Minimalist Inspiration

Minimalist Inspiration

Minimalism inspires me. It gives me a sense of peace. When my surroundings are cluttered, so is my mind. Minimalism is a lifestyle. It’s an approach that can be applied to many elements of life.  Here are some of my favourite minimalist inspirations.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This book flips the usual minimalism approach on its’ head by simply asking if an object brings you joy – and if not, why are you keeping it? What purpose does it serve? The simplicity in this method makes it so simple to rid yourself of the excess.

Miss Minimalist & The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
One of the first websites I discovered about the minimalist lifestyle, I adore the weekly reader profiles and learning about minimalism through different perspectives. Francine Jay also wrote a wonderful guide book to minimalism, which I believe to be required reading.

Zero Waste Home: The Blog & The Book by Bea Johnson
A zero waste lifestyle is very comparable to a minimalist lifestyle, and eco-friendly to boot. Bea Johnson is a chic, French woman living in California with her husband & two children, who lives simply, reuses, recycles, and attempts to limit what ends up in a landfill.

Zen Habits
Leo Babauta is a self-help guru with a minimalist approach at his core. Every post is more inspiring than the last – from ‘How Not To Hurry’ to ‘The Zen of Doing’, and even ‘The Ultimate Guide to Get Lean’. Read his most popular posts here.

Nourishing Minimalism
A more gentle approach to minimalism, this blog focuses on real food and simple living. Rachel is a mom to 6 and encourages a minimalist approach in all aspects of life, from your closet to your kitchen.

The Minimalists
Joshua & Ryan have become superstars in the minimalist world. Having authored many books, going on tour, and speaking at TedX, they started their journey into minimalism with a 21-day journey. Read about it here.

Minimalist Baker
Taking the simplified approach to cooking by sharing recipes that take less than 10 ingredients, use one bowl, and take 30 minutes or less to make. The beautiful photography makes me salivate…

Little Eco Footprints
Tricia writes this blog about living better with less, which for her means living close to nature and helping her children discover the beauty of simplicity. Playing in the dirt is mandatory.

20 Liter Life
A backpack that can contain up to 20 litres of stuff is all that Vince & Franklin each need to live comfortably. A blog about travel, productivity, and enjoying life without accumulating all the baggage that goes with it.

Project 333
Taking a sensible minimalist approach to your wardrobe. Courtney challenges you to wear 33 items or less for 3 months. Could you do it?

Rowdy Kitten & You Can Buy Happiness (And It’s Cheap)
Tammy Strobel, writer and photographer, decided to drastically change her life, sell her stuff, and live in a tiny home on wheels. Her story inspires many, and proves that there is no one right way to live a life to equal happiness.

Does minimalism inspire you? I think everyone could benefit from a little bit of simplicity, whether that means saying ‘No’ to unnecessary demands and saying ‘Yes’ to yourself, cleaning off your bedside table, or eating a whole foods diet. What are your favourite minimalist sources?

Insta Inspired No. 01

A Merry Mishap

@amerrymishap

interior design blogger jennifer creates beautiful vignettes, often with her toddler

Oh Dear Drea

@ohdeardrea

andrea is one of my favourite bloggers who posts colourful and bright pictures that warm my soul

Driven By Love

@drivenbylove_

tayli’s instagram is full of free-spirited, motherly love

Door Sixteen

@doorsixteen

i turn to anna’s feed when i’m in the mood for anything brooklyn or manhattan inspired

Bennnnngie

@bennnnnnnngie

travel pictures from the road, for the adventurer in anyone


Welcome to Insta Inspired, where I share my favourite 5 instagrammers of the week. I find instagram to be such an inspiring source of imagery and I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you each week. In the comments, leave one of your favourite instagrammers!

 

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

When I first walked past The Whistler Tea House, I had to stop and take a look. Large, open windows showcase the beautiful interiors – the mostly white room is accented by a stunning cherry blossom accent wall, warm wood floors, and rustic tables and stools all beckoned to me. Inside, it was even more lovely. The fragrance of different teas,  a stack of delicious cookies in beautiful glass jars, and a selection of tea cups to choose from.

The place is tea heaven. It’s one of those places that you might dub “adult only”, saving it for those moments without the kids – but seconds later the sound of hilarious laughter bubbled through the air and I was brought back to reality. The Whistler Tea House is more than child-friendly, it even hosts a weekly mom-and-kid tea time!

Yulia opened The Whistler Tea House especially for locals to enjoy with their families. Being a local Whistler-ite, she sought community and friendship within Whistler, and decided to give the resort town what it was missing. The inspired decor is the perfect backdrop to meet with friends and make new ones.

Being a mom of two girls herself, Yulia knew firsthand how difficult it can be to make new friendships, and maintain them! So every Wednesday, she hosts a Mom’s Tea Time at The Whistler Tea House for mommy’s and their children to enjoy. It feels so warm and inviting, like an impromptu gathering at a friend’s house – it’s so full of joy and laughter!

Whistler Tea House

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Not How I Want to Be Remembered

Mother’s Day. Le sigh.

Our family had an incredible weekend. Not only did our little man turn three (3!!!), we also threw the most fun train-themed birthday party a threenager could ever ask for. There was cake, too many presents, and a bouncy castle.

On Mother’s Day, we jumped on a ferry and took a day enjoying Bowen Island. We love that place. It’s quaint and special, with forests full of ferns and deer and a small main area with cute shops and my favourite pizza place in the world, Tuscany’s.

The whole weekend was a success.

My daughter finally pulled out her hand-made Mother’s Day gift, a school project that required the kids to make books about how much they love their mother’s and why. All the wonderful things they do with their moms, and all the adjectives that describe their mommy’s – beautiful, pretty, smart, etc.

I learned a lot about myself from three pieces of glued-together construction paper.

I am loving, caring, dependable and helpful – of course! I’m mysterious(!), cheerful, and ambitious – woot! She apparently LOVES when we bake together (which we never do, btw).

My least favourite words in this book?

Busy. Stress. (<- that was in there twice!) Works. That I’m good at working.

W. T. F.

Is this how I’m going to be remembered?

A busy, double-stressed out mom who works a lot and is good at working?

Not quite what I had in mind…

$50 Starbucks Giveaway

Win a $50 Starbucks Card

Is there a better way to start your Monday than a cup of coffee? Extra strong? Or maybe a tea is your fuel of choice? Green smoothie? Either way, winning a $50 Starbucks card would definitely perk up my Monday morning, no matter what you like to start your day with!

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More Than Just Flowers on Mother’s Day

Beautiful Flowers on a Bike

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and while I love a holiday that’s devoted to mother’s everywhere, I think sometimes we forget what really matters. My wish for Mother’s Day? To sit back, relax, and enjoy my family. How often can we truly say we relish in the time we spend with our family? I just want to put all the worries and thoughts and to-do lists away and just have fun with my favourite people in the world!

I also love flowers – white peonies and lavender, in particular – a good cup of tea, and a delicious meal. I also wouldn’t turn down some pampering at the spa (hint, hint!). Here are some ideas of what to do for you Mama to have her feeling incredible:

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Epic Baby Shower Giveaway

Epic Baby Shower Giveaway! One winner takes home more than $300 in prizes! Enter by May 22.

One lucky winner will take home the following prizes:

One (1) Munchkin Safe Step Gate with Trip Guard
One (1) Bloom Bathtub
One (1) $50 Target Gift Card
One (1) Chicco Stroller
One (1) Space Saver High Chair
One (1) Orla Kiely Diaper Bag

PLUS products from Boogie Wipes, Dreft Home and Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus!

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Quite Surprising

Very little surprises me, in this day and age. We are living in a time that people are skydiving from outside the earth’s atmosphere, while halfway around the world women can’t go to school or work because there aren’t public toilets that can accommodate them. There’s so much joy in this world and there’s so much strife at the same time.

Scientific discoveries abound. Mental and psychological illnesses are being researched and regarded with more respect than ever before. After a generation of preservative-laden “fast foods” we are finally coming to our senses and reverting to eating more whole foods. The last male northern white rhinoceros is under 24-hour armed surveillance.  Kim Jong Un is hiring women for his own personal pleasure squad.

People are valuing independent thinkers, creatives, entrepreneurs. People are fighting cancer. Years of research is providing us with therapies and even cures for illness and disease. Natural disasters abound. Droughts are killing our forests and our food sources.

This world is imperfect. All of the above is true. And none of it – absolutely, completely NONE of it – surprises me. The luxury of tapping my phone and being repeatedly overexposed to news from all over the world has led to a reality where I am no longer shocked and appalled at people’s situations all over the world.

I am not indifferent to it. I don’t just shrug my shoulders and move on. I think. I donate. I discuss. I try. But I’m rarely surprised by life anymore. It’s a roll with the punches type world. Things change, people change, events happen – good and bad – and I’ve learnt to accept this.

However, a MAN who won’t complete work assignments, because a WOMAN requested it of him?

Now, that surprises me.

Because that means he’s hardly a man at all.

xo M.

Dora the Explorer Live! in Vancouver

Dora the Explorer Live! in Vancouver

Calling all families in the Vancouver area! Dora the Explorer Live! is coming back to Vancouver in June for an exciting show for all ages! Koba Entertainment is proud to bring audiences its celebrated theatrical production starring the adventurous explorer, Dora! Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys will sweep the nation in spring 2015.

Dora is embarking on her most important mission yet in Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys. Dora has lost her teddy bear, and the search is on to find him. With help from the audience, Boots, Map, Backpack, Diego and more, Dora uses her directional, counting, musical and language skills to successfully pass through the Number Pyramid and the Mixed-up Jungle to reach the City of Lost Toys. But watch out! You never know what that sneaky fox Swiper might be up to along the way!

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A Little Help with Spring Cleaning Giveaway

Spring in the BC Mountains

Spring is bursting into the West Coast and I’m inviting it in with arms wide open! On days that I get to work from home, I’m greeted with these beautiful views outside my windows. If you could believe it, most of the day was grey and rainy, then sometime after lunch the skies parted and in came the glorious, warm sun!

The beautiful weather outdoors serves as a great reminder to deep clean my house… What?… That sun beaming in? It’s beaming in through dusty windows, finger-print covered windows. Suddenly, I’m aware that the walls and ceiling are covered in a fine layer of dust, which is gross, by the way. So before I run out to enjoy the weather, I try to tackle some deep cleaning in the house.

We keep our home pretty minimal, so there isn’t too much dusting to do. But inside there are high ledges to dust, a thorough mopping is always great, and cleaning out the bathroom drawers is a chore that I’m really starting to hate!

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