This week has been one of those weeks, if you know what I mean! Lots to do, not enough time to do it all. Plus, it’s my mother’s birthday today and unfortunately, I can’t even go down to visit today. Plus, tomorrow we’ve got 15 people coming over for dinner and it’s just going to be a crazily, busy weekend.
The only exciting thing happening this weekend is that I’m going to get my hair extensions, FINALLY! It’s been a long-time coming and a lot of convincing Dev to let me get them, but finally he agreed and so, tomorrow morning at 9 am, I will be putting in long, luscious extensions. YAY!
Anyways, lovelies, hope your week was awesome and your weekend is better. Here’s your weekly dose of funny. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: these were taken from various Facebook fan pages and are not my work.
I love trying out new recipes. I love sharing the ones I know with all of you. But I find that lately, I’m not doing as many new recipes as I’d like to and mostly cook the same meals week after week. For a long time, I was doing great with keeping up with my recipe of the week. If I was energetic enough, you’d even get two recipes in one week. But lately, I’ve just been so drained to try new things; the new job, drama with friends, personal health issues, etc. have all contributed to this.
I’ve decided I’d rather give you one or two quality recipes each month, than four or five quick/easy ones. So, the way I’m going to work this out is by providing one non-Indian recipe and one Indian recipe each month. This way, you can keep up with my traditional meals and enjoy the experimental recipes too.
October’s first recipe is coming in a couple of days. So stay tuned! And if you ever have a dish you want me to provide the recipe for, don’t hesitate to ask.
Can you believe it? My little munchkin is going to be 3-years old next month! It surprises me and shocks me to see how big she’s gotten. I mean, just look at her in this photo above, she was only 1-years old and now she’s almost 3. Wow! How quickly time flies.
As you all know, she’s a Halloween baby. As I’ve done for the past two years, I will be planning a costume birthday party for her this year as well. However, this year, we’ve decided not to invite adults and basically have 5-6 children come over that attend the same daycare as her. Plus, I’ll be taking a cake into daycare for her, so that she can celebrate her birthday with her classmates as well.
The theme this year is Minnie Mouse! Well actually, we are debating between Dora the Explorer and Minnie Mouse. I think Ni likes both, I prefer Minnie. But Dev told me to also consider Dora. I just find it hard to picture Ni dressed up as Dora, plus, Minnie Mouse is so much cuter. But we’re going to leave it up to Ni to decide.
The plan is to print out a couple of pictures of each character and put them up around the house, the ones Ni collects the most of is the one we’ll be choosing as the theme for the party. After all, it is her party and she should be the one to decide which character she’d like to see at her birthday, right?
Right now, I’m mostly occupied by figuring out what I’m going to feed the kids that do come over and what games/activities we’re going to do. So, I’m spending a lot of my free-time on Pinterest hunting for ideas.
If you know any, do share. I could really use the help because this is the first party that I’m having kids over for and I just don’t know what exciting games we can play.
Sorry this post is written so late. I normally try to have it up earlier in the days to help myself and all of you get through your Friday. But this week has been a completely clusterfuck of all sorts. I’ve been ridiculously swamped at work and dealing with 20-year old’s bullshit and drama because they can’t handle the stress of having multiple items on their plate at one time. Holy-fuckin’ hell!
Anyway, I hope your week was better than mine and you have an enjoyable weekend. I’ll be going to bed now and relaxing and de-stressing to prepare to do it all over again next week. Enjoy yourselves and your weekly dose of funny!
Since I’m working in a brand-crazy area now, I’ve been walking around and discovering new stores daily. I knew of L’Occitane prior to working here, but had never been to the stores. I recently visited a store and was offered an out-of-this-world hand wash and massage. They first exfoliated my hands, washed them, applied cuticle oil and then massaged them with a luxurious, velvety hand cream. The whole experience was just amazing and my hands felt as soft as a baby’s skin.
The one product that really stood out for me during my hand-wash and massage, was the cuticle oil. It really did wonders to my dried out cuticle, of course, I purchased a tube of it, along with hand cream. So, I’ve been using this cuticle oil on my hands for the past week and can honestly say, my cuticle haven’t looked better in years. The price was a bit high, but you use such little product that it justifies the size and the results are fantastic.
Description from their website: Soften your cuticles and strengthen your nails with this Nourishing Oil. Our new formulation has 30% shea oil and comes with a brush applicator for easy, clean application. To use, gently press on the tube and apply to cuticles with the brush before manicuring. Massage to soften the cuticles and help strengthen nails.
Here’s my results:
Application: Quick, easy and mess-free (5/5) Smell: Strong smell – but has not troubled my allergies or trigged my asthma to act up (3/5) After application results: Soft, hydrated cuticles (like when you get a fresh manicure) (5/5) Overall rating: (4/5) Besides the smell, I love this product and am completely hooked. Would I buy it again: Of course, these cuticles aren’t going to hydrate themselves! Would I recommend it to a friend: Absolutely!
I recently picked up some samples of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: Intense Hydration from Holt’s. A friend had recommended it for my extremely dry, patchy skin. I am absolutely in love with this light-weight, intense cream.
I initially suspected it would be heavy and oily/greasy. But it was the complete opposite. It left my skin feeling soft, hydrated and fresh. I love applying to my dry face in the morning and at night for extra moisture.
Here’s the description: This 24-hour, intense hydration cream is uniquely formulated to seal in moisture for dry skin types. Works to relieve tightness and discomfort by ensuring dry skin’s hydration levels are replenished. This surprisingly light-textured, yet intensely hydrating cream effectively retains moisture while helping shield dry skin from moisture depletion.
Here’s my results
Application: Quick, easy and mess-free (5/5) Smell: No smell (5/5 After application results: Hydrated, smooth and soothing (5/5) Price: $33 for 50mL (4/5) Overall rating: 4/5 – I find the price a bit steep for the size of the product. But I would still buy it because it works and does exactly what it says it would do. Would I buy it again: Yes. After I use up all of my sample packs, I will be buying myself a jar. Would I recommend it to a friend: Absolutely!
You can buy it online here: Kiehl’s or at Holt Renfrew’s in Toronto. Definitely worth a try!
Dev, Ni and I spent most of Saturday lazing around the house. We did nothing, except watched a stupid comedy movie on TV and then attended a small dinner party at a friend’s house. Dinner was great; homemade South Indian food = YUM! Our friend’s parents are here from India and the mother invited us over to meet and greet. It was a nice evening filled with good food and endless laughs. I’ll be having everyone over to my place in about two weeks for a Punjabi style dinner and more laughs. I’m really looking forward to that. I love hosting dinner parties and the appreciation you get is just priceless. Plus, all the silly jokes, stories and comedy that comes with having friends over.
As for Sunday, I did five loads of laundry at 5 am and then ended up crashing on the couch until noon-ish. My parents were coming over for lunch, as they’ll soon be going to India and my mother needed me to take her shopping. It was a nice afternoon with them. Dev, Ni and my dad stayed home, while my mom and I shopped. We picked up lunch from one of my favourite restaurants in Scarborough.
Overall, it was a pretty good weekend. But it flew by far too quickly. Dev and I are planning again to try to make it out to Quebec City in the next couple of weeks. Maybe over the Thanksgiving long-weekend. He hasn’t been to Quebec City and really wants to get away for a couple of days before old man winter arrives. So, we’re in the works of planning that out. Hopefully, prices won’t be as steep as they were during Labour Day long-weekend; which is why we didn’t end up going there.
Anyway, lovelies, have an amazing week. Do something inspiring, spontaneous and fun and don’t let the work-life drain you too much. Xoxo – Happy Monday!