Thursday, June 30, 2011

Watch out Metz!

This morning Me and Vince, Mom, Dad, Britt, Ryan and Grandpa are on our way to Vince's home town in Metz, France. We are getting some paper work done for the wedding and attending a back yard garden party at his parents house. I can't wait to show my Mom and Dad Vince's town and also the millions of family photo albums his Mom has! Hehehe all the Vince baby pics!!!

Love and Hugs

Sunday, June 26, 2011

They're here!

Bonjour mes petites! My parents, Grandpa and brother and sister in law are here! Oh yeah! We are taking the city by storm! We'll not really. More like wandering, eating, drinking and wandering. Ryan will be lost in some museum some where so I think I'm gonna give him my cell phone so we can remind him that's it's dinner time! ;)
Speaking of dinner time, Britt's only request is Fondue! So Fondue it is! Gosh I love cheese! Goodbye diet, hello melted cheese and white wine! I've missed you my old friends!

Love and Hugs

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vince's b-day/bachelor trip

Hi guys! We are on our way to Bordeaux this weekend to visit Vince's best friend Alex and his girlfriend Valerie for the weekend. We are really lucky cause Alex is a native Bordelais and plans to show us all the ins and outs of this beautiful and incomparable region of France. Holy Crap! I can't wait! I hope I remember to spit so I can take home memories instead of a hangover! Hmmmm! We'll see how that goes! ;)

Love and Hugs

Friday, June 24, 2011

All I want

Now that the wedding is so close I have totally blown off my diet in favour of pleasure/comfort food and these gooey deep dish cookies are just the ticket! Don't ya think?

Love and Hugs

Thanks for sharing Joanna via Kathryn and Todd&Diane!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Happy 30th Birthday Vincent!

This guy I tell ya! He's just the most perfect sweetie! 30 years ago this day he was born and the search for him began.
He is the most careful, tender, loving and bossy man I have ever met! I am totally madly deeply in love with him!
Happy Birthday my lovebug! Can't wait to see your cute face for the next 70+ birthdays!

Love and Hugs

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Trying to keep my spirits up

Is this too small for you to read? I hope not! It's so cute and funny! Things are getting a little hairy over here with the wedding so close and I am grabbing at any smile and laugh I can. This made my evening. Those guys at I Love Charts are too funny!
Also I must add this is not the way it goes with my mom! usually our conversations are like this:

Me: Wedding, wedding WEDDING!
Mom: wedding wedding?
Me: weddingweddingweddingwedding
Mom: WEDDING! wedding wedding wedding
Me: wedding

Well you get the point! ;)

Love and Hugs

From I Love Charts via Rhymes with Orange made by Hilary B Price.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cracking me up

I don't know maybe the quality is too bad for you to see the nuaces of these pictures and the ridiculous faces on Aunt Ann and Aunt Jane but man oh man do they make me giggle!

Just wanted to share!

Love and Hugs

Breathe, relax and take it all in!

That's what my Aunts have been telling me these last few days as my stress level rockets and dips and rockets again. It's true! I will never be here again so I'd had better enjoy it! Just like this funny bride above. Found on Snipet and Ink from Lauren Ross via Alison Events.

Love and Hugs

Monday, June 20, 2011

A funny thing is happening.....

I am considering the end of meat eating for me. I have been thinking about it a lot lately and especially since I started The Art of Living last year.

Here are some of the reasons I am thinking of stopping:

Putting dead animals in my body makes me feel dead.

I want to eat live food like vegetables! I LOVE veggies and fruit! Love love love them!

Meat is getting grosser and grosser for me to eat. We had octopus last night and I could hardly eat it! One of my favourite animals from the sea! Even eggs are sort of grossing me out.

There is something weird about going to the store and buying a piece of meat all prepackaged and ready. I don't know, just weird seeing it sitting there.

Maybe living in France where you go to the market and the heads, feet and tails are still on the animals is starting to make me feel different?

I've always been interested in food and health and recipes and thinking about meat and where it comes from truly makes me more aware of how I feel about eating it.

I have fantasies of growing my own food and I don't think that includes raising and butchuring chickens and pigs.

I think being on the Dunkin diet last month really nailed the coffin shut for me. All meat all the time was a little more than I could handle.

The meditating I have been doing makes me feel a part of the world and closer to animals and everything on this planet than ever before. It's a strange feeling and really hard to explain. But lets just say it feels funny eating animals lately.

So I am considering stopping all together.

Love and Hugs

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Dress is ready! The Dress is ready!

DunDunDun! Going to pick up my all finished tailored wedding dress this afternoon! I can't wait! I just love it so much and the opportunity to try it on again, well let's just say nothing can get me down today!

I just LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE my dress! I can't wait for Vince and everyone to see it! Why can't I wear it now and forever more?

Love and Hugs

P.S. the above dress is not mine! ;) It's from the talented Elizabeth Messina at her blog Kiss The Groom.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


We are on a roller coaster of emotions over here holy macaroni! Those bitches at AC are still pissing me off but other than that I am back to my happy Bride self. Take that Stresszilla!

On repeat over and over in my head: "This will all get done, my family and friends will all be there and it will be awesome!"

Seriously though I am over the moon excited to be on vacation with my favourite people in the whole world AND getting married to the love of my life at the same time! There is no room for stress or sadness. NO ROOM I SAY!

No more eyelid twitching only smiles and bliss from now on!

Love and Hugs

Photo source.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I have skipped the Bridezilla step and gone completely deeply into the stressed out Bride part. All thanks to the damn eff'ing Air Canada ticket agents. They get me everytime. Doesn't matter if I haven't worked for Jazz for 3 years now and never travel standby they are still fucking over my life. Thanks girls!
Mom, Dad, Ryan, Britt and Grandpa booked confirmed full fare tickets across the pond on Sunwing airlines yesterday in order to calm my panic attacks and uncontrollable crying. Thanks so much Mom! At least my own mother will make it to my wedding no thanks to AC!
However my right eyelid will not stop twitching and I'm trying not to freak out that there is only 1.5 weeks until we leave for Malta! Holy crap my 3 page to-do list is waaaaaaaaay too ambitious!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Whittle My Middle by Angela Liddon

This is a core workout that Angela does twice a week to shape her waist. I've been doing the boat pose and the bicycle crunches for awhile now but check out those plank ups! Looks like fun right? Well if there is anywhere on my body that needs to be whittled it is definitely my middle. So we'll give it a go.

Angela is a vegan baker living in Oakville Ontario and originally from Fredricton N.B. Check out her blog here if you would like to learn more.

1) Front Plank with fully extended arms: 60 seconds



2) Side plank with bent arm: 60 seconds per side



3) Torso Twists (see here for instructions) 60 seconds

Note. Instead of a medicine ball you can use hand weights or a large soup can/other heavy object.


4) Plank-Ups: 60 seconds

Start in plank position on forearms, legs extended behind you, resting on toes; raise right leg a few inches off ground, toes out (as shown). Keeping leg lifted, straighten right arm, then left, coming into a raised push-up position. Reverse motion to return to plank. Repeat, alternating lead arms.

Note: If this exercise is too difficult for you, try keeping you leg on the ground and just focus on raising and lowering your arms.



5) Boat Pose: 60 seconds

Begin in a seated position with your knees bent and your feet resting lightly on the ground as you balance on your sit bones. With your core engaged, lengthen through your torso and recline slightly, avoiding any rounding of your back. Extend your arms straight out in front of you, then extend your legs, creating a V-shape with your torso and legs. Breathe comfortably throughout the move.

Note: Instead of just staying still the whole time, I prefer to bring my knees in to my chest and extending them back into boat pose (one rep, hold for 1-2 secs), all while keeping my feet off the ground. I find this challenges the abs more as you have to stay balanced while moving.



6) Bicycle Crunches: 60 seconds

  • Lie flat on the floor so that your lower back is pressed to the ground and your core is engaged.
  • Put your hands beside your head & lift your knees to about a 45-degree angle.
  • Slowly, at first, go through a bicycle pedal motion.
  • Alternately touching your elbows to the opposite knees as you twist back and forth.
  • Breath evenly throughout the exercise.


Love and Hugs

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday surfing

Couldn't resist sharing this gorgeous table setting from Style Me Pretty that I found...

and what about this brides skirt and shoes? I don't even know what to say they are just so amazing!

Hope you have a great week!

Love and Hugs

Friday, June 10, 2011

My kind of superhero

Hahahahaha! With the wedding in less than 30 days and Sunny's convalescence I am a little more than stressed and anixous! I definitely feel like the superhero Aniexty Girl! I wonder if they have a blonde one?

Love and Hugs

From Natalie Dee via ACupofJo.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Six Everyday

1. Vince and Sunny. Their kisses,cuddles,smiles and tail wags are pure joy to me. And honestly who wants to pass one day without pure joy? duh!
2. My Mac, i.e The Internet! I am officialy addicted. Being an expat with no physical friends near by makes me an internet fiend. I am always checking my email, mom's facebook, ryan's facebook, the blog, Us and the list goes on just so I can feel connected to you guys and not so alone.
3. Morning coffee. It's a love hate thing. I think maybe I should quit but why?! I love it so much and I only have one cup. I am honestly passed out on the couch at 9am if I didn't have one.

4. Mascara. I look like a dead junkie if I don't wear it. I am currently using Colossal Volume by Maybelline but am on a life long search for the best. Any suggestions?

5. Exercise. Same as coffee I love and hate exercise. I love feeling strong and sweaty and that I accomplised something purely physical and good for this body that carries my soul. But then sometimes I just want to lay around eating chocolate in my jamjams you know?
6. I can't go a day without praying. I talk to God all the time. Often I am thanking and begging and loving but most often it's even just a warm feeling. If I haven't prayed for a while and I am living too much in my head I become anxious and weird and emotional and weirder. Praying keeps me sane period.

This is inspired by Taylor's list at She's a cool chick who loves fashion and exercise (hello crossfit!!! The girl deadlifts!)

So I want to know about you guys? What are some of the things you can't live without every single day!

Love and Hugs

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

1 month until We're Married!!!!

1 month till this!
and this...
and this moment...
this one too!
and finally this!!!

I can't wait to see you at our alter tree Vince! You are the man of my dreams!

Love and Hugs

These breathtaking photos are all by Elizabeth Messina via her blog Kiss The Groom.

Have monkey will travel

Goodmorning everybody and Happy Monday! What kind of trouble did you get into last weekend? Vince and I were doing wedding stuff mostly and also caught the France rugby final, the Roland Garros mens final and hit happy hour on Saturday!
But we always have the most fun riding our bikes around town. There's a velib station every 100 meters and we can never resist hoping on a bike to get to where we're going. Sunny is still too little for her own bike so she rides up front in the basket. She's usually happy and cozy either licking the metal grates of the basket or sticking her neck out making sure we're going the right way.
It's addictive! Get over here so we can take a bike ride together!

Love and Hugs

Friday, June 3, 2011

A little freaked and out of control!

Hi guys my wedding decoration obsession has hit a new level. I am scouring wedding blogs and looking at every reception table I can. Comparing my plan and theirs and trying to decide if I have enough planned to decorate the tables or if it will look ridiculous and bare!

I have crazy decoration dreams where I freak out and there is nothing done and it's bare and I start throwing crappy dollar store streamers around feveriously to fill up the space minutes before the guests show up!

Oh my! Calm down little mind of mine!

Love and Hugs

P.S. above image is from Style Me Pretty.