as much as i love routine, it can put me in a sour mood if i don’t get a break every so often. doing the same thing day in and day out is very taxing on my energy and excitement for life. it’s definitely where i found myself just a few weeks ago. it was nice knowing i had a week off and lots of sister time.

i miss toronto in the most visceral way most days, but it’s even stronger after a great visit. usually when i head home it’s a whirlwind of commuting between family and friends in multiple different cities in southwestern ontario. this time i drastically reduced the number of visits i was going to entertain and greatly benefited from it. i had a good amount (there is never enough) of sister time and got to spend a few hours with grandma. she even waited a whole five minutes before she grilled me on when i was moving home, and why i wasn’t married.

not only did i get more quality time with the incredible people in my life, i also got free hours to wander aimlessly in the city i love. i visited new spots and some of my old favourites, with my camera and a latte in hand. playing tourist in your own city is always fun. next time i’ll jump on a double decker red bus for a proper tour, and then go up the CN tower. it’s something i should probably do in calgary, too. might help me appreciate the city more. i have some ideas but “what to do in calgary” articles often include leaving calgary and going to the mountains, which doesn’t say much for the city.

i’m back now with a new appreciation for lots of things, and a very strong desire to wander in the sunshine and enjoy some mountain life. i’m only kicking around calgary for two weeks before i jet off again to meet sister in boston. sadly, after that, i don’t have any set plans yet for my next far-off adventure…but the strong potential of vegas in september for Katey’s bachelorette.

this weekend calls for laundry, grocery shopping, and a little fun – can’t go cold turkey on that.

what’s up for your weekend?

i’m home.

a lot of things make me happy, but near the top of the list is getting to spend time with sister. her new home is so beautiful, not like anyone doubted it. i’ll take some pretty pictures of it while i’m here. keep an eye on her blog to see the finished product and read about her inspiration for the spaces.

the madness that goes hand-in-hand with any visit home started this morning. after brunch and home goods shopping with mum, sister and i decided to go on a little adventure – it’s what we do. neither of us had been to the waterfalls in hamilton, and after suggesting to erin that she check them out on her visit we thought it might be a good idea to see a few of them for ourselves. we settled on two of the tallest waterfalls in the area. sadly, they left much to be desired. in order to get our money’s worth (parking was $10), we decided to explore more of the trails along the gorge. it was pretty with lush green trees and the faint smell of citronella and citrus. overall underwhelming, but at least we can say we’ve done (some of) it.

the rest of my trip is packed with visits: dad, girlfriends, grandma. i’ll also have some serious alone time with my city; it’s been a while since i’ve had time to do nothing and anything in toronto.

may long has always felt like the unofficial start of summer, and it definitely kicks of fireworks season. i often wander to the bow river to watch the canada day fireworks in calgary, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a to-do about victoria day there. it’s always been a thing in toronto and i’m looking forward to watching them on monday night.

what are you doing this (long) weekend?

gift giving for my mum is rather easy. she likes three things: coffee, flowers and reading. while sister and i would like to get more creative with the gifts – we are really great gift givers – mum would be less than impressed if it didn’t include her top three.

when i look for a gift, local and unique are some of my favourite finds no matter who i am shopping for. since i don’t need to go searching for the perfect present this month, i decided instead to team up with my friends at land & sea to round up a few of my favourite things that you can give to your mum.

wine glass writer

who doesn’t love a glass of wine? but after one too many, you might forget which glass is yours. with these wine glass markers, you can keep an eye on your glass, and have some fun doodling a drunken design.

coutukitsch ivy ring

this double wide design makes a statement. it’s delicate enough to be worn every day, but still bold enough to make a statement.

lug travel wallet

i have a passport holder, but it’s not always the most convenient. it is pretty, though, which is usually my main concern. keeping everything all together to easily access money, cards and your passport would make airports a breeze.

umbra trigg wall vessel

i love these little floating planters, and everything in rose gold gets major points from me. kenzie has three in her foyer and they are just darling!

lamb’s soapworks 

with everything from soaps to bath soaks, lip balm and body lotion, alberta-made lamb’s soapworks is a self-care dream. plus, their scents include black raspberry vanilla, sweet orange & cinnamon, and vanilla cream & coffee – how delicious!

lampe berger

these beautiful scent defusers also act as little art sculptures. i have a chainmail one that’s wearing a crown. it’s rather posh.

what do you think? mum approved?


land & sea wants to share the love with you and your mum, too! they are so graciously giving one s&s reader a $50 gift card.

all you have to do is check out the land & sea collections and let me know in the comments below what you would buy.

the winner will be selected on thursday, may 11. good luck!