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Fall Inspiration

July isn't over yet but I have already been seeing glimpses of Autumn everywhere. A couple of weeks ago I spotted some pumpkin scented candles at Bath and Body Works, the grocery store already has boxes of Halloween candy stacked out, back to school supplies line the aisles at Target and Walmart... it's a little crazy. 
Honestly though, I'm loving it. I'm enjoying Summer and I really truly needed some sunshine-filled days because this past Winter was too long. But, I'm already longing for Autumn... the cooler weather, layered clothing, pumpkin everything, boots...
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So this upcoming weekend is the big move! I won't be around much online but I'll be back next week!
xo Jen

My Life in Photos

Moving day is this week! Eeek! July was a great month but it blows my mind that it's pretty much over. 
We started the month off watching fireworks at Bell Park for Canada Day. 

I love seeing the fireworks over the lake. 

I was shocked to see Autumn-scented candles at Bath and Body Works already. But honestly, I'm not complaining. 

I seriously love how much my kitties love each other. 


From another walk at Moonlight beach. 



I'm currently reading the Age of Apocalypse saga. It's pretty great. 

I bought the new Miss Manga mascara from L'Oreal so I've been playing around with my makeup a bit more this month. 


I hope July was fabulous for you! xo Jen

What I'm Loving Now

My life is just crazy lately. Between getting ready to move into our house (next weekend... omg!), working on sewing projects for Fan Expo Canada, and planning Summer Camp for IGGPPC, every day just flies by! But I've been having some fun in between all the madness!

Dresses

Of course I had to go through all my clothes while packing up. I was definitely holding on to things that just don't fit anymore or are falling apart (dresses with little holes in it). This means my closet has some space in it again and even though this will scare Adam, I've been eyeing up a few dresses on ModCloth.

I am completely in love with the cut and prints of these two dresses. 
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Decorating
I have been having a blast looking for things for the house. I've been enjoying some free time going through stores looking for the perfect lamps and adding things to my mental wish list that would work perfectly with the colour palettes I'm eyeing up. At this point I would like a Target shopp…

The Geekie Awards

On Monday, July 14th, The Geekie Awards were announcing the top 5 nominees in all their categories. This meant all of these nominees were invited to their live show on August 17th. A few months back, over at International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club, we entered our website into the nominations. But as I sat in a waiting room on July 14th, I found out that IGGPPC was announced as one of the top 5 nominees in the Websites & Blogs category. All of the staff members were chatting furiously on Facebook messenger and twitter blew up... I got all teary-eyed while sitting by myself waiting for a thyroid ultrasound. I was just blown away and ended up speaking complete jibberish to the ultrasound technician. It was a memorable moment.



To explain a bit more, The Geekie Awards is an award show celebrating all things geek. The judges are geeks and they're celebrating the best in geek culture - cosplay, crafts, comics, websites, miniseries, video games, fashion, podcasts, etc. It is such an hon…

Carnival Collection

If you read my blog, you've seen me write about my love for loose leaf teas, both from Davids Tea and Teavana. Recently, Davids Tea came out with a Carnival Collection - carnival treats-flavoured teas, balloon and Ferris wheel patterned mugs, cotton candy pink glasses and more. Basically, everything that I love and that I'm a sucker for.


For my birthday, I actually got the Carnival Collection box which has packs of all 5 teas from the collection -
Cherry Snowcone, Caramel Corn, Cotton Candy, Pink Lemonade, and Root Beer Float. Collection boxes are perfect for gifts and perfect for someone to sample all the flavours in one collection. And the reality was, I wanted to try all the flavours, so it was a wonderful gift.



Two weeks after receiving this gift and I've now tried all 5 flavours. I've only tried each one once and I definitely need to brew them again and try them different ways (hot, iced, with or without sweetener).

But these were my initial reactions and opinions…

Birthday

Last weekend was my 30th birthday. It was an absolutely perfect day. We had a relaxing morning and headed out after lunch. We went to Moonlight Beach for a couple of hours. It was a hot day but it was so windy, which was kind of nice since it kept us from melting from the heat. The wind also made the lake a bit wavy which was fun when we went swimming. 
My new Orla Kiely purse that I got for my birthday from my best friend!



See, windy! My hair was all over the place!

We then squeezed in a viewing of Tammy for a late afternoon movie. It was really cute and funny. I thought it was just going to be a silly comedy, but it was more than that and I really enjoyed it. 
Around the corner from our apartment there's a fry truck that only opens during the Summer months so we finally tried it for dinner. We both had burgers and fries and it was so delicious! Adam also made me a homemade birthday cake - Pink Lemonade flavour! I was completely floored by the cake. It's SO pink lemonade. Ab…

Outside Adventures

Recently we headed out on an afternoon walk at College Boreal, which is fairly close to our apartment. The property surrounding the college is beautiful. The fields are filled with wild flowers, and there are ducks and a dam in the water on the property.




I'm in love with the landscape here and how there's just rocks jutting out from everywhere. 



We ended up taking a different turn than normal and found ourselves with a gorgeous view. It was a perfect Summer day.


I hope you're having a great week!
xo Jen

Margarita Cupcakes

I had an urge to make some cupcakes recently. Now, I have tons of cupcake recipe books and magazines. I have favourites though. One of them is a small special edition Betty Crocker magazine that has cupcake recipes that you use a Betty Crocker cake mix for the base. 
Since Adam's a big fan of everything lime, and I knew we had tequila on hand, I settled on the Margarita Cupcakes. This is the exact recipe here. Though, I did make a few alterations to the recipe. 

Margarita Cupcakes
Ingredients:
1box Betty Crocker SuperMoist lemon cake mix1/2cup water1/2cup unsweetened applesauce1/2cup gold tequila 3eggs1box lime-flavored gelatin I then followed the directions for the cupcakes in the recipe. The cupcakes were a neon green inside after baking them which I thought was so fun. I'm going to try making cupcakes with other flavours of gelatin in the future. I loved the flavour and the colour they turned inside.

I didn't follow the frosting recipe that was given. I made my own butter…

What I'm Loving Now

I swear time just keeps speeding up. How is it my birthday tomorrow?!? I've been so busy lately with everything going on in my life. I haven't even really made any plans for my birthday tomorrow. I have some ideas but nothing's concrete. I've just been too preoccupied. 
City of Glass
Thank goodness for audio books. If it wasn't for them, I'd never get through any books. Well, just comics, since they're shorter and the digital copies are perfect to read in waiting rooms or break rooms. But audio books, I listen to while I clean, pack boxes, bake cookies, do dishes, sew, etc. I've been flying through them. 
I just finished the third book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Glass. I have to say it was my favourite book so far in the series. It answered some questions and also brought up some interesting plot developments. I also thoroughly enjoyed the supernatural aspect in this book. It was more apparent in this book than the previous ones. I've…

Weekend Adventures

This past weekend we headed to Hamilton. It was a weekend of birthday celebrations! And the weather was perfect all weekend!
Taking pictures in the car... The clouds looked so perfect!




I picked up an adorable Black Widow at Kool Stuff in downtown Hamilton.

I met up with my two best friends on Saturday to exchange birthday gifts. My one friend's birthday is about a week before mine so we always exchange our gifts on the same day. Sheldon (Mary's cat) was in love with all the tissue paper. I just kept piling it on him and he didn't care. After opening gifts we headed out to find Bubble Tea, lunch, and we picked up some Asian treats. 

A new blind box that I received from Mary. I'm scared about how many I'll buy at Fan Expo. 

On Saturday night, my parents had family over for a barbecue, drinks, and a bon fire to celebrate my birthday. It was a great evening and I completely stuffed myself with s'mores!


It was a fantastic weekend visiting friends and family!
xo Jen