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Frozen Rose FTW

1 Oct

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I know it’s fall and I’m super late getting around to posting about a frozen summer cocktail. But I figure better late than never, right?

My friend sent me this recipe back in the summer to try out for an upcoming girls night. It was a smash hit! Rose is fun, but “frose” is a whole new level (and Instagram-worthy). Try it out – next summer (brrrr).

Ingredients

1 regular bottle of dry rose

Fresh strawberries (about 2 cups sliced – save a few for garnish)

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 shot vodka

2 tablespoons grenadine (or I’ve added a 1/4 cup sprite instead for a different vibe)

Directions

  1. Pour the rosé into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.
  2. Combine the strawberries and the sugar in the bowl of a blender and let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the vodka, grenadine, and rosé cubes. Blend the mixture until smooth. Add a strawberry to the rim of the glass, and voila!

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DIY: Wooden Coffee Table

6 Jun

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I am officially adding carpenter to my resume!

I wanted a new coffee table that would add some character to my living room and tie everything together. My couch is a deep grey so I wanted to brighten the room up with white and add a rustic feel with wood. I must have searched for 10 hours online to try and find what I pictured in my mind, to no avail (or at least for a reasonable price). So I did what any girl who knows what she wants does – do it myself!

I found a plain white coffee table at Ikea that was the shape I was looking for and had a wooden base to start.

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I then decided to add a wooden top to it to get that country-inspired reclaimed wood feel, which I stained a weathered grey to match my décor. Here is the final result!

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I was a little worried how it would turn out since I officially have ZERO experience with tools, paint, wood, or anything of the like, but alas it was a mission accomplished :). I’m thrilled with the result (and a little proud too!)

If you’re looking to create something similar, here is an overview of what I did and used.

I went to Lowe’s and got 4 pieces of 1x2x8inch and 4 pieces of 1x4x8inch select pine, 1.25inch brad nails, wood glue, sand paper for my sander, a can of stain by Verathane in weathered grey, and some foam tipped paint brushes. The tools I used were a saw, miter box, sander, and hammer.

I started by placing the wood in the order in the photo below, and then cut each piece to the exact length of the table.

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Before I went to glue each piece down I checked the wood to make sure the best side was facing up. I then traced a straight line down the wood in the three places where I wanted to put my nails in. This ensures that when you go to nail you do so in a straight line. I put one line down the middle of the table and 1 on either end about 2 inches in. I decided to nail through the top as I don’t mind the look, but you can nail from underneath if you don’t want the nails to show.

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I then glued and nailed each piece down one at a time. You really want to make sure you squeeze the wood as tight as you can to the next piece when you nail so there aren’t any spaces between the wood.

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Next I sanded down the top and sides to get a smoother surface (no slivers here!) and to smooth out any unevenness in the wood.

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Then come the sides. I measured 2 pieces of the 1x2inch wood to the exact length of the side of the table, and glued and nailed those ones on. Then I did the same thing with the last 2 pieces on the longer sides. I then sanded down those sides, especially the corners. You can see how I put the sides on, but you could also use a miter box to cut the corners at 45 degree angles if you wanted a different look.

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The comes time to stain! Once you are happy with the level of smoothness of your table, make sure there isn’t any dust left from sanding. I then painted on 1 layer of stain. I went section by section and used a rag to wipe off the stain as I went to get that weathered look. If you don’t wipe off the top layer of stain after you apply, it will look more like grey paint. I only ended up doing 1 layer of stain and going back and fixing a few areas where I wanted to even it out, but you could do a second layer depending on how dark you want it.

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And voila! A brand new table 🙂 I loved it so much I did my TV stand too!

PS…thanks to Centsational Girl for her tips and tricks on making this table.

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Favourite Thing Friday: tarte Cheek Stain

25 Mar

I generally hate blush (and before you ask, yes I have tried the infamous Nars Orgasm blush to no avail). I mean why would I ever want to look flushed? I have light skin that can look a little peachy at times, so I like to stick to my trusty bronzer. But that has changed since I met and fell head over high heels for tarte’s cheek stain in “glisten”. This little canister is perfect to get the right amount of pink pop with a little bit of glow. And I love that it isn’t in a powder format, but instead is like a cream. I dab this onto the apples of my cheeks with my fingers and gently blend towards my temples. Voila! Especially perfect for those days I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup without looking washed out 🙂

Happy Friday everyone!

 

 

Book Review: Kate Hudson’s Pretty Happy

11 Mar

Who doesn’t love Kate Hudson? I mean she is gorgeous, slim, funny, and stars in every one of my favourite chic flicks. Well, homegirl can now add author to her list of accomplishments.

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I picked up Kate’s new book Pretty Happy when it first came out yesterday. I was honestly expecting another celeb book about how they keep in shape, what they eat, ya-da, ya-da. I was however unexpectedly pleasantly surprised. This book is totally NOT about that. It is not superficial and does not provide a step-by-step guide to Kate Hudson’s exact workout plan. Instead, it is all about 4 pillars in life that help you be more connected to your body. Over the past decade Kate details how she has learned to cultivate an intuitive relationship with her body, how to eat well for your body and listening to what it is your body is saying it needs, awakening your body through movement and exercise, and being more mindfull in daily life. She’s included questionnaires to help you assess your own body type and stress level, and tips to keep yourself balanced. The book is more about learning from your own body WHY it is you feel down or sluggish one day, how to avoid that feeling next time, and how to get back to feeling happy. It’s about being in tune with yourself (and your gut – the true ringleader of your whole body) and doing things (like exercise) because you WANT to feel good – not because you feel like you have to in order to lose that last 5 lbs. It’s a look at life from the inside out – yes I know it sounds cliché, but it’s all I could come up with.

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I was really truly impressed with this book and it made me look at my life and my body more mindfully. It gives a deeper perspective about decisions and feelings and the repercussions, both positive and negative. I highly recommend this book – whether you are looking to clean up your diet, find that motivation to move more, looking to change your thought process, or just want to live more connected and balanced.

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And if I didn’t convince you that you need this book STAT, then maybe this quote will:

Pretty Happy details all the ways she makes it a priority every day. Honoring our bodies with clean eating and smart cleansing, our minds with meditation, our purpose with authenticity, and our fun with spontaneity, playfulness- this is a hands-on approach to owning our potential.” —Daphne Oz.

Happy reading!

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TV Shows You Need to be Watching Pronto

1 Oct

In honour of fall and many of our beloved shows returning to a tube near you, I thought I would post about my trusty go-to’s and a few new ones I am looking forward to. I don’t usually sit and watch random TV. I have my list of shows, and schedule when I watch them. Some I watch regularly and others just kind of when I feel like it.

Here is my take on shows that you might like, and should probably be watching…pronto:

JUST PLAIN OL’ GOOD TV

Suits – Harvey Spector. Enough said.

The Good Wife – Just a really good all-around show. Good acting, good plot. About a cheating politician and his stand-by-her-man wife turned lawyer.

Madam SecretaryTea Leoni killed it in the inaugural season, playing a Condoleezza Rice/Hillary Clinton-esque Secretary of State. And her husband is the definition of “dream husband”.

IF YOU LIKE CRIME DRAMAS..

Law & Order: SVU – A good time waster. This show never gets old (clearly, as it’s on season 17…). And if you need more reason to watch – Taylor Swift named her cat after the main character Olivia Benson. So take it from her..

Blue Bloods  Another cop show this time about a whole family of them, featuring Tom Selleck’s mustache and a Wahlberg brother.

FOR THE LADIES

The Client List Actually cancelled (I WAS DEVASTATED), but if you can download it still go for it. Super cute show with Jennifer Love Hewitt as a scandalous massage therapist (on second though, maybe for the guys too).

Nashville About being a star in a place called heaven Nashville. Some great original songs!

ScandalWhether you watch this show for Olivia’s closet of fabulous jackets, the drama at the white house, or Olivia’s revolving door of men in her life…you know how addicting it is. And don’t forget an Olivia Pope sized glass of red.

Chicago FireYour typical drama, featuring unrealistic plot lines and hot firefighters. In other words, great TV.

WANT ROMANCE?

The Affair The title is all you need to know.

FUNNY SITCOMS

Modern Family If you haven’t watched Modern Family yet, you’ve been living under a rock.

NEW SHOWS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR

QuanticoA drama following rookie FBI agents through their first year.

Blood & Oil The rich vs. not in a show about the largest oil discovery in America. I am thinking this could be a good alternative now that Revenge has wrapped (I mean, the promo pic even LOOKS like Revenge..)

Code BlackTired of Grey’s Anatomy and all those other hospital dramas? Or want to give one more a shot…

So now you are up to speed! Don’t complain you have nothing to watch…

A B*tchin’ Kitchen

26 Jan

I don’t cook…very well. But I feel like if one of these dream kitchens belonged to me, I may start. And as you probably guessed, all photos courtesy of my favourite hobby – Pinterest.

I love the country feel in this one

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The ceiling..
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Again…the country-esque feel with the lights and wooden table.

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Modern baby.

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This is just a beauty. Can really see myself whipping up Kraft Dinner in this one.

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So clean. So fresh.

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I love how open this whole room is!

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High ceilings are never a bad thing!

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If you like the rustic look…I really liked the arched ceiling. Strange place for a TV with a cooking show though..

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LOVE.

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I would be OK if this was my country estate.

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Love the circular bar (minus that chandelier..)

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What does your dream kitchen include?

Did You Forget About Lil Ole Me?

19 Jan

I am not six feet under. Hallelujah! Nope, just had a bad case of the its-the-holidays-and-I’m-really-busy-but-now-it’s-January-and-I-am-only-slowly-acting-like-everyday-is-not-Monday. And isn’t it fitting that Monday is my first day back blogging since November 7. NOVEMBER 7TH. I’m sorry, y’all.

It made me happy though that I received MORE than a few messages over the break about blogging again. I have some loyal followers 🙂

I’ll start off with my New Years Resolutions…better late than never, right?

Sweet Child In The City’s New Years Resolutions

Well for starters…

But in all reality I am a big believer in having goals that are affirmative and concise, are quantifiable and specific, are present tense (not “I will save” but “I save”), and have a target date. As a past employee of Lululemon, I will apply the six core values I learned while my time with the brand: possibility, vision, balance, audacity, format, and integrity. These values aren’t just nice words – they actually really do have meaning for each and every goal. Goals need to be attainable but not too easy, they need to be realistic for your lifestyle, they need to be have a timeline or timeline(s) that keep you accountable and motivated, and last but not least they need to be specific. Lose weight is not specific! Lose 10 lbs. by June 2015 by going to the gym three times a week for an hour is a lot more specific.

I have also separated my goals by time of year – all year-round, winter/spring, and summer/fall.

All-Year Round Goals

1. I’ll start off with the absolutely most typical resolution – I hit the gym for an hour 5 days a week through the winter/spring months. I don’t have a weight loss goal, but just want to “tone up”.

2. I visit two continents in 2015. I have already booked a trip to South America for May 2015, and plan on visiting Europe at the end of the year. I want to see the world and planning to hit two continents a year would be an amazing goal to keep up!

3. I drink only 1 cup of coffee per day. This is a biggie for me. My body actually functions on caffeine so this could be interesting…I will drink green tea when in doubt!

Winter/Spring Goals

4. I write my GMAT test by June 2015. I am giving myself 5 months to study for and write the GMATs. This is something I want in my back pocket in case I plan to pursue my MBA in the next few years. Further to this goal, I plan to set aside time 3 days/week to study, and have even gotten myself a card for the library down the road already – baby steps 🙂

Summer/Fall Goals

5. I run a half marathon in the summer/fall. I have yet to look up half marathon races so this goal should be a lot more specific. By booking the race now, I hold myself accountable to this goal. BUT, like I said, I am really just getting into the swing of January so cut me a little slack here 🙂

6. I finish P90x in 90 days from September 2015 through November 2015. This is something I have attemped before (and a good attempt at that!), but really want to commit to this year. Having a fitness goal in the fall makes sense for me.

7. I visit one of my best friends in Austin, Texas, and book the trip in early fall. Pretty self-explanatory.

8. I play organized women’s hockey starting in the fall. This is something I used to do and have totally gotten away from. And I miss it! I just haven’t been motivated or found the time to sign up come August every year, and this year that is changing.

Those are my set-in-stone specific goals that I WILL achieve. My other goals around saving more money, volunteering, learning a new language, etc. are still important to me, but I don’t want to take on too much.

What are some of your new years resolutions? How are you planning to achieve them?

November Goals

12 Nov

Better late than never, right?

Back in October I started a new feature where I would post my goals at the beginning of each month for that month. I know what you’re thinking…Hey, maybe your first goal should be to post your goals on the actual 1st day of the month! But like I said, better late than never 🙂

So here they are!

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An Intellectual Sweet Child In The City

11 Nov

First of all, I want to say I hope you have all been thinking of the past and present men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Freedom is not free. Lest we forget.

I am a busy sweet child in the city, and I don’t always have time to read every paper in the city. So I cheat.

So let me spread my wisdom and teach you the ways of an Intellectual Sweet Child In The City!

I usually read TSN.ca and Thestar.ca each morning at work, but I really swear by 2 sources that come straight to my inbox every morning to keep me sharp with what is going on in the world. I introduce to you: theSkimm and Gal’s Got Game.

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It is witty, accurate, and short but detailed. It’s like they time the length of theSkimm to the time it takes to brush your teeth – 2 minutes of learning and spit. theSkimm describes a news story but then also sums up the main conclusion for readers – and written like it was by your very best, very funny friend. You can sign up on their website here to start getting Skimmed every morning!

Don’t trust me? Click here to see a sample of the latest Skimm…

Gal’s Got Game

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AKA my secret weapon to chatting with the boys at the water cooler in the office. I may know hockey and football, but soccer…pfff. Basketball…pfff. GGG is targeted to professional women who want to stay up-to-date on the latest in the sports world. Whether or not you watched last night’s football game, it will certainly seem like you did. GGG is also perfect for women who aren’t looking to stay up-to-date, but to actually learn about a sport from scratch….case in point: they defined a “sack” this morning. Sign up here!

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10 Christmas List Essentials for 2014

10 Nov

I’m back, y’all. It’s been a month (holy sh*t!) since my last post, but don’t fret. I am still alive, breathing, and definitely, most definitely have not been starving.

And I’m back with one of my favourite posts of the year….Christmas list essentials! I start making my Christmas list pretty late…you know, early August. And it probably changes 47393 times before Dec. 25th. But I can guarantee you these 10 essentials are going no where.

10. Fitbit

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Counts calories? Check. Counts steps? Check. Tracks sleep? Check. Anything to help me live healthier, happier, and continently! But for real….everyone I know who has one raves about it.

9. Party Skirt

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You saw my post here, so you know I am dying for a party skirt. Too bad Christmas day doesn’t come BEFORE all the Christmas parties where you struggle to find something to wear….

8. Michael Kors Watch

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Classic – and I shockingly don’t own one (insert GASPS of horror here). A great watch is a staple in any accessories closet, and Michael is the king of great watches. Now I just have to decide between gold or rose gold…thoughts?

7. Rebecca Minkoff Purse

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Repeat after me….can you own too many purses? NO! Do we love Rebecca Minkoff? YES!

I am a huge fan of the mini mac. It’s the perfect purse for a night out or just a trip to the mall. The 5-zip is cute too, and it acts as a clutch without the strap.

6. Wine Glasses

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I seriously have problems with not breaking wine glasses. Actually, my dishwasher has a problem with not breaking wine glasses. Together, we are the worst at not breaking wine glasses. You can never have too many…

5. Quote-Worthy Coffee Mugs

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There is nothing better than starting your morning with a cute and clever cup of joe! These two above are from Indigo Chapters, in case you were wondering (hint hint Mom).

4. Coffee Table Books

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Everyone has a coffee table and therefore everyone needs a coffee table book. I will take any of the above please 🙂

3. Hat

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Wide-brimmed hats exploded onto the fashion scene this year. I think everyone and their great-aunt’s sister’s cousin’s neighbour has one. You can find different styles and sizes, but my personal favourite is the trusty one above from Marciano.

2. Kobo E-Reader

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My Kobo is my Mom’s that I have stolen. And I love it and will only give it back once she buys me a new one (that’s not the bratty spoiled child in me, I swear). I fit my Mom’s mine in my purse and always have it on hand when I have a few minutes to kill. So much more convenient than hauling around a heavy book!

1. Wall Map or Globe with Push Pins

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One of my globe-trotting friends has a wall map above her bed and has marked off all the places she has travelled with push pins. Such a good idea! A daily reminder of all the places you have yet to experience and a little motivation when you want to buy those shoes but also want to go to Thailand…oh, the cruel decisions.

Hopefully that gives you some holiday inspo, whether for yourself or others! If you want to check out last year’s version, click hereFa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!

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