Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Goals for 2014

Good morning!  As I talked about in yesterday's blog post, I like to make goals and I like to tell people about them so I am accountable.  

So, here are my New Year's Resolutions for 2014:

Wow, ok, even just typing that seemed a bit overwhelming.  Another tip to add to yesterday's...don't call them "New Year's Resolutions".  That title in itself carries a bit of doom with it doesn't it?

How about instead, we just call them 2014 Goals.  Not so staggering, right? :)

Here we go, in no particular order:

*Better, regular, communication with friends and family*

*Better housekeeping*

*Better social media*

*All things Thomas*

You may find this list a bit vague, but I will be creating plans of action for each goal and recommend you do the same with your goals. 

Speaking of which, what are YOUR goals for 2014? 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tips for New Years Resolutions

Usually around this time of year I am itching to make new goals for what lies ahead.  I like to reflect on the year that was and look to what's coming.  I know there is controversy over New Year's Resolutions, but I think it's always positive to set attainable goals and I love to do it!

First, to look back on 2013.  My 2013's New Year's Resolutions were four parts, and even though at some points in the year they weren't the easiest goals to keep, I can confidently say, I rocked them! Well, "to slow down" continues to be a work in progress ;)

If you are looking to set New Years Resolutions, I have a few tips.

- set attainable, specific goals
- make a plan on how you can achieve those goals
- check in on yourself, maybe on the same day every month
- don't be too hard on yourself, as you never know what 2014 may bring
- tell people your goals to give yourself accountability

Tomorrow I will be posting my goals for this year!  


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Eve!

Like a child, I insist on watching this movie every year. Hands down, Muppets Christmas Carol is my favourite holiday movie!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

My Favourite Songs of 2013

I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Albums of 2013 and thanks to everyone who told me their faves.  I have some new music to check out!  
Today, I wanted to share with you my favourite songs of the past year.  I also did this last year and had less than ten.  But, somehow my 2013 list started out as almost 40!  
Here are my Top Ten Songs of 2013:


What were some of YOUR favourite songs of 2013?  Like I said, I could have included many more!  2013 was a fabulous year for pop music.  There was a lot of innovation and originality.  Also, lots of songs that encourage people to be themselves and to accept others.  That is a trend I can get behind. 

I absolutely LOVE the PopDanthology remixes that come out every year at this time. Serious GENIUS! I have no idea how he mashes the songs and videos to sound so flawless!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Kindness

Like I said in a previous post it can get stressful this time of year.  So, here are some examples of beautiful humanity and random acts of kindness.   This just warms my heart.  And makes me cry.  I am such a sap! 


This little boy's parents got tattoos of insulin pumps so he wouldn't feel different. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Top Albums of 2013

Just as I did last year, I want to talk about my favourites of 2013.  I am going to talk music, beauty, movies, tv, fashion and lots more!
As you can see, I am kicking it off with a BOOM!  
Here are my Top Ten Albums of 2013
(click each album for a full review)

1 - Red - Taylor Swift
5 - Bangerz - Miley Cyrus
6 - ARTPOP - Lady Gaga
To be noted, last year I only chose ONE album and that was Taylor Swift's Red.  You will see that it is number one again this year.  Enough said. 
Also, you will see only Miley and Gaga don't have reviews yet.  But expect those very soon! 
What were YOUR favourite albums of 2013?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Keep Calm and Merry On

Who says Christmas is stressful?  Look at this guy, maxing and relaxing, oblivious to the hustle and bustle of the holidays! 
If you aren't two like Thomas, you are probably feeling that December stress.  There is just so much to do from shopping, planning, wrapping and baking.  Then there's parties to attend, movies to watch and songs to sing.  It's not like all the things we do this time of year are terrible, it just can be tough to fit everything in.  Oh and your usual work, errands and appointments.
And also enjoy it!
This year it has taken me a bit longer to really get into the Christmas spirit.  Usually I am itching to decorate and bust out my 'NSync Christmas album.  This year we've been busy and preoccupied so I've had weeks of rushing to catch up.  I know I am not alone in feeling this way. I LOVE the holiday season; why does it have to be stressful?
I was panicking last week when Jer just stopped me and said, "it doesn't matter".  It doesn't matter if you don't bake or clean the house or put up the lights outside or wrap the presents with flair.  What does matter is that you take care of yourself and your family and slow down.  Delete the menial tasks and clear time for relaxing, movie watching and visiting.  I have cut back this year, expectations lowered and plans changed.  I am making time for those who reciprocate and who've been present in our lives this year. Time to indulge in some festive cheer!
I hope you can also remove some of your stress this week by being nicer to yourself and trying to relax.  I will be doing the same thing:) 
oxox 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Review: Britney Jean

I was joking with my husband Jeremy that Britney could release an album of herself singing the alphabet and I would still love it.  But I will be a little less biased, and let you know what I think of her latest album: Britney Jean.  
Ok, I love it.  Even though I am a massive Britney fan and have been ever since her first song was released, with that fandom comes high expectations.  I expect Britney to be better and evolve with every album.  I know, it's a bit much to ask for!
But, Britney Jean does not disappoint!  She sounds more mature and seasoned, taking risks with lyrics and beats.  Her voice sounds rich and like she's been working on her vocals.  There are writing credits on Britney Jean and she's been quoted as saying this is her most personal record yet.  I love that!  It must be incredibly nerve-wracking to put yourself out there.  I especially love Tik Tik Boom, Perfume, Alien and of course, Work B*tch.
She's a seasoned vetran of the music industry but instead of playing it safe and sticking with what is proven successful, she continues to push the envelope and blaze her own trail. 
Yes, it gets a thumbs up from me! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Nail of the Day

Today's Nail of the Day is a beautiful and festive colour: Deborah Lippman's Laughin' To The Bank.  I usually don't splurge on high-end nail polish, but this one caught my eye in Sephora and was unlike any green I own.  I think it's rich and eye-catching without being too bright or sparkly.  This is two coats but you definitely could get away with one easy swipe.  I have had it on for about five days now and it only chipped last night.  Fabulous staying power considering my nail condition! What colours do you like to paint your nails during the holidays? 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pics Lately

In case you aren't following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or watching Vlogmas, I thought I would share some of my recent photos.  I love doing these round-ups! 
 This is what I am currently wearing and will post a NOTD very soon.  Also, still my absolute favourite top coat, Essie's Good to Go. 
 My favourite Christmas treat is easily mince tarts.  
 This four dollar fuzzy headband from Forever 21 is going to get a work out this winter!
 Our office Christmas party was a lot of fun.  I even managed to continue with the Wardrobe Challenge by borrowing a dress from a friend.  The necklace is Joe Fresh. 
 Emilie and I had fun trying to find a dupe for Pantone's colour of 2014: Radiant Orchid.  We settled on Maybelline's Iced Queen.
 Seriously had SO much fun with Emilie last week. I wish we could hang out all the time:) 
 Man I love BC.
 Hi Santa...hint hint.
 Sad sight: my last Joy Tea bag.
Let it snow let it snow let it snow.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nail of the Day

 Today's Nail of the Day is one that I have worn countless times yet keep forgetting to post it on here!  This is the fanciest nail polish I own by far!  This is Chanel's Taboo.  As you can see from the photos the polish doesn't quite match the colour in the bottle.  This usually annoys me, but this polish is just beautiful!  I love the application and the staying power.  It is very hard to chip!  My only complaint is that it's a bit messy to remove as the polish is so pigmented.  But, I love this splurge and think it would make a beautiful Christmas present. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

November Favourites

Hello! In case you haven't been keeping up with Vlogmas, I have been away and enjoying some much-needed family time.  But, back at it this morning and I realized I didn't ever post my November Favourites video.  Here are some of the fabulous things that I loved last month:

Monday, December 2, 2013

Welcome to Vlogmas 2013!

It's December and you know what that means...VLOGMAS!! I had so much fun vlogging every day in December last year that I decided to do it again.  I just love the daily interaction with you and the challenge of filming, editing and uploading every day.  It's also so fun to look back and see a month in our family's life, especially Thomas.  During last year's Vlogmas T took his first steps.  I mean, nothing is better than being able to reminisce and also show him the videos in the future. 

Just like last year, I will be posting a video daily on my YouTube channel, but I won't be copying them all on to this site.  I still like to blog and don't want it to take over the feed on here.  So, if you want to make sure you never miss a video, please subscribe to my channel

Here's the introduction to this year's Vlogmas:

And, here is Day 1, the video I just posted this morning!
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