Friday Finds

Well I’ll just say that I’ve got a glow about me today from all that gold Team Canada won yesterday. Both women’s curling and the women’s hockey were nail biters – to say the least – but I was glued to the action. I can take no credit for their win, but I sure am proud.

Speaking of which, I was watching the hockey game with a couple girlfriends and their kids and we jumped and cheered and high-fived. Much like the rest of the country. See. The whole country jumped at once.

If you haven’t caught on yet that Canada also loves us some curling then A) what have you been doing the last 13 days? and B) Read this Hater’s Guide to Olympic Curling

Oh physics. You’re so weird. Look what you did to these figure skaters!

And just one more find about the Olympics that I wanted to share with you last week. Canada had a great start to the Olympics both in and outside competition so Buzzfeed put together these 10 ways that Canada has already won the Olympics.


I love both of these DIY “pipe” projects. So clever. So gorgeous. Where, oh where can I put this in my house? One from Primitive and Proper and one from 6th Street Design School.

I love this tutorial on how to DIY a belt strap bin from Iron & Twine.

Two great articles from Apartment Therapy on how to Developing Your Own Style and Three Things to Stop Saying to Your Home’s Visitors. I’ll admit I can do some of those three things because I feel like there’s always something more to work on around the house, but I’m working on letting it all go, knowing that my friends are visiting for me, not for a tidy play room or a sink that’s been emptied of dishes. Which reminds me of this.

Foster’s first birthday is just around the corner. Sigh. I love how this unconventional theme has been carried through. It’s giving me good ideas for throwing Foster’s party (despite the fact that I’m in denial that he’ll be a year old soon).

Did you know there’s a Zulily for dudes? It’s called JackThreads.

She found a phone, and texted well, you’ll see:

twitter dummy

This dog might be the worst at fetch in the history of ever.

I really hope I have a friendship like this.

I might not make it to 100 if the Olympics keep going the way they’re going! Have a great weekend. I hope you’ll enjoy taking the time to browse through this week’s finds.


Family Day Weekend

It was Family Day Weekend here in Ontario and it was so jam-packed I didn’t even get time to post Friday’s Finds. (I’ll have extra goodies for you this week).

We travelled to my parents house on Thursday night just before a storm hit and thank goodness we decided to travel when we did because the 10-15 cms that we were supposed to get was really more like 30 cms and much of Friday was spent shovelling snow multiple times. Who am I kidding? I didn’t do any shovelling but I watched the kids (as usual) while my dad used the snow blower. More than once.

One of the best gifts I got for Valentine’s Day was a night out with husbandman with free babysitting and a DD so we could both enjoy a drink (or two) and not have to worry about getting home safely.

Here’s a picture of me and my littlest Valentine just before we put him to bed before we headed out for dinner.

little Valentine

Saturday was a beautiful winter day and the best day of the weekend weather-wise. It was relatively mild compared to what we’ve been having and it wasn’t snowing, so my brother, husbandman and I took Harrison over to the neighbourhood rink to go for a quick skate. He totally impressed me with his skills. The rough outdoor ice really made a difference and gave him the confidence to go on his own and he even learned to get up on his own too.

Considering that during most of his lessons he yells at me that he wants to go home, I’d say this smile is a vast improvement.

Goalie's best friend

I am one proud mama!

family skate

And after the morning skate my parents took Harrison out for lunch before the early version of his birthday party began. I can’t believe he’ll be three in just two weeks!

We went to the community pool with one of his cousins and my brother and sister inlaw. Sadly there’s no pictures of this part, but both Harrison and Foster had a blast. There was a wading pool that was just perfect for both kids and Harrison spent most of the time going down the slide.

Winterfest was on this weekend as well so we walked over from the pool to the main festivities and Harrison got to check out a huge train set, got a balloon animal and had his face painted. He wanted to be a cat.

Cat opening presents

And before we headed home, the boys had time to stick their heads in the penguin photo.

penguin pals

Then we headed back to the house for presents and a game, and of course, cake.

cake candles

Chocolate cake!

protecting his cake

After skating, lunch, swimming, festival-ing, presents, dinner and cake we had one tired kiddo on our hands. I had lots of fun too!

Sunday was a belated Christmas party for my mom and her friends and their families. We celebrated with brunch and cheering on Team Canada in various events. Primarily men’s hockey and the Ice Dance short program that Tessa and Scott totally nailed!

The men’s hockey game went to overtime and we put out all the stops to help Canada win, including the tried and true (?) put on your Canada Olympic mittens and put a hex on the other team.


It may be crazy, but it worked! Doughty scored so we wouldn’t have to endure a shoot out.


The Olympic action didn’t keep everyone glued to the TV, though.


We travelled back on Sunday after dinner so the kids slept for the entire 5 hour ride and we relaxed on Family Day as you’re supposed to.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!

Friday Finds

The countdown to the Olympics is officially on! I’m an Olympics junkie so I’m so glad that I’m on mat leave right now so I can take in as much of the action as it happens as possible. Per my mom’s request here’s a whole ton of Olympics links and printables if you’re throwing a party, want to do some crafts with your kids or just want to show some Olympic spirit at your home.

boys are Olympic ready

My guys are ready to cheer on Team Canada. Go Canada! Go!

All your Olympics needs here:

Here’s a whole bunch of Olympic printables, including a penant banner.

I love the ideas in this post, especially how they decorated the cupcakes! And you can wrap them up with these printable wrappers.

If cookies are more your style then you could make your own rings like they did here.


I love all the ideas for this kid-friendly Olympic party. Umm… the pizza and torches are genius!

And I found this cute idea for an Olympic rings wreath to don your door. So easy to DIY.

I hope that was enough, mom!

Back to our regular Friday Finds…

A lesson on not overlooking your grandmother’s old furniture. A really stunning makeover.


This is one of our go-to dinners on weeknights. This Salmon with Sriracha Sauce and Lime is so quick and easy to prepare and the whole family loves it. We usually serve it with a salad – Greek if Harrison has his way.

Is Surmesur the future of clothes shopping? I sure hope so.


Totally in love with this new app, Waterlogue. Turn your photos into beautiful watercolours with an app. I already have an idea for a project!

And even though I love the Winter Olympics this winter has been particularly uhh… trying. So I’m dreaming of an escape and can totally relate to this video (except also imagine carting two children out of car seats and into the house).

Let the games begin! Go Canada! Go!

Gone but not forgotten

Hey guys!

Life’s been busy! After the wedding we’ve been full speed ahead just trying to keep up with household chores and other commitments.

We’ve celebrated our fourth anniversary, hosted friends, have been glued to the Olympics in spare moments, and most recently babysat our friends’ nine month old over the weekend.

Not much Olympic-watching happened that weekend if you get my drift. There’s a reason why you can’t have a baby seven months after having a baby. We survived! Thank goodness the kids were well behaved, but boy did they keep us busy!

And to top it off husbandman is now out of town on business for most of the week.

That means I’ve got a spare moment to blog so hopefully I’ll start getting you caught up on what’s been happening here.

Sending lots of love to London especially now during the Olympics. I know my mom and dad, and brother and sister-in-law who are there visiting, are all having a great time taking in the events and the experience.

Go Canada Go!

Olympic hangover

I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around the magical 17 days that were the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, but I do know that this country has never seemed so unified, joyous, or proud. That goal will live on forever.

I’m not sure what kind of Olympic coverage you’ve been able to get in London. Here at home the coverage on CTV has been 24/7 – hard to avoid, but why would you want to? And some of the best commercials this year were not from the Super Bowl, in my opinion, but from the Olympic coverage.

This one’s my favourite because it captures the spirit of the Olympics, the emotion of sport, the joy of winning, and the humour and just downright good Canadian nature we’re so proud of.

And, well Morgan Freeman narrating… that makes this commercial even better.