Birthdays and Turning 23

happy birthday to me!

 

Almost every other day of the year I’m someone who really doesn’t like attention… but my birthday is the one time I’m cool with it, in fact i welcome it. I’m absolutely the girl wearing the plastic tiara to the club, I’m 100% the one with the sash at the party and yes, you’d better bet i’ll ask about the birthday freebie at the restaurant! My birthday is a time to celebrate and believe me, i do it all!

Personally, I love a themed party and this years theme was “Blackout.” Kris and i and my lovely friends Kristin and Danielle decorated my house with black balloons and black streamers and everyone dressed head to toe in all black. It ended up making for some really great pictures! (and i loved getting an excuse to wear a black lipstick!)

One of the reasons i like my birthday so much is because i always feel so loved! Its such a great feeling to have your favorite people come together, all at once, and spend that time with each other. And i want to make sure it’s known, so i don’t seem like a self centered narcissist, i also love other peoples birthdays – I’m always happy to plan or host a friends party! On the other hand, Ryan doesn’t care at all about his birthday. So when i want to make a big deal out of the day and treat him and buy him gifts, he really doesn’t want it. I always joke and say “you’re ruining your birthday for me!” because i really do like to celebrate other people just as much as i celebrate my own day!

This year i’ll take comfort in the fact that at 23, it’s still acceptable to not have your life together. lol As i slowly approach my mid 20’s i feel like the pressure gets higher and higher to be a full fledged adult, and i’m just not ready for that yet! I take solace in the age of 23. Sure, it’s not quite 22, but i can live with it…


 

Like i said above – give me all of the free birthday things! Not only am i girl on a budget, but it’s just fun to get to declare that it’s your birthday everywhere you go and get a little (eatable) gift! So i decided to compile a list of my favorite birthday freebie spots.

Enjoy and happy birthday!

  • Starbucks – Starbucks is my favorite place to go on my birthday. You get a free drink (any size!) OR a free food item. Considering Starbucks is so delicious (and expensive), i love the birthday freebie! Am i going to get an EXTRA large Passion Tea lemonade? – Yes! Do i need an extra large? – Of course not. But it’s free so i’m going to get it anyway! (Shut up, it’s my birthday, don’t judge me.)
  • The Keg – At The Keg on your birthday you get a free Billy Minor Pie. Which, if you’ve never had the pleasure of trying it, is a delicious caramely, ice cream, cake thingy. (You also get this on your anniversary, for the record.)
  • Panera Bread – Panera is actually my favorite on-the-go breakfast spot. It’s tasty and much healthier then an Egg McMuffin. On your birthday you get a free pastry, and since this is another place that’s a bit on the expensive side, it’s worth a stop! I would recommend choosing the cinnamon bun as your free treat. Its huge and delicious! (You do have to have a membership card to redeem the treat, but the card alone is so worth it, it’s a great rewards program!)
  • Booster Juice – If you’re a juice or smoothie lover you have to stop at Booster Juice! They give you a free smoothie, which would normally cost you around $8. Definitely worth it.
  • Medieval Times – This is one I’ve never gotten the chance to redeem, but apparently you get a free “feast and tournament” on your birthday! And that’s awesome considering Medieval Times tickets usually cost something like $70! My next birthday falls on a Saturday, so maybe i should take advantage of this one next year…
  • Casey’s – Casey’s isn’t my favorite restaurant, but i wanted to mention it because they’re one of the few places that still gives you a free entree. I’ve found most places these days do a free dessert or a free appetizer, but Casey’s is an OG and they give you a free meal and drink.

All in all, i think it’s obvious that my birthday is my favorite time of year. Partying, friends, food, free things (lol), the list goes on. Whats not to love?

 

  • xo, becca.

Becca’s Getting Married (Beginning to Plan)

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I’m a plan-a-holic. I have my birthday parties planned months in advance, i plan my week by making lists and keeping an agenda, if I’m going on a trip i plan what to do and where to go. Something in having a plan (should we all take a shot every time i say plan?) is oddly a lot of fun to me. I like to take a second to dream and think about what lays ahead in order to make the most out of time. So I’m sure you can guess putting together a wedding has been a blast! I wanted to talk a bit about the (very) early planning stages. What i’ve loved, what i’ve hated and my advice so far, a couple of months in.(We’re at 7 shots, now if you’re keeping count. I hope you’re all good and drunk by the end of your read lol)


The Bad

I’ll start off with the bad, just to get it out of the way. The worst thing in these early stages, has been coming up with a budget. It’s awkward to talk to our families about how much money they can give us, it’s upsetting to have to whittle down the guest list because we can’t afford to invite everyone we want to, its stressful thinking about how many thousands of dollars we’ll be spending on one damn day. It’s all just kind of awful really and there’s not too much else to say about it. I want to be real with you guys, and with the blog, and I’ll be real by saying that budgeting has been my main and only source of stress and upset-ness so far. In fact, i had my first wedding related cry about the budget the other night. (which, lol, i cry about 20 times a day so it wasn’t even a big deal.)


The Good

Once you come to terms with the budget, the fun begins!

The most exciting part of the early stages has been deciding on our wedding parties. Planning on how i’ll ask my future bridesmaids to actually be my bridesmaids is exciting and getting to look up ideas for the bridal shower and the bachelorette is so much fun! I know i have an awesome group of girls and Ryan has some great guys on his side as well, and i can’t wait until we get to make the wedding party “official!” I’m waiting until the engagement party in March to “pop the question” to them, because one of the girls lives hours away and that’s the next time i’ll be seeing everyone together. (Though i may have already drunkenly asked her over Snapchat on new Years Eve, but we’ll pretend that didn’t happen…) I have a whole plan of how i’m going to ask the girls and you can expect a post all about it in the future!


My Tips

I wanted to speak on the resources that I’ve been using to help plan the wedding.

  • First off, screw any bridal magazine. I was excited to get to subscribe to one for the duration of the engagement, but when i picked up a copy of Brides magazine i noticed it was almost totally advertisements. Sure, there’s pretty ads for dresses and shoes, but a bunch of ads is just not helpful when trying to make real decisions. So if you’re getting married, don’t bother with magazines.
  • The next thing i tried was a wedding planning app, and unfortunately it also wasn’t helpful. I found that it wasn’t personalized at all. It had lots of pages and categories that didn’t matter to me and I found a lot of it to be useless.
  • So, that brings me to my most helpful piece of wedding planning info: make a wedding planning book or binder. This is exactly what it sounds like – a binder or a notebook filled with different lists, print outs, scratch pads and spaces to brain storm and keep organized. This way you can keep things totally personalized. I made some of my own print outs and found some templates online and it really has been an organization game changer! So go the old fashioned route with paper and pencil.

 

All in all, so far its been pretty fun! With the budgeting out of the way and some fun events ahead, i’m very excited to be moving forward!

  • xo, becca

 

Becca’s Getting Married! (The Proposal)

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I’m one of those girls who has been thinking and dreaming of her wedding since she was very young. One of my best friends Kristin often recalls the wedding planning scrap book i made when i was in the 8th grade. It was filled with black and white print outs of flower arrangements, jewellery, brides maid dress sketches, venue ideas – it was all there in detail! I spent my high school years watching Say Yes to the Dress and i even completed my college education for Fashion Industry Business with being a wedding dress consultant in mind! I have been obsessed with weddings for my whole life.

And now… it’s my turn!

So the proposal story goes…

Ryan and I had been talking about getting engaged for a very long time, so I knew a proposal was coming soon – but he still totally surprised me! This Christmas I had decided that I was going to ask him for earrings as my gift. We ventured off to the jewellery store one night to scout out possible earring options and while we were waiting to be helped by the jeweller I noticed a beautiful case of engagement rings right in front of us, staring me down. We couldn’t help it and we tried on every ring in the case. (Side note – now that I’ve actually tried on rings I recommend everyone who is getting engaged or married do this. It was SO much fun slipping dainty little circles of gold and diamonds on and off. Seriously, GO and do this!) After finding a few perfect rings (and leaving it to Ryan to decide which of the bunch he would eventually buy for me) the jeweller mentioned that it takes about 3 weeks to order a ring. This is key to my surprised reaction to Ryan’s proposal. In that moment, in my mind, any proposal that could possibly be happening wouldn’t be going down for at lest three weeks. But it turns out Ryan ended up going back to the store a few days later and buying the basic sized ring that they had in stock. It was slightly too small for me (and getting it sized is what would have taken the 3 weeks) but it was just big enough to slip on my finger and get to show off for a few weeks before we send it back to be resized!

On December 23rd Ryan told me he was going to make me a winter wonderland in the basement. Both of us hadn’t been feeling very Christmassy this year because we were moving and renovating all through the holiday season so far, so he wanted to decorate the basement to feel extra festive for me. We had a cozy and romantic couple of hours driving around town to look at Christmas lights and when we got back home he ran down stairs to decorate! It’s so funny to me now, I had no clue he was going to propose to me that night. I actually remember sitting upstairs while he decorated and thinking “too bad it takes three weeks to order a ring because tonight would be the perfect night to propose!” Soon he was finished with the basement and he brought me to the doorway to enter the “winter wonderland.” I opened the basement door and there was white Christmas lights and red ribbon leading down the stairs, with sparkly decorations all over the place. On the wall across from the door way was a hand written sign that said “October 2013 we started talking to each other…” When I started to walk down the stairs our song started playing. I followed the red ribbon down the stairs and through the basement. Every few steps was another hand written note marking another important moment in our relationship (our first date, moving in together etc) and at the end of the ribbon was my stocking. I reached in and grabbed a ring box. When I opened it I realized it was empty and when I turned around Ryan was on one knee with the ring in his hand. He said the most beautiful and romantic words and I completely fell apart. He proposed marriage to me. I said yes. And I ugly cried for the next few hours! LOL

As soon as our song started playing I knew that it was going to be an engagement proposal. The first thing that popped into my mind was “Oh my gosh. This is actually happening.” And the next thing that popped into my mind was literally nothing. After I realized what was happening my mind was clear and weightless as I walked through the basement and took it all in.

We spend the rest of the night and the following few days telling family and friends and living in newly engaged bliss! And let me just say, getting to tell people we were close to was SO much fun! It touched my heart that a lot of my close friends cried when I told them and we felt so much love from everyone.

Now that it’s over a week later, and all of our family and friends know, we have really had time to process what actually happened. We went out and bought a wedding planning binder, a guide to wedding planning book and we’ve even done smaller things like making our first draft guest list and deciding on our wedding party.

Thinking about exciting things like the engagement party, cake tastings and getting to ask my friends to be my brides maids has been so much fun! The more intimidating things like the Jack and Jill, the ceremony, and the price tag has been a bit more stressful. But all in all I really can’t wait to celebrate with those I love and of course, to throw the biggest and best party any of us have ever been to!

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Many, many more wedding posts to follow! 😉

  • xo, becca.

Couples Holiday Traditions

Ryan and I have spent four Christmases together so far, and as the years have gone on we’ve started to develop our own holiday traditions, separate from our childhood and family ones. I think it’s important to a relationship to have something special that you two do together to celebrate the season. We’re a young couple, so we don’t have an overwhelming amount of Christmas traditions yet, but the ones we’ve developed are very meaningful to me.

I want to share a few of our traditions with you guys and hopefully I can give you some inspiration!

 

Party time!

One of the most exciting traditions we’ve begun is to host a Christmas party with all of our friends. We’ve done it three years in a row and by now it’s something I’ll always make time for and really look forward to. Each year has differed a bit. The first year we did a traditional, sit down, pot luck style dinner, the second year we did a less formal horderves dinner in which Ryan and I cooked all of the food, and this year we’re hosting a more casual everyone bring any random dish of your choice type of deal. Though the food plans have always differed, one things is for sure, there will always be a big party with drinks, music and games after dinner!

 

Tree Ornaments

Our next tradition is one that I think a lot of people have. Each year we buy each other one Christmas tree ornament. It’ll be really special to look back in ten years when we see our tree and have 20 ornaments total from each other reflecting our relationship.

 

Shopping

This one seems a bit silly and trivial, but we always put a day or two aside to embrace holiday consumerism and go shopping together. Both for Christmas decorations and for gifts for friends and family. We make a day of it by going to Starbucks and getting warm holiday drinks, taking our time strolling around the isles of glitter and Christmas cheer and playing Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas album in the car between stores. It’s such a fun day and it’s grown into a really fond holiday memory for us! Though it seems like a meaningless activity, it’s become a way for us to stop and take time to spend the day together during this busy and hectic season.

 

Advent Calendar

Every year we’ve gotten a chocolate advent calendar. This’s one traditions that is spilled over from childhood, but this year we decided to make it a bit more personal and cutesy-romantic. Ryan came up with the idea of getting one of those reusable advent calendars that you keep each year and fill with your own chocolate. We’re going to put a special treat in each compartment for each other and take turns opening the advent calendar doors. I thought it was such a sweet and fun idea (and slightly out of the usual for him to come up with something so cute and romantic…haha!)

 

So there are our main couples Christmas traditions! Laying it all out in detail has made me feel so festive and excited for the next few days! Hopefully reading about them has done the same for you.

  • xo, becca.

 

‘Tis the Season to be Home Sick

We’re super excited to be publishing our first ever guest post! What better time of year then the holidays to invite a friend to come on over and write a fun, personal post for our blog?!

I’ve been friends with the author, Danielle since grade seven and when we both ended up moving to the same city after high school it made us even closer! She recently moved four hours away from home, so we thought it would be interesting to hear a bit about her holiday season this year, how she juggles work/school/life and how she deals with being so far from home.

Danielle has an amazing Youtube channel where she regularly posts kick ass videos! And if you want even more of her in your life, you can check her out on Instagram: DanielleFortier and Twitter: DanielleFortifer88.

Enjoy!

  • B

 

The holidays are always an extremely busy time of year, with Christmas shopping, picking up extra shifts at work for some extra cash to spend on loved ones and trying to keep up with friends and family at numerous get togethers when everyone is home. For me, all of this is true but I went back to school this year so I also have to pile on exams and assignments, I started a YouTube channel so I have to make sure that my content is filmed, edited, and posted on time for my loyal subscribers, oh, and did I mention I moved four hours away from home?

Keeping a work/family/social life balance is hard enough as it is. I find it particularly hard this year as it’s the furthest I’ve ever lived from home and I work part time while I’m also in school full time. My days consist of either work and homework or school and homework, I barely have a social life because I’m so busy.  

The holidays/Christmas are my favourite time of year because I get to see my family, my boyfriend’s family, my friends and everyone in between. I always do my best to make time for everyone and go to get togethers and parties, keep up with our holiday traditions, and catch up with everyone I haven’t seen in a while. This year is already so different for me. I haven’t seen most of my friends since April, I haven’t been home or seen my family since August and I don’t even know if I’ll be able to make it home for Christmas this year.

I’m lucky enough that I got a weekend approved off from work that I could make it down for my dad’s 50th surprise party at the end of November and it was such an amazing time, my family was all together for the first time in months, everyone was happy and we danced, drank, and sang. It truly was perfect. The build up to go home is always hyped up and it’s a great time when you get there, especially if you’re like me and go home about every three months.

Family is a huge deal to me, before I moved here I only lived about 45 minutes away from my parents’ house, my dad worked around the corner from where I worked and I was only 20 minutes from my brother’s house and I worked with my sister in law. I saw everyone all the time whether it was visiting someone’s house, going out to lunch or dinner for special occasions like birthdays or even just to get together to have some drinks and talk about how everything is going. Back then I could make it to almost all our family gatherings, depending on if I could get it off work or not, and it was awesome. These days I’m lucky to get the opportunity to go home, and since I only work weekends and Christmas falls on a weekend this year it looks like its going to be a tight day trip or an overnight drive if we are closed.

Being so far away from home is so heartbreaking but so amazing at the same time, it’s a new experience I never thought I would have had before. I’m the happiest that I’ve been in a long time and even better I have some of my best friends living in the big city with me. We all made a pact that If we couldn’t make it home or to our families on Christmas that we would have a get together of our own so nobody would feel lonely on a day where you’re supposed to be with your loved ones.

Family time, if its over the holidays, or even any other time of the year is something that I’ve always loved and learned to cherish, especially now since I am so far from the first place I called home. If I do get to spend Christmas with my family this year it will be one that I will be very thankful for but if I don’t, I know that they’ll always be anxiously awaiting me for the next time I visit or I’ll be excitedly squealing the whole 4 hours before they get to my apartment so we can sit down and simply enjoy each others company.

Winter Playlist

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Winter is coming!

Even though it’s not technically winter till December 22nd, here in Canada I can realistically tell you that winter can start as early as October (although we were blessed with a very mild November! People wore shorts the first two weeks!)  we have hit snow, and it isn’t even December 1st yet.

In order to get you in a snowy spirit, I thought I’d share 10 winter songs! I’ll be playing these at my daughters Winter One-derland birthday – and although some have a Christmas feel to them, they are mostly centered around cold weather

In the list is one of my absolute favourite songs for this time of year, “My Boots” by Lights. Growing up near Toronto she knows full well that half of our year is snow covered, and wanted to make a “winter anthem” to go along with allllll those summer anthems out there. How awesome is that? Plus, it’s a super catchy song. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Winter Wonderland – Ella Fitzgerald
  2. My Boots – Lights
  3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
  4. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
  5. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Buddy Clark And Dinah Shore
  6. White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix (Fleet Foxes Cover)
  7. Frosty the Snowman
  8. A Marshmellow World – Bing Crosby
  9. Winter Song – Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson
  10. Sweater Weather – Max & Alyson Stoner (The Neighbourhood Cover)
  • xo, Kris

October 2016 Favorites

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October is a spooky month and though I may not have a monthly favorites full of horror movies and scary activities, I think I have some awesome stuff this month!

 

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Starting off with my only two Halloween inspired favorites – It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! and The Nightmare Before Christmas. (And yes, controversial opinion, I do consider The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween movie! My reason being if you watch it at Halloween and the Christmas parts make you feel a bit Christmas-y then that’s okay, because December is just around the corner! But if you watch it at Christmas and it makes you feel Halloween-y then October is ten months away! You simply can’t watch something that is Halloween-y when Halloween is almost a year away! Do you see my logic?) Both movies are seasonal classics and a must watch every year!

 

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The song I’ve been obsessed with this month has to be Bad 4 Us by Superfruit. Scott and Mitch are two parts of the grammy award winning acapella group Pentatonix and have recently brought out their first song as a duo and I’m so obsessed with it. I listen to it on repeat and the music video for it is so much fun! New music is coming from them in 2017 and I’m sure you’ll see their album on future list of my favorites really soon!

 

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This month I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube videos by Mark Ferris. I had already seen a few of his videos, but recently I’ve pretty much made my way through his entire video archive and have been enjoying it so much! I think what I like about him is that he’s so funny and very relatable. His vlogs and his cooking videos are my favorite! Check him out!

 

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My boyfriend and I have really gotten into Community.  Though we have watched seasons 1-4 before and loved them, we’re watching season five for the first time right now. The show is about a group of adults who attend a community college, and though it sounds boring it’s so entertaining. If you’re fans of popular shows like The Office and Modern Family, which both put a hilarious spin on very basic, every day life situations, then you’ll totally love Community! (P.s., it’s available on Netflx, which is awesome. No excuse not to check it out!)

 

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I bought this very basic (fake) leather jacket from a thrift shop as part of my Halloween costume and I have fallen in love with it for every day wear! I haven’t had a leather style jacket in a long time. (Side story – I used to have one that I loved, but my drunk ass left it at a bar one night and it was never to be seen again! Seriously, who comes to a bar wearing a coat and leaves without it and doesn’t think twice about it? Silly me.) So when my Halloween costume this year required me to buy another one I made sure to choose something very basic and simple so I could throw it on over everything – which is pretty much what I’ve been doing!

 

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The beauty item I’ve been reaching for this month is Revlon Satin eye shadow single in the shade 015 Shimmering Sienna. It’s a beautiful deep maroon colour and it’s utterly perfect for autumn! I usually pack a bit of it in the crease with a gold eye shadow look to deepen and add colour. I got it a long time a go so I can’t be sure of the price, but any similar colour would do the trick.

 

There you have it, my October faves! Let me know in the comments what your favorite was, and look forward to some Christmas-y picks next month!

  • xo, becca.