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March 17, 2019

Hundred Acre Woods

Hundred Acre Woods
March 17, 2019
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You hear people talking often about nothing more Canadian than Tim Hortons and hockey. I have to say that I completely disagree (I'm sorry).  To me - there's nothing more Canadian than bundling up and going for a walk in the brisk cold to a maple sugar shack in the middle of the woods. If you think about it, Canadians quite literally stab trees and then drink their "blood" - that's pretty much as savage as we can get though.







The smell of the fire burning, the taste of maple taffy and snow mixed together is something that evokes such emotions and memories. My Mom would take us to a Maple Sugar festival in Ontario when we were youngsters, field trips to the maple sugar woods were always at the top of my out of the classroom adventures along with going to see the bat cave at the ROM (of course). 

I'm filled with such joy that I could bring my beautiful little sister to the maple woods for her first time. We bought bundles of maple treats, and ate maple taffy off of the snow. We may have had frozen fingers, a maple high, sticky syrup everywhere and rosy cheeks by the end of our adventure, but it was so worth it. 


February 24, 2019

Heart on Consignment

Heart on Consignment
February 24, 2019
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I know I am not the only person who hears a certain song and it brings them back to a certain time in your life. Or a new song you hear on your Spotify discovery section that strikes such a chord with you, you are immediately brought to tears. You can feel your heart breaking all over again. It can even bring out emotions that you forgot you felt. You play the song on repeat, and share it with your closet friends. The words remind you of a love you lost, or that got away (sometimes they even run away).


Heartbreak is something that I have learned, or taught myself, to embrace. It inspires me. However, it's one of the most painful experiences you can go through, and I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy. But there is something about being so in pain, so broken, that you learn to grow. It's not beautiful, it's not a gorgeous experience. It's like being stabbed in the heart over and over again, you hear his name and your stomach sinks. It's like all those lovely butterflies you had when you were falling in love, have now died. You feel dull, and achy. A shell of yourself. You don't dare wear makeup in fear that you may cry, because you never know when memory will strike. You wake up in tears, because in your dreams you are together - but you open your eyes, and you're alone.  

Lately, I have been resonating with songs about heartache and loss more than I'd normally like to admit. The songs that made me cry for hours, I can now listen to and sing with a sense of understanding. I am widening myself with a culmination of words and experiences from others in the world. We have all felt loss, but some, feel it so deep you can actually feel and witness their heart breaking. 

I consistently feel like I am meant to be alone, meeting many people and falling in love over and over again. But never finding that one person that is forever. I'll leave remnants of my love all over the world, but come home alone. 

I thought I would share my two recent favourite songs, to see if they make you feel something that you've been avoiding. 



I'm 11 minutes away and I have missed you all day
I'm 11 minutes away, so why aren't you here?


But all that glitters isn't gold, I was blinded
Should have never gave you my heart on consignment
February 17, 2019

Dream Girl

Dream Girl
February 17, 2019
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Did you know that in a typical lifetime you spend an average of six years dreaming? Research has actually shown that most people have several dreams every night, we just rarely remember all of the details from each dream. I definitely remember dreams often, and dream more than people I talk to about dreams. Keeping a dream journal makes me happy as my brain is trying to figure something out while I slumber, and vividly imaginative dreams are my bread and butter, a true delight to try to decipher. 

Something that I find interesting, is that I have no solid evidence in my brain that makes me confident to say I dream in colour. I know with the description of what I am thinking while dreaming is overly colourful and bright, but the visions I remember are muted. 

Sometimes I even dream up outfits to wear, or really retro styles that I then interpret and try in my day to day styles. I strongly believe that I mute myself down on a daily basis because of where I live (not adventurous with style or colour), but my mind at night is flooded with colourful ideas that inspire and delight my soul.


February 14, 2019

Will you be my Valentine?

Will you be my Valentine?
February 14, 2019
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I have never been overly infatuated with Valentine's Day. I show my love to others all year round! To be honest, if I wore a mood ring daily, it would always show that I was in love. A highlight of Valentine's Day was when my schoolgirl crush snuck a Valentine in my decorated paperbag at my desk, and it said he thought I was cute. His name was Alex, and I kept that Valentine (I actually still have it in my hope chest!) and taped in on my bookshelf in my bedroom. I was in Grade 4, and was so in love (or my idea of love anyway). I had a lovely Valentine's Day experience in 2014, when my partner decorated his bedroom with a million red and pink balloons, roses, candles, chocolates, a stuffed bear and a beautiful card. He baked me a red velvet cake, and cooked me a delicious dinner. Those are the two major Valentine's day highlights of my life. I definitely admit to enjoying the availability and abundance of cinnamon hearts and seeing men (and women) bringing bundles of roses home to their loved ones. My plan for Valentine's Day this year is to treat myself. I am going to have an evening of self love. It may include an overly expensive bath bomb, an all natural hair and face mask and pink wine. It's important to show others love, but my first love was myself. It's important to show yourself  the same love and dedication as you give willingly to others! So this year, I'm going to be my own Valentine.


February 1, 2019

Catch Flights, Not Feelings

Catch Flights, Not Feelings
February 1, 2019
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I would much rather wander, and spend my life creating adventure in my daily life than settle down into a routine. Only boring people get bored, and I refuse to have a "normal" life. I want to be wild, unpredictable and wander the globe. I want to meet interesting people, make friends and fall in love with beautiful things. Basically be unapologetically fearless in the pursuit of chasing my dreams.  Challenging the status quo, if you will. The world is my oyster, and I should be diving for pearls.




I have never been afraid to eat alone, go to the movies alone, live alone, shop alone and travel alone. I actually cherish my alone time more than I'd like to admit. It makes me feel lionhearted in the fact that I have absolutely no issue buying an international flight and spending my time exploring a foreign place all by my lonesome. I'm always looking for love, but I don't find it in people often. If I find it in a person, it's because they make me feel encouraged to fulfill all my dreams and they fill me with joy. I've given up on finding love in a person, I don't think I have what people are looking for. I am desperate for a change of scenery, I am tired of having excuses fed to me and I am not going to waste my life waiting on a man to make time for me. If I'm not a priority now I never will be, but I know I will be a priority on my flights when I need peanuts or a lemon water. I do always manage to find love in places, and in beautiful things. Apple blossoms in Paris in the Spring, mango trees in the Philippines, the dry heat in Arizona and the hustle and bustle of New York City - they all invoke the feeling of love. I can fall in lust for an evening with a person, but say farewell in the morning. I know what I want in life, and have no qualms in taking a 15 hour flight alone to find it. It makes my soul explode, and my insides feel like stars are bursting when a new travel idea comes to fruition.



I'm going after what I want in life, because I don't want to look back on the time I had on our beautiful Earth and feel like I wasted it, or that I "should have" taken the leap and changed my life. I want to say "Yes! I climbed Taal volcano all the way to the top" and "I got bit by a brown recluse spider in the Philippines while eating mango in an outdoor cafe and took a weird pill from a doctor when I was paralyzed on the right side of my body".  I don't want to live a life full of regret, with the "I wish I saw the Grand Canyon". One day, I will have grandchildren or maybe I won't, but either way, I will be able to speak of adventure and interesting things I have done, instead of wishing I took that leap of faith.



I'm living for moments like waking up at 3AM with the intention of driving a rental jeep so I can hike to the top of a volcano to watch the sunrise above the clouds in Haleakala, planning how to surf for the first time in Lahaina. For days I planned to watch a movie or read a book, but decided last minute to go visit a pineapple plantation. I don't have the bandwidth to factor in someone else's feelings or plans into my life right now because all I want to do is LEAVE. I want to escape the ordinary. If I want to go, the ticket is already bought. No restrictions. No small print. Just me, and the world. I'm happiest alone, because I am falling in love with my own life.


The Colour Yellow

The Colour Yellow

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A question I love to ask people is "what is your favourite colour?"

I think you can tell a lot about a person by which colour they gravitate towards. Is it a warm colour or a cool colour? A specific shade? Personally, my favourite colour is yellow. 



I love how yellow is so bright, and cheerful. It can light up an entire room. It sets my soul on fire. If you think about it, the great giant yellow sun lights up the entire planet with warm sunshine that lets trees and flowers grow and animals prosper.



Vincent Van Gogh thought that by consuming yellow paint, it would create happiness inside him. I want to show you how beautiful the colour yellow is, in a way you may have forgotten to notice because they are commonplace things that we can advantage of looking at everyday.



We need more yellow. 

Sunflower Fields
Fall's Changing Leaves
Bananas
Lemons
Sunshine
Bumble Bees
Buttercup Flowers
Rubber Ducks
Chicks
School Buses
Rain Coats
Night Lights
Woodstock the Bird
My Vespa, Daphne
The Inside of a Pineapple
Banana Popsicles


November 7, 2018

Road Trippin' - Cabot Trail

Road Trippin' - Cabot Trail
November 7, 2018
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I had the pleasure of travelling with my family to the Cabot Trail for nature inspired adventures this past month. It was the epitome of a Family Vacation, you could say that we could give the National Lampoon movies a run for their money (especially during our Pictionary game).











My family is quirky, and eccentric and I wouldn't want to have my life any other way. 

We piled into our respective vehicles (car + van) with our furry family members (the puppy dogs obviously), and ventured the *what seemed like 500 hours* drive along the Cabot Trail. 

We stayed at a cabin resort called "Zzzz Moose" which was a short 3 minute walk to the beach, where I collected way too many rocks. Why does a almost 29 year old woman need 7 giant rocks?

I fell a lot while we were going through the trails (mostly because I choose to wear Duckies vs. hiking shoes) and was constantly on the look out for a bear or coyote. 

It was quite windy/rainy while we were hiking the trails, so we were unable to make it to certain areas but we definitely had fun together - and I would suggest a family road trip on the Cabot Trail is a must for your next Road Trip. 
October 1, 2018

Happy October

Happy October
October 1, 2018
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I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Happy October! I thought October 1st would be the perfect opportunity to share my Autumn bucket list for 2018. Some of the adventures have already been done, but I am very excited for all things FALL! 

* Decorate For Fall 
* Go to a Pumpkin Patch
* Bake Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookies
* Visit an Apple Orchard 
* Carve Jack O' Lanterns
*Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte
* Bake Pumpkin Bread
* Make my Halloween costume 
* Dress up the family dog as a lion and I will be a lion tamer
* Paint Pumpkins 
* Take a scenic drive to "peep" some colourful leaves
* Go hiking at the Cabot Trail 
* Make Apple Cider
* Watch a Scary Movie
* Have a Fall Picnic
* Navigate a Corn Maze
* Fill candy dishes with Candy Corn and Halloween Kisses

I am so excited for this season. October is my favourite month of the year (a close second is December of course). I have so many ideas for content that I can't wait to share with you! I post daily on Instagram and on my stories too. Make sure to follow along on my colourful adventures. 






September 27, 2018

Autumnal Outdoor Decor

Autumnal Outdoor Decor
September 27, 2018
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A flawless entrance to an Autumn filled home. 

I was so thrilled to find this perfect welcome mat for our front door. It was the last one available at Michaels a few weeks ago, and I knew it had to be mine. I was able to purchase a million pumpkins and gourds/squash at a farm while I was in Prince Edward Island earlier in September, along with the most gorgeous coloured mums. 

I brought out my vintage yellow chair, wooden Autumn signage and potted our multi-coloured mums in steel buckets for an extra farmhouse inspired look. I am still in awe at how great our front porch looks. I always give a little smile whenever I see it.

I spend some time last weekend painting some pumpkins, just for fun. I also enjoy carving pumpkins, but will wait to do that so they don't go bad before Halloween. 

This outdoor Autumnal decor is just making my heart sing, so naturally I had to share with all of you. 



Have you decorated for Fall? What's your favourite decoration? 

Fashionably yours, 
Hillary 
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