Thursday, January 17, 2019

Do over?

Let's just say I need a do over. 2019 started way too fast for me... and I can't quite keep up. Not that I am so busy there is so much to do, but just that I am feeling weird, not like myself, and kinda grumpy. Go figure!

A new year a NEW YOU! nope, new year, same me... Although I have made a conscious decisions to restart today. Yup, on a Thursday, in some obscure week of the year, nothing special about it, just my do over day.

LostBumblebee ©2019 MDBN Nash Brownstone #hava_nash, havanese, puppy
2019- Nash Brownstone... Havanese Puppy-
Look at that face... don't let it fool you...
he's a tiny tyrant at the moment :) 
So, here is to a new year! I'm planning to fill this year with tons of productivity, finish illustrating my second author illustrated book. I cannot wait. I'm hoping to grow our new puppy into a well behaved adult dog- so he can participate in my everyday life at home and abroad. He's 13 weeks people... 13 weeks means he has entered his tweens and is challenging me at every corner... but he's so damned sweet when he wants to be... let's just hope I can convince him he wants to be sweet all of the time. Oh and potty training... it's tough yo! like hard stuff. But he can sit, and lay down, so winning?

All of this to say today is a new day, I am starting over! Every day, every morning is an opportunity to restart, refresh, reconsider, and re do. We are not locked into our past, we are free to make changes, create new spaces, move away and towards new things, challenges... we are the caretakers of our lives... we have the power to change things...

What do you need to start over?
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Every day is a fresh START! Free printable

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve 2018

Well it's Christmas Eve 2018...and I am not feeling christmassy at all... I keep telling myself, write your list, Missie, you know yourself write your list... and yet I am still sitting here not writing my list.

For those of you who follow along on this blog, you know that yearly I write a list of my expectations of Christmas. I do this because I am, like many of you, extremely nostalgic over the holidays, and when I feel it hasn't met my expectations, there is a big emotional let down, and I feel upset, frustrated, depressed, sorry for myself... and the list goes on.

So this is a reminder to myself, Missie, WRITE YOUR LIST... trust me, write your list... if you need a gentle reminder to write your list to safe guard your heart, then this note is for you too...
Write your list, trust me... write your list.

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And also because I love this print, it is available for sale up on my etsy shop, but today it's here... just for you :)

©LostBumblebee2017 | Free Printable | Christmas | Glory to God | Bible Verse | PERSONAL USE ONLY.
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Glory to God | Luke 2:14

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice...

Oh it's that time of year again, it's getting chilly, the season is changing, and I am so excited! One of the things I missed most about living in Vietnam was the seasons didn't change- oh yes we got the rainy season and the dry season, but both seasons were hot, hot, hot. In Canada this is the season where there is a chill in the air, everything smells fresh, leaves crunch underfoot, and I am always on the hunt for something warm to drink... It's that time of year sweaters come out, socks go on, and we hunker down for simple, cozy activities... books, puzzles, tea with friends... it doesn't get much better than this...

And let's not forget... it's pumpkin spice season... pumpkin spice, and everything nice!
What's your favourite season?

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Just Brew You.

Last week I broke the glass in my french press. Not Fun, in anyway shape or form. I have become a coffee snob- it's a little ridiculous. I take my own brewing mechanism, as well as my own coffee, freshly ground and ready to go, with me when we travel. I tell people it's because I don't want to wake them up rooting around for coffee, plus I'm a little bit of a morning bird.

I like to wake up when the house is quiet, I need (lots) alone time, and I carve that into my mornings, but that is only part of it. I know I can always find a pot to boil water in, if there is no kettle around... and perhaps the real reason- I just love great coffee and what other people think is great coffee versus what I think is great coffee are two sometimes very different things. (I'm told the older I get the less I will care about these things, I am sure that is true, but for now, please don't be offended when I break out my french press and my coffee when you offer me a Keurig cup- sorry Mom- yup, I'll be bringing my gear!)

I'm that person. That weirdo. I've taken my favourite coffee all over the world, I've taken selfies with my favourite coffee all over the world. I've purchased French presses in China and Uganda... broke them both. So I finally bit the bullet and bought a stainless steel french press that makes me so happy, and will travel well!

Are you a weirdo coffee brewer like me? do you have your quirks?
No matter how you brew it, just brew you. Do it the way you like it, of course I rarely turn down coffee of any kind, I'm always on the hunt for that perfect cup that someone else has brewed...

How do you brew your coffee? What do you Brew?

I'm a Kicking Horse Coffee lover, and my Brew is 454 Horsepower in my new stainless French Press- nope this is not a paid post, just a love song to my favourite brew...

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LostBumblebee ©2018 MDBN
Just Brew You
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LostBumblebee ©2018 MDBN Just Brew You, Coffee Print, Free for personal use ONLY, must link back to, coffee, printable, coffee print, cafe, caffeine, coffer love
LostBumblebee ©2018 MDBN
Just Brew You
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Back Into the Swing of Things

Oi! Getting back into the swing of things, when almost all of the boxes are unpacked, is a little exhilarating ~ although I've still got that one secret trunk filled with all of my childhood memories. I was challenged by the hubby to open it up and pair it down into 1 small rubber container. "Challenge accepted!", was what I originally shouted at him. I think I was high on caffeine or something, because later that day, I opened my trunk, peered inside, smiled, looked at the rubber container, checked it for size, looked back in my trunk, looked back to the rubber container, back to my trunk- closed my trunk and thought, not today, no sir, no way, not today! I think giving things up you love takes lots of time and energy, and I just didn't have it... not that day I didn't, and I haven't found the courage yet. But I will... someday...

In the mean time, I am getting back into the swing of things, getting the office set up, organized, paired down, printer online (yay for wifi enabled printers! they makes my heart sing when they work, when they don't, I want to grab the baseball bat, and have at it! until it is no more... but I digress, think happy thoughts, peaceful thoughts, creative thoughts... breathe - I am sure I am not alone :) in the grand scheme of getting organized, I realized I haven't had a calendar at all this year, I've just kinda been ho-huming it, seriously?! Who HO-HUMS for half a year? Well, I accidentally did, and to think I didn't even miss anything important, that I know of...

I turn to the trusty internet to print of a calendar that is simple (as much as I love beautiful intricate art, when it comes to my calendar, the simpler the better, I cannot be distracted by kittens, and puppies... or flowers, or horses, or 12 beautiful photos of the ocean... see, I need it to be simple) So I decided to print one off. Perfect, all is set, start the process, I know it'll work, because my printer is all set up on wifi, didn't have to use that baseball bat... and no ink. No Ink?! ok, I'll give you this, I haven't used the printer in over 2 years, it's been in storage, but come on, not even enough to get me through one simple calendar? Nope, nada, no way. I have few options here in our new little town, and the most realistic one being- I can drive the 45 minutes to the nearest Staples store and pick it up, or I can try something new, I can order online. One of the things the hubby and I did before moving to our new tiny town, was check online to see what delivery service was like.

AND IT IS GOOOOOOOOOOOD! Thank you Jesus... gratitude in everything, right?!

I went online, ordered ink, following day FedEx rings my doorbell and my ink is here! This simple process of ordering ink, click and pay, all while saving the planet, reducing, reusing and recycling was amazing! Although, it couldn't keep me from looking like I had been arrested and fingerprinted for the next 2 days. I'm sure most people can remove used ink cartridges without looking like they've been finger printed, but alas- I cannot. I can however get excited about finding an awesome solution that works for me!

I was thinking about how every little thing we do, and every choice we make, can make the world a better place. It all starts with us choosing to make small changes;

"Little by little, a little becomes a lot"

 Tanzanian Proverb

That goes for everything, how much we eat, how far we walk, how kind we are, how much we give of our time and our money, how we choose no straws, or reusable straws, and how we buy our ink ... every little bit counts, and I am super excited that I've implemented this little bit into my... little by little, a little becomes a lot...

Take some time to enjoy this beautiful colouring page, and come up with what your little by little will be...

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This colouring page was sponsored by Certified Cartridges. Before I agreed to create a colouring page, I personally ordered and paid for my ink so I could try it, I wanted to learn about their mission, to make a decision about the quality of their product, to experience their customer service, and to check on their delivery time- I'll be ordering my ink from them :) Check out the video about their dream team :) It'll make your heart sing! I'm really proud to be able to share this company with you... when you find a company that you feel connected to, you want to share them. Can I tell you how much their Dream Team makes me happy :) Scroll down to the video on their about page.

(I've printed this and coloured it, and I've also imported it onto my iPad and digitally coloured it too, so if you don't plan on framing it, or keeping it around, try using your tablet to colour it, and see how you enjoy that! ... little by little...)

LostBumblebee ©2018 MDBN GROWN UP COLOURING,  COLOURING PAGE, COLORING PAGE, Free for personal use only,, 8.5x11 print size
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