Choosing the right two pieces snowsuit for the kids

IMG_5179.jpgLiving north of Montreal, in the Laurentians, a beautiful part of Canada where it can go as low as – 30C somedays and even lower with the wind factor, we need to be prepared and well equipped for snow, winds, slush and even freezing rain. So obviously, the right winter gear,  for this climate needs to be warm,  and highly water resistant to keep our little ones cozy and dry all day long.

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Because we love outdoors activities like snowshoeing,  hiking, sledding or just for quiet walks in the woods, even on very cold days, as I mentioned above, we need to choose the correct gear for all members. And let’s be honest, for any piece, the number one rule is to make sure it’s waterproof or at least water resistant. Can I tell you that I had many, many experiences with snowsuits ( read with 3 boys and 1 winters later … ) Some were great and some others not so good. I’ve been buying and knowing the Deux par Deux snowsuits for many years now since it existed back when my oldest was a baby.

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Here are the functions and details of why I really like the Deux par Deux snowsuits and why I recommend them:

  • they have a protective insulation for warmth in temperatures as low as -30 °C (-22 °F) and yes the boys came back really warm at these temperatures since we played outside recently and it was that cold
  • they are coated with polyurethane and TEFLON for water resistance and weatherproof function
  • they are lined with polar fleece for more comfort
  • sleeves have elasticized wrists with adjustable Velcro tabs – makes easier to put gloves in and no snow will insert in sleeve
  • has a snow skirt with a rubberized elastic band – very practical if you ask me for when they slide or sit in the snow
  • the pants include a detachable, adjustable strap because not all kids likes to have straps or older kids often don’t like the bib/overalls-style because they look “too baby”
  • the  seat, knee, and cuff are Cordura reinforced, perfect for little adventurers

We love winter

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Also, as a reminder, I’ve been buying this brand for many years so I know it well and they were always a great choice when it came to choose a two piece snowsuits for my boys. They stay beautiful wash after wash and warm after many hours of fun in the snow.

Stephanie xx

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LG QuadWash Steam dishwasher – my new friend in the kitchen

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As a full time working mom, busy with house chores, kid’s activities and sports, if there is something I am looking for daily is definitely some help… and when I say help I mean real help like no need to prewash or rewash the dishes. I recently had installed the new LG QuadWash Steam dishwasher that cleans dishes with steam from boiling water and I’m sharing with you my experience and the difference of TrueSteam technology…. and why I should have got it before because it simplified and streamlined the process at home.

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One thing I really like about the LG QuadWash is that the controls are hidden on top of the dishwasher’s door to prevent the curious little one, like Axel from pressing all the different controls. What they don’t see is perfect. 

Another feature that I really like is using the Turbo cycle (1 hour) clean option for busier days and the dishes still come out sparkling clean even on a shorter cleaning cycle. There are more options for drying the dishes that I sometimes like to use like the extra dry option that adds extra drying time to the cycle and raises the heated rinse temperature. When I start the dishwasher at night, I like to use the Night Dry option made for dishes left in the dishwasher overnight because after the cycle ends it can result in steam inside the tub condensing on dishes, leaving them wet. Night Dry runs the ventilation fan periodically to help vent steam from the tub.

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NO NEED TO PREWASH

Whaaat? I always used to have dishwashers where I needed to pre-wash the dishes before loading them or even sometimes re-wash them as soon as I would pick them up after the cycle. This is a real time saving if you ask me and results in less frustration with that chore. The powerful yet gentle TrueSteam® virtually eliminates the need to pre-wash. The built-in TrueSteam® on-door 4 steam jet generators is made to clean fragile items and can also be used for heavy-duty cleaning like pots and pans. This beautiful technology also reduces water spots by 60% and leaves all our dishes sparkling clean.

LED TUB LIGHT

The LED tub light activates when the door is open, offering a sophisticated interior look. I really like this option since it’s much easier to have a quick look at the interior of the dishwasher when opening it to fill or unload it.

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ADJUSTABLE RACKS

Another very nice feature I love about the dishwasher is the adjustable racks. The newly-enhanced EasyRack™ Plus system provides flexibility and adjusts to any load of dishes. The two top racks are adjustable so you can fit any tiny utensils or baby bottle parts on the top rack while you can easily lower the middle rack to fit in taller wine glasses or plates. The racks glide in and out smoothly with the help of LG’s Glide Rail and Ball Bearing design, for a smooth chore.

GOOD FOR OUR PLANET

I really love the fact that this dishwasher is Environmentally Friendly and Energy Star® rated, which means it uses less energy than required by current federal standards. 

I remember that we all found funny to see our mother getting all excited about a new appliance when we were younger but I can totally relate now and need to admit that I am totally loving my new LG QuadWash Steam dishwasher. I really hope that you will be able to have it in your home one day, you’ll thank me, I’m sure that you will enjoy all of the benefits and positive features that I love.

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healthy and flourless chocolate chip cookies

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If there is something that I am always looking for, is healthy and healthier recipe that my we love, especially the kids. I also try to select the ones that will have natural sugar add ons, just like the way I love to select my already made treats at the market, when it comes to snacks, deserts etc.

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So I thought I’d share my no flour, chocolate chip cookies with you that my kids actually really love…. and I do to. They are so yummy, healthy and easy to do.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cups of whole rolled oats, processed into a fine powder
  • 1.5 cups of almond or coconut flour
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed until liquid ( I usually freeze my bananas not to waist them and keep them for muffin or cookie recipes )
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark semi sweet, dark or milk chocolate chips

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Preheat your oven to 375 Degrees F.  Line 1-2 baking trays with parchment paper.  Mix all the dry ingredients well in 1 bowl.  In a different bowl,  mix all the wet ingredients well.  Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix until having a homogeneous mixture.  Scoop out the mixture to spread the individual cookies onto the parchment paper.

Bake for 12 minutes until the tops are golden.

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They are really yummy so enjoy!

If you want the french recipe, please write me in the comments and will do so. Thanks