The heat is on and it has been scorching hot outside over the past few days. With weather history in the making we have the lava flowing in Hawaii and poor air quality readings which seem to be triggering a lot of allergy suffers. I don’t have allergies, but even I notice how hard it is to breathe outside. I’m praying for safety and good health for our dear friends in Hawaii.
So much is happening that I was starting to feel like I was even giving myself enough time to rest. I evaluated my current status and I was slowly starting to slip back into my workaholic tendencies. My worst “crash due to exhaustion” left me so mentally drained I couldn’t even remember how to write my name! I had orders booked and was working at a great pace, I was trying new techniques and really having fun, BUT I was working around the clock. I was designing as I was doing detailed work then taking pictures and shopping for supplies.. I was all over the place. The thing that was the most exciting was how productive I was and how ahead of schedule I was in all that I did. I was down to my last two orders and I remember working all day and I stayed up until 4am. The birds were chirping and I got up from my desk and stood out on my patio deck staring at the rising orange sun. I stood out there for, what felt like hours, 20 minutes and felt all my lack of sleep hit me so hard my knees buckled a little. I had to struggle to keep myself balanced. I went right into the house and straight up to bed. I was completely exhausted and in bed for 4 days. My deadlines were getting closer but I was done. I could hardly stay awake. I do not need a repeat of that!
I decided to keep the weekends as my designated “No Work” days, so far so good. 👍🏼
Another very interesting week of up and down weather. BIT I’m still not complaining! I’ve been looking forward to coffees outside in the mornings and afternoon barbecues.
I decided to go to the local farmers market (Trails End) for some fresh produce. This is my favourite place to shop, I like to travel to small towns to shop, I find so many great deals! This visit, I purchased some smoked mackerel fish, broccoli, asparagus and mushrooms. This is one of the kids’ favourite meals, of course with a side of rice, lol.
I browsed around the furniture section ( I’m redecorating the basement ) and got some great ideas. There were also some beautiful summer dresses for sale that I found. I’ll definitely be going back to stock up. The resort will be open this weekend so I need to get prepared!
If you get a chance, please support the local farmers in your area and fill yourselves with some fresh fruit and veggies!
I had a fantastic Thanksgiving celebrating with family and some new found friends. I love being surrounded by so much positivity. The weather is beautiful, the kids are happy and there’s nothing but awesomeness coming up!
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 7 years ago and I’ve come to understand my disease more and more each day. It’s much like riding a bike or driving, I remember how to do all those things regardless of how long it’s been since you tried riding each. MS is constantly called the “Monster” for good reason. There is no cure for MS and it leaves permanent damage everywhere it travels.
I’ll be going over the disease in a self-documentation of what my symptoms are and the various treatments that I have been trying over the years. I’m still learning more and more about my disease as well as being aware of how these symptoms have effected myself physically, emotionally and mentally.
I hope you enjoy my MS and Me serious.
I will post the video on my YouTube channel under: StilettoSupermom
This is one of my favourite things to do in my surroundings. We have a fabulous fresh Farmer’s Market close by and I just love it. Fresh fruits and veggies, meats, baked goods and the sound of vendors yelling out their upcoming sales is like music to my ears. I even had a chance to look through all the furniture that I will be decorating my house with.
I stocked up in meats, bought some amazingly fresh butter and raspberry cream tarts and smoked mackerel. OMG I love this so much, it could be my childhood upbringing when my parents other family friends would get together have potluck dinners, there was always BBQd fish somewhere among the sea of Filipino foods. I decided that I want to share that same kind of traditions with my children.
I hope you enjoy the video of the travel to the Farmer’s Market!
I know I’m late in the game of the wonderful world of skin cleansing spin brushes, but after watching many videos and advertising about how clean one’s face would feel I had to try it out.
I didn’t want to invest in a gadget that costs over $100, I figured this Danielle Ultrasonic Deep Facial Cleansing System would be close to the other big brands. I found it in Winner’s for $25 you can find it on Amazon for a little over $40, that being said I’ll get into my experience,
I started the brush up according to the instructions and it felt so weird! I was very careful in not adding too much pressure to my face with it and I prayed that it would make some kind of difference, which it did. My face felt smooth and yes, deeply cleansed. However, I found a concerning flaw though. I struggled a bit to wash it out properly to avoid any bacteria that could grow on it.
As you can see from the above picture that it’s not completely clean with my waterproof makeup. I left my face alone for a week. I did a round 2 with the brush and I doused the brush with rubbing alcohol.. this was a BIG MISTAKE! I didn’t rinse the rubbing alcohol completely and I started the brush up and my face started to burn… and you guessed it, I almost chemically burned my face! Don’t do that. Round 2 didn’t give me as much of a cleansing feeling, possibly because my face was burning.
The travel case was of great quality and it is my favourite colour lol. I tried the other attachments but there wasn’t much difference between all of them, they all scrubbed my face off. Overall, it was ok, I don’t think I’ll be reaching for it a whole lot but I’m also happy I didn’t spend over $100 on a product I just “meh” about.
If you are curious about the more expensive brands I would suggest you try out one that’s more affordable before investing a lot on a product you may not even like after awhile. Also, you have to sanitize it before and after you use it, it’s just a lot of extra work than buying a face cloth and exfoliating with it.
Let me know what you think of this skincare regiment I’m curious to know how long people stick to using this spin brush.
A few weeks ago, I took a 25 minute drive to visit MacPherson Crafts located in St. Marys, Ontario. For those who love dolls and crafts, you would feel how I felt.. Like I was entering Wonderland! As I trekked my way through the store the more excited I got. Being a doll maker in various mediums for over 10 years, I finally found my favourite medium, Reborning Dolls.
The process of reborning dolls is very lengthy, using Genesis Heat Paint or Air Dry Paints, I paint layer upon layer to recreate realism in the skin and details that you would find on a real baby. The joy I see when people see my work is more than a pay off for me. From painting the vinyl to stuffing the cloth body and dressing the doll I enjoy the process and the transformation of what I create.
While I was there, I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of MacPherson Crafts, Brenda Neufeld. Her kindness and welcoming presence kept me in the store for hours. She not only knew everything about reborning, but she has managed to expand her store to make room for the hundreds of doll sculpts she has available onsite and online.
I browsed through the store finding all the tools that I use to create each doll. A reborn artist has their own idea in mind with each of the sculpts they work on. No two artists are alike therefore making these dolls one of a kind and collectible.
It can take weeks to finish each doll and it is very therapeutic for me. These dolls are also made for children with Autism and people with Alzheimer’s disease, among many other therapy uses.
As the cold Canadian winter approaches I’m ready to “hibernate” and paint as many dolls as I can. Time to stock up on doll making supplies and I am excited for my next visit to this fabulous store.