Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday


Is anyone else stunned that it's October? Where did September go? It was such a busy month I barely had time to notice its passing. But the weather was often lovely and we celebrated a couple of significant family birthdays. So I'm grateful for that.

Despite the fact that it's What I Ate Wednesday, I'm starting off with a photo of a drink. Because it was just sooo good. My husband gave me this Stirrings Simple Mojito mixer a while back. While cooking dinner on Friday, I decided it was time to finally give it a try. Especially since the fresh mint on our back deck was on its last legs. Anyway, it was a fabulous drink. Maybe too fabulous.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #3


Ever since I told my mom that Pyrex is hard to come by (in our area at least) she has been keeping an eye out and picking up pieces for me. She uses her seniors discount too, so she gets great bargains. I have no plans to become a big collector of Pyrex, primarily because my kitchen cupboards are completely full. I am constantly rearranging them to try to fit more dishes. But I gratefully accept the little beauties that my mom gifts to me now and then.

Monday, September 29, 2014

In this moment


Come, read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.


-excerpt from "The Day is Done" 
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of family activities, sports tryouts and just generally getting into the back-to-school groove. Yesterday being a Sunday with very little on the agenda, I determined to set aside time to read a book, listen to music and enjoy a deliciously warm fall day. In this moment, I'm looking forward to doing it all again soon.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Our New York City Adventures - The Museum of Modern Art (via CityPASS)


During our summer trip to New York City, our touristy stop number one was the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). My husband and I had been there BK (before kids) and we thought we'd like to brave the museum again with the children.

Before heading to the museum, we picked up the official New York CityPASS, a ticket booklet that saves you 40 per cent on admission to six top attractions in New York City, including MoMA. CityPASS allows you to save on admission fees (and sometimes bypass long ticket lines) at the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Empire State Building Observatory, the Top of The Rock (or the Guggenheim Museum) and Circle Line Cruises (or Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island tours).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

When Learning is Fun (Book Review)


Of my two children, one is happy to be back at school now and the other would rather be anywhere else. Trust me, I get it. Five full days of school in a week wasn't always my favourite way to pass the time as a child either. So I aim to supplement their in-school learning in more "fun" and self-directed ways at home.

With that in mind, I invited the kids to pick out books from DK Canada's Back to School Boutique. My daughter immediately chose spelling and math books in the hopes of improving her marks in those areas. My son apologized to me for bypassing the "educational" books in favour of books about sharks and snakes. I guess he figures topics that interest him aren't educational. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday


The weekend was so busy I barely had a moment to rest. We went to bed at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday and had to be up at 8:00 a.m. to get ready for my mom's birthday party on Sunday. The point being, I am still feeling a bit sluggish a couple of days later. So, as I share a look at my Tuesday eats, you'll see that I kept it pretty simple. In the morning I nibbled on a fruit and nut trail mix.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #2


My thanks to all of you who linked up your fabulous finds at last week's Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party. I was thrilled that so many joined in for my very first linky party. And what a wonderful and eclectic mix of goodies. I enjoyed visiting each and every participant. If you missed it, be sure to check out the goods now. I was also happy to see party guests visiting and commenting on each other's posts. It's what a party host hopes for, right? Mingling and talking.