When traveling, do you prefer to explore the city or more rural communities?
Waterloo Region is comprised of three cities and four townships, that together create a unique area that allows you to experience everything from rural farmland landscapes and historic towns, to city attractions and urban fare. We enjoy a little of both as we travel, and though we still have so much more to explore in this area, our 3-day stay in Waterloo is an experience I’d recommend to any family!
Is a visit to Canada’s capital city on your bucket list? If not, it should be! Our 3-day family adventure in Ottawa was certainly one for the books, and our only complaint is that we couldn’t stay longer! There are some trips that you can plan spontaneously. You can fly by the seat of your pants and still manage to see all there is to see, not so much in Ottawa. Instead, I highly recommend you have an idea of where you want to go and a decent schedule of what to see and do. Ottawa has so much to offer that if you visit without a plan, you may miss out on a lot! With the help of Ottawa Tourism, I’ve mapped out the perfect 3-day Ottawa itinerary that will ensure you leave Canada’s capital city feeling you’ve truly experienced it!
Last weekend our family spent three days in Hamilton, Ontario and made some incredible memories! “The City of Waterfalls” as some call it, is located less than an hour outside of Toronto, making it an easy day trip or weekend getaway! As one of the oldest cities in Canada, there is a lot […]
When I asked my husband and father to my kiddos, “So… What are we doing on Mother’s Day?” He replied, “going for a walk in the middle of nowhere.” He knows my heart. As simple as a nature walk is, some of our best memories are made exploring trails and taking […]
We love to support Canadian-made brands, and we aren’t the only ones! There is an ever-growing community of Canadians proud to support goods made in their home towns, provinces, and country, and we’re very excited to begin shining a spot light on them in guests posts right here! I’ve been following Shana […]
Earlier this month I was generously gifted with a “Hampton” wooden watch in zebrawood by Tense Wooden Watches. I’ve been wearing it every day since and I’m so excited to share it with you! I would have never realized that something as simple as wearing a wrist watch could help me to be so much more intentional with my […]
Disclosure: We were generously hosted by Haliburton Forest Nature and Wildlife Reserve and Yours Outdoors so that we could share this experience with you. As always, our opinions are entirely our own and this experience aligns with our family lifestyle. Before spending three days in Haliburton, Ontario, we were your average Canadian family of […]
We are welcoming Spring with open arms, not only for the warmer temperatures, sunnier skies, and budding florals, but for a fresh new bucket list! Over the Winter, having a bucket list really helped us stay on track and make sure we accomplished the things we wanted to – After all, we only get […]
We love our Canadian small shops, so we’re very thrilled to be featuring one right here, on the blog each week! Tune in every Friday to get a sneak peek behind a variety of brands created and built right here in Canada! Be inspired by the owners who hustle, and grounded by their real talk – […]
Many of you have been asking if we will be hosting any Spring markets this year… Truthfully, I’ve been avoiding writing this post, probably because each time I sit down to put my thoughts into words, I draw a blank, I’m not much a writer to begin with, but I suppose this post […]
During the summer of 2017, we sold most of our belongings, downsized from a 1,200 square foot home to a 200 square foot fifth wheel RV, and moved our family of four in full-time! Since then, there have been a few bumps in the road (surprisingly this isn’t literal) and we’re finding ourselves in search […]
We love our Canadian small shops, so we’re very thrilled to be featuring one right here, on the blog each week! Tune in every Friday to get a sneak peek behind a variety of brands created and built right here in Canada! Be inspired by the owners who hustle, and grounded by their real talk – Cause […]
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Savouring is often a word we associate with food, an enjoyable meal, a delicious taste, or perhaps a salty snack – but it’s a word I feel perfectly describes soaking in a moment you want to remember forever. We live in a world where distractions are absolutely everywhere. Even while I write this I’m […]
“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be a priority” – Richard Branson As we approach the end of another year, it can be tough to reflect on all the things we wanted to do in 2017, but never did; I know it is for me. As our family grows (our […]
Immediately after I tell someone that my family of four (and a dog) live full-time in a 200 square foot RV, most commonly their first question is: where do you all sleep? Understandable. And my answer is Together. After all, like most things we do while living in a small space, we do together! My husband […]
Do you have an adventurous, wander-lusting, gypsy soul on your gift giving list? Look no further, here are 18 of my favorite Canadian-made, exploration & nature inspired gifts perfect for giving this Christmas, or any time of year! Let’s jump right in! Candle by Hollow Tree Inspired by years of hiking and tree planting in the […]
Since sharing our tiny home story, one of the most common messages I receive incudes something to the affect of “I’m so interested in living tiny, but I just don’t know if I could do it!” The only advice I can really come up with is, give it a try! The reason: the experience just […]
“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.” Naturally I’m a planner and I really like to feel prepared; I have a day planner that I seriously can’t function without. But, as we all know, life just isn’t that predictable. If you’ve been in this amazing little community of ours for […]
It’s been just over a month since we sold most of our belongings and moved our family into a 200 square foot RV. People often ask, “why did you do it?” with a look on their face that really says “are you crazy!?” Haha! So, I’m going to tell you why we did […]
With two active toddlers, and our family of four living in a tiny home, getting outdoors crucial for our survival… Seriously. So when it comes to weather that may not seem ideal for outdoor activities, we often find ourselves going to Maan Farms in Abbotsford. Its a place where rain or shine, the kids have fun and […]
It’s been one year since my Grandpa passed away. He battled a long twelve years with Cancer. Yes, that’s 12 years. With what began as prostate cancer, my grandpa had been through every test, every treatment, including several experimental trials, and ultimately spent his last couple months in the Holmberg House Hospice in Abbotsford, BC – A beautiful, warm, and welcoming […]
For many of us summertime is filled with BBQ’s, potlucks, and gatherings! I don’t know about you, but I’m often searching for recipes that not only impress those tasting it, but are not likely to be duplicated by another guest. I love having the opportunity to try something new at a potluck, it can […]
I’m sure by now, you’ve come to see that we’re all about loving on our locals, so when I was gifted with this amazing box full of Canadian-made goodies – I was incredibly excited to say the least! Locate the Local is a quarterly box subscription company that curates and ships gift boxes filled with 4-6 […]
Written by Sophia Weisbrod Florals by Sophia’s Flower Shop Photographed by Warin Marie Photography Living in such a lush and green region in British Columbia and having endless vegetation all around us, a simple walk through the park can get your creative juices flowing and prove resourceful when foraging for your own floral home […]
Spring Greens & Route 18 Shrub Dressing Prep: 15 mins | Serves: 4-6 people Author: Jenna Montroy Salad Ingredients Mix together: 2 sliced pears 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 large bowl mixed greens of your choice 1 cup pistachios 1/2 crumbled feta cheese 2 teaspoons poppy seeds Dressing Ingredients Mix together: […]
Healthy Hooch Raspberry Mojito Prep : 15 Mins | Serves: 4 Author: Jenna Montroy Ingredients Mix together: 1 bottle of Healthy Hooch Kombucha 4 oz vodka 12 mint leaves 3 limes 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 cup lemon/lime soda 2 cups ice Enjoy!
Written by Stephanie Klaver Photographed by Olivia Ann Photgraphy Campbell Valley Regional Park is located in South Langley and its forests, marshland, rolling hills and open meadows are home to an abundance of plants and wildlife. Boasting in beautiful scenery and 29 kilometers of walking trails and boardwalks, it’s the perfect location for […]
Written by Stephanie Klaver Styled by Jenna Montroy Photography by Umbrella Tree Photography Jack Coffee has been brewing artisanal coffee for a little over one year now but, what makes them so unique is how and where they brew it. Courtney and Miles, the husband and wife team behind the brand, hit […]
Interview by Stephanie Klaver Photographed by Sharalee Prang Q: What inspired you to become a professional ceramic artist and eventually sell your unique functional dishes and jewelry? I knew that I wanted to work in some sort of a creative field so, I decided to get a fine arts degree at the Alberta […]
Written by Samantha Lenz Styled by Jenna Montroy Photographed by Umbrella Tree Photography The Refinery House Health and Beauty Collective has been getting ‘real’ since August of 2016. Owners Aly McRae (Creative Director & Lead Stylist) and Heidi Epp (Operations Manager) have been excited to share that they are more than just a one-stop […]