Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Currently - Aug 24 v.20

Greetings from Orlando! Hope everyone had a great weekend and everyone has a fabulous long weekend coming up. Even though my usual TSC link up is gone, I thought I would write one since I had some time today. 

My weekend has been a bit of stressful one. I left Friday for my second contract at sea and while I was on the shuttle over to the hotel, I received a phone call saying that I would have to be re-assigned to a different ship temporarily because my assigned ship cannot accommodate me at this, for whatever reason. I was a little bit worried because I know how difficult it can be to find a space on a ship for my position. My only option was to be flown out to St. Thomas USVI tomorrow, Monday, and join a different ship temporarily until I can be placed on my original ship. My weekend has been spent in this hotel in Orlando, which did allow me to sleep in for a few more days! Some Pro's about this little change in plans -- I know the CD on the ship I am going, if I am still there in November I know two fellow staff members, I get to experience two ships/two teams/two management teams during this contract. Con's -- I am worried about flying through and into a hurricane and making it to the ship on time, just saying. 

Anywhoo .... 

 C U R R E N T LY 

READING: Lone Survivor

WRITING: So many emails and text messages updating people with my travel plans

MUSIC: As much as it hurts to admit this, kind of liking Taylor Swift's new song Shake It Off ... I know ... 

LISTENING: Watching The Adam's Family 

GUILTY PLEASURE: The bag of Sour Patch Kids sitting right next to me .. 

THINKING: Way too many things right now

NAIL COLOR: Nothing at the moment :(


DRINK: Evian water

FOOD: Once I am finishing posting this, I am heading to dinner .. no idea what I am having though

HOPING: For a smooth and safe travel day tomorrow

TV SHOW: Finally on Season 5 of PLL, just need to find the time to watch it now

WEARING: Pajama pants and hoodie

LOVING: That I was able to sleep in for a few extra days. If you've ever worked on a ship, you know exactly what I am talking about

WISH LIST: To be transfered to my original ship asap

NEEDING: To learn to pack better

BLESSING: Everyone and everything in my life

FEELING: Soo nervous about my travel day tomorrow and for joining this new ship with a new team

CLICKING: Keyboard

EXCITEMENT: I am sure that somewhere deep down below my massive amount of nerves, is some excitement for being on a ship again with beautiful ports.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday v5 - Orlando Edition

Greetings from Orlando & welcome to the weekend!!

An easy going day turned out to be quite stressful for me. I am more nervous for this contract than I was for my first contract and I have no idea why! The first half of my day was great. No traffic on the way to the airport, checked in and upgraded my seat in seconds and the best part, the guy let me go through WITHOUT weighing my bags! It was the first time I flew WestJet and they were ON POINT! The flight was a little bumpy but I did get to watch the movie Blended through the flight which was great. Thennnn my day turned around, for the worse. As I was on the shuttle on my way to the hotel, I received a phone call telling me I was unable to join my assigned ship tomorrow due to scheduling issues! I was gutted. I was so excited to be joining this brand new ship with awesome ports and an awesome team. After a few phone calls, emails and tears, I think a plan is finally laid out. As of now, I am staying at the hotel until Monday (yay for two extra sleep in days!) and then they are going to fly me to St. Thomas to join the Liberty. Once the scheduling issue is fixed on the other ship that I was supposed to join, they will send me back. I am hoping it gets resolved ASAP!

Anyways, back to todays OHF post! I am linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife.

Mocha almond butter from Monkey Butter .. where have you been all my life??

It's been such a busy week, here I am on a Friday night at 8:50 ready for bed. Well, actually I was ready for bed at like 6:00 .... 

My newest addiction!

As I was packing and getting things ready for today, I thought to myself "why did you fall in love with a job that requires ALL this"? I am very close with my family and there's no better feeling than coming home to a comfortable and inviting living room and watching a movie or tv show. And cuddles with my kittens doesn't hurt either. Aside from that, I hate packing and I hate flying and it takes me a while to get used to being away from home. I would fall in love with a job that required me to be away and only home a month a half out of the year. That requires me to try and pack my life into suitcases and to fly! I guess it's the days where I'm sitting on the beach or swimming in the ocean that makes up for it. 

How cute are these little guys??

Monday, August 18, 2014

Target Haul

It never fails to happen - I go into Target needing a few items and I come out a million dollars later. Okay, maybe not a million dollars but I think you get the idea! I am loving today's haul. Since I am heading out to sea again on Friday, I had to pick up a few essential things. I won't bore you with the other items but these items I decided to include in my post ...

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer - Aside from M.A.C and Garnier's BB Cream, this is the ONLY concealer I will use. It has the perfect amount of coverage without making your face feel heavy. To be honest, it doesn't even feel like you're wearing concealer. 

Maybelline Volum' Express in Glam Black - This is my go to mascara. I receive so many compliments on my eyelashes and it's all thanks to this wonderful product. I was in Sephora one day and one of the make up artists thought I was wearing fake lashes and I told her what it was and she was in shock. If you're looking for a great product that DOESN'T clump, I highly recommend this. 

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain - This is a fairly new product and it is my latest addiction! I found it at Target and instead of buying just one, I had to buy these three colors. I would have bought more, but some colors are just not "me". This is a creamy lip stain that provides moisture with Aloe and Vitamin E and gives your lips that glossy look. I bought Cannes Crush, London Posh and L.A Exclusive. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Currently - Aug 17 v.19

Happy Sunday everyone! I am writing my last Sunday Currently post from home. I leave again for another contract on Friday and I am definitely going to try A LOT harder to write posts while I am away - that's a promise.

Here is my TSC post hosted by Lauren. Unfortunately this Sunday is her last edition of TSC but I think I will continue writing it because it's one of the posts that I look forward to writing each week. Mind you, I will be out at sea, but I will try my best - enjoy!

 C U R R E N T L Y 

READING: Lone Survivor - still! 

WRITING: This post and a lot of "to buy" and "to pack" lists

MUSIC: I would have to say the song of this week would be Come And Get It Bae by Pharrell ft. Miley Cyrus

LISTENING: Watching Without A Paddle on Netflix

GUILTY PLEASURE: Monkey Butter Mocha Almond Butter 

THINKING: Now is NOT the time to be getting sick :(

NAIL COLOR: Sally Hansen Blue Me Away 

SMELLING: My nose is a little stuffed today ... 

DRINK: Tiny Tea TeaTox

FOOD: Nothing yet but I did make some delicious gluten free chocolate chip almond butter cookies yesterday! The recipe is posted here

HOPING: For a wonderful last few days at home

TV SHOW: I have been watching plenty of shows from Shark Week and still truckin' through PLL 

WEARING: Pajama pants and a hoodie

LOVING: That we had great weather for our annual summer trip to the CNE. It was a little chilly but nonetheless, it was beautiful

WISH LIST: Can someone pack for me? Anyone ..... ?? :)

NEEDING: To start feeling better

BLESSING: Everyone and everything in my life and I that I have a job that allows me to travel the world

FEELING: To be honest, I am starting to feel a bit nervous about my next contract. It's a new ship, new team and new ports

CLICKING: Keyboard

EXCITEMENT: Dinner outing on Wednesday 

Enjoy your Sunday and have a wonderful week!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

GF Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookies

Every once in a while, I will crave a homemade cookie, especially today. While looking for recipes on trusty Pinterest, I came across this easy to make recipe for gluten free chocolate chip almond butter cookies from this webite. The recipe was super easy and they are DELICIOUS, I thought I would share my experience with you. I'm going to share the recipe but please visit the link I posted for the exact recipe and for some other delicious ideas.

(as found on here)

1 cup almond butter
3/4 cups Truvia*
1 large egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 oz. dark chocolate (85% cocoa)

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
2. In a medium bowl, combine first five ingredients until blended
3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons on to baking sheet
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown
5. Let cool 

- Yields approx. 24 cookies
Calories: 95 
Protein: 3g
Fat :6g
Carbs: 9g

 * The recipe called for Sucanat, but you can substitute for whatever you please

This is the chocolate that I used; found it at Bulk Barn for $3.99

                                              BEFORE                               AFTER

There ya have it! Delicious AND healthy cookies that are super easy and affordable to make! 

CNE Summer Tradition

Hey guys - sorry I didn't write a Friday link up post yesterday. I spent all day at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and by the time we got home, I was exhausted and went right to bed. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far, minus the horrible weather. We are in the middle of August aren't we?

I thought I would write a little post about yesterday while cooking dinner. I miss my "not so healthy dinner" sometimes .. it's a struggle. On the menu tonight, turkey bacon, oatmeal and fresh fruit for dessert.. can we say delicious? NOT!

Every summer since I can remember my mom and dad would take my brother and I too the CNE. It's held in Toronto and they hold it for a few weeks until school starts. For my brother and I, it always meant that we had school in a few weeks, but now, it meant back to work for me. Yesterday was the only time the four of us (dad, brother, brothers girlfriend and myself) could make it before I went back out to sea. I absolutely LOVE it! It's a gigantic midway with shopping buildings and the notorious food building. This food building is packed with food options that range from normal (pizza) to not so normal (chocolate fried chicken and thanksgiving waffles). I usually stick to the normal food, but it definitely is consider a cheat day. Even though yesterday wasn't as bad as I thought it would have been.

The weather was, well okay perfect, it wasn't too hot but at night, it did get a little chilly. Last year it was SO humid and sticky I suffered from a bit of heat stroke.

One of my favorite things is the little booths that they have in the buildings with various things. I did manage to pick up some healthy snacks .. wait, me buy healthy snacks?
I fell in love with Monkey Butter's Mocha Almond Butter! A great way to enjoy a snack at night with some apples while watching something on television. I also found some flavored soybeans that I couldn't resist; dill pickle and chai latte. I didn't even have my usual ice cream and waffle later on in the evening. I think the fact that I decided it was too cold for ice cream kind of helped. 

They also have a "Beach Bar" which we visit every year for a nice refreshing adult bevie! I love the chairs, colors and the fact that they have sand. Home away from home! :) My bevie choice this year was Richards White.

And then there was this .... the GIGANTIC transformer. ABSOLUTELY HUGE!

It was nice way to kick off my last weekend at home. It feels like I just got home and unpacked and now I have to pack up again. Oh well, c'est la vie!

Enjoy your weekend everyone :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Currently - Aug 10 v. 18

Well a very good afternoon to you all. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend full of lots of fun. I am coming into my last few weekends of being at home, so I am trying to make the best of the days here with the people I love. So far so good. 

I am linking up with Lauren with this weekends edition of The Sunday Currently. 

C U R R E N T L Y 

READING: Lone Survivor

WRITING: This blog post

MUSIC: I think this week's song would have to go to American Kids by Kenny Chesney, yes again!

LISTENING: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" is playing on the television

GUILTY PLEASURE: Chocolate chip frapp from Starbucks

THINKING: About all the things that I am going to have to do in these next 11 days 

NAIL COLOR: I had my nails done on the weekend and I'm not 100% sure of the name of the color but it is similar to this and it was by OPI ... 

SMELLING: Nothing .. I think I am catching a cold 

DRINK: TinyTea Tea Tox

WISHING: For a good week, great weekend and that I can start getting things together

FOOD: Nothing right now but I am STARVING so I will be rummaging through that kitchen soon enough

HOPING: The weather holds out for our annual CNE trip on Friday

TV SHOW: Today is the first day of Shark Week 2014!! It's one of my favorite weeks of the year ... sorry not sorry! So between Shark Week and PLL, I will have plenty to watch this week 

WEARING:  Sunday staple

LOVING: That we are having some nice weather these days. It hasn't been the hottest outside but at least the sun is shining and there hasn't been any rain ... knock on wood

WISH LIST: For someone to come and cook for me right now

NEEDING: To get back on track after the weekend

BLESSING: Everyone and everything that I have in my life

FEELING: A little bit on the meh side today .. it was a very long and busy weekend

CLICKING: Keyboard

EXCITEMENT: Annual summer CNE trip on Friday :) Can't wait

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bedroom Makeover Ideas

I've decided that my bedroom needs a little make over. Since I'm only home for about a month to two months out of the year, it's been difficult to find the time to actually get down to it. I thought about leaving lists and pictures for my dad and brother to start it all, but I am not so sure how I feel about that. How badly can they screw it up if there are lists and pictures right??

I thought I would share some of my ideas with you guys and get some comments and suggestions. My room is not huge by any means but it's big enough to never stay clean. Right now my walls are white, except for one that has wallpaper that I did not choose. Here are my wallpaper ideas ...

I am IN LOVE with Damask wallpaper. My dad, however, isnt a huge fan but I am sure I can talk him into it. My initial thoughts were to have the wallpaper on two walls and then have the other two painted white. I have been playing around with the color of the wallpaper, but I definitely want the two other walls white.

I am also thinking of maybe doing a striped wallpaper ... 


I also want to put a small decorative chandelier. Nothing too fancy or big and I don't think I want it to work, just a decorative piece. 

For my shelving, I thought of just having something hung up on the wall instead of a shelving unit.

I have a fair sized walk in closet but it's not being used to it's full potential. I thought I would put some shelving in there to help it stay clean and organized, because honestly, it never does. I also need a place to put my shoes other than the millions of places they already are.

And instead of doors, I want curtains ...

Unfortunately, my bedroom isn't big enough to hold my dream bed, so for now, I guess these choices will have to do ...

What do you guys think? Any helpful hints and suggestions ?

In My Bag

While looking through my Bloglovin' feed this morning, I came across this really interesting link up presented by HeatherLisaBecca and Rachael - hope you enjoy!

If anyone knows me, they know I LOVE a good purse/bag. I usually carry a bigger bag and have A LOT more "stuff" in it, but traveling has helped me narrow it down to the "necessities" of what I actually need in my bag. I also change my purses every month and every season, so yes, I may have a collection of purses.

So .. this is my current bag by Vera Bradley. It's smaller than my usual sized purse but it hold a lot more than I thought it would.

Here is what is in my bag ...

  • Make up bag by Bath & Body Works
  • Wallet by Michael Kors
  • Gum 
  • Mints
  • Aleve
  • Prescription medication
  • Comb
  • Passport holder
  • Pen
  • Sunglasses by Betsey Johnson
  • Nail file

My make up bag is usually a bag within a bag ... 

  • Nail file
  • Mascara - Maybelline Collossal Volume
  • Foundation - Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless
  • Pressed powder - MAC
  • Concealer - Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless
  • Concealer - Almay Smart Shade
  • Eyeliner - Avon
  • Lipgloss - Victoria's Secret
  • Lipstick - Cover girl
  • Blush - NYC
  • Bronzer - Wet N Wild
  • Tweezers
  • Make up brush 

What's in your bag??

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday Currently - Aug 3 v.18

Hey Guys! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, I know I did! A little rain and thunder did NOT stop us from enjoying the Blake Shelton concert last night. You'll read/see all about it during this weekends edition of TSC, linking up with Lauren

C U R R E N T L Y 

READING: Lone Survivor - not enough half way through and already such an amazing read. 

WRITING: This edition of TSC and LOTS of emails, as usual.

MUSIC: Song of the moment -- XSCAPE by Michael Jackson .. I have it on repeat!

LISTENING: To a random movie playing on television.

GUILTY PLEASURE: I think this week's guilty pleasure goes to Vera Bradley! I don't know what it is or why, I just can't help myself.

THINKING: The last thing I had to eat was my dinner last night at 4:30 and I haven't eaten anything since and I'm not hungry ... that's a tad bit unusual for me. 

NAIL COLOR: Cab Fare by Sephora OPI

SMELLING: Nothing.

DRINK: Tiny Tea Tox 

WISHING: That this week goes smoothly as I have lots of plans and need to get a few things done for my next contract.

FOOD: Nothing right now

HOPING: I do not get sick after being in the rain and cold all day and night yesterday

TV SHOW: Have not watched much of anything other than PLL ... trying to get caught up as much as I can before I leave

WEARING: Pajamas and there is no shame in me admitting that

LOVING: LAST NIGHT! Even though it rained all day/night and threatened to storm, the concert last night was amazing! I have been to my fair share of concerts before, but they have all been in stadiums in doors. I have never been a country concert outside - I have never in my life seen anything like that AND it was nothing because of the weather. Such an amazing night with amazing friends even though we all came home covered in mud from head to toe!

WISH LIST: A massage would be HEAVENLY right now ... 

NEEDING: To eat something

BLESSING: Everything and everyone in my life

FEELING: Exhausted, but no complaints because it is the result of an amazing night

CLICKING: Keyboard and phone 

EXCITEMENT: 18 days until I'm back at work which means pay checks, islands and warm weather

Thanks for stopping by and reading! :)