Nov 23, 2014

Christmas Past

It's certainly amazing to look back on Christmases past, to see how much we've grown and physically changed. We've come a long way from then. Let's take a walk down memory lane to some of my past Christmases, shall we?

2008

We mostly celebrated this Christmas at Jessica's house. We decorated her tree and drank and sang Christmas carols. I don't think we have any pictures of our own apartment from this Christmas.



2009

I attended my sister's work Christmas party this year, back when she worked at Home Depot. This was also the year that Dave got me my Macbook Pro. I am a very lucky girl indeed! Our Christmas tree was up and looking very lonely as we hardly had any furniture in our place at this point.





2010

Our tree is looking a little less lonely this year. Again, I went to my sister's work Christmas party.




2011

Tree is getting some love from me.



2012

The FIRST year in the 8 years that we had been together at that point that we spent Christmas morning together. We were like two little kids, super anxious to wake up and open our presents. This was the first year we really had presents under a tree for each other. We also went to Dave's work Christmas party at Ubisoft.







2013

Last year, we continued our new tradition of waking up on Christmas morning together, and it was another exciting one! With our tiny tree, it looked like we had so many presents on Christmas morning. We made coffee and opened presents and had a lovely morning before we headed off to my parents house. We also attended Dave's work Christmas party again.






And this year will be just as lovely I am sure! I addressed all my Christmas cards tonight, and now have glitter all over my house from wrapping paper and cards. Which I don't mind one single bit.

What's your favourite part of the holidays?

Nov 16, 2014

They Don't Call Me The Christmas Queen for Nothing

ALL the leaves have left the building around here. We have had two snows already, but nothing has stuck. Except for today, today was another matter.


We woke up on Saturday morning with early Christmas shopping dancing through our heads. So we made the drive to Newmarket, and the Upper Canada Mall, thinking it would be less packed outside of Toronto. No. No it was not.


I FINALLY bought myself a winter jacket. I couldn't really spare the expense, but I needed a new one and was tired of shivering my ass off every time I went outside. I got this cute hat to go with it.


Christmas shopping extravaganza....success.


So decorating happened. And when I decorate I need a Christmas-y type drink to go along with it all, so this new flavour of Baileys was the only choice. Because literally that's all they had. But it was really good!


And drunken decorating/ wrapping presents ensued.


Yup. We are nut bars. 








Tonight we are enjoying the accumulating snow, and relaxing before another work week begins. We are supposed to get more of the white stuff tomorrow as well, but I don't mind! I am prepared for it now! Bring it on!


Do you like the snow?

Nov 14, 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Hey guys! So, its that time of year once again! Where I do my Holiday Gift Guide, of cool stuff that I am hoping for this year, and maybe it will inspire you as well!

So let's get started!

First things first: Fitness.  I have been needing some proper workout gear forever. So I decided to go to my favourite place for that kind of thing, Swim Outlet. com. Don't be fooled by the name though, they have tons of awesome stuff. From fitness gear, to fitness clothing, accessories, to casual clothes, it really is a pretty cool one stop shop for all your fitness needs. This year I am coveting:


The Lole Women's Run Capril, link here, and the Oiselle Women's Lesko Running Bra, link here.

Very cute right!

Also, the Fitbit is still on my coveted Christmas gift list:


I would honestly love an organizer as well. Maybe like this one:


Cozy pajamas are always a Christmas list item, every year:


It's also a possibility that I asked for this this year as well:


I'm such a sentimental son of a gun.

What ever I get or don't get for the holidays, I'm really just happy with having my family here to enjoy the season with, and lovely people around me that make me happy. I am a lucky girl and I know it.

What are some of your coveted items this holiday season?


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Nov 9, 2014

All Things Holidrizzle

It's been pretty rainy around here lately. Sometimes there is snow mixed in with that rain, which DOES make me happy! Even though I don't have a proper winter jacket yet this year, I still say bring it on Mother Nature.


These rainy days make for some beautiful sunsets as I am leaving work.



And with the weather slowly changing (I have a feeling when it hits though, its going to be BRUTAL), it has been lovely to relax after a yummy dinner with the lights and the space heater on. I am already completely into the holiday spirit, I am just waiting until after Remembrance Day, and then it's ON. T-minus 2 days!


Our awesome friends Di and James are in Thailand for five weeks, so we have been stopping in to give their kitty lots of love and snuggles. He has me completely wrapped around his tiny claw, and I love him.


His claw is probably the only tiny thing about him haha.



Since that snow is definitely on its way, I thought I should probably buy myself a pair of winter boots. My boots from two winters ago only lasted for two winters, and they were the most uncomfortable things ever, so I was glad to see them go. These babies though, cute and practical. We'll see how they do in the ice and snow! I haven't had a pair of Grizzleez before, but, they ARE Canadian made, and we do know winter, so here's hoping.



We went grocery shopping today and EVERYTHING Christmas is out in the grocery stores, which DOES NOT make me mad. I love it. I haven't heard Christmas music yet which is surprising. We did find this bag of Angie's Holidrizzle Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt Popcorn.  I honestly bought it because of the name: Holidrizzle HA! We shall see how they taste. 


A bit of eggnog (with rum) before Remembrance Day never hurt anyone right? So bad for you, but so good. 


Next weekend we start our Christmas shopping, although I have done quite a bit of online shopping already. It's exciting getting packages in the mail, even if they aren't for me. 

Tonight is about getting a workout in, relaxing, and mentally preparing for the work week ahead. 

Do you tend to get an early start on Christmas shopping, or wait until the last minute (like I used to)?

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