It’s that time again!


If you’re in the Maple Ridge area and are in need of any clothing, or know someone who is, be sure to stop the Colleen Findaly Place this Saturday.

If you have any clothes to donate towards this cause you can drop it off at the Colleen Findlay Place this FRIDAY the 15th between 5pm and 9pm.

We look forward to seeing you 🙂

If you have any questions feel free to contact me by email through the Contact page on this blog.

Monday night catch up

It was a busy weekend around here but both boys are fast asleep and I have a minute to catch up with you all :). I miss blogging more regularly but uninterrupted time is hard to find. I’ve just started a new semester at school, I’m working a few days a week and am trying to get around to all the projects I’d like to do in the house. I have so many ideas for posts I’d like to work on for the blog but, knowing that time is limited, I’ll combine a few of them here.

I did actually get around to doing one of the projects I wanted before Christmas. Here’s my DIY chicken wire card/photo holder. It was a fun and easy project to make and it was the perfect place to hang our Christmas cards over the holidays.


Here’s the link to the set of instructions I followed.


Here are the links to some of the Pinterest recipes we’ve tried and liked lately.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes and Bacon 

Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole 


Moms!!! Have you guys ever seen this stuff? It’s awesome. I asked one of the mom groups I’m part of for their opinions on a bubble bath that’s not full of chemicals and this product by Lush was mentioned quite a few times. Owen loves it. It’s like play dough that can be used as bubble bath, soap, shampoo, changes the colour of the water and makes your child smell delicious. Go check it out if you haven’t already.

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Hope you all had a great night watching The Bachelor.  Talk to you later.




My best nine pictures according to .  I’d say they nailed it. My boys and cupcakes. All my favourite things :).

2015 was an amazing year. We survived depot and became home owners. Hubby is now loving his job and we couldn’t be happier with our place. Owen is growing everyday and we still stare at him in disbelief that we were given such a precious gift.

I loved 2015. I’m sad to see it go. My little family accomplished so much and I am so proud of us.

I’m sure 2016 will hold challenges as well as wonderful new adventures and I will face both with a thankful heart.

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageWe hope you all had a beautiful 2015 and look forward to sharing 2016 with you.

Hermit Cookies

Owen and I started our Christmas baking today 🙂 These are my favourite homemade cookies. I always loved coming home to the smell of these baking in the oven when I was little.


Hermit Cookies

1 cup butter

2 large eggs

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

4 tablespoons milk

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 1/2 raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Combined butter and sugar
  3. Add eggs
  4. Add in flour 1 cup at a time
  5. Add in cinnamon, nutmeg and milk
  6. Stir in walnuts and raisins
  7. Drop tablespoon amounts on to cookie sheet
  8. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes

I used an electric mixer to combined everything except for the walnuts and raisins.  I’m sure there are different, more proper, directions in the original recipe book this came from but this is how I’ve been making them the last few years and they always turn out great.  This recipe will make approximately 4 dozen but I usually double the recipe and freeze some.

Weekend Wrap Up


Friday morning I came down the stairs to find beautiful flowers on the dining room table that hubby had picked up. I think he sensed I was needing some kind of boost to get through the last few days of writing my final paper of the semester.

After breakfast Owen and I met up with a friend for a much needed walk and chat. I can never get over how beautiful it is where we live. 


There was a surprise in the mail box! My Slouch order came through! I was so excited.  I wasn’t expecting it so quickly but it arrived just in time for the cold snap. Owen is still getting used to keeping it on his head and I’m still getting used to how old he looks in it 🙁
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Saturday was spent decorating Christmas trees at our church and then Owen hung out with daddy while mommy worked.


We cut church short to try to get Owen’s hair cut before his nap but it was too late.  Owen was in full melt down mode when we put him in the chair.  The haircut will have to wait for another time, luckily we have this cute toque to cover the crazy hair going on.

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Hope you all had a great weekend  🙂image

It seems clear beyond possibility of argument that any given generation of men can have only a lease, not ownership, of the earth; and one essential term of the lease is that the earth be handed on to the next generation with unimpaired potentialities

~ Roderick Haig-Brown

This is a quote I found while doing research for my paper.  It comes from a piece called Let Them Eat Sawdust.  What an interesting way of thinking about handing this planet over to the next generation.

Sorry, I’ve been sucked in this paper for too long