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Veronica Norris
this is where i share my love for people, places, patterned paper, photos, books, food and cocktails ... not necessarily in that order!!
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it's never too late for a summer reading list!! here's mine, with a title or two from past lists (because yes, i get over-ambitious with how much i think i can actually read in any given time period!!) ... note: i've kept the list more manageable!! Capture Your Style by Aimee Song .... this is more of a fun "how-to/style" book by one of the first instagram gurus ... a little eye candy and easy reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ... this has been on my bookshelf for AGES... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at veronica norris
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my one little word this year is intention and thus far it's been a really good word for me ... each month i've chosen an intention to work towards, a bit like mini goals ... some months have been more successful than others of course and all of my intentions thus far have been personal ... i started thinking about how i could make my word not just about me but about giving back to others in a tiny little way ... the idea really struck me while in santa monica, when one morning on our way to starbucks, we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at veronica norris
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there have simply been too many happy things keeping me from writing my blog!! well at least that's excuse i'm using today!! so let's just dive right in ... the YEG song ... claudia's new single YEG debuts on Kiss 91.7 FM Radio today, Wednesday, June 28th at 3, 4 and 6pm!!! i am so thrilled, excited and proud of her ... she has been working so hard and it's incredible that one of her songs will actually be on the radio!! it's kind of surreal ... but a dream come true for her (and her momager!!) although full credit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at veronica norris
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why? because it's a long weekend ... because i love chocolate ... because i have been craving these ... because they've been on my share this recipe list for like ... forever ... because you need this cookie recipe!! because i love you so much my devoted blog readers!!!! because it's chocolate ... and coffee ... and walnuts ... and more chocolate ... and chewy ... and just plain yummy deliciousness!! here you go ... chocolate-espresso cookies you're welcome!! v Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at veronica norris
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i love to entertain and i especially love to host theme parties for birthdays, expecting mamas and brides-to-be ... a few weekends ago i hosted a bridal shower for one of my oldest and dearest friend's daughter ... she got married in the mountains so it only made sense to host a rustic bridal shower for her!! in my opinion, a themed party of any sort is a ton of fun and takes the party to the next level ... so i followed my own tried and true 5 party tips to host this shower: 1.) theme the first thing... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at veronica norris
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neglecting ... my blog once again ... but i am back!!! posting ... somewhat regularly to instagram ... have to admit it's kind of fun to see the number of followers increasing ... so thank you if you are one of those people!! (if not go follow me!!) enjoying ... a fresh pedicure and the cute fuzzy socks that claudia cleverly cut the toes off of, so we could get polished, keep all that beneficial cream on our feet and still walk out into all the snow in our flip flops and keep the majority of our feet warm!!! wondering... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at veronica norris
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so ya this happened ... i baked cookies AGAIN ... because book club read this book last week ... your're welcome!!! ;) at the end of every chapter jessica fechtor shares a favourite recipe, usually related to the story in some way ... let's just say i wanted to hit the kitchen after each chapter!! our book club host that evening made us the tomato soup, soda bread and almond cake from the book and they were all delish!!!! yum-o!! another book club member had said she tried one of the pasta dishes and it was really good too ...... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at veronica norris
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it's kind of ironic that one of my recent blog posts included an article that basically said: no to happiness, yes to wholeness; and here i am with a happy things post!! well, i think i've always been more of a rose-coloured glasses kind of girl ... for the most part i like to see the positive and i think it is important to focus on the good things in our lives ... this is my more public gratitude journal ... there's a lot of negative out there, hello politics i'm lookin' at you!! and you only need to turn... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at veronica norris
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let's start by saying i am not the biggest fan of oatmeal raisin cookies ... let's just say if that's the only one left on the cookie plate, or it's the one my hubbie bought at starbucks, well ok, twist my rubber arm and i'll gladly choke it down!! but left to my own devices i'm all about the chocolate ... but that's not what we're talking about today!! my son requested oatmeal raisin cookies (what's with the boys in this house???) when i asked him what kind of cookies he'd like me to send in his care package (it's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at veronica norris
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inspire: 1.) to breathe in, inhale 2.) instill thought or create feeling into a person 3.) intuitive 4.) to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence things around the web this month that have me totally inspired! it's been like a hot second (well actually 2 years - yikes!!) since i've shared some of the things that have inspired me ... if i read an article or find something that's cool i'll jot it down on a sticky note to share with all of you at some point ... what's great about these bits of inspiration is that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at veronica norris
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over the last few years i've been sharing our book club choices for the coming year, so i thought i would let you know what we're reading for 2017 ... Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson ... this was our first book of the year and it was a nice departure from all the WWII themes we'd encountered in the last 2 months of 2016 book club picks with The Hare with Amber Eyes and The Nightingale ... i loved this easy, fun and quirky read ... the characters grabbed me immediately and i was hooked ... the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at veronica norris
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welcome to a new year and a new one little word, well actually this year it will be two words, but more on that in a second!! drum roll for my one little word 2017 ... intention def: an aim that guides an action; done on purpose; deliberate i had been debating between intention and present for several weeks ... i had a discussion with mark about this over wine and cheese just before christmas, explaining my huge "dilemna"!! he said i love the word present can i pick it too?? (mark always picks a word for the year and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at veronica norris
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time for my 4th annual round-up of my favourite photos that capture my year of fresh ... i struggled with very deep grief for most of the first half of the year and that coupled with huge business challenges for both my hubbie and i made for a difficult six months and on more than one occasion i thought of abandoning or changing my word for the year ... nothing felt fresh at all ... but then the tide changed, suddenly several wonderful opportunities came along and all of a sudden fresh began manifesting itself in SO many ways!! along... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at veronica norris
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my darling daughter and youtuber extraordinaire has convinced me to activate my youtube channel to the next level, which basically means posting my own videos and not just watching them!! my initial plan is to post videos about scrapbooking, planning, decor and our home renovation ... i have to give a huge thanks for all claudia's help as she filmed, edited (a HUGE job) and posted my first video … i'm planning on learning all those skills in the next few months!! (i promise c!!) so to kick off my YouTube channel we are doing a MAMBI Happy Planner give-away!!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at veronica norris
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hello loyal blog readers who have still been visiting to see if i have posted anything new!! i can see through my helpful stats page that you haven't all abandoned me and for that i am so grateful!! it has been a whirlwind of a fall ... i don't even know where to begin, but if you've been following me on instagram you might have a bit of insight as to what i've been doing and where i've been (if you're not following me there, you should!!) remember, how i've been talking about replacing my ripped couches?? actually i think... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at veronica norris
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just in time for the weekend ... a steak rub that i believe contributed to the declaration by all in bbq attendance as: the. best. steak. ever. ... as someone who loves to entertain and has mostly only cooked steak for every bbq we've had this summer that's the highest compliment a cook can receive!! (especially from a group of 20 year old boys who say very little about anything!!) one of my summer bucket list items was to try some new flank steak recipes, that hasn't exactly happened, so last weekend i decided to try a different steak seasoning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at veronica norris
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wearing ... my new striped, flow-y "pyjama" pants all. the. time. ... bonus that they are SO comfy and i get compliments every time i wear them!! (don't you just love those kind of outfits that people notice and comment on ?? - it's such a great feeling!! like ya, i do know how to dress myself in flattering items!! ... because i am sure i'm not the only woman that questions her wardrobe choices at times!!) checking ... items off my summer bucket list ... i know that's not the point, but the past few summers most of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at veronica norris
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i'm am so thankful for ali's one little word prompt this month ... my word fresh has been more challenging than i thought it would be ... unlike other words i've chosen in the past (like walk and celebrate) this one surprisingly isn't as prominent in my day to day life and i often forget about it ... our prompt for july was to create one or several mantras/manifestos and i felt it was exactly the reset i needed with my word and the companion words that have been hanging around lately ... i also loved that we were encouraged... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at veronica norris
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just in time for the weekend a new foolproof appetizer!! thank you how sweet it is blog!!! jessica is brilliant ... i salivate at all of her food porn photos and want to recreate pretty much every recipe of hers ... and then life gets in the way and i don't!! :( but when i do make one of her recipes they never disappoint and they ALWAYS get rave reviews from jack and mark - bonus!!! this creamy feta dip with roasted garlic and jalapenos was no exception ... you only need a few ingredients to make this very addictive... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at veronica norris
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i have actually been having way more good days than bad lately and those waves of grief i talked about in june haven't been quite as strong or as frequent ... i've been feeling more productive, been getting out of bed a bit earlier (not necessarily with the spring in my step that i'd like) but it feels like the tide is shifting ... i'm looking forward to things again and i'm actually wanting to plan and then actually execute those plans, be it on the business, personal or relationship fronts ... it feels REALLY good and dare i say... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at veronica norris
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i've been "working" diligently on checking things off my summer bucket list!! mixing up new cocktails is a tough job ... but someone's got to do it!! i served this citrus sangria at book club the other night ... it's perfect to sip on a hot summer afternoon, or evening with a few appies and some good friends!! the catalyst was that i had been craving homemade lemonade since chatelaine ran several recipes in their july issue ... so it was a no brainer when lemons were on sale last week ... i bought a dozen which made for lots... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at veronica norris
glad to hear it's like her others!! looking forward to it, thanks Glorie!!
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2016 on summer reading list 2016. at veronica norris
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it's never too late for a summer reading list, right? i had intended to put this up weeks ago, but i kept adding to the list (which really means purchasing new books!!) ... although i never even get close to reading all of the books i put on my list, i like to have options and heck it's summer so one can dream that i'll read all of these!!! and books don't have an expiry date!! fun fiction lots of light, fun, breezy, entertaining reading here ... nothing too heavy this summer, i've picked perfect grab your towel, sunglasses, lotion... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at veronica norris
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happy friday!! cheers to the first "official" summer weekend ... and thanks again to one of my dear friends that shared some peonies from her garden with me!! the colour is incredible!! but with summer solstice and the longest day already behind us, i feel like i'm almost too late with my annual summer bucket list ... but no matter, if it's documented it will happen right?? ;) i explained the how and why of my summer bucket list in more detail last year ... you can read that post here ... (if you just popped back from that post,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at veronica norris
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here we are smack dab in the middle of june ... where does that time go?? ... i mean really!!! i know that we've done some celebrating: 25 years of wedded bliss (haha) for the hubbie and me!! and another birthday for him ... which resulted in a b-day gift of going to the very excellent james taylor concert last week ... i felt like i was the youngest person at Rexall!! contrast that with last night's justin beiber's purpose tour when i felt like the oldest person at Rexall!! both concerts were fun and entertaining in different ways!! sadly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at veronica norris