Of Winter & Warmth - an ode to snow

After almost a year and a half abroad we returned home to a record breaking winter like one we hadn't seen in years. Greeted with the most brilliant blanket of white we shed off the summer and slipped into a familiar embrace. The silver dance of the trees and bite of wind - the warmth of our homes and familiar kin.

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Brainy Breakfast Blend

After trying out a ridiculously easy method for making comforting homemade apple sauce I wanted to have a little bit more fun and customize this seasonal staple. The recipe is simple, like making the sauce itself, but packs a punch of fresh flavour and crunch that will fuel you up with all the good stuff you need to get your day started off on the right foot.

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Fall Harvest Cinnamon Apple Sauce

While getting ready for this seasons celebrations & festivities at our house I wanted to make something out of the abundance of organic apples gifted to us from our friend's fall harvest on their farm in the interior of BC. Here is a super simple & delicious recipe for homemade cinnamon apple sauce for the holidays

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Seasonal Showcase : Vancouver Christmas Art Market

While fighting off frost & the recent cold sweeping over Vancouver we wandered into The American on Main St. (formerly the Electric Owl) and were greeted by festive site of talented Vancouver artists showcasing their work and selling their goods to those looking for something special to fill their stockings with. 

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DIY: Natural Bark Hanging Baskets

This post was inspired by a collection of old wire baskets lying around in the garden looking in need of some love. Some of them were rusty and bent out of shape but there was still life left in them, with a little inspiration from the environment around us, we created something simple out of items that would otherwise be rubbish. 

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Golden Hour in the Blue Mountains

Photo diary of an afternoon spent soaking in the golden sun exploring one of Australia's most breathtaking natural landscapes. This World Heritage-listed area is must-see when staying in Sydney, the Blue Mountains are located only 2 hours outside of the city and are accessible by train. 

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Celebrating Spring with Carambola Candy & Cocktails

In season & ready to harvest - star fruit or carambola, a delicious and versatile fruit that grows in tropical and subtropical regions. Boasting an impressive amount of benefits - here are the reasons we love them & a few ways to enjoy them. Here's to a fresh season, enjoy!

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Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens

Nestled in the lush hinterland of Byron Shire is a place where the natural world is sacred & celebrated. 5 acres of private botanical gardens dotted in statues, giant crystals, and subtropical rainforest nestled in the lush hinterland of Byron Shire lies the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens. 

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Herbal Blend from the Garden - Mint & Lemongrass

Herbal teas in general are a wonderful alternative to caffeine & offer their own unique gifts to us such as providing us with antioxidants - lowering our rates of cancer, and gently soothing stress while enlivening our spirits. Experiment with blends that are individual to you. Feel inspired to grow and gift these herbs & teas to yourself and your loved ones, enjoy the brew. 

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Mr. Mountain and Life inside the Volcano

Meet James Mckenzie, the patriarch of one of the pioneering families that settled in the Tweed Valley in the late 1800's. For over 6 generations, the Mckenzies have owned and managed over 500 acres of mountain covered in subtropical rainforest & eucalyptus nestled in the immense caldera of an extinct shield volcano - the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. 
 

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Seva - love for love's sake

Introducing the concept of seva into our daily lives. It is a selfless service in which we do the work that needs to be done, regardless of whether or not it is something we would want or like to be doing. Through performing our devotional service with a true & humble heart, we begin our path towards living in yoga - in union. Experiencing the oneness within everything through the practice of love & devotion.  

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Jam Night - Agnes Water

You may not have heard of Agnes Water & 1770, these twin coastal towns are sometimes left off of the list of places you must visit as you make your way along Australia's east coast - perhaps that is one of the reasons that make this area is so special. Situated in Central Queensland, this region is known as the Discovery Coast - marking Captain Cook's first contact with the state. Agnes Water is also home to the most northerly surf beach on the east coast - a beautiful place to get your fill of surf before the start of the reef. 
 

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The Great Ocean Road

A winter's day alone on one of the most scenic drives in the world. A photo diary from the Great Ocean Road - kissed by wind & rains, beautiful as ever. Despite the things we were told of wind warnings and wetness, we wouldn't write off this time of the year for a visit. There is a certain charm to the winter's chill and having the wide expanse of coast all to yourself. 

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Street Art - Fitzroy I

Upon arriving in Victoria after months spent in remote areas of the country, we was itching to explore the city of Melbourne - a place known for its vibrant arts & cafe culture. 

Naturally we headed straight to Fitzroy - arguably the most creative and eclectic part of the city. This area has been described as the inner-city mecca for Melbourne’s alternative scene and it’s no surprise why. 

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