Monthly Cross Stitch Challenge – February

    Join me as I challenge myself to complete 2 cross stitch pieces in February |

    Admittedly, my cross stitch hobby has taken a backseat to other priorities in my life over the past few months. This blog being one of those priorities. But now that it’s up and running, I’ve decided that it’s time to get back into it. To keep my inspiration up, I’m challenging myself to complete one cross stitch every month. It might not seem like much, but I just don’t have the time to stay home and stitch for hours on end. So one completed piece in a month should be doable. I even created a tag for it so that you (and I) can keep track of how I’m doing at the beginning and end of the month. In the words of Barney Stinson, challenge accepted!

    For the very latest on my cross stitch, check out my crafts Instagram account: @kathleenxcrafts

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    Makeup, Travel

    Beauty Travel Essentials

    Beauty Travel Essentials |

    Over the past two months or so, I’ve done quite a bit of travelling and staying away from home (for more than I’m used to anyway). In mid-November, I went to Ottawa for a weekend. In early December, I went to California for a week. New Years Eve was spent in a hotel downtown, and I recently spent two days in Niagara Falls. One thing that I always pack with me is my makeup bag. Here are my beauty must haves whenever I go away.

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    Blogging, Personal

    Hello Rebrand!

    Blog Rebrand |

    Announcing my new name change!

    As much as I wanted to stick with my old URL, I felt like it wasn’t really me. Hence I felt the need to rebrand. So I got to thinking about what I could use for my new name. I realize since I already have “KathleenCG_” as my handle on my Instagram, Twitter, AND Pinterest, it only makes sense to have it as my website/blog as well.

    I want to focus mainly on crafts and beauty. However I’m not afraid to branch out and write about other things too, such as music, travel, and lifestyle. My professional work will still have its pages. This is a place for employers to see my work and also get a feel for my personality by reading my blog. My hope is to have a blog that anyone can read and will enjoy. By using my name as the URL, it gives me the chance to switch things up should I decide to change directions in the future.

    When the idea to rebrand hit, the excitement was high to get everything up and running asap. But I realized it’s best to take the time to really perfect things. I really don’t want to have to go through the process of rebranding (again). I had a checklist of things to do, and the launch was not going to happen until everything was completed off the list.

    This blog will be a big commitment to me this 2017. I’m very excited to see where it goes! What are your goals for this year?


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    Another Year In the Books

    Another Year In The Books

    Don’t know about you but my holiday season is always so busy! Hope you all had a great holiday. I had a lovely Christmas spent with family. Santa brought me a portable JBL Bluetooth speaker (this is an affiliate link) and some mobile lens for my phone. Since then I’ve been working away at the World Junior Hockey Championship. Now that I have a little bit of downtime to write, here I am to discuss the year that was 2016.

    Aside from the many unfortunate deaths in pop culture, 2016 had its ups and downs (as does every year). I went on vacation for the first time. At work, I finally feel accepted into a community and made great new friends because of it. I started to cross stitch. I also went through some personal relationship issues throughout the summer but came out a stronger person on the other side. Something I learned there was that at the end of the day, you are the only person who can pick yourself up off the floor. Loved ones can help make the hard times easier, but you need to be able to help yourself first.

    Second most important lesson is to NEVER blow your nose while flying in an airplane. I caught a cold right before I left California and my nose was running on the flight, so I blew it a bit before landing. My ears popped and my head felt like it was going to explode. I promise I’m not just being dramatic. After some research, I read it’s because of the pressure in the cabin. This can probably be very useful to those who fly frequently so I thought I’d share.

    I didn’t have a list of resolutions for 2016, but my main goal was to have a full time job by the end of the year. Seeing as I didn’t complete that this year, that’s going to be my goal for 2017. Hopefully this blog can help me out on that front. In January, I plan to take the time to rebrand – change the name, new logo and header, maybe get business cards done.

    For now, we have one last day left in 2016… let’s make it count! See you in 2017 🙂


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    Personal, Travel

    The Happiest Place On Earth: My Week in California

    My Week in California |

    If you follow me on Instagram then you already know – I spent last week in California! I don’t even know where to begin in writing about my trip… but it was nothing short of magical. Having worked most of my summer and fall away, I thought, hey why not take a vacation? It’s about time I treat myself to some time off. A good friend of mine moved down there last year, and since I’ve never been to California (or any of the west coast really), this turned out to be the perfect opportunity to go visit her and explore.

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