Welcome to a day in my life. I can't guarantee that this will be an exciting read for anyone. My life is filled with all the mundane activities of a stay-at-home-mom just trying to raise her three sons to be the best men they can be.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Tuesday Lunch Bunch Ladies

I love these ladies! They have been a mainstay in my life for the last 13 years! The Lunch Bunch gets together every Tuesday to hang out and Scrapbook together. We all feel the same ... we wouldn't miss it for anything!
Some have come and gone, some drop in when work obligations allow, but we're all in each other's hearts always!

I love them all!!!

Hello Monday...

Hello boxes and bags ... it's about time I start my wrapping. It's going to take a while!

Hello warm mitts and scarf ... I'm going to need you tonight.

Hello to-do list ... why is it that you keep getting longer and not shorter?

Hello green grass and puddles ... where did all the snow go?

Hello sleeping boy ... we have missed you around here!

Hello Christmas lights ... we're friends now that you're all working. Let's hope it stays that way.

Hello flat shoes ... you're going to be on my feet a lot this week.

Hello happy son ... I'm glad you got your computer working.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Looking Back

  • This week was all about Christmas shopping for me. I was out 3 1/2 days ... and I'm still not done!
  • Had my usual Tuesday Lunch Bunch group - the ladies who get together every Tuesday to hang out and scrapbook
  • I had my mother and sister here for two days. We spent two days out shopping together.
  • We met up with our other sister and went out for dinner
  • Attended Ricky's Christmas open house
  • Cameron wrote his last exam on Friday and then I picked him up. He's now home, relaxing. for two weeks. It's good to have him home.
  • We had John's family Christmas get-together yesterday. It's always good to spend time with family.
  • Had some shocking news yesterday - a friend of mine had a heart attack. Fortunately she received medical attention right away and is now recuperating in the hospital

Looking Ahead

  • I'm looking forward to the annual "Carols in the Park" tomorrow night. It's an outdoor carol sing, complete with a bon fire and hot apple cider.
  • a Christmas lunch with the girls on Tuesday
  • More Christmas shopping
  • I will be manning one of the Salvation Army Christmas kettles a few times this week. If you walk past one this week, make sure you drop some money into the kettle. There are a lot of people who are needing assistance!
  • Spending a day with my other sister this week to do some more shopping. I'm hoping that I will be finished off before then, so that I can just have a relaxing day with her
I hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Shopping, Shopping, and more Shopping

No, I didn't really miss posting yesterday. I composed this post on my iPad last night but for some reason the blog press app won't publish so I've just downloaded a new app. Hopefully this one will post. 

I have spent the last three days with my Mother and two sisters doing a lot of shopping, eating, and just enjoying each other's company. I put a good dent in my Christmas shopping but I still have a way to go yet.

Yesterday, it was a very snowy day and the roads were very slippery and traffic was very heavy because of it. I wasn't looking forward to getting back into the car at the end of our shopping day, but as we came out of the mall the sky was so beautiful as the sun was setting.

It really was breathtaking. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I love this picture of Cameron when he was three.  He was soooo cute!!

By the way - yes, I know I missed yesterday's blog post. I was out all day, and all night with my sisters and mom.  By the time I got home, I crashed in bed.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Project Share

I'm just here today with a quick project share.

This is a layout I did for a layout tag a few months ago.

Matt is always saying "I'm Batman". So, John and I were shopping somewhere and saw these Batman underwear and had to buy them. We wrapped them up and gave them to him as part of his birthday present.  He found as much humour in it as we did. 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Hello Monday ...

Hello caffeine ... I don't think I will make it through the day without you.

Hello new fridge ... don't get too comfortable ... you're not staying long.

Hello new desk chair ... I know one young man in this house who is going to love you!

Hello groceries ... it's nice to stock up again now that we have a working fridge.

Hello twitter ... I'm so new to this game!

Hello mounds of laundry ... where did you come from?

Hello friend ... it was nice to spend time with you on Saturday ... we should do that more often.

Hello Netflix ... you seem to be seeing a lot of me lately!

Hello new magazine ... I'm looking forward to curling up with you later today.

Hello exam time ... you always make life a little more stressful around here.

What are you saying hello to this week? You can link up your hellos on Lisa's blog.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

A week in Review

Looking back:
  • John was travelling this week with business
  • Scrapbook Nerd had a big Cyber Monday sale
  • We also had a Cyber Monday crop which carried over to Tuesday with the Lunch Bunch ladies
  • We finally had a new fridge delivered ... unfortunately it was the wrong one.  We have now spent a couple of hours trying to rectify the situation since they don't have anymore of the fridges that we ordered
  • I started my Christmas shopping
  • I spent the day with a friend yesterday. She's putting together an album for her son for Christmas. Then we went out for tea and to a Christmas concert
Looking ahead:
  • More Christmas shopping this week. Hopefully I can get it all done.
  • Lunch Bunch on Tuesday
  • Spending Wednesday and Thursday with my mother and sister - shopping
  • Christmas open house at my brother's
  • John's family Christmas get-together on Saturday
It's that time of year! ... but I love it!

Check out these pillow boxes I made with a silhouette cut file and the Jillibean Holly Berry collection.  They will be perfect for gift cards.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

I was doing so well ... until yesterday.  I remembered that I needed to post something here at suppertime.  But something happens to my brain when I sit on the couch.  There's something about the couch that sucks all my brain cells out of my head.

Then ... I was about to post something this morning, when a friend came over. We spent the day together. She's making an album for her son for Christmas. We had a great day together, scrapbooking, having tea, laughing, going to Second Cup for more tea, and then ending the day at the Gift of Christmas concert at the Living Arts Centre.

I'm tired, but it's a good tired. 

So, I will be back tomorrow ... and hopefully back on the blogging track.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Throwback Thursday

This is a picture of me ... when I was 3.  I remember when this photo was taken. My Dad had set the chair up in front of the tree to take my picture, and then put me in the chair to take my picture.  There were tree branches sticking into my back, but I was a shy kid and so I wouldn't tell him.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Sketch and Use Your Stuff Challenge

Milena Woodiwiss has agreed to design sketches for us on Scrapbook Nerd.

I love sketches and find them a great jump off point for starting a layout.  I love the first sketch she came up with:

I finally got around to working with it. The pictures I used are from a couple of weeks ago when we were hanging the Christmas lights outside. I used the Jillibean Holly Berry Borscht collection.
This layout was also created for the Use Your Stuff challenge this week ... using chevrons.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Currently I'm ...

Watching ... Judge Judy - one of my guilty pleasures
Trying ... to get into a regular blogging routine - I think it's working.
Cooking ... not much this week. John is away and boys are working or at College
Pinning ... kitchen ideas
Tweeting ... just retweeting Scrapbook Nerd tweets.  I'm not a twitter person
Scrapping ... just finished a layout on putting up the Christmas lights
Going ... to a meeting about Ricky tomorrow.
Hoping ... it's productive.
Loving ... having the house decorated for Christmas!
Hating ... clutter in the basement!
Enjoying ... Netflix - a little too much!
Listening to ... my Christmas playlist
Thanking ... my peeps for a fun couple of days! Those girls rock!!
Starting ... my Christmas shopping ... tomorrow!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Why is it?

Why is it that when John is getting ready to leave on a business trip that something crucial breaks down in the house?  At least it seems that way! This time around it's the kitchen sink that is completely blocked, and leaking! He left this afternoon. Last night the sink blocked and we can't get it unclogged. No matter what we tried. The timing is particularly bad as I have some of my peeps staying over for a couple of days.

Last winter, just as John was going away from a couple of weeks, our fridge broke down. 
Other times, it's been the dryer, the washer, the furnace.

I'm sharing another project today ... another one using the Jillibean Cool as a Cucumber collection. I love how this one turned out. I can't help but smile when I look at these older pictures of Cameron.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Looking Back ...Looking Ahead

Looking Back
It's been a pretty busy week for me:
  • Shuffling Cameron back and forth to College - three separate times!
  • shopping for a new refridgerator
  • spending 3 hours, altogether, at Future Shop trying to get Matt's iPhone
  • Lunch Bunch
  • Rick's Christmas party
  • a meeting with the staff at Rick's residence
  • we got great, long-awaited news from my sister. She will be moving
  • half of the halls are decked
  • of course, Scrapbook Nerd business
Looking Ahead

  • tomorrow is Cyber Monday - Scrapbook Nerd is having a big sale so that means packing lots of orders and shipping them out
  • more shuttling of the Cameron
  • John is travelling with work this week so I'm going to have a Cyber Monday crop here which will continue on with Lunch Bunch on Tuesday
  • The Mississauga Santa Claus parade is today - John and the boys are in it, but I think I will stay home. I have lots to do here to get ready for tomorrow
  • finish decking the halls
  • hair appointment this week - the skunk is back!
  • get a start on my Christmas shopping
  • new fridge arrives on Wednesday.

Before I go, I'm sharing another recent layout. It's another one using the Jillibean Cool as a Cucumber collection. This one comes with a tutorial on how I did the chevron stitched border. You can find the tutorial HERE.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Quick Share Today

I'm back today with a quick share from recent projects that I made for Scrapbook Nerd.
I was working with the Jillibean Cool as a Cucumber collection. I have to say that I love the Jillibean collections - especially the die cut packs!

This layout  celebrates Cameron as we moved him into residence for College. It was such a big step for all of us - one that I'm still trying to adjust to.

You would think it would have been easier for me, since he was the third one that we sent off, but it was the opposite. He has been my sidekick in everything that we've done over the last four years - well, really, all his life. I really miss seeing his smiling face and hearing his laughter everyday.

OK. I'd better stop before I start to tear up!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Great Customer Service!

Have you ever had really great customer service ... you know the kind ... when after you leave the store, you know that you will only shop at that store from now on?  Yesterday was that kind of experience for me.

A couple of weeks ago, John and I were in Future Shop in the next town over. We just happened to be in that neck of the woods and wanted to look at appliances so we stopped in. While we were there, we were talking to the cell phone people about iphones/plans etc. Matt has been asking for one for his birthday/Christmas. - however, the iPhone 6 was waaaaay out of the budget. They showed us the 5C that we could get on one of the cheaper companies for$189 on a two month contract.  That worked for us, but we didn't know what colour, so we thought we would talk to him about it, so we left.

Fast forward to yesterday. Future Shop was having a one-day VIP event. Jay, from the Future Shop one town over, called me and told me that they were having this sale, and I could get the iPhone we ere looking at for $129. Wow! What a great deal. So, I hopped in the car and drove over.

Jay hooked me up with the phone, the plan, and threw in a $50 Future Shop gift card. At that moment I was feeling like the best mom ever! - getting Matt what he was wanting ... and getting it for an unbelievable price! Then came the first glitch - the future activation (since it was going to be a Christmas present and I didn't want to pay to have it activated until Christmas) wasn't functioning on the carrier's website. I said that we could go ahead and activate now, since it was still a good deal. Jay threw in another $25 GC for Future Shop.

Then... we got to the end of the process, and when we were checking out, the carrier's website crashed! (at this point in I'd been there for about 30 mins.) While Jay was trying to get through to them on the phone, he started putting it through again to try and make it faster.  Once again, we got to the check-out point, and the site crashed - AGAIN!

Trying to complete the sale, and get me out faster (at this point I was late for a Christmas Party) he decided to try a different carrier that had the same deal, and the same plans.  Great. During the process this time, the phone actually came down in price on the computer to $90.  Nice piece of luck for me! Once again, we got to the end of the process, and this time, the Future Shop terminal he was working on crashed! No Way!! Poor Jay was getting pretty frustrated by this point.  He called over the manager to do something with the computer, and then we tried a fourth time.

Guess what! It crashed a fourth time!! By this time, I was an hour late for the Christmas Party. Jay called the manager over. They told me they would keep everything aside for me while they worked out the computer issues and I could come back in and they would honor the same price for the phone ($90) and throw in another $100 Future Shop GC for my troubles.

I went off to the Christmas party. About an hour later, Jay called me to tell me that the problems were rectified and that I could come back in anytime to pick up the phone. He verified with me that the iPhone 5C would be $90 and I would also get a total of $175 in Future Shop Gift Cards. In essence, they are paying me to get a new iPhone!

I came away feeling totally satisfied with my experience. There were a series of problems that were not the fault of Future Shop (well, except their computer terminal crashing) but their main focus was to make sure I was happy. They took more than their share of responsibility, and they gained a life-long customer.

Good customer service goes a long way!!

If you're ever wanted to purchase something from Future Shop, I highly recommend the Future Shop in Burlington, Ontario - on Guelph Line just north of the QEW! If you're looking for a new phone, go see Jay. You won't be disappointed!