13 August 2014

[digiscrap: 2013 Pages.]

It's been a while, no?

BUSY BUSY BUSY.

But ... I'll be posting a few of last year's digiscrap pages, over the next few days.  Why?  Because I'm starting 2014 LOL.

Enjoy!















Have a great one!


09 July 2014

[fave things: Spring 2014.]

I've been pretty "serious" as of late.  Heavy topics, deep thoughts.  But hey - I'm just a girl.  And I have a few new favourite things.

Ok.  That's not quite tru.  I have a LOT of new favourite things.  Where do I even start?

First up -


Younique's 3D Fiber Lashes

Oh boy, oh boy.  I'm actually having a GIVE AWAY on my RedHanded Photography Facebook Page - and I'm giving away ONE of these!!  This mascara is reeee-dic-you-lous.  I have never, ever had lashes like this.  Click the above link to join the group and potentially WIN one - but make sure you don't miss out - and order yours.  Seriously - you WILL NOT regret it.  


Clarisonic Mia 2

My friend told me about this product - and raved about how quickly her skin changed by using it.  I don't have bad skin - but I'd like to keep it that way ... so I invested in this - and I LOVE IT.  I've only been using it for a week - and would HIGHLY recommend it.



I have to change up my skin care often ... my skin gets used to things, and products stop working.  This is my latest LOVE.  SPF 30.  And it's just lovely ... 


The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer from Tarte

So, I pretty much have zero cheekbones.  And I'm fascinated by the idea of contouring with make-up (a la Kim Kardashion ... although, she looks just a tad too - um- over-contoured to me).  I found this product and I LOVE it.  Really really.  


Levi's Light Wash Curvy Skinny Denim

I can't find the perfect pic of these ... but I am loving summer-ish-light-beachy-jeans.  Yes - it goes right along with my obsession with all things beach-y.  So that's perfect *grin*.  


Love Never Felt So Good

THIS song is my summer anthem.  I don't care if I dance like a crazy-woman every time it comes on. It's just a fun-summer-smiling kinda tune written by Michael Jackson and Paul Anka about 30 years ago ...



I have these constantly in my freezer.  They are gluten-free, sugar-free and the most AMAZING things ever.  They satisfy my chocolate cravings, my sweet-tooth craving ... yup.  So good.  Click the above link to my "Make" website for the recipe.  

OK.

That's enough.

Now ... I have something really serious I wanna talk about.

Tomorrow.  *grin*

Have a great one!



10 June 2014

[talk: Year End Piano Recital.]

I taught piano for 15 years.  I ran a studio with over 40 students ... and the year-end recital was a BIG undertaking.  Renting a hall, organizing food, arranging programs and awards ... It was nerve-wracking for most of my students, a goal for the end of the year.  I ran a tight ship, with strict expectations.

We have chosen to have our boys educated by our family friend, who ran an equally large studio a few years back.  She is exceptionally qualified, but as has since downsized from the years of 40+ students.  I'm grateful that she's taken my boys in, when she probably could downsize even more.

Her recital is held where the boys have their weekly lessons - completely non intimidating.  Very casual, but still with an understanding of excellence.


Both Josiah and Mattias were prepared to play two pieces, and both sets of grandparents were there to cheer them on.


And so was Auntie Bonnie *smile*.




Mattias and his best buddy, Eston.  These two shall never sit together before a performance again LOL.  Boy, they get each other hyper LOL ... 



Both boys performed well ... 



And Katia remembered to be quiet.  most of the time.


Karen then spoke over each student in her studio - she gave affirming words over their hard work and accomplishments.



Then, two awards were handed out.  The first - "Most Improved", to which Josiah was the recipient. He was BURSTING ... in fact, he slept with the trophy last night.



The second award was "Student of the Year", to which Mattias was awarded the honour.  He completed a grade2 exam in January and will be completing his grade3 exam this week.  Two grades in one year is a BIG accomplishment - and he has sights on doing the same next year with grade4 and 5.  We'll see how that goes *grin*.



And even though I have three music degrees, with two specializing on teaching, my secret weapon is my mom.  She's an RCM examiner and loves spending time with each boy on their music studies.  They listen to her, and I am so grateful that she helps me with this.  It means less arguing with my boys for me, and more quality time for her with her grandchildren.  It's a BIG win-win for us both!




And Katia?  She was just excited for the treats.



I wanted a photo with the grandparents and grandkids ... so glad I they let me get this.  I LOVE these images.



SO ... Tias' exam is on Friday - then one more lesson to chose next year's repertoire then - SUMMER!  Phewf ... another year done!

Have a great one!