Summer Reads

Summer Reads

The days are getting warmer and it’ll soon be time to pack your favorite summer read in your beach bag or take it with you out on the back deck. We’ve had a couple really beautiful days here in NS, and while the water is still freezing, people are ready to hit the beach for the long weekend.

I recently read a bunch of books from the Young Adult section of the book store and there were 3 that really grabbed my attention. The first two were lent to me and I highly recommend those. The last one is soul crushing and read at your own risk.

Top 3 Reasons to Become a Morning Person!

Top 3 Reasons to Become a Morning Person!

Being a morning person is the best! I can’t imagine how people go through life struggling everyday to wake up in the morning. Or being someone who can stay awake until 2 or 3 am to sleep until noon, losing half of your day. Waking up without an alarm clock and feeling ready for the day is awesome. Here are some of the best things about being a morning person.

Quick Fixes….don’t exist!

Quick Fixes….don’t exist!

Were you putting all your eggs in a quick fix basket? Maybe you’ve already discovered that they don’t exist. Or maybe you keep discovering it time and time again like myself. But let me shout it from the roof tops so maybe I have a better chance of remembering it in the future.

QUICK FIXES DON’T EXIST

Defining Canada’s Culinary Identity

Defining Canada’s Culinary Identity

The struggle – how to define Canada’s Culinary Identity while living abroad…

One of my favourite dishes from school was ‘blanquette de veau’, which is sort of like a veal stew with a white sauce. It feels like a cozy, homey meal. While the french dish in and of itself did not remind me of a meal from home – the warm, stewy nature of the dish feels like comfort food. Eating this got me thinking about what a homey meal means depending on where in the world you are from. So I started wondering how to best describe Canada’s culinary identity to non-canadians?

We Are Here. Again.

We Are Here. Again.

We planned on starting this post with a big declarative statement saying “and we’re back” however we’ve done that before and look how that turned out. So instead we will say

We Are Here”.

We may not be sure of where here is but we’re committed to figuring it out, slowly, cautiously and optimistically – with hopes of not getting so wrapped up in where we want this to go that we forget to enjoy the journey along the way.

When we threw up our hands in exasperation at the end of last summer, we had both gotten to a point where we felt like the blog was taking over our lives. If we weren’t promoting it, coming up with new ways to make a few cents, or forcing ourselves to write about things we weren’t even sure we wanted to write about we felt like we were failing.

Failing to be good at blogging, failing to turn it into something viable, failing each other and failing ourselves.

What started out as a love of writing and a way to keep in touch over the Atlantic Ocean quickly turned into something so big and important that it felt suffocating. It seemed like a better idea to take a break rather than continue resenting our little project we had started together for fun. 

So now, almost nine months since our last post here and with a little more wisdom and patience (ha), we’re doing our best to start slow and carve out a space for ourselves to keep dreaming. Thank you for joining us again…

 

Simplify Your Life -Cleaning up your inbox

Simplify Your Life -Cleaning up your inbox

We are bombarded with emails constantly in this day and age, and expected to get back to work or personal emails at a moment’s notice (which is a whole other issue). Emails quickly build up and we become overwhelmed trying to sift through them. Inboxes get so crowded we can no longer find the important emails. Instead of pulling out your hair, it’s time to take action and clean up your inbox. 

Monday’s Mouthful – Easy Baked Sweet Potato Fries!

Monday’s Mouthful – Easy Baked Sweet Potato Fries!

Annnnnd we’re back – with sweet potato fries! As you may have heard (read?) I am without internet in France at the moment with no clear idea as to when that will be remedied (yay for pre-scheduling posts). This resulted in a short break to regroup after last month’s blogging challenge. It was great to remind ourselves that we can do anything as long as we set aside the time to make it a priority.

The Most Perfect Saturday in Paris!

The Most Perfect Saturday in Paris!

It is Sunday night and I am trying to get myself ready for my review week at school before my exam. The problem is my brain is still on a high from such a perfect Saturday in Paris! I usually head back to Belgium after school on Friday’s however this week the trains weren’t running as usual. Instead of going home, C drove here on Friday afternoon to spend the weekend in France and Saturday in Paris.

Tracie and Joce

Two friends sharing a cup of tea, over skype, and blogging about life! With honesty, sarcasm and a dash of humour -sharing the good, the bad and the yummy!
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