Monday, 24 February 2014

Pinterest Experiment: Basket of Sunshine

While trying to decide what to do for my pinterest experiment this month, I came across a pin of a basket that was all orange. This made me think of the Box of Sunshine that I had pinned many months ago (probably one of the first things I pinned after joining). My sister has been rather down lately, being unemployed and not having much to do, so I decided that I wanted to make this for her.
This is the original pin
 The original one said box of sunshine, but since I’m so fabulous at making baskets (hahaha) I decided that’s what I was going to do. I was a little concerned when Kaley originally told me she wasn’t going to be visiting for the Family Day weekend, because I didn’t know when I would see her! Luckily she did end up coming to visit so she got her basket.
It’s really pretty simple to make. You just need a bunch of yellow things and something to put them in. I want to say how much I spent to give you a rough idea but my sister reads this so, Kaley don’t read this next part haha.
It cost about $30, but you can definitely make it more or less expensive depending on what you buy.
I’ll give you a list of some of the things I put in the basket: golden oreos, wet wipes, travel Kleenex, nail polish, ring pops, star burst, carrot cake m&ms, note pad, giant clothespin, golden teddy grahams, peeps, chocolate bars, juicy fruit, soap, note book. I think that’s it. I mostly got things from dollar stores, they’re really good for cheap candy, as well as Walmart and the grocery store.
After I got everything assembled, I grabbed a basket to put everything in. I just guessed a size that might fit everything, you can always buy the basket first and get things to fill it up. I wanted to get a yellow basket but my choices were limited so I got blue. My mother was a smart ass and told me the basket was not yellow, and I was a smart ass right back and said it was the sky. I put some yellow tissue paper in the bottom and I had some clear cellophane from a previous basket I had made and wrapped it up. Added a gold ribbon and a little tag and it was all done.
You can make it a basket of just a certain colour and not call it a basket of sunshine, or their basket of sunshine could just be a bunch of their favourite things.
It’s just something little to do to brighten someone’s day.
Stay tuned for my pinterest creation next month.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Go Canada Go! Sochi 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the Olympics are being held right now in Sochi, Russia.
I feel very unpatriotic saying I haven’t watched all that much, but with Russia being like 9 hours ahead of us or whatever, and working weird hours, I just haven’t really been able to. I also feel like I have a mild case of ADD when watching the Olympics…”oooh I want to figure skate!” “I want to learn how to play hockey!” “ski jumping looks so fun!” “and now I’m bored show me something else.”
I watched the opening ceremonies, which were…alright I guess. Some parts were cool. Some parts were kind of wtf? The best part was the parade of athletes. And to be totally honest the best part about that was looking at all the outfits from the different countries. I have, though, been periodically checking our medal stats. Which is super exciting! We’re not doing as well as I had hoped, but we’re still doing pretty awesome. (Ok, when I wrote that part, we were actually doing pretty well. Now, not so much. Get it together Canada!)
I think it’s funny how a lot of the podiums seem to have double (or even triple) winners from the same countries. At the end of all of this I plan on actually looking at all the medal results to see just how many have had more than one person from the same country.
My way of being patriotic and supportive, was to paint my nails. I painted them on day 4 and they lasted (mostly) until day 12. I was actually pretty proud of how it turned it. It wasn't perfect, but painting something semi elaborate on yourself is hard, so I give myself props haha.
My left hand says "Sochi" in Russian
So after I peeled all of it off (it started peeling on its own) I wanted to paint my nails in another Olympic-y or patriotic way. It was suggested that I do red or red and gold. Because gold is what we want. Problem with that, is I have no gold nail polish, and my red is kind of dying. Solution, go buy myself new nail polish of course! The red is legit, I will use this more than once. The gold, well, we'll see what happens. I decided to go more simple with this design but it still packs a bit of a punch.  
Pardon the mess around the nails on my fingers. I am clearly not good at colouring inside the lines. In case anyone's curious, the gold is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Wedding Glitters and the red is Sally Hansen Insta-dri in Rapid Red.
We have about 4 days left of the Olympics, so let's hope Canada can rack up a few more medals to bring home with them. Congrats to all the Olympians so far and good luck for the rest of the games!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Brief Book Review: The Green Ticket

I finished my first book of the year (Harry Potter) and asked my ever helpful sister what book I should read next. She asked what books of hers I had in my possession (quite a few that I have sadly had for probably close to a year) and she suggested The Green Ticket by Samantha March so that's what I read.
I read mostly on breaks and at work again (shh) and I actually finished it the last week of January but since I'm slow this post hasn't been written yet. And then when I want to write it, my internet at my house is not working. This is ridiculous.
I'll start you off with a synopsis of the book and then I'll tell you my thoughts about it.

College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself. While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself ¬ is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.

I thought I was going to like this more than I did, Alex is a 20 year old in college, who basically ends up getting her dream job. Sounds like exactly where I'd like to be right? Apparently not. I'm not quite sure what it was about her and her friends but I couldn't really connect with them. Kaley pointed out that it was probably because they weren't girls I would typically have made friends with (they were really girly and a little judgmental at times). Luckily, however, this didn't put me off the book entirely.
Alex's boss was, to put it bluntly, an ass. I can't say I would have done anything differently than she had, but I was still cringing a little every time an issue with him was mentioned and I kept mentally yelling at her to stick up for herself.
I do have to say though, I was a little bit jealous of her for having her "dream job" at the age of 20. I wish I knew what I wanted to do and I'm turning 24.
Alex also met a boy. Obviously. She meets Henry at a Halloween party and they hit it off right away. Though out the book though I kept thinking that something awful was going to happen with him. I'm not really sure why, but I felt that he was either going to either turn out to be a jerk or totally embarrass her or something. Luckily that doesn't happen.
Overall it was a fairly enjoyable book, like I said, I didn't connect overly with the characters but don't let that sway you from reading this. It was very well written and there was just enough back story to each of the characters that you could invest and tell them apart, but not too much that it dragged on and took away from the story. I plan to read more of Samantha's work (borrowed from my sister most likely) because I have heard many good things.
Fun fact, it took me until page 260 (of a 316 page book) to figure out why it was based out of Iowa of all places...that's where Samantha lives!
Hopefully this review has peaked your interest a little and you pick up The Green Ticket by Samantha March. If you have read it, let me know what you thought!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Upcoming February Movie Releases

I suck at remembering that a new month is starting. I realized today while walking through Walmart when I saw their "new releases" shelf that it was now February and I had yet to write this post. So without further ado, I present to you the upcoming new movies for February.
Huh. Alright then. I present to you the DVD releases because there are zero movies coming to theatres this month that I would like to see.

First up was About Time released February 4
On his 21st birthday, Tim Lake's (Domhnall Gleeson) father (Bill Nighy) tells him the family secret—all the males in their family are able to travel back in time. He can go back to any moment and live it over and over again until he gets it “right.” He decides to go back in time to see if he can win the girl of his dreams (Rachel McAdams), but he finds out that not everything can be fixed, and that time travel doesn't come without consequences.

This one I didn't get to see in theatres, but it did look kind of interesting. So if I stumble across it on TV or Netflix or something, I will probably watch it. I won't likely be going out to buy it.

Next and lastly to be released is Thor: The Dark World on February 25
Marvel's Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

I will be buying Thor. Not necessarily when it first comes out. But I will own it at some point. My review for Thor: The Dark World can be found here.

And that's unfortunately that. Two DVD releases and none in theatres. The rest of 2014 better step up it's game if it wants to be as good as 2013.