Monday, 5 March 2018

Get Your Book On Vol.1

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As part of my recent focus on self-care, I have been burning up the 'ol library card. Last year I read close to nada books, and getting back into reading has been Ah-mazing. It's crazy how relaxing it can be and how much I enjoy it. As a kid, I read a ridiculous amount, I always had a book on the go and I would read ANYTHING. As I got older, I became much more particular about what I was reading, but once I had chosen something, I would stick with it until the bitter matter how bad I thought it was. 

*Note: I can vividly remember getting super riled up about how bad a particular book was, and Ryan suggesting I just not finish it, and me being all "Waaaainn! If only that was an option"!

Now, the time I have to read is very precious and I'm not wasting it on any sub-par material #sorrynotsorry

I'm not really into book reviews...I guess I like to be surprised? I dunno. (I rarely even read book jackets...weird, right?)Lately I've been pinning reading lists (check out my pin board here)and then picking a few titles to place on hold at the Library, and for the most part, they’ve been good picks. 

With that in mind I thought I would share with you guys what I've been reading lately. Maybe with a few comments, but not really reviews...Anyhoot, here we go.


FiveJonesRoad read recommendations. Get your book on vol 1

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doer
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The Bell Jar  by Sylvia Plath
The Marriage Pact: A Novel by Michelle Richmond
This one is a bit of a far fetch, but I really liked the writing style so I stuck with it. Also, hilariously, Ryan and I felt like there was some good marriage advice in here, lol. If you've read it don't judge us ;)

After reading this I had a panic attack while running a staff meeting, and then said "Oh my God, just like Dan Harris". No one knew what I was talking about but I think I'ma start meditating. 

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

I'm sure you will be hearing more about this one as Ryan and I have drank the Dave Ramsey Kool-Aid and are going full on gazelle. 


No disrespect to these two books, but I just couldn't get into them. #keepingitreal

What have you been reading lately? Any suggestions?

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


Last year was a bit of a gong show and, like I mentioned in this post, this year I’m determined to take control of this 'ol thing called life.

To do that, I've really got to focus on what I need to be able to give more to the ones that need me. We hear it all the time. You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else, and I was definitely NOT taking care of me, and the humans in my vicinity are taking the brunt. It sucks for all of us.

“Self-care” is not my favorite phrase (I don’t know why, it just grinds my gears) but it’s the buzzword of the moment, so we will stick with it. 

*note: Have you ever googled self-care to see what it is exactly that you should be doing to take care of yourself, and the list is like 1. Shower 2. Pet your cat 3. Take a nap....Erm? 

This, for me, was not overly helpful. So I figured, my first step needed to be making my own list of things to care for moi. Here is what I came up with.

Project get it together 
part deux: self-care for Ter

Habits (good/bad)

1. Less drinking. (Gah! I know, I know, nobody wants this. Sober Teri SUCKS, but she’s getting old, and beer = Benjamin’s, and my liver is cirrhosising.  I’m not going full 12 steps just dialing it back a notch)

2. NO BUYING LUNCH! (I am not a Kardashian. This is extravagant behaviour that can no longer continue!)

3. Pay off debt and start saving for the future (Bo-ring! But a necessary evil to being an adult, and the older I get the more this has become a stress) 

4.Drink more water ( It makes such a difference in my brains ability to function #whodathunk?


5. Bath time (We just got a new tub and I'm SO happy! I can't wait to make bath time a more regular part of my evening routine!) 

6. Meditate/carve out some "quiet" time. (I NEED to let my mind just be sometimes.)

7. Read (I barely read any books last year and it sucked. I’m firing up the ol’ library card and getting my book on!)


8. Iron pills (I’m anemic, but very rarely remember to take my pills...lame, cause they really work :/)

9. Exercise (I really like running outside, but I’m not hardcore enough to run when it’s -20. Now that the weather is starting to warm up again I'm hoping to get back into it!)

10. Eat better/more often ( I also have low blood sugar (I'm such a treat, right?) so eating often, and eating right are keys to me not losing it over nothing... Hangry is legit , yo)


11. No more bringing work home. (I'm trying SO hard to leave work at work right now...but the struggle is real :/)

12. Plan more family outings (when I am home I want to make sure we are having fun and not just lolly-gagging around...although sometimes that's the best time!)

13. Spend more quality time with Ry (It's so tough finding time to hang out just us, but I want to try and be more intentional about the time we do get to spend together, and maybe spring for a sitter every once in awhile. #sacrilege)

As with all self-care lists I suppose, in the end its a bit "Uh, weren’t doing that already?", but I guess that’s the whole problem. "Nah, I wasn't". So I’mma just leave this here, and see if I can follow through with some/any of it. 

What are some of the things you are doing for self-care? Have you found it's made a difference in your daily life? Hit me up with the dets, I'm dying to know how adults are adulting.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Dream Home Confessions

OK, I have a confession to make...

I was convinced (No seriously, convinced!)  that Ryan and I were going to win the CHEO dream home, and by convinced I mean, scarily unrealistically attached to the idea. 

CHEO Dream Home

I must have done the virtual walk through like a thousand times, had planned out where everything would go once we had moved in and had visions of what our life was GOING to be like when we were confirmed Dream Home winners. I get that this is part of the fun of buying a ticket, but I was crossing the line here. And, whomp whomp, *spoiler alert, we didn't win. 

I was crushed. I had made all the plans. Our life was going to be so much easier, funner, fancier when we lived in the Dream Home. I realize that this is cray, but you guys....I wanted it so bad (insert foot stomp here).

Ryan kept reminding me that we bought tickets this year, yes to dream of the big win, but also to support the hospital where Vaughn had his tonsils and adenoids removed this past summer. Due to him refusing his pain medication we also spent a sleepover in the emergency room and I tells ya, I was beyond grateful that we were only there for a tonsillectomy/pain management and not for something more serious, as I saw some things that were truly heartbreaking. And how lucky are we, to have a children's hospital so close by, if we ever really do need it! 

*Note:  When we did the initial walk through of the house I might have been quoted as saying "you couldn't pay me to live here" so I mean, well played universe, well played. 

Lately, life has been kicking me in the nads and winning the Dream Home felt like it would be such an easy fix (and a complete upgrade!). It would be stress free. We would have space to spread out, entertain, and organize ourselves so we were not always tripping over our stuff, or each other. All of the spaces would be finished, which would relieve the stress of so many unfinished projects. Our time and money would be freed up to spend with our friends/family. 

We would have also won a second vehicle which would allow Ry to get around while I'm at work, so he would not feel so cooped up. The free year of Molly Maid service was also going to be key, 'cause free maid service = life(I'm assuming). And while all this was happening I was going to be able to FINALLY just relax, live my life and enjoy my family. 

Alas, it was not meant to be. After gaining some perspective slash having no choice but to carry on and face the brutal reality of life, I have come to the conclusion that 1. Our situation is not awful and could definitely be worse, and b. I'm in control of what is happening in my life and banking on winning my way to a "better" life is so dang stupid. I'm determined to make some changes to make my home, and life, a tad bit dreamier. 

part 1: THE HOUSE

1.FINISH THE BASEMENT! If we could just get the basement together, we could have a dedicated space for the kiddos to play which would free up SO MUCH SPACE on the main level. 

This is where we are starting. #hoarderscalledtheywanttheirhouseback

 Our VERY unfinished basement

This is really the catalyst for all the other rooms so I just NEED to focus on getting it done!

2. Once the basement is complete, and most of the toys are down there. I can then concentrate on finishing up the other spaces. I also need to be disciplined enough to finish something and then leave it alone already. 

The kids have already been in all three's crazy! 

 The Original Nursery. It has also been Vaughn and Lilah's shared bedroom, a playroom, and is currently Lilah's bedroom!

Jonas' nursery which has also been Lilah's room, Vaughn and Lilah's shared room. OUR room, Lilah, Vaughn and Jonas' shared room and is currently the boys shared room...whew!

There is nothing I can do to make this house bigger. But, we love living in this community, we love our proximity to amenities, we love the kids' school, and none of that would have been able to come with us to the so-called Dream Home.  

The reality is, we probably never would have been able to afford to maintain a big house like that and would have needed to sell it anyway (I mean which wouldn't have sucked either-it's currently on the market for $1.4M by the actual winner.)

Our lives are really up in the air right now with Ryan out of work, but we have decided to take control and make some changes that will allow us to make "the dream" closer to reality. 

I get the feeling that no matter where you are on the food chain of success none of us feel like we are where we should be, and that's dumb. Who says we have to be anywhere... I think that's the biggest lesson I learned out of all this Dream Home reflection. I don't need a big house, or a fancy car to be happy. I just need to be happy, and fortunately I'm in control of my own happiness, and I'm going to try my darn-est to remember that. So, wherever you are in life I hope you will join me in trying to make it a bit easier, funner, fancier...happier. Because, dudes, this is it.

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it"

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Holla, 2017.

Being Santa took a lot out of me this year. I never felt like I could get a handle on anything and the mom ran deep. 

Examples: We missed our usual Christmas Parade, didn't drive around to check out the lights, didn't make it through our book advent (which I put together three days late), didn't go to our usual Christmas tree farm to get our tree and instead bought one from the Canadian Tire parking lot (for shame), squeaked in our Santa visit by the skin of our teeth ON Christmas Eve, the list, she goes on.  I don't know if it was work (super busy), three Christmas' to make magical (basically impossible), or a heart two sizes too small, but I am SO done (and if you know me you know this is nada like me...we have been known to leave Christmas decorations up until February *insert hide face in shame emoji.) Thankfully, I don't think the kids are going to hold it against me.

*Note: Santa's expression says it all...

So, today you will find me packing up all. the. things. purging, cleaning, organizing. Shedding the skin of 2016, and heading into the New Year all sleek and on fleek. (Is that what the youngins are saying?) you know, getting ready for a brand new year. 

So, whether your Holidays were on point, or not, (someone pry the urban dictionary away from my old, uncool hands) I think we can all agree that the backside of 2016 is a wonderful sight. 2017 I have high hopes for you. 

Let's get this show on the road. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

WIWW + Halloween Update

When I wrote this post on the topic of Halloween we were planning our Pee Wee's Playhouse costumes. #Halloweenfail #maybenextyear. Many factors lead to the demise of that theme including me being away for the better part of the week for work, lack of toddler sized slim grey suits, and an inability to agree on which five characters we should be (there are so many options to choose from!). So on Sunday, (Yup, the day before Halloween) We booked it to PartyCity and found the strong man shirt, the Women's Ringmaster Accessory kit #poorvaughn, a beard, a mustache, black balloons and face paint. Mix in the cowardly lion costume from last year, add a few pom poms to a sweater and voila...the Muhl Family Circus.

Circus Freak show family Halloween costume.

All week Vaughn was talking about how he was going to be a police officer for Halloween and I was starting to feel mom guilt about making him be our ring leader (and a sexy one at that), but Halloween night he rocked it and was the star of the show. #Ibetterstartsavingfortherapynow

I've also been wearing clothes. These are not the most exciting outfits, but in keeping with the true spirit of WIWW I feel like I need to post them anyway. If I want better pictures I have to wear better outfits...which I think is the whole point of why/how WIWW was created. So with my head hung in shame here is what I've been wearing. 

turtleneck + boots
turtleneck / tank(old) / jeans(old) / boots(old)

blouse + leopard flats
top / jeans(old) / flats

ponte dress
dress / tights / boots(old)

Later Gators,

pleated poppy

Sunday, 30 October 2016

This is Halloween

I'm not going to say Halloween is my jam, because really, it's not. I don't like spooky, gore, or candy corn. I do, however, like to dress up, and thankfully, the rest of the fam is on board with my insistence on a family group costume every year (so far) for the ol' Trick or Treat. 

Last year, Jonas was only a few months old and I didn't think I had it in me (Hence the store bought Paw Patrol costumes), but in true Terianne fashion, I changed my mind at the last minute and threw together the wizard of oz.

Skye, Chase and Chickaletta. Paw Patrol is on a roll.
Paw Patrol

Family Costume 2015. The Wizard of Oz. Wicked witch, Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow and of course, Dorothy.
The wizard of oz
Thankfully, we had two events to go to so the costumes didn't go to waste, and also, the kids dress up as Sky and Chase about 45 times per week so it's all good. 

2014 was the year of Frozen for us (and the rest of the world, amiright?) so there was no debate on this one. I also made the kids wear their costumes to Lilah's Frozen Fourth birthday party a few days later. #twoforone 

Family Costume 2014. Frozen, Of Course! Kristoff, Olaf, Elsa and Anna.
2013 was our first foray into the group family costume spurred on mainly from these bear hat's I found at Dollarama. We all just wore regular clothes, but it was the start to our Halloween tradition and I'm going to go with it as long as the kiddos will be willing participants. #familycostumesforlife

Family Costume 2014. Goldilocks and the three bears.
Goldilocks and the three bears
As I was looking through our photos I found these gems from the days of the couple costume just to prove how cool we were even before kids. 

*note: Anyone know how to Photoshop out that spooky string?

Couples Costume. Kenny and Dolly for the win!
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Our first Couple Costume. Airline Pilot and Flight Attendant
Airline pilot and flight attendant
Now, to work on our costume for this year...It's going to be a good one. Happy Halloween(prep) folks!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Mad for Plaid

Lately, we've been working on upping the ante on the dress code at work and I've been putting together some outfit inspirations using key pieces from our newest collections mixed with basics to inspire our staff to be more creative when putting together their outfits. And, honestly, to inspire myself, too. I love these outfits so much that I figured you guys might get a kick out of them. 

*disclaimer: in case you've never picked up on what I'm putting down, I currently work for Joe Fresh although they have absolutely nada to do with this blog or how much I love the clothes. I am not an affiliate and receive no compensation for talking about the product I'm just trying to keep it real with what I'm wearing, and by proxy, that means stuff (and lots of it) from my store.

The basic pieces are all classics that you probably already have sitting in your closet (and if not, it's time to stock up!). Just add your favorite version of a plaid shirt, skirt or dress, you know, in case you don't exclusively shop at Joe Fresh. #althoughyoushould #imightbebiased