Choppity chop chop

As mentioned in Friday’s post, I had a hair appointment Friday afternoon and even though I had made the appointment with plans of chopping my hair I did start to chicken out as the time drew nearer. My hair had just gotten SO long. Definitely the longest I’d ever had it in my adult life. However, it was also getting kind of annoying and was a lot of work to maintain and I kind of just wanted something fresh and new for fall. So after pinning some inspiration to my pinterest board I went in and my hairdresser gave me the little push over the edge that I needed.

Here’s my before picture:

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My mid-way picture:

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And an after picture:

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It’s a longer inverted bob so I still have a lot of length in the front and then it shortens up in the back. It’s taken me a couple of days to get used to it but I think I like it!

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Also I didn’t think I’d be taking off enough to donate it but apparently you only need six inches and I cut off NINE inches. That is a bucket list item for me, I’ve always wanted to donate my hair, so I’m really excited about that!

Other scenes from the weekend include this yummy borscht I made on Saturday afternoon after coming home from the Farmer’s Market with beets and red cabbage:

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I also picked up a bottle of wine from a new local winery in town from their booth at the Farmer’s Market. First, I love that you can now taste (and buy) wine at the Farmer’s Market and second I really love we are having so many yummy local wineries pop up in our area!

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The highlight of my weekend was definitely having dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday with this girl! My best friend Michele just recently got back to Canada after spending the last six months in Australia & Ireland and she had a small window to get together before she sets off across the country to move to Toronto. Oh, and she bought her Irish boyfriend with her. It was SO great to catch up with her and meet him. I am now watching for flight deals to Toronto!

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Other things included a home strength workout with lots of push-ups that made me super sore, a 2-hour trail run and a sweaty flow yoga class (over 2 days, not all 3 at once). Emptying out and reorganizing all the cupboards in our kitchen. Making homemade ice cream with the ice cream maker Eric got me for my birthday. Making and canning plum jam. And lots of time reading this awesome book:

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Yup, it was pretty much a perfect weekend :)

What did you do this weekend? When was the last time y0u made a drastic change to your hairstyle?



The high of my week was again, so many high’s this week! Probably the biggest high would be my birthday, which was wonderful! However, on the work side we also had a huge event yesterday that I’ve been taking the lead on coordinating for about three months now so it was really amazing to see it all go off without a hitch.

The low of my week was no lows other than being a bit tired from being busy busy. It’s been an amazing week!

A blog post I loved was I haven’t even opened feedly all week because I’ve been so busy at work. However, I did stumble upon Mark Manson’s blog this week and have really enjoyed reading his relationship advice articles that are anything but traditional – like this one! 

For my workouts, I completed 5 km run + a HIIT (high intensity interval training) class on Monday at lunch, hot flow yoga on Tuesday morning, Group RX on Wednesday at lunch, a 45-minute walk with Chloe on Thursday morning and a 4-mile/6.4km trail run this morning!

Blue purse

The best money I spent was I bought myself a new purse as an early birthday present for myself last weekend and I love it! I’ve been looking for a new purse for ages so I was happy to find this one. I also love the colour because the last thing I wanted was another brown or black purse. Trust me, I have been purse/bag shopping for MONTHS!

My plans this weekend include not much! I am having dinner with my best friend Michele tonight, who recently got back from Australia and Ireland. I haven’t seen her since the spring and I can’t wait to catch up.  Tomorrow morning I’m volunteering at the Farmer’s Market and have no plans in the afternoon. Sunday morning I have long trail run plans and then nothing the rest of the day.

Oh, I also have a hair appointment this afternoon and I’m seriously considering taking off quite a bit of hair. But now I’m starting to chicken out… Do you think I should do it??

Should I cut my hair? What was the best money you spent this week? 


Birthday Recap!

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I’m not going to lie. 26 feels pretty darn good! And yesterday was pretty perfect.

I started my morning off with an amazing 6am flow yoga class. Eric teased me because I was wide awake at 5:15 am on my birthday, but I swear it was just to go to yoga :) I guess the studio has your birthday on record so the teacher (who is one of my all time favourite yoga teachers) totally called me out and had everyone in the class sing happy birthday to me when we were in half moon pose. She then gave me the most amazing neck and shoulder massage/adjustments at the end of class so I had the best savasana ever. It was the perfect way to start the day. When I got home from yoga Eric had an amazing breakfast prepared for me with french press coffee and a couple of gifts before work.

Even the fact that I was at work all day didn’t phase me because the day flew by and my coworkers totally spoiled me with cupcakes and flowers.

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I knew that Eric had some sort of surprise in store for me after work but I had no idea what it was. When I got home I discovered a beautifully put together picnic basket and Eric told me to change into hiking clothes. We then hiked to this amazing lookout spot and had a picnic. It was a bit windy and chilly outside but other than that it was pretty much perfect. And how beautiful is that picnic basket?

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Eric had it stocked full of so much yummy food. It was fabulous!

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And we got to witness an absolutely stunning sunset! The photo definitely doesn’t do it justice.

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As an aside, thank you to everyone who wished me happy birthday on the blog, on twitter, on facebook and on instagram. I love social media for birthdays! It definitely makes me feel loved :)

It was a great way to start a brand new year which I have no doubt will be an amazing one!