Year in Review

Every year I take some time to review the going-ons of our world for the year before we celebrate the coming of the next with great fanfare.  This evening will be spent with the best of our friends, friends who are our family, celebrating the many blessings this year has given us and the many more that I'm sure 2016 will hold.

Here are some of our favourite events, in the video form, of 2015.

2015 Year in Review from Dee on Vimeo.

My favourite Christmas memory

My favourite Christmas memory, hey? You'll have to head over the Blended Blog to see what I'm yacking about today.
For the record, here are some of my favourite Christmas memories from this year:

The weather:

The thoughtful gifts:

 a handmade bench that transforms into a picnic table by my dad

 a new camera slash videocamera from hubby!

 The cozy decor

Cmas at my sisters'
 and mostly, the people:

Blogger gift exchange

Welcome to the Bloggers' Gift Exchange.  A few of the ladies in the Blended Blog group decided to send some presents around.  Last year we did regional gifts (here), this year we went without a theme.  I received a package from the other side, kinda, of Canada from my Friday night every night Text and Wine friend, Shaunacey.  So let's not waste any more time....let's see what I got!

A fragile box arrived in the mail.....brave lady sending breakables...luckily Canada Post treated the package with care and nothing arrived in pieces.  Funny, I remember Shaunacey joking about this during our Google Hangout.  Because everyone wants the gift of broken glass.

Inside the package was as great smelling candle, a couple journals for blogstorming, a beautiful mug, which she has an english version of and a handy little bottle of Baileys.  She knows me well.

Here's the picture I texted her with my crazy eyes.  No Baileys even in that cup yet. 

Thanks for the beautiful gifts, Shaunacey! Cheers!

 Hop on over to Leslie's to see what I sent her.

linking up with Tuesday Talk, Bloggers Who Inspire Me

Winter Dreaming.

It's December in Saskatchewan and I've worn my fall jacket (and sometimes only a sweater, gasp) more than my winter down-filled, goose-furred, deer-hided, blanket-like parka.  I mean, come on, we're known for our frigid temperatures, not for our seasonally warm, no-snow Decembers.
But I'm not one to complain.  Right now, anyway.
Instead I will spend my days dreaming of all the wonderful winter activities that I will make as my goal this new year.  I want to profit from the beauty that can be present when you are aware, if you can get over the fact that it's -50 with a wind chill and your face feels like it's going to fall off.
So, I present to you today, in conjunction with WarbyParker, my list of activities I will search out during our often long and certainly cold winter.  I vow to find the beauty.
Here are some of our guaranteed winter activities chez nous, with a pair of WarbyParker glasses inspired by said fun time had in the snow:

1- Snowmobiling : My Dad has a sled and I will beg him to take us for rides as often as possible.  I grew up being pulled behind his Polaris in a toboggan on his adventures; what a perfect way to experience the boreal forest.

2- Toboganning: Dan crafted a hill in our backyard, let's just hope the snow can build up enough and not blow away.
3- Skating: I long to have a skating rink in my backyard, but it's a lot of work and I'm just not there yet.  In the meantime, we'll enjoy the many facilities in the city.

4- Snowman building

I have some activities that I hope to add to our regular rotation which include Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing.
Here's to hoping that we get some snow!
What do you do to enjoy your winter?

While I was working with WarbyParker for this post, all opinions are my own.  If you have a chance to check out the WarbyParker site, I highly recommend it.  They strive to create glasses at a fraction of the high price paid normally and partner with non-profits to give back for every pair of glasses sold.

Blog Hop Gift Guide

Welcome if you're coming over from The Blended Blog for our Blog Hop!  We're sharing our gift guides and I thought I'd share some unconventional ideas inspired by things that I love! I'm also teaming up with one of my favourite Canadian bloggers, Sarita from Its My Girls' World who is sharing some great gifts for kids. Also check out another great Canadian blogger's gift guide, my friend Abbie at Grumbling Grace.  Sarita is up first!


Kids these days get lots… and lots… and lots…. I however, prefer to buy those toys that teach. Toys that encourage creativity, STEM learning (Science, Tech, Engineering & Math), social interaction and motor skills…. Yeah, I could buy my kids Shopkins (and I have) but here are just a few of my favourite teaching toys! And I love that they are unisex too. 

One of my favourites, you know I like you if I get your kid magnaformers…. It's an investment piece but my kids play with them again… again…. and again. It's the first toy kids (of many ages) pull out when they come over too. This toy encourages creativity and stimulation second to none. 

I bought this for my nephew this year but the ratings are just as good so we're hoping they will be as popular as the magnaformers with our crew! 

Yet another popular one in our house. It's a better price point than the magnetic toys though but once again. Another one encouraging creativity and  igniting imagination. Even the bigger kids get into this one. 

I can't speak to this one just yet as I've bought it for my three year old but it's supposed to be a wonderful intro to STEM learning for the little ones! The reviews are fantastic and it's not a bad price point. 

We got Cassia a play kitchen when she was two and it's one of the most popular toys in our repetoire. Especially when kids come over! The social interaction is great and the conversations are hilarious. My friend Jenn got them this set of 'real' appliances last year and it's the most  fought over sought over toy around.

So there you have it! Just a few of the favourites in this house!
PS. Books and board games are always in demand around here too. 
What are your favourite teaching toys for your little ones?

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And here are my favourite gifts that are possibly the most random assortment of awesome, if you ask me.

Canon 70D
For the artsy person, who needs a new camera and video camera and who loves taking pictures and documenting her life.  I may be targeting myself with this one but I WANT!

Carnivore Club
Dan got this one last year from his sister and brother in law. It was the neatest thing and I would definitely do this one again.

Wine of the Month
This would be a perfect gift for a busy mom. Or any human.

Okay, while we're on the topic of fun clubs, I found this site while trying to find a cheese club that would ship to Canada.  Turns out there's a club for everything! Talk about the gift that keeps giving!  Check out if you're a Canuck in the same predicament as me. JORDAN THERE IS A BREAKFAST CLUB!!!! BACON!

I think this may win for weirdest gift guide, but hey....who wouldn't be happy with any of these items?!

Now head on over to Leslie's blog to see what she's suggesting!
Stop at Joy's blog too !

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