Saturday, May 30, 2020

fun fact...

...my siblings & I just applied to be on Family Feud Canada! We did a video application earlier and it was just submitted. Fingers crossed that we are chosen!






I hope you, my dear readers who are hanging in here, are doing well during these crazy COVID-19 times. It is so bizarre, being at home so often and not going out to restaurants, malls etc. I wish I had more exciting updates and things to blog about but...there's not much going on these days. Plus, I rarely use my laptop these days where I blog from; I am on my phone or iPad more often. Actually, speaking of my iPad, I have been reading a lot of ebooks from my library app. It is the greatest thing!! Do you read books on a tablet/device? Do you use the library app? Here are some fave books I've read lately:

- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Lori Gottlieb)
- Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)

Okay, my memory isn't cooperating at the moment and I can't think of more books but I have DEFINITELY read a ton of them. I'll update this list at a later time! Happy reading :)

Monday, February 24, 2020

a 2020 thing post

Happy two-months-into-the-New-Year! I did not realize I had not yet blogged this year. Whoops! Here are some fun things for you to check out if you are bored ;)

The funniest carpool kareoke yet (who wants to do the Yummy dance?!)

Gabby's new fave TV show is coming out with a movie next year (let's take to the Sky!)

Edwin & I are going to a play on Saturday at the Surrey Arts Centre - Kims Convenience!

My baby is growing up - she has graduated to a big girl stroller.

What Canadian Mounties go through at training - a video. Super cool to see!

The shirt on my wishlist right now...

I joined a thing! Super excited about it.

Amen to this article on mom comparison for all the "stuff"

Highly recommend on Netflix right now: The Pharmacist 

I think that is all for now, folks. I am sure I have more things up my sleeve that I've collected in the last 2 months (ha!) but will save them for next time. I hope everyone is great and enjoying this slightly sunnier weather. Here is a photo (or two...) of baby Gabby, who is not so much a baby anymore, but I will forever call her that!


My loves. So cute. Smiles for dada!

We've been going for lots of walks lately. We love our neighbourhood!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

happy holidays!

Merry Christmas! Happy almost New Year! It looks like I am blogging once per month these days and usually only "thing" posts... I guess that's better than nothing?! I hope you all have had a lovely holiday season and spent some time with those you love.






Gabby had a great time with all her family, new gifts, the doggies, etc. Now that she is walking, she is pretty happy just wandering around the house playing with things. It's pretty fun to watch her and see what she is interested in & where she walks to. She looks like such a little girl in the picture above! I guess she is not a baby anymore....! And now, onto the thing part of this post. Enjoy!


You know how I love the Royals... 50 weird rules the Royal Family has to follow 

Speaking of, I want to try this restaurant. If it was good enough for Royals to try to go to, that must mean it's pretty great, right?! (the restaurant turned Meghan & Harry down from eating here due to security) 

Can't wait to try this sticky sesame cauliflower recipe!

Also, this recipe. (side note: Smitten Kitchen is one of my faves - following her on Instagram is hilarious!)

My sister did some Boxing Day shopping. I loved her new sweater so much that I went and bought the same one! 

Edwin & I had a date night (thanks Nennifer!) and went for dinner & then to a restaurant by us for dessert. I had deep fried cheesecake and OMG it was so good.

We got Gabby the IKEA play kitchen for Christmas and have yet to set it up because I want to fancy it up a la one of these... so far I have bought gold spray paint & faux marble countertop stickers! We'll see how it goes...!

Edwin's mom is visiting currently from Guatemala - we may take a little road trip South to here! Any recommendations if you've been?!

We get told Gabby looks like this girl ALL the time! Do you see it?

And lastly, I would love for you to read this feel good story about a gang member who has turned his life around with the help of a Vancouver cop.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

november thing post

Happy November! I am recovering from surgery well and getting back into regular life. We are loving this sunny weather with no rain to be able to go to the playground etc. 

Here are some fun things to peruse if you have time on your hands :)

These Halloween costumes cracked me up! Worth checking out. 

Christy-Dawn and I are taking our families to Timberlines Country Christmas in December and I am SO EXCITED. This is where Christy-Dawn and I met!

Carpool kareoke is my fave, and this is airpool kareoke with Kanye. Pretty entertaining!

We've started trying to recycle plastics etc. with the new Recycle BC program where you can return items at London Drugs. Brand new to this so any tips or tricks are welcome!

The TV series I CANNOT STOP WATCHING these days!!

Weirdest movie I've watched in a while... a little scary FYI.

Hope you loyal readers are still doing well and THANK YOU for checking in here once in a blue moon! Here’s a cute photo of Gabby doing what she loves these days, eating sushi.


Friday, August 30, 2019

hello again

Wow, this is my second blog post within the same week! Pretty wild. I came up with a few more random things to put into a "list of things" for you.

- A quiz (I did quite poorly - it's hard!)
- Edwin is booked to donate blood this Tuesday - have you donated recently? (I am not eligible to donate for another 5 years)
- Had lunch at Cosmos Greek restaurant in White Rock yesterday. SO GOOD. Garlicky tsatsiki of my dreams.
- Went to an adorable home goods store in White Rock as well, the Handpicked Home. They also sell some baby things and I bought Gabby some Minimocs. I love buying products made in Canada and from a local store.
- Currently reading: Bringing Up Bebe (only a few chapters in, but like it so far!)
- Are you watching the Amazing Race? We were sad that this couple was eliminated recently! 

Need to go get the baby who just woke up from her nap now :)

Happy long weekend!


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

two months

It has been just over two months since I dropped by to say hello. Here I am, dropping by again to say hola! Maybe after I have surgery I will blog more as I will be stuck in bed for a bit? We'll see! I think most are aware, but for those who aren't, I have a double mastectomy scheduled for September 18 after a stint with breast cancer. Still a few more steps after that, but glad that things are truckin' along towards the finish line. I debated blogging about the whole thing but I feel like it would be a long post/lot of into/if I really want to remember the not-so-nice things about it all...I'll continue to ponder. Anyways, Edwin & I made a to-do list for the next few weeks pre-surgery to do as a family while I am feeling okay. Pending I continue to feel okay, we will get a few fun family things in before the 18th. Fingers crossed!

If you are reading this, thanks for still reading! Here are a few things I like these days, maybe you will too?!

- What I want to get Gabby for her birthday (can you believe she will be 1 in September??)
- Gabby's fave book right now
- I haven't actually bought any clothing from here, but I love this shirt and may buy it!
- My fave new waffle recipe these days

Thought I had more things to share... but... can't find them! Anywho, hope you have a lovely rest of your August!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

hello.

Just dropping by to say hello to any readers who are still around by chance! I haven't decided to officially retire this good ol' blog, but as you know, I don't blog much anymore. Partially because life is a bit hectic these days, and partially because I don't know what to blog about. (also - I think I only have like 6 readers! hahaha)

I hope you are all doing well!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Books

I have always loved reading, but haven't been doing too much of it in the last few years for whatever reason. Maternity leave is a weird thing: on one hand, I am incredibly busy and days go by so quickly yet I couldn't even tell you what Gabby & I did. On the other hand, I have a bit more time on my hands for things like reading while she sleeps on me. The other reason that I got back into reading is due to the ease of doing it from my iPad. I can download any book I want within seconds and begin reading it right away. So so so convenient. Plus, while Edwin & Gabby are already asleep, I can still read as I don't need lights on. (she is still sleeping in our room)

Here are some of my favorite books I've read so far this year and my thoughts on them:

1. Little Black Stretchy Pants by Chip Wilson - I loved this book; partially because I feel a bit of a 'connection' to lululemon being that it's local, I love the clothing, and Edwin worked there. I love biographies, and this wasn't necessarily a biography, but it was close. Chip Wilson really did take a lot of risks in his business strategies which is how he was so successful and that was interesting to read about. He is definitely a unique person!

2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (I am 1/4 through the second book in the trilogy, China Rich Girlfriend) - "Oh how I wish I had billions of dollars like these people!" (my brain, while reading this book)

3. The Girl in the Ice & The Night Stalker (2 of 6 books in the Detective Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza) - an English detective solving one mystery at a time. Nothing wildly unique about these, but I do like a good mystery book!

4. Rain by Tim Antonides - a story of a couples struggle with infertility. This was written by one of my elementary school teachers! It was very well written and I enjoyed the characters in the book.

5. It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First  (and other life lessons I learned by my dog) by John O'Hurley - this was an adorable & funny book about how dogs can teach us so much in life about how to life our best lives. Plus, you definitely know the author - google him!

There have a been a few others I've read but these are my favorites so far. I hope to continue reading lots and have downloaded more that I am looking forward to: Becoming (Michelle Obama), The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and the rest of the two series above. If you have any suggestions for me, please let me know! 

Happy almost-March!

A picture of my adorable little girl to end this post :) (since I don't post very often!)

Friday, December 7, 2018

a holiday thing post

Did you know that lots of people are doing holiday giveaways currently?! Here are a few of my favorite "12 days of Christmas" that I have been entering:

Since I am home lots these days, I have been catching up on my Netflix-ing! Here are some fun shows I've watched lately. Do you have any recommendations for me?! (series or movies)
  • The Princess Switch (an adorable and predictable chick flick)
  • Kim's Convenience (a funny, easy-to-watch comedy series)
  • Life in Pieces (another funny, easy-to-watch comedy series that is so relatable to family life)
  • I Feel Pretty (I didn't looove this movie with Amy Schumer, but it was entertaining nonetheless)
  • Grace & Frankie (a heart warming comedy series about two friends) 
Do you have any cool contests I should be entering in my spare time or shows I should be watching?! :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Happy December!

Everyone told me time would fly with a baby, and wow, is that an understatement! How is my baby girl 9.5 weeks old already?! (I told myself I'd tell people "2 months" when they ask in person but I like to keep track of the exact time here!)

She had her two month shots yesterday and that was definitely tough on me, emotionally. It was over so quick for her so I don't think it traumatized her too much physically!

I am looking forward to Christmas with her and having lots of family time. We have a Spier family dinner this coming Sunday already!

Here are a few photos of her recently. I know I am bias, but cute is she?!

She smiles lots lately! It's pretty fun!

She loves this swing. Thanks Grandma!!

This is what a lot of our mornings look like :)

Allllll the layers to go on a walk - I am trying to go on days when I am mostly home for some entertainment for myself, some fresh air, and it makes the dog very happy!

On her play mat where we do tummy time as well sometimes. Someone isnt a huge fan of tummy time though...

We got some lights on the front of our house and a few other decorations up so far. We are hoping to get a tree soon when my parents are back from their vacation as we usually go with my dad to get one. Gabby is going to get her picture taken with Santa on Friday which I am looking forward to. (well, mostly just her in her adorable little red dress & headband!)

I hope your December is going well!