Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday find

Since Easter is just two days away I thought I would post an easy Easter craft I came across on Pinterest (yes, I have been cruising around Pinterest...again! And yes, I should be doing housework).
I am attending an Easter dinner this year instead of hosting one like I usually do (which I am both excited and a little sad about) so I won't be full out decorating my table this year for dinner but I want to do this the next time I do host an Easter dinner!

It seems simple to do and I think it's a cute idea!

Carrot napkin holders
http://www.niftythriftythings.com
You can get the easy step by step instructions to do this here if you think you need them!


Happy Easter!!!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Why oh Why?


How did get to be Thursday already? Have I really not posted anything all week?



This week I found myself asking:
  • Why am I the only person in my house that replaces the toilet paper roll when it’s finished? It takes like 3 seconds to change it.
  • Why does everyone else in the house just grab a new one, leave the empty one on the holder and just put the new one on the floor beside the toilet?
  • Why have I never realized how much I love fresh pineapple? It’s insanely refreshing!
  • Why can’t I only spend a few minutes on Pinterest?
  • Why must it be so addicting?
  • Why do my car windows sometimes have a layer on frost on them in the morning when nobody else’s on my street does?
  • Why can’t a painting fairy come and finish painting the walls in my house (a project I started almost a year ago)?
  • Why does my husband still insist that peeing on a streaker left in the toilet should be considered cleaning on his part?
  • Why do I say sorry when someone else bumps into me?
  • Why do I carry so much random crap in my purse?
                              What did you find you were asking yourself this week?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday find

And it's Friday...and voila, a Friday find.

I am sharing another household tip with you this week. I have to admit when I came across this one, I immediately thought, this totally makes sense. How could I not have figured this out on my own? It's so simple and straight forward.

I have posted about my dislike for ironing (read it here, if you want). So coming across this tip was very welcome. The part I really dislike about ironing is trying to get in between the buttons on shirts. It's so finicky. So, when doing this...use a hair flat iron.

So simple. Maybe I am the last to discover this? Since my ironing knowledge is next to none, it very well could be that y'all have been doing this for years. But on the off chance that I am not the only one who never thought of this, I thought I would share it. Work smarter not harder right?

One day...I might iron a shirt and try it out...maybe one day.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Consciously female


Do you listen to your body? Do you take the time to actually think about what's it's telling you? I mean before it starts screaming at you and you can no longer ignore it?

I came across a book at a unplanned stop to the bookstore. I wasn't looking for this book or even one remotely like it. I wasn't even really there to look for any book. I just happened to be passing through the bookstore to get into the mall (no time for books, must hit Old Navy for cheap jeans!). But there it was on the shelf, just sitting there, calling to me. And I was drawn to it. I can't explain why.  I grabbed it and knew right away when I read the back of it, that I was led to this book and that I needed to read it.

The book is called Consciously female by Tracy Gaudet. It really opened my eyes to listening to my body and to my own mind. Sounds silly to me that I say that. But I think it's really important for women to admit that we sometimes ignore really big signs, and small ones too.


I am ovulating. As we speak in fact.  How's that for TMI? How do I know? Did I take an ovulation test? Nope. I listened to my body. I had this "achy" feeling in my "inside girl bits", not during my period but a little after after. It had been happening for over a year, only for a short time and then it would go away only to come back again the next month for a few days. I just happened to mention it to my doctor at my yearly check up visit.  He suggested that I was ovulating. Huh? Weird right? He did say, most women can't tell physically when they are ovulating and some women might but won't relate the two together. But I did notice and after some calculations we determined, that yes. That was it! I can feel it when I am ovulating. It's not an earth shattering diagnosis and this knowledge could have come in handy years ago but since KingK got the ol snip snip a few years back, it's pretty irrelevant information for us now but none the less. I noticed. I was conscious of something going on in my body.

I can't say I always pay attention to my body but I am really working on it. And the term is stuck in my brain. Consciously female. I need to be more conscious. We all do. Know your body. Know your cycle. It's crazy how connected our cycles are to other stuff in our bodies, not just menstruating and PMS. And most importantly pay attention when something is not normal in any aspect of your health.

 And it's not just women, men need to pay attention as well! We all need to pay attention. Small things can lead to bigger issues. Our bodies are amazing things and they do tell us when they are not right. We just need to pay attention! We are all guilty of brushing stuff off, especially when it comes to our bodies and our health.

And check out the book as well if you ever get the chance. It's got some really good information for us ladies.

Cheers, to you and to your health!


* was not compensated in any way for my mention of this book or the author. It is purely my own opinion*







Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What if?







I have never lived alone. I am sure this is true for a lot of people.  When I got my first apartment  at the age of 18, BigJ was a baby and of course he was with me.  And from then on, our family has grown and our house has filled up a bit. After a few years of  us dating, KingK moved in. A few years later LittleA arrived. There is and always has been lot's of things going on in our house and I do love it and wouldn't wish it away at all but it's human nature to wonder and I wonder, what if...  I lived alone?

What is it like to come home and have it be exactly the way it was when you left? To have all the same the food in the fridge still be there when you get home? To not step in the shower and be stabbed in the bottom of my foot by a clipped toe nail someone else left in the bathtub (who leaves toe nail clippings in the tub? KingK sure heard about this one, that's nasty man!). To watch whatever I want on TV, whenever I want. To eat a whole pan of brownies in one night and nobody there to rat me out or whine that they didn't get any (this may or may not have happened in our house).

What's it like to be the only one making messes in the house? Would I still get a little crabby when cleaning if the mess was totally all mine? Yeah, I get crabby sometimes when cleaning...especially skid marks in the toilet...life with a house of boys...insert gag like sound here.

Would I even really clean, the way I need to now? I always imagine that people who live alone must have really clean houses.  I mean how much mess can one person make? Would I even bother cooking meals or just eat popcorn or chips and dip for dinner? Would I walk around in nothing but a t shirt and underwear a lot?

I am not saying I am going to runaway and get a place of my own, not at all. I am where I am supposed to be and I love where I am. It's not a case of "the grass is always greener". I like the grass I have, it's plenty green for me. I just wonder, what it's like? As much as I like my life I have to ask, what's life like without nasty toenail clippings stabbing you and a toilet with no tar like skid marks plastered in it ? And hey, if they are your own skids or toe nails well than all the power to you, that's your own business right?

Do you live alone? What's your favorite part of having the place to yourself? Have you never lived alone but wished you had, even for a  just a little while? And the big question...how much mess can one person actually make????  I am guessing, I might be surprised at how much mess one person can actually make?


Monday, March 18, 2013

A little of this and a little of that...

It's Monday...and my minds a little muddled. I can't say for sure if I am actually fully functioning...yet.
 
 I am a little grumpy today, honestly. I have no reason to be, really. I just am a little growly. It will pass, probably after I get some food in me. I always feel better when my belly is full.
 
So...until then, I might rant a wee bit.
I am working on geting the extra white box around my pics out there...it's driving me nuts. Bear with me!
 
 
 
My good friend T got some tickets for Friday's hockey game and invited me to be her hot date for the evening. I love going to hockey games with T, we have so much fun! The tickets were 2nd row from the ice, so they were good seats. This is an NHL game as well (Go Flames Go!) that probably isn't relevant but anyways...
T and I go to the games to actually watch them. We actually know about the sport, know our players and really get into it. Here's where my rant comes in...
 We are there to actually watch the game.To all those people taking up seats in the arena that aren't really there to watch the game, it annoys T and I that you wouldn't believe. We were lucky to have such good seats. And so were the people around us. And yet, the people behind us, the people in front of us...talked and texted through the whole game. My guess is they maybe saw 1/4 of the game, and that might be pushing it. What a waste of good seats. Almost all of the games in this arena are sold out ( Canadians love hockey!) so tickets can sometimes be hard to get. And here we have jerks like that who clearly have no interest in the game taking up seats. And yeah, maybe they paid for the tickets but there are so many fans out there that would appreciate the seats so much more.
Anyways, that's the end of my rant. Okay, almost. To those women who show up at sports events like that in spiked heels, loads of make up and boobs hanging out...could you maybe just hang out at the sports bars and what not instead? The guys you are trying to snag will most likely end up at the bars after the game anyways. Sporting events should be for sports fans. Spiked heels and  tight pants belong at bars, no?
Okay, really done the rant now.
Sorry about that.
And a huge thanks to T for bringing me as her date for the game again, as always, it was a blast!
 
Here's hoping the rest of my day is full sunshine and bubbles!!!
 
 
 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Aloha Friday Blog Hop





I'm blog hopping this weekend.There are over 400 bloggers in this hop...come in join us and meet some fabulous bloggers!! Just click on the Aloha  Blog Hop button on my sidebar and get hopping!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday find



I recently became a Scensty consultant. I love trying new fragrances in my Scentsy warmer.
If you have no idea what Scentsy is click here for the link to check it out. The warmers you can choose from will fit almost any decor and the fragrance waxes are amazing! They are a fabulous, safer option to burning wick candles in your home.



This weeks Friday find is a Scentsy fragrance I have come to love. I have the fragrance called "Welcome home" in my warmer right now. When I walk into my house, this fragrance really does make me feel welcome with a very subtle hint of spice and a lot of  warmth.The fragrance just fills the air and you can smell it throughout the main level of the house where my warmer is. It's such a calming scent for me, I am in love with it! It really does make you feel welcome!


Do you have a Scentsy warmer? Do you have a favorite Scentsy fragrance? I am still trying them out so I am totally interested in your faves so I can try them!





Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't

I was reading in the paper this morning that our province’s soccer association is considering removing scoring from the soccer games of children under the age of 12. After this announcement the paper took a poll of its readers and 75% of its readers were against this idea.

I am a firm believer that in life, sometimes you win and sometimes you loose. And as tough as that may be sometimes, that is how it goes. We can’t always win. I don’t think we are doing our children any favours by sheltering them from this reality. Eventually, they are going to experience it, in school, in the workplace and in relationships. I am alright with putting less emphasis on it in the really young years and I by no means agree with screaming at your child to win, win win but I do think it’s a reality they need to deal with, loss or win.

 
I am reminded of an article I read a while back that I printed out and keep meaning to put on my fridge for my kids to read:

 
(I love this list!)

 
11 Rules You Will Never Learn in School by Bill Gates

Rule 1: Life is not fair, get used to it

Rule 2
: The world does not care about your self esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.


Rule 3: You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school, you won’t be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not below your dignity. Your grand parents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine from your mistakes learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way by paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winner and losers but life has not. In some schools, they have abolished falling grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is not real life, in real life people have to leave a coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds, chances are you’ll end up working for one.

 
What do you think, scoring or no scoring for aged 12 and under? And as for Bill's points of wisdom? Does one really stand out for you?

 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Find



It's Friday!
This Friday find is by recommendation of LittleA. I bought him a new kind of cereal and he is loving it. The other day he says to me " this cereal should be your Friday find this week." He's so supportive of my blogging efforts!
This ones for you LittleA!







LittleA was getting tired of cereal for breakfast until I bought this one. I think he ate it pretty much every morning this week. I asked him what he likes about it.  He told me, it has just the right amount of sweetness, the grains taste good and the bits of Greek yogurt are so yummy. He is lactose intolerant so I wasn't sure about the yogurt bits but they are small enough that it doesn't seem to bother him. He ate it with his lactose free milk and loved it but also tried it with the vanilla almond milk we recently started buying as well and said it was even better with the almond milk. So I guess I scored grabbing this cereal (and a big reason on why I did was because LittleA found a coupon for it and we are all about the coupons!). I didn't even get to try any, it's all gone!

I guess we actually have a 2 part Friday find...

I recently bought some of this almond milk as well for LittleA as he had heard it was really good (and was bugging me to buy it). I had my doubts that it would be good. It doesn't sound good to me and we tried soy milk in the past it was not so good. I normally just buy lactose free milk for him which to us, tastes just like normal milk. It's still cow milk, just with the lactose removed ( I still don't get how they do that?). He loves this almond milk...another score! I honestly thought this milk would be awful. It's not!!!! It also has less fat and less calories than regular milk and also has fiber in it which regular milk does not. It also has the same amount of calcium as regular 2% milk. It doesn't have any vitamin D in it though but he takes a vitamin D supplement everyday anyways (our whole family does-gotta have your sunshine vitamin especially during our long Canadian winters!). It does not have to be refrigerated either until you open it as well so when I noticed it on sale the other day, I was able to stock up. Less trips to the store to grab milk, which it felt like I was doing every other day!


So there you have it. This Friday find brought to you by request and recommendation of LittleA.

And hey, if you have an finds to share with me, let me know! I am always on the look out for new products to try!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The good ol days

I have been remembering my childhood a lot lately.  And thinking about the things I loved back when I was a kid. And I have to say, I really loved my lunch box. I was so proud of it. I can still even remember the smell of it. I remember the clunking sound the thermos made as I ran to the bus stop (always running late, that's me- even back then) I remember how happy I was to finally have a thermos in my lunch like everyone else.  I loved that my thermos had a special spot in the top of the lunch box and that it snapped securely in place and didn't squish my peanut butter and honey sandwich (which is what my Mom gave my Brother and I for a sandwich, everyday. Yes, everyday until she stopped making lunches for us I am pretty sure). I just loved everything about it (my lunch box, not the sandwich!). Looking back at it, it was actually really cumbersome. It didn't even fit in my school bag so I always had to carry it separately. But everyone had the same type lunch box, just different characters on the front.  I can't remember what my brother had, I wonder if he even remembers. Perhaps he has forgotten. Maybe he didn't love his lunch box as much I as loved mine. I know, why wouldn't he right? What is more exciting than a fabulous lunch box???

I was even able to find a picture of it, thanks to the wonderful Internet!


Totally awesome right?


Cabbage Patch Kids! Yay! I was all about the Cabbage patch kids!

I had 2 of the dolls as well...






 This was my first one. She was a gift  from my Uncle.  I almost peed my pants when I opened her up on Christmas morning , I was so excited! She came to me named Freida Cynthia. Upon my official adoption of her, I changed her name to Jody Cindy.



And a year later along came my preemie baby. A gift from my parents. I can't remember what her first name was originally but I kept her middle name and changed her first name. Her name became Nikki Jobina once adopted by me.


Oh I how I loved my Cabbage Patch Kids. I had all the Cabbage Patch gear as well. I had a stroller for them, a playpen, my Grampa made me a cradle for them ( I sooo wish I still had that item!!!)  I had feeding chairs, diapers and outfits (some that my Gramma made, how I wish I had these still as well) and bedding galore. I loved them so much. I still have the dolls. I have few things kept from my childhood and these are among those items. The Uncle that gave my my first one passed away tragically and too young just a few short years after he gave me my beloved Jody so she became even more treasured (and still is).

So a little trip down memory lane. Thanks for sticking with me on my sentimental journey.
Do you have a toy or memory that sticks out from your childhood? I hope you all have lot's of them!



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Five

I was tagged by Natalie to do a list of five. Okay, okay-she didn’t tag me directly, she doesn’t even know who I am but she threw out an invite on her blog to all to do a list of five. I haven’t done this on my blog so I thought I would give it a try!


Five

1~when I was a youngin, I wanted to be a cashier at a store when I grew up. But I was particular in what kind of cashier. It had to be in a store where they had scanners you ran the items over. It was a relatively new thing back then and few stores had them. I was absolutely fascinated by it. I always thought  of how fast I would be at it and how my customers would think I was amazing (hey, some people may have been amazed you never know). I never did get to work in a place where they scanned in the items but I did get to try my hand at working a cash register over the years so I my dream was half fulfilled, kind of.

2~I have an obsession with making sure all the faucets in my house are super shiny. Yup, all the sink and tub faucets in my house. I don’t know how or when the obsession started but I love seeing them all nice and shiny. I most certainly spend more time on this than I should but when I walk in and see it all sparkly and nice, it makes me happy. We all have little things that make us smile right?

3~ from the time I was born I “sucked my tongue” (as my Mom always called it) when falling asleep and while sleeping. Now that I type it out, it sounds really weird. Basically, I put my tongue behind my upper front teeth (or gums when I was a baby and didn’t have teeth) and just sucked. It’s hard to explain, easier to show in person. It was a tell-tale sign for my family that I was tired or sleeping when I did it. Sort of like thumb sucking for some kids.  I did this way into my teen years when really tired. I think I might still do it when in a really, really deep sleep. I am sure KingK would tell me if I did as I am sure hearing the light sucking noise is strange and annoying coming from an adult’s mouth!

4~When I can’t sleep (which isn’t often, I have this weird ability to just turn things off and fall asleep really quickly) I think of a movie I have seen or a book I have read and I rewrite in my head. I re-tell the story the way I wanted it to go. I keep all the same characters and basic plot but I just “edit” it so it’s the way I like it.I find it a really good way to take my mind off whatever it is that is keeping me awake. It’s funny the type of mechanisms we have to “get through” stuff!

5~I have never seen a James Bond movie and never intend to. It does not interest me at all. Same for Indiana Jones or Star Wars. Yawn. KingK gets annoyed with this. If he is watching any of these or anything like them I am outta there. Boring.

And now tag your it!  I throw the invite to you to share your list of 5 things we may or may not know (or want to know,ha) about you!

Monday, March 4, 2013

A snowstorm and some talk about crap

Yesterday LittleA staggered out of bed and made his way to the upstairs front hall window as he often does. He is super nosey and much like his Dad, like to keep tabs on what is going on in the neighborhood. He stands watch at this window often.
The first words out of his mouth for the day are Oh crap!

This pic is similar to what he saw when he peaked out of the window...
I didn't have the time to take a picture of the plow he saw so this will have to do. This is pretty much how much snow we ended up getting. Oh crap indeed.


The city snow plow trying to clear the road in front of our house. We had a rather large dump of snow over night and it didn't stop snowing all day.But that's not my story. We live in western Canada, this isn't a rare event really.

His comment "oh crap" did however start up the debate KingK and I have been in for years, since BigJ was a preteen and it continues through LittleA's preteen years.
KingK thinks crap is a swear word. I do not.
I do have to clarify. I did not allow my kids to say it when they were younger. Not until they got older did I allow it. I don't think it's a swear but I don't think it would sound very nice to hear a young child say it either.
Anywho, this debate actually makes me laugh. Usually we are on the other sides on something like this. KingK is more relaxed and I am more uptight about stuff.

So our debate continues with no resolution in sight. And LittleA will most likely say that word again. Mom doesn't consider it a swear and clearly he knows who the boss is in our house. Wink wink.

What do you think? Is crap a swear? Do you/would you let your older children use it? Would/did your parents let you use it? I won't be offended if you agree with KingK...ocasionally he is right, but don't tell him that!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday find

This week I am posting an article that was emailed to me for the Friday find. Why? Because  I found it interesting and wanted to share. That's what us bloggers do right?

It's a little long, sorry about that!




A Simple Pineapple -

The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family.  It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.

It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual floweret's that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.

Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked.No special way of storing them will help ripen them further.  Colour is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness. Choose your pineapple by smell.If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit.

The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste.

After you cut off the top, you can plant it.  It should grow much like a sweet potato will.

This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical; it also offers many benefits to our health. Pineapple is a remarkable fruit.

We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today. If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.

The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.

Let's look at how pineapple affects other conditions.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount.

It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple's value.  Proteolytic means "breaks down protein", which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently.  Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.

Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It also produces mild pain relief.

In Germany , bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat.  If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet.  It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations.

Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies.

Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.

An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice.  it really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often make a difference.

It's also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.


Now go...eat some pineapple. We always suspected it was good for us, I am sure. It's "fruit" after all. But did you realize the actual benifits it might produce for your health? I didn't. I could have used this info during my 2 pregnancies...morning sickness is the pits!