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Friday, August 18, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 8.18.17

Happy Friday everyone!  I have once again been dropping the blogging ball, I just haven't been feeling it, and have been pretty tired and decently busy.  Maryland is the same, horrifically hot and humid and random downpours every couple days.  It's nice to be back with Josh and Smudge and Nicole and the baby and the crew, but I must say I'm missing Saskatchewan and Florida! It was so great to see everyone! I still haven't blogged about my trip, or anything else for that manor but that will come.  Everyone have an awesome weekend, mine is going to be jam packed, with some visitors and lots of events!


The day after I got back from Florida, we went into DC for Andy's birthday party.  Andy is my Peru BFF, Jule's husband.  We had a great time with great friends and some great food!


There is this awesome little sushi place in Prince Fredrick, a short drive from here.  It is called Nagoya and really is an awesome little gem.  Josh and I have made it a regular spot when we are out that way.


I took myself out to the Purse State Park area last week to search for fossilized shark teeth and enjoy some nature.  I went to a different area and found a ton of teeth and an even prettier beach.  


Last week was International Cat Day, so here is a picture of my little princess, being very lady-like!


Josh and I drove our friend Wilbur to the airport last weekend and stopped into Alexandria for lunch and some wandering.  We went to Don Taco for lunch, one of the best Mexican places ever and I even got real Ceviche and Churros with chocolate sauce, some of my Peruvian favorites.


I got my first Fab Fit Fun box yesterday.  It is awesome and considering I got it for $20 off, I couldn't be more impressed.  It is very similar to my mom's and I wish I could keep getting it!


I got these gorgeous sunflowers at the Farmer's Market on the weekend.  They make me think of fall, which I'm not rushing, but man, the 90's and 100% humidity are getting old!


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Friday, August 4, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 8.4.17

Happy Friday everyone, and long time no talk!  I was super busy in Saskatchewan, not to mention my phone decided to completely stop working about half way through so I was using an actual CAMERA and didn't even have a phone for most of the time... what is this 2002? haha. Anyway, I am currently in Florida, and have still have had no time to really collect my thoughts, or get pictures together, so, I just threw together few things from this little trip in FL.  Everyone have a great week, and hopefully next week I can get organized and do a blog or two about my time in SK!


Anyone that has been to our house knows I hate most of the lights that came in it, so we have slowly been changing them out.  This is the newest one over the kitchen island.  It looks a million times more modern and just way better!


On another rainy day after Josh had left, I decided to give our water closet in the master bath a little character with this stick on decal from Wallpops! It looks even better than I imagined.  I just need a cool rustic shelf and some vintage accessories.


While Josh was here we decided to check out Coolside Gelato bar, about a 5 minute drive from out house.  We have had their gelato before and its delicious but we had never had their drinks.  Now that they are famous for their Beerlato we had to try one.  I actually got a Sangria in a chocolate covered glass with lemon gelato.  They are amazing.  I went myself for a Prosecco with lemon and a Pino Grigio with melon haha.

                                     
                                       

While we were out looking for lights, we came across this Wine barrel propane fire pit on an amazing end of season sale.  We love it!


 I fund this cute Pineapple glasses at Walmart and had to have one!  So cute!


I went for a walk yesterday out at John Chesnut Park and want to share some of the animals I saw.  I always see so much wildlife out here and I love this park.

Turtle.  One of the largest I've seen here.


Limpkins hanging out watching for fish.



 Mama gator sitting watching her nest.


Male and Female Cardinals eating some birdseed someone left.



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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 7.8.17

Hello, friends!  Greetings from sunny Saskatchewan.  When I came here, I thought I would be getting away from the heat, but turns out we are in a month long heat wave and all that I got away from was the oppressive humidity.  Oh well, but we could really use some rain! The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind.  The first week while Josh was here, literally felt like 3 days, with Jesse's grad, Frontier Days and catching up with family.  I know that none of us are totally recovered yet. I still have lots of things to do, and people to catch up with, so if you are reading this, stop in!  It would save me some driving time!  Have a great week everyone!


My baby brother graduated high school this year!  I am not sure how that is possible, since he was 2 when I graduated high school, but I guess time goes insanely fast.  We had a great day and I think he did too.  Everyone did an amazing job speaking and planning and they looked so darn cute! 


 Frontier Days took place last weekend in Swift Current, with the normal fair midway, rodeo, concerts and fireworks.  We spent the entire day there as a family and took in the Rodeo, lots of food, Sawyer Brown and Aaron Goodvin concerts and Canada Day fireworks.  Everything was awesome, especially the concerts.  Sawyer Brown still puts on an amazing show (He was my first concert that I remember going to when I was 6 or 7) and Aaron Goodvin was so good too.  Check him out if you aren't from Western Canada and a country fan.  We were also super impressed with the fireworks display this year, even though a few of us got hit with burning embers!




This was the sunset the first morning we were in Saskatchewan.  Mom and I got up because the dogs were barking and noticed how amazing it looked.  I like to think this was a welcome back especially for me.


Everyone knows I miss my Canadian food so much, and take advantage of every chance I get to eat food.  Tim Hortons everything, Poutine and even a butter tart Parfait!


My parents got me this shirt when they went to see Tanya Tucker, my namesake.  Love it!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 6.23.17

Happy Friday! This is my last Friday in the US for probably about a month, and it has been a pretty crazy week.  We had Blanca's birthday party Friday night, I had brunch with the girls Saturday morning, then Bob's birthday Saturday night, and Josh and I went our for a nice lunch on Sunday.  It was a very long weekend!  On Tuesday I had a hair appointment and Josh got his wisdom teeth pulled.  My hair turned out great, but right after, and on my way to get Josh, I started to feel funny and get a fever.  I discovered I had some sort of bite on my arm.  it looks like a spider bite, and I went to the doctor and she was pretty sure it was too.  Anyway I had a pretty high fever and general grossness.  I got put on some antibiotics and antihistamines but the giant red patch still really isn't getting better.  Josh's teeth turned out not so well and he didn't got to work on Wednesday.  He is very swollen and in a lot of pain, but it's getting better! Yesterday I went and hung out with Megan and the kids in their pool again, which is amazing. it really feels like you are out in the middle of the country, with a forest around you.  It is so much cooler, and quieter and less ghetto! I'll be packing and cleaning this weekend I' sure, and Nicole and I are going for pedicures!  To everyone in Canada, see you Tuesday  Have a great weekend!


Like I mentioned, I had a busy weekend.  The top picture is from my brunch with some of us girls that were in Peru, and for Blanca's birthday.  I hadn't seen Jules since Peru so it was great, and the restaurant in National Harbor, Rosa Mexicano was amazing!  The bottom pictures are from Blanca and Delia's birthday party on Friday at Casey Jones.  We also had an awesome time there! Saturday night was Bob's birthday but I didn't take one picture!  Thanks to David and Sandi for hosting again.



On Father's Day, I revealed my newest tattoo.  I wasn't able to actually get it on Father's Day, because apparently no tattoo shops are open on Sunday's but I got it a few days before, at Ink Junkeez.  This was the closing from the last letter that my dad ever wrote me and I love it! 


I got my hair done on Tuesday and it is finally as short and as blonde as I want it! Krystie at The Loft in La Plata did an awesome job.


I went to the Amish Market in Charlotte Hall on Wednesday, something I don't let myself do too often because it just has way too many delicious foods.  This week I got some of Ada's Rolls, which if they aren't famous, they should be, and some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Ada's Whole Wheat bread.  everything is seriously delicious.


I tried the new Ombre Pink Drink at Starbucks, because it looked really pretty.  And it actually is pretty good! The really pink part tastes a bit like a pink Flintstone vitamin, but i kinda like that!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 6.16.17

Good morning, Darlings, and a very happy Friday to you! Summer is here in Southern Maryland, it was in the mid-high 90s this week so most of my time was spent inside.  Only 11 more days until we get to Saskatchewan.  I can't believe how fast the time has gone but I can't wait to get home and see everyone! We have a few birthday parties this weekend, and I have a brunch tomorrow with Blanca, Megan and Jules.  I haven't seen Jules since Peru, and I don't think the other girl have either so it will be great.  Everyone have a great weekend, and if it's as hot as it is here, stay cool! 




On Sunday, we went for a drive over closer to the Eastern Shore.  We went to Scorpion Brewing, a popular brewery here in Maryland that we hadn't been to before and then to a town called Deale, where one of my favorite bands, the Brothers Osbourne are from.  In Deale, we went to Skipper's Pier for dinner where I had this delicious steak.  The bar was really fun and they had a band playing as most of these awesome waterside restaurants do.


On Thursday I went over to Megan's for the day to hang out by her pool and play with the kids.  We had a great time, and it was so nice to be able to be outside without sweating to death.  


I'm not sure if I have mentioned it before, but I am a member of Thrive, and online health food store.  I pay a yearly fee and get great deals on specialty food, vitamins, skin care products etc.  There are a lot of items that I can't get anywhere here, including all the Epic Products and some regional items from all over the country.  If you would like to try it, use my link! Tanya's Thrive Link and get 15% off your first order.  


I FINALLY decided to break down and try Charmed Aroma, since they had a buy 3 get 2 free sale last week.  This Pineapple one is obviously my favorite and will look great in the house.  If you are unfamiliar with Charmed Aroma, they are really yummy smelling candles with rings in them valued from $10-$5000.  I just got the $80 ring below from my Birthday Cake candle a few minutes ago! 

                              



And I had to include a picture of Smudge, she has been such a good girl lately, and is so darn cute.  She was really grumpy in this picture though!


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Adventures With Emily

A few weeks ago, I got a Facebook message from a gal from my hometown that is now a teacher in England.  She told me that her little 6 year old students are doing a project, and learning all about the continents and places all around the world and she asked me if I would like to be part of it.  Of course, I agreed and a few days later (it takes way less time to get a letter from England here than from Canada for some reason)  I received a little flat girl, beautifully colored, named Emily.  Emily is an actual student in the class doing the project, and my assignment was to get photos with her at various landmarks, historical places, nature, weather, food etc.  This is my little diary of Southern Maryland that I was able to get with Miss Emily.

Hello Students at Malmesbury!

My name is Tanya and I had the pleasure of taking Emily with me on some adventures in Maryland and in the United States.  Sadly, the whole time that we were together, it poured down rain, so we didn’t get to do as many things as we would have liked.  Maryland is located on the east coast of the United states and is very near where the Capital of the US, Washington, DC is.   I am living here right now, but live part time in Florida in the hot, southern part of the US and I grew up in Kyle, Saskatchewan, Canada.  



The first place that we went when there was a break in the rain was to a farm, called Summerseat Farm, where they grow many different kinds of crops, and also rescue all sorts of farm animals from people who can’t look after them how they should be looked after. In this picture you can see Emily with a whole bunch of goats in the background, and in the next one some donkeys and horses.  



One of my friends had a baby while Emily was visiting, and the baby was a little bit sick and had to go stay in Washington, DC, the capital of the USA at the children’s hospital for a few days.  We went and visited the baby and we didn’t get to see much of the capital city, but this is a picture from the top of the Children’s Hospital.  In the picture you can see the top of the Capitol building to the left side of Emily and the Washington Monument, the 3rd tall skinny building on Emily’s right side.  The Capitol building is where the the Congress, the very top level of the US government makes all of it’s decisions and makes new laws.  The Washington Monument was built in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States.  

           

On another nice day, we went to the Amish market in a small town, Charlotte Hall.  The Amish people are a group that came to America from Europe in the 1700s.  They still follow strict religious traditions and do not drive cars, only use horse and buggy, have no electricity and make all of their own clothing, food and supplies.  At the market they sell eggs, vegetables, flowers, cheese and all sorts of other things that they have grown or produced.  We bought eggs, dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, and lettuce.  The Amish don’t believe in having their pictures taken or I would have got a picture with them!



We also went to another nearby farm that grows strawberries and picked a whole bunch of strawberries one afternoon.  


One day, when it wasn’t supposed to rain, but still did, we went on a trip through the countryside to some of my favorite places.  We stopped first at Mallow’s Bay.  This is the largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere.  There are over 230 huge ships from World War 1 and 2 sunk here because there was no where else to put them after the wars were over.  Also if you look in the background of the first picture, you can see Quantico, the training headquarters for the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) for all of the United States.  


While out on our drive, we encountered two Eastern Box Turtles in the middle of the road, so we stopped and moved them off of the road.  

This is just a pictures to show how pretty and green all of the rain made everything! 



Next, we went to Purse State Park. In the first picture, you can see Emily with thousands of fossils of ancient seashells.  This area used to be the ocean and seashells settled to the bottom and fossilized over millions of years.  


                    

The park is on the Potomac river, one of the main rivers in the Eastern USA.  This river was also used by the American’s and the British to do trading and bring supplies from Europe, as well as during the War of 1812.  It was very calm this day at low tide.  



It started to rain on us while we were here, and Emily’s colors ran a little bit! We also found a handful of fossilized shark teeth on the beach! These teeth are from all different kinds of sharks and wash up here all the time.  

                 

After the beach, we went to the Port Tobacco Courthouse.  Port Tobacco was one of the first and largest ports in the United States.  This land was also once inhabited by Native American Tribes for thousands of years and one of the first places that explorers came ashore and met Natives in the United States.  




Our last stop for the day was St. Ignatius Church at Chapel  Point.  This church was built in 1662 and is the oldest continuously active Parish in the United States.  That means it has never had a break in service in all those years!  The bottom pictures is the cemetery at the church and has grave stones from all the way back into the 1600s too.  The church overlooks the Potomac River and has a beautiful view!  



I hope you enjoyed our adventures, and I hope we can go on more together!

Tanya and Emily