My Favourite Cheeseball Recipe of All Time

I know I’ve mentioned it before – but I’m a complete cheese addict. I really do think it just makes everything taste better.

So when my sister in law made this cheeseball for Christmas several years ago, I was a little embarrassed how much I ate (good thing she brought a few of them). It is SO good…and a perfect little appetizer/snack to take to a get together…or on a plate surrounded by Wheat Thins {or my new favourite, Breton White Bean crackers} for neighbour/friend gifts. Quick and easy to make…with only a few ingredients….it’s awesome. And instead of using the recipe to make one giant cheeseball, I usually make several small ones…easier to justify pulling one out and eating it in one sitting (oh yes I have!). They freeze well which is even better….and boy oh boy are they yummy!


How ca-ute is this pumpkin shaped cheeseball a friend of mine made!!! {she used elastics around the saran wrap while it chilled in the fridge!!}

8oz McLaren’s Cheese – softened at room temperature (Costco has the best price)

8oz Cream Cheese – softened at room temperature

Blend (I use beaters) well and add:

1/4 cup chopped green onion

1/3 cup chopped pecans

dash of garlic powder (maybe 1/4 tsp)

Chill, then shape into a ball (or however many you want) and roll in mixture of:

2 Tbsp chopped pecans (I pre-chop them with my handy chopper thing – I know, so technical)

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp paprika


Three Tiered Skirts

Way back in 2010, my cousin, Laura gave me a huge sewing bug after she made some adorable skirts for her girls. I had to follow suit, and soon found myself knee deep in fabric and multiple patterns. lol

sewing-making-memories-with-kids-these-are-your-days-skirts-eternal-reflections-photography-bI decided to start small/basic with this Three Tiered skirt pattern which I LOVED! And so did Brooklyn, PLUS they were really easy to make.

{Photo Credit: Eternal Reflections Photography – except the photo above, taken by me and edited by ERP}


And the best part? The skirts live on with my other cousins’ young girls.


My heart swoons

The Polka Dot Chair

I WANT TO MAKE THIS!!! Another blog found from aimless internet wandering 🙂 As we all know I’m on a bit of a skirt sewing kick – and now that the weather is turning (much to my dismay – I’m so not ready to say goodbye to the summer sunshine) I know I’ll be spending a whole lot more time at my sewing machine! This has promptly been added to my list – a fantastic tutorial from The Polka Dot Chair!

In addition, I want to make this completely adorable matching skirt for a doll :

I absolutely love both skirts (though personally prefer the fabric on the doll version) and can’t wait to try them out.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company

It has been almost 3 years since we’ve had a tub in our house, but finally the kids’ bathroom is complete and we have a BEAUTIFUL tub that I relax in at least 3 times a week. As such, I wanted to really enjoy a pampering experience.

Last year my cousin gifted me some natural soaps from the Rocky Mountain Soap Co. AND one of my coworkers is also a huge fan – in fact, she recently purchased some items and the very next day had THREE baths. THREE.

So it seemed like an obvious first choice in my natural bath products search.

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I started small, wanting to try a few things and not go overboard {as is my natural tendency haha}. I got 1 bubble bath and 3 of their small trial size bath salts {I LOVE that they offer small ones}

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Sweet Dreams * Vanilla & Coconut * Rescue

And a couple of bath bombs, one of which was the awesome Minty Eucalyptus

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I enjoyed the bath salts for sure, but my preference is hands down with the bath bombs. They are so nice and my skin came out feeling so amazing and soft. Be aware that the flakes of this particular bath bomb make it look like you took a bath with oreos. haha

I wasted no time and put it another small order.

Okay, I ordered 18. EIGHTEEN.

Ha! I’m set up through the winter! 😉

I love them all…Even Jonah made us all feel his skin after his bath because it was so smooth.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and I have not been compensated in any way.


Spinach Salad with Raspberry-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

I’m a sucker for a good homemade salad dressing, and am always looking for a new recipe. This fits the bill completely. And soooo easy (they often are) and seriously scrumptious.


For the salad:


a bunch of fruit cut up into bite sized pieces (apples, grapes, mandarins, strawberries, raspberries, melon, etc.)

sliced almonds or pecans (I like to sugar mine – equal parts margarine and sugar….melt and mix together in pan, add nuts and stir. watch carefully so they don’t burn)

Feta, Goat, or blue cheese….or asiago, swiss emmental, etc.

Raspberry-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette:

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup canola/vegatable oil

2 Tbsp raspberry jam

2 Tbsp poppy seeds

1 tsp salt (optional)

3/4 tsp. dried mustard

Drizzle over salad, toss, and ENJOY!


Fun and Delicious Kool-Aid Popcorn

This is a great treat to make with the kids and it’s so delicious too! Years ago, when one of Jonah’s preschool classmates handed out baggies to everyone, I may or may not have eaten the entre thing. *oops*

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2 cups sugar

1 cup white corn syrup

2/3 cups margarine

2 packages of Kool-aid

1 tsp baking soda

Boil the sugar, syrup, and margarine together for 3 minutes. Stir in baking soda and Kool-aid and pour over 6 quarts of popcorn.

Bake at 225 for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and break up immediately.

ENJOY!!! (Make two batches and add the festive flair – red/green. orange/black, red/pink, or perhaps just a few random colours for fun!)

Be Scared and Do it Anyway

Last summer, in a gutsy move, Jonah agreed to try kneeboarding. He was a little nervous but my cousin reassured him he would be okay and showed him what to do.

He only tried once but that was enough. The rope came off and he flipped over, but his knees didn’t pop out of the straps like he expected. So while his head was never under the water, he was certain he was drowning and just moments from death.

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He was completely traumatized and unwilling to try again, which broke my heart. I just really wanted it for him, knowing he would love it and feel so proud of himself. But there’s a fine balance in knowing when to push and when to trust. I chose to trust his choice to wait.

Fast forward to this summer at the same lake, with our same cousins. We spent a good part of time boating and tubing. When some of their other cousins went out on the kneeboard, I could tell Jonah was waging an inner battle.

He told me he wanted to try it again, but that he was scared.

I shared with him a story I had read earlier this year, of a young girl standing on the edge of the pool, wanting to jump in. An older lady noticed her hesitation and asked what was wrong. When she replied that she was scared, this older lady said simply,

Well, be scared and do it anyway

And just like that, it became one of my favourite lines, a motto of sorts. And the opportunity to pass it on to Jonah was a shining parenting moment for me. Better yet was that he took it…he believed it….he was scared to kneeboard again, but he did it anyways.

And you guys, he rocked it!


Not only did he love it {minus a scary bumpy part in the middle}, but the impact on his confidence and pride in himself is irreplaceable. And he saw that he can do hard things….he can make things happen…he can be scared and do it anyway!


Start Your Watch Collection With A Jord Giveaway ~ Everybody Wins!

I could not be any more excited to feature Jord Wood Watches again. And not just because I’ve finally started my own watch collection with this beauty:


Cora Series – Purpleheart & Mother of Pearl

But because I seriously love this company and their watches. The Captain received one for review, then I bought him one, and now I’ve received this one. They are such unique and cool watches, and the quality is really quite amazing. I seriously can’t get enough – don’t be surprised if I continue the trend and buy myself another one next.


Also, can I just take a minute to tell you how much I love the new packaging? These boxes are gorgeous, with a magnetic lid and a cute little drawer at the bottom. Sigh – All the heart eyes.

Okay, so here’s the deal: Jord is giving away a $100 gift code to one lucky winner AND a $20 gift code to EVERYONE who enters! EVERYONE!

You get a gift code. You get a gift code. Everyone gets a gift code!!!!

Enter the giveway HERE and then head over to find your favourite Women’s Watch or Men’s Watch

But can you choose just one?

**Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches,

but as always, ALL opinions are my own. I seriously love these watches! **

**Photo Credit: Huge thanks to Micah Maria Photography**

4 Podcasts That Inspire Me

I know I’m probably the last person on the planet to discover the podcast app {thanks to my cousins}, but can I just say  that my life has been forever changed because of it.

And I can’t stop.

Here are four podcasts that I listen to on the reg {ha, I just said it that way to sound cool}. And by *reg* I mean, on the way home from taking the kids to school, while eating my breakfast {Qi’a oatmeal and fresh fruit} and packing my lunch, on the way to work, on the way home from work and picking up the kids from school, while working out, and often for a few minutes before drifting off to dreamland. It’s basically replaced everything else. haha


  1. Tony Robbins – First, watch his documentary *I Am Not Your Guru* on Netflix. Then, once you’ve recovered from the life altering inspiration {I’m not kidding}, check out his podcast. His first season was good, but already his second season {2 episodes in at the time I’m writing this} is over the top. I particularly loved *How to Make the Decision to do the Impossible* with Siri Lindley – amazing!
  2. Earn Your Happy with Lori Harder – Several weeks ago my cousin Radelle texted a screenshot of one of her new favourite podcasts to pass onto our other cousin, Laura and me. Laura immediately responded that she had also recently discovered it and was hooked. Ha! Well add me to the mix because I can’t get enough. I polished off all the episodes while driving to our recent BC camping trip and pretty much spent the entire time insanely inspired, especially episodes 52: What Make a Happiness Expert, Happy with Gretchen Rubin {author of The Happiness Project} and  57: Go From Tragedy to Legendary Life with Ted Ryce {I warn you, his personal story is unexpectedly intense and so heartbreaking}.
  3. Untame the Wild Soul with Elizabeth Dialto – One of the amazing guests on Earn Your Happy, Elizabeth Dialto speaks to my wild soul. To that burning inner passion, that almost nobody understands and that you simply can’t explain to people who don’t get it,. But Elizabeth Dialto gets it. She has it. She owns it. And I am so inspired by that. Check out episodes 119: Martha Beck on Life Coaching, Dreams, and Integrity and 126: Alexi Panos on 50 Ways to Yay.
  4. The Soul Fueled CEO with Amber Lilyestrom – Another guest from Earn Your Happy, this amazing podcast has me excited for possible future endeavors. Of the few I’ve listened to, two of my favourites are The Goddess Revolution with Mel Wells and Building Your Hustle-Free Empire with Amanda Loveland.

Thanks to my newfound podcast addiction, I can honestly say my days are more productive, and start with more clarity, inspiration and motivation.

I’ve got some big dreams here, my friends, and I can’t wait to make them happen!

**You can also purchase any of these podcasts on iTunes. I promise it’s worth it!**


Making Memories With Your Kids

It should be clear by now that making memories is my passion, my purpose…and the main focus of my blog. But I don’t want to just show you how I’m making memories, I want to inspire you to do the same.

Luckily, there are others who share that same vision, and today I’m linking up to one such site. The Dating Divas

I’ve been a fan of there’s for a couple of years now, and although the majority of their posts are specifically about dating/marriage relationships, I found a lovely little gem 

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50 Ways to Make Childhood Memories {photo used with permission}, which includes ideas for:

Indoor Activities, Out of the House Activities, Small and Simple Surprises, and Outdoor Activities

Trust me, there are some great ones. Actually, I love them all and have done many of them. Of course, now I have new ones to add to my list. Check it out!