“Ruthlessly eliminate the hurry in your life.”


I heard this quote the other day during a broadcast that I listen to – or try to listen to weekly.  It really hit home for me. How easy it is to ‘try to keep up’ with the attractions of the busy world. There are so many options of ‘what to do’ right now in life. Sign up for this and that. Go here and there. Busy doing this, stress levels rising. It truly seems like it is ‘cool’ to be busy.

Just a few Saturdays ago,  the girls were playing in the shady, green backyard with their new Pet Shop toys (found them on a used buy and sell page online – happiest day of the girls’ lives!) …



… I was hanging out the load of laundry on the line … when the details of an outing I had been invited to rolled about in my head … oh, how I wished I could attend, but with my husband working long hours lately (and I mean LONG) and the daily tasks of the home building up, I really felt as if I was overburdened. “I have no time for anything,” I found myself saying, feeling self pity.

And then, it struck me. As I pegged the 30th pair of little girl clothing on the the clothesline, the sunshine blistering down on my head, and I suddenly realized …Maybe THIS is what I am supposed to be doing with my time. This IS what my time is for …  my family. My children. Taking care of them and the home. Mothering my children and keeping the peace at home. Maybe I do have time … time for THIS.


Now I am not saying you should stay home and be lazy. Quite the contrary – just figure out what important aspects are in your life and focus on them. Cut some other things out if you are feeling like your loved ones are suffering from the busy schedule. Or organize better so you are not wasting time and constantly feeling rushed. Cut out screen time (any screen). Leave time for some very important moments that would otherwise be lost in the daily shuffle of a busy life.  Move aside or eliminate to leave time in your schedule for back porch coffee dates with girlfriends. Snuggles with sick babies. Visits with grandparents. Family time.



These are my important moments. Right now.



{Not sure where Leia gets her lips from!}



Leia, chatting away with my mom …


Lovelyn is teething and goes between being absolutely adorable and super cute …



to completely unhappy and quite, well, hmmm … dangerous. Today she threw a fork at me during dinner. Her gums hurt. It hurt me when she threw the fork. Poor wee thing.



Another reason I am thankful we are not rushed right now. {If you come visit, watch out for flying forks. Or other kitchen items.}


and the three big Ls … give them an afternoon in their ‘pool’ and they are over the moon …. wouldn’t want to miss moments with these treasures …


And so my challenge for you this week … stop. Slow down. Be ruthless with your schedule. Leave time for life.


“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
-Dolly Parton


And now as promised on the facebook page, the long awaited giveaway from Fairy Cute is HERE! NOW! FINALLY  ….

I’ve been working with Fairy Cute for a few years now and always ADORE her products.

I know you guys will LOVE LOVE LOVE these scrumptious treats!
All you have to do is head over and like her facebook page and come back and comment here on the blog. We’ll do a random.org choosing by Saturday.

One lucky blog reader will win this adorable Pamper-me-Pink Giveaway!

Pamper-Me-Pink Giveaway includes:

1 round Citrus Strawberry fizzy bath bomb
1 mini Citrus Strawberry heart-shaped fizzy
1 Strawberry Cupcake Shea Butter soap
5 lip balms – Strawberry, Vanilla Mint, Pineapple Tangerine, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pink Lemonade
2 tub teas – Pampering Rose, Relaxing Lavender
1 pink scrubby
1 mini pink mani-pedi set
1 magic fairy wand
~Oh, how I wish I could enter!!~



Looking forward to pampering one lucky blog reader! 🙂 And a big thank you to Fairy Cute for the giveaway!


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August 17, 2012 - 10:57 pm

Laura Lovegrove I love your blogs, Thank you for sharing.

August 17, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Laura Lovegrove So cute, love her stuff. She is very talented. Thanks for sharing her pics.


August 17, 2012 - 10:54 pm

Laura Lovegrove So cute, her attention to detail is amazing. Just like your pictures Gillian.

August 17, 2012 - 9:38 pm

Michelle Another wonderful blog post! And a great giveaway too!

August 17, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Michelle Another wonderful blog post! 🙂 And a great giveaway too!

August 17, 2012 - 8:09 pm

Christine p sooooo cute

August 17, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Nat Wonderful perspective! I am always reminding myself to slow down and enjoy every moment with my girls before I blink and they are all grown up.

August 17, 2012 - 11:18 am

Brenda Price I love your work! You have such a gift. Thanks for sharing all that you share with us!

August 17, 2012 - 11:09 am

Lori Tinella Sweet pictures of your girlies having tons of summer fun!!! Your words ring so true for all mother (parents) Need to slow down and live in the moment of right now!!! A lesson to truly practrice each and every day as well as teach our children too! 🙂

August 17, 2012 - 10:54 am

Amanda I love reading your new blog posts!!! Very cute giveaway!

August 17, 2012 - 10:53 am

Debb MaGee What a great reminder to help me refocus my priorities where they should be. Thank you for writing this. Fairy Cute has some super cute products, too!

August 17, 2012 - 10:00 am

megan newbury Wow! Laci and I could have lots of girly fun with this!

August 17, 2012 - 9:57 am

Alesha Tyndall Thanks you so much for these words of wisdom, as I’m dealing with my little having a severe case of hand and foot and mouth disease. My patience are sure being tested, but most importantly I wish I could take her pain away.

Thanks for a lovely thoughtful giveaway…I liked Fairy Cute’s page

August 16, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Kathy such cute products! and Thank you for your thoughts, just what I need to think about as the summer winds up.

August 16, 2012 - 11:51 am

Tara M So cute! My girls love anything that sparkles 🙂

August 16, 2012 - 9:34 am

Tami Beautiful products…great give-away!!

August 16, 2012 - 9:28 am

Anna I agree with all the previous posts – you certainly have helped refocus me today! Jen, I was thinking of Facebook fasting too!

August 16, 2012 - 8:17 am

Julie S Fairy cute has some amazing things!

August 16, 2012 - 8:17 am

Briar Love all the pictures of the girls ! Such a sweet reminder to put down my phone and spend much more time with my own 🙂 .
The giveaway looks like lots of fun ! Loved browsing through her facebook page 🙂

August 16, 2012 - 8:13 am

jen Everything looks SUPER gorgeous!!! I think we all need to learn to slow down and appreciate the little things.

August 15, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Tara I agree…we all need to slow down and concentrate on our families who are right in front of us. That’s what i’m hoping to spend my time on.
Hope your little fork thrower feels better soon. Lovely giveaway.

August 15, 2012 - 7:26 am

Laura N I absolutely love reading your blog! And the giveaway looks amazing!

August 15, 2012 - 7:26 am

Laura N I absolutely love reading your blog! And the giveaway looks amazing! 🙂

August 14, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Julia K everything looks so nice!!

August 14, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Jenn Thank you for this reminder, it was just what I needed to hear at the right time. You have a way with words that inspire me, thank you.

August 14, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Jen Heemskerk Yep! I am on a facebook fast right now…it’s liberating and I’m seeing how much more time I get to spend with my children. I often think of the things I could be doing…but this is where I’m supposed to be right at this moment. The kids are only little once and although there are days when it feels mundane and not as thrilling as what others are doing, I wouldn’t trade it in for the world!

August 14, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Wanda in Edmonton I saw that my niece, Heather, had “LIKED” Fairy Cute and went to check it out. What lovely products! I “LIKED” Fairy Cute, as well. And I think you have some great photos on this blog, by the way.

August 14, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Heather Neufeld OOOOH. I think that is the cutest thing ever! And for once im actually one the same continent as you during a giveaway and can enter! Yippee!

August 14, 2012 - 11:21 am

Tami Biancini So very true. Priorities need to be in order. And, the gift basket is adorable!

August 14, 2012 - 10:55 am

Rachel You always put things into perspective – with your words AND your photos. While I don’t condone fork-throwing, I admit I did giggle. Lovelyn! Cheeky little pixie!

Thanks so much for the honor of hosting a Fairy Cute giveaway. I’m excited to make everything fresh this week for the winner. Can’t wait!

You are a treasure, my pink friend. 🙂

August 14, 2012 - 10:52 am

Rachel You put things into perspective – with your words AND your photos. While I don’t condone fork-throwing, I admit I did giggle. Lovelyn! Cheeky little pixie!

Thanks so much for the honour of hosting a giveaway for Fairy Cute. I’m excited to make everything fresh this week for the winner. Can’t wait!

You are a treasure, my pink friend. 🙂

August 14, 2012 - 10:28 am

Crystal Such cute things! Very much sprinkled with fairy dust!

August 14, 2012 - 9:31 am

Kim Robbins Thank-you Gillian, I really needed to read this today and reflect on those words…God has our plans, many times I am too impatient, by trying to make things happen, rather than allowing him to work things out.

August 14, 2012 - 9:08 am

Kristi How cute is Fairy Cutes stuff!!! would love this giveaway for the girls!! Great blog as usual…reminder to slow down and enjoy small moments is so true!!

August 14, 2012 - 8:29 am

Gillian’s Mom (Brenda) Great words of wisdom, Gillian!!! Always good to be reminded what really is important in life! Love the pictures too … xoxo

August 14, 2012 - 8:19 am

Keri We’ve been cutting out ‘screen’ time and trying not to be busy.. I read a blog of a young Mom who has ovarian cancer and she mentions time.. We never know how much time we have.. We need to spend it wisely.. Thanks for the post G! I’m a fan of Fairy cute!

August 14, 2012 - 7:42 am

Karen Aah super cute!

August 14, 2012 - 7:41 am

Amy H So true, time really is relative! Thanks!

August 14, 2012 - 7:23 am

karen Make sure you always have time to stop and smell the daisies! Your girls are tooo precious 🙂

August 14, 2012 - 6:42 am

Andrea Slowing down and enjoying the moments as my kids are small is often something I need to remind myself. I enjoyed reading your blog today and can empathize with you!

August 14, 2012 - 6:26 am

Sherry great blog Gillian! This is exactly what we have been doing this summer! I hope your summer is going well, 🙂

August 14, 2012 - 12:52 am

Mich You are so right, trying to find the perfect balance for my family between activities, work and family time is tricky…thank you for the reminder to slow down as I am currently planning out our family’s fall/winter schedule. Your girls are so precious, I love all your pics and have my fingers crossed to win this awesome gift basket 🙂

August 14, 2012 - 12:24 am

Jessica Herold I liked Fairy Cutes facebook page, and am excited to browse through all those goodies they have to offer! Definitely sharing the facebook page!

August 14, 2012 - 12:19 am

Janelle This giveaway is just too beautiful to pass up! Love your pictures, Gigi – you’re such an inspiration to my own budding photography interests.

August 14, 2012 - 12:16 am

Paula Thank you! Your blog was just what I needed to hear! I’m sitting in my bed restless & unable to sleep, worrying about the busy-ness of life & how to fit everything in! Definitely time for me to eliminate a few things & love the little things a wee bit more!

August 14, 2012 - 12:05 am

Rose:) Thank you for the reminder of slowing down…truly enjoyed reading your blog tonight…..put things into perspective once again!