Boho disco dreams are made of these: the best Airbnb in Yucca Valley

Space-y sleeping quarters at the boho disco Starship Landing: Aurora Airbnb
Space-y sleeps.

Picture it: in the dark, wet days of winter I plan a sunny SoCal family getaway 3,800 kilometres from our chilly, rainforest home. The goal: a few days spent staying in a stylish, bright boho disco Airbnb while we explore the increasingly not-so-hidden gems north of Joshua Tree National Park.

In my head: we’re heading to the slower-paced yet ever-so-funky Yucca Valley to stay to soak in some California sun. According to my research (and advertising by local tourism marketers) the average temperature in February is 24C. Balmy. Warm. Pool-friendly. Full of Joshua tree-filled hikes, visits to outrageously thrift stores, stars gazing events under sparkly, black skies. But the universe had other plans.

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Love Your Mother: An Etsy Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Nab mom some handmade gifts from Etsy this Mother's Day.

I had a business meeting recently and at the end my colleague asked, ‘So what’s new with you?’ 

I said soccer, gardening, and my love of the sun are keeping things humming along at home these days. That and a little trip with my kiddo and mom off-island for Mother’s Day. 

“When is Mother’s Day again?” A slightly panicked tone sailed out his lips. 

“This Sunday!” I grinned watching him squirm as only a forgetful dad can. 

“Thanks friend. Seriously, thank you,” he said as he walked away. 

If you’re looking for a fabulous gift for your mama, baby mama, baby mama-to-be or step-mama then Etsy is a fabulous place to start. Not to sound like a broken record for all of you who have been reading Anchors+Proteas for a while, but locally made, indie small businesses specializing in handmade goods are the BEST. On a holiday that’s full of gratitude and love, why turn to places like Hallmark and Walmart when you can nab a handmade treasure from a maker.

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March 2019 Anthology: Lady Power Month Edition

womens history
Happy Womens’ History Month

Happy Womens’ History Month! This last March has been all about the leading women in my life. From my mom helping out with childcare while I was on an epic work trip, to the gal pal who taught me to ‘throw my hip’ in my new LBD to my amazing colleagues past and present. My lady posse exists throughout British Columbia but are they’re also sprinkled like the brightest fucking sparkle confetti in the political wilds of Quebec, the stampeding flatlands of Alberta and the far, far away playgrounds of Australia, the US and South Africa. My women are the ones I turn to in joy and pain, sunshine and rain (to paraphrase these dudes).

This anthology rounds up some of the best bits of the internet currently tipping its hat to women while also educating us on leadership, great eats and confidence-building dance moves.

Pictured above: Moon Wind Trading Co in Yucca Valley, CA, a shop full of ephemera, weavings, crystals, clothes and more. I met a lovely hostess one night at Pappy & Harriet’s and then the next day met here again while she was working at Moon Wind for her very pregnant BFF who owns the place.

The Alison Show – an new instagram to follow featuring pelvic thrusts and booty shakes.

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Time travels: 2018 in photos

The Kettle Valley Railway bridge in Tulameen, B.C.

Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “Photography is a form of time travel.”

If that’s true then in the last few years, the human race has become expert time travellers. With the proliferation cameras in our pockets at all times combined with social media, photography as time travel now happens every day.

So this begs the question? Where did you ‘time travel’ in the past year? I went to a tonney of small towns, some fabulous concerts and maybe a bakery or cocktail bar or two.

It would take me until April to write up pithy, fun summaries of the trips I took throughout British Columbia and Haida Gwaii this year, so instead I’m sharing some of my favourite photos from the past year of road trips, funktastic hotel stays and playtime inside and out. Enjoy hopping the space-time continuum with me for a wee while.

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