Nivea Q10 Firming Collection Product Review

Nivea Q10 Firming Product Review | leave it to JoyI am just getting to try Nivea’s Q10 Firming line thanks to ChickAdvisor! I was given the opportunity to review these 3 Nivea Products: Nivea Q10 Firming Body Oil, Nivea Q10 Firming Body Lotion, and Nivea Q10 Anti-Age Hand Cream. A quick search and this basket is a $32.00 value, thank you Nivea!

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PowerBar ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar Product Review

PowerBar Protein Plus Reduced Sugar Product Review | leave it to JoyI am just getting to try PowerBar ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar bars thanks to ChickAdvisor!

I was given the opportunity to review these 2 PowerBar Products: PowerBar ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar Lemon Poppy Seed and PowerBar ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter.

A quick search and this basket is a $12.00 value, thank you PowerBar!

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Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Collection Product Review

Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Collection Product Review | leave it to Joy

I have been curious about Baby Dove for a while, but am just getting to try it thanks to ChickAdvisor! I was given the opportunity to review these 3 Baby Dove Products: Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash, Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Lotion, and Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Wipes. Here is my review on each of them, I #gotitfree but I’ll always be honest! Continue reading

Childhood Memories: The Sandwich

It was a summer day and we’ve been out of school long enough that we’re bored. I’m old enough to have moved my room into the unfinished basement – probably 13 or 14. I have walls but my ceiling is open beams from the floor above me.

My sister, 18 months younger than me, has a friend over. They’re bored. They are running between the basement and then the upstairs. I can hear them near my door, and then pattering off.  I figure they are in the storage room across the hall, or in the closet adjacent to my room. But I don’t know what they are doing and I don’t really care. I’m just doing my own thing. Continue reading

Change

You may have noticed that I’ve kind of dropped off the face of the blog. Six months ago I brought my first little into the world. I have debated what that means for leave it to Joy. If you have any littles you understand me when I say that I have considerably less time for my DIY content. My knitting is SLOW! and most of the sewing I do now is to mend things instead of starting something from scratch.

I never really thought about making journaling the primary content on my blog, I think my life is too normal for that. Even though your journal posts are some of my favourites to read. I did think about transitioning to a mommy blog but I’m not sure about that, considering my most popular posts are my DIY furniture. Ah the agony. And I’m a first time mom, I don’t know what I’m doing?! Most days if my little is alive and fed I feel like I’m winning. But maybe that is what it’s about, the journey.

Even this post I’ve rewritten it several times and I’m still not sure about it. Why would someone enjoy reading this? It’s not funny, or encouraging, at best it’s somewhat relatable.  

Oh Change, I know you’re good – but I hate you sometimes. 

The REAL Worst Dinner Guest Ever: A True Story

A year ago someone shared with me an amazing quote from Anne Lamott to help encourage me to tell my stories:

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them they should have behaved better.”

Here is another one.

After posting my reminiscent The Worst Dinner Guest Ever post I was reminded about the REAL worst dinner guest ever… Continue reading

The Worst Dinner Guest Ever: A True Story

I have always loved to be a host. If you’ve been to my house you’ll know this to be true. I haven’t always been an amazing cook, and to some standards I might still be far from one. But I have always been a good hostess. I was reminiscing about my early days as a hostess and thinking about lessons I’ve learnt, things that I’ve changed and I remembered the biggest lesson of all. No matter how hard you try or how gracious you are you will never be able to please everyone. Settle in, this is the story of my the worst dinner guest ever. These guests, we shall call them D & A, were really good friends of my co-host and I was hopeful that we’d also become close, so remember there is a lot riding on this going well.

Disclosure, this was back about 8 years ago so my facts may not be perfect, but this is how I remember it ‘going down’.

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