Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Liebster time



So I haven't been nominated but I picked the Liebster questions off of one of my favourite mom/gamer blogs by Neri at Mama Needs Mana .

Below you will find 11 random facts about me, and then I'll answer questions from my lovely friends nomination.

11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

1. I'm the Guild leader of Emphatica on Dawnbringer in WoW. ( My husband and I started the guild about 4 years ago.

2. I love Monsters.... I know they're bad for you.... but I'm in love. My favourite are the Blue Lo-Cal ones.

3. I enjoy binge watching shows on Netflix... most recently The Mindy Project and The Good Wife.

4. My end goal with school is to finish as a Nurse Practitioner.

5. Between my husband and I we own 7 dogs! That's right... SEVEN!

6. I originally wanted to go to college for Journalism... when I was younger.

7. I wish I had more time to watch gamers stream.

8. I'm scared of spiders..... I get the heeby jeebies just thinking about them.

9. My favourite book series is the Maddaddom Trilogy by Margaret Atwood, along with The Dark Tower by Stephen King.

10. I am jealous of moms who can be stay at home and enjoy it.... I'm just not made out for it.

11. I've been trying to eat clean for the past year.... I keep having cheat days, which I need to stop...

NERI'S QUESTIONS

1. What is the oddest job you have ever found yourself doing?

Hmm, oddest job I've ever found myself doing..Can't really think of anything

2. Tank, Healer or DPS?
 Tank, without a question. I love being the first to run into stuff, and take control... I'm kind of bossy.

3.Ultimate comfort food?
 Probably Mozza sticks or chocolate, can never go wrong with those two.

4. The electricity is out! What are you doing instead?
 Go outside with my daughter... if it's night time, light some candles and read.

5.How do feel about those little backpacks that serve as leashes for toddlers?
 That's  a tough one... don't judge me. I used to DESPISE them! I used to make fun of people who used them... then our daughter started trying to run around in stores when she'd see something she liked... or thought it was a game to run around, and didn't want to sit in the cart, stroller, or our arms.... so we gave in and bought one. *hides behind desk*. They actually come in handy and help with a rambunctious toddler, so to those parents I didn't like before I'm sorry. They are a great invention for people with small children. There are limits and times and places for them though.

6. Cake or Pie?
 As Dean Winchester says "Dude .. where's the pie?! "


7.Be honest: Have you ever played Candy Crush?
 Nope. I have not.

8.What is your idea of the perfect night in?
Netflix and snacks with my daughter and husband, and after our daughter goes to bed maybe some World of Warcraft.


9.Are leggings pants?
I guess so.

10.  Did you have access to console gaming when you were growing up?
Sure did. Had a SEGA, then a N64, then a PS2, and so on.

11. Where do you look when you’re lacking in inspiration?
My family, and blogs and YouTube.

11 QUESTIONS FOR YOU!

1.Marvel or DC?
2. If you could have one superpower what would it be, and why?
3.If you could travel back in time to one point, what would it be?
4.If you were stranded on a desert island what book would you bring with you?
5.If you could meet one famous person, living or dead, who would it be?
6.Ultimate comfort food?
7.What is your Dream job?
8.Describe a nightmare vacation.
9.What is the most recent movie you have watched and would you recommend it?
10.Star Wars or Star Trek?
11. Could you survive a week in the wilderness by yourself?



Good Luck!
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Where have I been?

I noticed that my last post was in January.... it was my giveaway post. Needless to say it's been a while since I've updated. Where have I been? I've been busy that past couple of months, between first and foremost, my family, work, and of course my guild/raid team.

So here are updates on everything.

Our daughter is two yrs and two months old. She spoke her first word at 6 months of age and continued babbling on since then. At the moment she speaks fluently in toddler gibberish, and says only few and select words clear as day. About 9 months ago our doctor suggested that we put her on the waiting list to see a speech therapist, because at that time of only being over a year, according to our doctor, our daughters vocabulary should have been more extensive. Now I understand that all doctors try to follow charts and  guidelines, and set out steps of milestones of what a baby,toddler, child should be doing at certain ages according to our government/ health care guides and what not.... that being said, I also know and strongly believe that each child is completely different and learn, reach milestones on their own time. However as it was a suggestion, we took our doctor up on it and got our daughter put onto the waiting list. Eight months later we got a call and set up an appointment to meet with the speech therapist.
The meeting went well, we thought and our daughter picked up on the therapist pretty fast, interacting with her and such. We went over how she isn't putting words into sentences, but she is very smart. She uses her hands and understands what we are telling her, she follows directions; however she gets frustrated when she can't effectively verbally communicate with us. Long story short the speech therapist told us it was okay and we could make her appointments bi-weekly, to try and get her talking more. The letter we got a week later said otherwise, it basically told us that she should be using at least 100 words and putting them into sentences, and suggested a hearing test, which we will have to get a referral from our doctor for, and drive two hours for it. ( She passed her last hearing test with flying colours and there were no worries) I guess they just want to rule it out as a possibility. Also that we need to enroll her in daycare or play groups..... if the therapist had of been listening to us then she would know that we take our daughter to play group every Wednesday and Friday, which she absolutely loves! Found out that her appointments are weekly now too. I would have been fine with this if we were told up front and when we were there, it just frustrated me that we were told one thing, and then the letter said something completely different.  However with that being said, we are taking her to her appointments, as it is to help her, and this way if there are any problems we can catch them. Better safe, than sorry...right?

We've also just gotten over the lovely Norovirus ( Norwalk Virus ) that I unknowingly brought home from work. ( Joys of working in healthcare ). So the last week, we've all just kind of been getting over it, and slowly getting back into our daily routines.

In World of Warcraft, myself and my fellow officers/guildies have been trying to get our raid team back together, and finally getting back to normalcy, within our guild. We've pretty much switched our raid team up and are trying to get a good rhythm going with everyone. I can't believe that this expansion we're having a hard time finding reliable and decent DPS!? Who would have thought?
Also, speaking of WoW, I have to say, when I heard about the new Game Tokens that will be implemented, I personally am excited for this. For the simple reason of, people who have a hard time buying game time due to cut backs or budgets, etc this will give them a chance at keeping their game time up,.... as long as they have gold in game lol. Thoughts on the WoW Token?
Here's the most recent link about the  WoW Token, I know there are a lot of mixed feelings about this. Let's discuss. :)

I hope everyone is having a great week!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Things I Love about Warlords of Draenor.

Yup, a post about what I'm currently loving in Warlords of Draenor...... PLUS my first giveaway.         ( Which will be at the end of my post. )

 I'm sure everyone has their own likes and dislikes in Warlords, just like in any World of Warcraft expansion, but just for the heck of it, I'm going to share things in the current expansion that I personally love.

1. The cinematics .
    For some reason this expansion has really got me into the story line, and the cinematics make it that much more interesting. Blizzard has always been good at doing them in expansions, but the current ones are .... I guess I could put it, emotional in a way. Especially with the whole Garrosh and how far he's fallen. I realize there are probably other cinematics that I haven't seen or have skipped that are just as great, but these ones stand out to me. The new character models really allow Blizzard to portray the emotion of the story in a way that they previously couldn't do.

2.Garrisons
    Some people have a love hate relationship with garrisons, ( one being my husband ). I enjoy them. I like the fact that you can customize them ( to a certain extent ), with specific buildings for your professions, and how you can have guild banners displayed proudly. Also eventually you can display monuments around your garrison, with the achievements you have.  Some of my favourite buildings in my garrison are : The Barn: I love being able to trap something and take and put work orders in, then a while later, have feasts for my raid team/ guild bank, without the pain of having a ton of mats in your bags.
The second building that I love is the Stable: I like collecting mounts, and I like that they can walk around in the designated area. Perfect for my Blood Elf hunter.

3. The Quest Lines. 
     Specifically the Arokkoa quest line, and the Elemental one. I love the story of how the Arokkoa came to where they are, and the mini quest where you get to play as one, and get his point of view ( forgive me, I forget his exact name ) It just felt fresh, like something I haven't done before, and I thought it was carried out well.




Then the Elemental line. Again to me it felt like something new, brought back a little bit from Cata ( or the feel of Cata for me) and was interesting.

4. The Dungeons 
      I love most of the dungeons, the new, look and feel. They are challenging and make you pay attention, like the good old dungeons did. You have to watch where you stand, and interrupt, and they look pretty awesome too. My favourite is Auchindoun


Lastly............... my FIRST ever giveaway!

I'm giving away a World of Warcraft Pet . Winner can choose which one they would like.

Answer these two  questions : What do you  LOVE about the current expansion Warlords of Draenor? What do you DISLIKE about the expansion.... and GO!

Also enter using Rafflecopter below for more chances. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas and New Years

Christmas has come and gone.... it went by super fast, and was a green one for us. Didn't make it feel very much like Christmas.
Our daughter is a very spoiled little girl, she ended up getting a lot of gifts, and was very well behaved.
Her main presents were an electric toy car, and an art easel.She also got, a pony set with a barn, puzzle blocks and shapes, colouring books and crayons, Tinkerbell dolls, Tinkerbell clothes and pjs. A Frozen nightgown, a Disney princess sitting chair, The Fox and the Hound dvd, some Princess reading books, as well as a couple of outfits. She loves everything, but prefers her easel and car most days. That will change in a week or two. ;)
 The Christmas gifts before the mayhem started .
 Her new Volkswagen car, that shes completely in love with.
Our little munchkin doing her thing, at her new art station.

   I'm very happy that our daughter had a great Christmas, and loves all of her gifts. ( she also received some gifts from her uncles and aunt and her grandma early, she got outfits, that she won't take off ( we're in that stage now ) and bath markers which she will not let go of during bath time, a Buddha board, and a couple other gifts, and a Tinkerbell Build-A-Bear. She was a very lucky little girl.
I most thankful for my family.... you guys know  who you are! Our daughter and of course my husband, we've all been very lucky.
Speaking of which, our little girl turns TWO in 2 days.... I can't believe, so after work tomorrow I'll be running around trying to get her birthday gifts in order. As for New Years we were in bed and sleeping by 830pm, that's a party haha.

How many of you have little ones with birthdays so close to Christmas and New Years? Do you buy them separate gifts?

Happy New Years everyone! Here's to a great 2015!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pumpkin Carving and Play Group

The title says it all. Pumpkin Carving from Halloween and Play Group.

 I got the bright idea that pumpkin carving with our toddler would be fun. I forgot to factor in the little hissy fits throughout the day though. Our daughter is right around the corner of 2, and the tantrums have begun.

We ended up buying a small pumpkin to decorate and a larger one to carve. Our daughter loves Tinkerbell at the moment, so I went online and printed off some Tinkerbell stencils.
We ended up choosing this one:







We got the newspaper all layed out on the floor and everything ready, our toddler and I marked the stencil onto the pumpkin and then it was carving time! I figured it was new and our daughter would explore the weird texture of the pumpkin seeds and goop inside the pumpkin..... thought it would be fun and we could watch her expressions as we cleaned the pumpkin out.... I was wrong. She grabbed a small handful and wiped it on my sweater and proceeded to have a mini meltdown, until she wanted to go to her room. So my husband carved the pumpkin and this was the end result :



I think my husband did a pretty good job for our munchkins first pumpkin.

We ended up taking our daughter out trick or treating for two hours. She went as Rapunzel off Tangled.... so cute! She got a bucket full of candy and then her great aunt made her up a Halloween bucket ( with Timbits, and a pillow pet and chocolates. )
It's safe to say she had a good Halloween, she slept that whole night after getting home.


Now for play group.
At our daughter's last check up a month ago or so, our doctor suggested we put our daughter on the list to see a speech therapist since she's only saying a handful of words. ( She understands us, she is extremely smart and outgoing, just she chooses her words lol.)
I got her name on the waiting list... of 8 months.
I started looking into some things and came across a local play group, that is 15 minutes from our house, and it's free! Wednesdays and Friday mornings. Drop ins welcome.
We were both hesitant at first, but figured "what could it hurt?" This way maybe she'll open up, and talk more being around other kids her age.
She loves play group. The new toys, the other toddlers, she loved it. They have snack time around 1030 ( which is right around her nap time ) so the first couple of times she had meltdowns. The last time was good though. It's also something they can go to when I work.
She sits at the table for snack now with the other kids and drinks from a big girl cup... I know it's the little things that make us parents happy.
She ate most of her snack yesterday at it ( snacks are also included ), and she came home saying a new word " uh, uh, uh, uh, oh!!" It's so adorable.

While we are on the wait list for the speech therapist, we are going to try play groups and see if she's talking more by the time her appointment rolls around.

*Here's Hoping*

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

Halloween, was our SECOND year wedding anniversary!

I have a post about what we did for our anniversary ( which we did on Wednesday, since we took our little one out for Halloween, but that will be done later ).....; however I wanted to celebrate my husband just a little bit. I don't think I do it enough and oh does he deserve it for putting up with me.

So I'm going to tell you a couple of things about my husband that I love about him and that make him even more amazing to me.

1. He goes grocery shopping and runs errands with our daughter, to take things off our to-do list or give me some quiet time, after work or when I'm stressed out. Also, he does it with EASE, our daughter is so relaxed when he takes her out.

2.He's an AMAZING stay at home dad/father. He makes staying at home look easy, and I know it's not. Stay at home is a full time job +more, with no sick days and he NEVER complains..... not even once.

3.He cooks. Yup, that's right. He can grill like nobody's business and can cook some mean tuna steaks as well... or just about anything that's put in front of him.

4.He watches Bones, and Greys Anatomy with me, and doesn't complain... and he enjoys them!
( He'll watch just about anything I ask him to. )

5.He cleans... and does laundry ( and folds and puts away the laundry )too.

6.He's a great listener. After a crappy day at work or just being stressed, I can talk to him about anything and the world seems to melt away.

7. He's handsome, those eyes and that smile, melt me.

8. He's caring and compassionate.

I love my husband and I look forward to many more years with him. I don't tell him enough, but I appreciate you and everything you do for our family, I need to tell you more.

Thank you for being  the amazing husband that you are.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Garnier Fructis Color Shield Review

I'm a member of Influenster, and have been for about two years.... I think. Most recently for their Voxbox program I received a box of FULL SIZE Garnier #ColorShield products. To be more specific, the shampoo, conditioner and the oil (shine spray ). I've heard about the product, but never tried it until Influenster sent it to me. Comes in handy since I dye my naturally red hair an even darker shade of red..... which sometimes fades rather fast.

Why do I dye my naturally red hair...? I dye it a darker shade of red, because the finished product just looks more vibrant and I prefer darker red on me over my natural colour. The only problem with having a more vibrant shade of red..... is it fades, and no one wants a dull shade of red.

Red hair... where to start, I don't wash it as often which sometimes can lead to it looking greasy. Ugh. Hot water, and styling products ( Hair straightener and blow dryer) definitely threaten how long the desired colour lasts.

Color Shields quote : "Want colour that stays bold & brilliant? Seal & protect fresh colour for up to 10 weeks with Color Shield Complete Defense. Protection against heat, water and sun."

I've only been using it for a couple of weeks, and I've noticed that it isn't fading as fast as usual. It also doesn't leave my hair feeling weighed down at all, and smells amazing! We'll see how it holds up at the 10 week mark.

The Color Shield Shine Shaker says :  "Formulated with camelia seed oil and acai berry extract, our unique technology defends freshly coloured hair against heat and nourishes to extend shine and softness."

So far I'm loving this shine oil. It smells great as well and definitely adds more shine. So far I'm impressed with this product.
  I'd say that these products do help with locking my colour in, and keeping it shiny. I'd give them my "shield of approval".


"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."