16 July 2017

August Blogging Challenge

A fellow blogger, one whom I also share a name with, recently wrote a post about her lack of blogging everyday and how she missed it. And honestly, I miss it too! As if right on cue, she decided to blog everyday next month - which she has dubbed the August Blogging Challenge. So, I've decided that come this August, I too am going to join in the challenge of blogging everyday. Just like I used to many, many years ago (on my older blog). Hooray, right? Fingers crossed that I can actually do it. I mean life is busy enough as it is.
I'm hoping that by putting it out there, that I can actually blog every single day. Now I do have a lot of drafts sitting and waiting, so those will definitely be used. But I also want to touch base a few days a week and just blog about my day and what has happened. Even if it's just what I had for breakfast, or a song that's stuck in my head.

Now here's where YOU the readers come in... If you have any topics that you would like for me to write about, or any questions you'd like for me to answer, please let me know in the comments below. That way I can add them to my blogging list.

So, will you be participating in the August Blogging Challenge? If you plan to, leave your blog's URL in the comments section.

12 July 2017

Our Anniversary Trip To St. Augustine

This past weekend Alex & I celebrated our "valentine's day" which is really just our Dating Anniversary. Which makes it a lot more fun than plain ole v-day. This year Alex surprised me with a two day getaway to the historic city that he proposed to me in: St. Augustine. He managed to keep hotel a secret from me too. So when we arrived in St. Augustine Sunday afternoon, and pulled up to the Casa Monica Hotel, I was completely surprised. It definitely set the tone for our two year dating anniversary trip. Especially because it was across from the hotel that he proposed in 2016.

Alex booked us a suite on the top floor of the hotel, which resulted in a stunning view of the historic downtown district of St. Augustine. We had the best sangrias ever at the hotel bar, made a quick jaunt (in the rain) over to Kookaburra Coffee Co., explored "tourists row" and had a few more drinks while we waited for our room. I can't even begin to explain how awesome our room #504 was. If you look at the photo above, the top three windows on the left side is where our suite was. Which resulted in an incredible view from inside our suite. The hotel was absolutely beautiful. Like every part of it, the concierge's desk, the bar, the suite, the view. Everything.

​A little while after we were settled in there was a knock on the door and we were given a sweet congratulations card from the hotel staff and a bottle of Prosecco champagne. ​That really was the icing on the cake for me. Especially because that was exactly what I wanted. I mean, what is an anniversary without champagne?

Afterwards we headed to Costa Brava for the most epic meat & cheese board we have ever eaten. We went to the historic Fort Mantanzas and walked around the whole thing before stopping by Ancient City Brewing to try on of their flights. It was pretty overcast even though it had just rained, but it was perfect for walking around. But not for taking photos. Then we had a late dinner at The Ice Plant where we had another cheese board and shared a burger. Afterwards we crossed over the Bridge of Lions and took in an evening view of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

The next morning we had breakfast in the hotel, because we're the type of people who don't say no to an unexpected free buffet. Afterwards we walked around downtown a little bit more and checked out Flagler College and some other old buildings like the Memorial Presbyterian Church. The church was inspired by St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and is incredible. Then we headed back up to our room to relax for an hour before checkout. Once we checked out we went to some antique shops and then to Cousteau's Waffle Bar where I had the most delicious waffles and coconut ice cream. If you're ever in St. Augustine and go to Cousteau's I got the Life On Mars waffles. Then we headed next door to Thai House & Sushi bar so Alex could enjoy so much desired sushi.

Then we headed to Vilano Beach to enjoy the beach resort that Alex purchased for us with the room. Now Alex & I aren't beach goers. In fact we've only been to the beach once together, but nonetheless it felt almost necessary for this trip. We lounged around the pool and then made our way to the beach. Right after we decided to leave there was some thunder so we booked it back to our car and headed back downtown to checkout ToneVendor, a local record store. Where Alex found a used copy of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath on vinyl at an awesome price.

There's a part of me that wishes we were still in St. Augustine celebrating our two year dating anniversary. Alex made our trip so incredibly special. We were talking about how it felt like a continuation of our honeymoon. We had so much fun, ate incredible food and enjoyed taking in all the St. Augustine has to offer.

Thanks for following along with us! Have you ever been to St. Augustine? Let me know where you went in the comments below.

10 July 2017

Such A Curious Thing

The passing of time is such a curious thing. Minutes turn into hours, days turn into months, and before you know it, years pass by. More often than not I look back on the past two years and I am left in a state of wonderment. My heart full and open. Two years ago my life changed forever. It was an event that I would have never bet on. An event that, at the time, I didn't know how much I desperately needed.

I never would have guessed that fate would have dealt me such an incredible hand. When Alex came back into my life everything became so clear. All of the past hurt seemed to melt away; my fractured soul healed. I can still remember that night so clearly. All of those moments still vivid: the stolen glances, our conversations, the secrets shared. Everything was so easy then and it still is. I know that relationships take work, but it doesn't have to be hard. It shouldn't be. Love is not a battle to be endured. Love is a precious thing that should be treasured.
Since the night that Alex & I were reacquainted both of our lives changed in such immeasurable ways. Two years of watching one another grow and always taking time to nurture the other. Yes we have changed, but we have changed together. And isn't that the beauty of true love? The passing of time and the connecting & re-connecting of two souls that are ever-evolving...

Happy two years, my love. You are my favourite. I'm so glad that we have each other.

08 July 2017

Our Wedding is on Rock N Roll Bride!

Alex & I's wedding is now featured on Rock N Roll Bride!! All thanks to my amazing wedding photographer and friend, Laura!

06 July 2017

My Weekly Cleaning Schedule

In our house Alex does all the cooking and I do all the cleaning. It's a good mix of responsibilities too. I mean deep down, I actually love cleaning. Especially vacuuming and dusting - you know the ones that have immediate results. My least favourite chore, laundry. Because I hate folding clothes. Thankfully most of the time Alex does it. But everything else I don't mind. And since I tend to be a crazy list-maker, and hate dedicating a whole day to cleaning, I have a weekly schedule that I like to stick to for all of my cleaning tasks.

Don't get me wrong, sometimes the week gets super busy and cleaning gets put on the backburner - something that desperately needs a good cleaning. However, I've found that breaking my cleaning up and spanning it over the course of five days makes it A LOT easier. Because seriously, five hours of cleaning sounds completely miserable to me.

Here's what my Weekly Cleaning Schedule looks like:
Tuesday - Bathrooms. Scrub toilets, sinks, bathtubs and countertops. Vacuum and mop floors in both bathrooms and kitchen.
Wednesday- Dust. Bedrooms, living room and hall stands.
Thursday - Vacuum & Mop. Hallway, bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and laundry room. Olive - Wash her linens with our towels and doormats.
Friday - Deep Clean & Organize. Clean the stovetop, kitchen counter and kitchen cabinets. Organize our bedroom closet. Remove any expired food & organize the fridge.
Saturday - Laundry. Wash all the clothes and bedsheets.

Some daily tasks to keep things tidy:
  • Sweep living room, dining room and kitchen - thanks Alex
  • Dishes and countertops. Sometimes an extra vacuum session
  • General tidiness -remove any random messes and put things where they belong

Obviously, this isn't something that is new to any of you, or rocket science, but I always enjoy finding out how other people stay on top of things. Or how they implement it. Do you have a cleaning schedule that you stick to? Does it differ from mine? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

03 July 2017

Date Night: Cult Classic Film Week

Our town has an awesome historic theatre, Polk Theatre and this past week they held a Cult Classic Film Week. So Alex & I decided to join in on the fun - especially since some of our favourite films were on the list. On Tuesday we saw "This Is Spinal Tap" and on Wednesday we saw "Donnie Darko". We both had seen these movies before, but it was fun to actually see them on the big screen for a change.

All in all, they were some pretty awesome date nights back to back. And we really enjoyed the $2 Blue Moons and popcorn.

28 June 2017

Natural Mummification for Small Specimens

About a year ago Megan found an evening bat in the museum we work at. The little creature appeared to have died of natural causes and she made the right decision in putting the bat aside for me to get later. The moment she told me about it I started researching a natural way to mummify specimens. Finally, after some hardcore searching, I came across this amazing site called Wolftea.

To my surprise, it was pretty easy. All it entailed was borax, pickling salt and some knowledge (and maybe a strong stomach). Being the documenter that I am, I wanted to share the information here, for my records. And who knows, maybe it will help some of you out there who are wanting to do the same thing! Please keep in mind that this works with smaller specimens and the actual mummification time could take longer for larger ones.


  • Borax Detergent Booster
  • Morton Pickling Salt
  • Tupperware container
  • Rosemary sprigs
Make a mixture of borax and salt, using a ration of one to one. Add aromatic herbs if wanted.

Take salt/borax mixture and pour a layer to the bottom of the container, about half an inch. Place the specimen inside.

Pour in the rest of the salt/borax mixture until they are completely submerged.

It is extremely important that the container you use is able to breath - don't put an air tight lid on it. I placed some loose clingwrap over the top.

Leave to dry in a well ventilated space for a few weeks. For wings and smaller items, it takes 3-4 weeks. Small bird heads take up to 5 weeks.

Exchange the mixture around the 2nd week to keep it fresh – however, it isn’t fully necessary.

If you’re salting anything for longer than 3 weeks, you'll need to exchange the salt/borax mixture. This is so NO odor sets in. For humid areas: it could take a little longer.

Once the specimens are dry (they will be firm, with no moisture) you can brush off any salt/borax with an old toothbrush.

If you notice ANY odor, allow it to air dry in a well ventilated space for a few days.

Then soak it in a dry bath of aromatic herbs (cedar, clove, flower petals, mint… etc). You can also use smoke to help with odor, all you do is allow any smoke or fumes to further dry/absorb into your specimen by burning cedar, incense or other good smelling things nearby.

Tips: Rub borax or salt solution under as much of the skin as you can.
The goal is to wait until ALL the moisture is gone and item is no longer flexible. The longer it’s cured, the better. For odors, mix in rosemary sprigs.

Luna, My Little Evening Bat

As you can see, this natural mummification process did an excellent job at preserving her. The fur is still soft and pretty and if you look close enough in the first photo you can see her little fangs. This is something that I am very proud of and thoroughly impressed with how it turned out. Especially for my first time.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave me a message below. I will do my best to give you an answer.

Original source: Wolftea

26 June 2017

Olive's First Sleepover

On Saturday afternoon I took Olive over to my mom's house for her first sleepover. After the whole honeymoon bunny-fiasco, where Olive had a bout of stasis and we had to catch an early flight home, Alex & I decided we needed another way. Because we really want to start going on longer trips.

During our honeymoon we left Olive at our place alone and had Megan feed her and visit her for a few hours. We figured that it didn't work as well because once Megan left, Olive was alone and felt neglected. So, with a two-day trip coming up in a few weeks, we thought it would be best to do a trial run of her spending the night at my parents.

And I'm happy to report that it worked! In fact, the photo above was taken after she wore herself out from running around their living room like crazy. Olive was such a champ with the sleepover and I honestly think that my mom was more nervous than Olive was.

She a great car rider too! I'm just so proud of her. Way to go, Olive!