Tuesday, February 2, 2016

If We Were Having Tea...









Hi Everyone!

If we were having tea, I'd mention...

This weekend we went to visit the Montreal Science Center and visited the Unearthed 2 exhibit. Caleb's been really into dinosaurs and we thought he would love this. The exhibit was pretty interesting and Caleb loved the animatronic dinosaurs. He was a little scared of them, but was really impressed. This exhibit will be here until March. We really want to go back to the Science Center and explore a little more. It's pretty close to home, and a great place to visit on the weekend. We're hoping to find more things to do around our city and make a point to take Caleb. So much of our weekends are spend running errands, that we want to make sure we take the time out to have family time. 

I've been reading Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz. I'm 41% into the book and really enjoying it. I'm hoping to read all the Canada Reads selections before the competition. This is the first book I'm reading. The theme this year is starting over, and I'm trying to keep that in mind when I'm reading. I'll probably post a review when I'm done.

I haven't been watching much tv, that's pretty normal for me. We have started rewatching Entourage on Crave TV. I'm on my free trial and like the selection, but we keep getting error messages regarding our internet connection. It's really annoying, and doesn't happen when we watch Netflix. Anyone else have problems with Crave?

All in all, I'm hoping to post more frequently this month, and read more. 


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Toddler Book Recommendations






Description:

Illustrations and rhyming text explore some of the things that dinosaurs might do when they are angry--and how they should control their tempers.

This is a current favorite that we read several times a week. Caleb loves the rhythm and he has it mostly memorized. I really want to pick up the other Dinosaur books soon.



Description:

Come along another adventure in Jon Scieszka's Trucktown! Meet Jack Truck--a four-year-old flatbed, 10-wheeler truck who loves racing, joking, smashing, and crashing throughout Trucktown!

Caleb loves anything/everything with trucks and tractors. He loves this book. It's fast and I can pair it with a longer book before bed. If your child loves firetrucks, trucks, tractors, you should check out Blippi on youtube. Caleb watches his channel on Roku and can tell you all the different kinds of trucks out there.



Description:

This deluxe storybook features two Little Critter stories in one book! In the first story, Little Critter enjoys a day in the city with his mom. Then boys and girls ages 3 to 7 can flip the book over to read about Little Critter's very first camping trip with his dad.

I loved Little Critter books when I was younger, and I'm so happy to be sharing these with Caleb. I'm raising a reader, and I hope to keep finding books that he loves.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Canada Reads 2016 Shortlist


Every year I get really excited for the Canada Reads competition and this year is no different. The competition will be in March, and I'm planning to read the 5 books before the debates. I'm really happy that Wab Kinew is back, I thought he did a fantastic job last year. I'm going to start reading Bone and Bread since I have this one already, and will get the purchase the others soon. The theme of the books this year is starting over, and second chances. Have you read any of these?

Here is a list of  the panelists:

From CBC:

As per tradition, this year's books and their high profile champions were revealed live on q! The 2016 contenders are:
  • Bruce Poon Tip, defending Birdie by Tracey Lindberg: "For all of us that care about reconciliation … this book opens that path."
     
  • Farah Mohamed, defending Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz: ​"For a fiction book, this book is incredibly real. You go on a roller coaster ride and at the end you feel like you know the characters"
  • Clara Hughes, defending The Illegal by Lawrence Hill: "It puts a face to the faceless and it brings a humanity to the struggle … it's a thriller that sweeps you along."
     
  • Adam "Edge" Copeland, defending Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter: "It's about falling flat on your face, dusting yourself off and how do you walk on."
     
  • Vinay Virmani, defending The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami: "It shows us that each one of us can be a hero that can look change in the eye and walk a road that leads to transformation and betterment."

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Review: Makeup Revolution London





I love, love, love Makeup Revolution London. Their products are amazing and affordable. The only con that I mention is the cost of shipping, but even with the cost of shipping, I find their products very affordable. They have dupes for high end products at a fraction of the price. I own alot of high end eye shadow palettes, and Makeup Revolution's quality is very, very close. Even though the products ship from London, it usually comes within 2 weeks. I also love that you can choose your own currency when shopping. It converts the costs and makes it very user friendly.

Some of my favorite products from them are:

The Naked Chocolate palette is 16.15$ Canadian, and it's a perfect everyday palette for me. I grab for this one alot. 

This is the I Heart Chocolate Palette that is an exact duplicate of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette which retails in Canada for 59$. So, if you really love that palette but want something cheaper. This one is definitely worth it.


Their highlighter palette is amazing. It's great for every day, and you can built it up if you really want to. I'm fair skinned and this is perfect. Also, great for travel.

I have the first Lorac Pro palette, but they're very hard to purchase, if you live in Canada. I wanted the second palette, and decided to go with this one. It's perfect! The quality is great, the colors seems to be an exact match. This palette cost 14$ in the Makeup Revolution Store.

Overall, I would love to try more Makeup Revolution products. I also have their blush palettes, and love them.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

On my TBR List

Description:

“If you only read one parenting book this year, make it The Mommy Group...This book is incisive, insightful, and downright delightful. I did not mean for that to rhyme” (Adam Mansbach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F*ck to Sleep)

In 2010, seven women met in Brooklyn, New York, to form a Mommy Group. Over coffee, croissants, wine, and the occasional baby carrot, they commiserated about typical new-mother issues: difficult births, babies who slept in ten-minute increments, and breast pumps that talked back in the middle of the night. And then things got complicated.

Elizabeth and Melissa suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety. Jane’s daughter was diagnosed with developmental delays. Anna’s husband left her when their baby was two weeks old. Through it all, the Mommy Group laughed, supported, and learned lessons from one another that the myriad “experts” hadn’t delivered.

The journalist of the bunch—author Elizabeth Isadora Gold—reached out to other Mommy Groups around the country and found that similar bonds were forming far beyond brownstone Brooklyn. In fact, mothers across all class, geographic, and racial boundaries appear to be searching for the same thing: a way to be strong, loving, engaged parents “while retaining—or remaking—our Selves.”

A witty, relatable, and honest look at the realities of parenthood today, The Mommy Group is a companion that will help any mom feel understood and empowered, and keep her laughing all the way.
 

Description:

Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He's sixteen years old and has had the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they've shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son's duty to a father. He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking, dying of liver failure in a small town flophouse. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner.     

What ensues is a journey through the rugged and beautiful backcountry, and a journey into the past, as the two men push forward to Eldon's end. From a poverty-stricken childhood, to the Korean War, and later the derelict houses of mill towns, Eldon relates both the desolate moments of his life and a time of redemption and love and in doing so offers Frank a history he has never known, the father he has never had, and a connection to himself he never expected.    

A novel about love, friendship, courage, and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing, Medicine Walk reveals the ultimate goodness of its characters and offers a deeply moving and redemptive conclusion. Wagamese's writing soars and his insight and compassion are matched by his gift of communicating these to the reader.


Description:

Winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize

A beautiful, haunting novel inspired by the true life and loves of the famed Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen – creator of the theremin.

Us Conductors
 takes us from the glamour of Jazz Age New York to the gulags and science prisons of the Soviet Union. On a ship steaming its way from Manhattan back to Leningrad, Lev Termen writes a letter to his “one true love”, Clara Rockmore, telling her the story of his life. Imprisoned in his cabin, he recalls his early years as a scientist, inventing the theremin and other electric marvels, and the Kremlin’s dream that these inventions could be used to infiltrate capitalism itself. Instead, New York infiltrated Termen – he fell in love with the city’s dance clubs and speakeasies, with the students learning his strange instrument, and with Clara, a beautiful young violinist. Amid ghostly sonatas, kung-fu tussles, brushes with Chaplin and Rockefeller, a mission to Alcatraz, the novel builds to a crescendo: Termen’s spy games fall apart and he is forced to return home, where he’s soon consigned to a Siberian gulag. Only his wits can save him, but they will also plunge him even deeper toward the dark heart of Stalin’s Russia.

Us Conductors
 is a book of longing and electricity. Like Termen’s own life, it is steeped in beauty, wonder and looping heartbreak. How strong is unrequited love? What does it mean when it is the only thing keeping you alive? This sublime debut inhabits the idea of invention on every level, no more so than in its depiction of Termen’s endless feelings for Clara – against every realistic odd. For what else is love, but the greatest invention of all?

“Michaels’ book is based on the life of Lev Termen, the Russian-born inventor of the Theremin, the most ethereal of musical instruments. As the narrative shifts countries and climates, from the glittery brightness of New York in the 1920s to the leaden cold of the Soviet Union under Stalin, the grace of Michaels’s style makes these times and places seem entirely new. He succeeds at one of the hardest things a writer can do: he makes music seem to sing from the pages of a novel.”

Monday, January 11, 2016

Review: BH Cosmetics


I wanted to review BH Cosmetics on my blog, because I really do enjoy their stuff. They have affordable makeup, and affordable shipping for Canadians. Last year, I started to really get back into makeup, and I found this company. I watch a lot of Youtube, and I had heard some good reviews. I wanted to try it out for myself. BH Cosmetics is great for the someone who wants to try more makeup products but doesn't want to spend too much money. Their quality is good, and they are very on trend with products.

My favorite eye palette is their Essential Eyes Palette. BH Cosmetics loves to offer gifts, and free shipping. International clients get a discount on shipping. I like to wait for those sales before purchasing. The great thing about them is that their site has new promotions each week.

This palette is really nice. It's a great "go to" palette for me. I love the colors, and use this one often. I think it is a great palette for beginners.

My second favorite palette is the Carli Bybel palette. I love the eye shadows and the highlighters are nice. This is a limited edition palette, and I'm so happy to have it. 

I'm a huge highlighter fan. I feel like it gives me a glowing look, and it makes me feel good.

BH Cosmetics also has some palettes that have eyeshadows and blushes. I like these when I'm in a hurry and just want everything in one place. The 26 Color- Blushed Neutrals is one of my favorites as well. 



Affordable, good quality make up isn't always easy to find. Drugstores are very limited, and I feel like Canadian drugstores are even more limited. If you're looking to purchase some new makeup, or try something new- I recommend BH Cosmetics. I also love their brush sets. I use them all the time, they're very soft, and don't shed. 

This is a set I have on my wishlist. It looks great for travel too!


I'm not a makeup artist, I'm not a beauty guru...I'm just a mom who's tired and likes to put on makeup in the morning. 



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Currently Reading: Seafront Tearoom


I'm currently reading and loving this book. Have you read it or heard about it? The cover really drew me in and this time of year I love cozy reads, including women's fiction.

 
The first rule of afternoon tea: never rush. Take time to savor it. Just like friendship…

The Seafront Tearoom is an insider secret in small-town Scarborough – a beach-front haven with the best tea and cakes in town – and  journalist Charlie Harrison would love to put it on the map with a feature in her magazine. But single mom Kat Murray doesn’t want to see her favorite sanctuary overrun by tourists, and begs Charlie to seek out other options. She offers her help, as a “tea obsessive,” and so does French au pair Séraphine Moreau, whose upbringing makes her a connoisseur of everything sweet and indulgent.

Together the three women will scour the countryside for quaint hideaways and hidden gems, sharing along the way their secrets, disappointments, and dreams – and discovering that friendship, like tea, takes time to steep. But learning too that once you open your heart, the possibilities are endless.