Friday, January 20, 2017

Mean Girl Makeover Review

Bullying doesn't end in the hallway anymore--with a smartphone or tablet, it can happen "anywhere." According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied--and 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers alike have amped up discussions on how to solve the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids.

Written by bestselling author, Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character's point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. The books, based on Scripture, show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for tween girls.

"You Can't Sit With Us" tells the story of Ginger Hollingberry, a new sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School. Ginger has been the brunt of teasing and taunting from the queen bee of GCMS, Kylie Steppe, and her so-called Wolf Pack. Kylie and the Pack favor a new and especially hurtful medium of taunting: social networking. What follows is a candid look into the growing world of cruel cyberbullying, showing kids that bullying doesn't always end at school--it can now follow you even into your home and torture 24 hours a day.

As horrible that it is to say, I am so glad that I grew up before the age of cyber bullying.  Being bullied to your face was more than bad enough.  Raising kids in an age where it is so prevalent makes me anxious every day.

Ginger's story is an sad one for me and shows just how cruel kids can be and exactly how much our kids internalize before they seek help from adults even when the adults are making every effort to help.  Imagine how much they keep in when they think the adults won't help them?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Gratitude Journal Project

For the first time since I have started blogging I did not do a big goals or resolutions post this year.  Not because  I don't have any, I do but because they are a little more broad spectrum this year and I thought that maybe they would need their own posts to come out when the time was right.

One of my goals for 2017 is to show more gratitude for the things that I have, which is in turn part of a larger goal but we will get to that another time.  I have tried to start a Gratitude Journal before but I got lost in trying to make it prefect rather than jumping right in and getting started which is a problem that I have a lot.  Then I remembered that I have this wonderful blog, which is like an online journal.

A place where I can just go and keep track of the things that I am grateful for and publish it or not.

Today I am grateful for:

-my job, I work with wonderful people.
-my children.
-my mom

Do you keep a gratitude journal?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things: January 13, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

Just when I think I will have more time to myself I don't...why is that always a thing?

Anyhow, this week I am celebrating a pretty big victory, since I started on my weight loss journey late last year I have lost 26lbs and I feel fantastic.

What are you celebrating this week?

Friday, December 30, 2016

Celebrate The Small Things: December 30, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

I have not been here in a while, not for lack of things to celebrate but for lack of time to write.  The last two months of the year at work are super busy which is it's own thing to celebrate.  I am however celebrating the slightly less hectic times to come.

This week I am celebrating getting some much needed time off to spend with family and friends.

What are you celebrating?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Currently: December 28, 2016


{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}


Over the course of the holiday season so far I picked up some fantastic cups and bottles and I am in love with them all.  I purchased on a whim a new water bottle from the impulse buys in the line at Winners and it is the best I have ever had, keeps water super cold and doesn't leak.  I received a tea strainer bottle from my bosses and it is my new addiction and my darling coworker got me a tea strainer cup which is perfect for reading at home.  So easy to hydrate right now.


I was lucky enough that Santa brought me lots of books for Christmas.  Right now I am reading The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler.  These three are up next:


I have been watching Season Five of Buffy The Vampire Slayer while wrapping presents but we just started watching Doc Martin on Netflix and it is a good laugh.

Listening To...

I am still going with my Audible addiction, at the moment I am listening to A Storm of Swords which I have read a few times but I find listening to is a whole different ball game.  I actually find I listen to a lot more books that I have already read than new books. (I may have a problem)

Thinking About...

What a sad year 2016 has been and how glad that I am to see it ending.  May 2017 bring us all a better year.


New Year's Eve game night.  We picked up some new games between Christmas and Boxing Day so there will be some fun to be had.


That I will be as brave as Ace would like me to be and get my YouTube channel up and functioning.  I did post a new video on Christmas:

Making Me Happy...

I feel like I am making progress with Weight Watchers, I am losing weight at a slow but steady pace and I am not having a lot of trouble sticking to it.  The holidays were rough but I am out the other side without feeling like my entire diet was blown.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

An Accidental Blogging Break

Wow, it feels like it has been a while.  Things got super hectic for me and I just have not felt the urge to put fingers to keyboard and write for a while.  A bit of the oh my gosh winter is starting blues I suppose.  I am back though and starting a new journey that I would like to embark on with my blogging world in tow.

My good friend convinced me that we NEEDED to join Weight Watchers together last week.  It was on sale and she had a go results with them before and though I had an easy time by myself after Cat I am struggling now after that medication weight gain I had last year and really could use the help.

So I will be back to blogging at least sporadically in December with all the fantastic things I am making to stop myself from snacking ( I have started a sweater) and the fun recipes I have cobbled together to feed my kids that are still healthy and low points for me. (my homemade chicken soup is only 4 points a serving)

Plus I have been reading up a storm and the Toronto Chapter of Geek Girl Brunch has been reborn so that is exciting.  We had an Ugly Christmas Sweater Brunch this past Sunday and while it was small it was mighty entertaining.  ;)

In other words I am back and I will be taking a turn back to what the blog was in the beginning, a random hodge podge of crafts and foods and thoughts and everything in between.  Hopefully with better pictures than the one above.  But how awesome is that sweater?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Strange and Weird Holidays For December

Always fun to find a new reason to celebrate.

December 1 is Eat A Red Apple Day

December 2 is National Fritters Day

December 3 is National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day

December 4 is Wear Brown Shoes Day

December 5 is National Sacher Torte Day

December 6 is Mitten Tree Day

December 7 is National Cotton Candy Day

December 8 is Take It In The Ear Day

December 9 is National Pastry Day

December 10 is Festival For The Souls Of Dead Whales

December 11 is National Noodle Ring Day

December 12 is National Ding-A-Ling Day

December 13 is Ice Cream and Violins Day

December 14 is National Bouillabaisse Day

December 15 is National Lemon Cupcake Day

December 16 is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day

December 18 is National Roast Suckling Pig Day

December 19 is Oatmeal Muffin Day

December 20 is Games Day

December 21 is Look At The Bright Side Day

December 22 is National Date-Nut Bread Day

December 23 is Roots Day

December 24 is National Egg Nog Day

December 25 is National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 26 is National Whiners Day

December 27 is National Fruitcake Day

December 28 is Card Playing Day

December 29 is Pepper Pot Day

December 30 is Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute

December 31 is Unlucky Day