Hey there! My name is Stephanie LaPlante. I'm 30 years old and I live in the wonderful country of Canada. I'm not sure how to describe myself besides being random and often times weird. People tell me I have a great sense of humor and I definitely enjoy kidding around. I love being around my family and friends all the time. For those who don't know, I'm in a wheelchair. I was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy which does not mean I'm paralyzed. I "do" feel my legs. SMA has a lot of similarities to Muscular Dystrophy, except it effects the nervous system rather then the muscles alone. It basically means, the older I get, the weaker my muscles become. Better news is they almost have a cure for what I have. There's still a long way to go but I believe I will be here when it happens. This life has definitely been a battle but I'm winning with a great big smile on my face. Even though it gets hard sometimes, I absolutely adore my life and all the people in it.
Back in June, I entered The Deserving Dad Father's Day Photo Contest. It was run by The Brantford Expositer and the grand prize was a gorgeous recliner chair from Anguish La-Z-Boy. We entered by submitting a photo of dad and his 3 kids. After the submission period was over, the voting process began. During this time period, my dad was battling a very daunting form of bladder cancer. Shortly before the contest ended, we got the news that my dad won the battle and beat cancer. Two days after that, we found out we won the contest as well. After receiving the winning email, we were in very good spirits and made our trip to Brantford to claim the prize. With our very deserving father, we arrived at a store that was even more awesome than originally anticipated. The very first thing we noticed of coarse was the Red Tag SALE sign on the window. No one can understand my love for the word Sale besides 90% of the female population.
With lots of excitement, we went into the store and were immediately greeted by Jenn Barker from The Expositor and the lovely owners of the store. The little bit of nervousness we had went away very quickly. The people were so kind and the store was full of eye catching furniture. As we were directed towards the chair, we were all making our own mental inventory for the future.
And there it was...the chair of all chairs. My dad sat down and instantly fell in love. We stayed about 40 minutes just chatting with everyone, partially because we loved the people and partially because my dad didn't want to get out of the chair. While we were chatting however, we learned that it had over 50 positions. My mom stood there looking at the chair and looking at the one day sale sign. The decision was made before she announced it. She bought a second chair as a his and hers. Before we left, dad and I got a picture with one of the owners.
Less than a week later, both chairs were delivered to the door. The deliverymen were just as nice as the people in store. Not only did they set up both chairs in the house, they helped dismantle and remove the old one. As soon as they left, dad assumed position upon his brand new throne.
We read reviews about this chair and completely agree with the 5 stars. We hope it lasts us many many years. Now to state our one and only problem. We can't get dad to go to bed at night. Whenever he falls asleep in his chair, there's no getting him out. LOL. A big thank-you to our friends who voted and a big thank-you to the companies who ran the promotion. I encourage everyone to shop at this store for new furniture.
Twitter Parties are probably one of my favorite ways to win prizes. I for one enjoy chatting with friends. With a twitter party, you can win prizes by doing just that, CHATTING! I personally use TweetDeck for twitter parties but lot of people prefer Twubs, mostly because the hashtag is already included. If a Twubs link is available, I'll be sure to add it for you. When I started, I used a wonderful TweetDeck tutorial that shows you everything you need to know. Click Here to learn now. Here is a list of upcoming twitter parties I know about. I'll try keeping this list updated weekly. All times on here are Eastern Time.
Back around the end of May, I discovered a giveaway on TraveloCafe for a stunning Sparano Leather Backpack from Maxwell Scott. I ended up being the lucky winner and wanted to share how in love I am. Not only do I look good with this bag, but this bag looks good with me...just sayin.
Yes, I needed a flower too!
Maxwell Scott bags is an English luxury brand that was founded back in 2002. Their goal is to fuse modern design and traditional Italian leather. That makes their products a perfect match for just about every person of every age. Believe me, there's lots of beautiful items to choose from for both men and women. Located in Tuscany, every bag is handmade by very skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. The quality and perfection is undeniable. At first, you may think the prices are a little high until you realize their true value. Every bag they sell comes with a 25 year guarantee. With that said, you're saving so much more in the long run. I've officially decided to ditch my purse and use my new backpack instead. Being in a wheelchair, purses swing all over the place and get caught to everything. This bag however is purse size and definitely a perfect replacement. It fits like it was made for my wheelchair and is nice and secure. No more worrying about losing my things! Anyways, before I end this post, I should inform you they're having a sale. They ship worldwide and shipping is free if you spend over £100. Happy shopping!