Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Crop & Create - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan!

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Scrapbook & Cards Today is not only an awesome publication (you only pay for S&H - sign up now!!), they can throw an amazing event!! Register today!

SK Crop & Create Event - yeesh, where do I start - I am sure it has taken all week to get my ab's & cheeks to mend a little from all the laughter and smiles that took place!! I was disappointed that Canada Customs held up some product - so I will offer to receive the goodies and provide a nice home! (oh the sacrifices!) **I am so thrilled that you were able to create the amazing classes and scrambled for us - there was no need to do that, but it does not go unappreciated!!

I was disappointed that I couldn't take part in the make in takes - but that is since I was in all the Awesome Classes and then socializing with some very talented, down to earth scrappy sisters! I know we are not supposed to meet with people on the internet, I have however, met some amazing people I am happy to call my friends & future roomies (that i happily kept them in giggles through the night)! The talent in SK should not go unnoticed and I am secretly happy that I did not have time to take part in the challenges as there was a beautiful showcase of talent - Congratulations to the Layout & Card Winners!

Now a week has gone by and my dreams filled with Huggable scrappy friends (I am such a hugger), visions of sponsors, new product, great displays of food, layouts, cards, classes have slowed a little and the drooling over the amazing swag bag has subsided..a bit! The swag bags and the "surprise" (don't want to give it away!) , it was so well thought out and now it will leave me buying more! The on-site stores - Lori from Scrap Studio and Just Scrap it - provided such a beautiful assortment of new products, that my wallet left feeling a little lighter!

I am not usually a complainer, but I do feel it's your responsibility to put a warning out ** You will laugh, cry, buy, eat, create, make the bestest friends and your family will be seen through the photo's you will scrapbooking every moment you get! I also like to take a pro-active position and where there is a problem, I seek a solution... The only solution I see at this point is to do it AGAIN!!! - How's November for you?!!!!

Thank you to Organizer, Amazing Instructors, Sponsors, Robyn and Catherine @ SCT

They are ready to do it again... here are some important dates to mark your calendars!!
Additional locations and dates include:

•Winnipeg, Manitoba – March 30 & 31, 2012
•Edmonton, Alberta – May 4 & 5, 2012
•New Brunswick – June 1 & 2, 2012
•Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – September 28 & 29, 2012
•Calgary, Alberta – November 4 & 5, 2012
•BC - awaiting details

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Saskatchewan Donates to AB

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SASKATCHEWAN Donation's!!
------------ Friday, May 20th - 8 am until truck is filled
--------- SASKATOON - Stonegate Walmart- parking lot @ 3035 Clarence Ave. S
-------------- Kindersley Transport Semi

...Donate - Toiletries (men, women, children), Diapers, Blankets, Pillows, Sleeping Bags, Water, GRAD dresses & suits. ** what would you need if put in this situation? Monetary donations are to be directed to Red Cross

Come on SK - FILL the Truck in Saskatoon - please contact Linda Lee Thomson-Shewchuk txt/call my cell 306-547-7487 as I will be driving from Preeceville with as much as I can fit in my truck to meet up with Janine Penney (txt/call 341-8112), Tara Wilkins (txt/cell 716-1705) & Nicole from Walmart.

my ♥ is soaring, we will meet in person on Friday! by working together through a series of phone calls we have made this happen! We now need you to spread the word & come on Saskatoon and area, let's fill the SEMI going to AB!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Slave Lake & Manitoba

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My heart is going out to those who have lost everything due to the Fire that ravaged Slave Lake and of course I am continuing to pray for the Flooding in Manitoba

I was massively purging on the weekend and wasn't quite sure yet where I was going to donate "my stashes". Well Sunday at 1 am that answer came to me as I learned about the devastation in Slave Lake. Since then I have been phoning people, sending emails and posting onto every Facebook page I was able to.

I have been calling people & places to find a place where we can drop off donations here in Saskatchewan!! Yahoo SK Peeps, Walmart's in Saskatoon is accepting your donations to Slave Lake!! ** for my area, I am waiting to hear about Yorkton, as the Manager wasn't in store today.

**If YOU have something to donate, I will be pleased to come get it and deliver it for you. Please direct your monetary donations to Red Cross where you can specify where you want the money directed. DO NOT send cash, please ensure it is a reputable business if money is requested.

If you are in another area of Province, please contact your local Walmart as bulletin's are being sent from Head Office to locations.
Thank you Walmart <3 Would love to hear from you - share some love!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Always Hurts?...

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On a day when trying to get out of bed today (thank goodness Shanae laid with me & we watched Tangled...again).     I can barely move, head is pounding, lists are getting longer and piles are growing bigger - but with a migraine hitting it's intended target and my back saying you can't lay down, stand or sit.. what other options are there?!

I need to Thank Christy for such a beautifully written article (everyone should read it!) and it allowed me to write what I have always wanted to express and hopefully provide others an insight into Chronic Pain.  I have had a lot of rough day's, and spent this morning making some Dr. appointment's, then I turned on my laptop and saw Christy's story - perfect timing / divine intervention / angels putting it in my path... whatever the reason, I am grateful!   Knowledge is Power, so I hope that I can help someone as Christy helped me... just because you can't see it, a simple pill doesn't fix it.. doesn't mean it doesn't exist!!

I know I am lucky to be here and that laying in bed with my dd is something some never get to do.  I am able to get up and walk (even with pain), I am grateful to be able to stand with my kids and make meals and sit and listen to them tell stories.   On really good days (and the drugs are kicking in) I can dance with them and play.   I know that I am lucky to have a place where we play, laugh and I can do the floors on another day.   I do try to find at least 3 positives a day so that my focus is somewhere else...I am human, I get dragged down lots.  I hurt lot's, however I have kids counting on me and usually am the only one here 24/7 so not alot of choices..just Do It!

I know that in order to take part in activities (I have been able to attend some scrap events - 2/year) that I will be "popping some pills" (all under Dr.'s instruction, etc.) so that I can sit, laugh, stand up, dance around and be able to laugh away with all my scrapping friends.  I am able and very willing to participate with my kid's functions, event's, getaways - well I pay in the long run, but I am too stubborn to miss it.

Now I have been working with Dr'.s (yes plural - 10+  different Dr's - SK & AB - chiropractor, specialists, acupressure, acupuncture, neurologists, therapists, muscle therapy, I have a BP machine (last months Dr. appt) as High Blood Pressure may be why I am tired, no energy and sore,  I am also going to try light therapy soon ... the list is endless.  I have & continue to be poked, prodded, x-ray's, scanned, i have "come down" off alot of different drugs (i am proud of that, but some days wish i had them!)...the only thing i have turned down is taking a 6 week body therapy/clinic in Saskatoon or Regina.  I do not have over a month to leave my kids, my place and stay in a hotel for 6 weeks, especially with their dad working overseas//not an option & since deep tissue scar damage was done by physio on my back before I/it was ready doesn't make me want to jump at the inconvenient opportunity! (my Dr's do understand this and support me)

I have heard several times and it probably will never stop - have you tried this?  you need to be more active?  you have to just keep moving?  you need these drugs  you need these herbs!  you need this Dr.. you need this... you need this... you need this...    WHAT I NEED:  is for everyone to understand that it is Chronic Pain, it exists, it is incredibly painful and it isn't something you can see, you can't feel it.. but I can,

I have Chronic Pain and I am lucky enough to have a very high pain tolerance.. medical problems with my back include:  Rheumatoid Arthritis, missing vertebrae, Spina Bifida Occulta, Scar tissue damage, deep tissue damage,..(i have too much to list..) as well, I now also suffer from Depression  (oooh another scary word.. right?..nope - not for me, I am just happy to be diagnosed and working towards a better me) and then have had severe Migraines (since my teens & mom took me everywhere to find solutions to them).. drugs and working on pressure points sometimes helps me.  Everyday I have a headache (which is like a bad headache to others) again, since I can tolerate a fair amount of pain I am able to get through most days.  When you see me with black eyes, wanting a cool dark place and sick to my stomach and reaching for the $100 tablets (yes that's the price of med's working for me) then watch out it's a really bad day for me!

I am continuously working with my Dr.'s, searching for new herbal medications as well as the narcotic prescriptions I use.   I research as well as invest in new ideas and perhaps an opportunity that could allow a little relief to my pain as well as not spending $400/month.   I take medication to try and sleep as the aches, movements etc are waaaaay too much and I wake up in tears all the time, rocking back & forth and wanting better med's!  Most day's, I break out in sweats from pain, and loss of breath is not just due to being unfit, overweight, etc.. it is pain!    I am sure I can predict weather changes better than a weather person with training as my body gives me painful signs.

Again, thank you Christy for putting your bravery out there for others to see, feel and perhaps learn.   I hope that my post will take people to Christy's story as well as have my friends & family understand my situation or even learn something that can help someone they know.

I am not going to stop pursuing options and I am proud of how far I have come and I am the best I can Be and I am Proud to be Me!   I will keep trying to attract the positive in my life and keep counting my blessings                      Thank you for reading this.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hope for Japan ..help support

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What an awesome way to support, while still helping you create & finish some of your cards, scrapbook pages or Altered art.
We've all been reeling with the images of tragedy and devastation in Japan. If you're looking for an easy, real, practical way to help relief efforts, then I invite you to contact me.

Typically, our A-size sets retail for $8.75 CAN, but the "Hope for Japan" set will be available through April 30 for just $5--and Close To My Heart will be donating 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross to benefit relief efforts in Japan.

If we all do a little, together we can do a lot. Let's show our support and together, provide real HOPE for Japan! You can order directly off my website or give me a shout if I can help you.



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