Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Tisket A Tasket, A Toothbrush in My Basket #KinderMom

Yes I'm the kind of parent that gives a toothbrush to my kid
a few times a year. She gets one in her Christmas stocking,
Easter basket, and birthday gift in the summer.
 Easter is kind of a big deal in my house and has been since I was a little girl. It truly is a family celebration without the restraints and stresses of holiday shopping for the perfect gift that no one really even needs. We prepare for our celebrations by donating to our local foodbank. Holidays can be a stressful time for families on a fixed/low income so foodbanks can help ease some of their stress.

I am going to spend a lot of time in my own kitchen preparing for our big Easter dinner, and preparing many different kinds of treats. This year I will be making a bunny cake and my famous birds nest chocolate cookies.
For the first time, I will set up a small
egg hunt at home using the Kinder Egg Hunt Kit.
 As for egg hunt traditions, I haven't organized many egg hunts, but instead build gift baskets that are uniquely tailored for the child who is receiving it. Easter inspires me to share the JOY of the Spring season.  I am donating 24 Kinder Surprise eggs to my after school program at work along with fun pencils to hunt for on Easter Monday since the daycare is open. Since Kinder Surprise eggs are peanut free and contain a toy within the creamy chocolate shell-it's like two gifts in one.
What is Kinder® doing to Share the Joy?
"Once again, Kinder® has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network and will be providing 12 Easter basket kits to CMN hospitals. As well, Kinder® will be donating another $25,000 to help support this non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America."
How do you celebrate Easter?

“Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thank a Volunteer This Week April 6-12.

I have worked for a great organization since 2001.  Great because of the services they provide for individuals and families, and for the equal opportunities they provide in staffing their hundreds of programs and facilities.  The YMCA also has hundreds of volunteers that contribute to the successful operation of many fitness classes and programs that serve the community. This week my local Durham YMCA is inviting members to thank a volunteer by stopping by the membership desk and filling out a thank you card to give our hard working volunteers a pat on the back.

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored nor endorsed by the YMCA. Photo credit: YMCA GTA blog.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hallmark Canada Itty Bittys #Giveaway (CAN Only 04/20)


Itty Bittys retail for $6.95 each, bundle up and collect them all.

These super cute collectables are popular around here. We just got the Springtime Mickey and Minnie to add to the Valentines Mickey and Minnie pair from earlier this year.

For a limited time, in Hallmark Canada stores, 
buy 3 Itty Bittys and receive 1 free.

One lucky Humble Pie reader will receive one pair of Itty Bittys to start their own collection.

Disclosure: I receive perks as part of my involvement with the Hallmark Canada Press Pause Panel.  All opinions on this blog are honest and my own. Photo credits: Hallmark Canada

Pretty Memo Board from @Hallmark_Canada Spring 2014 {Product Review}

"This family is busy, beautiful, and blessed."
Magnetic memo board retails for $24.95
My new favourite Hallmark Canada product is this pretty memo board. It is just the right touch of colour I was looking to freshen up my kitchen for Spring. This would also be a nice house warming or Mother's Day gift.  I don't have a lot of disposable income to buy new things for my house each season. Instead I look for ways to rearrange the furniture and accessories I have and add one or two small items to brighten up each space.  This product isn't just pretty, it is also practical. With six magnets to help pin some of my receipts or notes for easy access.  Instead of being shoved in the kitchen junk drawer. Don't deny it...we all have one.

Disclosure: I receive occasional perks as part of my involvement with the Hallmark Press Pause Panel.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My 4 Year Blog Anniversary Spring Giveaway $20 GC or Paypal {Can Only 04/25}

Well, I've been away a month and wanted a fresh start. The blue skies out my window and wearing my favourite Spring coat have put me in a good mood.  This month I will celebrate 4 years as a blogger. Though I haven't reached the heights of some of my colleagues, the blog has morphed and served my own purposes over the years. Thanks for reading and following me on my parenting journey!

I'm giving away a $20 GC as the start of my blog anniversary party.
I can negotiate what gift card you may like based on what stores I have near me, or send a paypal gift!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have fun and play nice!

Disclosure:  This post is not sponsored or endorsed by any brands mentioned within. All opinions on this blog remain honest and my own.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Recovery From Grief and Loss: Cry, Hug, Remember {Life}

Grief is a deeply personal and life changing element of the human condition.  Whether you expected the news or whether your loved one was taken suddenly, grief is a multi-faceted and organic process. I have dealt with loss many times in the last 38 years, but each death brings new pain and the process of recovery is never quite the same between each instance.  Experts can pinpoint the stages of grief but they cannot predict how each and every one of us will travel through the process. 

It has been 7 days since I heard the news of the death of my friend's daughter and we consecrated her young soul to God today.  In seven days I've travelled from physical pain and disbelief, to acceptance and profound sadness. There is never any way to reconcile the death of a 4 year old child, but having gone through death and loss in the past, I know that now is the time to cry for her loss, hug each other hard and often, and remember the sweet moments that forever warm our hearts. 

Listening to and singing music is another way of processing my thoughts through the tough times, and this song was played at the funeral today.

John 16:22
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.