Thursday, November 17, 2016

Guys Behind The Blog - November

It's Guys Behind The Blog time again! It feels like we just did this because we are a week early this month because of Thanksgiving coming up. So, appropriately, this month's questions are all about Thanksgiving! In case  you're new here, I have already celebrated Thanksgiving because I'm Canadian and in Canada we celebrate it in October. Mike and I took advantage of the long weekend and road tripped to North Carolina but here's a full recap of when we celebrated Thanksgiving a little later with our families. 

Let's get to Mike's answers, shall we?

Q: What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? What is your least favourite? 
A: Pumpkin pie is easily the best Thanksgiving dish. There is no debate, no discussion. Also, pumpkin pie should be consumed year round, not just in the fall. If we're talking a main course, I'll go with turkey, stuffing, and gravy.

Q: What is a Thanksgiving tradition you liked growing up that you want to continue with your family? For example: Do you eat super early around 3pm or regular dinner time around 6pm? Do you watch football? Do you all go to a particular family member's house? Do you nap after the big meal?
A: In Canada our Thanksgiving is celebrated in the Fall on the second Monday of October. There's usually not anything exciting happening like an entire day of football. We usually use the long weekend to go somewhere for a quick little weekend getaway before we have our family dinner on Monday. I much prefer your Thanksgiving. I love the entire day of football, the online Black Friday sales, and how it's the unofficial kick off for Christmas.

Q: What are your thoughts on Black Friday shopping? Yay or nay?
A: I can't think of anything I'd hate more than in store Black Friday shopping. We have a mailbox across the border that is right across the street from one of the busiest shopping centres in Western New York. I make it my mission to avoid going there Black Friday weekend. No thanks. I'm all about online Black Friday shopping though.

Q: If you had it your way, would you set up your holiday decorations (Christmas tree, Hanukkah menorah, etc.) before or after Thanksgiving?
A: If I were American, I'd avoid Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. I'd probably want to spend Black Friday putting up Christmas decorations and getting the house ready for Christmas.

Q: What are you most thankful for this year?
A: 2016 has been a pretty crappy year, but I'm thankful for my health, my family's health, and for being in a position where 2016 can be a crappy year because of some unfavourable sports outcomes. If that's the worst thing I've got going on in my life, I'm pretty fortunate.

The link up was originally hosted by Betsy at Heavens to Betsy and Laura at According to Laura JeanThey decided to discontinue to series so  Crystal from Hall Around TexasElizabeth from Chasin MasonJamie from Cocktails and CarseatsJessica from Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom and I thought it would be fun to take it over. 


Next month's link up will go live on December 29th -- MY BIRTHDAY! So join us then with the following questions for your guy:

1. How do you spend the holidays? Any favourite traditions that you had growing up that you like to share with your family now?

2. Do you prefer to have a real tree or a fake tree?

3. How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa? Did someone ruin it for you or did you find out on your own? Do you play Santa for your kids?

4. What's your favourite Christmas movie?

5. Office holiday party - take it or leave it?

Bonus Question:
6. New Year's Eve... quiet evening at home or go out and party?

Thank you for joining us for this month's Guys Behind the Blog link up! If you participated with us this month and had your guy answer the questions, please link up with us below so we can check out his answers! The link up will stay open until November 24th.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Preparations

My living room right now:


Christmas seems to creep in earlier and earlier every year. A couple days before Halloween, I went to the dollar store to pick up a couple extra Halloween decorations and the seasonal section already switched over to Christmas stuff! I couldn't believe it. So this post may seem premature but I bet you can't tell me that you haven't watched a Christmas commercial or two or driven past a couple houses with their lights up!

Every year my first order of business is finding the perfect Christmas cards. I aim to send them out on December 1st which means that the search begins early November. This time I really wanted to order custom cards with our photo on them. I recruited my mom to take a couple of pictures of Mike and I last weekend and I chose a cute design from Vista Print. I got a notification that my customer photo cards have already shipped and I can't wait to see how they turn out! I will definitely share them closer to Christmas after all my family and friends get them in the mail.

I feel like I am the last blogger on the planet to not have a Christmas tree up. And while I am definitely feeling the Christmas spirit already (especially when I got to Target's holiday section!), I just can't bring myself to do it this early. It'll probably happen within the next couple of weeks but not quite yet. We bought a couple of stockings this year which will mark my first time ever having a stocking! My family didn't have the tradition of hanging them from the fireplace and stuffing them with deodorant or whatever goes in them. By the way, what goes in them? Mike and I are doing each other's and I have ZERO idea what to stick in there!

I have started thinking about what gifts to get others and thankfully I have a lot of time because the ideas aren't flowing! I'm looking forward to those gift guides!

Have you started preparing for the holidays? Is it still too early for you too? Do you do photo cards?

Don't forget to join us tomorrow for Guys Behind The Blog! You can find the questions here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Reading Lately: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

The title is deceiving. I have not been reading this lately. I read it about a month ago and I'm just way late on posting my thoughts on it!

I requested Amy Schumer's book as one of my choices in the Blogger Book Swap. It had just been released and I was dying to read it. Between all the hype and seeing Amy Schumer literally everywhere, it was the first book of the three that I wanted to read.

Overall, I really liked the book and it was a quick read for me. It had short chapters and occasional experts from her teenage diary (with fun footnotes from today's perspective!) There were a lot of fun tidbits about her life that I had no idea about. It was so interesting to learn more about her and her path to where she is today. She worked so hard in stand up comedy over the years and is really passionate about her craft.

I really enjoyed the funny stories she included about exboyfriends, adventures with her sister, and quest to finding a good New York City apartment. I love hearing about life in NYC. It's one of my favourite cities in the world and I occasionally daydream about living there.

The book was mainly light-hearted and hilarious but there were definitely heavier moments. I think Amy did a good job at sprinkling in the realer events of her life throughout. Her dad has MS and her relationship with her mom is a little complicated. She also included a chapter about an abusive exboyfriend which I had to skip entirely because parts of it ran too close to (my past) home.

She is known as a very strong comedienne that along with making a lot of jokes, stands up for important issues. She put emphasis on girl power, self-love, and gun control. I think it's great when celebrities use their platform to promote positivity.

If you're into celeb autobiographies, I am sure you will love her book. Or even if you just like laughing while you read! I recommend!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween!!

I usually take my brother out trick-or-treating but he has decided that this year he is too old to go trick-or-treating. He's only twelve and I think that's too early to stop but to be honest his heart wasn't really in it for the past few years. He was never really big on it anyway. He'd go to 8-10 houses and say he had enough and want to go home. I would always encourage him to go get more! I have to be honest and say that I'm sad he chose not to go. I have taken him ever since he was a baby and it's one of my favourite traditions. 

So this year Mike and I gave out candy at our house. While I loved going out with Philip, I always felt bad that no one was there to give out candy at our house. We got around 30 kids throughout the night. I had plans to dress up and decorate the house more than the few plastic pumpkins that we have out there but I felt kind of under the weather last night. But there were lots of great costumes! Despite  the weather being just above freezing, the kids dressed up and seemed to really enjoy themselves. 

In the world of celebrity costumes, it seems like everyone went all out! Some of my favourite were Katy Perry as Hillary Clinton, Kylie Jenner as Christina Aguilera, and of course, all of little Luna's costumes! 

How was your Halloween? What did you dress up as? Did you go to any Halloween parties over the weekend? Did your office dress up yesterday? Leave a link to your Halloween blog post below if you wrote about it!