Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Easter Wreaths

Easter Wreaths

With Easter always comes by want to become more crafty. I suppose its' the spring fever thing. Anyways, I was searching for some inspiration and these are some of my faves that I may have to craft out, or more realistically buy. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why
Netflix just started airing Thirteen Reasons Why, and I thought I would reshare my review on the book. I am excited to start binge watching it as I really liked the book. I will let you know what I think of the show as soon as I am done.

I picked up this book without knowing anything about it. I was swayed by the title “thirteen reasons why’ because my husband has a saying /motto of “seven reasons why” and I thought, hey maybe its going to be the same reasoning  (It most definitely wasn’t). I also loved the cover art and the inside art sleeves. A+ for wherever designed that! (see- I still fall for the cover when picking up a book)
Clay Jensen is a regular teenage kid until he comes home from school one day and finds a package left on his door stop with no return address. Upon opening the package he discovers a bunch of cassette tapes. These tapes contain a recording by Hannah Baker, a crush and classmate who just so happened to commit suicide two weeks earlier.

These tapes contain 13 reasons why Hannah Baker killed herself.  Each tape side is dedicated to a person who made an impact on her decision. The catch is that every person, once listening to the tapes has to pass it on to the next person she talks about.  Changing not only the view on Hannah but every person mentioned.
I loved the duality of writing. Having Clay’s thoughts appear beside what he was listening to was genius. I’m so glad Jay Asher pulled it off.  
This book should be considered a required reading for teens, as it makes you think of the effects of bullying that we do not even see. It’s crazy to think that something so small (that is then turned into a rumor) can snowball into a girl wanting to kill herself. I know some people who have criticized this book saying that Hannah’s reason to kill herself was too insubstantial to be real. That’s the problem in today’s society; we don’t think that making a snarky comment on facebook about someone will matter. Little do you know that little snarky comment just may be the icing on the cake on top of all the other bullshit someone has to go through. The reason given for each of the 13, is small and trivial and from the outside is stupid. All the things she could have changed but Hannah asked for help in the best ways she knew how. And recieved help in the best way she knew how. Yes, she didn't scream it and straight out asked someone what to do if one has suicidal tendenceis, but really what teen actually does? When she tried to mention it in her class and was met with obstacles and more taunting. Even if in the writing it didn't come across as severe, you never know what is going on in the head on someone else.
In the end, I believe she made the tapes instead of just writing a suicide note, to have the people who affected her decision know why. That’s a problem with suicide you never know what was going through their head.   Yes, the tapes may seem like the blame game; but I see it as being a way for Hannah to warn others that rumors have consequences- to think things through before they do snowball into something irreversible. I believe she gives the tapes to Clay  because she liked him and wanted him to know why and not to wonder.
As for characters, I enjoyed Clay a lot. He was a believable teenage boy. His emotions were in tuned with what I would feel hearing the things Hannah said.  Hannah also made me like her. It made me feel sorry for her, that she felt like she had no other way out. A lot of teens have been there and her story was believable as to what a teenage girl goes through with rumors. Not everyone knows how to deal with it, and unfortunately for Hannah she was one of them.  He had no part in the story line, but I loved the waiter at Rosie’s. He saw this kid was having a hard time and was like, ‘dude, don’t pay, and figure your shit out’ (a bit more eloquently than that though). Just shows that some people genuinely care about one another.

  ***SPOLIER*** I liked how Clay wasn’t the last person in the list. He still had to pass it on and witness how other people interpreted the tapes and how their views of him changed. ***SPOLIER OVER***

I also heard it was being made into a movie as well.

This is a great YA read. 5 stars for this baby.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Freshen Your Home Up for Spring

With the nice weather finally starting to creep in, and dare I say it,  no more snow in the forecast; the end of March makes me want to dive right into spring cleaning and freshen up the house.  I guess its called spring cleaning for a reason, but being 5 months pregnant I definitely do not have that drive in me. Thankfully you can get that spring fresh feeling by changing up the decor slightly in your house, all conveniently located on

Here’s a few ideas to get started;

Time to reflect: Hang a mirror across from a window to reflect natural light and make a room feel bigger.

Lighten up
: If bold colours aren’t your cup of tea, neutrals like white or light gray can really make a space feel fresh and clean. This couch is perfect for that, and some throw pillows, or a pop of colour of a different table is also another way. A light-colored rug on top of an otherwise dark floor is a great accent. Or if you’re up for an easy DIY, save some cash by whitewashing an unfinished end table or some stools!

Embrace the colour of nature: Now is the perfect time to emulate blooming flowers by experimenting with small pops of color. Try sneaking in pinks, blues and greens by incorporating small pieces like bathmats, dinnerware or other decorative objects.

Get creative with planters: Try using a basket to house larger plants on the floor, or a terrarium to add a little green to a table. Don’t have a green thumb? There’s no shame in incorporating some artificial greenery. Plus, you’ll have it for next year!

Take a deep breath: If winter is all about the scent of sugar cookies and pine trees, spring is about floral and clean scents. Lavender and other floral scented-candles are always a good go-to, but scents like citrus or cotton can add that just-cleaned feeling to your home (with a lot less work).  

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Organic Coffee Scrub

I've been feeling crafty these days and finally and since one of my boards is called  "for when I'm feeling crafty", I decided to cross one on my list.

I have always wanted to try my hand at making my own bath stuff, and this one seemed simple enough. Only 3 ingredients! Plus all the benefits of coconut oil are well a benefit.   Plus coffee is supposed to be good for cellulite, or so the rumours say, this seemed like the best bet.

Use this scrub in your morning shower and you will feel invigorated.  You will be left with super moisturized skin thanks to the oil and super soft skin thanks to the exfoliant power of the sugar and coffee.

So how to make it:

- Coconut Oil (1/4 cup)
- Brown Sugar (1/4 cup)
- Coffee (1/2 cup) --->I used fresh ground French Vanilla because I'm classy like that... Actually no, its the only non K-cup type we had

You mix them all together.

Then you put them into a pretty mason jar. 

(yields about 8 ounces.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

To Read Lists
I've fallen away from my love. Reading. Just lately I haven't been able to pick up a book and finish it. I read a few chapters and then forget about it. And not because they didn't hold my attention, because some definitely did. So I got to thinking on how I should get back to making time to read, and I believe that a good portion of back when I was doing more full time book blogging (through netgalley) is that I had lists upon lists of To Be Read Lists, To Be Reviewed Lists, etc. While this may make it sound more like a job - I feel like it actually made me want to read, to cross off those books.

So, I am going to try that again.  There isn't as much pressure to review them, just to enjoy them.  And while I know my time off to just sit and read is going to greatly lessen come July, I am only going to put 5 on my list.  All randomly just picked at random with me just looking over to my bookshelf. 

To Read:
1. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
2 .Homegoing by Ya'a Gyasi
3. The Nest by 
4. Naked by David Sedaris
5.  Draongfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Thursday, March 16, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

I enjoyed this book immensely. Not only is the cover art beautiful and is something I would pick up based on that alone, the writing is superb.

Rules of Civility

The story initially begins by Katey Kontent and her husband at an art gallery featuring photographs of strangers riding the subway. Two of these photographs feature Tinker Grey. This year is the year that was worth a flashback in Katey’s life. It was essentially the year she stepped out of her best friends shadow and lived her own life.

On New Years Eve of 1937, Katey Kontent a New York native and her best friend Eve Ross, who is transplanted to NYC from Indiana, find themselves in a Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with a bit of a secret side, happens to sit down next to them.  The three of them instantly click and start hanging out, becoming an unlikely threesome. And as all threesomes go, one poor soul  is always left out. At the beginning you can see that Tinker, despite Eve’s raw sensualism, is developing a little crush on Katey. Eve who is very outspoken and always looking to be the life of the party does not like the way Tinker’s mind is going. While Katey never shies away from the dramatic flair, you can tell she is more reserve and cannot compete with her best friend’s advances and ‘this-belongs-to-me’ attitude.  This especially comes clear when they end up in a car crash.  Tinker guilt plays a large role and him and Eve shack up propelling Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society where she goes from lowly secretary to a well-respected business woman.
Towles is a great writer. He writes with ease and romanticism. He makes you feel connected not only to 1938 New York but to each of the characters as well.  Katey was a great character. She was a hard worker, hard partier, loved to read and loved to shoot guns.  She was very believable and likeable. One thing that I did not like about Towles writing style was his lack of quotation marks.   I found it confusing at first, second guessing who was actually saying what. You get used to it, but really? Why did you have to try something different?

I give this 4.5 stars!  You should check it out!
I want to write more, but I fear too many spoilers would be given away!

“ careful when choosing what you're proud of--because the world has every intention of using it against you.”

Monday, January 23, 2017

Baby Number 2!

There's been a reason why I've been silent on this blog. Baby Novo # 2 is coming!

We announced on New Years Eve the only way we knew how, with H!

Currently I am 15 weeks into this pregnancy, and I have to say its a lot different than the first one.  

Mainly, I was sick the first 3 months. Not really morning sickness related (although I did throw up a few times- which was a completely new experience for me), but with the flu and the cold. Back and forth. It was fun. (high dose of sarcasm there).

This pregnancy I have to say that I am not as overly cautious over what I eat. Sure I avoid the big no's, but when momma craves a hot dog she is having one.  I also haven't been as active - as this time around I am more exhausted than I remembered being with H.  I also guess its because I have an active toddler to chase after and entertain all day.

Super excited for this next journey. Also a little bit nervous.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next DoorFast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing.

You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit? - goodreads

My first book review of 2017, I know I kind of slacked on them last year. Who knew a baby would take up so much time?  HAHA

Anyways, this book was a really good book to start the year off with. 4 stars for sure.

It is about a couple who went to a dinner party next door, and left their 6 month old baby at home; mainly because their neighbors don't like kids-  checking in on her every half an hour to make sure she was alright.  First as a mom, I'm not sure I could do this - I mean sure we hang out in the yard or in the cul-de-sac with the neighbours, while H was sleeping, with our monitor on and made a mad dash if we hear any whimpering. But we were also in eyesight of the door at all times, and we weren't getting shit faced (well not both of us at the same time)- so I can sympathize a bit, but seriously get better friends who like kids... But back to the storyline. The couple, at the end of the night comes home to find the door unlocked and their baby girl missing.

Enter Panic.

They call the cops and of course are both put on the suspect list.

The twists and turns, while some are pretty predictable, also keeps you guessing.

It is also a fast paced book. I wanted to keep reading it until I was done, so that makes it a winner in my book as it captivated me from the beginning.

If you like The Girl on The Train type books, then I think you will also enjoy this one as well and you should add it to your To Read pile.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Favourite Christmas books!

One of my favourite family Christmas traditions was reading Christmas books. Every evening leading up to Christmas, we all gathered on the couch, sipped on hot chocolate and picked from the basket of books and read a story together. 

Some of my favourite books included:

The Little Match Girl
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
The Snowman
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
The Polar Express
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore (the one with the pipe)
The Wild Christmas Reindeer
The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
What are some of your favourite Christmas books?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

RECIPE: Cinnamon Buns!

Who doesn't love cinnamon buns?

We were at the mall the other day and smelt that sweet sweet smell of Cinnzeo, and G and I were both like, yup before we leave we have to pick one up.

Until you have a toddler needing a nap ASAP.

We didn't realize we forgot this precious treat until we were at home, and as the closet mall is 45 minutes away from us, G was like - didn't you make some that tasted exactly like them a while ago. And I was like- Yes, yes I did.

 The recipe I used was from Jo's Cook

The Goods:
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup  softened butter
  • 1 tsp  salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups  all purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup softened butter
Cream cheese icing
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1½ cups icing sugar
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ½ tsp  vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt

The How To:
  1. For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
  2. Add sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour to the bowl of a mixer and mix well.
  3. Pour the milk/yeast mixture in the bowl and using the dough hook, mix well until well incorporated.
  4. Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size. - This is the part that takes FOREVER!
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 16 inches long by 12 inches wide. It should be approx ¼ inch thick.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  7. To make filling, combine the butter or margarine, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  8. Spread the mixture evenly over the surface of the dough. Alternatively you can spread the butter first on the dough and then the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  9. Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge. The roll should be about 18 inches in length. Cut the roll into 1½ inch slices. You might find it easier if you use a piece of floss vs a knife.
  10. Place the cut rolls in the prepared pan. Cover them with a damp towel. Let them rise again for another 30 minutes until they double in size.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cooking time can vary greatly! Mine took 24 minutes.
  12. While the rolls are baking make the icing by mixing all ingredients and beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  13. When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.

*Note - I didn't actually make this icing, because 1) I did not have  cream cheese other than the herb and garlic kind and 2) I was lazy. So I used store bought canned vanilla icing and it was just as delicious.