Sunday, August 10, 2014

I've been on vacay!


Hells yes. It seems that backpack chairs are all the rage in New Brunswick and I was more than happy to take part in the madness last week.

The hubby & I took a little trip to the mainland. We landed in Halifax where we spent a night, and also took a little road trip to an absolutely beautiful town called Wolfville (home of Acadia University) and to Peggy's Cove.

The cute little town of Peggy's Cove
Every Nova Scotia road trip should include these two places. Seriously, cutest towns ever.

The Peggy's Cove lighthouse


More Peggy's Cove cuteness
My favourite part of the NS segment of the vacation was a place called Applewicks. It's this wonderful organization that teaches people with disabilities how to do crafts like weaving, candle-making & knitting. I pretty much lost my mind when I went to their store. They sell a lot of the work done by participants and the pieces are absolutely beautiful! I bought a couple of woven tea cozies, some yummy-smelling candles, art cards... I would've bought the whole store if I could've! Seriously. I was so enthusiastic & chatty when I was there that the girl even took me on a tour & introduced me to some of the participants. I have such a spark for this organization right now that all I want to do is see a program like this started in Newfoundland. Apparently there are a couple other people around here who feel the same way so I'm trying to make contact with them to help get the ball rolling.

An adorable yarn store in downtown Wolfville

Another adorable shop in Wolfville
I got the most delicious lunch at that yellow pub; teriyaki chicken stir fry on top of a Caesar salad... Who would've thought? Seriously, absolutely delicious.

Nova Scotia has some beautiful vineyards

Outside one of the wineries


Since I'm from New Brunswick, we spent most of our time there visiting my parents. I did my first degree at Mount Allison University in the tiny town where my mom grew up called Sackville. It's a really cute town that I really miss so I had to take a trip down memory lane.

Sackville greeted me quite kindly...

Aww, shucks.


Cute cute cute. My 2nd cousin owns this shop, "Earth", where he sells beautiful artwork from several artists.

On the left is an old-school movie theatre that hasn't changed much in the past century, I'm told.


I'm having a really hard time getting back in non-vacation mode, or "real life" as you may call it. I'm seriously going to be the best retiree ever. I cannot wait until the day when I can stop working, buy a house in Florida, and just veg & volunteer all the time. I'm going to be the best at it.

But I guess it's back to work tomorrow... sigh...


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tickin' off the ole 29 in 29 list


I just ticked off number 10 of my 29 in 29 list tonight! Steve and I went ziplining in beautiful Petty Harbour. On one of the ten lines I'll admit I almost peed my pants but it was fun and I'm glad I did it. Will probably not do it again, but am glad to have the new experience.

I've been pretty good at ticking off things on this to-do list earlier. Summer is always a great time to get stuff done; at least I feel a lot more motivated to get up in the morning & do things other than sit on my ass in the evening!

Still lots to do, but I'll get there. Any suggestions of ethnographies or classics to read?

29 in 29

1. Go on a 4+ day camping trip Done! Canada Day weekend in Terra Nova National Park
2. Read 2 ethnographies - maybe some Wade Davis since I've always loved him.
3.. Read 3 classics
4. Complete my 90 volunteer hours for Timeraiser- 46 hrs complete July 27
5. Update my recipe box
6. Visit Brigus July 5 + went back & camped there a couple of weekends later
7. Take an art class - maybe pottery or art journaling
8. Make Steve something for Xmas - I'm thinking some old school wool socks
9. Run for 45 straight minutes
10. Go ziplining July 27
11. Donate blood at least twice
12. Have $500+ saved for a trip That was way easier than expected... Done July 4. Let's go for $1000 now!
13. Take 2 trips - probably NB + Montreal
14. Try snowboarding/skiing
15. Use my snowshoes
16. Take a golf lesson
17. Spend a day yard sale-ing
18. Go see a musical
19. Make strawberry jam
20. Visit 3 new restaurants
21. Win some money at bingo - $106 June 8
22. Save all of my Swagbucks for the whole year
23. Learn to do a mean crow pose
24. Become a morning person again
25. Tone my arms so that I actually like them
26. Work out lots so I can be confident & comfortable
27. Knit some awesome baby clothes for my bff's little one
28. Up my cruelty-free product usage to at least 95%
29. Go camping at least 3 times 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Too many hobbies

I have way too many hobbies.

I'm the queen of starting something new & then abandoning it in favour of something else new once the novelty has worn off. Seriously a terrible habit to have. It means I've never really gotten good at anything. I'm pretty mediocre at a lot of things, but would rather be awesome at something. I guess the one good thing about me is that I rarely get bored. Since I'm a total home-body, it's necessary to have hobbies.

All the books I've got on the go right now

Reading - My first love. I'll never betray it. I may be a slow-as-molasses reader but that doesn't deter me.

I'm knitting one of these sleep sacks & a tiny matching hat for an SPCA silent auction
Knitting - My best hobby. This is the one I've become the most skilled at & one that I always go back to.

I wish this was mine (photo credit)
Gardening - My newest thang. I've always loved watching plants grow & caring for them (I'm a nurturer... it's amazing that I don't want kids, really). I love it. I get so much satisfaction out of watching how huge my hostas are getting, and I just freaked out when I saw 2 tiny strawberries on my plant.

Someday... (photo credit)

Camping - If I could go camping every weekend in the summer, I would. Luckily, camping allows me to combine a few of my loves. What better to do than read & knit in the sun.


Candy Crush
Collecting cats
Endless hrs of Netflix


Blogging - Oh yeah... blogging... This is the hobby that I was once really keen on & have let totally fall by the wayside.

Anyone else out there like me?

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

One Earth


A scene from Morocco where we order several products from
I've been a terrible blogger lately! Absolutely terrible. What, have I posted like once every 2 weeks? Yikes... I could make up some excuses but I'm mostly just lazy & uninspired lately. Same story for the past year. I've also been watching a lot of Orange is the New Black. Oh, and I started a new business.

I'm an independent consultant for One Earth now & am really excited about the products I'm selling. One Earth is a small Canadian company that sells ethical, handmade products made by artisans in developing countries. We sell spa products, shoes, scarves, jewelry, tea and more. And these products are seriously gorgeous!



One of the products I'm excited about is the Moroccan argan oil. It's great for both your skin & hair - for fine lines, wrinkles, hydration, split ends, etc, etc, etc! We sell it infused with essential oils (like lavender to help you sleep), in a bar of soap or you can mix the oil with our clay for an awesome mud mask.

Our argan oil is produced by a women's coop in Morocco


And the purses are to die for! Beautiful, soft leather that is organically tanned & naturally dyed. The best part of buying leather from Morocco is that animals aren't harvested just for their skin. Unlike the leather products produced closer to home, every piece of the animal is used and a prayer of sacrifice in thanks.

See the Earth Satchel... to die for!

Take a look at our catalogs & let me know if you'd like to host a "party" (I mean that in an online sense)! Gather orders from your friends, family & coworkers and reap the hostess benefits! If your party sells as little as $201, you get 10% of sales in free products + 1 half-priced item; the benefits only get sweeter the more sales you have at your party.

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Wanna chat more about this? Email me at lesleyoneearth@gmail.com


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

What you need for an awesome camping trip

Scene from a tiny town called Salvage close to where we were camping.

In celebration of Canada Day (or, rather, a long week), Steve & I headed out of the city into the woods... to a campground where strangers sleep 3 meters away from you. And it was awesome. Tuesday was the holiday so we took Monday off work so that we'd have a solid 4-day trip which was the top thing to do on my 29 in 29 list.

The trip was so good - comfortable & enjoyable - in comparison to camping trips I've taken in the past that we would've stay another week given the chance. In my younger days, I just threw a few things in a bag and went. Silly me... I didn't understand the value of an air mattress or good food. I was a snob back then; I thought air mattresses & clean dishes were for the weak. They are not. They are smart. This trip, I was able to move when I woke up in the morning & sleep past 6pm... 'magine that.

So, now that I'm a grown-up, I'm here to share my camping wisdom. These are my camping must-haves.


1. Game time - Do not go camping without games. Just don't. Steve & I started out with a little Yahtzee & then he got sooky because I beat his ass three times in a row. Then our friends arrived a couple days later with Farkle, the best game in the land. I wish I was playing right now!



2. Something pretty to look at - Heyo! Look what we found! We took a little drive to get some ice in a community about 10 minutes away from the campground and got a glimpse of the tip of one of these bad boys. So, we kept driving & driving and came across an incredibly tiny, totally Newfoundland town with a beautiful view of these berg twins. That was definitely a highlight.



3. This breakfast - I will never go camping without this breakfast. Never ever ever. Homemade Egg McMuffins. How to do it? First, you should bake a few potatoes the night before you go on your trip. Then, in the morning, cut them up & throw them in a pan with some butter to fry. At the same time, throw on some bacon (maple bacon, preferably). While that's cooking, beat up a couple of eggs in whatever clean container you can find. Wait till the tates & bacon are almost done & then start cooking your omelet. You can make scrambled eggs in the pan if you want but I like the omelet because it's just one big piece that I cut in half for our two sandwiches. Finally, cut up a couple of English muffins, butter one side and lightly toast them on a pan for the last few minutes. Kraft Singles are also necessary. I put them on the muffin to melt while still in the pan. And, voila! The perfect b'fast to keep you going till you start eating chips & hot dogs again.

4. Clean & organized stuff - I foolishly used to underestimate the power of having an awesome campsite. A table cloth, dish washing station & canvas closet organizer did the trick. I hung a shoe organizer from a tree to put my roll of shit tickets & crib board in. (Thank you, Pinterest.) And my dollar store dish tub was... awesommmeee! Yes, I am approaching thirty.



5. A helpful little friend - What is a camping trip without a furry friend? This is our friend's gorgeous little guy, Henry, who likes to lop up spilled Guiness for us. Thanks, Henny boy! (Note: Before Henry came along to provide entertainment & kisses, we would make it a practice to befriend chipmunks.)

And that's what you need for a wicked camping trip. Oh, and the longer the trip the better! 4 days was awesome. I wish I could do 6 or 7!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Betcha don't have one of these down the road...


It's iceberg season! Yayyyy!

I look forward to this every year. I'm pretty sure everyone in Newfoundland does, actually. How can you not get excited about these majestic, ancient chunks of ice that find their way into our backyards?! Some people might think that after seeing a few, you've seen them all... but that is so not true. From April to June, you never know when you're going to take a drive around town & spot a giant white spot in the water.


This berg here is literally just down the street from my house. I'm not even lying. Drive down to the other end of our street (the main street in this city) and, bam! Giant, magnificent ice beast!




And for the grand finale? Awwww yeahhhh. Now that is amazing.



Just kidding... I'm not done. Let's have a little blast from the past, way back to my first year in Newfoundland. I'll take you on a little journey back to 2008 when I was a leader of an awesome national youth leadership program called Katimavik. (Unfortunately, the gov't has sinced axed this amazing program that helped shape young people into awesomer older people...)

Part of the mandate of this national program, aside from learning relevant life skills, practicing a second language, and learning about our country's cultures, was to explore the province. I once had a participant put her feet in the ocean for the very first time in my presence; how cool (& bizarre) is that?! Anyway, one weekend we took a road trip to see more of the province. We visited some small towns &, lo and behold, we came across icebergs... the first icebergs of all of our lives! Holy smokes, was it ever exciting! And seeing tiny outport communities was a first for each of us, which left us almost equally awestruck.

Here I am, little ole me with a crap load of super old ice. These are known as "bergy bits" around these parts... the little chunks of ice that follow icebergs around like little groupies. But look up - that's a massive berg in the background! Whoaaa!

While I'm a total city girl, I absolutely love visiting the small communities throughout this province. I don't do it enough. I get stuck in city stuff... like sitting on the couch, watching countless hours of Orange is the New Black... But really, though.,where are you going to see scenes like this? 


Visiting more of the outports is on my to-do list. I'll be back with picks... if I ever get off the couch long enough.
 
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

1 dress, 2 dress, red dress, blue dress



Ohhh how I want all of these dresses (+ shirt & skirt). Aren't they gorgeous! So summery, so pretty, so perfect for work.

When eShakti asked me if I'd like to review their product, I took one look at their website & said, hell yes! They let me pick my own dress from a special collection for bloggers, asked my fit specifications & had the dress made for me.

So, I picked out the dress I liked, picked out my specifications - I was even able to pick sleeve length & skirt length - & then the dress was made for me. That's pretty cool. When I got notification that the dress was being shipped, I noticed it was coming from India, and started to feel a little uncomfortable. I immediately got images in my mind of the people in Bangladesh who were affected so horribly by the terrible factory tragedy. I'm glad to see that eShakti had already addressed my concerns on their website. They say that, "[they] will never allow anything that is opposed to human dignity or the laws of the land where [they] operate" and assured their customers that Indian laws are very strict about minimum age of labourers. Hopefully that statement is trustworthy & the companies abide by these laws.

When I got my dress, the fit was perfect. The style was totally unsuited to me but the fit was great. I wish eShakti had some kind of "try it before you buy it" option where you can see the dress on different body types; I feel like that would be really useful for most people, kind of like how firmoo.com lets you upload a pic of your face to virtually try on their glasses. I, clearly, don't know what looks good on me by looking at a pic of the article, so this would've been helpful. I love shopping online, though, & probably won't let this deter me from doing again.

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