Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR ME

I didn't win it so I bought it!
I heard last year that the "experts" say you should buy yourself a little something while you are doing your Christmas shopping, it makes you feel good. I've been doing that for years! I always buy myself a few things during the season, and today my last "gift for me" arrived.

The first thing I purchased for myself  this season is the above owl serving board from Jennifer's of Nova Scotia. I really did try to win it first through a Facebook contest. I can't wait to use it!   

Rob and I finally made a road trip to Hyde Park Feed and Country Store this past Saturday. We've been wanting to visit for over a year. We picked up loads of goodies there; local maple syrup, bees wax candles, sparkling apple cider, home made soap, and more. We also purchased the beautiful welcome mat pictured below. Click on the pictures for a closer look!

It's too pretty to step on!
On our way back home we stopped into Featherfields where I was thrilled to purchase a Hobbit Fairy Door made by Sugar Bush Fairies.

This is a picture of the Hobbit Door I have.
When I got home I checked out the Sugar Bush Fairies Facebook page because I hadn't in a while and my jaw hit the floor when I saw the Harry Potter series they had! I quickly got in touch with them and bought the whole set! They arrived today!

I HAD to have these!
I just love the fairy doors, you can put them inside your house like I have, or outside in your garden. They are beautifully handcrafted from premium western red cedar. I have purchased them as gifts for others in the past and they have always been well received. I'm now the proud owner of seven! (and I'm not done yet)


If you haven't bought yourself a little something yet, I highly suggest you do!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

XMAS SURPRISE FROM SCOTLAND!!!

This Christmas package made my whole day!
I don't remember who replied to who's "tweet" first, but I know the tweet involved "Airbourne", the only new rock band I listen to and love. I started following Emma on Twitter and she started following me after that first initial tweet.

Turns out her significant other, Mark, works for Airbourne and was on the road with them when we connected on Twitter. But we had more in common then the band. A love of nature, our fur babies, and more recently, Christmas. I asked her for her mailing address so I could send her a Christmas card, and she asked for mine. I was quite excited about the idea of getting a card from so far away.

I mailed a Christmas card adorned with a Snowy Owl to her quite early, thinking it would take ages to get there, but she received it before the end of November! LOL! I also included a desk calendar that we had made for 2015 for a few friends featuring some of Rob's wildlife photos. She seemed very happy with the card and the little gift.

I returned to work this past Monday after being off for a few weeks, as I got sick while on vacation and needed to take an extra week off to recover from a respiratory infection. Needless to say I was quite tired and stressed out on my way home Monday from the mountain of work I had to deal with.

When I was walking up the walkway to the house, I saw a package sticking out of the mailbox and when I held it in my hands and realized who it was from I forgot all about work! I was overwhelmed with what she sent me; a funny Christmas card, Scottish Shortbread, a couple Airbourne laminates  from their recent Canadian tour, and a Christmas Tree made out of Airbourne guitar picks! It was awesome!! It was such a thoughtful gift and completely lifted my spirits.

Rock and Roll, bringing people together all over the world! Merry Chris Moose Everyone!

My funny Christmas card from Scotland!
Can't wait to try these with Rob on the weekend.
My awesome Airbourne guitar pick Xmas Tree and Laminates!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PROJECT 52 - 6 MONTH CHECK-IN


Back in June, when I started this year long journey to lose weight and get healthier I weighed 214.8lbs, today I weighed in at 208.8lbs. That's only 6lbs, and I know I should probably be more disappointed in my weight loss, but I'm not.

Honestly, I've learned so much about my body and what works for me in the last 6 months, it's hard to be disappointed. I know I have more energy and sleep better when I exercise regularly. I know my body functions better when I eat healthier more often. I know the mindless eating in front of the TV after work is a habit that can be broken.

Six months down, six more to go. My short term goals are to not gain weight over the holiday season and to start a regular exercise regime again as soon as I am fully recovered from a respiratory infection. My long term goal is to be out of the 200's on my 46th birthday and have my exercise regime solidly in place.

I've decided not worry about posting weekly. I will post at least once a month, and more often if I have something exciting to share.     

Feeling positive and moving forward.