happy easter

Happy belated Easter!!

I had the idea to have an Easter egg hunt in a field after first reading “Happy Easter, Little Critter” to our children last year. It’s one of our favourite Little Critter books and it’s just so darn cute.

So last year, I hid some eggs in the field directly behind our house and one afternoon that Easter weekend the kids searched for some eggs. I documented it all. Even though I was newly pregnant and very nauseated, we all had so much fun.

This year, I decided to hide the eggs in the farmer’s field beside the park that we walk to almost on a daily basis. It has a few more hills and trees than ours, and I thought that it would be a different experience for Remy and Wilder.

Also, baby sister was here to join us this year and she certainly made it all much cuter!

In all honesty, they love searching for eggs more than the gifts and the chocolate they receive at Easter. I hope to continue this tradition for many years to come. (I may even include the neighbour children next year just like in the book!)

Hope your Easter was hopping!

Emory

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tasty ways to make breakfast time for fun

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Breakfast time is a big deal. It’s the first meal of the day and it sets the tone for how we’re going to start our day. It can set us up for success or failure, depending on what we eat. So, why not make it fun? Why not make it something that we look forward to because it’s so delicious? Let’s take a look at some ways that you can make breakfast time a little more fun and exciting – without having to stress about what you’re making or how much sugar is in it!

Why You Need to Shake Up Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a great time to get some healthy food before you start your day. But sometimes it can be hard to come up with new ideas for breakfast. The key to a successful breakfast is variety. Try different breakfast ideas and shake up your routine with something new!

Some of the most popular breakfast foods are cereals, eggs, and toast, but there are plenty of other options to consider!

1. Pancake Topped with Fruit

Pancakes are a classic breakfast food that can be made in many different flavors. The most common toppings for pancakes are butter and maple syrup. However, there are many other ways you can make your pancakes healthier and more exciting. One of the easiest and healthiest options is to use fruit as a topping for your pancake.

2. Morning Glory Muffins

The muffins have a light, fluffy texture and a subtle sweetness. They are perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. They also come in a range of ideas like blueberry, chocolate, and banana muffins with nuts. Morning Glory Muffins are a healthy alternative to traditional muffins. They have a light, fluffy texture and a subtle sweetness. The muffins are perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

3. Oatmeal with All the Toppings

Oatmeal is one of the most popular breakfast options. It is high in fiber, low in calories, and a great way to start the day. Oatmeal can be made with milk or water and then topped with a variety of ingredients. Some people like adding fruit, nuts, honey, cinnamon or cocoa powder to their oatmeal. There are also many different ways of cooking oatmeal so that it isn’t too thick.

4. Healthy Fruit Yogurt Parfaits or Smoothie Bowls

Yogurt parfaits and smoothie bowls are a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. The best part is that you can customize them depending on your taste buds. You can add any kind of yogurt you like to the parfait or the bowl. It is up to you whether you want plain yogurt, greek yogurt, or flavored yogurt. For toppings, you can add granola, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, berries, honey and a lot more.

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happy birthday, geo

This week is my husband’s birthday!

This one is especially special because we get to celebrate it with a newborn baby. This may very well be our last, so I hope that you are able to get in all the snuggles!

Happy birthday to a wonderful dad and husband. Hoping this next year around the sun will be just as memorable as the last.

Emory

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enjoy a secondhand piano in your home

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The thought of buying a secondhand piano will either fill you with dread or be music to your ears. 

However, a second-hand piano makes a lot of sense economically. It can mean you have the money you need for the rest of your piano room, whether that means getting an AC repair or buying a plush stool to ensure maximum comfort. 

Pre-owned or second-hand grand pianos for sale can be an excellent buy for those who want the exceptional sound quality that the longer strings afford, but don’t have the budget for a new grand piano. However, to keep your grand piano dream from turning into a nightmare, you do need to purchase your piano carefully. 

The key is to always use a reputable dealer for the sale, and where possible, to try the piano before you part with any money. It is also important to ask the right questions about the grand piano for sale that you are considering. 

First, you need to check that it has been tuned regularly, and that it has been well maintained. The more information the seller can tell you about the piano the better. They will have got the information from the previous owner, and a willingness by that owner to share shows that they cared for the grand piano. 

It is also worth finding out where it was kept previously. This will help you to understand the temperature and humidity changes that it has been subjected to and to assess the potential effect of this on the wood and the strings of the piano.

The Right Choice For A Child?

A piano offers a great way to relax for adults, but what about when buying for a child. But, is a baby grand piano the right piano for a child? What do you need to consider when buying a piano for any beginner, especially a young learner?

If your child shows an interest in playing the piano it can be tempting to rush out and get the best piano money can buy. But, is this the right approach? Of course, you want your child to learn to play on a decent instrument, but there is more to it than just price. Much depends on the age and size of the child. You need to consider pianos for sale that the child can actually reach. They need to be able to sit at the right angle, allowing their feet to reach the pedals and their hands to sit comfortably at the keys. This is one of the reasons why a baby grand piano for sale is a popular option, alongside an adjustable stool. 

Another reason why baby grand pianos are popular is that they have more responsive key actions than many upright pianos. This makes practising that bit easier and, therefore, more rewarding. A baby grand piano will also take up less room in your home than a full size grand piano, and this is ideal if you have limited room available. However, they still take up more space than an upright piano. As with any piano for sale, you need to take your child with you and let them try the piano before you buy it.

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eleventh anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary.

As we are preparing to add another new life into our family, I can’t help but reflect on the early days of our relationship. Little did we know when we first started dating where our lives would lead us. In fact, we were planning on living very different lives. I was headed to Edinburgh, Scotland to undertake my Masters degree in Art History, and Geoffrey was finishing his last year of his BA at university.

We had planned on having a very new and very long distance relationship for the first year. However, I ended up not going, and that’s when we really began our lives together. We were quick to become engaged, buy our first place together (with the help of our parents), and then get married. Over the next 5 years, we travelled, worked hard, moved a few times, adopted a few animals, really got to know one another, and truly enjoyed just having one another.

These last 6 years have been all about our family. They’ve obviously been very different, but just as loving and enjoyable.

One never really knows how their life will turn out when they get married, and to me, that is just so fascinating. Hopefully it is for the better, and much comes from your marriage! But whether or not you choose to is completely up to you. I’m just thankful that I did, and we did together.

Happy anniversary, Geo. Pictures were taken by Oarsman Photography.

<3<3

Em

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