Wednesday, September 28, 2016


This September has been a busy month.

It seems like each week is filled with appointments and school activities.

J.P's air cadets fall on Monday nights and A.R has school choir on Tuesdays. He's also in drama this year. Rehearsals will soon be on the agenda after school and on weekends.

I had to give up my hula lessons on Wednesday evening to accommodate their hectic schedule.

What am I going to do now?

Dinna fash, lassie.

Let's read, "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" from Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series.

What a joy to bury oneself in a good book!


If you haven't heard or read Outlander, it is a tale of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from World War II who is transported back in time to Scotland in 1743 and meets a chivalrous and fearless Highland warrior named Jamie Fraser. She finds herself caught amid the Jacobite rising and uses her skills for survival as she tries to return home.

The novels weave a historical, romantic, adventurous and science fiction/fantasy story. It is hard to put down once you've read the first book!

If you don't want to read all eight books - you can watch Outlander Season One volume 1 & 2 on DVD; it airs on Showcase in Canada or check your local listings.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Jack-of-All-Trades

Laundry is one of the many chores I do weekly. 

And when the dryer sounded like a freight train passing by. 

I was worried that it was broken!

I read the manual and it said to make sure it was level to the floor. And if it made noise, call for service.

What?! Oh no.

Where is hubby?

I did another load and still it was rumbling loudly.

Would we have to get a new machine? We just purchased a new fridge!

I checked behind the dryer and discovered it was very dusty. I moved it; swept the floor and cleaned the vents and exhaust hose. I also adjusted the level feet.

I put in the last load of clothes.

The dryer was very quiet.
Mr. O came downstairs and I thanked him for fixing the dryer.

He looked confused.

A.R said, "Mommy is commanding officer, chef, baker, nurse, caregiver, seamstress, personal assistant, barber, gardener, navigator, gamer, tech support worker, photographer, blogger, and service repair guy."

I laughed heartily as the boys took turns describing me.

Mr. O asked, "Is there anything you can't do?"

"See that? Mommy is the jack-of-all-trades!"

Monday, September 12, 2016

Back to School Makeup

September is here!

Drugstore products have come a long way to keep you looking flawless. Here are some affordable and makeup essentials for back to school:

Cover Girl Outlast all-day primer- To set your make up.

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Luminous- This foundation is great for dry skin and if you want that dewy look! (Creamy natural shade)

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte- I use this foundation if I want my make up to last all day long! Great for a matte finish. (101 Classic Ivory shade)

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles concealer- Light to medium coverage.

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte+Poreless (Normal/Oily) - To set your foundation and concealer.

Maybelline New York Eye Studio- Black eyeliner gel to make that perfect winged eyeliner!

Maybelline New York The Nudes Palette - Eye shadow for day and night.

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color - Long wearing lipstick (30 shades)

Elf Eyebrow Kit- Medium

Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder - Another fave to touch up your make up throughout the day.

The Body Shop Lip Gloss- Peach and strawberry for a more natural look. (not drugstore but a great buy $5-$6)

*Note- I didn't realize I had so many Maybelline products! What are your favourites?

I didn't have a blush but used Rimmel Natural Bronzer (waterproof bronzer) for contour and colour.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Labour Day Weekend

Summer vacation is over and the boys are back to school. 

I must confess - we're still adjusting to the regular routine. 

Today I woke up late and A.R missed his school bus. Luckily, Mr. O was still home to drive him to school.

I guess we're still dreaming of summer and of our long Labour Day weekend!

Last Friday, we went to Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Here are some highlights of our day:

The boys along with their cousins took a photo with the one and only Stan Lee! The creator of Spider Man, Captain America, The Avengers and The X-Men and many other fictional characters. It was his final Canadian appearance. J.P was so happy to meet and take a picture with him!

Overlooking the North Building, the venue is packed with many visitors sightseeing and shopping at vendor booths.

Look who I bumped into....R2D2 was nice enough to stop and say 'hello'. 

And continuing with the Star Wars theme, we found this life size Lego build of Rogue One. Isn't it so cool?

On Sunday, we headed to the Canadian National Exhibition (or otherwise known as the CNE or the Ex.) An annual event that takes place at Exhibition Place for 18 days leading up to the Labour Day weekend.

The Midway is the centre of amusement rides, games and food booths.

We also watched the 67th annual Canadian International Airshow featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. We picked up the calendar to show our support. It looks like the airshow will be our family tradition!

There was an International Sand Sculpture Competition from August 19-24. Here is a Star Trek sand sculpture by Karen Fralich on display. 

And the CNE is all about the food! We made our way to the Food Building to find goodies and treats. We had BeaverTails -it's a fried dough pastry. And a Canadian culinary icon - BeaverTails topped with chocolate hazelnut spread and bananas. Or your choice of whipped cream, crumbled Oreos, or cinnamon sugar.

We had a fabulous long weekend with the boys!

Can't wait till next year!