Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rainy Day Post

Another rainy day in Alberta.  It was very hot about a week ago, so I enjoy the rain but then again I love the sunshine too.  I haven't posted on the blog for awhile, due to busy baby life. 
I am not sure if I should continue to blog anymore and I might be working on a book instead soon.  I just don't make the time anymore, and even forget to write or have a lack of ideas, all while changing diapers and cleaning up drool and spit up. I wouldn't change it for the world, I enjoy being a mom and doing all the mommyhood things. 

 I like to go on more walks, now that I have a little one.  I like her to get fresh air and although it's raining we will put the weather cover on the stroller and go.  I like rainy days because I can find reasons for downtime and relaxing as well, like cuddling and watching a movie or reading.  I just made a grilled cheese sandwich and thinking of some soup too.  It seems like a nice rainy day food.

When I was a little girl, and it was a very rainy day, I used to paint or try to rewrite the dictionary in my own words.  I used to read the dictionary as well, but I don't think I ever got through the entire book before the sun came out again and I was away again on my mountain bike.

I might try writing in my diary again, or at least rainy days inspire me to do so.  It's been such a whirlwind this past year, and I didn't always keep up in my diary.  I try to backtrack but then I will forget what happened on what date, and so it seems futile to recap but perhaps I might try anyways.

I have some sewing to catch up on and a lot of projects to complete such as knitting blankies, but now it's summertime and I doubt I will get it all done at once.  I have been writing thank-you cards and letters to people to mail out and making progress on it makes me happy.  I am trying not to split my energy up too much though, and let things that don't need to get done wait and focus on raising my baby , which is the most fulfilling,

I feel I am loosing the baby weight that was gained during pregnancy,  but I have not had done too much exercise other than walking and housework, so it's time to get to yoga and light aerobics such as Hip Hop Abs.  I believe it will melt completely off then with Hip Hop Abs, I was able to gain muscle and stamina rather quickly and I did enjoy the work outs and it was a staple of my exercise routine for about 3 or 4 years. 

Well, there is hope since with eating right and a little movement, I have dropped a lot of pants sizes and shirts are looking baggier.  That's about all for my rainy day post, so random and all, and now the sun is starting to shine outside. :)


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fundraising for Aquaponics Business

Hey everyone~!  I haven't been blogging this year so far because I had a baby at the start of 2015!
It's been very fulfilling and of course busy! I am enjoying being a new Mom, and although I want to get back to writing, but I am still limited with my time and energy.

I am however attempting to fund raise for my business and work on turning it over to an Aquaponics business. Hopefully I can raise something and hold the business over until  the end of the year or start of next. I am working VERY hard on learning the trade when I can, and have wonderful plans but need time to work on the business plan and other aspects.

If you would be kind to check out the Crowdfund page and share and support if you can!

I very much appreciate your help!  Thank-you in advance and here's the link:
 Please Help Me to Continue Business or check us out on Facebook where you can find more video information on Aquaponics!
Pacific Island Residential and Commercial Services Inc.

Have a nice week!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gearing Up For A Holiday~!

Whether it's Christmas holidays or any other time of year, do you sometimes get so excited and caught up in the hustle bustle of preparing for a holiday, or all the parties and turn around and burn yourself right out?

Well, I have done it and seen others do it as well.  Take for instance when you work all year for your 2 weeks vacation, just to be in a total frantic and stressful time before leaving for your holidays.  There is much to do, as well, the boss or demands don't stop pouring into your in box just because you are leaving for awhile.  Ridiculous, and makes me think that they do it on purpose, since everyone knows when it's quitting time.

I say do less, enjoy more during the holidays, including sending presents, cards, attending events and parties or cooking. Get more sunshine and less artificial lights.  You can drastically improve your mood and energy level just by sitting near a sunny window.

Although everyone knew you were getting ready to jet set somewhere tropical or just take time off, they waited until the last minute to ask you for any last minute tasks to be completed or "favours", as some would say. A favour request at work is just a diplomatic way of asking of your assistance to complete a job or task,  so that THEY can leave on time for the day.  If you committed to helping out, and feel stressed try taking a whiff of citrus. it can help boost your feelings of well-being and downplay the stress you might be under or take a brisk walk to get some worry off your mind, AND if your job has been particularly stressful and you make the call, I wouldn't go in for that "half" day on Christmas Eve if there is nothing pressing or required of you.  Take off for the day to finish your own tasks or drink some chamomile tea the night before and plan to sleep in. :)

Ya don't get it twisted, no one REALLY cares if you helped them out at work, they won't forget when you didn't though.....and the same goes for attending holiday parties.  You may want to go to everyone's but it's really just takes time away from your own thoughts and meditation time, and you risk running your energy down.  But if you really feel stress getting ready from work to a party, try some Chinese medicine techniques, such as applying pressure in the fleshy place between your index finger and thumb.  This is a hoku spot and can reduce stress tension in the upper body. 

I know very well and when your bus or plane is near leaving, there is no one around to help alleviate the stress to get out the door on time, unless there is one good colleague that you work with in a team environment and cares if you have a good holiday too.  Well how about keeping to your own schedule, and stick with what you do on the daily instead like workout or read a book, instead of filling it up with too many other activities.  Like the bake sale at work or all those fun things that go on, can really just take up time from your daily routine and tasks.

But here nor there, it's all about time management right?  Well, I beg to differ, since there is a constant amount of workload being placed on people these days, not only up until a holiday or break but on the holidays now a days and from ourselves too~!  Being perfect and having everything just so, will probably stress you right out. So try to laugh and forget about getting it all done "perfectly", without any hitches, the house is clean enough or the clutter from baking will be alright if you left it for a minute. 

If the boss is calling during Christmas Eve, because an alarm is going off well then you might want to answer if it's your duty to do so, but I prefer to not answer or return the messages right away, if I even notice the messages.  Once I am on break, I lose the thought of being on call, but this could be a breaking point for a boss if they expect you to live and breathe work.  If I worked for those holidays or they are part of the respective statutory holidays, you can expect people to have a little bit of a life and not get to the phone right away.

Anyways, I also know we may spread out energy very thinly, when promising to attend holiday parties and events.  After all, there is only so much time in a day, and if everyone would ask you to attend something, you might go back to work even more fatigued than you already were, craving down time that you didn't get.  This is also the case, if you are around certain family or in-laws that might be more gruelling to talk to or are plain old mean.  You could try taking those people to a restaurant where they might be best behaved, or you could try to ignore there antics a bit more and breathe deeply.  When you start getting sick with a cold or flu, from perhaps indulging in alcohol or foods or people that increase your chance of getting sick later by running down your immune system, well you can thank yourself for loosing money instead of being at work after the holidays.  Vacation time is nothing to sneeze at when you get sick.

I would even go as far to say, that if you attend one or two events for the season that is acceptable.  I know many people cannot stand quiet time. and that is why they always are in the need for others to be on the phone with or yakking all the time, let alone at every party.  There is a time to catch up and then there is a time to just chill out to yourself and even start your OWN traditions, such as peace and quiet or go and look out at the universe with the Northern Lights flickering in the sky.  That could be a very nice time with a cup of hot chocolate.  Turn off your tech gadgets, and tune out.  You don't need to keep being on the phones or answering texts just to "keep busy".  After all, that is a way to increase your adrenaline and expose yourself to constant wifi signals which mounts your stress again.

 Even hosting a party is time consuming and by the evening you might feel like you should have got a nap in or hired that catering company, and when most guests don't show up due to what ever reason, remember you could have definitely scaled back on all the extras you went about providing. You could also ask for some help, perhaps everyone can bring something and make it a potluck holiday dinner.  It does become a lot of work to cook and clear up the tables afterwards,  but with that YOU enjoy the holiday anyway you see fit and best.  Although I enjoy cooking, it's not fun when you not many people show up and you just created more work for yourself.

Enjoy some non-conventional foods for the holidays that boost your endorphins or are an antioxidant for your body,  such as spice or honey.  Eat a nice healthy breakfast before you have too much caffeine, so you don't feel cranky by noon. You could try healthier dessert options instead of sugary treats, such as fruit salad instead of butter tarts.  It's still important to keep your vitamins and mineral levels in check!

And how about giving yourself a gift this year, such as a massage or spa time, or a retreat instead of running around for others gifts, you can also get in some extra gym time and work out some stress and toxins from your body.  Or you could start planning a vacation for yourself for the New Year.  You might feel good doing that, giving yourself a positive outlook!  You will feel rejuvenated for it!

                                                                  MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Special

Well everyone is gearing up for Halloween this week, if not done so already!  It happens to be on a Friday, which is going to be extra fun for all the sugar wired kids .... and some parents. :)

In the meantime, I have had my nose to the grindstone so I barely had time to decorate and my place quaintly decorated with some fall and working on Halloween, but I like to save money and also make things myself.  I will be glass painting some clear generic candle holders into Halloween them, and make them cool and creepy ones!  Perhaps, when I have them complete and lit up this week, I will post the pics on the IAJLGOM's Facebook group or here.

Until then, I have some Halloween safety tips and then some really cool things you can make for Halloween with you kids. Perhaps you can go over these Halloween safety tips with the kids, and make it a safe and fun night for all!

Remember, all regular pedestrian rules are going to apply.  Be sure to cross the road at marked cross walks, or well lit corners only. It is safest to work your way up one side of the street, and then cross once to the other side, not zigzagging.  Also, consider sending your children with a flashlight for additional safety and to increase visibility.

Kids, let you parents know where you are going to be at all times and advise them if you will be returning late, or if you are a young trick-or-treater be sure to be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-determine the boundaries to trick-or-treat within, and establish a firm time to return home.

Advise your children not to eat anything until they return home, where you can view the candy in the light and dispose of any items that appear to have been tampered with, or not properly wrapped. 

When you are buying or making costumes, look for materials and accessories that are labelled flame-resistant.  Ensure your child is wearing adequate foot wear that takes into consideration weather conditions and lots of walking.  You know they don't want to go home with only a little bit of candy!
And choose bright coloured costumes that are highly visible.  Add reflective tape to costumers that need further increases visibility.

Now that we have went over the safety stuff, we can get into how to make some creepy Halloween masks!


Papier Mache Faces
For ages 8 to 12+.

You can decorate these papier mache faces with any colors or ghoulish looks you want, or you can make them into a masquerade mask, but it can be messy to work with Papier Mache so be sure to cover your work surface with lots of newspaper, and here' s how to make the papier mache face mask.

What You Will Need:
Flour                                                                               Sale
Newsprint (newspaper)                                                  Balloon
Water                                                                              Tempura Paint

Mix two parts water to one part flour to form a thick paste.  Mix well to remove lump.  Add some salt to the mix to discourage mold.

Blow up your balloon- this forms the base for your mask.  Tear newspaper into strips about 3 cm wide and 15 cm long.  Dip each strip of newsprint into the Papier Mache paste, and smooth off excess paste with your fingers.  Drape across the balloon pressing gently to remove air bubbles.

Continue to add strips of Papier Mache to your balloon until the front is completely covered with four or five layers.  **For a mask, leave the back of the balloon uncovered.

Add some features to your mask.  Dip a strip of newsprint into the paste and crumple it up.  Shape that like a nose.  Press against the your mask.  Add more strips of Papier Mache across the mask and over the nose to secure.

Add other features, like a mouth, ears and eyebrows the same way.  Make sure you let the Papier Mache dry between layers.  Once it's dry, paint your mask in any style with tempura paint.  You can make your mask look like a green goblin or monster, or like Jack Skeleton, a witch or even Frankenstein! I hope it turns out scary anyways!

 Now to make some cool slime for your Haunted House. It is slippery and fun to make slime but maybe not fun to get slimed!  Scroll down for my Slime recipe, but also be sure to keep slime away from clothing, furniture and carpets!


What You Will Need:
 1/2 Cup of Wood Glue (Or white glue)
1/2 Cup Liquid Laundry Starch
1/2Cup Water
Food Colouring

Put the glue and water into a cup and stir well to dissolve.  Add a few drops of food colouring for colourful slime.  Add liquid laundry starch and continue to mix.
As the new material starts to form, remove it from the cup and knead it well.  If the mixture is too sticky, add more starch.
 Store slime in a zip lock bag so it does not dry out or make this Glow in the Dark Slime Recipe

Have fun!  Scroll down for some links to more fun and easy Halloween crafts, including 19 printable Halloween decorations and ways to have fun and save money!


Easy Halloween Crafts

Free Printables for Halloween

DIY Cardboard and Paper Halloween Masks

Halloween Treat Bag Stencils

Cheap & Tasty HalloweenTreats for Under $1

Free Halloween Pictures to Print & Color

10 Halloween Facts

Halloween Movies for Kids and The Family

13 Halloween Movies to Scare You Senseless

3 Simples Way to Save on Halloween Candy

20 Sexiest Star Halloween Costumes of All Time
       Have a Great Week & Happy Halloween~!