Monday, November 2, 2015

October Favourites

October is over! I love October. I love the changing colours, the coolness (although that one day of snow wasn't cool) and a new season. I say I would always love to move to a place without seasons but then as soon as the next one comes I realize how much I love them.

It's been forever since I've done a monthly favourites soooo in no particular order, here they are!


This handsome boy turned two this October! I sadly didn't get a picture with him (still trying to force my love on him, have to keep working). His smile kills me every time. He is a charmer through and through. It's also the month we are getting to hear his sweet voice a little more. Apparently 'Hi Katie!" is his current phrase. It amazes me how much those two kids love each other.

Saying YES to the Dress!

Nope, not me saying yes, my sister! Technically this only happened on the 31st of October but it was so exciting! So happy I got to be there to share the moment. Bring it on August 13th, the bride is going to be a stunner!

My Boys

Technically they are my favourites all the time but this picture is too adorable not to share am I right? Another part of this picture that I am absolutely in love with is the fact that I don't have one ounce of makeup on, I remember when I asked Luke to grab my phone and snap the pic (I was driving) how disappointed I was that I wouldn't be able to share what a sweet picture because I didn't have any makeup on! Immediately pissed at myself. As soon as we got home I posted without over analyzing every flaw I had. Considering I'm 26 and a half years old, it's time to stop worrying about the ridiculous things.

Long Weekends

We had a long weekend for Thanksgiving this month and this lady was LOVING it! It was also her brothers birthday party and any chance to celebrate is a great one in her books!

Day Designer by Whitney English

This one is kind of a cheat since I've only had it for less then two weeks but I think I have finally found my perfect planner. I have been on the hunt for years now. I even splurged for the Erin Condren Life Planner but sadly that wasn't for me. I love that each day gets its own page. Not that I am this crazy person with a zillion things to do each day, but I'm definitely a lister. I multi task every single thing I do. My supervisor will sometimes pick on me if I am only working on one thing at a time. I find myself so much more productive when everything is going at once so lists are HUGE to me! I work in a place where I can be in the middle of my three different things, and then two people walk up and need me to do something asap so jotting down what's needed is a huge necessity.

Fall Sangria

Apple Cinnamon Fall Sangria
Posted by Tasty on Thursday, October 1, 2015

This stuff is amazing. I made it for our latest housewarming gift and it was a hit! I'm not a huge whiskey fan (especially Fireball) but holy crap I could have drank the whole thing! On a side note, I am loving the Tasty Facebook page in general.

The Lively Show

I've been all over podcasts lately and I somehow stumbled upon Jess Lively's podcast The Lively Show. There are so many things I love about this girl. Not only does she have amazing guests on her show every week but the way she produces the show amazes me. She's so professional, the quality is amazing, and the way she conducts her interviews is so great. I can't stand when someone is interviewing another and they are constantly putting their own input in the entire show. I feel like Jess knows what questions to ask and then just hands the floor over to the guest so you get the maximum exposure to them. I definitely look forward to this show every week.

That's it! My October 2015 favourites. If you stuck it out this long, thank you so much for reading and please let me know what you were loving in October!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Grampie

I look forward to flipping my calendar to the next page every month. I love a fresh start, new month, new week, new season. I'm all in. This morning I flipped my calendar to November. I love this design! I found this calendar on clearance last year and have been in love with every month more than the last, it will be a sad day when it's all used up!

Today, November 1st, 2015 my grandfather would have been 89 years old. He passed away this year so when I was writing all the dates in at the beginning of the year I had written his birthday in. There was a part of me that knew he probably wouldn't make it, but I wasn't sure. 

Grampie had been sick for awhile so it was one of those deaths that was still really sad, but also in a weird way kind of nice. He's not suffering anymore, he's free. I'm not a religious person and I sure as hell don't know what happens after you die but I like to think he's on a farm somewhere tending to the horses or growing a huge garden, bigger then the one he had in Kilmuir!

There are little things in life that will always remind me of Grampie. He used to have this license plate on his old truck with horses on it. I saw it the other day at the grocery store and it took my breath away for a minute. When I say old, I mean really old! It was a nice reminder.

I can't eat a carrot or tomato without thinking of him either. It's the strangest thing! He had this amazing garden when I was little (I was pretty little so it could have been tiny, but in my mind it was HUGE!) and any time I slept over we would go out, pick carrots and tomatoes, bring them to the sink in the garage, rinse them, and eat them right there. I was blown away the first time I saw him eat a tomato like an apple!

I sadly don't have any pictures of us at my house but I know that there is one of me and him walking out to the back yard holding hands. It's one of my all time favourite pictures and I will find it before the end of the month!

So, where ever you are Grampie, know that I'm thinking of you, I love you, and happy birthday.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Life After an Exam

You may or may not know that I am currently working towards my Accounting Designation. Trying to get a couple more letters added to the end of my name and hopefully make more money.

Currently I'm in a phase of studying my ass off for a couple weeks, writing an exam, waiting a couple weeks for the results, and then doing it all over again. To say it is an emotional rollercoaster would be an understatement! When I write I have two solid weeks of waiting for the results. It's amazing the difference feelings you can have in just those two short weeks of waiting.

Phase 1: Devastation 
I always instantly feel like I've failed. That I just wasted weeks of school work and two vacation days of exam prep. This phase ALWAYS involves a delicious Caesar.

Phase 2: Exhaustion
My exams go from 9am - 1pm. My caeser drinking goes from around 1:05pm - 2:30pm. Then I crash. Not only does my brain shut off but my body shuts down.

Me. In a nutshell.
Phase 3: Hope
When I finally get over my tiredness I can finally think about what the results might be, and this is the time when I get hope. That maybe just maybe I finally passed this one!

Phase 4: Laziness (currently)
Oh man I cannot get over this laziness! No joke, I on season four of Scandal. I started it the day I wrote (one and a half weeks ago). I'm pretty sure Lukas thinks I have a problem.

Phase 5: The End
Finally! The day I've been waiting for! Results. Ugh. They come out at noon time and it is a BRUTAL wait. My results come Friday so pretty please cross your fingers for me!

Friday, October 23, 2015

TV Must Watch - Scandal

Have you heard of the latest faze - Netflix and Chill? All the cool kids are doing it. Except this chick. When I want to Netflix and chill I literally want to get on my couch, grab some blankets and a snack, and binge watch my latest obsession - Scandal.

I cannot get enough of Olivia Pope!!! She is so stunningly brilliant. I love a strong female lead. She's the true definition of a #GirlBoss and I love it. I started Saturday and am halfway through season two. In my defense, season one only had like eight episodes so that's not that bad right?


Please tell me there are more Olivia Pope fans out there?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Runner's High

Back in the day (aka two years ago?) I took up running and I was hooked! Unfortunately I have a short attention span and usually move on from one obsession to the next pretty quickly. Something I always try and commit to though is the Corporate Marathon Relay that happens every year in October. I've made it two of of the last three years which isn't the best track record but not the worst either!

Why is it that running is so hard to commit to? For some reason, putting on my running clothes and tying my sneakers is the hardest feat for me. Once I get out there though I'm hooked. I definitely experience that infamous runner's high. If you have any motivational tips to get off my ass and start the run please provide! Or come live with me and force me to go for a run.

This weekend I participated again in the relay marathon and wanted to take a second and capture the memory. Not too much to say (thankfully I had a small leg!) but some highlights:
- It was hailing, yup HAIL. In October. Brutal.
- There was two teams from my office and we beat the other team by 1:22 which made it that much more exciting! A little friendly competition never hurt.
- I had to race for my leg. By some strange luck, the person running the same leg as mine from the other team and I, we started our leg together. Talk about pressure! He beat me by a couple steps. So frustrating but I didn't stop once and that was my goal!

A huge congratulations to our whole team, see you next year!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My Favourite Place - Part 1

I'm falling more in love with our house every day. I keep finding new things that are my favourite! I haven't shared many pictures of it yet so I thought I would share a couple pictures here.
Full disclosure: I clean in batches, these areas of the house are what I happened to tidy this morning, many more pictures to come!

This is what you see as soon as you walk in. Doesn't look like much but it's a couple of my favourite things I get to see right before I leave and as soon as I walk in. The flowers are from the wedding of our two best friends, the wine is from our (first) house warming party and the picture is from a really great day Lou and I spent with family.

This may just be my favourite part of the whole house! I have lived with MANY painful kitchens so getting my dream one was UNREAL. Yup, there's still dishes in the sink and things on the far counter but you get the gist. This is real life, my mom's house is the only one that looks like it's out of a magazine. One of the traits I forgot to pick up from her!

Call me crazy but an actual 'grown up' lamp (if that's such a thing) is not something I have ever owned! First of all, these things are expensive (thank you lovely people for gift cards!!), secondly... actually there is no second thing. I'm cheap.

I love this little corner of our living room (more pictures to come there too, so much cat hair).

This is what I like to call the Kitty Cat Corner. Yes, it's the dogs space too but let's be real. The cat is the master of us all. He's currently laying between me and the computer as I type threatening to dig his nails in if I stop nuzzling him. He really is lovely.

It's kind of a wasted space in the kitchen but it works perfectly for holding Smudge and Sully's food, treats and general junk they have.

My favourite spot in the Kitty Cat Corner (I'm dead serious this is what I call it every time I reference this part of the house. Which is surprisingly a lot...) is the new runner my mom made for Smudge's food. I was nervous he would scratch the surface every time his 20 lbs jumped up there so when I saw mom had some extra of this material around I knew it would be perfect! Thank you mom!

Just put it on yesterday so the cat hair hasn't managed to embed itself in there yet!

That's it for now! There will be more parts to this series as I get better pictures together. I've said it a million times before but buying a house is STRESSFUL and it couldn't have been done without the crazy support we've had from family! You guys are the best!