Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Empties Part 1

I have been blogging (on and off) for years, and I was a little surprised to see that I have done an empties post! If you are unfamiliar with 'empties' post, it's where people share the recently empty containers of products they have used.

Here we are, my first empties post!
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water- In my opinion Micellar Water is Micellar Water, they are all basically the same. I tend to buy whichever Micellar Water is on sale/has a lower price point. I will say that I do really like this product and find it to be slightly less drying than other Micellar Waters.
  • eSalon Every Rich Way Moisturizing Conditioner and eSalon Getting Rich Moisturizing Shampoo- I bought both of these products during a FabFitFun add ons sale, and I wasn't able to find the conditioner online, which is why it's not linked. Both products added moisture to my dry hair, making it look and feel healthier. I found it to be equal to either shampoo/conditioners, so I likely won't repurchase, unless it's part of a sale again.
  • Garnier All-In-1 Cleansing Micellar Water- Again, I think Micellar Water is Micellar Water. I do like this product (and am currently using it), but it is a bit drying to my overly dry skin. Nothing that a little moisturizer afterwards can't fix.
  • Got 2b Beach Trippin Salt-Infusion Waving Spray- This product has been discontinued and this was the last bottle that I had. This was my holy grail of hair products. It provided beautiful, beachy waves without the crunchy, sticky residue that other salt sprays have. 
  • Marrakesh Argan and Hemp Oil- My new hair holy grail product. I use this oil every time I wash my hair. It leaves my hair hydrated, shiny, smooth, and healthy. I love this product and highly recommend it. 
  • Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum- This product always seems to be sold out everywhere, so I haven't been able to repurchase. This serum left my skin looking smoother, and with an even tone.
  • Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb- I a, convinced that I have the driest skin in the world...I am constantly on the search for products that can hydrate my skin, and hydrate for longer than a couple of hours. This product is it! You can use it both in the morning and at night, it leaves my skin feel comfortable and hydrated for hours. This has been repurchased a number of times and is my current moisturizer. 
  • Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream- This is technically not an 'empty' but I've included it because I can't use it any more and threw it out. I really liked this product and used it daily. However, it reached a point where the product stopped coming out of the pump. If I shook the bottle, it would work, but then that stopped working. The pump wasn't clogged or anything...it just stopped working. It was too much of a hassle to the get the remaining product out, so I moved on.

There we have it...my first empties! There were a lot of great products. The Osea Cream is the only one I wouldn't repurchase- great product, but a lot of money to spend on something where I can only use 2/3 of the product. The shampoo and conditioner is not necessarily something I wouldn't buy again, but it's not worth it to order online and have it shipped. I can, and have found, similar products that work just as well that I can pick up at Shoppers Drug Mart. All other products I have and will continue to repurchase. 

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Birthday Thoughts & 35 Things Since Turning 30...5 Years Ago

While most people are celebrating Valentine's Day- or cursing V-Day because they are single- I am celebrating another trip around the sun, and the day that I made my debut to the world. 

I don't have a whole lot planned for today...I usually take a day to pamper myself, relax, and spend time celebrating with friends. I was hoping to celebrate with someone today, but I had something come up that will prevent that from happening. I'm disappointed...but what can you do? I'll still have a good day- I'm meeting a friend for lunch, and I will take myself on a little shopping spree at Indigo. My sister took me out for breakfast on the weekend, and my sweet friend Terri had a thoughtful, flamingo themed gift sent to me. 

Over the years, I have written a post about being a Valentine's Baby, and I have acknowledged my parents (An Important Day...Thanks Mom and Dad, and An Open Letter To My Parents On my Birthday) - without them I wouldn't exist.

Five years ago (WHAT?!) I was celebrating 30 and shared 30 Things In 30 Years. The past five years have been an adventure-with ups and downs- and have been five years filled with great accomplishments, once in a lifetime experiences, and  amazing memories. 


What have I been up to between turning 30 and 35? (Listed in the order that they came to me.)
  1. Met Jason Priestly- We were at the Pan-Am Opening Ceremonies and I had the chance to talk to him and get a picture. He was SUPER nice, and my teenage self was dying- I MET BRANDON WALSH.
  2. Travelled to Moose Jaw- I have a goal to visit all Canadian Provinces and Territories. I spent 3-ish days in Saskatchewan, mostly in Moose Jaw but I also spent a few hours in Regina. I got to see Mac the Moose! This was such a fun trip...a lot more fun than I thought Saskatchewan could ever be!
  3. Travelled to Ottawa- I had surprisingly never been to Ottawa. The first time I went was in March of 2016. I have since been back at least once a year for both personal and professional reasons.
  4. Visited the National Art Gallery- This was the number one thing I wanted to do when I went to Ottawa the first time. 
  5. Participated in 150 Pointes- This was a project done by the National Ballet of Canada (NBC) in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. A pointe shoe was sent out to selected participants to bring to a point in Canada, be photographed and returned to NBC to be part of the project.
  6. Attended the Opening Ceremonies for the 2015 Pan Am Games- This was such an amazing experience! My dad was considered an official host of the games, so we got to attend the opening reception for dignitaries, before being escorted to VIP seats to watch the ceremonies. I also got to attend the Canoe/Kayak events.
  7. Joined a Book Club- A friend from high school started a book club 3.5 years ago, and we are still going. It's been fun to connect once a month for a night out and to chat about the book. Plus being introduced to books, authors, and genres I never would have read if it weren't for Book Club!
  8. Met Canadian Olympian John Montgomery- I had the opportunity to hear him give a keynote at a conference, and then I had the chance to meet him afterwards- and I got to wear his Gold Medal!!
  9. Had a private tour of Parliament- I was a guest of an MP. I met with him in his office before he brought me over to Centre Block for a tour by him. I got to see different parts of Parliament that are not part of the public tours- including seeing the senate plaques where my great-great-grandfather's names are engraved. I also got to attend Question Period-which is very theatrical, so it was fun, entertaining, and interesting to be there. 
  10. Rideau Canal Boat Cruise- It was fun to take a tour cruise down the canal and learn about the history, as well as the landmarks near the canal. Rideau Canal is the only UNESCO site in Ontario.
  11. Went to Point Peelee- Point Peelee is the most southern point of (mainland) Canada. 
  12. Visited Laurier House- This a Canadian Historic landmark, that was home to Sir Wilfred Laurier (one of my favourite Prime Ministers) and William Lyon Mackenzie King (one of my dad's favourite Prime Minister)
  13. Connected with Graham aka Drunk Astrology- Graham is such an amazing and talented person. He is so funny and so much fun...seriously one of my favourite people. When I think of Graham, I think of something he said to me- "Human to Human...everyone deserves to be valued." This was life changing for me. These words got me through a tough time, and helped me set myself on a path that was better for me, and path where I would be valued and respected. Forever grateful to Graham.
  14. Ate escargot- A friend was doing this thing where she challenged herself to do something new every day for 100 days. Eating escargot was one of those things, and I did it with her. It wasn't as gross as I thought it would be.
  15. Attended the Women's World Hockey Championships- This was another VIP experience that I was lucky to have. And I got to see Team Canada play!
  16. Built an Event App- I work in the event industry, and I had the opportunity to explore event apps, and then build an app to be used at one of my events. It was such a great addition to my event, and it was so well received.
  17. Went to Quebec City- I had previously been to Quebec (Montreal), but this was the first time I had been to Quebec City, which is one of the oldest cities in Canada. I was in old Quebec, and it was so neat to be surrounded by so much history. I had a great city tour, went to Chateau Frontenac, saw the Tall Ships...I did a lot in a couple of days.
  18. Music Trifecta- I saw and met my three favourite musicians- Joel Plaskett, David Myles, and Royal Wood- in the same year. I had previously seen and met David Myles and Royal Wood multiple times, but it was the first time I saw Joel perform live and meet him.
  19. Tweet published in Elle Canada- I had tweets previously published in (now defunct) Flare Magazine and Town and Country Magazine.
  20. 98 events in one year- In 2018, I had 98 events take place, and was working on 20-25 events for 2019. This was hands down the most events I have ever worked on in a single year. The previous record was 60-something events in 2017 (up from 30 something events in 2016).
  21. Biggest event of my career- A live broadcast, that included a keynote from the Hon. David Onley. The broadcast was seen by over 1500 people in 12 locations.
  22. Meet the Premier- I had the opportunity to meet Premier Kathleen Wynne (when she was Premier), and talk to her about my work. We were at the same event, which we chatted about, and then she asked me what I did, so I told her. 
  23. Live recording of Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote As Kids- This is hands down my favourite podcast! It was so fun to attend a live recording with two of good friends. If you are unfamiliar with this podcast, give it a listen...it's hilarious.
  24. Traveled by myself- I had previously traveled by myself but I would meet someone when I arrived at my destination. But I truly traveled by myself. I went to PEI by myself and spent about four days there by myself. It was such an amazing and fun experience to travel, explore and meet locals. 
  25. Went to PEI- This ties in with the above. I traveled to this Province for the first time- PEI has always been the number one place in Canada that I wanted to visit. I saw Anne & Gilbert The Musical, I visited Anne of Green Gables, and explored Charlottetown
  26. Went to Nova Scotia- Another Province I can cross off my bucket list. I stayed in Halifax, and did day trips to Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg- which is an UNESCO site- where I had a horse drawn buggy tour of the town.
  27. Attended the Canoe Polo World Championships- Another VIP experience, attending the Opening Ceremonies and getting to watch the games from the VIP deck- which allows you to see the entire pitch. I had never seen Canoe Polo before, but this is now my favourite sport!
  28. Stayed at The Lord Elgin Hotel- This is one of the most historic (and fancy) hotels in Ottawa. I never thought I would have the opportunity to stay here, but I did! The hotel is gorgeous and the staff is hands down the best hotel staff I have ever encountered. 
  29. Stayed at a Bed and Breakfast- This is where I stayed when I was in Charlottetown, PEI. I had never stayed at a B&B before...it was a very different experience from staying in a hotel, but I enjoyed it and would do it again!
  30. Stayed at the same hotel as the Prime Minister- When I was in Halifax, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stayed at the same hotel as me, and on my floor! I didn't see him, but I did see his security team. 
  31. Burning Man- In celebration of a friends life, we had a huge party at his farm and did a burning man in his honour- it was something he always wanted to do, but never had the chance to do, so we did it for him. 
  32. Dinner at the Canadian Canoe Museum- We had dinner in the middle of the museum, surrounded by artifacts and displays. This was a once in a lifetime, unique dining experience in a unique venue. Dinner was catered and delicious, followed by a mini, private, interactive tour. After the tour, we got to tray paddle and soap stone carving. Seriously one of the best experiences of my life!
  33. Artwork on display in a government building- This is not as impressive as this sounds. My dad, a politician, has his office in a government building. I made a painting for him and I have forced him to display it in his office. 
  34. Worked with Royal Wood (kinda)- I am a huge fan of Royal Wood and I had a goal to work with him. Unfortunately, I won't have the opportunity to see this event through to the end. But, I got the company to agree that they should host a Royal Wood concert, I made the connection, negotiated the contract with Royal and the venue, and was working on promotional material. I got the ball rolling, so I am going to count this. One day I will do an entire start to finish event with him.
  35. Bought a Condo- Just over two years ago, I became a homeowner. It feels so good to have purchased and own my own place. It took me months to find the perfect-for-me home. I am still as in love with my condo as when I first saw the real estate listing. It's really nice to have my own space, and a space I can do whatever I want with...no landlord to worry about (just the Condo Board, which I am on). 

I wasn't sure that I was going to come up with 35 things that I had done between turning 30 and 35. Looking at this list is a great reminder of how lucky and blessed I am. I have done a lot of the past 35 years, and a ton of stuff since turning 30! I know I have done so much more, including the most perfect, life changing day...but I picked some great highlights for this list! 


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Hey, It's Ok

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With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To not watch the Super Bowl. Not even for the commercials- which they play different, less exciting commercials in Canada. Or for the half time show- which according to social media, was lackluster and underwhelming. 

That I'm wonder how Beyoncé is going to keep track of people being vegan. She offered a lifetime supply of concert tickets to anyone who turns vegan. How do you track that? Can you be vegan for a couple of months to get tickets to one concert and then revert back? Is it on the honour system? How does this work...I need to know, but I don't need to know badly enough that I'll look it up.

To not be productive all the time and not feel guilty about it. Sometimes you just need a few days-or a week- of doing nothing after weeks of being discipline and hustling. 

That I like the taste of the candy conversation hearts. I know that a lot of people think they are gross and taste like chalk...but I actually like them. But only the original ones- the knock off or no name brand ones don't taste good. 


Monday, 4 February 2019

Be That Girl

Over the years, I have had many females try and take me down for a variety of reasons. 99% of those reasons are related to jealousy or feeling threatened. I know that this is a common thing, that what I have experienced is not out of the ordinary. Women have the tendency to go after or "attack" other women. 

I am also incredibly lucky to have some really amazing women in my life. Women who support and uplift me, women who want to see me succeed and volunteer to help me succeed. These are the type of women I want to be around, and this is the type of person I want to be.


Last year my goals was every month to write a note to a woman I knew and just tell her that I thought she was amazing, that she was doing a good job, and any other encouragement or praise that applied to her. I didn't tell anyone that this was my goal- I just did it. Some women thanked me for the note, others never mentioned, and most told me that I appreciated hearing whatever I said to them...that they were struggling and that my encouragement lifted them up. 

Be that girl...the girl who builds others up, who encourages, who makes the world a kinder place.


Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Hey, It's Ok

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With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry
To be disappointed in Fox and their broadcast of Rent Live. The actor playing Roger broke his foot the night before during a rehearsal, so Fox decided to broadcast a recording of the rehearsal with the last 15 minutes live, instead of accommodating the actor and broadcasting live. Fox did a HUGE disservice to the audience and everyone who worked on the production.

That I am behind on replying to text messages, emails, and Facebook messages. As in, it's been a few days since I've checked and/or replied to anything. Sometimes you juts need to be on a break with your phone/social media. 

To want to be somewhere warm!! I am done with the snow and the cold and the winter driving conditions. Give me sun, sand, and sea!!

That February starts on Friday. This month has, thankfully, gone quickly. 


Wednesday, 23 January 2019

10 Things That Make Me Happy

We are mid-week, mid-January, just past blue Monday...We can all use a bit of happiness. Event if we were at the weekend, mid-summer, we could still use some happiness. There is rarely a bad time for happy. 

Generally speaking, I am a very happy, optimistic person. I actually had a former supervisor tell me recently that she felt my positive outlook on life naturally happy demeanor has served me well considering everything that I am currently dealing with- but I am Just Done with that situation.

When I am feeling down, here are 10 things I do to pick myself up and feel happy again.
  1. Watch Friends. I think is hands down the funniest show ever. This show makes me laugh so much, even after all these years! 
  2. Read a book. Getting lost in a book is a great way to forget what's going on. Sometimes I will turn to whatever book I am currently reading. Other times I turn to a favourite book I have read a million times, or a book by Sophie Kinsella who is a hilarious author. 
  3. Phone a friend. Curling up and having a conversation with a friend is so great. I don't always tell my friends what's going on- although venting is good- but just chatting and catching up always makes me feel better.
  4. Kitchen dance party. Seriously, this is so fun! I ask google to play some music and just sing along and dance away.
  5. Watch favourite YouTubers/Instagramers aka people who make you laugh. Simply Nailogical is one of my favourite and funniest YouTubers. On Instagran I love Kathleen aka Carrie Bradshaw Lied Instastories. She is hilarious. Also hilarious? Drunk Astrology aka The 502 Kid.
  6. Write. There is nothing like putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and getting it all out of your system. If something is really getting me down and I just can't shake it, writing always helps.
  7. Plan a trip. Even if I have nowhere to go, I will research places I want to go- where to stay, what to do. This is fun for me and gives me something to look forward to! And when, I am finally ready to book that trip, I already have a head start on the planning. 
  8. Listen to Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids. This podcast never fails to make me laugh. I have even been to a live recording, which was so fun and so funny. 
  9. Go for a walk/drive. Change of scenery and fresh air are great ways to feel happier. I love walking around downtown and along the river, or driving to the beach and walking along the pier and/or boardwalk. 
  10. Sleep. I think we can all agree that naps are amazing. Sometimes all I need is a nap so that I feel well rested and have a fresh perspective. Sometimes I need to sleep for hours, so that I can wake up and just start over. 

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Hey, It's Ok

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With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

That I spent the past few days hibernating. It has been COLD here in Ontario, especially with the wind chill...it has felt as cold as -30 here. Perfect reason to stay home, wrap yourself in blankets, read and watch TV/Netflix. 

To be happy that How To Get Away With Murder is back! I love this show, but it's annoying how long of a hiatus they take between the "Winter Finale" and starting the second half of the season.

That I enjoyed Becoming by Michelle Obama. As a political daughter, it's always interesting for me to hear about other political families and their experience. It was a great, inspiring read.

To really like the sneak peeks of new Kate Spade branding! I like the updates they have made, and I'm looking forward to seeing the full re-brand next week!

That Gillian Anderson will be playing Margaret Thatcher on The Crown. I think that Gillian is a great actress and it'll be great to see how she portrays Margaret. 


Monday, 21 January 2019

Just Done

Towards the end of 2018, I ended a friendship with one of my best friends. In January or February of 2018, she started an affair with a married co-worker. She too is married. As of November, the last time I really spoke to her, she was still involved with him. She thought she was in love with him and thought of him as her boyfriend. 

She used me in a VERY messed up game that she was playing. Her "boyfriend" also used me as a pawn in order to "get back at" people he didn't like, and to reassure my former friend. Things spiraled out of control and over 20 people ended up in an unnecessary, painful, stressful situation. The result of what they did affected people in life changing ways...this was not a small situation. 

Of all the people who know of and were involved in the situation, most of them think that I was treated the most unfairly and harshly, with greatest consequences. There was a whole aspect of my life that was turned upside down and torn apart. I don't know if I was treated the most unfairly, but I agree that I had the greatest consequences. I am still dealing with and wading through those consequences from two months ago. I am optimistic that things will work out and be resolved, but as of right now, there is no end in sight.

In the immediate aftermath, I cut her out of my life. I didn't talk to her, and I prevented her from talking to me- blocking and deleting her. 

She and I eventually had a very short conversation, where my goal was to tell her that I wasn't mad or upset with her...I had accepted the situation and moved on. I had no intention of rekindling our friendship, but I wanted her to know I had no ill will. 

Her goal was to tell me how much I hurt her by blocking her, how unfairly I had treated her, that I hadn't acted like a friend...essentially tell me I am bad person, guilt trip me, and play the role of victim. As far as she was concerned, I was making up things that had happened to me- even though I was flat out told that what was happening to me was a result of something she had said and done, which I told her. She told me she couldn't talk about it and proceed to update me on her life, as if nothing had happened. I was a little surprised-as she identifies as a Christian and says she wants to do the right thing, and be a good person- that she refused to take ownership for her role, her refusal to apologize for- or even acknowledge- the damage she created.

I, in good conscience and good faith, could not be friends with someone like her- liar, cheater, consistent stupid decision maker, hurting innocent people, backstabbing her best friend, frequently selfish and self absorbed, etc. I deserved better than that. Plus, you are who you associate with and I did not want to be associated with all of that. Our conversation reaffirmed to me that I had done the right thing in ending our friendship.


We hear it all the time- know when to cut your losses and move on. Easier said than done, I know. A lot of times you just need to be done...with situations, people. Sometimes there is just no working things out...because there is no positive resolution, because the other person doesn't deserve to still be in your life, because you can't reach a resolution, because...because...because...

You can just walk away.

You don't need to harbour resentment or bad feelings. You can just say "I'm done" and move forward with your life. You don't need to justify or explain why you are done. You can be done with things over big situations- like mine- or it can be over small things that bother you but are insignificant to others. You don't need to rehash things, you don't have to try and work things out, and you do not need to accommodate anyone else.

Know yourself worth and value.

Just be done. 

It's ok to be done.

Friday, 18 January 2019

2018 Favourites

I am a tiny bit delayed in this post, but I wanted to share with all of you some of my favourites from 2018!

Skincare:
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb has worked wonders on my super dry skin. This is a quick absorbing, long lasting moisturizer that adds so much relief to my skin. This product can be used day and night, but I only use it in the morning. 


Makeup:
Pixi H2O Skin Tint Tinted Face Gel is more like a tinted moisturizer and a great substitute for foundation! I'm not a fan of foundation, as I feel it's too heavy on my skin. This product is light coverage, does a great job evening out your skin tone, and making skin look flawless. 

Clothing:
Old Navy Boyfriend Straight Jean are the most comfortable jeans I have ever worn! On top of that, these jeans are the perfect length for me; I'm only 5'2" and they hit right above my ankle, no tailoring needed.

Shoes:


Deflex Comfort Shoes from Payless are my go to shoe. They come in a variety of styles, but they all have a foam sole which is super comfortable. They also are elastic so they form to your foot, with no slipping and no blisters! I wear these shoes for 12+ hours with no issues.

Scent:
Lemongrass is a scent that I have been drawn to throughout 2018. I really like the citrus scent, it's very fresh and energizing. There are a ton of benefits to this essential oil, but I really just like the smell. 

Accomplishment:
So, I don't have an image to go along with this 'Favourite', but in 2018 I had 98 events that I worked on! This is by far the most events I have ever worked on in a single year. In 2017, I worked on 60-something events, which at the point had been the most. I am so proud on the number and quality of events that I did. On top of the 98 events, In 2018 I had started working on 20-25 events for 2019.

Memory:
Image via adventureworld.com.au
Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island. I had the opportunity to go to PEI in 2018 and I had an amazing time! This was the first time I traveled and explored a place by myself, and PEI was a great place to visit! You can see pictures from my trip here, here, here, and here.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Prosciutto & Cheese Rolls

Like everyone else, I lead a busy life so I am always on the hunt for quick and easy recipes. One of my 'go to' things to make is stuffed crescent rolls. Recently, I have been loving prosciutto and cheese stuffed crescent rolls! These roll are great as an appetizer, lunch, or an on-the-go breakfast.

Ingredients:
  • 1 package crescent rolls
  • 1 package of prosciutto
  • 1 package of cheese

 To Make:
  • Roll out crescent rolls
  • Layer a slice of prosciutto 
  • Layer a slice of cheese
  • Roll crescent roll
  • Bake crescent rolls according to instructions on package
  • Enjoy!



Notes:

  1. These can be served warm or cold
  2. I use Pillsbury Mini Crescent rolls
  3. I use gouda cheese

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Singles Swag January Review

Singles Swag is a monthly lifestyle subscription boxed aimed at single women to empower and inspire them. While the target audience is single women, Singles Swag can appeal to a wide variety of women, despite their relationship status. Who doesn't love getting a box full of great items?

Singles Swag offers two boxes: 
  • Singles Swag Petite which is 3-4 full size products for $24.99 (USD) a month
  • Singles Swag which is 6-7 full size products for $39.00 (USD) a month
I have known about this subscription for about a year, but the January box is the first box that I received. 


  • Zoe Ayla Classy Rose Gold Eyelash Curler I always enjoy getting beauty tools in subscription boxes, as they are items I use but rarely buy for myself.
    Retail Value $40.00
  • Nico New York Silver Bar Necklace This is a very simple and classic necklace. I am not a big jewelry wearer- I ware the same pieces every day- but I am sure I will find someone to gift this to.
    Retail Value $64.00
  • Purlisse 6-pc Blue Lotus + White Tea Sheet Mask Set I am huge Purlisse fan and have tried this mask before. I love that we got a full box instead of just one or two masks.
    Retail Value $38.00
  • Spongelle Pedi Buffer Spongelle is popular with subscription boxes and I'm not mad about it. Spongelle is basically a sponge that is infused with cleanser that you can reuse (usually up to 14 times). This is a little different because it is a buffer for your feet, but it's the same concept. Looking forward to trying this out!
    Retail Value $16
  • Headbands of Hope Black Confetti Beanie This is a fun and appropriate product for a January box. I don't wear hats, but I know I will be able to gift this to someone. I love that for every product sold, Headbands for Hope donates a handband to a child with cancer.
    Retail Value $32
  • Pure Comsetics Pure Illumination Light Up Gloss This is hands down my favourite product in this box! Not only is there a mirror on the side of the package (brilliant!) but there is also an LED light built into the wand (extra brilliant)! I am fan of Pure Cosmetics, and this lip gloss doesn't disappoint. Note: Some people received a Real Her lip stick instead of this gloss. I am not a fan of Real Her, so I was excited that I got the gloss!
    Retail Value $22.00
  • Socada Milk Chocolate Bar This is Italian milk chocolate, which I didn't realize was a thing.
    Retail Value $5.00
  • Total value $217.00
I am pretty happy with my first Singles Swag Box! With the exception of the necklace and hat- both great, just not for me- I love everything in the box! The value is worth what I paid, and I am interested to see what next month's box will hold!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Hey, It's Ok

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With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To not be excited about Celebrity Big Brother. I love Big Brother, but I couldn't get into last season's Celebrity Big Brother. I likely won't even bother watching.

That I am looking forward to my friend's birthday on Friday! She always puts on a great dinner and party. This year is a trailer park themed murder mystery! 

To be, finally and slowly, organizing my condo. I redid my work area, and reorganized my front hall and bathroom. Still a ton of things to organize, but I am working on it. 

That I do not understand the hype around Chris Pratt marrying Katherine Schwarzenegger. 

To kinda want to watch You on Netflix. I am hearing so much about this show and how good it is. My hesitation? I read the book and was creeped out by it. I'm not sure I am brave enough to watch the show. 


Monday, 14 January 2019

Plot Twist

Recently, I had two bombshells dropped on me. Both were related to the same aspect of my life and definitely threw me for a loop. Realistically, I should have known something would come up. No matter how great, wonderful, perfect something is, there are always highs and lows. 

I had to ask myself "Where do I go from here?". It was an uncomfortable thought, uncomfortable reality. The first time around, I decided that I just had new information and that didn't really change anything. Everything was still great and I needed to not dwell. It took me four or five days, a lot of tears, silence, and conversation to get there. 

The second time was harder. It made me question what else I didn't know, what else would be brought to my attention. There were a lot of questions and uncertainty. Do I make a clean break and walk away? Do I stay and try and figure things out? Do I act like nothing has happened? Do I put my guard up and slowly push away from the situation?

In the midst of agonizing over the situation, I came across this quote: 


This is just a plot twist. It adds another element to my story, but it's not worth dwelling on. It is what it is. I can't go back and change it...no matter how much I think about it. I need to be present in the moment, focus on now.

I can stay and see what happens, or I can walk away. 

Either way, I need to move on.

This is just a plot twist.

Friday, 11 January 2019

What's Your Face Worth?

I will be the first to admit, I am not a makeup guru- I don't even pretend to be. My makeup routine, when I do decide to wear makeup, is very basic. But, I thought it would still be fun to see 'how much my face is worth'. Or, it might be horrifying. 

If you don't know 'What's Your Face Worth' is where you take your daily makeup routine and figure out the prices of all the makeup products you use. So, let's get into it!



Well...almost $200! I feel that's a little crazy! I don't want to think about how much it would cost for a 'full face' of make up with contour, concealer, eyeliner, etc. I take comfort in know that some products came in subscription boxes, so I didn't pay full price. Other products were sent to me complimentary for review. I thought because my makeup routine is so minimal that the 'value' would be a bit lower...

A couple of notes:
  • Prices are CAD
  • Prices, in general, tend to be higher in Canada
  • Some products were listed in USD and I used the current exchange to convert to CAD
  • I also used current list prices- if a product was on sale, that is the price I used

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Book Club: The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Image Via Chapters Indigo
Book: The Broken Girls
Author: Simone St James

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants--the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall, and local legend says the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming--until one of them mysteriously disappears . . .

Vermont, 2014. Twenty years ago, journalist Fiona Sheridan's elder sister's body was found in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And although her sister's boyfriend was tried and convicted of the murder, Fiona can't stop revisiting the events, unable to shake the feeling that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during renovations links the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past--and a voice that won't be silenced . . .

What I have to say:
This was the December pick for my book club (you can find all of the books we read in 2018 here). The long abandoned girls boarding school Idlewild Hall, has been purchased by a women, Margaret, and is being renovated to become a girls boarding school again. Journalist Fiona's sister's body was found years ago in the abandon field of the school. Fiona is writing a piece on the school, discovering it's history and wanting to know why Margaret is so interested in the school. Her investigating reveals secrets of the school- including what happened to a student who went missing- Mary Hand who haunts the grounds, and what really happened the night her sister was murdered.


Final Verdict:
This was one of the creepiest books I EVER read, but I couldn't put it down! You'll want to keep reading to find out what happens next. This was one of my favourite books that I read this year. Highly recommend it! 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Get To Know Me YouTube Tag...On The Blog! Part II

Last year I did a 'Get To Know Me' post, which you can find here, and I thought I would do another one today.  

  1. Who was your first best friend? My first best friend from Junior Kindergarten was Lori. Ann I have no idea what connect us and made us best friends...but I remember how much I liked her, how we were always together, and how- just like her big sister- we talked on the phone every day. What four year olds have to talk about, I don't know...but I vividly recall that we were always talking on the phone.
  2. What is your spirit animal and why? I had someone who does energy work tell me that my spirit animal is a horse- something about freedom, being a free spirit- which I understand and see how it applies to me. I like horses. I would like to think that my spirit animal is a flamingo. I have always LOVED flamingoes! As a spirit animal, they represent balance in life, fun and relaxation. I looked up the meaning of flamingo as a spirit animal, and it also means: emotions, teamwork, sociability, and forgiveness.
  3. What are your life goals? My biggest life goal is to be happy...in everything I do, be happy. My other biggest life goal is to travel to all of the Canadian Provinces and Territories! I have been to 6 of 10 Provinces and 0 of 3 Territories so far.
  4. What is your favourite Netflix show? I just finished the latest Fuller House season. I'm making my way through RuPaul's Drag Race, just started season four (go ahead and judge me...I'm judging myself on this one), and I'm also watching Dynasty. 
  5. What is your favourite genre of film and why? Comedy!! Who doesn't like to laugh?! My least favourite genre is Italian Cinema...I spent three years studying it and I STILL don't get it.
  6. What was the last movie you watched? The last movie I watched and focused on was I Feel Pretty. The last movie I 'watched' was Princess Diaries 2...It was on tv and half watched it, half did things around the house.
  7. How many countries have your traveled to? 7- USA, Jamaica, Mexico, Cuba, Australia, Spain, and Portugal. 
  8. Do you have any pets? I do not, but I am attempting to grow a lemon tree! It's currently a little lemon sprout that I have been growing from a lemon seed. 
  9. What is the craziest thing you have every done? I don't know if this is the craziest, but it is the most spontaneous: In university, me and my high school best friend decided to go to Toronto for the night. An hour later, we were on the road with two of our other friends. We stayed downtown at a fancy hotel, rented a limo to drive around, and just lived the life. It was so much fun!
  10. What theme parks have you been to? Not many...Canada's Wonderland, Darrin Lake, Disney World, Epcot, Blizzard Beach, and Hollywood Studios when it was MGM.
  11. What is your Starbucks order? My order changed with the seasons, but my year round order is a grande peach tea, or grande caramel macchiato with coconut milk.
  12. What do you do in your free time? Read! I spend a lot of time reading. I also blog. I like to spend as much time as I can at the beach- swimming, walking, reading, napping. Watch Netflix and YouTube. And of course, go out with friends. 
  13. What was the most memorable concert you've been to? I don't know if it's the most memorable concert...In August 2017, Joel Plaskett (who I LOVE) was playing at a festival I attend every year. He was part of a songwriter circle workshop, which I also went to. I got there super early, so I was near the front. After the workshop, I was hanging around the stage in hopes of meeting Joel (no one was doing a meet and greet), and I did! He was super nice!! He signed a CD for me and I got a picture. I've had the opportunity to meet a number of artists after shows, but it's usually because they are doing a meet and greet...this was memorable because there was no meet and greet. 
  14. What country do you want to visit? I would love to go back to Australia and experience it as an adult. I would like to visit Ireland and Italy, as those are the two countries my family is from.
  15. Who is your favourite politician? First of all, this was a legit tag question. My favourite politician? My dad. Second favourite is Rona Ambrose. 
  16. Describe your life in one word. Unique!
  17. What is your favourite offline game? Cards Against Humanity is a lot of fun and funny. I have been playing poker recently (with fake money).
  18. What is your favourite sport? If you asked me this a year ago, I would have said hockey- which I still love- but my new favourite sport is Canoe Polo, which I got to see for the first time last summer!
  19. What was the last text you sent? "I hope you had a good birthday and that you get a good night sleep. I'll talk to you tomorrow"
  20. What is your favourite ice cream flavour? This is something that depends on my mood. But in the summer, at an ice cream parlour, my favourite is mint chocolate chip and cotton candy together.
  21. What is one thing you like about summer? The long days of sunlight and being at the beach.
  22. What is one thing you like about winter? Snow days- the perfect excuse to stay in, spend the day in pj's and being lazy. 
  23. What colour is your bedroom? My bedroom at my parents house is pink- lipgloss to exact and green- and my bedroom at our second home is a yellowish-creamish colour. My bedroom at my place is yellow and blue.
  24. Can you play the piano? Kinda! I took lessons as a child and I can still remember a couple of songs. But no, not really.
  25. What quote inspires you? "Imagination is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstein

If you do this tag, let me know...I would love to see your answers!