Friday, 29 April 2022

5 on Friday!

 It's Friday yeah, its Saturday, Sunday... 

Monday again already?!?! HOW?!?!? hahaha

Did I not *just* publish last weeks 5onF ??? I haven't even followed up on comments and here I am posting again! I think the only way for me to form this habit again is to make it happen, so here I am sitting on the couch with Nilah while she cuddles into me watching Paw Patrol. 

I first tried to get her to play independently, which is a huge no go for Nilah Baby.

Never have a had a child so addicted to me but also annoyed by me hahah. 

So then I tried Cosmic Kids Yoga in the background to see if she would get into it but no luck, she loves it and if Noelle was here it would be a good distraction but she wants me to do it with her and I just need a sec to push this out then I'll Yoga it up. 

1. This week has been a whirlwind and I could definitely use some Yoga!!

We had a meeting with Early Intervention for Nilah as she's still not talking a whole lot, she's about 6 months to a year delayed in Speech which pretty much means she has a dozen or so actual words but the rest of her communication is acting out scenes like we in a game of charades all day everyday haha

Everyone who comes into contact with her is blown away with how well she communicates without language and it is amazing but its also incredibly taxing on Nick and I so I would love to get her moving forward with whatever services she can get at this time. 

Next week we have a hearing test as she hasn't been tested for hearing since a baby and if she's not properly hearing that could be a huge reason as to why she hasn't developed speech, what if she's hearing muffles?? So that's our first (actually like 1000th bc I've been running around town like crazy setting up all these things then getting bumped to the next person but who's counting?! 😜)  appointment. 

I saw this online and it reminded me of us. hahahaha

2. Noellies Dance Competition last weekend!!! It was an amazing time and she did incredible! This was her first big performance in front of a large audience and I was so impressed by her and all the dancers. 

I drive myself crazy with the kids sports and crazy schedules but I just love seeing them do their thing, having fun, spending time with friends. I am definitely a crying mom and I NEVER would have thought I would be but it's so moving to see them work together, & support each other. When you watch children do something they love it really does make you forget all the pettiness going on in the outside world and it makes me feel so hopeful and excited for the future! They all did wonderful and our entire Dance School did a Star Wars performance with 75 people involved.. it was unbelievable! 😍

We stayed at the Prince George Hotel after that as we had Mooseheads Tickets, whoo whooo. 
We had the tickets for the final home game of the season for quite some time but it was a last minute decision to stay at the hotel and it did not disappoint! Talk about a fun time.

We had planned to take Nilah with us and she had her ticket etc but we ended up sending her home with my parents after the Dance comp because she was exhausted. 

Oh, I should mention we were at the Dance competition from 7am to 2:30 hahah so everyone was tired and I am SHOOK that the older kids were still going with the energy they were going with. 

We went straight from Dance to the hotel to drop stuff off, to the game which was AMAZING. 
The Moose won 5-3 and it was intense the entire game with the final 2 scores making it into the final minutes.. & seconds of the 3rd period. 

Then we came back and swam at the hotel for hours and again 2 more times in the morning! We are water babies and the pool at the Prince George is awesome because it has an attached hot tub.

3. Tippy Tips for crazy lives!

I am a super packer!! LOOOOVE packing and organizing, getting ready for some time away. 

Snacks, snacks, snacks, I try to get some fun or different snacks for the kiddos for different occasions, think Birthday flavoured Gold Fish crackers... ooooh awwwwhhh . 😂

Water, water, I purchased 2 flats of water bottles because I know we will need it. 

I packed each of the kids a special treat bag. My mom gifted them each these little bags with their names on them a couple of years ago and I filled them with some small toys from the thrift store ( you definitely do not have to buy more things but digging through the toys you have and pulling out some items that have fallen off the kids radar for a while is another way to make old feel new again!). 

For Elliott I always pack a book and a deck of cards, I also found an EYE SPY style Diney card game at Walmart for $7 and I thought it would be fun for travel. 

Noelle and Nilah lose their minds for any Dollies and barbies so $2.99 grab bag from Value Village made their entire weekend.

OOOOOH a seam ripper is a AWESOME tool to keep on hand for easy plastic hair elastic removal!
Removing hair elastics between dance sets or removing hair elastics from wet pool hair. 

You have to use the seam ripper hack! I actually put our name label on this one because I can't lose this baby! 😂

4. I grabbed myself a Mani Pedi yesterday!
I had an appointment at a local in home salon but we miscommunicated and it was postponed so I ended up calling around on a whim and got into Embrace Spa which I had not been to in years but was always a favourite of mine and is also where I went to get my Wedding Day Mani Pedi :)

I also applied a Self tanner last night and haven't showered yet so I am quite golden. 

5. I've been using and testing lots of makeup!!

Grabbed this super hyped Elf Camo CC cream and my first impression.. I am not blown away. 
it was ok, definitely that slippery CC cream and will slide all over your face, not cover intense things like breakouts or rosacea (no biggie that's normal for a CC cream) but it was just ok.

I will continue to use and report back! 
I might be the perfect coverage for light makeup summer days but for me it wasn't It Cosmetics CC cream level of goodness. 

Okie doke, that's it for now, will chat soon!

Have a GREAT WEEKEND muah muah 😘
Friday, 22 April 2022

Five On Friday!

 I have been blogging everyday in my brain for months and months now, but it never makes it online! Gah so frustrating to have all the ideas and plans but never have the time and be organized enough to execute. 

Even this petty little blog entry that I am not going to properly edit probably took me 2-3 hours because "working" with the kids around me is impossible, especially with Nilah who is my little sidekick and "talks" to me legit 24.7 :)

I told Nick yesterday if our Nilah-Baby doesn't have ADHD I will be shocked, floored, gob smacked! haha 

She does not speak many words yet but she acts out what she wants to say and she's incredibly aggressive about having you listen to her but the thing is, it never turns off. She needs my attention, needs to "tell" me and show me things or hold my hand or pass me something on even a 5 minute car ride. When the other kids would just look out the window or pull off their socks or whatever kiddos do while in the car and being quiet, Nilah does not have this down time vibe and she is showing me the water and the construction and, and, and, and Lolololl She's a little firecracker. 

Then by the evenings I'm too fried to think, can't see well because astigmatism, words don't string together, plus I have all these big plans of watermarking my photos, promoting them on Pinterest, SEO, blah de blah.. all too overwhelming..  so I just don't do anything, & that seems like the better solution in my ADHD brain lolol

But a few friends of mine from the old Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network do this little round up of 5 on Friday and they drop 5 details from their week etc. It's such a nice way to hear what they have been up to in a quick, digestible way and if I could just get into the habit of it I know I would be thrilled to have all those posts to look back on down the road from now. 

See Renees Blog here See The World in Pink Link

Easier said than done since I've been trying for 3 months to get it together. 

SO here we go today!!!

This will probably be more than 5 since I have so much bubbling out of me right now and its been sooo long!! Miss you bloggy and miss you readers!!

1. Easter!!!!

It was Easter Weekend last week and Nick was working half the weekend so we moved the Bunny and the turkey to an earlier date which worked out wonderfully because it was a beautiful sunny day and we got some gorgeous photos outside and had a fun Easter egg hunt. 

Their words not mine hah
They are at such an amazing age now for fun and games and excitement. 

They honestly have been so good lately and thoughtful towards each other and it was just so nice to be together with simple, easy activities, I didn't feel stressed about anything, whatever I had on hand I used - whether it was for decorating the table scape, our Easter outfits or the Easter egg fillings.

It was so nice and now I am kind of sad its all over!

It's also gotten easier since I've implemented the list system LOL 

On busy or crazy days it takes me about 20 mins to write out a list of everything that has to be done, then Nick and I tackle it, as individuals and scratch off what's done. 

We can both delegate tasks to the kids and no one is constantly asking me what to do next, where XYZ is, etc. 

Its a detailed list so it takes some time to jot it all down but it empties my brain from holding all the 

It's also helped to outsource some of the food for holidays. 
I love the tradition of making my Nanny's Stuffing and Butterscotch pies etc but having all the house things and food things and fashion things and game things and, and, and, on my list makes me crazy. 

So we've been splitting up the food, I will do the turkey, stuffing and small sides but my mom will do the potatoes and carrots and turnip and my sister will do dessert, something like that has taken a lot off my plate (literally) and made holidays more enjoyable, less cray cray.  

*I've been wanting to take better care of Noelles curls because she has such gorgeous hair!! I've been doing it and look how pretty! She's so lucky, I want to make sure she takes care of that gift!! I would love to have her curls, I hope she embraces them.

2. Been getting back out into the world and trying to see some local businesses!

The Press Play Cafe is amazing! So much fun for the kids, toys, games and the food is awesome.

Halisi Cafe is also bomb dot com! The food is incredible and fresh to order, would love to see these local businesses thrive.

3. So March was Mend IT March for me and I also wanted to write about all the things I saved, sewed or renewed but I didn't have time haha 

Some simple ideas are just to sew what you need to, glue what you've been meaning to, strip the dirt out of things like these floor steamer pads. 

I didn't have the exact stripping ingredients but I always improvise and I had oxy clean so I soaked them in the tub with the oxy and hot water for hours, stirring and scrubbing. 

Then I rinsed and used some stain removing sticks that I had on hand, I gave them a really good hand scrub and rinsed then I put them in the washing machine and looky look at how much better they are!

I don't want to buy new pads until we buy a new floor steamer so I wanted to give these babies a little love and now I feel like they're actually going to be cleaning again instead of just pushing nasty pads around all over the dirty floor - ick 

4. Nick surprised me with Stars on Ice tickets!!!!!!
I LOVE figure skating, I am obsessed. 
I've been wanting to see Stars on Ice and Disney on Ice for 1000 years so I am so excited and obviously went shopping because I need a new outfit in case I meet Elvis Stojko.

I didn't buy this blue jumpsuit but it is so nice! I love the look but I pee too much for a jump-suit hahaha

5. I took everyone to their Naturopath intolerance appointments and I've had everyones result appointment! So, I've basically lived at the Naturopath the last 3 months hah.

Do you want to know the results...??!?!

Nick, Elliott, Noelle, & Nilah are all THE EXACT SAME. 

They're all intolerant to Potatoes and Sugar. 

And then each with a side of something

Example, Nicks body needs more calcium, Elliott needs magnesium and Noelle needs Potassium. 

I will get more into these results in another blog post because its too much to unpack here but the good news is because they're all the same that makes my life so. much. easier. 

My intolerance came back as Dairy, Soy and Sugar so mine is quite a bit more complicated and honestly I am not surprised as I'm the sickest but knowing I can control what I cook and what I eat is such an easier task than telling a 2, 4 or 7 year old that they can no longer eat XYZ or they have to eat differently than their siblings. 

Its a bit unusual for them all to be the exact same and not have any mix of my intolerances or a different intolerance in there but honestly I am just so happy that we know what's what and that it feels so manageable and that hopefully none of the kiddos will ever feel as sick and awful as I do! Nick has intolerances but as of now it doesn't really affect his day to day so I would love if the kids had that same privilege yayayaya. 

And that's a wrap! 

I'll stop with that list for now but will be back soon with more, so much more to say.


We have a very full weekend so it will be Nice to recap at the end of next week. 

Nick already worked an OT shift yesterday so he's down to less time off and we have to be at a Dance competition for 7am this weekend which will put this night owl family to the test. 

I know the only way I will make it is to have EVERYTHING ready to go the night before, down to the tiniest of details so I have to hop to it!

Have a Great weekend and catch me up with your 5 on FRIDAY!