Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Spring time, shopping, budgeting & saving money.

May 01, 2018

Happy Spring, everyone. The weather has been pretty crazy this year, but its finally starting to warm up here in BC, everything is turning green & sprouting, flowers all over the place, even the trees. So of course my allergies are going crazy & I am recovering from a broken arm I got on January 12th, the same day Mission & Sumas WA had that crazy ice storm.
This was taken outside of my apartment building in Mission.

Like most people, I enjoy saving money. Last summer, I picked up some tank tops &  a light long sleeved top, for $1.25 each, at Dollar Tree Canada!
They had lots of t-shirts & tank tops to choose from. I bought this one last summer.

Here's a photo of the long sleeve shirt I got here in August.
I was going to get some new tank tops today, but they were mostly out & this colour is just all wrong for me: 
Dollarama even carry slippers, underwear in 3 packs, socks & pantyhose!

I almost forgot Mother's day was coming soon. But luckily I saw something while I was doing some shopping at Dollarama, before coming across the border to visit my husband.
Speaking of saving money, have you ever considered giving up cable? I did & it ain't that bad. If you are Canada, CBC, CTV & Global all have shows online that you can watch for free the day after they come out on TV. In the US, CBS, NBC & FOX also do this. ABC has something similar, but you have to wait a week after the broadcast date. Netflix is still under $10 a month I think, & in the US, Hulu is $7.99 a month & it also has a free trial & optional add-ons for HBO, Showtime & Cinemax (at an extra cost, of course). You can also watch Crackle online & the shows & movies are also available in Canada.  Plus there's a lot of interesting content available on YouTube.  I even have a channel there:   https://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelannDahlman/videos

Now that prices have finally started to come down, I am even buying some seasons of some of my favourite shows. And I bought a VHS-to-USB device to allow me to copy my old VHS tapes, into a digital format, that I can play on my computer! 

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Soundtrack of my life

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Have you ever noticed how a specific song will immediately take you back to the 1st time you heard it? Or remind you of a concert or a specific person? I was thinking of that the other day, in relation to how many special people we've lost this past year. David Bowie, Gord Downie & David Cassidy, to mention just a few.

 One of the sad facts of growing older is that we lose more people, friends, acquaintances, family, favourite actors or musicians.

Do you have a song that personifies you, or perhaps different ones from different times in your life? Here's mine, the soundtrack of my life, so far:

"Who am I? by Jessica Andrews  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSA-rjH-1Xo
EDIT> An interesting coincidence, my paternal grandmother's name was Rose.

 #2 would have to be Valdy's Landscapes (I spend part of my teen years living on the Island):

#3 would probably be Orianthi's "according to you":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu1aQvm5MrU

#4 would have to be Madonna's "I'll remember" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubTtANekn4g

"Today" by Joshua Radin, was the song I had played when my husband & I got married in Las Vegas in January 2012.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpdZa_Cam9k

I have a video I update every few months, of all the photos we have taken of the 2 of us together, I came across this beautiful song by Sara Evans "I could not ask for more, which I use to narrate the video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XMw6BeMk-E

What songs speak to your heart? What songs personify "YOU"?

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Christmas is coming!!!!!

November 25, 2017

It's that time of the year again. Thanksgiving is over & its time for me to share a lot of awesome Christmas shows (mostly on YouTube), for those of us who do have internet, but who do not have cable.

One of my favourite Muppet Christmas shows, "A Muppet Family Christmas."

& another old favorite "Christmas Eve on Sesame street."  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF4XRQwzls8&t=4sV1

A newer one, "Once upon a Sesame street Christmas (2016): www. youtube.com/watch?v=STEPyjuV1gE

 John Denver & the Muppets - a Christmas together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqZ_k6HsZxM

The Berenstain  Bears' Christmas tree: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRTOzpsMDvQ

A Garfield Christmas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXmOp0zuAMg

Christopher the Christmas tree:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dc8lHR4YKY&t=51s

A lovely Canadian Christmas show, featuring music by Valdy!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9_Vuk4geLE&t=19s

Elmo saves Christmas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn7jJasD6Ak

Frosty the Snowman:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCzcTIXrmeU

The Snowman:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkUeH7DUdM4

Father Christmas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc-FI2zGsAs

I remember watching this with my kids nearly 30 years ago! Santa & the 3 bears. I still have it on VHS.

Mole's Christmas was adapted from "Wind in the willows"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTWp3A5HraY

Olive the other Reindeer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s54sLlRNmHc

And here's a classic, Rudolph!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zzMlgsgzqA

And while this isn't exactly holiday themed, I still think it fits here as being somewhat wintery. Do you remember watching the Woody Woodpecker show & there was cute 5 minute short in between Woody's episodes, called "Chilly Willy", a little penguin? Well, you can check them out again, here: http://www.chillywillyfan.com/video.php

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I have been coming across a lot of interesting new stuff on Facebook & want to keep it where I can find it again, so I am going to be doing some cross posting here. I have been checking a lot of interesting new stuff on a place called  "The Shift Network". They have a lot of interesting article on past-life regression & many other spiritual areas. Another I like is Mindvalley. One thing I always do with these online things, is take whatever I find useful that is free. When they start trying to sell me stuff, I un-subscribe. YouTube also has a ton of useful free article & videos on Yoga, reincarnation, stress & just about any subject you can possibly think of.

Oh & hey, if you are looking for a Christmas gift for that impossible to buy for someone, Here's an amazing & inexpensive deal, Allen's apple juice is approx. $3 for a 1.89 L. bottle & you can get a free personalized calendar (you get to choose the photos), & it even included free shipping! How awesome is that?! Here's the address: http://allens.ca/calendar/  Me, I love personalized gifts, they're amazingly special, but they are often prohibitively expensive.

I have been trying out yoga the last year or 2, but its difficult for me, with my health issues. A Facebook friend recently introduced me classes on the dance craze that Miley Cyrus made crazy popular, "twerking". It looks interesting & fun, also difficult & painful. The jury is still out on that. Plus, this: 
On another note, I now officially have a new favoiurite meal, the no-carb BLT! Here's a link to the website:  http://www.delish.com/cooking/videos/a43536/how-to-make-no-carb-blt/
And here's my video of my 1st adventure making this (this video is also available on my YouTube page):  

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

I tried a new recipe for breakfast this morning.

Tuesday October 17, 2017
I saw a video on Facebook & thought this might be interesting to try out. I am not a big fan of trying new things with all my allergies, but since all the ingredients are things I have eaten, I thought it was worth a try. I really liked it. It's messy to eat, I would recommend LOTS of napkins; but it's freaking delicious!!

My original lite BLT made with 2 Tbsp. lite Mayo, 1 slice of bacon (halved) & white bread with the crusts removed (did you know that removing the crusts cuts the calories & fat for the bread in HALF!) is 199 calories. This makes 2 little BLTs & is approx. 90 - 100 calories! Wow! 😍

Here's the Facebook address for the video from Delish: 
Oh & here's my video:

As for the "pause" I don't know if my camera can do that, what I actually do is turn the camera off, re-start it when I am ready & use a cool free video editing program, called All Free Video Joiner, which is available here:  http://www.allfreevideoconverter.com/index.html They have a lot of wonderful free audio, video & other software.

Sunday, 27 August 2017


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Today's post is going to be about food. Recipes & other goodies. I have been finding some interesting stuff on Facebook & wanted to share them here as well. 

This recipe is for easy-to-make, healthy cookies!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe25ikI_MWU

This creamy cucumber salad is only 90 calories!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe25ikI_MWU
I prefer mine with a light Italian vinaigrette, cuts the calories almost in half.

And here are some useful tips on using up your leftovers.  http://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/at-home/the-best-15-ways-to-use-kitchen-leftovers/?utm_source=livingonadime.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_facebook

Here's a pretty good recipe for refrigerator pickles:  http://www.livingonadime.com/homemade-garlic-pickles/

Here's a very interesting take on a cheese burger:  https://www.facebook.com/ChefClub.tv/videos/1660387150652558/?hc_ref=ARRY0gasNp5RKiwGQ6tXMgE3-LOk92tUY4kiL0uUkdd3C1pRxOxq_rOMh-_12-0JBYQ

And this looks interesting, but I don't generally cook with wine:  https://www.facebook.com/luxuryfoodlondon/videos/1536521949739594/?hc_ref=ARRNJ8LKXx0ZLtVkTcr7bZqm_iIpW1eM9xBFFdi60NtGPEFCdLgmv4VIaHi20-lH1Xk

And here's a recipe for home-made Ranch dressing:  https://www.facebook.com/luxuryfoodlondon/videos/1536521949739594/?hc_ref=ARRNJ8LKXx0ZLtVkTcr7bZqm_iIpW1eM9xBFFdi60NtGPEFCdLgmv4VIaHi20-lH1Xk

Chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies:  https://www.facebook.com/MyFoodiesRecipes/photos/a.232968730173564.57399.232967203507050/265415473595556/?type=3&theater

And some interesting sheet cake decorating hacks: https://www.facebook.com/firstmediasoyummy/videos/1834172333563576/?hc_ref=ARRzc9cTHVdHX8azPSWN0hfmeKW7VZiKHT-jN1fZG_nUOfD01QwWnQEwPrYnSsOjmYw

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

This blog is going to be about saving money. I see all kinds of advertisements for what seems to be a good deal, until I look a little deeper. Sometimes I find good deals totally by accident. Last spring when I was still living in Abbotsford, I saw an ad for Garage, a very cool shop in 7 Oaks mall. They had tank tops on for $5 each, which is a pretty sweet deal, or so I thought. Later the same day I was buying some Mott's vegetable cocktail at the Dollar Tree & as I walked in the door I noticed they had racks of shirts. I liked this one so much, I got 2 of them! 

This spring I checked them out while I was in town (I live in Mission now) & bought several tank tops, like this one: 

They had a lot of different types of shirts & I even saw some girl's bathing suits at the one on Marshall road. They also often have socks, underwear & even bras.
And remember, this the Dollar Tree, each of these is only $1.25 (pt) for a post-tax total of $1.40!

Another thing you might want to know about, Sears in Abbotsford is going out of business. I saw them putting out a sign that said 50% - 70% off. I got 3 pairs of beautiful jeans there before Christmas, for under $10 a pair. And I got a beautiful faux-fur winter coat there in December 2015 for only $35 (originally tagged @ $199!) Check it out!! 
I got the black shirt @ Liquidation World in 2008. Black tends to make me heat sick, so I can only wear it in the winter.