Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela... Just working and I found this moving quote and lovely image to remember him by...A wise, brave, amazing soul who will inspire me always with his bravery and selfless devotion.
Early tomorrow I hit the road for a very last minute girls getaway. Off to Vancouver to see a band I love, Pearl Jam at GM Place. My dear friend that I never get to see, Marnie, will be my co-pilot. Once in Vancouver we have another friend I see too little of, Amy, joining us for a night of luxury at the Four Seasons Vancouver, the perfect spot for a girls getaway.
It's so central and they have everything you need in house...not to mention Pacific Center Mall being attached to the lobby. No need to drive anywhere once you get settled, you can walk or grab a train or cab easily to most of the city hot spots.
We have a room with two beds and a sofa bed so everyone can be cozy and cuddle in their own bed. I am looking forward to some food and drinks at Yew, the hotel restaurant. It's where we plan to nourish ourselves and have some cocktails before the concert.
So I will share our adventure as it happens with Instagram and on facebook as much as I can and I will also be sure to share a full post when we return.
Last winter we had a family trip to the Four Seasons Vancouver and it was fabulous. I wrote a Take Me TOO Vancouver feature on our stay as it's a spot I would highly recommend.
Winter was not welcomed by me this year...I denied it as long as possible wearing flip flops, rejecting jackets and finding sunny spots on walks and being still soaking up the warmth like a cat. Well now it's December and reality has hit!
The snow has fallen and stayed and yet another year I wondered as I hung the Christmas lights and decorated the porch why I waited till it was bitter cold. So, I might as well embrace it and enjoy till spring returns. Ryan is over the moon excited about Christmas and some decorations have come out and Buddy the Elf on the Shelf who lives with us is up to his nightly mischief. I do love Christmas and all that comes along with it...the music, sitting by the tree quietly at night while everyone sleeps, making treats and presents and sharing what I can with friends and loved ones.
I usually treat myself to the Starbucks Holiday CD as I am obsessed with music playing when I am busy at home...now luckily there are lots of online sites with playlists to enjoy like Songza and my latest addiction 8tracks...you can take my link on the left to listen to my creations so far and I am will share some holiday gems later.
For now I wanted to share this amazing version of Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix I happened upon...
What a lovely mix of people and voices...I am sure it will become viral as it's pretty special.
In first year university I was in a new province and didn't get into residence so I was living far from school alone in a very interesting rooming house....weekly rentals make for interesting housemates. Frosh week was a challenge for me being a shylock so I only met a couple friends. I fondly remember being invited by them to a big slumber party at the girls residence and midway through the night a bunch of boys showed up dressed very handsome. It was such a Glee moment. One of them was my new friends boyfriend...they lined up and began to sing for us and it was such a beautiful gesture and my first acapella experience that wasn't a bunch of men in red striped shirts or Fonzy- like dudes on Sha Na Na. Man I liked watching that show with my Grandpa when I was a kid! Anyways, I had sort of forgotten that memory and I am grateful for this video to bring me back, it was a pretty cool experience and some of those nice fellows became mountain biking and skating buddies that long cold Halifax winter at Dalhousie and I will always remember the small group of people I befriended that lonely year.
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Trust me, this new product line from Barefoot Venus is as delicious smelling and divine as it looks. This week I tried the hand cream ...
It was amazing and rich but not greasy with a lovely scent that makes me want to bring my hands to my face and inhale lots...so if you catch me doing that don't be worried, it's the cream. I also tested and adored the Oat Therapy Bath...
Sigh...a perfect scent for a warming and invigorating after dinner disappear with a glass of gewurtz to the bathtub treat.
For years I have loved all of the Barefoot Venus collections. It's made it nearby Kelowna with natural products and packaged so beautifully but not overpackaged so it's an all round hit with me.
The wonderful folks there have created an unique discount code for Snickerdoodles that is valid till December 12th. Just enter snicks15 at checkout and enjoy 15% off your entire order.
Enjoy friends, things come shipped ready to give.
p.s. Here are some words on another of my fave lines from them I gave away last year....
DARE YA! My morning newspaper was chock full of Black Friday flyers...shame on you Canada for falling into this American marketing trap.
Buy Nothing is extreme...how about if it's something you need and were going to buy anyway and want to take advantage of the deals wait until tomorrow or even later, from my experience there are rarely prices that won't be available again after the madness. To be honest, lots of the prices in the flyers are close to or the same as regular sales throughout the year.
Also try to buy local and eco-friendly whenever possible, saving a few bucks isn't worth the devastation it causes our local businesses and the environment.
Two hours brainstorming with a very smart fella about revamping Snicks this morning led to two hours in the woods to burn off the caffeine and sugar I consumed at that meeting and to think where I think best...
Goals are set and dreams are swirling around my head....hang in there readers Snickerdoodles will be full of surprises in 2014.
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I pretty much roll out of bed with the kids. I wash my face, clean my teeth and roll this on before throwing on some clothes and getting them going for school. This roller is fast and a little dose of pampering which feels great and seems to work. It retails between $15-$20 at most stores so it's an easy price point to manage as well. Give it a try, your eyes will thank you.
I have another exciting new face product I have been testing too that I will share soon because my saggy parts seem to be lapping it up. Just giving it a bit longer before I sing it's praises.
wink, wink (from a non-puffy, moisturized eye) from me to you,