EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to change a tire.

Before I turned sixteen and could drive, I always laughed when my mom would mention teaching me how to change a tire. The running joke was that if I wasn't with a guy who could do it, I would surely find a nice gentleman who would stop and help me out. The reality is, it doesn't always work that way but at sixteen, I believed it would all magically work out if the time that I got a flat tire ever occurred. That was my sixteen year old optimism and naivety of the world. 

I was eighteen years old when I became the proud owner of a brand new Ford Ranger in royal blue for a graduation present from my grandparents. Bye bye 1994 turquoise clunker of a pick up!

My mom has always stood behind the philosophy that you don't need a man to do everything. Thus, began my lesson on changing a tire. I have watched my parents change tires, but that didn't mean I had the first inclination as to where to start and I wasn't a fan of getting covered in mud and grease in the process.
My mom handed me the manual from my truck sitting all shiny on the driveway and said, "Good luck. I'll come out when you're finished." I stared at her with my mouth gaping open thinking 'this is a joke, right?'.I didn't have a flat tire, but this was my mom's idea of 'being prepared'.

Two hours later, after a lot of grunting, groans, whiny complaints to no one but myself and the birds in the trees who were probably laughing behind there wings, I was done. I was covered in grease and dust but I had done it. I had changed my first tire.

Word to the wise, manuals are useless. Those pictures with brief captions - they really don't tell you anything other than the fact that you don't know what you're doing. Thanks, already knew that! An IKEA manual is more accurate and helpful and we all know how confusing those little men are.

I quickly forgot about my tire changing lesson until one random summer night last year. I was driving a friend home at 12:30am after falling asleep on the couch watching a movie. We were only a few blocks down the road from the house when I could tell something was off. I turned down the music and right away knew the tire was flat from the plunk, plunk, plunk sound that was coming from the back. We had a flat tire.

Instead of panicking, my first instinct was to laugh because now five years later, my mom's changing a tire lesson was coming in handy. I hiked up my maxi skirt, tied it in a knot and proceeded to start changing the tire. I will admit, I did first make a phone call to my boyfriend's dad to see if he was nearby to help but he was obviously asleep and not answering.

A word of advice ladies, always know how to change a tire. And I mean that literally.


SUMMER IS...

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Summer is staying up late, way past your bedtime sitting outside reading a book on the patio or walking to the corner store for an after dinner ice cream treat. No one can sleep a wink when the sun is still shining in between the curtains past 9pm. 

Summer is lying down on the hot crunchy grass that has been scorched by the summer sun as the air starts to cool, gazing up at the sky as it ever so slowly fades darker and darker and the stars start to twinkle.

Summer is lying back on the dock and staring up at the clouds, picking out the animals and creatures from the clouds as they float by, temporarily giving you a shiver as the shade covers the ground briefly.

Summer is drinking water straight from the hose like when you were a kid because who has time to find a glass? There is way too much fun to be had outside and not a second of glorious sunshine can be wasted.

Summer is realizing you forgot to make and eat dinner because you were having too much fun swimming and enjoying the long summer hours.

Summer is carelessly waking up naturally with no sense of a rush or urgency to be anywhere quickly.

Summer is knotted hair still damp from the lake and skin that is tight and tanned from the sun.

Summer is being barefoot.


A STORY OF BIRKENSTOCK SANDALS

Monday, July 14, 2014

Source

As a kid growing up, my mom had a pair of original tan Arizona Birkenstock's. This was a time before they were deemed 'cool' (or maybe this was the first time they were cool).
Every summer I wanted a pair because I was in that stage where you want to be just like mom. So every summer my mom would pick me up a pair of look-a-like Birkenstock's from Walmart since nobody spends $100 on a pair of shoes for a 7 year old kid whose feet grow two sizes every six months or something like that. And faithfully, I would wear those sandals everyday until they were faded, completely worn down and it was no longer practical to wear sandals. And wearing socks with sandals was something I did not condone, even then.
As I became a teenager this 'be like mom' trend faded just a tad and I became mortified that my mom had a pair of clunky old leather sandals. I thought they were so ugly then and couldn't understand why she had one pair of shoes for so long. But she obviously was years ahead of me and knew what she was doing.
I know my mom still has hers, some odd years later and that she still wears them religiously and swears by how comfortable they are.
Now that they are officially back in style and trending again, I can't decide if I should jump on this trend-wagon? But is it jumping if I sported this trend before it existed back when pigtails were cool the 'it' hair style?
I particularly like the clean look of the white against the natural brown sole but I also like the idea of black straps. How is a girl to decide?
.

SUMMER BUCKETLIST

Friday, July 11, 2014



Make homemade salsa
Have backyard BBQ's often (not just talk about it like last year)
Beach trips
BBQ's at the beach
Visit the cabin on Shuswap Lake
Roadtrip to Summerland
Singing in the car with the windows down
Ice cream (and lots of it!)
Fireworks
Drink homemade sangria
Day trips to the lake
Campfires and smores
Read. A lot
Attend the night market
Star gaze
Go to the drive-in movie theatre


WEDDING SEASON

Thursday, July 10, 2014

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

My fridge is usually quite sparse and empty on the door with maybe a few take out menus. Classy, I know. There are no grimy hand prints, no popsicle frames, or beautiful crayon scribbled artwork that some people acquire and collect. I try to post up the odd photo but also don't want to seem full of ourselves to have our faces staring at you from everywhere.

This year though, family and friends have decorated my fridge for me with an abundance of save-the-dates, bridal shower invites and wedding invitations. Lace, ribbons, cream, gold confetti and beautiful engagement photos have now cluttered the fridge to a point where you can barely see our monthly calendar (but I'm not complaining). I love celebrations and weddings, and all the friends and family that it brings together. Plus, I love seeing guys all dressed up in a tuxedo or suit.

Of course wedding invitations means that I need to find a dress. Or two or three for all the events this summer. I can never decide between a bold print, bright colour, short, long, tight, loose, etc. The options are endless. Thus, I have spent some time wandering through the endless boards of Pinterest to narrow it down to the five looks above. And then my next decision, do I try and find one similar to purchase or just make a custom  dress? At this point, I haven't even picked a specific colour but I am leaning towards a royal blue possibly... Only time will tell I suppose.

Do you have any weddings to attend this summer and if so, what are you wearing?









THE LATEST 07.08.2014

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


Making: striped maxi skirt and summer kimono
Cooking: uh, um, I cooked dinner tonight, right? *blush* Cooking is not one of my skills. 
Drinking: sparkling grapefruit soda
Reading: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck that a friend at work lent me
Wanting: a house with built in air conditioning - a girl can dream
Looking: at the mess that has taken over the living room from boys and video games
Playing: Luke Bryan, Play It Again
Eating: Reese's Pieces candies mmmm
Wishing: it was August already so I can enjoy a month off, worry free
Enjoying: quality time with family
Loving: having a crowded house full of people unexpectedly 
Hoping: for this wonderful summertime weather to last all through the next two months. fingers crossed!
Needing: to find a dress to wear to my friends wedding this August...
Smelling: the sweet smell of summer evenings
Feeling: content and appreciative of the wonderful family that surrounds me
Wearing: polka dot pajama shorts and a tank top
Following: the world cup semi-finals
Noticing: how light out it is still at 10pm; summer must really be here
Bookmarking: The Latest Harry Potter Gossip for when I need my mystical fix of my favourite characters from Hogwarts (is it weird that I treat them as if they are real people, who just happen to live far away?)

SNAPSHOTS

Friday, July 04, 2014

< A long weekend isn't complete without a caesar, on a patio in the sunshine >

< Live music at the Canada Day festival > 

 < Listening to the live music and eating our fill of roasted corn on the cob, poutine and cotton candy >

< An impromtu Wednesday night dipped ice cream cone run as an escape from the sweltering house and lack of breeze despite the late hour. And who doesn't need a treat on a Wednesday? > 

< Celebrating my beautiful best friends twenty-third birthday by popping champagne, followed by a night of dancing! > 

< Hunting for starfish, running from live crabs, soaking up the sunshine and having naps in the shade; that sums up my holiday Monday >

*Not photographed, the blistering red sunburn I got from spending too much time outside over the four day weekend. Summer must be here!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW...

How to change a tire.

Before I turned sixteen and could drive, I always laughed when my mom would mention teaching me how to change a tire. The running joke was that if I wasn't with a guy who could do it, I would surely find a nice gentleman who would stop and help me out. The reality is, it doesn't always work that way but at sixteen, I believed it would all magically work out if the time that I got a flat tire ever occurred. That was my sixteen year old optimism and naivety of the world. 

I was eighteen years old when I became the proud owner of a brand new Ford Ranger in royal blue for a graduation present from my grandparents. Bye bye 1994 turquoise clunker of a pick up!

My mom has always stood behind the philosophy that you don't need a man to do everything. Thus, began my lesson on changing a tire. I have watched my parents change tires, but that didn't mean I had the first inclination as to where to start and I wasn't a fan of getting covered in mud and grease in the process.
My mom handed me the manual from my truck sitting all shiny on the driveway and said, "Good luck. I'll come out when you're finished." I stared at her with my mouth gaping open thinking 'this is a joke, right?'.I didn't have a flat tire, but this was my mom's idea of 'being prepared'.

Two hours later, after a lot of grunting, groans, whiny complaints to no one but myself and the birds in the trees who were probably laughing behind there wings, I was done. I was covered in grease and dust but I had done it. I had changed my first tire.

Word to the wise, manuals are useless. Those pictures with brief captions - they really don't tell you anything other than the fact that you don't know what you're doing. Thanks, already knew that! An IKEA manual is more accurate and helpful and we all know how confusing those little men are.

I quickly forgot about my tire changing lesson until one random summer night last year. I was driving a friend home at 12:30am after falling asleep on the couch watching a movie. We were only a few blocks down the road from the house when I could tell something was off. I turned down the music and right away knew the tire was flat from the plunk, plunk, plunk sound that was coming from the back. We had a flat tire.

Instead of panicking, my first instinct was to laugh because now five years later, my mom's changing a tire lesson was coming in handy. I hiked up my maxi skirt, tied it in a knot and proceeded to start changing the tire. I will admit, I did first make a phone call to my boyfriend's dad to see if he was nearby to help but he was obviously asleep and not answering.

A word of advice ladies, always know how to change a tire. And I mean that literally.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

SUMMER IS...


Summer is staying up late, way past your bedtime sitting outside reading a book on the patio or walking to the corner store for an after dinner ice cream treat. No one can sleep a wink when the sun is still shining in between the curtains past 9pm. 

Summer is lying down on the hot crunchy grass that has been scorched by the summer sun as the air starts to cool, gazing up at the sky as it ever so slowly fades darker and darker and the stars start to twinkle.

Summer is lying back on the dock and staring up at the clouds, picking out the animals and creatures from the clouds as they float by, temporarily giving you a shiver as the shade covers the ground briefly.

Summer is drinking water straight from the hose like when you were a kid because who has time to find a glass? There is way too much fun to be had outside and not a second of glorious sunshine can be wasted.

Summer is realizing you forgot to make and eat dinner because you were having too much fun swimming and enjoying the long summer hours.

Summer is carelessly waking up naturally with no sense of a rush or urgency to be anywhere quickly.

Summer is knotted hair still damp from the lake and skin that is tight and tanned from the sun.

Summer is being barefoot.


Monday, July 14, 2014

A STORY OF BIRKENSTOCK SANDALS

Source

As a kid growing up, my mom had a pair of original tan Arizona Birkenstock's. This was a time before they were deemed 'cool' (or maybe this was the first time they were cool).
Every summer I wanted a pair because I was in that stage where you want to be just like mom. So every summer my mom would pick me up a pair of look-a-like Birkenstock's from Walmart since nobody spends $100 on a pair of shoes for a 7 year old kid whose feet grow two sizes every six months or something like that. And faithfully, I would wear those sandals everyday until they were faded, completely worn down and it was no longer practical to wear sandals. And wearing socks with sandals was something I did not condone, even then.
As I became a teenager this 'be like mom' trend faded just a tad and I became mortified that my mom had a pair of clunky old leather sandals. I thought they were so ugly then and couldn't understand why she had one pair of shoes for so long. But she obviously was years ahead of me and knew what she was doing.
I know my mom still has hers, some odd years later and that she still wears them religiously and swears by how comfortable they are.
Now that they are officially back in style and trending again, I can't decide if I should jump on this trend-wagon? But is it jumping if I sported this trend before it existed back when pigtails were cool the 'it' hair style?
I particularly like the clean look of the white against the natural brown sole but I also like the idea of black straps. How is a girl to decide?
.

Friday, July 11, 2014

SUMMER BUCKETLIST



Make homemade salsa
Have backyard BBQ's often (not just talk about it like last year)
Beach trips
BBQ's at the beach
Visit the cabin on Shuswap Lake
Roadtrip to Summerland
Singing in the car with the windows down
Ice cream (and lots of it!)
Fireworks
Drink homemade sangria
Day trips to the lake
Campfires and smores
Read. A lot
Attend the night market
Star gaze
Go to the drive-in movie theatre


Thursday, July 10, 2014

WEDDING SEASON

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

My fridge is usually quite sparse and empty on the door with maybe a few take out menus. Classy, I know. There are no grimy hand prints, no popsicle frames, or beautiful crayon scribbled artwork that some people acquire and collect. I try to post up the odd photo but also don't want to seem full of ourselves to have our faces staring at you from everywhere.

This year though, family and friends have decorated my fridge for me with an abundance of save-the-dates, bridal shower invites and wedding invitations. Lace, ribbons, cream, gold confetti and beautiful engagement photos have now cluttered the fridge to a point where you can barely see our monthly calendar (but I'm not complaining). I love celebrations and weddings, and all the friends and family that it brings together. Plus, I love seeing guys all dressed up in a tuxedo or suit.

Of course wedding invitations means that I need to find a dress. Or two or three for all the events this summer. I can never decide between a bold print, bright colour, short, long, tight, loose, etc. The options are endless. Thus, I have spent some time wandering through the endless boards of Pinterest to narrow it down to the five looks above. And then my next decision, do I try and find one similar to purchase or just make a custom  dress? At this point, I haven't even picked a specific colour but I am leaning towards a royal blue possibly... Only time will tell I suppose.

Do you have any weddings to attend this summer and if so, what are you wearing?









Tuesday, July 08, 2014

THE LATEST 07.08.2014


Making: striped maxi skirt and summer kimono
Cooking: uh, um, I cooked dinner tonight, right? *blush* Cooking is not one of my skills. 
Drinking: sparkling grapefruit soda
Reading: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck that a friend at work lent me
Wanting: a house with built in air conditioning - a girl can dream
Looking: at the mess that has taken over the living room from boys and video games
Playing: Luke Bryan, Play It Again
Eating: Reese's Pieces candies mmmm
Wishing: it was August already so I can enjoy a month off, worry free
Enjoying: quality time with family
Loving: having a crowded house full of people unexpectedly 
Hoping: for this wonderful summertime weather to last all through the next two months. fingers crossed!
Needing: to find a dress to wear to my friends wedding this August...
Smelling: the sweet smell of summer evenings
Feeling: content and appreciative of the wonderful family that surrounds me
Wearing: polka dot pajama shorts and a tank top
Following: the world cup semi-finals
Noticing: how light out it is still at 10pm; summer must really be here
Bookmarking: The Latest Harry Potter Gossip for when I need my mystical fix of my favourite characters from Hogwarts (is it weird that I treat them as if they are real people, who just happen to live far away?)

Friday, July 04, 2014

SNAPSHOTS

< A long weekend isn't complete without a caesar, on a patio in the sunshine >

< Live music at the Canada Day festival > 

 < Listening to the live music and eating our fill of roasted corn on the cob, poutine and cotton candy >

< An impromtu Wednesday night dipped ice cream cone run as an escape from the sweltering house and lack of breeze despite the late hour. And who doesn't need a treat on a Wednesday? > 

< Celebrating my beautiful best friends twenty-third birthday by popping champagne, followed by a night of dancing! > 

< Hunting for starfish, running from live crabs, soaking up the sunshine and having naps in the shade; that sums up my holiday Monday >

*Not photographed, the blistering red sunburn I got from spending too much time outside over the four day weekend. Summer must be here!
 

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