Wednesday, February 3, 2016

10 Movie Choices For Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and it's the perfect time to cuddle up and watch a movie.  I have put together a list of my favourite romance movies:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Travelling To The Florida Keys

Florida is pretty much the only travel destination I have been to.  I stayed in Kissimmee for 2 weeks in high school, spending time at some of the theme parks in the area and hanging out by the hotel pool.  Other than that, I have only been to Disney (3 trips).  I have often thought about visiting the Florida Keys (ever since hearing the Beach Boys song "Kokomo" when I was a little girl) - I just haven't made that happen yet.

My friend Sandy from Canadian Blog House had a chance to visit earlier this year, and it made me want to go even more.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2016 Reading Goals

I love to read.  When I am not busy with the kids or house stuff, you can normally find me curled up on the couch with a book.  Most of the time it's a romance novel, but this year I want to branch out and read other genres as well.

My goal for the year is to read at least 12 other books (in addition to my romance novels).  I tend to read 2 books a month, so this would up that to 3 (or more).  I have a list started below, and have already crossed 3 off of it this month 

  1. Girl on The Train
  2. Me Before You
  3. After You
  4. One Plus One
  5. Shopaholic To The Rescue
  6. Twilight Series
I would love to know what your favourite books are - I need some inspiration to finish adding to my list!

Monday, January 25, 2016

5 Ways To Keep Kids Entertained On Sick Days

When my kids are really ill, they lie on the couch and sleep while watching movies or shows - no entertaining needed.  Sometimes they are home for other reasons though (fever with no symptoms, better after a stomach bug but not able to return to school until 24 hours have passed etc) and on those occasions I need ways to keep them busy.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Mr. J and Clue

Mr. J loves to play board games with me.  We often play Monopoly, Game of Life, and Clue.  Clue is a recent favourite of his.  I was really glad when he reached an age that he could play it - as I have always really enjoyed it.

Often times after homework is done he will ask to play a game.  The last time he did, he got it all set up and we sat down to play.  He won.....I lost.  I had no idea what room it was, but he had 5 out of the 9 rooms so it was pretty easy for him to figure that part out!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Unexpected Expenses

My microwave died this week.  It has been acting up for a few months, but this weekend it finally died completely.  I COULD get away without one, but it's so convenient to be able to thaw out bagels and muffins, and to warm up dinner if hubby gets home late.

I think everyone can agree that things break down and repairs or replacement of appliances often happen when the money just isn't there.  When my Jeep broke down for the second time and we had to put the repairs on our credit card I got serious with our short term savings.  I started transferring a small amount of money off every paycheque and leaving it in my savings account.  I hated the feeling of being stuck.

That being said, I know that many are in the position I found myself in with my jeep.  If you find yourself in need of some quick cash to replace an appliance or make a home repair, these tips might help you:
  • go through your closet and consign any clothing that you don't wear
  • find all the outgrown sports equipment (skates, cleats, helmets etc) that your kids have no use for anymore and sell them at a consignment store or through a buy/sell/trade group
  • clean out the toy room and sell anything that isn't getting played with anymore
  • find a 2nd job (not immediate money, but it can help to start a savings account)
  • shovel snow or cut grass - you can advertise on local facebook groups
I remember the awful feeling of not knowing where the money was going to come from, and I hope that these ideas can help you if you are feeling like that now.  Have you had unexpected repairs come up before?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Date Night With Hubby

My hubby and I don't often get out for date nights.  We don't have any babysitters anymore, and finding one isn't easy.  We don't like to impose on our parents often, and tend to only ask for weddings and such.

Hubby is a comedy fan. We have seen Bill Cosby, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel and Jeff Foxworthy. When I found out that Jeff Dunham was coming to Ottawa, I knew that was going to be his Christmas gift.  I purchased two tickets, and the show was this past weekend.

His parents watched the kids for us, and when the show was over, we went out for supper.  It was really nice to spend time just the two of us, away from home.  We had a great night out, and it reminded me that we really should take the time to do it more often.

Do you have regular date nights with your partner?