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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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

https://www.instagram.com/sandkcollective/

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

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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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Movie Review: Mortal Engines

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Summary

In a post-apocalyptic world, cities like London became mobile machines, while larger communities would take over smaller communities. These were Traction Cities. A group who opposed this idea were the Anti-Traction League that built a wall to protect against these Traction Cities.

The leader of London lead everyone to believe that they could take down the wall by building a weapon that used 21st century technology. This type of technology, along with computers and cellphones were considered valuable artifacts. Tom was a historian who collected these artifacts and worked under, Thaddeus Valentine, the head of the Guild of Historians. One day, a young woman named Hester Shaw attempted to kill Valentine and told Tom about Valentine’s evil deeds. This led Valentine to push him down the exit chute of the city….. into an unknown and treacherous land and Hester…..Who was she? And what was Valentine hiding?

Conclusion

The storyline wasn’t extremely exciting, but I did enjoy the steampunk style of the machines. The idea that they couldn’t use technology to rebuild the world, instead lived in a land that resembled a dismal desert, was odd. They used all the technology to build a mobile city to “eat” smaller towns, sounded more like a video game idea.

I discovered afterwards that the movie took its ideas from a YA book series of the same name.

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Vendor Feature: OG Designs

Thank you OG Designs for my customized planter! Remember to don’t stop BELEAFING!

Who Is OG Designs?

I started og designs during the pandemic like most other people. I worked in the beauty industry and was out of work and needed an outlet for my creativity. My hubby and I just moved back to the burbs from Yaletown at the same time.

The OG in OG Designs stands for Original Gould, my maiden name.

Fun Fact:

I love dogs 💕

Check out her designs!

https://m.facebook.com/ogdesigns604/

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Movie Review: Crooked House

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Summary

In the late 1950s, an elderly billionaire died after his regular insulin shot from his young wife. His daughter hired an investigator to find out the truth. He discovered that the gentleman was actually poisoned…..

Everyone had a reason and motive to kill him off as everyone from the 12 year old to the aunt disliked him greatly.

Conclusion

This was a movie adaptation of the Agatha Christie murder mystery. Some of the details in the book was changed to “have more impact” on the audience. Overall, it was a decent movie to watch while relaxing in the evening. There wasn’t too much of a surprise or twists in the story.

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Book Review: Alex Rider (Stormbreaker)

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Summary

Alex was a 14 year old orphan living with his banker uncle Ian Rider. Then one day, Ian was in a car accident and he was left with his caretaker. However, Alex didn’t believe that his uncle would forget to wear a seatbelt and he began to investigate by himself… He discovered many bullet holes on the car, he knew that he was right! Uncle Ian was a secret agent! Suddenly, Ian’s boss appeared and confronted Alex about his investigation, he was forced to join the secret service, MI6.

Alex was very suitable as an agent since he was very skilled in many fields, sent to infiltrate a billionaire’s company. This billionaire was going to donate a large amount of computers that contained a program called Stormbreaker…..

Conclusion

To force a teenager to be a spy seemed quite irresponsible and a bit ridiculous at first…. However, considering this was a series for 10 years old and older, it would be easier for young readers to accept.

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