Wellness (almost) Wednesday: Walking the Trails in Fall :)

Wellness (almost) Wednesday: Walking the Trails in Fall :)

Hi All,

Last weekend one of my best friends Kaitlyn invited me out to go hiking. I got up at the ‘Sunday crack of dawn’ (8 am) and headed over to meet her at the trail for 9:15.

It couldn’t have possibly been a more beautiful, sunny, crisp and just overall glorious fall morning.

After a week at my sewing machine it felt like a total breath of fresh air.

 The trail was absolutely stunning, and the fall colours are just starting to turn 🙂

If only my ceiling looked like this all the time 🙂

 I’ve felt cooped up in the sewing room all week- so I really needed the exercise.

The trail we went to is called Beamer Memorial Trail, just outside of Hamilton in Grimsby, Ontario.  

It has part of the Bruce Trail, which is an 885 km trail along the Niagara Escarpment. Needless to say we did not walk that far lol, we just did a small part of it 🙂

But quite a beautiful part, with views of lake Ontario 🙂

We also wandered our way down to the little waterfall at the end of one of the side trails


Kaitlyn taking pictures

She even took this one of me 🙂

Then we hiked back to the center of the trail and took these stairs down the escarpment into the valley belowf.

Then spent some time wandering the little creek running through the valley.

Doesn’t this look gorgeous- yes yes it does- but I will tell you my friends, be cautious walking along rocks, in a creek, that look like this. Why you ask? let me tell you:

Just imagine me, somewhat clumsily walking along, rock to rock, when all of the sudden I put all my faith, all  my weight, into my step onto a slightly angled rock, only to find out that the surface is coated in a very thin layer of algae that has about 0 friction. You can imagine what happens next: foot goes straight out from under me, and I’m on my bum before I can blink. Now the worst part of this whole experience was trying to get up off the slipperiest rock in the whole world, while trying not to pee your pants from laughter, while going into harder fits of giggles as your friend is almost peeing themselves watching you try to get up. Not to mention the very startled look I got from a birdwatcher who didn’t understand my laughter and was worried that I justf couldn’t get up, whom I had to reassure that I was indeed okay.

That my friends is why you must be cautious with these rocks.

But after the whole rock ordeal we made it all the way back up the stairs and back along the trail, where we ran into this little guy

What a cutie 🙂 I love woolly bear caterpillars 🙂 and what a nice end to the walk 🙂

I feel like this is something that I should do more often, I felt about 10 lbs lighter walking out of those woods, like it cleared my mind and refreshed me so much- I would highly recommend it, especially now while the weather is so beautiful!

Do you like to walk the trails in the fall? Do you have a favourite hiking trail in your area?

I just love it! and this trail is such a gem!

I am off to drink some tea, cuddle up in a sweater, and do all the very seasonable things- I might even buy a pumpkin to carve 🙂

xo erin

WW: A Weekend with a Friend :)

WW: A Weekend with a Friend :)

Hi All,

This Wednesday I thought the topic of friendship and spending time with best friends was important- so I thought I would share my visit with one of my best friends Claire.

Claire and I met just over two years ago now as co-workers in a summer student research job- we hit it off instantly!

And now that we’ve gone our separate ways with career and education, we’ve always made time to keep up with each others lives and to get in a couple visits here and there (like our visit last Christmas).

I went to see her this past weekend and it was SO MUCH FUN 🙂

The first night we went to this amazing bar in downtown Toronto called Barchef, where they serve the most fabulous cocktails.

Claire ordered this ‘Sailor’s Mojito’ that was served with an accompanying ‘drink ravioli’ and ‘beach essence’ that gave you the smell and feel of the beach as you drank – Claire bought the recipe book and found out that it’s dry ice with tanning oil to give the beach smell- but wow was it amazing!

It was such a cool place- but it was a really dark and cozy atmosphere, amazing for sipping drinks- but not so great  for photos- this is the only one that turned out, but I also tried the strawberry lavender daiquiri, the basil daiquiri, and my personal favourite of the night- the coconut mojito. – All so amazing!

But after a late night of being posh and drinking fancy cocktails in a nice bar downtown Toronto with all of Claire’s beautiful friends – it called for a long sleep.

A sleep which ended in a wake up call of this lovely kitty giving me a gentle head-but, then rubbing down my whole body before sprawling out tummy-up beside me 🙂

The beautiful and oh-so-fluffy Sparta. Who also after waking me up, decided he would go right back to sleep in his tree 😛

So Claire and I got on with the feast making- and made a lovely brunch of medium boiled eggs, toast, sausages, pastries, fruit salad, yogurt and muesli! mmmmm was it ever good!

Perfect fuel for the day ahead- of swimming at her friend’s pool- which I was too in the moment to take pictures of- and for the evening activity which was going to the EX! or the Canadian National Exposition- a huge fair!

Naturally we got the wristband pass for all the rides and almost made ourselves sick riding all of them!

Even the beautiful kiddy swing ride!

It was such a fun weekend- and it really reminded me of how important friends are, and how special they are in your life 🙂 – there were so many other little unmentioned things too- like getting ready to go out for drinks, colouring the little animal print-outs with Claire’s copic markers, and just getting a chance to catch up! 🙂

Hope you’re all having amazing weekends too!

xo erin

WW: Blueberry Picking

WW: Blueberry Picking

Hi All!

A couple weeks ago I did a post about strawberry picking, well now it’s time for blueberries- which I have to say I love picking even more than strawberries. 🙂

The berries are SO GOOD this year!!

They’re jumbo sized! and super sweet and flavourful!

So plentiful that the bushes were completely weighed down with fruit!

 Mom and I couldn’t help ourselves, after an amazing morning of picking we managed to pick just over 60 lbs of berries- so berries for all, and some for the freezer to get us through the winter! All in the car waiting to be taken home 🙂

Some of the best picking I can remember! And we pick at the farm that mom has been bringing me to pick since I was 3, Brambleberry farms !!

I can’t wait to go home again so I can do some more picking! I love summer-time!

Do you pick blueberries? What fruit grows near you?

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

xo erin

Wellness Wednesday: Strawberry Picking :)

Wellness Wednesday: Strawberry Picking :)

Hi All,

This post is going to be about one of my absolute favourite early-summer activities: Strawberry Picking!!!

I decided to make this a Wellness Wednesday post because I believe that it contributes greatly to my wellness! What could be more health promoting than picking fresh fruit, out in the sunshine with your mom. Good for the body and good for the soul! 

I’ve been strawberry picking for as long as I can remember. Mom would take my sister and I out to the patch and we would wander around, eating berries, getting them all over our face and clothes and maybe add a couple half eaten ones to the bucket.

I soon became a much more efficient picker and I can remember picking my weight in strawberries most summers growing up! We like to freeze them and have them in smoothies all year round.

Look at those delicious berries! We are truly blessed with beautiful berries here in southern Ontario 🙂 Mom and I managed to pick 22 quarts between us that morning!

And I’m sure that more than a whole quart went to each of our bellies before the end too!

Strawberries and rhubarb are just the start of my summer fruit picking- I’m looking forward to cherries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, pears, plums and really anything else I can get my hands on! Can you tell I have an obsession?

Do you like picking your own fruit?

Hope your having a wonderful Wednesday!

xo erin

Wellness Wednesday: Breathing Exercises

Wellness Wednesday: Breathing Exercises

Hi All!

Today I have a guest post for Wellness Wednesday- my guest being my mom! She read this book back a couple of months ago and has been raving about it ever since! So here is her report!

Jumpstart Your Metabolism by: Pam Grout

“Oxygen- contracts our muscles, repairs our cells, feeds our brains, and even calms our nerves. Not only that, but breathing is our bodies chief cleansing tool… … your body will automatically kick into higher metabolism, your energy level will explode..”

I ordered this book off of amazon a couple months ago- I picked it because I was feeling a little lethargic over the long winter and I figured I could use a jumpstart to my metabolism this spring. And I’ve found this book was just what I needed!

A few chapters in I realized some of the bad breathing habits that I’ve formed. I noticed that during stressful situations (like driving in traffic) I tend to hold my breath and I start to sigh – which is my bodies way of trying to replenish my falling oxygen levels. So right away I wanted to try some of her techniques!

I started with ‘triangle breathing’ – a common breathing exercise:

1. Breath in through the nose for a count of 4

2. Hold the air in your lungs (making sure to relax your belly to fill all of your lungs) for a count of 4

3. Exhale for a count of 4.

and repeat for 2-3 minutes- which is a great exercise to focus on your breathing and lower your stress levels!

I started to breath deeper and I definitely noticed more energy. Simply stopping 3-4 times a day to take 10 deep breaths really reduced my afternoon sleepy times.

Of course, like many people during busy times, I forgot about it and went back to my old patterns. The biggest thing I noticed when returning to my old ways was my energy level dropped and I started to crave sweets to combat my tired afternoons again.

So I’ve been back on to my breathing routine (and I’m going to get Erin to join me this time!) and I’m looking forward to seeing my energy come back again!

To recap, I loved the book, it’s an easy read and definitely inspiring. I’m going to try some of the other breathing exercises and techniques in the book and I will definitely keep you updated on any of my success! I’ll just have to take over another Wellness Wednesday!

Mary 🙂

Thanks for the guest post mom! looks like I’ve got some new breathing exercises to do! 

xo erin