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Friday, June 15, 2012

Insta-Friday in real life, simple pleasures


I skipped Insta-Friday last week due to a lack of cell phone photos. This week, I am back to sharing some cell phone highlights from the past week, or couple of weeks in this case.
My daughter’s dance studio had their end-of-year recital. She performed in jazz, tap and ballet and had a great time doing it.


The focus in our house now is soccer—three times a week for my son and once a week for my daughter. May and June mean uncertain weather on our soccer fields—rain one minute, sun the next, freezing cold wind after that. We go from t-shirts and sunscreen to hats and blankets in the same day sometimes.


Only a couple weeks of school left. That means the annual Family Fun Night at school. We enjoyed some veggie burgers and the kids got to hang with their buddies (who they see all day at school anyway, but whatever).


I enjoyed winning two prizes in the draw—a  $100 gift card for the local health food store and a $100 gift card for a regular grocery store. I bought $20 worth of tickets, and obviously it paid off!


I promptly spent the health store gift card a couple of days later. My son enjoyed a green smoothie while we shopped there. I had a “spring cleaning” juice.


One of my favourite simple pleasures is shopping. Here is my daughter at a thrift store.


I also visited Homesense recently and took photos of all the things I would have liked to buy but didn’t, like this outdoor bench.


This floral couch.


These lovely dishes.


This cool receipt organizer (I can just see the mess of papers hanging off of it now).


And this red sideboard.


Another of my favourite simple pleasures is food. I recently enjoyed some takeout Chinese food with a margarita.


One day when my daughter had a friend over, I whipped up these simple peanut butter cookies with Enjoy Life allergen-free chocolate chunks in them.


I love to have fresh fruit in the summer. I hope to go strawberry picking soon. Sometimes I end up missing our short season.


My daughter was messing around with the effects on the cell phone cam recently. Here’s Jolene.


Here’s my daughter herself, looking like a creepy version of those doll heads that you use for hairstyling.

How was your week?

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28 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh. That sideboard! I love it! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I'm still thinking about that one. But, I actually wanted something tall to fit LOTS of dishes! :)

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  2. I love the sofa and sideboard too. And my daughter loves to do that to her photos on my phone too.

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    1. The sofa and the sideboard would be great together, actually...hmm..but someone had reserved the sofa. Plus it doesn't go with my stuff.

      Anything that occupies the kids is useful right?

      Have a great weekend!

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  3. Great pics! Made me hungry for some Chinese food! Such pretty dishes too.
    Have a great weekend!
    Carolyn http://sillyhappysweet.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. I would be quite happy to have the Chinese food again, right now. :)

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  4. Your kiddos are so cute and photogenic. And please sent me that *awesome* bench and sideboard!!! When can we go shopping together?? :)

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    1. I would love to go shopping with you Ruthie! I hope you have more money to spend. ;)

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  5. Love the Floral Couch :)
    Great Pictures ,love this Post ♡

    Wish you a beautiful Weekend ,big Hug :)

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    1. Thanks so much! You have a fantastic weekend too!

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  6. Love the couch! It drew me in over at LifeRearranged. And loved reading about you and learning you still love Nirvana. I am right there with you, but it's Pearl Jam. Nice to meet you!

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    1. I'm with you on the Pearl Jam thing! They are probably my favourite band that is still playing. My husband and I have seen them a few times over the years, including once last fall. Thanks for visiting! :)

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  7. I'm glad your week was so lovely!

    I'm also digging that pillow on the couch up there...

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  8. Oh I remember my dance recitals when I was younger...fun times. I also love those dishes and that floral couch so much! I've also been bugging my boyfriend to take me strawberry picking but it has yet to happen. Enjoy your weekend! xo

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    1. I never did dance recitals, but I'm glad my daughter loves dancing. I hope you get to go strawberry picking (and me as well)!

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  9. That's awesome to win two prizes- lucky! Now you can take your savings and apply it towards that sideboard- I love it.

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  10. ohh that sofa!!! how dreamy! i love your daughter's pics shes so graceful and quirky at the same time :) and your son, he's cute and so shy :) also love ur chinese take-away with a margarita hehehe will try that sometime :) have a wonderful week!

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    1. You really nailed it about the children. Graceful and quirky truly describes my daughter. And my son is pretty shy! Very perceptive! My brother-in-law made fun of me for having Chinese food and a margarita (today when we were having Mexican food together and I was having a margarita again ;) but I thought the pairing was good! You have a wonderful week as well!

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  11. I love that your kids will drink juices like this - super wow! And this fruit salad look delish! Have a super fab weekend sweepea!

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    1. My son will have the juices/smoothies. My daughter can sniff out veggies. ;) She only wants fruit in there! Have a wonderful week!

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  12. That Chinese food looks awesome and it just made me realize that I haven't had some in...forever! That floral couch looks so vintage and cute as well :-). And I must say, you seem like an astounding mother. You are so involved in your kids lives and spread around so much love.

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    1. Thanks Cara! You are sweet. I think my kids might disagree. They say I'm always nagging. ;)

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  13. tracyreynolds@rogers.comAugust 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    I saw that red sideboard yesterday (Wed. Aug 1) at the Cambridge Homesense. It was marked down to half price $250 (a steal since the handles alone would cost that much). I phoned back early this morning and it sold the afternoon of Aug. 1. Was that the same one? If not, it would be encouraging to know how many there are out there. I'm sick that I didn't grab it then but I didn't have a big enough vehicle.

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    1. I saw it marked down in price later too, but that was a while ago. I'm pretty sure it's gone. The trouble with Homesense is, it's difficult to find out. I once bought one chair and was hoping for a matching one. I tried calling stores, but most of them were not helpful. We drove to about five different stores and I ended up finding one that was similar.

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    2. tracyreynolds@rogers.comAugust 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      I had the same problem when I wanted to match a pair of lamps. Thanks for snapping a pic of this sideboard. At least my husband knows what I am looking for now. If I am destined to have it, it will show up again. Tracy

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    3. I hope you find it! Or something even better. I agree you will have it if you are destined to. I am waiting for something bigger, with a glass fronted top part. I have LOTS of dishes to store! :)

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