Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April Snippets

April seems to be flying by faster than last month...
odd how some months feel like they are long and others short.

I suppose it's how busy we are and how much we pack into each day.

I've been focusing on healthy eating and walking these past few weeks
in my attempt to shed some of the winter weight gained during the cold winter months.

This lane is tucked away off the beaten track in Oak Bay
we saw sunny yellow forsythia and Kerria Japonica 
bright bold red rhododendrons, 
various varieties of tulips and daffodils.

By this sign we spied evidence of the hollyhocks yet to bloom
we will come back along this way again as check on their progress.
I love hollyhocks but for some reason they do not grow well in our garden despite my best efforts,

The Iphone has a health app that helps me track my steps and distance walked.

Here is the readout for today...

A friend and I walked in Oak Bay today
around the waterfront and up into Uplands Park.

The native wild lilies are blooming.

The shooting stars are such a vibrant shade and look amazing en masse.

A camellia bloom was purposely placed on a green dumpster waiting for the company to come by and empty it!
I had to stop and capture this image...there is so much unexpected beauty out there is we just take the time to stop and look.

We rewarded ourselves at the end of our walk...
a cuppa with a view at The Oak Bay Marina.

The Karl Lagerfeld graphic tee...

I wore it in honour of Notre Dame.
The devastating fires yesterday at the iconic cathedral in Paris
have shocked and saddened so many
myself included.

It sounds like they plan to rebuild it.
They have raised millions already with more donations yet to come.

Taken in 2015 when I was last in Paris.

It's time that I prepare dinner so I must close for now...

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.
Until next time...

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Graphic Tees? Do you wear them?

We've been busy here in The Humble Bungalow
lots of things have kept me away from the computer.

Sunny days for long walks with friends
visits from the grandchildren
tidying up the garden
planting flowers.

There have been odd jobs, decluttering, repair projects and more...

Today the electrician was here installing some task lighting in the kitchen.
After he left I went to the mall to buy some new socks.
Why do socks wear out so fast?
I think its because I don't bulk buy socks and so they get worn a lot!

I bought new socks 
(mission accomplished!)

Came home with a new walking/yoga/workout outfit.

Graphic tees are popular...
especially for women of a certain age!
I have been relucutant to get on the bandwagon...
until today when I spied this top.

What are your opinions on graphic tees?
Leave a comment and we can chat...

Capri Yoga pants

Karl Lagerfeld Tee

I may wear this with my jeans under a sweater or jacket.
The fabric is super soft and it is weighty enough that it skims the body rather than clinging like some fabrics tend to do.

You can see that the black and whites are still the main players in my wardrobe.
It's so difficult to change my stripes...

Zebras are so stylish!

Flip Flops 
for our summer cruise.

Still looking for a bathing suit cover up...

Must close for now as I am off to the travel agent to pay the balance of our cruise.

Hope that you are well and finding small snippets of Joy in your daily round.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Smitten by a scarf...and a spring cleanse.

Have you ever seen something beautiful in a shop that caught your fancy?

Something that was a tad expensive so you left it behind...

Yet something so pretty that you started dreaming about it?

I had this exact thing happen to me.

My friend H and I walk at Butchart Gardens as we have annual memberships. We plan a walk once a month and have tea or lunch when we are there.

One benefit of having an annual membership are the discounts available in the gift, coffee shop and restaurants.

The item that I had been lusting after was a scarf
this beauty might possibly be going home with me...

I just had to make sure that I still felt the same passion
upon seeing it a second time.

Whisper soft bamboo
watercolour effects
wearable art

Beautiful colours

 "The Sunken Gardens"
exclusive to Butchart Gardens

I plan to wear this a lot this Spring and it will come to Europe with me.
I have a khaki Eileen Fisher jacket that it will pair well with and because it is so soft it will be cozy on the plane.

Our weather has been amazing this past weekend 
it continues to be warm and sunny.

Perfect weather for walking and beach combing.

Plans are in the works for eating more mindfully after the winter.

A Spring cleanse...
more fresh veggies and fruits.

Weight watching has been a battle that I have not won this past year.

Interrupted sleep patterns,
Emotional eating and stress have all been factors.

My goal is to start back slowly
by setting attainable goals of 5 pounds at a time.

With the sunshine and light,
warmer weather 

walking longer will be easier.

Cutting out "comfort foods" 
(those dishes that I crave during the winter!)

Fresh veggies are starting to become available at the local Farmer's Markets.

It's salad season again!

Opting for meals with fish and lean protein and drinking lots of water...
will write down my point count as that really helps me be more mindful 
of what and how much I am eating.

Must close for now and get outside for my walk!
Until next time...

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A symphony in blue and white and the May box from My Stylish French Country Box!

Do you love the classic combination of blue and white?

I particularly love blue and white porcelain and dishes...

The bowls are made by a local potter by the name of Harumi Ota.
The wee whimsical footed vessel is by local artist Robert Amos.

Sweet tumbling bunnies 

The writing on the pot says...

"Flick as flowflakes, litters from aloft."

I have a few other pieces with blue and white...
a transfer ware patterned tray and a vase.

Sharon Santoni's Intsagram post popped up 
 My Stylish French Country Box
telling followers that the May delivery box theme is blue and white!

It should be a very elegant box...
now I am dreaming of a symphony of blue and white! 

To order a box click this link...
you'll be glad that you did!

Cheerio for now...

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Springtime ~ Flowers and a fresh natural facial exfoliator...

Spring is almost upon us
  the weather has been blissfully sunny and mild.

Bright yellow tulips are adding some radiant colour 
in The Humble Bungalow Bathroom.

The Frilly and Frothy petals are so pretty.

Two bunches for under $10
a cheerful purchase from the market.

Looking deeply inside for a close up shot.

I'm test driving a new facial product... 
it is getting rave reviews from the ladies who have tried it.

Konjac facial cleansing sponge.
100% natural
Infused with French Pink clay.
PH Balanced
Fragrance and chemical Free.

Cleans and exfoliates 
buffing away flaky skin 
leaving a freshly cleaned dewy complexion.

Just add water to the sponge to soften and use gentle circular movements 
with or without cleanser
taking care in the T zone area and any flaky patches.
Rinse sponge in warm water and hang to dry.
Can be used on normal, dry or sensitive skin.

(do not use on sunburned skin)

I am not receiving any monitary benefit or bonus from this post.

The sponge is hard until you immerse it in warm water.
It comes with a string to hang it to dry in between each use.

Exfoliating the winter and freshening up for Spring!

Have you found any fabulous new skin care products?

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~