MY THOUGHTS ON 2013 & MORE IMPORTANTLY- MICKEY MOUSE

Only a good 24 days past due- but I’m finally onto making some resolutions for the New Year.

They say it’s better to call them ‘Life Changes’ instead of ‘Resolutions’ because you’re more apt to stick with them that way? Weird.

Well here it is- written in black and white- My ‘Life Changes’ for 2013:

I forbid myself from biting my nails. Horrible habit- although it does seem to keep stress at bay.

Get up an hour earlier- before the rest of my household & get a head start on the day

Donate blood 3-5 more times: Give the gift of life

No more speeding tickets! This one is a big challenge for me. I actually think I was born with a brick foot.

Change 10 everyday household products to ‘ALL NATURAL’- “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time”. My current favourites come from Canadian-company, Green Beaver http://www.greenbeaver.com

Be present with my son- less phone, less text- more him! Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Limit television to 1 hour a day- limit Facebook/Twitter to 30 minutes a day. Being in PR- this is going to be a challenge. But there’s so many more productive things I can be doing- rather than being sucked into the social media vortex.

No swearing! So tacky. I don’t think I swear very much- but it’s not until you forbid yourself from using those nasty words after stubbing your toe, that you realize how often you do in fact, use them.

Focus on my faith- Learn to walk by Faith- not by sight. More church, more prayer- more hope.

Well, there you have it folks- I can’t back out of these now! So if you see me in passing, biting my nails- be sure to elbow me to stop.

On a new subject- just got back from Florida last week- what fabulous weather! A nice change considering the cold front we’re all getting here in Canada right now. Spent the week with my beloved Aunt at her place: visited the beach, spent some time shopping, & just took some time to ‘breathe’. Sometimes we get so caught up in ‘doing’- that we forget to just ‘exist’- just ‘breathe’.. just ‘be’.

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Couldn’t help but stop at Disneyworld- I mean, who goes to Florida without re-visiting their youth at Disney!? The place truly is amazing. There is no other place, where you can see infants & seniors- riding the same ride, singing the same tune, or enjoying the same scenery.

Some people said “well why waste your money taking Lane to Disney, he won’t remember it at that age”. Honestly- this saddens me. If every parent lived by that statement ‘they won’t remember it at that age’, then what a sad sad childhood your child would lead. How unstimulated would they be? It’s the little things that mold your children into the amazing-beings that you hope they will become. So what better way to inspire Laner than by showing him a little slice of magic- here on earth- Disney.

I want him to know to believe in the impossible- afterall, it all started with a mouse.

And most of all, in the wise words of Walt himself “If you can dream it, you can do it”

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“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in this world” – Walt Disney

C – xox

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MERRY BELATED HOLIDAYS!

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Hey all!

Hope everyone had an absolutely fantastic holiday season! Can’t believe it’s come & gone already- with 2013 fast approaching

I want to thank all of my family & friends- who made my holiday absolutely amazing. Of course, celebrating Lane’s 1st Christmas with him was one of the greatest joys of all! I can hardly even imagine what my Christmases were like without him-

Boy, were we all spoiled! Amidst Lane’s mountain of goodies- he received this really adorable mini chair

Check it out- definitely the nicest piece of furniture I own at this point in time
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Attended a really fantastic church service Christmas eve- definitely does make you take a moment to slow down & pay tribute to the real Reason for the season. As someone wise once told me- the Grinch himself-

” Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store- Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more!”

So I challenge you- for 2013- to carry the same type of hope.. joy… & generosity throughout the year- Because yesterday is history- tomorrow is a mystery, & today is a gift- that’s why they call it the ‘present’.

Bless ya’ll!

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HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

Who doesn’t love kicking off the Holiday Season with some good ol’ fashioned giveaways!?

Tis the season for giving!

Some of you all have snow already- I hear

Seems much too early for  that! I’m sure most of you would rather be sitting on a warm hot beach soakin’ up the sun. But if you can’t do that- as much of us can’t- what better way to ‘fake it’, than by purchasing one of your own home mist spray tan units from Tropic Spa!

From now until next Friday- I will be holding my 1st Holiday Giveaway- 5 lucky readers will recieve a $100 Gift Certificate from Tropic Spa Tan (www.tropicspatan.com) to be used to upon the purchase of a unit or refill kit

How can you win!? Follow me on Twitter @caylpozza & retweet my Tweet about this holiday giveaway. For each day, & each retweet- you’ll get an extra entry into this contest

Winners will be selected by Friday evening at 5pm

Ps. If you’re in Ontario my friends, be sure to visit Winter Wheat this holiday season- What a quaint little shop!

Located just outside of Sparta- Spend the day walking the gardens & getting in the holiday spirit with some ol’ fashion shopping!

It’s a ‘Pinterest’ heaven! Promise!

www.winter-wheat.com

And on another positive note- my blog is in the midst of getting a total makeover- from the talented Ashley @ ‘After Nine to Five’- So excited for this!!! Check out her blog & work at www.afterninetofive.net  – And for all my vegan friends out there, look at her Gnarly Whale products in her Vegan Body Shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGnarlyWhale

Boy have I got to get me some of this! From now until November 11th- 50% of the shops proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Sandy efforts.

Didn’t I say it was the season to give back!? What a great cause to support!

Happy Friday ya’ll! xo

 

THE ULTIMATE GRILLED CHEESE

When hungry & in doubt- the ol’ trusty grilled cheese is sure to be an easy lunch time treat.

But how boring… and unhealthy- is two processed slices of cheese melted in butter between two white pieces of bread.

Very boring. Little nutrition

One of my ultimate favourite little coffee shops is The Brown Dog Cafe in Paris, ON- & I am faithful to ordering their ‘Retriever’ sandwich every single time! The drive to Paris every day for this sandwich is a little unrealistic, so I thought ‘Hey! These could easily be made at home’-

All you need is :

Two slices of rye bread-yes rye, don’t waste your time with plain ol’ white bread or even whole wheat for that matter. The rye flavour makes this sandwich!

Crumbled feta cheese- as much as you wish

Fresh spinach

Garlic powder (Not garlic salt. Nobody needs extra sodium these days)

Roasted red peppers- now, make your life real easy and just buy canned roasted red peppers in a jar at your local grocery or health food store. I purchase mine from Costco- & they are fantastic!

Load all the ingredients up on the rye bread & add the top piece of bread.

I personally use my George Forman grill to make this into a ‘panini-type’ sandwich- but you could just make it in a frying pan like your standard grilled cheese, if you must

Let it simmer for a bit so the cheese gets soft- Feta doesn’t really melt- so don’t base it on that

& Voila-  You have a creamy, tasty, & creative ‘grilled cheese’.

If you’re feeling really adventurous- Spread a layer of avocado on the inside of the sandwich (before you grill it of course) – Adds a ‘creamy-sauce-like’ texture. Plus, Avocado is one of the most nutritionally complete foods out there, so eat it up!

Your hair & skin will thank you!

Try this recipe out- & when you do, I want to hear about it! Comment below

And because I’ve been behind on some photos- what better way to kick off a dreary day than by bringing some Sunshine into everyone’s lives-

What a little fish! If that didn’t make you smile- I’m not sure what will!

Amidst our house renovations- we managed to ‘hire’ a little helper to oversee the building of the deck

Thankfully we only had to pay him in dill pickles

Happy Wednesday ya’ll!

Off to get a FREE Skim-milk Mocha from McDonalds & hit the open road for a Fall cruise with Lane

Ps. If you haven’t already- be sure to follow me on Twitter @caylpozza – Tweet me your favourite Fall recipes!

xo

I’LL BUY THEIR CDS FOR SURE

So time is limited- amidst raising my little bundle of joy, keeping up with some sort of a social life, & doing my PR work of course- but one thing I DO NOT MISS is the episodes of The Voice & Xfactor

Don’t bother with Canadian Idol or American Idol- the talent doesn’t even compare (sorry folks)

If you don’t watch the shows, I highly suggest you check them out. You’ll be amazed. Here’s some highlights of the first few episodes-

These boys from Emblem 3, what rad dudes. If only I were 18 again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72u9vb0qB7E

I’m betting their original tune will be on radios in next few months- Summer theme song for 2013 yes?

And of course, there was still the wacky & wonderful- this fella, er- female, has better legs then me!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C66QzJrN4M

But my ultimate… ultimate favourite- is that of Ms. Cassadee Pope. She killed her audition. Although, I’m not sure how fair it is to have someone audition who has more than 4 million videos views on her Youtube- with her previous band, Hey Monday. But, meh. I loved her then. And I love her even more now

I’ve found a new love for this tune.  I honestly have listened to this on repeat every day since it aired.

Turn up your speakers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjUo0_RBAZY

And just to pay some tribute to the UK’s version of Xfactor- afterall, it did come first

Check out this stud. What a story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3ysT2bvwKg

Ps. If you’re in London area tonight- come out for our quick little Tan for Cans event with Tropic Spa (www.tropicspatv.com) Get a FREE spray tan (hello healthy skin, goodbye UV rays) with the donaton of non-perishable food item. Walk in from 6 to 8pm at the Arden Park Hotel, Suite 230

If anyone is in the Woodstock area on October 20th- come out to the Lights & Sirens Charity Ball in support of WDDS. What a fun night to get glammed up & win some awesome prizes at the silent auction. Want tickets? Inquire with me!

Check out more event details at: www.lightsandsirens.ca

XO

MORE FROM DUNDURN CASTLE

As promised-

& just because its dreary day- and we all need to get this video going viral- as the talented creator,

Yan Chaymann, deserves it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rke06ukpbG0

Blog it, tweet it, facebook it, share it, pin it. Help this get thousands of views.

“…Because we are all superheroes’.

Did a shoot a few weeks back- okay like a month back, with my friend Jenn Huynh- what a talented girl.

If you have ever been to this blog, I’m sure you’ve heard me mention Bloom Photography before (www.bloomphotography.ca)

Can’t wait to show you some shots. Nothing like having some photos with a beloved family member- my moccassins.

Stay tuned!

Ps. Is it just me, or is everyone fighting a cold!? Hello Fall! Wah!

Don’t forget to follow my blog through Twitter @caylpozza

Have a product you think I’d be interested in? Want to hold a giveaway? I want to know!

xo

 

THE GREAT UNVEILING

What an amazing video! Yan Chaymann my man- you have truly outdone yourself with this little video-

Can’t wait to see the great things it will do! So real & so inspiring- it was a pleasure helping you out with it

Help this video go viral- tweet it, blog it, pin it, share it, post link on your Facebook-

If it’s touched your heart, the way it touches mine- pay it forward!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rke06ukpbG0&feature=plcp

Thanks ya’ll! xo

Quote of the day: Nothing! This video’s got all the inspiration you need! 😉

And a little sneak peek from our photo shoot the other day- so impressed as always

xo C

AMAZING READERS

Whoa! What a great feeling coming back from a couple weeks off (brutal I know) to check my site stats are still holding strong! I have such a GREAT group of readers!

Where to begin!? Can’t believe Summer is almost over- although, being on ‘maternity-leave’ should mean I’ve had ‘summer’ all year-round! Lucky me. I do like the end of Summer though, as it means the beginning of Fall, which is my ultimate favourite season of all!

The smell of the crisp Autumn air, the leaves changing, the ability to wear some really rockin boots- (nice plug for Frye boots www.thefryecompany.com) or moccassins of course! Top it off with a piping hot soy chai latte & a dinner with my special mashed potatoes (3 parts cauliflower, 1 part potatoe, bit of butter, & chives) and you’ve got your self one heck of a fabulous time!

I’m contemplating going to Salem for a little vacation in October- the history intrigues me, and the fact it pays homage to ‘all things Halloween’ the entire month- is like candy to my ears!

Any of my readers ever been? Have a place to suggest? Where should I stay? I want to know!

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @caylpozza- as I tend to update that a bit more frequently! Imagine- me being able to update something more than once every two weeks 😉

Here’s some shots from the other weekend, up at the cottage with my little stud muffin. I never thought the day would come- but I absolutely love love loveeeeeee being a mom! What a gift it is!

& on a totally un-related note, most people who know me- know I’m a huge Gleek! So it’s obvious that I would get tickled with excitement for this movie to be released- Sure it isn’t Glee, but could be the next best thing!

‘Fat Amy’ kills me. She brought it in ‘Bridemaids’ but I’m betting she’ll be the hidden Gem in this one!

Let the countdown begin!

Quote of the day: “Some people are content being mediocre & accepting their fate, I’d prefer to make mine”- Yours truly

xo

IS LOYALTY DEAD?

This is honestly the story of my life. Loyalty 101.

A person can do a lot of questionable things in their lives, but as long as you’re loyal to those who matter… that’s whats important. But does anyone even remember this moto? Heck, can anyone even spell L-O-Y-A-L-T-Y?

At the end of the day, its your family & your friends who will be there for you. Not the money or fame that you earned at the expense of hurting others.

Is your Ferrari going to come visit you in the old age home when your 80 & have no visitors?

And aside from that, why on earth would anyone conciously want to do something that they know is going to hurt others. It’s so very sad. This is our reality.

We have enough hardships in our day-to-day lives, so why do we all throw each other under the bus?

And wouldnt we all make more money & feel better about ourselves, if we supported those- who support us?

Sure, I’ll scratch your back- but you should be sure you turn around & scratch mine. If not- I can find someone out there who will. 

If someone isn’t loyal. What to do? Don’t worry folks. Politely tell them they hurt you & that you found their actions to be disrespectful. Simple & sweet.

Then wait….. some may wait longer than others.

Because karma will come & bite that person in their booty. Ten times over.

Watch & see ya’ll. Watch & see.

xo

DONT FORGET!

Free Slurpees- this Wednesday @ all 7-11’s from 11am-7pm!! No strings attached! Just make sure your 1 of the first 1000 people to walk in the doors!

Yeehaw Summer!

Speaking of Summer- if you haven’t had time to enter the Tropic Spa giveaway- you’d have a lot more time if you took up spray tanning instead of the harmful, & timely effort of tanning outdoors! Look at this cool new product www.tropicspatan.com

Visit http://www.contestcanada.net to win 1 of 3 home mist spray tanning units, & check out the other contests on the site

Good luck everyone!

5 minute countdown until The Bachelorette. Whos excited!?!

CP