Throw Back Thursday: Etch-A-Sketch

Etch-A-Sketch was/is a mechanical toy that uses a stylus to displace aluminum powder on the back of its screen; that powder leaves a solid line, according to Wikipedia. To erase the picture/line all you had to do was shake it or turn it upside down and boom, there you have a blank screen.

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Now it was created in the 60’s so I wouldn’t call it a 90’s toy but it has been doing on strong enough that all these kids from 1960 to 2015 remember this awesome toy.

The best part about this toy was that it lasted a life time and no one was ever good at drawing on it. Now and days there’s people who make epic pictures on it but when you were a kid you pretty much made box pictures!

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(Your typical box drawing that I would of done as a kid)

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(Example of now and days awesome drawings people can do)

It was kind of hard to use as a child because one knob (left) moved the stylus horizontally and the right knob moved it vertically; it definitely took some skill.

This toy was amazing no matter how hard it was and it’s still amazing to this day. Let me know if you had one and what your favourite memory of it was!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

(All pictures taken from Google)

Throw Back Thursday: Easy Bake Oven

The Easy Bake Oven has been around for quite awhile and is still going strong to this day. All it was was a small oven that came with cake mix and small round pans back in the day and now it’s grown into bigger and better things!

The one I had was a big different than what it is now, it was a picture of on oven on the front, one side you put the pan in with the cake mix and the freshly baked cake would come out the other side; all you had to do was add water and you were a great little baker!

easy-bake-ovenThe one now and days is pretty much the same concept it just looks different and it can cook a lot more than just cakes.

They have so many different products you can buy just for this one oven, it has oven pan refills and different types of pans, and even a decorating pen. They make so many different foods now such as, red velvet cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, mini whoopie pies, strawberry cakes, cake pops, pretzels, cheese pizza, sugar cookies and mix party dippers! Now that’s a step up!

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This toy was pretty awesome in the 90’s the only problem was when you ran out of the mix and your parents wouldn’t buy you the refills! Maybe I would be more of a baker if I used this more or maybe not but it was still different and fun!

Let me know if you had the old style Easy Bake Oven or if you know any kids that have the new version and let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

(All pictures taken from Google.)

The Can’t Cook Trails: Baked Potato Soup

This recipe isn’t from the The Can’t Cook Book, it’s from a book I’ve had for a long time and love; it’s called Teens Cook: What to Cook What you Want to Eat by Megan and Jill Carle with Judi Carle.

I love this book because as most of you know I can not cook. I’ve never be interested in it but I’m 23 and I need to learn how to cook for myself and for my boyfriend.

I’ve made this baked potato soup before but my sister was with me to help and guide me, this time I am home alone and craving this soup so I’m going for it. The first step calls for you to wash the potatoes and stab with a fork multiply times, simple enough! Now the potatoes have to cook in the oven at 375 degrees F for 45 mins.

Fast track to that being done…

Now the next step is to let the potatoes cool and to peel them, I didn’t really have time for that because I was hungry! So I peeled them with oven mitts on and started the pot with the milk, flour and butter. Things are starting to roll! The next step was the easiest, you cut up the potatoes and add it to the pot and let it good for a couple more minutes!

The last step to this is to grate some cheese and cook some bacon, done! You;re suppose to use cheddar cheese but I didn’t have any so mozzarella cheese was used!  The best step to come in to put it in the bowl, top it with cheese and the bacon and eat it!

This is the final product….

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It tastes great, taste a lot like potatoes, you could only imagine!

Let me know what you think of the soup or if you want I can post the recipe!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Throw Back Thursday: The Big Comfy Couch

Every young girl in the 90’s watched this show when it came out in 1992, now I was born in 1991 so it was a couple of years before I started watching it, but I still was in love with it.

There was a girl named Loonette and she had her doll friend named Molly, they both had a HUGE couch they sat on every day. It was a show that did storytelling, songs and dance and it was the best.

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The best part of the show was when Loonette did her Clock Work Stretch! The stretch was her laying on a matt that looked like a clock and she would almost do yoga and some rolling around on it. Every little girl tried to do this on the floor and it seemed impossible when we were younger. It was truly the best.

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There was a lot of other characters in the 25 min long show depending on what was going on, this show use to teach kids about all different thing in life without them even knowing. For example in this episode….

Of course every show sold toys that related to them, I have the Loonette dolly still to this day. Her face is hard plastic and the body part is normal stuff toy material. You could also get Molly and the couch I believe!

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Well that was one of my favourite shows when I was a kid, let me know if you watched it or what you think of it now if it’s the first time you’re watching it.

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

(All pictures taken from Google)

Little Miss Baker: I attempt to bake!

I know I haven’t done much this year so far, I mostly blame that on the weather still being cold here and the fact that life gets in the way. Lately I have been attempting new things though and I’m quite proud of them, that thing is baking.

February and April there’s birthdays I have in my close family and I wanted to make cakes for them (not to mention they asked me to make them cakes!) The first one was my boyfriend’s cake, one day he just randomly said, “I want a KitKat cake.” I went to Pinterest, found the cake and asked him if this is what he wanted. Of course it was so I started out for this adventure.

The cake was pretty simple to make I was just stressing out because I’m not the best baker in the world and I wanted it to turn out well! The items that I used are:

  • two 8 inch cake pans
  • 1 cake mix box
  • 2 long KitKat packages
  • 1 box of Smarties
  • 1 piece of ribbon

Here’s the link I used to help me make my cake http://www.recipegirl.com/2011/11/02/kit-kat-birthday-cake-and-a-recipe-girl-cookbook-deal/ for the most part I just looked at the pictures and did my own thing at home. That’s how easy this cake was.

Of course I took pictures of my finally product so here it is!

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Not too bad eh?

Now for the second cake that one was a little bit harder, my sister wanted to same cake as my boyfriend’s but I told her no. I went to Pinterest again and found another idea. I thought this one was going to be easy and it was until I got to the icing part.

This cake is called a Surprise cake, that’s what I pretty much called it because there’s a surprise in the middle. The things I used in these cake was:

  • two 9 inch cake pans
  • 1 icing spatula
  • 2 boxes of cake mix
  • 2 containers of icing
  • 1 bags of Cadbury mini eggs
  • 2 icing bags
  • food colouring

The baking part of this cake is really easy, you think it would be hard but it wasn’t, even putting the candy on the inside wasn’t hard. Here’s the link that I used for the cake http://thissillygirlslife.com/2014/09/surprise-inside-pinata-cake/

The icing part was a pain in the butt, I don’t know why I didn’t think it was going to be easy, but boy oh boy was I wrong. Here’s the website that I got the idea from http://thecakeblog.com/2013/07/diy-rainbow-petal-cake.html
I wanted more info on how to do these petal cake so I looked at some more and found this YouTube link

I only wanted to do two colours so once again I went to Pinterest and found this

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If you click on it it will get bigger, this thing was amazing, the colours matched perfectly!

Here is the finished product for my second cake!

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And there you have it! Let me know what you think of the cakes I made. I sure hope I am able to make more to post them for you!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Throw Back Thursday: Jurassic Park

“During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows it’s dinosaur exhibit to run amok.” says IMDb on their Jurassic Park page.

This movie was just plain bada**, excuse the language, but it’s the truth. This was my favourite movie when I was a child and my favourite part was when the guy gets eaten off the toilet by a dinosaur.

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Just picture a four year old with long, curly hair watching a man get eaten by a dinosaur, then yelling, “Again! Again!” My mum would rewind the VHS, yes VHS, then watch it all over again with a huge smile on my face.

Right now there’s three movies, Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and Jurassic Park III (2001). There’s a fourth one coming out this June 2015 – Jurassic World. I’m pumped and everyone who grew up with these movies is pumped. Now I’m not going to tell you about these movies because I want you to go watch them for yourselves! Once you guys have, let me know in the comments what you thought!

Trust me on this one, these movies are awesome!

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

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2015: My New Year’s Resolution

Welcome to 2015! It has been off to a great start for me and I hope it has been for you as well.

For years I haven’t made any resolution but now that I’m getting older I really need to be making realistic goals for myself. I know I have The 2015 List but those are just fun things I want to do throughout the year, here I’m going to make a small list of the things I want to improve in myself.

1. Eat healthy. I don’t mean by going on a full on diet that never works because the word “diet” means a temporary change. What I mean about eating healthy is not worrying about calories, just eating healthy foods and feeling great inside and out. Also a little add on to eating healthy, I want to add in that I want to drink more water. 

2. Cut out pop. I don’t drink that much pop to begin with but it’s something no one should have. It’s full of sugar, bad for your teeth and your body. It will be hard because pop is an addiction because of what’s in it but I’m sure I can at least cut it down some more.

3. Be more positive. I do have to admit I do find myself being more negative than positive and that’s something I want to change. I just want to see the positive side of things and stop worrying as much, now that doesn’t mean not caring but a way to have less stress.

4. See my Dad once a month. If you have read my blog you may know that my Dad lives 45 mins away and I don’t have a car, which makes it hard to go see him especially with work mixed into it. I just want to see my dad more often and making a goal of going up to see him once a month is a great way to do that, I mean in my opinion.

5. Get organised.  I have a great deal of stuff crammed into my small room, most of it is stuff I need and use but it’s just not organised. I actually already started this today because having a clean room, to me, is less stressful. Start with getting rid of clothes, throwing out things I don’t need or use anymore, and organizing the items I do need to keep and use.

6. Stop procrastinating, just do it! This is a bad habit of mine and I’m sure many other people have this problem too, we all wait to the last minute. I did it all throughout high school and my days now. I need to time manage better and get things done on time but in a timely manner with my 100% effort, not last minute crap. The just do it part is a way of saying go do the things you wanted to do, if you’ve wanted to travel to somewhere new, just do it. If you wanted to buy a car, work your ass off and just do it!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto

Hey Everyone!

Because tomorrow night I am going to Nuit Blanche for the 6th year I want to write to you about what goes down and what you should plan for!

What is Nuit Blanche? A free all-night contemporary art event.

Where is Nuit Blanche? Streets of Toronto, Ont, Canada.

When is Nuit Blanche? This year it’s Oct 4th, 2014 from 6:53pm to sunrise.

First of all you would want to know more about it so you can check out their website http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

Prep! You need to know that there are some options for you when you come to this awesome event. For those of you who are out of town or who just want a nice place to stay, they have hotel options for you. I’ve been going to this for awhile so I’ve learnt from my mistakes. The first couple of times I went with friends who lives in Toronto so it wasn’t bad at all, ever since then I’ve went with people from Brampton. Even though Brampton is only 30 mins away it’s hard to get around with transit since no one really comes and goes from Brampton to Toronto. My sister and I for last year and this year got a hotel, it helps a lot of they lower the prices of the REALLY nice hotels. You can find the hotel specials on their website.

What to bring! It’s fall in Toronto and I know global warming is making it all messed up but for this weekend it’s suppose to cold, and wet. Before you head out make sure you 100% check the weather and be prepared for anything!

Dress warm – last year I wore jeans, riding boots (but changed to Toms), Roots sweater and a fake leather Billabong jacket with a toque (I’m just Canadian like that).

Rain, rain, go away – because it says it’s going to rain I plan on bringing a mini umbrella (Shoppers Drug Mart sells them) they fit into a purse and my rain boots just in case.

Bag – DO NOT bring your most expensive purse the you have to carry, bring a cross shoulder bag. I know you I have a big, expensive bag but don’t do it. I usually bring my Coach cross shoulder bag that EVERYONE has. Guys or girls you can also bring a backpack!

Camera/Cell Phone – Take all the pictures you want, I took lots! Use your cell phone camera! Nuit Blanche has their own hash tag, #snbTO Make a fun night of it!

How to get around! YOU WALK! Yup, you need to wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking a shit load! The TTC and Go Train have extended service because you do have to travel to different zones. Nuit Blanche also makes a Speical Event Day Pass, it’s 1 price ($11), unlimited travel! It’s a pretty sweet deal and you should get it because I’ve gotten it and used it every year.

Even Guide/Map! If you check out the website they have it already on there and you can print it out. If not you can find one of their Info Centres they have set up around Toronto to grab one. I really suggest you do this because it has all the zones, where all the art is and it tells you what it is, who made it and a little info on every piece of art.

Where to eat! FOOD TRUCKS! The website has a list of all the food trucks, check them out right away because if you wait you won’t get the really good stuff!

I do suggest going out later because right away it will be crazy busy! I do hope this helps you but can find most of this info and more on their websites. If you have any questions you can ask me as well!

Thanks for reading!
Maeghan.

ps. I will be posting pictures later on!

15 Essentials When Going to a Wedding

Lucky me I get to go to a wedding in less then 2 months and I thought this would be a great thing to write about. Lets get started..

  1. The Dress. Obviously you need a nice dress fit for a wedding! Get a dress that fits the surroundings, if you’re going to a beach wedding, get a dress that flows and bright colour; a church wedding, get a nice fancy dress that still looks amazing; a backyard wedding, I would just get a casual dress and do your hair up nicely, you get my point. Don’t be afraid to reuse a dress from a different wedding because I’m sure as hell doing that. I went to a wedding last year and found a dress that costed $300 but I LOVED it, now I’m going to wear it to this years wedding just changing the shoes.
  2. The Shoes. The shoes need to match with your dress or your accessories. The dress I have is kind of hard to change the colour so my shoes will match my dress. If you’re wearing lets say a red dress, you can play it up with some black accessories. When you’re picking out shoes remember a few things; they need to be comfortable, scratch the bottoms so you don’t slide all over the floor, you need to be able to walk in them, and be age appropriate.
  3. The Clutch/Purse. Now for most ladies this is a must, unless you want to be that girl who carries her cellphone in between her breast. I’m not saying you have to go out and buy a Michael Kors clutch, you can go to way cheaper places and find something just as good or better to fit your liking. Make sure your phone, some money and a camera will fix in there because that’s mostly what you will be holding.
  4. Accessories. I know a purse is a part of this topic but I mostly want to talk about jewelry. It’s a wedding, get some nice earrings, a necklace and a bracelet. Have some fun with it but still look classy.
  5. Make Up. Yay the fun part. Nothing more exciting to us ladies then getting all dressed up and having a good night. Well if you’re a girl like me who wears basic make up, (and I mean basic by mascara and eye liner and that’s it) then you will think make up is stressful. Never fear, basic make up is okay as long as it looks nice for a wedding, if not ask a friend to help you out or go to a make up store and they can show you how to do things!
  6. Hair. This for me is the fun part, I love doing my hair to look nice (since we all know I work in a pool and never get a chance to do it). When doing your hair I would suggest testing it out a few times at home before you do it. Practice makes perfect is a true sentence when it comes to doing your hair.
  7. The Invite. This is important to bring since you probably don’t know where the location is and it will have the address on it! Trust me, bring it and just leave it in the car unless you are told to bring it in.
  8. Money. I know it’s a wedding and everything is pretty much paid for but you never know when you’re going to need some money. Always bring some just in case!
  9. Camera/Cell Phone. Pictures, pictures, pictures. There’s nothing more fun then taking pictures with people at a wedding, it’s a memory you want to remember. But what you need to remember is that it’s someones special day and you don’t want to ruin it.
  10. Charger/Batteries. I know you’re thinking what camera takes actual batteries anymore? I’m talking about those old birds who still use the old camera that use batteries, and besides always bring an extra battery for those modern cameras if it runs out. You can charge the other one while you’re still talking pictures.
  11. Flats. This is mostly for the ladies, even if you did get those comfortable shoes your feet can still hurt by the end of the night or maybe you can’t dance in heels? Either way flats is a good way to fix that. You can bring a pair of TOMS or even a drug store has flats that fit in your purse just for that purpose!
  12. Deodorant. There’s nothing worse then dancing the night away and realizing you’re not fresh anymore! Now don’t fear if you have a car you and always go get fresh air and freshen up. If you don’t then well you will need to keep thing in your purse! A small one is all you need, I keep one in my purse anyways.
  13. Water. I’m not saying bring a huge jug of water to the wedding, I’m talking about those cute, small ones just to keep you hydrated throughout the ceremony.
  14. A smile. I know that sounds stupid but remember these photos are going to be someone memories for life. You don’t want to be standing in a photo with no smile because you don’t like smiling. Think of someone else and plus you probably look better smiling with your teeth anyways!
  15. A Drive Home/DD. This is the most important one, I cannot stress this enough. Please do not drink and drive! You have so many options these days that you do not have to nor should you! You can call a cab, call a friend, have a designated driver, plan for someone to pick you up, bus home if you live close!

Tips on New Shoes!

I have this thing with new shoes, I hate the way they feel not formed to your foot and are most likely uncomfortable no matter what you said in the store. I do this for all heels that I get because yea I don’t wear them a lot and I want to be comfortable!

Make sure the shoe actually fits! Don’t get a shoe a size too small because your feet will swell and then you will have bigger problems, not to mention your feet will kill right off the bat – those poor toes! Don’t get the show a size too big just because that’s all they had! They’re a million shoe stores out there, it might take you awhile but you will find them.

When you do get the shoes work them in. What I mean by working them in is wear them around the house all the time, for at least a month. By the time the wedding comes they will feel like running shoes.

Scratch the bottom of the shoes. I do this all the time so I don’t fall on my face when you get to the hall. They have nice flat floors with no grip! Trust me on this one. All you have to do it go on your driveway and drag your feet around.

 

Toronto FanExpo 2014

FanExpo is a place where you can let your inner geek out. It’s not all “nerdy” stuff, you can meet the normal actors that all the ladies think is good looking. It’s just a great big room of fun and awesome things.

My sister, boyfriend and I went to FanExpo yesterday. You can get a weekend pass or day passes (Thurs-Sun) in case you only wanted to go to one day, which is what we did.

We woke up nice a early and made our way there. The best part is we missed the first bus to get to Toronto, I live 30 mins away so it’s not that big of a deal so we just waited for the next one. When we got there it was crazy, the location was the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which is located right beside the Sky Dome, the CN Tower and the Air Canada Centre! There was a million things going on at once but it made it fun.

We found where you go in if you bought tickets online and went on with our day. We got our green wrist bands for Saturday and waited in line for them to open the doors. When you walk in you are overwhelmed with everything, every where you look there is something to buy, do or see. My boyfriend’s A.D.D was for sure going off like crazy. We started by walking around and just seeing everything, we looked to see where the photos were being taken just so we knew where we were going, then went to go adventure.

There was two buildings out of this place that took us all up, the first building was called the North Building which had all the places where you meet everyone. We went over to the South Building which has all the free stuff and most of the things you would want to buy. At this point my sister and I split up because she needed to leave in order to go get her picture done with the guy who plays in Arrow, Stephen Amell. My boyfriend and I had lots of time before we met the person who picked which I will tell you later.

When we were walking around we found the Doctor Who society which is what my boyfriend and I love (hint, hint). We found the Daleks, the guy who does their voices and the Tardis!

 

 

 

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I didn’t take very many pictures but it was mostly Doctor Who stuff I took. But lets get to the most exciting part of FanExpo, you can meet anyone who comes to this expo, you can look online before hand to see who’s going and get tickets to meet them, get autographs, and take a picture with them of course. As I said before my boyfriend and I love Doctor Who, best show going on. Matt Smith, the 11th doctor, was there and we got tickets to get a picture with him.

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You only get about 7 seconds with him because the line was massive to take the picture but it’s worth it. My boyfriend and I were so happy to meet him, he is such an awesome guy. Next year or even look in your city to see if they’re coming to you. It’s a little bit on the expensive side but once again, worth it.

We each got our own little gifts for ourselves and other people but I’m not going to post that. Check it out!

Once again thank you for reading and don’t forget to follow!

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