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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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 6.9.17

Happy Friday, everyone! It is a gorgeous day here in Southern Maryland, and I hope it is where you are too!  I've had a few busy days, and today is my quiet day.  I'm headed out in few for a walk with Nicole and baby Jackson, just his second trip in the stroller.  Southern Summer will be here this weekend and continue into next week with temps in the 90s and our normal crazy high humidity, so I'm glad I took advantage of the cooler weather this week.  For anyone reading this that wondered, Josh and I have finally booked our tickets back to Saskatchewan!  We will be arriving on June 27th around noon, and I will be staying for around a month.  So book your visit now ;)  Everyone have an amazing weekend!

I went to a great artisan market at one of my favorite places in Southern Maryland, Summerseat Farm, on the weekend.  The Farm is beautiful and also home to dozens of various rescue animals, but the one that caught my eye this time was this doll, who was there with her mom and dad checking out the crafts.  She was super sweet and dressed way better than all the humans!

I got my Young Living starter kit a couple days ago and I am so pumped!  I have been using essential oils for ages but this kit really jump started my dwindling collection.

Sushi in Southern Maryland is hard to come by, and good sushi is pretty much impossible to find...  So when one of Josh's coworkers suggest Nagoya Asian Bistro in Prince Frederick we waited like 10 seconds before going.  And it was amazing! I literally could have sat there all day.

Josh and I stopped at one of my favorite little spots, Perigeaux Vineyards, on Saturday, and I had to take a picture of the this golden field with the Potomac River in the background.  It reminded me so much of the prairies!

June 4th was National Hug your Cat day this year, so I had to hug my cat, Smudge, and obviously she loved it!

Today I'm Linking Up With:

Bright On A Budget / Style Elixir / Sincerely, Paula /                     / Simply Sweet Home / Smidge Of This /                                          / A Little Bit of Everything /