Category Archives: My Everyday Life Blog

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Where Have I Been?

Oh my Goodness!!

What did I say on one of my last posts? That I was back and going to make it a habit to blog regularly. Andddd….then I disappear.

Life caught up I guess. Again.

Blogging is such a time-consuming hobby. You have to make the time. The effort. The passion to make this blog thing work. I learnt that.

It isn’t easy to instantly become a blogger. Gain the audience. And become an internet sensation. It takes a lot of dedication. A lot of time. A lot of everything.

And I’m proof that it can’t work unless you make the time.

What are your schedules on when to blog?

Hahahah…for me it’s once a year apparently. Then I have those spur of the moments when I’m like…..hmmm I should check my blog out and see how that’s going.

I’m such a lost blogger.

For some it’s so easy to find new things to talk about…for me my life takes me away from that. Don’t get me wrong. I have so much happening right now. But when it comes to even writing in my daily journal…it takes me a week to sit down and write down what happened that past week.

So…..Christmas is just around the corner. Wow!!!! I guess you’ll be hearing from me next Christmas again lol.

I hope you all have your shopping and wrapping done because if you haven’t….you are screwed! ;p just kidding.

Alright everyone….I am so going to try this time to tune in at least once a week.

Let’s see if I can make this happen the third time around!!

Cap’d Out…Emmy

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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I got a surprise note in my purse today from my eldest daughter….

Brought tears to my eyes…I am raising a fine young woman.

Taken or single – Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

Everyone deserves love – everyone.

Where to?

So, here I am thinking to myself…I’m 26 this year. Than it hits me…wait a minute! My sister is turning 31 this year and I am 2 years younger – THAT makes me 29! O-M-G.

I’ll be thirty next year!! I don’t even feel this old. Ok ok I know it’s not OLD and some of you are saying…”omg woman!!! You’re still young!!”
The thing I’m trying to say is, time is flying by so fast and I haven’t accomplished what I want to. I know I have a lot of time but time is going so fast and getting things accomplished takes up that time.

I’ve accomplished many things that I am proud of.

1) Went back to get my GED – check
2) Graduated and received my College diploma – check
3) Raised a smart beautiful 10 year old
4) Met and married my best friend
5) Had another beautiful daughter who is so smart turning two
6) Have a great boss/friend = job

Everything is going great! But my greatest goal (and I’m sure everyone elses) is to get my own place I can call my home.

Where I reside, a house that is 30 years old costs $500,000 or more. And a brand new house costs almost $400,000.

With how the economy is going….how can you save a “good” downpayment? Where $10,000 isn’t good enough and should be at least $50,000.

That number scares me better yet…discourages me. Like how the heck do you get there? I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s feeling this. It’s a far goal to reach especially having a family and bills.

Am I the only one who feels like this?

I work 2 jobs. One full time and part time…and sometimes I feel like I have nothing to show for. So…where to?

I guess I am having and pre-mid mini life crisis.

What a rant eh?

Oh well….as long as we all have our health and my kids are happy, I am ok.

I am happy with my accomplishments and proud of my family. 🙂

So, I will just ignore my where to…and live each day enjoying my family.

They get me through my everyday.

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Time To Crack the Whip!

Oh my!!!

Have I really neglected to write for the past 9 months? Where the heck has my mind wandered?

Oh yea….off maternity leave and back to work. This is what happens when you become an adult. Work, work, work.

My sister in law asked me today what my blog site was and that just threw a brick my way. I completely went away from my blog. I went back to look over the posts I wrote and said to myself…I really need to get back.

Now a days, everyone is so into their technologies and texting and blah blah blah blah – that no one knows how to speak proper english anymore. Mind you even write a proper sentence with the proper spelling.

I am going to promise myself to blog more often. No matter if I have an audience or not. This is for me. (For you… if you’re here to be entertained – a bonus!)

I’ll be blogging as much as I can handle it. Will juggle between two jobs and two kiddies. But I will definitely blog at least once a week…hopefully two *crosses fingers*

This one’s back!

Oh yea….Happy Easter (2013), Happy Victoria Day (2013), Happy Canada Day (2013), Happy Halloween  (2013), Happy Turkey Day (2013), Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (2013) -All belated!! Lol

NOW…let’s start this right 😉

Cap’d out …Em

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Tree Hugger?

Running water.

Lights continuously on.

Wasted food.

Plastic water bottles.

This was the life growing up. Now, as I get older and realize all these “annoying” habits, I put it upon myself to teach  my kids before they realize it when they are older.

I notice in the household the following things:

* Individuals pouring a cup full of water and dumping half because they can’t finish it

* 3-4 rolls of toilet paper gone in one day – yea one day!

* While washing up or brushing their teeth, water was on high blast even though it wasn’t being used

* Lights are on when the sun is up, or when no one is in the room

* Electronics are kept on even though someone is asleep or out of the room

* Paper towels are used up in a matter of hours because of over-using, instead of taking one at a time.

These are only a few habits that are not green that I’ve noticed around the household. Now 1 person in a house full of other individuals cannot change everyone’s bad habits. That is why, the nagging happens. I, for one, hate the thought of being nagged at or be the nagger but to what extent do you just stand by and watch something so careless happen?

We send our children to school to educate them to “reuse, reduce and recycle,” but come home to a place where everything is taken advantage of?

I made it a personal issue where I started teaching my then 4-year-old daughter to simply pay attention to what she does for the environment.

* Finish your food – many people out in the third world countries even in our own town lack the food that we have. You mustn’t take advantage of what we have today what we may not have tomorrow

* Don’t fill your cup too much – only get enough water to drink and refill if you need more. IF you cannot finish your water, give it to the plants.

* Do not take too much toilet paper – It may seem like it’s not enough but it is more than enough, plus the cost of toilet paper is crazy

* Lights off – Enjoy the sunlight in your room when you can – she only stays for period of time. If you leave the room, turn it off, no one is there to need it.

* Water off – Think of the water that goes down the drain while you look at yourself in the mirror…It saddens me that we take advantage of what others don’t have.

* Any electronics off when you’re done – Even though we are more fortunate to have these electronics, when not playing turn it off. The electric bill does go a long way.

Now I don’t know if a lot of these adjustments have made a difference in the hydro/electric bill, but I do know one thing….I’m raising my kids to know how to be green everyday.

I’ve seen many individuals who went and took the step into making their own solutions like: diy solar systems , turning their cars into electric ones  , building their own solar water heater and getting energy source from phone lines

I’d love to get solar panels, electric cars and all that….but an average person like me can’t afford all that. So the littlest things, I hope *crosses fingers* will help our world.

Call me a tree hugger, but I think one person doing a little thing like this goes a long way 🙂

PayPal Fraud

So, I get a reply on an item that I am selling on Kijiji from someone who seems to be interested in purchasing it.  She suggests Paypal, so I think hmmmm….seems good. Until I start reading what I get in an email….the location, the amount of money she supposedly is transferring and the request for me to go to a store to send money! To send MONEY!?!?! I mean, isn’t that why we are going through Paypal in the first place?

Well, in the end I tell her off…sorry to say but, I was pissed. Someone trying to play ME a fool! I know you’d probably do the same…so here is how it went.

First a Text Message…..

“ I will like to know if this Aline Wedding Dress is still available for sale and in good condition? If yes email me at pamelahayden30@outlook.com, I will be waiting to read back from you, regards.”

So, here we are introduced to “Pamela,” ok Pamela….nice to meet you right? Then I reply……and this is how the conversation went.

Me: Yes it’s in Great condition. I’ve already dry cleaned it and packaged in a special storing box specifically for wedding dresses

Pamela: Whats your final price?

Me: I’m looking at $1050 but its negotiable. What are you looking at and we can negotiate on it.

Pamela: Im okay with the price and condition , is this email also your PayPal email ? Let me know asap so i can arrange the payment through PayPal. my shipper will be coming to pick it up as soon as the payment clears into your account . Reply soon

(MY FIRST SUSPICION – Really? No negotiations, no haggles, no 1 million questions?)

Me: Yes it is the same email on PayPal

Pamela: Good i will email you once am done with the payment. Regards.

(MY SECOND SUSPICION – Payment already!? So, quick)

Me: When are you planning on having someone pick it up?

Pamela: Once the funds has been transferred my shipper will be coming to pick it up,i will email you once am done with the payment. Regards.

Me: Did you want me to wrap it up for shipping because it’s only in the storage box

Pamela: Yes you can wrap it up so it can be easier for my shipper to come and pick it up.
Pamela hayden

Me:  Sorry quick question. Where is it being shipped to…..do i need your address on it?

Pamela: I live in Alberta but due to the nature of job am currently out of town,you don’t need address for the shipping,my shipper will come and pick it up.

Regards.
Pamela hayden

(MY THIRD SUSPICION – Alberta…you’ll read why ……)

At this point, I call Paypal to ask a few questions as I haven’t used my Paypal account for receiving Payment. I ask if I receive funds will it show right away in my account or an email? And they said I would get both…. I wait about 30 mins and receive an email.

Pamela: I just completed the payment via PayPal, a total of $1,750 was sent,$1,050 for the merchandise and the extra $650 for the shipper’s charges, which you will be sending to the address below via money gram and the extra $50 for the money gram charges,

Name: Sharon Kent.

Address:150,Stevenage  Road London

city/state:London,

Zip code: E62AU,

Country: United Kingdom.

My shipper would be coming around to your area to have the merchandise picked up once you have sent the shipping charges fee to them,as i need you to let me know what time you want them to come.

I will be waiting to hear from you once the money has been sent to my shipper.You should check your PayPal email inbox or Junk folder for the notification mail from PayPal.

Thanks for the business.

Me: OK Thanks!

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Now a couple of things I found completely wrong in this email.

Didn’t she say her name was “Pamela Hayden”?

Didn’t she mention that since she works in “Alberta” she would have to send a shipper? Then why is it being sent all the way to London, United Kingdom?

Why should I check my junk mail? Paypal is known worldwide and they  are recognized on Hotmail or any other email softwares?

After I sent my “thanks” to her the email I got from “Paypal” …..

“You have received a Paypal Payment of $1,750.00 CAD from Pamela Hayden (Pamelahayden30@outlook.com)

A temporary hold has been placed on this transaction!

 

As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per New Pay Pal policy, we have fully debited the total amount (above) from the buyer’s account which includes the buyer’s shipper’s pick up fees.

In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account. You are to send $650.00 to the shipping company through a Money Gram Outlet, and notify our customer care service with a  scanned copy of the money gram receipt (it should be send in JPG format)

NOTE: This is important as a security measure to ensure safety of this transaction.

Please, find below the name and address of the shipping company’s agent whom you are to send the funds would be sent via Money Gram Money Transfer.

Name: Sharon Kent

Address: 150, Stevenage Road London

City:/state: London,

Zip code: E62AU,

Country: United Kingdom

And another email following it …

Regarding your transaction with Pamela Hayden. The funds will reflect in your PayPal account as soon as the money gram information is received from you. We want to notify you that a payment of CAD $1,750.00 has been deposited into our database by Pamela Hayden and is ready to be credited into your account, the Money was sent through the Service Option Secure Payment making this transaction to be protected with adequate security measures for you to be able to receive the funds.

So, all you have to do now is to proceed to send the CAD $650.00 through money gram Money Transfer to the confirmed shipping agent address and make sure you contact us with the Necessary money gram details so that we can verify it and then credit your account.  You can send it at any money gram Local Outlet, it’s not compulsory you have an account with money gram before sending funds. We’ll include the money gram when crediting your account. Get it done asap.

You are required to send the money gram information to us as stated below if you don’t have a scanner:

Sender’s Name;

Receiver’s Name;

Reference Number;

Amount Set:

We assure you that this is a safe and approved transaction and your account will be credited immediately we verify the money gram details. You can contact us anytime if you have any question(s) about this transaction.  We want you to understand that the money payment can’t be reversed nor can it be canceled or split, so we assure you that you are 100% SECURED doing this transaction.

Once again be rest assured that you will have the funds, Once the Money Gram Information is received from you for verification.

Sincerely,

Williams

The PayPal Team

Now I don’t know about you but I read A LOT of “rest assure” “safe” and got a lot of “do it now” BS in there.

The email itself looked legit. They had the logos, the security things at the bottom, even the email address stated customersupport@paypal.com

But after carefully reading everything…..ESPECIALLY them asking ME to go and transfer $650 to “Sharon”…..like who the hell sends more then what was asked for? Really?!

I go and call Paypal and as soon as I said email and money gram, she immediately said that it was a fake email. She quickly told me to forward her the emails and delete all the so called “payPal” emails out of my account. I do so and then I get an email from our little friend “Pamela.”

Pamela: Didn’t you receive the confirmation that the status is pending because they are awaiting some details of Money Gram from you. The money will not get credited in your account after you’ve replied back to the confirmation email you received from paypal by sending the Reference number of the $650 that is to be send to my pick up agent so that they can come for the pick up. If you have gone through the email you received from Paypal very well regarding the payment I made. You must have been notified about all this earlier,check your inbox or junk folder properly Paypal must have gotten back to you.

Respond Soon

She sounds a bit  pushy doesn’t she? She thinks she’s got it in the bag and will be getting a big FAT $650.00 in her name…so I respond….

 

Me: Yes I received it!

I’m thinking of going to Money mart but it would have to be when I have someone to drive me.

Please give me a couple hours. It should be there.  So, the money gram should be under your name, and to make a copy of the transfer in JPEG. Ok got it but give me a couple of hours to do that.

So I’ll pack the dress and wrap it up and will let you know as soon as I deposit the money, copy the receipt and I will make a day and time when the shipper will come by.

Thanks again!

OH BY THE WAY

The name is under “SUK MAH DIK” or “GO FUK YOSEF”

Thanks for the interest though, but I’ve sold it to someone else 🙂

Have a good day!

Now I didn’t want to offend anyone but…I think she deserved that lol.

So, just a warning to you guys….be careful about dealing with these people of Kijiji or wherever. When it comes to YOUR money be protective. Jerks like these don’t deserve to be around. Good thing I played her back. Like common!!! I needed to do that. Lol….she thought she was getting it. Oh yeah she got it BIG time.

BTW….She’ never responded back 😉

Have a good day guys,

Em

Golden One Way Ticket To Mars

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Home Sweet Home

Yep! You read right!

So, there I read a news article about how a Dutch Company, Mars One, is offering a one way ticket to Mars!

Now is your chance to fly to the desert planet…and never come back. This is a one way trip because there is no current technology for a trip back to Earth from Mars.

They are holding applications for people for the first landing in 2023 and every two years after that.

Quick Facts

– Must be 18 – 40 years old

– Good physical condition

– 7 years of training

– 7 months to travel

– Departing in 2022 and arriving 2032

– The trip will be broadcaster online for 4 billion people to stream

– They will be sending 2 males and 2 females each trip

– There will be “housing” that will be built by a robot

– Will be required to try and have a baby

– A similar way to Skype will be made to communicate back to Earth

– exercise equipment, tv and other forms of technology will be supplied

– Food will consist of dried and canned food

– urine will be recycled for water

– Application fee to go towards the $6 billion funding

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Ok…..I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit freaked out.  The thought of sending me to space in a unknown planet and being told you’ll never go back…is like being banished from home.

How on Earth will a baby survive?

And to bring a baby into the world where he has no decision of where he’s living? I mean on Mars. Bad enough on Earth but Mars?

They’ve said that they already received over 10,000 emails from interested applications.

I guess we shall see in ten years if this will actually happen.

What are your thoughts?

Are you willing to go?

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Housing

If you are interested in Reading more click on the links below:

National Post


CBC

Aljazeera

Live Life

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enough said….  Happy Wednesday 🙂

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55 Million Dollars!

YA WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!

no…..unfortunately I’m not giving away 55 million dollars!! lol. no…its the jackpot for this Saturday Lotto 6/49 prize in Ontario! Its said that this is the biggest jackpot in the history of Lotto here in Canada…Oman!

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yea…whoa!!!!

Can you imagine the possibilities???

There would be no more “impossibles” it would be just when can we go? or when can we do it?

But what would be the first thing I’d do?

At first I thought…I’d pay my bills off. But, what the hell! Why would I spend my first dollars on paying the government and banks when I can spend on myself and my family? so heck yea they can wait!!!

First things first…Take my family on a trip!  We’re going to travel the world no matter how long it takes…

(hmm maybe I would have to pay the bills..next thigs you know we come back to no home. On second thought – I have 55 million dollars…I am going to buy myself a new house. Bwahahahh)

2. I’d take everyone shopping! The mall all to ourselves. Oh man….the things I can buy without a budget! (I’m ready to faint)

3. Buy land and build my own neighbourhood for my family and I. That would be so cool!

4. Now to serious stuff….help the hungry, needy and poor. They said  we have enough food in the world to end starvation. I would make that happen.

who knows…..whoever this person(s) is that wins this Saturday….LUCKY!!!!!

But until then I’ll keep dreaming…….

what would you do if you won the lotto?

Wedding Dress Dilemma

I’m currently de-cluttering and organizing my things trying to make my space more…what’s the word…appealing. When I came across my wedding dress. Now here is where you come in…should I sell my wedding dress?
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I mean it IS every girls dream to have the dress on their wedding day but what becomes of it afterwards? It’s only been 1 year and a half since my wedding…is it because it’s too soon?

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I have thought about keeping it for my daughter(s) so when they get married they can…wear it too? I mean they would happily wear it…no?

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My oldest daughter  (who is only a mere 10 years old) had the longest face when I said to her I was planning on selling it. I explained to her that when she grew up I know that she would most likely want to get her own dress. But I don’t know, it took a convincing to get her to understand that because all she kept saying was…

“But I’ll be getting a dress for free!”

(I think I’ve taught my child how to think about spending her money very well – hence her saying “free”)

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Now that I’ve convinced her that i’m going to sell the dress…how do I convince myself?

* I have a whole lot of pictures of my dress

* I don’t believe I would wear it again….?

* I know it’ll just sit in the box forever

* I’ll be taking a chance with any of my daughters if they will even wear it 20 years down the road

* If I do decide to keep it and then finally say, “ok, I’ll sell it on kijiji/craigslist” Then I’ll be like those women who has a picture of their dress, it looks like it’s so out of date/style and it completely looks like it belongs in a different era

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At the same time I can’t even figure out why I want to keep it…but I can’t let it go.

Do any of you feel the same way?

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What do you think….should I or shouldn’t I sell the dress?

PLEASE VOTE BELOW on  whether you think I should or shouldn’t sell my dress. I would love to hear everyone’s opinion. Let’s get the polls rolling and we’ll see if you’ve helped me make a decision. This should be fun!

Cap’d out…emmy

VOTE HERE