Monday, May 12, 2014

~Share Your Stuff Tuesdays #47~

~Share Your Stuff Tuesday Is On For The Week~

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Did everyone enjoy their weekend?
I know I certainly did :)
For my Mother's Day surprise, hubby & kidlets all took me out to
a quaint near-by town (St. Jacobs, Ontario) for a
beautiful family bike ride.
Indian food for lunch afterward!!!
I had such a nice time..

If you had a nice Mother's Day,  feel free to share
your most memorable part of the day in the 'comments' section

 Mother's Day Note

Soooo, it's that time of week again. Time to party!!!

~please check out my top picks below, and then post your totally fun & fab posts~

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Here is our MOST VIEWED post from last week!


Here are my TOP THREE picks from last week:

& you'll notice my SMOOTHIE theme! 
Who doesn't enjoy a tasty cold drink on a warm summer's day :)




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Saturday, May 10, 2014

~Motherhood Inspiration AND "Small Victories Sunday" Link-up~

Welcome To "Small Victories Sunday"
Where Inspiration Is Shared AND A Link-Up

Today I am joining up with two fellow bloggers to share our inspiration.
Our motivation.
AND we have a LINK-UP for you to check out as well!

 Seeing as this is Mother's Day weekend, I'd like to share two precious 'inspirations' in my own life--> our 2 precious daughters!

First, there's Hannah. She is truly my lil sweetheart. Always ready to help Mommy & her siblings. 
Now into writing herself, please check out (& comment!!!) on her latest post: Happy Mother's Day To All Mothers Everywhere (a tribute to my mother)

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Here's our latest addition to the family: Grace-Ann!
To learn a lil background on our princess--> Check Out "Why We Had Another One"

Gracie From Newborn to Six Months In Pics




Lastly, did you miss any of these posts from my blog??

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Now On To Our Small Victories Sunday Linky!

This week, I am co-hosting the Small Victories Sunday linky with Tanya from Mom's Small Victories & Betsy from Betsy's Photography. The Small Victories Sunday Linky is a way to share the small victories you celebrated with other readers this week. Whether it's a fabulous book you read, a recipe your family loved, a home organizing project that you completed, a goal you accomplished, or an awesome old or new blog post you wrote, Small Victories Sunday is the chance to share positive, uplifting and inspiring posts.

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Recap of Last Week:

We had 83 great posts linked up last week for Small Victories Sunday Linky {18} – The One with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…of Toys and Comics. Thanks to each and every one of you! Some of my favorite posts were:
Link # 29: Driftwood Gardens’ Teacher Appreciation Day – great gift ideas for the teachers that do so much for our kids.
Link # 62: The Cookie Puzzle’s Neopolitan Bark. I craved neopolitan ice cream when pregnant with my oldest son and still love it to this day. This candy bark looks delicious!
Link # 73: Frantic Mommy’s Social Media Advice for Bloggers and Freelancers – I always love good blogging tips to help me learn and grow my blog.

This Week’s Featured Blogger

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I’m happy to announce, the Featured Blogger this week for most number of clicks from the party, is my lovely co-host Alecia from Detours in Life for sharing her delicious Burrito Bowls RecipeCongrats Alecia, be sure to grab the Featured Blogger button to display on your blog and thanks for supporting our linky.

Now It's Your Turn to Share Your Favorite Posts and Small Victories!


Linky Rules:

Follow Tanya and I so you stay informed of Small Victories Sunday updates and posts shared throughout the week.

Grab the Small Victories Sunday button and place it in your sidebar, linky page or the post you are linking up.

Share up to 3 of your favorite family-friendly blog posts you want to share. Enter your permalinks to your individual posts below and let's celebrate our small victories together!

Visit as many of the other participants as you can and cheer them on. Please visit at least 2 others for every link you enter.

By linking up, you are giving Tanya and I permission to share your post on my social media pages to let others know of your awesomeness too!

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Spread the word! The more you share about the linky, the more visitors you will get to your content too.

Stop by our Small Victories Sunday Linky Board on Pinterest and like and repin the posts to your boards.

Need inspiration? Click here for Small Victories writing prompts, but the sky is the limit.

Interested in Co-hosting? Send Tanya an email at tanya{at}momssmallvictories{dot}com.

~Happy Mother's Day To All Mothers Everywhere~

~Happy Mother's Day~

A Post Written
By Hannah-Joy DeBruin, age 8
Daughter of Blogger: Rachael DeBruin


This May 11th is my favorite day in May. Why do you ask? Because it is Mother's Day.
Mother's Day all of the Dads should take care of the kids and let mom have some time by herself. Moms are always running around and never gets a rest.
I think my mother's favorite time is at night, because then she gets some alone time with Dad.

Mother's Day makes me think about how much time my Mom invests into me, and my siblings as well.Without my mother, I would not be here right now. God gave me my mother & for that, I am thankful :)

On Mother's Day
 my Dad usually buys flowers for 
my mother. It lets her know she is special to us. and The last time he bought her flowers, he asked if it helped her remember him. My Mom just laughed~

I'm so thankful for Mother's Day,because without it we would have no way to thank our mothers.

Love, Hannah xo

Thursday, May 8, 2014

~Learning to Leave Things Unfinished: Having a Realistic Checklist for Your Day~

No More Perfect Moms: Learning To Let Go Of Unrealistic Expectations

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The laundry mountain sits undisturbed in my playpen.
In the faint distance a steady beat is being played by my eldest; 
he's doing his drum practice before school work today.
Kids are spread out in our home working diligently on their spelling, english & soon to be math.

Dishes have been done & breakfast finished.
A mental checklist starts to play in my mind...
...calls, cleaning, writing, help son with math problems.
However, the blogging does come easily this morn!
At least one thing from the list is completed :)

The mountain pile can sit & wait..
This tranquility & quiet hum droning in our home is worth more.
The vacuuming can be left undone! was already done yesterday I might add.

Recently, I was invited to read & discuss the book, "No More Perfect Moms"
by Jill Savage.
I have to say, I could NOT put the thing down!

If you're not familiar with it, here's the summary from the publishing website:

"If you've ever forgotten to pick your kid up from soccer practice or accidentally worn two different shoes to the grocery store, this book is for you. Being a mother is not for those who display symptoms of the "Perfection Infection." There is simply no such thing as a perfect mom. And there are no such things as perfect kids, perfect bodies, perfect marriages, or even perfect meals. With refreshing honesty, author Jill Savage exposes some of her own parental shortcomings with the goal of helping mothers everywhere shelve their desires for perfection along with their insecurities of not measuring up to other moms . Jill delivers some much-needed realism as she explains why we need to stop comparing our insides to other people's outsides.  She challenges every mom to exchange her vision of being a "perfect mother" for God's beautiful grace in order to learn to love her real, but imperfect, life."

Reading this book felt like inhaling the largest breath of fresh air I have in a LOOOONG time.
So long perfection mentality..
So long to the comparison trap...

So long to the craziness of never stopping to 'smell the roses'; always on the hamster wheel of life!

I realized that many of my parenting issues stem from a deep need for acceptance, accomplishment
& trying to prove to myself that yes, I am a fit mother.

I had failed so many times as a young single mother,
and yes-even had other more 'mature' Mamas let me know, that ultimately it has become a 
'prove it to the world' type thing.

I am learning to love & value my freedom more.

Thank you Jill for sharing your heart in this book: 
on the value of an imperfect hubby & kids, 
on the importance of opening our home & NOT a showcase, 
of serving up what's in the fridge without embarrassment of the low budget this week, 
of leaving the occasional undone chore,

So that

If you are like me, and still drowning in your sea of overwhelmed-too-much-to-do-checklist, it's time to get radical!

Here's FIVE thoughts to leave with you today:
  • pick the 'organized' mess, over being a page spread for "Better Homes & Garden"
  • pick the stroll in the park, over deep cleaning every closet in the house (especially if this is the second time in 6 months!)
  • choose the phone call with a distraught friend, over the perfectly shiny mopped floors (just a confession; I sometimes mop mine 3xs a day!! Too much)
  • choose the cuddle time with hubby after he's had a long day at work, over the blog (ouch!)
  • lastly, pick the morning quiet time over sending that 'one last' email/Facebook msg/tweet!!!
Mamas, I know our journeys are never easy.
I know our lives often feel like the merry-go-round at full throttle!

However, let's keep in mind that this too shall pass.
... and that in this season, 
we are

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chocolate Orange Oat Bars (Healthy Snacking!)

Today, guest posting here, is a beautiful friend of mine:

 Leanne Wrench
Leanne Wrench -

Author of the newly released Anchored By Love

She's a devoted wife,  and mother to FOUR very young children (ages 4, 2, 2 and 9 months). She absolutely loves the Lord, and spends her 'spare' time: designing, running, nutrition and baking! Her blog is the story of her heart. Please do follow & connect with Leanne there :)


Chocolate Orange Oat Bars

I am SO excited to share this delicious recipe with you! These are perfect to grab on the go, pack in your children's lunch or enjoy with a warm cup of tea or cold glass of milk.  They are chewy, protein packed, mouth watering oat bars - bursting with orange flavour and chocolate chips! It's the perfect combination for a health filled, satisfying snack.  My children and husband eat them so quick I can barely keep up with them!


1½ C rolled oats
1 C rice cereal
¼ C sunflower seeds
¼ C hemp seeds
½ C unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 tbsp. chia
1½ tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
¾ tsp. cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
½ C brown rice syrup
¼ C almond butter
¾ tsp. orange extract
½ C vegan chocolate chips

1.  Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper

2.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix

3.  Heat brown rice syrup and almond butter over medium heat until bubbles

4.  Remove from heat and stir in orange extract
5.  Pour over dry ingredients and stir to combine
6.  Let cool slightly to prevent chocolate chips from melting
7.  Stir in chocolate chips
8.  Press mixture firmly into prepared pan
9.  Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes
10. Remove from freezer and cut into bars

*Store bars in refrigerator

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Monday, May 5, 2014

~Share Your Stuff Tuesdays #46~

~Share Your Stuff Tuesday Is On For The Week~

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It's been such a busy week for us...

I went to our local homeschool conference & had a great time!
Bumped into 'old' friends, and met some new.

With the nicer weather, the family & I took advantage of it and had a few extra walks.
So thankful that summer is around the corner :)

And guess who turned 6 months?! I can hardly believe she's already half a year...

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Soooo, it's that time of week again. Time to party!!!

~please check out my top picks below, and then post your totally fun & fab posts~

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Here is our MOST VIEWED post from last week!

Frugal Recipes

Here are my TOP THREE picks from last week:

Another one of my FAV picks for this week's Share Your Stuff Tuesdays! Paleo Peppermint Oil Patties :) #chocolate #treats #healthydesserts

 Hummus Bites


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