Next Stop: Pacific Northwest

MountainsI’m currently sitting on my floor staring at 2 bags. The first bag for a weekend away in Whistler, the second for a 14 day roadtrip through the Pacific Northwest. Washington, Oregon & California… we’re coming for you! Packing. It’s a pain in the ass. It’s tough to find that balance between not packing enough and overpacking. The last time we went camping, I ended up with just a little bit extra. I had a few layers that I didn’t need and realized that I was totally ok with just wearing a few of my wool pieces over and over again. :) This time is a little different though, we’re going for much longer and I have no idea what the weather is going to do. I would assume the coast will be cool, inland will be warm and Whistler will be hot summer temps, but who knows?

One thing I know for sure is that I’m bringing my favourites with me. Whether we’re going camping, hiking or adventuring, these bad boys are my musts:

If you’re similar to me {ie. always cold} and headed out on a summer camping trip, remember the following:

  • It is always cold in the morning. Remember to bring a hoodie, tights and socks into your tent with you before bed.
  • Layers are the way to go. Tanks, long sleeves and a hoodie {or two!} are musts!
  • Merino wool is amazing. It manages stink, warmth and is a total lifesaver when on the road. Invest in it.
  • Rock your socks in sandals. Ignore the fashion police, put on a pair of wool socks and sandals, and enjoy your campfire.

Now to get back to packing…! Happy adventuring! xo

PS – Travel laundry detergent is a must for longer trips. When all your panties are dirty, you will be grateful that you have it. #RealTalk

 

 

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Flu-Fightin’ Vegetable Soup

A few days ago I was hit smack in the face with the flu. Yes, that can’t sleep, don’t want to eat, reach for the Kleenex box kind of flu. Before you knew it, I was down and out aka in the fetal position thinking life was over. Once I moved past that stage {thankfully, eh!}, I was keen to kill this flu and move forward with my life.

After debating what I wanted to eat for an eternity, I decided on a quick and easy soup.  I cleared out the contents of my fridge and the next thing you know this delicious soup was born.

‘Don’t Come Near Me or I’ll Sneeze on You’ Soup

20140705-175551-64551240.jpgHere’s what you need:

  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/2 head of broccoli
  • 2 small white potatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 green onion
  • lemon
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • thyme

The how to:

  1. Dice vegetables.
  2. Saute red onion and garlic over low heat in olive oil. Add potatoes and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add softer veggies (zucchini, broccoli, green onion), lemon, ginger and thyme.
  4. Simmer for 15-30 mins or until all vegetables are soft.
  5. Season with salt & pepper and serve!

Easy as 1-2-sneeze! ;)

If for some reason you end up with a monster flu or cold, remember to drink plenty of water {hot water, lemon & ginger is the best!}, get some rest {yes, this is your opportunity to do nothing!} and nourish your body with goodness too {like with this flu fighter garlic soup or these immune boosting smoothies!}.

Yes this is advice for me, as well as, advice for you. ;) It’s super easy to ‘fight’ the flu and try to keep up with your day-to-day life. Here’s the thing… sometimes you just gotta let the body do it’s thing. What you need right now is your monster flu to pass as quickly as possible and the only way that’s going to happen is if you take care of YOU.

 

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Badass Beats, a Sweet Flow & Sunshine

20140704-113610-41770844.jpgYou know what’s awesome about summer? You can be outside ALL THE TIME. Well I guess you can be outside all the time during every season, but you know what I mean… THE SUN IS SHINING and it’s different! ;)

Another awesome thing about summer is Outdoor Yoga. Yes, you heard correctly. Outdoor. Yoga. The type of yoga where you get sand in your feet and fall over in an arm balance because there was a rock under your mat. Pretty much the best.

Last night Marina and I headed over to North Vancouver to check out lululemon Park Royal‘s Pier Yoga. The plan? A 60 minute flow with the amazing Alex Mazerolle {founder of Girlvana Yoga, leading lady behind the Distrikt and all around amazing human being}.

With Alex on the mic, the sun beating down on our downward dogs and a sensational yoga groove {thank you DJ Rob!}, it was pretty much a perfect class.

Pier Yoga is taking place at Lonsdale Quay every Thursday at 6:30pm until August 28th. Event details and the teachers schedule can be found here — and lastly, the class is complimentary!

Other weekly outdoor yoga classes taking place this summer:

And one off classes and events:20140704-113610-41770963.jpg

I also just heard that Eoin Finn & the Blissology team is bringing back outdoor yoga at the Kits Showboat this summer. Keep your eye on their blog for deets!

All you really need for a bendy class in the sun is your mat and a water bottle. I’m a big fan of sunglasses too.

See you on the mat! xo

 

 

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