Friday Faves: The best thing that happend to me this week

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Happy Friday Loves. This week I discovered that Waka Waka is the song that helps me run at my peak performance, so I hope it helps send a little motivation your way.

Today’s post is short and sweet; it’s a little bit about running and a lot about the best thing that happened to me all week.

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Has something ever happened to you that didn’t directly involve you but it had such an impact on you that you will be remembering it and talking about for days to come?

Tuesday morning as I was on my way up to the 15th floor of my office building to start my day in corporate communications a woman entered the elevator just as the doors were closing.  Although I didn’t recognize her face (most likely because I’m new at my job and still getting to know everyone) I realized that she was also on her way up to the 15th floor.

What is the one song that always makes you want to sing along?

For me it’s anything by Mariah Carey.  As the elevator doors closed and we started ascending up to our respective offices the woman broke out into song, yep a full blown Broadway show. I am laughing so hard right now as I remember how it happened as if it just happened this morning.

I know that I myself have got carried away when a great song comes onto my iPod; sometimes I even want to sing or dance, but if I am in public I stop myself before my Broadway appearance gets out of hand.  However, the woman was NOT listening to an iPod, I repeat, she did not have an iPod.

What do you do when you can’t believe your eyes and ears?

I can’t even tell you what song the woman was singing.  I was in such shock about what was happening – and so early in the morning no less – that I couldn’t even focus.  This was the best thing that happened to me all week and every time I think about the woman singing in the elevator it brings a smile to my face.  Has anything like this every happened to you?

Have a great weekend.

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Friday Faves: Good Deeds, Family, and Savings

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Happy Friday.  Today is the last day in our Old School Video series, every Friday throughout the summer I featured one of my favourite Old School Videos.  Starting next Friday I have some new surprises in store for everyone, so be sure to keep reading My Diary Entry.  This song brings back a lot of memories for me.  Every time I hear this song I just want to start doing the Running Man Dance.  Music affects so many of us in so many different ways, whenever something monumental happens in my life I always remember what song I was listening to and what music video I was watching.

This time last week I was getting ready for my volunteering activities with The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.  This was my second time volunteering for the 2-day event and just like last year, I had a great time.  I reconnected with some returning volunteers and I made some new friends.

The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers hosts walks in various cities throughout Canada to raise money for cancer research and patient services. This year The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers had over 1700 participants and raised over $3.7 million.  I was very impressed to see a lot of individual, family and corporate participants.  Some of the corporate participants included L’Oreal Paris, TD Bank, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Bank of Montreal and Royal (Toilet Paper).

To see more photos from The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers check out my album on Facebook.  If we aren’t friends on Facebook, then just send me a friend request, I promise to accept.

Have a great weekend and enjoy these great posts from my Blogging Friends:

Save Up – Top 5 Reasons We Don’t Save Money

Blonde on a Budget – Summer is Almost Over and I’m Falling for Fall

Serendipity’s Guide To Saving – It’s Not Right But It’s Okay

How’s Married Life? – Long Way to Go

So Over This - How Far Would You Go For Family?

Love Always,

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Happy Birthday Beyonce!

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It’s September 4th and that means its Beyonce Knowles birthday. This year Beyonce is 30 years old. I have a love/hate relationship with Ms. Beyonce Knowles aka Mrs. Jay-Z.  I love her music but I hate her diva personality. Beyonce is one of the women on my boyfriend’s free pass list. This means that my boyfriend can sleep with Beyonce and we don’t have to break up, or he can leave me for Beyonce and there will be no hard feelings.

One of the reasons that I don’t like Beyonce is because she broke up one of my favourite girl groups Destiny’s Child to become a solo RnB artist. Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams are the two former members of Destiny’s Child, and Kelly Rowland was my favourite Destiny’s Child member. Although I was disappointed that Destiny’s Child broke up as a group it was really no surprise that Beyonce wanted to become a solo artist.  Beyonce’s family has always played an active role in her career with her Mother designing the wardrobe choices for Destiny’s Child and her Father was their Manager. It was obvious that Beyonce’s family only had her best interest at heart.  Is it a good idea to mix business with family if the family is not yours?

The second reason why I am not a huge fan of Beyonce is because Beyonce married Jay-Z.  This is really too bad for me because I was planning to marry Jay-Z. Many years ago I remember seeing Destiny’s Child make a cameo in the HOVA video and I thought to myself “Wow! Jay-Z and Beyonce are sitting a little bit too close to each other”, if you know what I mean. I never thought in a million years that Jay-Z would date, marry, or have a baby with Beyonce Knowles…but I was wrong, and I am totally heartbroken.

Beyonce was in a successful group with Destiny’s Child.  However, she is now a solo singer, and her two former co workers became her back up dancers.  Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were featured in one of Beyonce’s solo videos, as well as on a live performance at an awards show. I think its great that Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, the two former members of Destiny’s Child, are still friends with Beyonce Knowles.  I don’t know if I could remain friends with someone who broke up a successful group to become a solo artist, and then ask me to be a back up dancer in their video.  Would you (or do you) mix business with friendships?

In honour of her 30th birthday, here are my 3 Favourite Beyonce videos. Enjoy!

DIVA

Irreplaceable

Get Me Bodied

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NKOTBSB Concert Review

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On Tuesday June 7 I went to the Bell Center in Montreal to see the NKOTBSB Concert with my friend Gabriella.  As I was born in 1980 and admittedly I totally love the New Kids on the Block.  I saw them 3 times when I was younger in the 1990’s, and I was extremely excited to see them again in 2011.  My teddy bear is named Jordan after Jordan Knight.  I received my teddy bear Jordan as a Christmas gift in 1989, and 22 years later I still sleep with him every night.

The Bell Center was packed with screaming teenagers, young adults, and some not so young women.  I was very impressed to see the age range of NKOTBSB female fans, along with some male fans.  I was also impressed that people wore NKOTBSB t-shirts and made posters; it was like being back in the 1990’s all over again.

I originally bought tickets to see New Kids on the Block, and I was surprised to learn that I really like The Backstreet Boys.  I was singing along to all of The Backstreet Boys songs just as much as I was singing along to the New Kids on the Block songs. It was fun to take a night off from being a young professional and become a fun loving screaming NKOTBSB fan!

The NKOTBSB concert was complete with all the greatest hits such as The Right Stuff, Quit Playing Games With My Heart, Cover Girl, I Want It That Way, and Step by Step.  The encore performances were Hangin Tough by NKOTB and Everybody by BSB.

I have to be honest; I thought that The Backstreet Boys were better on stage than New Kids on the Block.  The Backstreet Boys performance was more energetic and they had more audience interaction than New Kids on the Block.  The Backstreet Boys brought four female fans onto the stage out of the audience to personally serenade them.  Some of the girls were singing along, one looked like she was going to cry, and the other one was so shocked (or scared) that she didn’t move an inch throughout the whole song.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself during the night of the NKOTBSB concert in Montreal, partially because of the boy band show and partially because of my fun loving friend Gabriella.  I always have a great time whenever we hang out together.  Our night was complete with dancing, screaming, and carefree fun.  The NKOTBSB concert was complete with synchronized dance moves, heart-throbbing songs, pelvis thrusting, and a shirtless Donnie. When you are the brother of Marky Mark it’s only normal to have a hot body!

The one thing that Gabriella and I did not do was buy any souvenirs.  I know that NKOTBSB fans have grown up from teenagers into young adults with disposable income but seriously…$25 for a flashing glow light or a pair of I heart NKOTBSB underwear is totally ridiculous!

Here are some pictures of the real Jordan Knight, an KNOTBSB poster, and the ultimate boy band member (and Gabriella’s BF) Justin Timberlake:

Tahnya Kristina  

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My Favourite Love Songs

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Happy Valentine’s Day! This week I am in the mood for love; and what better way to celebrate the love (or loves)  in our lives than with some great music.

These are my favourite songs about love, falling in love, and being in love. Every time I hear them I get chills. I also get another emotion that won’t be mentioned on this blog. (wink wink)

Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey.  This is one of Mariah Carey’s earlier songs, and it’s just a great song that always makes me smile.  The beat is not so slow that it is sexy, and it’s not too fast that it is a song for dancing. It’s just a great song to sit back in the arms of your loved one, or reminisce about your past loves.  Even if you break up, a true love will always be a part of you.  If your love is truly meant to be, it’s only a matter of time until you are together again.

Angel by Natasha Bedingfield. I love this song because it’s about loving your man so much that you would do anything for him.  I love the climax of this song, it makes me smile and think about all of the great times that I’ve had with my boyfriend in the past.  This is a song about the strength of true love.

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith.  This is the famous song from the movie Armageddon, and it makes me cry whenever I hear it. The song is about loving someone so much that you want to spend every minute of every day with them.  You don’t want to fall asleep because you don’t want to miss even a second of time that could be spent together with your love.  It makes me cry because I think that Armageddon is one of the Saddest Movies of All Time.

Be Without You by Mary J Blige. Mary J is definitely one of my favourite R and B singers.  I have loved her every since her song Real Love came out back in the early 90’s.  This song is about loving someone so much that it hurts.  When he isn’t lying beside you, you can sleep without him; and when he isn’t by your side, you are thinking about him.

My Boo by Alicia Keys and Usher.  You may remember from a previous post that I love this song.  I could listen to it over and over again without ever getting bored. This song is about that uncontrollable feeling of our first kiss with our first love.  It’s about the one love of your life that got away. No matter where life takes us, every now and then we stop and think about the feeling of falling in love with our first (and maybe our one and only) true love. (The song starts at 0.53 seconds into the video).

Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight and the Pips. This is an oldie but goodie. I always get chills whenever I hear this song in my iPod, and I wasn’t even alive when it first came out. I love this song because it is about a love so strong that you are willing to give up your dreams for your loved one.  “I’d rather live in his world, than be without him in mine.”

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