Packing list review.

OLA! I am home after a two week trip in Peru. I spent one week on a rustic Amazon cruise boat as well as one week making our way to and from Macchu Pichu. I did not realize how different it would be dressing for these two weeks.

How did my stylish yet resourceful packing job hold up?

For the Amazon portion, I could’ve used one more pair of pants. Maybe replace one pair a shorts with pants that zip off into shorts, practical to the max! I would’ve also included one more long sleeved shirt, made with wicking and light weight material. Amazon is filled with interesting bugs, including “chiggas”. These little devils are similar to “noseeems” here in Canada.  You can’t see them but they bite!

I also thought I was going to able to find a nice straw hat on my way there… but no luck. So I got a little sun burnt! I actually saw the exact hat I wanted in the Toronto Airport on my last leg home! Go figure!

As per the second part of the vacation, I could’ve used one more pashmina and one more dress. We went from Cusco to Macchu Pichu and back. We stayed in some beautiful hotels! I felt like a jungle person who wore same clothes, once to many times, and then  walking into wonderful clean extravagant hotels. We did have laundry on the boat, so I arrived with a suitcase of clean clothes. That jungle scent some how lingered. We dined every evening mostly at hotels restaurant and it would’ve been nice to dress ‘up’ a little. One more pashmina and dress would’ve switched it up a bit more. Other then that I found my packing list successful and solid! I will use it as a guideline for future vacations.

Hasta Luego!




Hi from Peru


No posts or catch ups for last few weeks as I’m on an adventure in Peru! Packing job is holding up pretty well. Definitely one extreme to the next on this trip. Rustic boats and bugs to extravagant spas! On my way to cross off one of my bucket list items. Machu picchu! Watch out incas here I come!

packing lite adventure style!

The time has come, to finally fill my suitcase with everything I’ve been putting aside for the last 6 months. We are officially off to our two week Amazon Adventure. After all the planning and preparing its come down to actually packing. There are lists that can be found online for packing suggestions. But I do believe I have compiled a detailed, stylish  yet resourceful, adventure packing list.

Here’s the basics:

Layers: 2 Tank tops /3 long sleeves /1 sweater /2 t-shirt (1 oilers so they know where I’m from ;)/2 sun Dresses

2 Bag: Cross body bag/little back pack

2Shorts/ 2pants 1 trekking & 1 linen

4Socks/1 tight

Shoes: 1 Flip-flops/2 sandals /1 hiking boots

Rain shell/ jean jacket

Pajamas: nightie and yoga pants

Swimsuit /cover

6 Underwear /1 bra/2 sport bra

Accessories (minimal):

As my Dad would say its not a fashion show!


Bandanna/pashmina scarf/head scarf


What does a makeup girl such as myself bring to humid rainy climate. Great question. I will be taking SPF, blush, waterproof mascara and lip gloss. That’s it! no lashes, no liners, no nothing! ( maybe I’ll sneak 1 lipstick in!Just in case)

I can’t wait for this trip. I cannot also wait to see how my packing holds up! Talk to you soon!

Xo. amy

photo challenge

So I’m running out of time to catch up on my photo challenge.

I really loved coming up with this series of photos. Lots of great options and ideas running through my head.

Day 21. Pretty Pattern

When I was in Seattle last year, I found myself in a friends and family sale at Kate Spade. I purchased this scarf  because of the pattern! (as well the discount I was offered!).

Day 22 Trees

Sometimes I wish I worked downtown, the hustle and bustle of the big city. But then I wouldn’t have this to look at break and lunchtime.

Day 23 Sunset

The days have been longer and the sun has been setting around 7-730ish. What a nice change.This is taken from my second story window  over looking the street, park and little pond in front of my home.

Day 24 Smile

My favorite smile is from my favorite person, my husband Matt. Here he is with milkshake. (Those usually make him smile)

Day 25 Sunflare

I wasn’t sure how to take a pic of sunflare. I tried a few times, few different windows etc. Finally was sitting in my living room paying with the camera and out this one came! Its really pretty pic of my front entrance.

I’m slightly behind on my challenge. I was hoping to catch up before I went away.  Hopefully I can pull it off!  42 hours until take off!

xo amy

pin-inspired nails.

I am feeling adventurous today. I have a pin board called n.a.i.l.s. and I decided to do something different with my nails this time. I usually have short black nails. I also was incredibly undecided, so I mixed two inspirations saved on my pin board. I’m really digging neutral and neon colors together!

Here’s how mine turned out!

pretty friken cute if you ask me.

Neutral beige base and neon yellow dots!


Revolutionary Mac & Cheese?!?

Last night before leaving work, I had no idea what to make for dinner. I was actually craving some comfort food, in particular, Mac & Cheese. I looked on my Pinterest board “get in my belly”, and to my surprise I had saved 3 versions. I guess it’s been too long since my old KD days. “Revolutionary Mac & Cheese” intrigued me the most. No water, you actually boil the noodles in skim milk. I have never done this before, or even heard of it. I was very wary about this one turning out. Here’s how I made it.

Boiling pasta in skim milk!?!?!?

Adding la fromage.It got really sticky and gooey, not in a good way. I added more milk.

What do you think!?

Now would I say this recipe was a winner? No. My husband said it taste like condensed milk. Blech! I found it bland even with extra Dijon and S&P. Maybe it’s because I used whole wheat macaroni. I think I’ll try one of my other recipes from my Pinboard before I try this one ever again.

We did need a vegetable to go with our carbs and dairy. I made “the best broccoli of your life” Now was it? Yep it was pretty dang good. I love roasted vegetables and garlic.I forgot to add the Parmesan petals that i finished it with.

Finished product.

I don’t think I needed a recipe or link for this one, as I have done this style of recipe often. (lemon juice, s&p, garlic…kind of my go to) It did add some much needed flavor to the “Revolutionary Mac & Cheese”.

the perfect soft chocolate chip cookie

I have always struggled with baking. Not my forte. Exact measurements and following instructions is not my favorite thing to work with and that’s what baking basically is.  I finally found a recipe that worked for me! (on Pinterest)

The perfect soft chocolate chip cookie.

This is a keeper!!!!

Super easy I whipped up in 20mins or so. This recipe made about 24 cookies.

I learned a few things in regards to successful baking with this recipe.

No need to over mix!!!

It’s OK for the batter to be ooey-gooey sticky

Do NOT over bake!!!!

Great success!!!

My husband and my brother-in-law mentioned they tasted like their grandma’s cookies! Now that’s compliment! Keep this recipe and try it!

Special Olympics 2012

I had a wonderful opportunity to take four days away from the office to volunteer with the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. I work for Intuit Canada that promotes and compensates employees to volunteer, up to 32 hours, for an organization of their choice. I chose to work with the Special Olympics as the nationals were being held over 5 days in St Albert, just north of Edmonton.

The games involved athletes from all across Canada participating in 7 different events. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing were held at the Strathcona Wilderness Center. Speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey were held at Servus Place in St. Albert. This is where I worked a majority of the time. All Alpine skiing events were help in Jasper at Marmot Basin. Last but not least was the curling events held at the new curling club in St Albert which was all renovated and did not look like curling rinks I’m used to! Like in St. Francois Xavier!

I met so many wonderful volunteers, athletes, friends, and families and coaches. Putting together an event of this caliber is quite amazing. I have never been involved with such an opportunity and it has definitely given me a new perspective on non-profit and volunteering. I was overwhelmed with the gratitude and spirit throughout this volunteer experience. No matter what task was given, myself and over 800 other volunteers jumped in and were happy to help in any which way needed.

All in all, the entire event was deemed to be a great success and everyone enjoyed themselves greatly. I would highly recommend taking advantage of programs with employers that allows you to jump in to a new situation with amazing organizations such as the Special Olympics. I really am so blessed to have had this opportunity!

We had over 3500 knit or crocheted scarves in the Games colors of blue and off white (with a splash of red) from all over the world. My grandma and Cousin Brittany sent a few!


I had such a good time!! So happy I took advantage of this program. I met some amazing people and athletes! Can’t wait til next year!

Photo challenge catch up!

I’m catching up after a busy week. I have been taking pictures but haven’t been around to make a post about it. So here we go!

Photo challenge #16 what I ate

Our family has a wonderful Sunday family meal @Vivo Restaurant one Sunday evening. This is a family style Italian dining, where everything is served to share. We ended it off with some fantastic gelato, family portion with various scoops of fruit gelato. Peach, grapefruit, and some other fruit ones I cannot remember.

Photo challenge #17 on a shelf

So I looked around on my shelves and I noticed not much I got going on at work. I do have a cool skull candle giving to me by a colleague. I always get comments on how random that is to have at my desk.

Photo challenge #18 in my bag

What’s in my bag: lipgloss, lip moisturizer, wallet, keys, headphones for iPhone, green tea and a valentine from my husband

Photo challenge #19 where I slept

Here is my bed and me playing with new photo app Snapseed. I actually got it free from a Starbucks free download card.  Its super fun, I’m sure if I was a more experienced photographer I would make better use of it!

Photo challenge #20 what I read

I’m currently enrolled in U of T taking online marketing courses. So this is the only thing I’m reading is my textbook. Using another cool (free) app CamWOW



getting pinky with it

On Pinterest I have a board called “fountain pens, lipstick, jean jackets

When you first open a Pinterest account it prompts you to pick some of your favorite things to create boards that may interest you. I bundled a few things together that I have an interest in. I really don’t know why I picked fountain pens… but jean jackets and lipstick are up there on things I can’t live without! I have been known to where a bright or colorful lipstick from time to time. I have matched lipstick to shoes, nail color and seasonal festivities. I found limited edition lipstick on Pinterest before seeing at m.a.c. Pink Fusion, amplified lipstick. I love amplified as they have major staying power and are on the creamier side. Pink Fusion has a wonderful blue undertone which gives the effect of whiter teeth! I plan on rocking this color on my next Girls Night Out!