My Experience with Laser Eye Surgery

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Twenty five years of glasses!

I have been wanting laser eye surgery for what seems like forever.  For the last twenty-five years I have been wearing glasses and contact lenses.  After almost losing my contacts in the ocean during our last trip to Maui, I decided perhaps I could muster up the courage to finally have it done! My husband had a handful of coworkers who had all had the procedure done and were super happy with their results.  I booked a complimentary consult at the London Eye Centre in New Westminster, B.C.  This is where his friends had all had their surgeries performed. I don’t know about you, but I always feel more comfortable choosing a place to go based on referrals from people who I know. At my consult they explained the procedure to me and determined that I would be a candidate.  I appreciated that there was absolutely no pressure to book after my consult.

I took all of the information home and decided that I would go for the no touch PRK surgery.  “PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a method of refractive laser surgery to correct myopia(nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism to eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses.” (Explanation courtesy of the London Eye Centre website.)  To be honest, the though of anything actually cutting or touching my eye was too much for me to stomach, so I knew this no touch method would be the one for me, even though they explained the recovery would take a few more days.  Being as I already have light-sensitive eyes, I decided to wait until the Fall when the days were a bit darker to have my surgery done, as it was explained to me that I would have increased light sensitivity while my eyes healed.  For three days before the procedure I was not allowed to wear my contacts… thankfully I have been collecting cute glasses over the years… LOL!

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Am I the only one who sometimes planned my outfits around my frames?!
Black jeans, black tank, turquoise glasses
These turquoise frames were a favourite!

The morning of my surgery I was super nervous… it is my eyes after all! It didn’t really matter how many people told me what an easy procedure it was and that I had nothing to worry about, I was a basket of nerves!  It was also ended up being one of the sunniest day in November of course…

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Arriving at the appointment for my laser eye surgery!

My entire appointment was just over an hour.  Once I was taken into the operatory, my eyes were numbed with eye drops.  A tiny ring was placed around my eye and they explained not to force my eyes closed or the machine would shut itself off.  The procedure itself was honestly less than two minutes each eye.  It actually felt very quick and was not nearly as scary as I had built it up in my mind.  I felt nothing and just stared at a flashing light and listened to a clapping sound.  After the surgery, a bandage contact lens was placed on my eye.  This was actually the most irritating part for me personally, as the opening of my eyes are tiny.  They then gave me a super stylish pair of wrap around sunglasses (haha!) and sent me on my way!

My parents were kind enough to take my babies for a sleepover that first night so that I could just come home to rest and let my husband take care of me for a couple of days.  When they initially offered, I was trying to be super mom and kept arguing that I would be ok to look after them. I am SO GLAD I took them up on their offer! I am not going to lie, the first two days of recovery were not fun. I had been sent home with numbing drops for my eyes and a prescription for pain medication.  I like to think my pain tolerance is pretty decent (I have had babies after all!) but I definitely needed both of these for the first few days.  I basically slept the first 24 hours away.  I stayed in a dark room as my eyes were crazy light-sensitive, woke up to use my antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops and then went back to sleep as it hurt too much to have my eyes open.  I also felt like the front of my forehead was going to split open from pain… but thankfully that only lasted the first day!  The next day I was able to get out of bed to move around my dimly lit house and I was amazed that I could already see!

I had to go for a 24 hour, 3 day and 5 day surgery post op. After my 5 day post op I was cleared to drive and returned to work.  I hadn’t realized that after this procedure your eyes actually overcorrect initially. I was unable to read my computer screen clearly and had to buy myself a pair of “cheater” glasses.  This is opposite to what my vision used to be.  I was always nearsighted and it was objects in the distance I had a problem seeing clearly.  I wore the cheaters at work for a couple of weeks post surgery and haven’t needed them since.

It has now almost been five months since my laser eye surgery and I am amazed how perfectly I can see!  It still feels funny climbing into bed at night without taking my contacts out first. We are heading back to Maui in a week and I cannot wait to go swimming in the ocean and actually put my face under the water and see!!!

Lastly, this is not a sponsored post in any way. I simply wanted to share my experience for anyone who has been considering having laser eye surgery performed.  I am so thrilled that I decided to have my vision corrected and now I only wish I hadn’t waited so long 🙂 Please feel free to directly message me or comment below if you have any questions regarding this procedure. It is honestly one of the best things I have ever done for myself!

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Our Annual Academy Awards Party

I absolutely love a good theme! Every year my girlfriends and I get together for an Academy Awards viewing party.  What started up as an evening of glamour eventually turned into a competition for who could find the most “beautiful” gown… and when I say beautiful, I mean garish… In fact, we now have a collection of dresses we will promptly change anyone who dares to show up in an actual stunning dress!

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Everyone fills out a Ballot with their predictions. We print these off of the Oscar website HERE.  We have prizes for first, second, third place. Of course there is also a prize at our party for “best” dressed!

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We have accumulated our decorations over the years.  There is always a red carpet for the girls to pose on, statues to have our photos with and lots of yummy food.  Most of the decorations have been hand crafted or purchased from Turkey’s Party Makers or Party City.

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Oscar Party

This party has become one of my very favourite traditions with my girlfriends 🙂  It is so fun to just get dressed up with my girls and have a lot of laughs.  We are already keeping our eyes out for the perfect dresses for next year!

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him!

Happy Monday everyone 🙂 Last week I shared my Holiday Gift Guide for Her.  Today I have rounded up a bunch of great gifts for the men in your life!  As always, I have tried to limit my list to some more budget friendly suggestions.  I hope you had a chance to take advantage of all the recent Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, they were pretty amazing!  I definitely checked gifts for a lot of people off my list.  Happy shopping and I hope that I can be of some help with those often hard to buy for guys!

 

Holiday Gift Guide For Him

 

One. Flat Cap // Two. Weekend Bag // Three. Rubberized Shave Set // Four. Skull & Crossbone Bow Tie // Five. Kiehl’s Essentials Collection // Six. Half Zip Pullover // Seven. Flannel Scarf // Eight. Quilted Gloves // Nine. Copper Mule Mug // Ten. North Face Beanie // Eleven. Patterned Socks // Twelve. Bose Bluetooth Speaker // Thirteen. Brewquet Craft Beer Bouquet // Fourteen. Steel-Mesh Watch // Fifteen. Corkcicle Canteen // Sixteen.  12-in-1 Multi-Tool // Seventeen. Faux Shearling Slippers

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Her!

I cannot believe that it is practically December!  I absolutely love this time of year and always get ridiculously excited for Christmas.  I find it so much fun trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone of my list.  I am going to kick off my Holiday Gift Guides with some ideas for the ladies in your life.  I have limited this list to gifts that are all under $100.00.  A few of the things I actually own myself and a couple more of them are on my wish list!  Hope you love them all as much as I do 🙂

 

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One. Fringe Earrings // Two. Paperback Book // Three. Bow Scarf // Four. Floral Kimono Robe // Five. Stemless Wine Glass // Six. Pom Pom Slippers // Seven. Thermal Travel Mug // Eight. Soy Wax Candle // Nine. Monogram Mug // Ten. Rose Gold Lanterns // Eleven. Alpha Pendant // Twelve. Pom Pom Toque // Thirteen. Rose Gold Flatware // Fourteen. Tart Fave Colour Gift Set // Fifteen. Cable Knit Mittens

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Flowers are Cliché, Send a Brewquet

One of the big reasons I started my blog was because I wanted to share products, clothing and places that I love!  Whenever possible, I try to shop local and support small businesses.  This is why I am beyond excited to be teaming up with Brewquet!  If you haven’t heard of them before, Brewquet is a Vancouver, B.C. company who offers unique gift baskets featuring a selection of craft beers and yummy local goods.  On staff is a cicerone (essentially a sommelier for beer!) who curates all of the beer selection to ensure that only the best seasonal and local offering are always chosen!  Brewquet is currently serving areas within three hours of Vancouver and free delivery is offered to Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond and New Westminster.  For other areas, you can contact them directly for a quote.

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I’m not sure about you, but I have a handful of people in my life who are always a challenge to buy for!  Who wouldn’t love a bucket full of cold ones?!  Such a unique alternative to sending a bouquet of flowers!  As their website states “Be clear, say it with beer!”  A perfect gift for the upcoming Holidays, Birthdays, a big thank you, or really any occasion you just feel like giving someone a fun, delicious and creative gift!

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Another feature that I appreciate, is that 90% of offerings are earth friendly in that they are either recyclable or biodegradable.  The shipping boxes are recyclable, the paper crinkles found in the ice buckets are made from recycled paper and the burlap wrap is biodegradable.

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Featured above, the Kitsilano which includes:

  • 6 local craft beers (you can choose from IPA’s, Pale Ales, Lagers or a variety pack)
  • 6 Non Alcoholic Craft Sodas are also an option
  • Jerky Baron’s Mount Pleasant beef jerky
  • The Nut Merchant’s Maple Siracha Pecans
  • The Brewquet stainless steel ice bucket & signature bottle opener

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I can already think of a few people who I will be giving a Brewquet to!

As an added bonus, Brewquet is offering my readers 10% off of their purchase… just enter code SSF10 during checkout 🙂

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Moraine Lake

My husband and I did a quick road trip to Calgary, A.B. at the beginning of September for one of my best friends weddings.  We decided to spend the first night in Banff on the way.  On the top of my must see list was Moraine Lake.  It is a glacially filled lake situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks and the water is the most breathtaking shade of turquoise blue.  You can’t tell from these pictures, but I was far from the only person with this brilliant idea!  It was so busy the day we went, we almost didn’t get to see it as on our way towards the lake, the access road was closed!  Thankfully by the time we drove up the road to turn back around, they let a few cars (including us!) through.  The parking was a zoo but we thankfully managed to find a spot.  Unfortunately the day we visited was during the B.C wildfires (actually our entire drive to Alberta was pretty smokey) so the sky was far from clear, but the view was still spectacular!  The water was the most gorgeous shades of blue and green and so beautiful!  It was definitely worth the visit!  My only recommendation would be to get there early to try to beat some of the crowd 🙂

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Where are your favourite spots in Alberta to visit?  I would love any recommendations for our next road trip 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch!

I absolutely love taking our kids to the Pumpkin Patch!  We  probably go at least 5 or 6 times every year.  Our first trip this year was to the Port Kells Nursery.  This is one of my favourite patches to visit, as there is so much for the kids to do there besides just picking out their pumpkins.  Another great part is that it is totally free to go to, with the exception of taking a hayride.  The charge for this is $5.00 (under 3 years is free) which the nursery will redeem towards the purchase of a pumpkin or plants.  We easily spend a couple of hours each time we visit.  A bonus feature of this particular nursery is that a few of the attractions are inside, because lets face it, Fall in B.C. usually involves a decent amount of rain… lol!  I only discovered this nursery a couple of years ago, so I wanted to share it in case you live in the area and are looking for somewhere new and fun to try 🙂

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My sweet boys in the adorable pumpkin toques my talented mom made them 🙂

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Choosing pumpkins from the patch

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The Indoor Hay Maze

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Feeding the chickens!

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Indoor Sandbox

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Lots of diggers and shovels to play with! (Behind him is the bunnies & goats.)

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Entrance to the little (also indoor) Haunted House

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Indoor Ball Toss

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Pumpkin Patch

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My eldest son’s favourite part… a bunch of tractors for him to climb on and “drive” 😉

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Outfit Details: My marl shawl cardigan is sold out at H&M but I’ve linked a cozy one HERE & HERE & HERE  //  my striped turtleneck is from last year but I have linked a similar one HERE  & HERE  //  Jeans  //  Boots

There is also an outdoor corn maze, pig pen, little café inside to grab a snack at and I have seen face painting on the weekends!  No shortage of things to keep the kids entertained 🙂  What are your favourite family friendly activities for Fall?  I am always welcoming suggestions!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Happy Thanksgiving! (& the Best Friends and Family Sales)

This weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving here in Canada.  With everything going on in our world right now, I am feeling extra thankful for the health and safety of my loved ones.  For me personally, it makes me feel awful that it often takes a tragic event for me to appreciate how truly fortunate I am.  This weekend I will be spending quality time with my sweet family.  I will remind myself not to sweat the small stuff and to feel grateful for those little things I tend to take for granted!  I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of lots of love and laughter!

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On a lighter note, long weekends also mean great shopping!  I wanted to share some of the best sales happening right now :

LOFT– 40% off with code FALLFEST

OLD NAVY– Until October 7/17 save 25% your order with code: BONUS

LORD & TAYLOR– Until October 9/17 get up to 40% off shoes & boots and up to 50% off clothing with code COLUMBUS

MACY’SUntil October 9/17 take 20% off with code STYLE

BLOOMIGDALE’S– Until October 9/ 17 25% off select items using code FRIENDS

SAKSUntil October 8/ 17 Up to 25% off

NORDSTROM RACK– Now until October 9/17 take an extra 25% off clearance!

REBECCA TAYLOR– Until October 11/17 take 25% off your purchase with code 25FAMILY

FOREVER 21– 21% off a $50+ purchase with code F21FRIENDS

URBAN OUTFITTERS– Take an extra 30% off sale items

ANTHROPOLOGIE– Take an extra 40% off sale items

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Baby E’s 1st Birthday Party

We threw my son’s 1st Birthday party a few weeks before he actually turned one.  I promised my husband I would keep it simple this year… (Apparently I have a tendency to go overboard… lol!)  Both my boys are summer babies which is fantastic because it makes it easy to have a pool or beach party and keep the chaos outside!  This post is for the parents like myself that cannot necessarily afford to purchase lavish cakes, decorations and catering for their parties.  Absolutely no offence to anyone who does, it is just not in my budget!  Trust me, I love reading about and seeing pictures of the extravagant parties!  I just wanted to share some pictures from his birthday to show that you can throw a cute Do It Yourself party without spending a fortune.  The kids had a blast which is really the most important part right?!

We call him our little Beast, so I decided to go with a Monster theme this year:

Monster Cake

Disclaimer: this wasn’t how I originally planned the cake to look, however icing the cake in 30 degree weather proved a little difficult and it started to melt a bit… lol!

Monster crafts

Crafts for the kids… Build a monster!  Free printable from somewhat simple.

Rice Krispie monsters
Rice Krispie monsters edible eyes & dipped in coloured white chocolate… yummy!

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Photo booth props that I ordered from Etsy (also used these to decorate the monster punch & anything else that needed eyes or a scary mouth!

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Mini monster jello.  Plastic cups & eye stickers from the Dollar Store

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I made this Monster ONE sign with some crafts from the Dollar Store & Michaels

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Monster Punch

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Monster water bottle labels I ordered from Etsy

 

How did we ever have parties before Etsy & Pinterest?! 😉  It makes it so easy to have a fun and simple DIY themed birthday!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

Tie-Dyeing!

My step daughter is hilarious.  She is constantly asking me if we can make things that she has heard about from friends or seen demonstrated in a You Tube Video.  One week she will be begging me to make homemade slime, the next it will be flip-flops out of hot glue or sponge bombs?!

I feel like I am constantly saying no because the list of ingredients needed is so ridiculous.  She came home from Art Camp this summer and had made a tie-dye pillowcase.  She loved it!  I decided this was one experiment I could get behind so off to Michaels we went to purchase a kit.

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I am notoriously bad for not following instructions… if it is too complicated sometimes I just cannot be bothered.  (Do not ever ask me to assemble IKEA furniture! My brain would explode… lol!)  This project was thankfully super simple and she could basically do it by herself without me having to do it all for her 🙂

  1. Wash the T-shirt before you begin (we decided to apply while the shirt was still wet)
  2. Add water to the marked line on the bottle and shake well
  3. Choose which pattern you wish to do from the instruction sheet provided (or the internet), place rubber bands where indicated for your pattern & apply the dye being careful not to oversaturate or the colours will run together
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap for at least 6 hours
  5. Rinse well & wash separately in the washing machine
  6. Start rocking your sweet 70’s style T-shirt!!!
Our tie-dye colour palette!
Our tie-dye colour palette!
The pattern she chose suggested wrapping around an object
The pattern she chose suggested wrapping around a round(ish) object
Wrapped in plastic, letting the colours soak in
Wrapped in plastic, letting the colours soak in
The finished product!
The finished product!

 

Of course she wanted me to make one as well.  I think they turned out great and she loves it!  She actually gets a ton of compliments when she wears her tie-dyed shirts (she has a few different ones now!)  This was a relatively inexpensive and easy craft to do if you are looking for something fun to do with your kids 🙂  I see a collection of tie-dyed bags, shirts and whatever she can get her hands on in my future…. lol!  I also have a sneaking suspicion what we will be giving out as Christmas gifts this year 😉

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx