Canada is not called Glorious and Free by coincidence, and this term isn’t just reserved for our Western neighbours. Canada (all of Canada) is a spectacularly gorgeous country. Lauren and I have been travelling so much lately we needed a reminder of how blessed we are to have such bountiful nature in our backyard. Especially the end of summer can sometimes get us into a funk. The days are shorter, colder, with less light, and not that I am one of those “Mercury is in retrograde” type of gals, but I do feel the effect of less sunshine on my mental state.
Canadian girls don’t shy away from loading up the car with a tent and heading to a provincial park for a weekend of camping. Sleeping under the stars, all snuggled up in a tent is very refreshing, but there is a ton of work involved, especially if you’re the ‘organizer’ in your friend group. We used to go camping once or twice every summer but for the past few years trips abroad have taken precedence over camping – honestly, an all inclusive down south is less work and stress than camping. Lately I’ve become enamoured by the idea of ‘glamping’ (glamourous camping…or camping for brats) – sleeping under the stars in a beautiful canvas tent, with all the comfort of home! You can glamp all over the world (surf + yoga retreat in Portugal anyone?) but really I just like the idea of staying in Ontario – we do have the best camping in the world!
The perfect picnic does not exist, but a girl can certainly try! Summer is in full swing (albeit it’s been more of a sluggish meander)! We are finally getting some warmer weather to enjoy the sun. One of the easiest ways to enjoy the outdoors – without heading outside of the city – is planning a picnic in your favourite green space. Picnics are an informal way to spend time with your friends or loved ones, to just relax and read a good book by yourself, or chill with your dog. ‘Cause lets be real, dogs are better than humans. Almost always.
Once in a while, on a sunny weekend morning, instead of my typical lie-in, I wake up as the sun rises with a spring in my step and I simply can’t laze about! On these (admittedly) rare mornings, I grab a cup of coffee, some cash and my bag and run out to the farmers market. The other day, with the hubby-to-be still fast asleep, I snuck out of the house armed with my camera to the farmers market at the Evergreen Brickworks.
Sports! Toronto loves its sports teams, and thats right, the boys of summer are back and already well into their 2017 season. We don’t just bleed blue and white in the winter. There is nothing like experiencing a sports game in person. Despite the rough start (looking at you Jays), rollercoaster rides (Leafs… you’re guilty!) and let downs (Raps, I can’t take your playoff runs no ‘mo) there is nothing like experiencing a sports game in person. There’s a few things that you should know before taking in a game at the SkyDome- er, Rogers Center this summer… but the bottom line? You must!
Toronto’s weather has been all over the map lately. We just can’t seem to settle down and get good and hot days in a row! The weather teases us with one or two days of sunshine and then turns cloudy, cold, and miserable the next. Last week we got a couple of true summer days, and as true Torontonians, Jessica and I made the most of it by wearing sun dresses and claiming a couple of seats on a patio for a working lunch. Then we rounded up the crew for even more patio time at the Porch for after work drinks. Patio life!
Canada is a spectacularly gorgeous country. Lauren and I have been travelling so much lately we needed a reminder of how blessed we are to have such bountiful nature in our backyard. Especially in the beginning of Spring, coming out of winter for me is like breaking out of a long-ass hibernation, feeling like a raging hangover. Unless you are living in parts of the country where the landscape is hard to miss like beautiful British Columbia or Amazing Alberta, you can easily forget to simply “get outdoors”. What better way to kick the winter blues and escape the concrete jungle than go for a good old wander where the wifi is weak but the views are everything?
Feeling those winter blues? The post-Christmas/New Years detox can be downright depressing. Days are short (really really short), which makes it almost impossible to muster the strength to do anything besides Netflix and Pajama-ing. Don’t get me wrong, on some days I fully approve of Pajam-flix.