Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekly Wishes

The Nectar Collective

Weekly Wishes

Linking up with the Lovely Melyssa over at The Nectar Collective.  I love goal setting and after a whirlwind beginning of the summer – I’m in the need for actually making some new goals and sticking to them.

1.        Write a blog plan and stick to it for the week.  I have majorly slacked on the blogging lately.  I really have no excuse for it other than I just haven’t made the time for it.

2.       Host my first Jamberry Nails Party.  That’s right folks, I’m the newest Jamberry Nails rep lol.  And I LOVE IT.  If you want to order them – I can ship to the US and Canada, check out my site: http://karenhansen.jamberrynails.net/

3.       Clean our Dining Room up.  We are getting a new table and chairs.  By the time I post this, they may already be in our house.  They are not new – new, just new to us.  It’s actually my Grandma and Grandpa’s Dining Room set.  When they passed away, my Uncle and his wife received the table, chairs, buffet and hutch.  They are getting a new set from her family now, and since we finally live in the same city as family, they asked if I would like them so they stay within our immediate family.  We of course said Yes immediately.  I hope that everything fits and that they look nice lol.

4.       Make some big decisions – I may have a great opportunity to make some extra cash coming up soon but we need to decide if it’s worth the time and effort or not.  Ahh being a grown up lol.

So check back with me next week to see if I’ve managed to accomplish ANY of these items lol.

Thursday, July 17, 2014



I am guest posting over on one of my FAVOURITE blogs today!!! 

View From the Fridge!!!  Katie just had an adorable baby boy and was looking for people to help her out this summer as she learns to deal with being a Mother to 3 little boys!!  Seriously, she is awesome, read her posts, you will find fabulous ideas.

You have know idea how excited I was to do this (maybe my exclamation marks are giving it away lol).  

Go check it out - I talk about the World's Best Cookies :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coffee Break

Most military communities in Canada are located in larger cities, which makes the military community seem very far away from each other at times. I'm very lucky that where we live now, we have an amazing Military Family Resource Centre aka MFRC. They have a ton of different programming for families. One of the big things they do every month is have a Coffee Break on the first Thursday of the month.

This past month, Coffee Break fell on July 3rd, right in between Canada Day and the 4th of July - so we made it a Canada United States theme :)

We had festive fruit!
Veggies with dip in cups - thanks to Pinterest lol. 
My mom made a yellow ribbon cake. 
I made the American stars and the Canadian maple leafs. 
More of our yummy food. 
We also had cheese and crackers. 
Blueberry French toast casserole. 
Mini quiche. 

All in all the morning was a success. It's one of the things I looked forward to the most when we moved back here. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

5 fabulous things about this Friday

Ooooo I'm so excited for this link up!!! These two blogs are relatively new to me, I only just found them recently. And I LOVE them!! Thanks for hosting this link up ladies!

Five Fabulous Things About This Friday

1. I spent the last week with my sister and her man, who were in from Georgia visiting us. The not so fabulous thing was that they went home this morning, but it was fabulous to have them visit us and Nora and Annika loved having them here. 

Nora getting a matchy matchy dress to Isabelle from Auntie Danie. 

2. Today was 7-11 day. Free slurpees from 7-11. What more could anyone want? I forgot to take pictures of this but it did happen lol. 

3. We went to the wading pool by our house again. The girls LOVED it. 

4. After that, we went to a new to us park by our house. Again, it was loved by everyone. 

 5. Both girls were in bed and asleep by 8pm. If that isn't fabulous, I don't know what is lol. 

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!!!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

June Goal Recap

Since it's already the 8th of July, I figured I should do my June Goals Recap and list my goals for July.

June Goals:

1. Make it to 2500 Swagbucks. - Done and done :) Cashed it out and got $25 Paypal dollars! If you're interested in joining, it's easy and super awesome - http://swagbucks.com/refer/KbearMomma

2. Meal Plan - Meal planned for the whole month and we pretty much stuck to it.  I was pretty happy with our success.

3. Make blog plan. - failed miserably again.  I just couldn't get motivated.  I'm still finding the motivation a little lacking, but I'm guessing it's because it's so beautiful outside and I don't want to be by my computer lol.

4. Plan Nora's Birthday. - Check mark!  And it was a HUGE success.  Once I get the photos loaded onto my computer, I will post all about it.  Let's just say, she was a teensy bit surprised with everything that happened!

5. Clean Dining Room. - that's a negative as well.  I tried, but with birthdays and everything else, it just didn't happen.

6. Host Stampin' Up Catalog Launch Party. - well I hosted the party.  Only 2 people showed up though.  I'm kind of bummed about it.  Selling Stampin' Up is turning out to be super hard still.  I thought that maybe once I was back in Manitoba I would be able to do it again, but it's still proving to be very difficult.

7. Go through 1 dresser in bedroom. - also did not happen.  I had good intentions but I just ran out of time.

I'm hoping that July will prove to be a better month for me.  4/7 isn't too bad, but it isn't great either lol.

Without further adieu - my July Goals:

1. Host 4th of July BBQ.  I know it's after the 4th, but I made these goals at the beginning of July, I just hadn't posted them yet.

2. Launch cardmaking business.  I had a lot of compliments on Nora's birthday invites, so I'm thinking about making and selling invites... we will see if this actually happens or not lol.

3. Earn 2500 Swagbucks.  I figure if I can make myself an extra $25 Paypal per month by not doing a lot, that's a pretty good thing lol.

4. Participate in giveaway on Facebook - I'll have more details about this later this month, but I'm SUPER excited about this!!

5. Clean Dining Room.  We are about to inherit my Grandparent's Dining Room table, chairs, buffet and hutch.  When they passed away, my Uncle and his wife took them, because my parents had a beautiful set from when they got married.  We were supposed to get their table when we *hopefully* purchase a house later this year when we get posted somewhere *hopefully* here.  However, my Aunt had a family member pass who is moving across the country and they are getting rid of all of their furnishings, so my Uncle and Aunt want that dining room set.  And since we are the only ones living in the city who would want my Grandparents set, we get it!  I'm beyond excited to have this family heirloom.  I loved their Dining Room set when I was little.  So - with that little story - I NEED to have the Dining Room clean so that everything will fit into here nicely when we get it.

I think I'll leave this at five for now - if I decide to add more, they will probably just be weekly goals instead.    


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Canada Day!

We have had such a busy June and and July so far. I'm going to do my best to play catch up and post about all the grand things we have done lately. :)

Canada Day was pretty crummy here this year. The day started off cold and rainy so we actually canceled our plans to go to the park for all the festivities. Instead we headed over to our good friends house for an indoor BBQ lunch complete with blanket forts and family pictures (since Paul's sister and her boyfriend were in town - and long convoluted story - her boyfriend is my good friends brother  so it was a real family get together lol). 

The Epic Blanket Fort
Two little munchkins trying to hide from us.
These two are going to be troublemakers when they get older lol. 

Paul, his sister Melissa and our two girls. Unfortuantely, this is the best picture we got of them - in most of them Nora and Annika are all over the place lol.

Having some sparkler fun with Daddy
More sparkler fun!

The weather cleared up so we took a bike ride through the park to the ice cream store - this is Nora's Happy Birthday Canada face lol. 

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends out there!!!



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Busy busy!

So hubster is back home now, which is all kinds of awesome but it means we've been busy busy lol. And it started with the most awesome purchase we have made in awhile:

My new bicycle!!! I am so in love with it. It's an Electra Townie and it is so comfortable to ride. The only downfall to this bike is that on our way home from getting it - our check engine light on the van came on and now the van is driving all funky. So we have to take it in to the dealership on Tuesday to get it checked out (that's the first available appointment they had - boo!)

Then today, after a bike ride to the park, we went to the Manitoba Museum for the 17 Wing MFRC/PSP/SISIP volunteer appreciation event. It was awesome. And we won a super cool door prize - tickets to a pre season Winnipeg Jets game! Nora was so cute when we won because she picked the prize out of the bucket. She did this crazy shaky thing that she does when she's super excited and screamed ooh the jets!! I love Buffy. (If you're not a hockey fan - she's talking about Dustin Byfuglien lol). And after the speeches, prizes, and free lunch, we got to go through the museum, watch a Bug Bird show at the Planetarium and play in the science gallery. It was an awesome day.

Nora and Grandpa looking at sea creatures

Annika loved everything. And she was in her Squeaker shoes so we always knew where she was lol.

Nora and Grandpa on the way to see the HMS Nonsuch.

I love my family!!

Hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend too!!!

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