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The dentist appointment today went well! Poor Mya though, the needle for freezing made her cry and my momma heart just broke for her, but other than that she was so brave for her first, and hopefully, only filling. The dentist we chose to go to was so gentle and calming, I absolutely LOVED her and will absolutely be going to her from here on in! She was very generous with us and cut our bill by a FULL 1/3rd since she knows we don't have coverage available to us! Isn't that awesome!? I was so grateful to her and relieved that she was so good and patient with Mya.

We ended up being out of the house for most of the day with several appointments & running around to do, so very little got accomplished sewing wise today. Which means tomorrow is going to be a full & busy sewing day! When I wake up in the morning I'll make myself a big mug of coffee and fill in my "Day Designer" planner for the day. It's my 2nd year using this planner and it's still absolutely perfect for my days! Love it and it's how I start my day, every single day! It keeps me on track and my productivity level high.

With tomorrow being February 1st, we're starting on our new budget, eek! It's been a *VERY* expensive couple of months to say the least, with something unexpected coming up today (I helped my oldest who is getting very little hours at work!) and that took another chunk of our savings. I'm really hoping that I'm able to replace the money that I've had to take out of savings eventually, but I'm trying not to stress over it. Right now my focus is simply month to month, and making ends meet. The huge hole in our savings account is simply life happening.

Anyways, let's see how this month plays out and find out how my "guesstimating" works, or doesn't work. New month, new start. If I wasn't so tired tonight I'd whip up a menu plan but instead I'm going to go snuggle up in bed and put menu planning on my list for tomorrow.

On that note, I hear my blankets calling my name... have a wonderful evening!


Life is good...

A "Star Wars" pencil case I made today...

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I knew that moving back to London would be financially straining on us, and it has been. But still, we're making a go of it, and so far, so good. Well, good enough anyways! Bills are being paid and there's food on the table. Needs are being met, and I'm truly grateful. There's not really anything "extra", but I'm ok with that right now. I don't regret moving back even for one second. The minute we landed in London my depression all but dissapeared. And I've been so happy since moving back. Even though things are very tight financially I have faith that things will all work out in the end.

Today I spoke with my sister on the phone for an hour about this & that, and she's coming to visit me this week. After chatting for a while she says, "I'll let you go instead of babbling your ear off", I said to her, "that's ok, that's why I moved back!", she laughed at me but I totally meant it 100%. I love that we can hang out again and she can just "pop over". That is such a good thing!

Yesterday I had a crazy long work day, I put in 12 hours, 12 L-O-N-G hours of work and when my alarm went off this morning I absolutely couldn't make my body move from my warm, comfortable bed. So I turned off my alarm and decided to give my achy & sore body a bit more rest... today was just as busy and I didn't get down to my sewing room until almost 1pm. I thought I was doomed but I ended up being very productive in a semi-short amount of time and knocked a custom order off of my list along with a few RTS items - 2 pencil pouches (1 above, the other on my FB page and a couple of keyfobs). I made a few sales today which made me very happy and will tuck that $ into my budget for the month!

Honestly, i'm debating on using a cash budget this month so we stay on track. It's far too easy to 'tap/swipe' my debit card and go over budget. Does anyone still 'live on cash' out there? We will have a strict budget until Dh is able to get full-time hours again, so staying on track with a budget is a must. I also desperately need to get a menu plan on track for February. We have almost everything we need for the house now, bills have been settled from Nova Scotia, etc... I haven't found a coffee table yet, nor a square ottoman. Not a big deal, they'll have to wait. I'm currently using my "InstantPot" box as a coffee table... haha! Super classy right!? Oh well... none of my friends & family would care one bit, so who cares? I figure we'll get one in time or figure something out. I still haven't opened that box yet... for some reason I'm nervous to use it!? I have no idea why, but this month, I'm going to crack open that box and make some meals in that InstantPot once & for all! Who has an InstantPot here? If you do please share your favourite recipe/tips with me!

Tomorrow, Mya has a dentist appointment and we have absolutely ZERO medical and dental coverage now - I could cry. She has a small cavity which we need to take care of! It's her first one, poor thing! Hopefully her last! I'm figuring this appointment will cost me about $300+ out of pocket. That's painful. I feel for people who have no medical and dental coverage, it's brutal. When Dh needs his prescriptions refilled again we'll be done for... LOL!! His are expensive and I'll probably cry. For real. Thankfully the kids are all covered now, as in Ontario most prescriptions are covered for those under 25 years!

Well it's getting late and I absolutely cannot ignore my alarm tomorrow morning as I am out for most of the day! Thanks for popping in! I hope things are good for you too!


Hello Monday! A look back at the last week...

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It's a soft & snowy Monday, with fluffy little flakes of sky falling from the sky. I have declared today a pajama day for myself as I have a tonne to get done this week and having a very productive Monday would be a good thing! So I am wearing my Roots onesie and have absolutely no intention of changing out of it! Warmth & comfort & productivity!

Last week was a busy week, which is a good thing I've come to realize. Not so busy that I'm pulling out my hair or anything, but being on the go and getting back into a schedule & routine makes me happy!

A few things throughout the week...

We went to Masonville to pick up eyewear which was ordered and came in, a haircut and some running around. I took for granted just how easy it is to get anything & everything you need here! It's such a good thing to know that if I have a list of items on hand I need, I can get them in town, quite easily without having to spend a fortune on cabs or wait a few hours for the next (one) bus. As much as "small town living" appeals to me, I have definitely learned that I'm not really a "small town" girl like I was when I was 16. Moving to London when I was 16 is the best thing could have happened in my life! So thanks for dragging me here against my will, mom... hahahaha!!

Ok, let's see what else happened last week! I received my first 'Thirty-One' order of a thermal tote which I think is just the best thing ever! My friend out east had a stack of these and always shared with me when we went shopping, I knew I wanted one for myself, so when they went on sale, I grabbed one! Chester approves as well as you can see... lol!

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Child #2 has a pulled muscle and I tried to help by purchasing some regular strength RobaxAcet. Bad move. Bad reaction to the OTC drug (pre-seizure like symptoms!) & we ended up in the ER having to get a brain scan done!! Brutal. I'll never buy this muscle relaxer again... I'm sure it's all good & well for many, but I won't be purchasing ever again. All is well, but it was scary.

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We also made it downtown to the Grand Theatre for the first time since we've been back with the kids to see "Silence" which is an absolutely beautiful & heart-wrenching story. It was another amazing performance and I'm so glad to be home again and able to take in live theatre again! If I spend money on anything it's live theatre/concerts and pretty fabric. I can pinch my pennies with everything else, I don't need extra shoes or expensive purses, but live theatre is incredible and it makes me happy that my kids love it as much as I do! I can't imagine life without it...

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I brought out some new items with a gorgeous sparkle & glitter fabric! I purchased a handful of colours to try out and by far the most popular 2 are the rose gold & silver as shown. I have a handful of orders which need done soon, but first I need to purchase a couple handfuls of matching zippers!! It's not the easiest thing to sew with but the results are simply outstanding! So gorgeous for an evening out & weddings!!

*If you're interested in either of these items please PM me on my Facebook page or send me an email!

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I received my new chair from Wayfair, which is sooo comfortable, I absolutely LOVE it! I love the crisp white as well, I'm really not a "black" person, so this one is right up my alley! I put it together in 15 minutes and it was good to go! It is far better than using a kitchen chair to sew, especially with long hours and shuffling the chair back and forth to my machine to my cutting area!

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This little boy is absolutely a handful, but oh sooo sweet & loving! He tears around the house getting into everything & anything he can find, he terrorizes the Queen (and us) but then he's the exact opposite as well. He'll walk up to us and give us kisses, nuzzles and simply want to be held. He's just the sweetest little thing and makes us all so happy! He's getting soo big! He had shots last week and a check-up with a booster in 2 weeks then neutering in 3 weeks. My poor boy doesn't know what's coming... eek!

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Looking forward this week, it should be quieter and I should have more time at home. "Should" being the keyword. My sewing list "runneth over" and I'm hoping to work on a few RTS items as well, so more time at home is needed.

On that note, I need to get some people breakfast here and start my day! Have a wonderful Monday!!