Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cash is Greener $500 Paypal #Giveaway Open World Wide


Hello everyone - spring is finally here and I couldn't be happier. I hope that you are excited for this awesome SPRING CASH GIVEAWAY. A group of Canadian bloggers have gotten together and pooled some money to bring you this awesome $500 CDN prize.

With spring here, I can't wait to get my veggies planted. Cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, green beans - and this year I am hoping for zucchini as well.  I am also super excited for the pools to open. I am looking forward to spending lots of time by the pool with the kids this summer.

What about you? What are you looking forward to? Most importantly, what would you spend the $500 cash on if you are the winner?

GIVEAWAY

One very lucky reader is going to win $500 in cold, hard cash in the #GrassIsGreener Giveaway! To be eligible to win please complete the Rafflecopter below with your qualifying answers. Remember to come back every day to earn extra entries! This giveaway is open Worldwide to residents over the age of 18. It is void where prohibited by law, for example in Quebec, Canada. Please read our giveaway rules before entering. Terms and conditions can be found on the Rafflecopter. This giveaway will end on June 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm. Good luck!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Canvas Champ Can Help Keep Your Memories Alive

Photographs are such a wonderful way to capture so much of our lives. Birthdays, family gatherings, pregnancies, birth, weddings and so much more. Having them up for display on the walls of your home makes them that much better.

Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Monday, April 30, 2018

April 30th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mr. J And The Dislocated Toe

Last night the kids and their dad were horsing around. All of a sudden, Mr. J crawled away with a very strange look on his face. I knew immediately something was wrong, and then came the tears.  He was holding onto his foot, and when I manage to have a look, I saw that it was his toe that was the issue.  It was crooked.

We were pretty sure he had broken it based on the look of it. I know they don't generally do much about broken toes, but I really didn't want his toe to heal like that, so we decided to get it checked out. Unfortunately, because of the time, we had to head to emerge. I would have preferred to see our own doctor - I dislike going to emergency when it's not a true emergency.  With the amount of pain he was in though, it couldn't wait until morning.

(there is a photo in the whole post, so if you are squeamish don't continue reading)

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 23rd Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Get A Better Nights Sleep With A New Pillow




Your bed is a piece of furniture that sees a lot of use. Every night. It should be a super comfortable place to be, since your quality of sleep affects so much of your life. Since having Mr. J almost 11 years ago, my sleep has changed. Especially when the kids were really young. A few years ago, I heard the term "mombie" for the first time, and it is very fitting.  As the kids got older, my sleep got a little better, but for the last few months I have been waking up with a sore neck and shoulders - and not feeling rested. At first, I though I had slept in a weird position or something, but when it continued, I started to realize that I was likely in need of a new pillow.  I put it off for awhile, and when I was given the chance to try The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow, I jumped at the opportunity.

I like a firm pillow, but still with a little softness. I wasn't sure how much water I was going to need to add, when the pillow arrived, I checked the insert to see if there were recommendations, and there is a guide printed to help give you an idea of the amount of water to use. I added 3L to give the medium a try, and it was the perfect amount for me.



The first night I had no trouble falling asleep, and woke up feeling refreshed in the morning. No neck pain, no back pain, no shoulder pain. The next couple of days it was the same, and after almost 3 weeks of using the pillow, I am happy to report that I am still sleeping really well.  I don't know what sleeping on a cloud would feel like, but I am pretty sure The Floating Comfort Pillow is pretty close.

If you are a mombie or have one in your life, why not give them the gift of a good nights sleep with
The Floating Comfort Pillow  - and also check out The Key To A Happy Marriage and A Good Nights Sleep.


Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Thursday, April 12, 2018

May The 4th Be With You - Star Wars Recipe Round Up


May 4th will be here soon, and that means Star Wars day. You will likely see "May the 4th be with you" all over the internet. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

April 9th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2nd Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter 2018

I hope that you had a fantastic Easter!  We started off the day great with a quick egg hunt from the Easter Bunny.  The eggs were hidden around our main floor, and the kids had to find them. Some were smartie eggs, some caramilk, and then there were a few plastic eggs with a loonie in them.


Mr. K apparently doesn't like caramilk bars, so he very kindly gave all of his caramilk eggs to his brother.


The photo above looks like just a smartie egg....but it really means so much more. Mr. K offered me 2 of his smartie eggs. Just because. He knows I like chocolate and he wanted to share with me. This was long after giving his brother all of this caramilk eggs. He wasn't thinking about the small amount of chocolate he got, he just wanted to be nice and share. This is my kid.  We have struggled a lot over the last year.  In the fall, he was diagnosed with ADHD. There are many, many difficult times. Occupational therapy appointments, physio, speech, vision, and more..... There are meltdowns, and non stop talking, non stop moving, and lots of agitation. There are struggles with learning (we are so fortunate that he has the teacher he does, and she is so very accommodating of his need to move) and struggles at home. But then, he does this.  This is the child that the teachers see. This is the child that his friends see. I am constantly told he is the kindest, gentlest, most helpful student. However, that is a side I don't often see. I know its there, because of days like today.  I don't talk much about him - because it's not my story to tell. However, it's also because I want to celebrate the good days, and not dwell on the bad.


We played board games, went for a walk and the kids played basketball together (and actually got along for the most part). I made a turkey dinner - no dessert, there was enough chocolate eaten throughout the day.

There were definitely some down points during the day (yelling, meltdowns, and some injuries while playing basketball), but overall it wasn't too bad.

There wasn't a TON of chocolate for them, so not much leftover....however, if you have mini eggs surrounding you, check out these easy birds nest cookies!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Mama Necklace From Tiny Feet Creations


When my kids were really small, I was gifted a hand stamped necklace with their initials on it. I wore it all the time, but one day I realized that the pendant was missing. I am not sure how or when it fell off, but it made me sad.  I never replaced it.

Recently, I was gifted a hand stamped necklace from Kamerine at Tiny Feet Creations. It's a metal washer, with the boys names on it - and added in are gemstones to represent their birth months. I was given the choice of 2 different fonts, and the gems were optional, which I chose to have included.

When I received the finished product, I was very happy with how it turned out.


Kamerine makes many different products. They would make a great gift for your mom, your wife, or any new mom in your life. You can see them on her facebook page or on her etsy page. Don't be afraid to approach her with an idea either, she does sometimes make custom pieces.

Monday, March 26, 2018

March 26th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March Break Has Come To An End



The kids have been back in school for a few days, and routines have returned.  Over the last few weeks, I have been dreading the break. Absolutely dreading it. That makes me sad. I was always one of those parents that absolutely LIVED for school breaks. We would have countdowns on the calendar until the next break. I loved having my kids home with me, being able to laze around watching movies, visiting with friends/cousins and going out to museums, play centers or movies.

Over the last 18 months or so, things have been pretty rough with my kids. They don't get along - almost ever. They fight constantly (bickering annoys me, but I can handle that.....but 97% of the time it ends up physical). I have tried separating them, taking things away, ignoring the behaviour etc....and it hasn't changed. It stills happens multiple times a day.

That can take it's toll on a parent. Not to mention the 3 year age difference (but with it being 3 years, Mr. K is pretty "young" for 7, so it seems more like 4-5 years sometimes) that makes it hard to find destinations that appeal to both of them.

I am happy to report that this March break was quite pleasant. We made slime, baked cookies, played lots of board games, and they were also not together for a lot of it. My niece spent some time at our house, Mr. K spent a lot of time with his Gramz, Mr. J went to my brothers for 2 nights, and Mr. K was at Beaver camp this weekend.

It has actually given me some hope for this summer (which I was dreading after summer 2017). So tell me - are you ripping your hair out and ready for school to be back in session, or did you have a great break?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

When Calls The Heart: The Heart of Homecoming


 I started watching When Calls The Heart a few years ago, and love watching the goings on in the small frontier town. Today, you can own the special The Heart of Homecoming on DVD!
"The love story blooming in Hope Valley continues with the television special When Calls the Heart: The Heart of Homecoming on DVD from Shout! Factory on March 20, 2018.

From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, a beautiful story filled with “many of the values we all hold precious such as love, family, friendship, community, faith and caring about one another” (Military Press)!

The citizens of Hope Valley find the true meaning of the holiday season with a Wishing Tree that helps everyone’s dreams come true. As Abigail, Bill, and the rest of Hope Valley work together to create a special Christmas parade to warm the town’s collective hearts and bring everyone closer together, Elizabeth longs only for the return of her beloved Jack."

Are you a fan of When Calls the Heart? I have been rooting for Jack and Elizabeth since the beginning.

Monday, March 19, 2018

March 19th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sharpie Watercolour Ocean 16 Page Preschool-K Printable



When my kids were small, I was always looking for fun learning activities they could do.  This watercolour activity is fun for kids to paint, but also helps with printing, spelling and reading. Trace the letters and sound them out, then read the word - finish by painting the picture.  You can also buy educational books to learn more about the ocean and what is found in it.

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 12th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Monday, March 5, 2018

Add Some COCO To Family Movie Night {giveaway}


We really enjoy watching movies as a family, and are super excited to add COCO to our collection for family movie night. 

March 5th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ottawa-Gatineau International Auto Show {giveaway}


Auto Show Family Pass Giveaway Courtesy of Ford of Canada

Do you have an auto lover in your life? My hubby loves vehicles, and my kids are no different.  Hubby took Mr. J to his very first car show when he was in kindergarten, and Mr. J loved looking at all the different makes and models, and enjoyed having the chance to sit in some of them as well.

Monday, February 26, 2018

February 26th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 Reading List Update


A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my reading list for 2018.  I haven't managed to cross off any of those titles yet, but I DID read Grey, Darker, and Anne of Green Gables. I am still waiting for my turn at the books on my list to come up at the library.

Monday, February 19, 2018

February 19th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Today Was A Good Day

The boys on a hike in the fall

Today did not go as expected. The morning started off the way it always does, with Mr. K up ridiculously early. We had breakfast, played monopoly gamer, and I got lunches ready. The unexpected part, was that there was no fighting. The kids weren't fighting with each other, they weren't arguing with me.  When it was time to go, there was only minor delays to getting their outdoor gear on, and then they were off to school. I realized after they left that it's the first morning in quite awhile that has gone so smoothly.

Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Sibling Dance


A few days ago I posted the photo above on my social media channels. It's not a great photo, just a quick snap of them playing chess. The reason behind the photo was that they were ACTUALLY getting along. This is practically unheard of around here. The 2 of them are not close, at all. They fight pretty much (name calling, swearing at each other, taking each others things, hitting/kicking/biting/punching/pulling each others hair kind of fighting) ALL.THE.TIME.

Being a parent is difficult. There is so much to think about, and many different hats that need to be warn. I often wonder what I could have done differently when they were younger to change their relationship a bit, but I think it really just comes down to personalities. They are very different people. I think about the fact that if they weren't siblings, they wouldn't be friends. Neither of them has any friends with similar personality traits to their brother. They just aren't drawn to the other.

My brother and I fought a lot growing up, and we didn't get along unless our cousins were over (and even then, the bickering was pretty constant). After my father died (we were both teenagers) we pretty much just ignored each other, unless we were forced to be together and then the fighting continued. Eventually, as we were both in our early twenties, things calmed down and we are actually quite close now.

I have high hopes that will be the case for my 2 boys. When I was pregnant with Mr. K, and found out it was a boy, I had dreams of the 2 of them being best of friends.  That hasn't happened. They do have each others backs when it's needed, and they can come together long enough to play nice when they want something from us.

What about your children - do they get along all the time, or are there constant battles?

Monday, February 5, 2018

February 5th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Sunday, January 28, 2018

How To Put Together A Chemo Care Package

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Cancer really sucks. I wish that no one had to suffer from it, but unfortunately at this point, that's not the world we live in.  If you have found this post through a search, let me say how sorry I am that you are needing to utilize these ideas. When our loved ones are going through treatments, it's hard to sit and watch. A very close family member will be starting their chemo therapy treatment this coming week, and I put together a chemo care package for them.

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22nd Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mr. J's Orthodontic Adventure



We were told when Mr. J was 2, that he was going to need braces. The dentist said his jaw was too small, and it was inevitable. Hubby and I both had them, so I wasn't overly surprised.  Fast forward to when he is 8 years old, and we are given a referral for an orthodontic consult.Not only do we find out he needs braces, but first he needs a rapid palate expander.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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