4 Sep 2015

internet stuff for reading enjoyment

Happy long weekend! How is everyone on this beautiful Friday? Dudes, I have news! I haven't been blogging about it because it's not really my news but now that the day has arrived I feel it's good to share: My mom is getting married!!! Her fiancé is totally and completely rad. I'm so pleased for both of them. My mom asked me to be her maid of honour and I am just tickled pink. The wedding is taking place at my godmother's house in their beautiful backyard, wait till you see it, it's gorgeous! I'm so excited, I think it's going to be a really beautiful (and fun!) wedding. Normally my weekend links posts go out on Saturday but I think, considering there's a wedding happening, today will do just fine. Here's some stuff from around the internet for your reading enjoyment!

why is everyone succeeding except me? 

this cardamom iced coffee would be perfect on a hot, fall day  

get smart and think a lot this weekend with the Oliver Sack's Reading List 

fascinating and helpful: marriage advice from divorced people

six ways to make instagram both beautiful and bearable Preach! 

here is the perfect thing to use those last few peaches for 

are any of these on your fall reading list?  

21 things you really need to throw away and two rules about purging *ahem* number two... 

how to work a room when you don't know a soul there

dudes, how good does this pumpkin creamer sound? Hello homemade pumpkin spice lattés 

That's all she wrote. Have a great long weekend!

photo via Unsplash 

1 Sep 2015

August Wrap-Up

hipster dad takes my photo in Budapest
Hooray hooray! It's the first of September! Welcome to the socially acceptable time of year to begin relentlessly enjoying autumn. Does anyone else consider September their January? New school year! New notebooks! Fresh start! I love fall and I have written (apparently poetically) about this before. There's so much to look forward to like making caramel apples, drinking butter beer, and making the world's best apple crumble. Awww yiss. Well, in honour of welcoming a new month, here are my most popular posts from August (spoiler: they're almost all about Norway because obviously) 

Hello from Norway!

10 free or cheap things to do in Toronto this summer (or fall!)

Geiranger and the Geriangerfjord

Traveling in Norway

Trondheim, Norway   

That's all she wrote. Until next time, xo

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31 Aug 2015

Travel // Ålesund, Norway

Ahoy! Happiest of Mondays to you, my lovely blog readers. How was everyone's weekend? I went to a wedding, had dinner with my friends from high school, bought some seriously beautiful flowers at the farmer's market and drank more coffee than should be considered reasonable. I'm slowly making my way through all 5603 photos from my trip and today I get to show you Ålesund, Norway! Alright, let's get into it.

First of all: that view, am I right??
As I mentioned in my last Norway post, Stuart and I took a road trip during my visit. While the end goal of the trip was to get to Geiranger and see the Gerainger Fjord, we thought it would be nice to see a little bit more of the country along the way. We stayed in a few hours away in Ålesund (pronounced kind of like ole-eh-sund), which based on the views, I think you will agree was the right choice.

Ålesund is a small fishing town on the twisty, uneven coast of Norway. All the cities I saw in Norway were beautiful, but what makes Ålesund particularly charming is that it was destroyed in 1904 by a fire (only one person died!) The town was subsequently rebuilt in the beautiful and elaborate Art Nouveau style of architecture, making it particularly picturesque. Also it's a fishing town, so it just oozes charm by nature of it's own existence.

I found Stuart and I a reasonably (for Norway, yeesh) priced hotel to stay at, which ended up being right on the water and included, wait for it, free breakfast. Yes, free breakfast, and not just cold cereal and bad coffee either! There was much rejoicing over said free meal because Norway. The hotel also had a patio right on the ocean with a pretttyyy great view. We bought a beer because it would have been wrong not to have enjoyed a beverage on said patio.

The other thing Ålesund has is views. Like, woah. In order to get to the view one must climb a big ass hill. 

Stuart and I returned from our harrowing/exciting journey to Geiranger and spent the evening walking around town. I was perfectly prepared to wake up early the next morning and climb the big hill, but somehow Stuart managed to convince me that no, no, really tonight is the best time. So up the steps we went. All 418 of them. You guys, it was one thousand percent worth it. 

We caught the sunset, although with the midnight sun that's not really hard to do. After you reach the top, there is a deck specifically for taking in the view and then, if you look around a bit, another smaller hill a few more steps up. Stuart and I climbed there too, because why not and just sat on a bench and took it all in. I think my brain was in Beautiful View Taking In Overload. It was all so beautiful and almost felt surreal. I feel really lucky to have been able to visit so many places and see so many beautiful things. I won't be forgetting Ålesund anytime soon! 

Thanks for reading! Until next time, xo 

29 Aug 2015

internet stuff for reading enjoyment

No Bad Vibes

Ahoy! Please, for the love of Saturday, let's all stay in bed another hour and make a new pot of coffee. Savouring summer and all that. I've got some excellent fodder from my internet adventures this week. There's pancakes, little acts of kindness, getting your phone photos organized, midwifery student stuff and more. Also, I thought it might be worth mentioning that there are a few ways to keep up to date on my blog. I have a facebook page which you can like, or you can follow me on bloglovin' or you can get posts emailed to you, just put your email in the box on the right hand sidebar. Ta-da! Blog following made easy. Also also I have instagram #catpictures and twitter. Okay, shameless requesting of followers over. Let's go browse the internet!

okay so this sounds seriously easy and delicious 

a student midwife attends her first birth
I was acutely aware that I had to remain professional at all times. I quickly understood what is known to all midwives, but perhaps not all student midwives at their very first delivery – that it is not about me.  
If you're looking for some music to listen to while cleaning/cooking/writing thank you cards/saving the world might I recommend this playlist?

134 random acts of kindness read the whole list there's some good ones in there.


the current story on Free Little Libraries 

these brownies are haunting my dreams (deliciously though...)

speaking of delicious dreams, zomg these chocolate coconut pancakes look unreal

screentime is making kids cranky and moody...doesn't that apply to adults too? 

underrated books for book lovers

Party Hats for Cats!!! Three exclamation points!

file under zombie apocalypse training: how to start a fire without matches

this dessert is just fun to say out loud almond & apple tarte fine with rum caramel and it's also crazy easy to make

to avoid the dreaded "Out of Storage" message use Google Photos, here's a step-by-step breakdown of how to do it

actual non-pinterest apartment DIYs that will make your space awesome

If you're up for a long read: *gasping emoji* the Hugo Awards were basically hijacked and it is v dramatic

annnd that's all she wrote. Have a rad weekend, friends. Until next time, xo

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