Dd is feeling much better! Fever broke over night. It was a sleepless night for everyone but at least she's almost back to her typical self!

Thnx to everyone for the kind words of support!
Everyone from media to communities around the country are talking about the h1n1 flu virus aka swine flu and it's vaccine.

Before being able to make the trip for the shot dd is sick. Very sick. Her fever is high, her cheeks are flushed and there is no energy to this active five year old.
She's got all symptoms except her breathing is normal and there is no coughing.

Mommy won't be sleeping much tonight, check on her hourly to make sure we won't have to rush to Cheo.

The part that breaks my heart besides the main fact she's sick is what she said "oh no mom if I'm too sick I can't trick or treat:-("

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


An old friend of mine sent me a message via facebook today. She knows previously I had been talking about adding a cat to our family, knowing she works with animals if ever she was to come across a suitable one for my family she'd let me know. She's had a hard time letting go but she asked me if I could take her beloved cat Hazel. Hazel is a shelter cat my friend was fostering. She was in line for a good home.

She's got too many animals to take care of as it is and her schedule isn't fair to hazel who needs alot of love.
Being a SAHM I have time to contribute to hazel as well as my kids and of course our beloved Zeus, who I really hope is on his best behaviour the day hazel comes to stay.
She's 3 as of november, cuddly cat :-) good with kids and animals too.

I'm happy I'm helping out a friend as well as this cat. Her eyes are just pretty!
Can't wait to meet her!

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


My fridge is like any other fridge. It's big, white, has a freezer and keeps my food cold. On the outside it looks like any typical mommys fridge. An art Gallery.

No, I'm not talking Picasso here. My 5 year old DD is a little artist. She has always loved to draw and displays the art on the front and sides of the fridge in our family kitchen.

I love it. Sometimes she puts a few too many so when you begin to lose sight of the front on the fridge itself it's time to put them in the keepsake bag of drawings (she won't let me recycle them either) and rotate some new ones in their place.

Here are a few of my daughters lovely creations: from the mind of a five year old :-))

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


My daughter is starting to learn about numbers and money. She understands the concept of purchasing items and that you need money to do so.

DD earned 5$ to spend where she wanted on what she wanted when we went for errands today. Zellers had nothing within her price range or interest. The dollar store was her last hope after looking for that perfect something elsewhere. She walked the toy isle about six times before quickly deciding on this pink rubber balloon toy that looked like a blow fish. After getting what I needed we headed to the cash. I noticed the blowfish was dirty it looked like it was previously on the floor.
I asked dd if she would rather some Halloween candy than another toy to just end up in the toybox. With a big smile she agreed.
After that dh & I wanted a coffee so we stopped at Tim hortons. Dd insisted she go in and buy some donuts for her and her brother so a pack of 20 timbits she bought.
I was impressed with her donut idea, sharing with her brother too was sweet. Showing the "big girl" despite the little girl drama this week. Always mommys girl :-)

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1
This has got to be my lucky week. Last Saturday I was on Twitter (as usual) tweeting away about how much I wanted a tassimo hot beverage machine, low and behold with the help of a few Twitter friends and @TassimoCanada I won a machine.

Now, last night I wasn't even trying which was the neat part, retweeted a msg about the upcoming Michael Jackson movie "this is it" and won the soundtrack thanks to @SonyPictures and being a 20th retweet. Cool!

It's really fun to win things, usually never do. My daughter made me laugh by saying "when you get your coffee maker we can have hot chocolate and listen to Michael jacksons" she's too cute.

Speaking of winning, a friend of mine was over and noticed a package for one of dds fundraisers and decided to buy a few things, I wasn't planning on doing that one but there's prizes for amounts sold so dd will get something too.

Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


Today was busy! The typical morning run around getting the kids and ourselves ready for the day. DD off to school by noon giving a slight window of time in which to accomplish important tasks and returning on time to pick her up at 3PM.

We had an appointment, it was terrible yet good because it's done. But talk about disorganized. Oh, we werent disorganized but the people we had the appointment with were! We had to wait a good almost two hours before being served with our wide awake 19 month old son. That was fun trying to keep him entertained, his toys were boring after an hour! Dh had time to get us timmys while we waited and a donut for the boy.

Finally we got out of there, visited the bank and dh picked up dd from the bus with ds while I ran for something else. Waited about 20 minutes in a line listening to some lady with two seemingly uncontrolable children just to be told I have to come back tomorrow. Oh well less waiting tomorrow at least.

After that I met up with dh and the kids, we all went to do some groceries. Walked back home everyone exhausted and drained. The evening wound down after supper, baths and bed early for prettymuch everyone including me!

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


(The following post is based on Mondays day, although my blog app posted it as Tuesday)

Today was looking to be a decent day. I was up early with my kids getting ds ready for his drs appointment and dd ready for school.

Ds had an audiology test which turned out great and according to dd she had a good day at school except one time out...or so I thought.

My cell rings at around 7:30 but I was unable to answer due to bath routine for the kids. They called back an hour later and it was the couseller from dds school readiness program.

She started by telling me dd has been doing OK but lately she seems to be having trouble adjusting to the school setting. She basically mentioned most behaviour any five year old would show except my cute little girl swore at a boy. As any other school dds catholic school doesn't tolerate it.

It isn't typical for dd to swear, she knows the difference between good words and bad words, we are constantly reminding her when things get tough to tell a grown up. Although dd is tough when she's had enough she's had enough, she just goes about it the wrong way lately. Still no excuse for using words she knows are rude and not tolerated.

What upset me the most is that she lied to me, stating it was the other way around the boy swore at her. Lying to me is like telling me you don't trust me even though I know deep down that's not why a child the age of dd would lie, more or less to get out of any consequences.

I'm not perfect, I'm a parent and I'm just trying to raise respectible children. My children are my life, pride & joy so when things like this happen it just makes me crumble into an emotional pile and get to thinking "wow she's only 5...what am I doing so wrong" even though I know she's a great kid so we must be doing something right.

Nobody said motherhood was easy.

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


Everybody likes contests. You enter the required info and anxiously wait to find out if you're the winner. Some contests are instant where others you have to wait a while before a winner is announced.

Lately there have been contests floating around Twitter which include tweeting and retweeting about certain companies or products in hopes your tag will be chosen as the winner.

The lastest and seeminly most popular among the moms I tweet with is a Tassimo hot beverage system prize with of course samples of hot beverages to enjoy.

Many of my fellow twitterers won their very own TASSIMO system and I thought that was pretty neat. What a great way to promote a great product than to give it away!

Being a stay at home mom coffee is like my fuel, I've always wanted to try one of these specialty coffee makers!

After some tweeting around about it (& help from my wonderful Twitter friends) I recieved the winning DM :-)) I'm super happy, I'm a coffee lover & I never win so this feels great :-)

Thankyou to @TassimoCanada and all my twitter friends!!
I'll let you know when I get it :-))

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


The launch of kidz stuff online happened two days ago, I had posted more than enough. So far it's quiet, a little too quiet.

If anyone in Ottawa is interested in gently used clothing my gallery is http://kidzstuffonline.ecrater.com

Hopefully not yet another idea to bite the dust like the rest have in the past. At least now that I have at least my launch pad up maybe I can get back into my helium writing which I am not proud to announce I have been putting off since my "bright" idea came to mind.

Today is one of those days where nothing seems to be going well so far. I was up early nerve wrecked about having to take the most annoying bus route with ds in tow for an appointment early this morning. DS and I missed the first bus to his appointment because the bus instead of being 3 minutes late as per usual was three minutes early. I was RIGHT there if the light hadn't been red forever I'd have made it.

Unfortunately had to reschedule ds appointment. I hate having to delay his immunization! At least the clinic he visits isn't one who charges for reschedule or cancellation less than 24hrs before the appointment. I know my drs office is stricked on "be there on time", which I don't blame them although I'm usually early, today just was not my morning!

I'm glad it's Friday tomorrow. This has been one heck of a week!

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


After a busy last few days of gathering/washing/numbering and photographing used items I figured I should jump into step 2 - setting them up online.

I've already got my domain and set up the basics title etc unfortunately my logo was too big so I tried to make a new one and see otherwise I'm stuck with a wine glass as my logo pic on a used childrens clothes gallery. Wholesome!

So far I have posted 25 items and have about another 25 to be posted. Not including the bag I have left to wash, label, photograph and post. Keep me busy this fall!

Speaking of fall the season brings for some great writing! American thanksgiving is coming up so I can write maybe an article or two about fall, thanksgiving and of course Halloween!

So many ideas so not enough time!!!

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


It is thanksgiving weekend 2009. Dd has a four day weekend, talk about busy!

Luckily this year we only had one turkey dinner, as opposed to our typical two to three turkey meals in a four day time period.

Yesterday my mom & her husband came over for dinner. Turkey, potatoes, etc typical Canadian turkey dinner. Was really good too! It's always nice to see at least somebody for a holiday but nothing beats the old days of thanksgiving at my grandmas.

Homemade everything from dinner to desert prettymuch. You'd be so full after you wouldn't want turkey until next year.

Today I spent taking pictures and numbering more used clothes for the gallery. It's coming along nicely! Now hopefully my idea won't bs a bust like just about every other idea I've had & we'll be on our way!

Well it was left over turkey sandwiches tonight after I ruined baking some cookies today. They turned out all mushy & weird. I'm going to try some muffins after I clean up the dinner mess!

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


I googled some free webstore hosting services upon getting my idea to sell my kids used clothes online and show them at one place rather than skattered all over usedottawa.com

I had found one www.buyitsellit.com. I signed up but was skeptical when asked which package I wanted and chose the free one.

It was all going great I put all the items I've rewashed so far in my new iInventory app with item numbers and all. This evening I began putting them up and pricing them.

I was about to add the last of my first 20 items, clicked the "add item" button and was brought to a page asking me what payment plan I wanted to proceed!

Thinking I accidently clicked something else I backed up and tried again. Same thing. I then realized the most stupid thing that if I had known better I'd have not wasted 2 hours of my evening time...

The free portion only allows up to 10 items. I read that when I signed up but understood 10 items per category/subcategory. D'Oh! What a blonde moment!

Back to google I went before deleting that waste of web space web store I had worked two evenings on - lucky enough I found a new and better web host through www.ecrater.com - FREE as it is also a free marketplace to sell and buy used items. Sadly I deleted the other webstore and will have to work a little harder on the web look before my goal opening date of the 21st.

Once it's up and running I'll reveal the address!!!

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


Alright so I've made a decision to sell some used kids clothes. Not opening a business here just trying to get rid of some clothing clutter that has packed into the basement over the past.

I'm entering phase 1 - collecting my inventory. And the more I'm looking the more I'm saying wow!

I hope to have this set up within the next two weeks, before Halloween at least!

Feels nice to be motivated by something I have a good feeling about.

Today was about laundry, getting through the mountains while maintaining the family etc - ideas for my used site flowing like crazy and writing opportunities popping up at helium makes for some serious busy!

Will update as it happens

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


Doing laundry today I realized I have way too much good condition outgrown kids clothes sitting in my basement. Waiting for what? I don't know.

I don't know anybody who needs/wants used clothes and giving it for another store to sell just feels wrong. Keep in mind we don't even have a vehicle to transport them if we could.

My cousin posted on facebook market about kids clothes she had for sale and it got me thinking.

So I'm going to sell them myself. Now used Ottawa is a great way to sell items but not in the amount I have so my idea is this - simply create a webstore with images of the items (and prices) people can simple email me the item number and arrange pick up. It's local east end based if course. Not an online business per say but rather than posting items 1 by 1 people can email me about more than one item or bundle them for cheaper deals etc. Every size almost boy and girls every season.

Dh said it's a good idea if I'm up for it. It'll be alot of work but i'll try it out why not I have nothing really to lose except being stuck with bags of clothes.

He also offered to set up the older pc downstairs with Internet so I can do my stuff in peace and organize using the desk he built. So far sounds like a doable plan!

Will update as it occurs...

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1
We all have or have had that one friend who was the friend for everything. A best friend, or the closest thing to a best friend. There when you need them, you when they need ect. Unfortunately unexpected events in life can cause negative effects and impact the relationship to the point you see eachother as nothing but strangers. It can be almost as devistating as breaking up with a boyfriend to lose a best friend.

This happened in my life, we had friends we considered best. Friends we spent holiday dinners with, birthdays or just shoot the breeze. An unfortunate series of events occurred causing this friendship to split up. Feelings were hurt and emotional wounds that at the time could not be healed with a simple apology. Needless to say we haven't spoken to eachother in a very long time.

Yesterday we brought our kids to the park and imagine who was there. The girl I used to refer to as a best friend.

Our daughters knew eachother before but haven't seen eachother for a while. They recognized eachother, played together. This little event brought back memories of the good times we had as friends.

We spoke breifly upon leaving as the girls didn't want to go home. Awkward situation at it's best.

It's a complicated situation, why we lost touch etc but it was nice to see the kids playing again.

This morning I recieved an email. My old friend initiating conversation for a coffee visit. Took the visit, i'm not sure what will happen but as forgiving and sensitive as I am when it comes to people who had an impact on my life, it's nice to know we don't have to walk on eggshells if we happen to cross paths.

Keeping civil is better than acting out in an immature way. Less conflict and I am not one for confrontations of the negative type.

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


I was in one of my baking moods this evening. I didn't want to bake a cake and I currently don't have muffin pans to make cupcakes so I searched the net for something I could make quickly, easily and with cake mix.

If you're not afraid of calories continue reading please.

You will need - 1 box of cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Chocolate Devils Food), 2 eggs, 1/2-1/3 cooking oil (soft margerine works too)

Step 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2) combine cake mix (your choice), eggs and cooking oil/soft margerine in a bowl. You can add things like nuts, chocolate chips, baking cherries etc to suit your taste. However mine are just plain Jane chocolate!

Step3) using a non-stick baking sheet place a teaspoon of mix each a couple of inches apart because they expand. If you want crispy cookies flatten them otherwise bale for 20 minutes or until cookies tenderness are to your liking.

Let them cool and voilĂ ! Simple, easy and yummy!

You can make a baking project and allow your kids to decorate them (while warm for best results) fun and sweet!

Okay mine could have used some walnuts or chocolate chips for texture and lessen the "burger paddy" look but hey the kids like them! Enjoy!

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


It is October and by the looks of it fall has officially hit us, and hard. Leaves are falling left & right off the trees, the air has that "winter is coming" cold crispness to it and we've been getting a dreaded amount of cold rainy days. Get ready for cold and flu season people!

Already a month into Kindergarten for dd. So far so good she likes both her teachers although she talks about her French teacher more, we know who the favourite is.

At first dd was forgetful about raising her hand before speaking and disrupting the class which thankfully they already knew about her from her school readiness program assessment earlier this year. She's progressing well.

No bad notes except that one time she fell, scraped her elbow and refused the teacher to clean it properly. That was a fun night at bath time "don't touch my bobo!"

October is going to be busy! Photo day tomorrow, ds has a cheo appointment next week, paediatrician the week after in between we have thanksgiving and top it off with Halloween.

I had a nice bug suit that wouldve fit ds this year. But dd decided it looked better with five legs instead of six and ripped one of the center ones right off leaving a hole. I can't sew to save my life.

So far dd wants to be a princess, a witch a devil, a ghost, a robot, a vampire, a cowboy, a pirate and we'll see what else she comes up with until she decides.

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1