Summer 2017

Another great summer spent at the cottage! I got a job at the marina on the lake this year, so I was lucky enough to spend two full months at my favourite place in the world! I was kept busy during the days, pumping gas for boats, gardening, cleaning, and helping customers, and then got to come back and relax by the water with my family every night. I feel so blessed to be able to come to this beautiful place each year. The open spaces, silence, and fresh air allow me to think, reflect, and become so much more self-aware than I am in the city. I am able to be more focused and in the moment, without getting distracted by a million other things going on. Here are some highlights from this summer…



we hiked to the most serene little lake…





boat rides on the Rideau!



Nana’s beautiful garden!





decorated my home-away-from-home


dressed up for golf and a day in the town!



my beautiful friends came for my weekend off!!


woke up to this view every morning!







Thanksgiving weekend…one of the best sunsets of the summer






Day in the Garden

The other day, I went with my grandparents to explore a public garden and arboretum in my city. It was a great time of year to go, and I really enjoyed walking along the trails and learning the names of new plants! We even found raspberries growing, and they were, by far, the best I’ve ever tasted. We finished off the afternoon with gelato from Little Italy, and I’m starting to think I might like gelato more than ice cream-but it’s too close to call! I was very excited and I inhaled my gelato so quickly that totally forgot to take a picture….oops!

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day! This year, I had a picnic on the beach with my cousins and my younger brother!  We brought breakfast with us and got there early enough to beat the heat and the crowds.  We chatted, threw around a frisbee, and waded in the water, which was kinda chilly, (surprising considering the heat wave we’ve been having). Then we drove up to our cottage to hang out with  more family and celebrate the rest of Canada’s birthday! We tubed behind the boat to a little town, where we got ice cream cones. I love being out on the water and exploring new spots on the lake. We also went to see the fireworks that evening and my heart was exploding with happiness! I don’t know what it is about them, but fireworks are my favourite things in the entire world. I thought these ones were really great, especially considering they were put off by a small community on a low budget. Driving back in the boat, I looked behind me and saw the lights from hundreds of other boats  and thought it was absolutely beautiful. With all the hate and violence in the world, it was reassuring to see all these good people come out to celebrate this amazing country, that we are so privileged to live in. This past weekend was filled with many “I LOVE SUMMER SO MUCH” moments, and I am so stoked for all the exciting things coming up!  I hope you are all the having a fantastical summerrrrrr…..

   Lemon poppy-seed scones from whole foods

lovin’  the outfit Sadie ^^^^^

decorating the cottage ^^^^

                                                           triple chocolate brownie ice cream ^^^^^

                                        I really love how these firework photos turned out! ^^^^^

First Day of Summer

Although it’s been feeling like summer for the past few weeks, Monday was the official start of the season. To celebrate, my friends and I went for dinner and sat on an outdoor patio, enjoying the sun that stayed late into the evening! That’s my favourite thing about summer, the long days.  Its not the cold that bothers me in the winter as much as the fact that the sun sets at 4 in the afternoon!!!  We went to a local vegetarian restauraunt and had salads and black bean avocado bowls! Then we went home and ate  ice cream bars and chatted on the front porch. Its so nice to see everyone outside going for walks and bike rides.  I am now almost done with classes and exams, so I am so close to being free of tests and schoolwork for 2 months! WHOOHOO. I love June because I have the whole summer ahead of me and so much to look forward to. Also, more time to spend writing and creating for the blog! I absolutely cannot wait (seriously though, I am so done with school!)  Anyways, here are a few photos from our night out…photo creds to my friend Ella … (@ella_ff on insta)

As you can tell, sunny weather makes us extraordinarily happy


Tulip Festival

Although the weather was kinda iffy this weekend, we made a point of going out to see the tulips in downtown Ottawa. It was super windy and cold for May, but we were just happy that the rain held off! The tulip festival is the ideal spot for photographers and it was funny seeing every one crouching down and holding their cameras at weird angles to get the perfect shot for their blog or Instagram. I made sure to remember  to “stop and smell the….tulips” from time to time, but I also got some pretty good photos. Here are some of my favourites…





Train to Toronto

Last weekend, I took the train to Toronto with my cousin, Sadie to visit friends and spend time with family. We took the day off school on Friday so that we were able to spend two full days in the city. We came back Sunday morning to be home for Mother’s Day dinner.  When we arrived, the first place we went was Chipotle because there are none in our city and we have been wanting to go for a super long time. We were bursting with excitement and it was absolutely delicious!!!! Then we did some shopping at the Eaton Centre and took the steetcar to our Aunt and Uncle’s house. We had dinner at the Harbourfront Centre and I had the best burger of my life in the restauraunt! The next day, I watched my cousin Charlotte’s riding class in a rural part of Toronto. In the afternoon, I headed back downtown to hang out with my friend, Taylor. We went to Sweet Jesus and had the biggest, yummiest ice cream cones. I love spending weekends in Toronto because there is always something going on or a new place to explore! Here are a few photos…

   ^^Early morning train


^^Nice to see my brother (who has been working in Toronto)

^^Such a pretty part of Toronto

^^”Cookies cookies cookies and cream” and ” Oh sweet baby Jesus”

^^Cousin love

Hike With Friends

Took my first hike of the season a couple of days ago with my friends and it was lovely! This is my favorite time of the year because the temperature is so perfect. The sun is out and the skies are clear, but it’s not sticky-hot like the middle of July. I was kind of shocked when I got home and saw that I had a sunburn on my face! I guess I only have myself to blame for lying directly in the sun at the top of the mountain…oops! Anyways, it’s a sign of summer and that makes me very, very happy.

climbing through some rocks…


We tried geocaching which was kind of interesting, but discovered that we needed the pay for an upgrade on the app for the full experience 😦

snacks are essential

^^Not sure what’s going on in this picture but I kind of love it

We brought  a picnic lunch to eat at the top of the mountain… We were so hungry!!

Somebody painted this on the rock beside the trail.  I love how it adds color to the forest!

BC, Canada

My family and I just got back from the most amazing holiday! We spent spring break on the slopes at Big White, in British Colombia, Canada. The conditions were great up there, with fresh snow almost everyday, and a base of 300cm!!! It was so nice to spend time with my extended family, and explore a new ski resort!  We stayed at Sundance Hotel, where we had our own condo with two bedrooms and a small kitchen. The hotel had a games room and an outdoor pool, with a slide. Although the pool was heated, it was still pretty chilly so I stuck to the hot tub for most of the time! It was often quite foggy, but on a clear day we had the most spectacular mountain view from the hot tub, which was the most relaxing way to end the day. There were plenty of activities happening at the resort, and we tried to take advantage of as many of them as we could! A highlight of the trip was going to the snow tubing park, and spinning down the hills with all of my cousins. The resort also offers snowshoeing, ice skating, and snowmobile rental, but the week went by quickly, and we didn’t have the chance to try everything out. My little cousin, who’s the biggest animal lover, went for a dog sled ride, and had the time of her life! Here are a few photos from the trip…


Sweet view from the plane to Vancouver!

There was an INSANE amount of snow, and I thought it looked like something out of a painting when it was piled up on the rooftops!

Another pretty sight…



First day of skiing!


All 20 of us!

View from the condo…



This was the coolest ice tower that people were climbing, with special boots and tools!


Toronto Adventure!

This weekend, I took a trip up to Toronto to see some friends and hang out with my family. Toronto is probably one of my favourite cities, and I have a blast every time I go! Unfortunately, part of the subway line shut down, which got in the way of some of my plans, but I still managed to have a super fun time! The weather was just above zero degrees Celsius, and the snow was almost all gone. I could definitely feel spring in the air! Here are a few pictures from the weekend…

I loved exploring Toronto with these gals! My cousin Sadie is on the far left, and my cousin Emma is on the far right. We were laughing about this picture afterwards, because we didn’t choose the best background, but I love the photo nonetheless. 

Milkshake stop! We were SO done with Winter, we decided to grab some cold drinks to welcome the warmer weather.  We went to Franks, close to Kensington Market, and it was super delicious! They also make all kinds of hotdogs with cool toppings, so definately check it out if you’re in the city!

Kensington! The market is filled with unique stores and vintage shops. There was also a place serving chicken and waffles, which I’ve never tried, but I think I will next time I’m in Kensington. We thought this setup was pretty funny, 10 points if you can spot my eye peeking out creepily….

One of my favourite things about Toronto is all of the cute coffee shops! Each one is so unique and special! Unfortunately, we had a busy day, so we couldn’t sit down to eat, but we brought delicious tea and pastires with us in the car. Yummmm….


The weather was beautiful and the sky was gorgeous! I haven’t seen a good sunny day like this for a while!