Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guest Fashionista: Jenaca

This is my friend Jenaca. She is the nicest most sincere person I know. I still have a dream that one day we will get to live near each other because I just love her family to pieces. 

She is a mother of two and just had her second baby girl 2 months ago. Doesn't she look amazing!?

 Shirt: Forever 21 $19.99
Jeans: Silver via Tjmaxx $29.99
Jewelry: Tia Pan Necklace $30 Earrings $15
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack $34.99

Jenaca Thanks so much for sharing your sense of style with us and at a bargain! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Nobody is Perfect

Reflecting on how far I have come today and also realizing the huge impact my new life style has on my life.

Come on over to my fitness blog to get a little reminder that perfection is not needed!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thrive Food Storage

This is a deal I just couldn't help but share with everyone!

Thrive foods is having a black friday sale. If you haven't heard of Thrive it is freezer dried canned foods, way cheaper then even what they are selling at Walmart. I have tasted it so I know it is yummy as well. I have been wanting to order some for about a year but never wanted to bite the bullet so I was in awe when I found out it was on sale! Something everyone should have no matter where you live.

For example I got a large cans of whole wheat flour for $5 (52 servings inside) that is cheap!

Hurry and check it out right here, ends Nov 26th

Thursday, November 22, 2012


This year has been probably one of the hardest years in a long time. We have had a death very close to my heart along with our miscarriage this summer I really thought my heart would break. But with the trails have come so many blessings. Although it was a hard year this past week I have really been able to see the Lord's hand in my life. Although sometimes I still think his plans are a little rough on the soul I know they are always better then what I would have thought up. 

  • I got an amazing full time job that could make being debt free possible before we have a baby
  • We get the chance to go to Africa in 3 months
  • I saw how much my family cared about me even though they couldn't relate to me sometimes
  • I started living a life I enjoy instead of doing what I thought was "expected" from me
  • My Husband is Golden, just couldn't get any better
  • I dream about my best friend I lost every night so he is always with me (This might seam weird to many but Taylor pointed out that in a way that is how I can still be with him when I miss him)
Ahh the list could go on, I can think of way too many. Our life plan is still a mystery to me, but I know that we will be blessed and with each trial we have we will only continue to love each other more and grow closer.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Holiday Reminder Top

I will have to apologize for the very late post today. And the not so great picture.

But I have a super good reason. I got a promotion at work!
After only a month of working at Down East I was made the store manager. It is a full time job, and I am in charge of EVERYTHING I mean everything. It has been a whirl wind of craziness ever since I got this new position. I have to transfer stores and learn a whole new job. Not to mention I am still in school! Currently I am working 8-10hrs a day, and doing 3-5hrs of homework everyday of the week. Life as I knew it is over!

Jeggings: Joe (From Down East Outfitters)
Boots: Steve Madden
Jewellery: Stella & Dot

Thats right I am the Manager and I also love my job!

** I know I am not the only one who has a tiny bit of style, I think most of my readers probably dress better then I do. So next Wednesday I want to do a post about you!! Comment with your email in the comment box and I will send you the details on how to be feature in "What She Wore Wednesdays."**

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Season for Sickness

The weather is changing and it seams to be that time of year when people start to get sick. We also live in a college town which means in a month final projects are due along with comprehensive exams and I feel like this invites the sickness in as well.

By keeping your house clean this season you can help your family hopefully stay away from catching anything too nasty. I have a cleaning chart with a new task everyday for two weeks and then we start all over again. But there is one thing I wanted to chat about in particular.


Yup you read right knobs! Handles, knobs, drawer pulls, all of those things that we touch over and over again every single day and most people don't think to clean them because they never look dirty. Every 14 days I make sure to sanitize all these high traffic hand touching places to make sure we aren't picking up more germs then needed. If I was completely paranoid I would do it every other day but... I'v got things to do!

Light switches.
Toilet handle.
Drawer Pulls.
Cupboard knobs.
Blind pulley things.
Fridge handles.
Dishwasher handle.
Microwave buttons.
TV Remote.

These are all the things I make sure I sanitize I am sure you can think of many more.

What do you do for your family to help chase away the cold/flu?
What is your favourite way to make sure your house is always clean?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


One of those days wear putting a skirt on and wearing your jade necklace just because it makes you feel good! Sometimes I feel that the day needs more then just my jeans, and it was one of those days.

Life is crazy over here and I'll have to update you soon on the newest life changes.

Not to mention how in love I am with my hair turning out this good in only 10 minutes. My new go to hair style for the second day of curly hair or even straight - score!

Shirt: Shade Clothing
Skirt: Lulubella Boutique
Tights: Sweater Tights from Targer
Boots: Steve Madden
Jewelry: Stella & Dot
Watch: Michael Kors

Monday, November 12, 2012

Chicken Stock from Scratch

This fall I have been in love with making homemade soup. I realize the other day that I usually make all my soups from scratch almost... I always got my chicken stock/broth out of a can. I wanted to make some soup from scratch stock and all. It wasn't too hard, more effort then opening a can but this way I know exactly what I am putting on my body.

1. I used the left over carcass from our roasted chicken and put it in a big pot
2. Filled with water until almost covered
3. Add garlic, some onion powder, little salt and pepper or other spices you might like
4. Let it bowl and then reduce to simmer for several hours or all day occasionally stirring
5. Turn burner off and let cool
6. Put a strainer in a bowl and poor contents in.
7. Pick all the remaining meat off the carcass and add to broth

I ended up with 7 cups with homemade broth which I divided up and froze to use later.
I like the idea of being resourceful and getting all the meat of the carcass as well as making some broth to use for later. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Home bound

I went on a much needed trip home two weeks ago. I didn't want to come back to my real like I was enjoying being with all my sisters so much. So silly we didn't all get a picture together.

Michelle who let me tag along and make a road trip out of her journey home
Homemade Bread - most amazing bread you will ever have!
Starting planning our trip to Africa while I was there. A Safari followed by working in a dental clinic with my parents.
Can't go to Canada without picking up some amazing chocolate
I finally got to meet my new niece Edith. She melted my heart, I had so much fun rocker her to sleep and holding her in my arms.
She even discovered her thumb for the first time while I was home

We also started a baby quite for a future girl baby phillips. This was my first time quilting and it felt easy having my mother and sister to help, I got to sew a lot of it together. It was actually a very healing activity, being actively hopeful for the next time I get the blessing of being pregnant.
The picture above is the backing and below is the top. It still has to get quilted and bound.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Being Brave

A friend and I had a conversation a little while back and her words have stuck to me like glue. She said that when we are presented with two paths we should always pick the hardest one, because those are the things that help us grow and learn the most.

Lately I feel like I have been slapped with so many different decisions, and they choice has never been easy. I toss, turn and fret over every choice I have to make causing stress and lack of sleep some nights. I think I am going to take the advice to heart and choose to take the harder paths in life.

Next week I am going to start something that I am afraid to do, terrified of failing, making a joke out of myself, having people judge me, and pushing myself and my body to the limit.

What have you done lately that scared you?


I'm having one of those... "I swear this looked cuter in person" moments. But non the less here we go!

Who's enjoying what she wore wednesday's??

Top: Gap {Thrifted}
Jeans: Pilcro
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: Stella & Dot

This week has been a little bit crazy, I have been sick but I think I am finally shaking it off and getting more back to normal. Really throws me off my game when it comes to, well... pretty much everything!
Halloween is over and we sprinting toward thanksgiving and then it will be Christmas in now time, which I am very impatient to start decorating for!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Lovely Surprise

I got a text from a friend with this photo asking if it was me!?

To my surprise I found out this photo is hanging in the art building on campus. I felt honoured to be displayed in the art building with Andrea's collection of photography
This is the second time a photo of me has been displayed here, how fun :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Night

What we wore Wednesday Night

Tay and I dressed up as Lois Lane and Kent Clark for a halloween party. I thought we turned out looking pretty sharp personally. Sorry the pictures were so awful we didn't bring our real camera.

I also did not eat a single cookie, candy, or pizza slice the whole day! Stuck to my normal weekly eating schedule with all the temptation around which means I will enjoy the Canadian candy I saved even more this weekend.