Celebrating Everyday Moments {GIVEAWAY!}

Sorry for the delay/lack of posting — there’s something wacky going on with my blog host. Hopefully the hiccups have been dealt with and this will actually post!

I am participating in the YOPA Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills, and received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I’ve tried the whole gratitude journal thing before – writing down the things for which you’re thankful, big and small, every night. But I’m really bad at sticking to a routine and the journal ends up ignored after a few days. For the past few months, though, I’ve been part of an online group that does ‘Happy Fridays’, during which we share what part of our day or week has made us happy.

Sometimes it’s a big thing – we bought a house, we finished the drywall, we’re having family visit – and sometimes I find myself digging a bit harder to find something small, or turn a bad thing around. This Friday, for instance, will hopefully feature some variation on ‘my awful cold didn’t actually kill me’ or ‘Matt found me a shower caddy that fits in my weird narrow shower so the body wash will stop bruising my foot every time it falls down.’

Really, though, those everyday celebrations happen more often than the big stuff. Birthdays happen once a year. Christmas happens once a year. People rarely win the lottery or buy a new car, but how often do you stop to appreciate a particularly sunny day, or a delicious breakfast, or a nice hug from a loved one?

A few of my most recent things to celebrate:

  • Our cat had to go to the vet – but her injury is not as dire as it seemed and she’s almost back to being her regular affectionate self.
  • All that’s left to do to get the nursery structurally finished is cutting, painting and installing trim, and then it’s on to painting the closet, setting up furniture and decorating!
  • I got to take a bath last week, because Matt fixed the leaky faucet, installed a new spout, cleaned up the whole thing and tracked down the shower curtain and bathmat.
  • Cheesecake-flavoured Greek yogurt. Enough said.


If I could eat pastries and sweets all day I would, but that’s probably not a good idea, even when not pregnant. I’ll eat the occasional donut, but really, I should be striving for healthy food for me and baby. So, I was really psyched to have the opportunity to try YOPA!

I love Greek yogurt, and I really love finding it in new, unexpected flavours – our local grocery store stocks your basic blueberry, strawberry, and plain, but cheesecake, vanilla bean, mango and pina colada flavoured yogurt?! Yum.

Here’s something that might make you celebrate – I have a giveaway of a $100 YOPA! prize pack! It’s open to Canadians over 18 (sorry, American friends). You may have seen this giveaway on other blogs – you can enter across however many blogs you’d like, but can only win once. Please note — as always, contests can only be entered once (you can do each part of the Rafflecopter draw as it indicates, but you can’t use a separate identity to enter again).

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  1. Jay Tee says:

    I’m celebrating putting the garden to rest, save for the herb bed. This year was particularly bountiful, with lots of tomotoes (six varieties!), green beans, cucumbers, squash, carrots, and lettuces.

    1. Shayla says:

      We’re going to grow a garden next year — hopefully ours is as good as yours! 🙂

  2. Tom Ds says:

    Finding out two of my family members don’t have cancer! 🙂

    1. Shayla says:

      Woohoo!! That’s definitely something to celebrate!

  3. idolreveal says:

    I’m celebrating that my hair is slowly but surely growing out. I went for the cute bob look, which isn’t cute on me. Can’t wait to go back to my shoulder length style.

    1. Shayla says:

      Definitely been there, too.

  4. Peter T. says:

    Today I managed to not burn dinner. My friends would call that a rather major victory. 🙂

  5. Brigitte M. says:

    On Friday, I will be meeting up with some old friends from high school. More than 15 yrs later, we all keep in touch and meet once a year. We all live in different cities, so we take turns hosting. It’s always a blast to see everyone and catch up.

    1. Shayla says:

      That sounds like fun for sure!

  6. Natalie T says:

    Very happy the fall television season is back! Don’t get me wrong, I love summer and everything it offers, but I’m glad my show are back. 🙂

    1. Shayla says:

      One of the best parts of fall! 😉

  7. Rachelle T says:

    Celebrating that the Blue Jays season is finally over. Hopefully they can re-tool, regroup, and have a better season next year.

    1. Shayla says:

      The Jays always have a special place in my heart, even if I haven’t followed baseball in ages. I hope they do better next year, too!

  8. santfinn says:

    Coming home and having dinner made (by my teenager!)

    1. Shayla says:

      Nice! That sounds like a treat for sure.

  9. Tanis says:

    5 weeks until our first baby arrives!

    1. Shayla says:

      Right there with ya! 🙂

  10. Jonnie says:

    This week I will hopefully be celebrating 6 months of remission after my doctor’s appointment on Thursday…fingers crossed!!

    1. Shayla says:

      Crossing my fingers, too!

    2. Matt says:

      All the best Jonnie!

  11. Andrea Amy says:

    On Friday we are celebrating son #4 turning 5 years old (I have 5 son lol)

    1. Shayla says:

      That’s a lot of boys!! 🙂 Happy birthday to the little one.

  12. Dreena says:

    I’m celebrating a friend’s birthday!

    1. Shayla says:

      Happy birthday to your friend!

  13. Jen says:

    I am celebrating on getting a visit from a good friend I haven’t seen in 16 years!

    1. Shayla says:

      Exciting! 🙂

  14. nicolthepickle says:

    Two birthdays in my family! So lots of cake!

    1. Shayla says:

      Mmm, cake. 🙂

      1. It actually ended up being icecream cake and donut cake. So no “real” cake, but I’m not complaining.

        1. Shayla says:

          Donut cake sounds awesome.

  15. Andrea Kuiack says:

    I am celebrating the fact that I can sleep in with my baby after a long night of getting up several times 🙂 and getting ready to celebrate two weddings!

    1. Shayla says:

      🙂 Hope she starts sleeping through the night again!

  16. Holly Messana says:

    I am celebrating my commitment to working out and getting fit, day two after an hour with my daughter (she is my new personal trainer) and I can barely walk!! She worked me hard.

    1. Shayla says:

      An excellent thing to celebrate!

  17. Glogirl says:

    This week I am celebrating the wonderful fall weather we have been getting. The sunshine is so nice!

    1. Shayla says:

      Fall is my favourite season! We’ve got a bit of cold and lots of wind here, so the leaves are actually almost gone already.

  18. Lori Jackson says:

    My son going peepee in the potty!!!

  19. Belinda McNabb says:

    I will be celebrating the weekend and relaxing

    1. Shayla says:

      Three cheers to the weekend!

  20. Maggie says:

    I am celebrating that we are getting a newer vehicle this weekend.

    1. Shayla says:

      We did that recently — definitely worth celebrating!

  21. Brenda Penton says:

    We are celebrating my husband hitting the 40 pound mark in weightloss 🙂

    1. Shayla says:

      Woohoo! Way to go!

  22. Julie says:

    My daughters birthday 😉

    1. Shayla says:

      Happy birthday to her!

  23. angela m says:

    My daughter got a student of the month today.

    1. Shayla says:

      Good for her!

  24. Angela Mitchell says:

    My baby boy just turned 10 months yesterday:)

    1. Shayla says:

      Aww! 🙂 Happy birthday to him!

  25. benshairnet says:

    My best friend’s birthday. I’m planning a surprise party!

  26. ruizsch says:

    Getting up feeling well rested and ready to tackle the day.

  27. Amy Heffernan says:

    My 4 year old learned to tie his shoes. 😀

  28. Areta says:

    I’m celebrating my mom’s birthday!

    1. Shayla says:

      So many birthdays! I hope she had a great day.

  29. Catharine says:

    Mammogram this week!

    1. Shayla says:

      Health is super important! 🙂

  30. SueSueper Sue says:

    This week, I hope to celebrate the end of this cold I currently have!! Please let it go away by mid-week. 🙂

    1. Shayla says:

      Ugh, I feel the same way. So tired of being sick!

  31. maria says:

    I had an extra day off so 3 day long weekend!

    1. Shayla says:

      Consider me jealous, haha.

  32. Karla Sceviour says:

    we are celebrating finishing our house:)

    1. Shayla says:

      I can’t wait to get to that point!

  33. Rebby says:

    We’re celebrating my Dad passing his airbrakes course!!

    1. Shayla says:

      Yay! Congrats to him. 🙂

  34. Heidi C. says:

    We are celebrating my hubby’s birthday this week!

    1. Shayla says:

      Happy birthday to him! 🙂

  35. Tammy Dalley says:

    We are celebrating our new car!

    1. Shayla says:

      New cars are so much fun!

  36. Nicole says:

    I’m celebrating my upcoming vacation!

    1. Shayla says:

      Vacations are definitely celebration-worthy!

  37. Tina L. says:

    We’re celebrating my niece’s birthday.

  38. Lisa Smith says:

    getting the kids to bed with no temper tantrums

    1. Shayla says:

      Always an accomplishment!

  39. missbobloblaw says:

    I’m celebrating completing my very first knitted scarf!

  40. Maggie Cheung says:

    celebrating a day off with my sister. We both took Friday off to spend a day at the mall.

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