Month Review in numbers: December

by - January 01, 2017

Welcome back to another year of a month review in numbers, which are the most numbers I use in my life.  I would love to have you link up with me !

1000$ spent on Cmas gifts, of course that is averaged and likely a lowball guess.  One of my goals this year is to really track my spending and not be wasteful. Did my kids really need 5 presents each? Nope.

2 baskets made by Lucia during her basketball games and was she ever proud of herself!

8.5 hours spent creating my year in review video

19 staples put into Coco's side after she had a lump removed.  She has had round the clock pampering by all and will be under our care for another week.  Luckily, she is doing better every day.

2 turkey meals in one day on Christmas Day.  It was excessive but absolutely delicious.

3 people with the same birthday on the 30th: Dan's mom, Uncle Kevin and Sara.  We had a blast out for supper while celebrating the baby of our group.

12 years of marriage celebrated with a delicious meal and movie date with the hubby

2 inches of snow. Finally we can do things outside, like back yard cross country skiing.

1 snowblower that I don't know how to start that we used for the first time since we bought in 3 years ago.

0 New Year's resolutions remembered from last year when trying to think of what to do this year.  Makes me really wonder what I can do this year that is worthwhile and authentic.

2 weeks of no motivation to cook, so there was a lot of ordering in from SkiptheDishes

5 lbs gained, also 2 weeks without a workout at Orange thus I'm feeling rather flabby and gross

Link up your numbers posts, the dates for all the next linkups are on the graphic above, feel free to use that too.

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This week I'm going to be looking back at the top 5 posts (based on pageviews) from 2016 along with announcing some of the fun ideas I have for 2017 on le blog, so check back with me every day this week to see what I have up my sleeve.

Top 5, #5  The Summer Dress

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]oday marks the end of Style Perspectives and the beginning of Create28.  Create28 will have daily prompts that will be styled by whichever blogger is listed on the date and then we'll continue showcasing our looks on Wednesdays with a linkup on the Blended Blog. So yes, it says me for the summer go-to link, but you should also swing over to Lana's blog to see what she's doing for it.   I decided to combine the last prompt from Style Perspectives (Summer Dress) with the first prompt for Create 28 (Thusly my summer go-to dress).

So, I told you about the time I asked you which of my two dresses for a graduation you liked the most and you voted for the blue one.  Which I returned.  The red floral I have had for a couple years, it's a gem that I found on ModCloth and have gotten lots of good wear out of it.

But I wasn't convinced with the blue one...I felt very good in it, but when I looked closely in the mirror I saw way too many rolls #weareourownworstcritique.  So by chance, I was killing time in the mall with no intention of buying anything, just leisurely gaining some steps with the Fitbit and likely sipping a latté before getting my kids from school, when of course, I stroll into Aritzia and EVERYTHING FITS PERFECTLY.  And also, of course, this is the week before our girls' shopping getaway weekend. #thewaysherolls #thestruggleisreal.  So I buy a long vest cardigan inspired by a look I saw that I loved from Shauna over at Lipgloss and Lace (and quite frankly, I want everything she styles) (I think she's my style spirit animal. Move over Jillian Harris) and I also found a simple and super cute black swing dress that I decided could be very versatile after seeing Sarah sport converse with her stripes on last week's post.

The finding of the dress was clearly serendipitous as that upcoming weekend I had a fun Sunday that I could easily sport the dress styled two ways.  And alas, the subject of my blog post; my summer go-to dress- the swing dress.

[caption id="attachment_7388" align="aligncenter" width="677"] Why does the Sanibel Pennant always get stuck on my boob......[/caption]

Look 1: Dressed down which I wore for running errands and then going to watch Kinsey's year-end piano recital.  I also ended up changing out of the vest and using my white denim jacket instead.

Funny sister texted me the day after I had found the dress saying she found a cute swing dress at Aritzia.  What are the chances that she bought the exact same dress as me without knowing it. Or maybe I bought the exact same one as her.  There are two different versions, one is 125$ and the other 55$.  Difference is material and the 55$ one comes in more colours.

[caption id="attachment_7392" align="aligncenter" width="768"] yes Lucia is almost as tall as me. Look at her feet! Also- yes, I am wearing a backpack- my new favourite thing![/caption]

Look 2: Dressed up for a night on the town with our Splurge girls.  We headed out to the Bon Temps Café in Saskatoon for a Cajun Créole Boil.  If you follow me on Snapchat (@shoestoshiraz) you would have seen the crazy fun it was!  I got tons of compliments on the dress too.

And there you have it: my go-to summer dress which has officially been named the swing dress.  If you have an Aritzia near you or want to order online, here are the links: Princely Dress 125$, Princely Dress 55$, Dunkirk Sweater.  Another fashion blogger I follow, Andrea from Stylish Adventures with AL, who is also an Aritzia lover, mentioned that Aritzia has it's big sale in keep your eyes peeled for some good deals.

See you tomorrow with #4!


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  1. Yay for no cooking, you and me both with the 5 pounds and feeling yuck. Oh the swing dress how I love thee.

  2. Aww, your doggie had a big surgery too, your darling pups, part of the family! Wow, you put a lot of time into your wonderful video, no wonder it was awesome!! LOVE that black swing dress and wishing you a fabulous New Year!!

  3. I am feeling the bleck grossness too. I need to throw out the rest of the sweets and gain some focus.... tomorrow. Holiday break ends so it just make sense :P.

  4. I haven't been brave enough to step on a scale.... First spin class of the year today....

  5. Im with you on the extra fun. Kinda looking forward to healthy eating again this week-xo


  6. Sounds like a successful holiday season to me! I don't do new year's resolutions because I am bound to fail, Lol. Congratulations on 12 years of marriage bliss, may 2017 treat you all well.

  7. Poor doggie! Congrats on your anniversary! I'm with you on the lbs gained and lack of working out, but I started up again yesterday!

  8. I'm almost wishing for some good snow for snowshoeing and the like. We got some, then it got super cold and then got warm and icy and gross. And now it is raining. Weird. Sounds like you had one heck of a December!

  9. That video! You have and are creating such a bundle of memories for your family. My heart just melts every time I see your family. Such love!

  10. I've gained far more than 5lbs!
    Poor coco :( glad she's got such great caregivers
    2017 - the year of the big blended blog meetup!!

  11. Seriously my kiddos could have gone without so much for Christmas. I keep trying to pair it down and I think I did okay this year, I loved your fun posts this year!

  12. Your month sounds amazing!! Glad you set the goal to be financially sound for 2017. That's always one of my goals too. So far? Well... I bought a pair of heels online like an hour ago... they were on sale!! HA!!
    Glad you had a wonderful holiday season!

    All the Cute

  13. High fives for the high heels....I likely wouldn't be able to resist either.

  14. 135 days left. So excited to hug you again.

  15. Aw, thanks! I kinda like them.

  16. that is weird....all the better for reading books, I guess?

  17. high fives for the start did I, let's hope I can not lose motivation now.

  18. Likewise, friend. Here's to an awesome 2017.

  19. Maybe my goal will be to run outside once this winter. But not today because -40 is craycray.

  20. It always feels so good to get back in the groove, doesn't it.

  21. It's a good day to start with the right intentions. That's tomorrow for me.

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  23. Had to weigh at the doctor today. Averted my eyes and swore the nurse to secrecy. But we are back at the gym again so help is on the way. Your anniversary dinner is mouthwatering. Congratulations and happy anniversary.

  24. These numbers posts are always so fun to read! 2 turkey dinners in one day, yum! :) We spent way too much on Christmas this year too--we even set a budget and then didn't stick to it. Yikes.

  25. I am going to try harder this year....

  26. Lol, them nurses knowing all our secrets.

  27. Every year I try to stick to a budget and fail miserably. Hope your puppers is feeling better!


Have a lovely day!