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What a day looks like for me: fall edition

I did a Day in the life of me post last year when I was a cyber teacher.  You can read my previous posts here.
Much has changed since I went back to the classroom part time and Lucia started Kindergarten. So go ahead, I permit you to be snoopy.  Let's see what I do in a day.

Wake up 6:30 (and on the day I wash my hair- 6:00).  I treasure this quiet time before anyone else wakes up.  The sun is beautiful too.

I'm done my hair/makeup by 6:50ish and then sneak in 10-15 minutes to read/comment on my favourite blogs before the kids get up.  I also get to watch some amazing colour changes in the sky.

Nostalgic Series 3

It's the last Monday of the month already!  Wow, that went quick.  That means it is time to do a Nostalgic Series post.  You can read my previous posts here.  Share your nostalgic posts in the link up below.

Today's post I'm throwing back to fall.  In this post (see original post here) , my mom quoted a poem in her comments, and I was curious where she got it from.  When I found its origins, I loved it so much I thought I should start with it:

THERE is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—Touch of manner, hint of mood;And my heart is like a rhyme,With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry         5Of bugles going by.And my lonely spirit thrillsTo see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills.There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;We must rise and follow her,  10When from every hill of flameShe calls and calls each vagabond by name.
- Bliss Carman, 1861

OCT. 2, 2010

Fall clothing and decor favourites.

Linking up with Andrea as well as Casey, Whitney and Carrie for a little bit of fall fashion and a whole lot of fall decor.

This week I have worn: 3 outfits are from Alison's WorkWear Challenge, two aren't because I couldn't wear jeans or didn't want to wear a blue oxford and thusly made my own creations.  I also had to figure out a new outfit spot this week as the sun is getting up lazily later every day.  Slacker.

My last piece of her pie after I wrote Monday's post, I texted Kyla for word help.  I told her about my loss of the word that I wanted and her suggestions were nostalgic or déjà-vu...I gave her the fill in the blank: at Christmas, the smell of traditional foods is ______ '.  She then gave me "yummy".   She was immediately fired.
Dan's first response for suggestion was déjà-vu as well and then he went all google-happy and started using sciencey words.  Which wasn't what I was looking for.  I then called Mom who went all thesaurus on me and then started googling articles and reading.  She couldn't come up with my missing word. And then she called me back with more suggestions, telling told me stories about the smell of Dove soap would remind her of her Grandmother's bathroom.
So many good things come from blogging, I tell ya.
Anyway, her words were reminiscent and redolent.
Dan's sister, Monique, texted me yesterday with some science words, but also gave me wistf…

What fall looks like for me.

Fall is a magical time, isn't it?
It is really hard to be in a bad mood when most days it feels like I'm driving around in a painting: bright blue skies, trees in multicolours, geese flying in their formation overhead.  I love the crispness in the air, the changing of wardrobes and the promise of cozy times by the fire to come.
I hope you like fall too because I'm fall-theming all my posts this week.  There's food, fashion and decor to talk about this week.
But let's start with the most important: time spent with family.

We had a supreme fall weekend spent with Kyla, her kidlets and my parents.  Well, really, it was just Saturday but it started the weekend off on the right foot.  My parents celebrated 40 blissful years of marriage yesterday, so of course we wanted to celebrate with them (which was my excuse for cake). Kyla (and her hubby) make the best cakes.  Look at that masterpiece!  It was even in the shades of their wedding colours.


There are so many different ways you can match your shoes. That's a fact.
From the color of your clothing to your mood – there are many wide horizons that it can be very overwhelming. Today, I am going to share some tips for mixing and matching your favorite shoes as I know there are many things that need to be considered.

So, one of the first and one of the most classic ways to match your shoes is with color. Imagine you are dressing in blue. Logically a nice pair of blue shoes would be your first pick, but this is the old fashion way. The contemporary and new way for matching shoes is playing with opposite colors in the color wheel. So if you are dressing all in blue then pull bright yellow shoes! It will look modern and make a much more interesting look to your outfit.

 Another way to can match your shoes is by looking to your printed clothing or multi-colors for inspiration.  For instance, if your blouse is printed in various colors like blue, green and black then you can pul…

What I Wore to Work and then some

Oh, it's been a week.
I'm happy to report that I'm back to feeling 100% comfortable in the classroom; I love my students already and even look forward to spending my two hours with them.  I teach Christian Ethics 30 (in French) in 2nd and French 20 in third.  That means I'm done at noon and have plenty of lovely afternoons with Lucia or lovely afternoons with yours truly.
Maybe a 'Day in my life' post should be in order next week.

The part of this week that is still leaving my overwhelmed is the prep.  Two classes that I haven't taught in awhile leaves me only half a step ahead of my students, and that doesn't make me feel good. Hopefully things will calm down.

But hey, the other thing I love about being back in the classroom? Dressing for it!
Here's what I wore this week.  Note, there are 5 different looks.  All of them, except one, is from Alison's Work Wear Challenge.  Can you guess the Deena created look? She had a blue oxford paired with a…

A hair challenge

I spend 20some minutes on my makeup every morning and only 3 minutes on my hair.  Okay, maybe it's more like 1.

I have never had patience to do my hair, I am naturally (and proudly) a pony tail girl, tomboy at heart. Having very thick and very straight hair makes for a frustrating process that I tend to avoid, which means I have the process down to an art.  I wash my hair twice a week (usually Sundays and Wednesdays) and the days in between I use dry shampoo.  On most days, I can wake up and go, without paying much attention to my coif.

Thankfully my friends, Sarah and Vanessa came up with a hair challenge, encouraging me to try new things.  Which I kinda did.
For one week, I purposely did my hair differently each day in hopes of adding a little variety to my life, although, I have to admit, my efforts stuck true to my "get it done as quickly as possible" mantra.
All these hair styles took 5 minutes.

The one look I would do, if I were to put 30 mi…

About the style challenges.

When I signed up for the  Get Your Pretty On Style Spring Challenge last year,  I had no idea what to expect.  At that point in my life, I was fashionably-content, happily blogging in my own little world but unbeknownst to me,  a whole world of blog opportunities and friendships would be around the corner.  
Right off the bat, a member of the Spring 2014 Facebook group, Shaunacey, who is also Canadian and a blogger (I liked her from the get-go) suggested we do blog link ups to showcase our looks during the challenge.  So we seeked other bloggers and bam, blogging as I knew it was changed forever.

Because at that moment, in walked a community of women who are now some of the most special people in my world.  I treasure my late night (and usually all day) text sessions with Shaunacey as we discuss the Blue Jays, our kids and our mutual adoration for wine.  I feel like I have a special bond with Lana and Carrie, having met up with Lana twice, once being on a trip to meet Carrie way down in…

Landybridal Wedding Dress Selection

This weekend I should be in Calgary at a bridal show with my soon to be sister in law, Jen.  Sadly, I couldn't make it work.  I really wish I could be there to see her excitement and joy, but mostly to see her try on dresses.  I can't wait to see what she picks. So I took it upon myself to pick out some dresses for her from the online bridal boutique, Landybridal.  Jen is a stunning, petite lady with a strong body; she has a very easy body to dress.   I think she would look beautiful in mermaid style wedding dresses because of her sexy curves.  Is it weird that I just called my brother's fiancée sexy?  I also picked out some vintage lace wedding dresses because I think Jen is a classic beauty and could pull off that look quite seamlessly.  

So, what do you think?  Good choices?  If you had to pick one of the five, which dress would be your choice?  And hey, while your at it, you might as well order one because it's free shipping!

In the spirit of full disclosure, this …

What I Wore to Work

Before I show you what I wore this week...I have a couple things to share with you.
1- Head on over to our new collab, The Blended Blog.  We'll be featuring the contributors every Friday and I'm up today!

2- I'd like you to consider Alison's Fall Challenge.  Sign up (here) opens today and who doesn't love fall fashion?  Layers, sweaters, leggings and boots......  You can check what it entails here, but even better, why not come back on Monday when Alison will be guest posting right here!

Now, on to what I wore. 3 of the outfits were part of Alison's workwear challenge...can you guess which ones?

When I look back at these outfits from the past 2 weeks of work, it feels like I've been at it for 2 months already.  I'm exhausted, am feeling overwhelmed and would like to just sit still and be.
That is likely not going to happen, so I'll just learn to deal.

So instead of me being super wordy and full of spirit, let's just take a look at what I'v…

A 10th Girls' Getaway

Before I start talking about one group of friends, I'd like to invite you to check out a special blog formed by another group of blog friends, The Blended Blog.  Today marks our inaugural post and the beginning of a novel journey for a group of ladies who have never met.  This blog is a communal place to find blogs, share blogs and get to know other bloggers.  Our hope is to unite the blogworld, one post at a time.

Beginning in 2006, what I kinda remember to be as March, our group of girlfriends decided we should go and do something.   At that point in time, no one had kids and it was just a really good excuse to get together with Christy and Gina who live in Calgary while we all live in YXE.    I honestly don't even remember where we shopped or what we did with our time.  Well actually, I do remember crazy nights with some girls (not me, obvs) not even coming home from partying.
Ah to be footloose and fancy-free.

The annual girl trip, which has taken place in either …