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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo Review

When it comes to beauty products I don't generally like to spend a fortune. I shop at places like Walmart because they offer good deals on their products. Shampoo is definitely one of those items. I don't buy super cheap but I generally use Aussie, herbal essence, etc versus salon quality products. I also always try to buy on sale and stock up! While at hub's step sisters wedding over the summer, I borrowed the groom's sister's shampoo. She had organix argan oil shampoo and I loved the way it made my hair feel. When I went looking for the shampoo at my local stores I cringed at the $8.00 price tag (which I know is fairly inexpensive given how much shampoos can cost, but I'm used to spending $2-3 a bottle). Hubs told me if I wanted it to buy it. At the time, they were out of the argan oil shampoo so I sniff tested the other ones available. I instantly feel in love with the coconut milk shampoo.

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It smelled exactly like a pina colada and reminded me of summer and our trips down south. It leaves a light fragrance in your hair and has a more luxurious feel then the typical shampoos I use. I'm definitely excited to broaden my use of these shampoos and conditioners in the near future.

Monday, February 16, 2015

ABCs of Me

A. Age: 28
B. Bed size: Queen
C. Chore you dislike: Cleaning the bathroom and folding laundry. I don't mind doing the laundry but I HATE folding laundry.

D. Dogs: No dogs yet 

E. Essential start to your day: Putting on makeup (at least mascara) and having a shower
F. Favorite color: Blue 
G. Gold or silver: White gold and starting to like rose gold
H. Height: 5'1'' or 5'.5'' if you go by the Dr's office, I prefer the extra half inch
I. Instruments you play(ed): I was never very musical
J. Job title: Admin assistant
K. Kids: Stepdaughter, other kids one day hopefully

L. Live: Canada

M. Mom’s name: Mom 

N. Nicknames:  Bear, Hug and kiss, bunny, nubby 

O. Overnight hospital stays: None 

P. Pet peeves: Rude, ignorant people, unruly kids who's parents let them run wild

Q. Quote from a movie: Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming....

S. Siblings: Younger brother and sister

T. Time you wake up: Depends.... Workdays it's 540, days off varies

U. Underwear: Yep

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Peas, baby corn, beets

W. What makes you run late: Waking up late, traffic, duddling 

X. X-rays you’ve had: General dental ones, and a couple chest x-rays

Y. Yummy food you make: My famous ginger cookies, curry broccoli and cheese

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Giraffe's and elephants   



It's February

Sheesh, it's already the middle of February and I haven't even posted anything in my blog yet for this month. Sometimes I really feel like I am slacking and other times I feel like.... there just aren't enough hours in the day. Lots has been going on in our little slice of paradise lately... some of which I'm not really ready to talk about on this blog, although my best friend knows whats been on the go as of late.

I'm going to do another quick random update because lots has been on the go, but I just don't have the time for separate blog posts.

* My mom has been doing really good, no news has been great news!!
* I'm super thankful I live where I do. Instead of worrying about snow storms, we are enjoying spring weather and flowers.
* My best friends little guy is growing up so quickly, he just rolled over for the first time today!
* My sister is doing really good, she passed her written exam for dental assisting and is hoping to get recruited by the military.
* Hubs got a new position with his work, its been a long time coming and something he has wanted for a very long time! I'm so proud of him and all his accomplishments.
* My job is going really good. I've learned so much over the past almost year! I'm currently on a 3 day course and so far learning lots. I'm on another course next week as well. I've been applying for everything and anything when it comes to courses. The more knowledge and resume padding the better.
* A few months ago I had an interview with the housing agency where I work. I just found out last week that I made it into the pool. I was super stoked as its a classification above mine and apparently there was steep competition to just get into the pool. They only took the best of the best. A coworker of mine who has been in a higher classification and worked in the admin world a lot longer then me didn't make the pool, so it just shows you how hard the interview process was. The pool is open until 2017, so if any jobs become available then they will draw from the pool.
* I just applied for another pool as well. I figure the more I have my name out there and the more practice I have with applying for jobs the better.
* I had an impromptu interview for a job in an extremely executive office at my work. I got a phone call saying I was highly recommended and they asked if I was interested in the job. It deals with financial amongst other things and although I don't have much finance experience I applied anyway. Even if I don't get the job it gets my name and willingness to grow out there. I'm just super proud with how far I have come in just under a year. I went from working in a kitchen with little office experience to working my way into pools and interviews for executive offices.
* Last Thursday hubs and I went for dinner with my coworker and her girlfriend. We went to the Indian Bistro as per the recommendation of my coworker and the food was delicious. We generally just go to Indian food buffets but this food was amazing! They are renovating towards the end of this month and reopening with a buffet grand opening.
* Sunday night I went and seen 50 Shades of Grey with a friend. I've read all the books and we had planned for a while to go and see the movie when it came out. I was super excited to see the movie, however after watching the movie I give it a C at best. I mean for it's rating I was expecting a lot more. The amount of nudity for the type of movie it was, was fairly lacking and the sex scenes were underwhelming. I've seen more passion and thrill from other movies that weren't based on sex. I will go see the next couple movies and hope they are better, but so far I think the books were much better.
* I really need to start getting back to the gym and using my gym membership. I've had it for almost 2 months now and have hardly gone. I really do need to start holding myself accountable in this regard.
* Valentine's day was a quiet one in our house this year. I made supper for hubs which consisted of au gratin slow cooker potatoes, parmesan crusted chicken breasts, steamed broccoli, accompanied by a bottle of red wine and dessert of a DQ blizzard. Since hubs worked his 4th morning shift he was pretty tired and we ended up going for a nap that ended up turning into us just leaving the kitchen a mess and going to bed for the night.
* Hubs stepbrother and his girlfriend stayed with us Friday-Sunday night and left today. They came down for a convention but it was nice to finally meet his girlfriend. They will be moving back to Victoria in the next couple of months so it will be nice to have some family closer to us.

I'll have to come back and do an update post on my job as we are nearing my 1 year new job anniversary. It's hard to believe I have been in my job almost a year. It doesn't feel like it.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas Dinner 2014

This year I attempted to make Christmas Dinner on my own.

The menu consisted of:

Appetizers:
Cheese & Crakcers w/ Garlic Coil and Cheese Ball

Main:
Rosemary Balsamic Glazed Ham
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Caramelized onion & bacon dressing
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
Orange zest cranberry sauce
Caramelized brussel sprouts with onion & bacon
Assortment of wine
Fresh Dinner Rolls

Dessert:
Ice Cream Cake



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Welcome 2015! Here's to an amazing 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in Review

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
 Went to an NHL hockey game, visited the U.S. I cooked Christmas Dinner!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Not at all, but we are getting another gym membership through Hubs work for like 60% off the regular price. It's going to be full force come January!!

Here are my resolutions for this year:

2015 resolutions:
  1. Go to the gym
  2. Eat healthier

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
 My best friend had her first child, a son, and my cousin had her first child.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thankfully. Hubs lost a grandmother and great-grandmother.

5. What places/countries did you visit? 
We went to Mayan Riviera Mexico, Halifax and Seattle.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A little more savings, adding to our family.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 1, 2014 - New job
July 6, 2014- Best friend celebrated 1st wedding anniversary
July 10, 2014 - Celebrated our 4th Wedding Anniversary, bought our new escape
November 7,2014- Best friend had her first child

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
 Getting a new job, making new friends.

9. What was your biggest failure?
 Not losing the weight I wanted to, not starting a family like I hoped.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
 Nope, was pretty healthy this year.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
New Ford Escape, plane tickets to visit family.

12. Where did most of your money go?
 Mortgage, new car.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to Mexico with my family, my parents visiting in September, my best friend having her first child, my brother surprise visiting hubs and I for Christmas.

14. What song will always remind you of 2014?
    Thinking out Loud - Ed Sheeran

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner
c) richer or poorer? Richer and poorer

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercising, eating healthier.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sitting on the couch

18. How did you spend Christmas?
With hubs and my brother. I cooked Christmas Dinner for hubs, my brother and invited my coworker over.

19. Did you fall in love in 2014?
I continued to be in love in 2014.

20. What was your favorite TV program?
 Grey's Anatomy, Walking Dead, Survivor, Amazing Race, Breaking Bad, The Bachelor/ette

21. What was the best book you read?
 Too many to list.

22. What was your greatest musical discovery?
 Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith

23. What did you want and get?
A trip with my family down south.

24. What did you want and not get?
 A new addition to our family.

25. What was your favorite film of this year?
 Interstellar.

26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 28 and spent the day at work. My coworker bought me Timmies. Hubs came and surprised me, we had dinner out and he brought me a flower for my new office.

27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Loosing weight, a baby on the way.

28. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
 More office appropriate!

29. What kept you sane?
My Hubs, my family and friends.

30. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Kate Middleton.

31. What political issue stirred you the most?
Don't keep up to date on political issues, my bad.

32. Who did you miss?
My family and best friend who live across the country

33. Who was the best new person you met?
 My coworker, we have become great friends outside of work

34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Live life to the fullest, you don't know how precious life is until something threatens it. Parents are precious, one day they wont be there.

35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
     Can't think of one atm.

Happy New Years

The final hours of 2014 are creeping in. Wishing all my family and friends a safe, fun New Year's Eve. 2014 was a great year full of lots of accomplishments, adventures and new friends. Here's to an amazing year ahead, all the best to everyone, and let's make 2015 our best year yet!!