Thursday, March 26

Confessions of a Starbucks Addict


Most of those who know me are aware I have a long-standing Starbucks addiction. When I think of it, it's absurd that I could be addicted to this, but it's a fact. My poison has been the irresistible chai latte for years. I feel silly writing about this, but the main reason I'm broaching the subject is that I have been sans chai latte for over two months now all thanks to baby Sophie. Similarly to Olivier, Sophie has been showing symptoms of dairy allergies for quite a while, and since I'm nursing, I knew that I had to cut out the dairy to avoid causing her discomfort. Not a problem for this gal. I just had to switch to soy, or so I thought. She seems to be sensitive to soy as well, so I had to cut out Starbucks lattes altogether, cold turkey! 
I am hesitant to say it, but I now consider myself a (somewhat) reformed Starbucks addict. For this, my husband and wallet are happier than ever. I still manage to be drawn in and have found a replacement in the always classic and significantly cheaper Americano. I always keep my mason jar of coconut milk in the baby bag just in case I get the urge to make a quick stop. You laugh, but it's obviously a habit when your 2 year old points to the Starbucks sign as you drive by and asks: "Maman, getting a coffee?" 

Apparently, there are many people in the same situation as I have found blogs solely dedicated to talking about Starbucks. I draw the line there. If I dedicate my blogging to a drink, someone punch me. Below is a list of "symptoms" of a Starbucks addiction. Come on, check it out...just for shits and giggles. 

There are a handful of signs below that prove you are an addict.

1) You'll wait in a 20 minute line to order a tall drip.
2) You bring your laptop to Starbucks and pretend you actually have work to do.
3) The Barista knows your drink.
4) The Barista knows your name.
5) You downloaded an app specifically to make your Starbucks experience more personal.
6) You know every Starbucks location within a 20 mile radius of your home.
7) You visit multiple Starbucks during the week for no other reason, but to switch it up.
8) You'll charge a Starbucks coffee to your debit card knowing your bank account is overdrawn.
9) You Twitter about your Starbucks addiction.
10) You look for a Facebook Fan Page dedicated to your Starbucks addiction.

Thanks for reading!

Vanessa

Tuesday, March 24

Review: IPSY



A few months ago, a friend told me about Ipsy. It's a subscription service that sends you five beauty products every month in a pretty little "glam bag." Most of the products are sample sizes, yet you get a few "full sized" products as well. I love getting things in the mail and I like makeup so really, it was a no-brainer and I decided to give it a whirl. 

I started by filling out a questionnaire that is meant to help narrow down which five products I will receive. It had questions about skin tone and type, eye color, hair color, hair type, personal style, brands I like, and how comfortable or adventurous I am with makeup. Once signed up, I was placed on a waitlist which I was able to bypass as long as I shared on social media that I was joining Ipsy. Every time you share or comment on anything you have received, you accumulate points toward free products. I'm sort of hesitant with that part because I feel like people will get really sick of me talking about Ipsy all day long. Concerning the price, I pay about $19 CAD per month once everything is said and done. Also, a few days before you receive your glam bag, they send you an email allowing a sneak peek at which products you will receive in your glam bag. 

Here are my thoughts about Ipsy. So far, so good. I have received two glam bags and I was pleased with what I received in both. For March, I got the following:

Pixi by Petra
Mesmerizing Mineral Duo eye
shadow

LeeAnnie Eco
3 in 1 Revolution Light cream
NYX Cosmetics
Butter Lipstick
(I received a coral color)
Crown Brush
Infinity shadow/ crease duet brush


Pur-lisse
pūr~delicate gentle soymilk cleanser & makeup remover
I would typically spend more money each month on makeup and won't use it up before it expires, so I feel like sample size makeup may be a good fit for my budget and I. I like that I get to try the products and if I like them, I can always order the full size version from Ipsy. 

So, my overall impression of Ipsy is a positive one and I would definitely recommend it. Go for it all you glam ipsters!

Vanessa 

    

Thursday, March 19

DIY: Painted Dining Chairs






If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I'm going through a little furniture-painting kick. Apparently I have something against natural wood color. I have actually been itching to paint my dining chairs for at least few years. We bought them when we moved back home after living in Calgary for a few years. We just wanted something that would fit in our apartment around our little square table. They have served their purpose, yet rather than dishing out money for new ones, I decided to extend their life in this house with a fresh coat of bright blue paint.

I wanted to spend the least amount of money possible on paint and also wanted to do the least amount of work, so I went with this paint in the colour "Shoreline" and I love how it turned out. I was going for the rustic look, so it didn't have to be perfect.

Here's the process that I followed to get the desired look for these chairs:

-Wash down chairs with dish soap and warm water (they looked like the kids had had a food fight...several times)

-Use small foam roller on larger surfaces and brush for hard-to-reach spots.

-I didn't sand or prime, but went straight to painting. I used three coats, giving about thirty minutes drying time between coats. The finish was really flat, which is what I was going for.

-Since I didn't prime, I put a coat of this polyurethane seal in a clear satin finish. I used a small foam brush and put a really thin coat on. The instructions suggested painting one coat, sanding, and painting a second coat. I haven't, but I may do that if I get a free minute at some point.

Of course, I neglected to take a before pictures, but I hope you are inspired to do some painting from seeing my finished product!

Thanks for reading,

Vanessa

Wednesday, March 18

DIY Chalk Wall



O is obviously more interested in the ukulele than the chalk wall 
Ever since we moved into our new house five months ago, I've been eyeing a lonely little wall in the corner of the kitchen. I thought to myself: "This wall is just dying to become a chalk board." I finally got around to doing it this past week and love the results. We had one in our old house, and it was just so much fun for the kids. Plus, we used it as a (sometimes inappropriate) quote board when friends would come over for some adult beverages. This time, I decided to, wait for it...add magnetic primer. Oh yes, I live on the edge. Let me tell you, I will probably never use that horrible stuff again, it was so smelly and really tough to mix. I used this brand. However, the results is pretty cool and the kids love it, which is all that counts.

Here are a few suggestions to get the best results:

-Make sure to mix the primer really well. (My first coat was really thin so I had to use three coats) Not ideal.

-The primer smells really strong, so it's probably best not to use it in the house in the dead of winter as I did. It stunk us out of the house and we ended up going out for dinner.

-I let the primer set overnight before putting on the chalk paint.

-I used two coats of this chalk paint.

-Let the paint set overnight. Then color the whole surface with chalk and erase to get the best writing/drawing surface.


Happy painting!


Vanessa