2016 Christmas Tree Hunt

2016 Christmas Tree Hunt

Holiday tradition has become increasingly important to us over the last few years.  I think it's really important to establish our own way of doing Christmas as a family of three: to be intentional about how we spend each Christmas and make a point of doing things that are unique and memorable for us.  One of the traditions we began just after getting married was to go on a Christmas tree hunt.  We'd get up early, make coffee, bundle up, and pack ourselves and a good saw into the truck and head to the mountains.  It's become one of my favourite things about Christmas.  I look forward to it and plan it well before December gets crazy.  Our tradition has since evolved and each year we have included good friends in our hunt for the perfect tree.

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Cozy Home

Cozy Home

I know I'm not the only one who feels like hibernating when the snow starts to fall.  There's something so romantic about spending snowy nights cozied up with good food, wine, and candles at home.  It's snowed a few times in Calgary, although up until this point it hasn't stuck. As the snow and Christmas near I've been spending time adding elements to our home that make it feel ready for those cozy snowy nights.  Here are a few ways I've made our house hibernation friendly for the impending winter months.

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Life Lately

Life Lately

Happy Friday!  It's nearing the end of Oct. and it's been a long while since I last wrote a "Life Lately" Post.  This time of year is always very transitional for us.  Gearing up for winter is not always easy when part of it requires James to build homes starting in December, which means him working outdoors. As the start date is getting closer and closer I begin feeling an urgency to nest.  Home needs to be a place that is somewhere we want to hibernate for the colder months.  Somewhere that supports health and wellness and wellbeing and that allows James to re-cooperate after each work day.  It's amazing what a difference the colder months can make.  Adjusting to the shorter hours of day-light, the chilled-to-the-bone kind of cold, can all take a toll psychologically, physically and energetically.  This

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Home Tour // Backyard Dining

Home Tour // Backyard Dining

Autumn, Thanksgiving, and harvest seem to happen so suddenly once summer fades away and the leaves begin to fall.  I love that we are able to celebrate all these things at once during this gorgeous season.  Our patio sees a lot of entertaining and connection with friends during the summer months, and since we love our outdoor space so much we have been taking every opportunity to make it last 'just once more' before winter falls.   With a few tweaks to cozy up our yard we are still able to enjoy dinner outside under the light of our string lights, fire pit, and candles.  We worked with Guildhall Home to make our al fresco harvest dinner a little cozier and allow our conversation to last late into the evening outdoors.  Here are a few tips to extend your outdoor dining season, set up a gorgeous harvest dinner table, and get a peek into our backyard.

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