Thank You For Over 10,000 Views!!

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Don’t forget to sign up for the anniversary giveaway, just subscribe to my blog and then send me a note to tell me which bundle of prizes you would like to be entered for.  Giveaway closes September 30th!

When I started this blog a year ago I never thought I would have as much interest in what I tend to ramble on about as I have, so I am completely delighted to have finally reached over 10,000 views on my blog.  I know some bloggers get 10,000 views per day, but this is a pretty big milestone for me and my little blog.  I want to thank all the lovely people who have taken the time to look at and read my blog as well comment and give me encouragement to continue this journey.  Thank you so much.  Cheers, Michele

A Complete Thrifted Outfit For About $20!!

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This was just one thrift store visit and I got a complete thrifted outfit with clothes and accessories for about $20.  Not bad in my books.

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This necklace is just my style and was only $3.99.

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This sheer top will need to be worn with a camisole, but I love the vibrant orange colour and at only $4.99 it was a steal.

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This eyelet white skirt is a perfect summer piece for only $4.99 it is a bargain too.

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These shoes a little worn but still in great shape and at only $5.99 they complete the outfit perfectly.
So what do you think of my completely thrifted outfit?  Not bad for around $20.00.

Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway.  Just subscribe to my blog and send me a comment of which prizes you would like to be entered for.

Cheers, Michele

Aloo Gobi!! Cauliflower And Potato Curry!

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I have been craving Aloo Gobi which is a simple vegetable curry for a while now and so I finally bit the bullet and made some.  It is so yummy and comforting.  I got new potatoes and a cauliflower on the discount table at my local fruit and veg store so this is a very cheap meal.  You can add meat or chickpeas to the recipe to make it a whole meal, but we are having it with tandoori spice rubbed chicken breasts off the BBQ!  Yummy.  Serve it with rice and naan bread if you have it and you have a super simple supper.  Hope you try it.

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Aloo Gobi

1 small head of cauliflower cut into small flowerettes

2 pounds of potatoes cut into bite size pieces

1 large bunch of fresh cilantro, leaves and stems separated and finely chopped

1 tbsps of vegetable oil

2 onions cut into small pieces

3 large cloves of garlic finely minced

2 inch piece of ginger finely minced

3 small hot chilis finely minced

2 tsps of tumeric

2 tsps of cumin

2 tsps ground coriander seed

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp salt

1 large 16 oz tin of crushed tomatoes

2-3 cups of water, vegetable or chicken stock

2 cups frozen peas

In a large pot heat oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook until translucent.  Then add chilis, garlic, ginger and the finely minced stems of the cilantro.  Stir til slightly cooked.  Add potatoes and cauliflower, spices and salt and stir well to coat the vegetables.  Add can of tomatoes.  Then cover the vegetables with as much stock or water as it takes to just cover.  Simmer over medium  to low heat for 30 minutes. Check the potatoes and cauliflower and add the frozen peas.  Cook for another 30 minutes until liquid reduces.  This may take longer depending on the size of your pot.  Once ready sprinkle with the chopped cilantro leaves and serve with steamed rice.  Perfect delicious and easy vegetarian meal or side dish. But like I said, you can add chicken or chickpeas to add some protein.  Hope you try it.  Cheers, Michele

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The Savoy Brasserie Ottawa!! Restaurant Review!

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For my birthday on Saturday we went to the Savoy Brasserie here in Ottawa to celebrate.  I love this restaurant very much, the food is always stellar, the service is very good and I love the atmosphere.  So I thought I would review our latest visit to this wonderful place.

My husband Will, our daughter Katie and her boyfriend Chris went with me to celebrate and so the company was terrific to begin with.We were seated by the window so we could do some people watching, which reminds me of our time in Europe and how much fun people watching is while enjoying delicious food.  We enjoyed some delicious cocktails while we waited for our food.

I had already checked out the menu on-line to figure out my main dish, but I already had a good idea what I wanted because the type of dish I wanted is one of my favourite ways to eat.

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We ordered 40 raw oysters and 20 large prawns to share for starters.  Will ordered the moules and frites (mussels with French fries and garlic aioli) in a beer, blue cheese and lardons sauce.  He was very nice and shared with me.  Katie ordered the vegetable tartar and a risotto.  Chris ordered the deconstructed grilled Caesar salad.

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I got a chaucutarie which had smoked duck, house made pate and foie gras.  It was so amazingly yummy.  After all that terrific food we were too full for dessert, but I can tell you from previous experience that the desserts are decadent and delicious.

We all enjoyed our dinner very much, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was delightful, not too noisy that you couldn’t have a great conversation over food.  It is an expensive restaurant, but you certainly get what you pay for, the quality of the food is very good as is the service.  Certainly a special occasion type of place.  But if you go during Westboro (the name of the neighbourhood that the Savoy is in) hour, oysters and prawns are only $1 each from 3:30 til closing every day.  So if you are into oysters and prawns and other appetizers, with a beer included, it is a reasonable and delicious meal option.

If you live in the Ottawa area, I definitely recommend that you try this restaurant out.  I give it 5 stars!!  Cheers, Michele

Giveaway Entry Rules!!

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I have had a lot of lovely response to the giveaway that I am hosting on my blog to celebrate my one year anniversary.  But some people have put their names in without completing the entrance guidelines.  In order to complete your entry you must do two things:

  1. Subscribe or be subscribed to my blog
  2. Send me an email to tell me which or all of the prizes you wish to be entered for.

Just do those two things and you are entered in the giveaway.  Cheers, Michele

My Love Of All Things Body Shop!!

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I have had a long-standing love affair with The Body Shop back from when I was 15 and would take the subway down to the Eaton’s Centre in downtown Toronto and buy things using my hard-earned pennies from babysitting.  On my birthday today, I went into the location here in The Bayshore Mall in Ottawa and had a wonderful experience.  I was looking for products to feature in a future giveaway on my blog.  Chatting with the lovely girl at the counter, I revealed that I blog and wanted to giveaway some products.  She not only helped me pick out what I will give away but gave me a ton of sample and travel size products to try out myself.  Just a disclaimer, this post is not sponsored by anyone, the opinions are completely my own, and all photos are courtesy of The Body Shop website.

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She gave me some Drops of Youth, Youth Concentrate drops to try out.  I already know I love this product line from The Body Shop so I was delighted for more.  It is light and non-greasy and sinks in and leaves a luxurious softness to my skin.

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She also gave me the Oils of Life facial oil as well as a travel size of the night cream from this line.  It smells scrumptious and I am really looking forward to testing it out.  This lead me to remember the fact that I love the product lines from this store, they are ethically source for their ingredients, are really well priced, smell delicious and on top of that, really work.  Yet I haven’t been shopping there as much as I should be, all things considered.  Well that is going to change, welcome me home, Body Shop!!

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I am looking forward to getting closer to winter as they come out with my favourite product, the Raspberry Body Scrub which has real raspberries in it.  It smells so delicious that you almost want to eat it right out of the pot.  It leaves my skin so soft and silky that I look forward to using it every day, but ration it for when my skin is most in need of help.  My last hoarded pot of this gorgeous scrub is almost empty, so I will be buying up a bunch of tubs as soon as it goes back on sale.

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I bought some body butters, body scrubs and shower gels in my two favourite scents for an upcoming giveaway.  The coconut and the pink grapefruit are my favourites of all their scents.  The coconut is so warm and cosy and soothing that it relaxes me as soon as I smell it’s heavenly smell and the pink grapefruit is so fresh, sweet yet tangy that it wakes me right up.

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My all time favourite blush is the Guava shade by The Body Shop.  I have gone through a whole pot of this and am on my second.  It gives a soft subtle glow, without glitter or shine.  Perfect for my skin and skin colour.

So don’t be like me and forget how wonderful The Body Shop products are.  Check them out.  I will keep you posted about how the samples of the Oils of Life work out for me.  What are your favourite Body Shop fragrances or product lines? Don’t forget to sign up for my anniversary giveaway Here!  Cheers, Michele

Five Beauty Bundles And Two Book Bundles!! Anniversary Giveaway!

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So to add to my original prize of a fully thrifted outfit for a winner of my giveaway contest, I have come up with some additional prizes.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and send me a comment of which prize or prizes you would like to win!!  Thanks to the generous donations of my daughter, Katie, Sephora and David’s Tea, I have come up with 5 beauty bundles and 2 book bundles to give away.

Beauty Bundles

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The first two have high-end fragrances, skin care, and some makeup.  There are a varied assortment of travel and trial sizes for you to choose from, as well as a little makeup bag to carry them.  There are some beautiful skin treatments and masks as well for pampering and helping you to look your best.

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Then I have two more practically identical bags which are high-end fragrance and skin care only with sample sizes of some amazing products.  There is a good mix from face treatments, to washes, to masks, to serums.  The fragrances are a wide assortment of sample sizes to help you find your signature scent. These also include a makeup bag for each prize.

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The final beauty bundle is a mixture of some fabulous brands of makeup in full and sample sizes from Urban Decay, Nars,  Two-Faced, Marc Jacobs, Hourglass and Makeup Forever.  There are also some samples and full sizes of skin care and fragrance as well.  It comes in a rose gold makeup bag which can be reused for your travels. This is about a $180.00 CDN valued prize.  A real treasure trove for the beauty stylist and makeup fan out there.

Book Bundles

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For the cookbook addicts out there, I have a six book bundle of cookbooks including gluten-free ones.  This book bundle will include an assortment of delicious teas to sip and enjoy as you leaf through the beautiful cookbooks.

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For the fiction fans I have a six book bundle of varied genres to hopefully fit the types of books you like to read.  This bundle will also include some teas for sipping while curled up with a good book.

I am still offering the thrifted by me complete outfit for a lucky winner, but I wanted to add a little mix of prizes for those of you who aren’t into thrifting.  Don’t forget to subscribe and send me a message telling me which of the prizes you want to be entered to win.  You can enter for all the prizes, but each winner will only receive one prize.  This giveaway is open world wide and is open to all my followers, friends and family.  So don’t be afraid to try your luck. Cheers, Michele