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. Lindsay T

    followed you on instagram @linnyeg

  2. Lindsay T

  3. Lindsay T

    We’re taking the train downtown & going to see Disney on Ice!

    1. try small things

      What a treat! Have a great time!

  4. hmrcarlson

    The weather has been nice so we have been spending a lot of time outside.

    1. try small things

      My kiddos are so much happier when they can burn off some steam running around outdoors (although sometimes it takes a lot of poking and prodding to get them out there). Thank goodness Spring is nearly here!

    1. try small things

      Thanks Diana! My friend Aneta just posted a giveaway for March Break Survival Kit too. Hop over to enter there too! http://www.homewithaneta.com/grand-and-toy/

  5. sabrinat123
  6. Darlene S.

    I follow on instagram as mistygrl70

  7. Darlene S.

    1. heather bennett

      Iam taking the time to plant some seeds getting an early start with flowers.

  8. Darlene S.

    I am planning on some “me” time daily, even if it’s just 10 mins!

    1. try small things

      Smart cookie! 🙂

  9. Debbie Bashford
  10. Debbie Bashford

    I already follow you on IG @skeetersden

  11. Debbie Bashford

    Visiting the grandparents

  12. mags c (@magscheung)

    Already a follower on IG under name @mmmagscheung

  13. mags c (@magscheung)
  14. mags c (@magscheung)

    For March break, we are going for hikes! The weather is looking great.

  15. Laurie Bolduc-Cadieux

    I follow you on instagram @laurbolduc

  16. Laurie Bolduc-Cadieux
  17. Laurie Bolduc-Cadieux

    One thing I am doing to survive the march break is getting outside with the kids to play and burn off all that energy.

  18. Maemi

    Coloring and knitting 🙂 That salad looks yumm.

    1. try small things

      Thanks Maemi! ❤️

  19. Cassey C

    Making different types of arts and crafts throughout March Break!

    1. try small things

      Well this kit will be just perfect for you! Good luck! 🙂

  20. Tina L.

    We have family visiting so we’ll be visiting some local attractions

  21. Josh S
  22. Yvonne

    Trying new recipes, hanging out with friends, and catching up on sleep.

  23. Melinda Jana (@Sukki24)

  24. Melinda Jana (@Sukki24)

    we are going hiking on the trails

  25. Krista Miller (@MillerKrazy)

    Followed on Instagram @millerkrazy

  26. Krista Miller (@MillerKrazy)
  27. Bree

  28. Bree

    We are surviving March break by having theme days! Movie day, board game day and craft day to name a few!

  29. newfiechick72

    Following on Instagram…my handle is @newfiechick72

  30. newfiechick72

    Tweeted 🙂

  31. newfiechick72

    The weather is supposed to be nice, so we will be getting outside for activities. Biking, walking, playing ball.

  32. Erica M.

    Traveling, reading, sleeping in a few times, eating delicious food = spring break survival plan. Followed you on instagram (henrythelynx)

    1. try small things

      You’re all set! Well, except maybe for some arts and crafts supplies. 🙂 Here’s another giveaway for a March Break Survival Kit: http://www.northstory.ca/march-break-is-coming-are-you-ready/. Have a fantastic week!

  33. leana

    I stocked up on crafting supplies for my daughter to survive spring break!

  34. Florence C

  35. Laurie P

    We’re located near Niagara falls so we might just play tourist for a couple days…..

  36. Journeys of The Zoo

    I follow you on instagram (journeysofthezoo)

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  37. Journeys of The Zoo

    Tweeted it out -> https://twitter.com/zoojourneys/status/708406844738445312

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  38. Journeys of The Zoo

    We’re surviving March Break by being in Mexico! I hope that you enjoy your time.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  39. md_gibb@yahoo.com

    We are doing bike rides, movies, skating & cooking together – wish me luck

    1. try small things

      Good luck! 🙂

  40. Sunshine G

    We’re lining up babysitting for at least an evening or two for sanity to restore itself!

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