FFF is having another round of holiday giveaways and they have some great sponsors.
I just entered to win a Twin Sleep Envelope from Natura World which consists of a Twin Deluxe Mattress Protector, Twin All Season Comforter and Dream Mate Pillow valued at a whopping $427.20! And I think that's in US dollars. You should head over there to enter too...and if you win, give it to me as a gift! Haha, just kidding. Although if you really want to...
Giveaway ends December 15th at 9PM CT and is open to both US and Canadian addresses.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
FFF is having another round of holiday giveaways and they have some great sponsors.
Sorry I've been away. I went through a bit of a personal crisis and in some ways am still struggling with it a bit. I'm hoping to be back at least a bit and I am planning to enter some different blog contests around the web so I'll be posting entries here for extra entries in those. I may finish the All About Me challenge but probably not until in the new year. Things are just way too chaotic right now and I need to just focus on getting through Christmas and all the festivities in one piece.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I haven't forgotten about the 30 days of all about me but I have had to step back from it. My situation has changed and I've hit a bit of a personal crisis that is throwing me for a loop. Not sure when I'll be back. Sorry.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Sorry I'm not doing quite so well at posting daily, but I think every other day is working a little better for me now that I'm over whatever nasty bug I had and am getting back to a semi-normal routine...or lack of one. *shrugs*
Anyway, enough of that...let's get back to the whole point of this.
Day 11: A Photo of You Recently
I don't have many pics taken of me but I did take one a few months back after my step-niece did my hair while she was in hair dressing school.
I wish I could get my hair to look like this again. First it has to grow out some.
Day 12: Something You Are OCD About
I think I'm OCD about trying to figure out what I am OCD about...lol. Seriously, I think I've been thinking for the past hour and I'm not kidding. Sure I do have things I'm OCD about from time to time...but for the life of me I can't think of any of them. So what am I OCD about?
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Opps, I didn't get here yesterday...I didn't forget I just wasn't able to get on. So I'm going to make up for it today.
Day 9 is a photo you took. I have lots of pictures I've taken as photography is a hobby of mine...even though I really don't know what I'm doing. I wanted to make sure that the one I share here is of something important to me. So here it is:
Day 10 is a photo taken over 10 years ago of you. Up until now I'm pretty sure I've been pretty careful to not show any pictures showing my face...but today I'm going to show myself.
Monday, October 25, 2010
A photo that makes you angry/sad is the theme for today. I actually couldn't think of what I'd possibly use for today's photo so I looked and looked...and came across a few things but nothing I was willing to use here on my blog. I ended up searching through past photo's I had posted to facebook and came across one from a few years ago from a geocaching run I did.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Today marks the end of the first week of the All About Me meme. Today is a photo that makes you happy.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Not an easy list to make...but I'l just name the first 20 things I think of that I am so thankful for.
3. my laptop
7. my church
9. herbal tea
10. facebook (I'm horribly addicted)
11. taking photo's
13. happy mail (swap-bot.com)
14. brussel sprouts with butter (yes I am weird)
15. fall leaves, such pretty colours
16. the first snowfall, or really any of those pretty nighttime snowfalls that look all sparkly
18. Watkins Lemon Cream Body Cream
19. Greens+ Extra Energy Natural Orange (I don't drink it every day anymore but I still miss it now and again)
20. Everything I've mentioned the last 5 days
Friday, October 22, 2010
Welcome to day 5 of the All About Me challenge! Today's topic...your favorite quote!
I am a quote lover...I am constantly reading quotes, saving quotes, writing down quotes...there are many types of quotes. Inspirational. Funny. Sad. Sarcastic. Just to name a few. I'm not sure I can pick an absolute favorite...I have many favorites....so I'm just going to pick one of many.
This one makes me think and is a good reminder for me. I sometimes get discouraged or hold back from doing things because I think I'm *not good enough* for whatever reason. This quote reminds me that it doesn't matter...I don't have to be the best.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
It's day 4 and I'm still posting...haha...that's pretty good considering my track record the last however many months, I hope this is a sign of things to come. I would like to be writing here on at least a semi-regular basis.
Day 4 is Your Favorite Book.
I love to read. I don't do it nearly enough. I think as a kid and young teenager I read myself silly...seriously...I used to get in trouble for reading too much. Not too many people I know can say that. Once I got into my teens and since then I've had a hard time reading. It's hard for me to find books that I enjoy...once I find one that I like I'm glued to it until I've finished it...but there are still less then a handful of books I can truly say are favorites.
There's is a book though that has helped me like no other and that I've recommended to friends and they have said the same thing after reading it. That book is called Life is Tough, But God is Faithful and it's written by Sheila Walsh.
I have to say...while I still don't like the hard times this book has helped me to appreciate even those times and look at them in a different light.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Today is Day 3 in the All About Me challenge and the topic is favorite television program.
I tend not to watch a lot of tv...but now that I've moved and have access to cable I admit I do often have it on even if it's just for background noise. There are a few shows that I like to watch if I have the opportunity but nothing that the world will end over if I don't see. There is one show that I consistently love to watch though. It usually will bring me through a wide range of emotions during the one hour it is on. I genuinely feel for each family featured on the show and want desperately to be able to help families in some way even just a fraction as much as this group does. The show that I would say is my favorite television program is:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Day 2 is your favorite movie. This one is a tough one...I like so many movies...so I'm going to have to pick one that I can put on over and over and over and not get tired of otherwise I would just end up with a whole long blog post about a whole bunch of movies.
I will have to say my favorite movie is Juno.
Monday, October 18, 2010
I haven't really made any headway on the pillowcase dresses. I haven't forgotten about them, I've just been busy with other things and haven't been able to try out my hand at making them.
The move went well overall and we've all been settling in. I've been away at my parents though for the past week. The cat's didn't make the move, well not with us anyway...they moved in with a new furever family and that really is what is best...they wouldn't be happy in the small little basement apartment. There's also now 2 dogs, not 1. They live upstairs mostly. And remember how I said I had no bedroom...well my bedroom is what was a storage closet. It's small, but cozy...and I think when I get it all organized and figured out it will be okay. I had to get a portable wardrobe to put along the wall outside of my bedroom since I had no closet but it's all good.
Now...if I could just get rid of this cold...the 3rd one in 4 months....we'd be all set.
I came across a neat idea on another blog (Simply Stacy). It's a bit of a challenge called "All About Me in 30 Days." I'm way behind but thought it sounded fun so decided I'd unofficially take part anyway.
Day 1 is your favorite song.
That is an easy one. How He Loves Us is pretty much my favorite song right now. It is written by John Mark MacMillan. I first heard it back in March or April at church but there are two versions I especially love. One is by Kim Walker-Smith and the other is by the David Crowder Band...it wrecks me nearly every time I stop to really listen to it. God's LOVE for US (that's YOU and me) is so amazing! Below is a picture I took at the David Crowder Band concert from October 10, 2010.
And here is a youtube video of the song:
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I haven't had too much worth writing about lately. I moved, I've been settling...and I'm moving again by the end of the month...into a home with 6 other people, a dog, and 2 cats...and as of now...I have no bedroom. But the Lord tells me not to worry, be anxious for nothing, and for once in my life I am listening. I feel strongly this is what I'm suppose to do right now...3 months ago I'm sure I wouldn't have said the same.
On another note, I have a couple project ideas that I feel the Lord is putting on my heart. One is to make pillow-case dresses for girls in Africa...I was inspired by this blog (We are THAT Family) here.
Aren't they adorable!? Picture above is from their Grand Total blog entry. There's a couple issues though...(of course, aren't there always)...I'm not a real comfortable sewer...I can get by when I'm just fixing a small hole in a piece of fabric...but I've never done anything that was for anyone else. The other problem...I don't own a sewing machine so I have no choice but to hand stitch. It's all good though, I'll give it a try as soon as I have a pillowcase to try it with. If that goes well I may attempt shorts as well. We shall see.
The other project I have in mind has to do with photography....I don't currently want to go into detail about that though. I am planning on starting to attend a photography club later this month.
Anyway, that's a bit of what's been on my mind lately. Hopefully I'll get into the habit of writing here again.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
It appears I've been in a blogging funk and in reality I guess I have. I have never forgotten though. I'm still around, lurking, reading, thinking. I just haven't had really anything that I felt compelled to share.
I'm in a time of transition. I'm moving this week. In fact, most of my belongings have already moved. I'm laying on a piece of foam with a comforter over it...my bed for the next few nights. I'm not moving far, but where I am moving is already furnished, so all my items had to be moved into storage...at my parents. I fear they may decide to charge me a storage fee. I hope they let me pay them in hugs. :)
This move is bittersweet but I know God is in control and this is part of His plans. I'm going to miss being right in the city...well, at least the convenience of it all. My roommate of the last two years is already moved out. I miss her. I know I'll like my new roommate though too. She is a wonderful lady from my church, I'm also friends with her daughter. It's in the same city...sort of. It's kind of it's own little town but the way our city here is all of these towns and communities are all under one big amalgamated city. I'm going to miss the convenience of walking out my door and catching a bus without having to plan around it's schedule. I'm going to be bound by the schedule of the bus after I move. Maybe though, that will help me to plan more All Day trips and be more adventurous when I am in the city for appointments. I'll become slightly less spoiled too. :P
Lots of changes upcoming. Lots of transitioning to do. Lots of emotions. Lots of trying to have faith and trust. I know this is what He has planned as it's the only door that has remained open while others kept closing. I feel in some ways, because my stuff is being packed up and going back to my parents, like I am going to end up moving into a shelter. I've done it before. I know that's not the case but that's what I'm reminded of. It's a hard reality but not one of regret. I'm thankful for every experience no matter how rough the journey has been.
Anyway, lots of good, little bits of not-so-much good....but I am hopeful.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Have you ever been in a”Funk.?” You know that place right? Where you feel discouraged, burned out, stressed out & give out! Well, I know that place all to well, and it seems I visit that place more than I would like, and more often than I would care to admit. The question is not how to get there (we do that on our own quite well), but rather, how do we get “OUT OF HERE?” Well, having been there often enough I can speak with experience on some things that have helped me get out, after I fall in…
1. Don’t deny it. Face the truth of where you are, this helps you to turn your attention and thoughts to moving out of where you are. Denying it, will just prolong your escape!
2. Transform you thinking. Begin to tell yourself you are doing better, and feeling better. Words are powerful, so speak words that are true, but hopeful. One of the most powerful words is “yet.” I’m not there “yet”, but hope to be tomorrow!
3. Dig deep into God! Go back and look at some scripture God has given you in the past, and just speak it in the first person to yourself & pray it! Thank you God, “that you make me strong even when I am weak!”
4. Rally the prayer warriors! This is absolutely vital! You don’t want to go around telling everybody you aren’t feeling well. But, you must have a small group you can confide in, and ask them to stand with you in prayer!
5. Find a distraction. You need to change your environment, even if it’s for a short period of time. Get a break, go somewhere your mind can slow down, and you can think clearly, pray deeply & commune with God intimately.
6. Fake it ’till you feel it! This is powerful. I know it sounds funny, but there is great power & elements of faith when you begin to speak, and act like you are better before you “feel” better. Before long everything will catch up to what you are saying!
I came across the above through a link on twitter and really felt to share it. So many of us are "in a funk" myself included. http://www.artiedavis.com/2010/04/02/6-ways-to-get-out-of-the-funk/
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Yeah, not really sure what to put for a title today. I figure I should be at least somewhat honest about why I haven't been around lately. I've been having a real struggle with depression again the last while and it's making it hard for me to get the most basic of things done, let alone write on a blog. I even had a brief hospital admission a couple weeks ago, which did help get me out of "crisis mode" but still trying to get back into the normal swing of things. It seems I'm forever behind on reading blogs and emails and I just really am not sure what to talk about over here. This isn't the place I come to ramble on or vent about my mental health, I go to Daily Strength for that....and even there I'm having a hard time right now finding words to write. So, I just wanted to let you know I'm around, just in a bit of a funk...and will hopefully get back on track soon. Must work on day-to-day tasks a little more and living life in general but I am around even if I'm silent.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
I just read a blog entry that I just had to share a link to. If you get a chance please go read it. It just touched me so much. I'm sure many more of their entries are great but haven't looked at them yet. The blog is called We Are THAT Family.
Friday, March 5, 2010
AWOL - Absent With Out Leave....or whatever that stands for. That would be me. I'm sorry I haven't been around. Life has gotten a grip on me, threw me for a couple curve balls, and I had to go into "survival" mode for a bit. I'm still in that mode somewhat. I do hope to start being more active here in the near future but right now I'm just going to be taking things one day at a time and if it means I get to come here and write in my blog, great, but if not...I'm sorry.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I don't know if you feel this way...or even view my blog look or read it through a program like Google Reader...but I've upped and changed the look yet again. I feel like I do that about every second entry, haha...but it just goes to show how varied my taste is. LOL. Let me know if you see any problems with text color or any of that.
Now for something just for fun. I came across this on another blog, someone I met through a swap on Swap-bot. I hope they don't mind that I sorta decided to use it too.
So here is what you do...you answer the following Questions with only a ONE word Answer. Sounds easy...but I'm pretty sure it's going to be a little challenging. I'm like the queen of rambling. LOL
YOUR CELL PHONE? - Red
YOUR HAIR? - mEsSy
YOUR MOTHER? - Caring
YOUR FATHER? - Stubborn
YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD? - Avocado
YOUR DREAM LAST NIGHT? - none
YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK? - Coffee
YOUR DREAM/GOAL? - married
WHAT ROOM ARE YOU IN? - Living
YOUR HOBBY? - computer
YOUR FEAR? - unknown
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 6 YEARS TIME? - working
WHERE WERE YOU LAST NIGHT? - home
SOMETHING THAT YOU AREN'T - outgoing
MUFFINS - yummy
WISH LIST ITEM? - debt-free
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? - Halifax
LAST THING YOU DID? - typed
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? - pj's
YOUR TV? - blank
YOUR PETS? - none
YOUR FRIENDS? - blessings
YOUR LIFE? - rollercoaster
YOUR MOOD? - sleepy
MISSING SOMEONE? - roommate
VEHICLE? - feet
SOMETHING YOU AREN'T WEARING? - bra
YOUR FAVOURITE STORE? - etsy
YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR? - ALL
LAST TIME YOU LAUGHED? - *shrugs*
BEST FRIEND? - special
ONE PLACE YOU GO TO AGAIN AND AGAIN? - mall
FACEBOOK? - addicting
FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT? - FOOD
Now see, wasn't that fun. Now you try. :o) I dare ya!
Friday, February 12, 2010
You may be wondering, or not, how all the things in my title relate...and let me say...they do relate.
If you've been to various blogs and locations over the internet you have probably heard about SwagBucks. I know it seems like every 2nd or 3rd blog I read there is reference to it somewhere on the page.
I know that's how I found out about it. Someone, and I forget now who, had written a review and that got me curious. So I decided I'd check it out too. I haven't had the best of luck in the past with these kinds of sites so I was skeptical...however I was pleasantly surprised. It didn't take long at all to earn enough points to start redeeming for items. I've donated some of my bucks to various charities but I've also redeemed for quite a few $5 Amazon.ca gift cards as well. It only takes 450 Swagbucks (edited September 5, 2010 because of changes to swag bucks) to get a $5 gift card. You can redeem for Amazon.com as well as a host of other prizes. Anything from posters and trading cards, to gift cards, to electronics, and way more.
Friday, February 5, 2010
- I'm thankful for a new month
- I'm thankful for running water and showers
- I am thankful for good deals, discounts, and freebies
- I am thankful that there are people around who help support me...who knows where I'd be today without some of them
- I'm thankful for chocolate...some days you just gotta have it. :P
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Thursday, February 4, 2010
I've heard a lot about the different uses for Baking Soda, especially for whitening teeth. I've also been using Arm and Hammer Toothpaste for awhile now but a little while back I came across a recipe for homemade toothpaste and we had the main ingredients in the house so I decided I'd give it a try. The blog I originally found the recipe on seems to no longer exist (A Dash Of Wife And A Pinch Of Motherhood) but I did find another blog that had it...over here.
Basically here is the recipe:
~2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
~3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
~5 drops Peppermint Essential oil
~5 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
~a pinch of Stevia powder
I only had the first two ingredients here, the Coconut Oil and the Baking Soda, but decided to give it a try anyway with the knowledge it probably wasn't going to taste very good. Haha...I was right....I would definitely recommend using some Peppermint or Spearmint Essential Oil if you have it. I can't bring myself to use it every single time I brush but I've been alternating between that and the Arm and Hammer Baking Soda one that I was using anyway. Even with the limited use of the homemade toothpaste I am finding it makes a big difference...I probably use it every 2-3 days.
I used to always have problems with my gums bleeding and getting inflamed, I've noticed that doesn't seem to be an issue anymore, even when flossing afterwards it seems so much better. Also, my mom said to me that she thought my teeth looked whiter! She has been mentioning my yellow coffee stained teeth for awhile now and even went so far as to buy me whitening strips for Christmas. I tried the product once and couldn't even handle leaving it in my mouth for the recommended time, it was awful so I much prefer the homemade toothpaste option....even if it's not very good tasting without the oils...at least I can tolerate it and to me it seems like a far better option.
Have you tried any homemade toothpaste recipes? Or any other homemade recipes for common every day products? What was your experience?
I'm know I'm definitely interested in learning more about simple homemade alternatives that are both inexpensive and natural.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
~ Three products from Glade - a multi-wick candle, single votive candle, and reed diffuser (all perfect for setting the scene)
~ An adorable (and tasty) Valentine Mookie (er..that would be decorated cookie) from Jinja Ninja, a Canadian designer cookie company
~ A box of Valentine's Cards and Enclosures from Jonesy, another great Canadian company that I've worked with in the past (see my review here)
~ A bottle of Copper Moon wine
Thursday, January 28, 2010
- I'm thankful I have both my arms and both my legs
- I'm thankful I have a heartbeat
- I'm thankful that I have a Psychiatrist who listens and is willing to look at various options for different issues
- I'm thankful for weather...if it always stayed just one way it would be boring...I like to experience it all
- I'm thankful for access to clean drinking water
- I'm thankful for access to a phone anytime I need it (as much as I hate talking on the phone and making phone calls)
- I'm thankful for YOU
- I'm thankful that even though I don't really feel thankful...I can still find things to be thankful about
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wow, it's already Thursday again. When did that happen? lol Guess that means I need to think of a few things I'm thankful for. January 21, 2010...like seriously...wasn't it just 2000 like a month ago? LOL. How did 10 years go by.
- I'm thankful for parents who are willing to do whatever they can to help me get out of a stressful situation
- I'm thankful for family, both immediate and extended...and that includes my "adopted" family (close friends) and all the family furkids.
- I'm thankful that my parents wanted to drive me back to my apartment tonight so I didn't have to bus in the cold
- I'm thankful for a roof over my head (even if this apartment seems to be falling apart)
- I'm thankful for phone, internet, and tv...these things really are luxuries when you look at some of the rest of the world
- I'm thankful for prayer and a God that listens
- I'm thankful for live music...K and her friend M had a jam session last night...that means I get to listen to live music right in my living room...it was awesome
- I'm thankful for access to clean water and healthy food (even if I don't always choose the healthy options)
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Okay...just tried to update my blog a little bit since it was a little stuck in the holidays and I wasn't really digging the background I recently changed to...so I did a little rearranging and I *think* I found a background that is ME. See the boots in my profile pic....it makes me think of those. :)
In real life I'm generally a pretty quiet person with moments of craziness. I love retro, bright, and unique, and I like to have my own style. Some days I'm pretty plain jane but other days I really stand out...in my uniqueness. I like to be creative and I like it to show...while still being tasteful. Hoping I don't end up on some "What Not to Wear" show one of these days but most people say that my style suits me and they like the things I pick out for myself. I just like to be fun.
I'm often overly serious and conservative, not because I want to be but because my inner child seems to have gotten trapped somewhere inside and that's one area I kinda relax in.
Okay...I have no idea where I was going with that...this was just suppose to be a quick post about my BLOG's slightly new look...not about my appearance....lol. Ah, I guess that's just me. I'm a little random sometimes. ;~)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
- a God who is faithful and provides
- an income, however little it is being on disability
- a roof over my head (even if it sometimes leaks)
- the best roommate in the world
- parents who love me and try to do their best for me (even though it often doesn't feel that way)
- friends (mostly online but a few in real life)
- a computer and internet access (can't forget that one)
- access to healthcare
- chocolate (it's a love/hate thing...hehe)
- discounts and freebies - so many things I wouldn't be able to do or try if it wasn't for these
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Well, we're ONE week into the new year and time in one way seems like it's flying by and in another sense it seems to be going slow. Either way, I'm not complaining. This is the first year, in a LONG time, were the beginning of the year has been good for me and that I've enjoyed. Sure it's had it's share of ups and downs, already, but overall I'm just thankful and blessed for everything.
Although I must say the last 48 hours haven't been all that impressive to me...lol. I had to make an appointment to see the nurse at my medical clinic because of a possible gum infection. Normally I wouldn't bother but with the problems that I could encounter should I have an infection it's better to play safe. The nurse ended up getting the doctor to come in and it was decided that I should take antibiotics for 10 days as a precaution. Not real impressed but it beats the alternative should a full blown out infection happen. While there I also had a liquid nitrogen treatment on a stubborn plantars wart that just does not want to go away. And then before bed last night I tripped on the cord to my roommates laptop and pulled the laptop down and it landed right on the top of my foot. Ouch! But hey, at least I'm able to laugh about it. S**t happens...we can dwell on it and be all miserable or we can just shrug it off with a laugh and find the humor in the situation. I choose to go with the more positive option. :)
Today is a special day for me. This afternoon marks 1 year that I have been out of the hospital. That is a big deal for me since it is the first time since my first psychiatric hospital admission that I've been able to make it to a year. I thank God a lot for that. I know without Him I wouldn't be were I am today.
I don't normally talk about these things too much on this blog but I'm still unsure what direction this blog is going to take. I know I want it to be a fun, encouraging space for others but I'm clueless as to how to get it there. I got a little (okay A LOT) caught up in various blog contests, and that is fun and all, but not what I want this blog to be solely about. I think 2010 will be a year of discovery, a year of trial and error, a year of transition, and a year of growth. I welcome you all to be a part of this journey with me if you so choose.