Blueberry Muffin Recipe

I posted this picture of some muffins I made for the kiddos after school a few weeks ago and people have been asking me for the recipe.
They are super easy to make and they turned out so delicious!!! 
Our oldest daughter told me that I should get a job at Tim Hortons because I make muffins just as good as they do  :)

Yummy Blueberry Muffins

2 Eggs
1 cup of milk
1 cup of sugar
1 tbs vanilla 
1/2 cup of Olive Oil
3 cups of Flower
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder 
1/2 teaspoon of salt 
1 1/2 cups of blueberries

Preheat Oven to 400F.
Grease Muffin Tins.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs,sugar and vanilla until creamy.
Mix in the Olive Oil and Milk.
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. 
Add wet mixture to dry mixture. 
Don't overmix.
Fold in Blueberries.
Pour batter into muffin tin and bake at 400F for 5 minutes.
Reduce Heat to 375F and bake for 25 minutes until Golden.
Enjoy :)


Honest Motherhood

I can't say it was a surprise having three littles by age 24. My whole life I was the little girl dreaming of having a big family and I was lucky enough to meet my soulmate at the young age of 16. I was surprised though, that motherhood didn't come as naturally to me as I thought it would. I was the child hogging babies at family functions, the teenager who would rather spend her weekends taking her little niece out for ice cream than going to a party but When your really living motherhood it's a whole different story. The days are long & exhausting and you are tested in more ways than you could possibly imagine. And still on the worst of days where babies are teething, toddlers are questioning and schoolagers are testing their attitude on you, when your babies fall asleep you miss them instantly. I love photographs because even if the moments before or after the photo were taken were chaotic, when you look at that still moment your reminded of what it's all about - those perfect moments in between. 

May 24 Weekend 2015

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
It feels like a Monday around here and I love it!
As much as I loved having the whole family home for 3 days I couldn't wait for the normalcy of today to arrive. 
I crave the routine that Monday's, or in this case Tuesday, bring. 
We had a pretty laid back weekend and it was lovely.
Saturday we sold an entertainment unit that I had up for sale for a while.
I got the piece two years ago when I won the LaZboy Mom Cave Contest and
it was on of my favourite pieces of furniture that I've ever owned but it didn't fit our space unfortunately.  In the afternoon we went for a drive around the beautiful lake and 
After dinner I took our oldest daughter on a little mother/daughter date night.
We grabbed some Ice Cream and walked around Main Street. 
We walked down streets with beautiful houses and ended the evening playing arcade games at the movie theatre.
My relationship with our oldest daughter is the most difficult because we are so much a like and butt heads every single day so it's so nice when we can slow down and really enjoy each others company.
Sunday we had a BBQ at my dads house and Louis and I took the kids on an incredible walk through the green belt that goes behind their neighborhood.
Monday we were prepared to stay home as the weather called for thunderstorms but as the day went on we all got a little restless and hopped in the car. We ended up driving to Port Perry where we walked down the main strip, got Ice Cream and Played at the beautiful Waterfront Park.
How was your long weekend?


Things I Love Friday || May 15 2015 ||

Happy Friday Everyone! 
It's the long weekend woo hoo!
What are everyones Plans? 
We don't have anything fun planned because the brakes on both of our vehicles went this past week {money money money} so were going to have a low key weekend at home.
I kind of love laid back weekends at home - something I never thought I would say.
I'm a pretty go-go-go type girl but I've forced myself to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures around me and it is great for the soul :)




Should it stay or should it go? || Memories Over Things Series ||

A couple of days ago I wrote a post called Memories Over Things where I talked about our families journey to simplifying our life by choosing to live a more minimalist lifestyle.
I asked you to join in with me and use the hashtag #memoriesoverthings 
I've had a lot of feedback and I'm so happy to see that so many people and families are interested in living with less and focusing on creating more memories instead of buying more things. 
One question that I've been asked a lot is how do I decide what should stay and what should go?
"Should It stay or should It go now? Should It stay or should It go now? If It goes there will be trouble and if It stays there will be double"
This is how I decide...I sing The Clash :)
But in all seriousness....

There are three important questions I ask myself before I decide to let go of something.

1. Do we use it?

2. Do we love it? 

3. Do we need it?

I'll give an example of a few big items our family has recently let go of lately.
We had this beautiful dresser and mirror from our first house that we brought to our current house. 
We didn't have the space for it in any bedrooms so we decided it would be great for extra storage in our kitchen. It served its purpose well for 11 months but last week we decided to let go of both items.  
We asked ourselves these questions

1. Do we use it?

Yes we used it. We actually used the mirror and dresser every single day.
I stored a lot in those dressers from bills that needed to be paid to tupperware containers.
We also looked in that mirror a lot :)

2. Do we love it?

Absolutely. I loved the mirror because it was big and silver and the dresser was Ikea and a white finish, what's not to love?

3. Do we need it?

Did we need this mirror? No.
We have other mirrors in the house so this mirror was not a need.

Did we need this dresser? No.
Yes it was nice to have extra storage but simplifying our lives and letting go of our things means living with less. We moved some items into the kitchen cabinets, donated things we hadn't used in months and suddenly we realized we hadn't needed this as much as we originally though we did.

So this is how I make the decision of what should stay and what should go.
Another perk to letting go of your stuff is you can actually make some money in doing so.
By selling the dresser and mirror I ended up making $260 that we put towards paying down some debt we have. We also have WAY more room in our kitchen. My husband keeps walking around the table and saying "look at all this space we could've had from the beginning" 

How do you decide what should stay and what should go when decluttering? 
Don't forget to use the hashtag #memoriesoverthings


Memories Over Things

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you've heard me talk about our families journey with minimalism.
This time last year we were going through a lot.
We were moving {read here for some moving tips with kids} and our oldest daughter was having a lot of trouble with anxiety. 
The next few months that followed we found ourselves feeling pretty overwhelmed.

The house was always a mess & the level of stress was pretty high.
Although we only had 1300 square feet of house I still couldn't keep up with the all the cleaning.
There was stuff everywhere. 
One day our oldest daughter asked if we could move everything out of her room because she didn't like looking at the mess and that's when everything changed.
We moved everything that wasn't being used from the girls room to the basement and life started getting a little easier. 
We found that Emma wasn't as anxious after we cleared out her room and I found that I wasn't yelling as much or as stressed out when I entered their room.
We decided as a family that we were going to start the rule of one.
When One new thing enters the home One old thing leaves.
We became really good at enforcing this rule but I still found that I was always cleaning and that we still had too much stuff. 
Weekends were spent cleaning and organising instead of living and enjoying and we also had racked up some unnecessary debt from buying things we didn't really need.
 I decided enough was enough. 
I had read a little about minimalist living online and loved the idea but wasn't exactly sure it was possible with a family of five.
I started reading articles on letting go and made the decision to start letting go of all of our "stuff".
It's been a little over two months and I can honestly say we have never been happier.
If we don't use it, love it or need it it's gone from our home.
I'm choosing to make memories over things & I want you to join this journey with me.
Who's in? 
The next few months I'm going to be posting about my journey becoming a minimalist family and using the hashtag #memoriesoverthings . 
Join me and post all your tips, struggles, memories & more.

Mothers Day Weekend & Choosing Memories over Things

Mothers Day 2015

I had the best mothers day this year.
I didn't get to sleep in.
I didn't eat breakfast in bed & I had no flower deliveries. 
I woke up before the kids, had a hot coffee, changed dirty bums, was greeted by three children who had no idea that they were supposed to spend the day celebrating me, dealt with bad attitudes, taught rights from wrongs & it was perfect.
It was perfect because it was real and I was doing motherhood and for that I am so thankful.
Motherhood isn't always easy - in fact it's really quite overwhelming  at times but it's the life I longed for since I was a little girl and I'm embracing it.
I don't love every moment of motherhood but I do love being a mother and know that I am so lucky to have these three beautiful children call me mom. The truth is there is nothing in this world I would rather be doing than being a mom. 
My husband and I don't really do gifts.
I shouldn't say we don't do gifts, it's more like we don't do surprises.
We like to plan our gift giving together.
It's not quite as boring as it sounds and it really works for us.
Were a young family on a limited budget and the last thing I want is  something I really don't need when I'd be just as happy if that money was spent on memories over things. 
So this year, when my husband asked me what I wanted for mothers day  I replied "nothing".
He insisted but I argued that I have everything I need and that all I wanted was an hour to myself and a weekend full of memories. 
The weekend started on Friday with that hour to myself meeting my best friend for tea and a walk around Fairy Lake. It was just what I needed after a long week. Saturday we spent time doing yard work and  packed up the kids and headed to the drive in. The two youngest fell asleep in the car and our oldest set up a picnic outside our van. Sunday was mothers day and I asked if we could go to High Park in Toronto to see the Cherry Blossoms. Turns out High Park on Mothers Day is IMPOSSIBLE to access by car. We drove around for over an hour trying to find parking with no such luck so we ended up visiting another one of my favourite Toronto spots - The Distillery District. 
I had the best day watching my kids run around in the rain and admire the beauty around them. 

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