My Life as a Full-Time Blogger (Guest Post) By: Tessa Smith

Surviving 5 Kids

My Life as a Full-Time Blogger

Just How Do I Do It?

Mama Smith

Blogging full time. Yeah, it takes up about half of my life. OK, that’s a lie. If I am being 100% honest with myself it take up about three quarters of my life. I eat, breath, and dream reviews. I love it, don’t get me wrong. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and I stay home with my girls. Blogging is a release for me. It allows me to use my Marketing degree. It is a passion of mine and I am so glad I found it.

I just turned 30 this year (eek!) and I am a stay at home mommy. I raise two beautiful little girls, Ivy, who is 3.5, and Lorie, who will be 2 in January. Earlier this year, at the end of May, I discovered blogging. I jumped in head first and…

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Gratitude Giveaway Hop November 15 – 30



Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaways Hop!

I have so much to be grateful for, this is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate my gratitude to YOU. First, thanks to Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting this giveaway. Second, a BIG thank you to Melissa at The Bookbinder’s Daughter, you have bestowed support and kindness beyond measure. Finally, thank you to my followers, I appreciate your time and attention, and participation in giveaways, ALL of you make this adventure twice as fun. To show my gratitude I am giving away THREE Amazon GC to THREE lucky winners. This is an international giveaway.

$20 Amazon GC (1)
$10 Amazon GC (1)
$10 Amazon GC (1)

Please click on this Entry-Form to enter to win one of the three Amazon Gift Cards. Giveaway ends on 11/30, the winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours…

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Body found near Oak Haven, N.B.

Global News

ST. DAVID RIDGE, N.B. – The RCMP is investigating after a body was discovered in a wooded area in St. David Ridge, about 10 km from Oak Haven, N.B.

In a release, RCMP say two hunters came across the body in a wooded area at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Police haven’t identified the person, including their gender, age or the “circumstances surrounding the death.”

“Evidence at the scene suggest foul play is involved in this person’s death,” the release states.

RCMP Major Crime investigators and Forensic Identification officers are on scene.

The RCMP say a forensic autopsy will be performed in Saint John. They say only after the autopsy is done will they know more on the person’s identity.

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After-school care groups in Edmonton struggle to find space

Global News

(WATCH: The wait lists for many Edmonton after-school care programs are daunting. Kendra Slugoski has more on what many are calling a child care crisis.)

EDMONTON – As Edmonton parents face waiting lists hundreds-long for child care, the groups providing many kinds of care are also waiting – for space.

One child care program in Oliver had a waiting list between two and three years. Interested parents often sign up their children as soon as they find out they’re pregnant to get into the program.

Demand for spots in before- and after-school care programs is also reaching crisis levels.

The Terwillegar YMCA Child Care program has a waiting list between two and three years long. Siblings of children already in the program get first priority.  The YMCA says demand in newer neighbourhoods continues to grow and most schools don’t have space available to set up after-school care.

“We have huge wait…

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Colorado Approves Credit Union for Pot Stores


America’s rapidly-expanding marijuana industry faces a major quandary: large, national banks are afraid to do business with cannabis businesses for fear of running afoul of strict federal regulations.

That could change with the creation of the first financial institution dedicated solely to serving the cannabis industry. This week, the Colorado Division of Financial Services issued a charter to The Fourth Corner Credit Union, which could be doing business and serving the local cannabis community as soon as January, a spokeswoman for the state’s regulatory agencies confirmed.

The dearth of reliable banking opportunities has turned the marijuana “green rush” into a mostly all-cash affair as business owners are unable to store their pot proceeds in a checking account. Fortunewrote about how banking restrictions have helped give rise to a number of ancillary businesses serving the cannabis industry by offering cash management and security services.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper called the…

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Police release sketch of alleged sexual assault suspect

Global News

EDMONTON — Edmonton police have released a composite sketch in hopes of identifying a man allegedly involved in a sexual assault downtown in September.

Police say the assault happened around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the area of 95 Street and 101 Avenue.

A 56-year-old woman told police she was on her way into an apartment building in the area when she was approached and grabbed by an unknown man. Police say the man allegedly threatened the woman and sexually assaulted her. Police say the suspect ran away from the scene when the woman struggled and screamed for help.

The woman suffered minor injuries in the attack.

The suspect is described as a man in his late teens to early 20s. He is about six-feet tall with a thin build, brown hair and small, narrow eyes. Police say he was wearing a dark blue or black spring jacket with…

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