Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I'm Married, Now What?

On December 31, 2016 the snow poured here in Vancouver, a rarity even though we are in Canada, rain is normally what happens in the Lower Mainland.  But lucky for me my winter wonderland wedding dream became reality and our day went off without a hitch.  Our wedding was flawless, nothing that mattered went wrong and I believe this is because I surround myself with amazing people.  A huge thank you to my parents, maid of honour, bridesmaids, groomsmen, groomswomen, family and friends for making our day so special!

It’s really hard to describe how I feel after our big day, it was an emotional day and lots of happy tears, but afterwards the feeling I felt and still feel, is indescribable, besides happy and joyful its comfortable and confident.  I felt this way before but I feel it even more now, a secure comfort knowing that I married the man of my dreams, someone I can talk to every day and who understands me and loves me for all my faults and my strengths.  It’s a really neat feeling. 
And don’t get me wrong, you can still have these feelings even if you don’t get married; this is just me talking about me.

And now I have to think to myself, I’m married, now what?

For some, they keep their last name, but not this girl; I have been looking forward to this day my whole life!  And now the real work begins, and so do the bills, it’s not cheap to change everything but for me, it’s worth every penny!

I thought it might be nice to share, all in one place, all the ID’s that need to be changed once you decide to change your name in BC:

  • Your Employer
  • B.C. Health Services Card
  • B.C. Driver’s License
  • Car Insurance (ICBC)
  • Canadian Passport
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Bank Account
  • Credit Cards
 *Notice you do not see the legal change of name application in the Province of BC on my list.  That is because your marriage certificate is your legal name change with the BC government*

Your Employer
Each employer is different, so contact your HR department or your boss for the proper paperwork to fill out.

B.C. Health Services Card
If you are employed your name change for this will go through your employer and they will send it in for you.  If you are not, contact Health Insurance BC at 604.683.7151 or 1.800.663.7100 to change your name on your BC Services Card. After you’ve received your confirmation letter via mail, you can visit an ICBC driver license office to officially change your name on your services card. Don’t forget to bring your confirmation letter.

B.C. Driver’s License
If you moved in with your husband after the wedding for the first time, you will need to change the address on your license. You can do this online or in person but going in person will allow you to change your name at the same time (although this can be done with the above). Don’t forget to bring marriage certificate, two pieces of ID in both your old or new name and money to pay for the new license. (Looking for the closest office near you? Click here.)

Car Insurance
When you have your new married name temporary license (usually a yellow piece of paper until the real thing is mailed to you 2 weeks later) you can change your name on your insurance. There are a lot of small Autoplan insurance agencies in each city and anybody can do it for you. Don’t forget to bring your temporary driver’s license, your marriage certificate and obviously, your insurance papers from your car.

Canadian Passport
If you have a lot of flights scheduled I would hold off and leave this as the last piece of ID you change as you don’t want to risk booking flights in the wrong name and running into issues.  You can stay you’re your maiden name and shouldn’t have any issues flying with it at all. I’ve heard you could book a ticket with your maiden name and fly with a passport in your married name, if you carry your marriage license with you at all times. But that is hear say so make sure you look into that before flying.
For any name change, you have to apply for a new passport. You cannot use a passport renewal process for a name change; unfortunately it needs to be a new Adult General Passport Application form. You’ll need proof of Canadian citizenship (birth certificate or citizen certificate), two supporting pieces of ID in your new name, two photos, one signed by a guarantor and required fees. You will also need your marriage certificate (original or a copy.) 

Social Insurance Number
You will need to change your name attached to your Social Insurance Number with the Canada Revenue Agency. You must do this change in person (There are exceptions, if you live more than 100km from a Service Centre, classic Canada, wide open spaces) at a Service Canada Office.  Don’t forget to bring: your social insurance number, if you haven’t memorized it, your marriage certificate and another piece of ID. You can also change your marital status and link your account to your spouse’s number.

Bank Account
If you’re opting for a joint account you will need to go into the bank with your spouse and will need to bring your marriage certificate to change my last name and then your spouse will need ID to add them to your new joint account.

Credit Cards
The procedure for this will vary from company to company. Some credit cards will be fine with a phone call and providing your new married name, others will want a copy of your marriage certificate mailed in with a copy of your ID. 

The items listed above are the major things to change after your wedding, I’m sure as time goes on I will find my maiden name popping up here and there to be changed!

I hope this list helps you as it has for me and enjoy being married as much as I do!

I’m also looking forward to blogging more, so I hope you will come back from time to time and read what I have to say.

Happy Wednesday my friends

Xoxo Lindsay 

Photo credit: Roxana Albusel Photography

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

'Til The Season To Be Jolly Fa la la la la, la la la la

Start clearing your schedule my friends and get the PVR all geared up!  The Christmas season is upon us and all the TV stations have released their CHRISTMAS schedules.  
Christmas all day every day on television, I'm in!!

So grab your loved ones, your favorite hot drink, turn the fire place on and cozy up, it's going to be a great two months!

Here are the links to all the Christmas movies airing this season: 

Enjoy my Friends!

xoxo Lindsay

Monday, November 2, 2015

So Let Me Ask You.....

This is such a hard one for me, as a TV-holic I watch so many shows that suck me in each and every week, it's hard for me to choose just one, so here are my top 5!

1. The Goldbergs - Thursdays on ABC
For those who grew up in the 80's what a time it was, this show transports you each week right back to the 80's where the hair was big, the clothes were... bad, and creativity was abundant because the internet did not exist!  Trust me check this one out, it's GOLD (bergs).

2. Survivor - Wednesdays on CBS
Could I do it for a month?  Could you?  Only way to find out would be to be trapped there for a month.  I hate spiders, bugs, sand and dirt, so my odds are very low that I would survive.

3.  The Good Wife - Sundays on CBS
Not only do I love this show but JEFFERY DEAN MORGAN (Denny from Grey's Anatomy) has joined the cast.  Spending one month drooling over him is something I could definitely handle!

4. How to Get Away With Murder - Thursdays on ABC
Well now I know how to get away with murder, would I ever dare?  nope.  Each week a new twist and turn comes our way out of left field, having you second guess yourself and who you think the killer is!  One of the best shows out there, I route for the good guys and the bad guys each time!

5. Once Upon A Time - Sundays on ABC
A month in a fairy tale, it's every girls DREAM!  And it's filmed right in my backyard (well close enough)!  I think this show would be the best behind the scenes out there, you would get to see how long it takes for wardrobe and makeup and how they piece the past and present together in every episode.  Not to mention hanging out with the cast, so much fun!

YOUR TURN, tell me what TV show(s) would you want to be trapped in for a month?

xoxo Lindsay

Monday, September 14, 2015

What Does Fall Mean To You?

For most, fall means big sweaters, copious cups of tea, stylish boots and warm cozy nights! But not this girl; I am most excited about my favourite shows returning and new shows beginning.  With the nights cooling off, I have an excuse to sit inside cuddling with my favourite tea, main squeeze, little boy and bestie, to enjoy it all, not that I have ever needed an excuse to watch TV.

And with that being said ... drum roll please... here it is:

OhSoLindsay's infamous television schedule for the 2015 fall season.  A jam packed complete guide to when your favourite shows are on and when the new shows you've been waiting for premiere!

Enjoy my friends and Happy September!

Xoxo Lindsay

(for PDF printable versions of my schedule, please email me at and I will send it over)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer, Summer, Summertime, Let's Just Sit back and REwind

Happy Monday My Friends,
(Better late than never right my friends)

Okay so back in the day we used to have to rewind in order to watch our shows, VHS's did not do that automatically for us, unlike today with PVR. 

Since it is summer and I know you will all be outdoors enjoying that beautiful sunshine, I thought, 'Hey, my friends would still like to know when their favourite summer shows begin, wouldn't they?' That answer I know is a big YES!

So here it is!  A mixture of returning and new shows to keep us entertained for those rainy nights, or that summer cold you may catch!

Friday, May 8
12:01 a.m. Grace and Frankie - Netflix
Two couples who have been friends for over two decades, find out their husbands have fallen in love and run off together.  Now these two women are left with each other and they don't particularly get along, but now they only have each other to lean on!  
This is the perfect binge show for the summer! And it's been renewed for a second season already!

Thursday, May 14
9:00 p.m. Wayward Pines - FOX
Featuring the all-star cast of Julliette Lewis, Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard and Carla Cugino,  A Secret Service agent goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.  This is a MUST SEE!

Monday, May 18
9:00 p.m. - The Bachelorette - ABC

Wednesday, May 20
8:00 p.m. – Master Chef 2-Hour Premiere - FOX 
Say good bye to Joe this season and let's welcome the newest judge Chef Christina Tosi; world renowned pastry chef.  She looks like a great addition to this show!  Welcome!

8:00 p.m. - 500 Questions - ABC
Okay, my bestie Kristina absolutely LOVES Richard Quest, because 'Quest know Best!' Bring it on Richard! 

Thursday, May 21
8 p.m. - Beauty and the Beast - The CW

Monday, May 25
10:00 p.m. NEW The Island - NBC
Internationally acclaimed adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls gives the modern American man the ultimate challenge: Can a man of today's world survive on a deserted island without the luxuries - or even the basics - of contemporary everyday life?
There are no prizes. No eliminations. No winner. No camera teams. The entire series is filmed by the men themselves. The six episodes will show 14 American men isolated on a deserted island with only the clothes on their backs and minimal survival tools, committed to filming every moment themselves.

Tuesday, May 26
8:00 p.m. - Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? - FOX
8:00 p.m. - America’s Got Talent - NBC
9:00 p.m. - Extreme Weight Loss -ABC
NEW 10:00 p.m. - I Can Do That - NBC

Wednesday, May 27
8:00 p.m. - The Briefcase - CBS

Thursday, May 28
9:00 p.m. - Aquarius - NBC
David Duchovny is BACK but this time in Los Angeles. 1967, playing a decorated World War II vet and homicide detective, barely recognizes the city he's now policing. Long hair, cheap drugs, rising crime, protests, free love, police brutality, Black Power and the Vietnam War are radically remaking the world he and the Greatest Generation saved from fascism 20 years ago.
So when Emma Karn, the 16-year-old daughter of an old girlfriend, goes missing in a sea of hippies and Hodiak agrees to find her, he faces only hostility, distrust and silence. He enlists the help of Brian Shafe - a young, idealistic undercover vice cop who's been allowed to grow his hair out - to infiltrate this new counterculture and find her. 
A little mystery is always good for the summer!

Monday, June 1
9:00 p.m. - Devious Maids – Lifetime

10:00 p.m. - Series Premiere of Unreal - Lifetime
Who doesn't love a little drama?  Am I right!  This provocative drama gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program.
A young producer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with, and among, the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage that the program’s dispassionate executive producer, Quinn King , demands.

10:01 p.m. – Series Premiere of The Whispers – ABC (Filmed right here in BC)
If you like to be scared, then this show is for you! We love to play games with our children. But what happens when someone else starts to play with them too? Someone we don't know. Can't see. Can't hear. In The Whispers, someone — or something — is manipulating the ones we love most to accomplish the unthinkable. Featuring Barry Sloane (Revenge) and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes).  Bring your blanky, you are going to need it to protect you!!

Tuesday, June 2
8:00 p.m. - Pretty Little Liars Season 6 - ABC Family
9:00 p.m. - Series Premiere - Stitchers - ABC Family
A young woman is recruited into a secret government agency to be "stitched" into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders

Wednesday, June 3
8:00 p.m. - Melissa & Joey - ABC Family/ABC Spark (Last Season)
9:00 p.m. - Baby Daddy - ABC Family/ABC Spark

Thursday, June 4
10:00 p.m. - Hannibal - NBC

Friday, June 5
12:01 a.m. - Sense8 - Netflix
A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order

Monday, June 8
8:00 p.m. - The Fosters - ABC Family/ABC Spark
9:00 p.m. - Becoming Us - ABC Family/ABC Spark
In this unscripted drama, a teenager named Ben learns to live with his dad becoming a woman. The series will follow Ben, his family and his friends as they support one another through this unexpected journey and navigate their new world with Charlie now living as Carly. The show is a generational story of a loving family and circle of friends supporting one another through this unfamiliar situation.

Friday, June 12
12:01 a.m. - Season 3: Orange Is the New Black - Netflix

Thursday, June 18
8:00 p.m. - Series Premiere - The Astronaut's Wives Club - ABC
ABC's new television drama series based on the book by Lily Koppel, "The Astronaut Wives Club" focuses on seven women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history.  As America's astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed, seemingly overnight, from military spouses to American royalty. As their celebrity rose, and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together

9:00 p.m. - Mistresses two-hour premiere - ABC

Sunday, June 21
8:00 p.m. - Celebrity Family Feud - ABC, I can't wait to see what Celebrities join this long-time running game show!

9:00 p.m. - BattleBots - ABC
9:00 p.m. - True Detective - HBO
10:00 p.m. - Ballers - HBO
10:30 p.m. - The Brink - HBO

Wednesday, June 24
8:00 p.m. - Big Brother Part 1 Premiere - CBS
You know where me and Little Miss Mama will be this night.  TOGETHER of course, watch the newest cast to enter the Big Brother house.  What twists await them?  Can they live up to Big Brother Canada? (my personal opinion is BBCAN has stepped up their game in terms of twists and competitions)  Come on US bring it on!

Thursday, June 25
8:00 p.m. - Big Brother Part 2 Premiere – CBS
Two nights in a row Little Miss Mama, get ready!

8:00 p.m. - Boom! - FOX
Full of comedy, color, tension and excitement, BOOM! is a general knowledge quiz show that challenges teams of three players to defuse the game show’s ticking slime-bombs, by cutting the wires relating to the correct answers and leaving the wrong answers untouched. Get it right – and the players win big money. Get it wrong – and, after a tense countdown, the slime-bombs detonate, showering the players – and portions of the audience – with mystery goop that could be anything from guacamole to mashed potatoes, forcing the players out of the game.

9:00 p.m. - Under the Dome - CBS
10:00 p.m. - Rookie Blue - ABC

Friday, June 26
12:01 a.m. - What Happened Miss Simon? - Netflix

Tuesday, June 30
9:00 p.m. - Zoo – CBS
ZOO is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. James Wolk plays Jackson Oz, a young, renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa when he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide.

Wednesday, July 1
10:00 p.m. - Extant - CBS

Thursday, July 2
8:00 p.m. - Food Fighters - NBC

Monday, July 6
8:00 p.m. - Penn & Teller: Fool Us - The CW

Tuesday, July 7
10:00 p.m. - Hollywood Game Night - NBC

Friday, July 10
8:00 p.m. - Masters of Illusion - the CW

Sunday, July 12
9:00 p.m. - Ray Donovan - Showtime
10:00 p.m. - Masters of Sex - Showtime

Monday, July 13
10:00 p.m. - Running Wild with Bear Gryllis - NBC

Friday, July 17
12:01 a.m. - Wet Hot American Summer - Netflix

Sunday, July 19
8:00 p.m. - Welcome to Sweden Season 2- NBC

Wednesday, July 22
9:00 p.m. - Last Comic Standing - NBC

Sunday, July 26
9:00 p.m. - As-yet Untitled Bruce Jenner Reality Series - E!

Sunday, August 2
8:00pm: Bachelor in Paradise Premiere 2-Hour Premiere - ABC
Gather your girlfriends and a good bottle (possibly more) and get ready for a drama filled, two-hour season premiere.  I know it's your guilty pleasure as much as it is mine!

Monday, August 3
8:00 p.m. - Bachelor in Paradise (regular time slot)

Wednesday, August 5
8:00 p.m. - America’s Next Top Model Cycle 22 - The CW
9:00 p.m. - A Wicked Offer - The CW

9:00 p.m. - Mr. Robinson - NBC
Every struggling artist knows the drill: you have to pay the bills while you wait for that big break. So when Craig finds himself short on cash, he takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. It's an easy gig, right? Yet when he realizes the kids think his class is an easy A, Craig's moved to inspire his students.

9:30 p.m. - The Carmichael Show - NBCTaking the next step and moving in together, Jerrod and his girlfriend, Maxine (Amber West), are your average young couple trying to make it in the city. They’re smart, motivated and looking to build a fulfilling life together. The only thing standing in their way is family. Between Jerrod's larger-than-life brother, Bobby (Lil Rel Howery), and his smothering and passionate parents (David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine), Jerrod and Maxine are put to the test navigating the boundaries of romance, family and sanity.