I See Beyond The Road I’m Driving

Ok…so two days, and one hour late on posting but I come bearing excellent news!

After a VERY long, and VERY expensive journey, I received news today that I have been granted my Partner Visa!!  I think I read, and re-read, the email at least 10 times. It still feels incredibly surreal.

It has taken me a long time to find my person, and the fact that he is half way around the world makes things a little a lot more complicated, but I am incredibly excited…anxious, scared, nervous…to get this chapter of my life started. In just one month we will be able to wake up next to each other, have actual face to face conversations and discussions and won’t have to wait months to see each other any more.  It has taken us over 5 years to get to this point and I can’t wait for February!

So much work has gone into this outcome and there is no possible amount of thanks that is big enough to give those who have given up their time, money and energy into helping us to get this point.  Every single person who has helped us, encouraged us or supported us in anyway, please know that Simon and I will be forever grateful and we thank each and every one of you.

It is real now.  I will be selling my house, shipping what is left of my little life here in Canada and will be moving halfway around the world to small town NSW/Victoria Australia.  I will be leaving my job, my family and my friends here (which I still don’t allow myself to think about because…well, it hurts too much) and will be joining my new Australian family and friends in my new home and at my new (old?!) job.  I cannot express how blessed I am to have so much love in two places. Honestly it is overwhelming and something that I really need to sit with and absorb.

Here’s to new beginnings, no matter how old you are! Now start saving…we’ve got plenty of room for visitors!

~Hugs and Love~



With A Mouthful Of Shooting Stars

Howdy-do Blogger Friends.

My life has been a bit of a roller-coaster the past few months.  Some highs, followed by some lows…hopes raised, then dashed just as quickly.  I had a particularly trying night last night which left me feeling very melancholy today.  I stayed in bed, had some tea and a cuddle with the pooches…finally dragging myself out of bed around 1pm.

I knew just what I needed to help pull me out of my funk.


Everyone deals with sadness differently…some eat (I won’t mention the double cheeseburger and bag of chips I had for dinner…or the cupcake I will have for dessert), some just chill in bed, drink tea and reflect (again…did I mention…not out of bed till 1pm) and some go in for a little retail therapy….like me.

Here is a little sneak peek at the goodies I purchased today to help me through the next little while.

Haul 1

Nothing too crazy.  Just a few tea and bath products.

David's Tea

I have a friend at work who drinks tea every day.  She has mentioned that she gets her supplies from David’s Tea.  I actually had never come across it before in my shopping travels until today.  And all I have to say is OMG.  It is so delicious.  It smelled like candy, not tea, in the shop and I was greeted with a complementary cup of their tea of the day:  Cookie Dough.  Now I go through phases of coffee, then tea, then no hot drinks at all.  Recently I have been on a bit of a tea kick because I’m slowly cutting dairy out of my diet…so when I passed by I knew I had to stop in and take a peek.  The tea was so smooth and lovely that I just had to pick some up.  I got a giant tin of the Cookie Dough flavour and then two small bags to try in Red Velvet Cake and The Skinny.  If you come across a David’s Tea definitely do your soul a favour and pick up some!


Lush.  That store that you can smell halfway though the mall.  I remember Lush from *cough cough* years ago.  What I remember of them though wasn’t very special.  I bought their Bath Bombs and just remember the tub being a disaster after using it.  After watching some reviews, and all the beauty bloggers raving about how much they love their bath products, I picked up a few things around Christmas and have since become hooked.  In the time since I have last used their products they have changed drastically.  No more gross mess in the tub (at least with the products I buy…the glitter bubbles I’m sure would be bad news) and my skin has never felt so soft after baths.  This time I stocked up on Bath Bombs in a variety of flavours…my favourites being the Avobath and the Dragon’s Egg.  Shown in the picture above are The Enchanter (left) and Creamy Candy Bubble Bar (right) both of which are new to me!  Can’t wait to Lush it up tonight!


My last stop was to Shoppers.  I am still on the lookout for a foundation that I LOVE.  I have ones that I don’t mind but nothing that I’m gaga over.  So I picked up Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation…it has come highly recommended by others in the know so we shall see how she treats me.  Whilst there I noticed that Shoppers is now stocking No. 7 products from the UK…seeing as the majority of the beauty you-tubers I follow are from the UK, I am aware of the brand and it, again, comes highly recommended.  Their skin care was on sale and I was out of night cream so I picked up a new lotion that will hopefully help me keep fooling people with my age.  I also picked up another highly recommended product…Scandaleyes waterproof eyeliners from Rimmel.  I got mine in Nude and Brown.  Possible reviews on all three products in the future.


Thus ends my sad day.  Nothing like a yummy Vanilla cupcake and a hot cup of tea to help soothe the soul.  If you’re having a bad day, or are feeling sad and lonely try to take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone.  Brew a cuppa, run a bath and remind yourself just how totally awesome you are.

Hugs and love.