I am so proud of my little girl who is now 4 years old and finally talking up a storm! She has such a personality and is funny, asks lots of questions and wants to help with everything. I am thrilled to get to know her! I am also envious of her gorgeous multi-shade blonde hair!
She is growing up and talking up a storm
I am so proud of my little girl who is now 4 years old and finally talking up a storm! She has such a personality and is funny, asks lots of questions and wants to help with everything. I am thrilled to get to know her! I am also envious of her gorgeous multi-shade blonde [...]
Well I have had crooked front teeth for years and one in particular stuck out and bothered me for over 15 years. It was a dead tooth. Another front tooth started to stick out more in the past few years too. So at 44 I decided I would do something about it. I saw my [...]
I passed! I can drive by myself now!
Just a quick update – a few days ago I took my driving road test for the second time and passed no problem! Had a very sweet gentleman as my examiner and he did not make me feel nervous – so apart from messing up my parallel park again – I did great! Went for [...]
Happy New Year & Happy Birthday to my angel
Hello – again been way to long since I have been able to post. Life has been overwhelmingly busy! Christmas was busy with business but pleasantly quiet family wise. My little girl turned 4 last week and is talking up a storm these days! The house is now filled with Hello Kitty stuff everywhere thanks [...]
Well I have had crooked front teeth for years and one in particular stuck out and bothered me for over 15 years. It was a dead tooth. Another front tooth started to stick out more in the past few years too. So at 44 I decided I would do something about it. I saw my dentist about this 2 years ago and have been putting off for various reasons but about a week ago I had the 2 teeth (either side of the main 2 front teeth) pulled out, went really well actually. I am now wearing a plastic set of 6 synthetic teeth/covers while my gums heal and then in about 6 weeks I will have 2 bridges put in of porcelain teeth/veneers. But the temporary ones although feel strange – look great. In one morning I went from my crooked teeth to a new sparkling smile. I now also have whitening trays to whiten the bottom teeth to match. I look different and am still getting used to the new me. But I am glad I did it. Here is a before and after taken on the same day.
Just a quick update – a few days ago I took my driving road test for the second time and passed no problem! Had a very sweet gentleman as my examiner and he did not make me feel nervous – so apart from messing up my parallel park again – I did great! Went for a drive by myself of the first time yesterday – was very weird – but great! Thankfully I also have my own car – great to finally drive it by myself. Still a touch nervous but I know as time goes by that will ease. Just gotta be careful of all those other crazy drivers on the road and I will be fine!
Hello – again been way to long since I have been able to post. Life has been overwhelmingly busy! Christmas was busy with business but pleasantly quiet family wise. My little girl turned 4 last week and is talking up a storm these days! The house is now filled with Hello Kitty stuff everywhere thanks to Birthday & Christmas gifts.
My Gorgeous Hair Wig website is keeping me busy helping lots of wonderful new and regular customers find beautiful hair – its all good. I took my driving test last week and failed ( but I was super nervous and the examiner was a big tall and rather serious, stern and intimidating guy and I let my nerves get the better of me. Everything I did wrong I had done right just before the test with my instructor! But I am re-taking the road test next week – hope I can pass. So here is to wishing everyone a Happy 2013! Filled with new adventures, challenges and happy events!
Well its been a while since I wrote a blog and I have a new topic! I am learning to drive at last – a bit late in life but finally doing it. It was very scary to begin with as I have been a passenger my whole life. Im not 16 and fearless. Im 44 and full of fear! ha ha. But as the past few months have gone on and I’ve gotten out and driven more and more – finally it feels like “I can do this!” and I am not scared anymore. I hope to take my road test in October and hopefully I will pass. Can’t wait for that freedom – especially since hubby got me a car this past Christmas – so I would finally learn to drive. Will write an update once I pass and get to drive on my own for the first time.
It with sad news that I write to tell you my friend the lovely Diane Raymond, who wrote an article back in Dec 2011 called “A Battle Worth Fighting” for this blog about her battle with cancer passed away last week after a very long fight. She is now at rest after a lot of suffering. She was a beautiful person inside and out with a strong spirit. She spoke publicly to groups about cancer and her battle. She fought against the odds for many years. Please say a prayer for her and her family she leaves behind. Good-bye Diane – you will be missed but we know you are watching over us now.
Well I am a big fan of leopard print in clothing, handbags, etc. But it has to be done stylishly so as not to look too much leopard or too tacky – which is easily done. An example of stylish would be an all black outfit with a leopard handbag or leopard coat. Tacky would be a leopard coat and a leopard bag together – even if the pattern was the same! Too much – well to me anyway. I personally find small print leopard is not as nice as the larger print. Personal opinion though! Here are some gorgeous leopard dresses, coats and handbags – all put together so well by celebs or on models!
I get a lot of customers ask me “what does Lace Front mean?” – well Lace Front wig are usually on styles that do not have bangs. They are for off the face styles to give you a natural realistic hairline along your hairline. Some lace front wigs do come with a good 1-2 inches of lace sticking out of the front hairline and you do have trim off yourself – this is easy and you cut it back close the edge of the wig – leaving about 1cm sticking out to rest on your forehead. A lot of the lace front styles by Raquel Welch and Jon Renau for example only have a tiny little piece of lace extending from the middle section of your front hairline and there are a few strands of hair attached to the lace piece – giving the illusion of hair growth from your head and it sits softly on your skin with no glue or tape. Some of the “full lace” wigs you see on celebrities where they are wearing their hair up do require glue all the way around and these types of styles are not practical for every day wear. But the easy to wear lace front wigs from Raquel Welch, Jon Renau, Envy, Revlon etc are great for every day wear. Here are a couple close up images of models wearing lace front wigs and an image of the cap itself so you can see the lace piece. Last picture is of me in Zara Lace Front wig by Jon Renau.
Well its been a long haul with lots of work and a speech program but in the past couple months my little girl is finally saying sentences! YEAH! She may not be talking in as many long sentences as other kids her age but she is doing great! I love “let’s tickle Mummy” and when she is playing in the tunnel in her room she is giggling and saying “I love my tunnel” and she says “I love you Mummy’ !! Best words to hear in the world! But overall she is talking all the time and we understand her 90% of the time and she is coming out with new words and sentences every day. The one that surprised us was the first morning she came downstairs and saw the Christmas tree and said “how did that get in the house?” !! Too cute. Im so proud of her and its hard to believe in less than a month she will be 3! Now we just need to keep working with her on her communication and then perfect the potty training! She knows what to do and has used the potty for over a year but only when I make her. She never asks to use it – she is stubborn. Happy to stay in Pull-Ups! But with patience and a few new things I will try in the new year I hope very soon the Pull-ups can go. Its a lot of fun being a Mum and at 43 its a challenge at times to be imaginative and play with her at her level – but can be so fun and so rewarding when you see that big smile on her face! Can’t wait for Christmas Day – when she opens her presents. MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!
PS – in the photo I am wearing the Zara Wig in 6F27 by Jon Renau in the photo!
Cancer has always been a familiar word from where I come from. Two of my grand-parents plus many aunts and uncles went through the disease and many died along the way, the opponent being stronger than they were or should I say than the therapies have made them… In addition, my father has been working most of his life treating patients at the hospital.
So when the doctor told me, in September 2005, I had stage 3 breast cancer (advanced breast cancer), at 38 years old while my kids were 6 months old and 4 years old, my step-daughter was 7 years old (I just stopped breastfeeding to go back to work, before, I thought the lump was due to blocked milk canals and even if my son was crying to be breastfed every hour I thought it was due to his premature state). I couldn’t believe my doctor told me I would survive only one year if I was lucky…
Before my dream of motherhood became real, I’ve had 3 miscarriages at 3 or 4 months of pregnancy, then I had a fourth miscarriage at 5 weeks in between my kids so how cruel life was to finally grant me those two wonderful kids if it was to make me leave them as orphans so soon? I was not ready to give up the fight and decided I would do my best to survive: first 4 cycles of chemotherapy (the tumor was too big to try surgery, chances were it was tied to my ribs and we needed to make it shrink) before taking it out of my body along with 19 axillary lymph nodes. Many of my nodes were positive and despite the 9cm diameter of tumor they took away, it was bigger and they had to do another surgery.
I started 2006 at the hospital. Then a few months later, after going through chemo again and radiation oncology, we talked about my family history which was very bad in terms of genetics and what I could do to survive and be there for my family… It was crystal clear I had to get rid of my breasts and my ovaries, tubes and uterus… It was possible to have a breast reconstruction done right after the double mastectomy so in 4 years and a half, I went through 7 surgeries and thought my skies had finally cleared out and that it was time for sun to shine…
I worked with the Breast Cancer Foundation of Quebec as a spokesperson for hope, life and dreams… I have been walking the CIBC Run for the cure for 4 years now… Cancer brought me a totally new insight on priorities… My family, friends and colleagues were all very supportive…
Back pain and belly pain started two years ago. I even started having problems walking because my hip was hurting. My ribs were hurting me, I thought I broke them while working (as a rep, I have a physical job carrying boxes, opening my car trunk about 20 times per day). All of the tests that were done came back negative until my December 23rd 2010 bone scan showing metastasis everywhere on my skeleton…
I went through radiation-therapy twice, anti-hormonotherapy, chemotherapy (7 cycles that haven’t worked their magic plus so far 2 cycles of another agent). My case is now terminal. They can’t say how many weeks or months but I now have, aside from bones, fast-growing liver metastases as well as something on my right lung. Still, I refuse to believe my life can be over. At 44, I want to see my kids grow up, meet my grand-kids but I want to still raise money for cancer research because mine is genetic and there’s a good chance my kids have my genes, a mutated BRCA-2 gene, linked to breast, ovarian, prostate and probably skin and pancreas cancers… Usually, that BRCA-2 gene was supposed to repair damage done to the genetic material (DNA), but since it is “broken” it is deficient. I also want research to continue to have some nicer treatment options for the patients who sometimes give up because of harsh side effects or become so immunosuppressed that they die from infections that would normally be inoffensive… Also, I wish men and women would do their auto-exam searching for lumps.
Through that journey, family, friends and colleagues have been there but also people I’ve met along the way, people you talk with and become friend with, even without ever having met them… This is what happened with Liz of Gorgeous Hair, thanks to her I could cover my bald head with beautiful wigs to keep me warm and make me feel…healthy again!
Nov. 18th 2011