I Wrote an Article in a Magazine!

Hey! I wrote an article about the importance of gardening with children and it’s in a magazine that just got released! Check out this amazing magazine, AVY Seedings Magazine and all of it’s wonderful articles!

I Have an Article in a Magazine!

My Journey with Lichen Planopilaris

Behold….My New Look!!!!

If you follow my Facebook Page, you know that I had a consultation and chose out a new “hair piece” which was ordered and delivered last week and yesterday I had my appointment to get it altered to match my hair style.

I went to Georgio 635 Salon a few weeks ago and had a consultation with Brenda. She measured my scalp and determined the colour match and we discussed my options. We agreed on a synthetic Topper for my first piece because it’s easier to manage and will fall back into place if it’s synthetic and I wa looking for something low maintenance. The downside is, I have to remember not to cook with it on or ask someone to put things in the oven or take them out as well as being too close to a bonfire or any extreme source of heat.

I called her last week and she placed the order and I went in yesterday afternoon for a desperately needed hair cut and fitting. While she finished up with her other client, she gave me the hair piece to play with and get used to.

We determined the length to cut my hair to match my 8-10 inch hair topper and she gave me a wash and a trim. Then she clipped the topper in place and matched the bangs and softened the edges so it all flowed. It still poofs out a bit at the top but it should mould to my head more and settled after about a week’s worth of wearing.

It’s weird. I am now a woman who wears wigs. I’m having a hard time getting my head wrapped around that now that it’s actually mine and in my possession but it’s still exciting! I can’t wait to go to a concert with my husband in a couple of weeks and be able to wear my hair down instead of in a bun like I normally have to (not really a concert hair style!!). I’m excited to have options again. But it will still take some getting used to. Because I don’t work. Outside of the home, I won’t be wearing it everyday, I can slowly get used to it and practice clipping it to my hair securely enough not to shift but gently enough at the back not to hurt my scalp.

In the end, it’s something, until a few months ago, I never thought I’d purchase or wear in my lifetime but here I am, a woman who wears wigs and a woman who can go out with “her” hair down again. It’s an experience with mixed emotions, but overall it’s positive and exciting!!!

Missed my other posts about hair loss? Here they are!

I’m Losing My Hair

An Update

Dump Truck Photo Booth

Last week, with your help, I planned out the design for the Photo Booth for my son’s Construction themed birthday party. So I decided to get to it. The box we had wasn’t as big as I had in mind and Costco’s selection was lacking on the day I went to scout it out. So I made do with the box we had.

First, I got my supplies:

  • Picture of a dumptruck
  • Box
  • Exacto knife
  • pencil
  • Yellow, black, white & grey paint
  • Sharpies
  • Paint brushes
  • Strong Glue (I used Gorilla Glue)
  • Circlular things to trace because I’m no good at freehand!

I started by roughly drawing the window, front grill, lights and tires. Unfortunately, I forgot to draw the steering wheel! Ugh! So I made that seperately and have glued it on with super glue, hoping it will withstand a bunch of toddlers trying to turn it and drive the dump truck. Learn from my mistakes, leave the steering wheel on from the beginning!

   

 After drawing my dump truck and cutting it out with an Exacto knife, I was starting to see it all take form! The easiest way to cup cardboard it to lightly trace your outlines with the knife, but don’t cut all the way through. Then hold the cardboard up vertically and the knife will cut easily in the pre cut grooves.

I started to paint the truck. I use acrylic paints from the Dollar Store, nothing fancy because it’s not art, it’s a cardboard box, but use whatever kind of paint you have around the house or like to work with.

 Once the first paint is dry, move on to the next colour and so forth, colouring in all the parts of the truck.

When I was finished, I stepped back and my dump truck didn’t look like a dump truck!!! I thought it looked like a semi, my son called it a bus. Epic fail in the cardboard vehicle world.

  So after asking for your help yet again (THANK YOU!), I made some alterations and I’m starting to see a dump truck. WOOHOO!

I did some finishing touches with Sharpies and made it a bit sturdier by super glueing cardboard around frame and on tires. I also made a stand by glueing 2 cardboard triangles at the bottom. At first I was just going to leave it as an open box but to make alterations work and to make it more versatile for people of all heights, I decided to make it just a stand/frame. I am confident that the stands will not withstand toddler “gentleness”.

   

So here’s the final product. I don’t think it’s obvious that it’s a dump truck, but it looks more constructiony and dump truck like than it did before. I’m happy with it and I think it will make some fun pictures that capture the fun at my son’s 2nd birthday party. Now to hide it so my son doesn’t destroy it before his birthday!!!

Travelling with a Toddler

$25.00CDN for 1 sided $40.00CDN for double sided

here’s hoping for smooth travels with a toddler!!!

This is my 3rd airplane activity tray cover and I think the 11th flight with my little guy.  We go very prepared and so far (touch wood!!) he’s been pretty good.  I made this with my little guy in mind, he loves vehicles, especially buses! Whenever he sees anything to do with hockey he yells “GO GO GO!”. He loves dinosaurs and animals…especially if they roar and he loves playing peek-a-boo.

I make these custom to order in my Etsy Shop, I usually need about 2 weeks to complete and I love to make them as personal as possible for each individual child.  They are $30.00CDN for one sided covers or $50.00CDN for double sided as shown above.

My son will be testing this one out on our flight to Mexico in March, I’ll let you know how it goes! 🙂 Fingers crossed!