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Gift ideas for a girl like me… a mixuture of home sense, sports, comfort and style… I’ve got you covered!

15 things i found & pinned to the want boardwish-list

  1. THE FUTURE IS FEMALE : lets keep fighting the fight (25% of t-shirt sale proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood)
  2. And speaking of women, this book is on my wish list : In The Company of Women
  3. Also a good page turner that I need to read for the book club I just joined
  4. A new ski jacket : my current jacket is old – perhaps a new one will make me a better skier?
  5. L.L.Bean’s Wicked Good Slippers : i can’t get over my slipper bootie crush
  6. smart phone vase : how awesome would this be in a guest room? I don’t have a guest room but still…
  7. Or maybe a Heath Ceramics Multi-Stem vase : beautiful colours and simple designs
  8. Cactus Coasters : i don’t think I need to justify why this is amazing
  9. A comfy but stylish turtle neck sweater : because i am always cold and i am no longer planning to move to California for at least 4 more years
  10. A photogenic rack : because I like to take pictures of cookies
  11. Sage Aromagem diffuser : because i want to jump on the bandwagon that smells good
  12. A really nice throw like one of these from Caroline Z Hurley
  13. Running mitts : really warm running mitts (not gloves)
  14. Adorable ballet flats + great packaging + great colours = approve
  15. Calvin Klien Body Modern Cotton Fitted Sheet : sleeping on bedsheets that are as comfy as CK underwear sounds like a great idea!

Let me know what’s on your list!

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a few (more) of my favourite things

In 2014 I made a 50 under 50  favourite things list… it was epic and in my opinion, it still holds up:

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So this year I am back with more things I love which may or may not be more than $50

10 more things I love, but they ain’t cheap fav-things-r

  1. Hello Anna: I love my bottle opener. Amanda gifted her to me years ago and she’s never failed! Easy to use and fancy enough to keep on display so you never need to go rummaging through your gadget drawer in a moment of panic.
  2. And Speaking of wine, we are sharing a Case of Compassion from Feed Nova Scotia with Mike’s parents for the holiday festivities. Drinking for a good cause sounds like a great idea!
  3. I loved my SPIbelt… I miss my SPIbelt. I lost it on my travels and replaced it with another brand which is not as great. It was an awesome companion on long runs, carrying my phone, gummies, etc. and fit so nicely that I never felt it bouncing or moving.
  4. Cusinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor: I have had this for 10 years and it has survived many pestos and baby food creations – it’s small but mighty and I give it a big thumbs up.
  5. Booties: I just got these Clarks Taylor Shine Somerset Chelsea Boots on sale but I also love the Sam Edelman Petty in black. I think I need both.
  6. Tivoli Audio Model One radio: Another item from our 10-year club but still sounding strong – it’s pretty basic, and you can get more bells and whistles but it works well and plays daily in the kitchen.
  7. Mac Mini: We got a Mini four years ago when we ditched the cable. Although an Apple TV works great for Netflix, I love the Mini because it holds all of our movies and it links to our other devices. We keep it under the TV and it can take CDs, DVDs and USBs…etc. easily. There are times in life when you need a YouTube dance party, and the Mini delivers.
  8. Longchamp Large Tote Bag Le Pilage: The bag that can hold many (many) things but always make you feel classy. I love mine for traveling and think it’s a great alternative to a diaper bag if you are in need of a diaper bag.
  9. Le Creuset 4.2L Round French Oven: Le Creuset is amazing for cooking but even more amazing to clean. You can burn a full pot of soup in there and it will all just wash away in a jiffy. I love this size for making sauces and soups and especially risotto.
  10. Gym membership at Cyclone Group Fitness: I will be the first to tell you I don’t go as often as I’d like but when I do, I love it! Group fitness classes are a treat – especially when I spend so much time running alone. Find a gym that makes you happy – I like barre / TRX and spin which is why this place works for me!

Check out the original favourite things list to find links to all the items shown above
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And up next, my wish list! 

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stuff to stuff a stocking

10 awesome stocking stuffer ideas for ladies like me:
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  • A. Mountains of chocolate : because despite my disappointment with the new design, it will always be my favourite
  • B. A great winter tea : for cozy evenings binging on The Crown (or at least that’s my plan)
  • C. Good reads : a magazine rolled up is always a treat to read during the holidays
  • D. Fancy salts for cooking : I am stealing this idea from friends who gave each other fancy salts for an anniversary gift
  • E. Dream Cream : I love LUSH and this reminds me of my mom
  • F./G. Smartwool socks : for whatever you like to do – I love the tall ones for skiing and the micros for running
  • H. A fancy holiday candle : because the smell of balsam brings me so much joy
  • I. Saje Aromacar : because you deserve to drive in peace and have a car that smells good
  • J. Something sparklysomething sentimental and affordable! 
  • K. Fun festive affordable undies : because these are the ones my friends and I are digging

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i spy…

… a good idea.

The fun part about being a wedding photographer’s assistant is you are a fly on the wall most of the day. Not saying much but observing everything. And as a fan of all things weddings, it is handy! So, when I spot a good idea, a nice touch, or something magical, you know I am going to share.

On Saturday I was back in the Valley for the third weekend in a row (am I beginning to talk like a valley girl?). It was a beautiful day with a beautiful couple. They looked so young, which makes me feel like I may be getting old. Argh. Anyway, the one thing that really stood out from other weddings I’ve been to was that immediately following the ceremony, the guests filtered into a large room. On their way to, they passed by the Bride and Groom making it the most efficient receiving line ever! Once everyone had their afternoon beverage (iced tea/lemonade), the Bride and Groom entered and had their first dance right away.

Reasons why I love this.

  • Over and done with (especially if you are a shy couple)
  • The photographer gets great natural light for the dance
  • The romance of the wedding ceremony is still strong
  • It gives the guests a little treat before the couple is whisked away for pictures
  • Then, while pictures are being done, the guest can casually make their way to the cocktail / reception at their own leisure.

Often, your first dance is after dinner and dessert. Guests have been sitting a long time, the tables may still need cleaning, the line up at the bar is long and people are loosing their attention. In all of the reception chaos, it is harder to pump up the romance when people are just waiting to pump up the jams. You still get to start the dance party off with a few special moments including the Father-of-the-Bride and the Mother-of-the-Groom dances so it is a win-win. I have also seen the first dance happen at the beginning of the reception (before dinner) and this too is a great idea but there was something extra special about combining it with the ceremony.

Brides-to-be: Consider this. I know I will suggest it. Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Photo: Taken with my spyPhone (aka iPhone): Acadia University, Nova Scotia.

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