Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What I am looking forward when I am no longer on bed rest!

Soon I will no longer be on bed rest!
No more restrictions!
Oh the things I am looking forward to!

I'm looking forward to…

-Going for walks.
-Working out. Oh Zumba how I miss you.
-Sewing. My sewing machine actually looks sad. I swear.
-Cooking! I've actually missed cooking for my family.
-Cleaning. Yes cleaning! Who would have thought! But I will finally be able to do things my way again!
-Laundry. This is sad. This is proof I have been on bed rest WAY TOO LONG! When you actually miss things like doing laundry. This will pass quickly when I have to factor in baby's laundry!
-Being able to do more with the kids.
-Being able to pick my kids up from school myself! Oh how I have missed that.
-Hanging out with friends and family.
-Going out in public!
-Actually leaving the house to have a date with my husband.
-Leaving my bedroom!
- Feeling like me again, independence, and being able to be a mom again and do all the things I did before.


~Michelle

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello Monday. March 24, 2014

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

I can't believe it is almost the end of March, and we still are having -10 temps and more snow in the forecast! Where is spring?! At this rate I will have to try to find some winter clothes for when this baby finally gets here!

This week will be very much like the past few weeks. Waiting for Baby to arrive. Cleaning. Organizing. Getting any last minute stuff done. And spending as much family time as possible together.
I also have to re-pack my hospital bag. Time to take out all the tiny premie baby clothes I packed since I am closer to full term!

I know soon baby will be here and life will be crazy busy, but that hasn't stopped me from day dreaming about getting back to work and sewing again! I have missed it like crazy! My sewing machine has looked very sad sitting on my desk for months on end not being used. It will still be awhile but a girl can dream.

I'm also looking forward to all the restrictions being lifted off me! No more bed rest! Freedom! I will be able to go for walks, and soon I will be able to work out again! Oh how I have missed working out, especially all my Zumba dance parties I used to have with the kids!

This should be a fun week! Lots to look forward to---Like finally meeting Baby and finding out the gender (and finally picking out a baby name!)

Have a good week everyone!

~Michelle

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Target Canada. One Year Later

Last year Target Canada  had its soft opening, and of course I went. How could I resist?! I even wrote a post about it, here.
A year ago it was just a soft opening. Some of the shelves weren't stocked, or even labeled. They had an abundance of staff around. They had happy cheerful people greeting people, had people handing out carts, so many cashiers were open, staff placed in all sections on the store to help.

A year later, some of the shelves are still empty. No one to greet you when you walk in. No one helping with carts. Lucky if its not a holiday and there are 2 cashiers open. No staff placed in the different sections.
Here are a couple pictures from our latest trip there.



Still empty shelves randomly around the store.


 One thing I noticed is that the store doesn't play music. And when a store is this empty and quiet, it is kind of odd, I have to admit. I think a little background music can be a good thing! Something to think about maybe, Target???
But onto the good things about the store.
They have slowly been bringing in new selection of items. Bonus.
I have seen there prices get better. For example last year when they opened the price of medication was higher than all places around, included Wal-Mart, however now, they are actually lower than Wal-Mart.

I have also noticed they are better at taking coupons then Wal-Mart. Sometimes Wal-Mart can give people who coupon a hard time.

The store is always nice and clean. They are very good at keeping the shelves organized and clean.

When I saw all the commercials and campaigns for Target Canada, I thought they were going to hit the ground running, but it seems (at least for the store near me) that they hit the ground and then decided to take a little stroll.

~ Michelle

Friday, March 14, 2014

Rainbow Cake for St. Patricks Day

Not that you really need a reason to bake a rainbow cake, but St. Patricks Day is as good as any! 
The boys loved helping out with this! Mixing colours, pouring the cake mix, and of course frosting! 
Please note: This is the first time we have ever tried to make a cake and decorate it! For kids, I would say they did a pretty awesome job! 

So here we go. 
What you need to make for our own Rainbow Cake. 
-Cake Mix (Use white cake mix, so you can add colours to it)
-Food Coloring
-Baking Pans
-Mixing Bowl
-Mixer
-Any ingredients for the cake.
-Icing. (we used white so we could add colour to it)

After making the cake. Separate it into different bowls and add the colours you want. 






Add parts of the different colours at a time into the cake pan. 



And bake! 


Wait for it to cool, and decorate. 
The boys loved this part! 





The Top of our Rainbow Cake!

And Eat! 



Enjoy! 

~Michelle

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: More Snow

Yesterday was such a beautiful day! The sun was out. The windows were open. I saw flowers starting to grow in the garden.
And today… This….


Nothing like a snow storm in mid March. Wonder how much will be out there by the end of the day...


~Michelle


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Four Leaf Paper Clover. St. Patricks Day Crafts

Here is a fun and easy paper craft to make with your kids.
My kids are 6 and 7 years old and could do a lot of the steps themselves.
I love how proud they get when they can do things on their own.

So here it goes.
What you need:
-Green Paper
-Paper Cutter or Scissors
-Tape or Staples
-Ribbion (If you want to hang them up)



First step.
Cut the paper.
We cut them in 1 inch wide strips. We did longer strips for the stems.




Next take the smaller strips and fold it like a heart and staple.


Next fold your stem.


Next staple all the pieces together.
Add ribbon if you want to hand them up.




Here is a picture of the ones the kids did.
Just about ready to hang them up.



And hang them up!



Ta-Da!

And Done!


Happy Crafting!

~Michelle

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hello Monday. March 10, 2014

Hello Monday.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.


So last week I was stuck down with a nasty cold and sickness. Not exactly on how I had planned my week. Especially being so far along in pregnancy, when you had a sickness to it, its just so uncomfortable. So needless to say not much got down last week. Good thing I have this week to do it.
I'm ready for this week! I will rule this week! This week will be mine! Things will get done!

It is March Break and usually we do something, but this year with being on bed rest it will be staycation. Last year we went to Toronto and did the City Pass. It was a lot of fun and such a whirlwind adventure of a week. Maybe next year…

As for this week, this week is all about Family Time and crossing things off the To-Do List.
Also I have a feeling there will be a lot of games being played. I swear one of these days I will be able to win a game of Uno against my kids! There, that is my goal for the week, to win a game of Uno! Talk about dreaming big!

This week we will probably do some St. Patrick Day crafts. So stay tuned for that!


~Michelle