Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November Favourites


First and foremost, my favourite thing this month and for the rest of their lives are my 2 kittens we adopted a couple weeks ago. Summer Rainn & Violet Ocean. I am the kind of person who craves animal companionship, and have been a little depressed lately because I miss Hampton and Chelsea so bad. Josh and I don't want to get a puppy until we have our own home with a fenced yard, but we decided to go check out the animal shelter to see if there were any kittens that we liked. As soon as we walked in the door we were drawn to 2 little grey kittens that were sitting politely in their cage and staring at us with huge sad eyes. I wanted them right away, but thought that 2 cats might be a little much for our small home. 5 minutes later the animal control officer had us convinced that 2 is way better than 1 because they keep each other company and wear each other out, so it's actually easier to get 2. Plus, they were sisters who grew up together and we didn't have the heart to separate them. They were raised by a vet and her 3 year old daughter, so they came litter trained, spayed, dewormed, vaccinated, and half price (in hopes that they wouldn't be split up). Done deal. 15 minutes later we were driving home with them in the backseat. They're such great animals. I'm not even the biggest cat fan but after my family adopted Mackie and Georgie 5 years ago there has been a soft spot in my heart for friendly cats. I couldn't be happier with Violet and Summer. They're hilarious and playful, but cuddly and sweet when I want them to be. So glad they're mine.

BlackBerry White Noise App; Josh 'accidentally' destroyed my fan one night because he hated how it was blowing cold air on him. But I am the lightest sleeper to ever exist, so I need my white noise. I downloaded the app because it was on sale for $1.99, and it's amazing! You can choose between Fan, Air Conditioner, Rain, Crickets, Beach, White Noise, Clock and Stream. Stream is my favourite. I sleep like a baby with this thing! I'm sure the iPhone has something similar to this too.


Sushi - There's this new restaurant in town that Josh and I obsessed with… Shan Hu. BEST sushi, and best Lo Mien I've ever had in my entire life. Very reasonable prices too. We can eat there and stuff our faces for $25 including the tip. Every time we go we're like the only people so the owner always brings us free stuff. Seriously love that place. I'm going there tonight actually for my sister-in-laws birthday! 

Nut Bread - My uncle is an amazing bread maker and he happens to live just down the road from our home. Yesterday he brought over a delectable loaf and I use it for grilled sandwiches with cheddar and feta cheese, avocado, tomato, green onion and cajun chicken. SO GOOD! If you want to try something similar (my uncle keeps his recipes a family secret) you can use any kind of nutty bread from the supermarket.

Songs on my "Fall 2011" Playlist that help me get through my 5km walk;

Lonely Boy- The Black Keys
Criminal - Britney Spears
It Will Rain - Bruno Mars
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard
Big Wheels - Down With Webster
Crazy Girl - Eli Young Band
Ass Back Home - Gym Class Heroes
What Doesn't Kill You - Kelly Clarkson
Narcissistic Cannibal - Korn ft. Skrillex
Young Blood - The Naked and Famous
Sexy and I Know it - LMFAO
Titanium ft. Sia - David Guetta
Over When it's Over - Eric Church
Small Y'all - Kenny Chesney
My Body - Young The Giant
When We Stand Together - Nickelback
Lullaby - Nickelback (ps. Screw you. I like them :P)
Ever After - Marianas Trench
I Like How it Feels - Enrique Iglesias (I loved this at the AMAs)

Lastly, MY WEDDING PHOTOS! Joel did an amazing job on them. Check them out!

That's all for this month,

Taylor Rebecca

Monday, November 14, 2011

Golden Rescue

          You guys obviously know that I am completely in love with my two 10 year old golden retrievers, Chelsea & Hampton. I talk about them all the time, and now that I don't live with them anymore, I make a point to visit them as often as I can. Thankfully my parents live just 10 minutes down the road from Josh and I and I can get over there easily. 
          When Hampton was a puppy we bought him from a reputable breeder in Tilsonburg. From day 1 he was coddled and cared for and my family gave him the best life we could. We even let him sleep in our beds when he cried in his crate at night- Something that every puppy training book will tell you never to do. Woops! He was fed healthy food, taken for walks every day, had a big backyard to play in, and was given (a little too much) attention. 
          Chelsea, on the other hand, had a completely different experience. As a puppy she was given to a spoiled kid in Toronto who decided he didn't want her anymore after she grew out of her 'cute puppy looks'. The kid's parents, not knowing what to do, chained her to a 3 foot rope under a tarp in the backyard and that is where she stayed for the next 3 years of her life. Finally, the neighbours decided they needed to do something about the poor golden retriever being held prisoner in the yard next door. They called the police for animal brutality who referred them to Golden Rescue. 
          Golden Rescue is an non-profit organization who takes in stranded, abandoned, abused, and unhealthy golden retrievers, nurses them back to health, and sees to it that the dogs are being put back into safe and loving homes. 
          When Chelsea was rescued from her home in Toronto, the volunteers were mortified at what they found. Because of 3 years worth of being tied to a tiny rope and not being fed properly, her muscles were gone. She couldn't walk, she was covered in mud, and the pads on her feet were bleeding. It makes me sick thinking about this. How terrible of a human being are you to let this happen to an innocent animal? How can you just forget there is a living creature dying right in your backyard? 
          After intense muscle therapy sessions, a healthy diet, and the extra-loving attention her volunteer caregiver gave Chelsea, she was ready to be put up for adoption. This is where my family comes into play.
          We had just moved from Waterloo to our 120 acre farm near Sauble Beach. Hampton, thinking he was one of the kids, refused to act like a watchdog and bark when people drove up our laneway. My dad is a pilot so he is away often and my mom hated being alone at night without a dog who could protect the house. Her friend told her about Golden Rescue, so she decided to give it a try.
Chelsea a few months after her rescue.
   After going through an interview process to ensure we were a kind family who would give one of their rescue dogs the best life possible, Chelsea was recommended to us. I still remember mom's lecture to my sisters and I as we drove to our first meeting with Chelsea. Okay girls, I know you want another dog very badly, but  we have to go into this meeting knowing that Chelsea probably isn't the right dog for us. I don't want you to get attached to her when this most likely isn't going to work out... Literally, as soon as we walked into the house mom was on the ground hugging Chelsea and cooing things like "do you want to come live with us baby girl?" Niice mom. Sold. 
          A few weeks later, we brought Chelsea home to the farm. She was overweight, didn't know how to eat or drink properly and she had a terrible limp, but we all fell completely in love with her. Even my dad, which he would never admit. She and Hampton grew to adore each other, still unseperable to this day.
          Now Chelsea and Hampton are both ten years old. Chelsea is the picture of health and the perfect watchdog, to my mom's delight. We are so thankful to Golden Rescue for saving and letting us adopt this amazing girl. Life just wouldn't be the same without her. 
           If you are considering adopting a dog, I would highly, highly recommend Golden Rescue. Please check out their website. You'll be doing something good and I guarantee you'll be happy with the results. Chelsea changed our lives for the better and we owe it all to them.
          Ps. Any of my blog readers who decide to adopt from Golden Rescue in the future get a free photography session from me in Bruce County for the shoot of your choice (not including weddings). All you have to do is blog about your Golden Rescue experience and new dog, and send the link to me.
          Taylor Rebecca

Friday, October 28, 2011

October Favourites

Here are some albums you need to check out;

Come to the Well - Casting Crowns
Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay
Ceremonials - Florence + the Machine

I spent a considerable amount of time in Shoppers Drug Mart trying to decide between buying a 50% off Revlon nail polish or Essie's twin colour for triple the price. Essie is such a reliable nail polish brand, but I decided to risk it and go for the cheap Revlon one. LOVE IT! So glad I didn't splurge. If you're looking for an interesting fall shade I highly suggest Revlon's Chocolate Truffle. Thick coverage, easy to apply, and it seriously looks like it could have been Essie's or O.P.I's product. 

This is slightly embarrassing, but my sister brought home a series of books the other day that I was bored and decided to start reading. Turns out I got addicted to them. They're The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. They remind me of mix between Twilight and Harry Potter (pre-movie phase) so if you liked those books, I guarantee you'll like these ones. 

Thanks to Rachel Foster who introduced me to this on our girl's day in the summer, I have been eating it almost every morning for breakfast since then. Go get yourself a bagel… whatever kind of bagel you like. Then buy some herb and garlic cream cheese and slather it on. Next apply either cut up cherry tomatoes or thinly sliced full tomatoes to the bagel, and bam, you've created a delicious sandwich. Mmmmmmmm

And last but not least, a new TV show started this month that is actually really really good. And it's from the producers of LOST, which was pretty much the greatest show to ever exist. It's called Once Upon A Time, and it's a fairytale thriller. Doesn't get much better than that. It just started so you all should probably go get caught up right now before you get too far behind. GO!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Leah Danielle

You know what I love? Photographing my sister, Leah. A) She's gorgeous. B) She's an up-and-coming superstar and C) I get to mess up her hair and make her pose in uncomfortable places like a slippery roof top or a swamp and not even feel bad. Here are some photos we took yesterday.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Never Grow Up

I've been caught up in my childhood memories as of late. Living here, in the exact same place that I spent every summer growing up, has actually been a little strange. Don't get me wrong, I do love it. It's cozy and perfect for a young couple just starting out in their marriage. But sometimes, when I'm here alone, my mind wanders back to my early years on Chesley Lake and my heart and my stomach start doing funny things. 

Nostalgia, I guess you could call it. Homesickness. A sentimental longing and wistful affection for the past. It's almost like I can see the ghost of little Taylor with the wild curls wherever I look. She's in the forest, making treasure maps out of peeled birch bark in her castle of cedar boughs and pine needles. She's floating in the water, shivering and nervous as her dad prepares the boat for her first ever waterskiing lesson. She's dancing with her sisters around the bonfire, and she's lying on the dock with her beloved 'Nightwatch' book discovering constellations and counting shooting stars. 

My only fears were thunderstorms and loud noises. I didn't care about how I looked or if I had enough money or how many boys thought I was cute. My grandparents were healthy and able to spend the summers with us. Life at the cottage was so easy back then. It was full of magic and wonder and bliss.

I don't know when it happened. Maybe after my thirteenth birthday, or it could have been before that, the cottage changed. It was still great, but some of the magic had worn off and life outside of Birchcrest was just as important as life in it. The enchanted view on my existence was lifted and I saw things how they truly were. A tree was simply a tree, fairies and mermaids weren't real, I wasn't a princess, and sadly, there were more things to be afraid of than storms. I guess that's part of what growing up is- when child-like wonder dissolves and reality sets in.

I am thankful for those memories, though they have made me a little sad. I am reminded that although I'm an adult now, I should never lose the magic that children see in daily life. And besides, there is new magic I get to have and look forward too now. The magic of finding your true love, of buying our first house, of becoming a mother... 

Just thought I'd share these thoughts with you, as they have been on my mind constantly for the past while.

Hope you're having a fantastic week,

Taylor Rebecca 

Monday, October 10, 2011

AFTER (Lake House Renovations)

Here it is! Keep in mind this place is over 50 years old...

 Guest Bedroom

Come visit! Love,
Taylor Rebecca

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Co-operators

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting these lovely ladies of The Co-operators in Port Elgin. We had such a fun time exploring the harbour in Southampton as well as the beach at Gerry's Fries. So nice meeting you Susan, Darlene, and Amanda! And it was great seeing you again Jade. We did cheerleading together way back in high school, and were part of the best stunt group ever. Go Royals! ;)