Over already?!

It's the Civic Holiday weekend and it feels like the summer months passed by so fast! I blame most of this on the weirdest weather I've seen in years! It would rain so hard it sounded like hail against my windows, thunderstorms at least once a week followed by extreme heat where I could hardly breathe. Although, I'd rather have this weather than the upcoming winter months.

The back-to-school supplies and clothing are in all the stores, I can almost hear my bank account cry for my school shopping days that are just around the corner. It will be an emotional school year for me as my last little pterodactyl will be leaving the nest to go to school. So far, he knows his numbers up to 10 and backwards, but he refuses to sing the alphabet song lol. Thanks to the iPad he does know what the letters are, but he just doesn't like the song. I'm guessing that he thinks the song is dumb, he rolls his eyes every time I ask him to sing it.

Lately, my days are filled with doll orders and event planning. It's a truly exciting time for me. I have found what I love in all aspects of my life from the kids, social life and now my artistry. They often say that when your personal life is good everything else around is chaos. I am living proof that the saying is NOT true. We all need to find the balance in our own lives or things get harder and harder to do. It's like the universe makes some things in our lives difficult in order to accept something better in our lives. "Out with the old, in with the new" has a deeper meaning than we think. This whole year has unraveled many important life choices for me. My family relationships have been stronger now than ever, financial security is finally here, reuniting with my childhood best friend, maintaining deeper relationships with my friends from all over my online world and forming new amazing friendships who have cleared my mind and settled my soul.

Yes, you can have it all, yes abundance is attainable. If you want these things, you have to release everything that you know is holding you back. It will seem so difficult to let go, but it will be worth it and those difficult moments you are experiencing right now, will be in your distant past. Right when you're about to give up hope is when you have to gather up as much strength as you have to get through the rough moments. You will see your end goals, not when YOU want to see it, but when you're ready to accept it.

SS

Midsummer days: Settling in and flying out…

August 2015

Midsummer is in full swing and I’m not only feeling the heat but my days have been filled with major changes in my lifestyle choices and a new beginning into a very exciting future!

A couple months ago, I made some serious lifestyle changes which not only included a lot of soul searching, but also required me to move into a new home, furnish it and put my business and travel plans into “full speed”.  In the midst of a tough situation, I managed to find my zen in a beautiful new home complete with everything I could ever hope for, the catch is that I have to furnish the entire thing!  Although, like many, I love to decorate and shop for my home I have to admit after almost 2 months of getting things organized and moved in I am EXHAUSTED!

Beddings

Not only am I shopping for the house, but with September fast approaching I’ve been spending my last couple days getting the kids ready for their new schools, new clothing and appointments.  Yes..I still use my planner on a daily basis and it has been a lifesaver.

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The whole transition into a new life may come with some hiccups, but I take each hiccup with a proverbial drink of positive water and keep on moving towards my goals.  Due to the move, all my traveling plans were put on hold, so it’s time for this girl to pack her travel bag and get some much needed relaxation.

 

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Being on Meerkat ( @AppMeerkat ) has introduced me to some amazing business contacts which have turned into some great friends.  After almost 5 months, I finally get to meet and hang out with some of my favourite people in New York!  My tickets are booked and now all I have to do is get packing!  My travel clothes are lined up and my itinerary has been finalized.  It will be an epic trip! 😀

Much love to all, I hope your summer has been a great one, too!  I’ll update you all soon!
SS

Hanging out on Mom's new chair
Hanging out on Mom’s new chair
My daughter has her back covered! lol
My daughter has her back covered! lol

An interesting start

IMG_8531It’s 2015 and with it came the cold weather front complete with blizzards and my favourite… cancelling of school buses.  Being Canadian, I know that a green Christmas equals Jack Frost following quickly behind dusting my corner of the world with frozen water everywhere.  It doesn’t mean I hate the winter or the snow, it’s just that it creates so much work.  For example, if you don’t shovel your walkways, the mail won’t be delivered; you buy a nice pair of boots, but if you don’t clean them off, they will be eaten by the street salt and sand; the floors in every public place you go to is sopping with water and dirt.. to name a few.

What I do love about winter is when the winds are calm and great big fat snowflakes lightly float from the sky.  Currently, we’ve received a huge drop of winter and everything is so white you don’t know where the roads and sidewalks end and begin.

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There is no shortage of people coming by offering to shovel my driveway which is always a great thing.  Fortunately, my boys enjoy shovelling as they kick snow at each other.  😀

Yes, I am slightly hibernating, sipping my coffee, watching The Office episodes while doing some crafts.  I guess I shouldn’t complain too much about my life right now lol.

I hope everyone is having a great 2015 start!

Much love to you all and be safe out there in the tundra!

SS

Slipping on my traveling shoes to visit the Lone Star State

Texas trip packing

It’s time to slip on my traveling shoes for my much anticipated Texas trip.  I have been waiting for this moment for over a year and I can’t believe it’s finally here.

I met my radio cohost (@PrincessStepfrd) via Twitter through many tweets, jokes and mutual admiration.  We had more than a few things in common and now we finally get to be united.  Being the wonderful person she is, she has planned a jam packed schedule full of fun and shenanigans.  I have been so excited since I booked my ticket and now that it comes down to, literally, a few hours my anxiety to get this trip moving is at its peak!

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After several outfit changes , I clipped up my bag and tried to find things to do around the house to keep myself busy.  I changed my phone into its “traveling case” aka Otterbox.  My shuttle is confirmed and all that’s left is to slip my traveling clothes on and out to the Lone Star State I go!  Here I come my wonderful American friends! 😀

Hair Care Mystery Brand Product Review

Hair Cair Products
Hair Cair Product

After coming home from a very challenging adventure in the U.S.A.  It was nice to come home to a “present” I received in the mail.  I removed the awesome bubble wrap (yes I love popping these) I was hit with the most amazing scent!  Now, I must say I am extremely picky about what I put in my hair.  It’s gotten to the point where I read labels in the middle of aisles, research products on the internet until my eyes go watery…I’m brutal.  But knowing this is a trusted brand that I have used in the past I figured I’d take the leap.

My first impression is it smells sweet with a slight hint vanilla.  Love it!!

Shampoo – I used a liberal amount, due to my hair length, but it did the job!

Conditioner – I again used a more than generous amount due to my dry winter hair and colour damage. (yes I fried it by going bleach blonde…never again, ugh), but the conditioner didn’t disappoint me.  My hair felt rehydrated.

Split-End Hair Serum – This was my first time using this type of hair treatment, I usually use a high end hair oil so I was a little skeptical.  After I towel dried my hair and applied this product I was surprised that it did not feel greasy nor did it leave a film coating on my hair.

I air dried my hair and this is the result after my first use with this 3 product combo:

First Hair Product Trial Results

In general, my hair feels more full of volume and the serum did not leave it heavy.  Overall, I’m impressed and I can’t wait to find out what’s upcoming! 🙂

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

@InfluensterVox #mysterybrand

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