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Calgary Springfree is THREE!!!! {And you could win one!}

It’s like Springfree wants you to have one or something!

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Another amazing opportunity to win a Springfree Trampoline for your family, just for helping them celebrate 3 amazing years in Calgary! Hmm…come enjoy a fun and FREE party AND enter to win for a FREE trampoline.

Where do I sign up, right?!

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Our fabulous Birthday Bash, a free family event is this Friday May 26, and we’re getting excited! There will be snacks, face painters, balloons and lots of jumping. Everyone who attends is entered to win a Springfree Trampoline!

4pm-7pm at Springfree Trampoline, Calgary

Free Registration is HERE

Check out the Facebook Event for more details!

 

I am a Springfree Ambassador and received a Springfree Trampoline with tgoma to facilitate my partnership. This is a sponsored post but, as always, all opinions are my own – We have been to a Springfree event (pictured above) and could not have had more fun!

 

Yesterday, I was supposed to die

Yesterday, I was supposed to die.

Yes, you read that right. No, I’m not sick … actually, maybe I am, or was … I don’t know. But yesterday, May 17th, was going to be the day I ended my life.

Following the final breakdown of my marriage, I moved out Dec 26th and on Jan 1st I decided to make a suicide plan. May 17th would be our 14 year wedding anniversary, and also the day our divorce would be finalized. It just seemed fitting that it would be the day I ended too.

Before I get too carried away, I should probably back up and tell you the whole story. The entire, I’m an awful human being, not worthy of living, story.

I was a terrible husband. I admit it … it’s true. Yes, we had a lot of great times. We even had some amazing, life is the best it will ever be, times. But I also put my ex-wife through A LOT! I never meant to and I didn’t want to, but I did. I was also a terrible father. I put our 4 boys through a lot, and looking back at the way I treated them, in all honesty, I’m both horrified and ashamed. They deserve so much more than what I gave them. She (my ex-wife) deserved so much more than what I gave her too. I knew that, and I repeatedly recommitted myself to doing better.

But I always failed.

It wasn’t because they weren’t worth it to me. Countless counselling appointments, meetings with religious leaders, conversations and prayers with (and for) each other, but nothing seemed to WORK.

I don’t know that I ever really realized why until recently, having been on my own now for several months. Like I said, it was never because THEY weren’t worth it. I see it so clearly now – it was because I wasn’t worth it. I was so unhappy, miserable actually. I wanted to be a great husband and a great father, a great and contributing member to my church, a reliable employee, a valuable son, etc. and I really did try, but I was drowning and super overwhelmed. It was so much pressure, and somehow I lost myself. I know many of us do, so my story isn’t likely that different from yours. I just had a really difficult time actually managing it all.

I was angry. I was hurting. I was so lost and confused … and everywhere I turned, I was a disappointment. To my wife, my boys, my church, my work, and my parents. I loved all of these things but I was so unhappy with me that I couldn’t get my footing. I disappointed myself over and over again. I struggled with anger management, depression, addictions, anxiety, and of course, suicidal thoughts.

In fact, in the past 6 years, I should have died two other times. The first time about 6 years ago when, in a moment of incredible intuition, my wife made a choice that saved my life. I had taken half a bottle of her pills with plans for the second half a little bit later, but when I went to go for round two, they were GONE. I didn’t know it at the time but she felt prompted to flush her meds, so she did. I also didn’t know it at the time, but I was meant to be here.

Instead of knowing that, I cried myself to sleep.

The second time was last summer. My wife and I just had yet another argument so I decided to pack some clothes and my meds and sleep at my office. That night I was de-stressing by playing games and listening to one of my favorite bands, The Anchor. As the night went on, my mind kept reflecting on the argument and how I was failing at life … yet again. I decided I had enough. I grabbed my bottle of meds so I could take the entire bottle, hoping for a fatal heart attack. As I took the lid off, lyrics from The Anchor’s song “Greenbow County” flooded my mind. I have to do the best with what I’m made of, what’s normal anyway. Put the past behind, let go and move forward. I’ve got to give it my all. I can’t lose my hope. Push forward.”

With tears streaming down my face, I closed the bottle of pills, put them in my pocket, and drove to the E.R. to admit myself for treatment and help.

I understand that life is worth living and there are people who love us and we can always find a way out. But I promise you that in the depths of that dark and selfish kind of despair, none of that seems reasonable or important. And nobody wants to live in that kind of despair. I know I didn’t.

And yet somehow, I found my way through. Until shortly before Christmas when divorce became my reality.

I wanted to be angry at her, and I was, for giving up on me. The truth is, I think I had given up on myself, and she couldn’t be responsible for that and for me, anymore. She had managed all she could and gave me many chances. It got to the point where she had nothing left for me, and she was ready to move forward for herself and our boys. I couldn’t blame her, though I often tried because my grief and shame were overwhelming … and so, I made a plan.

May 17th.

I had it all planned out and was already saving for a gun. My problems became less difficult to manage because I knew it was only for a short period more. I was almost excited thinking about this plan … I was finally in control and going to relieve everyone, including myself, of the damage I had done. The world, my family, my boys, they were all better off without me, and I wouldn’t have to deal with anything anymore.

And why May 17th? First of all because I figured five months would give me plenty of time to save up for and execute my plan, and I also needed time to mend relationships with my kids and family so they would have happy memories of me. But honestly, May 17th had become a day marking my repeated failures and quite frankly, I didn’t want to live through another one.

However, for the third time, my life was saved again. The amazing thing is, this time around, somehow I found the strength to save myself. If I had to guess, that will make ALL the difference!

Wryun (Ryan) Henricksen is an ex-husband and father of four amazing and rambunctious boys. After years of struggle, he recently found the strength to choose life and declared May 17th to be RAD – Ryan’s Anchor Day! This is his story.

Questions or (kind) comments can be left below or sent directly to Ryan at wryunbeard@gmail.com

Celebrate Canada’s 150 and win a Springfree Trampoline!!!!

I am not even kidding!

Springfree Trampoline has teamed up with champion trampolinist, Rosie MacLennan to celebrate Canada’s 150 and they want YOU to join in the fun!

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If you follow my Instagram, you know we recently received a Springfree Trampoline and it has seriously changed. my. life. Seeing the kids take the time to get unplugged and go out to play together is everything.

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Except for the one of Jonah, I seriously had to sneak these photos from the deck for fear of ruining the moment. But my goodness, it was fun to watch, even though it looks like Brooklyn is letting out some older sister angst. haha

Don’t have kids who like being *unplugged*? Don’t fret – with the addition of tgoma, Springfree has developed the first Smart Trampoline™ so they can have the experience of being plugged in all while getting fresh air AND exercise. Pretty genius, if you ask me!

Shall we get you entered to win your very own Springfree Trampoline? Head on over to the Springfree Facebook page for details – hint: it’s really just a two step process….take photo, post on social media with hashtag. Done and done. And so so worth it!

So gooooooo do it!

I am a Springfree Ambassador and received a Springfree Trampoline with tgoma to facilitate my partnership. This is a sponsored post but, as always, all opinions are my own – We are true and lifelong fans!

 

Start Your Watch Collection With A Jord Giveaway ~ Everybody Wins!

I could not be any more excited to feature Jord Wood Watches again. And not just because I’ve finally started my own watch collection with this beauty:

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Cora Series – Purpleheart & Mother of Pearl

But because I seriously love this company and their watches. The Captain received one for review, then I bought him one, and now I’ve received this one. They are such unique and cool watches, and the quality is really quite amazing. I seriously can’t get enough – don’t be surprised if I continue the trend and buy myself another one next.

Seriously.

Also, can I just take a minute to tell you how much I love the new packaging? These boxes are gorgeous, with a magnetic lid and a cute little drawer at the bottom. Sigh – All the heart eyes.

Okay, so here’s the deal: Jord is giving away a $100 gift code to one lucky winner AND a $20 gift code to EVERYONE who enters! EVERYONE!

You get a gift code. You get a gift code. Everyone gets a gift code!!!!

Enter the giveway HERE and then head over to find your favourite Women’s Watch or Men’s Watch

But can you choose just one?

**Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches,

but as always, ALL opinions are my own. I seriously love these watches! **

**Photo Credit: Huge thanks to Micah Maria Photography**

4 Podcasts That Inspire Me

I know I’m probably the last person on the planet to discover the podcast app {thanks to my cousins}, but can I just say  that my life has been forever changed because of it.

And I can’t stop.

Here are four podcasts that I listen to on the reg {ha, I just said it that way to sound cool}. And by *reg* I mean, on the way home from taking the kids to school, while eating my breakfast {Qi’a oatmeal and fresh fruit} and packing my lunch, on the way to work, on the way home from work and picking up the kids from school, while working out, and often for a few minutes before drifting off to dreamland. It’s basically replaced everything else. haha

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  1. Tony Robbins – First, watch his documentary *I Am Not Your Guru* on Netflix. Then, once you’ve recovered from the life altering inspiration {I’m not kidding}, check out his podcast. His first season was good, but already his second season {2 episodes in at the time I’m writing this} is over the top. I particularly loved *How to Make the Decision to do the Impossible* with Siri Lindley – amazing!
  2. Earn Your Happy with Lori Harder – Several weeks ago my cousin Radelle texted a screenshot of one of her new favourite podcasts to pass onto our other cousin, Laura and me. Laura immediately responded that she had also recently discovered it and was hooked. Ha! Well add me to the mix because I can’t get enough. I polished off all the episodes while driving to our recent BC camping trip and pretty much spent the entire time insanely inspired, especially episodes 52: What Make a Happiness Expert, Happy with Gretchen Rubin {author of The Happiness Project} and  57: Go From Tragedy to Legendary Life with Ted Ryce {I warn you, his personal story is unexpectedly intense and so heartbreaking}.
  3. Untame the Wild Soul with Elizabeth Dialto – One of the amazing guests on Earn Your Happy, Elizabeth Dialto speaks to my wild soul. To that burning inner passion, that almost nobody understands and that you simply can’t explain to people who don’t get it,. But Elizabeth Dialto gets it. She has it. She owns it. And I am so inspired by that. Check out episodes 119: Martha Beck on Life Coaching, Dreams, and Integrity and 126: Alexi Panos on 50 Ways to Yay.
  4. The Soul Fueled CEO with Amber Lilyestrom – Another guest from Earn Your Happy, this amazing podcast has me excited for possible future endeavors. Of the few I’ve listened to, two of my favourites are The Goddess Revolution with Mel Wells and Building Your Hustle-Free Empire with Amanda Loveland.

Thanks to my newfound podcast addiction, I can honestly say my days are more productive, and start with more clarity, inspiration and motivation.

I’ve got some big dreams here, my friends, and I can’t wait to make them happen!

**You can also purchase any of these podcasts on iTunes. I promise it’s worth it!**

 

Doll Quilts with #AveryLaneSewing and the #BrotherInnovis ~ #thesearethedays #sewingfun

I think I’ve overestimated my sewing skills. Seriously.

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I had the bright idea to use this adorable coordinating fabric set for an 18″ doll quilt. In fact, so bright was my idea that I cut enough pieces for THREE quilts. THREE people.

THREE.

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I typically do projects with a reasonably high margin of error. I have bad sewing habits and am not nearly as detail oriented as I ought to be, but I have been determined to change this. And I made every effort from the very start of this project to do it right.

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Do you see those pins? Yeah, I used them! *holla*

On every single piece I was sewing, I used pins. I told you people, this girl’s making changes!

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{shameless plug} I seriously LOVE sewing with the Brother Innovis. I cannot even explain properly just how beautiful of a machine it is and how smoothly it pulls the fabric through. I never want to live without her. Not ever.

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Of course, using pins gave me a certain arrogance that led me to believe I had this in the bag. HA! Just 6 steps in I realized I had missed step 5. HOW?! WHY?!

It’s just not fair people. It seems I am incapable of doing a sewing project without pulling out this little seam ripper at least once! *cries*

So back to the *almost* start and I was off again, working ever so diligently to complete the first square of the Bonjour Quilt from Avery Lane Sewing {Etsy}.

And then THIS happened:

cute like me avery lane sewing bonjour quilt these are the days brother canada brother sewing sewing fun And that right there is the bane of my sewing existence.

I gave up. I threw it all away.

Okay, I kid…I didn’t and I am determined to actually figure this out. But for now I did put it away so I could take a breather and stop hating my sewing life! hahaha….there are some things the Brother Innovis can’t fix, apparently 😉

Stupid seams….*bangs head*

 

It’s a Jord Wood Watches Coupon Code!!!! #jordwatch #wearJORD #BeYou #thesearethedays

Because it’s a real bummer if you missed out on the Black Friday discounts, and because Jord is seriously awesome, they are offering my fabulous readers {that’s you} 10% off any purchases made between now and December 31st. After which, the discount will decrease to 5%, which is still awesome but not quite as awesome as the full 10!

Seriously it’s the perfect gift for your significant other (male or female), parents, friends, etc. These watches are so beautiful!!!

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Dark Sandalwood and Blue Carbon Delmar Series {$149} and the Purpleheart and Plum Frankie Series {$179}

Follow the link HERE to receive your special code!

Also worthwhile to note is the FREE international shipping!

Happy Wednesday!

Starting the Captain’s watch collection with Jord! #jordwatch #wearJORD #BeYou #thecaptain #thesearethedays

**Disclaimer: Jord provided the Captain with the gorgeous watch below for review purposes. However, this has not affected my review and all opinions are 100% honest and my own. Spoiler alert: These watches are INCREDIBLE!**

For the majority of our married life {13 years}, the Captain has talked about having a watch collection. And thanks to Jord {and me for choosing a men’s watch of course} he was finally able to start one – with this gorgeous piece:

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Ebony & Rosewood, Dover Series

I told myself if it arrived when the Captain was away at work, I would wait to let him open it. But I just couldn’t – and am I ever glad – this watch is BEAUTIFUL. From the box it is packaged in to the pillow it’s set around, both of which he still uses, every detail is pure perfection.

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Not only do I love when the Captain dresses up {insert googly eyes} but I especially love when he can complete his look with such fine, dapper details.

My only regret is that he didn’t have this a couple of years ago, when he dressed up every day at his previous job. Oh I miss those days. Because his tie collection is quite extensive I grabbed a few that I thought coordinated well with the watch. The trick is in the reds family – too orange clashes with the watch as do red and burgundy, but I worked it out… and present to you the gallery:

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I love the way it looks with each of these ties, proving it really can coordinate with multiple colour schemes. I was so excited when I paired it with the tie below, a gift from his late father after spending some time teaching English in China/Inner Mongolia. The way the light hits the orange casts enough shadow to really make it a perfect match.

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And if you are excited for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in just 8 days,  and happen to have an old school tie on hand, Jord’s got you covered there too!

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Am I the only one giggling? Old School meet the New School! 😉

I tried to venture into shirts but none of the Captain’s worked at all, being the wrong colours altogether. At least for dress shirts, but luckily this fabulous watch can also work with casual shirts ~ always a bonus!

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Nothing too outrageous about this combination as it’s a fairly plain grey and black shirt, but I love the way it looks. But interestingly the most surprising combination has ended up being my favourite. The shirt below was gifted to the Captain several years ago by our Japanese student and is easily one of his favourites, but he rarely wears it because he doesn’t want to ruin it. Can you see the gorgeous hand painted detail? And the way it compliments the rosewood colouring of the watch – the Captain is going to have to get over his fear of washing this shirt because it’s so unique and an awesome way to showcase the watch, don’t you agree?

Jord CollageI flat out love it. And I love that this watch is the first {of many} in the Captain’s watch collection.

Lifelong Jord fans right here! Hook, Line and Sinker!

Scarlet and Gold #givegrace #companiesthatgiveback #payitforwardfriday #adoption #infertility #thesearethedays

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While I wasn’t the girl who got pregnant on the first try, and Brooklyn is actually a Rainbow Baby, I can’t even pretend that I know what it’s like to struggle with infertility. And although I was adopted and have seen many lives blessed through adoption, I do not know personally what that actually feels like. I can imagine and think I come pretty close to understanding, but ultimately I don’t know.

But I will always support those in their efforts to expand their family.

Which is exactly what Scarlet and Gold has done ~ created an opportunity for me and for you to support the struggles of infertility and the blessings of treatment and adoption, through their fabulous Give Grace campaign.

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We believe that God has given us such an amazing platform to inspire and encourage people, and we are hoping to do so with the Give Grace™ Campaign. Some of you may know about our owner and founder Megan Smalley and her struggle with infertility. Blake and Megan have been battling infertility for over two years now. Exactly one year ago today, they began an IVF attempt that ended up failing. As you can imagine, the entire process of IVF is emotionally, physically, and financially draining. Megan and Blake have finally reached the point of being willing to try again, and the Lord has laid on our hearts the desire to do whatever we can to help. The Give Grace™ Campaign is the fruit of this desire.

We as a team at Scarlet & Gold have decided to create a line of prints inspired by Megan and Blake’s story that will be available for pre-order starting Monday, June 15. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this line will go towards sending them to the top fertility doctor in the country. Once we have raised enough money for their treatment, we want to continue selling the collection of prints and donate the proceeds to help more couples struggling to start a family, whether that is through IVF or adoption. You can read more about the campaign here.

One fabulous way you can help is by purchasing items from their shop. I personally have my eye on these adorable temporary tattoos *swoon*

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What a great way to support a great cause! I just love companies that give back!

A Killer #kidtrend thanks to @u_lace {with coupon code} #thesearethedays

Sometimes shoes come with boring laces…and sometimes you just get sick of tying them. Or, like many parents, tired of waiting for what seems like FOREVER, for your kid(s) to tie theirs.

U-Lace has solved the problem in the most fun and customizable way!

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This is probably my favourite design and I am desperate to get Jonah a pair of high tops so I can copy it. Ha! For now though, he’ll have to just enjoy the fun orange and yellow combination he’s got.

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And love it he does! In fact, I thought he’d like to choose from these two options, but he ended up keeping them just like this. Ha!

For Brooklyn, I did the same combinations with different colours. Her new sparkled shoes gave me lots of options to choose from, but ultimately it was pink and green that won.

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Brooklyn loved them but her shoes are already a bit on the tight side, so she found it difficult to get her feet in with the u-laces. She switched back to her {boring} white laces for now. Jonah, however can’t get enough, wearing them as inside shoes at school and for rocking out at dance!

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I can’t wait to try more combinations ~ I  may have to order every colour! Luckily U_Lace has made that even easier for my fabulous readers!

Just use coupon code cutelikeme to receive 20% off your first order!

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*It’s your world, color it  your way*

Tag us on instagram @u_lace and @thesearethedays to show your fun combinations!