31 October 2016

For someone who hasn't dressed up in a Halloween costume in over 8 years, you'd swear I hated Halloween. But I actually really like Halloween, I do. There just never seemed to be any big plans for it over those years, and I guess I didn't really try very hard to do something myself. This year, however, I was determined that I would put my 8 year streak to a halt and dress up. 

I knew my costume had to be inexpensive and easy to put together, but it also had to be a little more creative than "shoving a pair of bunny ears on", as my friend would say. So, with a little searching on Pinterest, the idea of dressing as a mime sounded perfect. And then with two friends on board, the idea of 3 mimes became even more perfect. 

Since we already owned black pants and black shoes, the only things that we needed to buy were a black and white striped shirt (I found the perfect one at Joe Fresh), white gloves, black suspenders and a black beret, and white face makeup (all found at Halloween stores). Instead of spending 10 dollars or more each on buying red bandanas, I went to a fabric store and picked up a meter of red fabric and just cut the material in three sections. Easy and a lot cheaper!  I think I'm ready for my sewing machine now!

One of my friends won tickets to Bat Dance; a local dance that takes place every Halloween that's put off by the radio station where the only admittance is by winning tickets. So not only was I excited about actually dressing up this year, but I was also really looking forward to going to this dance on Saturday night since I had never been before.

The girls came over to my house earlier that night and we had a lot of fun doing our makeup and getting ready together. It kind of brought me back to my University days where you'd spend hours getting ready with a friend before you went out at night. Actually, one of the things I'm looking forward to about our wedding (out of the million), is having a few hours just like Saturday night getting ready with my bridesmaids, obviously with a little less makeup going on….that's not quite the look I'm going for on my wedding day!

Our costumes were all identical, but we each did different things for our eyes and our lips (and even our eyebrows)! 

We actually had a lot of fun with this costume, and not just while we were putting it together. The entire night we were doing mime actions, even on the dance floor! Although people would catch us talking to one another and come up to us and say that we weren't very quiet for mimes! #Typical

We all thought our costumes turned out great, but we all agreed that what really made the difference was having three mimes together. We definitely stood out! 

A picture from the end of the night at Bat Dance.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Is it bad that I'm already thinking about ideas for next years costume!?

Until next time.


27 October 2016

I know we've all been engulfed in scarves, falling leaves, and pumpkin spiced lattes (just a normal coffee for me, thanks) for over a month now, but I wanted to do a recap of some of the things that happened over the summer months before the next season of gloves, snow, and Christmas lights are upon us and I can't remember what it's like to feel my toes anymore. FYI- I am so not prepared for that season. Not at all. So, going back in time today for a little bit doesn't sound too bad right about now.

Just like with every other season (except for winter, obviously), this summer went by really quick. Too quick. I know I say that every year, but it seems the last few years are truly flying by at an exponential rate, and that freaks me out a little. I really do believe that waiting for the weekend, or for that exciting thing you have planned next month, or for that next vacation you've been dying to take does an awful lot of damage. Okay, so before I go too far off into that topic, because believe me I could, I'll get back to the subject at hand.

I used the pictures I found on my phone as a guideline to remember what it was that I actually did this summer, so I'm hoping I got everything covered!


The beginning of the month started with a spa day with my friend to celebrate her birthday. We said this year instead of exchanging gifts, we'd take the money and put it towards something that we both could enjoy together. Definitely a great idea! 

My family and I participated in the Shoppers Run for Women race in support of women's mental health in honour of my aunt. This cause is so close to my heart, and we've all agreed that this race will now be a tradition that we'll continue to take part in together every year. Oh, and we were the top fundraising team in our province…way to go us!

I attended two of the nicest bridal showers I've ever been to; my friend and my cousins fiancĂ©. 

Todd lost his grandfather who was one of the kindest and most fascinating men I knew. He sure has been missed, but Todd is happy knowing he was able to spend some time with him and say goodbye before he was gone.

We planted some trees in our backyard, did some work around the outside of our house, and made our usual yearly outing to our favourite place to get flowers.

We hiked two new trails that we've never done before, and after years of hiking the East Coast Trail (over 300 kms of trails), we're on our way to getting them all checked off.


We spent the Canada Day long weekend at our cabin with some friends, which consisted of lots of eating, drinking, fishing, and sitting around the fire. My type of weekend for sure!

A memorial service was held for my aunt, and although it was one of the hardest things that my family ever went through, I think a bit of that closure was good for everyone.

We celebrated my friend at her bachelorette party and had a great (and late) night.

Probably one of the highlights of the summer was our overnight backpacking trip we completed with our friends. It was definitely more challenging than what we thought it was going to be (especially since we didn't plan our timing very good and had to spend the last hour of the day running to find a place where we could pitch our tent so we didn't end up hiking in the dark), but we all felt amazing  after it was done (minus the dirtiness, dehydration and soreness!!). I definitely plan to do this again next summer, especially since we've learned a thing or two from this trip!

We attended our first outdoor movie with chairs, blankets, and lots of snacks (hot coffee was also a must) and it was so much fun being outside with everyone else watching a movie in the middle of a street.

My work threw an amazing Hawaiin themed party and we had so much fun (as evident by the million pictures from the photo booth I came home with later that night). 

My friend visited from Alberta for the first time in two years and it was so nice to see her and her little girl. Whenever we're reunited I'm always reminded that distance can never affect a great friendship.


I visited my sister and her family in Toronto and also attended my cousins wedding while I was there. This was also when I bought my wedding dress!!!!!

I had two other weddings this summer and both of them were so nice (and fun!). It's crazy to think that almost everyone I know is married now! #wemustbegrowingup

We went to the Eastbound Hoe down, a country concert held once a year outside of St. John's, and had a great time partying in our cowboy hats with Todd's brother and sister in law.

My nephew Nathan came to Newfoundland all by himself for a week before the rest of his family joined him. He's growing up so fast, and this summer made me realize that even more. As he would say, "only 5 year olds get to come to Newfoundland all by themselves". So true Nathan, so true!

The end of August my family and I spent a week in Gros Morne National Park. We hiked the beautiful Gros Morne mountain, did a boat tour of the Western Brook Pond, had some fires, played poker, and did some exploring. I love it when all of my family is together; we really do have the best time together.

Oh, and this summer was when we also found that my sister is pregnant again with baby #3. I am over the moon excited and I can't wait to meet my new NIECE in February!

And I think that pretty much sums up my summer. Okay, it's time to resume to our normal fall activities now, summer is officially over….again!  I'm off to light my fall scented candle!

Until next time.


26 October 2016

I've always said that being able to look back at things I've shared in the past is probably one of my favourite things about blogging. It really is pretty great to have somewhere to go to be reminded of all the big and small memories. It's like looking back at old pictures, but even better since you have all the details and emotions to go along with them.

Well, you can imagine how excited I was when I was thinking of things I wanted to blog about after I came back from my little blogging hiatus, when it dawned on me that I have one of the biggest moments in my life coming up; our wedding. All of the details leading up to the big day is something I want to be able to remember forever and ever and ever, and hopefully I'll be able to by sharing them right here. I say hopefully because we all know my track record with this blog obviously hasn't been the greatest.  But I think we can all agree that I'd be a complete idiot if I didn't keep this up and document everything along the way.

So with all that being said, I plan on starting from the very beginning of this crazy wedding journey. It's taken Todd and I a very long time to get here, but we're here now. Well, in 7 months and 20-odd days, but who's counting!  We were dating for 9 years, then engaged for 3, and now we've officially been planning our wedding for the last 8 months. I told you I wasn't kidding when I said it's taken us a long time to get here. I sure do hope the saying "slow and steady wins the race" is true.

But I feel like we've always been the type of people to go at our own pace, and I guess our pace is a lot slower than most people would expect. It's funny though because after we got engaged I kind of felt like I was missing that bride gene. You know the one that causes people to plan their imaginary wedding while they're longing for their imaginary proposal? That one. I didn't have it. And I still didn't have it even when that proposal came. Although I was obviously happy, I just didn't dive right in to any of that wedding planning stuff. Call it a missing bride gene, or call it laziness, a few years passed and we were still hearing the exact same question from everyone, "still no date set?".

But then came the end of last January. Something happened where we both knew we didn't want to wait any longer. And so a date was set within that week.

The date has been set, all the vendors have been booked, our bridal party has been asked, the save the dates have been sent and the wedding dress has been bought. It's really happening!  The bride gene is missing no longer and has, in fact, been in full force ever since we set the date. I want these next 7+ months to go by really fast, but I have to try and remind myself to soak it all in because I've been having so much fun with the planning part so far (feel free to ask me again in a few months to see if my answer is any different) and I know it'll be over all too soon.

I've spent countless hours on Pinterest, knowing full well that the little details I've been looking at will either a) never happen or b) will never be noticed even if they do happen. It's just been fun searching and brainstorming the million and one wedding ideas that's out there, because when else in your life do you get to plan something like this? Once. Dear lord we hope it's only once!

I can't wait to share some of the things we've done/planned so far, so stay tuned for more wedding talk. Since I feel like that's really all I've been thinking about lately, you can be sure there will be lots more of it.  My bride gene is apparently making up for lost times!!

Until next time.


23 October 2016

It's currently 9 o'clock on a Sunday night and I have ice cubes in a ziplock bag pressed against my lids to help relieve my tired eyes. I need an immediate refresher and this little remedy always works wonders for me (FYI- it also helps reduce dark circles and puffiness, so that's always a bonus!). My point in all of that is that it's been a busy weekend and I'm definitely feeling the effects of it on this Sunday night. I should be all nice and rested at this point in the weekend so I can tackle the work week head on, but I kind of feel more tired than I normally do after leaving work 5 o'clock on a Friday afternoon. Something tells me I'm probably going to be in for a very long week. But, since it was such a great weekend, it was definitely worth the exhaustion. 

Friday started off with a work dinner, which lead into more of a work party. If there's one thing that my work does right, it's parties. I always look forward to any event they throw, and this one was no different; free cab rides, an amazing dinner, and an open bar. We ended up staying out much later than we intended, but I guess that's always a great sign of a fun night!

Dress found here

Not even 6 hours later I was awake and getting ready to head out for breakfast and a girls spa day with my friend, something I've been looking forward to for weeks. We tried a new place for breakfast and it was really nice to switch up our usual breakfast spot. Then it was off to get pampered; manicures, pedicures, and facials at the Soothe Spa. Let me tell you, I think it's going to be really hard getting manicures or pedicures done anywhere else after going here. After the initial foot soak, they moved us to the comfiest beds in our own private room where they worked on us from there for the next two and a half hours. It was an absolute dream.

Today started off with going out to brunch to celebrate a friends 30th birthday. I ended up eating way too much which resulted in me feeling like garbage for the rest of the day (hence the ice cube trick). I tried to avoid going home and falling asleep on the couch, so me and Todd instead decided to do some visiting. We stopped into our friends apartment to see her and her little girl, and then off we went to his brothers house, where I was fed even more food for dinner that I did not need. Uggh!

And as if I wasn't tired enough, we stopped on the way home to do some grocery shopping. After all the eating out we did over the last few days, I wanted to make sure that I had lots of healthy options to keep me going for the next few days because….. DETOX!  

Hope you all had a great weekend! I'm already looking forward to my salad for lunch tomorrow and going to bed tomorrow night!!

Until next time.


21 October 2016

Happy Friday guys! Since I didn't get around to posting what I wanted to get posted this week (why do organizing and uploading pictures take forever? Ugh!), I thought I'd share some random thoughts with you. I figured it's a great way to just kind of spit out whatever I have on my mind and then be on my merry little way. Perfect for a Friday, right? Right.

-Starting with the most obvious for a Friday, I'm really looking forward to this weekend. The last few weekends have been kind of (okay, really) low key, so I'm excited for a fun filled couple of days. 

-I changed the domain of this blog so that it now matches the actual name, and I seriously hope I never have to do that again because holy work. Hopefully someone is reading this right now because that would mean I didn't royally screw this blog up! Boy, the technical stuff of blogging is really no joke. 

-I've been thinking about Halloween costumes all week, and I think I've finally come up with something. Now I just have to figure out what I'm doing for Halloween so I can actually implement those ideas. I probably should have started with that part first, hey?

-Speaking of Halloween, I watched this video the other day where Ellen scares people on her show and I thought I would share it in case you haven't seen it yet. I would literally have a heart attack and crap my pants all at the same time if I were one of those people. Fact: I hate, hate, hate to be scared.

-It was only the day after I published my last post that I got on Sephoras website looking at more eyeshadow palettes. What is wrong with me? I'm not going to buy one anytime soon but, seriously, what is wrong with me?

-I've been thinking about taking supplements to see if it can help with my hair because it is the driest and most damaged it's ever been. Has anyone had any experience in this department? Does it even work? I'd love some recommendations!

-Favourite blog posts that I've read this week:

Jillian Harris's baby's birth story- I've always loved Jillian, but after her sharing Leo's birth story and that picture of her at the hospital, it makes me want to be her BFF even more now.

Jordan's 10 Personal Commandments. I'm not sure if I was in need of having a self-help moment when I read this post, but I really enjoyed her points and I felt like I could relate to a lot of them (and I'm pretty sure you could too). My favourite things she said were:

"Life is too short to waste time around people who don't understand your brand of wonderful"

"I've stopped trying to be the best and it's liberating. I can be a beginner. I can be bad at something but still enjoy it. I can start something new and I can abandon something I hate".

That's it for today! Enjoy your weekend!

Until next time.


16 October 2016

Makeup and skin care products are definitely my biggest weaknesses when it comes to shopping. I can usually skip through the clothing, handbag, or shoe sections pretty easily and with minimal temptation, but there's always something about a beauty product on display that lures me in like there's no tomorrow. And when that said beauty product happens to have great reviews and the most adorable packaging ever, well you can be sure that more times than not, a little thing called self-control goes away as quickly as I can haul out my visa card. So now you know what happened to lead me to my most recent purchase; Tarte's Tartelette in Bloom eyeshadow palette.

To be honest, this palette was bought a couple months ago. I've actually been doing pretty good lately with the whole self- control thing, but only because I've been holding out until Sephora's VIB sale. I figured if I'm going to give into temptation, what better time to do so then when you can save 20%. More products + less guilt = win, win!

I was extra inclined to buy this product though because I felt like if there was one thing my makeup stash was missing, it was an eyeshadow palette with the majority of colours that I loved, and one that I could use completely on its own.  Here's my thoughts on the palette's I previously owned:

Urban Decay Naked2 - While I do really like the formula and the variety of the colours in this palette, I just don't love a lot of the colours on me, especially for my warmer skin tone. I never feel inclined to take this with me when I travel because I never use it enough to justify both the weight and size of it. 

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics - I originally got this one a couple of years ago as a travel option, but I obviously didn't know enough about eyeshadow palettes back then as I do now because I'll be the first to admit this was a bad purchase on my part. It's definitely not a versatile one (it only comes with 6 matte shades and no shimmer ones) and again, these colours do absolutely nothing for me. However, just like with the one above, I do like the formula of them.

Too Faced Christmas in Paris 2015 Edition - For the amount/variety of eyeshadow colours (as well as the blush/bronzer colours and mini mascara) that you get for the price, this was a great buy and I am really glad it's a part of my collection. I do, however, feel like there's not enough lighter/neutral colours for my preference and I always feel like I need to have at least 2 of the 3 palettes with me to get the colours I like to use. I also find the formula a little harder to blend than the other two mentioned, but personally that's not that big of a deal to me.

I was leaning towards buying the Urban Decay Naked3 palette (as it has less cool tone shades like I was looking for), but I opted against it in favour of trying this one by Tarte, a brand I've never tried before.

What to know:
- 12 never before seen shades; 9 matte and 3 shimmer
- Beautiful gold and floral packaging with a good sized mirror
- Signature amazonian clay formula

My thoughts:
- Colours are beautiful and all of them are wearable (thankfully no crazy colours)
- Pigmented shades that are very easy to blend
- They have a powdery-like feel
- Size is good (similar to a CD case, remember those? ha!), not too large to pack when travelling
- Smell was unexpected, but actually really nice (kind of chocolately-like)
- More lighter/neutral shades which I tend to be drawn more towards (but still a few darker options that can be used for a more dramatic look)
- Colours look nice with my warmer skin tone
- Some fallout but no more than what I've experienced with the Urban Decay palettes (and probably actually less).

As you've guessed, I absolutely love this palette and it's hands down my favourite to date out of all the ones I own. I love all of the colours on myself and I would not need to take any other eyeshadow with me if I were travelling, which is exactly what I was looking for.

So overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who was thinking about buying it, especially if you like easy, everyday type of looks. It's definitely one palette that you will reach for often!

Until next time.


12 October 2016

Before I go any further around here, I figured it was time to introduce, or better yet, reintroduce myself. Well, as the new blog name would give away, I'm Renee!

- 31 going on 80
- Newfoundlander, Canadian
- Fiancé to Todd
- Fur mom to BFF's in training; Charley (the dog) and Sammy (the cat)
- Accounting clerk by day, (unpaid) dog walker by night, and full time traveller by day dreams.

- Breakfast foods
- Good conversation
- Makeup and skincare products
- The snooze button
- Sunshine
- Laughter
- The Bachelor
- Cuddling
- Being around good energy
- Hiking
- Taking pictures
- Experiencing new things

- Washing my hair
- Judgmental people
- Window shopping
- People who can't be happy for others
- Peeling oranges
- Scary movies

- Lazy perfectionist
- "Super Feeler"
- Generous and kind hearted
- Introvert at heart, extrovert by pretending

- I would truly do anything in this world for my family and friends
- Coffee is the nectar to my soul
- I'm the master of overanalyzing and overthinking
- I wish chips were acceptable to eat for every meal of the day
- I'm trying little by little to step out of my comfort zone more

Well, as much as this list could go on for a lot longer, I'm going to go ahead and end it right here. I think that gives you a pretty good start on getting to know me a little better. Hope you've enjoyed reading because, lemme tell you, it's been quite the task trying to give myself this proper introduction!

Until next time.


08 October 2016

I still can't believe I actually posted something the other day. And I also can't believe I'm back again, and back again so soon at that. Ah, the slippery slope that is the blogging world. You go two years without writing a damn thing and then when you finally do…..BAM, that's all you wanna do. It's a curse, it really is. Then again, it may have a little (or everything) to do with my all or nothing type of personality. Albeit another curse.

I guess I just have this urgency to spit out every detail of the last two years of my life. I want to….but I obviously won't. I mean, I'd be crazy to share every little detail. And I'd also be crazy if I didn't spread out at least some of those details I do plan on sharing so I can save myself from a horrible thing known as blogging guilt. Blogging guilt: a bad feeling that occurs when you really want to write a blog post but you can't think of anything to write about. I swear it's a real thing.

I will say that a nice bit has happened over the last few years. And that's strange because normally I always feel like there's never anything "new" with me. It's like when I run into people I haven't seen in a long time and I have to try and come up with an answer to the dreaded question of, "so, what's new with you?". I hate that, especially because I never have anything else to answer with besides, "um, not a whole lot, you?". But I feel like right now I could probably keep that conversation going a lot longer if someone was brave enough to ask me that question. Then again, I'd probably still answer with the same "um, not a whole lot" response because, let's be honest, I'm pretty sure that's the only type of response that people would expect as they're standing outside the entrance of a store in a busy mall. 

But I still haven't decided what I'm going to write about or how this blog will go in the future and that's perfectly fine with me. Except that's not really true at all because I've been thinking about it a nice bit over the last week. I've been asking myself questions like, will I carry on like old times? Will I try and have some organization going on as to things that I'll share? Will there be topics off limits? Will I focus only on certain things? Here's what I do know:

1) This blog name has got to go, like now. I cringe whenever I see it, or when I type it, or when I say it out loud. I'm actually in the process of trying to change it but, just like circa 2013, it's taking me forever to decipher and use HTML.

2) I love to write. It's fun for me. I enjoy just sitting down and typing away and I've really, really missed that. 

3) But I absolutely hate to reread the things I've written. And that becomes a bit of a problem when I want to write on a place that never goes away and is always there for me to see. Ironically enough, the posts where I open up and share the most are, hands down, my favourite to write but my least favourite to read. Just picture me hiding under the bed sheets as I read those if you want to get a better idea.

4) I'm probably going to have a lot more free time coming up and I'm going to need something that I'm interested in. Insert this blog.

And that's all I've got. As you can see, still no direction with how this is going to go. But I'm sure I'll figure it out, with one post at a time (even if I am hiding under my sheets as I reread them until then).

Until next time.