Wednesday, January 28, 2015


I confess... 

...I suffer from Depression and Anxiety.
...I was ashamed to talk about it. 
...I didn't get help for a very long time and it could have cost me my life.
...Not being able to control what goes on in your own mind is scary as hell.
...I dream of a world where the stigma surrounding mental illness is gone.
...I am here for you.

Today is #BellLetsTalk day. Start a dialogue and open your ears and your heart to those who might need it. You can save someone today and every day. You are not defined by your illness.

Making Melissa 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Mish Mash of Confessions

Humpday Confessions are upon us again. Where do the days go!? January is just flying by and I'm unsure how I feel about that.

I confess...

...I am really disappointed in this season of The Bachelor. I was all for Farmer Chris and thought he would be great, but he's kind of a player and needs to keep his tongue in his mouth.

...When I say "I don't want to be the girlfriend that says no..." it means you should probably come to the no conclusion on your own and not do whatever it is you're asking me to do.  

...I tweeted at Eli Roth last night and he favorited my tweet and that brief brush with a celebrity was the most excitement in my life in the last 4 weeks.

...But really you should go watch Aftershock. Eli is a genius and I love him and everything he does ever (see Cabin Fever, Hostel, Hemlock Grove, The Last Exorcism, Inglorious Basterds), and if The Green Inferno does not get released I might die.

...I don't have a lot to confess today. I mean I've been mostly just working a lot.

...I did however choose not to go out on Saturday and opted for staying on the couch in my pajamas watching Ghost Adventures all night.

...In one week I read 3 books: Paper Towns by John Green, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. All good, you should check them out.

Now go link up so I can creep your confessions!

Making Melissa 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paper Girl

So I recently read a book that stuck with me in a weird way. Paper Towns by John Green. I don't think the point of his story was for me to relate to Margo. She's the girl who runs away and her friends spend the entire book trying to find. But I did relate to her... more than I wanted to. You see she described her city as a Paper Town. And she was a Paper girl.

Two dimensional, shallow, insignificant, grow up and get married and have babies kind of life. The kind of town filled with subdivisions, and suburban life, and soccer moms and kids who are content to live their life the same way week in and week out. Year after year. Until they look back at 50 and all they can see is a routine that never changed and the people they never became.
I've been there. I've been Margo. I am Margo still, in a sense. I don't want that cookie cutter life. I never did; I knew it back in high school. I should have taken a bigger risk at 18. I should have done something about it when I had a chance to break the strings that tied me to this life and this city.
But unlike Margo, I can't just leave. Unfortunately I give too many fucks about my life now to truly rebuild myself by leaving.

So I have to go about it a little bit at a time. I have to make time to ditch the paper girl and become more than what I am. I need to find myself.

And as she let go, she learned forgiveness.
As she fell, she learned to stand.
As she broke down the walls, she learned love.
As she broke, she learned strength.
As she learned, she found herself.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Fall Out Favorites

If you know me then you know my obsession with Fall Out Boy. Since I was 13 this band has literally been a part of my soul. When I finally got to see them in concert in 2013 it felt like coming home. I know, how emo right? Their music and lyrics speak to me and put into words things I could never express before.

Today, I wanted to share a playlist of songs from their upcoming album "American Beauty/American Psycho". You better believe I pre-ordered this bad boy already.

"You were the song stuck in my head
Every song I’ve ever loved
Played again and again and again
And you can get what you want but it’s never enough
And I’ll spin for you like your favorite records used to." 
- Favorite Record

Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015


This year I promise myself I will look at everything as an experience, not a mistake. 

This year I promise myself to take a risk.

This year I promise myself to stop making excuses.

This year I promise myself to be kinder to myself. 

This year I promise myself to work harder.

This year I promise myself to explore.

This year I promise myself to take time to do the things that make my heart happy. 

This year I promise myself to love.

This year I promise myself to really live.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Vet Visits & Diabetic Hedgehogs

I confess....

....I am super late posting this link up because I spent the entire evening at the vet with Reggie last night. I have never been so worried about something in my entire life. Poor little guy was lethargic and dragging his back legs. We rushed him to the vet and it turns out my little man is hypoglycemic. Now he's on a bunch of meds that he does not want to let me give him so that's a huge struggle. I'm just happy that we know what's wrong and can work on fixing it! Too bad he's still a grumpy gus.

...I never thought a small animal could mean so much to me. I cried when I saw him hurt and in pain. It broke my heart into a thousand pieces.

...I don't care that he's not a typical pet, he's still part of my little family and I love him as much as the next person would love their dog.

Making Melissa 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Humpday Confessions is Officially Back!

I confess...

...I never exit the bus from the back. I refuse to touch that gross, germy strip.

...And I always thank my bus driver on the way out. I feel so rude if I don't. 

...I was realllll stupid and mismanaged my money last month cause I'm an idiot and ended up paying my Visa bill with my rent money. I've been eating ramen for days. 

...I maybe got drunk by myself on Monday night while watching The Bachelor. Apparently I just can't handle my wine like I used to. 

...I have listened to the new Fall Out Boy song approximately 50 times since it came out. It truly is "Irresistible". #seewhatididthere

...I have binge watched Sherlock and now a part of me has died knowing I have to wait one whole year for the next season. 

...I love everything about the BBC. I have also become obsessed with the Graham Norton Show. Honestly, part of me really wishes I lived in the UK. I would love nothing more than to be English. Unfortunately I'm stuck here in Canada, which is a poor second, but at least we still have the Queen. 

...I saw The Imitation Game on the weekend and it made me cry. A lot more than it should have. 

...I have a love/hate relationship with showering. As in I hate showering and love when I don't have to. AKA I'm a mess on the weekends. 

...I'M SO EXCITED TO BRING THIS LINK UP TO LIFE! Make sure you add yours below so I can creep on y'all and learn your dirty secrets. 
Making Melissa 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Review Extravaganza Winner Announcement

The 5th Annual Review Extravaganza is now officially over!

First I would like to thank my co-hosts for all of their work, for recapping with me and helping share the word about this review.   I also want to thank all of you who linked up.  It has been so wonderful meeting new bloggers.  I also have loved seeing the responses and seeing how by recapping and looking at the year  as a whole has helped many realize that with time, things do change and can get better.

2014 Review Extravaganza

First a Big Thanks to all the hosts!   Make sure you are following these ladies if you already aren't.
From Top to Bottom-Left to Right:(Click on the names below to get to their blogs)

And now a huge shoutout to the wonderful sponsors!  Thank you so much for donating and being part of this yearly Review, it truly means so much to me! 
The Sponsors and Prizes
Power of Mom's- MOM Organizational System 
$75 Value
Grand Prize
Mind Organization for Moms (M.O.M.) is a mom-specific adaptation of David Allen’s best-seller, Getting Things Done®, designed to help you accomplish your most important tasks so you can fully enjoy your family.
In our simple online program, we’ll show you how to clear your counter of “the pile,” organize projects without the stress, set up an effective Weekly Review system, and keep up with the never-ending stream of emails, phone calls, and papers (yes, it’s possible!).
Find the Power of Moms Here: Website//Facebook//Twitter//Pinterest //Instagram
Little Blessings by Brenda Gift Coupon 
$75 Value
Grand Prize
Little Blessings in Brenda specializes in hand-made children's clothes.  The winner will receive $75 in credit to Brenda's store.  She has some super adorable Frozen clothes that any little girl would love!
Special: Customers of Brenda's - spend $100.00 in a 6 months time period you can pick out a free embroidered T-shirt of any child size (newborn to size 12) of their choice. Or when they spend $150.00 in a 6 months time period they will receive $20.00 off their next order.

Find Little Blessings by Brenda at: Facebook//Etsy//Pinterest//

Printcess: 4 Hand-made Cruelty Free Eye Shadows
$24 Value
Grand Prize
Printcess offers handmade, cruelty-free mineral eye shadow that's inspired by novels.  The winner will receive 4 handmade, cruelty-free mineral eye shadows of the winner's choice, from Printcess.

Can find Printcess at the following: Website//Facebook//Etsy//Twitter// Pinterest
Centime $50 Gift Voucher 
$50 Value
Grand Prize
Centime Gift- Old-school values are our motto. We create timeless and universally appealing design, yet each gift is handmade and personal. We refuse to believe that a budget should limit your imagination. The winner will receive a $50 gift voucher for an item of their choice.

Find Centime here: Website//Facebook//Pinterest//Twitter//

Retro-Style Hand-made Apron by Kaleidoscope of Colors

$15 Value
Runner-Up Prize
Amanda of Kaleidoscope of colors creates beautiful hand-made goods for you and your family.
This gorgeous retro style apron in a cream, burgundy, avocado print looks stunning in the kitchen while baking or cooking that special dish.  Winner will receive this hand-made apron.

Find Kaleidoscope of Colors at: Blog//Etsy//Facebook//Twitter//Instagram//Pinterest//
Tiny Wish Creations-Multiple Prizes

Custom Birthstone Necklace and Custom Birthstone Bracelet
$27 Value
Grand Prize

Custom Painted Wine Glass
$10 Value
Runner Up Prize
tiny wishes creations review giveaway
Tiny Wish Creations features hand painted, heat cured glassware and jewelry. Each piece of painted glassware is created for the buyer, and is custom made.  The Grand-prize winner will revive a custom birth stone necklace and bracelet.  The Runner-up winner will receive a custom painted wine-glass. 

Find Tiny Wish Creations at: Facebook//Etsy//Twitter//Instagram

Jamberry Nail Wrap and Application Kit
$27 Value
Grand Prize
Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after a few days!  Jamberry nail wraps arm you with style and confidence while demanding very little of your time or money.  The winner will receive a nail wrap and application kit.  Mary a blogger and Jamberry consultant is donating this gift.
Can find Mary and Jamberry at: Website//Mary's Blog// 
Matte Black Tassel Bracelet from Early August
$20 Value
Runner-Up Prize
Matte Black Tassel Bracelet from Early August. Chic and just a little edgy, this matte black bracelet can literally be paired with anything! The perfect bracelet that can easily be transitioned from day to night.  

Find Early August at Website//Facebook//Twitter//Pinterest
Hand-made Clutch from Oyeta
$30 Value
Grand Prize
Linen and Lace zippered clutch with hidden wrist strap. A lovely lace in floral embroidery covering a natural color linen. Perfect for a clutch or a wristlet to keep your small essential things like mobile phones, make up, etc

 You can find Oyeta at: Website//Etsy//Facebook//Twitter//Instagram//Pinterest
Variety of Best Selling Books- from Midlife Guru
$50+ Value
Grand Prize 
Caryn, blogger at the Mid-Life Guru, is an authentic and trusted mid-life voice sharing her wisdom gained over the years. She is an avid reader and school board member and is sharing some of her favorite kid and young adult books.
The prize is three Children's and one Young Adult book all best sellers that are sure to be treasured by the children and young adults in your life. Perfect for holiday gift giving or sharing memorable moments.

You can find Mid-Life Guru: Blog//Facebook//Pinterest//Twitter//Pinterest//Instagram//

Shaggy Loops Bracelet from Shadow Rogue Original 
$15 Value
Runner-Up Prize
Heather of Shadow Rogue makes hand-made jewelry with enchanting chain-mail designs with a modern twist.  This 7-inch designer bracelet would add an awesome pop of color to your outfit. 
Find Shadow Rogue at: Facebook//Etsy

$25 Visa Gift Card from Emily Kathryn Photography
$25 Value
Grand Prize
Emily (our very own Emmy Mom) is a natural light photographer who specializes in newborns and families.  She loves capturing those little moments and creating art you will cherish forever.  She is donating a $25 Visa Gift Card.

Find Emily Kathryn Photography at: Website//Facebook//Instagram

Arbonne Sample Kit and $10 Starbucks e-gift Card
$20 Value Total
Grand Prize
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Arbonne RE9 Advanced Sample Kit | The RE9 Advanced set synergizes 9 age-defying elements and botanicals that are clinically proven to start working within 24 hours (value $10).  The winner will also receive a $10 Starbucks e-gift card.  These are being donated by Kenzie of Chasing my Extraordinary.

Find Kenzie at: Blog//Facebook//Twitter//Instagram//Pinterest//Google+

Gold Necklace with Elephant Pendant from Made in Neverland
$15 Value
Runner-Up Prize
Kenzie of Hello Neverland is donating a Gold necklace with a sweet mini elephant pendent on an 18-inch chain.  Would make a perfect gift!

Find Kenzie and Made in Neverland at: Website//Etsy//Facebook//Twitter//Instagram//Pinterest//Google Plus

Cleansing Face Oil from Stella Kenton
$17 Value
Grand Prize
An Organic Cleansing Face Oil with Rose Hip and Tea Tree. 
Stella Kenton's Rose Hip and Tea Tree Face Cleansing Oils contain a non-clogging moisturizing oil infused with Rose Hip Seed, Tea Tree, Lavender, and Orange Essential Oils. This is a cleansing oil; it helps remove makeup.

Find Stella Kenton at: Website//Facebook//Twitter//Instagram//Etsy

Personalized Photo Charm Braclet from WiReD Boutique
$32 Value
Grand Prize 

This personalized customized photo tile charm bracelet would make a wonderful gift!  This bracelet requires four photos from the winner that become part of the scrabble tiles under a polished coating.  It also includes four theme charms along with four birthstone beads of the winner's choice.

Find WiRed Boutique at: Website//Facebook//Twitter//Etsy//Pinterest//Instagram//Google+

Party in a Box 
$20 Value
Runner- Up Prize
Take the work out of planning your kid's next party. Party in a Box is a party rental service that comes with everything you need top decorate for your party.  The winner will receive a free party rental. 

Find Party in a Box: Facebook//Website

Spiked Layering Necklace
$20 Value
Grand Prize
Kelly of Your Charmed Life is donating a petite and simple Spiked Layering Necklace.  This necklace is made of pure brass and the chain is a small gold-filled chain.  The spike measures approximately 23mm x 5 mm and you get to pick your own chain size.  

Find Kelly at: Blog//Etsy//Facebook//Twitter//Instagram//Pinterest//

Handmade Apron by Grandma "Sew" Fun
$30 Value
Grand Prize
These cute winter aprons are just a sample of the cute aprons that "Grandma" makes as part of her hand-made shop.  Perfect to keep your clothes clean of spills and stains and look great in the process.

Find Handmade by Grandma on: Facebook

Jamberry Nail Set
$15 Value
Runner-Up Prize
 Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a few days!  Gone are the days of the single colored manicure.  Gone are the mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash too!  Jamberry nail wraps arm you with style and confidence while demanding very little of your time or money.   Layuah of Rose Gold and Ringlets is donating a nail set.

Find Layuah at: Blog//Website//Twitter//Instagram//Pinterest

And now what you have all been waiting for...... (feel like I need a drum roll.)

The Grand Prize winner of the 2014 Review Extravaganza is.....

Tabitha of  A Hundred Tiny Wishes 
The runner up is......
Teh Megan of Can I Decide Another Day
Congrats ladies!! And thank you so much for all who have entered and recapped with us. 

Humpday Confessions Man Candy Reveal!

Hey ladies. Guess what? GUESS WHATTTTTTT?!

You voted and I listened. Well actually, I couldn't decide myself because you all gave such great suggestions. So I enlisted the help of a few friends and gave Kailyn the ultimate decision when designing my button. We have chosen a new man to carry the confession session torch. 


Making Melissa 

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Yeah are you surprised? It's Magic Mike himself. Just look at him in all his suited up glory. So excited. I can't wait to see you all here on Wednesday for Humpday Confessions. Rawr.