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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday: The worst freakout of life

Background: We were just playing outside having a great time riding her little truck up and down the street, until she hit a bump on the sidewalk. I thought I turned the camera off at one point...but apparently I taped my child being possessed by the devil. The video continues for about 10 minutes of her screaming, me walking us all home, truck and all, and putting her in a time out. I can laugh about it now, but at the time I was about to rip my hair out. Hope you mommas get at least a smile out of this because I know it happens to all of us.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Why I became a Mompreneur

I always feel like I jumped into this being an entrepreneur thing backwards. Because I started it up, then let it run, now I'm going to school to better my business. I guess it's kind of how I've done most things in my life, leap before I look!
Although, that's not always a bad thing, I learn quickly and there's no better training than hands-on, and man has this been a learning experience! One of the most challenging ones I've ever had. And to be completely honest, going into it I thought, "Oh, what the heck, it's just diapers, no big deal"

But it has become a big deal. Every day I'm talking about diapers, helping people with diapers, taking pictures of diapers, learning about diapers. Learning about the industry, learning how to sew, and how to make my own diapers. Here I thought I could make a couple extra dollars, support my own habit of cloth diapering and just go on with my life. It's become so much more, it's become my way of life. I'm always thinking about how to expand, when to change, what to change, where I want this to go.

Which brought me to the question, where DO I want this to go? Well if I think about it, I probably have pretty unreasonable dreams for where it would go in my ideal world, which would be world domination obviously. In reality, I just want to help parents realize that there is a better choice, especially in my local area. I don't mean to be rude, just an observation, but people here are SO caught up in the throw away lifestyle. All of my neighbors have 4+ bags of garbage EVERY week. We have two, 1 is for garbage, 1 is for recycle, oh and a green bin which is for compost that get's picked up.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Busy as a Bee

I've been totally MIA for the past couple WEEKS. I know that is like an eternity in the blogging world. But I have been super crazy busy. First I had to deal with my job, then I had to deal with my job firing me so the owner could hire her sister. Getting a new job. Then I had a family fair with my business, then I had problems with a manufacturer and some bumps in the road with our new diaper design/name. Still working that out.
Then I had everyday life of being a mom and wife, which is enough in and of itself. It currently looks likes the latest hurricane came through our house.

Fall seems to be the busiest time of year for most people, school is starting, lots of people start jobs or go back to work after vacation...just lots going on. Including my newest endeavor to start a babywearing group. I'm really excited with all the feedback I've received, 15 moms have signed up to the email list and am anxiously hoping to start our meetings sometime this month.

This is something that is kind of a challenge for me because it is so far out of my comfort zone to be the leader of a group. But I figure I should put  my exceptional organization skills to good use, and hopefully this helps some moms in the community find friends and learn something new.

I was prompted to squeeze in some blog time today by a really nice surprise from fellow blogger Trials and Tribulations, who awarded me with the Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks so much for the nod, being so new to this I really appreciate it.

By accepting this award I agree to do the following:
  • Thank the blogger who awarded me with a link back to him/her.
  • Share seven things about myself.
  • Pass the award on to seven other newly discovered blogs. (I only chose seven for a reason)
  1. I have two large dogs.
  2. I am a cat person, I don't really like dogs.
  3. My favorite food is ice cream
  4. I'm lactose intolerant
  5. My favorite Disney movie is Beauty and The Beast.
  6. My name was almost Willow.
  7. My middle name is Willow.
And my winners are:

Super Mom EO
Little Love
Thrifty Nifty Mommy
J'Lynn Jewels
Every Girl Like Me
Blonde Out Loud

Hope you ladies enjoy the little nod this gives you, because you're all great bloggers, I enjoy reading your posts and entering your awesome giveaways!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Inspiration-If it doesn't knock, build a door.

One of the first inclinations I had that made me feel like a writer was when I found inspiration hitting me at the most inconvenient times. Like 2 o'clock in the morning for example. And you just can't shake the feeling that you have to get this out or it will be lost forever in the abyss of your mind.

So I get up out of bed and drag myself to my computer and log in to Blogger (okay...and Facebook) and then I stare at a blank screen for 15 minutes. Alas, it has escaped me again. Blogging is so much different from the writing I do in privacy and the writing I was taught to do.

I sometimes find it much harder to write on a blog than anywhere else. I want to be personable, not personal. I want to be professional, but not stiff. When I'm writing an article or a paper, I know how it is supposed to written, there are clearly defined rules in the world of professional writing. And then I just let my heart pour out with a pad and paper. No one will see it if I don't want them to, and that's the benefit. So how is one to gain inspiration for this new world of writing that wasn't taught in school?

I try to draw my inspiration from every aspect of life. From a fun-filled day on a whale watching zodiac cruise on the Atlantic ocean to reading Celtic fairytales with my daughter to a TV commercial, I'm always looking for something to inspire me. But at the same time, I am not so naive that I sit around watching TV or browsing the web for inspiration. Part of it needs to be organic, but there's no harm in helping things along. Like meditating, walking, jamming, however you get your fire lit.

There are many opposing views of what inspiration is, but I don't think the definition is as important as the outcome for the individual.

Tonight I was inspired by the memory of a favorite quote of mine,

"Nothing ruins the taste of peanut butter like unrequited love"

What inspires you to write your blog?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Blog Reviews for WAHM's: A word to the wise

Some of my cool readers here may or may not know that I have a job outside the home, but I also run my own business. With the help of my hubby of course.
I am a member of a number of wahm groups online, and recently I've seen a lot of questions regarding review bloggers.

A review blogger is a blogger who generally buys or receives for free a product or service that you are selling. They review it, with pictures, video or otherwise. Post it on their blog for their readers and the world to see. Sometimes they also offer some kind of freebie or discount from your store to their readers in the form of a giveaway or contest.

Many of us have probably seen a large rise in these types of bloggers in the last few years. They are popping up all over the place, and a lot of them seem to gain quite a large following in a short amount of time.

That said, I know a lot of wahm's are not quite convinced about the world of blogging as advertising. But it can work! If you're looking for some good-quality, honest reviews from bloggers here are some things to keep in mind:
  1. Research the blogger! Read her past reviews, read her non-review posts, read her comments especially! A blogger is only as good as her readers. If the blogger is engaging her readers in conversation or otherwise, that's awesome! A blogger who builds a relationship with her readers (aka potential customers to you) is great, this means the readers trust the bloggers opinion on products for their family.
  2. Know the difference between readers and followers. Followers are people who simply click "Follow" on the blog once and never come back to read the posts. Readers are people who enjoy the blog, take part in discussions and comments, and usually also like the blogs other social outlets like Twitter or Facebook. I'm sure you can tell which ones you want more.

Monday, September 19, 2011

10 Tips to Sucessfully Cloth Diaper

Cloth diapering, like most parenting endeavors takes practice and time to get into a routine. Especially if you have been using disposable diapers for the first 6 months of your babies life. But it can be done! And I'll try to help you make it as painless as possible.

  1. Have an ample stash. On the Cloth Diaper 101 section of my store, I recommend that new to cloth users have a minimum of two dozen cloth diapers. That's 24 diapers. But more is better than not enough. There will come a day where you forget to do laundry and you end up having to wrap your baby in a tea towel while you get the laundry done. Okay, maybe not that extreme, but if you have a couple extra diapers you will likely not run into a situation like that.
  2. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. All the different styles and brands of cloth diapers can seem overwhelming, but the myriad of choices out there is actually a good thing. And you will find that having a variety of diapers in your stash comes in handy, so don't go out and buy all one brand or style. Prefolds are great for over nights, all-in-ones are the perfect daycare diapers, and fitteds are super cute and super absorbent. One brand may be too big right now, but may fit perfect later.
  3. Use the right accessories. It may be hard to gauge what the right accessories are for you. But once you take the plunge into cloth, you will very quickly figure it out. If you don't like shaking poo into the toilet, you will probably really enjoy biodegradable/flush-able liners. Little things like that make all the difference.
  4. You don't need every accessory on the market. Not everyone uses a diaper sprayer and not everyone uses wet-bags. So don't add unnecessary cost to your investment in cloth diapering by buying the newest and coolest gadget that is claiming to make diapering easier. Use common sense, if it seems like something you would actually use, then go for it.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Am I really crazy to use cloth diapers?

The most common reactions I get when I tell people I use cloth diapers are:
  1. "omg...good job, way too much work for me though!"
  2. "Eww, why?"
Which makes me wonder if I really am crazy for using them. I'm not going to go on and on about the benefits of using cloth this post. But I just can't wrap my head around why I get so many crazy looks when I tell people, or when they see my daughters diapers or even at craft fairs or the market where I sell them. Actually, and craft fairs I get a lot of "Is this a diaper cover to go over normal diapers?" To which I reply "No, that's a diaper" followed by the sound of pregnant a woman's mind exploding.

I've also experienced a lot of great responses in the strangest the Wal-Mart change table. There was young mom waiting behind us to change her newborn and she was so fascinated with our diapers. She actually ended up buying an entire stash of cloth diapers, which made me feel super great. It's fun converting people, what can I say! I mostly get older women, giving me the thumbs up and it's always because of the innovations the cloth diapers of today have. All-in-one styles and hybrids et all, they always say "Now if only they had that in my day!" I liked the quote my own grandma said the most "These diapers are so awesome, Courtney. I can't believe not one person in my generation thought of this when our kids were in diapers!"

And on the flip side, I've actually got some extremely rude mamas commenting as well. One even went so far as to email my business contact email basically berating me for using, let alone selling, cloth diapers.

But that's the thing, I don't care if someone uses disposables. It's your choice, cool, rock it out. The only reason I consider myself a cloth diaper advocate is not because I think disposable diapers are the devil and everyone should always use cloth no matter what. That's not it at all. I think that parents need to know they have the choice. Cloth diapers should be something they have available in every hospital, they should be brought up at every pre-natal class for new parents. It's just something that people should know about and make their own informed decision. I know when I was pregnant and until Lily was about a month old, I had NO clue people still used cloth diapers let alone the cool diapers they have now.

A lot of parents I know use cloth AND disposables. Which is awesome too. I know that disposables have a time and place. (Like camping, I've been there, done that and don't want to do it again).

It's all a matter of choice, but the problem is that most parents don't even know they have a choice. Some parents could really benefit from using cloth too, like low income earners. And I know the cost of some cloth diapers can seem like a hefty thing to fork over all at once. But you don't have to do it all at once, but that's a whole different blog post. I've tallied up the costs of disposables and disposable wipes compared to cloth diapers numerous times and for me, cloth diapers always come out the clear winners. Disposables are REALLY expensive here in Canada. (You can actually see the breakdown for my family right here.)

At the end of the day, all they are is a shit receptacle. All I want is for parents to have the choice. Have an open mind and listen to the benefits of cloth diapers and let a cloth user demystify some of the myths surrounding them for you and make an informed decision.

So no...I am not crazy for using cloth. It works for my family, and I find that it makes changing diapers slightly more enjoyable. Changing diapers is not something I really enjoy doing, but it's something I have to do and why not make it better if I can? Plus who could so no to how friggen adorable they are on her?!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

10 Fun and Easy Fall/Halloween Craft Ideas

I don't know why, but we're barely into September and it feels like fall is already here. I love fall, it's my favorite season. I've got my birthday and my brown eyed girls birthday in the fall, you've got Thanksgiving and Halloween, and beautiful colors and new fashions!!

One thing I'm really excited for this fall is that I get to decorate our new-to-us house with super cool and fun crafts. Heck, I've almost drained my own bank account with fall (and some christmas) craft supplies. I will definintely be posting them as I make them, especially the Halloween ones. Halloween is by far my most favorite holiday.

So here are 10 Awesome Tutorials for Fall/Halloween Crafts that are super cute and super easy.

(Click the links below to go to tutorials)

  1. Spider Web Table Runner
  2. Hand Out Candy
  3. Teddy Boos
  4. No-Carve Pumpkins
  5. Autumnal Wreath
  6. Spooky Luminaries
  7. Pumpkin Favor Pouches
  8. Candy Wreath
  9. Dollar Store Angels of Death
  10. Autumn Luminaries
Now that I've share some of my planned crafting with all of you, check these out and see if it's something you can do!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A little of this, a little of that

So I'd like to consider myself a crafty mom. I bake every now and then, I sew here and there and I like to glue and mod podge things together to make unique decorations and fun trinkets.

Last night I made my first pair of pants since I was in Home Ec in the 8th grade. I made them for Lily and I think they turned out pretty snazzy. I had no pattern and actually just used a pair of pants she already owned. I'm making another pair and shirt to match soon, so if someone would like a cute tutorial, I would love to do one up.

 I also made this awesome grocery bag holder from Make It and Love It. I know, I know I'm supposed to be some super hippy eco-warrior...but I always forget my reusable bags in the trunk of the car and then I get up to the till and sigh because I have to pay $0.05 per plastic bag. But they get used and reused around here, and now I can hide them away in a super chic holder. How bout that?

Sorry for the crappy picture, the battery on my camera died so I had to use a phone.

I just scored all this sweet fabric at Fabricville for $12, 4 yards to be exact!! So stay tuned for more super fun stuff, oh and if you have some ideas of what to make with this fabric let me know, also PLEASE share your crafty blog if you have one, I love seeing all the amazing things you mamas create!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Growing up is hard to do

Today is truly a gorgeous day. Although you can tell fall is right around the corner. This is my most favorite time of year. Kids are going back to school, the humidity that made me stick to everything I touched is leaving but it's still nice enough out to enjoy some ice cream.
What do you call this season between seasons?

Anyway, we went to the park today in hopes my little brown eyed girl would burn herself out. But who am I kidding, that never happens. And as we were watching the kids play I thought about how different my childhood was compared to how hers is going to be. Reminiscing is fun, but I often find myself living in the past too much. I don't want to relive the past, but sometimes I would like to watch it on an old movie reel. So in the hopes that some day there will be either a movie about my life or a time machine (which is probably more likely), here are

10 Things to tell my younger self:
  1. Whatever it is, it's not the end of the world
  2. Hair dye is not shampoo
  3. Two essentials of life: Toothbrush and band aids
  4. Don't wear those white pants. Actually, don't even buy them at all
  5. Say it all now, because you may not get another chance
  6. Alcohol will not quench your thirst
  7. Hoes before bros
  8. Don't let anyone let you feel inferior. If they try, ditch 'em
  9. Sometimes, listening to mom and dad actually is a good idea
  10. Be yourself, and no one else
Time travel is fun!
I'd love to hear just 1 thing you would tell your younger self...go for it.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Mean Girls ain't got anything on Mean Mommies.

Maybe I am really out of the loop when it comes to the social hierarchy that is motherhood and interacting with other moms, but moms are the biggest mean girls ever. If you aren't a mom, this post will seem totally outlandish to you, but really the whole thing  is just plain stupid and ridiculous. What do I mean? I mean moms bullying other moms about their choices, their lifestyles or basically anything under the sun from their strollers to their religions. You would think that kind of stuff ends when you grow up and become a mom. But I have seen the bullying happen, been the victim, and yeah I'll admit it, been the bully, no it never really changes as you grow up. In fact, I think it gets a little worse when we become mothers. Worse in the sense that, even though we know better we still do it.

I've just seen it way too many times that moms are so cruel to each other over the individual choices we make. There are so many topics that are considered hot button topics that can't even be brought up without scrutiny. We are so overly judgmental, and I'm not really sure why. We judge each other on everything, and even if we don't say it outloud, we think it. I feel terrible for admitting it, but I do it too. I wish I didn't, and sometimes I feel bad even if I don't voice my opinion on something.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

You said what?

I was planning on hopping on the Wordless Wednesday train...but instead I wanted to share some OMG/WTF/LOL things that people have said with inspiration from Bloggy Moms Blog Dare. I think we've all had tons of these moments where we just couldn't believe (for good or bad reasons) that certain words just came out of someones mouth. I'd love to hear yours, so share in the comments or link up your own post about "I can't believe he/she said that" so I can check it out.

First off lets start with my most memorable rude OMG WTF moment:
When I was about 6 months pregnant, I was working at a shoe store in a mall. One particular evening I was closing up shop and as I was locking the door to leave, an older woman wearing a Zellers employee shirt walked up to me. She asked me the typical annoying pregnancy questions like how far along I was, is it a boy or a girl, is it my first baby etc. Then out of no where she goes, 
"So how do you plan on graduating from high school with a new baby?"

This was clearly my past, present and future position according to the Zellers employee.

Now how about a really funny OMG WTF LOL? (although that one was kind of funny). When I was going to university, I also worked for a shoe store. (What can I say, I had a shoe obsession) Well one particular busy day in the store, I was helping a mom who needed to find some good comfy shoes for work, she had brought her two sons with her. They were about 6 and 8 years old, and were pretty rambunctious. Anyway, they were climbing all over the chairs and trying on purses and laughing. Finally I asked them to stop climbing on things so they didn't get hurt, and the older one turns to me and says,
"KAMEHAMEHA!!!" while throwing out his arms like he was casting a spell.
Reference via picture from: Anime Vice for those of you who aren't huge nerds like me.

And last but not least one more parenting OMGWTF moment that really got me going one time. Lily has gotten pretty used to her normal mode of transportation over her two years of life being one of my carriers or wraps instead of being a stroller or walking. We always get at least one or two comments and on the whole they are positive. It's mostly just quick a compliment of the carrier or how comfy she looks, and sometimes people are surprised when I turn around and she's just happily chillin' out on my back. But one time we were walking to the post office to drop off some orders, I was wearing a wrap instead of my usual pouch carrier. When a mom with a stroller shocked me when we were at a stop light by saying,
"You know, that's exactly how babies die"

Just for good measure, here's a picture of me carrying my clearly not dead child:

So what are some of your OMG/WTF/LOL moments?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Where have you been all my life

Shick Intuition??

This is a totally unofficial review of my new Shick Intuition razor.

I seriously love this thing, and I am at a loss for words at why I didn't try one sooner. I guess I was a little skeptical. I feel like I need to share this with all ladies who find shaving a chore. Specifically all you new mamas. Because sometimes showering is not a daily thing when you have a newborn. I'm not trying to be gross and I don't mean going weeks without showering, just maybe you didn't make it in there every single day. I know my main problem was I just forgot to shower, there's a lot going on when you have a new baby and you're all "Err, am I doing this right?"

I wish I'd have had this razor back then, because I'll be totally honest, my legs and pits got pretty fuzzy. Thank god it was winter when I had Lily. One of my biggest issues with showering in the early days of her life was because I was worried about her waking up and crying and I wouldn't hear her. Yeah, this sounds crazy to people who don't have kids, but moms, you know what I'm talking about. So I would normally bring her little bouncy chair into the bathroom with me, strap her in and have a 2 minute shampoo and soap and get out. Shaving? Ahh, that took like 10 minutes, way too long.

Of course this would be great for girls without kids too. I know when I was in school and working, sometimes I didn't have time to come home from work before going out with friends or have time between class and work to have a good long shower. This would be awesome for that. Only got 10 minutes for a shower? No worries.

The self lathering is great, I got the one for sensitive skin even though I don't have sensitive skin, and it never leaves my skin dry or crackly. It has 3 blades, so even though it doesn't get as close of a shave as the Shick Quattro for Women (which I also have), it gets a good close shave with no stubblies. Also another major plus is that I haven't had any razor burn from it either. No ingrown hairs or's seriously my new best self-care best friend. I was previously using a Venus razor with shave gel, and this thing blows it away. The only draw back I can see is that the cartridges are pretty pricey (they cost way more than the actual razor) and they don't seem to last that long. I've had mine for two weeks now and the lather bar is half gone, that's with me shaving every other day.

Close up of the razor, mine looks like this. I actually got the intuition naturals, but apparently it just means the BOX is made of post-consumer material, not that the razor or any other component has natural elements.

I highly recommend this piece of hardware for all new or expecting moms, working girls or just anybody.

School days past, present and future

When I saw this writing prompt on For the Love of Blogs, it immediately inspired me to post, for a number of reasons. See, the funny thing is they posted this picture, of a little red school house. Well that sent my memory into overdrive, because I actually went to a little red school house just like that. Unfortunately it was only for Kindergarten, but boy do I have some fond memories.

Actually I don't. If I strain my brain really hard, I van vaguely remember playing in the school yard playing a game of girls chase boys. I can hardly remember what it looked like inside, I remember long tables, tiny chairs that my butt would probably break now and a little indoor climbing playhouse made of black piping. And unfortunately we were the last class to be taught in that school, as I believe it's actually a museum now. But it's a really cool part of my small towns history and I'm excited I can take my daughter to visit it when she's older and make myself seem even more ancient by telling her I went to a one-room school. It's too bad I wasn't able to find a picture of it, because it is strikingly similar to that one above.

That picture sure made me feel homesick for the prairies, too. Just for everyones reference, when I say prairies, I mean Saskatchewan. It's just so unbelievably beautiful there. I've seen the temperate rain forest in BC, I've seen the rockies, I've seen the Canadian shield, I've seen the red beaches of PEI, heck I've even seen the frozen tundra in the far north but nothing makes me feel more at home than a sprawling field with an endless blue sky. Or how about a storm looming ahead on the horizon, blurring the line where the sky meets the land? And my absolute favorite thing? At night when you go a little further to the north and you have the fields behind you and the northern lights dance across the sky, illuminating the entire wilderness that is Northern Saskatchewan. As beautiful as it is here in Cape Breton, it's just not the same and I hope I'm able to make a trip home sooner rather than later.

Presently, I just enrolled for the winter semester at NSCC for Business Admin in Accounting. Not quite what I planned on doing with my life, but I'm excited and very nervous to be going back to school. I'm excited because I will be that much closer to being a positive role model (in my eyes) for my daughter and because I will feel like I'm doing something constructive. I'm nervous because I haven't worked and only taken a couple classes here or there in the past two years, also because I will be an adult student. It's a whole new experience.

(Here's one more northern lights picture because I miss them so much, photo credits, Mike Duffy from Fine Art America)

And lastly, it made me think about my daughters future of going to school. She's not quite two yet, so we've still got some time before then, but I think about it a lot. I look forward to making her lunches, helping her with homework, chaperoning her school events, helping her make a volcano out of baking soda and vinegar for her science class and so much more.

Monday, August 29, 2011

This ain't my first rodeo

But it is my first blog post on a shiny new blog! I've had a few attempts at blogging over the years, but since I never really had good direction in life, it never really went anywhere besides me rambling. (which I assure will still happen a lot...look I'm doing it now!)

First posts are always so awkward. I'll try and sum up what I do and don't want this blog to be.
I don't want this blog to be a sales pitch or outlet for my business, that's why I have a business blog. I want a person blog because I feel like the business blog, is not somewhere I can let loose and vocalize how I was feeling that day. Let's just say I don't like to mix business with pleasure too much.
I don't want to solicit reviews from other companies and stores.
I do want to do reviews if someone offers/asks me to, and will always send some love to the products/companies I've bought from and tested. I will not bash companies whose products didn't work out so well for me, it's not good juju.
I'm on the fence about ad space. It will not be a regular thing, and if I do it, I likely will only offer to wahms or crafty mamas at little to no cost.
I'm not setting out to try and make money from my blog, if it happens, that's pretty sweet but if not, no big deal.
I do want this blog to be about me and my family. And I really want to be active in the blogging/mama blogger community. It just seems like a lot of fun!
I will post regularly about things I am passionate about; cloth diapering, baby wearing, attachment parenting, recycling, re-purposing, crafting, sewing, cooking, school and sometimes what I consider hot-button issues.

I'm a pretty opinionated chick, and I know not everyone will agree with me on a lot of things, but hey, it's my blog!

If you are coming here from my business page, Heyy, so glad to have you! I'm excited to have customers come here and get to know the face behind the business brings a whole new facet to Internet businesses. Before all this social networking, the online sales world was a pretty scary thing, you don't know who is really selling to you, but I'm happy to share with all my customers from near and far.

Those of you who aren't coming from my business page, no worries, this isn't a business blog and I have no intentions of it to be. Sure, I will post products that I sell from time to time, but it won't be some sales plug scouts honor. That will be left to the Snaps & Snails Blog. It is mostly because the products I sell are things we use on a pretty much daily basis in our house, and as our product offerings expand, I'm sure you will see things pop up here and there, but that's not what I want this blog to be.

So link up, like me, follow me, tweet me...whatever it is they're saying this week, I'd love to send some love your way =D