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A Very Merry Christmas

I could write about all the food I ate; the cheese balls, dips and turkey dinners made with love by our Mothers. I could tell you about the people I laughed with or the ones that are in Heaven and how much I miss them this time of year. I could tell you about the Christmas parties I attended and the cute dresses I wore, or how singing carols makes me feel like a kid again. I could explain how the faint smell of a fire burning mixed with the cold winter air makes me feel at home. I could go on and on about the overwhelming feeling of love I felt from my Husband who never fails to surprise me with a special gift from the heart. The beautiful gifts given to us by our family, the decorations, the way the tree lights and candles in our living room make the evenings so romantic. I could tell you about the fun we had on Christmas morning watching our nieces and nephew opening gifts from Santa. I could write about the delicious wine and hot chocolate and cider. How nice it was to have someth…

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

My Chef friend and I, without following a recipe, created this simple but delicious soup on the weekend. I gave it two thumbs up and even the guys at the table were singing it's praises! All the ingredients you will need are bold and underlined!

Rinse and chop one large head of cauliflower into roughly the same sized chunks.
Peel, rinse and cube potatoes (4-5)
Peel 4 medium onions, cut in half.

On a roasting pan, combine all vegetables. Drizzle with regular or flavour infused olive oil. I used Tuscan Olive Oil. Sprinkle with S & P, be generous.

Roast for 40-45 minutes or until fork tender, golden brown and aromatic!

While veggies are roasting, take this time to peeltwo large carrots and dice small. Also, cut 1/2 pound of bacon and cook in a large soup pot. Once cooked, remove and set aside for garnish, drain access bacon fat from the pot, and add carrots to the pot with a tsp of minced, bottled garlic.

Cook carrots until fork tender, making sure to run your spoon along the b…


We welcomed a new furry friend into our home last week.
 She is black and white like OB and very pretty, I must say!
Her name is Tina, and she's a cat.

I am not a cat person, and everyone in my life would agree. I'm not as excited about having her like I would be if say, she was a dog... or a baby. *Cough* I just never, ever wanted a cat and I even think I'm allergic.
You're probably wondering, well then, why did you get a cat? To that I would say, we had a problem with mice. As in, I think we were the pests and the mice were the homeowners. Mice in the country is a given, but still, who wants to find french fries in their work boots and mice droppings in your closets and drawers? That happened.

We decided enough is enough, so we adopted Tina from G's Mom. She arrived with her litter box, toys, dishes and food. She seems to like her surroundings so far, she's not afraid of OB and she comes to cuddle when you call her name. She's fully grown, a few years …

On making friends in the Blogosphere...

I have been a long time follower of several lifestyle Blogs for, well, a long time.  I follow Blogs. I read peoples lives as they live it. I am always waiting for the next update so I can catch up with them, just as I would normal real life friends. For all of you non-Bloggers out there, it's not as weird as it sounds. Finding a writer you want to follow is just like meeting someone in person and planning to meet again. You meet for the first time click on their link, you gather your first impression when they introduce themselves you read their About Me, you determine whether or not you will spend time with that person again follow their Blog. If you like what you see or read, a friendship is born!

After following someone from single to married, through divorce, pregnancies, babies, adoption, loss and career changes it's only natural to feel invested as a friend and a support for that person. I look forward to coffee dates with "real life" friends just like I do …

November 14th, 2004...

For eight years you have been my inspiration, I admire your drive and ambition. You have been my rock, the shoulder I cry on and the hand that I hold when I'm scared. You have been the arms that held me, the lips that kissed me and the extra heat source I need at night. You have given me butterflies, provided safety, security and a solid ground to walk on. You have given me so many reasons to smile and so many things to look forward to.

In eight years we have experienced so much, we've helped each other grow from weak to strong and we have celebrated so many achievements together. You never asked me to change, you accept me for who I am. You have encouraged me to be comfortable in my own skin and proud of the woman I have become. You have been patient with me, understanding and supportive of all my ideas and adventures.

It's just another day to some, but to me it's when all of this begun. Our Anniversary, the day you told me you loved me for the first time, the day we…

Makeup, Manicures & Hair... Oh my!

A weekend in the city, spending time with the Diva in me.

Lipstick, where have you been all my life? This is coming from a girl who put concealer on her lips for years... Rewind to my Wedding day... Not only did I fall in love with G again, but I fell in love with lipstick too. At 25 years of age I bought and wore lipstick for the FIRST TIME EVER... My friend Katy who I swear is a makeup guru, taught me the ins and outs of products and encouraged me play up my lips with some long lasting tricks. We lined and filled them with a nude liner, used a nude lipstick and sealed it with gloss. My lips were full and kissable all day long and since then I can't get enough lip product.

Baby Lips by Maybelline is on the rise. It's very popular amongst my friends and other Bloggers and has great reviews, so go get your lips hands on some Baby Lips people! Light and smooth, just enough gloss without being runny or sticky. It's moisturizing properties keep your lips juicy and very …

"Ooga Ooga Mooska...

Ooga ooga mooska, which means that I love you,
If you'll be my baby, I'll ooga ooga mooska you!
Then I take her hand in mine...
And set her on my knee...
The squaws along the Yukon are good enough for me!
She makes her underwear from hides of grizzly bear,
And bathes in ice cold water every day!
Her skin I love to touch,
But I just can't touch it much,
Because her fur lined parka's in the way!
I'll forever be singing the silly songs you taught us, remembering your smile, the stories you told, and all the laughter we shared together. You are finally reunited with Papa, Christine and all of our beautiful Angels in Heaven. We were blessed to have you as our Nanny, and now we are blessed to have you as our Angel.
Rest in peace, Nanny Walker. Xo

LIEBSTER - To Be Continued...

What is better than getting an award?...

... TWO awards, duh!

You read that right guys and gals, I'm just that popular. Two awards were given to me this week from two lovely Bloggers and I couldn't be happier! Brandi from No Map Provided and Brittany from Delightfully Awkward Brit both read and enjoy my Blog enough to recommend it to their readers. *YAY* Brandi is new to my Blogging circle, she's a 20 something who like me, writes about everything and anything her little heart desires. Brittany is also a 20 something lifestyle Blogger, a Southern sweet heart and the wife of a veteran. Both of these ladies are great writers, I highly recommend you check them out!

The Liebster Award meaning, "dearest" or, "beloved" is an award given to Bloggers with 200 followers or less to build recognition and show support. This award helps people like me grow in the Blogging community, it opens doors to new readers and helps in the overall success of your Blog. This isn&…


Emma Stone, gorgeous and so funny!

I was THIS close to dying my hair dark red because I loved this look so much, but in no time she went blonde again. Emma has always been an inspiration in the hair department. She and I share a few of the same facial features which makes asking a stylist for her look more realistic than say, asking for Kim Kardashian hair. We both have green eyes, naturally dark brows and fare skin. I feel that if she can pull it off, so can I. Now, thanks to this hot new photo of her as a blond bombshell, I think I too am leaning a little more to the lighter side.

Which look do you like?

... october, november and december are romantic months... it gets dark by 6pm, giving you a good excuse to cuddle up under blankets with a hot cup of something yummy... i am loving tassimo caramel macchiatto lattes more than anyone should... i am loving that it's sweater, legging and boot season... i love that this weekend i go shopping with myfriend in halifax... i love that my stuffed up husband hoped that giving me five kisses would win me five days off to spend with him at home... but i love that i didn't catch his cold... i love netflix... lost marathons in bed... chocolate milk... i love my sunday night dates with walking dead people and wednesday night rose ceremonies with the canadian bachelor... i love the pvr... i love snooki because she was the cutest pregnant girl ever and by far the most entertaining part of jersey shore... i love leftover wedding wine... i love coming home to handymen who are working hard to make our house as safe and sound as it could possibly …

Let It Strengthen You

it was early morning and i woke to the sound of three loud thumps on the floor above me. i knew my parents needed me in a hurry, as that's how they'd get my attention when they couldn't go to the top of the stairs to call my name.  i heard this noise many, many times before but never panicked. sometimes i ignored it, thinking whatever they needed me for wasn't as important as my sleep - but this time, i jumped to my feet in an instant and i ran upstairs skipping three steps at a time. i felt in my gut there was something terribly wrong.

i reached the kitchen where my mother was pacing the floor and crying hysterically while on the phone with our family doctor. down the hall, i could hear panic in my fathers voice as he said my sisters name over and over. i ran into her bedroom, saw him kneeling beside her bed holding her, rocking her back and forth. she had taken a seizure.

i ran out of her room, through the kitchen, passed my mom, and at the very top of my lungs i scr…

An Award - About Me... All wrapped up into one!

My Blog was mentioned as a must read inA Sparrow's Flight.  Being tagged in another Blog means the author enjoys your writing enough to share it with their readers. In this case, Joyful Sparrow has a whopping 200 followers that will see my name and link, which is a big deal! A Sparrow's Flightis a Blog that follows the life and love of a 20-something-Blogger who lives her life like a free bird. Her writing is very inspirational and she's a very talented photographer. Upon receipt of an award or tag you must follow instructions; share eleven unknown facts about yourself, answer the eleven questions asked of you, and spread the love!

I still catch myself saying and writing my old name, and I'm scared I'll never get comfortable with my new one. I feel weird saying the word 'husband'. I was a horrible math student, and still struggle with math. I have anxiety every morning upon waking up, wondering what people expect of me and questioning whether or not I can do it…

Family Feud Fail

Need a laugh?

(This video has been shared through YouTube)

Marriage Is...

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans..."

- John Lennon I woke up this morning to a cool breeze coming in our window. I could hear the rustle of the leaves on the trees, the sky was grey and the hot, humid weather was gone. This little hint that Fall is around the corner was the perfect start to my day! I am so ready to say good-bye to summer and hello to Fall clothing, pumpkin spice lattes, pickles, crisp fresh air and a better TV schedule! The best part about this morning? I opened my eyes at 7am and it was the cool breeze that woke me, not an alarm clock. This is huge! Hey all you morning people, how do you do it? I give HUGE PROPS to those of you who can enjoy a coffee, watch the news or exercise before going to work. I am usually rushing, cranky and half asleep going out the door in the morning.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Me Time, Much Needed Me Time! where I talk about my need to find balance and make changes in my daily routine. One of the changes I decided I would make is to start listening to my body w…

Our Honeymoon

JUST MARRIED was strung across the back of the Jeep, we packed anything and everything we'd need on a road trip, and we hit the pavement. I highly recommend road trips, especially on your honeymoon! After the rush of Wedding planning, partying and entertaining family and friends, the alone time together is so nice. Being alone in the car with G is one of my favorite places to be, tunes up loud, a picnic basket of snacks packed and nothing to do but enjoy the sights with no worry of time.

We drove for what seemed like forever, made some fun stops along the way and finally arrived in Bangor. We got a room, crashed and in the morning set out for Kittery where we did some shopping and touring around. Kittery is a very cute little town with nice people, great prices and great food. We walked from one shop to another and stopped for delicious fish n' chips at the cutest little diner. Keeping to Boston, we knew we had to take advantage of being in our friends neighborhood, so we met …

Wedding Photos

I would love to share all of my Wedding photos with you, but I know that wouldn't be right. Our Wedding Photographer, Betty Anne Cameron, did a fantastic job capturing every moment that we will want to cherish forever and ever. She didn't miss anything and every shot captures the happiness we felt on that day. Photos of our friends and family are being kept private, but here are just a few more of us that I am happy to share with you all! Click here to see my all time favorite shots from the collection.
Enjoy, Rachel Emmilee XO

ME time, much needed ME time!

Soft music playing, the smell of an aged antique home and every so often, nature hitting my face with a breeze from an open window. A crisp sheet covering my body and nothing to do but relax. I could get used to this... Me time, much needed me time!

As the Massage Therapist stripped through my shoulder muscles she asked, "Have you cried enough?"

Being a Massage Therapist I know that sometimes conversations during treatment can get a bit deep, so I had no problem opening up to her. I thought about it for a second and eventually replied, "My family would argue that I'm a very emotional person, I feel like I talk about my feelings enough... But I guess I keep a lot in and often I get overwhelmed by my feelings... Maybe I haven't cried enough..."

The Therapist sensed that I need a good cry or an emotional release. She thinks I am holding onto negative stress and negative memories which is resulting in muscle tension and poor posture. I knew what she was getting…

Happy Birthday, Sweet Sister...

yesterday was my sister's birthday. she's in heaven, 22 years old. i was emotional on and off all day. i was thinking of her and all the things we'd have in common at this point in our lives being in our twenties together. my spirits were lifted throughout the day signing into facebook to see messages from family and friends who are also remembering her today.

i spent the afternoon with some of my favorite people, g of course, his mom, and my parents... pool, bbq and some laughs, christine wouldn't have had it any other way.

i couldn't bring myself to visit her grave, i have only been there 4 times since... it seems to be a lot easier for my parents and sister, but it just really brings me down. it's something i need to work on. sitting around yesterday with my family, i thought about how much she would love our "new" home and the pool especially. i find it so hard to accept that she died before i moved home, before i bought a house, before i got marr…

Married One Month Today, Loving Every Minute...

Part 2 - The Wedding Day

I woke up at 6:30 in the morning in my old room, and like old times, my best friend Tess was sleeping beside me. My first thought was that I desperately needed more sleep until it quickly hit me that today was the day. I am getting married today. My stomach did a little flip, and I realized there was no way I was going back to sleep. I went upstairs where everyone else was still sleeping except my Dad who had left for the horse barn to feed the horses. I crawled in bed with Mom.

Today is the day she said.
My stomach did another flip.
My nerves were getting the best of me to the point that I couldn’t eat breakfast and even the water that washed down my stomach pill was forced. Where did these nervous jitters come from and WHY NOW? My sister encouraged me to eat something and my Mom told me I had to get up and move around, but all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and stop time.

Tess woke up from downstairs just as Katy arrived with her make up collection. It's too early for this…