Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Nail Polish Storage

As my nail polish collection grows and my love for painting my nails does also, I've been toying with the idea of a better way to store the bottles.  I'd had them on the bottom shelf of the fridge for years.  But that shelf had become way too crowded:)  
My friend Brooke must be a mind-reader because she gave me a fabulous way to organize and display my polishes for my birthday!
Of course, before deciding to reorganize my nail polishes, I had to put them on display:
It made me realize that I need to increase my numbers in OPI, Essie and China Glaze.  And also that I probably have more than enough Sally Hansen.  Jer would say that I have more than enough period.  But who's listening to him? ;)
Brooke gave me this hanging, multi-pocketed organizer she found at Winners:
How cute is that?  I have it hanging in my bathroom right now.  It fit 65 on one side and has a whole other side that looks the exact same on the back.  I am just in love with this!  I love that I can see all my polishes at once.  It's so fun to see the colours and decide what shade to use next. LOVE this! 
I mentioned this in my July Favourites.  
How do you store your polish?  

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Something I truly believe is:
Creativity quiets the mind.
Whenever I am truly stressed or in a bad place, the only thing that really mellows me out is being creative.  Whether it is scrapbooking, collaging, blogging, vlogging, painting my nails or a variety of other activities, this is how I quiet my mind.  Watching tv or reading just doesn't cut it.  
I've always loved to look through magazines, ripping out pages that inspire me, quotes that catch my eye and images that I'm drawn to.  I think I was ten when I started making collages, first in books then I collaged a lampshade, a desk front and finally, all four walls of my teenaged bedroom. 
To this day, collaging is a favourite of mine.  I love covering the front of a journal for example:
Here's one I did about two years ago that hangs in my office: 
To make your own collage, just gather old magazines.  If you don't have piles around your house, second hand shops are a goldmine for discarded magazines.  Choose topics you like and just browse the pages for things that catch your eye.  
Then, once the ripping is done, take time to cut out each image or quote however you'd like.  I usually cut close to the edges so that the clipping really pops in the finished product as you can see.  
Decide what you'd like to collage.  It could be as simple as a sheet of paper.  In this particular collage I had an old frame we weren't using so I bought a piece of large poster paper for a dollar (at the dollar store, natch) and cut it to size.  Then I used double sided tape to stick the images to the paper.  Sometimes it can be tricky to make everything fit, but that's half the fun!
Then I just put the collage in the frame and voila!

Friday, July 27, 2012


I am loving the current trend of stacking bracelets.  It just adds such personality and flair to an outfit.  Plus, we all have bracelets kicking around, gathering dust.  Why not bust them out? 
This particular day I wore a mixture of leather, silver, gold and black.  The 'Give Love' cuff is actually one I bought in support of the 2004 tsunami victims.  The silver bangles were my sister's in the '80s, the black one a gift from my niece.  The two heart bracelets I can't remember where they came from.  And then my beloved Pandora charm bracelet which is slowly growing.  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

We Have a Winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to enter my first ever giveaway!  And of course, a massive shout out to The Honey Beez for supplying the beautiful prizes.  I don't want to part with them;)
But, I know I have to mail them out to my lucky winner!  As you can see, it was a pretty scientific way for me to choose, at random, the winner.  

Congrats to Holly who has won the three piece Honey Beez jewellery prize!  I've emailed you with the details:) 
To everyone else, keep checking back.  I had so much fun doing this giveaway, I can't wait to do another! 

Friday, July 20, 2012


I wasn't planning on blogging about this, but I just can't get it off my mind.  Since I read my breaking news email this morning from CNN at 4am when my alarm went off, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.  
I'm talking about the horrific shooting at a movie theatre last night in Aurora, Colorado.  There was a screening of the new Batman movie and a gunman went in, dispersed some type of gas and then went on a shooting rampage.  As I am writing this, 12 people have been killed and more than 50 injured.  (You can read more about the developing story here.)
What really has struck me, besides the senseless act of random violence and the absolute disregard for human life, has been one victim's story.  Jessica Ghawi was excited to see the movie last night and was trying to convince others to go with her via her Twitter.  She had also recently blogged about almost being a victim of a shooting in Ontario.  You can read that blog here.  She was an aspiring sports reporter who had her whole life ahead of her.  Her brother Jordan is writing about this terrible situation on his blog here.  Reading about their first-hand experiences really makes this terrifying situation more real.  These aren't just numbers or nameless faces in the news.  They are real people, struck by what Jordan calls, "easily the worst time of his life". I just can't rid this sick feeling in my stomach.
I also can't stop staring at Thomas.  Thinking, he will definitely be a movie-goer, how do we protect our kids from disgusting situations like this without locking them in their rooms?  Also, how did one little innocent boy, turn into such a monster who decided to take out his anger on innocent people? 
So many questions, never to find the answers.  
Tonight, my thoughts, love and prayers are going to the families and friends of the victims of Aurora. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review- - Marianas Trench's Ever After

This week I decided to review Marianas Trench's latest album Ever After.  It's the BC band's third studio album and has had three singles released off of it so far.  I was so surprised a couple years ago how much I enjoyed Masterpiece Theatre and this, its follow-up, is no disappointment.  Lead singer and mastermind Josh Ramsay is incredibly talented and I believe he's going to be a stand-out in Canadian music for decades.  (Did you know he took Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe from slow, guitar-heavy song, to the pop smash it is today?) 
Image courtesy of Wikipedia
The influence of Freddie Mercury and Queen is obvious throughout the 12 tracks, with its theatrical nature and flair.  Ramsay's blood, sweat and eyeliner are palpable:)  You should listen to this album from start to finish as it plays like a story with no break between songs.  There is zero filler and not one track I wanted to skip.  The songs are radio-friendly hits yet unique and unlike anything else out there.  Desperate Measures is their current hit and I cannot help but turn up the volume on this song.  Love it!  (And I think this is the first time a music video made me LOL!)
On a final note, I encourage you to read the liner notes.  There is an entire story that goes with the track listings.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review - Rollerball Fragrance

Let's just start off by me admitting that I feel pretty naked without perfume.  I love smelling good and have a serious issue when around someone who has a stale odour.  Yuck.  That being said, there is definitely a line some cross and go overboard on the scents!
I love a simple scent that carries throughout the day.  I also like to switch up which perfume I wear. 
  I had never tried perfume in the form of a rollerball until this summer and now I can't imagine my purse without one.  First of all, perfume can be ridiculously pricey and rollerballs are a fantastic alternative.  Also, if you are like me and prefer to switch up your scent, you aren't committing to a massive bottle that may never get used up.  And they are incredibly handy, easily fitting in the smallest of clutches to touch up throughout the day.  
My favourite rollerball fragrances (so far) are these two:
(See me chat about them further in my Summer Obsessions Tag Video)

 The self-titled Jennifer Aniston perfume is light, fresh and subtle.  It has notes of rose water, jasmine, violet, citrus grove accord, amazon lily, musk, amber and sandalwood.  This fragrance was an instant must-have the second I smelled it.  The rollerball retails for just $20 at Sephora.  

Ever since this fragrance came out last year, I've been obsessed.  With a capital O.  Taylor Swift's Wonderstruck is just a beautiful smell.  It actually reminds me a lot of my all-time favourite perfume, Britney Spear's Fantasy.  Wonderstruck has notes of freesia, green tea, apple blossom, raspberry and dewberry.  By that description you can probably tell that it's a pretty sweet smell, but not overpowering.   This rollerball is only $22 at Sephora. 

Have you tried the rollerball?  What is your favourite perfume?  I'm always looking for new ones to try!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mama Mare Must Have

I know it's been a while since I've posted something in the Mama Mare Must Have category.  But this is definitely a must-have in our little corner of the world right now.  
It's happened.  We were so naive in thinking that we wouldn't have to baby proof, but instead we would just tell our one year old not to do something and he would learn.  Well, he is learning but there was no way we could keep up with him!  We are on-the-ball parents, but T is just way too fast for us!  Every two seconds he was opening the kitchen cupboards or the china cabinet.  Exhausting.  
What really pushed us over the edge and solidified our decision was one morning while Jeremy was watching T, he got into our kitchen cupboard and doused himself in Comet.  Jer was two seconds behind him and T was way too clever.
So, we did a few simple things to make things safe for him and it's made a huge difference.  We use these latches to secure certain cupboards in the kitchen and bathrooms:

And these plug protectors to cover our sockets: 
 We've also started using a couple baby gates.  One is in our upstairs hallway so T can't get into my bathroom or down the stairs.  It's much easier to manoeuvre around in the hall, rather than at the top of the stairs.  Also, it gives him free range to crawl around the top floor without worry.  We have another to put in place at the bottom of the stairs in the basement or the main floor, depending on the day.   
Another suggestion from my experience is to put baby-friendly toys, books, etc in the bottom drawer of your nightstand.  We let Thomas play in our room in the morning while we watch the news and have a coffee.  That way he can play and not be harmed.  
One thing we are trying to figure out how to baby-proof is our floor vents.  He has figured out how to pull them right out!  I am nervous the next step will be throwing stuff down the vents.  So, Jer used the hot glue gun to secure the vent from little fingers.  Nope.  Those meaty paws easily ripped it up off the floor!  He's got super strength for a 14 month old:) 
We did leave some things like the plants, glass tables and ornaments.  We are telling him 'no' and he has learned the meaning of the word.  All in balance I guess:)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cool Down Without the Calories

-Passion Tea iced tea (from Starbucks)

-brew tea, add one part water and chill in fridge (Gogi Pop David's Tea or Green Chai are good options)

- 1part cranberry juice, 3parts club soda, big squeeze of lime juice and some ice

- cucumber and water

- Watermelon, basil leaves, sea salt, white wine vinegar, water

-Starbucks Refresher - lime is my favourite

-water with fresh mint and lime

-water with lemon, lime or oranges or all of the above:)

-miO 'Fruit Punch'


Saturday, July 14, 2012

My First Giveaway!

I've been wanting to do a giveaway for a while now to say thank you so much to everyone who checks my website and also my YouTube subscribers.  
Well friends, here it is!
I am thrilled to be giving you the chance to win three, custom-made, hand-crafted pieces of jewellery from TheHoneyBeez.  I was immediately drawn to this Etsy site because of the jewellery's unique yet on-trend styles.  I love that each piece is hand-made.  Bryana has generously provided three gorgeous pieces of jewellery which one winner will be sent.  She is so talented and has never had any formal training!
The first is this adjustable beaded bracelet that can also double as an anklet.  Perfect for summer! 
Next is this beautiful teal and lilac beaded necklace:
And, I am just in love with these blush coloured feather earrings.

Now, to the giveaway!  There are two ways to enter to win this prize.  
One: leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post with your email address, telling me your favourite summer accessory.
Two: Subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave a comment on the giveaway video
This contest will close at 5pm PST on July 24th.  That gives you 10 days!  And it's open internationally, so anyone can enter.  (If you are under 13, just make sure to get your parent's permission as I will need your mailing address.)  One person will win all three items.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Songs On Repeat

TGIF!!!  Oh how we look forward to a weekend, especially in the summertime.  I love to bring music along in the car or the beach or on a walk in the sunshine.  Here are some songs I am cranking lately! (Note, not all language is appropriate for everyone.)

I just love kicking up the volume on a hot summer track and dancing around my house or singing at the top of my lungs in the car.  What are your faves right now?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mare Reads: The Lucky One

As usual, I promise there will be no spoilers in this review:) 
 I just finished The Lucky One by Nicolas Sparks.  The summertime is perfect for reads like this.  It's an easy beach read as Sparks is known for.  This story centres around an ex-Marine who finds a photo of a woman during combat.  It becomes a bit of a lucky charm for him afterward, as he's able to escape injury and harm when carrying said picture.  After being discharged, he is pushed to find the woman in the photo.  He finds her in a small town, starts to work for her grandmother and well, as you can probably guess, a romance blossoms.  The woman has a son with a crazy ex-husband who has it out for  the ex-Marine.  The main character is played by Zac Efron in the movie adaption as you can see from the book cover.  It wasn't so terrible to picture Efron while reading the book.  What? He's legal now;)
I've read a couple other books from the same author and like I said, I like them for an easy, beach read. The characters did have some traits that I didn't see coming and there were a few twists.  Also, the anticipation of what would happen when the woman finally found out about the picture, was exciting.  She isn't let in on the secret of him finding the picture until well into the book.  
Overall, this read is exactly what you would expect and if you want a fun romance with a few twists, this would be a good one to pick up.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wise Word Wednesday

(This was taken in my office at work.  I love this saying and like to be reminded of it daily.  Also, it was hand-made with pressed flowers by friends of mine years ago.  So simple, yet so pretty.)

Nail of the Day

Today's entry is a break-through.  Never have I ever, ever, ever, done just one coat.  I'm your faithful two coat gal, sometimes three if the polish is sheer or finicky.  This colour was so opaque that after one coat, I did a top coat and was done!
This is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in The Real Teal.  My nail polish collection is pretty extensive (shocking, I know;) and because of that, I often find when I'm in a store, the colours look boring to me.  Not this one.  The Real Teal automatically caught my eye and I knew I'd love it.  Last month it was on my toes for weeks on end, landing it in my June Favourites video.  The picture was taken on day five of wear.  So far, no chipping.  (It's paired with my favourite base and top coats which makes a huge difference.)
I am loving bright colours on my fingers and toes for summer.  What colours are you rocking this summer? 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review - Flo Rida's Wild Ones

This week's review is of an artist that you can't go two hours without hearing on the radio.  It's Flo Rida's fourth album Wild Ones.  I think technically it's actually an EP because there are just nine songs.  But these are nine tracks you can't help but blast through speakers with a lot of bass.  Flo Rida's hit songs are present, the title track, Wild Ones, Whistle and Good Feeling.  The other six songs are just as beat-heavy and catchy.  Jennifer Lopez and RedFoo of LMFAO make appearances as does Sia.  I predict the next single with be Good Times Roll because I can already imagine it playing on my show:)  I can also smell the sunscreen you will be wearing while blasting this album this summer. It's filled with fun, happy songs.  One thing that does impress me about Flo Rida is he's a rapper who doesn't see the need to use a ton of profanity.  In fact, the album doesn't have one swear word.  Impressive, no?  If you can see past Flo Rida's goofy facial hair and not so subtle jewelled microphones you will love dancing around to Wild Ones:)  (If you don't know what I am talking about, Google it.  He has the craziest mic covers!)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stanley Cup Adventure

Yesterday we braved 37 degree temperatures to be very Canadian and get our picture with the Stanley Cup.  It's the NHL's trophy, in case you didn't know:)  I vlogged the adventure and thought I'd share!  

Friday, July 6, 2012

5 Faves

Summer is here!  I'm not sure where you live, but here, it seriously just arrived!  So, I thought I would do this short Summer Obsessions Tag.  
What are your obsessions for summer in these five categories?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Nail of the Day

Today's entry is a new polish I'd never tried.  This is from Maybelline and it's their Color Show polish.  I chose the colour Coral Crush 190 for my first try at this colour.  I didn't have high expectations, but love the finished product!  I think it was about four dollars and I probably could have just used one coat.  Coral is such a hot colour for summer and this is a great way to wear it.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wise Word Wednesday

"Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life."

Wayne Dyer

What's In My Bag?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Maroon 5 - Overexposed

Today's music review is of Maroon 5's latest album, Overexposed.  It's their fourth studio album and is riding the wave of popularity of their collaboration with Christina Aguilera on Moves Like Jagger.  Interestingly enough, that song is not on this album.  I'm not sure why they opted to leave it out, but nonetheless, this is a solid Maroon 5 disc.  If you are a fan of the band and of their sound, this album is for you.  It's upbeat, fun and easy to sing along to.  Overexposed does include their massive hit Payphone featuring Wiz Kalifa.  Maroon 5 isn't breaking any new ground with this disc but I'm not sure a group or artist needs to change what isn't broken.  These songs are so catchy that I found upon first listen I was already singing along and turning it up in the car.     
Image courtesy of DirectLyrics

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!  It's our 145th birthday today:)  To celebrate I highly recommend these two videos:

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