Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made

In honour of an upcoming trip to the Big Apple, here are some tunes to enjoy and channel a city that truly never sleeps.







Something to look forward to – Austenland

When it comes to Victorian literature, and Victorian authors, I become a little giddy – but that’s because I’m an English Lit Major.  And that is why Austenland has me grinning from ear to ear.  I’ve been informed that in fact, Austenland is a novel, turned into a movie.  I now have to find that novel.  And I look forward to watching this silly movie.

Want a sneak peak?  Here is the trailer for the goofy movie.

Release Date: September 27, 2013.

I think I will be making a movie date with my girly friends, and leaving behind the babies and husband.  🙂  Girl’s night, Yay!

Daily Make-Up Regimen

What is your daily make-up regimen?

There are days when I go out without make-up, and those days are usually fun “I don’t care” days with the family – those are most days.

Then there are days when I feel like being extra pretty, or work days, or date nights with friends and family.  That’s when I put on a little bit of make-up.

My current basics are:

  • Foundation – Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse (Nude, Light – 4)
  • Blush – Paul and Joe Face Colour – 07
  • Lip Gloss – Bloom in Pink
  • Brown eyeliner
  • (if needed) Concealer – Maybelline New York, in Sand (20).

I’m a drug-store make-up shopper.  Price is an important factor in what I buy, mostly because I don’t use make-up too often.  However, if I were to use it on a daily basis, I think I may choose to go more with brand, than price.  Otherwise, I have no problems with purchasing Maybelline, Cover Girl, etc..  Those are still perfectly good brands, just not as “glitzy” or glamorous as Shiseido or other similar brands.

I do wonder though, about what more I could do with my eyes.  I have sensitive eyes, so do not like putting too much product around them.  Some eye powders end up making my eye lids puffy, due to irritation, which is why I generally stick to using only an eyeliner, and on occasion mascara.  If anyone has other ideas on a daily eye-make-up routine, post in the comments, and let me know!  I’m always up for improving my make-up routine!

Kid’s Feature: Jungle Jacs in Pitt Meadows

Last weekend, my 3 year old went to a birthday party at Jungle Jacs in Pitt Meadows, BC.  It’s basically a giant jungle gym for kids, that includes a toddler play area, ball area, sports area, and many other places where kids can “monkey around”.  This is not a place for helicopter parents, or for timid children.  Laser Tag and Mini-Golf are also available, although I did not see it, or participate in any of it.

So how did my 3 year old like this place?  Well, she just turned 3 years old in June, and sometimes feels more comfortable playing with littler kids, than older kids.  She first warmed up in the toddler area (technically for kids 3 and under), and then moved on to exploring other areas, tagged along with a parent (my husband).  It took some time, but the kid finally found her niche in the ball launcher area, not so daring as the big slides, but fun and tame enough for her to have fun and feel “safe”.

After about an hour of exploring and playing, the birthday party crew were called over into a Party Room, over the P.A. system.  The birthday party crew had exactly one hour in the room before being kicked out – just enough time to eat a snack and cake, and quickly open presents.  One hour, in my opinion, is not long enough for a group to enjoy their cake and opening presents.  However, Jungle Jacs is super-popular as a birthday-party-destination, and there seemed to be non-stop birthday announcements over the P.A. system.  I am guessing that there were at least 5 or 6 parties there within a 2 hour span.  Therefore, given it’s popularity, I suppose a one-hour time-slot for a party room is fair.

So would I return?  Maybe when my youngest is old enough to enjoy it.  I definitely think it is a fun birthday destination for kids, and I am a fan of mini-golf.  I definitely wouldn’t mind trying that with my family.  I’m a sucker for family activities, like this, though, possibly because I never experienced activities like this when I was growing up (not that I feel particularly deprived, or anything). I really just enjoy channelling my inner-kid.  Thank goodness I can use my own kids as an excuse to do something childish like this!


What’s for Dinner?

Today’s dinner is Honey Mustard Chicken.


  • Chicken Thighs *Mine are boneless, but you can use bone-in
  • Mustard
  • Honey
  • Onions, sliced
  • Carrots,  sliced

I basically just threw in whatever I had, and put it in the oven at 350 degrees F, for 45 minutes.  It’s cooking now, so unfortunately I do not have a photo to post, unless you’d like a photo of the inside of my oven… No?  Didn’t think so.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (edited… I originally said C)
  2. Marinate your chicken in mustard, and honey (mixed up, of course) – if you have forethought, unlike me, you can marinate it much earlier for fuller flavour.
  3. Slice onions and carrots.  Place on the bottom of an oven-proof pan (I used corningware)
  4.  Place marinated chicken into the pan.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, blog, or watch tv, or do whatever until chicken is ready.  Or prep your sides – whatever you prefer.

I’ll be serving my dinner with rice, and possibly canned corn or frozen veggies, so not much additional prepping for me, for my sides – hence, why I’m blogging.

And that’s what I’ll be eating for dinner!

PS.  I’m not a chef, so if you don’t like this recipe, sorry about that.  This is just something I threw together very quickly.