scrapbook: amsterdam

scrapbook: amsterdam

Dutch wooden shoeAs an adult, spending time with family has become much more important to me. So when my husband told me he had to go to England for a golf tournament, I decided to take advantage of the fact that we were already in Europe, and booked a quick detour to Holland. My parents immigrated from Holland, and I have a lot of family that still lives there. And while I was there two years ago with my mom and brother, my husband has never been. It was a perfect opportunity for him to meet some of my family and experience a country that means so much to me.

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travel workouts – how to get it done!

travel workouts – how to get it done!

Bump day icon Please note that I am not a licensed trainer. I am simply sharing workouts based on my own experiences and that I enjoy. Please consult with your doctor about any medical issues or concerns before starting a new exercising program.

Growing up my father, who works for a branch of the US Department of State (although he’s retiring in a couple months – congrats Dad!), traveled a lot. I mean a lot! And crazier than that my parents, a lovely young couple with two little ones (I wasn’t born yet), moved from California where they both grew up to Washington D.C. Gasp! Crazy, right?!

Well, back then before the lovely Internet, the world just wasn’t as global. Unless you were in the military, leaving your family to move cross country and then to have a job that required a lot of travel was simply unheard of. Now, though, it seems travel is just a way of life for many, whether it’s for your job, vacation, or because of now distant relatives. Yes, I know quite a few people who still live, work, and play in the same area they grew up in, but now that seems almost unheard of. Nearly everyone I know travels, and travels a lot! Continue reading


all things canadian

all things canadian

Happy Canadian ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving! 

Don’t worry my American friends, time hasn’t flown by that quickly. It’s still October, but today is the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, and I want to wish all of our Canadian readers a very happy Thanksgiving!

I’m a Canadian girl, born and raised in the beautiful province of Ontario. While I miss Canada all of the time, this is the time of year I miss my home country and my family the most. Being all nostalgic, I began thinking about all of the things that make Canada truly unique. Although there are hundreds of items and I could easily write 20 pages on the subject, for today, I’ve managed to narrow it down to a few of my favorites (or should that be favorites, with a ‘u’).  Some of these you may already know, some may come as a surprise, but they are all fantastic nonetheless.

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matcha green tea giveaway + recipe

matcha green tea giveaway + recipe

Bump day icon A couple months ago, I was lucky enough to try and review Kiss Me Organics’ matcha green tea powder, a culinary grade green tea powder. At the time, I didn’t realize green tea came in a concentrated powder. I’m really glad though that I found matcha tea and have added it to my mornings, because the health benefits are phenomenal! 

So today, I’m thrilled we’re able to offer a giveaway and discount with Kiss Me Organics! They’re offering the winner one FREE bag of organic matcha green tea powder, as well as giving a 15% discount to all our readers!

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september golf recap

september golf recap

When I first started to play golf, I found it really difficult to find blogs or websites that catered to the rookie, female golfer. I Googled my heart out, but always came up short. Everything I found, I couldn’t relate to. Golfers complaining about shooting a 90 (seriously?), advanced technical tips that were way beyond my skill level, etc. Where were the ladies who were learning the basics, and looked at finishing a round of 18-holes as an accomplishment in and of itself? When I first began, I didn’t even bother keeping score because it was so high! I couldn’t be the only one out there…could I?

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peppermint schnapps decadent hot chocolate

peppermint schnapps decadent hot chocolate

Bump day icon Did I tell you I’m headed to Colorado this December for vacation? We’re spending two weeks just before Christmas (will have Xmas here in Barbados) surrounded by snow and glorious holiday decorations. I can’t wait! 

That means though that I’ve spent the past week rummaging through the Internet for very cheap (maybe even second hand) ski clothes for the family. We’re not skiers so cheap is the operative word since it’s really, really unlikely I’ll ever wear snow boots again anytime soon (and saddly my UGGS, which are shoved in a box somewhere in a closet, just won’t cut it).

Anyway, all that winter shopping reminded me that I should start loading up on all my winter favorites, including hot chocolate! I just found out Ree already has a full stock pile of hot chocolate she brought from Canada in her pantry! I’m feeling very late to the game!

So when I’m in the states next week for a friend’s wedding, I’ll be running to a few stores to grab some of the winter essentials – evergreen candles, cheesy holiday movies (well, the ones I don’t already own), and of course the ingredients for the best hot chocolate recipe ever!

peppermint schnapps decadent hot chocolate

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why we love fall

why we love fall

With fall officially here, we thought it would be fun to round-up everything that makes this season so special to us. We both love this time of year, and being on a tiny island where fall = rainy season, it’s fun to think and reminisce about all of the great things autumn brings: amazing fashion (hello boots and scarves!), the return of our favorite sports, Thanksgiving and all of the food that comes with it, and the list goes on and on…and on.

So here is our list of why we love fall! 

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paleo butternut squash lasagna

paleo butternut squash lasagna

Bump day icon Surprisingly, even though Ree and I live on a very small island, we can still get several of autumn’s veggies. Certainly not as many as other places, but we haven’t been left completely void of all things fall. And of the produce that is best in season in the fall, there are a few that we can almost always find here on our teeny, tiny little island – pumpkin, sweet potatoes and, one of my favorites, butternut squash.

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