March 31, 2015

Daily Vlogging on Trips?

As I type this, I am cringing my way through a 1980s video at a university math class. Supposedly, it's about voting methods, but the 15 minutes I've seen so far are all about hopey-changey housewives for office and women's rights. Argh.

Anyway. Whilst this dross is blathering on, I thought I'd take the opportunity to ask you a preference question about my video blogs.

I have some trips planned for this summer...

March 29, 2015


First things first, ... I'm the realest. Just kidding. WE HAVE A WINNER for Tina's and my Arbonne protein starter bundle giveaway that we hosted last week! Congratulations to Jenny H. Your package will be on the way as soon as possible!

And now, for another Sunday vlog! You know you want some cute puppies and a good smoothie recipe on a Sunday mornin'. Or whenever you're watching this.

March 26, 2015

7 quick takes of easter traditions

What are some of your Eastertide family traditions? Tell me in the comments!

Hello, Hanlin family! Since lent is almost over, I thought I'd tell you about some of my family's Easter traditions, just in case you’d like to join in spirit.

Let’s jump right in with the Catholic stuff. (No worries, not all of these are super Jesus-y. Not that there’s a problem with being Jesus-y.) One family tradition of ours is to attend the Triduum at our parishTriduum is a Latin word meaning "3 days," and in the Catholic Church, the Paschal (Easter) Triduum is the period of 3 days we set aside to observe Maundy (Holy) Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday in preparation for Easter, and we spend a lot of it in Church. We've been attending the Triduum every year since I can remember, and my brother and I were baptized during one of them when I was 2 years old, and I received my first communion at another one years later.

March 23, 2015

I've been Lobstered

Spell check wants to change liebster to lobster, and I'm going to leave it because it's funny. Happens every time. Never gets old.

Hello, Hanlin family!

The lervely Grace from Even the Wilderness has nominated me for a Liebster Award. A Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers, for being "dear, sweet, kind, beloved, lovely, pleasant" and other sappy stuff. I think Grace has been drinking. You know, the legal age is lower in Canada than it is here... Just kidding. But seriously, pass the whiskey.

Thank you, Grace!

March 21, 2015

Arbonne GIVEAWAY {now closed}

Thanks to everyone for participating! If you're interested in getting full size products or getting a big discount, email Tina at or find her on Facebook at Christina Dirkes' Arbonne International! Looking forward to seeing you there! :)

Hello there, Hanlin family (and newcomers)!

Before you run screaming from all this healthy stuff, let me just say that I am very excited about this giveaway, folks. I refrained from writing a "new year, new me" type post at the beginning of the year, but since January, I have been making an effort, a little at a time, to purge my diet and make healthier eating choices (she writes, as she plans a recipe video for crepes). But seriously, I'd like to invite you to join me on the journey.

My friend Tina is an LA-based screenwriter, and in her free time works with a vegan cosmetic and supplement line called Arbonne, and she has generously teamed up to host a giveaway for a bundle of lovely, healthy goodies, an effective nutritional starter kit. Today, Tina joins me via the Interwebs to talk a little bit about what we're giving away this week.

Watch this video where I interview Tina about all things Arbonne and this giveaway. :) She also tells us about a super cool project she's working on, Classic Alice.

One winner will receive their choice of the following:

Hover over this image and pin it for a chance to win!

March 19, 2015

Howdy, 7 Quick Takes World

1. Well hello there, world of 7 quick takes! What a long while it's been.

Yup. How do I do this again?

March 17, 2015

The twins are born!!

Happy Tuesday, Hanlin family!

Some of you may remember this post, where I asked for prayers for the sister of a friend who was carrying twins and one of them was not doing well. Part of it read: 

     Gianna and Chiara are due 19 May 2015, but on 2 January, they were informed that Chiara is growing at only 3% the normal rate. Gianna is a healthy weight, but the lives of both girls are in jeopardy, because the placenta is unevenly split, and while only Chiara is receiving a fraction of what she needs to grow and develop, a sudden shift in blood flow could result in tragedy for both.

And now, I'm just popping in to say THANK YOU for your prayers! Gianna and Chiara were born yesterday (16 March) at 4:40 p.m. They are doing well and are both breathing on their own.

Gianna Therese is 2 lbs 11 oz, and Chiara Marie is 1 lb 13 oz.

Sarah (their mom) and both girls are doing well.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

March 16, 2015

The Deer's Cry

As an Irish Catholic, I simply cannot let this day go by without wishing you a happy one from the blogosphere. So, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The Deer's Cry is one of the most beautiful prayers, I think, and not just because of it's heritage.

March 12, 2015

Who is more likely to: Iris or Aemelia (Game time)

Who's more likely to get in trouble with the cops?
Who's more likely to win the Hunger Games?
Who's more likely to prank call someone?
Who's more likely to sleep in and miss an important meeting?

You know you want the answers. ;)

We had SO much fun making this video, so if you would like us to do another one, put your scenarios in the comment box!

March 8, 2015

March 5, 2015

thoughts on the cross

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended,
That man to judge Thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by Thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty?  Who brought this upon Thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone Thee.
'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied Thee.

I crucified Thee.