June 27, 2015

Happy Days of Summer!!

Hello Friends! I hope you're enjoying the first week of Summer! It's without a doubt, my favourite time of year because we max out on our time spent in the great outdoors. Here's a few pics from our week:

Camping with friends to kick off the Summer
 Waking up in a tent with these two cuties....

 Hang time with my favourite faces
 Dining Al Fresco for Dad's birthday
 My Aunt's killer creation
 A perfect picnic spot with awesome friends
 You know the day is going to be great when it starts like this.....
BC fruit
Fish tacos and beer with my favourite date

I hope you're enjoying these gorgeous Summer days! xoxo

June 16, 2015

getting myself back....

Hello friends! I hope you had a tremendous weekend! Are you trying to get the most out of these gorgeous nights? This past month - with mom's passing and our move, has been busy with important matters to take care of, but somewhere along the way, I forgot to set aside time for the little things that make me the happiest. You know what I mean don't you? Where you are so busy, that you've forgotten to pencil yourself into your own busy agenda. This weekend felt like a conscious return to start focussing on the things that I've let slide. I'm making time for fitness again (yes, my body is in shock - what is this dewy substance forming on my brows???), spending more time playing in the great outdoors, dusting off my camera again and enjoying time with my daughter just playing, instead of trying to get through a giant list of errands. Like today, we painted big canvasses in the sunny yard, then threw on our swimsuits and ran through the sprinkler - sure the house needs cleaning, but I know more than anything, kids want our time.  This weekend my hubby and I went on another awesome date night, our first in months - and it reminded me how important it is for us to have fun, just the two of us - too many nights, we're tucking her in and then turning to Netflix ( not dissing the Flix, Still love it!) , but it isn't until we're sitting across a restaurant table, do I realize how much I have missed "us", just having big laughs and chatting the night away. We also entertained friends for brunch one day and dinner the next. It all felt like a great, rejuvenating mix. So when your spirit feels a little depleted, jot down the things that make you happiest (sex, chocolate, wine - just brainstorming to help you start your list) - and make them a priority. Chat soon xoxo

June 10, 2015

'tis the season....

A gorgeous day with awesome friends pickin and patchin. It's these moments. xoxo

June 9, 2015

the simple life...

Hello Friends!! It's been awhile since I've visited this space. Life was really busy there for a bit with mom's celebration of life event, work and setting up our new home. I have to give a giant shout out to all the incredible friends who showered us with their support at the event and made it truly a beautiful celebration of my mom's life. I don't think it could have gone better. It was a joyous event, more than somber, and really tapped in to so many of mom's wonderful quirks and funny stories. And the quality of people that filled the room, just made me so proud - my mom really did collect the greatest circle of people in her life and in turn, I think my brother and I have done the same, surrounded by tables of our life-long friends, and wonderful new ones. There are many gifts we've gained from this experience: Being told our time with her would be limited, and making sure we made that year count, spending as much time as possible together and feeling every last drop of love we could......Seeing the very best people are capable of, the support was so strong that we knew someone was going to be there to catch us if we needed it... that someone was going to remind us that we had to eat, that we had to breathe...and they kept showing up. And one of the biggest gifts it has given us is knowing that life is all so incredibly fragile, that those who we love the most can be taken away in an instant, so appreciate them all now. Now, more than ever, I see so much beauty in my days. I think in part, because I'm looking for signs of my mom. When I sit and listen to the birds, I feel connected to her, when I work in my garden, I think of her hands doing the same thing, when I bake something in the kitchen with my daughter, I think of how I used to love doing that with her. I'm all about the simple life now. And I know each person's version of the simple life is different  - because what makes us most connected to our souls are unique to us.

Some of the simpler things that make me incredibly happy are: hiking with my camera in hand, the day's first cup of coffee, having a great conversation over a cocktail, fresh linen on the bed, a book that you can't wait to get back to, walking barefoot on the beach, funny comedians, sleeping under the stars, sitting around a campfire, yoga, dance classes, icewater with lemon wedges, family gatherings, laughing until you almost pee your pants (or maybe do a little bit), my husband's crepes (they are really crepes, it's not some kind of sexual innuendo), swimming, farmer's markets, animals, instagram, a hot shower, travel planning, making things myself, dancing with my daughter, a new lipstick, netflix, singing in the car, running as fast as I can, hearing the words I love you, making someone laugh, breathtaking vistas, random acts of kindness, dinner parties, setting up our home, outdoor concerts, canoeing, a new magazine, date nights, seeing new places, friday night beers, indian food, stationary, a great movie, cheese plates, riding bikes, homemade happy hours with friends on getaways, my nightly tea/catchup with my hubby, flip flops, 70's style, whiskey sours, dance classes, holding my daughter's hand, my people....
So this is just the list I thought about in the last 10 minutes, I know there's a lot of things I could have added....but try your own list of the little things in life that bring YOU joy...and you'll soon realize how little it costs for those things, and how important it is to infuse more of those things in your day. I think it'll also make you happy just thinking up your list, reminding yourself what brings you the most joy.
Here's a few photos from my simple life:

    This feeling:

Ice water with lemon wedges and fresh mint & a new magazine with one of my favourite funny women:

    Shopping at farmer's markets:

Watching her learn new things:
This pup:

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