Fashion & Beauty · My Thoughts

New Year = New Closet!

So…2011 is well underway…can you believe it’s more than halfway through January already?!

*image from here*

And I have a plan…

I thought it would be fun if we all went through and purged our closets together. You know you want too…just can never find the time or the energy. Well, let’s do it together…I’ll help you and we can have fun while doing it?! Are you in?!?!

Don’t be shy now…I know there are items floating out there in your closets that you haven’t worn in at least 3 years…or things still from high school (?!?) or the dreaded items that still have the tags on!!! Let go of the guilt (so what if you didn’t wear it…your bank account has moved on…so should you!) and the dreams…yes, I too would like to be able to fit into my high school jeans. But it’s not going to happen. But I’m 31…and I need to let go of that dream…. (sob)

But maybe…if we all join together and fight our closets and it’s demons together….it won’t be so scary…and kinda fun!

I want this to be a participation thingy…so leave me a comment or send me an email and let me know if you are in….or out!

Can’t wait to hear from you!!!


Fashion & Beauty · Look of the Week

Look of the week ~ Jessica in Red!

In honor of Jessica Simpson taking a stand and being published (on a cover no less) make-up free and au-natural….I thought I’d do this week’s look of her (yes, again…what can I say, she’s my favorite)….


And this week, I’m going to attempt to do fashion on a budget…

….and based on the results of my new year resolutions, budget is not a word I use often, so this could be interesting!!!

Sunglasses for $9.50



Earrings for $8.98




Bangles for $32.00



Bracelets for $19.50
Necklace for $19.00
Rosary Necklace for $18.00
Wrap Dress for $65.00

And yes, I am aware the dress is in blue….just check the site, it’s available in red there…..

As for the shoes….we all have our favorite pair of black heels…so dust those bad boys off and have fun!!

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New Year Resolution Update…

Ok, so my goal was to update my resolutions the beginning of every month…..

Since THAT didn’t happen, better late than never?!

1-Running….I’m still at it and can run almost 3km now….so pysched!! And I’m keeping at it because……ahhhhhh….I signed up for a 5K!!! May 22nd, my friend W. and I are running!!!!! I actually signed up for a 5K and may or may not have whimpered as I registered…I’ll keep you updated!

2-Climbing a mountain…still waiting on the weather for this one…

3-Driving standard…crap…forgot about this one…ok, I’m going to tackle this one before the week is out.

4-McDonald’s…ok, I caved one day and immediately regretted it. It’ll be easier to keep now, their food doesn’t taste like food. Gross!

5-Saving $$…still doing good here, I love automatic withdrawal. The first of the month the money moves into the savings account and I have another account that I move money into on my own. Not only am I saving money, but this has opened up the world of online banking to me. Honesty, before now, I had never bothered. Now I love it, AND am saving the world one less paper statement at a time!

6-Budget…….yah, this one died a slow, painful death…maybe next year.

7-Invite people over for dinner……well, if I could stop setting off the darn smoke alarm, I might be more inclined to have company over…my cooking is a work in progress.

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So, being that the end of January is, well, today…I thought I’d update you on the state of  my resolutions.

1) Marathon…

I got my treadmill about the 2nd week of January and have loved it ever since. It’s still up for debate if it returns the love.

I’ve followed a plan from a website that my friend Jenn sent me….I really like it, it’s something to help guide me and it doesn’t ask too much of me too quickly. It starts you out running one minute, walking one minute and alternating days with just walking, each for 30 min. Week 2 starts out the same, but then they expect you to be able to run 4 minutes/walk 1 minute by the end of the week…not really there yet.

I’m up to running 3 minutes….and plan to keep that up for this upcoming week. I’m happy with week by week adding a minute. There is no hurry and I’d rather work at my pace than get discouraged and quit…am enjoying the nap time workouts and look forward to them(ok, that’s a white lie…I don’t ALWAYS look forward to it…).

2) Mountain Climb…

Ok this one hasn’t really been on the forefront. Although, working out is working toward this goal and my friend Heidi has suggested a great mountain to climb…what was the name of it again? And this goal is one that is weather dependant…go away snow!

3)Driving standard…

Yah…nothing here either…still trying to talk the husband into loaning me his truck…ok..that’s not true, he’s offered but we haven’t got around to it yet…maybe during calving season…when we have loads of time…bahahaha!

4) Still haven’t eaten at McDonalds…and not missing it one bit!

5) Opened my very own TFSA!!! For those of you who don’t know what that is…time to book an apointment with your bank and find out!!

6) Budget…well…I made one…and now am well aware that I have overspent in several areas…oh well, there is always next month!

7) Inviting people over for dinner…opps…mental note…invite people over for dinner.

Fashion & Beauty

The list gets longer…

I came across this on a fellow Copperwest blogger’s site (Hi Crystal!) and now I want one. I really should mind my own business and stop playing on my computer because I keep finding things like this. How is a girl to stick to her saving money resolution when there are all these wonderful ideas floating around out there!? I could wear this with almost anything…white tee and jeans…white collared shirt with jeans…blazer/tee and jeans….Are you noticing the jeans factor here? I tend to have a bit of a thing for them.

Anyways…a girl can dream…in color…about these belts…

I like this one too…

Or there is this one…

Oh dear.

My Thoughts

Little Miss Marathon

Sooooo…my friend H pointed out something…

Apparently, when I said marathon in my resolutions, I was committing to one of those YOU HAVE GOT TO BE CRAZY 41km type things….

Ummmm…I retract my resolution…or rather modify it a titch…

A 5km run was more along what I was thinking…or 10km… I feel better…happy now H?!

Fashion & Beauty · Home Sweet Home

Oh my…

Am I allowed this on my New Year’s resolution budget?!? I doubt it!

I have 2 very wonderful, ambitious, beautiful and fun girlfriends who run their own businesses….the ottoman above is from Mink and Manure… a business that I started with my girl Jenn several years ago and due to babies, the farm, work and all that jazz, she now is flying solo and is rocking it! Jenn is out there in the world making it  more fun and beautiful one party at a time (check out her site for details…it’s a home party concept AND she has a store in Irricana, AB). I still LOVE the name of the company…it’s hysterical and has gotten a lot of attention over the years!

The other fantastic friend is Jenny…she owns Cowgirl Bling…and the company runs with the same concept…shop in the comfort of your own home WITH your friends…how fun is that!

It is a little dangerous that I have these see, they have GREAT taste and I love all their stuff…hard to resist!!

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2010 Resolutions

After looking over my “list”, I’ve picked my top three New Year’s plans/resolutions. They are…(drumroll)…Climb a mountain…Run in a marathon…and don’t laugh…Learn to drive a standard. I say don’t laugh at the last one because, yes, despite living on a farm for 30 years, I STILL don’t know how to drive one. embarrassing. But this is the year!

I’m excited about all my plans…Marathon/Mountain – I’m getting a treadmill this week! I’ve attempted to go to the gym over the last month, but of course…2  babies = no time…so I’m bringing the gym to me! And I’m excited! I love working out and have missed it over the last (almost) year. And now I’ll get to watch Steven and Chris while running…who could ask for more?!?

As for the standard driving lesson…hmmmm…this might require a lot of fast talking on my part. My husband might not be so inclined to offer his truck as my practice vehicle…and I’m not so excited about using the grain truck…might have to work on this one!

Now, of course, I’ve made several other resolutions…save money, use a budget, invite people over for dinner more often and not eat at McDonald’s for a whole year. But the three from the list are for me and me only, while the rest are for my family. So, now to put my plans into action…maybe an apple pie for dessert tonight will butter up my husband, what do you think?

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My New Year’s Resolutions….

This should be titled, “The things I want to do this year but probably won’t”…’Cause I should be honest with you and myself…I do have a newborn…and a 2 year old…and a big house that should be cleaned much more often…and a busy husband who, for some reason, likes having clean socks and underwear everyday…

But just incase I DO manage to meet my resolutions, this is my plan! A long, long, long time ago I kept a journal (this was pre married and pre kids…LOADS of time on my hands!). And in this journal I wrote out a long list of things I want to do in this lifetime…and I mean big ambitious things! Like climb a mountain (#25), own a pair of Manolo shoes (#50), travel to Italy (#47), learn to surf (#27)…etc. I’ve been adding to it over the years and things actually have been crossed off as I have accomplished them…the surfing one (!), traveling to Australia and New Zealand, lying on a hot, tropical beach…and so on…

Anyways, the point of this ramble is that I am going to try to accomplish AT LEAST 3 things off that long list this year. I’ve picked this goal for two reasons, 1- it’ll be fun and 2- I need to remind myself often this year that I’m more than just a mommy, wife, a maid, and chef….of course my family already knows this and remind me this everyday, but I need to remind myself once in a while. It’s an important thing to do…it’ll keep me sane through the every 2 hour feedings and make me feel like me. That is a strange sentence, but anyone who’s been a new mom can relate…it’s easy to lose yourself when there is so much demand on your time and energy and as my wonderfully wise mom once  said “You’ll be a better mom to your kids if you have your own life too.”.

So, wish me luck in my adventures (although I doubt this year’s 3 things will be that outrageous or adventurous) and I’ll keep you updated on which ones I pick and how it works out!!