Author Archives: Marya R

Loom Bracelet on a Fork {Tutorial}


So these Rainbow Looms showed up a number of months ago, and they seem to be all the rage.  At school, on the bus, all the kids are either making them or wearing them.   Our boys had been wanting a loom for a while, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend $20 on a loom for each ... Read More »

How to Save Money on Laundry


With everyone trying to cut back on expenses these days, I thought I’d share some of the tips I’ve come across over the years to save money on laundry. Wash in cold water.  This seems to be all over the place these days.  Most detergents, especially the liquid ones work well in cold water.  If there are a few things ... Read More »

The Best Fitness Inspiration from Pinterest


As we enter Day 8 of our 30-Day fitness challenge, my muscles are a little sore in places they aren’t usually.  Climbing stairs is tricky.  Carrying something as small as my school bag reminds me that I’ve been using long-neglected muscles.  But it’s all for a good cause.  I’m looking forward to the satisfaction of completing this challenge, and hopefully noticing some improvement ... Read More »

New Surprises AND a Chance to Win with Kinder


One of the reasons I’m so excited to be a part of this KinderMom campaign is our family connection to Kinder Surprises.  When my husband & I first met 17 years ago, we started collecting Kinder Surprise toys.  We had a large shelf on the wall and sorted them according to type of toy  (car, animal, person and the dreaded ... Read More »

Valentine’s Sweets & Treats


Anytime I think of sweets and treats for Valentine’s day, I think of chocolate (of course), and anything else that might be sweet and heart-shaped.  And over the years, we’ve posted a few recipes along those lines, so I thought I’d share some of them!   Here’s a fun grilled cheese lunch! This is one of my favourite Valentine’s treats: ... Read More »

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop – Despicable Me Tic Tac Toe


Have you ever gone to the Home Depot Kids Workshops?  Our kids LOVE them.  We’ve  made helicopters, cars, chalkboards, treasure boxes, and more.  It’s free for the kids, and all the materials are provided.  And really, who doesn’t need an excuse to get out of the house in this weather!!   This one looks like fun – Despicable Me 2 ... Read More »

30-Day Fitness Challenge


So here we are in January, the time for resolutions and making changes.  I find it difficult to make resolutions that actually last for the year, so I love the idea of a challenge – with a start and end date, and a clear goal.  30 days, one month, of making good choices, and gradually building strength through various fitness ... Read More »

Tortilla Pinwheel Christmas Tree


I’ve always loved tortilla and cream cheese pinwheels.  I’ve seen the Christmas tree layout a few times on Pinterest, so I thought I’d give it a try for our New Years’ celebration with the kids.   I just made a basic mixture of 1 package cream cheese, 1/4 c. cranberries, 2 Tbsp. walnuts and about 1/3 c. shredded cheese.  I ... Read More »

30 Day Fitness Challenge Coming Soon


I love getting healthy, especially after all that holiday eating (that seems to start at Thanksgiving, heads right into Halloween, and ends off with Christmas & New Years!).  I find it easier to start new things on Mondays, when we’re back to routine, so rather than starting this on January 1, we’ll start on the 6th.  Stay tuned for a ... Read More »

Christmas Decorating


Just a little glimpse of some of our Christmas decorations.  I had mentioned a small Christmas tree collection, so I thought I’d show it. It’s kind of a fun silvery, white & red theme, and I love looking for new ones to add to it.  The best part is that they mostly came from dollar stores & second hand stores.  ... Read More »