Sunday, July 5, 2015

June... Is Over?

I don't know how it happened. One second, it's Kee's birthday, right at the beginning of June, and the next, I'm watching fireworks and thinking, really? What the heck have I been doing?

Having the kids home all day every day has been a huge adjustment for me. I'm used to having at least a few good hours of complete silence in my day. It has taken just one week to realise that I won't have even a semblance of quiet again Until September. Am I terrible that I'm already looking forward to it? Don't get me wrong - I love having my kids around, I just also love having some time to breathe and actually focus on what *I* need for a minute.

As a result, I'm instituting a daily quiet time. You know that part of the day just after lunch when it gets so hot that you don't really want to move anyway? Perfect. I dub thee "Quiet Time". With capitals, because it's important.

I will be napping. The kids will most likely turn their nose up at such an idea, so I'm going to loosen the reigns on screen time a bit and let them work through a list of pre-approved Netflix titles.

We're going through a bit of a throw back period with our viewing these days. The kids are all excited about things that I used to watch when I was a kid. Some shows like My Little Pony and Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Incorporated have been updated and revamped, while one of my personal favourites The Magic School Bus is the same excellent show I remember from watching with the kids I babysat. (Sadly, though it is available, they have no interest at all in Jem, so I'll have to watch that on my own time.)  There are also some excellent new shows, in particular Dragons: Race to the Edge (which takes place between the first and second movies), that they're stoked about. 

But that only takes care of an hour or so every afternoon. What to do with the rest of the summer? Once again, I'm leaving things to fate, so we're wide open here.

What are you guys doing? Any super fun ideas  that I can steal?

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Thanks, Kerry!

Do you guys know about the Sew Mama Sew site? There are literally hundreds of tutorials on there, as well as some great ideas for sewing with kids. There is also the wonderous thing that is Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day.

"Hmm..." you say, "that sounds intriguing. What exactly is that?"

Twice a year, Sew Mama Sew is host to hundreds of giveaways for handmade items, patterns, fabric, and notions. It's gotten so big that a single day can't contain it anymore; now it's more like giveaway week. Not only is it a great chance to win stuff, but it's an opportunity to go through all the links and find those hidden gem blogs that you might not otherwise be aware of. I tend to go through and browse all the sites, and find at least a couple that I keep reading. Despite the odds, I enter all of the giveaways that I'm interested in, and consider it a day well spent.

This past giveaway day, I finally won something! Just this week, I received a lovely package of cotton fabric scraps that are going to come in very handy for future projects.

Aren't they lovely?

So, thank you very much to Kristin and Beth at Sew Mama Sew for hosting such a comprehensive giveaway, and to Kerry of PennyDog Patchwork for the beautiful scraps!

Friday, June 5, 2015

This Will Indeed Be a Challenge.

Yesterday (while taking a break from moving shelves and things) I came across an 8 week crafting challenge that I've decided to take part in. What better motivation to get my craft room in order than that, right? This was the first week - make anything at all using a photo. As long as there is a photo involved.

Of course. I did manage to get the shelves together yesterday. But I couldn't lift them. So this is my room at the moment.

They're going to be great once I get them upright and filled with wonderful craft supplies... but at the moment, they're blocking access to everything. Especially the closet (you can just see it on the left there) which happens to contain my big box of photos. And my photo printer. I also only had one day to do it, and it just happened to be a PA day for my kids. I had an inkling of a plan that involved the three of us sitting around the table painting some lovely wooden picture frames... but I think they're in the closet too.

So for my week one challenge, I cut a picture out of an old calendar that I found stuffed on a shelf. Which I hope counts... it is a photo, I just didn't take it. Still good?

"Out of this world"... get it? *snort*
I promise, next week will be more involved!

Do any of you want to take part? Let me know! Tag me in your posts or tweets or whatever so I can see what you made!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Perfectly Pink. (And Sparkly!)

This week, Kee turned seven! Can you believe it? I've been writing this thing since she was a tiny baby... and now she's seven. I'm officially all out of babies over here. *sniffle*

Kee is my little tiara wearing ninja. My feather boa coveting knight in sparkly armour. She loves all things pink, and aside from climbing everything in sight, a "spa day" is one of her favourite things to do. Up until now, a "spa day" has meant having a bubble bath, then me painting her nails and trimming her hair while she watches a movie. (See how I snuck in the haircut?)

I don't know if she'll be falling for that one anymore, now that she's had a taste of a real spa. I've recently become a "Glambassador" for Glama Gals Tween Spa, and over the weekend we were invited to the Grand Opening of the new location in Barrie. Right in time for my ninja princess' birthday!

From the moment you step into the space everything is pink and white, glitter and sparkle. We were treated to cupcakes, "pinkatinis", and a room full of every pink candy you can think of. The girls were in heaven.

Then they were whisked away to pick a nail polish colour and have their nails done, using Piggy Paint.  

Off to the hair station, to get colour, braids, sparkles, and updos.

They even got to make their own personalised bubble bath and lotion to bring home at the "Glama Lab".

I couldn't pry them away for a pic until we got home!

By the time they'd taken part in all the spa activities, eaten their fill of pink food, and rocked a few dance party breaks and sing alongs, my girls felt like princesses. The people we met there were all wonderful. Everyone was full of smiles and positive energy. That's the thing that I love about Glama Gals; It's about more than nail polish and sparkles, it's about making the girls feel cared for and special.

I think Kee summed it up when I asked her if she'd enjoyed going, and she replied, "BEST. DAY. EVER!!"

*If you haven't heard of Piggy Paint before, it's a non-toxic, odourless, all natural nail polish. It's what I went out of my way to find when I was trying to bribe the girls into not biting their nails anymore. That didn't really work, but we do love our Piggy Paint!

I am part of the Glambassador program, and as such receive things like party invitations every once in a while. My opinion, as always, is entirely my own.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Family Time.

Lately, a lot of my Netflix watching has been shows that I remember watching as a kid. Shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-air (raise your hand if you can still sing the entire theme song from memory?), Party of Five (the angst!), and Gilmore Girls (I desperately want to live in Stars Hollow). All great shows centered around families!

Family can mean a lot of things. It can mean the people you're born to. It can mean the friends that you grow up with. It can mean the people you bond with at work. It can even mean the minions that your scientist partner created, or the children you adopted under false pretenses to further your plan to steal a shrink ray to facilitate you stealing the moon.

If you're at all intrigued by that last one, you might want to watch one of my family's favourite movies of all time, Despicable Me.

Not into cartoons? How about Raising Hope? Jimmy Chance, a well meaning guy with a big heart has a one night stand with an escaped convict. He later finds out that she'd gotten pregnant, and decides to raise the baby, Hope, by himself. He's not *all* by himself though, as he still lives with his parents and grandmother. It takes a village after all.

There's also a great new series, exclusive to Netflix about redefining your definition of family later in life. Grace and Frankie have lived and raised their families parallel to each other for years, their husbands being partners in a law firm. They couldn't be more different though, and don't exactly get along. When, after 40 years of marriage,  their husbands leave them for each other, Grace and Frankie are forced together to reevaluate their lives. Despite their abundance of differences, they discover that having one huge thing in common can be the basis for a meaningful friendship.

How about you? What are you watching?

Monday, May 25, 2015

I Just... I Can't.

I've been getting things into a better state around here. There are still boxes hiding in the laundry room, but I was going to get to them after I finished sorting out my office/craft room/etc. Which, I remind you, was about to get underway. The living room looked like this:

This past weekend, Husband went home to visit his mum. He came home with a van. This happened.

These are boxes of stuff that has apparently been festering at his mum's during the 15 years that we've been living together. They are full of things like old magazines, books, toys, and games; basically assorted junk. They are now in my living room.

There are two of these. What the hell, man?
I'm going to have a nap now.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Verdict Is In.

Three weeks in the cast, three weeks in a splint, then an as yet unspecified length of physio.

It's pretty though, right?