Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Motivational Monday XXVIII On A Tuesday

This past week I've been dealing with some cracks, both literally and figuratively, so I thought this quote was perfect for today.  Because no matter what, a little light will always shine through.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Transitioning Summer Tanks & Tees To Fall

Fashion on Monday?  Yep - I'm so excited to be joining a blog hop today with some of my fashionable friends from The Blended Blog.  If you hopped over from Deena or Casey's blogs, welcome.  I'm glad you're here!  If you're starting with me, be sure to head to their blogs next.  Deena is showing us how to transition vests to fall, and Casey is styling a plaid dress. I know they'll have some great ideas.

To be honest, the transition from summer to fall is almost complete here, and before long we'll have full on windy, rainy weather.  I've only got a few more weeks until I put away my tank tops and t-shirts for the season.  Today I'm sharing two ways to wear them just a little bit longer.

--With a cardigan and flats.  I love my graphic tees, and hate to see them go.  By adding a sweater and closed toe shoes, I'm warm and cozy.

--With a jacket and booties.  This leopard print tank top was a favorite this summer.  By adding a fall colored jacket and some black booties, I can still wear this for date night.

How are you transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall?  I'd love some new ideas!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Whatever Is Lovely Part 3

This has been one of those weeks that has tried its best to kick my butt. But I refuse to give in.  Instead, I'm linking up with Carrie at A Lovely Little Wardrobe for Whatever Is Lovely. Because no matter what, goodness is all around us.  Take that, week.

--My cousin shared this with me yesterday.  This is the kind of beautiful I want to be.

--A few weeks ago, I was nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by Leanne at Cresting The Hill.  She is a lovely internet friend who lives in Australia and has a wonderful blog about the joys and challenges of midlife, and being grateful.  In accepting the award I'm asked to 1) Tell the story of how my blog started.  Several years ago it suddenly dawned on me that my main job in life, ie. being a mom, was about to change, and I would have a lot more time on my hands.  Since my other job involves accounting/inventory/purchasing, and I wanted to do something creative, the blog was born.  I love to write, and hopefully by doing so every day I'll get better.  2) Share some advice with new bloggers.  The best thing I've done on this journey is meet other bloggers, by leaving comments and joining groups. They will support you and teach you.  Don't be too hard on yourself - have fun and the rest will fall into place.

Thank you so much Leanne!  I appreciate the nomination.  Be sure to check out her blog!

--I'm having a "plaid" fascination this fall.  Not sure why, but it makes me happy!

--This is a replica of a Van Gogh painting, made by a landscape artist in Minneapolis out of plants growing in a field.  It took six months of digging, growing and mowing - and all I can say is "wow".

--And finally, a shout out to the lovely Blended Blog.  It's been a month since our launch, and so far, it's been a great success.  Thank you so much for reading and commenting.  Today we continue our contributor interview series with Casey, a fashion and food blogger from California.  Be sure to check it out!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  And Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends - have a piece of pie for me!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Delicious Fall Recipes

It has been a day.  If you've been reading my blog for very long, you know that my mom broke her arm last summer, and eventually had to have surgery because it didn't heal properly.  Everything looked good and she went home to Arizona last month.  Yesterday she was in a lot of pain, and ended up at the ER. A new x-ray showed that the plate/pins have come loose, and her arm has re-broken.  

My sister and I spent the day talking to doctors and figuring out the next step. Long story short, she'll be flying back here to have more surgery and recovery time.  Poor mom.

What does this have to do with delicious fall recipes?  Absolutely nothing, other than the fact that I was too tired to finish the post I had scheduled for today. Instead, I'm sharing some recipes I've been gathering to prepare during October.

By the way, several of them call for pumpkin in the recipe.  I saw on the news tonight that there is expected to be a shortage of canned pumpkin for the holidays, so stock up now while your stores have some!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fall Style - Week 1

Welcome to week one of the Fall Style Me Challenge.  It's that wonderful time of the year when someone else tells me what to wear.  Makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier.

My favorite part of the challenge is putting my own spin on the suggested outfits.  However, sometimes things just don't work out.  Exhibit A - the ensemble on the left.  Alison styled a monochromatic look with a blush blouse and burgundy pants, one of my favorite color combos for fall.  It was too warm for long sleeves, so I went with a t-shirt instead.  And I really do not like it.  It would have looked better with a cardigan, but again, too warm.  Chalk this one up to a Style Me Challenge fail, and we're moving on...

To day two.  Alison suggested an orange sweater, boyfriend jeans, and leopard flats.  Bright orange is not a good color on me, so I went with a darker toned top.  I love these boyfriend jeans from Loft, and leopard is always a good idea. I'm much happier with this outfit.

If you're looking for some Fall outfit inspiration, don't forget to check out Create28 Fall Looks with Carrie and Casey.

Linking up today with Garay TreasuresThe Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined Style

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Weekend In Whistler

When G and I started talking about what to do for our 25th Anniversary, Whistler was one of the first places that came to mind.  The Canadian mountain resort town is located about an hour north of Vancouver, BC (and only 3.5 hours from our house) which makes it the perfect place for a weekend getaway.

If the name sounds familiar, you're probably remembering Whistler from the 2010 Olympics. While most events were held in Vancouver, the Luge, Bobsled and Ski Jump competitions happened at Whistler.

Most people come to Whistler/Blackcomb Mountains to ski, and while we have done that, our favorite time to visit is in the fall.  It's less crowded, the weather is usually good, and the scenery is breathtaking. 

We stayed at The Four Seasons Whistler, and I cannot say enough about the hotel and its staff.   We were upgraded to a suite for our anniversary, and every person we dealt with was pleasant and helpful, and went out of their way to make sure we had a great time.

The views from our balcony were stunning.

The Aspen-like pedestrian village is a great place to wander, shop and eat.

On Saturday Whistler hosted a Mudarella Run, and thousands of women were waiting in line to ride the gondola up to the start of the course.  I have no idea how these two were going to compete, but they were definitely having fun.

The areas surrounding Whistler have miles of hiking trails, so we set out for some adventure. The mountain is also home to a large population of black bears, and we saw five of these guys hanging out by the side of the road, getting ready for their long winter's nap.  I have never been that close to a bear in the wild before.  Yikes.  Glad we were in the car.

Luckily we didn't run into any more bears on our hike, but we did find beautiful scenery at every turn.

With apologies to my Canadian friends, the American dollar is currently very strong in Canada, making it an affordable place for a relaxing weekend.  The soul soothing beauty, delicious food, and friendly residents are icing on the cake.

Just watch out for bears.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Motivational Monday XXVII

This past weekend was full of "last times", which made me sad.  But then I remembered this quote from my favorite little bear.  So true, and I know I'll be referring to it a lot in the upcoming months.

Have a wonderful week!


Be sure to stop by The Blended Blog today.  We're continuing our Fall Blog Hop with some great ideas to transition your closet from summer to fall.

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