My Review of Grease Lightning by LUSH

 

Exactly what my combination skin needed!

By Combination Skin Kate from New Brunswick on 5/2/2016
5out of 5

When you survey your stash, you label this product: Life-Saver

Pros: Leaves Clean Feel, Moisturizing, Improves Skin Texture, Not Greasy, Gentle, Balances Skin, Smells Great

Best Uses: Combination Skin, Oily Skin, Daily Use, Acne-Prone Skin, Sensitive Skin

Describe Yourself: Budget Buyer

I have combination skin that has been causing me a lot of grief for months. I’ve tried numerous different products from “popular” brands and I had a strict skin regime that just wasn’t doing a single thing to improve my issues. I bought this in a last ditch effort and it actually worked! I’ve just been using it before bed every night and the difference in my skin is amazing. I also started washing my face with Sexy Peel Soap before using it and it leaves me feeling fresh, bright, and clean!

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Piers Morgan, it’s time for you to shut the fuck up

My friend dragging Piers Morgan:):):)

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When I first saw Piers Morgan trending I didn’t even have to click the link to know that the only reason he’s trending is for trolling and saying stupid shit. In my experience with Twitter, every time Piers Morgan has become a trending topic is because of him feeling the need to write an  article about Black people, Black celebrities, or Black culture to put his tone deaf, foreign ass white opinion where it’s not wanted nor needed.

Apparently he was trending because in his latest article about Beyonce he critiques her for being “too political.” I already knew that it was going to be some shit, then I read that he used the term “race card” and  I automatically wanted to drag him without even reading it. But I decided to make a terrible life decision and read that garbage to get a better idea of what the fuck…

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How I Manage My Time

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Time management is something I have struggled with most of my life, you know, from the time I was responsible for managing my own time. I’ve missed deadlines, missed the school bus, missed appointments, missed meetings, and I’ve been late for literally all of those things and more on countless occasions. I’ve found myself grounded for missing curfew, I was kicked out of a co-op program because I forgot I was supposed to be there for a meeting that day, I’ve almost been late picking my 5 year old up at school because I lost track of time… It’s tough. It’s something I will always have to strictly manage because it does not come to me naturally.
Recently one of my Instagram followers asked me if I had any tips for time management because they were always late for school and I shared with them what I personally do to…

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Before My Diagnosis

Basically this blog is going to highlight where it all began. No, this isn’t the story of my conception or birth, it’s the story of how I ended up with an ADHD predominantly inattentive…

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Motherly Instincts

Motherly instincts – I realized that I have them. I think I knew I had them, but I didn’t trust them. Now I trust them! I’ll start from the beginning – Braden, my first born, the one who made me a Mother to begin with.

When Braden was a baby he was such a joy to be around, as most parents believe their child to be. He was always smiling, laughing, playing, and showing affection. By 18 months he could speak well enough to form small sentences and by the time he was 2 he had learned his whole alphabet and could count to 20. I would draw the letter or number and he’d indicate which letter or number it was. He was clearly advanced but as a first time Mom I didn’t have anything to compare his development to and didn’t realize how impressive this actually was at his age. He hit every other milestone when he was “supposed” to.  He was always a “good” kid. By that I mean he almost always took no for an answer, there were very minimum tantrums, and he stayed away from things the first time he was told. The only thing he took a long time to grasp, was how to use the potty. He wasn’t fully potty trained until he was over FOUR.

Fast forward a little bit to when his younger brother Chase is born and has begun reaching the point where he should be hitting these milestones Braden had hit so early. Chase was an early walker at 11 months. But by 18 months, he wasn’t forming sentences like Braden had been at that age. He couldn’t recognize ANY letters and numbers. I tried my best not to compare but it’s hard not to when they were so close in age, yet so different in development. Chase was always the stubborn, adventurous, and curious child. He had to be told no multiple times, he had infinite tantrums, and he could hurt himself doing something dangerous, yet still attempt to do it again. He was always my wild child. But somehow I knew that was just who he was and there was no underlying issue. (At least not thus far!)

With Braden, my “golden child”, I started to worry about him around the age of 3 when he really began showing a passion for video games and I personally felt like they were consuming him. That’s ALL he wanted to do and when he was focused on it, it was impossible to get his attention or bring him back to reality. He talked about his games endlessly. As someone with ADD I know hyperfocus when I see it, but somehow I didn’t recognize that as hyperfocus, but more as an addiction. He hit a plateau in his learning and it seemed like he was beginning to withdraw and regress. I noticed things about him I hadn’t noticed before, like how he flapped his arms repeatedly when he was excited, and how he never stopped bouncing or moving or flicking his fingers, and how things most chldren would consider trivial made him cry. But none of these things were things I was confident were issues. I thought I was being unreasonable and overly analytical. Kids will be kids, he’s just super active, he’s just sensitive, he’s just growing and developing his personality.

When he started school all my concerns really came to fruition. He was doing well academically but struggling to integrate socially. Struggling probably isn’t the right word, because in his mind nothing was wrong with this. He referred to himself as “shy” quite often when I’d ask him if he made any friends. Once in a while he’d play with a classmate and tell me it made him tired and he needed his space. His teacher was concerned because he was hesitant to participate in group activities with the rest of his class and he often told her and the other teachers that he preferred to play by himself.

This behaviour was alien to me. At home Braden is full of life, he enjoys playing video games, playing with his siblings. The idea that he didn’t want to be around other kids was baffling to me but I kept thinking he’d get over it and it was just a side effect of big changes in his life. His teachers seemed to believe that too, until he didn’t get over it. Nearly 5 months into school and he still struggled to conform. He was still doing well academically but had not shifted on anything else. He was having more frequent meltdowns over things like using the toilet, deciding what to eat for lunch, or taking too long to get ready. When his teacher reached out to me, I was sort of racked with guilt because I had been feeling like something was different about him for a while but ignored my intuition. I justified all his behaviours because he had always been a “typical” kid in every way and I felt like I was putting something on him that wasn’t there. But there is something there.

So we’ve begun the process of having him assessed. Keep in mind there are a lot of symptoms and traits I didn’t include here, because he has so so many. As a woman with ADHD, I see a lot of my own traits in him. That makes me wonder if perhaps he is ADHD rather than on the Autism Spectrum like we originally suspected. But if your instincts tell you there is something different about your child, listen to them. Early intervention can help them so much and it’s totally worth looking into. We are so ready to get the ball rolling on getting a diagnosis for Braden and it feels long overdue. 

I can’t wait to begin helping him. He is my golden boy, always.

Facebook Break

I’ll be taking another hiatus from the book of faces for a week or more. The weather has been so gorgeous and warm and I just need to make the most of it. We only have one life to live, I can’t spend the most gorgeous days on this Earth glued to my Facebook feed. Unfortunately, ADHD is both a gift and a curse and in the case of hyperfocus and Internet addiction, it’s truly a curse. I’ll still be around but I’m limiting my internet time a great deal. I’ll be on Instagram a lot, that’s kind of my stomping grounds. I recently started a side account for my ADHD posts since I didn’t want to burden my regular followers with an over abundance of posts they can’t relate to. So you can find me on my regular one Instagram.com/Katbla or on my new one Instagram.com/motormouthme. I’m also Chrasen on Twitter 😊

YOU, ME, & ADHD

It took me a long time to realize that the reason I am the way I am is not because I am flawed, but because I have ADHD. My ADHD is predominantly inattentive which is often referred to as ADD. No I…

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20 Links That Will Make You Fall In Love With StumbleUpon, again! (2nd Edition)

You may remember the first edition I did, it was pretty popular gaining over 13k views. Well, I’m here now with round two. Here are 20 new links that will make you fall in love with StumbleUpon all over again! These are links and breathtaking photos I found and enjoyed while stumbling around, I hope something catches your eye and encourages you to start stumbling too! StumbleUpon is a gold mine of knowledge, mindless games, and bizarre oddities you wouldn’t find otherwise!

Staggering Beauty
Weird Skill Books
100k Stars
Tiny House Tour
11 Drinking Games
The key to happiness?
Ragdoll
Beauty Hacks
What is your acne telling you?
Draw a stickman
Letters by kids
Important Tumblr Revelations As Told by Buzzfeed
Lexophiles
Stop Misspelling These Words
Hilarious Online Voting Contests Gone Awry
Factslides
Skittles Vodka
Hair Hacks
Deep Space Photos
What Colour Are You? 

Some Beautiful Photographs:

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Cracked Shell

Happy #WorldPoetryDay!!

This country was my shell, I felt safe here. Safe from the terrors of the cold, relentless, hurting, world outside of us. I could walk outside and breathe fresh, unpolluted air. Watch my children r…

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