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Sunshine Award

I am very thrilled to be nominated for the Sunshine Award by  I am so thankful that she felt my blog was worthy of this award, and I am very honored to receive it. Seasonsgirl is always a joy to read, with her amazing pictures, great stories and wonderful attention to detail I am never bored with her blog. Please take the time to check out her site. 

In accepting this award, I need to complete the following:

1. Link the award to the person who gave it to me.

2. Answer the questions about myself.

3. Nominate 10 bloggers for the award.

4. Link my nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.

The Questions:

Favourite Number: 7, I kjnow it sounds silly but it reminds me of God. 🙂

Favourite Non-Alcoholic Drink: Coffeeeee! It is a necessary part of each of my mornings. It is called “My Brains”

Favourite animal: I would have to say the Koala. They are adorable, cute and fuzzy. I just want to hold them. 😀

Facebook or Twitter:  I have two facebooks and twitters. It is marketing for my art blogs and this blog 🙂 I was a nay sayer for years on twitter, but had to bite the bullet for marketing reasons. 

My Passion:   Art, Writing, and my kids. I have been writing since I was in highschool, and creating art as well. I feel outside myself if it goes to long in between creative bursts. 🙂

Favourite Day of the Week: Sunday! It is the only day that is a mandatory day off of work. I soak up my kids and my wonderful boyfriend on that day as much as I can. 

Favourite Flower: Lilacs for sure! Its my favorite time of year when they bloom.  

My 10 Nominees: Drum roll please…… 🙂

Thank you again Seasonsgirl for nominating me for this award. 🙂



Will the snow ever end??

I don’t know about you but this snow is starting to drive us all crazy. The kids and I are all feeling spring fever and having a few new inches out there is so not helping our dreams of spring.

So lets all start thinking warm thoughts! I know some of you out there are not in the same situation surrounded by all this white stuff…..but I m sure you are still ready for spring. 🙂

…sigh until the sun decides to shine and melt this snow, I will drag out the boots, warm mittens, scarves and snow pants. Totally ready to put those things away.

I will take this snow in a positive way and say…Lets have a snowball fight on the way to the bus stop!

Hope you all see the beauty that your day holds!


Vitamin D3 “Why take it?”

Vitamin D
Alright its time for a little Vitamin information. 🙂 
Vitamin D3 “Why take it?” its simple really. Each time we go to the vitamin section of our local grocery store or health food store we always ponder the longest at the vitamins. I know I do. What do they need? What is the most complete vitamin out there for my children and what more can I do for them so they get the proper amount daily. I am all about the natural way when it comes to my children’s vitamins. 
I am all about the natural way when it comes to my children’s vitamins. I want them to get the most out of the vitamins they are taking. Everything from the purest vitamin C, Vitamin D, and multiple vitamins.

According to the Encyclopedia nutritional supplements,Vitamin D is best known for its ability to stimulate the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D also exerts many anticancer properties, especially against breast and colon cancer. The incidence of both colon and breast cancer is higher in areas where people are exposed to the least amount of light.

Vitamin D2 and D3 are the most common of the supplement form. The difference between them is that Vitamin D2 potency is less than one-third that of D3’s. My children take one 400 I.U of a D3 supplement every day. It supports the teeth, bones, and immune system. I read up on this supplement and paid very close attention to the amount they should consume and took into consideration our northern location, cloud cover, and sun exposure.

According to the National Institutes of Health, complete cloud cover reduces UV energy by 50%; shade (including that produced by severe pollution) reduces it by 60%. UV radiation does not penetrate glass, so exposure to sunshine indoors through a window does not produce vitamin D.

Sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 8 or more appear to block vitamin D-producing UV rays, although in practice people generally do not apply sufficient amounts, cover all sun-exposed skin, or reapply sunscreen regularly. Therefore, skin likely synthesizes some vitamin D even when it is protected by sunscreen as typically applied.

Season, time of day, length of day, cloud cover, smog, skin melanin content, and sunscreen are among the factors that affect UV radiation exposure and vitamin D synthesis.

Always do some research before taking a supplement and check out what dose the best for you and each one of your family members. Take into consideration age, environment, physical activity and nutritional intake from foods. Check and see what you are getting from your foods and if it is reaching the required amount.

For example, if you notice that you are not eating enough foods with iron in it, as a woman this is very important, than you may need to take an iron supplement, or a multivitamin with iron in it. I myself was diagnosed with an iron deficiency last year and was very anemic, my percentage was down to 12%. I had to start taking an iron supplement, with orange juice to aid in absorbtion, for a few months to get my levels up again.

Research and speaking with supplement professional is always the best place to start when you are considering adding a new vitamin to your daily nutritional needs.



With the homework load getting larger on kids these days, how do you help make it fun to do homework and what rewards do you like to give to encourage focus? 🙂

I like to serve a snack, and hot coco if its cold outside. I also put on some of their favorite music during homework sometimes. 

We also play music in the morning while they get ready for school. Theres nothing like some tunes to amp you up for a school day!

Dancing is fun for them, plus it makes us all smile together 🙂

I love it how you don’t even need music to get them to dance. Around my kids all you have to do is start dancing quietly and they join in and seem to hear the song! 🙂 I love it.

Kids live to their own soundtracks. I wish I could hear it sometimes 🙂

What’s on your mind?


Okay lets upon up a discussion board today. I encourage and value your input, comments, concerns, topics of interest etc. Anything you would like to talk about or share with us.

I will start 🙂 Let’s see how much we can help each other. Your opinion and knowledge as parents is very valuable and important to me.

How do you appropriately motivate your kids to clean and do their chores? And what praise or reward are they given when they do something out of the blue and unexpected that is not part of their responsibility? 🙂

I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂

What did I just say?

Okay we have all heard the classic phrases when we were little from our parents that we said we would try not to say to our kids. But lo and behold I find those same phrases coming out of my mouth.  

Such as, “If you want a reason to cry I will give you something to cry about.” And “If you don’t stop whining I will pull this car over.” Also “If you make that face long enough it will freeze that way.”

There are other phrases that my sister and I have found ourselves saying to our kids that we never thought we would say. For instance:

“Stop driving your corn dog and just eat it!”

“Don’t kick the frozen chicken!”

“Stop shaking it and just eat it, its not a toy it’s food!”

“Your butt goes on the potty not your head!”

“Don’t put your fork on your cheek.”

“I m not wrapping that bag around your hand.”

“Don’t stand on the potty and pee, Sit down!”

I know there are many more things that have flown out of our mouths that we are surprised we say. I wish I would have written more down because I know there were some good ones that slipped by. We parents have seen and said the strangest things while raising our kids! 🙂

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