Curated Captures: summer daze pt 1

This summer has been B.A.N.A.N.A.S! I thought June was nuts, well I wasn’t fully prepared for what July (and part of August) had in store for me. The 9-5 has been more like a 7-6 kinda thing  and by the end of the day I’m emotionally drained. In order for me to be able to do it all again the following day I need to do things that will recharge me. Below you will see snaps of some of those “recharge” activities.

 


During an evening walk we went to go see the part of the pathway on St Patrick Island that always floods over. Somehow they talked me into walking through it instead of around it 🙄.


All of my favourite fruit are in season so that means frequent stops to Crossroads Farmers Market.


Annual dog party on Canada day


That nasty summer cold that went around got me good so I asked if we could redo our anniversary dinner. This was just part of the sushi we consumed as re lived our first date ❤


Shakesphere by the Bow is a standing tradition with friends. This year’s show was so funny and well done it was just hot as hell!


The view, winning Crib, La Croix and Alfred


Went hiking with friends and the kids to Rawson Lake. I ran into friends that I hadn’t seen in forever which was really nice. I was so proud of the kids for getting their whining butts up the mountain haha

A new baby arrived in bae’s family 💙💙


We taught the kids how to fish last summer but this was the first time where it was at an actual lake. After this cast he caught his first one ❤️


We went family camping out at McLean never thought I’d ever be there with kids! We went fishing, swimming and checked out Elbow Falls.


Sunfest 2017 was rainy so the crowd was small just how I like it! 

We have more adventures planned for the rest of summer and some of that includes being out of service. But I have a lot of fun things coming up that I’m really excited for. Posts will be coming back once a week starting in September once I’m back from vacay. Check out IG and FB for up to date news 🙂

 

Curated Captures: Jasper 

I know it’s been a minute since you’ve seen me around, so let me do the Canadian thing and start things off with an apology.  I’m sorry for not being around and kind of vanishing for a bit. June was hectic to say the least and my focus needed to shift to those around me + myself and I just didn’t have the brain capacity to make room for anything else. If ya’ll have lived through major life changes you know what I’m sayin’. Your priorities show themselves and that’s all you can do. 

So that’s where I have been. I hope you’re shit has been ok, and if it’s been just as crazy as mine know you’re not alone and  I got you even if it’s just through here ❤️❤️

I haven’t been to Jasper in awhile and when we had a few days off we decided to take the 6 hour trip up to camp there.

The drive out is beautiful! We drove passed the Ice Caves, so many nice lakes, waterfalls and so.much.wildlife. With that said it also brought a lot of tourists stopping in the middle of the damn road to take pictures! For the safety of your rental vehicles and the rest of us not to mention the animals themselves please don’t do this!

We fished 5 lakes in 4 days but didn’t catch anything *whomp whomp. The weather was nice and the sunsets of Saturday and Sunday were spent in the Miette hot springs which weren’t too over crowded and just so great.

These are my favourite shots through that weekend.

Hike into Valley of the 5 Lakes

Maligne Canyon


 Obsessed: Polaroids 

I have loved Polariods for as long as I can remember. It’s the nostalgia, the instant print and tbh I think they look cool as hell! Thankfully the Polaroid has been making a comeback so there are newer versions of the camera and even more products to help us with our obsessions!

Fun Fact: Ever since I was a kid and saw a commercial on TV for the Polariod cam I have wanted one! Once I found one, it inspired me to start collecting other vintage cameras.

I searched for awhile a few months for a vintage Polaroid but wasn’t very sucessful. I was starting to get bummed out, then one greatful day I spoted this Sun600 in the trash! These bad boys were first released in the early 80’s and when I think of the Polariod cam, this one was what I always saw. So I did what any sensable person would, I got into the trash pushed all the garbage aside and put it in my backpack and ran away laughing about my great find while pulling crap outta my hair.

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June Plan 

It could be that I’m nosey as all hell, or that plan with me posts are my favourite. Welcome to my version 🙂 This past long weekend I took my journal outdoors to set up for June.

I always dedicate 2 full pages to each new month. So far in 2017, the name of the month has gone on the left side while the monthly overview is on the right.

It could have been all that time in Jr High where I made title pages to introduce new topics in my binders that I have carried this obsession into adulthood. I like having a “title page” to introduce each month. It clearly seperates the months in my journal and gives me time to practice drawing.

Since I have been working on my calligraphy, the other months are simply just their names, nothing too special. With the beautfiul weather and it feeling like spring/summer wherever you go, I decided to jazz up my monthly title up a bit. It isn’t anything crazy, just a simple wreath with “Hello June” written inside.

I use my month at a glance to write down all the birthday’s, holiday’s, friend/family hangs and, appointments that are upcoming. When I do my weekly spreads I refer back to this calendar to organize myself.

The next 2 pages that follow are always my grattitudes. I use to write out the date numbers in advance, but sometimes I would not journal at all and this left big blanks on the page which I am not a fan of. I decided to simply write in the date when I am going through my daily’s. This also gives me the freedom to try out different fonts and doodles as I find them.

As I mentioned before, I use my grattitude pages to reflect on the day. Even when those shitty days happen I try to remember a time in the day where I felt joy, this is what I record. I keep this section in short form, sometimes it is as simple as someone’s name.

Next up we have my memory page. This is where I collect anything exciting that happend during the month. It could be a movie ticket, a picture or just words about something that I want to remeber. This year is flying by and this page gives me a nice onceover.

On the right side I have my monthly habit tracker. This month I am tracking my reading, how often I’m spending money, and even my anxiety attacks. On the bottom I keep my self care tracker. I  note how much I slept, my overall mood for the day, how my diet was and my physical activity. This has been very interesting to see how 1 of these things will drastically effect another. As I don’t have too many things in my habit tracker it fits perfectly at the bottom of the page.

I started a collection in May called “Netflix Binged”. I have been recording all the seasons that I have finished which has been really fun and scary to add to. Who knew I watched so much TV! As I don’t watch things just on Netflix I changed the title of this section to just “TV Binged”. I kept the Netflix colours in the title though as I really like how it turned out for May.

On the right page I have started a “June Favourites” page where I can list the things that I have been enjoying since my last favourite post.

And really, that is it! From here I do my weekly spread and continue with my daily’s after that.

Are there other things you want to see in my Bujo? Let me know!

What other collections do you have in your journal, I’m always looking for suggestions 🙂

Happy planning friends!

Curated Captures two: our weekend getaway 

I always say that YYC is a small town disguised as a big ass city. Last weened’s wedding is proof of that.

Bae and I went out with the newly weds before they were, *ahem* newly wed and, it was there that the groom and I realized that we went back all the way to Jr High. Years later b and the groom met in University in a completely different province! See what I mean, small town. It was a surreal feeling knowing that b and I knew different versions of the groom and that we were all connected and brought back together at his wedding. This fact made everything feel even more special.

It was a beautiful wedding set in the mountins. The setting, the people, the dancing till 2am, it was all GREAT. The weekend festivities definitely recharged me for the week.

Thank you to all the people we met, talked with and danced next to! And to the bride and groom, thank you for including us in your day. You guys defs know how to throw a party ❤

These images are what I captured during our weekend in the mountains.

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Obsessed: Perfume Rollerballs

When I was younger I was always fascinated with mom’s perfume collection. All the bottles were so pretty and by watching her I would learn the process of choosing the right scent for the right moments.

Happy Mother’s Day shoutout to all those mama’s that taught us this + so much more ❤ 

Back in the day I only stuck to 1 or 2 scents because honestly, it was all my little pockets could afford. I was all about CK1 by Calvin Klein and Dream and So Pink from GAP.

For me smell has always been a memory kick starter. Whenever I smell my old perfumes I think about how young I was!

I remember wearing So Pink when I met Rick the Temp (Rick Campanelli) at our Jr High MuchMusic video dance. I was so excited to see his mushroom cut IRL and, it was just as magical as I could have ever hoped for!

The smell of original Dove shampoo brings me back to the days when I was 16 and sleeping on the floor of an apartment I couldn’t afford.

Like I said, smell brings back all types of memories. Whenever a panic or an anxiety attack creeps up on me I try to use smell to keep me grounded – but more on that coming soon.

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So why do I love these rollerballs so much?

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top 10 things I ❤ about my Bullet Journal 

Since it’s been exactly a year now since I started my own Bullet Journal, I wanted to share what I’ve learned. Hopefully I can help you start your own, show you something new if you’re already deep in it or, just wanna see what everyone is talking about. Don’t be scuuured get inspired!

PS You better grab a snack for this one….

I jumped on the Bullet Journal bandwagon April of last year. It intrigued me as an avid planner, list taker and memory keeper. I have found that the flexibility of the whole process makes it easy and, it gives me a place to be creative.

If this concept is completely new to you let’s go back to the source.

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May Book Club Announcement

The story from last month’s book club was very interesting. It took us on a journey of a 5 yr old boy who gets on a train that takes him far from home. We see him grow up with an adoptive family in a new country.  When in University he discovers the magic of Google Earth, he uses it to find his way back home to the family he thought he’d never see again, cue the sad music and tears! 

Our meetup was filled with snacks and a viewing of the movie. Shoutout to my niece for hosting us in the kick ass media room ❤. It is always great to see something on paper be translated into something you can consume with your eyeballs. The movie was sad in all the right places and, even though I wish they would have spent more time with young Saroo I enjoyed it.

This month I wanted us to read a story written by a great story teller. I looked for a long time and with all of the options out there I finally settled on a book by Kathleen Rooney. She’s a great poet, a writer of both fiction and non and she teaches English and Creative writing classes in a University in the US.

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