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Thursday, June 27, 2013

before I dive into today's post, I just want need to let you all know how full my heart is and optimistic my future seems after receiving all 87 of your phone calls, emails, comments, texts & tweets. somewhere along the way - as I strained to become somebody I'm not - I lost my voice and your words were like smelling salts, reminding me that "I'm enough".

here's a shortlist of the little things bringing me BIG joy these days...

[uno.] Scott McGillivray. who?
this guy.

the sleeveless wonder behind my all-time favourite HGTV show 'Income Property'. It's not his striking resemblance to every known Disney prince that gets me giddy [tell me he doesn't look like Rapunzel's love interest from 'Tangled'], it's his stellar hosting and renovating abilities (although his Colgate commercial grin doesn't hurt either). When I first tuned in to Mr. Flowy Locks he was helping homeowners suite out their basements but now he's assisting income property virgins with the actual purchase and transformation of their rental homes. I can't get enough of him his show, it's very educational since real estate investment is high on my priority list.

[dos.] Little Blue Truck. 
Oh how I love a good rhyming book and apparently so does Gabe; especially ones on the topic of trucks [and farm animals]. Little Blue Truck has quickly become the most requested bedtime story in Knol family history; second only to Boo Hoo Bird which was Saige's nightly obsession for a good year or so. Hosting a 'books only' party for Gabriel's 1st birthday was the best decision I  ever made [I highly recommend it]. We have Auntie Dean and Uncle BoBo to thank for our nightly reading ritual and I also have to thank Value Village for placing Little Blue Truck's twin at eye level with Gabe. It's a good thing it was a bargain at 99 cents because the kung fu grip on that kid is impenetrable. 

[tres.] Buying Used Sh*t. Not to brag or anything but I'm kinda a ninja when it comes to winning contests and finding deals. I've been hitting up thrift stores lately looking for answers in the pages of self-help books. ** I'm especially entertained when I stumble across the homework assignments from previous book owners ** Moving on... during my Value Village vision quest, I took a stroll through the kids section and accessory aisle and found: TWO Matt & Nat bags in amazing condition [$10 a purse], a real genuine leather camel moto jacket for $9 [currently at the cleaners but looks similar to this], a vintage 'Masters of the Universe'/He-man sweatshirt for Saige [so much awesomeness for 50 cents], a handful of brand name summer clothes for the kids [less than $2/piece] and these brand new Tiny Toms for $7.99 + an additional 25% off!
it was a good day.

[four. Spanish lessons are so in my future.] The Secret Room. The basement in the 'new house' is gonna free up a ton of space in the old basement making our storage issues a non-issue. As a result we've decided to transform the new attic into a fun little getaway space. We're not 100% sure what it'll be exactly - media room, library, slumber party headquarters, craft space, ?? - but I'm super pumped about it's existence [and the hideaway stairs]... [and the free skylights].
ideas?

[cinqo.] Hint Water & Silver Hills Bread. They don't have to be served together, but hey why not. Neither of these companies know I exist let alone pay me to promote their products, but I feel compelled to tell you about their goodness. Hint Water is unlike any other flavoured agua out there, with a delicious aftertaste and NO sugar bugs it's my new favourite beverage. 
The fact that Silver Hills Bakery was born right here in the Okanagan Valley is almost as amazing as their bread. My Silver Hills loaf du jour is Ali's Alpine Grain, but they're best known for their Squirrelly loaves.

So there you have it, my Top Fives in June. Now tell me, what's been floating your boat?


15 comments:

Kerry said...

AH! We LOVE little blue truck here too. I picked it up at Winner's a few months ago for H and she adores it! I just grabbed the newer one, where little blue truck goes to the city & teaches cars about taking turns. Lots of fun sounds to make. I think I like reading them to H as much as she loves having me read them! :)

Ashley said...

I've got to get Luke that book! Since I already have his birthday gift (hello hand-me-downs!) it looks like I'll start on stocking stuffers for Christmas. :)

D @ Naptime in Suburbia said...

1-You're awesome, and brave, and your confession post was so honest that I read it twice.

2-I've had Little Blue Truck in my cart no less than 6 times and always put it back because it's $7 at Target. But since Noah has a big birthday coming up (he's going to be 2...or 8, depending on when you ask him), it just may have to bite the bullet. We're OBSESSED with trucks, trains, trucks, and oh yeah, trains.

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