It’s Do What You Want To Do December

How is it December? I don’t even know – but some how it is…

Now we must rally together to get through holiday parties, friend festivities, and all the events that usually come with end of year. Right?!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I have to do vs. what I want to do.

And you know what I’ve (finally at the age of 32) realized? If you don’t want to to go to the party, you don’t have to go to the party. If you don’t want to buy a gift, you don’t have to buy a gift.

If you (err, I mean, me) need anything, it’s to do more of what you actually want to do. 

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Buying Our First Home

Towards the end of last year, we realized that we were ready to leave the rental market and although TOTALLY intimidating, wanted our own home. 😬

We spent *many* months trying to figure out what was important to us, and danced between staying in Mt. Pleasant, buying a condo in the West End, and briefly considered houses in East Van. We were struggling with the decision because it felt *so* permanent. It felt like we had one opportunity to enter the housing market and if we didn’t leap now, we would be priced out.

Throughout the process, we talked a lot about how we wanted to design our life (current & future), and both recognized that nature, the ocean, access to mountains & trails, silence, the stars and room to grow (a family) were all important to us.

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A Broken Jaw & Lessons Learned Along the Way

Just over 8 weeks ago we flew down to LA for a mini-vacay. The plan was sunshine, sports and soul recovery. ☀️

Here’s the thing though… life doesn’t always go as planned.

Less than 24 hrs after we arrived, Elliot was in a cycling accident in Malibu. He ended up with a broken jaw, broken teeth, a pile of face lacerations, tons of stitches, abrasions, etc!

The last couple months have been a whirlwind, and also, super freaking hard.

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Tips & Tricks – Maui

Maui tips – from us to YOU!

Updated April 2016: We just got back from our 2nd trip to Maui and discovered some more gems! 

Last year we went to Maui for the first time – and pretty much fell in love. It’s totally paradise, folks. <insert 75 million heart emojis here>.

Since then we’ve received a ton of questions from friends, family and random strangers about what we loved – and also, what we didn’t!

If you find yourself itching for a tropical vacation filled to the brim with sunshine and adventure, check out our recos below!

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Eat Clean – Best Recipes of 2015

CaptureBack in 2013 I posted my favourite recipes from the year! That was a big year for me in the kitchen, as I was super curious and really just getting into my groove with (mostly) dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian cooking.

Since then, I have fallen in love with a couple new blogs, Hot for Food and Minimalist Baker.  Of course I’l always be a loyal Oh She Glows fan too. :) #OhCanada

This past year has been rather fast and furious. We got into a good meal planning routine — and then would shift into chaos — and then back into routine. (That’s life I think!). As much as I love spending a couple hours in the kitchen cooking away, this past year the focus has been easy and breezy recipes!

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Back to the Grind

ForScreenshot 2016-04-12 18.16.13 the last 10 days we’ve been on “vacation.” Not that kind of vacation where you book time off to escape, travel the world, or staycation tho…

We are lucky to work for companies that recognize that closing up shop (over the holidays) is important — and encouraging “employees” (bleh, so formal) to recharge, relax and reflect on the last year (and the year to come!) is super important!

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Adventures in Sechelt

We decided to end the year (and kick off a new one!) at one of our favourite places on the Sunshine Coast… this gem!

We discovered Gary’s cabin on Airbnb a few years back – and we’ve been lucky to call it home twice! Two things you should know about Gary:

  • His blog tells the tale of how him & his wife transitioned from city-living to small-town living successfully. I liked this post on why we need to forgot about retirement and just start living the good life now! 3 cheers for that! If you ever dream of moving to a cabin in the woods, you’ll appreciate his journey.
  • He was interviewed by Fast Company on how to achieve Airbnb success last year. If your place is listed on Airbnb (or VRBO), it’s well worth the read!

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Rdio Export (to Spotify)

Rdio has been my main music machine for the past 3 years. I joined back in January 2012 and they have added so much joy to my life! Music matters, folks!

So if you haven’t heard… Rdio has been acquired (by Pandora) and it’s been shut down (insert super sad face here). (In other music streaming news… Songza will be evolving to Google Play Music in January 2016. :/ They were acquired by Google back in 2014).

So what to do if you’ve been a loyal Rdio fan?

  • Tweet them some love! Gratitude matters! Say thank you via #RdioFarewell!
  • Export your playlists out of Rdio
  • Import your playlists into Spotify

What’s the best (ie. simplest) way to export and import?

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Tips & Tricks – Get the Best Travel Deal

11114256_10205635224513378_121849236596427335_oAll the time I get asked:

  1. “How do you travel so much?”
  2. “How do you find such great deals?”

The answer to both is: I care about travel, therefore I make it a priority. BOOM.

I’ve been very lucky to travel to some amazing places over the past 10 years. My highlights have definitely included exploring the Sahara Desert in Tunisia via 4×4, running a half marathon in Sweden and surfing in Costa Rica.

Wondering how I’ve been able to make it work?

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