Friday Thoughts: Getting Back into Things...

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Hi everybody! As lovely as my holidays were, it's definitely nice to be back to blogging on a regular schedule. And to end off my first week back to blogging is my Friday Thoughts post!

  • Monday was an absolutely crazy day. My family and I walked outside of our house to find rushing water throughout the entire garage. It looked as though we'd had a gas leak. We went into full-on panic mode - grabbed the dog, called 911, and ran across the street. One hour and two firetrucks later, we found out it was actually a water pipe that had burst and was mixing with gas that was leaking from a can my dad uses to fill the snowblower. It was so terrifying but thankfully it wasn't anything in the end.

  • This dreary weather has already begun to get me down... I'm so eager for spring weather. Thankfully, we've had a huge bout of rain and warm-ish weather which has melted most of the snow. This summer-lovin' gal is soo over winter.

  • I've been recently binge-watching The Royals with my boyfriend and mum, and New Girl on my own. I had started to watch The Royals awhile back but then forgot about it. We've finally nearly gotten caught up. But I've been especially into New Girl. I love Zooey Deschanel, and especially love her as Jess Day.

  • On Wednesday, I got a chance to go out and have brunch with my very close friend who I have not seen in well over a month. It was so lovely to catch-up over my favourite breakfast, eggs benedict. I always love reuniting with friends, especially when I haven't seen them in forever!

  • My mum got a chance to rummage through my grandma's old photo albums this week whilst visiting her in Hamilton. She took some pics of the best ones, and that night we took a trip down memory lane, where I realised from photos like this one that I've got the same hairdo now as I did when I was a kid lol

Lil me

Lil me

Well, that's it for this week. I hope you all have a marvellous weekend!

Lots of love

Felicia x

Reflecting on 2017

Happy New Year everybody!!

2017 is officially behind us. Hasta la vista! My final year of being a teen is gone. Yikes.

Every year, as a new year is upon me, I like to reflect on the past year. It's always good to reflect on the good times, even the bad ones, before you move on. I thought I'd share some of my favourite and some of my not-so-favourite moments of 2017 with you guys!

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Moving House

The first half of this year was a total whirlwind. It was full of moving boxes, tape guns, and bubble wrap as my family prepared to move out of the home I grew up in. The move was a huge adjustment. Moving from your childhood home is rough, I can definitely say that with certainty haha. I was pretty uneasy about the idea of leaving my house, my hometown, and the life I was so familiar with. But, in the end, moving away was an amazing decision for myself and for my family. It introduced me to a town that I absolutely adore! And I’m so in love with my house. It’s been a crazy, exciting experience all around.

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New York City

New York City. Wow. It’s one of my favourite cities in the whole world. Back in 2009, I visited for the first time and fell head over heels in love with the city. And ever since my last trip in 2010, I’ve been dying to return. This spring, my family finally booked another trip back but this time, we brought along my boyfriend, a NYC newbie! I was so thrilled to be back in New York City, especially since I’d be seeing the city with my boyfriend and seeing him experience the Big Apple for the very first time! Fun Fact: When I was about 12 or 13, I actually looked into attending NYU because I was so obsessed with the idea of living in the city! (Spoiler alert: it’s a lot of money lol)

Read about my travels: here, here, here, and here

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Nashville

One of the highlights of the year was definitely our visit to Nashville! I’d never been to Nashville before and neither had my mum, and although we were only in the city for a day, it was wonderful! For me, visiting the Johnny Cash Museum was a dream come true (in fact, it was why we chose to do this quick trip into Music City). I love Johnny Cash and June Carter - their music is basically the soundtrack to my life these days. Getting to learn more about the Man in Black and the love of his life was so incredible and one of my favourite things I’ve ever gotten to do!

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Disney World

Of course, Disney has been a huge part of my year, just like it has been every other year! I think my love for Disney grew even larger this year. If that’s even possible! I have a newfound admiration for the parks, the resort, and all things Disney-related. This is probably partially because for the first time in nearly a decade, I got to stay on-property at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter! It was mine and my boyfriend’s first-ever trip alone together as a couple which was so exciting. It was loads of fun to show him around as his family never stayed on property and together, we got to experience all the things about staying at the resorts that I loved so much as a kid. We’re already saving up for our trip in 2018!

Friends & Family

This year, my relationships with my friends and family have become so much closer and so important to me. When you’re struggling with mental illness, as I have been, it can be so hard to keep up with everyone you love as you’re constantly feeling blah. But my friends have been so amazing this past year. They’re the kind of friends you know will be with you through thick and thin - you always know they’re by your side, no matter what. I’m so grateful for everyone, but especially my parents and my boyfriend. I honestly don’t know what the hell I’d do without them!

I am so eager to see what 2018 has in store for me. I'm not a firm believer in resolutions - in fact, I hardly believe in them at all - but I definitely have a few things I'm going to hold myself to in the new year, which I look forward to sharing with you all!

I hope you all have a very fun, very safe New Year's Eve. I'll talk to you very soon!!

Felicia x

What I Got For Christmas (+ Life Update)

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Hello everybody! Merry Christmas to you! I hope that you all had a wonderful day yesterday with your family and your loved ones. I love to read other people's 'What I Got for Christmas' posts. I don't know about you, but there's something so lovely about hearing people so excited to share what they were gifted. I know that some people find these posts to be braggy, but I don't think that at all. I love haul posts, and why should these kind of posts be any different? I def don't want to come off as a 'show off' or anything. I am genuinely so grateful for everything that everyone gifted me. I have the most generous, kind, giving family and boyfriend ever - not to brag or anything haha. If you're as nosy as I am about what others receive for Christmas, then keep reading to hear about some of the things I was gifted this holiday season!

Kate Spade Cameron Street Perforated Large Lanemy boyfriend gifted me this beautiful red-wine-coloured Kate Spade purse. I'm in love! It's the perfect size for day-to-day outings (shopping, going out for coffee, etc.) and I love that it has a shoulder strap. I especially love the perforated rose decal on the purse's exterior. My parents also gifted me the matching wallet so now I feel very put together when I'm out and about!

Soap and Glory The Righteous ButterI mentioned my love for The Righteous Butter back in my September Favourites post. I won't go too much into this one since I've already done so in my favourites post. My parents slipped this into my stocking this year and I was so jazzed when I found it in there! Haha. I already have a tub of this, but I asked for another so that I wouldn't run out anytime soon.

Funko PopsI got a ton of Funko Pops this Christmas. I've been making a list of them that I want to collect for months now and I've already got a whole set-up planned out in my head, so I'm glad to finally have some to get started with! I received Belle (Beauty and the Beast 2017), Maui (Moana),Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks), Lorelai Gilmore(Gilmore Girls), Rory Gilmore(Gilmore Girls), and Sookie St. James(Gilmore Girls). I have a lot of organizing to do!

Juniper BooksIf you've never heard of Juniper Books before, you're missing out. Juniper sells custom books and collections - essentially hardcover books with beautiful front covers and dust jackets. I fell in love with them earlier this year and received a bunch from my boyfriend for my birthday. But this holiday, my parents bought me three Charles Dickens books - Great Expectations, Bleak House, and A Tale of Two Cities from the Make Your Own Literary Classics set.

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem SkinI am very very very excited to use this product! I have heard really good things about this face mask and Origins as a brand. You may know through previous posts that I have been having some pretty substantial issues with my skin as of late.... in short, my skin and I are not simpatico at the moment. Hopefully, this mask comes to the rescue!

Too Faced Peach Blur Translucent Smoothing Finishing PowderI just love Too Faced's peach products. Don't we all? The Sweet Peach palette is something I constantly reach for in my makeup drawer, and now I'm excited to add this powder to my collection. I've already used this a couple of times and I absolutely love it.

I cannot describe how grateful I am for everything I received this year. My parents have always been very generous with their gift-giving and I am so glad that I'm old enough to give back to them every Christmas season - with gifts bigger than 'DIY soup in a jar' (yup, my parents received that about 11 years ago - be jelly).

On another note, I thought I'd quickly update all of you on what's going on in my little world. Posts are going to be more disorganized for the next couple weeks as I am currently on vacay with my parents and my boyfriend in Orlando, Florida! I'm trying to write out some posts while I have a free moment, but obviously, it's been go-go-go ever since we touched down in Orlando on Christmas and I can't keep up like I usually can. I will write up some posts on what I've gotten up to and hopefully upload those soon... It's moments like these that make me wonder if I should start posting again on my YouTube channel.....

I'll def see you guys before the New Year but until then, have a wonderful holiday break!

P.S. I'd love to hear what you guys got for Christmas! Lemme know in the comments :)

Felicia x

Friday Thoughts: Pre-Christmas Mayhem

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I'm so very sorry that this post is up late! I'd meant to have it out last night but it just wasn't meant to be. I've had such a crazy week, I just ran out of time! But better late than never, I always say!

  • Christmas is so close!! Good gracious. December goes by in the blink of an eye, doesn't it? I feel like I've a million things left to do. Christmas time seems to be largely about being busy for me haha

  • I've finally seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi!! The four of us (my parents, my bf, and I) went out to see it at the VIP theatre on Tuesday because tickets were super cheap and we love to have a ~special~ drink with our film haha. Leading up to seeing this film, we rewatched the original 3 films plus The Force Awakens, so we were pumped. Despite mixed reviews, we all really really enjoyed it! I thought they did a good job at staying true to the Star Wars storyline, without seeming so repetitive. I also liked that there were some humorous bits, like the first bit of the film (I won't say what it was for the sake of those who haven't seen it yet!).

  • My boyfriend and I had a lovely dinner with his parents to celebrate Christmas in the middle of this past week. We decided to meet at a restaurant about 40 mins away from my house and exchange gifts. We had a great time, and I was very spoiled by Steven's parents as they gifted me a super cute Roots poncho with a huge loose turtleneck (which I love) and a pair of adorable slipper booties!

  • I'm loving the snow. As I've mentioned, I'm all for a white Christmas. I had a bit of a worry at the beginning/middle of this week as the snow completely melted away. Like, I'm talking most of the snow was gone. I was so bummed out, I was hoping for a miracle at that point. And then it happened! Thursday night, the snow came and there is now a fresh blanket of beautiful white snow on my town. I'm major heart-eyes right now.

  • My grandma came by later in the week to celebrate Christmas with my family, which was so nice as we haven't seen her as often now that she no longer lives with us. Since my boyfriend had to leave the next day to spend the weekend at home with his own family, we decided to exchange our gifts on that night - and my parents were so lovely as they did not only a stocking for me but also one for my boyfriend to carry on one of my favourite traditions to us. Some of my favourite bits from the stocking were the Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in 'Milkshake', the heavenly Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, and afelt pennantwith my university name on it, which I've always wanted. My boyfriend spoiled me rotten this year - he gifted me a beautiful wine-coloured Kate Spade purse and a Beauty and the Beast 2017 Soundtrack Vinyl Record which made me legit emotional lol

I hope you all have a marvellous Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! I'll speak to you all very very soon! Happy holidays :)

Felicia x

My Christmas Traditions

Every family has their own Christmas traditions. I think it makes the holidays so much more special when your family has their very own ways of celebrating it. I always love to hear what other people do with their families to celebrate Christmas, so today I thought I would share with all of you my very own traditions!

Baking

A big tradition in my house for Christmas time is baking. My mum's the baker in the house so she has always done all of it, but this year I chipped in for the first time to help. Baked Christmas treats are simply the best, aren't they? Favourites in our house are chocolate chip cookies (from my mum's ~secret~ recipe), fudge, and gingerbread men.

Stockings

I'm not sure if it's so common to do stockings anymore? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. But in my family, stockings have always been a staple. Until this year, I was the only one who had a stocking filled and placed under the tree. But this year, all four of us are taking part in the tradition which makes it so much more fun! Leading up to Christmas, we leave our stockings up to hang and then Christmas morning, they're put under the tree and it's the very first thing opened before any presents.

Florida

Since 2012, a huge tradition for my family has been visiting our vacation home in Orlando over the winter break. Every year, we leave for Florida after we've finished the festivities of Christmas morning, and stay until just after New Year's Day. I love our Florida tradition. One of the greatest parts of it is that we are able to experience all of what Disney World has to offer during the holiday season. As you all probably know by now, my family are huge Disney fans so it's hugely important to us.

Decorating

Decorating the house for Christmas is a huuuggeeeee part of our traditions. As a family, we love to decorate for the holidays. And especially now that we've moved into our new place, we've got even more areas to decorate! We went crazy with it all this year, but it looks incredible if I do say so myself :) My personal favourite addition is our Disney tree (the tree on the right, below).

The Polar Express

Ever since the film came out, my family has exclusively watched The Polar Express just once per year. It started off as Christmas Eve tradition. We'd come home from my Nonno's (Italian word for grandpa) house after Christmas Eve dinner and we'd put the film on. As the years went by, Christmas Eve dinner went later and later, so we eventually decided we'd watch The Polar Express once we got to Florida on Christmas Day. In the past few years, my boyfriend has been able to partake in the tradition as well which is so amazing. I love that we save watching it for only that night because it makes it so much more special.

What are your Christmas traditions?

Felicia x

Christmas Q&A

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Hello everybody! It's the week of Christmas!!!!! Who's excited? (Me! Me! I am!). Since I'm getting in the festive mood, as I'm sure you all are, I thought I would do a few Christmas-themed posts for you guys this week, starting off with a Christmas Q&A. I found a few Christmas related questionnaires online, picked out some of my favourite questions, and decided to answer them for you all.

1. Have you ever had a white Christmas? 

Yes! I live in Canada, so more often than not do we have snow on Christmas day. Always makes me sad when there's no snow... Luckily, this year, we've got plenty!

2. Peeking at gifts or being surprised? 

I hate the thought of seeing my gifts before Christmas. I was never the type of kid to go looking for my presents before they'd been wrapped, let alone go so far as to unwrap them secretly.

3. Show an old Christmas photo. 

My dad and i, christmas day

My dad and i, christmas day

4. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? 

Yep, I do! My family has dinner at my grandfather's house on Christmas Eve, so I receive a couple presents from relatives. Then, back at home, I open two gifts: one, a gift of my choosing, and the other a pair of new pyjamas. It's a family tradition!

5. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat? 

Ahhh this is so difficult. I've always loved fudge. My grandma used to make it every year, back when she hosted Christmas, and oh my god I just loved it.

6. If you could be in any Christmas movie, what would it be? 

I'd say the nineties version of Miracle on 34th Street - so long as I got to be with Dylan McDermott in the end. Hahaha.

7. Candy canes or gingerbread men? 

Candy canes. I'm addicted to peppermint!!

8. What's your favourite Christmas song? 

Probably would have to be 'Last Christmas' by Wham!.

9. Do you like to wear a bold lip for Christmas or keep it neutral with a pretty nude? 

I'm def all for the red lip at Christmas!!

10. What's your favourite present you've ever received for Christmas? 

It's a toss-up. The most exciting present I ever received was tickets to my very first concert to see Hilary Duff when I was in the second grade. But the best gift was my dog, whom I love very dearly.

11. What's the best part of Christmas for you? 

For me, the best part of Christmas is being with my family, decorating the house, and just spending quality time together. I feel like Christmas really brings families together, which is something that's so important to me as my family is the most important thing to me.

12. When you were younger, what gift did you always act for that you never received? 

I never had one I repeatedly asked for, as far as I know. But if I ever asked my parents for something a little too pricey, and they said they wouldn't buy it for me, apparently my go-to answer was, "Well, I'll just ask Santa - he'll get it for me!". Hahaha. I was always thinking.

Feel free to answer these questions on your own blogs - I'd love to see your answers!

Felicia x

A Caribbean Adventure

As my first week of university has now come and gone, I look behind me at the summer that's gone by and realise just how great the past months were. My two-month-long holiday - which started in the final days of June in Memphis, Tennessee - went by so quickly that it seems like a distant, albeit amazing memory. In all of the whirlwind months in the sun, I lost track of time and neglected this blog, despite making a promise to myself to get back to regularly uploading posts. But when it comes down to it, there is, in my opinion, no better way to refresh my blog than with a picture-post (and short video) documenting my favourite part of my summer: the two-week Caribbean cruise that wrapped up my travels.

I've been on around 15 cruises in the twelve years since I took my first one, but this one made a case for being my favourite. The Carnival Magic lived up to the name and was enchanting the entire fourteen days that my family and Steven's family were aboard her. It's a been quite some time since I have taken a two-week cruise and despite being a frequent (and long-time) cruiser, there were still some ports on the itinerary I had yet to visit which made it exciting for everyone in our group.

To add to the fun, I celebrated my eighteenth birthday mid-way through the two weeks. At the stroke of midnight the entire bar sang me "Happy Birthday", the chorus lead by the bartenders behind the counter. Then on the way back to the cabin, I was approached by the cruise director, Good Reverend Dr. E (whom my family has become close with over past cruises) who had remembered to wish me a happy birthday. Those are just two of the ways that Carnival crew members go above and beyond to make a cruise special for you, which is why my family keep coming back to the same cruise line over and over again after all these years. Carnival doesn't just treat you like guests; they treat you like family, which makes the line so beloved to my family.

Over the course of the two weeks, Steven and I worked together to collect as many videos of our memories as we could, using a GoPro for a large portion of it. Now that summer has come to an end, I've put little bits of our film footage into a short video for a keepsake of our travels to share with friends, family and all of you. It was a tremendously exciting and adventurous two weeks, and I hope to be able to cruise again soon!

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