things that make me happy

Thursday, December 30, 2010


family <3 friends <3 kiwi (my diabetic, arthritic, almost blind, savage but ridiculously cute dog) <3 good books <3 christmas lights <3 baking <3 being around people <3 laura secord pistachio chocolates <3 pistachios <3 etsy <3 travel <3 planning <3 bbm (i might be a little addicted) <3 snowflake pancake breakfasts with mom <3 the color of the world when there's new white snow on the ground <3 sunsets <3 when friends are happy <3 sisters getting engaged! <3 waking up early on christmas morning <3 when you know you've given a perfect present <3 homemade candycane steamers <3 a new year just around the corner <3

see you all in 2011!

so much love <3

christmas love

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

home for christmas
i can't ask for anything more

i hope your holiday's are wonderful, and for those of you who celebrate i hope you have an amazing christmas.

love, love, love

holiday baking + answers

Friday, December 10, 2010

hi my lovely little reindeer!
so cheesy, i know ;)
well it has definitely been too long since i last blogged. oops! 

not too much has happened since i wrote about halifax - except i went home for a week and it was so so amazing. 
i baked, and cleaned, and ate homecooked meals, and saw a santa parade (i didn't take my camera though, which is a shame because it was a really nice parade!).

i cut out my gingerbread houses and glued them together, but i'm saving them to decorate for when my brother is home. our gingerbread houses usually end up looking kind of crazy, but i looove them.

i made some big decisions that i'll probably share after christmas. they are good decisions though, and i'm a lot happier because of them.

i almost forgot about the questions you asked me! 
here we go:

emma asked: who's your ultimate style icon?
to be honest, this is kind of a tough question for me! i admire a lot of styles. i do love rachel bilson's style though, as well as vanessa hudgens. i like casual styles, not too much fuss, but still cute and put together!

sarah asked what's your favorite snack?
this is a hard one too. i'm totttttally a snacky person. i love cookies, pretty much any kind. i love ice cream in the summer. i love dark chocolate, especially mint. i love peanut butter + nutella wraps too. fruit is always a yummy snack, especially bananas and pineapple. i could go on and on haha :)

answer my dream asked 1. who do you look up to/who inspires you?
2. what's the best book you've ever read?
3. what are your favourite things to do on a lazy day? (apart from the obvious of being lazy)
1. i look up to people who do what they love passionately. people who are honest, and strong, and know who they are and the type of person they want to be. i strive to be that person some day. 
2. the best book ever? my go-to answer for this seems to always be extremely loud and incredibly close by jonathon safran foer, because i find something new every time i read that and as cheesy as it sounds it really moves me. but of course i'm going to have to mention harry potter as well, i grew up with that series as i know so many others did, and i really can't not mention those either.
3. on lazy days i love reading blogs, watching tv/movies, journaling, napping, creating things and baking!

rebecca asked if you could visit anywhere in the world for a week to explore and discover the culture, where would you go?
there are so, so many places i want to go in the world. i have not done nearly as much traveling as i would like, and i'm hoping my twenties will allow me to do much more. i think i would have to say greece, though. i am fascinated by greek history and mythology, and would love to have the chance to experience it firsthand and see the sights i've read about in books and learned about in school.

that was a lot of typing!
if you have more questions, feel free to ask whenever and i'll make another little post like this sometime again! i love answering questions.

i'm off to go to a wine and cheese/ugly christmas sweater party now! i don't like wine, but i'm very excited.
hope you're all well and that the season is inspiring you and warming your hearts <3 

love, love 

i like it in the city when two worlds collide

Saturday, November 20, 2010

i'm back with the rest of my pictures from halifax!

we took a walk down by the waterfront. it was so so so cold but beautiful there.

kept an eye open for sailors of course ;)

the next day was a lot warmer, we walked into the city and went to a park which was so beautiful, the fall colors were gorgeous! and look at that bridge and little house, it's like something from the movie a fairy tale. do you remember that? i used to own it, but i'm not sure if i have a copy anywhere anymore. it was such a lovely movie!

had to keep the trees from falling down!

we stopped into second cup and sat in the window seats. the seats were eye level with the street, so we could people watch and sit in the warm sun! 

mint chocolate chiller. delicious.

we may or may not have made another trip to susie's.. and i may or may not have gotten three shortbread cookies. macadamia, coconut and original frosted. they were delish!

after, since it was so nice out, we walked up to the halifax citadel. it was so beautiful and warm, and you can look out over the city and the harbour.

samantha and me <3

..i also may or may not have bought four cupcakes to take home. but they weren't all for me! i got jason a peanut butter cupcake and a susie's original, we split a gingerbread one and, well, i did eat a whole coconut one myself. what can i say, i love coconut. and cupcakes. obviously.

on my last night there, samantha and i made paper chains and snowflakes to decorate her apartment for christmas, and we baked shortbread cookies! 

i want to go back. 

i'm making a lot of big decisions right now, and i want to go home. it's tough trying to stick out this semester. i've been talking to my sister a lot, which helps. 

tonight i am sitting at home with some hot chocolate. i made a little owl picture and watched 500 days of summer. 

hope you're having a lovely weekend, dolls
love love

cupcakes and city walks

Thursday, November 18, 2010

i'm back! 
my trip to halifax was amazing. i got to spend four days with two of my close friends and get out of this city for a little while.
i took loads of pictures, so i'm going to save some for another post!

we did loads when i was there, including visiting this little cupcake shop called susie's shortbread. it is so pink and cute in there, and the cupcakes are delicious! the one pictured is a susie's original, and i liked it so much i got another one to take home with me (but more on that with my next post)

we walked around the city a lot, my friends samantha and ashley (and their roommate, kayla) live right on the waterfront and so everything was within walking distance which was so good! 
we went to this cute little store called love, me. it sold homemade crafts from local artists.

isn't this key wall amazing? i have some old keys but they are all on a ring, i would love to have a bunch all on the wall seperately like this!

downtown was starting to get all decorated for christmas. i am so excited for december to come and more specifically for this semester to be over and to go home, finally.

this is the girl's cat, chloe. she was very snuggly and also very fat haha

finally, more cupcakes! we baked these my second night there (as if we already hadn't had enough sugar). we dyed the batter so it was rainbow inside!

i am going to see harry potter and the deathly hallows at the midnight showing tonight and i could not be more excited!! me and jason are going with our friend kris and his roommates. i've been waiting for this forever it feels like! 

i'll post more pictures from my trip soon
hope you're all doing well cupcakes! 
love, love

ps. don't forget you can ask me questions here, or just ask them in this post if you want. i'm looking forward to answering them all once i get a few more!