Skating Out of September

Although I’ve fallen back into the slacker blogger category, I had a really good September. I love the transition into Autumn and this month has been a nice mix of cooler mornings with warm afternoons.

Another bonus is that the damn smoke is gone. Seriously it feels like we’re living in HD now that I can actually see further than 20 feet in front of me. I’ve never thought of Kamloops as a very beautiful city, but I’ve never appreciated it more than I do now.

One of my friends, Shah from London, who I actually met 2 years ago on my Thailand Contiki trip, has been doing a cross Canada trip and was able to stop in Kamloops for a few days. It being a kind of in-between season, I had a bit of a hard time thinking of things to do. I’m better at thinking of summer activities and when it’s winter it revolves around the snow.

The day he arrived I thought it might be fun to check out Sun Peaks, our local ski hill. I packed up the dog and we headed out. We went for a nice walk around the village trails and then popped into Masa’s for lunch. It worked out being perfect timing because it started raining/sleeting. The first night we ended up going to a pub downtown…although Wednesday isn’t a big evening in Kamloops, had about 6 other people in the entire place.

Wells Gray Park Wells Gray Park Wells Gray Park

Another activity I had planned was checking out Wells Gray Park. Wells Gray is a beautiful provincial park just outside of Clearwater, about 2 hours total from Kamloops. There are tonnes of hiking trails, waterfalls, and camping. It turned out to be such a great time of year to visit, with all of the fall colours.

Wells Gray Park

I’m really hoping I can get back out to Wells Gray again before it gets too cold. There are so many trails and I definitely have only scratched the surface.

Skating

Another fun activity I’ve been wanting to get back into is ice skating! Let me preface this by saying I am quite terrible at skating, but this is my year to learn. I decided this year to swap my figure skates (that front pick can be a real buzz kill, when you hit the ice verrrrry hard). Callie and I went once last weekend and neither of us fell…weoo. So hopefully I’ll be able to improve and maybe learn a bit this year.

Skating

I’d like to try and keep quite busy with hobbies and activities this winter. After the summer of smoke and Netflix, I don’t think I can do a whole winter of that also. (Although how good are the new shows in the winter??)

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?!