Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees - Poignant Statements

"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd

I've wrested this book from my mom, who had borrowed in on the promise to have it returned to me in time to read - and appreciate - before the June book club. Having only just begun, I am thoroughly enjoying Sue Monk Kidd's ability to define ideas in a manner that made me realize I'd not only not "thought of it that way" but also "didn't realize I was thinking of it at all". Her ability to define a piece of your spirit has me intrigued and I'm curious to read more. I'll entice you with two of the quotes that I read last night and continue to dance in my mind today.

"I think there must be a place inside of us where dreams go and wait their turn."
--as a mom, this one truly speaks to me

"I worried so much about how I looked and whether I was doing things right, I felt half the time I was impersonating a girl instead of really being one."
--so eloquent! I did not know I had felt the same as a young girl, until she put the very thought into words

Oh, I'm eager to read on and feel the story develop. I am already on edge about T.Ray....

Perhaps you'll join me for the June Book club - Tuesday June 17th (7-9p) - email tracey@gingerbreadlane.ca if you are interested.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Set Goals & Dream Big - Living Your Best Life

"Set Goals & Dream Big - Living Your Best Life" Seminar
Presented by Carly Cooper of Listen In Coaching

Friday June 6 (11-12:30p) OR Saturday June 7 (11-12:30p)
We’ll talk about what you’d like your future to look like. We’ll uncover your passions and set personal, career and family goals. We’ll rediscover who you are as a woman, outside of being a wife and a mom and you’ll learn how to live
your best life.

Cost: $25/participant + gst

To register, email registry@gingerbreadlane.ca or call 905-271-2900

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Great Big Play Activity Series - Just Announced!

"Great Big Play!" Fun Series
Mon June 16 to Fri June 20
(9:30-10a) - Ages 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 years
(10:30-11a) - Ages 2-1/2 to 4 years

Monday June 16 - "Have a Ball!"
Will we be bowling, throwing or bouncing them around? Join us in this activity to find out how many balls will be in the air!

Tuesday June 17 - "Music & Movement"

Shake, rattle and roll. This will be an activity all about the movement makers!

Wednesday June 18 - "Happy Feet"
Two feet, ten toes - find out where they will take you! Toe painting, sand walking and tracing!

Thursday June 19 - "Ready, Set, Go"
Join us for this obstacle course and relay race.

Friday June 20 - "Hip, Hoop, Hurray!"
Hula-hoop tug-o-war, hula-hoop target, hula-hoop maze! What else will we do with the hoops? Join us in the big hoopla event!

You can register by single day or the whole series.

To check availability, for more information or the costs of the series - email registry@gingerbreadlane.ca or call 905-271-2900

Monday, May 12, 2008

OPEN This Long Weekend

As we head into our first holiday weekend, we plan to offer your family a fun option to keep the kids busy and you happy. Come in for a visit - we'll have a coffee waiting for you!

Saturday May 17 - OPEN (12-2:30p) only, otherwise closed for birthday parties
Sunday May 18 - OPEN (9:30-4:30p)
Monday May 19 - OPEN (9:30-1:30p) Holiday Hours

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

A heartfelt "Happy Mother's Day to every mother and mother-to-be from all of us at Gingerbread Lane!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Guess What We're Having For Breakfast

French Toast Casserole

1/2 regular loaf challah or egg bread, roughly torn into 1/2-inch bits (about 6 cups); day-old or slightly stale is fine here

6 eggs

2-1/4 cups milk

1/3 cup brown sugar

1-1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp butter

Generously grease an 8 or 9-inch square baking dish.

Dump the torn bread bits into the baking dish, spreading them out into an even layer. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over the bread in the dish and pat down lightly so that the bread begins to absorb the egg mixture. Dot the top with the butter, cover with foil and refrigerate over night.

In the morning, place the foil-covered baking dish into a cold oven, then turn the oven on to 350F. Bake, for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and continue to bake for another 30 to 35 minutes or until puffed in the middle and lightly browned. Serve immediately, drizzled with maple syrup.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

**Thank you to Today's Parent magazine for providing this yummy recipe!**

Sunday, May 4, 2008

"Who's In Control Around Here?" Seminar - Don't Miss It!!

Who's In Control Around Here? Seminar

A "must attend" seminar by Terry Carson - The Parenting Coach

Saturday May 31 (9:30-11:30a)

Kids today have more freedom than any other generation before them.


Join Terry Carson, M.Ed., ACC - The Parenting Coach for a two-hour presentation

Learn how to parent democratically using respect without sacrificing control or your child's happiness.

Learn the five most important steps for developing a child's self-esteem.

Learn the #1 MISTAKE good parents make.

Cost: $35/person or $65/couple (+ gst)

For more information or to register, email registry@gingerbreadlane.ca or call 905-271-2900