Do What Makes YOU Happy

What makes you happy? I’m talking genuinely happy. For some it’s friends and family, others enjoy pure solitude. Now let’s think about what can turn our days around without even noticing.

There are two things in my life that change my mood almost instantly. I’m going to give you a hint. It’s actually not my wife and kids, it’s cooking the food I love and music. There is something about the process that is absolutly magical.

It all starts with a thought, tguyhat thought might be “man we need to use up the mushrooms”. From that point I find myself physically and mentally rushing around to see what I can cook that I have never tasted before. In moments like these I find myself putting on music, these tend to be songs that I belt out during the entire process from start to finish.

Growing up my friends and I spent a lot of time at The Stretch cabin. Echo Bay was our playground from sunrise to sunset, often without sleep. I always loved to cook but this is where I found a love for cooking for the people I love.

I was usually the first one up, I would spend 5 minutes clearing the kitchen of miscellaneous beer cans and bottles of Baby Duck. Soon after, you could hear music throughout the cabin, as I was in my happy place. Bodies would start to crawl out of the bedrooms and off the couches to the smell of breakfast. This would go on from the moment we got up till the time we hit the hay. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner was where I loved to be.

To this day, I love to have my close friends and family over so that I have a reason to create a new experience. Food is a powerful way to express your feelings and emotions. To some, it’s simply a waste of time and only something they must do to live. For others it’s simply life itself. How someone prepares food can tell you a lot about that person.

From Hotdogs to Maple Roasted Red Pepper Gnocchi, I hope that everyone I cook for can feel the love I put forth. Give me a fridge full of food and some Biggie Smalls, and Big Poppa is going to make sure your tummy is fed and your heart is full.



Cleaning Problem

If your anything like me then you can appreciate the stress and anxiety level that comes with a mess. By a show of hands how many of you feel like you could just spend hours cleaning and the moment you put your favorite vacuum away the circus has already come and gone?

I have three types of cleaning that I do.

  1. Stress Cleaning
  2. Sick Cleaning
  3. Every day something to do cleaning

By no means is my house spotless but that’s not from a lack of effort. I know that I’m overboard with it ( I can thank my mother for that) but that’s ok.

I stress clean when someone is coming to the house because we can’t let them know that we are living there with 3 kids. I especially need to know if “Nana” is coming over, or “momma” as I like to call her. Yes I’m a 6’2 bald head, tattooed body, bearded face, big ring wearing son of a gun who still calls my mom “momma”.

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory, I sick clean when I’m sick. I know that might sounds weird but I can’t sit still for more than 3 minutes so when I’m stuck at home I can usually last about 2 hours before I just tidy up a bit. It almost has a placebo effect on me making me feel like I’m getting better.

And we the everyday cleaning is just something I believe every household needs to do. This kind of stuff would include a daily vacuum of the kitchen and living room which are two main kid zones. We will also surface clean the kitchen make sure all the dishes are in the wash so we can put them away in the morning. On top of that we will pick one thing to tackle so that we don’t have to set whole days aside, this way we can show the kids how to properly organize time for everyday activities.

The best way I have found to monitor what we need to do is make a chore calender. We write down daily tasks for the month and cross them out throughout the day. We have found this as the most beneficial and productive way so that things don’t build up and we have to dedicate a whole day to it.

I have come to terms with the fact that my house is never going to be spotless again, well until the kids are older and that’s their “rent”. Either way I’m good because they will do it or they will be out of the house so I can do it, and do it right.

Leave a comment or DM me with what your favourite household cleaning tips and products are, I’m always looking for a better and more efficient way.


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