“Happiness is choice, find your joy”.  It’s something I say often to our girls when they’re melting down over something completely silly (like not getting the blue straw…).  It’s also something I say to Corey after a bad day, or to myself when I’m frustrated.  It reminds me to re-focus, to be thankful and to take a big breath.

I needed to remind myself of that after Friday evening**.  I needed to process all the things I was feeling, I needed to be allowed to feel them – then I needed to take a breath and move through them.

There is so much more to be thankful for in every day than there is to be sad about.  The joy is there, the happiness is there, sometimes we just need to remember to choose it.  For me, I find once I do that choice gets easier, and easier, until I’m just simply happy, from the inside out.

This week I really need to look at ALL the Grace God is placing in my life…

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5. The thankfulness of one little girl and the love of two sisters.  Friday morning, Bethany left me this sweet little note.  She’d woken up early and decided to crawl in with a still sleeping Audrey for a snuggle.  Audrey’s been having some issues at night, B wanted to help soothe her and thought that would be the best way.  She later told me that snuggle made her feel so good that she wanted to write me a note to thank Daddy and I for her sister.

These two critters can fight like crazy some days but at the end of it all they aren’t just sisters they are best friends and my heart prays deeply for that to never change.photo 2(1)

4.  Sunshine!  Spring!  There are no words to describe what the warm sunshine and beautiful Spring days can do for a person’s soul.


3. Music.  In particular Suitcases by Dara Maclean, Good Morning by Mandisa & Toby Mac, All This Time by Britt Nicole and

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2. Devotions (and a little copy bird) – it’s a powerful time.

photo 51. This man.  This marriage.  Whether it’s been a good week or a rotten one.  Whether I’m happy, grumpy, PMSing, silly, overtired or a weird mix of all of the above Corey is with me, showing me unconditional love.  I couldn’t possibly have asked for a better man to call my husband, partner and friend.  He’s wiped my tears, listened to my rants and held me till I fell asleep this week – how can you miss the beautiful blessing & grace in that.

**I just want to mention I realize all that I have been upset about really isn’t about “me”.  I don’t want to be someone who turns things that are about other people & their suffering to be focused on my own self.  I needed to vent, that’s why I have this space and I full understand that our family & friends are the ones who truly need the love & support right now.  This is about them.**

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I’m going on a KINDER hunt…

by Ashley on April 13, 2014

in Kinder Mom

Spring has finally sprung around these parts and I AM EXCITED!  Without a doubt Spring (followed by Fall) is my favourite season.  I love the longer days, the sunshine, the warmth without heat, the new growth, the return of the birds and Easter.

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Of all the holidays we celebrate Easter is the one I enjoy and anticipate the most – it trumps Christmas.  There is something so special, powerful for me in the ritual of Easter Sunday – getting up early with the girls to go on an Egg hunt, followed by a special waffle breakfast (everything, and I do mean everything is better with waffles).  Then it’s on with new(!) Easter dresses and out the door to my very most favourite church service of the year – the one day where we really, REALLY get to celebrate the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.  I mean, seriously who doesn’t love being able to say “He is Risen” and know that means we have been given salvation?!!

This Easter is no different, I’ve been gearing up for all the fun and festivities for a few weeks now.  The dresses are bought, the Kinder has arrived and I’m just getting ready to start the hunting cards for our Easter Egg Scavenger hunt.

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Kinder has big plans for their Easter holiday too.  Once again their fabulous Share the Joy program is leaving love and chocolate covered footprints on the hearts of families who really need it.  They will be donating 12 exciting Easter treat baskets to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals this year as well as donating $25,000 to help support them.  With all that has transpired over the past week, this is hitting home even harder than ever for us.

When it comes to knowing “Easter” I’d say the team at Kinder fits into the experts category.  I mean, their signature product is an egg for goodness sakes, and a darned good one at that!

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This Easter they’ve made egg hunting even easier with their Egg Hunt Kit, which is filled with Kinder Eggs, bunnies, mini eggs and more all waiting to be hidden – and then eaten!  They even have these sweet little lambs to snuggle & love long after the chocolate has been devoured.  Check out the Kinder Facebook page to see what other exciting things are happening this Easter!

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Happy Easter friends, enjoy your family & your friends – this life is filled with sweet blessings, when we stop and take the time to celebrate them!

“Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own”






April 11, 2014

Yesterday was heavy.  The kind of heavy that makes your eyes burn, your thoughts wander and your heart hurt.  It was the kind of heavy that has dragged its way into today and has left me with a huge muddled up mess of emotions. It was a day filled with bad news.  More than once […]

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WIN with Kidoodle.TV – Fun for kids, confidence for parents!

March 31, 2014

Television in our home is a big privilege, it can be earned and it can be lost.  We limit TV time to weekends for the girls in exchange for eye-contact, outside playtime, school work and an over all smoother running household. It works well for us and by Friday, everyone is ready for a little TV  […]

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The Break of Spring

March 24, 2014

I remember waiting all school year for the breaks, Christmas Break, Spring Break, SUMMER BREAK!   I loved school, reading, writing, learning it was all up my alley but nothing beats time off.  Let’s face it I could read & write at home AND watch Saved by the Bell, a win-win in my mind. For as […]

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My Top 3 FREE YouTube Workout Channels!

March 11, 2014

Over the past few years I’ve discovered that YouTube offers so much more than just laughing babies and train horns (seriously guys, the train horns!!).  Just about anything you might be looking to find visually, you can find there on the YouTube.  There’s cooking channels, music channels, mycarisbrokenshowmehowtofixit channels and the list goes on. Of […]

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Finding Grace in Small Things #13

February 23, 2014

5. Time with my two precious girls, and the ability to take pictures of that time so I never forget to be thankful (thankyouverymuch iPhone!). I’ve decided that while I really don’t love photos of myself, I do love my girls and they deserve to know how much.  When they look back on this life […]

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Light & Fluffy 100% Whole Wheat Buns/Rolls Recipe

February 17, 2014

Let’s be honest, if I could survive healthfully on carbs I would.  Warm toasted bread, slathered with butter & natural smooth peanut butter for breakfast, fresh out of the oven dinner rolls with butter for lunch, brown rice with a little seasoning salt & butter with a side of pasta & butter for dinner – […]

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February 4, 2014

There is a lot going on in life for us right now and sometimes, when the day ends all that’s left of me is Worn. Bethany is sick again, it’s a cold/flu bug that’s battering the kids in her school, she managed to pick it up because of course she did.  In reality, her little […]

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January 24, 2014

7 is the new “thumbs up” Sometimes I forget what awesome kids God has given us.  Most mornings in our house go something like this… “Eat your breakfast, please.” “For real, please EAT your breakfast.” “EAT YOUR BREAKFAST OR YOU’RE GOING TO STARVE FOREVER.” “Please get dressed.” “Why aren’t you dressed yet?” “Seriously, where are […]

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