Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! 

Sharing my Oogie Boogie pumpkin carving from last year. Tonight we will be watching scary movies while shelling out to the neighbourhood children. I can't wait to see all the little costumes and reminisce of the costumes my boys once wore (they are both officially done with trick or treating). 

After today I am planning on a week long break from blogging. You can still follow along on Instagram @Celebratingthislife and I will see you back here next Monday! 

Plaid Riding Hood

Outfit | Plaid cape: Bought in Camden Market, London (Similar in green, red, and black) | Long sleeve & cardigan: Banana Republic | Jeans: Gap | Boots: Macy's | Watch: Michael Kors |
Thermos clutch: This & That Design Co.

Prepping Next Year's Veggie Garden

One a cold and frosty morning (hey, isn't that Oasis?) I bundled up, put on my Hunters, and joined my husband who was already outside working on his garden. Let me take you back to last summer when out of nowhere, my husband decides he wants to try having a vegetable garden. Now, I am a full blown country girl so having a veggie garden is pretty standard. But, I married a city boy so this was going to be an adventure. Living in the country we had lots of room for our garden but what were we going to do since we live in a city subdivision with a small backyard, that the dogs pretty much own, and a very narrow space in between us and our neighbours?

High Medium Low - Slippers

This morning I woke up, grabbed my slippers and robe, turned on the kettle, and let the dogs outside. While I was standing on the back deck with the dogs I realized that I better swap out my summer slippers and robe for a much warmer version. There was frost on the ground and that wind...chilled me right to my bones! I immediately headed to my computer, hot tea in hand, to look for a warm pair of slippers that will keep me warm in the mornings. Let's check out a few High Medium Low - Slippers.


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Before heading out on last weekend's road trip up north, I made a pot of roasted butternut squash soup to bring with us. The soup is everything you want in a fall lunch - thick, tangy and sweet. It travels well in a thermos and tastes even better the next day. I posted a how-to on my Instagram Stories and now I am sharing the recipe below. Enjoy!

Spooky Schoolhouse

Outfit | Dress: L.L.Bean | Chambray Shirt: Old Navy | Quilted Jacket: Target (Similar) |
Bag: L.L.Bean | Boots: Macy's

Road Trip Picnic

Outfit | Scarf: Target | Oxford: J.Crew | Sweater: L.L.Bean
Jeans: Mavi | Boots: Macy's | Sunnies: Cheapies (similar) |

Not-So-Scary Halloween Movies

After last weekend's visit to Discovery Harbour's Pumpkinferno, I realized that I am a bit of a fraidy cat. Actually, this has been building for some time. I think that the horror movies being released now are much scarier than they used to be (or better said as back in my day because I am a scared oldster now). The Oldest and his friends see every new scary movie in the theatre and I am more than content to either drive them or hand over popcorn money. It's a waste for me to go as I sit with my hands over my eyes the whole time! I can't handle the anxiety of what the next jump scare will be! Thankfully, I have a large stack of Not-So-Scary Halloween Movies at home! Some of these titles are still pretty scary (if you are looking for movies for little ones, try this), but they are not turn-your-hair-white-and-never-sleep-again-scary.

Balm Beach Resort Motel

Yesterday I talked about our visit to Discovery Harbour's Pumpkinferno in Penetanguishene, Ont. It was a three hour drive from my home so we thought it would be a good idea to stay the night and drive home in the morning. Turns out, a lot of other people had a similar idea and I ran into fully booked hotels, B&B's, cottages, and even Airbnbs! I expanded my search to a 30 minute drive radius and found a small town appropriately called Tiny, Ontario. In this little lake community I found the sweetest little beach motel called the Balm Beach Resort Motel and luckily, they had one room available. 

Pumpkinferno at Discovery Harbour

I had a little celebrating to do this weekend and decided that AMH and I needed a little getaway. I started a new job this week and could not be more excited! My family has decided to spend the next year trying to see as much as we can of our beautiful home province of Ontario and since the province is over a million square kilometres, there is a lot to see! After a quick search we settled on visiting Penetanguishene, a two and a half car ride away from Kitchener. Our destination - Pumpkinferno at Discovery Harbour which is multiple displays of pumpkins carvings and a terror zone.

Rainy Days Ahead

Outfit | Boots: Hunter | Umbrella: The Bay | Bag: L.L.Bean | Leggings: Old Navy
Shirt: Old Navy (a few summers ago) | Sweater: Calvin Klein (Similar style) | 

Boots & Hearts

Outfit | Boots: Alfani from Macy's | Heart bracelet: Old Navy, old (Similar) | 
Graphic dress: Gap (Similar in plaid) | Cardigan: Target | Purse: Tory Burch

Fall Jackets

Norfolk County Fair

Last Friday night AMH and I visited the Norfolk County Fair in Simcoe, Ontario. This annual agricultural fair takes place on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and ends on Thanksgiving Monday. This was the first time we had visited the 176 year old event. The big draw for us was the Dallas Smith concert later in the evening and we found lots of entertainment around the fair while we waited for the big act. Interested in a look at the Norfolk County Fair? Let's go! 

Put A Sweater On It

Outfit | Sweater: L.L.Bean | Oxford dress: Banana Republic | Sunnies: Cheapies from Camden Market (similar) | Loafers: Similar | Purse: Louis Vuitton Neverful | Bracelet: Pearls from Macy's | Lipstick: BITE radish |  

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Last spring AMH and I did a little tour of the UK. We first stopped in Wales, drove to Scotland and then onto London, England where we dropped off our rental car and spent a few days getting acquainted with the incredibly easy to use tube. But my favourite way to travel in London was on foot. One morning we decided to get up early and head to The Ivy Chelsea Garden restaurant in you guessed it, Chelsea. We stayed in nearby Kensington so the walk was rather easy and might I say, beautiful. The architecture and gardens were oh so beautiful, we even passed by the former home of Beatrix Potter! 

Happy Anniversary

Yes, we had our wedding photos taken in front of the SkyDome, now Rogers Centre. I told you we really love baseball!

Today, AMH and I are celebrating 13 years of marriage (that's the olden days for you young folks. We didn't even have digital cameras back then!) It feels like a lifetime ago but I still remember how excited (and stressed out because Type A's don't get to relax on their wedding day) I was to marry him.

I don't like to give relationship advice. I feel that a relationship is something so personal and unique that standard advice can never cover the complexities of human emotions and situations. But I will say this; when you are with a person and you know, like really know in your soul, that they would do absolutely anything for you, thank them for it. Be appreciative. Tell them that the little things they do for you really matter. Just be thankful and try to be as good to them as they are to you. We all forget to say thanks, I am guilty of that. I encourage each and everyone of you to say thank you to that special person in your life.

Today, I want to thank my husband for being the greatest husband, father, and friend. I love you more with every passing day and I still can't believe how much you love me. It's just you and me. Forever. Love you.

Apple Picking

Outfit | Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger (similar from L.L. Bean) | Plaid shirt: Banana Republic (similar for under $20!) | Polka dot jeans: 7 For All Mankind |
Loafers: Old (similar) | Necklace: Old (Similar here and here) | Purse: Spring (cute alternative) | Nails: Revlon Bewitching | Wood basket from an antique market |