Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What Makes Me Happy Wednesday

Hello blog readers ... if you are still around, thanks so much! It has been a busy week around here... but no better day than today to make a "what makes me happy" post!

1. First off.... THIS makes me OH SO HAPPY!

This would be my Vancouver Canucks celebrating a goal... it is not the game-winning goal in double overtime last night that had me bawling like a baby (in happiness) but alas, it is celebrating a goal! Because I AM A CANUCKS FAN! I have been for as long as I can remember - and to be going to play for this

Makes me BEYOND happy!!! Go Canucks Go!

2. I am from Vancouver Island - and when people hear that, the first thing that I usually hear about is the rain. But believe it or not, I love the rain.... and miss it immensely! The only thing better than a good rainstorm is one that has lots of thunder and lightening to go with it!

3. New Tea - if I am having a quiet and gloomy day, I love treating myself to some new tea that I have never tried before. A good day is spent cuddled up with the kids and new tea :)

4. Hot showers - I love making the shower so hot that I have to work myself into it! And once in a while I treat myself and stay in that burning hot shower until the hot water tank empties itself! Now if only I had that fabulous rain showerhead to go with it!

5. And you, Trevor Linden... you still make me happy! I'm not sure what made me cry harder - when you were traded from Vancouver in 98 or when you retired in 08. You were an amazing leader, team player and humanitarian - an inspiration to many. And now that the Canucks are headed to the Cup finals, I wonder where you are and if you are as glued to the tv as I am!

I would post more but need to get my butt in gear for a Copic class this evening... thank goodness the Canucks have the night off! Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

10 Things Tuesday

I almost forgot it was Tuesday today! And I am needing to write a happy list ... just to remind myself that all is well :)

Today's 10 things are from Pinterest! If you haven't caught on to this crazy site, I warn you that it can be very addictive! I have always been a blog surfer... clicking and clicking and clicking and finding the coolest things... well this is basically a website based on what people like - if you like something, you "pin" it to your board... and you can look at other people's boards too! I hadn't caught onto the craze until I realized that I was getting all these people visiting my blog from there - all because of this post that I did about my 10 favourite childhood games and someone "pinned" the photo that I used!

So here are some of my favourite pins - be sure to click on the links under the photos to check them out!:





(wouldn't this look awesome in a boy's room... all grunged out?!)




(can I hear a BRILLIANT?!!!)

which I am IN LOVE with... simply beautiful!

Please share your pin boards with me too!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Haven't Posted These in a While!

Some of my newerish (and yes that is a word!) and favourite layouts!!

Hoping to get some more done tonight... Have a great weekend!

**Edited** - note to self, check email before blogging!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What Makes Me Happy Wednesday

Oh it's a beautiful day here - supposed be 24 here today... Summer is on it's way!! I am doing a quick post because my parents are on their way for our yearly visit and I need to be cleaning!!

5 things that are making me happy today:

1. My Mom and Dad will be here sometime today - if you had told me 15 years ago that I would have the relationship that I have with my mom, I would have probably said some not so nice words. But I love that I have matured and she has changed some too and we respect and admire each other. I have always been a Daddy's girl... and it's helpful that he likes to ask me for a todo list while he is here! I love that they will get to be here for G's birthday this year - an extra treat!

2. Sprinklers - I am hoping it will be warm enough today to pull out the sprinkler. There is something about watching the kids run through it with reckless abandon that just makes me smile. I have to admit that I love it when they make me hold their hand and do it too!

3. Vicki Chrisman's blog - Appropriately titled "This art that makes me happy"! And it does - go check her out... especially THIS POST if you are looking for some crazy inspiration!

4. Sarah - Sarah is a friend that I made in bloggy land... turns out we actually live very close to each other and we have met up a few times. If you read her blog (she actually has two) you can't help but catch part of her positive attitude. Sarah was the first person to come back to my long neglected blog (and send me a nice email to check up on me!) This is our year Sarah - we WILL meet up at a park this year!

5. A clean floor - I would show you a picture but I haven't done it yet! I love the look, smell and feel of a newly washed floor... so I am going off to do it!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

10 Things Tuesday

Today's list is comprised of 10 of my favourite films - I don't get to see many movies lately so a lot of them are older... but goodies none the less!

1. To Kill a Mockingbird - Probably my most favourite book ever written and happy to say that I enjoy the movie even more! I actually really wanted to name my daughter Harper after the author Harper Lee but didn't win that argument!

2. Robin Hood Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner - I used to have this huge crush on Kevin Costner and this movie sealed it for me! Favourite line in the movie is when the sheriff says he will cut out Robin Hood's heart with a spoon... because it would hurt more than an axe!

3. A Knight's Tale with Heath Ledger - admittedly another actor I had a crush on and was very sad when he died... but I loved the whole renaissance stuff and the actor that plays Wat in the movie (I just googled, his name is Alan Tudyk) was very funny!

4. Big Fish - if you haven't seen this movie, it is super hard to explain... it is basically about a man who's father is dying and he grew up with his father telling him all these wild and crazy stories. The man is reliving the stories and learning whether they were true stories or just "fish" tales. Ewan MacGregor (no crush there) is exceptional in it.

5. Good Will Hunting - okay...another crush... on Ben Affleck this time.... This is my "glue" movie - you know the kind where if you see it on tv, you are glued to it and suddenly an hour has passed and you haven't moved? I have seen this movie so many times I can't count but I still could watch it again and again and again.

6. Ratatouille - My newest favourite Disney film - triple love it! Unfortunately it is not my kids most favourite one so I don't get to see it enough!

7. Gran Torino - not a huge Clint Eastwood film but this is an incredibly powerful film and his is amazing in it.

8. The Money Pit - oldie but a goodie. Seeing Tom Hank stuck in the carpet in the hole in the floor cracks me right up. EVERY TIME!

9. Juno - LOVED this!!! Ellen Page is incredible and I really look forward to more from her (plus it's a bonus she's Canadian!)

10. On Golden Pond - I watched this when I was maybe 11 or 12... and it has always pulled at my heartstrings. I haven't watched it in years but when I think of my favourite movies, it always comes back... I would like to see it again to see if I still love it as much as I think I do!

That's it folks - please share your list with me too! Have a great week and don't forget about the BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY BELOW!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Look - it's back!!

It sure feels good to be blogging again! I was sitting avoiding some other work last night and actually did up a SOTW! Yep, I really did!

See? A real sketch! And that pretty background paper is from Cosmo Cricket's new line Odds & Ends... it hasn't shipped yet but I will be watching for it as I love the look! thank those of you who nicely nudged me back into blogging.... a little RAK to give away! If you leave me a comment, you will get a ticket entered into a draw for a goody bag (I will take a pic later today and post) ! If you do the SOTW, leave me a comment where to find it (or send me an email at and you can get another entry. And... if you're new to my blog and sign up as a follower, you will get another entry! Don't worry, if you're already a follower, I will give a ticket too! Deadline for entry is 11 pm, Sunday May 15th!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Today I celebrate the best gift ever given to me - my three beautiful children. As hard as life can be, these 3 make everything worth it. I don't know where I would be without early morning snuggles, bone crushing hugs, sloppy wet kisses and the best care-free conversations in the world. Thank you to Bean, BooBoo and Stink for making me a Mom - I love you to the moon and back!



And Happy Mother's Day to those of you who are blessed with your own babies - be they 4 legged (and furry) or 2, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

PS - Check back tomorrow, I HAVE A SURPRISE!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bear with Me

I hadn't blogged in so long that I thought I would get all smart and give it a makeover... never do this when you have about 5000 other things to do on the same day!
Needless to say, after panicking that I had completely mucked things up, I think I am now happy with it until I can figure out how to move that little bit up at the top outta the trees!
And if you are desperately seeking a new makeover, I strongly suggest this fabulous post I found today!

What Makes You Happy Wednesday

This is my new Wednesday post - things that make me happy and hopefully you will share with me what makes you happy too!

This is what makes me happy.

Oh wait - you can't see anything? Right .... well about that..... There is supposed to be a picture of beautiful gerber daisies in that blank spot. Because getting flowers definitely makes me happy! I never get them and my friend Michelle was so thoughtful that she sent me some for my birthday and I took gorgeous photos of them.... GORGEOUS.... and then my son took my ds card for his Nintendo ds and..... ERASED ALL MY PHOTOS!!!!!! This does not make me happy :( but I am not going to dwell on it because this post is about what DOES make me happy. So please know that gerber daisies from an awesome friend really make me happy.

And a few other things that make me happy...

The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha - totally light reading but guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Pedicures - I only do them about a few times in the summer ...and had my first one this week! My feet are so pretty and happy when they are rubbed and shaved and scrubbed and painted! I love that I can now take my daughter with me (she was the hit of the nail salon last week!) - the only thing that could make it better would be to have this

That, my friends, is deliciousness in a pretty glass bottle!!! Ogopogo's Lair Pinot Grigio by Prospect Wineries.... try it, you will like it!

And last but not least, I am hoping that this will also make me happy


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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

10 Things Tuesday

It's been a while hey? So let's do this one nice and easy and tell you about 10 things I would like to learn to do:

1. How to crochet from a pattern - I have known how to crochet for years but get kind of bored with only making blankets. My daughter got the cutest hat ever and I need to know how to make one!

2. How to make a great omelet. I suck at this... truly suck. Somehow my omelets always turn into scrambled eggs and not the wondrous cheesy concoctions that I love at Sunday brunch. A friend just told me the key is in using a smaller pan so I will attempt it and see if it helps at all.

3. How to play a guitar/violin. Probably won't ever happen but it is one of those things I would love to learn. I can play quite a few instruments but these 2 elude me.

4. How to say No to things I don’t really want to do. I just can't say no. I try... but I'm not very good at it. And I hate that.

5. How to make sushi. I love sushi... but not the raw kind.... and I see all those cool "make your own sushi" kits and think I could do it... maybe.

6. How to make my own wine - because I keep hearing everyone tell me about their wine-making experiences and I feel jealous!! I hope to make something that doesn't taste like nail polish remover like homemade wine I tasted years ago but I figure if I learn how to do it (and not home brew it in the bathtub) chances are good!

7. How to look after my heart better (emotionally, but physically too). I am on a new eating plan and working out and things are going good in that department.... emotionally needs some sort of plan tho too.

How to take really good photos with a professional camera. The slight hitch in that plan is the professional camera... but it will happen one day! For now, I will settle for my Kodak :)

9. To make this bracelet - because that is so cool! Hmmmm... but I don't have any pop cans......... stay tuned!

10. How to use an ereader - because I REALLLLLY want one of those darn things!

11. I forgot, I have a number eleven so today is actually 11 things Tuesday - I really want to figure out how to change my font to a way cooler one than Blogger lets me use. I have tried and tried but no luck as of yet.... if you have a cool font and an easier tutorial than the ones I have found, link me up!

That's it for now - have a happy Tuesday :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Important Day

Today is an IMPORTANT DAY! Go out and place your vote people! Canada needs to hear your voice - even if I may not agree with the party you vote for, your vote is still important! I just got back from dropping off kids at school and marking that little X on my piece of paper. .. and was a bit disappointed not to see more people at the voting station. Please get out and do your part!

And to wake up to the news that Osama Bin Laden is dead......... walking my son to the bus today, he saw the headline on the newspaper and asked who he was. It is so hard to explain how one man changed the lives of so many people... and not in a good way. While I find it hard to "celebrate" someone's death, I can't say that it isn't a good thing.... and finding the right words to say are really hard - so instead, I send you to read Stephanie Howell's blog... because she sums it up perfectly!

Have a great week!