Happy holidays!

2016-famousreindeer-webI can’t believe how quickly 2016 has come and gone. And for another year, I am looking forward to saying goodbye t0 2016 once more.

2016 was another challenging year. My family and I lost the most wonderful soul in early September — my mom. Anyone who knows my mama, knows her as a kind and giving woman. But she was so much more than that. Our mama was the strongest woman we knew. She was hard working, taught us the best in life, gave us everything she had and loved us unconditionally. She was ever so giving and hilarious by nature. We miss her everyday, but with every single day I am more and more thankful that she is no longer in pain and is sleeping so peacefully. To say that I miss her is an understatement and I truly cannot wait until I see her once again. 

2016 was also the year I fell in love for the very last time. I met this amazing man who shares so many of the same loves and values as I. He has been the kindest and most patient soul. I finally found my soulmate and someone I could see myself sharing my whole life with. He has quickly become a part of my family and a part of me and in turn, I have been so blessed with so much love from his family. Earlier this week, Jeff and I visited his sister, Shaunna, and her family in New York. It was a wonderful little getaway before we wrapped up the year and little did I know, I would return back to Vancouver with something wrapped around my finger, too.

Jeff, I’m so thankful for you. I’m so thankful for all the love you’ve shown my family and me. I can’t wait to start our life and grow together.

From my family to yours, I wish you the happiest of holidays. May your 2017 be filled with all the love and warm wishes to last a lifetime.




Beyond thankful

There is always something to be thankful about and this year is no different. 2016 has been a whirlwind of a year. From all the love, the moments and lastly, a new memory that will always leave an emptiness in my heart.

I have my health, I have my amazing dad and darling baby brother, I have my wonderful Oma, the most loving boyfriend and his caring  parents and last but not least, I have a large group of people that are more than just friends and colleagues to me… truly are an extension of my ever growing family.

Even though my heart will feel empty for all the years in my life, I know it truly will never be empty. This love that I keep receiving over and over, has made my heart full. And I am beyond thankful. (My heart is full Mama. Don’t you worry.)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. May you all cheers together and feel the warmth this weekend and season.

All my love,

So many thanks

Whoah Canada!

Happy Canada Day, everyone! I, for one, am proud to be Canadian. This year marks the 20th year that I’ve been living in Canada! Nuts! It’s been that long, who knew?

To celebrate, I am back with another TPO’s TOP 5 post featuring the Ryans and Justins of Canada. Plus an extra special guy in my work life, my buddy, Kevin! It’s been a couple of months and I’m truly sorry! But here you are and I hope you enjoy!


Links: 5) Baby, Boyfriend, Sorry | 4) TGIF-Ryan | 3) Yogi planks, three-way handshake | 1) Hipster, Milo

Spring Cleaning

Happy Friday!

The weather has been confusing here in Vancouver. But one thing is for sure, Spring Cleaning is around the corner, rain or not! Last week I hung out with my parents and helped them throw out old things that we really do not need. Last week, we donated 2 boxes of stuffed animals that we won in the fair over the years. We donated the ENTIRE cast of Sesame’s Street. No joke. I wish I took pictures…

Nevertheless, I’m moving soon, so I’ll be doing some more spring cleaning of my own! and because I’m a PRO in spring cleaning now (obvs!) I thought I’d share top 5 ways how you can do to declutter too!

Links: Nokia 6110, Sony Z1010, Sony W800, TELUS’ Return & Recycle Program

April Fools

I love a good April Fools Day prank.

This morning, someone told me that my little red mini was towed away. Did I panic? Yes, yes I did. I forgot to renew my city permit parking, which expired on March 31. The look on my face must have been borderline a child who lost their mom at the mall or a fully-grown adult about to cry over her red mini, because the person that told me immediately cracked and laughed it off. Thanks. Great way to start this day. Happy April fools!

Hyperlink on Joe (#3)

Furry friends are the cutest friends

It’s been nearly a month since my last TPO’s TOP 5 and I’ve been getting some heck for it. Sorry guys! HA. February was a very busy month. Even though we managed to get an extra day in February, it truly was not enough!

Nevertheless, this week’s TPO’s TOP5 is not a disappointment, whatsoever. These cute furry friends of ours are the beloved members of our Communications family in our office. They are the sweetest and loveliest beings. Too bad my fish aren’t furry…. but that’d be really odd.


Links: 5) @Eli.Pepperoni, 4) @Milothekleeklai, 3) @FrenchieChrncls, 2) @Indie.Kittie, 1) @Howiedoody

Love is confusing

Many of you may know (I guess this is an official statement) that I have joined a Bachelor League with some of the people on my Communications Team. We’re very proud of this and have had so much fun getting through Monday. The Vancouver team, have even taken turns hosting Bachelor Night and last week was my turn to host.

It was so much fun. I had baked up a lemon cheesecake topped with Blueberry goodness, a lovely tortellini pesto salad and lots of great charcuterie goodness. We had a nice lemonade and white wine spritzer and so much laughs. You see, to put things into context, on Monday nights, we like to watch the Bachelor, laugh, and just judge. It’s lovely.

I thought what better way to hit up this past week’s Valentine’s special for TPO’s TOP5! Guys. Love IS confusing. We saw it first hand when Caila was telling Ben that she’s falling for himbut has no idea. And thus. This list was born.

Enjoy all and I hope you had a special Valentine’s/Galentine’s day.