Friday, February 28, 2014

This Moment/ Everyday Beauty Day 21

Joining Soulemama – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If your inspired to do the same, leave me a link below.

Friday, February 21, 2014

This Moment/ Everyday Beauty 16

Joining Soule Mama, a Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Another day in motherhood

Motherhood seems to be a constant onslaught of battles. There are many times of peace but when it hits it hits. The waves of issues to be dealt with hit you one after another, well now that I think about it that just seems to be life in general....hmmm....

Ballynoe Co Down, Ireland.
Source: Pinterest

Anyway this week has been a tough one. A week that brings you to lean heavily on your vices, whatever they might be.

My work out schedule has be neglected and so has any hope of eating smart. 

I have done more laundry then I have done in a month and there is still more waiting to be done. I have waited in a doctors clinic for over two hours with two kids under the age of five and lost my marbles in the parking lot at work.

I am scared to go to sleep tonight in the fear of waking up and facing tomorrow and all the joy it might bring. 

Maybe that sounds a bit dramatic but it has been a rough 4 days.
I don't think we should...but talk to my mom.
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No one informed me how tough being a mommy is. It has fabulous and amazing rewards but it is also the toughest thing I have ever done, if you know a mom do something special for her, even it is acknowledging all that she does.

Everyday Beauty Day 15

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tried and True Chapter 2: Pizza dough

As mentioned before I love Pinterest. I especially love finding recipes on it.
I don't know about you but I am on an ongoing journey trying to find the best of the best of all my favourite foods. A lot of my recipes that I have been making for years I continue to change and experiment with.
Today I want to share a pizza dough recipe. My family loves pizza and since I have not found a pizza dough that I love we usually order it. Not any more!
I found this recipe on Pinterest and after reading the recipe on The Mamas girls, I decided to give it a try.
I was not disappointed.
The dough came together super easy and there was barely any resting time.

The dough doubled in size quickly and easily separated into three individual pizza's. I probably could have made four without a problem.

I was really impressed as it continued to rise as I worked with it and formed into a round disc quickly

I made a cheese pizza for my daughters, since they aren't too adventurous with the toppings.

Pepperoni, green pepper and mushroom for my husband.

Artichoke, onion, green pepper and mushroom for me.
This is really the best pizza dough I have ever worked with and it was so good. Everyone agreed!
If you like pizza like my family does I would suggest trying this pizza dough for yourself. It was so easy to make and the results were amazing!
If you do give it a try let me know, I would love to know what you thought of it.

Everyday Beauty Day 14

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Everyday Beauty Day 12

I wonder if I should add notes with the photos to explain why they are special to me or leave them be as an image. What do you think?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ode to V Day

I love love!
This is so me. I wasn't really expecting anything - just starting a part time job, no biggie, Id done it before... And then all of a sudden he was there, and while it took us both a while to admit it, it was worth the wait a thousand times over. <3
Source: Pinterest

Not the young lustful stuff that passes in moments but long enduring love. Committed, loyal love. 
I saw an older couple the other day leaving a grocery store and as they walked to their car they held hands. Granted I do not know them or their story but the image of it made my heart swell.

elderly couples who hold hands make me smile.
When my grandpa passed away, my family was going through his things, including his wallet. In his wallet we found a picture of my grandma when they first met. It was bent and aged at the corners and it was clear he carried it with him in his wallet where ever he went since he met her. My grandparents had a love that was sweet, caring and loyal. They loved each other dearly but not in an over the top way, they were committed to each other and their journey. That is the kind of love I want in my life and I am lucky enough to have. It might not be exciting or passionate but it is stable and meaningful, nothing needs to be said the love is just there. 
My parents had an understated love as well, committed and dedicated. I think that is the love that stands the test of time.
I know its a cliche to say my husband is my best friend, but he is. We built our love on friendship and we go through our lives together as a couple.
We don't really celebrate Valentine's day here, though we always do something very small, it has really become about the kids now.
This is my small ode to Valentine's day. I hope yours was spent the way you hoped to!

Everyday Beauty Day 10/ This Moment

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
Inspired by Soulemama

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Putting it out there

I started this blog a while a go in honour of my dad and honouring his life by doing something with mine. I set personal goals for myself that sought to see every corner of my life enhanced or bettered. I have struggled with achieving these goals or even with working on them. This year I am trying to take it all a bit more seriously.
I have been serious with bettering my health, I am working out and eating better and seeing some real results.
The one area I really struggle with is my career. Things have changed where I work and I find little satisfaction. I have been looking for new avenues for my career fulfilment.
I know that I am a good employee, I will stay late and come in early. I am dedicated and loyal. I have a university degree and years of experience. Still I hear nothing.
I try to think about what my ideal career would be, what do I want to do with my life. No matter how clich├ęd it may sound I want to make a difference. I am not a doctor or a nurse or a teacher, but I would like to use my skills to do better. I once had a career counsellor tell me I should be a motivational speaker, I am not sure how she came up with that conclusion do you even get into that?
I love to cook, but I am not a chef and I don't create new and interesting recipes. I am good at cooking classic recipes without recipes.

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I am trying to explore different aspects of my life to see what I am good at, what I like and what I can do with it. Its one of the reasons I am trying blogging again, I am hoping through words and images I can stumble upon the love of my life in career form!
Do you do what you love? How did you find it? Do you think everyone does what they love?

So true.
Source: Pinterest

Everyday Beauty Day 8

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Answers to questions on a Monday

Inspired by Girl in a boy house who was tagged by another blogger, I decided to take a shot at answering the following questions

1) If Jane had 3 apples and John had 78 nails, how many layers of clothing are you wearing (how is the weather in your neck of the woods?)?

The weather in my area is mild compared to the rest of the country. I only have one layer on, yoga pants and pj shirt, my home comfies!

2. What is keeping you sane during these long winter months?

The breaks in the weather mostly help...the occasional sunny day, focussing on the finishing of home renovations and wine...oh wine!

3. If you were on a boat with a box of chocolate and your Mother In Law, who would you throw overboard?

Its bad that I am stopping to think about this. My mother in law is not that bad but a box of chocolates....I kid! The box of chocolate would have to go

4. What’s in your underwear drawer besides underwear?

Well due to the home renovations my underwear drawer has been moved and it is currently become a junk drawer for all types of things I don't have room for or a place for in my room. So my underwear is in a basket and my drawer is full of bills, jewellery and photos

5. Do you trust yourself with sharp objects near your face? (as in, do you pluck your own eyebrows? Do you have any eyebrow horror stories?)

I pluck my own eyebrows but I fear that I am horrible at it and I never know what to do with them. What is too much, what is too little? I do not on the other hand trust myself with scissors and my face. I cut my bangs when I was younger and needless to say it did not end well. Thank goodness it was a period in time that head bands were in and that there is no digital proof of the time period

6. I am terrified of dead bodies, spiders, and the dentist. What are you scared of?

I am terrified of spiders! I am always afraid that they are going to jump at me and bite me.

7. Are you wearing nail polish? And if so, what colour? (I have red on my toenails and pale pink on my fingernails, FYI).

My toes are bright blue and my fingernails are red 

I would tag other bloggers but I don't really have a blog circle yet. If you want to answer these questions send me a link in the comments. I would love to see others answer these questions!

Everyday Beauty Day 6?

Ack! I am behind, sorry weekend got away from me....I'll do better....

Friday, February 7, 2014

Everyday Beauty Day 5/ This Moment

A Friday Ritual.
A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple , special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If your inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ' moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Everyday Beauty Day 3

Pinterest Tried and True

I have an ongoing love affair with Pinterest.
Its like having the having the ultimate in vision boards without all the cut up paper and massacred magazines.
I love the sharing of images from the amateur to the professional.
One of my most favourite things to Pin are recipes! Oh the lovely images of food and the possibilities. I think I would be happy to dedicate my life to trying out recipes on Pinterest and writing about the failures and successes. 
I have decided to try to start doing that here. Which brings me to today's post.

After searching for the best pancake recipe on Pinterest this little image caught my eye. I went to the source at Style me pretty and began my trial. They seriously are the best pancakes. I was very happy with my pin and quickly moved this to my tried and tested folder.

I made these for dinner tonight and forgot to take photos during the process, but I did snap a couple after the fact photos.

If your family love's pancakes check out the recipe here. Make sure to be very careful with the vinegar.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Everyday Beauty 1

Inspired by My so called life and other lies I have chosen to share a moment of beauty from my everyday life for each day for the rest of the month.
Let me know if you chose to join in.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A piece to the puzzle

I have found that I view raising a child like a puzzle or a mystery. You give birth to this being. you feed it you clothe it and it forms an opinion. 
You would think you would be given an owners manual to deal with tantrums and bad behaviour but it just a bunch of trial and error until you find the right choice for that one specific occasion. Then you move on to a new situation and you must start from square one and figure it out all over again. You go through this a couple of times a year always figuring out a new piece to the puzzle. Sometimes you luck out and find that one piece works for several situations or sometimes just small modifications need to be made.
If you are crazy enough, you have a second child and for some reason you think that what you have learned from the first child will apply to the second. Granted in some instances it does and you find that you are much ahead of the game on child number two and sometimes they just laugh in your face. This brings me to my dear, dear Roslyn.


She laughs in my face. She does not give up too many pieces in her puzzle but once and while after much trial and error I figure a piece out. 
Yesterday I figured a piece out. It was a moment of clarity, I tried not to openly celebrate in fear that she would begin to laugh at me.
She is Trouble with a capital T. She knows who she is and she is only 3. She is cute and loving but she is trouble.