Saturday, May 23, 2015

My Friend Nish

I have waited a long time to write about my friend Nish, because until now, the words weren't there... a mixed bag of emotions swirled around, but my brain was not ready to complete the sentences.

Tonight, I met with a few high-school friends. We're nearing 20 years since high-school (really??) and while I suppose we all secretly dread our reunion years, I have been looking forward to reconnecting. We chatted, we wined (whined) and we dined. We enjoyed catching up. We're all Moms now and even if we weren't, that is ok too.

But we all danced around the same missing gap....

How do we bring her up?

How do we remember her?

Our hearts are all still bleeding for our too early in life lost friend. 

I get choked up even thinking about a Mommy who dies of Leukemia. Or cancer. A MOM. How does a family go on without a Mom?

Then, I think selfish thoughts and wonder how I missed out on HER all these years. I wish she hadn't gone off to University a year before me. I wish we hadn't lost track of each other. By the time I was able to enjoy her again, it was too close to being over.

I don't pretend to know how her family feels. I only know how I feel. She was the best soul you could ever know. She was beautiful inside and out, every minute of every day.

I will remember our epic bike rides together, where we'd spend our Saturday enroute a bike trail we had planned all week. We explored our city and we picnicked along route, until the day when my bike was stolen and we could not complete our plan.

We never finished what we started.

To her husband & boys:

I don't even know where to start. I am pretty sure your mom was the world to you. I can't even begin to imagine how much you all miss her.

However, I want to express that I am saddened to not have been there for her funeral. I completely understand the timeliness of the burial, based on religious standards, but I somehow feel that I was slighted in saying goodbye. Does that make me horrible for wanting that? 

I know that Nish will live forever in my heart, and while I will continue to honour her strength, tenacity and most importantly, the love for the world around her she embraced, I will miss her. LOTS.

Speak to me my friend. We have many words left unsaid.

Life is too short. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Home Sweet Home & A Spring Cleaning #Giveaway

Out with the old and in with the new!

Springtime lends to warmer days that will make you want to throw open the windows, play your favourite music and get at 'er! We recently moved house, so I have been a busy bee de-cluttering and cleaning. 

Doing a spring clean is a good way to dust out those winter cobwebs and start things fresh, because it's time to turn away from the winter blues and take a fresh deep breath into spring.

Tips for a Sweeter 'Home Sweet Home'

Tip#1 - Call in for extra troops!
Fighting off greasy stains, tough mildew, and stubborn odours will require an additional set of hands, so make this a family affair and grab as many troops as you can! When it comes down to it, you're not the only one living under the roof.

Tip#2 - Take your time!
Remember that while adrenaline may be rushing to get your house looking spotless, it's wise to spread out a large project like this over a few days. The season is here to stay, so no need to panic! The last thing you want is an injury to welcome you into spring.

Tip#3 - Map it out!
Organize, organize, organize! Work from the top down, inside to outside, and keep an agenda to prioritize. Allocating rooms to each person (or doing it one at a time by yourself) will also avoid unfinished tasks. Setting this up at the beginning will make the process so much quicker and more efficient.

Tip#4 - Have fun!
Turn on the radio, lay out a few snacks and don't take it too seriously. Celebrate the season of greener grasses and sunny weather (without the sweat and sunburns).


As a Church & Dwight ambassador, I have been busy test-driving their various products. This basket up for grabs, contains a coupon for Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal cat litter and a bottle of Scrub Free Bleach Mildew Cleaner-- my two favourite products so far. I am excited for you to have a chance to test them out for yourself. (I'll admit that I'm also really liking the Oxy products too!)

  • OxiClean Coldwater Laundry Detergent Fresh Scent, 24 packs

  • OxiClean Laundry Detergent Fresh Scent, 24 packs

  • OxiClean Dishwasher Detergent Extreme Power Crystals, Fresh Scent

  • OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

  • Arm & Hammer plus OxiClean Carpet Odour Eliminator, Meadow Fresh

  • Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal Multi-Cat Litter Coupon

  • Scrub Free Bleach Mildew

  • Value - $70

    One entry will be randomly chosen to receive the prize pack.
    You must leave a valid e-mail address so you can be contacted if you win.

    The winner must be over the age of 18, a resident of Canada
    and has 48 hours to respond by email or another winner will be selected. 

    Giveaway ends May 31, 2015 at 12:01am MST. 

    Good Luck and Happy Cleaning!

    *I am a brand ambassador for the 2015 year with Church & Dwight. As part of this program I receive monetary compensation, as well as products to review and giveaway. The opinions expressed belong to*

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Minions Fans are in for a Kinder® Surprise! #Giveaway


    Kinder Canada releases its NEW Minion collection later this month,
    in specially marked KINDER® SURPRISE® Classic eggs!

    And... with the NEW Minions movie coming to the big screen July 10th, there is lots of crafty and gamey fun to be had on the KINDER® CANADA FACEBOOK page each day. 

    Be sure to visit the FB page on May 22nd

    for your chance to WIN 4-tickets to see
    the Minion movie in theatres this July!

    Here's your chance to collect all 11 Minions with this giveaway on! (ARV $40) Follow the rules of the Rafflecopter below. To enter, you must be over the age of 18 and a resident of Canada. Ends May 29th, 2015 at 12:01am MST.


    *While Kinder Canada is providing the prize pack for giveaway, they are in no way responsible for the administration of the giveaway.*