A catch up + Newfoundland bloggers

Been about a month since I really sat down and blogged on a daily basis. Frig b’y, time flies don’t she.

After flying home to Newfoundland for a few weeks and getting my first black eye of my life (my nephew did it accidentally when I was teaching him to skim rocks in the pond) I came back – having the next day be my birthday … a big one. Number is old, I’m not ;), and the day after that having two sets of visitors overlapping each other, a long time friend, and my sister-in-law! My SIL just left, and we spent the day in San Francisco on her last day here. Of course we had to hit up Ghirardelli Square and go into all of their shops in the square and get free individually wrapped chocolate samples. Score x 100 when they’re you’re favourite flavour. Hooyeah. I was told I wasn’t allowed to put our photo together up on Facebook and tag her, but I wasn’t told to keep it off Instagram, heh heh. Here’s our selfie together at Ghirardelli Square after eating ice cream. Yummo.

So I thought it’s due time to get back to reality and update you guys on what’s going on in my life. I mean, if ya wanna know and all. Spose ya do, if you’re here right?

The weather has been kind of crummy here in California as of late. I told my friend to pack shorts – because: California. She was cold the entire trip. Don’t blame her. Up in Canada it was way hotter than it’s been down here the past few weeks. For those that speak celsius it was about 15 degrees here and 30+ in Ontario. Regardless of that, we still had fun gallivanting through Northern California, checking out everywhere from Sonoma, to Carmel and everywhere in between. Those posts will be coming in fast and furious, but I don’t want to just blog about that – more beauty posts will be coming (I’m doing them every Tuesday) and more Pomeranian Friday’s to come. Have you missed our little pup?

Having a few weeks off blogging felt good. I’m back in the groove of things and have a lot to talk about, a lot to share.

I also went shopping. A lot. While my friend was here. I saved up all my dolla dollahs and splurged on many items that were on my wishlist for YEARS. Maybe I should do a little haul. But here’s a little look-see.

todays outfit tee

planner goodies

muji purchases

prada bag

baking bagelsI made bagels!!! Then the next day I made bread.

Bagels (half batch was blueberry and the other half was garlic + flax seeds) turned out wicked good with the help of my friend. Then I was left alone to make bread. The recipe was so confusing to a newbie bread maker such as myself telling me to do something with 8 cups of water. So I added said cups of water to my batch. Then it turned to soup. Threw it out, and quickly googled an easier recipe to follow and made two successful loaves of bread. I didn’t get a picture because the bread was gobbeled up so quickly. Maybe on my next batch I’ll snap a picture. The recipe called for me putting a pot of water underneath my pizza stone while the bread cooked, and since I knew pyrex sometimes blows up in ovens, I decided to use a bread pan with 2 cups of water in it and it worked out perfectly to steam the bread and create a perfect crusty crust.

This post is going to be all outta whack and over the place. Just like my brain is. Not sorry.

I’m also a teensy bit jealous that my old job and co-workers in Ontario has created a blog (and I’m not there to blog with/for them). My ex-coworkers and still, close friends… are so hilarious. So check them out.

OH! How could I forget! There are multiple Newfoundland blogger’s + Youtubers out there that I found online since being back here in California. Well here, check them out when you get a chance:

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  • Jessica & Steven: They quit their jobs, and started travelling the world + blogging about it!  BlogIG | Twitter | FB
  • Samantha: Love her makeup videos, she’s so charismatic. (Reason #1 I quit my youtube channel: I can’t string together a coherent sentence on camera haha) YouTubeIG | Twitter | FB
  • Melissa: Love a fellow newfie who loves to travel and blog about her trips. Her guide to Newfoundland slang is right on. I laughed so hard at her buddy and missus. Blog | IG | Twitter | FB
  • Leanne: A lifestyle blogger similar to my website here. I’ve known Leanne for more than a handful of years online. We finally got to meet face-to-face a number of times when we both ended up living in Ontario. Until, I moved to California. I love her blog so much, and I want her to blog way more often!  Blog | IG | Twitter
  • Jessica: Food blogger living in St. John’s. Talking about all the delicious eats my home city has to offer. Blog | IG | Twitter
  • Holly: I love her humour. You’ll love her blog about makeup, and every day life. Blog| IG | YouTube

I’m wondering how many more of yee are out there. I want to meet all my Newfoundlander buds.

I have so many fun reviews too. And don’t skimp over that simply because it’s a review you know. I hope you can trust my opinion, because there has been many a time where I’ve been brutally honest about products I’ve been sent.

Speaking of sharing. I went to Los Gatos today and grabbed an iced coffee and sandwich after my Doctor’s appointment after reading some reviews on yelp at this hole in the wall type of coffee shop – I’m definitely going back. They have this blended espresso drink (NOT on the menu) called CPR. The man serving me told me it’ll bring me back to life. HAHAHAHA. I haven’t had more energy in my entire life. Hence, I guess this huge long blog post that I should clue up now. Guess that means so-long until I blog next.

I’ll be back tomorrow. So check in again then :)

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Bonding with sister-in-laws

We woke up the next day after my sister-in-law’s left and we both felt a little down. After two weeks of go-go-go, we were bummed that we didn’t have plans for the next day. So instead, we caught up on lost e-mails, internet news, and went back to our regular routine.

In the 9 years that The Guy and I have been together, I haven’t been around his two siblings and him at once. It sure was an interesting, and incredibly fun time while they were here. My Mom kept leaving me facebook comments on pictures, asking how much trouble us girls were getting into, and “poor ol’ Guy”.

cold-on-the-4thI suppose it describes us pretty well to a tee.

outlet-shoppingFor the first bit of Shauna’s solo visit (younger one, who was at our wedding) we were together for a few days as The Guy was working, and Krista hadn’t arrived yet. We ended up doing quite the amount of stuff together. I took her shopping to the Gilroy outlets, and helped her pick out some clothes and shoes as per her request. She didn’t do too bad, I must say. I scored some cute Italian ballet flats that are made of suede (my favourite kind of shoe) for $19 at J.Crew outlet — it was in the clearance section. The first pair I spotted and tried on, I didn’t think much of them until Shauna gasped and told me I needed them in my life. So of course I picked those up too, for about $40. Pretty amazing deal considering they retail for $130+ in their regular priced stores.

4th-shoesI passed on these beauties, even though I thought they would’ve been perfect for our first American Fourth of July.

Stanford-Faculty-ClubShauna and I were invited by an old colleague who still lives in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada) but was down in my neck of the woods for an event.

Standford Faculty ClubShe invited us both to the Canadian Ex-Pat Event at the Stanford Faculty Club! It was fantastic seeing a familiar face, as I always think of my old co-workers back in Ontario, missing them terribly. I still send them weekly e-mails about my previous week to keep them updated. They all seem to still enjoy it. So it was great seeing someone I knew all too well, and catch up on the last few months.

Mexican-foodOne night, Shauna and I had planned on eating at this new-to-me donut/sandwich shop, except when we got there it was closed. We decided to walk next door into a Mexican restaurant which was pure boredom when it came to food. It wasn’t very nice.

Santa-CruzOver the weekend, The Guy, his sister and I drove down to Santa Cruz for the day. Unfortunately we didn’t realize pets weren’t allowed in the amusement park area nor the beach, and we brought Alfie. So we only saw the outside area of it all. Did manage to spot some amazing surfers! I took an Instagram video of one of them.

I loved the bonding experience I had with Shauna, because I never really had that before. When I was home in Newfoundland last summer, I hung out with Krista quite a bit. But never with his younger sister. I taught her how to apply makeup, and we went around to a number of different stores to get some makeup and skin care samples for her, run home and try it all on. I also taught her a bit about self-tanner as we were applying it together (for her first time).

hair-doneOnce Krista arrived, we only had one girls-day together with all three of us. We all wanted to get our hair done, so I booked an appointment for the three of us. The salon experience was much left to be desired as we had booked the appointment as soon as the salon opened. Only for the owner to be the only person there, and running behind, as she worked on another clients hair. My stylist didn’t arrive until 25 minutes after the appointment, and the other one was a complete no-show. It put a bad taste in our mouths. Krista cut a bunch of inches off her hair, which looked great on her. I had my hair dyed all over with a semi-permanent hair dye a little darker than I had it originally, I like it. Shauna got hers dyed too – which she didn’t like – she was trying to achieve a more bolder, fun colour. Ah well, lesson learned. I won’t go back to that salon! Ha.

Livermore-OutletAfter our hair was done, we drove out to another outlet called Livermore Premium Outlets, where we scored some more deals. The nude heels were $21, and the black one’s were $10! I passed, they would’ve killed my feet, since they were poorly made.

The next few days, The Guy had time off work, so those days were spent going to the California’s Great America amusement park in Santa Clara. SO FUN. I forgot how much I enjoyed roller coasters, and drop towers – scares the crap out of me.

SF-July-4thWhile the sisters were here, we of course celebrated our first Fourth of July here in the USA. We drove to San Francisco mid-afternoon and spent the entire day there being tourists. What I didn’t expect, was it to be bitterly cold with that bone-chilling wind.

Cubby-hole-staying-warmA few of us were under dressed me being the worst because I was GOING to wear my red, white and blue (and 2/3 of that outfit was my blue+white shorts!). I was not going to back out of that and wear plain ol’ jeans. I’m being patriotic! Here’s Shauna and I warming up in a little hole in the wall by the street clothing vendor we later purchased hoodies from.

July-4-2014Needless to say, by sundown, Shauna and I had to buy some warmer clothes. Thankfully there were some street vendors selling hoodies and blankets for $10, which I snagged and kept me warmer than what I was, while we watched the fireworks.

Outside-GhirardelliBacking a little up in the day, while in San Francisco, one must get sundae’s from Ghirardelli Square.

GhirardelliSo that’s exactly what we did. Each time we entered their retail store, they handed us a chocolate. Fine by me!

Boudin-GarbOnce the sun set, we waited for the fireworks, and enjoyed our time together. Especially posing with Boudin’s breadbowl garbage pile up.

Fam-in-Santana-RowTheir trip seemed like it flew by quickly, and before we knew it, it was their last day with us. We kept their last day mainly low-key with a walk down to Santana Row, as Krista hadn’t seen the area yet. Sooo many photos were taken on their trip – mainly because we’re all camera-crazy, and half because they never get to hang out all together at once.

car-ride-to-BJsYou know you have visitors when your front hallway is filled with shoes. Love that picture. Our last meal was a decision made by The Guy and I — a place we’ve only been to, together once before. But knew we had to share it with Krista and Shauna. So off we went…

last-supper-at-BJs-Restaura We were back at BJ’s Restaurant (since The Guy and I enjoyed ourselves the week prior) for the girls last supper.

Shauna had an early morning flight to which we said our goodbyes before we all went to bed, and The Guy like the best brother he is — drove her to the airport. But, Krista’s flight was mid-afternoon, so the three of us grabbed some coffee then sipped and chatted before hanging out in the pool and hot tub a little bit before her flight. So sad to see them all go! It’s an empty nest now… until next time.so-long-sisterinlaw

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