Review: Revlon One Step Hair Dryer & Styler

I ordered the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer from Amazon and it’s changed my hair blow drying game.
I love it.

I went with the square head instead of the round and I am thinking of trying the round one out. I went with the square shape one as I never got the hang of a round brush when dry blowing my hair so I thought I may have a better chance with the square.
Do you have the round brush head? Do you recommend I get it? I can always use a second one as I am a mom of three girls and my oldest daughter (14 years old) loves mine already.

It’s large paddle design dries and smooths hair quickly, it also has multiple heat settings (cool, low, & high) with a 6ft tangle free swivel cord. I can get my hair dry and straight in 5 mins or less. My hair length is just below my shoulders (for reference). I always hated blow drying my hair with a regular blow dryer (long or short) as it would take so long and leave my hair puffy and frizzy. I love how my hair looks right after I am done, so smooth and striaght and lasts for days that way. It is definitely a hair tool that I love and so happy to have, it’s worth every dollar.

If you looking to up your blow drying game look no further, I highly recommend the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer. Even my 17 year old son loves to use it for it’s quick drying time. A great hair tool for everyone.

Have you tried it? Do you know of another hair tool that has changed your life? Comment below and let us know.

This is not a sponsored post, all opinions stated are of my own.

Christmas Gift Guide 2020: For Kids

Let the Christmas shopping begin! Thought I would put together a Gift Guide for you, I love making them. This year I feel it’s important to support local, more now then ever. With that being said I thought I would put together a Gift Guide featuring items/products from local businesses. Let’s jump right in.

  1. WonderBox Canada Subscription Box- Hand picked, quality steam toys for ages 4 and up. You can get a box every month delivered to your door. Each month the child will receive new items. These boxes are a great gift for any child. New toys and learning experiences each month.
  2. Dekor8_It these customized pillows are the perfect addition to any child’s bed or cozy spot. Many different options to choice from. Personalized items are such a cute thoughtful gift.
  3. DIY Unicorn Crystal Terrarium &/or DIY 6 Science Experiments Kit from The GG Sisters is great craft and learning items. Keeping kids entertained while learning in a fun way.
  4. Bella Florist has so many great gift basket ideas for kids. They are customized to fit the needs, wants, and likes of anyone on your list. These are great gifts offering a variety of items. Be sure to check out her feed for ideas.
  5. Kaizen Martial Arts great gift for a child to learn martial arts and keep active. Kaizen Martial arts school specializes in Karate and they are located in Brampton. Great instructors and they are very on top of current guidelines for everyone safety during this time. Contact them to purchase classes.
  6. Bonbons Favoris Conciergerie Candy charcuterie platters and boxes. What kid does not love candy &/or treats. You can customize it just as you wish. You can even put a personalized name or message on the wrapping.
  7. This Is Made, for this one there is no gift picture. Reason being is This Is Made has a variety of vendors that have many gift ideas for every child. From babies, toddlers, kids, and teens. Be sure to check them out on Instagram or visit them in store.

Review:PlushCraft

How cute are these?

Have you heard about the Plushcrafts? Well let me tell you they are a great craft for the kids. There is a variety of different animals to choose from. I got the unicorn and the panda for my girls from Michaels. They even have animal pillow which will be my next purchase for the girls (great Christmas gift). I love crafts that aren’t just for the time being, these crafts the kids can continue to use/play with afterwards.

My girls enjoyed this very much. What parent doesn’t love a craft that keeps the kids entertained. Each box came with everything you need and instructions clear enough for my girls to read and be able to do it on their own (my girls are 8 and 10 years old). My girls continued to play with them once they were done making them. They keep them safe, each of them have them on their dresser in their rooms. I wouldn’t recommend just throwing them in the toy bin/box so the that fabric doesn’t get pulled and start coming off. They are looking forward to collecting more of these to do.

Have you tried them? Have you tried the pillow ones? Do you know of other crafts that are great for kids? Comment below and share with us.

These are also available on Amazon, Indigo, Toys R Us.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are of my own.

Follow me on Instagram
If you would like to collaborate send an email to ishosandy@gmail.com

Update: Virtual School

Hope you are all well ❤️.

I thought I would share how our online learning (Remote Learning) is going now that we are one month in. I have two kids in Elementary and two in High School. Let’s begin with the Elementary, Madison grade 3 and Ava grade 5. In all honestly I am very happy with theirs. Their teachers are great and it is much different from online school this past Spring. They are actually learning, the teachers are amazing with helping when need be, the lessons are get and well planned out, there is real interaction with the teachers and students/classmates. The teachers really worked hard in the start to get to know each student and also teach the kids (more for my grade 3) how to work Google Classroom with less help from parents. We do run into tech issues at times, but it is not often and if ever the meet link isn’t allowing kids to get on, the teachers have made other ways to still be able to learn lessons and get work done. We have a great morning routine and are now in full swing of weekday routines with school and around school (breaks,etc..).

Our board (as many others) have announced a change in learning, we had to deicide again what learning way we want for our kids. I was really stressed out about it because they are doing great just the way they are and have settled in, love their teachers and now again another change is to come. For my elementary kids our decision was due this past Sunday, I have made the decision to have them in strictly Remote Learning. I made this decision due to I personally think it would be very hard for online kids in younger grades to be able to do Hybrid learning. This opinion of mine is no hate towards any teachers, just want to put that out there. I believe it will be hard for these online kids to get exactly what they need as they are currently getting. The teacher in class teaching both online and in class is a big task and I give them all the praise for even trying and making it work the best they can. It’s lot to take on, he/she has to give attention to both those online and those in person. I just don’t know how this will work well, I also don’t believe that it will be smooth sailing and that there will be a lot of tech issues due to how many will be on that same server. I do realize that in selecting that choice my kids are not able to return to school if we want to switch. They remain remote for the remaining of the year until June 30th, 2021. Thankfully I am in a position where I can have my kids at home and be at home with them and that is why I am also able to pick these options. I shared our school room at home from the Spring. I did change having the girls together this time around because of how it would be more like a classroom learning this time. Madison, my grade 3 continues in that school room that I shared and Ava, my grade 5 got another area in our home setup with everything she would need.
What have you deicided? Are you kids in school? How do you feel?

Now, let’s get into High School, with my other two I was very stressed out with the continued delays to their start date, not having teachers, unable to start courses at the same time as the first, and still some classes having to be changed due to no teacher. I get it, tough times for all, this is new, etc… What I can’t understand is that the government knew this was going to happen, with all the fear of the second wave put out there long before time, knowing some of the already large numbers from August’s suvery. I also think that August was too late, they should of been planning and getting things ready way before. They were the ones to report of the second wave coming in the Fall way before, they knew and they should of got on it. They delayed getting ready and then made all these choices and threw it at us for us to deicide with so little time as if we weren’t stressed enough from all of it already.
I do believe everyone should have the choice to change to remote, but I don’t believe that in my situation where I submitted my decision in August. It’s not my problem that from one deadline they continued to extend the deadline for more people to join. My problem with this is that they should of already had those families who decided early on in classes with teachers, and when the teachers started being short due to the number of people switching then those should be the ones waiting for a teacher. My daughter has both classes as she was to have, one started way later then the other. Thankfully she has caught up and is doing well. My son who is graduating only had 1 class until last week, I mean come on and to top it off they had to change a course to something that’s not even his pick in order for him to still get a credit. Like what?!? For these issues I just mentioned, this made me think about if I would continue to keep them remote. If we get the option for Highschool (which I think is coming soon) I will select Hybrid for my older kids. One reason, they are much older and can handle to learn that way. Second, there will not be a problem of not being able to get a teacher for the course selected. This way I can still have them do school from home, but have them back into their school with the option of return at any time if this way does not work for us.

2020 sure has been a year, I shared in another post my struggles and emotions. In all honestly I still have my moments, I am not perfect just trying to handle these situations the best I know as so many of us are. There are moments where I am on my game and then all of a sudden back to feeling overwhelmed and unsure. It’s ok to not be ok, and I have learned to accept that. I also, would like to take the time to reach out, if anyone ever needs someone to talk to feel free to email me ishosandy@gmail.com We are all in this together, we will get thru these hard and uncertain times together. You are not alone.

What are your thoughts or/& feeling about all this?

Feedback: Content

Hello Friends,

Your feedback is very important to me. Let me know which of the following content you would like by voting on the below poll. If you would like to see something else feel free to comment your suggestions or email me ishosandy@gmail.com with the Subject: Content Feedback.

I look forward to hearing from you all.

Previous Post

Organizing & Decluttering

Hello friends,

On today’s post I will be sharing some organizing and decluttering tips that I use and it helps me get to it done.

I love to use bins and laundry baskets to sort piles out like relocate, toss, donate. Relocate can be something found out of place or I would like to use it in another part of the house, I also use that if I am going to hand it down to one of the kids.

Start small, you don’t want to feel overwhelmed, especially if you are dreading to even start. Also, getting those smaller areas done makes me feel accomplished, giving me that feeling to tackle another area.

Before you start on any room or/& space, visualize how you want the room/space to look like. Then you can choose a category on what to tackle first ex; supplies, books, papers, pictures, knick-knacks, etc… When it comes to your clothing and shoes, if there is a lot to go thru split the task. For example, tackle all your sweaters, then t-shirts and so forth. Making it less stressful and getting one category done will lead you to want to continue either at that same moment, if you have time, or on your next decluttering/organizing slot. You can apply that method to shoes too, do sandals first, the running shoes, etc…. I don’t mean all the shoes in your house. For me, we are a family of six, so I declutter by person. So, if I am doing my shoes and clothes I am only doing mine not anyone else. At this time in my life I only declutter clothing, shoes, bedrooms for myself and my two younger kids, ages 8 and 9 years old. My two older kids do their own and so does hubby.

I also answer these questions when decluttering:
1. Does it fit?
2. Do I still like this style?
3. When is the last time it was woren?

For home decor or/& knick-knacks I also ask myself questions, does this still go with our home decor? and is there too much stuff in this area? If it does not belong in that space I move it to where it should be.

If it doesn’t have a home it’s time to go.

I love decluttering and organizing, but I have to admit sometimes when I started full in I use to get overwhelmed, the amount to go thru when decluttering or even with organizing. I use to pull out my entire closet and then half way thru feel overwhelmed and leaving it for later, which later turned into some other time because then I would dread doing it. Or with kids I would have to stop to make snacks, lunch, or attend to them and that gives me less time. With time, I learned a better way, I would try ways to help these tasks become enjoyable and not stress me out. The most rewarding part of decluttering and organizing is having a space you love where your items have a home and you are able to find whatever you are looking for. Also, having a decluttered and organized kitchen, closet, bathroom, makes getting ready and looking for something so much easier with less time spent. I love reaching into my kitchen cupboard and being able to get what I need without having to search for it or take half of the cupboard out to get it. Same applies to my clothing and shoes so much easier to get dressed and know where everything is.

It gives me such peace of mind when I know where everything is. It also helps the whole family be able to get things on their own with simple or no direction.

I keep this up thru out the year. I usually do clothing, shoes, jackets before each change of season. I plan ahead to insure I start earlier, giving me the time to separate by category and family member.
For house decor and knicks-knacks, I do not need to go over so much anymore, as I have been keeping it down to what I like. If I deicide to redecorate or change up some decor, I deicide right there if I want the orginal decor for another spot in the house or it gets donated.

For my kitchen and bathroom cupboards & drawers, I don’t set certain seasons to do it, as these are well used parts in our home, I do those as I see necessary. Leaving it easier to up keep.

Now, onto the last category Seasonal Decor. A great idea is get rid of what you do not use once you have finished decorating for that season. I love Christmas decorations and found it so hard to get rid of any of it at one point in my life, but I changed that. Thanks to one year when my husband bought up every bin and box labeled Christmas and I saw the amount of bins and boxes with decor that I was holding onto for that what if moment which didn’t happen in years. That was when I really went thru everything and got rid of everything I wasn’t using. I also promised myself to not let it get that bad again, so every year what doesn’t get used gets donated &/or tossed. With that experience, I do that method to all my seasonal decor. Not only does this save you time when changing out your seasonal decor, it clears room in your storage space making everything else accessible and neat.

Remember just start some where. You don’t have to do everything in a day, week, or/& month. Plan your days as you go and see when you have time for it. Even with a small grab of time one of the smaller areas or things can get done and marked off your list. The first go at it, you may not let go of much or organize as much, but that’s ok. Once you get into a habit and do it more often thru out the year, the easier it will be and the more change you will see. Organize spaces to best work with you and your family. I learned over time as well that not every way others organize will work. Create organization for you, how you see and feel that it will work. If it doesn’t at the first go you can learn from it and change it to what will work. That’s how I got better at it, trail and error. In one of my previous post, I share my Top Productivity tips and that too was learned as I tried to come up with what works for me.

Do you have tips or advise on decluttering and organizing to share with our community? Comment below. I love hearing new ideas and methods that work with others and I can try. How often do you declutter and organize?

Have you checked out our Home School Room?

Our School Room

Today I thought I would share our school room with you all as back to school is soon approaching here in Ontario. I deicided to dedicate an area for a school room back when schools were shut down due to Covid-19 and online learning started in April 2020.

At the begining of online learning, we did first start off just on our kitchen table. A day or two later I quickly realized it was not going to work. With our family room right next to our eat in kitchen, with snacks, and lunch breaks, we were always having to move things and then to setup all over again. Also, with having four kids ages 17 years old and younger there were different distractions. I quickly came up with a solution, I deicided to turn our home office (which is a pretty good size) into office/homeschool room. Budget friendly was also in mind when I thought about it, so I took a look at the space and then went shopping in my basement. I took a folding table and chairs, that we use for parties & large gatherings (which clearing we aren’t and wont be using for a while) and I also had on hand one plastic container with drawers. I used a party plastic table cover (from the dollarstore) to cover the table which is perfect and easy to change/clean.
I, then went thru our craft bin and picked out things we can use. After collecting what I had, we put the room together and made note of things I can pick up to add to our room.
I always have a homework bin stored in our main closet with extra school supplies which I refill every August or/& thru out the year as needed so we always have extra for those “in case” things got left at school or for projects that come up. Once I knew what I wanted/needed I took a quick trip to Dollar Tree where I picked up a map of Canada to add to our wall. I got some poster boards I could use for words of the week, days of the week, certain information provided by their teachers for easly finding, etc… I also picked up some extra popicle sticks, clay, wooden cubes, and a weekly calendar (dry ease) so we could write their schedule for the week as the teachers provided it.

Some great sources I used; Pinterest to find some fun activities for them to do and I also saved some learning activities in case I felt they weren’t getting enough from online or simply to change up the way they learned. Though out the online learning I also pinned some great learning material in the subject or area they needed help with. YouTube videos also helped with learning. I would just search and find a kid friendly video example: long division grade 4 for kids. Youtube was also a great pick for kids dance, exercises, kids yoga, etc… and lots of learning videos on whatever you need.

When the girls saw the room complete, they were so excited and it helped them gain a more positive look on doing school from home. They also loved seeing their work on the wall as we went on. A great tip I learned, use painter’s tape to hang these temporary things, they come off so easily and does not peel off the paint on the wall.

I will admit it, we did have our days, it was not always clean and simply. I did learn to accept that it won’t be perfect and we won’t always have great days, but it’s ok and we will get thru it and I too will learn more in areas I myself needed to grow in, in order to better help them. It took a lot of patience some days, there were also days I felt like I couldn’t keep up. In the end everything worked out and we got thru it.

With our current situation here in Ontario, we are in the middle of the hardest decision, to send our kids to school or not to. Which ever you choose I do not judge, this is a hard deicison for parents to make. Every person/families have different situtions, and opinions which should be respected by all.

I personally have decided not to send back any of my four kids back to school this September, we will be doing the online learning. I don’t feel comfortable with sending them and with everything you hear on the news, social meadia, I don’t know how much to believe or not to anymore in all honestly. No one knows enough on this virus and so therefore I deicided to not send them. I also feel that the government is rushing back the return of schools without having things in place. In my opinion, the government knew September would be coming and they should of started putting plans into place and getting schools and teachers ready. Instead they waited and are rushing to get things done, promising to implement things that take more then 3 weeks to do.

There’s things that confuse me, just like we are not allowed to have an outdoor birthday party 10-15 kids, but you can have 20+ kids in a classroom with a not so great ventilation system, where social distancing can not happen, and wearing masks for some but not all. Plus, I think 6 hours with a mask is a lot. I wear mine with simple errands and as soon as I walk out I am so happy to take it off.
Too many do this and not that, then ok you can do this and that in other situtions, you know what I mean? Also, there will be so many changes and restrictions that school will not be the same. Even tho I would love to send them to be with their friends, regular learning, fun times/events, etc… I feel it wont be. I know as well that online learning wont be all fun and games (as I know from earlier this year), but I will try my hardest to help them in any way and try to make the best of it.

.
Thankfully I am able to make this deicison because I am home and can help them when needed, more for my younger ones. I will send them back once I am comfortable with it. I am just sharing what we will be doing, not saying at all it is the right way. We as parents want the very best for our children. Every parent as the right to make their deicison without judegment.

Are you sending your kids back to school or will you be doing homeschool/online learning? Do you have helpful resources to share or tips? Or if you would like to share your home school room, comment below.

Have you read my previous post? Can you relate?

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.

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

March Break Camps 2020

Now that Valentine’s Day is over, it’s time to start planning for the kids March Break. Being a working mom myself I thought I would put together some March Break Camp ideas and share them here with their direct links for you to check out.

Simply Play
Caledon, ON
March 16th-20th, 2020

Caledon Academy of the Arts
Caledon East, ON
Offering Full Day & Half Day options.

Tiny Town
Vaughan, ON
March 16th-20th, 2020
Offering Full Day

Studio on King
Bolton, ON
Offering 3 days, March 16th, 17th, & 20th, 2020

Rooks to Cooks
Toronto, ON
Cooking Camp

Brick Work Academy
Waterloo, ON
Offering a variety of types & different age groups

Creative Kids Place
Mississauga, ON
Offering a variety of types & different age groups

Kidnetix
Brampton, ON
March 16th-20th, 2020
Extended hrs available

I will be updating these as I find more or/& am advised on camps I think you may like to see information on. So, keep checking back for updates.

If you found this post useful comment below and let me know. Do you know of another camp offering that we should share, comment below the details of it.