Happy Easter Everyone!

Culing B*WHope you are somewhere that makes you happy!

 

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Avoiding Awkward Pregnancy Moments on Public Transit

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Have you ever ridden on public transit and seen someone who was probably pregnant and thought you should give up your seat but didn’t want to insult the women?  I’ve actually seen a man try and do this, only to find out the much insulted girl was not with child.

Alternatively, have you been in a stuffed bus or metro and dying for a seat for your pregnant ass but no one can tell because you have a huge winter jacket on or don’t really look pregnant?

In the UK they have a solution for this.  The London Underground has a badge that expecting mothers can wear to let people know that they are indeed pregnant.  I would love to have this worn on public transit in Montreal so I could give up my seat with confidence.

I asked my sister, who had a baby in London, if she wore one and what her experience was.

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Roasted: So, did you wear one of those tube preggo badges?

I always carried one in my purse but only wore it when I felt I needed it (ie) I was exhausted and the tube was packed.  I would have felt like an idiot wearing it when there were a ton of empty seats

Roasted: Did it feel awkward or are they so common that it felt normal?

They are super common so it never felt weird.  

Roasted: What was your experience?  Did you find people were more likely to pleasantly give you their seat?

Before I got pregnant I had a policy that I would only give up my seat if someone was wearing a badge.  I just didn’t want to accidentally assume someone was pregnant and thought if they couldn’t be bothered to wear the badge I couldn’t be bothered to give them my seat.

My experience though was that clearly very few people think like me.  If someone is going to be nice enough to offer you their seat they will do it whether you wear the badge or not.  I have had times wear I wore the badge and nobody offered their seat and times when I didn’t wear it and people offered.  However this was maybe because I always looked pregnant.  I feel like if you were barely showing or just a big person they would def come in more handy.  

On a side note I found that if people did offer their seat and you declined they got a bit irritated therefore I started always accepting the seat even when I knew I could stand.  It seemed to make the person feel good like they were doing their good deed for the day.  

So there you have it.  When is someone going to design and start selling badges for the Metro??

Would you wear one??

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Eating Through Time: The Supersizers

supersizers-go-regencyI love me a little British humour.  I mean, some of it I just don’t get.  Only Fools and Horses was a FAVE of my British colleagues and I really couldn’t see what was funny about it.  But, The Office, The Inbetweeners… is there anything better?

the-supersizers-goSo a little British humour from two of my favourite funny people, Giles Coren and Sue Perkins, PLUS some history which I kind of love, is right up my alley.

arts-graphics-2008_1186123aThis is where The Supersizers comes in.  Giles and Sue dress up in period costume and eat the food from different periods in (mostly British) history from Regency to Victorian, Austerity Wartime to the 1970′s.  And it’s hilarious.  They definitely don’t take themselves seriously, and the food is sometimes downright bizarre or disgusting (as are the huge portions for some of the shows).  I also think it’s pretty funny when they stay in costume and head to the streets of London yelling about bread or eating in the tube.  They also check their vitals before and after the experiment to see how healthy or unhealthy the diet is.

If you are at all interested in food, history, Britain, and laughing.. well check it out.

Bonus?  You can watch full episodes (split into 6 – 10 minute sections) on their YouTube channel or other channels on YouTube.  Just google it people…

 

 

 

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Petit Lapin – New Allergen Free Bakery in Westmount

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My child doesn’t have any food allergies except it seems to fish.  We fed him salmon a couple times and it was pretty much a barf-fest afterwards, but that was the end of his reaction.

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This is in direct contrast to a few of my friends whose children have severe allergies.  I can’t even imagine what it must be like watching your child eat with other kids, hoping he won’t steal a piece of bread or gobble down a piece of cheese.  Birthday parties must be a bit of a nightmare.

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It seems I’m not alone.  Viviane Nguyen’s son has food allergies but wanted she still wanted him to have a cake for his first birthday.  After fruitless searching, no one could offer her an allergen free cake and she made her own.  After realizing she could make all sorts of sweet allergen-free treats she decided to open up Petit Lapin.

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Petit Lapin is a special, colourful, kid friendly bakery located on Victoria in Westmount where all treats are free of the top 10 food allergens:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Wheat and gluten
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish and seafood
  • Sesame
  • Sulfites
  • Mustard

As a bonus, all products are also organic and vegan.

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The menu reads pretty sweet – cupcakes, donuts, cream puffs, and macarons are all for sale.  They can also cater to all sorts of events so that no one has to worry about allergens.

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I managed to stop by and tried out 3 different mini-cupcakes, and a donut.  The icing was much softer than I thought it would be and the cakes were moist.  My favourite was the raspberry cupcake, followed by the chocolate.

Pâtisserie Petit Lapin, 342A avenue Victoria, Westmount, QC H3Z 2M8

514-507-4077

Open Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm

info@patisseriepetitlapin.com

Facebook: Pâtisserie Petit Lapin

Twitter @PetitLapin_Mtl

Instagram @PetitLapin_Mtl

Decor: Cute – white and pastels.  This place is really just a small take away bakery though, so don’t expect huge open spaces.  This is strictly take away – there are no tables.

Service: Well, when I went I was the only one in line (a Wednesday at 2:00 a couple weeks after they had opened) so service was great for me!

Prices: A regular cupcake is $3.95 and a mini is $1.95 (see their menu here).  This seems to be slightly more (as in coin change) than the average in Montreal (I compared to two downtown bakeries).

Food: I didn’t really know what to expect, but considering it is allergen/dairy/free it’s pretty good.  I have to say that the only one I didn’t really like was the red velvet cupcake.  The rest was pretty good.

Good for: Vegans and people with allergies!

Baby Friendly: Well, there is a pretty steep set of stairs to get down to the bakery, so hauling a mega stroller down there might be a bit of a challenge.  Once you get down there isn’t tons of room to manoeuvre.  But, I brought my energetic two year old, and he had fun looking at the cupcakes on display.

 

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Kate Moss for Topshop – The Full Lookbook is Here!

20131213_TopShop_06-420_v6_CMYKI know I know I really try and promote local designers on this blog but sometimes you fall in love with the commercial stuff too.  Despite all the hype, I still love (most of) Kate Moss’s designs and have a dress from one of her first collections that I still wear and love.  In the end, I think that’s what matters a lot too when buying your clothes – buy stuff you really love.

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I find her stuff to be quirky while still being fairly timeless.

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While there’s definitely a lot of stuff in this collection that is not for me, there is a lot of cute stuff too and I’d wear all of these picks.

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You can see the full lookbook here.

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The collection runs from $70 – $1,200 and is available on-line and in-store from Topshop, ShopBAZAAR.com, and Net-a-Porter.  I’m not sure if The Bay will be carrying her pieces or not.

What do you think of her new collection?

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