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YARN: The Movie

Initial Introduction to the Movie This weekend I watched the movie “YARN”. I originally learned about it after having watched Vickie Howell’s interview with the co-directors/producers Heather Millard & Thordur…

Getting Fit at 40

How Do I Get Fit at 40? I’ve been spending a lot of time lately considering how I stayed slender as a youth and how I can get fit at…

General Decluttering Tips

Let Me Help You Get Control! If I could help you get control of your home, is that something you’d be interested in? If you said yes, I want to…

10 Precious Tips To Help You Get Better At Staying True to Your Health Goals

Recently I reviewed my health goals to check in if I have been staying true to my 2016. I asked myself a lot of questions as to what I was…

New Direction: Blog Update

You may have noticed that the blog has been on pause for a little bit while I determined the direction I wanted it to go. When I started the blog…

Goal Setting 2016: Tools to Keep It Fun

What I Didn’t Know I Didn’t KnowI’m am the creative entrepreneur behind theruthlesscrafter.etsy.com, where I sell memory quilts, baby quilts, and t-shirt quilts. When I first opened my shop in…

Declutter Your House: FREE Challenge

Before we get started, I want you to know that it is 5 days until my wedding collection is released!! I don’t know about you but I tend to think…

Smart Ideas for Living Room Storage

Thank you to today’s blogger, Patricia Cornwell. The living room is a central place in every home because people spend most of their time lying on the couch, listening to…

Creative Entrepreneur 2016 Goal Planning

I am a creative entrepreneur. I make special occasion custom quilts. Today I would like to share an invaluable tool I use to create my business and personal annual goals…

My Personal History with Goal Planning

I have had a creative Etsy business since November 2014. In the beginning, I did what I like to call “hope marketing.” I crocheted a hat, put it on my…

Our Wedding Collection Is Coming!!

This month we are premiering our Wedding Collection! The line is full of modern and traditional quilted pieces that embody the love of friendship and family that work with any…

Setting Up Your Pantry So Your Kids Can Help Themselves

Thank you to Kaitlin Krull, today’s guest blogger from modernize.com. Picture this: you’ve just arrived home from school, your kids have settled down at the table to start their homework…

Halloween Spider Craft for Kids ~ Tutorial

Welcome Katy from Queen of the Kings! Today she’s sharing a great craft to do with the kids to decorate your home for Halloween! * ~ * ~ * Hi…

Autumn 2015 Collection

I have been very quiet for the last month because I’ve been rushing to get out my Autumn collection! I’m so very proud of my first attempt at a collection…

eCommerce Is Inspiring & Stretching Me

Image Source It’s hard to be a creative eCommerce business entrepreneur! Not only do you need to create but you also need to learn about how to have an online presence…

Menu Plan ~ September 2015

Menu Plan ~ August 2015

I have a home daycare so this is family friendly. To view the image larger, right click on the menu and “view in new tab”.You can also “save as” to…

Guest Post: Make Favourite Baby Clothes Into Art

Today’s Guest blogger is Jennifer from A Splendidly Messy Life. We met online but, fun fact, we physically live within an hour from each other! Welcome, Jennifer. * * *…

Olga’s Quilt

My great Aunt Olga asked me to make her a quilt. Her favourite colour is purple. This was so much fun to put together – and I got to use…

Spring Clean 2015 – Basement Play Area

In last week’s Spring Clean 2015 – Basement Family Room post, I mentioned I was on a tight deadline to finish decluttering and cleaning the basement. This area had become…

Guest Post: DIY Valence

Hi! I am so excited to be a guest today. I must admit, I’m a little nervous, because my crafting skills are nothing compared to Elizabeth’s. I mean, I buy…

Spring Clean 2015 – Basement Family Room

I finally got up the courage to tackle the “scary basement”. This was where everything had gone from my decluttering and sorting of the upper two floors. I realized that…

Guest Post: Spicy Coconut Cashew Eggrolls Recipe

Today we welcome Amber as our guest blogger! Photo Credit: The Hungry Mountaineer Hi! I’m Amber and I blog over at The Hungry Mountaineer. I love to share my adventures…

Dan’s Quilt

Dan wanted a masculine pantograph design for this quilt. I think we nailed it with “bluster” which now happens to be one of my favourite to quilt and use on…

My Post Partem Depression Story

**UPDATED June 24, 2017. This post contains affiliate links My post partem depression trigger In January 2008 my second child was born. After the birth I felt fantastic. I was…

June 2015 Crafts

June was spent mostly with panic decluttering and cleaning before school let out on the 26th. I am happy to say that the main areas I needed to get done…

Menu Plan ~ July 2015

I have a home daycare so this is family friendly. To view the image larger, right click on the menu and “view in new tab”.You can also “save as” to…

Jean’s Modern Quilt

This lovely modern quilt was a pleasure to longarm for my client, Jean. Since there were so many hard lines in the piecing of the quilt top we decided to…

TBT First Blog Post & Life Update

I was going through some of my older blog posts and I started right at the beginning. My very first blog post (read it here)  was April 14, 2008. The…

First Week of Summer Break

First of all, HAPPY CANADA DAY to all my Canadians out there!!! This is the first week home with the children since school let out. Last week I was rushing…

Transforming Your Child’s Art Into It’s Own Masterpiece

Friday was the last day of school for my children and now we are enjoying summer break. With the end of school comes piles of papers and masterpieces that I…

Guest Post: Kale 3 Ways

Today Jenny from ChocolateNChildren is sharing 3 ways to enjoy kale! Growing up, one of my Dad’s favorite meals we something we called. Kale & Sausage. I was home a while…

May 2015 Crafts

In May I had a pretty big creative list. 2 items did not get complete – sewing Santa Gift Bags (again) as when I sat down to make them I…

How to Eat a Sugar-Free Diet

We all know that sugar is not good for us. It leads to a host of health concerns varying in seriousness. Personally, I have been really listening to my body…

Spring Clean 2015 ~ Master Bedroom

I’m happy to say that the master bedroom only needed a little bit of picking up. Interested in doing yours but don’t know where to start? Here is a detailed cleaning…

Guest Post: Banana Berry Nice Cream

Today Donna from Whole Food Bellies is going to share a recipe for Banana Berry Nice Cream. It is so simple to make and it tastes delicious! ABOUT DONNAHi I…

Spring Clean 2015 – Overwhelmed Much?

I am following the FlyLady system and attacking one “zone” per week, getting as much done in that zone as I can and then moving on. There are only 6…

Quilt Restoration

A client approached me to restore a quilt her grandmother had made her many years ago. Amazingly the top was intact but the binding was very much coming apart. It…

Spring Clean 2015 ~ Master Bathroom

The master bathroom. Nothing says I love you or thanks for the 5 minutes of peace better than a clean toilet to sit down on! For a while I have…

Monthly Menu Plan ~ June 2015

Enjoy this monthly menu plan. I have a home daycare so the day snacks and lunches are leftovers from our dinners and toddler friendly. Do you make a menu plan?…

Fall Quilt for My Grandparents

My grandparents are my biggest fans when it comes to my quilting. I made the king-sized “Christmas Beast” quilt for my parents (their daughter) and every time we are all…

#TBT 30 Day Love Challenge

Image Source: Camdiluv on Flickr In February 2011 I wrote about the 30 day love challenge as set out by SITS and Oprah. Since I am focusing on making our…

Spring Clean 2015 ~ Master Closet

My biggest problem when feeling overwhelmed by the “stuff” in our home is that one day it’s fine and the next I look around and see stuff and things to…

Microwave Brownie Recipe

Image Credit I’m definitely not able to take the credit for inventing this recipe but I have made it and it was sure delicious! Thank you to Weelicious for this…

Lady with Parasol Quilt

I quilted this beauty for a client whose mother-in-law appliqued the ladies it by hand. The pieces were coming up so we decided to quilt over them to tack them…

#TBT Learning Themes for Children

It’s so much fun to go back through the blog posts to see what I was doing with the children developmentally. Today’s Throwback Thursday is from March 2009 when Ava…

Spring Clean 2015 ~ Kids Bathroom

The kids bathroom is not really used as that. It’s mostly the room that I shower in and the kids use the toilet in the middle of the night. This…

April 2015 Crafts

How is it the middle of May and I haven’t done my April craft summary? I’m chalking it up to the nice weather having me outside and my Spring Cleaning…

Spring Clean 2015 ~ Bingo

I wasn’t feeling the cleaning vibe today. I need to finish last week’s room (the bathroom for which I have 4) before I can start this week’s (the master bedroom).…

Spring Clean 2015 ~ The Dining Room

I’ve got that “need to get the house deep cleaned and decluttered” bug. Spring brings it about for me – as I’m sure most of us are starting to feel…

#TBT Spring Cleaning Party

In 2010 I hosted a Spring Cleaning Party. Read the original post here. The list is solid. I’m starting again this year myself. I’m posting my process and photo journaling my…

#TBT Organizing Memories

Today’s #TBT is about organizing memories – mainly the keepsakes and treasures children collect. Read about it here.

Nash Schnibbles Quilt

I finally finished the queen-sized quilt I have been wanting to make for my daughter. My son got one when he was two but I didn’t have just the right…

Peony Crochet Cowl (FREE Pattern)

I had a great day listening to an audio book (“Fall On Your Knees” by Ann-Marie MacDonald) and finishing a cowl this afternoon. My 9 year old daughter has been…

Keeping Busy with Crafts

I haven’t had the mindset or the arm strength to finish any projects but here is what I’m playing with this week craft-wise. I wasn’t really looking for a new…

Happy Earth Day 2015!

I have always been concerned about the Earth yet somehow now that I have children I feel even more passionate about making better choices to ensure it is a good…

Quilting Injury

I had a marathon quilting session on the Easter weekend (April 3-6). I successfully long-arm quilted two queen-size quilts and one king-size quilt in 2.5 very long days. There was…

Project RED

I volunteer my longarm quilting services for Project RED, an organization that makes quilts which are then given to local agencies such as Grand River Hospital Pediatrics and Children’s Aid, as…

Menu Plan ~ April 2015

This menu plan is toddler friendly as I used the snacks and lunch for my daycare (hence that website address on the photo). Our family uses the dinner ideas.

March 2015 Crafts

In March I set a list of 10 items I wanted to get done. I forgot that March break was there where I basically was at the mercy of my…

Garden Party Crocheted Hat FREE Pattern

The sun is shining brighter as it warms up in southern Ontario, Canada and it inspired to create a spring item so I chose to make this lovely Garden Party crocheted…

Wild Kratts Costume Reveal & Instructions

I was going through the photos on my iPhone earlier today and I realized I never showed the final Wild Kratts costumes. In September 2014 I did a “How to…

Learning to Machine Applique

On Saturday I took my first quilting class by Karen Kay Buckley where we learned how to machine applique. Karen was gracious enough to snap a photo with me after…

My Guest Speaker Gig

I recently discovered podcasts. I love how you can search for any topic and find a plethora of shows. When I first started I discovered “Canadian Quilt Talk”. Brandy Lynn…

Hockey Sweater

I’m knitting a Canadian hockey sweater for my 7 year old son. The player is emerging.

Knit Hockey Sweater

This winter we have been overwhelmed by our first year of ringette and hockey. During one of my daughter’s ringette tournaments, I convinced my son to come to the Mary…

March 2015 Menu Plan

I did this last week but I forgot to post it. It does have a link to my home daycare website but we’re still eating the same whether it’s on…

Blind Date with a Book

I was visiting my public library and they had a great idea – a “blind date with a book”. The books were wrapped in brown craft paper with a brief…

Lace Fingerless Mitts FREE Pattern

This morning I did the final stitches on these lovely knit Cafe Au Lait ‪fingerless mitts (free pattern) in a buttery yellow ‎alpaca yarn. Lovely.

Crochet Valentines Day Door Wreath

As I promised on my monthly roundup, here is the now complete Valentines Day door wreath I crocheted. How I made it:I used a basic flower granny square from an…

February 2015 Crafts

February was a very productive month. I set out to complete 6 projects and I did them all! 1. Piece my daughter’s quilt 2. Quilt for Jean M. 3. Knit…

Christmas Wedding Quilt

For my cousin Michelle’s wedding on August 11, 2012, I made this cozy queen-sized winter quilt. She loves winter and Christmas so I was inspired to use flannel and reindeer…

“Three Little Piggies” German Baby Quilt

In November 2013 I created this commissioned baby blanket with the German version of the “Three Little Piggies” poem inscribed in thread on the outer borders. This is one of…

November 2010 Wedding Quilt

I was nominated on Facebook to show three works I have made for 5 days. I have already posted some on my More Than A Mom blog but I thought…

How to Make A Button for your Blog

I have done a lot over my many years of blogging (I’m entering my 7th year!!) but I have yet to make a blog button.  If you are ready to…

2-Colour Brioche Knit Stitch

Brioche stitch (front on left, back on right) Credit: the Brioche Stitch blog  “The Brioche Stitch (or combination of stitches) creates a pretty, flat, double-sided fabric.” (verypink.com) To learn how to knit…

How to Make A Scroll Box for your Blog Button

Last week I showed you a tutorial on how to make a button for your blog.  This week we are going to look at making a scroll box for your…

Monthly Roundup – January 2015

January 2015 was a great month in terms of my Weight Loss Journey 2015. I focused myself, set goals, and am on my way to living healthier and being more…

40th Anniversary Canvas Painting Gift

My parents just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in January. Being a creative type I thought it would be fitting to make them something in celebration. I looked up a…

Weight Journey – Weekend Update 2

At the beginning of January 2015 I decided to work at healthy eating to get rid of some of the cookies and cakes and pies and big family dinners that…

Organizing Sewing Needles & Pins

I have 4 sewing machines. My 8 year old daughter and I each have a basic Kenmore, I have a serger, and I have my long-arm quilting machine. Each of…

Quilt Binding Basics

Many quilters I know (including myself) find the binding bitter-sweet. In some ways it is wonderful knowing that once complete your project is done. In other ways making and attaching…

FREE Crochet Boot Cuff Patterns

Boot cuffs are all the rage. Here are 10 FREE crochet patterns from Premeditated Leftovers. Credit: Premeditated Leftovers blog

Scrap Jar Star Quilt Tutorial

I am starting to get quite a lot of scraps from my quilt and sewing projects. What to do with them? Make a scrap quilt. Sometimes I find scrap quilts…

Weight Journey – Day 15

Tuesday, January 27 @ 8:30 a.m.I’m having a fantastic week. I am down 1.4 lbs since yesterday and down 4 lbs since Saturday (and that includes and ice cream cake…

The Benefits of Blog Roundups

I’m considering do a regular round up of my blog posts but wasn’t precisely sure of the benefits. Harsh Agrawal at the Shout Me Loud blog does an excellent job…

FREE Purses, Bags & Totes Sewing Patterns

I have a wee obsession with making my own totes and purses. I’m not sure which of these I will make first! Thank you to The Crafty Blog Stalker for posting…

Weight Journey – Day 14

I am down 1.4 lbs. Now we’re talking! I’ve been feeling fantastic and the food I’ve been eating has been SO delicious! Much better than what I was eating before…

FREE Crochet Heart Patterns

Love is in the air as we prepare for Valentine’s Day. Celebrate by crocheting one (or all) of these 20 free heart patterns by Daisy Cottage Designs! Credit: Daisy Cottage…

Weight Journey – Day 13

Sunday, January 25 @ 9:15 p.m.I sighed relief this morning as my weight stayed exactly the same as yesterday morning. I’m so thankful that the ice cream cake cheat did…

Baby Chevron Quilt

I had the pleasure of long-arm quilting this purple and green chevron baby quilt for Irene B. of Bear Hug Quilts. The pantograph used is Mod Dotz. This is just…

Weight Journey – Day 12

Saturday, January 24 @ 10:00 p.m.Yesterday’s strictness (Dr. Bernstein diet) paid off. Today I finally had a break in the weigh-in. Down 1.2 lbs. Hurrah! With this success I was…

Crochet Rose Heart Wreath FREE Pattern

Are you getting into the Valentine’s Day project groove yet? Petals to Picots has this fantastic idea to crochet a Rose Heart wreath. Check out the tutorial on her blog.…

Weight Journey – Day 11

Friday January 22 @ 10:00 a.m.I gained back the 0.2 lbs I had lost yesterday. I’ve been hovering all week within a half-pound. Based on this lack of success, I’ve…

Armchair Caddy FREE Knit Pattern

There are so many evenings that I sit on the couch to knit or crochet while unwinding in front of a television show with my husband. I would love to…

Weight Journey – Day 10

Thursday January 22 @ 3:00 p.m.I am down 0.2 lbs this morning. Sigh. Yesterday I did manage to drink 6 glasses of water. An improvement from the day before but…

Organize Your Small Sewing Space

I am fortunate to have a bedroom size sewing room in our basement. I do have a 10-foot long arm machine frame in the room so it does cut the…

Weight Journey – Day 9

My days aren’t really in actual daily order but that’s okay. I’m catching up on a bunch of days with the post. Plus I have the pretty graphic to keep…

My Top Blog Posts of All Time

I haven’t done a post round-up in a very long time. I am going to try to do them monthly from now on. To kick-start this, here are my top…

Hot & Cold Pack Sewing Tutorial

I have a lot of scraps. I am often cold. I have children who often get scrapes and bumps. What do all of these things have in common? Today’s idea…

Add Multiple Posts Under Different Pages in Blogger

The Universal Blogging Tips blog came to the rescue when I was looking to highlight some of my regular posts by giving them their own pages on my blog. Here is…

Baby’s Memory Blanket

One of my sorority sisters asked me to make her a blanket using her son’s blankets and baby clothes. I used 98% of the baby items on the front and…

Weight Journey – Day 8

Since I pretty much stopped last week I’m continuing on Day 8. Saturday January 17 @ 9:30 p.m. We went out for a fancy dinner to celebrate my parents Ruby…

Laser Quest 7th Birthday Party

Happy birthday to my little guy who turns 7 today. He was SO excited for his birthday and we had a week-long countdown until the morning. When they put that…

Weight Loss Inspiration from Bridget Jones

I have been listening to the audio book “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy”. She loses a lot of weight and her observations are hilarious. It’s funny to read when…

DIY Bleach Spray Shirt in 10 Minutes

The kids have a few tee shirts that have had spills on them. This would be a great idea to give new life to those shirts. Thank you to Practically…

Organize Your Craft Room

Yarn Storage System by Repeat Crafter Me It’s that time of year when many crafters decide to clean up their crafting space to bring in the new year. Here are…

Turn Any Photo into a Pixelated Pattern

Interested in turning a photo into a quilt pattern? I suppose this could work for crochet or knitting or cross stitching or pretty much any craft idea. Source: Make blog  I’m sharing…

How to Add a Link to a Comment

You know how sometimes when you comment you want to add a link? Well Erin from Crafts and Sutch has a tutorial to teach us all how to do it.…

Weight Journey – Day 7

I haven’t been eating the best today and yesterday due to a crazy schedule that is out of the norm (it’s hard to plan for what you don’t know is…

Weight Journey – Weekend Update 1

This week my focus was to organize and clean my home. I did not get as much as I had originally hoped but it’s getting there. When I have mental…

Weight Journey – Day 6

I don’t think today we are going to even count the calories. It wasn’t horrible but it was not great. I lost 0.2 lbs from yesterday but it’s my pre-cycle…

Weight Journey – Day 5

Yep, the hot chocolate from yesterday and the extra chocolate bites I stole caught up with me on the scale this morning. Up 0.4 lbs. Not huge but enough to…

Weight Journey – Day 4

Even though today is Day 4, I technically started on Sunday, December 28, 2014. From that date this morning I am down 7.2 lbs – woot! This puts me 10-15 pounds…

How to find a Pattern with Only a Picture

I’m not sure if I should squeal in delight over this tutorial by Moogly or close the computer tab and pretend I didn’t hear about it. This is going to…

Weight Journey – Day 3

On Monday I did most of what I said I would do for my meal plan. It really helped that I prepared my plan the night before – it took…

Faux Crochet Glamour Boots

This is so creative – faux crochet your outdoor boots by Glamour 4 You blog. Would you do it? What are your thoughts on it?

Weight Journey – Day 2

*UPDATE: I edited what I actually ate in this colour below Um, yeah… so we’re going to scratch Sunday. It was the last day before routine hits me smack dab…

Leg Warmers are Back!

I loved wearing leg warmers as a kid (yes, in the 80s!). I have been so cold lately that I have been avoiding skirts and stockings. I wonder if I…

5 Ways to Quilt Using the Colour Marsala

On December 10 I first wrote about the 2015 colour of the year as chosen by Pantone – Marsala. Craftsy did a blog article about how to use this colour…

Weight Journey – Day 1

On Saturday (yesterday) I was planning to do a detox day where I don’t eat strictly to Dr. Bernstein’s diet requirements but I get the sugars and carbs slowly out…

The Start of 2015

Image Credit The Christmas season is joyous and full of the love of friends and family. In our culture we feed each other love through food (and more and more food!!).…

Weight Loss Journey – The History

The year before I got married (August 28, 2004), I successfully completed Weight Watchers. My children were born in 2006 and 2008 and my weight fluctuated again. Since the kids…

Barn Quilts

My in-laws live in a small northern Ontario town. On our way up from southern Ontario we pass many farms. As a quilter I have noticed many barns that have…

Happy 2015!!

Happy new year everyone! 2014 was the launch of the business and I’m happy with the progress of custom projects and quilts I’ve had the joy of long-arm quilting for…

Merry Christmas!

101 Creative Christmas Card Ideas

Hopefully your Christmas cards have been made well in advance, but just in case (or if you are planning next year’s already!) here are 101 Creative Christmas Card Ideas from The Dating…

Beverage Mitt FREE Crochet Pattern

I was inspired to have my first giveaway of a coffee cozy with a handle. I thought that was a cool idea. It has nothing on THIS beverage mitt made…

Felt Christmas Ornaments FREE Pattern

Stumbles & Stitches blog has some very dainty felt ornament ideas with FREE PDF patterns. There are many shapes and designs to choose from! If you need to simplify, just use…

Crochet Amigurumi Bear Ornament Instructions

I have a bunch of Styrofoam balls that I’d love to use as inserts for these if I can get them to fit! Check out these adorable panda, koala and…

Elf on the Shelf Mischief & Idea Calendar

My daughter (8 years old) was teasing her brother by pretending to touch our Elf on the Shelf, Carol, yesterday. I didn’t witness it but our 6 year old son…

Reese Peanut Butter Fudge

It’s getting closer to Christmas day. I am so wanting to make some simple and sweet desserts. These just may do the trick! Photo Credit: I Heart Naptime Blog

Neighbour Gift Ideas

Photo Source: I Heart Naptime blog  Don’t forget about your neighbours this Christmas! I Heart Naptime has come up with 50 Neighbor Gift Ideas. What do you do to celebrate the…

Christmas Crochet Ideas & FREE Patterns

I am a big fan of the Moogly.com crochet blog both for ideas and patterns. If you are looking for last minute gift ideas of Christmas inspiration you are in the…

Wonder Woman Crochet Hat

I had a custom order from a client to make a Wonder Woman crochet hat. She sent me a few photographs and I meshed the ideas together. This is what…

Elsa Frozen Crochet Hat FREE Pattern

My second giveaway item at the end of November (also an Elsa hat) was a hit with my 8-year-old daughter. She so wanted the one that I gave away so…

DIY Snow Globes

I have always wanted to make my own snow globes. This may be the year thanks to High Heels and Training Wheels’s tutorial! We definitely have a huge supply of…

Escaping Winter

In mid-November we got a lot of snow and cold winds here in south-western Ontario. I personally adore winter weather as I don’t have to go outside if I don’t…

DIY Ornament Ideas

My 8 year old daughter has recently decided she wants to learn to sew. Wouldn’t it be fun to have her decorate the mini Christmas tree in her room with…

2015 Official Colour of the Year

Marsala has been chosen for the colour of 2015. Photo Credit: The Inspired Wren blog Interested in using it in your home? Check out Houzz’s ideas here.  I personally prefer it…

Christmas Stockings in Traditional Colour Tones

For those who enjoy a traditional themed Christmas, these stockings fit the bill. In both a medium size (20″x10″) and a small size (10″x5″) these quilted and lined beauties are…

Classic Lemon Bars Recipe

Photo Source: Food Network I love desserts. My mother-in-law’s pies are at the top of the list (her recipe makes 6 pie crusts at a time. Yummmm!!). I don’t have…

Large Santa Stocking

The Santa stocking is festive and adds to the spirit of giving this holiday season. At 13″ wide and 28″ tall, you could fit a baby inside (or just lots…

Santa & Mrs Claus Wall Hanging

Santa and Mrs Claus, two very recognizable figures associated with Christmas. I like these traditional interpretations of them on this wall or door hanging. It will definitely fill the room…

Snowman Tree Skirt

As promised, today I am showing another item I made for the Christmas season – a tree skirt in the Snowman theme! When I did the craft shows earlier this…

Different Ways to Knit A Sweater

Did you know there are many types of knit sweaters? They all eventually “look” like a standard sweater but the composition of each type is quite different. Read more about…

How Do You Read Books?

Photo Source: Huffington Post I was reading an interesting article that examines “What Kind of Book Reader Are You“. I must admit when I start a book, no matter how…

Budget Friendly Christmas Tree

Photo Credit: Noting Grace blog Every year we purchase a live Christmas tree. I love the scent but I’m not one to actually decorate it. I leave that to hubby and…

Reindeer & Polar Bear Christmas Tree Skirt

As I mentioned a few times (here and here), I participated in three craft shows this November. It was a good experience and opportunity to promote my The Ruthless Crafter…

Designing Your Own Patterns Digitally

Last week I wrote about how I was interested in getting more creative with my knitting so I started to work with more than one colour of yarn. You can…

Dear Monday…

I must admit, Mondays are pretty relaxing for me. Weekends are very busy running my children around to hockey, ringette, swimming and errands plus I try to cram in as…

Crochet Snowman Hats – Set #2

In October I wrote about Snowman Hats I created for a customer. (You can read about it here). After I posted and shared it on my social media, I was…

Giveaway #3 – Evil Minion Crochet Hat

Congratulations to Dawn M. who was the Giveaway #2 winner of Elsa crochet hat winner! heididaily, this one is for you as you suggested it as a potential giveaway last…

Sewing Ergonomically

 Photo Source: Shop Martingdale I work in my sewing room a lot. Whether I’m standing at my long arm quilter or sitting to piece my quilts or clothes for the children,…

Sew a Toy Monster

Looking to make a gift for a child or a monster-loving adult this season? Click here for Craftsy’s FREE sewing pattern for a toy monster! Source: Craftsy.com Which one is your favourite…

Adventures in Falling Asleep

Bedtime has been an adventure for us since I was pregnant with my first child. Many nights when I was trying to get comfortable in the later stages of my…

No Quilt Border or Multiple Borders?

Modern quilters tend to not use borders at all while traditional quilts have borders. If you are looking for inspiration on using multiple borders, check out this Craftsy blog post…

Christmas Stockings FREE Pattern

I was commissioned to make three Christmas stockings for a woman, her man-friend, and her dog. This is what I came up with. I love them – I hope she…

FREE Crochet Santa Apron Pattern

I definitely need to make my family each one of these – how fun would that be? We could even use them as dinner bibs! Here is the FREE pattern…

Multi-Lingual

When I was a toddler, I initially learned to speak Italian. My maternal grandparents are Italian and cared for me while my parents worked. When I was two I was…

Crafting with Buttons

I do not own a lot of buttons but I am drawn to buttons when they are used in embroidery or other art projects. Check out these adorable ideas from…

Two Colour Knitting

Last year I was getting bored of single rows of colour in my knitting. I wanted to “shake things up” so I decided to do some colour-working. I realize this…

Craft Shows 2014

This afternoon I will be at my third and final craft show for the season. Three weekends in a row sitting and smiling and engaging potential present and future clients.…

Giveaway #2 – Elsa from Frozen Crochet Hat

Congratulations Jen S – last week’s winner of my first giveaway. I had so much fun that I am going to do it again! I’m hoping to make it a…

Prank Calls

My 8 year old daughter drew the phone for this image. How perfect! Before there was caller identification it was pretty harmless to make prank calls. When I was maybe…

Nifty Strip-Piecing Trick for Quilters

I am always looking for tips and tricks to make my quilting more efficient. Check out this “Nifty Strip Piecing Trick” by Bloom and Blossom. Photo Credit: Bloom and Blossom…

Rave Knitting

There is a trend of “rave knitting” in the UK that was featured in the Daily Mail. Kelley D basically floats out a few balls of bright coloured yarn into…

Quick & FREE Crochet Craft Patterns

Moogly is such an inspiring crochet blog. If only my fingers could work 24 hours and not give me grief! Today’s gem contains 20 FREE patterns for crochet gift ideas that…

Changing It Up

I’m’ changing things up a bit on the blog. It’s been very difficult to write exciting craft blog posts and actually make my crafts. Going forward, I am going to…

Dark and Stormy

Thank goodness for the SITS girls and their November writing prompts. They are helping me to get more creative in my posting subjects. My pick for today is “what do…

Craftshow Update & Giveaway #1

I have been sewing and quilting like mad recently to get ready for the November Christmas craft shows I’m participating in. I had one last weekend, today and my final…

Social Media

Photo Credit This month I’ve stepped it up with The Ruthless Crafter business. I’ve made a conscious effort to make regular social media posts and interact with those communities. I…

Alpaca Yarn

*UPDATED July 2017* Local Alpaca Farmer It is my honour to work with a local group of alpaca farmer, Canadian Alpaca Products, who work together to bring the finest alpaca…

Halloween Candies – Oh Boy!

In my part of the world, Halloween is all about dressing up and getting candy! I can hardly wait – oh boy!! Our school has started to collect hard candies.…

My First Car

When I was in university, I was fortunate enough to have been accepted into the campus that was up the road from our home. Since I was going to live…

Crochet Christmas Tree Hat

My friend hired me to make this fun Christmas tree hat for a tacky Christmas themed party she went to. Hubby is the handsome model here!

Crochet Snowman Hats

In 2012 I created these adorable snowman hats for a client. I may have to make some more – I forgot how adorable they are! The snowman’s top hat has…

Italian Flag Crochet Afghan

 I love Facebook – as soon as I posted my business page for The Ruthless Crafter, friends immediately started inquiring on projects I could possibly make them. A fellow I…

Crochet Engine 1 Hat

I used this FREE Engine 1 pattern to make this adorable hat for a client. Thomas’s face and steam pipe are filled with stuffing.

Club House

My husband works with printers and photocopiers and computers. The last few months there were two very large computers that were delivered to his work in really big, sturdy wooden…

Knit Captain America Sweater

My little guy is six years old. He likes many different super heroes. This particular week in January he decided he liked Captain America and asked me to make him…

I’m Going To Freeze This Winter!

Our 8 year old daughter enjoyed dancing from ages 2 until she was 5. Her last year she even joined the competitive team! She did amazing but it was near…

Crochet Dog Stocking

I made this dog stocking as a gift to my brother’s dog. The bone may be my favourite part! Click here to get the free pattern by Red Heart.

October Menu Plan

Not the most inspired but it’s a plan ~ Enjoy!

Crochet Chemo Hat

This hat is crocheted as a beanie and then a separate band and flower are affixed for an elegant addition. Click here for the Red Heart free pattern.

Why Is The Ice Rink So Cold?

We put it off for as long as possible but it is now official – we are now a hockey family. Our 6 year old son is in his first…

Canada Knit Hat

The Olympic spirit inspired this hat this past winter – Go Canada Go!

Spiral Pig-Tails Crochet Hat

I think these pig tails are absolutely adorable! It is made to fit a younger child around the ages of 3-6 years old. I used a pink variegated acrylic yarn.…

Organizing Memories

Yesterday I attended my second scrapbook day ever. The first day I tried was from 10AM-5PM. It was nice to do a shorter day to see if I would enjoy…

Ice Cream Cone Purse

We had a crochet party for my daughter a few years ago (I believe for her 7th birthday). I made these adorable purses as part of the girls loot bags…

Pink Crochet Baby Blanket

This fuzzy pink boucle  yarn  worked up beautifully in this baby blanket. Measures 29″ x 33″.  

How to Make a Wild Kratts Costume

My 6 year old son loves the Wild Kratts. Haven’t heard of them? They are real-life brothers, Martin and Chris Kratt, who are zoologists. They teach kids all about different…

“Loz’s North Star” Knit Hat

I was wanting to play with adding different colours in my knitting. I also got interested in making hats on my circular needles. This is what I came up –…

Natural Remedy for Strep Throat

The last few months I’ve had recurring strep throat. I am convinced the last dose of antibiotics (three times ago) didn’t get rid of the virus completely. I was not…

Animal Quilt

This 24″ by 38″ panel quilt has a cozy flannel front. The back is also flannel picturing frogs. I used a wide blue satin ribbon for sensory stimulation. The batting…

Back to Routine

As we start our second week of school and the routine I crave I must admit I do miss the children.  However, I do relish the routine.  Don’t get me…

Citrus Granny Square Blanket

I was given an enormous ball of orange yarn and a big bag of cream coloured yarn. They were sitting together on my shelf and I decided to make it…

Back to School Crochet Dress

In the nick of time (last Friday) I finished the final stitches on this adorable back to school dress for my daughter’s first day of grade 3.I used a variegated…

Circus Baby Quilt

This circus-themed quilt was given to my second cousin’s son. What does that make him? My second cousin once-removed or a third cousin? Anyhow, they loved it! The front panel…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Knit Hat

My 6 year old son loves the TMNT. Last winter I wanted to play around with charts and fair-isle style knitting so I found a chart for the turtles and…

Back to School 2014

This weekend is the last long weekend of the summer and then it’s back to school on Tuesday! A few weeks ago I started to panic about it. I have…

Bath Time Baby Quilt

I quilted this adorable baby quilt with a free motion loop on my long arm machine at the end of 2013. The panel is 100% cotton with a pink gingham…

Bee Sting

While we were on vacation, my little guy got bitten by a bee – right on his ankle bone. He screamed really loud so I knew it hurt!  That sucker…

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Yesterday was my birthday. It was lovely to have the children around to celebrate with me. The best part of being “Mom” for a birthday is having the family take…

Bright Crochet Granny Square Blanket

I made this afghan in 2012 to use up some scraps. It’s a giant granny square. The bright colours will cheer any room.

Toothless Smiles

It took a long time to start losing teeth but once they started they keep wiggling out! Travis is 6 years old and has lost his third bottom tooth. I…

Stitch-cation Summer Crochet Challenge – Popcorn Blocks

I am participating in The Crochet Crowd’s Stitch-cation Summer Crochet Challenge. Here are my first blocks using the “popcorn” stitch. In addition to learning new stitches for the blocks we…

Rejuvenation

The past two weeks we enjoyed a family vacation. The first week we spent it at my parent’s cottage and the second week we enjoyed my in-laws. As the children…

Crochet Bearded Santa Hat

This past Winter 2014 I designed this Santa hat and beard for my 6 year old son based on the Cabbage Patch craze. It was the perfect hat for the…

Welcome to your Regularly Scheduled Program

Last week I announced that I am starting a new business venture, The Ruthless Crafter(see the announcement post here). While I am excited to move forward on this new venture,…

Monster’s University Mystery Crochet-Along

This was a really fun crochet-along and the first one I’ve ever participated in by The Crochet Crowd. The final touches were the most fun as it became a family…

The Ruthless Crafter

Knit, Crochet & Quilts by Elizabeth theruthlesscrafter.wordpress.com It has been far too long since I have been here. I needed a bit of breathing room to re-evaluate where this blog…

Hello Kitty Graphghan

On July 30, 2014 I completed my very first graphghan of Hello Kitty. I found the image chart online and designed the rest of the afghan around Kitty. I am…

Welcome!

Hi! Welcome to the new blog for The Ruthless Crafter. I’ll try to keep this updated as often as possible to show you the snazzy creations I’ve been working on.…

Pajama Pants

I had a lot of fun making pjs for my 7 year old daughter (in November 2013!). I bought flannel on sale but just guesstimated the amount I would need for pj…

Menu Plan ~ January 2014

I may be quiet but I’m still here. This is what we’ll be eating this month. Sharing with Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

Knit Sweater Whoopsie

I have a bit of a knitting story to share. Since October I have been working on knitting a sweater for a client’s son for Christmas. I worked the front…

December 2013 Menu Plan

Skillet Handle Covers FREE Crochet Pattern

Someone I know has skillets with metal handles. When I cook with them I always burn my hands. I saw this pattern online and knew it would be the perfect…

Crochet Minion Hats FREE Pattern

In October my son’s Kindergarten class was learning about colours. To help them review they were asked to wear coordinating colours. One of the set days was Minion day (from…

Crochet Chemo Hat FREE Pattern

I have acquired quite a bit of yarn that has been donated to me to make blankets and such for local charities. I found this wonderful and FREE Chemo Hat crochet…

Dog Paws Crochet Stocking ~ FREE Pattern

I found this adorable idea to make for my brother, his fiancé and their family dog – a Christmas stocking for doggy Dakota that we can fill for her gift. Here is…

Craft Schedule

I set monthly goals of crafts I want to complete. Some months are better than others for actually completing them. This month I not only set the goals on my…

Christmas Tree Crochet Hat

I had a friend ask me to make her this hat for her tacky Christmas party. She loved it so much she passed on my information and I was able…

Christmas Table Runner

This table runner was found in a Quilter’s World magazine. I cut and sewed the tops for 3 of them in one weekend so I like that it was easy…

Engine 1 Train Hat + FREE Crochet Pattern

Another consigned item I finished last month is the “Engine 1” Train Hat. Thank you to Ambassador Crochet for the free pattern! I free-handed the face and I’m proud of…

Closet Decluttering

I can craft or clean but for some reason not both. I have been doing a lot of crafting lately (I have photos I plan to upload and show you). Although…

German Baby Quilt

I completed this consigned project on September 14, 2013. The woman I made it for adored it. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out also. In the blue borders…

November Monthly Meal Plan

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 27-November 2013

SUNDAY ~ Turkey Casserole MONDAY ~ Breakfast for Dinner TUESDAY ~ Fish and Vegetables WEDNESDAY ~ Chicken Burgers THURSDAY ~ Leftover Buffet FRIDAY ~ Pizza SATURDAY ~ Spaghetti and Meatballs…

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 20-26, 2013

SUNDAY ~ Turkey Dinner Leftover Buffet MONDAY ~ Crockpot Lasagna TUESDAY ~ Fish and Vegetables WEDNESDAY ~ Turkey Soup THURSDAY ~ Leftover Buffet FRIDAY ~ Pizza SATURDAY ~ Hamburgers Sharing…

Christmas Countdown Planner

I got a burst of holiday spirit today and decided to get my Christmas Notebook organized. I follow the 100 Days Til Christmas prompts to keep me motivated and on…

Dress Reveal

I started this dress at the beginning of the summer. I was focussed on losing weight so I waited for a bunch of it to come off before I finalised…

This Little Piggy… Baby Quilt Reveal

I know I’ve been quiet for the last while but I have been really getting the house organized and the projects moving! It seems I can’t do and blog at…

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 2013 Menu

Linking with Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

Cleaning Lunch Containers and School Bags

Every year I get a little “back to school freak out” going on. I have no idea why. It’s a mix of excitement, anxiousness, and what do I need to…

Digitizing the Children’s Art and School Work

Next Tuesday (September 3rd) is the first day of school for my little people. I’m excited for them to start a new year but I’m still trying to recover from…

Organizing Homework Station and Art Supplies

It’s been driving me crazy all summer. In preparation for the summer I gathered all the kid arts and crafts supplies and put them in one space – on the…

Menu Plan ~ August 2013

We’ve been enjoying a wonderful two weeks of vacation. It’s back to home and the routine now so here is our menu plan for the rest of the month. I’m…

Book Review ~ “The House that Love Built”

The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman My rating: 4 of 5 stars THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT by Beth Wiseman This delightful story is about a widow and…

Circus Quilted Panel Blanket

I am loving this circus panel quilt. Such bright colours and the quilting really brings it together. I am selling this on Kijiji if you want more information.

Bubble Bath Quilted Panel Blanket (Pink)

Over the Easter long weekend my mother-in-law and I went to a lovely quilt shop that was having a sale on panels. Great deals and I did purchase several. The…

Bed Skirt Fix

Bed skirts are wonderful for finishing a bed and hiding what’s underneath it. We had this eyelet bed skirt in our 5 year old son’s room. It was starting to…

Play Stove Makeover

When I cleaned up the baseboards and door trim in the house I realized how amazing a wee coat of paint will do to make things feel and look (and…

Crochet Granny Guitar Strap

On Monday I wasn’t feeling 100%. I didn’t have the head to do anything complicated or the desire to sew or quilt or read so I decided to crochet a…

June 2013 Completed Projects

I was very ambitious for my June 2013 goals. I should have known better than to make one so long. The warm weather makes it harder for me to get…

Menu Plan ~ July 2013

Manual and Warranties Organization

The Back StoryMy laptop is giving us trouble. We can’t log on. Hubby is trying to fix it but we need the Windows key number that would have come with…

Menu Plan ~ June 2013

I finally figured out how to post a whole month at a time without re-typing my menu onto the blog every week. Took me a while, I’d say as I’ve…

Organizing Digital Photos

Inspired by the I Heart Organizing project photography challenge, I decided it was time to organize our family photos. I just did a quick check and I have only 4.69…

Giving Some Baseboard Love

While I was on my hands and knees to clean the grout on my floors using the amazing grout cleaner recipe I found on Pinterest, I got really up close…

Menu Plan ~ May 26-31

Sunday Marinated BBQ T-Bone Steak, Sweet Potato Fries, Salad Monday Fish, Rice, Vegetables Tuesday Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps, Fruit Wednesday Breakfast for Dinner Thursday Fish, Rice, Vegetables Friday Pizza, Salad…

Menu Plan ~ May 19-25

Sunday Whole Chicken, Roast Vegetables Monday Leftover Buffet Tuesday Fish, Rice, Vegetables Wednesday Breakfast for Dinner Thursday Leftover Buffet Friday Pizza, Salad I’m sharing with Org Junkie‘s Menu Plan Monday.

Native Drum Bag #7

Okay, here is the last one for a while – drum bag #7!

Native Hand Drum Bag #6

Introducing drum bag #6.

Menu Plan ~ May 13-18

Monday Salad, Quiche Tuesday Bisquick Chicken Pot Pie Wednesday Fish, Broccoli with Cheese, Quinoa Salad Thursday Leftover Buffet Friday Pizza, Salad Saturday Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Caesar Salad I’m…

Crochet Kitchen Rug

I can’t seem to find any rugs in the stores that I like, matches our colours, or that is reasonably priced. As a crafter, what better way to find a…

Native Hand Drum Bag #5

I love how this batik fabric contrasts the solid fabric.

Native Hand Drum Bag #4

I love the Blazing Star quilt block. The colours are so crisp. Very pleased with my applique talents too!! If you want to learn how to make a blazing star…

UFO #6 Complete

I am making great progress on the UFO 13 in 2013 challenge. I just completed UFO #6 which was to piece the top of Christmas table runner for SIL #4. I…

April 2013 Completed Projects

I had an extremely productive month. Click on the links below to read more details about the projects. Baby Burp Cloths Giant Granny Square crochet baby blanket A-Z Baby quilt…

Giraffe Elephant Baby Quilt #2

I love how this panel turned out. The front and the back are both flannel and the border is a wide ribbon. I quilted it with invisible thread to trace…

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 5-11, 2013

Sunday ~ BBQ (Hamburgers, Sausages, Potatoes and Onions, Salad)Monday ~ Italian Meatloaf, Cauliflower, Corn, Caesar SaladTuesday ~ Waffles, Fruit, Eggs, BaconWednesday ~ Leftover BuffetThursday ~ Turkey Sausages on Bun, Salad,…

Crochet Tacky Christmas Sweater

My friend asked me to make her a tacky Christmas sweater. I made the sweater part and her idea is to add buttons to make a moveable nativity scene on it.…

UFO #5 Complete

I finished piecing another Christmas table runner top as part of the 13 in 2013 UFO Challenge. This makes my fifth UFO for the year and third Christmas table runner.

Amazing Grout Cleaner

I should be finishing off the last two items on my April list of crafts (watching a Craftsy serger course and finishing top quilting a baby quilt). I got to checking…

UFO #2 ~ Quilted Messenger Bag REVISED

 Original: Back Original: Front So I ripped it apart and cut the bottom of the front and back panels to a more rounded shape. I much prefer the drum…

TMNT Crochet Backpack Finish

Last Saturday, April 13, I wrote how I finished a Donatello TMNT Mask and was preparing the ambitious goal of creating a TMNT backpack for my 5 year old son.…

I Learned to Feed Picky Eaters…From A Commercial!

With a 5 year old and a 7 year old, we are no strangers to picky eating in our home. I have tried a lot of different techniques, food ideas,…

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 22-28

Monday ~ Leftover BuffetTuesday ~ Fish, Rice, Vegetables Wednesday ~ Lasagna, Caesar Salad, Garlic BreadThursday ~ Leftover Buffet Friday ~ Pizza Saturday ~ Pork Tenderloin, Baked Apples, Baked Beans Sharing…

Baby Burp Blankets Finish

I’ve been on a roll with making gifts for all the new babies I have been blessed to get to know. In addition to the flannel self-binding baby blankets I…

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 15-21

Monday ~ Salad, Mini Quiches Tuesday ~ Bisquick Chicken Pot Pie Wednesday ~ Fish, Broccoli with Cheese, Quinoa Salad Thursday ~ Leftover Buffet Friday ~ Pizza Saturday ~ Spaghetti and…

Crochet Giant Granny Square Baby Blanket Finish

It’s that time of year when babies are arriving. It’s great because that means I get to craft gifts for them all! This gift is a giant granny square baby blanket…

A-Z Baby Boy Quilt Finish

My cousin is having a baby shower today. She is having a baby boy! I found a great alphabet panel that I adore made of 100% cotton. This was my…

TMNT Mask Finish and Turtle Shell To Make

The boy and I spent a great day together while the girl and her father went visiting. The boy apparently had plans for me making him some exciting Teenage Mutant…

March 2013 Completed Projects

March was a very productive month. I was able to mend a few items (snow pants and pajamas) as well as complete several projects and prepare fabric for future ones.…

Google Reader Alternatives

Have you heard? Google has announced it will be shutting down Google Reader as of July 1, 2013! How will you keep up with your favorite blogs? Personally, I’m joining…

Sew Busy Making Stuff

I’ve been quiet lately but so busy in my sewing room. I have been churning out the projects. I’m so excited to be getting through the “to dos”. I will…

Allowance Update and The Bagelful Spectacle

The first week of allowance went well. On the second day my daughter brought me her hairbrush and the detangler and asked me to braid her hair. Wow! Definitely worth…

Allowance for Kids ~ Part 2 of 2

Perhaps I’ve over-thought it. I did a lot of research (Allowance for Kids ~ Part 1) on how to even start to establish allowance for our kids. How much, what…

Book Review ~ “Waiting For Morning” by Margaret Brownley

Waiting for Morning by Margaret BrownleyMy rating: 2 of 5 stars This book started off with a lot of promise. Set in the 1800s where women were fighting to get…

Crochet Birthday Loot Bags

Last week I booked a party room at Michaels and arranged to have a crochet teacher come in to teach my daughter and her grade one friends for her 7th…

Allowance for the Kids ~ Part 1 of 2

Our oldest is turning 7 this Sunday and our youngest was 5 in January. Rumblings of wanting an allowance have started to get louder. The kids will rush around to…

How to Make a Jedi Light Saber

The last week of February our family visited Disney Orlando. It was so much fun! The children’s interests really surprised me. The little guy was enthralled by the Jedi training. We didn’t…

Menu Plan Monday ~ March 11-17

Monday ~ Shake ‘n Bake Drum Sticks, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables Tuesday ~ Eggs, Breakfast Sausages, Toast, Fruit Wednesday ~ Leftovers (Meatloaf, Salad, Potatoes) Thursday ~ Lasagna, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread…

Crochet Birthday Party

Next Sunday is my daughter’s 7th birthday. She loves to watch me crochet and knit so I thought it would be a great idea to host a yarn crafting party…

Book Review ~ “Sneak” by Evan Angler

Sneak by Evan AnglerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This novel is about a futuristic society that is about to be amalgamated into one united state. At age thirteen everyone…

Blazing Star Quilt Block ~ Video Tutorial

I have been working to create a drum bag that will hold a native hand drum. My first attempt (here) was all right but I wanted to get the fit…

Couch to 5K Check-In #5

I am loving the Couch to 5K challenge by the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. I am not training for a marathon or a specific goal other than to boost my…

UFO #2 of 13 ~ Quilted Messenger Bag

I did it! I finished my second UFO for the 13 in 2013 UFO Challenge I am participating in. Presenting this beautiful messenger bag. It is also a drum bag…

The Christmas Beast Quilt – Photos

My parents (my mother especially) were so happy to receive their Beauty (formerly “Beast”) quilt. It was a long time coming but I think the labour and love put into…

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 28-February 3

Monday ~ Egg and Ham Casserole, Hash Brown Potatoes Tuesday ~ Chicken Pub Burgers, Salad, Corn Wednesday ~ Chili with Black Beans and Corn Thursday ~ Pancakes, Eggs, Breakfast Sausages…

UFO #1 of 13 ~ The Christmas Beast is Complete!!!

Today I *finally* finished the “Christmas Beast”. I purchased the fabric for it in August 2011 and started it shortly after that. I thought it would be fun to see…

2013 Colour of the Year

Did you know that years have colors? Emerald green has been named the 2013 color of the year. Here are two beautiful quilts that are inspiring me to make one!! “Celtic…

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 21-27

Monday ~ Steak, Baked Potatoes, Roast Vegetables Tuesday ~ Tacos, Salad Wednesday ~ Sausage on Bun, Peas Thursday ~ Cheese Quesadillas, Homemade Soup Friday ~ Pizza, Salad Saturday ~ Leftover…

Christmas Beast Progress and Quilt Frame Update

I am “THIS” close to finishing the quilt. I’ve technically completed the top but have decided to redo the original, first border. Here is the original border that I am…

Ryan Gosling Knitting Love

For my knitting friends, if you like Ryan gosling he will appear even more adorable when you discover that his perfect day activity is knitting! Read more about it here…

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 14-20

Monday ~ Enchiladas, Rice, Salad Tuesday ~ Homemade Potato Soup, Pork Chops Wednesday ~ Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Bread Thursday ~ Grilled Cheese, Homemade Soup Friday ~ Pizza, Salad…

C25K – Week 2 Update

I mentioned last week that I joined the Couch to 5km Challenge.  The first week was great and I learned not to run two days in a row as my body needs the…

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 7-13

Monday ~ Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Salmon, Fries, Vegetables Tuesday ~ Chicken, Rice, Vegetables Wednesday ~ Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread Thursday ~ Grilled Cheese, Homemade Soup Friday ~ Pizza, Salad…

Making Room for Christmas

It was wonderful to have a week off and then a few days with the children before school started. It’s great to have them home but routine is nice also.…

Couch to 5K Challenge

I’ve been stalling in my weight loss efforts. I’m really good at maintaining my weight but I needed to come up with an idea to get more calories out then…

13 in 2013 UFO Challenge!

Happy 2013!! 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks came up with a great challenge to complete 13 UFO (unfinished) projects in 2013. Sounds good to me – especially since I just purchased…

So Close…

Why is it that when you have a deadline for a project and you work and work and work every spare minute on it and are on track for achieving…

Christmas Fabrics

My mother-in-law and I have started an annual tradition of going to the fabric store a few days after Christmas to stock up on holiday fabrics while it is all on clearance.…

Eating Through Christmas

We have been so blessed. Our little family enjoyed such a wonderful Christmas with extended family. We have been eating and visiting and eating. It’s been wonderful! Let me get…

Crochet Sock Monkey Hat

I didn’t make very many handmade Christmas gifts this year since I am working diligently on the Christmas Beast king-sized quilt for my parents that I hope to present just after the…

Come A Little Closer, My Ultralock!

One week today and it’s Christmas Eve!!! I’m getting excited. The tree is up and we keep finding decorations to place around. I’m sure that there is a bin of…

Meet our elf, Carol Jingle

After much debate and price comparison I found and purchased an Elf on the Shelf. If you are unfamiliar with such a beast, this little elf works on the power…

I Need Comment Love, Please

I’m feeling a little lonely. I see that over 100 of you have been checking out my crochet hats and free Batman pattern but I haven’t received one comment. Can…

Crochet Batman Hat – FREE Pattern!

My little man (4 years old) is all about superheroes this year. When he saw the Hello Kitty crochet hat I made my daugher, he quickly put in his order for a…

Hello Kitty Crochet Hat

I have been on a crafting roll. Friday I finished up this cute and easy Hello Kitty crochet hat for my dear daughter. Now the boy is asking for a…

Granny Square Blanket

Isn’t it amazing how one granny square can become a beautiful baby blanket? I used the free Grandma All Squares pattern from The Royal Sisters for the granny squares and…

Crochet Snowman Hats

Thank you to Repeat Crafter Me for her beautiful, free crochet patterns. I made these for a friend’s son and granddaughter (who happen to be the same age). And my…

The Christmas Beast Revisited

I took antibiotics last week (after about 6 weeks of being ill with a bad cough and various colds in between) and I feel like myself again! My dilemma with…

Home Organization 101 ~ Kids Rooms

I’m still fighting this cough and cold and barely have energy. Today I do have a little so I’m cleaning the kids rooms. I don’t have a before for my…

Home Organization 101 – The Garage Update

I’m doing a bit of a “cheat” on the garage because I thoroughly cleaned it up and posted about it in June and July of this year. It’s still in…

Slowed to A Halt

I have been stricken by “viral bronchitis” since the second week of September. It has completely eaten all of my energy and motivation for doing anything. I finally went to…

Stain-Glass Crochet Baby Blanket

I have been crocheting blankets to donate for a charity who provides them to orphans in Guatemala. I already a donation of a stack and am now working on another…

Home Organization 101: The Office ~ Part 1

Last week was the office in the Home Organization 101 challenge. I’ve had a cold slow me down for the past two plus weeks so not much in the house…

Menu Plan ~ September 24-28

MONDAY ~ Spare Ribs, Corn on Cob TUESDAY ~ Roast Chicken, Veggies WEDNESDAY ~ Fish, Vegetables, Salad THURSDAY ~ Leftover Buffet FRIDAY ~ Pizza, Soup/Salad Check out more menu plan…

Home Organization 101 – Kitchen & Pantry Update

Yesterday I explained I’ve been working hard to catch up in the kitchen challenges Toni has created in her Home Organization 101 challenge. I just did the kitchen this summer…

Home Organization 101 – Pantry & Kitchen Week

I’m working on the kitchen this week. The pantry is complete. Today I spent 5 hours on what I thought had already been organized and cleaned – and that was…

Princess Tiana A-Line Dress

It feels great to cross off items from my list. This weekend I finished a Princess Tiana A-line dress using the Butterick 3860 pattern. This is the particular dress view…

Menu Plan ~ September 17-21

MONDAY ~ Hamburgers, Potato Salad, Green Salad TUESDAY ~ BBQ Chicken, Veggies WEDNESDAY ~ Fish, Vegetables, Salad THURSDAY ~ Leftover Buffet FRIDAY ~ Pizza, Soup/Salad For more menu plan ideas,…

Monkey Business (Housecoat)

I *FINALLY* completed a housecoat made of the adorable pink monkey fabric I bought with the intention of making Christmas pajamas two Christmases ago – yep, Christmas 2010 it was…

Home Organizing 101 Challenge

I’m joining A Bowl Full of Lemon’s Home Organizing 101 challenge. It’s a comprehensive list to do in a select number of rooms with one area of the house per…

Children’s Halloween Costumes

Have you started to think about Halloween costumes for your children? In August when I purchased a stack of patterns to sew (see them here), I stumbled across some adorable…

Menu Plan ~ September 10-14

MONDAY ~ Sausage on Bun, Salad, Corn on the Cob TUESDAY ~ Chicken Quesadillas, Salad WEDNESDAY ~ Fish, Vegetables, Salad THURSDAY ~ Leftover Buffet FRIDAY ~ Pizza, Soup/Salad Check out…

Our Routine Charts for the Kids

I have been searching the internet for routine charts to give to the children. I finally decided to make my own customized routine based on what I found and what…

Menu Plan ~ September 3-7

MONDAY ~ Chicken Breast, Salad, Cauliflower TUESDAY ~ Lasagna, Broccoli, Apple Crisp WEDNESDAY ~ Fish, Vegetables, Salad THURSDAY ~ Leftover Buffet FRIDAY ~ Pizza, Soup/Salad

Organizing Arts & Crafts

Today the kids are visiting their grandparents. I decided it would be a great time to go through the house, put stray items in their place, recycle art to make…

Sewing and Family Fun

It took me the greater part of the month to get to sewing again. Before I start the (many) recent clothing-to-sew projects that I bought and told you about last…

My Back to School List

I checked out a bunch of back to school lists. Great shopping lists but I find that none of them are really applicable to junior kindergarten and the teachers where…

My New Sewing Projects

My sister-in-law is visiting from the Middle East. We have a common interest of quilting. We took an opportunity to visit the local fabric shops to see what sweet deals…

Back to School – How to Get Ready?

Are you getting your little ones ready for school? My two are both entering full-day school this September so it’s a first for me to have full-day every day. I’m…

Weight Watching

How come it is the night that you plan to do all sorts of things that the children decide to stay up until after 9PM?! At the end of our…

Brazil Butt Lift

With the Olympics having started this past week, I’ve been inspired to work out. I figure 30-60 minutes per day nothing compared to the dedication of the athletes of the…

My Inexpensive Machine Quilt Frame

Waaaaaaaaay back in the spring I decided to research a quilting frame. With my ambitious king-sized quilt (which I dubbed the 2011 “Christmas Beast“), I wanted to frame it around…

Christmas in August Wedding Quilt

My cousin is getting married this August 11th. She loves Christmas so I got inspired this past year to make her a winter/holiday quilt for her wedding present. It’s a…

Garage ~ Picture

This has been such a long process. I started to update you on June 4, 2012 with this post and then again on July 6, 2012 with this post. I’m…

Kids, The Garage and Sewing Project Update

Holy heat wave here in Southern Ontario. When it’s hot out my brain gets mushy and I come up with little that is worthy of mentioning on the blog, especially…

What to do with Kids Beaded Creations

I was going through my Google Reader blog subscriptions today when I saw a post based on my comment/question to the blog author. It was a surprise but I’m really…

Summer Kids Pajamas

I went into Fabricland a few weeks ago and purchased a bunch of material with nothing specific in mind except it could be summer shorts, capris or skirts for my…

Weekend Weight Loss

During the week I have a pretty good routine for eating. Having the home daycare makes meals and snacks more timed because the little ones get cranky when they are…

Skirt Inspiration

I have been so inspired by the May Small Projects Sew-Along! I got a fair amount of my list done and have added a few more projects. I’m also going…

The Bathroom Part 2

A project that should have been done in a weekend is still under way. Here are the BEFORE shots. A lovely red that went well with a white pedestal sink…

The Garage

I was planning to join Org Junkie on her “The Great Garage Clean-Out Challenge” but, my efforts have been hi-jacked. Let me explain. I’ve been doing great at helping my…

Sewing Creations – Reveal!

I finally got a chance to upload some photos of my creations.  This first one is a cowgirl skirt. I was able to find adjustable elastic so if they need…

Weight and Craft Challenge Update

I’m doing all I can to stop thinking about and eating when it’s not a meal time. I think when you decide to lose a few pounds and watch what…

Happy Victoria Day!

It’s a holiday Monday in Canada. Victoria day. Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians – I hope you had a nice burst of heat as we did in Southwestern…

The Bathroom

I’ve having a bit of a home debate. So many things I love about the house but, even with a lot of decluttering, it’s feeling small and I’m wanting a…

Sewing Machine Maintenance

I just signed up for this FREE Craftsy class called “Sewing Machine 911“. It’s to teach beginners to advanced how to care for their machine and determine what is wrong…

Freezer Cooking

With a small family I carefully consider the food choices both in purchasing and cooking. I prepare a monthly menu plan to reduce cost and efficiently use up the foods…

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 13-19

Sunday ~ Italian Meatloaf, Cauliflower, Mashed PotatoesMonday ~ Waffles, FruitTuesday ~ Leftover BuffetWednesday ~ Hamburgers, Green Salad, Macaroni with tuna SaladThursday ~ Fish, Grilled Vegetables, Rice or NoodlesFriday ~ Pizza,…

Looking Forward to Routine

Thank you to everyone for making my SITS day so special. I’ve been absent due to an out-of-town competition for my 6 year old daughter’s dancing. It’s fun but also…

Happy SITS Day To Me!!

Today is my SITS day! SITS stands for “The Secret is in The Sauce” and is an amazing sisterhood of 15,000 blogger dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments and learning about…

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 6-12

Sunday ~ Chicken Broccoli Divan (Campbell’s Recipe), SaladMonday ~ Leftover BuffetTuesday ~ Veggie Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, SaladWednesday ~ Fish, Roast Potatoes, Carrot FriesThursday ~ Zucchini Pie (Bisquick Recipe), SaladFriday ~…

Small Projects Sew-Along

Crazy Mom Quilts is having a “Small Projects Sew-Along“. I love that I can participate and get a lot of existing projects done versus having yet another project to add…

Sewing Ambitions

Ava (6 years old) had a dance competition in Niagara Falls, New York this past weekend. It was fun to watch her dance and to see her hair in beautiful…

Help Fill the Food Banks Just by Watching this Video

Help Fill the Food Banks just by watching this video and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter. For every YouTube view, before May 11, 2012, Shaw will donate $1 to…

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 22-28

Sunday ~ Leftover BuffetMonday ~ French Toast, Eggs, FruitTuesday ~ Chicken Strips, Homemade Fries, Salad Wednesday ~ Hamburger Helper, SaladThursday ~ Leftover BuffetFriday ~ Pizza, Soup or SaladSaturday ~ Steak,…

Laundry and Outdoor Line Drying

I’ve never been very motivated to line dry my clothes. I don’t always have the energy or the time to hang the clothes outside. There are many good reasons why…

Princess Costumes, Begone!

I made a response to a comment on my Household Projects post. This comment has inspired me to tell you of my exciting decision to purge the dress up section. Since…

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 15-21

Sunday ~ Italian Meatloaf, Cauliflower Mashed PotatoesMonday ~ Homemade Macaroni and CheeseTuesday ~ Leftover BuffetWednesday ~ Hamburgers,Green Salad,Macaroni and tuna SaladThursday ~ Zucchini Pie (Bisquick Recipe), SaladFriday ~ Pizza, Soup…

30-Day Weight Loss-athon: Days 11-14

It seems that I make it to mid-week and then I read the daily challenges but don’t get a chance to post them or really absorb them. Saturdays are nice…

30-Day Weight Loss-athon: Day 10

Click here to see Day 10 full challenge. Michele says, “Today we want to get rid of foods that remind you of old habits and sabotage your new eating program.…

30-Day Weight Loss-athon: Days 5-9

I have some catch up to do. With the Easter long weekend and a lot of visiting I wasn’t on the computer much. Today the kids and I are home.…

30-Day Weight Loss-athon: Day 4

Click here for Day 4 full challenge. Most people with weight to lose are eating more food than they need. Or more of certain types of food. I like how…

30-Day Weight Loss-athon: Day 3

I don’t know what happened yesterday but I didn’t happen to get to Day 3. So this morning I’m going to post and complete Day 3’s task and later this…

30-Day Weight Loss-athon: Day 2

Click here for Day 2’s full challenge. We’re going to go for a walk today! I could do a 10 minute walk for sure. Since the kids are a bit…

30-Day Weight Loss-athon: Day 1

Click to see the full challenge for Day 1. The challenge started yesterday but we’ll catch up today. I have Day 2 coming out today at 7PM or you can…

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 2-6

Monday ~ grilled chicken breast, roast potatoes and carrots, salad Tuesday ~ omelets, toast, strawberries, bananasWednesday ~ one-pot tacos, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, salsaThursday ~ leftover buffetFriday ~ pizza, salad…

Household Projects

I was doing so great at decluttering and then I sputtered. I got a flu this week that wasn’t full blown but had body aches, headache, and pretty much left…

Menu Plan ~ March 25-31

Sunday ~ Turkey Dinner Monday ~ Pork Tenderloin, Salad, Breaded Cauliflower Tuesday ~ BBQ Chicken, Grilled Vegetables Wednesday ~ Fish, Vegetables Thursday ~ Leftover Buffet Friday ~ Pizza, Soup or…

Menu Plan ~ March 18-24

Sunday ~ Ham, Roast Potatoes, Carrots, Salad Monday ~ Leftover Buffet Tuesday ~ Chicken Fajitas, Noodles with Butter and Parmesan Cheese Wednesday ~ Fish, Vegetables Thursday ~ Leftover Buffet Friday…

Menu Plan ~ March 11-17

Sunday ~ Spaghetti, Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad Monday ~ Bacon, Eggs, Toast Tuesday ~ Chicken Stir Fry, Wild Rice Wednesday ~ Fish, Vegetables Thursday ~ Leftover Buffet Friday ~ Pizza,…

Menu Plan ~ March 4-10

Sunday ~ Leftover BuffetMonday ~ Pork Chops, Cooked Carrots with HoneyTuesday ~ PancakesWednesday ~ Warm Pork Chops mixed in saladThursday ~ Fish, Grilled VegetablesFriday ~ Pizza, Soup or SaladSaturday ~…

Menu Plan ~ February 26-March3

Sunday ~ Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread Monday ~ Eggs, Waffles Tuesday ~ Fish, Roast Vegetables Wednesday ~ Chicken Pot Pie, Salad Thursday ~ Leftover Buffet Friday ~ Pizza, Soup or…

Decluttering

As I am working through the whole house, room by room, I am making progress slowly but surely. The second floor (bedrooms) is done and I keep planning on a…

Clearing the Kitchen

Since I am in the kitchen cleaning, decluttering and organizing this week, this post was really helpful. Below is my summary of her points. For the full post, visit Money…

Menu Plan ~ February 19-25

Sunday ~ Ham, Potatoes, Caesar Salad Monday ~ Turkey Dinner Tuesday ~ Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Wednesday ~ Sweet & Sour Pork Chops, Sweet Potato Fries, Corn Thursday ~ Leftover…

Snowy Saturday

We woke up to a snow-covered world this Saturday morning in South Western Ontario. It’s beautiful. I love the quiet that snow brings. The clean white fluffiness makes me want…

Organizing Christmas Decorations

I have been very focused on my  mission to declutter. I have cleared a whole lot of clutter from my home. I have been spending each week on a zone…

Daughter’s Room

Isn’t it amazing how one day all of the kids toys are “special” and so they creep into their bedrooms where nobody else can find them? Ava has a toy…

Financial Priorities

This January 2012 has brought home organizing and financial goals/priority-setting to my attention. In September 2009, I wrote a summary of how to Becoming Financially Independent and I used that…

Paused Purge Urge

I managed to go through Travis’s toys and clothes drawers. I did clear out his main closet and donated two large diaper boxes and a large wipes case worth of…

Menu Plan ~ January 29-February 4

Sunday ~ Steak, Baked Potatoes, Asparagus Monday ~ Grilled Pork Chops, Potatoes, Corn or Peas Tuesday ~ Waffles, Eggs Wednesday ~ Pork & Black Bean Chili (pg 101), Cornbread Thursday…

Son’s Bedroom

Amazing how the bedrooms become a holding place for “special” things. Since I have a home daycare this is especially an area to watch because my children are to put…

Organizing Update

I feel like I have accomplished a lot so far in getting the house organized. There have been several bags of things donated to date. I love to just walk…

Menu Plan ~ January 22-28

Sunday ~ Fish, Veggies, French FriesMonday ~ Ham, Honey Glazed Carrots, Scallop Potatoes (pg 230)Tuesday ~ Crockpot Tacos (pg 138)Wednesday ~ Hungarian Potato Soup (pg 52), Homemade Dinner RollsThursday ~…

Master Bathroom ~ January 16

In keeping with my declutter 2012 plan, please enjoy my before and afters for the Master Bathroom. It always takes longer than you think. I was able to purge some…

Master Bedroom & Closet ~ January 8-14

I am in love with my decluttered bedroom and closet. Last week I followed my getting organized 2012 and my master bedroom plans. I was able to clean out my…

Menu Plan ~ January 15-21

Sunday ~ Crockpot Spaghetti/ Meatballs (pg 200), Garlic Bread, Caesar Salad Monday ~ Waffles, Eggs Tuesday ~ Chicken Fajitas, Sour Cream, Lettuce Wednesday ~ Chicken Noodle Soup (pg 45), Homemade…

Photo Gallery

I finally put our family photos (since 2006 when my daughter was born) into picture frames. I want to make a gallery wall. There are many blank walls for us…

Memories and Keepsakes Organizing

In addition to decluttering and purging the house, I have decided that it is high time to figure out the photos and keepsakes. I have from 2003 to present to…

My Clothes Have Been Tamed

I fluctuate between sizes. In recent years due to pregnancies and post-birth weights I have held onto clothes that I might one day need or wear again. Since having two…

Master Bedroom

I am really enjoying the 2012 declutter calendar created by My Simpler Life. This new year brings forth my plan is to review finances and household management. The first month…

What to do with Christmas Cards After Christmas?

Jenae at I Can Teach My Child re-posted a great idea on what to do with your Christmas cards after the holiday season has passed. For each family that sent…

Getting Organized 2012

My post on organizing for the new year touched on two areas: finances and household management. On Friday I worked on organizing my tax information for last year. Last year…

Menu Plan ~ January 8-14

Sunday ~ Crockpot Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread Monday ~ Sweet & Sour Chicken (pg 119), Rice, Honey Glazed Carrots Tuesday ~ Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas, Salad Wednesday ~ Sausage Minestrone…

Do You Set Annual Goals?

In January I often review my insurance policies, update my client contracts, prepare the previous year’s tax information. There are probably a few more things (I know it takes longer…

Menu Plan ~ January 1-7

Sunday ~ New Year’s Meal Monday ~ Pasta with Tomato Sauce Tuesday ~ Bacon, Eggs, Toast Wednesday ~ Shake ‘n Bake Chicken, Scallop Potatoes, Salad Thursday ~ Homemade Mac ‘n…

Do You Use Santa and His Elves?

The kids were so hyper for a few weeks leading up to Christmas. We did threaten to call Santa a few times and then I came up with the brilliant…

Merry Christmas

I’ve been knitting and crocheting gifts since August. The kids have been spun for a few weeks now. Hubby is on vacation (and a wee bit under foot). In addition…

No Ruined Breakfast Bars Here, Please!

My little guy (3 years old) is making me laugh today. I just wonder where kids come up with this stuff. T: Can I have a breakfast bar?Me: Sure, here you…

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 18-23

Sunday ~ Chicken Drumsticks, Salad, Bread Monday ~ French Toast, Sausage, Fruit Tuesday ~ Chicken Fajitas, Rice Wednesday ~ Shake ’n Bake Chicken, Homemade Fries, Veggies Thursday ~ Soup, Homemade…

Helping Others Have a Merry Christmas

Finally a feel-good story that echoes the pay-it-forward example. Any person could do this and make such a difference in someone else’s life any time either at Christmas or otherwise.…

Christmas Pickle

  I’ve vaguely heard of the Christmas pickle but never really understood what it was. Thanks to mymerrychristmas.com I found a few great stories to tell what the legend is.…

The Christmas Beast

I have been so incredibly focused on making the items I have planned for Christmas. Three Saturdays (including today) to work on my surprises. I’m excited to both work on…

Holiday Deals

Today I thought I would hit up a consignment shop to get a few games for the kids. We are on a tight budget this year but the kids don’t…

Black Friday

   It’s Black Friday. The Canadian Thanksgiving was in October (which I am grateful for!) but with our American friends we do have some Black Friday sales. The frenzy really…

Organizing for Christmas

I really appreciate the tips for organizing Christmas from Echoes of Laughter. Her secret is to “start early, give yourself deadlines, and do only the things you enjoy – let…

The True Story of Advent

Sweeter Than Sweets has a fantastic idea to share the true story of advent with your children. Basically, you set up drawers, envelopes, etc. with numbers 1-25. You collect a…

Friday Night Sew-In (Follow Up)

Today I feel motivated again. Friday Night’s Sew In inspired me to continue working away at the king-sized quilt with 2″x2″ finished squares top. I’ve worked on it Friday, Saturday…

Christmas Spending

While reading Liz’s blog, Wonder Woman I’m Not, the first sentence of her post Cutting Back on Christmas Spending struck a chord. She writes, “the approaching Christmas season is enough…

Friday Night Sew-In

Tonight is Friday night sew-in! It’s an opportunity to sew and work on some of my Christmas gifts. They had a fabulous tip … cut all your fabrics BEFORE tonight…

Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box

Each year I encourage our family support at least one other child or family in our gift giving tradition. I especially like the Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box program. We can…

Christmas Catalogs and Wish Lists

Clean Mama has a fantastic idea for holiday catalogs. She organizes them in a basket along with paper so the kids can peruse gift ideas and create their wish lists.…

Christmas Gifts Reveal

I’ve been a busy crafter. I have been cranking out the Christmas gifts too. I want to have a bit of a show-and-tell. You can find all these patterns for…

Cut Down Christmas by 80%

I love reading tips from I’m an Organizing Junkie. This one struck with me to cut down your Christmas tasks by 80%. After all, 80% of your family’s Christmas enjoyment…

NaBloPoMo: Home

When was the first time that you realized that your home was not like other people’s homes?  Growing up my mother stayed home and my father worked long hours. I…

NaBloPoMo: Trauma

Today’s prompt has been inspired by the novel The Doctor and the Diva. Has anything traumatic ever happened to you? Describe the scenes surrounding a particular event. For inspiration, I…

NaBloPoMo: Last Meal

If you knew that whatever you ate next would be your last meal, what would you want it to be?  I think that if I knew I was having a…

NaBloPoMo: Music and Writing

I’m a little behind in the prompts but I’m going to start today to catch up. Thursday’s NaBloPoMo prompt: Can you listen to music and write? What song did you…

Memorable Messy Moment

Spending time with friends and family can lead to fun and memorable moments, but also some very messy ones. Tell us about the messiest moments that you’ll always remember! One…

Party In Paris, November 4

Happy Friday to everyone! I’m partying in Paris today with Renee from Renee’s Joy Journey.

Tips to Help Your Child with Homework

Last year in junior kindergarten, our daughter got homework. Our school has full day every other day for kindergarten (e.g. Tuesday, Thursday, alternating Fridays). The teacher found that the kids…

Halloween 2011

I have to say that I am SO proud of myself. I made the kids costumes this year by crocheting a knight and princess costume. Since I had some extra…

Party In Paris

I’m partying in Paris today! Hello and nice to meet you all my new blog friends!

My Wee Knight

Here is the book photo … And here is my version … My little guy has been so secretive about his knight costume. He had it on and let me…

The Basement

We have finished 90% or our basement renovations. Need to add some baseboards and install the sink plus paint the stairwell and it will be done. Plus there’s the little…

Knitting Projects

I’ve been having a great time doing projects. A lot of projects. I am never one to start a project and then start another one while still knitting the first.…

My Memories Suite Scrapbook Winner …

CONGRATULATIONS to ASBowen! I will contact you later today so we can get your FREE My Memories Suite Scrapbook software to you! Didn’t win the scrapbooking software but would still…

Princess and Knight Costumes

I gave a little tease about the Halloween costumes I was crocheting for the kids. I am almost complete and must admit they DO look amazing. Here are some photos…

Menu Plan ~ October 10-14

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to all my Canadian blogging friends. This week the theme will be turkey and vegetables. Monday ~ Thanksgiving turkey, veggies, stuffing, pieTuesday ~ Turkey stir fry, rice…

Halloween and Christmas

I’ve got that inspired bug about me. I’m working on the king sized quilt for my parents, finished Travis’s Halloween knight costume (crocheted), I’ve started one for my daughter, and…

Pampered Chef Double Chocolate Mousse Cups

I had a Pampered Chef party this summer and we were treated to these wonderful desserts. I found the recipe on the Pampered Chef website and couldn’t resist sharing. I…

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 25-October 1

Vegetables will be served but I haven’t shopped yet so that is yet to be determined 🙂Sunday ~ Pork TenderloinMonday ~ SpaghettiTuesday ~ Leftover BuffetWednesday ~ FishThursday ~ Sausage on…

Chuck E. Cheese’s New Pizza Recipe ~ Review

I was contacted by the folks at Chuck E. Cheese’s to check out their completely upgraded pizza recipe. This past year we have taken the kids to Chuck E’s a…

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 19-24

Here are our dinners for this week. I will add vegetables as we have them in our fridge. Monday: Chili, cheese, toastTuesday: Salmon, grilled zucchini, Sour Cream Scalloped PotatoesWednesday: Chicken…

I’ve Been Featured!

Thank you so much to Renee at Renee’s Joy Journey for featuring me today! Please, check out what she wrote about me please read

Menu Plan ~ September 4-10

It was a long weekend. I did get my menu plan done but not posted. Here it is (including the past 2 days in case you need inspiration). Sunday: steak,…

Finished, New and Ongoing Project Updates

I’ve been accomplishing quite a few projects lately, some of which were not on the “to do list” but were so cute I had to do them! I did a…

The Lice Squad

I realise I got quiet on the blog. Let me tell you what’s been going on. Remember at the beginning of August when I was dreading head lice? (read about…

It Was Supposed To Be …

It was supposed to be a simple dusting of the house. Just a regular bi-weekly run over of things. Until I realized there were a lot of things that were…

Menu Plan Monday ~ August 22-27

Here is what we’ll be eating this week. It was great to go shopping in the pantry, freezer and fridge this week! MondayPork Tenderloin, Carrots with honey (cooked), Broccoli Salad…

Buy Local

I was reading Renee’s Joy Journey and she had a great idea. She is American so she challenged her readers to take back the American market place. I strongly believe…

Happy Birthday to Me!! (and a new Amazon Kindle)

Yep, it’s my birthday today. As I get older I pretend that I’m not happy about it but then I find myself telling all sorts of people that “my birthday…

Knit Sweater for Me

Friday night I checked out a really cool store, “Shall We Knit?”. They have a 7-9PM knitting group and I am SO glad I went. This quaint shop, housed in…

A Typical Family Dinner

Sitting down to dinner tonight was pleasant for the four of us. A nice serving of barbecued corn, chicken and nature burgers and a delicious salad. And then Ava (5…

Head Lice

We were on vacation for the past two weeks, visiting with family. This past week one of the family members got head lice. Before we packed up my mother-in-law and…

Hoo Are You #49

I found this fun Tuesday “Hoo Are You” meme from Night Owl Crafting. Thought you might enjoy getting to know me better. If you put one on your blog, put…

Sand-Free Beach Tip

I have a great tip to share, thanks to Jamie at I Heart Naptime Crafts. Visiting beaches is a wonderful summer activity. When you are done at the sandy beach,…

Organizing School Papers

I’m thinking about going back to school for my daughter. Before she starts in September I really need to spend some time to organize her previous years papers. I have…

Large T-Shirt to Fitted Tee Tutorial

Here is a fantastic post that I want to share with my readers. Andrea from a.steed’s.life (links to tutorial) did this while at her trailer!! I do have a ton…

The Candida-Free Diet 2

Well, so much for the diet I was attempting to try (read about it here). I started last Monday and made it (mostly) until Friday. By that point I had dizziness, aching…

The Candida-Free Diet 1

On Monday (yesterday) I started my first day of a 2-week “candida diet”. As I understand it, I am to reduce sugar, yeast and carbs to cleanse the yeast in…

Quilting Tips

As you may know, I am on my 3rd quilt (all queen sized) and the two most valuable tips I can share are … stick your ironing board behind the table…

Menu Plan ~ June 5-11

I’m late this week but I finally sat down and did the entire month of June for menus to put on my fridge. This week we will be enjoying ……

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

This is my first year having a child in school. I am so grateful to other blog posters for inspiring me to consider what we will make for our teacher…

Fare Thee Well, Oprah

In recent years I have had different opportunities to watch Oprah both regularly and irregularly. Most recently I wasn’t able to watch as much Oprah as I wanted to. It…

I’ve Been Working on Crafting ~ Update

I feel like I have crafting attention disorder! I finished knitting a rocket ship pillow for Travis, I am currently knitting a jumper dress for Ava and I’m still plugging…

Rocket Ship

I found a fantastic rocket ship knitting pattern from Petite Purls and knew that it would both be a great stash buster AND something my son (3 years old) would…

Spring 2011 Quilting Shop Hop

This weekend I enjoyed a fabulous Saturday shop hop of 5 local quilting shops. This was my first hop ever and I’m addicted! I think that it helped that the…

The Royal Wedding: William & Kate

I didn’t think I was going to do it but I did. I woke up for the 6:00AM wedding of William and Catherine. They are intriguing. From the story of…

Royal Wedding Party Printables

Are you excited about the Royal Wedding? Hosting a party to celebrate it? Check out these awesome party invitations found at The Housewife Bootcamp. What are you doing to celebrate…

Book Review ~ Three Cups of Tea

I don’t recall exactly where I got the idea to read this book but, although it is taking me a while to sift through it, I really am enjoying the…

Crochet Baby Chicks in Egg Shells

Isn’t this the most adorable project you’ve ever seen? Thanks to Red Hot Fibers you can get the pattern for free. I’ve been working on some for a friend but…

Menu Plan Monday ~ April Meal Plan

I have prepared April’s monthly plan to reflect Weight Watchers and a 22 point day. This is the flex-plan program. Let me know what you think if you use it!…

Stomach Flu

There are pros and cons when you have a stomach flu. Cons: feel gross, can’t move or you’ll be nauseous or throw up, no energy, can’t play with the kids. Pros:…

Crochet Poncho

I am making this adorable Easy Crochet Poncho for Ava. I had about half of one panel done when I realised that I had made it more “yellow” than blue.…

Highly Addictive (Linky Parties)

I love to look at linky parties. The crafty ones are my most addicted ones. I should be crafting instead of checking these out but people in blogland are just…

Homework and the Kindergartener

My daughter is in junior kindergarten. She just turned 5 this month. She has full-day school Tuesday and Thursdays with the occasional Fridays. The teacher has assigned homework since this schedule…

Mind/Body Relationship and Weight Loss

It’s a lot easier to maintain weight than it is to lose. When I decide to try for 5 lbs I try to focus on more water and vegetables but…

Parenting When Tragedy Strikes

My relationship with my children is very important to me. The SITS ladies asked a tough parenting question as to how to parent when tragedy strikes. Do you talk to…

Happy 5th Birthday, Ava

Happy birthday to my dear little girl. Today we took you on our first adventure to Chuck E Cheeses. It was endearing to watch you and your little brother race…

Birthday Dress and Cloche Hat

Here are the knit birthday dress and crochet hat I made for Ava’s 5th birthday next week. It’s a cotton summer outfit but she has a March birthday so we…

Craft Updates

I’ve had a bit of personal drama this week. My parents and maternal grandparents are on a cruise. It sailed out on Sunday and on Monday at the first port…

Our Kitchen

I am always in the kitchen and, especially, at the sink. I fill the sink with hot soapy water at least 4 times a day (after each snack and meal)…

Capturing Family Memories

This past Friday night my friend and I had made plans to meet to scrapbook and organize family photos. I have about 500 photos that I printed in 2006 when…

SITS Cocktail Comment Party … The Hangover

I have really been excited to participate in last night’s SITS (Secret In The Sauce) Cocktail Comment Party. It was the first one ever. I wrote a special post to…

SITS Comment Cocktail Party ~ WELCOME!!!

I am so excited about the SITS Comment Cocktail Party tonight! Welcome to all my SITStas!! I flipped through my past blogs to see how best to introduce myself. I…

SITS Comment Cocktail Hour

I am SO excited about the SITS newest party. It’s a Comment Cocktail Hour. Brilliant, really. I’ve signed up and am patiently waiting until 10 p.m. EST for it to…

“Cheap”

I tried a new website called One Word. The idea is that you press a button and when you do a word appears at the top of the screen. You…

Menu Plan ~ February 28-March 4

Monday ~ Pork Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes, Corn or Peas Tuesday ~ Chili, Cornbread Wednesday ~ Chicken Parmesan, pasta, salad Thursday ~ Leftover Buffet Friday ~ Pizza, Salad Saturday ~ Homemade…

Child Internet Safety

The SITS ladies posted an article on child safety and the Internet. My children are only now starting to get interested in playing online games but are still too young…

Why Having A Toddler Is Like Being At A Frat Party

You know you are going through “one of those days” when you can come up with a list like this one. Blogger Suburban Snapshots must have had one of these…

Menu Plan Monday

Monday this week was Family Day for us here in Ontario. A few other provinces celebrate it but not all. This is why I am posting my MPM on Tuesday.…

God vs Science

This is an interesting perspective to make you consider what you really believe and how sound that belief is. ‘Let me explain the problem science has with religion. ‘The atheist…

Menu Plan ~ February 13-19

This week you are going to see morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner on the weekdays. This menu is for my pre-school age family. SundayBisquick Quiche, Broccoli, Toast MondaySugar…

Book Review ~ Love, Charleston

Love, Charleston by Beth Webb HartMy rating: 2 of 5 starsSUMMARY (source: Booksneeze)An inspiring, heart-warming novel set in romantic Charleston, South Carolina. “Stay and wait.” Anne Brumley heard these words…

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I have been meaning to make my own taco seasoning for a while. The timing was fabulous when I received this post from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs with…

My “Other” Husband

Last night I had a dream. I’ve been considering it all day. Dreams like that are neat. I dreamed I was not with my husband, Scott (the dream didn’t tell me if…

30 Day Love Challenge

Image Source: Camdiluv on Flickr The gals at SITS have created a wonderful way to celebrate the entire month of February with their 30-Day Love Challenge (although aren’t there only…

Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 30-Feb 5

DinnerSunday ~ Cola Pot RoastMonday ~ Steak, Baked Potatoes, VegetablesTuesday ~ Grilled Salmon, Grilled Vegetables, Wild RiceWednesday ~ Leftover BuffetThursday ~ Broiled Pork Chops, Spinach Salad, Pasta with Tomato SauceFriday…

Church with Children

As a child I have fond memories of going to church on Sunday mornings (or some Saturday night services where it worked better for our family). My brothers, sometimes a…

More Getting Organized

I got a nasty ear infection with some vertigo last week and it’s taken me a whole week for my body to get enough energy to actually accomplish anything. I’m…

Menu Plan ~ January 16-22

Dinner Menu Sunday: Crockpot Chili, Homemade Bread Monday: Stir Fry Tuesday: Leftover Buffet Wednesday: Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas Thursday: BBQ Chicken Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker Friday: Pizza Night…

Getting Control of the Toys

Are you ready for it? I was feeling invaded by toys here and I had a lot of questions on how to organize certain areas. I have found some solutions…

Getting Organized Challenge Catch-up

I have been reading along with Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons and the daily Getting Organized challenges. I’m happy to report that most of these areas I have…

Skating

We are so fortunate to have a pond in behind our house. In the winter it makes for an instant skating rink. I love looking out on snowy days and…

Homemade 3rd Birthday Boy Gifts

The last several days, instead of blogging I have been finishing projects. I finished knitting the hat that was for a hat and scarf gift set for my future-brother-in law.…

Invasion of the Toys

I may not have been posting for the last few days because I have been busy finishing up some unfinished projects (I’ll post about those soon) and organizing ~ mainly…

The Junk Cupboard

Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons has a 21 day organizing challenge. Day #1 is to organize the junk drawer. I don’t have a junk drawer but I do…

Mobile Command Center

Thanks to A BOWL FULL OF LEMONS for this fabulous idea to organize the “hot spot” on my kitchen counter. I happen to own all of the required items so,…

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 2-8

We have been visiting relatives out-of-town for a week and I am ready for some lighter fare. The cookies and chocolates and heavy meals has made me feel a little…

Christmas Project Fail or Surprising Success?

I got into a panicked funk right before Christmas about pajamas for the kids that I was trying to sew. I even wrote about it, considering it a Christmas project fail.…

New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of year to think about what we want to accomplish in the new year. How can it be 2011 already? The last few years I have gone…

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 27-31

We are visiting a lot this Christmas so I don’t officially have a menu plan. There will be lots of turkey leftovers that I will try to help put into…

Toboganning

Yesterday the husband and children went tobogganing and had a blast. There was a big jump and Ava kept going over it. She loved it. She is also the perfect weight…

Christmas Project Fail

It’s Christmas eve eve and I started to sew pants for Travis’s pajamas. I can’t find the elastic for the waist. I don’t understand the instructions very well since it…

Menu Plan ~ December 20-24

LUNCHMonday ~ Chicken Noodle Soup, Crackers, Toast with butter           Tuesday ~ Ham, Cheese, VeggiesWednesday ~ Macaroni & Cheese, Apple Slices Thursday ~ Lasagna, Clementine OrangesFriday ~ Peanut Butter and Jam…

The Santa Train

This year I could not find a reasonably priced or conveniently dated breakfast with Santa. Then the Santa Claus Express was discovered.  We traveled in a restored 1920s coach over…

Family Photos

We visited Sears Portrait Studio a few weeks ago to get a family photo taken for our holiday cards (I can’t believe I almost forgot to book our family photos!).…

25 Christmas Stories

Thank you so much to Crystal’s Craft Spot for introducing me to Tip Junkie’s binder of 25 Christmas stories to read with your family! I am going to print mine…

Menu Plan ~ December 6-12

This week’s menu is based on a 1300 daily caloric in take. The list is organized by breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner & dessert. Monday 1 Waffle1 Tbsp Light Syrup½ cup…

Christmas Movies

I don’t know how single parents do it. I applaud you if you are one. Lately I have had a full group of daycare kids as contracts end and overlap…

The Crochet Dress

This dress is got to be the most frustrating. Not the pattern itself (or maybe it is the one with the error?) but the inevitable mistake on my part. This…

Menu Plan Monday ~ November 22-26

Lunch MenuMonday: Ham Sandwiches, Clementine Oranges, YogurtTuesday: Quiche (see Monday dinner), Toast with Butter, Apple SlicesWednesday: Macaroni and Cheese, GrapesThursday: Deli Meat, Cheese, Toast, Clementine OrangesFriday: Hot Dogs with Buns, Cheese…

Wedding Quilt Reveal

I am so thrilled with this quilt that I made for my cousin’s wedding on Saturday, November 13th.Here it is laid out and ready to be sandwiched.    I rarely…

Menu Plan Monday ~ November 15-19

Lunch Menu Monday: Bologna and Cheese Sandwiches, Bananas Tuesday: Potato Leek Soup, Toast with Butter, Apple Slices Wednesday: Spaghetti Ham Bake (see Tuesday Dinner), Grapes Thursday: Peanut Butter and Jam…

Halloween Decorations & New Buffet!

I kept meaning to post this but was waiting for the opportunity to take photos without the children around. They are busy doing other stuff so I took a moment…

Halloween Trick or Treating

This year is a great year for holidays. The children are old enough to appreciate them and participate. I also have been organized and have prepared for them so that…

Menu Plan Monday

Lunch MenuMonday: Deli Meat, Cheese, Bread, Apple Slices Tuesday: Chicken & Broccoli Crescent Wreath, Oranges Wednesday: Hot Dogs with Buns, Cheese Slices, BananasThursday: Potato Leek Soup, Toast with ButterFriday: Crock…

Once I Had A Pumpkin

Thank you to Oopsey Daisy for this sweet little song. I sang it to the kids and had to sing it over and over and over again. It was a…

Halloween Memories

Since I have had children the holidays have become more exciting. I love making things for them so that they can have the best memories when they are older. Their…

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 25-31

{Dinner Menu}Sunday: Roast Chicken (Leftovers)Monday: Impossibly Easy Zucchini PieTuesday: Parmesan Chicken, NoodlesWednesday: Pork Chops, Baked ApplesThursday: Crock Pot ChiliFriday: PizzaSaturday: Leftover Buffet Check out other menu plans at Org Junkie.

Halloween Decorations

On Thursday night I got inspired. Since I wasn’t that motivated to go to the gym I thought I would check out the Dollar Store for some Halloween decorations. I know…

Weekly Menu Plan ~ October 17-23, 2010

I have been remiss about doing weekly menu plans. I have written them down and posted them on our fridge but haven’t added them to the blog. Thanks to I…

To Move Or Stay?

You know that feeling when you look at every house you drive by and wistfully want it to be yours? For a little while I have had the urge to…

Halloween

I already wrote about how I am getting started on Halloween, Christmas and my son’s January birthday. You know when you feel things are in control but then you have…

Happy Thanksgiving & Farewell to Grandpa Mel

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends. This past week has been emotional for me as my grandfather passed away on Wednesday, October 6th. We celebrated his 90th birthday on…

Life Choices

Today I facilitated a meeting. It felt so incredible to prepare for it and discuss things in a detail-oriented fashion instead of in simplified sentences (also known as toddler language).…

Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas and A Birthday to Plan For!

I’ve got Thanksgiving and Halloween, Christmas and my son’s birthday (January) on the brain. The children’s Halloween costumes are decided on and a party is in the works. Travis will…

Book Review ~ Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterMy rating: 2 of 5 stars (It was okay) SUMMARY (Source)For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a…

My New Sewing Table

I feel like an official sewer right now. That’s right, no more kitchen table sewing for me! I just came back from picking up a used sewing machine table from…

Redecorating Urge

I work from my home. I get a lot of time to look around and see things that I would love to decorate or reorganize or purge! There is nothing…

Travis’s Quilt

I’ve been working on this project since about May. It is the first quilt I have ever attempted. I decided that Travis (2 years old) needed a quilt for his…

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 20-24

Here is another Jenny Craig 1200 calorie menu. You don’t have to buy the Jenny Craig meals to plan your own versions! Monday Cereal, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup strawberriesSnack barTurkey Burger,…

Book Review ~ Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadMy rating: 4 of 5 stars SUMMARY (Source)Two races of vampires walk our world. The Moroi are alive and wield elemental magical, while the Strigoi are…

Ava’s First Day of Junior Kindergarten

I mentioned here about the strange staggered entry our school systems have for first-time kindergarteners. Today was the first full day for my little Ava. Apparently the bus was supposed to drive her…

First Day of School

Yesterday morning I woke up with back-to-school jitters. I’ve no idea why – I’m not going back to school and my daughter only starts for one hour this Thursday. Maybe…

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 7-13

On Jenny Craig this week, here is my 1200 calorie menu. You don’t have to buy the Jenny Craig meals to plan your own versions! TuesdayCereal, 1 cup milk, 1…

What’s Your Favourite Art?

When considering art, I appreciate landscape art. Especially photography. I love a beautiful landscape juxtaposed against a man-made item or the way the photographer sees something through the lense that a normal eye…

The School Bus

Since this past February we have been talking about Ava going to junior kindergarten. There has been a great debate as to whether we send her to the Catholic School…

Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary to Us!

Today is hubby and my 6th wedding anniversary. Hubby and my … is that correct grammar? Anyway … I thought it would be nice to spend time as a family.…

Accuquilt Giveaways!

I am new to quilting. If I haven’t told you already, I am almost done the top sewing my first quilt for my son, Travis. I’ve been held up due to…

What Do You Do To Make Yourself Fall Asleep

I absolutely must read before bed. Otherwise my brain keeps on thinking and no matter how tired I am it just keeps going and going and going. Reading slows me…

Good Food Choices

I hope that the following stories are examples of (my) good parenting. Otherwise … I’m not sure what’s wrong with my kids! Ha ha. Yesterday the kids were playing with…

Happy Birthday To Me!

As the years roll by birthdays have a tendency to blur together and some of the excitement gets deflated. For me that is the case at least. Sharing a birthday…

Do You Speed or Does It Speed Past You?

You know that feeling when life is speeding past you and you can barely grab on to it’s mane? It’s doing that for me these days. This Saturday there is…

Getting Ready For Fall

After the last post, and with your encouragement, my butt is a little more in gear this week. Monday I cleaned all the bathrooms, showers included. Tuesday I mopped floors…

My Hazy Days of Summer

I love the summer. It’s so easy to hop in the car and head out for the weekend. I regularly visit my parents who are 1.5 hours drive away. They…

Kids Say The Darndest Things ~ Especially Your Own

Some kid things that are going on and being said around here. Yep, making me so proud (most of the time). I’m putting Ava to bed one night and she’s…

Book Review ~ You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

YOU CAN BE EVERYTHING GOD WANTS YOU TO BE by Max LucadoMy rating: 3 of 5 stars The best quote for me was “you cannot be anything you want to…

Book Review ~ Guide to Machine Quilting

Guide to Machine Quilting by Diane GaudynskiMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a fantastic reference. This first-time quilter really appreciated the tips and is currently implementing them on…

Book Review ~ Killer Pizza

Killer Pizza by Greg TaylorMy rating: 2 of 5 stars SUMMARY (source) Toby McGill lands the perfect summer job at a place called Killer Pizza, there’s more to cooking than…

Book Review ~ Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot My rating: 3 of 5 stars SUMMARY (source: Meg Cabot) Big mouth. Big heart. Big wedding. Big problems. It’s the wedding of…

Book Review ~ A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick My rating: 1 of 5 stars SUMMARY (source: Busy Moms Who Love To Read)Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful…

Book Review ~ Queen of Babble Book Series

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot My rating: 4 of 5 stars The big rebel that I am read book #2 first. I didn’t realize it was a series until…

Cleaning With Child “Helpers”

It was so nice this morning to have actual house cleaning helpers. My two (ages 4 and 2) walked around and lifted things up out of the way and then…

The Craft-Creative Low

I’ve been experiencing a craft-creative low. I opted to read books during this low period (hence the increase of book reviews). Thankfully my migraines are subsiding, the house is clean…

I have had a headache accompanied by some dizziness, black spots in my vision and nausea (when it is at its worst). I went to the doctor on Thursday and…

Book Review ~ The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsMy rating: 5 of 5 stars SUMMARY (source: Chapters)In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a…

Book Review ~ Carpe Demon

Carpe Demon by Julie KennerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars SUMMARY (source: Julie Kenner)Carpools. Crabgrass. Creatures from the depths of hell. Suburbia has its problems too… Lots of women put…

Hair Cut, Anyone?

Yesterday, my daughter Ava (4 years old) was quietly cutting paper with scissors. Do you have a sense where this is going? I was putting lunch away. Turned around. See hair. Freshly.…

What To Cook For The Family?

I’m doing really well following the Jenny Craig program. Last week on Day 20 I had lost 6.6 lbs! The thing is, between the heat wave and having my food…

Feeling Hot Hot Hot!

We’re going through a heat wave here. It’s been humid as well as hot. I’m not good in the heat. I get a sore stomach and my skin gets so…

The Day I Was Born

Tell us everything you know about the day you were born. My aunt, who was 10 at the time, was sleeping over at my parents’ home. My mother went into…

The Versatile Blogger

Thanks Cheryl at One Crafty Mom and Two Ornery Kids for the Versatile Blogger award! It sure makes you glad when you get an award – people really are reading…

How do you feel about the name given to you at birth?

How do you feel about the name given to you at birth? I really like my name. It does get confusing sometimes because I go by my middle name. When…

You get one free pass …

Perhaps you’ve played this game. Your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse lets you have one free pass — one special man or woman who is so attractive and out of reach that if circumstances…

Do something nice for someone today…

Do something nice for someone today. Then tell us about what you did. I did something great for myself (does that count?). I went to Jenny Craig and after four…

Do you think it’s ever permissible to cheat?

Do you think it’s ever permissible to cheat? Well, I cheat on my diet all the time – hence the Jenny Craig relationship I’ve recently entered into.

What was the worst job you ever had?

What was the worst job you ever had? I’ve been fortunate to have some cushy jobs. The job that I disliked most was working retail and being thrown onto cashier position…

What’s the one food you couldn’t live without?

What’s the one food you feel like you couldn’t live without? What’s the one food you’d rather die than put in your mouth? I could not live without chocolate! And…

If you could take a train journey …

If you could take a train journey through any part of the world, where would you go? I would love to go on a train journey to Hogwarts (Harry Potter’s…

Movie Review ~ The Jesus Series, Life and Miracles

Description ~ Take a wonder-filled journey with Jesus and His disciples. The Jesus Series introduces children to the life of Christ. This DVD is an uninterrupted half-hour presentation of Jesus’ ministry…

What’s your greatest fear?

What’s your greatest fear? The unknown is my greatest fear. If you could take a train journey through any part of the world, where would you go? England through countryside,…

What’s your superpower?

I am sure that being able to locate items as your husband yells down “Where’s my ….?” and you can say “In the middle drawer, under the pink ribbons, behind…

Weight Loss Blip

I should be working out right now. I could go to my gym (but I have no work out buddy and really don’t like going by myself). I could be…

Two Questions Today

What are the five best bands you’ve seen play live? Believe it or not, I’ve only seen Shania Twain twice. She was great both times! Tell us about your first…

If you could go back in time …

If you could go back in time and meet your 16-year-old self, what three things would you tell yourself? 1. Enjoy being able to eat what you want and not…

Spring Clean & Purge Party

I’m going to start speeding up the list. It’s taking me way too long and I’m disappointed that I didn’t have committed interest. Check out the master list and see…

Women Food And God

Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen RothMy rating: 3 of 5 stars I liked this book’s general philosophy to eat until you are full…

Girls Weekend

This weekend I am going to enjoy my very first ladies’ weekend! I’ve never been one to have a group of friends who do this so I am very excited…

What would you be willing to do 1000 times?

Japanese lore suggests that if you fold 1000 paper cranes, your wish will come true. What would your wish be, and what would you be willing to do 1000 times…

You’ve just been given a million dollars…

You’ve just been given a million dollars. You are not allowed to keep it or give it to anyone you know personally. What do you do with it and why?…

Do you owe an apology to anyone? Why?

Do you owe an apology to anyone? Why? I need to apologize to my kids. Last night I was a little too short of temper. There was a lot of…

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of your father?

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of your father? When we were little we would eat hot dogs and regular Ruffles chips on the…

Define “freedom”

Once again, June’s National Blog Posting Month‘s fun daily writing prompt is, “Define freedom“. To me, freedom is being able to eat whatever you want without gaining weight. Pretty boring,…

What’s your favorite poem? (And if you don’t have one, why?)

In keeping with June’s National Blog Posting Month or NaBloPoMo and their fun daily writing prompts, today’s prompt is, “What’s your favorite poem? (And if you don’t have one, why?)”. I don’t…

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I’m excited to be a part of June’s National Blog Posting Month or NaBloPoMo. They have daily writing prompts too which is great because some days I honestly can’t think…

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 31

Monday: Pork Chops, Broccoli, Grilled Red PeppersTuesday: Salmon, Homemade Fries, Corn, SaladWednesday: Broccoli Pasta BakeThursday: Leftover buffetWeekend: I’m on a girl’s weekend and I’m not in charge of all the…

Spring Clean & Purge Party ~ Master Bedroom Closet

Welcome to Week 4 of my Spring Clean and Purge Party! Check out the introduction and jump in! When you are done your room, add a link to your before and…

Post It Note Tuesdays ~ May 25

Last Post-It Note Tuesday Spring Clean & Purge Party

Book Review ~ Size 12 Is Not Fat

***SPOILER ALERT*** If you have not yet read this book but intend to you may want to finish it before you read the discussion questions. There are some spoilers herein! …

Getting To Know You ~ May 23

I’ve had some sort of stomach thing going on since Friday. Actually Tuesday but Friday I really felt it. So I’ve been sleeping away most of this long weekend (bah!).…

Post It Note Tuesdays ~ May 18

Spring Clean & Purge Party ~ Master Bedroom

Welcome to Week 2 of my Spring Clean and Purge Party! Check out the introduction and jump in! When you are done your room, add your blog post of your…

Children’s Medication Recall

I may be late on this bandwagon but wanted to share it for any who might be effected and didn’t know. Also, the timing is perfect since I just went…

Spring Clean & Purge Party ~ Bathroom Summary

I’m late posting my bathroom before and after today because I was dashing around finishing the last one. Apparently this is where I stashed all the baby stuff that needs…

Motherhood: My Other Resume

Upon reading the Village of Moms blog, I came across the post Motherhood: My Other Resume as written by Amber Johnson of The Life and Times of Stella. I may…

Friday Follow ~ May 14

Happy Friday to all! I’m going to work on finishing this week’s Spring Clean & Purge Party room – the Bathroom. Then I’m going to work on the quilt for…

The Kill-Joy of A Redundant Observation

When I was younger I felt attractive. When courting, my husband would tell me daily that I looked hot, beautiful, great; now it’s rare. Even still, I get up in…

The Yucky’s

The kids are rotating fevers and feeling yucky, thus forcing me to cuddle on the couch with them and leave my computer alone. I’m starting to feel a little yucky…

Spring Clean & Purge Party ~ Bathroom(s)

I’m so excited for my very own Spring Clean and Purge Party! Check out the introduction to the party and jump in and join us! When you are done your…

Friday Follow ~ May 7

Don’t forget to link up and join my Spring Clean & Purge Party! It starts this Saturday (tomorrow) and I don’t want to be cleaning alone. Happy Friday Follow everyone.

Spring Clean & Purge Party

First, is it really a party when we spring clean and purge? Let’s make it one anyway, okay?! Are you in?  Your Assignment, Should You Choose To Accept It …Don’t…

Post It Note Tuesdays ~ May 4

     Link up your Post It Note Tuesdays with Adventures of A Wanna Be Supah Mommy.

Menu Plan ~ May 2-8

Sunday: Waffles, Sausages, Eggs (a.k.a. breakfast for dinner)Monday: Minnesota Sloppy Joes, Corn, Toasted Pita Chips, SaladTuesday: Chicken Cacciatore, Egg Noodles, SaladWednesday: Leftover BuffetThursday: Maple Glazed Salmon, Grilled VegetablesFriday: Pizza, Salad…

Getting To Know You ~ May 2

1. Are you superstitious? Yes; I’m not taking any chances! 2. If you were an animal, what kind would you be? A pig (I hear they have hour-long orgasms)3. You would…

How To Organize Your Kids Without Organizing Them

On April 20th I was asked to be a guest blogger at Village of Moms. This is the very first time I’ve ever guest posted and it was fun (after…

Craft & Tell ~ April 26

I’ve been crafting away … again. I figured out how to make the fabric boxes firm by combining two tutorials. I still have 3 more boxes to go so when…

Book Review ~ Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have never read a Christian novel before. As my first introduction to one I…

Friday Follow ~ April 23

I actually remembered to do this early today! Happy Friday Follow to everyone. Looking forward to reading new blogs and having new readers.

Whatcha Reading Wednesdays ~ April 21

Join Busy Moms Who Love To Read for Whatcha Reading Wednesdays.  Grab the book you are currently reading, open to a random page, scan down to a random spot and type…

How to Make a Scroll Box for Your Blog Button

Thanks to A Few of my Favorite Things for this tutorial on how to make a scroll box for your blog button where she shows you how to create the box…

Post It Note Tuesdays ~ April 20

Now it’s your turn to join Adventures of WannaBe SupahMommy for her Post It Note Tuesdays.

Ava’s Second Language

It’s afternoon nap time and I’m trying to get rest. Ava (4 years old) does not nap so she is “resting” but talking a mile a minute … for the…

Car Race Track ~ Tutorial

I posted this Craft and Tell for the car race track but thought I would share the how-to if you want to make your very own. If you make one,…

Craft & Tell

I have been a busy crafting gal. Please read the bottom because I need your help!! These are the curtains I’ve been working on for my mother and father-in-laws room.…

Post It Note Tuesdays ~ April 13

Go to Supah Mommy for her Post It Note Tuesday and add yours!

Getting To Know You ~ April 11

  1. What color do you wear the most? Pink 2. Would you rather have $10,000 dollars or a dream vacation? Pass over the money, honey! 3. Do you have…

Friday Follow ~ April 9

        

Circle Meat

Our kids visit my parents frequently. While visiting the last time, we get a phone call from Ava (4 years old). “Hello?” “I need circle meat, Mommy. Don’t forget the…

Book Review ~ Wife in the Fast Lane

Wife in the Fast Lane: A Novel by Karen QuinnMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Laugh out loud moments as the protagonist, Christy, experiences single to married life, CEO and…

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April 2010 Menu Plan

I do include at least one vegetable with our dinners (half the plate for me is vegetables). Below are the main meal idea and I’ll raid the refrigerator for veggies…

Getting To Know You Sunday ~ April 6

1. Showers or baths? Although I love baths, showers are the reality these days. 2. Do you have any crazy urges? Only if it has to do with chocolate. 3.…

Spring Cleaning 2010

Is it time to spring clean again? Already? Didn’t I just DO this? Last year I had a fabulous time and joined Organized Junkie’s Spring Cleaning Party. Here is how…

Craft & Tell

I’ve been busy creating this week. I want to share these creations with the following … Sew & Tell Fridays with amylouwho, Get Inspired! with So Dang Cute, and Super…

Friday Follow ~ March 26

       

Project Ava ~ Must Sleep By Herself

A bit of history on our night-time ordeals… the kid is 4 years old and still crawls into bed with us before midnight. We only have a queen sized bed…

“Watermelon” by Marian Keyes

I’m reading “Watermelon” by Marian Keyes as part of the Busy Moms Who Love To Read‘s  March book selection. This is the first novel I have read with this group…

Post It Note Tuesdays ~ March 23

Go check out other fun Post-It Note Tuesday’s at Adventures of WannaBe SupahMommy.

Green Thumb?

The Green Thumb. Do I have one? Yep! It’s attached to my husband though. He doesn’t mind the grunt work of digging and weeding and planting from seed in our…

I’m A Mommy Blogger And Proud Of It!

I really wanted to attend the Baltimore Bloggy Boot Camp on March 6, 2010 but travel expenses were too hight to justify it right now. Apparently there was a reporter…

Post It Note Tuesdays ~ March 16

Getting To Know You ~ March 14

1. What’s your favorite Easter candy? Cadbury Creme Eggs! 2. Who do you think is cleaner..men or women? After living with my husband, WOMEN! 3. Which do you prefer..wordy blog…

Friday Follow ~ March 12

Home Organization ~ Weekly Links

Thank you to Org Junkie for her weekly links post. I’m listing highlights below but for the full post, visit here. chore charts from Somewhat Simple Lego organization Organizing Toys…

Friday Follow ~ March 5

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Emergency Preparedness Kits

I was just reading The Creative Homemaker and her blog post about 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Kits. I realised that I have had this on the “to do list” for…

Picky Eaters

Question of the day: Are any of your family members picky eaters? What affect does it have on you planning meals? I’ve moved to the monthly menu plan (see March’s…

Post It Note Tuesdays ~ March 2

     Go post your Post It Note Tuesday’s here. It’s SO freeing!

Coke & Pepsi Free Zone

I loved my Coke Zero and Pepsi Max. For the past two weeks I stopped drinking it and last night at dinner I went to have some and after a…

March 2010 Menu Plan

March Dinners The menus below are the main components. I will include vegetables or salad as well as a side where not mentioned. I’m organized but need some flexibility too!…

How Good Are You At Keeping Secrets?

I would like to think that I am a trustworthy person who can hold secrets. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is secret and what is not though. In those…

Friday Follow ~ February 26

I completely forgot about Friday Follow last week so I am making sure I don’t this time. Can’t wait to read all your new blogs!

Friday Fill-Ins ~ February 26

1. A cup of tea with sweet honey. 2. Family makes a place feel like home. 3. Everything has its beauty when it’s clean.4. Don’t you adore the taste of…

E-Post-It Notes

  Create your own e-post-its here. Caution – it’s addicting!

Crochet Hook Holder

I got a pattern for this cute crochet hook holder. Mine looks very similar but it is taller than I expected – more knitting needle length versus crochet hook size.…

Sewing Poll

I’m considering starting a small sewing business, not for an income per se but more of an initiative that will allow for my sewing hobby to pay for itself. I…

Canadian Olympic Medalists

Last weekend was a great opportunity to watch the Olympics; partly because the children were at the grandparents and we were allowed to watch over preschool geared television. Once they…

The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

Thank you Mommy Maria for posting this … I’m borrowing it for my blog. It’s quite humorous … enjoy!

The challenge is almost up. Next Friday February 26 is the last weigh-in to determine the winner based on the most percentage of body fat lost. After 4 weeks of…

Canada’s Medals & Olympic Medalists To Date

Canada got it’s first gold medal and a few other medals too … here is a summary of the athlete’s statistics who have won medals to date … GOLD MEDAL…

Olympics 2010 ~ Canada’s First Medal

Congratulations to Jennifer Heil who successfully won Canada’s first 2010 Olympic medal in women’s moguls. Heil did a fantastic job and it was a very solid competition between her and…

February Menu Plan

Inspired by Hoosier Homemade, I used her list and came up with dinners for the rest of the month. February Meal Plan 12 ~ Turkey Pot Pie13 ~ Valentine’s Dinner @ restaurant…

Olympics Opening Ceremony 2010

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Here are some great questions from Steph in the City … What are your ideas for Valentine’s Day activities? Do you involve the kids in your V-day celebration? I am…

Friday Follow ~ February 12

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My First Blog Award!!

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I inherited a fabulous gift from my grandmother who is now unable to see well enough to use yarn to crochet or knit. She had also received a lot of…

Made By You Monday ~ February 8

I was busy this weekend sewing some valances for our main areas. The windows have been blah for long enough. The kitchen window over the sink with yellow paint and…

Menu Plan Monday ~ February 8-14

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Get To Know You Sunday

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The Wedding Ring

My husband’s wedding ring got stolen from inside our home by (who I can only suspect) the house cleaners. I’m annoyed at him for leaving it around the house in…

New Friend Friday & Friday Follow

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At 8:00AM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays I pack up my two kids and the three other daycare friends and wait in line for spaces in a free program. They…

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I don’t know what it is that has happened to my metabolism. Since Travis was born two years ago I lost all my baby weight within 8 weeks of his…

28 Day Organizing Challenge – The Rules

I’m going to do my best to participate, and succeed, at the 28 Day Organizing Challenge set out by I’m An Organizing Junkie.The Official 28 Day Organizing Challenge Rules: During…

Menu Plan Monday ~ February 1-7

I know, I’m a day late. Better late than never, right?! Monday – Leftover buffet Tuesday – Breaded cod, asparagus and peppers, whole wheat spaghetti with tomato vegetable sauce Wednesday…

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Do you ever have a little thing completely throw you into a tailspin? Take tonight, for instance. I finally got up the motivation to get my butt out the snow-filled…

Valentine’s Day Craft Idea Sites for PreSchoolers

As we enter the month of February, I thought it would be fun to include a list of sites that have creative Valentine crafts to do with preschoolers. DLTK Everything…

My Elevator Pitch

Thanks to Mama Kat to introducing me to this great 31 day challenge to make your blog better. The first task is to create an elevator pitch. What is an…

Julie & Julia

I watched the movie Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Very amusing. I was especially interested in the original state of Julie and how her life needed…

Weight Loss Challenge

My friend and I decided that we wanted to be our regular yummy selves by shedding some weight and getting healthier in general. We made a friendly challenge to each…

Funky Mommy

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10 Things to Stave Off Boredom

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The Name Meme

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I had big plans for blogging this year. And then the 3 year old decided she needed to blog and check her emails when Mommy did. I get pushed out…

List of things to do post-Christmas 2009

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Friday Fill-Ins ~ 01 January 2010

1. Last night I fell asleep at 10PM. I missed the ball drop! 2. I will become a healthy and fit size 6 this year. 3. The funniest thing is…

2010 Affirmations

Last year I had listed my goals by category. This was a great idea and they looked like this … 2009 Goals Health Goals Lose 15 pounds Exercise 2-3 times…

Holiday Grub

Unfortunately, there is a drawback to the food when visiting for holidays. There are so many goodies laying around begging to be tasted, nibbled, shoved into ones mouth. How could…

I Survived Christmas

Well, I made it through the Christmas hectic-ness with a good time had by all. I suppose the season will come whether you are ready for it or not. We…

Book Review ~ Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

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Egad! This month is on its way out and I’ve barely a post. I hope you will forgive me. Are you busy this season too? I have everything ready ……

Christmas Preparation Updates

Can you tell I’ve been busy with the holiday season (see no blog posts since December 9th). I have the kids away and have just cleaned the house from top…

Christmas Cards

I may be late but it’s better than never! I mailed my Christmas cards today. They should get out by early next week at the latest ~ I hope. This…

Merry SITSmas!

To all my SITStas, happy holidays! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know a lot of you this year and hope you have enjoyed reading all about me. This is my…

Dear Santa

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De-flu Cleaning

The flu is terrible. Never mind the stomach flu! I got the bedrooms all decluttered and those bathrooms scrubbed as well as the floors washed and hubby vacuumed but now…

The Shred ~ Dec 5 Update

I got the stomach flu. Bad. It was not pretty. I’m recovering today. Weak but getting stronger as the day progresses. I’ve decided to not do The Shred again until…

Shred It

This is the month. I am committing to working out daily with Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. If you work out daily for thirty days, this twenty-minute program promises that…

Menu Plan Monday ~ November 30

During the day I have a home daycare and the toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, have become picky eaters. This is driving me bonkers as one day they…

I Know Her!

I was flipping through the winter 2009 ParentsCanada magazine and I saw a friend’s little girl in an ad for Oral-B Teeth Technique. She looks adorable and it made me…

The Christmas Spirit

I am getting into the Christmas spirit! I’m on my second Christmas book, I’ve been knitting and crocheting since June so I have a lot of gifts made. Currently I’m…

Friday Fill-Ins ~ November 26

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Ten Tasks In Ten Days ~ Day 8

I am doing my ten tasks in ten business days, so I have until Friday to complete them all. I’m making a pretty good dent in them but the deadline…

Fall Back In Love With Your Spouse

Let’s face it, we all get into a rut at some point. Marriage has been going very well for my husband and I (speaking for myself here) but with two…

Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 16-22

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40 Days Until Christmas ~ Sibling Gifts

I have been following the 100 day Countdown to Christmas and have received some wonderful ideas for preparing for Christmas 2009. Only 40 days left! Today’s post is about sibling…

Friday Fill-Ins #150

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The Eyes

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Interview with My Mom

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Love Letter to the Anthony Wiggle

Occasionally I find the opportunity to sit down and to the assignments from Mama’s Losin’ It. Today’s challenge is to write a love letter to the object of your affection.…

Friday Fill In #149

1. Plans and schedules have gone by the wayside and it’s only the start of the weekend! 2. I’m happy when things work out so that I can go to…

Ten Tasks In Ten Days

The Shabby Chic Cottage has a fantastic idea to complete ten tasks in ten days. I believe it’s over now but I thought I’d like to join in on the…

The Tongue Family

I was looking at photos taken this year that I just uploaded from my camera. I suppose the kids and their father got on it one Saturday morning while I…

Patchwork Afghan

I did it! I finally finished the afghan I’ve been working on for the past month. I think it turned out nicely and masculine for the man on my Christmas…

It Seems I’m Not the Only One in a Funk

I can SO relate to this post by Mama’s Losin’ It about how her “life has become a cycle of poopy diapers, reality television, and making friends with people who…

Menu Plan Monday ~ November 2 – 8

This week I need to focus on what I am eating. I need to lose some weight and it is only by forethought that this has any hope of happening.…

Fall Projects for the Home ~ List

Thanks again to List Plan It for a great list of fall projects for the home. Rake the leaves from the yard. Put outdoor toys in storage. Clear the leaves…

My Princess and Prince

Being Halloween and all, I thought that I would post pictures of my kiddies playing dress up. We got a fantastic princess treasure dress-up box from our neighbour and all…

Friday Fill Ins #148

1. It was a dark and stormy night, but thankfully it happened AFTER the trick or treaters were safely home and in bed. 2. My husband was in the hospital…

Halloween Stories for the Kids

To get you into the Halloween spirit, check out these fun stories. Thanks to Picture Book of the Day you can get daily updates on cool books to check out…

Get Your Car Ready for Winter ~ List

Thanks to List Plan It for a list of ways to prepare your car for winter. Get your car ready now while the weather is still decent so you are…

H1N1 Vaccination

Flu season has arrived and so has the issue of vaccination and the new string of H1N1. Reports of deaths related to the H1N1 virus on the news have already…

The Whale

If you read a recent front page story of the SF Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale that had become entangled in a spider web of…

Friday Fill-In #146

1. So are we going to calm down at all, children? 2. Bedtime is what’s up ahead. 3. I love to boogie (thanks to Billie Elliott). 4. Sleep of some…

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Egad! I blinked and then it was the second half of October … what the heck?! I have been so crazy with the kiddies that I’ve been falling into bed…

Becoming Financially Independent: A How To

Yesterday I wrote My Life’s Purpose: A Revelation. Part two of this is the how I am going to do it inspiration I received from “Your Money or Your Life”…

My Life’s Purpose: A Revelation

After a few weeks of an increasing feeling unease and distance from my life (that I am normally very passionate about), I got my joy of life back. I’m finishing…

Menu Plan Monday ~ Sep 27-Oct3

Join this week’s Menu Plan Monday movement at I’m an Organizing Junkie! Also check out the link for more menu ideas. 28 Small Peach ~0p Slim Fast Shake ~5p Oatmeal…

I’ve got that feeling again …

I’ve got that feeling again … the restless feeling. I need to do or be something. I am considering an online store but am not sure exactly how much work…

The Mess with the House Cleaner

I feel ill. I have been going through a “he said, she said” negotiation with our cleaning company. The guy I have been dealing with is not very business-minded. We…

Works For Me Wednesday

Today I am going to jump in on the Works-For-Me Wednesday band wagon. I LOVE my rubber gloves. Sounds silly enough, however, these babies have saved my hands. I have…

On My Way to Being a Sewer!

Here is the Christmas apron. I am super excited. It took me a few hours (having to start and stop plus work around the kiddies). Ava is my model. Keep…

Visual Chore Chart

I’m having a hard time getting into the whole “brushing the teeth” thing with the kids. I’m so tired of fighting that I’m lucky to get clean bums, hands and…

Friday Fill-Ins: #142

This week’s Friday Fill-Ins: 1. My car has been sitting in my driveway lately since I have too many kids in my daycare to drive anywhere. 2. My husband’s birthday…

The New Crafter Is Here! Sort of …

I have been so inspired by the blogs that I read. There are so many talented and creative women out there! (Men I am sure too but in this case…

Searching For Contentment

Mandi at Simple Nest hit the nail on the head with her post about Being Content with our Homes. I too have been struggling with being content with what I…

Glee

I have finally found a show that I am excited about. Glee. “GLEE is a one-hour comedy series with biting humour that features a soundtrack of hit music from past…

I Organized the Clothes

I posted the other day about organizing the kids clothes. Tonight I got a bug in me that would not let it go. I transferred Ava’s size 3 wardrobe to…

The Art of Listening in Relationships

Thanks again to Simple Mom for a great post on The Art of Listening in Relationships (click this blog title for the full article). Following is a summary of the…

Organizing Your Children’s Clothes

Thanks to Small Notebook for a Simple Home for this fantastic article on Organizing Your Children’s Clothes. Like the Small Notebook experience, I have found that the children’s clothing is…

Experience with Mom Dating

Today’s assignment that I chose to accept from Mama’s Losin’ It‘s assignment desk is to “mommy play dates? What’s your experience with mom dating?“. I have a home daycare. Other…

Martha Stewart Halloween Workshop 2009 Shopping List

Ooh! I just got the Martha Stewart Halloween Workshop 2009 Shopping List! Ms Stewart is going to have a workshop over eight weeks of really cool ways to get your…

Ballards Design-style Cafe Shelf Giveaway

Traci at Beneath My Heart blog is having a giveaway! This gal is so crafty. And her tutorial on how to “make your VERY OWN Ballards Design-style cafe shelf for…

The Air Show

Today we went to the Breslau Air Show with two other families. It was cooler than I thought when we left (I was sweating in the house as I ran…

Friday Fill-Ins

1. He was a handsome gentleman. 2. Fall leaves and children going back to school is what I look forward to most this time of year. 3. My best friend…

Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary to Me

Today is my/our fifth wedding anniversary. Wow! Time is a-moving. Our youngest is 19 months and our eldest is 3.5 years old. How is it that we have two children…

Being a Parent

Thank you to Simple Marriage for this post on The Biggest Lie Many Parents Live By (and sometimes as spouses). Here is a summary but click on the article title…

Daycare Planning & Basement Renovations

I am planning weekly themes and craft ideas for my home daycare. I feel good for having structure and lots of ideas. If only the kids appreciated the work that…

Not Me Monday

My daughter (3 years old) did not run to the side of the shed during a play date and pee. My son (1 year old) does not try to poke…

Scrapbooking

So, if you have been following my blog, you know that I have made a major dent in de-cluttering the house. We now have the house painted and new carpets…

I’m Baaaaack …

You may or may not have noticed that I have been M.I.A. (missing in action) on my blog for a few weeks. We had vacation. Yay! It was quality family…

Toddler Toys ~ Observation

My own personal observation about toddler toys … a toy is not truly loved unless it is strewn, in multiple piles, all over a home. Some of these beloved pieces…

Family Friday – Entertaining Kids on a Rainy Day

Entertaining kids on a rainy day with physical activity is a breeze when you have some creative ideas up your sleeve. These fantastic ideas found at Homemaker Barbi’s Family Friday…

Confirmation Gifts – Survival Kits From God

For some reason I cannot find the original post that I made on this. I found the photos of my “final” creations. I have one male and one female cousin…

My Boy in the Garden

The swing set is now at the back of the yard. This is great except for the fact that it draws the attention of the youngsters to the “garden” of…

Our Swing Set

Wow, I really am behind. We’ve had this swing set up and running since May (it was Mommy’s Mother’s Day gift to get it all assembled). Here it is as…

Dressing for Winter in Balmy Weather

I finally had a moment to go through photos on the camera. I’m working on cleaning up the memory card for more current photos. I had forgotten but in April,…

I Am Thankful

Thank you to Mom who sent me this forward on a particularly bad day. It made me appreciate my life and relax. I Am Thankful For The Wife. Who Says…

Shh ~ Just Listen to Me

I went to the doctor’s to see why I am feeling so out of control. She sat there and chatted with me (which was good) but she didn’t listen to…

10 Ways You Can Prevent Over-Spending

Thank you to Simple Mom for the post on how you can prevent over-spending (click on the title of this post to be directed to the original article link). 1.…

On Having Been Absent

I am SO sorry for ignoring my blog. I weaned off my depression medication around the second week of June and I have been so inconsistent in my moods and…

The Day of Poo

**POST WARNING – not for the weak stomached. The 3 year old (Ava) had the stinkiest poop ~ and she decided to do it in a pull-up that was only…

Ways to Save Money on Laundry

Thanks again to Homemaker Barbi for her tips on how to save money when doing laundry. Here is a summary of her tips. 1. Buy Energy Star rated appliances. 2.…

I was reading The Creative Mama and her post about The Two-Piece Suit where she bought her self a two-piece bathing suit even though she hasn’t lost all the baby…

Happy Canada Day!

I was getting frustrated while e-searching July holiday menus and craft ideas and mainly having July 4th recipes and ideas popping up. Nothing wrong with July 4th – if you…

New Carpets

We *finally* got new carpets in the three bedrooms and the main stairways. They are beautiful and soft and plush and they smell new – not the stinky smell but…

I’m Outta Control

Do you ever find that the state of your house (or living area) reflects the inside of you? The house is chaos, I have a ton of projects on the…

Going Bananas

My head’s a-spinning. I am reducing my meds and I thought I was doing better. Then today came. It’s not a good day. The weight isn’t dropping (even though I’m…

The Power of One in a Marriage

These days I am working on simplifying marriage with my hubby. Life goes by so fast that I don’t want to wake up one day with the kids grown and…

Finding Motivation when Working from Home

I’ve come to realize that having a home daycare is working from home. I know it sounds silly but because my own children are involved it took me a while…

Health Busters

Thanks to Simple Mom for the article on “Watch Out for These Health Busters“. I’m summarizing the highlights of the article below. For the full article click on the post…

2009 Goals Check In

Since we are half-way through the year, I thought I’d check in to see how I am doing with the goals I set at the beginning of the year ~…

Weight Obsession

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.~ Confucius ~ I started new medication for the post partum depression, which may not be so post partum any…

Weight Gain Surprise

The joke must be on me but I’m not getting it. I figured out that it was 8 weeks to the day (on June 1st) until my sister-in-law’s wedding. I…

Vacation Planning

We are starting to get ready for our two week summer vacation. Annually we spend one week at my in-laws who are 20 minutes from the beach and the second…

Hemming Curtains

I have had these curtains hanging in my bedroom for a year now I think. It’s time to hem them and finish them off. I have 6 panels of navy…

Getting Fit

Yesterday I got motivated and did TWO workouts. Since I was up at 4:30AM any way I decided to do a 7AM 30 minute workout tape (Thank you Kathy Smith…

How To Have Curl Your Toes Sex

Here’s a subject title that grabbed my attention …How To Have Curl Your Toes Sex. Obviously I’m not the only one curious about this because it was posted a year…

Menu Plan Monday ~ June 1-7

I didn’t quite get to everything I had planned on last week’s menu plan so some are repeats. The theme of “bugs” during the day for the daycare is going…

A Solid Foundation in a Marriage

I’ve been evaluating and attempting to improve several areas in my life. Inevitably, marriage came up as an area to look at and make sure I’m giving it my all.…

Things That Make Me Happy

MamaKat always has great writing challenges to inspire blog posts. Today, here are 10 things that make me happy (thanks also to Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out for inspiring…

Weekend Plans

This week’s question: What are your plans for the weekend? My children are having a bit of an early weekend at my parents’ place (bless my Mom & Dad) and…

The Trash Challenge

Darn it to all of these smart people out there who are coming up with projects and theories and world-changing movements for me to read and get inspired by *sigh*.…

The Daily Connect

I have been feeling uncreative lately but I have been reading several interesting blogs. I thought I would summarize my favourites over the next few days and topics that interest…

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 25-31

Note: all meals and snacks are served with milk. MondaySnack ~Graham crackers, orangesLunch ~ Waffles with blueberries, yogurtSnack ~Celery and Pretzel Butterflies ~ Cut a small piece of celery for…

Our Gluten-Free Diet Attempt

We had our first appointment with a naturopath to discuss possible allergies or other reasons for our 3-year old daughter’s wild personality moments (or hours). She suggested we try a…

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 18-24

I know I am late with this but it was a holiday yesterday for us and I just wasn’t into menu planning. Today I’m not totally into it either so…

The Underappreciated Gardener

I was very excited to surprise my husband with some gardening. He has been complaining that the children have been picking his flowers (he is the gardener in the house…

I Love Games

I have always enjoyed playing games. I even tried for a while to do a family game night on Saturday nights but hubby would sit and read the weekly flyers…

Spring Cleaning Party 2009 ~ Day 6

Today’s focus is the bathrooms and linen closets. These tiny rooms can easily wreak a lot of havoc in an otherwise organized home, because they serve as storage for a…

Once A Month Mom – May Menu

I am VERY excited about this pre-cooking adventure I am about to embark on. Wish me luck … basically these gals at the website have prepared a FREE monthly menu…

Spring Cleaning Party 2009 ~ Day 5

Today’s the last day on the kitchen! It feels really good to have the hub of the home cleared and ready to use, and to know where all the cooking…

Spring Cleaning Party 2009 ~ Day 4

Day four is part one of the kitchen. Spring cleaning the kitchen can be a doozy, but thankfully, it’s so much easier each year you keep at it. The key…

How To Twitter

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Tip Junkie for her 3-part series on how to Twitter. I just joined the Twit band wagon and I am getting so much…

Spring Cleaning Party 2009 ~ Day 3

Today is day three, which is part two of the living areas. Remember to declutter, clean and organize. I am feeling SO great about myself. I even pulled out the…

Spring Cleaning Party 2009 ~ Day 2

Day two is part one of the living room, or wherever the central area is in your home. Some of you may have more than one space, which is why…

Spring Cleaning Party 2009 ~ Day 1

The first day’s task is a “clean sweep.” The goal is to quickly sweep through your home, throw away trash, and toss items you no longer need or want into…

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 3-9

This week’s menu plan … Sunday ~ Wendy’s Take OutMonday ~ Pork Tenderloin (leftovers)Tuesday ~ Chicken FlorentineWednesday ~ Grilled Fish & rice & beansThursday ~ Chicken breasts with barbecue sauce,…

Having One of Those Days

I’m having one of these lives with the kids …

Six Word Saturday

Planning to post daily in May!

Favourite Friday

Thanks to CarmaSez for showing me Janana Bee’s Friday Favourites. Description: It’s Friday Favourites time! Oh yes it’s time to pay homage to all the things that got us through…

Twitter

The baby is in bed, the toddler is outside with the husband, and I am inside on the computer learning about Twitter. This would be because apparently I do not…

Geocaching

I have heard about Geocaching a few times and my interest got piqued ~ especially as the nice weather is coming and I really want to do fun & free…

Happy Earth Day!

Thank you to Simple Mom for her post on 40 Tips to Go Green at Home. Here are her 40 tips: 40 Easy Ways to Go Greener at Home –…

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 19-25

I found a very cool FREE website called Meal Outlaw where you can create your menu plan, put it into a PDF file, and also have it keep it current…

Spring Cleaning Party 2009

I’m joining the Spring Cleaning Party over at Simple Mom. From May 4 to 15, Simple Mom will be writing her spring cleaning process, one room at a time. I’m…

Income Tax Filing

It’s Saturday at 3PM. I just “finished” getting tax information for my father. I don’t enjoy doing taxes as my father and I have different ways at getting at things…

Finance Friday ~ How to Raise Cash Fast

How to Raise Cash Fast (thank you Sympatico MSN for these tips) Start Your Own Sell-Off ~ Selling possessions is a quick win. Go through attics, closets, garages, kitchens and…

Cross Stitch Dish Towel (Crochet Project)

This is my latest project. It is really easy and I really like this unique stitch. The full pattern can be found at Marlo’s Crochet Corner. I am using Red…

Workin Out Wednesday ~ Wii Fit

I’m having a really tough time with this whole weight issue. Let me explain … This week I’m at my parents. We “share” a Wii and the Wii Fit program…

My Blog 1-Year Anniversary

Happy anniversary to my blog! It’s been a great year and as I’ve read through my blogs this past year it is great to see how much I have evolved.…

A Simple Solution for Plastic Grocery Store Bags

Thank you to Mandi at Organizing Your Way for her fantastic post on how to minimize the space plastic bags take up when storing them. Since I’ve read it I…

The Spectacles

Instead of reporting on a story I have ready (it hasn’t happened this week and you’ll soon see why not) I will share a story. Last weekend we visited my…

Workin’ Out Wednesday ~ Running

We went away this past weekend to my in-laws. It was a nice weekend but this meant no running Saturday or Sunday (or Monday). This week we are doing 7…

Toddler Tuesday

My children go to a pre-school in the mornings. It’s through the provincial government and is free to parents and caregivers in Ontario. I have to physically be on-site for…

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 5-11

I’ve added the menu of the week on a permanent sidebar box. What do you think?We are going away later in the week so I’m only doing menu plan until…

Soaring Spirit Sunday

PALM SUNDAY ~FREED TO LOVE AND SERVE~ Mt 26:14—27:66; Mk 14:1—15:47; Lk 22:14—23:56 Today we begin Holy Week. This week, we leave our clutter behind. We concentrate our thoughts on…

PDF to DOC conversion

A very technical title today, I know. I am trying to change a PDF document to a Word document so I can email it in the actual message, versus as…

April Fool’s Day – Update

Yesterday, the kids (or rather I) had a plan to “get” Daddy. This is how the gag unfolded … The night before April Fool’s Day … Ava was asleep by…

Workin’ Out Wednesday ~ Feeling Great

I am feeling great. The cold has finally subsided. On Friday night I figured I needed to practice the 1 minute run, 2 minute walk thing (7 times for a…

April Fool’s Day

I’m warming up to the idea that this year, with both a 3 and 1 year old in the house that it is high time we do some April Fool’s…

Menu Plan Monday ~ March 30, 2009

I was stuck this week for things to plan for the menu but thankfully the Internet and Google have helped me once again. We’re still getting over the cold that…

Soaring Spirit Sunday

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT ~A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD—CLEAR OF CLUTTER~ Jn 11:1-45; 12:20-33; 8:1-11 One characteristic of a “decluttered” relationship with God is the willingness to wait. Think of Martha…

Story Saturday

I read the book “Fruit” by Brian Francis. When I read the subtitle “a story about a boy and his nipples” I should have stopped there. But it is on…

Finance Friday ~ Til Debt Do Us Part

I love to watch Gail Vaz Oxlade on “Til Debt Do Us Part“. I stumbled across her blog. She has great worksheets too. I can’t seem to find her relationship…

Toss It Thursday

The Canadian Diabetes Association is coming next Wednesday, April 1st to collect donations. I have a pile of items to give to them. I’m excited to get it out of…

Workin’ Out Wednesday ~ Running Room

Even though I’ve had a chest cold, I signed up for a learn to run clinic through The Running Room. It’s for women only and this past Saturday (March 21st)…

Toddler Tuesday

I signed out a craft book from the library so that I can start working on crafts with the kids. I’m quite nervous about this as I’ve never been interested…

Menu Plan Monday

I was sick last week so our menu didn’t really happen. I’m trying to use up some of the food we have in our freezer and in the pantry as…

Soaring Spirit Sunday

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT ~CLEARING THE WORRY FROM MY MIND~ Jn 9:1-41; Jn 3:14-21; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 I cannot be afraid to be bold or worry about what others think…

Book Review ~ An Audience of Chairs

I’m reading “An Audience of Chairs” by Joan Clark. I would be done right now except for me getting sick. It’s not the most exciting book so far and I…

How Much Puke Can One Little Body Make?

I haven’t been doing a great job blogging this week because we’ve been sick at our house. On Tuesday I got hit super hard and had a fever, chills and…

There Is A Gang In Our Neighbourhood

The “link” to this post got published before I had a chance to write the story. I had set it to save a week out and then I got sick.…

Menu Plan Monday

Morning SnackCrackersFruit LunchMondayLeftoversBread & ButterSliced Grapes TuesdayWhole Wheat Pasta7-Vegetable Tomato SauceBananas WednesdayChicken Noodle SoupTuna MeltsStrawberries ThursdayZucchini Pie/QuicheYogurtApple Slices Friday Deli Meat, Cheese & BagelPears Afternoon SnackMondayHome Made Apple Bars TuesdayZucchini…

Soaring Spirit Sunday

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT~CLEARING UNFORGIVENESS FROM MY HEART~Jn 4:5-42; Jn 2:13-25; Lk 13:1-9Jesus told the woman at the well that God’s life is like “a spring of water gushing up…

The Time I Hurt Somebody…

I’m taking the writing challenge from Mama’s Losin‘ It. I’m going to tell about a time I hurt somebody that still bothers me to this day. In grade school there…

Book Review ~ The Moonlit Cage and Charlie Wilson’s War

The Moonlit Cage: A Novel by Linda Holeman My review rating: 5 of 5 stars This novel provided me with an understanding of Afghanistan and India and the life of…

Finance Friday

I still have openings in my home day care. I was hoping to get at least one or two school-aged kiddies for March Break (that starts on Monday). But no.…

Toss It Thursday

I have taken photos of all the cupboards (pre-organizing and decluttering) to motivate me to start. I found some nice containers at the $Dollar Store$ to get me enthusiastic and…

Where do we colour??

They sure do have their own innocence about them – children, that is. Here is a conversation I had with Ava (3 years old) while she was colouring with markers.…

Workin Out Wednesday ~ Home Exercises

I (finally) came up with some exercises I want to do on a daily basis. They are: leg lifts (inner) ~ 25 each side leg lifts (outer) ~ 25 each…

My SITS Spring Fling GIVEAWAY!

I am jumping on the Spring Fling bandwagon. As a SITS member, I’ve got a *surprise* giveaway for one lucky reader. Shipping to the USA and Canada only. How To…

Spring Fling

It’s Spring Fling over at the SITS site. I love it! Tons of cool prizes and giveaways. One of the contests is at Me And The Blue Skies where the…

Toddler Tuesday ~ Controlling The Volcano Within

On a regular basis I attend parenting sessions at the local Early Years Centre. I have found a lot of these sessions useful and so I thought I would summarize…

Let me tell you about my job on a never-ending basis

My day is all about others; they are the most demanding bunch I have ever known. They expect me to provide a fun, stimulating environment for them in addition to…

Menu Plan Monday

LunchLeftovers Bread & ButterSliced Grapes 2% Milk Home Made FettuccineBananas2% Milk Minestrone Vegetable Soup w/ Soda CrackersBread2% Milk Chicken Salad Sandwich w/ Grapes Oranges2% Milk Grilled Cheese & Ham SandwichesKiwi2%…

You Go Bear!

The bear, with it’s sharp claws, would be able to slash the shark in it’s eyes and on it’s snout (which I understand are the most sensitive areas). He would…

The Dr. Ho Now Massager System Sells Itself

I have Dr. Ho’s massage system. It really works well too!

Soaring Spirit Sunday

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT ~CLEARING THE CLUTTER OUT OF MY WORK LIFE~ Mt 17:1-9; Mk 9:2-10; Lk 9:28-36 Peter’s reaction to seeing Jesus transfigured was to do something, build something.…

Book Review ~ Before I Wake

Before I Wake by Robert J. WiersemaMy Reviewrating: 3 of 5 stars I enjoyed this novel. It was chosen as part of a book club I am in and I…

Finance Friday ~ Effected by The Recession

This recession is starting to effect my home daycare business. There is such a slow-down for clients. I suppose this is because of lay-offs and people being home with their…

The Definition of “What I Did All Day With The Kids”

Thank you to Carolyn for saying it how it is. It sure made my day to realise what it is exactly that eats the time up each day when at…

A Hershey’s bar always soothes me when I’m stressed

weird hershey’s bar by jelene Chocolate and almonds always help to smooth things out.

Toss It Thursday

I stumbled across Smead Organomics after a great post from I’m An Organizing Junkie. As the “junkie” summarizes in her post (hey, why reinvent the wheel!), Smead Organomics will provide…

Workin Out Wednesday ~ Weight Watchers

Last week was a bust. I did go out to dinner on Saturday night with my husband (an all you can eat Chinese buffet!) and we discussed, after acknowledging the…

Liverpool Street Subway Station

Thanks to my Mom for forwarding me this cool video. This was shot at the Liverpool Street Subway Station in London on January 15, 2009. Only the dancers knew what…

Toddler Tuesday

Themes of the week were easy when the oldest didn’t quite “get it”. I would set themes weekly and I would order books and videos from the library and pick…

Menu Plan Monday

Morning SnackCrackersFruitWater LunchLeftovers Bread & ButterSliced Grapes2% Milk Grilled Cheese & Ham SandwichesYogurt Apple Slices2% Milk Deli MeatCheeseBagelPears2% Milk Peanut Butter & Honey SandwichYogurt Applesauce2% Milk Chicken Hot DogsGreen BeansBanana2%…

They’re Back!

The kids are back from a nice mini-vacation at Mama and Papa’s (my parents). It was a surprise to all of us as Ava (3 years old) was talking to…

Soaring Spirit Sunday

The Catholic season of Lent is upon us. At AmericanCatholic.org they have come up with a day-by-day through lent exercise of fasting from our clutter. I love it and so…

Story Saturday

Since I love to read I thought this would be a great place to share reviews on books I’ve recently read and updates on what I am currently reading. For…

Finance Friday

I set Friday’s to file papers in the office and pay bills that have come up through the week. I am also working towards becoming more knowledgeable of personal finances,…

Toss It Thursday

It’s overwhelming all the “stuff” in the house. I sat down with my calendar one day and decided I needed to break it down into manageable chunks. I took one…

Workin Out Wednesday

Here I thought I was being an original and, after the famous “Google” search again, I found that someone has already started a Workin Out Wednesday program. So of course…

Toddler Tuesday

I had a ton of ideas for my first Toddler Tuesday and wouldn’t you know it but Ava is sitting here bossing me and distracting me with “I’m talking to…

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

Thank you to Beth at My Simpler Life for inspiring this reflective post and to Peggy at The Simple Woman’s Daybook for creating such a great journal idea. Outside my…

Menu Plan Monday

I’m joining the Monday Menu Plan bandwagon. The menu below is what I use for my home day care as well as our personal menu for dinners. Enjoy! Morning SnackCrackers…

Soaring Spirit Sunday

Googling is a wonderful thing. I just checked out ideas for moms to renew their spirit and this is what the wonderful iVillage had to say … Take a Break:…

Blog Themes

I have previously mentioned that I thought it would be an interesting idea to determine “themes” for the day of the week to ensure that I’m getting regular postings or…

Foiled by the Gym Schedule

All weekend I have been waiting to go to the gym. The children are too tired, they are hungry, they are asleep (and so am I) – sigh. Finally, after…

Saturday Night

It’s Saturday night and what are YOU doing? Probably not rejigging your blog layout!! The kids are asleep and I’m almost asleep also. I was reading Jenn’s blog and saw…

Blogging Inconsistency

Some days I have so much to say and then others I’m starving for sleep. Does anyone else who has a blog feel this way? I really WANT to post…

Marketing to Moms Online

Thanks to Gem for forwarding this interesting article about Marketing to Moms Online. Although I am not marketing, it was interesting to hear about the terms and the accurateness of…

Feeling The Load Lift

After years (quite literally) of hanging on to brand new, unread and unloved books that were no longer wanted by consignment book stores, me or the library, I finally bit…

Travis’s First Birthday

I tried to post this slide show using the feature under “layout” on Blogger but I couldn’t seem to figure it out. Anyone know how to work it? Enjoy Travis’s…

Cleaning Undone – An Ava Story

Yesterday I cleaned the bathroom during nap time. I did the baseboards, cleaned the window and the screen and of course the sink and toilet. This is probably too much…

The Basement

I got the basement really on a roll and now hubby and I have a “plan” for getting rid of stuff. I have tons of items on Kijiji. No kitchen…

The Gifts in My Life

Here is another one from Beth over at My Simpler Life. I’ve obviously customized this to the gifts of my life but I want to credit her with the original…

What to Dwell On

Thanks to Beth at My Simpler Life for this inspiring quote. Very timely considering yesterday’s post! “Don’t dwell on what you lack; dwell on what you have and use it…

I’m an Organizing Addict

I’ve decided that I MUST get this house decluttered. I am drowning in it. I have almost the whole upstairs done with Ava’s bedroom to finish and only in Travis’s…

A Birthday Note to Travis James

Happy first birthday to you, my darling Travis. One year ago today you were already one hour old. This year has swiftly passed and you have become quite the little…

Being Still

Thanks to Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie for sharing this post. It reminds me why I stay home with the kids instead of working out of the home. It…

2009 Goals

Thanks to Niki at Free 2 Be Frugal for inspiring me to set my 2009 goals and post them. Health Goals Lose 15 pounds Exercise 2-3 times a week Drink…

Comments on Posts

I wanted to thank guests for posting comments. It makes me feel great about doing the posts and motivates me to keep the blog going. Some days or months are…

Teeth Whitening

I’m trying the Aquafresh pack of pre-formed dentist-like teeth whiteners. It seems when I have a baby my teeth get a little yellowed. I’m on day two and I notice…

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

The Daily Plate

My sister-in-law, Caralin, and I have decided to join forces to lose weight together. We signed up at The Daily Plate to keep up on track both personally and to…

The Blanket

I started to crochet a blanket for a girlfriend who is having a baby in the new year. Ava saw me working on it and told me, “Mommy make that…

Gel Nails

I have been washing my hands so many times per day that my nails are brittle and my hands are so dry. I decided to get a set of gel…

The Swimming Turd

Ava is sitting on the potty going poop. She lifts up a butt cheek and shouts, “Look Daddy! It’s swimming!!” My husband couldn’t talk for two full minutes due to…

Christmas Gifts

I have wrapped a majority of the gifts we have, determined what we still need and what I need to do. I’m tired just thinking that there is still much…

Weight Struggles

I think I had mentioned I had lost all of the baby weight from Travis within 2 months after his birth. Now on medication I feel I have packed on…

Organized Christmas Update

The holidays are fast approaching and my to do list, I am pleased to say, is shrinking. I am supposed to have printed and mailed Christmas cards (or in our…

Peeling Oranges

At my parents house a few weekends ago, Ava was trying to peel a clementine. She was getting such small pieces that it was hardly worth the effort and the…

What The Heck?!

I am standing at the stove top preparing dinner. Young Ava comes up to me with innocent wide-eyes and asks “What the heck you doin’, Mommy?”. Pardon me?! It took…

The Cookie Exchange

I am feeling rather ambitious this holiday season. I joined a cookie exchange where we were to bake 30 DOZEN cookies. Yep, me the non-chef, non-baker to make 30 DOZEN…

Christmas Tree

Last Christmas we did not put up a tree because I was ready to burst from pregnancy and I had a 20 month old plus two one-year olds. I was…

Travis Update

Travis (10+ months) has done it. He crawls up the entire flight of stairs unassisted. It is amazing his speed for the stairs when we forget or haven’t had a…

Computer Virus

I think I should be banned from downloading or uploading or whatever the heck it is called. I seem to attract viruses to the computer. My husband (a “techie”) just…

NoBloPoMo – Attempt #2

I am going to make every effort to blog every day this month through the NoBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). The theme is “thanks” and I certainly have a ton…

Budgeting

I did it. Yesterday I set a 5-year plan to pay off student loans. I’m sick of them and I just want them done with! I know a lot can…

The Crockpot Lady

Have you heard about The Crockpot Lady? Thanks to Jen S. for passing this along to me. Crock pot Lady claims she has an “unnatural obsession with her crock pot”…

Canadian FICO Report

I’m being financially responsible by taking pro-active steps to learning about personal finances and important documents or steps I need to put into place to secure our family and plan…

What Do You Think …

My family is sleeping soundly upstairs (the two kiddies and hubby). I am in the basement on our computer printing and catching up on commitments I have made but was…

Christmas Planner

I found a fantastic site called Organized Christmas that really is simplifying things for me. You don’t have to think – just print their templates and to dos by week…

Let Us Remember

I am embarrassed to admit that I don’t know much about my grandparents and their experiences with war. I am lucky enough to have all four of my grandparents still…

Being Mindful

I love this post from My Simpler Life and so I have recycled this post (with some edits) for both myself and my readers to remember.~Stop what you are doing…

Organizing Batteries

I love reading about how to organize and save money. Today on I’m an Organizing Junkie there is a fantastic post on how to organize batteries. With kids we have…

House Cleaning Update

The Master Bathroom is D-O-N-E! Even the blinds have been dusted and inside plus outside windows. I tidied under the sinks and the drawers and it is FANTASTIC. I even…

Where’d That Diaper Come From??

Last week Ava came home from her “school” without a diaper. I only noticed when I put her in the high chair. This is most strange as she generally gets…

NaBloPoMo

I was reading on Cynthia’s blog that it is National Blog Posting Month. So far I am a bit behind in my postings but I’m desperately attempting to do this…

Escape from the High Chair

Today I got all five kids into the chairs for lunch and they were eating quietly while I had to look up a recipe to make their lunch on the…

Slimfast

I was going to write every day this month. So far I’m a little off course but I’ll try to get back on it. I have about 10 pounds that…

Who’s Your Celebrity Style Sister?

Your Celebrity Style Twin is Jessica Simpson Flirty, feminine, and fun. Who’s” Your Celebrity Style Sister?

What is Your Blogging Type?

Thanks Cynthia for posting about this fun quiz. I’d say it’s pretty accurate! Your Blogging Type is Artistic and Passionate You see your blog as the ultimate personal expression –…

Am I The Only One … RANT

Am I the only one in this house who sees the mess and dirt? I feel like I am constantly picking up toys, cleaning the high chairs, gathering laundry, hanging…

I Have A Plan … Really!

I finally sat down with my calendar and decided on rooms to declutter and thoroughly clean. I broke it down into really manageable chunks – one per week. It may…

Catching Up with Elizabeth

How can it be almost a month ago since I have posted? It seems just the other day that I sat down to write. I went through a bad spell…

Falling Behind

I don’t know what my problem is … I seem to get everything organized and then I suppose I coast and within a half-day the house is cluttered again. I…

Organizing My Home

I finally got to clear the hallway and organize things into their proper homes. The pile of items to sell is not huge as I thought it might be and…

Travis and the Fan

Travis is developing quite the personality. At eight months old he is becoming determined and focused. At dinner last night he insisted on rubbing his eyes with the sole of…

Smart Cookies: Women and Money Network Group

Oprah has a smart cookie money investment program where she encourages women to meet and become more knowledgeable about personal finances and investment or other financial options. I am in…

List & Template Addiction

In organizing my home and the many projects I involve myself in and with, I’ve taken to making lists – or, more recently, using the web and Microsoft templates from…

The Pink Notebook

Before bed is the quiet time of day where my mind unleashes all sorts of brilliant musings I’ve suppressed or unconsciously developed throughout the day. Some of the compositions seem…

Saturday Night

I wrote this on Saturday night … It’s 9:30PM and I’m in bed writing this topic with pen and paper as I wait for the Infant Advil to kick in…

Psychologist Head Game?

Today I completed some 300 or so questions my psychologist asked me to answer for our next session. I think it is supposed to give her an idea about my…

Getting Married Before God

Scott and I have been married since August 28, 2004. We had a civil ceremony in a garden at a golf & country club in Thornhill partly because I wanted…

Painting & Not Listening

Today, after having worked out three quotes from professional painters, I finally booked our job to be done the last weekend of September. Yes! (this picture seems to be how…

Movie Review ~ “Billy Elliot”

This movie was very fun also. A little hard to understand the accents but it was about a young boy who would prefer to take ballet lessons than boxing lessons…

Movie Review ~”Flicka”

My son Travis (7 months old) and I just finished watching Flicka. It was a really sweet story of a girl who is passionate about horses. Her family has a…

Painting The House

We are in the midst of getting quotes to paint the house. It’s open concept and so very gray-based taupe. I’ve had three painters in and I hope we get…

90210

I am always leery of “update” shows but this one wasn’t half bad – especially considering I am not in high school any more. Yes, I can relate to the…

The Recycling Guy

The kids love to look at trucks and machines. The recycling truck was in front today so they all ran to the window to look at it. It stayed in…

Birthday Wishes

Today I have been feeling pretty blue. It just hit me that it would have been my (deceased) brother’s 31st birthday today. He was only 19 years old for 11…

Decorating Dilemmas

I am having a lot of anxiety with this decorating project we have decided to undertake. We did the laundry room a lime green (see picture above) which is great…

My Glamour Shoot

My sister-in-law, Caralin Ruth, took these photos of me. I was really impressed with the results – and the shoot was so much fun! Too bad Ava puked just before…

Laptop Update

My husband is awesome. He was able to fix my laptop with all files in tact (thank goodness!). He also got me a keyboard so I don’t have to scrunch…

My Laptop, Oh My Laptop!

Ack! My laptop is not working. Windows XP is having some sort of system start-up issue (this is non-tech talk from a non-tech gal, in case you didn’t notice). I…

Laundry Room Renovation

This weekend is the painting and re-organizing of the laundry room. Dear Husband doesn’t think it’s a priority but, his own theory put back to him, it is a domino…

Catching Up to Technology

Now that I’ve gotten into the blog thing I figure my next step is to understand my cellular phone which can text, take photos, use the internet and probably a…

My Birthday

Today is my 33rd birthday. I babysat five kids (including my two), catered to their every need, raced to the Drivers Motor Vehicle place to renew my license and plate…

Bed & Nap Time with Ava

I know I’ve written about this before but this sleep stuff is starting to really bother me. It’s been 2.5 years of no consistent sleep for any of us. I…

Facebook Nostalgia

Facebook has brought me together with a lot of people who I knew at different stages in my life. I really enjoy this social network because I don’t need to…

Overwhelmed In The House

It’s Sunday morning, just after 11AM. Yesterday I got a huge amount accomplished errand-wise and in the house (I dusted, put a lot of stuff away that hasn’t been done…

Riverview Park & Zoo

We had a great trip to the Riverview Park in Peterborough while visiting the maternal grandparent’s cottage. We didn’t even know it existed until this trip! Kids really make you…

Travis’s New Teeth

While on vacation Travis got two new teeth on his bottom. The first week one popped out for the maternal grandparents and then the second week he got his second…

Modern Menus

I found another site that is completely free. I have done two of their menus with items I didn’t think I would like but they were both delicious meals! I’m…

Just A Mom?

I received this email as a forward and I thought it was SO pertinent to what I have been thinking about how being a “mom” is not as accepted socially…