I’m a little late to the game in posting this footage but better late then never, right?! Bobo, Jack and I went to Galiano for the first time back in February for the Family Day long weekend. The weather was glorious and I can’t wait to go back and explore more in the summer! Below is the breakdown of where we went and the Airbnb that we stayed in! Claim your $50 Airbnb credit here.

1- Bodega Ridge Hike

2- Montague Harbour Provincial Park

3- Bellhouse Provincial Park

4- Airbnb (Trish was an amazing host!)

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I used to make a meat & dairy version of this with ground turkey, cheese & sour cream. The new plant-based version is pretty delicious too and very filling.

Ingredients (serves 2)
1 Large sweet potato
1 Onion
1 Can of corn
2 Cloves of garlic
1 Can of black beans
2 Medium sized tomatoes
2 Servings of rice
1 Cup of spinach
2 Tablespoons of Mango Salsa

Sauce:
1 Avacado
Some cilantro
2 Juices limes

First thing first, pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees, peel the sweet potato and chop into little chunks. Throw into oven. Yes…THROW IT IN! (jk). Oh, and don’t forget to add a little bit of olive oil to the potatoes. Now, let’s get that rice started so that can also be cooking as you prepare the rest of the veggies. Next chop the onions, tomatoes, and garlic. Throw into a frying pan along with the rinsed beans and corn. While this is cooking chop up the spinach and make the sauce. I use my food processor to blend together the sauce. Once everything is cooked place into a bowl, add some salsa and cover with sauce.

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Ahhh, what a glorious feeling it is to purge the closet and begin my journey to a minimalist lifestyle! Since I can remember I have been guilty of making impulse purchases for clothes I don’t need and subscribing to the latest trends. And since I have the “worry” gene I tend to never travel light and have accepted the nickname “crazy bag lady” because I always overpack in case I have that “what if” moment of needing something.

I’m hoping to change this mentality in 2017. I’ve already started and it feels AMAZING. I went out on boxing day with my Mom and only bought one pair of leggings because my old ones had a hole in them. Historically, as a bargain hunter, boxing day was my thing. I remember getting up at 5am some years to go to the Eaton Center with my mom and my friend Danielle and blowing whatever money I had saved or gotten over Christmas on what? I don’t even remember

After watching “Minimalism The Documentary” by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus it really opened my eyes to my bad spending habits and how unnecessary they are. Do these items actually bring me/others happiness? Could I invest my money better? After donating half of the clothes in my closet I really hope to eliminate/limit the number of items coming in. Although I can’t pack my entire closet into one suitcase, it does feel liberating to have a closet full of clothes I actually wear. Waking up in the mornings is a lot more enjoyable. I’m going to do research on clothing brands that make their clothes sustainably and will share with you once I find them! The impact that the fashion industry has on the environment is NOT GOOD and I’m just beginning to learn this.

WHAT’S LEFT IN MY CLOSET:

BEFORE THROWN AWAY AFTER
Tank Tops 33 15 18
Cardigans/ Turtleneck/ Crewneck 23 14 9
Tops 15 9 6
Plaid Shirts 6 4 2
Jean Shirt 2 1 1
Blazer 1 1
Jerseys 2 0 2
Hoodies 5 0 5
Casual Dresses 22 15 7
Formal Dresses 5 2 3
T-shirts 26 17 9
Pajama Bottoms 5 3 2
Pajama Tops 2 2
Pajama dresses 4 2 2
Dressing gown/ House coat 3 2 1
Jeans 7 3 4
Black jeans 3 0 3
Dress Pants 3 2 1
Pants 9 6 3
Capris 2 0 2
Shorts 8 3 5
Work out tops (long sleeves) 4 1 3
Work out tops (short sleeved) 14 4 10
Work out pants/capris 10 4 6
Work out Shorts 8 3 5
Shoes 34 16 18
Skirts 11 8 3
Rompers 2 0 2
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I started my 2017 resolution at the beginning of December in an effort to be more present with family and friends and to lead a more minimalist life instead of a material one. Instead of giving gifts this year I CREATED EXPERIENCES. Bobo and I have everything we need (not to sound snooty or rude), but we are constantly trying to declutter our place and we’re in the position that if we need something, we can buy it ourselves. I want to SPEND TIME with family and friends. THAT is what matters. The older I get the more I realize how ridiculous it is to buy material gifts for people because you NEED to buy them a gift. How many gifts that you get do you actually use? Mine usually collect dust. (The more I write this out the more I sound like a grinch, but moving on….haha.) Before the 2016 holidays, I emailed my family and said “Instead of spending $50 on secret Santa gifts for each other, why not spend that money on a meal and a fun activity?” We went ax throwing and it was amazing. Instead of Bobo and I buying gifts for each other we put money towards flights home to see family & going to festive events in Vancouver before we left like Enchant & Capilano suspension bridge. I made this film to show what spending money on experiences instead of material items would look like over the holidays. Would you consider doing this next year with your family?

I KNOW THIS SOUNDS CHEESY – but I felt so emotional while editing this! I’m so grateful to have such amazing family and friends, Love you guys! (even if you I didn’t get a chance to get a film clip of you to include in this video) 


My mom spent 6 nights on the road adventuring through Arizona in October and it was AWESOME! We flew into Phoenix and did a one-way car rental to Vegas.

CAR RENTAL TIP: We saved 40% on our car rental by renting from outside the airport. I’m not sure if this is with all airports or just ones in Arizona or the United Stated but we managed to drop the rate from $830 to $470. I seriously almost had a heart attack when they told me the total when we arrived at Enterprise in the airport. How did it go to $40/day to over $800?! AIRPORT TAX, that’s how. We took an uber to an enterprise location 1km away from the airport and the price dropped by almost 50%.

 

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Had a fun filled busy trip home at the end of July/ beginning of August. Went to Osheaga music festival, worked a couple of days & went to Niagara falls with my Mom. My adventure bud, Jack, came home with me too! :)

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