Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Greatest Showman: No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else

Bill and I went to see The Greatest Showman yesterday at Cineplex. I needed to write this review so I wouldn't forget about it and perhaps I can convince my readers to grab a loved one and take a night out and see this amazing piece of work, directed by Michael Gracey.

From the very first scene, I looked over at Bill and noticed that tears were welling up in his eyes.  moment later, it just got more emotional for the both of us. Every time I wiped a tear away, another one would start to fall. I was just so overwhelmed with emotion and when Jenny Lind (played by Rebecca Ferguson) started to sing, I think I heard the whole audience in the theatre sobbing.

WOW, what a spectacular movie! Every song is a breath of fresh air and just filled with so much passion. Hugh Jackman's performance is incredible, along with Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Ellis Rubin, Keala Settle, Rebecca Ferguson, and pretty much everyone in the film.

Don't go into the theatre looking for a historically accurate story of P.T. Barnum because you will disappoint yourself. Go into the movie thinking of imagination, hope, happiness. friendship, and love. Celebrate who you are and not what others expect you to be. Bring joy and smiles to the world and appreciate those you love and who love you right back.

Was there anything wrong with the film? My only issue was that some of the CGI moments with the animals felt a little off at times.

It is definitely a movie that I want to add to our dvd collection once it is available to buy.

Although The Greatest Showman came out at the end of 2017, what a magical way to start off our movie viewing adventures in 2018!

Reading up a little bit, the film took 7 years to make. Now that is dedication and shows the true craft of wanting to get it just right. This trailer doesn't do the movie justice, but enjoy anyhow!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Countdown to 2018.

My favourite quote from the film, Love Actually. These words that still holds true to this day. 
It's worth sharing.

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinions starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends."

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Top 10 Movies of 2017!

BabyDriver - Captivating story and visually stunning to watch.  Terrific casting and a soundtrack that couldn’t be any more diversely cool.

The Big Sick - An unconventional romance that allows you to go beyond the boundaries of culture to ponder whether the heart really gets what the heart really wants. There is no shortage of laughter throughout, even at the most fragile moments, which makes this movie really special and one of a kind.

Maudie - Based on a true story, an unlikely pair develop a love that withstands the hands of time.
Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins shine in their roles.

Logan Lucky -  A multi-million dollar heist that has never been funnier! Suspend your disbelief at times, and enjoy the ride. There were a lot of unexpected moments and an all-around great ensemble cast.

War For The Planet of the Apes - We are more alike than ever, we just have to open our eyes to see. Definitely the darkest of the trio. Incredibly moving film, beautifully-filmed and a perfect send off to the honourable Caesar.

Beauty and the Beast - A whimsical live action re-telling of his classic tale that is filled with memorable songs to sing along to, a terrific cast, especially Luke Evans as the egocentric Gaston and a heartfelt message that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder! 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - The visuals are awesome, combined with a lot of humour, great dialogue and fun characters.

Wonder Woman - A powerful performance by Gal Gadot! Amazing visual effects, great story and just a kick-ass strong female lead. Kudos to the directors for not making it overly cringy and beating down our throats the feminist agenda (ahem...Ghostbusters 2).

Only the Brave - This film was based off the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters. Filled with determination, hope and sacrifice, these are what heroes look like.

The Disaster Artist - What’s there to say? Tommy Wiseau is like a fine wine, he just gets better with age! Note, you may want to check out “The Room” before seeing this so you can revel in the “it’s so bad it’s good” feeling of this cult-favourite phenomenon. Oh, hi Mark!

This was my list. What made YOUR top picks?

Leave me a comment below!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy holidays 2017!

Wishing all my wonderful readers...

As the year wraps up, stay tuned for my 
"Top 10 Movies of 2017!" blog.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Bright Lights Windsor!

We had such a great night at Bright Lights Windsor!

The displays were so beautiful to look at, along with the thousands of lights that just lit up all of Jackson Park. 

It was the perfect event to have a family night out! My dad was pretty much in awe the whole time, so it is definitely a memory to cherish.

Here's some cool footage of Bill doing LED juggling!

Right now, as I am typing this, he is doing his LED poi juggling at Bright Lights Windsor.
The next date to catch him will be December 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Our 2017 Holiday Tree!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to share our holiday tree this year.

Isn't it a beaut? :) It definitely has a little bit of Melissa and a little bit of Bill in it.  This has become a great tradition for us!

Fred and Jean-Claude are getting into the spirit too with their holiday hats!

The tree is full of many of our festive companions, and kind of reflects the uniqueness of our relationship.  Our colour-changing star really makes this tree pop!

Feel free to leave me photos of your holiday tree or any other decorations that you're proud of!  I would love to see them. You can also personally e-mail me too. :)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Super Sweese Bowls Arrival From Amazon!

I had to write a quick blog here on these incredible Sweese bowls that I found while shopping on

Most often, I shop at but I was surprised at the MAJOR price difference. So, along with a limited high-valued coupon that was available, it made the most sense to go the .com route!

Initially, I was struck by the beautiful bright colours, but realized that while aesthetically pleasing bowls are nice to have, they also need to be functional and versatile. Reading the description, they seemed exactly what we were looking for, so why not take the chance? 

Things I love so far about these bowls:
  • Fluted design (looks unique and they are easy to handle)
  • Dishwasher-safe (I just did my first one and they turned out great!)
  • Microwavable-safe (great for reheating leftovers!)
  • Easy to clean (if you're washing by-hand)
  • Stackable (we have limited space in the cupboards)
  • Ideal size (especially for cereal or a hot bowl of soup!)
  • Chip-resistant 
  • The colours are so vibrant

Stacked bowls

Gorgeous colours!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Happy birthday to me!

Thank you for all the wonderful
birthday wishes!

As an 80's girl, this seemed fitting, although add on several more candles. lol
Sixteen Candles

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gut Feelings And More

When I am talking about gut feelings, this blog is not necessarily referring to our intuition. It’s actually about the steps I’m taking to support my digestive health along with figuring out more natural ways to sleep.

After visiting with my gastro doctor and going through all the wonderful tests and rule out various things, he suggested that I start taking a daily probiotic called Culturelle, which is good for promoting good bacteria in our gut. This particular brand has a lot of evidence behind it, compared to some other brands. He gave me a few samples to try out and to be honest, i’m not sure if I immediately felt a difference, but after a couple of weeks, I did notice a lot less bloating and all that fun stuff. I’ve been taking the vegetarian capsules for several months now. My only beef, even with coupons, it’s expensive!

I will be the first one to say that I've never been one for taking pills, but as I age (ugh), it seems like i’m not able to absorb all the nutrients that are really essential to our health. Initially, I just added Vitamin D3 to my daily regime. However, last year, I felt like a total zombie and I had no idea at all that I was low in B12.  I went to my doctor and she suggested to check my levels and although they weren’t extremely low, it was not as high as she would have liked and so I was advised to take a daily supplement. I could have also taken a B12 shot, but I rather not take shots, unless totally necessary.  There are many different forms of B12 that you can get in supplement form. I found Jamieson's B12 fast dissolving sublingual tablets worked best for me.  When I went for a blood test a few months ago, my B12 levels were great, so it's a good idea to keep an eye on that.

Along with taking a suitable probiotic, trying digestive enzymes was next up on the list after  being advised to see a new practitioner who could help with these issues and also aid with nutritional counselling. I think they helped a bit, but honestly, I didn’t see that much of a difference in symptoms, so instead of getting a refill, it was suggested to try a loose leaf tea that had a lot of de-bloating and gentle herbs, instead of swallowing a supplement. Tummy-ease is fantastic!  I really love the minty flavour and with the various herbs, it actually seems to work as a calming agent as well.
Loose leaf teas

Also, I was advised to change the way I prepare food. For a lot of us, it’s interesting to note that raw food is not all it’s cracked up to be.  I used to snack on raw carrots and veggies, so that has changed. Everything is warm. Even fruit, I either chop up to cook on the stove or microwave. A few extra steps, but worth not having a stomach-ache.  Although no pic, I also take a nice heap of ground flax with my cereal in the morning, which has been a great addition.

I'm still for the most part dairy-free, which I do think has helped and I've cut back a lot on red meat since it can be quite difficult to digest. I'm eating more plant-based style, but I still do incorporate chicken, pork and fish a few times per week.

Sleep. We’ve had a weird relationship over the last few years. I’ve been in “fight or flight” mode for a long time. I really started to notice my quality of sleep decline and if you’ve ever woken up feeling like someone took a vacuum and sucked all the life force out of you, and not even a cup of java helps, you get my point. I was advised to try a natural sleep aid called Pascoflair, which has a well-researched herb in it with passion flower. The product is supposed to calm down your nervous system and promote a restful sleep. After taking it for several weeks consistently, I did feel a lot calmer, maybe too calm at times. Within about a half hour of taking it, my eyes started to close and that’s all I remember.

Truth be told, I did notice some heart palpitations after taking it and then once again when I woke up in the morning, so I am not sure if that is from my normal anxiety or if there was an ingredient in there that didn’t jive with my system.  It’s a bit of a mystery there. I tried to take it only a few times per week and that symptom weened off a bit, but I still felt a little uneasy.  Also, I don’t doubt that maybe there is some level of "placebo effect" happening in some form or another, but i’m okay with knowing that.

To be on the safe side, we swapped the tablets for a gentler sleep remedy.  I was given a sleep tea called Nighty Night tea in loose leaf format, which has ingredients like: skullcap, valerian root (known for aiding in sleep), passion flower and other herbs. I cannot say that it has solved the sleeping issues for me entirely, but when I take a cup, it does relax my body, so then I proceed with my nightly stretches, meditation and guided imagery to quiet my mind for sleep. It also helps having some nice cuddles.

I am feeling positive that my body is slowly healing from a physical and emotional perspective. I still have bad days, but i’m human. Stress really is the ultimate destroyer. Whatever you need to do, get it under control. I am fortunate that I found so many great resources to guide me along the way.

I will update again soon!

*I should mention my usual disclaimer to make sure to always consult with your trusted  healthcare practitioner(s) before starting any kind of vitamin, supplement or sleep aid.*

Baby Talk with Jordynne Sharp!

It’s always a great experience when I can meet new people. By “meet” that doesn’t always mean face-to-face either. No matter the distance, the Internet gives us the opportunity to connect with others in all sorts of ways.

Although my blog is not usually on the topic of parenthood, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to collaborate with another blogger and talk about her adventures of being a Mom! :)

I’d like to give a warm welcome to Mommy blogger, Jordynne, for taking the time to do this Q&A with me on my site!

Q&A with Jordynne:

Any favourite baby brands that you are passionate about, and can you tell me why they're a staple in your home?

One of my favourite baby items that I honestly never thought was something I would want to splurge on is the baby jogger stroller. It is so smooth and I rave about it all the time to my mommy friends. It folds up so easily and it has big wheels on it so its great for getting through any rough terrain (not that I'm offroading with a stroller!). I love that the straps are so comfortable for my son and really hold him in snuggly since he is a climber and will try to climb out of everything.  The only thing I dislike is that it's a little heavier than other strollers

It's interesting to note that some women don't experience any morning sickness or any bizarre food cravings, like the most commonly talked about pickles and ice cream! Did you have any issues and if so, how did you handle them?

I experienced morning sickness that lasted around 3 weeks. I lost weight during that time in my pregnancy since everything seemed unappetizing to me. I found that sour gummy candies really helped me through the nausea or any kind of food that was very watery, such as watermelon and cucumbers. Luckily the morning sickness did not last very long with me, however, I did get very bad swelling in my feet later on in the pregnancy. I had to make sure I was elevating my feet when I slept, to help bring the swelling down. I even bought bigger shoes.

Did you consider a home birth with a doula at any point during your pregnancy, or did you want to just stick to the traditional way of going into the hospital?

I never considered a doula or home birth because I was already so comfortable with my doctor. Everything was so sudden and brand new for me that I basically just did as my doctor suggested. I think for my next child though, it would be something I would consider now that I have already gone through the process once.

You must be armed with diapers galore right now! Are there any other must-haves that you stocked up before the baby came?

We had so many different brands of diapers before the baby was born; Huggies, Pampers, Kirkland and No Name. After he was born, we found that he leaked out of EVERYTHING! We ended up trying The Honest Company diapers and had very little issues with them. We now subscribe to them and get a package sent to us every month with diapers and wipes. We never need to worry about picking any up at the store. It just comes right to us and the prints are adorable!

How did you pick your baby's name?

My boyfriend and I could not agree on a name for our baby boy. It wasn't until about the seventh month that we finally agreed on the name Cohen! Someone suggested it and we both lit up and looked at each other and we just knew. It was perfect. This might be cheesy, but if you've ever seen the show the O.C. the main characters last name is Cohen and we both really love that show. He originally wanted to name our son Falcon, but I was very against the idea.

What is the biggest fear about being a new Mom?

I am such a worrier, everything scared me about being a new mom! No amount of reading could prepare me. I think my biggest fear as a new mom was SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) because it is a common thing and so heartbreaking. I was constantly going in his room and making sure he was breathing. To be honest, he’s 14 months old now and I STILL go in and place my hand on his chest and belly to feel him breathing.

Thanks Jordynne for this great Q&A!

Here are a few adorable pics to enjoy!

Family time!
Cohen & Mommy

Being a new Mom is quite a journey and so whether you're looking for the best products to buy for your baby, how to deal with finances, or just want to get a new perspective of the crazy yet excited world of Mommy-hood,  you’ll want to check out Jordynne’s blog: JWS Rant.