Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Confess...

peek-a-boo!

...that I probably over-did it last week in an attempt to get back to "normal". Lots of R&R on the weekend was needed!
...I made White BBQ sauce for chicken thighs and used the leftovers as sandwich spread. 
...the need for some different scenery keeps creeping through my mind.
...that if you need me, you'll most likely find me in the Holts sunglasses department. I tried on 3 styles of Ray-Bans every day last week. 
...there was still a bit of IV tape residue on my arm 5 days after leaving the hospital. I swear, I shower.
...succulents are my latest obsession and I blame Jenni's wedding floral designer.
...oysters and champy on a Sunday afternoon could become a regular occurrence for me.
...I am stalking the butter lettuce I planted last weekend.

What do you have to tell me? Come on...confess!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Round-Up

So many different people have come into my life -- some wonderful, others cray-cray -- and I was so happy I got to spend time with a few of the former this past weekend....

On Friday night, RK and I drove over to the North Shore to celebrate the sweetest girl who ever worked at the Rege, Nikki! I tested Mexican post-Crohn's diagnosis (remember, fibre is NOT my friend during a flare-up) and I felt pretty good afterwards. This was a good thing because the food was uh-MAZ-ing. I am still thinking about the delicious chicken.


Saturday morning consisted of working out and errands, which led to painting cheap plastic pots with chalk paint. I'm so thorough, I didn't even take the plants out.


Saturday night was a post-hospy catch-up sesh with Katie, featuring a delicious sparkling from Therapy Vineyards and discussion of Jay and Bey. VERY deep stuff.


On Sunday, I started off the day running some hills before finishing the book RH so graciously sent me on the beach. It was a glorious morning:




How lucky am I to be living in a city like this? And only a few blocks from a fantastic beach! It's easy for me to count my blessings.

Once I got showered and patio-ready, I met CT at Chewies for our favourite pastime, consuming oysters and champagne.


Such a great way to end a full weekend.

I hope everyone had a delightful couple of days off -- I can't believe it will be AUGUST this week!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Luscious Libation: The Americano


Perfect for sipping on before dinner, this simple cocktail is my alternative to the Negroni.

2 ounces Campari
2 ounces Martini Rosso
club soda
orange slice for garnish


Shake the Campari and Martini Rosso in a shaker filled with ice.
Pour booze and ice in a highball glass and top with club soda. Add an orange slice for garnish.



Enjoy, my friends!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mel at Home

I'm betting that the title of this post led you to believe it would consist of a bunch of different photos of me lying on the couch, watching endless hours of Netflix. Wrong! Operation Do-It-Yourself Foot Spa was put to the test this past weekend and I have great news. I did NOT waste $3 on mouthwash (fun fact: if you floss, you do not need to use mouthwash). 


My mom had told me about this little concoction while I was vacationing in l'hopital last week so I thought I would give it a try.

1/4 cup mouth wash
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup warm water

Soak feet for 15 minutes and dry off with a towel before scraping with your handy-dandy pumice stone.



I was skeptical because I LOVE my diamond foot file and feel like it does a great job keeping my footsies summer-smooth, but I'm always looking to improve (in many, many ways....). I definitely think this was worth a go and will incorporate it into my weekly grooming routine. 

Give it a try and let me know if you got great results!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Product Review: Lululemon Noir Short

Guuuuys....I have a new love. I have been looking for the perfect pair of sporty black shorts for a couple of summers now. I mainly want some to play softball in as my standard Sauconys are wearing thin. Booty shorts aren't an option (not just for me, for any girl playing softball, really) and I don't want to wear leggings in the summer heat.


Enter Lululemon's Noir Short. It sounds like these were designed as a stylish "to and from" option, but they are breathable and the right length. I have had them on most days since purchasing them....I suppose I should get them in blue too, right?




I love the high-rise, the drawstring AND the fact that the front pockets lay flat. I predict that, by the end of the summer, C-Mah will have to have a "noir short intervention" with me.