Here are some things that have blown me away this week...
It's from our new home, the Okanagan Valley. It has an adorable black rhino dancing on the label and is a lovely menagerie of Merlot, Cab, Gamay and Pinot Noir. I am not a huge red fan lately but the delicious smell of this vintage wooed me back.
Here is a special Rigamarole Suduko to try:
2. LASH BLAST mascara by Cover Girl.
I haven't tried a new brand in years but a recent late night make-up fest at Shopper's Drug Mart led to my new passion for Lash Blast. I heard it was good from my teen niece but honestly it's really GOOD. For under $7 it covered each and every lash, even the two pesky white ones that drive me bonkers! No clumps at all, the dangerous looking brush separates them perfectly. It didn't flake or irritate my eyes either. Yippee...just what I needed to perk up my sleepy peepers. Here's a very big picture my new orange friend.
3. President's Choice Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge Crackle Ice Cream. If you don't believe me hit the President's Choice page and check out reviews. This is the perfect end to an evening of festivities and has a nasty habit of singing a sweet, late-night holiday siren song from the freezer.
Beware...I was just savoring the last plop from our tub when I remembered I ate a big hunk of this earlier today:
and quickly had to shove the ice cream back into the freezer. A close call. This sadistic desert is what my Dad pulled out for my Mom's birthday party last night! There were only about 30 guests and we went home with a hunk big enough to host another 30 folks for a cake feast! I was very tempted to just fix it up and tuck it away till Noah's birthday on Wednesday but that would be so wrong.
My parents now live beside the pastry chef for the Predator Ridge Range Restaurant and she is amazing. Everything is from scratch and pure bliss for a desert lover like me. At brunch in October I barely made it through a lemon tart, some creme caramel and a deep chocolate cake. At Pasta night last week there was a big chafing dish of steaming cinnamon bun bread pudding. Think about it, bread pudding made with cinnamon buns...enough said. This gal is right up there with Martha as far as I'm concerned. Now back to the list...
The 80's game that is still perfect for playing with the whole gang. Even seven year old Liam was reading away and giving some killer hints. Our friends brought it as a gift last weekend and we love it. It's available from the Chapters/Indigo link on my sidebar with free shipping and I did see it at Superstore today too. We are big Sequence fans but Taboo is a fun change for everyone and good reading and comprehension practice for the boys. Plus there is a buzzer, who doesn't love squeezing a buzzer?!?
5. My new Voluspa candle.
I bought it at Momentum. It's a triple wick beauty in a gorgeous pink and silver tin. I keep it beside my bathtub and it releases a clean, pretty Panjore Lychee aroma into the room
This is a picture of one I took burning at the Momentum open house... a different scent and colour but equally divine. These candles are worth every penny.
Phew, I am glad to get that all off my chest. I took my mind off my crazy Christmas shoperarma today that hit $800 at Superstore, and almost made me cry. Especially when I looked back to see the big lineup behind me and struggled to get it all packed back into my train of two shopping carts!
Still, I was left without a gift for my dear Liam who still only asks for a cat who makes kittens. He made us a very special card at school and inside it says:
Merry Chirtmas mom and Dad I love you. I don,t want presinsts this yeare.
It broke my heart and when I asked him why he said he knew Santa couldn't bring a kitten on his sleigh and that it was okay we could use his present to make the basement. I might have to start prowling the SPCA this week to make his little Christmas wish come true. The thought of cat pee on our new carpet and scratching on the new sofa is scaring the gingerbreads outta me but my boy is worth it. I considered buying the litterbox, bed and such and sticking a FurReal friend cat in... but that would be cruel. While decorating the tree yesterday, he pulled out the framed pet ornament we had with a picture of our old cat Libby in it and his eyes welled up with tears, it's been over a year now and still he misses her. I almost jumped in the car then and there to go on a cat mission.
Does that mean I have to buy Noah the gerbil family he's been admiring at Petland? I want a burrow/donkey and some chickens. Ryan looses his mind over bunnies. How on earth are we ever going to find a housesitter with all these critters when we want to go away?
Night, night friends, I am off to pray to Dr. Doolittle for some guidance,