Monday, July 29, 2013

50 Random Things Tag

To celebrate my 30th birthday I wanted to share one of the most fun videos I have shot in a long time! I hope you enjoy 50 random facts about me. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Three Decades: A Reflection

As my twenties draw to a close, I feel like reminiscing over the past three decades. I feel a little shy to be turning 30.  It seems like such an adult number and one that packs a message that says, "I have all my stuff together.  I am an adult".  I don't know why this is intimidating.  Reflecting for a moment to take stock at milestones is important to me.  Too easily we finish each day exhausted from a busy, multitasking life, not noticing all the amazing things we've accomplished. 
Before I turn 30, I decided to indulge and reflect on some of the bigger moments in my first three decades.  If you also take a moment to pause, I predict you too will be happy to realize all you've accomplished.  
 * I have survived ten moves
* I have survived the loss of my dad
* I have had a steady job and career for eight years
* I have felt love I didn't know possible with my teammate, husband, best friend and strongest supporter Jeremy
* I have learned my heart can swell harder than I ever thought possible through Thomas
* I have accepted friendships ending, moving on and growing apart
* I have been guided by my mum to have a strong self-esteem and self-worth
* I have made myself vulnerable and found friendships in surprising places
*I have learned to relax more, stress less
*I have realized I have a lot to learn
 My first 30 years were filled with huge change and major life decisions.  People have often said to me they would never want to re-live their 20s because of all the major life decisions we make.  I met Jer when I was 21, so my last almost-decade was consumed with love and excitement with him, but also mega choices!
In my 30s I wish for calm, love and pushing my boundaries.  
Thank you to everyone who has played a role in my 30 years.  I am overwhelmed thinking about all those who have encouraged me, helped me, laughed with me and held me while I cried.  
Thank you.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Review: Stars Dance

Now you may think I am too old to like Selena Gomez and yes, sometimes I would agree!  But I can't deny how catchy her music is, how much I love her style and how unique her voice is.  I think she is successful at maturing without being risque just for the shock factor.  
Her latest album is called Stars Dance and was released this past Tuesday.  This is a departure from her previous sound which was 'Selena Gomez and the Scene'.  Stars Dance is a much more electronic, produced, club-sounding album.  It was released the day after her 21st birthday and kicks off with the perfectly placed song, Birthday.  I love this first track and have been playing it on repeat leading up to my birthday this Monday:) (Yes I realize this is kind of funny as I am turning 30. Deal with it.)
Other stand-out songs to me are Slow Down, B.E.A.T., and Like a Champion.  This sound and album to me are very reminiscent of Britney Spears' Blackout.  Also, a little Madonna Vogue.
Stars Dance doesn't slow down and it's fun to come along with Selena for the ride. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: The Pursuit of Happiness

I had never heard of Douglas Kennedy before reading The Pursuit of Happiness, but I won't forget him now!  This book came highly recommended to me.  In fact, the woman who lent it to me said, "I finished this book and read it right through again!".  Now if that isn't the highest of praise, I don't know what is! 
Before you get confused, this book is not what the Will Smith movie was based on.  :)
This book by the same name follows a woman named Sara in post World War 2 New York City.  This is what the jacket reads:
"Manhattan, Thanksgiving Eve, 1945. The war was over, and Eric Smythe's party was in full swing. All his clever Greenwich Village friends were there. So too was his sister Sara -- an independent, canny young woman, starting to make her way in the big city. And then in walked a gatecrasher, Jack Malone -- a U. S. Army journalist just back from a defeated Germany, and a man whose world-view did not tally with that of Eric and his friends. Set amidst the dynamic optimism of postwar New York and the subsequent nightmare of the McCarthy witch-hunts, The Pursuit of Happiness is a great tragic love story; a tale of divided loyalties, decisive moral choices, and the random workings of destiny."
I flew through this book and even found myself very tired many mornings from staying up too late reading!  I took me only one week to read and think it is a perfect summer novel.  

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Spend $30 and get $90!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Current Love

I discovered this shirt yesterday and am now obsessed.  I just love the phrase!  I can't seem to find it anywhere online that isn't sold out of my size.  This one in the picture is from Tobi, which is an American store. I am thinking I might just have to get one made!
"I ain't sayin' she a gold digger..."

Thursday, July 18, 2013

More Garbage!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review - Magna Carta Holy Grail

Spoiler alert:  I have a copy of this album in my iTunes, iPod and one in my car. 
Do you think I like it?
Jay Z's 12 studio album was released this month and has already gone platinum.  Yes, that means Magna Carta Holy Grail has already sold one million copies.
The first song on the album starts it off with a bang.  Holy Grail featuring Justin Timberlake is fabulous and somehow they even got permission to use a sample of a Nirvana song.  That is huge.  I love that the first word you hear from Jay Z on this record is "Blue", the name of his daughter.  I don't think this is a coincidence.  His love for his daughter, his wife Beyonce and his intense passion to be a good father resonate throughout this album.  It's an obvious priority for this music industry icon. 
Hova also references his success many times and I say, why not? He's earned it and if others can be inspired by his rise from nothing, keep it on repeat. 
Other stand out tracks for me are Tom Ford, Picasso Baby, F.U.T.W., and Part II (On the Run).  Timbaland is credited on most tracks and I love the sound his influence brings to this record. 
There is absolutely no doubt Jay Z is a master at being creative, innovative and five steps ahead of everybody else.  When you get in my car this summer, expect to hear MCHG.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

To Scale or Not to Scale

To use the scale or to not use the scale...that's been my dilemma lately. 
I've always gone off the number on the scale when working on My Way to a Healthy Life.  My doctor weighs me so I figured it had to be an important benchmark.  But, I have been dedicated to working out at 30 Minute Hit now for six weeks and have been disappointed to see myself gain four pounds.  What?  I am going all-out exercising, trying to eat better and I am gaining?!?!?  Now I understand that this is very common when transforming fat into muscle, but it got me to thinking...should I even be paying attention to the scale?  Should I be tracking my fitness by taking measurements?  Or just judging by how I feel and how my clothes fit? 
On my Facebook page, you had some fabulous answers:

Kelly - I go by how my jeans and bras fit.... but the scale is always still there to remind me that I'm no longer a skinny teenager... lol....

Jasmin - I don't own a scale...will never own one. I got by how my clothes fit, what sizes I'm buying and just how it all looks in the mirror.

Adrienne - I'm a #'s person and like the scale. Helps me get to know my body better (for example, i went to a restaurant a couple weeks ago and found out just what it does to my body and how long it takes me to work off that splurge) and I like to set a weight goal, rather than a pant size goal.

Alyssa - Measurements for sure. Since February I've kept track of my measurements as well as my weight and I've dropped 9 inches but gained 5 lbs. I've given up on the "scale number" as I know I look and feel much better. 1lb of muscle = 1lb of fat but muscles are more dense so they don't take up as much space. Don't ever rely on the scale.

Brittany - I echo Alyssa's thoughts, I measure the same way and check in on a monthly basis. When I did a more strict meal plan in the spring I also too before and after photos - really cool to see results that way too!

Kaili - I feel lucky to be raised in a household that never owned a scale, and never stressed about what or bodies looked like. The number on the scale doesn't prove health or happiness. It just beats up your thoughts with a number you feel you should be. How silly is that? We choose to be really active, eat well, get as much sleep as we can, and spend lots of family time together. When you are truly well you will look it. A number doesn't truly speak of health...

Cat - The scale is evil. A measuring tape is more accurate for showing how your body is changing. Or, maybe we should all just stop looking at the numbers (says the girl that has a hard time breaking that habit!)

Kelly - I agree. A long time ago I was full on anorexic and spent many months in the hospital. Many years later I still avoid the scale, exercise, eat clean and use how my clothes feel and my health as a balance.

Ashley - never trust a scale muscle weighs more than fat so it’s very common for ppl to start a workout program and actually gain weight just means your transferring fat to muscle. I’m very fit and getting more muscular and I gained 5 lbs but look better than ever and in small jeans then when I graduated 11 years ago

Monique - I kept one pair of pre-first-pregnancy jeans. If I can wear them and breathe, then things are going well!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Warning

I wanted to write this post as a warning.  This little travel container for Tylenol is NOT child-proof.  My two year old son easily opened this last night and spilled pills all over the floor.  Luckily my husband and I were right there and could quickly get him away from the medicine before it ended up in his curious mouth.  This is a lid that has to be pressed down and then turned, but that was no match for Thomas.  He found it in a pocket of my diaper bag and opened it in seconds.  As an experiment I was interested to see if other pill containers were child-proof.  Nope.  He can open prescription bottles from the pharmacy and other over-the-counter containers.  
I know it's good parenting practice to keep bottles out of the reach of little ones.  But now I really know to keep them out of the way, zipped in my bag and hidden!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Steal of a Deal

I am not sure why it took me so long to try these, but I will definitely be buying more! I found these boot shapers for $2 at Superstore yesterday.  Having my tall boots flop over is one of my organizational pet peeves and hello, perfect solution!  They are just simple plastic inserts that can easily squeeze into boots to keep their shape while standing up.  I Instagram'ed a photo of this yesterday and had some other fabulous suggestions to give boots shape.  Pool noodles and rolled up magazines were just a couple of the ideas. You know how much I love to organize and find deals!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wise Word Wednesday

This is a bit of a different entry for Wise Word Wednesday, but I couldn't pass up the perfect opportunity to share this song with you.  It's been on repeat this week, ever since I discovered it. 
It's filled with Wise Word Wednesdays.
I Lived - One Republic:

Monday, July 8, 2013

My First Concert

 Do you remember your first concert?  My first big show was the Backstreet Boys when I was 13.  I could still tell you most of the minute details of that trip, how we stalked them outside their hotel, started a wave throughout the entire area before they took the stage and how I sang in awe on my feet the whole time.  
This past weekend we took Thomas to his first concert, at the age of two!  This kid is cool.  Although he doesn't really have any option but to be a music lover with us two as parents! We went to an outdoor music festival and saw one of Jeremy's favourite bands The Arkells. He had fun people watching, bopping to the music and got super excited when a large beach ball was tossed around in the crowd.  It was so refreshing to go to an outdoor show that was family friendly. 
But, just in case there were any concerns about the crowd being rowdy, Thomas was ready:

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nail of the Day

Oh my word I LOVE this colour!  Today's NOTD is Essie's Bikini So Teeny.  I have had a love-hate relationship with Essie.  A couple years ago I tried some and didn't really see what all the fuss was about because mine were streaky and too sheer.  But what I have come to realize is that every brand has some misses.  I have been drawn to Essie recently because of the gorgeous colours they've been releasing.  This beautiful sky blue colour is no exception.  This was two easy coats and has lasted three days so far without a chip.  I think it's a beautiful summer colour, perfect for toes or fingers.  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Taylor Swift Vlog!

I have blogged my love for Taylor Swift more than once.  I have had her four albums on a steady rotation in my car lately and just could not wait for this concert.  We bought our tickets last December, so the anticipation has been excruciating! Here's a look into my fun day going to see Taylor Swift in Vancouver!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day!

This is one of my absolute favourite videos on YouTube and every year I have to play it over and over!  Today is Canada Day and I give you...Canadian Please:)
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