DIY Fall Wreath

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Back when the leaves were just starting to fall off the trees, I finally got around to sitting down and working on a Fall wreath for our door. I had wanted to make one for a while so it felt good to finally do it! I had taken my boys to a playground that evening so my youngest offered to help me find the prettiest leaves (and he did)! After the kids went to bed I got to work using the basic straw wreath I had gotten for free on giveaway weekend, (the best idea ever here in Winnipeg), and started wrapping it half in burlap, and half in ribbon. I had done a general search online to get inspired, then took elements of different wreaths I saw online and combined them to make something more personal. Of course I had to make it a monogram wreath, even more special! 🙂 So I got out my hot glue gun and started gluing all the leaves to the bottom in beautiful array, adding on a craft ladybug on top afterwards since I find them cute! I figure that even though the leaves will dry out and crumble, I can always add new ones on next year so why not? Its nice to have that natural element in there anyways. 🙂

I also took a wooden craft ring I had and made the monogram with a piece of paper trimmed to the same size circle and glued to the back of it. I enjoy drawing so I added some extra touches to the letter ‘F’ and coloured it in. Using a ribbon I had tied around the ring prior to gluing the paper to the back, I tied the ring to the wreath itself, being careful to center it in the wreath. And I wrote a ‘Welcome’ sign on the other side of the circle in case it ever flips over when closing the door. 🙂 Then I got out my wreath hanger, and hung it on the door, all set to be viewed by whoever comes by! Yay! I finally got this done, feels good to do crafts – it’s been too long! I am thankful that I get to do stuff like this still, and that my boys are young enough to appreciate it. 🙂 What have you been up to??

~Roxy~

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Tough Times But God is Near

Welcome Dear Reader,

How’s life going on in your part of the world? Do you have a story to tell? If so, do you have a blog? Where is it at? I have all these questions and so little time as it’s bed time lol, but you can leave a comment if you wish and I can check it out later! 🙂 The more the merrier as they say…

As for me, well, summer’s been interesting… and tough. I must say, after being off work (outside the home) for two years, it takes some getting used to. I worked all the time at home of course, but now, with working later hours than I was used to before, and getting used to new responsibilities and a new schedule, I know it’s been taxing on my whole family. The kids for instance – they have been acting up more, and I’m sure part of that is due in part to my being away from home. They are used to me making them their lunch, taking them to the park, doing crafts or playing games etc., but now they must get used to doing things on their own, or with Daddy, though he works from home so it’s not too good for him in terms of getting things done. I know it’s hard on him too, as he’s used to me helping the kids out while he works and now he’s constantly interrupted. That’s part of the struggle with working from home with a family, but sadly few people really understand how hard it is. I appreciate that he can do it, because I know for myself, I find it difficult to concentrate on anything when the kids are around, playing, shouting, running around (and I usually end up feeling guilty doing my own thing, ignoring them). I need to wait until they’re in bed to do stuff that requires thinking, but by then I’m usually out to lunch as my brain says, “Okay, you’ve worked the whole day, now it’s time to shut ‘er down!” I’m sure you can at least relate to that little bit. And don’t even get me started on doing math at night, lol! I’ve tried to help my hubby with taxes, but late in the evening never works very well for me, but sadly that’s the only time I have to help out with this stuff. Let’s just say, its been trying. On top of other things, it’s been a rough summer, but I’m still thankful for all that I have, including a job, as it took 3+ solid months of job searching to finally find something, which is odd for me, but a sign of the times we live in. I know that God will use me in my new position, and He already has. Now I just need to adjust to the new type of atmosphere. It’s different being in ministry. I must say I’m not used to it yet, because this is my first real (paid) job for God, and it’s different than what I’m used to. However, it’s been good, just getting busier by the day, which is awesome, but now I need to practice balance and taking my breaks as I know that it’s good for my health and necessary. ;p That’s just the workaholic side of me stepping in, and my customer service ideals, but this girl has to start looking out for her own health too! Hopefully doing some exercise, and getting back into some personal projects will help with balance – that and spending time with God. Have a great week everyone, and don’t give up; God is with you!!

On another note, my hubby and I have finally been finishing up some TV series’s on Netflix – so far, 24 (a long time coming), BBC’s Robin Hood (well done!), and the Netflix season of Arrested Development (was nice to re-visit the family but felt like more could have been done at the end). Now we’re continuing the 4400, which is a neat series to be sure. Gotta love late night TV time. But morning comes too soon! ;p

Many Blessings,

~Roxy~

Being Myself part 2

Hello Readers,

Just wanted to share that I’m on a journey back to being myself. What do I mean by that? Well, pretty much ever since becoming a Mom, as probably most of you can relate, I’ve found that I’m drifting ever so slowly away from being myself – or rather, taking some time for ‘me time’. And yes, I do feel the guilt start to rise whenever I try to start doing something and of course a little one starts calling out my name or something else needs my attention. But as my hubby pointed out, he’s not playing the guilt trip thing anymore as a dad, so I shouldn’t do that to myself as a mom either. I need to shift my thinking as I’ve always found it easier to do stuff for others before doing stuff for myself. I think a lot of that has to do with different disappointments I’ve experienced in childhood and life afterwards, but it doesn’t mean it has to end that way. We all can take small steps to ensure that we don’t burnout because we’re ignoring ourselves completely. And let’s face it, it’s so easy to do this as a mom (or dad). I find though that moms just always worry about everyone else’s needs first, as I believe this is how we were made, as the typically supportive role, and emotionally it’s how we operate. We worry about everyone making sure they have their stuff before leaving the house that we often, (I believe), forget to take or do something for ourselves. At least that’s what I find for myself many times. And it’s frustrating, but I brush it off and try again the next day. On top of this, in the midst of soccer games, other events and everyday life, I find I just don’t have the energy to do anything I want to do for myself at the end of the day. And the idea of waking up extra early just to do them doesn’t really sound good to me either, but I also realize I need a bit of encouragement. I admit that. I’m so good at encouraging others to follow their dreams, but when it comes to myself, I tend to give up too soon or just leave things be. It’s just easier I guess not to be disappointed yet again. Like today, when I went to use the rest of a can of spray on primer to hopefully spray one side of a room divider I made, I was only able to coat two thirds of one side before I ran out of paint. Now I need to wait until I can afford more. But I’m going to try again… so please pray that I continue to enjoy the rest of the life God gave me in a way that is pleasing to Him and part of that is by enjoying being me. Thank you. I hope I’ve been able to reach out and touch at least one other soul out there who’s struggling with the same thing. Perhaps we can encourage each other?

Blessings,

Roxy

Joseph Prince Ministries

Hello Readers,

As I am always seeking to learn and grow in my faith in Christ, I started to look into personal study a while back, and I came across this show: Joseph Prince Ministries on TV. It is honestly one of the best ministries I’ve come across as every time I watch one of his sermons, I walk away with something deep to think about; something that God wants to tell me, and it’s awesome. This guy is definitely annointed as his sermons are powerful and full of God’s Word and the Gospel message. There is something truly refreshing about his sermons, and I think part of that is the fact that he does not beat around the bush so to speak, but rather, that he brings all facets of the bible to the forefront, and does not confine his topics to those that are typical of most churches in North America, or mainstream stuff. If this post resonates with you, I encourage you to head over to this site to watch some of his sermons: http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/joseph-prince-ministries/. He also has a website at www.josephprince.org. I pray that this ministry will be a blessing to you and yours as you seek to further your study of the Word.

Blessings,Roxy

I’m Not Alone

Today marks one year from the day that I went in for day surgery to clean out my body after having a miscarriage. Today last year I had to say goodbye to a baby I never met in person, but whom I carried for almost 3 months in my womb. Today I am sad, yet joyful that God made the decision He did as He knew that in this point in time we would not have the finances to care for another child, and that perhaps other issues would be at play. I miss our little one, but I am reminded that God Loves all of us, and His Ways are not mine, and His Plans are not my own, and that He does know best. It was a long road of depression to get to the place I am at now, and yes, I still grieve just not so often and the pain is not so intense as I know where my child is. And he or she is in Good Hands – God’s Hands. So in all this, I am reminded that I am not alone.

If anyone reading this has recently miscarried, know this, that God Loves your child too, and he or she is in a better place. By all means, as much you love your child, we need to also realize, that no matter how much it hurts that we cannot see our little ones right now, that God is taking good care of them in Heaven. And Heaven is the best place to be – hey, it’s where I want to be – and it doesn’t get better than that! In Heaven, there is no pain, no sadness, no hurt, no hunger, no sin, no fears, just love. LOVE. Imagine that. Just love. I can’t wait!!

I am reminded that God’s Love is all encompassing so much so that even in the midst of my despair, He is there, and He is changing me from the inside out, where it counts. I don’t need to carry all my hurts anymore, because I am a new creation in Christ. There IS hope, no matter what anyone else thinks, because He Is God. Amen.

May God comfort all those who are hurting right now, and may He show you the joy and hope that He has in store for you.

Love,

Roxy

Spring 2013 Manitoba Comic Con (Pop Culture Expo) and Creative Types

ImageThis past weekend, my hubby and I were tabling at the Manitoba Comic Convention (Pop Culture Expo), for their Spring show and while it was pretty slow, it was still like coming home. What do I mean? Well, speaking as someone who enjoys going to these shows, whenever I’m at a con, I totally feel welcome and there’s a sense of excitement in the air. I think it’s because I’ve always felt a little out of place in everyday society, and it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve tried very hard over the years to “fit in”, and no matter how hard I tried, it just never seemed right. Don’t ask me why, though it probably doesn’t help that I’m a naturally shy person with little self-esteem, but I’m also a ‘creative type’ as some might call me and that’s where I think my views and personality might clash a bit with mainstream thinking. And I love being around people, I just don’t appreciate when people are mean to others for being different. I mean, we’re all different in reality, but the problem is, there tends to be a shift in society where once a certain trend hits, everyone must jump on board for fear of being seen as a ‘loser’ or a ‘has been’ or whatever else one might want to call them when in reality, if everyone decided to just be themselves, and like what they like, do their own thing, there would be way more creativity in the world and people would be happier in general. But I digress. My point is, if you, like me enjoy being around people, who are not afraid to say they enjoy certain games, movies, comic books, or other specific hobbies, then you’ll enjoy coming to a comic convention. And the fact that the word comic is in there is a bit of a misleading thing, because comic conventions are much more than comics as you can guess. There’s many different vendors and artists there, all waiting to talk to you about their favourite movies, TV shows, games, drawings, books, even pieces of jewellery! And while many vendors and artists return year after year, there’s always fresh new faces to meet and new products available, along with different things going on on the side. What else is there?

Well, there are always special guests, sometimes, like last year, there’s an extra-hard-to-come-by guest such as Patrick Stewart of Star Trek Next Generation, or like this past show, there’s guests such as Adam West, Burt Ward, and Yvonne Craig, (or Batman, Robin and Batgirl from the hit 60’s TV show: Batman). Either way, you’re sure to find someone interesting to take a photo with or get an autograph from – though come prepared to spend some cash as most actors etc. charge quite a bit to get one. There’s also other things happening here and there, such as costume contests for those customers or vendors/artists who come dressed up in cosplay. These are fun! You can even get in on a group photo-op if you happen to be wearing a costume that is from the same show or movie as other cosplayers. 🙂

Well, here’s some photos from the convention:

Spider-Man

Spider-Man!

Hug Me Batman

A cute cardboard Batman with a slot on his chest that said “Hugs 25 cents” So adorable!

My hubby's Axiom-Man series

Axiom-Man series of books and comics

Close-up of my comics

A close-up of my comics, Average Jill and Fuzz Society

Me and Batman

Me and Batman

Hubby and Jack Sparrow

My Hubby and Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean

Me and Batman again

Hey, I know I have a silly face, but that’s what makes this cute ;p

My crocheted Batgirl hat

My crocheted Batgirl hat

side view of hat

side view of hat

Front view of hat

Front view of hat

My books, art, and stuff

My books, art and stuff – all Roxy!

 

Well, this is the smaller show of the two Winnipeg comic cons, though there’s another show,(unrelated), called Ai-kon which is coming soon, and it’s all about anime!! Yay! I would like to table at one of these shows if I can, provided I can get a table as it’s first come-first serve and limited space available right now. But we’ll see what happens with that. ;p Until next time, chow!

Ttyl,
Roxy

21 Days of Clean – check!

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Hello again,

So here we are, the end of week 3 of my cleanse (on the Clean Detox program), and boy was that tough, but it was worth it! I’ll say it again, “It was WORTH it!” And not in the shallow, ‘Let’s lose some weight by eating less’ kind of way. No, even though I lost about 5 pounds, which is nice, I will say, it was a good lesson in self-discipline, and it taught me a lot about healthy eating. Yes, I already knew a lot about what to eat in general, but I wasn’t very educated on what was actually good for you due to added chemicals/genetic engineering. Yes, organic foods are what you stick to on this diet, (insert groan here), and no, it’s not cheap, but it sure made a difference in the way I feel healthwise.

Today was actually my first day trying out wheat after 3 weeks off, as the 4th week after your cleanse, you’re supposed to slowly reintroduce other foods to see if you have any adverse reactions, and hence, find out if you’re allergic to them. For me, I already knew at least two foods I have a slight allergy to, but they also happen to be 2 foods I love, and I knew about this for a long time now. Those two foods are tomatoes and bananas, but I’m okay with having them from time to time as they are healthy and yummy, (hopefully my allergy always stays minor).

Anyhoo, just wanted to share that even though this diet cleanse is not easy, (at least for me it wasn’t, especially the 2nd and 3rd weeks), I think everyone should try it at least once to cleanse their bodies, and if you’re so adventurous, try to do it once a year. It not only helps detoxify your body, but it also helps clear your head (you actually feel less cloudy in the brain after doing this), plus you feel lighter inside, since there’s no more junk messing you up inside, and you may even lose a few pounds. Anyhoo, I just gotta say, I REALLY missed my bread! ;p I had one piece of toast with almond butter today and it was like eating a chocolate bar for me (almost as good anyways). Though now, I can’t wait until I have some chocolate (the sweet kind)! Yup, there’s nothing like being able to have your favourite foods… Speaking of food, I wanted to share with all of you some of the meals/desserts I tried on this diet to give you an idea of what you may want (or not want) to eat.

Pho soupPho Soup with thin-sliced lamb (I don’t normally eat lamb, but I got a bit carnal on this diet, and was desperate for some meat to have with this)

healthy cookiesHealthy cookies made with coconut oil (not the tastiest, and super dry/crumbly)

smoothySmoothy with berries, avocado, nectarine, apple, vegan protein, ground almond, grated ginger and coconut water (tasty)green soupGreen soup – I can’t even remember what this one had in it, definitely some spinach puree, but it was tasty yet super thin

So there you have it – the best and the worst of our diet (well I conveniently forgot to add a picture of the healthy brownies I made). They tasted very chocolatey as there’s cocoa and unsweetened chocolate in them, plus almond butter, but not much sweetness, so I was very disappointed. Apparently the stevia did not do much for flavour, though I didn’t add a lot to it either. In my efforts to bake some healthy desserts, I didn’t do too well, at least with the recipes I tried so far from the Clean detox support website. I have to admit that I really miss my regular baking and look forward to making some tasty cookies for Easter dinner on Sunday. It also makes me thankful that I have food to eat, as there are sooo many people in the world who do not get to choose what they eat on a daily basis as there is only 1 or 2 kinds of food available. So in all these things I say thanks to God for providing meals for my family.

And thanks to you all for continuing to come back again and again to see what’s new with me and my family. I adore you all for taking time out of your day to show your support, and quite frankly, I’m very shocked at the great amount of readers that have joined me so far. I hope that this continues as it further adds to fuel my desire to blog more each week. It’s also a great way to share new ideas and reviews. So thanks again!

Yours Truly,

Roxy