Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Change of life, change of blog

For the handful of you who actually follow this little blog, I've decided to move on.

I'm not going to stop blogging, but, I've decided to create a new blog, one that is more consistent with the new phase of life I'm moving into, to capture the changes I'm going through.

I'll still include some of the family stuff, creative ideas, etc., but I'm also going to start blogging about my new career as a librarian.

So, I do hope you follow along - the first post should be up pretty soon, so check it out at:

Bermuda BookGirl

I'll try to remember to post here when the first post goes up there...


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Brave Girls/Full Circle Exchange Giveaway by Courtney Walsh!

I 'met' Melody a few years ago in an online scrapbooking forum. A few years ago, she started a group called "Brave Girl's Club", with the goal of creating an worldwide online community of women, where they can feel safe, know they are capable, feel they are powerful and find a happy place where women are encouraged and connected.

Not long ago, they teamed up with Full Circle Exchange, "a non-profit social enterprise brand dedicated to empowering women and whole communities to rise above poverty through design partnerships, innovative products and sustainable economic opportunities."

Through that partnership, and a special pre-Mother's Day campaign at Walmart, they are now selling these amazing items all designed by women, for women. Here's a glimpse:

They can be purchased online at Full Circle Exchange's shop, or from Walmart!

Or, better yet, you can try and win a set of these gorgeous items from Courtney Walsh's blog by clicking here and following the instructions!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

How many months???

If you've ever read this blog, you might have noticed that I've not written ANYTHING since just before school ended last year. Yup, last year...

It's been busy, needless to say. Of course, we had a great summer holiday, especially our time in NY and NJ (okay, not the part when our credit card number got stolen, but that's a different story), but the kids had a great time with their family and playing tourist in the big city.

Then, when we got back, I started back to work - part-time, but working, nonetheless. So, yup, no longer a freelance journalist! Instead, I do the PR & Marketing for the Bermuda Zoological Society.

Skip ahead to September and school is back in - and my oldest started Middle School, all just before we moved houses. Yes, another two major changes.

Finally, at the beginning of October, I went back to school myself - also part-time via correspondence - commencing my MSc in Library and Information Studies. 

Needless to say, I have been B-U-S-Y!

That said, a friend 'complained' a couple of weeks ago that I've not posted on my blog in a long time... so, here I am, just writing a brief note to let you all know where I've been. And yes, I've lost my mind... so if you find it, please send it to me!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Five School Days Left...



[Come on, the rock anthem started playing in your head, too... LOL!]

So hard to believe - I dropped my boys off this morning at school for one their last days of school for this year. Including today, they have 5 days of school left.

My youngest has been busy-busy with a series of field trips. One last week, one yesterday, one today, one tomorrow and then another on Monday, including a trip to St. George's/St. David's, Dockyard, BUEI and the Aquarium, with the class party a trip to the movies to see Monsters U and have lunch at KFC.... LUCKY DUCKY!

My oldest, on the other hand, has not had the rush of end-of-year trips because he had a 2-night/3-day class camping trip on one of the islands for his GRADUATION!!! Well, okay, not really graduating - the school calls it a "School Leaving Ceremony" as he's only going from Primary to Middle School. I can hardly believe that I have a middle schooler!

We've been busy making plans for our summer, complete with a bucket list of ideas of things to do during the summer - a list of things to do at home, things to do out of the house, and a third list of things to do in NY and NJ as we travel this summer.

But before that can all happen... even before VBS starts... we have to get through the last days of school - Honours Assembly, School Leaving Ceremony, School Picnic.

However, I do have a few surprises for my boys - I'm planning a breakfast for dinner as an end-of-year celebration (who doesn't love pancakes and sausages for dinner???). And then for the first day of vacation? A pajama day with video games and movies!

Should be LOTS of FUN!

Sunday, June 9, 2013


I just love the clothes at Mikarose - they are pretty, trendy dresses, tops and skirts that are modest too.

I recently won a dress from them (ANY dress I wanted!) and can't wait to try it on. It's currently sitting at my aunt's house waiting for me to get there in about 4 weeks.

The dress I ended up picking was the Katherine - a basic black dress, perfect for just about everything:

Well, Dandy Giveaway is now doing a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate! I'd just LOVE to win that too! My first pick would be the adorable Chevron Maxi Skirt (but in Teal, not Coral):

Wanna know how to get in on the action? Check out Dandy Giveaway's blog post right here and follow the Rafflecopter prompts! It's that simple!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Summer Bucket List

Our family will be participating in the Happy Family Movement Summer Bucket List Challenge!

While we still have a few weeks of school left, it was time to start making some plans. We've created this bucket list of things we'd like to do. To make it easier, I've divided them into three groups - things we can do at home, things we can do when we're out and about, and, because we're traveling to visit family in New York and New Jersey, things to do in NYC/NJ.

I haven't decided yet, but I may take this list and put each item on individual pegs or on the fridge, or something fun and creative, other than just a list to check off. Still some time to figure that out! But here we go:

Monday, May 20, 2013

Summer is a comin'!

It is so hard to believe that this school year is just about over.

While I know some of you will be finishing even sooner, for us in Bermuda, we are only about five weeks from the last day of school. And this year will be quite momentous, as my oldest munchkin 'graduates' from primary school. Yup, that means off to middle school in the fall!

We are already starting to make plans for our two-month break. The very first week, we'll be participating in Vacation Bible School at our church. The curriculum this year is Answers VBS "Kingdom Chronicles" (Answers in Genesis), which has a medieval, knights in shining armour theme. The kids, of course, will be in classes, and I'm helping with administration this year - IN costume, thanks to a friend who is a closet Renaissance geek!

After that, we'll all, hopefully, be heading to the NYC-NJ area to see family and attend a mini family reunion and celebrate my grandmother's 80th birthday. My mom and step-dad will be traveling over from Australia, and my two sons will get to meet my brother's three children for the very first time. EXCITING!

So that is most of July planned, but then comes August... what to do then?

Thankfully, my oldest did win a week of camp at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute for his good grades last year, so he'll get to go dissect sharks for a week, but there are still another five weeks or so to fill for him, six for his younger brother.

What is a mom to do? Well, we're seeking a lot of Internet inspiration this year, and I've found a few great sources this year.

The first is the Happy Family Movement 2013 Summer Bucket List

This summer-long challenge begins TODAY and promises to help families enjoy their summer holidays while enriching ties. Oh, and did I mention that there's a chance to win stuff, too?

They also have a Facebook group you can join: 2013 Summer Bucket List

The second is a way to keep a record of all those awesome memories you're going to create as a family this year, thanks to Ziggle Designs' The List.

While this is a digital scrapbooking kit, it is set up so it you can easily print the pieces off yourself and use in a Snap! or Project Life binder, or even get them printed somewhere, like at Persnickety Prints.

The third item I've found to help provide some planning and ideas is the 100 Days of Summertime 2013 eBook, by ListPlanit.com.

The book is only $5, but you could also get a chance of winning it for free if you participate in their Giveaway - going on right now! - by following the instructions HERE.

The last item, which we used a little bit of last year, is The Confident Mom's Summer Survival Calendar.

This eBook is fully interactive and provides you with four months of calendars, ideas and worksheets to help you make your summer awesome!