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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In hindsight 4

Wow it's been long, like really long! I must admit, when I had my son, I created a new mommy blog called "Not Another Momma", it's like Chapter 2 of my life. But I miss this blog, I really do.

I am so happy that I documented my resolutions or promisses to myself for the last 4 years. For someone who is obsessed with the idea that I will one day forget my memories, journaling my thoughts, ideas and life is the perfect exercise. Writing down your goals is also THE way to accomplish them.

All in all, 2014 was a tough, scary but exciting year for me. I am glad it's coming to end and I can start a new year.

Albeit 2 years too late, I will review my "In hindsite 3" New Years resolutions from 2013. Let's see where my life has taken me.

The following are the 2013 Goals that I had set for myself:
  1. Get a guitar, get lessons (2012)- Although I did get back into "playing" on my friends borrowed guitar, I would still like to do this more officially.  
  2. Perform in an open mic (2012)- Still on my bucket list... gotta find THE song, you know?
  3. Kick start my business as a Solidea representative... Umm, so maybe I didn't start Solidea, but I sure as hell started my Virtual Assisting and Small Business Consulting Company Go-to Girl!!! 
  4. Have an awesome maternity leave and bond with our baby! This one I struggled with. I had a nice maternity leave, but it was difficult because I kept working through it all. Then when I came back from work, I got LAID OFF!!! Thanks for that Women's Health Charity that shall remain nameless. Are you kidding me?? (I'm over it.) I also did not have success with breastfeeding which played a huge part in bonding with my son. I love him to bits, but I work hard at it :) I talk more about this on my mommy blog... if you care.
  5. Come back to work and get that promotion I deserve! Nope, I got "laid off".
  6. Become more active and lose the baby weight that I have gained Actually, I am now 16 lbs lighter than what I was before pregnancy. But I still have another 30 lbs to go!
  7. Go on our first family trip Mexico last New Years was difficult and amazing all at the same time!
  8. Cut our debt in half by the end of the year - More like debt free!!!
  9. Research and design the kitchen of my dreams and SAVE UP for it! Renos start Jan 19!!
  10. Make more time for ME! I know this sounds selfish, but it's the root cause of not being able to take care of yourself if you are trying to stay healthy. This one I am working on all the time, but it's getting there. Becoming a mommy takes a LOT of your time and leaves no room for personal time. Starting a business does the same thing. Attending networking events is the closest thing to a social life I have now. But I have made a million friends and feel so grateful for everyone's support around me :)
Ok, that's a lot crossed of my 2013 goals! Amazing what 2 years can do. Now for 2015... what's in store for me....
  1. Finish kitchen renos on time and on budget
  2. Lose 25 lbs (joined Weight Watchers  a few weeks ago and getting a personal trainer in January)
  3. Do more activities as a family (zoo, camping, vacations, road trips)
  4. Get guitar lessons
  5. Perform an open Mic
  6. Buy my husband a truck of his dreams (SAVE!)
  7. Get myself a new car (SAVE MORE!)
  8. Travel to Italy or Armenia (SAVE EVEN MORE!)
  9. Kick butt at Go-to Girl
  10. Nurture my plus-size fashion blog Mode XLusive
  11. 5 year plan... buy a second house, have another baby... a girl this time ;)
How about you? What have you accomplished? Man I feel good after writing this post!

Friday, January 4, 2013

In hindsight 3

Hello my prittis,
It's been a while and look at us diving into another year. A new year, means new goals and new promises. Last January, as I was dying of an asthma virus, I took the time to blog a bit on evaluating my resolutions of the past year to see how I did.

Well let's just say, things have really changed. You can refresh your memory by referring to "In hindsight 2" one of my January 2012 posts.

Here is the official list of things I wanted and things I wanted to accomplish for 2012:

• A Kitchen Aid Food processor- Bought one on Beyond the Rack early that year. for a great price!

• A guitar and some lessons- Didn't get to do this, but it's still on my list!
• Perform at an open mic- "
• Get back into shape and lose 25lbs- Funny story. I am now 9 months and expecting our surprise baby on February 7th! So, as for losing weight, that did not happen. But, I was part of a study for promoting health and fitness to pregnant women and I am proud to say that I lost about 10 lbs of my own weight and only gained about 12 lbs from my pregnancy. I tried to stay active this year and hope to maintain this once I am on mat leave too :)
• Stay on track with my debt repayment, so far so good. 2 more years and I should be good! Well, S&*% happens, unexpected things like A BABY and car repairs really didn’t help me in this department. But the good news is that we are still on track... kinda.
• Finish some basic renos in the house- Nesting! This is a great way to finish up renovations and get your house baby ready! We did a lot of cleaning and purging to make room for baby too. We still have a little ways to go though. One thing at a time... plus you need to save up for renos!
• Blog more! Guilty, have been a bit lazy on this front. Once again, I will blame it on the pregnancy!
Here are some things I did accomplish that I am proud of:
  • Kicked butt professionally
  • Got pregnant and had a considerably healthy pregnancy with very little weight gain. (Terrified of giving birth, but we can talk about that in February!)
  • Got everything organized for the baby room
  • Rekindled some old friendships and made new ones too
  • Finally used my airmiles to get the DSLR camera of my dreams!
Lastly, can't start the year without setting some new goals:
  1. Get a guitar, get lessons (2012)
  2. Perform in an open mic (2012)
  3. Kick start my business as a Solidea representative
  4. Have an awesome maternity leave and bond with our baby!
  5. Come back to work and get that promotion I deserve!
  6. Become more active and lose the baby weight that I have gained
  7. Go on our first family trip
  8. Cut our debt in half by the end of the year
  9. Research and design the kitchen of my dreams and SAVE UP for it!
  10. Make more time for ME! I know this sounds selfish, but it's the root cause of not being able to take care of yourself if you are trying to stay healthy.

I highly encourage you to do this exercise, it's a great way to see if you can keep a promise to yourslef and what areas you need to work on! What are some of your goals?

Have a safe and happy 2013!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

me so crafti

Hello my pritti's,
I've been in nesting mode and feeling very creative and crafty. I have a whole slew of "must do" that I have compiled over the years. I know many of us are like that. You just need to get down to it and start... or get pregnant! haha

Here is a project that I worked on this weekend for the baby room. I found this old wood frame at my sister's hobby farm near her barn. You can do so much with these frames, like insert mirror, fabric, chalk board or just plain old cork! It all depends on what you need it for and what your budget is.

My budget: The frame was free, I spent $12 on a pack of 4 cork tiles and $20 for the paint. It sounds expensive, but I will be using the paint for  some furniture in the baby room, so it's worth it.

My materials: Frame, paint, brush, sand paper (corse), hammer, small nails with flat heads (x16), carpenters glue, reinforcement board, cork tiles, exacto knife.

It took a few days between the paint and glue to dry, but it's finally done! Here are the steps I took:

Take your old frame, clean the debris and old glass on the edges. Sand down to get all the shards of wood off. Brush with a dry brush before painting to get rid of all the dust and particles.
Paint frame with melamine based paint, may need 2 coats depending on the look you are going for. I let each side dry for 1 day (as you can see I also had to repair a piece of the wood that was coming out, I used wood glue for that).
When it's dry, sand the paint if you are looking for a rough look.
Place cork on the back side of the frame and cut pieces to fit the proper space.  The cork tiles I bought came in a thicker style, but didn't measure out perfectly.

Nail in the cork on the ends. Be careful not to pierce through the board on the front side!
Use wood glue and glue reinforcement boards on the back if necessary. I found this board in our workshop.
Finished back side of the board

Presto! Finished cork board!
I can't wait to hang this up and put some pics of the family for the baby room :)
I hope you enjoyed this post. Leave me your comments below.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Oops...I buynt it!

Hello my prittis, 
Long time no chat!

So, I did something really dumb the other morning. "I know, why don't I make oatmeal, and leave it unattended, while I blow dry my hair to save time! Genius!"... not so much!

I buynt my stainless steel pot...paderno... expensive!

Naturally, I asked my "Google" toolbar for help "How to clean burnt pot". I watched a youtube video and tried it for myself. This was burnt milk from my oatmeal. It was sitting in water for 3 days and was pretty much a write off. I was really upset that I couldn't get any of it out.

Guess what- it worked!!! I took pics to prove it :)

Now I don't have to throw out my good pot!

I hope you can use this 2 minute trick. It works on stainless steel and casserole dishes too.

Have a great long weekend my prittis!


My buynt pot :(

Add some dish soap and a table spoon of soda

Add some water

Boil the concoction at high heat- watch out! Mine overflowed quickly! For casserole dishes, place in oven on high heat, but keep an eye on it. 

This picture was to show the steamy boiled concoction

Poor out water and start scrubbing with a brush- I used an abrasive brush because this was burnt milk! I was surprised that it works almost immediately. It was coming out in chunks. 

Add more soda and soap and a bit of water to make a paste, it scrubs better too.

A bit more elbow grease and presto! My beautiful pot is back to normal!

Friday, May 11, 2012

So, I wore spanx the other day...

And I felt miserable!
What a self mutilating, skin cutting, rib jabbing piece of undergarment. Wonder if it was invented by a man? Save that for another blog post!

As much as I was happy to feel svelte (I pronounce this shvelt) in my dress at a work conference, every bathroom break was a nightmare and sitting all day in my asphyxiating shorts was killer.

So the question is, why am I still planning on wearing them? Because for now, it's my only choice :(

The good news is, not for long! I have recently discovered a new line of fashionable/medical hosiery and undergarment line called "Solidea". They have nylons, shorts, tummy tuckers, you name it! The best part is that they are compression wear that work better than spanx. The reason is, they are medically controlled to hold you in the right places and not just cut off your circulation. It gradually compresses and doesn't induce the muffin top effect.

I can't wear any other type of nylons anymore, because these ones actually stay up! Oh, and by the way, compression in your legs will give you more energy and help with any vein issues too. Some even have anti-bacterial silver fibbers to help keep you fresh, and a wave technology that helps massage the cellulite out of your legs! Bonus.

Because I am a huge believer in this line, I have decided to become a rep for Solidea products!

My first item on the agenda is getting a pair of tummy tucking shorts and then cutting up my spanx. I am ready to share pictures with you once I test out the new shorts!

I am thinking of hosting a "Solidea" party where a bunch of girls can get together and check out some of the products. They are not very cheap, but they will last up to 6 months and are pretty strong, so no running into any runs in the near future!

I'd love to know your undergarment troubles, please do share.

In the meantime, here is the new Solidea blog I am working on:

Let me know what you think!

Stay "tight" my prittis xox

Monday, January 16, 2012

trying Wen- day 1

Hello my prittis,

I hope you are are feeling better than I do. I have been sick with a virus, today is Day 10.
As much as it is supposed to be fun staying at home, I much prefer going to work. I have filled my time with lots of Parks and Recreation and too much daytime tv, which we all know sucks!

Today, however, was a slightly better day. I received my (frozen) "Wen" cleansing conditioner! And of course, I struck up the courage to get in that shower and test it out!

As you all have seen, I love me some infomercials, but I don't always cave in and buy them. I though this Wen stuff was a good price ($30) and should last me a few months. I think some of you are thinking "Is she crazy, $30 on shampoo!!"... but I have done much worse :S

Please note that this review is not a promotional one, I decided to test this out for all the curious women out there who do not trust it. Also note that when you buy this product online, you are committing to a replenishing supply of it, I bought a one time use bottle which costs just a bit more. I was upgraded to the "Fig" scented cleanser which is supposed to be more moisturizing that the typical almond one.

Okay, so the directions are quite detailed, but I tried to follow them as best as I could, seeing as my product was still frozen and the instructions are hard to read on the bottle.

So here goes: Rinse, massage product in, add splash of water, more massaging, comb through hair, clean up all the hair on the wall, leave in for 5 min, and rinse again. Add a bit as leave in conditioner if needed.

What I liked right away is that you can tell it's moisturizing but not oily. Hard to imagine, but you will get what I mean if you try it. What I would do differently next time is add more product, leave it in for longer and get a comb before I get in the shower!

I want to post a picture of my hair on day 1, but I am so sick and really, really unattractive... (p.s. I am not a vain person).
On the before/after pictures of the Wen site, they always use the 3 week mark. If I notice any changes before than, I will share some pics :)

Hope this review helped you guys!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

addicted to... infomercials

Hello my prittis,
I am battling a cold, I think it might be bronchitis, so I have been watching lots of tv. Like lots. An unhealthy amount. What else do you do when you have no energy. I can't sleep because I am wheezing and it's waking me up. So I am watching tv at the wee hours of the night.

But, what I love most about not finding anything good on tv... settling for infomercials. Yes, I am sick in the head. I know. Here is a list of some favourites as well as things that I have actually purchased.
I want this next!

  1. Ron Co knives set. Yep, I bought them. All 24 of them! I actually use them on a regular basis. I have been happy with them, although I find them too light. These I bought over 8 years ago, so had I known about Henkel, I would not have purchased these. What I do like is that you get 8 steak knives with it. That's pretty good.
  2. The dolly/step ladder/everything doer. We tried to order this when we where at the condo, but they sold out :(
  3. MAGIC BULLET! An obvious one here folks. I bought mine at Canadian Tire. It's a cop out. Regarding the commercial, one of my top favourite things to watch. The crazy old smoker lady is the best!
  4. The "AH-Bra"... bought it in Florida at Wallgreens, Returned immediately, what a crock of $%*&.
  5. Wen cleansing conditionner, just placed my order yesterday!
  6. Ab flex, my parents bought one a long time ago. What a waste of money and space. Also a really dumb concept if you think about it!
  7. The Tobi Steamer. My husband bought me a steamer for my birthday a long time ago. It's supposed to be a better than Tobi... but I guess I will never know.
  8. Shamwow- I HATE this commercial, I hate it. I do not own a Shamwow... for the record.
  9. Billy Maze's mighty putty, yes... I want to repair everything in my house with putty!
  10. H20 Mop x5.... this I want for my floors. I have friends who say that the best floor cleaner they ever bought was a steam mop. Damn it, I will be buying this if it's the last thing I do!
What are some of your favourite informercials or products "As seen on TV"?
Do you like that you can just buy them at the "As seen on TV stores"? Or would be rather be disappointed in the comfort of your own home?

Can't wait to hear your comments!
Bye for now!