Long time no blog…time to get back to it!

The last time I posted anything was last November. Things got cray..again. The past couple years have really been non stop, between rehearsals, shows and kids, there really hasn’t been much down time. 
Now, things are calming down to the point I really don’t know what to do with myself now that I’m not pulled in a dozen directions. The perfect time to get to blogging again….but about what? S said to me last night that if I blogged or vlogged the past two years it would be crazy to see the amount of stuff we’ve done. Too late now. Just have to move ahead. Here is just a few snaps of our adventures since September. 


I’m brainstorming about what I would like to write or make videos about, so I thought I’d just ask, what you would like?

Please let me know if you have any ideas for me. Either comment, send me a facebook message, text me, Instagram me, tweet me, send me a message in a bottle. All good. 

And I’m off. 

Ok, I’m Vlog Obsessed. 

Now that it’s the week of American thanksgiving, it’s kinda the start of the Christmas season. Even though we in Canada had thanksgiving over a month ago, we still acknowledge Black Friday etc. 

Lately I’ve been watching Pretty Neat Living on YouTube. Not just the current videos, but I’ve been binge watching her Vlogidays videos from 2012 on. She used to have three YouTube channels, Now she has combined them into one, very smart idea I think. Her Vlogs were all on her My Housewife Life channel, and I find them so addictive. 

Her name is Jennifer Ross and she lives in Chicago with her husband Don, her baby girl Charlotte and her dog Winnie. They seem to be very well off which is why I think I enjoy watching so much. I love seeing her beautiful, put together house, amazing shopping hauls and the incredible restaurants they go to. 

Now, these vlogs were from before she had baby Charlotte. She doesn’t vlog anymore which is too bad. I think something may have happened for her to give it up, but I don’t know. 

Anyway, I enjoy watching their life. Maybe I’m a bit jealous of it, but whatever. It was her who inspired me to start a YouTube channel of my own. I haven’t posted anything for a very long time as my computer was being a shit and I also don’t have the time. 

I would love to do what she does but for now I’m enjoying getting into the holiday spirit by watching Jenn and her peeps have (a very organized) thanksgiving and Christmas. 
And I’m off. 

Very Last Minute Halloween Costumes

So it’s Halloween night and the kids are in their costumes all ready to go trick or treating and they look at you and say, “Mommy,where’s your costume?”  Crap! They want me in a costume too! You’re about to head out the door and you need a costume!

Here are some costumes that you can literally pull out of your closet. No making anything or intricate make up. My lovely friend Jessicah helped me out with this. Thanks babe, I owe ya one.

Hogwarts student. 


Because I’m a dork, I have the tie and the scarf. But you really could just use a solid tie. We just used a black or grey skirt, a black or grey cardigan and a white shirt. You could do tights or knee socks and black shoes. Grab a stick from the backyard for a wand and done. We actually forgot the wand for the picture, what were we thinking?!?!

50’s Housewife

Even easier. A full skirt a tight sweater or blouse, an apron, some pearls and heels. Done and done. Extra points for a martini and cigarette. Lol.

Holly Golightly-Breakfast at Tiffanys

This one is just a black dress, black heels, some black gloves, big sunglasses and pearls. Put you hair in a bun with a tiara or sparkly headband or even a rhinestone broach. Extra points for take out coffee cup and a Tiffany bag or box.

Rosie the Reviter

 

This one is super easy and comfortable! Just a denim shirt and jeans or even better, coveralls, a red bandana around your head and some black boots. Done. “We Can Do It”.

Cowgirl


I feel like this is the easiest. Jeans, a plaid shirt, some cowboy boots, a banana, cowboy hat and some cute braids. Done.

Gypsy


I realize not everyone is going to have a coin hip scarf in their closet, I used to be a belly dancer. A square scarf or shawl will do the trick. With a long skirt, flowy top, a head scarf and a tonne of jewelry. Done. I suggest wearing boots, I thought it looked good with bare feet. But I wasn’t going anywhere.

I hope this gives you some ideas for a no fuss, out of your closet Halloween costume. Hope you all have a great Halloween weekend.🎃

And I’m off.

Ok, time to get back at it….

I haven’t written a post since August. That’s almost three months. What’s up slacker! (That’s me yelling at myself). So here is the short version of the story of why I haven’t posted a blog post (or a video) in what feels like a decade….I’m tired. That’s it. No big life changing event that has kept me from my computer. Nope, I’m just so damn tired all the time that typing seems like a workout. And if you know me at all, I don’t workout. 

I know what you’re thinking, yeah we are all tired. I’m not saying I’m the most tired anyone has ever been, I’m mom tired. Although I did find my keys in the fridge and the butter in the cutlery drawer. 

My brain doesn’t work, I feel cross eyed, and I haven’t showered in 4 days. Normal mommy stuff. 

I have a 4 year old who isn’t in pre school or anything, I’m home in the day so there is no need. I also have a 9 month old who still doesn’t sleep through the night. I teach dance classes three evenings a week and run a business, the dance studio. So, I’m tired. 

Having all of that said, I really want/need to get back at blogging and making videos because I need something for me. So this is me hiting the restart button. Here we go. 

And I’m off. 

Celebrity Look,Thrift Shop Challenge ! 

Since I’ve been on vacation, and with many more thrift shops at my disposal, I decided to take on a challenge. Recreate celebrity fall looks with thrift shop finds. 

I went on Pinterest and found some looks I liked, not necessarily celebs that I like, or even heard of. But looks that I would actually wear. Then I set off looking for items to recreate the look. 


Total cost of this outfit is $33.00. I found Banana Republic jacket at Previously Loved for $20. That’s what started the whole thing. These jeggings are Calvin Kline and were $6.99!


This outfit is totally me. I live in a black turtleneck in the winter. This outfit was $18.00 including the sunglasses!


I couldn’t find light jeans that fit that I could rip holes in, so I went with the $7.99 ones from the previous look. The jacket is Michael Kors and I found it at Salvation Army for $9.99!!! This outfit was $28.00. 


The pants aren’t exactly what I wanted for this look but I went with it anyway. This outfit was $31.00 including the cuff bracelet and the shoes. 

I really should have put on my spanks for these pictures. Oh well, I worry about the mummy tummy after vacation. 

I loved doing this! I might do it again for winter or vacation looks! Let me know if you love the thrift hunt and if you have any good finds lately. 

And I’m off!  

Holidays!!!!!

And I’m off! Seriously. We are on the road  heading east across our great island of Newfoundland.As you may or may not have heard, we have had a hell of a busy year. Now, it’s time for a break. We are headed to my parents house on beautiful Three Island Pond in Paradise. Also known to us as “the house on the lake”. 

Road trips with kids are….different. Meaning, you end up packing twice as much stuff as you really need “just in case”. For long car trip, which all of ours are, we need snacks, water, bottles, formula, DVD player, iPad, wipes-lots of wipes, pillows, blanket, etc…lets just say lots of stuff. 

Then, your schedule isn’t your own. Stop so Bubs can pee, stop so I can pee,stop to feed the baby, stop for lunch,stop to change the baby. Our trip used to take 7 hours from Corner Brook to St.John’s. Now it takes about 9. That’s long for anyone, but on a four year old it’s sheer torture. 

I gave Mr Bubbers a gravol before we left as he is susceptible to car sickness, he was stoned for the first 2-3 hours. 
Making all our stops things were going along pretty good. Baby was sleeping a lot and Bubs was watching a movie. 

With the usual “I can’t take this anymore” craziness in the last hour, we made it, 9 hours after we left home.  And it was all worth it. 


Now, where’s my wine?

And I’m off. 

My Busy, Crazy, Insane year. 

The end is nigh. Meaning the end of the summer theatre season. My husband runs a theatre festival during the month of July.  Let me explain…This past 10 months have  probably been the busiest of our married lives. I’ll start back in September 2015, my husband started auditions for “Jesus Christ Superstar”, the fall production for Off Broadway Players, he was the director and I was the choreographer. We are a great team, with musicals and otherwise. At this point I was 4 months pregnant and have a 3 year old and teaching dance classes and running my dance studio. 

S, my husband, was in rehearsals a lot. The show was the end of November, we had about 10 weeks to put it all together. Not bad considering we’ve done shows in half that time. I was running my rehearsals too, but he was gone to rehearsal any night I wasn’t teaching so we saw very little of each other.

 We were also both in the show as well, so there were quite a lot of babysitters and asking grandparents to come stay for a while. Neither of us have family living close by. Let me just say that dancing in a show at 6 months pregnant and sick all the time takes some major acting chops to not look as miserable as I felt. Unfortunately, there isn’t an Acadamy Award for that. 

Me in my “King Harod” number costume.
Me and my Roman Guards
Me ans my fellow temple prostitutes. Yes,I was a pregnant prostitute.

Once we closed that show,it was on to the next. The next show was actually mine, he held down the fort for a little while. But he was already in meetings for his next project, I’ll get to that. 

My dance studio, Dance Studio West, did Oz. 


An all dance version of The Wizard of Oz done to modern music. Thankfully I wasn’t in this one as well, because I was 36weeks pregnant.

My Wicked Witch of the West and her henchman
Mr Bubbers enjoying the stage while i give notes after dress rehearsal

Then, one week later….

Baby V was born. 

So, you’d think that would be it. Take some time to recover and get used to our new addition to our family. Not so much. 

S was asked a long time ago to direct the opening ceremonies of the Canada Special Olymics Winter Games that were being held in Corner Brook. And guess who was choreographing it? So the next 4 weeks was a blur of trying to get help to run rehearsals until I could move, a very busy husband and figuring out life with a newborn and a three year old. We pulled it off! And it went great!


Then we took three weeks and took off to Florida! A break we really needed, but it was right back at it as soon as we got back. 

My year end show was next. The big annual recital for the whole studio. Crazy times. 

“Pour Some Sugar On Me”

That’s not all! Then my husband was directing Grease with the school where he teaches, and you guessed it, I was choreographing. 

By the first of June, the studio was closed and I was finished work for the summer. Ahhhh….summer. Time for a break. Not so much. S and two friends of ours run a theatre festival for the month of July called Stage West Theatre Festival. So I choreographed the musical Ruthless, and S directed it as well as two other shows. I was a theatre widow for most of June and July. 

Ruthless.
Soldiers Heart

Tonight the festival closes. We will be heading out of town for a month of holidays.  It’s been the busiest, craziest, stressfu-est, year. 

Now it’s done! And so am I.  
And I’m off!