Blue Mountain Ski Getaway

Hello everyone! I'll keep this post short and sweet. My new job starts tomorrow (eek!) and I'm trying to use the remainder of my stay-at-home life wisely to study for my Canadian Securities Course. I can't quite find my optimal study groove, so I thought I'd share with you the details of my mid-week ski getaway instead. Trust me, it's more exciting than calculating bond yields. A couple of months ago our friends Mike and Lisa invited us on a ski trip. We really wanted to go and luckily it all worked out that we could join them. Roger has skied with his family since he was a toddler and I was excited for him to teach me how. I dabbled in snowboarding when I was young but I was never any good. Skiing to me is a much more grown up and sophisticated past-time. And I've always wanted to be a ski bunny. photo 1 After a crazy drive through road closures and snow squalls, we arrived at our destination on Wednesday night. The condo we were supposed to stay at had a carbon monoxide scare (how terrifying is that?) so we were routed to another hotel until the morning. We were all super sleepy, so bedtime came quickly. photo 3 Thursday was our ski day. We received a complimentary meal in the morning and relocated our things to the real condo (pictured below). On the way to the hill, Lisa and I rented snow blades--baby steps as we were both newbies to the art of french fries and pizza. photo 2 We weren't that bad!! It was absolutely freezing outside (-12 degrees Celsius) and it felt even colder going up the chairlift, hence why I do not have many pictures from the trip. We had to jumpstart Mike's car at the end of the day because it was so cold. Both mine and Lisa's iPhone batteries died because it was so cold. My eyelashes froze together because it was so cold. We left the boys at the hill and headed back to the condo early to have warm showers and wine to reward ourselves. The next day, the boys conquered the mountain on their own. Their reward for spending a cold day on the slopes? Smirnoff Ice Coolers in the snow! Girls 1, boys 0. There was so much snow! photo 5 photo 1 We had a nice dinner at a brewhouse and topped off the evening with some more wine and champagne. Overall it was a very lovely getaway and we were so happy to join in on the fun! photo 1 photo 2 photo 4 Now back to reality...
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Beauty Tip: How to make shellac last longer

The happiest feeling? Feeling pretty and pampered after a fresh manicure. The saddest feeling? The moment when you start to lose that initial feeling, when you look down at your hands and don't feel quite so fabulous anymore. Okay, I might be exaggerating a little, but let's not underestimate the power of perfectly shaped and coloured fingernails. Some of the benefits of a satisfactory manicure include but are not limited to: more professional handshakes, lovelier tea-holding hand selfies, and less of a chance of aggressively poking your spouse in the eyeball at night. All good things. As is true with all good things, they must often come to an end. And as is true with things that come to an end, we must hold on to them dearly for as long as we can. Upon glancing down at my hands today, I knew I had three choices: 1.) Leave my manicure to chip away slowly to its inevitable demise. 2.) Drive to the mall to get a fresh one. 3.) Cling vehemently to the last remnants of beauty with a colour touch-up. Option 3 was less depressing, able to be done in my yoga pants, and best of all, free! Today I'm going to show you how to stretch a shellac manicure from the standard 1.5-2 weeks to 3+ weeks! It's super easy. The key is to paint over the shellac with regular nail polish *before* it starts to chip. I've found that the best way to make a shellac manicure last longer is to use sparkly nail polish as a top coat. The best part about this method is that you have the choice to keep the same colour or switch it up. In my case, I turned my red into coral. Here are my nails at their absolute prime - December 20th... Jan 5th Fresh nails tea This was the before picture of my nails this morning - January 5th... Jan 5th Red Nails Here is a peek after one coat of regular nail polish.... Jan 5th I then added a coat of sparkles from the base of my nails to my fingertips to prevent peeling. Jan 5th Sparkles In my opinion, this is the cheapest way to extend the life of your manicure or change the colour at home if you end up hating what you chose at the salon. Jan 5th Sparkle nails Also, pretty nails make sparkly rings all the more dazzling! 😉
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Life Update & 2015 Resolutions

We're six days into the new year and I'm so happy to be writing again. A LOT has happened in 2014 that I am truly thankful for. The last few weeks have been crazy, hectic, exciting, and a little stressful at times. If you've read a few of my last posts, Roger and I put our house up for sale and have been keeping it clean 24/7 for private showings and open houses. We're crossing our fingers that we can seal the deal on an offer that was placed yesterday. We're in love with a fixer-upper home in a new city and we can't wait to make it our own. Patience, lightning-speed vacuuming, and heavenly-scented candles have defined our lives. In addition to the pending sale of our home, I am so happy to announce that I'm commencing a new job next Monday!! I've been actively trying to transition to a new role since the summer and my search sped up considerably when Roger accepted a job in September. Me starting fresh means we can carpool together until we settle permanently. Not only am I thrilled to be advancing upwards in my career, I anticipate learning a lot from the experience and from the people I'll be working with. The cherry on top is that I get my own office--it's a pretty big deal for me! For now I am revelling in the joy of home-brewed tea every two hours, the luxury of being able to study in my fuzzy slippers, and the ability to reflect peacefully on the happenings of 2014. Peaceful reflection calls for the use of a plethora of coloured markers, does it not? Last year was truly amazing. I travelled to New York City (twice!), got engaged to the love of my life, turned 25, drove through the Rockies and vacationed in B.C., had a ton of fun renovating our house, and of course spent quality time with my best friends and family.  I have equally happy thoughts for a stellar 2015. There are so many things that I want to do (plan a beautiful wedding without crossing into Bridezilla territory, have the most romantic honeymoon ever, renovate another house, excel at my job, keep in touch for with the people that matter most), but more importantly, there are so many things I want to BE. 2015 Resolutions I, Britney, resolve in 2015 to always strive to be lovely and full of heart. Towards others I will be enthusiastic, generous, thoughtful, reliable, supportive, appreciative, punctual, and kind. For myself, I will be happy, productive, creative, optimistic, organized, well-read, active, and ambitious. To my love, I will be romantic, loyal, open-minded, extra loving, bright, and adventurous. The karma that I create will be the best kind of karma. I will read at least 12 novels, I will visit more than 4 countries, and I will change my last name.
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