Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Fixer Upper Inspired Wall Art

Is it just me or does anyone else have serious daydreams of all the different things that could go on pieces of wood in Magnolia Sky or Bromello font? Today I thought I would share some of the wall art I’m loving from Etsy that I could totally see Joanna Gaines sharing on Fixer Upper!

Monday, 16 July 2018

links + loves

Mug via Etsy

Happy Monday, I hope everyone is having a great day!

Friday, 13 July 2018

My Wants & Needs for Moving

I shared a few months ago my home vision boards. Things have changed and my plans have changed. I’m going to share something personal and then explain why I’m changing what is happening.

I don’t know if I’ve shared this on the blog before (closest thing might be a reference to my stepdad). My parents are in the middle of nasty divorce/separation. Through this, I have somehow lost more than I should including a relationship with my father. I love my dad to death but he has said a lot of things with intentions to spite my mom but have come out hurting me more than anything.

In the spring, my mom moved an hour and a half north to live with her boyfriend – I stayed here, but my work is about halfway between here and there. My mom and I have made the decision that once this house sell, we’re going to take her profit from here and buy a house for me closer to her and work. There’s a small town, made famous by a song by The Tragically Hip known as Bobcaygeon. It’s so cute and I cannot wait to move up there. My house that I currently live in (my grandparents’ house, which is killing me to lose) will likely end up on the market end of July. There’s a house that I have my heart set on and I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it’s still available by the time.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Kitchen Upgrades From Amazon + Exciting News!

Monday, 9 July 2018

links + loves

Happy Monday! I haven’t actually opened this book yet but it sounds so good.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

July 2018 Wish List

I hope my American readers had a great 4th of July! We celebrated Canada Day on Sunday.
In other news, I totally meant to post this yesterday but my mind blanked. Oops. Will hold out on doing a Friday post now!

Monday, 2 July 2018

links + loves

Good morning! Happy Monday!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Cutest Home Décor Under $50!

Beyond my heart posts, my home décor under $50 post remains my most popular post.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

30 before 30

I have approximately 1 825 days until I turn thirty now! There’s lots of things that I haven’t done yet that I want to. So, I thought I would create a “30 before 30” post. I fully intend to share this link on my sidebar then do a post every time I’m able to succeed!

Personal Development, Growth & More

Volunteer more.
Return to university.
Pay off my student loan and other debts.
Find a dentist and optometrist.
Grow a vegetable garden.
Grow a peony garden (and keep it alive!)
Make 5 recipes I found on Pinterest.
Learn how to make homemade bread.
Throw a dinner party.
Throw a murder mystery.
Learn how to make a turkey for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.
Read 50 books.
Watch 10 TEDTalk topics that are important to me.
Watch 15 documentaries.
Listen to 5 different podcasts.
Go one month without buying takeout.

Health & Fitness

Run a 5k.
Try the Whole30 diet.
Do 2 hours of cardio.
Complete the Selfless Me 30 Day challenge.

Travel & More

Take a cooking class.
Go apple picking.
Visit a farmer’s market.
Go to the 10 Below Lounge at Peller Estates.
Go to five high-end restaurants in Toronto.
Become a tourist in my own town.
Attend 5 concerts.

Monday, 25 June 2018

links + loves

Happy Monday! Although my birthday isn’t until tomorrow, I celebrated with some friends on the weekend. I’ve been obsessed with naked cakes for ages and my friend got me one for my birthday!! I was so excited!
(side note: I walked into a clothing rack the other day, hence the bruise on my arm lol)

Friday, 22 June 2018

My Current Beauty Favourites

Happy Friday! I looked back and I haven’t wrote a current beauty favourites post in months, maybe even years. I thought today I would share some products that I’ve fallen in love with.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Turning 25 & More: An Interview by Sarah Whetham

A throwback photo to 2016!

I honestly was sitting at my computer screen with a blank stare trying to decide what to post for today’s post. I was texting one of my girlfriends about something else but mentioned this to her and we came up with a brilliant idea. She could interview me with random questions plus questions relating to me turning 25 in less than a week. Throughout the post, I plan to share some photos of me in my early twenties plus my fur babies, too!

Monday, 18 June 2018

links + loves

Happy Monday and welcome back to your weekly roundup of awesome links!

Friday, 15 June 2018

If I had $5 000...

Hi, hello! Here I am today doing one of my favourite posts.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Random Ramblings About Life

Hi, hello.
I started writing a legitimate post for today but if I’m being completely honest, I just didn’t feel like writing a fashion post.

Monday, 11 June 2018

links + loves

Hey, what’s up? I’m currently writing this from my mom’s deck. It’s so beautiful up here and the perfect weather.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Things I'm Loving: Etsy

I could spend hours upon hours looking at all the gorgeous items at Etsy. Is it just me? Yes? Oh, okay. I love how unique the items are plus you can find virtually anything you want. From home décor items to graphic t’s to beauty products, there’s 21 things that are going to end up on this list.
How cute is this flag? My mom always had a flag hanging up on the porch. I never liked them growing up, I always thought some of them were kind of cheesy (sorry, mom!). However, as I’m getting older, they’re starting to really grow on me.

I know, another flag. This one is just so darn cute, too! One thing that I love about this flag is that it can be used year-round, instead of seasonal.

A year ago, had you told me that I would add a sign that How Great Thou Art lyrics, I likely would have rolled my eyes. Probably laughed a bit. However, I fell in love with Joey + Rory’s gospel album and could listen to their version of How Great Thou Art a million times in a row. Plus, it was my grandma’s favourite hymn (and one of the only ones I could sign without a book in front of me) so this piece really stands out to me.

Long story, short – I love Fixer Upper and I kick myself in the butt for not getting into the show earlier than I did. This sign reminds me of something Joanna Gaines would put into a kitchen, no? Either way, I feel like it would be super cute above a kitchen table!

I love this serving tray. It’s so cute, the colour is gorgeous and it’s great for entertaining. I can see it now – carrying a pot of coffee with mugs and cream/milk/sugar when company is over.

As someone who is all for breakfast in bed, this is something that I love! Maybe one day I’ll have a man to deliver me pancakes on this tray ;)

I love this doormat, it’s so cute! Plus this doormat was locally made, which is something that I love. 
Like I said above, I am addicted to Fixer Upper. I think I have about 30 episodes saved on my PVR to watch whenever. While I’m not usually a graphic tee person, I would totally see myself rocking this shirt with a pair of jeans and sandals this summer. Then with a flannel shirt and leggings come fall.

Ah, I’ve loved these shirts for years. Again, although I’m not a graphic tee gal, I could totally foresee myself wearing this! One thing that I love is that it’s just the women of Gilmore Girls which makes it different and fun.

This is the perfect beach bag! I love how cute it is and it’s a good size to carry your books, sunscreen and snacks. Plus, it’s monogrammed so it’s easier to keep track of.

I sit here writing this with both of my kitties curled up on my lap so I feel as though this mug is super relevant. It’s so cute, too! Plus made by a Canadian shop.

If Giphy showed your most commonly used GIFs, I’m 99.9% sure that my most common used GIF is Joey Tribbiani doing his trademark line. With that being said, I personally find this mug to be perfect because I love Friends and it’s my go-to GIF.

How fun is this colouring book? With pictures like the Holiday Armadillo, Unagi, Pivot and the Central Perk logo, this is such a great little purchase.

Very similar to the Friends colouring book but with pictures from The Office! It has Prison Mike, ‘I declare bankruptcy!’ and more.

If you read my post on Wednesday, I shared that I’ve been struggling with intense migraines lately. I’ve received multiple suggestions to try essential oils to help. I love the idea of this essential oil based salve because then it’s easy to just moisturize in onto my temples. This company also sells a rollerball of this, plus a gift set with both!

Allergy season is the worst! I’m always looking for something that would help my symptoms naturally – I hate the way Claritin and Reactin make me feel. I definitely would love to try this rollerball to see if it gives any relief.

Okay, I promise… last product from Red Barn Botanicals. However, I read an article a few months ago about the products in Vick’s and I was horrified! I definitely would be interested in trying a more natural chest rub and this seems as though it would do the trick. There’s also a children’s version!

I have a mild obsession with candles. My current favourite is the mint essential oil one from Bath & Body Works. I feel like this candle would smell amazing!

I have become a big fan of bar soap over the past year or so. I just feel cleaner than when I use shower gel. How amazing does this merlot soap sound?

I love the smell of earl grey. I just find it so fresh and clean! This soap sounds amazing.

I have loved The Wilderness Co.’s products for a bit now! I love cocoa butters but sometimes find them filled with so many chemicals! I love this body butter because it’s all-natural products. 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

What I'm Loving: Summer Dresses

I had a “What I’m Loving: Etsy Edition” post started. I’ve been looking for dozens of gorgeous items that I love.

However, I ended up in the emergency room for the second time in the past two weeks because I’ve had this darn headache that I just can’t kick. It’s behind my right ear and is an odd feeling. I have weakness in my right arm and leg, tingling in the fingers of my right hand, loss of earing in my right ear and dizziness. I’ve had dozens of blood tests, x-rays and a CT scan. I have an MRI scheduled for next week but just can’t kick it.

Therefore, I thought I would share some dresses I’m loving right now!

Monday, 4 June 2018

links + loves

early for work on friday, went for a nice drive with my new favourite starbucks drink - hazelnut cold brew with coconut milk!

Happy Monday! Ironically enough, I started writing this links + loves last Monday because I found an article that really stuck with me.

Friday, 1 June 2018

June (+ my birthday!) Wishlist!

It finally feels like summertime is here and I am so excited for all the adorable stuff out these days!
As per usual, I’m sharing my wish list for the month of June. I typically share this every month and share all the adorable things online. With my birthday being in the month of June, I’m also kind of hoping this is a hint for my mom of items I’m loving. (sorry mom!)

You can also check my “currently crushing on…” in the right bar, which I try to update 2-3 times per month as well as my “Dream Closet – Summer 2018” board on Pinterest.
(here are AprilMay’s lists!)

I typically share just clothes & accessories in this post but decided today to share some beauty products too. Let me know if you think beauty products should get their own post in the comments!

Clothes & Accessories

I think one of my greatest loves is Anthropologie, however, it’s so darn expensive! However, these Levi’s shorts are relatively affordable and high waisted!

This is the prettiest dress for summer!

As a Canadian, I think it’s in my roots to love Roots! I absolutely adore their salt and pepper track pants, they’re my go-to lounge pants (I’m wearing them as I write this, actually). From time to time though, I remember that they sell more than lounge wear. This kimono and this blouse are both items I’m absolutely obsessing over!

Also love this dress from Roots!

After the tons of raves I’ve seen by bloggers, I think it’s time to add a whisper tee to my closet! I love the navy and grey.

I feel like this button-front cami is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while! It would look so good with a pair of denim shorts.

I have definitely shared this before but my heart is with this Wayf maxi dress.

Also love this maxi dress, it’s so perfect for beach days.

I know I’ve shared a good number of jumpsuits over the past few months but this one from Old Navy has caught my eye for ages! I meant to try it on for my last Old Navy try-on but I had so many items in my hand as it was.

Love this jumpsuit too, which is also from Old Navy! It would be perfect for warm days.

Third jumpsuit I’m obsessed with? This halter one from Gap.

Fourth and final jumpsuit: this Tencel one from Gap.

Love this one shoulder romper!

How comfortable do these Aerie shorts look?

Loving the Yara Birkenstocks for an everyday sandal!

I love these Sperry sneakers for days that you aren’t feeling sandals in the summer.

I love Old Navy’s crossbody bags. I have for years, they’re the perfect little bag.

Beauty Products

I’m not a nail polish connoisseur by any means but I love Essie gel polishes. I love the colours First View, Stitch by Stitch, Inside Scoop and Take Me to Thread.

I love Bioderma products and want to try the shower gel so badly!

These face wipes have been on my list since the day I saw them released. I love Purity Made Simple face wash so I feel like these would be a great product to try.

I have Origins face masks for different purposes. I definitely love this mix and match set.

I’ve shared them so many times but Sephora collection’s #Lipstories lipsticks are so gorgeous! I’m so in love with Popsicle Lips, Pineapple Express, Spring Break and Two Lips.

I love NARS blushes, Orgasm has been my go-to for years. I can’t wait to try the NARS luminizer.

What’s on your wish list for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

My Summer 2018 Reading List

With summer fast approaching, I thought that I would share my summer 2018 reading list. I’m someone who can read a novel a day, so trust me – there’s lots of books I can’t wait to read. I shared Reese Witherspoon’s reading list in a links and loves a few weeks ago. I loved her list but unfortunately mine isn’t nearly as cool as hers.

To start with a reading list inspired by Reese Witherspoon, I thought that it was more than fitting to share her upcoming coffee table book, Whiskey in a Teacup! I’ve loved Reese Witherspoon since I saw her in Legally Blonde then Sweet Home Alabama. From the images on Amazon, her book seems like a great resource for all things southern – from hot rollers to cheddar biscuits! Unfortunately the book isn’t set to release until four days before summer ends, however, I know I’ll be first in line to check it out! (P.S. it is available now to pre-order!)

As soon as I read the synopsis of this book, I knew I would be hooked on the idea! It’s a fiction novel based on a woman named Margaret Jacobsen. Margaret is living the picture perfect life, but everything she’s looking forward to in the future is soon to be taken away from her. It has nothing but high praises, including one that states: “If you read just one book this year, read How to Walk Away”.

I have loved Jodi Picoult since reading My Sister’s Keeper and Nineteen Minutes when I was 16/17. I keep looking at Small Great Things but keep putting it down. This summer, I’m determined to read it. It’s about a young couple who have a baby but ask that their nurse, Ruth, be reassigned as she is coloured and they are white supremacists. Although the hospital complies, it runs into a situation when they baby goes into cardiac arrest while Ruth performs CPR. After performing the CPR, Ruth faces trial where she has a public defender who wants nothing to do with bringing race into the courtroom. As usual, Jodi Picoult’s books are page turners full of twists and I for one cannot wait to read this.

Since I work with seniors, my friend bought me The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules and The Little Old Lady Strikes Again for my birthday one year. I died laughing. And now there’s a third book! Essentially, all three books are about a group of ladies called “The League of Pensioners” with Martha, the leader. They’re based out of Switzerland and in each novel, they rob a bank then travel to somewhere to enjoy their retirement. In this book, they plan to cheat billionaires out of their luxury yachts in Saint-Tropez. These books are a lighter read but an absolute blast!

I loved The Office and I loved Jenna Fischer as the infamous Pam Beasley. For those who didn’t know, Jenna Fischer is on a new show called Splitting Up Together and I’m hooked on it, too! This autobiography is about how Jenna Fischer when from a 22 year old theatre graduate to a 30 year old star of The Office. Plus there’s a foreword by Steve Carrell and I loved him in so many great things. This book is great if you loved Mindy Kaling’s books – her first one has many trials and tribulations about The Office, too.

This book seems like the perfect easy summer read with a lot of high ratings. Eleanor Oliphant struggles with social skills and tends to speak her mind. Eleanor has her life perfectly time lined including frozen pizza, vodka and phone dates with her mom. Everything changes for her though when she meets Raymond, an IT guy from her office. Together, Eleanor and Raymond save their elderly neighbour when he falls. Thus leading to the three of them rescuing one another from the lives they’ve been living, all isolated.

I’ve read repeatedly that this book is relatively short, which is cool by me. Quite often, I enjoy a shorter book like Milk and Honey or The Sun and Her Flowers. This book is an expansion of a speech Lauren Graham in 2017 at her old high school’s commencement ceremony. This book is reflections of growing up, pursuing your dreams and living your life in the here and now. One quote that stands out in the synopsis of this book is:
“Whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing is that you keep finding joy in what you’re doing, especially when joy isn’t finding you.”

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