July 05, 2015
I hope everyone had fantastic Canada and Independence Days last week. My fireworks photo look like a nebula - love it!
Here are some links that caught my eye last week:
This video has inspired me to get my lino blocks and tools out today.
I have been catching up on Project Life and am getting ready to start a new album. I am going to use this idea as my cover page.
Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time), I forget to go back and look at all of the amazing things I have pinned. Here is a round-up of unique ways to wrap gifts.
I took this book out of the library on a whim and am enjoying it immensely.
I have had the Inner Excavation book by Liz Lamoreux for some time but haven't really done anything with it yet. I am going to follow along with Liz's Inner Excavation Along and I am sure some of the exercises will be shared here on the blog.
Have a great week!
July 01, 2015
I have been going, going and not stopping to listen to the "mom, come play with me!" pleas. Yesterday I said yes. Yesterday I stopped to take in all the joy that is running through a field of long grass with my boys.
The picture and words are in response to the prompt "take it all in" over on Focus on Everyday, a collaborative photography blog. Hop on over to see Gabi's take on this week's theme.
June 28, 2015
We are in full heatwave heat right now. Time to break out the homemade frozen treats, sprinklers and trips to the lake.
But before I go get my summer on, here are the Sunday Links:
We as a family try to reuse and reduce (and recycle) as much as we can. We don't use papertowels; this tutorial would get my sewing machine out of its hiding place.
I don't believe in full-on homework during the summer vacation but I do insist on a bit of learning every day. I can be a cool mom and try to make it fun. This list of science inspiration will be put to good use.
I have a guilty pleasure of enjoying Family Guy. And Seth MacFarlane cracks me up. Couple that with Jimmy Fallon and you have TV magic.
So smart, why is this not already a thing? Samsung - make this happen!
Right now, Facebook and I are on a break. Sorry Facebook, it is you, but I know I will be back for more. When I am back, I am going to check out these groups that promise to have:
1. No icky spam
2. Useful, correct advice
3. Helpful, engaged people
June 26, 2015
- Gabi and I revitalized Focus on Everyday. The above picture is my response to the prompt "ready". Click through to read the words that go along with it and see Gabi's picture.
- I had my first emergency visit to the hospital with my oldest son. I was 45 minutes away, he was at a friend's house and they couldn't reach my husband. Not a situation I want to find myself in again. He is fine - 9 stitches and a story to tell.
- Finally feeling caught up in my work. So caught up that there is time for this blog post and to shut the work e-mails down for the weekend.
- My blood sugars are slowly getting under control. I am still increasing my insulin dose every 2 days but I am getting closer to where I need to be.
- It feels good to be in this space again.
June 22, 2015
Welcome summer! You have been missed and I can't wait to get reaquainted.
I kicked-off the season with some pictures. These 2 decided they didn't want to be photographed today, but allowed me these few.
I hope it isn't a trend but a one-off. I have to respect their boundaries. They love to take pictures so maybe if I let them take pictures of me they will let me take pictures of them. It would be a double-win as I am sorely lacking in the pictures of mom department.
Picture template credit: Paislee Press
June 21, 2015
In honour of Father's Day, check out these tweets that sum up what it means to be a parent. My favourite, "Apparently I pack an apple in my 5 year old's lunch so it can get out of the house for a few hours."
With summer vacation looming, I am going to use these questions as journal prompts for the boys.
I never knew grandpa's sweater could be so cool. This has been added to my knitting to-do list.
Lava flow popsicles!
I want to dedicate a wall to pictures using this method.
August 04, 2014
One of my goals on the 36 Things Before 37 list was to write my 37 Things Before 38 list ON my birthday. And I did it!
I can't say the same for everything else on the list. I didn't make it to half of them, but:
- as a weak excuse, I created the list 6 months away from my birthday and didn't have a full year to complete them.
- I didn't put a lot of thought into all of them and they weren't what I truly wanted.
- some things made it onto this year's list as I still want to do them.
- I am okay with all of the above.
37 Things Before 38
- Take a pottery wheel class
- List 100 items in my Etsy shop
- Do the de-clutter challenge (I started this on August 1)
- Create a blogging schedule
- Take pictures with my DSLR every week.
- I need to listen to my doctor and get down to my ideal weight to help with my diabetes and high blood pressure
- Try my hand at some Fair Isle knitting
- Go to yoga once per week
- 5 new date night adventures
- Sign Connor up for the babysitting course
- Take boys to Whistler
- Book dentist appointments (done, we go this month!)
- Make my bucket list
- Play new song on the piano
- Print out the family mantra I created
- Sleep outside with the boys
- Go thrifting with Gabi
- Organize the playroom
- Make new kick-ass workout playlist
- No snacks after dinner except on family movie nights
- Work through all my old personal training plans
- Drink 4L of water per day (this is going well 2 weeks later)
- Finish my first Project Life Album
- Climb Golden Ears
- Go to the gym 3 times per week
- Refinish the filing cabinet I scored from work
- Go for a family bike ride on the dykes
- Book our 4th Shuswap trip
- Donate all the clothes I haven't worn in a year (be brutal)
- Organize my craft desk (that new filing cabinet will come in handy)
- Paint my bedroom side tables
- Get my piano tuned
- Buy a paddle boat or kayaks for item number 28
- Brush off the children's stories I have written and start submitting them again
- Send in queries to magazines for some new articles
- Create and implement a chore schedule for the boys
- Write my 38 things before 39 on my birthday
August 03, 2014
After a brief hiatus, here are my Sunday Links:
I am trying to grow out my bangs (after having them for less than a month). This clip is perfect for when I am on job sites!
Those who know me, know that make-up isn't something I do a lot of, or well for that matter. But this tutorial is something I can get behind.
We bought a projector yesterday so we can watch backyard movies on a giant white sheet. These 55 movies are a must.
This bookmark is going to be my new method of tagging great parts of books. Move over post-it notes.
I came home to over 1200 unread posts in my blog reader. I ended up clearing them all (sorry, I just couldn't justify the time to spend a day reading blogs). I am so glad I read this post before I hit "mark all as read".
My boys love pierogies. I am going to give this recipe a go and make our own.
And here is the final picture of my family that I got (even though I had to photoshop the face of one of my boys in from another photo as not one shot was "perfect").
PS I pin a lot of photography tips, including posing guides and photoshop tutorials here.