Thursday, December 08, 2011

Where I'm spending my Christmas Money (online)

I love supporting other businessnes, and most of these ones I'm a repeat customer for. I love their products and their customer service so much I really wanted to share them with all of my readers. Pluuuus I wanted to show someone all the cool stuff I'm getting, I'm dying keeping it all inside!
(Clockwise from top middle picture)
Inspired By Finn- Baltic Amber Jewellry for friends and family
Rosenberry Rooms- Adorable bedding for my daughter
Shy Violet- Beautiful Hand Spun/Dyed yarn to create something beautiful for someone
Steep The Senses- Yummy and healthy teas for the hubby to ease his pain
Fabric Closet- Sytlish fabric to give someone something handmade
Squishable- Big, fuzzy stuffed animals...because well, who wouldn't love one of them? One-size shorts/pants

(although I'm going to be bringing these into my own store, I'm super excited to try these out before I buy them!)

Will you be shopping online, local or with your favorite small business? Check back next week for some of my awesome finds in my favorite local Cape Breton shops!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

10 Tips (to successfully) Travel with Cloth Diapers

With so many people traveling to be with friends and family at this time of year, I've been bombarded with questions about traveling with cloth diapers. This is something I've done with a lot of success quite a few times. And with so much going on, the last thing any of us wants to be worrying about is diapers. So I've put together some quick and easy tips to make your holidays even easier WITH cloth diapers :)
  1. Find out about available laundry services before you leave. If you are staying with relatives, ask if they are okay with it, and find out what kind of machine they have. If you are staying in a hotel, ask if they have laundry services on site or where the nearest service is. (A third option is to hand wash your diapers in a sink or bath tub if you have time to let your diapers air dry.)
  2. Bring an ample supply. Regardless of you're using relatives or public laundry facilities, while on vacation you don't want to be worrying about running out of diapers or doing laundry 24/7. I recommend bringing (or buying) extra diapers, and having at least 1.5 days supply, so depending on your child, around 25-30 diapers.
  3. Bring the easiest-to-use diapers you own. This is just for convenience sake (maybe a little bit for your sanity too), and the ease of diapers is a totally personal choice, but if you have a lot of All-in-ones, bring them and use them. If you use pockets, pre-stuff them so they are ready to go any time. And with hybrids, prefolds and fitteds, insert the diapers into a cover before hand so you can just easily whip the diaper on and off. With flats, partially folding them makes things that much smoother too.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi

Although this NY Times Best Seller doesn't exactly need another review, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Which I bought on a whim while I was on my break at work.

Unbearable Lightness is a story of a young woman's struggle to accept herself. Portia de Rossi (Ally Macbeal, Arrested Development, etc) bares all in this autobiography of her struggle with anorexia and her sexuality.

From the cover:
“I didn’t decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Being as thin as possible was a way to make the job of being an actress easier . . .”

Portia de Rossi weighed only 82 pounds when she collapsed on the set of the Hollywood film in which she was playing her first leading role. This should have been the culmination of all her years of hard work—first as a child model in Australia, then as a cast member of one of the hottest shows on American television. On the outside she was thin and blond, glamorous and successful. On the inside, she was literally dying.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

No more MIA!

So I know I have been totally MIA for a month. I'm terribly sorry, life just seems to hit you all at once. On top of extra school work, because of the Christmas season coming up I've had to take on more hours at work. Plus my husband went out of town, first for a doctors appointment, now he's been gone for almost two weeks doing some work on a house, leaving me to run everything myself.

It sure has been stressful. I never realized how much just having that other person there to rely on makes such a huge difference. Because I've definitely bitten off more than I chew without him-or some kind of support network-here. I'm running two businesses (at the busiest time of year for mine), working outside the home, driving to and from the babysitters twice a day, keeping the house clean, walking the dog, and trying to keep my child and myself relatively happy.

Being a single parent is a tough job, and those of you who do it out of necessity are my heroes, and you deserve way more credit than I can give. I think a lot of my griping about being a single parent the past few weeks, has been because I don't have that many good friends here, I have a couple acquaintances and some people I'm getting to know better as time goes on, but I also have no family. My nearest family (my in-laws) live in New Brunswick, and all of my family is from Saskatchewan! All my closest friends are all scattered throughout western Canada. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Video Games from a Gamer Parents perspective

 So, my almost two-year-old has shown a lot of interest in video games recently. Probably because they are on more than TV shows in our house. Yes, we are the dreaded gamer parents. I mean, it kind of had to happen, and there are more and more all the time as all of us 90's kids start having kids.

And I have to admit, I haven't really got to any of the hard stuff yet, like really explicit or violent games that she plays or wants to play but she's showing interest in all types of games. I thought I had a plan in place for stuff like that, but I don't really know how to react when she sits still and watches her dad play Killzone longer than she watches Max & Ruby.