Christmas Is Now Just Around The Corner + A Giveaway

29 November 2013

Happy Friday, everyone!  I know each week I should try and find a more creative way to start off a Friday's post but, in my opinion, there really isn't a better way. 

Happy + Friday = words that belong right next to each other  X  every week

Is everyone full from their Thanksgiving meals yesterday?  Since no one shipped any of their leftover turkey to me here in Canada, my dinner had to come from Subway instead.

I'm guessing that right about now, everyone is starting to feel like Christmas is just around the corner. With Thanksgiving over and the amazing deals that are happening today on Black Friday, you can't help but now get in the Christmas spirit.  I know I certainly am.

Here's something that happened here this week to get me even more excited about Christmas.
 


If this isn't the picture for a perfect Christmas card, then I don't know what is. As much as I hate going out in that fluffy stuff, I have to admit, I love seeing it in the month of December.  How can this not put you in the Christmas mood? 
 
You wanna know what would also help get you in the Christmas mood?  How about winning a little something to help with your Christmas shopping?  I'm participating in a giveaway and I think we would all agree that having some extra cash around this time of the year would be just lovely!  So don't forget to enter!
 
 
 

This weekend I will be surrounding myself in all things festive while I try to decorate our house.  I say try because I have a funny feeling that this year it might be a difficult task with a certain someone in our house.  Someone who loves to get into everything possible. No, not Todd, if that's what you're thinking, although he has a tendency to be a nuisance sometimes too.  I take that back. I can't go saying stuff like that around here when I need him to help me put the lights on the tree, because there is no way that I'm doing that myself.  Isn't that the worst part?
                                                            
Have a great weekend!

Cross your fingers for me that my puppy doesn't destroy every bulb that gets placed on the tree!
 
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You Wanna Get To Know Me Better?

28 November 2013

First of all, happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.  I hope your day is filled with thankfulness, family, and of course, yummy turkey. You're totally forgiven if you've eaten way too much and can't move from the couch to read the rest of this post. You will not be forgiven, though, if you do not send some of that deliciousness to Canada right this instant.

So, I mentioned yesterday that I've been feeling extremely unorganized lately.  Like all over the place. Having a memory on me like a goldfish hasn't exactly been helping the situation either. Among one of the many things that has recently entered and exited my brain has been the fact that this little blog of mine has been nominated for a Liebster Award over the last month.  And not once, but twice. Twice!  Did I mention that I have a memory like a goldfish? If only I had bought those planners earlier, I wouldn't have had to admit just now how tiny my brain is.

A huge thanks to Jenn from Life Begins With J and Gina from Gina's Agenda. Don't be afraid to stalk these ladies like crazy, okay? I do it all the time!
How it works:
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions that the nominator asked you
3. List 11 facts about yourself
4. Nominate 5 blogs with under 3,000 followers
5. Ask 11 questions for your nominees to answers

The slacker is also going to be a cheater because I am combining the questions from each of them to get my total of 11 questions.  As much as I love to talk about my myself sometimes, I figured 22 questions would be impossible for you all to get through in your turkey comas right now.


1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Hands down, Italy.  For the last three years I've dreamed about going, and I'm hoping one day soon I'll finally get to act like a complete tourist and experience everything that I've googled and read about.

2. What is your favourite tv show?
Is it bad if I can't pick one?  How about a top three?  Friends, One Tree Hill, and Sexy And The City. They are probably the three most unrelated shows ever, but I've seriously watched them all a gazillion times each. And if I had to do a top five, Entourage and Grey's Anatomy would be included too.  Did I mention that I'm extremely indecisive?

3. What is your biggest fear?
Someone close to me dying.  I know that sounds a little deep and it's probably not what you want to hear while you're surrounded by your family and friends today, but it's true, it's my all time biggest fear. So make sure you hold those people close to you a little tighter today, okay?

4. What is your favourite hobby?
Blogging!!  I never really had a hobby before, so I'm so happy that I do now. This is my place where I can come any time I want and spend as little or as much time as I want here. It's great!  I did try scrap booking once a few years back and it lasted for about three weeks, so I'm hoping this one stays around much, much longer.

5. What is your favourite family tradition?
Growing up, it was going camping every year. Every August we would spend a week or more at a park not too far from our home, where we would just spend some great time together. One year we even brought my hamsters along for the trip, and when we got back to our trailer, one of them had escaped their cage and was greeting us through the window. I'll never forget that.

Now it's Christmas time because with my sister living away, our whole family can usually only get together a couple of times during the year, one which happens to be Christmas. At least one of those nights over Christmas, we play a (competitive) game of poker, with my dad making sure that our drinks are never empty and that there's always crab and shrimp right in front of us. It's probably my favourite night of the entire year!



6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
5 years?  Gesh, that's tough!  Maybe by then the baby fever will have striked and I could have my own addition to our family.  Who knows, but it's definitely exciting to think about it.

7. What is your favourite social media site?
I was really late hopping on the Twitter train, but it's definitely my favourite right now. 

8. What is your favourite type of blog post to read and/or write?
Another tough one.  I love reading fashion blogs but it always makes me want to spend too much money. I also love reading lifestyle blogs, especially ones where I feel like I can really relate to the people writing them.  And then, it doesn't really matter what they write about.

9. What is your favourite food?
Chips, chips, and more chips.  Did I mention chips?  

10. What is your favourite hot drink?
If you've been around these neck of the woods before, you know it's coffee because it's all I talk about. But besides coffee, there really isn't any other hot drink that I love.

11. What do you like best about where you live?
Definitely the weather. Bahaha!  I kid, I kid. That would be my least favourite thing.  There's so many things that I love about Newfoundland but my favourite would be the beautiful, rugged coastlines we have here.  It's definitely one of a kind.

East Coast Trail, St. John's, Newfoundland

11 random facts about me: 

I can't go to bed without chugging back a glass of water first.

The time showing on my alarm clock is a half hour faster than actual time. That way, when it goes off in the morning I get the biggest fright of my life because I think I'm running late. Surprisingly, some mornings I still forget that I have this done and I hop out of my bed like it's on fire.

I love snacking on dry cheerios with coffee. Strange, I know, but you should try it because it's the best combination ever.

I can't eat french fries without dipping sauce; cherry sauce, or chipotle mayo, or something.

I would give someone I care about anything that I own, and I mean anything. Unless it's my coffee. I'm sorry, then you're on your own.

I have a bald spot on the back of my head. Don't worry, I'm not hairless or anything back there, it's just a teeny tiny birth mark.

Although it's been so long since I've made it, I've been told that I make the best kraft dinner. See, I told you my cooking skills wasn't too far off from boiling water.

I've also been told that I can be sensitive. I guess I'll let my boss answer that one after I cried in front of her last year.  Woopsie!

Every single time I try and say sushi, it comes out as susie (with an emphasis on the middle s). It's become one of those things where I have to concentrate so hard now to actually say it right.

I've never gotten a speeding ticket before. For the love of god, please touch some wood for me.

Twenty years from now I know that I will still remember the lyrics to Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi.

Hopefully More Than A Doodle Book

26 November 2013


Notebook- Chapters, Planner- Chapters 

Last week I went out and bought myself these cute little things; a planner and a notebook.

I needed something to help me feel more organized because the notes in my phone or the to-do lists that are floating around in my head or the random sticky notes that are at the bottom of my purse are just not cutting it for me anymore.

As much as I really wanted the mother of all planners, the Erin Condren one, I really didn't want to spend that much money on something that I'm not even sure how much I will actually use.  Plus, I didn't want to wait for it to be shipped, because when I get something in my head, I want it now.  Like, yesterday.

But these work just as good, and I love that they're small so they fit perfectly in my purse.

I have to say, every time I use them, I can't help but be brought back to those school days when you were given a planner on your very first day.  Remember how organized you thought you were going to be at the beginning of the school year? You would start off writing every little piece of homework you had, only for it later to be used as a place where you and your friends would write letters back and forth in class.

I'm hoping this time will be different, though.  Should I just go ahead and doodle RB + TD on the front cover now?


Now I just actually need to start booking some appointments or something so I can put these babies to good use.

There is one thing that I don't need a reminder of, though, but I can't help flipping the pages just to see this.


One month from today I will be flying to Toronto to spend Christmas with my family and, by then, the two week old addition to our family.  Can you say excited?  EXCITED!!!

That reminds me, how does one pack everything into one suitcase when Christmas presents are also thrown into the mix?  I think I'm going to have a big, big problem on my hands.  

I guess I better start planning...and I have just the place to do so now!  
 
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Go Grab A Bucket Of Water

25 November 2013



I drove out home bright and early Saturday morning, not only to pick up Charley and get my winter tires put on my car, but to also have a relaxing night into our cabin.

Before I go any further with this post, I feel like it's now my duty to inform you all of a very important lesson when getting your tires switched on your vehicle.  Okay, so when you pick up your vehicle from the service department, make sure you actually check that the tires that were taken off and placed in your trunk or backseat are, in fact, your own tires (even if they wrap them in fancy bags).  My car wasn't dropped off for even ten minutes on Saturday morning before I received a phone call saying that the winter tires I had given them were the wrong ones.  My initial reaction-- that's not possible.  Well trust me folks, it is possible if the last spot that switched them for you gave you someone else's tires.  I guess I'll be now adding winter tires to my Christmas wish list this year. Le sigh.

So now even if you only skim through the remainder of this post, at least you can say you learned something here today.  I took one for the team!  And if someone else would like to take another one for the team and figure out a way to get me new tires, that would be great too.

Okay, so as much as I love spending time into our cabin, with each visit I quickly realize that our cabin (at this stage) may not be for everyone.  I'll let you decide, though.


Our cabin is definitely the place for you if:

- Your idea of the perfect day/ night involves grabbing a blanket and snuggling up in front of the wood stove all.day.long.

-The only thought you want going through your mind is when you need to put gas in the generator again.

- You want to use the excuse of no running water as to why you can't wash your hair.

- You love it when your breakfast consists of homemade bread and moose sausages.

- You enjoy watching your dog run freely through the woods as if they just escaped from a life sentence in prison.

- You love being isolated from anyone and everything, including your partner in crime/ your best friend; your cell phone. 


Our cabin is definitely not the place for you if:

- You actually can't imagine spending time without your partner in crime/ your best friend; your cell phone.

- You don't want to drink a minimum of five red bull and five cups of coffee just so you can overcome all of the coziness and actually keep your eyes open for more than a minute. 

- You hate being trapped in the woods with nothing but your significant other.

- You don't want to do a 5 meter sprint just before the generator goes off so you can avoid walking like a zombie in the dark while trying to find your bed.

- You don't like seeing Frankenstein starting back at you in the morning.

- You never want to hear the statement, "go grab a bucket of water to flush the toilet". 



As you can see, our cabin was definitely the best place for me this weekend!


How was your weekend?
Did anyone ask you to grab a bucket of water to flush the toilet?


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I Just Want To Search Pinterest/ Five on Friday

22 November 2013

So, you know you're bored when you're blogging on a Friday night.  Actually, that's a lie.  Well the bored part is true, but instead of engulfing myself in TV for the rest of the night, I wanted to come here instead.  I don't know if this was such a good idea, though, because I haven't taken my hand out of the chip bag long enough to write anything in the last five minutes other than that first sentence.  Luckily they're baked chips.  Hey, I said baked. 

Today didn't go quite as smooth as Fridays normally do, and I've been blaming it on the fact that I slept in this morning, which resulted in me being late for work.  I've had some very, very close calls over the last couple of years since I've been working at this job, but this was the first day that I was actually late.  Who else had to push washing their hair off another day, today?  And then I wonder why I've trained my hair to go days and days and days without washing it.  There's your secret folks!

But, even though I was in such a rush this morning that I had to stroll into work looking like a homeless person, it didn't stop me from waiting in a lineup for fifteen minutes to get my coffee.  From my experience, coffee always trumps appearance.  Actually, I'm pretty sure that with me, coffee trumps everything.

Alright, enough with the coffee talk because we all know that this blog could be about nothing but coffee.  Let's get back to why I came here in the first place; to talk about my five things from this week.

ONE// Charley's On Vacation
Charley has been on vacation this week; aka spending the week with my parents.  Although I miss her terribly, I will admit that I have been enjoying eating my meals in peace, not having to go home for lunch, having more room in the bed, and not catching her destroy every sock that I own.  And plus, this little guy right here doesn't seem to mind too much, either.



TWO// Grey's Anatomy
I've been watching the 9th season of Grey's and, after hearing a couple of 'not so great' things about this season, I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but so far you guys I'm loving it.  You could bet that if Todd was actually home right now, I would be engulfed in that TV after all and there would be no post here tonight.



THREE// Christmas Shopping
Yes, you read that right.  I have actually started my Christmas shopping. If I hadn't slept in this morning (like I normally do), I'd be seriously asking myself right now 'who is this person?".  Every year I always say that I'm going to get a head start, and I can't believe that for once I actually listened.  I want to be able to enjoy the few weeks leading up to Christmas this year, instead of stressing and panicking over things I have left to do.  But, if anyone would like to do the rest of my shopping for me, well then by all means, knock yourselves out.


FOUR// Christmas Spirit
Since I'm now in the Christmas spirit, I've been spending way too long and wasting too much time looking at Christmas DIY projects on pinterest.  I say wasting time because, although my pinterest board may be chalked full with ideas right now, I'm sure we all know that none of those ideas will actually come to life.  But again, if anyone would like to do these projects for me, by all means, knock yourselves out.  One condition, though- I get all the credit.

In case you're wondering,  I really like this.
No hints, or anything. 

FIVE// Getting My Girl Back Tomorrow
Did I mention that I miss Charley terribly?  I'm going out home tomorrow to get her because, really, who needs peace while eating, or extra room in the bed, or time to actually eat during your lunch break, or socks to wear to work?


And while I'm out home I will be getting my winter tires put on my car, instead of waiting until the middle of winter (like I normally do) and panic when I get stuck going up a hill or until I slide all over the place going down a hill.  Okay, now I can ask, who is this person?  I guess when you have no animal entertainment for a full week, you can actually be productive.  Who knew!


Hope you all had a great week and now, an even better weekend.

And, if anyone is looking for my address to mail the DIY project up above, please message me and I'll send that right along. K, thanks!


Oh, although this wasn't listed in my top five, an honourable mention goes out to my co-worker who informed me on Tuesday that I had chocolate smeared all over my bum.  As embarrassing as that was for her, it could have been much more embarrassing for me when I hit up the mall later that evening.  So please, don't be afraid to do the same for others.  And can someone please explain to me how one little chocolate chip always escapes from the cookie and ends up underneath your bum? 

  
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Slapping My Wrists

21 November 2013

Oh, you guys!  You sure know how to make a girl feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  A huge thank you to those who took the time to read my weight loss journey that I shared yesterday. You all get major bonus points because I know you really did have to take the time out of your day to get through that thing, because boy was it a long one.  I read it over a couple of times yesterday evening and before I knew it, it was time to go to bed. 

And to those who left me such sweet comments, I appreciated each and every one of them and I wanted you all to know that it truly meant a lot to me.  Still blushing.

The night before I shared that post, I came up from downstairs after I finished writing it and, while I was sat on the arm of the couch next to Todd, I said, "I think I'm posting about my weight tomorrow and I'm a little nervous about it". And over the next hour or two I continued to mumble something along those lines. Each time he reminded me, though, that there was no need to be nervous, but rather, to just be proud that I have a story like that to share. 

And well, I'll be damned.  He was right (which, for the record, never happens), because you all reassured me that it was worth sharing.  Even if it meant digging up those old photos again and having to broadcast that old scale number, it was still worth it. You continue to amaze me, blog community.

Speaking of amazing.


I was completely honest yesterday when I said that I think I will always struggle with my weight, and if I'm being honest again today, right now happens to be one of those times.  A big part of the reason why I shared that was to give myself a huge wake up call, along with a painful slap on the wrists, because I've been slackin' lately.

At the end of the summer I talked about taping my mouth shut, but there was no duct tape to be found anywhere, and unfortunately, no one else did it for me either. We all know now what can happen when we I slack. It does worry me, though, because with Christmas right around the corner, we all usually have a tendency during that time to get even more off track.  Am I right, or am I right?

So, with that said, there's going to be some progress updates peaking it's healthy face around this part of the internet for a little while.  The normal portion of the program will continue, but just expect some sporadic meal and gym tracking, and some motivational quotes from pinterest (because they are definitely a necessity).

And who knows, you may even get to see a gym selfie thrown in the mix. 

Because we all love those, too.

Well, I'm off to download some great workout tunes, boil some chicken breast, wipe the dust from my gym card, and vacuum the cats hair out of my gym bag.  Gee, sounds like a workout in itself.


I would love to hear if anyone else is trying to get more motivated before the Holidays!
 
 
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My Weight Loss Story

20 November 2013

As I sit here and begin to put my weight loss journey into words, it's really hard for me to even comprehend that I have a story to share because I honestly can't believe that I let myself get to a place like that; a place where I really didn't feel like myself, a place that held me back in many ways, a place that I hope I never go back to.

First, I want you to know that I'm not trying to make this sound over the top.  I know that there are a lot of people out there struggling with their weight every single day and, in fact, you may be one of those people reading this right now.  I do want to share my experience, though, and if it does come across as sounding dramatic, it's only because that's how I feel now when I look back at that time in my life.

As I was growing up, I was always on the smaller side of the scale.  There was a history of weight gain on both sides of my family though, so for as long as I can remember, my parents tried pointing me in the right direction by cooking healthy meals and teaching me to view not so healthy foods as treats; things that should be enjoyed occasionally. I also loved playing sports, and I participated in anything and everything that my school had to offer so I was always extremely active all year round.

But then at 18, it was time to move away from home and attend University. I was now on my own and I could do pretty much whatever I wanted and, in my case, eat whatever I wanted.  If I wanted McDoanld's for lunch on Monday, I ate McDonald's for lunch.  If I wanted chips on a Tuesday night, I ate chips on a Tuesday night.  And if I wanted both the next day, well then, I ate both of them. With my love for food paired with no longer being active and sitting on a couch for sometimes ten straight hours studying (I kid you not), my weight had no where to go but up.

I remember going home for Christmas that first year and my grandfather (who I hadn't seen since September) looked at me and said, "Well, I can see you're eating good in University".  Leave it to older people to truly say what's on their minds.  I honestly don't think I'll ever forget those words that he said to me.

I'm sure by now, this sounds all too familiar to most people.  Everyone has heard of (or has probably even experienced) the common freshman 15. In my case though, it wasn't 15 but 25, and it was in just four short months.  Four!  And I wish I could say that was the turning point, the point where it stopped and the point where I decided that enough was enough.

Unfortunately, it wasn't.

Before I knew it, I had gained about 65 pounds. When I look back now, it honestly feels like the weight had just appeared overnight. But the truth was that it happened over several years, and I continued to let it happen each and every day.


There were times throughout those years that I did try to lose some of the weight.  I entered a six week weight loss challenge once at work and lost almost 15 pounds, but I ended up gaining it all back (plus more). I tried again for my sisters wedding in 2010 and, this time, I managed to lose almost 20 pounds but, once again, it went back on as quickly as it came off.

I'm trying to figure out why I wasn't successful during those times, and I guess the truth is that I couldn't have wanted it bad enough.

Was I happy during those years?  I'm not entirely sure.  I don't remember feeling unhappy, but I'm still not sure if I was truly happy.  Was I happy with the way I looked, though?  Absolutely not.

Every single time I went shopping it resulted in me almost always holding back tears in the dressing room and leaving so frustrated.  My wardrobe consisted mainly of black clothing, and it even got so bad that I would avoid clothes shopping all together.  I still loved to shop though, and still wanted to feel good when I went out, so I turned to buying shoes and purses and jewellery.  Those were things that I didn't have to try on, things that didn't focus on my size, but more importantly, things that didn't remind me of how I felt about my body.

And that was just the outside part.

My energy level had decreased probably even more than what my weight had increased.  I remember one time when I was out home visiting my mom, she spent the entire day begging me to go for a walk with her.  She begged and she begged and she begged, until I finally gave in.  Half way through our walk I was exhausted and I couldn't believe that my 50-odd year old mother was the one pushing me along.

Not only did I completely lose all of my athletic ability, I lost my desire to get out there and actually experience and enjoy life.  As cheesy as that may sound, it was true.  All I enjoyed doing was staying home watching movies (with some snacks, of course), and going for drives had become my all time favourite.


As I'm writing this and having to relive it all again, looking back I can now answer that question about me being happy, and say that no, I was not happy.  How could I have been?  How could I have been happy If I had isolated myself from so many things because it left me feeling sad or miserable?

My turning point was when I finally made myself step on a scale.  I can tell you from experience that being in denial does not change the number on a scale.  Sure, up until that point, I didn't know what my number was, but I was still that number.  I was still over 200 pounds.  I instantly knew that I had to do something.  It's hard for me to explain what happened, but something inside of me just clicked and I knew in my heart that if I didn't change right then and there, then I would never change.

And that's exactly what I did.

It was March of 2011 and at the beginning I started changing my eating habits, a lot.  I went back to the basics that my mom had taught me, so I made a promise with myself each week that if I could get through a week of eating good, then I would allow myself a treat on the weekend. After about a month or so I started occasionally walking and then after about another month I tried running. I think the first time I had to stop after one short minute but, at that point, it was still something.  And then, before I knew it, I was running around a 2 km pond, and I remember there were so many high fives being exchanged by myself and Todd at that very moment.

I eventually learned that it was okay not to exclude myself from social gatherings that revolved around food that occurred during the weekdays.  I learned that it was okay to slip outside of my normal routine every once in a while, as long as I knew to get right back to it again. It took me a while to learn this, but I honestly believe that's what made the difference this time. One bad meal doesn't change everything you've worked so hard for, just like eating one good meal doesn't immediately get you the results you want to see.

By the end of the summer I had lost the majority of the weight. And I had lost it all by myself. No counting calories, no crazy diets, no weight loss pills, no weight watchers, no personal trainers, and at that point, not even a gym.  I had lost it by consistently making good choices and my hard work and dedication had paid off. When the winter came around, I finally joined a gym and over those next few months I had lost another 15 pounds.

Now, I love trying on new clothes and will usually gravitate towards things that would have been completely out of my comfort zone before. Not only had I lost the majority of the weight I had put on, but more importantly, I had gained a new desire and appreciation for so many more things.  I fell in love with hiking and running and anything that involves being outside and being active. And now whenever we travel, all I want to do is walk around for hours and hours and take in whatever the city has to offer, which is something I would have never done before, let alone actually enjoy it.  Never. 


I think I will always struggle with my weight and my love for food.  And even though I don't think about this struggle nearly as much as what I did, I still have to make choices each and every single day.  Sunday's will probably always be my day where I make sure I have healthy groceries for the week ahead and I'm sure I will always continue to never let myself go to bed at night without making sure I have my lunches and snacks packed for work the next day. I know my tendency to quickly gain weight so if I find myself getting off track, I always make sure to kick my bad habits before it gets so much harder to overcome them.

Through all of this, I have learned just how important my health is and how it's completely and entirely up to me what I do about it.  You know, it's so true what they say, "if you don't have your health then you don't have anything". I do not want to look back one day and think that I could have taken much better care of myself, because I can guarantee you that is something that would haunt me forever.

I can honestly say that, without a doubt, I am now truly happy and it has everything to do with how I feel on both the inside and the outside. It's ironic because you always hear that what's on the outside doesn't change who you are on the inside, but I feel like in my case, it definitely did.

In one of my very first posts I talked about how proud I was for running a 16 km race this past summer.  Now you know that it wasn't just an accomplishment because of the distance I had ran, but it was an accomplishment because of how far I had come with my life.



A November Christmas Party

18 November 2013

Saturday night was my work Christmas party.
If you're following me on Instagram, I apologize to you for having to look at the majority of these photos again.  I went a little insta-crazy Saturday night and I ended up posting more pictures in one night then I think I have in the last two months combined.  I blame the champagne. And the beer. And definitely the tequila. Stomach quiver.
Hey, you!  Yeah, you in the middle. Open up those eyes!

If there's one thing that my work knows how to do, it's how to throw an amazing party, because lemme tell you, they always go all out. They provided free hotel rooms for out of town guests, free cab rides to and from the location, free drinks, an awesome meal, a live band, and even a photo booth. How could you not have a great time? 

What's really great about my Christmas party though, is that it's just not my party, but Todd's too. We work for the same company, although I work in the office here in the city and Todd works out on the main site about an hour away, so there's never any of that usual awkwardness that comes along with work events.  I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about, right?  Dragging your significant other to your work function, introducing them to a ton of people (who they'll end up never remembering any names), not wanting to leave them by themselves, and then hoping that they don't feel totally out of place so that you both can have a great time. Yeah, me no likey.

But, luckily we never have to worry about any of that because, just like last night, there's always lots of mingling; both together and separate, which is just the way I like it.  Is this where I would include "that's what she said"?

The highlights of my night were: winning a $100 gift card to Canadian Tire (helloooo Christmas shopping), doing shots with my boss, busting out the fastest dance moves to the slowest song possible with Todd's friend, and watching the positive correlation of photo booth participation with lineups at the bar.  You should have seen the stack of polaroids I hauled out of my purse this morning.

Needless to say, it was a fun night.  And fun nights almost always result in lazy next days. It's about two o'clock here now on Sunday and I'm trying to write this while I'm in my bed, cuddled up with extra layers and a fifty pound dog who's snoring like crazy.  My eyelids are getting heavy and my thoughts are drifting off, so I better say goodnight goodbye while I have the chance.

Ps:  I know it's early but, after last night, I'm now completely in the Christmas mood. Bring on more festivities!  

One Month To Go/ Five on Friday

15 November 2013

Hot diggity dog it's Friday!!  Okay, where did that just come from? For the record, I've never ever said that phrase in my entire life and I have no idea why my fingers decided to type those words.  I won't erase it, though.  I'll save it for when I look back at this post so I can laugh while reading it with my head down. 

It feels like it's been a while since I've done a five on Friday (it could be last week for all I know, because the days seem to be all lumped together lately) but I'm back today to share my favourite things from this week.

ONE//  Target
If you've been following me on twitter, then you may remember me mentioning a couple of times about how excited I am that we're finally going to have a Target here.  I am not kidding when I say that I have been counting down the days, just waiting to figure out what all of the fuss is with this place because I've heard and seen some pretty great things come out of this store.  Even though it opened Wednesday, I've been having to straight jacket myself to wait a few days until the madness dies down before I venture in.  You can be sure, though, that I'll update you all on my first impression very soon. 
The first picture was from last spring when I was randomly driving and caught a glimpse of the Target sign. I immediately locked my breaks and whipped out my phone so I could share this good news with everyone.

TWO// Pretty Nails
Last night, myself and the bestie went and got some nail pampering. I chose this dark grey colour (always such a tough decision!) because I've never tried a colour like this before and, I must say, I really, really like it. I can seriously soon see an addiction forming.
 
THREE// Winter Tim Hortons Cups
I don't have red Starbucks cups to display, but I can now show off the winter Tim Hortons cups. For any of you Tim Hortons lovers out there, although these are not as good as the roll up the rim cups, they're definitely second best.
 
FOUR// My Job
I'm happy to say that after lots of cuts happening here in my office, I still have my job so that makes me pretty darn happy.  We also have our Christmas party this weekend, so I'm really looking forward to that. Free meal, free drinks, and free cab rides equals not too shabby for this girl!  I just realized how ironic slash crazy that is after making so many cuts with employees over the last couple of weeks. Priorities?

FIVE// One Month To Go
A month from Sunday, my niece or nephew will be making an appearance.  I'm psychic like that.
Not really.  My sister has to have a C-section so she is officially scheduled for Dec 17th.  This by far trumps everything this week, and you all know how excited I am about the Target store. Oh, and of course, still having a job (that probably should have been what I said first instead of Target).

Since they're not finding out if it's going to be a boy or girl, myself and Todd made a little bet (although I don't think we actually agreed on the 'winning/losing' part, but I'm sure we'll think of something good). So, in writing, I think it's going to be a boy and Todd thinks it's going to be a girl.  I can't wait to find out!  Eeeek!

Well, that's pretty much my week in a list nut shell.

Have a great weekend everyone!
  
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A Shy Fashion Post

13 November 2013

I'm stepping out of my comfort zone a little right now and showing you an outfit I wore recently.  I know you've probably seen an outfit or two floating around here before, but it's usually only when I have something really interesting to share about it like this, or when it just happens to be included in my weekend recap pictures.

But today, I have no exciting story to share, no crutch to use, or nothing to hide behind. 

I liked what I was wearing Sunday afternoon so I asked Todd if he would come outside and take my picture.  Simple as that.  And embarrassing as that, especially when our neighbours peeked outside and saw me working it like the next Cover Girl model.  I blame it on the DSLR camera.  I really do.  Everytime I'm behind the lens of that thing, my inner diva automatically kicks in.  But, I'll keep those ones to myself for today. One thing at a time!!

 
 
I've had this vest for about two years now and I can probably count on one hand how many times I've worn this thing.  I have no idea why I pulled it out, but I'm glad I did because I'm really loving it right now.  It's a sin though, because when we get hit with our really cold weather soon, this little guy will probably have to go back in hibernation.
 

And I figured since I was doing an outfit post, then I better do it all of the way.

So here's the details:

Sweater: Dynamite
Scarf: Dynamite
Vest: Eddie Bauer
Jeans: Buffalo
Boots: Spring
 
 
Happy Wednesday!!
 
 
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Recipe// Healthy Banana Bread Muffins

12 November 2013

This recipe has quickly become one of my new favourites because I love anything that is banana flavoured and I also love anything that I can quickly grab when I'm in a hurry. They also get a lot of extra bonus points because they require no butter, no sugar, and absolutely no flour. Perfect!
 

Here's what you'll need:

- A blender or a mixer
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ cups of oats
- ½ tsp of baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp of baking powder
- 1 ¼ cup of plain greek yogurt
- 4 packs of stevia (optional)
- 1 or 2 scoops of protein powder (optional)
- 2 or 3 ripe bananas, depending on how flavourful you want them (the more ripe, the better)

 

ONE// Preheat your oven to 400 F and don't forget to spray your pan with cooking spray (trust me, it happens).


TWO// Blend all your ingredients together without the oats.  If you're using protein powder then you can decrease the amount of oats you use.
 

THREE// Mix in the oats slowly so that they get blended and not just float to the top.

FOUR// Divide the batter into the 12 muffin tray.


FIVE// Cook for about 20 minutes, or until your toothpick comes out squeaky clean.


And enjoy!

Ps:  Your house will also smell the yummiest after you make these!