Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Goes Out with a Bang

You always want to ring in the New Year in style; but, this year we decided to send 2012 off with a bang.

The bang of a deer bouncing off the driver side front fender to be exact.  Mr. Twingle just called to say he hit a deer on his way to work.  Most importantly, Mr. Twingle is okay.  I was home with the three kids so we are all safe too.  
The van; however, has seen better days.

I especially like the chunk of deer left behind :\

2013 can only get better, I hope!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

#50BookPledge Recap

2012 is quickly coming to an end and I realized it's been far, FAR, too long since I posted my progress on the #50BookPledge.
To be honest, I really stopped keeping track for quite some time.  I was still reading, just not with as much fervour as before.

My last update can be found here, and at that time I had read twenty-one (21) books, well on my way to reaching my goal of 50 books in 2012.  Sadly, it's about that time that reading took a back-burner to other things in my life.  So without any further ado, here is my completed list for 2012.

1.  Hunger Games
2.  Catching Fire
3.  Mocking Jay
4.  Destined
5.  The Perfect Christmas
6.  Angels at Christmas
7.  How the Girl Guides Won the War
8.  The Flight of Gemma Hardy
9.  Ghosts of Boyfriends Past
10.  Rainshadow Road
11.  Divergent
12.  Spellbound
13.  I've Got Your Number
14.  A Walk Across the Sun
15.  Dead Reckoning
16.  50 Shades of Grey
17.  50 Shades Darker
18.  Insurgent
19.  50 Shades Freed
20.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
21.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
22.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
23.  The Forgotten Garden
24.  James Potter and the Hall of Elder's Crossing
25.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
26.  James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper
27.  Whole Latte Life
28.  The Snow Child

For a grand total of 28 books.  Twenty-eight books is definitely impressive; but, it's not good enough.  It's only 56% of my goal.  Next year, I'm striving for 100%, though I'd be happy with 80%, and with the new Kobo Mini I got for Christmas, I think 80% is easily attainable.

I wish you all much success on your reading journey and I hope you'll pop in to share your reading progress in the New Year.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy 60th Birthday

Today is my Daddy's 60th birthday!  It doesn't seem plausible that my parents are in their 60's; but, it's true. 

In all the hype about the Mayan prediction of the end of the world, we joked that my Dad would begin and end his life on the same day.  I'm certainly glad this isn't true.  We have many more years of birthdays to celebrate.

Wishing you lots of love on your special day, Daddy. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Spirit of the Season

And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men'".
Luke 2:10

Sometimes at this time of year, we get all wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the season and we forget what Christmas is really about.  But, it's not just Christmas.  Many religious groups celebrate this time of year.  Whether it be Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other religious Holiday, the season is about celebration and love.

Tonight, my Guides and Pathfinders went to McMaster Children's Hospital to do some carolling for the kids who will be spending the holidays there.  We spoke with our girls prior to the visit and talked about what they might see while we were there.  They all seemed very open to the fact that there could be a wide variety of ailments and treatments happening.  We made a craft to give each child that visited us, a little winter toque for their holiday décor, and prepared about 10 popular, secular, carols to sing.  The hospital staff were very open and excited to have us in and prepared the lounge for us to perform.  We had several patients and families join us for our performance and we even had a couple of the older kids join in the singing.  
It was amazing to see the faces warm up to our, totally off-key and sometimes way too fast, singing.  Something so simple, brought such joy to these kids.  At the end of our time, the staff all thanked us for coming.  We even had several of the patients' parents come up to thank the girls too which I think made our girls' night.  
But what made it all worth it, was hearing our girls say "thank-you" for bringing them to the hospital to sing for the "sick kids".  They all agreed that this was probably one of the best gifts we could give to people we don't know and it made them feel good to help out.
I say to my girls and fellow Guiders, job well done!  We set out to teach our girls that the season is about more than gifts and possessions and I think we accomplished that tonight.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanza and Happy Holidays!  May the spirit of the season burn bright in your hearts today and all the year through.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Big Changes

The past month has been completely chaotic and disorganized around the Twingle household.  First and foremost, we had two birthday parties to run.

The twins turned 8 on November 16th.  We had originally planned to hold separate birthday parties, for the first time, on November 17 and 18.  Then Boo brought home forms for Cub camp that weekend and we postponed his party until the following weekend.
Pretty decided she wanted a "spa" party this year with five of her bestest friends.  We soaked feet, painted toe and finger nails, had mock "mimosas" and made homemade bath salts.  The party was a hit and the girls asked if we could do it again.

The following weekend, Boo had his birthday party.  He originally wanted a Pokemon themed party; but, since I don't know anything about Pokemon, I suggested he invite three friends and I would take them all to the movies to see "Rise of the Guardians".  Boo loved this idea and so we went ahead with that.  Unfortunately, only one of his friends was able to come; but, the boys had fun anyway.  We started out at our place to have dinner and open gifts and then it was off to the theatre where the boys played in the arcade until it was time for our movie.  The boys absolutely LOVED the movie, and I have to say I did too!  Such a great story line.  I would definitely recommend it for all ages!

Fast forward to the Bigh Change; I've gone back to work FULL time!  After nine years at home raising the Twingles, it was time for me to get back into the workforce.  The timing was actually perfect as Pickle goes to school in September and Mr. Twingle will be primarily working from home come January.  We will only need to put her in daycare occasionally which will be a good transition for school in the fall.  
Mr. Twingle and I had talked about the idea of me going back to work with the thought that we would wait until January when he'd be home to start looking.  All that changed when a posting for my dream job came up.
I'm proud to announce that I am now a Unit Administrator for Girl Guides of Canada!  If you've followed my blog at all, you'll know that I am a volunteer with this wonderful organization.  I have been a member since I was a girl and I love everything Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada stand for.  Providing support to the volunteers in our organization was a logical step for me and even though I've only been in the position a week, I love it!  I was made for this job, or maybe this job was made for me.  Either way, I feel very blessed to have been the successful candidate for the position.  There is something new every day that challenges me and gives me room to grow and build on existing skills...everything I would expect from an ideal job and Girl Guides.
It hasn't all been sunshine and roses though.  We are going through some growing pains at home trying to figure it all out.  With Mr. Twingle travelling, we've had to arrange daycare for Pickle and after school care for the twins, but so far it's all worked out.  Pickle seems to be doing well.  She's even taken to napping again.  Yes, my child, who gave up her naps before the age of two!  I don't know if she's exhausted from the mental strain of the adjustment or because her "fends" are napping too.  The only negative I've seen so far is a couple of bathroom accidents which she doesn't normally have.  I'm not sure if it's regression due to the changes or if she has an infection.  If it continues this week, we'll be making a trip to the doctor to rule out any medical issues.
The twins think every day is a play date with their buddies from Guiding and Scouting, so they've been fine with it.  In fact, the days they don't need after school care, they whine about not seeing their friends (insert eye rolling emoticon).

So's been a little crazy around the Twingle household and with the holidays only two weeks away, I don't see the crazy settling down any time soon.
I'm just glad I found a job I enjoy and that the kids seem to be transitioning alright, for the most part.  The week before I started, the mommy guilt was revving full-force.  But now that I've seen the kids are okay with the change, I know I've made the right choice.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Musings

Good morning!  It's Cyber Monday, how exciting!  For those of you that dread heading to the malls at this time of year, Cyber Monday is exactly what you're looking for!
Get great holiday savings in the comfort of your own home! 

I love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Wishing people a Merry Christmas, yes, I still do that, and seeing the sights and sounds the holiday brings.  But, I also like being able to sit down with Pickle and search online for the best deal.  If that means ordering online, then that's what I'll do.  In fact, most of the shopping I have done so far has been online; a first for me.

That's why I'm so excited to share with you this amazing Cyber Monday deal from Mabel's Labels!  

Shop and be merry! Beginning Monday, November 26th through Tuesday, November 27th at 5:00pm, Mabel's Labels is ringing in the holiday season by offering 40% off Skinny MinisThe Basic KitShoe Labels, and Preschool Labels. Mabel's Labels products make perfect stocking stuffers, party favours and personalized add-ons to other gifts. Discounts cannot be combined with other offers, coupons or promotions or with purchases made through fundraisers. Hurry - before this offer ends! Happy Shopping! 

Now doesn't that make your Monday morning a little easier to bear?
Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

Tomorrow is an exciting day!  Not only do the twins celebrate a birthday; the final instalment of the Twilight Saga hits the big screen!

Yogen Fruz, Jamba Juice and Yogurty's have partnered to hold a Twitter contest to celebrate the opening of the final instalment.  

Yogurty's, Jamba Juice and Yogen Fruz want you to take photos of yourself at their stores and tweet them using hashtag(s) #JambaCATwilight, #YogurtysTwilight or #TwilightFruz.

You could be selected to win a Twilight Breaking Dawn:  Part 2 prize pack including a t-shirt, poster and pen.

Enjoy the movie...I know I will!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It Takes a Community

This past Saturday, my Guide unit attended a Healthy Active Living Day for Guides.  This event was organized by an amazing woman and fellow Guider, Norine.  Norine is the Community Guide Guider for Community 12, which basically encompasses all of Hamilton.  She is the person we can go to when we have questions or concerns about our units, activities we are running and more.

Norine took it upon herself to put together this amazing event which showed Guide aged girls that they aren't alone in our big city.  There are other girls, the same ages, doing the same sorts of things from Tai Chi to Zumba to Laughter Yoga and Curling.  Not only was it a day demonstrating healthy and active lifestyle options; but, it was a day promoting Sisterhood.  One of the Guide Laws is "To Share in the Sisterhood of Guiding" and this event provided and outlet to do just that.

Girls were divided into groups and rotated round-robin style through the activities, breaking for a deliciously prepared lunch of sandwiches, fruits, vegetables and a cookie for dessert.  Then we continued on our day.
Norine, even had a training for the leaders planned while the girls participated in Curling.  The training was about Guide ceremonies and traditions and how to bring them back into our meetings!  I loved learning from my sister Guiders and hearing how they incorporate these aspects.  I now have an arsenal of ideas for this and upcoming years!

Here are some photos I took of the day.

Oh, and did I mention that through all these fabulous activites, the girls earned two badges!  They will be getting their Team Sport and Fitness Fun badges!  Way to go girls and a huge thanks to Norine for such a fabulous Guide event!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Musings

Sigh, another gloomy Monday is upon us. And what's that I see outside? Snow. Yep, just light flurries, nothing that will even stick; but, I'm not ready for the white stuff yet. There are still lots of Fall days left to enjoy. The maple tree in my backyard still has 90% of its leaves so I know it can't be winter yet.

However, the sights and sounds of the approaching holiday season are already upon us. Hallowe'en hadn't even finished before the stores were putting out Christmas decorations. Now, I love Christmas. It's my favourite holiday and I can't wait to put up my decorations. But, I do think we need to wait until after Remembrance Day on November 11. Veterans and fallen soldiers deserve our respect and remembrance without interference from the highly commercialized holidays.
It would seem that I am not alone in this sentiment. Shopper's Drug Mart customers voiced their opinions, about the holiday music piping through the store's PA, on the company's Facebook page and the company listened. They have ceased Christmas music until further notice.

So while I love Christmas and all it represents, I will proudly wear my poppy and remember those that have fought for the privileges we entertain today. I hope you will do the same and show your respect and thanks for our veterans and fallen soldiers.
And I will be among the masses decorating on November 12!

Have a great week.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Printcopia Review


I was recently approached by Printcopia to do a review of their product.  Our fabulous neighbour, photographer and owner of Michelle Ward Digital Images, had just given us our photos of Pickle and I thought "sure, I'll do a review and get a print of Pickle's new photos in the process".

I wasn't too sure how photos on canvas would turn out, so I was a little skeptical about the whole thing.    The Printcopia website is very user friendly and uploading you image is a breeze.  In fact, my very large, high quality, digital image took less than 10 seconds to upload.  That's very impressive, especially when I don't have a lot of extra time to spend online.  You can even upload images from Facebook and Instagram if so inclined.

You begin you order by selecting a size.  Printcopia has a range of sizes starting at 8" x 8" and ending at 30" x 40".  But, that's not all; they also have a custom size selector so you're certain to get the perfect size canvas to fit your space.  You can also select the canvas thickness; I went with .75" thickness to match the rest of the artwork I have displayed in our home.
Next you choose options for the sides of your canvas.  You can completely customize exactly how you want your photos on canvas to look; making the piece something you'll truly enjoy.

Once you've completed all your choice selections, it's time to check out.  Printcopia only accepts credit card (Visa, Amex or Mastercard) payments.  So if you're like many people today and don't own a credit card, this won't be a suitable print business for you to use.
Payments aside, the check out process is quick and painless.  It took me less than a minute to complete.

Once you've completed your order, the waiting is the hardest part.  However, I was very pleasantly surprised when my photo on canvas arrived just a few short days later!

I'm very pleased with the quality of the canvas.  My biggest decision right now, is trying to figure out the perfect place to hang it!

Disclaimer:  I received a free photo on canvas in exchange for my review.  The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Catching Up

You know when you spend a significant amount of time writing and rewriting a post, only to have it disappear into cyber space?  Yeah, that's happened twice in a week and a half.
My "Monday Musings" post from last week never appeared.  I hit "publish" and, poof, it's gone.  I can't locate it in my post archives and it certainly didn't publish.  I also know I didn't delete it as there's a confirm step before doing so, unlike the publish function which is a one-click function.

So this post will be a little bit of everything thrown together; I hope you don't mind.

Last week, I wanted to share how much fun I had at a Tocara party.  It seems in-home parties are making a come back; as I've certainly witnessed with my own Stampin' Up! business.  But somehow, I had never heard of Tocara; and, that's probably a good thing!  Tocara is jewelry.  Beautiful sterling silver and stainless steel jewelry.  Their line includes necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, rings and more!  I managed to only purchase an anklet while at the party; but, I came out with a booking to host my own party in January 2013!  I'm really excited too!  Just for booking, I'm going to get $75 in FREE jewelry.  The difficult part will be deciding what to get!

Saturday, the 20th, I took my Guides and Pathfinders to sell Girl Guide Cookies; which, I still have lots of by the way!  It was a cold and wet day.  We ended up with 9 of our 12 girls coming out and managed to sell ten (10) cases; not bad in the rain!  It must have been the, very faint, rainbow that appeared on the horizon.

After we wrapped up cookie sales, I headed home to warm up and grab some lunch before taking the kids to meet their new cousin!  I had the opportunity to meet my niece earlier in the week; but the kids were super excited to get to meet her.  

My parents, whom had been babysitting the kids while I was selling cookies with the Guides and Pathfinders, also came with us.  We loaded up the van with dinner supplies for our meal that night as well as several freezer options for the coming weeks.  

To say the kids are enthralled with their new cousin would be an understatement.  Here is Pretty snuggling baby I.

To end our already crazy weekend, I woke up Sunday morning with a head cold.  My sinuses were so blocked that I felt like my head my explode from the pressure.  Thankfully, it didn't seem to last long as I was feeling much better by Tuesday evening.

Luckily, our week was relatively quiet and I was able to shake the remnants of the cold and it seems like most of the kids have escaped whatever bug I might have shared.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Farewell, Friend

It's never easy to say goodbye to a pet. It's especially difficult when you are seven (7) and your first pet, one that is solely your responsibility, dies.

Snowball was Pretty's hamster. She asked Santa for it last year and Santa complied, sort of. You see Santa, in all his wisdom, brought a cage, food, bedding, accessories and a note. Not a hamster. The note explained that it was far too cold at the North Pole for such a small animal and it would have gotten squished on his sleigh. Instead, he brought her everything she needed and gave her $20 with instructions to tell mom & dad to take her out on Boxing Day to pick out her new friend. And that's exactly what we did.

We made sure to get the youngest hamsters available, as they do have short life-spans. We talked about proper handling and training of the hamster to make it a good and friendly pet. Pretty was ready to accept the challenge.

Sadly, last night as Pretty was getting ready for bed, she realized Snowball was missing. This wasn't uncommon for Snowball as she had escaped two previous times. I went to check the cage and begin the search when I found her in the corner of the cage, slightly buried in the bedding. I instantly knew she was gone; and I'm fairly certain Pretty saw her but went into shock and denial, hence the Snowball's missing call of panic.

I calmly took Pretty aside and told her how very sorry I was; but, Snowball was gone. Cue horrific sobbing now. Pretty was a mess. She was beside herself and wanted to know how it happened, why it happened and then "she's not dead, she's just sleeping".  When I managed to convince her that she wasn't just sleeping, I left her to grieve while I got the other two kids to bed.  Then I went back and we talked some more about death and how sometimes, even pets that are young, can have problems and die.  I explained that just because Snowball didn't look or act sick, that she didn't have something going on inside of her we couldn't see.

Pretty then did something that surprised me and made me realize how much she is growing.  She went and got the hamster care books and began reading to find out what she did wrong and what she can do to make sure her replacement hamster, "when my heart stops hurting", won't suffer from the same fate so soon.  I tried to comfort her by saying she didn't do anything wrong; but, if she wanted to brush up on her hamster care, I was okay with that.

She silently cried herself to sleep and this morning is in somewhat better spirits.  Snowball has been stored on ice until Mr. Twingle can be home for a funeral tomorrow.  Pretty wrote a letter to Snowball this morning that we will bury with her; and she's already decided her next hamster will be named Oreo because she wants it to be a sable banded teddy bear hamster.

Farewell, Snowball.  You will be missed.

"December 26, 2011" to October 17, 2012.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Growing Up

My baby girl is three today.  Yep, three.  It's such a bitter sweet milestone.  While I love to watch Pickle grow and become a sweet little girl; she's my baby.  She is the unexpected blessing who brings so much joy and laughter to our lives.  The little girl who idolizes her big sister and doesn't like boys, including Boo and Daddy; though I'm sure she says that just to get a reaction from them.

My heart bursts with love and pride everyday and I can't believe she's ours.  I love you baby girl, happy birthday!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Musings

There's nothing that starts a week off worse, than a sore neck.  Saturday night, I must have slept weird as I woke yesterday and could barely get out of bed for the pain in my neck.  The whole right side of my neck and shoulder is just a giant knot of soreness.  I don't know if I pulled a muscle, pinched a nerve or both.  I just know that even the slightest movement of my head sends shooting pain down my neck and shoulder.
And the pain isn't much better today.  I have a tiny bit more mobility of my head; but, not enough to really be productive at anything.

Of course, this doesn't go over well when I have a million things to do, including laundry and mopping floors.  Sadly, I've put both tasks off for too long and the house looks like a bomb went off.  It also doesn't help that Mr. Twingle is two weeks into his new job which has him working from home.  I feel like my daily routine is under scrutiny and that makes me uncomfortable.  Not that there's anything wrong with how Pickle and I go about our day; but, I feel like if I sit down at the computer too long or watch a complete TV show that I'm failing somehow as a mom and a wife.
I know I'm just overreacting.  Having us both at home is an adjustment for everyone.  Realistically, Mr. Twingle hasn't been home more than 2 or 3 weeks at a time in the sixteen years we've been together.  There have always been periods of him travelling and the kids and I have our routine down to a science.  Having Mr. Twingle home is going to take some getting used to and there will inevitably be some growing pains along the way.

Do Your Kids Have Allergies?

Happy Halloween! Don't let this fabulous offer from Mabel's Labels scare you!

From now until 10/19, or while supplies last, Mabel's Labels is offering a $3 off coupon for Allergy Alert labels, with all Halloween Loot Bag Combo purchases. The Loot Bag Combo was inspired by celebrities who love to include the Mabel's Labels waterproof Sticky Labels and Bag Tags in their children's birthday party loot bags. These sweet combos make great party favours and add a personalized touch to gifts! Best of all, you save $3 off Allergy Alert labels. Perfect, for keeping your child safe this Halloween. Don't miss your chance to shop this great offer! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

This weekend is a time for family gatherings and delicious meals.  It's also time to give thanks.

I give thanks for my wonderful family and friends, our health and the love we share.  I'm thankful for a roof over my head and food in my belly.  And I'm thankful for you, my readers.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Blessed Be.

A brief history of Thanksgiving in Canada

The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are more closely connected to the traditions of Europe than of the United States. Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October. The very first Thanksgiving in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World. That means the first Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts!
For a few hundred years, Thanksgiving was celebrated in either late October or early November, before it was declared a national holiday in 1879. It was then, that November 6th was set aside as the official Thanksgiving Holiday.  But then on January 31, 1957, Canadian Parliament announced that on the second Monday in October, Thanksgiving would be "a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed." Thanksgiving was moved to the second Monday in October because after the World WarsRemembrance Day (November 11th) and Thanksgiving kept falling in the same week.
Another reason for Canadian Thanksgiving arriving earlier than its American counterpart is that Canada is geographically further north than the United States, causing the Canadian harvest season to arrive earlier than the American harvest season. And since Thanksgiving for Canadians is more about giving thanks for the harvest season than the arrival of pilgrims, it makes sense to celebrate the holiday in October. So what are the differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, other than the date? Not much! Both Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and a whole lot of turkey!
*History taken from

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Peptalash Review

Every woman longs for longer, fuller eyelashes.  You can deny it all you want, but, we've all bought into the variety of mascara's that claim to make your lashes longer, thicker, fuller and more.

I have been blessed with long eyelashes, but I'm always looking for that next product to make them look fuller.  I was pleased to try out peptalash by Indeed Labs.  I really thought, "what's the harm?, I've tried everything else".   

This is the press release I received to accompany peptalash:

Indeed Labs launches peptalash in Canada
Longer, thicker, darker lashes in just two weeks
Toronto, ON – An innovative eyelash serum that intensifies lashes in as little as two weeks has hit the market from Indeed Labs, creators of the internationally acclaimed Nanoblur and Snoxin. Peptalash is the first-ever combination of three clinically proven peptides that work together to promote lashes that appear longer and fuller.
These active peptides have been subjected to at least three in-vivo clinical studies. The results? Lash length was shown to increase by as much as 43 per cent, with lash diameter increasing by 40 per cent – almost three times the volume!  
We used a patent-pending peptide that naturally boosts the pigmentation process of the skin on the lash line. It stimulates the melanin production in the skin leading to a more intense and dark lash line,” said Dr. Adel Rammal, chief scientific officer at Indeed Labs.

 Long eyelashes have always been a sign of confident femininity, with women around the world using cosmetic products, medicine and treatments to augment their eyelashes for a more beautiful expression. However, many of these temporary solutions can require consistent detailed application and wear off easily. 

Peptalash makes it simple, requiring just two minutes a day for proven long-term results. Available for just a fraction of the cost of similar products on the market, there are no side effects and Peptalash is available without a prescription,” said Dia Foley, VP. Sales and Marketing at Indeed Labs. 

How to apply: In the morning and evening, apply to the base of the upper and lower eyelashes using the applicator brush. Start from the inner corner of the eye working towards the outer corner. For optimal results, shake container gently before each use. 

Peptalash ($24.99) is available across Canada exclusively at Shopper’s Drug Mart. 

About Indeed Laboratories Inc.:Indeed Labs is a Canadian skin care developer and marketer focused on delivering real results as cost-effectively as possible. Indeed believes in factual science, advanced biotechnology, uncompromised safety, clinical results and hype-free communication. Quality is a top priority, and Indeed uses high concentrations of the rarest, most effective actives from clinical laboratories in Switzerland, Spain, France and the United States to develop highly specific treatment products. For more information, please visit

It sounds intriguing, doesn't it?  I received my sample and set to using it day and night as instructed.  My initial concern was that I was putting something on my eyes that I hadn't heard of before.  I had no idea if it was going to bother my eyes or if I was going to have some sort of adverse reaction.  Thankfully, none of that happened.  In fact, I hardly noticed I was putting anything on.  The product is so light, you don't even notice it, other than it's slightly cooler than body temp when you first put it on.

I didn't notice a difference right away.  Let's face it, I look at myself in the mirror every day; I'm not going to notice a subtle difference.  It wasn't until I met my mom for lunch about 10 days into using it that she wondered what new mascara I was using.  I hadn't put mascara on that day, and so I knew peptalash was making a difference.  The change is very subtle, I don't have a wealth of new glorious lashes; but, they have filled in and seem a little thicker than they were before using peptalash.  As for the length, I can't really judge that fairly as my lashes have always been long, brushing the inside of my sunglasses whenever I wear them.  They continue to do so after peptalash applications, so I can only say, that they haven't lost any length!
I would definitely say that peptalash from Indeed Labs is worth a try.  You might just find that this product does something that no mascara, at least not one I've tried, can do.

Disclosure –  I received a sample of peptalash to review. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of Indeed Labs or Rock-it Promotions.

First Camp of the Year

This past weekend, we held our first camp [out] of the 2012-13 Guiding year!  I'm a leader with Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, working with Guide and Pathfinder aged girls.  Our Guide unit has grown in size from last year, which is amazing!  We have 11 girls in the unit and 6 of those girls came out to camp with us.  Pathfinders has only opened this year and we have 2 amazingly enthusiastic girls.  Only 1 was able to camp this past weekend, but we made sure she didn't feel like the odd woman out.

Since we were only going for one night, one of our leaders has a HUGE backyard, and we decided to make that the location.  It was a good spot as we were close enough to home should any of the girls have overnight issues and need to go home; but we still had the joys of nature to surround us.

The girls arrive at 1pm on the Saturday and we quickly got to work setting up camp.  We have camped using the unit equipment in the past, but since we only had 3 girls, we only needed 2 tents in the past.  We took the opportunity to set up all the unit tents and find out what tents worked and were still in good shape, what tents had broken or missing pieces and what tents needed to be retired.

In the 10 tents, we managed to find 5 that were useable.  There are a couple with broken or missing poles, one has a torn zipper and others were missing the rain fly... kind of an important piece when the forecast is rain.  One of the 5 tents we used actually had a gaping hole in the tent floor, but a green garbage bag and some tuck tape patched it right up and having been the lucky person to use the tent, in the rain, I can say my handy patch work held up nicely!

Once we finally got camp set up, it only took 2 hours given we had several first time campers, we had a light snack of apples and oranges and moved into craft.  The girls scoured the grounds for leaves that had fallen and we then made fall luminaries using the leaves, empty and cleaned baby food jars, and a little white glue.  We then popped a battery operated tea light into the jar for a beautiful little lantern.  The girls, of course, then used them to create a haunted house in the tree fort later that evening.

For dinner that evening, we tried something new:  tacos in a bag!  Thank you Twitter for introducing me to this fabulous camp meal.  The girls loved it and, frankly, so did I!  So easy and delicious and very little clean up.  The girls were divided by patrol into either meal prep or meal cleanup.  The Swallow patrol was on prep and had to dice up onions, lettuce and tomatoes, and grate the cheese to top our tacos.  It's always a pleasant surprise when girls know how to wield a knife when dicing food!

 We then sat around the fire to eat our tacos and discuss some of the things that are important when Be Prepared kits, fire drill protocols and more.  Then the girls shared silly stories that had us all laughing and trying not to choke on our food.

Once dinner was done, and clean up had been completed, we settled in front of the fire to ward off the dampness and participate in the campfire our lone Pathfinder worked so hard on.  There were lots of giggles as we acted out silly stories and made goofy noises to go along with them.  Of course, a campfire wouldn't be a campfire without singing and there was lots of that.  Thank goodness Sunflower warned her neighbours we'd be there; we may have been a tad loud when singing Thunderation!

The girls were all asleep by 11pm.  This is usually unheard of at camp, and I was surprised.  I lay in my tent awake for quite a while, listening to first the raccoons chattering and then the rain.  I wasn't cold despite the rain and cool temps; but I just couldn't get to sleep.  Finally, I dozed and woke at 6:30 when my internal alarm clock when off.  I remained in my tent until I heard the girls waking at 7:30, then we got the day going.  Canary patrol was on breakfast prep for bacon, eggs and toast.  We were eating by about 9 and I gotta tell ya, a hot breakfast on a wet morning is delicious!

After clean up, we set about striking camp and somehow, we managed to get all the tents dried for storage.  We've compiled a list of things that need to be repaired or replaced before our next camp; but all in all, we had an awesome time!  I can't wait to evaluate our camp this week at our meeting and find out what the girls thought about our first overnight excursion.  The girls were already asking when our next camp will be.  We have one booked for April; but, we might just need to schedule another one in between!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Musings

October 1st!!! My favourite month has arrived!
There are just so many good things that happen this month and I can't wait to enjoy them all.

Last week was crazy, hence the lack of posts. Keeping up with the kids and their schedules while Mr. Twingle is away is never easy. But when you factor in the adjustment to the back-to-school routine, I felt like I was flailing.
I'm hoping this week is better. Today was a good day and it would be awesome if the rest of the week goes as well.
I feel like there is so much more I could write at the moment; but, my brain is fried after the weekend and I think I just need to head off to bed.
I promise a better post tomorrow when I fill you all in on my first Girl Guide camp of the season!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Back to School Bug

I've decided there is one thing I don't like about the Fall; the back to school bug. Yep, it never fails. Within the first two or three weeks of the twins going back to school, we get sick. This year, we've been hit by sore throats, barky coughs and runny noses. It's not pretty.
I suppose I'm a little luckier than Mr. Twingle who has had to fly to Poland with the head cold. His poor sinuses must be ready to explode.
I can only hope that this brief interlude with the back-to-school bug will boost our immune systems for the many other bugs that are bound to come home.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Wordless Wednesday

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Musings

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weekend.  The Fall temperatures certainly made this mama very happy, despite the rain on Saturday.

We had quite an eventful weekend ourselves.  Lots of fun things happening, and some not-so-fun things too.

Saturday, Pretty and I went out in the morning to pick up a bike we had found on a Facebook Mommy Marketplace group.  For $30, she is now the proud owner of an 18", glitter, purple bike.  She spent every spare moment this weekend outside trying to get used to the new, bigger bike.  
Then it was off to the grocery store for a few key items.  You know the ones, milk, bread, etc.  Of course, we also picked up a raspberry white chocolate crème brûlée cheese cake for dessert.  Let me tell you, this cheesecake is to die yummy!

Shortly after returning home, Pretty and I picked up the rest of the clan and ventured to Georgetown for our monthly Stooge dinner with my besties.  It's even better that the husbands and kids have all become besties too!  Our casual dinner with good friends turned into a little bit of a drink-fest for the men-folk, which just made us women laugh at their ridiculousness... and Mr. Twingle had better watching "Breaking Bad" or he might get the beats from one Mr. Thorne, LOL.  

It was a late night for everyone and the kids all slept in till about 8:30-9:00.  Yeah, I know that's not much of a sleep in; but, when they usually wake a 6:00, you take what you can get.  So Sunday was a slow-start to the beautiful sunny day.  Pretty had to go outside to ride her bike, so I got dressed and went out with her and Pickle.  We happened upon our new next-door neighbours, who are just moving in, and introduced ourselves.  They seem very nice and I look forward to knowing them better.  
As Pretty and Boo rode their bikes around the block, Pickle and I decided to draw pictures, with chalk, on the sidewalk.  Unfortunately, the bees decided to keep buzzing past us and one got caught in Pickle's hair.  As she freaked and tried to get it out, she squished it into her face where it promptly stung her, right under the eye.  My poor baby girl.  She was a trooper and let Mr. Twingle and I extract the stinger, ice it, and even took Benadryl without complaint.  Sadly, today her eye is all swollen; but, she is in good spirits.  

Right after the sting.
Day 2.  Eye is almost swollen shut.

After our exciting morning, we ventured to Vineland for a late lunch/early dinner with Mr. Twingle's high school friend.  I just so happens that I get along with his wife, really well, so it's fun for everyone.  We had a great afternoon and the kids all played well.  Then it was time for home and putting the kids to bed.  After such a busy weekend, this mama was in bed by 9:30 too.  

All in all, it was great weekend.  I love when our weekends are filled with friends we love, great food, perfect weather and fun.  After all, isn't fun the spice of life?

I hope your week goes well and you can find some fun in your daily life too.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Great Nunna Search

I'm certain that at some point over the years, I've mentioned "Nunna".  Nunna is what Pickle calls one particular Piglet stuffed toy that she latched onto at the young age of only 6 months.  
Today I thought we had lost Nunna.  It was bedtime and I couldn't find Nunna anywhere.  I couldn't recall Pickle having him all day, so that would mean he was in her bed, right?  Wrong.  It hit me like a Mack truck.  As we had waited for the twins' bus this morning, she handed Nunna to me to hold because he was getting wet on the grass.  Then a neighbourhood dog came by so I put him on the back bumper of the van to hold back our dog who was waiting with us.  Did I pick him back up?, I couldn't remember bringing him into the house once the twins had gone.
Somehow, I managed to get Pickle to sleep despite her heartbreaking pleas "Nunna lost", "Somebody take my Nunna, please they give him back", all said with a quivering lip.  With each plea, my heart was ripped into smaller and smaller pieces.  My poor little girl was heart-broken and it was all my fault.  
I got the kids all tucked in and then sat down for mommy grief to wash over me.  I sobbed hysterically until I managed to pull myself together and walk the street in the hopes that I would find Nunna in the gutter somewhere.

No such luck.

I walked home, completely crest fallen and resigned to the fact that Nunna was indeed lost; and that's when it happened!  I was locking the back door since it had begun to rain, and the dog wouldn't go out, and as the wind blew the curtains of the gazebo moved.  Was that a flash of white under the corner of the deck?  No, it couldn't be, could it?  I hurry outside in the rain, no shoes, no jacket and grab for the flash of's NUNNA!  

My heart raced with joy.  I have NEVER been so glad to see a stuffed toy in all my life.  I promptly yelled at the pig for all the grief he had caused, then hugged him close.  Yes, probably a little excessive; but, I couldn't help it, I was elated.

I raced upstairs and quietly tucked Nunna under Pickle's arm.  It took every last ounce of will power to not wake her; but, I know she'll find him in the morning and be over the moon with happiness.
I'm not sure what's going to happen if Nunna ever does get lost.  I don't think I can handle another event like the one tonight.  God willing, that won't ever happen and Pickle will outgrow Nunna before we have to deal with anything so tragic.
In the meantime, a girl and her Nunna are happily reunited and share many more experiences together.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Best Laid Plans?

Why is it the best laid plans are the ones that always fall apart?  As I mentioned in yesterday's Monday Musings, the twins' bus picks up at 7:04am...otherwise known as "stupid o'clock".
In preparation for this awful hour, I went to bed early and set my alarm for 5:45, 15 minutes before we had the alarms scheduled to go off for the twins.

I guess because I was prepared to get up, Pickle decided that the day should begin at 3:30.  I heard her calling out, so Mr. Twingle went to her.  She asked to be tucked back in and that was it; or so we thought.  Not 10 minutes later, she was up again.  This time, she didn't want to sleep in her room so Mr. Twingle brought her in with us.  And this is where it all falls apart.

Pickle doesn't sleep.  She lays quietly for just long enough for Daddy to fall asleep again and then she tosses and turns, giggles, calls the dog, wonders where the cat went, jumps up and down, sings, pushes me out of bed and more.  At 5:30, I think she's finally fallen asleep and I try to sneak out of bed to turn off the alarm so it won't wake her.  I was mistaken though, as she got up fussing.  Luckily, Mr. Twingle was able to settle her back down long enough for me to escape to the washroom where I had my shower and got dressed.
At 6:00, the twins got up and miraculously stayed quiet enough to not wake Pickle!  They ate, got ready to wait for the bus and we were out the door by 6:50 at which time Mr. Twingle got up to come say bye to the kids.  Unfortunately, Pickle also got up :\

So now, it's 9:30 and Pickle is crabby...gee I wonder why?  It's going to be a long day if we can't convince her to take a nap at some point.  Wish us luck.

On the other hand, the twins got off to their first day of school, no worse for wear.  Here are some photos from the morning.  Enjoy!