It's that time of the year again. I'm unboxing the summer 2020 fit fab fun box to show you what all is inside! Grab a seat and a snack, and check it out!!
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Hi Friends!! I thought I would switch it up a bit with this video!! Hope you enjoy!
Let me know if you liked the idea of a video??? I have a couple more ideas!!!
I have to say, I really enjoyed and continue to enjoy this palette! The shades go on well with lots of colour payout!
You can purchase this palette here...
This brush set is amazing and at a very affordable price.
My favourite sponges are found here! You can also find them linked on my wishlist here
Don't forget to start with a great base on your face!! :)
Don't forget to let me know how you feel about the video post! Have you used any of these products? What are some of your favourites?
Until next time
Cheryl Ann xo
Father's Day is quickly approaching. Have you thought of it yet? Or have you already got a gift? I am trying very hard to hunt down the perfect gift for my Dad. Every year it seems to get harder and harder. He seems to have some pretty steep wants, and also seems to have just about anything that I can think of purchasing. Below, I have rounded up some favourites and some gift guide ideas, in case you are like me and have no idea!!
1) Wallet/Money Holder
Here is a great inexpensive gift that most men need. If they are like my husband or father, they go through these often. From having them at work, to constantly keeping them in their back pockets, there's get quite beat up and dirty. Here are a couple examples that I like..
You can these at Hudson's Bay here
2) Golf Putt Grass
If you have any men in your life that love golfing, I think this item is a great gift. This should help their swing!
3) New Kicks
If your men in your life don't really shop for themselves, or hate to go shopping, here is a practical gift that some of your men just may need. New shoes are always appreciated, and most men I know, could handle a new pair!
4) Power washer
This is on my husbands list. He had one, but would really like this kind, or so he says. He made his case on how much better it is and how much more power it has. To me they are all the same thing, but what do I know?
I did find other options that are electrical, instead of gas powered. This one looks good to me! I like the colour!!.... is that too girly?
5) Record Player - I think these are so cool. If you have a Father that likes his vinyl, this would be a great gift to receive! Check this cute one out! I love the colour, however maybe our fathers will not?
6) Sunglasses - EVERYONE can always use a new trendy pair of sunnies!! These make for a great inexpensive gift! I'm loving this pair!
7) Jeans... This is a no brainer!! Doesn't everyone like jeans? Well..... not everyone! I don't like jeans, I think I have one pair of jeans, and I don't ever wear them. But this being said, I am not in the percentage of people who do like jeans. Every thing from low end to high end, jeans are a great idea for a gift idea.
8) Gadgets - All men love gadgets! You can find all sorts of different gadgets everywhere... here is one I think is an awesome idea for those Dad's that sit in their vehicles at lunch..
9) BBQ Accessories - What screams Dad most than BBQing.... Any type of accessories, I'm sure, will get adequate use. This one I found fun.
10) Still unsure of what to get? There is always Gift Certificates...... They come in many different amounts from many different business to eateries!
I hope that this has given you some ideas on your Father's Day gift. Do you know what you will be gifting your Dad?
Until Next Time
Cheryl Ann xo
Today I'm doing a post to showcase a product I purchased at the Dollarama! The Double Easy Eraser is their take on the Mr Clean Magic Eraser. I decided to try these out as they are half the price of the Name Brand kind, so I decided to clean up a pair of my old kicks!
These Nike's were looking a little less for wear, as they say, so It was time to clean them up! If you know me, you know I LOVE my sneakers! I have sneakers in every shape and sizes and colours. These babies just needed some love to make them look like new! I used warm water and mild dish soap to clean the green fabric on these, then I broke out the Easy Eraser to tackle; the rubber on these.
Can you believe the cat hair on these? And yes, they are sporting some Dale Earnhardt Jr shoe laces! Gosh these babies are at least 15 years old! I think that the laces add some style! Who is all in for bringing back the shoe laces with writing and pictures on them! ME ME!
They are very similar looking to the Mr Clean brand, but as you can see they are only $1.25 per package of 2! FYI, this gets messy as all get out, so be sure to do this somewhere that has water and a good clean up area. I did it by the kitchen sink! I first dabbed the eraser in the water and using a corner at a time, I started scrubbing the rubber of the shoes. With a little elbow grease, these kicks came so clean!
So here's a little before and after...
And here is the outcome of the erasers
I wore this eraser right out! I then decided since they were fresh and clean, that they needed new insoles! I purchased these at Walmart here.
I placed them under the correct matched shoe and drew a line on them where to cut the insoles to size like this..
I then cut them round the line I drew and inserted the fresh pair in my shoes!
Here's a before and after of the insoles.
Again with the cat hair ......
And finally to get the whitest of white, I placed them out side to take advantage of the sunshine! My Mom always put out her whites in the sun to get them so white, so I did the same thing.
So the next time you look at your favourite pair of runners, and think they are looking rather "used" spend the $10.00 on some Erasers at Dollarama and Insoles at Walmart and BAM... good as new! I can't wait to wear these again! They look almost new! (besides the cat hair)! Have you any tricks to cleaning your shoes? Tell me your secrets!
Until next time
Cheryl Ann xo
Well friends, it's that time of year again. The time where most people are jetting away to sunny south or vacationing at a resort of some sort. For some people like me though, it's the time of sadness and depression. I am a sufferer of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. I have struggled with this my whole life, but in more recent years, things have gotten a lot harder for me! About 4 to 6 percent of people may have winter depression. Another 10 to 20 percent may have mild SAD. SAD is four times more common in women than in men. Although some children and teenagers get SAD, it usually doesn't start in people younger than age 20.
A major depression, seasonal or otherwise, is characterized by a series of symptoms:
Symptoms of S.A.D. may include the following:
Today, I'm showing you some of the different techniques or tools that I use, in hopes that some might find some of these things helpful!
First, I am going to get to the "DON'T'S"
DON'T watch too much intense television shows. I like to stay away from all drama, news, scary tv shows as these will bring me down more, and before I know it, I feel worse. DO watch sitcoms, or comedies or sports. I watch A LOT of Sitcoms and Sports. Right now I'm watching Friends and Tennis, but you do you and watch what you like.
DON'T listen to other people! You can't just snap out of it! Or you're just in a funk right now, it will be better next week! See ya peeps.... these people need to seriously research before they open their mouths. Just take a break from them, and if they don't understand, well are they worth your friendship in the first place? Going hand in hand with this, DO go to counselling! Trust me, it helps A TON. Sometimes, it's just helps to have someone understand just what you are going through. These are professionals, and can also guide you on coping mechanisms.
Here's what I do know, I AM NOT a professional, but these things seem to help me a bit, so I'm sharing with you! I also know that you can call The new Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS), by Crisis Services Canada, enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support by phone, in French or English: toll-free 1-833-456-4566 Available 24/7! There are also these numbers available to you.
Crisis Text Line (Powered by Kids Help Phone) Canada Wide
free, 24/7 texting service is accessible immediately to youth anywhere in Canada by texting TALK to 686868 to reach an English speaking Crisis Responder and TEXTO to 686868 to reach a French-speaking Crisis Responder on any text/SMS enabled cell phone.
KidsHelpPhone Ages 20 Years and Under in Canada 1-800-668-6868 (Online or on the Phone)
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness 24/7 Help Line 1-855-242-3310
Canadian Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
Trans LifeLine – All Ages 1-877-330-6366
As well as the ..
Mental Health Help Line: 1-866-531-2600
Ontario College and University Students 1-866-925-5454
And lastly, go to your emergency room and see a doctor! I was once told by the on call doctor, that "if this place makes you feel safe, then come on up"
Now let's get into some tips and tricks, I find helpful!
The SAD Light or SAD Light Therapy. When people are not getting enough bright light in their days, they often suffer from seasonal or recurring depression. People in a hospital or assisted living facility are especially vulnerable to this. When the brain stops getting bright light, the body clock that regulates sleep/wake cycles becomes confused. It begins to produce the wrong chemicals at the wrong time of day. This has a myriad of negative effects such as: confusion, change in or lack of appetite, lack of energy, memory loss, and many others. Bright light therapy sends a signal to the brain to make the proper chemicals at the proper time of day-resetting the body clock.
Bright light therapy is generally done within the first two hours of waking in the morning. A 30-60 minute daily session is usually ideal, but everyone is slightly different, so trial and error is used to find the ideal duration. The user has the light shining on their face with their eyes open, but is looking elsewhere: reading, watching t.v. , doing a craft etc… The light is placed within the therapeutic range listed as LUX….ie 10,000 lux at 12-14”. Once the session time has been completed, then the light needs to be turned off or turned away from the face of the user, as it is possible to be overexposed.
The lights will not act as a sunlamp and will not burn skin. The LED units are UV free, and the fluorescent units have a cover that blocks more than 89% of the UV rays emitted from the unit. There are lots of different kinds, shapes and sizes of Lights, just do yourself a favor and get one!
I try to eat well. This doesn't always happen, but eating right, makes you feel better. But who doesn't like nice hot big meals in the cold winter months!
Take a break from the hectic and listen to your favourite music! I love listening to great music, it puts me in a good mood! And if you feel like it Journal! Start writing all those things down! Brain dumping is a great way to get rid of stress as well!
Light Reading is an excellent way to free your mind! Notice I said "light" reading!! Here are two books that I am reading now! I have already read the life-changing magic of tidying up, but never hurts to read it again! I tidied up my bedroom last year when I first read this. You can find the post here!
Take your vitamins!! I always take extra vitamin D for the loss of it from NO SUN!
Lather up on Skin Cream! Not only are you doing your skin a favour, but some have great scents too, and pretty smelling things, brings happier thoughts and puts you in a good mood! Here are some that I am using right now!
Something that I really enjoy doing is painting my nails! When I start feeling a bit down, I grab for some bright colours! These remind me that spring is on it's way and helps my mood! I also make sure I don't forget my cuticles with these frigid temperatures!
Clearly, from this picture, I need my nails repainted! Guess what colour I used?
If you guessed the last one you are right!. The first one is Essie's Pink Happy and the one I chose was Essie's Come Here! The cuticle cream is from Burt's Bees and you can find it here!
Putting on my Makeup in the morning always makes me feel better! They say when you look better, you feel better and I believe this! I try every morning to at least do my eyes and add some lipstick!
I love wearing Mac lipsticks! They smell and taste sooo good!
Keeping with the moisture point, I like to make sure my face is really really hydrated! I also take time out in the week to throw on a mask. Here are some of my current go to's!!
And finally, I find it helps me immensely when I'm in a routine or on a schedule! I find if everything is structured, then it seems to keep me on the thin and narrow, as they say! I write everything down in my planner. Everything, from my moods, to when my bills need to be paid etc. This is so I know exactly where I am and where I am suppose to be! I use the Kikki K planner! I found a cute one here! amzn.to/2TO2z8Z
Remember, these are just a few tips that I use to help me through the "Winter Blues"! Remember, there is always help out there and you are not alone! What tricks or tips do you use? And if you read to the bottom of this large post, AND you know what CD I showed you, hit me up with a email, I have a prize for you!!
Until Next time
Cheryl Ann xo
Week two went ok! Here is what I ate:
Pizza using low fat cheese and 2 ingredient dough! I also ate it for leftovers again the next day! I made open faced Chicken Cordon Bleu. I made brownI made a 0 point batch of Vegetable soup in my crock pot which lasted me a few days, and last but certainly not least... Oriental Chicken in low fat wrap with salsa!
Overall had a good week. Had lots of motivation by following several people on weight watchers social media. I had one cheat day, but stayed within my points for the week. Would like to get more active, quit eating popcorn!
Until next time
Cheryl Ann xo
Valentine's Day is approaching FAST! Today I have gathered a list of items, that may or may not be on my list this year! If you are looking for a gift, and have no ideas, well let me help you out!
My first item is about Warmth! With the frigid temperatures lately, this was on the top of my list! This great Canada Goose Winter Jacket has all the feels! And since they offer all kinds of styles, you can find just the right one for your taste here www.canadagoose.com/ca/en/shop/women/
Next, you can't go wrong with Sparkles!! I'm loving these Morganite studs from Peoples Jewelers!! And guess what..... they are on sale! www.peoplesjewellers.com/50mm-morganite-stud-earrings-10k-rose-gold/p/V-19563576
I have a scarf on my list this year as well. Are you starting to see the theme of Warmth!! Not just any scarf, but this gorgeous Louis Vuitton Beyond Monogram Shawl! LOVE LOVE it!! This silk-wool blend comes over sized and in many different colors!
If you are like me, and have like a zillion perks cards, this next item is one for you! The Yves Saint Laurent Card holder. I really am into this Monogram Card Case in embossed leather! It is 100% calf skin leather (which I'm not sure I want one know, after reading this) and is made in Italy! Come to think about it, I'm gonna take a look at Matt and Nat for one now..... be right back......
There we go, much better!! This is their slim wallet. This is cruelty free, and not made with animal based materials! Plus they are Canadian Based!! Starting out in Montreal!! Yep, changed my mind to this one! Hey, a girl has the right to change her mind right??
Next up is some UGG slippers.... again with the warmth! But alas... yet again made with Sheep Skin.... Grrr... Can't a girl get some warmth without the cruelty. But if you're OK with that, then these babies will keep you warm through out the rest of the winter!
I'm hoping for a nice night out as well. I highly recommend the Wildstone Grill here in St. Marys, Ontario! Their food is wonderful and the atmosphere is great! You can find their menu and address here wildstone.ca/
Back with the jewels! Seriously, you can't go wrong with Sparkle! I am loving this heart necklace and earring set from Stella and Dot. But if they aren't your cup of tea, then for sure you will be able to find something from this company! They offer all kinds of styles! You can shop here www.stelladot.com/sites/cherylwhatley
Do you like flowers on Valentine's Day? I'm really not one for flowers, and I not a fan of roses either, but these just scream my name! These Luxe Bloom Infinity Violets are the real deal! They come preboxed and are said to last a year or more!! Yay!! I would love to have these delivered to my door!
And last, but not least, just to make my life a little bit easier, I'm looking at this Roomba! You can purchase the iRobot Roomba at Canadian Tire here: www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/irobot-roomba-652-vacuuming-robot-0436889p.0436889.html?gclid=CjwKCAiAs8XiBRAGEiwAFyQ-esjFPWkXobg64yXrI_rsSoeqxgPrpnIEaNivHm-5JfhWkSNvw9-atBoCIuMQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds#store=91
The whole idea of not having to get out the vacuum and spend my time doing this stupid chore is awesome, but with a dog and 3 cats, just how much hair will it pick up? But the thought of not having to vacuum out weighs the reality of the quality of the performance of the machine, let's me add it to my list!
Of course, you know, I probably won't get any of these items, that are on my list, but it helps to put the ideas out there..... please universe (or hubby)! What are some things on your list for Valentine's Day? Do you get gifts or give them?
Until Next time, Happy Valentine's Day
Cheryl Ann xo
Below you will find what I ate on my first week of weight watchers! I have to say I started out very good! I stuck with it and ate within my points value!
Going Clock wise starting at the top left, PF Chang Chicken wraps, Ham and Potato Crock Pot Back, Tacos, and Egg White and Veggie Scramble!
My Lunches looked like this
Salad, Almonds and Low Fat Old Cheese! Keeping myself accountable!
Until Next time
Cheryl Ann xo
Before I started WW, I made this recipe for my family and it was a great hit! I haven't made it since joining Weight Watchers, so I can't begin to tell you how many points are in one, but if I ever make it again, I will let you know. I just call this Chicken Goodness, and I have been known to make it with Pork Chops as well. Here is what I did.....
First start off with your choice of Chicken or Pork Chops. On this particular day, I used Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, but you could use either. I then sprayed the tin foil with Pam, to avoid the end result from sticking to the cookie sheet.
I then placed the chicken evenly on the sheet and grabbed the rest of the ingredients out of the fridge! I used only three ingredients besides the meat. Italian Style Bread Crumbs, Ranch Dressing and Parmesan Cheese.
I covered the top of the chicken breasts with a light layer of Ranch dressing using a spoon. You could do thick, if you want, it all depends on your preference of Ranch Taste. I keep it light as my son is very picky and would never eat it if it tasted too "Ranchy".
Using a spoon, I smoothed it out on top like this.
Next, I coated the top of the Ranch dressing with the Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs.
Next I sprinkled the Parmesan Cheese on top of the bread crumbs. I then placed them in the oven and cooked them for 30 minutes at 350, flipping over half way through the cooking time and following the same steps as above!
And Voila!! Done! It may not look like much but it is very yummy!! You should try it!
Let me know if you try it!
Until next time
Cheryl Ann xo
It's about that time again for EMPTIES!!! Yep the time that I show everyone what's in my trash!! I collected a bunch of different things, this time around, so let's get into it!
First off, I went through a bottle of my Bioderma cleansing water. Love this stuff, and constantly repurchase this, but if you have been following me for a while, this wouldn't be the first time you have heard of this magical water, as I use this stuff everyday and have been talking about it for forever.
If you have been a follower of my blogs, you know that I tried out the Monat Line when it came to Canada. While it did make my hair silkier, because it is all made from OIL, I didn't like that I couldn't go more than one day without washing it, and that REALLY, it didn't do much at all different from other shampoos and conditioners. Now saying this, I am speaking of professional brands, not the crap brands that you can find. I mean, I don't have to tell you, you get what you pay for! So.... of course there were lots of Monat products that I finished and trashed!
I finished the Revive Shampoo, and yes I WON'T be repurchasing it! Like I stated earlier, you can get great shampoos that don't cost an arm and leg. I know they state that they have no harsh chemicals etc, but if you shop around, you WILL find other options then this line. I also finished the Replensh Masque. It was ok! And no I'm not repurchasing it either! Sorry Monat!! I just found that with extended use, my hair felt like a grease pit! Again, research products that are similar!
Keeping with hair products, I found a professional brand that worked well for me! I purchased the Matrix Total Results High Amplify Shampoo and Conditioner line and am happy to say that I was very impressed. My hair felt great and their wasn't as much hair loss! The smell was good and I felt that it did the job! (Sorry for the gross ness of the pictures, keeping it real folks, it was in my shower for over 2 months!)
I have a couple face washes that I used up. The first was the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox! I felt this was a good cleanser, BUT not the cleanser to remove any makeup. If you were using it for just a morning face cleanser, like I did, it was fine, but it wasn't the best at taking off your face for the day!
The next was the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser from Drunk Elephant. Now I'm gonna be honest with ya, I only used this a couple times, because I couldn't get past the horrible scent. It almost smelt like it went bad!! I mean, it shouldn't have, because I purchased it from Sephora and used it within a couple weeks, but HOLY!! It smelt rank!! Gross! If anyone has used this cleanser, please let me know your thoughts on this, because as you know the brand Drunk Elephant is a fairly high end brand, and I'm not willing to spend a ton on something that normally smells this gross! Maybe I did get a bad batch, but I'm not emptying my handbag to repurchase another to find out! Let me know.......
I bought my favourite hand soap at the end of summer and this time I decided to try out a new scent. I bought this at Canadian Tire (which is where I purchase this brand) and although I have used the brand Mrs Meyer*s forever, I had never tried this scent. I LOVED it! It was strong, so if you aren't a big peony scent lover, then skip it, but for me it was life!
Next up I have a face moisturizer and a face mask. The moisturizer was the Garnier Moisture Rescue! I have used this before and would again repurchase it!
The face mask was the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask . I really didn't like this, because, I don't like peel off masks, and I didn't read the label 100% before clicking the "add to basket" button on the Sephora website! OOPPS my bad... but as far as it working, I'm not sure cause I only used it a couple times, and as you can see, there is still a lot left in the tube, but I just can't do it! That's how much I can't wear peel off masks!
I was at an event not so long ago and I decided to try the Billion Dollar Brow products. I was so interested in seeing the results of the Brow Boost has my brows have seen better days. I honestly didn't notice any big difference! Now I have heard people rave about lash and brow serums, but for me, there wasn't a noticeable difference. Maybe another product line would give different results, I'm not sure!
The last couple months have seen me go through a couple mascara's! I know lots of people who have lash extensions and love them, but I am still a mascara and false lash typa gal!! So I tend to go through lots! Here are my choices for the last bit! ( I also took close up's of the applicators, as some ladies are quite fussy with them!)
1) Younique Moodstuck Epic Mascara - Was great! Loved it! Already repurchased it!
2) Marcelle Extension Plus - Liked it, Liked the plastic applicator, would repurchase!
3) L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara - ( I know, I know, I hated it last time, why buy it again? Well to be fair, I really wanted to try it again and so many people love it.....) - Hated it, NOPE NEVER AGAIN - WILL NOT REPURCHASE!! FOR REALLLLL THIS TIME!
What were some of your products you used up? Did you want to try any of these?? Let me know
Until next time,
Cheryl Ann xo
PS.... After finishing up this post, there are a couple more items I would like to add... These 2 lipglosses went bad and well the blush died!
The first gloss was the NARS gloss in Turkish Delight! Yes, I jumped on that band wagon and bought it! I actually found it a bit too light for my complexion, but I made it work.
Next is the Hourglass Gloss in Child. I liked it ok, but didn't reach for it much!
And lastly, the Benefit blush in Bella Bamba. It was one of my older blushes, but I still used it quite often. But alas, it came to it's death the other day, and I have to say Good Bye to it! It was probably time anyway!
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