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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Boxing Day

Boxing day is usually the day when my mother's side of the family gets together to celebrate and exchange gifts. This year it was our turn to host. Pamela and Melanie were both in charge of handing out presents to the kids - while wearing appropriate hats of course.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

December 24th is always Christmas with the Schroeders.
The Schroeder kids (minus one who could not make it) with  Oma and Opa sitting below.

The Staircase

For the last couple of days my family has been busy preparing for the guests we will be having over throughout the Christmas holidays. So while I was taking pictures of the tree ornaments yesterday, my family was keen to take some pictures to share with my blog.

I was taking pictures of my mother's beloved staircase when Pamela came in from a Secret Santa party. She was really excited about her gift.

Yup, she is a Belieber. We were stuck listening to Justin Bieber's christmas CD on repeat for the whole afternoon.

Then my mother caught me taking pictures of the staircase - which she is very proud of. She quickly put on her Santa hat and asked me to take a picture of her on the stairs. My mom hates being in pictures, so I took up this very rare opportunity.

Safe to say, my house is adorably decorated and ready for guests.

I hope this post finds everyone well and enjoying the holidays!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Decor Part 2

After yesterday's post I decided it would be fun to include more pictures of some of the old homemade Christmas crafts we have lying around the house. Rest assured, while they may be strange looking, they have a place among my mother's nicer decorations.

A classy looking reindeer made out of a Christmas light bulb and some googly eyes.

This lovable mess was created by Melanie. ...I think it is supposed to be a ginger bread man?

A very glittery and girly picture frame I made for my mother while I was in Sparks.

A dog ornament made from a Milkbone dog treat.

I believe this decoration is simply a chocolate wrapper pressed flat against a circle back.

Another reindeer decoration made by Pamela. This was created from a clothing hanger and a pair of pantyhose.

Another interesting creation - some sort of animal Santa made from a bagel.

In my opinion, this is one of the cuter homemade crafts in our house. It is a little melting "puddle" snowman.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Decor

The majority of my family's holiday decorations consist of old crafts my sisters and I have made for our parent as presents. Friends and family who have come over to visit understand that this is not an understatement. Between the three of us being enrolled in Sparks, Brownies and Girl Guides we have accumulated quite a collection of quirky homemade crafts. Add to that the absurd amount of Christmas presents that we used to make throughout all of December as elementary school students, and you have a house overrun with flawed and awkward decor.

Now, I am sure most parents receive holiday crafts from their children during this time of year, but I do not think many treasure and keep these little tokens like my mother does. I have never seen a house quite like mine in the month of December. Our Christmas tree is covered in old elementary school ornaments - and I would not have it any other way.

Two days ago as I was walking into the house after the long drive from Guelph to Ottawa, I happened to catch Pamela decorating the Christmas tree. She very quickly pointed out an interesting little decoration she happened to come across. We laughed for a good several minutes over it.

It is so typical that several years ago when Pamela was given some felt to make a Christmas tree ornament, she came up with a Pikachu. Although this has nothing to do with Christmas whatsoever, it still has a place on our lovely tree filled with childhood memories.

To show you guys just how much a Pikachu ornament does not surprise me, here are pictures of Pamela's Halloween costume from the same year:

From left to right: Pamela as Pikachu, Melanie as a witch, and myself as an Alouettes Cheerleader.

What an adorable little snot. This was not the only year Pamela went as a Pikachu either. From a quick glance through some photo albums she has gone as Pikachu at least one more year besides this one.

This is exactly why I adore our tradition of putting up awkward, handmade Christmas crafts each year. It helps to bring back great memories from our childhood, whether they are sentimental or just plain goofy.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Being Productive

Today was a really good productive day. All my housemates have already headed home for the holidays, so I had the house to myself.

I spent the day cleaning my room, dusting and getting things organized again after my brain-numbing two weeks of exams. Since no one was home I got to blast my music and sing along. So much fun! I enjoy having some privacy after a semester of living in a student house full of ten girls.

While I was doing chores I decided to bake a loaf of beer bread using an old can of beer that's been lying around. It's so good, and the easiest bread to make. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside with a slight hint of beer: it's bliss. 

I've already overindulged and now I'm feeling full and content. I'm going to sleep like a baby tonight, that's for sure!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

More Girly Stuff

So I know I promised I'd stop with the girlishness, but I've had this video on replay and I need to share it. It's a cover of Sunday Girl by a new artist named Florrie, which is shot as a combination music video/advertisement for Nina Ricci's latest perfume. I think I'm in love with it.

This video is obnoxiously girly; it would be best described as sugar, spice and everything nice. Yet, I can't hate it, it's just too cute, innocent and feminine.

Safe to say this has become another piece of inspiration for my girly phase. It's similar to how Rihanna's music video Only Girl in the World completely influenced my spring wardrobe last year. For some reason femininity has been really appealing.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Girly Obsession

For some reason as I continue to get older, I grow more and more out of my tomboyish ways. I still can't figure out exactly why it's happening. Perhaps because I'm growing my hair out? Or maybe it's my maternal clock getting ready to hit me with the sudden desire to start making babies? ...I sure hope it's not the latter. 

Regardless, one of my latest obsessions has been lipstick. It's one form of makeup I've never really gotten into before, but lately the need to grow a lipstick collection has hit me with full force. Now, I've owned red lipstick before for nights out, but I've never had any casual colors to wear day to day.

Meet my first pink lipstick! It's Demure from Revlon - it's actually in their neutral collection, but it comes off as a very sheer light pink. At first I was skeptical because I hate glittery makeup and a lot of pinks are full of sparkle (I guess I'm not that girly just yet). But Demure goes on really lightly, and the small amount of glitter in it acts as a shine on your lips.

This lipstick is very creamy, and I find the sheerness of it actually works to its advantage. On my natural lip it provides a nice shade of pink and a bit of shine, but if I put on lip liner first it'll add a very nice stain on top of the base. 

Here are some examples. 
Here's Demure on top of my natural lip:

 See what I mean? It's just a very subtle pink, with a bit of shine. 

And if I neutralize my lips before applying the lipstick it comes off as a much lighter shade of pink. This would be the true color of the lipstick without any underlying redness showing through.

Lastly, here's a picture of Demure on top of a cinnamon colored lipliner called Spice (by Rimmel). It just adds a very subtle gloss and pink overlay to a lipliner, and because it's a cream it's very moisturizing. I think I might wear this for events over the holidays when a red lip might be too bold.

So what do you guys think looks best? Opinions? Should I spare myself the effort and stay away from lipsticks altogether? I feel like this lipstick makes the color of my hazel eyes pop, so for now it's definitely been a good purchase.

Anyways, I've put you guys through enough girlishness for the day! I hope you're all doing well and are enjoying the beginning of winter!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


This is a very belated post that I had meant to upload after Thanksgiving.
Now, that might not sound like too long ago to any American viewers, but I'm Canadian...which means my Thanksgiving was back at the beginning on October. Somehow I completely forgot about these pictures that I had been so excited to post! Nevertheless, at least I'm finally uploading them now.

While my family was visiting for Thanksgiving I had the opportunity to see some new additions to my little sister's wardrobe. Pamela has such a good sense of style, and she always makes a point of making sure she's dressed well - which I certainly wasn't like at 17. In fact, I still have a pretty lackluster wardrobe. Whenever I'm home I look forward to looting her closet for things to wear while I'm visiting.

Have a look at how adorable and fashionable she is. The shoes and the scarf...those dark wash jeans. Man, I need new jeans.

Oh, she's so cute. I miss her. 

While we were visiting Melanie's house in Waterloo we got to hang out with some cute mallard ducks. Pamela teased them for a bit by pretending she had food.

It was a really sweet having them visit, I really love being able to show my family around Guelph. 

I'm at that point now too with exams that I just can't wait to go home! My exams start Tuesday - despite not feeling too prepared, the idea that they'll soon be over is driving me forward.