Thursday, December 29, 2011

Part Deux

Here are a few more pics of from our Christmas holidays. Reese was thrilled to pose in some of her new Christmas things. Usually Reese and thrilled to pose do not go together. Sometimes I'm lucky.

Mario vs Luigi. This has been going on for a few days. It creates some drastic highs and lows from "She stole my flower power!!! Wahhhh!" (Zoe). To "Do you want to have a sleepover?" (Reese) ."Can we?! Is it a school night?" (Zoe).

My sweet baby nephew- isn't he cute?!

Christmas Vacation

Reese received some suspenders in her Christmas stocking. Now she's hooked, and she's got little sis hooked too. If they appear to be wearing lipstick, it's because they pretty much are. It started off as a clear lip gloss. It's "mood" lip gloss. I am sure you can imagine how delighted they were when their "moods" both instantly turned it bright pink/red. At bedtime I asked Reese if she had brushed her teeth. She replied, "yes." So apparently she had reapplied the "fabulous" lip gloss before going to sleep. So awesome, and so very necessary, right?
Tonight I finally "won" a flash on Ebay. You know when you bid and bid and bid and say you lose SEVEN different auctions, and finally with great determination and willpower, you say I WILL WIN THIS. And you do 'cause you paid for it. Yup. That was me. The real point is that I'm a winner. Finally. Or a loser, I guess. It depends how you look at it. ;)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Zoe's Mirror

Check this out. This is Zoe's new mirror. We put it at her height so she could see herself when she's getting dressed and stuff. I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I picked this up second hand. It was pretty hideous, mostly due to its gold colour, but I saw potential in it. It's kind of neat and old fashioned looking, and I think the pink colour gives it some modern flare. The tiny little flower mirrors below it are 99 cent pocket mirrors from Pier 1. I painted stems on them and a tree beside it to match Zoe's bedding.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Elf Poo

Zoe was colouring, and me, I was just a source of irritation with a camera at the other end of the table. This photo evolved from a story of elf poo on her father's pillow. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

Dog biscuit reindeer, by Reese
(A gift for Oma's dogs)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Witches

I just find these too funny not to share. Last night the girls were dressed up as "witches." This is of course a rather creative take on witches 'cause I don't know too many that wear reindeer antlers and butterfly wings.

Witches flying on their broomstick.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays

Yesterday my Christmas vacation officially started. Today I ran around with Zoe, like an obvious crazy person, getting a few last minute errands done. And yes, I felt like I was pretty much a super hero doing all this stuff with a single four year old in tow. Unless you've taken out my four year old on errands, you probably shouldn't judge. ;) Today she was pretty good though. I'll admit that she had some difficulty keeping her hands off the tic tacs and gift cards at the check outs though. And she practically mouthed a few packages of candy, but anyway, it wasn't so bad. I had promised her a "grow big" type toy a while ago so I thought I would get her one after dragging her around on all these boring errands. Do not step into a Dollarama until after Christmas, let me tell you. That line up was the worst. But Zoe showed remarkable (shocking!) patience waiting in line for that grow big and I'm sure it will be worth the wait when he hatches tomorrow. Want to hear an awesome story? No? Oh well. Anyway... When I was a child they had grow bigs in Flinstones cereal. I wanted one really badly. I promised my mom I'd eat the cereal, but I knew I wouldn't. That stuff is disgusting. So she bought it for me and I loved that grow big and I didn't eat the gross cereal. And then I wanted another grow big so I promised her again that I would eat it. Here's what we got: Two grow bigs AND two boxes of uneaten cereal! Oh mom, I love you. xoxo

I made these Chocolate covered Oreo snowman pops today for some of our friends' kids. The ribbons are "scarves." Unfortunately this brilliant idea was not my own, and if you inspired to do some Oreo pops, visit
The chocolate covered honey pretzels are a quick treat I made for a gathering at Zoe's school tomorrow. I don't know if they'll be any good, but it's something kind of different. They were inspired by some I found on Pinterest.
Just so y'all know, the key to using Wilton chocolates is to microwave for just 20 seconds at a time and then stir and repeat. Hopefully that will save someone else who can't be bothered to read instructions some grief.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree...

Here is a fun photo of my Christmas tree. I'd hate for anyone to think I didn't blog all week. ;)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Okay Dried Up, Neglected Blog...

Today is the first day all week that I have given my sad little blog a chance to thrive- and well, not much of one, really. It's getting cold out and I am ready to hibernate for the winter. I have hardly picked up my lovely camera, and I'm hoping for some inspiration soon. What I'm most looking forward to right now though is two weeks from now, a lovely two weekend holiday from my dreaded weekend midnight shifts.

Advent goody: magnetic earrings. They work really well, but much like clip-ons, they aren't so comfortable. So after a short while of being all big with her first pair of earrings, they repurposed themselves into fridge magnets...temporarily? We'll see.

Okay, enough paparazzi for one day.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Pics

Grandma bought the girls some sweet little Christmas dresses. Typically I'm not really into traditional Christmas dresses, but every now and then it's nice. I am so desperate to order my new flash. Trying to take these indoor pics was a good reminder. I have almost enough saved up.
Dave put up the Christmas lights tonight! (I love that boy). I nagged him lots and lots about how December first was coming, and oh look, it's tomorrow. 'Til finally last night he threatened that it would take longer, due to my incessant nagging. But he came through. :) He and Zoe went out nice and early last Friday to pick me up some cute lit up Christmas trees in urns that were 75% off at Canadian Tire. So we have those new lights to add this year, plus some new candy cane lights so it's looking pretty festive. :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gingerbread House

I had fun plans for the girls yesterday after school. We started with smoothies with whip cream and little umbrellas. Did you know whip cream and little umbrellas make little girls very happy? Then we decorated a gingerbread house and that also made them very happy (and giddy).
Often I am cranky mother, but if you pick up your bath towels, listen to me, and don't ask me for something I've already said no to a million times, I am kind of nice. Neat, eh?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Some Christmas Crafting

I made these button trees while I watched 48 hours Mystery last night. Bliss. This totally makes up for the lack of Dateline on Friday night. (I'm fun like that). Did I mention I love buttons? 'Cause I do. If you have any ideas for buttons, send 'em my way. After these trees though, I need to replenish. I think I have one brown button left. These are really easy to make. I could have had the kids make them, but sometimes I just like to relax and craft. I used cardstock to make the cone trees and some tape/staples, white glue, and lots of buttons of various colours- done!

I did buy some Christmas crafts supplies just for the kids though. They get so excited about them. We make candy cane reindeer and styrofoam snowmen.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Muffin Tin Advent Calendars- Take Two

Last year I made mini muffin tin Advent calendars for the girls. After Christmas, I put the magnet tops away in Ziploc bags and I decided to be practical and use the muffin tins to make mini muffins during their "off" season. Smart thinking? Not so much. I have searched everywhere for those magnet tops that I spent hours cutting, handstamping, and painting. I have no idea where I put them and I came to the conclusion that hunting for them was actually far more stressful than making more so that's what I did. They were a quicker, cheaper version of the original tops, but they'll do just fine. I couldn't wait to fill them so after I made the new magnet fronts, I started filling. After day 10, I wondered if the little treasures were starting to become boring and repetitive so Dave and I brainstromed and started thinking outside the muffin tin. For a couple, I will put a note with a message of where to find their little gifts for the day, and that way I won't have to confine everything to this tiny hole. And I think that will keep it interesting too. We are also thinking of a dinner out or a movie for another. Dave suggested we use the Palassad coins that are worth 10 tokens and put one of those in for a night out. I think it should be fun! The little Snoopy magnet packs were a sweet Michaels find, at less than a penny a magnet (for real!) I bought the packs all for the awesome magnets that read: This has been a good day.

My sweet girls were so excited to decorate the tree. I have to admit, I wanted it done, but didn't really want to do it so I was kind of relieved when they wanted to do it all by themselves. They decorated while I cooked dinner. That worked out pretty well, I'd say!

Zoe looks like she's in workout mode with the weights in the background. (I just had to shove those out of the corner so I could get the tree up.)

These are our favourite ornaments- blown glass Care Bears.