Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kitchen Brights

Brent and I are going on a walk through of our house this coming Sunday, and I am SO excited! With April just around the corner, we're so close to being able to refer to our move as "next month!" Pretty much anyone who knows me can attest to my affinity towards all things kitchen. Cooking, decorating, glassware, bakeware, appliances, you name it. If it has anything to do with my kitchen - I love it. Since I will soon have a kitchen to call my own, I have been perusing the web a lot more lately for things to outfit my culinary office. Today I stumbled upon these from Anthropolgie and just had to share.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I Officially Declare....

...2010 as the year of Renee's concerts. Last year Brent and I saw The Tragically Hip, Dave Matthews Band, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Metric, and a few other bands in concert, and while they were all great shows, the majority of them were geared towards Brent's musical taste (aside from Metric, which I love).

Therefore I officially delcare 2010 as the year of my-kind-of-music concerts. First stop on the tour: Carrie Underwood TONIGHT!!! Add in the fact that I'm going with my best friend Mel and it's double the awesomeness! I love her music and am so excited to see all the amazing outfits she'll wear!

The only other confirmed stop for this year is Black Eyed Peas in July, but Tim McGraw is coming in August and I absolutely intend on getting tickets for that show too! Now if only the Foo Fighters would tour this year, I'd be in heaven.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Happy Anniversary Ben and Anna!

One year ago today one of my closest friends married the love of her life...

What an incredible wedding weekend! I am so happy to have been a part of their special day...

The past year has been so amazing and full of adventures for you two. Congratulations Anna and Ben!

Photos courtesy of Susan Stripling Photography

Saturday, March 13, 2010

And My Favourite Song Was On!

Am I the last person to discover this video? One thing you should all know about me is that 1) I not-so-secretly love dance and pop music and 2)love to dance like a fool, especially with all my girlfriends (you know who you are).

Make sure you're watching this in a place where you can LOL.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Purchase Appliances: Check.

Our new house comes with a refrigerator and dishwasher, which meant we needed to purchase a range, washer and dryer. Possibly the three most expensive appliances one needs to run their home = eek.

Right off the bat we determined that we wanted a gas range and gas dryer, since the house is already equipped with the hookup and they're much more efficient to run. The only issue with this is those features tend to cost more than your standard electric appliances, so we had our work cut out for us. (Since I love to cook with gas I was pretty pumped that I was going to get my wish of having a gas range without having to fight for it...score!)

After spending a few weeks casually looking at big orange and other major home furnishing stores, and figuring out what we wanted to spend, we decided to spend last Sunday afternoon driving around and looking at some local places that advertised sales in the weekend paper. We started out at Bad Boy (I never thought I'd step foot in one of their stores, their kitchy commercials always screamed "STAY AWAY!" for me but alas, we went in. After looking around a bit, a salesman helped answer our questions and also showed us a laundry pair that was last year's model but was offering a sweet discount AND no extra charge for the gas dryer option. With my trusty notebook in tow, I took down the specs of the pair and also the range and off we went.

We then proceeded to a handful of other appliance stores looking for this same laundry pair and the range (which I had already checked out on Consumer Reports and read a slew of reviews on), and to my surprise none of them compared to the prices at Bad Boy. Thus, Brent and I went for a coffee and discussed purchasing the three appliances that day, (they were going to hold them for us til May 15th, what more could we ask for?) and came to the conclusion that we would go back to Bad Boy and buy the appliances.

Back to the store we went and, after some superb negotiating skills by both Brent and myself (don't we make a stellar team?) we left the store the proud owners of a soon-to-be-delivered washer, dryer and range!

I'm so excited to cook with this beauty!

Who's better at finding deals than yours truly? Nooooooooobody!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

House Beautiful

I am SO excited. Brent and I went to Florida last week and while in the airport I picked up a copy of House Beautiful. I was ecstatic to find a home decor magazine that had lots of gorgeous pictures without a billion advertisements. Sadly, I've never seen this magazine in Canadian stores, so I subscribed today! 20 issues for $32...yes please!