She’s pregnant!

My friends from Newfoundland, Allyson and her husband Robb moved to South Korea over ten years ago. We’ve stayed in touch throughout the years and have been talking to each other on Facebook, sending Christmas cards in the mail and never losing track. I honestly thought I wouldn’t see them for a few more years. Well, ten years is a tremendous amount of time without seeing a good friend. I never thought they’d move back to Canada.

One of the primary reasons they’re moving home? My friend is expecting a baby girl!

On their excursion back to The Rock they had plans of stopping in Ontario. I knew I had to meet up with them, regardless of their location. Thankfully, they are staying at a friends house not too far from me. I didn’t have my car this weekend so I took public transit into Toronto and hung out with them all day Saturday!

The first thing I did when I knew I’d be seeing them before I was home in Newfoundland, was do a baby shop for the expecting parents. If any Mommy-To-Be’s love a good bargain, head over to Bonnie Tog’s. Nothing was over $12. I kind of got out of control shopping for a little girl. All I’ve ever shopped for were nephews or little boys! Girl clothes were so fun, check out the goodies!

How cute are those Oshkosh overalls?! Those plus the little leggings are my favorite. Oops, got them in the photo twice, that’s’ how much I like them. Ha ha.baby-clothes-for-baby-vAll piled into this cute bag.baby-bag-for-V

This weekend I met up with them both in Toronto, and like a bad rash I stuck with them all day not letting them out of my sight, ha ha.

Pointing at her pregnant 5 month belly!omg-shes-pregnantThe parents-to-be!!!allyson-and-robb

We decided we were going to get some grub. We started walking around downtown Toronto and I thought I’d bring them to Hot House Cafe, a restaurant I went to in June (side note, I’m wearing the exact same outfit. Oops!. But unfortunately I walked in the completely wrong direction (for a really long time lol) and by the time we looked at a GPS we were too hungry to back track. We ended up in the gay district and directly across the street we saw a decent looking restaurant called Hair of the Dog and decided to pop in there to sit down and catch up on the last ten years.

Every menu had a different pup. Super cute.hair-of-the-dogMissed them so much!!!lunching-with-Allyson

We sat down and ordered some drinks. Beer and martini’s for Robb & I. Water for the Momma.beer-and-martinis

Allyson started opening her baby gifts. baby-clothes

After Allyson was done opening her gifts, they both had a favor to ask of me. Apparently. Hmm?? Well it was the best news of the year for me. Allyson and Robb asked me to be V’s God Mother! How crazy exciting is that? I gladly accepted the request. SOOO thrilled!!

Our sever asked what was up, and I told him that my friends and I haven’t seen each other in years and he suggested he take a photo of us all at the table. So nice of him.three-of-us-at-hair-of-the-I ended up ordering the chicken club. Pretty tasty.chicken-club

Once we finished our lunch, we chatted for a really long time at Hair of the Dog. We decided to leave and go for a stroll to a cafe for dessert. We popped into a Starbucks and sat outside for another bit, telling stories about their travels literally all across the globe. Their new nick name should be the Globe Trotters. It’s amazing to hear about the places they’ve visited throughout the years.

Two lemonades for the ladies, a coffee for Robb and some dessert. starbucksThis particular Starbucks location closed down at 5pm, so we literally got kicked out. At that point Robb & Allyson had to head back to their relatives place as they were heading out for supper later on in the evening.

So it was time to say my goodbyes. Not for ten more years, just for a few months, as I like to fly back to Newfoundland 3x/year I’m likely to see them in October during Thanksgiving. saying-solong

Until next time, you two!untilnext-timeQuestions for you….

What’s the furthest you’ve ever traveled?
I’ve been to British Columbia, and Ireland but I haven’t been to South Korea, Fiji, France or all these amazing places like my friends!

Are any of your friends pregnant?
Just one of my friends at the moment!

How often do you see your parents?
I see mine 3x a year.

OOTWW and Kalee’s guest post

Hey guys, last week I was on Happy Fit Mama‘s site blogging for the day. Now this week, I’m on Kalee’s site this week talking about CrossFit!

I’m a little behind on the outfits of the work week! Regardless of time, they’re here.

ootwwTomorrow I won’t be doing a recap of my CrossFit workouts from the week because I only went once and didn’t have my car the rest of the week, so I’m going to skip over it and tell you about my weekend instead. That’s much more fun!

What did you do this weekend?

What are you having for lunch?
I’m staving, I need to make myself something now!

Quinoa caprese chicken salad

quinoa-headerQuinoa caprese chicken salad. That’s a mouthful. Try and say that three times fast, then backwards.

It’s what was for dinner one weeknight after an evening full of back-to-school shopping for my nephews. See what I bought them.

I’ve never had one of the famous fresh caprese salads before. So I decided rather on having a light supper I’ll have a semi-light supper and incorporate quinoa, chicken and pine nuts into the mix. Sounded good, so it must taste good, right?

quinoa-caprese-chicken-salaSo easy guys.

Grab a box of quinoa and cook it in chicken broth. Prep your tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes and sliced them), chicken, pine nuts, basil, and bocconcini cheese (Not gonna lie. Definitely had to look at the image in order to spell that fancy cheese correctly). bocconcini cheese
To die for. Didn’t really realize how strong of a taste basil has. First few bites I was doubting the meal, but once I got into it — it was numba one. I would definitely recommend. It’s so quick and easy to put together too. Plus, hello bonus? I have leftovers. This will definitely be a weekly staple in the household. May not add fresh basil each time. quinoa-capreses

What do you cook when you’re too tired/lazy to make a meal?

Hair Cuts from Basement Dweller

I had a bit of running around to do during my lunch hour today, because I won’t have access to my car for the next few days. Had to get the errands out of the way and do a little beautifying.

I dropped into Sephora since I received an e-mail about getting 3x the points this week. Couldn’t pass that snazzy opportunity up.
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The goods: Dior BB cream (which I use for foundation) and a delicious Philosophy shower gel.
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Then… let me give you a little back story before I jump into it. Mom cut my hair, until I was in my early twenties when I ventured into a hair salon and never looked back. I’ve had a few bumps in the road and didn’t stay with one hair stylist for very long. That is, until I found out my friend did hair for “fun”. I went to him for a few years and he would never let me see what he was doing to my hair. I’ve ended up with some crazy colors in my hair. Looking back, it’s pretty out there for an introvert like myself.

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Unfortunately he had a few addiction issues and literally disappeared off the face of the earth. All I know is that he’s still alive. Doesn’t that sound sketchy. Either way I’ve been back and forth cheating on hair stylists and going to different ones for YEARS. I was never pleased with the service I received, and since I go so infrequently, I never developed a relationship with my stylists. I was paying upwards to $70 for a flimsy ol’ haircut. In and out of the chair within a half hour. Not the most affordable option.

So I started cutting my hair and finally I got a new pair of scissors to use. It wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had, but it was cheap and the scissors were sharp.

Over a year ago, I stumbled upon basement dweller and it’s in no way making fun of her (well, kinda) but it’s true. She does hair out of her 80′s, always under renovation dark secluded basement. Yet, somehow the woman (who is my age) does some kind of wonderful, magical thing with my hair and I always love it. I have yet to be disappointed. So yesterday marked the 14 weeks and I was due for a hair trim. I also ended up getting it dyed. It’s darker than what it was since I had some highlights put in, in April.

This is the outcome, before and after:

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I’m off for the night, to finish my delicious lemon pepper chicken stir fry!

How often do you get your hair cut?
I usually go every 14 weeks

Are you a fan of Sephora?
Clearly I am, being a Sephora VIB