Summer 2014- A Glimpse

This summer has gone by SO fast.  I had to take a moment and think about what  I actually did because it really just flew by.  Then I realized, we had some great adventures!  Here is a sample:

1. Went to the zoo.

2. Went to the botanical gardens.

3. Picnic in the park on a sunny day.

4. The Artist got his first tattoo.  See: https://emilyandherartist.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/the-artists-first-tattoo/

5. We spent a weekend with my sister and brother in law.

6. We played darts at Blueberry Hill.

7. Horror movie marathon with a friend.

8. Became good friends with our new neighbour across the hall.

9. Discovered a great, brand new Goodwill store nearby with great items.

10. Went to one of our favourite restaurants for Pad Thai, called Basil Spice.

11. Saw the latest Wes Anderson movie in theatres, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

12. Went to the circus.

13. Each celebrated a birthday.

14. Went to some art shows.

15. The Artist made homemade alfredo pasta with grilled pork loin.  I don’t even like alfredo sauce but he had a vision.  So I tried some- it was AMAZING!  I guess it is the stuff in jars or pre-made sauce that I don’t like because this homemade sauce was delicious.

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16. Went bowling.

17. A walk in forest park at dusk on a brisk, beautiful day.

18. The Artist had his thesis show and I threw him a little surprise.  See: https://emilyandherartist.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/surprise/

19. We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary.  Read about our love story here! https://emilyandherartist.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/3-years-of-the-best-marriage-ever/

20. I got a job!  Which involved the getting work permission, which was stressful, but  I did it!

21. The Artist got gallery representation.  Yes, that’s right!  He has been a busy beaver with that.

22. I got my ears pierced- for the very first time ever!  Most women get them done so young they don’t even remember it.  I have never had a piercing at all, and it was no pain(or blood)-free!  But I love them and am so excited to try out all kinds of earrings after they heal 🙂

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No wonder summer went by so fast, we were so busy!  I am so fortunate to be able to do all of these things!  The Artist and I are officially announcing that we are staying in St. Louis for now, because I have got a job 🙂  What a whirlwind it has been these last few months ❤  Cheers to our future!

New Skin Care Routine!

I have always had oily skin for as long as I can remember.  My face in particular, is always full of little blemishes, as well as giant, red, “volcano” pimples here and there.  It seems that I am never blemish free, always having new ones appear.  In fact, I have never thought of myself to have clear skin, or at least not on my face.  As a teenager, it was worse.  But as an adult, I thought my face would chill out and become “normal”.  It has not.  I have tried lots of different cleansers and moisturizers, as well as acne spot treatment creams.  There were all ok.  Helped a little I guess.  Helped me feel less “greasy”.  I also have oily hair, so by the end of each day I am really looking forward to a shower because I feel “greasy” from my naturally oily self.

The Artist has been using baby powder in his under arms in place of deodorant sometimes, especially if his skin was irritated from chafing (because the deodorant would sting!), much like how ladies can get chafing from their thighs rubbing together when wearing a skirt in the hot summer.  So we were talking one day about this, and he was wondering if cornstarch would be better because it does’t have that baby powder scent, and I thought of baking soda.  I thought that it might be useful not only for being gentle on his irritated skin, but it would also be a good deodorizer.  So he gave it a whirl!  Just patted it on, and away he went.  It worked really well!  By the end of the day, after applying it just once, he was hooked.  His under arms literally had no scent at all, and it was so gentle on his skin.  It even says right on the box that it is useful for the skin and gives directions on how to add it to bath water, use on your face, etc. (no where on our box does it say anything about baking lol!).

So I decided to try it on my face, and to make sure I that I knew any results were not from the products I already had, I eliminated all my other facial products and replaced them with natural ones.  My cleanser/exfoliator was replaced with baking soda mixed with a little watet to make a sort of paste that I rubbed on my face and then rinsed off.  My moisturizer was replaced with a blend of coconut and oregano oil, which was mostly coconut oil and just a few drops of oregano oil.  I use oregano oil for everything!  And I replaced my acne spot treatment with oregano oil on a cotton swab diluted with a bit of water.

I used the baking soda once a day, right after I got out of the shower.  I used the moisturizer as needed, and only a little, about once every 2-3 days after exfoliating.  And I used the spot treatment oregano oil as needed right before bed, every 3-4 days.  I noticed a difference immediately, after the first 24 hours.  My blemishes looked a lot less “angry”, although still there.  I continued with this regimen and I continued to feel less “greasy” and my blemishes continued to go down.  I continued for 2 weeks just to make sure it wasn’t a coincidence, and I am happy to say that this is my new long term facial regimen 😀

The before and after photos are not the best, they don’t capture the “real” way they looked very well, but it was the best I could do.

BEFORE (forehead): loads of little blemishes.

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BEFORE (chin): lots of little blemishes and a few big, red spots.

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AFTER (forehead): much better 🙂

 

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AFTER (chin): much better 🙂

 

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These photos obviously have different lighting, some were taken in the bathroom, and some in my front room mirror- wherever I could zoom in and get a reasonably clear window of my skin!

I am so happy with my new facial routine, hopefully it will continue to work well for me 🙂

Cheers!

We all have friends on Facebook whom we don’t talk to regularly, or haven’t seen in years.  But I find myself smiling whenever they post something and I enjoy seeing what they are up to these days.  As we get older, I am finding that life is passing me by so quickly, and friends often take a back seat in the pile of things to do and places to go.  This post is dedicated to a few friends of mine who have been a huge part of my life, who I wish I got to see more often, and who have greatly contributed to this adventure we call life.  I wish we had more photos together, so if you have any, I would love to see them.

Cheers.

Dear Vjay: You were such a great friend to me when we lived in Calgary, and were always there for me when I needed it the most.  I had some hard times out there, and you always stood by my side.  I miss our silly laughter and adventures out on the town.  I remember walking to Tim Horton’s with you during our lunch break together at work (work was so much more fun with you!), and it was just a moment that I remember realizing what a lucky girl I was to have such an awesome friend.

Dear Eric: We spend an entire summer together, inseparable, going on adventures and hanging out with friends.  You were supportive, and so very caring, and I thank you for that.  I remember going to Wasaga one afternoon to a bar for some food and some drinks.  I got a Blue Lagoon, and for some reason that day really stands out for me.  Just hanging out, I felt like I could be myself around you.  Whether you put up with it, or actually liked it LOL, thank you.  You were also a great dance partner at my cousins wedding!

Dear Nicole: I know we chat often, but we don’t get to see each other much.  You always know what I am going through, offer a “shoulder to rant on” when things are tough, and encourage me through everything.  We have been friends for so long, it feels like just yesterday I remember seeing you come into family studies in grade 9 carrying your backpack with you everywhere 🙂  I really cherish our friendship.

Dear Pam: I looked forward to our shifts working together, and we had really good talks.  I love bragging about my cool older friend  to all my high school buddies 😉  You were always available for such good advice, life stories, and laughs.

Dear Lindsay:  You always had gum in the best flavours and were such a good partner in drama class.  Remember eating bowls of frozen cookie dough?

Dear Sam: You always made me laugh, and I looked forward to every time we got to hang out and just talk.  We never ran out of things to say, and every morning when I got to school I would be looking for you to have cookies and chocolate milk with 🙂

*Sam and Lindsay, I really loved all of our sleepovers, hangouts, lunch hours in high school, and the laughing.  Oh, the endless laughing.

Dear Adam: I have known you since we were 5.  You have been such a dear friend to me for so many years.  So many lunch hours in high school spent talking and talking and talking, especially about movies.  I think we have the exact same taste in movies.  You came to visit me when I had my tonsils out when I was going to Georgian, and remember our fun night at the GNE?  You are down right hilarious, and seriously one of my oldest, best friends.

Dear Justine: Drama class.  Drama festival.  The headset was on the whole time while I talked about the lighting guy.  Need I say more? 😉

Dear Evan:  I wish I met you at the beginning of high school instead of the end.  I loved all of our talks, hangouts, and parties together.  I remember giving you rides to farmhouse parties, talking on msn all the time, always having good talks about life and love.

Dear Sarah: My class buddy at U of Calgary!  I always looked forward to class instead of dreading it because I had such a wonderful friend to sit with ❤

Dear Ashley: I think we set a record for the most childhood sleepovers at one another’s house.  Remember when you stayed with us for a week while your mom was away?!  Sneaking candy into bed and eating it after lights out.

Dear Heather: My girl guide buddy.  Again, me, you, and Ashley probably sent a record for sleepovers.  They seemed endless!  I loved your dress up trunk full of such interesting things and our bike rides to buy candy at Shell.

Dear Tom: We spent an inseparable summer together.  I appreciate your friendship and I really felt like I had someone to talk to who understood what I was going through.  You were always full of good advice, and I really cherish those memories we made that summer.  Wasaga, Mr. Norms, bonfires, Sour Puss, surprising me at work with Iced Capps, and so many more great memories.  Seriously, I couldn’t have gotten through that summer without you, and was so sad when it ended and I moved to Waterloo.  Your friendship means a lot to me, and will always have a special place in my heart.

Dear Turner: Remember that time we went to see strippers in Barrie?  Haha!  What a night.  You introduced me to, and changed my life with, cheese croissants from Tim Horton’s.  I remember countless high school lunch breaks at Marriah’s, hangouts, and laughing until I cried.  You are awesome ❤

Dear Mel: My skating buddy for so many years.  I was always sad when my parents couldn’t come to an overnight competition, but secretly happy because I knew it meant a weekend with you 🙂

Dear Tara:  Grilled cheese sandwiches at the rink and so much silliness.  I had so much fun.

Dear Emma: An inseparable summer of pizza, bike rides, renting movies, and sleepovers.  Another record for sleepovers I think.  And you had the most awesome bedroom and the coolest birthday party I had ever been to.

Dear Heather: My Georgian carpool buddy.  I seriously loved all of our talks.  When we got to school I was always a little sad that we had to get to class and stop talking lol!  You rock.

Dear Jackie, Marriah, and Robyn: Oh, the laughing.  Serisously.  So.  Much.  Laughing.  We would get told to be quiet in the halls from laughing too much!  Sleepovers, out for lunch, parties, boys, high school- we went through it all.  You guys are the reason that I actually enjoyed, and survived high school.

Dear Maureen: The coolest boss ever.  Full of wisdom.  Taking me out for drinks and dancing with Jenna on my birthday.  You are so sweet and lovely.  You were so supportive to me when I needed it.  Thank you.

Dear Jenna: Taking me out on my birthday as I mentioned above.  So stylish.  I loved when you did my hair for my cousin’s wedding.  I really loved having you as a friend in Calgary, always brightening my day with you smile.

Dear Amanda: I can’t even begin to start to write about our times together.  So much time together, which was easy since we were neighbours!  Bus rides to school, sleepovers, Spice Girls, singing 24/7, dances, and so much more.

If I haven’t mentioned you here, know that I am thinking about you and fondly remembering all of our good times together.  Even though we have grown up, grown apart, changed, live far away, etc. I cherish everyone’s friendship.  I cannot thank you all enough for being such awesome parts of my life.

How insanely lucky am I to have so many awesome friends throughout my life?!?!  I really, really, hope that the universe reunites us again soon ❤

Until next time.