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Millionaire Square Recipe

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Millionaire Squares

Bottom Layer:
– 2 cups flour
– 1/2 cup white sugar
– Pinch of Salt
– 1 Cup Butter (Or Margarine)

Mix together all 4 ingredients until it crumbles. Put in a 10×15 pan. Flatten to the bottom.
Bake at 325F for 25 minutes.

Middle/Caramel Layer:
– 1 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
– 1 Cup Butter (Or Margarine)
– 6 Tbsp Corn Syrup
– 1 Can of Condensed Milk

Heat and boil on low heat for 5 minutes. Pour over the bottoms. Cool in fridge to cold.

Top Layer:
– 300 Grams of Milk Chocolate

Melt and pour over the top.
Let chocolate slightly set and cut into squares before fully cold because if the chocolate becomes cold as you cut squares it will crack.

** If you want to sprinkle course or flaked salt on top of the chocolate that is a welcomed flavor profile also to cut the sweetness of the squares!

This has GOT to be one of my all time favorite recipes. For the longest time my Nanny would make them around the holidays and various times through the year and we had to restrain ourselves from eating an entire tray that was left out! This year moving back home I had asked my Nan to make me a tray of them. We brought her to the store and she made them. However she is obviously getting older and she slipped a recipe into the container so that way I could make them myself anymore. Maybe a not to subtle hint she was done making them for me. After making them myself they are pretty easy however they do take a bit of time. I cannot wait to share with her the squares that I made and hope they live up to her standard! If you are interested in more holiday recipes you are more than welcome to check out last year’s post all about them here too.

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Candied Pecans Recipe

*** For a details story about why I started making these, got the recipe etc, see underneath the actual recipe itself (Please consider reading for some history on it!). My reason for this is because there is nothing I can’t stand more than looking up a recipe online only to have to scroll scroll scroll to the bottom to find it with a bunch of fluff on the top! Thank you!

Candied Pecans

– 3 Tbsp Margarine or Butter
– 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar (Not packed with a tablespoon or two added on top)
– 3 Tbsp water
– 3-5 Tbsp Cinnamon (I always add more because I enjoy cinnamon, add as much as you would like for your taste!)
– Approximately 4 Cups of Pecans

– Add the Margarine, Brown sugar, water and cinnamon in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil
– Once boiling add pecans.
– Stir together constantly to make sure everything is coated.

Line a cookie sheet with tin foil or parchment paper. Put the mixture and pecans on the sheet spread as thin as possible to not over lap. Let them air dry until cool. Store in air tight container.

This was a recipe that I made for the first time this year and I absolutely loved it. While pregnant with my second child I had bought a bag of pecans that were just sitting around. For some reason I thought about candied pecans and looked across pinterest for a recipe that would be simple and easy to make. This is a modified recipe that I had found, I say modified because they had so little cinnamon I don’t think there would have been any flavor of it if I had used that one. I think cinnamon is such a subjective taste that it really depends on who is eating it or who you are making it for since everyone may like more or less cinnamon in their recipes!

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Pregnanacy 36 week update

I cannot believe we are actually HERE and we are nearly finished growing this human being inside of my freaking body! How incredible is that. By the time this is released I will probably be about 37w since it is nearing the end of the month and of course I have to put the monthly update up also! But it will be up none the less!

I would be lying if I said that I was not nervous. My boyfriend has said he is not as nervous since we have done this before but I am still just as nervous. You really never know! Maybe the fact that his ultrasound was measuring ahead also has me slightly freaked out. But at the end of the day I just cannot wait to not be pregnant again. The waking up every few hours for the bathroom is something I forgot about. The heartburn also sucks equally too.

One thing I am slightly nervous about is that my partner is away from Tuesday this week until Friday, and home for Halloween weekend and then next week from Monday to Friday. Thankfully he will be only an hour away so I can call him in case this little guy decides to make his appearance earlier than his due date! The other thing is I really have to make sure that I have all of the bags packed. Myself, and the little guy. Plus a write up for Vincent who will be staying home. I have a friend who is going to come over and hopefully watch him until my Mom is off of work and can come over after. I wont be contacting my sister as I have mentioned before about her Anti-Vac ways and my brother and I are not exactly on speaking terms currently due to his attitude towards myself. So this is the best case scenario happening.

Other than the usual things that I need to do, I want to make a little to do list for myself to be able to get things going for the time it is just myself and Vincent. Just little things to get done around the house and to help time pass also too. Like Organizing bottles, cupboards, microwave stand, things of that nature. I do not want to push myself because being home alone can be challenging as I am afraid of the dark anyways, but I would like to really keep busy so the time passes. Might I add nesting perhaps? I want to not be rushing or left with things undone. Not to mention Vincent is current sleeping in the Baby’s room because we will use a bassinet for the 1st 6 months, so we can get a twin bed for him and what not eventually. But with this set up I need to make our bedroom a bit better suited with a basket of diapers or wipes, obviously we will not be running into the room to change diapers if our 1st son is asleep! So things like that are what I need to get done. Thankfully I just bought some new note bad paper for my clip board so you KNOW i am excited to organize this and plan!

Another thing is now that we are at 36w we will be having a doctors appointment every week. This week we have an appointment and also get checked for the dtap? Maybe it is called. It is the bacteria where if you have it when baby is born you have to get antibiotics in your IV to prevent anything from happening. I never needed it with Vincent, but every pregnancy is different.

Overall I think we are anticipating that he arrives sooner than later but as we all know babies will come when they come! I still have some more things I would like to accomplish before he does come however I have been slacking on that too. I really need to hammer out another list and get that done. Not to mention the moving may help to efface more and dilate to prevent any time of inducing too!

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I also feel like this pregnancy I am a lot more awkward in terms of shape now. I know it sounds weird but I feel more round and whale like. I am longing for the part where I begin to have my body back and I am able to feel like myself again, not that I dont completely now but man is getting in and out of bed a challenge. We recently bought a new sectional also and well, getting on and off from a laying position is not the easiest thing I have done in my life either! I am not too sure how many more updates I will be posting since in a week not much can be changing, Simply put I will just be looking at hopefully getting sweeps done to make labour start hopefully but even that is a 50% chance it may do nothing too!

Even though this is our second child, it still is a bit surreal to think we will have yet another baby here and be doing the entire thing about getting up every 3 or so hours to feed him, and change him, his snoozing and him being tiny! I hope the transition from one child to two is easy even though I do expect some challenges! I also hope Vincent understands and will be the best big brother ever! Which I know he already will be even if he does have his little nearly 2 year old attitude too!

Is there anything I should know about a second pregnancy that you remember being different, Or any tips or tricks to help it go along smoother?

Let me know in the comments below!

November Update 2021

I feel like I legit JUST wrote an Update. Maybe because the October one was a few blog days after I normally would write but still here we are! At the time of writing this, October 27th (as you know ahead of time!) I am in fact still pregnant!

Streams have been going slowly and fee and far between. Normally max of 2 hours if that due to the fact that my back gets sore from sitting in the computer chair downstairs for long periods. Ive just been trying to do different things to be active across social medias and discord and streams even if I am not live. Blogging is slowly getting back to regularity which is a great feeling. I have been really into following people who are from Nova Scotia and really seeing the people around the province. It is a great feeling to see things across the province. I will be focusing on growing my Twitter for streams and the new business I would like to officially launch in the new year.

On to new business! In January I would love to begin selling some of my artwork and sewing treasures. Once I get some things going and settled I will be doing. A few giveaways across my social media platforms so I can hopefully grow the pages a bit before the actual launch as well too. My goal currently is to produce small things so that way I am not spending a fortune on shipping right now. Things that can fit into small envelopes and things. I am also probably going to limit my shipping to Canada/United states and United Kingdom. I also am planning to just use my socials. I do not want to use a website like Etsy or what not because I feel like starting out, i would be spending more money on growing my business. Another thing is I am doing really hard to not spend money on buying new supplies. I would like to try to sell what I already have or can make already. Build some sort of income and bank roll.that way instead of spending on things. I would like to really give this a go and try to bring in some money for my family. Though growing pages and building clients can be one of the trickiest things with this. Not to mention making a profit too. I will be also getting some business cards made also. That way I can add them to packages. It will be hard but I am determined to build something while at home and taking care of my kids.

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Next is the new baby arriving soon! I am really working on trying to tackle little organizing things around the house. Things like making a spot in our bedroom for the bassinet, prepping and organizing drawers or spots in the kitchen, getting the bottles ready since we will be formula feeding. Things like that. My spouse will not be taking time off work right away so this will be something I do to keep busy. Not to mention the last week of October and beginning week of November he is gone through the week so this will keep me busy.. Nesting so to speak! And of course I need to pack the hospital bags also. Basically getting everything as ready as possible to be able to have a smooth transition from one fella to two! I an excited for this change and to be able to finally sip one drink with my partner in our new house and relax and take in the holidays as a family of four. I am still very nervous about another birth but also waiting patiently for it to happen!

Other than that Halloween has recently passed too. For this year we decided to just go see friends and family with our little fella. He is still far too young to really go door to door but when we were younger my parents would take us to friends and family to say hello and trick or treat for them. We will be starting in the afternoon and then we will be coming back and maybe giving out a handful of treats since there is not a whole lot of trick or treaters that come to our street. Which is a stark contrast to the old house where there would be 250+ kids sometimes! It Will still be nice to celebrate with some family and friends to see them for brief moments and introduce some to Vincent as well too!

And lastly. I am nearly done Christmas shopping and am so thankful I started when I did! This weekend, well the 1st in November I will also be going to tackle the rest of everything I would like to get! I want to get everything from my baking supplies to start at the end of the month, a few things to put in gifts since the majority is done, as well as see if I can make a trip to the dollar store also too. That is basically everything really. I am thankful I started so early because some of the gifts I had gotten for our son Vincent are becoming increasingly harder to find not to mention when it is found there is a way bigger price tag than I had found! I am so happy that I will be done this weekend though. At 37w pregnant it is a challenge to be doing things and I would rather not wait in case I am more sore with this little guy, or even if he is late and I have to shop deep into December because that just will not cut it!

Overall I think October went swell and I cannot wait for November to have a new addition to the family! There will be hopefully more stability in blogs being posted as well too! And yes, There will be a birth story blog coming up as well as how we choose our newest son’s name too!

– Stacey

Halloween Costumes I Dressed as Through The Years

Growing up in Canada we were for sure a family that celebrated Halloween. Which would come to no surprise to many I am sure. As a child There was basically only one reason why we loved Halloween. Which may seem super obvious, CANDY! We wanted to get the most candy in the least amount of time possible. We had backpacks, pillow cases, when my dad would come around with us we had a wagon we would bring to put the over flow on in bags also. But that is only the big part of Halloween. The other part was also when you were to decide what you were going to wear! Would it be something scary, funny, weird, or a character from a movie or video game. Who knew!

The longest running costume that I would dress up as growing up was a Witch. For whatever reason I was a witch nearly 5 years straight if not more. I wore the same dress just black. I had a wig sometimes and sometimes I didn’t. I also had green paint that would be put on my face also too. I am not sure why I was always wanting to be this for Halloween but I did though. Maybe it had to do with the fact that i was fascinated with magic and the though of there being that in the world made me gravitate towards a witch as a costume. Maybe it was because my Mom’s first daughter was a witch for a few years before she passed away also. I am not entirely sure but I loved being a witch. I also had a bit of a sassy attitude so I think this suited me for sure when it came down to it.

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My mom also had bade us costumes as well. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up in the sense that we never bought new costumes every single year. We never spend 50 plus dollars on costumes to wear for 5 hours, if that, and then grow out of them. Some costumes that my mom made was a bunny before. She was really good with a sewing machine so she would try to make things based on patterns that she may have had in her box of them. She also made a candy cane one year which was hilarious. She used fabric and stuffed the hook part to make it stand up and it had a swirl just like the ones you see on a Christmas tree.

Another costume that I was sometimes was an angel. This was one that she had made just by sewing a sheet together into a dress and finding a gold belt from a local hand me down store. As for the wings I think I either bought those from the dollar store or she made them also with material. Fort he halo she used pipe cleaners gold ones that sparkled and a regular headband. That way it was easy and it would stay in place on my head.

As I got older into teenage years I wanted to be silly things. There was one year I went as a ghost. And yes, it was literally just a white sheet over my head that I pinned for my arms and I wore a scarf around my neck to hold the sheet in place. I just cut eye holes out of the head part and that was all. It was so simple but everyone thought it was so funny at the same time. Then I would start to get masks from the dollar store or Walmart as I became older and older. I would just wear a mask with a hoodie and go door to door like that.

I think I was even a baby one year also. You know pig tails or weird hair, with a soother and then pajamas also too. Being Halloween in Canada you had to prepare for the possibility you may need to wear a jacket underneath your costume because it would be freeing without it.

As for my siblings, They did basically the same things, My brother was a vampire for a very long time. My mom made him a cape and then he had a mask he would wear that was stuffed and super soft too. My sister would be a bunny for many years and then switch to also be a baby too. And at times my brother would be a clown. If I could find some I would post some photos of what we would be. Including the photos of tears because you know we would be crying as my mom would put makeup on our faces and she wasn’t doing it the way we wanted to. Which was typical i suppose when it came to costumes and kids.

There was also some Halloweens that we choose to be different things. Sometimes we had Halloween costume days for when we were in bowling, other times we had parties for Guides, and then we would have the dress up day at school also too. There was a lot of things that we could dress up for not just Halloween night that we could mix and match different ideas and be a few things in one year. However, I still believe if i remember correctly I would be a witch for the entire thing and I would try to just change how I looked like maybe a different color makeup or a different wig or something too.

Overall, I think with my children I will probably try to do the same things as they grow up also. I don’t understand the point of spending so much money on a costume for a few hours. that being said, There is no way I wont be snagging a sweet deal on a costume if I see it though!

Did you celebrate Halloween as a child

What was your favorite costume to dress up as too

Let me know below! Maybe we liked the same things!

Why you should diversify your content

Before even beginning, you may be familiar with the good ol saying “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”. This is a saying I personally have heard growing up for a very very long time. This basically is just saying that when it comes to things you should not be putting all hopes and dreams into one avenue in case something were to happen.

I think as far as content creation goes this is one of the major reasons and life lessons anyone should learn. Just as life goes, you have a job interview. Quit your current job. And wait to hear back on this ambitions offer only to find out that you never got the job and you are now jobless.

Content creation is never a guaranteed source of income. You can have months where you are eating truffles and steaks, and other months where you are rationing out ramen for the week so you don’t completely starve. Content creation as easy as some influencers make it look, is not an easy job to have nor is anything guaranteed. You maybe a one game streamer where you found your community and suddenly that game shuts down or you have completely lost interest and you find yourself with nothing to play.

This very much carries over for putting all of your content on one platform. Anyone see the major issues with Twitch for example? Twitch is a platform that regularly takes 50% of the earnings that a streamer has. Whether that be subscribers or the tax they charge on their bits for donations. Putting all of your eggs in one basket can be extremely harmful.  Even working in the world what type of company takes 50% of your earnings for themselves. Not to mention this does not factor into the taxes you also have to pay on top of this making your earnings even less.

The best thing you can do is diversify your content. What does this mean? This means stop putting your eggs in one basket! If you for example, stream on twitch, look into putting content else where also. Especially financially. Whether this means striving for YouTube partner, putting some content on a Fanhouse account. Creating a Patreon where you can reward people for different financial tiers. Regardless of which platform you want to bring more content to, an important factor to look at is what percent they take from you. Look at the type of content that you have and whether it is a match for the site. Another important factor worth looking at when choosing a site would be to look at how user friendly the website is. If you have to click 30 things in order to subscribe that may not be the most ideal website to introduce to your supporters.

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What I am doing in this is recently I have made the decision to drop streaming down to 2 days per week. While I do enjoy streaming I find myself slacking and cancelling streams. I want to be regular but while streaming is a very small portion of my income (Maybe 20$ per month, if that) putting time into it when I know I have other skill sets that could better be spent and bring in more income besides playing video games. Plus by dropping 2 days per week I can always stream more if I wanted to.

Another thing I am thinking about doing is taking from the fall of this year til the end of the year and building up some stock to be able to finally launch a crafting and homemade business. I think if I have some stock built up and planning some little giveaways it could be a great way for me to be able to grow my different crafting pages for more potential clients. I have been sewing more and little magnets which will be a start for me by using scraps of my plastic canvas. I have also thought about prints and paintings, as well as stickers and things also too. I am looking forward to this launch and while my newborn sleeps I can also sew while watching some TV and what not as well too which is good to know also. I am trying to think of things that do not require a large area and I am able to do while my oldest sleeps.

I have thought about Patreon however I am not entirely sure how I would do this to be able to make a profit. I will be working on the details as my business grows because it does take a while to be able to figure out costs and things also too. Sitting down and figuring out different things for the prices will come in time.

And finally, this blog! I feel like I am doing okay with the blog and finding who I am while writing and sharing myself with you all. My next step is to monetize things for this. Whether that be different links, pushing different aspects of it, but I do feel like there is a lot for me to learn. I need to focus more on optimizing this and making it better which also includes I think going back to blogs I first started with and re-vamping them in the process too. I also have thought about writing 3x per week in 2022 as well too which will be a bit tougher but I have faith that I can do this if I really put my mind to it and I plan things and blogs. Obviously as you can tell sometimes I do in fact struggle with this blog because life does happen! The growth I have seen in the past year has been great and I cannot wait to see how the end of the year finishes off also too.

Do you post content on more than one platform?

What makes you diverse in producing content too?

Let me know in the comments below, maybe you are doing something others are not sure about!

Pregnancy 34 week update – Nearly THERE!

Firstly, I am SORRY for not updating you all since the half way point, Holy smokes. It really has been that long and I have no idea how time flew by but here we are. I will try to cover as much as possible with out making this boring for you since we are nearing the end of my 2nd pregnancy and it feels insane to think that in however many weeks I will have another little fella in my lap!

During this time we had a second ultrasound which was at 31 weeks. Again, it was great because my boyfriend was able to come along and my dad watched my son til my mom was home from work. it is nice to be able to have family here to be able to help out if need be. Everything at the ultrasound went great. The technician even got us a photo with the 3D technology and we could kind of see his face! I know it sounds craZy and it was! But we are very excited as time inches closer. I will say this, that ultrasound did freak me out a little bit. My son when he was born weighed 6lbs and 12 oZ. This boy, he was measuring 2.5 weeks ahead in growth AND he was currently weighing according to the ultrasound 4lb and 14oZ. So as you can see this is quite the siZe difference from my first son to my second son! I am hoping that he comes early but any time after 36 weeks would be ideal obviously. I will be doing all the little tricks that probably do absolutely nothing just to hope he comes quicker. Like drinking raspberry leaf tea, or sitting on a yoga ball to help him really get into position!

As for how I feel, I would say that I am feeling pretty good though! I feel like sleeping at night is for sure becoming a lost art though with the amount of times I have to get up during the night for varies reasons especially heart burn. Which I am currently on medication for among taking tums here and there. I still find myself waking for varies reasons even if it is just the bathroom or sleeping to long on one of my sides compared to the other side. My body is for sure aching more as it stretches to the max and I am trying to take baths frequently in the evenings to help curb that also too. Overall I have also been trying not to nap in the afternoon because I am enjoying the time my son sleeps as my personal me-time whether that mean I am sewing or getting a bit of gaming in while he naps. Though normally I do have a bit of regret about not sleeping when he naps because towards the end of the day I find myself dragging my butt in the process.

Other than that I feel like I am anxiously awaiting for this little fella to be born. I feel like with my son the last few weeks didn’t really pass quickly but I didn’t think they passed slow either. With this little guy I am anxiously awaiting for him to arrive, again not before 36 weeks but still any time after that would be great due to the fact he was measuring so far ahead. The crunch time to try and get everything ready for him in the process is just that, a process but I feel like I am on a good pace to have everything done and ready for him. I did however have to purchase myself some new pants since the ones I had were getting holes in the thighs as well as it is getting colder and all I had was basically shorts! I will be taking more about the details of prepping for our new baby here once the blog post goes life in a little bit, so keep the eye out for that as well!

One thing I have noticed with this pregnancy is that I look and feel rounder. I know strange but apparently with more pregnancy’s you will grow a bit more in the process since you are already stretched so much as it is from the 1st. I also find myself really trying to focus more on weight loss. Obviously this is a bit away after I am all healed up but I am thinking about how I want to really try to get under what i was pre-pregnancy as far as weight goes and try my best to become a lighter version of me. I feel like I didn’t really over indulge this pregnancy like I did with my son and that is not a bad thing by any means, I just would like to really try to become a better me where I can chase around these two boys in the future and not be winded in the process which is not a good time!

Overall I am really looking forward to the little things. I asked my partner if he was nervous, more or less this time than last and he said he was less nervous because we had already done this before. I said that I was getting nervous and anxious about that as well. I am going into the mind set that I am not trying to be a hero, if I need an epidural than I need one. But I wont be trying to hold out because I never needed one the 1st time. I don’t want to be in agony and pain the entire time to prove a point to no one. I would be lying if the ultrasound measurements didn’t freak me out also since this little one seems to be a lot bigger than his brother was! Though measurements can be off to some extent also that is known to happen too.

Were you still just as nervous the second time you or a loved one was pregnant
How were you feeling towards the end too

Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear anyone`s thoughts

Putting Yourself First as a Mom

Putting yourself can be hard for anyone. As my dad always said “Stop burning the candle at both ends” which is a lot easier said than done too. Even when you don’t have kids a lot of people, like myself, always find themselves putting others above their own needs. Becoming a parent doesn’t change that you simply are just pushing yourself further down the list which is not always a good things. Yes, your children will go first in a lot of aspects of your life. However that doesn’t mean that you should ignore yourself. If you become run down and tired or exhausted even then you will find yourself struggling to put your children first as you may want to do.

I also realize while writing this that if you are a single parent with little to no help when it comes to your children that it may be hard for you to find time to put yourself first. I understand that. I am fortunate that I have a partner as well as will be living close to family that will be able to help when I need it for whatever reason. Not to say I will take advantage of this but the opportunities to put myself first might be easier than someone who is doing this alone. But that shouldn’t mean that you are any less important and there is no way to put yourself first. There just might need to be some creative out of the box thinking happening to do this.

Putting yourself first does NOT have to be some big extravagant thing. You can do very little things in order to do this. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money on putting yourself first either. Though we think of self care as a parent or a mom as maybe going on some shopping spree with the girls, or even a night to the movies with friends, it doesn’t have to be like that at all. It can be something as simple as watching a movie at night once the kids have gone to bed, taking a nice warm bubble bath and relaxing for an hour in the water. It can be creating some art with a pen and paper or writing a short story. Putting yourself can also mean doing absolutely nothing once the kids go to bed. Some of the nights I do this, i can tell you I feel the best. Not having to think about doing any house work or laundry just seems to be right sometimes. Remember, those dishes in the sink are not going anywhere, they will still be there in the morning if you don’t want to miss that special finale of the show you have been bingeing to catch up! even dying your own hair can be something that you enjoy doing, this is one I personally try to do when I feel run down, nothing like a fresh hair color or style to really enforce how i feel about myself!

Another thing we tend to put on the back burner as parents is our health. When it comes to our kids we are the biggest advocates for them when they are unwell doing everything within our power to make them feel better. When it comes to us, we will do anything we can to ignore the issue and hope it magically goes away. It sometimes does, but it also sometimes gets worse. I am guilty of this majorly. I need to start to put myself first. If you have to get take out, or skip cleaning for a few days and literally keep your kids alive that is a good thing. Sometimes when we are run down we also can be making ourselves sick too. This would be a prime example of when you spread yourself too thin. I used to do this especially at my old job working with disabled adults, You can read more about it here.

And lastly, if you are able to have someone whether family or friends help out. Take them up on the offer to look after your kids for a few hours. You do not need to spend some money on this. You could even take the time to go to a park or a quick walk. Even go to a picnic for one and read a book under a tree, or window shop or grab a coffee and enjoy some alone time. Sometimes the nicest moments i have is when I can go to a doctors appointment and I can jam to some music as well as just enjoy the quiet even if I am not doing a whole lot. And yes, with the virus around the world loosening though some places are extremely difficult in their 3rd or more waves of it, you can still be creative and think about things for you! Even if they are inside your own home too!

What I am ultimately trying to say, as a mother to another mother or father. Take care of yourself. I know it can be hard to think about it or to actually follow through with it but at the end of the day you cannot be the best you can be if you do not feel your best! Remember you are a great parent even if some days you might not have the cleanest house, or the best home cooked meals available. Doing your best looks to be many different colors and there is no right or wrong way to take care of yourself. As long as you are putting some time into it. It does not have to be every day either, it can be once a week, or twice a week, even a few times a month. There is nothing wrong or selfish about a parent putting themselves first for a little bit of self care! NEVER!

What are some of the things that you do, as a parent, that you really enjoy doing for yourself
Have you changed up activities over the years or do you stick to the same things

Let me know in the comments below!

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July Update 2021

This post might seem rushed and that would be because there is a strong chance that it will be. This is going to happen right towards when we are about to be moving! I am going to separate this into as best as I can to update you all for this as well as some big things coming for the blog to hopefully jeep the momentum going!

Streams have been on the back burner right now. I haven’t streamed for nearly 2 weeks and wont be back til the beginning of August. To be completely blunt. I just have not wanted to stream. I wanted to be able to do absolute nothing at the end of the day. Especially with the fact that there has been heat waves here in Quebec and at the end of a hot day I either want to have a cold bath or legit just melt into the couch and do nothing but watch Netflix or whatever else. A part of me is low key upset by this because I think streams were going so well. They were really getting my average up. But here we are and I’m taking an extended break. I know people will care once I return but I wont be where I was as people will have moved on. Which to say the least is hard. Though I know for me if I was to keep putting streams first I would be stretching myself far too thin and probably cause myself even more stress.

Next is blogs. I am SO HAPPY to announce that this summer I will be putting out blogs 4x per week! Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday! This is my way to hopefully grow my following a bit and putting out the most content for 2 months than I ever have before. It will help me get a catch up on blogs that I want to write to catch up when my next baby is born. For me, I will just be writing the updates and filling in blanks and things for special blogs however most have been per-written so I can just schedule so that way it automatically updates. This is something I am excited to see as happen and I will report back in September eventually about what progress if any has happened during the increased blogging!

Now on to moving. As I write for this it is on about the 28th of June. A week out before packers arrive which is kind of stressing me out but not really. I still have a bit to do but it mostly is trying to figure out if everything can fit in the car and then if everything we will remember as well. The beauty of it all is that we wont be packing anything or loading it so myself and the baby and cat and dog just have to be out of the way while the boyfriend is dealing with things in the home. I just am, going to be relieved that we will be in our own home again. Things so simple as having my night table beside my side of the bed. Or having the mirror up on our vanity is going to be huge. Things like being able to paint our walls the colors we want, having a rec room and more space, a kitchen that is not super small, these are so many things that I am looking forward to doing.

Also at the time of writing this, I do have an appointment for the ultrasound on July 2nd. Early in the morning. I will update for 20 weeks what the gender is of the baby because like with my son we are unable to hold in the secret for long and will for sure be finding out early! We are relieved that we are able to get the gender scan and autonomy scan done before we move since isolation will be for 2 weeks and it might take a while to have it done with appointments and things. Hopefully everything growth wise is also fine! As of writing this movements are picking up for sure which is crazy. And if the movements are right my boyfriend can also feel them too. Which he could not for a while with our son.

Looking forward to July. I dont think there will be a lot of progression in terms of content. Just scheduling things and planning. I would like to get a few new things for stream when we come back in August. I also would like to try to get some emotes done to refresh the stream that way too. Nothing to major but just some things that I would like to do to kind of make it a bit refreshed especially in a new house with a new background and what not also.

Even though I know this is and will be stressful at times. I try not to let that get to me and think of the excitement that is coming. I will be about 10 minutes from my parents house which is great and my brother and sister will be near as well. I haven’t even seen my brother in 9 years due to our lives being busy and moving and what not. So to be able to do the whole holiday things again will be nothing short of incredible and I cannot wait for it all to happen. I just need to focus on sleeping and how important it is to me being nearly 19 weeks pregnant, I need to really not let myself get sleep deprived. I cannot wait to also share the renovations and upgrades that we do to the house as it progresses along! It will be amazing for sure!

Do you have any tips for moving to different province? or state that you would like to share?
What are some things to be careful when moving?

Let me know in the comments below, This is such an exciting time I want to share it with all of you too!

Preparing to move provinces with a 1 year old!

Preparing to move with any child can be crazy and hectic to say the least. I have only ever moved provinces with a dog and a cat and that alone was a bit much for me! However we did it and it worked fine. Now, moving with a baby or I should say toddler, I feel like there is a lot more we need to prepare for in order to make this a success.

We currently live in Quebec, Canada and will be moving back home to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The total driving time is about 14 or so hours however we all know that with a baby and animals that time will probably look more like 16 or so hours based on the amount of stops that you need to do for different things like fueling up, food, rest and stretch your legs as well as whatever else there is. I have only ever went on road trips when I was a child for bowling around the province of Nova Scotia so I really have nearly no idea what it would be like to move with a toddler. Oh yeah, and did I mention that I am also going to be about 5 months pregnant at this point too? Not to mention there is a lot of of different rules with traveling through different provinces especially with Covid restrictions as well too. Here is the plan and hopefully it does work out!

Food is something that as adults is super easy. If you are hungry all you need to do is simply stop at a fast food restaurant, and keep going. No need to stop and do whatever though we normally do for a few minutes due to the dog. The cat is typically fine for the drive which is okay. The dog we also have to stop for a little bit because if we don’t he might get sick due to being in the car so long which would also suck. Not to mention we have to do his business outside frequently also. For our son I was thinking about (And by thinking at this point I had already gotten) a few things to help with the car ride such as, a small cooler so that we can put some apple sauce and yogurt inside, as well as some small ice packs, and 2 small thermos. I was thinking that the day we leave to make the drive that I could also get up earlier so I can make some oatmeal to put in one thermos. This will be a good start for the day as he does love oatmeal. I also am looking for perhaps making some small pasta with some tomato sauce and putting it into a second thermos for his lunch. Supper will have to be more winged it though which shouldn’t be so hard to think about either. If he was older sure fast food would be maybe alright but since he is smaller I don’t want to have to rely on worrying about restaurants to get his foods though. As far as drinks he only has water right now so we don’t have to worry about that.

As far as entertainment goes, I have gotten a tablet holder for the back of the seat so that we can download some episodes of blues clues for my son since that is his top favorite show right now. This obviously would be nearly a last resort since we try to even limit his screen time by normally putting it on just an hour before bed since he does enjoy it! We also are planning on getting him some new toys just a few books and hand toys that he can enjoy while we drive. Nothing too crazy in terms of pieces because I really dont want to be picking up pieces along the way but something he can just fidget with. One is the lacing toys that he currently has a watermelon of and loves. The hardest part when we drive with my son is stop signs or stop lights as he always starts to fuss so we are hoping by moving on the highway he will do better.

We aim to also be driving early about 4-5am so we will get there in the evenings. And wont be really driving into the dark as that can be really hard. Plus with two of us we will be able to drive so that will be nice to flip if one of us is tired. The hope is that my son will sleep in the beginning since he normally would, and then once wakes up I can entertain him in the back since I will be there. the hope is that we can keep a pretty solid schedule and then it should be okay. He also has a nap as well in the afternoon. And about 7pm or so he should be asleep for the last leg of the drive. It really should be okay however it makes me extremely nervous since we never did this before. Thankfully this is our last move though since we did find our forever home so we wont need to do this anymore. Any family in Quebec will have to come see us in the future til our children are old enough that we can leave and they not ask when are we getting there every few moments!

Other than that I am pretty nervous about it however when we drive to Quebec city which is 2.5 hours away he did pretty good. My son is also old enough that we don’t need to have warming his bottles all the time so that is a good thing, not that he really has many now, we still give one in the morning and one before bed and if he drinks it he drinks it, if not no worries.

Have you ever traveled with a toddler?
What did you find helped with the drive?
Was it over 10 hours?

Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear your experience!

– Stacey

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