Wednesday, 11 April 2018

My Year 2017- Stephen Wack

On Monday, I posted about the Humboldt Broncos and how the team was involved in a tragic accident on Friday. One of the players who passed away, Stephen Wack, was also a videographer. On March 19, the last time he posted YouTube, he posted a video "My Year 2017", which you can see below. He was obviously a multi-talented young man. I love that this video captures highlights from his life in 2017, as well as showcase his talent. 



Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Hey, It's Ok

http://www.airingmylaundry.com/
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To be heartbroken for the Humboldt Broncos- their team, community, family, billets, friends, volunteers. We are all Broncos. We stand with you, we support you, we mourn with you. 

That I finally have my laptop back. I was having issues for a few weeks, but a new hard drive- thankfully- was all I needed. 

To not like Roseanne (TV show). I know people say it's funny and a great show. I don't get it...I don't find it funny...it's even a little boring. 

That I had a great time in Ottawa last week. It was a work trip, so I was busy. It was nice to see colleagues, have a quick visit with my cousin, and had a number of successful meetings. I also met the cutest guy as I was crossing the street. 


Monday, 9 April 2018

We Are All Broncos

Since the inception of this blog, Dreams and Colour, I have posted a quote on (most) Mondays. Usually a quote that either reflected on what currently going on in my life, or a quote to focus on for the week. I have spent the past few days thinking about a quote to post today that would capture my thoughts and feelings, and/or be the perfect tribute to the Humboldt Broncos. 

I have come up empty handed. Like all of Canada and the hockey world, I am struggling to find the words. So, instead of a quote I decided to post a couple of images.

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On Friday, the Humboldt Broncos were on their way to Game 5 of a playoff series when the team bus was involved in a devastating accident. 29 people were on board and- as of this writing- 15 have died. The remaining 14 people are all injured. One of the players is currently on life support so his organs can be donated. Among the deceased are the head coach, team captain, and the radio broadcaster. You can learn more about members of the Broncos here.

Hockey teams from the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, and other leagues came together to show their support for the Humboldt Broncos- moments of silence, special tributes, donating proceeds from 50/50 draws. A number of teams- both in the NHL and other leagues- gathered at centre ice to show unity and support for the Broncos; united in tragedy, united in hockey, united as a team.

My heart hurts for this team, community, family, friends, billets, volunteers. In Canada, practically all communities are close-knit hockey towns. Teams are ingrained in our identity and community pride. The teams unity and give back to our communities. Canada hurts and mourns with Humboldt. We are embracing Humboldt and sending love, thoughts and prayers.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support players and families affected.

I'm going to end this post with blank space. The space can be a moment of silence, a place for thoughts, a tribute to the team and community, a spot for everything unsaid and things that have yet to be said.

Humboldt, we stand with you. We are all Broncos.

























Thursday, 8 March 2018

White Willow February 2018 Review

I have been subscribing to White Willow Box, a Canadian lifetsyle subscription box, for a few years now and it is still one of my all time favourite subscription boxes! Boxes are $49.95 each (plus tax and shipping) and ships every other month. There is still time to sign up for the April box, and White Willow currently ships to both Canad and the US. 

Each box contains 4-5 full size and sample size beauty, fashion, home decor, and other lifestyle products. White Willow curates beautiful and unique boxes, with quality products. 

Here's what was included in the February 2018 box:

  • 1000 Roses Floral Toner by Andalou Naturals Certified Organic and made with fair trade ingredients, this product tones, moisturizes, and refreshes your skin. The mist has a rose scent, and I am not a fan of rose, but I love how hydrating it is on my overly parched skin.
    Retail Value $17
  • Quilted Cross Body Purse Curated in two colours- black and beige- this faux leather purse can be worn over the shoulder or cross body, thanks to an adjustable strap, I love the quilted patterned, and I, surprisingly, don't own a cross body bag. I really love this! This is the first purse that White Willow has included in one of their boxes.
    Retail Value $37
  • Rose Flower Mask by Kocostar There are a total of 12 patches that can be applied anywhere on your body for extra moisture. I most likely going to use this on my face, as I LOVE sheet masks. I think it's interesting that these are 'petals' instead of a traditional sheet mask.
    Retail Value $7
  • 4-Piece Box of Handcrafted Chocolates by Karat Chocolate Boutique
How beautiful are these chocolates?! Too pretty to eat, but they are also mouthwatering! Handcrafted in Okanagan Valley, the four flavours are:
Merlot, Cherry, Black Current
Riesling Ice Wine
Chocolate Lava
Creme Caramel
Retail Value $9
  • Square Gold Lips Dish/Trinket Tray Super cute! White Willow has included items like this before, but I really don't mind because they are all so different in the way they look. This can be used as a catch all, jewelry dish, small serving dish, candy dish, and it can be displayed in so many different rooms in your home. This is a versatile piece!
    Retail Value $19
The February 2018 box has a retail value of $89 CAD, While White Willow is never a high value box, the value is always worth more than I pay. I also love the variety of products- beauty, fashion, home decor, and food were all represented in this box. They do a great job of encompassing "lifestyle" and I can't wait to see what's included in their April box!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

February Favourites

February flew by- which means we are closer to Summer (my favourite), but it also means my birthday month is over. I had a great month, and got to do some really fun things- including attending a live recording of the podcast Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote As Kids! I also had a great time celebrating my birthday with family, friends, a relaxing day off, a fun night out, and a birthday donut!

But here we are in a new month, which means a new round of favourite things from the past month! Here are my favourite things from February:

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 Baths are just so cozy, warm, and a great way to spend a snowy Sunday afternoon. What's not so great is the unpleasant sound of water draining from your tub, or all of the warm water draining away from your body. Luckily I discover SlipX Solutions Bottomless Bath Overflow Drain Cover. Place it over your overflow drain, and enjoy a relaxing bath which now has a few extra inches of water, This has changed my bath game. 

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I have mentioned a billion times how dry my skin is and how I am always on the search of the magic moisturizing product that will keep my skin hydrated. Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb has become my lifesaving skin product. The gel like, water based product feel so amazing and hydrating on my skin, and it keeps my skin feeling super hydrated through out the day. This just might be that magic product I have been searching for!!

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I received this Homemade by Ayesah Curry mug in a subscription box a few months ago. Not only is super cute, but it's such a nice size! I can fit a lot of hot chocolate/coffee/tea in the mug, and I can easily wrap both hands around the mug for some added warmth.

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Like everyone else, I am obsessed with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. I want to be friends with them. And, like everyone else, am convinced they are the world's greatest love story. 
 
I'm just going to leave this here for you to watch and fall even more in love with them...



 
January //

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Hey, It's Ok

http://www.airingmylaundry.com/
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To attempt to coordinate a March Madness bracket challenge at my office. The person who did it last year is on mat leave, and she sent me the info in case I want to organize the bracket for the office. I think I'm going to...it was fun last year!

That I am an Ambassador for Gone Beachin' (affiliate link) an apparel and lifestyle brand. You can use my link to get 20% off. 

To be excited for Big Brother Canada, which starts this week!!

That I did not watch the Oscars. As a Communication major who had to take film courses, my friends/classmates would refer to the Oscars as our Superbowl. Still not into it.

To be sad that Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh are no longer New York Rangers. But I am happy that Ryan is united in Tampa with Ryan Callahan (STILL not over that trade) and Dan Girardi in Tampa!!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Next Chapter

2017 was, overall, a great year. It was also a year of a lot changes, and ultimately the end of a lot of friendships. Nothing dramatic...they just kinda ran their course. Some friendships I am indifferent too. Others, I really miss. I've even tried in 2018 to re-establish a couple of those friendships, but failed.

We all have things in our lives- relationships, situations, items- that we constantly re-visit. We go back and think "what if" or "if only" or "remember when". I have always tried to live in the present and not dwell on the past. With everything that happened last year, I am finding I am thinking about the past more than I would like. The truth is I'm having a hard time letting some thing go, and having a hard time moving on.

I came across this quote, and I know this is what I need to focus on moving forward:
 


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Paperless Post: Helping People Connect In Real Life

I recently had the opportunity to partner with Paperless Post, which was perfect timing because I needed to send some thank you cards! They generously gave me 1000 coins to tryout their service. While I had heard of Paperless Post before, I had never used this service. Paperless Post allows you to send mail- invitations, announcements, birthday cards- paperlessly. The service is super easy to use; you select your design, customize it, and hit send. 
 
This would be perfect for a Kentucky Derby Party!
The designs are not your standard email template! They are beautiful and fun designs that look like cards and includes an electronic envelope. You can customize the colour of the envelope, liner, and postage stamp. So fun! 
 
How adorable is this Baby Shower invitation???
There are hundreds of design to choose from and Paperless Post has also partnered with fashion houses, lifestyle brands, and stationary designers to bring you even more selections. Some of their partners include Jonathan Adler, Vera Wang, Rifle Paper Co, HelloLucky, The New Yorker, and (my personal favourite) kate spade new york. You can find the complete list of partner brands here
 
Once you select your design, the fun begins! You have the opportunity to input a costume message, including the typeface and colour of the text. Next up is the envelope customization. This includes selecting the envelope colour, the design of the liner, adding a custom stamp and postmark. There are postmarks for different cities in the US, and there is also London UK and Toronto Canada. I was pleased to see there was one postmark for Canada, but it would be nice to see some cities besides Toronto. 
 
You can customize the envelope colour and liner. I love the combination of pink and glittery gold!
Another feature is the having reply cards sent with your mail. This will allow guests to RSVP to events, and include a message back to you.

Once you have you design complete, you add in email addresses for the recipients (you can send individual or you can do a mass mailing), and hit send. That's it- you're done! 

Something else that I love about Paperless Post is that they have a ton of stationary options available...you don't necessarily need to be sending a card or invitation to use this service. 
 
LOVE this kate spade new york stationary!
In order to use Paperless Post, you will need to purchase coins. You can get 20 coins for $6. I was given 1000 coins by Paperless Post, which has a value of $90. Designs start at 2 coins and then customizations (such as envelope liners) are additional coins. 
 
To give you an idea, I 'spent' 25 coins to:
  • Send the same card to three people
  • Send the a different card to four additional people
  • Send three different cards to three people
  • I used all of the customized features, except for a customize stamp (this would have been a total of 5 additional coins)
I am a fan of Paperless Post! It was so easy to use, environmental friendly, and cost effective! I am planning a celebration for someone later this month, and fully plan on using Paperless Post for the invitations and to manage the RSVPs.



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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Hey, It's Ok

http://www.airingmylaundry.com/
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

That I need to know, like the rest of the world, if Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in love with each other. Also, I want to be friends with them.

To be slowly booking my trip out East!! My flights were booked earlier this month, my Halifax hotel was booked awhile ago, and I just booked my Prince Edward Island accommodations on the weekend. 
 
That Gossip Girl is back on Netflix!! I was in the middle of re-watching the first season when Netflix removed it
 
To be loving this Spring like weather we have had the past couple of weeks! It's been so warm and sunny. The downside is of course the ice jams and flooding...but Spring is coming!!
 

Monday, 26 February 2018

Crayons Still Colour

Happy Monday!! I took a mini-blogging break last week- Olympic watching kinda took over my life. Actually, February was a very hectic month..a lot going on personally and professionally. I am looking forward to a bit of travel for work this week, and not looking forward to Olympic withdrawal. 
 
Here is some food for thought this week:
 


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

An Open Letter To My Parents On My Birthday

Dear Mom and Dad, 

As you both know, today is my birthday. I am well aware of the stories around my birth day- my arrival was eagerly anticipated by grandparents and great-aunts and great-uncles, how mom yelled at dad to stay away from her and be quiet, how I had so much hair that the nurses put a bow in it. I hear these stories every year (thanks, mom)...so they are hard to forget. 

Today I will be celebrated by family, friends, colleagues, and maybe even strangers. All of the attention will be on me. People will make a fuss. I will get presents, cake, messages, cards, people wanting to go out and celebrate me with me. A little narcissistic perhaps...but that's how birthdays are celebrated. I appreciate everyone who adds to my "special day" and who loves and cares about me enough to go out of their way to wish me a happy birthday and/or to spend time with me. I really, truly do. 

But you, mom and dad, should be celebrated too. It's because of you that I was born. Mom carried me under her heart for all those months, and then had the unpleasant task of actually bringing me into the world. It wasn't a walk in the park for dad...on top of mom yelling at him, he was left alone with me so we could "bond" and I screamed the whole time. Dad didn't know what to do. 

Then the real work began. You had to raise me. You provided a roof over my head, food in my mouth. You made sure I was well taken care of and looked after. That I was always loved. You went above and beyond for me. You allowed me to make my mistakes and learn from them, but you always set me up to succeed. I was encouraged to do my best, not be the best. You provided a moral and ethical compass. You taught me to do the right thing, not necessarily the popular thing. You taught me to be loving, kind, giving, generous, patient. You taught me to not take life so seriously, and you taught me that nothing is ever truly bad- that I can overcome anything. You never gave up on me or stopped believing in me.

We can all agree that my life was not-and is not- typical. Being the daughter of a politician presented it's own challenges and adventures. That I was afforded many opportunities and experiences because of this. Thank you for making sure my life was full of culture, once in a lifetime experiences, travel, charity, and a dose of public life- being a civil servant, a steward of my communities. This has influenced and shaped me more than you will ever know...but this was also my normal. 

As I celebrate another birthday, another year lived, I hope you celebrate too. Feel free to celebrate me, but celebrate you too. You made me- literally! Everything I do and celebrate, you have a hand in. I'm acknowledged for my charitable giving, I got that from you. I'm recognized for a work success, I learned hardwork from you. I'm loved by friends, you showed me how to treat and value people. Everything I do, is influenced by you.

Thank you, mom and dad, for giving me a reason to celebrate my life, to acknowledge this milestone. 

Happy birthday to me...but happy birth day to you both.

With love,

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Hey, It's Ok

http://www.airingmylaundry.com/
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To be watching more TV than usual because of the Olympics. The Winter Olympics, in my opinion, are more interesting than the Summer Olympics.

That I had a fantastic time at the Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote As Kids (my favourite podcast) show last week! It was a lot of fun and really funny!!

To have a day off tomorrow! I always take my birthday off. Nothing really planned, but it will be a relaxing day. I'm looking forward to it!

That my flights for my trip out East are booked!! I'm so excited to be visiting Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia! Now I need to plan the rest of my trip- where to stay, what to do and see, and where to eat and shop.

To be unimpressed with Celebrity Big Brother...it's kind of boring.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Progress/Perfection

Happy Monday!! It was another snowy and hibernating weekend here. It was also restful and relaxing, a great way to recharge and get ready for the week ahead. With a busy few weeks ahead of me, I'm going to focus on this:
 


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Currently- February

Here is what is currently going on in February!

Watching
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I am looking forward to watching the Winter Olympics! I think the Winter Olympics are more interesting than the Summer games...but then again, I live in a 'Winter sport' country. 
Reading
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K.A. Tucker- one my favourite authors- released a new book late last month. I'm waiting for a friend to get her copy so we can read it together. Can't wait to read this!!

Listening
 Body by Loud Luxury feat Brando
I was told by a friend that I need to listen to this song...love it! What a fun song!! It makes you want to dance!! 

Drinking
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 I mentioned the Coffee Crisp hot chocolate in my January favourites. I serious love this and have a cup once a day!

Eating
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 I have been making crescent rolls the past couple of weeks, experimenting with different fillings. These are becoming my new 'on the go' meal. 

Wanting
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I have heard and read so many great things about Due West in NYC. I'm dying to try out this new gastropub!! If only NYC were a little closer...
January // December // October // June // May // April // March //

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Hey, It's Ok!

http://www.airingmylaundry.com/
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

That I didn't watch the Superbowl...not even for the commercials (they don't show all of the same commercials in Canada) or for the halftime show.

To be going to a live recording of Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote As Kids. This is my favourite podcast- so funny. I'm looking forward to going to the recording!

That I am slowly decluttering my place. I have a lot of stuff that I just don't need...some things I've never even used. In the process I'm finding thing I forgot I even owned.

To be disappointed in how quickly people are to judge others, jump to conclusions, and all without knowing a situation or bothering to look at the credibility of a source. Careers and reputations get ruined because someone is looking for their 15 minutes of fame.

That I want to live in a Slim Aaron's photo...the lifestyle and scenes depicted appeal to me. And the photos are just gorgeous.

Monday, 5 February 2018

For Like 5 Minutes

It was a snowy weekend here...had a great Girls Night on Saturday, and was spoiled by a friend for my upcoming birthday. I feel that I had a somewhat productive weekend, but I can't say that confidently. 

Speaking of confidence...
 


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Book Club: How To Build A Girl

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
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Book: How To Build A Girl
Author: Caitlin Moran

Indigo Summary:
What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn't enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes-and build yourself.

It's 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there's no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde-fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer-like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontes-but without the dying young bit.

By sixteen, she's smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She's writing pornographic letters to rock stars, having all kinds of sex with all kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less.

But what happens when Johanna realizes she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all?

What I Have To Say:

This was the January pick for my book club and I wasn't excited about it.

We are introduced to Johanna and her family living in estate housing in England. We get insight into the struggles that her and her family face, especially once their government benefits get cut. Johanna decides to drop out of school and become a writer, to help her family out financially. Johanna takes us on her journey as she starts to build her experience as a music writer and eventually becomes a known music critic. Johanna transforms into Dolly Wilde and introduces us to a very different lifestyle- sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. The antics of Dolly are over the top, sometimes entertaining, most times cringe worthy.

I have read other books by Caitlin Moran, and I am not a fan. Her other books are collections of essays and this is a work of fiction, a novel. The first part of the book was really tough to get through, once Johanna is working and living the life of Dolly Wilde, it does get easier to read. There were some funny moments, but I found a lot of the story to be boring. Johanna was not likeable to me, but the persona of Dolly was fun at times.

Final Verdict:
Unless you are already a fan of Caitlin Moran, give this book a pass. 


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January Favourites

Happy Wednesday and happy last day of January!! This past month- with the exception of the cold I have been battling for two weeks- has been a great month. I could have done without the ice and snow, but I love all the time I spent with family and friends. Girls Night- dinner and Pitch Perfect 3 during a snow storm- was the highlight of January. 

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite things from January!
 
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 I am a hot chocolate fan, and I am a Coffee Crisp fan. I tend not to like flavoured hot chocolates because it just doesn't taste like the intended flavour or the flavour is too powerful. But this is the perfect combination! It tastes just like a Coffee Crisp!

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I have purchased jeans from Old Navy before, and I'm not sure what prompted me to buy them. I wish I had discovered these jeans before!! I bought a pair of Boyfriend style jeans and they are so incredibly comfortable! What I really LOVE about these jeans is that while they are cropped, they are actually the perfect length for me and my 5'2"...no hemming necessary. 
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 I received the Caramel Cream lip conditioner by Scentuals in a subscription box months ago and I am addicted to this product! All natural, no real scent or taste to it, applies nicely, isn't sticky...so many things to love about this product! What makes it a favourite for me is that it actually smooths and hydrates my lips- which get super chapped in our cold, dry, Canadian winter. I usually apply when I get up in the morning, when I come home from work, and before bed- no need to constantly reapply for it to work.

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During the Boxing Week sales, I bought a pair of these PJ's from LaSenza. These are so comfortable! The pants are lightweight and the top is a great material- I basically want to live in these! I'm tempted to buy a pair in every colour!
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I had been meaning to buy a 4-port USB charger forever and finally got one. It has been life-changing. The model I have (pictured) has a USB that can plug into your computer or into a wall-adapter (which is what I do), and then there are four ports to plug your electronics in so they can charge. I went from having cables, plugs, and adapters everywhere- and not having enough plugs to plug everything into- to a streamlined, one outlet, charging station. My electronics now have a designated spot in my home and are always charged when I need them.