Pinterest success! Chewbacca treat bags

My son wanted a Star Wars theme for his 5th birthday party. So naturally I went to Pinterest for help.

Now I am no artist, but I did these little goody bags myself! I just used dollar store paper bags and a black marker. Inside the goody bags I put Star Wars bubbles, Star Wars cookies (just from the cookie aisle in the grocery store) and a sugar stick light sabre.

The kids loved them!image


Review for the Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File


I recently bought the Amope Pedi Perfect  Electronic Foot File  at Shoppers Drug Mart on sale for $49.99.  The heels of my feet were pretty rough after the winter. I had been using a pumice stone and moisturizer at night, but it didn’t seem to help. The dry skin kept catching on my athletic socks and I needed something to help.

After one use, my feet feel a lot smoother and look a lot better. I think that after multiple uses, my feet will be perfect for sandal weather. It was easy to use and you could see the results immediately. Also, it did not hurt at all. After use, it was simple to clean as the head just pops off and I rinsed it off.

I think that this is a great product for the price. This unit is battery operated, but you can buy a more expensive model that is rechargeable.

Overall, I would recommend this product. I will be using it on my husband next!

Chia toast


Simply sprinkle chia seeds on your favourite toast spread. Delicious way to get your protein in the morning!

Tooth Fairy

My son lost his first tooth last weekend. Gone are the days when parents left a few coins under the pillow. Thanks to Pinterest, parents have a lot of pressure to make these special moments magical. Anyway, this is the little poem I wrote for my son:

You’ve lost your first tooth. You are such a big boy!

I’ve given you some coins so you can choose a new toy.

You’ve done a great job taking care of you teeth.

Now it’s time to care for the big teeth underneath.

Be sure to brush and floss each night.

So that your smile will always shine bright.

Re-stylize: the first step in my re-invention

The first thing I did once I was done teaching for the year was get a make-over. I changed my hair drastically  and cut about six inches off. It was the best thing I had done in a long time!

I had been thinking about it for a long time, but each time my appointment came up, I would back out and keep my long hair. I had an appointment booked in two weeks, when I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I messaged my hairdresser saying that if she happened to have a cancellation any time before my appointment that I would be interested. She messaged back saying that coincidentally she had an appointment for 12:45 that afternoon. Impulsively, I took it, called my in-laws to babysit and went to my appointment intending to chop off all my hair. I acted with a spontaneity that doesn’t normally rule my actions.

Before taking the first snip, my hairdresser kept asking if I was sure that I wanted to do this. I said yes, each time more convincingly. I was so happy with the result. I felt so good afterwards and people complimented and reacted positively towards me after that. Even two Moms at my sons’ swimming lessons, who I didn’t even know, came up and commented on how great my hair looked. It felt wonderful and truly renewed my spirit and attitude.

I realize many people think “it’s just hair”, but I don’t think enough women take the time to re-stylize their look. Take a risk. Be spontaneous. Try something new. The increased confidence and the positive energy will propel you forward to re-invent the other aspects of your lives.

Reinvention -taking time for myself

In the past 10 years since I began my teaching career, I have come to learn a lot about myself. I have become a mother to two rambunctious boys, now six and four. Having two kids has been the most difficult accomplishment of my life. It has tested what I am truly made of and what my values are. I have re-prioritized my life immensely finding myself struggling between being a good teacher and being the hands-on, present mother that I felt was so important. As a result, I decided to take a year sabbatical from teaching to be a mother and wife and to put my family first.

I felt an intense need to simplify our lives and to step off the hamster wheel. We were rushing around each morning and evening struggling to get everything done. My husband works as an engineer and with both of us working full-time, it was hard to keep it all together.

So, I am embarking on a full year off work with my youngest son beginning kindergarten. So many people, my husband included, have asked me what I will be doing all day when both kids are in school. I answer by saying that I will be fulfilling a somewhat vintage dream of being a house wife. Not many women have this aspiration these days, but I strongly feel an innate desire to take care of my family while putting my career on the back-burner for a year.

What will I be doing all day? First thing is focusing on myself. I kind of felt lost in recent years feeling like I was juggling too much and not succeeding at any of it. My theme for this year is “re-invention”. The first thing I will start doing is journaling through this blog documenting my activities and methods of reinvention. Hopefully, other women will relate and find inspiration to do the same.

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