Friday, 30 December 2016

{free} baby printables

My arm is slowly and steadily healing. I can type with both hands, which is making my life so much easier.

I figured that I’d do a post with some baby graphics. I got a lot of the inspiration for this post from Pinterest boards. I love the cute baby quotes, but I don’t love that a lot of the quotes include ultrasound photos. You truly don’t know who that baby is, so why would you want to display that anywhere?
Anyways, enjoy the photos!


More baby graphics here, as well as the photos that I did for my friend’s pregnancy announcement here!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

25 Get to Know Me Questions Tag

I fully intended to do a giant Boxing Day post of everything that I got, with try on photos. However, on my way to the mall, I fell in my driveway. I have a hairline fracture in my olecranon bone, whiplash in my neck and my ribs are super swollen. I think that maybe I should be wrapped in bubble wrap! Therefore, I figured that I’d do another type of blog post instead.

I figured that I’d do a 25 Questions to Get to Know Me post instead!
(credit for the questions here)

What is your middle name?
Jane – it’s my mom, grandma and great grandma’s as well.

What was your favourite subject at school?
I hated high school and hated all my classes! I personally think that it was because there was just nothing specific, high school courses are so generalized. In college, I really enjoyed my mental health and human resources courses.

What is your favourite drink?
I love tea! Anyone who knows this will tell you this. I also am a sucker for a fantastic glass of wine.

What is your favourite song at the moment?
I have way too many favourite songs! The acoustic cover of Make Me (Cry) by Noah Cyrus came up on my Spotify the other day, and I am in love with it.

What is your favourite food?
‘za and tacos

What is the last thing you bought?
I just came home from the mall! I bought a sweater from Reitmans (that’s sold out online), two chiffon camisoles from Bluenotes (one is pink, one is black), plus a striped blouse from Marshalls!

Favourite book of all time?
Tie between Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling and Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.

Favourite colour?
I really don’t have one. I wear a lot of black and red though, so I guess I’d say that.

Do you have any pets?
A five year old border collie named Mater, and a two year old named Moos.e

Favourite perfume?
Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Favourite holiday?
Christmas or Thanksgiving

Are you married?
Absolutely not!
Have you ever moved out of the country? If so, how many times?
I’ve barely been out of the country, let alone moved out of the country! However, if anyone wants to take me on a trip – I’m open to that idea!

Do you speak any other language?
English is the only language that I can fluently speak, but I know some French and Spanish words.

How many siblings do you have?
Just one, an older half-sister!

What is your favourite shop?
Oh my Lanta. I cannot answer that. I love Reitmans, Old Navy and Gap. However, I could write a novel on all the stores that I love.

Favourite restaurant?
I have too many! Fast food is definitely Taco Bell. I love Boston Pizza for a sit down restaurant.

When was the last time you cried?
When I fell and hurt my elbow and neck!

Favourite blog?
I have a lot of favourite blogs. I definitely recommend checking out The Small Things Blog, Caralina Style and A Spoonful of Style.

Favourite movie?
I have way too many favourite movies. Recently, I have been a documentary fiend. I really loved Audrie & Daisy, as well as the documentary about Amaznda Knox. If I need a good chuckle, I love Mean Girls, The Heat and 21/22 Jump Streets.

Favourite TV Show?
The Office, The Mindy Project, Gilmore Girls, Fuller House, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. They’re all I really watch. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

PC or Mac?
Honestly, I’m tied. Both have pros and cons.

What phone do you have?
iPhone 5S, it’s really time to upgrade

How tall are you?

Can you cook?
Yes, and I love to cook! I thank my dad for that.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Top Ten Products for Wine Lovers!

Who doesn’t love wine? Am I right? Personally, I love a good glass of Pinot Grigio or Rosé!
I thought today that I’d do a roundup of ten beautiful products that I’ve found on Etsy. They’re great for every wine lover – so cute and different.

(honestly, out of the thousands floating around the internet – I think this pair is probably my favourite!)

(I personally really, really love the whole colouring book but I think the page above may be my favourite!)

Personal, off topic rant: 
Honestly, I probably shouldn't call this a rant because really, it is not. However, I just feel uninspired creating posts lately. If anyone has any suggestions, please pass them along because I am desperately seeking some motivation!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

links + loves

In the words of Game of Thrones, winter is coming. I am currently sitting in my nice, warm house with a fantastic cup of tea and the Christmas presents left to wrap surrounding me. I plan to have them done by this afternoon.
I think that this winter is the first year that I have forgotten a gift this late in the season. I ran out this morning to pick up something for my mom, because I realized that I had barely gotten her anything. When I left the mall, it was an absolute winter wonderland-ish blizzard outside. I slid the whole way home!
I’m working an overnight shift tonight as a PSW, and I’m really not looking forward to having to leave my house again today.
In the meantime, I thought I’d share some great things that I have recently fallen in love with.

Since it’s getting colder and colder, I’m hoping to do some holiday baking in the very near future. These vegan paleo gingerbread cookies have my name written all over them!

I’ve recently started reading again. Honestly, I only ever read when it’s too cold to go outside or when it’s so hot outside all I want to do is suntan and read. I recently this book, which I fell in love with! It’s definitely a thriller with a lot of drama in it. It reminds me of a Gillian Flynn book. This is the next book on my reading list.

Snow, ice and I do not mix. I specifically remember three winters ago wearing my UGG boots and sliding right underneath my car at school. How embarrassing! Since then, I try to go with more winter friendly footwear this time of year. I fell in love with these Sorel boots. They’re definitely an item on my wish list, which I’m hoping to purchase in the near future.

Mittens are another winter must for me! I really, really love these Kate Spade mittens. 

Last but certainly not least, if you’re a last minute gift buyer, this Sephora gift set is great! Plus, it’s under $25!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Cheyenne's Birthday

I posted some of these pictures on social media yesterday, but I have some more for today! My goddaughter turns six on December 27th. Yesterday was her birthday party and I managed to take some pictures of her before the party. 

I just had to share the cake that was from Cheyenne's party. It's a pinata cake, so it's filled with candy. How cute is that!? Plus, it's adorable! 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The Best Last Minute Gift!

I am the definition of a girly girl, but there's just something about Melanie at DropDeadCandles stuff that I love. Melanie and I work together - RN by day, fancy candle maker by night. 

Melanie sells so many beautiful things, I had the pleasure of running into her a bazaar recently. I personally love the bath bombs. They're made with activated charcoal, lemongrass essential oil and citrus scented Epsom salts. 
Think of how good you would that would smell and fell on your skin!
I also really love the idea of her candles. They're made as skulls, but the scents sound incredible! They're coconut lime, pink grapefruit, sweet orange and peach mango. Plus, there's several colours.

So, you may be like me and be petrified of anything skull-related. However, these items are adorable. I'd recommend them to anyone. They're super high quality and absolutely stunning. 
Remember, it's important to shop local!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Favourite Items from my New Favourite Store!

Six months ago, I honestly would have super rolled my eyes when anyone even slightly suggested the idea of Gap. Now, it’s becoming one of my favourite stores.
The fact that I disliked it so much once upon a time kind of makes me chuckle because Old Navy is my favourite store, and they’re owned by the same company.
Recently, my sister got me hooked on their linen tees and I found the most perfect pair of corduroy pants from there.
I figured that I may as well share some of the stuff that I’m super loving from there, some stuff that I love for myself and for others this holiday season.

The softspun products are so comfortable, and all of these look so cozy for winter. I want all of them! I personally really love the double-knit sweatshirt. I can picture myself lounging around my house in it, leggings, slippers and a messy bun with a good book in hand. The tunic is absolutely beautiful and I would love it for work; same with the high-low top.
So many beautiful options!

I love striped t-shirts, and I love tunic t-shirts. I actually already bought the boatneck stripe tee in wine, but I’m super loving the red as well. I honestly love tunic t-shirts, because they’re longer so you don’t have to worry about them riding up, you can bunch them up a bit if you want and they’re fantastic with leggings!

I love all of these blouses, especially the denim kimono top. Anyone who knows me knows that chambray tops have been my go-to for years. I love them with dress pants, darker-washed jeans and leggings. This top is so different than the typical chambray button-up, and I would wear it so many different ways! I also really like the other two for casual or workwear, they’d look great with jeans or my favourite dress pants (which are totally on sale – click here for the link!)

Recently, going through my closet, I realized something very critical: I do not own any sweaters. Okay. That was dramatic. But I only own two sweaters. I really like these sweaters, so I may have to wait until really close to Christmas when they’ll be super cheap and buy them! I love all of these, and they’d look great with jeans or dress pants. In all honesty, I’m having visions of that striped sweater, Chelsea boots and ripped jeans dancing in my head (get the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas reference!?)

I am looking to meet someone who can look me in the eye and say “Felicity, I hate dresses”. Especially these ones! I love all three of these dresses, because they can be dressed up or down and they can be worn year round. I think of how adorable that striped shift dress would look in July with a pair of wedge sandals. Or how cute that bell sleeve dress would look with tights and over the knee boots in October. Or the knit dress with a bright floral scarf, jean jacket and flats in April. That’s what I love about dresses – they’re so versatile and can be worn year round.

I already own the cords in navy, but I love the grey pair as well. Dress pants have started to become a regular staple in my wardrobe, I even sometimes wear them when I’m not working. I personally find them a heck of a lot more comfortable than jeans. I really love the skinny ankle pants, they’re classic but chic. The chino pants just look super, super comfortable and would look great with even just a plain t shirt.

I also love the accessories section at Gap, there’s tons of beautiful items. I can’t wait to continue to build my wardrobe from Gap, the stuff is so beautiful. It’s certainly growing on me a lot.  

Sunday, 4 December 2016

links + loves

Life has been crazy lately.
I have been working my regular shifts, as well as picked up some casual shifts from my old job as a support worker. I have two job interviews this week coming up, both for part-time positions in my field. Side note, I fully intend to work three jobs at once. I want the opportunities to work part-time and learn how different homes run their different departments.

I love these funny but truthful gift tags. Plus, they're free! I plan to do a free Christmas printable roundup this week on the blog. 

With Christmas coming, I have done and re-done my Christmas list about twenty times. My mom always asks for one, because she never really knows what to get my sister and I. I asked for some clothing this year that I can wear leisurely or to work.
I always bought some clothes from Old Navy and Gap last week when I was buying my dad’s gift. I bought these pants from the Gap in navy, and I’m super excited for them to come! I have been looking for some corduroy pants this season, but never could find a pair that I really liked.
Side note: Gap currently has a 40% off your entire purchase with the code GAPWRAP.

Moose is getting into the full Christmas spirit, as you can see by the photo above. Honestly, I love dressing him up – but he hates it. This was his Christmas picture from last year:

I jokingly put it in Christmas cards.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Mater, round 2.

I posted pictures of my dog, Mater in the past. Mater is my fun loving, almost five year old border collie. We got him from a puppy, and he has become a member of our family ever since.
Recently, one afternoon, I got bored and took him into the backyard for some pictures. He never takes pictures for my parents, but he always poses for me (I always put a stick right above the camera lens then throw it once he takes the pictures).
I only got four good pictures of him, but I thought I'd share them today.  

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Girly Kitchen Gift Guide

Honestly, I’m finding that this year more than ever, I’m buying home gifts for my friends and family. I think it’s because I’ve reached a point where all of my friends are getting older and moving out. Sometimes, it’s great to spoil them with different items that they normally wouldn’t buy. Other times, it’s great to just purchase items that are essentials that they may not have thought of. Today, I thought I’d do a gift guide for some of girly, yet classic, kitchen gift ideas.

*all of these products are on sale for $40 & under right now!*
I love all of these products. They’re so simple, beautiful and chic for a kitchen! Plus, for under $40 – how can you go wrong?! Kate Spade’s products are always so great and these kitchen gifts would look great in any kitchen.

I personally don’t know anyone who isn’t a tea or coffee drinker. How beautiful is that blue Keurig and the pink French press? Plus, a kettle is a great gift because even if someone isn’t a tea drinker, they may enjoy a great cup of hot cocoa.

Honestly, if I could, half of my Christmas list this year would be aprons! I love kitchen linens, I think they’re so great and you can never have too many! I personally love the Kate Spade set, I love the whole ‘eat cake for breakfast’ slogan the company created. However, all of these products are absolutely stunning and would suit any girly girl!

I love barware! It’s suitable for any young adult (or simply, any adult). This bar tool set from Martha Stewart is absolutely stunning, and would look great in so many kitchens. The wine glass and coasters are so cute and simple, but fun. Personally, I would like any of these gifts – they’re all great.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

links + loves

Can you believe that Black Friday is tomorrow? I’ve already started some of my shopping from the pre-sales. I picked up this tank top in black from Old Navy, as well as this cardigan in marion berry last night. I love them so much and I’m already daydreaming of all the outfits that I can make up with these two.  Old Navy already has their 50% off sale, and it was great. I wish I had found even more that I loved. However, I do like what I left the store with!

Anyone who knows me is more likely aware that I am the definition of a crazy cat lady, plus a wine lover. I found cat wine! sells “Meowsling” and “Catbernet”. I can’t wait until I can have wine nights with Moose.

Speaking of my wine love, I found this adorable mini wine making kit. This is the cutest little gift idea, and it’s only $19.95! Plus, the kit makes five litres of wine. That’s four times as much as I buy in my $20 bottle of wine at the liquor store. It comes in merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc.

I recently came across I love it, even though I live in Canada. I absolutely fell in love with their article, Do Yourself a Favor and Stop Glorifying Negativity. I sometimes find myself wrapped up in the negativity our society has on social media, calling people inappropriate things, posting negative things. It’s time that we stop. We are grownups, we are future leaders. In our 20s, we should be past the negative things in our lives and focus on being adults.

Another article that I really love from is To The Woman With The Waiting Heart. Honestly, I find myself struggling sometimes when I see people happy in relationships and know that I don’t have that. I have learned that I need to stop settling, and I need to find someone who will accept my quirk and love me for me.
I’ve learned that I’m okay with being alone. I’m strong, independent and have a good head on my shoulders for 23. Sometimes I listen to my music a little too loud, sometimes I forget to put deodorant on in the mornings, sometimes I cry when I watch a sappy movie. But that’s okay. I know it’s all going to work out, even when I don’t think it will be.

Last but not least to finish this blog post, I’ve decided that I would share my current playlist. I often don’t share the music that I listen to, but I decided to switch it up a bit.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

12 Gifts Under $50 for Beauty Lovers

I’ve admitted it before, and I’ll admit it again: I am a recovering Sephora addict. I used to spend way too much money on NARS blushes, Smashbox highlighters, Too Faced lipsticks and so much more.

I will however, also admit that I have a strong love for the Sephora gift sets around Christmas time. They are usually released around October, which is great because I have time to scope out the greatest options for my friends and family. I love the cute little Too Faced sets for friends, and some more “grown up” gift options for people like my mom and sister.

I am also done my shopping this year, but I still have to purchase my sister’s gift. Honestly, I love my sister to death but she’s the hardest person on my list to shop for. I still to this day have no idea why. I’ve spent a lot of time on the Sephora website, and have decided what I’m getting her. It’s included in this post, but of course I’m not sharing the actual gift in case she reads this post!

$25 and Under

They’re Real! Sexy on the Run Mascara & Eyeliner Set: I love the They’re Real! Eyeliner. Honestly, I have friends who rave about the mascara, but it personally isn’t for me. However, for $25, this makes a super adorable stocking stuffer that I’d recommend for anyone.

Too Faced Better than Sex Ornament: Again, another adorable stocking stuffer! I love this mascara, it’s one of the only mascaras that I’ll actually spend money on. This little stocking stuffer is adorable and only $15, which is steal.

First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanse: Anyone who has read my blog, has likely come to terms that FAB is my go-to cleansing line. It is the one line of products that I will continue to purchase over and over again. I have previously mentioned how disappointed I was by the FAB charcoal products, but I do love their red clay products. This product uses red clay and rosemary leaf for natural oil control and leaves the skin more mattified. Sounds like a win-win for me, plus it’s only $15!

Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Ornament: Honestly, at 23, I’ve started to notice some lines around my eyes and mouth. Philosophy’s Take a Deep Breath products moisturize, smooth and soothes while improving visible signs of aging. I really love this, and I personally would love this as a stocking stuffer (hint, hint mom). For $20, you really can’t go wrong with this product.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: This couldn’t be a gift guide without the world’s best cream! I purchased the largest bottle of this cream (8 oz.) because I personally don’t like how the 12 oz. container is. That 8 oz. bottle has lasted me since May using at least once a day and it’s barely half gone. It’s definitely worth the price. It’s meant for all skin times, and is a long-term hydrating lotion that treats all different needs, such as dryness, itchy skin and eczema. I had heat rash in the summer, and honestly, it even treated the heat rash. It’s definitely worth the money, and is much higher quality than its drugstore comparisons (ie. Aveeno).
Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for Her: I fell in love with these kits a few years back when I saw them in line at Chapters. They’re a 17-piece set based on the needs of the average women. Some of the items include a safety pin, a tampon, double-sided tape and hairspray. The pouch (which is absolutely adorable, by the way!) fits in the palm of your hand, but has so much for women. It’s the perfect gift, and can just be thrown in a purse in case of emergencies. PS it’s only $22, and makes an excellent gift for friends.

$50 and Under

Origins Prep & Mask: I love the charcoal mask by Origins, it’s one of the best masks I have ever used in my life. If you’re like me, I like to try the masks in sample sizes before committing to a full sized mask. I really like this set because for $34, you get 30 mL (1 oz.) samples of the active charcoal mask, the intensive overnight mask, the retexturing mask with rose clay and the Maskimizer. This is a really great set for yourself, or for a friend who loves to relax with a face mask, pajamas and a glass of wine!

Too Faced Let it Go Highlight & Blush Kit: The Too Faced kits are what made me fall in love with Sephora gift sets many moons ago! This highlight and blush kit does not fail. For $32, you get a Flatbuki brush, a bronzer, a highlighting powder duo plus a blush. It’s definitely worth the money, and is something that most ladies would love.

Bite Beauty Discovery Set: I have never met a female who doesn’t like Bite Beauty’s lip products. I personally usually stick to sample sizes for lipsticks because I lose the tube before it’s gone. This set is only $47 and includes an agave lip mask, a primer, a lipstick and a lip crayon. This lipstick in this set, Beetroot, is absolutely stunning for winter. I would buy this set for myself I love it so much!

Josie Maran Warm Apple Cider Argan Oil Body Collection: A Josie Marin set… that smells like apple cider… that’s under $50? Honestly, I think I’m in heaven right now. This set includes body scrub and two oil body butters. This is a beautiful gift.
Side note: if you spend $25 at Sephora online right now and use the code “ARGAN”, you’ll receive 7 samples of Josie Maran’s whipped argan oil face butter. It’s definitely a great deal!

bareMinerals The Wish List Eyeshadow Palette: I figured that an eyeshadow palette should be included in this post somewhere, haha! I love this palette. I initially debated posting one of my trusty Naked palettes, but I really love the colours in this palette. With a mix of beautiful matte and shimmer colours that range from pink to browns, it’s definitely a stunning palette. It’s a great gift, which can create endless eye looks.

Philosophy Radiant Celebration: I love this set, it’s so cute plus super great for winter. It includes three different products, including Philosophy’s award winning Purity Made Simple. This set was designed to create nourished and radiant skin. This set is the perfect set for winter skin! 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Black Friday Wishlist: Old Navy

I’m going Black Friday shopping on Friday! It’s my first time in years. The last time I went, Target was still open in Canada. I remember because I got a curling wand for $10 that’s lasted me three years now. I figured I’d make a list of things I want to buy for Black Friday – which will also double as a gift guide.

Today I’m doing Old Navy, but I’ll do a new one every day leading up to Black Friday.
(PS Old Navy is 40% off the entire store until Friday, and 50% off from Friday to Sunday online and in store)

I love all of these dresses. They’re so cute and chic. Plus, you can dress them up or down. They’d all look really nice with a pair of heels for a more formal event, but with booties, tights and a jean jacket to dress them down. I also personally really love the midi dress. I love shorter dresses, I always have and always will. Although, as I’m getting older, I’d rather have a longer, classic dress that I can throw on for more adult occasions; or for somewhere like a Christmas Eve church service.
(Also, all of these dresses come in several different colours. Therefore, making them a great option for little black dresses, too.)

I love all of these sweaters so much! Funny story: I’ve actually talked about the open front cardigan before, but in the pine needles. Then I was in Old Navy last weekend, and decided that the heather grey was much nicer in person. I chose the bright blue sweaters, because I personally don’t own enough bright colours in my closet. If I buy the blues, I thought they’d look so cute with jeans or black or grey dress pants. I also really like the v-neck pullover in Victorian Jade, and the crew-neck sweater in party-started pink. They all look super comfortable, too. Which is always a plus for me.

Old Navy shirts are my favourite for work. They’re not super expensive, so if they get stained, it isn’t the end of the world. I chose the relaxed shoulder shirt, because I already own the tulip-hem tunic almost identical to it. Which is super comfortable with leggings and over-the-knee boots for work. Also, I previously mentioned that I need more colours in my closet: this section is a great description as to why. I have two grey shirts. Grey and navy are my comfort colours. I also included this burgundy tank. I saw it in store about a month ago, and had fallen in love with it then. It would look great under a blazer or cardigan, or on its own for a girls night. So much versatility with it!

I love pajamas for a gift! I love the aesthetic of being in front of the fireplace with big cup of hot chocolate or tea (I love White Chocolate Peppermint Tea from Teavana) in my pajamas. I really love these slippers from Old Navy, too. I don’t think anyone can go wrong with pajamas, and I think this is the cutest PJ set. It makes me want to go to Starbucks and get an eggnog latte. 

Side note: I was going to include shoes and accessories; Old Navy has some beautiful jewelry in-store but does not sell it online. I find it really hard to find shoes to buy for others. Therefore, I didn’t include any footwear. However, for myself, I do really like these Chelsea boots.  

Honestly, I find it hard to shop for the men (and when I say men, I mean my dad) in my life. My dad does always like what we get him from Old Navy though. I always get him shirts, because I know what size he is and know that he likes top wise. I let my mom deal with the pants and shoes. I love these shirts, they’re simple but classic. My dad will be wearing these shirts for years to come

Another thing that I always get my dad are plaid shirts. There’s something about them that he really likes. Or at least acts like he likes. I really love all three of these tops.