Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#WordlessWednesday - A Peek at our Easter (#linky)

It's time for some good ol' Wordless Wednesday fun!
I think that WW posts are definitely a highlight for my week. It's always fun to share my photos, and I love to see what you all have posted too!
This time around I'm going to take you on a peek inside our Easter :)
Your turn! Link up! Let me see what you've got posted!
Oh! and ps..which pic is your fave?

A Little Spring Creativity with Kellogg's Rice Krispies

I always love the chance to get creative in the kitchen with my girls. Although we generally don't seem to stray too far from making cupcakes. But on Thursday when that wonderful big red box showed up from Kelloggs, the challenge was on: get creative for spring with Rice Krispies!

Now since I'm trying to loosen my control in the kitchen, and make sure that the girls are getting those much needed life skills, I decided that the 13yr old could whip up the Rice Krispies treats!

Need the recipe for Rice Krispies treat special occasion flowers? Find it here!
Pressing the mix onto a baking sheet proved to be tricky..don't use wax paper to press it with..you just end up with rice krispies coated wax paper..not really sure why that doesn't work! lol
The girls had such a great time getting all crazy with the icing and sprinkles and candies...and crazy it was considering they were doing this at bedtime (not the best decision on my part! lol)

But it was definitely a really FUN evening, with lots of laughs with my girls, and even mom got in on the decorating action! Check out my bunny! lol.

For more great inspiration and ideas be sure to check out ricekrispies.ca!

Do you like to get creative with your Rice Krispies treats?

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace DVD #disney #disneyjunior

A Magical Voyage Under the Sea!
Disney's Sofia the First: The Floating Palace is available NOW!

Do YOU believe in mermaids? You will - when you set sail on a magical full-length adventure under the sea with Sofia the First! After Sofia helps a little mermaid name Oona, Sofia's amulet grants her the power to transform into a mermaid and visit her new friend's secret underwater kingdom. But when Cedric (disguised as a sea monster) plots to steal Oona's enchanted Mermaid Comb, danger surfaces for both worlds. With a little help from special guest, Princess Ariel, Sofia embarks on an adventure to rescue Oona and prevent a typhoon before it's too late. Overflowing with oceans of song-filled fun - plus three more exciting episodes - The Floating Palace proves that when families and friends work together, they can weather any storm and save the day!

Sofia the First is such a sweetheart! My 9 year old and I couldn't wait to snuggle up together and check this one out. We're big fans of how musical the episodes are! And gotta say that I love that there's finally a full-length movie (total running length is 118 mins), and an appearance from Ariel too! This Disney DVD makes a great gift, and includes 2 sweet bracelets!

Have you seen this full-length feature yet?
Got a little Sofia the First fan in your home?
Monday, April 21, 2014

Super Quick Dinner Idea - Saucy Chicken Stir Fry w Noodles

If there is one thing I am really working on right now, it's meals that can come together as QUICK as humanly possible, and also have to work with my intolerances! Some days I might make it home about 15 mins before 'dinnertime', pretty darn exhausted, and not even remotely sure what to do for dinner. And I know a lot of you might be saying 'umm...use your crockpot?!'...but frankly I'm just not comfy leaving it on, unattended, for long periods of time. So in comes my NEED for super quick meal ideas!
This past week I stumbled upon a super quick dinner that my girls and I LOVED!

It was seriously YUM!

This dinner used just 4 convenient items and came together in about 15 mins.

What I did:

1. I took 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bitesize pieces, and cooked with a bit of EVOO in a large frying pan on medium(ish)

2. Added in a bag of frozen mixed Asian stir-fry blend vegetables (approx. 500g)

3. Tossed in some pre-cooked(packaged) udon noodles (approx. 400g)

4. Mixed in approx. 1/2 a jar of pad thai sauce (I had a 341ml jar in my cupboard)

5. Once the veggies are thawed and everything is all heated up and wonderful smelling DISH IT UP and enjoy!

If anyone out there has any QUICK meal ideas for me, PLEASE share, they'd be greatly appreciated!
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Georgie Cat turns ONE! #pictures #videos

Warning: if you don't want to see 16 cute Georgie cat pics, don't read any further!

It's hard to believe that our weirdo, trouble-maker, rescued fur-baby is now ONE! He was taken in by a rescue after being found on the streets at approx. 4 weeks (awwww!) and we adopted him at 7 weeks. We love our April Fools feline!

Here's a peek back at just how much Georgie has grown over the past year...

Georgie-cat is...
 - all about the sneak attack
 - has luckily grown out of his habit of sleeping ON my head
 - loves Christmas trees...just try and keep him away!
 - greets you at the door (and guests too!)
 - chirpily meows on Tuesday nights...during my movie night with @tabithapye...hardly ever hear a peep out of him at ANY other time! why?!
 - bolts to join anyone in the shower who leaves the door open for him. He apparently LIKES water!
 - likes to 'ski' on any slippery surface he finds (closed computers, slippy kitchen floors, etc)
 - prefers to drink from the toilet
 - will throw himself into the wall to get his collar off, successfully...we can't keep one on him!
 - LOVES his cat apps, and will 'attack' your phone/ipod/tablet if he spies it!
 - LOVES watermelon!

Do you have a cat? Does it have any quirky traits?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Disney's Pirate Fairy - Available NOW!

From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, “The Pirate Fairy” sets sail April 1, 2014.

Yet another movie with a feisty fiery-haired lead character! Orangie(and I) are big fans of all these fantastic new strong females that Disney is introducing! Zarina did get a bit wayward, but it all comes together in the end with a great message. I also loved the Tink / Captain Hook / Peter Pan tie-in! Always good to get a bit of a back story making you NEED to watch the other movie again too!
We found this one mesmerizing, and will definitely be watching it again and again!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Getting unSTUCK, and art journalling

Jennie Allen says it best... I'M DONE SMILING.. "Women are hurting. A lot of us feel stuck. This is not a novel perception- this is human. We are stuck trying to be perfect. Stuck in sadness. Stuck feeling numb. Stuck pursuing more stuff to make us happy. Stuck in something we can’t even name. And most of our stuck places are invisible to the world. Which keeps us from dealing with them."

Tonight we began a new series in the art journaling classes that I've been taking for a couple months now. STUCK really hits home for me, and it's something that I really feel called to delve into. What people share with the world really tends to be a 'highlight reel' and rarely do you know what people are actually going through..the struggle..the hurt.

These art journaling classes have brought such a mix of emotion..you never know what will come out in a session from just one word..a jumping point. But getting back to creativity, even if it brings tears, is so soothing to my soul. I love the mess of colours on my hands at the end of the night, and the deep restful sleep that comes after creating it all out of my system.

So what did I accomplish tonight?

This was soooo out of my comfort zone..I LOVE COLOUR, and I'm not really a fan of the drab vintage look, but ultimately I am very happy with how it turned out. It was supposed to be a painted background, but I felt drawn to the assortment of papers available and I come from a scrapbooking background over art so it was nice to just feel the paper again! The lady, bird and nest were just black and white printouts from the computer, which I then blended paint in my hand to colour them. I was so happy with the outcome of that experiment! Once I get my journaling done it will be tucked away into the library envelope under the nest.

I'm definitely looking forward to next weeks class!