The Other Day

I totally forgot to blog about this!!!! So at the end of summer, Daniel and I usually go on a weekend getaway, like to Niagara Falls or Montreal!

This year, we were thinking of going to Prince Edward County or Tobermory, but had no luck with finding an Airbnb or hotel for the dates that we wanted.

We still wanted to do something exciting during the Labour Day weekend though. As I was looking through our "❤️ LIST OF DATE IDEAS ❤️" on my phone, I realized that we still haven't checked out the zoo!!!

We've been meaning to go here all summer, but had to postpone it many times due to the weather or a scheduling conflict. I was so excited when we finally found a day that worked for the both of us!!!

We got really lucky and received complimentary admission tickets from the place we used to work at! This was also the place where we met each other for the first time!!! 😄

I visited the zoo four years ago with my best friend, Joy! Daniel couldn't recall if he has ever been, but I feel like he hasn't. He was literally in awe at everything he saw! So cute! 😄

It's always so much fun checking out tourist attractions with him because he gets so excited with his camera. 😄

My mom is totally convinced that we're meant for each other because we're both photo fanatics and a kid at heart. But honestly, the 12 year old me would've never thought she would meet a boy who loves taking photos, enjoys making tents in the bedroom and knows the words to High School Musical songs!!!!! ❤️😄

I came across this machine that converted nickels into souvenir coins! Since I got one from Casa Loma, I knew I had to get one here! Daniel judged me for getting one in the past, and judged me again for getting one here. GRRR!! 😢 I can't be the only one that thinks it's so cool looking?!?!

As we made our way around the zoo, we came across more machines that offered souvenir coins with different animals!!! Like are you kidding me.. I could've gotten something else besides pandas!!! Unfortunately, I had no more nickels to spare. But you already knowwww I would've been all up on that! 😄

Daniel shared a photo of the snake exhibit on his Snapchat story and one of his friends is convinced that they're fake. He took a similar photo a few years ago and they were in the exact same spot!! 😂

Since I've been to the zoo before, I had a mental list of which animals I wanted to see again! Below are a few of my favourites!!!

The panda exhibit was poppin'!!! It was so crowded that I couldn't even get close to the window. I just stuck my camera up in the air, clicked the button several times and prayed that I got something good out of it. 😂

I finally got a chance to see them up close when I viewed them from a fence on the side. It really did look like someone was wearing a panda costume because it didn't feel real witnessing them in action!

These peacocks were running around the zoo freely and kids were going crazy and chasing after them. Meanwhile, I was so scared to even go up this close for a photo. 😂

We totally underestimated how long it would take us to explore the whole place. We weren't able to see everything, but that's okay!!!

That only means we gotta come back another time together!!!!!! 😀

Someone's Pregnant!

I've mentioned a few months ago that I was busy making invitations for my sister's event. Those invites were actually for her baby shower! Yessss, you read that right. My sister isn't fat, she's PREGNANT guys!!!!!!!!

In just a couple of weeks, I'm going to be an AUNTIE!!!! I've been waiting for this announcement from her for so long. I even talked about it in a blog post four years ago about how much I wanted Ryan and her to give me a niece. I don't think my heart will be able to handle all of this cuteness!!!

I was so ecstatic when my sister told me that I could plan her baby shower for her! At the same time, I had no idea where to even start. Since I've never planned such a thing before, I had to call in a crew to help me out! I enlisted her hubby, Ryan, and two good friends, Ellie and Diana.

It took us two months to pull it all together, but it was so worth it to see my sister go speechless when she entered the room!

I made a small request on the invites and asked everyone to bring in a new (or well-loved) book, instead of a card, for the baby. With over 80 guests in attendance, the turnout was unbelievable!

I wish I had gotten more photos of the decor and people mingling and eating, but I got busy with hosting the games and making sure everyone was entertained. 😅

Speaking of games, I really wanted to include ones that everyone could play! I threw in the classics, like the Baby Bottle Drinking Race, Bingo, Guess the Number of Candies in the Baby Bottle, Guess the Size of the Mommy's Tummy and the Blindfolded Diaper Challenge!

I also introduced a new game, that I found through Pinterest, called, Tinkle in a Pot! People had to stuff a balloon under their shirt and squeeze a ping pong ball between their legs. The goal of the game was to wobble to a jar and be the first person to drop a ping pong ball in. The winner of the game discovered a loophole and jumped, instead of walked, to the finish line. We were all speechless!!! Like what the hell bruhhhhhh. 😂

I also wanted to have prizes that worked for all ages, so I knew gift cards were the way to go!

Since I couldn't participate in any of them, I encouraged Daniel to play and to try to win a three month Netflix subscription, an Uber ride and/or a Cineplex pass for me. I mean, us. The only thing this boy can win is my heart, but other than that, he won nuttin!!!!! GRRRrr!!

Besides bringing a book, I had also asked everyone to decorate wooden blocks, so that the baby could have her own alphabet set!

Although I didn't get to capture that many candid moments during the event, I made sure I took photos of people posing with my sister in front of the backdrop! The venue had beautiful large windows, which made it the perfect set-up for the photoshoot. Everyone was literally glowing!!! 😍

My sister bought these adorable succulents as favours for everyone. I was so tempted to take at least five of them with me, until my sister surprised me with my very own terrarium!!!!! If you've followed my blog for many years now, you would probably remember how I killed my cactus. You can rest assured that I have learned my lesson and won't be overwatering it again! 😄

I want to thank Ellie, Diana and Ryan for all of their help in planning this whole thing! I also want to acknowledge and thank my sister's friends who came in early to help us set up and my cousin, Linda, for supplying me with dolls for one of the games! This whole thing wouldn't have been successful without you guys!!!

It still feels so unreal to know that our family will be expanding. I really don't think you guys are ready for all of the blog posts featuring this kid! Just one more month to go!!!!!!! ✨

Apple of My Eye

Daniel and I went apple picking this past Friday and we couldn't have picked a better day to go! The apples were so ripe, there weren't that many people and the weather was amazing!!! ☀️

I actually didn't realize that Friday was the first day of autumn because it has been so hot these past few days! Given that it rained so much in Toronto this summer, this was definitely unexpected. I'm so excited to be able to extend my summer wardrobe until the end of this month! 😄

We decided to just fill up one bag of apples because we weren't sure how many we could consume before they went bad.

At one point, I thought that we would need a second bag because it was so hard trying to limit ourselves to only a few apples. There were so many firm ones with no bruises and they all looked hella juicy!!

There wasn't a variety of apples for us to choose from because it's still early in the harvest season. That's okay though, we're a big fan of honey crisp apples anyway!!! 😀

I think Daniel and I spent more time munching on them than actually gathering them. 😂

With so many apples in sight, he's still the apple of my eye! 🍎😍

Once we filled up our bag (We collected over 30 apples!) and had enough of the heat, we knew it was our cue to hop on the wagon and head to the exit. I couldn't leave the farm without getting their apple pie though!

On our way home, we stopped by Chatime for bubble tea and Ikea for dinner! Daniel and I decided to have a little fun and play credit card roulette. Guess whose card got chosen by the customer waiting behind us.. 😢

We spent the evening watching How to Get Away with Murder and enjoying the apple pie with vanilla ice cream!

Guys, did you notice my new blog header!!?!! 😄  I'm still in the experimental stage and drafting a bunch more, but this one is a top contender right now. I find it clean, modern and striking! I would love to know what you guys think though! ☺️