Friday, December 30, 2011

What a Whirlwind!

This is what happened after this:
It was a busy weekend. We had a lot of fun and I'm sure my neice and nephew are absolutely pooped out! We also got a chance to get together with my brother-in-law's family which means a lot of other boys for the kids to play with. Miss I totally hit it of with Little Big Man M. They played the whole time we were over at the Fawn's house.... no arguing, no "I wanna do this not that" just a lot of busy playtime. Miss S even got in on it too for a bit. There was also a dog in the house for Miss S to warm up to. That took quite a while but finally she took to Jake.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Shopping Therapy Friday - Etsy and Online Shop Link Party 7

Have a wonderful Christmas!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wowsers! It's almost here!

Wow! This month has flown by so fast.

I can't believe 3 more sleeps and the big fella dressed in red will be stopping by my sister's house upon special request. It's so great to finally have those high connections to the northern pole now...... if only when I was a kid I had these special connections.... oh the presents I would have gotten.

So, we've received our video emails from Santa confirming Miss S and Miss I will be on the nice list this year after much work in the last week by Miss S and her potty training efforts. Letters also arrived from the big guy despite my having to telephone the central office up north once for Miss S's meltdowns. Infact, the girls have been so fortunate as to get to open a few gifts last night and tonight (so we have less to pack in the van.) Grandma R and Uncle K bought the girls a little table and chair set.... super cute and pinked out with princesses might I add. Also Ms. W dropped of some gifts for everyone last night.... chocolates, colouring books and scarves, hats and..... a HUGE tea set! BIG HIT!

I'm just loving this time of year! Especially this year. Being back home makes it so much more festive.... clients are coming in for coffee and goodies.... some even treat us with little boxes of chocolates! People leave the office wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year and even when I went shopping tonight I was greeted by a local wishing me a Merry Christmas with a big, bright smile.... I think it's the mild temeratures that helps make it wonderful. People aren't rushing quite as much to get in out of the cold and snow.

Miss I's playschool Christmas concert was this week. Proud momma here as she was front and centre. It was so adorable! Very quiet singers but very adorable. They belted out 4 songs and then Santa stopped by to give them all a little present. Wonderful job!

We also had a wonderful turnout for the Christmas Lights Parade last Friday evening. There must have been 20 floats filled with twinkling lights and dressed up people waving and throwing candy to those who got out of their vehicles to get that much closer. Kids were smiling, and our float was packed with kidlets excited to see people waving back. "Merry Christmas!"s being yelled back to us.

I really missed that in Italy. Yes it was festive enough, and people are usually quite nice, but for me it lacked that smalltown feel. I missed passing people on the street and knowing who they were so I could say "Hi!" or "How are you?" I guess it takes being away for a little while to really appreciate how nice it can be to live in a small community. Friendly faces you recognize.

I just want to take a moment to wish all of you reading a Merry Christmas and all the Best in 2012. I am very excited to see where the new year leads and hope to see many of you coming back to keep up with this little blog.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Santa sent us a message!!!!

Good morning!

Is everyone ready for Christmas yet? It’s less than 2 weeks away and I think we are all caught up… now to get everything wrapped.

It never fails. I lock myself in the bedroom when the kids are very busy with something else and immediately they come running looking for me. Ok so you are thinking “Oh well, you at least have the door locked.” Yes. That is correct and is fine… until they start peeking under the door through the crack! NO PEEKING! Oh I can’t wait until Christmas!

I’m hoping the kids like what Santa brings for them this year! Speaking of the big jolly fella… we got our email video from Santa! The girls loved it! Want to know how to get your email video from Santa? Well, I put in a quick (2 minute) order with some elves here and they sent it right away! The girls were impressed that Santa had pictures of what they did this year (and even had a birthday photo of Sofia which happened 1 week before our email arrived!) Hurry up and get yours sent!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Shopping Therapy Saturday - Etsy and Online Shop Link Party 5

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fun Christmas Crafts

So as you can see I was busy last week preparing for the big party. Lots of fun printables to cut out and things to paste together.

We all get super busy this time of year and who couldn't use a distracting craft for the kidlets to do while you sneek off to hide those presents you wrapped? Well, here are some great links for easy crafts for the kiddies.
The Party Planning Center blog has an adorable little Christmas tree craft for the kids. It's so cute and colourful! It's very similar to the trees we used on the table at Sofia's birthday. has this fun little project. Let the kids colour some decorations and then do a scavenger hunt. But make sure they don't accidentally find those gifts you are trying so hard to hide!

Have your kids sent their letters to Santa yet? Mine already have and we got our letters from Santa the other day! Canada Post is so great! They allow you to actually mail a letter to Santa and they have busy little elves who make sure Santa gets his letters and replies to all the special little children who write to him.

Mail your letters to:
H0H 0H0


Why not make your letters to Santa that much more special with Blush Printables' letter to Santa printable.

The Santa's Corner website also has a lot of other fun things for the kids to do as well.

And why not spread some joy to the neighbourhood? ELF your neighbours and get the jolly rolling through the streets. Use these printables by Anders Ruff when leaving your ELF gifts.

Well, there you have it. crafts for the kidlets, and a little jolly for the neighbours.... I love this time of year!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Miss S's Penguin Birthday Party

Happy little birthday girl... and it took a lot of work to get this happy face on a camera!
Yum! Ice cream cake.
Happy Birthday! Ice cream cake from DQ
Goody table

we love penguins!

Printables by: Bella Expressions
Cupcake wrappers by: Cakeadoodledoo
Clipart by: pixelpaperprints

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fa La La La La.... New Cards in the Shop!

We have so many new holiday cards in the shop these past few days... I'm so excited to share them with you!Link

LinkAnd those of you celebrating your special birthdays this winter... we haven't forgotten you! See, Miss S is having her birthday in December and it's all about penguins!Link

Shopping Therapy Friday - Etsy and Online Shop Link Party 5

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Spunky Dresses for Holiday Fun!

It's time for another Etsy feature - Christmas Style!
It is almost time for the Christmas season and I'm sure some moms are frantically trying to find a cute outfit for holiday photos or Christmas parties and concerts... well, look no further than Blue Moon Designs.

A while ago I bought some super cute dresses from Blue Moon Design on Etsy and was totally impressed! They were well made, easy to wash and what's more important... my girls loved them!

I bought 2 matching dresses, both bright red, light blue and white with a few other hints of colour (see photo). The dress on the left is the one I bought for Miss Bella and Miss S's dress was very similar to the one on the right.I suggest going with a dress like the left one and the top photo. It's nice and roomy and will grow a bit longer with your wee one... plus, it TWIRLS great! I see they have added some great holiday patterns to their shop so hurry up and order yours! You want it shipped in time for the holidays!

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Kids on the Block!

We've been adding a few newbies to the shop as we mentioned a while back... here's a little preview...Something for those who love the traditional look.

Something for those who like something fun. We did the girls letters to Santa with this one.

This one is for those who like traditional with a twist!

For those who like a cool modern look.

And this one is just fun. The colours are so bright... like candy canes!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shopping Therapy Thursday - Etsy and Online Shop Link Party 4

In Love With Teal & Brown

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Inspiration...

I know it's Wordless Wednesday but I just wanted to WELCOME our new followers! I hope we make you feel welcome, make you laugh and inspire you upon occasion!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Etsy Lovin'

Friday, November 4, 2011

Shopping Therapy Friday - Etsy and Online Shop Link Party 3

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday's Thoughts

Wow! Can you believe there are only 51 days and 14 hours (and a few minutes) until Christmas!!!

October flew by so fast! Heck the whole year flashed before my eyes! Now I really have to get on making Miss S's 3rd birthday party pack! I only have a month and a handful of days for that!So we have decided to buy this little gadget for the girls for Christmas. I pick it up today. I think I am going to play around with it a little bit to decide if we are getting a second one for DD#1 or if we are going to get a Nintendo DSi or iPod Touch instead. I'm kind of leaning towards getting 2 of these so DDs don't fight but on the other hand they will eventually grow out of them. I like the learning aspect to this system. Do any of my readers have one of these at home??? Suggestions? Suggestions for games for girls??

We already put the word out that we don't want a lot of toys for Christmas and that we were getting one of these so people could get games for it instead. Our girls have so many toys that they never play with... I think the local New-to-You shop will be receiving a bag of plushies before Christmas hits!

I've also been busy whipping up a few hats before Christmas. One very special little girl who was diagnosed with a rare leukemia got this (see below) super cute blue, pink and purple hat yesterday from a thoughtful relative. Hope it brightens her spirits. My daughter Miss S (seen below) sure loved it!I also sold this little purple hat to another little cutie in town. So cute to see other people's wee ones walking around with something you made with your own hands.

I have a couple of cute little earflap hats waiting to find some good homes and cute little girls to enjoy...I'm not filling an order for a little man and his big sis... it's a fun order for me because it is for a MONSTER HAT and a flower beanie. I don't have little boys so this monster hat is fun for me... DD1 or 2 might have to get a new pink version this Christmas. I'll post some photos when I get them finished!

Anyways, don't forget to get a jumpstart on your holiday greeting orders! Here's a few little gems you might like!