Life Lately

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hey everyone! I know I have been a little MIA on this blog over the past couple weeks, and I have to apologize! There has been so much going on that I honestly have just been so exhausted at nights to even sit down and write a post. I have so much to talk about and so much to share with you all but I just need time (and energy) to sit down and type it out. This upcoming weekend I have the 5k run that I was talking about in my earlier posts, and have been training almost every night for the past month. I have never done a 5k (or any run!) so this is exciting for me! Since doing the Insanity program and losing 20 pounds this past year, I really want to see just how far I can go. I call it my "ultimate" test of fitness for now. I am super excited and pumped for this race! But at the same time a bit nervous - will I be able to make it? Will I be the last one? Will I accomplish my personal goals? All of this worrying has actually forced me to start the Insanity program yet again. While I am at the weight that I was when I first entered university some 7 years ago, I still would like to lose 8 more pounds to be at my "happy" weight. So all this training and Insanity will definitely help me lose those extra pounds and help me keep it off. Plus keeping up with my exercise routine will help me cope with the upcoming holiday season. I want to make sure to keep off all this weight that I worked so hard at losing!

And speaking of losing weight, I now officially l-o-v-e to wear skinny pants! I was always self-conscious before to wear them - always thinking my hips or bum looked too big to fit into them. I am now the proud owner of skinny pants - 6 to be exact! Everything from the cobalt colour to olive I have purchased. I must say - I have spent quite a lot for a new fall/winter outfit recently. Ooops! I just couldn't take it - I feel great in this new body and am happy to wear things that I know I look good and feel good in! Plus, all the pants I do own is a bit too large on me since losing one dress size.

I will update you all on my 5k run next week and post some pictures of the event! Have a great week!

A Daily Dose of LOL

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hi everyone! Happy Monday to you all! Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was spent apple picking, training for a marathon in October, and lounging on the couch while catching up with Pretty Little Liars. Not going to lie - I am in love with that show now! I love both their styles and the whole mystery/drama that it is all about! Here are some funnies to help kick off your work week! Here's to hoping this week flies by!


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A Little MIA

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hey everyone! Sorry that I have been MIA on the blog for a little bit. I have been training for a 5k run that I have in October, and have been hooked on Pretty Little Liars (not sure why I haven't gotten into that show before!). And with all these fun activities after work, I just have either been too exhausted or have found no time to sit down and work on my blog. Again, I apologize. But I shall be back soon!

Living Room Update: Decor Pillows

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hello everyone! From my last post on my living room update, I showed you guys how I quickly and easily re-did my old lamp shade. I found the perfect fabric that I knew would fit with the room and provide a nice pop of colour.


Today I will show you all how I added some other touches to the couch using the same fabric. I am no sewing expert. In fact - I started to sew last year. So, I did this using no template but my head :) Hopefully you can follow along as well and it makes sense to you all!

My living room pillows are 18"x21". Make sure to add 1/2" to each side of the fabric. Using a dark orange fabric, I cut one piece to fit to the back of the pillow and two 6" pieces for the front. I used the same fabric as the lamp shade for the middle strip.
*I added the 1" text to the bottom image since I forgot to include the addition of 1" to compensate for the sewing space!

This is what I envisioned it looking....

Make sure to sew the wrong side of both fabrics together.

And this is what you get...

Using sewing pins, pin your already made front side to the back side fabric. Again, pin together with the wrong sides of the fabric facing out.

And sew together! 

Because I will add a button to keep the stuffing in, I sewed up to the decorative fabric edge on one side to allow a space to stuff the pillow case. I also finished the raw edges to prevent fraying.

And this is how the almost finished product looks! Now to add the button and stuffing :)

I bought this no sew snap fastener kit from Walmart to add to the opening of the pillow case. It is so easy to do, and the instructions are enclosed with the kit.

And now the fun part: the stuffing! Depending on how firm or soft you want it.

And this is the finished product! It matches perfectly with the lamp! Don't worry - I will show you all how the final room looks. I still have a couple more things to do and a few more pillows to sew! Stay tuned next week to see the final reveal!


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Crispy Chicken and Tabbouleh Wrap

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Happy Wednesday to you all! Today I am sharing this yummy recipe I made with the left over tabbouleh I had from the other day. The tabbouleh gave this wrap such a fresh and juicy taste! Make sure to stop over at The Best Blog Recipes where I am sharing this recipe!

Living Room Update: Lamp Revamp

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hello friends! Over the past two weeks, I have been doing some small projects to help improve our living room. If you recall from a post almost a year ago, I gave you all a look at my (boring) living room. When we first moved into our home, I thought it would be a cool idea to match the lamp shade, couch and pillows all the same colour as the wall (sorry for the poor quality of the picture!). I then tried to add colour to the room by making some decorative pillows. After more than a year living this way, I said enuff and took on some initiative to decorate this room.

I give you: subject A. A plain, lifeless looking lampshade that oftentimes camouflages itself with its surroundings. Sneaky sneaky Mr. Lampshade! This was my first object to tackle of this living room update.

Shopping around for some fabric, I decided to go with a brown-orange and turquoise look to the room. It matches perfectly with the painting we have in the living room.

I knew I wanted a "wow" factor design to the fabric for the lamp. When I laid my eyes on this Greek key pattern in burnt orange colour, I just knew it would match perfectly with the look I was aiming in the room. I quickly did a wee bit of a dance in the isle (I hope no one saw!) and took it home to start my project.

I went right to work! I took off that old lamp shade fabric while laughing hysterically thinking nice thoughts of what the lamp will turn out.

At first I thought about spraying on an adhesive to keep the fabric in tact. But then I thought a simple glue gun around the edges would do just fine. I would've taken a picture of the process, but my fingertips were burnt from the glue gun that I couldn't take pictures with tears in my eyes! Hence the rougher-than-expected edges. But hey, they are on the underside so no one will ever see!

I also folded down the edges to provide a nice clean line where the fabric ends. This will anyways be going to the back, but to make it look cleaner.

Ta-da! The new, hip and "wow" lampshade!

I am so happy with the turnout! It looks awesome and really brightens up this space!

Make sure to stop by Thursday to see my new pillows and how this space is coming along! Also, don't forget to visit The Best Blog Recipes tomorrow where I'll be sharing my crispy chicken and tabbouleh wrap recipe.

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Tabbouleh

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tabbouleh is such a nice and light salad that is packed with all things good for you. I love eating tabbouleh with either naan bread or as a side salad to meat. I just love the flavours that come together and using what I can from the garden during the summer makes it that much tasty! You can substitute rice or bulgur wheat for the quinoa for a different take. Enjoy!


Quinoa Tabbouleh
Prep time: 15 min        Cook Time: 20 min           Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
- 1/2 small clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 English cucumber, diced
- 2 tomatoes, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh Mint
- Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
1. Bring vegetable broth and water to a boil. Turn the temperature down to a simmer and add the quinoa. Cover and cook until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Stir in cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, chives and mint until blended. Add quinoa and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

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Remove Wax from Carpet {How To}

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I sometimes love lighting candles to add some scent throughout the home. However, this has happened more than once that I try to move the candle and the wax drips on the ground. Call me clumsy, but it happens! So, what is the easiest and effective way to remove candle wax from carpets?

All you need is an iron, a few paper towel sheets, and your wax-covered carpet. The size of the wax spill wasn't that large, only about the diameter of a drinking glass.

Start off by heating your iron to the lowest setting possible, depending on your carpet fibres. I set mine to 2, or "cotton". Anything higher than that, and my carpet will melt! Once your iron is hot, place one sheet of paper towel over the wax spot on your carpet. Slowly go over the paper towel with your iron. Try not to make contact with the carpet and your iron.
You can see the wax being absorbed by the paper towel when it leaves an oily "wet" residue behind. This is the wax that is melted from the carpet and caught on the paper towel.
Continue "ironing" over top the paper towel, until all wax is removed from the carpet.
And you are left with a nice and clean carpet, as if nothing ever spilled!

Cozy Fall Fashion 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hi all! Hope you all had an amazing weekend! It was a long one for us, so we took a little weekend trip to Toronto and had a blast meeting up with friends, doing some shopping, and seeing what the big city has to offer! It's officially September and, while the weather is still in full-on summer mode here, I am starting to really look towards fall and fall fashions. While I love summer, a part of me cannot wait to slip into some cozy boots, throw on a soft sweater and rock some fall outfits! I have been scavengering Pinterest and pinning tons of fall fashion ideas I get to my board. While I do have quite a few sweaters, I think I really need to get me some more tops that I can layer and wear underneath my sweaters and blazers. I am especially drawn more to outfits that are good to wear to the office. Because I spend a majority of my time at work, I need to expand my "office" wardrobe to include some trendy fall pieces while still being respectful for the office. 

Such as these...

A cute yet casual office outfit. Since we cannot wear jeans in our office, I think I will pair the look with skinny black pants instead! But with the jeans, it's definitely a nice outfit to wear when hanging with the girls or doing your weekend shopping!
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The simplicity of this outfit is what I swoon over! And just look at that adorable hand bag!!
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I love this outfit! I recently bought the same length and style pants as in the picture. So this is my inspiration to pair some cute leopard flats with a bright blazer and pretty accessories!

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I love love LOVE the stripes! I too have a shirt like that along with a beige blazer that I can pair with some skinny black pants - perfect for transition from a day at the office to a night on the town!
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I love the colour pairings, so soft and yet so fashionable!
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I love the pairings of dark stripes with beige scarf and shoes!
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I love the coral and leopard combo! Such a cute outfit!
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