Did you know because 2017 marks Canada’s 150th Birthday, Canada has an AMAZING gift for you! If you order a Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass before the end of the year, it’s FREE.

FREE PARKS CANADA DISCOVERY PASS

Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass .jpg

Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass

I paid for mine, so it’s good for two years because like I said, admission for the entire 2017 year to Parks Canada places from coast-to-coast is FREE.

Here’s some Alberta Parks Canada photo inspiration and reasons why you need to order a pass! Everyone needs to visit Banff, Jasper and Elk Island National Parks-EVERYONE.

Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass .jpg

Jasper

Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass .jpg

Patricia Lake, Jasper, Alberta

 

Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass .jpg

Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta

Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass .jpg

Around Athabasca Falls, Jasper, Alberta

Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass .jpg

My favourite mountain, Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper

Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass .jpg

Maligne Canyon, Jasper, Alberta

Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass .jpg

Bison at Elk Island National Park, Alberta

And you don’t have to be Canadian to order your free pass either! If you’ve been thinking of visiting Canada, 2017 is the year to do it folks! There will be Canada’s 150th Birthday Celebrations all over the country, pretty much the whole year ’round!

Consider this post as my personal invitation to visit my home…

my beautiful country…

my Canada.

Come and discover us! We don’t disappoint.  🙂

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas filled with hugs, love and yummy food!

Olde English Charm In The Rocky Mountains

Last week we decided to go to Banff for a short visit, because why not? Terry hasn’t had much work lately, which is ok by me. Yeah, less money but, MORE ADVENTURES.

I looked around on Expedia, because I really didn’t feel like paying a lot for a hotel room this time. Heck, we’re still recovering from the College Road Trip #2, so no added financial stress is needed thank you very much. I found great reviews and a great price of $122 for one night at The GeorgeTown Inn in the city of Canmore, which is about a 10 minute drive from Banff.

 The GeorgeTown Inn, Canmore, Alberta

The GeorgeTown Inn.jpg

The GeorgeTown Inn

What a fantastic find! The Georgetown Inn has that little bit of Olde English Charm that’s kind of fun here in Canada. We love that stuff! Canmore was a mining town way back, but when the mines shut down there wasn’t much else for it to survive, that is, until the 1984 Calgary Olympics.  Canmore is now home to the Canadian Nordic Centre where athletes live and train for cross country skiing and other Olympic sports. That Olympics saved the town, and wow…I wish I bought property back then because now it’s a booming mountain town that’s pretty expensive to live in. Gas is at least 10 cents a litre more, and housing is outrageously priced. C’est la vie! At least they have great hotels and inns to stay in, like The Georgetown Inn.

The Georgetown Inn looks like it might be an older property, but is in fact only about 15 years old. So it has all the modern amenities you need with the look and feel of staying in the English countryside.

This is a shot of the patio, it’s so PRETTY!

The GeorgeTown Inn.jpg

The GeorgeTown Inn

And Hellooooooo, there’s an english phone booth here!
The GeorgeTown Inn.jpg

As soon as you walk in the lobby, you know this is gonna be GREAT.

The GeorgeTown Inn.jpg

The GeorgeTown Inn Lobby

Where do you get these English furniture items? I’d like to know, seriously. Is there an Ole English Shop where you can buy these things?

The GeorgeTown Inn1.jpg

Our room was so quaint and amazing. As soon as you walk in, you notice that there’s a tea pot with cookies left for you.

The GeorgeTown Inn.jpg

King Bed:

The GeorgeTown Inn.jpg

And a fireplace! How cool is that! Too bad this menopausal lady can’t stand heat, but hey! Still pretty cool!

The GeorgeTown Inn.jpg

The bathroom and tub are pretty nice too!

 The GeorgeTown Inn.jpg

The Pub is called The Miners Lamp Pub, and WOW what a great spot to eat!

 The GeorgeTown Inn.jpg

They apparently have the best fish and chips EVER, but we arrived too late for dinner. But, we had breakfast there the next morning and it was SO SO GOOD.

 The GeorgeTown Inn.jpg
I had the Bacon and Berry pancakes, and YUMMMMMmmmmmm! I couldn’t finish this portion, but even then I was full until 3pm easy.

The Georgetown Inn is a lovely place to stay if you’re visiting the Banff area, and I highly recommend it! The staff were very friendly and very helpful. We will definitely be back soon! In fact, we were talking about taking Marky here when she comes home for Christmas, because she enjoys places like this that have all the little charms of England.

 photo SAM_2395.jpg

Plus with views like this, how can you go wrong?

Have you stayed at The Georgetown Inn in Canmore? What other hotels in the Banff/Canmore area are great? Let me know! We are of course scheming and planning another trip, because the mountains are always calling!

After last week’s emotional post about my friend, I decided I needed a break. An Adventure! To take my mind off all the horrible stuff going on around me. I love going to the mountains here in Alberta. Heck, if I could afford it, I’d move there in a heart beat. I wish I could. I really do. So, that’s where we went.

And so, I’m gonna spam you again with all the beautiful scenery I experienced last week in Banff. #lovealberta

 photo c2bc0093-2950-4f7d-b177-d4516b04ca0f.jpg

Banff Alberta Overpasses

 

This is something I’ve never showed you before. Canada Parks built these overpasses for the animals to help them cross the highways. It’s a seamless forest-y walkway for them, and I think they work actually! You hardly ever see any roadkill in Banff National Park anymore.

We didn’t spend a lot of time in Banff this trip because we really wanted to see Lake Louise this time.

Lake Louise, Alberta.jpg

Lake Louise, Alberta

 

And yup. It’s probably one of the prettiest spots on Earth. She doesn’t disappoint. Get ready for the money shot.

Lake Louise, Alberta

Lake Louise, Alberta1.jpg

Lake Louise, Alberta

 

Lake Louise is an alpine lake, and is known for its sparkling blue-green waters. It’s situated at the base of glaciers as you can see.

Lake Level view!

Lake Louise, Alberta.jpg

Lake Louise, Alberta

 

I’m sorry, I just couldn’t stop snapping pictures! I could just sit there for hours staring and thinking.

Lake Louise, Alberta.jpg

Lake Louise, Alberta

 

Here’s a view to the left. I did turn my head and look around hahaha!

Lake Louise, Alberta.jpg

Lake Louise, Alberta

 

This is a time I wish every picture came with a smell-o-vision button. The air up there is so CLEAN. So fresh. And you can pick out every single scent that’s there-pine? Wild flowers? Greenery? It’s surreal, and so hard to explain?! I wish I could do it justice, but I don’t think any words can really tell you what it smells like there. You just have to come and smell and see for yourselves!

Moraine Lake, Alberta:

Moraine Lake, Alberta.jpg

Moraine Lake, Alberta

 

This gorgeous lake view used to be on the back of our old $20 bills.

Moraine Lake, Alberta

Moraine Lake, Alberta

Moraine Lake is a lot bluer than Lake Louise, and there’s a science-y time reason for that!

Moraine Lake, Alberta.jpg

Moraine Lake, Alberta

 

SO blue.

Moraine Lake, Alberta.jpg

Moraine Lake, Alberta

 

I regret not buying this amazing toilet paper holder in Banff. I swear you can buy the weirdest/most amazing things there.

 photo IMG_0868.jpg

I couldn’t get Terry on board with it for some reason HAHA. He couldn’t see my decorating vision! Can you?

 photo IMG_0869.jpg

Found a stocking stuffer for Marky. It’s her favourite word I swear.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream.jpg

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream

 

And a little beauty bonus for you! It’s so DRY in Calgary and Banff. I thought it was dry up here in Edmonton, but every time I go down south and to the mountains my legs get SO ITCHY that I can’t stop scratching like a buffoon. This Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream saved me from scratching my legs off. It’s really thick and lathers nicely into the softest foamy foam ever. It smells very shea buttery too-nice and gentle. But it doesn’t leave your skin greasy feeling at all for something so moisturizing. It cleanses really well too! I love it, and from now on it’s coming with me on any trips for sure. Perfect for this near menopause gal who can’t stand body butters!

You just can’t beat Alberta skies I’m telling you. Nope. No way. No how.

 photo IMG_0871.jpg

And that was my little adventure last week! I hope to have many more adventures to show you. You see, my hubby was laid off at the end of July, and forced to take early retirement. It was a bit of a shock to us, but he only wanted to work until Marky was finished college anyways. He has been still working though for Sportsnet Productions, but as a freelancer. At first we thought maybe he should get a full-time staff position and then we started to REALLY think about it. WHY. Freelance work is the way to go for him right now, so he can enjoy life for a change. It was a scary decision for us-since he’s the only bread winner in the family. But, life is short. And we want to enjoy what time we’ve got left here! Having sick friends really makes you think about what you want to do with what little time you’ve got left here. And we want to have some fun adventures together!

I promise to get back to blogging about beauty this week! I have quite a bit of things I’ve been loving to show you-specifically skincare. And also some decluttering posts too! YUP. Lots of stuff coming at you, so be prepared!

HUGS everyone! Have you been on any fun adventures lately?

Hey it’s Friday! Let’s chat!

Sorry I missed last week, but honestly I had quite the boring week. Nothing exciting happened. But this past week was FUN.

My hubby Terry had his first root canal. Poor baby… Me? I’ve had THREE in my lifetime, with my first at just the young old age of 18. I’ll never forget it. Let’s compare root canals, shall we? Just for FUN.

Here’s MY story: I had a fun night at the Winnipeg Ex(ummm, in Canada we have these fairs with rides and stuff that travel from city to city in the summer) eating my mini doughnuts. Then, when I came home at 2 AM and tried to sleep? BAMMMO. My tooth starts to ACHE. WORST PAIN OF MY LIFE(well, maybe second… I had appendicitis when I was 7 and had to have surgery…that probably was the worst pain I’ve ever experienced). My tooth hurt so bad…I woke my parents up crying in pain…who, bless their immigrant souls, fed me straight up 4 shots of vodka to kill the pain. It didn’t work. So, at about 4 AM my dad decided to take me to the ER. And started turning into the children’s ER, because honestly that’s where he took me most of my life-it was where he always took me! I was a sick kid..like lots…but that’s another story for another Friday. 😀 After reminding him that I was 18 now and needed to go to the regular adult ER, my dad finally figured out where to take me. In the ER I was crying so hard and loud, my poor father covered my head inside his jacket LOL…to stifle the sobs! He stroked my head too.. to try to make me feel better…me sobbing in his armpit. 😀 Of course back then in the 80s there was nothing they could do for me besides send me home with Tylenol #3s, and strong advice to call my dentist on Monday morning. After being drugged up the whole weekend from the codeine, I finally had my root canal late Monday afternoon. And that was another nightmare…they didn’t give me enough freezing! So they literally had to inject more RIGHT INTO THE OPEN NERVES. Yeah…it HURT.

Terry’s story: My tooth is bugging me. Eh, I’ll ignore it for a few weeks. Maybe I should call the dentist? Yeah, ok. It’s still bugging me so I’ll go see her. Oh, my tooth is infected? Wow! Ok, I’ll take these antibiotics for the next 2 weeks, with my scheduled root canal the next Monday. Root canal day was a long day, as my tooth was really infected and they had to drain a lot of gunk, but eh-it wasn’t so bad. In fact, I stopped at TIM HORTON’S RIGHT AFTER MY ROOT CANAL and brought home these lovely doughnuts:

 photo IMG_3516.jpg

I think I win, RIGHT???? MEN. WHY is stuff so much easier all the time for them? Sigh…oh and the doughnuts were delicious. And Terry is doing fine. 😀 I love my hubby. He’s so easy going. The complete opposite of me which is why he’s my soul mate. He’s funny…good looking…and always takes care of me. He promised my mama he would and he has!  😀

Let’s talk some beauty now! I’ve been enjoying The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Collection in my shower lately:

 The Body Shop Smoky Poppy .jpg

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy

 

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy shower gel? Is BLACK. Which I wasn’t expecting?? But cool nonetheless! Like a soul-less shower gel HAHAHA…Shower gel of my dreams! Apparently The Body Shop Smoky Poppy collection has real Turkish Poppy in there, but I don’t think poppies have a real fragrance? Correct me if I’m wrong, please! But my mom used to plant poppies all the time in the garden when I was a little kid. They’re kind of one of the favourite flowers of Ukraine…I mean they’re in our head wreaths, in art…they’re EVERYWHERE… and they were in our garden when I was growing up that’s for sure.

P130_7
People used to STEAL the seeds from our garden! Which pissed my mama off to no end. She had to be quick to harvest the seeds before druggies stole them. I think they thought they could make opium out of them LOL 😀 😀  Good luck with that DUDES… not THAT easy hahaha. But honestly, I don’t remember Poppies having a scent? Pretty sure about that because as a kid I used to sniff everything in my mama’s garden, which is why I have such an attachment to certain flowers like Lily of The Valley and Orange Blossoms, and CARNATIONS…MAN…those were all such awesome scents! Little Tracy used to make a bouquet of flowers and put them in a glass on her bedside table…Ahhhhh the scent memories I’ve just stirred are amazing! The Body Shop Smoky Poppy is…hard to explain honestly. It’s a floral oriental, that’s on the weaker side of oriental. But I like it! It’s different for The Body Shop and not all fruity tooty, so kudos to them. Honestly, it really reminds me of carnations, which I LOVE. I like this new scent direction they’re taking! Keep doing it!

Terry had to work in Calgary for the weekend-it was Hockey Day In Canada! All the Canadian Hockey teams were playing, so CBC was televising them all day long. I decided to tag along, because why not? I love going to Calgary.

 photo IMG_3565.jpg

It was really WARM there! We couldn’t believe it! People were wearing shorts HAHA! It was nice to spend time with some old friends, and of course, visit Nordstrom’s!

 photo IMG_3692.jpg
These Van’s cost $38…plus did you know that you can take back pretty much ANYTHING if you change your mind? These flowery Van’s are a tad too big, but I got them anyways because the SA told me that even if I wore them OUTSIDE and felt they were too big? I could STILL bring them back for a refund?!!  YOU ROCK NORDSTROM. The Bay better take note because DUDES…that’s like OUTSTANDING customer service.

On Saturday I had fun with some old friends I haven’t seen in awhile and walked about 9.5 km around downtown Calgary! I managed to get to a Shopper’s Drug Mart for Super Redemption though!

 photo IMG_3599.jpg

I’m kinda’ glad I was in Calgary for this redemption event, because I got to redeem for some Urban Decay this time! There aren’t any Shoppers around me in Edmonton that carry Urban Decay, so YAY me! Oh, and so far I can say that that concealer and powder are AMAZING. If you love powder foundations like I do then GET them.

We had a lovely Sunday brunch at out hotel, The Westin Calgary, and a very understanding waiter because WOW everywhere in Calgary the heating was out of whack because of the warm weather. He brought this hot and flashy lady the most awesome COLD glass of ice water I’ve ever had! I’m telling you, I’ve never appreciated ice water so much until these hot flashes started.

We started driving out of town back home and started talking about Banff. So we decided WHAT THE HECK LET’S GO TO BANFF. It’s only about an hour away from Calgary, and we haven’t been there since last year during the College Road Trip, and we only stopped there for a bathroom break and didn’t really get to visit. So off we went!

The drive to Banff is kind of amazing BTW.

 photo IMG_3573.jpg

You see the mountains in the distance…and they keep getting closer….

 photo IMG_3576.jpg

And then…you’re smack dab in the middle of the beautiful Rocky Mountains…in a town…it’s CRAZY BEAUTIFUL.

 photo IMG_3586.jpg

It’s a bit of a tourist trap downtown Banff to be honest… nothing like it was 26 years ago when I first moved here that’s for sure. So many more brand name stores like Roots and The Gap are in town. But it’s still quite beautiful! The air? You can tell is different when you breathe it in. It’s so clean. And crisp. I love it. I’d love to live here if I could, but I’d need at least $1 million to buy a place it’s ridiculously expensive….but I can dream!

Our first stop in Banff is a family tradition…and even though we were less one family member, I  had specific text instructions from Marky to honour the tradition and buy her some candy hahaha!

 photo IMG_3701.jpg

I’ll say this…they sell EVERY kind of candy???? YUCKKKK.

 photo IMG_3579.jpg

But I got Marky her FAVOURITE! It’s not sold here in stores, but is an import from the UK. What can I say…Narnia kid or what LOL!

 photo IMG_3707.jpg

And something for me that I can’t get anywhere else!

 photo IMG_3700.jpg

It’s a sick love some of us 80s kids have for Thrills…maybe it’s because we used to get our mouths washed out with soap for swearing when we were little… 😛 I think it’s actually a lavender taste, not soap?  But I can’t help it! If I see a pack, I buy it…and CHEW… 😛

We had to stoop at the COWS store…because it’s amazing and makes me laugh so much!

 photo IMG_3581.jpg

Right??? And of course, I had to buy this one!

 photo IMG_3580.jpg

I DIED. I’m starting to have the most awesome Breaking Bad T-shirt Collection I think LOL!

We shared a cinnamon sugar and lemon Beaver Tail…because it was HUGE…like the span of Terry’s chest! We tend to share treats now that we’re old and chubby…and that’s ok with me!

 photo IMG_3592.jpg

Sadly, it was time to get back home…  🙁   but first a pit stop for the most perfect chocolate milkshake ever from the cult Peter’s Drive-In in Calgary:

 photo IMG_3594.jpg

Peter’s Drive-In is famous in Alberta for no nonsense burgers and shakes. SO GOOD. And DON’T order the large fries…it’s a SHOEBOX of fries…I’m serious. SHOEBOX.

OH, and Marky is taking a Character Design Class, and the last assignment was Mickey Mouse, and my daughter’s version of Mickey CRACKS ME UP so much that I have to share:

 photo IMG_3192.jpg

I dig this Mickey… he’s like EVERY MAN MICKEY, right?  😀

And that was my awesome week! How was YOURS? Did you do anything fun? Find something new and awesome? Share! Let’s CHAT!