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What I Know For Sure: Bangs Edition

It’s been about a month since I got bangs and here are my thoughts on the matter:

1. I haven’t groomed my eyebrows in weeks and even though they look like lopsided fuzzy caterpillars, NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT IT because the bangs cover them.

2. I tend to have bad acne breakouts on my forehead but now the volcanic pimples are shielded by my bangs. This is wonderful news.

3. The deep wrinkle I have between my brows, the “mom line” that shows up when my kids are being loud or annoying, it’s also hiding behind the bangs. Praise be.

4. When I wake up in the morning my hair looks like this:

Wow, that’s intense.

5. A good flat iron is basically the most important thing I own (see above).

6. The maintenance isn’t nearly as high as I thought it would be to style the bangs, so that’s nice.

7. Preteen boys approach me at coffee shops and tell me I look like Taylor Swift. I’ll take it.

8. I like the change, and will keep the bangs for now. Yay!



Heather - Oooh! Please recommend a flat iron!

Steph - You are so cute!

Mel Stevens - hahaha that’s a very funny pictureñ. I personally really recommend the karmin g3 flat iron, you’ll love it!

Bangers and Mash


January is a tough one. December is her manic sister who flits wildly from party to event, never taking a moment to breathe, while January is dark and broody and kind of fat.

In order to make it through January, I planned a few things to look forward to: a haircut and an upcoming getaway to the Rockies to visit a life-long girlfriend of mine. We have also been trying to get outside more with the kids and soaking up the frigid winter air by taking them skating, sledding, skiing, etc. Everyone is just so much better off after a healthy dose of fresh air.

I am a little freaked out that the whole wide world is going to catch H1N1 again and we’re all gonna die, but aside from that, January and I are making our version of peace.

I hope you’re pleasantly scraping by, just like me!

Jen Wilson - LOVE the bangs!!!!!

Amber - Great cut! So different for you, way more edgy! Enjoy your get away!

Kristin - Wow, I would have walked right by you at the airport. You look so different and yet as always, so beautiful. Can’t wait to see you!

Cold, Hard (Air Miles) Cash

Every year I say we’re going to reign in the holiday spending but then every year the credit card statements come rolling in in January and it kind of sucks. This year, though, I am going to save money by redeeming some of our Air Miles Cash.

You know how sometimes you go to check out with a cashier and the total comes out way lower than you expected and you realize that the stuff you’re buying is cheaper than you thought? On sale but not yet showing the great deal on the price tag? So you had braced yourself to spend a schwack of dough and then they’re like, “It’s actually way less than a schwack! It’s only half a schwack!” and you’re like, “SCORE!” and you feel great for the rest of the day?

Well, that’s what it’s like when you redeem your Air Miles cash!

There are so many great sponsors out there who offer this program and it’s such a helpful way to make savings a part of this crazy season. We drive a huge beast of a truck that guzzles the gas, so I can redeem my Air Miles Cash at Shell, and we always seem to have a renovation project on the go, so we can also do the same at RONA.

(Gas is better when it’s free.)

I am always looking for ways to cut costs, to pad the bank account and stretch our holiday dollars.

Where will you use you Air Miles Cash this year?


We Are Family!

We just got back from a week in the frigid prairies, visiting my mom and dad in Regina. (I had forgotten how AWFUL the winters are there. Really, there are no words to describe the horror.)

It had been over three years since I went back to my hometown, and over seven years since we had been there as an entire family. My parents had built the home they’re in now over five years ago but the kids had never even seen it (except for when I took them there as infants)!  So when Steve had the chance to represent the Ambrosia apple at Agribition in Regina, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to hop on the plane with him and descend upon the grandparents house! And descend we did: the kids made themselves right at home and it looked like a tornado had whipped through their house in no time flat. My momma was so gracious though, letting the kids be kids, and having countless fun activities planned for them. They made pancakes, decorated cupcakes, worked on crafts, went to the museum and an indoor jungle gym, she bought them treats and took them shopping and just showered them with love for a whole week. Steve and I were able to carve out some time, just the two of us, which was long overdue and I had Starbucks everyday, so that’s nice.

I am just so darn thankful for my family. My momma, who is such a magnificent grandma and my dad, who connects with our girls in such a fun, unique way. My husband, for working so hard and loving so faithfully. My three wild girls, for being so creative and funny and kind. My brother, for liking the same dumb movies I do and for being a continual source of encouragement, even though we kind of hated each other for the first 18 years of our lives. And all my in-laws…who have welcomed me and our family into theirs with open arms. The list goes on and on…

The older I get, the more I realize the blessings.


Angella - You are blessed, indeed!