What I Wore Sunday #WIWS

It’s been awhile since an update, so I thought I’d throw this up for now. I have every intention of posting some photos from our trip so far, but I just haven’t gotten around to it.

whatiwore2015.08.09 wiwsOn me: dress – Old Navy
jacket – Melanie Lyne (feels so super dressy)
belt was from another dress from Laura
I also wore my red heels (not pictured)
Felicity: dress – knit by my grandmother for me when I was a baby

Sorry for the bad shadows in the picture – I couldn’t for the life of me get a good photo and Felicity wasn’t sticking around easily (she’s taking off in the picture)

What did you wear today?

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Answer Me This & What I Wore Sunday #wiws

Answer Me This summer

1. What’s your favorite grocery store splurge?

Cheese. It’s always cheese. Usually Camembert, occasionally Boursin, and since I’ve discovered that Costco sells cheese curds, those have also become a more regular splurge (how else am I to make good poutine?). I love cheese. Cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese.

2. How’s your penmanship?

Not bad. Mostly legible. I can print nicely enough when I’m not in a rush, which is usually never. My writing isn’t bad, but I’ve never attempted to refine it. Since, like, grade 5. I like the look of handwriting very much though.


2015-07-26 handwriting

Do you like how I misspelled “school”? No backspacing here. And too much work to redo 🙂

3. Do you have a “Summer Bucket List?”

Um, it was camping, which is done.

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Next is ‘go to Prince George’ which will be next weekend.

Other than that, I have this:

  • pack for trips
  • do laundry and unpacking from previous trip
  • water garden so it doesn’t die
  • register Spencer for homeschool & organise “curriculum”

My list is pretty low. Why do we need a ‘bucket list’ anyway? Isn’t that just renaming a ‘to do’ list with another name, anyway? That which we call a rose by any other name…

Low key. That’s what makes thing successful here. Low key.

4. What’s the best thing on the radio right now?

I don’t have a best, I don’t believe. I love the majority of Maroon 5’s stuff. So, obvio Sugar tops that right now (and the video was so sweet, even if it was staged).

While I love Maroon 5, I LOVE Mike Tompkins accapella and his remakes tons, so I’m giving him some love on his remake.

And I like this song Budapest by a guy named George Ezra. It’s light and fun. And his voice is awesome. Reminiscent of something that makes me groove.

And I totally agree that Shut Up and Dance by Walk Off the Earth is totally fun.

And Andy’s been all over Honey, I’m Good by Andy Grammer since it came out on the radio. Even the kids know he likes it now. And he’s totally rockin’ the name thing with him.

I tried to like Taylor Swift’s new song Bad Blood, but I really don’t. And the video is kinda….odd.

5. Ice cream or frozen yogurt?

I like both. Definitely find ice cream creamier (crayyyyz, eh?) but I like both. I just recently bought us a tub of Chapman’s Caramel Coconut Blondie frozen yogurt and boy, is that stuff delicious.

For the LAST of this Answer Me This series, check out more at Catholic All Year.

What I Wore Sunday


2015-07-26 10.03.38On me: dress – Reitmans
Sweater – Smart Set
Shoes – from Payless Shoes, brand – Comfort Plus (super comfortable!)
Cassia: hand-me-down, brand – Sears baby
Spencer: shirt – Osh Kosh
pants – church rummage sale, brand – American Hawk
Felicity:  dress – Once Upon a Child, brand – Carter’s

And I wish I was always able to accessorize, but it’s so hard to get out the door by the point that I’m dressed! I did manage to put a clip in my hair:

2015-07-26 wiws hair 2015-07-26 accessorybut that was it.

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Happy Sunday!

Answer Me This & What I Wore Sunday #wiws

Answer Me This summer1. How long have you lived in your current home?

We have lived here 3 years and have nearly loved every minute of it. So much better than the renting we were doing and I love having the freedom to renovate as we see fit (though I don’t love the actual renovation work). And we happened into a really great neighbourhood that has kids similar age to mine (which totally rocks).

2015.06.26 happiness A recent change in our landscape…
2014-07-09 11.25.44What we built last summer.
What we built the summer before.

2. How do you find out about news and current events?

Online – BBC news and CBC news. I almost never pick up a physical paper to read anymore. Apart from that I can usually see trends through Facebook and Twitter that let me know if I’ve missed something. I receive Zenit by email, which is a news agency that reports on all things internationally Catholic. As they say in their description,

The coverage we offer focuses above all on:

  1. The Pope’s activities: apostolic trips, documents, meetings with state officials, and leading personalities from the realms of society, culture and religion. Our reports focus especially on the Holy Father’s activities and addresses. His words stimulate reflection for all peoples, not only Catholics.

  2. Interviews with men and women of the Church, as well as politicians and cultural leaders, on themes of interest.

  3. International current events, with special attention to issues relevant to human rights, peace and development around the world.

There you have it. All my news sources. All of it is digital now.

3. Would you be able to make change for a twenty right now? For a dollar?

Certainly. I have change that I keep around for my business, Mama Knows Best Natural Products, so I don’t usually not have change at home. If I was out and about, I would not be able to make change though. I hardly ever carry cash.

4. What’s the craziest food you’ve ever eaten?

I don’t usually go all crazy. I guess for me the craziest might have been fish tacos when I lived in San Clemente. I have to say, I’m not really a fan. And if we’re honest, it’s not all that crazy either. The strangest thing I’ve eaten was when I was in Paris: an artichoke. Like, the plant. Not what one buys in jars at the store. Can’t say I enjoyed it all that much, but it was definitely an experience of French cuisine.

 2015-03-16 11.24.20 1.2Fish in San Clemente. But not fish tacos. This dish is just the fish. And fries. Delicious.

5. Which of the commonly removed parts have you had removed? (tonsils, wisdom teeth, appendix, etc.)

Appendix is gone. Sometime in mid-high school. I remember agonizing pain, my mum not really wanting to deal with me being sick (and it presents like the flu, right?), eventually going to the emergency where it felt like they were taking forever to come to any conclusions because they weren’t certain if it was just pre-menstrual pain (which I remember telling them that I never really have) and they couldn’t commit to a decision for a long time. Turns out that the appendix nearly ruptured in that time frame. Shame on them for not believing a 15 year old might be truthful about her bodily experiences.

At any rate, I healed well and apparently a few days (or a week?) afterwards I was out playing soccer again. So, no long-term harm done.

And wisdom teeth are gone. I had a horrible surgeon and was teething pieces of crushed teeth for about a year afterwards. I can totally understand babies’ problems when they teethe. And I have to say, rice was a problem to eat for months afterwards. I’m so glad that never has to happen again. Blah.

6. What’s your favorite sport to watch on TV?

Soccer. Hands down. But I hardly ever feel I have time to even watch World Cups anymore. I feel like I’m copping-out of my favourite sport by not watching, but it’s so hard with the kids around all the time; who’d’ve thought that nothing ever gets done?

I will watch hockey socially. If you invite me (and consequently my children) to watch a game, I’d likely take you up on that. Probably has something to do with the fact that I’m Canadian.

For more answer to this week’s questions, check out Kendra’s site Catholic All Year.

whatiworeAnd now, for the ever-inspiring, but ever renewed look of one of my more favourite dresses:

2015.06.28 wiwsOne me: dress – Thyme Maternity. It’s a nursing dress, but it’s so light and comfortable that I couldn’t put it away in the box with all the other nursing clothes. That’s my excuse. It’s just so comfortable.
Shoes – Payless Shoes; brand – Predictions (Comfort Plus). And I just have to say, these are the most comfortable pair of heels I have ever owned in my life. I love them to pieces.
Necklace – Reitmans.
The kids – everything is either a hand-me-down or from Once Upon a Child. I’ve given up trying to remember which is from what; it’s been too long for most of them for me to remember properly.

For some perhaps better-inspired clothes, head to Fine Linen and Purple to see what others are wearing this weekend!

Answer Me This & What I Wore Sunday #wiws

Answer Me This summer

1. Any big plans for the summer?

Mildly. We are going camping for the first time with Cassia and Felicity. It’s only a couple days, but it should prove sufficient in terms of adventures.

In August I will be traveling with the kids to Prince George for about a month to visit with my mom and friends from long ago. It’ll be nice to be back in my hometown for longer than a few days. Especially the whole catching up with people thing. That’ll be lovely.

2. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

I don’t think I had many strange things that I believed. I remember arguing about the proper words to songs (wrongly interpreting them, as all children do), but I can’t think of anything strange.

3. What is your favorite amusement park ride? (can be a specific one at a specific park or just a type of ride)

I love roller coasters. I love getting a thrill out of the ‘holy moly I can’t believe I’m about to sacrifice my sanity for this thing!’ and freaking out as it happens. I’m mildly scared of heights, so that enhances the insanity of it all.

4. What’s on your summer reading list?

By far, this is the big one. 2015-06-14 13.24.16

Our friend, Fr. Darryl Millette, brought it back for us from the Catholic New Media Conference in Atalanta, Georgia a week ago. He and another priest were hosted by Sarah Vabulas and she introduced them to some cool drinks.

Apart from that, I’ve started GK Chesterton’s Orthodoxy and would like to finish it.OrthodoxyI have big, big plans to read a former textbook on St. Paul’s writings, but I have no idea if that will come to fruition or not.

5. Have you ever fallen asleep in public?

Not regularly. Every time I close my eyes my two littlest make sure to let me know that I’m on duty still. Andy falls asleep on the bus regularly, though.

6. What is your favorite smell?

I have many. I’m currently in love with Lemon Verbena. It’s such an uplifting smell! And I found a couple plants at the Farmer’s Market and I’m thrilled that they’re in my garden now.

If my allergies didn’t always kick in, I’d love the smell of freshly cut grass more.

And frankincense. I love, love frankincense.

For more answers to these questions, head over to Catholic All Year!

What I Wore Sunday

2015-06-14 wiwsOn me: dress – Laura
sweater – Reitmans
Cassia: hand-me-down (brand – Sweet Blossoms)
Spencer: shirt – Once Upon a Child (brand – Claiborne)
jeans – parish garage sale (brand – American Hawk)

It’s raining and gloomy today, so I’m glad Spencer had a chance to wear his sports jacket again. He looks like such a handsome little fella in it! And I don’t know if any picture I get of him could ever do it justice. He’s never still when I want a fashion photo.

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Happiness is… (vol 14) and What I Wore Sunday #wiws

2015.06.06 happinessOn me: dress from Reitmans
sweater from Smart Set
Spencer & Felicity: Once Upon a Child
Felicity’s soother: ThinkGeek (years ago)
Cassia: hand-me-down

Being outside in the evenings and being able to enjoy the last few weeks of spring. So beautiful and spring-greeny. Kids running across the grass at the church, free popsicles after Mass for everyone, and a lovely lilac bush scenting the whole area.

We went to Mass at Holy Spirit last night (where our friend Fr. Darryl Millette will be moving to in less than a month) because Andy had been attending a conference there. The gardens are well taken care of and perfectly lush. Even though the kids were more than a handful during Mass (5pm is never a great time for young kids…after all, this is typically a part of witching hour…) the joy of enjoying an ice lolly with them outside while enjoying the beauty of the earth was a great way to finish our trip out there.

What’s your happiness today?

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