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Is There A "Spring" In Your Step?

Posted: Mar 20, 03:55 PM Permanent Link
Is There A "Spring" In Your Step?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all those who observed the day in one way or another, and, to anyone who had the opportunity, I hope you enjoyed the March Break.

Finally the weather is warming up, the grass is visible, there are buds on the trees, and I am once again hearing the birds sing. It is nice to see signs of spring. What are your spring traditions?

Some families do the whole “spring cleaning” thing, others have the traditional family vacation when all the kids are out of school for a week in March, but my family is in birthday season. In the course of one month and four days my immediate family celebrates four birthdays, and there are only five of us. I am currently sitting on the train to spend the weekend celebrating the first two birthdays of the family, and over the Easter break I will again travel home to celebrate the next two along with family Easter. Not everyone would consider birthdays to be a tradition, but we celebrate them every year, so why can’t they be?

Anyways, now that the weather is getting nicer, I challenge you to get outside and try a new activity. Join a running group, a recreational sports team, a daily walk with the dog, or learn to play a sport with your kids. I challenge you to get active this spring, and when you have accomplished your goal of whatever daily or weekly activity you chose, celebrate it at the beginning of summer knowing you did it.

Get active, and happy spring!
Brittany

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Spring Showers

Posted: Mar 5, 04:20 PM Permanent Link
Spring Showers

It’s a girl!

Some family friends just had their first baby, a little girl named Leona. She weighed in at 9 pounds 6 ounces. Congratulations to the happy family!
Baby showers and the welcoming home are always so much fun with little games, tasty treats, and excellent company. Decorate in specific colours, pink for a girl and blue for a boy (if you go the traditional route) or just choose a festive colour if waiting for the baby to born. You decorate with balloons, signs, and other decorations. It is a party! Let go, have some fun, but do not let the pregnant woman drink!

When throwing a baby shower it can be difficult to keep it feeling like a party if the only thing there is to do is eat. Having been to a couple bridal and baby showers myself, it is always more fun when there are some activities to participate in.

A crowd favourite is the pin game. Everyone gets a safety pin or clothespin to attach to an edge of their top. The host chooses a challenge, like not crossing legs or ankles, not saying a specific name or word, or not doing a specific action, and if someone catches another doing the forbidden challenge they take the pin of the accused. Near the end of the party the person with the most pins wins a prize. It is simple to put together and an easy game to play.

There is also the quiz on the couple, the word search, or trying to draw a specific thing with the paper on top of your head. What are your favourite simple party games?

Brittany

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Birthdays, Big or Small

Posted: Feb 25, 12:19 PM Permanent Link
Birthdays, Big or Small

It is a new year and, although two months have gone by, there are many days of Birthdays left to celebrate this year. A Birthday is something special and should be celebrated, however, they don’t need to be big, fancy parties every year. Do something small, but still exciting. Decorations, dinner, cake, presents, a few balloons, and for kids the little party hats. Something fun, but something simple.

Instead of forking out all sorts of money to buy a fancy cake from a Dairy Queen or a bakery, why not try to make one yourself. Cakes are actually very simple to make when following a recipe carefully. Here is a simple recipe to try that could help you save money to celebrate a certain someone’s special day.

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake: (www.tasteofhome.com)

Ingredients

Directions
1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and dust with flour; add batter.
2. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. 12 servings.

Happy Baking!
Brittany

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Valentine's Day 2015

Posted: Feb 11, 11:02 PM Permanent Link
Valentine's Day 2015

It is the month of love, February. Do you have that special someone to share Valentine’s Day with? Have you made reservations yet? Bought a gift? Made any plans at all? Maybe I can help.

Guys, if you have yet to make a reservation, you may be a little late. Cook. The woman you are trying to impress is likely to find you more attractive if you prepare the meal yourself. Try a simple pasta, like spaghetti, or if you are really up to the challenge why not make a savoury steak. It does not have to be the meal of all meals, but do not make her a frozen pizza or the easy stove top hot dogs, so not romantic.

Ladies, buying your man a gift can often be a dreaded shopping trip, and you know we love shopping. So, instead of buying the default of socks or other clothing necessities, delve a little deeper into his interests. A businessman may need a new silver watch. If he is into hunting look at pocket knives. A true handyman (not the handyman you make him) could possibly use an update on some of his tools. His hobbies will make gift shopping a lot easier, and if you still get stuck ask an expert. People work in retail stores to make sure you find exactly what you need. Put those good people to work and find your man the perfect gift.

For those of you who have no plans, have no significant person, and are planning on sitting on the couch and letting the sorrows of your single life swallow you, change of plans. Make a date with some other single friends, have a small party for all you single people and just enjoy the night that is really no more special than any other night of the week. The single life is a good life, too.

Happy Valentine’s Day
Brittany

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Bridesmaid

Posted: Feb 3, 01:07 PM Permanent Link
Bridesmaid

Very recently I was asked to be a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding. I have not known her for long, but we connected quickly and it will be an exciting experience. It already is an exciting experience.
I am shockingly one of twelve bridesmaids. Similarly there are twelve groomsmen, making a very crowded wedding party and a stressed out bride. Getting information to reach all twenty-four people and attempting to have everyone agree with the wishes of the bride and groom has been a struggle. The bride is even struggling to get the groom to cooperate with some things!

Luckily for this soon-to-be-married friend of mine, family has been supportive and things have fallen together nicely. The first bridesmaid dress one of us tried on was the perfect one, it took only about seven wedding dresses for the bride to have her mind set on the perfect dress. The groom is still working on his groomsmen, but with some pressure from the bride things are slowly moving along.

Family connections are always a huge help when planning a wedding. Your friend’s connections might be something to take advantage of, too. The bride is renting from Mclean Sherwood, has a photographer for an uncle, and people know people to get the catering at a slightly discounted rate. Do not get greedy, but if you have the opportunity to save a few dollars when planning a wedding, use it.

If you are a bride-to-be, I am sure you are just as stressed out as my friend currently is. Do not overwhelm yourself, ask for help, and take days to yourself where you can just relax. If I have learned anything from my first month as a bridesmaid, it is that the bride just needs her days where the wedding planning is on hold.

Happy planning!
Brittany

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Something Old, Something New...

Posted: Jan 19, 03:11 PM Permanent Link
Something Old, Something New...

Welcome to the New Year!

2015 is here and so many people are making plans for the months to come. Several couples in my friend group and my friend’s friend groups recently became engaged over the holidays. Wedding planning is beginning. It is a little crazy with all the wedding talk to see those I have grown up with finding the love of their life, leaving their families and “putting a ring on it”. It seems getting engaged was the major “fad” this holiday season and I wish all the best to those planning their wedding!

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Are you stuck on what to do? Start with something old. Often this is an item that has been passed down through the family, however, if the item handed down through the generations is something you can wear, like a grandmother’s silver or gold chain or a relative’s broach, it could most likely be hidden in a fold in the dress and would be an easy find for something old. Even a piece of jewelry given to you as a child could be considered something old. Something new is easy; the wedding dress and the shoes are typically new. Something borrowed; try jewelry. A necklace, bracelet, anklet, or earrings are the perfect item to fulfill this wedding day cliché. Raid your mother’s or best friend’s jewelry box until you find the perfect borrowed item. Just make sure you ask first. And finally, something blue can be much more difficult if you are not having blue as a wedding colour. Put a little blue clip in your hair or hide something blue under you dress; no matter how small it is, it is still something blue.

Happy planning!
Brittany

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