vancouver christmas market

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Visiting the Vancouver Christmas Market with my two lovely friends, Sara and Lindsay, is becoming an annual tradition. There’s a few things we always have to do while there: drink spiced mulled wine, eat as much German food as our stomachs can take, and try and spot celebrities! Last year we saw Joshua Jackson and Dianne Krueger. This year we had no such luck, but we did see Steve Nash at the mall afterwards!!

After walking around the market today, I officially feel like the Christmas season has begun. It makes me want to go out and get a Christmas tree for Andrew and I to decorate asap (our first!), listen to Christmas music 24/7, finish my Christmas shopping and get around to ordering those Christmas cards…

Not to mention planning trips to go to Vancouver’s other holiday events and activities like The Van Dusen Gardens Festival of Lights and ice skating at Robson Square.

Does your city have any holiday events or activities that you love to attend?

welcome winter, welcome

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Well November has arrived; winter is here and you know what? I am ok with it. It’s easy to welcome winter to Vancouver when the worst weather you have to worry about is torrential downpour. Hey, it could be worse. Calgary already has snow on the ground. And I have way too many memories of bad winter storms in Michigan that kept me stranded at home or worse–a friend’s home–because it was too dangerous to be on the road. So I’ll take some rain… even when it rains all day. I’ll just live in my Hunter rain boots for the next several months. Continue reading

apple picking at Taves Family Farm

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{heaviest pumpkin of my life…}

It’s October, which makes me want to do all things Autumn…like eat and drink anything with the word pumpkin in it, wear flannel plaid shirts and boots, and partake in fall activities like picking apples.  Continue reading

camping in manning park, BC

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Here’s some pics from our weekend camping trip to Manning Park, BC with our friends from our Urban Rec Flag Football team. Manning Park is about a 2.5 hour drive from Vancouver and basically touching the border between Canada and Washington State.

When you are driving on the highway towards the campsite you’ll notice after you pass Hope, BC (ironic name for a town in this case) there are no longer any exits for gas stations or food or towns for that matter– it feels like you’re surrounded by pure wilderness. Oh ya, and there is no cell phone reception either. None! The horror!

While I was fretting over no access to emails, facebook or instagram (tragic I know) for two nights,  Andrew was more scared of the bears that inhabited the region.  Continue reading

crossing the finish line

IMG_2566Fellow blogger and friend Gretchen and I with our SeaWheeze Medals at the finish line!

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IMG_2574Yoga by the thousands at the SeaWheeze Sunset Festival at Stanley Park post-race

One of the most amazing feelings in the world is crossing the finish line. Whenever I do at the end of a race–whether it be a 5k, 10k or Half-Marathon– I am immediately flooded with this feeling that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. Anything.

On Saturday I ran my third half-marathon in Lululemon’s 2nd annual SeaWheeze Half-Marathon event and while I felt great crossing that finish line with my friend Gretchen (author of the mouth-watering blog gsnackingcruz) the week before I have to admit I was feeling pretty low.  Continue reading