I’ve been very committed to certain life changes lately – I’ve been eating a whole lot better, I’ve been improving my activity levels – I’m no where near where I want to be, but I’m slowly on my way. Even if I didn’t hold up to my ‘no more alcohol this month’ pledge (if you follow me on Instagram you’ll see a few pictures of beer… oops!).

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In the exercise department, I’ve been doing more yoga and mountain biking. I haven’t been able to do it daily yet, but I just signed up for a 30-Day Yoga challenge on Udemy and I’m excited to start that soon. With all this working out, I’ve had to purchase new activewear – and MPG is an amazing brand that I’ve recently discovered.

Mondetta Performance Gear has a large selection of activewear no matter what your sport – yoga, running, biking, dance, golf, tennis – and offer a line for men and women. I’ve joined up with Mom Powered Media bloggers to offer this giveaway!  View Post

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doh-vinci-art-art

Would you be surprised if I told you that I am not a crafty mom? I can appreciate a good DIY as much as the next gal, however mine don’t usually turn out like the picture. The only ‘craft’ I’ve ever had fun with is cross stitching – I can see myself as an old lady harping about the good old days while embroidering the same piece I started twenty years ago!

However, children? They LOVE crafts. All crafts. Painting and modelling clay and plasticine – the messier, the better. And this mama hates a big mess. It might sound cruel, but I take my kids to art camps and after-school classes to nourish their inner artist – I promise I’m not a horrible mom, just a neat freak!

Which is why I absolutely love the new line of crafts for tween girls, Doh Vinci by Hasbro. In essence, the makers of Play-Doh have changed the way we play with this iconic toy – making crafting modern and fun! And the lack of mess is a major bonus!  View Post

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procrastination

I have a million and one things on my to-do list, yet it feels that I have no time to do it in. Isn’t that always the way? You sit down, focused on your task, and then the phone rings, the kids start screaming or suddenly they’re hungry (didn’t I just feed them?), I need to use the bathroom, then I notice it’s dirty, so I tidy it up, by that point I forget what I’m doing and notice my nail polish is looking a bit lackluster…

It’s a horrible cycle – further made horrible by online activities like pinterest or instagram or twitter or facebook – all things that are meant to keep you ‘social’, all things that you’re ‘supposed to do’ as a blogger, all things that keep you from being productive!

Working from home is tough.

I don’t want to seem like I’m complaining, I don’t think it’s any easier to work outside of the home – but there’s times when I think that being away from the house, in an actual office space might make me more focused and effective at my work.

When I’m at home, I’m not only thinking about ‘work’, I’m thinking that we’re out of toilet paper, that I need to text my husband to pick up some milk, I’m thinking about meal plans and grocery lists, about an upcoming event and what I should wear…. all things that are not conducive to working!

I finally, TODAY!, have set up a home office space – notice that I said ‘space’, not a whole room to myself – and I’m hoping that working at a desk (unlike before, working on my lap on the sofa) will help me steer me in the right direction… and away from all the online time suckers that I love so much!

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Sea to Sky Gondola Squamish

I’ve been excited about the Sea to Sky Gondola since its’ opening in May 2014, but since we’d been so busy finishing our house build and moving in, we didn’t get the chance to visit it until July! So far, we’ve been up the gondola twice and it’s been a beautiful experience each time.

On our first visit, we went on a warm and sunny Saturday night, where we got to enjoy the sunset and the ‘Super Moon’. Our second visit was on a cloudy Sunday, and we experienced their three-course menu offerings, which were delicious and satisfying after working up an appetite hiking the Panorama Trail.  View Post

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Do you love to read blogs? Have you thought about starting a blog?  I can show you how to start a blog in three easy steps!

The technical stuff in starting a blog is what scares people away, but it’s so simple and can be done easily in 15-20 minutes.

  1. Choose a domain name and host provider.
  2. Install WordPress.
  3. Make it pretty with a theme.

Sounds simple, right? It is!

Follow the directions below and you’ll be up and running in no time!  View Post

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The sunny skies above the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

The sunny skies above the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Summer’s in Vancouver are a beautiful and amazing experience – the heat, the sunshine, the beaches, and the festivals – except, of course, when it rains. Saturday morning was grey and overcast, and the sporadic rainfalls brought on disappointment – however by the afternoon the skies parted, the sunshine was beaming, and I was excited to revel in the merriment at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

The yearly festival takes place at Jericho Beach Park and brings together over 80 artists from all over the world to play on five different stages simultaneously – you can always find some variety of music that will knock your Birkenstocks off, literally, as I saw more than a few barefoot beauties wandering the crowds.  View Post

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home office of kelli murray

home office of april and may

home office of april and may

I’ve been searching for home office inspiration for the past few months, and I’ve collected my favourite photos to share with you. There’s a definite trend emerging from these pictures – a lot of white, black, neutrals, with a bit of sparkle or colour thrown in for interest. We have a spot in our house that’s destined for a desk, a wall that’s about 65″ wide and would perfectly fit a desk between 45″-55″ wide. Above it, instead of a gallery wall, I think I will be going for a more streamlined picture rail – I figure it might be more versatile in keeping art as well as current magazines. I am also considering adding some greenery, a small plant or cactus perhaps, however I have a notorious black thumb when it comes to indoor plants so I’m not sure if it’s the best idea I’ve ever had!  View Post

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