Monday, 16 October 2017

Inspire Me: Focus

2017 has not been an amazing year. There are a lot of good that has happened this year- including a really fun night out with friends this past Friday- but a lot of hurt has also happened. When I look back at the past 10 months, it's the hurt that stands out. I believe that every situation- no matter how negative- is a good thing if you are able to learn or take something from the situation. I have had a lot of lessons and eye opening experiences this year. 
While it is natural, especially because of the sheer volume, to focus on the bad, the negative, the hurt. I am constantly reminding myself, and forcing my self to do this:

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Book Club: North of Normal

North Of Normal: A Memoir Of My Wilderness Childhood, My Counterculture Family, And How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person
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Book: North of Normal
Author: Cea Sunrise Person

Sex, drugs and . . . bug stew? An utterly compelling tale of survival—of nature, family and genetics.
In the late 1960s, riding the crest of the counterculture movement, Cea’s family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in northern Alberta. But unlike most commune dwellers of the time, the Persons weren’t trying to build a new society—they wanted to escape civilization altogether. Led by Cea’s grandfather Dick, they lived in a canvas Teepee, grew pot, and hunted and gathered to survive.

 Living out her grandparents’ dream with her teenage mother, Michelle, young Cea knew little of the world beyond her forest. She spent her summers playing nude in the meadow and her winters snowshoeing behind the grandfather she idolized. Despite fierce storms, food shortages and the occasional drug-and-sex-infused party for visitors, it was a happy existence. For Michelle, however, there was one crucial element missing: a man. When Cea was five, Michelle took her on the road with a new boyfriend. As the trio set upon a series of ill-fated adventures, Cea began to question both her highly unusual world and the hedonistic woman at the centre of it—questions that eventually evolved into an all-consuming search for a more normal life. Finally, in her early teens, Cea realized she would have to make a choice as drastic as the one her grandparents once had made in order to get the life she craved.

From nature child to international model by the age of thirteen, Cea’s astonishing saga is one of long-held family secrets and extreme family dysfunction, all in an incredibly unusual setting. It is also the story of one girl’s deep-seated desire for normality—a desire that enabled her to risk everything, overcome adversity and achieve her dreams.
What I Have To Say:
This was a compelling read. Cea does a great job of sharing her unconventional childhood, and in a way that makes you want to keep reading. While it was an interesting read, there were also points that were sad and made you really feel for this child. This is a memoir, but the characters and experiences  are so out there, it's hard to believe they aren't made up. 
Final Verdict:
Fascinating is the best way to describe this book.  

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Currently- October Edition

I haven't done a Currently post in ages!! What better time to do one than now?!
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I love this show! I'm excited that Season 4 has FINALLY started, but I am also watching Seasons 1-3 on Netflix

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I am a Sophie Kinsella fan, and I read this book for Book Club in March, but I wanted a lighthearted, easy read, so I am re-reading this book.
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 I am LOVING Thomas Rhett's new album- I have it on repeat!

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 I have been on a Gatorade kick the past few months, drinking a few bottles a week. Yellow (lemon lime) is one of my favourites. 

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Breakfast foods are my favourite, I will eat breakfast for all meals. 
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I had a pair of Havianas, which broke this summer. I am desperately wanting another pair- these are seriously the most comfortable flip flops ever!
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My love for the beach is well documented. While Summer is my favourite season, I do love Fall beach days too. The air is crisp, the water is cool but nice if the sun is out, the tourists are gone. There's just something about being at the beach, in shorts and a sweatshirt, with the wind in your hair. 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Hey, It's Ok
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To be sadden by the recent attacks in Las Vegas and Edmonton. There is so much hate and violence in our world.

That I thought the season premiere of How to Get Away with Murder was kind of boring. It picked up near the end, the last few minutes. But for the most part...boring. Hopefully the season gets better, 

To have celebrated the life of a friend in the most epic and "Willy Way" possible. It was one heck of a part for one heck of a life. You are so missed and loved. 

That be sad that Dan Girardi is no longer a New York Ranger, but excited that his and Ryan Callahan are reunited in Tampa Bay!!

To be hope that the weather this weekend will be nice enough to celebrate Thanksgiving at the beach!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Inspire Me: Accept It

Happy Monday and October! I can't believe that not is Summer of over, but so is September!! I have had a busy few months, hence the blog break. And while things are still busy, I'm looking forward to being back to blogging!!
I have tons of ideas for posts, but we'll see what happens. There has been so much change and transition the past few weeks- with more to come- that I am really focusing on living and enjoying the moment, and not thinking to far ahead to the future. You never know what will happen...go with the flow, roll with the punches, and all that good stuff!!

Here is some inspiration for the week:

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Hey, It's Ok
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To be sad that summer is unofficially over. It went too quickly and I didn't spend enough days at the beach. While there are things I didn't get the chance to do this summer, I had a fantastic summer!

That I have lost interest in Big Brother this season. The majority of the houseguests, especially Josh and Paul, are so appalling that I can't stand to watch. 

To be sad that my favourite summer smoothie/juice place will not be re-opening next summer; this is their last season. 

That I met Joel Plaskett!! I am a huge fan and this was definitely one of the highlights of this summer!

To be going back to a paper planner this year. Last year, I switched from a Lilly Pulitzer planner to a happy planner- which did not work for me and that I stopped using before 2017 even started. I'm trying a paper planner again. We'll see how this works out.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Inspire Me: Summer

I can't believe that today is Labour Day and the unofficial end of summer! This summer went by so fast. There were a ton of things I wanted to do this summer that I didn't get the chance to do and the weather was not spectacular, but I had a great summer- lots of memories and experiences!!

In honour of summer- my favourite season- I thought I would share some of my favourite summer quotes. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Hey, It's Ok!
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

That Josh is not only the most annoying Big Brother Houseguest this year, but he is possibly one of the most annoying people in general. I hope he gets evicted soon.

To be excited that Joel Plaskett is playing at Celtic Festival this year! Joel is one of my favourite musicians, and I have never seen him live before..super excited!!

That I am finally reading KA Tuckers new book, Until It Fades, and am loving it!!

To be sad that today is August 1. Summer is going too quickly and I feel like I haven't done much to really enjoy summer or experience all that summer has to offer,

That I would like to go to Greece. It looks really pretty there and I feel that I would really fit- being by the water, surrounded by people, good food and drink...or maybe that's just my romanticized version of what Greece is like.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Canada Day 2017

On July 1, we celebrated Canada Day and 150 years of Confederation. There were all kinds of celebrations to make this milestone, and I spent Canada Day in my hometown- something I haven't done in years! I am a little late in sharing how I celebrated the day, but better late than never!!

It was a jammed pack day with a ton of things going on!! I spent the day with my family, and we started at about 9am where my dad unveiled a clock and encapsulated a time capsule. 

Next we were off to a local park, which was where our City's celebration were taking place. The festivities were officially kick-off and included an appearance by our Town Crier! 

A portion of the street was shut down and filled with food vendors. The park hosted a variety of activities- face painting, arts and crafts, games such as bubble soccer, inflatables, and even activites out on the water.

And of course there was live entertainment- musicians, magicians, singers, and dancers. 

We took a break in out day to head down to the Flatwater Centre and take in some of the races for the Dominion Day Regatta. 

What is a Canada Day celebration without fireworks?! We finished the day on the bridge watching fireworks over the water. It was a spectacular show and a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale

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Book: The Handmaid's Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.
What I Have To Say:
This was the June pick for my book club, and I wasn't excited about it. I had read this book in high school, and I wasn't a fan. Re-reading it without any assignments to do, did make the book more enjoyable. This book is set in the future, but eerily echos what is happening in the US at the moment, and makes you wonder how far off the US is from a society that is similar to the Republic of Gilead. Margaret Atwood, a Canadian Treasure, is a wonderful author and this book is very well written. The plot makes you think, the characters are interesting, and the story flows well.
Final Verdict:
Everyone seems to love this book, but I'm not a fan. I would still recommend this book- it is an engaging and thought-provoking read. I can see why others like it, but I won't be re-reading it. 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hey, It's Ok
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To like this season's cast of Big Brother- except for would have been better if they hadn't brought him back. First time in a long time that the BB cast hasn't been super annoying. Also love that Big Brother Canada will be coming back for season 6 (previously announced that wouldn't be)!!!

That summer is going too quickly and I feel like I haven't done anything- even though I have done more already this summer than I did all last summer. 

To recently been getting into youtube channels! I know I am late to the game, but I have recently started following youtubers- The Journey Girl, Erin Scott, Zoella, Safiya Nygaard. I've been spending more time watching youtube and less time watching Netflix. 

That Royal Wood and David Myles- two of my favourite musicians- are both touring in the fall!! Haven't seen either of them in awhile, so I'm really looking forward to it!!

To see people I've known for awhile, how have worked so hard to go after their dreams, pushed through set backs and roadblocks, finally achieve their goals, dreams, and successes.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Inspire Me: Halfway

Happy Monday!! I have taken a few weeks off from blogging; dealing with some stuff, recovering from illness, and just enjoying summer- it was a busy month!! This week is going to be a busy one- I have some fun social things going on, and some big work deadlines- hoping that reminding myself of this quote will get me through the week!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Spring Vibes: New Discoveries & An Old Favourite

I love being introduced to new products and new brands. Thanks to Influenster, I have spent the past several weeks testing out a number of products from their Spring Vibes Vox Box. Some brands were new to me, some brands I had heard of but the product was new to me, and one product/brand I have been a fan of for a while. There was variety, which I loved!
Curious to know what was in the box?
NesCafe Sweet & Creamy- I loved the individual coffee sachets, which are perfect for home, work, or on the go. Super easy to use, makes a nice cup of coffee, and can be used hot or iced. I am keeping a couple of these in my desk, in case I need an 'emergency' mid-afternoon coffee.

Nivea Q10 Firming Body Oil- I didn't really notice a difference in the firmness of my skin, but I have only been using it for a couple of weeks. I'm hoping the more I use it, the more of a difference I will notice. I do want to mention that this oil was great for my overly dry skin, which I really appreciate!!
imPRESS Press On Manicure- This is actually a product that I have been using for a couple of years- I am such a huge fan!! There were enough nails for both me and my sister, plus extras. These are so easy to apply- peel and stick- and they stay on for a few days. I love how natural they look, and my sister and I both got TONS of compliments!
Ebates Popsocket- The popsocket helps you get a better grip on your phone, or acts as a stand for watching videos on your phone. I'm so surprised that more people don't know about Ebates! YOU GET PAID TO SHOP!!! Ebates has partnered with a number of retailers- including Hudson's Bay and Sephora. You can access the online stores of partner retailers from Ebates and they will give you cash back for shopping. 

Annie's Shells & White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese- To say this was delicious is an understatement! Made with real white cheddar- none of that fake powder stuff- and organic shells, this is a health take on traditional comfort food.

Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean 3-in-1 Power Paks- First of all, I am fan of 'power pak' type products, as they do the pre-measuring for you. Arm & Hammer not only gets out stains, but smells great too.

Quaker Harvest Fruit & Nut Granola Bar- About a month ago, a friend and I decided to use our Parks Canada Pass to spend the afternoon at Point Pelee- the Southern most part of mainland Canada- and packed these granola bars for a snack. Another delicious product! They were the perfect in between meals item...just enough to tied you over and feel satisfied without making you feel full and sluggish. I love that these are a health alternative to other granola bars, but still taste delicious!

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