Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Wacky Finds Series ~ Volume 29

It's time for Volume 29 of The Wacky Finds Series!
These are a monthly series I started out of sheer awe of how crazy things around me are! Here's what this is about ... Ahem Ahem: When my awesome self steps out of my bed each morning I meet a world of crazies. People, things, phenomena, and acts of nature which are simply too unusual to miss and not record! The Wacky Finds Series will cover all the weird stuff that I find along my way; good weird, awkward weird, bad weird, I-totally-don't-get-this weird .. all kinds of weird shall be recorded and snapped without any discrimination!

So we were dining happily at Red Robin one afternoon. When we were done, the server got us the bill and we did what needed to be done and then got ready to leave. That's when I spotted this on our table. This is such a hilarious way of warning! I loved it! Genius *laughs*!

Poop emoji is everywhere! I've seen pens and mugs and what not and now these: POOP BEDROOM SLIPPERS! So cool! I know loads of people whom I should gift these too!

How adorable are these! Look at Aladin! So cute, so so so very cute! Everything Disney already gets me hyper excited and now they've made these adorable pen toppers!

I am NOT a yogurt person, okay? As it is Menchies is a place I feel out of place at and on top of all that frozen yogurt I found these yogurt chips there. Yukh. Blekh. WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO PUT YOGURT CHIPS OVER THEIR FROZEN YOGURT? Why do people even eat frozen yogurt in the first place? Ughhh ... not my thing at all!

IT'S A DEMENTOR! Yes, it is. No, actually it is this monster tree near our place. Mum took this photo while it was raining. This monster tree literally looks like a dementor. Look close and you'll see the black torn robes/cloaks too! Jokes aside, I think they should seriously think about trimming or chopping this tree, I have a bad feeling about it! You should see it during a storm. Really creepy!

That's all folks! Until the next five wacky finds, have a wacky day!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

End of Summer In Canada ~ Highlights of Our Road Trip

We transitioned into September with a short and sweet road trip to Canada. We left a day before Eid, celebrated the festival there, visited some cool places, and with the grand finale at Niagara Falls headed back home with lots of beautiful memories in our hearts and a tonne of pictures in my camera!

The road trip to Canada was smoother than I'd expected. I kept the last minute packing list as short as possible so I woke up that morning with hardly any stress. I focused instead on dolling up in a really girly coral and pink dress which I paired with black jeans and a black floral jacket. My scarf matched and I threw in a black brooch, a couple funky colorful rings, and a pair of funky bangles too. Surprisingly we were able to load our stuff in the car and leave perfectly by our planned time (like seriously, how'd we even do that?). This was the first time we had planned on traveling directly to Canada (we usually spend the night somewhere halfway) yet it was pretty smooth. I sat in the car with my mind set on breaking my diet brutally and so I did; I stuffed my face with munchkins from Dunkin which bro got us, chips (Utz Barbecue and Funyuns - my favorites!), and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies. We stopped at a Subway to walk, washroom, and eat. I had fun playing with Gubby while we were there. Since we both were tired of sitting for so long we ran around and played ring around the roses. It was fun! On the rest of the ride to Canada Gubby stole the show. She had her road trip mode on complete with sunglasses and a cap. She looked so adorable! We were also gifted adorable stickers by Gubby which we used to make our iPhone chargers prettier. I got a rainbow, Abbie a lion, and mama a watermelon! Finally we reached Canada at night and after a delicious Nihari, Biryani, and Kabab dinner from Bar BQ Tonite we retired in that heavenly hotel bed!

We woke up the next day to a fresh Eid morning. Eid Mubaraks were wished all around (I updated my Facebook status!!!) and then we spontaneously planned that we needed to go and have breakfast somewhere. Denny's was chosen as our breakfast spot for the morning and I dolled up in a gorgeous electric blue slash turquoise long dress with some stunning bangles, bracelets, and rings. As soon as we reached Denny's we spotted something fun. They had these souvenir cups with their very own headbands. I instantly grabbed my darling Gubby and along with Abbie Bua we went over to make our pick. Gubby chose two: the donkey from Shrek and the purple alien from Home (which I have yet to see!). We gifted her both as Eid presents and she was delighted! Abbie and I stuffed our faces with their Loaded Veggie Omelette which was so good. It really was loaded and lay over delicious hash browns. SO GOOD! Bro got this super sweet and sinful overly loaded pancake dish - the name of which I have forgotten ... I stole a bite to taste them! They were delicious! Again, my enjoyment was with my darling Gubby who sat with me and blessed my Eid morning with lots of adorableness!

After spending the afternoon and early evening at bro's in laws' place for a super late lunch (I was starved!) we decided to head to Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. I was really excited ever since I'd found out about the place before the trip began. Oh and rightly so because the place is awesome with a seriously giant capital A! I got to see some serious underwater beauty, the deadly sharks at Dangerous Lagoon, a fun play ground area for kids where Gubby was very excited, some mesmerizing Jelly fish, and lots and lots of really weird (I say that in a good way) sea creatures that I had never ever seen before!

I hereby admit that the Ripley's Aquarium was THE best part of our entire trip! It wasn't just me who enjoyed a lot but also my darling Gubby who couldn't understand which way to focus her eyes because there was just so so much to see and explore. I plan on doing a detailed show and tell blog feature about the awesomeness of this place so I'll keep my talks short for now (well as short as talkative me can manage). BUT HEY LISTEN UP PEOPLE ... I TOUCHED A SHARK AND A STING RAY! *laughs* It was a pretty cool experience and a pretty great deal! More on that later!

Our third day in Canada was what I call the 'all you can eat' day! *laughs* We literally just ate all day. Ate, ate, ate, ate, ate. All day until it was night time when we were so tired we decided to spend the night in and instead of hitting the Falls had a play date with our Gubby ensconced in that heavenly comfy hotel bed. In the morning I woke up and treated myself to some chocolate chip cookie and Royal Dane deliciousness. Next we headed to some aunty's place whom mom knew (I have trouble keeping track of all the relations so let me just skip that conveniently!) where we had a delicious lunch. The highlight was that super yumm chocolate cake which I guiltlessly dived into. When we got back from there we rested, changed, and left for another party invite (something SIL relatives related!). I stuffed a gallon full of Haleem in my mouth  there before heading back to our hotel. Some instant Maggie shared with Abbie and my Gubbling Gubble Gum and chai concluded my night!

Finally I awoke to our last day of fun in Canada. Today's agenda had a sweet breakfast, a lunch invite from SIL's relatives, and our Niagara Falls plan! I dolled up in a gorgeous black lace dress, black jeans, and a hot pink jacket. My floral black scarf was stunning too and I embellished with some funky bracelets and rings. My morning was super sweet. We headed to Tim Hortons where Abbie and I shared a double chocolate donut and a cheese croissant. It was some sight watching Gubboo eat her donut! She eats it in a special way - she only eats off the frosting part and then hands over the poor boring donut to her mom! It's hilarious! After the breakfast was done we went over for the lunch invitation where I got to devour seriously good Biryani! It all concluded with a nice cup of chai after which we were finally ready to head to Niagara Falls!

It was chilly near Niagara but beautiful. I find the Falls as equally scary as I find them magnificent and grand. The seasonal illumination was on while we were there and the Falls looked gorgeous in all the colors. A bonus for photography was that beautiful full moon shining over the Falls. Simply stunning! When we reached the Falls we first spent a good load of time at the visitor center where we bought a souvenir magnet and a super cute moose stuffed toy for Gubby. At first sight the Falls were illuminated a bloody red - it looked really creepy in a beautiful sort of way. We stayed there for quite some time so we got to see the Falls under all the colors. My absolute favorite though was the rainbow illumination. It stole my heart! I took some beautiful pictures ... here they are!

The Falls in a royal purple color!

The Falls in a cool blue! It looked like a snowy mountain of some sort!

My favorite - the rainbow illumination! So beautiful and so very cool!

Even though a staff member told us there were no fireworks happening that night we still waited till ten at night because the website had told us otherwise. It was a wise decision because at exactly ten there was a spectacular fireworks show on the US side of the Falls. Gubby loved the show and said it was glitter coming out of the sky! She even pointed out how one looked like a spider in the sky! *laughs* I stood up on a rock wall to capture the gorgeous show in my camera above everybody's heads! I love watching fireworks because I think they're very pretty so this was literally a treat for me that night just before our little holiday in Canada came to an end.


Tired after all the fun we'd had we ended the day with a cheesy veggie loaded pizza, fries, and a veggie burger (we saved that for the next day's breakfast because we were so full!). Gubby enjoyed licking the ketchup cups! *laughs*

A hot chocolate from Tim Hortons completed Abbie and my night! We shared the deliciousness!

The next morning we woke up with our bags all packed and ready to be loaded in the car. I started the day off with half of the veggie burger from last night after which I loaded the last minute stuff and was ready to go back home. On our way back home Abbie and I enjoyed watching Beauty and the Beast (FINALLY!) on my laptop which was such a fantabulous movie I wanted to sing and cry at the same time. IN LOVE! We stopped at Popeyes and got some yummy crunchy juicy chicken, fries, and onion rings for lunch. It was a really really long road trip back home and by the time we reached it was around eleven at night. We'd grabbed some Nihari and Kababs for dinner on our way which we happily devoured once back home before showering, freshening up, and going to bed!

It was a short and sweet road trip to Canada and back! It may have been rushed up and all but we were able to do all that we had planned. Gubby enjoyed a lot and returned with three new stuffed toys! She was happy, we all were happy, and we'd made hundreds of lovely memories! I'd eaten my heart out and now sadly it was time to get back to working out and being on a diet!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I Start Wrecking My Journal

A couple of birthdays ago Abbie gifted me the famous Wreck This Journal. Stuck in a rut and trying to deal with life one day at a time my creative juices weren't flowing too well so it stayed untouched, unwrecked, but never forgotten. It rested on my shelf until recently when I picked it up and decided I needed to start some serious wreckage.

 I flipped it open and read the first instruction: crack the spine. A spine chilling shriek could be heard (exaggerations shamelessly added and puns completely intended) as I stretched open the journal as nice and fine as I could. There was a crack on the spine and my journal had begun it's wreck-ful journey.

I haven't done much but I've started. I followed some instructions randomly here and there, scribbling in my name and going through the pages to see all the cool stuff I will have to do. This journal is actually really fabulous. I can already think of so many clever ways I could interpret the instructions.

"To create is to destroy" and I intend to destroy this with all my heart! I'll keep posting my destruction as I go along, I promise!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Kindle Appreciation Post

Make time to stop and smell the flowers they say. I say make time to stop and appreciate your Kindle. Why? Because Kindle is just one of the best things to happen to me lately. I am so deeply in love with it - it's a sacred relationship! My Kindle dear has been with me through thick and thin, good and bad, days and nights - literally. It's provided me with a book wherever and whenever I needed it! So here's my little post of appreciation for my wonderfully awesome Kindle dear!

I still remember the time when I'd decided to buy a Kindle for myself. I'd spent days (infact I think weeks) eating up Abbie's brains trying to make up my mind. I am super indecisive and needed her to convince me into it when secretly in my heart I was already dreaming about a life with Kindle in it. She's a pro at advising and she'd done it again. She convinced me that Kindle would be a great investment for someone like me and then sat with me as I ordered the awesomeness. When it arrived my excitement was beyond control and that morning began a love story that will stay till forever. The love story of Sara and her Kindle dear!

I believe in the philosophy of having a book with me wherever I go. In case emergency strikes (like a dull party or a horrible social aunties laden event) I should always be armed with a book. My Kindle lets me fulfill my philosophy. Thanks to Kindle I don't have to worry about carrying a heavy weight book in my bag. It fits in even the most compact kinds of bags like that super cute sized gold polka dot backpack I have. The best part is I don't have to worry about where I will keep my ever growing book collection because Kindle can hold the world's libraries for me. As much as I love to have books all around me I do face some space and storage issues. Also since I've converted my entire shelf to a Harry Potter corner I hardly have any space left to be collecting other books. Kindle is the answer to all of my problems!

Ever since I've bought my Kindle I have been reading in the most tightest of places and at the most awkward of times. Our family happens to indulge in road trips or vacations at least once an year and eight to ten hours on the road packed with bags and what not pass way more easily now with my Kindle to give me company. I can travel to distant places while sitting in that jammed and crammed backseat of the car thanks to my books. Fiction is beautiful! Really! Oh and with that back lit screen my Kindle has even been there for me when everybody was asleep. Reading in the dark has never been more easy. Nobody gets disturbed and I can read away to my heart's content.

Oh the wonderful new books and fictional worlds I keep discovering thanks to Kindle!

These days my Kindle seems to be more magical than ever because thanks to Pottermore I have my entire beloved Harry Potter Series on it! I am back to re reading the one book series that changed my life forever - I am back to my Wizarding World! It's like carrying the entire magic in my bag. It's wonderful!

Come rain or shine the book must go on!
Thank you to the makers of Kindle for coming up with something that lets me read wherever, whenever, without the stress of storage problems. Thank you to Kindle for reuniting me with my love of reading! For in books I find my peace and escape ...

Oh and this is in no way any kind of affiliate post, ad, or sponsored piece. This is literally just me stopping to smell the flowers - oops - I mean stopping to appreciate my Kindle!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Saraallie's Tweet Logs ~ August 2017

The time has arrived again! Another month comes to an end which calls for posting my Tweet Logs! Ahem ahem: "The Tweet Logs are a concept I have totally cheated (I mean, it is supposed to be inspiration!) from Abbie's blog; perks of being a sister! My Tweet Logs will contain all my Twitter updates for each month. The updates will include tweets by me and those by Abbie which had me tagged or were related to me in some way. Why you ask? Well, my tweets are too awesome to go waste in cyber space thus they shall be recorded on my fabulous blog!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

What's Up and What Will Be

There has been so much going on since a while now. I usually love doing recaps and little blog entries every now and then with a what's been up kind of feel to them but lately my condition has been very similar to the rabbit in Alice In Wonderland! "No time to say hello goodbye, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!" Finally, at the end of August let me quickly catch up with everything!

June passed by quick with Ramadan vibes and the blessed feels. In the month of June I baked my heart out and when the month came to an end we celebrated Eid with more food and lots of family time.

Next began the month of July and we hung out our Star Spangled Banner on the Fourth which was a treat for my darling Gubby who thought it was something fun to pose and take pictures with. I enjoyed a girly day with Abbie and a girlfriend over Cajun Chicken and Veggies which was refreshing and super fun. Also during July I enjoyed Summer 2017 to its max with an incredibly awesome Sunday afternoon in a tiny pool with Gubby and some tikka boti fresh off the grill thanks to bro's BBQing. There was a grand family wedding affair next where I loved dressing up, looking gorgeous, and sashaying around in beautiful fancy dresses. Oh and must I also mention the delicious food at the wedding - those Gol Gappay are still fresh on my mind!

During the month of July Abbie and I also discovered a new store at the mall called Box Lunch which has MORE Harry Potter merchandise in addition to Hot Topic's. Oh and speaking of Hot Topic let me not forget how the shop kept sending deals upon deals our way and Abbie and I kept buying more and more Potter stuff. The entire month of July I celebrated the Potterhead magic on my blog (a month long feature I intend to do every year!) It was absolutely magical and I had tonnes of fun celebrating an entire month Harry Potter style so I decided I wanted to read the entire Harry Potter series all over again. BRILLIANT!

Actually, you know what? The month of July was pretty eventful. We also enjoyed our ladies' date at Red Robin where we discovered a new burger style we loved and also tried the garlic herb fries (which were delicious, by the way!). The foodie part wasn't over though because bro, Abbie, mama, and I also headed out to Virginia to devour some seriously delicious Pizza! THAT was serious cheesy goodness (just the thought of that pizza is making me drool again!). With lots of mall days that month too I finally found the perfect black boots and jean jacket I had been wanting since forever! It was my lucky day!

The month of July commenced in Virginia where the ladies and I headed for a Summer BBQ and picnic besides the lake. Seriously, this is probably the year I have enjoyed the Summer season the most. I'm not a Summer person and I do none of those fun Summer activities everybody usually engages in. So two times BBQ, a pool party, and a picnic - that's a lot of Summer fun and definitely lots of outdoor time for me! This is the closest to nature I can get during the hot Summery days. Not for me!

Finally began the month of August. August is never happening because no birthdays, no events, no good seasons, no nothing - but it was a fine month ... okayish. If you know what I mean! August has been very wet and rainy. Something about which I am not complaining because I like rain and I also think these rains will bring me closer to the start of Fall - my most favorite season! Hey, I even spotted a beautiful rainbow! How awesome is that?! I went for some more shopping during August and found some really pretty new dresses that are perfect to refresh my wardrobe for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons.

There were some good surprises that came my way during August too. I also tried two new recipes and they turned out to be really yummy. A major highlight of the month was also the Eclipse of the Century! The mind boggling eclipse occurred and Abbie, mama, bro, and I were all out on our patio with our phones ready to capture the brilliance. Abbie and I got pretty cool videos to show off too!

Laadee daa deedaa! August has come to an end too now and I'm getting closer and closer to Fall! A few more days and the most wonderful season of the year shall begin. Woohoo! Before Fall though there's one big event happening in my life. I'm traveling to Canada for a short and sweet holiday! Eid will be spent there and there's going to be lots of family meet ups (not looking forward to those). I'll be back soon and hopefully so with lots of awesome memories to share here on my blog! So I'm off to pack my bags for the never ending super long road trip to Canada ...

Until my awesomeness returns with much more ... XoXo!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Award of Sweetest Excellence for Sara's Baked Creations

The month of July brought the sweetest accolade my way when Sara's Baked Creations was recognized, featured, and given an Award of Sweetest Excellence. I was taken by surprise one fine morning when Amazing Cake Ideas left a wonderful post on my Facebook page. Abbie saw it before me and as I walked into the kitchen to get my morning chai she said, "Your cake is featured on a website and in some competition!!!" Confused, I instantly checked my phone for the notifications and there it was, the sweetest post on my page waiting for me!

"Hello Sara's Baked Creations, Congratulations! We are truly amazed on one of your amazing cake masterpieces, that's why we featured and included it in a competition ..."

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? The post sounded so awesome! My cake! Featured on a website! Entered into a competition! All without me doing anything at all! It was the first time I was coming across the Amazing Cake Ideas website and I hadn't even known about the competition yet my cake had been chosen! I felt so great! I immediately went on their site to check which one of my cake masterpieces had been chosen for a competition titled 'World's Most Dependable Cake Decorator'.

The Jungle Safari Cake by Sara's Baked Creations

Amazing Cake Ideas had chosen and featured the jungle themed cake I had baked for my baby doll Gubby's second birthday. It's one of my favorite cakes - but then every cake I make is special to me, so I can't really pick favorites *laughs* - it's one of those cakes that has the most beautiful memories attached to it. My baby doll had loved it, she had been fascinated by how fun and awesome it looked, and she'd been so happy celebrating her second birthday by cutting this beautiful cake.

The competition had my cake featured with other beautiful cakes by other talented bakers and was vote based. So everyone set about sharing their cakes so friends and those who loved our cakes would vote for them. A couple weeks later the competition ended and I got some more good news!

"Congratulations Sara's Baked Creations! You made it to the top! We really appreciate your participation in the competition."

My gorgeous Jungle Safari Birthday Cake had reached the top! I'd won second place in the competition and Amazing Cake Ideas had compiled a sweet little video of the top cakes to celebrate. I woke up to find the sweet surprise once again in the form of a congratulatory post on my page. How very awesome! I was delighted! It made my heart happy to have my cake featured and loved!

Such a moment of pride! Here's to many more awesome cakes and successes as I continue on with Sara's Baked Creations' Mission Sweetness! *takes a bow*
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