Favourite Things Friday 4

Hellooooo…Happy Friday!!

Holy crap it’s already September. What the heck is happening this year? This week has been good thus far. I actually really love September, I always feel like I can restart routines and get focused again. I’ve hit the gym 3 days in a row (I’ll wait for my round of applause to start anytime), and have been eating super well!

Sadly the smoke is still hanging around here, I actually think it’s been worse lately…at this point, I’d even be happy with snow if it was sunshiney!

On to my favourite things, I know you’ve all been dying to know about this.

Getting to start a new day planner in September! 
Okay, this is super dorky and I’m well aware of this. That being said, I love love love a good list, book, stationary and day planners definitely top the list for me. I know 90% of the world has changed over to using the calendar on their phones or computers, but for me if I don’t write it down I don’t remember. Pen and paper all the way!

Chapters Planner

Luckily for me, my lovely sister Erica got me a fresh planner for my birthday back in August, so I was set when September rolled around. I am going to try really hard this year to keep this one neat, but we’ll see what happens, sometimes I just have to write or scribble something in quickly.

This is the one that she got me, so far it’s working well! Between keeping track of my hair client appointments, meals, gym times (I told you, I’m trying to be good!!), and social schedule, I need something where each day has a fair bit of writing room, and this one has fit the bill, plus it’s super cute.

Superstore Online Grocery Shopping
This has been life changing for me!! I don’t know why but grocery shopping gives me crazy anxiety…I know I know, such a weirdo. I think it’s just the too many people and it plain old drives me crazy. Well not anymore, my dreams have come true! I shop for most other things online…why not groceries! Superstore’s Online shopping has made eating healthy and sticking to my budget so much easier, I can’t even imagine how awesome it must be for people with kids!

Prior to being able to do this, I would put off grocery shopping forever and not have any food in my house, thus going out more often and spending more. So this has been helping me not only eating healthier…but sticking to my budget better! The other thing I like about it is it gives you lots of time to compare items and prices, and not feel like you’re in someone’s way while considering if the No Name brand pasta is really as good as the other brands.

Since it’s only $3, you pick the time to pick up your order, and you can use your own bags; this service is so so worth it to me! Not to mention a serious mental health savior. Everyone has their thing, right?

Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning 
This is my newest food obsession. We get so ripped off in Canada without access to stores like Target and Trader Joe’s, but I certainly stocked up whilst I was in Oregon in July. I had heard so many good things about this seasoning and holy man it did not disappoint.

OregonGetting our Trader Joe’s drinks in our new Target cups…told you I was obsessed!

It’s a mix of sesame seeds, garlic, onion, salt and poppy seeds and it’s good on everything, or at least everything I’ve tried it on. I love it on avocado toast, eggs, veggies…the ideas are endless. If you’re at Trader Joe’s buy it…buy lots (and maybe buy me one or two!?).

Trader Joe's

This weekend I don’t have much planned. I have a few clients tomorrow and that’s about it. I’d like to try and get out to the lake for the day Sunday, but that is seriously weather dependent. No one wants to go sit outside in this horrendous smoke, but I want to get as many boat days in as possible before it gets too cold!!
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Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Iron Road Brewing & Shuswap Saturdays

This past weekend was fantastic! I can’t believe it was already the last weekend of August…where has this summer gone?!

Thankfully Kamloops is back to hot weather and clear skies, just like summer should be.

Friday evening I met up with some friends at a new brew pub in town, Iron Road Brewing. We got there at about 7pm and the place was packed. We took a seat at the bar, got some drinks and waited for a table to free up. We didn’t have to wait long and soon we all had drinks and dinner was en route.

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Iron Road has a small menu of mostly tacos, quesadillas and nachos! I went with 1 shrimp taco and 1 veggie taco. They were cheap, but quite small. I wouldn’t say I’d go out of my way to go there for food but the beer was good and they have a great ambiance.  We all tried different kinds of beer and Denise and I went with the tasting flight to get a little bit of everything. My vote for favourite was the Locomotive Lager.

Iron Road Brewing

I will definitely head back there, it’s nice to have a new place to check out – Kamloops could certainly use more pubs and lounges!

Saturday morning it was time to head to the lake! Between the not great weather and severe smoke, it had been waaaay too long since I got to spend the day out at the Shuswap and I was seriously missing it. We spent the day floating at Copper Island, swimming and playing a super fun drinking game, Picolo. It’s an app and so much fun!

Shuswap

After a yummy dinner at Finz Bar and packing up the boat it was time to head home. Between the sun, fresh air and a few drinks I think everyone was tuckered out and we all just went home.

Shuswap

Sunday was a super productive day for me. I managed to clean my entire house, even handwashing the floors. This may sound like the most boring thing ever, but it was so satisfying. Between the dog and cat and me, it can get dirty real quick!

Shuswap

Photo by Allan McVicar

All in all it was a really great weekend, and now we’re heading into a long weekend!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic last week of August. Any exciting plans for the long weekend?

 

Monte Creek Ranch Winery

Birthday celebrations at Monte Creek Ranch!

Last week was my birthday…and it was awesome! I am totally one of those birthday loving people, bring on the attention, cake and presents.

I was planning on just going out for dinner with family and friends – but my mom saw that a local winery was hosting a music event on my birthday so we decided to head out there.

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My birthday day was fantastic from the beginning, from coffee and breakfast with Ash, lunch with another friend and then heading out to Monte Creek Ranch Winery.

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The tickets for the event were only $10 and included a wine tasting (my fav activity, if you didn’t know that by now). My mom and Erica really went above and beyond and brought a whole table full of food and 3 (yes THREE) cakes!

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I think everyone had a fantastic time, the band was great and the wine was even better. It was so nice to be able to lounge on the lawn, play some games and relax while visiting with everyone. Of course, it didn’t hurt that I also got presents and had all my favourite people with me.

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The music finished around 9 and we stuck around until the employees kicked us out…apparently, they wanted to head home. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate turning 28!