8.22.2017

Me, shopaholic, not a chance...

The title says it all... 

I am a shopper, I love it, I can shop from morning to night and still go back again the next day etc... since discovering online shopping now I never wanna hit the mall up, I can sit at home in my comfy clothes and shop all night so now I am always on the lookout for some family-friendly shopping spots, meaning I can buy things for the whole family from one website and not have to enter my payment information on several websites, ( yes maybe I am lazy).. 

Today I want to tell you about a great place to shop online - Engelbert Strauss, who is specializing in the field of gardening & house development clothing and types of equipment, DIY tools, personal protection, safety wear, work wear etc. I mean everything in one place and you can sit on your couch or in bed and order ;)  
I have shared this site with my co-workers as I work in a car dealership with a service dept and the mechanics need work clothes and safety footwear, so why not share the good news, Engelbert Strauss offers a wide range of products in different shapes, materials, and colors, suitable for amateurs and professionals 

 I am a shop-a-holic and I have some several tried and true that I use over and over. 

Amazon.ca- So I recently signed up for Amazon Prime... and I am addicted, now I never want to purchase from Amazon again unless it says Prime, so I can have it in 2 days, I can buy anything I want on there, no more Walmart for me... recently I have purchased 2 dresses, 2 iPad cases, birthday gifts for my son, and I am waiting for more to arrive. I think I may also do back to school shopping and hang out on my couch instead of braving the crowds at Walmart etc. 

Sears.ca - I grew up with a Sears catalog that we would use to order everything as the small town I lived in did not have any shopping malls, so any clothing, footwear, toys etc had to be ordered and shipped, it could take upwards of 10 days. Around Christmas time it was very exciting because there were lots of Sears packages coming into our home and Christmas morning we would find out what was in the pkg. 


Wish.com-  This is a newer site to me and although the shipping can take forever the prices on there make it worth it for me, I love a good deal, Wish has toys, gardening, crafting, DIY, school supplies, clothing, books, jewelry, electronics etc.  It is like eBay only you are not bidding but you can find almost anything you are looking for.  



What about you, where are your favorite places to shop, would you prefer to go to an actual mall or shop online?



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8.21.2017

Dear Moses

Dear Moses,

Wow, I can barely believe the big day has finally arrived. I imagined how this day might be for you from the day I met you, I did not give birth to you but you grew in my heart, the son I never delivered but the son I received. I am so proud that you are standing before your loved ones and starting your marriage today. Congratulations on your wedding, my amazing son.

I can't help thinking about what brought you here to this day. I'm so proud of the choices you've made as well as your many accomplishments.  From your graduation at NCC, your missions trip to Guatemala,  and now back in school to do IT, You seemed to know innately how to live a balanced life, and you've taught me a lot about that.

May you feel the deepest joy all throughout your wedding day and find small ways to keep that joy alive for you and your bride as the years go on. In the 15 years that I've been married, I've discovered that the secret to finding deep joy and ongoing meaning in your relationship boils down to three things that are within the power of you and your bride. 

1. Humbly apologize when you make mistakes. 2. Never act against one another in anger. 3. Show your love in small, unselfish ways on a daily basis. 

I'm sure that you've heard the jokes about people who end up unhappily married, but the truth is that your marriage is your own to treasure and make of it anything you want. Please choose to make it magical, special, and sacred, for then the happiness you both feel together will only increase over the years. You will get from this marriage what you are willing to put into it.

Oh, Son, I hope that you take these things to heart. I cannot tell you how much we adore Kim. We welcome her into our mad and adoring family with open arms. She is all I hoped you'd find in a mate. I vividly remember when you first introduced her to us and I knew she was the one for you when I saw the way she looked at you that evening. You deserve the love reflected in her eyes.

Congratulations again, sweet Moses. Kim adores you unconditionally, and so I.  Take the time to feel and savor this love every day for the rest of your life.

Love you always and forever,


Mom 



8.17.2017

All about me and mine- Answer 4


A few weeks ago I opened my blog up to you to allow you to ask me questions about me that you would love to know so today I am sharing Andrea's questions 

ANDREA: I'd love to know - what is your favorite book in the Bible?  to be absolutely honest I love Psalms and Proverbs, no matter what you are going thru, you can be uplifted and encouraged by God's word. 
Some of my favorite verses in Psalms are:


  Psalm 23- the Lord is my shepherd,  meaning he watches over me, he protects me and loves me 
Psalms 5: 22-Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalms 121: 1-5

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 

2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 
3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 
5 The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 

Proverbs 3:5-6 
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 18:10-
 
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.


There are so many more I could share but my break is over so I best be headed out. 

8.15.2017

Being a home owner

We bought our first home last summer, so we have spent one year in it.  It is fun to find the perfect décor, wall colors, art, furniture, blinds, curtains, rugs etc.


Instead of doing it all at once, it is recommended to buy 2 great pieces that you just love and cant live without per year
Shop around, don’t grab something just because you are tired because 6 months down the road you will regret it, shop til you find the perfect piece


Blinds or Curtains: I am not a curtain person, I mostly enjoy my blinds and some of the windows in my house are oddly shaped and I went looking for some blind websites and I came across Velux 
Some of the ones that caught my eye



They have all you need for blinds and for any room and what I truly love is that you can buy extra cloth to go with the blind for the spring cleaning :) 

Are you a blind or a curtain person? 


8.14.2017

Gift Giving

Today I want to talk to you about something that I am sure probably frustrates every newlywed at gift opening time.
Gifts, presents or whatever you want to call it can be stressful for any one, when you are buying it, I struggle with it as I want to give a WOW gift each time. I am in a busy wedding season, my best friend got married back in June and my son gets married on Aug 21, I was matron of honor for my best friend’s wedding, so I wanted to give her the best gift.. I struggled with it, had no idea what to get her, I googled for hours to find something for her as she did not have a registry which is fine as they had a house together and didn’t need anything, so they got a lot of money, quilts, frames, that kind of thing

My son on the other hands went a different route and he signed up for a registry. So when I was looking for a bridal shower gift, I went to the registry and within 5 mins I had a present picked for them, I also know what I am getting for the wedding gift.
If you are a bride to be, you need to check out Zola for all your wedding needs…  They have everything for your home in one place, you can do a wedding registry in a few hours if you wanted to keep it all one place, plus lots of worthwhile hints and tips on there. 

That being said let’s talk Budgets.. you can spend however much you want
So, Really, How Much Should You Spend On a Wedding Gift?




SO my question is when you go a wedding,  how do you determine what to giv Do you stick to the registry or do you give something that has worked well for you, I know some people like to give their favorite kitchen gadget... for me, I would prefer to stick to registry as you know that is something they want or need. 

8.12.2017

5 tips to getting around when you have a disability


Getting around when you are disabled does not have to be a burden. There are tools and resources that are available to help you get around with ease. Whether you are planning to travel or are just navigating through your daily routine, there are ways in which you can make your life easier. This article will provide some tips on getting around when you have a disability.

Consider how you will get around. If you are in a position where you are challenged by your mobility, you may want to purchase an electric scooter than can help you get around. While it is not a car, the scooter can still help you get to places that you would be unable to access in a standard wheelchair. For more information and to see options that are available, check out electric scooters for sale.

Plan ahead. If you are setting off on an adventure and you have heard that the destination you are going to has limited accessibility, it is important to consider this before you arrive. Be sure to plan ahead and take into consideration that you may run into some challenges due to your disability. Try not to let the disappointment damper your spirits and focus on what you need to do in order to be able to enjoy your day. By planning ahead you can be prepared and you will know what to expect. Getting to a place and learning that the accessibility or the accommodations that you need are unavailable can be disappointing and quite a letdown. Avoid all of this by planning ahead.

Plan your route. If you are traveling, be sure to map out your route. If you are unfamiliar with an area, you want to make sure that you know the areas of the town that make it accessible.
Have a backup plan. Things can go wrong at any time. There could be a road closure or perhaps part of a building is closed or the elevator is broken. You can never plan for every single thing that could happen but is best to be able to think on your feet and come up with a backup plan. Whether it be enlisting the help of others who will be traveling with you or signing up for an app that provides helpful directions, there are ways to have a backup plan in case something was to go wrong. Sometimes backup plans end up being better than the original plan.

When traveling stay in accessible accommodations. When you are traveling to another state or country, it is important that you make the hotel staff aware of your needs. Be sure to book a room that offer features that are accommodating. For example, if you are blind but not deaf, perhaps the staff will provide you with a room that has a door bell so that people can ring it to get your attention. 

Another great asset would be if the room offered braille communication from the hotel staff.
There are many ways to get around when you have a disability and they do not have to be overwhelming. 

Time, patience, and perseverance will help you find a good routine.

8.08.2017

With this Ring..

This has been a very busy summer for weddings for me, it started it with my best friends wedding in June, I flew home to be her Maid of Honour, it was a pleasure.  

Our son gets married on Aug 21, so I have had two big events this year to plan for, I love weddings and planning them and making sure they look perfect for the bride and groom.  When looking for wedding ideas, I discovered The Black Tux, it is the perfect place for you to get the clothing for the groom.  

The colors of the year for Weddings are: 
This was the colors of my best friends wedding, the guys wore gorgeous navy suits 


   

The girls wore Light pink dresses, it was beautiful 

I love this green, this would look so pretty with a tan colored men's suit and the light green colored dresses 
 


This gold metallic is also stunning, a gorgeous gray suit and gold color dresses 

 
If you are looking for the perfect tux or a suit for a graduation, wedding or just a business suit, check out The Black Tux

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8.07.2017

Saving Moula

Growing up you really thought money grew on trees like your grandparents told you.
My First real life experience was my first semester at university, I went on a shopping spree with my student loans after I had paid rent etc, as I just “assumed” this is was a monthly budget and I would get this same amount each month…. Little did I know… I was calling my parents for money before long. 
Now that I am married and living on my own for 15 years, I have learned so much about budgeting, saving etc. 
Here are 5 tips for saving 


  • Budget always. Budget every last dime. Do not feel deprived. Budget for eating out, the movies, etc , I also budget for shopping. 
  • Set up an emergency fund- this will not come over night. A good emergency fund will have 1000.00 or more in it, this is to be used for a car break down, an emergency in the family, ( not to be used for eating out etc, this is not an emergency)  Quit using credit cards.- If you have a habit of getting into trouble with credit cards, hide your credit cards and keep them in a safe place in your home, not in your wallet. If you need to keep a card for emergencies, that’s okay. Just don’t carry it around with you. If you’re often tempted to use it, keeping your card “out of sight and out of mind” might help.
  • Menu Plan and stick to your list. I menu plan for 2 weeks at a time and the first few shopping trips will feel like they are expensive but once you get a stock going, you wont have to buy so much the next time or the time after. 
  • Choose quality over quantity. This can apply to food, clothes, electronics and much more. Although it's tempting to choose the more budget-friendly version of an item, sometimes choosing quality over quantity will save you more in the long run. Save up your money and get the best-quality product you can afford, and leverage the cost-per-wear philosophy with more expensive clothing and shoes. 
  • Read a personal finance book, check out Dave Ramsey, he has some really great books that will help everyone 

8.04.2017

Showerless Shave Gel

Summer time, the time for dresses and skirts.. this also means you need to keep those legs nice and smooth, if your like me and usually in a hurry, you let your legs go for a day or so, then you have prickly legs, today I have a solution for those prickly legs 

Showerless Shave Gel- that’s right, shave in the car while someone else is driving if you prefer, shave at the beach, the cottage anywhere you want, no water needed. 

How Does it Work?
The gel is super rich and silky, just on its own, that there’s no need to lather.  It contains natural antiseptic ingredients and nutrient rich oil extracts – including clove, ginger, eucalyptus, oat, and tea tree extracts – that act as a protective barrier against razor burn, cuts, ingrown, and shaving irritation. The formula is so silky and hydrating that it also doubles as a moisturizer – when you’re all done shaving, simply rub in the remaining gel for extra smooth legs!

How to Use

  1. Smooth the gel on your legs
  2. Shave as you normally would with a razor
  3. Rub the excess gel in as a healthy post-shave moisturizer 


Viola, ready for a night out with friends with smooth silky legs

7.31.2017

Making your house a home

Everyone wants to be a home owner, I purchased my first home nearly a year ago ( how time flies)… once you have purchased then you have to move in and make your house a home.
Floors: This may seem like an unexpected place to start, but I find that one of the things that unites homes everywhere is an attention to what happens under your feet

 Lighting: Having primarily lived in rented spaces for the past years of my life, I feel like lighting has represented a huge part of my design focus. While it sometimes requires a professional (I rarely try electrical work on my own, though I know many people feel comfortable with DIY lamp wiring) to complete the project, changing out the pre-existing lighting in any space will immediately make a room feel homier for a few reasons: it allows you to add a personal touch (like a favorite family lamp from home or something you made from found materials and a lamp kit) and it allows you to determine where and how light works in your room

Storage: One of the biggest lessons I learned about a house feeling like a home has to do with functionality. So many design decisions are based on aesthetics, but it’s hard to get around to decisions that are based on style before you deal with all the basic necessities of storage
 Artwork: Artwork is too often written off as being elitist, expensive and frivolous. But from the earliest days, people have decorated their homes with all sorts of things that mean something to them. From found objects in nature (like collections of shells and pinecones) and family weavings to photographs of your loved ones, Another great feature we love to have in our home is electronic frames ? It makes a great addition to any small space because you can show off a lot of photos without taking up a lot of valuable wall or table space! sculptures and paintings, art can be anything and everything you want it to be. 

Customized Details (Hardware): There are many cases in life when the existing hardware on something is totally fine. But then there are those moments where the little details something comes with are as generic artwork you often see in hotels and conference centers. Mass-produced and without any relationship to the piece itself, these are areas that are just asking to be changed and customized in a way that makes the object itself feel more personal and at home in your space. 
You would be surprised how some little things that make your house a home 
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7.29.2017

Happy Birthday Brooke

Don't Blink...

14 years ago you entered my life and it has been the best journey.
I was 21 years old, clueless, and riding waves of contractions like a complete amateur. There was walking, there were tears,  and there was so much fear. I had no idea what I was in for. At all.

And then, at 8:54 am on July 29th, 3 weeks before her due date, my in a hurry little girl came into the world only 2 hours after my water broke. She was so quiet for the first few minutes, but then filled the room with her rage. She was strong enough to work her way out of the bundled blanket that the nurses so efficiently wrapped her in, and to this day she still sleeps with her limbs sprawled across the bed.



Loud, fiercely independent, and taking up as much space as possible since the moment she was born. Just like her mama.
I remember this feeling of absolute perfect love crashing over me. I was so incredibly lucky to not feel a moment of sadness after having her. I beamed for days. She was here. I made her. I birthed her. I felt like I didn't know what I was doing, but it was clear that my body was a professional. I was a rock star. I could not believe that this flawless human was made from such a tiny seed. It was amazing. She was amazing. Since I had Brooke, there is nobody who can tell me that miracles do not happen. She is my proof.

As much as I loved her, I was terrified. I was so afraid that I would ruin her somehow. That I would do the wrong thing, or say the wrong words, or set the wrong example. Along with love crashed responsibility. I had a duty to mould this 7lb, pink sleeper wearing infant into a functioning adult. This was day one, and I had so many days to go. So many opportunities to screw up. 
 

And then I blinked. And she was finished kindergarten. A
Grade 1, 2,3,4 and she can read, and she can write, and she has lost five teeth, middle school then comes high school in september..
She is polite and kind and silly. She loves giraffes and has multiple best friends and despite how things may appear, she adores her brother.

When she graduates high school, she wants to be a music teacher. Not a programmer like her dad, not a princess or a ballerina. A career in Music. I realize that this will change in the next 4 years, but I am so proud of the way she makes up her own mind.

She is still loud and independent. She tests the rules and she questions everything. She is unbelievably bossy, not surprising as Brooke is a  leader.  

As much as it makes me want to tear my hair out, I am so glad that she is her own person. Nobody pressures Brooke to do anything she doesn't want to do. I desperately hope she holds on to these traits with white knuckles. She will need that strong will in the years to come.

There are days that I love her so much I could burst. There are days that I feel like all I do is yell. The latter are the days that I realize I am raising a smaller version of myself. I have yet to decide whether this is good or bad.
But at the end of the day, 14 years in, I do know one thing for certain; Brooke, my first born, has changed and molded me as much as I have her.

I did not know unconditional love or happiness or rage or fear until she came into my life. I did not know hope or strength or responsibility or absolute pure exhaustion. I didn't know I could laugh so hard or yell so loud or function on such a small amount of sleep. I did not know what it was like to be so sure that I would give my own life for another human being.
I taught Brooke how to eat with a fork, how to dress herself, how to pee in the potty. She has taught me so much more in her fourteen years than I could ever write down.

In short, she has taught me how to be a mother.

Most importantly, she has taught me to be afraid to blink because with just a blink she is 14. 

Happy Birthday to my baby. I love you so much. 

7.28.2017

Picking the right car for you

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Buying a new car is an exciting time in your life, whether it is your first car or you are one of those people who buy a new car every year, I work at a car dealership and some people are always car shopping.  
There are so many to chose from but you need to pick one that works for your family, so here are 6 tips for picking the right vehicle 

1) Buy based on your family needs: if you have a family  a 2 door vehicle likely wont work for you. You need either a 4 door car, a SUV or a mini van, depending on the number of kids you have. 


2) Look into Pre-financing Options
Many people obtain financing from the car dealership, but this isn’t fiscally responsible. Dealership interest rates are typically much higher than loan rates obtained from banks and credit unions. Your bank or credit union is one of the best places to start researching car loan rates, and you can obtain “relationship discounts” that you won’t find anywhere else.
Although you may not find the best deals online, you can also use the Internet to review current interest rates. once you obtain a quote from any financial institution, get the quote in writing. You can then present this quote to the dealership and use it as leverage to negotiate a lower interest rate. Another great place to check out is Cars.com they have the best deals for your money and your needs. 

3. Shop Around Unless there is an emergency situation

Shop around before you buy a car. I have an established rule in place whenever I shop for a car: I always make sure that I walk out of at least one dealership. This way, I always know their rock-bottom price, often given to me just before I leave. It might also make sense to explore out-of-town car dealerships. Dealerships price their vehicles differently depending upon their location.


 4) Look at Both New and Used Cars

In the past, buying a gently used car was the best way to save money when purchasing a vehicle. A big reason behind this logic is that new cars depreciate considerably the moment they are taken home from the dealership.
Unfortunately, the supply of used cars has decreased dramatically after many were removed as part of the “Cash for Clunkers” program. In addition, more people are holding onto their cars for longer periods of time before looking for a replacement. As a result, prices for used cars have increased significantly, making new cars a more realistic option.

5. Buy Based on Purchase Price, Not on Monthly Payments

Car dealers are notorious for offering a very attractive monthly payment to potential buyers. Do not be misled. If this “wonderful” payment is attached to a 72-month loan, then it’s really not that attractive at all.
Be sure to always negotiate based on the purchase price of the car, and not the monthly payment. Also make sure that you know the “full” purchase price of any car that you buy. There could be many extra, hidden costs factored into the price including various taxes, car preparation and delivery fees, and dealership costs that you won’t know about unless you ask.
6. Always Test Drive the Car
90% of people who buy a new car test drive it first. Do not be among the other 10%. You want to test drive the car for many reasons, but comfort should be foremost in your mind. There are some cars that you just won’t feel comfortable driving. If this is the case, move on.
If you have children, bring them along on the test drive. Their comfort level is important too, and trust me, they will give you their honest assessment of the car. In addition to comfort, look for the following:
  • Idle: The car should be smooth and quiet.
  • View: Make sure the view from each of the mirrors is acceptable, and you have a straight line view of all dashboard gauges.
  • Controls: Flip on the air, locate the turn signals, and turn on the windshield wipers. Ensure that everything is easy to use. Some people find that their fingers are too big to handle certain switches, buttons, or levers in some cars.
  • Handling and Brakes: Make sure the car responds when you push the accelerator or brakes. Cars vary significantly in terms of sensitivity, and you want to choose a car that best fits your preferences.
I hope these tips will help you make the right decision on the car that is perfect for your family.

7.26.2017

Operation Surprise Party

July 29 is my Brooke's 14th birthday so I wanted to do something special for her, she had no idea what she wanted to do for her birthday.  So this momma threw her a surprise party with the help of her best friends. Thankfully I can access them on Facebook :)  She went to her friends for the day while we prepped the party. 

I am not a decorator.  It started out being a green, black theme but I added in other colors just because I am crazy like that 😔


Thankful for a swimming pool, we had pizza, swimming and cake 

She wanted ice cream cake 

Fresh out of the pool face 

My daughter collects giraffes, this picture made her so happy 

They got matching shirts with avocados saying " You are my other half" they have been Best friends since we moved here 


a few days ago while she was at the lake, her phone broke and she wanted a iphone. We are not an apple phone family but she got her wish. 

We will celebrate her actual BIRTHday on Saturday with family. 

7.24.2017

5 Things to start saving for once you turn 20 for


5. HOUSE- you really do not want to rent forever, owning is so much more fun, but it is also very expensive. With home ownership comes: property fees,  insurance, you have to furnish it, etc etc.  You really need a good pillow and mattress
4) CAR- you do not want to use public transportation forever... HELLO- it can get super expensive, your car will need gas,  insurance etc. 

3) RETIREMENT- yes start early, you need to. Retirements do not just happen, you need to save for it. 

2) VACATIONS- You will want to take fun vacations especially if all your friends are going on cruises or trips. 

1) EMERGENCIES- it always happens.. your car breaks down, you have a family emergency and you need to get home right away. We started saving what we call an Emergency fund, it was in a bank account that we could not just withdraw without going into the bank, we each had access to it and we kept the other accountable… we had several times when we had to use it, but then you start to build it back up. A good amount to save up is $1000 and you may think that is a lot but if you add to it often, it will be there before you know it. 

Be prepared, save your money.  You never know what the future can hold.  You may think you do not know how to save- get a financial planning book- Dave Ramsey has a great one, check it out. 



7.22.2017

REVIEW OF NIV, TRUE IMAGES BIBLE


It's not just for teens, its really for everybody. I bought this as a gift to myself and I don't regret it. It's a larger print so it's easy to read and the graphics are gorgeous. It's so well put together. 

The Bible needs to be interactive and this is it! There's quizzes and surveys, everything a girl loves to do. 

My daughter has been using this one for youth group, church etc. 


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Get out of that Pit-- Straight Talk- Beth Moore - Book review




Like many of her books, this work was filled with biblical truths, but above that I felt like she was talking specifically to me. I could imagine her hand reaching out to help me out of my pit. Please note, it was not that she was reaching DOWN to me. Beth shows herself to be much like me, and crawling out of our pits is a journey we both take.
If you are having problems that you see no way out, this gives you a way to deal with them


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