Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#wordlesswednesday - A Peek at My Week 9/17 (linky)

1) Late for Work :(
2) I WANT the awesome tiny felted alpaca
3) My teen was rockin' a Skipit this past weekend! Ohhh the skipit..
4) I finally finished my knit Hitchhiker shawl!
5) and I bought MORE mugs for the collection
6) back in my happy place!!!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

#wordlesswednesday - I Finally Ran a 5K Again! (linky)

This past Sunday I did something awesome and completely spontaneous.
I signed up at 10am to run a 5km at 3pm THAT DAY.
Until the day before I hadn't run in a solid month...and even then I could only run/walk about 4km.

I learned that if I actually push myself I can totally run/walk a 5k...and I actually beat my last time from 5 years ago. Holla. I will take that 37 mins and whoop it when I run another 5k on Oct 5th! Because the feeling of encouragement and the high 5's etc as you pass other runners is incredibly awesome and addictive. I refuse to give this up again. 
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What's New from Kellogg's - #BTS #KelloggCAInnovations #giveaway

Look what's NEW from Kellogg's...

This recent package from Kellogg's couldn't have come at a better time! Back to School! Time to get back to early mornings, back into routines, and then there is my favourite (ok, not so much)...back to packing lunches.
I absolutely loved that almost all these products could be put into their lunchbags! Whether it be little dishes of  Krave or the new Rice Krispies Multi-Grain SHAPES(dry cereal is a GREAT snack!), a recess-sized portion of NEW Pringles Tortillas, or my teens favourite yogurt topped with Special K low fat granola.
NEW and Noteworthy:
*NEW* Pringles Tortillas - available in Nacho Cheese, Original and Zesty Ranch flavours
To dip, or not to dip? That's the question! New Pringles Tortillas - pair them with your favourite salsa, guacamole, or enjoy them just as they are! These deliciously crunchy corn chips are so flavourful, dipping is optional. Try all three flavours!
Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes Cereal - A delicious and fun cereal that is made with whole grain - tastes great with milk or as a snack!
Parents will be happy to have a new option for breakfast and snack time with new Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes. The vast majority(95%) of kids agree that Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes are "cool" and "fun to eat"*, but moms will love that they contain no artificial flavours or colours, are fortified with Vitamin D, made with whole grain and are an excellent source of iron!
Like the looks of these #KelloggCAInnovations products? Wanna win them??
Enter to win a prizepack of Kellogg's products like what I received! (arv $50)
(Canada only, excl Que.. Ends 09/19 at 11:59pm EST) 
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

#tbt Orangie turns 10...and help i haz the feels!

Orange is 10 happy healthy 8 lbs 4 oz surprise-I-have-orange-hair baby!
So both my kiddos are now double digits. I have a TEEN and a TEN and the "I am done" is now hitting me a bit hard. I have been good all along with this fact/statement. It always felt right and my sentiment was "one for each hand"(to hold). I certainly have no interest in 'starting all over'. I LOVE my sleep and my free time, but for some reason now that the "baby" is turning 10 I feel like I've run headfirst at full-speed into a wall. I am only 34.
How do I deal with this? How do YOU deal with this?
Do I just keep looking forward to the adult vacations, and future grandkids to get my snuggle on?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It's #BTS with @DKCanada - #giveaway
School started yesterday here, but I knew that my youngest was heading back ready to take on math class again thanks to DK Canada! She had a great head-start by tackling these workbooks for a week and a half before she went back!

What Orangie liked:
  • Colourful pages with large font and spread out text -- not overwhelming to look at!
  • The 10 minute timer - she loved working to beat the clock!
  • The 'time-filler' challenges at the top of the page - a little something extra if you beat the clock!
What I liked:
  • The books are Canadian edition, and support the curriculum taught in our schools.
  • I am also a fan of the 10 minute timer. My child loved trying to beat the clock, but if your child is reluctant knowing that they only need to work for 10 minutes at a time might be just the boost they need!
  • Size of the books made portability great! We could bring them along to a restaurant and it would keep her busy, and LEARNING, while she waited for food.

More about Math Made Easy - 10 Minutes A Day workbooks

Each of these handy workbooks provides quick exercises in math for Canadian children. Based on one of the best and most effective learning strategies - little and often, each title in this series tests a range of skills and knowledge in the areas of number, shape, data-handling, measurement, and probability. Fully adapted to match Canadian curriculum requirements, these workbooks to support math learning at different levels of ability while fun Beat the Clock exercises develop quick mental math agility, including recalling the all-important times tables.
  • Each exercise takes a maximum of ten minutes to complete
  • Parents notes pages are included book with tips, guidance, and answers
More about Math Made Easy Workbooks

Refreshed with a new look, this bestselling workbook series is tailored specifically to the needs of Canadian children from ages 5-11. Each workbook forms part of a complete home-study program designed to make math fun and exciting as well as to help children practice essential math skills so that they can reach their full potential in school. Each book includes detailed parents notes and helpful hints to assist parents with the learning process. Each title now includes an extra 44-page practice section!
  • Features gold reward stars
  • Each book includes certificate of achievement

Be sure to check out the Back to School Boutique at DK Canada. For a limited time books in that boutique are 30% off, and don't forget that orders over $50 get FREE SHIPPING!
Enter to win a pair of Math Made Easy books for your child!
(arv $27, open to CANADA, ends Sept 16 at 11:59 pm EST) 
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#wordlesswednesday - hot tub kitty ( LINKY )

Sunday night, Orangie was hanging out in my guys hot tub, when along came this super friendly kitty wanting to see what she was doing...hilarity ensued..

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#BTS Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe

Today was the first day of school here is Canada, well for most of us anyways...and of course I couldn't send my kids off without a bit of homebaked love from mom. So I was up till 11:30 last night baking cookies...weren't you?! lol.

The girls just got back from an awesome first day and informed me that these cookies were obviously I am going to now share them with you! Hope you love them as much as we do!

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (not packed!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet minis)

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • In another large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 mins.
  • Let cool....but also be sure to enjoy some while still warm! Sooooo good!
Makes approx. 3 dozen cookies.