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Looks like I have readers! Well I have at least three. I haven’t been posting for awhile and was touched that those three people actually questioned if I was going to blog again and the answer is “of course!”

There is no reason for my lack of posts except that when I get home and I have a choice between firing up the laptop or curling up on the couch, the couch always wins.

So what has happened that I haven’t told you about…

Food – Well I went to another Mexican restaurant. Toronto is known for being multi-cultural and yet somehow I’ve only been checking out restaurants that serve guacamole. La Carnita started up as a pop up shop, their tacos were so mouth-watering and memorable that they had people trying to find them before they even opened their doors. If you go, have the In Cod We Trust… they are amazing. In fact, Fish Tacos are slowly filling the void that I have had since breaking up with Pizza. I need to find a easy recipe so I can attempt this deliciousness at home!

Work – went to Montreal a week ago for training and heading to Winnipeg at the end of the month to attend a Wine Show. FINALLY!!! Will be my first official wine show that I’m working at. Been studying about wines but I think that instead of tasting all the wines, I should start studying the actual tasting notes…

Reading – I think I jinxed myself when I signed up for the #50BookPledge. I use to fly through books and had no problem reading 2 books a month. For some reason, I am taking about 2 months to read a book. I’m just about to finish a book that I received for my birthday so for those that stay up at night wondering what book I will add to Marbair’s must reads next… Don’t stress! Your sleepless nights are almost over.

Cooking – I’ve mastered salads and smoothies so I thought I should really try something that involves the oven. I’m a big fan of Sweet Potatoes so I have been trying to master Sweet Potato Chips. Start off small right! I’ve attempted it 3 times so far and I have to admit that I am getting better. I use one large potato at a time and when I remove the burnt pieces, I have about a handful of chips. I know this seems like a lot of work for a snack that I will inhale in 7 seconds but there is something satisfying about making your own snacks. I don’t like the word diet but I can tell you that I’m on the whole clean eating bandwagon. I love going out to a great restaurant but now when I’m at home, I really enjoy preparing my own meals. (still shocks me how true that statement is)

New stuff – I signed up for a 5K in May so I have about 5 weeks to train. Not excited about running but am excited that the run will be in Boston. A really good friend lives there and we have been talking about running together since about 2006 so finally being about to scratch this off our friendship bucket list is going to be awesome!

New addiction. Coconut oil. I am OBSESSED with it. Have I told you that already? Maybe it deserves it’s own post. Stay tuned.

I think that pretty much brings my three dedicated readers up to speed. I’m sure the minute I hit publish, I’ll think of something else to add but to wrap up now, I’ll leave you with a picture. As you know, Lucy turned one! We had so much fun at her party and here’s a picture of the two of us taken that day. We are hashtagging this one #messyhairdontcare #lucyturnsone

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Lucy turns One!

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Another year wiser

Yesterday was my birthday! It was also Family Day so I got to enjoy the day off and spend it with my family and friends.

While most women won’t disclose their age, I have no problem announcing that I turned 36! I love celebrating birthdays! I try to make it a daily task of checking Facebook to see who I can send birthday wishes to and was overwhelmed at the amount of people who took the time to do the same yesterday for me.

As I get older, my birthday celebrations are less about drinking and partying but more about spending time with good friends and family. Yesterday was the perfect combination. I enjoyed a Marbair selected menu for lunch with the family. My mom made my favourite pistachio cake that was generously covered with chocolate buttercream icing courtesy of my sister-in-law. I spent the afternoon playing with my niece and discussing plans for her first birthday next month. In the evening, I celebrated with some girlfriends at a cool Mexican restuarnt called Playa Cabana where I ate the best fish tacos ever.

As a wannabe blogger, I really need to get better at capturing the moments in pictures but here is one of Lu reading me a story.

Lu Reading

Birthdays are a big deal in my books! I don’t mean you need to have a big party or go over the top with birthday celebrations but more people should embrace and celebrate that they are another year older and hopefully another year wiser.