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Charlie was super excited to have a new high chair and sit with her brothers this week.

  1. I need to get one of these! Yes, I’m a nerd.
  2. Preschool Pocket Treasures, a photo project of Melissa Kaseman
  3. Game of Thrones Real Life Partners
  4. Hootsuite’s Guide to IG Captions
  5. The Best Time to Post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  6. I had no idea Burning Man looked like this.
  7. How to Sew Your Own Pencil Case
  8. 8 Wow Worthy Pie Crusts – pie as art
  9. Free sewing and knitting patterns from Purl Soho.  
  10. Free pattern for a lamb bonnet.
  11. Top Ten Tips to Help Siblings Get Along
  12. The Word On The Street Festival (Toronto 2017)
  13. Former IKEA boss reveals the trick.  Get through a store in 5 minutes.
  14. The Collapse of Parenting: Why It’s Time for Parents to Grow Up
  15. Freelance Achievement Stickers
  16. This 16 Year Old Makes Breakfast Look Like Art
  17. Funny “I woke up to this” moments

 

#TheLainieList @holmeslainie

What I’m reading, trying, and laughing at each week.

 

The Lainie List

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I like to post a favourite photo from the week. 
What big brother does, little brother follows. 
Sitting in a box together.

 

  1. I cried watching this because I laughed so hard.
  2. Carrot Cake Pancakes
  3. Two Free Months of Skillshare…this is going to be amazing!!  
  4. Wear Your Joy
  5. The One Thing Parents Can Do to Make Mornings Smoother, According to Science
  6. I love love love this fabric.
  7. DIY: Build your own Light Table
  8. I Spy Bottles for Kids
  9. Funny Tattoo Fails
  10. Cloud Eggs – a new food trend
  11. Flow Magazine Online Sale
  12. James Franco Helps Fan Get Back at Her Ex-Boyfriend
  13. The Ultimate Pep Talk (video)

 

#TheLainieList @holmeslainie
A weekly list of what I’ve read, tried, or laughed at.

I hope you have a great weekend!
Lainie 🙂


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How Well-Balanced is Your Life?

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There are many factors that can influence your health and well-being.

Take this quiz from Simon Fraser University to get some insight.
Take The Wellness Quiz!

 


 

I stumbled across this quiz while researching personal wellness.   I feel like a hot mess lately.

I average 4-5 hours of sleep a night (as does my husband), I’m skipping meals, and I’m trying to manage my own self-imposed expectations.  I want to do everything and be everything.  I end up getting burned out.

The kids have regular naps.  They eat healthy meals and snacks.  They sleep 10+ hours a night.  I am creating energized little characters who are ready to go.  I clearly need to keep up.

So I’ve started to use “wellness circles” in my notebook.  Inspired by the bullet journals of My Blue Sky Design on Instagram, I’ve decided to track my behaviours and goals through circle graphics. Each circle acts like a calendar where I can put a checkmark on the dates I’ve accomplished my goal.  It’s funny how something so simple can actually keep a person accountable.

 

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For September, I’ve decided to focus on four areas to improve my wellness:

  • Lights out at 10:30 p.m.
  • Workout
  • Eat a piece of fruit / vegetables every day.
  • Only go on social 3x a day

Once I start making these goals into regular habits, I will slowly bring in others each month.  If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it goes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wear My Joy: A New Personal Project

After three pregnancies in 3 years, my wardrobe is in a sad state of affairs.

It’s a combination of maternity t-shirts that don’t fit properly, mom jeans (this hurts me more than you know), and tank tops because they are convenient for nursing.  My former self would be so embarrassed by what I wear out in public.

I definitely need a change.

So the timing was perfect when I came across an e-course by Kelly Rae Roberts called Wear Your Joy.

In her 30 day email course, Kelly sends prompts, quotes, and challenges to encourage you to change your self talk, consciously wear clothes that light you up and align with who you are.  Rather than paying $69 for the course (although I’d love to take it), I’ve come up with my own little version…

 

  1. Take Inventory

    I’ve gone through my closet and dresser to see what I have that brings me joy.

 

…and that is all.  Seriously!  Of everything I own, this is what I would wear with joy.  I wouldn’t be able to walk out of my house fulled clothed!

I own two articles of clothing that feel like me.  There are other pieces that I love but they are downstairs in Rubbermaid bins because they don’t fit…yet.

It’s definitely time for me to go shopping.  I’ve been selling my sewing and creative projects lately to have some spending money to put towards ‘the cause.’

 

2.What’s My Style?

I took a look at my Pinterest board.  What kind of clothes and accessories are my style? What colours am I drawn to?  What do I keep pinning over and over?  I will need to find some new stores where I can track down these pieces I like.  If you end up taking a peek at my board and have an idea of places I should check out, comment please!

 

3. Purge, Purge, Purge

A few months ago I did a major purge after watching the documentary Minimalism on Netflix.  They spoke of closets rammed full of clothing that people never wear, rarely touch, or merely hope will fit someday.

It’s time consuming just to dig through everything. Energy is spent when it doesn’t have to be.  Instead, we should look forward to opening our dresser drawers and closets – to see a few items, nicely spaced out, that we would be excited to put on.

To get to that place, here’s a purging tip from the documentary – do it quickly.  Don’t sit there and hum and haw over whether you should keep it.  Either you love it or you don’t.  Toss your clothes quickly into piles:

  • Clothes that are faded, stretched, or old –> garbage
  • Clothes in good condition but don’t light you up –> donate
  • Nice clothes that you spent considerable money on –> offer to a friend
  • Clothes that you enjoy wearing –> keep

 

Between the purge and now doing an inventory of what actually brings me joy, I hardly have anything.  I’m looking forward to slowly building up a collection of pieces that I love.  How nice it would be to feel excited to get dressed in the morning and to feel good when leaving the house.  I’ll keep you posted.

 

No more dreading getting dressed, or going through the process unconsciously. Begin your day with creative delight and soul-love.  -Kelly Rae Roberts

 

 

 

 

The Lainie List

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Each week I like to post a favourite photo from the week.

 

  1. 18 Year Old Schizophrenic Artist Drawing Hallucinations
  2. The Extraordinary Routines of Creative Entrepreneurs: Lisa Congdon
  3. 12 Shocking Things I Learned While Working as a Butler at NY’s Plaza Hotel
  4. Making Your Own Labels for Handmade Goods
  5. This comedian’s hilarious recreations of celebrity bikini Instagrams
  6. Football Coach shows off his dance moves in front of the team.  He once toured with MC Hammer. Seriously.
  7. The 3-D Pancake Maker
  8. Creative Storage Solutions for Kids Toys
  9. This Is Us – First Look at Season 2!
  10. Morning People vs. Me – YouTube video that will make you laugh.
  11. Frozen Car Rescue – How to Keep Toddler Boys Occupied
  12. I am so going to try this with my kids.  Too cute.
  13. 10+ Before and After Pics that Prove Men Look Better with Beards.  Agree or Disagree?
  14. 5 Steps to Finding What You Truly Value
  15. Pick the freshest bread in the store.  Learn how to read the coloured tags.
  16. Humans of Danforth East: Erin and Yvonne from Origin Wellness
  17. 17 Writers to Watch in 2017
  18. The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party.  No joke, it’s an actual event.

 

#TheLainieList @holmeslainie
A weekly list of what I’ve read, tried, or laughed at.

 

I hope you have a great weekend!

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Meet Mr. Owl. My Spirit Animal.

 

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I made this guy.

 

Each of this little guy’s feathers has meaning and represents my life.

 

My Grandma’s Handwriting
She was and still is an important part of my life.  She taught me that women can do anything they want and she always made me laugh.  I have snippets of her handwriting mixed in amongst the feathers.

 

My Son’s Painting
Our oldest loves running his cars through blobs of paint and leaving tracks across the page.  It’s fun to see his creative side come out and watch him play with his ideas.   I included a little piece of his painting.

 

Cover Page from Flow Magazine (@flow….)
This magazine feels like me.  It includes all things creative and seems to be put together in such a thoughtful and personal way.  It’s a piece of art and every issue feels like it was carefully crafted for you.  It inspires me.

 

My Husband’s Fingerprint
My hubby is the person who keeps me sane and is SO patient with my many ideas.  He is truly my biggest supporter.  I scribbled a patch of pencil lead and had him press his finger into it (I told you he’s patient!)  I made his finger print into a feather.

 

A Snippet of an Obituary
“…was a strong woman among men.”  This line reminded me of my gram and it also represents my love of writing.  Why an obit? I actually enjoy reading them (yes, I may sound weird).  I quickly skim them, trying to find one that’s really well written — when they sound like a real character.  Full of life.  It takes skill to capture what is special about a person in so few words.

 

A Black and White Photo of a Camera
I love photography.  I’ve taken photography classes before and now take a million pictures of my kids daily.  The full storage messages that regularly show up on my phone are an indicator.   Photos make us feel and they give us stories.  It’s pretty amazing.  I snipped a photo of a camera and snuck it in.

 

Washi Tape
This coral and gold polka dot tape represents my love of creating, craftiness, and making.  I bought it from a fun paper shop on Queen West.

 

Gold Flecked Scrapbooking Paper
This paper represents my return to all things creative.  A DeSerres art store opened up near our house this winter.  The timing was perfect.

 

Pink Talons
Even though my wardrobe can be pretty neutral most of the time (greys, blacks, dark blue, white) – I love colour.  Back in the day, when manicures and pedicures were a part of my world, I often chose bubblegum pink.

 
His funky glasses
I traced out my own glasses.  I’ve worn glasses since grade 2.  They’re just a part of who I am and since owls are supposed to be wise, I thought he needed a pair.

 


 

I made this little owl after playing around with the idea of Spirit Animals (What’s Your Spirit Animal?)

It was around 10 o’clock one night and I should have been getting ready for bed (our 6 month old gets up multiple times a night and our toddler boys like to wake up between 5 – 6 a.m.)  Instead I sat on our living room rug surrounded by scraps of paper, a newspaper, scissors, and a glue stick.  My husband didn’t ask what in the world I was doing.  His response, “I knew you would tell me at some point.”  See, he gets me 🙂

 

 

5 Steps to Finding What you Truly Value

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You make a lot of decisions based on them, without always realizing.

Everything I read lately talks about the importance of knowing your values.  They serve as a compass, making sure that the decisions we make in our lives are aligned with who we are, what we believe, and what we do.

I had no idea what mine were.  I think I’d likely give the generic response of family, friends, health…

 

Here are the 5 steps I used to find my unique value set

 

  1. Read through Scott Jeffrey’s list of 200 values (shown below) and write down any words that automatically stand out to you.  The ones that you know in your gut are SO you.  Write down as many as you want.

 

Acceptance

Accomplishment

Accountability

Accuracy

Achievement

Adaptability

Alertness

Altruism

Ambition

Amusement

Assertiveness

Attentive

Awareness

Balance

Boldness

Bravery

Brilliance

Calm

Candor

Capable

Careful

Certainty

Challenge

Charity

Cleanliness

Clear

Clever

Comfort

Commitment

Common sense

Communication

Community

Compassion

Competence

Concentration

Confidence

Connection

Consciousness

Consistency

Contentment

Contribution

Control

Conviction

Cooperation

Courage

Courtesy

Creation

Creativity

Credibility

Curiosity

Decisive

Decisiveness

Dedication

Dependability

Determination

Development

Devotion

Dignity

Discipline

Discovery

Drive

Effectiveness

Efficiency

Empathy

Empower

Endurance

Energy

Enjoyment

Enthusiasm

Equality

Ethical

Excellence

Experience

Giving

Exploration

Expressive

Fairness

Family

Famous

Fearless

Feelings

Ferocious

Fidelity

Focus

Foresight

Fortitude

Freedom

Friendship

Fun

Generosity

Genius

Goodness

Grace

Gratitude

Greatness

Growth

Happiness

Hard work

Harmony

Health

Honesty

Honor

Hope

Humility

Imagination

Improvement

Independence

Individuality

Innovation

Inquisitive

Insightful

Inspiring

Integrity

Intelligence

Intensity

Intuitive

Irreverent

Joy

Justice

Kindness

Knowledge

Lawful

Leadership

Learning

Liberty

Logic

Love

Loyalty

Mastery

Maturity

Meaning

Moderation

Motivation

Openness

Optimism

Order

Organization

Originality

Passion

Patience

Peace

Performance

Persistence

Persistence

Playfulness

Poise

Potential

Power

Present

Productivity

Professionalism

Prosperity

Purpose

Quality

Realistic

Reason

Recognition

Recreation

Reflective

Respect

Responsibility

Restraint

Results-oriented

Reverence

Rigor

Risk

Satisfaction

Security

Self-reliance

Selfless

Sensitivity

Serenity

Service

Sharing

Significance

Silence

Simplicity

Sincerity

Skill

Skillfulness

Smart

Solitude

Spirit

Spirituality

Spontaneous

Stability

Status

Stewardship

Strength

Structure

Success

Support

Surprise

Sustainability

Talent

Teamwork

Temperance

Thankful

Thorough

Thoughtful

Timeliness

Tolerance

Toughness

Traditional

Tranquility

Transparency

Trust

Trustworthy

Truth

Understanding

Uniqueness

Unity

Valor

Victory

Vigor

Vision

Vitality

Wealth

Welcoming

Winning

Wisdom

Wonder

 

2.  Now read through the list a few more times with these questions in mind:

  • What do I care about?  What is really important to me?
  • What words describe me?
  • What are the things that drive me crazy? (What does this say about what I value?)
  • What am I like in my work?
  • What am I like at home?
  • What are the things I am, even if I wish I wasn’t?

 

Now add more words to your list.

 
3. Spend time away from your list.  Really.  Give it a few hours, even better a few days or weeks.  For some reason it helps.  You’ll be able to come back to it more critically after having time to process and then revisit.

 

4. Now pull out words that you feel strongly about — the ones that are really important to you.  Yes, you may be the others but these ones are most definitely you.   Narrow your list to 10 or so.

 

5. Get your list down to 5.  Why 5?  I have no idea.  I just thought I might actually remember them if I had a shorter list.  To help eliminate words, ask yourself:

  • Between [value] and [value], which is more important to me? 
  • Does this word represent me in various parts of my life? (Work, family, friends, self, etc.)

Cut, cut, cut.  At first it’s hard because we get really attached to these words.  But it doesn’t mean they don’t describe you, they do.  You’re just looking for a few that you feel most strongly about.

 

You’ve done it.  You can now proudly look at your 5 core values.  This is actually a big step.  You have a good sense of what’s important to you and you can use this to help guide your decisions – whether it’s with your career or relationships.

And if you’re a crafty person or appreciate a good visual, you might want to make something with your words in it.  It can be a good reminder   It could be a little doodle, word art made on your phone through an app, or simply a sticky note.

 

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This is me.  Totally me.  I actually felt a little emotional getting to this place.  There’s nothing negative in this list, just the good stuff.  The things I love and care about.  Who I truly am.  No negative self-talk here.  This was a good exercise for me to do.

I immediately started thinking about my husband, my best friend…we each would have our own unique combination of values.  Each person in the world.  It’s pretty cool when you think about it.  No wonder people disagree when it comes to parenting decisions or politics.  The way we see the world, what we place value on, is different for each of us.

 

If you’d like to see what your 5 values are, I’ve made a little worksheet for you with all of the steps and places to jot down your words.  If you’d like a copy, help yourself!

Worksheet: 5 Steps to Finding Your Unique Value Set

Blogs and Sites I Subscribe To

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Here’s a list of great people whose websites / blogs I subscribe to:

  1. Shutterbean
  2. Tiffany Han
  3. Made Vibrant
  4. Jessica Swift’s 100 Uplifting Days
  5. Elise Joy
  6. Purl Soho
  7. Susannah Conway

 

I encourage you to check them out.  They are inspiring and creative.  Smart women who share their work and do good for others.

I love checking my inbox.  I get to see beautiful photographs they have taken and creative projects that inspire my own work.  I learn about new online courses I might take or new podcasts to check out.

What they send provides me with opportunities to learn.  And if someone is willing to write or create something of value and send it right to you, why wouldn’t you?

I used to be super protective of my email account.  I wouldn’t give it to stores when asked (I still don’t) and I still use a “fake” account to sign up for things.  No one likes spam.

Then a mentor encouraged me to sign up for everything!  Sign up for newsletters.  Sign up for updates on websites you love.  After a while, if you don’t like what they send, then unsubscribe or block.

I’ve since decided to set up a subscribe option for my blog.  Using Mail Chimp, readers can have The Lainie List emailed to them each week.  My thinking is that if people enjoy it and find it useful, it can be sent directly to them instead of having to look for it.  We’ll see how it goes!

The Lainie List

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The boys playing on the light table.

  1. When the Prosecco kicks in and you think you’re Beyonce…way too funny.  
  2. Strawberry Pineapple Popsicles – amazing!
  3. What’s Your Spirit Animal?  Take a Quiz.
  4. This kid is hilarious.   (Her YouTube video has over 1 million views)
  5. 10 iPhone Video Recording Tips from the Pros
  6. Warby Parker: Time for new glasses!
  7. Sandwich Cakes (actually made of sandwiches)
  8. How to French Braid your Own Hair
  9. Indigenous artist, Jay Odjick, illustrates Robert Munsch’s new book, Blackflies.
  10. Tools for producing quality video.  Getting ready to film video for mom’s online quilting course
  11. These Apps Help You Realize How Much Time You Waste On Your Phone
  12. Game of Thrones – Who’s the Tallest?
  13. The Best and Worst Ways to Reheat Leftover Pizza

 

#TheLainieList @holmeslainie
My weekly list of what I’ve read, tried, or laughed at.

What’s Your Spirit Animal?

I know this is a bit random, but it’s pretty fun.

Inspired by a hilarious skit on SNL (with Melissa McCarthy and a group of moms wearing sweaters with their spirit animals on them), I decided that I needed to play with this idea a bit.

What’s my spirit animal? 

I started with some very serious research.  I Googled: “How do you find out what your spirit animal is?”  You have to try these quizzes I found:

http://www.spiritanimal.info/spirit-animal-quiz/ (*my favourite one)

http://www.allthetests.com/quiz30/quiz/1370401140/Your-Inner-Animal-quiz

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/find-your-inner-animal
(use a fake email address for this one.  They automatically sign you up for their mailing list to do the quiz).

 

My results…

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A giant anteater…not so attractive.  I agree, I have a big heart and do appreciate alone time, but I’m not sure that I see myself as a wandering recluse…yet.  A soft and cuddly appearance…three babies in three years, I totally agree with soft.

But the result I most related to was…

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The symbolic meaning of the owl:

  • Intuition, ability to see what others do not see
  • The presence of the owl announces change
  • Capacity to see beyond deceit and masks (to cut through illusions and see the real meaning of someone’s action or state of mind).
  • Wisdom
  • The traditional meaning of the owl spirit animal is the announcer of death, most likely symbolic like a life transition, change
  • you probably like to explore the unknown

http://www.spiritanimal.info/spirit-animal-quiz/

 

I definitely love change and exploring the unknown.  That’s where my creative mind has its fun.  I’m also leery of people who come across as disingenuous.

Anyways, I won’t be running out to pick up a new owl sweater anytime soon or a great pair of owl socks, but it was fun to play around with this for a bit.  I hope you have fun with it too.

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