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2016 Christmas Wish List – Part 1

Today I put up my Christmas tree.  This may be the earliest I’ve put it up but, it has been crappy weather outside, I’m home, and after doing some crazy Black Friday weekend shopping yesterday in the City with the girls (followed by an evening of spicy wine and girl chats) I was kind of in the mood.

So, the tree is up, the presents are underneath (although not yet wrapped), and I did some more shopping this afternoon.

I also got a massive splinter underneath my fingernail in the midst of all this, which is still dug in there and doesn’t seem like it’s planning to vacate itself anytime soon.

But, since I’m at the computer already and basically in the Christmas mood, here is the very first of my Christmas Wish List posts for 2016.

BIB NECKLACE

I love bib necklaces.  They are the perfect way to make a statement and dress up any outfit.

I have a few “sorta” bib necklaces, but when I visited Amazon recently I was overwhelmed and jealous of all the gorgeous necklaces that popped up.  I want one…or two….or a half dozen.

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I mean, isn’t it *JUST*

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Just enough

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This is one of my favorites – and currently in my cart on Amazon.ca

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I love every variation

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And of course the list wouldn’t be complete without an orange one (I have a yellow one in my cart)

 

Listen, if anyone out there in WordPress Land wants to indulge me and buy me a bib necklace like these – or any variation – I happily accept.

~Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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City Sundays

This weekend The Man and I hit the City to spend some time with Emma-Roo.  We headed in Sunday morning and after picking up E.R. we stopped at the Starbucks/Chapters.  We don’t have a Starbucks (or a Chapters) outside the City (oh, we’re all Tim Horton’s folk up here) so it’s nice to go in on occasion and have a treat.  My favorite drink is the Peppermint Frappe made with non-fat milk.  It is so yummy and I only get it like, maybe once a month (if that) so I figure, why not indulge.  It was delicious.

Mmmm....and Sundays means it's calorie free.

Mmmm….and Sundays means it’s calorie free.

After scoping out several books in Chapters I came out with a few goodies.  Andrew Pyper is an author that I thoroughly enjoyed, even tho I’ve only read one of his books.  It was called Lost Girls and I pined after this book for the longest time until I finally received it as a Christmas gift from my wonderful S-I-L and brother more than 10 years ago.  It scared the shizz outta me (that’s what I get for reading a scary book at midnight) but it was a really good read and I’ve always wanted to read more of his work.  Thankfully, I saw his book The Guardians was on the discount shelf so I snatched it up.  Way to go, me!

Looking forward to reading this...during the day...with the lights on....with tons of people around.

Looking forward to reading this…during the day…with the lights on….with tons of people around.

I also picked up this healthy food book, which I’ve flipped thru but am looking forward to exploring.

superchargedfood

And on the way out the door, after paying for my items, I spotted Bazaar with my girl Drew on the cover so I grabbed it and ran back to the line.  I am a Drew Barrymore fanatic and usually pick up any magazine with her beautiful face featured on it.

My BFF, Drew

My BFF, Drew

After hounding sweet-talking The Man into detouring to the mall so I could hit H&M I was finally able to pick up the top I’ve been thinking about the last couple of weeks (https://welcometosandyland.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/here-kitty-kitty/).  I wore it today with a pair of black un-cut cords I bought in, like 1998 (they’re the closest thing I’ll ever get to skinny jeans), a black tuxedo jacket and the black stiletto booties The Man bought me for Christmas.  My hair was a little unruly with its curls this morning so I’m in full-on Rock Star mode.  My co-worker even commented that I look pretty sharp today.  And then she gushed over the kitty face on my shirt.  I mean, let’s be realistic….it’s adorable.

After our book and coffee shop stop and our detour to the mall we took Emma-Roo to a movie.  We saw Warm Bodies which was pretty funny.  E.R. and I laughed a lot and Blair didn’t fall asleep so he must have liked it too.

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All-in-all it was a good Sunday spent in the City.  I always love these days…the travel, the different scenery, the many options that aren’t always available outside the City (I saw that like we’re a bunch of hicks…we’re not.  I promise.), and of course, it’s always great to spend time with the family.

Cheers!


BEGIN: BOOTCAMP

So, I’ve decided to do another bootcamp.  Only this time I’VE designed the program.

boot-campIf you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you’ll know that I am (or attempt to be) a fitness buff.  I work out on a nearly daily basis and I usually follow a pretty strict “diet” – meaning, I try to eat healthy and not overeat*.  On occasion I will indulge in something if I really want it badly enough, however, with my exercise restrictions after surgery and then Christmas treats, I feel like I’ve mammothed up and that my body isn’t where I want it to be.
I realize that my self esteem issues will continue to stand in my way of seeing what I’ve accomplished over the years with my fanatical faithful fitness following but I still don’t feel like I’m “there” yet.

(*My biggest problem is that I don’t actually eat enough/consume enough calories throughout the day, which is likely why I’ve plateaued. *sad face*)

I will be tracking my progress and hopefully posting on my workout routines and sharing food ideas.  Last year I documented every single day of my workouts.  I have continued to do this again this year.  I feel that being accountable certainly helps out.

Sunday (Begin: Bootcamp) – 1 hour at the (mad)gym in the am + 1 hour of P90X yoga in the late afternoon.

I also did crazy grocery shopping yesterday spending tons of money on produce and other things to prepare my meals a bit better.  Although I always have fruits and vegetables in the house I feel like, lately, I’ve not taken advantage of all that’s offered (especially with those damn Christmas treats lingering in my deep freeze *drool*).  Here’s a list of (some of) what’s in my fridge:

Sweet potato
Red and green peppers
Red and green onion
Garlic (always a staple)
Strawberries
Blueberries
Bananas
Pineapple
Dragonfruit
Cabbage
Carrots
Mushrooms
Tomato
Sugar snap peas (one of my favorite snacks)
Pomelo
Cucumber
Salad greens
Radishes
Coconut water
Almond milk
Yogurt
Seeds and nuts and beans and quinoa (not kept in the fridge, duh)

fruits n veg

I think this is a pretty great list of food and I will have tons of options when it comes time to make meals.  (*Just another note so I don’t get lectured, I also have meat/poultry/fish and other protein options.)

Last night for dinner I had a 1/4 sweet potato, greens and a 1/4 cup of chopped beef marinated in tangerine, guava and pink peppercorn dressing, garlic and pepper and then cooked in the oven.  In the evening I also had a 1/3 dragonfruit and a handful of sunflower seeds.

A little flavor goes a long way.

A little flavor goes a long way.

My big goals for the week are to drink more water – like gallons and gallons of it – and to sleep more, which has only become  a problem since I’ve developed some weird semi-form of insomnia within the last 6-7 weeks.  OMG, it SUCKS!  I can be exhausted all day long.  To the point where I don’t have the energy to blink and then when I hit the sack I’m wide awake all night, normally not finally falling asleep until 4 or 5 or even 6 in the morning.  Even with sleep aids I’ve been having issues.  I don’t know what my problem is but I’m pretty friggin’ cranky in the interim.

So yeah, drinking more water (more than usual so that I always feel full and hydrated) and working on that sleep thing (please keep your fingers crossed for me for this).  Our bodies always function better when watered and rested.

Man, this chick's got it made.

Man, this chick’s got it made.

My fitness routine for this evening was:  35 minutes of P90X yoga and a Zumba class. *whew*

Don’t worry, I’m not going to be bombarding you with every single workout and a play-by-play of what I’m eating.  But here’s hoping for some great results and finally getting over this hurdle.  And I welcome any of you to join me.

Olivia rocked it.

Olivia rocked it.

Cheers.


How Santa Ruined Christmas

I am a true believer in Santa Claus.  Or at least I was.

Years and years and years ago I worked at the local mall over Christmas.  I loved it.  I loved (and still love) the hustle and bustle and busy-ness and the crowds of people.  I loved doing a walk-about and running into a hundred people I knew and hearing my name called and being waved at (who am I kidding?  I STILL love it.).

One Saturday afternoon a few of my friends dropped by to visit and during my break we walked thru the mall and the hordes of shoppers.  Santa was also on break from his workshop and was walking around the mall, greeting people and saying hello.

I, being the adult child that I am, was extremely excited to see Santa – especially since I’d been so busy at work that I did not have the opportunity to see much of him – unless I detoured on my pee breaks.

But, as we approached him, he slowed his step, looked the 3 of us up and down and said “Lookin’ Good, Ladies.”

*BARF*

Tsk tsk...shame on you, Santa!

Tsk tsk…shame on you, Santa!

This was just not right.  BAD SANTA!!!  You ruined Christmas for a young dreamer.  Shame on you.  I hope that Santa was fired!  Of course, as most malls do, we’ve had some good Santas and some bad (very bad) Santas.  This guy was an example of a creepy old man who needed a different job.

Thanks for ruining Christmas, “Santa”!!

Amen.

Amen.

Cheers!


Fashion For Lunch

My friend over at Fashion For Lunch (http://fashionforlunch.wordpress.com/) hosts a sweet blog (<<— that’s it over there <<–) about fashion and product review.  She has beautiful style – a little classic, a little eccentric, tons of color.  She is a total fashionista.  So I’m happy to brag about her and her site (seriously…go check it out RIGHT NOW as soon as you’re finished reading this post.

And so, not too long ago while out shopping I picked up a jacket that I was inspired to buy after several of her colorful outfits.  I told her long ago that I would post it but I never got around to it because I’m lazy so insanely busy that time would just not allow lazy.  So here it is FFF – just for you:

Not the best photo I’ve ever taken but the jacket is cool.

It has a button in the center but the jacket’s a little too big so I cinched it with a belt.  One of these days I’ll try and get around to moving the button over or maybe taking the jacket in.

A close up

I also picked up this ring about a year and a half ago and I thought FFF would like it…She has tons of cool jewelry:

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I normally stick to my regular rings (birthstones and family rings) but I went out on a limb with this one because it’s unique and fun.

Cheers!


Pumpkin Spice

A true sign of Fall….pumpkin spice everything popping up.

This past Saturday my mom and I ventured into the City for some shopping.  It was gorgeous and sunny and we had a great day.  Before we left the mall I wanted to stop at Second Cup* for a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It’s that time of year again and *we don’t have a Second Cup or a Starbucks in our area (*the City aka Halifax is an hour from where I live) so occasionally I will treat myself to one or the other.  Not often, but in the fall I like a little pumpkin spice and in winter all the damn time I quite enjoy a candy cane or mint flavor in my beverage.  Yum.

So on Saturday I had me a PSL.  It was sooooo friggin’ good that I couldn’t stop talking about it, couldn’t stop thinking about it, couldn’t wait to go back and have another.  *drool*

FORTUNATELY, as luck would have it, Blair and I were in the City on Sunday with the girls and I was so delighted when he stopped at a Second Cup so that I could satisfy my new addiction craving.  I love him. 🙂

Pumpkin Spice Latte = Yummy Addiction

I think it’s actually best for me that there are no Starbucks or Second Cup franchises handy, otherwise I’d be broke and addicted and as big as a house.  I’ve been spending a wee bit of time searching for a healthier, at-home version that I can attempt to screw up make for a tiny portion of the cost.  Good luck to me.

Cheers.


Vintage Finds

So, in an earlier post I mentioned that Amy K. and I had done a little vintage shopping this past weekend.  I always have a blast digging in the bins and sorting thru the racks.  And I always come out on top with some great finds.  This time was no different.

For $20 I got a cool pair of jeans, a sweater, 2 beautiful blouses and a new suede jacket.  Can’t beat that!

The jeans that go with everything and a the Star sweater.

These jeans are so comfy.  The sweater Amy wasn’t too sure about but I absolutely love it.  It’s got shimmery gold stars and a few buttons on the shoulder.

This sweater gets a gold star

And I already have the perfect shoes:

Dressy Casual

For more formal occasions – my Steve Madden ripoffs.

I love a good blouse.

My armskin is so gross. Tanya, LOOK!!

Sweet little details

Two blouses are even better!

Yellow…my favorite color.

My shoe collection is endless:

my REAL Steve Madden shoes (Madden Girl)

The creme de la creme:

Who doesn’t love a little soft suede?

Matchy matchy:

Guess Shoes I scored in the US with Steph

Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to wear jeans to work…EVER, so I’ll have to rework the tops with dress pants or skirts.  But the jeans will be perfect for fall weekends.  In fact, I wore the first outfit to Jaime and Steve’s birthday party on the weekend…with flip flops, of course.

Cheers.