It’s here. Winter is here and while I’m not much of a snow bunny (I’m working on that) I do love this time of year solely because of the upcoming Holidays. I’ve always loved decorating for Christmas. I was often the one egging my parents on to put up the tree earlier and earlier. Last year, I put it up alone because I just plain wanted it up!
This year’s a bit different though as I’m now on my own AND living with a boy. Besides a couple of Christmasy items we’ve been given, our place is looking a little bare as far as Holiday decor goes. We are leaving on the 20th for a couple of weeks so we’ll be missing the whole darn event, which bodes the question: why even decorate?
We aren’t going to be buying a tree this year and we aren’t going to be doing anything very drastic with the rest of our decor. We were given a few things which we will put up but other than that, our house is going to be pretty bare. This got me searching on Pinterest for some subtle Holiday decor that I can even make myself. If you’ve been following me on Pinterest lately, you’re probably the victim of an influx of adorable holiday pins. I’m not sorry. As usual after I’ve wasted quite a few hours on that darn site, here are some photos of what I’d love to create in my home and ideas for the future:
Are you decorating? Do you go all out? Let me know! Have a lovely day!
Before I forget, I’ve got a brand new video of some recent book purchases and the beloved Kobo e-reader.
*photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
This weekend was a busy one, starting with a charity dinner & comedy show for an animal shelter in town that I’ve just recently started volunteering for called ICAN. (Check them out if you get a chance!) I helped decorate my company’s float for a Light Up! festival, but I didn’t end up going to the festival because I had a very quick bout of the flu. That was weird. Then of course it was the Grey Cup this weekend and we were expecting a friend in from out of town so I was busy making yummy things to munch on all. day. long. (I’m writing this after 45 mins on the treadmill – bikini time in 4 weeks, people). Today, we ended our pal’s visit with a trip to the natural Hot Springs near us. It was a lovely, busy weekend full of laughs, friends, and great food. What more can one ask for? Oh just an adorable dog to puppy-sit all weekend? CHECK!
Photos for your eyeballzzz. <3
The most adorable.
Always in awe of the beauty that surrounds me. Photos don’t do it justice.
…See above description.
I peak at our float!
The live auction at the dinner/show!
I hope you had a fabulous weekend!
Oh Links ‘n Drinks, how I have missed you so! And this blog, I’ve missed it too, but sometimes life though, right pals? I big Happy Holidays to you and yours as they have officially begun. I am SO excited for some time off at the end of the month. We are off to a warm and sunny pace for Christmas and then back in Canada for a New Years Eve wedding.
*photo from here.
On to the good stuff! Someone asked me the other day where I find these links and I questioned if they were human because, duh, the internet. Actually though, a lot of them I don’t discover myself but take from friends’ social media pages (thanks guys!). I love sharing things I’ve found that maybe you have or haven’t seen before. It’s just FUN! Plus, it’s Friday and I’ m sleepy.
Cheers to a fabulous weekend and a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my MAMA! Wish I could be there to celebrate with you, but I’ll see you in exactly 29 days. I love you!
(not actually lost)
Arguably I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. There’s a lot of them and beauty can be found anywhere so don’t get all “No you don’t, Ali” “Mountains and nature SUCK, Ali”… we’re all friends here. I’m reminded by the beauty that surrounds me every single day on my way to and from work and basically whenever I go out of my house. I was driving into Calgary yesterday for a work thaaang and I finally stopped at one of my most favourite views that I’ve ever seen with my own eyeballs. Thanks to this blog of mine and other electronic resources I get to share that view with you, my pals. I’m sure there’s a technical name for this lookout but it’s about 20 minutes into Kootenay National Park from Radium and it literally takes my breath away every. single. time. Enjoy!
PS. NEW SPECS in the video! My first pair ordered online and I’m pleased.
I’m not one for lengthy cheesy quotes so when I find this baby I knew I had to share. Plus, anything that tells me to have more coffee, rocks – (I’m ignoring the ‘less sleep’ part, though… that’s just silly). As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to remember what it’s truly all about and not get caught up in the commercial side of the festivities. Spend time, not money.
PS. I’m in a bit of an inspiration funk and so the blog posts tend to stop. It happens.
Are you a goal setter? Yes? Then we can’t be friends.
Kidding. We can ALWAYS be friends. But what I really mean is that while I may be a goal setter, I am not a goal achiever. While I always always make goals with the intention of achieving them, more often than not, something always gets in the way. I’m making it sound like I never achieve goals, but I do and I have: University, internships, jobs, travel, saving money. It feels GREAT to set out and achieve goals and I’ve noticed lately that I’ve stopped setting goals. I find they are really motivating for me, especially when I add a little treat upon achievement – so what if it works for 5 year olds, it works for 25 year olds too!
With that said, I am determined to become a goal achiever, not just setter, again! I’ll start a small list of little things I’d like to get done that day – laundry, work out etc – and then grow my goals from there. As my Christmas beach vacation approaches my current goal is to move every single day. Whether it’s 40 minutes on the treadmill or 15 mins of yoga before bed, I’ve got to MOVE IT MOVE IT!
What are your goals? Big or small? TELL ME! I WANT TO KNOW!
Better get going – I’ve got a workout to do. Have a fabulous day!
PS. (this is getting old isn’t it?) NEW VIDEO HERE!
September was a busy one. We were away almost every weekend and got to do a lot of really fun things which was the most perfect way to end an amazing summer. The last weekend of September we headed out to Vancouver and The Island for a weekend away. The original reason for the trip was to pick up our brand new vehicle, well, new to us! I’m so happy to have something safe and reliable for these sketchy Canadian winters. We decided to make a weekend out of it and head to Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina on Vancouver Island for a of couple days. It was to get away for a couple days, however, it POURED rain. Now, having lived in Vancouver for 4 years you’d think I wouldn’t let a little rain get in the way of a good time. Pals, this was rain like I’ve never seen before on the Coast. It didn’t let up, even when it calmed down a bit, it was still sprinkling. We had planned to go fishing one day but the seas were definitely angry that day. So much so the ferries were cancelled. We ended up putting a few crab traps in and were treated to fresh crab for dinner that night – yum! While it wasn’t the trip we were hoping for, it was still an experience and for that, I’m grateful!
Thanks for reading. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
PS. Check out my latest YouTube video: Things I Liked in Sept!