Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Dad

My Dad is the smartest man I know.  A short list of things my Dad has taught me:

* How to pay bills on time and keep a proper record of it.
* How to drive a car.
* How to show respect to others.
* How to be careful and cautious to keep myself safe no matter where I am.
* How to sing (yes, he's pretty good at it).
* How to have fun at parties/ be a great host.
* How to be welcoming.
* How to ride my bike.
* How to solve my most difficult math questions.

Photo Credit: My Dad


My Dad has recently expressed some interest in taking up sailing.  So, that is what I'm getting him this Father's Day: Sailing Lessons.


"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." ~George Herbert 

"It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life." ~Dawn French

 "My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem." ~Gwyneth Paltrow

Happy Father's Day Dad! And, thank you for all that you do!


Monday, June 4, 2012

My First Peony

There was a single magenta flower on our peony bush that we planted last year.  Peonies are one of my favorite flowers (others being Hydrangeas and Lilacs).  I'm excited, none-the-less, since I've never had a flowering peony bush, and these flowers are hard to find in flower shops, not to mention expensive to buy.




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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Long Weekend

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend...I did! My family and I went zip-lining, kayaking, swimming, horse-back riding, and wine touring in and around the Niagara Falls region.  We ended the long weekend by watching the Victoria Day fireworks.  Quite fun. 

This is Bailey:


These were some of the horses that we rode; they are all saddled up and ready to go...


It was a pretty awesome weekend...


Hope you had fun too.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Springtime Hope & Beauty

I headed outside yesterday hoping to find some blooming trees...and found them...breath-taking pink blossoms.  This is my favorite thing about spring.  You gotta have perfect timing though, 'cause these blooms don't last too long and you may miss them. 



I went a little closer and looked up...I could lay down under this tree all day long.





Spring is so beautiful isn't it?  To me spring is about hope.  After the cold winter has subsided, the weather beings to warm up and with that my outlook on life brightens also.  I get a sense that things can only get better from here on. 

Afterwards, I headed down to the lake, only to be met with more magnificently beautiful things.   I made friends with these swans...


They were showing off their fabulous snow white plumage. 

If you're looking for hope, I suggest you head outside, I found it there.

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.  ~Lin Yutang

Friday, March 16, 2012

Vintage Bikes with Wicker Baskets

Our city has these old bikes that they mount in random places; they are always a nice surprise when you come across them. I saw this bike today at a community garden.  It's a beautiful reminder of the warm summer days of riding our bikes that is to come...hopefully soon!










Friday, March 9, 2012

The Simple Things

I've always attested that the simple things in life are after all the best things.  And lately, I've enjoyed a few of those things.  Let's start with these beautiful blue Hydrangeas.  Waking up next these on the night stand is really a treat, especially when you find them next to Susan Branch's The Summer Book.  They match perfectly.


Next, we have this Lollia bubble bath.  That's enough to make any girl smile (well...I think).



Moving on, we have these apothecary jars, who knew decanting things into these jars could be so joyful.  I've recently added this shelf in my bathroom just for these jars.


Oh and speaking of things in the bathroom, these mini orchids are perfect for the bathroom counter (especially when space is limited).


Right now, next to my bathroom sink I've got this red rose in this little vase and that helps to make doing the tedious things like brushing and washing your face less tedious and more pleasant.


I hope as the weather gets warmer I can start to do more simple things, like ride my bike, and go on a picnic.


What sorts of simple things have you been enjoying lately?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dragon's Egg

This is Lush's Dragon's Egg bath bomb.  I love citrus scents, so, I really like this one.  It's got lemon and bergamot oils (good for stress-relief)  in it.  Plus, it looks pretty cool whirling around in the tub.






Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mid-Winter Blues



I find myself buying a lot of flowers in the winter...it helps to brighten up the mood despite the cold and dreary that is on the outside.  To save money, I like to split up a single bouquet and place them in as many different rooms as possible.  So, you end up happy everywhere you go. 

Another thing to do in the winter is to take up winter sports. Such as, skating, skiing or do things that require the cold weather, such as building a snowman or tobogganing.  That, plus, a cup of coco can tide me over until spring arrives.  What are your favorite winter activities?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Folding Sheets 101

This is how I like to fold the bed sheets.  Let's start with the dreaded fitted sheet.  It's quite simple.  Here's what you do:

Lay the fitted sheet down like this:


Grab corner 1 and turn it inside out like this:


Insert this into corner 3.

Now turn corner 2 inside out and insert it into corner 4.
This is what you'll end up with:


Do the same again with these corners:
That is, turn one corner inside out and insert it into the other like this:


Fold the edges in so that you end up with this:






Now, fold it length-wise:


Next, fold in the bulky end like so:



And now, fold the other end in as well:



Last step for the fitted sheet is to fold this down the middle, what you'll end up with is this:




Now, tell me would you have guessed this was a fitted sheet had you seen it all folded up like this?

Here comes the real easy part.  You'll want to fold the flat sheet length-wise so that you end up with something that looks like this:





Fold the pillow cases:


Place the fitted sheet and the pillow cases on top of and in the middle of the flat sheet:





Fold over one end of the flat sheet:


Fold over the other end of the flat sheet:


Flip it over and you're done!


I like folding the sheets this way because it's compact and it keeps the set together. You'll no longer need to rummage through your linen cabinet looking for the matching sheets.  I hope this was helpful and I hope I didn't complicate this simple folding technique.  


Oh and one more thing, you may have noticed my tablet on the bed in some of these pictures.  That's because I like to listen to my favorite songs while folding.  Music is the best way to make anything less tedious and more fun!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Orange Leaves

It may seem strange, but, I've always liked it when I'd get the rare apple with a leaf still attached.  It just looks so pretty as though it was just picked off the tree.

 

But, the leaves are usually dry/ wilted.  So, imagine my delight when I saw these:




 








They are from Highland Farms.  They just reminded that I want a lemon tree.  But, those are hard to come by in Canada.  Plus, they'd have to be kept inside in the winter.  I'll be on the look-out for one.

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