Friday, 14 July 2017

High Five For Friday- 14.7.17

Friday!  Hubby has the weekend off and I am so looking forward to a fun weekend.  I am rounding up 5 highlights from my past week today for H54F.  I am linking up with DellaKatieTif, and Becky.

1.)  If you read Thursday's post, you already know that we are thrilled to be expecting!  I had my 16 week appointment this week and everything is going well.  I am so grateful to be expecting and the whole family is excited! (Including Miss. E!)

2.)  My garden and my flowers are doing really well this year.  We had a heat wave last week and the plants seemed to love it!  I am so excited to start eating things from my garden!

3.)  Hubby took Miss. E to see Despicable Me 3 at the local movie theater.  She had so much fun and loved the outing with her Dad.  (I thoroughly enjoyed my quiet evening at home!)

4.)  My Dad texted me this week to invite me to a rodeo next weekend.  I am so excited to go!  My Dad and I used to go to rodeos together when I was younger, but we sort of quit after I graduated high school.  It was such a nice invitation and I can't wait to spend time with my Dad.

5.)  Hubby and I are completely addicted to Jane the Virgin on Netflix.  It is quirky and funny.  We have been watching it in our evenings and it has been a lot of fun.  Sometimes we struggle to find a show that we both like, but this one is great!

How was your week?  Do you have any big plans for the weekend?

Thursday, 13 July 2017

June- Goals and The No Spend Year & A Special Announcement

I have been keeping a secret from you all.  Back in April, Hubby and I were thrilled to find out that we are expecting!  Up until this point, we have used intense fertility treatments to conceive and have never been able to get pregnant on our own.  We had pretty much given up on the idea of conceiving on our own and we were exploring adoption and saving for the possibility of more fertility treatments.  The day before Hubby's birthday, I took a pregnancy test and it was positive.  I was shocked, as we hadn't pursued any fertility treatments.  I took several more tests (all positive) and we were both so excited!  We have had 2 ultrasounds and everything is looking good!  I am currently 16 weeks pregnant and due at the end of December!

My goals have had to shift because of our good news, but I truly believe that I am still keeping in line with most of them.  June went well and I am happy to share my progress with you.

#1)  Complete a No-Spend Year.

Our thrilling (but unexpected) pregnancy meant that I have had to break my no-spend year.  I did not anticipate the possibility of pregnancy.  I have tried to keep my spending to a minimum, but I still needed to purchase a few essentials.  After our miscarriage last year, I was feeling completely discouraged.  I sold most of our baby items and gave away all of my maternity clothes.  This meant that my changing body had nothing to wear!  A good friend gave me back most of my maternity clothes and also passed on a bunch of her own, which was wonderful.  The only thing is that I will be pregnant through the Summer, Fall and Winter.  The maternity clothes that were passed on to me are going to work perfectly for Fall and Winter.  Unfortunately, there was very little that was Summer appropriate.  We have had an extremely hot Spring and Summer so I needed proper maternity attire.  I bought several items for myself.  I have also had to purchase new bras and underwear.  I shopped sales where I could and I built a decent Capsule for myself.  (I hope to share it with you soon!)  It is important to have proper clothes that are comfortable and my regular items have not fit me for quite some time! 

Aside from the maternity attire, I stuck to my No-Spend Year in June.

#2)  Establish a Self-Care Routine

I did a good job with this goal.  I have been ensuring that I get adequate sleep.  It is way easier when my eyes don't want to stay open after 10 pm! LOL!  I also completed a 30 day fitness challenge in June.  I was able to be active 28 days out of 30.  I missed 2 days due to migraines.  Staying active is not only good for my health (and the pregnancy!) but it is so important to my mental health.  I feel much calmer, more resilient and stronger when I am active.  The challenge was great because it helped keep me motivated even when I was tired and didn't want to do anything active.

#3)  Say Yes to Family Time

This goal went well this month.  There were very few challenges to our family time in June.

#4)  Start School In September.

I am back in research mode, trying to decide the best way to pursue my education.  The pregnancy will change the time that I have available and I want to take that into consideration when making decisions.

#5)  Learn more about traditional prayers and incorporate them into  my prayer life.

I wasn't as good at incorporating the prayers into my prayer life in June.  I will work to improve that in July!

#6)  Establish a routine for the blog and stick to the blog's vision.

I was better about posting this month.  I have had a few difficult times with feeling sick and having migraines.  Often those were the biggest obstacles to meeting my goal.  At this point, I am choosing to roll with how I am feeling (especially since it is due to a fantastic reason!).  If the blog has to be put on the back-burner a time or two, that is okay.  My health and my pregnancy has to come first.  I am learning to accept that I can't do it all and that is okay.  Good enough is good enough.  I am sorry that my blog suffers but I sometimes I have to make tough choices.  

Whew!  We are already half way through the year!  I am happy with my progress and I will continue to work towards my goals for the rest of the year.  How are your goals going?  I would love to hear all about it!

Friday, 7 July 2017

High Five For Friday- 07.07.17

Last Saturday was Canada Day and my country turned 150 years old.  We celebrated with my family at our cabin.  It was a fabulous weekend filled with fun.  Here are five photos from our Canada 150 celebrations:

1.) My "Canadian" Cupcakes.  They were yummy!

2.  Miss. E was so excited to celebrate Canada's big birthday!

3.)  They were having wagon rides and the driver graciously took us for a ride even though he was supposed to be done for the day.  Miss. E loved it!

4.) and 5.)  The Canada 150 committee at our lake had the cutest photo booth set up where you could use their props and backgrounds to take pictures.  Hubby was the only one willing to try out a prop, LOL!

I am linking up with TifKatieDella and Becky.  Have a great weekend!

Friday, 23 June 2017

High Five For Friday- 23.6.17

Hello everyone!  I am happy it is finally Friday!  It has been a busy week and I am looking forward to some R&R this weekend.  I am linking up with TifDellaKatie, and Becky for High Five For Friday.

1.)  Last week I was dealing with some brutal migraines and nausea.  Hubby really swept in and took care of everything.  I am thankful that he does those things for me because I really wasn't functioning.

2.)  On Saturday, I was feeling a bit better so Miss. E and I ventured out to a birthday party.  We had a lot of fun!

3.)  On Sunday we had a BBQ for father's day.  Hubby is such a wonderful Dad and we are so lucky to have him!  We then went to my Mom and Dad's for dessert.  We had a wonderful time!

4.)  This week was crazy at work and I worked late most nights.  It was all went well, but it was busy!  We really made a point to enjoy our evenings outside and Miss.E really had a lot of fun.

5.)  We had a wicked storm on Tuesday and thankfully we didn't have any damage.  It came quick with high winds and caused damage for a lot of people.  No one was hurt, which is the most important thing!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Summer Reading

In the last year, I have really changed what I like to read.  Up until this point I almost exclusively read fiction.  I like murder mysteries (but only the corny ones) and romance novels (I stick to Christian versions).  Recently, however, I have discovered the wealth of knowledge that is available through non-fiction books.  I now almost exclusively read non-fiction.  I love learning about different people's ideas and experiences.

My favourite books help me move forward in my journey to minimalism.  I like being challenged by this books and I appreciate the constant inspiration that they provide.  Everyone does minimalism a little differently so it is beneficial to learn about several views.  I then can use what works (or might work) for my family and let go of the rest.  I am currently reading The More of Less by Joshua Becker.  I appreciate his view of minimalism as he is a husband and father whose family dynamic looks similar to my own.  I also have Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus on my shelf waiting to be read.  "The Minimalists", as the authors refer to themselves, have a more extreme view of minimalism, but it is one that I enjoy learning about.

This year I have also embarked on a journey to better self-care and food is a large part of that.  I completed a Whole 30 in April and I have been interested in the power of food since that experience.  I have The Whole30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig and Whole New You by Tia Mowry (who remembers Sister Sister?) on my bookshelf.  I look forward to incorporating healthy and delicious meals into my life, thereby enhancing how I feel.

My friend recommended the author Brene Brown to me so I added 2 of her books to my 'to-read' list: The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly.  Brene Brown's work has heavily influenced my friend's parenting style and the way she approaches relationships in her life.  I am eager to learn more when I read the books.

I also have a fun (still non-fiction) book on my to-read list.  I am looking forward to diving into The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines.  I love watching this couple on T.V. .  They always interact with love and respect and I admire their marriage.  I am excited to learn more about them!

All the links in this post will take you to Amazon.  I am not being compensated in any way shape or form for these links.  It is just the easiest way to give you the most information about the books.  I have borrowed these books through my local library, as I am on my no-spend year.

What are you reading this summer?  Any book recommendations?

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

2017 Summer To Do List

Eeeeek!  I love summer.  Winters seem to drag on where I live so I try to get the most out of the warmer weather when it arrives.  I have compiled a list of things we want to do over the summer and I am going to share them with you.

1.)  Celebrate Canada at my parent's cabin.  Canada turns 150 years old this year and we are going all out to celebrate!  Our family even has matching t-shirts for the occasion.  I am so excited!

2.)  Head out for a family camping weekend with Hubby's family.  We go camping with Hubby's family every year and this year is no different.  It is always fun!

3.)  Spend time at the cabin.  We want to spend time up at the lake.  We love the slower pace at the cabin and we always feel refreshed after a visit.

4.)  Plant raspberries in our new yard.  We grew raspberries at our last home and we absolutely loved them.  We want to plant again this year so we can enjoy the berries again!

5.)  Spend time at the local pool.  The local pool is wonderful and we want to utilize it this year.

6.)  Try canoeing with Miss. E.  Hubby and I enjoy canoeing and we want to try taking Miss. E out with us this year.

7.)  Hit up a local fair.  The mini doughnuts are enough to make me want to go!

8.)  Do some play dates at the local lakes.

9.)  Host a few play dates in our back yard.

10.)  Build a fairy garden with Miss. E.

11.)  See Wonder Woman.

12.)  Try out a splash park.

13.)  Sleep in a tent.  Honestly, I am the hold out on this idea.  Both Hubby and Miss. E are looking forward to it.

14.)  Go for family bike rides.

15.)  Build sandcastles.

16.)  Do swimming lessons with Miss. E.

17.)  Run through the sprinkler.

18.)  Go on our family camping trip.

19.)  Take care of my garden.

20.)  Have a few campfires in the back yard.

What are your summer to-dos?  I would love to hear about them!

Friday, 9 June 2017

High Five For Friday- 09.06.17

Hello friends!  It has been a good, productive week over here!  I was happy to get some work done.  I am linking up with TifDellaKatie, and Becky for High Five For Friday.

1.)  Last weekend was pretty good.  Miss. E perked up Friday afternoon.  We went to the city on Saturday and did some grocery shopping (I was all out of laundry soap after that stomach bug!).  On Sunday, we hit the local pool for the first time this season.  Miss. E took some warming up but she had a lot of fun!  Sunday evening we had supper with my family and we got to hang out with my younger brother.  It was a really nice day!

2.)  Hubby and Miss. E surprised me with a new hat and 2 magazines over the weekend.  It was very sweet and unexpected.  I love my new hat and I am now ready for CFL football.  Go Eskies!

3.)  I have stuck to my 30 day fitness challenge so far this month.  It has been really motivating and has kept me active this month.  I am glad I am doing it!

4.)  I pulled out my old copy of The Paper Bag Princess and read it to Miss. E this week.  She loved it!  Especially since both she and the princess are named Elizabeth.  (Something that I had completely forgotten about until we read the book!)

5.)  I had a super productive day on Thursday.  I didn't have work so I cleaned the house, baked muffins, did some meal prep, caught up laundry and took an inventory of our freezer.  We have a deep freezer in the basement so sometimes I forget what I have.  The inventory surprised me at how much we have and I was glad that I did it.  I reorganized the freezer while I worked and it looks so much better!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

May- Goals and the No Spend Year

May wasn't a great month, goal-wise.  I didn't achieve as much as I wanted to but there is always June!

Goal #1- Complete a No-Spend Year. 

This really wasn't difficult and I successfully completed another month!

Goal #2-  Establish a self-care routine. 

This has been my best goal this year.  I have really done well to discover what I need in order to take care of myself.  I hope to continue along this path because I find it has really helped me feel much more balanced.

Goal #3-  Say yes to family time.  

This goal has become easier as the year progresses.  I have learned to set boundaries and guard our family time.  We have had some fun experiences with just the 3 of us and we look forward to more!

Goal #4-  Start school in September.  

I have completed all that I can for this goal at this time.

Goal #5-  Learn more about traditional prayers and incorporate them into my prayer life.

I did well at this goal.  I have been using the more traditional prayers of my faith in my prayer life and it is going well.  I am happy that I have new ways to connect to God through these prayers.

Goal #6-  Establish a routine for the blog and stick to the blog's vision. 

I was worse at posting in May than I was in April!  Yikes!  However, I did purchase my own domain for my blog which got me really excited!  I have also sat down and worked out a blogging schedule that I will do my best to stick to.  I have actually put the blogging time onto our shared family calendar so that the time is carved out and mine.  It has worked well in the last week or so.  

How are your goals going?  Have you been able to stick to your resolutions?

Friday, 2 June 2017

High Five For Friday- 02.06.17

Happy Friday, everyone!  Normally, I would be pumped for the end of the week, but Miss. E has a stomach bug.  Poor kiddo.  We had a very busy last weekend and I am excited to share the highlights with you.  I am linking up with Tif (Bright on a Budget)Katie (Cup of Tea)Della (Della Devoted), and Becky (By BMG).

1.)  Miss. E is 3!  We had a fun birthday party last Saturday for Miss. E.  We did a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme.  Miss. E loved playing with all her friends and she liked her cake.

2.)  Hubby' family came up for the birthday and we got to see all of his brothers, including a brother that we haven't seen in a year.  It was nice to see his brothers and visit.  My brother also made it to the party.  I always love seeing him.

3.)  I had a disappointing day at work the other day, when it seemed that I would not be getting the vacation time off that I had requested.  Fortunately, when I discussed the issue with my manager we were able to work something out so that I could take the time off to do swimming lessons with Miss. E.

4.)  Miss. E got sick Wednesday evening.  Hubby has been great for making supper, doing dishes, going on grocery runs and helping me out so that I can focus on taking care of our daughter.  I appreciate the team effort, especially when our little one is so sick.

5.)  Yesterday kicked off my Peaceful Simple Fitness Challenge.  I am committing to being active every single day in June in an effort to get myself moving more.  You can read more about it here.  I will be posting to Instagram every day.  My handle is @peacefulsimplelifeblog and you can join in using #peacefulsimplefitness.

This is what I look like after working out with very little sleep.  Not the kick-off I planned, but at least it's done!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

30 Day Fitness Challenge

I like being active.  It isn't only good for the body.  I find that it refreshes and calms my mind.  I like outdoor workouts whenever possible and I also enjoy doing home work outs.  I have been trying my best to get active lately, but I haven't been getting as much exercise as I should.  I have decided to combat my lower activity level with a challenge!

For the whole month of June I plan to be active every single day.  Nothing seems to motivate me quite like a challenge.  If you want to see how I am doing with this challenge, you can follow me on Instagram @peacefulsimplelifeblog. If you want to join in, you can use the hashtag #peacefulsimplefitness.

Fitness comes in many forms.  I like quiet activities like walking my dog and yoga.  I also like doing more intense workouts with some running, biking, strength training, and HIIT workouts.   I will be counting any activity that I do in my challenge.  I hope to mix it up between quiet activities and more intense workouts.  It should be a fun (and challenging!) month.  I hope you will follow along and join in!

Friday, 26 May 2017

High Five For Friday- 26.05.17

Hello everyone!  It has been a while since I have participated in H54F!  This week has been quite lovely and I am happy to share my highlights with you.  I am linking up with TifKatie, Della, and Becky for High Five For Friday!

1.)  We had a long weekend last weekend.  (Monday was Victoria Day.)  We got our raised gardens planted, spent some time in the city grocery shopping, and even made it to the lake twice!  It was a wonderful weekend.  I wish I could bottle the feeling that we all get at the lake.  We always leave the cabin feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and happy.  Miss. E loves the cabin and she never complains or whines when we are there.  It is lovely.

2.)  We have enjoyed 2 (!) yummy strawberries off of the strawberry plant that we are growing this year.  They were super sweet and tasted just like summer.  I am certainly looking forward to more strawberries over the summer!

3.)  I got in some reading over the weekend.  I have been enjoying the Seaside Knitters Mysteries.  I love a good mystery that isn't gory and doesn't kill off characters that I like.  I quite like this series.  I have also been reading The Best Yes.  I really enjoy reading Lysa TerKeurst's encouraging message about doing our best to discern the important "yes" moments in our lives.  I think that this is a struggle for everyone at some point in their lives and I really appreciate the message.

4.)  The weather has been GORGEOUS this week.  It has been warm (sometimes hot!) and calm.  I love being able to go outside and walk the dog.  I also love spending time in the evenings watering our garden and plants.  It has been relaxing and uplifting.

5.)  I have my own domain!  I finally figured things out (of course it was easier than I thought!).  I am excited to have my own little space on the internet.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  I am excited to celebrate a very special little lady's 3rd birthday this weekend.  3!  Where does the time go?  

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Hallway Closet Cleanout

It really doesn't take that long to tackle certain projects in our homes.  Often we dread a task and then put it off.  I was doing this with our hallway closet.  When you move you just want everything unpacked and put away.  Sometimes the places that we decide to put things don't end up working well once we live in the house for a little while.  Our hallway closet was this way.  I decided to tackle it one Sunday evening and was happy to find that it only took me 20 minutes to complete.

I have been doing a better job of keeping "like" items together so that I know exactly what we have and what we don't.  In my closet, I grouped together "like" items and gave them all a home.  We purged a few items (outdated medications, a cold pack that we never use) and moved a few items to where they belonged in other parts of the house.



(Please feel free to ignore the shelf paper that is peeling off of the shelf!)
Organizing really takes a lot less time when you only own what you need and use.  I was so happy that there was very little to get rid of this time!  Striving for more simplicity in our lives has certainly taken a lot of the stress out of cleaning and organizing.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

April- Goals and The No Spend Year

April was a pretty good month for my goals and resolutions.  It was also a busy month with Easter and Hubby's birthday.  I am happy with my progress and I am hoping that May will be even better!

Goal #1-  Complete a No-Spend Year.

Not spending money is becoming easier and easier.  I don't even really think about making purchases, which is nice.  Our home is currently lacking blinds and curtains, but that is the only thing that is really making me want to shop.  Otherwise, it hasn't been that challenging!

Goal #2-  Establish a self-care routine.

I was pretty good with this goal.  I was consistent with working out and staying on top of my water intake.  I completed my Whole 30 and will share my experience with you soon!

Goal #3-  Say Yes to Family Time.

This goal went well this month.  It was easier because there weren't many things challenging us in this department.  We had a lovely Easter with family and we even got to see my younger brother at the end of the month!

Goal #4-  Start School in September.

I talked to school this month and asked all of my questions.  I will likely apply in the summer and start in the Fall.  This goal will be at a standstill now until the summer when I apply to the program.

Goal #5-  Learn more about traditional prayers and incorporate them into my prayer life.

I have finished reading a book about traditional prayers, which I found really interesting.  I found the scriptural references and explanations to be informative. I hope to work on incorporating them into my prayer life this month.

Goal #6-  Establish a routine for the blog and stick to the blog's vision.

This month wasn't great for blogging.  I have done a little behind the scenes work, but I got a little stuck in some of the technical stuff.  I hope to be better about blogging this month and iron a few things out behind the scenes.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Enjoying the Moments

I have noticed such a lack of human interaction lately.  At work, everyone stares at their phones during break time.  When you go out to eat, diners stare at their devices rather than their dining partners.  You don't see many people "waiting" in line or for appointments without having their phones out.  I am not immune to this, but lately I have been much more intentional about setting my phone aside and simply enjoying the moments.  I don't want to look back and realize how much I have missed while staring at a glowing screen.

We, as humans, crave (and require) human interaction.  We need to make connections with family and friends.  This has ensured our survival and helps us to feel fulfilled as people.  Phones and devices can help with this, but often they are a hindrance.  We interact with people differently when it is in person, rather than through a text or Facebook post.

I have learned a few things about using my phone and tablet in an intentional way and I have gained a lot of enriching connections with my friends and family.  I want to share my (small) insights with you today.

1.)  I don't keep my phone on me at all times.  When I am home, my phone is often on the kitchen counter.  I also like to keep it on silent.  I especially like to have my phone on silent while driving because it is dangerous to use your devices while driving.  If I can't hear the notification, I don't feel any need to respond.  I also don't check the phone as frequently when it isn't on my person.  This keeps me from being distracted from my "real" life.

2.)  I do not make myself available to others at all times.  I don't respond to messages quickly and I don't worry about checking my phone for messages several times a day.  My friends and family are aware that if they need to get a hold of me, phoning my house is the best way to do it.  They don't feel entitled to an immediate response back to their text messages, because they know I don't make a habit of checking my phone constantly.

3.)  I put my phone away when enjoying time with others.  My phone stays away on date nights, coffee dates with friends and family functions.  I do use my phone as a camera, but often I will snap a quick picture or 2 of the event and then put it away.  I use my time with others to talk, connect and make eye contact.  I try my best to enjoy the moments that I get to spend with the people I love.  Leaving my phone in my bag is a good way to show another person how much you care about them and that you are truly paying attention to them.  This is invaluable for building strong relationships.

How do you keep your phone and other devices from stealing your moments?  Comment below.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Friday, 21 April 2017

High Five For Friday- 20.04.17

Hello!  I can't believe that Easter has come and gone.  We had a nice holiday, with the added bonus of a few extra days off!  I am linking up with KatieTifDella and Becky for H54F to share 5 highlights from my week.

1.)  Easter!  We had so much fun this year.  We did an Easter egg hunt downstairs (due to the snow that was falling!) and Miss. E loved every minute of it!

2.)  My in-laws drove to see us and it was so nice to spend time with them.  Miss. E loved playing with her grandparents and uncles.

3.)  Hubby had a birthday this week!  We celebrated with his family on the weekend and then again during the week!  It was fun to have multiple celebrations.

4.)  The weather has turned nice again.  Thank goodness!  I am hoping that we are truly in Spring, now!

5.)  Our provincial government is reviewing the library cuts, so I am hoping that they will reduce the cuts that they have made to our libraries!

How was your week?  Did your Easter have snow?  Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easter Decor and Menu 2017

I really love Easter.  I have pared down my decor over the past year, but I still love to decorate for the holidays.  I love traditional Easter colours with pastel pink, green, blue and purple.

Our new house has a fireplace so I was so excited to decorate the mantle.  The eggs on the mantle are from Dollarama and my other decor is from Homesense.  I bought all of the decor a few years ago and I love pulling it out every year.

We have traditionally had Easter pictures taken of our daughter (this year's date didn't work out because we were out of town).  I enjoy displaying her Easter photos along with the other decor.

Hubby's family is coming down to celebrate Easter with us.  I am planning to do our 'big meal' on Saturday, as his family has to leave on Sunday.  Hubby's birthday is next week so we will be celebrating that, as well!

Our main Easter dinner will be consist of:

Maple Glazed Spiral Ham (Minus the mustard because I am allergic!)
Garden Salad

Hubby's Mom is bringing Pistachio Layered Dessert for his birthday cake.  She makes the dessert with Oreo cookie crumbs on the bottom instead of the nut bottom.  She then grates chocolate over the top of the dessert.

On Sunday, I plan to cook a roast beef in the slow cooker.  I will serve it will roasted potatoes, veggies and salad.  Our Mass doesn't begin until 11 a.m. so I need a lunch that sort of looks after itself.  I love using my slow cooker for this!

I am very much looking forward to celebrating with family this weekend.  I am thankful for the Sacrifice that Christ made for us and I enjoy celebrating the Resurrection.  He conquered death so that we could live.  It is an amazing event to celebrate.  I hope you all have a joyous Easter!

Friday, 7 April 2017

High Five For Friday- 07.04.17

I am so excited that it is Friday.  I am hoping to get more work done in the house this weekend as our schedule was full this past week!  Here are the highlights from last week:

1.)  On Sunday I had plans to paint the living room.  It just didn't happen.  The weather was so beautiful when we came out of church that I decided to put the work off so that we could enjoy the great outdoors as a family.  We went to the lake where my family has a cabin and spent the day playing, relaxing and enjoying our supper outdoors.  We all had a wonderful time!

2.)  I have been doing the Minimalist Game and so far I have really enjoyed it.  It has helped me be more intentional about letting go!  You can find out more about the Minimalism Game at .

3.)  Our Provincial budget was recently announced and our government cut 58% of funding to regional libraries and 100% of funding to our city libraries.  The effects will devastate our library system.  I frequently use my local library.  There is no way I could afford my reading habit without the library!  Add my No Spend Year to that and I won't be able to read if they close my local library.  I took part in a protest today called "Drop Everything and Read".  People read outside of their MLA's offices and local libraries to bring awareness to the cuts to library funding.  If you couldn't take part in the protest by joining one of these groups, you could participate from wherever you were at.  I read for 15 minutes on my 30 minute lunch break at work and then shared it on social media.  Libraries have always been an integral part of my life and I am extremely upset with the decision to cut funding.  I sincerely hope that the provincial government reconsiders.

5.)  I finished painting my living room this week.  Wow!  What a difference!  I love the colour.  It feels so fresh and clean.  I hope to get more painting accomplished this weekend!

I am linking up with DellaKatieBecky, and Tif for High Five For Friday!  Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, 3 April 2017

March- Goals and The No Spend Year

Wow!  A quarter of the year has come and gone.  I am feeling happy with my progress this month.  I wasn't effective with every single goal, but I made some headway in a few of them.  Here is how March went:

Goal #1-  Complete a No Spend Year. 

This went well again.  I have had a few urges to shop as the weather has turned nicer.  I always like grabbing a new item to wear every season, but I stood my ground and avoided the stores.  I think that I accidentally donated my fleece jacket that I actually used ALL THE TIME.  Oops!  I am really disappointed about that and I am not sure how it made it into the donate pile.  There is a small chance that it got left somewhere, but I haven't found it.  I immediately thought of my $140 spending money, but I decided that I have enough coats and sweaters to cover the loss so I will not be purchasing a new one.

Goal #2-  Establish a self-care routine. 

 I was sick a lot all winter and I was finally fed up.  I decided to embark on Whole 30 because I was feeling sluggish, foggy and sick of being sick.  Whole 30 has been a bit of a challenge, but I really can't argue with the results.  My brain fog has cleared completely and I have way more energy.  I have also been keeping up with my workouts, which hadn't happened during the first 2 months of the year.  I am continuing to work towards a healthier lifestyle that will keep me from using shopping as an emotional crutch.  This goal went really well this month and I am super happy with the results.  I am currently on Day 23 of Whole 30 and I plan to do a post about it once I have completed the program.

Goal #3-  Say yes to family time. 

This goal has gone well.  We have been trying to do more activities as a family and get Miss. E involved in our many projects around the house.  Hubby is really good at engaging her in this way.  She loves to wield a screwdriver so he has been getting her to help fix broken closet knobs and she helped install the new vanity in the bathroom.  We took off to the lake last weekend instead of staying home to paint the walls.  We don't always have gorgeous weather and it was so nice out.  We decided to put the work off and seize the opportunity for more quality family time.  I am so thankful that we did!

Goal #4-  Start school in September.  

After much research, I have settled on a program and have gathered information about it.  Hubby and I have discussed it and I will be applying for the program soon.  I only have made it to the research stage of this goal, but I hope to have moved forward with it by the end of April.

Goal #5  Learn more about traditional prayers and incorporate them into my prayer life.  

This goal was neglected this month.

Goal #6-  Establish a routine for the blog and stick to the blog's vision. 

I did pretty good at this goal in March.  I posted much more regularly and I have done some brainstorming in my free time.  I am happy with my progress and hope to improve in April.

How are your goals going?  I would love to hear all about it!

Friday, 31 March 2017

High Five For Friday- 31.03.17

Happy, happy Friday!  This week blew past me, but in a most delightful way.  Here are the highlights:

1.)  We hit the road to see family this past weekend.  It was a quick weekend with a lot of driving, but we always have so much fun at my in-laws house.  Miss. E did beautifully on the drive (6 hours!) and she had a blast playing with her grandparents and uncles.  Miss. E had her first haircut last weekend and she did really well.  She was so excited show everyone her "fancy haircut".

2.)  Last weekend my in-laws kept Miss. E for a few hours while Hubby and I went on a lunch date.  It was a little tricky navigating the menu because I am on Whole30, but I had a delicious steak with veggies.  It was so so good.  We enjoyed having time to ourselves to chat!

3.)  Work was pretty good this week and I left on time (or nearly on time) every single day.  That is quite impressive for my job!

4.)  Miss. E had a fun play date at the park and I got to enjoy time with a friend this week.  The weather has been gorgeous and we are ready to welcome Spring.

5.)  I had a wonderful visit with a girlfriend last night.  We talked and talked for hours.  I see this friend rarely, as she lives quite far away.  I love that she and I can pick up wherever we left off.  It was a great evening.

How was your week?  Join the link up with the lovely ladies below and tell us all about it!  Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Spring Wardrobe- 2017

I love Spring.  Everything comes to life and the weather turns warmer.  I love the sunshine and hearing the birds chirp.  Naturally, when Spring arrives I am completely fed up with Winter.  I am ready to chuck all of my heavy winter clothes into storage, which is something that a Canadian on the prairies can never completely get away with.  

This year has been a bit strange.  I haven't perused the malls or looked online to see what is in style.  I haven't made a shopping list and I haven't daydreamed about the new Spring clothes that I want to add to my wardrobe.  I embarked on a No-Spend Year at the beginning of 2017, so there will be no shopping this season.

I have a basket that I keep my off-season clothes in.  I keep this basket in my closet so that warmer clothes are close at hand.  (We have had snow in May.  Ugh.)  I packed away all of my winter sweaters, blanket scarves and my leather leggings.  I also pulled out my lighter scarves, tops, pink jeans and a floral dress for Easter.  I am excited to wear dresses, skirts and cropped pants.

I am eager to learn how to work within my wardrobe.  I am looking forward to learning how to be content with what I have.  I am discovering how to take proper care of myself so that shopping isn't an emotional crutch.  This is an important skill to have.

I am actually surprised that I don't feel the compulsion to shop.  I am shocked that I am not lamenting my inability to add a few new items to my closet.  It feels good to be content.  

Here are a few items that I am looking forward to wearing again this season.  I have taken these photos out of my previous Capsules, so you may recognize them.

Happy Spring!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Let's Chat

This past weekend was a whirlwind.  I am so excited because we got so much done!  We have finished our bathroom renovation to about 90 % and I finished painted the kitchen and dining room!  The house is looking much fresher, cleaner and it feels like it is ours.  The house we bought hadn't been painted in at least 5 years (probably longer) and it really needed to be done.  My kitchen and dining room were originally red, but we changed the colour to a light grey.  I love it.  The grey has blue undertones, so it feels very coastal (in the middle of the prairies, ha!).  I like my house to be light and bright so the colour change has really made me happy.

We also decided to tackle potty training this past weekend.  Oh boy.  It went a LOT better this time, but it was still quite a process.  While she is not 100 %, but Miss. E is doing really well.  Hopefully our momentum will continue into this week!

I started to pull out my Spring clothes, as the weather had really warmed up.  The next day it decided to get cool again.  Ugh.  Oh well.  I love seeing brighter colours and lighter fabrics when I open my closet.

Thanks for reading this super random post.  I really meant to get some blogging done this weekend, but the renos took longer than we thought they would.  I should be able to get some blogging done this week so you aren't having to read any more ramblings!  😉  Have a fabulous week, friends!

Friday, 17 March 2017

High Five For Friday- 17.03.17

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I am a wee bit Irish, so I really love St. Patrick's Day!  We really have nothing planned for, as we will be at home working on some renovations.  Miss. E and I are feeling better after being sick last week so this weekend should be more fun and productive!  Here are 5 highlights from the last week:

1.)  Guacamole.  I have a serious obsession.  My father-in-law makes great guac and shared his recipe with me.  It is quick, easy and sooooo delicious.  I have been making it a lot lately.

2.)  Whole 30 has been going well.  I already feel like I have more energy and my brain seems less foggy.  I am only day 5, so I am excited to see how things progress!

3.)  I painted my toenails on Sunday night.  It is strange how happy this makes me.  I am not allowed to wear nail polish on my hands for work, so I usually just do my toes.  Hubby and I then watched another episode of "The Crown".  I am seriously obsessed with this show.  It is so good!  We are almost done Season 1 and I can't wait for Season 2.

4.)  Friday nights are for soaking in the tub, reading books and drinking tea.  I am looking forward to tonight!  (Peppermint tea is so much better than green beer!  Ha ha!)

5.)  Miss. E and I had a successful shopping day in the city yesterday.  It is so nice to be able to purchase everything on your list.  I had to grab a few 'specialty' items in the city for my Whole 30 experience.  I am always floored by the huge selection that is in the produce section.  It is so nice!

How was your week?  Link up with the lovely ladies below and join in High Five For Friday!