Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MFJ v.03 || Self Love

A part of my fitness journey is self love. It's one of the most important things, in my opinion, to love yourself first. As I've read before, we should be exercising and eating better because we love our bodies, not because we hate them

I came across Crystal's guest post on Kenzie's blog, and realized that I need to take more time out of my day to think about what I love about myself and my life. She wrote an amazing post, and gave a list of questions to prompt me/us to get started on our self love. Today, I'm going to do my best to answer those questions. Will you?

1|| What about yourself makes you feel the most confident? 
This is a difficult question, but I'm going to say opening up my wardrobe. I'm becoming more "out there" when picking new clothing to buy, and finding items that are better suited to my body type now. Before, I felt comfortable to wear tank tops without a cardigan, but now I feel comfortable in a cardigan and a scarf.

2|| What 3 things do you like about your personality?
I'm empathetic, I don't put up with crap from other people, and I'm occasionally outgoing. I like that I'm comfortable spending time alone, but that I can be outgoing with people when I need to be.

3|| What's one moment that you saved the day for someone else?
I'm not sure it would be considered "saving" the day, but I've made people's days better by paying for their drinks at Starbucks. They're usually complete strangers, but it always gives me a warm feeling inside that wasn't from my latte.

4|| What are at least 2 physical attributes that you love and wouldn't change a thing about?
My eyes and my nose. My eyes are a really nice green, and my husband loves them. They're also the same as my mom and sisters, so that's a plus! My nose because, it's me. I don't think any other nose would look good.

5|| What's one skill that you've mastered enough to be able to teach it to someone?
I've come to get the hang of blogging, and using Blogger, enough to help out some fellow bloggers who have just started. I remember how lost I felt when I first started out, and I don't want others to feel as lost. I don't know much and haven't mastered it, but I know enough to help!

Will you answer these questions?

xo. Nicole

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weeks End || September 15

1|| I've signed up for the edMUDton run on September 20th, and I have no idea why I did. Oh boy, I have so much running to do this coming week to prepare myself! I've definitely been slacking. After work on Wednesday, a friend and I went for a run. Sometimes Alberta weather can be okay, as it was only 4*C in the picture - just cold enough to keep us cool during our run.
2|| I casseroled. It didn't turn out very well, but we ate the bacon and cheese that was on top. Priorities.
3|| Sundays are our new Doctor Who nights. Those nights include wine!
4|| My #throwbackthursday of Koshka. This was when she was only a couple months old and a little nicer to us. It was also pre-Gunner, so could really lay anywhere without being licked and jumped on ;)

1|| I hosted my first link up! Do you have any books that mean something to you?
2|| Welcome to Fall! My sponsors answered some fun questions about my favourite season.

1|| Rebekah shared a fun mani for mani Monday!
2|| Sam eats raw until 4pm - Here she gives some tips to stay on track.
3|| Have you ever had photos bring back a feeling? Shelby did - and she shared.
4|| A dress that makes you want to twirl?

I totally didn't have time to do a Weeks End post last week, but sometimes that happens. Work was crazy. At least this upcoming week is a little less busy. I have a self love post coming up this week that I think each and every one of you should take the time out of your day to answer the questions, in a post or not. It's something we don't do as part of our every day routines, but it should be. 

As always, I'm linking up with Beth from Oak & Oats with my Weeks End post! 

xo. Nicole

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Welcome to Fall

Fall is full of amazing things, and I think it's safe to say that it's almost everyone's (in the blogging world) favourite season. I know that it's mine, except for when the snow rolls in earlier than everywhere else, here in Alberta. I mean, it's snowed for the past 2 days and today is iffy. Ugh.

I'm looking forward to wearing a cardigan and a scarf every day at work, and cozy weekends with hot chocolate and coffee, while planning Christmas gifts and Thanksgiving dinner. In light of the new season approaching, I've asked all the wonderful ladies on my side bar a couple questions about Summer and the upcoming wonderful time of year!

Without further ado,

1|| Anything exciting happen over the Summer? Cordelia took her first steps!
2|| What are you most excited about for Fall? Halloween – I love getting the kids all dressed up and going trick-or-treating.
3|| What is your go-to wardrobe piece for Fall? I just bought this gorgeous grey chunky knit sweater that is going to get a ton of use!
4|| What is your favourite blog post that you've ever written? I wouldn’t be able to narrow it down… any one about my kids

1|| Anything exciting happen over the Summer? I was a bridesmaid in my besties wedding!
2|| What are you most excited about for Fall? Wearing sweaters and boots and comfy things! Summer apparel is so cute, but not always the most comfortable.
3|| What is your go-to wardrobe piece for Fall? Probably my boots. The perfect pair that goes with anything and are way comfy. Can you tell I like to be comfy, haha?!
4|| What is your favourite blog post that you've ever written? Dang, that's hard! Umm...probably the post about what I learned in the first year of marriage. That post captures pretty much what this whole blog means to me, which is sharing my experiences as a newlywed and connecting with others through it. I spent a ton of time drafting that post too, so I'm pretty proud how it finally came out.

1|| Anything exciting happen over the Summer? I was fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling this summer but I think the best part about it all was having the opportunity to meet new members of my family. I got to meet my fiance's extended family for the first time and also a cousin-in-law that has just become part of mine. So that was very rewarding and I'm so happy I was able to get to know all of them. As you grow up, you realize more and more just how important your family is. It's a bond that's indescribable. And when you get together and connect with your loved ones, it's just a confirmation of that unyielding love you have for them. 
2|| What are you most excited about for Fall? Leggings and oversized sweaters! I don't like to wear much in the summer (hello, Texas heat!) but sometimes I just want to throw on a sweater that swallows me whole and cuddle all day. I can't be the only one, right? 
3|| What is your go-to wardrobe piece for Fall? A big, comfy sweater! I think that last question pretty much summed up why (: 
4|| What is your favourite blog post that you've ever written? Oh gosh, that's a hard one. So I have this series called "A Few Things" where I basically word vomit all over my blog and just write out what's in my heart. I feel like they are the most satisfying and fulfilling posts I ever write because I simply express what's on my mind without any kind of filter and I am able to unload in a way. They are important to me because it's stuff that needs to get out anyways but also because I love the feeling of being completely honest and open and letting myself be vulnerable (which is something I don't normally do) but being ok with it. I have a lot of them but I narrowed down my favorites to these two because they came at kind of pivotal points in the last year of my life. You can check them out here and here!

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1|| Anything exciting happen over the Summer? Between obsessing over How To Train Your Dragon 2, going on a girls-only trip to Banff with my family and going to the Squamish Valley Music Festival in Squamish British Columbia, this summer has been full of quirkiness and unexpected adventures.
2||  What are you most excited about for Fall? Learning how to make pumpkin pie, being able to wear scarfs without overheating, Halloween, and going to Banff (again) with my Boyfriend.
3|| What is your go-to wardrobe piece for Fall? My trusty leather jacket and homemade mittens from my Grandma.
4|| What is your favourite blog post that you've ever written? My favourite post would have to be from way back in 2012 about Edmonton Expo.

1|| Anything exciting happen over the Summer? We went to Lisbon, Portugal this summer.
2|| What are you most excited about for Fall? I am not really excited for fall, I am more of summer girl.
3|| What is your go-to wardrobe piece for Fall? A hoodie
4|| What is your favorite blog post that you've ever written? I love blogging about my roaming gnome. I take him on all our vacations.
Thank you ladies for hopping over here to share your favourite things about Fall! I too, am looking forward to cozy knit sweaters and checking out your favourite blog posts.

Would you like to participate? Email me at if you'd like to swap buttons!

xo. Nicole