10 Reasons To Get Out And Be In Nature

Nature is alive and full of high vibration healing energy. With technology having taken over the world, we are full of radiation and health depleting substances. We have built walls between us and the outdoor world.

The majority of people spend up to 90% of their time indoors. We get so wrapped up with work, commute, caring for our families, watching television and playing on social media, that we lose sight of what is truly important for our health and well being.

When I was young, there was no cell phones and computers, and we only had a TV that got reception if the bunny ears(antennas) where in the perfect spot. So I spent about 90% of my time outside running around, building things, gardening. It was a mission to get to me go inside. When I was 10 years old I wanted a tree house so badly, so I took it upon myself to build one. Day in and day out I was outside hammering away. I had recieved help solely with putting the floor and support beams up. I went on to build walls, a hinged door, a roof and carpeted the inside. My tree house masterpeice rocked my little world. Now I see the opposite happening, where kids have to be forced to go play outside.

It is no wonder people crave mental and physical healing, and more and more people feel the urge to simplify their lives and get back to nature. Look at how big the tiny home movement has become. Our souls know where we are meant to be, and know where the most healing place for us to be is.

It is undeniable that when you shut off, disconnect and go immerse yourself in the outdoors, you can feel the pulsating energy. Go give a tree a hug with with a tank top and shorts on so your skin can touch it, and you will feel the live energy flowing through it.

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There are so many benefits from being in nature, here is 10 of the top benefits of it.

1 – Your Stress And Anxiety Levels Will Go Down

Stress is the number one killer in the world. It’s crazy how stress can wreak total havoc on an otherwise healthy mind and immune system. High levels of stress in our daily lives are associated with high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and obesity.

Spending time in nature relieves stress and reduces the amount of cortisol the stress hormone in our blood stream. Having too much cortisol can also cause weight gain in the mid section which is known to up our chances of heart disease and diabetes. Rather then booking a day visit to a spa, book a weekend retreat out in the wilderness. The profound rejuvenating effects will last a substantial amount of time longer.

2 – Best And Most Natural Way To Get Vitamin D

Yes the sun is the master source to get vitamin D. It is the most important vitamin that keeps us happy. Being in natural lights aids and promotes your body to create more vitamin D. It is extra important to get more of this powerhouse vitamin in the winter, as we tend to get a lot less sunlight, which leads to higher levels of depression. Especially where I am from in Northern Canada as day light hours get shorter and shorter in the winter.

I suggest also taking a high quality vitamin D supplement. You can find one of highest rated quality wise in the world right here.

3 – You Will Have Better Quality Sleep

Being in nature and sunlight helps us to have healthy melatonin levels, as well as keep our circadian rhythms in check. Both of those are exactly what effects our sleep patterns and quality.

There have been numerous studies done that show that spending between as little as 30-60 minutes outdoors in the sunlight will promote a much more restful sleep, and balance everything out.

4 – It Will Improve Your Memory And Attention

Walking in nature for 20 minutes has shown to refocus your mind and regain concentration spans. Research has shown that no matter what the season, the effects of nature do not waver. Short term memory is immediately improved by 20%. There are also studies done showing the great affects a nature walk can have on children with ADHD. After a 20 minute walk in a green area, these children were better able to focus as opposed to walking in any other area.

5- It Will Boost Your Immune System

A lot of people don’t realize the negative effects it can have on one’s body staying in doors too much. Our immune system works best when it is challenged, and the best place for that to happen is outdoors.

Not only that, being surrounded by trees increases our production of natural killer cells. Trees are constantly emitting phytoncides into the air, which is what they use as protection, and when inhaled it has amazing benefits for our immune system. A 3 day trip to the forest can keep your white blood cells elevated for 30 days there after. These cells are very important for fighting off viruses and cancer.

6 – You Will Have More Energy

Food fuels our bodies and so does nature. Studies have shown that those who get out and walk in nature reported much higher levels of vitality. Instead of reaching for that cup of java, get outside and connect with nature for an energy boost. Or if you must have that cup of coffee, then why not take it outside and get a double dose of an energizing boost.

One of the best ways to combat jet leg is to get outside at your destination and go grounding. That means your bare feet or skin touching bare earth. It helps balance you with natures energies in your location and will balance your body out so much faster.

7 – It Will Reduce Inflammation

Because being in nature has such a relaxing effect on your body, as well as the vitamin D producing effects, it will naturally bring inflammation down. Inflammation is your body’s way of screaming for help. So getting out into mother nature will halp relieve your inflammation and restore a balanced state in your body.

8 – You Will Have Better Vision

This is especially important for children as their eyes are growing and their vision is developing. Many scientific studies have shown that too much time indoors can cause irreversible nearsightedness or otherwise known as myopia.

Being outside gives our eyes ample natural light, as well as plenty of different things to focus on near and far which exercises the eyes and vision. It’s a great way to relax and recover the eyes from staring at a screen for many endless hours. Which we all know is not very good for our vision.

9 – You Will Naturally Practice More Mindfulness

Being in nature truly makes you more present in the moment. You become very aware and observant of your surroundings and situation. There is so much more stimuli in the outdoors, from animal sounds, the breeze through the trees, leaves or snow crunching, and many different smells. It brings you straight into awareness.

We are too often surrounded indoors with electronics and artificial light, and it becomes far too difficult to be naturally mindful. Getting outside is the easiest way to slip into that state.

10 – Increase Longevity

With all of these positive benefits on the body and mind from being in nature, it is a no brainer that it extends your life span. There have been studies done that have shown that people whom lived near parks, lawns, trees and forests live significantly longer then those living far away from nature.

Having less stress, more mindfulness, more vitamin D, better vision, improved mental health, a stronger heart and heart rythym and better quality sleep will only serve to work as a domino effect pushing you to better health and a richer longer life.

Nature Deficit Disorder is a thing. Correcting the problem is also a thing. No matter what the season may be, get outside and experience the energizing and healing benefits that nature has freely waiting to share with you. It’s clear to see how connected everything truly is.

 

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Relishing In The Unique Beauty Of Early Winter In The NWT

With Winter having arrived in its early stages, there is always this unique and stunning beauty of the area around Hay River, NWT. Being built on the shores of the ninth largest lake in the world, the Great Slave Lake, and in very close proximity to a few different waterfalls – the ice always freezes over.

As it is still the early stages, the freeze is not totally complete yet. I absolutely love appreciating the abundance of beauty this area has to offer all year round. With each changing season, the beauty alters to another unique state.

With the weather being so mild, I decided it was the perfect day to go on some ‘me time’ adventures, and do a bit of cruising. One of my favorite past times in life is my solo adventures, and going on scenic drives. I figured I would go to the beach and check out the lake before heading out to Alexandra Falls.

The beach was so pristine and tranquil.

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With a thin sheet of ice blanketing the top, no wind, and not a sound other then my shoes crunching in the snow to be heard. It was incredible. Moments like that totally sooth the soul.

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In the distance not far out you could still see a bit of water where the ice has not covered yet. It will not take very long to be totally covered with the cold snap that is due to come in.

I was feeling so relaxed on this peaceful walk, it was one of those soul soothing moments for sure.

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I hit the road towards Alexandra falls after I was done frolicking on the beach. A nice 40 minute drive. The snow was lightly falling, and it added to the early winter feel. Cruising on the highway and being in my thoughts is another very relaxing place for me to be.

As I was walking on the trail to the falls viewing point I could already hear water flowing, so I knew the falls were not frozen over yet. I was so pleasantly surprised with the showcase that the falls had on display.

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Half frozen, half flowing. Such a stunning contrast. It is one of those things that you can get lost in. It is so easy to just sit and stare, and listen to the sounds, it becomes mesmerizing. Well it’s without a doubt healing and soul soothing.

There was beauty to be appreciated from all angles.

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I took it in as long as I could before getting a chill. The wind out there was a bit nippy.

Seriously though, the sights here never get old. Growing up here, I must have done the tour hundreds of times, and yet, every time is better then the last. It is never boring or run of the mill, instead it always just makes me feel so darn amazing.

 

I highly suggest getting the North on your bucket list.

If you are interested in veiwing my YouTube Video of the excursion you can check that out here.

Top 5 Travel Memorabilia I Found While Doing A Deep Winter Cleaning Of My Life

Here I am doing a complete overhaul in my life. Cleaning it out, making space for new energy, getting rid of the clutter – when I suddenly started coming across some hidden gems. I think that is a given when you are cleaning out old clutter, you will always find some treasures tucked away.

Some more exciting than others, and in this instance I was pretty excited to find these items. It gave me a chance to reminisce with some of the best times of my life. When I was doing some of the most incredible adventures.

Here are the top 5 things I found on my cleaning adventures in my house.

1– My finds began with my very first travel back pack. I remember searching and searching for the perfect back pack for me. At that time, it was my first trip leaving Canada, so I wasn’t so knowledgeable about the qualities I personally needed in a good backpack. However, after trying on at least 30, I finally decided on this one.

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I bet a bit of that dirt is from Africa. Maybe a deep clean of the backpack is in order.

This exact back pack ended up coming with me across Central and South America, over to Europe, and then straight across Africa, from South Africa to Egypt. It was my mobile home for many years, and a few different continents. There were times I hated it, like when I had to hike mountains with it, or walk very long distances, and the straps would start to dig hard into my shoulders, or the times it wouldn’t fit all of my stuff inside. All in all though, I loved it. We always made it in the end. We were a travel team. We went everywhere together.

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Ok, it was alot fuller(like ALOT) when on the road.

2 – My next find was my first Spanish lesson book.

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Looking a bit tattered now, it also did some long treks through Central and South America with me. It all began after I completed my first volunteer project in Central America, and the organization I was with offered me a position as a Group Leader.

There were some requirements though, and one of those requirements was for me to speak Spanish. I was determined to be a Group Leader, so I assured them I would learn Spanish. I spent hours looking at every kit the book store had to offer, trying my utmost to find the perfect kit for me. Finally I chose the kit which included this book.

3 – My first MP3 player, which I had transferred all the CD’s from the language kit on as I was off back to a English speaking project in South America. Three months later, practicing day in and day out in my hammock in the Jungle, I could speak Spanish.

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Yes at this time MP3 players were all the rage. Now they seem to be ancient history. I used this MP3 player to the full extent, although now it seems strange how limited my music collection was back then with only this little bad boy to fill. Think about how many times I replayed those same songs on there. Over, and over and over…… Well you get the pic.

Once I started traveling I didn’t stop. Flash forward 12 years later, and this is the first time since then I have spent over a full year in Canada since I began, and now I am getting more eager then ever to get back out there. My travel bug is gnawing, and there ain’t no putting him back to sleep.

That aside, it became very important to me to try and learn as many bits of languages as I could, especially when I arrive to a new country with a new language. As long as I could at least say hello, please, and thank you to begin with. I always felt it was only proper manners and culturally appropriate to show the effort to speak a small portion of the local language. People always treat you better for it and totally show their appreciation for your effort.

4/5 – So these two pieces of paper from various language lessons brought a big smile to my face.

This one was from when I was living in Africa and learning Swahili with some of the local women in Tanzania.

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I had such a blast meeting with the local women everyday, exchanging cultures and languages. African women can be very shy and reserved, but I would never failed to have them all cracking up and laughing, completely coming out of their shells. I love watching people open up.

This other piece was from when I met and ended up traveling with a couple Israeli’s for a stint of time.

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As they were always speaking Hebrew together, I figured I should hop on the band wagon and try and join in. I felt like part of the posse when I could throw a few words in. Even though my pronunciation could be quite entertaining at times.

Oh look they even taught me how to tell someone they are sexy. Clearly, A must know in every language.

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What can I say?! You never know when you will come across a fine specimen that you need to compliment. Best to be prepared for all situations.

I absolutely love learning new languages, it is one of my favorite past times. I just wish I had a piece of paper from all the lessons I have ever gotten. Alas, these two do a great job of bringing me back. Can you say Scrap book?? I have a collection of things that I intend on scrap booking soon.

How awesome is it to find memorabilia?! The energy attached to these pieces that have traveled the globe with me is pretty amazing. I feel like it would make it difficult for me part with them. Perhaps I should keep them in case I ever open a museum. Or I will just keep them so I can reminisce again sometime.

Heck yes to stumbling across some of your favorite memorabilia that you have never really lost yet somehow once again found?

 

The Beautifully Tranquil Riverside Bed & Breakfast In Kamloops, BC.

There are those places in life that you visit and they leave a lasting and memorable imprint in your mind. You know in your mind that you will return one day, you just don’t know exactly when.

Riverside Bed & Breakfast in Kamloops, British Columbia is one of those such places for me. I stumbled across this B&B a few years ago when I was passing through Kamloops. It was one of those golden finds. I had randomly decided I wanted to spend the night and do some wine tasting when I was in the area, and after searching and calling around, having not much luck finding availability, I came across this stunning place.

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At the time I was instantly in love with it. The property is immaculate, the rooms very chic, much more then you would expect from a B&B, and the energy of the place is very high vibe. I knew then that I would return one day.

I recently had the pleasure of revisiting, and spending another night. Let me tell you, it absolutely did not disappoint and if anything, it only got better with time. It was as immaculate and stunning as I remembered.

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I was instantly in love with the room. It was spacious, bright, open and had an incredible view of the lake.

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All of the rooms at the B&B share the same incredible view. Basking in that beauty is a fabulous way to start your day with your morning coffee.

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Although, the king size bed was so comfy, I didn’t want to get up in the morning.

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Not wanting to miss a minute of enjoying this experience and soaking it all in, was enough to make me crawl out of this blissful bed in the end.

The breakfast was superb as well. You are welcomed into a bright, open, and classy dining room.

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The table is set as though you are in a upscale restaurant and the culinary experience is of the same caliber.

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You will not be leaving hungry after this classy breakfast.

This time around I was the only guest at the property, as summer is finished, it’s the end of fall, and its not quite winter, it is that in- between time.

My previous visit, there were other guests, and we had great chat at the breakfast table, sharing stories and making new friends. Although I also enjoy the ‘me time’ experience’s, indulging in some of my favorite company….. My own! Mind you, I had some pretty fab conversation with the owner Cynthia, as she spoiled me with scrumptious eats.

As per the first visit, this was once again a truly unforgettable experience, and I will make it a point to return again when I find myself in the area. With the third time being the charm, so they say, I am curious if it can still continually surpass the last visits.

You surely leave feeling better then when you came.

I would love to hear where some of your favorite unforgettable spots are, that you have casually stumbled across?

 

Hiking In Glacier National Park

Do you ever just do things spontaneously? Unplanned, unexpected, just on a whim? I sure do. Seems more often then not in my life. When adventure is dropped in front of me, I have no choice but to do it. My adventuring nomadic soul just won’t have it any other way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided a night or two in Golden, British Columbia was an absolute must. The area, and the place always fills my soul with high vibe energy. This time around I figured I would check into a hostel. For ol’ time sake. It had been quite some time since I have stayed in a hostel. Although I am no novice, as my many years of backpacking around the globe brought me to many different hostels in my treks. I figured it would be a nice change, and being low season at the moment, I knew it would be super tranquil. Which it was.

It didn’t take me long to meet another solo female traveler. It is amazing how fast you connect with people in a hostel environment. That is one thing I absolutely love about hostels – you meet so many people. Don’t get me wrong, I love my ‘me time’ in hotels, but on the flip side, I am also a social butterfly.

My new friend Laurence, had mentioned to me that she planned on going for a little hike in Glacier National Park. I was instantly perked up to the idea of a good hike out in nature. It took basically no convincing me at all to join in. Being totally unprepared for hiking did not even cross my mind. I was all in.

Before we even ventured off for our hike we stopped at the National Park information center to find out about hikes in the area, as well as weather status. We ended up deciding on Illecillewaet Valley, and a cruisey 4.2 km hike.

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When we arrived it was colorful, and beautiful fall weather. So it seemed. As we progressively climbed higher it began snowing, and by time we finished the hike it was as though winter had arrived. It didn’t take away from the amazing experience though. Not in the slightest.

The trails are incredible, very well maintained, and the scenery is amazing.

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The scenery also continually changes as you climb. From deep forest to rocks and bushes sprawling across the mountain valley. I was in awe. Considering I was not dressed for hiking, I managed to do pretty well.

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Although the way down was damp, as the snow was very wet, and by time we hiked a ways down, I had a nice blanket of it on me.

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That hike was so good, that I could not pass up the opportunity to do a second hike the next day. This time a longer one. 6 km up, and approximately 6 hours in total for time. The same mountain, just a different route. This day I was a little more prepared for the journey.

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This day looked like winter when we arrived, and as we climbed the snow just got deeper and deeper. Also steeper and steeper.

I was loving the trails on this one, and the absolutely stunning scenery along the way.  It was along side a never ending stream, and the sounds were so soothing.

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By time we hiked nearly to the top, visibility was becoming quite poor, the snow quite deep and we had worked up appetites. So we decided it was time to dine.

Of course every classy lady is equipped with her portable kitchen.

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We found the perfect rock to sit under and catch a bit of a break from the snowy conditions.

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A simple lunch of Mr.Noodles, and coffee was on the menu. It is so rare I eat anything like Mr. Noodles, and let me tell you, I have never been so excited for it in my life either. That steamy warm soup was so darn good, especially when you are cold and hiking up a blizzardy mountain.

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Going down this mountain was a bit more of a feat. It was steep, snowy, and slippery! Seriously. I bit the snow a couple of times, and so did my travel buddy. All in the spirit of adventure! I felt pretty good about only wiping out 2 times though. I expected a lot more.

These hikes were ridiculously awesome. I felt so accomplished after a couple days of mountaineering. It made me want to for sure spend a heck of a lot more time enjoying expeditions in the mountains. It was also so fantastic to hang out with another lady who loves solo travels and pushing the adventure limits as much as I do.

This little adventure came at the perfect time, just when my travel bug had been really acting up and gnawing on my insides. The stay at a hostel, adventures with a new friend from abroad, whom which I have so much in common with, and immersing myself with nature – it all calmed my travel bugs woes for the moment. Kind of like a nap. ‘There, there little travel bug, just have a nap and before you know it you will be waking up to another global adventure’……

The best part is, for a few moments I felt like I was back on my global adventures. It both soothed the soul and stoked the fire.

Let’s just say, keep your mind open to spontaneous activities in life, because more often then not, it will be better then you imagine, something you won’t soon forget, and exactly what you needed.

 

A Little Bit Of Fall Love

Fall is hands down one of my favorite times of year. From the colors, smells in the air to the temperature outside. With the cooler temperature comes layered fall fashion and warm drinks. I love it all. The only problem is that fall is way to short. If feels as though, that as soon as it arrives, it’s gone. With that said, I am always motivated to get out and take it all in.

Nature walks during the fall season, never cease to me stunningly beautiful. The crisp feel of the temperature is perfect for a brisk walk. Not to hot and not to cold.

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I enjoyed a beautiful stroll here in Quesnel, BC at 10 Mile Lake.

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What a stunner of a spot. I could imagine how fantastic picnics would be here in the summer. I was also totally diggin’ the outside theater.

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I would have no problems planning a few awesome events for this little location.

The smells in the crisp fall air was absolutely intoxicating, I could not help but to continually inhale as deeply as possible to take the aromas in. From berries to trees, they were exuding scents of bliss. Nothing like pure clean oxygen to fuel your cells with.

With all the chaos in the world, it can be hard to stay mindful and present, and not let fears and anxieties take over our thoughts.

I always make it a point to ground and center myself. To live as mindfully as possible and stay in this present moment. Mindfulness is a state of being, something that takes daily practice to maintain, but toning that mindfulness muscle will enrich your life and create bounds more happiness for you.

For myself, being in nature is the best place for me to re-energize and be present. Soothing my soul, nourishing my mind, and taking a moment to reflect on everything I am grateful for, so I have endless high vibe energy and love to share with the world.

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It is amazing what taking a moment to stop and just appreciate all the beauty that surrounds us keeps your heart open to seeing more and more endless beauty.

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I also love nourishing my body from the inside with loving  and warm things in the fall.

For instance I indulged in some warm homemade miso soup. It was divine! It’s so easy to make. Literally 15 minutes, and just a few ingredients. Miso, nori, tofu, green onions and water. So simple, and yet so comforting.

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Accompanied with a fresh green juice and some of the highest rated cellular nutrition in the world, and you are well on your way to having a healthy high vibe fall.

If you are interested in fueling your cells and having tailored supplementation for your individual needs,to get your glow on, skin rejuvenated and energy soaring you can learn more about that here.

You know, at times it is as simple as taking myself on a ‘me time‘ date and indulging in a warm coffee at pristine location.

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I do love my ‘me time’ and I always provide myself with some pretty darn good company. If I do say so myself. Not to mention, I always pick the best places to take myself.

Heck yes to being awesome, and treating yourself to the best. Happy Fall beautiful people! xoxo

A Dining Experience Not Soon To Be Forgotten At Petty Catwater

There are those times where and when you least expect it that you find a total unexpected gem. Those times are the best. Those are the places I am always on the search for.

Here I am enjoying some time in the Quesnel, BC area, and I was suddenly made aware of one such unique place – Petty Catwater.

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This little property turned chic farm style home and Bed & Breakfast, offers these incredible Farm Table evenings of culinary delights and wine. Umm, yes please!

Owned by a very lovely couple, Bruce and Jenn have put their heart and soul and 17 years of building to make this little slice of heaven a reality.

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With all ingredients being local, and Jenn, whom is also the chef, having trained in France, you know you are going to be in for a treat. I truly had no idea what kind of unforgettable treat I was actually in for.

Upon arriving to the property you pull in by an honesty stand.

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I love the concept of honesty stands! I see them quite a lot around British Columbia, and I just think they are great. Honesty makes the world go round and having integrity makes a persons life so much more rewarding.

As you walk into the yard its hard not to be immediately enamored by the elegant farmhouse design and landscape.

As you walk around you can even get a glimpse of what is in store.

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There is a garden where in the summer they grow the majority of their produce, and some lush little sitting areas for the guests whom are staying on property at the BnB.

Not only do they have the Bnb, but they also accept Wwoofers(willing workers on organic farms) where they have volunteers come and exchange work for food and accommodation. IMG_6453

I enjoyed a lot of wwoofing experiences around the globe in my backpacking days, so this spoke straight to my heart.

The Bed & Breakfast is located in a separate building to the house. Which is nice as it feels very private.


I was pleasantly surprised at the warm and inviting atmosphere of the BnB, and the chic decor. It was done in such a way that you feel quite luxurious up there. To me it felt as though I was back in Europe again.

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The dining area is in an addition, with a long table with proper fine dining settings. Once again the decor was spot on in the house as well.

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I really have to give kudos to Bruce and Jenn for how well their interior and exterior designing skills are.

I was loving the long table concept as well. Again bringing me back to Europe. As you sit at a table among strangers, it doesn’t take very much time for the conversation to flow as good as the vino. I had the best date in the room though – my darling sister! Some of the best dates are the ones you take your sister on.

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My kinda party, if I do say so myself.

The food. Oh my the food. Where to begin really.

The starters were home made French Onion soup accompanied with a divine fluffy crusted pizza. Seriously, every bit I took was better then the last.

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As we moved onto the main course, the culinary journey of grand proportions did not slow down.

There was plenty of slow cooked, perfectly seasoned, melt in your mouth meats to choose from, a beautiful array of roasted vegetables, and a superb mash of combined potatoes.

One must be careful not to over do it on dinner as there is still dessert on the menu. Trust me, its hard not to have seconds, or thirds. Loose fitting clothes perhaps are a good option.

Coffee and home made cakes for dessert seemed so fitting to complete this divine experience. There was a fresh fig cake, and a pear cake made with Guiness.

Every single guest at the table had pure satisfaction beaming out of their faces.

Bruce and Jenn do this amazing job of opening up their home and making you feel so comfortable, and transport you to a place of class and spoiling. You feel and taste their passion in all that they do here. I would go back simply to be in their company once again. But really, I need to go back and experience a night in the Bnb. If their dinner is that good, I bet the breakfast is something to write home about too. It is a place not to be missed.

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This truly was a one of a kind and unique experience. Happy culinary adventuring!

Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia

Lounging in hot spring is always a wanted experience in my books. No matter where in the world I am, as soon as I see hot springs, I am all over it. Or should I say, straight into it. So clearly visiting a town that is named after its hot springs is a no brainer.

Harrison itself is a beautiful place, situated right on the shores of Harrison Lake, and surrounded by mountains, it is a prime vacation spot for adventure enthusiasts looking for all sorts of activities. Strolling through the town along the lake shores invigorates one with a very romantic feel.

If your on your life long search for the Sasquatch, apparently this would be the area to go on that expedition.

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This particular visit though was all about the hot springs, we even stayed at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort so we were in crawling distance of the Springs. There is something incredible and completely rejuvenating about even just looking out your balcony window and seeing hot springs there. Just waiting and calling out to you.

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There are three different outdoor pools to choose from. A family pool with a temperature of 28 c/ 83 f.

A lap pool with a temperature of 28°c/ 83°f, for those of you whom want to make sure you get your fitness in.

And my personal favorite, the adult hot pool with a beautifully toasty temperature of 37°c/98°f.

So there is the option to pool hop, or simply enjoy your ideal temperature all day. They also have an indoor swimming pool and hot pool if you fancy you fancy a more enclosed environment.

The ambiance of the Resort is very classy. Historical classy would be another way to describe it, as it dates back to 1886. The resort truly has history and class, two things that rate high in my appreciation list. The decor is very chic and warm, it makes you feel right at home. Seriously, I was contemplating moving in and never leaving. Even the bed was so comfortable I didn’t want to get out of it.
We spent most of our time in the Springs. What else would you expect in a situation such as this?

Our itinerary consisted of hot springs dip, then quick break for a freshen up, then hot springs dip, then get ready for dinner, then after dinner hot springs dip, then wake up and start the day with none other then a hot springs dip(after coffee that is… Priorities!), I am sure you get the picture.

I was loving it so much I could not resist hugging one of the resident tree’s.

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With four various restaurants to choose from to dine, it can be difficult to decide when you are not there for a few days to try them all. Oh, who am I kidding. It wasn’t hard for us to pick one.

The Copper Room has live music and a dance floor surrounded by linen covered tables. Dining and dancing is such a rare pleasure these days, it really made me feel as though I was transported back into a classic romantic movie. Although this evening was a romantic dinner with my sister – and I would not have had it any other way. Sister getaway’s are the best.

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The music was fantastic, and the service and cuisine are to boast about. I was in a little slice of heaven, a dream that I didn’t want to wake up from.

Having the amenity to enjoy an after dinner evening soak in the springs, just made the evening unforgettable. In fact the whole experience at Harrison Hot Springs Resort will be one that I will not soon forget, and should the opportunity arise to revisit, I will be there in a heartbeat.

The Sugar Shack – The Best Poutine In BC

Fried Potatoes, cheese, and gravy – a traditional Canadian treat. That gooey goodness that is total comfort food. Not something I indulge in very often, but from time to time, I don’t mind treating myself.

In 70 Mile House, British Columbia, there is an inviting little establishment called The Sugar Shack, where it boasts to have the best poutine in the west. Located right on the side of the highway with plenty of signage to make you aware of it, you can’t really miss it.


I really liked how it was built out of a garage, and one of the entrances is a large garage door. I was diggin it.

I was also diggin the rustic, beautiful varnished wooden interior.


They are not only famous for their poutines, but you will also find every maple syrup and maple syrup product under the sun.

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Maple Bread, maple chocolates, maple jerky, heck if you want maple syrup on your poutine you could absolutely have that.

I tried out a coffee with maple syrup in it, and I must say, it was pretty darn tasty. Never had I even thought to put maple syrup in my coffee, but really, why the heck not?! It is a natural sugar.

Seeing as how I don’t eat poutines very often, I was pretty excited to give it go. Let me tell you, they are very generous on their portions. Go with and empty belly, and in sweat pants. You will not be leaving hungry, or a size smaller.
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Look at that proud poutine in all it’s glory. My pants were getting tighter just taking it in with my eyes. When I put the fork in to take a morsel, the cheese was sooo gooey and stringy, it was poutine perfection.

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What made the difference was that they use cheese curds. Glorious cheese curds. They really don’t get enough of the spotlight.

The gravy was delicious!! I love gravy, particularly good gravy. I think the only thing I would have opted out on was the smoked meat. Not because it was bad, but because I really am only there for the gravy and cheese on those crispy potatoes.

With the owner, Robert, being from Quebec, it was all making sense. The Maple Syrup, the poutine, and the cheese curds. These things are his art and in his blood.

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He is fantastic! And truly goes above and beyond to be sure that everyone whom steps in his door has a memorable experience.

If you are interested in seeing the video of my experience, have a peak at my Youtube Video.

I can honestly say, that if your after a unique experience, and you happen to find yourself in 70 mile house in BC, then The Sugar Shack is a must do.

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Nature And Horse Riding At Spruce Hill Resort In BC

I have been lucky enough to ride horses plenty of times in my life. Although far and few between, it is always an activity that I thoroughly enjoy. Except for that one time when I was riding a horse and it starting bucking and I jumped off. FYI – your not supposed to jump of a bucking horse.

Being at a resort located in the middle of a working ranch with horses roaming free around the property, only served to make us want to hop on one and enjoying a leisurely afternoon in the company of one of the most beautiful animals out there.

I though it was very cool that upon checking into Spruce Hills Resort  when were en route to our room, the horses that were freely strolling around walked straight up to us basically demanding a bit of attention. I was hooked right off the bat.

It is such a stunning and secluded feeling area, perfectly pristine for a horse ride. We booked in for an afternoon trail ride through the forest.


From the get go the horses were super chill. Which is exactly what I like. I was having flashbacks of the not so chill horses I have been on in the past.

There is something so soul soothing about being in the middle of nature on the back of a horse. Not gonna lie, I felt cool as heck.


My horse’s name was General, he was so obedient, and loved being told he was a good boy. I couldn’t help but continually tell him what a good boy he was, as he was soaking it right up and turning his ears and head towards me every time I said it.

What a relief that he was so obedient. I mean, I am pretty good at controlling a horse, but I ain’t no horse whisperer.

Well there was that time in South Africa, when I got to try my hand at it. I was locked in a training ring with the horse whose name was Dougal, and it was my job to get him to submit to me. Ummm, can you say adrenaline rush?! With him running in circles around me in this small ring, kicking and bucking, and me trying to maintain my classy composure while also not falling over from being dizzy, and keeping my eyes locked on him, praying that he would submit and not kick me. In the end, I won the battle of who’s going to control who. What in incredible, heart pumping, and unforgettable experience. So yes, I suppose you could say I have dabbled in horse whispering once upon a time.

This afternoon however was so relaxing, and I fell in love with my horse. My only problem was that the horse in front of me was having a bit of gas issues, and I happened to be downwind of them.


Seriously, he was letting them rip, left, right and center. Geez, com’on! Give a lady a break why don’t yah?! I wasn’t sure how many more times I could hold my breath. Alas, can’t win them all can we, those fresh farm smells will get yah.

Due to a sighting of a mama bear and her two cubs we had to cut our ride a bit short. It’s the time of year where bears are fattening up for winter, so there are plenty of run ins to be had. As we all know, you don’t want to mess with a mama bear. So turning back was the only way.

Once back at the barn, we decided what better way to finish off the excursion then to give the horses a good brushing. You always gotta return the awesome energy bestowed upon you.


An absolutely fab way to spend an afternoon. I truly didn’t want it to end. That’s okay though, all good things must come to an end – and I will absolutely be back for more. Until till next time….. Giddy Up!

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