Thursday, February 23, 2017

Guys Behind The Blog - February

It's Guys Behind The Blog time again! 

Valentine's Day just passed and we had a lovely day celebrating. Mike surprised me with the most gorgeous orchid and I proudly displayed on our mantle, right next to a Valentine's Day orchid from a few years ago! I make an effort to never throw out plants after they bloom because it's almost guaranteed that they will flower again! 





Anyway, this episode of GBTB is appropriately all about love and Valentine's Day. Here's what Mike had to say: 

Q: Name two things your wife has taught you
A: Evelina has taught me how to see a world outside of my small, North American bubble. Because of Evelina being from Poland, I've been introduced to a new culture and have travelled to Europe and have seen what life is like outside of Canada and the United States. She's also taught me how to live and share things with another person. While I wasn't an only child, my brother and I had fairly similar interests. We were pretty accustomed to getting whatever we wanted when we wanted it. Even if it's something like making dinner together, sharing the remote, or finding things to do on a trip that don't involve sports or shopping, living with Evelina has taught me to become more compromising. 

Q: What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
A: My favourite part of our wedding day was seeing Evelina walk down the aisle looking lovely in her dress. Aside from that though, my favourite part was when the reception finally ended and we had a chance to unwind. We got married on the hottest day of the year and wearing 4 layers (undershirt, dress shirt, vest, jacket) was incredibly uncomfortable. I remember it hitting me after we sat in the hotel room afterwards that in only a day we were going on our honeymoon to Mexico. Among all the craziness of getting married, I had completely forgotten about our honeymoon.

Q: Valentine's Day is usually more about the girl. But what is something YOU would like to receive onValentine's Day?
A: I'm pretty simple. I really don't need anything on Valentine's Day. I don't even ask for anything for Christmas or my birthday. If I want something, I'm likely to just go out and get it myself. Something small like surprising me with a pizza for dinner would pretty much make my Valentine's Day.

Q: What was the best date you and your wife had?
A: One of my favourite nights out with Evelina was a couple years ago on our trip to New York. It was our last night in the city and we went out for dinner and then found a trivia night in town. Early on, we realized that the trivia questions were the exact same as the ones we had at our trivia night the previous day. We thought we were going to win for sure so we ordered a bunch of food and drinks as the grand prize was something like $50 off of your tab. After about the third round the questions changed completely. And because it was Christmas themed, we had no idea who sang some of the Christmas songs they played or the names of some of the Christmas specials they wanted us to know. We tanked. Badly. But we were in good spirits after all of our drinks, so after trivia we walked around Manhattan trying to find as many pizza places as we could before calling it a night.

Q: If money was no option and you could go anywhere in the world with just your spouse, where would you go and what would you do?
A: My favourite place in the world is Chapel Hill, but we go there all the time so I'm not going to choose that here. I really enjoyed our honeymoon. We went to Los Cabos and the food was incredible and it was a smallish, quiet resort. The weather was incredible and it was so relaxing. Given how stressful work life and maintaining a home can be, I'd love to have another opportunity to take a trip like that.

BONUS:
Q: Valentine's Day - Hallmark holiday or real holiday?
A: Valentine's Day is definitely a Hallmark holiday. Any holiday that doesn't give you the day off of work is not a real holiday.


Q: What is your favourite romantic comedy movie?
A: I'm going to take a page out of my high school playbook where every time I had to do a presentation I showed a relevant clip from my favourite movie Office Space. Trust me, I made it work for everything. My favourite romantic comedy is Office Space! Even though it's not the central point of the movie, the main character (Peter) ends up falling for the waitress (Joanna, played by Jennifer Aniston) at his favourite restaurant and the movie touches on their relationship and thus I'm calling it a romantic comedy for the sake of this question. 

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Next month's link up will go live on March 30th. So join us then with the following questions for your guy:
  1. Would you rather have your dream job and make less money or have a job you hate and make tons of money? 
  2. Would you rather play a hero or a villain in a movie?
  3. Would you rather always have to say what's on your mind or never be able to speak again?
  4. Would you rather go back in time and meet your ancestors or go into the future to meet your great grandchildren?
  5. Would you rather swim in the Arctic Ocean with nothing but a swim suit (no wet suit) or walk through the desert in the middle of summer having to wear sweat pants and a sweat shirt?
BONUS:
     6.   Would you rather live like a king but have no friends and family or be homeless with your friends and family?

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The link up was originally hosted by Betsy at Heavens to Betsy and Laura at According to Laura JeanThey decided to discontinue to series so  Crystal from Hall Around TexasElizabeth from Chasin MasonJamie from Cocktails and CarseatsJessica from Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom and I thought it would be fun to take it over. 

  
    

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Guys Behind The Blog - January

PS - Tomorrow is the last day of the JORD Wood Watches giveaway! Click here to enter

It's Guys Behind The Blog time again! I just wanted to thank all you ladies that bug your guys to participate in our little series every month. I always love hearing what Mike and all the others have to say. This month we are chatting about all things winter. And you will quickly learn that Mike isn't a huge fan. It has been freezing here for the past few months and we are both very much #overit.

Q: Are you a New Year's resolution person? Why or why not?
A: I think I'm a borderline New Year's resolution person. It sounds kind of wishy washy, but I sometimes see the start of a new year to reflect on who I am and what I want to be and how I can improve, but I tend to not set measurable goals or promise to do things that I know I won't follow through on.


Q: Do you like the colder months or do you prefer the warmer months? Why?

A: You show me one person who says they prefer the colder months and I'll show you a liar. I can do without the miserable, life draining, soul sucking cold forever. It is very unfortunate to say, but I could do without the weather from November to April. That's about 6 months per year of my life that I essentially wish away.

Q: Have you ever been skiing or snowboarding? If so, did you enjoy it?
A: Haven't been skiing or snowboarding. See above. Besides, I'm not risking breaking my leg or tearing my ACL on the slopes. There are no ACL tears sitting in front of a fireplace watching TV from the couch.

Q: Where is your favorite winter vacation you've ever taken?
A: February 2009 - Miami. It was my first time on an airplane and my first vacation with Evelina. We were in the middle of a miserable winter and we spent a week in the sun and warmth around palm trees and spent time watching baseball and eating outside. It was the best.

Q: If you were paid $100,000 to stay in a cabin in the mountains (in the winter) with no Internet or TV for a month, could you do it? How would you spend your time?
A: $100K for a month in the mountains? No internet or TV? Yeah. Sign me up. I'd pick February since it's the shortest month. The Super Bowl is meh and I'd be out for the best part of the college basketball season. I'd spend my time there thinking about how I was going to spend my $100,000.

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Next month's link up will go live on February 23rd. So join us then with the following questions for your guy:
  1. Name two things your wife has taught you.
  2. What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
  3. Valentine's Day is usually more about the girl. But what is something YOU would like to receive on Valentine's Day?
  4. What was the best date you and your wife had?
  5. If money was no option and you could go anywhere in the world with just your spouse, where would you go and what would you do?
BONUS:
     6.   Valentine's Day - Hallmark holiday or real holiday?
     7.   What is your favourite romantic comedy movie?

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The link up was originally hosted by Betsy at Heavens to Betsy and Laura at According to Laura JeanThey decided to discontinue to series so  Crystal from Hall Around TexasElizabeth from Chasin MasonJamie from Cocktails and CarseatsJessica from Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom and I thought it would be fun to take it over. 



Monday, January 23, 2017

JORD Wood Watches (Giveaway!!)

I have been seeing these unique wood watches all over the internet and loving how cool and different they are. When JORD Wood Watches reached out to me to see if I wanted to review a men's watch, I was all over it.

(PS - check out the bottom of this post for a sweet giveaway!)





Mike has one watch that he complains is too heavy. One of the very first things he said when he put the JORD Wood Watch on was how perfectly light it was! The Fieldcrest Dark Sandalwood is a gorgeous dark chestnut shade with a black face and sophisticated chrome accents. It's so versatile that Mike has been wearing it non-stop. He's a teacher and can't really pull out his phone to check the time while teaching or at staff meetings. And since he wears dress clothes to work every day, this is the perfect accessory for him. Huge plus that this one goes with everything.



The watch is made out of natural dark sandalwood and the splash-proof face features scratch-resistant mineral glass. There are so many gorgeous styles that JORD has to offer that it was seriously hard to choose just one. Check out the men's shop for all their great options. I am eyeing the pretty Frankie Dark Sandalwood & Mint or the Cora Zebrawood & Rose ones for myself from their women's shop. I am always on the hunt for a new cool watch to add to my arm candy collection!



And I have amazing news! I am teaming up with JORD for a giveaway to one very lucky Fortunate House reader! CLICK HERE TO ENTER a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site. You'll be able to get your very own wood watch! AND every single person will get a $25 gift code just for entering! How awesome is that! All you have to do is provide your name and email. That's it! Couldn't be any easier. The contest will close this Sunday, January 29th at 11:59pm. Good luck!

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but all opinions and content are my own. 



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