5 Things: Girls Weekend, Scottish Festival, signed books, Musketeers, new reads

I recognize that this post is late – it should have gone up yesterday – but I’m not gonna lie. I totally forgot that it wasn’t scheduled already, so here we are on a beautiful and hot Saturday morning (I’m actually heading to my cousin’s wedding in a couple of hours) and there’s just enough time to squeak this in.

Thus, without any further ado here are my 5 Things from this week that brought me joy. As always this post is inspired by Emily’s 5 Things from Cupcakes and Cashmere.


Last weekend was a Girls Weekend. We went to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and stayed at White Oaks. The day was starting off at 6:00 am for pick up because we were going to be going to the Scottish Festival in Fergus. Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander, was going to be signing books. I was set to drive. Unfortunately, my anxiety the night before was over the top, and I didn’t end up sleeping. I had also worked myself into such a state that when the time came to leave, I just couldn’t do it. But, with some lightning quick changes the other three were able to go and meet Diana. My brother ended up giving me a serious pep talk later on the in the morning, and I was able to meet them at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Girl Weekend was a go for me 🙂


I was not there to get my copy of Outlander signed, but unbeknownst to me Shannon bought a copy for me there, and Sabrina got in line and got it signed for me. Natalie got in line and got some copies for Shannon signed (there was a limit of three). My girls are awesome. Also if you haven’t read Outlander – jump on it.


The night before Girls Weekend, Shannon, Doug and I went to the Scottish Festival in Fergus to see the opening tattoo and ceremony. I also did some shopping a got this great (and amazingly soft) t-shirt that on the front says “Lift here” and on the back says “Official Kilt Inspector.” My Nana when she saw that said it was “very cheeky.”

musketeers season 3

One of my favourite shows in BBC’s The Musketeers. It is such an awesome show, and I am incredibly upset and sad that it got cancelled after only 3 seasons. I got tired of waiting for season 3 to come to Netflix (but the first 2 seasons are there!) so I bought it and watched it in 2 days. So worth it.


I’m currently reading The Assistants by Camille Perri, and I’m really enjoying it. It is silly and completely hilarious. I also got it out of the library (I had it on hold for a while) which I’m very proud about because I’m working on spending less money and using the library more often.



Girls Day Out

Yesterday, was a girls day out with a couple of my best friends. We’d been planning this for a month or so, and were incredibly excited that the weather turned out so beautifully. Our destination was Niagara-on-the-Lake (apparently a lot of people’s destinations yesterday), and the new outlet mall that is quite close by.

We are not fantastic early morning risers when we don’t have to get up for work, however we were on the road by about 9:15 (after stopping for some Tim Hortons. You can’t start a road trip, no matter how small or how big, without some Tim Hortons. It’s just unCanadian if you do.) and on our way to shopping heaven.

Between the four of us ladies purchases were made at Kate Spade (I may have gotten my very first Kate Spade purse…it’s so beautiful), a kitchen store, Nike, some jewelry stories, the list goes on. After the outlet mall we made our way to our favourite winery Pillitteri. We had gone to Pilitteri for the first time last month for one of the girl’s birthday parties. We did a wine tour and tasting, which was a lot of fun. However, we were fresh out of the wine that we bought that time, so we had to go back.

We had a couple of bottles of wine each, when this elderly lady appeared behind the counter and motioned us over. She told us that if we bought a case of win – which was 12 bottles – they give us one of the 12 for free. We were completely on board with that. The elderly lady then talked to us too about the Gewurztraminer Riesling and how it was made, and all of a sudden we had more than 12 bottles. So we decided to make it 24. Two cases of wine. Turns out that the elderly lady is Mrs. Pillitteri herself. Her and her husband started the winery and it’s now in its third generation of Pillitteris’ working and owning the winery.

Post winery, we did lunch at Niagara-on-the-Lake, then we did some shopping. It was a completely beautiful day out, and it was just nice to walk and hang out in the sunshine.

Hanging out with my girls, and enjoying the sunshine, was a perfect way to spend yesterday – as well at completely necessary. I relax with my girls. We’ve known each other for too long to have any filters with each other, and so it just ended up being a perfect day and just what I needed.