Christmas Gift Guide 2020: For Him

Of course I had to include a Christmas Gift Guide for Him after doing one for Her. I also have a Gift Guide for Kids . These gift guides are a lot of work, but I love doing them and sharing my personal picks for you all. Let me know how you are like these gift guides. As I said in my last post, this year I feel it’s important to support local, more now than ever. Let’s jump right in.

  1. Sandy Vieira Avon Rep– This men’s sporty watch is a great affordable gift. It’s a great everyday watch and looks great on.

2. Treat a great Italian lunch &/or dinner from Antica Osteria, they offer dine in and take out options. A great date idea while enjoying great food and drinks. We love this restaurant.

3. Sockfootageco– These are great quality socks. They have fun patterns and your simple regular colors, so many to choose from. My hubby and son both love fun dress socks.

4. Urbrandapperman– Tie & Pocket square sets. There are so many different options to choose from. A great addition to any mans wardrobe. A great way to build up his section.

5. Ultimate Cards– For the sports lover in your life, what a great idea to get their picture on an Ultimate Sports card with their favourite sports team. Great for men caves or desk spaces, etc.. ULTIMATE cards are the most unique and premium gift for sports fans of all ages! It’s as easy as picking your favourite sport and customizing your favourite design from their online store. Check out their Instagram for more ideas.

6.The Balanced Company– I love a good Subscription box, this Men’s Balanced Lifestyle Box is the perfect gift for him. Filled with luxury products catered specifically for men. This is a great option for the men who have everything and want nothing.

7. Marion House– Beer Opener Wall Mount- great addition to the bar or outdoor space. Love the tin that hangs to collect all those beer/bottle caps.

8. Crated Designs Barrie- My husband loves personal custom gifts from his kids. This custom wood sign is a great piece for his workspace/shop/garage. These are custom so if you prefer something different, definitely check out their Instagram page for more ideas.

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My Top 6 Productivity Tips

  1. Create a morning routine. Example, open blinds, work out, coffee, lists, etc… Creating a morning routine that works for you is such a game plan to get your day started off right.
  2. Wake up 1 hour before the rest of your household. I stand by this really working. Yes it is hard to get use too, but you can start off slow like 1 or 2 days a week, or half hr before. I wake up between 5-5:30am everyday (weekdays) for years now. It has made such a difference in my day. I can actually enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee and get things done. Things to get done, changes here and there depending on what needs to get done. Sometimes it’s work things & sometimes it’s house/family things normally a mix of both. I can really get a lot achieved in this time. My kids start to wake up at 6:30am and by that time I am already making breakfast for them. I really want to work on adding working out to this early morning routine. See for me that’s hard, but I will keep trying to fit it in until I get it in there somewhere. Since Covid-19 started and kept us at home, I bent the rules on bedtimes and kids routines. It was hard on enough with all the changes, online school, and staying home. Now, I am home full time with the kids and they are on summer break, they do wake up later, but I still on most days get up an hour before they do. This will change September 1st and we will return to regular routines.
  3. Limit online time, set a timer. I can get lost on social media sometimes, watching everyones stories, liking posts, etc… I may post a picture in the morning of my coffee but then I will give myself sometime in the mornings once I am done my morning routine/tasks. I also will go on thru out the day, but not for long. As social media is also apart of my job, I do need to keep up with posts, comments, etc.
  4. Plan ahead, planner, calendars. Always check your planner or calendar ahead of time (daily) to insure you don’t miss any appointments, events, dates. This will also help plan the next day much easier. You don’t want to make a huge to do list or even a little one, but have a task that will take so long that your calendar may interfere with. I love. my planner by Happy Planner, I got mine at Michaels . I also use my IPhone calendar, but just for reminders. I review, add, and plan in my planner every night. I also review it in the morning. My planner is such an important item to me and I feel helps me so much to stay on track.
  5. Make a “Daily To Do” List. If you list ends up being long, make a top 3 or 5 number list. Go thru that long list and number your top musts and get on those first and if you have time tackle the next task. I find that when I have a long list, I choose my must do’s and most of the time I can get those done and more. Making a To Do list is so satisfying and even more satisfying to cross that task off once it’s done.
  6. Create a night time routine, this is the key to get your morning tasks done and also to having a peaceful relaxed morning. We are all people with busy lives and their are evenings that I don’t want to do my night routine and when I don’t the next morning when I get up and see the added things to do, I start hating myself as I am rushing trying to get caught up and onto my morning tasks as well. Having a night time routine that works for you will help you in the morning with less to do and being more productive in the things you wanted to do in the morning. Setting a good bedtime and sticking to it will also help in your early morning wake up call.

What do you think of the above list? Do you have a morning and night routine? Do you have any productive tips that you do? Comment below.

Covid-19 Emotions& Struggles

Hello my friends,

It’s been a while since I have posted on the blog, I hope this post finds you well. I have to admit that my moods have been up and down. I thought I would share some of my struggles and my emotional rollercoaster during this time. There is no right or wrong way on how we are dealing with life right now, everyone’s decision on what they do is what is right for them and their family.

In the beginning of all this, (back in March & beginning of April) I thought I was ok, but as we got more into April, l  realized I was a mess. Consuming way too much news and social media regarding Covid-19. It was affecting my mental health, having a hard time sleeping, and not wanting to do much other then what needed to be done for my family. Anyone else go thru it? I do suffer from Anxiety, which I believe made it easy for me to fall in this hole. I know there are much worse types of Anxiety out there, but just sharing mine. It felt that once Covid hit, so much more happened in our world that is very emotional changeling, we also became aware of so much more, and wanting to learn about it all. That can take a toll on our mental health, so much devastating news on top of a Global Pandemic.

 Once I realized how this was really affecting me, I decided to limit all news (social media & tv) to once a day, usually being around later in the mornings or late afternoon. I started filling up my day with things that took up my time and made me tired so I could get some kind of back to normal sleep. Yup, I started deep cleaning areas that I never had time for, organizing, and looking for new recipes, etc.. on top of trying to keep the kids entertained safe at home.  It took a few days, but it worked and just getting more sleep helped a whole lot. Once that came into place I was able to come up with a new routine and planning more fun things we could do at home and in our neighbourhood. Now, being honest here, we don’t always follow our routine or go by it 100%, but it did help with getting some normal back into our lives. I also experience days were I have it all together and do not feel the impact and then all of a sudden I am not on my game anymore and have those blah day(s) and that’s ok. It’s ok to slow down and let our bodies feel all emotions, get it all out and then get back up again. 

 In realizing that I was not the same person and losing interest in all regular things made me not want to continue in that path. I was feeling miserable no matter what I did. I knew I needed to take control before I couldn’t or get too lost in it where the problem controls you. Don’t get me wrong, everything isn’t great and smooth sailing everyday, but it has improved so much. It was a lot to handle and it was completely normal to go thru these feelings and moods. I do have these nights every so often where I am so tired but can’t sleep, of course with everything happening in the world, not just with Covid-19, also the unknown of things at times,  it is completely normal for that to happen. That fog brain feeling was the worst, couldn’t focus on things, feeling drained, etc… I am glad that I was able to make it happen less. I say less because yes it does happen here and there but at least it wasn’t going on for many days and very often. Did you get fog brain?

Just in case you think I have it all together, I am here to share I don’t. Some days are great and we go with the routine, other days are just go with the flow. I am totally off my blog content game. When I launched this year, I had so many great ideas, events, and content, and was all in.  Then Covid hit and everything was put on hold. I had to work, be a teacher, and everything else. It was a lot and I had to slow down on something. From all this I have learned it’s ok to fall off the line and that we are all in this together. It’s ok to think of the unknown, but to not let it consume my day. Many people that I have come in contacted with on Instagram dm’s or in person are going thru similar up and downs. This is a time for us to deal with each situation as best we can and allow us to step back too. We can plan our days, but we need to know it’s ok if the day doesn’t go as planned or if we end up doing nothing at all. We also need to support each other’s ways or the path others are taking. Everyone is dealing with this the best way they know how and no one’s ways are the same, each family knows what is best for them and their families.

As I wrap this up, I would like you to know if you need to talk to someone I am here. Please feel free to reach out to me by contacting me at ishosandy@gmail.com 

We are all in this together and we will all make it out together. 

Be kind to everyone, you never know what battle they are struggling with.

If you would like to share how this difficult time has been effecting you, or would like to share fun ideas to do during this time I would love to hear them, comment below.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020

This Mother’s Day gift guide is extra special, all the gift ideas I have put together are all from local businesses. I think we should all shop local and support all the hard working entrepreneurs.

  1. Maskcara Makeup– An all in one makeup palette. This makeup palette can be customized with everything you would need. How amazing would it be to have one palette with everything you need to do your makeup, right. Kelsey will be happy to help you pick out the perfect combo of makeup products.

2. This beautiful unique hand finished necklace with block that can be engraved from Karamella Designs. This block is double sided and can be engraved on both sides. A beautiful piece to add to anyone’s collection.

3. Another beautiful piece from Karamella Designs, this heart shaped steel locket. Add a beautiful picture of all the kids and it will be a cherished gift. Karamella also has necklaces to choose from and many more one of a kind pieces in her collection for you to choose from. Be sure to check out her website for all her pieces. All her jewelry is extremely well made and she goes above and beyond and insures all the minor details are perfect.

4. This beautiful painted jewelry plate from BraveArt Canada. Can also be used as a key dish. Want a different color check out all that she offers.

5. Sparkle Resin Cheese Board in Silver & White with added stone details also another piece from BraveArt Canada. If this one isn’t your color or too large not to worry they have custom colors that you can request and also different sizes in the boards. This is a gift that will last a long time and will never go out of style.

6. I am so in love with this Rose Box. This beautiful rose box is from Gigirose Florals. Love the personalization on the box, that extra sweet detail. This would look so beautiful on your night table, vanity etc..

Items on 7, 8, 9, & 10 are all from Klaudyas Closet. She has a variety of gifts, decor, & so much more, to suit anyones taste. She owns a boutique in Bolton. These were a few of my choices, it was so hard to just pick four as there is plenty of great items.

11. Another Rose box from Gigirose Florals, I deicide to another one of her rose boxes so you can see that there are different choices for number of roses and color. This light pink rose is so beautiful and makes a statement piece in any room of your home. This simple but elegant box will fit into any decor style.

I hope this gift guide helped with ideas and vendors. I hope you deicide to shop local. If you end up going with one of these let me know by commenting below or tag me on Instagram.
Which item(s) from this gift guide is your favourite(s)? Comment below and let me know.

March Break Family Fun 2020

March break is coming up, are you staying home with your kids & looking for some activities to do with them? I will list some places and links for you to check out for your March Break fun.

CREATIVE FAMILY FUN TIME
Starts February 22nd, 2020 @ Chris Gibson Recreation Centre (Variety of dates to choose from, see website)
Brampton

Family Fun In Toronto
March 9th-17th
The Art Gallery Toronto, ON
Nine days of drop in fun

March 11th-17th
Black Creek Pioneer Village-Take a trip back in time

Until March 17th
Winter fun at Ontario Place

Glama Gal
Offering different fun pkgs for each day of the March Break

Medieval Times
Toronto, ON

Skating Brampton, ON

Cineplex
4 Movies a day playing for only $2.99 each

Top 10 March Break Activities
Brampton, ON
Variety of options and ideas

My Reset Sunday Routine

There’s nothing like having a routine in place. Routines are not just for kids, we adults need them too.

I knew I needed to come up with a routine that would help me get the new week started off right. Normally on Monday’s I do not go into the office, I was finding that I was doing a lot of house things on that day to reset for the week, which took up most of my day leaving me little time to get my other work things done. So I came up with this idea of doing it on Sunday’s, not only is it working Monday’s are now very productive in the ways I want it to be.

I thought I would share my routine with you and maybe you too would find it helpful to put one in place or inspire you to create your own and select the day that it would best work for you.

I take it easy in the mornings unless we have plans that afternoon. I get the kids breakfast ready, get a load in the washer. I like to drink & enjoy my coffee while I get on making a “To Do” list. I normally have already deep cleaned my house on Friday &/or Saturday so everything on my list is just to put the house back together from the weekend and get things prepared for the week.

Main Floor:

-Clean kitchen
-Go thru the fridge
-Make a grocery list
-Get the kids to go thru their backpacks, clean it out and organize it for the week
-Check their agendas & sign if I haven’t ready
-Insure homework is done
-Get any laundry still left to do, done
-Get anything that’s out of place back to where they belong
-Quick tidy of all rooms
-Quick check on the main hallway closet to insure kids things for school are all where the belong (for a smooth morning)
-Vacuum & a quick mop of the floors

Upstairs:

-Make all the beds
-Pick out the girls clothes for Monday morning
-Put away any clean laundry
-Quick clean & tidy of bathrooms
-Empty all the bathroom garbages
-Quick vacuum

Other things I like to do:

-Get the girls water bottles filled and in the fridge
-If I can make their lunches for Monday I do so ( what I mean by if I can is sometimes they ask for a hot lunch to be made which then I will do in the morning) and get their snacks cut and packed.
-I pre-fill the coffee machine & set it to brew on a timer
-I also go thru calendars and my agenda and insure everything is to date and review what is upcoming for the week.

I swear by this routine that since I have figured out what I should I shouldn’t do helps me all week to stay on top of everything. I truly believe it sets me up for a peaceful mind especially on Monday mornings when we all wish it was still the weekend, lol. Now yes I still do things here and there during the week, but it helps so much to be less. Also, since I started needing more time to get my work done on Monday’s this routine has helped me with being able too and spending less evening time and/or staying up late to complete it. There are some Sunday’s where we are busy and I don’t have time to get it all done, but that’s where I pick my top must choices and get then done either early Sunday morning or in the evening and it still does help with having a setup for the week ahead.

Do you have a reset routine in place &/or a tip to share? Comment below.