HAPPY NEW YEAR! WISHING YOU A HAPPY AND WONDERFUL 2018!

Happy 2018! I wish you all the best this year and I’m very excited and look forward to many wonderful, positive and happy experiences. Life is a gift and I’m grateful for everything. I feel happy and excited about learning, loving and living. I would like to make 2018 the very best that it can be.

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December was a hard and challenging month. The loss of my brother-in-law was difficult and emotional for the entire family and of course his friends as well. The entire experience taught me never hold on to grudges, to let go of the past and focus on the people that surround me.

In December I did a lot of reflecting and spending time with my husband and children. I thought a lot about what my purpose is as a creator and I’ve made huge plans! I’ve made a bucket list for this year. I hope I can accomplish a lot on the list. I don’t know if you remember my last year’s video about my goals for 2017? I think I did about 2 things from that list. One was to get my nose pierced, second one was to be in an article and I was so honoured to be a part of the BUZZ MAGAZINE  #BodyPositive Movement with other beautiful and inspirational people. Read more about the feature HERE.

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I hope in 2018 I can cross off more things on my bucket list. Would you like to hear more about my bucket list? How about your bucket list? Did you do something that you’ve always wanted to do? Do you make a bucket lists or goals for the year? Would love to know.

During the cold December I baked delicious chocolate chip cookies from the book * “Brad Long On Butter”.  A really fabulous cook book. Brad Long’s passion for cooking comes through each page in this great Canadian Cookbook.  If you love butter as much as I do you will love this book. The writing is humorous and very fun. The recipes are delicious and I can’t wait to try more recipes from this cook book.

“Food is Love” ❤️ for sure! I’m totally going to make my own #butter. Hubby won’t like it at all. He hates butter and I hope the Chef can have a talk with him. Invite him over and give him a talk. Lmao 😂 as for me and the kids, we adore and love butter. Nothing better! Hey I think @catforsley is totally laughing right now at this post. (Inside joke…😁 butter butter 😁hehehe) A HUGE thank you to @the_harvest_commission for this amazing cook book. I’m enjoying chef 👨‍🍳 @chef.brad.long sense of humour in this amazing #cookbook I’m also loving the idea of making my own butter! The recipes look fabulous and I can’t wait to showcase this on my blog. Really exciting! Thank you!! Also @susyqusie would love this book. She will probably laugh because Joe won’t eat butter. 🤣😂 #butter #bestdayblogger #cookbooks #cookbook #madeincanada #canadian #lifestyleblogger #foodie #foodblogger #blog #food #book #cooking #cook #bake #homemade #home #cookathome #recipe #recipe #chef #bradlong #cookingram #kitchen #inmykitchen #eat #cook #makeithappen #foodislife #foodislove #foodisfuel

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The weather hasn’t allowed us to get out doors as much as we would like because it was too darn cold. I’m okay with -10 but it got down to -21 or more. I also hate when it is too windy. Cold Wind drives me crazy. I would LOVE to do outdoor things like skate, ski, snowshoeing, building a fire and all that lovely hugge living. The Danish know how to make things cozy! So I lit a lot of candles, played games with the family and also read the book “THE BREAK”  written by Katherena Vermette. She is a Canadian Author and the novel is Fiction. I’ve given this book a 5/5 on goodreads. It’s a really amazing and heart wrenching novel. It’s sad, emotional and yet the women in this book are strong and stick together. The story overall is very emotional. The characters are very well developed and very believable. This novel is about identity, gangs, rape and healing. A very moving novel and a must read in Canadian Literature.

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Random thought…I would like to travel to Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland this year. It’s a dream to check these countries out. When I was younger my mother would come home with photos, postcards and clippings from various countries. I loved collecting them and I would look at them everyday and envision my self traveling. The pictures that I remember most were from Switzerland. As I got older I had the opportunity to visit Zurich and I fell in love. It’s a beautiful most magical place. The food and people are amazing and the city is so clean. The architecture so beautiful. This year I’m going to cut out clippings and images and do some serious visualizing!

In December I was Vlogging a little and If you would like to watch Vlogmas 2017 you can check it out HERE.

Here is my most recent Vlog. I would love your support. Please Subscribe to my channel. I truly appreciate it. It is really important to me to develop my Vlog channel this year. I love my vlog channel a lot because it shows who I am and my lifestyle. It is more rough cut editing and I my self watch more vlogs then other videos do you? I enjoy sharing parts of my life with you and I hope you feel the same way too.

I also made a Beauty Video for my Beauty Youtube Channel. If you like have a look at my most Recent Video. CHANEL NEAPOLIS

I haven’t blogged for a long time because I had the children home for two weeks and they kept me so busy. I was in the kitchen almost all day. Cooking breakfast, cleaning up, prep for lunch, cleaning up and prep for dinner. It’s a lot of time in the kitchen but I really love it. I enjoy cooking so much! It makes me truly happy to cook and feed my family. There is nothing like a home cooked meal!

A few PR samples came in the mail over the holidays and I wanted to share them with you. I’m always grateful for PR and in 2018 I’m incorporating the PR in my blog posts. I really love and enjoy mixing it up. My lifestyle and everything in my life is free flowing and I enjoy it that way. I hope you enjoy my posts better this way.

I received some lovely delicious dips for December. The family really enjoyed them. Sabra Hummus! Very yummy and thank you so much for the PR samples! How perfect are these for snacks and a party! Festive and fun!

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For Christmas my husband and I bought a Nesspresso maker and we love it! The machine makes so many different coffees and also steams up the milk. It’s fabulous and we’ve been enjoying our coffee a lot. He got some stencils for coffee and sprinkled cinnamon on my coffee. How sweet is this right? He is a huge romantic! I love him more and more each day. Love makes the world go round and so does coffee.

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I was kindly sent two pairs of socks and I took a photo of one pair before my phone broke down and died and I lost all my photos. Make sure you back up your phone and save your photos. On that note make sure you download your blog as well and save your blog posts, photos and info. Did you know you can do that? Thank goodness for apple care because I got a new phone. I use my phone a lot so i’m so GRATEFUL for that.

The socks that I kindly received are from * DEAD SOXY. My daughter took them from me right away and says that they are her favourite socks because they are soft, comfortable and they don’t fall down like her other socks.  As you can see in the photo she loves them.

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I kindly received * Neal’s Yard Remedies Essential Oils and a beautiful Book that talks about each oil and what the uses are. It explains everything and I absolutely love the oils. They are my favourite Essential oils for December. They really help relax and soothe. So good for my family’s health and wellness. I add them in the bath and in the diffuser but I also add the lavender topically on the family before bed to relax and help them sleep. We have all grown to really appreciate and love Neal’s Yard Remedies oils. My favourite one has to be the lavender and bergamot. Thank you so much to Neal’s Yard Remedies for the organic and natural oils. They are absolutely amazing and if you are thinking of buying oils I highly recommend Neal’s Yard Remedies. They are fantastic!

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Avon’s New Spring items! Thank you so much AVON Canada. First Look at Spring. Exclusive Fashion, beauty and decor. Very beautiful floral patterns, bold colours and all so fresh and vibrant.

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This is the *Savannah Blooms Beauty Collection. It Includes Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel in Clover, Avon True Color Glazewear Lip Gloss in Citrus Shine, Wash-off Waterproof Mascara in Black, Avon True Colour Matte Eyeshadow Quad in “On the Vine” Flora Print Bag, fully lined. Top zip closure with the prettiest tassel pull. This set is $35.00.

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Nails are Darling in Pale pink, bright orange, deep royal blue, soft mint and sunshine yellow this spring. Reminds me of pretty spring blossoms! *The yellow is in the colour “Limoncello” and the blue is in the colour “Sapphired Up” $5.99 each. Avon.ca

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Last week I received a lovely package from the beautiful Julie.

Thank you so much Julie!

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Julie has the most lovely blog. She kindly sent me a lovely positive and inspirational book called “Things are what you make of them. Life Advice for Creatives” by Adam J. Jurtz. Also the prettiest card and most heartfelt message, along with a beautiful and Magical Star key chain!  Julie, thank you from my heart! You have filled me up with joy and your kindness radiates and is so contagious! You are so kindhearted and we are kindred spirits!

Dear Julie (@trysmallthings )😘🤗💕I would like to thank you from my heart for your friendship. It means so much to me. You are so kindhearted and so encouraging. You are so honest, kind and down to earth. You are truly so amazing and I’m so lucky to know you and call you my friend. I wish we lived closer to hang out and have coffee. Thank you for your kind and caring words and for this lovely gift. It means so much to me. This came at such a perfect time!!! Thank you from my heart! Much love and happiness! 😘🤗💕❤️💐🌷 🙏 again, thank you. 😘❤️🙏💐🌷🌸 #friendship #realfriends #bff #gift #giftgiving #kindness #realfriendships #bloggerfriends #bblogger #bbloggers #amazingfriends

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I kindly won two DIOR Lipsticks from Dave Lackie in December.

I’m so grateful and thank you to Dave for his kindness and generosity.

He is truly amazing and I love him!

Check out Dave on  Twitter! 

and check out his website!

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Speaking of friendship and love I kindly received this beautiful trio by Avon.ca.  A cute journal that says “Kiss and Tell” a beautiful candle that smells so amazing and is super  cute and sweet lipgloss shaped as lips! SO adorable! Very sweet don’t you think? Just kiss me Lip balm is oh so cute! Avon’s Valentines Day gifts are Romantic. Cute lip-shaped case holds a kiss tinted balm. Flavourless. Comes in a cute gift box. $10.00 each. Lots of Kisses Journal with 90 lined pages. faux leather. $7.99. Home Fragrance Collection “Celebrate love” candle with sparkling citrus tart berries, effervescent musks and rose petals. $12.99 each.

Just 💋 kiss me Lip balm is oh so cute! @myavoncanada #valentinesday gifts 🎁 are oh so sweet and Romantic. 💋 Cute lip-shaped case holds a kiss tinted balm. Flavourless. Comes in a cute gift box. $10.00 each. ❤️ Lots of Kisses Journal with 90 lined pages. faux leather. $7.99. ❤️ Home Fragrance Collection “Celebrate love” candle with sparkling citrus tart berries, effervescent musks and rose petals. $12.99 each. Thank you Avon.ca for these beautiful samples. I love them! ❤️💋😘❤️ #Avon #Avoncanada #love #gifts #gift #valentineday #valentinesgift #valentines2018 #love #loveyourself #candle #journal #lipbalm #bblogger #bestdayblogger #red #pink #fun #cute #bbloggers #bbloggersca #sweety #adorable #iloveyou #kissandtell

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I’ve uploaded new artwork in my ETSY Store. I’m really loving making art at the moment. I make each piece with love and each piece is an original piece.

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Thank you so much to everyone who has sent me a PR Samples. I absolutely love everything and I’m truly grateful.

I wish you all a beautiful and MAGICAL new year filled with positivity and love. May you be happy and healthy and have the best year of your life! Thank you for being supportive and so wonderful to me.

Thank you from my heart!

HAPPY 2018!


Check out my previous blog posts

CHANEL NEAPOLIS: NEW CITY SPRING SUMMER 2018 COLLECTION FEATURE

CHANEL Spring/Summer Collection 2018 NEAPOLIS : NEW CITY INFO #ChanelNeapolis

Thursday Plantation 100% Pure Natural Oils REVIEW

NEW! CHANEL BLUE SERUM EYE REVIEW

 

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Hello my name is Maria and I'm very passionate about blogging and photography. I'm a full time blogger and really enjoy blogging about things that I love. I'm passionate about the Arts and I love to showcase my artistic flare through my writing, photography and written articles.

10 thoughts on “HAPPY NEW YEAR! WISHING YOU A HAPPY AND WONDERFUL 2018!

  1. wow ! what a great blog post! it must have taken you a lot of work! I appreciate all the hard work you put in to your blog! I would love to hear more about your bucket list! I hope you are able to check off a lot of the items by year end! I hope January is a great month!! I look forward to seeing more of your posts and photos on Instagram 😀

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  2. Happy New Year Maria! ❤
    What beautiful pictures and sentiments. 🙂
    I've visited Denmark, Sweden and Finland – you have to go! I just have Norway left and I think I get to yell BINGO! 😉 My favourite of those was Denmark – just an amazing place!
    Oh man… you're making me long for Spring with those Avon goodies. One can hope!
    And wow on your artwork on Etsy! ❤

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    1. Happy New year Stashy! I wish you the very best this year! much love to you and your loved ones. You are so lucky to have traveled. I want to live in Denmark. I seriously do. I look forward to spring weather. Thank you for your lovely comment and support. You are amazing! much love and happiness!

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