Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Anniversary to ME! (3rd :))

This morning was errr... interesting. All I can say is I'm glad hubby went out of our room first this morning because otherwise somebody woulda gotta hurt REAL bad.

And no it wasn't the cat who wreaked such havoc. It was the puppy. We  have 2 boxers and they usually sleep in the bed with us but we decided to lock them out last night for the first time in a long time and apparently it didn't go over well.
And this was only one half of the room there were 4 balls of yarn on the other side too but I got them all wrapped up before I thought to take a picture. As much fun as staging it would've been...

So on that note, Happy Anniversary to ME!

What do we have planned for today? 
Well if you recall yesterdays meal plan I'm going to be making Roasted Salmon with lemon relish, Lemon Spaghetti and a Layered Salad. I haven't decided where to eat it, I'm thinking outside might be nice. Gramma and Grampa will be taking the baby. Woot!

And then I really want to go camping in the backyard! I'll take some pics and let you know how that pans out. Hubby isn't too thrilled with the idea. :(

Monday, June 27, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - Anniversary - Roasted Salmon w Lemon Relish

Helloo everyone and welcome to my first Menu Plan Monday blog post!

 I am feeling pretty fabulous today as it is 9:35 and the baby is still sleeping! Hooray for extra sleep!
I've been busy working on more summer cotton hats to bring to Lil Bit Baby, and toying with the idea of having a Farmers Market Table either at the Town Center on Saturday mornings or at the Riverbank Discovery Center on Thursday evenings. The Riverbank one doesn't start until July 7th so I'm going to wait and check it out before I make my final decision.

I also got some really cute girly cotton which you will see in upcoming hats and the 2 in 1 belt/headbands!

Now here we go!


Tuesday: (3rd Anniversary!) 
Lemon Spaghetti
Layered Lettuce Salad - This will last us most if not the rest of the week :) (Recipe to come!)

Mushroom Pork and Spinach Salad
Pasta with Pesto

Hamburger Stroganoff
Frozen Veggies

Friday: (Canada Day!)
Leftovers/Probably eat out

Grilled Steak
Broccoli Salad
Corn on the cob

Spelt Flax Hamburgers (Recipe to come!)
Corn on the cob

And there you have it!
I planned this menu on Thursday when our local fliers came out and got chips, hamburger, corn on the cob, broccoli, lettuce, mushrooms and bacon on sale at various stores.

Check out everyone else's  Menu Plan Monday at organizingjunkie.com.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Better than Mr. Brown - Teddy Bear Names

Mr. Brown...Brownie...Tedddy? We all know that children can come up with the most "original" names for their teddy bears, but more often than not most of them go without names. All those poor nameless teddy bears sitting in the toy box. And after a few years go by do you even remember who gave them to your baby, or for what occasion? Maybe, but it's even more unlikely that your child will!

Here's a few ideas for keeping up with and keeping track of all those teddies!

-Name them after the people who gave them to your children by using their last name, nickname, or even their middle name. For example Mitchell, Shorty, or Katie

-Name them using a trait about the person who gave the teddy that also fits with the teddy. For example Cuddle Bear or Doodle Bear.

-Name them by the occasion. For example Birthday Bear.

-Name them using your first language, or the language of your favorite country. For example Uno, which would also work for a first birthday.

When your children are old enough to name their bears for themselves feel free to help them out, or look up teddy bear names together.

Still stuck? View a list of teddy bear names at Bear Dictionary to get your imagination flowing.

Now, don't leave all those teddies nameless! Get to work!

And while you're at it go through your old teddies and downsize. No one needs 50 teddy bears! Only keep the bears that a) you would like your grandchildren to have or b) your children love. The rest are just clutter.

How do you store your teddies? Do you have a special place for any of them?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Flier Shopping

 It seems that every month our food bills overtake our budget so we have to keep looking for better ways to cut costs.
The past couple weeks I've seriously begun flier shopping. I print off my grocery list from organizing junkie, and on the back I write down every deal I may wish to purchase from every stores flier and I list it all by the store. 
Then you can make your menu plan based on the sale items and the items you already have on hand. 
The trick is to look in EVERY flier not just the grocery store you regularly shop at, sometimes there's better deals at the more expensive stores. So I will usually make a stop to my regular grocery store and one or two other stores just for the sale items. Make sure to buy enough to last until the next sale. My favorite stores for sales are Sobeys and Canadian Tire. 

This week a few of the notable sales I saw were...

Delissio Pizza 4.97
Purex bathroom tissue 9.97

cracker barrel cheese BOGO
1 lb strawberries 99 cents
silhouette yogurt BOGO
white mushrooms BOGO
gala apples 99 cents/lb
broccoli 1.29
banana bread BOGO
digestive cookies BOGO
cheese strings BOGO
sugar snap peas BOGO

Canadian Tire
inflatable queen bed with air pump 21.99
stainless steel grill basket 5.99
20-35% off method cleaners

 And this is the front although as you can see I haven't totally filled it in yet :) I didn't use a few of my dinners last week so I've just filled them in here and there throughout this week.

I love my grocery list :) Where do you get your grocery list from? How do you keep track of sale items?

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Luxurious Baby Washcloth *Crochet Tutorial*

How could bath time get any more wonderful? Just add this uber cute washcloth that's silky soft and just the right size for babies. There's even gaps that are perfect for little fingers to grab on to!

This is my version of the washcloth, see the original pattern by Linda at the Crafty Gardener here.

5.0mm hook
Bernat Satin or Red Heart Soft yarn

Round 1: ch 2, sc 6 in second ch
Round 2: ch 2 (first dc), dc around, slst to join. (8 sts)
Round 3: ch 2, dc in same st, dcinc in each dc around, slst to join. (18 sts)
Round 4: ch 2, dc in same st, dcinc in each dc around, slst to join.
Round 5: ch 4 (first dc and 2 ch), *skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 2* rep around. Slst to join.
Round 6: ch 2, 2 dc in first space, dc in next dc, *3dc in next ch 2 space, dc in next dc* rep to end. Slst to join.
Round 7: Edging in a half shell stitch: *slst in next dc, skip 2 dc, 3 dc in next st* repeat around.

Note: the original pattern has 8 rows.