Thursday, 31 October 2013

Very Vivian - Pumpkins and Mermaids


Cue the obligatory Halloween blog post.

I love carving pumpkins, but I haven't done so for a couple of years now.  We're never here on Halloween since we go to my mom's to trick or treat, so it seems silly to carve a bunch of pumpkins for an empty house.  I still wanted to do something pumpkin-related with Vivian though, so I went for the easy option and got some mini pumpkins and set her to work painting.



 

She thought it was pretty great, and it was definitely an easy way to go about things.  We made up a bunch of different ones - a kitty one, one with her name, some more traditional jack o' lanterns, and some abstract ones.



Holiday parenting requirement - fulfilled.

Then it came time for the trick or treating.  I got her a mermaid costume from Old Navy on sale for $8.  She wasn't really into it at first, so I figured if nothing else it can be a new addition to her dress-up clothes.  Once she realized it was a mermaid costume, she insisted on having Ariel hair.  So Target came to the rescue with an official Ariel wig, which looks lovely on the package, but is actually a tangled mess in real life.


 She was pretty into it.


Blair was a bumblebee and L was Scooby Doo.  They were all SO EXCITED for trick or treating - it really made it fun, even though it was wet and crappy out, which therefore required layering coats under costumes.  We only hit up about 10 houses, but that was plenty for this crew - they have more than enough candy, even after I finish with the pillaging.  


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Under the Knife

So.  I've been trying to write this blog post for the last week or so but couldn't quite figure out how to get it down.

Here goes - I'm having a breast reduction.  And it's happening last week.

It's something that's been in the works for quite some time, but I didn't think it would actually happen for at least another 6-12 months.  Then I got a phone call last week saying there had been a cancellation and I could have it done on November 7th if I wanted the appointment.  After some frantic emailing and organizing of schedules and whatnot I decided to just go for it.  So far I'm feeling very excited/nervous/overwhelmed.  I've never even had a cavity filled, so the idea of anesthetic and stitches and recovery seems very strange to me.  It's definitely time to get it done though - and I wish I'd done it a long time ago.  I have a lot more that I want to say about the whole thing, but I thought it might be best to break it down into a few different posts instead of having one giant word vomit post.  I realize that this topic might not appeal to everyone, but I wanted to get it out there for a few reasons - to have the process out there for anyone else who might be considering it (I'll do another post outlining all the different appointments and steps I had to take), and to have a record of what I was thinking for myself to look back on, and even for Vivian to look back on one day.  It's my biggest fear that she might have to have this same surgery one day, and I want her to be able to see what I was thinking as I went through it, instead of having to listen to me babble about it 20 years later or whatever.

So yeah.  It's been a crazy week.  And next week is going to be even crazier.  Then it's three weeks at home catching up on TV while I'm off work.  Feel free to comment with any questions, like I said I'm going to do some more posts about it leading up to the surgery next Thursday.  Of course I'm not the first person to go through this, but if I'm going to blog about all the other random things that I do, I might as well blog about this too.

Super fun birthday present for me, huh?

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Nothing Birthdays

Today is my 31st birthday.  It's been a great day, but I keep pointing out to everyone how this is such a nothing birthday.  I don't mean that it's a bad birthday, or even that it's a nothing birthday in the sense of "Oh I'm a parent, so I don't really get birthdays anymore," just that 31 seems like the most awkward, random number to me.

Consider this - when you're a kid, every birthday counts.  Even half birthdays count.  You're constantly wanting to be older, so every birthday is a huge milestone.  Then once you get into your 20s birthdays take on a whole new flavour.  You're an adult (or so I'm told) and you can make as big a deal as you want.  Want to go away for a weekend?  Go for it!  Throw a party?  Have fun!  Just get wasted on a Wednesday night by yourself?  Completely acceptable!  Sure there are some birthdays in there that aren't exactly milestones (I'm looking at you, 26, 27, and 28) but for the most part you're still young enough to pull off the whole "WOOOO, it's my birthday!" thing.

In my case I've had a few big birthdays in a row.  I made a big deal for my 29th birthday since I turned 29 on the 29th.  Then 30 is a big deal birthday.  But now 31?  It just seems wrong.  Like if I were ever going to lie about my age it would be just to make it into a round number, and not so much out of vanity.

I mean, come on.  We all know that in the card section there are certain ages that absolutely do not get their own special card.  It's generic Happy Birthday cards from here until 40.

It's weird being an adult sometimes.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Treats of the Week - Must be another full moon

This has been a crazy week.  One of those weeks where you just kind of have to shake your head and remind yourself that every day ends at some point - and if you're lucky it ends with a cold beer on a comfortable couch.  I've just been rolling with it though, and things are looking up!  Here's the goods from the past week.


  • Just because I needed another show to watch I've been watching Vanilla Ice Goes Amish on the DIY Network.  I enjoyed his Vanilla Ice Project (he's a contractor now if you weren't aware) and now he's living in Amish country and learning their methods of construction.  It's actually really worth watching - he's very respectful of their process and lifestyle and you can tell he really wants to learn.  Word to your mother.
  • I've been dying to see Blackfish since I first saw the trailer a few months ago, and it was on CNN this week.  It was really good, but good in that awful kind of way that documentaries can often be.  
  • Because of my pizza being late last week, Dominos sent me a coupon for two free lava cakes - my favourite dessert!  Jenn and I put it to good use during a visit this weekend.
  • I got treated to an awesome early birthday dinner of all-you-can-eat sushi, which is always fun.  I love filling in those little sheets and just having food brought to you continuously like you're royalty.
  • Power tools as birthday presents!  Maybe I'll finally finish that dresser one of these days...
  • Vivian and I were fixing the hair of her princesses the other night when she randomly decided that she wanted pony tails too.  She's always had a meltdown when I've tried to put her hair in any kind of pony tail, so this was a big (and adorable) deal!




  • I finally got a new cell phone this week - a Sony Xperia J.  It's okay, nothing too fancy.  I basically only use my phone as an alarm clock and to text anyway.  This was cheap and easy, so hopefully it pans out!
  • Actually going to bed before midnight this week - I am ready for the time change, I've been exhausted lately!
Hope everybody is ready for Halloween!



Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Very Vivian - Pumping Iron

Back in August, I finally decided to get an appointment for Vivian to see a pediatrician.  After trying so many different things with her and still seeing a lot of issues it seemed like the right call.  We were very lucky to get in with a great pediatrician very quickly - it was two weeks between the referral appointment with our family doctor and the appointment with the pediatrician.

The initial appointment with the pediatrician ended up being a little intimidating.  Basically I went through a run-down of Vivian's history to let them know what the main issues were that we were dealing with.  I walked out with a handful of paperwork and information to set up another series of appointments for Vivian - hearing test, vision test, bloodwork, urine samples, and psychological assessments.  It was overwhelming and a bit confusing until I understood what the process is.  Basically my understanding is that public health right now is all about being proactive and casting a wide net.  The way I was going about things by looking into issues that could turn into something else later, but also could very well be something that she grows out of, is the way they want to handle things now.  It becomes much more difficult to effect positive change if you wait until a kid is older and things are more set in.  This way we can shape Vivian along the way and give her any assistance that she needs.

The whole idea of casting a wide net is interesting too.  Whereas it used to be more that you would list characteristics of your child and a pediatrician would look at them all and then maybe rush a little too quickly to diagnose and label them, now they are all about the process of elimination.  So by sending Vivian for so many tests we can eliminate what isn't going on with her, and then see what we are left with.  I'm really pleased with this method (even though it is a lot of work) because I don't want to see her be misdiagnosed as being ADD or something and being prescribed something that she doesn't need.

So first up was the bloodwork - which was quite the ordeal.  My biggest recommendation if you ever have to take your own kid for bloodwork is to bring a stroller.  It was awful getting her blood drawn, and I just had to strap her into the stroller and wheel her screaming out through the hospital.  I have no idea how I could have gotten her out of there without the stroller.

Anyway, the results of her bloodwork came back to reveal that she's anemic.  This was something that I suspected because of a few different things that she was doing.  What's the number one symptom of anemia that I kept seeing listed?  Irritability.  It was so good to find out that this was one of the things that's been going on with her because it is such a simple problem.  She now gets an iron supplement twice a day and so far it seems to be really helping!  It's easier to redirect her when she's upset, and I haven't been seeing the massive meltdowns that used to be a weekly occurrence.  Since she got rid of the bottle her eating habits have improved a lot too, so that could all work itself out too.


Up next are hearing and vision tests.  I'm hoping that she clears everything else and it ends up being just the anemia that was causing such a problem.  It's amazing the things you can find out from some bloodwork!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Playrooms

**Warning, the following is a rambling and overthought mess.  I apologize in advance**

With Vivian's birthday and Christmas looming only a couple of months in the future (and the pile of presents in the basement slowly growing) I've lately been toying with the idea of a playroom.

I've never really embraced the idea - it always seemed a bit silly to me for a couple of reasons.  One, Vivian has toys in her room, toys in the living room, and toys in the kitchen.  Does she really need a whole playroom when the whole house is kind of a playroom?  And two, would she even use one?  Or would she just be dragging things out to the living room the whole time anyway?

But as she gets older she is playing independently more and more.  She'll play with dolls in her room, or get out her cars in the living room and play quietly by herself.  And as many times as I've rearranged the living room, I've never quite been happy with it because there's constantly a toy to work around.  So would a playroom be worthwhile?

The office is a small room - only about 9'x9'.  I'm not currently doing much work at home, so it wouldn't be devastating to lose the space - plus there's plenty of room in the basement (even if it does remain a bit unfinished).  I do love having a space for a desk, but the office tends to just be a place for everything that doesn't quite have a place anywhere else.  It's awesome having a room that basically just serves as a drop zone, but like I said, I could just as easily set up a place for that in the basement.




It wouldn't be hard, really just a matter of rearranging some furniture.  I just don't know if it would be worth it - at least not at this age.  I mean, it would be a playroom right between her bedroom and the living room.  Is that excessive and ridiculous?  Or is it nice to be able to just close the door on a room full of toys at the end of the day?  Do kids play more independently when they have a designated space?  Or is she just going to be dragging me in there or dragging toys out all the time anyway?

So tell me - do you/did you have a playroom?  Was it worthwhile?  I mean, she's just one kid.  So it isn't like there's stuff everywhere or anything, but I'm curious to hear people's opinions!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Treats of the Week - She's on a horse

Cold weather is making me lazy.  These lists might only be about food soon.
  • My mom and I took the kids to Kusterman's  yesterday for a little fall fun.  It went better than expected - which is to say there were only minor upset with the kids, and everyone seemed to have a great time.  It was one of those places that is a nice size for kids to run around without having to worry about them constantly, although it is also one of those places where I realize how much other parents are generally assholes and their kids are generally jerks.  Vivian got to ride a pony and took it VERY seriously.  And yes, I wish that woman wasn't in the picture, but I didn't want to stand around and take a bunch of pictures like every other parent there.  One pic and moving on!




  • I've been falling asleep to old episodes of How I Met Your Mother lately, which is always delightful.  Even more so when a baby faced Joe Manganiello makes an appearance.
  • I watched Mike Birbiglia's "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" on Saturday night and was completely blown away.  I watched his "Sleepwalk With Me" a couple months ago and thought it was cute, but this special was brilliant.  It's almost less of a comedy special and more performance art.  He isn't afraid to have silences and unfunny parts, and has this way of weaving a story that makes you forget that he's gone on a giant tangent before pulling it all back together.  It was hilarious and beautiful and heartbreaking.  It's on Netflix, so check it out if you are looking for something to watch!
  • Cheese croisants - the unsung hero of Tim Horton's.
  • Late night pizza deliveries - especially when they're unexpected and free!
  • Finding some awesome Christmas deals at Winners
  • Two weeks without any major meltdowns from Vivian!

Friday, 18 October 2013

They really thought of everything

So the other day I was standing in Vivian's room folding some laundry and was just kind of absent-mindedly looking at that map on her wall.  It's really so covered in things that I'm constantly finding something new.  So I'm standing there and start thinking to myself, "Wouldn't it be funny if they put really terrible things on the map?  Like the locations of oil spills and stuff.  Hahaha, that would be funny.  They could even put that great Pacific garbage patch on there.  Oh I'm just so clever and hilarious."


Huh.  There it is.  That map is really extensive.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Very Vivian - When and Then

Vivian is a very stubborn kid.  Always has been, always will be.  When she gets an idea in her head, it can be really difficult to talk her out of it, which leads to tantrums and meltdowns.  And Vivian's meltdowns are not to be trifled with - they're not just a tantrum, they can quickly turn into a 45 minute inconsolable episode that leaves us both exhausted.

So obviously I try to do as much as possible to keep her from melting down.  But then you end up walking a fine line between keeping her happy and turning her into a spoiled brat.  To help with this, I've been using a lot of "When/Then" phrases with Vivian.  My mom suggested it first, and the OT has also recommended it.  See, apparently kids don't really listen to you (shocking, I know) so they usually only hear the last thing that you say.  So if Vivian says that she wants a cookie and I say, "No, you can't have a cookie until after dinner" she'll freak.  All she hears is "No" and something about dinner.  But if I say, "When you finish dinner, then you can have a cookie" all is well.  She hears and understands that she can have a cookie, so she's happy.  Instead of a screaming monster, I get a "Okay, mommy" and that's that.  IT'S MAGIC.  

First/Then works well too - "First dinner, then a cookie".  Simple, to the point, and keeps everyone happy.

Not exactly rocket science, but it's a little piece that's fallen into place lately that's really been helping Vivian.  She's been making a lot of progress lately, it's been so great!

I don't really have a new picture for this week, but here's a video of her watching her favourite videos on YouTube.  Just the usual stuff, people opening Kinder eggs.  Nothing weird about that.  Her vocabulary has come so far - she likes to sit and narrate the video now.


video

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

About those new fall shows...

Now that we've had a few weeks with the new shows, I thought I would check back in and let you know how I'm enjoying all those shows - and which ones have been cut loose.  The axe has already fallen on a couple of shows, so I figured I should get it out there!

SUNDAY

Betrayal - I've watched the first episode and wasn't totally wowed.  It's pretty meh so far.  I've got another couple of episodes sitting on the PVR, and while the legal aspect of the show has me somewhat intrigued, I won't necessarily be disappointed if it ends up being cancelled.

Hello Ladies - Pretty much what I was expecting, in a good way!  It's hilarious and awkward and everything Stephen Merchant should always be.

MONDAY

Almost Human - Hasn't started yet

We Are Men - Cancelled after two episodes for pretty obvious reasons.  While the cast was good (Jerry O'Connell, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub) the whole show was just pretty dated and not-funny.

Sleepy Hollow - A huge surprise for me - I had pretty low expectations going into this one, but I'm loving it now.  It's fun and creepy and goofy - they really hit the right combination with this one.  If you haven't started watching it, it's worth picking up.

Mom - Another big surprise, I definitely didn't expect much from this traditional multi-cam sitcom, but it's actually pretty cute.  It's funny without being over the top and makes for good comfort food-type viewing.

Hostages - This is currently piled up on my PVR.  I tried to watch the first episode one night, but it was too late and I fell asleep.  That's not to say it wasn't good - what I saw definitely seemed good.  This just might end up being a show that I record the entire season and then binge my way through it later.

The Blacklist - When this show was being advertised before the fall season, all the focus was put on James Spader, and rightfully so.  He's definitely the main draw, but what keeps me coming back is Megan Boone, who plays Elizabeth Keen.  She's definitely the Clarice to Spader's Hannibal Lecter - you really root for her and she's interesting enough to keep you invested.


TUESDAY

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - So far I'm liking the show, but not completely loving it.  I really like that they seem to be taking their time with it and really building it though (a luxury no doubt, because of all the studio support they've had)

Dads - Well, I made it through the pilot episode and cut it loose after that.  It's not often I do that, but I just found the pilot so racist and un-funny, I couldn't tune back in.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Pretty much what I was expecting, the show is starting to really find its feet at this point.  It gets some laughs out of me, but it isn't necessarily what I look forward to on Tuesday nights.

The Goldbergs - I keep expecting this show to just become awful and I'll stop watching it, but there's something that keeps bringing me back.  It's even made me laugh out loud a couple of times, so maybe I'm a fan?

Trophy Wife - I'm really enjoying this show, it's funny and sweet, and that house is fantastic.  I mean, that kitchen alone is killing me.  Michaela Watkins is a total scene stealer - love her.

Lucky 7 - Another one cut after 2 episodes.  I had them both saved, then after I heard it was cancelled I tried to watch the pilot and got bored halfway through.


WEDNESDAY

Back in the Game - Another one that I'm liking, but not loving.  It's cute and James Caan is really entertaining (and how is that man 73 years old?!) so I'll keep up with it.

Super Fun Night - Interesting thing with this show, the first episode they aired was not actually the pilot.  It was meant to be the second episode, which might explain why it felt a little thrown together and didn't give us much exposition.  It was a tough episode to get through, but I thought the second episode that aired (which is actually the third episode of the series) was a huge improvement.  I don't know why they won't just let Rebel Wilson use her real accent, but I'm going to keep watching this for as long as it's on the air.

Ironside - I have all the episodes recorded, but haven't gotten around to it yet.  I haven't been hearing very good things about it though, so we'll see what ends up happening with it.


THURSDAY

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland - I thought the pilot episode was really great and set us up for a fun season.  Mixing in the Aladdin characters with the Wonderland characters we know was a really fun idea and keeps it in line with the other Once Upon a Time.  I just wish they would fix Jafar's hair...

The Millers - I barely made it through the pilot episode, but gave it a second shot.  After that though, I was out.  It was just too cliched for me.  I'm sure it could be a perfectly nice show for the right audience, but I'm just not a part of it.

The Crazy Ones - I know a lot of people were concerned about the Robin Williams aspect of this show (myself included), but I'm finding with each passing episode they seem to be using him more and more sparingly, or at least toning him down a bit.  I think the cast is working together really well and is walking the line of zany/sincere pretty well.  Plus, James Wolk is just oh so dreamy.

Sean Saves the World - I gave it two episodes to make me laugh and it failed.  I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't find anything in it that was worth tuning in for again.

Reign - Hasn't started yet

The Michael J. Fox Show - Who doesn't root for Michael J. Fox?  You show me someone who doesn't like Michael J. Fox, and I'll show you an asshole.  You just want the best for him.  I don't think this is a perfect show (I find it really lags in some points) but it's very sweet, and I really hope it gets better.


FRIDAY

Dracula - Hasn't started yet

What have you guys been into for the new fall season?


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Just a typical trip to Starbucks

I think I've mentioned on here before, but when my friend Jenn and I are out and about, we have this weird effect on people.  Something about our banter or just our general friendliness makes people become our new best friends.  We are constantly having strange conversations and encounters with cashiers, waitresses, and now baristas.

So there we were, heading to Target for a post-movie coffee/wander/chat.  Jenn got a Salted Caramel Mocha, and since I had a coupon for a free beverage I got the same thing and the barista talked me into the Venti size.  Because if there was ever a time for a giant, fancy, expensive coffee it's when you have a coupon to make it free.  

So she made our coffees and they just looked so pretty and perfect that Jenn whipped out her phone to take a picture.  I, never missing a chance to find something to blog about, got out my phone too.  I figured if nothing else, it could be a treat of the week.  When the barista heard us talking about Instagramming it, she got out her own phone so she could Instagram us Instagramming the coffee.





You know, as you do.  Completely normal behaviour.

The best part was that Jenn and I didn't even bat and eye at it.  It was just a "Yep, you should definitely take a picture of us taking a picture of coffee.  That is completely normal behaviour."

She even accommodated me when I said she had better be getting those flattering down-angles.


So yeah.  When I say that Jenn and I have strange encounters with people, this is the kind of thing I'm talking about.  Obviously people want to be our friends because we're so funny and smart and cool, and super pretty.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Treats of the Week - Thanksgiving

Thankful for...


  • Warm days and cool nights.
  • Family, friends, and large Thanksgiving meals.
  • Yoga pants to accommodate said Thanksgiving meals.
  • Very enthusiastic dress-up from this kid.

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns finally being released on a deluxe edition Blu-Ray instead of being on two discs.

  • The mix-and-match fantasy land that is the food court.  Arby's roast beef sandwich with a side of fries supreme from Taco Bell?  Don't mind if I do.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch - I finally got to watch Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend, and I think we can all agree that Benedict Cumberbatch is something to be thankful for.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Very Vivian - Vivian on Food

Vivian has always been a terrible eater.

When she was a baby she tolerated pureed food for about two weeks before she started refusing it.  At that point we switched to baby-led weaning, putting her more in control of her consumption.  It never really worked the way I'd hoped.

Up until about three weeks ago Vivian's solid food intake was pretty limited - Kraft Dinner, scrambled eggs,  rice, french fries, feta cheese, penguin crackers, and apples were about the extent of what she would eat.  There would be many days where she would barely eat anything and would just chug the milk down instead.

Now that she's given up the bottle, a whole new world has opened up.  I've been amazed at how she doesn't even want milk at all now.  I'm in the position now of having to be careful not to buy too much milk for fear of it spoiling, where just a few weeks ago I was buying a bag of milk every 2 or 3 days.

The other day I heard Vivian say "I'm hungry" for the first time.  Her new favourite snack?  Crackers with Nutella.  And not just a couple of crackers - she'll come home from daycare and put away 10 or more crackers with Nutella in a matter of minutes if I let her.  She wakes up and wants fruit snacks right away.  She ate spaghetti for dinner the other night.  Tonight she pulled the rice out of the cupboard and said she wanted to eat it, it's amazing.



 It must sound so weird, but it's such a big adjustment to have to feed her!  Whereas before my entire concern was whether or not we had enough milk to get through the day, I'm now constantly stocking up on enough snacks and foods to keep her full.  I've really been letting her call the shots as far as food has gone, because I didn't want her to get frustrated and try to revert back to milk.  I have to say, it's been pretty fun watching her eat, even if I do have to keep running to Costco for more Nutella and fruit snacks.


So now with Thanksgiving weekend approaching, I'm excited to see what she goes for.  We have two Thanksgiving dinners to attend so she'll be exposed to a lot of food that previously would have been just out of the question.

If you have any go-to recipes for food that kids go for, I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Putting The Pretty On

I saw someone do this on Instagram the other day and thought it would make a fun post - so here's all the products it takes for me to get ready in the morning.  At least on the mornings that I feel like making something of an effort.  

Also - check it out, I actually edited the photo to add those numbers.  I'm hella fancy.



  1. Body lotion - Paris Amour from Bath & Body Works - my favourite scent from there, I usually have the body wash too, but I'm out right now.
  2. Paris Amour body spray from Bath & Body Works - we're supposed to be a fragrance-free workplace, so during the week I just wear the lotion and a bit of body spray just because I'm one of those people who feels kind of naked without some sort of smelly stuff on.
  3. Shampoo and conditioner - this is a lie, because I just refill those bottles with whatever gallons of shampoo and conditioner mom has around the shop, so I actually have no idea what kind I use.
  4. I'm using Dove body wash right now - yay for Costco deals!
  5. Contact lens solution - I only actually wear my contacts a couple of days a week.  Usually only if I'm going to see a movie in 3D or if I want to wear sunglasses.
  6. Dove deodorant - the only kind I've used for years, I've had some bad allergic reactions to other kinds.
  7. Cool Water perfume for the weekends - I got it in my stocking last year for Christmas.
  8. Bronzing beads - also from my Christmas stocking (I don't really adhere to those rules that say you should get rid of makeup after six months or whatever).  I'm a pale person, so I find blush looks weird on me unless I want to look really dressed up, so I usually just go with bronzer.
  9. Toothpaste, obvi.
  10. Just some shimmery eyeshadows that I wear every day.  Also from my stocking last year.  Fun fact - I always, always put eye makeup on with my fingers.  I can never work the little brushes right.  I do have a couple of darker colours for if I'm being fancy, but not for every day.
  11. Smashbox mascara.  I'm not telling you how old it is.
  12. I've been using BB cream since the spring I think and it's perfect for me.  I don't like anything heavy, so this is just enough to even things out and give me a little coverage.
  13. Okay, here's my deep, dark secret.  I haven't actually used face wash in like, a really long time.  Like I'm not even sure how long it's been.  It's one of those things that I ran out of at some point, so I just used a baby wipe to clean the makeup off my face.  Then I never really went back.  I don't have perfect skin, but it's clear enough at this point that I seem to be getting away with this.  I also don't have a proper moisturizer anymore, I leave that to the BB cream.  I should really get a good exfoliating scrub to use once a week or something, maybe that will turn up in my stocking this year.
*Not pictured - my favourite green eyeliner that I've had for a really, really long time that Jenn insists I wear every time we're going out somewhere since wearing eyeliner makes me fancy.

So yeah, I'm not exactly big on products.  Once upon a time I was, but gone are the days of dropping massive amounts of money at Smashbox just because.  

How many products does it take to get you out the door?

Monday, 7 October 2013

Treats of the Week - October is the best month


  • Vivian got to go to her friend Ellyot's dance class last week and she completely loved it.  It was so much fun to see her really getting into it and actually listening!  She's signed up for her own lessons now - starts tomorrow!
  • While stopping at Tim Hortons to get a coffee and a couple of Timbits for Vivian we managed to score two free donuts.  Apparently they were "just going to throw them out anyway" so we got them.  I didn't ask any questions, I just fed them to my kid.
  • I went to see Gravity on the weekend and absolutely loved it.  I thought it was amazing - so well done, really worth seeing it on the big screen!
  • It is October now, which means it's officially my birthday month ALL MONTH LONG.
  • Vivian had to have some bloodwork done this week (a long story for another post) and while it was a brutal outing that resulted in much screaming, it made me so incredibly grateful that I have a healthy kid.  There's nothing like a trip to the children's hospital to give you some perspective.
  • Along the same lines - Vivian had an appointment with her speech therapist and occupational therapist this week and they both came to the house at the same time to make it easier on us.  I can't say enough good things about the Thames Valley Children's Centre - they are amazing to work with!
  • The bonus features on This is the End are awesome - and are made even better when enjoyed with pizza, beer, and good company.
  • I got all the random crap sorted out in the basement on the weekend and sent off to Once Upon a Child and Goodwill - gotta start making room before Christmas gets here!
  • I have been listening to a lot of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast and have been really enjoying it - definitely makes those drives to work more enjoyable!
  • Vivian was quite proud of herself for balancing her water bottle on her apple, obviously.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Keeping Your Cards Under Control

The other day my friend Amanda and I were out with the kids and we started talking about wallets.  She'd gotten a new one, but wasn't totally happy with it because it didn't have enough space for all of her cards.  I have been needing a wallet forever (I've had the same one for like 10 years) but haven't found one that I like enough to get it, because there's never enough space for cards.

There has to be a better way!

My solution was finally to take out most of the cards.  I'm one of those people who has a loyalty card for seemingly every store and it gets out of control.  I know there are Apps that can store your card information, but the ones I have tried just frustrated me.  Either they didn't have the card listed, or it was a card with a swipe on it, so it would still have to be handed to someone at some point.  Too hard.

My favourite is when they give you a card and a key fob.  That way you don't have to have a billion cards in your wallet, you can just hand over your keyes.  So I made my own key fob out of the rest - I just punched a hole in them so I could put them all on a binder ring.


Now instead of a bloated, messy wallet I have one little ring of cards that I can keep in a pocket in my purse until I need one.  If I had been smarter I would have found a better location to punch the hole though - I started out punching holes in the upper left corner, but then some of the cards had the magnetic strip so I had to punch it in the middle.  Now they don't all line up neatly, but whatever, I can deal.

I just keep the most frequently used cards in my wallet now.  For me that's the Scene card, Optimum card, Chapters card, and Air Miles.  Of course I have my bank cards and driver's licence and stuff still in the wallet too.  This definitely helps to keep the mess under control though!

My other wallet tip is using those little plastic sleeves that you usually use for your insurance and ownership.  I like to keep one in my wallet - it's perfect since it has two little sections, I like to use one section to hold Vivian's birth certificate, health card, and SIN card.  Then I use the other section for my own birth certificate and health card.  The birth certificate is always a tricky document to hold onto since it's bigger than usual cards.  I also find it handy to have them separate since usually if I need Vivian's health card out I'm trying to keep her under control in a doctor's office or she's sick or something and it's difficult to go digging around for things.

So those are my big wallet tricks, just something to help me stay organized.  I also stay organized by rarely having money in my wallet.  That really frees up the old wallet real estate.