LIFESTYLE

The Best or the Worst Month Yet

I’m doing something this month that I haven’t done in years: giving up alcohol for a full 31 days. To be honest, I’m a little nervous about this. I like to drink. I enjoy winding down in the evening with a glass of wine while watching one of my shows and I enjoy going out to the pubs for a drink. It’s not going to be easy. So why am I doing it? Well, now that I’m in my late 20s, I’m starting to take my health more seriously and I can’t help but think that alcohol is having a negative impact on my body. I’m curious to see if I’ll notice any changes after a month. Will I have more energy? Will my skin look better? Will people think I look too young to have a dog who’s already two? One thing I know for sure is that I’m going to be rich!

To help keep me motivated, I’m enlisting the help of some inspiring leading ladies. All of these beautiful and successful women have one thing in common: they’re teetotalers!

5 Leading Ladies Who Don't Drink Alcohol

1. Blake Lively - “I don’t drink. I’ve never tried a drug. … It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for.” (source)

2. Jennifer Lopez - “I think that ruins your skin. Of course, during celebratory toasts, everybody’s like, ‘You can’t toast with water!’ So I’ll toast with alcohol and just take a sip.” (source)

3. Kristin Davis - “I realized it was not going to end well. I got into the acting program, it was very challenging, I was hungover and I wasn’t doing so well in my classes. I thought, “Do you know what? It’s going to be one or the other. I can’t really have both.” (source)

4. Kim Cattrall - “I don’t drink or take drugs so clothes are my only mood enhancer.” (source)

5. Jada Pinkett Smith - “I found myself drinking two bottles of wine on the couch and I said, ‘Jada, I think we’ve got a problem here.'” Jada has been sober since the late 90s. (source)

Have you ever given up one of your vices for a month?

HUMOUR, LIFESTYLE

3 Clothing Items I’m Quitting

3 Clothing Items I'm Quitting

I’m cleaning out my closet and I’ve decided that it’s time to be honest with myself. There are certain items that are giving me trouble and I’m getting too old for that shit. I used to be real fancy, but now I’m a dog Mom and I’ve worn long underwear almost every day for a month. I have to get rid of something to make room for all that lycra. Here are the three items that I’m quitting.

1. Vests - I’ve tried really hard to wear vests. There are actually multiple pictures of me on this blog wearing vests. I really wanted it to work out, but it turns out that they just aren’t that into me. I’m no Jessie Spano! But apparently I thought I was in fourth grade.

90s Fashion Vests

 

2. Scarves - I’m not crazy. I know that I live in Canada and sometimes (too often) the weather requires a scarf. I’m talking about wearing scarves strictly for fashion purposes. Every time I wear a scarf, I have to braid my hair or I end up looking like Russell Brand.

Russell Brand bird's nest

 

3. Short Flowing Dresses – I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to go about my day knowing that I’m a gust of wind away from a wardrobe malfunction. Every time I go out wearing a short flowing dress, I risk looking like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Wouldn’t want that to happen!

Kate Middleton Wardrobe Malfunction

What clothing items have you quit?

Russell Brand picture photographed by Martin Schoeller

HUMOUR, LIFESTYLE

5 More Signs Your Dog is Living Like a Boss

5 More Signs Your Dog is Living Like A Boss

Last month I shared 7 Signs Your Dog is Living Like a Boss, but I could have made that list a lot longer. Koda has been stepping up her game again lately, so I figured it was a good time to add 5 more signs to watch out for.

1. Their room at the boarding kennel looked nicer than some of your hotel rooms.

2. You’ve dedicated a series to them on your blog.

3. They own this 12-Squeaker Invincible Snake Toy. It keeps squeaking even when punctured (woohoo!). It’s the noisiest toy Koda has ever had, but it’s also her favourite. We had to institute an early bedtime for Snakey and some days he’s so tired that he sleeps on top of the fridge all day!

4. They’re the star of your social media accounts and way more popular than you.

5. They talk back and sometimes eat off of a fork (see below).

ADVENTURE, LIFESTYLE

The Place Where I Grew Up

The Place Where I Grew Up

We’re back from our busy, but wonderful week on the Prairies. We didn’t exactly pick the warmest time of year to visit, but I can now officially call bullshit on the “it’s a dry cold, so it’s not that bad” theory. All of this time on the East Coast had me questioning if those dry Prairie winters were actually as cold as I remembered. Well, just to clear up any of my confusion, we landed in Winnipeg to a temperature of -40°C. When it’s -40°C outside, it’s cold. The type of cold no longer matters. I’m not a professional, but I did take a weather course and someone once had a dream that I became a weather girl, so I think I’m qualified.

Anyway, we had a great week. We made our way across two provinces, stopping in 7 different towns and cities to visit with friends and family. We were happy to be busy because it meant that people actually wanted to see us. Imagine! Apparently all of the socializing took a toll on us. I ended up with a stye and Aaron ended up with an swollen and infected ear lobe. Since neither of those things could really be disguised, we handled it the only way we knew how – with an annoying amount of bad pirate, Mad-Eye Moody, and Dumbo jokes.

Fortunately for me, I only needed one good eye to operate a camera, and I managed to get some pictures as we travelled across the place where I grew up.

Riding Mountain ManitobaCows Manitoba PrairiesCanadian Prairies1Ice Fishing Glad Lake ManitobaDuck Mountains Park ManitobaCanadian PrairiesCanadian Prairies trainCanadian Prairies deerCanadian Prairies Rocky Bar Ranch

HUMOUR

At Least My Hair Looked Good

At least my hair looked good.

I can’t believe it’s already Friday and our week back home is almost over. We left Manitoba yesterday and are in Saskatchewan for the last day of our trip. We’ll be visiting my grandma during the day and then spending our last evening with a couple of close friends.

The drive down here made me think of the last time we were in this neck of the woods. It was the fall before we moved and we decided to take a random weekend road trip. I love being spontaneous and I was feeling really good that day. I even straightened my hair because I knew we’d be going out later in the big city (bigger than ours, at least). It was one of those days where everything was going right and I was feeling super confident about myself. I mean, my hair was perfect. We dropped Koda off at the kennel and I made small talk and cracked jokes with the owner. I was really on my game.

When we got into the city, we went straight to the mall because it was closing and we had shopping to do. We ran into a couple of people we knew from back home and since my hair was so dang pretty, I felt inspired to make witty conversation with them and every person in their entire group. I don’t mean to brag, but I really stole the show.

We finally made it to our hotel and after I charmed the front desk person, we headed up to our room. We didn’t have a lot of time to get ready before going out, so I immediately went into the bathroom to touch up my makeup. After adding an extra layer of everything and confirming that my hair still looked amazing, I felt pleased. I turned to my better side and gave myself a come-hither smile in the mirror. This should have been a great moment, but to my horror I discovered a huge piece of something stuck between my teeth. I ran out of the bathroom and yelled to Aaron, “OMG, there’s something nasty in my teeth!”

“Yeah, I noticed that earlier. It’s between your front teeth on the left side, right?”

“WHAT!? You noticed it earlier? How long has it been there.”

“Ummmmm…..pretty much since we left this morning.”

“WHAT!? Why didn’t you tell me?”

“I thought you would be embarrassed.”

“Why would I have been embarrassed? I’m embarrassed now that it’s been in there all day. I always tell you when you have boogers on your face and nose hairs sticking out!!”

“Sorry.”

It turns out that it wasn’t my charm or wit that had everyone so damn captivated that day. It was the huge blueberry stuck between my front teeth.

Oh well, at least my hair looked good. And now, Aaron always tells me when I have something stuck between my teeth.

Have a great weekend!

Has something like this ever happened to you? 

LIFESTYLE

Prairie Girl

Brooke Assiniboine River

I’m back on the Prairies! It’s my first time back home since we moved over a year ago and it feels great. We managed to get out of Halifax before the storm hit, but still ran into a bit of trouble. Our flight out of Halifax was delayed and we ended up missing our connecting flight out of Toronto. So, we put those $10 meal vouchers provided by Air Canada to good use and celebrated Valentine’s Day with wine, beer, and ice cream. We landed to an extreme cold warning in Winnipeg and went straight to our hotel to enjoy a little room service and some cable television. What a treat! Our channel of choice was HGTV, of course.

Before leaving Winnipeg, we met up with a couple of friends for lunch at JOEY Kenaston and then hit the open road (literally). My only regret is not getting that bathroom selfie with my friend Jessica. The mood lighting in there would have been perfect!

We arrived in Brandon two hours later and went out for dinner and drinks at Blu with a couple more friends. I have a feeling I’m not going to get a lot of school work done over this break. We have another full day planned today that includes meeting a baby, so you already know it’s going to be a good one.

One thing I’m hoping to do on this trip is take some pictures. I’ve spent most of my life on the Prairies, but I don’t have many good pictures of my own to show for that. Maybe it takes a little time away from a place to realize what’s so special about it. Here are some pictures from over the years.

Manitoba old barn prairieswheat prairiesmoose riding mountal national parkGrand Beach Manitoba treesBrooke Prairiesskipping stones grand beach manitobaBrooke William Lake Manitobabrooke and koda manitoba prairies

How was your weekend?