I Am Thankful For…Shellac Manicures

Has everyone heard of these?

It’s a gel polish that lasts up to 14 days.  Well, mine doesn’t because I’m OCD and as soon as there is the slightest chip I peel it off.  But – it lasts WAY longer than any other manicure.  Also, it’s dry as soon as you leave the salon!  It’s pretty great.

I am thankful for shellac manicures.

I’d take a picture, but I’m no hand model.

Happy Thanksgiving!

p.s. Something else  I’m thankful for?  The Erin Fall Fair.  We’re taking the Bud and he’s going to loooooove it.  Hopefully I’ll get some good pictures and be able to post them.


I Am Thankful For…The Real Housewives of New Jersey

You read it right.
If you don’t watch this show, you are missing out.

I am thankful for The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

They make me laugh.  They make me cry.  Well, not really.  Only the movie John Q makes me cry.  Like a freakin’ baby.  But that’s another story.  An embarrassing one, actually.

ANYWAYS, they make me feel normal and reasonable and make me feel good about my boring life.

Thank you, NJ Housewives for making me to look forward to Monday evenings, when I can watch you, PVR’d and commercial free.

P.S Thank you Bravo TV U.S. for organizing your schedule such that RH of Orange County and RH of New Jersey are opposite each other.  This way, there is always a good season to watch and I don’t have to suffer through trashy RH withdrawal.

Today is election day in Ontario – GO VOTE.  I’m thankful for that too.
I’m giving thanks ALL OVER THE PLACE.

I Am Thankful for…Chip Ins

These are the BEST SNACK OF LIFE.

They are CHIPS made of POPCORN.  GENIUS!

Can you tell I’m pretty excited about these?
To date, I have only tried the Sea Salt – I’m not crazy about White Cheddar, but I’ve made it my personal goal in life to track down the Buffalo Wing flavor.  I’d also like to try the Jalapeno Ranch.

– No Preservatives
– No Trans Fats
– Whole Grain


I am thankful for Chipins.



Smells Like Fall…

Last week on my lunch I went to the mall to get out of the office for a bit and I made a stop and Bath and Body Works.  Holy.  God.  Their new Fall candles are amazing!

If my mother is reading this, I’m going to get a phonecall about how scented candles are full of chemicals, that they aren’t good for you and that I should be burning beeswax.  I do like beeswax candles, but they don’t come in THESE AMAZING SCENTS.  My Top Five (that I may or may not have licked after smelling):

Autumn Apple  Frosted CupcakeMint Chocolate ChipCinnamamon and Clove Buds

Marshmallow Fireside

It was hard to narrow it down to 5.  They have so many new ones!
These are added to my Christmas List.  Yes, I have a list for Christmas ALREADY.


I want this so badly…

It kind of hurts.

I’m not even fussy on the color – they are all so beautiful.


Dear Friends,

If someone wins the lottery, buy me this and I’ll be happy.  It’s only like, $500.  I’ll make you soup in it.  Any kind you want.

Love, E.

Random sidenote: I haven’t read a book in awhile.  I’ve been kinda busy.  But I’m working on one and if it’s good, I will share it.  Just keeping you in the loop.

Mabel’s Labels

The children are going back to school soon.  You should get them these:www.mabel.ca

I don’t know who Mabel is, but she’s a gosh-darn genius.

The most amazing stick-almost-anywhere labels that are perfect for backpacks, lunch bags, coats, shoes.  They are the greatest!  They don’t come off.  We got some when the Bud was born – he starts at a new daycare on Wednesday and I’m going to stick them on everything.  Including his forehead.
There are different designs, colors and packages.  They even have household ones.  You know what I’m thinking?  ORGANIZING.  Fun!

I even have my own mini ones that I stick on my books before I lend them out.  If I ever find an unreturned book of mine on one of your bookshelves, GOD HELP YOU.

I am thinking about getting some for C – he is worse than a child when it comes to leaving his belongings in random places.  How cute would it be if had Mabel’s Labels on his shoes, sweaters, Blackberry, workboots?  I know.  CUTE.
Pink ones.


I am feelin’ good – I just had a really good, successful lunch break. 

First – I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious my lunch was – I threw it together at the last minute this morning and I didn’t have high hopes.  I had a couple of rye crispbreads spread with chive flavored cream cheese, topped with cucumber and deli roasted chicken.  Gosh, it was awesome.  Just thought I’d share.
And yes, I’ll be starving in 20 minutes.

More importantly – I successfully completed a task that I have been putting off and dreading for the last couple of weeks.  This coming weekend I’m headed to Hamilton to celebrate my university-friend Heather’s 30th birthday – ladies only, limo, wine tours, fun.  I have to come up with a gift.  I HATE buying gifts, I hate shopping for other people and I am terrible at it.  BUT – I think I might have gotten it right this time. 
I guess I’ll never really know. 
But I’m happy, so who cares.
If someone gave me this gift, I’d be stoked.

I went to Chapters.  GOD, I love that place.  I bought her the following:

My Future Listography by Chronicle Books: for those who like to write lists.  I am one of those people.  Heather is one of those people.  We are the coolest people I know.

Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa Quinn: I haven’t read this book, but it’s on my list.  It looks funny.  Heather and I are both a little particular about how we keep our houses.  We are the cleanest people I know (in a fun, OCD kind of way).

I threw this is for good measure:

Made by Knock Knock.  Heather’s getting married, these will come in handy.  After they are married of course, when all women start to show their true colors. 
I’m just saying.

The first two are on my wish list.  Yep, I have a list for my wishes.  There is probably a spot in the Listography book for wishes.  I’m totally going to buy it.  Upgraded from WISH to NEED.  I’m going back tomorrow.


Every year for Lent, I give up my most favorite thing in the world: potato chips.  I know, I am my own hero.  Jesus MUST love me for this selfless act.

This year, @angrycelery sent me this:

I love it.  And for real, if any of my friends give up chips permanently, we’re totally over.

Yesterday I was reminded of something from my childhood that I miss very, very much.  Well, I didn’t really need to be reminded because I think of them often.  They are:

President’s Choice Ruffled Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips

They were THE BEST.  They came in a yellow and white bag and they were so heavily seasoned that they caused your eyes and mouth to water as soon as you opened the bag.  My mouth is watering right now.  I think they may have even made your tongue bleed if you ate too many.  Sometimes we ate them with french onion dip and it killed the burn. Not the homemade kind, I didn’t know about it then.  Which is really too bad, because it would have been, um, amazing.

Something happened and they stopped making them.  I don’t know WHY because between my friends and I (specifically @littlebreezer), we easily made it worth their while to continue production.  We were known to walk down to Valu-Mart and buy a large bag each and then sit and watch a movie and eat them.  We were known to do this daily.  I was known to be slightly overweight.

We weren’t the only fans – my male equivalent B-Rad remembers and loved them too.  We speak of them often.

Dear Galen Weston,

Please bring them back.

A Concerned Citizen

Knock Knock

This is not a joke.

I just wanted to share my love for this little line of products.  There are few things in life that I love more than being organized and I go to great lengths to have this order in my life.  If I am organized – I feel in control and I am happy.  If I am unorganized, I am a ridiculous mess.  Nobody wants that.

I write lists, I make meal plans, I outline my work wardrobe for the week, I have a particular spot for almost every single thing that I own.

I’m a fun girl, I swear.

Some of these things would help me, greatly.



So, pretty much the whole collection.

It’s a fun website to browse.  The stuff is cute and funny and useful.  And I love it.  And I love lists.  And organizing.  And planning.