My Favorite Youtube Channels

Mu Favorite YouTube Channels May 28 2015

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite YouTube channels today. I like to hear about what other people are reading and watching when it comes to health and fitness related things, so I thought I’d share some of the things I’m currently enjoying. I’m always on the look out for a new favorite, so maybe one of these will be a new one for you.


I first discovered Cassey about a year ago. I’d heard of her before, but for some reason never checked her out. When I finally did though I found all kinds of great workouts. They’re pretty short (under 10 minutes), which is kind of nice when you’re crunched for time. You can also combine a few of them and get in a super sweaty workout. She’s really peppy, which keeps me motivated and going even when I want to stop early.

The above video is NSFW – there’s a few swears in it. 

Mike Vacanti

I really like Mike’s approach to fitness. He’s all about finding an activity that you enjoy and that you’ll stick with. There’s not one workout that’s better in his eyes. He also thinks that you don’t have to be 100% on target all the time with your diet. I think it’s a great outlook on fitness that won’t leave you burnt out. He posts equals and alternative videos that compares a “healthy” food with “junk” food, and then suggests an alternative. It’s pretty interesting – some of those foods that I thought were good for me don’t compare very well to the junk food.

Sarah Fit

Sarah Fit is my latest YouTube discovery. I found her blog a month or two ago and since then I’ve really been enjoying her videos. I’m more of a reader than a video watcher because I find that they don’t hold my attention. However her videos keep me entertained and informed. She posts everything from workouts to informational videos like the nutrition label one above. She seems very down to earth and like someone I’d hang out with in real life.

Now that you know what I like to watch on YouTube, leave me a link to one of your favorites in the comments. 

Using a Blogging Editorial Calendar

Using a Blogging Editorial Calendar May 25 2015


Through the years that I’ve blogged I’ve used quite a few different editorial calendars. I thought I’d share of few of the things I’ve used in the past, and explain why I use what I do now.

No editorial calendar

Let’s just say that this didn’t work out very well. I was always trying to come up with something interesting to write about the day of, and putting that kind of pressure on myself never helped me come up with anything good. My posts were all over the place and to be honest it didn’t really feel like my blog had a theme. I also posted sporadically. I didn’t really have a schedule so I wasn’t consistent.


For quite awhile I used notebooks to write down post ideas. I didn’t always have a date associated with each post, but it kept all my ideas in one spot. It was easy to use even if I wasn’t at the computer when inspiration struck. In the end I moved on to something else though because it got hard flipping through pages and not having all my unwritten post ideas in one section.

Editorial Calendar Google Calendar

Google Calendar

I used Google Calendar for quite awhile. The biggest thing that I liked about it was that it was in a calendar form. I’m a very visual person so that made sense to me. Being able to move posts from one day to another was also very easy. I could schedule recurring posts without having to do each one individually, which saved me a lot of time.

Epic Blog Planner By Regina May 27 2015

Epic Blog Planner from By Regina 

Over the holidays I ordered the Epic Blog Planner (affiliate link). Regina is one of my favorite people to learn all things blogging related from. She has so much to share and does it with an awesome sense of humor. I’d used some of her workbooks before, so I though the planner would be awesome as well. Unfortunately I ran into similar problems that I did with using notebooks. Since I move posts around so much I ended up crossing 2 or 3 posts out before finally putting it in the spot it would stay. It ended up getting messy.

But there’s a lot more in this blog planner that I do use. There’s a summary section for each month with space to put in all kinds of stats, as well as expenses and income. I never would have thought to do that on my own. In addition there’s a section at the beginning of the planner that helps you to plan the big picture of your blog. It asks you things about your ideal demographic to how you’ll expect to make money. I still use these parts of the planner even though I’m not actually planning the content in it anymore.

Editorial Calendar CoSchedule May 27 2015


The best thing for me in terms of editorial calendars has been CoSchedule (affiliate link). You can check out my review here, so I won’t say much about the specifics of how it works. I do want to point out why I like it so much though. It’s super easy to get it installed on your wordpress blog because it’s a plugin. I’m definitely not a technologically inclined person but I was able to sign up and get it started on my blog in a matter of minutes. I can schedule social media posts for each post right in wordpress when I write a post. I’m all about making things as simple as I can, and this really helps to save me time. I can also move posts around as much as I like. If I move a post it also automatically moves all the social media messages that I have scheduled for each post.

Tell me what sort of editorial calendar you use in the comments. 

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Summer Fashion

Summer Fashion 2015 May 26 2015

Now that we’re finally starting to get some nice weather here in Calgary, it’s beginning to feel like summer. I’m all about taking off the heavy layers from the winter and getting out the shorts and tank tops again from my closet. I thought I’d share some of the things that I’ve been eyeing on my online travels lately when it comes to clothes.

White capris May 26 2015


I love the look of these (affiliate link) white linen capris. Not only do they look nice and cool, but I also like that crisp white look during the summer. I find that white also goes with so many different things since it’s a neutral.

Polka dot t shirt May 26 2015


There’s just something about polka dots that I can’t resist. It for some reason adds cuteness to whatever they’re on. I saw this t shirt at Reitman’s and almost bought it.

Peplum Tank May 26 2015


I think this peplum tank (affiliate link) from Old Navy is a great twist on the usual tank top. Sometimes I want to dress things up a bit while still being comfortable. With a cute statement necklace and the right skirt I think this would be a super cute date night look. 

A Line Skirt May 26 2015


I know it’s tough to see from the photo, but I really like the floral pattern on this a line skirt. I don’t usually wear a lot of things with a floral prints on them, but I think on this skirt it really works, especially since it’s summer.

Bermuda Shorts


While I wasn’t a big fan of Bermuda shorts until now, they’re growing on me for some reason this year. I think this pair (affiliate link) are pretty cute. They have a classic look to them that I really like.

Stripped T Shirt May 26 2015


I fell in love with the sheer stripes in this t shirt. I usually don’t wear a lot of white (I can’t seem to keep it clean), but when I do it’s on pieces that I really like. I think the stripes add some interest without being overwhelming.

Dress May 26 2015

Over the winter here in Calgary it’s way too cold for me to even think of wearing a dress. I made that mistake once and I’m not going to make it again. However, when the summer comes along that’s a totally different story. I found this dress (affiliate link) that looks really comfy but cute at the same time.

Strappy Dress May 26 2015


I love the stripes on this dress . There’s something about it that just screams summer. If it gets colder at night I think it would be pretty cute with a denim jacket too.

Tunic May 26 2015


Just like with the Bermuda shorts, I haven’t been a big fan of tunics until recently. They’ve been catching my eye lately though. I’ve been close to buying one a few times now, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have at least one before the summer is over. I actually almost bought this one (affiliate link) the last time I was shopping at Old Navy.

Leave me a comment with a piece of summer clothing that you’re loving right now. 

My Weekend: Etsy, Wordcamp, and Date Night

Friday night I attended an info session about Etsy’s Made in Canada event. The Calgary Made in Canada will be held along with others in cities across Canada on September 26. I wasn’t able to attend the last one, but I’m really looking forward to this year. Last year they had an amazing turn out with 40 vendors and over 4000 people. They’re moving to a bigger venue in September so they’ll be able to host 100 vendors.

After a brief presentation about Etsy Made in Canada we enjoyed some food and then got to work making some greeting cards. The cards were being given to a charity that provides seniors with birthday gifts. Apparently for some of them this is the only acknowledgement of their birthday. We ended up making close to 150 cards.

Etsy Made in Canada May 22 2015


They’re still taking applications for vendors until June 21, so if you’re on Etsy and in the Calgary area make sure you fill out an application. At the info session they had a table set up with some of the pieces that vendors will be selling this year. If that’s any indication, there’s going to be a talented and diverse group of sellers in September. The organizers and some of the vendors were nice enough to give us swag bags on our way out.

Wordcamp yyc Sign MAy 23 2015

I was pretty excited for Saturday because it was Wordcamp YYC! Last year was my first time attending and I learned so much and met some great people, so I knew that I wanted to come back again this year. It’s grown this year – there were more attendees as well as more speakers.

Wordcamp YYC Speaker May 23 2015


They had three tracks (bloggers, designers, and creatives), so there was something for everyone, no matter what you do with WordPress. The speakers were awesome. They all clearly put a lot of time and effort into their presentations. They were also very open to questions and gave out some great advice.

Wordcamp YYC Swag May 23 2015

There were a lot of great sponsors who helped to make Wordcamp possible. Because of them it was only $25 to attend – which is an amazing price. They also came through with some pretty awesome swag. WordPress is an amazing community that’s more than willing to help others. I know I’ve gotten a lot of help from people over the years, and my blog is better for it.

Phillips Raspberry Wheat Beer May 24 2015


After taking my first unit test for my anatomy class (which I rocked by the way, I scored 92%!) on Sunday afternoon, it was time for date night. It was pretty low key, which was actually kind of nice. My boyfriend made some pretty tasty pork chops in the crock pot for dinner. We split this raspberry wheat beer from Phillips. It’s definitely more my kind of thing, but he said it that he liked it better than most of the fruity beers I like. Afterwards we headed over to Village Ice Cream for dessert. They have the best ice cream in Calgary, so I was expecting a long line on a warm Sunday night. Luckily we only had to wait about 10 minutes before we got our ice cream. I went with the maple pecan flavor and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. It was my first time ordering it, and I’m sure I’ll be getting it again.

Leave me a comment with the highlight of your weekend. 

Fun Facts Friday

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve last written a Fun Facts Friday post, so I’m excited to get to do it today.

Kleenex cough drops May 22 2015

If you follow me on Instagram (fiona4343) you’ll know that I came back from vacation with a cold. My last day there I woke up with a scratchy throat, and since then it’s morphed into full out sore throat, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and sinus congestion. Not. Fun. But I’m also extremely thankful that I’m sick this week and not last week when I was in Vancouver. I blame getting sick on the guy sitting behind me on the flight to Vancouver. He was coughing the entire time, and unfortunately on a plane you can’t really get away from it.

Salad May 22 2015


I’ve been craving veggies like crazy since I got home on Saturday. It’s tough to get enough veggies in while you’re travelling and eating every meal at restaurants, but I’ve been making up for it since. Yesterday for lunch I had a salad of spinach, cherry tomatoes, avocado, leftover sauteed chicken, and thousand island salad dressing. It was really good and just what I needed.

At the U2 concert they performed Every Breaking Wave from their newest album, Innocence and Experience. Their live version is quite different from the one they recorded on the album. I think the live version is awesome. You know you’re a good band when you don’t need a lot of other stuff (lights, back up dancers, pyrotechnics) going on for people to enjoy your music. Whenever I listen to it on YouTube it gives me goosebumps. It really showcases Bono’s voice.

Tonight I’m headed to an Etsy Made in Canada Day event. This is an info night, so I’ll be getting all the details on when the Made in Canada day market happens in September. I wasn’t able to attend this past September, but I’m looking forward to going this year. Just like with Market Collective, I’m all about supporting local artists and small businesses.

Word Camp YYC June 14 2014 (1)

Tomorrow I’m headed to Word Camp YYC! This will be my second year going so I know I’m in for a day of learning all kinds of cool things about WordPress as well as meeting some great people. If you live in or near a largish city you can check out WordCamp Central to see if there’s one happening near you. I’d totally recommend checking it out if you have a blog or website on WordPress. There’s so many knowledgeable people who are more than willing to answer questions or help you out. Blogging can be a pretty solitary thing for me, so I’m always up for getting to meet other bloggers.

Leave me a comment with something that you’re looking forward to this weekend.

Vancouver Trip – U2 Concert

U2 Innocence and Experience Tour Pinterest


The whole reason I went to Vancouver was because I managed to get my hands on a U2 ticket for the Innocence and Experience tour before they sold out. The last time they were touring relatively close I for some reason decided not to get tickets. I can’t remember why now, but I really regretted the decision.

I was sitting at the computer right as tickets when on sale back in December was was pretty excited when Ticketmaster said I had one if I wanted it. Seriously, so excited! I then booked my flights and hotel and waited for what felt like forever until the concert date.

U2 Concert Vancouver May 14 2015 (2)

On the half hour walk over from my hotel to Rogers arena where the concert was being held, I was almost giddy. I couldn’t believe that I was finally going to see a band that I’d been a huge fan of for so long. The stage setup was pretty cool. The main stage was at the far end of the  arena from where my seat was. There was then a walkway down the middle that led to a round second stage. Above the walkway was a two sided screen. Another cool thing was that they’d decided to have the speakers set up throughout the arena, not just at the main stage. I think the sound was better this way, and no matter where you were sitting, it was a good seat.

U2 Concert Vancouver May 14 2015 (8)


For the first few songs the band stayed up on the main stage. They opened up the concert with The Miracle of Joey Ramone. Their first few songs about the past and growing up in Dublin. They sang Iris, which I didn’t realize until then was about Bono’s mom.

U2 Concert Sunday Bloody Sunday Vancouver May 14 2015 (27)


They then sang Sunday Bloody Sunday and Raised by Wolves which were both about the politics and divide in Ireland. During Sunday Bloody Sunday the entire band came down along the walkway and played the song from there. It gave me goosebumps. The entire arena was singing along with Bono.

U2 Concert Every Breaking Wave Vancouver May 14 2015 (50)


The second half of the concert they spent most of their time on the walkway or the smaller stage on my end of the arena. The crowd went crazy when a piano came out of the floor of the stage and The Edge sat down at it to play Every Breaking Wave. It was a very different version than the one on the album, but I really liked it. It’s amazing how they were able to make an arena of almost 20,000 people feel so small during this song.

U2 Concert Vancouver May 14 2015 (1)


When they came back out for their encore I was only expecting them to sing two more songs. I was in for a treat though because they ended up singing four. City of Blinding Lights was their first one after they came back on stage and one of my favorite songs from their How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb album.

Their last song of the night was I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. One by one each band member walked from the main stage, down the walkway, onto the circular stage, and then off. First Larry, then Adam. The Edge was next to leave, but just before he got to the circular stage he walked right off the edge of the walkway! I’m pretty sure that a lot of people didn’t realize what had just happened. Some techs and security rushed over to him to make sure he was alright. He ended up leaving the arena with his fist in the air, so I figured he couldn’t be too hurt. Finally Bono ended the song as he made it to the round stage and he left as well.

I know I’m a huge U2 fan, but I have to say that this was the best concert I’ve ever been to. Despite it being the opening date of the tour everything was pretty seamless. The lights and graphics on the screen helped to tell the story of the songs, but didn’t take away from the music. I talked to a few people who were also there who’d been to other U2 concerts as well. They all unanimously said that this was the best show that they’d seen from U2.

I’m really glad I decided to get tickets and go. Not only was the concert amazing, but I managed to make a vacation out of it and I had a lot of fun in Vancouver. To hear more about what I did in Vancouver, check out this post for what I did, and this one for what I ate.

Have you seen your favorite band live? 

What I Ate Wednesday



As usual, thanks to Jen of Peas and Crayons and Arman of The Big Man’s World for hosting  What I Ate Wednesday.



I haven’t had a chance to take a photo of a breakfast since I’ve been home, so I’m using a recycled photo. It’s essentially the same as what I ate yesterday for breakfast though. I started the day off with some vanilla (instead of the strawberry in the photo) yogurt, Oatmeal Crisp cereal, and an orange. The orange was particularly juicy and by the time I was finished eating it my hands were a sticky mess.

WIAW Lunch May 20 2015


For lunch I decided on a sandwich, but I decided to change it up a bit. Instead of using regular bread, I decided to use one of the naan  breads I had in the pantry. I topped the naan bread up with spinach, ham, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and honey mustard. The tomatoes were from the farmer’s market and were extra delicious. Tomatoes from the grocery store just don’t compare. I’m really looking forward to eating tomatoes from the garden in the backyard this summer. I really liked my sandwich with the naan bread. I’d definitely do it again.

WIAW Dinner May 20 2015


Dinner was vegetarian curry. It comes frozen, so all I have to do is let it thaw in the fridge and then heat it up on the stove. It doesn’t get much easier than that. I cooked up some brown rice to go with it and I had a complete meal that wasn’t too hard to make. I think my favorite curry that I get from the farmer’s market is this one. It’s a yellow curry so it’s mild.  It just has veggies in it, no meat (the usual choices are chicken and shrimp). I’m pretty sure I could eat this once a week and never get tired of it.

What’s your go to breakfast? 

Vancouver Trip – What I Ate

Vancouver Trip 2015 What I Ate My 19 2015


Since I was going to be in a new city I knew I wanted to try as many local restaurants as I could. I always really enjoy trying new things when I’m travelling. Although there wasn’t really any different food on the menus since I was still in western Canada, I definitely made an effort to eat at places that we don’t have here in Calgary.

Banana Leaf Vancouver 2015 (2)

I’m very grateful that a blog reader recommended Banana Leaf to me. One of their locations was just really close – just a few blocks from my hotel – so I decided to go there for lunch just after I arrived in Vancouver. I ended up deciding on the chicken curry and a side of spring rolls. The curry was amazing! I was expecting it to be spicier than it was, but I’m glad it was on the milder side because that’s what I like. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the spring rolls, but they were huge! I’d never had Malaysian food before, but I’d definitely get it again.

The Templeton Restaurant Vancouver May 2015 (2)

That night for dinner I went to a 50’s diner not far from the hotel called The Templeton. If you’re a Calgarian, it was very similar to Diner Deluxe on Edmonton Trail. I was seated at the Elvis booth, which featured all kinds of Elvis photos on the table.

The Templeton Restaurant Vancouver May 2015 (1)

I ordered a Strongbow cider and a hamburger. While I got a photo of the drink, I forgot to get one of the burger. It was delicious and I thought the bun was really good.

Twisted Fork Vancouver May 2015 (2)

As far as breakfasts went, there wasn’t a whole lot of choice downtown. There were plenty of Tim Horton’s and Starbucks, but I tried to avoid chain restaurants that I could eat at at home as much as I could while I was in Vancouver. I ended up at Twisted Fork Bistro one morning. When I first sat down I was the only one there which made me kind of nervous – why wasn’t anyone else eating there? Luckily within a few minutes there were people at 3 or 4 other tables. I ordered the eggs benedict. It came with beans (which I usually don’t like, but these ones were amazing), a hashbrown, and spinach. It was a great breakfast the kept me full until lunch.

Cats Social House Granville Island Vancouver May 2015

By the time I started thinking about lunch on Thursday I was starting to get tired. I’d been walking all morning and I wanted to find a sit down restaurant. I ended up at Cats Social House on Granville Island. While it was a little more fancier restaurant than I usually eat at, vacation is all about trying new things, right? I ended up ordering a thin crust pizza that was pretty good. The pepperoni on it was spicier than usual so it added an interesting kick to it.

I’d walked past a pub, the Fountainhead, a few times in my wanderings, so I thought I’d check it out for dinner on Thursday. I wanted something relatively quick as I had the U2 concert to go to that night as well. I ordered the fish and chips. The cod was really good and pretty much melted in my mouth.

Triple O's Lunch Kitsilano Vancouver May 2015

After visiting the Maritime Museum and the Museum of Vancouver on Friday morning it was time for lunch. I was fairly close to Granville Island, but wanted to try somewhere different to eat. I asked the woman at the front counter of the Museum of Vancouver where I could go. She pointed me to a street about a ten minute walk away that had all kinds of cool restaurants. I ended up at Triple O’s. Apparently they have quite a few locations in British Columbia, but I’d never heard of them before. While their burger and fries weren’t amazing, they weren’t horrible either.

That night was my last in Vancouver. I’d read reviews of an amazing Indian restaurant. The reviews on Yelp said they had the best butter chicken in all of Vancouver. Unfortunately when I walked over I was told that there’d be at least a 20 minute wait to be seated. I was pretty bummed because I love Indian food and it sounded like it was really good there. Because I’d been on my feet all day I decided to find somewhere else to eat instead of waiting for a table. Clearly I was tired and hungry because I ended up getting Subway and taking it back to my hotel room to eat.

To be honest I was a little nervous about eating in Vancouver. I’ve never gone to a sit down restaurant by myself before. Ever. I thought it was going to feel weird being on my own, but it didn’t. I’m glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone because I had some amazing food while I was in there. And there was definitely a positive to eating out on my own – the food always came out super fast.

What’s the best meal you’ve had while you’ve been on vacation? 

My Trip to Vancouver

My Trip to Vancouver Pinterest May 17 2015


I got just got back from my trip to Vancouver yesterday afternoon. To say that I had an amazing time would be an understatement. From spending time on the beaches to exploring new to me restaurants to attending an unbelievable U2 concert, I couldn’t have had more fun. Because I have so much I want to share, I’ve going to divide my trip into three posts – the stuff I did, the food I ate, and the U2 concert. This post will be about what I did.

Hotel Room Vancouver 2015

My hotel was pretty centrally located in downtown Vancouver. I’m so glad I picked it because it felt like I was close to just about everything I wanted to check out. I spent the entire time walking with the exception of cabs to and from the airport. In the two and a half days I was in Vancouver I walked nearly 40 km on my feet.

Sunset and English Bay Beaches Vancouver May 2015 (6)

Within two hours of landing in Vancouver I was on a beach taking in the views of the water. There’s just something about water – it doesn’t matter if it’s a river, a lake, or the ocean – that I’m drawn to. I knew I was going to be spending a good chunk of my time on or by the water. I was close to two beaches and quite a few parks. The beaches all had logs that you could sit on, which was pretty nice. I took advantage of many of them to take a break from walking and enjoy the views.

From Sunset Beach Vancouver May 2015 (4)

My second day I took a ferry across False Creek to check out Granville Island. I’d been there on my last trip to Vancouver about 10 years ago, though I knew that I wanted to go back. Granville Island has a huge market that they’re well known for. They have everything from food stalls, to produce, to fresh seafood. I knew I wasn’t going to be doing much shopping anywhere else, so I spent some time at the market picking up a few gifts to bring back to people at home.

Granville Island Brewery Vancouver may 2015 (1)

Probably my favorite stop on Granville Island was to the Granville Island Brewery. I’ve had their beers a few times here in Calgary at different pubs. As soon as I saw that they had tours I knew I wanted to take one. There were only two other people on the tour with me which was pretty nice. We started off by learning about the ingredients that go into beer and the different kinds of beer. We then went into the actual brewery to check out the equipment that they use to make the beer. Afterwards we got to taste test three samples. My favorite was the raspberry ale, though the lager was a close second. Our tour guide said that they get all their ingredients as locally as possible. That means that their raspberry ale for instance might taste a bit different from one year to the next if they get the raspberries from a different farm.

That night I went to U2’s opening concert for their Innocence and Experience tour. I have so much to say about it so I’ll leave it for another post, but it was amazing! Definitely the best concert I’ve ever been to.

False Creek Ferries Vancouver May 2015

The next day I knew I wanted to spend at least part of the day inside. I’d gotten sunburnt the day before despite putting on lots of sunscreen. I chalk it up to my incredibly fair skin. I decided to take a ferry over to the Maritime Museum and the Museum of Vancouver, which were right next door to each other.

Maritime Museum Vancouver May 2015 (5)

The Maritime Museum had quite the history of not only boats in Vancouver, but also those that made (or in some cases attempted) the Northwest Passage. I didn’t know a lot about it going into the museum, but it was cool to think about how those first sailors signed up to go exploring through such tough conditions (not knowing exactly how to get through the Northwest Passage and the harsh weather conditions). They obviously had a lot of guts to do it.

Maritime Museum Vancouver May 2015 (6)

They actually had the St Roch in the museum. The St Roch was built for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was the first boat to make it through the Northwest Passage going from west to east. Visitors to the museum are allowed to go on it, so I had to check it out. I was surprised that a relatively small boat was able to make the voyage with the little technology that they had in the 1940’s.

Mueseum of Vancouver Vancouver May 2015

Afterwards I made my way over to the Museum of Vancouver. They had two exhibits. The first one was called “The Happy Show”. It was about the creator’s (Stefan Sagmeister’s) journey to find what makes him happy. It was a very interactive exhibit which I really liked. Visitors were encouraged to add a post it note with what made them happy written on it. Some of the research that’s been done on what makes people happy was interesting. I thought the above about salaries was surprising. Basically if you live in Canada or the US, you don’t get any happier if you make anything over $80,000. Someone who makes $80,000 is just as happy as someone who makes 10 times that amount.

The second exhibit was about this history of Vancouver, starting with the First Nations people. It was pretty cool to see the different transformations that Vancouver has gone through. It was also sad to learn about how certain groups of people were treated (the First Nations as Vancouver grew and the Japanese during WWII). I think my favorite part was seeing photos from when Vancouver wasn’t much more than a few buildings compared to what it looks like now.

From Sunset Beach Vancouver May 2015 (2)

My last morning in Vancouver I once again headed down to the waterfront and spent some time on the beach. I didn’t have a lot of time before I had to leave for the airport, but I wanted to make sure I saw the water one more time before I left.

Hiking Tips

With the warmer weather I always tend to spend more time outdoors. This summer I have a few hikes I want to do in the mountains. I thought I’d share some tips on how to be prepared and stay safe while hiking.

Hiking Tips Pinterest May 12 2015


Pick an appropriate hike. While it might be tempting to do the hike with the amazing views, if it’s too hard you’ll be miserable. Going uphill for hours on end is tough, not to mention the added toll of the higher altitude. Play it safe and pick a hike that’s within your fitness ability. You’ll enjoy yourself instead of wishing you were already back at the car.

Know where you’re going. Get a trail book for the areas that you’ll be hiking. Read about the trail – the kind of terrain, the elevation gained, distance, and how difficult it is. Get a topographical map of the area and look up your hike. Get to know the landmarks around it. It’s kind of fun to know what mountains you’re looking at once you get to the end of the hike. I have the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide (affiliate link) and I love it. It provides all the details you’d want to plan a hike.

Take enough food and water. If you’re going to be gone for any length of time it’s a good idea to take food and water with you.  In fact, take more than you think you’ll need. If you end up staying out longer than expected you’ll be very happy you have it. Trail mix, granola bars, and jerky are some of my favorite hiking foods. Make sure you pack out any garbage with you.

Dress appropriately.  The weather can change extremely quickly in the mountains, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Dress in layers so you can take them off the warmer you get. Also remember to bring extra warm layers as well as a waterproof one. You never know when that 10% chance of rain will turn into a raging thunderstorm.

Sunscreen and bug spray. There’s nothing worse than spending the day outdoors and being eaten alive by bugs. It sucks all the fun out of what you’re doing. Suffering with a sunburn for days afterward because you forgot sunscreen at home is pretty miserable too. Make sure you reapply both as needed to keep yourself protected.

Check the trail conditions. Many hiking areas have visitor information centers or ranger stations. Stop in before heading to the trailhead to get the latest info on the hike you want to do. There’s nothing worse than getting to the parking lot of the hike and finding out it’s closed due to bears in the area or that there’s sections of the trail washed out from flooding.

Leave details with someone at home. Make sure someone who isn’t going with you knows where you’re going and when you’re expected to be back. That way if something does happen, they’ll know you’re missing. They’ll also be able to tell the authorities what your plans were.

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Leave one of your hiking tips in the comments.