Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Comic Finds & New Friends

Tonight I was feeling a bit down so Dave and I hit up Chapters. This always makes me feel better. As I was perusing the journals a girl came up to me and commented on my backpack  and we struck up a conversation that went on for about 20 minutes. We talked about school, ryan gosling, jobs, weddings and twilight. It was so random but uplifting. We even exchanged numbers after to get together sometime. At first I thought she was trying to sell me something, then I thought she was hitting on me, but then I realized, hey, this is just one friendly lady! And I would love to hang out with someone like this! Weird huh? I would never have the courage to go up to a random person and strike up a conversation. I'm so glad people like her exist.

Anyway, after that I felt a whole lot better and found the most amazing comic book ever. EVER. It's a kids french comic about a girl named Anna and her friend Froga. Have a read! Totally hilarious.

gumball-long1024Night definitely brightened :)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Let's Talk About: Budgets


Budgets, what a terrible buzz kill right? That's what I used to think when I was young and foolish. Now I think budgets are AWESOME. I'm serious guys, budgets don't have to be lame and super restrictive! I'm obviously no expert on these types of things but here's how Dave and I did it and didn't kill each other.

It all started when I stumbled across this website and started reading about a thing called The Spending Diet. Ugh. That title did not appeal to me at all, but I had read about how other bloggers had found it super helpful and inspiring so I thought eh, I'll at least read about it. Well it WAS super helpful and inspiring so I talked it over with Dave. Now Dave has been subtly trying to get me on a budget with him for years now so he was pretty psyched when he heard the word "budget" enthusiastically come out of my mouth. That night we sat down and figured out how this sucker was gonna work.

What we did first was make a list of all the things we had to spend our money on, things like rent, groceries, and bills. Then we made a list of wants or things that we didn't really have to spend our money on. For us these included things like new clothes, dinners/drinks out, Starbucks, trips to the thrift store (GASP!), magazines, and new makeup. Then we added things like personal hygiene and haircuts to the needs list, because a girl needs soap and a haircut right?

Now if you had some serious debt to pay off, or wanted to save a lot of money very quickly, I guess you would only spend money on your needs. But like I said, this is how Dave and I managed a budget without killing each other so we obviously didn't do that. Instead, we allotted $150 to each of us for personal spending for the month. So anytime I wanted to get Starbucks  buy a magazine, or go out for drinks, it would have to come out of my personal spending.



Well the first day of our budget I went to Goodwill and spent $35. Which before the budget I wouldn't have thought twice about, but now I had used up a good chunk of my money on only the first day and probably on things I didn't really need. It really made me stop and think about what I was choosing to spend my money on. Things like Starbucks, magazines, and makeup no longer seemed important if it meant I wouldn't be able to afford a hotel to stay over for my friend's wedding. It was really eye opening.

Another great thing that the budget brought back was buying each other treats. Dave and I have  a joint account so when he buys me ice cream I'm really just paying for it too. But this month when we would use some of precious $150 to buy each other something it meant a lot more than it did before, so that was a nice added bonus.

All in all this budget thing is AWESOME. I feel like it's something my parents would be very proud of me for (you know, if I was 12 and still cared about that kind of thing). I'm not gonna lie, it's really hard too, having to pass up on buying lunch with work friends, or not grabbing a chocolate croissant on the way home from work because you're pmsing so bad and you just need some chocolate asap. But it's totally worth it, we ended up saving DOUBLE what we saved the month prior.


Some people think budgets are only good if you're trying to save money to help pay off debts. Not true! Dave and I are in a really fortunate position as we don't (currently) have any debt or student loans to pay off, so the money we've been saving is going right into our house/europe/baby fund. So why would we go on a budget if we're already saving a little money every month? To save even more money for the house/europe/baby fund! (That was pretty obvious wasn't it?)

So are you on a budget?

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Put a Doily On It!


The other day at Goodwill I picked up a few t shirts and tops that I could play around with on my sewing machine. I had a simple red t shirt with a pocket on the front that wanted to try doing this to. Well, I took off the pocket and low and behold there were tons of little holes where I took the seams out. So what did I do? Put a doily on it! I've gone crazy for doilies lately, I feel like that sketch from Portlandia. Doilies are really easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores, usually for only a quarter. I just pinned one to the left side of the shirt so it would cover the holes and sewed away. It's (purposely) off center, but that's cool now, right?


I showed my 78 year old Oma the shirt and the first thing she said was "It's crooked!" like I was very daft and then pointed out that people are supposed to put doilies on their couches and here I am sewing them crooked on to my shirts! She then spent the rest of the afternoon making doily jokes about me. "Look, I made this doily 20 years ago, you're not going to make a shirt out of this one!"

Well, I still love it!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Monday Music

Oh how I love these ladies, have a listen. And happy Family Day!


The Lion's Roar- First Aid Kit

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Adventures in Thrifting


Those who know me well know that I love to thrift. It's come to the point where people don't even ask me where I got that cool shirt/jacket/whatever, they just say "Goodwill. right?" To which I reply "Aw yeah!" I used to be so ashamed when I bought something used in high school  I would always lie and say that it was from the Gap or something, but now? I feel like thrifting is SO AWESOME and I DON'T CARE WHO KNOWS THAT I ONLY PAID $2 FOR THIS AMAZING USED SWEATER!

Yesterday Dave and I went to the local Salvation Army and found this amazing like new chair and ottoman. I'm pretty sure my Oma and Opa had the same one in their house at one point. We were on the fence about whether or not to get it (would it fit in our little apartment? Can we afford to buy a chair right now? And then noticed it was 50% off making it a mere $20. (Um, yes. Now it has a nice spot in our living room, and the sheepskin makes it extra cozy.


What's the best thing you ever found at a thrift store?

Friday, 15 February 2013

Winter Cookbook Wishlist




Lately I feel like I've been cooking and baking like mad just to keep myself sane. Which sounds ironic but, hey, whatever gets you through the day right?  Here are a few cookbooks I am currently lusting after. Especially Stanley Tucci. Oh my.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Salmon Tikka with Cucumber Yogurt


So we may now be obsessed with Jamie Oliver. Last night we made this meal and ate it in 30 minutes. So quick and sooooo yummy.

Salmon Tikka with Cucumber Yogurt slightly revised 

  • 2 naan breads

  • 1 fresh red chilli (we can never find these in the store so we just used some hot sauce)

  • ½ cucumber

  • 1 lemon

  • 4-8 tablespoons natural yogurt

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • a few sprigs fresh coriander

  • 2 x 200 g salmon filets, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, skin on, scaled and bones removed

  • 4 heaped tablespoon Patak's tandoori curry paste (you can find this in pretty much every grocery store, it has a purple label)

  • olive oil

Preheat your oven to 110°C/225°F/gas ¼. Pop your naan breads into the oven to warm through. Halve, deseed and finely chop your chilli. Peel and halve your cucumber lengthways, then use a spoon to scoop out and discard the seeds. Roughly chop the cucumber and put most of it into a bowl. Halve your lemon and squeeze the juice from one half into the bowl. Add the yoghurt, a pinch of salt and pepper and half the chopped chilli.

Pick the coriander leaves and put to one side. Slice each salmon fillet across lengthways into three 1.5cm wide slices. Spoon the heaped tablespoon of tandoori paste into a small dish, then use a pastry brush or the back of a spoon to smear the tandoori paste all over each piece (don't dip your pastry brush into the jar!). Heat a large frying pan over a high heat.

Once hot, add a lug of olive oil, put the salmon into the pan and cook for about 1½ minutes on each side, until cooked through. Place a warmed naan bread on each plate. Top each one with a good dollop of cucumber yoghurt and 3 pieces of salmon. Scatter over a little of the reserved cucumber, chilli and coriander leaves and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice.

IMG_1511 IMG_1512Enjoy!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Monday Music

We have our cable hooked up at the moment (we try to keep it disconnected but as soon as I realize I can't watch the food network, we quickly reconnect it) and I had MuchMoreMusic on as background noise when I heard this song. So awesome! Have a listen!


Wild Belle- Keep You

Saturday, 2 February 2013

DIY Initial Art

So I found this really cool artwork on Pinterest, but was shocked to find out it cost $99 for a set of 3! What?! Then I realized that I could easily make this myself for a mere $6. Whaaaaaat?


I'm pretty sure this one is self explanatory but here's how I made it anyway:


  • 3 frames (I got mine for $2 each at Dollarama)

  • Cool font (I downloaded mine for free at

So you get your cool font, make a word document with a large letter, print it, and then pop it in a frame. Yeah, it really doesn't need to be explained does it?


Friday, 1 February 2013

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

I've really been into Jamie Oliver lately. Maybe a little obsessed? I've been watching his 15 Minute Meals show(!) religiously and am reading a Naked Chef book as my bedtime reading. The other week I was grabbing a book from the bookshelf and noticed this had fallen behind (it was probably there for a year at least). This cook book is awesome, I highly recommend it. Here's what we made from it tonight.


Jamie Oliver's Broccoli Pesto Pasta we were feeling lazy, so we modified this quite a bit

  • 1-2 heads broccoli

  • A large bunch of fresh basil

  • Sea salt

  • 1 box of whatever pasta you want, we used linguine 

  • 1/2 cup green pesto

  • 3 ounces Parmesan cheese

Cut little broccoli florets off the head and put them to one side. Pick the basil leaves and discard the stalks.
Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook according to the  package instructions. Two minutes before the the tagliatelle is cooked, add the broccoli. Drain everything in a colander over a large bowl, reserving some of the cooking water, and return to the pan. Roughly chop half of your basil leaves and add to the pan with the pesto and half of the Parmesan. Give it all a good stir and if the sauce is too thick for you, add a splash of the cooking water to thin it out a bit.
Divide the pasta between your serving bowls. Sprinkle over the rest of the Parmesan and the remaining basil leaves.


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