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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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hello again friends!! as i promised back in a post from february, i am carrying no more guilt about not posting regularily!! apparently i took that to heart ... no guilt = no posts!! so thanks for stopping by and continuing to do so ... cause through the magic of technology and algorithms, i can see that i still have readers/friends/hackers?!!, checking to see what's up ... thank you so much for that ... i am grateful for each and every one out there that reads the words i put on the screen in the spirit of spreading joy ...... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at veronica norris
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i wanted to answer a question i get asked a lot, especially when people find out i've been in a book club for 24 years: how is your book club run?? here are my tips for starting a successful book club and a little background about mine: 1. invite people interested in books, who like to read, and want to be in a book club and then invite more people than you ultimately want i started the club right after my daughter was born ... i sent "invites" to friends that i knew loved books and/or read a lot ...... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at veronica norris
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of all the blog posts i've written over the past eight years this one has me feeling very, very vulnerable ... and quite emotional on a lot of levels ... so i am just going to dive in and be real, vulnerable and authentic with all of this ... as we all know much of our social media interactions are curated ... we all like to show our best photos and our clean homes ... but the reality is NONE of us live in a magazine spread or on that perfect instagram reel ... we all have dirty dishes, piles... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at veronica norris
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happy easter to all!! claudia and i decided to create some of that delicious and oh so easy "candy" that some people call cracker candy ... in our house we just refer to it as crack or crack candy!! it's super fast, easy to make, budget friendly and can be made at any time of the year, depending on how you want to decorate it ... at christmas, we add slivered almonds and red and green smarties and naturally for easter those delicious cadbury mini eggs and a few mini marshmallows, if you're into that sort of thing ;) if... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at veronica norris
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recently i did a binge watch of the baker sisters series on foodtv ... lots of delicious treats that totally made me want to bake and eat all kinds of cake, sweets and desserts!! but one super simple twist on a childhood classic by david schnell from brown's court bakery in charleston had me running into the kitchen to try my hand at this interpretation of the rice krispie square ... i'm calling them froot loops krispie squares and can i just say that we inhaled this nummy version in record time ... and i'm planning on making them again... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 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! the above photo is from one of my favourite instagram accounts right now @theselittlesquares ... the simplicity of kim's photos are so beautiful ... they make me take a deep breath!! and maybe you should grab a cup of tea, lots of links and reading to follow ... this is one of those posts that can send you down the rabbit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at veronica norris
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i wanted to share some of the things that are brightening up my february and this extended welcome back to the deep-freeze winter we're having here in alberta!! flowers ... especially when they are from a dear friend and they last for almost two weeks ... and then they are also able to be used for instagram photos at the end of their life span!! win-win!! good books ... it feels like our book club is on a role this year ... we've read two great books already ... fishbowl ... a quick and quirky book that totally sucked me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at veronica norris
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it seems like every year we albertans get lulled into a false sense of "spring is here" ... we had some balmy temps in january and most of the snow melted and then boom ... nature reminds us of where we really live!! -30 degrees celcius temperatures and lots of the fluffy, white stuff, which i really love BTW!! yup, this the north baby!! this was the scene out our back door around january 19th ... and on february 3rd ... a few years ago typepad (my blog platform host) sent out an email that included a fun little "poem"... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at veronica norris
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it's february ... and once again it's been a month since my last post ... i wish this didn't happen, but it does!! since, this blog is not a business, a job or source of income for me, (yet!?!) ... but rather a passionate, labour of love, i am deciding here and now, that i won't apologize for irregular posting anymore!! i will however, thank you in advance for sticking with me and visiting even without a regular schedule on my end!! i may not have posted here, but my january was productive by embracing my to-do list and checking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at veronica norris
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hello new year!! it's my year to embrace all the next 365 days has to offer!! i've struggled in the past with picking my guiding word for the year, but finding this word was the biggest challenge i've ever had with my one little word, even as late as yesterday i was still considering changing it ... i was toying with space, nurture, whole, listen, faith and breathe ... ultimately i wanted a 'softer' word this year and i think that's why i finally landed on embrace ... it felt like a warm hug, or a cozy blanket ... after... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at veronica norris
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even though i was missing in action for the past months, it was always my intention to make sure i got up my best of the year list ... i love any kind of end-of-the-year lists ... not only did i want to share the best of my year with all of you, but i really like the process of sifting (well, really scrolling) through all my photos to reflect on the type of year its been ... and it's the 5th annual!! wow!! with maturity comes some wisdom and i am slowly learning that no matter what one's intention... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at veronica norris
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hello ... hello ... any one out there??? ... taps microphone (well actually taps keyboard!!) it's been ohhhh a little while ... like 5 months ... oops ... and if you've come back - THANK YOU!! i don't even know where to start ... it's been a bit of a roller coaster for me this past half a year ... shortly after my last post, i was in a car accident, the woman who hit me had her van written off and my suv spent about 4 1/2 months in the shop getting fixed up ... and i spent the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at veronica norris
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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