December 30, 2013

christmas $$$

I am a 43 year old mature adult (sometimes), therefore, I do not expect family to give me gifts on Christmas. However, my Daddy (yes people! I am a Daddy's girl) always gives me a little bit of money that I love to use on an unplanned "splurge". 

This year, we decided to take the $$$ and buy whatever book we wanted at Chapters (for my USA friends... Chapters is the equivalent to your Barnes & Nobles). I usually do my reading on my mini i-pad but there are time that I do love to pick up a actual book.

Here are the books that I am adding to my non ending books to read pile!

1. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg - Any book that Fannie releases I buy!  Love the characters in all of her books.

2. I am Malada by Malala Tousatzai - I heard great things about this book. 

3. Just one year by Gayle Forman - This is the sequel to Just one day. I hope it is as good as the first book.

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - I really enjoyed his first book called "Attachments" so hopefully this book will be as enjoyable.

I can't forget to mention that I recently bought a Longchamp Purple\Navy Blue Tote and told Bidou that it was his Christmas gift to me from him!  Thanks Bidou!!  By the way, I love this tote and it has become my new favourite work bag.

(Sorry guys! I can't get this picture to rotate!)

Did you get any Christmas $$$ this year?? If so, how will you spend it??

December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013

I can't even express how happy I am that we decided to stay home for the holidays instead of going to Manhattan (you can read about it here). So far it has been relaxing... spending many hours on the couch catching up on some tv (latest season of the Biggest Loser) and reading.  I finally finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. If you haven't read it.  Please do!  I haven't read a good book like that in a while.

Christmas eve was quiet. Daddy came over for supper.  Then Bidou and I matched a movie.

Christmas Day morning was spent at my sister's for breakfast. She served an amazing spread of so many goodies!  

The following are some of my favourite pictures of Xmas 2013 ~

 My brother and his son Kevin

 Kevin and I

 My niece Jessica and my 2 nephew Phil and Kevin horsing around!

Bidou and Kloé 

How was your Christmas??
Stressful or Relaxing??

December 24, 2013

Staycation or Manhattan

If you had to choose to spend 3 days and 2 nights in a great hotel near Time Square in Manhattan NY during the holidays or stay at home... what would  you choose???
I choose a "staycation" and here is why!

Over a year ago, I bought a 3 day/2 night package with Hilton Vacations. At first I was thinking... let's go in the Fall but unfortunately that did not happen. And then life went on.

Last September, we needed to schedule a date since this package expires in December 2013. Bidou and I discussed it and decided that spending the Christmas holidays in Manhattan was GREAT idea. Now that the December is upon us... we have no desire to be away. It has been a very hectic October/November/December for us. All we want to do is stay home, spend quality time with Kloé, catch up on some reading, maybe see a movie or 2 and visit a local museum.

Any exciting plans for the holidays??

December 18, 2013

2013 year in review - book version

That's What She Read

I was planning to do a post in January regarding the books I read in 2013 but when I heard that Jen and Steph were planning a link-up titled "Year in Review - Your Favorite Things in 2013". I knew that this would be a great occasion to share my book post.  

Last January, I challenged myself to read 40 books. Unfortunately, I did not reach my goal but I am proud to announce that I have read 28 books thus far (still 13 days to go!)

The following is a list of all 28 books I have read in 2013. I read 13 French Canadian novels (I have marked them in italics). I am very proud of this number since I just started to read French language books in 2011. Even though my daily spoken language is French. I relate more to English stuff, especially when it comes to reading a book. I would never be caught reading an English translated to French book.  Strange!!

1. Chère Laurette - Tome 4 by Michel David - french
2. Love Athony by Lisa Genova
3. Souvenirs de la Banlieue - Sylvie - Tome 1 by Rosette Laberge - french
4. Au Bord de la Rivière - Tome 4 - Michel David - french
5. Les Soeurs Beaudry - Tome 1 by Micheline Dalpé - french
6. Souvenirs de la Banlieu - Michel - Tome 2 by Rosette Laberge - french
7. Les Soeurs Beaudry - Tome 2 by Micheline Dalpé - french
8. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
9. La vie épicée de Charlotte Lavigne - Tome 2 by Nathalie Roy - french
10. Virgin River - book 1 by Robyn Carr
11. Poussière du temps - Tome 1 by Michel David - french
12. Souvenir de la Banlieue - Sonia - Tome 3 by Rosette Laberge - french
13. Souvenir de la Banlieue - Junior - Tome 4 by Rosette Laberge - french
14. Souvenir de la banlieue - Tante Irma - Tome 5 by Rosette Laberge - french
15. The Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
16. The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans 
17. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
18. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
19. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
20. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
21. Poussière du Temps - Tome 2 by Michel David - french
22. The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
23. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
24. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
25. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
26. Mensonges sur le Plateau Mont-Royal - Book 1 by Michel David - french
27. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Streds
28. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Currently Reading 
Me before you by Jojo Moyes (the count will be 29 books if I finish this one before the end of 2013)

Books that I started but did not finish in 2013
Oliver Kitterridge by Elizabeth Strout ~ I tried but just couldn't finish it! See post here
Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Author I discovered in 2013
Lisa Genova - After picking up "Still Alice", I just couldn't stop...!

Biggest Disappointment
After reading "Broken Horses" and "Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls, I was excited for the release of her new book "The Silver Star" last June but was so disappointed.  C'mon Jeannette... you can do a lot better!!

Best Book in 2013
"Still Alice" by Lisa Genova but REALLY loving the book I am currently reading... Me Before You.

Since I was not able to reach my goal of reading 40 books this year... I am setting the same goal for 2014. 

How many books did you read in 2013??
Any book goals for 2014??

December 17, 2013

late recap of last weekend in pictures

If you follow me on Instragram you probably have seen most of these pictures.  And if you are NOT following me on Instagram... you better press that follow button now.  Merci beaucoup mes amis!!

Left - I read most of Saturday afternoon on the couch while Kloe snored her little heart out! 

Top right - All bundled up for -20c weather... the joys of living in a condo with a dog. We must dress up every time we take her out.  No leaving her free in the yard.

Bottom right - My nephew slept over Saturday night and we watched the Steve Jobs movie (picture of Kevin chilling with Kloé on the couch). I surprisingly enjoyed the movie. Ashton Kutcher did an amazing job portraying him. 

P.S. For the curious minds out there regarding last Friday post, I ended up NOT attending my Annual Christmas Holiday party at work. I have decided that 2014 will be the year that I am introducing the word "NO" into my vocabulary.  Thanks to Stephanie for sending me her post entitled The Art of Saying No. It made me realize that saying NO is not a selfish thing...

December 13, 2013

I am a plan breaker! - I'm excited for the plans I made this weekend that I'm going to break once I remember I don't like having plans

Why is it that I love to have a full schedule in the evenings and weekends but when it is time to attend the event... I am like... Why did I say yes to this? I just want to go home, sit on my couch and watch a movie, play Candy Crush (I admit it... I am obsessed and even paid $0.99 to reach the next level), read a book while drinking a latte.

Example ~ Tonight is the Annual Christmas Holiday party at work. The entire company will be there. It will probably be fun. Even the spouses are invited. Back in November when I received the invite, I was so excited, really looking forward to it. I even forward the e-mail to Bidou and told him to make sure that this was added to his agenda. That said Annual Christmas Holiday party is tonight... and I am dreading it... here I go again... why did I say yes... I am tired... I have a headache... it is FREEZING out... all I want to do after work is go home, have supper and sit on my couch and do nothing besides watching TV and play Candy Crush (lol)!!

Do you dread attending already planned events??

That Friday Blog Hop

December 12, 2013

pets are people too - bath time!

Jade and Oak

This week, I have been an unreliable blogger.  On Monday, I posted a great Part 1 of my tops reasons why you should stay at the Secrets The Vine in Cancun Mexico and promised a Part 2 on Tuesday.  Well Part 2 will probably be posted next week since I am still working on it!  Please be patient!

Today I am linking up with Jade for Pets are People too.  Any reason is a good reason to talk about my favourite girl in the house...Kloé.  

I try to get her groomed every 5-6 weeks.  I just adore her when she is smelling perfum-y and when her fur is silky and white. My Dad (her grandpa) dogsat while we were in Cancun last week. And when I picked her up last Saturday, she was grey and smelly.  Her next grooming appointment is only scheduled for December 23rd, therefore, I decided to give her a bath myself for the very first time. And she loved it!!

How often do you get your dog groomed?? 

December 9, 2013

Secrets The Vine - Cancun Mexico Part 1 of 2

Secrets The Vine is ranked #8 out of 173 hotels in Cancun as per Trip Advisor and I completely agree with this ranking. We paid more than we usually pay for an all-inclusive resort for a week but since last year Ive been eying for this resort. It was worth every penny!

Here are the top reasons why you should stay at the Secrets The Vine in Cancun, Mexico:

Coffee Shop
Their coffee shop is amazing.  And yes… better than Starbucks (never thought that I would ever say that!). I drank way too many lattes but since they were included I did not give a dam.  Claudia made the cutest coffee art. They also offered the best bran and banana muffins that I ever tasted. And as a mid-afternoon snack, they also offered various mini-sandwiches that which were equally delicious.

Room Service
We only took advantage of the room service once for breakfast and regretted not doing it more. The meal is served on a fancy well placed table on wheels. The meal is kept hot in a storage unit under the table. The view from our balcony was amazing therefore we decided to eat our meal outside. By the way, not only breakfasts are served. You can get it 24/7 and heard that all meals were good. 

We ate like royalty at every. single. meal. - many many calories were consumed but what the hell! All food was amazing including the morning and lunch buffets. The "à la carte" restaurants were to die for. No reservations are needed for all restaurants. That is nice! We mostly enjoyed the Dragon. Kudos to Chef William, a young French Canadian from Thetford Mines, Quebec.

Kitchen Tour
We are not one to participate in many on-site organized activities but the one that caught our interest was the Kitchen Tour. Chef William conducted the tour and we were amazed by the logistics, the cleanliness and the hard working individuals that it takes to operate a state-of-the-art kitchen. I was totally surprised that all food including the bread, the pasta, the desserts, the ice cream were all made behind the scenes. I was happy for this planet to learn that they recycle immensely. Only 500 kilos of organic waste is generated every day. Other fact that I retained was that they used 1080 eggs a day... that is a lot of hens and one happy rooster!

We were offered an upgrade to a “Preferred Room” for an additional $120 US a night but we opted for the basic room with no regrets. At home, Bidou and I sleep in a King Size bed but at the time of check-in they was only had 2 Queen Size beds available. We took it and slept like babies all week! The room is spacious and very well decorated. The bathroom is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  It consisted of a double head shower stall in which my entire family could have bathed together, a separate enclosed toilet, 2 very modern sinks and a lot of shelves for your toiletries. Their closets were gigantic.  Also included was a very well stocked mini-fridge with soft-drinks, bottle water and “cerveza”.

Part 2 will be posted tomorrow! 

December 5, 2013

ten favorite things - the holidays

Hey folks… I am still "stuck" but really enjoying my vacation in Cancun.  I am over indulging in lattes and smoked salmon! Details to come next Monday…

But for now, I am linking up with Brianna on her monthly ten favorite things (better late than never). She has chosen for this month's theme… The Holidays.  For different reasons, Christmas is not my favorite time of the year. Over the last couple of years, it has become a very stressful day.  However, there is some stuff that surrounds the holidays that I do enjoy.

  1. The famous red cups at Starbucks.
  2. Christmas music on the radio.
  3. Receiving new Pandora charms from Bidou (hint! hint!)
  4. Having some time off from work - this year Christmas falls on a Wednesday, my company is giving us the 25th, 26th and the 27th as vacation days!
  5. Buying gifts for family.
  6. Since I have no room for a tree in my condo, I still enjoy to decorate with some precious Christmas items I cherish.
  7. Love to watch a classic Christmas movie. I am thinking that I will re-re-rewatch "Elf" again this year.
  8. Window shopping at the mall.
  9. Quality time with family and friends.
  10. Cooking Bidou's favorite French Canadian holiday meal "La Tourtière".  I will post the recipe and instructions on a  future December post.

November 29, 2013

trips and books and new follower

First I need to thank Tabitha from Wandering Java Lover for becoming my 7th follower. She is a Canadian blogger that loves Starbucks and Books. My kind of girl!!! :)  Please check out her blog!

By this time tomorrow, I will be up in the air flying somewhere over the Florida Keys on my way to Cancun Mexico for the week. 

My schedule today is crazy. I am working until 4:30 pm then I have an spa appointment for a pedicure (love pedicures!) and for some waxing (must look good in that bathing suit!). Then I need to pack for Bidou and I.    

Last night my hairdresser (yes... I couldn't go to Cancun with my roots showing!) asked me what kind of packer I was. Then it got me thinking about the stuff I do bring on trips. I think I bring just enough in clothes and shoes. I usually pack one suitcase for Bidou and I plus we have our carry-ons.  That's not so bad... right?? However, the item that I do bring to many of is books. For some reason, I am always afraid that I will run out of stuff to read.  Last summer when travelling to Key West for the month of August, I packed 12 books but only read 5 of them. Go figure!!

I usually read books on my mini i-pad but when travelling to Mexico, I love to bring real books. I find it is easier for reading at the beach or near the pool.

The following is a picture of the books that I am bringing on this trip.  My priority is to finish The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I hopefully to read another!! :)

grrrr... I can't get this picture to rotate... sorry people!!

What do you over pack when travelling on a vacation???

I will be taking a break from this blog next week but will be back in full force on December 9th.  Hope you all have a great week! :)

November 27, 2013

Wednesday's NOT loves

I usually dedicate Wednesday's to my favourite loves of the week but decided this week to turn stuff around... therefore, welcome to my first edition of my not loves post.

Not loving the following #whitestuff scene when I woke up this morning.

Not loving all of the traffic that the #whitestuff caused this morning.

Not loving that when I left work at 4:30 yesterday that it was pitch black outside.

Not loving that Bidou is away for the most part of this week.

Not loving that I was not able to finish reading The Book Thief on time for this month's book club.

Not loving that this week I am so NOT organized and that my packing is not even started yet! (leaving for Mexico this Saturday)

What are you NOT loving this week??

November 25, 2013

sunday dinner

I am a big fan of Sunday dinners. They are important to me and it is a tradition that I cherish. It is a great time to sit around a table with family and friends to share a meal.

I love to cook a home cooked meal on Sunday's.  I do not consider myself a great cook but I don't mind preparing simple meals. I hate trying new recipes. Some new recipes that I have tried in the past were often fails! Therefore, I am always reluctant to try something new!

With that being said... I tried a new slow cooker recipe yesterday that I found in a magazine and it was a success. Bidou even cleaned his plate off!  Yay for me!

Burgundy Beef and Mushroom

  • 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can of cream of celery soup
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix

Brown meat and drain fat.
Combine mushrooms, soups and dry onion soup mix.
Stir in browned meat.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
I served it over fresh pasta!!!

Do you usually cook home cooked meals on Sundays?

November 22, 2013

delivery man

Delivery Man staring Vince Vaughn opens in theatres today!

As you might not know, Delivery Man is a remake of a very popular 2011 French-Canadian movie called "Starbucks" written by Ken Scott.  It is about a irrepressible man-child who learns that his 20-year-old sperm donations have resulted in 533 children.

I obviously saw the French-Canadian version and really liked it. Hopefully, the American version is as good as the original.

November 21, 2013

bidou the man behind the blog - part 2

Once again, I am linking up with Mal Smiles and Never The Same Spice Twice for Boys Behind the Blog.  I participated last month (here) and realized that it was a great way to showcase my most favourite person in this world ~ Bidou, my darling husband.

I write many of my posts during the day at work... working and posting... why not! So today (yesterday when you are reading this), I e-mailed my husband asking him to answer these questions. Since he is so task oriented... he promptly answered the questions.

I laughed out loud at some of his answers... especially, number 1.  I didn't realize that Sophia Grace and Rosie were considered a band\musician!!!

Q. Who is your favorite band/musican?
A. Sophia Grace and her 5 year old cousin Rosie. They always bring a smile on my face whenever I listen to their songs.

Q. What was your first CD/tape?
A. Cheek & Chong tape. They had made a "special" tape of one of their movies…later got all my tapes stolen from a friends car…I couldn't understand any of the lyrics back then because I was not speaking english at all. To be honest, I am totally unsure why I ever bought that tape and I remember paying $13.97 for it in a "liquidation" bin at the local drug store.

Q. Who was your first concert?
A. Not sure I even attended a concert in my life so I will have to ask my wife just to make sure before I can answer that question!! …I have absolutely no artistic vibes in me. I was even kicked out of the Christmas Choir when I was a kid due to "gross under qualification". My parents were devastated with that news but I was a happy kid because that meant that I could go play ice hockey at the outside rink behind the village Church instead of going at Choir practices even though temperature was often reaching -40 Celsius!!!

Q. What is your favourite Thanksgiving food?
A. MASHED POTATOES...OF COURSE! That was a dum and obvious question.
(side note - my husband LOVES mashed potatoes.... and always complains that I don't serve it enough!)

Q. Finish the sentence: I am thankful for... 
A. The persons that bumped into my life along the way. From as long as I can remember, they all seem to have appeared for some reasons. 

After being married for 8 years, my husband still surprised me with some funny answers to these questions!!

Were you surprised by some answers that your "man" answered???

Never The Same Spice Twice

November 20, 2013

Wednesday's Loves

Yesterday, I mentioned that I was going to blog about the great deals I found from my shopping last weekend.  Last night was all planned out... take pictures then write an amazing post about the stuff but instead I opted for some sleep and was snoring at 8:00 pm. Must I say that I am a well rested person this morning!

Therefore, I am bringing you another version of my favourite (and easy) post... Wednesday's Loves

Loving that there is only 10 sleeps until Cancun Mexico!

Loving all the stuff that I bought last weekend... especially the Michael Kors top.... and I only paid $11 for it!

Loving that I ate at all of my favourite American restaurants last weekend ~ Cracker Barrell, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Five Guys and enjoyed many Skinny Lattes at Starbucks.

Loving that I have hired a cleaning lady and she is coming tomorrow!  

Loved the book The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman.

Any loving happening in your lives???

November 19, 2013

shopping in the usa

It's no secret that I LOVE to shop in the States... stuff in general is different and also much cheaper compared to the Canadian prices. 

It is approx. a 4-hour drive to the Waterloo Premium Outlets near Syracuse NY. Bidou and I usually try to go twice a year (Spring and Fall)... like for a weekend getaway "shop till you drop" style. My favourite outlets are Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Loft. Honestly, besides a pair of jeans or a blouses here and there, I do not think I have clothes shop in Canada in the last 5 years.

Besides purchasing clothes, I also LOVE to purchase groceries and household stuff every time I visit the States.  Below you will find a list of stuff that I love to purchase and the reasons why ~

My U.S. Walmart/Target Haul

From left to right, top to bottom.

Kellogg's Special Red Berries ~ One of Bidou's favourite cereals. A box this size in Canada is priced at $5.99 each.  Bought 3 boxes at Walmart and paid $3.37.

EOS Shaving Cream ~ Since discovering their lip balm and loving it, I needed to try their shaving cream and picked up a bottle on my last trip to the States last summer. Since running out, I've been looking high and low for some in Canada but can't find any. Bought 3 bottles and paid $3.48 at Target. Hopefully, it will last until my next visit.

Pretzel Chips - These chips with hummus is my favourite all time go to healthy mid-afternoon work snack. I can only find these chips at the Bulk Barn in Canada and they usually retail for $3.99 for a very small bag. Paid $2.48 at Walmart for these big bag. Bought 2 of them.

Dole Pineapple Juice ~ These do exist in Canada but only in very large cans.  I love the individual serving ones to pack in my lunches.

Red Velvet Cake Mix ~ My new favourite dessert! Love making them into cupcakes and sharing with my co-workers on a Friday. We can purchase these in Canada for $3.99 a box. The US price is $1.29 ~ a real bargain!! I bought 17 boxes at Target and Walmart (and empties their shelves). I see many red velvet cupcakes in my future!!! :)

Ziploc Versa Glass Containers ~ I've been trying to replace all of my cheap plastic containers for glass ones. I love these.... and you can purchase only in the U.S.

Quaker Oats Old Fashion Oatmeal ~ Call me crazy but I swear Canadian oatmeal does not taste the same as the U.S. one.

Pace Chunky Salsa - Bidou's favourite salsa in the entire world (I can't stand this kind!) and can't purchase in Canada.

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix ~ I have never seen this in Canada... anxious to make them! 

Please come back tomorrow, I'll post pictures of the stuff that I bought at the Outlets and at Destiny USA mall.

Any items that you like to purchase while visiting the States?

November 15, 2013

Operation Christmas Child

Even though I am not a Christmas fan, I still try to do something special for kids during the holiday season. Earlier this month, a co-worker send out an e-mail promoting Operations Christmas Child. I had never heard of it and was eager to find out more.

Operations Christmas Child provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on project.  It was started in 1990 by Dave Cooke, a Welshman who felt moved to deliver gifts to Romanian orphans after seeing their living circumstances on television.  In 1993, Operations Christmas Child grew and was adopted by Samaritan's Purse, a Christian organization run by Franklin Graham.

How it works
You basically need to fill a shoebox for a girl or a boy full of small gift such as school supplies, hygiene items, socks, t-shirts, hair clips, musical instruments etc. They also encourage you to include a personal note and/or a photo.  You also need to include $7 per box to cover shipping and other project-related cost.

The filled shoe boxes needed to be returned this week for logistic purposes. It was so much fun to do!  I heard that older boys do not receive as many boxes as girls, therefore, I choose to fill 2 boxes for boys for the ages 10-14.

Here is what I included in both shoe boxes ~

  • a button down shirt
  • a pair of underwear
  • a simple blue, red and white very bouncy ball
  • a couple of bags of hard candy 
  • a toothbrush
  • some dices since a deck of standard playing cards were not allowed due to regulations.
  • 2 Matchbox small cars
  • Pirate tattoos
  • and my favourite item... a Scooby Doo Christmas Song Card. Every time I received a signing card... it brings a smile to my face so hopefully, I will be able to achieve the same for a couple of  boys somewhere in this world during the festive season.

Do you do something special for kids during the holidays??

P.S.  Leaving tomorrow for a 48 hour shopping with the hubby and in-laws to the Premium Outlets near Syracuse NY.  Happy me!!

November 14, 2013

Pet Link ups are the bests

Karly Kim

A little past 3 pm and nothing posted yet since I have absolutely no idea what to write about today. I've been rushing to finish an assignment that is due today for an on-line course that I am taking (yes, doing homework during work hours!) until I visited Amanda from Voyage of the MeeMee and noticed that she had linked up with Karly Kim and Jade and Oak.  Don't you just love the domino effect of blogs??

And the subject of the link-up is "Pets are People too"... jackpot... my favourite subject of all time - KLOÉ

I work in an office and my husband works from home. The following is an excerpt of our daily text conservations:

Me: "What are you doing?
Bidou: "working"
Me: "Did you have lunch?" (note that my hubby does not eat if he is not reminded...!)
Bidou: "yes"
Me: "Did you take Kloé for a walk?"
Bidou: "yes"
Me: "What is Kloé doing?"
Bidou: "sleeping"
Me: "Where is she sleeping?"
and here is where my husband usually texts a picture of her sleeping....

Do you usually ask about your pet whereabouts to your husbands??  

November 13, 2013

wednesday's love

Loving my North Face toasty warm winter jacket for morning and evening walks with Kloé. I usually wear this coat for extreme Canadian subzero weather in January and March and it's only November... yikes!

Loving or in this case I am obsessing with Mr. Selfridge.  I can't get enough of him and the characters in the show. It's available on Canada Netflix.... by the way, sucks that the American and Canadian Netflix are not the same.... if you are wondering, the American one is MUCH MORE better.

Loving the following banana muffin recipe that my work friend passed on. I am now that person that loves to buy over ripped bananas so I can rush home to make this recipe.

3 large over ripped bananas
3/4 cup of white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1/3 cup of melted

Mash the bananas, add sugar and slighly beaten egg.
Add the melted butter.
In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients.
Bake at 375F for 18-20 minutes

November 11, 2013

the wednesday that could have changed my life forever!

We have no kids.  I want kids and my hubby wants them too!!

Unfortunately, we cannot have kids naturally.  We decided a couple of years ago to inquire about adoption. We did our research.  Fostering in view to adopt was the route we decided to pursue.

My husband and I went through the tedious interviews, took the "how to become foster parents in view to adopt" mandatory courses and did all of the homework required… it was a very long process. All worth it since we were added to their waiting list.

Last Wednesday at preciously 2pm, I received a telephone call from our social worker.  She stated that she needed to discuss something with us a.s.a.p. Bidou was on the road for work but thanks to technology, I set-up a 3-way call and in a matter of minutes we were listening to her proposal.

A teenage girl gave birth to twins a couple of weeks ago and they needed a stable home for the time being and if we were ready to take them in!  It was an urgent case and we needed to act now! The social worker was foreseeing a permanent placement.  Exactly what we been wanting and dreaming for.

Let me tell you that my head\brain went on overdrive.... the plan was the following....

  • Thursday -  clean out the second bedroom that is being used as an office, pack boxes and bring them to my Dad where we would store them in his basement for the time being.
  • Friday - literally go crazy at Babies R Us since we possess zero baby items and needed to purchase EVERYTHING.
  • Saturday and Sunday - set up the babies room. Visit and get to know the twins routines and needs.
  • Monday - pick up the twins and bring them home.

Everything was planned out.  For Pete's sake, I even told my employer that I was going on maternity leave... they understood since I had previously told them about my adoption plans.

It was a done deal until we got a call mid-morning on Friday... our social worker was in tears... a judge had decided to give the young mom a second chance and that the twins were going home with her on Monday.

Everyone was in SHOCK.  The biological mother has a heavy background with the Children's Aid (it seems that she also has another 5 year son placed in the foster system) plus many more problems.  

Needless to say, that since last Wednesday it has been a roller coaster ride for Bidou and I.  On Wednesday we were becoming parents and not even 48 hours later... we were not.  On a positive note, I am thanking God that we had not meet the babies nor had welcomed them in our home when the judge ruled for the young mom.

Now I am praying that these precious little girls will have a good life.  I know that we would have loved them to death...

November 6, 2013

Wednesday's Loves

Loving that we are leaving for Cancun in 23 days.

Loving that the red Starbucks cups have arrived.

Loving the book that I am currently reading - The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman

Loving that I connected with old high school friends last Saturday (reason why I was on the mends all day Sunday!)

and finally loving this picture of Kloé.  Lately, her new favorite position is standing up on the back of the couch!!  So cute!!