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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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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It's been a little while since my birthday but I don't want to forget how I spent the day so it's going up on the ol' blog!

We happened to be visiting Chapel Hill, North Carolina on the big day. The trip (full recap here!) was actually for Mike's 30th birthday which was a few weeks prior but the way the dates worked out, my birthday happened to be during the actual trip. I love the idea of going somewhere special to celebrate instead of just staying home.

We started off the day by -- of course -- going to Starbucks so that I could get my free birthday drink! Is it really a birthday if you don't get a freebee from coffee heaven? Well, no coffee for me this year but the pink drink was a very great substitute!


To keep the pink theme going, I took a little me time to get my nails done. I was actually so sick of wearing red for the holidays, I just wanted something lighter and softer.


Next on my list was to find a couple geocaches I had scoured in the area. I love to go geocaching any opportunity I get and I managed to find two this time! Mike isn't a huge fan but totally let me have my fun on my birthday!

As for a cake, I specifically did not want one this year. Not only would the two of us struggle to finish a cake while on vacation (where there are so many local goodies to try!), but I'm just not that crazy about cake in general. Instead, I asked that we get a few french macaroons. They are such a special treat that I don't indulge in as often as I would like. We drove over to Miel Bon Bons in Durham to pick out some delicious flavours.



Probably my favourite part of my birthday celebrations was a little excursion to a nearby subdivision. I really love exploring residential areas whenever we travel and seeing the different architecture and how people live. I could literally drive around looking at houses all day long. We drove just south of Chapel hill to a community called Briar Chapel. The houses looked fairly recently built but had so much gorgeous southern charm to them. Most of them had gorgeous huge porches with rocking chairs and so much pretty character. This one in the photo below is my absolute favourite! I love colonial-style homes and I would move into this one in a heartbeat!


For dinner we wanted a nice casual place that we hadn't tried before. Mike made a list of restaurants to try during this trip and one of them was Sup Dogs right near the UNC campus. It's your typical, inexpensive, delicious college hangout. I'm so happy that we went there!



After dinner, Mike and I were hoping to find some local bar trivia but since we were in a college town during the Christmas break, a bunch of businesses were closed. Fun fact: our trivia team name (and celeb couple nickname, you know, just in case we get famous one day) is Michelina :)

Overall it was a great day celebrating my champagne birthday! Next year will not only be a decade milestone but it'll be my first as a mommy which makes me more excited than words can describe!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

FH Travels: Chapel Hill, NC (December 2016)

Don't mind me, just STILL recapping the holidays.

Right after Christmas, we planned a road trip to North Carolina. We left on Boxing Day and were gone for 6 days. We have made the trip down a bunch of times but have always taken the same route. This time, we went a different way and I was so excited about it! We passed through Washington DC and Richmond on the way to Chapel Hill. Despite not having an opportunity to stop and walk around, I was pumped to see the Capital and all its fanciness.






We made this trip in honour of Mike's 30th birthday which was just a few weeks prior. It was his wish to celebrate it by going to his favourite place and seeing a basketball game. UNC played Monmouth and we managed to score really good seats right behind the player bench. It was fun to watch a replay of the game when we got home and see ourselves on TV!





Because of our timing, everything was still decorated for Christmas and it was lovely. We stayed at my favourite hotel ever, the Carolina Inn on campus. I've gushed about it before but it's just the prettiest quintessential Southern hotel and it's even more gorgeous during the holidays.




This time around, Mike and I tried a bunch of new food places around Chapel Hill. Among them was Sup Dogs, The Pig, Rise, and my favourite - Elmo's, where we spotted one of the Carolina players on a date!

Of course, we strolled around campus and enjoyed the awesome warm weather. One day was even warm enough for short sleeves! It was heaven. And we even saw flowers blooming in December! Not a reality in Canada.





The Sun Bowl was on the 30th so we watched at a bar near campus with a ton of other Tar Heel fans. Unfortunately, Mike and I were both sad to see UNC end their football season in a loss but they played a great game.


And finally, we couldn't leave without picking up a couple Tar Heel things for Baby. Mike was excited to pick out the perfect stuffed animal of Ramses which he insists will be the baby's favourite. It was hard to not buy a lot more but we did a good job restraining ourselves. It's crazy to think that likely the next time we visit, we will go as a family of three!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Christmas Card 2016

In my last post, I mentioned that we did something different for our Christmas cards this year. I really wanted this to be the occasion where people hear our big news. We obviously told our close friends and family that we are expecting in person, but it was so fun to get the calls and texts when everyone else found out from our card!

In the past, I would just buy boxed cards and write a personal message in each one. But I have always loved the tradition of taking a family photo and seeing how things change every year. It felt silly to send a photo of just me and Mike before and that has now officially changed! I can't wait until next year where we are holding our son or daughter, instead of a grainy ultrasound photo!
I wanted the image to focus on the ultrasound with us blurry in the background. We got my mom to take our photo behind a plaza where the wall was pretty neutral and there wasn't a lot of people. Poor Mike was so cold in just his dress shirt but he handled it like a champ. We may have to incorporate some coats next year because... Canada. I think next year things will be much more difficult with a 6 month old to wrangle in the photo!

We ordered them from Vista Print because they had the best prices and quickest delivery. I was originally dead-set on Minted (especially the gold-foil!) but once I compared them to Vista Print, I was convinced that these would be perfect. (This isn't sponsored! Just my own experience!) They had a ton of great options and various effects you could add to the card itself. I chose to get the thicker card stock and ended up paying just over $30 for 40 cards.

My favourite part was being able to completely personalize the back of the card. Because I knew some of these would get sent out to Poland, I wanted them to be bilingual. Ordering 30 English and 10 Polish would make things so much more expensive so everyone got both languages.


I got the vibe from my Polish people that photo Christmas cards aren't a very popular thing there. Or maybe photo pregnancy announcements? I got a lot of comments about what a great and original idea our card was! I couldn't lie and told them that it's pretty common here and this definitely wasn't my genius idea. Either way, everyone loved it! And I'm so happy with how our cards turned out!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Christmas 2016 Recap

Thank you all SO much for your kind words on our announcement! Mike and I are over the moon excited and it feels so good to be able to shout it from the rooftops. I will definitely be sharing more over the next few months but in the meantime, I have some other recaps to cover! Over the next few posts, I'll be chatting about how we spent our holidays, our trip to North Carolina, and my birthday.

It's hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone so quickly, but at the same time it already feels like it was so long ago. Anyone else? When we got back from our post-holiday vacation, I was wishing so hard that someone surprised us and took all the decorations down for us. Unfortunately, it's a fun job for no one but we tackled it last night and I'm so glad to have my house back!



I'm pleased to say that we got our Christmas cards out on time again this year. I set a deadline for myself for the cards to be out by December 1st. I love how our cards turned out this year and I'll write more about them later to let them have their own shining moment on the ol' blog.


Because all of our holiday decorations in the house are gold, I wanted the presents to match. I got adorable striped wrapping paper (which got gold glitter eeeeeverywhere) and tied a simple white bow on top. I printed off my own tags using my current favourite (and free!) font, watermelon script.



As for how we actually celebrate Christmas, the scheduling works out beautifully every year. Christmas Eve is the more important day in Polish tradition so we always spend it with my mom and family. We have a lovely meat-free dinner and open presents right after.

On Christmas Day, we traditionally have dinner with Mike's side of the family. The spread is always gorgeous and the food is even better!


We spent Christmas morning on our own, opening our stockings and talking about how fun Christmas will be next year as a family of three. It was the first time we did stockings (and my first stocking experience ever!) I got these cute faux fur ones from the Target dollar spot for $3 each and the letters are ornaments from Target as well. I wanted to make sure to get smallish stockings so it wasn't too overwhelming for a first-time-filler like me. We even put one together for our baby!

(all from Target!)

I love all the quality family time we get around Christmas. That's what it's really all about. I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating the holidays with your favourite people!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Our Little News


We are so excited ring in the new year with a very special announcement!  In June 2017, we will welcome our sweet little baby and officially become a family of three! Mike and I are over the moon thrilled and can't wait to become parents.

Thank you to all our family and friends who have been so supportive and excited with us over the past few months!