Weekend favourites




It was a cold one this weekend and the temps in my house dropped to 17C. Still, that's not cold enough to turn on the heat, despite the complaints from my family because cheap china woman.  I'll wait till it hits an internal 15C before I turn the heat on so they'll need to deal and throw a sweater on.


Friday's workout was amazing.  It's been a while since we did pad work; we've been concentrating on sparring skills but not that day - I had to earn sparring by hitting the pads clean and with power.  I can tell that things are really starting to click for me because my trainer would tell me to make a small adjustment and instead of not getting it (which used to happen a lot), I can fix it right away. 


My weekly acupuncture appointments are going really well; my practitioner is so great that she often treats a bunch of things at once.  Friday's appointment was not only treating my wrist but I also got my face done and hormone balancing so I must have had close to 50 needles in my body. It was heaven.  It was also a pretty busy week so the second she left the room, I took a well-deserved nap.

My co-worker came with me for her regular facial acupuncture. There aren't many folks I hang out with at work but she's cool beans and we always have a great time chatting at the nearby seafood joint.  We had mussels, frites and home made ketchup. It was delicious.


Sunday - the day I had been waiting for all week - was my friend's planner/journal/paper craft-loving meet-up.  She owns the awesome shop Paper Plus Cloth and hosted a get together for lovers of planners, journals and snail mail. 

For a small $15 fee, you received a box of goodies.  I know I'm supposed to be on a spending freeze but I have to support my homegirl:

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This was pretty much an adult event but Kayla loves crafting so instead of making her stay home, my husband came along to help her while I was busy doing my thang.  

Talk about a throwback! Typewriters were made available for the snail mail workshop and Kayla didn't know how to use it so my husband gave her a quick lesson.  Even though he stuck out like a sore thumb (imagine - a big tattooed guy crafting with a little girl) he enjoyed it and even had fun stamping, using the typewriter and making cards.



Shopping freeze sort of went out the window because look at this:



How was your weekend?


Friday Thangs [10-21]


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It's the weekend!  Hallelujah! Here are my favourite things on this here Friday:

+ Big books where the story is just amazing.  I hate it when a good story comes to an end so I never balk at the size of a book if the story is good; in fact, the more pages, the better.  

Right now I'm reading Roots and I'm so happy that it's nearly 900 pages long because the story just goes on and I don't have to worry about coming to the last page.

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+  Hot tea and reading on rainy days.  Mondays I work from home. It also happened to be foggy and gray so when I finished everything I had to do, I brewed a pot of hot tea, sat my ass on the couch and read my book. It was glorious.


+ This trailer. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 official trailer...look out for baby Groot at the end!


+ Cozy blankets.  I refuse to turn the heat on in my house so it's always a few degrees cooler in here. Because of that, I had to bring out my cozy blankets to wrap around myself as I sat on my couch with my tea and book.  Such a great way to pass time.


+ These extra crispy sweet potato wedges.  I've been looking for a way to crisp up sweet potatoes and I think I've found the trick -- baking them on a baking rack so the underside is exposed to the heat.  I made a batch of this during Thanksgiving and it was so good that the fam requested more.

Sweet potato wediges


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, washed, skin on, cut into wedges
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • in a small bowl, combine the following together:  sea salt, pepper, paprika, a dash of chili powder, 1tsp sugar, a dash of onion and garlic powder
  • add some fresh herbs if you like -- I like to chop up thyme or rosemary and add it to the dry rub mix.


  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • line a baking sheet with foil, shiny side up. Place oven safe baking rack on top.
  • place the potatoes in a bag or large bowl, add olive oil and toss to coat.
  • add the powder mix to the batch; shake or use hands to ensure all pieces are seasoned.
  • arrange wedges in a single layer on the wire rack.
  • bake 30 minutes, then turn on broiler for 3-5 minutes until desired crispiness achieved.


+ Oh, the irony! Melania Trump says, as first lady, she'll combat online bullying. HAHAHAHA -- hey, Melania, remember these?

Man, I'm not even American and this campaign is even getting to me.

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CaptureScreen Shot 2016-10-19 at 5.28.37 PMread the story here


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+ here's proof that guys really are dumb (and they wonder why women live longer than men):

1) man drinks cyanide to check if he will die. Reason: he's dumb.


2) (a different) man lets himself get stung by the second most painful insect in the world. Reason: he's dumb. Skip to 10:58 for said stupidity.


I know you guys are still reeling from the Donald Trump stupidity so instead of dwelling on that, watch this awesomely hilarious skit: Tom Cruise and James Corden act out Tom's career films in 6 minutes:



Have a great weekend! 



Humpday Confessions {10-19}


+ I got a notification from LinkedIn that some people are looking to 'contact' me so for shits and giggles, I logged in (after ignoring it for about 5 years) and guess what? I saw some of you blogger peeps!   

+ Why are some people all "you do you, boo" yet when they come across something they don't like/agree/understand, they tear it down or throw shade at it. If a person likes something that doesn't appeal to you, move the fuck on; no one asked you for your opinion. 

+ Getting compliments from my trainer is not easy so when he gives it, you take it.  Last week Friday while sparring with him, I got two compliments:

trainer: "you have a really good left hook" and "why are you blocking body shots? it's more important to block your head! you have a six pack, you can take it! so take it!"

me:   Hlkng


+ I'm on a new project and working with a new person. I've heard she's really good but if she's so good, why does she always seem lost and is always fucking late to her own meetings?  #notimpressed.

Not impressed


+ I've decided not to enter the November tourny but focus on healing my wrist to near 100%, which means weekly acupuncture and physio treatments, daily icing and my PT exercises.  I say 'near 100%' because apparently, I'd have to take a 3-4 month break from Muay Thai in order for it to fully heal.  

Ray liotta goodfellas laughing


+ Know what I hate? rants on Facebook that blow up my feed. I've muted every person who does this and life is so much better.  

Nobody facebookthis is genius.


+ I had to skip to page 193 in my book (Roots) because it was just going on and on about shit that was boring and I wanted to start reading about Kunte's real journey/struggles when he got captured so yes, I skipped 24 chapters. Not sorry about it either because now I can't put it down.

+ I sort of hate the month of October only because at any point, I never know if a scary commercial (or anything scary) will appear on TV or Youtube so I avoid both all month #pansyass. 

That said, I do enjoy watching others get scared....like when Ellen makes her staff visit haunted houses.

+ This one is a classic:


+ When you accidentally drink a whole cider on your own and then have to pretend to be sober in front of your family.



+ I don't do drugs (anymore) but this video of a fireman who accidentally got high as fuck while trying to put out a fire in a marijuana grow op is funny as hell.


What are your confessions today?


The non-eventful weekend


Since last weekend was busy as hell with Thanksgiving, I made sure that we had zero plans this weekend because relaxing and being braless for two full days is my jam.


+ Fall is here - it's cold and rainy and grey, so what does that call for?  crockpot stews, that's what. I've been looking for another chili recipe and saw this one on Rebecca's blog. I made it on Saturday, added some ground beef and made garlic bread (for my husband and Kayla).... the verdict: it was delicious and everyone loved it!  I froze half of it and will be eating the other half all of next week #nom. 

Next time I make this, I'm going to throw in some back bacon.

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+ Got this book from the library:

It's about 900 pages which isn't the problem; the problem is that I'm on the 9th chapter and I'm still reading about Kunte's childhood in West Africa. We all know the jist of the story but oh my god get on with it and stop with the long, drawn out descriptions already. I'm starting to get bored; I've already surpassed my five chapter threshold but I'm holding on for hope because I really want to like this book.


+ For some reason, I always get the urge to paint my finger nails in the fall. This is one of my favourite (fall) colours found at Winner for $4!

PolishEssie in Licorice.


+ On Friday, I left early from work for my weekly acupuncture appointment and I'm happy to report that things are going well. My wrist pain is down to maybe 10% which is awesome considering it used to be about 80%, some days 85%.

I also picked up this hydrating face mask - I tried a sample the other week and it's amazing! It left my skin feeling hydrated and supple.  

Well, shit. as I'm typing this, I just remembered that I'm not supposed to buy anything because of my spending freeze! Oh well, what's done is done #oops.

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+ My joints have been killing me lately because old, and also because it's the last 4wks of fight camp at my gym which obviously means each class be turnt.  Whatever the fighters have to do for fight prep, the regular members have to do it too (as a way to support them). Instead of walking around moaning about my joints, I remembered that turmeric is great for joint health so I made this tea last night....I'd forgotten how delicious and soothing this is.  To my surprise, Kayla had some and loved it.

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+ You know how Origami is amazing?  Check out this idea that has taken cues from Origami - a strip of plastic (polygon) that folds into measuring units!  This is actually a 4-in-1 measuring spoon and a genius idea. 


Back to blogging - being at peace




When I saw the above image, it really spoke to me. It's such a simple yet powerful message...also because that kid is freaking adorable. I mean, a toddler dressed in Buddhist clothing? I think my uterus just exploded.

But back to this post.

I'm a 100% believer in that you are the architect of your own (un)happiness, which is why I strive to live my life in such a positive manner.  I equate peace with happiness; when your life is at peace, when you are at peace, you are happy ... and I'm a big fan of happiness.  

It's only been in the last 10 years that I truly understood what it meant to be "mindful".  With so much information bombarding us, with so many distractions we face daily, with so many obligations we have to fulfill every single day, being mindful (to me) means living and being in the present moment

When I'm with family or friends, I'm engaged in conversations and paying attention to what they have to say. My phone is in my bag and I'm not taking photos of anything, food or anyone (unless asked).

When I'm working on a task, I'm solely focused on that task.

When I'm talking to Kayla (or anyone, for that matter), they have my undivided attention.  

Mindfulness is just being aware of what's going on around you; taking things as they come.  Even in situations where I may not like what I'm doing, I may not like what's been presented to me or whatever task that I have to do , I accept these things for what they are and accept that things may need to change.  I do my best to change a shitty situation into a positive one and the only way to do that is if I'm focused and mindful of what needs to be done.  It would be challenging to resolve a situation while answering emails, looking at social media, wondering what my friends are doing or trying making plans for the weekend...That just leads to more stress which is something that I don't need.

But being mindful is only half of the equation; to be happy and at peace, you also need to live the life you want.

... a healthy life.  I'm not just talking about physical fitness here, I'm also talking about mental health. A clear mind. Stress free. Non-chaotic. To achieve this, I've discarded all toxic relationships, only surrounding myself with people I care about. I've stopped feeling obligated (and guilty) when I don't do what I think others want me to do rather, I do what I want.  I'm mindful of my (depression) triggers so I exercise often to keep those (dark) moods away.  All of these things, together, help me lead a healthy life.

 ... eat well, exercise often.  When I feel healthy and strong, I have the energy and strength to tackle any issue head-on.  

... living simply.  I've been caught in the FOMO trap before - what people are doing, latest fashion trends etc.  Back then, my life was a bit of a mess and I had trouble figuring out why things just felt .... chaotic.  It wasn't until I was older that I realized when you want too much, when you're always looking for more or comparing yourself to others, it will be impossible to focus on, and more importantly, appreciate what you have now.  Of the many lessons my father taught me, a simple life is a happy one was one of the most valuable: a roof over our heads, money in the bank, food in our bellies, love and support from a strong family...isn't that what we all need?  

... prioritizing my needs/wants.  My family is important to me, but I'm important too.  Although I'm a mother and wife, I'm also my own person who has needs, passions, desires and hobbies; all of which are a priority.  I make the time to do the things that I want and it requires effort, planning and zero guilt.  I do not feel any guilt over doing things that make me happy. I do so much for my family's happiness and encourage them to do things that make them happy so why shouldn't I give myself that same treatment?


How do you achieve peace in your life?


My experiment with Bullet Journaling - a long ass post.


I've been doing this bullet journal thing for a while now so I thought I'd share an update of how it's working for me.  By the way, a bullet journal isn't much different from a planner - it just has more pages and a few more 'random' things/thoughts/notes dispersed throughout your book. 

First off, I have to say that I love this concept; I've always been an organized person but this takes organizing to a new level. Planning in general gives me a sense of calm; when I know things are organized, scheduled and structured, I'm able to function better, I'm happier and my days are much smoother.  Over the last few weeks, I've experimented with several formats and layouts, changed things that didn't work for me and abandoned some all together. After several trials, I've landed on a system that works for me.  

I use my A5 Kikki K planner because it's bigger which means more space for me to write.  Mine is a hybrid of sorts - a mix of regular planner things and a bullet journaly things and this is what works for me.  The beauty of starting (or evolving to) a bullet journal is that it's an organic process - your bullet journal (or planner hybrid) grows or shrinks according to your life/needs.

A few things if you're thinking of starting one:

1/ there isn't a wrong way to journal.  This is the best part of a bullet journal - it's totally up to you.  You don't have to be creative or artistic. You don't have to have amazing, completely-filled spreads/pages.  Add as much doodling/drawings/washi tape/stickers as you want or leave it plain.  Bullet journals are all about writing down what's important for/to you, on any page you want. You can use the pages in order or randomly; have an index or don't (I don't have an index/key as suggested because I know I would never remember them anyway).  Add in new things to track or have specific weekly pages.  Take things out.  This is a system that will help you stay organized and you set it up however you like.   Over time, you'll find a system that works for you.

My journal/planner is a mix of planner inserts and blank pages with my notes/thoughts and that works for me. I much prefer structured calendar inserts created via Word or Excel instead of me free-handing it because I know they'll look like shit and I can't handle crooked lines. 

2/ log what's important for/to you.  Finances (bills to pay, RRSP contributions etc) are important for me to track. Even though I know what these payments are and when they're due, I like writing them down and crossing them off.  I have to check the "paid" box but also cross them right off the list because I need to visually see that they've been paid.

3/ you don't need fancy supplies.  You don't have to get an expensive or super fancy planner or notebook to do this, although having supplies you love does motivate you to be consistent. 

While it's good to have quality supplies, I find the paper quality to be more important because if you're like me, I can't stand it when pens bleed through the page.  When I decided to do my own inserts, I selected a 28lbs paper weight which is thick enough that my felt-tip pens don't soak through.

When it comes to the actual book that will become your bullet journal, you can go fancy or low-key; it's totally up to you. Some people just use a plain ol' $5 spiral notebook, some people swear by Moleskin or Midori and crazy bitches like me will dole out cash for binder systems.  Whatever your fancy, be sure that you like the supplies you have so that you have fun while doing this.

For me, I'm into colorful pens, washi tape, stickers and smooth, heavy paper. I get all of my washi tape from my friend's store, Paper Plus Cloth. She has the best selection of washi tape (among other amazing stationary/craft supplies); many are imported from Asia (Japan/Taiwan) so you know they're legit #shamelessplug.

My pens of choice are Sakura Micron, Bic Velocity and most recently, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner.  Both the Micron and Staedler pens can be found at Michaels (use the 50% coupon because they're damn expensive!), the Bics can be found at Walmart or Office Max.



4/ don't get discouraged by what you see on the internet/Pinterest boards.  You do you!  Some people spend a lot of time dressing theirs up to the tits and some do nothing but write stuff down.  I've seen gorgeous spreads with amazing art but I can't do that shit and when I compare mine to what I see on the internet, mine looks like someone shat on the page.  I have a system that works for me so I stick to it, no matter how ugly it looks.

5/ give yourself time to learn and mess up.  For those who've expressed concern with screwing up/not having perfect pages, that's ok - that's what this journal is all about. It doesn't have to be perfect and if you don't like it, just tear out the page and start again.  Another reason why I like the binder system - you can just stick in new pages whenever you need to and remove the ones you don't like/need.  This is about finding what works for you and your journal will change many times over as things in your life change.


My Planner/Bullet Journal - What I do.

Here are things that I need to stay on top of on a regular basis:

  • expenses/finances/investments because obviously.
  • events - daily/weekly/future events (swimming, birthday parties, get togethers etc).
  • work meetings - since I don't have my phone connected to my work email/calendar because fuck that.
  • "to do" things that don't have a specific date but need to get done within a specific month

I will never get rid of my monthly or weekly layouts; it's what I use on a regular basis when I need to track certain things.  I like flipping to the monthly view for a quick check of what's going on in the month so I can plan accordingly (read: say no to certain invitations). 



My weekly layouts is where real life happens - stuff that must be done/reminders/bills to pay etc. I use these pages the most. If you notice, it's jam packed with stuff, post its, reminders, scribbles etc. It's nothing like those neat and perfect IG posts or Pinterest pins because life is messy, y'all.


Monthly bill tracker.  Last year when my bank and mobile company screwed up and didn't send me my ebill, I missed the payment due dates and got charged interest. RAGE. Since then, I always record every single bill that I have to pay, the amount and the due date.  I refer to this page nearly every day to check and double check that I'm on top of the bills #OCDmuch.

Bill tracker


Monthly "To Do" pages.  Also called a "future log", this is basically a list of things that I need to do during a specific month but isn't necessarily tied to a specific date.  For me, I like to do this by month. These tasks remain on this page until I decide they need to get done by/on a specific day, after which they get moved to my daily page/task list. 



Savings/finance list.  I'm all about saving and I have a bunch of high interest savings accounts dedicated to things for which I want to save. I'm always thinking of doing something new (kitchen reno was my newest idea since we came home from PEC), vacation places I want to go, general savings etc.  This is a page that reminds me to be mindful of my money so when I want to buy stupidness, this gives me a good dose of reality.



"Brain Dump" pages.  I like this page a lot. I tend to jot down my thoughts on this page before bed; it really helps to clear my mind so that I can go to sleep knowing that I won't forget anything. A lot of it is just random whatevers - things I thought about during the day, things I need to do/start or just things.



TBR list.  I really like jotting down the books I want to read. Even though I track them on Goodreads, having this in my journal also reminds me to continuously check my library to see if they're available and for some weird reason, it reminds me to read more instead of watching TV.



Gift lists.  Whenever I, Marius or Kayla want something or say "hey, this is really nice!" I take a mental note and then jot it down so when it comes time to buy birthday or Christmas gifts, I have options to choose from (instead of scrambling for last minute ideas).  I used to do this on random pieces of paper (that would get lost) or on my phone but have since transitioned this to my planner.  This also serves as a list to distribute to family members when they ask "what does Kayla want for Christmas / her birthday?".



Food/exercise tracker.  When I decided to support my friend who's in the tournament by dropping down to the same weight category, I needed something to keep me 100% on track. I actually don't need this but I like writing things down and seeing progress so why not put this as part of my bullet journal?



All of these (new) pages combined with my daily/weekly and monthly layouts really helps me keep on top of things.  There were many times I'd think of something only to forget it the next day or I'd have to search for that paper which I wrote it on but keeping everything in one area keeps me organized (and sane).


Overall, I love the bullet journal concept.  Even though my pages aren't fancy and artistic like what you see on IG or Pinterest, like this systems is efficient and most importantly, works for me.  


Do you have a bullet journal? planner? hybrid of sorts?


Currently - October edition


Micky october


With my monies:  Although my spending freeze is still in effect, I had to secure our hotel room yesterday for our annual Mount Tremblant trip next year and could not pass up this deal: 40% off room rates, 40% off lift tickets/lessons and free parking for all 5 days. So what does this mean? it means we're 100% booked for our 5-day Tremblant trip in February, woohoo! 

Other than that, we've tightened the purse strings. I've seen some great Planner things, adorable stuff at Michaels and I even passed up some good sales at Old Navy and Sport Chek. How strong am I?


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 I also read some great books this past month; I give all of them a 4-star rating.



With my planner:  I'm still using my planner as a hybrid bullet journal and I love it (post about my experience with a bullet journal coming soon).  

I'm planning for 2017 now but unfortunately, my planner inserts end Dec 31 2016 and under the rules of my spending freeze, I'm not allowed to buy non-essential items. Besides, I did some research and did you know that some Etsy shops charge nearly $50 for 2017 weekly planner inserts? FIFTY DOLLARS. For comparison at how outrageous this is, I paid $11 for a package of 500-sheet, 28lb paper.  Look, I'm all for supporting local businesses and all but $50?  Oh hells no; that's just extortion. Add on the taxes and shipping, that's nearly $80 for paper. 



So what did I do? that's right, I got crafty and designed my own. I never realized how easy it is to create and print A5 inserts; you don't even have to create custom templates - it's letter size paper just cut in half. 

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Set your orientation to landscape, shrink your margins as small as they go within the printable area (I think I used 0.6cm), the lines are 12cm (I measured them from my old inserts) and eyeballed distribution of the lines. I'm still figuring out the printing layout of the dates but you can also print just the month and write in the dates. Voila! your own inserts.


In TV:


"Based on the BBC series "Criminal Justice," HBO's eight-part production "The Night Of" stars John Turturro ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") and Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler") in a story about a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. A night that begins innocently for Pakistani-American college student Nasir "Naz" Khan turns horrific after he meets a mysterious young woman. In custody and awaiting his formal arraignment, Naz realizes that his survival -- or perhaps his demise -- rests not with his attorney, John Stone, but with a particular inmate at Rikers Island".

In fashion: or as "fashionable" as I get -- lots of leggings, flannel checkered shirts and my down vest. Fall temperatures have arrived with cloudy, gray days and nightly frost warnings.



With the family:  It's official -- Kayla has moved from little girl to bigger little girl. We painted her room from a pink/purple theme (that she selected when she was 3), to a turquoise/teal.  My baby girl is growing up so fast.

Ugly crying

We still have to get new curtains, let the wall cure before hanging anything and she's still in the process of figuring out her furniture placement.
Kayla room


 What's currently happening with you?


Back to blogging - 3 songs that impacted my life


Every time I hear this song on the radio, I'm immediately transported to the late 90s when I was 20 and was in the most volatile relationship I've ever had.  Looking back, I'd say it was borderline emotional/mental abuse but needless to say, they were terrible years of my life.  

That relationship changed me; in the throes of it, I was more broken and sadder than I was happy. The constant mind-fuck, the emotional abuse of it all stripped me of everything that made me a strong woman, leaving behind a shell of my former self.  For year, I tried to get away from him but somehow, his claws always found a way to drag me back in.  Everytime I we fought or tried to leave (which was often), I would listen to this song; Gloria's words gave me the strength to stay away a bit longer each time until finally, I was able to get in my car and drive away for the last time #toodaloomuthafucka.



In grade 7, I was in a new neighbourhood and got shipped off to a school north of me where everyone loved U2 and of the hundreds of students who attended my middle school, me and my other friend were the odd ones out -- he was a Houser and I was into new wave, namely Depeche Mode.  I introduced this band to a few close friends, including my middle school crush and while his young heart belonged to someone else, we had this one thing we shared, allowing us to form a great friendship as we spent our recesses talking about Depeche Mode's newest album or listening to their music on his walkman. 



In my early 20s, I was heavily into the rave/electronica scene and all night, ecstacy-fueled partying was pretty much a constant in my life. 

My husband and I met at a rave when we were high as fuck and PLUR was in the air.  We immediately bonded over our love of Paul Oakenfold (one of the best DJs at the time), made plans to skip work and meet up on a Wednesday night to try and get into Fluid Lounge, where Oakenfold was being flown in for a private party.  

That Wednesday night we flirted all night and while at Fluid Lounge, listening to Oakenfold spin magical tracks from this very album, the chemistry between us was unmistakable and, as they say, the rest was history.


What songs have impacted your life? 



Friday Thangs [10-7]


+ It's Thanksgiving long weekend for us Canadians! The menu will consist of my favourite roasted chicken recipe (since we can't finish a whole turkey), roasted sweet potatoes, homemade garlic bread, roasted garlicky butternut squash with parmesan cheese, chicken avocado and cilantro salad (one of my fav salads) and I might even try making pumpkin pie but I doubt that'll actually happen because that sounds too fancy for me.  Bring on the food! 



+ This long weekend we'll also be redoing Kayla's room.  This was part of her 8th birthday present but with summer weekends so packed, we never had a chance to do it so this weekend will consist of moving her furniture, taping the walls, painting and then a family slumber party in the basement while the paint dries. She's super excited. Obviously, the Friends Thanksgiving episodes will be watched, duh.  Kayla's actually looking forward to watching Friends for the first time.


+ I made my first of many fall soups - delicious butternut squash!  


+ Why does racism still exist in 2016? Jane Wood Allen, a teacher's aid and all around racist asshole fuckface, got fired after posting racist comments (about Michelle Obama and others) on her social media accounts. It's incredibly scary this woman had been poisoning the kids she teaches with her racism and hatred for however long she's been in the education system.

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+ this convo happened a while back when I was putting my home office/craft room together:

Me:  Kayla! why did you write on the wall?!

Kayla:  What?! I didn't! how can you accuse me like that?


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Kayla: *sheepish look on her face* oh, yeah; that was a while ago but I tried to get rid of it.

Me: well, you didn't do a very good job of that.

I've left it on because I see it every time I turn around in my chair and it makes me laugh that kids are so dumb sometimes.


+ We're on week 2 of hardcore wrist fixing. Last weekend I spent the morning at my acupuncturist's office getting my arm/back/hormones/face stuck with needles followed by a 60 minute deep tissue massage and even after 1 treatment, the pain is down to maybe 20% and I have more range of motion...a HUGE difference from when I went in.

I've also been doing self-cupping treatments at home with special chinese oil and silicone cups I bought. 

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+ Speaking of acupuncture, since I came back from vacation, my face has been freaking out.  A change in temperature always triggers a freak out but coupled with the fact that I wasn't able to eat the way I normally eat on vacay, it was extra tight, dry, irritated and red.  After the facial/hormone balancing treatment at my acupuncturist, I woke up the next morning with my skin back to normal! gone is the redness/wrinkles and tight, dry skin.   


+ Funnies:

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Have a great weekend!

To my Canadian pals, Happy Thanksgiving!


Guilty Pleasures




This song:  that's right; Eddie Murphy dabbled in music making and I love this song.


Canned corn. As much as I stay away from canned anything, I love me some canned corn.  And yes, I know I could just get corn on the cob and quickly boil it but canned corn just tastes so damn good. 


POP chips.  I haven't had real chips (ie. Ruffles/Doritos etc) since 2011 and I rarely snack but sometimes the damn PMS snack attack just keeps on chipping away at my resistance and when situation gets critical, I turn to these:



Eating peanut butter right out of the jar.  If this is wrong, then I don't want to be right. I used to do this with Nutella because Nutella, but since I cut out all that stuff, peanut butter it is.  When it's late, I've come home from the gym after a long, hard muay thai session and I'm hungry, I will stand in front of my pantry and legit eat peanut butter right out of the jar.



Dollarstore.  Not even ashamed to admit that I love the Dollarstore. Whenever I'm at the grocery store, I always stop in at the Dollarstore next door and will walk down every.single.aisle.  I love stalking their craft section and their home stuff (rubber gloves, dishes, some bakeware, kids activity books etc) is actually pretty decent. 


Internet lurking. My favourite sites to lurk are parenting sites (the shit posted by all the crazy, bored sanctimommy housewives is hilarious) and GOMI.  


Forever21 accessories. I hate F21; I hate the store, I hate their clothing because I think it's cheap crap that will fall apart in 2 washes but I love perusing their accessories section.  Every time I walk near a F21 store, I always go in and get something if I like it and it's under $5.

Also, these hilarious F21 memes:

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What are some of your guilty pleasures?