New Year’s Resolutions 2017

Hey folks! Welcome to 2017! I hope you had a wonderful holiday time.

My first resolution builds upon one that I did last year, which was to not wear plain ponytails to work anymore. I feel like that was good enough in my 20s but now in my 30s, I gotta step it up a little. That was going fairly well but this year I would really like to challenge myself by trying a minimum of one new hairstyle per week. I’ve been playing with curling irons, which is something I’ve never done before, with quite good results but right now it takes me an hour to curl my hair so I would like to also practice to cut that time down to under 30 minutes. I feel like my part-time job at MAC Cosmetics will help with that as the women (and men) there are always doing interesting things with their hair and this will provide a lot of inspiration.

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My next resolution is to get organized. One of our family goals is to buy a new house this year and this requires a lot of planning, cleaning, organizing and small handy-man jobs. We did the renovation to our house last year, so this year our house needs a bunch of small things, paint touch-ups, half-finished project completions, etc. To this end, I have purchased and read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I will have a review for you soon.

My last resolution is only partially a resolution. I’m going on a no-buy for the next three months. Being unemployed for most of 2016 forced me to evaluate the things I purchase. To really think about what is essential and what is not. I buy a lot of unessential things and I don’t appreciate the things I have as much as I think I should. Also, my birthday is in January and I tend to go a little crazy buying things I don’t really need. I will blog about my no-buy as I think not buying things is just as important a story as the things you do buy. And I feel blogging about it will help keep me honest and less likely to go crazy and not buy random stuff.

What are your resolutions, I’d love to hear them! Happy (Not) Shopping!

I’m Back and Where I’ve Been Pt 4: Miscellaneous Edition

Hey folks! Here’s the last edition of “I’m Back and Where I’ve Been.” Wow, I knew I was busy this summer but when you break it down like this, I did a lot of stuff. Anyways, onto the pictures.

My friend Amy and I have become race buddies. We started this last year when we did Foam Fest as a group and then her friend flaked on her four days before Dirty Donkey and she begged me to do the race with no training other than regular bootcamps (I hurt so bad the next day). This year, we did Foam Fest, which is a 5K fun run. If you want to start getting into doing fun runs and obstacle courses, this is the one to start with. There are families and kids doing this run. It’s not competitive. It’s got bouncy-castle-type-things to jump on and slide on and lots and lots of foam. I highly recommend it and I’m planning on taking Daughter when she’s old enough.

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And then we did Spartan. It’s a 5K, 22 obstacle course. When I told people we were doing this race, the number one response was, “Why?” Honestly, I had no answer. Because we’re crazy? Because Amy made me?

It was hard. It was competitive. It was kick-ass!!

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We are so doing it again next year. (This reminds me that I should start training for the rope…. ugh).

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One of the many, many bruises I had after the race. I wore them like badges of honour.

After I was done with races that kicked my ass, we took an extra long weekend and did some touring around Manitoba. We’ve done this the last couple of years: rent a room for two nights at the South Beach Casino and Resort in Scanterbury on the east side of Lake Winnipeg and do a tour of the beaches in the area. It started when Daughter was little and we had one disastrous camping trip so we rented a hotel room. And now we really like doing it. If it rains, we spend time at the pool. If not, we head to the beach.

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Patricia Beach
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Windy day at Patricia Beach

We build sandcastle and picnic and chase after seagulls. I definitely look forward to it every year.

And the rest are just some miscellaneous pictures that I took over the summer. I hope you enjoyed reading about my summer as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you. Happy Shopping!

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Tinkertown
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Out for drinks
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Margaritaville Magic!
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Riding bike while mommy runs
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Ice cream with cousins on unbearably hot day
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Toddler tea snobs
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Ice cream on Corydon

I’m Back and Where I’ve Been Pt 2 – House Renovation Edition

Hey folks, I thought I’d show you some pics of what I did/worked on over the summer. For those of you following on Instagram, some of these will be repeats but not all.

Thing #1: House renovations

I live in a 107 year old house. It has, as you might imagine, some lovely character-type aspects that come with living in a house of that age. There are other things however, that are not so awesome. For instance, the front of my house:

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From the front, it looks… neglected. What the hell am I saying, it looks neglected from the outside, period. Husband and I aren’t really handy. I can paint walls and he can fix cars but everything else we need help with. So, this summer, we contracted my dad, who drove in from out-of-town everyday to guide our child-like minds and hammer-flailing talents to transform the front my house into something our neighbours are no longer embarrassed to live next to.

First, we Dad lifted and levelled the porch.

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And I scraped paint.

Then we took down the walls.

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And I scraped paint.

And Dad built things.

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And I painted them. And scraped paint off of other stuff.

In fact, four weeks after we started the project, Dad took three weeks off as I still had so much scraping and painting left to do. Let me tell you, I did not know hard work until I spent six hours on a ladder, with my arms above my head and a paint-stripping gun, scraping paint off of an overhead beam. And I now know how to scrape paint off of just about any surface. I’ve used a heat gun, chemical stripper, power sander, sheer force…. I am a paint-stripping master.

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Finally it was time to start painting, which was only slightly less painful than scraping had been. Luckily, Husband took pity on me and painted a lot of the things since I just couldn’t be on the ladder anymore.

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And caulking.

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Once we were done painting, Dad could come back and build more. Flooring was installed by a goofy dad:

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Walls went in.

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And then screens were built. And siding was added.

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It was a long project that I seriously felt would never end. Big thanks Dad and Husband for all the work they put in. And Daughter who played so good by herself when Mommy, Daddy and Grandpa were all working on the house.

Have you done any renos? Did you run into any problems or setbacks? Did you run over schedule? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Happy Shopping!

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I’m Back and Where I’ve Been Pt 1

HI folks! So, I’ve been away. And I didn’ t really say anything about my absence, I just left. And for that, I apologize. I didn’t ever think I was leaving forever but the longer I was away from blogging, the less I missed it. I missed you, dear reader, but writing, editing pictures, obsessing over my makeup shots, I didn’t miss any of that. So, I took the time to think about whether I wanted to continue to do this. And I have come to the conclusion that, yes, I do want to continue blogging. But not the way I was before. I didn’t really mean to be a beauty blogger, but I joined a beauty blogger association and got sucked into it. And I don’t have the gear or the patience or the time to be a beauty blogger. I don’t have the money or connections to be a beauty blogger. So, I’m going back to being a shopping blogger, which is really what I wanted to be in the first place. Sometimes, that will include makeup, so makeup lovers, don’t fret. It will also include fashion, things I bought and loved, trends I love, trends I hate, things I bought that I hate, shopping lists, how-to, DIYs and where-to-find-things. I hope I haven’t lost too many of you and I hope you like my reincarnation. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas for any blog posts you’d like me to do. Happy Shopping!

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PS. This is my friend Lindsay. I hope she doesn’t mind being featured on my blog. lol

Books on my Spring Wishlist

I have loved reading since before I could read. My grandma read me books regularly and I memorized them, reciting them back to her so perfectly she thought I was actually reading at three years old.

My love affair has continued with books over the decades and my collection is very odd and eclectic. I have everything from fantasy (Harry Potter and everything David Eddings) to teen reads (all the Shopaholic books and The Devil Wears Prada) to economics and socioeconomic theories (Nickel and Dimed) and cookbooks. My bookshelves probably look like three people use them but the weird variety is all mine.

Here are seven that I have flagged over the last couple of months that have piqued my interest.

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1. #GirlBoss: So the founder of NastyGal goes from broke to millionaire and says sassy things like, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool.  Then let’s do this.” Reminds me of my friend Amy. I am sold.

 

 

 

 

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2. Leave Your Mark: Stacy London (on Instagram) told me I should read this. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

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3. the life-changing magic of tidying up: Another book to tell me how to declutter my house. Excellent, I will add it to the pile of books I do not have time to read cluttering up my house. No joke, they are in a pile beside my bed. (In all seriousness, my mother has bought this and says it’s a good read. If this book can get my mother to part with things, it is amazing!)

 

 

 

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4. Keeper ‘n Me: This is the only fiction book on this list but based on true events of colonization and an Aboriginal man’s quest to find himself and his heritage. The man who recommended it said it got across the devastation of colonization but also had humour and a happy ending. I am all for happy endings.

 

 

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5. Inspiralized: If you read my post on juicing, you probably know that I’m trying to incorporate more vegetables into our diet and overall eat healthier. My toddler doesn’t care if vegetables are masquerading as macaroni, as long as it looks like macaroni. And my husband is too scared that I would stop cooking if he complained. #success

 

 

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6. How to Get Dressed: I buy (and read) books like this so I can impart this wisdom onto my clients when we’re out shopping. It’s investment into my company. Right? 😉

 

 

 

 

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7. The Social Labs Revolution: I actually bought this book and meant to read it in Mexico but instead I read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, I’ll Drink to That and Divergent. So now my plan is to read it this summer. It’s kind of for work but I think it’ll be an interesting read all around.

 

 

 

What books are you eyeing up? Any on my list that you want to add to yours? Happy Shopping!

All images of books are courtesy of Chapters

Joe Cross Juice Cleanse – Day 1

So, Day 1 of my juice cleanse. My husband was actually the one that picked up a lot of the fruit and veggies yesterday so he was super keen on seeing my first juice that morning. (He also thought that all the fruit and veggies went into one juice, so silly).

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So, I got up and boiled some water and added some lemon. Uh, yuck! Apparently I really don’t like hot water and lemon. I sipped at it until it was cool enough to drink from a straw and sucked the rest down that way. 

 Next I made my morning juice: 3 carrots, 2 apples (I used Gala) and a one-inch piece of ginger. It was pretty tasty. Even my husband and daughter tried some and liked it.   At 10, I had my Mean Green Juice. It definitely wasn’t my favourite. Celery is not my favourite flavour and it was predominant in this juice. 

At noon, I made the gazpacho juice. This is the one I had been dreading since I read about this. I don’t like tomatoes. When I was a kid, I wouldn’t eat them at all. In the last couple of years, I’ve been eating them occasionally, in salads, on burgers, that sort of thing. But I still don’t  really like them. So it’ll be no shock to you when I say I didn’t like this juice either. Oh well, I drank it anyways. 

I needed some help getting through this juice. So I rewatched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Joe Cross’ documentary about his 60 day juicing journey. I mean, if he can do 60 days, I can do three, right? I drank the juice and then went for a nap. 

I slept for a couple of hours, so I missed the planned time of 3 pm of the afternoon snack juice. This one has oranges, more cucumber and Swiss chard. I figured this one would be better because it had all the oranges in it. I was wrong. I didn’t like this one either. 

Now I’m getting pretty discouraged. I can’t imagine drinking one more juice nevermind two more days of juices. By the time my husband has gotten home from work, I’ve decided I’m done. I’m eating solid food for supper. This has been much harder than I anticipated. But I am going to try all the juices. So I make the last juice and drink it with dinner. It wasn’t too bad but not my favourite either. 

So I didn’t continue with the next two days of juicing. I’m glad I tried it even though it’s not for me. It did make eating clean the next day much, much easier. I’m going to look into it more and maybe find some recipes that fit in better with foods I like. My husband enjoyed the juice but isn’t interested in doing the cleanse. I think we’ll make juicing part of our regular diet but not exclusive.

So, what do you think of my one day of juicing? Inspired you to try it or convinced you to stay away? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Happy Shopping!

2014 in hindsight

So, another year has gone by. This seems like a fitting time to give myself a very public lashing for all my mistakes the last year. Or… I could cut myself some slack, reminding me that blogging is something I do for fun, not to add more guilt on to my plate, and tell you what I felt were the highlights and tell you how I hope to make next year better.

Highlight #1 – I loved finding and then telling you about all the fashion collaborations this year: Target’s collabs with Altuzarra, Toms, Peter Pilotto and Sarah Stevenson. Plus Banana Republic’s collab with Roland Mouret, Keds and Kate Spade, and Aritzia and Disney, All so fab and I know I only covered ones you were able to buy in Winnipeg so there were many, many more.

Highlight #2 – My post This is Me and I’m Ok with That was probably my most open and honest post this year. Along with Call Me Beautiful, Or Don’t, Whatever. I enjoyed these forays into thought-proving (hopefully) essays vs. my usual post of  makeup swatches.

Highlight #3 – 2014 was my year to explore the horizons of makeup subscriptions. This post really summarizes how I feel about the two I subscribe to. I would just like to add that since that post, I have had two more Luxe Boxes (one bad and one good) and that Julep seems to have fixed their shipping issues and I am much happier with their service.

Highlight #4 – Shoppers around Winnipeg waited all summer while saws spun and workmen wandered around Polo Park. So many great things were rumoured to be coming including H&M, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, the return of the Disney Store. And the expansion (in my opinion) did not disappoint. Read my posts about the rumours and see some pics of the actual expansion.

Highlight #5 – This summer, I joined the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network and WOW! What an amazing group of supportive, funny, genuine women who also love makeup. My kind of people. There are some group meet ups scheduled for 2015 and I’m excited to get out and meet other people who have 150 nail polishes and 32 lipsticks and complain about the lack of light to swatch in December and don’t think any of that is weird.

Now, the things I want to do different for next year:

I know I say this all the time but I really do want to stick to a regular posting schedule. MWF sounds like a good one so I’ll try to keep to that. Or maybe just post three times per week, regardless of days…. I’ll keep working on it.

I was truly inspired by this post by Kalyn Lord earlier this year. It talked about being true to yourself and the reason you blog. But I didn’t really think about how it applied to me until this month when I just haven’t blogged. It’s not that I don’t have time, it’s not that I don’t care. It’s that I couldn’t be bothered to sit down and tell you about stuff. Or remember to take pictures of things (ie. mascara) during the day when there was light. I realize I’m not the only blogger to be frustrated by the lack of daylight in December but that really combined with other things to give this The Best Month of Not Blogging award. So I realize that it’s time to start planning or my blog is going to die the slow painful death of the “not-happening” kind. In this planning I also want to take some time to thing about why I blog and why I think people should read my blog.

In 2015 I also want to cut myself some slack. I am a mom of a very active toddler, I have a really demanding job that bleeds past 9-5, I try to workout 3 times per week (note the try at the beginning of that phrase), plus all the things you need to do to live every day really add up, like meals, cleaning the house, family events, etc, etc, etc. I’m not complaining. I love being busy and wouldn’t change any of those things. I just tend to ignore things if/when they fly off the rails and completely berate myself for letting it happen. I need to be more gentle with myself when I make mistakes or forget things.

I am also working on some more specializing of my blog. Hopefully I will also be welcoming a semi-regular guest poster to give us a different view on makeup and I want to continue my Shop Local Saturdays series.

Do you have a favourite highlights from my blog? Any constructive criticism on things I could do better or that you would like to see more of? I would love to hear. Happy Shopping!

Win tickets to The Best of Me Premiere in Winnipeg

Get your girls together for a fun Girls’ Night Out! I am SUPER EXCITED to be able to offer my first giveaway in conjunction with eOne Films. I have five double passes to the Winnipeg special advance screening of The Best of Me on Wednesday, October 15th at SilverCity St. Vital at 7 pm.

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Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of the beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

The film stars Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden and Liana Liberato. Click here to the see the trailer.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below. Contest closes on Sunday, October 12th at midnight and names will be drawn by random number generator on Monday, October 13th at 10 am.

The film opens everywhere October 17th.

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October 13th UPDATE:

Used a random number generator today and the five winners are:

Amber Magus
Shirley Ramos
Martha Stoesz
Trysh Chipman
Florence Loewen

Thanks everyone who entered! Hope you ladies have an amazing time at the movies!

Happy Mail Project Reveal

Back in August, I signed up for Happy Mail Project by Lauren at Pink on the Cheek. Happy Mail Project is a little bit like having a pen pal. You sign up and then Lauren pairs bloggers of similar ages together and then you “meet” and share information about each other and after a month or so, you mail a goodie bag to your pen pal based on a theme that Lauren came up with when you signed up.

I got paired with the lovely Christine from Simply Stine and I have really enjoyed getting to know her. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, which is a place I know nothing about except that they don’t really have winter (lucky!). Christine is also a beauty and fashion blogger and I enjoyed reading her reviews of things we either don’t have here or I’ve never tried. Like Maybelline Brow Drama or e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipsticks and I really appreciated her views on Truthful Tuesdays. She also went on an amazing trip to Disney World while we were pen pals and hunted for an Elsa doll while she was there since I wanted one for Cally’s birthday. She didn’t find one but her tenacity in her search for this doll for a stranger really touched my heart.

I got my Happy Mail from Christine on Friday and when I opened it I was blown away. It took me a couple of days to put the right words together to even write an email to tell her thank you. This woman is GENEROUS! I felt damn spoilt. Here is what I got:

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First of all, this gorgeous card with her logo and artwork on it (and a lovely hand-written note instead as well). It has totally inspired me to get some TLC Shopping ones. I can see where they would come in so handy!

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This lovely orange-scented candle in a cute tin with a lid.

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Maybelline The Nudes palette (!!). I am pumped to try this. I was making myself wait to try until I got this post done, kind of like a reward. (sometimes blogging feels like lots of work)

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Some inspiration quotes for my desk and some wise post-it notes to fit in with our “Back to School” theme.

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Two purple polishes (whose names I forgot to write down) and a pink pen. I think Christine caught on that pink and purple are my favourite colours. She is very perceptive. 😉

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Some stickers, colouring books and crayons for my toddler. This part was really touching to me. Cally saw me open the box and started yelling, “Mom! Anna! Anna!” – it was so cute. A HUGE thanks to Christine for adding these items in for her.

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This is a third of the chocolates that Christine sent me. Or maybe a quarter. There were lots and they were quickly gobbled down by both my husband and myself. Not saying who ate more though.

So that was my Happy Mail Project experience. And I just want to say, it was awesome. Thanks so much to Lauren for organizing the project and a BIG HUG out to Christine for sending this stuff. It was wonderfully thoughtful and tailored for me. I hope she likes her stuff even a fraction of what I liked mine.

Happy Shopping!

Sample Killah – Week 4

The last week of Sample Killah. Luckily it went way better than last week. I was aiming for no samples at the end of this, I mean, I only started with 25ish or so. But some of the deluxe samples slowed me and then there was camping which meant no beauty routine at all. And a couple of hair serums that I hated and couldn’t continue using. Anyways, at the end of this all, I have a toothpaste folie and a hair serum sample (which will totally end up in the garbage, stupid hair serum making my hair so oily).

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I’m including my LancĂ´me Genifique serum even though I started it way before the beginning of July, it got killed during the month so I figure that’s a win. Who knew such a small bottle was going to last FOREVER. (it is a totally amazing product by the way, love it!)

Did not enjoy the Nexxus shampoo, conditioner and primer. Whatever… you win some, you lose some.

The 3D Whitestrip 2 Hour strip was fine to wear and did make my teeth whiter. But about 6 hours later, my teeth hurt. Not to eat or drink, just in general. I definitely won’t be doing that again. The toothpaste is great though, will definitely be buying some of that.

The Nivea body lotion was very perfume-y. The John Frieda hair serum made my hair very oily. The L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher worked great and if I didn’t already have the Julep Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer, I would probably buy some. And the Julep Glycolic Hand Scrub was awesome. Definitely putting that on my wish list.

Total kill sample this week: 10

Total kill sample for the entire month: 33

Overall, this has been great fun.  Thanks to Kalyn for thinking this up and offering a prize at the end of it all. Good luck to everyone to entered. Already looking forward to next year. Happy Shopping!