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??)

Favourite Things Friday 4

Hellooooo…Happy Friday!!

Holy crap it’s already September. What the heck is happening this year? This week has been good thus far. I actually really love September, I always feel like I can restart routines and get focused again. I’ve hit the gym 3 days in a row (I’ll wait for my round of applause to start anytime), and have been eating super well!

Sadly the smoke is still hanging around here, I actually think it’s been worse lately…at this point, I’d even be happy with snow if it was sunshiney!

On to my favourite things, I know you’ve all been dying to know about this.

Getting to start a new day planner in September! 
Okay, this is super dorky and I’m well aware of this. That being said, I love love love a good list, book, stationary and day planners definitely top the list for me. I know 90% of the world has changed over to using the calendar on their phones or computers, but for me if I don’t write it down I don’t remember. Pen and paper all the way!

Chapters Planner

Luckily for me, my lovely sister Erica got me a fresh planner for my birthday back in August, so I was set when September rolled around. I am going to try really hard this year to keep this one neat, but we’ll see what happens, sometimes I just have to write or scribble something in quickly.

This is the one that she got me, so far it’s working well! Between keeping track of my hair client appointments, meals, gym times (I told you, I’m trying to be good!!), and social schedule, I need something where each day has a fair bit of writing room, and this one has fit the bill, plus it’s super cute.

Superstore Online Grocery Shopping
This has been life changing for me!! I don’t know why but grocery shopping gives me crazy anxiety…I know I know, such a weirdo. I think it’s just the too many people and it plain old drives me crazy. Well not anymore, my dreams have come true! I shop for most other things online…why not groceries! Superstore’s Online shopping has made eating healthy and sticking to my budget so much easier, I can’t even imagine how awesome it must be for people with kids!

Prior to being able to do this, I would put off grocery shopping forever and not have any food in my house, thus going out more often and spending more. So this has been helping me not only eating healthier…but sticking to my budget better! The other thing I like about it is it gives you lots of time to compare items and prices, and not feel like you’re in someone’s way while considering if the No Name brand pasta is really as good as the other brands.

Since it’s only $3, you pick the time to pick up your order, and you can use your own bags; this service is so so worth it to me! Not to mention a serious mental health savior. Everyone has their thing, right?

Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning 
This is my newest food obsession. We get so ripped off in Canada without access to stores like Target and Trader Joe’s, but I certainly stocked up whilst I was in Oregon in July. I had heard so many good things about this seasoning and holy man it did not disappoint.

OregonGetting our Trader Joe’s drinks in our new Target cups…told you I was obsessed!

It’s a mix of sesame seeds, garlic, onion, salt and poppy seeds and it’s good on everything, or at least everything I’ve tried it on. I love it on avocado toast, eggs, veggies…the ideas are endless. If you’re at Trader Joe’s buy it…buy lots (and maybe buy me one or two!?).

Trader Joe's

This weekend I don’t have much planned. I have a few clients tomorrow and that’s about it. I’d like to try and get out to the lake for the day Sunday, but that is seriously weather dependent. No one wants to go sit outside in this horrendous smoke, but I want to get as many boat days in as possible before it gets too cold!!
Shuswap Friday

Hope everyone has a great weekend!