Well today is the last day of the year and it got me thinking of all the things i had done and didn't do this year. My new years resolution is to Smile More! but i don't think i want to call it that because people always make new years resolutions and they keep them for about a week and thats that, so this year i am calling it my 365 day challenge!
Good bye 2010 and Hello to a brand new year!

This year the finances weren't as good as we had hoped, but isn't that the way it always works during the christmas season. You budget and budget but you always are left short, well thats the way it is on this side of the tracks this year. So we decided to be more creative this year, we have been doing things that don't cost alot of money and it had been working out for us. Me and my honey are happier and things have been going good.

For our tree this year we decided to do a love tree. I got this idea from Color Me Katie and i thought it would be perfect for us. We did it differently to make it our own. Has anyone ever noticed how expensive Christmas trees are? Well i sure did this year when the money wasn't there. So We decided to do something a little smaller but still unique to us.

And today, we went to my honeys farm and we shelved off the dugout and went skating. A few months ago my honey bought both of us new skates. Being a girl from BC i had never owned a pair of skates in my life so this was a big deal to me. So we spent 2 hours out there is the cold, it was sunny so it wasn't to bad, and it looked pretty good if you ask me. We put my skates on and I skated for about..... 30 seconds then we were done. By the time we had it all done it was getting dark out and we forgot the hockey tape for the ankles. Yea it wasn't that fun even that it was only 30 seconds. But we didn't give up on our skating dream and went to the rink for some good skating time. Note to self, however, wearing new skates hurts and not skating in 4 years in new skates hurts even more.

We had an awesome day though, thank you honey for the wonderful couple of days

I am so excited for the day that I get to be a mom. So this is the list I chose to share with you all. I hope you enjoy!
 Best Friends Are 4 Life!

I don't know about anyone reading this..But where I come from Best Friends are for life!
There is no playing games and talking behind each others back. No backstabbing, No nothing.
Just pure genuine 'Be there for you through thick and thin' friendship.

These 3 beautiful ladies... these are my girls.We have all been through so much together. We have been friends for almost 10 years now. Sure we have had our times where we thought about giving up on our friendships. But that was just immaturity getting in the way. You know you have really close friends when you fight and tell one another that you never want to be friends again...Then 5 minutes later want to phone them back and take back every word you said.

We havent done that for a while Obviously ... But you see what Im saying :D

Good friends are hard to find. But when you do there is no seperating you. Not even if one of them is 2 provinces away from you. Love you T.

I have been struggling with so much stuff lately in my life. People stabbing me in the back, Mending family issues, Struggling with self image issues, Issues with my job and with school and a whole bunch of other things. But my girls have helped see me throught it. They stand by me as I stand by them until the issue at hand is solved.

These ladies are the ones I turn to for help in everything I do. They are the biggest influences in my life and I love them to pieces. Without them and my wonderful boyfriend I would be lost in this world. They are the glue that holds me together.

So I guess what I want to say is thank you ladies! I love you all. Your my girls and you always will be!

To everyone reading this. Tell your Good friends how much you appreciate them and love them. Live everyday like its you last! So speak your mind. :)


                                                                                                               (ECE 4 Life :p) Hehe
Today we are doing a craft a little bigger than normal. 
The other day my friend told me that she was looking to do something new with her room. I showed her a link to  Color me Katie and she feel in love with what she saw.
So tonight we went to work, cutting out the shapes she wanted all different sizes. We are doing Green and Pink bubbles with Yellow stars above her bed!! So exited to see the result....
Stay tuned for and updated picture!

              Isnt this craft just adorable! And so easy to make!

All you need is a mini canvas (Dollar Store) Some paint and a paint brush. Oh and dont forget the ribbon to hang it with :)

        First paint the whole canvas the color you would like it to be.
Then dab your fingers in some white paint up to the top of your palm and then press onto the bottom edge of the canvas.

Then let your child (or yourself :P) paint your snowman onto the canvas.

And there you have it. A wonderfully easy craft and a new memory to hang on the tree every year.

Thank you to Ucreate (Facebook) For your wonderful craft ideas!

Enjoy Everyone!
Never Know What To Make With The Kids?

Well don't make anything...Just paint! Its simple.Cheap.Easy. N fun.
You just go to the dollar store and find some canvases with prints like these already on them.
Usually the paint already comes with them. So there would be no extra expense, Or else just buy the paints from the dollar store as well.

Here is one that Im working on. I am working on some paintings for my christmas gifts. Among other things...
The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. You dont need to go out to disney world to make memories with your kids. Just stay at home and paint or do other crafts or games that bring the family TOGETHER <3
Those are the memories that count. So go on... Have fun. Its ok for a grown up to be a kid too :)
So my journey has come to an end with this challenge, and I am so glad. 
This Challenge was very hard for me and i failed at most of them... you might think that my goals were easy and maybe to you they would be. However for me i struggled a lot.
The only ones that i completed for the full 21 days were, the no eating at McDonalds and no pop.
Which is saying a lot considering i had this staring me in the face the whole time. While i am at work we use shopping carts for stock and it seemed that we always had this one in the lab! And pop while the lunch room everyone drinks it.
I think that these were easier for me because they were in my face all the time staring me down and i felt strong pushing back on them. But all the other ones were life style changes that apparently i was not able to make. I have however started going to the gym with my friend and i feel so empowered after i come out of there, soar but healthier. It does well for the nerves too, if your ever mad or having a bad day, work out at the gym for an hour or so. After that you will be to tired to complain and you will feel better. I just focused on a face and ran my little butt off.
I feel disappointed in my self for not being able to reach all of my goals but feel proud that i tried and did achieve some of them.
So just keep your head up and move on!
I think i will do this more often maybe then i will reach all of my goals!
Have a good night

The last few days i have been feeling really down, so today's list is about all the things that make me happy. Hope you enjoy it!

Check out Aimee's Blog for more list's

Todays quote is about life and living your best life. You only get one so you better make it worth while. Do everything that is on your list and don't be afraid to go outside your bubble. Pushing bounders and living your best life lets you grow into a better person. Trying something new everyday pushes you to be great!
So I thought I would share an important piece of Mine and Tamara's lives.
Well...Here they are!

Tamara & Skylar

John & I

Just like every other girl in the world, we have dreamed for years about someone coming into our lives and sweeping us off our feet, just like Prince Charming.
Well it took many years of waiting,dreaming,heartbreaks, giving up on love, and weaping floods of tears, wondering why our prince hasn't come to rescue us.
When we met them we just knew they were the ones we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with.

But the problem was that they lived so far away. So then the worry sets in...
When will I see him again? Is he gonna cheat? What if things don't last?

These are the thoughts that cross every girls mind whether there man is near or far until they can really see the commitment shine through.
Well ladies [and gents] this is where the TRUSTING part of your brain should set in. If you dont give them the benefit of the doubt, then mabey the worst is what is in store for you.

Im sure many of you can relate to us. Some of you may even still be with your man/woman as well. Good for you! :)
As for the others... your probly saying to yourselves "Why the heck is this girl writing about all this?".

Im writing to give you Hope. Hope that there is someone in this world for everyone. That person could be the one you met online, or your next door neighbor, or your best friend. Dont get yourself all upset because you cant find your true love yet. You cant find love, because love finds you.

So sit back and relax. Your time will come. Just remember... the longer you wait the more memories you will share about the journeys you took along the road you walked to find the one you love.

Live With a Happy Heart.
Do you love to sew?

Well doesnt this look like such a cute thing to make for yourself or a friend or even your daughter.
If you are good at sewing then this is a great thing for you to try!
Im personally still in the learning process of sewing. I did make some PJ's in the 7th grade but that was like forever ago :)

I put these up for you all to see because they are so cute and just by looking at the picture ( if you know how to sew already) you can easily figure out how to make these. Unfortunately for those of you who cant sew yet I do not have a tutorial on here to show you as I am very crunched for time.

These would be a great place to start though. The best way ( I Think) to learn how to sew it to [ see & do ]
This is the way I learn best...Im a hands on kind of person. If you read things to me I get bored and have to do something else. But if I can see and do I learn much faster. So for those of you who are new to the sewing world. I want you to try this. You can find the fabric at walmart. Im sure you could probly find it at a sewing store as well. So go on.... take the challenge. And show us what you come up with. We would love to see it! :D
So am I the only one who struggles to keep up with her inner and outer beauty? I think NOT!How many of you see these woman and think to yourself...... Why can't my face look like that? Or wow she is so lucky she has a figure like that one, I soooo wish my thighs could be as small as hers!

All woman say these things to themselves. We see these kinds of girls in magazines,newpapers,concerts,t.v and even walking down the street. And all we can think is " I wish I could be like her" or "I wish I could look like that". So we try and we try to do exactly that. We go on diets.We starve ourselves.We buy clothes that are over our buget to keep up with the trends. We plaster ourselves in make-up. But at the end of the day we still just feel like ourselves and feel like we have gotten no where. Then we put ourselves down and start all over the next day. All because of what the media tells us how we should be. When do we draw the line.

Look at this picture. Well we all know Jessica Alba is a very beautiful woman and Im sure she feels very blessed to have the beauty that she posseses. But really, how many woman can wake up in the morning and have time to look like this every single day. You can see just by looking closely at how much makeup she has on for this shot. But in our heads we think "Omg she is sooooooo pretty ". We dont stop to think about all the makeup shes wearing, or the lighting this picture was taken with, or the hour it took for SOMEONE ELSE to do her hair and what expensive NewYork jewler they had to run too to get those earrings.

For most of these girls. If they didnt have hollywood people dressing them up and printing the best pictures of them on t.v and in the magazines they would probly look just like us. We need to stop beating ourselves up about how we need to look. Everyone is wonderfully and uniquely made. Love youself for who you are and not what the world wants you to be. When you start loving yourself that is when the world is going to see how beautiful you really are. So go look in the mirror and say " I am beautiful, I am unique, I want to stand out because Im ME!"I hope this changes the thoughts of some of you ladies. I hope you think differently about yourselves or are going to try to turn over a new leaf. So go on.... I DARE YOU! :)

This is todays Quote:
I really like this quote because I believe that it can be used in so many ways. I always think about Recycling. The better you take care of the earth the better it will be for everyone as well as  other generations. Everyone needs to do there part to take care of our loving plant, we only get one! If everyone does one small thing they will add up to a bigger thing and bigger, and so on. Did you know that if every Canadian used just ONE roll of recycled tissue it would save 45,000 trees a year?
When we know better we can do better!
Food for thought....
Did you know that when you leave the tap on when you brush your teeth you waste 13 liters of water per minute?
A single tree can take between 50-100 kilograms of carbon dioxide out of the air in a year and  produce three-quarters of a human's oxygen need's. 

Leave a comment and tell us what you and your family are doing to save our planet. 
And on Farm Girl Paints
Ever since I started my 21 day Challenge there is one quote that I keep seeing everywhere.
I saw it on Lost and Found
Every time i hear this i think of one movie... Sister Act 2 ... This is My Favorite Part i love the song and when ever i hear these three words this scene pops right in to my head. Thank you ladies for filling my head with wonderful thoughts!
Welcome back crafters!
Today we are making Snow Flakes out of paper! They are my favorite holiday craft and i make them every year and i put them in my house and give them as gifts as well.

Construction paper
Glue gun
Glitter glue

You can use what ever colours of paper you want, You will need 6 sheets. If you do decide to use two you will need 3 sheets of each colour. 

Take your sheet and fold the bottom left hand corner up until the right bottom corner is level in a nice straight line. Then cut off the left over at the bottom then you have a triangle.

Take the two ends and fold them together so that you are left with a piece of paper that looks like half of a triangle.

Now draw a line (with a pencil) on the spine of the triangle about half an inch from the spine and then draw three lines around 2 cm apart. Start measuring from the longer edge of the triangle so there is more space between the corner and the third line.
Now cut on the lines but stop when you get to the spine line, if you go past it will not work.
It is was easier if you make all 6 trangles and have them ready, you will be able to put them together much faster.

So make 6...Then we will start construction.
You can start heating up your glue gun now...you can use school glue if you are doing this craft with children or even a stapler but glue looks the best!

First fold the middle in, so both half's over lap, put some glue in between and hold. Then flip it over to do the next flap then glue. Then flip it over again and glue the next flap and so on.
Build all six at once (one after another) before you continue...

The next step is to put all the pieces together. Grab the ends of the paper and put them together so that they kind of fit. Its hard to explain but so they are all the same way and they will fit together nicely. Once you have all of them together take the stapler and staple them together, this makes the middle of the snow flake.

Once you have stapled them together you must glue all of the pieces together. Pull them together and join them by the middles of each one. Then its done! you have a paper Snow Flake. Add a hook or piece of string to the top and hang it from where ever you like. 

 If you want you can add the glitter glue to it and add some shine. Use different colours to make it stand out, make it your own. It may sound complicated but it is not, and once you make a few you wont even have to measure anything you will just do it, i know i do! Its is very easy i was taught by a grade 3 class how to make these when i was doing work exprence. Give it a try and tell me what you think, if you try it out send us the link so we can see your creations!

Have a Wonderful Holiday! And remember crafting is about having FUN♥