Meet Teighan

Last year was extremely busy for me… I moved out of my parents’ house in Ontario to my own place in British Columbia for a new job.

Growing up, I was never able to get a dog while living with my parents. I was allowed to have other animals though, such as; birds, guinea pigs and fish, but never a dog. A dog was something I had wanted since I can remember – my parents always told me when I moved out I could get one (so naturally, as soon as I moved out, I began my search).

Throughout the years my dream breed changed; King Charles Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler… and then Cane Corso. One of my best friends had a Cane Corso and I absolutely fell in love with the breed. They are an Italian Mastiff; extremely smart, great temperament, a giant breed, and slowly gaining popularity.

One day while looking through online classifieds, I came across an Ad for Cane Corso puppies. I immediately called the number listed on the Ad and left a message. As the day went by, I hadn’t heard back, so I figured I was out of luck.

I had just put my dinner in the oven, when the breeder called me back, asked me a few questions about my living situation, why I wanted a Cane Corso, and then if I wanted to come see them… right now. Of course I said “yes!”. I took my dinner out of the oven, got dressed, and drove up into the mountains to meet the puppies.

I pulled up to the house and see the two parents and 10 four week old puppies wandering around the yard. The breeder had told me on the phone that there were 3 puppies available, 1 boy and 2 girls – though one girl was a bit aggressive, the other was very calm, I said I would like the calm one. The breeder showed me the calm girl, who I immediately picked up – It was love at first sight, this was Teighan. As the breeder and I spoke (about an hour). Teighan fell asleep in my arms and any time I tried to put her down, she would whine and wrap her legs around my arm. I knew I had found my “fur baby”.

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September 3, 2016 is when I finally was able to pick her up (8.5 weeks)

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She was surprisingly amazing:

  • Slept in the crate with no problems
  • Didn’t have an accident in the house
  • Rarely Barked
  • Didn’t chew any shoes, furniture or the cat
  • Stayed/Stays off couch/bed

Now, that doesn’t mean it was always perfect, there were a few nights she did not want to go to sleep (at around 10-13 weeks). She was SUCH an ankle biter while she was teething, as said above; she didn’t chew anything, but while we would play, she often left her mark on our skin. She was given LOTS of chew toys and an antler to pass the time – and it often worked.

img_7674Her favourite place to sleep (Her on the potty patch)

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img_7840She saw her brother at the vet

The year flew by… almost without incident.

img_8177First day of Fall

img_8235Halloween img_8523First day at the Dog Parkimg_9221A few days before Christmas
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img_0664Spring – before the tourists

In July, while at daycare, the lady who owns the daycare; was bringing her in the house for the night (from the play yard), when a deer got spooked by the motion light. (Teighan is 95-100 pounds of almost pure muscle)… she took off after the deer, ripping herself from the lady’s grip on her collar. It was absolutely no one’s fault; Teighan was doing what was natural to her breed – everything ended happily… she still goes to the same day care, and LOVES it there. *I will post separately on what happened the night Teighan ran away, and why I sometimes use daycare*.

It’s been over a year since I brought Teighan home, she brings me so much joy, she’s truly the sweetest dog – and I am so, so lucky to have her, (of course, I am biased).

For about 2 months now, Teighan has had a few play dates with one of her sisters… their mannerisms are so similar and if you only see their silhouettes, you can’t tell which is which.img_3296Teighan and her sister

As stated earlier, I will post specific stories, what I found helpful for when she was a puppy, and little tips and tricks I have with her.

img_3437Teighan this past Halloween (with her GPS collar)

As always, any questions you might have, post them in the comment box below!

xo,

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Life ♡

The last time I wrote a blog post is just shy of 2 years ago. Life got in the way, which isn’t always a bad thing, but I have missed my blog.

2 years, 2 moves, 1 new job, 1 new dog & a whole lot in between has kept me extremely busy. Now that I am finally starting to settle into my life in the Okanagan Valley, I decided it was time to come back.

While I am not as involved in the makeup industry as I was, or even wear it as much as I used to – I still enjoy trying new products and playing around with new looks.

That being said; this page will now include posts about my dog, where I live, products I like and of course – makeup. I am also hoping to do some DYI’s this winter, and if they work out (fingers crossed) I will share them here.

Posts will be sporadic (my schedule is ever changing), but I hope you will follow along on my new journey. Please be patient while I try to remember how to do this whole blogging thing…  😕.

Missed you,

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Friday Haul

Hey guys! Sorry this post is so late, I was out with my mom most of the day; which is why I’ll be posting what I ended up getting today. It’s not a lot but I thought I’d share!

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From Bath & Body Works, I purchased “Marshmallow Fireside” and “Vanilla Snowflake”. Vanilla Snowflake was one of my favourite scents from last winter, these are light but warm scents. Marshmallow Fireside smells just like it sounds, the Vanilla Snowflake smells like Vanilla with a hint of light mint.

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The Moroccan Oil paddle brush is one of my favourite items, my last one lasted about 3 or 4 years, Made from ionic properties, this brush cuts down drying time/ static and frizz and comes with a hair parting tool at the bottom (the orange bit can be taken out)

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Knit Sweater is from H&M : $17.95

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Knit Sweater from H&M: $17.95

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Woven Beige Skull Skirt (Final Sale): $11.25 (after 25% sale item discount)

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend ♡

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Bringing home “Motorcycle”

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Hey Everyone!

I decided I would do a post about my “baby”… my motorcycle – things to consider, my experience learning and what it’s like.

This is going to be a bit of a longer post, hope you enjoy it!

I’ve liked motorcycles since I was probably 15 years old, even though I knew nothing about them – I knew I always wanted one. When I’m stressed, going for a drive is the way I clear my head – it’s just me and the road… on a bike, it’s really just you and the road and there’s no better feeling.

Telling your parents you’re planning on getting your motorcycle licence and possibly a bike… that’s a whole other story.

I wouldn’t say I “eased” into the subject, I more or less surprised them with it and I wouldn’t say it was a warm reception. I was met with disapproval and ultimatums that were definitely not in my favour. Ultimately; we came to the conclusion (after hours of debating pros and cons, dangers and what would happen if I ended up in the hospital) that my dad would get his licence and do the motorcycle learning course with me. The reasoning behind this decision was; my dad could determine if I was a good enough rider to get the bike, apparently I was – and turns out he likes riding now too! :)

When I went into the motorcycle course, I was nervous – I had never even BEEN on a bike, I had never even driven a manual car. I had already picked out my bike (at the time of the course, I worked at a motorcycle dealership), a 2011 Kawasaki ZX-6R. Most people start off on a 250 but I’m 6 ft, so a 250cc would be too small, plus, I figured – if I couldn’t ride what they were teaching us on, I wouldn’t get a motorcycle.

The weekend of my course was LONG- I was wearing all this protective gear with the sun beating down on me, and it was MAY – if you can, I recommend booking earlier, I can’t imagine doing that course in mid July. I also highly recommend doing the course, they’re patient and explain things thoroughly, it’s extra money but can you really put a price on safety?

Speaking of safety, let me just talk about helmets – I think one of my biggest pet peeves when I worked at the dealership was seeing people drop thousands of dollars on a fast bike and then when it came to their helmet, they wanted to get the cheapest one. I know that a lot of things are made the same and certain brands can charge more because they’re established, but do you REALLY think the same technology went into the $90 dollar helmet that just made DOT approval, went into the $600 DOT and SNELL approved helmet? Which do you think is really going to hold up when you need it to? I realize some of the technology is for wind reduction and air flow, that being said, a lot of it has to do with safety too. If you’re going to spend more money on ANY of your gear, please, please, please, make sure it’s your helmet.

A good leather jacket is also going to keep you safer – leather highly recommended optimum protection. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t tell you I have a textile jacket and wear a stryker vest more than anything. I’ll be the first person to tell you – I know it’s not safest and I should be wearing leather, but at the very least, I am wearing something.

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NOW – Bringing home my baby.

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May 18, 2012… I remember it perfectly, I was so excited and terrified (I wouldn’t dare tell anyone how scared I was). I was so scared, wouldn’t even ride it home from Woodbridge/Toronto. I had my friend Chris (such a trooper coming WAY out of his way), pick it up and meet Anthony and I after work, in Mississauga, so Anthony could ride it to my house.

Once we got home, Anthony parked it in my garage, I wouldn’t go near it with anyone around (I told you… I was scared). In general, I don’t like people watching me do anything because I get nervous… I didn’t want to get nervous, while on a bike that was about 3 – 4 times heavier and 5 times faster than the bike I learned on.

May 19, 2012… Anthony had gone to work, I had the day off, I decided I would do a drill we learned in the course – where we let the clutch out just enough to catch but not enough to really go anywhere, just a foot or so. I did this for a couple of reasons:

  • Got used to where the clutch catches
  • Got used to the weight of the bike

I also had this weird idea that just a LITTLE turn of the throttle would send me FLYING down the road – it was nice to know that wasn’t the case.

After doing a couple feet at a time and rolling the bike back, I went further and further, finally I was half way down my driveway. That’s where I realized my driveway was too steep and my bike was too heavy to back it up… I had to actually ride it.

May 20, 2012… Anthony brought his bike to my house, so he could ride with me the first time. After going around my street the day before, I did not want to be alone riding on actual streets. After the initial fear – and stalling at pretty much every stop, my nerves calmed and I’ve never looked back. I don’t feel so relaxed and free, anywhere else, than on my bike.

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Bottom line?

If you’re thinking of riding, remember, it’s both the car driver’s and motorcycle rider’s responsibility to anticipate. When you’re on a bike:

  • Assume people don’t see you, bikes are small and have 1 light. *When drivers check their blind spots, whether they realize it or not, they’re looking for a larger object and 2 headlights.”
  • Anticipate  – Did the driver in the lane beside you turn their head to your lane? They’re probably thinking of changing lanes, not only is it their responsibility to check, but if they don’t, or don’t see you, it’s your responsibility to be aware as well.
  • Have an out – ALWAYS check your surroundings, so that if you need to react quickly – you have a safe way out of a dangerous situation!

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I hope you enjoyed this post and if anything, one thing helped! :)

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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Just an ordinary day…

Hey everyone!

I was hoping to have the 3rd degree hand burn tutorial done by now but I had a lot of issues making it today. That might be another video all in itself in the future but as of right now, I still obviously have a lot to learn about making videos haha. I am enjoying this learning experience, it’s challenging, frustrating and scary but above all, exciting.

The video should be done by later on today, so check back – I’ll have a separate post specifically for it! Thanks for being patient with me and I hope you enjoy the tutorial.

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Tattoos!

Now a days, having a tattoo doesn’t mean you’ve probably just gotten out of jail, it’s a form of expression and art.

Personally, I love tattoos, I only have 2 myself ( partially because one of the ones I really want, I couldn’t get before bunion surgery).

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This is located on my back, I got it for a couple reasons:

  • I am clumsy – so I’ve learned to roll with it and not let it get me down
  • I like birds and in this case, it represents freedom
  • I got it on a road trip in NYC – it was an experience

Tattoo done by Betty Rose

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This Is a rosary, with a motorcycle chain.

I’ve always wanted a rosary on my ankle, however I wanted it to be unique and wanted it to represent me. I decided on the motorcycle chain because it’s different and I love my ZX6.

This is my favourite one, for personal reasons

Tattoo done by Jay

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My next tattoo will probably be the “Don’t Stop Believing” on my foot, it’s a song that has been a staple in my friendship with one of my best friends – no matter where we are or what time it is, if it comes on we’ll call the other. Plus I love the song.

xo

My Skin Care Journey.

Hey Everyone!

So like many people, I have been on a roller coaster with acne prone skin. This is my journey, I’m not suggesting it’ll be the right path for you, these are just my experiences with it.

I’ve never had great skin – I started using Proactive in elementary school, it helped a bit, but the acne came back. In high school it wasn’t horrible, but it was still pretty bad; which is the reason my doctor decided to put me on Accutane. Accutane cleared up my skin incredibly. It has a lot of side effects, but the only ones I really experienced with it were: nose bleeds, dry lips and light sensitivity. All in all, Accutane in high school was a pretty good experience.

When I went away to college, I went on the pill; but after a couple of months on it, I decided I didn’t like the way it made me feel, so I stopped taking it. Going off the pill caused my skin to get BAD, it was so bad that washing my face would sometimes bring me to tears because it was so painful. My skin was riddled with cystic pimples and regular whiteheads – it was awful.

My makeup routine soon involved: tattoo covering makeup (I used it from my cosmetology kit I had for school), Makeup Forever HD foundation and then for added coverage – M.A.C. powder foundation. Granted, the makeup probably didn’t help the situation – as soon as I got home and on my days off, there was no makeup on my face.

This caused me to go back to my doctor, who put me on Accutane… again. This experience however was not as pleasant as my last one; I constantly felt awful and when my second month blood test came around, my liver levels were through the roof – my doctor said they were 12x the regular levels. I immediately stopped taking it, my skin was still pretty bad. *The way I got my liver levels down will be posted below*

After trying everything I could think of, including Proactive, things were looking bleak, until the day my Aunt called saying she might know someone who could help. My Aunt told me that her friend works at a laser clinic and that I should try something called “Pixel Therapy”. It removes the top layer of skin, stimulating the natural healing process, treating acne while improving acne scars. It isn’t a cheap treatment, but it has kept my skin fairly clear for the last 3 years and I definitely cannot complain!

*To get my liver levels back to normal, I did a lot of home remedies*

  • Milk Thistle pills (I took “Liver Plus” pills)
  • Drank a concoction of water, lemon juice & extra-virgin olive oil – pretty gross but might have helped
  • Ate beets.

My doctor was so surprised how quickly my liver levels went back to normal (she laughed in the message she left me). 

Hope this helps with any questions you may have had, if you have any other questions I didn’t answer – just comment and I’ll reply!Frame Artist-1

 The Before picture is from July 2010, After is January 2013. I get the odd breakout, but my skin has stayed pretty clear :)

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Bunion Surgery

Hey everyone! This is going to be a bit of a longer post (sorry in advance):

So let me just start by saying, for those who don’t know what bunions (or as one of my best friends likes to call them; “bunnies”) are, they’re a build up of bone on either side of your foot (near the toes). Some people have them and they don’t bother them; but many people, like me, get them and they cause them pain on a daily basis.

This prompted me to meet with an Orthopaedic surgeon to discuss my options. I was in SERIOUS pain, where I could barely walk some days or would be limping horribly. He determined that based on the X-rays I was a candidate for the surgery, if I felt that it would be worth it. (The process of getting a referral to the surgeon took about 9 months, and then an additional 1.5 years on the wait list for the surgery).

My first surgery was on February 28th, 2013 (Left foot) and my most recent was on September 5th, 2013 (Right foot). Let me just say, this surgery isn’t to correct minimal pain for bunions, it is QUITE painful (at least my first surgery was, this one wasn’t so bad, although still painful). So please take that into consideration.

If you determine that surgery IS the way to go because you ARE in a fair amount of pain, after the healing (which is about 6-10 weeks, depending on how quickly you heal) it definitely helps and in the long run is worth it!

*For those considering the surgery*:

A couple of tips I learned as I went, which I didn’t know the first time around and may have helped make the second one less painful:

  • PREPARE – a couple days before, make a couple dishes or your favourite snacks that you can freeze, to make it quicker/ easier for those taking care of you. I made: peanut butter protein balls, frozen grapes, and frozen fruit covered in greek yogurt. For recipes please comment and I will provide them!
  • STAY OFF YOUR FOOT – the first day after surgery, they add additional freezing to allow you to get home in minimal pain. The first time, I walked in my special boot that a) I didn’t know how to properly use yet and b) I couldn’t feel if I was causing more damage. So just stay off it
  • ELEVATE – as soon as you get home! I also limited the amount I got up – it takes about 4-5 hours for the freezing to wear off (in my case), so when I felt it starting to wear off, I went to the washroom for the last time/ brushed my teeth, so that when the freezing did wear off, my foot wasn’t down. (The change from elevating to putting your foot down can cause a bit of pain).
  • GET CRUTCHES/ CANE – the crutches make it easier for your foot to heal, trust me, you’ll need them. The cane is for when you can put pressure on your foot, but it’s for added support (I am the worlds clumsiest person, having one working foot isn’t a walk in the park).
  • DO SQUATS/ YOGA BEFOREHAND- this might be odd, but having one foot requires a fair amount of core strength and balance, you’re going to have to sit on the toilet, stand up from the bed, all with the use of one leg (trust me, this makes it SO much easier to cope).
  • VITAMIN C- this is your friend! Before & after your surgery, make sure to load up (in a healthy dose) of vitamin c, it’s been linked with helping promote healing (I’m not a scientist or doctor, but it was a tip from my dad & with the power of google, I found articles supporting this tip).
  • GRAVOL & GINGER ALE – I was put on prettttyyyy strong drugs & my body is not used to them nor likes them, so I felt horrid and these 2 became my best friends. (Check with your doctor before mixing Gravol with what they prescribe). The perk of Gravol besides calming your stomach – it knocks you out making it a bit easier to sleep through the pain
  • NETFLIX – or any sort of device that doesn’t require you to get up and change the DVD. The first week of my surgery my TV is on pretty much 24/7, for a couple of reasons : I would wake up in the middle of the night from some pain and having the TV on would a) give me something to distract myself with and b) relaxed me. (Jennifer Aniston movies and chick flicks worked best).
  • CHAIR IN SHOWER- trust me, standing taking a shower is NOT going to work out, luckily I had a bench in mine built in, but if you go to the dollar store and grab a cheap plastic chair it will make your life so much easier! (As well as in the bathroom for doing hair/ make-up when you eventually go out).
*The first surgery it took me 2 weeks to go downstairs & 3-3.5 before I could walk with a cane (without crutches). The second surgery it took me 4 days to go downstairs & 1 week to walk with a cane without crutches.
I think using the coconut oil in recipes may have helped as well- it helps promote healing :
If you have any additional questions about the surgery and recovery, I will be happy to answer!
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If you notice on the picture, how the bone on the right protrudes & the toes are much closer together because of that.
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