Posted in Baby Boy, Baby girl, Canada, Community, Daddy, family, Food, health, Life, Parenting, Recommends, The Urban Daddy, Toronto, urbandaddyblog

Fun Video Shoot with Pediatric Nutritionist Danielle Binns

Danielle BinnsThis past weekend, we had the wonderful opportunity to take part in a video shoot with Danielle Binns a Pediatric Nutritionist and Health Coach for parents.

Danielle needed the assistance of our youngest child – Boo – who helped to prepare some delicious green pancakes – inspired through the Green Eggs and Ham book – and some super healthy and easy to make cookies.

Danielle’s story is absolutely incredible.  Reading her story on her website after having met her brought tears to my eyes.  I’m not going to re-tell her story.  You just need to go read it yourself.  You will be emotional, then inspired, and then understand why the services that Danielle offers are so incredibly valuable.

As the parent in our family who cooks breakfast and makes lunches for our kids – one child who has become very picky with food – I found immense value in just learning 2 simple food options from Danielle which we are going to cook at home.  Sorry, which Boo is going to cook at home!

Danielle is more than a mother who is incredibly passionate about providing the BEST natural and holistic solutions for other moms (and dads) and babies.  She has obtained credentials/certification in the following:

  • Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP)
  • “Naturally Designed Pregnancy and Postnatal Nutrition”
  • “SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding”
  • “Feeding Matters”

Danielle can be found on Facebook through her Facebook Group: Holistic Solutions for Moms & Little Ones.

Her Facebook page is @ daniellebinnsnutrition

On Twitter and Instagram @daniellebinns4

Her Website is and her email is



Posted in Daddy, family, Food, Life, Recommends, urbandaddyblog

Sweetpea Baby Food and Organic Snacks. Have you tried their cookies?

When was the last time you ripped open a bag of Sweetpea Organic Cookies, served them for family, friends or guests, and had any leftover to be eaten later?  Probably not very often.   These cookies, if you have not tried them before, are addictive.  They are great for what they have as much as for what they do not have.  If you have not tried them before, you might want to have a quick read below, to see what makes these cookies so unique, which will probably lead you to run out and pick up a bag of any (or all) of the 3 flavours of these cookies;

Sweetpea Baby Food Organic Cookies

1) They are for ages 1-101.  Really they are.  The cookies are flavourful, but certainly not overpowering.  If you freeze them, young kids can teethe on them, and if you put them out on a plate, the pretty flower pattern makes them look appealing.

2) The cookies are organic.

3) They are made from 100% whole grain organic ingredients.

4) They are dairy-free.

5) They were made without salt.

6) They do not contain eggs, preservatives or additives.

7) They are certified Kosher.

8) They are made in a peanut-free facility.

9) They come in resealable bags – so you might not want to “rip” open the bag unless you know there are not going to be any cookies left over.


And the three flavours they currently come in are; Banana Pear, Pumpkin Spice and Sweet Apple.

As a parent, you can be comfortable having your nanny leave out cookies for your children and for their playdates because they do not have much of what children are allergic to – nuts, eggs, dairy and they also cover off dietary restrictions by being certified Kosher.  The fact they taste great is secondary to their appeal across the masses, but is also what keeps people from buying them over and over again.

Did I mention that the packaging rocks!

Have a look;

What parent wouldn’t want these in their house?

If all the information I provided above has not convinced you to try these cookies, I dropped by the Sweetpea website, and pulled off some nutritional information which you certainly will find interesting as it relates to the flavours and ingredients chosen to go into the cookies.

Sweet Apple:

  • When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage.
  • Whole grain spelt flour has a higher protein content than normal wheat grown under similar conditions
  • Eating organic snacks ensures your child’s diet is free from harmful herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.

Banana Pear:

  • Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and magnesium
  • Pears are an excellent source of water-soluble fiber
  • Canada’s new Food Guide recommends that at least half of your grain consumption daily is whole grains – which contain phytonutrients (plant chemicals that fight disease).

Pumpkin Spice:

  • Pumpkins are a rich source of potassium
  • Spelt is a nutritious source of B2, manganese, niacin, thiamin and copper.

You can follow Sweetpea Baby Food and Organic Snacks on Facebook here.

I’m ready for some cookies right about now, but cannot choose between the flavours, so I think I’m going to have to open a bag of each flavour, mix them all together and just enjoy what comes next, one cookie at a time.

Posted in Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen – Spring is Coming version.

Thirteen veggies (and fruits) I intend on growing in my garden this year.  Hoping to get the seeds planted inside on the weekend.  The seeds are all organic or heirloom.

13. Dinosaur Kale – roasted crisp in the oven with some salt and oil is a treat for everyone with this uber-healthy veggie.

12. Beans – Kids LOVED the huge vine last year

11. Tomatoes – lots of weird and odd varieties, like the yellow peach one that grow great, as do the zebra striped ones and the pink ones and the lime ones…

10. Chickpeas – never tried them before… Found seeds in the cupboard

9. Golden Beets – love them roasted.

8. Carrots – the heirloom variety are multicoloured and odd shapes.  Kids love eating purple, white and red carrots.

7. Peas – got a ton of them last year too.

6. Pak Choy – have to buy this one…  For the nanny… And Okra too.

5. Basil – lots of varities – spicy, globe, italian, greek…

4. Cucumbers – they grow well in my garden traditionally.

3. Either Watermelon, Pumpkin, Honeydew or Cantelope – for kicks.  They never grow… Bugs eat the leaves and squirrels eat the plant.  My kids did buy a packet of pumpkin seeds with their own money on our trip to Buffalo last month.  A variety of types and colours of pumpkins.

2. Onions / chives / leeks – because my youngest boy eats the chives which keep coming back year after year on their own.  He loves them. 

1. A Money Tree!!!  But really, see the list below of the items which return on their own each year to our delight…

I’d love to find / plant water chestnuts – I wont eat them but they grow like a weed, and peanuts.  I also want to plant a fruit tree in the back corner… But if we move, it wont be there…

Each year the chamomile, strawberries, chives and raspberries come back on their own.  Can’t wait!!!

What will you grow?

Posted in family

Repost: Thoughts from April 2007

Here is what was going through my head April 2007.

  • Former Conservative politician, until she crossed the floor to become a cabinet minister for the Liberal party, Belinda Stronach is not seeking re-election in the next election.  HA HA HA.  I knew (and probably blogged) that once she became a traitor and left the conservative party, crossing the floor to join the corrupt liberals for a cabinet post, that she would be going nowhere in politics.  Clearly I was incorrect.  She is going somewhere… out! Bye bye Belinda, you turncoat, and take Tie Domi with you.  That former Toronto Maple Leaf pugilist, who was married when you an him hooked up and you deserve each other.  Opportunists.  Besides, Tie’s segment “Win, Lose and Tie” on TSN is brutal.  I turn the channel when it comes on.  It’s painful.
  • In other thoughts… It looks like rain outside… I don’t have an umbrella.
  • I’m really jacked that the Raptors are in the playoffs – but I hate that they are playing Vince Carter and the NJ Nets because I’ll be REALLY upset if we lose to “them”.  Ever since “Wince” left the Raptors, I have always wished him to lose or get hurt, flop on the floor like he did in Toronto and please continue to tip off the opposition on plays in NJ like to did in TO. 
  • I received my grades for my two most recent business graduate school classes… both A’s. Only 4 more classes to go then I’ll have my MBA and can use it to get out of the government.  YAY.
  • Happy to report that my wife and I have something new in common, besides our kids, marriage, house, etc. I love to garden and she does too.  And she is quite good at it too.  We have seedlings now sitting in the living room soon to be headed in the garden, of all these funky heirloom fruits and veggies.  She picked them, she planted the seeds, we watch them grow. Fun, fun, fun!
  • Need sleep… I am painting the basement – kids playroom… It had to happen sooner or later.  We bought some red, blue and green paint – bright kids colours and I am painting the entire space they use to play in.  Part of the wall is going to be a magnetic chalk board.  Wondering how to get the red paint out of the carpet and I dropped the tin and of course it opened on the carpet.. A lot!.  It is fire truck red.  OY. 
  • So let’s recap… Baby up at 5am, I leave for work at 7am, get home before 6pm, bathe and book the kids to bed, then after chatting with my wife and taking care of classes, I set out around midnight to paint until 1 or 2am and then do it all again the next night.
  • Sleep???  Over-rated.  🙂
Posted in family, Happy Boy, Linus

Some First Child Musings

Some musings about our first child as he approaches 2-years-old.

I love the honesty of children.  In the past few days Linus has taken to pointing at my stomach and saying, with great enthusiasm; “BIG Daddy”.

The more we laugh together, the more he tries to stress the word “BIG” in that phrase.

I like to reply to him with; “Little Happy Boy”, as I point at him.

He loves it.  It makes me laugh that he’s able to distinguish between little him and very large me.


Months and months ago UrbanMummy bought almond butter at, like $17.99, for Linus to try.  Of course, as gets more and more picky about what he eats, he did not like it.

We tried to give him just a little to try on a piece of toast, but after touching his tongue to it, he shook it off and said, “no” to it.  

I actually don’t like it either.  I like raw almonds, and smoked almonds, and peanut butter, but not almond butter, so we used almost the rest of the jar in a very yummy noodle dish that UrbanMummy created.

Well doesn’t it figure that the other day Linus pointed at my sandwich and he said “Linus, Eat”, (it was a peanut butter sandwich) so I ran downstairs and brought him a piece of bread with almond butter on it and gave it to him.  

Sure enough he ate the rest of the piece and even asked for more.

Too bad we all but finished the jar – had just enough for that one piece.  I think we found something else for him to eat that he likes.  High in protein, organic…

More musings to come. 🙂