Monday, 19 February 2018

Where have I been hiding? #tookabreak #familytime #newbeginning

I haven't been blogging like I used to, and have been spending most of my time with family and friends. Time sure passes fast, and so much has happened since the last blog post. Where do I begin? Well, me and my family had a wonderful holiday season and a promising New Years Eve! What does the new year hold? I like to think of it as a new beginning, a fresh start, and I'm ready for it with the coming of spring.

Things were going fairly good up until last week. I was going about my usual business of being at work early, working through my lunch break to complete stuff, and boom... I get fired without cause. Ya right... my boss hated me and was on a power trip. I guess I wasn't allowed to decline something ten minutes before the end of my shift, even though he regularly leaves work early... and I'm talking 1pm on a regular basis. I was working 9.5 to 10 hours daily just to get things done, and was doing more than my job description stated. I covered for people when they were sick, was there even during snow storms... and early. It's maddening how I wasn't appreciated via my boss, and how him firing me fucked the girls in the service department... they're now swamped.

Friday, 22 December 2017

How to Have a Toddler-Friendly Christmas

Brianna, © 2017
When you have a toddler in the house, it's hard to have nice decor, especially when it comes to Christmas decorations. They seem to always get played with, chewed on, broken or lost. This year with my toddler, my desire to decorate went up against my desire to not have my home destroyed. I had to make some major compromises. I have a toddler that's walking, and is super excited and curious about the fun decorations. She loves and has to touch and play with everything, and somehow always has sticky fingers! She also seems to love to try and eat everything that she can get her hands on.

Luckily since my experience from last year, I have come up with some tips for toddler-proofing Christmas. If you have a toddler or a mobile baby, your are going to wanna pay attention!

Shatterproof Ornaments
I have come to the conclusion that no matter how high you hang an ornament, your toddler will find a way to get to the one she wants. Yes, the ornament will somehow end up on the ground and used like a ball. If you have shatterproof ornaments, it wouldn't be a problem. You would still find them in corners all over the home, but at least they will be in one piece.

Fake Trees Only
Pay close attention to what your tree is made of. The reason you don't want a real Christmas tree, is when you have a toddler, and the tree starts drying out, it will create a huge mess. They will want to play with the water at the bottom of the tree, as well as the stuff that falls from the branches.Just go fake... it's so much easier. Just make sure that the tree is non-toxic. Some artificial trees contain lead in them, so you would want to do some research prior to making the purchase.