Thursday, December 27, 2012

happy holidays

I really do not know how I don't go crazy ... man I love this guy! From our family to yours - happy holidays and we hope you all get everything you want and need in 2013. xo

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

holiday party fun

The husband's work Christmas party was a blast this year. Lots of seafood appies, free wine and a photo booth ... score!

pretty sure this won't be an annual holiday tradition

Last night we went to VanDusen Botanical Gardens with some friends and their kids. We stopped in to Rocky Mountain Flatbread for dinner and then headed to the gardens. It was so beautiful ... and so miserable. So cold, wet and Chad and I were tired. I don't think this will be on our annual 'Holiday To Do List' but I'm glad we did it once. The dancing/singing garden gnomes totally saved the night from doom ... and the (expensive) hot apple cider :) 'Tis the season!

Monday, December 17, 2012

love this!

i'm on christmas holidays ...

I'm off work until January 2, 2013 and I can't be happier :) Going to go into work on the 24th but that's it. And yes - I even baked cookies today. I love this time of the year!

Oh Heart - how I love you too! Happy Holidays friends!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

in honour of 12.12.12.

Have a happy 12.12.12. hump day friends!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

i'm so ready ...

For our work Holiday Dinner Meeting event. I plan and work it but it is always a good time ... tacky sweaters and all :) 'Tis the season!

'tis the season

We are going to the VanDusen Festival of Lights on Sunday with some friends. Stay tuned for an update and some photos. Doing my "please-don't-rain-but-snow-might-be-okay" dance already. 'Tis the season :)

deals, deals, deals

I had a Dealfind credit for a duct cleaning deal gone wrong so I ordered this:

Will give you my review once it is my hot little hands. Not feeling 100% confident with Dealfind but at least they didn't steal my money. Small victories :) Will see how this one plays out!

Monday, December 10, 2012


We bit the bullet and signed up for Netflix. I am very busy right now but definitely finding time to catch up on these since I can watch on my iPhone, my laptop, my home computer, my work computer and my TV through our Wii. Okay - I don't sleep much lately but whatever - details :)

a jewelry by jay update

My "Jewelry by Jay" creations have been on hold for a while and I really have no idea why. I love making jewelry and want to make sure that I incorporate more of it into my 2013 plans. I gave this Serenity Prayer Necklace to a good friend of mine this weekend (my hairdresser, my confidant) and she loved it and felt special. Love my new "Made with Love" tags because it's so true. Thank you to everyone who has supported my projects. Next up - a necklace for my mom. Definitely feeling inspired after dusting off an old love. Christmastime just seems to have that affect on me. Merry Christmas friends. If anyone is interested in a necklace, earrings or bracelet - just let me know! xo

so proud of my family

The 2012 edition of Chance and Sidney's photo with Santa. They are so adorable - they make my teeth hurt :) Love them!

My Grandma will be 90 in January. Let the special happy birthday messages begin! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

today's inspiration

I apologize for stealing these amazing images. If they are yours and you would like credit, just send me a message. Thanks for all the awesome inspiration and love!

december goals

  1. Be careful about overspending. Thank you Elise for this reminder! 
  2. Enjoy the holiday season and everything it has to offer!
  3. Make two necklaces as Christmas gifts for two very special ladies in my life!
  4. Finish my two Christmas card projects - one for me and one for a client!
  5. Finish two secret Christmas craft projects.
This is going to be a FUN month!

P.S. Elise's blog is by far my #1 favourite so be sure to check it out!

Friday, November 30, 2012

been busy

Holy Hannah Montana - I cannot believe that it will be December 1st tomorrow. Where has the week, month, year gone? Craziness! I haven't been blogging much lately because I have been sick, working on a million and one work projects, getting ready for the holidays and dealing with some family stuff. Put those all into a blender and you get one very full plate! 

This weekend I am looking forward to:
  • Having dinner with my in-laws.
  • Drawing names on my hubby's side of the family for Christmas gifts.
  • Doing a little State side shopping.
  • Spending the day Downtown, having dinner somewhere special and see White Christmas.
  • Kicking ass at soccer on Sunday.
  • Praying to Mother Nature for a bit of a break from the rain on Sunday.
  • Setting up our Christmas tree.
What are you up to this weekend?

Just finished listening to this ...
Such ridiculous chick lit but it entertained me from my house to work and back for several days straight so I can't complain too much :)

Just finishing watching this ...
Bad casting (other than JT - you cannot go wrong with JT) but such an interesting concept. What would you do if you only had a day at a time to live and work with?

Have a fantastic weekend friends! 

Friday, November 23, 2012

catching up

I have been so busy and so sick. Beyond words sick but I am feeling better and am super grateful for my health! Haven't spent much time on here and hate that because I was on a roll before I went on vacation and then it turned into a cold/flu hell week. I am back on track and really looking forward to a free weekend filled with holiday planning! Bring it on!

Oh heck yes!


Today's inspiration ...
I must remember this. Always.

 Currently watched and LOVED ...

Currently listened to these audiobooks and LOVED ...

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

inspiration and some time off

I am taking some time off from life for a while and I cannot wait! I'll be back though - refreshed and raring to go! Time to start getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year, do some reflection, catch up and have a few naps. Cheers to a few days of peace and quiet!

A few bits of inspiration for you dear friends on this beautiful and happy hump day!

xo Papa

Friday, November 2, 2012

happy friday friends

Any fun plans? Enjoy your weekend!