July 31, 2017

What We Love: Summer 2017



This romper has been one of my main go-to outfits so far this summer. I tried it on on a whim thinking that it wasn't quite my style, but ended up loving it. It feels like a dress, fits nicely in all the right areas -- I especially like how snug it is in the torso -- and is not so short that it reveals too much when you bend over. Plus, it is a romper that my husband actually likes.



I honestly couldn't tell you where I first hear this song, but I absolutely love it and think that it is a perfect song for summer. It's got a sweet beat that you have no problem dancing to. In fact, as soon as the song comes on, my body starts to move involuntarily.



I have always loved the water. I lived in the next door neighbour's pool while growing up, and enjoy taking my son to our local outdoor pool -- and the lake -- every summer. It wouldn't feel like summer if you didn't spend a little bit of time in an outdoor pool. This art print from Helo Birdie take me back to my summers at the pool every time I look at it -- it also makes me wish I was on a tropical vacation! 



July 09, 2017

Shop Update: Three Prints and Malala Fund



I am so excited to be able to share with you that not only are there three new art prints available in the shop, but $1 from every purchase of those three prints (Malala, Frida, and Nasty Woman) will be donated to Malala Fund which advocates — at local, national and international levels — for resources and policy changes needed to ensure all girls complete 12 years of school.

As you know, I am a big fan of Malala Yousafzai (Read It and Inspire Me), and, as I was trying to figure out which organization to donate proceeds from the Nasty Woman art print to, I came up with the idea to create a couple more art prints with quotations from the two woman that have inspired me recently and donate proceeds from all three to support education -- which is something that is near and dear to my heart as an Early Childhood Educator.



July 08, 2017

Waskesiu Day Trip 2017: The Hike



We went on a hike through the forest of Prince Albert National Park on a trail called Boundary Bog -- read more about our day trip here. It was a longer hike for my son, but he prevailed and we were rewarded with a lovely view of the eye of the bog.

I am always humbled by a hike in the Boreal forest. I love the feeling of walking among the trees that have stretched as high as they could towards the sun, and, as you can see, I am a big fan of taking photos of fungi -- including my son. The things that grow, are capable of growing, and the things that happen in the forest are absolutely fascinating. You could almost say it's magical, and it's transformational for the spirit as well.



July 05, 2017

Waskesiu Day Trip 2017: Town Site



Since our visit two years ago, we have been yearning to go back to Waskesiu. We made a day trip this time around, and stopped in the town site after a hike to be able to explore the beach -- where we saw a ton of butterflies -- and get yummy treats from the local bakery. 

One of our favourite stops is the Prince Albert National Park Nature Centre. We were fortunate enough to have visited just after the centre re-opened after some renovations. It was a lot of fun the last time that we were there, but now it is beyond what it originally was. As you can see, we were really drawn to the dress-up area, but there was also a puppet theatre with a pretend fire pit where we made up a couple of little plays, a miniature canoe, and a game where you toss fish into a pelican's mouth. 

There were also a lot of areas set up to learn about the environment of Waskesiu. There was a spot where you could listen to different bird calls, and try to lift elk antlers -- which are a lot heavier than you can imagine. Because the centre has created an environment centred more around the cultures of the peoples originally from the area, we were able to learn about the 6 Seasons of the Woodland Cree, which I think we should adopt instead of the four season we currently use -- among other things.


Stay tuned for photos from our morning hike.



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