As I sit here writing this post I am looking out my window to the Vancouver North Shore mountains and seeing a clean dusting of fresh snow. I knew this must have been coming as this last week I have been FREEZING my butt off in my little laneway home.
The front of our landlords house is covered in big beautiful purple lavender bushes. Every time I walk past them I drag my hands through them and then proceed to give my hands a big sniff. I LOVE the scent of lavender.
Not really words you would expect to hear come from the mouths of a young couple. We honestly do love it though! We take out all the seats in the back of our van and create a comfortable bed with lots of blankets and pillows. You could say its a form of glamping.
These last couple weeks in Vancouver we have been having a MAJOR heat wave. I can't complain as I love the heat and wait for this time of year during the rest of the year. But, man it is hot! Especially in our tiny little laneway house. It is pretty much an easy bake oven right now.
Lindeman Lake is a small glacier lake in Chilliwack, BC. It has become a popular day hiking spot due to the fact its only 1.7km to reach the lake from the parking lot, making it a short hike in. We decided to head out on July 1st, Canada Day. Knowing that we may be in for a busy hike, we left early in the am.
We have been having some crazy unusually hot weather lately here on the west coast. While it worries me in one sense from an environmental stand, I can't help but try and soak up as much of it as I can.
I sometimes feel like I am in a constant search for the cleanest, greenest, most effective beauty products. I struggle with this area a lot. For the past 10ish years I have been conscious about what goes in and on my body. It sometimes feels as though I have tried every natural body lotion, hair product, make-up on this planet.
I was nervous about this blend of herbs. I had an idea in my head of what I was trying to create, but was unsure if the flavours would combine well. All these herbs have strong and distinct flavours, but the result of them amalgamated into one tea is magic!
I have met very few people in this life who dislike a good cup of chai tea. There is something so comforting about a nice warm cup of this perfectly balanced spiced tea. When thinking up tea blends that I wanted to create for Christmas gifts, it didn't take long to realize I needed to make a chai!
Homemade candles are super easy to make and quite a fun little activity. Candles are an extremely popular Christmas gift. This year, instead of dropping too much money at Bath and Body Works or elsewhere, why not try making your own?
When I have gone long enough without being outdoors, I start to crave it. I can almost taste the fresh pine in my mouth I miss it so bad. It is only so long before I must go. Not necessarily for a taxing hike, but just to be in the woods.
As Christmas draws near, the stress of gift giving grows. To be honest I still haven't done any shopping yet! I always tend to be a last minute shopper, it works for me. I can't really think about Christmas until exams are done.
Recently the mornings have gotten so damn cold here in Vancouver. I wake up and instantly put on a pot of tea, wrap my self in a blanket and crank the heat. It is this time of year that I tend to move away from eating cold breakfasts (smoothies), and lean more towards warm comfort foods.
I will never deny the fact one of my favourite parts of fall is the pumpkin palooza. I have to cut myself off pumpkin spice lattes every year just because I know they are filled with junk (insert white girl joke here).
Today's post is extremely close to my heart. I am choosing to share this story here not to brag or show off my relationship, but rather to have it written down somewhere I can always look back to. Plus I have had SO many people ask to hear the story!
Oh exercise, what a funny relationship we have. I love you, yet I loathe you. I need you, yet I avoid you. When we spend time together I thrive, when we have a falling out I turn my back on you. Can't we just keep a healthy steady relationship?
Guys! Its not too late to start a summer book list!
I realize there are more books on my list than I will probably get around to reading, but hey I am ambitious this summer. Plus I have been reading A LOT, which I haven't been able to say in along time.