2018 Goal Update – 1st Quarter

I am running a few weeks behind on this one. I did not forget though and that is what is important. I will go through the list one by one and see where things are at.

First and foremost I want to get Missy into swimming lessons. I am not a strong swimmer and this is something she should know how to do. It is a safety thing.

  • Well it still seems to be winter here so no swim lessons yet. Also I am waiting to see if we will have qualified instructors this year before signing her up in the next town over.

I want to get our front and backyard all pretty and cleaned up.

  • See the first part of the above answer ha-ha. Everything is still covered in snow.

Setting up the garden and green house.

  • Still winter.

Keeping Missy’s Christmas/Easter Cactus alive. It is her first plant and her Grandma bought it for her.

  • So far I am succeeding.

As always trying to keep up with the blog.

  • I am going back and forth on this but I could be doing worse.

Have my debt paid off (even with taking mat leave I am sure I can do this).

  • I am going to say my debt is officially paid off. Now there is a small balance but that is from something very recent. At some point this year I will make a post about how exactly I did paid it all off. Also what has and has not worked for myself. I do not think it is anything magically but it took some work to find out exactly what worked for me.

Seriously getting my life organized. I mean it is now more important than ever to get things to become habit. And good habits that Missy can grow up seeing.

  • I have no comment on that right now.

I want to get at least two rooms renovated. Probably the office and Missy’s room. There is nothing big that needs to be done. Pretty much just painting and adding working pieces to the rooms. I am only saying two since I want to focus on outside.

  • It is tax time, I have not even begin to look at doing this.

I also need to make sure I focus on me some this year too. My health really depends on this.

  • I have started this. I seem a therapist a couple times. More so I could make sure my mental health was good and I received the all clear. I did get my hair done but right now that is about it.

As you can see somethings I have not been able to start at all yet. I have been making attempts at other things. As long as I keep attempting eventually it will become habit. I also can try other ways if something really is not suiting me. It is nice having my debt paid off and lets me focus on other things.

I really cannot wait to see what I get done by the end of June!

Freedom Japanese Market – February 2018

These are all over YouTube and not sure if I have ever seen this box specifically but I did want to try something different from what I have been getting. There are Canadian candy subscription boxes out there but it is a bit much for our household. This was more for the gimmick than anything else. I purchased three months of the original box at $68.97USD. There was a $3.00 discount on there for signing up for the e-mail thing. This a monthly box and the monthly cost is $24.99USD with free shipping.

A couple things to note about the box though. In the pro column would be they include an English list of everything that is in the box and they include a handmade origami each month. On the con would be that it can take weeks to get and there is no tracking. To me that was not enough to say no to the box. It is coming international and the shipping is free. It was something I expected.

If I happen not to have a picture of the origami above this it is because I have misplaced it. A mom brain moment. I set it down because Missy woke up before falling asleep all the way and when I came back I could not find it. It is super cute though ha-ha.

The blue on on the left is Tonkotsu Umaibo, a crunchy puffed corn tube flavoured like pork cutlet sauce. This is also open. The reason I decided to try this one first is because it was thee most disgusting sounding one to me. Part of that reason is that I do not like pork. I imagined it being much worse than it is. No I would not buy it off the shelf but I ate a third of it. I will give the rest to Mister to try. I found it to be a savory seasoning on a giant Cheeto.

The one on the right is Cheese Umaibo. The only difference is that it is a cheese flavouring. So, this tastes like a giant cheese puff! I absolutely want to find some of these to buy ha-ha

Here we have Takoyaki-Tei, puffed rice balls coated with takoyaki sauce. The name of the sauce sounds so familiar and I just cannot place it. Since this is a fair sized bag I am going to wait to try this with Mister.

This is another one I plan on waiting to share with Mister. These are potato chips with soy sauce and mayonnaise. I cannot say these sound appetizing but is mayonnaise not a condiment that varies in flavour in every country?

These have a smell that smells like a regular chips with a slight vinegar smell. They do not taste like anything special and they are not gross either. I am just not a huge fan of chips.

Pachi-Pachi Panic!, soda flavoured ramune candy and grape pop rocks. Pretty excited to try these ones out.

These things are amazing. I mean pop rocks are pop rocks but combine them with whatever ramune candy is and it is a pretty great mix. No I did not share this one.

Here is another one I am phsyced to try out. They are small candies that taste like apple, banana, cherry, and orange. My only qualm with this is that, as you can see, there is a toothpick included. I just simply do not think it needs to be in there.

The banana is the one that tastes the most like a banana candy. The orange has a decent flavouring to it. The green apple is alright I guess. I found it had a bit of weird after taste. The cherry flavour was hardly there. Mister was not even able to tell me what it was and guessed based on the colour.

This the bonus snack, a twisty marshmallow stick. The flavouring might be different (maybe) but we have these here. Another fun fat about me is that gelatin grosses me out. So the most that I use marshmallows for is rice squares. This will absolutely be the last thing I go to try.

Ouji no Wasure-Mono, a chocolate filled cookie that is designed to look like a princes crown. The photo on the packaging reminds me of a meringue cookie.

These are Soba Meshi, which is a puffed rice and dried soba noodles. I am looking forward to trying this one.

I cannot make up my mind about these. I do like them but I am not sure if I want to purposely go out looking for them. I remember as a kid we use the crush up ramen noodles and mix in the dry flavouring. Then we would eat it just like that. This reminds me of that but the flavouring is better and much less salty.

This was the first thing I wanted to try but it is late and I am hoping they taste good. Sona Manmam Soda, soda flavoured gum and one piece is extra sour!

Okay the flavour does not last long and I did not expect it too. They were very good though and very soft. Being soft makes a difference because of their size. I did not share this one either.

Waffle-Kun. A waffle shaped biscuit that is coated with milk chocolate. It looks like what it is suppose to and it does not taste bad. It tastes like a plain biscuit. Really not sure how to explain that one. The chocolate is basic and nothing special though.

Mister had the same thoughts as me. It is a basic biscuit with chocolate.

7 Stick Chocolate Cream, 7 crunchy wafer sticks filled with delicious creamy chocolate. I have a pretty good guess what this is going to taste like. I am in no rush to try it.

These are wafer sticks. They are not quite as sweet as the ones I would buy at the store. I think that is because the wafer is plain and not chocolate. I would buy these.

This fish looking thing is Puku-Puku Tai. A taiyaki shaped biscuit filled with strawberry chocolate. The only reason why I am not trying this one right now is because of its size.

Looks like a fish and smells identical to our strawberry wafers. I have not made up my mind on the taste yet though.

Last we have a potato snack and these are flavoured spicy shrimp. So, these look pretty much like Hickory Sticks. Man I miss eating those. However, they smell like fish flakes. Why I did not think this would be the worst item in the box is beyond me. There is a kick to them, sitting at the back of my throat. I have not tried fish flakes so maybe they do taste like them too. I mean I did not gag (and I had two mouthfuls for an honest tasting) but I am not a fan of these. If the spice was paired with something else I think I would be all over these.

Mister liked these. Said they were alright and finished off the bag. Wish I could have gotten more from him.

I will come back and update as I try items. I will also try to get Mister’s opinion on them as well.

 

Cleaning and Organizing – Laundry Area

I lost the before photos for the laundry area but trust me it looks better now ha-ha. I do have the after photos though.

On the floor we have the container that we keep the dry dog food in. I purchased this on amazon. There is a smaller container that is empty right at the moment. It actually is only ever in there when a new bag gets opened. The laundry hamper is used for towels and clothes. I also have a plunger hidden back there.

The bottom shelf starting from the left is canned dog food, dog treats, dog grooming and health items. Once Missy can walk some of this needs to be moved. Galaxy’s pills are there. The first basket is clippers (nail and hair), hair brushes, and toothbrushes. The last basket is all the cleaning clothes and in the back I have the mop pads.

On the middle shelf starting from the left are all soy candles and the basket contains wax melts. We have the regular cleaning supplies loose and in the basket is stuff I do not use often. I put them in a basket just so they stay together.

On the top shelf starting from the left we have the water additive for the dogs. One basket contains filters for the dog bowl and the other contains random dog items and poop bag rolls. The blue pail is just random cleaning items, tools, small bag rolls, and the attachments for the forced air dryer. A large excess of laundry soap. Normally I would say you are not saving money when buying smaller containers but when the sale come on it turned out I saved more on the small bottles compared to the big bottle. Unfortunately it is not very environmentally friendly either. I have two rolls of paper towels behind the one box of tissue. I hardly ever use paper towels.

On the left side of the closet is pretty basic. The only things missing are the mop and the vacuum. The fabric hamper is not truely suppose to be there but I currently have no use for it. I am going to hold on to it for a little bit longer before I donate it.

Across from the closet are the washer and dryer. Is my cow not pretty! It was the first piece in my cow collection. I have been dragging it along with me for 11 years. Okay, so, on the left we have dog towels and mostly laundry supplies. I also put the essential oils in here. There is no way for Missy to get to them in here.

On the right starting on the bottom is just a small brush and dust pan. The middle shelf has extra cans of air, the basket is magic sponges and brushes, latex gloves and the fuzzy dust things. On the top shelf are the tools for cleaning the dryer vent and face masks. I have the face masks from when I was cleaning homes. I used them particularly at seniors homes since they have compromised immune systems.

These are things that no longer belong in this area and are not actually leaving the house. I had to throw out a bunch of stuff but I have no photo of that. The few things in the bin are being put in the porch with the other dog items in that area.

I am hoping areas like the cleaning supplies will get smaller. I am just currently trying to use up products I have and just will not repurchase them. I also get cleaners from my mother if she cannot stand the smell of them and they do not bother me. I really do prefer just the vinegar.

Bumble Box (Canadian) – 3 to 6 Months

Here is another quarterly subscription. This one follows along with your child though. I had thought about getting it when Missy was a newborn but I did not and I kind of wish I did. I paid $229.50CAD for three boxes (prepaid). Each box costs $84.99. Not going to lie the price is a little high but lets see what I got in the first box.

The first item we have is what I am hoping is a very absorbent bandanna bib. Very ‘gender-neutral’ but the print is cute. The backing is very soft and I think Missy is going to love this once I get it washed. The brand is ‘eggie’ and they are $10.00CAD on their website.

This is freakin’ adorable! It is by Granny and Mummy Baby Boutique and they sell for $5.50CAD. The band is soft and stretches quite a bit. We have not tried this on yet because she is a wild child and would end up around her face.

Mellow Mama Organics has their store on Etsy. I have a wash cloth and towel here. They are very much soft and as much as I want to use them I think I am going to donate them. I have plenty of towels and clothes, I would like to see someone who can not afford items such as these get to use them.

So the clothes come in packs of 8 for $10.00CAD which makes one cloth $1.25CAD. The towel sells for $18.00CAD. I may have purchased the wash clothes for myself but there is no way I would have paid that for a towel. I am going to keep this shop in mind though for shower gifts.

So we did rig this so that I would be able to use it one evening. It is a suckie clip by Granny and Mummy Baby Boutique. They sell for $7.00CAD online. None of Missy’s suckies have rings on them so right now it just is not working for us. Although it is very cute.

Last but not least. These made the entire box worth it. Are these not the cutest pants ever? I wish I had these in adult leggings! Here is another Etsy shop called After the Stork Baby Boutique. These sell for $24.00CAD.

I only checked out her shop quickly but she has other very cute prints but there are some gorgeous bibs on there.

The total of this box comes to $65.75…. I cannot say I am that impressed with how that worked out. There are two more boxes to come and I really hope they make up for this. I could have purchased the full pack of wash cloths from Mello Mama Organics and it still would have been cheaper. I will say I did not check out what the shipping would have been but still.

I will update the products as we try them out or what I have done with them. I have to wash a couple things before we use it anyways.

Luxe Box – Spring 2018

This is my second box in my purchase of year subscription. It is a quarterly subscription (which is why I had to go with a year). I paid $96.00 CAD with free shipping. If you wish to pay quarterly it is $26.00 CAD and free shipping with in Canada.

I am not sure where the winter box went maybe the last one was mislabeled.

We have a travel size can of Professional Sebastian – Shaper Plus+. This is an extra hold hairspray. Not a common thing for me to use. I honestly cannot remember the last time I used hairspray. I am going to hold onto this as a back up though. I do occasionally wish I had some.

Here we have a Pedi in a Box by Voesh in a lemon flavour. It claims to be a waterless 3 step. However, you are required to use water in the first two steps. That is not what I consider waterless. I also see water in the ingredient list.

Manna Kadar Beauty – Lash Extending Primer. Oh, how I wish I had waited to purchase primer. I am using one right now and so far I cannot say I like it but if it keeps to under perform I will try this one next. I am interested in finding out how it does with extending my lashes.

I did try swatching this but you could not really see it against my skin. Its a shimmer eye pencil by Laritzy Cosmetics. I do have a few things by this brand and the formula for the eye pencil seems nice on the swatch. I just need to buy a sharpener.

We have China Glaze in Stop that Train! I do like the colour and I have lots by this brand. It is a nice shimmer in a red/copper hue.

#GRLPWR liquid lipstick by The Beauty Crop. This is a very dark red that dries down to a matte. I really wish I could find a middle ground with red lipstick. I will try it out though. I may be finding a way to lighten it though.

Delectable hand cream in the flavour sweet mint and cream. Now I have gone back and forth on purchasing this brand. I am happy to see it in the box. I enjoy the formula, my hands did not feel greasy, and I had no allergic reaction. However, the smell I am not so sure about. It reminds me of those thin mints the Girl Guides sell. I do not eat them but they have a distinct smell. Yes, that is what it smells like with out the smell of chocolate. I will be buying from this brand in the future.

 

As always I will come back and update as I try items.