Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Week Two of 2014 Elf on the Shelf watch

I can't get over how fast December is going.
It seems to just be flying by. 

 Day eight:

I'm thinking he got a little dirty playing with the powdered sugar doughnut snowmen yesterday.

Day nine:

Bernard has the sniffles, that's what happens when you stay in the shower all day.

Day ten:

Trying out being a different kind of Elf today

Day eleven:

Everyone loves a Mermaid!

Day twelve:

Looks like someone wants to go on the road trip to the city with me. Toronto Family weekend here we come.

Day thirteen:

Someone decided to have a lay in today, there is a lot of activity going on for the Family Christmas Dinner today.

Day fourteen: 

Happy to be home with his friends

Monday, December 08, 2014

Week one of 2014 Elf on the Shelf watch

Bernard has been busy this year!

I think he's also been looking on Pinterest a lot, while we're not around.

Day one: 

Look what the Snow brought in from the North Pole

Day two:

 I know it's warmer here than in the North Pole but, this seems a little excessive!

Day three: 

Catching up on some beauty sleep.

Day four: 

I guess Bernard thought our house needed some 
more decorations--- only an elf could think that!

Day five: 

Getting a work out in, to keep up his stamina for Christmas

Day six: 

Time for a big Saturday Breakfast with friends

Day seven: 

Doughnut Snowman truly are the sweetest

To see what Bernard is up to daily follow his posts on instagram or search the hash tag #bernardshenanigans 


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Black Friday 2014 Madness

I don't know about you but, I am a big lover of Black Friday.

And even though it was more like Black Thursday Night this year, a great time was still had.

We started out on Thursday morning, making sure the Cats were fed and everything packed up we started our road trip to Buffalo, NY.

I needed to make a stop for work in Mississauga, Ontario on our way through. Realizing we were close to an old favorite restaurant (and knowing nothing would be open once we got over the boarder) we decided to stop for lunch.

I lived in Mississauga for three of the longest years of my life--- I am not a city girl so that just about sent me over the edge. But, one thing the city does have over where I live now is more diverse restaurant selections.

Peter's on Eglinton was always a favorite, and every time I would get souvlaki. This time was no exception.

Entering the US was relatively fast and trouble free, then it was off to the movies once we got into the buffalo area.

 I was very excited to go see MockingJay part 1--- can you tell? It was a bit slow but, I think once part 2 comes out and you watch them both together it will be great.

Because we went to the theater that was in the Galleria and already had such a prime parking spot, we decided to kill an hour knitting until the stores opened at 6:00pm. During that time we were actually interviewed for a Buffalo news station! I'm famous! (Not really)

Once the stores opened up it was shopping time.

Lane Bryant had 50% off so, we bought out the store. I only buy clothing once a year so it was a pretty big spree. We also hit up Lush, and Target that night and then it was to the Hotel and time for some sleep.

Friday brought our big shopping day, we went to the outdoor mall for Ulta, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby and the Christmas store. Took a bit of a drive to get to Orbit. I wanted to get a wallet for my Dad, he is going to be thrilled when he opens that up at Christmas. He's been crushing on it for a while.

Back to the mall for Christmas gift shopping and then to Bravo for Dinner.

 A little bad luck found us on Saturday morning. We have automatic lights but, when valet parked our car the night before they turned the lights on and we had no idea. Well that meant Dead car in the morning. Luckily the hotel maintenance man jumped the car and we were good to go.

Trader Joe's was our last stop on Sunday morning before heading home. I got everything on my list and am super excited to get into it all. As you can see our SUV was pretty full, the car was struggling with the weight a bit. I told it to suck it up, it was all for the Christmas cause.

Getting back into Canada was relatively kerfuffle free, it took us about a half an hour to get over and everything went smoothly. 

It was an amazing weekend and I am now even more pumped for Christmas.


Monday, November 24, 2014

What The Elf?

 Boy, do I feel accomplished today.

Its amazing how much you can get done in one weekend! Of course this is not the typical weekend for me but, it is nice to have a super productive one--- once and a while.

On Friday night I finished up a blanket I have been crocheting for my cousin Katie's 2 month old little boy. 

I was working to a deadline, knowing I was going to be seeing them on Sunday. I got all the ends tied in, gave it a good wash on Saturday morning and am thrilled with how it turned out. 

Saturday morning I filmed a few new tutorials for Detox bath bombs and a few other bath product treats. I'm planning on editing the lot of them this week and starting to post in December, though I can't believe that is next week.

I also made a couple batches of cookies to take with me to a Santa Clause Parade get together my neighbor and good friend was having.  

I've made the Lacy Oatmeal Cookies quite a few times and they are always a hit. The hostess of the get together is particularly fond of these cookies so I wanted to be sure to make them. 

I also tried a new recipe, they are Almond shortbread thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam. The drizzle on top was an icing sugar and Almond extract mixture. 

The cookies were fantastic but, I found the directions for making them less than stellar. Thank goodness I had made similar cookies before and was able to read the instructions and know that what they were directing was not the correct way to go about making a delicate shortbread.

Saturday nights Parade get together was a lot of fun, the hostess had a lovely scratch made hot chocolate bar made up and a good time was had by all.

One of the nice things about our small town Parade is that it takes place at night, the floats all have lights on them and it is incredibly beautiful.

 The other great thing is that the Parade lines up right our the front of our homes. We were able to stand at the window and enjoy the Parade while sitting by the fireplace. That was an extra bonus this year as it started to rain toward the end. 

Sunday brought a trip into Peterborough, Ontario (and a chance to go to Michaels and Costco!) to attend a Family Birthday party for my Aunt Shirley's 80th.

I got to meet Logan, my newest cousin. I know I don't look happy but, I definitely was--- it's just my RBF in action.

He loved his blanket--- well not really, he's only 2 months old and had no idea what was going on. His mom (my cousin) however, loved it though and at this point that's all that matters. I do hope he grows to love it when he gets older though.

At the Parade I got some much needed help with sizing for the wrist warmers I'm making for the children in my life. I gave some at Christmas last year and all of the kids that received them requested another paid this year. Trouble was getting the sizing right, most of them fit on the snug side and some were darn near too small.

Luckily a friends daughter was at the Parade and I was able to get her to try a few different test sizes on.Bigger was better so I got started crocheting when I got home on Sunday evening. My tester requested a Yellow pair, so I picked up some yellow yarn at Michaels while I was there.

That brings us to this morning, I was up at 5:30am. Couldn't sleep worrying about the potential flooding in Buffalo, NY after the 7 feet of snow they got last week. I am supposed to be traveling there later this week for Thanksgiving and am praying that the flooding does not happen. 

Being up that early meant caffeine for me (I'm not normally a coffee person), it also meant I got to use my awesome new mug I picked up at the checkout line in Michaels yesterday. Ahh--- made the Cafe Mocha that much better.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Free Printable For December Daily Planner Pages

Deck The Halls With Boughs of Holly
Fa la la la la la la la la la
Tis The Season To Be Organized
Fa la la la la la la la la

Okay so that isn't exactly how the song goes but, maybe it should be.

I don't know about you but, come December I have so many things to remember, I find myself forgetting a lot.

At this time of year if I don't right it down, it comes back to bite me later on.

Last year I did well but, with the more elaborate plans for my elf on the self , I found myself deviating from his set scheduled because I wasn't prepared for that days idea.

This year I vowed it would be different!

I bought myself a A5 planner, though I wanted to get a Filofax they just didn't have a planner that suited my needs and my style completely.

Kikki.K Leather Personal (A5) Planner in Mint

I stumbled across the Kikki-K planner and fell in love with this one. The colour is lovely and it had just the right amount of front slots for me to stay organized and keep a few stickers and cards with me.

The planner did come with some basic sheets, it has month on two pages, To Do sheets, address and some other general note taking and meeting sheets. But those were not going to help me get organized for December the way I was hoping to.

I looked on Etsy and on Pintrest and though I found some great sheets nothing was exactly what I was looking for. 

So what's a girl to do but, create her own when she can't find the perfect fit.

Last weekend I started sketching out the exact information I wanted to include, a general layout and finally a colour scheme that suited the festive season.

Now I can add all of my planned Elf on the Shelf ideas and  list exactly what he'll need for each day. I can also make sure I'm keeping up with my To Do's and plans I have. 

I've enjoyed setting the daily pages up so far and think they are really going to work for me.

I also thought I would share the pages with you.


They have been designed to be printed on Letter paper front and back and cut apart. When cut they fit into an A5 planner. Though slightly longer and slightly thinner than A5 Paper, they fit well and this way you don't need to buy specially sized paper.

I have added two separate PDFs the first is the exact sheet I am using with the dates for December 2014 on them.

The second PDF file is for a blank sheet so they can be used for other months and future years.

To use simply download the files

Cut the sheets exactly in 1/2 and punch holes into them.

I have the Rapesco 6 hold adjustable punch. It's not ideal for an A5 planner because it's not wide enough to punch all 6 holes at once.

But with a little finagling I worked out where I needed to line the paper up, marked it with Washi tape for future use.

Then simply punch the first three holes, flip the paper, realign and punch the second set of holes.

I made a photo mask sheet in Photoshop for my elf on the shelf ideas. Each photo is just over an in inch, I cut them out. Organized what I wanted to do on what days (more elaborate ideas happen on the weekends) and then glued them into the designated spot.

 I wrote in any supplies I would need for that day. I'm planning on getting everything prepared in advance and keeping it in a storage container. That way on the day all that is needed is to pull everything out.

I hope you are inspired to get planning for the Holidays and enjoy the planner pages.

December 2014 A5 (1/2 Letter) Planner Pages

Blank A5 (1/2 Letter) Planner Pages