Tuesday, September 30, 2014

6.239 One Or The Other

Ever had those times when you're super glad that you are finishing up a product?

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It's like, YES! You finally hit pan, used up a candle, or finished some product that you've had for far too long. It makes you feel good that you're actually using your things and that you're not wasting money by having it just sit there.

But then there are products that make you feel sad when you reach the end of it. It's like, damn... now I have to go out and buy another replacement.

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I go through loads of body wash and shampoo and conditioner. I hate it when I reach the end, that's why I always stock up when they're on sale.

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One night I was going through my jewelry collection and was fascinated at how quickly jewelry can be "in" or out". I don't buy too much into trendy pieces but the ones I do have in my collection are from cheaper stores or brands like Forever 21, H&M, Expression etc. I have jewelry in my collection that were in trend a few years ago that I wouldn't wear today because it just looks "off". Personally, I find better investment in daintier and more classic pieces. Those are the ones that not only last a lifetime, but are the ones that I grab and wear the most.

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How many trees have you seen changing colour? This one can be seen from outside my window. Fall is here and I'm getting so excited.

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Sunday night I made two pastas, Carbonara (made it with the Mister) and Spaghettini with Oil and Garlic. I need to tweak the Spaghettini recipe though because it's too bland for my liking.

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Carbonara- thanks to Benji's recipe!

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Spaghettini with Oil and Garlic. I swear I should cook more.

"When the world says, 'Give up.' Hope whispers, 'Try it one more time.'" -Unknown

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

6.238 Nerves Are Shot

This week didn't start out so great for me. Yesterday (Monday) I felt like I was coming down with something. I think it had to do with the day before when the Mister and I went out for some pizza and got caught in the rain on a chilly night.

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We were starving by the time the Mister came to my house. I was craving some pizza after seeing a vlog of Judy and Benji eating some lol. I took some medicine last night though so I felt better today.

I've also been dealing with a mix-up on my order from Stevemadden.com. It's giving me a headache having to deal with the company's mistake which might have me out $67! They said they would reimburse the boots and let me keep them (no use to me as they are not my style nor my size) but I have yet to hear back about the taxes and duties I paid for the boots. *Fingers crossed* but I'm feeling a bit hopeless to be honest.

Anyway enough with my little rant of the day... let's talk about something else. On Saturday I did something a bit different. I had plans to go shopping with a coworker of mine. She loves shopping, I love shopping, so it seemed like a good idea to go shopping together #shopaholicsunite! Little did I know just how much she loved shopping. I mean, not to say anything negative, but I never knew what it was like to be on the other side where I'm not the one spending the most. I've never shopped with someone who could pick so many clothes in such a short amount of time and make a quick snap decision to purchase it. Although I admit I do tend to buy a lot overall, I can't grab a bunch of clothes and not take some time to justify or think about my purchases. I'm the type of person who is only comfortable buying a couple of pieces at most at one time. I guess what I'm trying to say is, I couldn't believe that someone actually beat me at shopping haha. We laughed about it too though, she just tells me that she can't help herself. I understand that feeling.

I just picked up a few things that day that I've been meaning to get (with the exception of the scarf).

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We first walked into The Gap because she wanted to buy some sweaters for work. I was just looking around and saw this gorgeous blue scarf on the scarf shelf. I didn't see any other one like it so I believe it was the last one in the store. It feels so soft, like cashmere! Luckily the whole store was having 30% off everything, so I scored this wonderful scarf for only $25. I am absolutely in love with it and I love love love the baby blue colour. Believe it or not, it's actually my first blue scarf!

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Okay, ignore the wrinkles in the shirt. The saleslady wrapped it up in tissue but I forgot to take it out of the bag the same day when I got home and I was too lazy to iron it before taking this picture. The Hudson Bay was having their F&F sale- 20% off everything, which isn't much but it's better than buying at the original price. I bought this same shirt in blue and pink that I showed you in my Fall Haulin' post. At the time I was contemplating on getting the white too but thought that if they ever had a sale it'd be better to get it then. I really love the feel and weight of the fabric; I don't have anything like it.

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Then I got these beautiful stud earrings by Marc by Marc Jacobs. I had been eyeing them a couple weeks before when I went with the Mister but they were $50 and I wanted to buy them on sale. I love simple jewelry like this because it's what ends up lasting the test of time.

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And last but not least... Dior's newest foundation, Diorskin Star foundation! I bought it from Shoppers Drug Mart because I had a 20x the points if I spent $50+. I got it in the shade 010 because I have the Diorskin Nude foundation in 020 that I find it a bit dark for me. I've read some really good reviews on it and I'm excited to try it. The other foundation I really wanted to get too was the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation. I'm waiting on the VIB sale to get that one.

And a little personal but my blog is a bit personal anyway. Lately the Mister and I have been having arguments (as any couple does), but the things we are arguing about is really pushing us to the edge. Both of our nerves are completely shot. I guess I'll just leave it at that.

"Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded." -Lady Gaga

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

6.237 July & August Products

Goodness... it's practically mid September and only now I'm able to put this post out #worstbloggerever. The months of July and August were too busy for me to do a separate post for each month- especially August since I went to Montreal. It was a bit tough trying to remember all the products I used but I think I got all of them.

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I picked up this duo, L'Oreal's Volume Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner from the L'Oreal sale back in April. After having used up my other shampoos and conditioners, I finally was able to use these. The bottles now have new packaging but I'm unsure if the formula itself has changed. Usually volume shampoos and conditioners don't really work for me. This duo, however, surprised me because it really did help with volume. It's not necessarily instant magic in a bottle, I still have to blow dry my hair upside down and do all the tricks to help volumize my hair. But, when I use this shampoo and conditioner in conjunction with those methods, I can see a difference as opposed to using any other ordinary shampoo and conditioner.

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Tsubaki Damage Care Treatment has been a favourite of mine for years now. It's a nice conditioning treatment to apply to your hair on a weekly basis. After shampooing I skip my ordinary conditioner and go straight to this treatment. I like to apply it mid-way down to the ends of my hair. It leaves my lightly scented, silky, and hydrated. A little TLC midweek is a must.

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I was shocked and excited when I finally found this shampoo and conditioner duo, Herbal Essence Smooth Collection, at Target. I saw an advertisement in a magazine months ago but could not find it in stores anywhere! This shampoo and conditioner is like taking a stroll down memory lane. I remember how Herbal Essence shampoos and conditioners used to smell, look, and feel like before they repackaged and revamped their whole entire collection. I loved the old school botanical Herbal Essence "Oh yes, oh yes!" And it really was an oh yes moment in the shower once I lathered and applied this duo in my hair once again. The bonus is that it's rose scented because that's just my favourite scent ever.

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I've been using up soap like crazy. Now I'm onto the Boutique Wild Fig and Pink Cedar. I love Boutique liquid soap because it isn't drying to the skin and they smell really good. Whenever I find these at Marshalls or Winners, I always make sure to stock up. In fact, I recently picked up Vanilla Blush and Peony and it smells divine in the bottle!

There are some things I buy that I never get the chance to share on my blog. This Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment was one of them. I first heard of this from Hollyannaeree in her Quick Hair Tip video. At first I used it like her, as a pre-treatment, which worked out great. But then I started using it as a hair oil on my towel dried hair which also worked well. It left my hair feeling nourished, moisturized, and silky. It is made with African Macadamia oil which drew me in because I love using macadamia oil for my hair. The product is more thin and oil-like than what I'm used to (the other hair oils I use have a thicker consistency). It claims that it doesn't leave your hair feeling greasy, which is true, but, it does have a tendency to look oily if you apply too much. Just be mindful of this- which isn't hard since the pump only dispenses a small amount. A little goes a long way which is why this oil is budget friendly.

Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ is my most favourite sunscreen to use. I like sunscreens in lotion form as opposed to cream because it doesn't feel as thick and heavy and it's so much easier to apply and spread. I like this sunscreen because it doesn't smell like your typical sunscreen lotion and it has a high SPF. I tried Neutrogena's, which I liked, but it's not available year round so that's unfortunate. I also tried Shiseido's Japanese sunscreen UV 50PA+++ which I liked, but I found it a little too watery and oily feeling.

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Tah dah! These Ray Ban Aviator Flash Lenses Sunglasses is another item I never got the time to show you guys. I actually got these at the end of summer (how unfortunate, but there's always next year!). The reason why I got them so late was because I got a really good deal on them! I was never into the aviator look but the Mister insisted that I looked good in them, plus he's totally obsessed with aviator styled sunglasses (specifically Ray Ban).

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The green flash lens was all me, well, to be fair Claire Marshall had an influence on me hehe. Summer just isn't Summer without colourful mirrored sunglasses, right?!

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From left to right: YSL Volupte Sheer Candy #3 "Juicy Grapefruit", YSL Volupte Sheer Candy #4 "Succulent Pomegranate", YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #13 "Pink in Paris", Fresh Sugar "Tulip", and MAC "All Fired Up".
I brought all of these (and a couple more not shown) to Montreal with me. I also found myself reaching for them prior to that in July as well. I found myself more drawn to pink than coral this summer. I didn't do swatches because I took pictures at night and didn't have access to good lighting. If you still want them just let me know in the comments.

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The only eye palette brought on my Montreal trip was my Itsjudytime Eyeshadow Palette. I didn't have a chance to really play with it prior to my trip, but I knew that if Judy made it, then it should be a good palette to bring along with me. I also liked it because it was super slim and had 10 colours to choose from which made it super travel friendly. I only ended up using the first 5 top neutral shades. They applied smooth and were nice and pigmented.

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My love, my Diorskin Nude Compact in #20 Light Beige. Long time readers would remember how much I loved the discontinued loose powder version of this compact. I think I went through 3 of those. This is still a lovely compact to use and does give a similar look and feel of my beloved loose powder form. It gives a natural finish and glow with light-medium coverage.

These two MAC blushes, "Pink Swoon" and "Peaches" were the blushes I went to this Summer. Some days I felt for the pink blush, other days I felt for a peachier look. These two are perfection because there's no second guessing if it's a pink or orange. They are what they are, no questions asked. They also contain no shimmer which is great if you want a more natural look or if you don't want the extra pizazz.

And my beloved discontinued Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine Bronzer in #002 "Honey Matte". I have a couple more other bronzers, a Nars and discontinued MakeUpForever, but this Dior one is my favourite. It's just the right balance of colour, not ashy yet not too orange or brown, just perfection. I also love how it's super matte which makes it great for contouring. I haven't bought a bronzer in a long time and I'm contemplating on whether I should.

September is going by fast. Hopefully I'll be better at posting with that month than I was for this post. Truthfully I have more products I wanted to show in this post but I excluded them because I haven't done my Montreal post yet. I can mention though that I became completely obsessed with coffee (I now can drink it with just milk and sugar!) and I like tea! Well, Chrysanthemum at least so far. And that's all I'll say until I get going on those posts...

"When you make a decision to do something, make the decision to do it well." -Unknown

Sunday, September 14, 2014

6.236 Fall Haulin'

The weather got a lot colder these last few days. It feels like Autumn. Now the leaves only need to change colour and fall to make it look officially like Autumn. For today's post I wanted to share a few things I picked up for Fall and other random tid bits.

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During the Labour Day long weekend, I walked into Bath and Body Works to take a glimpse at what new things they had in store *not that I needed more candles*... But, I couldn't resist because they were having a sale on their 3-wick candles (2 for $25.50), and it didn't help that I finally found a floral scented candle, Autumn Mums, that I fell completely in love with. I'm not sure if I haven't come in at the right time or season but I haven't come across many floral scented candles by Bath and Body Works. Most that I've seen and smelled are food based or something related to food. I'm not even a fan of those heavy caramel scented candles anymore. I used to have the Toffee Crunch 3-wick candles and I totally got sick of how strong they were. Food candles are not really my thing unless they smell super light.

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When I got to cash and the cashier was super helpful by telling me that they just got a coupon in for that day. If I spent $50 I can get $20 off! So basically if I got two more candles I would hit the $50 mark and the four candles altogether would have been only $30- that's $7.50 for each 3-wick candle!! This is the best price I've ever bought the 3-wicks for. What a total steal. I grabbed Autumn and Flannel as my other two choices. Autumn smells clean and Flannel is more of a masculine scent. I will forever be grateful to that cashier *thank you!*

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I also managed to find this beautiful candle holder which was a relief because I've been on the hunt for a nice one I liked but never found one until now.

This cosmetic holder was from Marshalls. I like how it has larger compartments so that I can store some of my powders and compacts out on my vanity, and smaller slots to hold some of my lip products (which temporarily holds samples I need to use up).

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Speaking of lip products, I got another YSL Volupte Sheer Candy lippie because I needed to buy over x amount to use a promo code I found for a free deluxe sample set of Elizabeth and James perfume. I already had a sample of the Nirvana black perfume but not the white- I hear they pair really well together.

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I was fine with getting the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy though because it's one of the new shades recently released that I've been eager to get. I've been trying to hold off on Sephora purchases in anticipation for the VIB sale in November. The lip balm is in the colour "Rose Candy" and has instantly become my top favourite Volupte Sheer Candy out of all the ones I own.

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It's a beautiful light pink on the lips, very natural, no shimmers, perfect for daywear. Of course, as with all the Volupte Sheer Candys, it's moisturizing and feels light and a little slick on the lips.

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This mug tree was something I wanted to buy the previous week with the Mister but the store, Bed Bath and Beyond, was sold out of it. The place is huge, and honestly, I could probably spend a whole day in there fascinated with all the new things I discover. Thankfully the mug tree was in stock again when I went back with my cousin on a recent outing to catch up on life. The mug tree makes my mugs more accessible so that they're not tucked away and not used.

These two shirts are by Vero Moda and I fell completely in love with the blue one. I don't have much colour in my wardrobe and so I told myself that I can't buy any more black and white shirts since I have so many already. I need colour! And, you guys know me, I loved the fabric and cut of the shirt so much that I ended up getting it in pink one too.

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This pink knit sweater is also from Vero Moda. I love wearing knit sweaters for fall, especially ones that hang a little lower in the back.

And last but not least, I stumbled upon this Rachel Roy bat sleeved knit sweater for 30% off. Generally bat sleeved tops don't work on me because they make me look wide since I'm not thin- people try to convince me that I'm thin... but I'm not, I just look that way because I'm petite. Just saying it as it is. But this top actually works out for me! It also totally helped that my cousin convinced me that I looked great in it.

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On another note, the Mister gifted me with this card, rose, and Doc gnome for our 1.5 years. Silly me didn't even realize it has been 1.5 years already. I was surprised when I saw Doc because I mentioned once how he was my favourite when we saw the Cinderella dwarves gnomes at Walmart. I also said that I would purchase him in a heartbeat if I had my own house and garden. Little did I know he was taking note.

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And on the topic of gardening, I totally neglected my garden this year- evident by the lack of veggies harvested. Working afternoon to nighttime really doesn't give me any time to garden =( Hopefully when I leave my job in Spring I'll be able to get right back into it!

"If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own." -Paulo Coelho

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

6.235 CNE 2014

Why hello there. Sorry it's been a while since my last post. The game Dead Island has kind of been taking over my free time hehe. That and work was a little busy last week but this week seems like there's no work yet again. I realize it's been a month since I went on my vacation to Montreal (wow, time flies fast) but I haven't found the time to go through my photos yet. I took about 1800 pictures but most are duplicates because I like to take different angles and multiple shots just in case the first photo didn't turn out right. As you can probably guess, it's going to take a long time to go through it all... plus I want to look at them with the Mister, which can only happen on the weekends. So, Montreal posts will be super delayed, but you will see them eventually... this year :P

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Today I wanted to continue sharing what I've been up to. The weekend after coming back to Toronto, the Mister and I went to the Canadian National Exhibition, a place I make a point to go to every year. Overall there seemed to be less stuff and hype this year. It wasn't as entertaining as other years, but, I found the acrobatic show this year more amazing than last year. Because it wasn't as interesting, I only ended up going once. Last year I went 3x!! Imagine that.

See my trip from previous years: 20112012, 2013

We didn't eat anything before we left so as soon as we got on the grounds we hit the Food Building.

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We hit up 4 places. I don't recall seeing Pull'd during previous years but the Mister and I were excited to try some delicious pulled pork! Since we wanted to eat a variety of foods, we decided to just get a side of pulled pork instead of a full meal which would have included a bun plus side dishes. Then of course we got a baked potato (Bacon Nation) from Baked n Loaded, the Colossal Onion (a must), and Taro Bubble Tea from Freshly Squeezed (my favourite!). It was quite a meal, yummers.

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Then on our way to the Direct Energy Building to take a glimpse at the Sand Sculptures, we saw a Busker show. He was funny but the act itself wasn't as entertaining as other ones I've seen in the past. It felt dragged out until he finally spun the plates at the end which was what we were all waiting for.

It always amazes me how people can sculpt things out of sand. The bottom two pictures are one sculpture; a woman on one side, a man on the other.

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My favourite sand sculpture wasn't in the competition. It was just a sand sculpture on its own right. Star Wars ftw! It wasn't finished when I saw it so I wonder how Darth Vader's side ended up looking like.

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I also grabbed some cotton candy from inside the building but forgot to take a picture so you can look at this one instead.

After viewing the sand sculptures it was time to head into the Ricoh Coliseum for the Acrobatic Show! This time we headed in half an hour early so we got better seats.
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The show was spectacular given that the price to see it is already included in the admission ticket. My favourite parts included the guy who did the laser light show- not sure how he did it because I was mind blown, and I also really liked the jelly fish! They really looked like real jelly fish floating around! The set was exceptionally beautiful.

Unfortunately that was the only show we got to see. We missed the dog show because we came too late =(

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After the show was over we headed towards the International Pavilion, but not before we walked through the Pop Culture: Let Your Fandom Fly exhibit! I always enjoy the exhibits that are held in this area every year.

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I don't watch Game of Thrones but for any fans out there, there you go! There was a lot of Star Wars and a gigantic Optimus Prime and Bumblebee!

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The International Pavilion was really lacking this year. I didn't see many vendors from previous years and there were less variety of countries present. I mostly saw Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. There wasn't even Japan present this time and I don't recall seeing Korea either and other African countries I remember seeing last year.

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I only ended up buying a night light (not that I need one) from this Turkey stall. I really like the sun and moon, plus the light looked so pretty because it glimmers like tiny stars (you can kind of see it in the picture). I only turn this on when the Mister and I are watching a movie in my room. I don't like watching in complete darkness and sometimes it's more nice to watch with a dimmer light on.

Then we headed to the Warehouse Sales- which also wasn't as interesting as last year's.
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I didn't find any dvds this year nor was I interested in looking at the cheap clothing they were selling. The cosmetics sale wasn't as good as previous years either but I did manage to score on some Revlon eyeliners- 3 for $10! The OPI nail polish is for some reason showing a bronzy colour but it's actually a deep purple. And the toothpaste was fairly cheap and I needed to pick up some lol.

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Then we got a little hungry after a few hours of browsing around so we headed outside for some corn on the cob, Tiny Tom donuts, and slushie =) I like the cherry and blue raspberry flavours.

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They changed up the Marketplace to have the same structure as the International Pavilion and Stitches, Bowring, First Aid, and DVDs were also relocated to the Warehouse sales area. The changes totally makes sense, not sure why they didn't do it sooner.

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The only stall that was of interest, and frankly the only interesting stall out of the whole CNE, was this one located in the Marketplace. It was by chance we came upon this stall so I was very pleased when we found it.

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They had so many cute items for sale! Apparently they used to have a shop in Toronto but it closed down unfortunately. The mug was $5, the handmade honey dipper was $2, the cute intricate spoon was also $2 and so was the biscuit coaster! Cheap! Now I wish I got more spoons because they had other ones available. I thought the biscuit coaster would be cute on my nightstand since I keep a coaster there for drinks.

Then we saw this interesting transit concept. I'm all in for a subway system expansion! Come to think of it, this concept Subway car looks a lot like the new TTC streetcars.

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Then we rode the Skyride. It's nice because you get to go on a ride and you don't have to walk all the way to the other side to get to the Farm and other places.

There was the typical animals there and a cool butter sculpture of Gandalf! I took a picture of it but the light reflecting off the glass ruined it.
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The one thing I had been waiting all year to buy from CNE was the honeycomb from the Ontario Honey farmers.

This is my first time having comb honey. I tried a bit with the Mister and it was super rich! Nothing like what you get out of a jar. The only turn off for me was the wax itself. I'm not used to chewing on wax so I'm one of those people who like to spit it out. I haven't tried spreading it on toast yet, but I'm not sure I'd be a fan of that. I like eating honey with strawberries so maybe I'll try that instead.

Leave it up to me to make a super long post. I have too much to say haha. Until we meet again CNE!

"I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone." -Robin Williams (as Lance Clayton in World’s Greatest Dad movie)