Friday | Faves

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{ My first photo in Aix-en-Provence – I don’t like heirlooms at all! }

Hey Friday, how’s it hanging? It’s been a while since I’ve seen you in Vancouver. And also a while since I’ve seen you in the rain. Kind of fitting for my lax weekend ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m really looking forward to catching up with my gal at our favourite after-work watering-hole, The Blackbird. Then onto an aperitif – definitely keeping that daily ritual from our vacation in France! And back to the grind with a spin class, cleaning the apartment, cooking, baking, wining and dining. Man, I love my routine. What’s on the agenda for your weekend? Continue reading

Lifestyle | Simple Life Hacks to Get Through the Day

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Well, it certainly has been a moment or two since I’ve posted anything. Yes, I know I said I would post while on vacation, but then I remembered that I was “on vacation”. So, here I am, back Canada-side, and ready to hit the autumn-leaf ground running! And don’t worry, I’ll give you a download on my trip to France in due time.

After vacating your life, it can be a difficult task getting back to your normal routine. Luckily for me, I LOVE our normal routine, so it’s not a tremendous amount of difficulty but I do think it’s because of some of these hacks that painlessly help get me back on track. Continue reading

Friday | Faves

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It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! My last day of work for 18 days! Wowza, is this going to be sweet, or what? I had a crazy busy week gearing up for this vacation, but was able to celebrate my lovely mother’s 65th birthday last evening, and that made it all better. ๐Ÿ™‚

The countdown is definitely on for our 9am flight on Sunday morning, out of this insane-o city we call home, and onto my new home away from home, Nรฎmes! Stay tuned for my trip diary, coming your way. Have a lovely Labour Day weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ Continue reading

Travel | Packing Tips for a European Vacation

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Happy Wednesday! With the countdown on until we leave for our France vacation, I decided to share my step-by-step tips on how I pack for an extended getaway. Now, remembering that I’m an obsessive planner, I may take a few more steps than you might, but I do know the feeling of getting on the plane and realizing that I’ve left my make-up bag on the bathroom counter – so, bare with me, unless you want to risk that terrible gut feeling that you’ve forgotten a pretty important (and expensive to replace) item at home. ๐Ÿ™‚ Continue reading

Recipe | Italian Barley Salad

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Hi Friends!

Ok. I need help! I had a lovely relaxing weekend. Played baseball all Saturday, was in bed by 10pm. Had a lovely sleep and was up by 8am on Sunday. Had a very relaxing Sunday, and was in bed by 10pm again. Woke up this morning with a terribly sore throat, bit of a fever, and all over feeling of sickness. ๐Ÿ™ I am on vacation as of Saturday, and would HATE to start my vacation off being sick. Any cold/flu/sick remedies that’ll take this away ASAP are more than welcome! I have already pumped myself full of vitamins but feel as though I need more!

Alright, enough of that. Life must go on. So, here it is! My delicious recipe for today. A simple, easy, and light Italian Barley Salad. Continue reading