Friday, December 31, 2021

21 photos from 2021!

It’s been another long year and at times a stressful year! I could choose to focus on still being unable to find that next career adventure, on spending too much time with Drs being poked and prodded and still no answers yet. Weeks where I couldn’t drive cause I was stupid and sun burnt my retinas. The gyms closed for half the year detailing my pain management progress! Lockdowns and restrictions that kept me from spending time crafting with friends or visiting often with others!

Or I can choose to let those go - they sucked but we survived them! I’d rather focus on the incredible amount of time I got to spend in nature enjoying its beauty with all my extra time and the many amazing conversations around the fire pit in the backyard garden oasis with physically distanced gatherings with friends! All the books I got to read. All the TV shows and movies that allowed me a place to seek temporary refuge and forget the world. The laugher and joy of all the times we did get to spend with our granddaughter - they will never be enough but there were many. Gratitude that I live in a country where I have access to the health care support I needed this past year and that even without me working we can still budget to cover the costs of treatments needed. Joy that we are all still here on this rollercoaster ride of life and ready to take on whatever 2022 has to throw at us! 

So raising my glass in cheers to you and yours and whatever the New Year decides to toss our way let’s take flight with it and soar! 

All the best to you in 2022!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Technique Tuesday- Masking

Masking is such an easy technique that can provide a total pop of elegance to any card! 

I am loving the combination of the masking with the pop of white embossed  images. 

Happy Stampin’


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Thursday, December 23, 2021

How old is your oldest ornament?

How old is the oldest ornament on your tree??? 

So my first few Christmas trees that were ‘mine’ to decorate were decorated on a students budget - so they all had homemade decorations like the ole popcorn/cranberry chains, salt dough cookie cutters ornaments and pinecone angels that I had made with pine ones, milkweed pods, wooden bobbles and pipe cleaners and sprayed gold - they haven’t made it through the years unfortunately!

However this Little hand crafted Angel - she was a gift from a coworker/friend  - so if my memory and math is current I have had her over 30 years that she’s topped my tree! 

Goodness how’s that possible? She still looks as amazing as the day I got her!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Why I 💕 Direct Sales

I know that direct sales business get a lot of flack in the media but I just want to share this small glimpse into why I LOVE supporting my direct sales peeps and why I love being part of the direct sales community … because of little moments like this that show the true collaboration and support that IME represent the majority of the industry and how they have the backs of each other! I love how we can work together and pool resources so we can all thrive! 

This is a little warm fuzzy from a fellow GelSister in a Flyer/meme request community for distributors. Where those of us whose strengths lie in the creating digital content help out those whose strengths might be in making tutorials videos or showcasing nail art or what not that they share with us -  but the key is that these are independent business owners or what some in society would call “competitors” who all come together and SHARE because when we help one another rise we know we can all rise together! 

It took me a commercial break each on the show we were watching as a family to whip these up for my fellow gel sister! Plus I find creating relaxing and it’s a great support for my anxiety to use the creative side of my brain cause than the anxiety side can’t be up to being fixated on stupid stuff! 

IME Direct sales opportunities allow for people to work from home, set their own hours, to balance bringing in an income to support the household with the full time role of parenting and household maintenance! They allow people to CHOOSE how hard they want to work their business depending in their own needs, to work their business as a side hustle hobby or to strive to reach goals and rank up and to grow a team or not. IME they  also can provide an amazing opportunity to help people overcome fears, to push past their comfort and flourish in new ways! A good direct sales company offers lots of training and support to its members to help them not only build the business but to GROW as a human being! I personally belong to 4 different direct sales models and ALL of them offering this “sense of community and support” where they invest in building their teams up from the INSIDE out - that focus on when you are whole in mind, body and spirit than you can radiate that to those you want to help and serve in your business! An investment in the workforce that I honestly haven’t seen in my other career settings at least not as successfully. 

So for every one “Karen” out there who the media makes fun of for being pushy or aggressive and not taking NO for an answer in her selling approach pleas know that there are 100s of others who are just wanting to share what they love and help others, while earning an income and balancing work and life in a way that works for them that a “outside the home” gig just can’t offer! And for every crappy companies that doesn’t do anything to support its seller and basically preys in them to make quotas and that’s the end of it please know there are LOTS of other companies out there who truly do invest in their teams to ensure that they thrive in all areas of their lives! 

Be As Bold as Your GelMoment! 

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Monday, December 20, 2021

Back sore from putting up the Holiday decor?

The “Oil your Joints blend” for all your holiday aches and pains ... I love deep blue and frankincense for supporting pain and inflammation reduction! 

IMO this is a STRONG dilution  suggestion likely meant for supporting serious pain and inflammation so I personally would suggestion using a quarter suggested drops to start to see if it helps and than only increase if/as needed to get relief as everyone’s body is different and sometimes less is more with essential oils! 

Yours in health

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Winter Wonderland

LOVE this GelMoment Winter Wonderland mani inspiration from fellow Gel sister Darla!

And check out this a tutorial showing how easy it is to add some snowflakes to your nails!! 
Plus cause the photo doesn’t do it Justice a video to show just how sparkly this gorgeous combo is!

Products needed to recreate this beautiful inspiration:
  • Maliblu (base)
  • Siberian Shimmer (ombre starting at cuticle)
  • Lovee Dovee and white stamping gel mixed, placed with the dotting tool brush from the Creativity Set
  • -Guilty Soirée for gold detail 

Be as Bold As Your GelMoment!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Tutorial Tuesday - Christmas nail art

How adorable are these quick yet stunning nail art creations?

Check out this quick little tutorial showing just how easy it is to create such stunning accent nails using GelMoment products! 
📸 Sylvia Gorenszach

The Penguin - recreate using Ravens Kiss, Lovee Dovee, Candlelight or Scandalous 

Santa Suit - recreate using Scandalous, Lovee Dovee, Raven’s Kiss and Chandelier or if you want a  gold buckle Gilty Soirée.

Santa Hats -Recreate using In the Mood, Scandalous and Lovee Dovee 

Tye Dye Christmas tree - recreate using Maliblu, Jungle Island, Chandelier, Lovee Dovee and Raven’s Kiss.

For more nail art inspiration be sure to join us over on our Facebook group Totallyawake4-life & Nailin’ It! 

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Favorite Ornaments and the Story behind them!

Over in my GelMoment  VIP group on Facebook we are sharing our favorite ornaments and the stories behind them!

This is one of my favorite ornaments - it’s a handmade memorial ornament for my fur baby Nevada who passed away little over three years ago.I rescued her in 2003 from a pot light in Las Vegas when on vacation ~ she was the light during a challenging time in my life!

Several months later we rescued Lily and Luna, not to replace her but to help fill the hole in our hearts she’d left behind! 

Since being infertile and having had my hysterectomy so young I had never had a “shower” of any kind so my amazing friends threw me a surprise “fur baby shower” with all sorts of fun stuff for the newest additions to our hearts and one of the gifts was this memorial ornament for our dear Nevada along with some adorable ones of Lily and Luna to add to our tree!
Every year I pop it up I remember not only how much we loved Nevada and what she brought to our lives but how much I really appreciated my friends in showering me with the only “baby shower” I am gonna have - a fur baby one!
Do you have a favorite ornament you'd like to share the story about?
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Friday, December 10, 2021

Do You have a Bad Habit to kick?


Happy Friday! YAY!!!!!
It is getting to be that time of year where we reflect on the year we are releasing and dream and plan for the new one we are about to embark on! 

Do you have a habit you want to kick in the New Year? Or a goal for something you want to add to your life?
Making a change in habits can be hard as our brain becomes wired in one habitual way and we basically have to work hard to rewire it into a new set of pathways and keep AT it until it is really ingrained otherwise the brain can be tricky and try to detour you back to an old path!

My 3 tips for helping kick a habit:
Write it down! 
Making a public declaration of your goals helps to turn it from a wish into an action plan cause now it is out there in writing for you and others to see. You do not have to do it online you can write it down and pop it on the fridge or your desk at work!
Make sure your goal is SMART ... 
Is it specific?
If your goal is too broad it is easy to get lost in the focus or direction you are going and feel defeated. So for example setting a goal for World Peace is WAY to broad - break that baby down into the goals you need to achieve with that as your end game! 
Is it measurable?
 How you are you going to know you have reached your goal? So for example I can say I want to loose weight  - but that goal is not really a clearly measurable goal as in I could loose a pound and whoop technically someone could say I met my goal - but if my goal is to loose 100 pounds well I have a journey ahead of me! I might need to break that down into even more measurable goals in order to succeed at it! I want to reach a goal weight of 150 pound - that is more specific.
Is it attainable/achievable?
So again is your goal about setting you up for success? So going with the weight loss cause that tends to be a popular goal this time of year. If my goal is to reach a goal weight of 150 pounds but than I add in the idea that by a wedding that's 4 weeks away - well that might not be attainable or achievable unless you are starting at 158 pounds. Conventional advice on healthy sustained weight loss is to aim for a 2 pounds per week .... so to ensure your goal is attainable you need to figure out how many pounds you need to loose to get to your ideal weight and than if losing 2 pounds per week to help you determine what time line is needed to achieve that?
Is it relevant?
This is a tricky one for some - you need to dig deep and ensure that this goal is REALLY something that you are doing for YOU and that you are motivated by a need/want that is within you! An example for my own life - I am a former smoker! Started when I was 10 smoking the butts of my and my friends parents cigarettes in the gravel pit fort we had made and by the time I was 14 I was smoking a pack a day by the time I was in my 20's that was a pack and half or more! I tried to quit NUMEROUS times over the years because loved ones complained about it, because doctors came out and said it was dangerous, because society was starting to shame smokers and restrict where you could smoke .... all reasons that were NOT relevant to ME in any meaningful way. I finally quit when I herniated my disc and found myself immobile for months and the  smoking on top of that started collecting in my lungs and I was waking up coughing up nasty crap ... now that was a RELEVANT reason to me because first GROSS but secondly have you ever coughed when you have a herniated disc or even if you have not herniated that if you've had an abdominal surgery - it is PAINFUL. I quit cold turkey because I was truly motivated to not have to experience that pain because of a nasty habit! 
 And lastly is it time based?

As mentioned early with the weight loss being attainable - having a realistic time line is vital when setting a goal! If your time line is unrealistic you are setting yourself up to fail from the start!

Set up a Support system
Ask someone to be your accountability partner to follow up with you daily or weekly or however often you agree to check in with how your doing and cheer you on or help to put you back on track with your goal also helps with successfully kicking a habit! 
Choose that partner wisely - you want to choose someone who actually been through what you are going through so they have understanding and empathy as well as the knowledge of what is going on. Someone who will actually HOLD you accountable to your goals, who can give you both positive feedback AND constructive criticism where you need it! Someone you trust to be both inspiring when you need it and that hard knuckle coach when you need that too!
Keep the eye on the prize ... part of setting a goal and following through is to have a very good 'visual picture' of where you were and where you want to go and WHY! As you set your goal you want to create a daily mantra of what you are going to GAIN by changing this habit.
Word your mantra as if you have ACHIEVED your goal! Something like "I have reached my ideal weight, I am able to run and play with my grand-daughter without pain. I am strong and confident and comfortable in my skin again! I am living my happiest and healthiest life surrounded by those I love.' 
I know it sounds simple but in my experience those are the top 3 things to have success! It is basically setting SMART goals, accountability and gratitude for what you have now and will have when you get where you want to be!
You've got this and if you need an accountability partner - message me I love to help others rock their goals or come on over and join us on Facebook either in my Totallyawake4-life Community or my Totallyawake4-life & Nailin' It community or both they each off a bit different content focus on living a healthy happy life! 
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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tasty Tuesday

So what did you serve up for dinner? 

I admit I am proud of myself - I had a shitastic day yesterday with the house falling apart around us right before Christmas followed by another less than steller day at the Dr with the test results from the last round of tests trying to figure out what’s going in with my body raising more concerns than answers and with my trauma response to stress I REALLY wanted to eat a shit load of crappy comfort food to drown my sorrows and get those serotonins flowing for that temporary relief  … but I opted for some extra fresh Parmesan on my salad and I am gonna have a Keto Hot Chocolate with a shot of Forty Creek in it bit later and decompress with some PVR CSI catch up! Than tomorrow I am gonna get myself some healthy and longer lasting serotonin working out the stress in the POOL!

Bon Appetite 

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

How cute is this little Santa manicure?

Is it this the cutest little Santa that you ever did see! 

Let’s recreate this look!! It’s as easy as 1,2,3….4!

I would recreate using:

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Fathead Dough Pizza

 Nom nom - tonight we are having a fan favourite grain free / keto pizza crust recipe!

What you need:

12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese - melted until gooey quickly mix in following:

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp xanthum gum

2/3 cup coconut flour

2 eggs 

Mix together and roll out evenly onto non stick silicone baking tray - I used some parchment paper over top to prevent my rolling pin from sticking to the crust.

I also added some Epicure Pizza seasoning sprinkled on top! Than bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes!

Then take out and add sauce and toppings and bake again for another 10-15 minutes or so to heat those up! 

Take out of oven when cheese is bubbly and cut into desired slice sizes!

The crust was AWESOME and loved being able to pick it up eat like a normal pizza without it being a floppy disc where the toppings all slide off! Definitely my new favourite! 

Bon Appetite


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Thursday, December 2, 2021

November Nail Art winners

 Congratulations to all of our November 'Nails of the Month' Distributor Contest Winners! 🏅

📸: Ebony Wylie, Jamie Leigh, Kimberley Klassen, Shauna Dewar-Siwik, Sheralyn Guilleminot, Stephanie Thiessen.

GelMoment is great for recognizing its distributors and offering lots of chances to win prizes and awards! So many wonderful Lee Asian to join the team!   

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Should all RECE be supporting the need for Universal Childcare?


This question came up in a networking group on Facebook today! My views on this are likely not popular among many of my peers however at the end of the day I would advocate to put myself out of a job before I would advocate to put children and families health and wellness at risk in a system that might sound good on bullet points but could actually do more harm than good when you look deeply at the over all picture and under currents of the challenges faced by families with young children in Canada!

My response is thus to 'Should all RECE be supporting the need for Universal Childcare?' : 
If it is going to be modeled after Quebec $10 a day childcare as they keep promoting than I would vote no not all RECE should be supporting this initiative  - because IMO the Quebec system is FAILING both the children AND ECE so I strongly advocate that the ECE here in Ontario need look past the government propaganda about its success where they seem to be focusing only at getting more woman back into the workforce to REALLY see what the program looks like after 25 YEARS and get feedback from those actually on the front line working in it on is this really a system worth 'replicating' all across Canada. 
From my research - they have the highest ratios of children to adult across the board in ALL age groups - do we WANT to be caring for MORE children than we already do? There infant ratios are 1:5 for under 18 months 1:8 for 18 months up to 4 years all in the same room and no apparent rules about how many can be only 18 months in that 1:8 ratio. 4 year are 1:10 and 5 year old are 1:20. Are those ratios what is considered 'high quality care'? 
Look at their LOW PAY with an average of $19 meaning that most front line make LESS than that just making the minimum wage and a few in management roles make more at the $25 mark in order to average out to that $19 and that is even with them all being unionized after a QUARTER OF A CENTURY. 

Here in Ontario everyone keeps saying 'if only we were unionized than we'd get better pay' .... how is that working in Quebec? Fact is that a union cannot demand blood from a stone! When the cost of offering childcare rises above the income a parent can earn working, regardless if it is the parent paying it out of pocket or the government anyone with a lick of 'budgeting' will choose to say 'lets pay the parent to stay home instead' because than we are not investing millions in fancy infant and toddler centres and other overhead costs so it's actually a better investment. And the sad reality is that while we do this for public education system the reason that flies is because most tax payers do not think they have the skills to 'home school' their child and even if they do they do not get keep the cost of public education for themselves. When it comes to childcare to the youngest among is, while it definitely takes some skill set and understanding of childcare development to do it really well the fact is that for centuries parents have been doing 'childcare' themselves and raised strong innovative generations without help so society is less likely to invest in outsourcing childcare and more inclined to support a system where THEY are supported financially to stay home during the early years rather than trying to balance full time work and full time childrearing in those early years when they do not sleep through night and are very emotionally taxing due to lack of language and communication skills! 
Even the Quebec's unionized home childcare sector is currently doing rolling strikes because they do not even make the current MINIMUM wage of $13.50 an hour because they pay them a daily rate vs an hourly one and most providers work 10 plus hours a day not the 8 that most centre staff do! So from what I am reading the universal childcare has not really benefits the FRONT LINE at all - still low paid and have higher ratios for their trouble! 

And is it really benefiting ALL families equably?  It has been over 25 YEARS and it is still not UNIVERSAL and yet the cost of operating it is bankrupting the province so they have no money for other infrastructure like roads or hospitals - according to the Finding Quality Childcare in Canada website as of the last survey in 2019 the program only services 54% of the demand when looking at 0-12 year olds and that drops to only 42% when you look at 0-4 year olds! They seem to have a inequitable TWO TIER system where there are limited 'subsidized' spaces and everyone else is either paying higher out of pocket fees OR arranging for family or other types of childcare with lower out of pocket costs.
And most importantly the research coming out on the CHILDREN who've lived this system for 25 years in high ratios and with parents who are over taxed balancing full time work and full time child rearing and full time household management is VERY troubling - showing increased emotional and mental health challenges and increases in physical illnesses and societal challenges over all. 
So sure the upfront cost of $!0 a day childcare might  look great at first glance and sure on paper it increased the number of woman in the workforce and increased their financial security of having their own income but we really need to look at the OVERALL cost to children, parents, early childhood educators AND the taxpayer over all! The system is FLAWED and we really should not be holding it up as a model to emulate! 
There are way better models in other countries that can result in more women in the workforce, betting paying jobs for woman by ensuring EQUALITY in parental leave programs so that it is not the woman who has to choose to remain out of the workforce! Look to those!!!!

So if we are going to look at modeling a Canadian Universal Childcare system like NORDIC countries do and instead fund an actual living income for a proper parental leave for the first 3 years. A leave that can be shared equally between both parents if desired so no one has to give up their career entirely but where so parents can share the load to provide FULL TIME CARE at the low ratio and primary caregiver that brain research shows children thrive best with while also working part time to keep themselves up to date with career advancements and such - yes please!

Create a universal childcare system where we were to invest in have community family centres and playgroups building on the EarlyON programs we already have where highly trained RECE can offer EARLY LEARNING via playgroups but can be done at the higher ratios of children serviced because their parents are also there providing the CARE. A family centre that can also act as a resources to parents with workshops and support groups for connection designed on helping them gain the skills they need to thrive at the demanding role of parenting. 
A system where 'universal childcare' by an actual THIRD PARTY highly trained RECE waits to start once the child is 3 and goes until 6 with a ratio that is more conducive to that age group in order to publicly fund both the early learning and care needed while ensuring well compansated educators. 
A universal system where children do not move to a formal public education setting until they are turning 7 within the school year - where they wait to introduce formal reading/writing/ expectations until all children would be developmentally read. Early years are spent instilling a love of reading and literacy awareness through play based interactions with adults and their environments!
If we are going to model a universal system like THAT where everyone is winning than sure sign me up! 
 Because they have been at it since 1975 and unlike Quebec studies show THAT model actually results in positive outcomes for all - parents are not pulled in two directions in the early years trying to work full time and do the full time job of parenting so they are better rested and have better mental health outcomes, children form strong family attachments with their parents during those first 3 years thus have the social emotional growth to thrive in the universal preschool programming! They hold off trying to cram unrealistic reading and writing on 3-6 year olds making children stressed and turning them off of learning and therefore they have might higher rates for both that carry out through their entire education system. Our FDK approach is not providing those same results - ratios are too high and the reading/writing/ expectations are not developmentally appropriate for the majority of children that age creating stress and anxiety around 'learning' for children!
You only get one childhood. Lets make sure it is full of magic, nature and discovery!
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Ooey Gooey Queso cauliflower with Lime Guacamole Pork Chop!

If you’ve been following me you know I just LOVE Epicure meal solutions and seasonings! 

They make clean eating a snap! 

Plus you can think outside the box so to speak and use items anyway you want to explore! 

Tonight I used the Ooey Gooey Queso dip to make a sauce for our roasted cauliflower side! I used half the suggested amount of milk and stirred it up and poured over chopped cauliflower florets in the large steamer. Added handful of bacon bits and chives and tossed to cover the cauliflower evenly. Sprinkled 1/2 cup shredded cheese over the top and baked in oven on 400F for 45 minutes until the cauliflower was tender and the cheese browned up on the edges.
I created a marinade for our pork chops using the Guacamole seasoning, lime juice and a wee bit avocado oil. 
Popped it all in a ziplock baggie and let the pork chops sit in fridge for a couple hours before grilling them on BBQ! 

So delicious! 

What’s your favourite Epicure meal solution? 
Bon Appetite 

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Lots of Pun coming in December!


December's Lots of Pun Kit from Paper Pumpkin looks like it is going to be loads of fun! 
The kit contains enough elements to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes. This all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
The Lots of Pun Stamp Set is a builder stamp set! This means the included images can be mixed and matched to build a variety of unique characters with different looks and features.
  • Card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Poppy Parade
  • Includes a Classic Stampin’ Spot
 Order yours here before December 10th to play along!

If you order your Paper Pumpkin through my link you can either bring it with you and join us in person or via Facebook 'room' on my page for the Paper Pumpkin Club class where we create projects with it together! 
Happy Stampin'
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