Stitch & Bobbin Quilt Review

Thursday, May 20, 2021

 Review by: Ria

Quilting has definitely been my therapy during the past year of stay-at-home-nonsense so I was thrilled to be offered the chance to do a review of the Cross Stitched Quilt Kit by Running Doe Quilts for Villa RosaDesigns . Yessssssss please!!

The packaged kit includes a panel, white fabric and 8 fat quarters in cheery colors, which are perfect for brightening a bed or a mood! The colors remind me of the tropical islands, where each building is painted a fun, summery shade. I am normally slightly afraid of white fabric but the colored “X” and printed blocks offset it enough that it didn’t seem quite as scary! The kit includes all the fabrics for quilt top and binding. One of the pieces in the kit is this fun printed panel that you sub-cut into 10.5 inch squares. I loved the positive message printed on the selvage!

For the quilt backing, I used some vintage purple fabric from my Gramma’s stash and pieced leftovers of the fat quarters from the front of the quilt. There was PLENTY of fabric left over after completing the top and I was still able to add a bunch of this bright fabric to my scrap stash! (I also saved and sewed all my cut-off corners from the X blocks into half-square triangles and will use these in ANOTHER project!)

Even though I consider myself to be an experienced quilter, this kit was still very enjoyable to put together and is a simple, beginner pattern which can be completed by all skill levels. The main “X” blocks are made with the stitch-and-flip technique and the blocks can be completed quickly with chain piecing. The directions were clear and easy to follow, and small diagrams are also included on the glossy instruction card. The quilt finishes at a generous 50” x 60”, making it a great throw or couch blanket.

Since I don’t often attempt to quilt anything bigger than a toddler-sized quilt on my small home sewing machine and I knew this quilt needed a playful design, I decided to take it to my local long-arm quilter . After browsing all the fun designs, I decided on a bee and flower design. If you don’t have easy access to long -arm quilting services, this would be a great design to use stitch-in-the-ditch or straight line quilting.

Be sure to swing by the Stitch & Bobbin store or website for all your quilting and sewing needs!

Enjoying Canada's May Long Weekend With Asmodee Board Game Fun!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Canada’s May long weekend is known as the unofficial kick-off to summer, with celebrations usually centered around summer activity favorites like backyard BBQs and outdoor activities. Although the festivities may be a little smaller and scaled-back this year, Asmodee is encouraging Canadian families to participate in #backyardboardgames this Victoria Day long weekend, bringing some of the classic Asmodee titles to your outdoor festivities.

  • Azul: Glazed Pavilion: This is an expansion pack for existing fans of the gorgeous Azul tile game. Azul: Glazed Pavilion offers players 2 newly-designed player boards and matching scoring boards to compete over and a set of 4 overlays to keep Azul: Glazed Pavilion tiles neatly organized. Offering the best of both worlds - beauty and new game elements - Glazed Pavilion is a must-have expansion for Azul fans

  • Match 5: In Match 5, you look for common links between 2 words or groups of words. You have 3 minutes to find creative answers for each of the 10 dice combinations. Make links, create connections! Retails for $34.99. 

  • Trek 12:  In Trek 12, players trek through the Himalayas to open new routes to the summits. Carefully map the area and set up your lines, but be careful on the most dangerous paths. Wits and nerve are necessary to make the best choices to boost your reputation, and maybe even become a legendary alpinist. Retails for $39.99

  • Unlock! Mythic Adventures: Unlock! is a cooperative card game inspired by escape rooms that uses a simple system which allows you to  search scenes, combine objects, and solve riddles. Play Unlock! and embark on great adventures, while seated at a table using only cards and a companion app that can provide clues, check codes, monitor time remaining, etc. Can you crack the code and unlock the mystery? Retails for $43.99

How to Set Up a Small Medical Practice

Tuesday, May 18, 2021


As a qualified physician, there may come a time when you want to enter into solo practice and open up your own clinic. If this is the case for you, there are going to be many things you need to consider before you open an office. It's not like you can just go out and buy a few office supplies and unlock your doors. You need to start with a plan and follow through with every step you outlined in that plan. Once you have an overall budget, you can consider the cost of your medical office equipment and supplies.

In this article, we want to address the process to follow and the things you will need to open your medical practice.

Determine Whether It's Something You Want

Before diving into the details, you need to think about the whole process. Ask yourself:

Why do I want to start a private practice?

What type of medical service do you want to provide?

Is there a real need for it?

How much money do I have to risk?

Is this a full-time medical practice venture or a part-time one?

The purpose of these questions is not to dissuade you from opening a small medical office, but to give you a full understanding of your plan.


Your next step is to plan out the details. Set weekly and monthly goals to make your private practice a reality. Just as in school, this new venture will probably take up a great deal of your time, so make sure you are up to the challenge.

Refine Your Idea

Once you are sure you want to open a private medical practice, develop your idea. Create a business plan that outlines your objectives, your costs, and your needs.

You can start with a simple lean plan. It is a one-page business plan where you outline your objectives, set your mission and values, and set out the basic structure and costs for your new office. This plan will give you a guide as you continue with each step of your idea.

What Office and Medical Supplies Will You Need?

Once you are ready, you can consider your office and medical supplies.

When it comes to supplies, there are two basic categories for medical offices: front office supplies and consultation and exam room supplies.

Front Office Supplies

For the front office you'll need things that are typical of most offices. This will include things like a desk and chairs for the receptionist, administrator, and any other person working in this area.



File cabinets







Business cards

Of course, you will also need waiting room furniture such as a sofa, end tables, coffee table, water cooler. The best way to determine what you will need here is to look at what other doctors have in the waiting and reception area.

Consultation Supplies

Here you will need a few medical-specific supplies that will help you attend patients and offer basic testing. A few of these supplies include some of the following things:

Exam room equipment

Testing vials

Sanitizing equipment


Cloth gowns

Medical shoe covers

Exam table paper


In addition, you will need ongoing supplies of exam gloves, sanitary products, and soaps, syringes, needles gauze pads, among other things.

Shop Around

When you've projected everything and have a realistic budget for what you'll need, remember to shop at different places to compare service and price. You have a lot of things you need to purchase for a small medical office. So you'll want to shop around for price and convenience. Many suppliers are willing to deliver supplies on a regular basis. However, you can always get good deals at local office supply stores as well.

You need to consider every factor involved as this is a business venture just like any other, so you want to consider some things before heading out to the office supply store.

As you see, there are many different items a doctor's office needs, and they range from very inexpensive to the other end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to set up a doctor's office, certainly not a matter of renting a space and opening your doors.

Remember, putting together a private practice is not just about the cost of office supplies. The more you know about your project, the more of an advantage and the more protection you will have in ensuring you can complete your project.

Keep in mind that your goals are set out in your business plan, and this serves you as a road map to complete the objective. The plan will guide you towards the next step of your goal and help you purchase everything you need for your small medical practice. In the plan, you want to outline your strategy, goals, tactics, and the things you need to get the office up and running.

Can I Make Money With Online Casinos?

Saturday, May 15, 2021

In the current scenario where people avoid going to the crowded places and cannot resist gambling, online casino is the best option where they can make money. Through online casinos, you can gamble anywhere and anytime at the same time. It is very entertaining, exciting, comfortable, and convenient. A large number of games become accessible at the same time, some of them being roulette, poker, blackjack, online slot machines, horse racing, and many more. Lots of online gambling sites offer free games where you can play without any pressure. There is no minimum limit where you can choose your own stakes, hence it suits all types of budgets. Online casino sites also provide additional rewards and bonuses which can be very useful for those involved in online gambling regularly.

A few tips though:

·   Always play only relaxed – You should always play with a fresh and clear head. It is a piece of advice given by every experienced player, which is the most important one and should be followed very seriously. If one has started to lose money, he/she should know where to stop. To cover the lost money, one should not gamble more and more.

·    Hold on to your profits – You should keep aside at least 50% of the profits and continue betting on the rest 50 percent. By doing this, even if one has lost half of the amount, he/she still has got the rest half left to continue betting.

·    Choosing an ideal online gambling site – You should always choose a site which suits their requirement, like a site which offers feature both for beginners and professional players. The site should also be selected, keeping in mind the safety and privacy of oneself. A site that provides top-class support to its customers is very important. 24/7 customer service support is always available as every individual is dealing with transactions of their hard-earned money.

·   Knowing when to quit – It is very important to have a clear plan in mind; you should be ready with both the strategies, whether winning or losing. It is important to realize whether luck is on your side, and you can keep on playing.

·    Begin playing free sites first - It is important to start playing on the free sites before spending the real money, which is widely available online. This will make one realize their strengths and weaknesses. The person has to take to make very quick decisions; playing on these sites will help decision-making quicker. Some online casino sites provide these facilities even.

Thus, with more people working from home, the growing popularity of an online form of gambling has increased. Therefore, lots of online casino sites such as BetMGM casino have come out; hence there is a lot of competition in the market, once should always choose and play wisely. It is also important to check the licensing and registration of the gambling site, making it more reliable and offering consumer protection. The safety of money invested is insured.

Today's Random Thoughts

Friday, May 14, 2021

Things have continued to be busy in our lives as of late. Daughter is getting read to leave, and head back to Central America, after a 10 month stay with us.


Gerry has been busy with starting to do Spring yard clean ups, mostly for seniors, and tries to get enough hours into the day for helping mom over at her place, or errands ( she doesn't drive- and since dad passed almost 3 months ago, she has needed someone to help her.) Also try to spend a little time daily to downsize, sort and organize at her house and the garage. 50+ years of "stuff" adds up. Gerry was lucky to get all my dad's lumber, and with it being so sky high right now in price, it's a big help for us... it gets it out of mom's yard but helps us as well.  Plywood alone last year was $10.99 a sheet and this year is $75! He is using alot of it for a lean to by the shed...

I received our newest insurance policy for the year and was totally shocked when I saw the $1,000 from the year before go up to $1,300 this year! A quick call to the insurance agency with a what it this?? and I was able to get it down to $856- all for just filling out a form that allowed a credit check to be done. So be sure to always fight for your dollar! $400 savings is seriously insane!

On a money downside, and to make a long story short, we had been on equal billing with our power bill. But since it had only been estimated over the winter for 5-6 months, and daughter's baseboard heater was running all the time, we had to pay for that shortfall... and how much you ask? $1500! It's a sad story, but after doing some investigating, we seen that baseboard heater was a greedy power pig! And she wanted to be warm. Normally we are gone away all winter so we never have it on. It's the only baseboard heater in the trailer - they rest of our home is on propane. But , not much you can do.. I find the power company takes pity on no one! Trust me, I put up a good fight!

Back to a good note again... I won a $100 Circle K gift card in an online contest, so that will be good for gas, and/or snacks, once we are on the road traveling,(as we don't have a location here in our town.)

Chocolate peanut butter drops

Tried my hand at making some chocolates too... and they turned out great! Maybe too great though.. I haven't made again because we were eating too many of them!

The days zip by so quick I am outta here.. but also on one last note- a Very Happy Birthday to our youngest daughter, Erika, who turns 29 today!

2021 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Mother's Day is on May 9, but it's never too early to shop for the perfect gift for Mom to show your appreciation and love. Our gift guide has thoughtful gift ideas  for the best Mother's Day gifts this year!

The Idle Free Box-

A great gift for mom anytime is The Idle Free Box.  An activity-based lifestyle subscription box.

In each box, she will receive 5-7 interactive activities to fill her idle time, an exciting D.I.Y. activity, yoga sessions with guided meditation, a 15-minute clarity session with a success coach, access to the  members only workout with instructional videos, and Canadian Mental Health Association resources!

Scoria World -

Help mom reconnect with her creativity and enhance her mental and physical well-being. Scoria World is named after the volcanic rock which embodies sparking your inner fire and that burning desire to let your creativity loose. The Scoria World products are made from sustainably harvested cork. The eco-friendly design works for hot yoga, gentle yoga, meditation, and stretching. Made from 100% natural cork and rubber this matt is perfect for a non-toxic home or practice. Scoria World is a proud partner of Right To Play Canada, which helps Indigenous youth rise by providing them with safe play spaces, life-skills training, healthy food, inclusive physical activities, and much more! With every purchase from Scoria World, a portion of proceeds to Right To Play's Promoting Life-Skills In Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program.

The Diner's Wrap-

The clean lines, tasteful design, and fine finish, mean the Diner's Wrap TM compliments all her activities. From lounging on the sofa or working at her office computer; sitting outside at a pub with friends or at a romantic dinner with that special someone, the Diner's WrapTM can always be keeping her warm.

Mom will also love the freedom of movement for her upper body and arms, while still providing unprecedented overall body coverage and warmth when compared to a conventional blanket. Just sooo cute and cuddly!

Special Mother's Day discount on till May 14th, as well as a thank you  to all Essential Workers, with special pricing until May 31.

doTERRA’s Aroma Essentials Collection-

Are you in search of a unique Mother’s Day gift?  Skip the candles and opt instead for a natural way to pamper yourself or your loved ones while cleaning the air around you at the same time.  doTERRA’s Aroma Essentials Collection includes powerhouse products to you help freshen the air in your home, while also providing refreshing, invigorating, and lovely aromas. With the Aroma Essentials Collection you can create a fresh, clean environment that smells incredible, straight from the plant.

NIVEA’s Q10 Power -

Nivea's Q10 Power range of moisturizers are designed to suit every mom's  unique skin type. They contain a Q10 coenzyme 100% identical to the one made by her own  skin to give her skin back what it has lost with age while improving skin’s elasticity for visibly firmer skin in 2 weeks. Mom is gonna love this!

e.l.f. Holy Hydration! Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm-

Easily removes makeup without stripping the skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, ceramides and peptides leaving skin feeling plumped with hydrated.

e.l.f. Lash It Loud Mascara-

This formula’s intensely rich pigments easily coat lashes for a bigger and bolder look. The sleek flexible wand hugs every single lash with both vertical and horizontal bristles to amplify, define & add dimension.


Thinking ahead to warmer days, and flip flops!

Developed with a passion for outdoor life, Gumbies Islander Flip-Flops provide the freedom of minimalistic footwear while ultimately protecting the sole.

Gumbies follow the contours of the foot, the arch of the sole and most importantly provide comfort between the toes, whilst using the most practical, natural and recycled planet friendly materials where possible.

Gumbies Islander Flip-Flops give mom timeless style and are fashionable, functional, fresh and fun.


Fun in the sun is here and that means families need protection from UV rays to stay safe. OLITA handles all sun care needs. Offering mineral sunscreen options and the popular Beach Be Gone sand remover body powder, there is no need to go anywhere else when stocking up for the family this summer. There is nothing harmful in any of these organic products - not for you or coral reefs. OLITA was awarded EWG’s safest sunscreen in 2020 and 2021 as well as Parent Magazine’s safest sunscreen for kids in 2021, making OLITA planet safe and mom-approved!

OLITA also donates 10% of every purchase to ocean conservation by partnering with the Coral Reef Alliance. That’s protection with a purpose.


Lowe’s is a great one-stop shop for your mom this Mother’s Day! For the gardening moms, Lowes has a great range of soils, gardening tools and seedlings to get her garden started along with Plant Stands to make the most of smaller spaces. 

For Mom’s that want to bring the inside outdoors, Lowe’s have great decorative items to bring your patio to life, like decorative pillows and patio furniture. You can even find all the items to create the ultimate Backyard Staycation Retreat, all at Lowe’s stores!

Wine of the Month Club | America's #1 Rated Wine Club from Amazing Clubs!

For over 17 years we’ve been delivering new and exciting wine selections to customers all across America.  Each month we’ll send 2 bottles (your choice of 2 reds, 2 whites or one of each) from boutique wineries all over the world.  We’ll also include our wine lover’s newsletter with facts and background info about each selection.  It’s the perfect way to try new and delicious wines you’d never come across on your own, all from the comfort of your home.

Starting at $43.95 + Free Shipping + Free Gift Announcement

Neoraa leader in science-based skincare and wellness products, shares these great products, for mom this Mother's Day.

  • Age IQ® Eye Serum: Featuring Neora’s proprietary SIG-1191® ingredient, this eye serum helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while helping firm and brighten your eye area.
  • Firm Body Contour CreamListed by Sofia Vergara as one of her skincare secrets, Neora’s Firm Body Contour Cream is made with aloe leaf juice which moisturizes and hydrates, shea and cocoa butters to condition the skin, and caffeine to stimulate circulation and smooth dimpled skin. It helps smooth and tighten the skin for a toned appearance, so you’re ready for bathing suit season. 
  • ProLuxe Hair Care System: This first-of-its-kind, professional-level collection revitalizes your hair from the scalp to the very ends. The set includes the Rebalancing Shampoo, Rebalancing Conditioner, Hair Mask and Scalp Treatment.


Yoga Body Butter 

A hydrating and relaxing body butter including patchouli, orange and shea butter. Recommended to use post shower or bath to lock in moisture.

Nectar Bath Treats-

Nectar Bath Treats is a cruelty free bath & body treats company with one mission: to bring relaxation and joy to everyone that orders.

They specialize in soothing bath bombs, bubble bath ice cream scoops, bakery inspired soap treats and so much more.

Their adorable treats are perfect for gifting, especially on Mother's Day.

If a mom in your life needs a little me time and relaxation, Nectar Bath Treats will be the perfect gift!

Fairytale Brownies-

Still wondering what to get Mom, Grandma, or Auntie for Mother’s Day? Treats from Fairytale Brownies always bring smiles their way. Whether you send an indulgent full-size dessert, a snack to serve with tea, or morsels for a quick bite, Fairytale has an ensemble of flavors and sizes to please her every wish.

Order at by May 4 for standard Mother’s Day delivery.

Treat-your-Mother-Box with Canvas Candle Co. and Só Luxury-

This year we're partnering with two of our favorite companies to bring you a unique spa experience. Canvas Candle Co. and Só Luxury are two female-owned businesses that make products guaranteed to offer extreme relaxation. The Momma Box and Big Momma Box are packed full of just the right indulgence that every special Mama deserves. Choose the size you'd like, enter your personalized message, and schedule the date you'd like your gift to be shipped out! Sit back and relax, we'll share the love for you.

Title Nine -

Title Nine is a woman-run and owned brand and company since 1989. The brand believes that the outdoors and a good workout can be the antidote to many of life's problems, and that women are amazing, powerful beings who can risk, lead and own in life; the workplace, the playing field and the boardroom. The Grace 2.0 Short Sleeve Top is amazing for all of the above, for adventures and home life alike. Made to handle whatever our day throws our way with grace. It keeps up without fuss or telltale funk thanks to StinkStopper™, our anti-microbial funk-fighter and offers buttery soft next to skin feel for all day comfort. Mom will be able to rock her hikes, meetings and get-togethers with ease!


Since the founding in 1990, Lemax has been at the forefront of the rapidly growing pastime of lighted villages. From a modest selection of quaint lighted houses, their collection has expanded to encompass a world of houses, figurines and accessories. Lemax villages would be a great option for the perfect Mother’s Day Gift. She would have fun decorating her home with her unique Lemax piece. Other than enchanting houses and centerpieces, you can also add on landscaping, accessories and figurines. Definitely check out their “Sights and Sounds” category which features larger pieces that have movement and even a custom soundtrack tailored to that particular piece. Most of all, these pieces will not hurt the “piggy bank!” They offer a high quality alternative to collectors who have devoted years to building lavish village displays, and an affordable entry point to new collectors. Browse their website and find an authorized reseller near you or eCommerce stores where you can have these gifts shipped to your door.

Cotopaxi Baja Pant-

For those whose lives are equal parts adventure, travel, and everyday hustle, we designed the all-new Women’s Baja Pant to mimic your versatility—a minimalist, go-anywhere pant that’s as well suited to the daily routine as it is to extended stints away from it. Made with durable and weather-resistant, four-way stretch fabric that features a looped, twill backer for premium next-to-skin softness, the Baja’s sleek, movement-focused fit provides form and function in equal doses. A concealed, side seam zip pocket stashes your passport or other valuables, and the recycled polyester and Spandex waistband offer a smooth, low-profile fit under a climbing harness or backpack hipbelt.

**Watch this spot for more gift ideas - coming soon.

And There It Was- Gone- Hope You Had a Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

I really HAD planned to get up this morning and wish all moms everywhere- all my great readers- a Happy Mother's Day, bright and early this morning, but it just didn't go that way, and once again, the day slipped away. Life just gets busy. We did manage to go to mom's today and help her with a bit more downsizing at her place, something we try to do daily. Dad passed 2 months ago, and mom wants to eventually move, but there are no places open for her right now. Went out for ice cream today...which isn't always a good thing when your lactose intolerant like me- but am a sucker for it for sure!

Wanted to share some photos of some of the beautiful flowers and gifts I got too! Hope you all had a special kind of day!

Our Before and After With Primco Flooring

Monday, May 3, 2021

Yes, it was time for a change...! 

We have been renovating slowly - changing from beige and dark browns to white and grey. 

I would say it's been about 10 years since the last change.

Did the painting and then it was on to the flooring.

We looked for vinyl flooring but once we saw that laminate is now waterproof we decided to go that way.  What caught our eye was Primco's Transcend Collection  . It's  an 8mm laminate with a AC4 wear rating so it will protect against scratching a lot better then a vinyl floor. (Check out this video Laminate AC4 versus SPC 20mil Wear layer - Angle Grinder - YouTube). This flooring is amazing- its not just coated with wax either. What really makes it water proof is the Hydro-monolithic wax that they mix in the core so every cut on nick in the plank leaves it still waterproof. I use a cordless vac on my floor a few times a day, so I know I needed a flooring that could stand up to that as well.

Primco also offer custom made vents and moldings that can come with the flooring.

We used the Protect-it versatile underlay that can be used under laminate and includes a vapor barrier as well as can be put over top of it to protect the floor while you are  moving things around to protect your investment.  

One thing, among many, that we loved was the smooth look of the floor, as well as the shade. The last color we had was dark brown, and it really showed every bit of dust. Grey is so much nicer!

On an end note we want to just say- Be sure to check out their website or  ask your local flooring retailer about the Estates Laminate collection! We love ours!

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