Category Archives: Beauty


This was our first Thanksgiving with a dining table and chairs!  I have been so excited to decorate for Christmas that I didn’t really think too much about what I was going to do today.  I had pinned a ton of things on Pinterest but really never went out and bought any of it.  So today required some improvising.  I bought the pumpkins four years ago for a Halloween party that we hosted – I had totally forgot that I had black ones and almost didn’t even use them until I looked back at my pins! 

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Happy Thanksgiving: What I’m Grateful For…

I am still getting used to the big deal that is Thanksgiving but I can honestly say, I kind of like it!  Growing up in Canada, Thanksgiving was quite different for me – Canadians celebrate it in October and on a Monday.  It’s definitely not as big of a deal as it is in the United States.  This will be my 13th Thanksgiving in the US (I think I did get to go home for a couple of them while in college) but only my third one actually cooking with Brent. 

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One Step Closer

Yesterday was the dreaded procedure.  I can honestly say that it wasn’t as bad as I thought that it was going to be.  As we were driving in, both Jen and I became a bit skeptical – the facility wasn’t in the nicest of areas…but we also determined that we took the worst route possible.  Everything was fairly fast.  We arrived, checked in, and then about 10 minutes later, we were taken back into the prep room. 

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Nerves and Needles!

This upcoming Wednesday is a big day for us.  We will be one step closer to starting IVF.  Although I am excited to get the process started, I am also quite nervous.  The test requires general anesthesia, something that I have never had before, which also means needles (I ALWAYS pass out). On top of that, Brent is out of town for work and will be until the end of the year.  Fortunately, my friend will be taking me to the appointment and picking me up –

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Run, Sweat, Smile and Repeat

My next half marathon (this will be number 5!) is approaching much faster than I would like!  I can’t believe that it is already the middle of August.  I have been training but I must say, it is so extremely hard running outside in this heat and humidity.  I’m lucky enough that I have a gym at work and also in my neighborhood, literally a 5 minute walk from my house, but that still doesn’t make it any easier to run after a long day. 

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House Anniversary!

It has officially been one year since we moved into our new house.  But with a new house (or any house for that matter) comes chores, upkeep and even upgrades.  When Brent and I first moved in, we laid out a plan to follow throughout the year to help us remember to do the not so fun things around the house as far as maintenance and upkeep.  Here are some of the things from our plan.

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Prepping for Houseguests – My Top Ten Tips

I am prepping our house for my parents’ arrival at the end of this week.  I have always enjoyed being a hostess for parties, dinners and overnight guests.  This will be the first time for my mom to visit our house so I plan to make it extra special.  Here are a few of my tips that I have learned along the way from friends and family to help you make your hosting experience a success.

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Better If It Goes Bad?

I am so blessed to have such a great friend who motivates and challenges me on a daily basis. Thanks, Mal, for your blog post today.  I hope everyone feels as inspired as I do after reading this post.



The center of the milky way. The center of an oreo.  The center of a brownie.  The center of a tootsie pop.  Are the best things always found in the center? 

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Hello World!

Welcome to Maple Lace Lane!  This has been a long time in the making for me – I am such a perfectionist that some times it’s hard to get started because of my fear of failure.  I have had my ideas and blog name for over a year now but just now had the courage to publish my first blog post. 🙂

I haven’t really decided what I am going to blog about but I figured that I would rather start and then narrow it down than never ever start at all.

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