Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you joy, peace, and a very very Merry Christmas from my family to yours. 

Thursday, 24 December 2015

It's Not Fair. A Christmas Tale.

Even if you have a finely tuned sense of justice, you ain't got nothin' on my two-year-old. 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Santa Baby

So after the photo fails with my kids this season, my friend, Marissa Baron took pity on me offered to help me out with a few festive photos.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas Like a Child

So in our family, Christmas is a kind of a big deal because we get pretty excited about the earthly arrival of God

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Monday, 14 December 2015

Let it Snow

Maycee. The littlest bear.

Who knew I would ever be wishing for a white Christmas? 

Saturday, 12 December 2015

You Sneaky Mom ... On Pinterest

So I've been expanding my online horizons lately.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

21 Day Fix- Round Two, Week One

You know the song Walking in a Winter Wonderland

I've updated it.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Photos or Pho-nos. Am I the Only One?

In case you haven't noticed, I love to photograph my children. 

Dreaming of a White Christmas

I know you've all heard NO WHITE AFTER LABOUR DAY, but I'm here to say...

November Review in Numbers

It's that time again... when I take a glance back at the month that was. 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Friday, 4 December 2015

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Christmas Update 2015

Well, here we are at the end of 2015 and this year has packed a few changes for our little family. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Monday, 30 November 2015

21 Day Fix: Round One Results

So it's been three whole weeks.

Saucy Seasonal Sweaters

It's about that time of year where you haul out the ol' ugly Christmas sweater and start doing the holiday party rounds. 

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Choose Your Winter ... Jacket.

Last year, Nike had an entire campaign about getting outside (or wearing Nike outside?) 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Friday, 20 November 2015

Button-Down the Hatches

Well, helloooo Friday!  

I don't know about you, but I am ready for the weekend...
Oh yeah...

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Make My Belly Fit - A Review

So it's getting into holiday season and I'm talking about BELLIES

Ha. Yes I am.  

Monday, 16 November 2015

Shift Dress + Tights = Fall Love

If you're anything like me, your usual "dress" code may be more like this...

Saturday, 14 November 2015

NO Sugar, Sugar.

You are my candy girl... Well. That got UN-fun fast.
So, remember that time I got all deep about my food intake then made crazy public goals about how and what I was going to eat and NOT eat? 


Friday, 13 November 2015

Floppy Hat

Remember the song Smelly Cat Phoebe sang on Friends?  

Dem Boots

Image courtesy of Flickr

So a little while ago, we all drooled creepily over Emma's Steve Madden boots, but those are a little out of my price range while I'm on maternity leave. Today I want to talk about my favourite boots this season. 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Decisions & Direction

What is that one thing in life that you just can't kick?

For me, it's food.

Fix me some fitness

Gabs makes a great free weight.

So this week, I decided to get on the fitness train, full steam ahead. 

I Will Remember

Photo Cred: Tim Armstrong

On November 11th, here in Canada and all over the world, we stop. 

Monday, 9 November 2015

PonchNO? Let Your Sweater Be Loose.

Eddy Chang (used via Flickr under Creative Commons license)
If you're anything like me, there are certain combos in your wardrobe you gravitate toward, over and over again. 

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Back in Black

If you're anything like me, you've got plenty of black in your closet (hello, slimming!), but maybe you're not sure how to put it all together without channeling Morticia Adams or that sweet little emo kid down the block. 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Joe Fresh. Yes.

Image Courtesy of Flickr

I have no claim to fame when it comes to fashion advice, but I'm excited to open up a conversation about mom style. 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Fit Mamas. How to workout after bébé.

Hey Moms (and deer-in-headlights-everyone-else who stumbled onto this post),

Here's a quick who/what/where/when/why for you:

Who: I'm Abbie. I'm thirty-two and a mom of two minions of the female variety. 
Is the sun in my eyes or am I just so tired I can't open them?

Monday, 2 November 2015

October Review in Numbers

 11. 02. 2015

South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon, SK


It's the beginning of a new month and time to look back at the grumbling and the grace that was October! 

September Review in Numbers

 11. 02. 2015

Light on Little Lanes, Québec, QC

So I was scrolling through the amazing blog Shoes to Shiraz by Deena, when I came across her link-up on her month review in numbers posts.

My Sister's Closet. DEBUT

I don't have ANY claim as a fashionista, a photographer (ha!) or a blogger (read: zero tech skills), as I mentioned in this "fash-hun" post, but I love wearing cute clothes and feeling put-together, both at work as a high school teacher and at home, hanging out with my minions.  

Friday, 30 October 2015



 I don't have ANY claim to being a fashionista, a photographer (ha!) or a blogger (read: zero tech skills), but I love wearing cute clothes and feeling put-together, even when just hanging out with my minions. 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Is there fitness after baby?

 Disclaimer: I am not at all trying to compare my experience to other moms who experienced many real and difficult obstacles to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum health.  

Welcome to Grumbling Grace

Joy is the best makeup (Anne Lamott)… unless you have children, in which case, concealer is the best makeup (Grumbling Grace).

Hey girl, heyyy! I'm Abbie.  

Or should it be 'Hey girl, eh?' ... I'm Canadian.

Welcome to the Abbie show the Grumbling Grace Community! I'm a certified mombies of two littles, a high school French and English teacher and a wife to an extremely patient (and studly) gentleman. I write about fails, faith and mom life and I like sharing when other people write about that stuff too.

Here are a few recent topics to get you started.

What Moms Google
I'm teaming up with Shaunacey every Saturday to bring you hot mess mom honesty in response to real live mom Google searches. We don't promise to be right, but we're definitely real.

Mombies Unite
Ladies from the motherside guest posting their goodness on Grumbling Grace. Check it out

Best Of.
My Posts? My Rules.  

Is there fitness after baby number two? Jury's still out.

Travel with Kids
Tips, tricks, stories, and life hacks to explore the world with your littles (earplugs not included).

Less is More
Downsizing stuff to upsize life. Things I have a hard time giving up? Shoes. Books. All the snacks.

I also like starting series and then not finis----

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Some other lovely places currently letting me ramble on the internet include:

Need more about my family and faith? Duh. Click Here.

Wanna hear about how I started blogging? Podcast alert!

Need tips on getting published elsewhere too? I've got your back

Wanna hang on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Heck yes! 

Thursday, 15 October 2015


Note: This post was originally published in April 2014. 

Newbie: Urban Dictionary defines a newbie as a person new to a game, concept, or forum. Not to be confused with a stupid person. Newbies are just new.

Maybe you're a rookie parent or student or pet owner or dishwasher.

We've all been there and I like newbies. They don’t always know the right way to do things, they aren’t the best at everything, but they ask interesting questions. They bring a fresh perspective and an enthusiasm that hasn’t been dampened by experience.  I think it’s why I love teaching kids in grade nine, when they first start high school and are full of fear and awkward fashion choices. Busting with bravado and raucous behavior.  Ready to try and fail and figure it out.
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