Summer Sips + Sweets

July 22, 2013

I don’t know about you, but this never-ending sunshine is making happy hour come mighty easy ’round these parts! I’m trying to eat healthy and walk every night but there’s something about 5 o’clock (ok let’s be real, 4:00) that just begs for a cool sip…or two, if company’s around ;) I’ll have to reign it in at some point but thought I may as well send out a little shout-out to the decadent sips and sweets of summer before my serious workout regime begins. But come on, how refreshing do these cocktails look? Twist my rubber arm…

How Sweet Eats

My Life at Playtime

Heather Cameron

Janis Nicolay

Simply Delicious

Sugar Crafter

Yum, right? Do you find it easier to eat healthy in the warmer months? In some ways I do…lighter salads and fruit are always great for lunch and snacks…but I find I get pretty lazy around dinner time so it’s good to keep meat for the BBQ and fresh veggies on hand for last minute meals. Would love to hear your healthy eating tricks and tips! Have a great Monday :)


Week + End: Link Love

July 19, 2013

Hello, Friday! It’s been another whirl wind of a week over here. I had the kids in day camps and while having all 3 in activities all at once seemed like a good idea in theory, it meant a tonne of extra driving (not to mention early mornings). But the important part was that they all had fun..the girls created a storm of art over at 4 Cats Art Studio and Gabe was in his element skateboarding. I juggled work into the mix and the Spruce girls and I even managed a big vintage shopping day down in Bellingham yesterday…good thing we brought 2 vehicles because we scored pretty big :) Here are some lovely links from the week:

1. The kitchen linens artisanal goods over at A Sunny Afternoon are beyond amazing:

A Sunny Afternoon via Smitten Studio

2. I thought that Katie blew it out of the park with her son’s camping themed party last week…until I saw her daughter’s 1st birthday party:

Katie’s Pencil Box

3. This DIY hammock looks just about perfect for the sunny weekend ahead:

Camille Styles

4. My girls would spend hours making and playing with these adorable dolls. Off to the dollar store we go…:

Oh My Little Dears

5. Everything about this drink station is refreshing! Loving that drink dispenser too:

Country Living

And here are just a few songs I’ve been loving over on Songza lately:

What are your weekend plans? We don’t have any yet, which actually feels pretty nice! But this amazing sunshine looks like it’s planning on sticking around (this must be some sort of a record, seriously!) which makes everything about a lazy weekend all the more perfect. Cheers!

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Ellen + Portia’s Equestrian Estate

July 17, 2013

While I am love, love, loving this amazing summer heat wave that we’ve been having, I must admit that there’s a teeny part of me looking forward to Fall. You know, not the getting back to routine and early mornings bit….the layers, boots and sweaters part! There’s nothing like that crisp smell in the air while pulling on my beat up leather boots and this jaw-dropping estate looks like the perfect place to saddle up for a Fall morning ride. The 26-acre Californian ranch just happens to belong to Portia de Rossi and Ellen Degeneres and I think you’ll agree that it’s breathtaking…

Elle Decor. Photos by William Abranowitcz.

Elle Decor. Photos by William Abranowitcz.

Um, how lucky is that horse? I’ve been dreaming a lot about lofty barns and wide open spaces…they say it’s good to dream big, right? You can can see many more beautiful shots of this Hidden Valley ranch over at Elle Decor and in the meantime, enjoy your Wednesday :)

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Week + End: Summery Links + Tunes

July 12, 2013

It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through July, isn’t it? I’m trying hard not to notice the summer days flying past on the calendar. Our days have been full of sunshine, fresh air, work + lots of play and life is good. I took the kids down to Jam in Jubilee last night and we had a great time! It’s happening every Thursday evening now through August so if you live in the Abbotsford area and like live music (they have an art market too), I highly recommend that you come check it out. Great people watching too ;) Do you have big plans for the weekend? We’ll be hitting the beach in White Rock at some point but otherwise, it’s the dog days of summer over here!

1. The property that this Texas ranch sits on is truly beyond words:

Country Living

2. These coconut mango popsicle look delicious and are pretty healthy too:

Skinny Taste

3. Katie’s “Camp Max” party really raised the bar:

Katie’s Pencil Box

This hex table and rug combo from West Elm had me at hello…loving that hit of royal blue:

Emily Henderson

5. Happy hour? On the patio? At this time of day? Well, ok!

Summer Night Cocktail from A Beautiful Mess

And everyone knows that a good cocktail needs some good tunes to keep it company so here are some new favourites this week. I found a cool playlist builder (I had to refresh my browser to see it)…let me know what you think:

Looks like we’ve got plenty more sunshine in the forecast and I for one am loving every minute of it! Cheers to another bright weekend :)


Cheap + Easy DIY’s for the Home

July 10, 2013

Although it wasn’t necessarily easy, my chimney makeover was definitely cheap…free, actually! I used up leftover paint from a previous project and it’s made a world of difference in our house. Most of us don’t have a huge budget for seasonal decorating but there are plenty of ways to work around that. Thrift stores and junk barns are my favourite ways (obviously!) to source out bits and bobs for my house. Most of the art, knick-knacks and books that I use throughout our home are secondhand treasures and I rotate them often. Plants and throw cushions (sew them yourself from vintage fabric, tea towels or even handkerchiefs) are also quick ways to add colour to your space…I’m so in love with the succulents in this seashell below!

Better Homes & Gardens

Poppytalk (free download!)

The Design Files

Emily Henderson

Home Life

Looking for a quick and easy gallery wall? Use book pages or print off your own images (like these beautiful botanicals over at Poppytalk) and frame them in inexpensive frames from Ikea or simply tape them up with bright washi tape. No need to over-think things either…just go with your gut and surround yourself with things that you love. Hope you’re having a great week so far!