37 Things Before 38

Over 2 weeks ago now I turned 37. We were on vacation at the lake and it was perfection. Just me and all my boys, I couldn't ask for anything more. As I tend to mentally age myself early (I've been calling myself 37 in my head for a few months now) I was already adjusted to the age change.

One of my goals on the 36 Things Before 37 list was to write my 37 Things Before 38 list ON my birthday. And I did it!

I can't say the same for everything else on the list. I didn't make it to half of them, but:

  • as a weak excuse, I created the list 6 months away from my birthday and didn't have a full year to complete them.
  • I didn't put a lot of thought into all of them and they weren't what I truly wanted.
  • some things made it onto this year's list as I still want to do them.
  • I am okay with all of the above.

37 Things Before 38

  1. Take a pottery wheel class
  2. List 100 items in my Etsy shop
  3. Do the de-clutter challenge (I started this on August 1)
  4. Create a blogging schedule
  5. Take pictures with my DSLR every week.
  6. I need to listen to my doctor and get down to my ideal weight to help with my diabetes and high blood pressure
  7. Try my hand at some Fair Isle knitting
  8. Go to yoga once per week
  9. 5 new date night adventures
  10. Sign Connor up for the babysitting course
  11. Take boys to Whistler
  12. Book dentist appointments (done, we go this month!)
  13. Make my bucket list
  14. Play new song on the piano
  15. Print out the family mantra I created
  16. Sleep outside with the boys
  17. Go thrifting with Gabi
  18. Organize the playroom
  19. Make new kick-ass workout playlist
  20. No snacks after dinner except on family movie nights
  21. Work through all my old personal training plans
  22. Drink 4L of water per day (this is going well 2 weeks later)
  23. Finish my first Project Life Album
  24. Climb Golden Ears
  25. Go to the gym 3 times per week 
  26. Refinish the filing cabinet I scored from work
  27. Go for a family bike ride on the dykes
  28. Book our 4th Shuswap trip
  29. Donate all the clothes I haven't worn in a year (be brutal)
  30. Organize my craft desk (that new filing cabinet will come in handy)
  31. Paint my bedroom side tables
  32. Get my piano tuned
  33. Buy a paddle boat or kayaks for item number 28
  34. Brush off the children's stories I have written and start submitting them again
  35. Send in queries to magazines for some new articles
  36. Create and implement a chore schedule for the boys
  37. Write my 38 things before 39 on my birthday
 It's a good sign that I'm exciting about this list. It is going to get DONE!

Sunday Links No. 25 - 55 Movies, Make-up & Hair Clips

This is the real behind the scenes of me trying to get a group shot. Maybe this is part of the reason I love my lifestyle/candid style of photography. Please note that my husband is holding the sign upside down and I took many shots past this one before I noticed.

After a brief hiatus, here are my Sunday Links:

I am trying to grow out my bangs (after having them for less than a month). This clip is perfect for when I am on job sites!

Those who know me, know that make-up isn't something I do a lot of, or well for that matter. But this tutorial is something I can get behind.

We bought a projector yesterday so we can watch backyard movies on a giant white sheet. These 55 movies are a must.

This bookmark is going to be my new method of tagging great parts of books. Move over post-it notes.

I came home to over 1200 unread posts in my blog reader. I ended up clearing them all (sorry, I just couldn't justify the time to spend a day reading blogs). I am so glad I read this post before I hit "mark all as read".

My boys love pierogies. I am going to give this recipe a go and make our own.

And here is the final picture of my family that I got (even though I had to photoshop the face of one of my boys in from another photo as not one shot was "perfect").


PS I pin a lot of photography tips, including posing guides and photoshop tutorials here.

Here and Off Again

Swimming.
Hiking.
Laughing.
Eating.
Reading.

Check, check and double-check!


And most importantly, a week of family connections.

Now I'm off on a solo trip to New Jersey via Philadelphia for some Project Manager training. This time my laptop is coming so I can blog.

Have a great Sunday all!

P.S. Sunday Links will return next week.

The Lake 2014

I have such fond memories of going to my grandparents cottage in New Brunswick every summer. Ahhh, the familiarity, the routine the swimming (I could do without the leeches though).

It makes my heart burst that we are providing these same memories for our boys even though it is across the country and at a different lake.

Here's to our 3rd annual week at the lake. I can't wait to share our new adventures.

See you in a week!


A Jumble of a Post

Here's an assortment of odds and sods to catch up on from the past week.
  • I cannot wait until these are ripe. Our long driveway is lined with blackberries and they are my perfect summer berry recipe ingredient. 
  • We are beyond excited for our week at the lake. I have already started to gather the important stuff for packing (books, games and yarn).
  •  I have harvested most of my garden and when we get back I plan on reinvigorating it with some mid to late-season veggies. The weeds right now are winning but I am coming for them. (this sunflower is 5 feet tall!)
  • I functioned on less than 4 hours sleep and went to work. Not something I want to make a habit of.
  • Cleaning out your fridge makes all the food inside look more appetizing (or is that just me?)
  • I am not a big fan of devices for kids but if you are going to sit outside under a tree with your iPod, I can manage that - for a while anyway.
  • None of my cucumbers made it. I need to buy some as I still want to make pickles.
  • Going outside still in your PJ's and on the front porch I guess still qualifies for my "You can play on your iPod as long as your are getting some fresh air" rule.
  • I plan on bringing my laptop to the lake and working from there today so life is good.

Getting Bigger


I don't know about you, but once they get those big front teeth in they all of a sudden have grown up. I love the in between phase before the new teeth come in though. I savor the last moments of them being little and the little lisp that comes along with it.


"Mom do I look creepy when I smile like this?"
"Yes, yes you do."

Sunday Links No. 24 - Tourtiere, a Friendly Fox and Stains = Art


I'm on countdown to vacation time, can't believe it will be here in less than 2 weeks! I can't stop daydreaming about sitting on the dock at the lake. But for now, here are the Sunday Links:

Love this cute and friendly fox.

I love Tourtiere but I have never made my own. This recipe from my friend Julie looks perfect.

The perfect touch for a pair of folded up jeans in the summer.

Stains = art!

This method to declutter your home is a good way to ease into the process.

If you are looking for more links to browse, you can find some here.

A Great Start to July


Ah July, my favourite month of the year. It isn't just because my birthday is in July, it's more than that. It's the heat, the excitement of no school (and no school lunches), days at the lake and everything in it's prime.


We have a few watering holes we go to that aren't that crowded or ones we go to at off times so we can get the place to ourselves.


We explore, hang out and just be.


We also have fun. On Canada Day we took these Happy Notes and placed them in random spots around our city. Then we had to drive around again because the boys wanted to see if any of them were taken. A few were and that created waves of excitement.

Happy July!