Work, work, work, work, work….dream job or day job, everyone feels the struggles of work now and then. Maybe you are struggling to make ends meet, or maybe you are busy climbing your way up the corporate ladder. For myself, I am working in a job I love, that is directly related to my degree. (what is this madness??) But that doesn’t mean I don’t dream about retiring next week to live in Hawaii. Let’s get real.
I am a firm believer in experiencing the joy of being a tourist in your own city or exploring a nearby town. The days can go by so quickly, especially in the summer, and before you know it summer is over and all you did was work and watch YouTube videos. (Now don’t get me wrong, I do both of those, but a girl needs to get outside once in a while!)
Yesterday I met up with one of my friends who was in town visiting, and we decided to go on a train ride! We went to the Kettle Valley Railway station in Summerland, which is about an hour from where I live. I hadn’t been on the train since I was a little girl, so it was cool to experience it again as an adult. It is such a great way to enjoy the hot summer weather while witnessing spectacular views of the valley!
Nothing describes this recipe for three-ingredient banana chocolate chip cookies better than SIMPLE and DELICIOUS! There is no flour, no sugar, no eggs, no baking powder, only bananas, oats and chocolate chips.
These cookies are perfect if you are craving a sweet treat with minimal effort. 🙂
Summer is the best time of year to indulge in juicy peaches and lush cherries and all the amazing fruit that isn’t available any other time of the year. Besides hot weather, beach days and summer dresses, summer fruit is one of my favourite parts of this time of year.
After church today, my husband and I went downtown to the packing house, which is basically a warehouse full of fruit sourced from local orchards. Not only is the fruit amazing, but it is also cheaper than buying it at the grocery store. Supporting local, while getting delicious fruit for less. What more could you possibly ask for??
Could you go an entire year without buying anything besides food? In the book, My Year of Buying Nothing, Lee Simpson sets out to do just that. Lee is a former publisher of Chatelaine magazine, so she has an interesting take on the world of consumerism and advertising. This book looks into the trials, errors and joys of cutting back on material things for a year.
Rachel (AKA RachhLoves) is a Canadian YouTuber, and she is one of my absolute favourites. I don’t remember how exactly I came across her channel, but in the last two years I have become obsessed with YouTube, so it was only a matter of time. Rachel mostly makes makeup videos and Pinterest hack videos. What I love about her is her humour and her honesty. Watching her feels like you’re chatting to your best friend.
So when she announced she was coming out with a beauty box, I was super excited! I had never ordered a subscription box before, and I figured this was a good place to start.
I have always loved writing. When I was seven years old, my parents gave me a book that was full of writing prompts and blank pages, and I used to spend hours creating characters and filling the pages with stories. Looking through that book brings back so many good memories of that time in my life. I wasn’t writing for anyone or for any purpose other than I loved it!
My dream as a child was always to become a published author, and that remained at the forefront of my mind until I was in high school, when the pressure of choosing a college major and a career path pushed those thoughts to the back burner.
Books have such an incredible ability to take us away from our current lives and transport us to a faraway land, immersed in characters we grow to love and places we want to go. I have not done much traveling in my life, but I do love to read about adventures other people have had.
The Lost Girls is about three women (Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner) from New York City who decide to escape reality for a year and go on an around-the-world trip.
Summer is upon us, friends! Although the calendar says summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20, the weather outside begs to differ. The last few days were over 33 degrees (Celsius), which is insane! My husband and I went to the beach on Sunday, and it was so nice to see so many people out and about enjoying the sun. The water isn’t warm enough to swim in yet though in my opinion! (Although I did see a few people braving the water) I think we need a few more 30+ degree days to warm it up before I’ll be willing to jump in.
I love summer, and I love lists, so I thought I would combine the two into the ultimate summer to-do list/summer bucket list post.
I have been thinking a lot about this blog and the direction I want to take it. I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, but it isn’t because I’ve forgotten about it or because I haven’t had any ideas of what to write about. I could say it’s because I’ve been busy, but the truth is I just haven’t made time for it, and I want to change that!
Although I haven’t been writing as much, I have been reading loads, especially other blogs. Yesterday I rediscovered my love for Chelsea’s blog The Girl Who Loved to Write, and I realized that what draws me to a blog is authenticity and feeling like I could be best friends with the writer. Bloggers (and people in general!) who are true to themselves are the most relatable are the most fun to read.