Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Mother's Day Present

I have wanted a ereader for quite a while now so I asked Dave to pick me up this one as an early Mother's Day gift. (I had been growing a tad impatient. Of course I am already seeking out the perfect case for it from Etsy. That will have to wait for now, but... I recently discovered Heartsy, a deal find site that features Etsy sellers! If you use my referral link to join, we'll both get a $5 credit, and we'll both be happy. See? Happy, happy. :)
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On Earth Day I bought a great package deal of LunchBots. It came with four different sizes. I felt I could justify this purchase (in addition to our Planetboxes) because they would be good for Zoe when she just needs a snack for preschool, and good for Reese for pizza days when she doesn't need a whole lunch packed. And I could use them for work, which I did last night. I've tried glass as an alternative to plastic too, but of course the downside is the whole smashing (not like that's ever happened to me. ;) )
Today I'm going to a soccer coach training session. Funny how that all happens to the person who volunteers her husband to be a children's soccer coach. Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

An Umbrella and Some Hedgehog Love

I specialize in random post titles.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Fairy and Her Grandpa

It took some convincing to get my father in law to let me post this pic. I really like it, despite it's technical flaws, (like some camera shake!) I much prefer this kind of pic to a posed one.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lovable Labels Return Address Labels Review and Giveaway!

Lovable Labels has supplied me with a generous stack of their fabulous new address labels. While they have a variety of labels to suit different tastes, picking my address labels was easy. I fell in love with the "Daisy Chain" design right away. They are feminine, funky, and fun. I would love to see this design on some of their other labels in the future.

As I had anticipated, the labels have the same great quality as other Lovable Labels products- meaning they stick well, and are easy to apply. They offer a great advantage over some other address labels I've had in the past- that is the ink won't bleed if it gets a bit wet. We all know that can happen when you're carrying your mail in the rain. ;) For just $18.50 you can get two hundred and forty of these great labels! (I did say it was a generous sized stack, right?!)

These are my three personal favourite designs:

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter!

I know I'm a little late on that, but I hope everyone had a great Easter!

I Heart Faces- Animal Face

What I really like about the pic is not the "pet" aspect, but that Zoe and Pepe are both casually laying on the table, hanging out, and that Zoe is in ballet slippers and ruffles. 'Cause that stuff is just fun.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Camera Sketches

I have been looking at getting some "camera" art for a while now. I was contemplating some vinyl wall stickers from Etsy, or possibly these really cool vintage posters. Well, when I found out the vintage poster would cost me $8 just for the shipping, I thought, "no thanks!" I mean, I wish I could, but it's just not something I want to be putting money towards right now. So I had to come up with another solution. As I sat here reviewing some stuff I like I decided to go to the dollar store. I bought a roll of "blackboard" with an adhesive back. Then I stuck it to the wall and started sketching away. I have a wooden frame I am going to have Dave hang on the front, and a five piece mat. I think it suits our basement space pretty nicely.

McCain Purely Potatoes

So last night we gave McCain Purely Potatoes a try (thanks to bzzagent!)
Here's the Good: They are simple to make. You can microwave the bag, then add some butter and milk, and mash them as you please. I whipped them up in my Kitchenaid mixer and they looked great. They really are pure. If you aren't into salty foods, then just whip them up and don't add any salt. They don't have that salty processed taste like instant potatoes would. They also work well with gravy.
Here's the Bad: They taste like cloud fluff. They are really light. They don't leave you with that satisfied feeling of eating a more filling mashed potato. Also, if you follow the microwave instructions, which require you to microwave the whole bag, then you have to make them all up at once, rather than a portion or two.
In conclusion, The white chunk potatoes aren't my thing, but I am willing to give the other variety (sweet potatoes!) a try.
If you've tried the product, (either vairety), please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Unfair Compromise

Zoe and I were painting. This unimpressed face resulted from my request that she look up for a picture before I took my turn painting. She seems to be contemplating how she can get out of her end...

I call this face "Hmmph!"
Fine. That's all I needed.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Let's Paint Our Toenails With Crayons

Zoe started the day off like pretty much any other day- with a focus on having her nails painted. Only before she even made such a request, she started getting it done herself- with some crayons. After she finished and had the chance to admire her work, it was decided that she still needed them painted. So I really didn't get out of anything.

She did have Dave braid her hair though. So I took some pics of their feet and her tutu. A tutu adds to any pic, really.

To cure Zoe's desire to "go somewhere" tonight, I had the girls decorate Easter eggs. That occupied quite a bit of their time. It is so nice now that Zoe is old enough to do these kinds of activities without assistance.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Party

We had our Easter Party today. My thoughts for the party had been an outdoor egg hunt, and some outdoor play. You know, some swinging, skipping, and trampoline fun? That isn't so much fun in the snow though so that idea didn't work out. The kids still had fun though. I tried to keep things simple. I didn't plan many activities and I made Jello Jigglers and Brownies from a box. Easy Peasy, except... I had this new brownie lollipop pan and the first batch went terribly wrong. This is not what I had intended when I purchased the "easy" brownies in a box. So I was pretty (very) cranky this morning when I woke up and the exterior of the brownies was like a rock. Dave saved the day and the smart boy came back with two boxes. But I only needed one, thankfully. And a reminder to self: Do not try any new baking things, not even a new pan for a party without a practice round.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Some Cooking Class and Some Painting

On Friday Zoe went to her first cooking class. It was fun, and I've signed her up for two more classes.
We've been having pretty busy weekends for these last couple of week. And tomorrow Reese has one birthday party and then our Easter party. Add to the hectic weekend that we were out of town today, it poured rain, and one windshield wiper wasn't working. And then when it did, it was "fighting" with the other one. It was funny, but not funny. So Dave stopped at a Canadian Tire, and they did not have what we needed. When we got back into our city, Dave's dad came up to help fix our (other) car, which not-so-conveniently started making weird noises when we were out of town last weekend. They couldn't get a bolt off so they went to Canadian Tire here and purchased a $100 dollar wrench.
That broke while they were trying to remove the bolt.
They returned with a new tool.
Dave: This was $150 off.
Me: How much was it?! (Insert fear here).
Dave Pauses. Probably to add more fear.
Dave: $60.
Whew. ('Cause when he said $150 off, I was thinking the price tag must have been pretty high).
Unfortunately the delays mean the car won't be fixed this week. And of course I had already volunteered myself to help out with some photos for Reese's class on Tuesday/Thursday. And Dave is in Toronto on Tuesday. So I can't borrow his car. But really I will just be thankful if they can fix this problem themselves because the quote was $1000 to have it done. Ouch.

Cooking class! I didn't want to be the big weirdo that takes pictures of her kids doing everything (even though we all know I am). So I only snapped a couple of pics. And that's not even my kid behind the cookies. But whatever. My kid did make some of those cookies.

When we got home today the girls wanted to paint. But they would not let me take pictures. Hence the hand. But I got one. ;)

And now there is just no time for photo editing...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Me and Macaulay

So the other night I was telling Dave that I hated our computer so much that I'd almost rather not have one (because then I'd be way less frustrated and angry). Then yesterday morning I woke up, and I felt like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. You know the scene where he is so frustrated with his family that he wishes he didn't have one and then the next morning he wakes up and they're gone? Yeah, it was like that, except my computer, not my family. It was absolutely non functional. Dave thought our hard drive had crashed. But it all turned out fine. He had knocked a cord out when he pulled it apart to check for additional RAM space. And yay, we're going to get some more RAM so that maybe one day soon I will be far less frustrated with the computer.

Zoe had to take her bean plant outside with her in the afternoon. We planted the beans last Friday at Chapters for Kids First Day. Bean plant, a Fiber One bar, some fruit, a juicesicle, and her DSi, all out enjoying a sunny day. Three year old bliss.

Tonight we started planting seeds in Jiffy Pots. I put in the soil, Reese wrote on the sticks, and both the girls put in the seeds. It went well. Now let's just hope the seeds grow well. I can typically grow small plants from seeds, and even get some flowers out of them. But all these seeds are meant to bear fruits and veggies and I have yet to taste either variety produced from any seed I've ever planted. But as Justin Bieber says, "Never Say Never." Sorry, I couldn't help myself...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I know it's Tuesday now, but these pics are from Monday because on Monday I couldn't post. I had a few choice words for this computer. (Same old story, unfortunately, until one day we can miraculously get a new computer. Or more RAM.) I couldn't resist taking pics of Zoe in her chosen outfit- a big flowered headband, a flowered dress, and some pink army rain boots. These are the moments when I wish she could just stay little forever!

"The look" because she couldn't understand why I had to stop and take her picture when she just wanted me to jump on the sidewalk. I'm almost sorry I started this jumping game. Now we have to play it every day and I am sure it looks strange to those passing by us.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Perfect Day

Dave put up the trampoline this weekend, and today the girls and I spent the entire day in the backyard, right up until bedtime. The weather was just perfect. The girls were super excited yesterday when we told them they could pull out their summer clothes. Reese has been begging for a while now. I don't think there is much that would have made her happier than pulling out the summer clothes. (Well, except a trip to Disney because she really wants that. ;) )

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Every Child Has Her Own Tooth Fairy

Reese lost her third tooth a few days ago. We have discussed our theories about the tooth fairy a couple of times now. Reese's most recent idea is that "everyone has their own tooth fairy." She told me this the other day, and then explained it to me. Her friend gets $3 per tooth. Reese always gets $2 per tooth. That is because they have different tooth fairies. See? But the same one comes to her house each time. It's true. Every child has her own tooth fairy.

Reese put some red hair mascara in yesterday. It's just on the ends. You can't see it too well in the pics though. Her hair got wet and then it streaked her whole ponytail pink. I think it's mostly washed out now...