Travelling With Him


I know I've been a stranger, but I can explain!

G and I decided to take a spontaneous vacation, so in the last few weeks we've been planning and preparing our home and offices for our time away.

We are in the beautiful Dominican Republic without a worry in the world... It's fantastic. We gather from our Facebook friends back home that we picked a great week to get away, as it's minus thirty in some parts of Nova Scotia! Yikes!

We're missing our family and especially our dear little OB but, the heat is so wonderful. We're sun burnt and buzzed off beach cocktails, enjoying long walks on the white sand, swimming in the turquoise ocean and sunning by the pool. We've explored the villages on bicycles which was fun and romantic, we've had many opportunities to get dressed up fancy and have had lots of time for sleep.

I'm looking forward to catching up with all of your Blogs and sharing details of our Vacation when we return.

Rachel Emmilee


So far, in 2013...

  • I have made a conscious effort to see what my laundry room floor looks like. One of my dirty little secrets of  2012 was that there was never a time where I didn't have a pile of laundry building up on my laundry room floor. I promised myself I would a) keep up with our laundry by doing a little each day and b) throw away or give away all clothes we aren't wearing and c) organize our laundry area so I actually enjoy being in it and d) stop using a new towel every time I shower and e) stop forgetting about the wet clothes in the washer for days at a time and f) just kidding, I'm done now.

  • I started the decluttering process. Inspired by Amy at Rainy Saturday, I decided it was time to get rid of all the makeup, perfumes and other beauty products that are taking up space and not being used. I've also given away two of my four hair straighteners and tossed at least ten razors that I no longer buy blades for. Another one of my little secrets is that I have two too many junk drawers in my kitchen. Oh, and a junk closet. That's three drawers and one closet that most definitely should be used to organize important things, but instead they're full of dead batteries, old bills, loose change, light bulbs, pens, pencils, notepads and other junk. As for the linen closet upstairs that gets stuffed with laundry when company comes unexpected, unfolded fitted sheets and curtains I will NEVER hang in my house... I'm coming for you.

  • I haven't been drinking alcohol or soda. I'm telling you, waking up on New Years Day without a hangover felt amazing and it challenged me to see how long I can go without drinking. Unlike some people, I can have fun without drinking and when I do drink, it takes me days to recover. So why even bother? It's never worth it anyway. My water intake in 2012 was horrible, in fact, I rarely ever chose water over something sugary. So far this year, water has been my number one choice and I can already feel the benefits.

  • I'm eating breakfast! Yogurt, bran buds, berries and a drizzle of honey. Healthy and a great start to my day.

  • I've been hungry for change. I always considered myself to be a healthy eater, but boy did I get a wake up call. After watching Hungry For Change, I realized what I thought was healthy is actually not healthy. We learned we have to pay close attention to what we're eating and to always look for healthy alternatives. So far, our meals have been balanced and we're feeling better overall. We want to live a long life, that's all there is to it.

  • I'm reading a book! Yep, diving into a book any chance I can get. It's not a computer, it involves quiet time and I'm wishing I did more of it in 2012.

  • We're planning a vacation. We don't know where, or when we're going but we're going. I need to feel heat on my face and sand in my toes and a mojito in my... I mean, a tall glass of water in my hand...

  • We're insulating our basement and installing a new heating system. Which means the pool table will finally go downstairs and we'll no longer have a man cave on our main level! Oh yeah, and I guess it's important that we'll stop losing heat and stop paying ridiculously high oil bills.

  • I'm watching too much TV. #TheBachelor, of course. The first episode promised a winter of drama so my #mondayblues don't stand a chance. Don't roll your eyes at me, have you seen this guy?
 Also, GIRLS on HBO, The Big C and all that other MTV and E! junk. Guilty.

  • I have been sharing my Blog. I have to admit, for the longest time I have avoided talking about my Blog with people for fear of being criticised. I decided I would be more confident this year, and if given the opportunity, I'd be proud to show people my work!

So I guess 2013 is off to a good start for me. How are you doing with your goals and resolutions?

Rachel Emmilee


The Grand Ole Opry



For the last five months, G has dedicated two nights a week and every single Saturday to band practice. Being a drummer, he was asked to be in the house band for the Grand Ole Opry Tribute production scheduled to open over the Holidays. All three shows were sold out in less than an hour and for months it's all people have been talking about. Looking back on it's success, I think it will be talked about for a long time and I'm sure there will be demand for more shows in the future!

In my house growing up, Mom listened to old country music all the time. Let's just say, I'm a little bit country and G's a little bit rock n' roll. From an early age I've been a fan of Conway, George Jones, Dolly and Loretta Lynn but G never listened to the old stuff. Now, after months of listening to the songs, singing along and dressing the part I think it's safe to say he's officially converted.

The show was amazing. Every performance was great and I truly felt like I was in Nashville all weekend long. The set, the costumes and the over all energy made it feel like the real thing. Being a volunteer, I also had to dress in costume and channel a southern bell. I had access to the green room, helped out backstage and watch the performers prepare for the show. Over thirty people were involved so by the end of it, the cast and crew felt like a great big family. I'm sad to see it come to an end, but a tiny bit excited to have my husband back...

 ... just hoping he keeps the cowboy hat, tight jeans and boots!



2012 is History, 2013 is a Mystery. Happy New Year!


2012 was an amazing year. It came and went leaving me healthy and happier than ever. I got married, felt an indescribable comfort and closeness to my husband, home and family. It brought with it high highs and low lows, but it taught me a lot of lessons and made me realize on many occasions that I am very blessed and very fortunate to have what I have.

For the first time in years G and I had a quiet New Years Eve. We visited family, ate some great food and watched fireworks light up the night sky. I enjoyed waking up this morning craving my morning coffee with no headaches or tummy aches but instead, feeling rested and ready for the day. I think it was a great way to start 2013 and I think I just might run with this... Resolution: Make healthier choices?

We're currently cuddled up in bed watching Netflix and scrolling through potential vacation packages as OB snoozes at the bottom of the bed. With the curtain drawn at 1pm, he still believes it's night time, and as long as we stay in bed he won't move. If only the coffee pot could come to us, all would be perfect.

To my readers, you have all been an incredible support in the last year. Blogging has become a passion and your encouraging words has made it that much better.

Wishing you all a year full of love and luck!

Rachel Emmilee