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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Love Token 19 - Ok... "I do".

I decided to suck it up and go to the bridal show. To be honest those things creep me out. It is this crazy sense of wedding conformity that sucks all identity out what the celebration of two people should actually be.

But... they sometiems have some great free swag, so me and Sarah went to check it out.

It was a lot of what I feared, but we made the best of it and ended up having a great day together.

We went earlier in the day to a bridesmaid shop and Sarah turned into my model for dresses, she was great and we had a real riot.

It was my first official day actually going out and doing some wedding planning stuff since January, and it was fun because I had a great friend by my side.

Sometimes it is not what you do... but who you decide to do it with that can change the whole outlook of your day.


Love Token 18 - Coffee, Pool and Drinks

Saturday was a day to enjoy birthdays past.

For brunch I took my sister to my favourite place in the city in little Italy that has the "best" coffee I have ever had. It also has a delicious and healthy menu. We caught up, exchanged stories and spent some quality time together.

Then i was off, to visit my good friend Donna and her kids. I visited her family, who I am very close with, she made me a belated birthday dinner and then we went out for drinks and played about a billion games of pool. For usually sucking at pool, I held up my own for the most part, which ended up being pretty fun!

I had a great time with those ladies, who I don't get to see too often, but cherish the times I do.
It is these efforts that keep me happy and content with my friends in life.


Love Token 17 - Take me out to the ball game

This past Friday, Matt and I treated ourselves to $9.00 seats at the Blue Jay game, we grabbed beers (which were more expensive than the seats!) and some classic ballgame peanuts.

Ballgames are always good times and def a must to do at least once per year.

To me, I equate it with great childhood memories of me and my dad, going to the games with my baseball glove, score card and voice ready to heckle.

It is great to have those reminders of what feel good moments are like.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy 48th Birthday Peace Corps!

1961 U.S.A.
Peace Corps Established 22nd September 1961 :
President John F. Kennedy signs legislation establishing the Peace Corps as a permanent government agency which could provide a new and unique weapon in the war against communism and reinvigorate U.S. foreign policy by improving the lives of people in less developed countries.
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Love Token 16 - Umbrella of Love

It was a busy week --- I loved me --- but didn't have a chance to record it all down and I have the worst memory...

My week summed up with these wonderful tokens:
  • Started a great new novel
  • Lunch with a girlfriend (all day breaky!)
  • Went for a tan
  • Got my hair trimmed and restyled
  • Hung out with some lady friends for wine, book discussion and snackies
  • Had engagement photos taken

All in all a great and wonderful week - no complaints, loved and surrounded myself with love... and I wish nothing less for everyone else.


Love Token 15 - Love and Respect thy wallet

So the weekend of September 11/12/13th. I decided to not beat up my wallet anymore and stay in - catch up on my soap, do some laundry -- hang out with the animal kingdom and veg.

In the past 2 weeks I celebrated my annual holiday of "fall shopping", it is part of my belief system that you weed out your closet - pass those old and over used clothes to Good Will and fill your closet up with a few new trinkets .. just a few... plus it lets you realize clothes you already have that you forgot about.

Every fall I change the order of my closet - where things are positioned and lined up - so it makes me feel like my "whole" closet is new and fresh and fun ... that's what a girl on a budget who is paying down debt has to do...

But, I was happy with my "new closet" and some trinket fashion gems I picked up and let my wallet take a nap for the weekend... because really if my wallet had a nervous breakdown... I would be screwed...

Love thy wallet
Honour thy "real $" amount in your bank account
Respect the mantra of moderation


Love Token 14 - Friendtime

So my beautiful and worldly good friend Laura came back to T.O for a visit, as she currently resides in Calgary.

I was fortunate enough to snag dinner and drinks with her, play some catch up and enjoy our time together, with giggles, antics and stories.

It is days like this when I refuse to make excuses for "not having the time" to see important people in my life.

I make the time, I cherish that time because we are only here for so long and you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Don't let those opportunties pass you by to absorb the awesomeness of your friends and to share moments together to stash in your memory banks.

It doesn't have to be grand and pricey - but just ensure it is quality at the very least.

Thanks Laura for the fun times - and looking forward to seeing you at Christmas


Love Token 13 - Bloor West Village

My optimism - grew (slightly) for my current residence called "T.O", I entered new territory on Tuesday, September 8th 2009. I ventured to Bloor West Village.

Bloor West Village is amazing, a great vibe and I was still coasting from my Vit. D intake from the cottage - so lets just say "happy was the state of mind".

Bouncing from coffee shops, to stationary stores, to clothing stores, I enjoyed my me time and relished in a part of the city I have never been too.

Which is great about this city, it can always be full of surpises and you really can't be bored.

Bloor West Village reminded me a bit of gastown out west with a coolangatta oz vibe, if you will.

I am def. adding it to my list of fav. spots on the city.

  1. College West/Queen West
  2. The Beaches
  3. Bloor West Village

I will relish in what this city has to offer while I am still here....



Love Token 12 - Vitamin D - yes please!

So the sun gods were finally in my favour - as I was whisked away to a cottage for the labour day long weekend and had beautiful weather the whole time - there is nothing better than having the warmth of the sun hit your body and have the sound of water surrouding you completely.

That is my heaven - and as an added bonus, I look to my left and my best friend is right beside me, a beer in my hand, my dog lying at my feet and the love my life fishing right in front of me.

Bliss... can you picture it?


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I Heart LUSH

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Our beliefs are at the heart of everything we do.

Our Core Beliefs

We believe in making effective products from fresh, organic* fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics.

We invent our own products and fragrances. We make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients, and tell you when they were made.

We believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in testing our products on humans.

We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.

We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.

We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.

* We also believe words like fresh and organic have honest meaning beyond marketing.

So it took me a while to get on this bandwagon, because my skin is so high maintenance I was afraid that I would have a reaction from LUSH, like I have had with the Body Shop in the past (minus those amazing body butters!).

And I have really tried to go more organic in my foods, sundries, lifestyle etc. in baby steps.

So in Vancouver visiting some friends, I timidly tipy toed into LUSH and bought two products...and I LOVE EM!

Then for my birthday two of my girlfriends bought me a whackload of LUSH products having no idea of my new love affair with it...and I was sold and in heaven.

LUSH is the first organic shampoo (and trust me... i have tried many) that leaves my hair feeling squeaky...yes squeaky clean, without a residue feeling.

So if you are intrigued by LUSH and haven't jumped on the bandwagon, take it from a person with extremely sensitive skin - it is worth it! (LUSH should make me their marketing person...)




Love Token 11 - SATC Season 4

Oh what the heck... what is Season 3 without a little Season 4.

Plus, Aidan is a STUD in season 4.

Enjoying my Sex & the City bubble



You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection