Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Currently

I've never done a currently post, but now seems like a good time to try it out. 

Currently....
Reading - The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith - It's fantastic although not really a quick read 
Writing - This blog post...
Listening - To Sing by Ed Sheeran, over and over again...
Thinking - That I'm excited to eat Pad Thai tonight for dinner, and that's the only thing that will get me through my day
Smelling - Whatever Axe Ryan just sprayed on himself.  It's fine once it's on but it makes my house stink!
Eating - Oatmeal with blueberries and maple syrup
Wearing - A housecoat.  I generally get dressed about 2 minutes before I have to leave for work!
Wondering - Why no matter how much I blow my nose it doesn't really seem like I've accomplished anything
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

My Day In Real Housewives Gifs

Ok so I'm a day late to the party.  But better late then never, right?

First of all, did you know that gif is apparently pronounced JIFF?  I just can't do it though, so I pronounce it as it's spelled, with a G.  Second of all, aren't they fun?  Every blog post is better with gifs.

So here was my day yesterday:

I've got a serious cold going on. Who gets a cold in July?  I didn't know that was a thing, but apparently it is.
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And then I thought:
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Because food can motivate me to do pretty much anything.

And all of today and yesterday I have basically felt like this every time I thought of something I had to do:
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Unfortunately, I have responsibilities and so I just had to go to work today.  Blah humbug.

So then yesterday at about 2:30 I thought:
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 So that's what I did.  And I have felt that way all day today as well, but they frown on me napping at my desk, so I have resisted the urge.

And all the while I'm a sniffling, coughing, sneezing, runny nosed mess.  And I'm complaining as if this is a man cold and not a common cold.  What has happened to me.  Moral of the story, colds:
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

My Favourite Blogs

Today for Blog Everyday in July (which has turned into blog when I want to blog) we are sharing our 3 favourite blogs!  This is a tough one because there are so many good blogs out there!  But at the same time I love talking about my favourites and giving them some well deserved recognition!

My absolute favourite blog that I read religiously is The Workout Mama. Tamara is, you guessed it, a mom and a personal trainer.  But if you don't have kidlets of your own, that doesn't matter.  She has tons of fitness tips for everyone!  She also runs these online bootcamps, which I have participated in twice and they are amazing!  She just had her second baby so her blog is full of family stuff and mommy tips too if you are interested in that.

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I love Megan K Graham, previously known as Across the Pond.  She's kind of in transition since moving to the States, but I still always enjoy what she has to say.  Plus she typically has this way of keeping her words to a minimum while still keeping a lot of meaning in her posts.  (Aspiring Kennedy does this too, I strive to be able to write like these girls)
My favourites on Megan's blog is her conversations posts.  These are conversations between her and her Irish husband, usually based on cultural and language differences.  They are hilarious!

Ok and I thought long and hard about the third one and I'm not just choosing this because she is one of the host's of Blog Everyday in July, but I do believe that The Other Juliette is one of my favourite blogs!  Juliette keeps it light and I always find her posts funny and entertaining.  And some days, that's exactly what we all need!
 
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Making a Diaper Cake

So as much as I want to be a crafty person, I'm really not.  Usually my DIY projects and Pinterest projects are fails.  So why I got it in my head that I should make a diaper cake for a work shower, where my diaper cake would be the centre of attention, I don't know. 

Luckily for me, and for the mama to be, it turned out pretty well.  And if I can do it, you can do it too!

What you need:
Diapers - I used a box of size 2 because I heard that some babies don't fit in newborn and size 1's for long.
Small elastic bands
A few large elastic bands
An empty paper towel roll
Double sided tape
Ribbon
Other decorations if wanted
A platter or cardboard for the bottom of the diaper cake

First things first, you need to roll those diapers.  I rolled them up so that the white side was out and the top of the diaper was in the middle.  This made them look more uniform.  Just roll and throw an elastic around each one.



Then I set my paper towel roll in the middle and started building the diapers around it.  Each time I completed a circle of diapers, I put an elastic band around the entire circle.  (You may find it easier to put the elastic band around the paper towel roll or the existing circle of diapers and then to insert new diapers into it, otherwise you might have diapers falling everywhere!)
 Do this 3 times on the bottom layer and then add 2 rounds on top of that, and one more round for the top layer.  I actually did 4 rounds on my bottom layer as I wanted a ledge to set additional gifts on.  But it's up to you.


 Then wrap ribbon around the middle of each layer to cover up the elastics.  Attach it with double sided tape.  Add other decorations as desired.  You can either use a platter to support the bottom or cut a piece of cardboard in a circle.

Another thing that I thought was a great idea was to use a bottle of wine for the centre instead of a paper towel roll for the new mom and dad to enjoy after the baby is born.  They will probably love you for it!

And voila! You have a diaper cake!  It wasn't too hard and everyone will be very impressed by it!  The entire thing probably cost me less than $40, but the diapers were about $30 and I still have leftover tape and ribbon for future projects.  (Get your supplies at Walmart if you aren't super concerned with the quality, much cheaper than a craft store like Michael's!)


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