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Wyld Road Trip to Fernie

Road Trip to Fernie BC

One of the first things on my summer bucket list was to take a road trip – and mission accomplished because the Wyld family took off for 10 days on an awesome cross-province road trip from Whistler to Fernie, BC! We had a great family road trip (it went so much better than I expected!) and I would recommend a trip to Fernie for anyone that

Fernie is a small mountain town located in the south-east corner of British Columbia. It’s famous for the snow that falls in the winter, but the summer is a beautiful time to go and really appreciate Fernie! Fernie has a beautiful historic downtown, surrounded by sweeping mountain vistas that are absolutely stunning. It’s the perfect place to for a family vacation in the summer or winter – because there’s an abundance of fun activities to do for all ages!

Road Trip to Fernie

Day 1: Road trip from Whistler to Revelstoke

We left Whistler on a sunny afternoon and headed towards Revelstoke, the first stop on our road trip to Fernie. We drove north through Pemberton, Lilloet, and Cache Creek – and if you’ve never driven through this section of Highway 99, put it on your bucket list because this is an astounding drive. The landscape changes from lush, green forested mountains into a dry, desert mountain landscape in a couple of hours. It makes my jaw drop every single time.

Keep in mind that Gravol was necessary on this section of the trip – the drive from Pemberton to Cache Creek is a very curvy, switch-back, and sometimes steep section of road. I have a thing with heights, especially when there’s a tiny little barrier on my side of the truck and we’re thousands of feet up… but the Gravol fixed me and my son’s tummies just fine!

Best Pizza in Revelstoke

After driving for about 6 hours, we made it to Revelstoke around 9:00 pm. We quickly threw our luggage into our room at the hotel and headed to The Village Idiot for late night pizza before going to bed. There are no bed times on a Wyld Road Trip.

Roger's Pass

Day 2: Road trip from Revelstoke to Fernie

We’re on the road again! Leaving Revelstoke at about 9 am and we made our way towards Fernie. Driving through the incredibly gorgeous Roger’s Pass was absolutely amazing….. We stopped for a quick brunch at the Canadian classic, Tim Horton’s in Golden, BC, and then headed towards our final destination, but not before driving through the town of Radium Hot Springs.

My husband had us super excited for Radium Hot Springs, a small town that boasted (you guessed it!) natural hot springs and mountain goats. He had driven through here once before and told us these amazing stories of mountain goats taking over the whole road and not being able to drive through – there were goats everywhere… except that time we drove through Radium Hot Springs and saw NO mountain goats! None. Lucky us!

Anyway, we headed back on the road and made it to Fernie by mid-afternoon – did you know that Fernie is in a different time zone? Things we didn’t realize until we got there… late for things! C’est la vie! First things first, take a cheesy photo with only three family members in it, doing jazz hands, in front of the Fernie sign.

Welcome to Fernie

First thing we did when we got to Fernie? Checked into our condo at the 901 Schoolhouse! We were exhausted from our long drive, and kicking up our feet in this luxe condo was just the ticket and it was air conditioned! For the first half of our Fernie trip, we stayed at a heritage building conversion, the 901 Schoolhouse, thanks to Fernie Central Reservations.

I prefer renting a house or a condo when I’m travelling, because having a full kitchen and all the extra space is perfect for our family of four. Fernie Central Reservations has over 40 rental properties in Fernie, BC, everything from a 1-bedroom right on the ski hill to a luxury 8-bedroom chalet that’s big enough for a family reunion! I spent a lot of time browsing (and lusting!) over the properties on Fernie Central Reservations and chose the gorgeous penthouse suite, right in the heart of Fernie.

The location was perfect because it was walking distance to the charming historic downtown, so we could enjoy a handmade margarita at a Mexican bar and easily bike to our lovely home away from home! The condo we stayed in has two large bedrooms and three bathrooms, with a massive living area and the kitchen had top of the line appliances – and it even had a roof-top patio with views of the mountains. It was heaven!

I keep saying that Fernie has this mountain town soul, and when you spend some time in the downtown area, checking out shops and restaurants,  you feel it from everyone. There’s this warmth I felt from the people who reside in Fernie, and it’s beautiful to see the community comes together often to celebrate, create art, and have fun together.

Charming historic downtown Fernie

Charming historic downtown Fernie

Charming historic downtown Fernie

Charming historic downtown Fernie

It’s easy to see why everyone is so happy in Fernie, surrounded by natural beauty, easy access to hiking trails, biking trails, river rafting, fishing, not to mention all the winter recreational activities that abound – plus so much good food!

Food in Fernie is delicious!

Do you see all of that above? Delicious, scrumptious, drool-worthy dishes that we had at every meal! We ordered late night pizza, had yummy sushi, savoury bagels, Mexican food – we ate a ton, but luckily all the food we ate was balanced by all the fun we had!

White Water Rafting in Fernie with Mountain High Adventures

Rafting in Fernie

We spent a lovely afternoon going on a scenic float down the Elk River, with rafting company Mountain High Adventures. Our guide was so amazing and she was full of knowledge about the Fernie area, we had such a great time. Mountain High Adventures offers paddle boarding, whitewater kayaking and rafting, and some wicked river adventures.

I would highly recommend taking a scenic float down the Elk River – and the kids had such a fun time! My son loved being splashed by ‘huge’ waves and my daughter literally hung out in the water, hanging on to the side of the boat!

Biking in Fernie

Summer Fun at Fernie Alpine Resort

We had a ton of fun checking out the Fernie Alpine Resort! The resort is known in the summer for its’ amazing hiking, sightseeing, mountain biking, mountain top camping, zip lines and aerial park adventures.  Our family loves to mountain bike, so we were really looking forward to the trails and experiencing a different terrain that what we’re used to.

Fernie Alpine Resort hooked us up with mountain bike guide, Eric, who was awesome and super knowledgeable about the trails. He helped us pick out some awesome runs, and was super supportive when I realized my level of biking wasn’t where I thought it was – I realized that I actually hadn’t been on my bike for almost two years! But the kids had a TON of fun and I would highly recommend using a mountain bike guide when at a new resort!

The aerial park was a TON of fun and super challenging – especially for people with a fear of heights… like me! I have to admit, I wasn’t brave enough to finish it, but my daughter was absolutely amazing. She had a ton of fun at the aerial park and did some super difficult features! She amazes me. Honestly!

If you’re in the Fernie area during the summer, you have to stop at the resort to do some of the awesome activities. Even if you’re not looking for sports on the more extreme side, they have some amazing hiking and sightseeing, delicious food, and even offer yoga classes and a foraging hike & dine!

Island Lake Lodge in Fernie BC

Island Lake Lodge

Staying at Island Lake Lodge

For the last two days of our trip, we stayed at the beautiful Island Lake Lodge. The lodge is tucked away in the mountains of Fernie, a quick 20-minute drive up a dirt mountain road brings you to log cabins surrounded by sweeping mountain vistas. In the winter, the Island Lake Lodge is known for catskiing and snowboarding, while in the summer the lodge offers hotel accommodation, hiking, dining, spa, mountain biking, fly fishing and a spectacular setting for weddings at “I Dew Point”.

Island Lake in Fernie

Island Lake Lodge is a great place to stay overnight or just visit for the day. The rooms are spacious, warm and super charming. The beds are comfortable and I slept so well with the crisp mountain air. There are two restaurants at the Island Lake Lodge, and both of them were absolutely amazing, they even have their own cookbook that we brought home to try and recreate the dishes. Every meal we had there was very memorable, and we felt so relaxed during our stay at the Lodge. I would highly recommend staying here, and I will definitely be back in the winter to do some backcountry skiing!

Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs

On the Road Again to Radium Hot Springs

After such an amazing time in Fernie, we really didn’t want to start heading home again, but we planned a few stops along the way! First, we stopped in the town of Radium Hot Springs again, and lo and behold – we found mountain goats! They were huge and so awesome to see walking around town. We drove up to the hot springs for a relaxing dip in the pools and had a delicious lunch at an Austrian restaurant.

After lunch, we drove up to Revelstoke to stay the night before embarking on the rest of our drive home. The drive home was not as scenic as the wind had blown smoke from wildfires across BC into our path, and Revelstoke was super hazy. We even had to change our route back home as the highway was shut down in certain places.

Old Cedars in Revelstoke

Road trip to Fernie

The detour led us to some pretty amazing places, and we drove through areas we’ve never been before, which was pretty awesome. I love watching the landscapes change from rocky mountains full of lush green forests to dry, desert conditions. We saw some more goats on our way home through Spencer’s Bridge, although they were a lot smaller!

Our family had the most amazing time on our road trip to Fernie, and I still can’t believe how well we did stuck in the car with each other for such a long time! Fernie is such a beautiful town, we’ve made some incredible memories there in our short visit, and we can’t wait to go back!

Wyld Road Trip TO Fernie in the Summer

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My Summer Bucket List

My Summer Bucket List

Summer is now in full swing! The bright sunny days and warmer weather are getting me super excited for some of the things I’m planning this summer! I’m super stoked to share with you my summer bucket list and the fun things we’re planning in the next couple of months!

 

Go on a road trip!

This weekend we’re taking off on a road trip to beautiful Fernie, BC. That’s a 11-hour trip one way – but of course, we’re going the loong way through Revelstoke, and spending a night there, too! I’m so stoked for mountain biking, hiking, the aerial park, and checking out the gorgeous town of Fernie, too!

I’m really looking forward to snapping some amazing photos with my camera (gotta dust that baby off and charge up the battery!), because the scenery is going to be amazing!

 

My Summer Bucket List

Have a bonfire on the beach

Sandy toes, bikinis, and roasted marshmallows – what could be better than having a bonfire on the beach? I love watching the sun go down behind the mountains and the sound of the waves as you watch the crackling fire…!

 

Experience Wanderlust

Not the travelling kind, but the yoga festival that graces the mountains of Whistler each and every year! I’ve been to Wanderlust before, and I can’t wait to go again and get my spiritual gangsta side on! Come join me at Wanderlust Whistler!

 

My Summer Bucket List

Lounge by a Pool All Day Long

How amazing would it be to lounge poolside all day long! I’m thinking a cabana, yummy sangria, fresh fruit, and a chill playlist – dream big, right?

 

Mountain Biking in Whistler

For two weeks in August, I’ll be in Whistler covering Crankworx, the epic mountain biking event. We’re going to have a ton of fun watching my kids race in the Kidsworx events, checking out all the new gear, watching our favourite slopestyle events, and going down a few runs, too!

 

My Summer Bucket List

Be A Home Body

With our patio completed, I’m kinda, sorta, really looking forward to spending most of our nights chilling on our deck, making delicious food on the barbeque, and watching sunsets from our home. Is that cheesy or what?! But when you’ve spent so many years waiting for something to be done – it’s exciting to stay home! …. I think I’m getting old!

 

Finish Decorating our Home

Yes, I know our house is up for sale – but everywhere I look I see unfinished spaces! We need some art, some throw pillows, a few plants, and maybe a few other accessories to really make our home feel complete and comfy. My argument is that when we move, we’ll be taking it all with us anyway! (Unless the buyers want the furniture…)

 

My Summer Bucket List

Learn to Make a Really Good Sangria

I love a delicious glass of sangria and I need to learn how to make it myself – the way I love it! I’d love to add peaches and pineapple and some of my favourite rosé to the mix – my goal is to learn to make the perfect sangria recipe!

 

What’s on your summer bucket list?

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Nothing Will Change If I Don’t Change

30-Day Yoga & Smoothie Challenge

Summer is finally here – the skies are blue, the sun is shining, and it is hot out there. I am loving it! I love having our patio doors wide open, the kids are able to play outside all day long, and we can enjoy a meal and a drink outside on the deck. It’s heaven. I should be living in Hawaii or Malibu.

With the lovely weather I’ve been inspired to move more – yes, I get super sweaty and gross. The definition of a hot mess. Who cares? I wish I was inspired to work out more when it was winter, but it’s the sunshine that makes me want to move it and lose it! The weight, that is. Bad pun?

Over the last few years I’ve been seen the pictures and glanced in full length mirrors at clothing stores, and I’ve been watching myself slip away. I don’t recognize myself anymore. When I weigh myself I get stunned. How did I get here? How did I allow this to happen?

30-Day Yoga & Smoothie Challenge

Easy peasy – ignorance is bliss and I’ve avoided the scale for years, I don’t have a full-length mirror, and most of my wardrobe consists of yoga pants (or dressy stretchy pants/skirts) with flowy tops – and I don’t go shopping unless I really, actually need to.

Years ago, I wrote this post about not wanting to wear a bathing suit at the beach, and missing out on having fun with my kids. I no longer care about what I look like, which sounds bizarre but it’s true, I’ve kinda given up. My confidence is high, but my body is not healthy. I don’t feel good. Being active doesn’t come naturally to me, and I hate to struggle, sweat, or look weak or bad.

It’s gotten to a ridiculous point. Like, seriously. I have bags of clothes that just don’t fit. And if I continue down this path of neglect, I’m going to have serious health issues (if I don’t already).

I’ve been working with a life coach these past few months, and although I don’t feel I’ve changed outwardly, my mindset has started to shift and pivot. I’ve realized many things about myself that I’ve just chosen to ignore or live with, and I’m finally beginning to get it.

If you change nothing, nothing will change

Nothing’s going to change unless I work hard at it. Nothing’s going to happen unless I work hard at it. I’m not going to be successful unless I struggle and sweat and work through the fear of weakness and being vulnerable.

So in the spirit of summer and movement and willingness to change, I’ve committed to a challenge for July – not one challenge but TWO challenges… who does that? A 30-day yoga challenge AND a 30-day smoothie challenge, or should it be 31 day since July has 31 days?

Everyday in July I will practice yoga and have a smoothie. Every single day. It doesn’t sound hard, and truthfully, I know it’s not that hard. But it’s something I haven’t done in a long time. I’ve been nurturing myself for too long, it’s time for a bit of tough love and movement and making myself uncomfortable for my health and for my soul.

I’ll be posting about my challenge on the blog, but also on Instagram stories (follow me @margaritawyld) and on Facebook and Twitter.

Want to join me on my challenge?

Follow the hashtags #30DayWyldYoga and #30DayWyldSmoothies, and use them if you’re joining me!

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5 Fabulous Ways to Be Happy Right Now

5 Fabulous Ways to Be Happy Right Now

Are you looking for a way to increase your happiness right now? We all have our moments when we struggle with positivity and feel overwhelmed with our lives, and although it may seem difficult we can snap out of it! Here’s a little bit of tough love, ready for it?

We are responsible for our own happiness. Shit happens, life is tough, and yet we must continue – and why not do it with a smile on your face? Here are 5 fabulous ways to be happy right now!

5 Fabulous Ways to Be Happy Right Now

Music Makes You Happy

Listening to music will improve your mood immediately – throw on a song that you absolutely adore and do one of the following:

  1. Dance to your heart’s desire
  2. Sing at the top of your lungs
  3. Do both!

I sing as loud as I can in the car and I feel great! I dance with my kids when I’m feeling grumpy and restless, and my mood changes immediately! When I’m feeling stuck or not particularly creative, I go to Spotify and choose a playlist that suits my mood and I feel better.

Music can be used as a motivator, and a way to excite you – but it can also be used as a way to level you out and calm you down. Next time you’re feeling a little grumpy, throw on a song that inspires you and I promise you’ll be happier! Find out more about how music can make you happier!

 

5 Fabulous Ways to Be Happy Right Now

Be Thankful

Being grateful does a profound thing – it takes you outside of yourself and what you’re feeling, and refocuses your thoughts on the world around you. Being thankful for what’s around us and the people in it can immediately provide an uplifting experience.

A quick and easy way to show gratitude? Write a thank you a letter to someone, to anyone, for anything and everything – not matter how insignificant you think that might be! Writing a thank you note is a quick way to gain happiness right now!

Just try it – find a cute notecard or a simple white piece of paper, and write someone a thank you letter. Put it in a pretty envelope and send it off. Know that you’re going to brighten someone’s day just by the simplest of gestures! Read more about how gratitude can make you a happier person!

 

5 Fabulous Ways to Be Happy Right Now

Meditate to Be Happier

Sometimes meditating can be the way to increase happiness – it’s not always about being loud and crazy and moving your body! You can become happier by sitting still, or laying down, and being present in the moment.

I struggle with meditation at times because I’m a pretty hyper person, but I’ve found a few apps that can help with guided meditations. To meditate, find a quiet space or put on some headphones to listen to a guided meditation or soothing music. Light a candle or diffuse a calming essential oil.

Another trick to trying out meditating? Finding an affirmation and repeating it while doing a yoga pose. I like to do child’s pose, but any pose where you can relax, focus on your breath, and be present in the moment will work! Read more about how meditation can make you happier!

 

5 Fabulous Ways to Be Happy Right Now

Move It

Moving your body gets your endorphins flowing and can make you happier without you even noticing it! Lately I like going for walks – especially when I feel grumpy or stuck in a funk. Sometimes I throw on my headphones and listen to a podcast or some music, other times I’ll just put on my sneakers and go.

I’m lucky to live close to hiking trails, because getting lost in nature always elevates my mood, but going for a walk in the park or somewhere I’ve never been before can make me instantly happier.

Not in the mood for a walk? Try some yoga, some dancing, or even a focused stretch. A bike ride always puts me in a better mood! What’s your favourite way to move? Try it next time you’re feeling a little low! Read more about why exercise makes you happier!

 

5 Fabulous Ways to Be Happy Right Now

Socialize to be Happier

Socializing might be the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling grumpy or low, but trust me, it can help you feel happier! Chatting up a stranger at the coffee shop, calling your mom, sister, or a friend, dropping in on a neighbour, or just saying hi to someone passing by can boost your health and happiness.

Calling someone can sometimes do the trick, but face-to-face socializing works best – yes, even if you’re an introvert! The post office lady in my small town is my best friend – we chat so long sometimes, and I absolutely love it. I always feel better after our talks!

Read more about how socializing can make you instantly happier: Four ways socializing can make you live a healthier life

 

Next time you’re feeling a little blue, why not try one of these five fabulous ways to make yourself happier! How do  you lift your mood when you’re down? What’s your favourite way to boost your happiness?

5 Fabulous Ways to Be Happy Right Now

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Creating a Cozy Bedroom

Creating a Cozy Bedroom

Do you know what I love? The comfort of a big, comfy bed. It’s like a sanctuary, a place of respite, somewhere you can rest, nap, sleep, dream, and play on your phone…! To create a cozy bedroom, it takes a few key pieces – a fluffy duvet, a nice rug under your toes, big pillows you can prop yourself up with or sleep comfy on, mood lighting with candles and lamps, and some things that you love like books, snow globes, plants, or art!

To create a cozy bedroom the first step is to remove everything. If that seems like a daunting task, remove everything but furniture pieces that have to stay (bed, dresser, etc), and be sure to align those furniture pieces in a way that feels good. Trust me, taking everything out of the room is the best way to do this.

Next, only bring back the things that either have to be there (clothing in the dresser, for instance) or bring you comfort and joy. Oh yes, I’m going konmari on you. But to be honest, you can’t make a master bedroom cozy or comfy if it’s full of clutter and junk. Remove all the junk, and then continue!

When we first moved in, we kept the master bedroom very monotone and minimal – grey on white on grey – and the only warmth came from our reclaimed wood bed. At the time, I wanted a simple and clean bedroom, somewhere that I could close my eyes easily, and rest my mind. It was very minimal and sleek and I loved it, but it does come off a bit cold when I look back at it now. Not too cozy.

When we decided to put the house up on the market, we used a stager to redecorate our home. They were hired to make it feel inviting and appeal to potential buyers. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the following look, however I can agree that it does feel more complete, with more furniture and art pieces. But cozy? Nope.

After a few months, we removed the staging and decided to ‘move back in’ to our home while it was still on the market. We were pretty excited to redecorate our home and take a different approach to our decor – softer, comfier, cozier. That was our mantra.

A touch of bohemian, but a minimal take on it. Bright colours, soft textures, and a lot of hygge.

We still have some work to do to complete the master bedroom, as I would love to add some art to the walls, a large mirror, and even a comfy lounging chair. But here is our work in progress, comfy, cozy master bedroom.

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

To create a cozy and comfy bedroom – start with the bed. We decided to get a Casper mattress, which was pretty comfy to start with, and then added a down-filled mattress topper, so it feels like we’re sleeping on a cloud! Creating a bed that you love is so important to your health and happiness – seriously, a good night’s sleep is nothing to cheap out on.

Another trick that I use to make our bed extra comfy? Use a larger sized duvet. Our mattress is a queen size, whereas the down-filled duvet is a king size. Using a larger sized duvet than the mattress is essential in creating that cozy look and feel, and it also adds to a perfect sleep when sharing the bed. No more fighting over the blanket in the middle of the night!

The type of duvet you use is just as important as the size of it. There are different weights to duvets, and depending on the climate you live in, you might want to get two different duvets – a lighter-weight summer duvet, and a heavier, warmer winter duvet. We made our bedroom feel extra cozy with our bed linens, which are Belgian linen and textured. Belgian linen is a great choice for bedding, because it gets softer over time, and always has a bit of a lived-in look, which is what you want when you’re looking for a bed you can just jump into.

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

We kept our walls white, and the two large side-pieces we also kept white. Visually, they blend in, but they are substantially large as well. We sourced them from Ikea, along with the white table lamps. I love white, can you tell?

Going with such a bold colour scheme in here wasn’t too difficult because I absolutely fell in love with the bedding, which we found from Anthropologie, tassels and all! It’s romantic but calming, and the shades of pink are the perfect accent to our white and grey bedroom, and it goes perfect with the reclaimed wood bed. The rug we sourced from West Elm pulls colours from the duvet cover, and also from the room – when we saw it, it was love at first sight!

I decided to add some plant life to our master bedroom, starting with succulents, cactus, and a large aloe vera plant, which I am terrified of killing. I have a black thumb, so I’m taking extra care of it – and I even named it Lola. Because plants that are talked to stay alive, right? And I am singing to this plant named Lola in hopes of keeping it living!

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

There’s still some work to be done on this cozy master bedroom, and I would love to find some art work or a macrame wall hanging for above the bed, and a comfy lounging chair to read on would be absolutely divine. On the opposite wall there is absolutely nothing, so I am plotting to put together an art wall, with different size frames and prints to add interest. I’m also on the hunt for a mirror to complete this room!

To find the pieces that are featured in this room, check them out here:

Do you have a cozy and comfy bedroom? We are so in love with our new bedroom that we want to spend all of our time in it! Going to bed is a treat now and something we look forward to!

How to create a cozy bedroom hygge style

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