I saw this Short and Sweet Tag on my good friend Melissa @Kiss&MakeupBeautyBlog and loved it! So I’mma’ gonna do it because it’s FRIDAY WOOHOO and MARKY IS COMING HOME TODAY YOU GUYS!

 

So Stupid… shopping anywhere right now….seriously I hate this time of year. I just want to get some dang milk and it takes me half a day.

Even more stupid… when I’m waiting to pay for my dang milk, and some jerk is not agreeing with the price of the oranges he’s getting. WHY. WHY.

Best Day EverI’ve already talked about this one so, yeah I won’t do it again, but you can reread my thoughts on that topic right HERE.

On replay…The Nightmare Before Christmas. You know I remember when this first came out and I was WTF IS THIS DISNEY…but now? I can play it over and over again and I love it. I think I can sing almost all of it now! This is Halloween, This is Halloween…  😀

 

Totally loving…making all kinds of rice bowls!

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Rice bowl topped with ground beef, tomatoes, green onions, red peppers, chipotle dressing

It’s hard to feed just ME, so lately I’ve been throwing food on top of rice and calling it dinner. It works for me! At least it’s not takeout, right?

Never would have thought…I’d enjoy drinking BLACK COFFEE, but the Starbucks in Downtown Disney has Clover Coffee, and MAN OH MAN… it’s so good and not bitter? I wish there was a machine here in my area.

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Clover

Really enjoying…essences right now! I didn’t get the whole essence thing when they first came out, but boy, now that I’ve tried some that really work I am hooked people!

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Some Essence Waters I’m Loving

These two are pretty awesome ones that I picked up in California. And I also love the MIYU Beauty one that I reviewed yesterday. They’re all fantastic at adding a burst of moisture to just cleansed skin that I can’t live without now. I’ll do a more in-depth review of these two moisture morsels soon I promise.

Terrified of…High Blood Pressure? When I was at my yearly Neurologist appointment, she said my BP was high? And scared the crap outta’ me? So I went to my doc, and he said NO, you are FINE. My mama had high BP, so it’s something that scares me and I don[t want any part of it! It’s why I exercise almost every day.

HATE…that our Canadian Dollar is doing so poorly right now! Makes having a daughter going to a US College that more expensive…

Love the weather when… it’s cold and snowy! My favourite time of year is right now! I’m a January Baby, so sometimes I wonder if loving the winter and cold is just an automatic YES for us weirdos born in winter hahaha!

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Hoar Frost

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Best age…is there one? I don’t think so. Just like I don’t believe in the whole Best Day thing too. You make your life what it is my friends…every day, every year can be the best one ever, hey? BE HAPPY. That’s what’s the best.

Regretting…making Marky do math HAHAHA…honestly the poor kid…she was horrible at it, and I’d have to tutor every night and MAN it was so frustrating to teach her! But I made her complete grade 11 level…just in case she needed it….and SHE DOESN’T in Disney’s college so I REGRET PUSHING HER to do something she’d never have to use.

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No time for…cleaning?!! Baking?!! I’m so behind on everything and Marky is coming home today. I haven’t dusted or cleaned her room since she left late August. Gonna make Terry do it today because I CAN.  😛

Always hungry for…toast. Seriously, toast rules dudes. And my Zumba Buddy who is Dutch/German got me these and I didn’t think toast could get any better, but I was wrong hahaha!

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Chocolate Sprinkles for toast!

Always ready to travel to…DISNEYLAND and CALIFORNIA of course! Easy answer. Going back in January actually. The American Border dudes always hassle Marky a bit, so we like to be there for her to say YA we be the parents here so…step off jerks. >:(

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Disneyland

So disgusting…pickled herring BLECHHHHHhhhh…it’s a Ukrainian Christmas traditional food and I just can’t!

Pushing myself to… do more moving around! I do Zumba as you know, but I want to move even more. I got a new FitBit and I love it. I am moving more because of it!

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Really want to…Go to Iceland!

Kind of missing… my mama. She died at this time of year, so I have a hard time getting into the whole Christmas Spirit thing. When someone you love so dearly dies at this time of year, you kind of realize that Christmas is really just another day on the calendar.

Dancing to…my favourite Zumba Song is Megan Trainor’s Better When I’m Dancing! It makes me smile every time!

Happy Friday everyone! And one more thing:

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Are you all ready for Christmas? We aren’t at all! Tree still isn’t up yet haha! Although, we don’t really put a whole lot of pressure on the whole Christmas thing. It’s more about spending some quality family time together for us! And that’s what we are gonna aim to do!

Last week I attended my very first blogger event! I’ve been blogging for 5 years now and there are never any events here in Edmonton so it was so exciting for Avène to actually come here!

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It was so much fun meeting other bloggers from Edmonton including one of my faves Rae @theNotice, the lovely France who represents Avène, and the team from Langton PR. I cold have stayed and chatted for hours and hours haha! And the pear cocktail was pretty good too!

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There’s some exciting new products coming from Avène soon, so stay tuned for that!

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Remember when I picked up the new Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation and Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer at the last Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Redemption Event in Calgary?

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

 

I picked up the shade Light Warm in both products. Swatchy Time!

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation and Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Warm

 

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation is very pigmented and creamy smooth for a powder foundation. You can apparently use it wet as well, but I haven’t tried that yet because even though I really like the way it feels and covers, I have one MAJOR problem with it…maybe you can tell what that is from this picture:

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

 

See the ORANGE on the sponge? It looks good for about an hour or so on me, but then it oxidizes and looks quite orange on me. It’s weird because that rarely happens to me with foundations.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

 

It’s a shame as I do like the powder! But I’m not prepared to go and get another shade to try, because I fear the same will just happen. At least I didn’t pay for it! The Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is a keeper though. It’s creamy, has great coverage, blends seamlessly. It reminds me of my favourite concealer, the MAC Prolongwear, except for one thing: it creases under the eyes. It’s great for the face though and covers redness and blemishes quite well.

I bought some new Zumba sneakers, or runners as we call them here in Canada…sneakers are for sneaking around in 😛 you run in runners 😛

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I had such a problem finding a pair that were flexible enough for dance, yet in my big-foot size 11s! Nike finally came to the rescue and I love them.

I’m trying to eat healthier too and eat more fruit! I really am awful when it comes to eating fruit but it’s just SO expensive right now in Canada. And I’m not a huge fan of apples. So when I see something that I do like on sale, I pick it up. These strawberries hit the sale spot!
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I got a new hat! You all know I have a pretty great knit hat/toque collection, but I need to start beefing up my warm weather hat collection! I got this one at Old Navy on sale, and I hope I can find another one in California next week!

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Yup, that’s right-we’re going back to visit Marky. It’s Spring Break for her, so we thought we’d go down and visit, feed her, restock her supplies and visit Disneyland. For some reason it feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve seen her, so I’m excited to see her if only for a few hours. She’s so busy trying to finish her first all by herself 90 sec animation, so I don’t think we’ll be able to see a lot of her. But it’ll be my dose of Marky that I need, so yes! I’ll be happy with what I get.

And that was my week! How was yours? It’s going to be REALLY warm and spring like here this weekend! Highs in the double digits! I sure hope that means Spring is here to stay!

Have you ever had a foundation oxidize on you? Does it happen a lot? This is probably only the second foundation I’ve ever had do that. 

I thought I’d update you all on my progress with my Achieving Life Balance for 2014 goal. Since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I’ve lost 14 pounds! Wahoo! And that makes me so happy! It’s been hard work that’s for sure, but so slow. Being hypothyroid makes losing weight so much harder I tell ya. But truth be told, I like that it’s been slow weightloss, as that just means it’ll STAY off. Hopefully!

But I wanted to share a couple of things that have made losing weight fun and easy! And the first one is a snack that’s SO GOOD, I have to share it with you

Three Works Apple Chips are my new favourite snack. What’s different about Three Works Apple Chips is that they’re flavoured Apple Chips! Sure, they have plain ones, but how’s about apple chips with a touch of mango? Or cherry? Or Berry? OR CARAMEL BABY. Three Works Apple Chips are ready to enjoy in all sorts of really delicious crunchy chip flavours and they are non-fried, with no artificial flavours or sugar added.  And they’re gluten free too!

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Three Works Apple Chips

Three Works Apple Chips come in these two-serving cans, and also come in a single serving can too. One serving is 100 Calories and that’s awesome. Oh, and the apple chips aren’t just thrown in the can either-they’re packed in a vacuum-sealed bag to ensure delicious crispiness! You have to try them. You can find Three Works Apple Chips just about everywhere too! Click here to find a retailer near you.

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Sweaty Bands

Sweaty Bands have changed my workout life.

Before Sweaty Bands, I used to pin my hair back with a zillion bobby pins before workouts. If there’s one thing I can’t take, it’s hair in my face when I workout. I can’t STAND it. The shorter layers of my hair always slip free from my elastic pony tail holder too and fall into my eyes. But I have found the ultimate hair holder, Sweaty Bands. They’re a hairband made with a ribbon like material that has a signature non-slip velvet backing so they will not slip off, even during a sweaty Zumba workout. They absorb sweat AND stay on my head without slipping off. GENIUS. I only have this one right now, but I plan on getting more. They have loads of designs and different thicknesses too.

I’m a bit paranoid about this trip to California truth be told. I don’t want to gain back any of the weight I’ve lost, so I’m going to try to be careful. But we will be doing a lot of walking, so I shouldn’t worry so much I guess! Plus I plan on exercising too. I’ve downloaded the Zumba App onto my iPad, so I can Zumba in the hotel room if I want to!

Can I look like Gina please? I love her and her hair!

What are some of your low-fat, low calorie snacks?

*the Three Works Apple snacks were sent by one of my favourite PR people ever! How amazing is that kind of support? THANK YOU!

 

Hey everyone! A little bit of a different post today, so I hope you don’t mind!

After my doctor’s visit yesterday, I had a Me Moment. I feel so much better knowing how to deal with my health problems-mainly anemia and hypothyroidism, and being overweight. I feel armed and ready to tackle my health this year and achieve some balance! Here’s my plan:

1. Actually re-joining Weight Watchers and following the program. Online.

I’ve lost weight before with Weight Watchers. It works for me. I don’t like feeling deprived, and on other diet programs that avoid certain food groups I don’t do well. I feel they’re just not realistic and not a way to live my life. Life’s too short to not eat bread. Or chocolate. Or whatever I want. And with Weight Watchers I can still eat those things and lose weight. So, today I clicked join and paid for an online membership. GUYS the WW Mobile App-SO COOL. You can just scan the barcodes now and if WW has the info, it automatically finds it for you and you just hit enter onto your tracker! I LIKE THIS.

2. Exercising every day.

I already exercise as you know, but not enough. Because of the hypothyroid business, I have to REALLY move it move it, so that’s what’s going to happen-no ifs, no ands, NO BUTS. I’ve been loving Zumba a lot, so I bought another Wii Zumba game to add to the mix so I don’t get bored, because that’s a huge problem for me. Boredom. If I get bored, I stop. And I CAN’T stop this time.

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I’ll also dust off my treadmill, because I kind of gave up on it around November. I wasn’t seeing any results, but now that I know WHY, I’m going to use that sucker again.  I might not run so much, but walk more and listen to music while doing it! So if you have any favourite songs that are good to exercise to, let me know!

3. The anemia business. I’m getting so tired of it to be honest. But it’s so hard for me to take the high dose iron pills-they really bother my stomach. But this new doctor of mine-he’s amazing. He told me to buy these instead:

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Prenatal Vitamins have a bit higher of a dose of iron than just a daily multi-vitamin, but not as high as the high dose iron pills. They’ll be easier on my stomach, plus I get the added bonus of other vitamins and stuff too. I’ve taken one already today, and so far so good! No sore tummy so yay! Yes, this’ll take a bit longer to build up my iron stores, but at least I won’t have to quit taking them because of stomach pain which always happens and then I end up right back where I started: tired, pale, and low hemoglobin stores which makes it harder to exercise. NOT THIS TIME.

4. Remembering To STAY on track!

Thanks to some lovely and amazing PR, I’ll be able to do that with these pretties:

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Joseph Nogucci Elephant Memory Stone Bracelets

Joseph Nogucci Elephant Memory Stone Bracelets are made with semi-precious stones and colours that represent different goals. The beautiful elephant icon ensures that you never forget what you’re aiming for. The Iron Stone represents Perseverance, while Green Malachite means success and will bring good health. There are other stones too that represent other goals.

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Joseph Nogucci Elephant Memory Stone Bracelets

The tiny rhodium filled elephant charm is ADORABLE. And I love wearing these Joseph Nogucci Elephant Memory Stone Bracelets to remind me of my Life Balance Goals! They’re on sale right now by the way, so if you want to pick one up for yourself, or as a gift for someone do it now!

Oh, and in case you missed it, here’s my new hair colour:
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My hairdresser put some Indigo into the mix, so there’s some light pink and purple and indigo in there-I know it’s a bit hard to see from this angle, but that’s what’s there now and I LOVE it. I like it a lot better than the pink to be honest. Sometimes I felt like the pink accentuated the redness in my cheeks. The bluer colours seem to tone it down a bit, and I think my eyes look bluer too.

So, I hope you don’t mind if from now on, I throw in a different kind of post like this. Something about exercise, about Weight Watchers like a great recipe, or anything else that I’ve been doing to achieve my Year Of Balance.

What do you do to achieve balance in your life? Are you trying to get healthy this year too?