Canada’s Birthday

It’s the July Long-Weekend here in Canada and we’re celebrating our wonderful country’s 149th Birthday! Next year is a big one – I even hear they’re making special Canada tulips to celebrate the occasion.

This year we are enjoying some quality time together! Yesterday (Thursday) I was off and managed to get most of our housework finished up. I also bought some flowers at the pop-up garden centre downtown. It was the ‘last day’ and they had a super sale going on. I snagged 14 flowers for a whopping 7$ which is pretty good. After getting back home, I had a snack break and got to planting my new flowers!

We had steak for dinner from the local butcher shop and made a salad from our garden-lettuce. After dinner (and editing the last of the engagement photos), we had our neighbours over for bevvies and s’mores at our fire pit. We stayed out for a couple of hours, enjoying the company and the warmth. It was a great evening.

Today, after an epic sleep in, we walked over to the park where the Canada Day Celebrations were going down. It was a bit breezy today and cloud covered, but it made for a much more pleasant walk. Cameras in tow, we toured the grounds and took a few photos of some flowers and of course the Canada Geese! Not too much was happening in the park at the time we were there – some vendors, treats, and a stage with a band playing awesome rock music. The clouds started rolling in shortly after that so we decided to start the hike back up two big hills towards home. We got rained on briefly during the walk, but were mostly dried off by the time we got back.

Deciding we were hungry, we headed out to Kelsey’s for a late lunch/early dinner. We’re back to relaxing (and working on photos, crafts, etc) until dusk tonight when we will gather with our neighbours to watch the fireworks from our front yard.

Tomorrow we’re going to chill with our friends in the neighbouring town – enjoying bevvies and BBQ delights! Sunday its back to driving around to visit family before we head back to work on Monday.

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!! 

xo

Garden Meals

This week I booked Monday off to celebrate my Husband’s birthday, and I happen to be off next Friday as well. A 3-Day work week means a seriously easy meal prep adventure. I didn’t make a video this time (oh darn), but I can tell you that my lunches for the week are simple, yet effective.

We have a lovely 5’ x 5’raised garden bed in our backyard that we made ourselves. It is really handy to have veggies at our fingertips. The first year we totally jam-packed the garden: Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. It was quite crowded, but managed to do alright. This year we took a more simplistic route: because of my extended hospital stay, we were unable to start most of our veggies from seed (minus last years kale seeds, which the hubby saved and magically they’ve sprouted in our mini indoor greenhouse). A trip to the garden centre meant we could plant lettuce (regular and red leaf), carrots, peppers, a tomato plant (just 1 because they make a LOT of tomatoes), and oh! Yes! We planted a cat-nip plant (Mister and Mona are quite pleased).

The lettuces have grown very well so far – we have 8 in total (4 red and 4 regular). The lettuce made up the bulk of our very light dinner last night: we still had leftover lettuce leaves (and the plants don’t even look like we harvested anything). I used up the remaining dinner salad with some extra leaves to throw together three salads topped with chopped almonds, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives. The rest of my lunch is plain greek yogurt mixed with a dribble of stevia (the plain yogurt is just too tangy for me, but the vanilla is too sugary … plain mixed with stevia is just right); some PC BlueMenu chocolate protein granola, and one triangle of jalapeno laughing cow cheese with two rice cakes.
Le YUM!

Also of note: The lady at the coffee shop at work makes the BEST chai lattes. Ermagherd.

Bridal Shower Update

Hello lovelies. I’m keeping up with this blog-post situation quite nicely, wouldn’t you say? I’m actually impressed with myself, not gonna lie. I am taking time on my weekends and days off to write out a few posts in advance (of whatever excitement i’m working on at the time) and scheduling them to be released every few days. It really is a handy feature in the blog world – even if life gets busy, your posts are released even if you forget to press “go!”

A few days ago I wrote about creating invitations on the computer with photoshop. We looked at a step-by-step Bridal Shower invitation for my sister’s upcoming party. Last Sunday, while my hubby was at work, I met my sister in London for coffee and chatties. After running some errands (me) and a workout (sister), we hit up a Starbucks for bevvies and discussion of all sorts of nonsense – Father’s day (& Grandfather’s day)/ our brother’s 24th birthday (oh gawd I’m feeling old) and also her wedding plans and how things were going. We’re into the double digits for the countdown and I know i’m only going to get more and more excited as time ticks down.

The shower that my mum and I are throwing for Big Sister is all garden tea party themed. I have all of these fun ideas running around in my head (thanks pinterest!) and really wanted old fashioned tea cups or teapots or SOMETHING to make the theme really pop. Big sister is a fan of themed anything — as long as it has direction we’re good to go. Enter “HomeSense” — I don’t really know how to describe the place, just that it seems to have everything for decoration your home. Big sister needed to check it out and invited me along to continue our date. We found some amazing goodies for her shower.

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Look at how CUTE those are! Floral and polkadots.. you are speaking my language HomeSense! We both got super excited when we came across these gems – the cups were only a few dollars, and the teapot wasn’t too pricey either. Luckily we both had a gift card (though mine had only about 3$ left on it haha).

These six teacups are going to be used as centre-pieces for the tables at the shower. We’re going to fill them up with nice big flowers. The options are big fluffy pink hydrangeas (from my garden) or perhaps I could get some faux-flowers from the dollar store. I might even go the floral shop route and pick some small, inexpensive flowers and bunch them all together.  The “head table” will be set with the pretty teapot full of flowers as well, and the 2 sugar dishes…we’ll figure that out. We plan on giving the white teapot, cups, and sugar dish as a prize for one of the games. I will also pick up a few more prizes – a bottle of wine, some artisan soaps handmade by my mum (future post topic!), and something else I can’t think of right now.

Still a lot to do for the shower: more decorations, lots of crafting on my part, thank-you gifts to put together, and of course putting it all together. Make sure you check back here for updates on how the big day is coming along!

As always, thanks for directing your webs to the Mellow Beat.

xo