Saturday, 23 September 2017

Carseat Safety Awareness

You are likely thinking that this post is a bit off topic considering my usual theme of crafting and such. Just as much as I am passionate about creating I am also passionate about child safety. This is a "sponsored post" but close to my heart none the less.

We are just coming to the end of Car Seat Safety Awareness Week and I wanted to join in by helping to spread the message.

You may be in a season of your life where car seats are not much of a concern to you. You may not need a car seat in your vehicle, but I bet you have friends and family that do. Many of these people have not had their seat checked to ensure it is correctly installed using the car's latch system. There are clinics held by police departments and private organizations that will show you exactly how to use the safety restraint system in your car. Every car model is a bit different and it is sometimes difficult to get the seat properly installed. I remember as a foster parent we were required to attend a day long training which included a hands on lesson installing various car seats in our vehicles. They actually had us put our full weight on the seat while our partners fastened the restraint. Most people don't realize how tight those restraints need to be.

When looking for a new vehicle encourage new parents to do as much research as possible about different models of cars as well as car seats. A great resource to start with is cars.com. You will find a plethora of reviews and articles to help you make an informed choice. After they have made their purchase it is important for them to attend one of the free car seat clinics. It will offer them some peace of mind knowing their precious cargo is securely restrained.

If you are occasionally transporting wee ones in your vehicle be sure to aquaint yourself with the latching mechanism in your vehicle. It is not a fun experience trying to scramble to find the latch while dashing off to take baby somewhere. Be prepared that some latches are extremely hard to find and even harder to access. My fingers were mangled for the full 10 years I fostered from having to squeeze my fingers between the vehicle cushion to install whatever seat the child was using.

Attending a car seat clinic would be a great family activity for parents-to-be and grandparents to learn about car seat installation so they are all ready to go when the little bundle is ready to come home from the hospital.

If you are interested in attending a car seat clinic check with your local police services as they usually have a listing of local clinics.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Exploring the World of Travellers Notebooks

Well, I admit it. I am totally smitten with Travellers notebooks. May affection started with the Prima Lady like TN but it just rubbed me the wrong way. My Chic Sparrow has been a God send for keeping myself organized. Now my new notebooks are going to be used as Devotional holders, aspiration and affirmation holder, creative on the go supply holder. Excessive,  yes of course. If it helps me get more organized and be able to function in my daily life, I am looking at it as an investment in my health and well being.

I know you are not supposed to play favourites with your beloved planners but I have to say, at first inspection I love my Chic Sparrow as a wallet, the nayadori are my second choice, followed by the foxidori which the colours are not true to the pictures and I find feel very floppy

That being said, I have not got them decked out yet so my opinions may change. I will keep you updated as I try the different leathers and sizes.

Check out the planners I am working with right now:


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Why a Traveller's Notebook will change your life.

I know, you are a doubter right?  Change your life is a pretty big claim but I assure you once you set up your first travellers notebook you will never look back.

If you follow my blogs you likely know that I struggle with severe depression, anxiety and panic disorder and now have been diagnosed with diabetes and PTSD. That is allot to keep track of. One of the side effects of these issues is that I often forget things, conversations, things I said I would do, times of appointments, even to pick up milk.

It was sq uggested by a couple of members of my team that I always carry a notebook and record  everything I am asked to do, my schedule in detail, detailed lists and even phone numbers to call when I have a totally blank moment.

I immediately thought planner as I am a longtime planner girl.  I adjusted the contents of my A5 Webster Pages ring bound planner but honestly it was just too bulky to carry all day. Then I discovered travellers notebooks. You can customise the inserts to suit your needs. There are so many ways to personalize the set up with dashboards, paperclips, ephemera etc.

The more you adapt your TN to your needs and interests the more you will find yourself immersed in its pages. The trick to planner success is actually making it a place you love. If you want to learn more about Travellers Notebooks jump over to my YouTube channel and check out my planner perfection playlist.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuX6pRTVyrsAdbGvmH-M_9Q



Here are a couple of my videos showing my TNS.










Saturday, 1 July 2017




150 years of the place I call home. It has been such an amazing day seeing how fellow Canadians are celebrating  across the country. From the living flag in Manitoba to the huge crowds in Ottawa we are coming out of our mostly quiet humble living to scream to the world "WE ARE PROUD TO BE CANADIAN".

Our small contribution to celebrating our unique Canadian heritage was our Canada 150 blog hop. Canadian Designers from across the Country shared their beautiful creations for us to enjoy in a hop that over 700 crafters came to visit.

Special thanks to Southern Ridge Trading Company and Emerald Creek for participating in the hop.

Congratulations to our grand prize winner Emma who will receive a Spellbinders Platinum  6 machine and Angie who was the winner of the stunning Canada 150 chipboard collection. Enjoy ladies.

If you are celebrating Canada Day today or Independence day next week, we wish you a wonderful day of creating memories that you cherish forever. Don't forget to take pictures for your scrapbooks 😀