Friday, November 15, 2019

Scandinave Spa Day

Happy Friday, friends! Here's a little recap of one of my very favourite days this week... our date day at Collingwood. I got a very generous spa gift certificate for my birthday from my most lovely friend and we were so excited to use it. We found a free day, albeit a bit late, got a friend to watch the kids for the day and off we went!

A two hour drive away, listening to music and having legit conversations....with NO interruptions! 

Got there at opening with a huge line before us and were told there was a 5 hour wait.. that's right--- 5 hours. They take your # and send you a text when there is a spot. Off we went to explore Collingwood and The Blue Mountain resorts.

Snow, snow, snow! Before it came to us this week...

As my kids would say, it was legit cold! We had to bring out the bigger jackets and all the gear.

Breakfast time! The owner was very friendly and photo bombed many a pic haha!

Window shopping and walking around a bit.

The Pepper Palace-- so much delicious stuff if you like heat.

We picked up a quick lunch and then headed to our appointment. Calamari and cauliflower for the win.

No pictures allowed in the actual spa but this was at check-in. 

So the spa process at this one is 15-20 minutes in heat (choices of heated baths, infrared saunas, sauna or my favourite eucalyptus steam room), 5-20 seconds in plunging cold (either pools or showers), 10-15 minutes rest either indoors or outdoors and then repeat as many times as possible. So relaxing and restful. Some of us even fell asleep.

We repeated for just under four hours and then went to a Greek restaurant in town for a delicious dinner.

Zoned out and hardly any makeup on.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day and each other's company and came back rested and rejuvenated. It was a lovely start to winter and the colder months ahead.

Linking up with Andrea

Happy Weekending, lovelies! It's the first swim meet of the season and we are ready!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Books Lately

So cold outside and it actually snowed today. Lots!! Time for some wonderful reading... This month were a few great ones, one okay one and one dud. Here we go.

The Light We Lost by [Santopolo, Jill]

This love story between Lucy and Gabe starts on 9-11 when they were both university students. Based on their close encounter with this horrific event, they decide they want their lives to have meaning. Their story spans decades, continents, other life events, dreams, desires and betrayals. This poignant tale is probably the best one I have read all year... and it has been a great reading year. It is devastating well written and haunted me for days after. I cannot wait to read more from this author.

Life and Other Inconveniences by [Higgins, Kristan]

This book examines three generations of a family: A very wealthy grandmother, an abandoned grand daughter and her daughter and how their lives intertwine again after a long, understandable estrangement. I found myself identifying and getting annoyed with each of the characters in turn. It was very real, raw, human and touched on many very relevant issues today. It was a great read!

Ladies Who Punch- The Explosive Inside Story of "The View"
Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View" by [Setoodeh, Ramin]
I love The View and watch at least a few episodes a week. This one was a page turner with many interviews with current and past co-hosts and great access to the behind the scenes of the show.  It was juicy, delicious and an easy read. If you are a fan of The View, you'll love this one.

Best Staged Plans by [Cook, Claire]

A quick read about a fifty something home stager going through a home crisis with selling her own home at this stage in her life. Lots of relationships, back and forth, quirks and quips. I didn't enjoy this one and struggled to finish it. 

The Hypnotist's Love Story by [Moriarty, Liane]

A love story about a hypnotist, her boyfriend and his stalker... and ex girlfriend. It's told from the hypnotist's and the stalker's point of view and I found myself empathising with them both. A love story and a bit of a thriller as well, I enjoyed this and was intrigued to know how it ended... a great one by Liane Moriarty again! 

What are you reading lately? I have a couple good ones that came in from the library all at ones... It's going to be a busy few nights. My kids might have to feed themselves dinner :-P

                                                  Linking up with Steph for Show Us Your Books.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Sephora Holiday Sale Gift Guide

Yay for Friday, and the Sephora Holiday Insider Sale!! Beauty Insiders can receive 10 to 20 % off their overall beauty needs and gift items just in time for the holiday season... This year, I deviated from the norm and got so many teacher/hostess gifts during the big sale. The points and free samples don't hurt either!

1- L'occitane Ornament: These would make wonderful hostess/support staff at school gifts. So pretty and with three luxury items inside.
2- Kiehl's products are awesome for this time of year in the temperate climates and this lip balm/hand salve combo will be what I'll be gifting my kids' teachers this year. A little indulgent, useful, none calorie laden treat for the new year ahead.
3- Beauty Blender- Who wouldn't love a new beauty blender and cleanser
4- L'occitane Break Apart kit- this one is perfect for breaking apart as a tiny token filled with 2 travel sized products for all the people in our kids'/our lives.
5- Brazilian Bum Bum Cream- If you're super close to someone who doesn't take offense: this holy grail body cream (my girls giggle at the name) lives up to the hype. I'm on my second jar already and the smell is divine as well. 
6- Almond Shower Oil- Yes, my third L'occitane product. I thought about switching it up but #honestopinions. I'm now just onto the mega refills. The oil cleanses and moisturises at the same time! This indulgent set would be a great way to introduce someone to all that almond goodness.

Yep, lots of sets/creams/washes. I thought we'd mix it up from all the cookies/candy/popcorn etc we give to teachers/hostesses this year. 

What's your holiday go to for teacher/hostess gifts? Also, did you indulge in the Sephora sale? What are your favourite purchases?

Linking up with Andrea

Happy Weekending, lovelies!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Currently and Prime Lately- November 2019

November fun!!! Here's a little currently with Anne:

Up after my kids... and also teaching them to pick up after themselves. The struggle is real, friends!

A pared down Christmas list for my kids. So many people want to buy stuff for them but they ask for random things like a backpack or white paint. This coupled with not wanting to contribute to the plastic catastrophe has me stumped.

To meditate each weekday morning. I'm beginning to look forward to it :-) both guided and unguided.

Grateful for all of life's beautiful, bountiful blessings. These gratitude practices have definitely helped.

A high school friend of mine just had her first baby. I'm loving all the beautiful, wonderful, advice seeking posts and pictures. The years really are too short! 

TBT to 10 years ago. Oh, my heart!!

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And now here's some Prime Lately now with Tanya!

We have tons of natural light in our bedroom which is awesome in the winter months but come  nightfall, not so much. These eye masks do the trick.

Amazon Fashion for the littles is very cute! This poncho is such a high quality one and a favourite in our house. So much so that the 10 year old wants one too but it doesn't come in her size.

Hope & Henry Girls' Sweater Cape

This dress is also a cute one for the winter months ahead on those rare occasions that A wants to wear a dress. I love the detailing on the sleeves and pockets.

Hope & Henry Girls' Navy Ponte Quilted Riding Dress

These acrylic hoops are a great price, so light and perfect for both warm and cooler temps depending on which ones you choose.

Finrezio 4 Pairs Mottled Acrylic Hoop Earrings for Women Circle Hoop Stud Earrings Set Bohemian Statement Earrings Fashion Jewelry

We switched out our duvets to quilts and this one was super cheap and pretty good quality. Problem with this though is that I accidentally bought two! 

AmazonBasics Oversized Quilt Coverlet Bed Set - King, Cream Floral

What have you been buying lately?

Monday, November 4, 2019

November Weekending!

Hello November. I haven't done a weekend shenanigans post in months but I have quite a few pics to share so here we are! This weekend:

- We headed after swimming to Listowel where we attended a Black Tie Bingo. Silent auction, bingo, heads and tails, tacos and drinks: all for charity and very lovely!

- Spent the night there at our friends' house and the next morning with them.

- Came home. Took naps.
- Did laundry, tidied up and made an appetizer to take to:

- Our neighbourhood Halloween music party. The silver fox, flapper, Ravenclaw and makeshift kitty  had lots of fun.

- We got a whole extra hour on Sunday so I used it to go to a spin workout.

- Family lunch out followed by the girls and of course me doing some Christmas shopping in Indigo with their 25% off sale.

- Naps, more laundry and more downtime. D and I squeezed in a couple episodes of Modern Love- a great show to watch with your great love XO.

- BBQ'd burgers for dinner and got ready for school and Monday.

Clearly a 'black tie' event

My neighbours go all out with their costumes.

The wonderful hosts!

Oh November, so cold but so lovely! 
Happy Monday, friends!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Spooky fun- Halloween 2019!

Morning, lovelies!! Can anyone say Halloween hangover?! It's been a busy, exciting week. Everyone's still asleep. We braved the rain, got creative, ate way too much candy and  had way too much fun. Here are just a 'few' pics.

All prepped for schoo, we have a glam witch.

And a ravenclaw.

I worked during the day but took some time to pack on some makeup and then picked the girls up all decked off to surprise them. That's tulle over my face.

After dinner and chores, it was time to reapply makeup. This is what we did to ensure stillness in the process LOL. She wanted a red lip like momma but my ninja skills only went so far!!

We put our candy out front but our neighbours are so polite that they only take one.

We had a silver fox join us.. though he looks like a bunny here lol.

I don't wear a red lip often but I'm liking the look. Also, I'm either a sorting hat or a glam witch depending on who's asking...

We wore three layers under her clothes so her costume could stay intact.

It was rainy and the houses in our neighbourhood and very far apart so we took the car out for the further ones and then walked to the closer ones. 

Not pictured... the tail that came with this costume...

As you can see our neighbours delivered as usual!!

And that's a wrap on Halloween 2019... 

How was your spooky night? 

Linking up with Andrea

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