Monday, March 23, 2015

I moved...

It is time to say good-bye.
I moved. But not only that, I changed names.
I admite, I don't like change all that much, but this just felt like it was something I needed to do. So I did. And I hope you will join me on this journey.


Hope you will join me over on http://mommyhoodland.com


Thanks for all the love and support.

~ Michelle

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Start of the Living Room Makeover

If you follow me on social media you will know, I love Ikea.
Recently we decided a visit was in order. When we got there the store was beyond busy. We walked in and spent 5 minutes and decided it was far too crazy and left. But not before stopping in their scratch and dent area. So glad we did. We picked up this lovely piece for less than half price all because one of the corners is missing a small piece of paint.


I love it!
After 6 years of living in this house I have finally started to redecorate the living room. At this rate I should be done decorating this room in another 10 years.

~ Michelle

Monday, February 23, 2015

Goal Setting With Total Lack Of Sleep

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.



The last few weeks have been nothing but a blur of sickness and sleep deprivation. My sweet baby girl has decided she would rather not sleep, ever. The lack of sleep really tends to put a hamper on getting better quickly. After having a nasty cold drag on and on, I am finally ready to come back to the world of the living. Time for this dark cloud that has been pushing me down to go away.

So here are my 10 goals for the week to help get me back on track.

Home Goals

1. Set a timer for 15 minutes before bed and have everyone tidy up.
2. Meal plan. Stick to the meal plan. And cook every meal at home. This sounds easy enough, but so hard to do when by the time dinner time rolls around I'm about ready to fall asleep standing up.
3. Keep the front hall clean and tidy.

Family Goals

4. Read with the boys every day/night.
5. Start planing upcoming birthday parties.
6. Plan special days for the family.

Personal Goals

7. Workout at least 4 times a week. Just need to find the energy to actually do it.
8. Set aside 30 minutes for myself, without feeling guilty. Journal, read, just take time to breathe.

Business Goals

9. Keep my desk clean. For the life of me I don't think that this is even possible.
10. Plan and create. Remember to write down my ideas!

So there you have it. Now to see how much will be accomplished with the lack of sleep going on around here.

What do you have planed for the week?

~ Michelle

Friday, February 20, 2015

Back At It



The last couple of weeks have been less than ideal. Sickness, more sickness, lack of sleep, zero motivation and energy. Just a couple weeks of grossness.

Its time to get back on track. Its time to escape from under this gloomy cloud that has been following me around.
If you follow me on Instagram then you will have noticed that I've started to get back on track.
I've made a point to make fruit smoothies in the morning again, which cancels out my morning cup of tea, because the two items just don't mix well. And honestly I miss my morning tea, which has now been moved to the afternoon, and it is just not the same. Ok, enough about tea... So I've been eating healthy again, no more emotional eating, and working out again.

I have no workout plan in place. Well that me clarify that, I'm not doing any single workout for 30 days straight. I get way too bored doing that. I have been mixing up Zumba, WiiFit, Hip Hop Abs by Shaun T, and Jillian Michael workouts. As long as I get something done during the day that is what matters. My workouts aren't always as intense as I would like, there are more breaks than normal, because I usually get my workout done when my daughter is awake, because well, she is always awake. The upside to doing my workouts when she is around, she has become my little cheerleader. She especially loves when I do anything with music and dance. She will stand and bounce around and clap the whole time. Its the sweetest thing ever and gives me the motivation to keep going when all I really want to do is lay on the floor and sleep.
I have decided that the walks to and from school no longer count as a workout, that is just something I have to do. Of course on days when I have to push a stroller 2km in snow and slush, I am tempted to count that as a workout.

Everyone is talking about getting ready for summer and "summer bodies". That is not my concern. My concern is having enough energy and being in good enough shape to chase after 3 kids and keep up with their energy level! Which isn't going to happen if I continue to sit here and type. So off for my workout I go!

Happy Friday everyone!

~ Michelle

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

One! One?! How Did This Happen?!

I can't believe I bought this.
My little itty bitty baby is quickly turning into a big girl!
I'm in shock that she will be 1 soon. ONE!


~Michelle


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

There is a "leak" in the house

The things the kids find amusing...


I took this picture at the grocery store and when I got home told the boys that I had a "leak on my phone". Needless they had a great laugh over it. I got the picture on my computer and showed them again, and once again they were laughing so much.

Can you tell that we have watched Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 a few times around here?!


~ Michelle

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Family Day Fun

Here in Ontario it is almost Family Day.
Family is important to me. And as a wife to a husband who works a lot I like to take advantage of any and all family time we get as it can sometimes be rare.

If you are lucky enough to be able to spend Family Day all together, or just any day together and need some ideas on what to do, I've got you covered! Here are some fun ideas on how to spend your day together!


1. Movie Marathon. Have you introduce your kids to The Force yet, or better known as Star Wars. Or maybe Harry Potter? The Hobbit? Lord Of The Rings? (I love all of those movies and can not wait till the boys are older and we can watch all of those together!)

2. Game Day. Set up a tournament of sorts. Set up a round of games to play. When was the last time you played Monopoly.

3. Go for a hike. Enjoy the great outdoors. Take a camera with you and a list of items for the kids to find and photograph.

4. Skate outdoors. Living in the cold? Take advantage and go for a skate outside. See if there are any outdoor rinks or ponds that are frozen enough to make it safe for skating.

5. Skype / Call extended family. This works great if family lives too far away for a visit. Set up times in advance to have some "family time".

6. Family Potluck. Take a vote on what to make or have each person pick one item. Invite other family members over as well and make a party out of it.

7. Family Night Away. A night in a hotel, any hotel, can do wonders for the spirit and is always a giant adventure for kids. No need to go far away, look for places closer to home, cuts down on travel time and gives you more time to have fun!

8. Take Family Photos. What is better than having some funny embarrassing photos to look back on? Of course you could always throw in some 'proper' photos to later send out to family and friends.

9. Party! Play some music, make some decorations. Have a balloon stomp, make bean bags and have a bean bag toss, make paper airplanes and have a race!

10. Family History. Dig out any old family photos that may be hiding around. Look up your family history / family tree on line. Invite over the grandparents and talk about family history.


What ever you decide to do I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, love, and laughter.

~ Michelle