Anthology ~ September edition ~ Getting Healthy

Weekend Anthology: September 2017 Best of the Net Micah. H

And just like that summer slipped through our fingers. No. Wait. It’s still here. Oh nevermind, it’s not. Welcome to the frenetic September weather on Haida Gwaii where there’s a little summer, a little fall and a heck of a lot of rain. Sometimes.

Regardless, life is still about beach meals, getting healthy, sandy toes, daily walks/hikes and laundry. Always laundry. And dogs. We’ve recently inherited two cuddly, messy, mouth-breathing, toddler-loving black labs. They are fabulous hikers but not fabulous mammalian snooze buttons. As in: my alarm goes off and I can’t hit snooze three times because the dogs wake up with the first buzz and then are panting and wagging in our faces well before the snooze alarm goes off. C’est la vie. Small trade off for having two fun, new, four legged September adventure buddies.

My besties continue to plan our 2018 Italy trip. We’re moving our big girls trip to June/July next year instead of May as originally planned. We’ll see. Fingers crossed we can all make it happen. In other words: save enough Euros, beg our partners to let us escape parenting for a couple shifts to sun ourselves silly while eating pasta, drinking wine and cackling like hyenas.

Speaking of mom jeans, I recently interviewed a denim expert for a future blog post (hint hint, watch this space for some CUTE goodies from an unlikely Canadian retailer). We talked motherhood and the horror of jean shopping post baby. Now I’m feeling pretty rad and actually not scared to shop for my next pair of denim duds.

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Give Your Garden Some TLC: Transform Your Neglected Outside Space

Photo: Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Sometimes, you can spend so long decorating the interior of your home – making it a cozy haven where you can display family memories and travel mementos – that it means that your garden space doesn’t get given much thought. If the kids use your backyard to play it can become a little messy around the edges. Often this is when you start to have no inclination to get out there and enjoy the space. Therefore, a little Tender Loving Care in your backyard space could be just what it needs to make it a haven and an environment that can be utilized by the whole family.

Here are some ideas to help you to spruce up your garden space and ensure that it’s no longer neglected. Read more

Motivation Monday: On Procrastinating

For the last two months I’ve had a wonderfully creative, amazing, glittery, golden idea in my mind. But it hasn’t happened. I’ve been procrastinating big time. Thinking, planning, daydreaming, reading, pinning about this idea but not doing.

Until this past weekend.

I’m building an alter/bookshelf this month like my life depends on it. I’ve been reading Sonia Choquette’s Tune In: Let your Intuition Guide you to Fulfillment and Flow.

The theory is that this alter will ground me. It will be a place to practice my newly researched, “tuning in”. This little gold/white/pine structure will hopefully invoke creativity, love, forgiveness, patience and doing-ness. My shelf will channel Barbara Streisand with it’s 70s pattern, gleam the gold of South Africa’s Karoo region, the bright whites of floating clouds and some untouched pine to anchor me to Mama Earth. This alter/shelf is meant to remind of my ability to listen to what Choquette called my Kefi, my inner voice, my gut. No pressure, right?  Read more

My First Furniture DIY: A Travel-Inspired Breakfast Table

 A Palm Springs-inspired breakfast table (AKA an upcycled closet door.
A Palm Springs-inspired breakfast table (AKA an upcycled closet door.

A couple weeks back I wrote about the itch I get every January. To scratch that itch, I decided to try out a travel-inspired DIY project. The folks at the Edmonton Renovation Show approached me last year to be one of their local bloggers to participate in this super cool upcycling challenge. We had to pick up a door, any door, from the local Re-Store and renovate it to become whatever we wanted. Some of my fellow up cyclers did some rad stuff with theirs: one made a bean bag toss game, another a galactic inspired door, another a record rack/table.

Here’s my little inspiration blurb that’s accompanying my creation at the Edmonton Renovation Show:

As a huge fan of Palm Springs and the mid-century modern aesthetic found in the homes and hotels of that area, I was hoping to create something that harkens back to the era of Rat Pack parties and pops of colour. I chose a closet door that has a Danish teak look to it. There will be some geometrics involved as an ode to the triangular Albert Frey-designed Palm Springs Tramway gas station that now serves as a tourist destination.

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