April 29, 2016

Have a Great Weekend

Happy Friday! If you're anything like me this time of year makes you want to reach for your camera and capture some great photos. I'm heading to the beach again. I was feeling very stressed and overwhelmed this week, so I'm looking forward to taking a breather.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

(Photo via Optical Illusions and Pictures.)

April 15, 2016

Photo Adventure Is Calling!


There's no better way to spend the weekend than turning off, heading out and capturing all the beauty around you. 

I do love spring. I love this season of longer days, new beginnings and blooming flowers. If you're anything like me this time of year makes you want to reach for your camera and capture some nature photos so I've rounded up a few of my favorite photos I shot during this month.
Let these nature photos inspire you to get out there and capture something truly amazing.
What are you waiting for?
Hope you have a fabulous weekend! xx

beautiful dandelion in bw



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April 01, 2016

What Is Happiness?





Who wouldn't want to feel happier? But what is happiness, anyway? This video actually made me smile. Then it made me happy!
Over the last few years, I've come to realize that happiness can be attained at any moment that you desire.
So I thought I'd share with you all 5 ways to happier living. These are some tips that I've found helpful, but everyone is different. I know that we all have different ideas about what happiness is and how to get it, but I hope these ideas will inspire you to start creating more joy in your life.

1. Fake it till you feel it.

2. Help others.

3. Practice smiling.

4. Train your brain to be happier by practicing gratitude.

5. Train your brain to be happier by acknowledging the importance of the small moments and little things.

Hope you have a blissful weekend! xx

(Video by Dr. Sood.)

March 25, 2016

Coconut Cupcakes


Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Frosting.
Hi there! I am going to keep this short and sweet today. Easter is a time of rebirth and new beginnings; it's a holiday that's full of light and hope.
Have a great weekend filled with lots of joy and of course chocolate!
cute easter coconut cupcakes

Colourful and delicious, these coconut cupcakes are perfect for an Easter celebration.

Happy Easter (to those who celebrate it)! xx

March 08, 2016

Five Things Tuesday

Painters suspended on cables of the Brooklyn Bridge, on October 7, 1914.

Discovering visually appealing content from around the web.

It's been a while since I posted a Five Things Tuesday post. I decided I wanted to start doing it again so here goes...
For those of you who are new readers "Five Things Tuesday" was started a couple of years ago as a way to sit down and reflect on what the past days have been like for me.


Today is International Women's Day so I thought I'd share this brilliant video with you "100 years of incredible women." I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did.
International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labour movement at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.
Keeping myself motivated and inspired.
flora and ladybug
Photographing spring flowers. There is beauty all around us; we just have to learn to see it.
potato chips

Current food craving.

Guess what I eat when I'm stressed or feeling down? that's right, junk food! Actually, I try really hard not to eat junk food, but sometimes when I crave something salty, I'll have a good bag of potato chips. 

(Historic photo by Eugene de Salignac via The Atlantic. Video via YouTube Spaces.)

March 04, 2016

Welcome Spring!

beautiful spring flowers
Well, although it does not really feel like spring yet, it is almost here! On Saturday, March 19, we welcome the first official day of spring. So I think we can finally look forward to beautiful weather, enjoying the outdoors and feeling more positive. It's that time of the year when snow finally melts, flowers begin to blossom and the prairies look lively and green again. I love Spring! What's not to love about it!



beautiful dandelion
It is so exciting to see the tree buds just waiting to burst forth. Feeling the sun on your face, being able to enjoy going out more and feeling more energized. Spring sunshine streaming through the windows is such a lovely thing to wake up to.
When the light spring breeze is moving the curtains, you feel way more energy in the morning, don't you think?

I'm hoping you are feeling positive and somewhat renewed. But if you still have one foot stuck in winter then have a read of this quote by Mark Twain, it might help you get a spring back in your step like it did for me! :)

"It's Spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring.

February 26, 2016

Beach Shots: Come Along With Me

happily running kid
Running on the beach at sunset.
beautiful beach at sunset
Here is a selection of photos I took (handheld) during the golden hour. I have...