Mother’s Day Class for Kids

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I taught a Kid’s Mother’s Day class this past weekend and had a full house. There were 15 mini albums to make & then fill with pictures and this group of kids did so amazing. I am always amazed at how easy going & creative a groups of kids are compared to teaching a group of adults. PicMonkey Collage

Each child left with a card and a completed mini book that was full of photos of their mom and families. I then wrapped each gift so that come Mother’s Day all these kids have to do is hand it over and watch their Momma’s hearts fill with gratitude. It was a treat to witness in person each child writing all sorts of  wonderful things about their Moms. “I love you because you make me macaroni.” “I love you because you make me laugh.” “It makes me happy when you hold my hand.”

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Each child had stories to share with me and I could tell with each story just how much they loved their Mom’s. I left that class with a full heart.

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Anna is always so excited to come to my kid’s classes and I am so grateful that I married a man that is happy to come help me, no questions asked. Cory was my assistant and he was amazing. I didn’t even sneak a peek at Anna’s work…. I am SO excited for Mother’s Day.

These kid’s classes are a ton of work for me but as I walk around in the hustle & bustle of their work I am reminded how much I love this and I forget how much work it took and start planning the next one.

Hello. It’s been awhile.

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I am not consistent here, in this online space. I always think about how I can be better but then I find myself sharing over on Instagram instead. It seems to be the way to go but I also see all the value of keeping up with this platform. Truthfully I’ve been all out of sorts for the last few months. Maybe more. Probably more. I was given the heartfelt advice that perhaps I needed to “change things up” but I’m not too sure what that looks like.

What I do know is that I have so many things to share, work to show and tid bits to pass on but the million dollar question is “Where does the time go?”. If you discover the answer to that- please let me know. ♥

I wanted to start by sharing these cards that I  created for Treasured Memories as my April kit. I love them! I love the Kaiser papers– they’re gorgeous & that Tim Holtz butterfly die cut is just so pretty! And what’s even more awesome is that the kits are now available online at Treasured Memories’ new online store! I am just so proud of them and all the work they poured into getting that online store up and running.

You can also view my March Kit in the online store. These cards were created using the Kaiser papers from their Island Escape Collection.

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All kits come complete with all the product, photos & instructions required to create the 6 cards shown.

New Card Kits

 

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I spent most of yesterday finishing up my card kits from Treasured Memories and today I’m working away on new projects. With all the new product we have coming into the store I feel dizzy with all the ideas I have floating around my head. After I dropped Anna off at school this morning I pressed play on the newest season of Scandal (on Netflix) and got busy creating. I am hoping to have demo photos to share by the end of the week.

Until then, here are my latest cards. Kits are available complete with product, instructions & photos at Treasured Memories.

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These gorgeous papers are from the Simple Stories‘ collection Posh.

And side note…. in case you wanted to know what my face looks like as I watch the last 5 minutes of a (pretty much all of them) Scandal episode. You’re welcome….

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Valentine Cards

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just for the kids or for couples, it’s for all of us. Whether you’re calling it Valentine or Gal-entine or  Pal-entine there really is something for all of us. I created these cards for my tribe of women, my Gal-entines. It’s a simple gesture that says “Hey! I was thinking about you and I think you’re wonderful.” I wrote in most of them something I loved about them- their kind hearts, their beautiful spirits, etc. I created simple cards using the Valentine collection from Crate paper, the latte stickers were perfect as each card also got a $5 gc from Starbucks. I started buying after Christmas each time I had a $5 bill. This way the expense didn’t feel so big and small amounts spread out over time were more manageable for me.

Today I’m making Valentine cupcakes for Anna’s class and apple tarts for our dinner tomorrow. I love love and I we love goodies over here so baking seems like a wonderful gift for our tummies. 🙂

 

Making the most of Winter.

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Layout created using the Winter Wonderland collection from Simple Stories.

The winter can be dreadful, with temperatures feeling like -37 or worse it can be hard to love this season. Never mind love, it can be hard to even like it. The cold temperatures leave me feeling trapped so the second it warms up we head outside. I want to like winter, I want to show Anna how great winter activities can be. Without the winter & the snow there are so many things we couldn’t do. Sledding, building snowmen, snowshoeing, skating (outside), snowball fights- the list goes on.

This past Christmas I wanted to get us all something that we could do together, outside and as a family. We decided on snowshoes.

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Our river valley is gorgeous, there are so many places to go and better yet-  they’re all free! The valley golf course is open for cross country skiing and snowshoeing and it’s a beautiful backdrop, especially with those bright blue skies & sunshine.

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Snowshoeing, sledding and building snowmen are my favorite winter activities. I also love the sound of the snow crunching under my feet.

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Our Olaf has since melted to the point where his face fell out and then he froze again into a big ice blob but we enjoyed him while it lasted.

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Anna’s favorite winter activities include sledding and snowball fights. I had to dive out of the path of this one and ended up getting more snow down my pants than if I’d have stayed in one place and let the snowball hit me. She thought that was pretty darn funny and considered it a win.

What do you love about winter?

Audio Books are my jam!

I have this thing… I LOVE personal development & autobiographical books! Like can not get enough! However… I don’t like to read them. In fact I can barely get half way through any given one before I’m kicking it to the curb. I can however listen to hours and hours of these books. When I’m walking, when I’m driving, when I’m working, when I’m folding laundry… you get the point. Audiobooks have changed the reading game for me! I “read” more books: personal developement and autobiographical books last year than ever before, at least 15+. I read read maybe 3.

Here’s a few things I’ve learned about myself…

  • I want the audio books to be read by the author. It make me feel like I’m hanging out with them. I will often avoid an audio book if it’s not read by the author.
  • If it’s not read by the author I will listen to a clip and if I don’t like the readers voice or how they read it- I won’t choose that book.
  • I can only listen to audiobooks if I’m alone. I find it annoying if other people are around. I got headphones for my birthday and it was a game changer!
  • I discovered that I can walk/run farther and for longer if I’m caught up in an audiobook.
  • I can not listen to fiction audio books. I can not pay attention and I get bored so easily. (I have to read these and not listen. I prefer crime & thriller.)

The books pictured above are all so good. I have listened to The Year of Yes and Big Magic multiple times. I loved the books from Amy Poehler, Tiny Fey & Mindy Kaling- we would totally be BFF’s in real life, I just know it. 😉 Not pictured are all the books by Brene Brown, I could listen to her tell her story and share her work all day!

I get most of my audiobooks from the library, I simply download it to my phone with the Overdrive app and away we go, I also really like Audible.com when I’m looking to buy.

I’m currently listening to these two and so far I’m loving both. Completely different and both completely captivating.

If you are an audio book lover and you have a favorite (nonfiction) let me know.

 

 

 

Edmonton Ice Castle

How lucky are we that our home city hosts this amazing event. This is Edmonton’s second year hosting the Ice Castle, last year was the first castle built outside of the USA and the most popular in the company’s history. Way to go Edmonton! This year- the castle is way bigger and even more spectacular! I basically walk around with my mouth wide open in awe.

We went on a Monday evening to the 5-5:30pm time slot. The sun was well on it’s way down but we got to see both day & night views of the ice. I only took photos with my phone so many of the images are grainy because of the light but photos don’t do it justice anyways. Seeing it in person is a winter must do for us. Tickets can be found here and I do recommend buying tickets ahead of time. One- they’re cheaper & two-time slots sell out so this way you’re getting what you want.

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Fun Fact: there is over 25000 tons of ice

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Fun Fact: The castle is created with hand placed icicles. 10000 icicles are grown each day and harvested by icicles farmers (I can’t tell you how much I love that- icicle farmers). The castle is 100% ice and has no other inner structure.

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Fun Fact: Each tower is 10-20 feet thick

Fun Fact: The water used is taken from the North Saskatchewan River, treated and then  in the spring the water returns to the river. This is referred to as non-consumptive use.

Fun Fact: The icicles will not fall. This is because there is no weak point limiting the strength of the structure. When the castle melts it does so from the smallest point up.

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Fun Fact: The lights are placed right inside the ice as it’s being built/frozen.