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Aug
9
2017
Aug 9, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - likewise game by Buffalo games

A friend of mine owns a lot of games, I mean A LOT of games. She has boxes and boxes of board games and occasionally she decides to do a little spring cleaning. That’s when I usually get boxes and boxes of games because she’s convinced my family will love them.

Out of curiosity, I take the games home and our family tries them out. Truth be told, the games are usually ones I’ve never heard of until she passes them my way.

Allow me to introduce you to exhibit A: Likewise, a board game by Buffalo Games. – Continue Reading

Jul
24
2017
Jul 24, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts

You knew something was wrong when I didn’t post about it, right? Yep, I’m still partially in denial but I think I’m okay talking about it.

Have no idea what I’m talking about? Well, to put it lightly, Avi has decided it’s time for him to find a different pace in his life and has moved on from the group. Truth be told, it was likely to happen at some point. You could almost sense it.
I would never wish it upon the group but as their fame grew, you can just imagine how much more grueling their schedule became and unlike other singers, I personally think it must have been extra taxing since there are no other external instruments to support their craft. After a while, it takes its toll and there comes a time when decisions are made to adjust and alter life patterns. Hey, I’m not Avi so this is just my personal opinion but no matter what, I will always adore Pentatonix and the music they created.

Sigh.

I’m sure we can all relate to some extent (hello, work life!). I mean, I’m exhausted after a dinner with just a few friends!

While I take this moment to publically acknowledge that Pentatonix is not the same as it once was, enjoy this cool little compilation I found online posted by PTXperience. My favourite Pentatonix performances were always those off mic moments when they just sang – no big stage production, no crazy light shows, just them.

Enjoy!

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

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Jun
26
2017
Jun 26, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - nature

Yes, I admit, it has been a while! I certainly haven’t been procrastinating but well, life just got a little busier than usual so I had to focus more on the ‘must do’s while putting the ‘I want to do’s on the backburner for a bit. That was probably the biggest lesson I had to learn: that it’s okay if I can’t do everything that I want to. With a finite number of hours in a day, there’s a limit to what I can do without losing who I am.

Can you tell I’m a bit of a perfectionist? That’s part of the reason why I post the way I do for ThingsThatWeDo.com – to intentionally post spontaneously with minimal edits to the written dialogue so that it can be as authentic as possible.  It’s been a while but hopefully I’ll be able to post a bit more often now that things are cooling off a bit. I actually have time to do this little mishmash post.  – Continue Reading

May
24
2017
May 24, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - pikelets

Why?

Because I said so.

Who exactly is Nagi?

Well, Nagi happens to be an amazing woman who is the ultimate brain behind www.recipetineats.com. I discovered her website a little while back when I was in desperate need of a new breakfast option. Sure, I made French Toast, pancakes, oatmeal, bread pudding, and a few other choice items but it’s always good to try something new. Given that I’m not the best cook on this planet I was looking for something familiar yet new.

Enter Nagi and the pikelet.

What exactly is a pikelet? – Continue Reading

May
17
2017
May 17, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - oatmeal with nuts and seeds

Lately, the hubby and I have been trying to find different ways to jazz up breakfast. I mean, really, there’s only so much bread and spread you can have in the morning. Bread, bagel, biscuit, French toast, pancakes, bread pudding, whatever you want to call it, having a chunk of cooked dough in the morning gets a little boring after a while. Sure, we pair it with fruit and a few other healthy options but it gets old quite quickly.

Oatmeal – for some, an equally boring breakfast option so how do you jazz that up without adding loads of sugar or junk on top of it? – Continue Reading

May
7
2017
May 7, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids 2015

I can’t believe it! ThingsThatWeDo.com turns 6 years old today! When my daughter and I first decided on this adventure together we knew it would be a long term commitment. Time moves quickly though and to suddenly realize that 6 long years have passed – that is just mind boggling!

Over the past few years the site has certainly made a few changes. ThingsThatWeDo.com has also moved from daily posting to a more intermittent schedule, something that I can decently manage and actually enjoy each post that is written. While I loved the idea of daily posting, I eventually gave it up because I realized that life just couldn’t accommodate the intense schedule. Work got busier and quite frankly, something had to give.

In the past 6 years, there have been other changes as well. My big kid is certainly even bigger now and although she doesn’t post quite as frequently anymore, she continues to give me feedback, offer ideas, and give her opinions of everything that happens on the site.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids 2015

Thankfully, throughout it all, our family has been very fortunate to still find time to laugh together, to share small moments, and be involved in each other’s lives. By no means are we a wealthy family and you see, I think that’s the whole point: happiness isn’t about how much money you have.

Sure, you need money to pay bills and meet basic needs, but happiness isn’t determined by how much money you have. That internal happiness can come from experiencing the most serene sunrise or from sharing the most hilarious laugh with loved ones (over something that really isn’t that funny but just seemed to hit the right spot).

Perhaps, that’s what I’m most thankful for.

Of course, ThingsThatWeDo.com wouldn’t be much without our loyal readers who’ve continued to stay with us over these years. Thank you for reading, for laughing, for crying, and for sharing your thoughts with us. You know we post in the rawest form possible because we don’t want this site to be overly scripted. We wanted it to be unpretentious and authentic, to be a space where we could keep our literary brains active, share a common experience between mom and daughter, and type to our hearts’ content.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kid superhero

On this very special day, do yourself a favour and find yourself something fun and positive to do. Spend it with a loved one or give yourself some much needed ‘me time’. Do yoga, laughter yoga, a cooking class, or try something new. Be present, be mindful, and just enjoy it. Life can be amazing if we just let ourselves experience it.

Happy Birthday, ThingsThatWeDo.com!

thingsthatwedo.com - homemade chocolate cake

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

Copyright© 2017 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Apr
10
2017
Apr 10, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - pipe cleaners

I try to be a label reader. I really do. Generally, I like to pick up a product and read its label before I plunk it into my shopping cart. I know money is hard to come by. We all know that.

Is it easy to read labels though?

I’m not so sure.

Let’s do a little exercise, shall we? Imagine you’re at the grocery store and you happen to walk by the little containers of applesauce. You see two applesauce products sitting side by side one another both from the same company.

Let me introduce you to Exhibit A.

– Continue Reading

Apr
1
2017
Apr 1, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - bolthouse-farms-berry-boost-smoothieSometimes, I wander the aisles in the grocery store. I have a few minutes to spare and I pick up different products to gander at their choice of ingredients. I read a few labels, I think, and I move on.

On this particular day, I picked up the bottle of Bolthouse Farms 100% Fruit juice smoothie. There are a variety of flavours. The one you see pictured here is their Berry Boost smoothie.

I take a good look at their bottle, the packaging, the words and then I start thinking. For starters, I never make smoothies at home. I just don’t. I’d rather eat the whole fruit. Occasionally, the family might pick up a smoothie while we’re out and about but really, they’re not part of our everyday repertoire.

Oh, I should apologize in advance: I took these photos while I was in the store. They’re not the best quality, wobbly handling and all. What can I say? – Continue Reading

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