June 4, 2018

you can do anything, but you can't do everything.

Look, it's me bloggin' for the second time this week! No big deaaaaaal.

This is a post I've been thinking of writing for a while. I think this is something that has been especially present in my life this year too. As you may of gathered, I tend to be the type of person who has a lot on the go at any given time.

I have an amazing full time job (that I absolutely love and am so passionate about), a wonderful husband, a home, a family who I love so dear, lots of incredible friends, this blog!, a side hustle doing day-of wedding coordinating, and a bunch of little things in between.

My days are jam packed, my calendar is pre-booked, my evenings and weekends are filled with fun and exciting things and sometime chill things too. I curate a life filled with the things I love, work for and am passionate about.

However, this year I've realized the importance of making time to relax, taking time to literally do nothing, and that it's okay to say no to things. To plans, to events, to parties, to side jobs, to influencer type campaigns. I tend to take on things that I don't have time for, and can overwhelm myself to the point that I am just exhausted.

I've realized that self care isn't just about mani's, pedi's, bubble baths and face masks. It's about knowing it's okay to take some time for yourself. It's okay to sleep in, stay in your pjs, wait a few days to fold that laundry, use some extra dry shampoo, watch murder shows on netflix and take a few days to respond to that email.

I'm learning every day how to do what's right for me, my time and my mental health. I've had to say no to multiple weddings because it was just too much and I'm stretched too thin. I've learned to say no to blog or instagram campaigns that don't feel authentic to me or my brand. I've graciously said thanks but no thanks to people who have reached out to me to learn more about my role at work and want to chat more over a call or coffee.

I'm in no means perfect when it comes to responding to emails and messages, making time for everything and crushing everything off what seems to be a never ending to do list. But, dammit I try hard and I am always learning and trying to do bigger and better things!

I guess the moral of the story is based around this quote that has popped up in my life lately which is "you can do anything, but you can't do everything" and baby it's truuuuue.

June 3, 2018

a weekend in montreal

Oh Hello There + Happy Sunday

For the May long weekend, Pete and I took off to Montreal. We had both never really been (me a few times for work but never got to explore) We wanted a little weekend getaway and this seemed like the perfect option!

We always talk about how we want to travel around Canada more, but theres always so many other options and local adventures are often forgotten. One of my 18 for 2018 goals was to go to Montreal too!

We did Air B&B which is what we almost always do when we travel. We got a little place in Mile End because after some research, that hood felt the most "us". We definitely wanted this to be a chill trip of just wandering around the city, eating delicious food (carbs) and drinking amazing drinks (mostly wine and coffee) We took the train there on Friday morning (v fun, would def recommend!) and flew home Monday morning so we didn't have too much time.

We definitely made the most of it though! Lots of walking around, drooling over pretty flowers, drinking delicious coffee, seeing stylish french people, snapping lots of pics, drinking fancy (and not so fancy) wine and enjoying ourselves.

Below are some recommendations based on places we went while in Montreal, and a random mix of colourful snaps from our trip! I really enjoyed Montreal and think you will too! 

Restaurants:

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Shopping:

Wandering:

May 28, 2018

celebrating two years of wedded bliss!

Two years ago today I married the love of my liiiiife.

I cannot believe how fast time has gone by. It seems like just yesterday I was beyond excited to plan our wedding, and two years flew by just like that.

Thinking about our wedding day makes my heart want to explode. It was everything I could of hoped for. All of our favourite people were there. The colours were bright and sparkly and the confetti was everywhere (legit)

Our wedding photos turned out absolutely amazing thanks to the incredible Jessica Silva who legit made our dreams come true. Any excuse to share some of the love with y'all because there are honestly just so many amazing shots from the day!

I can't say much has change since getting married. I officially became a Whish which is still so exciting for me. Pete and I have been together for close to ten years so the idea of getting married was in no way stressful.

I don't have a recipe for a successful marriage but I will say this - Pete and I take time every single day to laugh, have fun and enjoy ourselves. We love to travel, to explore, to walk, to wander. We love spending time with friends and family. We love to make delicious meals, to eat meals out, to find new and awesome coffee places. We love decorating our little home, and we love to host. We are always planning our next celebration, event, weekend away, trip and so on.

Even though we do most things together, we've also always been the type of couple to do some things apart too, and we've always accepted that this is who we are. It's important to maintain friendships and a sense of independence and it's something I think we do so well.

Today, as I reflect in the best day of my life, I am so beyond thankful I found someone so perfect for me. Pete makes every day better, and more exciting. I am more in love with him than ever before and can't wait to see all the amazing things our future holds together!

May 23, 2018

clean with me!

O h ,  h e l l o !

Spring is finally here in full force. I am loving the longer, sun-filled days. The smell of BBQ, lilacs, fresh cut grass, beautiful plants and flowers everywhere. I don't know about you, but Spring has that "new beginnings" kind of vibe for me. I definitely feel the need to purge, clean and organize that's for sure! I'm working my way through my own cleaning/organizing to-do list and I thought it'd be fun to share with you.

+ makeup and toiletries //  I usually do these every few months because there's always work to be done here. I like to see what I can get rid of, donate or give away and then figure out how to fit it under our sink while still looking nice (lol)

+ file folders and documents // This is one I've been meaning to do for a while and just got started tonight and woweeee is there ever work to be done here! I've started a pile of things that can be thrown out or shredded, and another one of things that need to be filed and organized.

+ cupboard + fridge // I think it's always a good idea to clean these out every few months to make space for unwanted items or things you know you won't use. Also, what better inspiration to get cookin' some delicious meals than a clean, full fridge of fresh goodies?

+ closets // We cleaned out our front hall closet and it's so nice having that space after packing away all of our winter gear! Cleaning the pantry was wonderful too. We also cleaned out out closet and donated 2 large bags of clothing to Canadian Diabetes.

+ patio/backyard/porch // We started doing this the past few weeks, and today I got to plant some new cuties for our garden patio area. I can't wait for this area to be setup with blankets, cushions, string lights and all the plants and flowers we can possibly fit.

+ an online clean up // - Back up photos, unsubscribe from emails, basically do an online purge. I really need to take my own advice here! I have over 25,000 photos on my phone (lol, yes. for real) I really really need to delete thousands of photos and back up everything I have. I also love doing a social media purge and email unsubscribing every few months.

A few more things to mention when it comes to your spring cleaning adventure:
  • Donate, donate, donate - there's tons of different places you can donate to. Pete and I just call up Canadian Diabetes every few months and schedule a pick up right outside our door!
  • Sell some stuff - either online or at local trading/selling shops that will give you store credit or cash for your clothes, shoes, bags etx.
  • Trade / Exchange - Me and my besties had a night like this a few months ago and it was so fun. We each brought stuff we had that we didn't want anymore and traded! Anything from household items, clothes, toiletries, accessories, books etc!