Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Reusable Produce Bags



The cashier at my grocery store always gives me a dirty look and lectures me on the fact that I make her conveyor belt dirty and create more work for her. I buy 5 lemons and refuse to put them in those clear plastic bags. Or I buy one bagless onion and it flakes all over her conveyor, or better yet, 12 oranges scattered all over without a bag, causing her to have to weigh each one separately.
I don't care, I'm going to keep doing this for all peel-able produce because I am trying to cut down on the amount of plastic I use. As for the other produce that I can't peel (i.e. celery, herbs, bunched spinach) I am going to buy these adorable muslin produce bags from PepperJackHome.
Some of those clear plastic bags may claim to be biodegradable, but that also means that they used fossil fuels to make them and they will also produce methane gas to biodegrade, contributing to the greenhouse gases affecting our ozone layer. 
It may seem like one more thing to remember to keep in my fuel efficient car, but in the long run I'll feel better knowing that plastic is not leeching toxins into my produce and will not affect climate change.







Sunday, 21 July 2013

Wedding Month: My Knotty Bachelorette Party


Did I ever tell you that I used to be part of the kid's entertainment staff on a cruise ship in my younger days? I guess it's only fitting that my maid of hon and another good friend from the cruise ship days threw me a nautical themed bachelorette party. Since this month we're taking a look back at all of my wedding details, I thought I'd throw the bachelorette in there too.

The evening started early, with an amazing get together at my friend Michelle's place. The hosts had prepared munchies and drinks with adorable nautical touches like this humus and pepper octopus. There was also a jewelery making station with nautical charms like anchors and ships, I think I probably made 12 bracelets that day...


Shortly after, I was presented with a captain's hat and sash before we all made our way to the pier to hop on board a party ship for a cruise around lake Ontario. All the girls were told to wear nautical themed outfits, and you should have seen the trouble we caused. On several occasions we even had other people come up to me and tell me what an awesome idea my whole bachelorette party theme was.





The music on boat was amazing. The people were a lot of fun and my girls were just awesome. It was so great to just let loose and have a good time a few weeks before the wedding. I am so lucky to have such awesome peeps in my life, they all even stuck around that night to go out clubbing.  We even ran into Mario Lopez (that's right, Mr. A.C. Slater himself) at the club that night, but at that point I had had one too many shots to remember to take a photo. 



Monday, 15 July 2013

Wedding Month: My High Tea Bridal Shower



Looking back to the day of my bridal shower, I can honestly say that I would not change a single thing. I'm usually not one to enjoy relinquishing control of the party planning, but I was so busy with planning the wedding, I had no choice but to leave everything up to my sisters and my Maid of Hon.  I'm so glad that I did though, because they did a fantastic job and I was blown away by all of the amazing details they put into every aspect of it.

First they emptied out my parent's living room and brought in rental tables and chairs for the day, that really set the scene for the tea party. Next they set out to create lavish vignettes of scrumptious tea sandwiches (these clever ladies catered in the sandwiches, so smart!) and sweets. They also laid out fine china, gave guest a choice of a million different types of teas and decorated the tables with candles, pearls and antique trays.


The events of the shower were so much fun. They really took the time to think of fun games (tea trivia as opposed to the usual wrap the bride in a toilet paper gown) and actually started the party by standing up one by one and talking about their favourite memory of our relationship/friendship together, and giving me one marriage advice each. Each and every guest did this, and I cannot tell you how special this was and I will probably remember that part most, even when I'm old and senile. I feel so lucky to have such amazing sisters, and a best friend like my maid of honour, who's really a sister from anotha motha :)

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Wedding Month: Our Long Lost Engagement Photos


 

Our engagement photos are already two years old... can't believe how fast time flies by. I used them on our wedding website, and printed a couple, but for the most part, these lovely shots by our photographer Big Al Studios did not get to see much daylight. So here they are, getting the full attention they deserve... two years later.


We really clicked with the husband and wife team of Big Al Studios, and had a great time shooting these photos. Before we knew it, we had booked them for our wedding and spent the next few months preparing huge lists of "must have" photos for them. They learned of my anal retentive tendencies early on. :)





Sunday, 7 July 2013

Our Wedding Video: One Year Later

 

Thinking back to our wedding day, I can't believe a whole year has gone by so quickly. It feels like it was yesterday that I was just putting together all of the gazillion diy details together for it.

We've been so busy living, working and traveling together that we haven't had a whole lot of time to think about printing any of our many wedding photos or for me to edit any of the video footage that my friend Mathew took of the wedding... But I've finally done it, I've finished editing the 7+ hours of video that he took, and I've compiled it all into a short 3 minute video for you.

Just so you're prepared, my next few posts will also feature some of our photos and details as well. Don't get sick of us yet! :)

It seems that the video feature shows up on blogger mobile, so here is the link to Our Wedding Video.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Long Weekend Roundup

Lazy Long Weekends

Hope you had a great Canada Day long weekend, and if you are American, hope you're looking forward to your upcoming Independence Day long weekend. The July long weekend is the epitome of summer fun for me. Time to treat yourself to popsicles, bright colours and relaxing on the beach of course.
 
I spent the long weekend in Canmore, Alberta, one of the most beautiful places on earth, and a little sad to be back at my desk... though I can't even begin to tell you how much I missed our little house. 
 
Here's a photo of me that really doesn't do justice to the mighty Rockies in the background.


Oh, and just because it's summer it doesn't mean that we can take a break from being good to the environment. In Edmonton, Alberta, I saw these ashtrays all over the city and if you can recall from my shore cleanup post I am fully in support of such initiatives that keep cigarette butts out of our lakes... Hint, hint to big cities out there.

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