A time for Change…

I will admit I have been in a full on slump lately. But with the craziest winter Halifax has had since 2004, I don’t think that anyone will blame me. (AN: The photo below is my patio after back to back to back snowfalls.)

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But with being cooped up within the four walls of my apartment with my kids (it was spring break last week), I took a good look at both my blog and my beginning business. One thing was crystal clear.

I needed to change the name of both.

Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings, and what a better time to make changes then now? But there’s a bit of a catch…

I am not revealing the new blog name till April 1st, 2015. What I can tell you is that I’ll be writing about lifestyle, being a mom to a pre-teen and a soon to be kindergartner, as well as indulging my gamer and geeky side and helping out my indie author friends with promotion and reviews.

So get ready for April 1st, I can’t wait to show you the new blog!

Till the next time guys!

The Power of a single word….

Perfection is such a bad word in my books. If we were all perfect, then we would basically be robots or Stepford wives. (*shudders*)

At some point or another in everybody’s lives, they have had flaws. Some people may think they have more then others and some may honestly have just one or two. (I won’t disclose how many flaws I know I have. :) )
Flaws are a part of us and they need to be accepted before they can be worked on, or in a best case scenario fixed completely.

Do I think there is a pressure to be perfect? I absolutely do.
Am I guilty of putting pressure on myself to be perfect as a mother? Sadly, yes I do. But who honestly hasn’t?

As a mother of two daughters, a wife and a starting small business owner, I would love to be that woman who is successful from the start, while taking time for herself, spending quality time with her spouse as well as her kids and somehow manages to get a full night’s sleep.
For now though, I can and will be content with having a fledgling business and a mostly healthy family. Everything else will work itself out.

So, Perfection…who needs it?

Not me.

Till the next time guys!

The week of Love

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February 14th is Valentine’s Day.

In my opinion, Valentine’s Day is one of the most stressful (and expensive) holidays every year. Mostly due to both men and women needing to overspend on extravagant gifts for their significant others and make their gifts this year better then the year previous. It turns this holiday into being all about the gifts, then what it should be which is spending time with your partner.

Now, I am a slight romantic at heart but Valentines is mostly just another day for me. Before you start thinking that my husband doesn’t love me or any other silly notion like that, let me just say that it’s just another day for me because most Valentines since he and I met almost 12 years ago…he’s had to work.

I’m not saying that him working on that day is a bad thing though.

I don’t need expensive jewelry or gifts like that because it’s a ‘special occasion’. Give me good food and good conversation and I am quite content. (A little chocolate doesn’t hurt either!!)

On the blog this week, I am taking a look at all things romantic. From recipes to make your mouth water, drinks to tantalize your taste buds to travel destinations for a romantic getaway and novels that will get you hot under the collar. So sit the angel on your one shoulder and the devil on your other shoulder…. and get ready for some heat!

Till the next time guys!

Winter is a Tease…aka Groundhog Day

Since yesterday was Groundhog’s Day(curse you groundhogs, I wanted an early Spring!!!), it reminds me of the movie by the same name starring Bill Murray. He had to live a particular day over and over again.

If you were in his shoes, what particular day would you want to be able to relive over and over again?
Personally, I have quite a few days that I can choose from and each are equally as important. Choosing just one day out of them all was quite difficult.

So I will go with my wedding day. The days leading up to it were difficult and very exhausting (I still had a 5 month old daughter to care for!), but when the actual day arrived and I woke up that morning, it was like nothing else mattered. I was happy and getting increasingly excited as the day went on. I had my girlfriends with me, as well as my daughter and my ‘miracle worker’ (otherwise known as my brother in law’s wife), who turned me from a tired out new mother to a radiant bride to be. Between all of them, I stayed calm and relaxed.

That entire day from start to finish was simply one major party with family and friends. Getting married to my partner in crime? Icing on the cake. I would definitely relive this day over and over if given the chance.

Till the next time guys!!

Time Sure Flies By…..

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Thinking about the signifigance of what today is for my family, I ask myself one simple question.
“Where did my baby girl go?”

My youngest daughter is a ball of cyclonic energy. Most days she can go from sunrise to sundown without stopping. I want to bottle her energy up and sell it to most parents that i know. She makes us smile and laugh with so much ease, its hard to be sad around her. Its not really that surprising though, shes been able to do that since she was just an infant.
But when I looked at the date today, I realized that my little munchkin has hit her next milestone – She has turned 5 years old.

When that little tidbit of information dawned on me, it nearly brought me to tears. The realization that my baby wasn’t truly a baby any more was a very hard pill to swallow. But I will accept that fact, be content with the memories and move on. The positive side of this news is that now she will have a whole new set of adventures and experiences to go through and I personally can’t wait to see things from her eyes.

But for now, I will simply say to my amazingly humble and happy daughter Marissa….

Happy 5th Birthday my little sprite! Love Mom.

Till the next time guys!

That’s a Wrap! – January 2015

Boy am I glad this month is over.

I know its been a long time since my last post. Sadly, i have completely blown my own resolution to plan out my blog posts early, which was supposed to start January 1st.

In my defense? A month behind schedule is better then no schedule at all and New Years Day brought news that sent my family into a tailspin. That afternoon, my husband received a phone call stating that the resturant that he had been bartending/managing at for the last 4 years…permanently shut down and everyone was out of a job.

Our stable life had just been yanked out from under us with a 90 second phone call. What made it worse was the fact that the surgery that my husband needs on his back was now in jeopardy. What followed that phone call was 4 weeks of illnesses, stress, frustrations and concern of the unknown.

However, as we now come to the end of the first month of 2015, things are starting to look brighter. My husband is working again and it turns out it will bring him more money, which benefits our family greatly. On the other hand, I was not as lucky to find a position(not for lack of trying though.) So I will be focusing on trying to get Crimson Cove’s name out there and keep writing books as well. The least that I can do if I cant help provide financially, is to help mantain and provide emotionally.

Its like they always say…..
“What doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger!”

Till the next time guys!

Five Songs You Need to Have on a New Years Eve Playlist

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays Everyone!

I hope Christmas Day was as enjoyable for you all as it was for me. Usually it’s a quiet affair in my house and this year was really no different. But now that Christmas is out of the way, it’s time to plan the party!!

New Year’s Eve is next Wednesday and it usually means a few things: Drinking (Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic), Going to a NYE party and my personal favorite….Music!

For my final Fab Five of 2014, here are five songs that I think should be on any New Years Eve playlist.

5. 1999 – Prince

4. Phenomenon – LL Cool J

3. Waiting for Tonight (Dance Remix) – Jennifer Lopez

2.  Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

1. Celebration – Kool and the Gang

Now these are not in any particular order, but these five songs should definitely have a place on your party playlist. From my family to yours, have a Happy New Years 2015 and I will see you in early January!!

Till the New Year Guys ;-)

Five Songs on the Radio that I never thought I would like

Go along with me for a quick moment….

You’re in the car, driving through town and flipping radio stations. All of a sudden there’s a particular song playing that you have sworn up and down that you absolutely don’t like for one reason or another. Yet, when you listen to the entire song….you realize that it’s not a half bad song. Then the more you hear it, you start to *gasp* actually like it????

That particular sequence of events ALWAYS happens to me….so to acknowledge this little quirk that I know we have all had from one time or another, here are five current radio tracks that have gone from being totally hated…to pretty good to listen to.

5. Fireball – Pitbull feat. John Ryan
(Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMqgVXSvwGo)

4. Take Me To Church – Hozier
(Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw)

3. Love Me Harder – Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd
(Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5qU7p7yOY8)

2. Blame – Calvin Harris feat. John Newman
(Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ACl8s_tBzE)

1. The Heart Wants What It Wants – Selena Gomez
(Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij_0p_6qTss)

Now I know we have all had these moments, so it’s confession time. What is the one song that you thought you disliked at first, but it grew on you?

Till the next time guys!!!

Learning my lesson…

Today has been a VERY long day for yours truly. I decided, in my oh so infinite wisdom to get a major streak of motivation and pick up items that I need to make both sugar and shortbread cookies, more materials for bath salts as well as gifts for friends down in the US and any other groceries that we may need before tomorrow. The only thing that I was worried about was taking my two daughters out in public alone(hubby was at work for the day).

Apparently, what I should have been more worried about was the stores and the people out driving. I spent more time maneuvering both in the stores and in the parking lot then actually shopping with the girls. Mind you, when I did shop I had two girls suffering from “Non-Listen-itis”. Most parents should know this affliction. ;-)

So the lesson for this rainy Sunday evening in Halifax? It’s simple.

Never go shopping 10 days before Christmas….without a second adult with you. Preferably one that is built like a linebacker??

Till the next time guys!!!

A Cool Fantasy style find….

This past weekend found myself and my family out and about and we ended up at a Gothic, Steampunk and Fantasy Christmas show at the Halifax Forum. Now I will freely admit to being a card-carrying member of the geek/nerd worlds and I sort of went into this show with some expectations….which on a whole were not met. BUT……

I did manage to find a couple of little gifts for myself. The first was a replica piece from one of my favorite series… Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Now in the movie, the character of Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) is given a beautiful pendant called the Evenstar from his true love, the elven princess Arwen (Liv Tyler). Now for someone like me who loves fantasy jewelry, finding a replica of the Evenstar pendant was awesome to me.

The second was some prints from a local fantasy painter. Now paintings like these are something I would plaster all over my living room, but the price of the smaller 5×7’s were in the budget….yet just as beautiful.

Sadly, the Whovian in me did not find anything to my liking, but the gothic/fantasy side of me was crying out “TOUCHDOWN!!”.

Here are a couple of shots of what I was talking about. I took these with my LG Optimus G, so if the quality is shabby….I apologize.

Evenstar Pendant

Fantasy Prints

Till the next time guys!!!