Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Frogs 'n Fairies - local and lovely!

Spring is on it's way but it's showing up early in the product lines at Frogs 'n Fairies.
 Beaumont,Alberta's very own children/maternity boutique! Put together by three fabulous ladies, two sisters and their momma ; these women have blessed this town with a store full of wonderful goodies that make gift giving easy , back to school shopping simple and help you fill your home with products that make you smile. 
And it certainly shows that this trio have styled this store with such precision and thoughtfulness for their customers that you can't help but want to spend copious amounts of time just perusing all the cutesy girl things and the rad little boys items. { Half of Master Ellis' christmas stocking was full of goodies from this store! and not to mention, the day before we left for a 13 hour drive to vancouver island , i made an emergency stop in to pick up their head bands to keep my sons head up when he falls asleep in his car seat! Life/time saver!}

Read on to see what these fabulous gals have to say for themselves and their successful new endeavour !

actually i don't hate my body.

lately, there's been a lot of conversation about body image..
it's in the locker room at the gym,it's on the internet, it's on my blog, it's everywhere..

my girlfriends and i talk about it a fair bit and sometimes i hear myself saying...
"yeah i hate my thighs" "yeah i hate the way my muffin top hangs out there"..

well i've made up my mind.
i'm not going to say anything bad about myself anymore.
and neither are YOU.

i believe in the power of positivity.
i believe in being grateful for what we have.
and it looks as though i have been contradicting my own beliefs.

so from here on in..

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

finding inspiration to lose weight.

i am patiently awaiting the arrival of spring. it doesnt help that we just received a massive dump of snow in two days putting us several feet under the white stuff... which increases my impatience for blooming flowers and dewy mornings. so in the meantime, i've renewed my membership to the gym and the childrens day centre in hopes of shedding 20lbs by the time my brothers wedding rolls around in may.
i'm sitting at a whopping 154lbs. the highest weight i've been (not including pregnancy weight..which i will admit had me involuntarily reaching for the 200 lbs mark - i was a beast of a pregnant lady thanks to the week long  iv i had that pumped fluids through me at a remarkable rate that the housekeeping at the hospital couldn't keep up with replacing the toilet paper ). but anywhoozle. 154lbs hey.. yup... 154lbs. what to do..

well a. i've been working out with that 100 days of exercise sheet  { i've gotten to day 20 i think now..}. b. i have been focusing on drinking LOTS of water. (the toilet paper usage has increased , yes...) c. i have been trying to focus on eating healthier. so this is where Lent comes into play... for lent this year, i gave up baked goods and starbucks. one will be easier on my husbands pocket and the other will be easier on my hips. 

i've also decided that i need to be accountable for the food i'm eating. so i've started using 
and i've got the app on my phone.  on top of that i've given myself a deadline.

my deadline : may 1st 2012. 
my realistic goal : to be a max. weight of 130 lbs.

then there are two habits i have chosen to work on replacing by may.
i understand i have a sweet tooth. but before i dive into that piece of cake or chocolate bar, i'm going to practice reminding myself that my body doesnt deserve refined sugars and that it would probably prefer an apple or some organic yoghurt.i'm going to give myself a healthier option.

the second habit, instead of purchasing meals out while spending the day shopping or in the city - i'm going to pack snacks/lunches to curb those cravings for a wendy's burger. this one will be easy for me because i know how crappy i feel afterwards.. 

another change i'm making has to do with my fitness routine. i'm taking my cardio to the next level. instead of finding a pace i'm comfortable with on hte treadmill and staying there for half hour, i'm doing intervals of 1min run, 1min jog/walk, etc. i did this today for the first time and i burned 238 calories as opposed to my regular 150ish calories on a half hour jog. that's improvement , especially when it comes to calorie counting.

and my last attack move for losing this weight is : i'm just going to keep moving and being honest with myself. as long as i'm doing this for me and not being sedentary, then my mind will remain focused on the end goal and before i know i'll be maintaining my goal weight and rockin' all the hot new clothes and bathing suits i'm dreaming of . 

so if you are challenging yourself to lose weight and need a friendly ear to talk to, leave your comments and messages here. tell me your inspiration and what your own personal tips and tricks are to losing weight or maintaining your ideal size. or if you need someone to be accountable to, i'm here! 

to get you thinking about motivators and inspiration .. here's a little board of fun things i thought of that i know i want to wear without worry come may! share yours! 

ps. the nail polish,shoes,bag,iphone cover and blush ..i'm aware i dont need to lose weight to rock those. i do have both of the nail polish and let me tell you, tart deco (top) by essie is THE cutest!! 

{photo credit : leopard print tank,bathing suit, blue  jean skirt, grey hoodie and turqoise shoes c/o
one sleeve tunic and white leather bag, rebecca taylor. grosgrain flats, tom shoes. blush stick clinique. 
sunglasses, rayban. and iphone cover, kate spade.}

Sunday, 26 February 2012

crane mobile

i finally made it.
my origami crane mobile for the craft room.
it was SUPER easy. 
{i'm enjoying it.}
the corner of happiness.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

shh..its craft time.

wow. i did it. i got him to fall asleep this afternoon. master e doesnt really technically nap anymore.
we are officially a big boy. we big boy pee, big boy poop, we wear big boy party pants {you probably call them underwear..}, we do big boy things. but that big boy is having a big boy nap right now and i'm 
doing some big girl crafts. whats that? you want to know what i'm crafting..? why, i'm making origami paper cranes! why? you ask. obviously , to make a paper crane mobile for my craft room. duh, you knew that. 

on a different, it is one blistery cold snowy blizzard of a day here in beaumont. there's about 2 feet of snow and it's not slowing down. ry got called out to fix power for the oil field and will be home in about 2 hours. we've made some serious progress in the bathroom renovation. and our bedroom is 99% complete. we have 5 pieces of baseboard/trim to put up. i'll post pics later. super exciting.

and to give you an idea of whats coming up in march..

{ i've teamed up with a local store , frogs n'fairies , to offer my readers and their shoppers a fantastic coupon. stay tuned..}

{more of poor little pepper is on it's way..}

{craft challenge for march will be posted in a couple of weeks..}

{and on a personal note, i'll get to see my parents }

{and a post on my progress for lent.. find out what i've given up!
i'll be surprised if i make it.}

ps. are you reading this and haven't joined the site yet via google friend connect on the right hand side..??? i hope you join the site. it shows that i have friends and it allows me to bring you more opportunities and keeps you up to date on whats happening over here at the joyful owl.   if thats too difficult, under connect at the top right , there's a button with an F in a circle, click on that and you can "like" the joyful owl's facebook page! 

Thursday, 23 February 2012

i found my dress.

waikiki, may 2012 , brothers i come. now to find the right accessories and shoes.. <3 

thanks to my gf at
{can't wait to receive it this week!}

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

heart day is coming. heart day is coming.

i love valentine's day.
the decorations and the chocolates.
the colours.
the love!

feeling inspired by the upcoming holiday..
and enjoying a rare moment of bliss while my son
napped. {not that life isn't bliss when my son is awake but..well, these napping moments are muy muy few and far between.}
i created this :

i am in <3 with this heart garland. it's super easy and looks super beautiful. and if you are a closet minimalist which i am but

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Hide and Seek print

Copyright 2012 Artist: Lindsey Hopkins
this is a scanned copy of the print that i hand drew and coloured for ellis' room. i'm putting two copies up for sale. They will be printed and signed by me and would make a great valentine's gift for your little person. 

"Hide and Seek" - $15 for Print
   by L.H.        $2  for Shipping & Handling.

JANUARY's Craft {lazy susan redo}

take apart your lazy susan. flip upside down and use necessary tools.
 {i'd tell u the name of those tools but i'm not sure what i used.. socket wrench?}
then sand it down with a fine grit sanding paper till it feels smooth and soft.
you don't want it to look shiny and glossy or else your paint won't white wash properly.

what you need : ikea lazy susan, acrylic craft paint of your choice, old bowl, old cloth
two foam brushes, mod podge (not shown),tintable glaze, (and optional gold leaf paint).