Monday, 5 December 2016

Monday Minute: Will This Ever Stop?? (Not for the faint of heart)

Hello readers! I am hoping you all had a fantastic first weekend of December! Can't believe we are finally into full blown winter. Well, today anyways as there was no snow yesterday, and today we have LOTS. But it doesn't feel like the holidays when there is no snow, it's not Christmas with all that fluffy white stuff!

There is a huge topic I want to discuss. The tribulations of parenting. You know those down days where you feel like your just failing at parenting. Well, to be honest with you, You are probably doing a hell of a job better than these people. I follow a popular face book page called "hot moms club". They do actually post some nice heartfelt articles, the kind that leave you all warm n' fuzzy on the inside, and the others are just down right freaking horrific.

Lately the posts and news stories have just been piling up. 2 weeks ago I watched a video of a women smacking her newborn baby in the face and badly bruising her eye, because she wouldn't stop crying. This morning, I read an article about a mother who didn't believe in pharmaceutical drugs or doctors. Her son was 7 years old, and contracted the Group A streptococcus infection and pneumonia. They said it was so bad, it had spread to his heart, he had meningitis and his immune system was exhausted trying to fight the infection. He died from multi-organ failure. The poor boy died because his body just couldn't fight it anymore. All he needed was antibiotics, and his mother never took him to see a doctor once in his whole entire life. The last video I watched was of a newborn found in India, in a dumpster, in a garbage bag, still attached to the placenta. WHAT IN THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!?

I am a mother of three. They are my world, my life, my everything. If ANYTHING or ANYONE did anything to threaten their well-being... let me tell you hell would rain down in an instant. I do not stand for child neglect. If your child is crying, soothe them. If they are sick, take them to the doctor to be healed. If your child is hurt, you kiss and band-aid every boo boo!

My husband and I actually witnessed a neglectful parent when we were at the mall. Friday night we took our kids to get our annual "photos with santa" done. We then promised the girls we would go see the trains they set up every year, which by the way are really cool. We watched the trains for about 5 - 10 minutes and then it was time to go. As we were leaving, a little boy decided to run after us. We stopped and looked back about 5 times and no one seemed to know he was gone, no one said "hey, thats my son!" Maybe his mom/dad was ahead of us and he was running to catch up? Each time I looked back I made eye contact with a lady sitting on the bench RIGHT BESIDE the trains. Didn't bat an eyelash. So we followed him because obviously we're not going to let a 4-year old boy run about a busy mall with lord knows what type of people in it, by himself.

15 minutes later we are on the opposite side of the mall, on our way to take him into the security kiosk to hopefully reunite this poor boy with his parents. When the women who was sitting on the bench by the trains came up and simply said "I'm sorry, his father was supposed to be watching him". Grabs his arm and walks back the way we came. LIKE ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?

When in all of this, did it seem OK to let your son wander away with strangers. I'm not going to sugar coat it, but we could've left that mall with him and no one would've thought twice about it. It's frightening. My husband and I were just so mad. There are no words to describe how I felt. I held my tongue, because I had everything under the sun and stars to say to that women but I didn't. I just couldn't fathom how she literally just sat there, and watched us, walk away, with HER child. Just baffles me to bits. BUT end of that rant.

I just want answers to questions I know many ask. HOW? How can someone treat a child so poorly. To deny safety, child care, even love, of an Innocent soul...

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Saving Money When Having A Baby

I currently have two toddler girls 11 months apart. I wish I had someone tell me how to prepare for how much money would be spent on having them so I could've prepared MONTHS in advanced and probably would have saved hundreds of dollars in the long run. You get caught up in the wonders of having a child. Baby gear, clothes, bottles, formula, food, toys and bouncers you name it we bought it. Here's some helpful tips I found that helped us prepare for the second and now our third!

I wish I stuck with breastfeeding longer than I did for both of my kids (3-6months). I was buying 2 cans every month, and they were $18 at our drugstore and most of the time on sale for $16. I was roughly paying $32 a month for formula. When I started off I was using Enfamil, and that ranges from $30 - $40 PER CAN. That's outrageous! I Then came across the same store brand at our local wal-mart for $12 a can. Saving me 8$ per month, and when I was able to aquire coupons from the manufacturer and in-store I was saving almost $15 a month, which in turn was a free can of formula, WIN WIN! Another huge tip, DO NOT buy the liquid formula, stick to powdered formula, you'll end up saving even more and lasts 10x longer.

Big decision. Cloth or disposable. Cloth diapers are actually pretty easy and a little extra work with cleaning them out, laundering them and what not but it'll save you money in the long haul. I used disposable's because they were just super convenient for me at the time having children 11 months apart it was one less thing I had to do during the day. Disposables can range in prices depending what store you go to like a pharmacy, super-store or grocery store, but if you use disposables choose name brand not store brand. The increase in accidents, leaks, and clothes that got stained and damaged because I thought I was saving money buying cheaper diapers cost me more money to replace clothes and whatever else that got destroyed by baby blowouts. Buy the biggest box most are on sale every month. Before your baby is born, do not stock up on newborn diapers, you will find out they hit a huge growth spurt in the first week and the diapers are useless and have to buy the next size. Both my children were in size 1/2 diapers by the 2nd week they were born and I had 2 boxs of newbie diapers unused.

Buy stuff that converts, cause seriously everything nowadays is at least $100 for something and it'll add up after a while. I bought a travel system so my car seat went from car to stroller with a click. Our high chair changed from a high chair to a booster seat. Our crib went from a crib to a toddler bed, to a day bed, to a double bed, and both of our kids used it until it was on it's last legs and we had to throw it out and now there in a bunk bed which will stay with them until there at least 9/10 years old. Don't buy a change table even though it seems very convenient with all the storage and drawers and shelves attached to it. We had a long dresser that I put a change table pad on it and it worked out perfectly. Buy secondhand if possible. Also try creating a gift registry at your local baby store for basics like a stroller, car seat, or bouncer is the best way to start. It'll help save money. Test drive stuff when you buy it too. My mother bought me a double stroller on a whim and thought it'd be convenient, but I can't even steer the damn thing and that was $300 down the drain and it's still sitting in our shed.

Don't hoard baby clothes in advance. Baby's go through sudden growth spurts within the first few weeks after birth. By the second week both my kids were in 3-6 month clothes. Skip the shoes. Until they start walking. Socks & little booties will keep there tootsies warm. If you have your baby in the colder days of the year opt for a car seat bag and a onesie thermal suit. Choose some unisex styles as if you plan to have another and you buy everything pink, purple, frilly and frou frou, if you have a boy as your next child, he wouldn't be wearing a tutu.

Call your pediatrician first before scheduling an appointment. I saved so much time and money doing it this way. It was much faster to just call her, explain our situation, and let her give us a diagnosis over the phone, and if she thought it needed a look at, then she would ask us to come in. Don't buy an ear thermometer. You can buy some awesome digital oral/rectal thermometers at the drugstore for a fraction of the price, and it's 10x more accurate.

Opt for a breast pump instead of an electric one. A decent pump goes for about $35 - $45 and an electric runs for about $100+. Choose reusable breast pads (disposable one's aren't that expensive either) if you opt for that choice. I found a pattern online to make my own and made a gazillion of them and saved me a bunch. Don't rush for a maternity/nursing wardrobe either. See how it goes for the first 2 - 4 weeks and then splurge on a nice nursing t-shirt and a couple of nursing bra's to get you started for when you need to nurse publicly. And don't buy maternity clothing until it's absolutely necessary. I went to Thyme Maternity and bought 2 pairs of small maternity pants, and a bunch of shirts, that only fit me until I was 5-6 months pregnant and I just ballooned like an elephant and nothing fit. 180$ of stuff down the drain, and I had to go out and buy all new stuff for 6 - 9months because I didn't want to be living in spandex for the next 4 months lol

Don't get caught up with the "baby bullet" either. My mum bought me one and it was honest to god a piece of crap that cost her almost $100. My blender I've had for 4 years did a better job. But do make your own food. Jarred baby food goes for about 45 - 50 cents a jar, sometimes even more if it's organic, but I'll go out and buy a squash, some carrots and pea's mix it all together and I have enough food to last me 2 months. Stop by your local dollar store/dollar tree and they have these little plastic containers you can store the food in and can keep your baby food frozen up to 3/4 months. I just used to use Ice cube trays, fill them, freeze them, then pop them out into a freezer zip lock bag and take 1 - 2 out as I needed and warm it up. Convenient and cost effective.

Before I got pregnant I didn't save any money whatsoever from the time before and during my first pregnancy. The day I found out I was pregnant with our second I bought a huge plastic container, cut a hole in the top and every week I made sure I put at least $5 in the jar, if not all my spare change I found lying in our couch cushions or under the seats in our car. I saved almost $250. It was our reserved fund box in case we needed something important and were tight on funds. It will help you out in the long run.

These are what have helped me prepare for our third. Yes there is a lot we will have to buy this time around, and still don't know if it's a girl or boy yet, but I know this time around I will be saving A LOT more money and it'll help make things easier for the whole family if we don't splurge on every baby item and peice of furniture we see.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Momma Monday: 6 Toddler Friendly Snacks for Traveling

We've all been there. The dreaded long car rides where you get 5 minutes down the road and the children in the backseat are already wanting food. But stopping at the golden arches or getting a box of tim bits can get quite costly especially on long car trips. So pack up the cooler and get out your zip lock bags, because here are 6 great snack foods that aren't messy, healthy, and easy to prepare before you hit your destination.


This combo is a sure fire way to keep the little ones at bay for a while. I usually get cookie cutters and cut out cool shapes of the meat and cheese so that it's something different. Or you can cut the cheese into easy pick-up cubes for little fingers, use string cheese, and even add in some crackers for something crunchy.


My kids love trail mix, and because you can either buy it at a bulk food store, or make it yourself, it makes for a great snack on the go. You can use dried fruit pieces, nuts, chocolate chips, pretzels, etc. to suit the wants of whoever is eating it.


Also another huge hit. I use carrots, cucumbers, celery, berries, banana, apple slices, grapes, you name it you can put it in a baggie or little snack box and they'll be happy.


Opt out for the chocolate covered, ooey gooey caramel filled ones and you'll have a snack full of fiber, easy to eat and will keep them full until you reach your destination. You can also find great recipes online to make your own granola bars :)


Huge hit with my kids. They love PB&J so i make a bunch of those and throw in some deli meat & cheese slices in another, and its like a mini lunch that doesn't make hardly any mess (give or take some crumbs) and will leave them satiated.


Last but not least. Fill up those little snack packs with cereal like cheerios, fruit loops, lucky charms, reese puffs, mini wheats, you name it. I opt out for only fruit loops & cheerios because there not full of lots of sugar, and even if they drop some they don't break into a gazillion crumbs everywhere.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Weightloss Wednesday: 5 Protein Packed Smoothies

Smoothies are always convenient, and great for those of us who are on the go. There great meal replacements (when done properly) and post-workout snacks to replenish your body with nutrients. Yet using protein powder can be quite costly and high in calories if your not careful on what types you buy and how many grams of protein you get out of each scoop of powder. I found this protein called Dyna-wave and its only 30$ a bag you can find it online, at no frills, Costco and some other nutrition stores. Per 1 scoop is 135 calories with 30g of protein.

Different Forms of Protein
Peanut Butter                    Coconut Milk
Flax Seeds                        Oats
Chia Seeds                       Milk
Almond Butter                  Quinoa
Raw Egg                           Yogurt

Those are just a few ways to add protein into your smoothies without using protein powder, saves on calories also. Here's a few recipes of mine I use on a daily & weekly basis, ENJOY! :)

Peanut Butter Power Banana Breakfast Smoothie

  •  1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1 banana cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2-3 icecubes
Makes 2 servings

Calories: 239 Per Serving
Protein: 22.5 grams

Chia Green Protein Smoothie

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2-3 ice cubes
 Makes 2 Servings

Calories: 300 Per Serving
Protein: 26 grams

 Very Berry Banana Protein Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup flax milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 2 ice cubes
Makes 2 Servings 

Calories: 288 Per Serving
Protein: 24 grams

Go Green Protein Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 - 1 cup kale
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups water
Makes 2 Servings

Calories: 295 Per Serving
Protein: 26 grams

 Strawberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2-3 ice cubes
 Makes 2 Servings

Calories: 270 Per Serving
Protein: 27 grams

And there you have it, 5 delicious smoothie recipes to try for any time :)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Weightloss Wednesday: How Many Calories Should I Eat?

When I began my weight loss journey I didn't know where to begin. How does one lose weight? It's not rocket science, right? I've heard many different ways. Like padlocking your mouth and throwing the key away :) The point is, to lose weight, you have to eat less calories than you burn. Or start off by changing your diet piece by piece. Switch out soda & high sugared fruit juice for water, eat one piece of cake instead of the whole thing, if you go out to McDonalds or whatever order a salad or a grilled chicken burger WITHOUT making it a combo. These are sure fire ways to help you start on your weightless journey.

When I first started out losing weight I tried playing around with daily calorie intake needs and it started me off at eating 6 meals a day equaling out to 1600 calories, and I did 1-2 hours of exercise daily. I GAINED weight within my first week. I looked even more like a beached whale and I died a little on the inside. There is so much that your CI depends on. Whats your weight, height, age, gender, BMI, BMR, etc... Because everybody is different and unique that everyone's CI will be a lot different. Same as if you start off at 200lbs (like me) I had to eat 1200 calories to start off with to create a calorie deficit to actually lose weight whereas now im 145lbs and I eat 1400 calories to keep losing my weight. Weird huh? This site is what helped me and is very useful is a DAILY CALORIE NEEDS calculator. Plug in your information and get going :P

The site said I needed to eat 2099 calories (which I nearly gagged) to maintain my current weight, 1679 calories for fat loss, and 1260 for extreme fat loss. So I came to a median between the two and stick to 1300-1400 per day :) It also gives you this really cool 7 day calorie cycle (the zig zag), and also has meal plans for all calorie needs and shows you what the meals should look like that your eating.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Wedding Update: Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses

I have finally set my options to 5 different dresses I really like, there mostly back-ups as I have this one dress im set on and would probably do just about anything to have it haha! With that being said I have also picked out a handful of bridesmaid dresses, and just thought people might want to see what plans I've got stewing in my little wedding pot :D

As you probably have noticed they are all made of organza with a ruffled mermaid/fit and flare skirt. Minus the first one which is Sabelle by Maggie Sottero (the most amazing bridal designer EVER) which was originally my first choice and was in love with the dress, I even got to see it in a bridal salon when I was with my sister in law trying on bridesmaid dresses and was like I WANT THAT! Then a couple months later I laid eyes on this puppy (below)

I can't even begin to explain how this dress makes me feel. I have never tried it on (YET) i haven't seen it in a store, yet the first time I looked at it my heart skipped beats, my palms became sweaty, my breath got caught in my lungs, and I teared just a little bit. I knew this was to be my dress I got married in and that I will do whatever is in my god almighty power to make sure it happens. But my biggest fear is actually going to a salon, finding the dress, trying it on, and hating how it looks on me or if it wasn't what I truly expected of this dress. I'd be devastated and most likely heartbroken and cry myself to sleep for a few weeks at least hahaha.  WOO! Now onto the bridesmaid dresses!

My only problem finding a dress for all my girls is I want them to either have all the same style dress and color, or all same color different dress, cause all of them have gigantic boobs (minus 1 poor SIL) and are all really tall or short so im like. well. heck this sucks! haha  AND they HAVE to be in something that is comfortable for them because there the ones wearing it all day and if it's strapless everyone's just gunna be yankin' there top up all day haha Here are my options so far

They will either be a dark aubergine purple, or a minty green/pale blue. My husbands military so he'll be wearing his dress uniform as will his groomsmen so I'm just trying to color co-ordinate, WHO KNEW THAT COULD BE SO HARD!?? haha it really does suck, but it'll be so worth it in the end.


is our wedding date

It was a hard decision cause we were going to get married this year but I am still in the process of losing weight (hehe down 59lbs! WOOOOO!) and we just did reno on our bathroom & basement so our money is out the window pfsh GONE haha Plus we had to do a lot of planning around Charlotte's birthday who will be turning 3 that year. Jesus. Had to re-read that 4 times just to make sure I was not losing my sanity already :P 

But yes, those are my wedding updates as of right now and I shall post more when I figure out what's going to be what and such :) If you read this far, Kudos to you! I rant way too much, Sorry! <3

- DIY Invitations
- DIY Decor, centerpeices, favors, and more!
- Vows! (ooo exciting)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Weight loss Wednesday: A Guide To Clean Eating

About a month ago I decided to start clean eating, and it's been one of the hardest yet gratifying and rewarding things I think I've ever done. It took me about a couple weeks to get into the swing of things because I had no one to help me and basically followed everything off of websites because I had no idea what foods are okay, and what foods I should avoid. After that ordeal I thought to myself, there has to be an easier way to do this. So I have put together a Guide on how you can start clean eating too without all the hassle and hopefully have an easier transition than I did :)

1. Throw out ALL the junk in your fridge and pantry.
I didn't throw away all my food I gave some of it to my parents and kept some for my husband who still needs to eat that crap because he's in the middle of bulking up while im trying to widdle down so our diets collide quiet frequently, and also makes this process a lot harder. Sift through to make room for all your new healthy foods :) The easiest way to do this is to check the ingredients, if you can't pronounce it, have no idea what it even is, or if theres an ingredient list of 10 gazillion things, CHUCK. IT. OUT. Say your goodbyes and give it the boot. The more junk food like chocolate, chips, ect you don't have stashed in your cubbards, the less tempted you'll be to inhale them when nobodies around and lie to yourself that you don't feel bad for eating them anyways :)

The hardest part of my transition. Finding a BASIC clean eating diet grocery list was like finding a needle in a haystack in the middle of a blizzard.

TIP: It will be a bit difficult at first but try substitution first rather than just dropping everything cold turkey if you think you won't be able to stick with it right away. I went cold turkey and it was EXTREMELY difficult to keep to it at first but eventually my taste buds got used to what I was eating instead of the crap it had before.

Here's a list of everything you should try to incorporate into your new clean eating diet.

- Steam, Bake, Grill, or eat your food raw
- Fill 2/3 of your plate with veggies
- Eat Fruit for dessert
- Drink your body weight in water daily (or at least 64oz)
- If you incorporate red meat into your diet have it 90% lean or higher beef

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Fashion Trend Tuesday: Spring Makeup Video Tutorials

Spring is an amazing time of year for bright colorful makeup. Keeping it subtle but vibrant will have all eyes on you and the compliments will be endless. Some top trends of the 2014 Spring scene is light pinks, bright orange all over, color blocking eyeliner, glowing radiant skin, and a bold colorful lipstick to match. Let's get started

Spring Sunrise Inspired Makeup by Carli Bybel

Spring Inspired Makeup by Easy Neon



Those are the top 5 in my books. There vibrant, make your eyes pop, and I follow all their youtube channels religiously and are just amazing people and their tutorials are to every detail and so easy to follow, enjoy playing with your makeup! :)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Freebie Friday: Easter Printable

I am so happy about this Easter! My children will both be old enough to have their first real Easter Egg Hunt by themselves! :D I can't wait. I went out and bought those plastic eggs that you can fill yourself so instead of just hunting for little chocolate eggs, they get eggs, candy, and small toys like bouncy balls, pretend jewelery, crayons, etc. I am just so excited to see their little faces light up when they wake up Easter morning and discover that their are Bright colorful Easter eggs spread about the house that the Easter bunny left behind the night before :)

As with every holiday that comes around I've created a simple Easter Subway Art Printable for you all to enjoy!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Momma Monday: The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide & Daily Cleaning Schedule

It may still be frigid outside with -20 degree weather, and it may blizzard occasionally, but it's finally that time of year! SPRING! Where the snow melts and green grass takes it's place, and icy tree branches bud with new leaves and foliage. Where flowers begin to bloom and birds begin to sing. But with spring, comes spring cleaning. There are many people who dread this time, but me, I lavish in it. It's a secret of mine that I actually ENJOY (yes you read that correctly) cleaning. I love organizing. Yet you wouldn't think so because of the amount of toys, my husbands work gear, and nick nacks in absolutely every corner in every room. My family apparently doesn't like organizing. haha But I love going through every room, every space and throwing out junk, wiping down my decor and getting rid of those pesky little dust bunnies that decided to make the space behind our couch their home away from home through the winter. There is honestly so much to do, and never enough time, nor space to do it, especially with two little ones running around as well things will always be hectic. So I did a little researching, and came up with a massive list of stuff that is what I usually do every spring, and I have also supplied you with a daily cleaning list which I follow as if it were my bible, and my house went from disaster WW5 to just messy looking, which is as good as it'll get for right now Guaranteed.

Below is both printables, and I hope you enjoy and get rid of your junk this spring! For another person's trash is another person's treasure :)