Liebster Award-Discover New Blogs

Thank you to  Bexersblog for this nomination!  This chick is awesome– a very creative and passionate mommy to two cute kiddies!  It is nice to have other parents out there that experience similar challenges and hilarious moments while raising children!

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So how this award works: You must acknowledge the blogger who nominated you. Answer all 11 questions chosen by the nominating blogger. You should then nominate other fantastic bloggers, and give them 11 new questions to answer.

Here are the questions given to me:

  1. What is the one most important thing that readers should know about you and/or your blog? That this is my creative outlet and I am new to it, so bear with me! LOL
  2. What is your favorite season? FALL, hands down! the smells, colours (and no bugs!)
  3. Which superpower would you choose to have? probably the ability to fly… 
  4. What is your favorite dessert? I don’t think I have one..I’m not really a sweets/dessert person!  
  5. Have you ever been read by a medium? nope…
  6. What is your favorite thing to blog about?  I like being able to blog about everything- my thoughts, my experience with anxiety, as a mother, as a wife, as an employee, adventures- I love how the options are endless.
  7. If you could have a re-do of your childhood would you? no way.  I loved my childhood and every memory involved-the good and the bad!  That is a huge part of who I am today!
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you choose?  in Southampton…I definitely miss my home town!
  9. Does your family have a “secret recipe”? For what?  I’m not sure if we have any secret ones, but I am half Ukrainian, so we have a certain way of making perogies, cabbage rolls,etc…
  10. What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? Norah sleeping in until 7 (it happens EVERY once in awhile), sipping coffee with Josh and playing with Norah.. then all of us and the dogs going on an adventure, ending with a bbq and a cold drink
  11. What is your favorite drink?  probably wine. LOL  I am a big water drinker too, with ice and lemon- I’m not really a fan of pops and juices…

 


My nominees are:

LakesideWarriorGirl

Laura

BeautyBeyondBones

M loves M

 

Your questions, should you wish to participate:

  1. What is your favourite hobby?
  2. What made you start a blog?
  3. What is your favourite recipe to cook?
  4. What place would you love to visit?
  5. What is your ideal date night?
  6. Are you a cat or a dog person?
  7. If you could have any job, what would it be?
  8. What is your favourite store to shop?
  9. Sunrise or sunset?
  10. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
  11. Do you have a favourite book?

 

Garden fresh!!

Well, I finally got my hair done!!! It had been awhile… I love my hairdresser- and she had just moved to a house on the lake so it was time to visit her new place!

When I got there, I noticed her giant garden in the backyard! It was full of potatoes, zucchini, peppers, and a LOT of romaine lettuce! 

After a great night night of catching up (and going blonder…), she sent me home with a whole whack of romaine lettuce! 

So, here is the summer meal tonight: chicken burger with cheese, salsa and tomatoes, with a giant romaine lettuce salad (with tomatoes, cucumbers, balsamic vinegar and vinegar!) 

YUM!!!!! you can taste how fresh the lettuce is!!!


Until next time… T.xx

Don’t Miss “The Window”…

So, it has been a long few weeks– emotionally draining, physically exhausting… dealing with family, work, teething toddler, home maintenance– just life in general.  Most of my family are vacationing in my hometown, which makes me a bit homesick for the town and my family.  Also, I think Josh and I not having a proper vacation together in years is starting to take a toll…

Anyway, life just kind of caught up to me yesterday.  I guess there is only so much before one can run out of steam!

Most days I can push myself pretty far– from 4 or 5am non-stop to 8 or 9 at night.  Last night however, I just KNEW I would not make it to 9pm.  This mama needed a time out!

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I had just finished cleaning up the kitchen and Josh came home from work earlier than normal.  Norah still had awhile to go before bedtime so there was my window of opportunity…and I took it!!

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Here’s a lesson parents–do NOT hesitate.  TAKE that window- even if it is just a 5 minute one!

Anyway, I poured a glass of wine, shut the blinds, climbed right into bed, and completed “vegged” for 20 minutes.  I could not believe how fast I became refreshed from taking that time out!  And I don’t feel guilty at all!

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It’s funny- I always read about not missing ‘that window’ for a baby’s bedtime, but I never thought about MY window! I am going to try and look for those more often… and actually take them, instead of feeling guilty of taking a break.

 

Until next time..T. xx

 

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Live In The Moment

Generally, I have always found it very hard to live in the moment; on a day to day basis, just enjoying each minute of the day.  However I am really starting to realize how important it is to live in the moment.  Right now, our family is going through an extremely difficult time-we have a very close loved one who has been battling an illness for a long time, and if there is one thing this is teaching us- it is to not take today for granted.

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Another family member, who lost his wife a few years ago, gave me the best advice that is forever stuck in my mind:  “the little quarrels with your spouse are useless; don’t waste your time together fighting, ENJOY the time together.”

I know this is easier said than done.  We can all get caught up in the back and forth bickering, but for the most part, what are those little fights about?  Will it really matter who is right or wrong next year, or 5 years from now?

The bottom line is, our life on earth is SO SHORT, and unfortunately some shorter than others.  And the kicker is-we don’t know when we are going to die.   I could walk outside tomorrow and get hit by a bus, and there is no way anyone could foresee that.

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So why spend our days fighting with those we love.  We should spend each and every day loving, living, and appreciating our next breath.

So next time you find yourself getting caught up in an argument, try and picture that being your last conversation with that person and remember:

Life is about making mistakes, not regrets.

Life is about learning, not arguing. 

Life is about appreciating God’s gifts around us, not complaining about what we don’t have.

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Give all your loved ones a hug today and tell them you love them.  Because all we have is today.

 

Until next time..T. xx

 

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Time to Put The Gardening Gloves on!

So, I am a huge lover of plants (if you saw the inside of my house, you will find plants that are over 15 years old!), but I have never really tested out gardening.  I think my need to nurture and maintain has finally succeeded over my fear of failure!

This year, we haven’t been able to tackle much in terms of yard maintenance, but I finally decided it was time to remove the ugly grass patch in front of our bay window and plant a nice garden!

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Thankfully Josh wanted that grass patch gone too- so he helped me remove all the grass, and he tilled the clay ground best he could.

Norah and I had a lot of fun picking out shrubs and flowers at our local greenhouse!


We were in a race to beat the rain this week, so I went out after work in the evenings to plant and rake the soil.

It is hard to tell now, but once these grow in the next couple of years, they will look beautiful!   We planted a few boxwoods, hostas, and ninebarks (I cannot wait to see those grow!) as well as a couple of ground covers (wooly thyme smells AMAZING btw)

Gardening is an amazing teacher for patience and care;  I look forward to maintaining this garden and teaching Norah too!  Plus, it gets us outside in that wonderful summer weather!

So, what outside projects are you working on?

Until next time..T. xx

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