Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys: March 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Funny - Camping with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are out on a camping trip. They trudge all day, covering lots of miles, and finally decide, just as dusk is falling, that it's time to set up camp for a night.

They put up their tent, start a fire, cook a simple meal, eat, and both being exhausted from the day's exertions, decide to go to sleep.

At about 3 in the morning Holmes shakes Watson awake and says, "Watson, look up at the stars in the sky and tell me what you deduce from them."

Sautéed Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

I love it when I find quick and easy vegetable side dishes and this one worked out great so I thought I would share.


4 cups sugar snap peas (1lb)

3 carrots
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced (I used two, but I love garlic!)
1/4 tsp salt
1 pinch pepper
1/4 chicken stock
1/4 cup honey

First trim ends of peas if needed. Peel carrots; cut into 2 1/2- x 1/4- x 1/4-inch (6 cm x 5 mm x 5 mm) sticks. Set aside separately.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Is it ever okay to steal???

As I take public transit everyday back and forth to work I meet lots of people. While waiting at the bus stop there are some regular people I see and we quite typically strike up a conversation while waiting.

Recently I had  an interesting conversation with someone while waiting at the bus stop.

Someone he knows works in loss prevention at a department store in our city.  told me about a recent story this person had shared.

A man with a baby in a stroller was stopped as he was heading for the exit of the store and asked to lift up the blanket covering his child. As part of the stores process they had already called the police.

Conscious Box Subscriptions {Giveaway}

Conscious BoxSubscription boxes are a common thing nowadays, with a large variety of options to try out. I myself have never tried one so I am excited to get to try a Conscious Box. 

With the allergies that we suffer in our household we try to limit exposure to irritants as much as we can by using more environmentally and allergy friendly cleaning products, laundry detergent, etc. We also are switching up our eating habits, focusing on eating healthier products that are not full of ingredients that one cannot recognize. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 24: My Most Embarrassing Moment – 31 Day Blog Challenge

I have no trouble picking my Most Embarrassing Moment. It involves my mother and occurred back when Jeremy and I were teenagers and had just started dating. We went on a day trip and he came along. After doing some shopping at a department store we decided to go enjoy our picnic lunch in a park.

And that is when it happened, the classic moment of a parent embarrassing their child. At the time I had a cold sore on my lip. That will be an important part of the story coming up

Day 23: My Hobbies Include – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Today's post for the Blog Challenge is to write about your hobbies. Here are all the things I like to do although some of them I have not done in some time.

  • Reading
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Crafts with the kids
  • Cooking

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Combo Pack Giveaway!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey just came out on Blu-ray & DVD March 19th. I haven't yet seen this but it looks like it would be a great movie.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an amazing quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 22: My Alone Time Behavior – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Today's prompt is to write what you do when you get alone time. Usually I achieve alone time by having a relaxing bath or by going grocery shopping.

I can sometimes manage to have a bath without a kid coming in wanting something or deciding my bath is a perfect place to play with their bath toys, regardless of the fact I am in it. Sadly, we only have one bathroom so it is difficult to just lock oneself away.

 For real actual alone time that happens on work trips where I get to stay in a hotel.

Other things I do with time to myself are:

1. Reading
2. Going for a walk
3. Watching TV
4. Blogging of course
5. Sometimes honestly I escape to another part of the house and purge through stuff or organise.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 21: My Biggest Fear – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Hmm.. Today's blog challenge post is all about Fears – I have a few of them. 

Every winter mice end up entering our nice warm house through our garage. And inevitably at some point I am standing in the laundry room when one decides to skitter across the floor. Which results in my jumping on the nearest chair and screaming. Which then makes my husband think I have fallen or something (like the time I screamed down there when I was pregnant). 

I don’t like creepy crawly things in general, bugs and most of all I cannot stand grasshoppers. Just the way they jump without prediction makes me freak right out!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 19: 5 Blogs I Read On A Regular Basis – 31 Day Blog Challenge

There are a whole lot more than just 5 blogs I check on a regular basis but here are the top five I enjoy reading:

1. Listen 2 Lena: I love Lena's witty humour and the great reviews that she shares. Plus I think it's awesome that she lives in the province I was born in. Plus she loves Disney so I get to see lots of great pictures from the most magical place on earth (which I hope someday to get to visit)

2. My Organized Chaos: Tammy kids are downright cute but that is not the only reason I stop by. She shares some awesome recipes (the bacon wrapped chicken was delicious) and shares how she manages the chaos in her home (and how sometimes it gets the best of her).

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day 14: What’s On The iPod? – 31 Day Blog Challenge

I use my ipod at work sometimes when I get tired of listening to the radio. I desperately need to get on and add some new songs onto it, especially since I still have an itunes gift card sitting here waiting to be used.

So what is on my ipod you is a list of artists music that I have currently:

Amanada Marshall

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 7: My Dream Job – 31 Day Blog Challenge

What is my dream job??

I have been at my current job for 10.5 years in addition to the 9 month Inter-ship I completed prior to that. Is it my dream job...not quite but I like what I do (most days) and it is a reliable position with good benefits, pay etc. When I started that intern-ship I definitely did not picture this becoming my career path but after being called back four months after the end of it,  landing a full time position and later becoming a permanent employee it was a great place to be.

I can't remember what I dreamed of being was I younger, but during high school my plan was to be a physiotherapist. That required some good marks in science and math, both of which were not my strong suits and I passed on that.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Day 6: Your Last Random Act of Kindness – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6 of the 31 Day Blog challenge is all about your last random act of kindness.

My last random act of kindness was to leave some coupons that we would not need on the shelves the products while at the store. I know that I love finding these when others leave them so it is great to pay it forward.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 5: Favorite Movies You Never Get Sick Of Watching – 31 Day Blog Challenge

If I am busy channel surfing there are some movies that for whatever reason I find that I simply feel compelled to sit down and watch. Some for the actors in them, some for the story, a catchy tune in the movie or simply some great memories.  For day 5 of the 31 Day blog challenge here is a list of movies I simply cannot resist watching again and again.

-Gone in Sixty Seconds
-A Walk to Remember
-Toy Story and The Lion King (both bring back fond memories of watching these with my brothers when they were little)
-Mrs Doubtfire

What are some movies that you simply cannot resist watching??

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Day 2:Favourite Quote(s) – 31 Day Blog Challenge

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Welcome to Day 2 of the blogging challenge I mentioned yesterday. Today I am sharing some of my favourite quotes.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Day 1: Self-Portrait and 5 Random Facts – 31 Day Blog Challenge

While I have been striving to write more often on my blog, I will admit that I am definitely not at the point yet of regular daily postings. When I saw the chance to be part of a 31 day blog challenge hosted by Fabulous Finds by Tiffany I thought it would be a great opportunity to boost my postings and for you to find out more about me.

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Yes Nathan, there is a Saturday

Earlier this week Nathan asked me what should have been a fairly simple question: When is my friend coming for a sleepover?

Pretty simple right, let him know the day and move on. And that is where simple suddenly became a little more complicated.

Seeing the eagerness in his eyes, the excitement to have his buddy over for an evening, I quickly responded “Saturday”