Secret Santa’s Gift

It’s my first Secret Santa here in Canada! I was actually hesitant at first to join since I don’t know most of the member of the group where I belong, but they were just so warm and welcoming and I thought, why not, that would make me happy and someone happy in a way. So I joined… I sent my gift but I am still waiting for any news from the recipient. But I’ve already got my Secret Santa gift! Wohoo! Here it is:

Cookie cutters… and more cookie cutters!

I’ve always love cookie cutters, even if I don’t bake and make a lot of cookies most of the time because of my part time work, but if I have the time, I bake cookies as I’ve got three voracious cookie monsters here in the house. So my Secret Santa just knew what I wanted (we were asked what we wanted to receive, hehehe). I can also use these cookie cutters to cut shapes on sandwiches for my son’s lunchbox! I miss doing creative lunches already as I have run out of ideas and my son has become the pickiest eater of all the picky eaters out there… uuuggghhh!

So anyway, I love love love my gift, it’s a tub full of cookie cutters and a nice little cupcake ornament! Thank you very much Secret Santa Jody Arsenault (not a secret anymore) for this!:-)May you have a wonderful and meaningful Christmas!

Cold Morning

We woke up today to a minus 12 centigrade on the thermometer! It was just one cold morning and because it is Sunday and hubby and I don’t have work, we decided to just stay home and stay warm. Hubby and I have talked about buying a car, we’ve only been here for just a year and hubby just got his G1 license, which means he needs someone (a G holder) to drive with him. But because we haven’t saved that much yet (we’re only minimum wage earners), we couldn’t afford to buy a car just yet. But we are hoping that by next year, he will take the G2 exam and be able to get even a second hand car.

So anyway, because it was so cold this morning, going out was not an option. Instead, we did the laundry, cleaned the house, let the little boys play and scream, hehehe, and did some more chores. I caught up with my writing gigs as well and watched my TV shows. The cold weather kept us stuck in the house, which is a good thing actually, we don’t have to go out and spend. But of course, it would have been nice to have our own car so that if we want to go to church, or to the mall or visit an attraction, it’s easy for us. We don’t have to shiver in the cold bus stop even in our winter clothes.

I know that it will happen soon, I am positive of that. The Lord will provide and we will soon be able to see the fruits of our labor. As for the cold morning, we will expect that to be like that in the coming days as winter approaches, and then I am looking forward to Spring and then Summer… 🙂

Ornaments With Love Review

I offer this post to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. As I assembled and lit up our first Christmas tree here, I thought and said a prayer (and did my share) for my fellow countrymen back home who have to go through all these ordeal. Despite all that has happened, may you have a merry Christmas. You all are in our thoughts.

Christmas is just a few weeks away and I have never been this excited about Christmas. It’s our second Christmas here in Canada, our second winter and I have just seen how excited the people here are to buy gifts for loved ones, to decorate and light up their Christmas trees and to celebrate the birthday of our Lord. Last year, we started out with nothing, and months of working has allowed us to buy our very first Christmas tree here in Canada. It may not be the real one, but at least it symbolizes Christmas.

I was so giddy to put up our Christmas tree and when it was done, I had a few of the ornaments that I bought put up too. One of these ornaments are from Ornaments with Love. It is a personalized bear family (which I find so cute) Christmas ornament with hearts and two children. While browsing through Ornaments with Love’s website, this is the one that I find fitting for our Christmas tree.

I love that the ornament can be personalized and at the website, it was so easy to do it. I just wrote the names of my family members and placed my order and viola! This is the ornament at the website:

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And the personalized ornament I got:

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Labado Family 2013 Christmas Ornament

I really like the bears and it just reminded me that during our first family camping last August, we had bears as our names on our camp tee-shirts, so when I saw this, it was just perfect! I also like that our names are clear and bold. This personalized ornament measures 4.5″ x 3.75″ and is made of clay dough. Its size is not too big and not too small for our Christmas tree. The colours are also bright and it just feels so Christmas! This ornament is also our first ever that I have adorned our first Christmas tree.

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Our first Christmas tree here, still needs to be adorned with more ornaments! But I love it, my little boys love the lights and our family ornament!

Ornaments with Love offers personalized Christmas tree ornaments and they have a wide selection of ornaments to choose from. They have categories like families, pets, houses, military, professions, hobbies, music, angels, sports, friends, teens and so much more. They also have picture frames, tabletop decorations and other miscellaneous items that you can personalize and give to your loved ones or to a special someone.

To know more  about Ornaments with Love and to order your own personalized Christmas ornament, head over to their website, check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter and Pinterest! They have tons of ideas and ornaments to choose from.

*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the product mentioned above for review purposes only. The opinions are my own, based on personal experience with the product.