Monday, November 18, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 46/52...and a winner!

Joining in with Jen, here are four happy photos from the past week.


I helped the GB with her first homework assignment, which was to decorate a "turkey feather" for her class's Thanksgiving bulletin-board display. The teacher hangs a paper turkey body and the children each design a paper feather. They list the things they are thankful for and a parent transcribes it on the feather. It's big, and it also contains her full name, so I don't want to share a full photo but here's what she told me to write: "I am thankful for my family, my food, my toys and my books, my house, learning how to read and good behavior."


Friday was "make-your-own-pizza night" at our house. These are the small Bears' pizzas. They did almost everything by themselves (the GB needed help with rolling out her dough and we handled the oven-related steps). They had a lot of fun. I love make-your-own-pizzas; I bring out every item that could feasibly taste good on a pizza and it's a good way to use up partial jars from the fridge - this night's selection included pesto, artichoke hearts and three types of olives.


The LB lost his ninth tooth on Saturday. Nine of them so far! He lost the first eight in fairly rapid succession, starting at five-and-a-half years old. Then there was a lull for about a year, and now he's losing them again. This was the first lost tooth of the second wave. This one was very loose for a long time and he was starting to get frustrated because it was difficult to chew, so he was very happy to have it come out. But then he lost it-lost it, i.e., put it down somewhere and doesn't remember where. The Tooth Fairy awaits.


I'm a simple kind of lady but I'm not completely without vanity. I'm not much of a makeup user but I try to do my hair nicely every day and I also like to keep my nails looking neat. I was a nail-biter until my early thirties and when I finally managed to quit for good, I realized that I liked having nice nails. I don't want to spend money on professional manicures so I do my own at home. I tried this Rimmel French manicure polish from Target and I really like it. It lasts forever too; I don't notice chips until about the fourth day of wearing it.

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Hello and welcome, new readers and followers! I know that one of my recipe posts was mentioned on Alicia's blog Posy Gets Cozy over the weekend and I hope that if you came for the recipe that you enjoy it and that you'll want to stay to read more about life here at the Thistlebear home. I'd be so happy to have you along for the fun. Please feel free to say hello and let me know if you have a blog too so I can stop by and visit you.

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My Birthday Giveaway closed over the weekend and now it's time to announce the winner!


The 45th comment on the giveaway post is Leanne of Today's Stuff! Leanne, please email me your mailing address so that I can get your prizes on their way to you as soon as possible. Sincere thanks to everyone who participated in my giveaway. There were 56 entries! I'm excited that so many people were interested in receiving gifts from my heart. I wish I could send something to each one of you.

44 comments:

  1. Hi Jen, pizza night looks good.I love what your child put wrote for her assignment I thought it was sweet x

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  2. Lovely photos and that pizza looks delicious. Pizza making is always very popular with my grandsons too. GB's leaf is so sweet.

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  3. What lovely things to be thankful for - GB sounds delightful. My sons school had a "tree" that they made leaves for - acts of kindness, learning well etc - it was a lovely inclusive way for children to think and celebrate achievements. 16 year olds aren't quite so keen on that sort of thing - in fact mud seems to be his favourite thing! My poor washing machine! x

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  4. Congrats to Leanne!! Some lovely happies and yes doing nails is something I prefer doing myself, but sadly I've been a but slack lately. Your home made pizzas look great!! Beautiful thanksgiving message, how very special xoxo

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  5. mmm pizza.. D loves making pizza too.. of course his only involve sauce and cheese.

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  6. The feathers idea sounds so good, thinking about what we're thankful for, pizza looks yummy, home made pizzas are the best :) xx

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  7. Lovely happy post! I love the Thanksgiving feather idea - I might share that one with our local school, they like recognizing the American holiday! Chrissie x

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  8. OMG! OMG! OMG! That was a surpise!!!!!! That has literally made my day!!!

    I love love love your little girl's happies. Aren't children lovely!!

    I'm all giddy now! I shll email you my address, and thank you for such a lovely competition.

    Have a great week, Jennifer!

    Leanne xx

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  9. Once again, such a sweet post! It's so much fun to be here because my grandchildren are doing the same kinds of things that your mini-bears are now! The dentist just told mommy that 5 years old is when we begin to watch for loose teeth. And my granddaughter's pre-school invites parents and grand ones to teach a craft class or put up a bulletin board. It's too late for the turkey, but my mind is spinning over a cute variation of it for Valentine's Day!

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  10. What great values your daughter has already at her young age, I think the feather to be attached to the turkey is a great idea. Those pizzas look delish and are making me very hungry.

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  11. Congratulations to Leanne for winning your giveaway, hope that you have calmed down a little now Leanne!! I really like the idea of the turkey with the thankful feathers, such a simple but effective idea. I wish that we had thanksgiving over here, it would be so nice to have a "holiday" without all of the "holidayness" if you know what I mean! xx

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  12. Great news Leanne. And a great happy post

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  13. Well done to Leanne....those pizzas look yummy! :) x

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  14. What a fun way to make dinner with the kids creating their own delicious pizzas! Your nails look very neat, Jennifer. Believe it or not, I may the only woman on the face of the earth who has never had a manicure in her life! A swap of lipstick, and a little eyeliner, and I'm happy, otherwise, I blend into the walls!

    Poppy

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  15. Such a happy week Jennifer. The pizzas sound good and I love the notes of GB's thankfulness. What a lovely idea. Have a great week. Love the nail polish by the way.
    Patricia x

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  16. I was so impressed that Alicia posted about your recipe.. I mean, she is a "blog star". She lives here in Portland and I'd love to meet her, but so far I haven't met her in person. Your pizzas make me want pizza for dinner soon! I'll have to try that polish.. but my nails are very brittle right now for some reason. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. Congrats to Leanne on winning the giveaway. She deserves it. Lovely photos too. Wish I could have my nails done on a regular basis but we arent allowed to wear polish for work so I can only ever have it on when I am on holiday.

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  18. You can't beat 'make your own pizza' on a Friday night! Jx

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  19. Yummy back your own pizza- looks delish. I am such a nail biter- but a mild one not an extreme one. I had a friend who would bite her nails down to the nubs.

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  20. The make your own pizza night sounds fun! lots of lovely happys.
    Aw first home work project hope that goes well.
    Congratulations to Leanne on winning the giveaway xx

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  21. Congratulations Leanne! Your bear pizzas look so good Jennifer! I L.O.V.E. olives on pizza, but no one else in my family does so I never get them :[ My son once lost one of his teeth in the middle of the night while he slept. Never found it. He swallowed it. But the tooth fairy was sure understanding and somehow or other (I dare not ask how) she found that tooth and my son was reimbursed with some funny Canadian money ;) A few years later that same tooth was destroyed in a bike accident which took him to the hospital. The tooth doctor had to come to the rescue there ... thank goodness for dental coverage! Enjoy your week Jennifer! Wendy x

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  22. Well done Leanne, lucky girl! Make your own pizza night sounds great, I think we shall try something like that around here. Poor little boy losing his tooth. We always write to the tooth fairy and explain when that happens:) Hope you have a really good week Jennifer.

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  23. I'm a simple girl too Jen. I don't like strangers handling my hands or feet. It's weird. Glad your week was happy.

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  24. My mom always did make your own pizza night... I thought it was the most awesome thing. When I had a kid of my own I really appreciated it because I learned that it was twice the amount of work for her.... :)
    Your a good mom! :)
    ~Liz
    P.S. I love to do my nails too. They are always painted!

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  25. I used to paint my nails all the time pre-kids, but now I hardly ever bother. I should, because when I make the time I always feel so much better about myself, more put together and groomed somehow, and less like a scruffy mummy who wears jeans every day! Love the look of your pizzas. x

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  26. Homemade pizza and a manicure - perfect evening!
    mary x

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  27. I like the homemade pizza concept - one I can try on my grandson. A very sweet turkey feather for Thanksgiving, from dear little GB.

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  28. Congrats to the winner!!! And oh that pizza looks amazing!!!! I am the same with the makeup thing...natural in my book is always better! You have a great week lady!!!!

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  29. I love reading about your family happenings and what your kiddos are up to. Make-your-own pizzas is a great idea, especially with kids. It's fun, gets them involved in the cooking process, and they can choose their own toppings. I'm with you on the nail polish - I don't get professional manicures, but at least keep my nails neat and done with a light color of polish. Once in awhile, I'll get a bit of a wild streak and paint them a shade of blue or green or glittery for Christmas!

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  30. Hi Jennifer,
    Stopping by for a "happy" post. Some exciting times are going on there with first homework and another loss of a baby tooth. The pizza looks yummy and your nails are lovely - I'm still a nail biter :( Congratulations Leane!

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  31. Lovely moments from your week, I love making our own pizzas might do it this weekend.

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  32. Congratulations to Leanne..........the tooth fairy is going to be very poor in your neck of the woods, lol.

    I have nominated you for an award Jennifer, no pressure though to take it though, I know you must be pretty busy with your little ones at this time of year.

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  33. Ah congrats to the lovely Leeanne - that's wonderful news! I love the thanksgiving message that GB chose - what a sweet child she is, and it's so lovely that the youngsters can put together their own pizzas - what fun! Your nails look very pretty Jennifer, and I hope that runaway tooth is found and captured very soon before the tooth fairy gives up, oh dear!!! I hope your week is going really well, hugs, Joy xo

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  34. Congratulations Leanne!
    Jennifer....being featured on Posy makes cozy....WOW!!! that blog blows me away! I have read it for a very long time, but I never comment! ha!
    Great photos...and I love your MIL's cookbook...what a great piece of History to have..♥
    Enjoy your week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  35. Such special things your sweet daughter has written that she is grateful for. I love the idea of thanksgiving, it always sounds so special. Great looking pizzas and fab that you can manicure your own nails. I get really excited when mine grow and i can paint them a funky colour x congrats to your give away winner and enjoy the rest of your week xox Penny

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  36. I honestly can not remember when I last did my nails! Such a simple little thing that would no doubt make me feel a bit special but I just haven't given it a single thought. Must do it. Love GB's turkey feather - so sweet. Congrats to Leanne :-) Mel x

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  37. Your nails look lovely!
    I also don't like to use too many of my kids "facts", though I don't mind their photos or their first names... But safety is always key on the net!
    Also, making your own pizza night? That's an awesome idea, I think I might copy you and do that this Friday :)
    Much love to you Jen,
    Tammy

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  38. Those pizzas look great! Pizza night is popular in our house too. You have very pretty hands and nails! Mine are awful...occupational hazard I'm afraid. Congratulations to the giveaway winner.
    Marianne x

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  39. I love pizza night :0) One of my favourite foods, and so quick and simple to make. And, so darn tasty!
    I'm loving the thanks giving turkey feather. What a great idea, and your daughter's thankful thoughts were lovely. x

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  40. I bet the pizza was yummy! I miss pizza, gluten free pizza just isn't the same :) I'm still waiting for my oldest to loose his top 2 teeth, he has lost his bottom two, but that's it. He's almost 8 so he is loosing his teeth really late, but his first tooth didn't come in until really late too, so it seems to be a trend with him.

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  41. Hi Jennifer, Honestly you could be my sister!!! Have a great happy weekend!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  42. We do a pizza night every week.. easy and delicious! I love the sweet notes from your daughter. And your nails look lovely. I honestly do not remember the last time I did my nails… I think it's time!

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