Now that I have this outfit, I feel obligated to take it with me anytime I go on vacation!
See photos of my Wheres Waldo CLICK HERE
Not all of these were fails! Man was this ever fun! I would love to make one of these into a sticker to sell in the SHOP - Vote for your favorite!
An extra special thanks to these artists:
MY SISTER: https://www.fiverr.com/misstinu
I expected this... The odd items are starting to be sent. Cool... I'll play along ;)
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Are you getting tired of these videos yet? YouTube is! This video below was removed for violating guidelines so from now on the Dick Pic Rating videos (and some others that are too risque for YouTube) will be exclusively uploaded HERE! To this site!
It's a HARD job but we take it very serious...
Soo.. I HAVE 3 POSTAL CODES? WHAT? Canada Post, are you high? The packages made it anyway, THANK YOU! You sent me some pretty wicked stuff!
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This was heartbreaking. I loved these vines but they had to go. The previous home owner had a thing for plants and that's cool! I love em too but not when they're trying to take over. This vine had just gotten too big and was creating too much mess. PLUS IT WAS GROWING INTO MY SIDING! BAD! As nice as it looked, it attracted tons of bugs and I am surprised to say it, I'm glad its gone. I cut the root in the fall, let it dry out and in the spring this year tore down all the dead branches. I feel like it looks so much cleaner and nicer. Even the plants in the front garden have a little more room to grow! To my surprise a Passion flower vine sprouted and started to grow in a small area which I am totally fine with... until it decides to go into my siding. Then we'll murder that one too! Which look do you prefer? The over grown or clean? More vlogs from the garden to come this summer!
You can now send me MAIL! I mean... you were able to send me stuff before but only stuff that I had picked out for myself. Click here to see my Amazon wish list. I want to give you more control... Now you can send me ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE!! LOL I could regret that *sigh* NO RAGRETS! I just set up a P.O. box and plan to be doing "unboxing" videos for YouTube
You can send anything from letters to packages but I'm actually requesting letters. When I was living far away from home, I would get my grandma to write me Portuguese letters. That was my favorite. Get your grandma to write me!!
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What a terrible 8 months that was. I don't regret it.
Forgive me for my lack of photo progress, I focused more on recording video which you can watch below
I wanted to write this blog, to tell you more about what it was like going through the Six Month Smiles treatment - why it took me more than six months - what it cost and all this fun stuff, that only really matters to people considering going through something similar!
Let me start by saying I DIDN'T HATE ALL MY TEETH BEFORE! I hated one on the top row but I really didn't mind the rest. I have always been obsessed with straight teeth though. I remember going to the theater to see the movie 300 and I feel in love with Gerard Butler because OMG HIS TEETH ARE SO PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL! Yeah, while all the other ladies were swooning over his meaty man muscles, I couldn't look away from his pearly whites. Super unrealistic to have such nice teeth back then but WHATEVER THAT DOESN'T MATTER... CLEARLY I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS TOO MUCH.
Everyone. Is. Different. I cant stress that enough. No two experiences will be the same, so keep that in mind when reading.
I have a very deep over bite, cross bite, and extremely tiny mouth (The dentist once said it was a child's size mouth, so I feel bad for my boyfriend) I had gone in for braces consultations in the past but back then I still needed to remove wisdom teeth and it just seemed like way more than I was ready to take on, all at once.
I finally got my wisdom teeth removed. One removed randomly, because it was popping through the gums. I got it out in Regina, and I was awake for that. Not my definition of a good time. When I moved back home to Ontario, I started having problems with my jaw, and pains... and I eventually went in for the wisdom tooth surgery. Had the last 3 removed while I was put under. Here was the X ray of my head while they were still hangin' out in there...
So after those came out and I was all healed up *that's a story for another time, my god*
I was getting my teeth cleaned and my dentist asked me "Is there anything you'd fix about your teeth?"
Great Sales Tactic. I Bit!!
They told me about Six Month Smiles, which was a procedure they just started to offer and since I had benefits with work at the time that was going to help cover some of the cost, I was all for it. I believe it ended up being somewhere around $3,500
Yes it hurt. Wax. Wax. Wax. I got many canker sores and mouth boo boo's... Getting them put on hurt, getting the wire replaced hurt... It all was kinda owwwwie. The best way I can explain the pain, sometimes it feels like you have cavities in some teeth, but its not a cavity, its just the teeth moving/pulling in directions that are new. This comes and goes. Getting them cleaned was a great feeling!!
Yes It was hard to eat. You constantly get food stuck in them, you don't want to eat out in public because its gross... Sometimes *If you don't clean them properly after eating* you can end up with food that's been stuck somewhere for hours and its NASTY. Keep them as clean as you can. There's an intense cleaning process after ever meal and before bed.
Oh yeah, you cant eat a lot of normal foods, I lost 15 pounds... Braces diet is posted below
I know these aren't the best pics *I look super tired and have no makeup on
But I don't have many photos of me smiling "before" because I never really liked showing my teeth. Now, I cant stop smiling
You sign a contract to get the procedure done, which says it can take anywhere between 6 to 12 months to complete. For me, it took 8 months however my dentist hurt her back and had almost 4 weeks off which delayed my treatment. If you decide to get this done, make sure you ask the dentist office that is looking after you if they have more than one person that is qualified to do what is needed, just in case your dentist takes time off or gets sick!
Here was the information sheet they gave me on the day my braces were put on
I'm really stubborn and as I read this, on my way home I thought "I can eat spaghetti with red sauce, wtf they cant tell me what I can and can't eat" I didn't really care about stains either. After cooking a huge pot of spaghetti that evening, I couldn't properly chew it and I sat at my dinner table crying because I was so hungry.
There ARE THINGS YOU CAN AND CAN'T EAT. Spaghetti is on the "can't" list sadly.
Mac N Cheese is OK though!!
Some of my favorite foods to eat when I had my braces:
Greek Yogurt, Apple Sauce, Soft Breads, Strawberries, Bananas, Soup, Chicken Soup, Tomato Soup, Any and All Soups, Any Soft Cookies, Jello, Pudding. Cheesecake. Soft boiled veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots - Did I mention soup? LOTS OF SOUP. MASHED POTATOES AMEN, Lots of baked salmon and chicken for dinners, pancakes, smoothies *I dont like eggs*
Basically you are avoiding anything hard or sticky. *Sigh Again, My poor boyfriend.
Check out the video below to see my full progress and feels on the entire situation...
Here are a few more pics!!
What it looks like with ONLY the clear brackets on the teeth (Not the wire)
First photo was from the first day getting them put on - Second photo was before getting them removed!
And a photo of what it looks like to have the wire ON the brackets
The last photo is of me at the dentists office holding the mold of what my teeth looked like "before" SUCH A HUGE CHANGE!! My teeth look like dentures. They look fake. THEY LOOK TOO PERFECT. THIS IS SPARTAAAAA!!!
I'm happy to answer any *non dentist* questions you may have about the process, leave a comment!
I feel like I have SO MANY PROJECTS on the go but I love it... Being busy means summer has arrived. In the winter, I become a shut in and am usually pretty bored so I am very excited to get outside and get dirty - IN THE GARDEN!
I have a big gardening video coming up but I wanted to show you guys what I've been working on. The little plot I made in my backyard! I'm really picky with where/what I wanted to plant. Abra uses the grass/yard to #1/#2 so I didn't really want to be planting FOOD where he was doing that business. Last thing I want is dog shit strawberries... whatever maybe it doesn't matter but I was concerned.
The previous owner of my house had a hot tub (which unfortunately they didn't leave for me to enjoy) BUT they had a stone area with some other bricks set up in the yard. Since we weren't using that area and Abra had never peed or pood there - I figured it was the prefect spot to dig up and start a little garden.
In this photo, I had already started digging up the patio stones. You can see the difference between the left (stones removed) and the right (untouched)
I did this all on my own. I had never done something like this before and It took me pretty much all day to set up... Here's how I did it
Removed all the stones & dug out the junk! Cleared the area of the weeds/plants that were already growing there and moved the dirt around a bit...
I used dirt from The Big Yellow Bag *Not sponsored*
I ordered a few weeks ago to fill it in and create a bit of a raised bed.
Once I was happy with the amount of dirt and height of the garden I covered it with a black mesh to keep in warmth and make it look super professionallll. I used the left over bricks to hold it all in place...
NOW THE BEST PART! BRING IN THE GREENS!
I was posting progress on Instagram and asking you guys what we should plant here! We decided to go with the things we eat/use the most that are fairly easy to grow. Again, this is my first time doing something like this.
I cut holes in the mesh and planted... from left to right: Zucchini, Rosemary, Thyme, Swiss Chard and Two Strawberry Bushes (Hopefully not Dog Shit Strawberry Bushes)
I noticed immediately the robins taking a liking to my new garden and I wasn't having the birds benefit from all my hard work so I got a few U shaped bamboo sticks to wrap some mesh around to keep away anything that is also "hungry"
I carefully cut small holes in the mesh and pushed the sticks firmly into the ground... I used more than I probably needed to, but I wanted extra support just in case, I donno, Wind? Or a bird (fat robin) actually does TRY to land on it *sigh*
Here's what it looked like before adding the plastic chicken wire
I used zip ties to fasten the mesh to the bamboo sticks... I didnt tighten the zip ties all the way, so I could later adjust the mesh if needed. I had to cut 3 strips of mesh, One for each side and one for the top.
The side facing the grass cant be accessed. I mean it can be, but it'll be difficult. The mesh is placed under the stones (in hopes that the animals stay away too) The side that we are looking at CAN be lifted up so I can tend to the plants inside. It can be watered easily from above, without having to move the mesh.
Overall this project cost me about $120
I had some free materials like the stones and used some things from the dollar store (the black mesh for the soil/plants and the zip ties)
I got the plants, bamboo U sticks and plastic chicken wire from Canadian Tire
I didn't use all the soil from the Big Yellow Bag - I still have enough to do this two more times if I wanted to. Oh and the zucchini was grown from a seed in my laundry room (who knows if it'll grow or give us hini's, its an experiment)
I love my garden - I've got other grow projects on the go! Check my Instagram story for daily updates and keep an eye on the site for more updates!
SUNFLOWER GARDEN BONUS
Let me explain my plans with this weird thing in the background of all these photos...
Bobs tutorial was a 27min long video that we had to watch at least 3 times to get our final product. Maybe it was more difficult because we decided to paint it on a mini canvas?? *Sigh
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BOB ROSS TUTORIAL WE FOLLOWED
Brittany's (Left) - Amanda's (Right)
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After working in Radio for almost a decade, I wanted to get something to represent that time but I also wanted it to be more than just that... I didn't want to just get something representing the places I've worked, I wanted it to have a deeper significance to me and my life.
I remember my parents owning an old school radio, it was always in their bathroom.. for shower music? I guess? Mom said it was given to them by my grandparents and I loved the way this thing looked ever since I was a kid.
When I was coming up with the idea for this tattoo, I just knew I had to get a photo of that old radio and make it the main focal point of the piece. I also have a "nature" theme going on, on my body, and for now I'm planning to keep going in that direction, so I needed to work in something "floral" - The flowers in this piece represent each of the province's In Canada that I've worked in. I got this done while living in Regina so I still need to add an Ontario Trillium to complete the piece.
Done by Jesse Zaboz who works at Art Sharks in Saskatoon
Oh, if you're wondering... Yes it hurt, especially the hand job part!
This tattoo even ended up winning some awards (It was done at the Pile O Bones Tattoo Convention in Regina)
To this day, I am still IN LOVE with this tattoo and can't wait to add to it!
I have memories of him letting me drive the boat, catching fish... going up north and catching frogs and accidentally letting them all loose in the cabin! Listening to him gracefully play piano and not so gracefully clean out his fish tanks while my grandmother would run after him with towels to clean up the split water. He had the most amazing energy. It was a party where ever he went and no one was ever a stranger, as he could strike up a conversation with just about anyone over anything. His presence will be missed.
It's never easy losing a loved one. Over the weekend my grandfather passed. It was the best possible way to go, too. He was at home surrounded by loved ones and had one hell of a party on his last day. He said the most beautiful thing to comfort me about his passing, click play below...
He also said, if anyone asks, tell them "That old fuck passed away"
MAKKREEL, HENDRIK (HANK)I would like to announce the passing of my husband Hendrik (Hank) Makkreel on April 7, 2018 at his home in Fenwick, Ontario. Born in the Netherlands on November 29, 1929, Hank came to Canada in 1953 and started his business as the “The Piano Doctor”. Hank would like his friends and customers to know he has left his business in the capable hands of his son Michael in Ridgeville, Ontario. Hank is survived by his “Beautiful Wife Marie” of 63 years, and his three children Terri, Mary Ellen and Michael. Also, we would like to thank the staff at the St.Catharines and Welland Hospitals and the PD and Hemo-Dialysis Unit for their wonderful caring and concern! Hank had stated fondly to his friends and family, that he had come “TO THE END OF HIS 88 KEYS”. In keeping with Hank’s wishes, cremation has taken place.
I don't know where to start with this blog... because I'm so excited I'm jittery. This is such a big part of my life and im so stoked to be able to share the videos and stories... EEP! Breathe in, Breathe out, Just write.
I left my first radio job in Peace River, Alberta to be a hippy, live in a van down by the river. Okay that isn't 100% accurate but since I was living with my comedian boyfriend at the time, we heard that Chris Farley joke a lot. A LOT.
I met Matt Billion when I got the chance to interview Mike MacDonald for the radio station, they were coming to peace river for a comedy show. I hit it off with Mike in that interview right away, making many back and forth jokes and looked forward to seeing the show... At that time I didn't know who Matt was. (Also a comedian, who did a lot of booking and touring with Mike)
When the time came, I went to the comedy show... and after Matt's set he walked off stage and to the back of the room, which was where I was standing. A conversation started and we were instantly infatuated with each other.
Matt and Mike didn't stay in Peace River, as they say "the show goes on" and It wasn't a one night stand situation at all, we hung out, chatted and were sad that we couldn't spend more time laughing with one another. We never stopped texting and calling after he left and Matt made plans to get back to my small remote town as fast as he could - so we could see one another again.
We really got along well, Matt got tired of the grind driving and flying to shows all over Canada from PEACE RIVER, AB... Its really a small northern town and makes no sense to be there for someone who needs to be constantly traveling for work, but It was a great opportunity for ME to have gone there for my first radio gig.
In relationships you sometimes need to make compromises and sacrifices and you ALWAYS need to make sure they are things you are comfortable with. Matt took some time off from comedy to leave in Peace River with me but after a while, I felt like I was holding the team back... I really wanted Matt to do his comedy thing, but he didn't want to have to be away from me for long, so I just decided to say FUCK IT and live on the road with him.
We talked A LOT about this beforehand and did A LOT of planning. I was in charge of helping with everything he needed me for, basically... I sometimes did cold calls for bookings and stage set up. The first tour we did was with Frank Moffatt - Yeah the 90's band The Moffatt's dad... LOL! He did his own comedy routine as Canadian Country comic "Lefty Nelson" - We had an RV sponsorship at that stage so we still hadn't found our van sweet van (home sweet home?)
It wasn't until the Country Friend and City Baked comedy tour ended did we travel down to Nelson, BC to find our home on wheels. We didn't find it right away and did some test drives in some really dumpy things... But it was love at first sight when I spotted The Vanguard. We bought it from a thrift store/pawn shop with all the money we could spare at the time (They sold it to us for less than they were asking because they really wanted the thing out of their parking lot)
We took that van across Canada and the US. We did two BlackJack comedy Tours with the van and Matt and Mike... And when we weren't touring Canada with Mike we went down to the states and tried to get Matt time on stage at the Comedy Store and other rooms around LA.
After almost a year of doing this it became very stressful and difficult. We had SO MUCH FUN and I have so many amazing memories from this time but it couldn't go on forever. Mike had his liver stuff going on, he wasn't in the best health and I felt it was time for me to get off the road and back into Radio
No epic love story here, Matt and I parted ways. He sold the Van to a nice old couple. I wonder if it's still runnin' today or on a junk yard somewhere....
It's safe to say THIS experience is what started my obsession with campers and living in something you could also drive. You're kinda living like a turtle, with your entire home on your back.
I had all this footage on a hard drive I couldn't get access to and just recently had a friend of a friend restore all the data for me (THANKS RICHARD) On the hard drive was all my travel footage from driving down to LA in the van with Matt for the first time. I didn't edit the clips, I just put them all in one after another in chronological order. I am forever grateful for the experience and the people I got to share it with.
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Let me start by saying... this was not my first time doing the whole "living in a house on wheels" type thing
In 2011 I spent a year traveling with people around Canada and the US in a Dodge Tradesman camper van.
I had very basic knowledge of how it all works, which is why I decided to try it again this year. This time by myself! It was a learning experience to say the least
I guess you could say I upgraded from the van (above)
To more of an "RV"....
My first experience in the Van we never stayed in one spot for too long, often boondocking overnight at Walmart parking lots.
This time I really wanted to be CAMPING. I found a beautiful spot along the river at Chippawa Creek Conservation Area - The RV stayed put.
It's a 1987 Chevy, So yes it's older than I am!!!! I bought it from my boss and it needed quite a bit of work. My boss drove it from BC and it sat all winter in his backyard. As you can imagine it was dirty. Dirty isn't even a good enough word... FILTHY or GROSS
I cleaned. Like fucking Cinderella, I cleaned. HARD.
I took on some larger projects inside.... a mini-overhaul in the places I could. Recovering seat cushions, putting in new curtains, new wallpaper, window tint, a cork wall. Fancy, right!!
There were some more serious DIY fixes...
I put in a new secondary battery, I replaced two ceiling vents. That turned out to be way more work than I expected. I needed power tools!
Hopefully the roof doesn't leak anymore...
That was the stuff I could manage fixing on my own.
There were a few visits to the mechanic before it passed safety. A new tail pipe, new breaks, new lights, a strap for the battery... I lucked out with the engine, it's practically brand new. As I type this I can still think of things that need to be done... my toilet is a little leaky, and I don't trust my propane!!!!
Unlike the Van, I could not get my propane to work properly in the RV. Which ended up being okay.
I know, Hank Hill is screaming at me for typing that....
Since I had a 15-amp plug in at the campsite, I didn't need the propane AT ALL... I bought a hot plate and a toaster oven that can cook a roast... and Yes, of course I cooked a fucking roast in it. I even got a small electric heater for the colder nights. I ran the fridge on electric and had no problems.
What can you really expect from an older camper? You make it work, right?
All in - road ready - to own and fix the RV cost me roughly $4,000
The campsite lasted from May to October. I splurged a little bit too and picked a spot along the river. Everything you could ever need there... a toilet, a hot shower, 50/50 draws, canoe rentals, every now and then a free corn roast and nice people. It was worth every penny. I spent my days Kayaking, catching frogs and bugs, laying in my hammock, climbing trees and picking flowers. I couldn't have chose a more relaxing place to spend my summer.
The campsite cost me roughly $2,500
There were a few things I had never done before... such as dealing with dumping the sewage (poop tank) and grey water tanks in the RV.
The rule was ONLY #1's in the RV toilet... Surprisingly I only took ONE drunk shit and puke in there...
Spending my summer this way inspired me to take up new hobbies. I started Bug Taxidermy, Pressing and Preserving Flowers, Kayaking (which I had never tried before and ended up BUYING my own Kayak before the summer ended)
Now she's all packed up... "Winterized" and awaits next summer.
I will miss the lingering scent of campfire and bug spray on everything I own and listening to hundreds of cicada's sing the song of their people as I fall asleep.