Canada 150

Canada is having a big birthday tomorrow! 150 years young.

We celebrate Canada Day every year but this is a special year so I made special shirts. I could have bought Canada shirts but where is the fun in that? Historically we have made flag hand print shirts which I love, but this year called for something extra special.

We live in a great country so get out and celebrate on July 1st.  Happy Canada Day!

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May was made for Reading

Read Making A LifeI haven’t posted much lately because I started a new job at the beginning of May. There have been lots of changes happening at home, and we all needed some time to ease into new routines. I have however been reading.

When I was a student I did a lot of reading but none of it was for pleasure. As an avid reader, I struggled without an escape into a good book. Therein lies my dilemma.

As soon as I finished school I dove into my first read of the year. Reading is a sedentary activity which I probably why I enjoy it so much. The trouble is that I can and will read for hours at a time, and even though my fitness tracker is buzzing, flashing and all but telling me to get off my fat ass I can’t help but read just one more chapter. I balance out this predicament by reading humour. I laugh, I burn calories it’s like a workout, although I can’t find the “reading” setting on my fitness tracker.

Book reviews aren’t really my favourite thing to write but if I am telling you about what I read consider it a recommendation. Also, three of the four books are written by Canadian’s and the fourth is an honorary Canadian so these are perfect for the month leading up to Canada’s 150th.
4_stars.svgOne Brother Shy by Terry Fallis (Canadian!)

  • disclaimer – slight bias because my last name was used in the book but only 4 stars because it was misspelled.
  • second four-star disclaimer – I also won this as an advanced reader copy from Goodreads, but my stars can not be bought with free books so it really is good

4_stars.svgConfessions of a domestic failure by Bunmi Laditan (Canadian!!)

  • I am a Pinterest mom and I still loved it!
  • I read it in 24 hours, my fitness tracker almost caught fire trying to encourage movement

4_stars.svgThe Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

  • I preordered this one and waiting very impatiently for it to arrive, but once it did I threw my fitness tracker into the dryer for a spin and got down to business
  • Eat local, buy local, read local – Susan Juby lives on Vancouver Island!

4_stars.svg I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Honorary Canadian)

  • There was zero laughing, but there was crying
  • Honestly, I had a hard time with all the people mentioned, and the history but the message is so important
  • I am amazed by Malala Yousafzai and her determination

 

What are you reading? Tell me I want to know.

The Royal Visit 2016

This past week the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with their children, were in BC for a visit. I am not normally a Royal fan but since there were in town I figured I would get in on the action. They were sailing past our house, and it didn’t take much effort to walk to the end of the block. My seven-year-old son wanted to see what a Duke and Duchess looked like so he joined me. While we were waiting for their tall ship to appear he played at the beach.

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Canada Eh!

Canada Eh!Canada Day is a special holiday for me aside for the fact that it’s Canada’s birthday, its the holiday that I spent with my Nana. Sure we spent lots of holidays together, but rarely did we have holiday time without a whole pile of other family. On July 1st my grandparents would typically be at their cottage, and once I was able to get there independently I would call up a few days ahead of time to reserve my room. She would always tell me that it was ready and waiting.

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