Friday, January 20, 2017

Congratulation to my brother

Wishing my brother a huge congratulations today as he finishes another huge life accomplishment by graduating univesity with his business degree. These past four years I watched you struggle, learn, grow, and become wiser. I wish you nothing but the best in all your future endeavours and can't wait to see the places you will go. Be proud of what you have a complished today and look forward to reaching your dreams of tomorrow.

Love  your sister,
Xoxo

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Today is the 1st day of 2017.

I hope today is the start of an amazing year of happiness, health and family for everyone.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Review

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Went to a concert, bought a second home, turned 30.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Kinda, we did get a gym membership and were going really good for a while, then it kind of fell off the bandwagon. We did start eating healthier though. Here are my resolutions for this year:

2016 resolutions:
  1. Continue going to the gym
  2. Eat healthier
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not close to me, but DH step-sister just had a little one.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. I lost my grandfather this November and DH lost his grandmother and uncle this year.

5. What places/countries did you visit? 
We went to Halifax. 

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
A little more savings, more new experiences, an addition to the family.

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
22 April 2016 - I got a job promotion
July 10, 2016 -6th Wedding Anniversary
21 November - My grandfather passed away

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a job promotion and buying a larger house

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not losing the weight I wanted to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our new house

12. Where did most of your money go?
Home reno's

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going home to visit my family

14. What song will always remind you of 2016?
   Star boy

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Same
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 at home, it was a quiet Christmas in.

19. Did you fall in love in 2016?
I continued to be in love in 2016.

20. What was your favorite TV program?
Grey's Anatomy, Walking Dead, Survivor

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

22. What was your greatest musical discovery?
None really

23. What did you want and get?
A house

24. What did you want and not get?
A baby

25. What was your favorite film of this year?
Finding Dory

26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 26! We celebrated in our new home with my brother and 2 good friends.

27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Loosing weight, new family addition

28. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
The same as its always been.

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

30. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
not sure

31. What political issue stirred you the most?
Donald Trump a president

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

33. Who was the best new person you met?
Beth, one of DH best friends mom

34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Don't take family for granted, life is much to short.

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


Here is a quick look back on 2016....

January

Celebrated my dad's birthday
DH had jaw surgery
Listed our house for sale

February

Went and seen body world at the Telus Science Museum
Went to an Oscar Awards Show dinner

March

Celebrated Hub's Birthday
Celebrated my sister's birthday
DH Grandmother passed away
Visited PR
Sold our house

April

DH had surgery again on his jaw
Went to Collective Soul Concert
Got a job promotion
Went to the Beacon Hill petting zoo

May

Celebrated my Mom's birthday
Bought a house

June

Celebrated my 30th birthday
My brother came to visit
Moved into our new home!


July

Celebrated our 6 year anniversary
Home reno's
Went to Butterfly Gardens, Fort Rodd Hill, BC Museum Mammoth Exhibit, Vancouver Aquarium, Airplane Museum

August

Celebrated my brother's birthday
Rogers Chocolates

September



October

Went to Halifax
Went to Lunenburg, Peggy's Cove, Citadel Hill, visited the church my parents were married in, Donairs, went to The Knot, Apple picking, Mexican Fiesta, enjoyed fall colors, seen the Bluenose II, walked the waterfront, Poutine!!,
DH uncle passed away
Sarah's wedding

November

Best friends birthday
Grandfather passed away
Said goodbye to a coworker who was posted to Ontario
Visited PR
Went to the dessert bar
Went to the spa


December

We went to the Santa Claus parade
Quiet Christmas at home
Had snow!!!! and built a snowman!!!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas was a quiet one in our household this year. We both had a few days off and enjoyed being together.

On Friday, DH dad and stepmom came down to stay with us overnight (headed to a tropical destination the next day). We went out for an amazing Christmas dinner with them at the Beach House Restaurant.

Christmas Eve was pretty low key. We went and watched the new Star Wars Rouge One movie and had Chinese food afterwards.

Christmas day we woke up and mad cinnamon buns. The rest of the day we spent watching the old Star Wars movies and opening the few gifts we got each other and received from family. I called my grandmother and family and wished them all a Merry Christmas as well.

It was pretty low key as we just bought our new house and need a new couch, and hope to maybe take a trip this coming year.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.

Heaven Gained Another Angel

On 21 November 2016, my grandfather was called home to heaven.

My grandfather was just shy of his 81st birthday and left behind my grandmother, 4 kids  7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

My grandfather lived a long, full, adventurous life. From a young age the ocean was in his blood. He served in the Navy for many years; and long after his retirement he volunteered on many Naval Association Committees. He received many honors and awards for his work with the Navy.

My grandfather lived a wonderful life of adventure thanks to the Navy taking him to many a far off destinations. In his younger years he met the love of his live, my grandmother, and after a short 1 month engagement they were married, and in typical Navy Sailor form, my grandfather went to sea just 1 week after saying I Do. Due to his sailing life, my grandmother was left to mostly raise 3 boys and a daughter. They lived in a wonderful countryside home, just across the field where my grandmother was born and raised.

My grandfather was always one to do what he wanted when he wanted, which at times seemed frustrating, but also allowed him to live the life he wanted. He got to see, do and experience everything in life that was on his bucket list. He had a fond love for card and board games, and a visit wasn't the same without either. My grandfather loved food, and was a walking restaurant guide.

My grandfather was fond of family and always looking out for everyone. Right up until the end he always planned ahead. He ensured my grandmother was well taken care of, and even had our 2016 Christmas presents planned well before his passing.

My grandfather always had a joke or story to tell. We all joked that he should have written a book of his adventures.

It's a hard adjustment knowing he isn't around anymore, but I take great strength in knowing he isn't suffering anymore. He was taken from us much too soon and unexpectedly, even though he had some health challenges in the last year of his life.

I'm lucky we were able to get home and experience one last holiday with my grandfather. Dh and I made the trip back home for Thanksgiving and we were able to spend it with my grandparents (much to their surprise as they weren't expecting us). We were able to get one last Parcheesi game in, and in classic style, my grandfather won.

Even though my grandfather is no longer here I know he is present everyday. I've received "signs" from him that he is still around (like the one on his 1 month passing) and on Christmas Eve. I was able to say my good byes for now to him and let him know how proud I was to call him my grandfather.

For now we must say goodbye until we see you again. We will keep the card and board games going...

Fair Winds and Following seas.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Essential oils

Hubby and I talked about getting into essential oils for a little while. They seem to be the newest craze, however there does seem to be some science behind them.

One day when we were at the local mall we came across Escents. Its an essential oil store and has everything you can think of, diffusers, oils, carrier oils/lotions, roll-ons, candles, soaps, etc.

We decided to buy a diffuser and try it out. We ended up going with the one below. It ran us $70 plus tax.



It looks natural, has a low profile and has a red/white light that you can leave rotating through, off or on a specific color. It also runs constantly or intermittently and has an auto shut off.

When we purchased our diffuser we received a free Orchard essential oil and purchased 2 bergamot oils as they were $8 each and a high lavender.

High Alpine Lavender Essential Oil (CAD $27.00)

Let it go. Lavender essential oil has been used for over 2,500 years as a natural sedative, and is known for it's calming effect on the brain and central nervous system. It aids with headaches, migraines, nervous tension, hyperactivity, stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. It's the balance you've been searching for.


Bergamot essential oil helps with self-acceptance and allows us to find validation from within, while supporting the digestive system and rejuvenating the skin. It is ideal for its uplifting properties when we feel fatigued, stressed or anxious. Enjoy a few drops of self-appreciation. We purchased it when it was $8 so quite a good deal.

Orchard Aroma Blend (CAD $18.00)

This sweet and warming blend combines spicy Ginger, uplifting Orange essential oils with the sweet scent of Peach. This blend evokes the memories of juicy fruit on a warm summer day.

Last week we picked up a cinnamon essential oil and a new one from their holiday line:

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (CAD $16.00)  *Currently on sale

Cinnamon Bark essential oil has been used for centuries as a digestive aid and to support the immune system as an antiseptic and astringent. Cinnamon can be beneficial for the nervous system, respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system and be used for and skin care. It's the natural boost your body deserves.

Joy Aroma Blend (CAD $16.00)

A warm and joyful blend of 100% pure Davana and Blood Orange essential oils to create a welcoming and serene holiday atmosphere.

Here is a link to the rest of their holiday line they just released.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Life lately

Life has been super chaotic lately and I haven't had much of a change to blog. I've tried blogging on my mobile app but it keeps coming up with an error every time I try to create a post so alas new posts have pretty much been pushed to the back burner.

I haven't posted to much in the last few months for some good reasons:

DH had jaw surgery back in early January and was out of commission for a month and a bit. Of course during this time frame we decided to be crazy and list our house for sale!!!!!! So not only was hubby recuperating, he was also getting the odd jobs done around the house and prepping the house for the many showing we had.

When we decided to list our home it was definitely a sellers marker (which also means its not a good buyers market). We ended up selling our home for a decent chunk of change which meant we were able to get into a bigger and better home ourselves.

It took us a few months to find a house that suited our needs and wasn't a million dollars (no exaggeration there). Homes were literally coming on the market and selling with no home inspection in like 3 days for upwards of $100k over asking.

Our list of requirements for a new home were:

- must be at least 3 bedrooms
- must have a second living room or rec room space
- 2 bathrooms
- ensuite (I wanted but ended up not getting)
- walk in master closet (I wanted but didn't get)
- large yard with privacy
- off a busy street
- garage
- nice entrance way
- fireplace (I always wanted a fireplace)

When we came across our new home we looked at it initially but it didn't quite feel like home, nor did I love the location. Fast forward to a month later and our realtor told us to come back and look at the home....we weren't going to but decided what the heck.

Hubby was sold on the home when we came back for a second showing, but I still wasn't. After much talking it over we decided to put in an offer on the home and it was accepted.

We moved into our new home in June 2016 and started renovations right away. We were lucky enough to have made enough money off our previous home to have cash in hand for all our renovations to date.

The list of renovations we have done to date include:

- Remove wall paper from the 2 spare rooms (luckily it was just a small border type wall paper lining the middle of the walls).
- Pulled up all the carpet in the basement (the former owners owned 2 dogs and you could definitely smell the dogs) and put in a faux wood laminate flooring which we absolutely love.
- We put new hardward in the basement suite kitchen and replaced the kitchen faucet
- We completely gutted the suite bathroom and laid new flooring, put in a new vanity and light fixtures and painted the bathroom.
- We painted the entire basement including our master bathroom
- We installed new energy efficient pot lights in the entire suite.
- We closed off the basement suite bedroom and turned it into our master bedroom, put new flooring in and painted
- We turned the basement 1 bedroom suite into a bachelor suite
- We took out the closet under the stairs and made an entry way into our master and added laundry for ourselves
- We installed a new hot water tank
- Upgraded our electrical to 200 amp
- Put in wiring for a hot tub (hopefully down the road)
- Got rid of the oil tank and put in a heat pump
- new laundry machines

Reno's left to do include:

- Replacing our kitchen counter tops (they are currently a green color)
- Add a backsplash to our kitchen
- Paint the remaining walls in our kitchen so they aren't green
- Get a new light in the kitchen (currently its a huge ugly California style light)
- Replace the vinyl to something a little more modern.
- Put in a new gas fireplace
- Replace the staircase carpeting
- Fix our carport by enclosing it and making storage and a gym
- At some point rip out the tile in our bathroom and put in a tub surround and put new flooring in
- Maybe down the road have our hardwood floors refinished
- Put new cupboards in the suite kitchen and redesign the kitchen layout

Now that we have been in our home for 5 months I absolutely love it. It definitely suits our needs and we have so much more space!!

Here is what we had in our previous home to what we have now:

Old home:
- 3 bedrooms
- .17 acres lot
- 2 bathrooms (an ensuite!)
- older kitchen
- 1260 sqft
- no garage
- no extra living space
- busy street
- no fireplace
- one level living

New home:
- 4 bedrooms and a suite
- .27 acre lot
- 2 bathrooms (although one is in the suite)
- newer kitchen, still a bit outdated but easy to fix it up without a major overhaul
- 2260 sqft (so we basically doubled our house size)
- no garage but we have a carport
- we have our master bedroom, and 3 other bedrooms (one is an office, one is a guest room and one is currently my walk in closet). We can also easily not have a suite and have a whole extra basement rec room should we choose.
- we have separate laundry
-separate entrance way that doesn't open right into our living space
- we live on a cul-de-sac
- we have a fireplace!!!!
- we have a huge deck (half is covered and the other half is uncovered.
- we still have fruit trees except now they are 2 apple trees instead of a peach and plum tree
- we also have a separate utility/storage room which our old house didn't have (well we had a separate space in the back of the house but it wasn't heated and you could only access it by going outside). Our new utility room currently has to be accessed by outdoors only but when we take the suite back over we can access it through the main house.

I will definitely have to post before and after pictures of our new home!!