Instagraming March!

Hello!

Apparently, March turned into April ten days ago. You’d never know it by how cold it’s been lately. It’s still below zero most days. Sigh.

Anyway, here’s what I was up to in March:
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Kitchen is completely painted red! // Carrot cake pancakes were so good! recipe via smitten kitchen  // More snow! It never ends. 😦 // First Seasonsbox – post here // My tweet was mentioned in Style at Home magazine! // Could not stop drinking this tea even though I’ve had it for months // Marvelled the retro checkout at the nearby Safeway  // Became a bit obsessed with my mom’s issue of Redbook. I actually wanted to pick up my own copy. Great rebrand! // Sprinkles is sleeping and is adorable x // Green ombre-ish NOTD – post here// Discovered my favourite PBS Euro travel show host Rick Steves has a podcast // Shamrock plant! // What can I say? I love the snow? // Bunny! // Loved this memoir by Grace Coddington. Two thumbs up! // More Sprinkles x 2 //

What have you been up to this March? Follow me on instagram @Lesleylu and I’ll be sure to follow back! x

Instagraming February!

Hello hello!

I’m so happy that March is finally here. Although we’re expected some snow today, it still feels like the end of winter is near. This weekend, I’m trying to get my receipts in order to do my taxes (ugh) and I’m going to watch some curling tonight.

Anyway, here’s what I was up to in February:
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Started painting my kitchen Gumball Red! // Winterfell scarf complete! post here // Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cookies for brother’s birthday // Dogs sitting in the front seat makes me happy // Double chocolate cheesecake for my dad’s birthday – recipe here // Lovely sunset // Picked up entertainment unit from IKEA. Took 2 hours to put together!  // Watched the 1914 film, Cinderella and became a bit obsessed with intertitles – post here.  // Painting other side of the kitchen // Spaghetti squash bake kinda based on this recipe // These snow banks are ridiculous // Rereading Bridget Jones’s Diary // Glossybox cupcake cups – post here // Another lovely sunset

What have you been up to this February? I love following new instagrammers. Follow me on instagram @Lesleylu and I’ll be sure to follow back! x

Instagraming January!

Hello hello!

I’ve started to paint my kitchen red. I’m loving how it’s looking so far. Such a relief considering how dark the colour is. It’s a bit scary to paint the first stripe. I can’t wait to show you!

Anyway, here’s what I was up to in January:

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Coffee on New Year’s Day! // Mittens in progress. Now frogged because I don’t like how they turned out. The yarn is so pretty though. // Enjoying the gorgeous big blue Manitoba sky // Working on Missoni blanket again. It’s been over a year already! // First day back to class // Winter is coming scarf // Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Obsessed with this book. // Isn’t it cute that I thought -34C was cold when -44C was just around the corner? // I love my Travel & Leisure subscription but sometimes they’re rubbing it in. // Sprinkles! // Making scones // Treated parents to Creme Brulee French Toast. Recipe here. // Tea Cozy! Post here // Born to be Brad – Love this book! // Chevron NOTD // Sundogs!

What have you been up to this January? I love following new instagrammers. Follow me on instagram @Lesleylu and I’ll be sure to follow back! x

Current Crush Thursday: My New Kitchen Aid Mixer!

Current Crush Thursdays

This month, you can link up at Yellow Umbrella.

This week’s current crush will be short & sweet! Last night, I received a present for my brother for my last birthday, housewarming and upcoming Christmas.

Ta da!

I think everyone who’s into baking will appreciate this gift! I’ve dreamed of owning my own KitchenAid mixer for what feels like forever. I may or may not have given it a hug. lol.

All I want to do is make meringue! The last couple of times I’ve made meringue I’ve thought to myself, “If only I had a mixer to do this for me…” You know the feeling, when you’ve sat there for 20 minutes or so waiting for the egg whites to stiffen. No more hand mixer for me! Well, at least when it comes to meringues. 🙂

What are you crushing on at the moment?

Music Monday : Save the World – Swedish House Mafia

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? It was so chilly here!  I was able to complete some of the things I planned on doing this weekend. That is always such a great feeling. I was able to get a bag together for the Swap. This lead to more organizing including a box of stuff set aside for the next time the Canadian Diabetes Pick up comes. Did you know they collect used ink cartridges as well? This is so exciting to me. I have four years of cartridges in a box that I keep forgetting to bring in to recycle.

I nearly finished my blanket. Hopefully, I can finish tonight. Only another inch or so and then I can start the border. Easy peasy. I also made some delicious banana bread! I think I like baked bananas a lot more than regular ones. I used Martha’s recipe from The Baking Handbook. Sorry, I can’t seem to find online. I just take out the coconut & add chocolate chips. The recipe makes two loaves. Too much for me so I usually drop off the second with my parents.

Today’s song is from last year already! Feels like yesterday. I just love Swedish House Mafia and this video. The power of puppies!!

 How was your weekend? I also discovered Draw Something. Yikes. Really shouldn’t have jumped on that bandwagon? So addicting!

Ready for the Weekend : February 10 Edition

I had a meeting every night this week. Exhausting. Fortunately, I don’t have a lot planned for this weekend. Bliss.

1. Eating Red Velvet Cake from Lilac Bakery.
I usually make cakes for my parents’ birthdays but this week was so busy. I ordered this for my Dad’s birthday. It’s the best in the city hands down.

2.  Baking Sugar Cookies
I had no time to start it this weekend so I’ll be going full on tomorrow since they need to get to Edmonton by Tuesday!

3.  Knitting
I haven’t worked on my blanket in ages. Let’s get on it!

4. Reading Mary Boleyn The Mistress of Kings
I love my Goodreads European Royalty Book Club. Such good reads.

5. Creating this nail polish holder
I was hoping to get this done last weekend but I couldn’t find an exacto knife and I know my Dad has tons of them. I’m not sure I’ll be able to fit it in this weekend though. :/

What are your plans for the weekend? I kind of just want to sleep the weekend away but that always seems like such a waste.


12 Things for a Fabulous February!

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In December, I posted a 12 things list and it really kept me motivated during a hectic month. I thought that my overall resolutions post would serve for January and I have to say that I missed it. There’s just something about putting your intentions in print that makes it feel more urgent and achievable. So I’ve decided to create a 12 things list on the 1st of every month.

1. Make this.

2. Complete Fat Mum Slim’s February photo challenge. I caught on to it too late last month so I’m excited to do it this month. I’ll have to clean my desk before #22!

3. Workout at least 20 x this month. If I achieve it, I get to go to a massage at the gorgeous Ten Spa. Motivation indeed!

4. Review a book. I read a lot but I’m usually on to the next book straight after and into that new world.

5. Finish 1/4 of my ongoing blanket.

6. Complete Level 1 of Rosetta Stone Italiano. I have my first Studio session today. I’m a bit nervous about it!! Wish me luck. Io ho capelli castani.

7. Buy fresh flowers just because

8. Bake Sugar Cookies for my Brother’s birthday. He’s impossible to buy for and they’re his favourite. It’s pretty much guaranteed that he’ll get a box of these every year from me.

9. Watch Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire. I need to watch this show. I’m so behind. I think I have to actually rent it. :/

10. Get a pedicure. Spring isn’t that far away!

11. Make sock bun curls! The  donut bun thing I have from Sally Beauty doesn’t make the curls like the sock does. I really want to try it out.

12. Update blog layout. The side bar annoys me.