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What I’m Loving

Hey! How’s the start of fall been treating everyone? We were hit with some miserable weather last week but we desperately needed the moisture and now we’re back to warmer temperatures and sunshine so I really can’t complain much. Can you believe September is almost over? I thought I’d pop in with some more things I’m loving. I know you guys dig these posts so even though I haven’t been blogging as much, I make a point of keeping this series in the rotation.

  • This little blog turned 9! Last week was my blog birthday, can you believe it? I should probably do something big next year to celebrate.
  • My birthday is coming up on Friday. I used to be so excited and make big plans to celebrate, but these days my birthday kind of sneaks up on me. I already shared a few things on my wishlist, but I’d give it all up to be able to buy this house.
  • Did anyone watch America’s Got Talent this season? Holy smokes you guys. This was my first year watching a full season of AGT and I kid you not, I cried at every single episode. I watched the final performances and then the results back to back and think I sobbed for three hours straight. It’s just amazing the level of talent some people possess and especially at such young ages. Incredible. What was your favourite act? It’s hard for me to pick because there were so many great ones, but I think Darci Lynne stole my heart from her very first performance. Seriously, I can’t watch her audition without tears.
  • What Social Media and the Selfie Generation Did to My Daughter
  • It’s fall, which means pumpkin everything season. I’ve definitely been indulging. From pumpkin yogurt, to pumpkin cereal and coffee, you name it, I’ve probably had it. Ange manage to snag a few things from the States for me on a recent trip which I’m looking forward to, although we still haven’t managed to find the Cookies and Screeem M&MS. Do I have any American friends that want to send me a pack?! I think my favourite thing was the artisan loaf of spiced pumpkin and chocolate chip my day home lady baked me. It’s to die for!
    Fall food is the best. Glow Juicery has been killing it with the fall food as well. I’ve been indulging in weekly seasonal ‘cheesecakes’ that are absolutely amazing. Also, fall salads and soups too. #addict. I need to get a move on making soups and stews and apple things at home. What are your favourite fall recipes? 
  • Pound! I’ve been working hard to learn my first Pound set list and hope to have my first class in the books in October! I have no current plans for a weekly class, but will be working on snagging as many classes as I can. There are some plans in the works for a team teach in a super badass venue here in town with another Pound Pro friend that you should all come to, ok? I’ll share more details when they’re available. Also, how awesome is the new anti-uniform line that just dropped in the Pound shop? I want both of these pieces!
  • Tom Hanks to Star in Remake of Swedish Comedy ‘A Man Called Ove’ I absolutely loved this book and was so excited to see that the film version was on Netflix until I realized it was Swedish and subtitled. I think Tom Hanks will make a great Ove.
  • Local friends, what are you doing next Tuesday? You should come to the Canada Winter Games 500 Days Out event. I’m so excited for it, especially after learning the story of the new Winter Games mascot. A contest was held for children to draw what they think the mascot should look like. The winner has no idea her idea was chosen and I so can’t wait to see the reaction when the mascot she drew is revealed. There’s going to be lots of fun and games and free BBQ, so come join Liam and I.

Alright, let’s hear it from you. What are you loving lately?

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My 31st Birthday Wish List

I don’t even know how September snuck up so quickly and apparently my birthday is in a couple short weeks. I could have sworn I just turned 30 yesterday. I’m always excited for my birthday to roll around and to have a bit of a fresh start on another year of life. I used to be all over making birthday party plans but that’s definitely gone to the wayside since a certain little mister entered my life. These days I’m happy just to have some time with my family.

Of course, that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream up a list of things she’d like for her birthday. As I do every year, here’s my ultimate birthday wish list.

  1. An epic shopping trip – I think the last time I went on a big shopping trip was just before coming back to work after maternity leave. I’ve spent the last few years buying more clothes for Liam than for myself and my closet is kind of dismal. I’m in dire need of some fresh looks.
  2. A hotel bed – Seriously. Most of the time I look forward to coming home to my own bed after a night away, but after staying in the comfiest bed at Le Germain in Calgary last weekend, I’m ready to just trade in my bed for a whole new, swanky hotel bed. Fluffy cloud pillows and mattress, soft as babies butts sheets. I want it all.
  3. More hours in a day – I’m finding it harder and harder to fit the things I love into a day, especially with the crazy kindergarten schedule. I just want one guilt free hour to workout without sacrificing everything else.
  4. A new purse and wallet – Still in love with the Poppy Barley bags and wallet. The good news is, they have actual stores now in both Calgary and Edmonton!
  5. A chunk of cash to go traveling – a friend is getting married in Laos (SE Asia, where he’s from) and I’d love to go and have a chance to explore Laos and Thailand from the perspective of a local. But alas, I’m not sure I will be able to afford it by January.
  6. A Camp Brand Goods shirt – I dig them and feel like I’m the only person that doesn’t have one.
  7. The entire line of Beauty Counter Skin Care – because why not.

 

What would be on your ultimate wish list? 

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Weekend Recap – Garth Day 2.0

Hi, friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to sit down and blog since the transition into kindergarten and then nursing an intercostal muscle/ligament injury (aka the only pain comparable to being in labour) over the past couple weeks. I thought I’d pop in for a quick weekend recap.

Friday

After work, I ran over to Glow Juicery to pick up a quick dinner, raw vegan taco salad, juice and some energy balls for my weekend adventure, before picking Liam up from his dad’s. He was supposed to be with his dad for the weekend while I was out of town, but my parents were having a garage sale and all summer long, Liam asked me if we could have a garage sale so he could sell cookies and lemonade. So I met my parents halfway (they live an hour away) and dropped Liam off, loaded with chocolate chip cookies for the weekend.


I came home and caught up with America’s Got Talent. Is anyone else watching this? That concludes a thrilling Friday night for me.

Saturday

Garth Day 2.0! I was up and off to a hair appointment first thing in the morning before Mary came over and we headed out for our weekend adventure.

I was up and off to a hair appointment first thing in the morning before Mary came over and we headed out. First stop was to drop off the car and our stuff at the hotel, where Ange picked us up for a little brewery hopping. We started at Zero Issue and then made our way to the newly opened Citizen Brewing, which was a really great space. I will definitely be back there. From there we dropped off Ange’s car and hustled to Anejo for our dinner reservation which we made just in the nick of time. We gorged on delicious tacos and margaritas before making our way to the Saddledome for the Garth Brooks show.

Our seats were slightly behind the stage, but it didn’t matter to us. We danced and sang the night away and had an absolute blast. I’m not a huge country fan, but I grew up listening to Garth, and I have to say he is probably the best performer I’ve ever seen hands down. Despite seeing him twice this year now, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy tickets to see him again and again and again.

After the show, Mary and I headed back to the hotel, stopping for a midnight snack along the way.

Sunday

Our alarm went off way too early after a late night and we were slow getting up for our next adventure. The plan was to hike Ha Ling in Canmore but the day didn’t go quite as planned so we ended up having a chiller day walking to see Grassi Lakes, grabbing lunch and hitting the road. One of us, not naming names, but definitely not me, wasn’t feeling too hot following the previous nights’ indulgences. But that’s ok, we’ll be back next weekend to attempt Ha Ling again, with a full night’s sleep, sans beer. 😉

The bad part of the afternoon was that I had to drive from Canmore to my parent’s place to pick up Liam before driving home to Red Deer. It was a long day with a lot of driving but it was nice to have some time to chat and catch up with Mary after a busy summer without seeing each other much.

Liam was pretty tired when we got home from a long weekend of making sales from his cookies and lemonade venture. We chilled on the couch watching a show for a bit before making a lazy supper and going to bed.

What did you get up to this weekend?