Live From The Oscars....The Best Damn Pre-Show You've Ever Seen...



Coming to you Live from the 2014 Oscars
Robin Roberts:  Welcome thanks for joining the 84th Academy Awards Pre-Show. Hosting with me this year will be Tim Gunn, Louise Roe, Jess Cagle and the fabulous Nina Garcia

Garcia: Excited to be here but even more excited to see Ellen host this year

Gunn: I know I am

Roe:  What a year, what talent and as always surprises everyone is talking about

Cagle: That's it exactly, I mean everyone can not stop talking about the superstar that is absolutely lighting up the world - I mean Pippy Layne has taken the world by storm

Gunn: Well if her fashion sense shows us anything, it's she's one to look out for

Roberts: Here she comes, I wonder who she picked?

Gunn:  Ahh beautiful

Roe: Oooh stunning the way the dress drapes, who is that?

Garcia:  I believe she went with The House Of Hand Me Downs

Gunn: Of course, who doesn't love Hand Me Downs

Cagle:  Amazing



Gunn: Now let's talk that hair, I mean only Pip could pull of such art in a style like that

Roberts:  It's outta control yet perfectly in control - you know what I mean?

Gunn:I do and I love



Roe: Now I know she struggled with shoes. Her publicist said it was one of the hardest decisions regarding tonight's outfit

Cagle:  From the looks of it they seem way too big for her little, petite feet

Garcia:  They are 2 sizes too big - But dammit she knew they were the ones when she saw that sparkle. She had to have them

Gunn:  Well she's working them



Roe:  Do you think we could get her in the "mani-cam" because her manicure looks too good not to

Garcia: I don't think we can but I know Momma Bites Them Off Salon did the work

Roberts: Well Pip really outdid herself- without a doubt she's making the Best Dressed list

Gunn: Oh absolutely. I think she's really grown from last year. While I liked her look, this year she seems a bit more mature, even romantic



Roberts: Speaking of romantic - Did you notice her boyfriend Loch is no where to be seen?

Garcia: Rumour has it, that Pip has been so busy she's neglecting him lately 

Roe:  I wonder who will be presenting the Oscar for Spreading the Most Joy?

Roberts: Me too, a few names come to mine

Gunn: Well we're about to find out- Right now live

Roberts: Ahhhh it's last years Oscar Winner for I am Two-Yet I am Dennis The Menace



Roe: He was aaaamazing in that

Cagle: I cried - I laughed - I cringed - I felt him come alive

Roberts: Oh me too. The way he nailed those temper tantrums and his sword fighting skills were outrageous - He was so good - real good

Gunn: For me it was more his commitment to the role. I mean he went deep into the character - Eating the wood off an entire crib rail, flinging poo, not sleeping for days, peeing on a couch. I mean it's unheard of. He went there and went there well

Garcia: Agreed. Well deserved

Gunn: He's with the nominees about to announce the winner but lets quickly talk about his look tonight. It's quite different



Garcia: Well he has always been one to dance to the beat of his own drum so tonight is no different 

Gunn: He went with new designer, I'll Stop at The Shirt

Garcia: I get it - Kinda like I'll dress from the shirt up but everything else is left for interpretation

Gunn: Exactly

Garcia: Noal's publicist said that he worked with I'll Stop at The Shirt after having one hell of a time trying on clothes for tonight. The green sweatpants and slippers are his way of saying I'm cool, I'm independent, I can do it on my own, I'm me

Gunn: Well it works

Garcia: Does it ever

Roberts: There about to announce Oscar for Spreading the Most Joy. Here we go - And the Oscar for Spreading the Most Joy goes to

Roberts: PIP!!!

Roe: Not surprising - We knew she had this - Yet she looks shocked


Roberts:  She sure does. She shouldn't be - I mean the amount of joy this girl has spread is unreal

Roe: Really is. I mean it's worldwide

Garcia: Yet can you believe Ellen hasn't heard or called her despite another Oscar worthy performance in #OperationEllenMeetPip

Roberts: Now that amazes me, I mean how could she not? It's just a matter of time. I swear it, Pip will be on Ellen. I'm declaring it now

Garcia: It's almost fitting that Noal was the one presenting this Oscar since they are working together in #OperationEllenMeetPip

Roberts: Agreed, I sense another Oscar next year to the two of them for their work in it. The commitment to their high-fiving alone is outstanding



Cagle:  Noal seems quite proud of her

Roberts: Those on set with them said it almost felt like Noal was an older big brother looking out for her

Garcia: Here comes the kiss - I love when the presenter kisses the winner



Roberts: We are live here with Oscar Winner Pip - Amazing, big congratulations on the win. We are all so proud of you

Gunn: How are you going to celebrate?

Pip: Ahhhhhhh can you believe it - Ahhhhhhh



First thing first these glasses are coming OFF - It's time to party!!



Actually wait if I'm being honest what I really feel like doing is dancing. And by dancing I mean busting it down with the Chicken dance



Roberts: The chicken dance wow - What a way to celebrate, this girl knows how to live

Roberts:  There you have it folks. Thanks for joining us and we'll see you tomorrow when we talk about what happen after the Oscars. Including who Noal ended up parting with and how the night unfolded. Lets just say Mr. Potato Head is back in town. 

As well as a behind the scenes look into why they changed the Oscar to a silver more tin-foil look and the meaning behind the shape of a baby instead of a man.

You won't want to miss it.



All: Good Night and thanks for tuning in




Now friends if this doesn't bloody get Ellen's attention I'm at a loss...Come on #OperationEllenMeetPip just happen already.

Happy Oscar Weekend








Please note: Obviously this is totally made up - As much as I wish Roberts, Gunn, Garcia, Roe & Cagle really did have this dialogue about my darling Pip...It's all in my imagination. 

Dwelling in Possibility - About to Soar...

I have always been one that believes everyone has a purpose...But not everyone finds it, fulfills it or even wants to discover it - But those that do have a richer life because of it... 

Photo by Julia McKay, Whig -Standard
I believe I have found mine...All my life I've been dreaming of the next thing, wanting to move country to country, striving to excel in each job or career path - But truly never feeling like I was doing what I was made to do...


And now this silly little blog that started on a whim and helped heal my heart by sharing our story, is now such a part of me...It is my purpose...And I have a richer life for it...


Speaking of richer...That's what I need to be...Making some moula as I'm officially off my maternity leave and we've made the decision that I'll be a stay-at-home-momma for a bit. {Yay and my feelings on this for another blog, another day} That being said I gotta pull my weight around here & try to bring in some dough...


It's funny when I wrote this post "14 Things That Are Going To Happen In 2014" I also wrote 14 Things that I envisioned or wanted to change about Happy Soul Project and it's been sitting in my draft folder since then...I think I wrote it more for myself, goals I had or needed to accomplish. 


So big warning friends, reading further may be a tad boring & I tend to go on and on and on and on...


But why I wanted to share it with y'all now is because looking back at those 14 things, it's amazing to see that some of what I hoped for is outrageously happening on its own...


So without further adieu or is it ado? Either way, here were my thoughts 2 months ago and where Happy Soul Project stands today...


ONE: I need to realize I can only be me - That's it really...I can read as many blogs as time allows and be in absolute awe of their talent and creativity...I can't offer per say what others do; amazing pics, recipes, clean eating tips, redecorating with mason jars or heck even lovely hair tutorials...I don't do much but share what is happening in my small little word...But that's okay - That's more than okay and I need to realize that's enough...That's genuine & honest and as much as I wish I could offer more I need to just be me.



TWO: On the moula side of things I need to be adding sponsors/advertisers to the blog...Many bloggers do this on a much larger scale incorporating give-aways and promotions but for me having small business owners that relate to my life is more than enough...



THREE: In a weird way all of a sudden photography {or being a momma-paparazzi} is my new obsession...I constantly get asked what kind of camera I use, can they book me to take photos & I even had someone ask if I could teach an intern...These all make me laugh, and laugh hard because I use my Samsung Phone for every single photo taken...But maybe they see something I don't and I need to really look into this side of things - Maybe buy a decent camera or take a photography class...



FOUR: I need to start landing some freelance writing gigs or landing articles that will bring light to Happy Soul Project's message.




FIVE: If I truly believe I can do this or make it as a writer/blogger, whatever you want to call me, I need to treat this like a serious job...If deep down I know one day I will meet Ellen - I need to do the behind the scenes work more...




SIX: I need to figure out the next steps for Happy Soul Project. I read other blogs that have so many views it blows me away...They have success in a way of sponsorships, a loud, heard voice, partnerships with other writers, creative endeavours, Etsy shops and small businesses...And I want that - I want that bad...I want to share art and others and creatively bounce off one another...I just don't in the slightest way know where to start...



SEVEN: I'm gonna need a good old fashion dayplanner....In my previous jobs that feeling of satisfaction stroking something off my list is needed again...



EIGHT: I wish I had a blogger/writer mentor...I have oh, so many questions...For example, I need to know what other bloggers do - Ive been approached to write, guest blog for other websites or magazines...And while extremely humbled and flattered, I don't know if it's wise to spend the time writing elsewhere or if it's smarter to write and leave all you got on your own blog?? It's a time issue for me right now I think, but gotta figure that out.



NINE: I need to get Ellen's attention this year...If I have to make another bloody annoying video pleading with her or heck even me pranking the Costco lady by eating all her samples, not leaving and just continually talking...Something, anything to get her to share Pip's story...




TEN: I want to open Happy Soul Project up to Guest Bloggers who have the same message and are trying to inspire others to look at life differently...Other moms who don't necessarily have a blog or a voice publicly but have a story to tell...I want other voices speaking and bringing awareness...I can only do so much in this area...

It's amazing all the advocates out there and what they do...They are crusaders for Down syndrome...Warriors taking on school boards, policies, laws, drafting grants, running non-for profit organizations, operating stores.

And right now it's just me, my voice...But I want Happy Soul Project to have a bit of a choir...I want to open it up to share different perspectives...For me when I found out Pip had Down syndrome, no book, website or doctor could help - but hearing other voices, that's what did...



ELEVEN: Last year I was nominated, humbled and honoured to be #1 in Circle of Moms Top 25 Canadian Moms...I had grandeur ideas of what it would bring - I thought it would open doors, bring new people to site - but in all honestly it got me one little tweet or shoutout, a place on their site and a badge to put on my blog...All good but I need to know what to participate in and what to let just slide...I hate bombarding people to "vote" all the time...



TWELVE: I have so many design ideas for Happy Soul Project but the thought of trying to learn more than what I've already pushed my capabilities to do is just not going to happen...I need a blog designer and I need er bad..



THIRTEEN: Managing social media - It's like a full time bloody job...I think I've finally wrapped my head around the blog, Facebook page and Instagram but with Google+ and Twitter, I am a hot mess.



FOURTEEN:I need to stop obsessing over numbers and what if and when...It will happen if it happens - Let it be- Let it grow and let it bloom when it wants...




TODAY: 
So many good things have happened the last few weeks...All the media attention has been surreal...Just this week Pip's story was on the Front Page of our local news and we were featured in my hometown's newspaper...

Pip & I are on a huge billboard Downtown Windsor- How freaking awesome is that?
In a way all this media whirlwind, kinda needed to happen to give me the courage to just go for things...

It's what I keep telling myself when I realized the risks involved and the work ahead. But I've never been as utterly exhausted, excitedly giddy or as exhilaratingly happy as I am about where Happy Soul Project stands today:


  • I am opening a Happy Soul Project Online Store...Last week I designed the stores logo & our first t-shirt and I absolutely love the creative side of it all.

  • Within the store will be two initiatives that I am so excited about...
      • Painting Outside the Lines - will be featuring artists with special needs. We currently have an amazing mother and daughter duo who have been working on beautiful painted signs that I can't wait to share with you...More on this on another blog...
      • Awesome Eh? Project - a portion of proceeds from every sale will be going toward this initiative that will be random acts of awesomeness proving to others that there is hope & happiness out there...It could mean buying a teenage girl with Down syndrome a prom dress or sending a new momma flowers who is struggling with her baby's diagnosis...It could be anything yet to me it is everything. To me I want to make someone, have absolutely nothing left to say but "Awesome Eh?" by whatever random act is done...I love this aspect of the store...And the title brings my Canadian pride to the mix..
      • Current sponsors {yes that is happening too thankfully - to find out more or become a sponsor contact me here} are donating items to use in the Awesome Eh? Project and our arms are open wide to any other cool donations that could help bring happiness to someone else.
      • Collaborating Projects - I am collaborating with numerous people and projects on special items that will be available in the store and can't wait to share it all with you.
  • I am currently working with a Blog Designer to give Happy Soul Project a wee bit of a Facelift and make it exactly how I envision it to be. 
  • Doors have opened and I have been Guest Blogging on sites like Dandelion Moms, Little Four Eyes and I really am going to dream big and hope to be published myself on Huffington Post this year.
  • Pip's story not only has made it to newspapers and tv, she will be featured in a British magazine in the upcoming weeks...The writer and article are so perfect and so dear to my heart because it tells my story, as I would tell it...
  • I have numerous Guest Bloggers lined up to share their stories from a sibling's point of view with a sister named Pip who had Down syndrome to featuring a momma with a little baby who has a severe skin condition - All stories to sing in Happy Soul Project's choir the same song, "Different is Beautiful".
  • Operation Ellen was launched and I can't believe the amount of people sharing and getting in on trying to get her attention...She's gotta call, I can just feel it...

Are you exhausted, excited and exhilarated yet?


It's amazing to me, that 2 months ago I had to tell myself, "Let it go - It will happen when it happens - And just like that it has...

I truly believe it's Happy Soul Project's time to soar...And can't thank y'all enough for giving it wings...

Just Cause....Pip in a Box

I know I'm over-the-top when it comes to taking & posting pics of my hooligans...But reality just hit hard when I realized I posted on Happy Soul Project's Facebook Page FIVE pics of Pip in a box...FIVE...Momma needs to reign er in...

And by reigning it in, I meant I will now post all the ones I want to continue to post on Facebook here.... 










Shoot there is soon to be 6 pics of Pip in a box on Facebook, I mean how could I not post this last one? 

I need help, I know...


Happy Love Day Friends...

"Home Team"

Last Valentine's day I shared with y'all about if my darling husband knocked again I'd say yes...That was just days before we found out Pip was in heart failure and needed more surgeries...That was before Noal embraced his terrible twos...That was before we decided it's best for me to be a stay-at-home-momma right now, so the added financial burden was all his...After all that and much, much more, this year the door would be left wide open, he wouldn't even have to knock he could just come right in...


Craig officially asked me to be his girl 11 years ago...I've been with this boy - turned man for 11 bloody years and I couldn't possibly love someone more...Watching him grow into the person he is today, all while holding his hand for the ride has made me the lucky one...I am so lucky to have found him...I am so lucky to have a love like we do...


And while we don't get that much "us" time anymore and our roles are now "momma & daddy" and our lives are consumed by two little hooligans...It's in these moments that I've never loved him more...


It's the moments watching his eyes light up when he sees his little girl after a long work day...It's the moments I hear him trying to rationalize with his toddler that he can't wear only his Lightning McQueen underwear to the store...It's the moments I hear him singing Old MacDonald with enough gusto he could be a member of the Wiggles...It's the moments he hugs me when Pip's had difficult appointments or a stranger made a silly comment...It's the moments he eats beans and toast, yet again, because I couldn't come up with anything better...It's the moments while utterly exhausted by it all he smiles at me & I'm so happy we're in this together...


Lately Noal out of nowhere will round us and by us I mean ALL of us including his pup, Deacon for a "group hug"...He'll wrap his chubby little arms around us tightly, make us kiss and almost sigh in happiness while he says, "My family"...And it's in that moment, when Craig's eyes connect with mine that I couldn't possibly be any happier...We end the big group hug every time by shouting "Home Team"...


It's silly and it might not seem like much but to me it's perfection...It's those exact moments that I could stay in forever...



I like to think that before you die or heck even while you are dead you get to embrace yourself with such moments...You get to wrap yourself up in those clumsy "group hugs" remembering snot on one shoulder and puke on the other...You get to feel your son's way too rough but he thinks their gentle nose kisses and your daughter's soft little mouth ones...You get to close your eyes forever, remembering the way your husband proudly loved you...And you get to go in peace knowing you had the most beautiful "Home Team", that was perfectly made just for you...That's heaven to me friends...


So, if I died tomorrow, while I'd be giving God/Fate/Whomever a piece of my mind for cutting it short, I'd also have to give him a high-five or hug for getting it oh so right...


Happy Love Day y'all

Get on Board the #OperationEllenMeetPip Train

You know when you read or see a feel good story and ya can't help but get a wee bit teary...When there's an important message or you can feel the passion behind something, you simply can't help but get on board...Well this time it feels like I'm unbelievably the freaking train conductor and the tears haven't stopped in days...


The other day I posted this blog and the response alone from just that was overwhelming...Then the Huffington Post got on board and drove this train & it's message to a whole new level...They published this article and the response has been nothing but sweet insanity - See it here...


I can't even begin to tell you what I am feeling...Such a range of emotions...As a writer, {yep, I'm going with it- I am a writer...I've always wanted to be, my hearts in my words and dammit it's time I just own it..I am a writer} seeing my blog and story get recognised on the Huffington Post was beyond anything I could have hoped for...And as a momma seeing my little girl and her bright little face shining, literally made me bust in pride...

It really hit me when my brother called and said he couldn't believe it, Pip's picture was on Huffington Post main page sandwiched in between a Seinfeld and Superbowl story - And was tagged as Hot On Facebook...Maybe it's because Seinfeld has been a long time fav show of mine, but for some reason seeing my girl right there was a real "aaaaaaah moment"...



So not only am I seeing her cute little mug all over the place, {We Day, GodVine, Saving Downs, Changing the Face of Beauty, WonderBaby, Special MiraclesDown Syndrome Love, Canadian Down Syndrome Society, Circle21Special Olympics and so many other amazing sites - I wish I could thank you all} she had her first TV debut...


Someone thankfully recognized Pip on their local Indianapolis News {crazy in itself} and took a video to send to me...I am so grateful, as I would have had no clue whatsoever that it even happened...The news/social media is weird like that- Love the fact that things get shared but would love it more if I knew it was happening...Hello, my baby girl is on TV...Pretty freaking amazing in my mind and I would have loved to see it...


Thankfully another friend tracked down a contact so that I could get the clip...So here she is...I cry EVERY single time I watch it and trust me, I've watched it a lot..



Gets ya right? It's so amazing to sit here and think wow, that's my daughter..My little Pip who can't talk or walk or do much yet is already changing the world...She is touching people's lives...She's making them smile, think outside the box, busting down stigmas, bringing awareness and shining so damn brightly people can't help but notice.  

It's like all those years ago, William wrote this exact quote with her in mind, "Though She Be But Little She is Fierce"...




The feedback, comments, emails, from all over the world have proven to me even more so, that this message and Pip, my little bucket of joy, needs to be shared...




So all that being said, we need to keep this train a moving...Keep the momentum going with our message that "What Makes You Different Is What Makes You Beautiful"...And if Pip ever doubts or questions if she is, we now have about 500,000 comments proving just that...So the biggest thank you for all your kind words, sweet comments and outrageously wicked support...It's been unreal...


So next stop then friends, ideally would be to the happiest show around...We wanna dance with Ellen...We want to shake our booties while proving that different is beautiful... 


See our Operation Ellen Meet Pip Open Letter here and please share, forward, hashtag, cross your fingers, break a wishbone and send good vibes our way...


Wait, shoot, I might be the only person possibly who launches this big Operation to get Ellen's attention but than realizes her passport expires...


So you have time than Ellen, 3-6 weeks according to the Canadian Government...Until then get ready to be bombarded by #OperationEllenMeetsPip...


Ready friends...Choo Choo bloody Choo...Let's go...



P.S- Taking photos with newspaper and a baby is way too much fun and nearly impossible to get any decent shots...


P.P.S- If you adore Pip's shirt as much as I do head over to The Printed Palette and Bicyclette Rouge that will be shipping/selling online soon...