Little Life Box – October 2017

Octobers box has been in for a little bit now (besides I get it later than everyone else, got to love living up north). I paid $26.15 CAD for Octobers box and still a price I have been more than happy to pay. Lets see if this box was worth it though.

So, I love the fall colours this box had. Plus, the cards are always so pretty. Not as many big items this month but there are a lot of items so Yay!

FYI: the pictures are kind of horrible I could not find a spot where I was not getting a shadow.

Who says save the best for last. We are going to do them first! On the left there is ‘Green Tea Primer’ by Evio Beauty. Cruelty Free stamp (PETA), Paraben free, and vegan. Excited about the vegan aspect and of course that they say they are cruelty free. I will not be opening this until I finish with my current primer though. Oh and it is made in Canada!

On the right we have a lavender mud bath mix by Black Oxygen. Pretty sure I can use this right now. I wish I had done this earlier as I had a bath the other night.

*Update – I have tried the mud mix. Not sure if it is really for me though.

Two whey protein mixes. One in vanilla and one in strawberry, sweetened with stevia. Not thrilled but always happy to be able to try things out.

I have three sample packs of the ‘Organic’ Jelly Bellys. Have not tried them yet but I have mixed feeling about organic label. I mean they are still jellybeans and not healthy for you. This will not make me feel less guilty about eat them. On the right is strawberries and cream flavoured fruit and nut nibbles by Nakd. I want to say I have tried the brand before but no promises there. I am excited about these ones as the ingredients list is very small. Dates, cashews, raisins, rice flour, and natural flavouring. That is it!

Toothpaste samples by Auromere. These are being put in the bin of travel products. We are currently using a vegan, Canadian toothpaste. Which, I happen to love and I will have to check with Mister on how he feels about it.

*Update – I tried the licorice flavour and I love it. I will buy it if I come across it but since it is not Canadian I will not specifically go looking for it.

Always enjoy this brand and while I cannot use these right now I am hanging on to them. They do not expire till 2019, lets just hope I remember to update when I am able to use them.

These I do not think I am comfortable using. They sound kind of interesting though. Pink Ice Energy Crystals. Raspberry and Mint flavoured. Suppose to be a dietary supplement. I would suggest doing some reading on these if you are interested in them. I am really on the fence about how I feel.

I have had this brand and the fact that they have chocolate cookies are a little exciting. Just not healthy for you. Awesome to be able to try this junk food with out actually having to buy more than you should!

On the left we have Handfuel marcona almonds with sea salt and freshly squeezed lemon. Mister seen these and told me I should be eating them right at this moment ha-ha. I keep stuff like this at the office but these sound much more refreshing or at least lighter. On the right are Laiki black rice crackers. They are vegan and kosher with a very limited ingredients list. Not holding my breath that I will like them but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

Besides a couple items I would say this box is worth what I paid. Cannot wait to see what November brings!

Looking Back on 2017 and Looking Forward to 2018

Happy New Year!

Every year I do a goal/objective list for the up coming year. I also take a look at how the previous year went. You can take a look at the 2016/2017 post here. I prefer goals instead of resolutions as I feel like goals are not so hard set. Life changes and I adapt my plans as needed. With that being said lets see what happened in 2017 that was not on the list.

  • The biggest of course is Missy was welcomed to the world!
  • Bought a vehicle that can hold the dogs and Missy.

Honesty I just cannot think of what else happened in 2017. I would like to say being tired has fogged up my memory but I really do not think anything else happened. It was all just pretty standard. Now for what the goals of 2017 were and how they turned out.

  • I have to quit smoking again :(.

This has been off and on. I do think I am doing pretty well though!

  • Moving back to the small town.

This has been completed.

  • Than buying a place in said small town.

This has also been completed,

  • Dealing more with clients in the office.

I would say that this has happened.

  • Making sure things stay caught up in the office. Keeping the new procedures in place.

I really have to stop adding this to the list. It is just so hard since life happens and we adjust our priorities through out the year.

  • Having my debt cut in 1/2 from what it was at the beginning of 2017.

So, as I had hoped I have paid off more than half. In fact I have paid off 60% of my debt. Now it would have been more but I had a couple bigger baby purchases. I did still have restraint though!

  • Staying on top of the blog.

Again, something I should quit adding to the list. One of these years I will meet this goal though.

  • Keeping my time and life organized.

I really do not feel like I have completed this one. I do feel like I am getting on the right track to even say I have made progress.

 

2017 was a good year for progress. I am hoping that 2018 will either stay on the same level or be even bigger. With that being said I want to take a look at the goals I have for the upcoming year.

  • 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.
  • I want to get our front and backyard all pretty and cleaned up.
  • Setting up the garden and green house.
  • Keeping Missy’s Christmas/Easter Cactus alive. It is her first plant and her Grandma bought it for her.
  • As always trying to keep up with the blog.
  • Have my debt paid off (even with taking mat leave I am sure I can do this).
  • 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 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.
  • I also need to make sure I focus on me some this year too. My health really depends on this.

This list is longer than what I usually do and there would still be a few more things I would add. Somethings I have on my list every year. Plus, with Missy, that adds some extra items. I do not think the list is unattainable and most of these things would not hurt anything if they were not completed. What does your 2018 year look like?

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Big News!

I have been saying there is a reason why we did some things, why I have not been posting much (no promises that will change to quickly), and now I can finally share!

We have been expecting a little one and I was pretty much completely drained of energy the entire time.

We got a beautiful baby girl for the holidays! Missy did not give us much notice either before entering the world. It is not a long story but a lot happened in such a little time.

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P.S. I do not plan on turning this into a full time mommy blog but we must remember Missy is the super star of my life now!

Goal Update – 3rd Quarter

The year is just about done and I really cannot believe it. I do not think I am quite prepared for the next year to come. Check out my last post though Goal Update – 2nd Quarter to see how things have gone in the last three months.

  • Quitting smoking (again).

Still not revealing why.

  • Buying and moving to the small town.

We bought a house at the end of July! Although we were not planning to till closer to the end of the year.

  • Dealing more with clients in the office.

Still pretty much deal with clients on items that I have worked on. It does seem some clients are more comfortable asking me their question(s). I would say it is moving forward.

  • Making sure things stay caught up and the new procedures are followed in the office.

I am sure I had this as a goal last year and it will probably be my goal for next year. Still has not happened yet though.

  • Cutting my debt in 1/5 from the beginning of 2017.

I just about had half of my debt paid off. I had a couple small set backs. Right now it is very important to put money into our savings. So, I am still about half way paid off. I will take this as I do not owe more money since the last update.

  • Keep my time and life organized.

Time and life have gotten a way from me. I do have a bit of a time limit though to get things caught up though.

  • Staying on top of the blog.

I am just not going to bother touching this one again.

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What?! Another Update

As I start typing this post out I am thinking about the million other things I still need to do. Things that are very important to get done because soon I will either not be able to do them or I just will not have the interest to do it.

I have a plan though. Yes, I know, I have plans all the time but I promise this time is different. The reason it is different is there is a part of our life that has not really been made public yet. I will be doing a post about that soon here. It makes it easier just to go about blogging instead of beating around the bush.

I have only fallen behind on one review post. After I have this posted I will just throw up the Septembers Little Life Box. I know we are over that and I did just get in Octobers. It was still a good box none the less.

Shortly after that I will be posting about the quarterly update. Which catches me up on the ‘currently’ regular posts. Maybe than I will get around to everything else I have been putting off…