Monday, August 19, 2019

August 19th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky


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Monday, August 12, 2019

August 12th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky


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Friday, August 9, 2019

Our Summer Oasis

Hubby and I have always enjoyed entertaining, and he also enjoys using the bbq. I don't use the grill, but I do love the taste of food from it! We spend a lot of weekend afternoons and evenings in our backyard. Chatting and soaking up some vitamin d, as well as eating dinner outside, and then ending the evening by the firepit (and making s'mores!) Our back deck really is set up for relaxing!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Enter To Win Descendants 3 on DVD! {giveaway}



Mr. K (8) is a big fan of Disney's Descendants series. He has enjoyed watching the first 2 films, and was very excited when we received a copy of Descendants 3 in the mail yesterday!  Once again Disney has come out with a movie that has a fun story and great music!



Descendants 3 is available to own on Disney DVD as of August 6th. If you have Disney loving kids, then I highly recommend the series.

"This highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie continues the contemporary saga of good versus evil as the teenage daughters and sons of Disney's most infamous villains - - Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as the villain kids or VKs) -- return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring to join them at Auradon Prep. When a barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle, Mal resolves to permanently close the barrier, fearing that nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon, and it's up to Mal and the VKs to save everyone in their most epic battle yet."

For your chance to win a copy of your own, comment below with who your favourite (or kids favourite) VK is, and then enter using the giveaway tools form below! This is open to Canadian residents only, who are 18+.

15 Years In Our Home!



Later this month will mark 15 years since we moved into our house. We were young when we bought it (23 and 25), and it was never meant to be a "forever" home. It WAS meant to be a long term home though. We figured we would live here for 10-15 years. Our original plan was to purchase some land outside of the city and build our "dream house".  As time went, we realized that the money to buy property wasn't likely to come easily, so we adjusted our plans a little and figured we would stay here for a lot longer than originally planned.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Summer Update

The August long weekend has come and gone, which means summer is officially half over. The kids go back to school in 3.5 weeks.

This year summer break has been a bit different than past years. Mr. J is 12 now, and has much more freedom than in past years. Last year he stayed home on the days I worked, but he couldn't have anyone over or go anywhere himself. This year, he has a key to the house which means he can come and go a little more freely.  He also got a summer gym membership (one of the chains does a free teen membership for 12-17 year olds). He and a friend bike over and meet up to do a little bit of a workout.  He went golfing with his dad the first week of summer, and has been out with my cousin a few times as well.  The only thing better for him would be if he found a way to make some money. He really wants to work, but unfortunately is too young. Most places won't hire until 15, so he still has a few years to go.

Mr. K longs for the freedom that his big brother has, but it's a few years away for him. We have spent a lot of time swimming, there have been nerf fights, a trip to my aunt and uncles cottage (we go up every summer at least once). He also got to experience go karting for the first time and fell in love with it. He asks almost every day to go again. He and I have also done a couple rounds of mini putt (he got two hole in ones!), strawberry picking and completed lots of puzzles.

Don't let how busy we have been fool you though, there has been a lot more screen time than there should be. I try to keep a good balance between it all, but sometimes I just need some downtime for myself too.

When my kids were first in school, I LIVED for school breaks. I missed them so much, and absolutely loved having them home with me at Christmas, march break, pd days and summer vacation. As they got a little older, and got along less, I found the breaks hard....they were long, and lonely, and sometimes I couldn't wait until the first day of school.

I am happy to say that this summer does not have me counting down the hours until school is back in session. I do however, find myself missing those carefree summers when we spent hours on walks, bike rides, and trips to the park. Things change so much as the kids get older. I love watching them grow, and explore and branch out - but it's so much more on their own. I don't know exactly how they are spending every minute of the day. I wish I had cherished those summers just a little more than I did at the time. It goes so fast, and you blink and they aren't holding your hand anymore. Then they are spending more time in their room, out with their friends. Mr. J is going into high school next year (well, grade 7 but it's at the high school). 6 more years of school and he is finished.

Savour the moments you have with your kids when they are young. They grow up so, so fast.

August 5th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky


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