Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tooth Fairy Free Printables

While at the dentist with Mr. J this week, I found out he only has 3 baby teeth left. I was in a little bit of shock. It had me thinking about the first tooth that he lost. It was 2 days after his 6th birthday. He and his dad had been at a soccer practice, and it fell out as he was getting into the truck.  Hubby found the tooth, and they came home to show me.
Mr. J when he lost his first tooth at 6
Mr. K when he lost his first tooth at 5


















The tooth fairy made her first visit to our home that night. She left $5.00 because it was his first tooth. Ever since she has left either $1 or $2 per tooth.  Mr. K lost his first tooth by accident....he was play fighting with his dad and brother and it actually got knocked out during their rough play. She again left $5.00 for his first tooth.

I was completely not prepared either time they lost the first tooth. I didn't have a tooth pillow or anything. Hopefully, if you choose,  then you will be more prepared than I was.

If you want, you can print out the certificate and the door knocker below for your kids :) a little way to add just a touch more magic to the event.

Printable PDF Tooth Fairy Certificate
Printable PDF Tooth Fairy Door Knocker



Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky



The first week back to school went well, and we have all seemed to settle back into our routines nicely. We had some pretty cold weather over the last few weeks, and I am really looking forward to spring when it warms up!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2018 Reading List

My favourite reading spot, and the wrap hubby gifted me last year!
 I love to read. I could honestly spend (and often have) an entire day reading, completely forgetting about everything around me. Last year hubby bought me a soft, warm shawl/wrap from Chapters, and I love to curl up in it on a cold day with a great book. If I find a series I can get into, I end up devouring all the titles. When it comes to something like Outlander, I have read the series once, and am on book 5 for my second read through.  I am anxiously awaiting the next book, which doesn't have a release date yet.

In 2016, I had a goal to read at least 12 books - I far surpassed that number, and ended up losing count. Last year I read Gone Girl, Girl In Cabin 10, The Rock Chick series, and many of the titles in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I re-read the Outlander books, the Twilight series, and also a few other romance titles thrown in.

My reading list for 2018 is below
  • Origin
  • In A Dark, Dark Wood
  • Harry Potter Series (again, but it's been many years) 
I would love to hear what you have been reading. If you have a recommendation for me, leave it in the comments!

Monday, January 8, 2018

January 8th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky



Christmas break has ended, and today is the first day back at school for the boys, and at work for hubby. I hope everyone enjoyed time with their families over the last couple of weeks!

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

The End of Christmas Break 2017/2018

I have to admit, that I was kind of dreading having the kids home for Christmas break this year. The two of them really don't get along, and while I used to love having them home with me, the last year or so has been very difficult with that. The constant fighting (and they have always fought, but as they get older it is worse) had me really not looking forward to it.

Now that we are pretty much done, I have to say it was pretty fun. My niece spent quite a bit of time with us, she had 1 sleepover at our place, and Mr. J went to their house for a night as well. I took them to a movie, they played video games, watched you tube, did some baking, and we played a LOT of board games.  Mr. K had a friend over to play one day, and also spent time at another friends house. They did a lot of sledding (Mr. K the most), and we watched some world junior hockey as well.

Mr. K really needed the downtime from school. There has been a lot going on with him over the last 8 months or so, and this break really, really helped. I hadn't realized just how much stress school was causing him (he loves his teachers, and almost always wants to go, but now seeing the difference with him home, I can see it).

I will say that I am looking forward to the routine that school days bring. I want to do a deep clean of my family room, and that is much easier when I am alone to do. The kids will also enjoy having a break from each other during the day.

I have been very good at staying on top of the laundry, and other than restocking some fruits and vegetables, I haven't bought anything to clutter up the house :) Happy that my goals are pretty much in check, even if it's only been one week.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A New Year and New Goals


I am not one to set New Years Resolutions. I did it when I was younger, and I never managed to keep them. This year, I have a few goals. I know there is a possibility I won't meet them, but I am hoping that I will.

I am really not very organized, and I don't think that will change. However, I do plan on making some small changes, and hope that will help to keep the house running a little smoother.

Goal 1: Stay on top of the laundry. I used to put a load of laundry in the washer, and then transfer it to the dryer (or sometimes I would have to re-wash it because it would end up forgotten about). Once the dryer was finished, I would empty it onto the laundry room floor.  There it would stay. With more loads piled on top. I would hunt through to find what I was looking for.  Once every couple of months I would carry the mountain of laundry upstairs and sort through it while binge watching a series. Then it would get put away, and I would commit to staying on top of it....and then I wouldn't.

Now, I REALLY want to stay on top of it. It really is a great feeling to get it done from start to finish and have clothes put away.  I can actually SEE the floor of my laundry area now.

Goal 2: Stay on top of the clutter. This is a super hard one for me. My brain doesn't see clutter the way most people do. I see it, but it really doesn't register with me...until it's too late. Then I end up being so overwhelmed that it just gets worse and worse.  On Christmas night we realized that there was a leak somewhere in the main bathroom, and we had water in the basement. That had us moving things around, and we spent boxing day clearing out the basement. We got 2 big garbage bags, 9 board games that we no longer play, a box of kids clothes (and I went through their closets the next day and got 2 more boxes) and more items that had been down there, never used. IT felt SO good to get rid of stuff. 

Goal 3: Write more.  2017 was kind of slow for me with the blog. With everything going on with MR. J at the beginning of the year, and then Mr. K over the summer and fall, I really didn't do as much as I was hoping.  Did you know that I have always wanted to write a children's book? Its something I have wanted to do since I was a little girl. I think I might spend some time focusing on that this year. I hope to be more active with the blog as well, but I would really like to come up with something for a book.  Now that I have written it down, and it will be published soon, I am hoping that I will actually do something on that end.

Goal 4: Be more mindful of spending. I am not one for overly frivolous purchases, but I want to be more aware of how money is being spent. I joined a group that is doing a "buy nothing" type of year. We all have our own goals, and our own ideas of what that means. For me, personally, I want to spend less and waste less. I know that a lot of the food I purchase ends up wasted - and I want to be more aware of what is coming into the house. Right now, we have a freezer FULL of food. I want to try and go through what is in there before buying more. I will restock milk, fruits and veggies - but in terms of meat and fish, we really don't need to buy anything over the next few weeks.  I want to eat out less (we don't order in a ton, or go to restaurants often, but there are lots of Tim Horton stops for bagels - when we really don't need to.)  By bringing less into the house, it is less chance for clutter and piles of "stuff".

Do you set New Year Resolutions? Goals. I would love to hear what you are hoping to do differently this year.

Monday, January 1, 2018

January 1st Monday Madness Giveaway Linky



Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a nice evening last night - did you make it till midnight? I did not this year.

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