Showing posts with label About me. Show all posts
Showing posts with label About me. Show all posts

Liebster Award - Q&A

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I am so super duper excited to have been nominated for the Liebster Award. Never really heard of this award before, but just the "award" part sounds awesome. My good friend Chelsey from Anchors Aweigh was the one that nominated me for this award. Thanks Chels! :) So here are the series of questions I was asked by Chelsey!

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1. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? (calories don't count ;))
 If I was promised that I wouldn't gain any weight, then it would have to be new york style cheesecake! Hands down!
2. What is your favorite movie?
 The Notebook, of course!
3.What is your favorite blog post that you have written?
 Probably my post about my experience after post-secondary schooling. It was bubbling up inside me for the past year and I just had to let it off my chest!

4. If you had your own reality television show, what would it be called?
Haha...I honestly have no idea. For the sake of answering this question, maybe "Taste of August" :D

5. What is your biggest pet peeve?
 When people don't even bother replying back to you or answering your calls. You can also read my other nine pet peeves here.

6. You just ran into Brad Pitt on the street and had a 15 minute conversation. Who do you tell first?
 Most likely my sister.

7. What is your favorite celebrity baby name?
Adalynn Rose, daughter of Chris & Deanna Daughtry. I just love that name!

8. If you could pick your last meal on Earth, what would it be?
 Homemade pizza. We make the best pizza, and I would like to make it myself and then eat it, and then die!
homemade thin crust pizza

9. What is your favorite blog (other than yours) to read?
I love all the blogs I read. But it would probably have to be I Heart Organizing...she has so many neat ideas and fun projects to stay organized. Plus it was mainly her blog that got me into reading more blogs, which got me considering starting a blog in the first place!

10. What is your favorite spectator sport?
 Tennis of course!

11. Why did you start blogging?
I wanted to chronicle my life as a newly wed (so I can look back and show my kids how "cool" I used to be! haha).

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Nominations: I hereby nominate the following blogs ! :)
Ginny @ Buttergirl Diaries
Patty @ Tales of Me and the Husband
Charity @ The Word of a Nerd
Tiara @ Ice Cream and French Fries

1. What was the last book that you read?
2. What would be your dream job?
3. If you could choose another name for yourself, what would it be?
4. You are given one day to spend with anyone of your choice (celebrity, family both living or deceased, etc.). Who do you choose?
5. Chocolate or vanilla?
6. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
7. What is your most favourite thing that you own?
8. What is your favourite holiday?
9. What is the one drink you always order in restaurants (either alcoholic or non)? 
10.What is the best advice that you have ever received?
11. Fave food? 

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees.
3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 other blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have been chosen.
4. Copy/paste the blog award on your blog.

Weekend Recap

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! It was a busy one for me. Here is what my weekend looked like, in pics :)

Our whole town woke up to a white surprise Saturday morning. It is the weekend of Earth Day and who would've thought we would still get snow? It isn't as bad as I'm making it seem like. But I am just wondering: if April showers bring May flowers, what does April snow bring then?
 This is from our compost area we have in the back yard with the leaves...snow in April just makes me cringe!

I met up with my sister and my best friend for a nice brunch. We went to a cute little place that just opened up here in town. I enjoyed a nice glass of cold lemonade. I LOVE lemonade! Especially during the summer months since I sip on some lemonade all.the.time during the hot summer days!
This is now my new fave brunch dish:  breakfast flatbread. It is just scrambled eggs, cheddar, bacon and spinach on a warm naan bread drizzled with hollandaise sauce.

And I also found some time to get my nails done. I got the gel nail polish, which I love since it lasts me more than a month without any chipping (even with all the housework I do!). And since I get the french tip style, it is so easy to retouch with the acrylic nail polish I have at home as my nails grow.  I just love the shine of the nails after a nice manicure!

Hope you all had a great weekend! And happy Earth Day today!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

I have been searching for new boots since winter began. I could never seem to find ones that looked good and were cheap. Now that spring and summer clothing are coming out on the racks, I have found some cute boots for a really good price! When it comes to footwear, I am all for comfort. I have had my share of days where I could barely make it through the day in uncomfortable shoes or boots. I fell in love with these boots from Globo that were on clearance for $45!

And I just had to pick up some wedges for summer. I love wedges - they are just oh-so comfortable and just so cute to slip on with a cute summer dress! Again, on clearance for $20! Now, let's all cross our fingers for spring!

Gowing Up Is Hard To Do

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

This past weekend, I spent the day with my four cute little cousins. They range in age from 2 to 13. It was such a great time spending the day with them, but it really gave me a dose of reality: how OLD I really am! I love my cousins - they are the cutest girls ever. They each have their own unique style that I love, and at such a young age too (yes, the 2 year old has her own style as well!). But being out of the "kid zone" for so many years now really made me think: how am I going to be when I have my own kids? I always thought I will be the cool mom, the one that knows the lingo and what's in style. But with the advancing technology, kids are learning fast, and it seems like I (or we?) just can't keep up. And that is exhausting!

During my hangout with them, they were telling me stories, using terms I have never heard which resulted in me responding "the what?" (I think that was my response for everything); had my hair braided in the "fish tail" style - again another term I have never heard but is so beautiful; and were just so much energy that I see how much energy I really have - hardly any. Seven years of undergrad and grad school, year-long wedding planning, an 8-4 full-time job, learning the quirks of marriage, and workouts every night left me with little to no energy and no time for me. Meaning, I am getting older - Friday nights turned from hanging-out-till-3-in-the-morning into I'm-going-to-bed-and-it's-only-10, fibre and omega-3 rich foods are now my go-to foods, and I barely use Facebook for my personal life. And I don't even have kids! While this is unavoidable, I fear what I will be like when I do have kids. 

Now, don't get me wrong. I absolutely can't wait to have kids of my own (and in all honesty I would like 4 minimum). I just feel like kids are growing up way too fast and learning new things too fast that it leaves the parents disconnected from their children and tired of keeping up with the pace of society.This leaves parents exhausted, kids on an energy rush all the time, and me wondering what life will be like when I have my own rugrats! For those who are feeling like me, tell me that I'm not the only one! And for those that are supermom, please give me some inspiration! :)

My Top 10 Pet Peeves

Friday, March 8, 2013

Either I am getting older (and wiser, I hope) or society is really going down the drain. Over the years my pet peeves list has been growing. I feel like the best thing to do when you are irritated is to write them out on paper...let it all out! At least this is my way of coping. So, in no particular order, I give you my top 10 pet peeves.

1. Lack of response - This is probably my number one pet peeve. If I take the time to email you, call you or text you, please be courteous and find some time to reply back. I understand people are busy and there are things going on. I probably am guilty of it too. But if I see someone's Facebook status updated every 30 minutes or on their phone when I do get a chance to see them, then I assume they have the time to respond. I would be as grateful as a simple "I am busy right now, I will reply back to you soon" response. That way I know you at least care :)

2. People who don't pick up after their dog - I am a pet owner, and I am a responsible one (i.e. I pick up after my dog). It really bugs me when I see owners walking their dog in the park, stopping for their dog to go #2, then walk on by without picking it up. There are many people who walk through grass - kids, adults and other dogs. The last thing I want is doo-doo on my shoe after walking my dog. And imagine how many times you have seen kids rolling around in grass in the park. Eww.

3. Door holding etiquette, or lack of - How many times did you experience a door slamming in your face because the person you were walking behind cared less about holding that door open for you? Please be nice enough and don't allow the door to slam on the person behind you.

4. "Would you like a pie with your order" - For some reason I get bombarded with add-on product questions when I am in a rush and all I want is a medium tea. I get greeted with a "welcome, would you like try our new flat bread" question before I even order, and then get a "would you like to add an apple pie to your order" closing. I understand the concept of up-selling, because I used to work at a fast food company in my teen years, but trying to up-sell at both the beginning and ending of an order is just annoying.

5. Crooked parking - You know what I'm talking about. When you are driving around and around in a full parking lot and then you spot that car that parked either way too close to the next empty spot or who took up two parking spots. If you drive a massive monster then okay, I won't get mad. But if you're driving a small Honda, then please learn to park people!

6. Un-courteous drivers - Have you ever experienced drivers that speed up to overtake you, only to drive 5 below the limit? Or drivers who decide to turn into your lane when there is NO ONE else behind you, causing you to brake so hard to avoid an accident? Yes this happens to me, and I am sad to say it happens quite often.

7. Winter - Okay, this is not something I can change, but, it's March and my sandals, skirts and t-shirts are desperately waiting to be worn. Come on spring! Winter, you have been around waaay too long!

8. Common spelling mistakes - When I visit a site (whether a forum or a blog), it makes me cringe when I see inappropriate uses of "it's" and "its" or "they're", "their" and "there". If a writer wants their work taken seriously, then they need to invest some time into learning to use proper contractions!

9. Bad listeners - People claiming to be good listeners or willing to listen to your problems but then they don't. They do...for a short time. But then they link it to one of their problems and start talking about THEIR life - "Yeah that happened to me before, and she said this and then I said that, and you know what happened next? Oh I hate her! Speaking of that,..." Gee thanks!

10. Careless attitudes - not all in general. Just those who couldn't care less about the environment around them. For example, if you are in a coffee shop that has a low hum of conversations, please don't be that smart sucker and increase your conversation volume. People could care less that you just got dumped and hate all men in the universe and you can fend for yourself. Please respect your environment (library, office, etc.) and don't try to be "that loud one over there".

Weekend Recap

Monday, February 25, 2013

Hi all! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Late last week it started snowing, hard! So we decided to build a snowman. I haven't built one in a very long time. And considering that spring is on its way (I hope!), me and the hubby decided to build one in case this was the last snowfall of the season. It started off as a snowball, which rolled into a giant snow boulder, and ended up with a giant 6 foot snowman! Sorry for the lack of quality in the picture - it was taken with my phone camera.

On Saturday we went down to the farmer's market and bought some necessities we needed. I love going there, just because you get to see and buy so many different things. Plus supporting local farmers and businesses is always a good feeling. I can't wait till the summer so the market will be filled with fresh local produce. I love eating local food because it is always fresh and eating at pick-your-own farms is a blast!

Sunday was a more relaxing and easy-going day with nothing too exciting. No pictures of that (unless you want me to post one up of me in my PJs!).

These Are My Confessions...

Monday, February 11, 2013

One - You might not know this, but after my workouts I indulge in something that many might not consider after a workout. I watch Honey Boo Boo after my cardio workouts...*shame*. In all honesty, it is the mindless entertainment that is just relaxing after a cardio session, and the fact that the show motivates me to work out the next day.. and the next, and the next. It is possibly the. worst. show. ever! Yes I watched them wash their hair in the sink and screamed out NOO! or watched them eat sketti with their famous sauce - ketchup and butter - and felt my own arteries clog up! But I have to admit it is very entertaining!

Two - I crave twinkies while watching Honey Boo Boo after my cardio workout! I know! I shouldn't watch it then! But hey, at least I don't allow my taste buds to win and I have avoided the snack section ever since I started watching the show (for fears that a twinkie box might just jump in the cart).

Three - I ate more chip and dip and fried cheesecake than I should have this past weekend. I guess I need to work extra hard to lose those calories this week!

Four - One of my New Year's resolutions was to eat more fruits and veggies. While I told myself and the hubby that we were going to eat more vegetarian meals this year, I ended up making meat loaf (recipe this week!) a week into 2013...again *shame*.

Five - I have been watching reruns of "7th Heaven" recently. It's getting quite religious too...every day a new episode! I used to love that show when I was younger.

Six - I keep having the same reoccurring dream, over and over again. It is of me traveling (with my other half, of course) to a far away tropical destination and staying there for a while. Or, at least until I get a tan and I can finally stop blending in with the snow!

Seven - I sing in the shower, but quietly. I cannot dare make the hubs know of this. I see the look my dog gives me after my shower...he knows, yes he knows!

Wedding Preparations - Weight Loss Challenge

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I wanted to make a post on my pre-wedding weight-loss journey, since I have been married for six months now and have been really thinking back to my wedding weight loss challenge that started around this time one year ago. It is also a good source for those who are getting married this year and are thinking about getting into shape.

Me and my hubby were dating for over 7 years before he popped the question. We were high school sweethearts and I met him at the end of my grade 11 year. Back then I took care of how I looked, tried to stay up to date with fashion trends, and always made sure to pretty myself up for any outing, especially on our dates.

This lasted for 3 years or so. I then started getting too comfortable in the relationship, and in combination with all the studying, exams and stress during my undergraduate and graduate studies, I ate, and ate, and ATE. Thus, I gained 20 pounds in 6 years. And so I didn't feel the need to dress up or "beautify" myself. The pic below is of me in my last semester of my master's in 2011. Sad, so sad!

In late 2011 I was trying on wedding dresses and picked "the one", but it was two sizes too small. I was informed, however, that it can be taken out and altered. I told myself I will take action and lose weight so I can fit into my dress. Not only did the alterations cost a lot (we are talking about $100+ just for taking the dress out!) I also wanted to feel comfortable in my dress and look my prettiest on my wedding day! That is when I took action! I knew my friend (and bridesmaid) did her P90X exercise ritual at home, so I asked if I can join her. And thus I started my own exercise ritual*!

I took three days off for wedding planning and worked hard for four days. Because I was working full-time, I had to exercise in the evenings. This is just an example of what my week was like (approximately). If I had an appointment or meeting for the wedding planning, I would skip that day and either make it up in the week or add it on to the following week.
At first, it was hard for me to cut down on my snacks. I love sweets and I love to bake! But after a month of working hard I saw I was only two pounds lighter - no joke! So I knew I had to cut back on my baking and sugar intake. We also changed up our exercise routine and started doing a different exercise program - Insanity*.
The first time we tried it, we both thought we were going to die (and I'm talking the first three minutes in!). However, we stuck to it and eventually got used to it. The other bridesmaids joined in by May and it felt good to exercise as a group! By May I was pretty much all done my wedding planning and only had appointments to confirm my choices, so I was sticking to this schedule pretty well!

By June I was afraid to step on the scale. I felt like I did lose weight, since I could definitely feel it in my clothing. But I didn't want to be disappointed with another pound or two that I might have lost. However, when I had my dress fitting, the lady fitting me said (and I quote) "You don't need to get anything altered hun". When I heard that I was so ready to give her the biggest hug and kiss in the world! When I got home that day I stepped on that scale and was honestly the happiest! I was TEN pounds lighter than what I started in January!
When I first started this weight loss journey, I was expecting to lose some weight, but I never actually set a target weight goal - just thought of losing as much as possible within 5 months. After five months, I lost 10 pounds. I am so much happier now and make sure to dress up when I go out. I still exercise (although the holiday season really threw me off track with both setting time to exercise and over-indulging in sweets).

As the warm weather is kicking in, I am really motivated to lose the other 10 pounds I have left. I started the Insanity 60-day program, and you can read about my journey here.

*Just so you know: I am in no way affiliated or associated with the workout programs mentioned in this post. This is not a sponsored post.

A Peek Inside My Coupon Stockpile

Monday, January 7, 2013

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend. I was cleaning out my stockpile this weekend and decided I would make a post and let you in on my addiction - couponing! I began couponing in 2011. I was so happy when I bought my very first thing with coupons! Actually, I bought six....six sticks of deodorant for less than $3 after taxes.

Over time and after many coupon deals, I was able to build a stockpile. I am not as crazy about couponing as I used to be. Simply because I now realize how much I need or how much I use up in a year. Everything has expiration dates, and to me if I don't end up using the products I bought then that defeats the whole purpose of a stockpile! If I do end up buying more than I use, I always make sure to share with family and friends.

I love having a shopping store in my home since it saves me time and money. I purchase everything on sale, with or without a coupon. I make sure to especially stock up on items that don't have expiration dates, such as toilet paper or laundry detergent. I think of it this way:
you end up flushing it down the drain so why should you flush your money down the drain as well? 

This is my beauty shelf. I always make sure to stock the newer items behind the older items. This way it circulates my stockpile and I never have "old" or expired products.

I also make sure to have enough cleaning supplies. When they are on sale and I have a coupon for it, I make sure to buy it. This way I can clean my home knowing I bought it for cheap.

Again, items I use quite often but don't have expiry dates (well...except the lysol no touch hand soap. But I LOVE this product!)

And my detergent and softener bottles. I can honestly say that I have not bought a single bottle of laundry detergent in over a year!

We have now made it a ritual to donate whatever possible to the local women's shelter in my area. Last year through my workplace, I was able to donate a boxful of items for a family we adopted during the holiday season. I love giving back. I am not one of those couponers who clears the shelves and leaves none for others. I am also not one who keeps everything to myself and not sharing with family and friends. I love to coupon to see how much I can save!

And there you have it folks! A little peek inside my personal grocery store :)

Top Projects of 2012 and 2013 Ideas

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top Projects of 2012
I thought it would be cool to look back at some of the projects I completed around the house in 2012. Since I started this blog in August of this year, I haven't really captured the other projects I have done around the house, so I will focus on the projects I blogged about since August. Here they are!

2013 Projects

For 2013, I honestly don't have anything major planned in terms of renovations or crafts for the home. I think we are done with the renovations in our home. We own a small semi-detached home, which needed some TLC and modernizing when we first moved in. We renovated the kitchen (which was two years ago, and I never blogged about that!), finished our unfinished basement, modernized our bathroom, painted all our trim and replaced the interior and exterior doors. Because we are planning to move out by the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014, we will more likely be shifting our concentration towards saving money for a new (bigger) home! However, I did find a few things that should be complete in 2013.

1. Update window coverings
The window coverings in our living room came with the house. They no longer work properly, and I am forced to keep them closed during the day. As you can see in the picture below, the outdated and orange old-school window coverings we have are in need of updating!

2. Wall Art
If you recall from my post in October about the wall art that I was so eager to do, I have a confession to make. I have not yet put them up! Which is why I plan to do it in 2013!

3. Sew an apron
Since I have started to sew, I was thinking my next step should be to try my skills at an apron. I love cooking and baking, so this will surely come in handy!

Goals for 2013

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hello all! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! We had a wonderful Christmas that was spent with both sides of the family. We ate, sang, played, talked and relaxed both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! I love the holidays - this is what it is all about! I am now starting to look forward to the New Year. I always make sure to look back and reflect on the past year, and think of ways I can improve in the new year. This year was a very busy year for me, as I was planning for my wedding for half the year, and the other half was spent trying to put my regular routine back in order (or get into a new routine). Which is why I have big plans for 2013!

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What are your New Years Resolutions?

Why I Eat One Brazil Nut Daily

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Recently I have been researching online about the many health benefits of nuts. 'Tis the season to bake with nuts, and so I wanted to learn just how healthy they are. I am familiar with Brazil nuts, but have never really known just how healthy they are until I did a recent search online. And now, I make sure to eat one (or two) a day at work.
So why are they so super healthy? For starters, they are filled with selenium, and is one of the best sources of it. Selenium is an antioxidant, and antioxidants help prevent cellular damage and may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Selenium is also found to improve the immune system against viral and bacterial infections. However, because only one Brazil nut contains up to 100 micrograms of selenium (the daily recommended amount is 400 micrograms), it is recommended to eat up to two Brazil nuts a day to avoid selenium overdose. Brazil nuts are also high in unsaturated fats, which help reduce chronic inflammation, and are known as the "good" fats that help raise your HDL, or "good", cholesterol and lower your LDL, or "bad", cholesterol. Brazil nuts are also rich in other vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 and folates. And they contain high levels of certain minerals such as copper, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc.

Hello and Welcome!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hello and welcome to “Taste of August”. Before starting this blog, I was stalking and drooling over other decor, design and recipe blogs on the web for months, and I mean MONTHS. I have always been the type of girl to write in diaries. So blogs naturally appeal to me. I love reading what others are doing to better improve their home and life, what new dish someone has cooked up, and how life is like in other parts of the world. It is a great way to learn new things and to better educate oneself. This is why I was thinking of starting up a blog of my own – sharing my home ideas, my recipes, and my DIY and craft skills. While I have always kept my diary secretive when I was a young girl, I was contemplating making an online “diary” of personal posts visible to anyone who stumbles across this site. At first I thought “Who wouldn’t love to read about my ideas, thoughts, and recipes” and then after a few days I thought “There are so many blogs out there, who WOULD read about what I have to say?” After a few more days of thinking and contemplating, I finally swallowed my fears, warmed up my chair and took a stand. And that is how this blog was born!

Because I was born in August, it will be a “taste” of everything I like – recipes, interior design, entertaining, DIY projects and tips. And boy, do I have lots to share with you! As with any business comes a business plan. And likewise with this blog came a plan – an extensive plan that was growing and evolving each day for the past month. I hope you take the time and visit on occasion, with a hope that this blog will inspire you, give you something new to think about and try. Please leave a comment, let me know what your thoughts are on what you are reading on this blog – in the end it is what the readers opinions and likes that will help improve this blog! Again, many thanks for stopping by!
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