Last year’s Yanksgiving was our second, and the last in our cramped narrow alleyway of a dining room in our rental. This year we did our best to cover up the in-reno dining room with its wallpaper torn walls (and walls still covered in nasty wallpaper) to make the space delightful for our yanksgiving festivities. Thankfully we had some help from Minted.
I can’t get enough of our “Happy Yanksgiving” banner and table runner. Those little extra touches really personalized the party. Plus I must admit, with report cards, renovations, and planning a party all happening at once, it was really nice to order decorations rather than try and find the time to make them. …actually let’s be honest, I wouldn’t have had time to make anything.
I was immediately drawn to the Fall Foliage line and must admit, it was the fun patterns and typography that totally sold me. Plus it’s just so perfectly autumnal and yanksgiving appropriate.
The table runner is my absolute fave. I loved being able to customize the wording and am so happy it has a light plastic coating so I could wipe it down and store it for use next year.
Fun fact: for the first time we had an actual ‘yank’ at our yanksgiving dinner and got quite the education! Turns out us Canadians are a tad ignorant on the term ‘yank/yankee’. You see, we all thought it applied to anyone from America, but our friend from Tennessee was quick to correct us and say it only applies to people in the north east, and that some people down south would get upset at being called a yank.
Interesting! but I’m sorry….I’m not changing the name of Yanksgiving.
Three cheers for good food, good fun and good friends! That’s what Yanksgiving is all about. That and an excuse to eat a second thanksgiving meal.
Who did you spend your thanksgiving with this year?
I was supplied decorations from Minted and was not financially compensated. All opinions are my own.
In honour of celebrating my birthday, this week’s Friday Five is all about glitter, candles and cakes!
I have no idea what’s in store for my 30th birthday celebrations this weekend as the mister took on the reins and planned the events. He’s a brave and very kind soul. Can’t wait!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.
See you Tuesday!
Today I turn 30, and I’m still figuring things out.
The general perception seems to be that by 30, you’re set. You’re overjoyed at how those hard years spent earning a degree are finally paying off, you’re enjoying your first home and spending time with your growing family.
At 30, I’m just figuring out who I am and what I need.
At 30 I have a degree, and while I am enjoying the benefits (figuratively and literally) from the result of all those hard years at school, in the end it’s not enough for me. I need to create and make to be fulfilled, and how I’ll go about that yet I do not know. But at 30, in a career I love but does not fulfill (politics are partially to be blamed), I’m heading toward a huge life change. It’s terrifying, and I feel like I’ve gone back 10 years. I’m 20, frustrated at taking courses for something I don’t care about and not knowing what I want to do with my life. That time I ran away to Japan. This time I want to run away to Europe but logistics are keeping me here. But at the very least, this time I know where I need to be. I’m just figuring out how to get there.
At 30 I’ve got the house thing down. *phew* at least that’s checked off the list.
At 30 I have no children and, while we know we do want kids one day, we’re not ready. To be perfectly honest I’m still too selfish to bring in another human being into this world. Or perhaps I’m just unselfish enough to know now isn’t a good time. I want to figure out who I am and what I need before bringing in a child to the mix, because doesn’t that child deserve to have a mother who has clear goals in mind and has all (or at least half) of her ducks lined up in a row so every ounce of spare time can be spent doting and adoring? I’m sure regardless of my life situation, every ounce of spare time would be spent doting and adoring, but right now it wouldn’t be enough, and I want as much time as possible.
At 30 I’m figuring out who I am and what I need. I have so much in my life already to be thankful for: an incredibly supportive and loving husband, a beautiful family, wonderful friends, and a place I call home. I am eternally grateful for what these 30 years have brought me to where I stand today. And I am truly looking forward to what the next few years of my life will bring, as I achieve what I want and become who I want to be – a creator and a maker, an entrepreneur, a home owner, a loving wife, a doting mother.
Today I turn 30. I’m excited to see what happens next.
Last week I shared this month’s theme with the fiesta movement, an awesome monthly challenge where agents make videos based on the month’s theme and bloggers share the fun. I couldn’t get enough of Megan Batoon’sdance video, and it inspired me to finally show you my other style side – hip hop.
Generally my style is pretty laid back and trendy – dresses with tights and boots, skinny jeans with gold ballet flats and a flowy pink top. You get the idea. But every once in a while my hip hop dancer side creeps out, and I can’t resist pulling up a hood up top and high tops down below.
Normally when I dance I swear XXL men’s sweats. I need that extra flexibility where skinny jeans just don’t cut it and, let’s be honest, it makes me feel more g. So my hip hop style outside of the dance studio is a little more close fitting and tailored, with just a bit of that edge.
Fun fact about my earring if you haven’t read this: the first time Ryan and I met was at the previous Vibestreet Dance studio for a mutual friend’s jewellery line photoshoot. I was modelling this earring (I can only wear one, long story) and he was the photographer. Little did he know then that he would continue to be my photographer for years to come.
Last year I was in the city’s only adult hip hop crew at Vibestreet Dance, where I have danced for the last 5-6 years. We rehearsed each week, performed throughout the year, and entered competition where we won high gold, one level under the highest recognition, diamond.
A couple of the above photos are me dancing in an empty parking lot, but that doesn’t really give you an idea of how I dance.
The mister took this video of us performing our winning piece at the year end show last June. Enjoy this glimpse into my other side! (if you can’t spot me, I’m nearly always on the right from the second song on).
In case you’re wondering, we practiced that dance so many times it is ingrained in my memory forever. And I got rid of those skin tight blue skinnies as soon as we stopped performing. Least comfortable and flattering things ever. The hoodie however, well I’m wearing it in the above photoshoot.
Hip hop style not your thing? Check out this video where Verena Mei and Tai Beauchamp wander through NYC to show you fall’s hottest style trends.
Do you dance? Have you danced? Or do you want to dance? I want to hear!
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This is a sponsored post and I was compensated for my participation.
The opinions expressed are my own.
Hey I'm Tan, and it's no secret I love anything pretty and fun (especially polka dots). Squirrelly Minds is where I create and curate lovely items to prettify your home, wardrobe, dinner plate, crafting table, and your next celebration.