Roadtrips + Memories

Roadtrips + Memories

Last night James and I were talking about how memories are not comprised of facts but feelings. What you remember is how something made you feel.  Even when certain senses trigger very specific memories it is almost always tied to the emotion of that past event or moment in time.  I love remembering certain trips we took or drives we went on, or things that in the moment didn't seem overly important but now when thinking back on them I'm flooded with happiness, fondness, love, good, and all the warm fuzzy's.  I love the idea of memories triggering certain feelings and remembering something so clearly because of those feelings.  Whenever we go on a trip somewhere I always have this idea that I want to purchase a new perfume.  Because smell is one of the most powerful senses when it comes to memory.  When we were in Vancouver last year I wore this perfume and now every time I smell that specific scent it instantly transports me.  

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Cheers // Christmas + 2017

Cheers // Christmas + 2017

I know I'm not the only one to feel like Christmas/December has flown by this year.  It's been a busy, cold, and at times exhausting month but we've made it!  I LOVE this season, but have always felt like the build up is the best part.  Most years by the time December 25th arrives I feel so disappointed to have to consider putting away the ornaments and records until next year.  This year feels different.  I think it has to do with looking ahead.  2016 was quite a year.  It was full of the most wonderful moments and yet, was raw, and scary, and unpredictable.

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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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Style // Finally Fall

Style // Finally Fall

Weather is a big topic of conversation in Calgary.  Truth be told, Calgarians are never very happy with the weather.  The only chance Mother Nature has in winning our favour is when it's November, we are anticipating snow and instead, we get 20+ degree celsius temps.  We never had a chance for fall until this last week happened.  

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Natural Cold Remedies

Natural Cold Remedies

Being sick is the worst.  This time of year seems to bring out the colds in people.  I was going to say there's nothing like having a cold during the winter months, but really there's no good time to get sick, and colds during the summer may even be worse.  In any case when either of us begin feeling that dreaded scratchy throat, runny nose, or itchy ears we have a natural health care regime that we promptly begin.  As per my philosophy on health and wellness I think it's important to provide your body with what it needs to fight off any illness rather than take meds to lessen the symptoms momentarily.  (Obviously there's a place for said meds too, because let's be honest, relief from that stupid one nostril being plugged for any amount of time can provide a little light at the end of the tunnel.)  Here are the things I keep on hand once those symptoms start popping up, in hopes of lessening the degree of sick.

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Wellness // Journaling

Wellness // Journaling

Health and wellness are important parts of my life.  It's something I feel really passionate about in myself and others.  I take time to invest in myself in this way often.  Journaling has played a part of my health and wellness routine for a long time.  Growing up I didn't keep a diary exactly but I journaled my way through life.  It was a ritual.  It was therapy.  It was a release.

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Binge Watch // True Crime

Binge Watch // True Crime

The weather is cold, it's Friday, and Halloween is a few weeks away.  I thought it would be a good time to share some more of my favourite documentaries.  True Crime seemed appropriate.  I feel like my taste in all shows varies and yet is very specific.  So, we're jumping from inspiring women and fashion (find that post here) right into True Crime. Two of my favourite topics.  (It's okay if you're confused by this. There's no rhyme or reason for taste).  I happen to enjoy a good True Crime flick more than James does but I'm certain that even he agrees that these are worth watching.  I'm including True Crime Podcasts in this list because I've listened to a few amazing ones in the last little while and couldn't not add them.  Plus, once you've started you won't be able to stop.  As the weather gets colder and home seems like the right choice, settle in and get ready for a good (albeit creepy) binge watch.  (Also, don't google any of these or you'll be bombarded by spoilers.)

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Gratitude

Gratitude

Today we are still on weekend mode since it's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.  I couldn't be happier about it either.  This weekend the weather decided fall is over and winter is here.  Although it all melts by the end of the day, each morning when we wake up the world is a winter wonderland.  Which means long lazy days in bed.  It's been glorious.  The only plans that the snow has squashed was going to the pumpkin patch today (no pun intended) ..who wants to go to a pumpkin patch in the snow? So, instead we will enjoy the slowness and hibernation that this weather brings.

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