Thursday, December 18, 2014

Elf on the Shelf Mischief & Idea Calendar

My daughter (8 years old) was teasing her brother by pretending to touch our Elf on the Shelf, Carol, yesterday. I didn't witness it but our 6 year old son was very upset about it - she loses her Christmas magic if you touch her, after all!

It's hard to come up with new locations for Carol to visit, so this was the perfect inspiration to inform the children that maybe Carol didn’t want to be touched and this was the best way to protect herself. The look on her face was priceless when she put it together that since we weren't downstairs when it happened that maybe Carol really does know!

This photo was taken before we went to bed then realized the kids would be upset that she couldn't breathe so hubby had to go downstairs and remove the lid.

If you are looking for ideas for your elf to visit, here is a wonderful calendar I've been referring to when I get stumped.

What is a silly story you have about your children and/or elf?

Photo Credit: Coupons Are Great blog

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Escaping Winter

In mid-November we got a lot of snow and cold winds here in south-western Ontario. I personally adore winter weather as I don't have to go outside if I don't need to. Definite bonus to having my clients come to me!

Interestingly enough, when those cold days arrive I am not wishing to go somewhere warm. Maybe I want the heat in the house a little warmer but I quite enjoy the cool weather.

If I had the option to go somewhere warm, however, I believe I would choose an island of some sort (I'm thinking a Caribbean island resort). I love the and the sand under my toes. I love to have the breeze and warm sun on my face. I also really enjoy being on boats so maybe a cruise ship. Hmmm... now I'm starting to think about escaping. Perhaps this winter will hold some travel plans after all. I'll keep you updated!

If you could be somewhere warm right now, where would you choose and why?

Photo Source: Beach Bum Paradise

Monday, December 08, 2014

Classic Lemon Bars Recipe

I love desserts. My mother-in-law's pies are at the top of the list (her recipe makes 6 pie crusts at a time. Yummmm!!).

I don't have a specific recipe for a dessert that is my favourite but when I'm making it if it isn't fast and easy I don't like it. If I am eating it from someone else I love it to be fancy!

Today I'm craving lemon squares so here is a Classic Lemon Bars recipe I found from the Food Network that resembles the ones I like to eat. I have not tried this recipe but I'm thinking I might. If you do, please let me know your review of it!

Photo Source: Food Network
Please share the recipe of your favourite holiday dessert in the comments below!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

How Do You Read Books?

Photo Source: Huffington Post
I was reading an interesting article that examines "What Kind of Book Reader Are You". I must admit when I start a book, no matter how long it takes, I will read it to the end.

I hold an English degree and took my studies based on my love of learning and my love of reading. I chose my course of study to support something that I enjoyed and as a result became a rather strong communicator both orally and written which was a delightful bonus.

It was only within the last decade that I had a professor friend who explained to me that if he really doesn't like a book he will stop reading it because there are too many books out there to waste time on what he is not enjoying. Since then I have taken his words into consideration and must admit that there have been a handful of books that have resulted in me not completing them for this very reason - they were not grabbing my interest. With young children I have realized that my "free" time is more precious so I won't waste what little of it there is on something I do not enjoy.

What kind of book reader are you? Tell about a favourite you have read many times.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Dear Monday...

I must admit, Mondays are pretty relaxing for me. Weekends are very busy running my children around to hockey, ringette, swimming and errands plus I try to cram in as much quality family time as possible. Monday is my day to clean a bit and get the week back on task.

I work from my home as a daycare provider and I really enjoy having my little friends to play with. As they are toddlers and preschoolers, routine for them seems to be more important than with my children who are getting more independent.

Do you dread Mondays or are they a relief after a hectic weekend like mine are?

Photo Source: GreyMurmurs