Monday, December 27, 2010

whirl wind continues

(missing my mom who was the photographer!)...break has been great thus far...minus Chris and my mom being beyond sick (and me a little). Aspen bound tomorrow. peace and love.
ps. will give shout outs in the new year
pps. check out: Nook Color - cool new gizmo I cant get enough of

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

calm before the party

I was going to say calm before the storm...but these next couple of days are going to be kick ass! I'm on day 4 of my vacay and it couldn't be going any why not share...ha! (I have rollers in my hair and have already cleaned the place so looking for something to do) So Friday night after work, while Chris was in Chicago, I decided to have a night to myself and I rented on demand "The Holiday", while drinking a nice glass of red (teacher gift...hollla). I fell asleep half way into it. Lovely. The next day my sister and I joined our co-ed soccer team "Blue Balls" and made it to varsity stadium to play in an indoor soccer per usual we didn't do so hot...but we played four games and I loved sprinting around! The day continued into night were Jodie and I met at Wade Studio to celebrate EightbyTen. What a cool evening. I posted a video of the night...Anthony took photos of everyone all night and did an amazing job! Sunday - relax and shop day...Monday yoga with my mom, lunch with my Niagara crew (Katie, Paul and Nicole) and then din with Jen at Sushi Inn. Did I mention I love this time of year! If you aren't bored already I am going to continue...ha! So this morning Steph and I started our first run of many and did an 8k (training mode here we come). We have both set aside running over the past few months, and instead I have been doing everything else...but as always it felt so amazing to be out running the streets (for the most part!)...Tonight Chris and I with some friends of his are going to see the Grinch who Stole then wake up tomorrow to go to the cottage until the 24th, Ottawa until the 26th, Tremblant on the 26th (boarding day), and then home on the 27th to see the girls...followed by a much awaited trip to Aspen on the 28th - 2nd! Holla!!
I will be posting later I'm sure! But I am going to live in each moment over the course of these 2 weeks! Have a happy holiday! peace and love!

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

well said..


Soo I thought I would share the knowledge and spread the word - especially to all my discount divas out there.
Every morning I wake up to 3 new emails and I am always excited as to what they have to say!
These 3 emails are daily discounts to fabulous Toronto offers (you can customize them to where you live).
If you are looking to save in any aspect...check out:
It is well worth the 3 additional emails in your account...I'm just saying.
ok adios for now.
peace and love

Thursday, December 2, 2010

eat pray love and relax

This evening I took a break from the hustle and bustle of life and decided to watch Eat Pray Love. I truly enjoyed the book and had an apprectiation for the movie. I think I was in the right mind frame to watch it...and because of that took something away from it....

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it." — Elizabeth Gilbert

Sunday, November 21, 2010

holiday season is here

This weekend officially marked the start of the holiday season...I think we did almost everything one can do to kick off the Christmas season.
Kick off # 1: Put up the Carriere/Bryce Christmas tree and stockings on the fire place...sigh!
Kick off #2: Tree lighting in downtown Oakville on Friday evening with the Bryce clan followed by a delish smorgishboard meal with a cousin representation from all of my Dad's siblings (Heather/Uncle Bill - Sara/Aunty Mariyln - Grahm/Aunty Katie and of course Jodie and I / Bobby B). It was nice to all be together though some cousins were dearly missed!
Kick off #3: The Oakville Santa's Claus parade with Elecia's family and ours on Saturday morning - first starting with an early morning run of the o-town
Kick 0ff #4: Christmas shopping on Bloor - took advantage of 40% off at the GAP and now we have our first wrapped present under our tree.
Kick off #5: Woke up to some Christmas then stroll down to Bloor to watch our second Santa's Claus Parade..though this time we only stayed until our Christmas Starbucks were finished! sigh! I just love love love this time of year!
ps. On December 28th Chris, Eric, Anna and I are making our way to Aspen so I can carve up the hills on my new board!! holla! xoxo cc!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17th

As I have been trying to be super organized these past couple weeks I have neglected some of my cherished books....especially Journey to the Heart. I decided to take it out of the bed side table and read today's excerpt. Here is what November 17th is all about...

Discover the Power of Loving Yourself
Sometimes it's hard to trust life with all its sudden twists, turns, and storms. When something unexpected or painful happens, when we become blocked or frustrated, when life takes a different course than what we hoped it would, it's easy to stop trusting the flow of our lives. I didn't ask for this. It's not fair. I don't want this, we think. This road isn't leading anywhere, at least no where I want to go. Often, when we feel life has turned on us, we respond by turning on ourselves. But turning on ourselves doesn't help. In fact, it can compound the situation. It can prevent us from hearing and acting on the very guidance that will lead us through, get us through, and take us to the next place. It can prevent us from hearing our heart.
Keep loving yourself, and taking care of yourself, no matter what - through the storms, the twists, the turns, and the blocks. Take a moment, breathe deeps, restore yourself to that sacred place of self-love and self-responsibility. Feel all your feelings. Then let them go. Love yourself until you can hear your heart and what it tells you to do. Love yourself until you find the courage to act on that guidance.
Loving yourself is a powerful tool, to powerful force for change. It can reconnect you to creativity, to universal love, to the best possible flow of events within your life. It can and will reconnect you to life's magic.
There is a trustworthy road through whatever life brings.
Loving yourself will help you find it.

Monday, November 15, 2010

c money

long over due post! it's hard to sit at a computer these days :( anywho I just wanted to send a shout out...on November 7th the man of my life celebrated his birthday! We all went to the Buffalo Bills game at the Rogers Centre to sit in amazing seats at the end zone and of course we celebrated his day with some amazing people.'s to many more birthdays with smiles and laughter! I love you! xo
To continue with the celebrations...we made our way to Ottawa to eat some cake with the Carriere's. Before our cake however, Chris and I decided to go to Le Nordik (A Scandanavian Spa) in Quebec near the Gatineau's. It was awsome! A little bit over the top busy...but we spent the day relaxing in hot tubs, cold tubs, sauna's, steam rooms to finish it off with a 90 minute hot stone massage that was to die for! We came out of there super relaxed - it was hard to keep our eyes open. Clearly it was much over due! Totally recommend the visit! ps. the Christmas tree is sitting in the family room waiting to be put up and decorated! holla! I love this time of year!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

free yoga

Visit your nearest Lululemon and they will give you a pass for free yoga class at a yoga studio in your hood. Haven't tried it yet...but am always in for a deal :)
ps. Christmas/Holiday season has officially arrived...seasonal cups at Starbucks! holla! Yes I cheated and got one this morning (am only to go on weekends)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

the cost of rain

I just bought a $30 umbrella from Wholefoods!?! Was caught in the rain this evening and had no other choice...$30?!?! It is recycled and the colour purple...but still! What's a girl to do when she's trying to save a little mula! argh!
ps. Chris leaves for Hawaii on Friday! One of my top places to go...and he's going without me :(

Monday, October 25, 2010

A History of Rap, ft. Justin Timberlake, The Roots

bryce gals

Yesterday I made my way into Oakville to hang out with Josie, Anthony (cutie!!) and Dave, followed by a trip to Forever 21 to then spend some time with my fam. Jodie, my mom and I decided to do the 5pm hot yoga class at PYC lead by Pauline and it seemed it was exactly what the 3 of us needed. Yoga is a funny thing to me...some days (most of the time) you feel on top of the world, other times super tired and you get yourself through the poses hoping time moves a little faster than others, but then you get the special moments. The moments that really help you seek clarity in life, let you relive a memory, or allow yourself to feel what it is you need to in that particular time. My mom, my sister and I have rarely done yoga all together it was surreal to be side by side sharing each others energy, especially on such a foggy and mysterious day. As we were approaching the end I was thinking what a great class it was and then Pauline pressed play, as we were all in Pigeon and I looked over at my mom, and Jodie and realized we all had tears in our eyes (you non judgement please)...the song that was playing was Somewhere Over the Rainbow, by Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole (youtube it!) which was played at my Nana's funeral. Her and my Papa are dearly missed!! I love the subtle reminders that are presented in life at unique times that lets us think about all the amazing and special people that have touched our lives. xo

Monday, October 18, 2010

our first official dinner party

and many more to come! So last night the fam dam all made their way to McMurrich to celebrate a family tradition of having lovely Sunday night dinners! Chris and I worked long and hard to get this place fire place, paint, seasonal touches, and last but not least trying to figure out what to cook! I whipped up (don't mind me), 2 whole roasted chickens, with some veg, gravy, and salad. Other than a little glich of swapping fridges I thought it all went well! Thanks to my fam for coming over and christening 'our' place :)
a couple random tid bits - here goes: I was having a low key weekend, Sunday morning I set my alarm to watch the Toronto Marathon runners run down our streeet...I was a little in awe and thought it was such a surreal experience. I can't say I have actually ever really watched runners...and I couldn't help but be so proud of everyone out there pounding the pavement accomplishing one of their life goals! Fair play!
....I joined TYC gym and LOVE it! I took my first boxing class on Tuesday and was still sore up until Saturday where I showed Chris a thing or two of my jabs and hooks. ha! They also have great yoga and spinning classes (and everything in between) anyone in the hood, totally recommend you join!
....recently tried Quinoa...a healthy alternative to rice! Lots of fibre and very nutritious and delicious...just an fyi from me to you.
alright peace out!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sara Ciantar

My cousin Sara has officially moved from Vancouver to Toronto!! She is uber talented and we have spent the entire weekend listening to her soulful voice and thinking how crazy it is that she doesn't have a song on the radio. So of course I have recorded one of her songs "Prairie Storm" and would love to share it with the world!! Anyone out there know how she can be found?!?! Did I mention she is amazing!! xo

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Growing strong

This past weekend I took a train to meet up with Chris in Ottawa (lovely weekend)...on this 5 hour train ride I purchased 3 magazines that seemed to tie me over for at least half of the trip, however at one point we both my neighbour and I were twiddling our thumbs, she asked if she could read one of my mags, and so of course I said sure but I too would love to read hers. I read from cover to cover her Yoga Journal...I cant say I have ever read a yoga magazine but I totally enjoyed it. Anywho there was a article that resonated with of course I thought I would share (she let me rip it out for keepsake)
Growing Strong - A mother's yogic influence takes root in her daughter - Monette Chilson
As I sat next to my daughter in yoga class, listening to her chanting, I felt we were crossing a threshold in our relationship. At 13, she fluctuates daily between childhood and young adulthood. One minute she's calling me Mommy as she asks for my help, and the next she's rolling her eyes at what I'm wearing. But on this particular day, she was sitting with a remarkable degree of maturity, chanting Om with a serene and serious expression that brought tears to my eyes. We'd done yoga together in the past, but only now was she beginning to make it her own. With your children, no seed you plant is guaranteed to grow. Though I had been a dedicated yoga practitioner since long before she was born, I knew that didn't ensure that my way of life would rub off on her. I felt humbled and honored to sit beside my daughter as our voices of those around us, articulating divinity in this deep and primal way. In that moment, we shared an understanding of reverence for the Divine that simply wouldn't have been easy to access in a casual mother-daughter conversation.
I am thankful for that little taste of enlightenment and for the glimpse of the young woman my daughter is becoming. I can see the green shoots of the yogic seeds I've planted beginning to emerge from the rich soil of her soul . No matter what else she does in life, if she holds on to the core of her inner Self she will be fine.
~Though I don't have children this is somewhat how I felt when I saw and experienced my mom and girlfriends make yoga their own.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mitchell on the cover of the Hamilton Spectator

...yet they think he is 6! (3rd Birthday is January 6th). What a cutie!

A fabulous month

Can't believe September is coming to an end! What a month it has been! I have been trying to sit down this past month to reflect and to share about September's this n thats but I have been crazy these past few weeks and this weekend really proved to show me how run down my body actually was (ie. falling asleep less than half way through Wall Street...oops...and anytime my body hit a couch, chair or bed). So nows the time...I`m in Oakville for the night, but find myself in an empty house (Mom on her way home from tdot and boys out golfing in the rain)...with Starbucks in hand, this is why I thought September was fabulous!!
1. One of my best friends Kim got married to her love Rich - September 11th. It was such a memorable weekend and one I will never forget. Rehearsal din at Seasons, our personally selected yellow dresses, the best wedding house one could ever dream of, the gorgeous scenery, the lovely speeches, the dance floor, poutine bar, boys becoming bff`s (ha), spending a weekend with some of my favourite ladies (I miss you guys!!!) and watching Kim and Rich start the next chapter in their lives! Thank you for including me in your special day! It meant everything to me! xo
2. Josie`s baby shower on September 12th, followed by Josie and Dave having the most precious handsome little boy on Sept 13th - Anthony David Agro. So special! You are both going to make such amazing parents! I can`t wait to watch lil`Tony grow up to become a stellar football player!!
3. A preggers announcement - Holla!!! (ps. not me - just an fyi - in case there is some confusion)
4. Chris and I have settled in....and he has been such a gracious roomie! I would think it would be difficult to have someone move into your space and want to make it their own as well. But Chris has been so kind and has allowed me to add some personal touches. It is definitely starting to feel like my own place too. We have painted most of it by now, waiting on new blinds...but in 2 weeks we are going to start having y`all for dinner parties!
5. I have come to the realization that I was meant to be a teacher....or perhaps maybe not meant to be one...but I love it! I am still trying to wrap my head around many different concepts and the ins and outs of what needs to be accomplished. But I truly enjoy working with students and the every day trials and tribulations! I can`t get over how exhausting the job can be, but I do love it and know I made the right choice.
6. I almost forgot....Labour day weekend Chris and I went to see Rascal Flatts! Amazing! They played all their greatest hits as they were celebrating 10 years. I belted out every tune and didn`t want it to ever end!
Here`s to hoping October gives September a run for its money.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September has officially arrived

Well it's September first (already!) and LOTS have happened...mostly I am still trying to chase after my head that fell off a week or so ago after realizing how much I had (still have) to prepare for school and for my big move...but it's official my new home is McMurrich street :) booya! Chris and I are 'roomies'! I don't think he realized how much stuff I actually had in my bedroom, but none the less we have managed to share his space just perfectly. sigh.
For the past 2 weeks I have not only been moving in...I have been setting up my one and only first classroom! I am amazed about how much money one can spend doing this, but I am constantly reminded that as a first year teacher it's a must. Anywho I am almost ready for my 38 new students but am very nervous/excited about the unknown and the school year ahead.
ps. Rascal Flatts on Sunday. holla!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ray LaMontagne - Jolene

Going to see David Gray and Ray Lamontagne in a couple weekends at Molson Amp! Can't wait! yipee kayay!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

my gift to you

I stumbled across this website: ASOS( when I googled where I could buy a particular colour is now a staple in my list of websites I visit on a weekly basis. Prices are amazing and the clothes are from the UK - so it has the European trends, which I am dearly missing. The dress I ordered arrived today (holla!), and I am pumped about it! I officially have my bridesmaid dress for Kim's wedding! Yay! Can't give you a sneak peek...but I do recommend that you all visit this site for some good ol shopping (ie. Heather...this ones for you!) - key feature is that each item has a runway video so you can see what the item looks like live. soo good!
ps. August is flying by at a rapid pace!! Slooooow down!!!
pps. Happy 90th Birthday on August 8th to my grandpa (bunka)!! love you!

Friday, August 6, 2010

mini get-away

Just arrived home from a mini-vacay...and am waiting until rush hour is over to head north bound! yay! Feel as if I haven't been to the cottage in a bit! Anywho..Chris and I decided to make a good ol trip to do some cross border shopping yesterday. Since I have been spoiled over the years by doing my shopping in Florida, Buffalo was a serious let down. At least for me. Of course Tar-get allowed me to walk away with some goodies...but I think I will wait for FLA in the future. We then, in our fashion decided to cram everything in and head to NOTL for some wine tastings. Stopped at Inniskillen first, made out way to Jackson Triggs and walked 3 kms to Peller Estates. All fabulous...and for some reason people wanted to hook us up with freebies. holla! Truly enjoyed our NOTL experience. Would love to do it again, next time going to hit the trails with our bikes! After we closed up shop at Peller we made our way to the Hilton that of course was across the street from the Casino. I'm not much of a playa'...but the slots did me proud! Put in a $20 and cashed out $74...put in $20 and cashed out $53....of course put in lots of 5's here and there and lost. Came out even. Fair play! Was a late night, and long day but it was nice to do something different. This morning we woke up and joined the tourists to check out the falls. I actually can't remember the last time I saw them (not from a car), and was a little bit mesmerizing! Fun times! Alright time to pack my bags and get myself on the go. I could get use to this lifestyle! Enjoy the weekend! xo

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

let the lesson reveal itself to you

"What's the next lesson?" I asked.
"If you knew what it was, you wouldn't need to learn it," he said.
Often, in the midst of a lesson or experience, we tighten our minds into knots trying to figure out what we're learning, what's coming next, what the lesson is really about. But if we knew what the lesson was about, we wouldn't need to be learning it.
The learning we're doing on our spiritual path is often not possible from our heads or books. It's a process of discovery; it includes many twists, turns, surprises and upsets, much confusion, wondering, and stumbling until we reach a moment of clarity. To learn the lesson, we need to go through the experience. And usually we learn best when we're a bit vulnerable and uncertain about what we're learning.
Trust that the lesson will reveal itself to you when it's time. Stay present for this moment. Let your experiences and guidance unfold. You're evolving and learning and growing right now. When the transformation is complete, you'll see what you've learned.
Other people may be there to help us,
teach us, guide us along our path. But
the lesson to be learned is always ours.
-Journey to the Heart

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

I love this picture! If I could have a get together with all my closest girl friends for a glass of wine, this would be the kind of spot I would like to re-create for our gathering :)
ps. Happy Anniversary to Josie and Dave
pps. yes I am procrastinating!! I don't want to do my online more week!!

My checklist

I realized over the weekend that I do not have any concrete goals. I have things I want to achieve, but nothing I have really given myself a timeline for. I think because over the past year or so I accomplished lifelong goals of mine and I have been over the moon about them. But now is the time I am ready to write down some more goals...I've always been told, if you don't sit down, reflect, and write down your goals, you will never be accountable for achieving them. So here goes...within the next 5 years or less I will (in no particular order):
1. Complete a long course Triathlon (or more than 1)
2. Become debt free - yes career changes can do that
3. Climb to base camp or higher on Mt. Everest
4. Get my yoga instructor level 1 certificate
5. Achieve an A4 status in teaching
6. Raise $2,500 or more for the Ride to Conquer Cancer (June 2011) and of course participate in the event (Team Hope)
Wish me luck!! I can, and I me ;)
"The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching our goals,
The tragedy of life is not having goals to reach for."

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Recharge your battery

Rest when you're tired. Take a break when life stales. Take time to recharge your battery.
Energy isn't something you have - it's something you are. To give and give and give, to put out without taking in, depletes your battery. It drains you, runs you down. Running on a low battery is no longer necessary, because now we know how to live differently.
Taking time to rest, renew, and refresh yourself isnt wasted time. Recharge. Choose what energizes you. Nature. A song. The voice of a friend. A nap. A hot bath. A cup of tea. A favourite program. A movie that makes you laugh or cry. A walk. A run. A prayer. A poem. A book that speaks to your soul.
Actions that emerge from an energized source are easier,
go further, accomplish more. Let your work and love come from a vital spirit.
- journey to the heart

Being injured is soo hard for me! I have been able to workout, do yoga, or even go for a walk since Sunday...I haven't even gone to work. Chris sent me a text to say let myself rest and re-charge...and though that sounds easy...for me it is near impossible! My body feeds off the action of doing things. I need to keep saying..."just let yourself heal" argh!!

Kim's weekend!

So this past weekend a bunch of us gals celebrated Kim's bachlorette! What an amazing weekend, celebrated by such amazing females. I love hanging out with some of my best friends, but also love meeting and getting to know the important females in Kim's life. We all had so much fun, and really got to share thoughts, feelings, dancing and cocktails with each other. Friday night we of course started the weekend off at the Kim's parents house (hands down best house in Mississauga), with some amazing food, wine, bon fires, dancing, pin the..., questions& more questions, discussions, and strolls along the water. Fab then wake up after our slumber party in her parents room, to have again some more fab food, a walk through jack darling, a jog, to then slowly get ourselves ready for a night on the town! After our sketch limo ride, we made it to Nood (totally recommend) on Queen West, where some other gals were awaiting Kim's arrival. After a delish din we then holla'd a cabbie to Ultra...and this is where life went down hill for me :( For the majority of the night, things were lots of fun, we were all catching up, enjoying our company, to then realize there is a dance floor on the main level. holla! We danced our hearts away, for a little while, and then I decided to join my fellow dancers up on this run way sort of thing...and CRASH!! I didn't quite make it up, and landed on my back (yes I was that girl!). I have the largest bruise I have EVER seen, and have yet to be able to walk/sit/stand normally. Argh!!! I went to the Chiropractor for the first time on Monday to get an adjustment, acupuncture and some sort of electrical current, and I still have not seen improvement - the doctor even said I did quite a number on myself. I go again today at 5. Cross your fingers! This year has officially been the year of injuries. I think it's my body telling me I am no longer in my 20's. So here's to a speedy recovery! This pain I am feeling is a night mare. boo hoo!!!
ps. Kim, Liz and Cathy! Thanks for an amazing weekend! (Despite my mis-hap!!). Can't wait for September!

Friday, July 16, 2010

tid bits

sorry for the lack of posting. I have a desk job for July (which I am so grateful for) and am doing an online course during my 'spare' time (ha!). So my computer hasn't seen any personal loving. But today I have the day off, and before I jump into my online assignments thought I would share a couple tid bits (also am seriously procrastinating).
1. Happy Birthday Heather!!
2. I did my first day of P90x yesterday (Chest, back and Ab ripper) with Chris as my cheer leader...and this morning I woke up very tender! argh! You think you are in shape, but when you do something other than biking, yoga, and running you get a little bit of a wake up call. Today will be day 2 - Plyometrics?!? As long as I don't have to do any more push ups I should be fine?!?!
3. TEAM HOPE is up to 6 official participants...with a couple in the works! You don't have to be an experienced biker to join. So any of you who are thinking they would love to, but just don't think they are ready...then join us!! why not?!?! It's going to be an experience to remember!
4. Kim's Bachelorette weekend starts tonight!! Can't wait!
5. Alert: For all you shoppers out there, I need a yellow or gold dress...if any of you see any cute ones please send me some info on where I can go to scope it out!
6. Went to TOPSHOP yesterday on Ossington. Not what I hoped. Give it a 5/10. And by the way I am a serioud topshop fan so for me to say that says a lot. Boo hoo!
7. Though it's been some time since my yoga weekend...I just want to say it took yoga to a new level for me. It was a weekend to reflect and definitely a weekend to get your ass kicked. I would do it all again...and hope I will be able to but perhaps next summer I will do the week long bootcamp in NY? hmm
ok time to sign off, get my assignments over with and get ready for this eve and the rest of the weekend. xo

Friday, July 2, 2010

there's always a first

This morning my mom and I did our first live (always done his tapes) Baron Baptiste class at PYC...and it was great!! I then somehow got convinced my my mom to stick around on the lovely long weekend and attend the Yoga Foundations in Action Workshop being held in Toronto at the Westin this weekend. Sure why not?!?! So with a little bit of sponsoring, I will be attending and spending the weekend doing yoga. oh dear! Tonight is a 2 hour meeting, followed by Saturday doing yoga and additional 'stuff" from 8am - 9pm and Sunday from 8am - 6:30pm. We are last minute joiners so for any of you out there who would like to come visit: or to check out more information. hope to see you there! namaste :s

Monday, June 28, 2010


What a strange past week it has this picture really taken on my beloved Queen West? The beginning of last week I was doing the usual drives from Chris' making my way down University to make it to Hurontario and I felt a little bit weary of my surroundings. It was as if Toronto was preparing for an outbreak of some sort of virus (perhaps I was being influenced by the strange novel I am reading), but none the less, I had to drive through the soon to be caged up security zones and felt it to be a little too quiet for my liking! As the G20 approached so did our lovely earth quake! earth quake?? I was teaching kindergarten at the time in LP and of course didn't feel the movement, but it just felt so strange to hear there was an earthquake??? So as soon as I could I packed my bags and made my way to the cottage bubble and stayed away from the kaos! Of course I heard through the news, friends, family and fb that Toronto was a bit of a gong show and it made me so sad to hear what was going on?!?! I am making my way back into the city tomorrow evening and I hope life has gone back to normal!! I just can't believe all that went on. Really did all that drama really need to happen?? If you need to make your voice heard, please do it in another way! Here is to a great week - Last day of school tomorrow, Jen comes home, Canada Day, Chris comes back, attending a Baron Baptiste yoga class on Friday, and hopefully lots more to come! booya

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Where we land is sometimes better, than the place we've fallen from.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

dvf - words to live by

In this months Elle Canada, Diane Von Furstenberg shares with us her top 10 rules to live by...and I just couldn't help but to rip out the article and share it with mon amies. So here goes:
1. Trust Yourself. "The secret to feeling attractive, and to being attractive, is the confidence that comes from knowing who you are and what you believe in."
2. Accept the passage of time. "The older you get, the more you should learn to love life and appreciate the beauty that comes with age."
3. Document your days. "Carry a camera and create an inspiring visual diary of your life."
4. Your suitcase symbolizes your life. "The best way to know a woman is to open her luggage. If she knows how to pack well, it means she understands, and cherishes, how to live a simplified life."
5. Fashionable Friends. "Choose fashion that makes you happy. I hope the clothes I design will become my clients best friends. That way, when they open their closets, they will always encounter someone special."
6. Dress your personality. "Always choose styles that also accentuate your personality. Don't use fashion to try and project a different persona. Authenticity is key."
7. Use you feminine power. "My mother taught me that being a woman is priviledge because the world revolves around us! It is a precious gift, and its power should be used in a subtle and respectful way."
8. Your handbag is your guide. "Before leaving home, check your agenda and organize your bag according to what you have to do that day. Keeping everything in order makes life easier."
9. Induldge yourself. "If you are like me, and don't want to resort to Botox, book regular massages. I'm sure it helps to keep everything firm and in its place."
10 Lead a balanced life. "The best regimen is to keep moving! Never stop working, travelling and seeking adventure. Drink plenty of water, limit alcohol and sugar and get to your yoga class!"
I just loved everything DVF had to say! What a great top 10 to live by...and I think I really do try to live by what she said...perhaps that is why I needed to share! on a side note: i am an excellent packer! Must be because I currently live out of a bag!
ps. 1 year today since CC and I met xo

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Many more details to follow ... but today I officially joined TEAM HOPE and will be riding on June 10-11 2011 from Toronto to Niagara (200k) in The Ride to Conquer Cancer! Though it is a year a way I am looking forward to a year of fundraising and training and the events leading up to a weekend I am sure I will never forget! Many more posts to come but just wanted to share the exciting news! For anyone else who would like to join our team let me know! xo
ps. Happy Father's Day! Love you dad! xo

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

monday holla

First off would like to say my AQ course is fin-e-toe! Submitted my final I have some time to breath before I start my next online course July 5th. Never ending! But self inflicted torture as always.
Anywho, so this weeked was an interesting one...but in overcast weather managed to tackle some projects and venture out in the city (kind of).
Project 1: Rascal Flatts comes to the t-dot September 5th! Chris and I will officially be there, and I will be marking a check mark on my never ending bucket list. Have ALWAYS wanted to see them live! I will not count down the days, as summer will be over, but I will be over the top excited! holla!
Project 2: I was a little ol' Betty Crocker this weekend! Very proud to say. Made a pork chop dinner Friday, made some super organic bran berry muffins (props to Heather who gave me the recipe), and made some pita chips as a snack last eve. I am definitely venturing out! I have found a couple website I have been noticing myself browse. For some reason I am in this kick of if I take the time to make should be as healthy as I can make soon I will post some links on the side of sites I take a gander at. (just re-read what I wrote...when did I turn 50?)
Project 3: Put together an Armoire with Chris...took us till 2am.
On a side note: Baron Baptise is coming to PYC on Friday July 2nd at 10am. All you yogis out there, should be a class not to miss!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Trust the process of Growth

Be patient with yourself. It takes time to work out issues, to work through things. It takes time to learn lessons. The more important the lesson, the longer the cycle to work it out and work it through.
We may live in a technical age, but our souls aren't technical. They're still connected to nature. We grow and change as nature does. Learn her ways. Study her seasons and cycles, and know these same seasons and cycles are in each of us. The process of change is like planting a seed and watching it grow and bloom into a flower.
What are you trying to develop? A project? A change in yourself? Is there something new you're learning, trying to do? are you trying to adjust to a major change in your life? Is there an old habit you're struggling to let go of? A love relationship or friendship you're hoping to begin or attempting to end?
Each stage of the process of growth and change is important. From those first moments when we see the idea, or the change begins, to those long moments of nurturing and nourishing the idea, each stage counts. Is there change in your life that's begun, one you've started to notice? Are you thinking about it a lot, talking about it a lot, but not quite ready to action? That stage is important too. You're nurturing and nourishing the seeds of change.
It takes time for nature to change things into what they're becoming. It takes time for things to develop. Be patient with yourself and life. Trust the process of growth.
~ Melody Beattie - Journey to the Heart

coupon #1

I am the queen of coupons! I love a deal on regular priced merchandise (who doesn't?!). In my wallet I constantly collect coupons I pick up along the way, or carry free membership cards that let me cut a spending corner somewhere or allow me to earn points that later can be redeemed for goods - clearly take after my Dad in this situation! Anywho I am also on many different company email lists that send out coupons to their lovely customers. c'est moi! So I thought seeing as I believe in karma, here is a coupon from me to you...and I will start to post more deals I come across. Though Gap isnt necessarily my fav store, I did score some vintage jeans the other day, and today bought a new cardi (30% off...booya!)

Monday, June 7, 2010

did someone say Topshop comes to Toronto!?! June 19th?!?

Topshop takes Toronto
Get ready to shop Topshop: Jonathan + Olivia opens high street boutique this June
By Andrew Sardone (NOW magazine)

Jonathan + Olivia’s Jackie O’Brien has pulled off the retail score of the season and landed U.K.-based Topshop for her Ossington store. O’Brien is blowing out J + O’s back wall to create a 800 square foot Topshop boutique that will open to shoppers on Saturday, June 19 at 9 am.
“I don’t want to sound like a geek but I’m really excited to exclusively bring Topshop to Canada,” said O’Brien this morning. “It’s nice to be able to buy fast fashion and mix it with Jonathan + Olivia’s other designer labels like Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant.”
Speculation about which Canadian retailer would land the coveted high street collection has been swirling since the Bay
announced they were in talks with Topshop last December. Holt Renfrew carried supermodel Kate Moss’ Topshop holiday line in 2007 but the Jonathan + Olivia debut will be the first full representation of its main line and Unique Boutique womenswear and shoe collections in the country.
“We’re a forward looking store that debuts new designers in Canada so it’s a good fit,” said O’Brien.
Only 11 other independent stores worldwide, including The Department Store in Auckland, New Zealand and Incu in Australia, have similar access to the collection. Previously, the closest Topshop for Torontonians was its sole U.S. store on Broadway in New York City.
O’Brien talked to other retailers who have launched the line and to avoid the boutique being cleaned out, she will be restocking the Topshop racks ever other day over the launch and bi-weekly after that. The Kate Moss collection and Topshop’s new cosmetics line will arrive at Jonathan + Olivia in the fall.
Launched in Northern England in 1964, the retailer now has over 300 stores in Great Britain and more than 100 international locations. Designer collaborations and accessibly-priced merch with high fashion flavour have put it on the global style map while its sponsorships of emerging talent have helped names like Erdem and Todd Lynn onto the London Fashion Week catwalk.

This is FABULOUS news!! During my many visits overseas throughout the years I would visit Topshop on Grafton my first day of arriving to scope out my future purchases. I would then leave sans purchase and re visit the next day so that I wouldn't impulse shop with all the excitement. As I have not had the opportunity to visit Topshop I have had to resort to other shopping locations to get my fix. HOWEVER, nothing comes close to a sweet, original ,trendy, yet classic find that only topshop can offer! Can't wait for a little Topshop wardrobe revamp! June 19th - I will be there! (well might be at the cottage...but will be there shortly after!)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

to cook or not to cook?

most often the answer is 'not to cook', but rather enjoy the meals and delights of my surrounding family and friends, and when there is no other option (cooking was never one), I would either order Sushi or Thai. So here goes ... drum roll please... this summer I will take up the habit of actually preparing delish meals and sharing my creations with my loved ones. Please no chirping from the peanut gallery (you know who you are). It first started with Chris wanting to cook a meal for my family in Florida...i was like do you know who you are dating? I really don't enjoy it! I much rather help out when forced while drinking a glass of wine...and do the cleaning afterwards. Anywho getting off track. So he has somewhat inspired me, and though it's been rare that we actually do cook I would like to change 'rare' into 'sometimes' (baby steps). Also doing this cleanse has really made me realize if I am only allowed one meal a day it better be a healthy damn good one!! I even bought a clean eating magazine yesterday to browse the recipes. hmmm?? Perhaps this weekend? we'll see. So stayed tuned for recipes that have been tried par moi (and I would never do it alone!). Ok procrastination over...onto my online course!

the countdown is ending!

Tomorrow night Josie, Erin and I hit up the theatres to sit back, relax and take SATC all in! One more sleep!
ps. went out for a great bike ride this afternoon in Georgetown...despite the pouring rain it was amazing to be on the roads!
pps. because of this lovely (sarcasm!) cleanse I am on I have not had Starbucks in 10 days. Will I cave?

Monday, May 31, 2010

A couple things to mention

1. Well it's true I recently turned 30. oh mon dieu! ...I feel like it was awhile ago, but none the less it was a great birthday celebrated with the people I love....and of course up at the cottage! Champagne, Tiffany's, Wine, The Byrd, Roses, After hours, Kayaks, and pressies. Good times! Though I have much to reflect on as I have left my 20's, my new mentality in life is let the good times roll ;) 30 is where it's at!
2. So while ending my 20's I also finished my first 'guy' sweater, and created a Beer Pong Inspired Cardi for Lover (Dave Love). Exhibit B.
3. My mom, Steph and I are all doing a 30 day cleanse. We are all at different stages, but I am on day 8 and am STARVING!! I have never been on a cleanse in my life, and I really don't know if it's right for me, but as I always take on new challenges this is one for the books! Today is the toughest day I have ever had, and I keep saying I have run 4 marathons, I can definitely get through today....argh! Today is the super cleanse day which consists of cleanse powder and water. oh dear! One day at a day at a time!
4. Spent a fab weekend in Smith Falls/Perth and Ottawa - playing golf, boating, witnessing Chris become a godfather to Brody, and sharing in some laughs. Good times.
ok I am soo brain dead at the moment....I might have to shut er down, but I thought posting might take my mind off of the bag of pretzels in our lower cupboard. ha! night night!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Carrie Diaries

Seeing as this is the month when Sex and the City 2 comes out....why not read the new novel out by Candace Bushnell: The Carrie Diaries
Meet the teenage Carrie Bradshaw before ‘Sex and the City!’Before Carrie Bradshaw became the queen of the New York City social scene, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation? THE CARRIE DIARIES opens in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends are inseparable – and then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy – older, intriguing and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school – until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realise it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted. Fans of SEX AND THE CITY will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. And we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next CARRIE DIARIES book will take place.
ps. yes it is very high school of me to be reading this...but I am reading way too many high level thinking books to become a better teacher...that I need a little breather ;) plus the book resembles a louis vuitton clutch....hello!?! - will let you know how it goes! Josie the count down is on!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Met Gala 2010

In between doing my online AQ course, preparing for my NTIP and preparing lessons I tend to browse the Internet to see what's a shakin' you may find me posting a wee bit I tend to procrastinate when stuck in a moment. Anywho the Met Gala was on last night, and of course the stars came out to walk the red carpet in style. Here are my top 2 choices for fav couple of the night! Of course fashionista Sienna Miller and Jude Law tied with timeless Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson! okee back to work and then off to yoga!
ps. I miss running!! I'm starting to get a little teary even thinking about it! Tomorrow I pick up my road bike from the shop so hopefully I will get my groove back! Anyone like to join..drop me a line!

Monday, May 3, 2010

10 staple items

so this weekend I had my long over due hair appointment ... decided to switch things up and try out Civello's in Oakville. Sunday is the new Saturday at Civello and I was pleasantly surprised by my visit. As always I browsed the tables and gathered my collection of magazines, so that I could tune out and relax. I started with Flare, went through Vogue and still had time to read through Oprah's mag. I've never been a huge fan of the O magazine, but this time around it was great! O is celebrating her 10th year of the magazine and she has a whole bunch of top 10 lists about different fav!! I couldn't get enough...I read the mag from cover to the last page. Here is an example of what I am talking about - but can I just say my 30th birthday (ahhhhh!) is way too close for comfort and I lack some of the mistake proof items!! How is that possible?? I am usually always on par. hmph!:

10 Mistake-Proof Items Every Woman Should Own
1. Touches of animal print. On a bag or shoe, a little bit of zebra or tiger operates like a neutral. Michael Kors and Ann Taylor bring them out almost every season. - check - but I wouldn't say my representation really counts.
2. A Leather Jacket. Now a year-round staple, they come in lighter weights and pale colors, like Tory Burch's in camel or Banana Republic's in beige. - don't have one...and it was only up until last fall that I desired one....gotta love my new found budget
3. A men's watch. I like men's styles because they're not too fussy or dainty. If you wear a lot of gold jewelry, go with gold tones (Tag Heuer's are great); if you wear mostly silver, pick stainless steel (Citizen and Swatch have affordable options). - Technically yes I have one...My Michael Kors one does the job...a definite staple in my wardrobe!
4. Diamond hoop earrings. More youthful than studs, hoops polish off a casual look and complete a dressy one. Unless you want to be mistaken for one of Beyoncé's backup singers, find a medium size. I love Daniel K's, and Carolee makes great faux ones. - No :( ...and I think you can only do the real deal for these
5. A sequined scarf. Every woman should have sequins for day. I think the unexpected combination—plain plus fancy—is key. - Dont think I agree with this...I do like a little sparkle though
6. White jeans. CJ by Cookie Johnson's and Gap's come in nice heavy fabrics. - yuppers! Love my white jeans! Top Shop...boooya!
7. A neutral shoe. In leather, patent leather, or fabric, a pair of heels that matches your skin color visually extends the line of your leg. - check, check. However, when I visualize a must have neutral shoe...I dont think of a stylesense shoe, but rather a red soled Christian day?!
8. An oversize blazer. The "borrowed from the boys" look isn't going anywhere. At the office, throw on a jacket—black, navy, or pinstriped. - check...but it's not a staple for me! My jean jacket is more like it!
9. A pencil skirt. Sexy without being revealing, and appropriate at any age—it works for every woman. If you have a boyish shape, it gives the impression of curves; if you're curvy, it plays up your figure; if you're plus size, it's more flattering than a full skirt. - ya ya check check
10. A laced trimmed bra or cami. Peeking out from under a V-neck, a little frill on a Soma bra or Mary Green cami adds a touch of femininity. - I do have one....but should pull it out more if it's a must have!

ps. So I have been brainstorming a new goal for myself...and for some reason climbing to base camp or one level higher on Mt Everest came to mind! I of course need a partner in when presenting my idea to Chris I think he thought I was crazy...but I'm serious...and he's coming with me, he just might not know it yet! Within the next 2 years I will accomplish this goal!

Saturday, May 1, 2010


check and check! It's taken me awhile to really sit down and reflect on the fact that I accomplished one of my all time participate and finish the Boston Marathon! It took me 3 marathons to finally get a time under 3:40 that was to allow me to take part in a marathon that all runners dream of one day saying that they were there, they ran it, and they got the jacket to prove it! sigh! The entire weekend was a weekend I will always remember. There were 26,776 entrants, 23,071 starters and 22,588 finishers in the 114th race. The entire city was buzzing with excitement and was a feeling I really can't put into words. I wore my jacket all weekend, and so did the rest of the 23,000 runners...and to know we all were there because of the dedication, hard work, and determination was something to be proud of! The actual race day turned out to be somewhat of a different experience then I had hoped, in that it turns out an injury really can stop you...but I crossed the finish line after a long 4 hours and more of crying, smiling, sweating, crying, cheering, walking, running and crying some more and was so happy to see close to the finish line the poster my parents created for me. The mental and physical battle I had throughout the race seemed to somewhat disappear when crossing the big blue line that I knew that i would have done it all again!! Being part of the Boston Marathon is one of the greatest feelings in the world!! 15924 boooya! Congratulations also to Sarah and Katie who also put a big check mark on their bucket list! Onto the next goal as dreams really can come true! Hugs and love to my parents, Jodie, Chris, Heather, Lyndon and John who helped to make it a weekend to remember! xo