Year-End Wrap, 2014!

Hey Readers!

It’s almost 2015, so it is only fitting that I do a year-end wrap of everything I loved about Reese Speaks for 2014! It was a really good year, and I am so pleased with what I have accomplished. I have written more posts this year, both for myself and for other blogs/publications than I did this year, and the experiences I had were so interesting and fun.  Here are a few of my fav parts of 2014!

Fav Posts

The Tulip Festival – I wrote quite a few posts this past year, so this has to be the hardest section to pick my favs from! Out of all of the posts I wrote for Reese Speaks, one of my favs had to be about visiting this festival at Dow’s Lake here in Ottawa, ON! I really love going to this festival every year as the varieties of tulips are all so beautiful to look at, and I loved all of the exhibits, statues and entertainment available for festival-goers to take in.  I can’t wait to see what this festival has in store for attendees this coming year!

 

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 Saucy Pork Tenderloin – Out of all of the food I shared with you this year, this recipe for my other half’s Saucy Pork Tenderloin had to be my absolute fav! I dream about this dish! It was juicy, flavourful, and, well, saucy! It’s also easy to make, as I even attempted to make this dish myself last year! It is one that you should try for yourself one night for dinner!

 

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My Encounters of the Y&R Kind – This post was a great one for me to write about because I got to share with you one of my secret passions away from the computer: The Young and the Restless. It is my fav soap, and I have been watching it since I could remember. I also love how the stars of the show like to interact with their fans, and I wrote about how getting into the fab world of social media allows me to get them know them more as people away from their roles.

 

Can you guess which autograph belongs to which actors on Y&R? Guess which one belongs to Eric Braeden? Trust me, it's not a hard one to find! :P

Can you guess which autograph belongs to which actors on Y&R? Guess which one belongs to Eric Braeden? Trust me, it’s not a hard one to find! 😛

 

Fav Experiences

Ottawa’s Italian Week Festival – This is an experience I like to enjoy with my kids every year! I like to spend a day on Preston Street celebrating with other revelers of this festival, watching beautiful cars race by, playing with my kids at the mini amusement park set up for them to enjoy, and enjoying the community come out for events to celebrate their heritage.

 

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Meeting Melody Thomas Scott – This was such a great Ladies’ Day out at the Women’s Show with my friend, Sandy, as Y&R watchers, we got to meet MTS! She was funny and really down to earth. It was so much fun to also talk to other soap lovers while we waited for the show to get started as well as in line to meet the soap icon.  It was a day I will never forget!

 

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Getting Engaged – This has to be put on the highlight reel for my year-end wrap, because, well, it’s a big step in my life! As I said in the post, I’m not too sure as to the ins and outs of this new stage in my life, but it was a surprise from my other half, and one that we can explore together until we take the next step: Marriage!

 

Fav MMMM Picks

Radio Head – “15 Step” – I was never a big Radio Head fan until my other half introduced me to them. Then I fell in love with them instantly! This is one of my fav songs from this group, and off of their In Rainbows album. It is also very different from most of my MMMM picks, which is another reason why I chose this pick as one of my favs this year!

No Doubt – “Underneath It All” – I have loved No Doubt for a long time, and I chose this MMMM pick as one of my favs because it was my fav of the picks that I chose to play for a long weekend to mellow things out, yet still get you in a good mood to start off your day. This is one of my fav songs from this group as well.

Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It” – Although this song was also played on a long weekend, I chose this song as one of my favs for two reasons: a) It’s a fab song to get moving to any day of the week, including the Labour Day Long Weekend Monday; and b) it was also my most popular MMMM post this year! What can I say, a lot of people love this song!

 

Fav Christmas Picks

Christmas Movie Picks: Family Edition – Out of all of the television and movie picks I wrote this Christmas season, this one had to be my fav because these were favs of my family that we watched over and over again, not only during this Christmas, but throughout the year as well.

Chuck Berry – “Run, Rudolph, Run” – I chose this MMMM pick that was also a part of my Christmas Hit List because it is a fav with my family, and it is a song that got us all in the Christmas spirit! We listened to this song  A LOT over the past few weeks, and I know will be requested to be heard over and over again during future Christmas seasons!

Mary J. Blige – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – I will probably have this song played on my Christmas Hit List every year.  I love Mary J. Blige, and her version of this song gets me really excited about Christmas Day.  I try not to play this song too much until a few days before the big day, and when it is played on Christmas Day, it makes me think about all of the good things that have happened throughout the year, and how thankful I am to have the amazing family and friends I have around me.

 

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I Had A Lot Help From My Friends

Okay, Readers, this is a wrap for my Year-End Wrap, 2014! These were some of the bright spots on Reese Speaks this year. My year would not have been as bright if it was not for so many people! My first thanks has to go to you, Readers! A blog, big or small, is supported by those who take the time to read it, and I have to thank you for all of the support you have given me! I also want to thank other bloggers who follow my blog. The blogging community is such a supportive one, and I love how great bloggers can be.  Thank you to the blogs and publications that allowed me to read the stories they share, and to allow me to share on their sites as well! Last, but certainly not least, to my family. These people are not just the people who I am related to (who I love dearly and thanks profusely everyday), but who are my friends who are like family to me.  You have helped me, supported me, listened to me (patiently) when needed to vent, and have made me a better person by allowing me to learn from you. I am eternally grateful to you, and I am humbled to be around. Thank you, whether I’m related to you, engaged to you, or who I have met along this crazy journey of life, for this past year, and the help you have given to my blog.

I wish everyone the best for 2015, and let’s see what experiences I will get to share with you this year at Reese Speaks!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

 

 

 

Reese’s New Found Treasures – Miu Miu’s New Heel for Fall/Winter 2014 Season by A Stairway to Fashion

Hey Readers!

If you are a fashionista, you are going to love this post! I came across this latest new found treasure while going through all of the blogs I follow called A Stairway to Fashion.  It is one of the shoes from Miu Miu’s New Heel for Fall/Winter 2014 Collection.  I just love it! It’s my favourite one out of the ones shown from this collection.  It’s chic and unique.  It’s also such a fun shoe to look at!

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I love fashion, and shoes are a secret passion of mine! If had my way I would have a walk-in closet, and a large portion of it would be devoted to shoes.  There would even be shoes on display in there that I wouldn’t wear because I feel that they’re too good for me to sully outside of the house because they are works of art.  That is how I feel about this collection.  They are gorgeous show pieces, and I had to share this one with you!

I really have to thank the fashion blog A Stairway to Fashion for first showcasing this amazing collection! It is one of my favourite fashion blogs to follow, and there is  so much to look at lust over. It is really an amazing blog to read.

That’s another new found treasure to add to my collection in my virtual treasure chest! What would you add to your virtual treasure chest if you had one?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Reese’s 2014 Acadamy Awards Wrap-Up

Hey Readers!

Well, Oscar® Night has come and gone.  The dresses have spun their way across the Red Carpet, the pizza has been eaten, and the little golden guys have new homes with the winners of last night’s event.  With Ellen DeGeneres at the helm, the 86th Academy Awards was a night of fun, fashion and food!  To wrap it up for you, below are the winners from the categories I picked from a few days ago.

Best PictureCaptain PhillipsNope! I was wrong here! The winner was 12 Years a Slave. I thought Tom Hanks was going to pull a lucky rabbit out of his hat to get this win.

Best ActorChiwetel Ejifor (12 Years a Slave). Wrong, again! Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) got the statue in this category.

Best ActressCate Blanchette (Blue Jasmine) Yay! She looked gorgeous last night, too!

Best Supporting ActorBradley Cooper (American Hustle).  No, it was Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) who won in this category. Man, it’s not looking too good for my picks, is it?

Best Supporting ActressLupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) She was beautiful in her gown last night, and her acceptance speech was so heart-felt.

Best Animated FilmFrozen. Yes, another correct pick, but this one was a no-brainer.

Best Original Song“Let It Go” (Frozen). This one was a tough pick.  It was a toss-up between this song and U2’s Original Love.  I’m glad I stuck with my pick!

I’m not sure why I didn’t have a pick for Best Director.  Alfonso Cuarón won the statue for Gravity.  This movie picked up just about every besides Best Actress (Sandra Bullock was nominated), and Best Picture.
Well, Readers, I had fun watching the big show last night.  It didn’t feel as though the night was dragging along at all!  I hope Ellen comes back next year to host.  She really did make the evening fun. Overall, from my picks for winners, I was about 60% on the money.  It’s not great, but it’s not bad, either.

How did your picks hold up?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Reese’s Thoughts for 2014

Hey Readers!

You are probably waking up after your night of festivities thinking about what you are going to do to improve yourself for 2014.  Whether you create New Year’s resolutions for yourself of not, this post might help you begin this year on the right foot.  One of my friends on Facebook, (Thanks, TKC!) posted this picture to get people thinking about the New Year, and I thought I’d share it with you!  It’s about starting off the New Year fresh and starting over.

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I’m definitely going to take this advice to heart!  Cheers to new beginnings for 2014, and leaving the past in 2013!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.