Life Lately: June 2023

It’s been awhile since I last wrote one of these posts, so I thought I’d share one today.

Digital Marketing Class

Back in May I signed up for a continuing education class all about digital marketing. It was an online course, so I was able to work on it on my own schedule, which was perfect. I actually submitted my final assignment earlier this week. While I learned a ton, it was definitely a lot of work, so I’m glad it’s done. The biggest thing I took away from the class was that having a plan with clearly defined goals helps focus where I should be spending my time. It’s so easy to share content without really knowing why I’m doing it. If I have a specific goal in mind then it’s easier to know what I need to do.

Girl Guide Camping

Over the last two months I’ve done a ton of camping with Girl Guides. I’ve been to three different camps in Alberta owned by Girl Guides. The first weekend camp was at a camp that was brand new to me, so it was fun to check it out. It’s the most rustic camp I’ve been to so far – there was no water available, so we had to bring water (drinking, dishes, etc.) with us to camp. The campers had so much fun sleeping in a yurt and I enjoyed having my tent all to myself.

My second camp was with the Guides that I volunteer with on a weekly basis. We spent the weekend tenting with the second year Embers who will be able to join our unit next year as first year Guides. It was great to get to know some of the campers that I may be working with next year. It was the first time some of the girls had ever slept in tents, so there was a lot of excitement about that.

The last weekend camp I volunteered with the core team (I didn’t have any Guides there that I was responsible for), so I got to do more of the programming and prep rather than interacting with campers. It was a lot of fun and I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. It’s definitely a position that I would like to take on more in the future.

I bought my tent this spring when it was on sale. I’m so happy with it. It’s a front country tent so it’s way too heavy to take backpacking, but getting extra room is so worth it to me. Having enough space to sleep on a cot (!) and be able to stand up to change clothes are such little things but make all the difference when I’m camping. It’s been through a couple rainstorms and even hail, and it’s been dry each time.

Now that you know what I’ve been up to lately, let me know what you have going on in the comments below.

Have you taken any cont ed courses? Do you like camping?

My Favorite Moisturizers

In today’s post I’m sharing some of my favorite moisturizers.

I live in a very dry Calgary. It takes it’s toll on my skin, especially in the winter. From my face to my hands, I feel like I’m putting on moisturizer all the time when it’s particularly dry. Pair that with having sensitive skin that sometimes reacts to certain kinds of skincare, and I have to be picky about what I use. Below I’m sharing some of my favorite moisturizers that work for me.

I’ve included moisturizers that are both budget friendly and a bit more pricey. Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer and CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion are great options for sensitive skin. I haven’t had any problems what so ever with either of them. They’re also the two most budget friendly moisturizers on this list. They also do a great job. CeraVe was a brand that was recommended to my by a doctor because it’s so gentle on sensitive skin.

The Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins and Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar are both splurges for me. I’ve found that Hope in a Jar isn’t quite as moisturizing as I would like during the winter months. I would recommend going with one of the other options if you’re looking for something extra hydrating. It’s perfect for summer though when I don’t want anything too heavy. The Origins Night-A-Mins smells amazing! It feels pretty luxurious to put it on in the morning and before bed because it smells so good.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins | Hope in a Jar

Aveeno Daily Moisturizer | Tarte Maracuja Oil | CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion

I first tried Tarte’s Maracuja Oil a few years ago. I was a bit skeptical that I could apply a facial oil daily and not break out a ton. I was pleasantly surprised though when it provided me with heavy duty hydration without any of the skin imperfections. If you’re on the fence about trying out an oil, I highly recommend you give it a go. It’s my go to when parts of my face are feeling super dry.

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Share your favorite moisturizer in the comments below. I’d love to know what you’re using!

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What I Read in May

Today I’m sharing the books that I read over the last month.

Is anyone else also experiencing the perfect weather for reading outside right now? A book, a lawn chair in the shade, and something to drink is a perfect way to spend an hour or two. I read six books this month and I’m sharing my thoughts on them in this post.

The Face on the Milk Carton

I picked this one up at the thrift store a few weeks ago. As soon as I saw it on the shelf it brought back all kinds of memories of reading it as a kid. I even remember exactly what the cover looked like. The Face on the Milk Carton (affiliate link) is about a girl who sees her face face on a missing kids milk carton. She spends the book trying to figure out who she is and who her biological parents are. This is the first of 5 books in this series.

After I had read The Face on the Milk Carton I watched the TV movie based on the first two books. It stars Kellie Martin and Edward Herrman (Rory’s grandfather from Gilmore Girls) and is just as cheesy as you’d expect a mid 90’s TV movie to be.

The Bungalow Mystery, The Mystery at Lilac Inn, and The Secret of Shadow Ranch

Apparently I was all about the Nancy Drew books (affiliate link) this month because I read three of them. They’re quick and easy to read and don’t require a lot of thinking to follow the plot. These are also books that I read as a kid. I remember having a whole shelf of Nancy Drew books. While I don’t remember any of the plots, it’s fun to go back and read things that kept me entertained as a tween.

Little Town on the Prairie

I got the Little House series (affiliate link) for Christmas this past year and I’m slowly making my way through them. Either I’d forgotten or completely missed how racist these books are when I read them in elementary school. This book was particularly cringeworthy when it came to discrimination and stereotypes. Since I’ve been reading the Little House books over the last few months I’ve been googling random things about them. There is a whole lot of fans out there that I didn’t realize existed. They’ve even set up some of the different homes that the family has lived in as museums that people go visit on vacation. I had no idea that that was a thing.

Scandalized

The one and only adult book I read this week was Scandalized (affiliate link) by Ivy Owens. I saw that Kayla from Kayla in the City had recommended, so I knew it was going to be good. She gives the best book recommendations. It follows two main characters who were childhood friends and reconnect 20 years later as adults. I really ended up liking the characters and they felt very real to me. One thing I’d point out if you decide to read this one is that it’s spicy – definitely not something for young readers.

What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites

In today’s post I’m sharing a few of my favorite things from the past week.

This week has felt like it was jam packed. Between planning and getting the last few things ready for Guide camp this weekend (more on that below) and getting some reading done and an assignment submitted for my continuing ed class, it’s felt like a lot going on.

Camping

I’ll be spending the next three weekends camping with Girl Guides. I leave this afternoon for two nights with the Guide group that I volunteer with. We also invited the Embers (7 and 8 years old) who will be coming up to Guides (9 to 11 years old) next year so they can meet the adults as well as the other girls. It’ll be the first time that some of them have ever slept in tents and they’ll be cooking their own food (with adult supervision and help if needed), so I think they’ll have a lot of fun. Saturday afternoon they’ll be building shelters shelters from tarps, ropes, and anything they can find around out campsite (rocks, sticks, etc). They had a lot of fun building snow forts at our fall camp back in October, so I think they’ll enjoy doing something similar this time.

It’s so much fun to be able to be able to give back to my community. AS a girl, I was in Guiding for 9 years. I had so much fun and learned so much. I met my best friend though Guiding. I got to try wind surfing, wood working, and orienteering at camps that I wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise. Being able to give others the chance to make similar memories makes all the work planning and dealing with tears and homesickness worth it.

Camping cot

Speaking of camping, about a month ago I decided to splurge on a camping cot (affiliate link) that I can sleep on in my tent. I took it out for two nights a few weeks ago and it made sleeping in a tent so much more comfortable! I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was. Honestly, I wish I had bought one before. It makes such a difference to sleep up off the group. And even getting into and out of bed is easier because I’m 18 or 20 inches off the ground. I feel like it’s an indication of my age, but having that little bit of height makes such a big difference. I counted that I’ll be tent camping 14 nights this spring and summer, so I figure I’ll get my money’s worth from it this year alone.

Orange is the New Bloack

I know I’m years and years behind on this, but I’ve been binge watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix. I’ve had lots of friends recommend it to me but it still took me awhile to get into it. I had watched a few episodes previously, but it didn’t suck me in like it did this time around. I’m mid way through the sixth season now, and I’m already a bit sad that I only have a season and a half left to watch. I’m really hoping that the ending is done well.

Ever watch Orange is the New Black? Were you ever in Guiding or Scouting as a kid? Let me know in the comments below.

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Favorite Perfumes

In today’s post I’m sharing my favorite perfumes.

I wasn’t really into perfume much until my mid twenties. I never wore it regularly before then. After graduating university I went on a trip to Europe. While in France I was able to stop at Fragonard’s factory, just east of Nice in the French Riviera. I got a tour and learned about how perfumes are made. It was such a cool experience because I didn’t realize how much went into making perfume.

Favorite perfumes graphic of 4 bottles of perfume: Belle de Nuit, Aqua Allegoria, Miss Dior, and Warm Vanilla Sugar from Bath and Body Works.

Needless to say, I bought a bottle of Belle de Nuit from Fragonard’s and brought it hope. I wore it a lot because I liked it so much. I got lots of compliments on it because it smelled so amazing. I was pretty sad when I put it on for the last time because my bottle was empty.

Available a bit more close to home, I’m also a big fan of both Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria (affiliate link) and Miss Dior (affiliate link). Both of these are available at Sephora. And really more of an honorable mention than an actual perfume is Bath and Body Works’ Warm Vanilla Sugar fragrance mist. It’s one of those scents that isn’t obvious and in your face, but smells so good when you notice it.

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What are some of your favorite perfumes? Tell me what it is in the comments below – I’d love to know what you’re wearing!

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