Disney World with your little ones? Here’s a list of our favourite Magic Kingdom toddler rides.

Planning a trip to Disney with young kids? Check out our ultimate guide to the best Magic Kingdom toddler rides - because having fun at WDW is possible for all ages! #disneytips

As Princess Jasmine sang, “Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling!”

The first time we took our son to Disney World, he was just a little over a year old. Lots of my peers asked me, “But will he enjoy it? He’s so small.” I was even told, “It’s not worth it because he won’t even remember it.”

But, You know what? We are a Disney-loving family and the trip was totally worth it. No, my son probably won’t remember his first time, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have memories from stories we’ll tell or pictures that we will show him.

Of course, when you’re taking a toddler to any theme park, you might be worried about what they could do.

Luckily, Disney has got that covered. The parks were clearly built with Walt Disney’s inspiring vision in mind, ensuring that family members of all ages can enjoy their experience to the max!

Here’s a list of our favourite Magic Kingdom Toddler Rides – because our little ones deserve a thrillin’ good time, too!

These rides at Magic Kingdom are totally perfect for your toddlers! Here's to a thrillin' good time at WDW for the entire family! #DisneyTips

Our Favourite Magic Kingdom Toddler Rides

It’s a Small World

Planning a trip to Disney with young kids? Check out our ultimate guide to the best Magic Kingdom toddler rides - because having fun at WDW is possible for all ages! #disneytips

This WDW attraction is best known for being “the happiest cruise that ever sailed.” It’s a Small World was actually Leo’s first ride ever and, even as a young toddler, he really enjoyed it. It’s slow-moving, making it ideal for any age.

Throughout the attraction, Disney’s “Audio-Animatronics” sing the classic song, “It’s a Small World (After All),” showcasing the diversity and beauty of our planet.

Planning a trip to Disney with young kids? Check out our ultimate guide to the best Magic Kingdom toddler rides - because having fun at WDW is possible for all ages! #disneytips

Peter Pan’s Flight

Planning a trip to Disney with young kids? Check out our ultimate guide to the best Magic Kingdom toddler rides - because having fun at WDW is possible for all ages! #disneytips

Join Peter and his buddies on this flight across Neverland! This ride is also slow-moving so it’s perfect for your littles. With no height restrictions, this thrilling attraction is ideal for any age group.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Ahh, a Disney classic! Dumbo the Flying Elephant is fun for the whole family. What I love about this ride is that you can control your “Dumbo” and choose to soar high or low.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

This slow ride allows your family to take a spin” in an oversized honey pot, while venturing through one of Pooh’s vivid dreams! You’ll get to see some of Hundred-Acre Woods’ characters like Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo!

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

“Shining, shimmering, splendid!”

Let me tell you, Leo was totally ecstatic when we he rode this one! This attraction allows you to hop on a “magic carpet” and soar through the skies. Much like the Dumbo attraction, riders sitting in the front row can control whether they want to “fly” high or low.

Have you ever taken a trip to WDW with toddlers? What are your favorite Magic Kingdom toddler rides?

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My Reading List: 10 Must-Read Books of 2019

Looking for your next great read? Today, we’ve got the top 10 must-read books of 2019.

Are you meeting all of your reading goals? If you need some inspiration, I've got a list of the top must-read books of 2019. Time to get lost in a good book! #bookrecommendations
Thank you to Indigo for providing me with a copy of Daisy Jones & The Six to review – all opinions are 100% my own and I am so happy I included it on this year’s reading list.

Time to get lost in a good book!

Okay, I’ll say it – because you know everyone has: “We’re already halfway through the year?! Man, 2019 has flown by so quick!”

Phew – glad I got that out of my system.

But, seriously, where has the time gone? I’ve been having a blast fulfilling this year’s reading challenge and I’ve come across some really great titles. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you the my list of must-reads for 2019.

Let’s do this!

The Ultimate Book-Lover List: Must-Read Books of 2019

Novels You Won’t Want to Miss

Are you meeting all of your reading goals? If you need some inspiration, I've got a list of the top must-read books of 2019. Time to get lost in a good book! #bookrecommendations

These novels have been very well-received by their readers and we can’t wait to get our hands on them.

1. City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney
3. Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
4. Someone we Know: A Novel by Shari Lapena

This Year’s Best Memoirs and Biographies

Are you meeting all of your reading goals? If you need some inspiration, I've got a list of the top must-read books of 2019. Time to get lost in a good book! #bookrecommendations

The best way to understand someone is to put yourself in their shoes. You’ll want to walk miles and miles in strangers’ footwear once you read these incredible memoirs/biographies.

1. Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman
2. Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France
3. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Your Best Self

Are you meeting all of your reading goals? If you need some inspiration, I've got a list of the top must-read books of 2019. Time to get lost in a good book! #bookrecommendations

We all deserve the best in self-care. Your body is a temple – so, treat it the best way you can with some help from these informative reads:

1. Vegetables First: 120 Vibrant Vegetable-Forward Recipes by Ricardo Larrivee
2. How to Skimm Your Life by The Skimm
3. 100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

And speaking of these titles…

Can we just talk about how I couldn’t put down Daisy Jones & The Six (listed above under Memoirs and Biographies)?!

Are you meeting all of your reading goals? If you need some inspiration, I've got a list of the top must-read books of 2019. Time to get lost in a good book! #bookrecommendations

This biography covers the rise and fall of the 1970’s rock band, Daisy Jones & The Six. The book uses a very interesting narrative and it almost reads as a reality show. Events are covered in “interview format,” where different members relay their personal experience and author, Taylor Jenkins Reid, ties all their accounts together seamlessly. It was incredibly captivating to read about the different perspectives for each member involved in this highly acclaimed band.

This biography is definitely one of my top picks for 2019.

So, what will you be reading from my list of must-read books of 2019? Is there anything that you would recommend yourself?

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Here are top recommendations for the must-read books of the year! Enjoy and get readin'! #readinglist #top2019books

Our Family’s Disney Travel Diary: Toy Story Land Review

We came, we saw, we conquered. Here’s our family’s honest Toy Story Land Review. (Spoiler alert: We’re already itching to go back.)

Our family's ultimate guide to Hollywood Studios' newest addition. Here's our Toy Story Land Review! #disneytips

Okay, I take it back – Leo did not, in fact, conquer the Slinky Dog Dash. He will in a few years though!

I’d like to think that I am properly molding my family into lifelong Disney lovers. My husband, who didn’t quite understand my Disney obsession when we first met, is now totally committed to Mickey and his whole gang. Our son now recognizes characters, television series and appreciates the magic that all the parks have to offer. (Such a “mama win” for me!)

On our most recent visit to Walt Disney World, we were eager to check out Toy Story Land. The section opened at Hollywood Studios on June 30 2018, so we had just missed it when we were on our previous trip.

Super colorful, super fun and oh-so animated – we’re here to share our Toy Story Land Review. Let’s go!

Here is our full-on Toy Story Land Review: what to expect, what to get Fastpasses for and so much more! #disneyvacation

Our Family’s Disney Travel Diary: Toy Story Land Review

Woody is Front and Center

And, I’m not lying when I say that. Upon entrance to Toy Story Land, there stands a large Woody statue, ready to welcome you into the park’s most playful section! Plus, it’s a great place for a photo-op. In fact, there’s a Disney PhotoPass photographer ready to snap a pic of your fam in front of Disney’s most famous cowboy!

Expect Lots of Color

Color, color everywhere! Even the restrooms and garbage bins are bright and cheerful – a true reflection of the Toy Story franchise.

On our Toy Story Review, we talk about how colorful everything is: even the garbage bins! #disneyvacation Our Toy Story Land Review, featuring a photo of the section's oh-so colorful restrooms. #disneyvacation

Grab Your FastPasses

All of the main attractions in Toy Story Land have FastPasses available, so be sure to grab them as soon as you can. Slinky Dog Dash is one of the Hollywood Studio’s most popular rides, so we recommend that you strategize your FastPasses for the day wisely.

Our Toy Story Land Review, featuring a photo of the Slinky Dog roller coaster. #disneyvacation

It’s All in the Details

From the artwork on the walls down to the giant toys, it makes it clear that Disney put in a lot of effort in recreating the “Toy Story” world. The moment you arrive, you never want to leave and just feel like a big kid at heart!

Enjoying the giant toys found at Hollywood Studio's newest section. Here's our full Toy Story Land Review! #disneyvacation Enjoying the giant toys found at Hollywood Studio's newest section. Here's our full Toy Story Land Review! #disneyvacation

Toy Story Mania! Is Great for the Whole Family

We ended our day at Hollywood Studios with Toy Story Mania! – and boy, was it ever a blast! Leo was able to join in on the fun (younger toddlers can’t really do the other Toy Story Land attractions) so it was a great way to wrap-up our perfect visit.

So, to sum up our Toy Story Land review and what you should expect:

  • Look out for the large Woody statue right at the entrance – makes for a wonderful photo!
  • It’s bright and colorful, so have fun!

Our family's ultimate guide to the Hollywood Studios' newest section! Here is our full Toy Story Land Review! #disneyvacation

    • Strategize your FastPasses for the day (I’ve heard that you can only have one Toy Story Land FastPass for the whole day – your remaining ones can be used for other attractions within Hollywood Studios).
    • Expect lots of fun details like giant toy figurines!
    • Toy Story Mania! is an attraction worth checking out – especially if you have little ones.

Have you ever been to Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios? If so, what was your experience like?

If you liked this, then you’ll probably like my other Disney-inspired content, such as my “Grey Stuff” Cupcakes and Mickey-Inspired Treats! Check them out!

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The ultimate Toy Story Land Review. We hope you have fun on your magical trip - here are some of our tips! #disneyvacation

5 Wedding Traditions You Won’t Want to Skip

Some wedding traditions stand the test of time – and for good reason. These are the ones I’m happy I didn’t skimp out on.

These are the 5 wedding traditions I am so happy I moved forward with on my special day. This is why you should stick with them, too! #weddingtips

Here I am, still dreaming about my wedding day – 4 years later.

My wedding day is an event I think about frequently. Sure, now that we’re approaching our four-year anniversary, there are things that Joe and I would would have probably done differently – as our tastes have evolved over the years, like most people. Now and then, we talk about the “what if’s,” but we both agree that our wedding day was perfect the way it was – a true reflection of our relationship.

These are the 5 wedding traditions I am so happy I moved forward with on my special day. This is why you should stick with them, too! #weddingtips

I had done most of the planning for our wedding, and I realized that I have a knack for throwing parties (particularly big bashes, just like Leo’s first birthday). For our wedding, I had aimed for a hybrid style, tying in both modern and traditional details – because it’s all about balance, right?!

Of course, to honour the conventional side of things, I was careful in choosing what wedding traditions I wanted to move forward with.

The modern bride may want to skimp out on certain “old style” practices. After getting married, I was happy I stuck to certain wedding traditions. Here are the ones I think you shouldn’t skimp out on:

5 Wedding Traditions You Won’t Want to Skip

Something Blue

I know it goes with the rhyme: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” I feel like many brides stress about fulfilling all of these requirements (and, a piece of advice ladies: no stress for the big day – all of this planning should be fun!). I decided to go for the whole “sha-bang” but if you’d rather not, I still think that the “something blue” aspect is lots of fun. It allows you to add some colour in your bridal wardrobe – which is always a plus!

Announcing the Wedding Party

Traditionally, a bridal party exists to help the bride and groom prep for their special day. I love it when DJs announce each member of the bridal party before introducing the newlyweds. It’s a great wedding tradition to commemorate those special friends and family members who helped with planning and organizing.

The Veil

Personally, I am so happy that I opted for a veil as my headpiece of choice. I think it really radiates the “bridal look” and ties everything together.

These are the 5 wedding traditions I am so happy I moved forward with on my special day. This is why you should stick with them, too! #weddingtips

These are the 5 wedding traditions I am so happy I moved forward with on my special day. This is why you should stick with them, too! #weddingtips

Throwing the Bouquet

This is where me and my gals had tons of fun at my wedding. One of my bridesmaids was psyching herself up for my bouquet toss – and I don’t blame her. While tradition dictates that that the person who catches the bouquet will be the “next to get married,” I think the toss is just a fun way to get everyone on their feet and share some giggles.

Top Tier

I am enormously proud of the wedding cake we had. It had multiple tiers of red velvet cake, covered in fondant, decorated with gum-paste sampaguitas (the national Filipino flower) and blue macarons. We opted to save the top tier and freeze it until our one-year anniversary, and it was a totally sweet way to celebrate one of our first milestones as a married couple.

These are the 5 wedding traditions I am so happy I moved forward with on my special day. This is why you should stick with them, too! #weddingtips

What wedding traditions did you move forward with on your special day? For brides-to-be, what traditions are you excited about?

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Magical How-To: Aladdin-Inspired Cupcakes with Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers

Impress guests at your kiddo’s next birthday bash with these DIY fondant Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers – totally inspired by one of my favorite Disney films!

My Aladdin-inspired cupcakes are easy to make and with Princess Jasmine Cupcake toppers, they're just so adorable! #disneyinspiredcupcakes

“Indescribable feeling!”

If there are any movies from my childhood that I can remember with crystal clarity, they would definitely be Disney’s Beauty & the Beast and Aladdin. And no, it’s not just because I am a mega Disney fan (guilty as charged: I’ve watched those movies hundreds of times!). It’s because their story really resonated with me, even as a wee little one.

You can only imagine how thrilled I was when I heard about Aladdin’s upcoming live action remake this year. Now, it’s time to ring the alarm: its grand theatre release has arrived! To celebrate, I whipped-up these Aladdin-Inspired Cupcakes with my very own Princess Jasmine cupcake toppers.

My Aladdin-inspired cupcakes are easy to make and with Princess Jasmine Cupcake toppers, they're just so adorable! #disneyinspiredcupcakes

My Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers are made of pure fondant – and you know what? They are tons of fun to make! Plus, they’re super easy to put together. Your kiddos will have a blast making these beautiful cupcakes with you.

Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to make your own!

Learn how to put together your very own Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers so that you can make these cute Aladdin-inspired cupcakes! #aladdincupcakes

How to Make Your Own Aladdin-Inspired Cupcakes with Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • One dozen vanilla cupcakes (for this recipe, we opted for a cake mix)
  • White fondant
  • Edible sparkle dust
  • Teal gel food coloring
  • Violet gel food coloring
  • Golden yellow gel food coloring
  • Buttercream frosting

Coloured fondant to make Aladdin-inspired Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers

Step 1: Cool Down

Stop and wait! Before you even consider decorating your cupcakes, you have to make sure that they’re completely cool to the touch – otherwise, all of your decorations will melt off!

Step 2: Color Your Fondant

Divide your fondant – you’ll need to separate it into one 4 oz. spheres and two 2 oz. spheres.

Color one of your 4 oz. fondant spheres with your violet gel food coloring and the other, with the teal gel food coloring. Your remaining 2 oz. should be colored with yellow gel food coloring.

Step 3: Start By Making the Base

Roll out your purple fondant with a rolling pin until it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. Use a circular cookie cutter (about 2 inches in diameter) to cut out 12 fondant circles.

The base to my Princess Jasmine Cupcake toppers are circular purple fondant pieces

Step 4: Make Jasmine’s Beautiful Headband

Now, it’s time to roll the teal fondant. With a rolling pin, roll out the fondant so that it’s ¼ of an inch thick.

Using a paring knife, cut out 12 strips, about 3 inches wide and ½ an inch thick.

Place one strip on the center of each purple circle, giving it a slight arch. Press down to secure and trim excess where necessary.

The first step to making a fondant headband for your Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers

Step 5: All Those Jewels!

Time to make the shiny stuff!

Roll your yellow fondant into ½ inch spheres – you will need 12 of them.

Slightly flatten each yellow sphere and shape it into a teardrop. Give it an indentation in the center.

Adding some shiny fondant jewels to this Princess Jasmine Cupcake Topper Adding some shiny fondant jewels to this Princess Jasmine Cupcake Topper

Press one yellow fondant piece on each headband, right in the center.

With your remaining teal fondant, roll out one dozen ¼ spheres.

Flatten each sphere slightly and place one on top of the yellow portion of the headband.

Step 6: All That Sparkles

Lightly brush the edible silver glitter on the fondant jewels.

Brushing on some edible glitter to make these oh-so easy Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers

Step 7: Frost the Cupcakes

Using an offset spatula, frost each cupcake.

Frosting each cupcake before placing our homemade Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers

Step 8: Top it Off with the Toppers!

Add one Princess Jasmine cupcake topper on each cupcake.

My Aladdin-inspired cupcakes are easy to make and with Princess Jasmine Cupcake toppers, they're just so adorable! #disneyinspiredcupcakes

I am so happy that they decided to make a live-action Aladdin film. How excited are you about this motion picture?! If you end up making these Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers, be sure to tag @fabuloushabits and hashtag #fabuloushabitskitchen so that I can see your creation!

My Aladdin-inspired cupcakes are easy to make and with Princess Jasmine Cupcake toppers, they're just so adorable! #disneyinspiredcupcakes

These Aladdin-inspired cupcakes are so cute thanks to the fondant Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers. Adorable! #cupcakeideas These Aladdin-inspired cupcakes are so cute thanks to the fondant Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers. Adorable! #cupcakeideas

My Aladdin-inspired cupcakes are easy to make and with Princess Jasmine Cupcake toppers, they're just so adorable! #disneyinspiredcupcakes
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5 from 7 votes

Aladdin-Inspired Cupcakes with Princess Jasmine Cupcake Toppers

Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 12 vanilla cupcakes
  • 8 oz. white fondant
  • edible sparkle dust
  • teal gel food coloring
  • violet gel food coloring
  • golden yellow gel food coloring
  • buttercream frosting

Instructions

  • Before you decorate your cupcakes, sure they’re completely cool to the touch
  • Divide your fondant - you’ll need to separate it into one 4 oz. spheres and two 2 oz. spheres.
  • Color one of your 4 oz. fondant spheres with your violet gel food coloring and the other, with the teal gel food coloring. Your remaining 2 oz. should be colored with yellow gel food coloring.
  • Roll out your purple fondant with a rolling pin until it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. Use a circular cookie cutter (about 2 inches in diameter) to cut out 12 fondant circles.
  • With a rolling pin, roll out the fondant so that it’s ¼ of an inch thick.
  • Using a paring knife, cut out 12 strips, about 3 inches wide and ½ an inch thick.
  • Place one strip on the center of each purple circle, giving it a slight arch. Press down to secure and trim excess where necessary.
  • Roll your yellow fondant into ½ inch spheres - you will need 12 of them.
  • Slightly flatten each yellow sphere and shape it into a teardrop. Give it an indentation in the center.
  • Press one yellow fondant piece on each headband, right in the center.
  • With your remaining teal fondant, roll out one dozen ¼ spheres.
  • Flatten each sphere slightly and place one on top of the yellow portion of the headband.
  • Lightly brush the edible silver glitter on the fondant jewels.
  • Using an offset spatula, frost each cupcake.
  • Add one Princess Jasmine cupcake topper on each cupcake.

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Indescribable feeling! These Jasmine Cupcake Toppers are totally inspired by Aladdin and are so easy to make! #aladdincupcakes

Tomato Tart: A Delicious Meal Your Guests Will Adore

This tomato tart is the perfect addition to your family’s cookbook. Serve it for lunch or at a dinner party – everyone will surely enjoy its marvelous flavours.

This tomato tart recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat - because it's so delicious! We've got the full recipe! #tomatotart

I’m feelin’ so fancy, using puff pastry!

While on our most recent trip to the grocery store, I spontaneously picked up a package puff of pastry, not really knowing what to make. I think my train of thought was: “I’ll just make another dessert!”

But no – apparently, my taste buds had something else in mind.

Every week, I create a set menu for our family’s daily meals. It’s the closest we come to food prep and it totally works. As I reached mid-week, I was all out of ideas/sick of our usual dinner go-to’s.

Then, I remembered, we had that box of puff pastry. Looking in our fridge, I spotted ripened tomatoes and knew exactly what I wanted to create: a tomato tart.

This tomato tart recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat - because it's so delicious! We've got the full recipe! #tomatotart This tomato tart recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat - because it's so delicious! We've got the full recipe! #tomatotart

My recipe for this tomato tart is simple, yet jam-packed with a variety of flavour profiles. If you’re up for a heaping serving of ricotta cheese and the smooth taste that fresh basil leaves have to offer, then this tomato tart is totally for you.

How to Make a Tomato Tart

This tomato tart recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat - because it's so delicious! We've got the full recipe! #tomatotart
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5 from 6 votes

Tomato Tart

This tomato tart is definitely one for your family's cookbook: easy to prepare and even easier to chow down on. Everyone will love its flavour profiles and how versatile it is.

Ingredients

  • 1 package puff pastry thawed if frozen
  • 2 large tomatoes sliced
  • 1.5 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • fresh dill
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Carefully place rolled-out puff pastry on line baking sheet and set aside.
  • Place your tomato slices on paper towel and cover with more paper towel. This will soak up most of the water from the tomatoes.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese and egg.
  • Use an offset spatula to spread the ricotta mixture onto your puff pastry, leaving the edges untouched, about ½ an inch.
  • Place tomatoes on top of the spread ricotta mixture.
  • Sprinkle with dill, olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Cut into square pieces - serve and enjoy!

The easiest recipe for tomato tart that you'll ever come across. Here's how to make it! #tomatotart

A Few Tips:

When it comes to working with puff pastry, I highly recommend going for store-bought. Puff pastry can be very challenging to make and the packaged ones are really great-tasting and will save you tons of time!

For this tomato tart recipe, aim to purchase high quality ricotta cheese. It’ll make a world of difference!

This tomato tart recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat - because it's so delicious! We've got the full recipe! #tomatotart This tomato tart recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat - because it's so delicious! We've got the full recipe! #tomatotart

Don’t forget to defrost your puff pastry! You’ll likely be picking it up from the grocer’s freezers, so most will need to defrost in the fridge overnight.

This tomato tart recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat - because it's so delicious! We've got the full recipe! #tomatotart

What’s your favourite recipe that includes puff pastry? Would your family (most specifically, kiddos) like this tomato tart recipe?

This tomato tart recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat - because it's so delicious! We've got the full recipe! #tomatotart This tomato tart recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat - because it's so delicious! We've got the full recipe! #tomatotart

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Always wondered what to do with puff pastry? Why not make this oh-so easy and oh-so delicious tomato tart? We've got the full recipe! #tomatotart

Disney Family Magic: 10 of the Cutest Mickey-Inspired Treats

Bring on the Disney magic! What better way to celebrate our favourite mouse than with these oh-so-cute Mickey-Inspired Treats!

After our magical trip to WDW, we're feeling Disney-withdrawl so we decided to round-up 10 of the cutest Mickey-Inspired treats we could find! #disneyinspiredrecipes

Because we all know that Mickey-shaped food tastes that much better!

Recently, we took a trip to Walt Disney World and, as always, we had a blast. I’m happy that I managed to finally convinced my husband that a trip to WDW makes for a great family tradition. Before we got married, he wasn’t too keen on the idea. But once our little guy turned a year old, we went for the big trip and bam – just like that, Joe totally got taken with Disney’s magic. Now, we proudly dub ourselves a Disney-lovin’ fam!

After our magical trip to WDW, we're feeling Disney-withdrawl so we decided to round-up 10 of the cutest Mickey-Inspired treats we could find! #disneyinspiredrecipes

When it comes to vacationing at any one of Disney’s theme parks, snacks that come in the shape of as Mickey Mouse are a must-have. Since returning from our trip, we’ve been feelin’ some Disney withdrawl so I decided to round-up some of the cutest Mickey-inspired treats.

These recipes for Mickey-inspired treats are fun for so many reasons: they’d be the perfect addition to any Disney-themed party, to make with the kiddos and, lastly, they’re just so adorable (and that should be enough of a reason!)

I hope these Mickey-Inspired treats bring you as much Disney joy as they have brought us!

Disney Family Magic: 10 of the Cutest Mickey-Inspired Treats

Disney Mickey Mouse-Inspired Cupcakes from Surviving a Teacher’s Salary

Mickey Mouse Cupcake Cones from Mommy’s Fabulous Finds

Minnie Potion Purple Cookies from Cutefetti (psst.: If the blog name Cutefetti is ringing a bell, it’s probably because you’re remembering our Easter collab!)

Disney Star Wars Mickey Cookie Recipe from Mommy Musings

Mickey Mouse Acorn Bites from Everyday Shortcuts

Mickey and Minnie Halloween Sugar Cookie Recipe from Everyday Shortcuts

Mickey Mouse Milkshake & Christmas Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treats from Savvy Mama Lifestyle

Mickey Mouse Lunch Idea from This Ole Mom

Jack Skellington Mickey Ears Cookies from the one and only, Cutefetti

Which Mickey-inspired treat is your favourite? Have you seen my very own Disney-themed cupcakes?! (Psst: They may have been inspired by a dinner taking place (that took place) at the Beast’s castle! I’ll have you take a look for yourself!)

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Who wants Mickey-inspired treats?! You do?! Well, you've come to the right place. We have a top 10 list of the cutest Mickey-shaped foods out there. #DisneyRecipes

Life as a WAHM: Encouraging Independent Play in Toddlers

Independent play is something that I was able to instill in Leo at an early age. Here are some reasons why it is so beneficial.

Encouraging independent play for toddlers is a great way for them to exercise use of their imagination and will build up their playful skills for preschool! Read all of our tips! #toddlers #independentplay #FabulousHabits

Go on, mama – encourage your little one to use his/her imagination!

Life, as a work-at-home-mom, can be hectic. Sure, I reap in the benefits when it comes to making my own schedule, being flexible (i.e., putting aside work if the little guy gets sick), and saving on full-time daycare/sitter costs.

But, on a regular basis, it’s a huge juggling act. Being a mom is a full time job as it is; I consider it akin to working double shifts.

Now that Leo has reached the toddler phase, he’s been exercising a lot more independent play. It’s exciting to see him use his imagination and observe how he interacts with games and toys.

Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with my little one. But a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do. Whether you’re working or finishing up chores, a parent can’t be at their kiddos’ side 24/7.

Here are some ways to encourage independent play for your toddler.

How to Encourage Independent Play

Choose Versatile Toys

When I purchase toys, I try to think of the different ways they can be played with. I ask myself, “Are they good quality? Will it encourage the use of my kiddo’s imagination? How fast will he get bored with it?”

Lego, DUPLO, and Play-Doh require so much imaginative play and creativity, we often fill our toy boxes with those. Of course, it is so important to keep up with the toy’s level – make sure you are always purchasing products suited for your child’s age.

Encouraging independent play for toddlers is a great way for them to exercise use of their imagination and will build up their playful skills for preschool! Read all of our tips! #toddlers #independentplay #FabulousHabits

Check In and Play Every Now and Then

Besides keeping my eye on them, I like to go back and forth; joining my little guy for mini play sessions. It shows that I’m interested in what he’s doing and I can offer him ideas about what he can do/play with next.

Show & Tell

Ask your little one to show you what it is he/she is doing. Again, it’s all about showing interest. This will encourage them to use their imagination more and is a great way to exercise good communication skills.

Encouraging independent play for toddlers is a great way for them to exercise use of their imagination and will build up their playful skills for preschool! Read all of our tips! #toddlers #independentplay #FabulousHabits

Keep it to a Minimum

Your child’s play area shouldn’t be filled to the brim with toys. This can create an overwhelming atmosphere that may over stimulate your little one. Instead, try a toy rotation so that your child can focus on one theme day-to-day.

How old were your kiddos when they started to play on their own? Would you try any of these tricks to encourage independent play?

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Encouraging independent play for toddlers is a great way for them to exercise use of their imagination and will build up their playful skills for preschool! Read all of our tips! #toddlers #independentplay #FabulousHabits

Mother’s Day Brunch: Croissant French Toast with Strawberries

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a new twist on a beloved classic. Our recipe for Croissant French Toast is decadent, unique, and the perfect treat for mama.

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!

Grab your drool bibs.

I’m always up for brunch. When Mother’s Day rolls around, I’m up for it even more. Treat the mama in your life with my recipe for Croissant French Toast. I’ve paired it with a ricotta cheese dip and it is out of this world!

I have forever been a fan of French toast. While I would never say “no” to making a batch of it, I thought that I might step it up and try something a little different this time around.

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch! Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!

Premiere Moisson is a popular bakery in Quebec, and we’re lucky enough to have one just 5 minutes away from our home. We often find ourselves visiting the bakery weekly, either purchasing a baguette to go with our dinner or enjoying Sunday breakfast as a family.

This week’s trip to Première Moisson was to fulfill the recipe for the Croissant French Toast I’ve been craving to make so badly. It’s difficult going in there and only purchasing a single item. This time, it was only half a dozen croissants but trust me, it took every ounce of my willpower to resist their other treats.

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!

Lo and behold, my newest recipe is now officially part of our family’s breakfast go-to breakfasts.

Why not try it out for this year’s Mother’s Day brunch?

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!

For the French toast portion, all it takes is a few ingredients:

  • croissants – and I make sure they’re a day old; it always works out better for French toast, in my opinion
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Ground Cinnamon & Nutmeg

Before making this recipe, I was going to go old-school and dip the croissants in my egg batter and fry each one individually. After a bit of research, I opted for a casserole-style serving. It’s a real time-saver and I feel like the flavours come through a lot stronger when baked.

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch! Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!

I was lucky because the strawberries I picked up were extremely juicy and fresh. To get the most of this recipe, I highly encourage you to go with fruits that are in season.

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!

Anyway, those are just a few of my tips! Without further ado, here is the recipe:

How to Make Croissant French Toast (with a Strawberry Topping and Ricotta Cheese Dip)

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!
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Croissant French Toast with a Strawberry Topping and Ricotta Dip

A perfect idea for Mother's Day brunch: here's our take on the delectable Croissant French Toast casserole.
Keyword: Croissant French Toast, French Toast, Mother's Day Brunch
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 5-6 croissants
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp ground nutmeg

For the topping and ricotta dip

  • 10-12 strawberries washed and cut in half
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar divided
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut your croissants in half, lengthwise. Line them up in a small rectangular dish, about 13 in x 8 in
  • In a bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour the mixture evenly over your croissants.
  • Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Once the 30 minutes are up, remove aluminum foil cover and bake for another 20 minutes.

To make the topping and ricotta dip:

  • In a small bowl, pour 4 tbsp sugar over cut strawberries. Allow the strawberries sit in the sugar.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together ricotta cheese, remaining sugar, honey and whipping cream.
  • Beat until fluffy and scoop in a serving bowl.
  • Serve Croissant French Toast on individual plates and top each portion with sugar-coated strawberries. Use the ricotta mixture as a dip or serve on top.

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch! Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!

What I love most about this recipe is the ricotta cheese dip. Don’t forget, you can use whatever fruit you wish! We chose strawberries, as I found a beautiful batch at our local grocery store. I encourage you to use whatever’s in season, to get the most out of the fruit’s flavour.

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!

What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Is this recipe something your mom/grandma/aunt/sister would enjoy?

Croissant French Toast with a strawberry topping and ricotta dip - perfect for Mother's Day brunch!

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