It’s been a while since I’ve shared some links with you (Don’t I always say that?). I’m thinking I might make this a monthly thing, but we’ll see if I can stick with it. I tend to major in Grand-Ideas and minor in Follow-Through.
Captain Drooly-Pants (pictured above, also known as Canaan Maverick) is five months old now. Wow is right. How is that even possible, you ask. My friends – I hear your sentiments and to them I say a hearty Amen. The passage of time is a funny thing indeed. It feels like just weeks ago that I was labouring in a candle-lit basement in a birth tub with his stubborn little noggin slightly turned inside of me, giving me a heck of a time about vacating L’hotel Utero.
(It makes me giggle when I read that last sentence back in my head with a country western twang accent. Try it, you’ll see.)
Right now I’m in the thick of Christmas shopping. Only 8 days left before my cut-off date! Meanwhile, all of my friends in America are celebrating thankfulness today, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourite things from my gratitude list as of late:
The “I’m-Not-American-But-Here’s-What-I’m-Grateful-For-Today” List:
It’s magical, and I’m mad at the entire world for not telling me sooner how blessedly bearable it makes those super-early wake-up calls from those Tiny Canadians*.
*that was for you, Annie.
2. The Weather.
Oh how cliche, right? Lalalalala I don’t care *humming loudly*. When you go from a low of -45 (Alberta winters) to a November with sunny skies and no-jacket-necessary weather in Toronto… you’re dang right it has earned a place on my gratitude list.
3. Can I say coffee again? No? OK, then I’ll go with Laundry Machines.
When Honey and I were in Tanzania for three months in 2007, we lived with a Tanzanian family. The house we lived in had no running water, and of course, no washing machines, so we did all of our laundry by hand. Thankfully we had Tanzanian friends that showed us how to do it properly (man, are they ever good at it…), but it takes a heck of a lot of time and effort. Now, with 3 small kids who go through multiple outfits a day (especially Captain Drooly-Pants and his altar ego Spit-Up-Man), I am uber-grateful for a washer and dryer!
And Now For the Link-Love:
Speak Louder Than Nutella :: Annie Downs @ Incourage (Honest, poignant, and relatable. One to read over and over again.)
The Christmas Conundrum :: Jen Hatmaker @ her own blog (I’m just standing here applauding. I don’t know what else to tell you. Just read it.)
Homemade Chest Rub Salve :: Courtney @ Keeper of the Home (I definitely need to try this ASAP. I’m hoping to avoid all traditional medicines this winter, but the key is being prepared with alternatives ahead of time. I need to find beeswax!)
Homemade Toothpaste Using Eggshells :: Marissa @ Becoming Kindred (I love this idea! Too bad I don’t have a good source of eggs right now. When I find one I am totally trying this.)
And a Few Fabulous Deals:
Truth in the Tinsel – the fabulous little advent resource that I’ve discovered this year is having a great Black Friday sale! Amanda is offering FREE printable ornaments on Black Friday with purchase of the ebook*. The printable ornaments are $3.99 and the book is $7.99. Getting the ornaments for free is almost like getting the book for half price!
*Note that you do not have to add the ornaments to your cart – or else you will end up paying for them, and there will be no refunds. The free download instructions will come after you check out.
Plan to Eat – an online meal planner that I recently started using and LOVING. Seriously – I’ve been a total meal-planning-slacker for YEARS now because I just could not find a system I loved. This one… is perfection. You can import recipes that you find online with the click of a button, you can plan your meals with them, and it makes your grocery list for you! It’s ridiculously cool. I got a 3-month subscription for free when I bought my Healthy Living eBook bundle, and plan to extend my subscription with this amazing Black Friday sale.
Crock On! A Semi-While Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook is a brand-new e-Cookbook that just released on Monday. I reviewed one of the recipes for Stacy’s book, and OH.My.GOSH. it was so amazing. I made it last weekend, and I’m making it again tomorrow because I haven’t stopped craving it! These recipes are made with real, wholesome ingredients that can easily be adapted for the hard-core among us, like the Paleo crowd, etc. For the average real-foodie, like me (who can’t always afford to do the Paleo thing), these recipes are perfect. I’m excited about trying them all!
Blurb has been my hands-down favourite for years now. When my oldest child was born we started making photo books every year. We did a couple of years at a different online company, but we weren’t happy with it. I found Blurb, and the rest is happy history. I am already working on my book for this year, and am totally going to do an Instagram book too!
Right now, you can use the code MERRY at checkout before December 3, 2012 and save:
15% on all orders under $50
20% on orders between $50-$99
25% on orders of $100 or more
I know there are tons of Black Friday deals out there in internet-land. There’s no end to what you can spend if you get sucked in. The point of Christmas is not shopping and buying junk you don’t need… but with that disclaimer aside… these are honestly all things that I use anyway. I enjoy them, and I think you would too. Some of these are affiliate links (and I’m honoured to support these companies!), so if you make a purchase through them I get a tiny kickback to help support this blog. If you’re willing to do that may I just say: thanks in advance!
I hope you had a beautiful and relaxing day of giving thanks, whether you were celebrating the official holiday, or just having a regular ol’ Canadian day.
Each day is grace. Thanks for being a part of mine today.