Anthology July 2018 ~ Music, Mini-Vacas and Modern Love

July 2018 Anthology: Music, Modern Love, Mini-Vacas
Photo by Moritz Schmidt on Unsplash

I should’ve known I would have my ass handed to me on a platter recently by two new writer friends. This small tale comes with a dose of humility and warning: do NOT play scrabble with writers. Last month, I played scrabble for the first time in five years with two very sharp and lucky minds. I think in the end I was almost double skunked by the time my last tile placed on the board.

Besides my rusty Scrabble skills and lack of rules remembrance, I drew almost 80% vowels. So again, if you fancy yourself a mediocre Scrabble player, play with math nerds, mechanics or other slightly sleep deprived moms. Don’t play with people who pay the bills entirely by their eloquent vocabulary and journalistic skills. Save yourself the fire truck red cheeks and an hour of blushing. 

But rather than wallowing in defeat, let’s focus on what I’m good at, instead: finding and sharing some of the best fun on the web to do with eating, living and traveling.   Read more

More Mom Jean Love: a Little Tight and Just Right this Spring

Spring is often a time of shaking things off and shaking things up. In the Pacific North West, a little spring is finally peeking her cute little face out from the shroud of the long, windy, wet winter. The days are longer. The bird calls are a small chorus. The cherry and salmon berry blossoms are showing off their pink blooms. And I have the equally strong pulls to purge, create and socialize. The last few weekends I’ve been really drawn to listen to all three spring urges, to listen to my intuition.

There was a firemen’s association dinner with a crew of ladies decidedly my senior. There’s been stolen hours in my little basement creative space, working on Oceans of Yarn boho wallhangings. And there’s been a lot of closet cleaning. One of the reasons I can finally clean out my closet is thanks to my mom jean count growing. I did some online perusing the spring denim offers at Mark’s Canada and realized that I’ve tended towards the same styles – indigo, mid rise – for a while. Time for listen to my spring intuition and change things up.

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Anthology ~ July Edition ~ Coastlines

Weekend Anthology - July 2017- Coastal Reads
A stunner of the Amalfi Coast c/o Jan Tielens on Unsplash

Here’s a slightly tardy round up of the best links on the web this July. But first a wee #islandlife summer update…

Who is loving all their sunshine, friends, campfires and road trips of our North American summer season? And what about my southern readers? Counting down the days until winter is over?

We’re having a pretty brisk summer here on Haida Gwaii. I think there’s only been handful of days of 20C+ weather. But luckily, the things I love most about summer here are still everywhere: beach hangs, berries and festivals. We’ve been busy picking salmon berries and huckleberries and can’t wait for thimbleberries, salal and black berries. And in the meantime, you might catch me scrolling through photos of the Amalfi Coast, planning for a ladies getaway next year. Oh, the contrasts of life.

Onwards to some of the internet’s best links these days. I’ve been dreaming of coasts around the world. From the Italy to Mozambiqe, here’s a bevvy of coastal reads and links to inspire your weekend.   Read more

Empress of the Garden: 7 Sweet Rose Treats

Roses have been revered through the ages not just for their showy, complex blooms but also their health and nutritional benefits. Today you can find a plethora of rose treats to consume or slather on your gorgeous bod. About 2,000 years ago roses Greek scholar Pliny declared that roses could cure a minimum of 32 afflictions – everything from urinary tract infections, scurvy and scars. In more modern times, roses are said to have seven different skincare benefits according to the folks at Organic Authority.

Personally, I’m admirer of bloom and smell of Damask roses and Nootka roses. Growing up in rural British Columbia, I drank rose hip tea and at rose hip jelly. My grandmother taught us to chew up a rose hip and smear it on a fresh bee or wasp bite to take away the sting as children.** Major rose producing countries that specialize in distilling down 10,000 stems at a time include are Bulgaria, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt and India.

Today, you can find rose essence in everything from cocktails to facial toners. Last summer I was so inspired by the uber fragrant Nootka roses in my neighbourhood, that I distilled them to make a rose elixir to add to everything from soda water to ice cream. I’ve even bathed with rose petals and replenished my skin with rose essence. Since February is the month of love and roses, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite rose-infused or inspired finds. So instead of buying a bunch of roses for your sweetie this February, grab him or her one of these rose treats.  Read more