TGIF v.8



Eating a cookie, being adorable as usual.


The high of my week was getting all my Christmas shopping DONE! (With the exception of a few little stocking stuffers for Isla, of course.) I believe this is the earliest I’ve ever finished shopping for Christmas, and I must say, it’s a strange feeling. I also finished writing out all of my Christmas cards and plan to pop them in the mail the first week of December.

The low of my week was no lows this week, really. I’ve been feeling a little under the weather, but I think it’s just the change in weather.

A blog post I loved was this cake recipe shared by Colleen at Lemon Thistle! Seriously – does it not sound delicious?! I’d probably definitely cut back on the garnish, because OMG THE SUGAR, but it sounds like such a fun and yummy cake! (Now, someone needs to have a birthday so I have an excuse to make it. While cake for no reason is always great, cake for a party is much more justified!)

The best money I spent was $7 on a Paw Patrol toy for Isla’s stocking. I’m not even kidding. She looooooves this show and absolutely lost her mind when she saw the big poster for it hanging in Target. We hunted the toys down to “have a look” and while she was playing with one, I snuck another into the cart. She was NOT impressed when I took the one away, but she’ll be pretty happy to see that Santa brought her one!

My favourite Isla moment was not really a favourite, but a pretty big milestone – she can now turn light switches on AND open doors. Now in the mornings she’s been beating me out of bed (at 6:30 a.m., no less) and coming into my room to wish me “Good Morning!” So far I’ve been able to convince her the past three mornings to lay in bed with me until it’s a reasonable time to emerge from the covers, which is nice.

The song that has been stuck in my head is “Cool Kids” by Echosmith. It’s been stuck in my head since Taylor Phelan performed it a couple weeks ago on The Voice and I can’t get it out!

My favourite meal of the week was actually last Friday, but Kyle and I went out for dinner at The Keg to celebrate selling our townhouse, our dating anniversary (a dozen years on November 18th!), and life being awesome in general. We had a gift card, so that made the meal even better! I ordered 1lb of king crab legs and that maaaaay have been a little overkill. My stomach hurt for days afterwards. Oops.

My plans for the weekend are relaxing on Saturday – maybe a Disney movie marathon with Isla? And then Sunday consists of our usual swimming lessons in the morning, followed by putting up our Christmas lights while we still have this “warmer” weather. (It’s currently 0°C and I call that a win!)

What are your plans for the weekend?
Have you been watching The Voice? Who’s your favourite so far this year? (I really like Taylor John Williams on Team Gwen and Luke Wade on Team Pharrell!)

4 thoughts on “TGIF v.8

  1. Ellie can almost open doors … She knows how, she just has to get her step stool to reach the doorknob, and we’re usually pretty good about keeping it in the bathroom with the door closed so she doesn’t have access to it! I’m dreading the day she moves into a big girl bed … She gets into so much trouble, I don’t think I’ll ever sleep again!

    Topher has a few of those Paw Patrol cars, he loves them :)


  2. Thanks so much for sharing my Cola Cake Kara! I love that I’ve found another Voice fan! I’ve been stuck on the Take Me To Church version from Matt McAndrew- SO GOOD!

    Also- you’re CRAZY! I wish I could be done my Christmas shopping… I just started today (without much success). And I ordered our Christmas cards this morning so they’re not written out yet either… you should write a post on how you keep organized, because I would need it!



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