Saturday, 29 April 2017

Birthday Giveaway

So it was my birthday this week, and I feel like giving you a present! Like my author page on facebook for a chance to win a copy of the book I am currently reading and a $10 Starbucks gift card!

I am giving away a copy of the book I'm currently reading called Eat, Pray, Love, best selling book written by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am also giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card as well to try and get some more likes for my author page!

To enter the contest

1) Like my page on facebook
2) Share this post on facebook
3) Say what your favorite book is in the comments section. on the facebook post

I will draw a winner at midnight on Sunday May 7th  

Total estimate retail value is $30

To enter click on the link below:

 Birthday Giveaway


Good Luck!


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Bucket List Challenge #74 Get Lasik Eye Surgery


As far as I can remember I've worn glasses. In grade seven, when I could no longer see the chalkboard in class anymore, my mother took me in to the optometrist to get my eyes tested. I needed glasses. I wore bulky, bottle cap like glasses to see distance, and from then on I've either worn glasses or contacts to be able to see, drive, or pretty much leave the house. The first thing I normally do when I get up in the morning, is roll over to my bedside table and grab my glasses to see. Summertime, was often a pain because I like to wear sunglasses, and do fun activities, but often wearing glasses would get in the way. If I opted to wear my contacts, I would have to be extra careful as to not put heavy makeup on, could only wear them for the up to eight or nine hours at a time, and have to carry around eye drops around with me in my purse in case my eyes got too dry including the odd time I left my contacts in overnight.

Being at work proved difficult as I could not wear contacts staring at a computer screen all day long. I found my eyes would get irritated, red, and dry and sometimes my contacts would even try and pop out of my eyes from them being open for so long staring at the screen. For the last five or so years, I have had to wear glasses every single day at work often leaving me self conscious and awkward, until today.

Today, I did what I have been wanting to do for a very long time. I received Lasik eye surgery. For the longest time I was not sure if I was even a candidate for it. I also have two small children ages seven and four and because your eyes change when you are pregnant, I  had to wait until one year after I had my last child to have laser surgery. My husband and I decided we didn't want any more children and so I went for my first consultation a month ago to see if I was a candidate. They did several tests on my eyes including putting numbing drops in my eyes and measuring my corneas with a metal tool (I didn't feel it). After concluding that I was a great candidate for Lasik we went over the cost of the procedure to see if it would be affordable.

The cost for the more advance Lasik was over $4000 (In Canada) but I found out my work would cover about half of it. The rest I could pay on a monthly payment plan over the course of five years would made it very affordable (approx. $83 per month). That was less than a car payment so I decided to bite the bullet and book my appointment for the surgery. I booked my appointment in one months time from the day of my consultation. It all happened so fast, and I didn't realize that when I went for my consultation I would be leaving by booking an appointment. I thought that perhaps I would think about it for awhile with the options I was presented with at my consultation and book the surgery date after I had some time to think. I didn't want to rush into anything.

As much as I wanted this surgery, I was very nervous about the procedure. I do not like being poked and prodded at the best of times especially when it comes to my eyes. I asked as many questions as possible and asked around to any friends that had previously had it done before. I wanted to know exactly what I was getting myself into. My mom had had the procedure done about 13 years prior and never had any complications. Of course since she had had it 13 years ago, the procedure has been modified and improved with new technology.

Everyone I talked to raved about how having the procedure done, changed their lives. How the procedure was quick, painless, resulting in great results being able to see with 20/20 vision. I was convinced I wanted the procedure but still nervous about the possibility of becoming blind (in rare cases).
Surgery day, pre-op before I went in. Wearing glasses for the last time along with several old pairs I've worn throughout my lifetime. I would be donating all of my glasses after the procedure to poor countries that can't afford glasses.
Surgery day came and I arrived at the clinic still very apprehensive. I received a ride to and from the clinic as you cannot drive after the procedure. The first thing they do is check your eyes again to make sure there have been no changes since your consultation appointment. They also take payment in advance as well as give you an Atavan to calm your nerves (an anti-anxiety pill). I opted for the pill as I was still nervous and later found out I was the first patient of the day which made me even more nervous. I was happy to get it over and done with, but nervous that no one would truly be able to tell me what to expect (I like to know what is happening/how it's going to feel/what to expect/etc.).

At least the man that was prepping me for my procedure had had it done five years prior and tried to explain exactly what to expect. By that time, the Atavan had kicked in making me feel like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I was also given numbing drops in both eyes to numb the pain.  I was then given a blue cotton head piece to wear and was lead into the operating room. There were two large machines set up, one for cutting into your cornea, and the other one was the laser to actually do the procedure. I was told to lay down at the first machine and placed my head into the head rest. The nurses placed tape over one eye and taped my other eye open. The lights were extremely bright and I had a hard time focussing on the blinking red light in the middle that I was supposed to focus on. I made mention of this and they dimmed the light a little so it was easier. As I lay there focused on the blinking red light, the doctor cut into the cornea of my one eye and created a flap that lifted up, and immediately did the second eye. All I felt was pressure, no pain, but I knew I wanted to get out of there as fast as I could. After both eyes were completed, I was helped up to my feet and guided over to the other machine. I could barely see anything. It was dark and blurry, and I could feel my flapping corneas rub against my eye lids as I walked. It was the weirdest feeling.

The nurses lay me down at the next machine to do the second procedure. They taped the first eye shut and clamped the other open with a speculum. They then suctioned something on my eye ball that left my eye bruised and red after the fact. I had to stare up at a blinking green light this time trying not to move at all with the doctor quietly saying "don't move, don't blink, don't move, don't blink" in the background. The fear of going blind was real so I didn't dare move an inch. I saw the laser beam coming at my open eye and as the beam hit I began to smell the distinct smell of burning flesh (Not something I can really explain because I have never really smelled burning flesh but I think this is what it would smell like). I was told it would take about 10 seconds so I quietly counted to ten Mississippi's wishing it would go faster. After the laser did it's job the doctor came at me with a metal tool with a hook at the end of it and began readjusting my cornea back overtop of the section that had been lasered. My eye was still frozen, so technically it didn't hurt but it was the weirdest feeling seeing someone come at you with a hook shape tool and adjusting your eyeball. The exact same thing happened for the second eye but this time I knew what to expect, which made it worse I think. I just wanted it to be done.

With that it was over, the whole procedure lasting about ten or so minutes. They checked my eyes quickly and then I had to sit and wait in the recovery room for about an hour with my eyes closed. They discharged me after about four hours in total (a lot of waiting at the beginning), and my ride then came to pick me up. I rested at home for the rest of the day wearing wrap around sun glasses they gave me to wear, as my eyes were very sensitive to light. I had to put four kinds of eye drops in my eyes every hour after I got home until I went to sleep and had to wear the sunglasses to bed sleeping on my back.  The drops were for lubrication, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and for pain, if I needed it.

When I first got home I had a nap and couldn't really open my eyes for my first set of eye drops. I managed to get them in and it became much easier moving forward throughout the day as a napped off and on. The following morning, I woke up and could see fairly clear. It was still a bit fuzzy but I could read my alarm clock, and street signs without squinting. I had to go for my 24 hour post op checkup and got the all clear. They checked my eyes and told me I now had 20/20 vision. I couldn't remember the last time I had 20/20 vision.

I am beyond ecstatic, and very happy to not have to wear glasses again hopefully for the rest of my life. If I was to recommend this procedure I would say absolutely. It was quick and painless, and for ten or so minutes it was awful and uncomfortable but worth every penny and worth being uncomfortable for such a short time. It's day two and my eyes are still a bit sensitive to light, but I can now take off the sunglasses and can even have a bit of screen time (writing this article). I still have to wear the sun glasses at night time for the next four or five days while laying on my back, and keep up with the eye drop regime but I can return to work as of Monday (Today is Saturday). The recovery time is very quick.

Me post-op wearing my cool wrap around sun glasses they gave me to wear home

My poor beat up eyes mostly from the suction thing they placed on my eyeball. There is bruising and could take up to a couple weeks to completely disappear. My pupils are still very dilated

So, I crossed off another one on my bucket list and feel amazing doing it. It's something I've wanted to do for a very long time and finally had the drive and guts to do it. If you are thinking about having Laser eye surgery all I can say is DO IT! You won't regret it.

Thanks for listening!


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Bucket List Challenge #64 Play Glow Mini Golf

                                                                 Glow Mini Golf


Ever since glow anything even became an option, I had always wanted to try Glow Mini Golf. There was something about being in the dark, playing mini golf with florescent lights, loud music and neon glow paint that sounded like it would be fun.

Ever since having kids, my husband and I always try and do at least one thing as a family usually on Sunday. This weekend we decided to try Glow Mini Golf. Our kids seemed very interested and excited to try it and I had a coupon so we thought "why not"?

When we walked into the venue it was barely lit and the music was blaring. We were the only ones in there (as it was still early my kids are young). It was fun and there were colored paintings on the wall colored with glow paint reflecting off the lights. There were 9 holes, each with their own unique way of getting the ball into the hole.

Playing with a 4 year old and a seven year old can be challenging at the best of times but trying to get them to slow down was especially challenging. They wanted to run right to the next hole without waiting for everyone else. Fortunately, the music was inviting and enjoyable so they were mostly dancing in place at the end of each hole waiting for us to catch up. At the end on hole 9 there was an opportunity to get a free game if you got a hole in one but unfortunately none of us got one. The last hole ate our balls and it was time to go.

It was a fun family outing and for the most part a great experience with the kids. I don't know if I would be playing every weekend, but it is a fun indoor thing to do when you don't really have anything else to do or just want to get out of the house for an evening. At least I've tried it, and now I can say I have crossed another one off my bucket list!

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Bucket List Challenge #67 Try Caviar


Monday, 30 January 2017

Bucklist Challenge # 67 Try Caviar

Now before you get ahead of yourself and think "wow this girl is really living the life of luxury" I will stop you right there. When writing my bucket list yes, there are a few things I've always wanted to try but either a) never had the money period or b) didn't have money for such luxuries. Usually I had to pay my cable or cell phone bill. I assure you my bucket list is full of exciting things such as travelling, bungee jumping, and more mundane things galore.

This one on the other hand has always stood out for me though, I don't know if it was watching all of the sappy love movies that usually included a snobby rich man falling for the poor peasant girl as I yearned to have that kind of money and lifestyle but I have always been curious as to what it tastes like simply just because.

I had no idea where to buy it so my first goal was to find a place that sold Caviar. I quickly realized I could buy it at a local grocery store in town and off I went. I had no idea how much it would cost and I had no idea what it would taste like. People have often described caviar as salty but when I asked the young man at the grocery store he had heard it tasted sweet. "I guess I will find out" I said to him. He went way in the back of the fish department where another fridge stood. He opened the door and took out a tiny round can about the size of a baby food jar lid.

The young man took out the big book he had sitting on the counter, flipped through a few pages and found the price of the caviar. "For white sturgeon caviar it's $29.99 ma'am" he continued. I thought to myself wow yes expensive but not as expensive as I thought it would be. "I'll take it" I replied.

I couldn't wait to get it home to try it with my husband and neither of us had tried it. "Lifestyles of the rich and the famous" I thought. "You only live once" I convinced myself. I had bought some table crackers to eat with the caviar along with some crab pate and white wine to wash it down. I figured we should have back up just in case it tasted horrible.

When I got home, my husband was excited to try is as well as he had never tasted the sweet or salty taste of Caviar before. For those of you who know me I don't usually like fish eggs. Something about those little balls of fluid in my mouth that goes pop, pop, pop, that I just don't like.

When we finally opened the tiny tin I thought for sure it would be gone with two bites. I was wrong, there was actually a lot in that tiny tin and it lasted a number of crackers later. The miniscule black fish eggs I was about to eat didn't look like the fish eggs you get with sushi, they were much smaller and had a bit of liquid encompassing the eggs. My husband and I each grabbed a cracker and placed a very small spoonful at the edge of the cracker. "Here goes nothing" I chuckled. "There goes a dollar" my husband replied cheekily. It was very salty, almost overpowering the cracker completely. "Not bad" I thought. I don't know if I would ever buy it again but for now I was living in the moment and I was going to savor every bite. I paid good money for it and wasn't about to let it go to waste. Finally we invited my parents who live in our basement suite up for a few bites as well before it was all gone and now I can officially say I've tried caviar. That's one more off this girls bucket list!

You only live once so why not try what this beautiful world has to offer. I might not be rich and I might not be famous, but this girl got to taste a bit if luxury even just for a moment. It was all worth it. What things have you tried lately? Share your story in the comments section.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The Ultimate Bucket List Challenge

After reflecting on my own personal journey through life and realizing that my husband and I are not getting any younger we decided to venture on our own Bucket List Challenge. A Bucket List is a list made up of everything you have ever wanted to see or do before you die. Each individual Bucket List would be different and unique in their own way.

I've decided that I would create a Bucket List mini series and post our families experiences each time we see or do one of the items on our Bucket List. Maybe it will inspire you to do the same. Maybe it will make you think about how life is way too short and that you should go live in the moment of every day. Or maybe it will just get you off the couch and stop you from binge watching Netflix for just a moment so that you can go enjoy the sunshine or the rain or whatever may be on your list. Why not go dancing in the rain? There is no better time then right now.

Bucket List Challenge #1

I for one have always wanted to try Dom Perignon Champagne. It is one of if not the most expensive champagnes you can buy. An bottle may retail for approx. $280 CAN. So who can afford to simply "taste" such a champagne for that kind of price?

 My husband and I had to utmost privilege to spend this past New Years with our good friends who live next door. They had purchased a 1993 bottle of Dom Perignon back in 2002 for next to nothing overseas. They had meant to drink it on several occasions including when their two lovely girls were born but always forgot. They had a 23 year old bottle of Dom Perignon just waiting to be drank.

Midnight rolled around and "pop" went the top of that delicious bubbling golden syrup. All of the adults were able to try some and of course take a picture with the bottle since it's not every day you get to indulge in such luxuries. This gave me the perfect idea to start my Bucket List Challenge. I had always wanted to try Dom Perignon but knew I would never pay $280 for a bottle. Now I could say I tried it with the help of my friends.

But I started to think about all of the other things I secretly had on my invisible list that I wanted to do before I die. No time like the present I thought and I started writing down everything I'd ever wanted to do in my little blue book that I keep with me at all times. I continuously add to it every day but there is such satisfaction in crossing things off my list that I had always wanted to do but never got around to do. Life is too short, I want to show my kids that life is meant to be lived, experienced, and seen.

Every time I cross "another one" off my list I will share with you how I achieved it. Maybe you will do the same. I even challenge you to do the same. This blogger can happily say that she can cross the first one off her list. Comment and share what items are on your bucket list! Oh and stay tuned for our next challenge......

                        My husband and I enjoying the sweet smooth  taste of Dom Perignon