10 Things About Me



I have been blogging for a year and a half and it’s time to open up a bit. I feel like I am learning about you through our interactions and I should give some back ground about myself.

10 Things About Me

  1. I am a high school dropout. Dropped out and went back many times but just couldn’t do it. No drive and money was much more appealing at that time. THIS is the main reason why my grammar sucks-No Education
  2. I graduated college with Honours. After having Darius & Emma I knew that I needed to get an education and did so with 2 toddlers in the house. A Medical Office Administration diploma taught me 2 things: I am not a believer of chemical meds for most of life’s ailments & I can do anything I put my mind to (except use they’re properly).

    A LOT of hard work went into this

  3. I believe in KARMA. Maybe it is because I hate confrontation but I find that most people who do bad get what they deserve, myself included. I had a rough second half of 2014 and am trying to turn things around currently. Loss makes you take things in perspective. So I try not to hurt others and my life is improving (thankfully).
  4. I believe in God BUT I don’t follow a set religion. I know that I would never have been able to live my life and been through what I have without God watching my back. My children celebrate both Catholic and Muslim holidays and when they are old enough to choose their own belief system I will support them.
  5. I spent 5 (long) years screwing up (see #1). Looking back now I am pretty amazed that I am still alive and it wasn’t until I started dating my husband that I got my life together. He loves me for all my imperfections and with his support I am able to be proud of what I have accomplished in life.
  6. I met my husband at the beginning of said screw up. I was 17 and he was 22. I knew from the moment I first laid eyes on him that I would spend my life with him. I never hid my love for him during this time and I am pretty sure I believed this so much it came true. Five years of friendship is a good precursor to a relationship. That time let us be honest with each other and above all it gave us a good foundation to build our lives together on.

    This guy though…

  7. I want my kids to make mistakes. I let them fall because it is important for them to learn to get up and keep going. I am hoping that by teaching them this they will not let life’s disappointments stop them.
  8. I am a disorganized person no matter how many calendars I buy. I try to make lists, use schedulers, write notes but at the end of it all I just can’t seem to be consistent. I am so jealous of people who have to-do lists, I can’t seem to make a list without writing “make tomorrow’s to-do list” on it.

    I would even settle for this daily…

  9. I am an optimist. I don’t like to worry and always try to see the positive in a situation. I will not allow negativity in my space and when it arrives I try not to wallow in it for long. I forgive and try to forget.
  10. I always get what I want. It doesn’t always get handed to me and I usually have to work for it but if I want/need it, I get it. This is the power of the subconscious mind and I am a believer. This really deserves its own post where I could tell you ALL of the things I believed into reality but my husband is proof enough.

I have struggled in life and it has made me appreciate life’s successes that much more. I am at a point in life where I am happy with my choices. I am in a constant state of improvement and I am okay with it.


After all of those confessions it is time to lighten the mood with something fun. I love discovering new blogs and have partnered up with 4 other bloggers to bring you a contest. Make sure you visit the other ladies and show them some love: Sarah from Journeys of the Zoo, Christy from Christy’s Cozy Corner, Karen from Family Travels on a Budget, and Michele from Miki’s Hope.

Now tell me about yourself. Where do you live and something special about it?

Prize: $25USD PayPal Cash. Approximate Prize value is $30CDN. Eligibility: USA/CAN (including Quebec). Age 18+. One person per household. Duration: The contest will run from Monday, July 13 until Monday, August 3, 2015, inclusive. Shipping: Included in the prize. Entry Method: Giveaway Tools Form. Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo did not receive any compensation in exchange for co-hosting this giveaway. Note: Journeys of The Zoo is responsible for prize award. Contact Sarah at journeysofthezoo@hotmail.com if you have any questions. If the winner is a Canadian, they will be required to successfully answer a Skill Testing Prize before being announced the official winner.

Disclosure: Home With Aneta did not receive any compensation in exchange for co-hosting this giveaway. Note: Journeys of The Zoo is responsible for prize award. Contact Sarah at journeysofthezoo@hotmail.com if you have any questions. If the winner is a Canadian, they will be required to successfully answer a Skill Testing Prize before being announced the official winner.

Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. July 13, 2015 / 1:28 am

    All of your experiences have made you the great person that you are today. I’m sure that the people who know you best wouldn’t change you for the world.

    As for me, I always try and be patient and think before I speak. I’m a work in progress 😉

    A real pleasure getting to work with you on this giveaway. Here’s to many more firsts.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  2. Julie R.
    July 13, 2015 / 1:31 am

    I’m from Manitoba. We have great Provincial Parks!

  3. July 13, 2015 / 3:01 am

    We all have made mistakes–some major some little–the important thing is you turned your life around for the better. Don’t look back–have no regrets–what is done is done-What you do today is important! And you sound like you are doing just fine!

  4. Lisa Brown
    July 13, 2015 / 6:27 am

    I like in N. California, near the Sierras, where the terrible drought is: hot and dry 🙂

  5. Natalie
    July 13, 2015 / 7:56 am

    I am from MN and we have an awesome biking system and a lot of parks and trails.

  6. nicolthepickle
    July 13, 2015 / 10:18 am

    I’m in NB, and it’s a beautiful province, full of beautiful trees and maple syrup.

  7. July 13, 2015 / 10:19 am

    I’m in Ottawa — ‘tho I wish I lived closer to you! 🙂 Something about me: I’m a minor character in a children’s book (It Isn’t Easy Being Ms. Teeny Wonderful by the late Martyn Godfrey). I wrote to authors as a kid and Martyn used my name in one of his books!

  8. July 13, 2015 / 11:12 am

    I’m from a dot-sized city in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania just south of one of the most beautiful lake beaches in the country – Presque Isle! 🙂

  9. LaTanya
    July 13, 2015 / 11:13 am

    I live in South Carolina, USA

  10. shandie
    July 13, 2015 / 11:36 am

    I’m from PH but I have PayPal Acct 😀 but if it is only for US & CAN, i’ll give way 🙂

  11. Cady Bisschop
    July 13, 2015 / 11:40 am

    I live in Ontario and always have. I love it. There are many beautiful places to visit. My favourite place is the Muskokas!

  12. shandie
    July 13, 2015 / 11:42 am

    And about my country, there’s a lot of beach here that you’ll love! 🙂

  13. LaTanya
    July 13, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    I like the Lona Crop Amaryllis

  14. Judy Cowan
    July 13, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    I am from Ontario and we have some really pretty lakes!

  15. Martin Keating
    July 13, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    Ontario and The city hosting Pan Am Games

  16. michelle matta
    July 13, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    I’m from Ontario. I am grateful we are near the greatest hospitals for CF and transplant care. Though I wish travelling to them was less busy!

  17. steve weber
    July 13, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    I’m in Wisconsin – we have lots of trails available for the public.

  18. Amy Lovell
    July 13, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    I am from ontario and I we have lots of great areas for hiking and whatnot

  19. Piroska
    July 14, 2015 / 12:33 am

    I live in NW Ontario. We have one of the most beautiful lakes (Lake Superior), and wilderness and wildlife galore. :o)

  20. Martin Albert
    July 15, 2015 / 1:14 am

    I’m from Québec and what I like the best is Montreal underground network. Did you know that it is the longest in the world? 33 kilometers long! Still a few sections I didn’t seen yet!

  21. Janice Wong
    July 15, 2015 / 10:26 am


  22. Debbie Bashford
    July 15, 2015 / 11:35 am

    I live in Ontario, just a few kms away from the Sandbanks

  23. Andrea Amy
    July 15, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    I’m in Calgary Alberta 🙂

  24. July 15, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    Hope to win am doe with all tks for chance am trying to save for xmass funds

  25. Andrei O
    July 15, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    I’m from Manitoba as well, and it is soooo hot and humid today!

  26. John C
    July 15, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Toronto, Pan AM games going on right now.

  27. margaux retrophiliac
    July 15, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    i’m in BC & i make art 🙂

  28. Kate F.
    July 16, 2015 / 5:27 am

    I live in Utah.

  29. Arielle
    July 16, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    I live in New Jersey but I’m from Brooklyn, NY originally.

  30. Lorna Webster
    July 16, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    I live in Quebec, but I’m not from here originally 🙂

  31. Stephanie Poole
    July 16, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    I live in Victoria, BC – Love the weather here and all the amazing sights of the island

  32. Alison Tolar
    July 16, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    I’m in Georgia. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

  33. Carol
    July 16, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    I live in Kansas.

  34. July 17, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Hello!!! I’m Karen from North Carolina — and I’m really glad we “met” through this giveaway! I think we all learn more from mistakes than we ever would from everything coming easy. Looking forward to finding out who wins!

  35. Belinda McNabb
    July 17, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba and we are friendly!

  36. Juliee Fitze
    July 18, 2015 / 9:30 am

    I live in Ontario and love all the parks and beaches in our area.

  37. Tamara M
    July 18, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    I am from Southern Ontario Canada! The best thing about it is being surrounded by The Great Lakes, we go camping in a cycle. We go to Lake Erie, then we go to Lake Huron and then Lake Ontario!

  38. James
    July 18, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    I am from Ontario right near Toronto! It is special to me because of the people! Anyone, any ethnicity is welcomed here with open arms!

  39. Stephanie Jozwik
    July 18, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    I’m in Illinois, in Chicago!

  40. Silvia D
    July 18, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    I live in BC about an hour from Vancouver,in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains,lakes and rivers.

  41. Debbie Jensen
    July 19, 2015 / 10:25 am

    I am in Louisiana, but moving to Iowa in a few days!

  42. Toby
    July 19, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    From the Slurpee Capital of The World…Winnipeg, MB …I recommend Dr. Pepper! 😛

  43. Jenny
    July 19, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Im from Ontario

  44. aarone mawdsley
    July 19, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    im from bc. its super nice there

  45. Rebby
    July 20, 2015 / 1:06 am

    I’m in Alberta, the home of the Rocky Mountains!

  46. Mamah
    July 20, 2015 / 11:50 pm


  47. kjasus
    July 21, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    i live in NH

  48. Marlene V (Enelram)
    July 24, 2015 / 1:44 am

    Live in Calgary, AB – home of the Stampede!

  49. Victoria Ess
    July 24, 2015 / 8:45 am

    I’m in Toronto, Ontario, where the Pan Am games are taking place!

  50. Krista M
    July 24, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    I’m in Alberta, we’ve had a lot of funnel cloud activity this week with tornado warnings!

  51. Jennifer Manganelli
    July 25, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    Newmarket Ontario!! Just love living here!!

  52. Kim Reid
    July 26, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    I’m in Georgia with lots of hot weather this summer and lots of mosquitoes too!

  53. Mary Jaglowitz
    July 27, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    Soon peaches will ripen in Ontario…such a delicious treat and fun to eat in the heat!

  54. Mary Jaglowitz
    July 28, 2015 / 10:27 am

    Ontario has such great natural products…fresh veggies, fruit etc.

  55. Mary Jaglowitz
    July 29, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    I love living in Ontario. It is an interesting part of Canada and has lots of different weather.

  56. kathy downey
    July 29, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    I am in Newfoundland and we can have 4 seasons in one day !

  57. Leslie
    July 29, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    I live in Toronto, and one of the things I love about it is the FOOD – all kinds of food, everywhere, all the time, oh my goodness so much good food! Summerlicious just ended so I kind of have it on the brain.

  58. Sarah Cool
    August 1, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    I live in California and I love crafting

  59. Francine Anchondo
    August 2, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    I am from nebraska

  60. Mary Jaglowitz
    August 2, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    I live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. During the summer we go back and forth to lake conestogo about 40 minutes from Home. I am learning about waterpainting and eating healthy. We live about an hour or so from African Lion Safari. I enjoy Canada even in the winter.

  61. Monica
    August 2, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    I live in BC! I love it, although I’m slightly biased as it’s the only place I’ve ever lived 😉

  62. Lisa Gore
    August 4, 2015 / 11:44 am

    Love learning more about you as it makes it more personal 🙂