31.1.14

snip snip

So yesterday I finally did it. I have been going back and forth for a loooooooong time on whether I was gonna cut my long mane. Alas, It is done and I love it. It is quite the change though, I have tried to run my fingers through where it used to be and I've tried to pull it up out of my way even though its not there. Phantom hair, you gotta love it. I have to admit though, I wasn't even that scared or sad about chopping it off. It was so spur of the moment! Sometimes I feel thats how it has to be, just do it, rip it off like a bandaid. It's only hair right? It'll always grow back! 

I have received a bunch of compliments, apparently I look older… maybe I finally look like a 22 year old? I get sixteen SO often that it'd be nice to maybe get 18, man a girl can dream! 

Anyways, it's friday. THANK GOD, am I right? Feels like this week has been the longest week ever! I am very very happy to have the weekend off, to spend some time with my mom (spa day tomorrow holllaaaaa) and just relax! I hope all you lovelies have a great weekend!! 


September                                                          January

(ps. I've gone makeup free for about two weeks now and my skin has never been better, I'm LOVING it) 

27.1.14

home

happy monday… or should I say end of monday? It's a tough call. Either way it is still monday, so thats that. 

Today I am blogging from my old bedroom, it's kind of a novel post so bare with me. I am literally under a bazillion blankets, I get very very cold at night and then I get super super hot and sweaty and gross… I just can't win its a very difficult fight. 

I spent the ENTIRE weekend at my house. I mean all of Friday night, all of Saturday and all of Sunday stuck inside my cute and cozy home. I am probably brain dead from watching so much TV.  This morning I woke up nice and early to get ready for work but as I was reading all of my twitter updates, everything just kept talking about how the highways were crap, schools were closed so there was no way I was going to drive to work (the perks of working with my mom) I called momma bear told her the deal, got back into bed and slept until 10:30. It really wasn't that terrible of a monday morning but let me tell ya, I had to get the hell out of that house. I was going crazy. Brent being the amazing boyfriend that he is was kind enough to drive me back to Cambridge so that I could meet up with my accountant and figure things out for the company… Taxes are a pain in the butt. 

Before we headed to my parents house, I decided that I wanted to sleepover. Even though I don't live with my parents anymore, I still and always will consider their house my home. I am so so family oriented, its a little gross but I love it. 

So here I am, back in the comfort of my old room getting ready to read a little bit of this new book. It's called "he's Gone" by: Deb Caletti. I'm only a couple of chapters in and its getting good. It feels so good to be here in my old space. Don't get me wrong I LOVE my new house, but when you're confined to that one home for over 48 hours you get a little crazy. So I'm enjoying this little break! 

I hope you all have a fabulous week! Stay positive, we're half way through winter… so it's almost over! 


ps. I went to lunch with my mom, sister and Brent today at Mandarin and look at this awesome fortune. I'm telling you guys, Happiness is my goal this year and I wake up every morning reminding myself. It really is a journey, not a destination. You make your happiness, remember that :) 





26.1.14

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Wow, it's week four already! I can't believe it's almost February, if you ask me I wouldn't mind if it was already June. 

We got ROCKED with a huge storm this weekend. Brent and I had an snow day on Saturday. We had a friend over on Friday so he was stuck hanging out with us all day! The boys went out to shovel and man was there a lot snow. We haven't had a real Canadian winter in a few years so this feels like its all new to me! I really just want summer though, you know, shorts and tees and blistering heat. Ugh, yes please! I hope you all have had a fabulous weekend. I feel like I haven't really had a chance to post thanks to being so busy! I really need to get it together! 

Have a happy sunday! 

21.1.14

Le Labo


After seeing a post on instagram, I thought to myself, what is the huge fuss with these cool looking perfumes? Naturally, I typed into google the name of the perfume and voila! Le Labo shows up and my curiosity is piqued. Once I started to really look at all the perfumes they had, I finally found prices and holy camoly are they a little high. I mean maybe for me who can't justify spending $140 and up on a bottle of perfume but if you're into that, no judgement here!! 

Since I won't buy the big bottles, I opted for the $6 dollar samples… I mean you also want to smell it before you buy it, am I right? You'd have to be crazy to drop all that money and not even know what it smells like! Anyways, here are my reviews: 

Santal 33: Is a very musky, outsidey smell. Nothing wrong with it but it for sure wasn't a favourite smell! Kind of manly, although I doubt Brent will use it because he did not like it at all! 

Rose 31: Now this perfume is dreamy!! I really liked the smell, it was sweet and subtle but you get a real good whiff of it every once in a while and you just want to keep smelling yourself! 

I feel like this little test was really fun! Once I really start getting the cash flow going, I wouldn't hesitate to buy Rose 31. I really really liked it. 

I hope you are all having a happy Tuesday! 


20.1.14

Diemens host Mic Tee's Birthday Charity Bash


Over the weekend I attended Mic Tee's birthday charity bash. The birthday boy turned 25 and had quite a celebration! Mic Tee is one of the nicest guys ever, he turned his birthday celebration into a charity event and is donating partial proceeds from the event to Impact Romania. 

Impact Romania is a partnership between International Teams of Canada and Romanian foundation, Pas Cu Pas. Their cause focuses on institutionalized Romanian orphans and young adult orphans living in northwest Romania. To learn more about this great organization and to donate please click HERE.

The event was held at Nozo Toronto and was a night to remember. There were DJ sets by JStar and DJ KYeazy, an opening performance by HighDiamond and the headlining act by Diemens. The place was packed, the music was great and the drinks were flowing. 

Diemens, pronounced diamonds, is a two man group that consists of Mic Tee and JC Retlaw. These boys have been making the rounds and are seriously something you should be checking out! Their music is spreading quickly, they're on radio rotations in over 25 colleges across the USA and are represented by AM (Pharell's production team). They know how to get the crowd pumped and are  seriously awesome performers. They just released their most recent EP "Genesis" in September 2013. 

You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@MicRTee & @JC_DieMens), YouTube and check out their website for all of their latest news HERE.



Birthday boy Mic Tee. (above)




Before the guys got up to perform, HighDiamond got the show started. They did so great! The girls have definitely begun their year off right and I can tell you this much, this year is going to be a GREAT one for HighDiamond. To get all of their latest updates, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. These ladies are coming out with a bunch of new songs that will seriously get you dancing, I cannot express enough how excited I am for them.






I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and please check out these amazing artists. I swear they will not disappoint, it's time we start supporting great Canadian artists! 

Have a good week guys! 

19.1.14

3/52


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Three weeks in and this guy is still being a part of this project! Hopefully we can last the whole year. 

14.1.14

Favourite Corner


This little corner of my house right here is one of my favourites. At the end of every day, that table is where Brent and I sit and talk about our day. Before we lived together we ate on the couch watching TV. Now, that man sits down at that table and we actually talk, no cellphones, no distractions, just us. I honestly love it and look forward to that part of my day, every single day. Its so nice to actually sit and talk, especially now when we are so consumed by social media and cellphones. I am so extremely grateful that Brent was the one who initiated us eating in the dining room every night. It shows me that he does enjoy hearing about my day and giving me his full attention. It's the little things you guys! 
I hope that we do it every night for the rest of our lives. 

Also, a while back I heard "Who you love" by John Mayer ft. Katy Perry and I fell in LOVE. I think that the message of it is so beautiful and you just can't help who you love. The video was even better. I definitely believe its a must watch. I'll hook you up… You can find it HERE ;) 


Have a great week chickens 

xoxo

P.S. The Originals is back on tonight… HALLELUJAH. 


13.1.14

Hello all!! I hope you had a happy monday, I did! Brent and I both had the same day off so, we stayed in our pjs until 4:30. It. was. awesome. We also visited his newly engaged sister… It was all wedding talk. oh yeah. Anyways, the video below is our trip to florida this year! I think its an awesome way to remember how fun our vacation was! It was great! I hope you all have a happy week! 

xoxo




12.1.14

2/52


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Coming home to this guy is hands down, the best part of my day. 




ALSO SIDENOTE: Brent's sister is ENGAGED. This is so EXCITING. I have been jumping around, and teary eyed and just SOO HAPPY all fricken weekend. GUYS, its finally happening. I am SO happy for her and her fiancĂ© (AHH THAT WORD) they deserve the most magical wedding day ever. ps. CHECK OUT THAT RING BABY 





11.1.14

A year in portraits


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I have seen a lot of other bloggers do 'A year in portraits' with their children. So, I decided that since this is mine and Brents first year of living together, why not do a year in portraits of us? This idea came to me literally an hour ago, so I have to repost a picture of us for the first week. Of course I'm choosing one of us at DisneyWorld. So here is week ones picture, tomorrow I will post week two and from there on out I will try to post a new picture every Sunday! I'm really excited for this project. I think it'll be so much fun! 

Grateful

I am truly, truly blessed. 

It has almost been a week since I have officially moved in the Brent and it has been the best week! Living on your own has a lot of responsibilities. I mean, I never did laundry and now if I want something clean, I gotta do it myself and I'm totally okay with it. You see, the week before I moved in I had mega anxiety. I was terrified. What if we don't like it, what if I don't like it. But now that I'm here, I'm loving it. Our relationship has become so much stronger and we've been having so much fun! I really hope that it continues to be this good throughout the years. 

This whole week we have had many visitors. We are SO grateful for all of the love and support that we have received. Our friends have come over to help us build and set things up and I couldn't be more thankful. Those boys of mine (yes, I believe they're mine) are so great! I love them all dearly. Every girl should have a group of strictly just males. Although they are all Brent's best friends, in the last four years they have become my best friends too. Thank you guys for all your help, it is so appreciated! 

Last night, we had the guys over and we played a little texas hold em'. Nope, I did not win. BUT I did come in second place and you know what I was totally cool with that! Tonight I'm going to my parents house to spend some time with my family. My grandmother leaves for Portugal tomorrow night so it'll be nice to spend some more time with her before she leaves!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

xoxo




7.1.14

disney


Hello Hello! 
I am back in Canada and dangit it is COLD! I heard on the radio that today it was colder than the North Pole. UM penguins live there… this is NOT normal! Haha regardless of this very cold weather I am oh so happy to be home! 

On our last full day in Florida we went to Disney World where we had such an amazing day! We did three parks in one day, so there was a lot of fast passing and planning to be done. We got stuck on "its a small world" for twenty minutes. 20. Whole. Minutes!!! I think my brain was ready to explode. If you haven't ever been on that ride you wouldn't understand… But I will try to explain it to you. You're on a boat (a very SLOW moving boat) and there are a bunch of electronic dolls moving and dancing, while you're moving through the different rooms which all represent different parts of the world there is a song "it's a small world" playing. If you're on that ride and it doesn't break down, you can deal BUT if you're on it for twenty minutes and it keeps playing over and over and over again your brain will want to burst! lol it made for a very good laugh! HERE is a link to the song, imagine that on repeat. 

Anyways, we had a wonderful day and a long ride home. As you may have heard on the news there has been very cold and rough weather all around America and Canada. We were pretty worried our flight would be cancelled, but the travel angels were with us and we got home safely!

This is now my first real week living with Brent and so far so good! I love spending time with him and working on making our house, our home. This is such a big step for us and I can't believe it's actually happening. It's so exciting!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend! Here are some pictures of our day at Disney! I hope you all had a happy tuesday! Please stay warm and drink some hot cocoa! 

xoxo






// Can I just say that Tower of Terror is my FAVOURITE! // 




// haha this ride gave Brent and I a good laugh… weird how they get your picture on there! //





















3.1.14

happiness


Yesterday, I was reading heynataliejean.com blog and something she wrote stuck with me.

   "i've always believed that every new breath is a new chance to choose happiness. it's been my rallying cry for most of my adult life. happiness is a choice. it isn't a place or a set of conditions, it is a fight that you take on and then take on again, every single day. you can't let yourself forget to choose to be happy. i mean, i let myself forget all of the time, but that's not the point. the point is to remember and then get back into the battle the second you can. i'm generally a very happy person because of it. but i'd forgotten that strength is a choice, too. as is warmth. and laughter. and light.

I have always believed that happiness is a fight. We all have our bad days but we are the ones who choose whether to constantly have those days or fight to have more good ones. It's so good to see that not only do I think this way but one of my role models does too. We all fight every day to be happy and since we become so overcome by our own lives, it's so easy to forget that other people are in the exact same battle as you.

Every year she chooses a word in which she makes it her theme for the year and I love that idea, so i'm going to jump on the heynataliejean bandwagon and pick a word for this year, my word is, Happiness. I believe that if I just keep on fighting for it, I will allow myself to be a happier person and a more loving person.

I choose to have a happy year and I choose to be a happier me. 

If you could pick a word for the year, what would you pick? 

xoxo


2.1.14

a new beginning


Good afternoon everyone!! 
I am currently sitting out on the balcony having myself a coffee and some pb&j, while I stare at the sun and beautiful ocean. Life is good.  

I hope that everyone rang in the New Year with loved ones and happiness! For the first time ever, I had a low key New Years with Brent and his family. A lot of Dutch Blitz was played and some drinking was done it was overall a wonderful night! I can't believe it was the first time that we had absolutely no plans, no ideas as to what we should do but it turned out to be so relaxing and fun! 

It's funny how that happens… It so easy to get lost in the world of over rated parties and heavy drinking that you forget how nice it is to celebrate a special day low key! 

I am truly optimistic for this year… 2013 wasn't overly kind to me but it also wasn't terribly evil either. I lost some friendships but made new beautiful ones. I lost my grandfather but welcomed a new nephew (on Brent's side). I moved out of my parents and moved in with the love of my life. I guess 2013 took a little but also gave a lot! 

This year has started off so great. I got my new years kiss, which might I add has always been SO important to me. I'm currently in the nice heat instead of the dreadful cold and on Sunday I get to visit the most magical place in the world, DisneyWorld! Words cannot describe how excited I am… I LOVE that place! 

I think the one thing I am looking forward to the most this year, will absolutely have to be the fact that I moved in with Brent. It still doesn't feel real to me at all since it literally lasted less than 24 hours. I am so excited for this new adventure. I truly believe that we are going to grow as a couple and I am going to grow as an individual. It's my first time moving away from my family and although it still kind of twists my heart to think that when I go home from my vacation, I won't be going "home home" it still makes me happy that I'll be going to MY new home. It's all still a little weird to me!

I am certain that this new start is going to be so great and fun, it'll have its hardships but life wouldn't be life if it was always easy, now would it?

If anyone has any advice on this next big step in my life I would love to hear it! 

Have a great night!

xoxo