Friday, November 30, 2012

blogmas with me!

if you follow me on twitter then you know that I'm gearing up for blogmas!
basically it's blogging everyday in December up until Christmas.  sounds super intense but I am so excited to try it!  not every post is going to be pages long and full of super in depth context but I will have at least 2-3 a week that are more intense and ones that I spend a long time on.

I was able to recruit one other blogmasser out of Clare so make sure to check out her blog! if anyone else wants to participate I've created a little button for us all to use in our posts.

you're meaghan me crazy



obviously I didn't invent blogmas so I'm not taking credit but I haven't seen it done (I've seen lots of Vlogmas on youtube) and I wanted to see if I could commit!

if you are participating in blogmas leave a comment so I can go check out your posts! also use the hashtag #blogmas so I can find your related tweets!

blogmas day 1 starts tomorrow!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

random thursday

linking up a little late but at least I'm doing it!

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(1) 
winter tires, snow brush, car blanket. first two for very obvious reasons and the blanket is because I have leather seats. who ever invented leather seats for a car should have given their head a shake. like sitting on a block of ice in the winter then sitting on hot lava in the summer. c'mon people. and yes you may think I am the stupid one for buying the leather seated car but I was fortunate enough to inherit it and I obviously would not be turning down a car. 

(2)
hot beverages. 
a. coffee. yes I need coffee every day of the year regardless of the season but I especially need it in the winter. every (weekday) morning I know exactly the location I will be driving through when my coffee is the exact right temperature for that first sip. yup, I'm just that cool 
b. hot chocolate. covered in whipped cream. maybe even with a peppermint in it if I'm feeling frisky. 
c. tea. got my sister to pick me up a couple of tea's from David's Tea the other day and there is a very strong chance that I am head over heels in love with the birthday cake flavour. it's got freeze dried ice cream and sprinkles in it for god sakes. 


(3) 
stuff that smells like winter. went a little crazy at bed bath & beyond the other day and got like 4 different scents for my warmer and loving them all. the cinnamony or apple cripsy or vanillay ones are my favs. or the sugar cookies. too many! 

(4)
scarves. particularly infinity ones that are handmade crochet. I've been a crochetting machine lately and have been selling as many as I can but I seriously have been wearing a different one everyday. partly to advertise and make people ask where I got it so I can tell them I made it and then they buy them. worked twice. 


(5)
mittens. my mom made me the best mittens in the whole world a couple christmases ago and I swear by them. they are knitted and called thrumb mittens I think. they are regular ole knitted mitts but the inside has like cotton pieces knitted in too and they kind of mat together over time and are sooooo soft and warm and ya I'm obsessed. have to go into storage though and find them. I lost one once for a couple months and was devastated. I swear it was like winning the lottery when I found it under my seat.

happy thursday!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

random

so I'm going to start writing random posts that have no point and no real context but I basically just blab. sound good? k thanks.
I'm staying in at my sisters again tonight which means I get an extra hour of sleep but I always end up staying up an hour later which completely defeats the purpose.
but it is supposed to snow a touch overnight and tomorrow morning so I lucked out by staying in.
put a couple pics of scarves up on facebook and immediately got like 13 orders! super pumped about that except I've been a crazy lady and made 5 in theist two evenings.




my attempt at organizing who ordered what.
oh! I saw breaking dawn tonight!
okay, when the books first came out I thought they were the dumbest things ever written. why the fuck would you want to read about a girl who will LITERALLY give away her soul for a boy who is way too over protective.
long story short I ended up listening to the audiobooks last summer, semi hated them (writing is not very good) but figured I should watch the movies.
since I watched the first I clearly had to keep watching and don't tell me you wouldn't want to watch anything with Taylor Lautner in it or you're lying.




part two was amazing! I didn't read that book because I wanted to pull my hair out because the writing was so had so I had no idea what was going to happen. it blew my mind. ugh amazing.
bought Christmas lights tonight and not gonna lie, so freaking excited to get those bad boys up.
my 16 month old niece has the hair of a 4 year old and sometimes she gets crazy bed head and it's hilarious.




I can't wait until she's old and reading this blog. she might not be happy that I'm sharing this.
alright I'm popped! I really wanted to link up with Linny tomorrow for random Thursday. it's must have winter essentials but I don't have it in me to do it tonight. maybe tomorrow!

my friend father passed away yesterday so please make sure to tell your dads you love them k. I didn't know him but she rocks and any positive thoughts you could send her way would be very appreciated.

happy Wednesday lovelies!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

random... ipsy glam bag

so a little while ago I decided to be girly and order an ipsy glam bag.  it's like birchbox but they ship to Canada so I wanted to try it out.

I actually was really pleasantly surprised!  I had gotten a few glymm boxes before and basically hated them all.  the products sucked and they effed up the shipping a bunch and customer service was a bitch to deal with.

here's what came...


1. first off, it came it this super kick ass envelope.  yup, that's bright pink and sparkly.  love.
2. it came with the usual welcome card and a coupon for nail polish and $20 off justfab.com which I thought was pretty amazing and I'm definitely taking advantage of that.
3. I think this was their free gift.  the only eye shadow brush that I know how to use and the quality of it looks really good.
4. anytime I got nail polish from glymm it was clear or white/sheer so getting this super gold/glittery one actually made me whoop out loud.  in love.
5/6. eye shadow that I may or may not ever wear but the packaging rocks and it seems to be really good quality.
7. another whoop.  heard of this stuff all over youtube so to say I was excited would be an understatement.
8. an eye pencil, disappointed it brown but maybe I'll love it!
9. some sort of anti aging face cream.  I think they are trying to hint at something...

overall I was pumped for this months bag and I'm definitely keeping my subscription for next month.
ever ordered something like this before?  I'd love to get birchbox but they don't ship to Canada so I'd love to hear similar suggestions!

Friday, November 23, 2012

the list - 6 & 7


Wanna know what I'm talking about?  Go here.

What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?

so I kind of hate this question.  I've never really had anything really bad that's happened.  and the only thing that I could mention, is something I never will.  sooooo anyways I'm going to move on to number 7!! 

my apologies for the lameness of 6, but ya... sorry?

What is your dream job, and why?

something creative.  something where I am running my own business and I just get to create and design and make things all day long.  frig that'd be awesome.  everything could be so colourful, not to mention I'd be my own boss and let's be honest, that'd be pretty kick ass...

I absolutely love making stuff and wish I could have a house dedicated to crafts but it's just not something I can afford to do and actually make a living out of it.  and I guess that is probably a blessing in disguise, crafting is just a hobby and maybe if it became my livelihood I would love it as much anymore.

what would your dream job be?


Check out Mal's list for my inspiration!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

random thursday

suuupppp?  this is my 4th post this week and I'm pretty pumped considering I think I had one last week.
*patting my own back*

linking up with Lin!


in my hometown at one point like a million years ago it was apparently taken over by mice.  hence why it is now named after the french word for mouse.

in my hometown every mile's a beach and every beach's a mile.



in my hometown we have a Turkey Trot, Potato Bowl, and a Miss Queen of the Sea Pageant.  I won Ms Queen of the Sea after high school and I just tried to find a picture of me in my tiara.  it must of been a year when the funds were limited because the one they gave me looked like one your grandmother wore to her wedding.  all white with pearls all over it.  right after I won I looked into the audience and my sister was like pissing herself laughing.

in my hometown we have the best views in the whole world...


in my hometown we are known as 'the friendliest folks around'.  I'm not kidding.  I know it's completely lame but it's actually on a sign as you drive in.

in my hometown we have red soil.  something about rust or iron or something along those lines..


happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

pay it forward.

so a couple months ago I read this post by the kick ass Tamara (who by the way just ran 10k!!) she's crazy.  you'd like her.

anyways!  I got side tracked.  here's the dealio.  the first three people that comment on this post get a free gift sent to them from yours truly within a year from the time this post gets posted.  BUT you have to be willing to repost this within three days and send out three of your own gifts!

pay it forward.  get it yet?

(ps.  I totally forgot to repost Tamara's but I still wanted to join in on the fun so I'm doing it now!)

when you comment make sure to leave 3 facts about yourself, what you like, hate, anything so that I can get you something that you won't want to throw out.  that's no fun.  the more detail you give me, the better the outcome.

I'm kind of loving the fact that I have a year to send the gifts out.  right when you start to forget about it, BAM.  you'll get something in the mail!  how fun is that!?


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

10 on Tuesday



(1)
I'm in the third week of my new job which means I have to step it up and actually start doing it on my own.  kind of really stressful!  there is so many different things that have to be done at certain times and I'm the only one that will be doing them so if I don't they don't get done and then the whole company will go up in flames!
not really.  but still, it's a lot of pressure!  I've never had a job that really mattered before.

(2)
Smudge has been hard core cuddling lately.  check it.


(3)
I sold 9 scarves in the last couple days.  it's freaking awesome.  it's not that I'm getting ahead in life financially but it at least pays for more yarn to make more scarves.

(4)
I feel like I have been completely AWOL in the blog world in the last week or more which makes me sad!  I love this little tiny cyber place so I'm stepping it up!
I'm thinking of doing blogmas.  anyone heard of it?  basically you blog everyday in December up until Christmas.  sounds pretty intimidating but I think it'd be cool!
they will likely be short and sweet but I like the idea of just little updates everyday with at least 3 bigger and better posts per week.  thoughts?

(5)
watching friends and it's the one where Monica tries to get Chandler to bath.  I tried to find a funny picture where she says he loves bath and he's like "it's not the bath I like it's the wet naked lady!"
piece of advice?  don't google 'friends wet naked lady'.  definitely not the episode you are looking for.

(6)
I'm addicted to hot chocolate.  and my addicted I mean I've had it for the last two nights.  who doesn't love hot chocolate made with milk and topped with lots of whipped cream.



(7)
cooking party was the most fun ever!  have one and then tell me about it please!

(8)
my niece is hilarious.  she loves everything and is blowing kisses and showing her belly all the time.  every time I see her I ask for a hug and she leans her head in to mine.  could just eat her up she rocks so much.


and yes.  I like to let her play near electrical outlets.  it's fine.

(9) and (10)

when you can't think of 2 more things and all else fails, throw some grumpy cat.  everybody loves some grumpy cat...



happy Tuesday!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

I love my friends... cooking party!

I mentioned a few days ago that I was having a cooking party and it was a HUGE success!  I ended up with 9 kick ass ladies, lots of food, plenty wine, and a ton of laughs.


we started sitting around the coffee table enjoying some apps (some brought apps the rest brought wine). then we had a little wine tasting, poured a large glass of wine, divided into teams and started cooking!
I didn't get any pics of the actual process but we made this delicious pasta dish and a garden salad with homemade poppy seed dressing.

my mom provided the cutest charlie brown tree complete with decorations.


thank god for my sister or this never would have happened! 
ps I have the smallest house ever.  how this table fit so perfectly is beyond me.


the stockings were hung by the chimney with care... 


a little table prepared for apps and wine.


who doesn't love a christmas gift?!  they were mostly just cheap dollarstore ornaments but who cares a gifts a gift.  and kate got the scarf I threw in there which was perfect!
(everyone had to wear a clothespin and if you cursed you lost yours)


 annddd.. the next morning... girls are messy!!! totally worth it though!


I would recommend throwing a cooking party a thousand times over.  I mean, anyone can get together, break open some nachos and salsa and get drunk.  why not throw in a half hour of cooking together!

ever throw/been to a cooking party?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

random... outside arrangements

my beautiful momma and I went on a little excursion yesterday and I thought I would share.  
my mom is super talented when it comes to decorating for basically anything.  she's never tacky and is totally into earthy things that you put together yourself.  she's always got some sort of greenery in her planters around the steps so I thought I would go along for the ride with her this year and make some for my own house (it's the first year I will have my own house around the holidays!)


this is mom's finished product (well, one of them) and I swear this picture does not even do it justice.  the red berries are so bright and make the whole thing pop, not to mention the blue/gray of the bayberries and then the different shades of green.  I'm in love.


getting ready to go get some greens!


pretty pine.


kinda love how the tree is in focus here.


all the stuff we got!


sooo lucky I live here...


and even more lucky to have the most amazing mom!

so yah this post was pretty pointless but we had an awesome time so I thought you'd like to see the pics!

happy Tuesday!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

the list - 5

Wanna know what I'm talking about?  Go here.

What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?


(1)
my blog.
I got a couple new followers this week and it jumps me over 26!  to me that's amazing!  I know some people have like thousand but still, 26 is amazing.  you guys rock.

(2)
my job.
I am so happy that I am where I am.  it's not like a super important job or anything but it's exactly what my degree was for, I get benefits, and I have a million and one different responsibilities.  my favourite part.

(3)
my plans next weekend.
I am planning my first ever cooking party!  just finished making the facebook group and I am pretty frigging excited.  I got a bunch of Christmas decorations from my mom and am going to decorate the house to be all festive! we are going to make a penne pasta dish, salad and crepes for dessert.  I'm gonna get a bunch of little decorations too and give them out as little presents for winning the a couple games we are going to play.  anyone ever have one before?  any ideas on games?

(4)
my niece.  ya I'm obsessed, get over it :)  she's a walking machine now.

(5)
long weekend.  today is remembrance day which means no work on Monday!  if you know of anyone who ever served, or who is currently serving, take a second and thank them today!

Check out Mal's list for my inspiration!

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

get to know me - meal survey

I found this cute survey on Clare's blog and decided to giver a go! Go check out her blog now, I guarantee you will be hungry when you're done reading.

BREAKFAST

1. Favorite cereal as a child?
I can remember having Honey Nut Cheerios growing up.  My mom always had it so I did too!

2. Coffee or Tea? With milk or without?
Coffee all the way!  Medium one milk two sugars from Tim's!
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3. The one food you eat most often at breakfast?
Not a huge breakfast fan unless I go out then it has to be over easy eggs.

LUNCH

1. Sandwiches are generally considered a “lunch food.” If you had to choose between a grilled cheese and a peanut butter and jelly, which would you pick?
Grilled cheese.  I used to hate it with real cheese but now I can't have it any other way!  And it has to be white bread.  With ketchup to dip it in :)  don't judge, try it.

2. You can only put four ingredients in your salad (not including greens); what do you throw in the mix? Additionally, which greens and dressing do you pick?
Tomatos, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, and feta cheese.  And some sort of vinaigrette, like fruity, or maple-y.


3. One food you can’t live without at lunch?
Salad.  I love to buy the kits, so simple and relatively cheap.

DINNER

1. It’s the end of the day. You’re tired, hungry, and your fridge is empty. If a fast food (from a chain) is your only option, where do you go and what do you order?
I technically don't have any chains in my town, but if I was in the city my favourite would have to be Wendy's.  Or McDonald's.  
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2. TV/computer on or off while you’re eating?
If the TV is in a different move I can't stand if it's on!  But I totally sit in front of the TV to eat if I'm eating in the living room.

3. The one food you eat most often at dinner?
Pasta.  Like spaghetti or linguine with chicken and sun dried tomato alfredo.
haven't tried this yet but it's been book marked for so long and I need to make it asap!
DESSERT

1. Choose between these two American desserts: cheesecake or apple pie?
Apple pie all the way! With french vanilla ice cream.

2. Choose between these two foreign desserts: tiramisu (Italy) or flan (Spain)?
I think I have only had tiramisu so I'll go with that one.

3. Ice cream: cone or cup?
Cone big time.  Preferably waffle.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

blog swappin left, right and center!

so I love my new job.  it's right up my alley and it's what my 16 and a half years in school has prepared me for so I'm super excited about that.  training suck but that's usually the way it goes.  spent 5 hours today learning about the corporate policies and then had to write a test but other then being in a classroom for most of the day I love my actual job and what my position will be.  

moving on to more and exciting things!

so as you all know I think Lin totally sucks right?  which is why I would never sign up for her super awesome holiday swap. 
ya I can't lie.  I cannot freaking wait for this!  who doesn't love a present from a complete stranger.  let's be honest.

also, I've been seeing talks about a mug swap on twitter and I had to check it out.  LOVE coffee mugs and I was actually looking for one today for the office (new place has free coffee.  life=complete)
just signed up for this bad boy and I'm pretty pumped to get a partner and start shopping!
haven't had a chance to look around Natalie's blog yet but the design itself totally sucked me in.  I think my life goal is to have a blog design that I absolutely love.

I'm just going to leave this here.  I want you to visualize it...

Friday, November 2, 2012

october favourites

(1)
this girl kicks ass. like seriously.  I think I found her while searching for link ups (she's got two awesome weekly ones) and I've been obessesd ever since.
she even gave me a shout out in her last random thursday post as one of 5 must read blogs!  are you kidding me!?  that's incredible.  I went all fangirl and freaked out that someone with that popular of a blog actually liked mine!
can't say enough nice things about this girl.  ps. she's having a holiday swap and you should totally sign up! I did the movie night one and cannot wait for another!

(2)
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with the cooler weather I've been loving getting back into wearing scarves.  I am far from any fashion sensible person but who doesn't love a good scarf.

(3)
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speaking of scarves, I've been a crocheting machine lately.  I think I made 4 infinity scarves in a week.  some of which you can buy here!

(4)
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since I can't live without coffee and I can't justify buying two a day I've been using this bad boy everyday this month.

(5)
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yup.  I'm a child.  I freakin love this crap.

(6)
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nuff said?

(7)

obviously I have to throw my Katie girl in here! 
this is her reaction whenever one of us comes over, the door is downstairs so she can hear us coming for awhile and always gets so excited!  this right here is the reason I commute every day.

(8)
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we are NEVER EVER EVER working together... wah.
and last but probably the most important would be my job that I'm leaving today.  not necessarily my job but the people.  working with my sister was unreal last summer but even more fun this time around.  just getting to go on breaks together, lunches, run and get coffee, bubble (IM) each other all day, so much fun!  we are crazy when we are together and these past weeks here have been unreal. 
at least my new job is still in town and even closer to her house so we will still have tons of sleepovers!
happy november errbody!