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Lessons On My 40th Birthday

Me and the Fam! I have news. A few weeks ago I celebrated my 40th birthday. It was my second COVID/lockdown birthday and I wasn't even sad about it. I'm not a huge birthday bash kind of girl, so not having to break the news to everyone that there would be no crazy party felt sooooooo good.  I've thought a lot about this post. About turning 40. What do I want to share here to help document this milestone birthday? When my kids look back and read this online journal so to speak, what do I want them to know about what I was thinking on May 11, 2021? And here's what I came up with: On celebrating my special day: COVID birthdays aren't so bad as an adult. Sure they suck shit for kids (can't have a party, can't see their family and friends, hardly any presents because said parties are a no-no). But for me, as an adult, I understand why I can't party it up with like 50 of my closest friends and family members. I understand that a Vegas trip is out of the questi

Friday Five's: Canadian Thanksgiving Collection

It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and I'm sooo pumped to be hosting a super small gathering (just my family, brother, and parents) on Saturday. The turkey is bought, recipes are pinned, and my daughter helped with the fall/Thanksgiving decorations around the house. All that is left is to get some yummy smelling fall candles, and also, get that bird in the oven (have to wait until tomorrow for that).

What Thanksgiving Means to Me

I never really thought too much about Thanksgiving in my early years, but as I got older, and more  specifically after I had kids, I've really started to have a new appreciation for the holiday. Another defining moment: when my dad survived his heart attack a couple of years ago. It's true what people say, life is precious and not a day goes by that I don't tell everyone I care about how much they mean to me. If I love someone, I tell them. That's just how I roll these days. We practice gratitude every day but what I love most about Thanksgiving, is that it forces us to just stop and spend the time to really dig deep and think about what is important to us, and, it helps enforce the message of gratitude for our kids as well. 

Here's how I plan to show gratitude this year, and how I'm making the day extra special and fun for the family:

Gratitude Game: I've heard of people doing this and I have always wanted to try it. Everyone writes down what they're grateful for, throw it in a jar, and then you go around the table and try to guess who wrote what. Check it out here on Sincerely Saturday.


Getting a little silly and competitive: My family is soooo big on dance parties and games and just having fun! Check out these hilarious minute to win it style games from Play Party Plan....can't wait to try some of these out tomorrow.


Cootie Catcher Turkey Style: My kids looooove a good cootie catcher. No matter how old they get, they seem to always have hours of fun with these things. This Thanksgiving themed cootie catcher from Brendid is so adorable, I can't wait to print them out.


Colouring isn't just for kids: Another awesome activity....colouring. Our fam is huge on colouring, especially after a big meal, while we eat our dessert and chug our coffee to stay awake past 8 pm lol. These colouring pages from Paper Trail Design are adorable and they'll help get that conversation going about what we're most grateful for this year.


What are your Thanksgiving traditions?

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