Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Find

Hey You Guys Goonies Women's Dark T-Shirt

This one might not mean anything to some, depending on your age but I came across this online and had to share, it totally made me smile. When I read it, I can hear the character saying it and it brings back great childhood memories of watching this movie, many times. If you can tell me what movie this is from, I might  have a prize for you. Okay, I don't have a prize for you but I will be super impressed!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Things I learned last week

~Trying to write a blog post using a tablet takes me way longer than I care to admit.

~Wishes still are not washing my dishes.

~Not getting an oil change for like 8 months may be the reason ones check engine light to come on. Or maybe not.

~The baby bird that left the nest just a week ago might actually miss us already. (He came for a visit and stayed for almost 36 hours!).

~Further to my last realization, there really is no place like home.

~I will never hear my Grampa tell the his story of the cat that ran out of gas again.If I could just hear him tell it just one more time...In loving memory of one of the funniest, sweetest people I have ever known, my Grampa- Dec 11, 1925~Nov 10th, 2012.

~It really could take me a good part of 2 days to sort through years of pictures and finally put them in albums. Yes, I did it....FINALLY!

~Regardless of how it feel sometimes, we are not given more than we can handle.

Monday, November 26, 2012

A quick shout out for Google!

Happy Monday!
I just wanted to send a quick shout out to Google (Canada) for the pic I saw on the homepage browser page thing this morning! It's Mr.Dress up, yay! If you didn't read my post on my love for Mr.Dress-up you can read it here.

Hats off to you for the fabulous choice in graphics today!

Ahhhh... Mr Dress-up, Casey, Finnegan and the tickle trunk. Back in the day when "tickle trunk" wasn't a dirty term. I miss those days!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Find

This weeks Friday find is a recipe. I didn't actually "find" it myself. It was given to me by a co-worker. But, if we want to get technical I did find it...she left me a printed copy of the recipe on my desk and I "found" it on my keyboard when I go into work the other day. So there you go, I did find it!
I wanted to share it with you because if you bake a lot like I do (but even if you only do it occasionally), the quality of your vanilla does make a difference. Real, pure vanilla is waaayyy better than the artificial stuff you can buy! And this so easy and will keep forever!


The best brand of vanilla extract-your own!

-To make vanilla extract, split a fresh vanilla bean or two (usually can be found in your local grocery store baking isle) lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
-Place the seeds and the split pod in a sealable container
-Add 3/4 cup hot vodka (you can just warm it up on in the microwave if you want and any brand will do, it doesn't have to be the expensive stuff).
-Let the mixture cool to room temperature for one week, Shaking gently everyday.
-Strain the extract if desired and store in a cool dark place (a cupboard).

This extract should keep indefinitely.

*my co-worker started off using only one bean and by the end of the week had added 3 more as she likes strong vanilla. You can play around with this as well, and make it as strong as you like.*

I started my batch with 4 beans as I know I like strong vanilla!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

10 day you challenge

Happy Thursday (and Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!) And as it is Thursday it's time for this weeks challenge form the 10 day you challenge.

2 songs...
I really had to think about this and my two picks are:

1) Imagine by John Lennon- Lennon was a unique man and this song really grabs me, EVERY TIME I hear it. it is very powerful for me.
2) Always on my mind by Elvis-  I am not gonna lie, I love Elvis. Not so common for someone my age. I was only a wee toddler when he died but I grew up with his music playing in our house often (thanks Mom! No really, thanks-I loved it!). And this song has been one of my favourites since I can remember! It's kind of sad though!

I have to add in an honourable mention, and this one is just for fun...

Yoko Ono by The Bare Naked Ladies. (Never realized it until right this second but 2 of my picks are John Lennon related. Weird). I sing this at the top of my lungs whenever it plays. It's just a fun song for me. There is also a line it that I just love and try to live by (live by words from The Bare Naked Ladies...but of course!). "If there is someone you can live without, then do so. If there is someone you can just shove out, then do so!". I love it! If you can, if it's possible- get rid of the rif raf in your life, the people that bring you down, then do it!

So I pass on the challenge... can you name your top 2 songs or even your top 3?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Just a giggle for hump day

This was sent to me in an email this morning. Every time I look at it I giggle. The look on his face is priceless! To the parents of this baby I have to say that you have one adorable child!

And that's all I have for today...

But a giggle is always good right?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Things I learned last week

~ If I leave the carved pumpkins on the front step and all the Halloween decorations up long enough, my Husband will actually clean it all up. (Apparently mushy, 2 1/2 week old pumpkins bother him. huh. I walked by them everyday and still couldn't bother my arse to take them to the garbage can. Yes, it was one of those kind of weeks (again).

~ I will never be caught up on laundry. I need to accept this move on.

~There is nothing better than a nice surprise dinner out with a couple fantastic ladies on a Friday night.

 ~Sometimes you really do just have to let the baby bird leave the nest. It doesn't mean you don't love the baby bird with all your being (and your baby bird might come back, and be a little wiser, a little stronger and more appreciative? Maybe?).

 ~There is only like 5 weeks until Christmas. Enough said.

 ~Every dog in my neighborhood stops to pee on the light post that is on the edge of my yard. Every. freakin. dog. in. the. neighborhood.

~I suck at hanging outdoor Christmas lights. I should not be allowed to do it. And my husband has every right to smile and shake his head when I try to do it. I am a gong show when trying to do this, it's true.

~My husband is way more patient then I ever give him credit for.

~Regardless of how it feel sometimes, we are not given more than we can handle.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Vomit, Gynecological Wipes and My # 1 fan

From time to time, my #1 fan pops in to read my blog. I have to be honest, I know who my number # 1 fan is. And we have had some really fun adventures together! My #1 fan popped in a while back and eluded to some funny times we have shared. I was just sitting here thinking about the time...

We were driving, it was night and it was dark. I am in the passenger seat and my #1 fan is driving. We have two male passengers in the back seat that we are agreed to drive home although I have to be honest, we did not know them. They just happen to be leaving the same place we were and needed a ride (thinking back, bad idea on so many levels-oh yeah). There was some normal chit chat for a while and then it got pretty quiet in the back seat. It was dark in the car and we couldn't see much of what was going on in the back but didn't really think there was anything odd going on. We arrive to the location these male passengers wanted to be dropped off at. The guys jump out and it was a very quick good bye. It was then we realized the reason it got quiet in the backseat. It smelled bad. It was on the floor. Quite a lot of it actually. One of these guys had thrown up in the back seat. Yeah, the bugger really did. And said nothing. And they both ran out of the car faster than bats out of you know where. Apparently he had a bit too much too drink. Who would have thought a young man probably around 20 yrs old out after midnight on a Saturday night might have been drinking and too much at that? That would be odd, right?

The panic. The nastiness. The horror. What do we do? It's all over the floor in the backseat. We have no paper towels, nothing really to clean it up with. And then, I remember. In my purse I have some wipes! I had been to the doctor that morning and I always take the wipes they leave in the bathroom. You know the wipes you use to clean your hoo ha before you pee into the cup. Gynecological wipes. Yes, I take them from my doctors office bathroom.  A girl never knows when she might need to freshen up. Ha, no really I take a few now and then because I like free stuff. Don't judge me. I am not a clepto. Geez it's just a few wipes. Like I am the only one to put a few in her purse now and then (you know who you are!). On with the story. I present the wipes to my #1 fan. And this is what I love about my #1 fan. I don't think there was a pause, a skipped beat or question why I had them. My #1 fan knows me all to well, and could probably guess exactly why I had them. We clean up the vomit with the wipes and guess what? She also has some perfume in the car. Yay! We spray the wet spots with the Hugo boss perfume and voila! Problem solved. Strange boy vomit taken care of and under control. And let me tell you, there is nothing better than the smell of a recently vomited in car that has just been cleaned with Gyno wipes and Hugo Boss for her perfume. Awesome.

I am pretty sure we just hopped back in the car, had a good laugh and carried on home.

No big deal. Just another night for me and my # 1 fan.

Now this has me thinking of the another night that involved my #1 fan and I sitting for hours in the car. In the back of a dark parking lot in the wee hours of morning stalking waiting a boy she fancied at the time...

Oh to be young again...

Or maybe not.

Cheers to my #1 fan and to all the adventures we have yet to experience together, but no doubt in my mind we will! I love ya, you crazy nut!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Find

Hello beautiful necklace, I wish you were mine!


This Friday Find is the knotted necklace by Silpada Designs.
Silpada designs offer a fabulous line of high quality Sterling silver jewelry  You can order online or host a Silpada home party and receive great bonuses for the sales made at your home party. I have attended 2 Silpada home parties in the past week and have lovingly gazed and admired this necklace each time. One day, when the time is right and all the stars line up (and the bank account is a little fuller!), it will be mine!!!!
Take a look at the entire Silpada line and hey maybe place an online order here . Once you see this stuff, I know you will find a favourite as well!

On a side note, although I have not yet made this necklace mine, I did order these earrings:

Silpada Hailstone earrings, pretty right?  

Now, go! Check out Silpada and let me know what your Friday find is from their catalogue! I hope to add a few more pieces of the Silpada jewelry along with my coveted Knotted necklace. Help me pick a few more items for my wish list!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

10 day you challenge~3 films

10 day you challenge~3 films

Thursday is here and it's time for another challenge for the 10 day you challenge! This week it's 3 films.
I am a little all over the map in my taste in movies but there are a few that I would say have stayed with me.
Here are my picks:

1) Pay it forward- I normally stay away from movies that might make me cry because  I really don't like to cry but I just happen to turn on the TV one day and it was just starting. I saw that one of the main characters was Helen Hunt and I really like her so I watched it. The ending caught me totally off guard and I cried...a full blown ugly cry which I rarely do. This movie really had an impact on me, with a title like that, of course right?
2)  Shrek-the first one. This movie just makes me laugh. My kids and I watched this together oh so many years ago and it brings back really good memories when I see it or think about it. Good memories of good times spent with my kids.And it really is just a funny movie!
3) Pretty woman-yup, it`s a classic and I have to have it on my list. I have seen this movie at least 15 times. I will probably watch it even more times through out my life. I am not a romantic person but I do like this movie. Come on with lines like "50 bucks Grandpa, for 75 your wife can watch", how can you not love it!

Sometimes a movie can be a favourite because of who you watched it with, because of the message or just because it made you laugh or cry. Do you have one that totally stands out for you?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What would you do?

So here’s the situation,

You’re at the office and it’s a little later than you would usually stay. Most of the office has gone home all ready, there are a just a few of you left. You leave your desk to go and get a cup of coffee. When you come back to your desk there’s a sealed envelope on your chair. That’s weird you think to yourself, where did that come from? You look around and there is no-one in sight. You sit down and open the envelope slowly, kind of freaked out at this point. Inside the envelope is one crisp sheet of paper folded in half. You slide the sheet of paper out and unfold it. It has one line of type right in the middle of the paper. It reads… “Meet me in the stairwell”.

What would you do? Would you go?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Things I learned last week

Just a snippet of what I learned last week...

~It will never fail that as soon as I clean a toilet in my home, someone will come along and leave in a skid mark in it within minutes (and no, it’s never me that does it btw!)

~It's true. The men in my house do try to just wash the skid mark off with their pee stream. All three of them admitted this is their effort to clean it up.. words fail me. Let's move on.

~trying to sneak fruits and veggies into our meals without it being detected only works on my youngest son; the others detected it and rejected it. Fail.

~Even when you know the death of loved one is coming, it still hurts like crazy when the day actually comes.

~I am old. I got a new vacuum and am totally excited to use it. I got it, put it together right away and vacuumed like a little kid playing with their new toy on Christmas day. Old and lame, yup that’s me.

~No matter how hard I try, my basement storage room will have junk in it that I just don’t need but totally cannot part with. Of course I need all those baskets. They have been in that room, unused and totally dusty for years but I might one day miraculously become crafty and come up with an idea of what to use them for darn it!

~I am not a fan Kirstie Ally. Come on, the guy passed away. Why are you talking about it now, if it’s even true? Let his widow have her good memories. Have a little class.

~I think I have now officially seen every episode ever of The big bang theory at least twice.

~I have enough Christmas wrapping paper. Whenever I see it cheap (after Christmas) I Ioad up. I found over 25 rolls of it in my basement. Okay, I think that’s enough for now, jeez lady!

~Regardless of how it feels sometimes, we are not given more than we can handle.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Find

So here it is, this Friday find was found at Starbucks...

Starbucks eggnog lattes are here...yay!

I might be the last person on the planet to discover this lovely cup of delicious but in case I am not, I had to share. Not everybody loves eggnog, not everybody loves coffee but if you do (for the record, I don't love coffee but I love Starbucks lattes, yeah I know kinda weird)...treat yourself to one soon! They will be offered over the holiday season and if you end up loving it, that's not long enough! It is a nice, rich, tasty, makes you excited for Christmas cup of joy!

Every Friday I will ask the same question. Do you have any fabulous finds you can share? I would love to hear about them!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The 10 day you challenge~ 4 books

The challenge continues! This week is to list 4 books so here are my picks:

1) The five people you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom-The last person he meets, took my breath away, I wasn't expecting it to be that person. I love this book and this author.
2) Charlotte's Web by E.B White- I wasn't a fan of this book when I was a kid but I read it to both my boys when they were little (there are 7 years apart so I read it to them at different times) and I fell in love with it. It's a great story. And a perfect book to snuggle up with at bedtime and read with your kids!
3) Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews- It's been years since I read it but it had me enthralled. I finished in 2 days, I couldn't put it down. I whipped through the whole series actually.
4) The hundred secret senses by Amy Tan-I couldn't stop thinking about this book once I finished it. It got me a little teary and that doesn't happen very often! I don't know what it was about the book but it hit a nerve or something with me. A really good read.

What would be on your list of 4 faves? Join the challenge here or just leave me a comment and let me know a fave or two of yours. I am always looking for new books to read!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

You can't hate a rebate!!!


I know you are thinking, oh what she is going on about? But I really want to share with you a Canadian online shopping website that pays you Cash Back Rebates on online purchases. The website is called  ( US folks, I don't know if you can participate, it doesn't say you can't though, anywhere I looked).

Why join? You can continue to shop online or become an online shopper at many of your favourite merchants.  The expanding list of merchants includes: Dell, Expedia, Indigo, The Source, Travelocity, Sears,  Home Depot and The Shopping Channel. Toys R US and Old Navy.  Savings and rebates are only a few clicks away. is extremely easy to use. To get started, register by following the link below, shop as you currently do and your rebates will be automatically credited to your Cash Back Rebate account. also has many great coupons, free shipping specials, and sales directly from the stores.

As a bonus for registering will give you a Toonie!
That's right, $2.00 will automatically be deposited into your account to get you started, just
for registering.

It's super easy and if you are going to make the purchases anyways, why not get a little cash back each time??? Seriously, it's just that simple! And don't forget about sales they let you know about and money saving coupon codes you get by being a member.

Follow this link to get started!!!!

Happy Shopping and Saving!

P.S- And yes, there is a referral reward program. If you sign up through my referral, I do get a little bonus. The same goes for you, after you sign up, you can refer people as well and get a little reward as well! We all win, yay!!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

10 day you challenge

I am jumping in to the linky party a little late but I think it will be fun so I am joining anyway!

The 10 day you challenge hosted by bloglovetherapy. We move onto a new challenge each Thursday.

If you want to join, go here:

Come on, it'll be fun!

This challenge is the five foods challenge so here it goes. After a lot of thought, okay not so much. This one is pretty easy for me! They are in no particular order though.

1) Potato and cheddar perogies

2) Beef donairs

3) Pasta ( all kinds!)

4) Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

5) Guacamole

 And there have it, a little glimpse of my favourite foods.

Join the linky party or just let me know what some of your faves might remind me of other things I love and haven't had in a while or get me to try something new!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday finds

Most of the time I like shopping (okay, I am kind of known around these parts to always be shopping and looking for the latest score).  I have to admit however  I am pretty cheap frugal so it makes for interesting shopping at times.I shop a lot online and a fair share in stores as well. I am always on the look out for a good deal and always keeping my eye out for unique items.

Each Friday I will share with you a recent find.
We'll try it out anyways okay? Okay.

This week I started my online search for unique items for my kids for Christmas.
Shopping for my boys has become challenging. bigJ is now 19 and has a full time job that pays pretty well. Whatever he wants he buys for himself these days. His closet is overflowing with clothes, he obviously doesn't play with toys and any other thing he might be interested in that he hasn't already bought himself is way over our Christmas budget. LittleA is 12, barely plays with toys anymore, is on the fence about getting clothes as gifts and just want video games. I refuse to indulge the video game obsession any further. So this leads me to hours of searching for things that they will like and actually use without spending a tons of money or wasting any money either on stuff they will shove in a drawer and never look at again.

This week I found a little gadget for bigJ he might actually find cool (maybe, just maybe) and the price tag was not bad. It's a guitar pick punch. You can take old credit cards and gifts cards and such and use this punch to make guitar picks out of them.
It's unique if anything. I have never seen anything like it before. BigJ plays guitar so hopefully he can get a little use out of this. I think it's a neat little gift anyways that he can use for years to come. He seems to loose picks frequently so this should get some use!

You can get this item here

(there's lot's of neat stuff on this website actually!)

If you have any ideas of unique gifts my boys might like or just unique gift ideas in general pass them along, I would love to hear them!!!

Blog Hop!!!

I am blog hopping. And I am enjoying it.
Until 2 days ago I didn't even know what a blog hop was. And now, I am participating in my first one.
I am enjoying the diversity of blogs that it is opening up to me. As we all know, there are some fabulous bloggers out there,  We need to give them some love (in bloggyland, that's comments and follows)!
Wanna join the blog hop and get to know some other great bloggers? Join a weekly blog hop that the fabulous people at BlogLoveTherapy host

Happy Hopping!