Monthly Archives: January 2015

#71 – Enter a contest

Last week we entered one of those loop contests on Instagram, and guys, we won!  I was pretty pumped.  The give-away featured nine awesome Queen West boutique vendors involved in This Little Piggy’s upcoming Love Market and the winner could choose a gift certificate from the store of their choice.  It was a pretty awesome treat in the middle of dreary winter week! We are super excited to go for a mini shopping spree at the store of our choice!


Details: The Love Market is hosted by This Little Piggy Shop on Saturday, February 7th, and features The Kitten and the Bear (you know we have some serious love for them), Glory Hole Doughnuts, Uncle Peter’s Man, Ollie Jones, Mini Souls, Rumour and Gus, Bridge the Bump and Deidre Wicks.

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#85 – Create a reading nook for Henry

I bought Henry his first book when I was seventeen and an exchange student in Japan; the Hungry Caterpillar in Japanese.  Since then, every country I’ve visited, I bought a children’s book for my future kids, and when Adam came along, he started doing it as well.  So little Henry has books from Japan, Australia, Ireland (x2), France (x2) and South Africa.  Add to that the incredible generosity of our friends and family, plus the crate of books Adam’s parents gifted him at Christmas, Henry has quite the library.

We just installed some extra ledges to hold them all, and bought a couple throw pillows to make a little nook for him (more for our comfort than his at this point!).


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#6 – Try Bunner’s cinnamon buns

For the past couple years, Bunner’s cinnamon buns have landed on BlogTO’s best cinnamon bun in the city list.  Since they are both vegan and gluten free, this seems like quite a feat, since the deliciousness of cinnamon buns lies in the gooey buttery goodness and cream cheese frosting.  So of course, we wanted to test them out ourselves.

This morning Adam’s mom and two of his aunts came over to visit with Henry, so we figured it was the perfect opportunity for a wider taste test.  Overall, they were deemed very tasty; not overly sweet, and without that obvious gluten free taste and texture.


Details: Bunner’s has two locations, one in the Junction, another in Kensington Market.  Information can be found here.  The full BlogTO Best Of list can be found here.

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#5 – Visit the High Park Zoo

High Park Zoo may not be as glam as other city parks’ zoos (I’m looking at you New York and Chicago), but it’s small and earnest, and the little kids toddling through are still delighted.  We walked through as part of our Joyce Family Winter Classic day.   I do love that the zoo has been kept open largely from donations from the local community after multiple attempts to close it down, though in 2014 the City resumed funding it.



Details: Information about the High Park Zoo can be found here.

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#4 – Joyce Family Winter Classic

This Christmas, my parents forbid us from getting them any presents.  So my brothers, Sam, Adam and I got together and planned a day of family fun instead; dubbed the Joyce Winter Classic.  Below is the itinerary we gifted them on Christmas, and a few photos from the day!

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Details: We started our day at Cafe Novo, a great local cafe just outside High Park.  We went for a stroll through High Park, including the zoo (more photos from that coming soon!), and then after a big meal, we went to the Samuel Smith Skating trail.


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The 2015 List: Family Edition

Progress: 100/100

  1. Go camping
  2. Build a sandcastle
  3. Celebrate Henry’s 1st birthday
  4. Joyce Family Winter Classic
  5. Visit the High Park Zoo
  6. Try Bunner’s cinnamon buns
  7. Rent a car bike
  8. Baby-free date night
  9. Brickworks Pizza Night
  10. Snakes and Lattes
  11. Snakes and Lagers
  12. Foodie Penpals
  13. Royal Winter Fair
  14. Stand up paddle boarding
  15. Visit the AGO
  16. Corn maze
  17. Henry’s first Santa Claus parade
  18. Create a choose your own adventure day
  19. Henry’s first Colo(u)r Run
  20. Get messy with paint
  21. Pick the perfect Christmas tree
  22. Neighbourhood Christmas decorations tour
  23. Animal encounter
  24. Elf on the Shelf
  25. Learn to knit
  26. Complete a knitting project
  27. Pumpkin patch
  28. Go to a musical
  29. Campfire pouch dinner
  30. One of a Kind show
  31. Get Henry a passport
  32. Backyard BBQ
  33. Buskerfest
  34. Do a time lapse project
  35. Fondue night
  36. Send out Valentines
  37. Make fancy homemade lemonade
  38. Give back
  39. Get Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops
  40. TO’s Finest food passport
  41. Ferry ride
  42. Get Beavertails
  43. Franklin’s Children’s Garden on Centre Island
  44. Get family photos taken
  45. Play at a splash pad
  46. Apple picking with Henry
  47. San Diego Botanic Garden
  48. Baby play date
  49. Neighbourhood Halloween decorations tour
  50. Family photo booth photos
  51. Attempt another Dear Photograph submission
  52. Make homemade Pop Tarts
  53. Ben’s Bird Sanctuary
  54. Make cupcakes
  55. Join Chatbooks
  56. Family brunch at Little Fish
  57. Make homemade cinnamon buns
  58. Far Enough Farm on Centre Island
  59. Take Sam’s parents to Cafe Belong
  60. Vote for Canada’s National Bird
  61. Make apple chips
  62. Take monthly baby photos
  63. Make baby sensory toys
  64. Make homemade baby food
  65. Henry’s first skates
  66. Rent a tent trailer
  67. Baby-proof our apartment
  68. Take Henry lake swimming
  69. Go canoeing
  70. Make homemade coloured pasta
  71. Enter a contest
  72. Saving Grace
  73. Hogtown Vegan
  74. Go to Burger’s Priest
  75. Kiss under mistletoe
  76. Use our crockpot
  77. High Park Nature Centre special event
  78. Make a meal entirely of farmer’s market purchases
  79. Write a book
  80. Try a new ethnic food
  81. Family bike ride
  82. (Attempt) to grow our own vegetables
  83. Surprise date, planned by Sam
  84. Surprise date, planned by Adam
  85. Create a reading nook for Henry
  86. Get a BBQ
  87. Henry’s first concert
  88. Taco night
  89. Baby park picnic
  90. Glory Hole doughnuts
  91. Make hard apple cider
  92. Henry’s first plane ride
  93. Go to California
  94. San Diego Zoo
  95. Dip our toes in the ocean
  96. Family Hallowe’en costumes
  97. Start a family tradition
  98. Learn to make 3 origami animals
  99. Horse drawn carriage or sleigh
  100. Finally finish and print our 2013/2014 photo books

Bonus List:

Bonus #1 – Kitten & the Bear’s Valentine’s Breakfast in Bed in a Box
Bonus #2 – Sibs Cottage Weekend

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