Thursday, 25 September 2014

Making me smile..

The cooking section at Indigo. I could flip through cook books for hours.

Magazines! This one in particular. 

Having amazing friends and being silly with them. 
Laughing at how ridiculous we are days later.

Coming to bed and finding this girl.
 Finding her like this with Hannah by her side is extra great. 
Where do I go?

Finding this rug on sale at Walmart for $30. 

This man.
It's even better when he randomly orders this intense 
drink on a Sunday evening just for the hell of it.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

You can find my here.

1. Enjoying the last days of summer and the beautiful weather that they brought.

2. Feeling a little overwhelmed by the giant piles of Christmas product that I have that needs to be turned into classes.

3. Ecstatic and honored that Cory & I were asked to be my niece Morgan's Godparents. 

4. Felt panicked yesterday at 4:30pm when I realized that I booked our flights incorrectly and that we leave a day before we had planned.

5. Feeling excited we have an extra day in California with no "schedule". (need to book a room)

6. Gushing with gratitude every time I think about our dream trip to California. 

7. Wanting to bake and not being able to due to lack of time.

8. Starting lists for packing.

9. Wishing the Canadian dollar was doing better.

10. Wondering if there is a magic trick to keeping the inside of my car clean.

11. Already sick of the drive to & from school. Only 9 months to go. LOL.

12. Planning & sorting details for the (full) Project Life crop on Saturday at Treasured 

13. Grateful for our amazing friend who will be taking care of our cats and house while we're away.

14. Excited to give Anna a letter from Mickey & Minnie and her autograph book. 

15. Needing more Instax film.

16. Thinking I need an assistant inside my head to sort out all my thoughts.

17. Still smiling when I think about a little party I had on Sunday and grateful for good friends who rarely see each other but pick back up right where we left off.

18. So excited to get my hair cut after a year of not.

19. Not too sure how I feel about forgetting that it's my birthday in 8 days. 

20. Needing more coffee. 

Have a great day friends.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Layout Love Tuesday

Layout created using product from the September month kit- Gold & Co from Treasured Memories.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Painting Class = Happy Heart

This past Sunday I took my first painting class and the first class since I attended CHA (the Craft & Hobby show in California) in 2010. My heart was so happy! It was such a nice change to be the student and not the teacher. Pop on over here see the class post from Treasured Memories. Linda was great and so inspiring, every time she showed us a new technique I felt like I was having an "ah ha" moment and then thinking "why didn't I think of that". Thank you to Linda and to all the other ladies whom offered up plenty of support and praise. I will be back.

In progress: cover and inside of cover.

Cover complete. I haven't finished the book itself but will share when I do.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Layout Love Tuesday

This layout was created using product from the September Month Kit at Treasured Memories.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Cards, cards & more cards.

Dear Santa: Christmas Card Class
Saturday, September 20
10:00am - 12:30pm

Holly Jolly Christmas Card Kit

Exclusive Card Kit created for The Creative Stitches & Craft show at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park. Open today (Friday, September 12) until 6:00pm & Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Chore Chart

I had been noticing various people posting about their children's chores, things that they did each day like make the bed, empty the dishwasher and setting the table at meal time. I wasn't sure how old these children were or if there was a "right" age to begin chores but I decided that Anna was ready. That she could be responsible for small things that made a big difference. Things that helped me out and taught her about routine, responsibility and reward. 

Her chores include make the bed, open the blind, feed the cats, put away her dishes, tidy her bedroom at bedtime & make sure her dirty cloths are picked up and put in the laundry. She gets a sticker for every completed chore. When the chart is full, after a two week period, she receives a reward. 

For the first week I had to remind her each day to "remember your chores" but then one morning I heard her in her bedroom and peeked in to find her making her bed. I was so proud. She woke up and instantly made the bed- I can not say the same about me- perhaps I  need a chore chart. 

She filled her chart and then received a reward, this time was a Frozen poster that I had hoarded in the back of my closet. I tend to buy things when I see them and I haven't seen them any where before and when they're on sale. I love a good deal!

I am not sure how long this system will last or for how long it will be effective but for now it works. It also takes these things off my daily list and for that I am grateful!