What I Read in May

Today I’m sharing the books that I read over the last month.

Is anyone else also experiencing the perfect weather for reading outside right now? A book, a lawn chair in the shade, and something to drink is a perfect way to spend an hour or two. I read six books this month and I’m sharing my thoughts on them in this post.

The Face on the Milk Carton

I picked this one up at the thrift store a few weeks ago. As soon as I saw it on the shelf it brought back all kinds of memories of reading it as a kid. I even remember exactly what the cover looked like. The Face on the Milk Carton (affiliate link) is about a girl who sees her face face on a missing kids milk carton. She spends the book trying to figure out who she is and who her biological parents are. This is the first of 5 books in this series.

After I had read The Face on the Milk Carton I watched the TV movie based on the first two books. It stars Kellie Martin and Edward Herrman (Rory’s grandfather from Gilmore Girls) and is just as cheesy as you’d expect a mid 90’s TV movie to be.

The Bungalow Mystery, The Mystery at Lilac Inn, and The Secret of Shadow Ranch

Apparently I was all about the Nancy Drew books (affiliate link) this month because I read three of them. They’re quick and easy to read and don’t require a lot of thinking to follow the plot. These are also books that I read as a kid. I remember having a whole shelf of Nancy Drew books. While I don’t remember any of the plots, it’s fun to go back and read things that kept me entertained as a tween.

Little Town on the Prairie

I got the Little House series (affiliate link) for Christmas this past year and I’m slowly making my way through them. Either I’d forgotten or completely missed how racist these books are when I read them in elementary school. This book was particularly cringeworthy when it came to discrimination and stereotypes. Since I’ve been reading the Little House books over the last few months I’ve been googling random things about them. There is a whole lot of fans out there that I didn’t realize existed. They’ve even set up some of the different homes that the family has lived in as museums that people go visit on vacation. I had no idea that that was a thing.

Scandalized

The one and only adult book I read this week was Scandalized (affiliate link) by Ivy Owens. I saw that Kayla from Kayla in the City had recommended, so I knew it was going to be good. She gives the best book recommendations. It follows two main characters who were childhood friends and reconnect 20 years later as adults. I really ended up liking the characters and they felt very real to me. One thing I’d point out if you decide to read this one is that it’s spicy – definitely not something for young readers.

What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites

In today’s post I’m sharing a few of my favorite things from the past week.

This week has felt like it was jam packed. Between planning and getting the last few things ready for Guide camp this weekend (more on that below) and getting some reading done and an assignment submitted for my continuing ed class, it’s felt like a lot going on.

Camping

I’ll be spending the next three weekends camping with Girl Guides. I leave this afternoon for two nights with the Guide group that I volunteer with. We also invited the Embers (7 and 8 years old) who will be coming up to Guides (9 to 11 years old) next year so they can meet the adults as well as the other girls. It’ll be the first time that some of them have ever slept in tents and they’ll be cooking their own food (with adult supervision and help if needed), so I think they’ll have a lot of fun. Saturday afternoon they’ll be building shelters shelters from tarps, ropes, and anything they can find around out campsite (rocks, sticks, etc). They had a lot of fun building snow forts at our fall camp back in October, so I think they’ll enjoy doing something similar this time.

It’s so much fun to be able to be able to give back to my community. AS a girl, I was in Guiding for 9 years. I had so much fun and learned so much. I met my best friend though Guiding. I got to try wind surfing, wood working, and orienteering at camps that I wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise. Being able to give others the chance to make similar memories makes all the work planning and dealing with tears and homesickness worth it.

Camping cot

Speaking of camping, about a month ago I decided to splurge on a camping cot (affiliate link) that I can sleep on in my tent. I took it out for two nights a few weeks ago and it made sleeping in a tent so much more comfortable! I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was. Honestly, I wish I had bought one before. It makes such a difference to sleep up off the group. And even getting into and out of bed is easier because I’m 18 or 20 inches off the ground. I feel like it’s an indication of my age, but having that little bit of height makes such a big difference. I counted that I’ll be tent camping 14 nights this spring and summer, so I figure I’ll get my money’s worth from it this year alone.

Orange is the New Bloack

I know I’m years and years behind on this, but I’ve been binge watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix. I’ve had lots of friends recommend it to me but it still took me awhile to get into it. I had watched a few episodes previously, but it didn’t suck me in like it did this time around. I’m mid way through the sixth season now, and I’m already a bit sad that I only have a season and a half left to watch. I’m really hoping that the ending is done well.

Ever watch Orange is the New Black? Were you ever in Guiding or Scouting as a kid? Let me know in the comments below.

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Favorite Perfumes

In today’s post I’m sharing my favorite perfumes.

I wasn’t really into perfume much until my mid twenties. I never wore it regularly before then. After graduating university I went on a trip to Europe. While in France I was able to stop at Fragonard’s factory, just east of Nice in the French Riviera. I got a tour and learned about how perfumes are made. It was such a cool experience because I didn’t realize how much went into making perfume.

Favorite perfumes graphic of 4 bottles of perfume: Belle de Nuit, Aqua Allegoria, Miss Dior, and Warm Vanilla Sugar from Bath and Body Works.

Needless to say, I bought a bottle of Belle de Nuit from Fragonard’s and brought it hope. I wore it a lot because I liked it so much. I got lots of compliments on it because it smelled so amazing. I was pretty sad when I put it on for the last time because my bottle was empty.

Available a bit more close to home, I’m also a big fan of both Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria (affiliate link) and Miss Dior (affiliate link). Both of these are available at Sephora. And really more of an honorable mention than an actual perfume is Bath and Body Works’ Warm Vanilla Sugar fragrance mist. It’s one of those scents that isn’t obvious and in your face, but smells so good when you notice it.

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What are some of your favorite perfumes? Tell me what it is in the comments below – I’d love to know what you’re wearing!

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Full Body Workout

In today’s post I’m sharing a brand new full body workout.

It’s feeling like summer here in Calgary with hot temperatures and lots of sun. The first few weeks of summer like weather always feels extra good after the cold and snowy winters. There’s something about sitting in the backyard while relaxing and reading a book in the sun that just feels so good.

Perform 12 reps x 3 sets of each exercise before moving onto the next one on the list. Rest for 2 minutes between each set in order to give your muscles time to recover. I typically use lighter weights for upper body exercises and heavier weights for lower body ones. If that last few reps of an exercise can’t be done with good form, then it’s a good indicator that the weight you’re using is too heavy. Having correct form is a must to prevent injuries! If you’re working out at home, I like these dumbbells (affiliate link) and this yoga mat (affiliate link).

  • Overhead press
  • Dumbbell squat
  • Dumbbell chest press
  • Weighted step ups
  • Bicep curls
  • Bodyweight bench hops

If you’re looking for the other workouts I’ve shared on Get Fit Fiona, you can find them on the workouts page. You can also find my workout playlists all in one spot. I find that a good playlist is great motivation to work hard. If you do this full body workout, be sure to tag me on Instagram. I’d love to know how you liked it!

Does it feel like summer yet where you live? What’s your favorite way to spend a summer day? Let me know in the comments below.

As always, talk to your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout as needed for you. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog – I appreciate it!

Workout Playlist

In today’s post I’m sharing an all new workout playlist featuring songs from the 90’s.

I recently discovered that there’s a radio station here in Calgary that plays the 90’s and now. (97.7 if any local readers are interested.) I suppose I have to admit that I’m old now. The music I grew up listening to is now old enough that it has to be referred to the decade it was made. On the bright side I’m really enjoying it. I love hearing everything from Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys to Paula Abdul and Alanis Morrisette.

Inspired by this new radio station find, I thought I’d create a playlist this month that’s all about songs from the 90’s. I’ve included everything from Saturday Night by Whigfield to What is Love by Haddaway. I remember listening to the Much Music Dance Mix ’95 on replay in grade 7. I’m amazed I didn’t wear it out – that’s how much I listened to it. I’ve also added a few one hit wonders like Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex. I remember being so excited that Cotton Eye Joe was one of the songs that I was able to listen to on the plane when my family and I flew from Toronto to California to visit family. I’m pretty sure I was in grade 5 at the time.

You can check out the playlist on Spotify here. If you’re looking for more music, you can find all of the playlists I’ve shared on the blog here. Workouts are always more fun when I’m listening to good music.

What are you currently listening to at the gym? Share in the comments below.