Starting is the hardest part…the second hardest part is finishing…

We have completely dis{mantle}d our fireplace.  It is in a billion pieces of brick and dust.  It is a huge improvement already.  We have also scraped the ceiling to remove all the swirls.  The fireplace surface has also been refaced … Continue reading


On display

Being a mother quite often means that you are on display (and let’s be honest not too often “ready” for your glamour shot).  I don’t mean sitting pretty. I mean your acts are watched by EVERYONE including strangers.

Yesterday I took my older son out for a Mommy & Isaac date.  We did a couple of errands and went to Tim Horton’s for a treat. Nothing too exciting.  We even went to the dollar store. I was waiting in line to pay for my purchase (a paint with water book for my son) and the lady beside me says “its just Christmas every day now isn’t it?” as she looks down at my sweet (and naughty) little boy.  This woman was good. Her sarcasm and judgement hung in the air like she had just slapped me.

I reacted in a way that I wish I hadn’t. I defended myself and him.  I have NO IDEA WHY I felt compelled to explain my actions of buying him a $1 paint by water book. Really? I am sure that I could have taken him somewhere more extravagant or purchased something more flashy on our special 1:1 outing. She did not back down and muttered something in response.

As I told my husband what happened later that day I felt even more angry about defending my actions. The most annoying point is that I RARELY buy him anything without reason (this is the way that both Andrew & I were raised).  We were given gifts at holidays for the most part.  We agree with the philosophy!

It is just a reminder that people are watching and judging.  But is also a reminder: who the H*LL cares?

Have a good day & let’s be kind to the strangers we meet in our everyday life!

Adding “me” to the list

Written: September 9, 2012 I need to make a fall resolution.  This cannot wait until the New Year. I have been using my “inside” voice for several weeks (or months) now and it isn’t working.  I am hoping by thinking and … Continue reading


I could not possibly love more than one child

Have you heard someone say they could not possibly love more than one child? It is not true. I do not know if I believed it when I was first pregnant with my twins. But I can officially scream from … Continue reading


DIY Fireplace Demo – STAY TUNED

When we moved into this house we always knew we would have to “deal with” our dated wood burning fireplace.  The final decision is to keep it as a wood burning fireplace because you really cannot replace the feeling of … Continue reading



Having three children in 27 months does not contribute to good sleep habits.  In the beginning of Life with 3, we quite often had only 2 or 3 hours of sleep. How does one sustain themselves on that small amount … Continue reading



Awhile back I wrote about green, homemade cleaning products. I had the best of intentions to try all recipes soon after that post. Um. Um. OOPS. I failed. But today I did make furniture polish. Furniture Polish 4 cups warm … Continue reading