As the year 2013 comes to a close, I feel very thankful. I’m thankful that I can use this little blog as a creative outlet, and I’m excited that it has even become a small source of income to help support my little family!
I’m thankful that there are people that actually come visit this blog, comment on posts, Pin my ideas and projects, and interact with me. I LOVE it, and I’m so happy to have found such a wonderful way to meet new friends and share all of my crazy projects.Continue reading
With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, I wanted to share with all of you my very favourite free Valentine’s printables.
There are so many cute & lovely free Valentine’s Day card and treat designs on the web that I found it hard to choose only 9 that I liked the best! The ones that I love are very creative, adorable, and I’m sure Little C will have a blast picking one out and putting it together with me for her little buddies.
On the first week of January this year, I started a “Healthy Mommy Challenge” striving to increase the amount of physical activity I get in a week. I also wanted to lower my intake of processed sugars and flour and eat more raw veggies and fruits.
You know what? I’m doing better than I was in 2012. I’m not doing as well as I would like to do, but I try to go to bed each night with the thought that tomorrow is a new day and a new chance to start fresh again.
I have definitely upped the amount of cardio activity I get in a day with my girls (hooray for slightly warmer winter days the past couple of weeks!), but I’ve only managed one (maybe two) days of strength training. I am going to work on that.
Do you want to know what has really helped me lately on my Healthy Mommy Challenge? It’s a handful of applications I have on my smart phone (it’s an HTC Android). As a busy mama, I rely on this thing for everything and it’s easy to check in with when I’m juggling the kids.
Let me share with you my 9 most favourite essential smart phone apps that I use almost every day to help keep my body, mind and spirit getting on the path to healthy:
Lose it! by FitNow Inc. This is a handy app if you’re wanting to easily keep track of calorie count and exercise. You can access it online or via this great phone app. It has a huge food database, and you can post to social media if you want the accountability of friends to help you stay on track with your diet and exercise goals.
ToDo Today for TeuxDeux. I am an agressive list-maker. If something doesn’t make it to my list, I’ll forget it. This is a very simple app that helps me keep a running list of all of my “to-do’s”. You can even set the items on certain days. When something’s done, you mark it as complete and it’s deleted. Easy!
Daily Cardio Workout FREE. I love this line of apps. This one is a 5-10 minute cardio routine that’s simple and easy to follow. It’s actual videos of real people doing the exercises, and the short routine makes it feasible to do when the kids are up and at ’em.
Pinterest. I can’t get enough of browsing Pinterest on my phone. I thought I could get away with listing this one as a “healthy mind” app because it is chock full of inspiring images and ideas that keep my creative juices flowing! I browse pictures of home decor, DIY, family food recipes, and I also pin a lot of my own tutorials and posts – it’s a blast.
Workout Trainer by Skimble Inc. This app is great because it can setup a nice little workout plan for you over the course of a few weeks (or more). I’ve only used the free routines so far, but for a little bit of cash it looks like there’s some more advanced plans to try too. It can send you reminders on your phone when you’re due for a workout!
Dictionary.com. OK, don’t laugh. I’m a word-a-holic and I like to work on my “brain health” by reading the dictionary from time to time. Sometimes I think I’ve written or said a word completely out of context, and having this app on my phone is a quick way for me to double check if I’m sounding smart or insane.
Daily Ab Workout FREE. This is another app that’s a 5-10 minute workout, but it’s all abdominal exercises. It’s fantastic because it’s also short but sweet, and the videos are easy to follow. It’s another one that’s do-able when the kids are awake and pulling at your shirt sleeves.
YouVersion Bible App. For spiritual health, I’m making a goal of reading my Bible more often. This app is so amazing because not only can you browse your Bible quickly and easily, but it comes with some great devotionals you can do each day.
Weight Watchers Canada Mobile. Weight Watchers seems to work well for me as an eating plan (I think the points system keeps it simple, which I like). This is a nice app that helps me log things on the go if I’m following the WW plan.
What are your favourite apps that help you create or maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? Whether you’re making a Christmas gift for your sister, your best friend, your mom or your aunt, the DIY ideas below are easy and unique! I think all of them are lovely, but I’m especially fond of the boot socks and the homemade tea bags.
Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? I’ve found the absolute sweetest and most creative DIY ideas for toddler gifts! From easy homemade play dough to a super hero fort kit, these gifts would be exciting for any little one to receive.
Christmas is in 7 weeks; can you believe it? It’s week one of our “A Handmade Christmas” commitment, and I’ve put together some fun and simple ideas for DIY baby Christmas presents. All of these are practical (soft toys, blankets and clothing) and fairly straight forward to craft or sew.
One of my favourite things to DIY are costumes and dress-up clothes for my daughter. They’re so fun to dream up and I even find them fun to sew. You can use so much imagination when sewing and crafting children’s costumes – bright colours, fun trims, shine, glitz, dimension… you can use them all and it’s OK! With Halloween on it’s way, I’m sharing with you nine of my recent absolute favourite baby and kid’s DIY costumes. These are simply too adorable not to share, and most of them are fairly easy to make. Are you ready to get your cutie-pie craft on?
I’m admittedly overly proud of a little, perfectly round orange pumpkin we harvested from our greenhouse this week. I really shouldn’t be, since my gardening capabilities are next to nil and I have a strong aversion to weed-pulling. But, I really do love the little guy and I’m so excited to bake something pumpkin-y and carve it into fun things with my girls for fall!
I love baking (and apparently pumpkins), so I’d like to share with you my top nine favourite pumpkin recipes that I’m dying to try out this autumn. Don’t the look absolutely delicious?