even bloggers need a vacation

bloghiatusYou may have noticed that it’s been quiet around here lately, or maybe you haven’t… that’s okay too. I wanted to post so that anyone who is stopping by would know why. When I started this blog 2.5 years ago, I had just started mat leave and needed something to fill my time. These past few months work has been insane, and now that the weather has warmed up I am wanting to spend any free time I have outside with the kids. This doesn’t mean that I won’t post at all over the next couple months, but if I do it will be sporadic at best. Each post can easily take 3-4 hours, so on a rainy day or when I’m feeling particularly productive there might be one or two ♥ I still intend on updating my instagram regularly as it’s an easy one to keep up with and if you aren’t already following me, I’d love it if you did!

I won’t be taking a vacation from reading blogs though… and I wanted to post some of the ones that I look at most often, so if you aren’t already reading them I highly suggest checking them out!

Chantals Corner – Chantal posts the most beautiful nail polish swatches, as well as unboxings and product reviews – both in blog and video form!
Cosmetic Proof – Jayne’s nails are my #nailgoals, and her nail designs are second to none.
The Notice – Rae is a fellow Edmontonian and her blog is wonderful, her photography is beautiful and she not only reviews makeup, she reviews sex toys too!
Swatch and Review – Julie’s blog is one of the first beauty blogs I ever read, her photos are always amazing and her product reviews are fantastic!
Up the Rollercoaster – Jodi not only blogs about makeup, she also blogs about tea and every time she posts about a new one I want to go out and try it.
Makeup Your Mind – Chelle is a master of colour, seriously this girl can pull off anything beautifully! If it wasn’t for her and her blog, I’d probably still only be wearing neutral eyeshadow.
Natalie Loves Beauty – I absolutely love Natalie’s blog and her get ready with me videos.
Workaday Beauty – Sarah posts her FOTD’s daily and they are always beautiful. She also maintains a fantastic Canadian indie company list!

And with that, I hope you all have an amazing summer. Thank you for reading ♥

weekly highlights: my trip to st. john’s

Newfoundland - Weekly Highlights My Trip to St. JohnsHappy Friday everyone! Hope you all had an amazing week, mine was wonderful! I traveled to St. John’s Newfoundland on Sunday for work, and since it was my first time out east (or seeing the ocean), I had to spend some time taking in the sights. I didn’t get in to St. John’s until 10:30 PM Sunday night, but the sun was shining Monday morning and I had my first peak at the beautiful city and the Atlantic Ocean.

During the lunch break on Monday I thought I would go for a nice walk… not realizing that every road in St. John’s is either uphill or downhill so I spent the first hour after break sweating! It is so colourful though. Every building is painted a different colour – and our tour guide on Tuesday told us there’s actually a bylaw and you register your paint chip to prevent two identical buildings on the same street. That evening we saw a show at the Spirit of Newfoundland and participated in a group Screech In during intermission. (If you aren’t familiar with the term, it involved bologna, kissing a dead cod, reciting a few sentences and then drinking a shot of “screech” – Jamaican rum)

Tuesday was my big sight-seeing day. I went with a group on a driving tour with Newfoundland Tours (highly recommend if you are in the area). Our guide was constantly singing and providing information on the sights and the city.

First stop: Signal Hill, and the view of both the ocean and the city was breathtaking. Then we headed to Quidi Vidi (pronounced Kiddie Viddy) – an extremely quaint fishing village. I wish we had more time to walk around but we had one final stop – Cape Spear: The most easterly point in all of North America. The view was unbelievable!

As soon as we got back to the hotel I headed to a boat tour. We hopped on the Iceberg Quest boat and headed to the ocean where we were treated to an amazing show put on by 3 humpback whales – I was smiling like a moron and just kept uttering ‘wow’. We finished the evening watching the sun set and then headed back to shore. I wish I had a few more days – there’s so much more to see.
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weekly highlights

Happy Friday everyone!! Even though it was a short week I am so ready for the weekend. I have a lot of highlights over the past few weeks, so today I wanted to post pictures of Bobby’s last field trip for the year, and his last day of kindergarten. *quiet tear*

The last field trip of the year was to the zoo – we got to go after hours and the kids got to learn about the different animals. Bobby got to touch a tortoise and a ferret, and his favorite animal was the cute little arctic fox. It was difficult with Cordelia because she is at that in-between stage where she doesn’t want to stay in her stroller, but she also isn’t ready to hold hands and walk with us. We tried having her up on Daddy’s shoulders but she did not like that at all. Thankfully, because the zoo was closed – we were able to let her run around a bit.

Bobby really loved kindergarten and his teacher, so he had a bit of a tough time the evening of the last day of school. We reassured him that he’ll still get to see her every day, as his new class is right across from hers, and that his new teacher will be really great too.
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What were your highlights this week? Do you have any fun plans for the summer?