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Happy Father’s Day 2021

How fortunate we were to be able to enjoy some time together on this Father’s Day!

Big gatherings weren’t allowed yet, but small ones were valued even more as restrictions were being lifted. Nothing fancy or grande, just some takeout and deliveries to share with the fathers in our lives.

I hope that all the fathers, godfathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and uncles in the world had a great day!

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Vendor Review: Peanut And Bud


I absolutely love my new Ra-Ra-Ramen shirt!

Who Is Peanut And Bud?


1) Why and when did you start your business?

I am a full time teacher and I feel like I’ve always been a maker by heart. I love creating things and dabbled into card making in my 20’s with one of my best friends. And then life happened – got married and had kids. I found my way back to crafting by fluke last spring. I actually bought a Cricut to make labels for my essential oil rollers and slowly found myself exploring other projects – t shirts, signs, doormats, totes. Slowly but surely my business gained momentum as word of mouth spread and people started to seek out my products and services. And here we are today.

2)Next, what was your background?

I’ve been an elementary school teacher now for over 20 years! Teaching mostly at the grade 4/5 level. My favorite subject to teach…Art! Haha. I’m the happiest when I am able to make or create something.
I was born in Manila, Phippines. I am Chinese – Fukien. I have a younger sister. My family moved to Canada when I was 10 in 1987.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

I’m a perfectionist and I have a strong eye for detail. I’m super picky when it comes to the quality of my products.

The name Peanut and Bud stems from my two kids. Payton is my oldest and she is Bud and Grayson is my youngest , soon to be 9 in July, he is my Peanut.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?

I run my business from home, while teaching full time and being a mom – crazy I know.
My husband’s name is Paul and I would not be able to do what I do without his support!

Check her products out:

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https://m.facebook.com/peanutandbud/

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Book Review: Ocean Academy (The Lost Talisman)

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Summary

Coral the Octopod, finally reunited with her mysterious aunt Aquatica… Therefore, she was considered an enemy of the underwater world. King and Queen’s scheme of trying to obtain Coral’s earring talisman and even the lost talisman of the First Nymph King must be stopped! Coral was determined to locate her father and to protect the ones she loved despite being warned by her aunt….”You will regret if you choose incorrectly…”

Conclusion

This was book 4 of the series, but I thought that it could be read by itself. There was a lot of details that really highlighted the ocean depths and their surroundings in the middle of the book. The fight scenes were also quite elaborate too.

Movie Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Summary

After turning thirteen, Kiki had to leave her home and live alone for one year by herself. Those were the requirements for a witch-in-training. She settled down in a city that didn’t have a witch-in-training yet. Having her black cat, Jiji, helped her to adjust to her unfamiliar surroundings. After helping the local baker to deliver a lost pacifier to a new mother who just left the bakery, the baker invited her to stay. Eventually, she decided to start a delivery service by using her broom flying skills.

Living in the city, she encountered peers who regarded her as an oddity because of how different she was…..Insecure feelings began to rise…Then one day, she couldn’t hear her cat speak nor fly anymore….

Conclusion

This was a story of a little girl coming of age. From a happy and excited little girl, Kiki went through a low time when she lost her abilities. Losing faith in herself affected her ability to fly.

While watching this story, one must remove their pre-existing notions of witches. Apparently, the city folks weren’t afraid of witches, but we’re surprised and intrigued by the flying.

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Netflix Review: Struggle (The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski)

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Summary

This documentary recalled the life and works of Stanislav Szukalski, beginning from his latter times in California and backtracking into his past. For five years, his close friend Glen Bray helped him to record him telling his eccentric and imaginative tales of success and failures.

From his own invented alphabet to how he believed that Easter island was where humanity began, he was called a genius as a child to a megalomaniac as an adult.

Conclusion

As a fan of art, I was completely intrigued with this sculptor’s life story. Despite the failures in life and his career, he was able to work to the end at something he loved.

Now I would love to Chicago’s Polish Museum of America!

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Art Inspiration: Bling Ring

This ring design was inspired by the Grace ring by Lucine And Company!

Behold a rough gem

So dull and

Untouched

Eons of years

Passed by

Forgotten by the world

Till one day

It’s sparkle

Caught the eye of

A beholder

Who treasured it

And unveiled

Its glory

——-Chocoviv

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Vendor Feature: S And K Collective

My order from S And K Collective is here! Check out all the different colours and sizes! I even received a complimentary pair of earrings….

Who Is S And K Collective?


1) Why and when did you start your business?

In April 2020 I started because I wanted cute mommy and son matching clothes. I couldn’t find many that were more neutral, for everyday wear type, or matching statement tees.

2) What was your background?

My background is legal work, but I used to write poetry and bead alot. Im actually published in 3 books and used to bead daily.

3) Interesting facts about your product?

Interesting facts….I guess that it’s all done by me. Choosing and creating the designs.

Advertising.

Website.

Customer care.

Hand dying the clothes.

Pressing.

Packing.

Shipping…….all of it.

Also I dont use the typical Rit dye that most on the market do. Rit dye is a stain which will wash out whereas ours bonds with the clothing and will not wash out.

Let support this amazing business:

https://sandkcollective.com

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https://m.facebook.com/sandkcollective/

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POTD: Frog Underground

As I was hurrying to take the train one day, I saw this frog staring at me from the ground up. It reminded me of the cartoon character from “Frog And Toad”. It was a photo opportunity. So, I slowed down and took its photo.

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Art Inspiration: Coffee With A Croissant

Pour a hot cup

Of freshly brewed

Arabica beans

No milk

No sugar

But

Accompanied with

A flaky

And buttery

Croissant.

Divine!

——- Chocoviv

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Series Review: Strong Girl Bong-Soon

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Summary

Bing-Soon was born with superhuman strength. She had inherited from the maternal side of her family. Normally, she would hide her ability to avoid attention. However, one day, the owner of a video game company saw her use her strength and hired her to be his personal bodyguard.

Conclusion

This was definitely a romantic comedy with lots of laughs especially when she used her powers to fight evil villains! I loved that she was able to use her power for the benefit of others.

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