Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Tips For Dry Skin

Friday, November 29, 2013

Starting Small, Couldn't Be Happier

I have never stuck with a work-out this long. 
Today marks six months of going to 30 Minute Hit multiple times a week.  

It may look like minimal progress, but to me, it's huge.  I also had the opportunity to try CoolSculpting which has been another great step for me.  The first time I did the circuit at 30 Minute Hit I actually thought I was going to be sick.  Now, I leave with a huge smile and actual look forward to returning.  My energy has improved.  My stress feels much more manageable.  My eating habits aren't even close to perfect, but I have made small changes that feel like large milestones in my world.  I am ready to kick it up a notch, now that I have surpassed this incredible milestone.
I feel like starting at 30 Minute Hit was a catalyst that helps me make baby steps on My Way to a Healthy Life

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Say Something

I have been enjoying some slower, more melancholy songs lately and wanted to share them with you. 
It's good to have a 'chill out' playlist mixed in for those days when you need to do just that.  
Here are the four I've had on repeat this week:

As my wise, music-loving niece would say:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wise Word Wednesday

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Nail of the Day

This Nail of the Day is a new one for me.  I have never tried this kind of top coat before and really like the finish.  This is Sally Hansen's Fuzzy Coat in All Yarned Up.  I have gotten quite a few compliments on this effect and really like it.  I have put it over my last Nail of the Day.  
It's textured and went on very easily.  This was only one coat.  I am not sure if I would use this on its own, but I like it over another polish.  This is a super easy way to make your polish last longer.  Once you are tired of an opaque colour, paint a textured top coat over it! Voila!

Monday, November 25, 2013

AMA Fashion

Now, you know I love an award show.  So much so, that I only got five hours of sleep last night!  #hardcore
The American Music Awards were last night and they are one of my favourites!  The fashion is always fierce, the performers bring their A gam on stage and it's not taken all that seriously. A few stand out performances in my mind were Jennifer Lopez, One Direction and Christina Aguilera with A Great Big World. 

Now, when it comes to fashion, stunning!  

I love Katy Perry's red carpet dress; it's classic and fits her beautifully yet has that hint of quirk we love from her. 
Taylor = legs for days, bombshell. 
 I actually like Gaga's look, even if she came in on a weird horse! 
And Miley, she's toned down yet still a show-stopper.
I have no idea what Jennifer Hudson said when she came on stage last night because I was just yelling at the tv: "Wow! Fierce! Damn! Hot!" 
Ciara usually goes a little over the top but this chic bob and minimal makeup pairs perfectly with this detailed gown.  
And Naya Rivera...BAM! Stunner. 
When it comes to the guys, I was surprised.  Not only did I think One Direction had one of the most heartfelt performances of the night, they looked so put together and mature.  Although one of them could have used a hairbrush;)
 And, is there anything Justin Timberlake DOESN'T excel at?!?!  This black and navy tux made him the best dressed man.  Easily.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

3 Easy Black Bean Wrap Recipes

About two or three times a week I like to make vegetarian meals for dinner.  Some of my friends have shown an interest in doing the same, so I thought I would share three easy ways to make black bean wraps.  These are very simple, inexpensive and filling.  Thanks to everyone who requested this video in my last Grocery Haul also!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Nail of the Day

 This Nail of the Day is another win from Avon.  It's Royal Vendetta in Gel Finish.  It's a 7 in 1 nail polish which I have also detailed in another Nail of the Day.  I love this polish! It's perfect if you don't have a lot of time to mess around with a base and top coat.  It was easy to apply and hasn't chipped after a few days.  I think I will be picking up some more of these Gel Finish polishes!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wise Word Wednesday

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mmmm Delicious!

I have been experimenting lately to find healthy alternatives to some of my favourite foods.  I am a snacker.  I would rather have little meals throughout the day than a few large ones.  That being said, the snacks I like to reach for are sometimes not the best.  So, I thought I would share some of my newest faves!
This is Sally's Cereals Chai Spiced hot oatmeal.  I found it at WalMart for $2.89.  What?!? I like that I can recognize all the ingredients, for one thing.  Also, it's filling and yummy; it's the perfect hot breakfast for these cold mornings.  Also, it's easy and convenient, coming in individual packages.  I have it at work every morning.
These are Terra Sweets and Beets chips.  Again, I can recognize all the ingredients and there are just a few.  They are a pricey alternative to chips, costing close to $5 a bag.  They are tasty though and not nearly as salty.  I tried the Mediterranean ones as well and wasn't a fan. 
Can you believe it's been ten days since I had a cup of coffee? Me!?!? What?!? I just needed to cut back on the caffeine and although I am not cutting it out completely, I am impressed how good I feel.  I have been loving Earl Grey and Joy teas a lot.  As a treat, I get the tea lattes from Starbucks with non fat milk and sugar free vanilla. Yum!
This Humm! hummus is seriously delicious.  It has roasted pine nuts as a yummy garnish.  I think this was about $2.89 at WalMart.  I like to dip veggies or crackers in it and also as a sandwich or wrap spread.
And finally, just beans in general.  I am slowly cutting down the amount of meat I eat and have been substituting with all kinds of beans.  At first we didn't think it would be as filling but I find them more satisfying! You can buy them dried and cook them, but I choose the cans for about 80 cents a pop and just rinse them really well under cold water before using.

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Week of OOTD

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nail of the Day

I am very behind the trend on this one, but this is the first time I have tried a liquid sand nail polish.  This Nail of the Day is Magazine Cover Mouse from the OPI Couture De Minnie Mouse collection. I am so happy my friend Loni gave this to me because it's something I never would have reached for myself.  I had only heard negative reviews on liquid sand in general and it scared me a bit.  But, I love it!  This is two coats, without a top coat.  I like how it's matte, yet it's got a bit of shimmer with the gold in the red.  I could have easily just applied one coat; it was very opaque.  The main complaint I had heard about this formula was that it would instantly chip, but I haven't had a single chip after a few days.  I think this is going to be gorgeous for a holiday party or to wear around Christmas. 
Do you like liquid sand? Do you have any other colours you recommend I try?  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wise Word Wednesday

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday Questionnaire

Well, today wraps up this long questions tag I found here on YouTube and have been working my way through for the past few weeks.  You can find the rest of the posts here as well:)

1:Ever won a spelling bee? Hmmm I don't think so.  But I do appreciate good spelling and take pride in the way I write.  Nothing can turn me off reading a blog or news story or something faster than a spelling mistake or misuse of grammar. 
2:Have you ever cried because you were so happy? All the time! I am such a crier!  I cry when I am happy, when I am reflecting, when I am sad, tired, name it, and I am probably crying:)
3:Own any record albums? Yes!  Jeremy definitely has more than I do.  Something that he's done in our tv room is frame some of his favourite which I think has a cool effect:

4:Own a record player? Sure do. Here it is:

5:Regularly burn incense? Never, but it's rare for me not to have a candle burning. 
6:Ever been in love? Of course:)
7:Who would you like to see in concert? Adele, Pink, Katy Perry, Lorde, Britney (again), Miranda Lambert...and on and on....
8:What was the last concert you saw? Justin Timberlake and Jay Z. Amazing!!
9:Hot tea or cold tea? Both, depending on my mood, the weather, etc.
10:Tea or coffee? Well, I LOVE coffee, that goes without saying.  When I was pregnant I didn't miss alcohol, but man did I miss coffee!  But, I am trying to drink more tea.  Do you have any fun teas to suggest? Especially different fancy tea drinks at Starbucks? 

Thanks for following me along in this series of questions.  It's been a lot of fun! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

More Than Just a Poppy

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada.  I like to pause, reflect and honour the men and women who served in terrible conditions.  These amazing people literally fought others for our freedom.  It's a freedom we all take for granted so easily.  Both my grandparents were veterans and I loved them dearly.  Today I am taking a moment of silence to thank those we have lost and those who are fighting right now for more freedom.  
Lest We Forget. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Run This Playlist

Today I wanted to share with you a list of songs I have been cranking while walking and running lately.  If I don't have music, I cannot exercise.  Period.  I love cranking my headphones and getting out in the fresh air on days when I'm not inside at 30 Minute Hit.  It's a great way to sweat, de-stress and listen to some great music at the same time.  Here's the playlist I currently have in my iTunes:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday Questionnaire

1: What do you wear to bed? Comfy, cute pjs.  Never long-sleeved, button-up shirts though, too twisty! Also, never a nightgown.
2: First concert? Backstreet Boys with Aaron Carter.
3: Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Wal-Mart or Superstore usually and if I am near a Target, absolutely! 
4: Nike or Adidas?
I have Nike runners right now, but I definitely rocked Adidas sandals and track pants in high school.
5: Cheetos Or Fritos? Neither.  I love chips, but neither of those. I like Cheezies, those are probably the closest thing to this question.
6: Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Both! Hahah! I love having Spitz while watching Jer play baseball in the spring.
7: Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? Nope.

8: Ever take dance lessons? Yes! I did Ballet and Jazz for a few years and just loved it.  I keep wanting to take an adult hip hop class but sadly my 8pm bedtime is a tad restrictive.
9: Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? I could see him working for a hockey team or something in the music industry.  But, this guy is pretty perfect at what he does right now:) 

10: Can you curl your tongue? Yes. Another weird question! Next week, we will wrap this quiz up! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013


For the month of October I was raising money for the BC Cancer Foundation in the 30 Minute Hit Kick the $%#$@ Out of Cancer campaign.  Thank you so much to everyone who donated and supported me! 
 I managed to work out 13 times in October and I felt the support of so many people every time I hit those bags and held those exercises.  I am still loving 30 Minute Hit, trying to go three to four times a week.  It's such a fun, challenging workout and easy to make time for. 
 We held a men's night as a fundraiser and Jeremy even tried the circuit!  He was feeling it after and it was funny to see him realize what I do every week.  Tough cookie. 
Again, I am honoured and thankful to everyone who donated and supported me.  I think making your health is a priority is important and something not enough of us do.  Life is busy, stressful and a constant balance of time and responsibility.  I consistently refer to 30 Minute Hit as 'My Happy Place'.  If you would like to donate to help women's cancer research here's my page:) Thanks again everyone.  Let's keep kicking! 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

October Favourites

If you click on the video, there are a TON of links in the YouTube description box:) 
Thanks for watching! Only one more month until VLOGMAS!

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Special NOTD

Today's is a very special Nail of the Day.  This is Sandy Hook Green by OPI.  Yes, that Sandy Hook.  OPI teamed up with the team fundraising for the school and families following last year's devastating elementary school shooting.  100% of the proceeds go right back to this cause and I thought it was a fun way to contribute from another country.
If you are interested in donating or ordering your own bottle of this polish, the details are here

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