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What Journalism taught me

Recently, I wrote about why Journalism wasn’t for me but that doesn’t mean that all that education and experience was a waste.  I learned a lot of valuable lessons, habits, and information during my time in Journalism.  Though I won’t pursue it as a career, I can appreciate what it taught me.

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JMaxwell’s Rambling: Graduation and my thoughts

That’s all folks, my last day of school has ended. I have an awards gala on Tuesday for school and then it’s done.  Two wonderful and terrible (okay, not terrible, just stressful.) years at Durham College taking Journalism.

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My favorite ornaments/decorations


Merry Christmas everybody!

I figured that this would be an appropriate blog to do today.  Most of my favorite ornaments are so special because they were made by my precious four year old. So let’s get started.



Jakob, daddy and I made this together at Jakob’s school breakfast with Santa party.


This was also a necklace we made together at the same party.



Jakob and his crafting 🙂  snowflakes, angel and Santa.  Oh how I love these cute homemade decorations.



Jakob and I spiced this one up a bit.  Originally it was just a santa head, so we got a snowflake painted it and covered it in glitter.  Then added a few crystals and glued the Santa head in the middle.  I love how it turned out.



This heart ornament is super simple but oh so adorable.  It came from my handsome nephew.  When he made it and put it on the tree, he told me, he made it for me and Aaron because he just loves us so much <3.



This Ninja Turtle Ornament was made by my friend Trina for Jakob and he absolutely adores it.


So these are my favorite ornaments and decorations this year. What about yours?

I hope you all have a great day with your loved ones.  Merry Christmas!




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JMaxwell’s Rambling: I got engaged!

Well, this is a seriously delayed post but the semester has been crazy and I have started my winter break so I figured I would catch you up.

My love and I went up to a cottage on a couple’s weekend to Bancroft from November 7th – November 9th.  It was such a blast and it was the first time we have gone anywhere without our awesome little guy in a very long time.

We had such a great time with a few couple’s that we know, including my sister and her man.

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It was super beautiful and we had an awesome time.

On November, 8th 2014.  My boyfriend proposed to me. It was the sweetest thing in the world, and happened while we were alone in the outdoor hot tub on a beautiful night.

It was a crazy surprise and I really couldn’t be happier.

My fiance and I have been together for 7 years as of this past November 16th.

Aaron and I after we first started dating in 2007. Gosh, we look so young.
Aaron and I in 2008 :)
Aaron and I in 2008 🙂
Aaron and I in 2009
Aaron and I in 2009
Aaron and I with our nephew Ben when I was 7 months pregnant with Jakob in 2010.
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Aaron, Jakob and I being silly in 2011
Aaron and I in 2012 ❤
Aaron and I in 2013
Aaron, Jakob and I in 2014 🙂

I am so excited to marry the love of my life ❤

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My two favorite guys in 2014 ❤



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Rambling with JMaxwell: When it rains, it pours and how I dry off.

Have you ever had a day where several things go wrong and it completely deflates you because it seems to be just one thing after another. I had a day like this the other day and I thought I would share it with you and how I pulled myself out of my sour mood.

First, let’s talk about the rain,

So the other day I woke up tired and grumpy.  I hadn’t slept well and I had a migraine that had been lingering around for the past week.

I decided that I would just walk up to the pizza store, it’s just a 20 minute walk from my house and the sun was out.  Jakob (3) was napping with his daddy so I thought a nice walk to the plaza to get my eyebrows waxed, grab pizza for dinner and a little me time would be good to lift my mood.

The universe had other plans for me.

I get about halfway to the plaza when I see all the storm clouds move in, violent looking lightning bolts streaking across the sky and loud rumbling thunder. I started walking faster, cause well I have an irrational fear of thunderstorms.

I get to the plaza and go order the pizza, walk over and get my eyebrows waxed while I’m waiting. The sky clears, the sun is out and it’s going back to a nice day outside.

I get the pizza, wedges and a few dollar store items then make my way home.  I get a 1/4 of the way home when the pouring rain starts, like I mean torrential rain. I’m soaked, holding a pizza box and trying to walk home as fast as I can.

Any woman who wears flip-flops can tell you, it’s hell walking in the rain with these things. They slip off when wet and it is such a process to walk in them.

The universe wasn’t done yet, I get about 1/2 way home and I am at the field that leads to my street, I am about to step into the field when my flip-flop breaks. I try to fix it, but it started to be a never-ending task of fix shoe, walk 2 feet, fix shoe, etc.

So I take them off which is dodgy and risky considering at the end of the field, there is a cat walk alley where people like to litter but what choice did I have at this point.

I marched through the field and alley unscathed, it’s still pouring.

Now, I am at the corner of the main road and my street, literally a 2 minute walk from my house and I step on glass. It shoves into my foot and I have to limp/walk on the side of my foot to my house.

Just to add to it, as I approached my house, it began to pour even harder.

I hobble onto my porch and through the door to find my son and boyfriend are awake.  One look at me and my boyfriend just knew.

I didn’t say much, I just went upstairs to the bathroom to get the glass out of my foot.

Now, drying off:

I was fully ready to let this ruin my day further to put me in a bad mood for the rest of the night but my boyfriend wouldn’t let that happen.

When I came downstairs, he hugged me tight, he had the pizza all ready on the table and set up for dinner.

He looked at my foot and listened with concern while I told him what happened.

My little guy was concerned as well and wanted to make me all better and that’s when it hit me.

This day sucked, I mean really it did but I still have so many amazing things in my life.

A little rain, a little blood and a little frustration is just a small portion of my life.

My little family makes me feel so amazing and their love helps me gain perspective.

So my challenge to you is, when everything seems to be going wrong, find one thing that makes you happy, relaxed or calm.



**Side note:  The pizza made it, didn’t end up soggy or anything, which was an added bonus.**