And, so. Off we go.

Well, everyone. I haven’t quite got myself organized enough to merge this blog with my website blog yet, and I’ve been watching and there are people out there who are still viewing! So. I thought, if that was the case I better write one more post as we jet set off to Brazil tomorrow.

Also, I am 30 now.


Yes. I said it. admitted it even.

So, that is all we will say about that topic. This week was spent finishing up my seasonal job and running around getting hair done, nails done everything did. (Thanks, Drake) Last night we had dinner with some dear friends, as our wedding venue Caju is closing after 10 years in business. It was amazing food and service as always, and we are truly sad to see them closing their doors, but excited to see what they do next!

So, what a load of thoughts running through my mind right now. We watched an episode of The Layover, with Anthony Bourdain ( click Here ) and it somehow made me feel a bit less terrified of G’s city. It also was one of the things that made me realize that this is a huge and incredible experience and being scared of things I don’t know, or a lifestyle I know nothing about is kindof a bit silly. Isn’t it?

We fear things we don’t know, and I am afraid of a lot of things. I imagined myself to be a lot more wound up and stressed out, anxious and all of the other things I usually exhibit when I am freaking out. But, truth be told, this over-organizer leaves in 24 hours and doesn’t have her luggage fully ready yet.

This is crazy, because if any of you now the real me, I would typically be packed and organized and outfits planned, everything done weeks ago. But, I feel like I have almost surrendered a bit to myself, and realized that kind of over planning does tend to get a bit exhausting after so many years. It also helps that I married the King of Laid-back personalities.

So, as I get ready to go get a mani-pedi, and look outside to see snow in Toronto and the high winds that woke me up this morning, I can’t help but laugh at how crazy it is that a small town girl from Truro, NS married a Brazilian, and now is my time to be shocked shitless by a culture that I’ve only grown to be part of but now I’m jumping into feet first. Who’da thunk it? And, also to be for the first time ever, in another country for Christmas, without snow and bundling up, winter coats and scarves. To be digging to the back of my closet for my summer dresses, and buying 85 proof sunblock in December.

I’ll be sure to take lots of photos and see lots of things and above all, eat everything I can possibly eat. Oh, and I may bring back a tattoo or so :)

Happy Holidays!!!!!




Hi everyone,

December 1st……really????


Yes, really. So, this means my, ahem, big birthday is coming, and there is nothing I can do to stop it, no? Shit. Well, let’s just say my 30 before 30 didn’t happen. But, I did open my own business, and I dont think that was on the list but clearly it is a big thing. Take that list I made myself!

Anyway,  I know I haven’t blogged in a zillion years, and things really have been a tad bit cray cray~ not gonna lie. But, my website is done, and I will have a new blog at blush and bloom coming very soon. I will be closing this blog down, as I know there is no way to possibly keep up two blogs. Really? Like, would you be able to do that?

So, anyway, please feel free to check out the rest of my website, and know that there will be small changes to it as time passes.

Thanks for reading everyone!!!!



Remembering and Blush and Bloom.

Hi everyone.

first off, it is Remembrance Day. I always make sure to take time and remember all of the ways in which we are able to live the way we do because of our grandparents, parents and soldiers of todays’ sacrifices. I feel like this is so important, and without them we would be living completely different lives than the ones we live today. I can’t possibly imagine the things and situations they had to witness and endure in order for us to be here today, and for those things I am forever grateful.

In other things, most of you who know me know I am in the midst of starting my own floral studio. After many years of humming and hawing, and being scared I came to a place in my life where I need to force myself to do it. Chase what I’ve always wanted and to try my best not to be scared. And, to lie and say ‘m not scared would be just that. Lying. So, I am scared…but I need to tell myself that being scared can be exciting, and it can most certainly be okay. I know the hard work I’m facing,and I have never beenmore ready to dive in, feet first and create something that is truly mine.


I have been so fortunate in the process so far with the help I have received from friends,family,husband and brother-in-law. The support and kind words these people have been giving me is one of the things that makes me believe that I CAN DO THIS. I hope I have always given them and continue to give them the same support when they need it from me in the past, and years to come.

With that being said, Blush and Bloom is going to be my baby. My project. My passion, and my life.  As this happens, this little blog will eventually be no longer and I will blog over on about pretty flowers and lovely things. ( I’m not linking to the page as it is still being built, but should be ready in the next week or so!)

I hope you’ll all be along for the ride, and I look forward to my new steps and growing my new little seed. If you need to find more about me, and Blush and Bloom Flower Studio you can follow/find here:

Facebook/ Pinterest/Twitter/ Instagram



Come one, come all!

Hi everyone!

For those of you in the Toronto area, (or close to it)  I just wanted to let you know that I am taking part in a Christmas Craft Sale this November, and I would love to see you there! It is taking place at the Emmanuel Howard Park United Church on November 24th, from 10-6pm.

I will have my own table with some pretty Christmas arrangements with fresh greens and florals, and I will have a few fresh wreaths. I have been making some yummy homemade cocoa and hot drinks in jars for cute Christmas gifts, too! Please come and see me if you’re in the neighbourhood and want to check out some great vendors!


Have you started planning any gifts for Christmas yet?

Happy Wednesday!

artist love.

hi everyone,

while poking around on the internets i just came across this amazing artist from the UK, via the lovely deer little fawn blog. Liz Clements seriously just blew my mind with these amazing portraits and illustrations. I may have to order a print for our house very soon.





Please please, PUH- LEASE visit her website and admire her stunning work here.

enjoy your friday, kittens!!!!!!


hi everyone!

Well, it’s fall here in canada, no? Like, holy hellion. serious fall colours are going down out there.

anywho….lots of changes and stuffs going on over here in my world right now. i am currently unemployed with plans in the making of my own, which makes for periods of down time along with periods of so many ideas my brain starts to feel like it’s too full. (it isn’t, just sayin’)

right this very minute i am baking cookies, because i want to and i can. i can’t stop listening to these songs i will share with you. like, non stop.

other than keeping busy doing the things i’m not revealing just yet, i am enjoying the insanely glorious fall colours we are having. isn’t canadian fall the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? and, plus, it’s pumpkin season.

so, i will also share with you some photos vinnie and i took (well, let’s be honest, he took them) in High Park yesterday. I met a new friend named Simon who was really hyper and agreed to have his photo taken…but he didn’t agree to come home with me. (i think he really wanted to, but just didn’t want to make his dad feel bad)

enjoy your week, friends and i promise i will bring everyone up to speed with my life real real soon.

oh yeah, i’m going to eat cookies. the joys of being unemployed.

giving thanks. thanks giving.

hi there readers.

are there more of you? my stats as of late are looking pretty sweeeeeet. (unless i just have a lot of creepers) Okay. so. it´s thanksgiving weekend. well, for us canadians it is. do you know what that means to a gal??

pumpkin pie.


giving thanks.

so, i will be doing just that. same place as last year, with my ¨canadian – brazilan¨ family in kitchener. we will eat, drink and be merry. (and drink) and, most importantly be thankful for our families, good fortune, the food we eat, a place to call home and our amazing friends. and, because i can´t be with my blood legit family (mom, dad, sisters) being with my sweet sweet man and some crazy brazilians is going to be just perfect.

plus, there will be pie.

so, anyway. i´m sure most of us don´t really take the time to recognise through the year just how thankful we should be ~ i´m telling you, even though things have been a bit crazy and a lot confusing lately, i sure know i have so much to be thankful for. i am trying to let the ones out there who are part of the thankful-ness know a bit more, because they truly make me a pretty lucky gal.

so, that being said, whatever it is that you all get up to (canadians will be eating, drinking and thank-ing) please remember to give a big squeeze to the ones who helped contribute to who you are, and note the things that you have to be thankful for.

and, please eat lots of pie. are there any people out there who don´t like pumpkin pie? If so, i am sorry for your loss of tastebuds. because, pumpkin anything pretty much makes me thankful for life. and, i carved and hollowed and foamed like 30 pumpkins in the last two days, and made about 20 pumpkin floral arrangements. and i still love them even after that.


Happy thanksgiving and weekend to all, and to all a good night.

moss garffiti = amazheballs.

Why hello there, ya´ll!

I´m sorry i´ve been  o MIA as of late ( is this is beginning to sound a bit too familiar ??). There are a lot of big changes happening around these parts and things are pretty chaotic. ( Also, it seems way too often that I type this)

So, anyway….I´m taking some time while my boys are out watching  futeball  soccer to peruse the internets. Luckily so, as I just came across one of , if not THE coolest thing I have ever laid my eyes upon.

MOSS FLIPPIN´ GRAFFITI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????

so, I am currently holding every ounce of my self back from running to the kitchen to bust out my blender and whip up a good ol´ batch of moss to grow and paint in pretty font onto some kind of surface. Every surface. Walls. Ceilings. Everything.

So, I saw this first on Pinterest, and then I followed up here to find out the mastermind behind this genius idea. The directions I  found here , a very cool website to check out, if you don´t already know it!

So, I haven´t tried this super turbo amazing project as of yet, but let me tell you all something: the minute I get some time, along with some buttermilk, moss and a paintbrush~ believe you me I am paintin´ me up some moss graffiti. No jokes.

Okay, so I hope you all love this as much as I do, and in the meantime I also hope you have a great Wednesday night. I have had entirely way too much cool for tonight, so I am off to bed.

See you on the flipside, homies.

pretty shiny sparkly.

hi everyone!

i just wanted to drop a line and give a shout out to ma huzband G.

One year ago today I woke up (sick with a cold and sad after an awful week)  and to a strange teddy bear with glasses dressed in a tuxedo sitting on my dresser.  I was confused and pissed that someone perhaps broke into our apartment and left a bear there~ who does that????

then, as i gathered myself and took a closer look I saw it. Sitting in its´ signature box, on the strange bears´ lap.
my very own Kate Szabone ring.   G then asked me to press the bear´s foot, and out comes a voice-recorded Brazilian accent asking me to marry him.

One year ago today. And, shortly after this day in August 2011 we headed down to City Hall and got the darn thing done. (That´s a whole different day  we will celebrate a year passing!)

So, to my husband: Thanks for buying me the most perfect, beautiful, amazingly-lovely,  pretty shiny sparkly in all the land and for asking me to get hitched. You´re pretty gosh darn great, Mister De Oliveira.

That being said : I wish you all a happy Tuesday night, and another shout out to my bestie Melissa who had an amazing birthday yesterday. you my girl. xo