Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Niagara on the Lake

Hi Friends!

We're back! Actually, we've been back for awhile but some how the past few weeks have been NUTS... so here is that much delayed post... Niagara-on-the-Lake was a nice, relaxing getaway for Damien and I. We wanted a vacation that was about taking our time, hanging out in our hotel suite, and eating wherever we pleased... so all in all, a successful vacation.

Our hotel was super cute and comfortable. The bed was dreamy and the sheets were unreal. We wanted to steal them... but we didn't.

For those who don't know, Niagara-on-the-Lake is this dreamy little town just outside of Niagara Falls - it's got a great strip of shops and restaurants, and lots of places to walk by the lake. Living as close as we do to Lake Ontario (ahem, a few blocks), you wouldn't think I'd be excited about visiting another portion of the lake... but I was! It was so quiet and comfortable...and because of the time we went it was not touristy at all.

Here is a photo dump of all the fun we had... and the eating... and the... well you'll understand.

OH - and in terms of restaurants, I am a creature of habit/consistency, and I much preferred the Stagecoach diner to some of the fancier places around... except The Charles Inn - that was a fun dinner out. :)

Also pictured - we were so close to Fort George and we OWNED it when we got there.. I love walking and finding things - THE BEST.

The Falls... we did go check them out

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Health 101 - The Naturopath Experience

A healthy meal of homemade pasta, beef stir fry, and a MAJOR sprinkling of cilantro 

I recently decided I wanted to seek alternative healing methods for this super fun disease of mine (Crohn's, I'm looking at you!)... anyways, after years of being told I should go to a Naturopath, I finally found one, brought some recent blood work, and had my first consultation.

For those of you who may not know, a Naturopath seeks alternative, natural, healing remedies for your ailments. The one I chose to go to focuses on Women's Health Issues, and Digestive problems is apparently one of the main things that women suffer from - who knew?!

I knew I found the right Doctor, when I came into her office and she laughed at my jokes and tried to probe at some of the root of my symptoms. She also assured me we wouldn't Cold Turkey quit my current medication, but rather work on building my immune system and diet to ensure that I could live without it down the road.

The main things she prescribed were a prenatal multivitamin since its packed with everything I would need (I'm not pregnant, just FYI)... as well as a daily Omega-3 supplement and vitamin D drops. I've been taking these three "vitamins" now for a few weeks and I can wholeheartedly say my energy has returned! I didn't realize just how bad I was until I now look back and see how much better I feel. I used to struggle to get through the day and still have energy to cook when I got home and now I feel like I could jump off the walls - but in a healthy kind of way. I think having a shorter commute over the past almost three months has certainly been a positive contributing factor, but it is safe to say my body was probably also nutrient deficient... And so, I am happy to report that I am on the mend, at least on that aspect of my life.

She also gave me some dietary suggestions, such as avoid nightshade vegetables, which is slightly devastating because potatoes and peppers are on that list, and if you know me, you know I eat bell peppers EVERY DAY, and potatoes multiple times a week. I haven't cut out the peppers, but I have reduced the potatoes.

Some of her other dietary suggestions, such as cut back on beef and pork, were easy since I don't really eat any pork aside from the occasional piece of bacon in my favourite sandwich at Stoney's...I could probably try a little harder with some of her suggestions, but I already avoid a lot of fried food and have significantly changed my eating habits over the past three years. I can pretty confidently say, I know what works for me food wise, so her suggestions just seemed to mirror that.

She also did a food allergy test which I will get the results of soon. I'm intrigued to find out what I may be allergic to. My sister found out she has an intolerance to bananas, but she ignored her results and still gets her monkey on.

Finally, I have to get some blood work done to check out my thyroid, which could be causing some of my energy problems. I am hoping not, but we shall see.

I appreciate all of you reading along with me on this journey of general recovery. It has been an interesting 7+ months but I am working on feeling my best!

Remember friends, take care of yourselves! Life is too short to have to spend time being sick.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mini Vacation

Hello Friends!

Happy November... I can't believe we are more than halfway through this month already... Time is just flying by.

On Saturday, Damien and I are off to the far away (not really) Niagara-on-the-Lake for a whopping four nights! Woohoo. This is only a 1.5 hour drive from us, but I wanted to get out of dodge and have some downtime with my favourite humanoid away from the city. We always have fun on our random adventures, plus he has never seen the falls... So that will be a COLD but awesome visit...

I will hopefully share our adventures here once I return, but hey, you can follow me on Instagram, here, if you really want to be nosy.

So, if you have any suggestions of what to do, eat, or see in Niagara, please let us know! Before Saturday... :)

The place we are staying looks super cute: 124 on Queen and I am pumped to relax, see the sights, and enjoy some new food, while not being too far away from home!

In other news, Damien's entire family thinks we are getting married next year. I jokingly (but secretly not so jokingly) told his mother that we would be getting married in 2015 and not to worry (she asks him all the time). To set the record straight, we are not engaged. Damien and I have this very funny "understanding" that I somehow got him to agree that 2015 would be the year we finally say "I do". We have been together for about five years now, and we have LONG since been common-law... we own a Loft together, and as far as I am concerned, a wedding is just another contract to make it official that we will be together... FOREVER. I say that in my head menacingly, but I don't mean it that way.

When you know you are with your one and only, you kinda just want the world to know it too. And I'd like an official reason to have the same last name as him... I mean Kimiko Mainprize... I just feel like that is a whole other level of Gold to embark on. Damien is a Romantic at heart though, and still wants to officially "propose" and all that hoopla. So I will indulge him... because it will make him happy! (And hey, almost every girl wants to be proposed to once in their life).

So, hopefully I will have a cute, romantic story to share with you in the next few months... We shall see ;)

Okay, cheers to vacations and other funny anecdotes!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Happy Wednesday!

I just felt like sharing some pictures from the last few months to brighten up this rainy day... Check them out!

First up: Bachelorette and Wedding Photos from when my pal, J, got hitched:

Photo by Kelsey Whyte

Photo by Kelsey Whyte

Photo by Kelsey Whyte

Some Random Photos from October....

Had a visit with my sister! 

Park on the way to work


New Intersection by our place... 
Okay. That is all for now. Hope everyone is happy and healthy!