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Did you miss me?!!?!?!?!

I had a crazy year so far and had to take a little break from the blog. But I’m back now and can’t wait to start writing again!!

I have a few ideas in mind for the future of the blog and some new post ideas coming as well. I’m still in the trial and error part of things so bear with me as I grow my brand!!!

Mom Hack – lunches

Hey everyone,

Today I thought I would share a mom hack about school lunches!

There is no right or wrong way to parent! However, we can share tips that make it easier. So today I will share one of my mom habits that make my life run a little smoother.

Ready . . . .?

you sure . . . .?

Alright here is it . . . .

MAKE LUNCHES THE NIGHT BEFORE AND LET THE KIDS HELP!! In the end, it’s them that have to eat it. You can tell them what food groups they can have, so you know htere are healthy options.

I have been doing this hack for the past two years! No fights about whats in the lunch and she eats almost everything in there!

I make lunches as I’m cleaning up the kitchen from supper so I’m not in the kitchen on and off all night AND the dishes get done at once!!!

Want to know another secret???!! I do the same thing with my husbands lunch except he gets whatever I put in there!

First impressions Montagne Jeunesseu/7th Heaven masks

Hey guys,

Today I tried a Montagne Jeunesseu/7th Heaven peel off mask for the first time.

I have to say I loved it! It felt like any other mask with the hardening and the texture.

I felt like this mask hardened a lot more than some. My skin felt tight even in a rest position.

Applying it was super easy, I just emptied the liquid mask into may hands than rubbed it all over my face.

One minor drawback I would say to the mask was the fact that it did not wash off easy from my hands. I hand to just a couple rounds of soap to wash it all off and then some mild scrubbing.

As the mask dried I could tell where my fee wrinkle lines where and all the larger pores were as well through the mask. My skin afterwards was extremely soft and looked well cleaned.

Over all I would say I am very pleased with the mask and would buy again and recommend to others.

Looking forward to trying different types of masks from them!!

The View from Here book Review

Hey everyone,

I finished reading this book a while ago and just never uploaded my review of it.

Source: Library

Publisher:  NewSouth Books

Series: No

Edition: Hardcover 240 pages

Genre: Inspirational

Purchase: Chapters

Rating:👍👍👍

” Katie Sinclair climbed up a loblolly pine just to see if she could. And then she stayed, creating a media sensation and more than a little trouble for the folks in Jones County, North Carolina. There is a lot of speculation about why the state employee took to the tree. Some think she is making a political statement about the destruction of forests for urban development. Others believe her recent divorce has driven her to a nervous breakdown.”

I believe that this book lacks a sturdy or real idea.  There is no concrete theme to it. Just the reader following Kate’s days in a tree, very diary-like.  

Few thrilling parts, mostly just Kate coming to terms with the events in her life and her forgiving herself or others. It took removing her self from the daily grind to accept the change.

A very cute story regarding life, love and the views we have. The book outlines the importance of communication. 

The end to me seemed really rushed, two pages (front and back) of the “Happy Ever After”.  It almost seemed as if Lynne Hinton, had to tie all the loose ends up quickly which may in the “rushed” feeling you get as a reader. 

Would I recommend this book, yes. However, the person I recommend it to would have to be in the same or generally the same shoes that Kate herself was in. Someone who might need a change of view on life or during a journey within their life. 

I, personally, feel like the bird information that was added to the story was a little much at times. I understand that it was part of Kate’s character, although there were parts (in my own opinion) that the information took away from the story itself.

 

Many more reviews to come!! 

Happy Reading everyone!!

Why I’m still breastfeeding

Hey everyone,

** Disclosure: Everything is from my opinion and what has worked with my family! All opinions are my own! **

With all the controversy about breastfeeding versus formula and breastfeeding in public. I thought I would share my story about why I’m still breastfeeding my 10 month old son.

A little back story. I was able to breastfeed my daughter until she was 7 months old then had to switch to formula has my milk wasn’t giving her enough nutrients, and I was constantly feeding her. Also I was returning back to work soon and wanted time to make the switch with out stress.

So when my son was born, I wanted to feed him breastmilk until he was about 7 months old as well. However I had a hard time, at first, getting him to latch properly. Then once we got that straightened out, he was growing too fast at times for me to keep up with what he needed. So we were adding in a little bottle of formula about once a day so I could keep up to him.

I was heart broken when we started the one bottle formula as I thought I had failed my son as he was about 4 months old. Then for months we have gone back and forth with just my milk and adding a bottle.

I had to put aside what my heart wanted, which was to breastfeed him until at least 7 months. I had to focus on his health and my sanity. And since I have two kids now, I couldn’t spend all day feeding a baby.

Well fast forward a few months and I’m still breastfeeding him. As he is getting bigger we are giving him more and more solids foods of course. But we tried homo milk and he developed milk rash from it under his eyes. The rash was so bad it looked like it was starting to blister.

He wouldn’t take a Enfamil formula bottle, it was like he didn’t like the taste. So we switched to Similac formula. I thought everything was going great. He took it and drank the whole thing. I was excited!!There did not seem to be any problems, however, my excitement ended. As for the past day and half, he has been having more and more spit up.

He was just having two bottles a day with solid food through out the day. He would have breast milk at nap and bed time. A good transition in my opinion. But with the amount of spit up, I might have to go back to the drawing board and see what else I can do. Or find the happy medium for both of us and what works best with my family.

It has been a journey for sure, and as I continue on it I will definitely be sharing it!

Until next time . . .

Miss Peregrine’s Home . . . Series Review


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Hey all!

I just finished reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (book 1).

Source: Library

Publisher: Quirk Books

Series: Yes, 4 books

Edition: Paperback 352 pages

Genre: Young Adult

Purchase: Chapters 

Rating:  👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”- Goodreads

This is the debut novel for author Ranson Riggs. I truly believe he hit the ball out of the park on this one!! He gathered/collected a bunch of old pictures and then built the book around the pictures. Having the pictures added to the book, it really brings the book to life. You are able to have the visuals, yet they don’t take away from mental images you as the reader can create.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone. It has such a semi-dark, slightly twisted tone to it that a lot of people might not like. It’s not as dark or twisted as Harry Potter (only my PERSONAL opinion) or as some thrillers.

I am currently reading the second book in the series: Hollow City. Loving every minute of this book so far as well. Only a hundred and some pages into it so far. Stay tuned for a review on that one as well!


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Read with Me

I’m getting back into reading after two kids. They are still young and it’s a challenge still to find the time. However, I’m trying!!

Join me on the journey as I read through just about every. So far I’ve read from
Free shipping at chapters.indigo.ca some young adult books to memories too graphic novels.

As you can tell there is no real genre, author or topics that I favor. So be prepared for anything and everything for review!

If you have a book I should read or want a review in a book before reading yourself let me know!!!

Find a cozy spot, grab a cup of tea/coffee and getting ready for some awesome and not so awesome books!!

Let’s get reading . . .

 

 

About Me

Hi everyone! I’m Jay a Canadian lifestyle blogger. I am a wife to my best friend and hubby (Josh), a mother to two amazing little people, Logan and Raymond. I am a blogger on the side and a coach and stay at home mom full time.

I started this blog as a side “job” as a creative venue for me. I want to share a little glimpse into what it`s like living in the North of Canada. I also started to talk/relate to other moms/women who love being creative, fashion, books and anything else life has to offer. Thanks for stopping by.  I would love to hear from you or if you simply want to chit-chat!!