Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September Starts

The first day of September is upon us.  For many people, September brings about new starts.  A fresh school year for the kids, new fall line ups on TV and new seasons for old favourites and extra curricular activities start back up.

Some of you may know that I volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada/Guides du Canada as a leader in Pretty's Sparks unit.  This September, I'm also taking on the role of leader in the local Guides unit as well.  At the end of June last year, our Guide and Pathfinder units were both at risk of closing due to shortage of leaders.  While my plate is already full, I couldn't bear to see both units fold and so I volunteered to help out in the Guide unit.  Sadly, no one stepped up to help out the Pathfinders and they have closed; but, the Guide until will live to see another year.  The Guiding and Scouting movements provide invaluable experiences for young girls and boys around the world.  If you have ever thought of volunteering and getting involved in your community, there's no better way!
But I digress once again.

I have decided that September will begin two new endeavours for me.  The first is the 365 challenge.  Quite simply, I will take and post a photo every day of the year (365 days = 365 photos).  These photos will depict various aspects of my day to day life.

My second endeavour I mentioned in a previous post.  I'm taking ownership of my body and I will lose a significant amount of weight.  I will post my progress along the way on Mamavation Monday's.  I will be 100% honest and share my experience.  When I slip and fall, I will admit it and I will own up to it.  When I have successes, I will share those too.  I hope that you will join me on this journey to self-improvement.

I hope your September start ups are successful and I hope you'll cheer me on in my endeavours.

Stubborn Sleeper

Before I begin my small rant, let me first say that Pickle is a good sleeper at night.  She sleeps from 7-7 consistently and for that I am truly thankful.

BUT, this not napping during the day is brutal!  She's 10 months old.  She needs a nap, if not 2.  Now, I know she doesn't sleep well anywhere except her own bed and that's fine.  It makes me a slave to the nap; but, I'm okay with it so long as she actually sleeps.  For the past two weeks, naps have been hit or miss.  I've tried everything.  Putting her down before she starts showing signs of being tired, waiting until she shows signs of being tired, and prolonging nap time in hopes that she'll be too tired to stay awake.  Nothing seems to work.  Case in point, she's currently in her crib, babbling to her "guys" clearly NOT sleeping.  Oh, and she didn't nap this morning either so she should, in theory, be exhausted.

Why, oh, why won't my little Pickle nap?

That is all.  Thanks for letting me vent.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Twist on an Old Favourite

I love the Fall!  I love the colours, the smells, the cooler weather.  But most of all, I love the Fall harvests.  Apples, Pears, Squash, Pumpkins, mmmm.

The kids and I went apple and pear picking on Friday morning.  While it's still early in the season for apples, one of my favourite varieties, Gingergold, were ready.  We picked a bag of the apples and a bag of Bartlett pears.

Since the twins aren't really keen on pears I knew I needed to do something with them or they'd go bad before I could eat them all.  So I decided to put a twist on an old favourite and try my hand at a Pear Crisp instead of the usual Apple Crisp I would make.

It smelled divine as it baked and it tasted delicious.  I want to share the recipe with all of you.  The only thing I will do differently next time is cut down on the brown sugar as it was REALLY sweet.

Pear Crisp

6 large pears
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp nutmeg
2 sticks of butter
2 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

Peel and cube pears.
Mix pears with sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and 2 TBSP of flour.

In a separate bowl, combine butter, remaining flour and brown sugar.  Mash until forms a crumbly blend.

Pour pear mixture into pan of your choice (I used a 9 x 13 cake pan).  Sprinkle crumble over the top.

Bake for 35-45 min.

Making Friends Monday Blog Hop

It's Monday!  Thanks for stopping by.  If you haven't done so already, check out my rave review of Tweezerman® customer service.

It's the final week before the "unofficial" end of summer.  What do you have planned?  It's a relatively quiet week for me.  The twins are having a 3-night sleepover with Nana and Papa and Mr. Twingle is out of town, so it's just me and the baby.  I'm enjoying the little bit of peace before the whirlwind of back to school starts next week.

Monday also means it's time to "make friends"! Making Friends Monday brought to you by:  Living on Love and CentsThe Thrifty ThingsReviewed by MomCoupons are Great and Mon Cheri




Each week our sponsors will randomly pick a blog Spotlight of the Week.  To be selected you have to follow the rules they set out and have their button somewhere on your blog (they need to be able to find it!).  This week the Spotlight is Mama Loves Her Bargains.


The rules are super simple but VERY important!
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Singing Praises

I had to post about my recent experience with Tweezerman®.

Many women swear by Tweezerman® tweezers for shaping and maintaining beautiful eyebrows.  I am one of these women!  I was introduced to Tweezerman® tweezers my first year of university.  I had used drug-store brand tweezers prior to my introduction and always thought they worked just fine.  That all changed once I had my first Tweezerman® experience!  These tweezers are not just tweezers.  They are a must have for any household.  I have the slant tweezer and not only do I use it for grooming my eyebrows, but the sharp and slanted tip makes splinter and sliver removal easy and painless.  Even Trevor uses them for ingrown hairs in his beard.

But that's not why I'm singing their praises.  Tweezerman® offers FREE sharpening of their beauty tools for as long as they can be sharpened.  I recently sent in my very first pair of Tweezerman® slant tweezers to be sharpened.  Their website claims to take approximately 4-6 weeks, longer for international customers, which I am.  Sadly after about 3 months I hadn't heard anything nor received my tweezers.  I wrote on the Facebook wall for Tweezerman® inquiring if there was a way to track the status of my sharpening request.  They promptly replied saying they would look into it and get back to me.  After a couple of days I received a message saying they could not locate my tweezers; but, would happily send me a new pair if I provided them with my details.  I did as instructed and after only a few short days a brand new pair of tweezers showed up in my mailbox!  Not only that, they included their recent catalog and list of discontinued items AND 2 envelopes to use for future sharpenings.

I am so totally blown away by their amazing customer service, that I had to share my experience with you all.  For those of you that use Tweezerman® products already, I hope you love them as much as I do.  For those of you that have not yet been fortunate enough to have a Tweezerman® experience, I suggest you consider trying them out.



I did not receive any compensation for the above opinions.  The thoughts expressed are 100% mine and completely honest.  For more information, please see my disclosure notice

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Review of "Naturally Better" by Kristen Morrison

I recently received an ebook copy of the book Naturally Better Dramatically Improve Your Child's Life, Naturally by Kristen Morrison.  


The book was written by a mother.  But not just any old mother, a mother of a young son with Downs Syndrome.  It is their story about coming to terms with Down syndrome and the courses of action she and her family have taken to give this little boy the best possible life, Naturally.


Even though my children do not have Down syndrome, I found this book to be very interesting and actually quite eye opening.  I have always been a fan of homeopathy and natural remedies; but, often slip into the habit of running to the drug store for a bottle of Advil or other name brand product.  After reading Kristen's book and learning more about the benefit of homeopathic remedies and the harm that every day drugs can do, I've decided to use homeopathic drugs as often as I can.  
I've actually used homeopathic remedies such as Camilia for teething, Coryzalia as a decongestant and Stodal for cough relief on the twins and Pickle; but, I digress.


I was completely moved by the author's dedication to her son and her family.  Her positive attitude and determination to give her son the best possible life is truly inspiring.  I love the personal notations from her diary that are included throughout the book.  While the book gives a generalized account of their life during the first few years, the diary entries seem to make it more personal somehow.  


I also found it very helpful to visually see the changes in Gryffin that are mentioned in throughout the book.  For me, seeing is believing and it is astounding to look at the photographs included in the book and actually see what a change living naturally has made in this young boy's life.


Kristen Morrison and her family are incredible for sharing their story and their successes.  I highly recommend you read Naturally Better and learn for yourself how you can "naturally" raise your children; and yourself!


To Kristen Morrison and her family, you are truly remarkable and I wish you continued success in your treatments with Gryffin and in life.
  

With a Cherry on Top!

Woo Hoo!  I was just presented with another blog award:



As with any other blog award, there are rules to be followed:

1.  Thank the person who awarded you this magnificent award


A super huge thank you to Dawn over at Mom-a-Logues.  When you're done reading here, pop on over to say "hi" and tell her I sent you!

2.  Copy the award and paste it in your blog.


Done!

3.  List 3 things you love about yourself.  


This is a tough one.  I think it's human nature to find faults with ourselves much easier.  So after much thought, I've come up with this:

  • I like that I'm calm under pressure
  • I like that I volunteer at the twins' school and in Guiding
  • I like my eyes (silly, I know)
4.  Post a picture that you love.


Trevor took this picture of Brodie while we were camping at Rockwood last summer.  I love how it appears he looking out over the water reflecting on life.  So serene.

5.  Pass this award on to 5 of the sweetest bloggers and Share the Love.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Five Question Friday for August 27, 2010

I'm home from the cottage and buried in a heap of laundry; but I thought I'd take a moment to do this week's Five Question Friday.

Hop on over to My Little Life to play along!



1.  How many pets do you have?


We have 2 fur babies.  Our dog is a 2 year old lab/shepherd mix named Röxi.  Our cat is Meeka and she is a 7 year old siamese/angora mix and boy, oh boy does she have the personality of a Siamese!

2.  If you could switch places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be?


Hmm, I don't know.  I'd like to be someone fabulous, but not someone constantly plagued by the media.  Carrie Bradshaw, though fictional, would be a good choice!

3.  What is your favourite money saving tip?


If I were able to save money and had a tip to share I would.  But seeing as every penny Mr. Twingle and I have goes to staying afloat, I'm not the best person to ask.

4.  What do you want your kids to be when they grow up?


Honestly, the only thing I want them to be is happy and healthy.  They could work at McDonald's or as the person who scoops elephant poop and I wouldn't care as long as they were happy doing it.

I know, I'm a total cliché.

5.  What is your favourite quote?


The summer I was 16 my BFF at the time and I went to Collingwood and found these magnets that read "Never Let a Day Go By Without a Dream".  I have no idea who said it; but, it has stuck by me all these years and it's one that I try to live by.


{this moment}

Inspiration taken from SouleMama {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Making Friends Monday for August 23, 2010

Happy Monday and welcome to my readers new and old.  I hope your day is progressing wonderfully thus far.  Mine has been filled with cleaning.  I dog sat my parents Golden Retriever this past weekend and I think I could make a small dog from the fur I've swept up over the course of three days.

Mondays are great for making new friends and so with that, here is today's edition of Making Friends Monday brought to you by:  Living on Love and CentsThe Thrifty ThingsReviewed by MomCoupons are Great and Mon Cheri




Each week our sponsors will randomly pick a blog Spotlight of the Week.  To be selected you have to follow the rules they set out and have their button somewhere on your blog (they need to be able to find it!).  This week the Spotlight is Laura from Blog of Bargains.


The rules are super simple but VERY important!
1. Follow the Making Friends Monday  Hosts (Listed as # 1-4) as well as the Spotlight Blog of the Week (listed as #5)--They WILL follow you Back! You MUST LEAVE A COMMENT so we can follow you back!
2. Grab our Making Friends Monday button and include it in a post on your blog.
3. Link up to THAT post.
4. Start hopping and remember following back is appreciated!

Help spread the word and get more followers:
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- Your blog visitors can add their blog to your list and it will show up on all lists!


**Don't forget to follow the rules so you have a chance to be the "Spotlight Blog of the Week"!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Another Award


I'm so honoured that Lolo over at Crazy About My Baybah has awarded me with the Versatile blogger award.  Thank you so much!

Lolo is a mom to one, her son or Baybah as he is fondly referred is her inspiration.  Head on over to check out some of her witty posts.

Here are the rules:

1.  Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2.  Share 7 things about yourself.
3.  Pass the award onto 15 other bloggers who you recently discovered and think are fabulous.
4.  Contact the bloggers you chose and let them know about the award.


Share 7 things about yourself:

1.  Hubby and I are "high school sweethearts".  We started dating our senior year of high school, in the June actually, about 2 weeks before school ended. 

2.  I LOVE tea.  Herbal, Black, Green, White or Red (Rooibis) it doesn't matter.  I love them all.  But, I am a little bit of a tea snob and only drink loose leaf teas.  Bagged tea is to tea what hot dogs are to beef.

3.  I'm a Guider in Kaia's Sparks unit through Girl Guides of Canada.  I was a girl member myself and got back into Guiding when Trevor and I started dating as both his mom and sister were leaders and I realized how much I missed Guiding when I heard them talk about it.

4.  I can say the alphabet backwards in 2 languages!

5.  I love the outdoors.  Camping or cottaging is the perfect way to spend summer vacations with the family.  

6.  I hate to cook; but I love to bake.  Actually, that's not true.  I don't hate to cook, it's the thinking and planning what to have for dinner that I hate.  The cooking part itself is usually pretty easy.  
Maybe that's why I prefer baking.  I know what I'm going to bake and I do it.  There's no humming and hawing over what to make.

7.  I want to do the C25K challenge; but I'm afraid to start.  I've been overweight my entire life and though I'm ready to do something about it, the journey scares me.


15 awesome bloggers with whom I share the award:


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Birthday Bash

The kids and I just got home from the Momstown Hamilton birthday celebration.  It was a wonderful morning and I'm so glad the rain held off despite the grey and gloomy sky.

For those of you not familiar with Momstown, here's a little bit about them, taken from their website:  "Odds are that when you were growing up your mom knew all of your neighbours. Your street was full of kids you knew and your mom invited the neighbourhood over to run through the sprinkler while the other moms had coffee and chatted. If a neighbour had a new baby, you were probably sent over with a hot casserole and the new mother would have been warmly welcomed into the folds of the other families. Although some social conventions have (sadly) changed, what hasn’t is the need to connect with other local mothers. It has always been said it takes a village to raise a child. We say it takes a town. Who resides in the town we fondly call momstown? Well, it’s moms like you.
What began as a small mothers group run by one mom has flourished under tender loving care by local women to make momstown the supportive, organized ‘neighbourhood’ it is today. Founded in August 2007 by 3 moms (Christi, Ann-Marie & Shannon) from Burlington, Ontario, momstown.ca has now found a niche within many communities by providing moms with consistent activities and daily encouragement. momstown uses the internet to connect but our goal is to get moms off the computer and out of the house!
Christi & Ann-Marie, the “mamas of momstown”, are active in the Halton region but provide assistance to all Community Managers. momstown’s focus is on neighbourhood connections and our Community Managers will help each regional chapter grow and adapt with its own members, area and needs.
The girls below bring together your local neighbourhood and warmly welcome you to join in. Come live, laugh, learn and relax with us.
Welcome to momstown!"

I'm very fortunate that I have been part of Momstown since it was founded in 2007.  While I had connected early on with moms through the Ontario Early Years Centre, I missed the adult companionship we had when they all went back to work after maternity leave.  That's when I found Momstown and joined up making more friends and contacts with whom the twins could play and grow. Since the original community in Burlington opened in 2007, Momstown has grown exponentially providing a great resource to parents in many Ontario cities and even to cities in Alberta.  There is no doubt in my mind that Momstown will continue to grow bringing communities to cities Nationwide and eventually World Wide!

Today, was Momstown Hamilton's first birthday celebration.  Camping was the theme of the day with great activites for kids of all ages; Edible campfires, Coffee Filter fish, Face Painting and Balloon Animals were just a few.  The twins LOVED the edible campfires made from pretzel sticks, orange & black jelly beans and shredded coconut for embers.  I didn't mind it either since I ended up with all the black jelly beans, my favourite!

A birthday wouldn't be a party without bbq'd burgers and dogs, some fresh fruit and veggies and, of course, birthday cake.

As things were wrapping up, door prizes were drawn.  Boo was quite excited that the ticket he had placed in the draw for the Webkinz cat was pulled.  Pretty, however; has had to learn a life lesson that you don't always get what you want, since her ticket for the teddy bear was not chosen.  Despite having to endure the whining from Pretty because she didn't win, it was a great day and I'm happy to be part of a wonderful community.

Happy Birthday Momstown!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Five Question Friday August 20, 2010

Yay, it's the weekend!  It's been a busy week for me and the family and I'm enjoying some downtime before the twins arrive back home after their sleepover at Grandma's.  I miss them terribly when they're gone; but, the quiet is nice too.

We announced our winner from the Poster Print Giveaway last night, so if you haven't already done so, check to see who it is and maybe send them a note of congratulations.

If you haven't joined into the Five Question Friday fun, hop on over to My Little Life to link up and answer your own five questions.


1.  Do you have any nicknames and if so how did it come about?


Yes, I have several.  My friend in Calgary calls me "Step".  Which came about when we were in highschool and she went to call me Steph and it came out wrong.  We had a good laugh, and it's just kinda stuck ever since.
My two BFF's and I refer to each other as "Stooge".  Again, a name that stems from highschool.  The three of us were in the school band and we all play clarinet.  We also all worked at Canadian Tire, had the same morals and values among other things.  We became the 3 Stooges and so we fondly call each other Stooge when addressing each other!

2.  What is your birth order amongst your siblings?


I'm the best, the first born of course!  I have one sibling, a younger brother who was born 5 years after me.

3.  In a movie of your life, who would play your significant other?


Hmm, I'm not really sure.  If I had to pick an actor, I guess it would be Channing Tatum.  He's about the same height and colouring of my hubby.

4. What is currently your favorite song?


Coming Home by New Kids on the Block.


5.  Are you saving your money for anything right now?  Big or small purchase?


Sadly, we are not saving our money right now.  Like most people these days the economic recession has been difficult for us, and so any money we have goes to digging our way back to a comfortable place.

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Well, there you have it!  I hope to see you around the hop.

{this moment}

Inspiration taken from SouleMama {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

18 x 24" Poster Print Winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Online Poster Printing giveaway!  The giveaway is now closed and we have selected our winner randomly using Random.Org.


True Random Number Generator  2Powered by RANDOM.ORG


Congratulations Kelly!  I will email you with the details and you will have 48 hours to respond or I will draw a new winner.

Getting Ready for the Sale

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One of the perks of being a Mom of Multiples is belonging to the local twins club.  The BAMOM (Bay Area Mothers of Multiples) is a wonderful support group for new and expecting parents of multiples and they were very much a sanity saver that first year with the twins.  As Pretty and Boo have gotten older I haven't spent as much time with the group; but, I am still a member.

Twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall, the club hosts its Kids' Stuff Sale.  This year the sale will take place on Saturday September 18, 2010 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Burlington Christian Academy (521 North Service Rd W).  It's a great place to shop for gently used clothes for the kids; but, it's also a great way for BAMOM members to sell items that their multiples no longer need.

I have often shopped at the sale; but, never sold anything.  This year that changes.  We still have ALL the clothes the twins out grew stored in our basement.  And let me tell you, that's a WHOLE lot of storage space.  Pickle is, of course, wearing most of Pretty's clothes; but, anything that Pickle has now outgrown we can add to the items to sell.  Little did I know just how much work was actually involved in being a sale participant.  I have to tag each individual item with a tag that has size, article, price and my name on it.  Then I have to hang everything on children's hangers so they are ready for sale day.  I have NO idea where I'm going to get enough hangers to do that.

If it seems I've been absent over the past few days, this is why.  My free time is devoted to tagging and hanging clothes.  If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by the sale to pick up some fabulous finds.

Monday, August 16, 2010

My Little Caged Animal

Pickle has been cruising for the last few weeks. Her new favourite spot is at the gate, thrashing to get out. I managed to capture it on video and thought I'd share. I hope you enjoy.

Making Friends Monday for August 16, 2010

It's another new week and I hope you're all having a wonderful start.  Thanks for stopping by.  While you're here, don't forget to enter my 18 x 24 poster giveaway.

If you're a new follower, please let me know so I can follow you back.



Each week our hosts will randomly pick a Spotlight Blog of the Week! To be choosen you must follow the rules and have our button somewhere on your blog. (We have to be able to find it!) his week's Spotlight is Lauren from Midget Momma $1200 Budget
1. Follow the Making Friends Monday Hosts (Listed as # 1-5) as well as the Spotlight Blog of the Week (listed as #6)--They WILL follow you Back! 

2. Link up the Making Friends Monday post on your blog. 

3. Grab our Making Friends Monday button and include it in a post on your blog. 

4. Visit as many blogs as you would like and follow them. Be sure to tell them you are a new follower from Making Friends Monday! 

5. Follow back as many followers as you would like from Making Friends Monday. Following back your new friends is appreciated! 


Help spread the word and get more followers: 

-Put the same linky list code on your blog and you'll have the exact same list! 

- Your blog visitors can add their blog to your list and it will show up on all lists! 



Don't forget to follow the rules so you have a chance to be the "Spotlight Blog of the Week"! 

Friday, August 13, 2010

GIVEAWAY! 18 x 24 Poster Print

Online Poster Printing has very generously agreed to offer an 18 x 24 poster print for us to give away!



Here's how to enter: 

Mandatory Entry: The mandatory entry must be completed before all other entries will be counted. Be sure to leave your email address with each entry. For each entry be sure to leave a seperate comment.

Go to Online Poster Printing 
and tell me ONE item that you would like if you were lucky enough to choose.
Bonus Entries:
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3 Entries: Post my button on your blog (let me know where I can find it).
1 Entry: Vote for me on "Top Mommy Blogs" on the right side bar.


Good Luck! This giveaway is open to US Residents 18 or older ONLY. Giveaway ends on August 20 at 8:00 pm EST. 

{this moment}

Inspiration taken from SouleMama {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!



Friday the 13th Five Questions

It's Friday the 13th!   I grew up in a house where my mom was, is, VERY superstitious.  So much so, that it can be a little over the top;  which is likely why I am not superstitious at all.  I may have played along when I was younger; but, only because that's what I was brought up to believe:  throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, never walk under a ladder, a black cat crossing your path is a bad omen, etc.

So on this Friday the 13th, I ask you, my readers new and old, if you are superstitious?

While you ponder my question above, consider heading over to My Little Life to link up and do your own Five Question Friday!




1.  Have you ever visited another country?

Yes, I have been to the United States many times, mostly just to Buffalo NY and a couple of times to visit family in Michigan until they moved back to Canada.  I've also been to the Dominican Republic on vacation.  That was 10 years ago though and I haven't had a vacation since.  
I would really LOVE to go to Paris, France someday and put my education in French Language to use!

2.  Where is the strangest place you have ever been?

I really had to think about this one, and I still don't know if it's all that strange.  I guess I would have to say a coffee planation in the Dominican Republic.  We had taken a taxi from the resort into Pureto Plata hoping to go to the Hard Rock Cafe.   Due to some language barriers, our driver didn't understand and took us to what he knew Cafe to be, a coffee plantation.  While it wasn't what we had set out to do, it was strange and cool all at the same time.  I even got to bring home some cocoa beans that had been dried in the sun.

3.  What is your favourite season?

Fall, hands down!  I love the fall.  The cool, crisp air.  The apple orchards and farms full of pumpkins, squashes, gourds and more.  The rich autumn colours, the leaves a blaze in red, yellow and orange.  Snuggling up in a cozy sweater with a book in front of the fire, or with a cup of tea outside on the porch.  There is NOTHING better than fall.  I'm counting down the days until this hot and humid summer ends and fall begins.

4.  What one song will always cheer you up?

Anything by New Kids on the Block will cheer me up.  But nothing gets me happier than Tonight!

5.  What Disney character do you resemble most?

Man.  I'd have to say Mrs. Potts from Beauty the Beast, minus the white hair.  




Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yes, I am a Geek!

I am so excited!  For the past week I have been trying to get the new iPhone 4.  Every morning I would get up, dressed and head out to our local Rogers store for about 8:00 am.  The store doesn't open until 9:00 am; but, I wanted to make sure I was there when in opened on the off chance they had the hard-to-come-by phone in stock.

Every morning for the past week I have been told "it was supposed to come in today; but, it didn't.  Should be here tomorrow".  I was starting to get frustrated.  I mean it really shouldn't be this hard to get a cell phone.  I waited this morning until after the shipment arrived and verified once again that "no, the iPhone 4 didn't come in".  I was all set to give up until tomorrow when my husband read online that the Wireless Etc kiosks in Costco might have them.

So I began making phone calls, and he was right.  Our two local Costco's had gotten them in that morning and were already sold out.  This prompted me to wonder if the Rogers store was getting a shipment after all.  I call them to find out and learn that yes, they did get a shipment of 8 phones in; but, they were already sold out.  GRRRRR.

I tried calling the Rogers store at our mall and the line was busy.  I gave up and told Mr. Twingle I was going to the mall on the off chance that they still had some.  The whole way to the mall my heart was racing.  I couldn't believe I missed the phones at the store I had been going to every morning.  It was just my luck.  I cursed under my breathe and began bracing myself for the distinct possibility that this store was already sold out too.

I get to the store in the mall and there is a line up of 4 people ahead of me.  But, I notice the sign saying that iPhone 4 is temporarily sold out is not up; this is a good sign, I think.  The gentleman at the front of the line moves forward and, sure enough, asks for an iPhone 4.  They still have some!  Yippee!  The next 3 people move up and lucky for me, none of them are there for iPhones.  It's finally my turn and I ask if they have any left as I need 2 (had to get one for hubby too)?  Guess what?  I get the 2 last 16GB iPhone 4's!  WooHoo!  I have never been so happy in my life!  As it turns out, they only had 1 phone left after me and then they would be sold out again for the next week.  I was told by my service agent, that it only took 30 minutes for the 13 phones they got in to sell out.

So, yes, I am a huge GEEK for stalking the Rogers store all week for a phone.  But, I am so happy I won't have to do it again :P



Yes, I took these with my iPhone 4!

Delicious Raspberry Muffins

Yesterday I found a recipe for blackberry muffins at Pumpkin Tart.  I decided to give it a try; but quickly realized Boo had polished off all my blackberries.  In an attempt to save the batter I made a decision to use the fresh raspberries I had instead.  I've got to tell you, it was a decision well made!  The muffins are DELICIOUS!  In fact, we've polished off the dozen I made already and I'm baking another batch as I sit here typing.

With permission from Andrea at Pumpkin Tart, I am republishing her recipe. I hope you'll give it a try and enjoy as much as my family and I have!

Raspberry Muffins


1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup applesauce
3/4 cup raspberries (blackberries and blueberries will work too)*

Combine dry ingredients and toss together.  Add beaten egg, milk, vanilla and applesauce and stir to combine.  Gently fold in berries.  Fill each cup 2/3 the way up in a greased or lined muffin pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 16-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

*I used whole berries, but you could easily cut them up first.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Making Friends Monday for August 9, 2010



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