November 29, 2013

Ingonish, Cape Breton

I fell in love with Ingonish the minute we drove into this cute little village. Tucked in a valley on the Cabot Trail its the perfect getaway for any nature lover. The weather was nice and warm, a great day for a little hike to get that million dollar view. I wanted to make the most of the last warm fall days here in Nova Scotia. I'm so glad we decided to go back and spend more time here.

We found a little mom and pop cafe along the way to grab a bite to eat before we went on the hike. I love how these pictures capture the golden glow of all the trees. I think fall is starting to become my favourite season.

November 28, 2013

Cabot Trail - Capre Breton

The Cabot Trail is a lovely scenic drive around Cape Breton, NS. It is one of the must sees if you are going to be vacationing here. We went at the perfect time of year, fall. All the beautiful colours were out, plenty to admire and take pictures of.

My favourite place was a look out point after a steep incline, it offered spectacular views for miles. We hoped to see whales passing by but no such luck. We did see some eagles, deer and a couple of seals.

 That would be a seal, he was way to quick for me to get a good picture.

We took the entire day to do this drive, I would recommend planning for at least 4 or 5 ours so you don't have to rush. There are cute little galleries, cafe's and a few restaurants at certain points throughout the drive so you can stop for something to eat to break up the drive.

This area is by far one of my favourite things about Nova Scotia.

November 27, 2013

Wanderlust Wednesday - Tatev monastery - Armenia

Tatev monastery

I have always had a fascination with monasteries. The history and beauty surrounding them is overwhelming. I once walked up to the doors of one in Italy, I could hear the monks singing. I could have stood in that very spot for hours listening. It was magical.

November 25, 2013

Red Hair Love

Lets talk about needing change. I often find as the seasons change I start looking for a different hair colour/hair cut. Something to change this up a bit. Due to budgeting and perhaps laziness I haven't bothered to colour my hair since I was in Michigan in July and my mom did it for me. That would be why I haven't been in many of the pictures on this blog.

My roots are now to long to ignore and I am desperate to shake things up a bit. My hair colour now would be described as a warm chestnut brown, but I have always had natural copper in my hair and find myself drawn to these types of shades lately.

What do you think? should I take the plunge?

Red Hair Love

November 20, 2013

Wanderlust Wednesday - Christmas in Venice

Venice, Italy

Usually when I think about a vacation, its all about hot, sunny days spent on the beach. Lately though I feel like a Winter getaway to Venice would be a fantastic experience. Imagine snowy days wandering through the streets. Seeing everything lit up in Christmas lights and experiencing the traditions of a different Country.

November 19, 2013

Colours of fall

The last of the leaves have fallen away, there bright, cheerful colours going with them. I can no longer deny that the temperature has now become brisk, forcing us to bundle up and be prepared for the winter weather that is surely not far away.

Instead of being sad I am determined to make the most of the next few warm days and explore my surroundings. Walking along the river there is always something to capture with my camera. As the weather cools, less people are out making it a very quiet walk. Nothing but the sound of the crunchy leaves beneath my feet and the calls of the ducks. They know I have brought them a little treat.

This guy was looking a little rough but he was brave, coming right up to my hand while the others waited until I tossed the bread.

November 18, 2013

Lush Product Review

           Lush Face Products

This past year I have been fighting with my skin. While we were in Australia my skin started to break out, probably because of how humid it was. After five months of struggling and trying everything to get my skin to calm down the only thing that seemed to work was microdermabrasion. Luckily we had the machine at my work so  every other week I would quickly do micro on my skin before work. I immediately saw results and was so relieved.

But after spending a year in Australia and 3 months in Michigan, once we moved to Nova Scotia my skin decided to freakout again. I mean teenage hormonal breakouts. As I didn't have a micro machine handy and really didn't feel like paying to get it done every week I decided to try something soothing and natural on my skin.

Let the good times roll facial cleanser - This cleanser is from a previous Christmas collection that became so popular they decided to bring it back for year round use. Its a gentle everyday exfoliate that makes my skin feel so silky after use. It also makes my face smell like cinnamon candy afterwards.

Mask of magnaminty - This mask is for combination/ breakout prone skin. Using 1 to 2 times per week can help draw out any impurities that are under the surface of your skin. You know those little bumps you can feel when you run your hand across your checks and chin. Its nice and tingly while on and instantly soothes irritated skin.

After three weeks of use my skin is silky smooth. Although I still have breakouts, everything that was underneath has no come up to the surface and I have seen a huge difference in tone and texture. I am hoping that in another couple of weeks all will be cleared up and I can focus on keeping my skin balanced.

Have you found that your skin reacts differently depending on what type of climate your in?
What are your favourite Lush products?

* This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts are my own. I am sharing these products only because I have loved the results.

November 14, 2013

Life is quiet

In this sleepy fishing village. Its a completely different way of life to the city. There are endless places and trails to explore, if you are willing to get lost for hours on end. The smell of the ocean air is intoxicating and I often find myself ending up at the wharf after a long walk just to hear the waves crash against the rocks.

November 13, 2013

Wanderlust Wednesday - Aberglasney Gardens, Wales

Aberglasney Gardens, Wales

Wouldn't it be exciting to have something like this in your own garden. Imagine little summer gatherings sitting out under this yew tree tunnel.

November 11, 2013

Lest we forget

For the past couple of weeks I have seen the lovely older gentleman sitting around at their poppy booths. Every time I went into the grocery store they would ask if I would like a poppy. Of course I all ready had five pinned to my bag but whats another donation to help out the people who so bravely fought for us.
Here in Glace Bay November 11th is taken very seriously. All shops close down including grocery stores. No one even thinks about decorating for Christmas until after today, out of respect for the veterans. Although I have been to the parades and seen other people wearing the poppies this kind of whole hearted response is something new, maybe it just gets lost when you live in a big city.

Today I will wear my poppy proudly and remember all who sacrificed.

November 8, 2013

The way travel changes you - Rachel from Postcards from Rachel

Today I have the lovely Rachel from Postcards from Rachel taking over the blog. She has my ideal life, the way she gets to move every six months. Plus she got to live in Scotland, one of the places I am dying to explore.

Hi, everyone! I'm Rachel and I blog over at Postcards from Rachel. I was excited when Kayleigh contacted me about writing a guest post on travel and how it has changed me because the list is long... and these changes have all been positive! I'm grateful for everything I have experienced these past couple of years and I truly believe this situation has made me a better person. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd live abroad and continue to move around every 6 months. And never did I think I'd be married to a man interested in exploring the world with me. When you start traveling and experiencing wonderful, life-changing things, you realize the possibilities are endless. My family can live anywhere and we can do anything -- we just have to figure out how! You might be wondering why we moved in the first place. You can read the entire story here, but long story short, my husband was offered a job in Aberdeen, Scotland so I quit my job and we moved right after our wedding. We lived in Scotland for a year and have continued to move around the United States every six months. Right now we're located in Boston, Massachusetts. We love exploring new places! Like I said, the list is long. But here are a few of the ways travel has forever changed me and my family.

Family photo
1. It forced us to communicate and figure out everything early on Moving right after our wedding was stressful, chaotic, and a lot to deal with after being husband and wife for only a week. We had to pack up all of our belongings, move them into a storage unit, and ended up staying in a tiny hotel room for a while. Newlywed bliss? I don't think so. But I wouldn't change it for the world. Of course we fought, but I think it made us stronger in the long-run. We didn't have family and friends in Scotland so it forced us to rely on each other and communicate in a positive way.
  Amalfi Coast

2. It taught us that memories are more important than "stuff" Like other women, I enjoy purchasing new clothes and the latest purse that everyone is craving, but traveling has made me realize how little I need. Most of the time when we traveled through Europe, we brought a small backpack each. I packed a few shirts, one pair of jeans, and some comfortable boots and flats and was good to go. Sure, I probably looked like a wrinkly mess by the end of our vacation, but I didn't care; I was having way too much exploring to worry about my clothes, makeup, and hair! When we move back to DC and go through the storage unit we haven't seen for 2 1/2 years, you can bet we'll be donating around 90% of our belongings. We just don't need it all. 3. It has made us more adventurous We've tried "weird" foods, we've been on camels and hiked up mountains, we've had lunch at an Imam's house in Morocco, and we've stepped out of our comfort zone on numerous occasions. Travel makes you adventurous! When we discuss our travel bucket list with family and friends, some of them think we're crazy but we don't think anything of it because our goal is to see the world and experience new cultures.
  Camel rides

4. We appreciate what we have After handing out pencils and candy to children in the Atlas Mountains and seeing how excited they were just to receive something to write with and munch on, I've realized how much have. We have food, shelter, clothing, and so much to be grateful for. Travel definitely changes you in this regard.
  Couples photo

Thanks for allowing me to take over your blog, Kayleigh. And to her wonderful readers -- I hope you'll stop by my blog and follow my family's adventures. :)

November 7, 2013

The Expat diaries - Co-hosting with Postcards from Rachel

Today I am co-hosting the expat diaries with Rachel from Postcards from Rachel. When Rachel asked if I would like to host with her I though well sure why not, but then I was sitting here trying to write something expat worthy and couldn't think of anything. Life in this little town has been quiet lately. So I have chosen to share a story from my time travelling around Europe.

At the age of 22 I decided that I had had enough of my current life and needed a drastic change to lift me out of my funk. So what did I decide to do? Sell everything I owned and pack only what could fit in a backpack and book a one way ticket to Europe. Now some of you would say that doing this by yourself is crazy, and I somewhat agree. I don't think I fully thought through the whole travelling by myself thing. I had both good and bad experiences during my 1.5 yrs travelling around and enough memories to last me a lifetime.

The first thing I realized about backpacking through Europe, you are never actually by yourself. I met so many wonderful people in the hostels I stayed at and on the farms that I stayed as a volunteer. If you let yourself step out of your comfort zone, which you pretty much have to do in a foreign country anyways, you meet the most incredible people. A couple people I met while I was in Europe have become good friends of mine and I have met up with them in a few different places since then.

My co-workers in Farnham, England

By volunteering my time on farms I was able to really immerse myself in the every day living and culture of the places I was visiting. I woke up early and harvested figs for 6 hours a day. Lived in a house that had no electricity so you had to start a fire in a wood stove that warmed up your water to take a shower. Since we didn't have power there was no tv, instead we sat around the dinner table for hours talking about the places we came from and the places we still hoped to see. We hiked the trails surrounding the property and walked for an hour just to get to the beach. I became so accustomed to living this way that when I finally moved on it was weird to see people sitting around watching tv.

The Silva Riding Project crew (Corfu, Greece)

It was incredibly rewarding spending my days teaching young children how to ride the little ponies. Even though they didn't really speak English and I could only speak a few words of Greek, we somehow managed to communicate. Hand signals became the chosen form of communication. I enjoyed the most amazing food that was cooked every night by our host. Usually there was about 6 volunteers there at one time, most of us had the same days off every week, which meant walking in to the nearest town to explore and get lost for hours.

On the few days that I actually did feel home sick I would walk to the one starbucks that was on the Island and sit there chatting away to people on Facebook.

I guess what I am trying to say here is that sometimes choosing to travel by yourself actually turns out better then if you had planned to go with someone. I don't think I would have met so many amazing people and discover tons of great opportunities. Most likely I would have stuck by that other persons side and we would have just chosen to keep to ourselves.

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November 6, 2013

Wanderlust Wednesday - Glastonbury Abbey Ruins, England

Mystical Glastonbury Abbey Ruins, England

Can you imagine walking around here just imagining all the history that surrounds this place. Mystical indeed. Chance encounter with ghosts anyone?

November 5, 2013

Remember, remember the 5th of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. - Allan Moore, V for Vendetta.

Happy Guy Fawkes day everyone. One of the best holidays of the year.
I have some amazing memories of growing up in England and celebrating Guy Fawkes night. Massive bonfires are lit and everyone gathers around for the anticipated fireworks.  We usually lit sparklers and could entertain ourselves with them for hours, dancing around in the dark trying to spell our names before the first letter faded into the darkness. Once we moved to Canada we carried on the tradition, in a much smaller way. But still we invited family and friends to gather in the celebrations, although I don't think they ever really understood what it was all about.

November 1, 2013

The way travel changes you - Chelsea from Lost in Travels

For todays addition of the way travel changes you, I have the adventurous Chelsea from Lost in Travels talking about her life in Asia. She has had some amazing adventures and her pictures are fantastic.

Hey there! I'm Chelsea and I blog over at Lost in Travels. After my man and I got hitched two years ago, we started getting cold sweats every time we even thought about 'settling down' in our hometown. We wanted to do something out of the ordinary, something adventurous. We wanted to spend our lives traveling the globe. So what did we do? Sold all of our belongings that wouldn't fit in two 50-pound bags and took the first flight to South Korea to teach English to snot nosed adorable little kids and never looked back!

I still remember the moment my husband and I decided to move abroad. I had texted him to tell him that instead of settling in our hometown after the wedding, I wanted to live abroad and travel the world. He texted back saying he already knew of a job opportunity working as ESL teachers in South Korea. So while I planned the wedding, he set to work on the piles of paperwork needed in order to work abroad. Within four months, we were on a plane for half way around the world. The draw of traveling and experiencing different cultures all while being able to save money is what led us to hop on that plane with our lives in four small bags and not look back. Within the first six months of living in Korea, we had already decided one year was not long enough. We made plans to find jobs for a second and even a third year.

People always ask us how it feels to live in a different country. Don't we miss home? Is it hard? Truth be told, it goes in cycles. At first, everything is a novelty. We walked around our small town for the first month with our eyes wide open, taking in all the strange sights and smells. Gawking in the fish market and getting confused at all of the signs written in Korean, a language that might as well been hieroglyphics. Then, it changes. You get sick of playing charades every time you want something to eat; you get annoyed at the pointing and the stares. You start to wonder why you came at all and daydream by looking at apartment ads posted back stateside (true story). And if you can make it through that, you graduate to the final stage.normalcy. Even the most bizarre, strange and annoying things seem like a walk in the park. Things that once made you want to pack your bags and leave, make you laugh and shake your head. The country you once thought of as so bizarre and foreign now feels like home (or as much as it can in a country where you'll always be looked at as an outsider).
My husband and I always speak about how life will be so different when we return back to the states. Living overseas not only changes the way you look at life, but also how you live life. So how has it changed us?
1. As you can imagine, Korean cuisine is drastically different from in the States. There is of course a lot of rice, a lot of fresh vegetables and a lot of spice. I am an absolute wimp when it comes to spice, so I hardly ate when we first moved here. But as the months wore on, I found myself adding more and more spicy sauce to my meals and even (gasp) craving Korean dishes. Living here has changed what we eat and has made us choose what we eat more carefully. We have found ourselves naturally eating less processed foods, more fresh produce and a more varied selection of dishes. When we move back home we'll think more about what we are putting into our bodies and try to keep the habit of choosing to eat better foods for our bodies (even though for a while we'll be downing every burger we come across).

2. Patience is not a virtue I excel at. But when you're teaching young children a language they do not yet know and you have to explain what to do three times, in three distinctly different ways; patience eventually becomes one of your strong skills.
Even this simple art project took me a few times to explain
3. Living overseas and traveling as much as we do has made us much more open-minded to those around us and the different cultures of the world. And while this has made a huge impact in our own lives, it has also made us realize that we would like to raise our kids in the future with this same mentality.
4. One of the biggest things that living in Korea has shown us is how we treat foreigners in our own country. We feel so incredibly blessed to live in a country where, even though we know very little of the language, we have never had a negative or rude experience while living here due to language barriers. Everyone is so patient with us while we try to describe what we are looking for or what we need. Living in a different country is difficult as is, and I hope we can show the same patience to foreigners when we move back home. Now that we are able to understand what it feels like to be on the other side.

Traveling and living abroad is all about adaptation, developing the skill to laugh in any situation and most of all, to be humble. You learn to be flexible and work around the inevitable obstacles that will get in your way. You learn to laugh when the obvious cultural differences stare you in the face. For example, you have to laugh when the cook comes out of the kitchen and tells you to shush because you are the typical loud American, you have to laugh when your children try to grab your boobs in class, and you especially have to laugh when your boss tells you that you look tired and sick when really you feel fine. But most important of all of these, is to be humble. We as expats are bound to make mistakes and bound to step over a cultural line at some point. It is during those times that we have to be gracious and humble enough to take help from those around you and apologize.

Thanks so much for having me Kayleigh! I hope you'll stop by my blog where I talk about our daily lives as expats in the land of kimchi, along with documenting our world travels. Be sure to say hi, I would love to hear from you!
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