Wednesday 30 December 2015

Looking Back on 2015

 This year was a lot of fun on the blog.  I completed a year of capsule wardrobes, finished many minimalism projects, did my first attempts at vlogging and made some amazing "bloggy" friends.  It has been a great year!  Here is a look back at some of my favourite posts:

Capsule Wardrobe Posts:

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Recap
Summer Capsule Wardrobe Recap
Spring Wardrobe In Review
Winter Capsule Wardrobe- Likes and Dislikes

Minimalism Projects:

Minimalism Week #19- Command Centre
Minimalism Week # 22- Spare Room Part 2
Minimalism/Organization Project #25
Minimalism/Organization Project #28- The Hall Closet

Peaceful and Simple Posts:

Contentment & Letting Go of Bitterness
10 Free Ways to De-Stress
Tuesday Talk: Handing It On Up
Peaceful Simple Holidays

High Five For Friday:

High Five For Friday- 27.02.15
High Five For Friday- 05.06.15
High Five For Friday- 17.07.15
High Five for Friday- 9.10.15

I have really enjoyed getting to know you all over the past year.  This has been a fun year of blogging and I really cherish all of the blogging friendships I have made over the past year!

Wishing you all the best in 2016!

Thursday 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of you!  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, celebrating with family and friends.  I am so looking forward to all of our Christmas activities this year!  Hubby and I made a list this year of all the things we wanted to do for Christmas.  We have almost completed our list.  I wanted to share this list with you and a few other things that I am looking forward to this Christmas.

2015 Holiday To Do List (Completed):

- Purchase Christmas jammies for Miss. E.
- Bake gingerbread men for bakesale.
- Mail out Christmas cards.
- Put up Nativity.
- Put up Christmas tree.
- Drink Hot Chocolate.
- Make Christmas tree craft for Elizabeth.  (A bit of a Pinterest fail, ha ha.)
- Make salt dough ornaments.
- Purchase and use Advent wreath.

2015 Holiday To Do List (Still to do...)

- Christmas light tour.
- Hang stockings.

If we have enough snow (I can't believe I am writing that...):

- Tobogganing
- Build a snowman

I am so excited to share Christmas with my family.  I am so looking forward to seeing my brother!  We always had such fun together as kids at Christmas.  We still have a lot of fun and I can't wait to hang out with him.  I always enjoy spending time with my parents and I am excited to do that tomorrow!  My in-laws will arrive on Boxing Day and I am looking forward to spending time with them.

I am looking forward to seeing Miss. E experience Christmas this year.  She is just getting over an ear infection (poor girl!).  It seems that she will be back to her regular self for the big day!

I am looking forward to watching White Christmas.  I have never seen it and I am going to watch it this year.

I am looking forward to Mass and celebrating the birth of Jesus.

I hope all of you have a joyous Christmas.  Wishing each of you safe travels.  Merry Christmas!

Friday 18 December 2015

High Five For Friday- 18.12.15

It was a really good week!  Here are my highlights:

1.)  I had a really great time with a friend on Friday night.  We talked and stayed up much too late.  It was fun to have a girl's night.

2.)  On Saturday, we had my Hubby's Christmas party.  It was fun.  It was the same annual Christmas party that we met at 7 years ago.  We danced and had a great meal.  I really enjoyed it!

3.)  Work was really good this week.  It wasn't crazy and I got a lot done.  It was a great few days to work!

4.)  I finished my Christmas cards!  This is super late for me to be sending them, but at least they got done.

5.)  I finished up my Christmas shopping.  We only need to buy a few gifts, so of course I left it to the last minute!  It is all done, now and I hope the recipients enjoy their gifts!

How was your week?  Link up with the lovely ladies below and tell us all about it!

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Recap

I feel like I blinked and Fall was gone.  We had a beautiful fall this year.  I was quite happy with most of my wardrobe, with a few exceptions.  Here is what I loved and what I disliked about my Fall Capsule Wardrobe.

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Loves:

This dress is so comfortable and looks great, too!  I wore it a TON.

This black and white striped top got a lot of wear.  I also wore the vest a lot.

This leopard top can be dressed up and dressed down.  It is great!

I LIVED in this light chambray top.  It was my thrift store find.  I didn't like chambray when it first came out, but I am converted.   It is awesome.

This outfit was also in heavy rotation.  The sweater is pretty and allows me to wear my leggings.  I could live in leggings.  They are so comfy!

This t-shirt is a great weight and fits me really well.  I wear it often.

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Dislikes:

This oatmeal cape is super itchy and I have sensitive skin.  Unfortunately, I think it will go in the donation bin.  It is super warm so that was a plus.

This plum sweater.  I love the colour and I wore it to death last year, yet I rarely wore it this year.  I am not sure why, but I am not impressed with it anymore.  Another addition to the donation bin.

This red sweater.  I don't know why but it just didn't fit quite right.  I was never sure exactly why, but I never really loved wearing it.

I will be getting rid of my leopard flats, as well.  I really wish that they would have worked, but they were so uncomfortable.  They tore my feet up the first time I wore them.  It took weeks for them to heal.  I will be on the hunt for a more comfortable pair of leopard shoes.

That concludes my year of capsule wardrobes!  It was a fun experience.  I really recommend trying them.  The HUGE benefit to capsule wardrobes is that you learn to shop less and you really get a good sense of your sense of style.  I am going to stop doing capsule wardrobes, for now.  The KonMari method that I plan to try has set rules on how to purge everything, including clothes.  I want to be open to this new method of minimalism, without my capsule wardrobes clouding my judgement.

Friday 11 December 2015

High Five For Friday- 11.12.15

Woo hoo!  Hello weekend!  It was a pretty good week.   Here are the highlights:

1.)  Work went fairly well this week.  We were busy, but I had enough time to get everything done.  I am starting to get back on to the paperwork side of things, as it is my responsibility once again.

2.)  Hubby had a busy week at work.  We are grateful that things seem to be picking up again because work was so slow over the past year!

3.)  I had a fun day with some friends.  A friend invited us over with our kids and we made salt dough ornaments.  We also decorated cookies.  It was a fun day.  The kids enjoyed it and so did the Moms!  

4.) After we were done making ornaments, we walked down to see the "CP Christmas Train".  Every year the CP Christmas train stops in different communities.  They help the local food bank collect donations and CP gives a cheque to each local food bank.  The train is decorated with a bunch of lights and has a car set up as a stage.  There were two singers and a band performing Christmas songs.  It was really wonderful.  Miss. E's eyes light up and she really enjoyed the music.

5.)  I started reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  by Marie Kondo.  I know that I am way behind other bloggers in reading this book.  So far I am really enjoying it and I have decided to try out her method.  I will be basing a Minimalism Series on my efforts to implement the KonMari method in my own life, starting in January.

How was your week?  Link up with the lovely ladies below to tell us all about it!

Wednesday 9 December 2015

Peaceful Simple Holidays

For a long time, Christmas lost it's shine for me.  I found it so disheartening that people seemed to focus on "getting stuff", rather than focusing on family, friendship and the birth of Jesus.  A few years ago, I decided to pursue a peaceful and simple holiday season.  Here are some of the ways we keep our holiday season stress free:

1.)  We have ceased all gift giving on my side of the family, with the exception of Miss. E. Any gifts that we give on my husband's side of the family are heartfelt or consumable.  Hubby and I keep our gift giving in check for our daughter.  We choose a few small items and Santa brings one gift.  We don't want gifts to be the focus in our family.  Things are just things.  The important parts of Christmas can't be bought in a store.

2.)  Our decor is minimal.  We decorate our tree, set up our nativity and I usually put together a Christmas centerpiece.  Hubby strings lights along our house.  It can all be put up (and taken down!) in a couple of hours.  I don't worry about making it look perfect, but rather try to use the decor that is meaningful to our family.

3.)  I send cards.  This might seem unnecessary, but I think that letter writing is a dying art.  I love to receive cards and letters in the mail ,so I always make sure that I send out holiday cards.  They brighten everyone's day and help us feel connected to family and friends.

4.)  We use our Advent wreath.  We bought our Advent wreath this year.  I looked for one last year, but was unable to find one.  We light the candles at supper time and pray Advent prayers, preparing our hearts for the birth of Jesus.

5.)  We watch the original "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" on Christmas Eve.  We started this tradition because we didn't know where we would be on Christmas Eve, be it at home or away visiting family.  We thought that this would be a great tradition that we could do virtually anywhere.  We really enjoy it.

6.)  We attend Mass.  Hubby and I are very aware that Christ is the reason for our Christmas celebrations.  We always go to Christmas Mass and enjoy celebrating His birth with other members of our church.  We usually sing "Joy to The World" at the end of Mass and it always makes me joyful and a little teary.

7.)  I don't break the bank.  I make a small list and purchase the few gifts that we need.  I don't spend crazy amounts of money of gifts.  I choose to give small, thoughtful gifts that fall within our family's budget.

8.)  I don't bake (much).  I generally don't bake any treats for my family at Christmas time.  My Mom always makes our family's favourites and my Mother-In-Law makes their family favourites.  Hubby and I always look forward to eating the treats our Moms prepare and we indulge for the holidays.  I don't feel the need to add to the baking.  I often bring a dish for Christmas dinner, if I am not making the dinner myself.  I leave the baking to the experts.  I do have to bake a few treats at this time of year for my workplace's Bake Sale.  The proceeds go to purchasing things that our Long Term Care residents need.  A very worthy cause and definitely a good reason to bake.

How does your family enjoy the holidays?  What are your tricks for remaining stress free?

Thursday 3 December 2015

High Five For Friday- 4.12.15

Hello Everyone!  This blog has been on the back burner lately and I have decided that, for the next little bit, it is okay to cut back on posting.  I plan to put out 2 posts a week, including my High Five For Friday post.  I am still working on the ever elusive "balance" and I am also in a bit of a rut with my posts.  It will be nice to try a slower schedule when it comes to the blog.  I hope that it yields better posts and helps me find a routine in my personal life.  I am working on catching up on my blog reading, as well.  I can not wait to dive into all of the posts that I have missed.  Here are the five things that made my week wonderful:

1.)  I read a book out of a series recommended by Katie at Cup Of Tea .  It was the first book in the Mitford series and LOVED it!  I have "ordered" the second book in the series from my library and I can't wait to read it!

2.)  I had a wonderful play date with a friend and her son.  I really enjoy our dates and the kiddos have a blast.  It is nice to connect with other moms who are supportive.

3.)  We had a fantastic appointment with our daughter's new pediatrician.  I LOVE the new doctor!  Our last pediatrician was rude and wouldn't explain anything to us, so I requested a referral to a different doctor.  I am so glad that I did!

4.)  I ordered a new cookbook.  It is a vegan cookbook.  With my daughters allergies, I was looking for some ideas for dinner and baking.  The cookbook looks fantastic and I am excited to try some of the recipes.  I will let you know what I think after I have tried a few!

5.)  My hubby's work is finally picking up.  He is getting pretty much full time hours again, which is amazing!  We feel so relieved that he has work again.

How was your week?  Link up with the lovely ladies below to join in!

Monday 23 November 2015

Meal Planning Saves My Sanity

Most days I feel like I am barely keeping up.  I rarely feel "on top" of anything anymore.  I have come up with a few different tricks to help me keep my sanity.  One of these tricks is meal planning.

My husband and I get paid on a bi-weekly basis, so I do 2 week meal plans for our suppers.  Every time we get paid, I sit down and plan our meals for 2 weeks and write out our grocery list.  Here is what I do:

1.)  Check flyers for sales.  I learned in the last few months that grocery stores run sale cycles.  I learned this from Whitney on her blog, Come Home For Comfort .  I highly recommend checking out her blog if you are looking for advice on how to do meal plans and stay on budget.

2.)  I write out my schedule.  I note which days I am working, so that I can plan for leftovers for Miss. E's lunch.  I also note any plans that we may have, so that I know not to plan meals on those nights.

3.)  I write out meals in my daily planner.  I try to vary things as much as I can.  We eat a fairly restricted diet due to allergies.  I try to get creative, but we often have repeat meals in the 2 week period.

It is nice to come home and not have to think about what I am going to make for dinner.  I just check the planner and start making dinner.  I can also be flexible during those 2 weeks and swap meals if need be.  My husband also finds it helpful, as he knows what to start for supper if he makes it home before Miss. E and I.

I am going to give you an example of my 2 week meal plan.  Please note that I often just write "veggies" with each meal.  I like to use frozen vegetables for convenience.  Our favourites are frozen peas or California mix (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots).

Tuesday:  Chicken Breasts, Noodles, Veggies
Wednesday:  Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, Veggies
Thursday:  Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti
Friday:  Roast Beef, Potatoes, Onions and Carrots
Saturday:  Beef Buns and Au Jus
Sunday:  Shrimp Stir Fry
Monday:  Chicken, Potatoes, Veggies
Tuesday:  Salmon, Rice, Veggies
Wednesday:  Turkey Bean Soup and Biscuits (Freeze leftover soup.)
Thursday:  Chicken, Butternut Squash, Veggies
Friday:  Having Supper at the Town Christmas Event
Saturday:  Salmon, Rice, Veggies
Sunday: Roast Chicken and Vegetables
Monday:  Leftover Turkey Bean Soup

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday- 18.11.15

Hello, friends.  Early Sunday morning, my husband's Grandpa passed away.  We will attend Prayers on Thursday night and the funeral service is early Friday afternoon.  The Prayers are being held in a city that is 2.5 hours away and the funeral in in a small town that is 5 hours away.  We plan to leave Thursday when I am done work and come back on Friday evening.  We will do a total of 10 hours driving.  I chose two outfits that are appropriate for the occasion, but also comfortable to wear in the car.  The weather is supposed to turn wintery in the next few days, as well.  My outfits will be weather appropriate.

The Prayers are being held inside a chapel.  I chose a pencil skirt and sweater with my knee high winter boots.  The outfit will be fine for a 2.5 hour car ride and will look nice, too.  Here it is:

I chose a warmer and more comfortable ensemble for the funeral.  We will drive 2.5 hours to the funeral and then make the 5 hour trek home in the evening.  I want the outfit to be warm enough to stand out in the cold for the burial.  I chose my heavy striped dress and black leggings.  I will pair the outfit with my knee high winter boots.  Here it is:

It would be greatly appreciated if you could keep my husband's family in your prayers.  They are very sad and will miss the good man that was their father and grandfather.  I didn't know him well, but he always made me feel welcome and could remember my name, as well as Miss. E's name.  This always astonished me because Grandpa had 16 children, many grandchildren and Miss. E was his 55th great-grandchild!  He will be dearly missed.  Rest in peace, Grandpa.

Friday 13 November 2015

High Five for Friday- 13.11.15

I am writing this High Five For Friday late on Friday night.  It has been a bit of a busy and stressful week.  Here are my five highlights:

1.)  Today I received the all clear on a scary health issue.  I had a painful lump and my doctor wanted me to get a scan  to make sure it wasn't cancerous.  I am relieved to have a clean bill of health.  I am thankful that I don't have to worry about this anymore.

2.)  I hit a sale and got a Liz Claiborne winter coat for 50% off!  Wooooo!  It is lovely and I can't wait to wear it!  (Although, if the snow holds off for a bit I won't be sad.)

3.)  We have a free preview of the Disney channel right now and I have become addicted.  They have a show called Girl Meets World which is about Corey and Topanga's daughter and best friend.  I LOVED Boy Meets World when I was growing up and I am thoroughly enjoying this continuation of their story.

4.)  We took Elizabeth for Christmas photos the other day.  They turned out great!  Choosing just one for our Christmas card will be so difficult!

5.)  I got a new pillow which is fantastic!  My old one was making my neck hurt.

How was your week?  Link up with the lovely ladies below and tell us all about it!

Sunday 8 November 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday- 11.11.15

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada.  On this day we remember the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served our country.  Words can not express how grateful I am to the people who have sacrificed their lives so that we can live in freedom.  Lest we forget.

I have four outfits for you today.  It is getting quite cool here, but we haven't had any snow yet!  Which is awesome! 

Outfit #1:  Striped Dress + Plaid Scarf + Black Shooties

The outfit is warm, comfy and looks great.  Wooo!

Outfit #2:  Navy Blazer + Grey Graphic Tee + Silver Jeans + Black shooties

I like how the blazer dresses up the t-shirt.  It looks put together, but is basically just a t-shirt and jeans.

Outfit #3:  Plum Sweater + Black Dress Pants + Toms

This is a pretty basic outfit.  It is functional and warm.  I am not in love with it, but I do like the ease of it.

Outfit #4:  Black and White T-Shirt + Military Style Vest  + Skinny Jeans + Brown Boots

I love this vest.  The pockets are fantastic for when I am running errands with Miss. E.  This outfit is a great basic outfit that looks put together.

Happy Wednesday!  Take time to remember and thank our service men and women.

Minimalism/Organization Project #28- The Hall Closet

My hall closet holds many items including toilet paper, paper towel, tissues, medications, bandages, towels, bath toys, extra toiletries and extra feminine products.  It gets crazy from time to time and requires an overhaul.  I have new challenges this time due to Miss. E.  We keep a safety lock on the closet door, since we store medications in the closet.  My daughter wiggles into the closet every time it is opened and recently got her little paws on some (unopened) medication.  Hubby and I were right there and took it away immediately, but it showed us how dangerous our closet organization can be.

Here is the before:

I spread everything out on the kitchen table and set to sorting through it.  I ended up with a bag of expired medications.  I encourage everyone to go through their medications every six months and check expiry dates.  It is important to the health and safety of your family.  You have to be careful with how you dispose of expired medications.  I take mine to my local pharmacy and they dispose of them safely.

Here is the after:

I moved the medications to a higher shelf that my daughter won't be able to reach for years.  I managed to get rid of enough stuff (some were trashed and unopened items were donated) that I only need to keep three items on the floor of the closet!  I consider this a huge win!

The three drawer storage containers are great for storing our small toiletries and our medications.  In the basket I keep our overabundance of bandages.  Our first aid kit, rice bags, Neti Pot, and hot water bottle are also on this shelf.

The next shelf has our hand towels, Miss. E's towels/ facecloths, bath toys, my travel toiletry bag, and our extra toiletry products.  The floor is empty except for some feminine products (purchased on sale) and our extra first aid kit.

I am happy with the way things turned out.  I feel that the closet is much safer and also more organized!  I have a photo of the closet's "after" from the last time it was organized.  I am going to put it on the left and the current "after" on the right.


Minimalism is a work in progress.  I am happy that the floor is mostly clear and that I was able to get rid of more items.  Every item that leaves seems to make me feel lighter.

Thursday 5 November 2015

High Five for Friday-6.11.15

Whew!  What a week!  I have been quite busy.  I am not doing a very good of balancing everything.  Being a mom, working, keeping up with my personal life and blogging is proving to be a challenge.  I should have some blogging time over the weekend to catch up.  Without further ado, here are the highlights from my week:

1.)  My husband came home!  He was working away and we sure missed him.  Miss. E kept checking the window to see when he would be home.  I struggled to keep up on my own.  He is extremely helpful and I really could have used the extra set of hands.  Hubby is happy to home, as well.  I think he missed us almost as much as we missed him.

2.)  Halloween.  I planned to post my final Vlogtober video, but I am having issues uploading it.  I hope to have it up for you sometime this weekend.  We dressed Miss. E as a Cabbage Patch Doll.  She enjoyed carrying her Halloween pail up and down the sidewalk as she visited our neighbours for treats.  She enjoyed her stroll more than her treats!

3.)  I left work on time on Tuesday.  That was a small victory, but it felt really great!  I wasn't so lucky on Wednesday...

4.)  I planned a girls's night out for last Friday night.  I invited a few different girls that I know.  It was a lot of fun!  We had a great time and plan to do it again.  I was thankful my parents could babysit for me, because Hubby was away.  We gabbed, laughed, ate some deep fried perogies (yum) and had a few drinks.

5.)  My work situation is pretty much figured out.  I am happy to say that I will only be returning to work part time, which is nice.  I never wanted to return to full time, so I was happy to hear that I didn't have to.

How was your week?  Link up with the lovely ladies below and tell us all about it!  Have a fantastic weekend, everyone.

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Quick Life Update

Last week was crazy.  My husband was working away from home.  I worked and the health center was absolutely crazy.  I ended up going in on my day off to finish up work.  We were running!  This week hasn't been a lot better, although I did leave work on time today.  Woooo hoo!  I am happy to report that my work situation seems to have worked out in my favour.  I am relieved that it seems to be all figured out.

Through the busy week, I neglected my Vlogtober videos and other posts for the week.   I am sorry that I don't have anything new for you.  I am exhausted and I can not muster the energy to put together a decent post.

I hope to get my act together and have something new for you next week.  Thanks for bearing with me!

Thursday 29 October 2015

High Five For Friday- 30.10.15

I am ready for my weekend!  Woo hoo!  Here are five highlights from the past week:

1.)  After some tough decision making, I had a discussion with my boss.  I have had some issues with my returning to work and the schedule that I would have.  I prayed about it and came to a decision on my part.  The discussion with my boss was very constructive and I hope to hear the outcome this afternoon.  I am thankful that my boss was willing to listen and work with me on my scheduling.  

2.)  It is Halloween tomorrow!  I am looking forward to it!  Here is a flashback photo from last Halloween.  Melts my heart!

3.)  I don't carve pumpkins.  My Hubby is the pumpkin carver in the family, but he is away for work this week.  I took the easy way out and painted a face on my pumpkin (which Miss. E insists on calling an "apple").

4.)  Yesterday was National Cat Day.  In honor of this holiday, here is a picture of my fur-baby.  Pepper is now 9 years old.  She is a SPCA rescue.  She was 3 years old when I got her.

5.)  My Mom really helped me keep my head above water this week.  I needed help with child-care this week (much more than I anticipated due to heavy workload at the health centre).  She came over on Wednesday and Thursday for some last minute babysitting duty.  I so appreciate her helping us out.  I am very lucky to have such a caring Mom.

How was your week?  Link up with the ladies below and tell us all about it!  Have a great weekend and a Happy Halloween!

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday- 28.10.15

My awesome Hubby/photographer is away for work this week.  That means that my photos are lovely mirror photos.  Sorry about that!  Here are this week's outfits:

#1)  Cape + Light Chambray Shirt + Black Leggings + Brown Boots

This outfit is practical and warm.  These are important attributes in my wardrobe.  It also feels stylish, which is always nice!

#2)  Leopard Top + Military Style Vest + Black Leggings + Brown Boots

This outfit screams "Safari!" to me.  Though, you probably wouldn't actually want to wear this on a safari, just saying.  I like the fit and it is great for day to day life with a toddler.

#3)  Graphic Tee + Black Dress Pants + Black Shooties

This outfit is super comfortable, but also manages to look put together.  I am so in love with the t-shirt.  It is a nice length and weight. 

#4)  Black leggings + Black & White Striped Top + Black Poncho + Tom's

Can we just state the obvious?  A poncho is a socially acceptable way to wear a blanket in public.  I love it.  Seriously.  It has been cold up here!  I scraped ice off of my windows this morning.  Yuck.  This poncho is cozy and looks nice too!  Yahoo!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday 26 October 2015

Minimalism/Organization Project #27 -Miss. E's 2nd Closet

My daughter has 2 closets in her bedroom.  One of the closets has a built in desk/change table in it.  The previous owners used it as a desk and then as a change table for their baby.  We liked the idea and left the closet to be our change area.  I went through the closet this weekend and organized it a bit.  I should have taken more pictures, but I wasn't thinking.  The before and after look similar but I did make a lot of progress.  I threw away a small garbage can of baby lotions.  Miss. E had terrible eczema in her first year of life.  It has since cleared.  It was caused by her allergies and once we removed those foods from her diet, her skin cleared up.  I got rid of any products that we don't use or that didn't work.  We tried a lot of products so there was a lot to sort through!



The visual difference is not noticeable, but I am happy that I sorted through everything.  We now only have the products that we use.  I also moved a few books that I had set aside in this closet to the bookstand in the other closet.  It looks much better.

Here is a look at the products/garbage that I threw away:

Yay!  Miss. E's room is neat and tidy again!

Thursday 22 October 2015

High Five For Friday- 23.10.15

Happy Friday, everybody!  This week was busy, but I feel like I am always saying that.  Here are my highlights from the past week:

1.)  The Canadian federal election was on Monday.  I am a big advocate for voting.  It is a right denied to many people around the world.  I am thankful to live in Canada and I always vote.  My leader didn't win the election, but I am still glad that I cast my ballot.

 2.)  My daughter has a milk and egg allergy.  We are hoping that she will outgrow her allergies, but in the meantime she has to avoid dairy and eggs.  I have been experimenting with some ideas for baking and I successfully modified my Mom's chocolate chip cookie recipe!  I was so excited.  They were very good.  I ate way too many!  Miss. E enjoyed the little bits of cookie that I fed her.

3.)  My daughter and I accompanied my hubby to the city and he decided to get his haircut.  Miss. E and I waited in the vehicle and played with Mega Bloks.  She is enamored with her blocks and will actually sit and play with them for long periods of time.  They are awesome!

4.)  I was sick over the weekend and the beginning of the week.  I made myself some chicken noodle soup that really seemed to help.  It was also delicious!

5.)  I have been participating in Vlogtober with Whitney from Come Home For Comfort.  It has been a blast and I am really enjoying getting to know everyone through their videos.  Check out the other vloggers involved:  WhitneyKatieEmily and Nikki.

How was your week?  Link up with the ladies below and join in H54F!

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday- 21.10.15

We had a few warm days in the past week.  We even got to 17 degrees Celcius (62 Fahrenheit).  Mostly it has been cool.  10 degrees Celcius (50 Fahrenheit) or less.  I am happy to snuggle up in my sweaters and coats.

#1)  Striped dress + Black leggings + Military Style Jacket + Tom's Shoes

I love the way this outfit feels.  It would have looked better with heels, but I needed flats for my day.  I was warm thanks to the thick knit of the dress and the warmth of the leggings.

#2)  Black Faux Leather Jacket + Red sweater + Skinny Jeans + Black shooties

I love the way this outfit makes me feel.  Confident, bold and put together.  It is a great outfit and it is warm.  Win win.

#3)  Red Sweater + Oatmeal Cape + Skinny Jeans + Brown Tall Boots

This outfit is warm and chic.  The cape is made of wool so it is very warm, but also itchy.  I always wear a long sleeved sweater underneath.

#4)  Buffalo Plaid + Skinny Jeans + Tall Brown Boots

This outfit is quintessentially fall, isn't it?  Buffalo plaid and boots.  I wore this when we went to take some pictures with the Fall leaves.  

Hope you are having a Happy Wednesday!