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