twenty-five favourites

Step aside Oprah, I have a list too and it’s fit for a princess!

Meghan’s favourite 2017!

  1. Cashmere Hoodie – Everlane (splurge):
    Because I am always cold. Plus it’s pink!
  2. Full-On Luxtreme Tights – Lululemon:
    Because I plan to do a spring marathon and need more winter tights.
  3. Necklace – Catbird:
    Because it’s Catbird and it’s pretty.
  4. Pajama Pants – J.Crew:
    Because I need something warm to throw on when I come in from running.
  5. Watercolors – Sakura 24-Colors:
    Because of #24 on my forty before forty: “
    Buy watercolours. Watercolour.”
  6.  Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days:
    Because I have no clue how to watercolour.
  7. Online Photography Class – Minimalist Baker:
    Because I plan to spend more time with my camera and need inspiration and a guiding hand.
  8. Run Fast Eat Slow – Cookbook:
    Because I want to run fast and eat slow.
  9. iPhone Case – Apple:
    Because Erin Mac has one and now I want one too.
  10. Pre-Fold Coffee Filters – Chemex:
    Because I ran out and the grocery store cone filters suck.
  11. Satsuma Shower Gel – The Body Shop:
    Because Satsuma reminds me of the 1990s and that’s not a bad thing.
  12. Wicked Good Slippers – L.L. Bean:
    See #4
  13. 1/4-Zip Fleece – Patagonia:
    Because it’s the best feel-good, fits well, casual but not frumpy fleece.
  14. Earbuds – JBL:
    Because I’ve been running with broken earbuds for 8 months.
  15. Wireless remote control – Nikon:
    See #7
  16. Wireless Mobile Adapter – Nikon:
    See #7
  17. Capri Blue Candle – Anthropologie:
    Because I’ve been told this is what makes all of the Anthropologies stores smell so good.
  18. Cute hat – Oiselle:
    Because I like Oiselle and I like this toque!
  19. Dream Cream – Lush:
    Because it lives up to its name.
  20. Sea Spray – Lush:
    Because the ocean can never be close enough.
  21. Cosmetic Bag – Rifle Paper Co.:
    Because I’m dreaming of great travelling adventures in 2018.
  22. Dry Shampoo – Living Proof:
    Because I’m a girl who washes my hair every third day.
  23. Mirror – Ikea:
    Because I have no idea what I look like from the waist down (we don’t have a great full-length mirror in the house).
  24. Potato Ricer – OXO Good Grips:
    Because I hate poorly mashed, mashed potatoes.
  25. Running Socks – Smartwool:
    Because I ruined a half-dozen pairs of running socks this year + Santa always gives socks in stockings, right?

What about you? Tell me what’s on your list!

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here’s the last list I made, way back in 2014 with a small update in 2016.

100 reasons why summer is the best

Lets do this. Back by popular demand: Summer! And what’s summer without my 100 days of summer to-do wish list? The rules are simple and I welcome all of you to join in with your own list – it started this (long) weekend and ends on September 30. Get what you can get done because summer is here for a short time so it is best to make it a good time.

This year’s list. Many are pick-ups from last year because why rock the boat when the boat was awesome?

  1. go on a sail boat**
  2. watch an outdoor movie**
  3. play corn hole**
  4. see Shakespeare by the Sea**
  5. fly a kite**
  6. play sandbar soccer*
  7. drive in a convertible* (Larry promised he’d take me out this summer)
  8. try rock climbing* (Kristin said she’s go with me)
  9. drink a road rocket “kidding” *
  10. ride a slip & slide*
  11. visit magic mountain*
    NOTE: the above 11 items are * 2015 not completed **2014/2015 not completed. Third time a charm?
  12. swim in a lake
  13. swim in the ocean
  14. swim in the Wallace River
  15. make homemade ice cream
  16. hike Cape Chignecto
  17. visit Victoria Park and climb Jacob’s Ladder
  18. sunrise at the beach
  19. sunset at the beach
  20. find a waterfall (Amanda’s idea)
  21. go to a country fair (Amanda’s idea)
  22. ride shot gun in a car driven by Amanda to either item 21 or 22!
  23. learn photography… for reals
  24. make sweet tea
  25. have a lunch date
  26. have a brunch date
  27. have a post-work beer date at the Stillwell beer garden
  28. go to a wedding
  29. bike a trail
  30. hike a trail
  31. run a trail
  32. attend a festival
  33. send a postcard
  34. send a parcel
  35. ride a train
  36. ride a ferry
  37. ride a bike (with David) to bike and bean
  38. run to bike and bean
  39. do a pull-up (just one)
  40. go strawberry picking
  41. make strawberry jam
  42. train for a marathon
  43. sleep in a tent
  44. make campfire Kraft Dinner (must remember to bring a pot)
  45. go for a run and jump in the water right after
  46. have a party (or two)
  47. attend a party
  48. watch the movie The Man In The Moon
  49. watch the movie My Girl
  50. watch all of the Star Wars movies with David (in order of release dates)
  51. make a batch of beets
  52. have ice cream for supper
  53. buy a fern
  54. get a pedicure
  55. eat on an outdoor patio
  56. drink on an outdoor patio
  57. play croquette
  58. play washer toss
  59. night swim
  60. have a bbq at least once a week
  61. go two 5 different farmer’s markets
  62. drink my morning coffee outside
  63. have a water balloon fight
  64. accidentally get a sunburn
  65. picnic at the ocean
  66. picnic at Public Gardens
  67. make iced coffee
  68. make lemonade
  69. watch Lemonade
  70. run in 5 races
  71. plant herbs
  72. run the golf shore loop (again)
  73. go to the 2016 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championship in Dartmouth
  74. cheer for a friend
  75. have fresh flowers in the house always
  76. make rhubarb pie
  77. stand up paddle board
  78. kayak down the river
  79. tube down the river
  80. hang out on the Halifax waterfront
  81. go to the Tattoo
  82. build a sand castle
  83. buy a summer dress
  84. hear bag pipes
  85. watch a parade
  86. dance
  87. watch fireworks
  88. play hooky
  89. read a magazine outside
  90. buy a pineapple
  91. get crafty
  92. eat from a food truck
  93. only use the clothesline
  94. go to the Shore Club (I’ve never been!)
  95. visit a cottage
  96. drink beer from a cooler
  97. get muddy
  98. get sandy
  99. go to a yard sale
  100. mow the lawn

You can see last year’s list here and the results here and 2014’s list here and the results here – I have repeated a lot of items because they’re too much fun not to not do! ScoutsHonorPaper_GreatSummerCard from here

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fifty six reasons why i love ikea

I decided to walk around my house and survey everything Ikea. Sadly, what I am about to show is not everything, as there are retired items in the basement – the place where things go to die. To clarify, we once lived in Montreal and spent many Saturday mornings dining on $1.99 breakfast and strolling around the store – making some of these pieces vintage … who says Ikea doesn’t last?!?

Do others have this much Ikea? Let me know! 

The entry and hallway: 1. Discontinued? (similar)  / 2. Siguard Bench (no longer available in red, pitty) / 3. Portis Hat and Coat Stand / 4. Olunda framed alphabet poster (discontinued?)Hallway1 Entry1Hallway2The kitchen/living/dining room: 5. & 6. Assorted glassware / 7. Bekvam Step Stool (stained black) / 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Kids dishware, placemats and a glass pitcher / 13. Garbage bin for dog food (similar) / 14. Paper napkins / 15. Serving bowl (discontinued) / 16. Blanda Blank Serving Bowl / 17. A sampling of my collection of assorted pictures frames / 18. Read about our fauxdenza here / 19. Blomster Candlesticks (set of 3) / 20. Tejn Faux Sheepskin / 21. Marius Stool / 22. A sampling of my collection of assorted flower pots / 23. Bud vase (discontinued but similar options here)Kitchen1 Kitchen2 Kitchen3Kitchen5 Kitchen6Kitchen7Kitchen8Living1Living2Living3Living4The bathrooms: 24. Patrull Bathtub mat / 25. Dannskar Bathroom Faucet / 26. Lillangen Sink Cabinet / 27. Step Stool (similar) / 28. Mirror (discontinued but this is a beauty) / 29. Stacked narrow cabinets (similar)Bathroom1 Bathroom2 Bathroom3 bathroom4The office and playroom: 30. This is an Expedit (RIP) but the Kallax is similar  / 31. Alex Drawer unit / 32. Erik (discontinued in red) / 33. Trofast (perfect for lego!) / 34. Liatorp Sideboard / 35. Mala Easel / 36. Mula blocks with wagonoffice1 office2 Playroom1 Playroom2 Playroom3 Playroom4The bedrooms: 37. Similar / 38. Ol’ faithful (aka Poang!) / 39. Soften Rug / 40. Raskog Utility Cart / 41. Lillerod Rug / 42. Henry 2 (Gosig Golden) / 43. Smila Stjarna lamp / 44. Nyponros Duvet cover and pillow case (2 sets) / 45. Rast 3-Drawer Chest (stained blue) / 46. Tveblad Cushion cover (discontinued) / 47. Fagleboda Handles / 48. Bekvam Step Stool (stained blue) / 49. Alang Table Lamp / 50. Hemnes 3-Drawer Chest / 51. Valby Ruta Rug / 52. Hemnes Nightstand / 53. Fjell Bed Frame / 54. Malm 6-Drawer Chest (similar) / 55. Jute rug (similar) / 56. Wardrobe (similarDavid1 David2 David3 David4 Master1 Master2 Master3 Spare1 Spare2From their website: To become a leader in life at home in the Halifax marketplace we need to truly connect with people and helping them live a better everyday life at home. Before the store opens, IKEA will do 100 home visits, interviewing people in their homes to get a deep understanding of their needs, dreams and frustrations in and around the home. The new store will reflect the market with relevant, affordable home furnishing solutions and local architecture. Our intention is not to mirror what people have in their homes today, but to help people live a better everyday life at home and show them new ideas to solve their needs.

Ikea, call me.

Read here for my Ikea wish list.

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Tomato, tomahto

You say Ikeya, I say Ikea!

Now that we are finally getting our beloved Ikea back, it is time we all learn how to pronounce it.

It’s Ie-KAY-A, not I-KEY-A. I know this because I watched this YouTube video AND it’s how I had always pronounced it … until recently, when I finally jumped on the Ikeya train. Never again my friends. Never again.

Text from Erin:

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But I digress. What I am actually here to write about is, what’s on my wish list for the big opening – in 14-16 months. I get to visit Ikea once a year when I make my annual pilgrimage to the holiday office party in Montreal. Jessica happily joins me in a slow stroll through the store and she listens to me say over and over “It’s just not fair” … “Do you think I can fit this in a carry-on?” … “If only Halifax had an Ikea” … “Did you know Halifax once had an Ikea?” … Honestly, I annoy myself with all the whining.

That’s why it was so exciting when I got the news that Halifax is getting a store! Turns out, the whole city freaked.

Now I’m no fool, I know what good quality is and I know that Ikea is not always known for that. I also know that if given the choice, I’d much rather furnish my whole house from Design Within Reach… but my budget does not match that store. So with this in mind, here are TEN items I have been ikying (get it? eyeing):

VITTSJÖ Shelving unit, white or red, glass, $59.00 ::: because it’s crisp, clean and an easy-to-spray piece of shelving. I’ve seen people spray it gold and it looks 3-x-fancier. However in red, I think it will work in our non-existent basement rec. room.
ea5bc56c9b44b65b095d001738e72830STOCKSUND Sofa, Ljungen light red, $849.00 ::: because it’s red and sharp. It’d be more awesome if they release a navy or deep green version in 14-16 months. Just saying.
ba39e4ec29dd452ef8aa615bed7faf59KNAPPER Standing mirror, white, $49.99 ::: because we do not have a full length mirror in our house. I never match because I can only see 1/4 of myself at a time.
fd0943820378af7412ec90db50a72cd5ALVINE RUTA Rug, flatwoven, white/yellow handmade, $299.00 ::: because we need a new rug for our living room. this will do but in all honestly, it’s not the one… I am still looking.
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STRANDMON Wing chair, Skiftebo green, $399.00 ::: because it reminds me of the movie Beetlejuice, in a good way. It makes me smile.
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TURBO Clothes rack, indoor/outdoor, black, $49.99 ::: because my wardrobe (an Ikea wardrobe) is literally busting at the seams and we do not have closets in our house. A few of these would be awesome in our dressing room… which is actually the spare room (I will explain another time).
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SINNERLIG Serving plate, assorted colors, $12.99 ::: because they look like Denby but a lot cheaper.
905d794d31eee10c738a33de89c8e611NORDLI Bed frame, white, $349.00 ::: because at some point in the future (14-16 months) I’d love to have a proper spare room and get rid of the crappy futon we make our guest sleep on. It’s very sad. No wonder no one visits.
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STOCKHOLM TV bench, walnut veneer, $499.00 / and STOCKHOLM Nesting tables, set of 2, walnut veneer, $299.00 ::: because I need furniture for our non-existent basement rec. room.
a8ed47d3758429594220056968f4aca5stockholm-nesting-tables-set-of-__0212224_PE350629_S4How about you? Are you excited? I am.

This is PART ONE of my Swedish celebration. Check back for more posts including: My current collection, my Ikea favourites, and more!

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winter is coming

I dislike winter, but I think I dislike Game of Thrones More….

Still friends? Moving on.

Fall is over. Done! Did you accomplish everything on your list? I didn’t but that’s okay. After all, It is the time of year when you should be thankful for all of the amazing stuff you DID accomplish this year and start planning all of the things you will and won’t attempt to do in 2016. That list is coming… but today, I’m looking back at what happened from October 1 to December 21 – Feeling it. Falling for it

  1. Write 2-3 posts a weekYes! Mostly two but was anyone counting?
  2. Wallpaper something – No. I will keep adding this to my lists until I actually do it.
  3. Paint somethingYes! We still have not tackle our bathroom update but I painted my sister’s bathroom vanity. Chalk paint for the win.
  4. Run a marathonYes! Chicago. (warning, Chicago comes up often on this list)
  5. Rake leaves – Yes! And in all honesty, I’d rather shovel. Say it ain’t so. 
  6. Carve a pumpkin – Yes! We asked random trick-or-treaters who’s pumpkin was the best and David won. So much for the classics. 
  7. Avoid all things pumpkin flavoured. Unless in a pie – Yes! I ate a slice of pie and avoided everything else despite the marketing overload. 
  8. Visit the beach – Yes! We went for a walk on the Gulf Shore in Pugwash on a beautiful fall day.
  9. Sharpen the skates and skis – No. But we need to. The Oval is opening soon and Mike is checking the webcam at the ski hill daily.
  10. Visit the valley – Yes! Amanda and I took David to the valley in search of some pumpkins and fall foliage.
  11. Conquer a corn maze – Yes! At the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. They have nothing on the size of both the maze and the stalks in comparison to the valley. 
  12. Pick apples – Meh. We did go to the valley to pick apples but didn’t actually pick apples. We picked out apples from the local market in the valley and I did pick some crab apples off the ground of my backyard.
  13. Make apple pie – Yes! Yum. 
  14. Watch season 1 of Game of Thrones – Yes! We are on season 4.
  15. Make my 2016 calendars – Yes! I’ll show you later.
  16. Make my 2015 holiday cards – Yes! And a newsletter too.
  17. Make David’s halloween costume Yes!
  18. Dress up for halloween – Yes! I was a cowgirl.  
  19. Dye my hair pink – Meh. I bought pink hair chalk.
  20. Drink cider – Yes!
  21. Travel via train, plane, automobile (and boat) but no need to watch the movie – Yes! In Chicago
  22. Visit a new city – Yes! Chicago.
  23. Buy a souvenir – Yes! A Christmas ornament. It’s my souvenir of choice when travelling. 
  24. Visit a museum –Yes! Chicago.
  25. Throw a party – Yes! a taco party.
  26. Swim laps – No. Like wallpapering, I will keep adding this to my lists until I actually do it.
  27. Declutter & update my sock and underwear drawersMeh. I have purged. Now I need to restock. 
  28. Hike a new trailYes! It wasn’t Everest but when we visited the valley, Amanda, David and I went on a lovely little hike through a park – there were turkeys and bunnies and ducks; oh my!
  29. Try a new restaurant in Halifax – Yes! Lot Six and Temple Bar Cocktails and Kitchen
  30. Make soup – Yes! Ina Garten’s Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

24 Yeses, 3 Mehs and 3 Nos… I’ll take it as a win. I am actually excited for a new season and especially excited for a new year. Have a safe and happy holiday and may you check everything off your list!

IMG_3908Fall on the Golf Shore, Pugwash Nova Scotia. Taken with my iPhone.

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