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Netflix Is Laughing Through The Cold | #StreamTeam

My son and I walk to school everyday with the exception of  heavy rains and gusts of wind that will ruin good hair days.

So that cold weather everyone has been whining about….

…you can bring it.

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Canadian Winter wear

 

How do we survive these wicked winters you might ask yourself? We are Canadians!

 

I stuck to the car when I traced this with my tongue. What?

I stuck to the car when I traced this with my tongue. What?

 

We have winter coats, mittens, toques, warm Canadian blood, and a bad arse attitude with a side of a sense of humour courtesy of your mom and Netflix.

Just kidding.

Yes, aside from our walks to school and playing in the snow or road/pond hockey we are indoors making art, watching movies or driving each other nuts.

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This November, Netflix is brining the funny to rid you of the winter blahs. Movies for the big kids such as:

 

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1. Shrek Forever After
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

3. Despicable Me
4. Dr. Suess’ The Cat in the Hat
5. Kung Fu Panda 2
6. Mr. Popper’s Penguins

And for the wee ones:

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This is just a sample of all of the hilarious titles that Netflix has to offer all year round. So go on. Grab a big sweater, fuzzy blanket, hot chocolate, giant cookie, your loved ones, snuggle up and laugh those winter blues away.
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Disclosure:  I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and received a one-year subscription to Netflix and a Roku media streaming device in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own.

It’s Ok. I Already Know.

When I was little, my parents imposed a rule that I was not  allowed to leave the kitchen until my dinner plate was practically licked cleaned. I remember sitting at the table one evening and hating my existence because eating thrice killed-mummified roast beef was torturous.

“Did you know that there are starving kids in China? You should be grateful,” my parents snarled.

My dad went on to point out that was afforded many wonderful things like Strawberry Shortcake everything and toys and that pink bike that I just needed to survive.

 

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Then he talked about flies and swollen malnourished bellies and suddenly I was one hundred times more grateful, grateful I cried, that I had cut up roast rocks smothered in ketchup at the end of my fork.

And I felt incredibly guilty for complaining because I had no reason to.

I had food and dolls and sneakers that had a pump and a toilet and they did not.

“Be grateful for what you have Kimbers.”
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When I was a teenager, I complained over trivial things like having to cancel my eyebrow wax appointment so that I could drive my brother to the walk-in clinic because he sliced his finger open.

“Some people don’t have eyebrows Kimbers,” my parents said.

And then suddenly I was grateful, one hundred times more grateful for having eyebrows that resembled caterpillars and that the doctor, the free doctor was able to stuff the fatty tissue back into my brother’s finger.

And I felt guilty for complaining about the whole ordeal because I had no reason to.

“You should be grateful Kimbers.”

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Sitting alone right here in my living room with crumpled tissues in my lap, I am struggling to get through the rest of my day.

I like to reflect, find positives by counting and recounting my blessings. Sometimes it is incredibly difficult to find something that made me FEEL grateful to be alive. I look under the couch, in coat pockets, and even in the fridge just in case I missed something. Pictures of loved ones, fuzzy blankets, the kid’s cut up colouring pages, crazy socks, the scent of my self-indulgent salon quality shampoo, and caramel popcorn – small things that create this wonderful life.

My wonderful life.

 

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And that is the bitch about bipolar depression:

People reminding me of what I already know: that my life is chock full of blessings and I should be grateful not sad.

“But you have a supportive husband and an amazing kid. Family and friends who love you. Rainbows. Puppies. Pants. Kimbers, you have a good life. You should be grateful for all that you have. You should be happy.”

And suddenly I feel guilty, one hundred times more guilty because you pointed out that I have no reason to be sad.

Yes, I should be happy, but I’m not because I have depression; an illness that I didn’t choose.

Having depression doesn’t mean that I’m not grateful for the life I have; the wonderful life that I’m fighting to get back to living fully.

 

 

 

Linked with Ten Things Of Thankful crew because I am thankful for a life that is full of amazing wonderful things.

Wanted: Glorious Mess Makers

Question: What’s both beautiful and horrifying?

Answer: Devil’s fart  a.k.a glitter.

We used to host Halloween parties because we were the only ones stupid enough to have a house full of drunk people in costumes. In the aftermath, there was always evidence that a good time was had by all.

A trail of chocolate cupcake crumbs from the basement to our bedroom.

Foam stickers on our bathroom mirror.

Mullet wig hung from a wall scone.

Shards of red glass.

And glitter.

Glitter.

You can never get rid of it.

So why did we stop having parties?

Because we had a kid and we kind of like pimping him out for candy. Kidding. Slightly.

Twenty adults don’t measure up to the epic messes that a child can make, especially when I had allowed containers of glitter to cross the threshold of our home. Yes, I was wearing my brave mom panties that day. I saw a really cute and super simple craft on the internet that I thought would be fun.

Glitter pumpkins.

Supplies:

Pumpkin (I used small sized pumpkins but you can live on the wild side and use a big one)
White glue or spray adhesive
Sponge on a stick or paint brush
Glitter
Spoon or a container that the pumpkin can easily fit into for “dunking”
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  1. Cover your work surface with the newspaper.
  2. If you’re using white glue, paint the entire pumpkin except for the stem using the sponge on a stick. For the spray adhesive, spray the entire pumpkin.
  3. While the glue/spray is still wet, dunk the pumpkin into the container of glitter and roll it around so that the surface of the pumpkin is covered. You can also do this by sprinkling the glitter using the spoon. Leave the pumpkins to dry.
  4. Shake off excess glitter that did not adhere to the pumpkin.

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I know…nightmare.

Sometimes kids aren’t the only ones causing messes. Moms do too.

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Might as well add to the mess and hand your six year old a paint brush. What is wrong with me?

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I know, glitter, small pieces of scrap paper, and paint sounds like hours of cleaning. But no fear, Green Works® is helping us “Glorious Mess Makers” clean up this craft tornado.

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Clorox Green Works® line of naturally derived, affordable products that clean powerfully without harsh chemical fumes or residue.

A little bit about the products that I used to take care of the mess:

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.

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 Cleaning Wipes

  • 99% naturally-derived and can clean up spills and messes on non-wood surfaces, acrylic, fiberglass and vinyl.

Green Works Laundry Detergent

  • dermatologist tested and safe for sensitive skin. Safe on colours and made with naturally-derived, plant-based ingredients, the detergent cleans without leaving a harsh residue on clothes and is specially formulated for both standard and high-efficiency washers.

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So now that our messes are clean, we are ready to start making more because, you know, fresh countertops and clean clothes are magnets for dirt!

Are you a Mess Maker?

 

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

But You Look So…

“I find it so weird because you look so normal,” she said catching me off guard. I sucked back a piece of pickle and started to choke. Her cheeks reddened and her eyes bulged, afraid that she had said something incredibly offensive to someone who is mentally ill. She passed me a glass of water, “I didn’t mean it like…you know what I….that I don’t know what to say to someone who…” she stuttered.

“You’re an asshole,” I retorted.

What does depression look like?

Depression has many faces.  It isn’t always looking sad, defeated, forgoing hygiene, and lying in the corner rocking life away. It can be smiles, laughs, makeup, freshly pressed clothes, and looking happy while kicking leaves with your child. We are visual creatures and depression is an invisible illness. On the surface, people with bipolar depression can very much look and act like “normal” people do, however behind the façade of “normalcy”  we are actively getting mauled by a cold heartless wilder beast.

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My depression doesn’t resemble the discontented woman slouched forward under the crushing weight of hopelessness on the brochure in the doctor’s office and in every antidepressant commercial.  I am quite the opposite. I maintain a well kempt appearance and engage in social settings exactly like the awkward knob that I was born to be. This is probably why a lot of people are perplexed when they discover that I have bipolar disorder and more so when I’m dangerously teetering on the brink of insanity.

The true colours of my depression show when I’m in the safe confines of my home. It shoots out of my face and I don’t know where my tears end and where my runny snot begins. I get “hulk angry” over things like icing cupcakes and my feeble attempts to pound the piss out of the washing machine lid because it closed on my shoulder.

I hate everything that has the letters a, e, y, o, or, y in the word, your mom, and myself.

My depression is feeling bone crushing sadness, emptiness, helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, anger, and so on.

And yet she smiles.

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Across the table, Darla readies herself for a lecture.

“Actually, my aluminum foil helmet didn’t match my outfit and I left my ominous dark cloud that hovers above me at home.”

She giggled as she picked up her fork and pointed it towards me. “No, I meant that I couldn’t tell that you’re depressed right now. You don’t look like it.”

“What am I supposed to look like?” I asked.

“I’m not sure but if this is your depressed face, I hope that when you’re busy dying, you’ll remember to tell me.”

Shoppers Drug Mart Is Giving Me The Gift Of Easy


What is it about Christmas that brings out the worst in people? Seriously. My heels have been chopped up from cart rams. Doors have been slammed in my face while I had an armful of bags. I’ve been pushed in lines. I’ve gotten sighs and eye rolls because I’ve kindly asked for people to move so that I could pass safely through the aisle. I’ve been elbow jabbed in the gallbladder, and I don’t even own a gallbladder, without hearing a single “I’m sorry”.

It.

Is.

Maddening.

This year, I was seriously considering learning karate so that I could be a customer ninja. I’d be like a undetected silent fart in the wind armed with…out…a…list.

Oh my goodness.

I don’t have a list.

What do I get? Where do I even start?

My family is the worst breed of humans to shop for. Nothing is free. Have you ever given someone the gift of nothing and have seen the look on their face when they had nothing to open?

Then they get angry because they didn’t really mean nothing.

Sigh.

So what do you do about those people who want nothing but mean they want something but they don’t know what they want but they still want you to get them something?

And you don’t want the hassle of going out into the madness?

Well you’re in luck.

Shoppers Drug Mart this holiday season has created an online destination that allows you to filter hundreds of gift ideas by price, categories, or the type of person you are shopping for. With the online gift finder, you’ll find an abundance of inspiring gift ideas, from fabulous fragrances, gorgeous gifts, delectable treats, and the latest toys and electronics. Shoppers Drug Mart has GIFTS MADE EASY for everyone… so easy you might go a little overboard!

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Where to begin?

Ah yes, the head of our household.

The Boy Child: Chunky Monkey

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We all know that he’s cool, after all that is his middle name. He’s one busy kid and loves to move. He’s into sports and action flicks which means his go to toys are all about superheroes.

Here we have (one of my childhood favourites) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Combat Gear:

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Captain America Super Soldier Stealthfire Shield!

 

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And of course you can’t be a superhero without a fast car. Check out this La Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel:

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Now my little nephew is super easy to please. He just turned one so anything he can drool on or can make mom have migraines from is all fun to him. Check out these fun toys:

 V-Tech Shake N Move Puppy

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Leap Frog Scout My Pal Scout

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B. Wheels

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Disney Frozen Olaf

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Easy peasy.

Now Christmas is the one time of year that I can replenish my husband’s embarrassing supply of grooming gear. Sweet goodness. I can’t even go there. Shoppers Drug Mart has everything for the Modern Man from fragrance to shaving kits, like the Gillette ProGlide Holiday Pack.

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We can all agree that the holidays are a hectic time of year and we cannot forget the people who put all of the parties and dinners together. They need some love too. How about some chocolate from Shoppers Drug Mart for The Entertainer?

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At Shoppers Drug Mart, you’ll find exciting in-store sales, promotions & exclusive holiday gifts sets-from November 12 to December 25. You can earn Shoppers Optimum Points on almost every purchase and most stores are open late, which is a bonus for those who work late hours!

The Holiday Gift Guide Launches are as follows:
Available Now: “Give Beauty, beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart”
November 15th: “Get Set for the Happiest Holidays!”

*Keep an eye out for 3 additional gift guides/beauty books available in late November and December

You can also join the conversation at #giftsmadeeasy

*Keep an eye out for 3 additional gift guides/beauty books available in late November and December
You can also join the conversation at #giftsmadeeasy

This holiday season, Shoppers Drug Mart is also giving away some fabulous gifts!!

The Unwrap to Win Game (December 1st to December 24th)

Giving away 15 great prizes every day (360 in total) and one could be yours!

Visit the Shoppers Drug Mart website and play the Unwrap to win game for a chance to win fabulous prizes ranging from beauty, fragrances, skin care sets to toys, electronics and gift cards and to browse through hundreds of great gift ideas.

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Retweet to win (Contest ends November 21, 9:00am EST)

Join the #SDMHolidays retweet to win contest for a chance to win 1of 10, $100 Shoppers Drug Mart gift cards.

I think that I’m going to take my chances at getting a finger cramp at home than getting a cart ram in the back of my heel at the store while fighting to find something that I have no idea what I was looking for in the first place. It will be me, Bing Crosby, a hot tea, Shoppers Drug Mart and browsing GIFTS MADE EASY.

Not a sweat will be had this year.

Someone needs to make a Christmas carol about that.

 

Although this post has been generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Shoppers Drug Mart.

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