October 30, 2011
Matt & Nat? I love their company's brand - vegan friendly accessories lined with incredibly durable fabric that is created 100% from recycled plastic bottles. Animal friendly, environmentally friendly and stylish? I'm a fan. Here's some background info on the company. A local store in Vancouver (Obsessions) had a sale on Matt & Nat purses this weekend, so I splurged as a late birthday gift to myself. Inside the purse was a little quote tucked inside: Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself. Love this company.
October 28, 2011
October 26, 2011
Niagara Falls Fear Factory photos. I'm so curious as to what happens there because it is only approx. 15 minutes to walk through and yet over 100,000 people have chickened out part way, too frightened to continue. We walked through a creepy tomb with live actors once at Universal Studios in California and needless to say, I'm pretty happy that photos weren't snapped back then and plastered on Facebook. I swear all of the colour drained out of me (which isn't easy because I'm about as pale as they come), and there's a very good chance my hair was standing completely on end. Actors literally jump out at you down dark passageways or sneak up and tap your back. I remember jumping into my hubby's arms and screaming like a crazed little girl when an actor, dressed as a mummy, grabbed my shoulder. It is possible that I screamed so loudly, I frightened the actor. Do you like watching scary movies on Halloween? If I can cling to someone, I can watch them, but solo? Forget about it. Movies that completely scared me were The Ring and Paranormal Activity where it's more about what you don't see than what you do.
October 24, 2011
Are you a person that thrives on change or are you happiest when you are surrounded by familiarity?
I'm definitely a person who loves change - for me it keeps me on my toes and feeds my curiosity. I'm happiest when travelling to a new place, camera in hand, discovering things for the first time. I think that's why every year I make myself a list of places I want to see, things I want to try, accomplishments I hope to achieve. That's why I love new destinations, new restaurants, mixing with different people, taking classes, devouring books, trying new recipes - it keeps everything feeling fresh, invigorated - gives me a sense of renewal. Do you categorize yourself as someone who loves change or do you feel happiest with more of a routine? Does it scare you to try new things? If there's one certainty in life, it's that you cannot stop change. Try to do something that is out of your comfort zone - it's the quickest way to grow as a person.
October 23, 2011
Country Pumpkin Patch in Richmond to get our pumpkin fix on. It was a lot of fun seeing the animals, taking wagon rides to the pumpkin patch (each wagon is equipped with knee slappin singers), mucking our way through the corn maze and combing the fields for the best carve-worthy pumpkins we could get our cotton pickin' hands on. Word to the wise: remember to pack your rubber boots and a change of shoes for afterwords. I actually saw a woman attempting to climb through the mud in a pair of ballet flats (I guess common sense really is a gift). If we hadn't fuelled up for a delicious brunch at Brown's Social House first, I would have been ALL OVER the pumpkin patch's mini donut stand. It was so much fun spending the afternoon watching our friend's little bambino react to everything. I can't wait to show our little baby days like these. I hope you had a great weekend!
October 22, 2011
Have you been to Vancouver's Ensemble restaurant? Home of Canada's Top Chef winner Dale MacKay? We gathered our own ensemble of ya-yas to share some tasty tapas. My personal favourite was the Gnocchi: Ah-mazing. It's a great spot to sample a wonderful mix of appie size plates. We tried: Roasted Beet Salad, Herb Risotto, Cornmeal Crusted Scallops, Black Cod with Thai Broth, Poached and Crispy Chicken, Potato Gnocchi, Fries, and for dessert we chased it all down with Raspberry Souffle, Strawberry Pavlova and Chocolate Fondant. Actually, looking at this list, I'd say we hit that menu pretty hard. Everything was extremely tasty. It's a little on the spendier side for the portion sizes, but the food was delicious. My baby and I give it four thumbs up :) There's nothing more fun than catching up with great friends over amazing food.
October 18, 2011
October 16, 2011
Last year I made a list of 38 things I wanted to accomplish while I was 38. Even though it wasn't completed, I was pretty happy with how many items were checked off. Of course I was truly happiest that the first item, my dream of all dreams, was finally crossed off: Here's my 38 things.
I think today I will work on a new list for 39 - because as you know, a lot can change in a year. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
October 15, 2011
My birthday falls on Sunday but Craig and I celebrated it early with our own date night. He picked out Tap Restaurant for us and I couldn't have loved it more. The food, the ambience, the service were all top notch. I think it's my new favourite local spot. The Caesar salad and Creme Brulee were the best I've had. We had planned on seeing the late show of the Ides of March (some of my all time favourite acting chops are in it - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Ryan Gosling, and it doesn't hurt that Clooney shows up either). But it turned into one of those amazing nights where we had dinner at a leisurely pace, great convo and after two+ hours realized we had missed our movie. I love dinners where you completely lose yourself in the experience, don't you? If you're ever in White Rock, you really should check out Tap Restaurant, nestled Rosemary Heights - I highly recommend it.
October 11, 2011
pumpkin pie tarts ( I just substituted tart shells instead of pie crust). Pumpkin seems to be one of those things people either love or hate. Are you a pumpkin person? I can't get enough of the stuff - pumpkin scones, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie - yes, yes and more please. I had three Thanksgiving feasts within 24 hours. Sunday night with my family, Monday afternoon at work and Monday night with Craig's family. Let's just say I'm giving my maternity jeans' waistband the ultimate test. It was no shocker that today's weigh in with the doctor was one of my quicker gains. I'm pretty sure if you look into my eyes you will see cranberry sauce.
Have you seen this ad? Hilarious.
October 9, 2011
October 8, 2011
October 6, 2011
If there's one piece of advice I can give to expectant moms, it is that too much information can be a bad thing. Ever since I heard my doctor say, "10th percentile," I've been researching information on the internet and have grown increasingly concerned with what I was discovering, to the point where I wasn't sleeping properly. I even called the on-duty doctor at the mat clinic to ask a few more questions because waiting to see my own doctor next week just felt too far off. They told me not to worry and that they weren't seeing anything in my file that was triggering any alarm bells. It was definitely the reassurance I needed. Each week seems to come with new discoveries and hurdles, but I am so thankful that I've had the chance to experience pregnancy, for years I thought pregnancy would never be a possibility and even with the ups and downs that come with it - it's really been the most incredible experience - profoundly connecting me to my physical self and this little being. I better go do some stretching, the baby is all up in my grill again! Have a great day!
October 3, 2011
I keep finding new ways to give in to this pregnancy's lemon addiction. Did you have any cravings during your pregnancy? Some big ones right now: ice water with lemon wedges, crunchy salad with iceberg lettuce, smoothies made with fresh berries and toasted BLT's without the B. I've gotta run, I'm getting munchy!