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May 2019

May 2019


MAKING - summer plans! Booking some summer day camps for the kiddo and some weekend getaways for the whole fam!

COOKING - up questions for a new blog series I’d like to create.

DRINKING - steeped tea from Tim Hortons.

READING - the June issue of InStyle with the beautiful Laura Dern on the cover. Big Little Lies season 2 starts next month and I cannot wait!!!!

WANTING - 5 letters…first one is G!

LOOKING - out the window at the gorgeous greenery popping up everywhere! I love this time of year when everything is in bloom and the air smells so fresh.

PLAYING - Tom Petty Essentials on Apple Music.

WISHING - I lived somewhere that experiences warm weather year-round. These sunny days already feel like they’re flying by too fast!

ENJOYING - life. It’s all about the simple moments, easy smiles and big laughs these days.

LIKING - browsing through greenhouses. I can barely keep a plant alive at home and have absolutely zero gardening skills so I’m just there to snap pics and deeply inhale that fresh greenhouse air!

LOVING - my Foreo Play Plus for keeping my face feeling polished but not in an I-overdid-the-Clarisonic type way. I have it in pink but always feel the urge to add a new shade to the collection. It pairs perfectly with your favorite gel cleanser. Mine are iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, La Mer The Cleansing Gel, Avène Cleanance and Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Cleanser. What can I say - a gel cleanser just feels so fresh and clean when those hot temps have you sweating out of every facial pore!

WONDERING - where the best coffee spot in YXE is… I’m feeling quite sick of Starbucks these days but I’m also addicted to the caramel macchiato so I need to find a replacement that tastes just as good. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

HOPING - for a great concert to be announced at Red Rocks this summer so we can plan a road trip to our fave spot!

NEEDING - a date with my hunny. I would love a kid-free Saturday that starts with brunch and a wander through the Farmer’s Market and ends with tacos and a movie! Don’t get me wrong, I love family time, but I also miss “dating” my husband too <3

SMELLING - someone in the neighbourhood has the BBQ on!! It’s grill season!

WEARING - all black, despite the hot temps outside. I love my new TopShop Jamie Jeans in Black Distressed; they have the perfect high waist for me! Plus the amount of distressing is awesome, they offer various lengths which I also love, and the jeans fit incredible. I find they stay tight in the waist, butt and legs and only relax slightly in the front and around the distressing after several wears. So cute with a vintage rock tee or lace-trimmed camisole.

FOLLOWING - the crazy story about the overcrowding on Mount Everest and the deaths that are occurring as a result. It’s both tragic and terrifying.

NOTICING - a lot of noise on IG that is not good for anyone’s mental health to tune into or participate in. It feels a lot easier to curb the mindless scrolling these days and feel like my time is better served doing something else. I have experienced some incredibly wonderful in-person connections lately that have truly warmed my soul and made me appreciate the people in my life so, as wonderful as IG can be for connecting, I’ll take IRL over IG any day.

THINKING - about this little cafe in California on the way to Yosemite that serves the best French onion soup along with an incredible view from the large wraparound patio. I wish I lived in California so these places I once explored and fell in love with could be a little more accessible to share with my family.

OPENING - so. many. emails. Can retail stores please stop asking for email addresses at checkout? How is this a thing?? If I want your coupons, I’ll sign up for them! Trust!

FEELING - excited for summer!!

January 2019 - Happy New Year!

January 2019 - Happy New Year!