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Cool, Calm, And Creative

I’m rarely ever calm but I’m always searching for it.

Calm is in my morning mug, my medications, the silence after meditations.

It’s leaving ugly tears in my psychiatrist’s office but taking with me encouragement and hope instead.

Music with the windows open, walking barefoot in the grass, warm baked cookies, and hugs.

Just sitting in the presence of someone who knows,

And still loves me regardless.

Opening up a book and smoothing over a blank page.

Then picking up a pen and rolling it between my left thumb and left middle finger.

It is power.

Power over those dastardly emotions that inwardly seethe in the pits of my soul.

Depression, anxiety, anger, mania –  no longer confined but allowed to course as freely through the ink of the pen as they do through my veins.

And I write.

And I write what my voice is afraid to say,

until my soul stops bleeding,

until I am calm.

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Prompt: It actually started out with the prompt “Cool” but I changed my mind — Prompt #1:Write a blog post in exactly 15 lines.

When It Rains On Summer Vacation, Bring The Party Indoors With Green Works #Gloriousmesses

Rain —

It happens.

Sometimes it happens every. single. day on summer vacation and that sucks especially when you’re a kid and it’s the beginning of your summer vacation.

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Yes that is seriously our weather and yes we are seriously not happy about that.

For most kids, rainy days mean lazy ones. Perhaps they’ll enjoy playing video games or watching movies but you see, my six year old is one busy dude.

Sure I can turn on the TV for a short little while but that would be the same as turning on the microwave.

He just can’t sit still for too long.

The kid needs to be engaged in an activity and I love that about him.

Buy the kid an Angry Bird colouring book...and he cuts out ALL the pigs.

Buy the kid an Angry Bird colouring book…and he cuts out ALL the pigs.

So what do you do on a rainy day with a kid who has ants in his pants?

You bring the fun outdoors inside.

We got these fun activity ideas thanks to the Glorious Mess Makers at Green Works®

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Build A Kite

You’ll Need:

  • 1 Box Kite
  • Spool and string
  • Fabric paint
  • Glitter glue
  • Feathers, stickers, you name it, get funky and creative with your design!

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Mad scientist making “poop water” in one of Daddy’s favourite cups.

We waited for the paint to dry overnight. As soon as he woke up, he checked out the weather because he was excited to fly it. Sadly, there was no kite flying that day. Yup. Rain.

We waited for the paint to dry overnight. As soon as he woke up, he checked out the weather because he was excited to fly it. Sadly, there was no kite flying that day. Yup. Rain.

To clean up this mega mess or paint and glitter glue, try using Green Works Naturally-Derived All Purpose Cleaner, Green Works Naturally-Derived Cleaning Wipes and Green Works Naturally- Derived Glass & Surface Cleaner.

 

Bird House

You’ll Need

  • 1 birdhouse
  • White glue
  • Glitter
  • Paint and paint brush
  • Feathers

Start by painting your birdhouse. Get wild by  adding fun eye catching decorations like feathers and glitter. Once birdhouse is dry, fill it with bird feed and hang it in your yard. Or, you can simply use the bird house as cool decoration (you know because some people have hunting dogs in their yard and love catching small birds!).

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Clean up is a breeze. For the floors and counters, you can use Green Works Naturally-Derived All Purpose Cleaner, Green Works Naturally-Derived Cleaning Wipes, and Green Works Naturally-Derived Glass & Surface Cleaner.

 

Raspberry & Lime Ice Pops

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This recipe was adapted from the book Ice Pops 5o delicious, fresh, and fabulous icy treats by Cesar and Nadia Roden. The frozen treat came out delicious and was a perfect refresher after winning the championship game!

And no, it didn’t rain!

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Yes, rain happens but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.

Let Green Works take care of the mess after having a good time — well, technically you have to take care of the mess but Green Works Naturally-Derived cleaning products will surely help you!

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For more information on Green Works® visit www.trygreenworks.ca

You can also join the Glorious Mess Makers Movement! If your making messes, take photos of them and post them on Facebook and Instagram! From June 8th to July 31th all participants using the hashtag #gloriousmesses , you can have the chance to be featured on the Green Works® website!

So get dirty and get glorious!

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Disclosure: I received the above products and a care package in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Dragons: Race To The Edge Arrives On Netflix | #StreamTeam

A couple of months ago, my son told me in his sweetest six year old voice, “Momma, I want to be a Viking.”

And in my sweetest Momma voice I responded, “That’s nice dear. You can be whatever you want to be.”

And then he said, “Great! I can’t wait to show my friends my costume tomorrow!”

And then I choked on my tea, “Costume?”

“Well it is fairy tale character day at school. You can be a prince or a knight or the big bad wolf but I want to be a Viking with a dragon!”

I stood there frozen with my tea cup.

Did I miss the memo?

Where am I going to get a costume?

I looked at the excited look on my son’s face and then back at the clock and holy Viking shields it was already 8 pm.

I couldn’t let him down.

I was going to have to make one.

With a little scavenger hunting I gathered some old cardboard, paint, old wrapping paper tubing, tape, tinfoil, and a little bit of candy because I needed it. When I was done, I took a step back and said something like “Yeah Momma, you’re the boss.”

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Nailed it.

And it even made the school year book.

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My son said that it was one of his favourite days of the school year, after all, when you are a huge fan of the movies How To Train Your Dragon and get to dress up like a Viking, what’s not to love?

Speaking of How To Train Your Dragon, our beloved characters Hiccup and Toothless are back and leading the Dragon Riders as they soar beyond the borders of Berk and discover the mysterious Dragon eye — an ancient artifact filled with secrets that will lead them to new lands filled with undiscovered dragons in the all-new Netflix original series “Dragons: Race to the Edge”

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Based on DreamWorks Animations hit How to Train Your Dragon films, the new episodes bridge the gap between the first feature film and the much-anticipated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Weaving a continuous storyline, the television series works in tandem with the feature films and DVD specials, allowing fans to delve deeper into dragon lore. From the origin of Hiccup’s new flight suit and the secrets of his dragon blade to the young Vikings budding romance with Astrid, DreamWorks Dragons on Netflix gives viewers rich details of the larger narrative with the introduction of new dragons, exotic places and worlds unknown.
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Me and the little guy got a chance to watch this before it came out today (yes it is out today!!) and let me tell you, it is awesome. Yes, I am a fan of the series of movies too! There is a perfect mix of adventure and humour and lessons that I love in an animation and my son was definitely entertained.  What is great too is that Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera who voice the two young Viking heroes in the feature film return to the television series to voice Hiccup and Astrid, and are joined by Christopher Mintz-Plasse and TJ Miller who will reprise their roles as Fishlegs and Tuffnut in the series. Their voices make the characters so distinctly fun and perfect. Wouldn’t be the same without them!
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We love the show and think this would make a great series to watch for summer vacation.
“Dragons: Race to the Edge” premieres on Netflix today June 26th 2015

 

For more information about Dragons: Race to the Edge follow @Netflix_CA or go to www.netflix.com/dreamworksdragons.

 

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and received a one-year subscription to Netflix in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own

 

 

Dirty Windows

Our patio windows are filthy. I haven’t washed them in well over a month. There are nose prints smudged across the bottom. Some are the dog’s and some belong to a little human who pretends to be like the dog. There are muddied tennis ball outlines and dust clung to water spots and then there’s the fluorescent orange coloured play-doh.

Every morning I say to myself, “I’m going to wash those damn windows today!” but I never end up doing it. Just like a lot of things that don’t get done around here. And my garden is as equally disastrous with its invading weeds and sad cracked topsoil. I love gardening but just not right now.

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It’s been a long week but I am here.

I have weaned off of one antidepressant and even though I’ve only been on this medication for a short time, I can tell. It’s almost like when you part your hair a different way. It’s subtle change but a change nonetheless. It confused my body and it was all, “I don’t like this. So we’re redecorating now? Here let me help. I’ll just shred the wallpaper out of your uterus and we will start from scratch. Is that what you want? Have. Your. Period. Again. I hate you. Buy me ice cream. Your hair looks cute by the way.”

And then I cried every day.

My lidocaine infusion went horribly wrong because my vein blew. I waited a month and paid $200.

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I spent four out of five days at my son’s school playing his personal nurse as I tried to get his nose to stop spontaneously bleeding. This is a new thing. I also played “don’t f*ck up the principal” after he made the comment, “maybe you should stop punching him in the face”.

I almost took out a fleet of cars while driving in my husband’s truck — on purpose. *See medication weaning

Honking the horn (with your fist) while your foot slammed on the gas is bad ass — that is just a side note

And then my baby Champ —

He had surgery to remove tumours. Plural. The biggest one was in his “ace hole”.

But he is here and he has a much nicer ass than Kim Kardashian now.

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He is so stoned. I want what he’s on.

And I am here.

And so are my boys.

And so are these gorgeous flowers from a dear friend who really made my day and I love her dearly.

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My toes — my sister came to drive me to my psychiatrist’s appointment but it was cancelled. We ended up getting our toes done instead. She never fails to crack me up and help me out and send me daily funny pictures. What I’d do without her — toe fungus probably.

And friends through group texts and comments and emails.

And Jesus who took the mother effing wheel and drove it right where I needed to be on Friday afternoon.

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“Be Fearless. Be Strong.” — my morning motto (Kristina from Peacock & Lime made this. She’s amazing.)

I’ve cried every single day this week but on each of those days, I was also given love.

Love pushed me through.

Perhaps that’s why I leave the window dirty.

I don’t need to see the chaos out there right now.

I need to see and focus on what’s right here, right now.

The people who love me.

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That moment when you’re giving your dog hugs and kisses and a final pep talk before you get him into the car to take him to the vet for his surgery and your kid takes a picture of it with your phone. Little turd.

 

Ten Things of Thankful

Growing Up, Getting Dirty, And Giving Back Because She Was A Great Teacher | #Gloriousmesses

I cannot believe that this school year is almost over.

I also cannot believe that his apparel was actually ever this clean.

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You see, in grade one, things got messy.

In grade one they weren’t contained in the gated schoolyard where the kindergarten teachers kept a close eye on their curious wandering fingers – fingers that liked to pick noses and scabs and gum under the swings, stuff awesome finds in noses and ears and pockets and inside socks, squish bugs, and make mud…with spit (true story). These things were somewhat preventable but in grade one, out in the big schoolyard with the big kids,

These. Things. Happened.

My son came home covered in grass stains and mud and the dirt under his nails looked like his was busy trying find and dig up Jimmy Hoffa with his bare hands. I was just thankful that his teacher didn’t add insult to injury. She wasn’t a fan of glitter. Yes, bless her heart. She did not send home any art with glitter.

My son's JK/SK teacher told her that I was published in 2 books at the beginning of the school year :)

My son’s JK/SK teacher told her that I was published in 2 books at the beginning of the school year :)

For that, she deserves something extra special.

We are getting her a gift card — the gift of “you need to unwind so pick out some alcohol from the liquor store and find a nice patch of beach or grass and enjoy the quiet with a book and breeeeathe” — and we wanted to make her something.

Since she is a mom to a rambunctious little boy too, we found that this dinosaur picture frame was an awesome idea.

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It is a really simple and inexpensive craft.

Here is what you will need:

Wooden frame (any size)
Mini plastic animals (I found these at the dollar store. My son wanted to combine dinosaurs and zoo animals. The packs came with 10 each and they were $1.25)
Spray paint (make sure that it can be used on plastic)
Glue gun
Newspapers for covering work area

*Leave the spray painting to the adults*

I set up shop outside and covered the beloved driveway.  I let my son pick out the animals he wanted on the frame and went to town with the spray paint.

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I let the first coat set overnight because it was quite humid out and the spray paint was very tacky. The second coat covered well but it was really tricky getting the underbellies of the animals and since I’m particular about things, it bothered me a lot. So this is what I decided to do.

We took it in the house and started to figure out where we were going to place the animals. Go wild with it!!  Then my son helped me glue the pieces onto the frame with the glue gun. This needs a little bit of patience. Some of the pieces weren’t cooperating and I had to use a little bit of Krazy Glue.

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Once it was dried and all the pieces were set, I blasted it with more spray paint so I could get those tricky spots and it ended up covering it completely.

Then we went out to his school one evening and took theses funny shots! I used a computer program to place the words “Thank you” and make it look like he spray painted it on the school’s wall.

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I think it turned out awesome! She’ll be getting it on Thursday along with her gift card.

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And to help us clean this mess and ALL the messes throughout this school year, we have Green Works® to thank.

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I’ve written about their products before and that’s because I’m a proud Green Works Glorious Mess Maker and I love Clorox Green Works® naturally-derived products. WE love their products and use them every day. Products such as:

Green Works All Purpose Cleaner

  • made with plant and mineral based ingredients. Use it on counters, appliances, stainless steel, sealed granite, chrome, cook top hoods, sinks and toilets to cut through grease, grime and dirt. It packs a powerful punch for indoor and outdoor cleaning.

Green Works Dishwashing Liquid

  • dermatologist-tested and made with plant-based biodegradable cleaning ingredients. It removes grease and baked-on-food, so dishes will be clean and shiny without harsh chemical residue.

Green Works Compostable **Cleaning Wipes

  • are 100% wood-based fibers and powered by coconut based cleaners, so you can clean up those irksome spills and messes on non-wood surfaces, acrylic, fiberglass and vinyl with ease.

Green Works Dishwasher Detergent Pacs

  • tackle stubborn food stains and cut through tough filmy residue, greasy, and baked-on or hardened foods. Your dishes will sparkle and shine. No worry of any harsh chemical residue being left behind.

Green Works Glass and Surface Cleaner

  • is made using naturally-derived ingredients such as essential oils and coconut based cleaners. It cuts through tough filmy residues to leave surfaces shiny and streak-free!

Green Works Bathroom Cleaner

  • is made using naturally-derived ingredients such as essential oils and coconut based cleaners. It powers through tough dirt, soap scum, rust and hard water stains with ease.

For more information on Green Works® visit www.trygreenworks.ca

You can also join the Glorious Mess Makers Movement! If your making messes, take photos of them and post them on Facebook and Instagram! From June 8th to July 31th all participants using the hashtag #gloriousmesses , you can have the chance to be featured on the Green Works® website!

So get dirty and get glorious!

Disclosure: I received the above products and a care package in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

 

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