My Old Curling Iron Gets A Makeover

As you are sure to find out if you visit my blog regularly I am an avid follower of beauty YouTubers. Recently I was watching a video posted by Kandee Johnson. She posted a video about how to turn an old curling iron into a curling wand (insert sound of my mind being blown here!). I was so excited about this!! Yes it’s often the little things in life that bring me joy.

When I got my first straightening iron years ago my curling irons basically became obsolete overnight. But for whatever reason I could never quite part with all of them and so I have had this old curling iron kicking around for probably the last 10 years or so.

But even though I have hung onto my old iron for all this time, honestly I never expected to do anything with it. The iron Kandee used looked fairly new, so as impressed as I was with the idea and her clever transformation on it, I was skeptical that I would have the same success with my old “cheapy” iron. After going on a little hunt to track down that old iron I decided to give this re-use idea a try.

Basically it’s really quite simple:

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All you need is of course your old curling iron and a screwdriver.


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Remove the screw from each side of the clamp part of the iron.


Remove the screw from each side of the clamp part of the iron.
Remove the screw from each side of the clamp part of the iron.


The spring should then just slip out easily, and literally that is it.
The spring should then just slip out easily, and literally that is it.


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You now have a trendy new curling wand.


But does it work?

As I mentioned my iron was quite old and not very high end, so getting tight ringlets would be out of the question. You can see though that I managed to get some soft beachy waves and I was really quite happy with the results.

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So for me this was a win-win. I got to recycle an old item and make it new again and I have a new beauty tool for my hair. It’s all good!

If you decide to give this idea a try please let me know how you make out. I would love to hear all about itJ.

Here’s a link to Kandee’s video if you want to check it out:

Excited for Spring!

Spring Crocus, Spring, The Everyday JournalistaI really think spring has arrived! I know much of Canada and the eastern US has been suffering though weeks of snow and frigid temperatures, and this certainly isn’t meant as bragging but we really haven’t had much in the way of winter on the west coast this year.

Personally, being originally from the eastern part of Canada, I love snow and crisp wintery days. But as I listen to my sister and mom (who still live out there) report to me almost daily about how cold it is and how miserable they are, I am counting myself fortunate to be living where I do.

Don’t get me wrong I would take snow any day over the numerous days of rain we get here, and I certainly don’t appreciate my neighbour who is out there mowing his lawn in February! Who does that?!

Spring Crocus, Spring, I love Spring, The Everyday JournalistaWe have had sunny days and mild temperatures of late and spring is definitely in the air. The photos linked to today’s post were taken in my front yard. Amazing aren’t they? And my first tulip officially opened 3 days ago!

Spring is my favorite time of year for flowers and trees blooming. And then there are sunny skies and crocuses and tulips adding much needed color to the drab winter landscape. As I look out my window here this morning watching my neighbourhood Steller’s jay make her daily visit to my birdfeeder I take a minute to stop and enjoy the beauty that is spring.

Our lives get so busy sometimes, well most of the time, balancing work and kids and home that we may forget to be present in the now and take in the simple beauty that surrounds us. My daily challenge is to try to get more of that. Being present in each part of my day and being able to enjoy the many simple pleasures and moments that touch our lives each day. Sadly I’m failing epically at this at the moment but on the upside I never stop trying.

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Product Review: Soap & Glory

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I’ve been a fan of Soap and Glory for a number of years now. There is something about the fragrance of their products that I just can’t resist. My first experience was with the body scrubs. I just loved the smell and the product itself left my skin feeling smooth without the rawness that some exfoliants with larger granules can. More recently I have been trying some of their body creams, each with their own cute packaging and clever names. I received this trio combo as a gift and couldn’t wait to give them a try.

The Righteous Butter, Body Moisturizer:

This one is by far my favorite although I struggle to describe its’ fragrance. To me it has this vintage smell to it, and I don’t mean that like old and musty, but like classic and refined. It seems to be a rose type smell, and I don’t tend to be drawn to that type of fragrance but I’m telling you I can’t get enough of this one. This one is the very dry skin formula so it’s nice and thick and super nourishing. I put it on after the shower and it absorbs so nicely into the skin leaving no stickiness. I feel like I don’t even need to wear a perfume when I apply this after the shower as the fragrance lingers on the skin.

Butter Yourself Super Rich Bodycream:

This creams fragrance is made up of frozen yuzu (I have no idea what that is), orange oil, green fig, and jungle pomelo. It’s a nice smell, fresh. The cream itself is again, really smooth and thick (a little thicker than the Sugar Crush) and it absorbs quickly into the skin.

Sugar Crush Body Buttercream:

The citrus images on the packaging are an accurate indicator of the product within. To me the fragrance smells exactly like limes and sugar. The cream is thick and absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it smooth, with a quite strong fragrance of lime. For me, the product was great but the fragrance a little too sweet.

Overall I would definitely recommend all of these creams, as the products are all comparable with regards to absorption and their ability to moisturize. It’s really a matter of which fragrance you prefer. I hope you get a chance to enjoy one, or all of these fun products.

Mars Bars to the Rescue!


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Last month during the count down to Valentine’s Day I had committed to help with a bake sale and my time was limited. My son’s class was doing a Valentine’s Bake Sale as they were trying to raise money for their year-end class trip (remember that coming of age trip in Grade 5? Lol). Anyway I turned to an old standby, a quick and easy recipe that I gave it a little Valentines’ twist.

This is a family recipe and we call them Mars Bar Squares. Although after a brief search of Pinterest I discovered I’m not the only one in on this delicious secret.

Now I was making these specifically for kids so I just used canned icing (which is awesome, by the way) instead of melting the chips under the broiler as I only had semi-sweet chips on hand and they can be a bit bitter to kids. Then I chilled them in the fridge, cut them up, sprinkled on the Valentine’s confetti, packaged them up and viola…. Valentine’s bake sale here I come.

You could, and I have made these for all types of occasions. Like I said it doesn’t get much easier and everyone will love them. They take little time to make and I challenge you to resist one.

Mars Bar Squares


2 c     Rice Krispies

4        Full size Mars Bars (I just buy the four pack)

1/2c   Butter (I would recommend using real butter)



1c         Chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet depending on your preference).

In a pinch canned icing works well too.

Start by turning your oven on to broil (if you are doing the chocolate chip topping) and prep an 8×8 pan with some cooking spray. Measure out your 2 cups of Rice Krispies and set aside.

In a medium saucepan over low-medium heat melt your butter and Mars bars. Once they are melted and combined, remove from heat and stir in the Rice Krispies. Turn this into your 8×8 pan and press down.

If you are doing the chocolate chip topping, now evenly sprinkle the chips over the top and place under the broiler for 30 seconds (keep a close watch here).

Remove from the oven and spread the melted chips to cover the entire pan. Chill in the fridge to set. Slice and enjoy… Yum!

These are best stored in the fridge but I doubt they will last long. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think if you decide to try these.

Welcome to the Mind of the Journalista

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Doing this, starting this blog, is something I’ve wanted to do for literally years. I’ve been journaling since I was about 12 years old… and lets just say that was a few decades ago. I actually have a Rubbermaid bin full of my journals.


What an experience it is to sit down and flip through them from time to time. I think the high school years are the most entertaining. The drama of the teenage mind… The crazy part is I remember how real and intense those situations and feeling were. I thought I had it all figured out at 15… too funny.


Through some periods of my life you would think that I was the most miserable hard done by person around. I had actually used my journaling as a way of venting, a way to work through emotional or hurtful things. When I was happy or when things were going well I didn’t have anything to say because I was out there having a great time!


Then I went through the being grateful period (thanks Oprah!) where I wrote down 3 things each day that I was grateful for. This is a good exercise in positive thinking but the reality is that life isn’t always rainbows and cotton candy. As I have moved through my journaling life I have adjusted my approach depending on my needs at the time.


For a while now I have been treating my journal almost like a history of my life and that of my children and family. Documenting the daily goings on, even the weather sometimes (my Nana always did that), birthday party ideas, if my dinner turned out as good as I’d hoped or if it was an epic fail, along with some more in depth rants when needed and of course documenting memories worth keeping. When I do need a good purging session I now have another journal, that I have had going for years, that I just sit down to and write in. For me it is therapeutic. I’m one of those people who feels every emotion deeply. So when something is weighing on me, usually in a negative emotional way, I feel compelled to get those emotions out. A lot of the time paper is the safest place for me to do that.


This blog will be an extension of that. I’m going to be honest and emotional, nerdy and hopefully funny. I’m going to be me and I hope you will find it interesting and quirky enough to stick around. Join me on my journey in the everyday!

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