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Being Normal Gets Boring, So I Go Back To Being Me: Very Inspiring Blogger Award

TGIF, y’all! Also, Happy 4th of July to my my American friends!

I am so so ecstatic it’s finally Friday! This weekend is going to be extraordinary, but you’ll have to wait till Monday. #sorrynotsorry

Nevertheless, I have something super exciting to share with you. One of my favorite bloggers, Salt *wait… Her name is Lauren! wink wink!*, from Run Salt Run nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I love her blog and have a tremendous respect for her as an athlete and a mommy. I am so so honored that she even thought of me! *Pinky swear!* You should definitely head over to her blog if you still haven’t done so. She is AWESOME! ❤

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There are a few rules I have to follow:

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

I came up with 7 FUN facts about me, so you have to promise that you won’t blackmail me with any of these! *I am serious! LOL!* 

1. When my husband asked me to marry him, I never actually said ‘Yes’.

will you marry me

That’s horrible, right?

It may sound strange, but I really had no clue he was going to propose to me that night. I should have known better because Justin even told me to pack a nice dress and a pair of high heels, when we went to Mont Tremblant for 2 days.

You’ll say it was evident. But listen to this, when we were having supper at this super fancy restaurant, he started asking me about how I would like him to propose to me, whether I’d want to ask my dad first, etc. Obviously, any suspicions that I may have had evaporated. So when Justin stood on his knee, it took me by surprise! I got all emotional and I pretty much forgot to answer the most important question of my life.

Fun fact: I am pretty sure that our waiter thought we broke up. Little does he know! *Haha!*

2. When I am scared something weird happens to my face…

Zip-lining

and body…

Jumping over the fire

First picture

It was the first ever time I went zip-lining. I am not scared of heights or anything, but what got me super worried is the wooden block that is supposed to make you stop. I was going so fast that I had no idea how hard I would hit it… It wasn’t that bad after all. *LOL!*

Second picture

This shot was taken this past weekend. I had it all planned out in my head and was supposed to jump over the fire holding hands with Justin, but it didn’t happen. I made sure to jump up high, smile and look all pretty. It seems that the camera man had another plan for me… He decided to take a shot at the moment I was landing and when my face was in the process of registering the heat from fire. Lesson learned: Keep smiling for 2 seconds after you jump over the fire no matter what it takes.

*PS. It’s okay to laugh at my unfortunate photographs… Go on! Don’t feel bad! LOL!* 

3. I almost destroyed someone’s house is Antigua.

ATV tour

On our honeymoon, we decided to go on ATV tour around the island. Two other couples joined in. From what I overheard, it wasn’t their first time driving ATVs. I got all courage I had and pretended to be a big girl who could do it too. Well… It didn’t last long… Not even a minute into it, my ATV swerved and I almost  hit somebody’s house. I am pretty sure that one of the walls would be gone if I indeed hit it!..

Or was it an excuse to hold on to my hubby for the next 3 hours? Hmmm… I guess, you’ll never know. *Wink, wink!*

4. I believe that Monopoly is EVIL.

funny-family-happy-Monopoly-angry

Once during holidays I was naive enough to agree to play Monopoly with Justin’s brother and sister… BIG MISTAKE! I will never play this game again! I swear… You see that girl crying in the corner? It was ME! And that little happy punk was Justin’s little sister who was 13 or 14 at the time… Yes, I was angry with a kid!!! And no, I don’t feel bad, she deserved it! * Love you, sissy!!! Haha!*

5. I was so scared/nervous to introduce my parents to Justin’s parents that I ran away and let them figure it out on their own!

graduation

Justin and I went to the same university (I majored in Finance & Justin – in Accounting), so our convocation took place on the same day; however, his ceremony was in the morning and mine – in the afternoon.

At that point of time, we’d been together for almost 2 years and had established great relationships with each other’s families. Justin’s parents wanted to stay to see me get my diploma too. It doesn’t take much to figure out, our families were bound to meet, which both of us were ready for. Well… kind of! Certainly, my nerves weren’t prepared for that…

What did I do? That’s how it went down: “Hi, mommy and daddy! You look great! Here is Justin with his parents and sister… These are my parents! Oh, so sorry! I already have to go to get ready for the ceremony. See you later! Have fun!!!”

Yup… I’m THAT bad! *Now judge me!*

6. I jumped out of a Jacuzzi and rolled in the snow on 3 different occasions just because someone said I wouldn’t do it.

Rolling in the snow

I was sober and cold. Why would I do this three times? Because whoever was taking pictures couldn’t get a decent shot. It was totally worth it though! Call me a daredevil! *Haha!* 

7. I make weird faces when I am bored. 

Bored

But don’t we all?!

Here are my nominations *who weren’t yet nominated by somebody else*:

  1. Stamped With a Heart
  2. Run For The Pizza
  3. Abs of Steel
  4. Must Love Jogs
  5. Fueled by LOLz
  6. Running on Healthy
  7. Northern Ambitions
  8. Liveng Proof
  9. Daydreams & Shoestrings
  10. The Gluten-Free Treadmill
  11. Fairytales & Fitness
  12. Life Between the Miles
  13. Runaway Bridal Planner
  14. Mar On the Run
  15. NY Life Supply

have a great day

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Here are some of my previous nominations:

Anyone else forgot to say ‘Yes’ to man of your dreams? Any horror Monopoly stories? Bad race shots? Spill it out! Haha!

xoxo
Olena

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My Blog is 1 Month Old!

Yesterday, my blog hit its first milestone and is officially 1 month old!

It’s been an incredible month and a great learning experience! I’ve never been a very creative person and definitely not a writer. However, I’ve definitely found out for myself that when there is a will, there is a way. I’m excited for what the future holds!

I also wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for checking up on my blog from time to time! You have no idea what driving force and inspiration you are to me! THANK YOU!

In today’s post, I’d like to do a quick recap of this past month’s posts. I’d love to hear what you guys think and what you’d like to see more of in the comments below!

First of all, if you would like to find out the reason behind me deciding to start blogging and why my blog is called CANDIES & CRUNCHES, you should definitely check it out here & here.

Some of my most popular posts became:

My readers also enjoyed the following workouts and fitness challenges:

’30 burpees for 30 days’ Spartan Challenge 

7 reasons to include burpees in your workout

Incline Treadmill Workout

12 benefits of incline treadmill workout

This 7-Minute Workout:

7-minute workout

And this Lean Legs Pyramid:

LeanLegsPyramid

Stretching Exercises to keep your body young and flexible.

Quadriceps Stretch in Lunge

Also, this month was definitely a SOUP month because these *warm liquids* make winter so much better, which is perfect for someone like me who HATES cold weather!

Butternut Squash Soup

Your butternut squash soup is ready!

Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana is ready!

French Onion Soup Gratinée

French Onion Soup Gratinée

But then, it’s not only about soups! Check out these 2 cool drinks:

Gluhwein a.k.a. perfect winter drink. WORD!

Gluhwein is ready!

Or this vitamin-charged Banana Mango Kale Smoothie!

Green smoothie is ready

Finally, some fun suggestions on how to:

And last but not the least, meet our newest family member, our beautiful German Shepherd puppy, Bella!

Bella - German Shepherd

xoxo
Olena

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Newlywed Survival Guide

Happy Monday y’all!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was pretty eventful! I am so happy that my Christmas shopping is ALMOST done! Fewwwhhh! It is such a great feeling! I mean, I love giving gifts, but goshhhh, sometimes thinking of what to get is sooooo toughhhh, it’s a mood killer, don’t you find?! Oh, and I finally got the CORRECT wedding date on my band(read more on this here)!

On Saturday, Justin and I decided to go to Juliette et Chocolat. It is a restaurant in Montreal, where you can get your chocolate fix, duh! Haha! Anyhow, while sipping on my delicious chai latte, I looked around to get in on some of the happiness and excitement. A couple of tables away from us, there were 4 teenagers: 2 boys and 2 girls. Right away, I noticed that one of the boys was looking shyly at a girl in front of him; I could tell that he liked her. And this made me think.

chai latte

Since I was little, I’ve had so many crushes: in kindergarten, elementary school, high school, college, you name it! We (girls) are always on the look out for our prince charming. Then one day, you meet him. You don’t really think he is your prince charming, but you like him, and decide to give it a try, just because he gives you butterflies in the stomach. And then it happens: you fall in looooove! You fall in love sooooo hard that nothing even matters anymore: the lack of sleep or mad friends, whatever! After going out for a couple of years, an annoying thought starts bugging you: Is he going to propose? When is it going to happen? *Okay, stop denying it, we’ve all been there!* Then before you know it, the day comes, and the love of your life is standing on his knee. You cry, you laugh, and you FREAK OUT! Why? Because there is a huge wedding to plan! But you get over it, and your BIG day ends up being a huge success! When the honeymoon is over and you’re all tan and happy, all of a sudden, it comes to you… you’re stuck… STUCK FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! * So dramatic, eh?! Well, I tried! Haha!*

Okay, stop freaking out for a moment and let me tell you something: Don’t worry that much! There are actually a few good uses for your husbands!

They can paint.

Painting

They can give you a foot massage for free!!! *a definite bonus*

foot massage

You can occasionally hold on to them when you need it.

support

And this one is the best: YOU CAN BLAME IT ON THEM, when it’s actually you who is craving junk food! Ha!

Pizza in Antigua

Fine, I’m not thaaaat bad! And even though I actually enjoy all of the mentioned above benefits, I love my husband very much. But let’s be honest here. It’s not always all moonlight and roses. You have to work on your relationship. And the good news is it’s possible to fall in love with your husband OVER & OVER again! I swear!

I compiled a quick list of ideas on how you can spice up a relationship with your loved one. Enjoy and take some notes!

10 ways to keep on falling in love over & over again

What are your thoughts? How do you keep your relationship fresh and exciting? I LOVE hearing from you!

xoxo
Olena

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What Is Your Marriage Expiration Date?

How would you feel if your marriage or relationship had an expiration date?

YES, I’m super happy with my husband. And, NO, I didn’t hit my head this morning. In fact, last weekend we celebrated our 3-monthaversary of our wedding and we are looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together!

Feeling a bit lost? Don’t worry, I would be too! Let me put things in perspective for you.

The day of our wedding was, without a doubt, the happiest day of our lives! Even though, both of us were super nervous in the morning, waiting impatiently to see each other at the church, I wouldn’t change a thing!

This is me getting ready and about to faint from all excitement, nerves, lack of sleep, you name it!

the morning of

Here is my man, trying to look all confident and faking that ‘I can do it, no big deal’ look, but *we all know* freaking out deep inside.

Happy Justin

This is the moment of truth with nowhere to run.

the moment of truth

Here is us, officially married, super excited for what the future holds for us and ready to celebrate!

Finally married

And, finally, this is us dancing the night away!

dancing the night away

So where did it all go wrong??? What if I told you that it happened here!

making it happen

Haha! Are you even more confused than ever? Don’t worry, even we weren’t aware of what was about to happen! Actually, it took us quite a while to even realize that we had an ‘expiration date’!

So how in the world did we get it???

You see, both of our rings have our names and the wedding date engraved on them…

our wedding bands

About 2 months after the wedding, I was showing my dad our wedding pictures, including the one above. He was really surprised because, with all pre-wedding craziness, I forgot to tell him about this little detail. Obviously, like any great dad, he wanted to take a closer look at my wedding band. And then, it happened! I realized that the date was written wrong: 31.8.31 instead of 31.8.13!!! Can you imagine my shock?! I’m not sure if I even slept well that night!

oh no they got my wedding date wrong

That’s when some of my friends started joking around about the expiration date. Clearly, we went to see a jeweler to fix the error, and guess what? We got a NEW ‘expiration’ date instead: 13.8.31! Haha! Anyhow, I strongly believe that the third time is a charm (right?!?!) and I should have the correct wedding date on my band anytime this week! How crazy is that?!

I mostly laughed about it, but, I have to admit, this little inconvenience got me thinking. The truth is we never know how much time we have left with each other on this Earth. Therefore, we should always cherish our moments together, love each other more, and live our lives to the fullest without any excuses, because any day could be our last. I believe in working on relationships and not in giving up when things get tougher, because as we said at the alter “For better or for worse”!

Now let me ask you. Has anything crazy happened to you on your wedding day? How did you go about it?

xoxo
Olena

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