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!!!!!




M.I.A but happy holidays!

hey everyone. i have been so not a blogger as of late. everytime i go to write a post i just feel like not completing it for some reason.

anywho, this week i have celebrated my 29th (eeeek!) birthday,and  my mama had her birthday yesterday. also, we had our funny little 2 year anniversary (since our first date) this month. so that’s been fun. today we are off to kitchener to celebrate christmas with our brazilian friends and their family who are visiting from sao paulo. i am so excited to see the kids open presents~ this is their first christmas in canada!  i wish (as much as i hate, hate, HATE to say this) that we ‘got a little bit of snow for them to be able to play in, so that this first one could be all the more special to them. otherwise i have no desire to see the  shit ever again. just for the kids.

after we spend the night in kitchener we decided to go to niagra falls for a few nights to celebrate our first christmas as de Oliveiras. it was g’s idea, as we didn’t leave toronto and  take any time off after the wedding. so we have  a nice room to stay in and we will just hang out, drink wine and enjoy the frozen falls from the canadian side. might even pop by Hart and Huntington and get a little ink…. ! maybe, maybe not. i’ll keep you posted.

it’s really kindof strange for me to not be going home to Scotia for the Holidays, and i will be really missing my family this weekend. sometimes i think about how g and his family have been apart for so long (he has only been back to Brazil once since he came to Canada) and i know they miss him and find the holidays pretty tough, too. hopefully we will get to see them in the New Year, and i can meet all of the amazing family in Sao Paulo. i am really excited that this is our 1st christmas as Mr. and Mrs, so i will make sure to document our lil’ vacation and post sometime soon.

happy happy holidays to everyone~i miss all of those i won’t be visiting this year, so a big hug,and  best wishes to you and yours’ for the New Year!

                                                                                        last christmas at citadel hill in hali



welcome to canada!

hey chickens. hope everyone had an amazing weekend! we had a bit of an odd weather weekend, but i guess that is what canada is all about, no?

(i guess that should’ve been an “eh?” to make it more cheesy)

anyways, after the crazy week, or 2 weeks of thunder and lightening storms, we got to enjoy a sweet ass glorious day yesterday.

gabe and i headed to kitchener, ON saturday night to spend the night with some of gabriel’s oldest friends who have just moved here from his city, Sao Paulo!

YAY! i got a chance to meet both flavia and alex before on many occasions while they have been back and forth to canada in the process of their moving here, but i was really, really, most ever so really excited to meet their 2 kids olivia and miguel.

who, by the way, were more adorable than i could have imagined. neither of the 2 kids speak any english, so it was really sad for me to want to play with them but also knowing they had a really huge week this week, and they were still pretty confused as to why i was talking funny!

this is my excuse to polish up my portuguese :)

anyways, the new-to-canada brazilians have an amazing home, yard, and kids and a whole new life here in canada.

i couldn’t be more happy for them to be here!!!!

here are a few instagram pics from our weekend.




we had a really great time, and i am so glad we got to spend the weekend with them !

enjoy your monday, and cross your fingers for me that my banana cashew coffee muffins don’t end up tasting like a bag of dog doo.