Iron Road Brewing & Shuswap Saturdays

This past weekend was fantastic! I can’t believe it was already the last weekend of August…where has this summer gone?!

Thankfully Kamloops is back to hot weather and clear skies, just like summer should be.

Friday evening I met up with some friends at a new brew pub in town, Iron Road Brewing. We got there at about 7pm and the place was packed. We took a seat at the bar, got some drinks and waited for a table to free up. We didn’t have to wait long and soon we all had drinks and dinner was en route.

Iron Road Brewing Iron Road Brewing

Iron Road has a small menu of mostly tacos, quesadillas and nachos! I went with 1 shrimp taco and 1 veggie taco. They were cheap, but quite small. I wouldn’t say I’d go out of my way to go there for food but the beer was good and they have a great ambiance.  We all tried different kinds of beer and Denise and I went with the tasting flight to get a little bit of everything. My vote for favourite was the Locomotive Lager.

Iron Road Brewing

I will definitely head back there, it’s nice to have a new place to check out – Kamloops could certainly use more pubs and lounges!

Saturday morning it was time to head to the lake! Between the not great weather and severe smoke, it had been waaaay too long since I got to spend the day out at the Shuswap and I was seriously missing it. We spent the day floating at Copper Island, swimming and playing a super fun drinking game, Picolo. It’s an app and so much fun!

Shuswap

After a yummy dinner at Finz Bar and packing up the boat it was time to head home. Between the sun, fresh air and a few drinks I think everyone was tuckered out and we all just went home.

Shuswap

Sunday was a super productive day for me. I managed to clean my entire house, even handwashing the floors. This may sound like the most boring thing ever, but it was so satisfying. Between the dog and cat and me, it can get dirty real quick!

Shuswap

Photo by Allan McVicar

All in all it was a really great weekend, and now we’re heading into a long weekend!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic last week of August. Any exciting plans for the long weekend?

 

Just a Little Catch Up

It’s been a while since I just sat down to write a catch-up post, so I thought I’d do that today.

Although the weather in the month of May has been a bit shit (where is summer?!), I’ve been having a lot of fun.

At the end of April, I did another Makeshift craft night. This time it was making terrariums and I went with my sister Erica. It was a lot of fun and I love that they have everything set up and you basically just have to show up and make something. As much as I love being crafty, sometimes getting it all organized is the hard part. Check out my cute little plants!

Terrarium Terrarium Terrarium

Lucy and I have also been getting out and doing lots of hikes!

As much as I miss traveling I do feel super lucky to live in such a beautiful area. There are so many gorgeous places to check out, so close to home! Some of our favourite places to go are Kenna Cartwright Park and McConnell Lake. I can’t wait for the weather to get even better and start making some longer day trips.

Kamloops Hikes McConnell Lake Peterson Creek Kenna Cartwright Kenna Cartwright

I always love a good party and decided to throw one for Cinco de Mayo this year. Who doesn’t love an opportunity to eat chips and guac and drink a little (I mean a lot) of margaritas!

I was able to find a lot of decorations at the Dollar Store, so that was a score. I love decorating for parties. It may be cheesy and my friends don’t always use what I think are great photo set ups, but it’s so fun for me!

Having to clean up the next day after the party…not so fun. I may have succumbed to my hangover and let the mess wait until Sunday, whoops!

Got to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom yesterday. We went out for breakfast and then hit up Art Knapp’s where I got some more succulent plants. It’s either plants or adopt a kitten…although that being said I have been eyeing up some kittens at the SPCA.

Mother's Day

We had a nice big family dinner (which my mom cooked most of…awks) for Mother’s Day with my parents and my sister’s family. I’ve been teaching the kids about the joys of Boomerang, which is hilarious. Should probably bring my phone charger everywhere they are though, leads to a dead battery pretty quick.

Other than work that’s about all I’ve been up to the last little while. Praying that this rain takes a break and can maybe get out on the boat this weekend! Fingers crossed!

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Self Care Sunday

Self CareI think we can all agree that self care is important. When you’re a burnt out sad Sally you’re no good to anyone else, probably cranky and I doubt you’re any fun to hang around with. But! When you do take care of yourself and indulge in the things that make you feel happy and healthy, believe me it shows.

Everyone is busy and sometimes has too much going on, but lets decide, even once a week, to put ourselves first!

Today I’m going to share some of my favourite self care/indulgence ideas, with the hope you can bring them into your life and get some joy from them.

Self Care Fav 1

Spa Night!! This is a classic and you can’t go wrong. Find your favourite face mask (I’m loving this Arbonne one at the moment or Sephora sheet masks are great too!), run a bubble bath with your favourite scent, put on some relaxing tunes (super into the band Lord Huron or even some Bossanova) and just enjoy.

I love taking the time to do this. If I’m really feeling like indulging after I get out of the bath I’ll slather on my favourite moisturizer or even do some self tanner. Moisturize my face super well, put on some cozy clothes and cuddle into some blankets.

Self Care

Take the time to really set the mood of your space on an evening like this. Set out your favourite candles and dim the lights, turn your phone onto airplane mode to get rid any distractions or notifications and have a bottle of your fav wine or champagne chilled. By the time you’re done you’ll be so relaxed and feel great about yourself.

Self Care Fav 2

Exercise! This one for me is huge. I know when I have times that I’m feeling burnt out or struggling with some anxiety going out to exercise can be the last thing I want to do. However it’s always the biggest help! One of the things I love to do is to take Lucy out for a hike or even just a quick walk.

Kamloops Hike

Happy campers when we’re outside!

Kamloops Hike

Getting fresh air and moving your body is proven to help with such a wide variety of things. It can help clear your head, if you’re having a stressful day it can get solutions moving and bonus…burning calories!

Even if hiking isn’t your thing, find it! That’s the joy of exercise, there’s an unlimited amount of different activities to find. If you’re not a weightlifting gym rat, hit up a yoga class, join a softball team with some friends, walk around the mall window shopping…the opportunities are endless!

Self Care Fav 3

Setting goals and making lists! Anyone who knows me knows I am the queen of lists, cute stationary and goal setting. If I feel a bit overwhelmed or unsure about what I’m doing…time to make a list!

I’ve got lists for things I want to do around my  house, lists of ideal boyfriend traits, lists of what I need to do that day…you name it, it’s written down in a random notebook somewhere in my house. (FYI I def find the cutest notebooks at Chapters Indigo. Their summer ones are the bomb this year.)

Writing down your goals, and actually sitting down and looking towards the future is super important. Looking forward to what you want your life to be (and what obvi amazing things are going to happen) can make any little problems that you have at the moment seem pretty small. Perspective is a beautiful thing!

If you’re having trouble thinking of goals I would recommend thinking about the different areas of your life that could use improvement. The things I usually focus on are; business, health, financial and social. Some examples could be…how many new clients do I want a month and what can I do to achieve that? Learning a new healthy recipe a month? Paying extra onto my mortgage or into retirement funds.

Self Care Fav 4

Last but certainly not least on the list is have a Girl’s Night! I’m not sure if there are any scientific studies on it, but eating some junk food, sipping rose (if you can find it, this Monster sparkling Rose is for sure in my top 5) and catching up on all the latest gossip and trash TV has to be good for the soul.

If you’ve been crazy busy or down in the dumps you may not have been reaching out to your girlfriends. But we need that time!! Catching up is so important. Plus your friends know you, and usually have a good perspective on whatever is going on in your life (at least my awesome friends do).

Girls Night

For my girl’s nights I generally prefer to put on comfy clothes (oh haiii leggings and baggy shirts, byeeee getting dressed up), make sure that there are some shows on the PVR (bless the hot messes that are TLC reality shows, have you seen My 600-lb Life?!), and get the wine and snacks going. Bonus points if everything is within reach and I don’t need to get up to refill my wine glass.

It’s always nice (and helpful) to bounce ideas off of people you trust. Whether it’s about love life, home decor or business ideas, getting a second opinion can be great (especially if you’re as indecisive as I am).

So there you have it, my go to self care actives. And hey if you’re feeling real shit just do them all in 24 hours and you’ll be floating away from your anxieties!

What are your favourite things to do to perk yourself up?!