Rainy Sunday Movies

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Although I normally spend rainy days curled up on the couch with a great book, last weekend the only thing I felt like doing was losing myself in a movie or two. I am no movie connoisseur, in fact my fiancé doesn’t let me choose movies because my taste is THAT bad. Thankfully he’s usually pretty good at finding a movie that we both like. I’ve compiled a few of our favourites from the last weekend (and prior rainy days).

Inside Out: not the BEST Pixar movie I’ve ever seen but it has a great concept. I may or may not have shed a few tears when Riley started going through all of those awful teenage angst filled emotions. I may or may not have cried when her imaginary friend finally said goodbye. I may or may not have cried at the very last frame when the family embraces.

Mad Max Fury Road: Intense, weird, innovative. I’m still not quite sure what happened during this film. There was a lot of driving, shooting, blowing things up, and special effects. If you’re looking for a laugh, this isn’t the right film, but if you’re looking for something to keep you guessing, keep you on the edge of your seat, this is it! Charlize Theron kicks ass and Tom Hardy is amazing (and not bad to look at).

Home: Cute, funny, memorable. Rhianna and Jim Parsons are the voices of the main characters. I preferred this film over Inside Out – it had more laughs and the characters were more loveable.

This is Where I Leave You: Tears, laughter, and all of the feels. Great cast with an excellent script.

Jurassic World: Probably the best combination of action, romance, adventure, and humour I’ve seen in a long time. Oh and CHRIS PRATT!

What are your favourite movies to watch on a rainy day?

Love Always,

Vanessa Xo 

 **movie posters from imdb**

Long Weekend Bliss

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How is it Monday already? I’m convinced time goes by faster when you get an extra day off work. I love weekends for two simple reasons: sweatpants and messy hair. I love waking up early, throwing on my sweatpants (or staying in my pjs) and basking in the fact that I can be comfy and cozy all the live-long day. I spent this long weekend enjoying an extra day in my sweats, surrounded by my family, my boyfriend, books, and my notebook (all of my favourite things).

I don’t know if you’re aware of this but I am a total homebody. I go through phases where I want nothing more than to stay out of my house all weekend, then the next week I’ll be curled up on the couch with a book for two days straight. This weekend I tried my best to find a balance. I spent a lot of time at home with my family or with my book and also made time to hang out with the boyfriend’s family (and a really tall glass of sangria — thanks for that Rita!). Is it odd that sometimes I forget how much I love being around people? How much I enjoy having conversations with people? Gosh that sounds ridiculous.

I get stuck in this routine of being alone and it’s hard to get out of it, but I’m trying. It helps to surround myself with people who love me, with people who enjoy my company, with people who get me into a fit of giggles, with people I can just be myself around. The kind of people who can pull me out of my own head  — I live a lot in my own thoughts and it’s exhausting.

But enough with this word “exhausting”, enough with the phrase “I’m exhausted”. I say that all too often and it’s starting to get on my nerves. I’m way too young to be tired all of the time and it’s a lame excuse made by someone who is too lazy and too uptight to enjoy her life. Quite silly, isn’t it?


Looks like I’ve got some work to do, some people to see, and a life to LIVE.


Love Always 

Vanessa Xo

I thrive best hermit style

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One of the best pieces of advice (or scorn) my mother ever said to me was “You can’t be a hermit all your life, Vanessa!” To which I always replied by going to my room, closing the door, reading a book, and not coming down until dinner. I disliked people, I hated how no one listened to me, I avoided going outside simply because I hated smelling like fresh air, I hated the beach simply because the sand made me itch, and I was the kind of kid who would read a book inside on the couch instead of outside at the cottage with my family. Why? Well, I was a shy kid, the kind of kid who kept quiet, the kind of kid who felt uncomfortable whenever I left the house, whenever I was in a big crowd.


I’m either growing up, changing, or taking my mom’s advice and putting it to good use (probably a little bit of all three). Although there is still no greater comfort to me than staying home, I find myself wanting to get outside, wanting to take a walk on my lunch, wanting to explore, wanting to be surrounded by people. I pay attention to things like flowers blooming, I sit outside and read just to be in the company of my parents when they’re hanging out in the backyard, I go nuts when my sister talks about the baby growing inside her (I freak out every time she gets bigger), I make an effort to be home when we have company. I’m noticing there’s so much LIFE outside, so much LIVING going on, so many MOMENTS to be apart of. Sounds a little bizarre that I’m just seeing all of this now, doesn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, when I need to be left alone, I am. When I need to concentrate or just NOT be social, everyone leaves me be, but I feel as though I’m finally starting to live. I’m finally starting to see the need for a balance between all of the wonderful books and stories that I read, and the one life that I’m living.

‘Cause that’s just it, you’re only given one life and it’s YOUR fault if you’re not enjoying it, living it, breathing it.

Love Always 

Vanessa Xo 

Spreading my optimistic-love-glitter all over the effing place!

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You shouldn’t need a silly holiday to tell someone you love them. You shouldn’t HAVE to give your mom a rose just because it’s Valentine’s day. You shouldn’t need Cupid’s special day to buy the love of your life a box of heart-shaped chocolates.

But we’re human and sometimes we’re so busy being busy that we forget to remember to be thoughtful. 


It’s Valentine’s Day, the day of love, all kinds of love. Although it’s never meant much to me and I’ve always had a bitter outlook on the holiday, this year I’m using it as a reason to show people that I care about them, that I think about them, that they add something extra to my life. I’m using it as a personal reminder to be thankful for all the kinds of love and respect I receive.

I’m also using Valentine’s Day as a day to make a new NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION — to stop being “too busy” to appreciate the ones that I love. To stop being so thoughtless and self-absorbed. To treat each day as LOVE DAY and spread my optimistic-love-glitter all over the effing place!

So, Happy Love Day and thank you to all of my family, friends, and avid blog readers and supporters.

I’m thinking about you and I appreciate you!

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

Magic Mountain is UP…

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It’s about that time of year! Yesterday my Tia and Mama slaved over creating the beautiful mountain you see above. It’s some kind of a Portuguese tradition and if you think this one is awesome you should see my aunt’s, it covers her entire basement. 

The pictures will never do this mountain justice though, it really is something you should see in person. My brother used to set up a blanket, ask my mom to make him a hot chocolate, and just sit there staring at it for hours on end (I guess that’s one way to keep you four-year-old quiet). I’ve written a few short stories about this magic mountain and the best part is that each year it looks different, each year a new story is born. This year they forgot to include my favourite house though (THE LIBRARY) so I may have to pull some kind of 007 mission to get it up there.

I cannot believe Christmas is only 16 days away!

What are some of your favourite magical Christmas traditions?

Comment below!

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

Okay Life, ENCHANT me.

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If there is one thing I refuse to be in life it’s disenchanted with all of the wonderful little things that make me happy. Like taking a nap before dinner, the Christmas tree aglow, the fireplace filling me with warmth…


…the sound of the doorbell waking me from the coziest of sleeps. It’s a package for me, from Random House Canada. One of my December Reads has arrived – it feels kinda magical.

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Call me silly or naive but what kind of life am I going to live if I don’t feel enchanted by the littlest of things? At twenty-three I have big hopes and even bigger dreams and I refuse to grow up feeling disenchanted by the way my life is going.

So let me bask in life’s little blisses and I’ll work hard to make the bigger things happen too.

Happy Friday!

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

I just fell.

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No really, I just fell off of the chair in my kitchen and I scared the crap out of my dog. He jumped and tried to run away but he slid all over the floor. He gave me a dirty look and walked away. Sitting there, with my boney bum on the floor, I couldn’t help but laugh and laugh some more. My laughter intensified and I did my famous so-ugly-it’s-kinda-cute snort.

Laughter is truly the best medicine.

Hope you have a Monday filled with laughter.

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

…not the road less traveled


“Mom had always taught us to examine decisions by reversibility… Not the road less traveled, but the road with an exit ramp.” – The End of Your Life Book Club

Obviously I haven’t been able to get The End of Your Life Book Club out of my head!

If you have the luxury to make changes in your life, you should do it. If you want to try living downtown, or living on your own, try it. If you want a new job in a different field, or if you want to find a job you actually like, find it.  If you want to follow your passion, follow it. If you have the chance to make a change in your life, don’t take the road less traveled just to prove a point – take the road that leads to your own happiness.

But what if it isn’t all that I wanted it to be? What if it sucks?

Well, take the exit ramp or make a U-turn (when it is safe to do so) and start again. A lot of times you have a chance to move back in with your parents or get your old job back but you’re too proud to do so. It’s your duty to make yourself happy.

I’ve got a busy couple of days coming up between wedding rehearsals, work, homework, a wedding, and Thanksgiving but I’ll still be posting, tweeting, instagraming, and yapping.

All the while, I’ll try to enjoy the chaos!

Why not, right?

Love Always
Vanessa Xo