Wednesday, June 26, 2013

bloglovin' giveaway

I'd love if you want to travel along with me through bloglovin'
Two winners will get to choose any two items from my TpT shop as a big thanks.
Thanks to those two Collaboration Cuties for the linky and for making this a smooth transition for all!
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

summer collection: home in canada

I have the most beautiful niece.
She has a hilarious sassy attitude.
{I'm sure this is not so hilarious to her mother or Nana...}
She's rather independent.
And she brings me flowers :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

board game review: pandemic

I'm the kind of person that is not fun to play board games with.
I know because I've been told.
Anything based on luck or chance, I hate.
Anything super competitive makes me a grouch.
I can never roll the number I need or turn up the card I'm looking for.
Never bring out Risk around me.
It may make me hate you.

My husband is a bit of a nerd, which is awesome.
{For the record, he claims I am a nerd, too... As if.}
Since he prefers to keep me around {yay!}, he's been looking into cooperative board games.
We have a couple now, and I'm much more fun to be with when we play those games together.

The other night we brought Pandemic to our friends' place.
Basically each person in the group is given different abilities and works together to find a cure for four diseases that are threatening to wipe out humanity.
Strategizing {not a word apparently?} is fun because everyone thinks of or notices different things on the board.
It's really difficult!
But working together, you feel like you're accomplishing something at least.
And I'm happy to announce that today...we won!
Yes, we've only been playing on the "Easy" level, but hey.
I think it would even be a fun game if you have older kids.
If you're interested, you can watch a pretty good run-through of the game

Another one we've been playing is an iPad app called Forbidden Island.
iPad Screenshot 1
Of the six or so times we've tried, we've won only once.
So also a difficult game!
You are trying to collect four monuments on an island and fly them (and yourself!) to safety before it sinks.
You have limited movement abilities and only three actions to make.
The "water rises" quickly!
Spaces are sinking constantly.
That time we won was so satisfying...
But it's fun and it's only five bucks so it's worth a shot.

Happy game night!
- Amanda


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

summer collection: home sweet home

Just got back to Canada for the summer (a short month and a half) so we're soaking it all in right now.
Happy summer!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Etsy. It's a Problem.

Seriously, who let me on Etsy?
It's a problem.
The sort of problem that I love, though.
It's like Pinterest, but for buying things!
And do I ever love buying things.
gold bar bracelets - minimalist jewelry - friendship bracelets SET OF 3 bangle 
Statement Geometric triangle gold brass long necklace. Gold plated chain.
Gold statement necklace, golden tassel bib necklace, chunky necklace
Dancing in the Meadow - Copper Chevron Necklace, Arrow Necklace 
Minimalist Geometric Triangle Long Necklace - Mint Green Hand Dyed Modern Raw Brass Jewelry  - Gold Plated Chain 
5 triangle necklace/fashion/geometry necklace/bib necklace/gift for valentines day christmas/neo green 
Beaded Hoop Earrings - matte golden hoop and lime green glass beads - neon jewelry - modern earrings - Mother's Day Gifts 
Pastel Bubbles Statement Necklace - Color Dot Collection - Handmade Polymer Clay Statement Necklace
 Jewelry Earrings Drop Choose Your Own Color SPRING PASTELS Fused Glass Earrings
Cameo Post Earring, Teeny Tiny Lime Green Cameo, Gold Setting, Handmade
Mint Blue Earrings - Mint Jewelry, Pastel Jewelry

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Just stopping in to send you over to the lovely Sara from Miss V`s Busy Bees. She`s having a week-long celebration where you can win yourself some awesome stuff! (Including something from me!)
Goooood luck.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

3 Day Weekend!

You know what's awesome?
A long weekend right before the last week of school!

Even though there are a total of 21 kids currently attending...
21 kids in grades 2-6 altogether...
So we've pooled the kids in one room and we all rotate through fun lessons.

Today is the perfect day to get a few things started for next year, and to get started on cards for my kids.
They're pretty simple, but I've written a personalized message inside each one.
I think the kids will love reading them.
I'll just add them in with their report cards and then we'll be outta here!
If you'd like a copy, I uploaded them to Google Docs, so feel free...

Since it's the crazy-hot summertime here in Kuwait, I've been keeping cool with these two yummy treats:
Starbucks Iced Green Tea at home
It's super easy to make and just as delicious as the real thing

Yep, ice cream for breakfast :)

Monday, June 3, 2013

June's photo header

This month's header comes from Amsterdam.
Since we'll be packing our bags to leave Kuwait in the next week, the photo seems fitting!
That thought makes me smile :)
It's also one we snapped on our way to enjoy a frothy cup of pumpkin ale.
We'll be looking forward to relaxing on the deck with something frosty alongside...
(You know, since it's not allowed in this country...)
Another thought that makes me smile!
- Amanda