Welcome to my first ever recipe blog post! I know I talk a big fashion game here but some of you may know that I have a huge sweet tooth (if you follow me on Instagram, than you definitely already know). Like you, I get addicted to everything pumpkin every single October. So my gift to you this fall? This highly- addictive muffin recipe:
It’s the beginning of October and BOOK CLUB BLOG is finally here! I couldn’t be more excited to share my love of books with you. From now on, you will able to come here at the beginning of the month and find a new story to get lost in. You can leave comments, share you thoughts, ask questions, whatever you want! So welcome friends, I’ve got a spooky one picked out for you…
When you’re a parent with young children, long days make for early bedtimes. My hubby and I are usually so exhausted by 8 o’clock so we each pour a glass of wine and head to bed to indulge in some good TV. Television has come such a long way in the past few years. Shows are even better than movies and it’s reflected in the clever writing and amazing actors that play each character (sorry, Scandal did NOT make the list). I won’t lie, I am a bit of a TV junkie and Netflix is my drug of choice. It’s just such a great way to unwind every night. Here is what you should be watching next:
“Motherhood. Powered by love. Fuelled by coffee. Sustained by wine.”
How do you keep your sanity in motherhood? It is a topic that I personally struggle with on a day-to-day basis. Some days are great, while others, I feel like pulling my hair out. I just need a BREAK! I asked my friends on Facebook to help me with this one and I was overwhelmed by all the comments that I received (thank you!!). Let’s be honest, most mothers run the household. It just wouldn’t work without us! We keep track of absolutely everything, it’s like we have a giant daily schedule stapled to our foreheads. But how much time do we actually take for ourselves? Those minutes of “me time” are like gold to moms, so I’ve put together a checklist of ten things that you can do for yourself each week.
I have spent today writing this post in my head and with a little encouragement from some fellow blogger friends, it’s finally coming to fruition… with the help of a glass of wine. With the state of the world today, all the hate and the violence, why do we treat each other so poorly? What happened to simple kindness? Common courtesy? Social media has become a breeding ground that brings out the absolute worst in people and today I’m going to take a moment to rant about it…
I’ve been waiting almost a year to be able to share photos of the time that my son and I spent on set, filming AMC’s Hell On Wheels. So with the final few episodes now airing and Cooper’s big debut revealed, I’m excited to finally share some stories and photos from our amazing experience.
Let me first say that there is nothing like being a part of the magic of show business…
I’ve always liked a good gin and tonic. Usually, I stay away from high ball drinks, as I seem to enjoy wine in my old age, but I always make an exception for this cocktail. Today, I’m showing a new twist on this old classic.
I first tried this drink at my book club last month and I was immediately hooked. It was like nothing I’d tasted before but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. The secret ingredient: St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur. It has a distinct sweet smell very similar to lychee, but it is made from elderflower: a small, white starry flower that blooms through the spring and summer. You can find it at almost any liquor store but be prepared to spend a little extra on this special bottle.
I’m a thirty-something mom of two little boys and I live a three and a half hour plane ride from the nearest family. Starting a family was something that both my husband and I really wanted. I knew it was going to be tough, being without grandparents to help but I didn’t care, I wanted babies. I would stay at home and raise them, like my mom did, and he would go to work everyday to provide for us. The plan was in place. And after three pregnancies and the birth of two beautiful boys, our family was complete.
And I was happy. I loved (and still do!) being home and being a mother. It’s the hardest and most rewarding “job” there is in life. But what maybe I wasn’t so prepared for was how mentally and physically exhausted I would be some days. A cup or two of coffee in my favourite mug from The Top Knot Boutique and a glass of wine were things I looked forward to every single day.
After awhile, something started creeping in: resentment. I would watch my husband every morning: wake up well rested, get dressed up in a nice suit, take his travel mug of hot coffee and head with purpose to the office. He’d come home at 6:00 (or later) every night telling me of the nice lunch he’d had at a restaurant downtown or the beer he’d shared after work. All the adult things he got to partake in. Then there was me: feeling like if I had to deal with one more tantrum, change one more diaper, do one more load of laundry, or empty the dishwasher one more time, I was going to go outside onto the front porch and scream.
My heart goes out to all the families affected by the wild fires in Fort McMurray. On special days like Mother’s Day, a time for love and family, so many people are experiencing absolute devastation. Their homes and neighbourhoods destroyed and they have lost everything. I know that safety is always the number one priority and obviously lives are way more important than tangible items. But I don’t think we should disregard how important some things are to us too. How do you put a value on those sentimental objects?
It got me thinking about the contents of my home. If my home was on fire, and I could save one thing, what would it be? What’s something that no amount of money could replace? After only a moment’s thought I decided it would be a letter from my mother…