Thursday, September 21, 2017

Where did I come from?







After over twenty years of separation I reunited with my paternal family. It was so cool to see how many things about me seemed to be genetically linked. My father's family are ketchup junkies just like me, my extreme love of animals, and even my happy disposition. It's been a crazy and emotional ride. I had been tracing my maternal genealogy for years and couldn't wait to tackle my father's side.

I think the most amazing thing has been seeing how many facial features and mannerisms really are passed down from one family member to the next. I really can't imagine we are so much different than our grandparents 200 years ago, other than our tech advancements. It seems through the years love of art and music seem to be forefront of my family. My great grandparents fed people at their farm through the great depression. This being the same grandfather who was a drummer at burlesque houses. Hey, someone had to do it!

It was hard to reconnect a bond with people I had been away from so long, but I feel like I really built up that bond through my research of the family. I got to know my grandmother through the papers and pictures I found. It hurts knowing she died before I could meet her, but I feel her words and life through everything I have uncovered about her. Now when people tell me I am just like my grandmother I can say yes, yes I am with confidence.  So here is the story of the woman I didn't know, but love dearly.

My grandmother was first generation in America from Canada. Her family was large and loving. They always had animals around and enjoyed life by the water. She had four siblings and loving parents. Then one day something changed. When My grandmother was still a young girl her mother died. Her father was unable to care for his large family and for whatever reason (we have yet to get the records) they all ended up in an orphanage. They all remained there for a few years until their father remarried and came back for them. I can't imagine the mixed emotions the kids must have had. The pictures seem to say they still loved their father and had forgiven anything that may have happened.

My grandparents met while they were both very young still. They lived their early adulthood having fun and loving each other. They were together a decade before they had my father. The love they had for all their kids could be felt and seen by all who met them. Their house was always full of animals from monkeys to turtles one would never know what they'd run into. It's crazy because my husband always says I'd have a zoo if I could. Side note (my great grandfather, the drummer, also toured with a circus. I like to think of him petting lions and elephants.).

My grandmother would make scenes inside of ostrich eggs. I can only imagine the precision that would have required. She was strong and honest, just like me! She was also a talker and goofy, just like me. I am so thankful to this woman I didn't know for helping to form me into the person I am today. I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know her even though she is gone. I can't wait until the day we are reunited. Until then I will cherish the pictures and the memories of the woman who helped create me!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cinnamon Dots Unisex Incredibly Soft 47 Inch x 47 Inch Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blanket Set of 2 Review



Everyone who has ever known me knows I am the worst baby wrapper. My husband however can wrap a baby as tight as he wraps his tacos. Yes I know, after ten kids I should be an expert, but I am not. With these muslin wraps I do much better, though. I don't know why whether it's the thin material or just how easy it is to adjust.

I love how soft the material feels between my fingers. I know my baby will be enveloped in comfort. The adorable designs are suitable for boy or girls. I think since they are longer than most baby blankets it makes it easier to get the right wrap. It's also 100% cotton so that's a huge draw for me as well.

This set comes beautifully boxed making it a great gift for any expectant mom. I think they'd be cool for at Christmas time especially.

I can't even express how much I love these blankets. I really wish I'd had them with my other children. Overall an excellent product! I recommend these to anyone who has a baby or having a baby.


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Native Spring Box Grater Review



I was thrilled to get an opportunity to try out this Native spring box grater. I buy cheese by the block often because it saves me money. The biggest issue is always when it comes time to grate it. This handy tool really allowed me to cut back on the hassle


If I am going to be using only a small amount of cheese I leave the bottom on and all the cheese is self contained within the unit. For larger amounts I just pop off the bottom and use this in a bowl. It's that simple. I can even take off the bottom and back panel if I so choose. It really makes it quite easy to use for any task. 

The handle is easy to grasp and keep a hold of. I had a huge decrease in the amount of times I hit my knuckles. I suppose this even saved me money on band aides. I really like the whole overall design as it made it very easy to use this. 

I can pick multiple ways to grate the cheese from slices to grating fine Parmesan. This can do it all. Overall a great kitchen gadget that everyone will love! I would recommend this to friends and family. 

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I recieved this to review. My opinions are mine and mine alone.