Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Make the best of what's around

Wow! I can't believe it is 2014!! This year has seriously flown by!!! 2013 was very good to us. Like everyone, we had our ups and downs but I find when you focus on those things that have made you smile or have made you a better person, it will bring more amazing things to you. This way of thinking is still one I have to continuously work on.
Don't let the small things bring down your day. Don't spend so much time worrying about things. Just let it happen, and find the good in it all.

I find it silly to make "new year resolutions". Who said that January 1 of every year is the day we should start over and try to better ourselves or improve on the things we did not live up to in the previous year?! Personally I feel we should always try to be the best we can be. Of course we won't have perfect days everyday, hell... we won't have perfect days lots of days. But that doesn't mean you should give up or that you have failed.  When you have those bad days take a minute to look around and think about the things that are really good.... friends, family, or something as small as your child's laugh. That is what always brings me back, roman's laugh melts my heart.

I won't sit here and list all the wonderful things that 2013 has brought me and my family. But I can tell you I am extremely excited and look forward to what 2014 has in store for us. I hope you all have an amazing 2014 and whether you make new years resolutions or not, promise yourself that you will "make the best of what's around."

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Social Sunday (My first and last one of the year)

Hey there fellow bloggers! I hope everyone had a great holiday!!! My Blogged Life is ending 2013 by linking up with to some Social Sunday fun!!!!

Sunday Social

Lets start by connecting! Follow me on Bloglovin' and I will make sure to do the same :)

This Weeks Questions:

1. What is the best New Years Eve you’ve ever had?

I am sure there are a couple top contenders in this, but the only one I specifically can remember is when Josh and I had all of our close friends over to our apartment. 

2. Are you doing anything for NYE this year and if so what? 

After having Roman, NYE has been just another day. This is absolutely ok with me though. I just can't recover from those horrible hangovers as quick as I used to! We will probably do some random Pinterest inspired craft of some sort and be in bed before the ball drops, haha.

3. Name a book we should all read come January? 

I have been seriously slack on my book reading this year so I asked this to my sister in law who said "Tenth of December" by George Saunders. So add it to your to-read list, and I will add it to mine!

4. What are your new years resolutions? 

Have a healthier lifestyle,
Read more,
Wake up every morning knowing it will be a good day.
Not stress about the little things.
Grow my business (RoLeeJo)

Next Weeks Questions:
1. Do you plan to change any of your eating habits in the new year?
2. Any workout tips to get us back in shape after the Holidays?
3. What is your favorite thing you did over the Holidays?
4. What is something you hope that you accomplish in 2014 that you did not in 2013?
5. Name 3 things happening this year you are excited about and why.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Behind RoLeeJo & Holiday Giveaway

Most of you that know me know that I have a small sewing business, RoLeeJo. My passion for it sort of came out of nowhere, and I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered how easy it was for me to learn.

Once obtaining my first machine and started making random things for Roman. Then it sat there collecting dust for a good few months.  I can't exactly remember what made me start sewing again... BUT I did and that is when RoLeeJo was born.

The name RoLeeJo..... I came up with it by putting Josh's, Roman's and my name together.

At first I was making a little bit of everything, it was getting a bit overwhelming. Now RoLeeJo is mostly aimed towards personalized toddler and kid items. Don't get me wrong, I LOOOOVE adventuring off into making things I have never made before or just anything one will find on good ol Pinterest. I have a good amount of friends who send me pictures saying "Can you make this for me?", and of course I get excited for the challenge. It breaks up the same old daily sewing for me.

For Example... Here are a few pictures of my work (outside of what I normally do). Some of the pictures below are done by my good friend Danielle with Danielle Lemon Photography. She has the best personality and does AMAZING work! Definitely check her out!

Now I have an Embroidery machine and get to add embroidered monograms and personalization to just about anything! I don't think many people know I have this machine because I haven't done a great job at advertising it.

This is what sort of inspired me on my current Holiday Giveaway, that and the fact that I love Christmas. I kind of pride myself on being a really good gift giver so when the chance comes to give a bunch of gifts... it will be the only time you will find me broke and happy about it.

RoLeeJo's Holiday Giveaway is a pick your own personalized prize giveaway. Here is the banner...

So yeah... That is that and I am really excited to see who gets picked.  Lets be honest, giveaways are pretty awesome. Who doesn't love free stuff?! If you say you don't you are probably lying. It's ok though, I forgive you.

If you would like to stop by and check out my other work, just click HERE . You can enter the giveaway on the same page.

Happy Holidays everyone!! Much love to you and your families!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

It has been a pretty busy month so far. I am sitting here trying to list everything we have done in my head and it is all getting jumbled together...... Maybe I haven't done anything at all, but you will never know. So, yep we have been busy.

Roman is all potty trained (except for naptime and bedtime).

 I have started this cookie reward system for  every time he craps in the toilet he gets a cookie. So now he feels the need to push a turd out every time he goes to the bathroom. As you can imagine this has made him standing up to pee a little difficult. All in all though he is doing pretty dang good for his age.

I personally have grown to hate the cookie system. I have learned that when there are sweets in the house I have no self control. It is pretty bad when I am sneaking cookies at 7 AM while making my morning coffee and breakfast. It's my best chance of not getting caught though. Roman is in toonie land, Milo is outside (and yes he counts, that dog just sits and stares at me...... judging....), and Josh is catching up on his ZZZ's from a long work week.  So it is just me and my 5 morning cookies. Not a bad way to start a day!

We are all decorated for Christmas. It was pretty exciting getting the tree! We got a big one this year to make up for our sad little two footer fake tree last year. When we went to go pick it out Roman met the sweetest dog, Sandy. He sat on the ground and started talking to her in his own little animated way. She came up and laid her head right on his lap. It would so cute I could have died.

He loves our outside decorations and has befriended the blow-up Christmas penguin. He hugs it regularly, has conversations, the whole nine. Sometimes I wonder what he thinks it is saying back to him. One day on our way to the car he goes "Hey penguin, are you ok? Did they try to hurt you boy?". REALLY??!!! Where he comes up with this stuff, I have no idea.... but it definitely has me wondering.

Buying presents for Roman has been another story. I will be the first to tell you that I have a HUGE shopping problem. My mom says she is to blame. I really don't think that, but I won't argue it. If she wants to be responsible for it she can be :). (Thanks ma!)

For his one BIG gift I got him this Little Einstein's Pat Pat Rocket. He has loved this show for as long as I can remember. It is probably where his love for music comes from. Here was the issue.... Little Einstiens has be discontinued back in 2009 and now the toys are considered collector toys. Of course my child would obsess about the one show where they no longer make the toys.

Pat Pat Rocket toy

Anyways, I found one on EBay and feel I got a great deal on it! With a little help from family he will have the complete Pat Pat Rocket set.

People trying to charge a crazy amount for a plastic toy -0

I cant wait until he can start making lists for Santa. That will be fun!
Speaking of.... My friend shared a blog post she found and it was insanely funny. You should check it out!

DADSPIN- My Kid's Insane Christmas Wish List, Annotated

I will definitely be doing this with Roman's lists when he gets older haha!

What are some things your kids asked from Santa?

Happy Holidays from our chaotic home to yours!!


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