Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekending

Hello,  hello!

'Tis that day of the week. The day where we hit restart and conquer a brand new week. For me, it's kind of a little restart at work because it is the beginning of a new "year". Here we go, 2016! Let's do this.

But first, let's chat about the weekend. 

We visited our brand new nephew again this weekend and I just can't get enough of his sweet newborn cuddles. And I think Mike can't get enough of buying him sports paraphanalia! Since Mike's brother is all about the Yankees and Michigan, we picked up some teeny-sized team gear. I can't get over that tiny baseball hat! 

My mom and brother came over for the remainder of the weekend and it was so nice to spend some quality time with them. Cards, selfies, gardening, and soccer all happened and I have the pictures to prove it:


Once my family headed home, Mike and I topped off Sunday night with Big Brother and the VMAs. 

Next weekend is a long weekend here in Canada. Woo! 


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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for her Weekending series!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bootie Love

Not that kind of bootie. Gosh, get your mind out of the gutter.

I mean the kind that are going to be the hottest trend for your feet this fall. I know I'm not the only one totally ready for fall (I'm looking at you, Southerners!) and dreaming of cool mornings, colourful trees, and pumpkin everything. Fall is my favourite season and I fully plan to embrace it starting September 1st. I can't wait to bring out my scarves, slouchy sweaters, and leggings. And my burgundy and navy nail polishes are eager to come out of hibernation.

The anticipation of a new season always makes me want to pick up a few new things. I am definitely not a huge shopper but I am all about dressing for the season.

I couldn't hold off any longer on browsing the interwebs for new fall pieces and in the process, I discovered that ankle booties are ev.er.y.where. I also discovered that I love them all. So I thought I would drag you into the process of choosing the perfect pair (or two?) with me.

Here are some of my favourites!

  
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A little fringe, a little strap, a little heart eye emoji. I am not usually a huge shoe girl but I want all of these. And these are all under $100! Which are your favourite?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Anniversary Photos

Our third wedding anniversary was earlier this month and it was so nice to celebrate that special day we got married. I look forward to it so much every year. I already talked about how we prefer to travel instead of doing gifts, but we have another little tradition that I want to share.


Every year we take a picture of ourselves on August 4th and hang it on our anniversary photo wall. Not gonna lie, it's usually a selfie. Does this idea sound familiar? I'm pretty sure it has been all over pinterest so I am definitely not seeking originality points. But I love the idea of having a bunch up there together to show how we are changing as a couple.

They are hanging on a skinny wall in our living room and it is getting a bit crowded already. Maybe one more and this little collection will have to get moved elsewhere. Most frames in our house are white but here I used a few different kinds in generally the same size to add some interest.


The first picture is one of my favourite wedding photos of us to commemorate Year 0. The second one down is from our first anniversary when we visited Niagara Falls. On our second anniversary, we drove to Cleveland and this year we went to Cincinnati and Louisville.


I try to have the focus more on us rather than the background so with this year's photo, I had to do some editing. I took out some of the background clutter and brightened the whole photo. Here is the before:


And here is the after:


I think next year we might to have to switch sides and maybe pan out a bit to mix things up, haha!

Do you have any special anniversary traditions? Holla if you're an August couple!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Nephew



A sweet little boy was born. A little boy with perfectly chubby cheeks, adorable little feet, and gorgeous deep eyes.

This little boy is my nephew.

I have only known him for a short period of time and he already has my heart.

He has entered a world to loving parents and a proud older sister as well as doting grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. I am so excited to see the next generation grow and conquer the world.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Liebster Award

After a little research, I learned that the Liebster Award translates into the Sweetness Award. But really, it's just a wonderful way to highlight some small blogs that you love and that you think others will love.


The always lovely Liz from Sundays with Sophie nominated me and I love her questions! Liz's blog is one of my favourites to read. She has a great voice and a beautiful family. I swear we would be great friends outside of Blogland!

1. What's your favourite candy bar? 
This changes on the regular but I have always loved Twix and Oh Henry. I think Oh Henry was the first chocolate bar I had ever tried so it has a special place in my heart.

2. What's your least favourite chore?
Cleaning the bath tub. It's so big and awkward and annoying. I even prefer cleaning the toilets over the bath tub. My back always ends up aching afterwards!

3. What would you say is your best quality?
I try to be a good listener. I really like hearing what people have to say and learning from their experiences. I try to pay attention to the little details and ask people about them later.

4. What's a secret talent that you have that no one knows about (but now the world will after you post this)?
I don't know how much of a secret this is, but I am really good at making big bows out of ribbon. My mom owned a flower shop for many years and I was often in there helping her out. I got pretty good at making bows for the bouquets and now I put them on all gifts!

5. Favourite kind of date?
I love exploring and learning about new cities and I love beautiful scenery and waterfronts. So maybe a dinner outside with a gorgeous view then a walk along the waterfront, in a new city?

6. What's your guilty pleasure TV show?
Oh man, everything I watch is a guilty pleasure. It's all pretty embarrassing. But I think the worst might be Teen Mom. So good. Don't judge me.

7. What was your worst date?
A guy once had me meet him on a bus to go to the movies. We had to coordinate bus times to make sure we got on the same one. He chose Lord of The Rings II for us to watch even though I hadn't seen the first one and ended up fall asleep. Then we took the bus to our respective houses. I really hate taking the bus.

8. What's your favourite hairstyle you love to wear?
I like to wear my hair down with soft curls. I have really perfected doing my hair and it only takes me 5-10 minutes because of how loose my curls are. 95% of the time, that is my 'do.

9. What doe your LBD look like?
I think I might be the only girl on the planet to not have a little black dress. I usually only dress up for weddings and showers and try to choose more colourful dresses for those events. When picking a dress, I look for a nice cinched waist, A-line, not too cleavagey, and not too short.

10. Place you'd love to visit?
I'm assuming a place I have never been before? I have been talking about Washington DC a lot lately! There is so much to see and everything there is so impactful! We are hoping to visit the capital in the next few years. Other than that, I would love to visit more cities in the South (Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans) and the Grand Canyon! Oh, and Paris. And London. I could go on.

11. What's your favourite room in your house?
I have to say that my living room is my favourite. It's the room where we spend the majority of our time, is the most relaxing and it is the most "finished." Mike and I love relaxing on the couch after a long day of work and it's where we have some of our best conversations.

My questions are:
1. What is something interesting about your ancestors or extended family?
2. What car do you drive?
3. What are you looking forward to most about fall?
4. What is your favourite store to shop at?
5. What was the last thing you bought for yourself?
6. Describe your first kiss.
7. What is your dream job?
8. What was the last vacation you went on?
9. What will your next vacation be?
10. Why did you start blogging?
11. What would you name your blog if you could rename it?

I nominate:
Elizabeth @ Chasin Mason
Jillian @ Cornflake Dreams
Shay @ Great Now What
Ashley @ Life On Meyers
Candace @ Lovely Little Rants
Sarah @ Sarahphrasing Life
Robin @ Tea And Paw Prints
Meghan @ The Adventure Starts Here
Whitney @ Work It Mommy

Can't wait to read your answers, ladies!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekending

Happy Monday everyone! This weekend was go-go-go for us and I basically passed out last night from exhaustion. But I wouldn't have it any other way. I really like to feel productive and since I don't usually do much around the house during the week, all the good stuff tends to be left for the weekend. And by good stuff, I mean chores.

Friday
Mike had a softball game that we thought might get rained out. It was so gloomy and cloudy but they got the game in despite some scary lightening in the distance. My mom and another softball wife kept me company in the stands. I'm truly going to miss these games once his season ends. It's just as much of a social event for me as it is for him.


Saturday
I managed to convince Mike that this is the weekend we should (finally!) finish painting. We are repainting almost our entire house and just had one small area left. And that one little area was waiting for us for a few weeks. Ok fine, I'm lying, it was more like a few months. Like, since the spring. We went HAM a bunch of weekends in a row but then got distracted and took a very long break. But I am so happy to report that we are officially done with Maui Mist! We spent most of Saturday prepping and doing the first coat. I feel like the first coat always takes way longer.


Sunday
I attended Mike's cousin's baby shower on Sunday morning. It was outside in her parents' beautiful backyard and it was so nice to catch up with some people on his side of the family. I can't wait to meet her little girl in a few short months!



Once I got home, I immediately changed into my painting clothes and we tackled the second coat. There was no way we were not going to finish this job this weekend. By Sunday we were both so eager to just get it over with. I feel so proud that we did it all ourselves and I think it looks amazing! The area we painted is still in shambles and we have to hang the frames back up and move the furniture back in place. But that'll have to wait until tonight after work.

In between all that, laundry and cleaning happened too. So we rewarded ourselves with a quick break to watch a movie. We watched Get Hard with Will Farrell and Kevin Hart and I thought it was pretty funny! But really, when is a Will Farrell movie not hilarious! Have you seen it?

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for her Weekending series!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Favourite: Duolingo

I am back to sing the praises of another app!


I use Duolingo to learn Spanish. I have a bunch of friends that all speak Spanish and I am always trying to pick up what they are saying. They try to teach me here and there but I need something more steady and serious. Duolingo makes it super easy to learn how to speak and write not only words, but phrases too. I just started about a week ago and I am already so proud of the progress I have made. The best part, it's free!


There's a new lesson everyday which is short and sweet. I like to do them a few times over just to make sure the new words stick in my brain for good.


I definitely recommend Duolingo if you want to pick up a new language. They have Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and many more! Now they just need to add Polish to the options so that Mike can actually have a conversation with my grandmother, instead of me translating back and forth. Get on it, programmers!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FH Travels: Louisville & Cincinnati (August 2015) - Part Two

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Yesterday I talked about the first part of our anniversary trip. Let's pick up where we left off, shall we?

After exploring Louisville, we spent the remainder of our trip in Cincinnati. Our main objective in Cincinnati was to explore the city a little bit and see a Reds game. And that we did!

We stayed in a hotel in Mason, Ohio, about half an hour from downtown to save a little bit on the hotel. Suburbia hotels are where it's at (if you're roadtripping) as far as prices go! Mike had heard lots about a local chain called Skyline Chili so we had lunch there to do as the locals do. And let me tell you, it was deeeelicious. Everything is topped with a mountain of chili and cheese. We told them it was our first time in the area and the first time at Skyline and they treated us like royalty! We will definitely be eating there again next time we go.


One of the waitresses told us we have to go to Graeters for ice cream for dessert. Oh how I wish we had a Graeters in Ontario. It was instant love. So many delicious flavours and the staff was so nice! Spoiler: we went back for more the next day.



Downtown really impressed me with how clean and well-maintained everything was. One of the locals told us that they did a really good job cleaning up the city for the MLB All-Star Game that happened last month. The parks were nicely manicured and there were pretty fountains everywhere. It reminded me a lot of Pittsburgh with the nearby river and gorgeous bridges.


The bridges took you across Ohio River (also runs through Pittsburgh!) into Covington, KY and Newport, KY. I was really curious to know what locals called the other side of the river. One lady told us that she says she is going "across the river" and another refers to it as going "into Kentucky." I welcome any other insights on the topic!

Either way, Mike and I walked across one of the bridges to explore and ended up having a lovely anniversary dinner overlooking the Cincinnati skyline from Newport. The restaurant was called Bar Louie and since it was Tuesday, they were offering $1.50 beers. Guys, those prices just don't happen in Canada. But what I really wanted was to try a mint julep after visiting the Churchill Downs the day before. Apparently that's the drink everyone has at the Kentucky Derby. I ordered it despite it not being on the menu and am very embarrassed that I didn't even come close to finishing it because of how strong it was. It was basically straight bourbon with a little mint leaf inside. I just couldn't.


After dinner, we took a shuttle to back across the river to the Great American Ball Park. The Reds were playing the Cardinals among a sea of fans in red. We didn't know who to cheer for since we prefer the Pirates but it was great nonetheless. The fastest pitcher in baseball, Aroldis Chapman, pitched which was a sight to see. And Mike was pumped about crossing another ballpark off the list.

The next day we hit the road to head back home. On the way, we made a quick stop in Ann Arbor, Michigan to visit the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor is a quaint little university town but the school is huge. It felt like a big deal, despite there being no students on campus. We were most excited to see the football stadium because that's what the school is most famous for, and one day we will definitely have to see a game there. 



And that pretty much wraps up our three-year anniversary trip! I'm so happy we got to see Louisville and Cincinnati, two places neither of us have been to before. 

For future roadtrips, we have been talking about Chicago, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and of course back to North Carolina. Any other suggestions?