Welcome to my August 2021 Favorites!
Hello! My summer of yes is officially over and September is here! September has always been my January which means it’s time to reset the house and organize all the things. After a busy summer of hardly being home, it will be nice to clear out some closets and drawers. In fact as you’ll see later in this post, I’ve already started! But first, I’d love to share with you a few of my August 2021 favorites. I hope you enjoy this little peek into what’s been going on in my life lately and what I am currently loving on.
august 2021 FAVORITES
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After not seeing our families at all last year, we decided we’d like to try and see both sets of family this summer. Only problem is they live on opposite sides of Canada. So this past month we not only flew to Ontario from Alberta to visit my family but then we also drove 14 hours to Kitimat, BC to visit my husband’s family and some of my best pals too. We had such great visits with everyone! I can’t show you any pictures from Ontario since most of the pictures I took there are of family but I took a ton of scenic pictures in BC which is where I grew up. When the sun is shining it really is such a beautiful place. And we had quite a few sunny days too which was so great. And because Kitimat is right on the coast, I got to see the ocean and the mountains at the same time. Definitely my happy place!
Loved this rock message we found on one of our little hikes 🙂
I also found my initials carved into a tree as well. That was fun!
Kitimat is well known for its great fishing so of course my husband spent some time doing just that. I got hot watching him so my boys built me a sun shelter. It worked perfectly although the log I was sitting on wasn’t very comfortable, ha!
So many great memories made! And I haven’t even told you the best part yet. My daughter who I haven’t seen in 18 months flew to Kitimat to meet up with us so we got to see her too! That made my momma heart so very happy!
When traveling I always find it hard to keep my protein numbers up (I track my macros everyday as part of this program). So I was very excited to find this SUGAR-FREE beef jerky, whoot! It’s really delicious too. I found it at Save On Foods in BC so hopefully I can find it here in Alberta too.
Again I only read one book this past month. It’s called The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. A bit of a suspense as you try and figure out what is really going on. I liked that it held my attention and so I gave it four out of five stars!
I’m not sure if I’ve ever admitted this here or not but I’m a HUGE Big Brother fan. But not for the reasons you might think. I am really good at reading body language and a lot of that is thanks to Big Brother. Since there is a lot of lying going on I get to study the body language as it all goes down. It’s not often we get to know if what we perceive is actually correct. I love the show for this reason but also I love the household competitions too. At the beginning of every season my boys and I each pick two people who we think will win. This year we aren’t doing very well though since five of our six picks are already out. Oops. Do you watch?
As always, every month I like to share with you three or four things that I’m currently loving on. First up is the necklace my mom had custom made for me for my birthday from Freckle Face Jewelry (a Canadian company). It’s a family necklace and each stone represents the birthstone of one of my family members. The daisy is simply because I adore daisies :). I love it so much, it’s such a unique gift idea.
Next I just have to share a favorite that now hangs in my beach themed bedroom. My mother-in-law painted it herself and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it in her house. I was so surprised when she said I could take it home with me. It makes me so happy every time I look at it!
My last favorite this month may seem silly to some of you but I really enjoy finding solutions to my little problems. And this book stand does just that. I love to eat my breakfast and lunch and read at the same time so this book stand was exactly what I needed. Would also make a great recipe book stand too!
My girlfriend just bought me this new lemon mug and that’s definitely a new favorite too!
Like I said I’m currently organizing all the things. But the biggest thing I’m in the process of organizing and purging is my closet. I’ve lost 20 pounds over the last few months (this program is awesome!) and I had clothes that fit mixed in with clothes that didn’t. Getting dressed was getting tricky as I could never remember which was which. So I followed my own clothes purging rules and started trying things on to determine what would stay and what could go. I purged so many items from my closet (see below) and I’m not even done yet if you can believe it!
Here is a picture of all that I let go of from my closet that either no longer fit me or was no longer my style. Whew! My closet can breathe again and my mornings will now be a little less frustrating, yay! And yes I save my big Dollarama bags to reuse for packing up my items going to the thrift store.
What have you been purging this past month?
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If anyone is wondering about organizing products and wanting to see more of my favorites, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve got them all together in one place. Check them all out right HERE in my Amazon shop. So many glorious things! And I’ve added quite a few new items this past month.
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I hope you enjoyed taking this peek into my life and my August 2021 favorites. Tell me something that you are currently loving in your life. And if you’ve got any questions, let me know.
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