Suffice it to say, we all drop the ball sometimes. If you were to ask me what my greatest practical life struggle is, my answer would be administrating our lives. Ben and I are both weak in this area which makes for some frustrating predicaments. Our friends can attest that when attending a wedding we know enough details to point our car east or west and then inevitably end up texting someone for more information.
While those types of circumstances resolve themselves fairly quickly it is a little bit harder to fit wellness into our schedule (this includes not missing appointments. Gah). I shared how I find time to exercise but there’s more to health than exercise. For over a month the right side of my neck and back were killing me.
I may be going out on a lash but I think blue mascara is making a come back. Most memorably for Fall 2012 Stella McCartney had her models go down the runway in clean dewy, skin and electric blue mascara. Before I came across these images I had on a whim bought Cobalt Blue mascara from Joe Fresh. It suddenly made sense that blue mascara would make my already blue eyes extra bright. I wore it to an event with a little gloss on my lips and received a strong, positive reaction.
Today the boys took me on a sky train adventure to the airport. They’ve done this trip with Ben on several occasions and today I tagged along. It is the perfect budget-friendly way to entertain the kids on a dreary summer day in Vancouver. The only cost is sky train fare and the younger two still ride for free.
When I first started blogging I had no concept of personal style or what suited me best and I am still on the journey. In the last 5 years my body has gone through remarkable transformations with three pregnancies and periods of not eating very healthy or being intentionally active. I know what I like on other people and for a while I tried to go for that lovely, boho Free People look that involved layers of clothing and accessories. Now I know that boho is a big fashion no no on me. Flowy (how is flowy not a word?) dresses and tops and layers do not suit my body type.
We’re still savouring the warm days of summer but the reality is fall is on the horizon and I’ve already attended a Christmas holiday preview. It felt timely that this week I also came across gorgeous crochet accessories for kids in the online store, Agnes and June. Made in Vancouver the store is named after the grandmas of the founders Lindsay and Jillian. When the weather cools down, my boys’ cool factor will soar with these colour blocked cowls. I also adore the Royal Collection featuring crocheted crowns and tiaras.
The Fountain of Youth has not been discovered but it’s possible that the makers of Cloud Vitamin Cream have uncovered the secret to keeping our skin looking vibrant and young as well as protecting from skin cancer. I went to a seminar by award-winning dermatologist Dr. Gordon Telford, the creator of Cloud Vitamin Cream. He was eager to spread his seeds of knowledge to Vancouver’s beauty birds and I pecked it up.
On our last day in Maple Ridge we visited Ben’s brother and sister-in-law at Timberline Ranch where they work each summer. I have never been a camper at Timberline but I hope we can send the boys there one day. The camp has every kid-loving activity possible: Horseback riding, swimming, a bike park, archery range, petting zoo, hiking and so much more. We got to see the new colt in the stable, only two weeks old. Apparently the colt was a surprise after it’s mama was purchased pregnant without the camp knowing. They found the horses in the field surrounding the baby one afternoon.
I never thought I’d wear all white other than on my wedding day. Yet white has a way of captivating us with it’s purity and cleanliness. White can be dazzling but also daunting to wear. The chance of walking around with a brown patch on your bum is high (higher if you ride public transit). Never mind getting stained before you even walk out the door by a very berry hug from your kiddos or a spill of your morning coffee.
I decided to ignore the odds and try out an all white outfit with several rules surrounding it’s wear.
On another day of vacation we trekked to Golden Ears Provincial Park and swam in the lake. I never grow tired of the beauty of nature, the vastness of creation next to the minuteness of man. Taken at a glance every photo might look exactly the same but in each I appreciate a different thing, whether it’s the shape of the clouds, the family in the water, the different shades of the mountains or the ripples of the lake.
Come along on a journey with us. I want to show you one of the most beautiful places on earth. Our family is on vacation this week and we came out to stay at Ben’s parent’s house for a few days. They live in Maple Ridge surrounded by farmland which is encased between beautiful lakes, rivers and streams.