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Here’s a quick little post for you about a great find:  If you haven’t already heard of the Made by Joel blog then you must head over there right now… well maybe after you read this post.  This uber-creative man comes up with the most incredible and simple ideas for entertaining your children.  Amazing!  I have made a bunch of his items before but this one in particular was super super easy and the kids love it.  So I thought I would share it with you. 

All you need is an empty cereal box, tape, a few marbles and a free 10 minutes.  Enjoy!   Read the full post here



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Happy 5th Birthday my sweets.  Love you so much!  Mama. 

Feels like only yesterday that I held you minutes after you were born.  It still brings tears to my eyes to think of how amazing that day was and those precious moments are forever with me. 

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Earlier in the week Lily kept telling me that her favourite doll, Baby Alive, was having a birthday really soon.  She kept talking about it and telling me of all the special birthday party plans for 2 days straight; it was going to be at the water park, we needed presents and of course a birthday cake.  I had assumed she would forget about it and move on, since Lily talks about birthday parties and birthday cakes almost everyday, apparently these are 2 of her favourite things!  But she was still speaking of it and who am I to deny her of this simple wish.  With her growing excitement, I had planned for all of us to pop into the dollar store on our way home from the trip to the library.  So the little mommy that she is, I let her pick out 2 little gifts for her doll and off we went home to wrap them and make Baby Alive a special card.  

That afternoon her Auntie Nikki happen to be coming over for a visit so she brought carrot cake along with Lily’s cousins.  Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the water park but had a lovely party in the backyard.  I think Lily was a pleased little Mommy, and from the photos looks like Baby Alive enjoyed herself too. 

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Jungle Boy

Our little Ethan, aka Jungle Boy, certainly knows how to live life to its fullest:

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My dearest Lily will shortly be turning 5 (holey cow!) and has shown the cutest interest in helping me with household chores.  I honestly think she would get a kick out of having her own responsibilities and would definitely take a lot of pride in it.  She so wants to be a little mommy!  So that got me thinking that she might be ready for some assigned chores of her own to do on a daily basis.  Obviously nothing too strenuous for her little body, but enough for her to have fun and learn what responsibility is about.  I sat down one night and created this cute little chore chart just for her.  I tried to keep it sweet, simple and easy for her to use and be something that would be pleasing to her big inquisitive eyes.   And of course, I thought I should share it with my readers.

There are 2 versions, the one I made for Lily and a second that can be for multiple children or be more of a gender neutral.  Oh and it is personalized, but I would still love to share it with you.  So please just drop me an email with your child’s name, the list of chores you would like on it and any color changes you desire.  I will email you back with your FREE customized little bean chore chart for you to print!   Email septemberlily@shaw.ca

Instructions:  tape on fridge, wall or kitchen cupboard and use colorful pencil crayons to scribble in each flower or happy face when the chores get done!  Easy shmeezy! 

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Finally getting back into regular routine now that we are home from our much-needed vacation to the Okanogan Wine Country.  Only a short 4 hours away from White Rock, this beautiful place is nothing but fun and sun every year. 

A group of us have been going for 8 years now… how the time flies!  Originally started out with all us childless newly married couples or singles and slowly over the years we have been taken over by all the little ones sprouting up.  No longer is the crazy 1 am wine drinking camp fires every night.  Now its more like 9 pm wine drinking sitting around the patio table night.  Which is fine with me, just so nice and relaxing. 

This year we had 8 adults and 7 children (under 7) in this beautiful lake side 7 bedroom house with pool which happens to be owned by my aunt and uncle.  We have a pre-booked week at the end of June every year and always look forward to this perfect kick off to summer.  Going to the Okanogan this time of year we can always be guaranteed some nice hot weather with loads of sunshine which is a great escape from our usually mild and rainy Vancouver June weather.   

Osoyoos is located right on the Washington State border and is to be considered the center of the Desert Wine Country.  Perched on one of the warmest lakes in Canada it is home to numerous award-winning wineries surrounded by many delicious orchards.  Now we just need to add a cheese farm to this mix and it would be perfect!

Here’s a photo from the house overlooking this gorgeous lake. 


After spending 6 glorious nights there we wrapped up the last evening with a fantastic crab and wine feast after all the children were in bed.  The food was top-notch, and paired nicely with our royal chinette and garbage bag table cloths.  The potatoes just thrown askew on the table for easy help yourself service accompanied by fresh mixed green salad, grilled asparagus and peppers.  Perfect way to end off our lovely week long vacation.   Until next year…

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Quiet breakfast

Love these early morning moments.

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