Oh Baby, the Places You’ll Go

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been actively blogging or sharing on social media this year.

On Christmas Day I started feeling like I had the flu and well, a week later Jason and I found out that I was pregnant.

I wasn’t going to post anything until after the baby was born, but we had our family Baby-Q Shower last weekend and the photos are starting to show up on Facebook.

So the cat is out of the bag. Jason and I are having a baby (well, it’s mostly me) and I’m due on September 1st, 2017.

Facebook or it didn’t happen, right?

Happy National Siblings Day

Today, Friday April 10th, is National Siblings Day. So to celebrate the best brother and sister ever, here are some embarrassing photos of us as kids. You’re welcome Kristin & Kyle. Love you.

Kyle’s first day home from the hospital

Aunt Carol Ann & Uncle Jimmy’s wedding

 

First day of school

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

This year we did our family Thanksgiving on Saturday up at my Aunt & Uncles cottage.  Our family is pretty big and it’s a great time when we get together.  We had the 2 grandkids and 4 granddogs (Finn, Chance, Winston & Benson) playing all afternoon and evening and spent the day outside by the water, down at the dock and sitting in front of a day-long bonfire.

 

I am thankful for my close-knit and amazing family, my wonderful boyfriend, our friends, our pets and our health.  I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, wherever you are.  There is a lot of change and strife in our world today.  Stay true to yourself and fight the good fight for those less fortunate.  It is up to each and every one of us to be the best person that we can be.  Pay attention to what is going on in the world.  Help out wherever you can, be aware of the impact YOU have on our earth and the people around you.  Stand up for what you believe in.

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog over the years, commented, shared a post or entered a contest.  This is my outlet and my platform to share my voice.  I hope you enjoy it.

Carly-Anne

Babes, Brews & BBQs

This weekend was fantastic.  My cousin Tanya was in town for the weekend from Florida and I got to leave early to pick her up at our Mugga’s on Friday afternoon and we drove back to the Beach to begin our whirlwind weekend of fun.  We got home just as Jason arrived and he jumped in the shower and we drove up to have birthday dinner for my brother at The Auld Spot.  Dinner was pretty good – I had the gourmet mac n’ cheese and everyone else had steak & southern fried chicken.  We drank beers and sang the Birthday Song twice – the first time with our Original Moule family version(and unless you’ve heard it IRL you can’t imagine how loud & long it is)!

 

We had a great time at dinner and then Tanya, Jason, Kyle and I went back to our house to play with Finn and have some more drinks on the back deck.

Tanya’s friend Ginger was in town from NYC for the night so Tanya & I picked up Rhi and went down to Betty’s to meet Ginger and her husband.  I hadn’t been to Betty’s in years and it seems the past couple months I’ve been going back.  I <3 Betty’s and it was great to hang out in my old watering hole 🙂  We left Betty’s pretty late to go home and I was EXHAUSTED!  I’m so not used to staying up late anymore.

Saturday morning we slept in and then got up to go have brunch at Whitlock’s, me, Jason, Tanya, Kyle & Kathryn.  After brunch we went back to the hose to get Finn and began our day of walking.  We took him to the park, to the dog beach & the people beach, had him swimming and playing fetch with the tennis ball.  Until we lost the ball in the lake because he was too tired to get it.

I luckily stepped in the grossest dog poo in the park – it was NOT Finn’s – I ALWAYS pick up my dog’s poo and it is disgusting.  Luckily this poo smushed into my sandals and in between my toes.  I had to hop my way to the public restrooms to clean it off and when I got there the women’s side was closed for cleaning.  So I took my chances with the Men’s Room (eww) and got myself de-pooed.

Kathryn came down to meet us on the Boardwalk and we made our way back to the house – stopping by Woodbine Park to check out the Beaches BBQ & Brews Festival.  It was filled with people, puppies & BBQ’d food and Finn was a little too excited about the thought of someone dropping some BBQ for him, so Jason and I took him home and went back down to meet the girls.

Kathryn and Tanya had scoped out a perfect spot and when we came back they had a table beside the beer, facing the stage.  Jason and I spotted Pappy’s Olde Fashion Soda Pop that had huge, stainless steel mugs and made a beeline for them.  We had butter beer & birch been soda and then used them for our beers.  I drank Mill St Lemon Tea Beers (my favourite) and we watched a 90’s cover band.

Then a band called MidLife Crisis came on AND IT WASN’T MY DAD’S BAND!!!  They were definitely not as good as my dad’s band and it was too bad they didn’t have the real MLC perform.

Jason really lucked out because I bought him a t-shirt from Left Field Brewery AND a huge Grand Slam BBQ meal from Camp 31 out of Alabama, that was 1 of everything they were making at the festival.  He got BBQ’d ribs, brisket, pulled pork & chicken and said it was really delicious.  They also Oinked when you tipped, which was pretty funny.

  
We left the BBQ & Brews festival around 9pm and were a little tipsy and definitely sunburned.  Jason had a meat coma and went straight to bed, and Tanya, Kathryn & I went and got Indian food from New Haandi 2000 in  Gerrard Bazar/Little India.  We had chicken tikka masala, chana masala, matar paneer, garlic & regular naan bread and jasmine rice.  I love Indian food and New Haandi 2000 is really yummy.

We passed out around midnight and Sunday was super rainy and gloomy in the morning so I slept in til about 1100am.  I got up and the sun started to come out, so Tanya and I walked into the Beach to check out The Body Shop and to get me some sunscreen at Shoppers.  We came back, packed Finn & Kyle into the car and headed up to Mom & Dad’s for Father’s Day.  We spent a few hours playing with Finn in the pool and hanging out with the extended family.  Then everyone went over to our Aunt & Uncles for family Father’s Day dinner.

My family is huge and crazy and fun and it’s always a great time when we get together.  My cousins and I are all good friends and close-ish in age (20-32) and we had a blast together.

I finally packed Jason, Finn & Kyle back in the car and drove home to the city.  We crashed pretty soon after getting home and all in all it was a great weekend!  So happy to see you Tanya and I can’t wait to be back on your beach.

 

Cousin + Hair Makeover = AWESOME!

This morning I got up and drove my butt to Oshawa to the new Mark Anthony Salon (178 Athol St East) where my cousin Jeri works to get a hair makeover.

I haven’t had my hair done since November 2011 and was in desperate need.  I’d been trying to grow it out and dying it at home myself – check out my review of the John Freida haircolour – and to be honest I was a little worried that I would get in trouble for ruining my hair.

Jeri’s specialty is colour and she is a true artist!  She blended different blondes to create this amazing natural ashy blonde colour.  You know how I love my platinum but does it ever wreak havoc on your hair!

I am trying to grow my hair out so she gave me a really cool layered cut that will grow out nicely AND I finally have Pink back in my hair.  It’s just a bit at the front now but seeing it makes me super happy and I’m thinking that I might need to put a little more in 🙂

If you live in the Durham/Kawartha region and are looking for an new stylist, a great cut or amazing custom colour check out Jeri & her crew at Mark Anthony.  Tell her you found her via my blog 🙂

Thanks for fitting me in cousin.  I LOVE what you did.