To Tub or Not to Tub? That is the question.

This past winter killed us. It killed our spirit, our will to continue living in Canada, it required me to research alternate places to live where coats were NOT allowed. My god, it made me SKI. Yes SKI. Kelly SKIED. Kelly wanted to learn to SKI. It was almost apocalyptic.

We spent a weekend in Collingwood SKIING ( I just had to mention it again ) with friends at a chalet and that was it. It had a hot tub and suddenly we realized what we must do. We must purchase a tub. It would allow us access to the outdoors at -30. It would allow us to enjoy the winter nights, and most importantly, it would be required après tobogganing. Our brilliant catch phrase that was concocted one stormy March night as we ventured to the local hill around 10PM. We’ve even planned the t-shirt production…but I digress. So it has been a number of months and a zillion conversation in which we exclaimed:

‘Of corse we need one! Let’s do it!
‘Holy shit hot tubs are expensive, let’s ditch that idea.’
‘Nope we need one, winters SUCK!’
‘Well…maybe we should save the money, put it against the mortgage?’
‘That’s a TERRIBLE idea, we need a tub!’

Troy and I are notorious for our lack of commitment to anything, we’ve established, aside from our relationship, and this purchase is big for us. Monumental really. I mean, I’ve been wanting to change my dining table for 10 YEARS but just can’t quite find the one I want, or rather, the one I want is too expensive so I do nothing. I can’t commit to one season of a TV show so I start 20 and never finish any. I can barely commit to bring my kids to birthday parties because I’m just not sure what I’ll be doing that day. We are going on vacation in a few weeks but have neglected to select a hotel because we just can’t seem to commit to a departure date. We are that ridiculous.

HOWEVER.

This is a big however, we can totally commit to the ludicrous ideas … no problem. Want to move to a town you know nothing about? Sure, it has a potato festival, seems right. Want to write a book series with no education on book writing, while you’re pregnant? You bet. Should we extend the house and put in a second bathroom, and perhaps live in something over 1200 square ft with 4 people and an 80 lb dog? Nope, let’s turn our shed into a bunkie that we can party in instead. Should we buy a european hot tub that we can carry on our bicycles? OF CORSE!

That is when Troy found the Dutch Tub. The most spectacular and fantastic item that everyone should own. I mean, look at this incredible beast. You light a fire to heat the water…a wood fire! You can take it on top of your fecking car, you can bike with it – I mean could there be anything more incredible then showing up at your friends house, and be like, oh wait, let me unload my hot tub, we’ll just place it right here and boom. Party in a driveway.

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And then we googled the images. Amazing.

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Just place it on your truck.

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Pile 20 kids in it. Boom.

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Take it to a bar of corse.

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Bike it around town. Naturally.

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Slap it on a raft and giver to your friends cottage. Yes.

We were ecstatic. Giggling like we had won the lottery. THIS was what we were going to buy. Sadly it was way over budget and the small problem of shipping to Canada was just not in the cards for us. So while we just bought a Canadian made tub yesterday, we sit with a mixture of excitement of our purchase and melancholy over our beloved Dutch Tub. You will be gone but not forgotten. Onwards and upwards to our next incredibly dumb idea! Should we sell everything and live on a boat? Hmmmmmm…

Winter Obsessions

This winter I think I’m totally becoming a dude, obsessing over lumberjack fabrics, wool, checks, and actually drinking beer on occasion – I know – WHOA. I’m even wearing socks! Yes for those who know me well, know I hate socks, but my lovely friend Beth gave me some checked Roots socks for Xmas and I’m totally smitten.

Setting me aside from true dudedom is that no, I’m not watching porn or hockey so I suppose I’m still me. And the one or two dudes who read this will probably say that these things are totally not dudeish as they don’t give a shit about home decor or fancy socks. Dave Chappelle once said – if I dude could pick up chicks in a cardboard box, he would live in a cardboard box. Regardless I thought I would do a fluff post on some of my new favorite things this winter. Stay warm!

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Super cute for a winter party.

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Suppose I can’t do this with kids in the hosue… HEY MOM WATCH ME SWING THIS THING!

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I love this paddle from Roots…Troy you reading this?

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Roots leather goods. Gorge. (Yes I’m quoting Barbie on Netflix)

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A hidden mini bar – perfect for Rye Guy AKA my husband…

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I wish I could have a wedding do over…

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Anything with +’s I love – whether it’s the swiss alps connection who knows, it’s amaze! (Yes I’m watching too much Barbie…)

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Can I live in this outfit everyday?

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Beer wall decals from fab.com.

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Completely useless but so quirky I think I need this.

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Just thought I’d pop this handsome fella in too. Hellooooo.

What the Etsy?

I have no idea why I googled this topic on Etsy, but I’m hilariously glad I did. And a little creeped out. So what’s do you get when you look up ‘strange’ on Etsy? A whole

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Skinny Sweats Love

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F this, I’m jumping into spring

I realize there is 5 feet of snow in my front yard. I realize it will take two months for it to melt (assuming it is 20 degrees each day). I realize that as I sit here in flip flops with my feet freezing but refusing to wear socks a moment longer that I might appear a wee bit re-dick. But I’m over winter and I’m jumping into spring anyways! I’ve compiled a few goodies that I love and will look forward to drooling over and fantasizing about as I cell phone spy software crack peer out my window covered in frost. These colorful beauts are the only bright spot to the bleak winter days we are ALL so ovvvvveeeerrrrrrrr. So blend up a iphone spy app summer cocktail today, wear a skirt, refuse the touque and enter my world of la-la land. (click the snap to find it online) Lime neon dress // freshlyhatched.ca If I had a wedding, a dance, a summer cocktail soiree that someone would please invite me to – this http://orderessayonlineon.com/ is what I’m wearing. aviators // freshlyhatched.ca These don’t even need sub text, how to write my assignment they are stunning. mjolk tray // freshlyhatched.ca LOVE this tray. What better way to serve cocktails on your back porch? Right, there is no better way. lumme bag // freshlyhatched.ca This bag doubles as a back pack and I love the black and white graphic gorgeousness of it. leif tray // freshlyhatched.ca Another amazing tray from Leif, apparently trays are the shit right now :) t-shirt // freshlyhatched.ca This is me, totally. I feel all boho, love to travel, see the world… but I hate leaving the house :) cell phone spy monitoring software bob // freshlyhatched.ca Perhaps a new cut for me this spring? I love this look. sfgirlbybay.com // freshlyhatched.ca This collage encompasses the beauty of spring pastels, and how to pop that beautiful color into your house. A little folded blanket, a pretty watercolour – so pretty. kicks // freshlyhatched.ca And just so everyone can hate me again, let’s talk about exercise! Seriously though, you don’t even need to sweat in these, they are pretty all on their own!