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December 30th, 2013 | Pop, Fizz, Clink. Happy 2014!

2014

I seriously can’t believe that it is already the end of 2013. Where did the year go? While 2013 was a blast, I still feel like there are still so many things that I sought out to do this year that I didn’t get to do. So instead of setting traditional resolutions for myself this year, I’ve decided to look at a few aspects of my life and how I can improve them!

On myself: 
A big thing for me this year will be to take better care of myself, and to take more time for myself. This will be everything from making sure I take my vitamins, giving myself time to read more, take long baths, read a magazine, etc. I didn’t get a whole lot of ‘me’ time this year and I definitely noticed a change in my stress levels and my health during those periods of time.

On shopping:
Everyone knows I love to shop, it’s no secret. I’ve started to actually track where my money goes and it has been an eye opener. I want to spend less money overall, especially on things like clothes. When I do shop, for each item I buy I’ll force myself to throw something else out. I think that will help a lot. I also want to start buying better quality items and things that will last longer & are classic. If that means I have to save up a little more to buy a new dress, so be it. I’ve bought too many things that just fall apart after a couple of uses.

On work:
Stress less!! I also want to start putting away a higher % of my earnings towards savings at the end of each pay check. This will help out with my spending habits too.

On love & family:
Remind everyone how wonderful they are and don’t take any of them for granted, even for a second. Spend more time doing things with them… while I spend a fair amount of time with my parents it’s usually just sitting around my house and not really doing anything. I also used to make dinner a few times a month for them and this year I got really busy and stressed out with work and never managed to find the time as I always had something on the go. I want to start doing this again. I miss cooking for the ones I love.

A few things I’d like to do:
Travel.  Do a craft every other week. Really enjoy the little things. Read a book in one sitting. Try something new once a week and write about it – even if it’s just in a notebook. Learn to drive. (I know. I’m 25 and I can’t drive)

 

Hope you all had a wonderful year, and here’s to an even better one ahead! I’m spending NYE in pjs watching some movies with some wine, pizza and my favourite people! What are you doing?

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December 25th, 2013 | Merry Christmas!

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(photo source: Rifle Paper Co.)

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day today with friends and family. Last night we played some games and watched a few christmas movies. Today we’re trying to brave the weather to go to my aunt’s for a festive feast after a a Christmas brunch & presents.

For those of you that are still being affected by the ice storm, I really am wishing for a Christmas miracle for you & that everything is back to normal asap.

Merry Christmas!

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April 9th, 2013 | april showers

 

Sprinnnng! I’m so excited that the weather is (even though wet) starting to get warmer and the days are getting longer. It’s such a nice feeling on the days I get off work at 7 or later that it’s still partially light out. It’s the best feeling! I don’t mind the rain. I love sitting down with a cup of tea and just watching it. That and it’s good for the flowers ;). A few are starting to poke out of the ground in our garden.

I’m really excited for spring for so many reasons. I can finally paint my furniture for my room soon.. it’s been way to cold to do it and I wouldn’t dare attempt it inside. I’m a messy painter. The Zoo! The Toronto Zoo is one of my favourite places in spring. The animals are always more active and fun to watch before the summer heat sets in. Being able to wear dresses without thick tights, saying bye to heavy winter jackets. Oh and BBQ season!!!

I’m also excited to start sharing some outfit posts again. I’m going to be honest here, I have zero motivation to do them in the winter. I usually don’t have anyone to take the photos for me so I rely on a tripod and just takes longer that way. I’m a big baby in the winter, (and yes I’m Canadian) and just don’t like the way the photos turn out when I’ve tried taking them indoors.

 

 

Another thing I’m looking forward to is getting back into geocaching again. I know there are lots of people who still cache in the winter (and some caches that are designed around it) but yeah.. back to me being a big baby. I’m a bad Canadian I know. I’m mostly just excited about being able to spend almost all day outside again.

I remember it being so much warmer this time last year too. I think that’s just making me want spring extra bad. But I know it’s finally right around the corner! (You watch, I just jinxed it.) Is the weather spring like yet where you guys are? Do you have any big plans or things you’re excited to do in the Spring?!

 

 

Also, I feel like I should mention it even though I’m sure many of you are probably already aware but something that’s going to be effecting us bloggers (late) spring is that Google Reader is retiring. It’s not set to happen unit June 1st. If you use Google Reader to follow my blog and don’t want to stop your subscription, you’re going to have to find another way to follow. my top choice (and what I’ve switched to as well) is Feedly.

Feedly is very similar to google reader and you can set it up so that it will automatically import your RSS feed from Google.  It has a few different layout choices as well including one that is almost identical to reader’s interface if you prefer it, or you can select a more visual approach with thumbnails and a summary (how I use it). It’s a web based app that you can also use on your iPad, iPhone, Android or Kindle. I use it both on my computer and iPad.

Some other ways to follow as well are subscribing directly to the RSS feed, or through Facebook, Bloglovin’, Twitter, or you can check out this article by Life Hacker with a list of google reader alternatives and find one that suits your own needs.

I’m curious now – how do you guys follow this blog? Either way, I’m so thankful that you do! Thanks for stickin’ around kids :)

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