Category Archives: friday favourite

boots

It’s officially fall. And I’ve officially fallen for a new brand of shoes – Vionic. 

They aren’t a new brand…but new to me with their structured, yet styling, comfort. I can’t wait for cooler weather to strut them out.

I bought these ankle boots in the heat of summer so they’ve only seen the inside of my house as I break them in. I usually don’t wear any amount of heel…but these actually feel like flats.

And the black runner-style shoe has a great future for travel. Dressing up jeans , capris or yoga travel pants,

These are my Friday Favourites.

CJR

 

friday favourite – dear girl

My daughter-in-law received the book Dear Girl as a gift for their new daughter Lila. She read it as I held Lila the other day. I have since ordered several copies, a few to give away and one to keep for my basket of books! It is a wonderful message for girls about being  powerful, strong and accepting yourself. If you have any special girls in your life, give them a copy of the book…and maybe keep one for yourself, too.

Dear Girl, Keep that arm raised! You have smart things to say!

Dear Girl, Sometimes you may feel like being pink and sparkly. Sometimes you may feel pretty much the opposite.

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You may have heard of the author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  She wrote an incredible piece for the Modern Love column in the NYTimes entitled You May Want to Marry My Husband. It was published on March 3, 2017, just 10 days before she died of ovarian cancer at the age of 51. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming.

HAR

friday favourite – ice cream

I don’t usually keep ice cream in the house. I think the deep seeded memories of plowing through a tub of Haagen-Dazs made me realize that it never stops at one small scoop.

But I buckled recently and am sooo glad I did. I was having friends for dinner and thinking of something cool and simple for dessert…and there it was.

A beautiful cube of locally crafted ice cream with packaging as delicious as the salted caramel flavour waiting inside. It didn’t last long enough for a photo. And the melted remnants of my little slab of sweet and salty goodness just didn’t make for good photography.

Check. This. Out. (or something like it in your town). Four All ice cream is my Friday favourite!

CJR

family weddings

We just wrapped up a great three-day wedding weekend. It’s the kind of stuff we love…

when your son/nephew gets married to a wonderful woman…fullsizeoutput_af87when your family travels five hundred miles squished in a car to attend the wedding…fullsizeoutput_af61when cousins re-connect at the wedding…fullsizeoutput_af34when two families merge at the wedding…fullsizeoutput_ae35and of course, when sister bloggers get some real in-your-face time…fullsizeoutput_af3c

HAR & CJR

friday favourite – grandma’s slippers 2.0

These are so quick and easy, each slipper is the equivalent of one episode of whatever you are bingeing on with Netflix! They are a custom order for a friend of mine. Her adult children were nostalgic for the slippers their grandmother used to make for them. We went to our local yarn store and selected colours for each of her daughters. And then I knit them. It took a week and I binged on Fauda, a drama about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — the more intense the drama, the faster I knit!IMG_3167Then I had some fun arranging the slippers for a photo shoot!IMG_3176IMG_3177Creativity comes in many forms!

HAR

friday favourite – old pictures

Almost all of our old family photos are in the form of slides. Since few people have a way to view slides anymore, I asked my mom to select some so I could have them saved on a flash drive.

The photos were ready today and I have been lost in nostalgia all afternoon. I can’t stop sending photos to my siblings!

Find a local photo shop that can convert slides, photos and old VCR footage to flash drives and save those old memories. And then share them with your family and crack up! You never know what you might find…like this beauty of HAR and CJR!Head and Jane in matching outfits by barn

HAR

friday favourite – travel pants

Whenever I spend time in airports, waiting in line, watching people…I often notice what others are wearing for their travels. Seems I can always find outfits that I think, wow, why didn’t I think of that.

I want something comfortable, warm and in layers to handle the changing temperatures on the plane and wherever I’m headed. And I finally found the best travel pants from Athleta.

Of course they are basic black. I can dress them up with a sweater and a scarf…or just a t-shirt. I think I could even use them in a pinch in my new kayak…dry them off and wear them out to dinner.

CJR

friday favourite – packing cube follow-up

I love them! We arrived in the Azores, I opened my suitcase to three neatly packed cubes, and then some other stuff squished around them. I really liked how it helped me think about what to bring and get organized before we left.

When I was packing my things to go home, I wasn’t as motivated to neatly fold my shirts into their cube so I shoved things in. Plus on the return trip I usually wrap the small pottery bowls I invariably buy in my soft t-shirts.

 

At the last minute, I tucked the Aeropress coffee maker between two packing cubes in my suitcase. Smart idea! The house we rented only had a large espresso pot. With two decaf and four high-test coffee drinkers in the house, the aeropress allowed everyone to make their own fresh cup, at the strength they liked, whenever they liked. If you don’t own one, pick one up, it even comes with a travel case!

And in case you are curious, the Azores were amazing…hiking, fresh fish, inexpensive good wine and incredible scenery! I’ll have more information and photos on my travel blog shortly.

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friday favourite – traveling with my sister

We are off again! We seem to enjoy traveling together because we keep doing it.

 

There’s our bi-annual wellness week at Rancho la Puerta and hiking in Cinque Terre,

 

fondue in Switzerland and cafes in Venice,

 

lobster rolls in Martha’s Vineyard and Prince Edward Island. And lots of laughs, cocktails and various styles of glasses and hair along the way. We are heading to Nevis for a week and will be off the grid but we will let you know the highlights in an upcoming blog. And we are talking about where to next…the Shetland Islands and Norway keep appearing on our radar screen…we’ll let you know!

HAR & CJR

 

 

friday favourite – 2018 travel reading list

I stumbled on a travel blog called Traveling with MJ and her Jan 1st post was a travel reading challenge. It caught my eye since many of us tend to read more when we are on vacation and I usually try to read a book that takes place in a country that I’m visiting. The initial list has 24 different ideas, if you do the math that’s 2 books per month. Don’t let that scare you, feel free to make yours the 2018/19 travel reading list! Here’s the list. It’s a creative idea and our friday favourite.

THE 2018 BASIC TRAVEL READING LIST

  1. A book that takes place in the country of your origin
  2. A book that takes place in a destination you’d like to visit
  3. A book with a type of food in the title
  4. A book that takes place somewhere you’ve always dreamed of living
  5. A book that takes place in your hometown
  6. A book that is set in a period of history in which you are interested
  7. A book recommended by a friend
  8. A book that you read years ago and want to re-read
  9. A book with an animal in the title
  10. A book with a type of plant in the title
  11. A book set in the future
  12. A book set in your favorite country or region
  13. A book that is an adventure story
  14. A book by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as your last name
  15. A book by an author who is not of the same gender as you
  16. A book with a silly title
  17. A book that’s perfect for reading over lunch
  18. A book from a genre you don’t typically read
  19. A book with a purple cover
  20. A book published in 2018
  21. A book that is also a movie
  22. A guidebook
  23. A book that is written by or is about a famous person
  24. A book that inspires you to make a change

Let us know if you take the challenge, I expect ACC (Alison) to be the first one done!

HAR