Five things + A giveaway! (Hint: It’ll help you survive March Break)

First of all, I want to thank everybody who took the time to read and comment on my last post — it means a lot to me that you felt safe to share your own struggles, and for those of you who wanted to comment but didn’t feel comfortable, well I totally get that too. I feel like you have my back, and I hope you know I’ve got yours too. Speaking of which, if you’ve got kids home next week for March Break and you’re wondering how you’re going to keep them occupied, I’ve got a surprise giveaway today with Grand & Toy that’s going to help you with that big time

Five things March 9

But first, some random highlights from the past week or so.

1. I love any excuse to buy flowers, and besides the fact that these were on sale at the grocery store for $4 ($4 for all these!), it isn’t every day that you have a superstar interior designer come by. A few months ago I won a design consultation with Amanda Forrest (yes! Amanda Forrest from Marilyn!) and Monday she came over for an hour to look at our living and dining room. (I was terrified that she was going to come with a camera crew but she arrived solo, looking effortlessly chic in a furry-hooded coat, blanket scarf and Hunter rainboots she’d worn on a job site before seeing me.) We discussed a few different ideas for lighting and furniture placement, and she took pictures and measurements. Next she’ll consult with her team and together they’ll create a plan for the space, complete with an itemized list of what we might like to purchase and where we can find them. Fun, right? I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

2. A delicious warm roasted cauliflower and caraway salad from Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook. So good!

3. Mama has a new toy! I have been wanting one of these cute Instax Mini 8 cameras for so long and this blue fella came in the mail this week from Shop.ca. (Another contest win.) My girlfriend Carolyn says I must have a horseshoe up my butt and maybe so, but it’s random selection. You could be so lucky too!

4. Sunday we made these flower pretzel bites from Two Sisters Crafting. They’re just square pretzels + icing + Smarties (M&M’s for our American friends) + sugar pearls. Super easy craft to do with the littles in your life.

5. Speaking of littles, I have totally been in denial about March Break being next week (you know, because denial is such a good coping strategy) and now I’m wondering what the heck we’re going to do for five days. You too? Well help is here! The thoughtful people at Grand & Toy have put together a March Break Survival Kit to help you keep the kids busy next week. That’s right, it’s giveaway time! One lucky try small things reader will win an $80 prize package filled with everything you need to stock your craft drawers and get your littles creating! The March Break Survival Kit includes:

To enter to win, tell me one thing you’re doing to survive March Break in the comments below.

For a second entry, tweet the following and comment with the link to your tweet. Feel free to tweet once a day, leaving a separate comment for each tweet:

You got this! #Win a March Break Survival Kit ARV $80 from @grandandtoyca & @trysmallthings! Hurry! Ends 3/13 http://wp.me/p4xBed-1cf 

For a third entry, follow me on Instagram and tell me your Instagram handle here in the comments.

And whether you win or not, know that you can stock up on craft supplies and find organizational solutions, electronics, small kitchen appliances and more all from the comfort of your home at GrandandToy.com.

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) 18+ and ends this Sunday, March 13, 2016 at midnight EST.

Update March 14, 2016: Congratulations Amy C!

Thanks to my fairy godmother at Grand & Toy, who sent me a March Break Survival Kit too. Hey, I need all the help I can get!

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  1. ivy pluchinsky

    IvyMandias follows on instagram

  2. sschool2010

    We are going to have a “girl’s night in” where we binge watch food network tv and paint each other’s nails! (Suzi)

  3. Krista Miller (@MillerKrazy)

    We will be going to the wave-pool / waterslides and at home playing boardgames, right now my daughter is really loving Scrabble!

  4. hmrcarlson

  5. hmrcarlson

    We are doing a lot of arts and crafts!

  6. Christine D

    We are going to do some crafting, baking and head to Niagara Falls for a few days and I tweeted! https://twitter.com/christine_garyf/status/708126705722982400

  7. Maritess

    I make sure that I have lots of arts and craft supplies. I arranged short classes and playdates.

  8. Lauren Becker

    I’m surviving March by reading a ton of good books!


    1. try small things

      Now that’s just the best idea right there. 🙂 What’s in your TBR pile?

  9. Kim Tanti

    We will be going on many walks, Hosting sleep overs and baking

  10. edmontonjb

    I follow on instagram as edmontonjb

  11. edmontonjb
  12. edmontonjb

    March break isn’t until the last week of March for my kids. I plan to teach them some new recipes over the break to keep them busy.


    1. try small things

      Oh that’s a great idea!

  13. butterflyamyc

  14. butterflyamyc

    We are going to go for lots of walks to the park.

    1. try small things

      We’ve still got lots of snow, but hopefully a lot of it will melt over the next couple of days so we won’t be walking around the park next week in the muck. Not that my kids would mind. The more muck the better! I hope you have a great week.

  15. Carey Hurst

    I follow on instagram @careyhurst

  16. Carey Hurst

    Getting tons of craft stuff and other things from the dollar store for different daily adventures

  17. billiondollarprincesss
  18. billiondollarprincesss

    The kids still have their sports events so we will be busy with that.

  19. beewbedard

    we are going sledding and bowling
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  20. Lisa bolduc

  21. Lisa bolduc

    Make sure to get out of the house everyday so u don’t go stir crazy

    1. try small things

      Heck to the YES! My kids start to go squirrely mid-morning so we have to get out of the house before all hell breaks loose.

  22. hollyogorman

    hogorman84 on IG

  23. Florence C

    Following on Instagram @fossie55

  24. Florence C

  25. Florence C

    We are going hiking on the local trails.

  26. hollyogorman

    We are going swimming a few times, not sure what else yet.

  27. cookienewf
  28. cookienewf

  29. cookienewf

    we are going to the cabin and enjoy some fishing for March break

  30. Judy Cowan

    Following on Instagram @poodlemom123 (https://www.instagram.com/poodlemom123/)

  31. lynnbeanie23
  32. Judy Cowan

    We have baking and crafts lined up to do to help pass the week.

    1. try small things

      What will you make?

  33. lynnbeanie23

    my son is with famiy as i need to pack but we are going to see a few movies

  34. Silvia D
  35. Jenness M

    Followed on instagram ummills0

  36. Silvia D

    We will be doing things locally,visiting the lakes and rivers at our mountains,weather permitting.., plus my daughter has a few sleepovers and birthday parties to go to during Spring break.

    1. try small things

      Sounds like a fantastic week! Way to organize, mama!

  37. Jenness M

    We’re taking the kids for a mini trip to a great kid friendly hotel in the US.

    1. try small things

      Oh that sounds fun!

  38. Joseph Dawe (@josephdawe123)

    We are not doing much of anything this year! Just relaxing time at home with the kiddies.
    Tweeted https://twitter.com/josephdawe123/status/708070764646428672

    1. try small things

      Oh we’ll be watching a lot of Netflix. 🙂

  39. Joy Mills (@Jemrah1)

    i must stock up on chocolate and coffee to survive March Break 😀

    1. try small things

      …to survive any day, really. 🙂

  40. Amy Heffernan

    AWESOME! I am taking all the boys to a movie over spring break!
    Tweeted and following on instagram as @kissifer19
    Email–> amyjaneheffernan@gmail.com

    1. try small things

      Oh great idea! Must see when and where Zootopia is playing! Which one will you take the boys to?

  41. Anne Taylor
  42. Anne Taylor


  43. Anne Taylor

    We are taking as many beach day trips as we can, with our grandkids! Being in Victoria, we are blessed with good weather and lots of beaches!

    1. try small things

      Oh that sounds idyllic! Have a great time!

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