31 Jul

Making the Best of Cleaning in the Summer

We’re in the thick of summer.  The days are long, the sun is out and it means we’re outside every minute possible.  We just recently moved into a new home, and the people that lived here before us…. weren’t exactly “clean” shall we say.  We had to scrub this place from top to bottom as soon as we moved in.  Since the days are so beautiful, we are now spending our time fixing up the outside.

We’ve done a lot of work to this place so far – it was needed.  Resurfaced the driveway, cleaned up the flower beds, trimmed and thinned out the jungle that was growing in the back yard.  We’ve enjoyed spending the time outside, getting this place together.  The biggest job hubster was going to tackle was the driveway, the asphalt was turning grey and it looked extremely dull.  He was going to roll on the tar all by himself,  but thankfully a nice man stopped by with an automatic sprayer and did it for us.  It was $100, but totally worth the 15 minutes it too to get our driveway looking fresh and new.  I highly recommend hiring professionals to do jobs like this – unless your husbands profession is tarring driveways, then I’d trust him to do it.  Mine is a computer guru, so let’s just say his tarring skills haven’t exactly been put to the test yet, and I’m ok if we keep it that way.

To give you a quick example of some of the cleaning we’ve had to do, here are a few beautiful pictures of what the place looked like…

Here’s the basement carpet…

 

And the stairs…

And here’s the central… as you can see, I don’t think it’s been changed once since the old owners moved in 4 years ago (when the house was built).  It’s filled to the brim… still with drywall… yikes.

We’ll continue on our cleaning frenzie, hopefully getting our place to a spot that we are happy with… if that is ever possible with a nearly 4 year old running around outside while we’re at it.

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29 Jul

A Perfect Day For…

This summer has been absolutely crazy.  Between moving, being sick, our house always full with different family and friends, trips and Birthday parties… there’s been very little time for my little family and I to enjoy ourselves.  So today, we made a point to go out, just the 3 of us for a picnic.

I love taking off for a day trip packing a lunch with us to enjoy somewhere along the way.   For our lunch, we brought:

  • Chicken Club Twister (made with left over chicken and complete with bacon bits – yum)
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Juice

As we headed out for a nice drive along the coast line, the clouds started to roll in, and slowly little droplets of rain began to fall, but it didn’t stop my family and I from spending some time at Cleveland Beach.  It’s a beach heading towards Hubbards close to the famous Queensland Beach, but a little more quiet, and the sand is nearly white.  We enjoyed our lunch, played in the sand and didn’t let the weather scare us away…. until it started falling harder and harder and harder.  We eventually took cover, as did the rest of the beach goers.

 

I love packing a picnic lunch, heading out with no real destination and just landing wherever the day takes us.  It’s a great way to spend a Sunday and I hope we will be able to spend a few more Sunday’s like this, this summer.  Although August looks like it’s going to be more busy than July.

If you’re looking for an easy and yummy Chicken Sandwich here’s the recipe for the Twister:

  • 3 strips chicken breasts, grilled
  • 1/2 whole wheat pita
  • barbecue sauce
  • light mayonnaise / low-fat salad dressing
  • simulated bacon bits
  • Romaine lettuce
  • tomato(es), small, sliced
I mixed all the incidents together and put it into a pita.  It was easy to make (very important for me) and yummy too!

 

Where do your perfect days with your family take you?

**Disclosure – “I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada program by ShesConnected.  I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

24 Jul

Wordless Wednesday: Take care of Yourself (w. linky)

I’ve been spending a few minutes (hours) on Pinterest.  As the baby grows in my tummy, they have made it perfectly clear that I am not suppose to do much of anything other than mind numbing surfing the internet.  I have been inspired to try some of the things I have seen.  Nothing too crazy, just simple, easy to do things.  One such thing that I have been obsessed with, is marble nails.

I’ve successfully completed and mastered doing these nails and they always get amazing compliments!  It’s pretty easy, your best to watch some YouTube Videos by SimpleLittlePleasues.

Here’s some tips I learned along the way:

  • Use room temperature water
  • Not all nail polishes will work in the water, test out different polishes to see how it will “dissolve” in the water.
  • Trial and error is the best way to learn

If you have a Wordless Wednesday, please make a comment and link it up below.

How did you take care of yourself when you were expecting?

 

23 Jul

Majesta – Take it to the Road & $25 Swiss Chalet GC

How eco-friendly / eco-responsible are you? Do you recycle? Do you Reuse? Do you try to do your part in making sure our world will be in the best shape possible when are kids are grownup?  In Nova Scotia, we have a pretty strict recycling program, it’s so strict in fact when people come to visit who aren’t used to recycling and composting will get our garbage and recyclables rejected – complete with a red sticker for all the neighbours to see – oh the shame!  We quickly take those bags back into the house to be sorted for next week and pray no neighbours have seen the “Red Sticker of Shame”.

How about this simple way to make a difference in our environment, for ever tree used to produce Majesta  products, they are re-planting 3 more trees – no need to think about it, cause Majesta does it all for you!  Majesta, a great New Brunswick Company, currently has a campaign they are calling “Take it on the Road Flushability Challenge”. With the summer in full force, people across Canada are spending time at the cottage and are going on road trips with RV’s. Check out the campaign on their Facebook Page and you can win 1 of 10 Majesta Products for a full year, and also get a coupon for $1.00 off.  You’ll be surprised as to how quickly and easily Majesta disintegrates, making less opportunities for flooding and backups – the last thing you want to think about while on vacation.

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23 Jul

Keep Them Busy This Summer

Summer has made it’s way to Nova Scotia.  The mercury has been sky high and there hasn’t been a single drop of rain to be seen in weeks.  This is going to be the summer to compare all summers to.  Princess I Love Spending Every Minute of Everyday Outside has also been thrilled with the beautiful weather, and so have I.

So, what do you do with a kid that ALWAYS wants to be outside, but it’s not always possible to bring her around the city to always explore new things?  Luckily enough, my Mother takes care of Princess My Granny Loves Me, so they are on the go around the neighbourhood quite a bit.  Bike rides, picnics, and the park are some of their favourite activities.  Living on a cul-de-sac has it’s perks, one of them is that there are always kids gathered to play soccer, ride on their toys and just run around aimlessly until they are completely exhausted.  Watching the kids run around for hours, makes me jealous of their energy levels, it’s non-stop full force, full tilt.  They play hard, and then crash hard.

On the weekends, it’s up to hubster and I to keep Princess I Need Constant Stimulation occupied.  We try our best to get the boring stuff (groceries and shopping) on Friday night, so we have Saturday free to have some good summer fun.  Last weekend we went for weekend trip to the waterslides.  Princess I Never Want to Leave loved the day of non-stop, up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down on the kiddie slides.  Even her Dad got in on the fun. We actually all had a wonderful vacation, and to make it even better we went with 3 other couples.

Summer is such a short season here on the East Coast, we get 3 months of really nice weather so we have to make the best of those 3 short months.

What do you do with your kids in the summer? Camps? kick them outside?

**Disclosure:  I am a Fisher-Price Mom and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

17 Jul

Wordless Wednesday: PSA Elevator (Linky)

Hi Everyone,

So, Wordless Wednesdays tend to be a large traffic source, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you a Public Service Announcement about young kids and elevators….

I know, I know, kinda odd, but this past weekend a dear young boy I know very well had his tiny fingers caught in an elevator while the doors opened.  Believe it or not, kids fingers can get trapped/stuck/squeezed between these tiny spaces if they keep their hands on the doors as they open.  I saw it happen, it was dreadfully scary and if writing this posts keeps even one childs little fingers off of elevator doors while they open and out of the cracks then I deem this post successful.

Please let everyone know about the dangers.  Thankfully his fingers were saved, but it was extremely scary non-the-less and could have ended much worse.

Thanks for listening.

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