My bad.

Hi Guys…


So…it has been….some time.  It has been such a long time since I have felt like blogging and life really got in the way…classic life. It looks like I have completely missed out on updating an entire year of my life (actually, just over by a bit).

I really don’t know where to begin.  So many things happened.

So I should start at the beginning,  I guess. Beginning of 2017 was pretty normal as usual. Work, grind, home life.  Nothing overly exciting.

We did find out in October of 2016 that my brother and sister in law were having another baby, and spoilers a beautiful baby girl was born in June!! So THAT was exciting.

kaya birth

kaya and I

The sweetest little girl in the world

I did get to go and see Brad Paisley with my Mumsie in February 2017…so again, that was some pretty fascinating stuff.


Love that Paisley



Jules and I started going on some adventures together – I thought it would be a good idea to take her to a club, bar, etc. (This was before I hit 33, and let me tell you how ….painful it was).  I discovered a few things that evening:

  1. It is too early to go out to a club at 9:00pm.
  2. Never trust a broken lock on a bathroom (and a distracted but love-able pal who was “guarding the door” for you).
  3. I am just too old for that shit.

So that was an awkward evening, but it also cemented a beautiful and important friendship in my life – so yay awkward evenings?


I am going to fast forward to mid 2017 (a lot of fun and unique things did happen in between, I am sure, but I don’t recall everything and I am far too lazy to write it all down).

Brian and I than begin the crazy adventure of looking for a house to purchase. I had a full time job, Brian had a full time job and the timing seemed right.

Spoilers: This was about to change. Oh, how this was about to change. 

I saw this coming from a couple miles ahead, so I wasn’t really surprised but I was laid off of my full time job that I had returned to in…ironically my last post . I was pretty upset/devastated…because I thought things were finally settled, and we were at the cusp of owning our own home, but some dreams you just have to put aside.

This ended up working out in the end though, not just for my mental health, but financially as well.  But naturally, I was upset at first. But they had given me until the end of the month, and were pretty nice about me taking time off for interviews, so I guess that’s something…

last day at tc

My bestie and I. Last day at work,


Being unemployed had it’s perks.

I  applied for a few jobs and within a week or so I got two calls from two very different companies. I was shockingly surprised that I heard back from anyone this quickly, though, I was still cautious.

Job A sounded pretty good, it was full time, benefits, etc. I went to that interview and thought I did well, but in the end it was not meant to be. I imagine that they went with someone with more experience.  But it was still really good experience for me to go, and it gave me a confidence boost that they were even interested in the first place.

Job B sounded really interesting to me as well, though it was part time, but I applied for it anyway.  On a side note with this, at the time I felt that if I was not being laid off I would not have applied for the new job, because it was only offering part-time, but in the end this turned out to be the very best thing for me.


Interviews are nerve wracking, but’s a great excuse to buy a sharp outfit.

I had two interviews with them and I ended up getting the job. The organization is very interesting and I am part of something that is bringing a positive change into schools, with families, and even in my own life. I am genuinely enjoying my role. It was nice because I was only unemployed for about a month, so this really helped things along.

My current position involves a lot of different things, and I have been given different opportunities to take on more responsibilities, while learning, growing and developing new skills.  Also, there is room for me to grow here. I won’t be stuck in one position, one pay scale, etc. Where in my previous position, as much as I needed and liked it at the time, I don’t think I was going to be able to grow.

Also,  on a unique side, everyone works remotely, from home so no more public transportation (I still don’t have my license) and hello pajama days! 🙂 I bought a new desk and set up a temporary office/haven for myself to separate from the apartment. At first I was hesitant and worried that I would not be able to separate office and home life, but it turns out it’s been fantastic. Though, I do miss the socialization of being in an office with other people, I really enjoy the independence of working from home. I spend less money on coffees out, I get to eat lunch at home, I can wear comfy and cozy clothes and listen to music…it’s been really really nice.


home office

Temporary home office

Also,  I have an excuse to decorate my office and my new office at the new place (spoilers much, Jamie) will be amazing. I am looking forward to decorating it and really making it my own.

home is where the pants aren't

Also, to note in between all of this, I can’t forget to mention that my cousin got married in the summer, and so I have another nephew (that is what we are calling him since she is a sister to me haha). So that was incredible.


The new little guy in the fam. He kinda likes me.


We also had family pictures taken at the cottage – I spent a nice amount of time there!

Jules and I also went to see Ed Sheeran, which was an amazing experience. We had such a great time.


Look at those arms!


We got really close to this summer, and I consider her one of my closest friends…..Jules also made me try Sushi! I (almost) forgot. She took a picture and I can’t track it down but it is truly hilarious.

[Edit] The saucy minx found the picture.


The bestie and I also a truly fantastic shopping trip! We went to the OC and had really fun day of gossiping (sorry GO Transit Bus Driver) and so much shopping. (Hello, Sephora!)alana and I

After my three month probationary period, I transitioned from part-time to full time with benefits, I received two bonuses (for taking on some extra roles) and a pay raise. So career-wise, 2017 was a bit of an up and down roller coaster- but 2018 will be a smooth ride I think.

So once October hit (my three month probationary period just ended) Brian and I decided it couldn’t hurt to look at some houses on the market – we were not thinking it would be possible for us to purchase anything just yet, but going to open houses were fun and a real eye opener.  But thanks to the support of our family. next thing you know, November comes around and we purchased our very first home – a cozy little corner town house, which was unexpected and crazy. Everything sort of happened so fast at that point and the next thing you know we got a Mortgage, gave our notice to our landlord, and we are currently in the process of packing and cleaning and all of that fun stuff….

new house

Welcome to the world of home ownership Jamie and Brian. 🙂

Our new home has a lot of potential and we are really excited that we will be moving into our first home (in late February).  We crunched our numbers, and we know that the first year may be hard, stressful and a learning curve, but we are really thrilled.

So, I think that is all I can think of for now. I am really hoping to start up the blog again, as I find it helps me organize my disorganized thoughts.

“Adventures in House Renovations – Let’s hope my husband doesn’t get sick of me”…..has a nice ring for a blog title.

– J









And just like that life gets in the way…

It looks like it has been quite awhile since I last posted.

So much stuff has happened since June….here is a quick photo re-cap.

I am back full time as an Office Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper – which means I get to work with my bestie again! So that’s been really good.


The summer consisted a lot of fun times at the family cottage, hanging out with friends, and other life related things that I won’t publicly post on here.



Some sad family stuff  happened:

Nana Louise passing away… but it was nice that she got to see the cottage and the kiddies…and other family stuff.


Patrice came back from Japan too so that was good – he introduced me to Pokemon Go (which I will be honest I have lost total interest in….but it was fun while it lasted).


Kainen turned 7 and Brady turned 2!  (My nephews) which I can’t believe.  Mason is also growing so quickly – it’s amazing how fast time is flying.


The hubby and I got to take a mini vacation for our 5 year wedding anniversary and went to Kingston (1000 Islands – which I thought was pretty cool).


We basically have been keeping busy with friends and life and having a good time.


We got to go to plenty of our nieces’ soccer games which was amazing.


Thanksgiving we had some family pictures done at the cottage – which was pretty cool.


We also had our Thanksgiving dinner there – which was pretty cool!

I went to a friends for Halloween and we all dressed up which was pretty fun.

And of course I have had plenty of hair color changes –


Red head, what?

So basically I’ve been pretty busy… and now Christmas is around the corner…BUT FIRST – THE GILMORE GIRLS REVIVAL!  Who else is excited for this? I am! I got so excited I edited the poster to my best friends face (and my face as well). We are doing an entire day when it comes out (with her husband too!) gilmore-girls-redux

I think that this is it for now!  Maybe I will write something with more substance at a later time… but the Thong Song by Sisqo just came on so….yeah. No serious writing for me right now.

-Jammer out





Happy Sunday!

This is my new favorite picture of my husband and I.

It was taken right after good friends of ours were married.

Brian and I (wedding)

Photo credit: Jules and Rose Wilton 

For the first time in forever I felt pretty – I think it was the dress (thank you Suzy Shier) and I had my hair done and had a mani- pedi!

Because sometimes you just have to Treat Yo Self.

We had such an amazing day.


Photo cred: Rose Wilton


Photo credit: Rose Wilton

I still can’t believe our 5 year wedding anniversary is in August.

Just wow.



Uncharted territory

road unknown

*Note: I originally wrote this on Friday.

So I am officially in uncharted territory.

I won’t get into details (because I can’t).

Of course, I am upset.

So I am feeling a mixture of being concerned, stressed, and relief (again, something I won’t get into on a public forum).

So as much as I am obviously concerned about what to do and what is going to happen,  I am also relieved at the same time.

My cousin and I were talking on Friday morning, and she made a very good point: I can do anything right now. I mean there are obviously a lot of reasons why it sucks, but my pro lists seems to be a bit longer. Maybe I can do things that I’ve been afraid of doing or that I haven’t have had time to do? I can volunteer, I can do almost anything I want to now..

But I am scared.

I think for the next week, I am just going to try and catch my breath, maybe get some sleep, relax a bit, do some cleaning, do some reading and just not worry….













It is a funny concept to even consider that I am really an “adult” and that I actually need to make adult decisions and actually do adult-y things.

The past couple of weekends I have been going to the bank and discussing…well banking type things…and our future.

Talking about investments, RRSP’s, TFSA’s, mutual funds, a future mortgage….and I was sitting here today thinking to myself “when did I become an adult?”  I mean honestly when?

But now I am 31 (turning 32) and as much as I am in denial about this, in my thirties.  It’s just wild to think that 10 years ago I was in such a different place in my life and now I am talking about retirement plans, mutual funds, etc.

10 years ago I was dancing my face away, studying, going to school and probably (who are we kidding – definitely) making some bad decisions.

Coming out of the bank today though (besides feeling too adult-y) I felt really good about things though.  I just find it funny that I have a “financial lady”.

I am officially a (responsible) adult.








I think the holidays made me realize just how important self-care actually is. Even just by doing “nothing” for a few hours and allowing yourself to re-charge is extremely important.

I slept a lot on Saturday and Sunday – and I felt incredibly guilty for it.

But I think it was my body telling me “Hey – you, you need this.”  As I had a very stressful, very busy couple of weeks…in between work, commuting from work, and travelling for the holidays – I think my body had enough.

So I shouldn’t feel guilty …even though I know there were probably some house tasks I could have accomplished.  But certainly, did not.

It reminded me of something that I learned in one of my courses that I took last year on how important just giving yourself  that time (even as little as 5 minutes) can be.

I think that we all often forget to give ourselves that time – whether it’s reading a book, meditation, going to the gym/working out/Yoga /Zumba, etc.

But I hate feeling guilty for giving myself that time – even if it was sleeping.  ( I also think that the good old cold is going to hit me soon – I can feel it and usually right before I get sick my body just sorta tells me).

I  know that “sleeping too  much” is not a great thing – but there is nothing better than staying under the nice, cozy comforter and building the greatest pillow fort known to man and just be.

pillow fort

omg this would be heaven!


I think that I need to feel a little less guilty about it as I know that that time is limited.

I also don’t want to burn out.

I think I need to start taking care of myself a little more – and feel less guilty about it.

I noticed that my stress level has increased and it’s starting to show it’s ugly head through every day life.  So tonight I put on my face mask, and gave myself a mini spa night. Just so I can recharge a bit as I go back to the grind tomorrow.

Blogging also helps me refocus and allows me to vent my frustrations out. 🙂


Thanks to this nifty Christmas gift from my husband, I can blog my little heart out. #2016goals


On that note, I think I am going to make myself a cup of tea, remove my face mask and try to get some shut eye shortly.

Keep it real homeslice(s)


Welcome 2016

Wow! I can’t believe another year has come and gone – and I can’t believe how TERRIBLE I have been with updating this!

I looked back and saw that my last update was back in June! CRAZY.

7 months!

A lot can/did happen in that time – I am going to try and keep it brief.

  1. New Job – I got a new job – in the health field (not sure if I updated my last post on that – which is mainly why I’ve been so busy too haha). I started that at the end of July!  It is what I went to school for – so that’s a plus.
  2. I became an Independent Distributor with It Works!  It was a great experience for me but I have decided to put that on hold. My husband and I have had a lot of discussion over it and it just wasn’t working out for me anymore (but the product is definitely amazing and I will be continuing to use them – love the wraps!).
  3. Because of my commute to work back and forth I’ve been spending a lot more time with my nephews and my sister in law (and brother) which has made me super happy. I also really love being an Aunt. I love my boys. They are so great.
  4. I found out I am going to be an Aunt again in March! Another nephew haha the boys just keep coming along!!! I am super excited!!!
  5. I’ve definitely haven’t been so focused on my health/fitness like I should be…but I am not going to make any unrealistic goals – just that I should probably rejoin the gym – I am so out of shape (again).
  6. In February, my husband and I will have been together for 8 years (we started dating 8 years ago) and in August it will be our 5th Wedding Anniversary – which I think is CRAY.
  7. Our Ginger friend left for Japan and has left a piece of our life gingerless. Son of a bitch.
  8. Our other son – Christopher -we visited for his birthday and he is doing as well has could be expected.
  9. My new motto (which I don’t think is really new persay) for 2016 is “No Pants? No Problem.”
  10. I think this year is going to be pretty awesome – I am going to focus more on self-care and having fun with Brian.

So, this was my little update – hope everyone is keeping well!!

#Keepitreal #2016isasexybitch