Wednesday, May 30, 2012

$300 Burger?!?!

I may look terrible in this picture but the humidity was out of control on this very hot July day in New York two years ago!  We were visiting my favourite city in the world for a few days and Jer made reservations at Serendipity 3 for my birthday dinner.  It's a very famous restaurant in Manhattan that's been featured in movies, tv shows and is a hot-spot for celebrity sightings.  There weren't any there on this particular night, but they do have a map that shows which celebrities frequent the place and what exact tables they reserve.  Super cool! 
Well today I read a story that I just had to share with you.  Serendipity 3 is in the news for offering a burger with a $295 price tag!  What the?  That wasn't on the menu when we were there;) 

A burger worth almost 300 bucks looks like this:

- Wagyu beef infused with 10-herb white truffle butter
- Salish Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt
- Hand-formed cheddar cheese that's been cave-aged for 18 months
- Shaved black truffles
- Fried quail egg
- White truffle-buttered Campagna roll
- Blini, crème fraiche
- Kaluga caviar, farm-raised in Quzhou, China
- Speared with a solid gold, diamond encrusted 'Fleur de Lis' toothpick by jeweler Euphoria New York

Now I know y'all are going to rush out and taste this concoction, of course!  But make sure to give them 48 hours notice.  Would you ever spend this much on food? 
Interesting, when Jer took me there for my birthday there was no mention of a burger with diamonds. 
But yes we did enjoy their Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.  To die for!

Wise Word Wednesday

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

 ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Revlon Review

Today I decided to do a review on a couple of nail products that are doing wonders for my lil fingies.  I first heard about these two from Amarixe who did an entire video on them.  She's never steered me wrong.  I heart her and highly recommend her channel.
Anyway!  I decided to buy them and try them out myself.  
What I am talking about is the Revlon Colorstay's new base and top coats.  
I found them both at WalMart for a super reasonable price.  
Revlon is quickly becoming my favourite drug store brand for nail polish and make-up.  
First, the base coat: 
It's a nice thick formula which goes on very smooth.  I find it creates a flawless base for my colour.  It also seems to create a crazy strong connection with my colour and makes the polish last, no matter what the brand.   
The top coat:
The first thing you must notice is the dual brush head.  Isn't that unique?  It creates such a glossy finish. This top coat also goes on just as smoothly as the base and seals in the polish.  It is quick-dry as well, perfect for me because when I sit down to do my nails, time is always limited. 
These two have become my go-to set for doing my nails.  I am finding after only a week my nails are already stronger.  They aren't chipping nearly as quickly.  My index and middle fingers quite often split or break because they are so brittle.  The feeling of a broken nail gives me the creeps!  The combo of these two is strengthening my nails nicely.  I am also a huge fan of OPI's Nail Envy but the $20 (at least!) price tag is a turn-off.  Being able to get both the base and top coat for about $14 is much better.  The only negative thing I have to say about this pair is that the smell seems to linger.  If I do my nails at night and shower in the morning, I can still smell the polish the next day.    
What is your go-to base and top coat?  Have you tried these?  

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Easy and Cheap

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Nail of the Day

I am going to dedicate an entire post soon on my new favourite base and top coats.  They are, so far, amazing!  But today's post is all about O.P.I.'s Chatters Me Up.  I was given this polish about a year ago after getting my hair cut and styled at Chatters.  O.P.I. made this limited edition polish exclusively for Chatters clients.  It's a deep purple shade with golden shimmer.  It's very dark but upon closer examination has a beautiful two-toned colour.  The lasting power was impressive.  The first chip came on the fifth day of wear.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Current Top 5 Faves

Now that I am back to work I am loving being thick in the loop of current music.  I've got some new favourites to share with you, in no particular order.  They are all fun, up-beat tracks.  And yes, I know I am way too old to like One Direction. Yep. Don't care.  It's so darn catchy!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wise Word Wednesday

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”
Wayne Gretzky

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mare Reads

Snuggling up with Snooki tonight.  Prepare for a review in the near future:)  Also, get ready for a string of summer, beachy reads in my Mare Reads series.  As the weather gets warmer, my attention spans gets shorter;)

Sunday, May 20, 2012


#Fail.  For the first time, I forgot to do a blog post yesterday.  I hate to say, it didn't even cross my mind to come on this site and write something.  I was just so totally pre-occupied with T's first birthday party.  Ohhh thank goodness that only has to happen once a year;)  It was a great afternoon at a local park with friends, family and cupcakes.  In lieu of gifts, we asked guests to bring food bank donations. T doesn't need anything and I want him to have a charity component to every birthday and Christmas.  Look at the great haul! 

Friday, May 18, 2012

He's One

I made this video to commemorate this past year and celebrate surviving it!  The music I chose is all songs Jer and I sang with Thomas over the year or ones that will always remind us of his first twelve months.  It's a pretty long video; I am fully aware.  But if you want a glimpse into our journey, enjoy!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

T's Arrival

It's a bit surreal to think that at this time last year I was in the hospital and our journey to meeting Thomas was about to come to a close.  Please bear with me as I reminisce.  I thought I would share an email I wrote last year to share our birth story with my family and friends.  It's great to read it again and remember fuzzy details:)  (Don't worry, it's not too graphic;)

On the morning I was to be induced (Tuesday the 17th) I woke up early, feeling anxious and already tired. But, after a quiet hour of yoga I felt energized and ready for our journey to begin. We had an appointment at the hospital for 7am and I was induced an hour later. We were sent away and told to return when my contractions were regular or at 8pm if nothing happened. We spent the day walking by the lake, enjoying a few meals and discussing what was already starting. It was very surreal. Nothing happened during the day so we went back to the hospital for another check-up with our midwife. No change so we were sent home for the night and told to return in the night when the contractions were strong enough and close together. Both the obstetrician and midwife were convinced they would be paged.
No such luck.
Although I was feeling mild contractions that night and in the morning, we were disappointed to find out there was still no change. We were sent away again, but this time to a local track to do laps and lunges. Thomas needed to turn around so he was face-down. The contractions were definitely stronger and after a few hours we once again went back to the hospital, disappointed to find nothing was happening.
After talking with the midwife we decided to try an IV form of induction (oxytocin) which started at about one o'clock that afternoon. Every half hour I was checked and the dose was increased. By two I was finally considered to be "in labour" even though I'd been feeling contractions for almost 24 hours. Our doula arrived and we spent a few hours chatting while my contractions became a bit stronger. Sally (our doula) helped me get Thomas to turn in the meantime. Three hours on the oxytocin they checked me and guess what? NO CHANGE! Oh the disappointment. I was still two centimetres.
At that point, something changed in me and a floodgate opened. I was so emotional and after that release, my contractions came fast, strong and continual. There was absolutely no break in between them as they piggy-backed each other. To this day, no one has any idea what changed and caused this. Meantime the doctor and midwife were discussing with Jeremy to send me back home because they didn't believe I was in true labour. (The contraction monitor wasn't picking up anything.) Neither of us was interested in that option, clearly! Jer was so great helping me through my contractions, doing whatever he could to ease the pain and talk me through them. By this point, I'd gone inside myself, eyes closed and was breathing through the pain. I basically kept my eyes closed until he was born.
Less than an hour later, I was checked again, and, eight centimetres! I went from two to eight in less than an hour! At that point, I knew the non-stop pain was too much so I opted for a walking epidural. Best decision ever. It just numbed the contractions, but I was able to feel everything else and still move.
Shortly after, I was 10cm and ready to push. I took a short break to rest for a bit first, and my body started to shake uncontrollably. Jer was the only one who could stop it, thank goodness. I pushed for a half hour and he arrived! Eight pounds three ounces, 55cm long.
The pictures are so funny after Thomas was born. Jer is crying with happiness and I look totally in shock. I just couldn't believe he was here. I still think I am in shock!
There is nothing about my labour and Thomas' arrival that I would change. I am so proud of my body and of Thomas for arriving the way he did. Jer, Sally and our midwife Alyson plus the nurses were a dream team. My pre-natal yoga helped immensely, as did our pre-natal classes.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wise Word Wednesday

"A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds."

Mark Twain

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

No More Mat Leave

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mama Mare Must Have

Happy Mother's Day!  
My Mama Mare Must Have today is mama friends.  I am so lucky to have six friends who all have babies around the same age as Thomas.  One friend I've known for years, another I met in pre-natal yoga and the others all came together at a mom's group at a local health centre.  Honestly, I can't imagine my year without these six ladies.  They've literally been a life-saver/sanity-provider/sounding board/source of laughter/reminder that I'm not alone/sharer of caffeine.  For months we've been meeting twice a week for a walk and a play date.  Yes the babies all play together and stare at each other.  Yes it's great that Thomas has learned to be around other little ones.  But let's face it, these gatherings are more for us mamas.  Countless times I thought I was being a terrible mum or that there would never be a solution for something that was happening.  Then I would talk to these lovely ladies and boom!  My mind at ease and problem solved.  
So, if you are a mama or a mama-to-be, I highly recommend joining groups where you can meet mums with kids the same age as your's.  I initially thought, "well what if all we have in common is our kids"? Some other moms I have met, that's been the case.  But if you keep looking you will find women who you can relate to on other levels as well.  I'm telling you, a life-saver. 
Happy Mama's Day!

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blown Away

 Carrie Underwood's fourth album was released last week and it was a no-brainer that I would pick it up.  I have never been disappointed by her music and this latest disc, Blown Away.  This record was Carrie's third to debut at number one and I can completely see why.
Now, if you are shy about country music, Carrie Underwood hardly classifies as country.  There's no twang, no terrible cheesiness.  It's just great music, plain and simple.  She's a definitely cross-over artist, much like Shania Twain or Taylor Swift.  Along with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood is by far the American Idol alum who stands out. 
Blown Away's first single Good Girl is guitar-heavy and it's impossible to sit still when it's playing!  Other stand out songs on this album are the title track, Blown Away, Two Black Cadillacs, and Thank God for Hometowns. 

I also want to mention Carrie's first three albums are all solid as well:) Blown Away is a more mature sound, but you won't be disappointed with Some Hearts, Carnival Ride or Play On.  Her voice is amazing and she's got a good mix of ballads to up-tempos, and everything in between.  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Nail of the Day

Yet another Nail of the Day, so soon!  The weather is turning and I am currently loving bright, statement colours.  This one is no exception.  Here is my first dabble in Wet 'n Wild nail polish; this is the colour Saved by the Blue.  What first drew me to this line was its price, less than three dollars at WalMart.  Second, there were many different unique shades I wanted to try whereas usually it's the same boring colours.  (Ok, well, boring to a girl whose collection is growing a lil too quickly!)  The formulation was super easy to work with.  In the sunlight there is very subtle sparkle mixed in with this vibrant blue.  

Saturday, May 5, 2012

While We Were Hunting Boots

Happy Saturday!  Thomas and I are back from a short getaway with my mum to bookend my maternity leave, which ends in a week.  There was a very large box waiting for me last night.  In that box were my highly anticipated Hunter boots!  If you follow me on Twitter, @redmare, then you will know I have been obsessing over these boots for well over six months.  Ever since my friend Tracy introduced me to them, I just couldn't get them out of my head.  Or off my Google search;)  
Jeremy finally decided to grant my wish of owning these boots.  These are an early Mother's Day pressie.  What a guy, eh?  
In case you are not obsessed like me, these wellington gum boots are all the rage in Britain and among celebrities worldwide.  Any music festival like Coachella or Glastonbury, you will see rows of Hunters.  (One of my favourite searches is "celebrities wearing Hunter boots".)  I chose the Pewter pair:

Endorsed by the Royal Family, pish posh.
As they were ordered online, it was tough to know what size to get, but I chose a 39.  I am usually a size nine, but in UK sizes I'm a six.  Very bizarre, although it makes me feel petite;)  They fit great in the foot, but I will say are a bit tight around my calf.  Tracy warned me to go up a size, which I found to be a great tip.  
Do you have any boots or shoes you keep going back to and just can't get out of your head?  I realize these Hunters are hardly summer footwear, but the heart wants what it wants;)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Nail of the Day

I had to include three photos for this shade because it keeps changing colour on me!  I really like it though.  Depending on the light, this polish can look very pink, fuchsia, magenta or purple.  The photos were taken yesterday, which was day five of wear.  Pretty great if you ask me!  I only just discovered this brand, barelements professional, about a month ago while I was on vacation.  I bought it for $2.99 at Pharmasave.  This shade is called Purple Passion. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

3200KM = One Long Trip!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wise Word Wednesday

You can take everything I have
                                                         You can break everything I am
Like I'm made of glass
Like I'm made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground 
Like a skyscraper

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