The Art of Racing in the Rain

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The Art of Racing in the Rain: Garth Stein

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good week so far. I don’t really know how well known this book is to all of you but if you haven’t heard of it then you need to find it and read it… like, now! This book is from the perspective of a dog named Enzo. This dog is absolutely hilarious; he has an obsession with thumbs, loves the idea of being human and has trained himself to listen to humans speak so he can understand them better. He managed to accomplish this task by watching TV and listening to his owner, Denny speaking. Denny is a race car driver who has all the skills but has yet to get his big break. Through Enzo’s eyes, the reader is able to see deeper into what makes up a human’s characteristics and Enzo learns through race car driving that life isn’t about going fast or winning, it’s about the skill used to navigate through difficult situations and to race the best you can with the tools you have. This book takes place when Enzo is an old dog who is slowing down. Enzo takes the time to look around at the human life he sees through Denny. The book is Enzo’s reflection of what makes up the human condition and while it is sad it also has a fantastic message to readers and touches on different themes of family, love, loyalty and determination. This is an adult book but I think any mature YA reader could handle it. There are a few heavy themes but overall it’s a funny, sad, amazing interpretation of how strong humans are through the point of view of a dog. I would highly, highly recommend this book to anyone!

A Great and Terrible Beauty

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A Great and Terrible Beauty: Libba Bray

As a kid I had such an imagination. I loved thinking up ideas for playtimes that were out of this world and not at all possible so that is probably a huge reason why I’m in love with the fantasy/supernatural genre. As I’ve said before in my Harry Potter and the Cursed Child post, I love the Harry Potter series and the imagination that’s required from the author to create the story but also from the reader for being able to see what the author sees and believe everything that is written. When I read a book I am so invested in the story that I don’t see the words, it’s just a film that’s playing in my head for me alone. It’s the best feeling to get when reading, I think, but it’s so devastating to realize that you’ve finished the book and now have to either wait for the next book to come out months later, or find a new book and get invested all over again! A Great and Terrible Beauty was a book that I loved as a kid. It’s a historical fantasy YA book (my favourites!!) that feels like a mix of Narnia with a dash of Alice and Wonderland. It’s an amazing book that is about this girl, Gemma Doyle, who starts to have visions just weeks before she goes off to an all girls’ boarding school. From there she has to figure out where she belongs in this cliquey school as well as figure out how to deal with her new abilities like having visions and having the power of travelling to other-world realms. Soon everything gets out of control and Gemma and her friends need to learn how to contain the dangerous magic they’ve been playing with so that it doesn’t cause complete destruction.

It was an amazing book and the other two books in the trilogy were just as fantastic. When I first read this book when I was about 12 years-old and there are a lot of different components to this book that I struggled to keep track of at that age; when I reread this book  a few years later (as I often do with my favourites), I had no trouble following all the rules of this magic that Gemma deals with but just as a little note that anyone who is younger and attempting this book, you may need to take your time because there are some weird rules for this book’s magic. All in all, I would highly recommend this book for anyone. I love fantasy and pairing fantasy with a historical novel makes it a winning combination.

Back to Beauty Basics

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Hi everyone!  So I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she was talking about how her skin as a lot of issues with it in terms of oiliness, dryness, prone to acne and whatever else and she know her problems come from her constant, heavy use of makeup but it makes her feel good to wear makeup up so it’s hard for her to stop. Well this got me thinking. I’m sure many people agree that they love to wear makeup because it is a confidence booster and it makes them feel good about themselves but I also think it is just as important to make your skin feel good so you can help prevent issues before they start or manage any issues you have properly. Above are three products that I love and use often. The first is a scrub from St. Ives that is a Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange scrub. I love the smell of this scrub and how good it is at exfoliating my skin and taking off all those dead cells. I don’t use this everyday, maybe once a week because I find that my skin will get a bit dry if I use this too often but I really like the feeling of my skin afterwards. Just make sure if you do get this product to use a good moisturizer after because you skin could get a bit dry or irritated from the harshness of the sandy bits in this product.

The next product that I’m in love with is Nivea‘s Express Hydration cream. I love cream to begin with (see my post on Bath & Body Works  for what I’m into this summer) but this cream is especially nice because it is made for normal to dry skin. During the winter, and I’m sure this happens to a lot of us, I get really dry skin just from the cold dry air of winter. I love that this cream is light and not greasy and it makes my skin feel really good after I use it! You can get this cream for different skin types like if you have sensitive skin or if you want a hydrating cream for you skin or whatever which is nice to have those options with such a good brand of cream. I think it is anyways! Haha.

The Bioré strips I found ages ago because I wanted a solution to help get all the oil and dirt out of my pores. This product is amazing at getting out all the dirt that is in your pores, you can’t use it everyday, I think the package actually says to use 3 days apart if you need or want to use it that often, but I find that though they are amazing they do dry out my skin a lot. I would recommend trying these out for that intense deep clean feel because I find it’s difficult to not build up some dirt and oil in your pores even if you wash your face everyday and treat you skin well. These products are just some that I love to use to help out my skin but if you have any that you love or think I should try let me know in the comments!

Kate Lipstick

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Kate by Rimmel

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I was at the drugstore the other day and found this lipstick by Rimmel called Kate. If we’re being honest I was drawn to it because I liked the colour of the bottle and the fact that there was a heart on the lid… what can I say? I don’t wear lipstick very often but I want to get into it a bit more and this was on sale so I thought, why not give it a try? I got the shade, Kiss of life which is a really nice, bright red colour. I love the shade that I got but it’s really bright and wearing it on an every day basis is hard because my everyday style conflicts with this shade so that’s on me for not thinking that one through. Haha. I do like this lipstick but I find that it wears off after a few hours and where your lips stay naturally wet, if you get any lipstick in that area I get a crusty line of lipstick which I don’t find attractive. That being said, I’m finding this lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips at all which is nice but there’s probably better lipsticks out there for longer coverage but for a higher price than this one. I’d say this is a decent lipstick considering it’s from the drugstore but you have to be willing to touch it up every few hours or so and keep checking that it’s not bunching on your lips to create that heavy line of lipstick.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

WOW. Let me start by saying that I loved this book and I read it in about… three hours? I have loved Harry Potter since I read it when I was about 10. I honestly don’t think that I have ever read a series that I have loved more than Harry Potter. I mean, my greatest wish is to one day go to Harry Potter World and experience Universal’s take on the series… well, that and so I can try butterbeer, get my wand and be sorted into a house. Haha. I’m dead serious by the way. So understanding my love of the whole series, you can imagine my reaction when I found out there was to be another story to add to this amazing series!

I think it’s important to note that this book is a play that was written with Rowling but I read online that Tiffany and Thorne are the main writers of the play with support from Rowling. In summary, this story takes place in the wizarding world when Harry is 37, married to Ginny and has 3 kids all ready for Hogwarts. The plot revolves around Harry’s middle child, Albus who is expected to be a mini Harry but after being sorted into a different house from his siblings and family, quickly discovers that he is so different from them. Albus is supposed to play the black sheep of the family to the ninth degree. I found that while it made the story interesting it did get a bit annoying with the huge chip on Albus’ shoulder at the fact that his dad is Harry Potter and yet Albus feels like he can’t fit in and play the role of being his son. I felt that at some parts of the book, while I did like the plot, there were a few moments where the story felt like fan fiction. It was almost like someone was forcing somethings to happen, where as Rowling’s books always felt effortless… do you kind of get what I mean? I think this book is definitely worthy of a read and while I will include it as being the eighth book in the series (some people are not including it), I just think that it would have been better if it was written with maybe more of Rowling’s writing, or just written based on the play but as a novel. I liked that the authors decided to publish the script for this play but I’ve never really read anything in play format; I had to adjust my reading of the book to accommodate that there was no in depth narrative like a novel to help me picture what was going on. The little descriptions at the beginning of each scene or act is helpful but I’m the kind of reader who loves the descriptions of everything so I can get a really clear picture in my mind of what’s happening. Either way, something needed to be fixed but I just can’t decide what. 10/10 for this book though, it did feel like a hug from an old friend. Haha.

 

73 Vogue Questions

Hey guys so I found out about this series of questions from roaming around on WordPress and I found this blog called Elizabeth’s Blog which did a great post answering all the questions. I decided to give it a go and try to answer all the questions.

1: Were you named after anyone? Not that I know of, but my initials, R.A.B are the same as my dad but Riley was chosen at random.

2: When was the last time you cried? March. My roommate told me this really sad story about a grandfather who invited all his grand kids over for dinner but only one showed of the 4. No one even called him to tell him they couldn’t make it! He had all the food ready and everything! Hold on- it’s getting to me again.

3: Do you like your handwriting? I guess, when I take my time with it it can be nice but otherwise… it’s pretty messy.

4: What is your favourite lunch? Sushi or margarita pizza.

5: Instagram or Twitter? Instagram but I’m only just starting to use it to post photos rather than creeping around.

6: If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Yes but I think I would also get annoyed with me because I can be annoyingly stubborn.

7: Do you bake? Yes, I love to bake!

8: Do you like flying? Kind of, I hate the take off and landing.

9: Would you bungee jump? No way. Too afraid of heights to do that.

10: What is your favourite cereal? Honey nut cheerios.

11: Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes, always!

12: Do you think you’re strong? Not physically, but mentally I think I am.

13: What is your favourite ice cream? Breyers mint chocolate chip.

14: What is the first thing you notice about people? Their eyes.

15: Red or pink? Red.

16: What is the least favourite thing about yourself? My thighs.

17: Who do you miss the most? My grandfather.

18: What was the last book you read because everyone was reading it? The Red Queen.

19: What film made you cry the most? I can’t think of one… I don’t usually cry at movies.

20: What was the last thing you ate? Tomatoes on water crackers.

21: What are you listening to right now? The TV show, Masters of Flip.

22: If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? Blue.

23: Favourite smell? Lavender and tulips.

24: Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My mum.

25: Mountain hideaway or beach house? Beach house.

26: Favourite sport to watch? I don’t like sports but I guess baseball.

27: Hair colour? Brown.

28: Eye colour? Blue/Green with a bit of yellow around the pupil.

29: Puppies or Kittens? Puppies.

30: Favourite food? Sushi.

31: Scary film or happy endings? Happy Endings.

32: Last film you watched? The Boss.

33: What book are you reading now? Beautiful Disaster.

34: Summer or winter? Both.

35: Hugs or kisses? Kisses.

36: Favourite dessert? Cannoli’s.

37: Favourite room in your house? The kitchen.

38: How long Have you been on Facebook? Around 7 years.

39: What is your favourite country to visit? England.

40: What was the last country you visited? The USA.

41: Do you have a sibling? Yes, 2. A younger sister and brother.

42: Favourite sound? Rain.

43: Rolling Stones or the Beatles?

44: What is the farthest you have been from home? England.

45: Do you have a special talent? Not really.

46: Where were you born? Canada.

47: Where are you living now? Ontario.

48: Favourite Hitchcock movie? Um…I don’t have one.

49: What book have you read again and again?  The Harry Potter series.

50: Favourite TV series that’s on now. Normally I would say Game of Thrones but that just ended so now I’m kind of watching Suits.

51: Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Milk.

52: What’s your favourite drink? Tea or water.

53: Who is your girl crush? Emma Watson.

54: What was the first film you saw at the cinema? I don’t know but the first one I remember seeing was Bridge to Terabithia but that wasn’t my first.

55: Heels or Flats? Flats.

56: Favourite bed time story? I honestly don’t know. I loved Arthur as a kid so probably one of those books.

57: Bath or Shower? Bath.

58: What’s the hardest thing about being a mum? I’m not a mum so I wouldn’t really know. Haha.

59: Favourite band? Right now I’m really liking Hedley but that will change soon!

60: Favourite solo artist? I don’t have one! I listen to so many different people.

61: To be or not to be? To be.

62: What would be the title of your autobiography? Tea, anyone?

63: Best gift you’ve ever received? Love.

64: Best gift you’ve ever given? Loyalty.

65: Favourite Fruit? Peaches.

66: What was your first pet? A cat named Blue.

67: Favourite board game? Either Catan or Ticket to Ride!

68: How do you have your coffee? I don’t drink coffee, I’m a tea drinker.

69: Best invention? The kettle? I don’t know!

70: Diamonds or pearls? Both but I love diamonds.

71: Blow dry or air dry? Air dry.

72: Cheap or expensive shampoo? Doesn’t matter as long as it makes my hair feel nice and helps lose some of the frizziness.

73: How difficult was it to answer these questions? Not too difficult, I just found it time consuming thinking about some of my answers.

Love,

RAB

My Makeup Support System

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Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay 

Gimme Brow by Benefit

So I was at Sephora a while ago because a friend of mine recommended an eye priming product to me from a testing kit that she got with some points she’d saved up. In her set there were 4 different Urban Decay eye primers. One original, one glittery, one for anti-aging and one that was a nude matte. I had been using another product from Mac that is good and I love the sparkle of it but you know when you’re wearing makeup for too long or it’s hot, you’re sweating and you get that really attractive crease line in your eyelids? Most of you probably know exactly what I’m talking about and if you don’t… well you are clearly the impressive .5% who doesn’t have issues. Haha. Just kidding but seriously, you’re lucky if you don’t know what I mean. Anyways, I was finding that Mac was good but that it kept giving me these gross lines in my eye crease! So, I tried this primer and I love it!! I have the Eden colour which is the natural/nude matte primer. It is a basic one but I like that it has a tint of nude to it so that when I put it on it can kind of hide imperfections and it give my eyeshadow a good smooth canvas to be on. I find that whether I wear this with eyeshadow or not it always looks good no matter how hot it gets or how long I’ve been wearing my makeup.

Okay the next product that I got, Gimme Brow by Benefit was a big one and one that I was the most excited about because I have been looking for a good product like this for SO LONG. Here’s a tiny backstory; I have really thin hair and really sparse eyebrows as a result. I’m not alone in my family with this issue, my mum and sister also have the same problem but my brother and dad have thicker hair and no issues with brow hair. Figures right? The two people who don’t care have it all!! WHY?? Not that my mum or sister are really into makeup but they still complain sometimes about how thin our eyebrow hair is. So don’t get this wrong: I do have eyebrow hair but it is sparse so when I pluck my eyebrows I have to make sure to not go too crazy otherwise I look like I have Spock eyebrows. So not attractive. I needed a product that would allow me to get thinner with my plucking but that wasn’t a pencil because I don’t have the time or the patience for drawing my brows in everyday. Haha.

I found this product after talking to a sales lady at Sephora and explaining my issue. She brought me over to the brow bar and tried a few products on me but this one is that one that I thought was easiest to use, the one that didn’t change the look of my brows and the one that had the best colour for me. I got the darkest shade of this product called, medium/deep. I love that this product is applied like mascara on your eyebrows. There is a little spoolie brush (you only need a little bit!), and you just swipe it going with the hairs on your eyebrow. It basically just darkens the hairs and makes them, in my case, so that you can see I actually have eyebrows. I don’t have the stress of drawing in my brows everyday and questioning, what if I get it wrong? And I can keep the natural shape of my brows, which I like, but just have my brows a little thinner. I love these products and I really recommend that you look our for them next time you’re out because I think these products are fantastic!

Road Trip to Alaska and Vancouver!

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I am so sorry for not posting in a really long time but I wanted to do a huge post about this amazing trip I just came back from. So as I’ve mentioned before in previous posts like my Welcome Post, I have just graduated from University and I tried planning a grad trip with some friends but no one was able to decide where they wanted to go and when we would be able to take a trip. Needless to say, our trip is postponed until next year when we actually have money to spend on a trip. Haha. Anyways, my Aunt and Uncle are big on taking road trips all around North America and one place they had never been to but have always wanted to go was Alaska. They were able to get 10 days off from work and they were going to drive across Canada to Prince Rupert, British Columbia (B.C), take the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry to Ketchikan for 4 days, and then take the ferry back to Prince Rupert and drive back home. When they told me about this trip I thought it sounded like so much fun and with my friends and I not sure about our trip plans, I decided that it would really cool to go with them. So off I went to Saskatchewan, where my Aunt and Uncle live, to start my trip.

Let me just also point out that the drive from Saskatchewan to Prince Rupert B.C is about four days long and we made the drive in a three person truck. Don’t get me wrong, it was a new truck so leg room wasn’t an issue but it wasn’t as comfortable as you might think spending all that time squished together like that. I loved this trip for all the photography opportunities that we had like when we drove through Alberta in Banff National Park and got to see the Rocky Mountains.

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I have never seen the Rocky Mountains but it was amazing despite the cloudy day that we had driving through. Stopping in here by the town of Banff was so nice and quaint with a huge, old hotel that sits up on a hill that over looks this river and as surrounding views of huge mountains from every direction. This place was absolutely amazing and if you haven’t made a trip to see Banff I recommend you do because the views are breathtaking.

The next stop was into B.C where we got to stop at a local fruit stand in the middle of nowhere and get some Rainier Cherries.

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For those who don’t know, Rainier cherries are the red and yellow ones. They lady at the fruit stand told us that they only grow in B.C and they are so good! They aren’t that different from regular cherries, they are a bit firmer but they taste just the same, I just really love the amazing colour of them. Our road trip portion was really cool because we were making good time during the day so if we wanted to stop in somewhere and try something out that seemed cool, we had time to do so. I have to say, I love the road trips where you don’t feel rushed and can stop in a fruit stands on the side of the road, or go into a small town and eat at a local restaurant or just walk around a small town.

We finally made it to Prince Rupert B.C where we got to spend a relaxing afternoon just walking around this cute seaside town. It has an amazing waterfront and boardwalk with fantastic restaurants overlooking the harbour.

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I was sitting on one of the patios where we were having a drink and snapped a photo of this amazing view to show you. How nice is it? There was so much life here with fishermen coming in with their daily catch and the seals swimming around in the harbour. We stayed here for the night and then at 8:30 the next morning we had to be up and on our way to the Alaska Marine Highway departure mark.

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This was such a cool experience for me. I have never done anything like this but would love to do it again. So for those who don’t know, the Marine Highway is basically a huge, heavy duty boat that takes people and, if they want to pay extra, their vehicles. Some people bring their RV’s on board to travel, others just have motorcycles that they’re using; one couple had this awesome looking tandem bike that they were going to use when they got off in Ketchikan  to bike along the coast of Alaska up to another port and get back on the Marine Highway ferry to get back to B.C. So this boat is really neat with the way it works which is, you pay to get on the boat at the stop you’re going to be at, you board and get off when the boat is at the stop that you need and if you want, you can catch the boat back to Canada when it swings by your port in 4 days or whatever. We got on at Prince Rupert, ferried the 7 hours to get to Ketchikan, stayed in Ketchikan for 4 days then ferried back to Prince Rupert when the boat was on its trip back. It was really nice that the ride to Alaska was during the day so that you didn’t really feel the need to take a nap or anything like that and you could just watch the scenery go by. On the way home, our ride was from 7pm to 3am so we booked a sleeping cabin to rest on the way back.

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We finally got to Alaska and the landscape is amazing with this cute city set and surrounded by mountains. Now keep n mind that we stayed in the tourist part of town and did not venture into the local side but that was because of the activities that we found to do that kept us busy for the 4 days we were there. Above is the sign that every tourist stops to take a photo of and I have no doubt that this is the salmon capital of the world- they sell smoked salmon in jars everywhere. In clothing stores, shoe stores; we walked into a local shop that sold beautiful carvings from animal bones and horns and in the back corner of the store was… you guessed it, smoked salmon. any product you can think of was made with the flavour of salmon. They even had a brewery of some sort just outside of town and there was a flavour of liquor in smoked salmon. How crazy is that? I didn’t try any because, I’m sorry, it grossed me out a little bit. I like smoked salmon as much as the next person but I felt like that was crossing a line. Haha.

The lower photo of the shops on the piers is one taken from the old/original part of Ketchikan. A local told us that majority of Ketchikan that you see in the touristy part is actually built on huge piers over the water because the land is naturally hilly and steep so there was no good place to have a city. When walking along the main road, you can see stairs go up the hill with three to seven different staircases building off the main one leading to different houses. Some of the main staircases have been named with street signs because that was how people got around before! So the original part of town was really cute with the shops suspended over the water and the amazing local carvings being sold there.

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This is the river that is just before one of the harbours and it is were all the salmon go during the salmon run. Apparently it is quite the sight to see with fish going everywhere and tons of bears wandering into this part of town to get a catch of fish for themselves. Unfortunately, we were a few weeks too early to see this but I’d love to go back and get some photos when it does happen.

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I think what I loved most about Ketchikan is that there are these amazing carvings all around the city. Whether it’s a hand carved bear catching a salmon or if it’s an ornately carved bench or even a totem pole. There is always something amazing to see.  Another local told us that his father was a wood carver who carved some of the totem poles around town and even told us the story of his family’s totem pole which was so interesting. It’s one thing to see a totem pole and appreciate  the work but it’s another to understand the meaning and references behind it.

One thing that I have to recommend was a Crab Fishermen’s Tour that we booked for one of the mornings. It was so cool and so hands on that any one of any age would love this. What is really neat is that this boat that you use on the tour was actually featured in Season 2 of The Deadliest Catch. This boat was seen on the show getting hit by a massive rogue wave and was almost capsized but was lucky saved just in time by the captain so that no crew member lost their lives. If you go to their website they have the clip of their boat on the show and it is so crazy what happened to them! But after that incident, the captain decided that he didn’t want to go rushing out into the seas anymore so he turned his crab fishing boat into a tour boat for people. He kept the machinery used to haul the nets and cages over the side and they actually use them on the tour which is cool but they have all stadium seating in the main and upper deck. I have to say that while it was really cool to see the tanks at the front of the boat filled with little sea creatures like shrimps, octopi, starfish and King Crab, it was so cool to see the bald eagles.

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So what happens is they take the boat out and the boat stays in the Inside Passage so no worries about sea sickness because it’s a very tame tour that you take, nothing like what they did on The Deadliest Catch. Anyways, while on the tour they have some fish that were recently caught and they hack the fish up in to chunks and the boat makes its way to this little cove. The crew members line up and just start chucking the pieces of fish into the water and, I kid you not; about 25 eagles just rush out of the nearby trees and swarm around the boat. They move fast so I was even surprised I got the photos I did. In the first photo with two eagles, they are both aiming for that splash in the water which was a piece of fish. In the photo with a single eagle, he was circling and biding his time until he decided to dive and scoop up some fish. It was incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

Like I said the boat has two levels to it and while the bottom level is nice because it has heat, you’re close to the tanks and can get up close and personal with each creature in the tanks and talk to the crew, the upper deck is where I recommend you sit if you can deal with the potential wind and rain depending on the weather you have. The reason for this is the views you get. I could still see to the deck below and I still had the opportunity to touch and hold a range of crab (I didn’t just because they are huge and have you seen their claws?? I was not about to take the chance that I would or could get pinched!), in my opinion, the view of the eagles was so much better on the top deck. You could look all around and there were eagles everywhere! Such an amazing experience and I really recommend this trip for anyone no matter the deck you sit on!

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When the three of us got back to Prince Rupert after our 4 days in Ketchikan, we went our separate ways. My aunt and uncle started their 4 day drive back to Saskatchewan and I got on a plane to Vancouver to spend a few days there by myself before going back to Ontario. Vancouver was so nice! It was a bit nerve racking being in a city by myself for the first time but I loved it. I only had a day and a half to spend there before my 7:30 am flight on the third day. I walked around the area where my hotel was during the half day and that was a lot of fun. There were cute little shops all around and some really good restaurants that I got to try.  The second day was much more action packed for me because I did more exploring of all the classic tourist spots in Vancouver like Grandville Island and Stanley Park.

Grandville Island was so much fun. It is 100% a tourist place to go but it has cute little cafés, authentic gift shops, an amazing harbour with some seals playing around and a cool looking market. I actually really enjoyed wandering around Grandville Island. It’s not huge but there is quite a bit to see and it was packed so it was easy to kill a few hours there.

The totem pole photo is from my trip to Stanley Park. There was a whole bunch of totem poles but I couldn’t get a good enough shot without having 100 people in the photo as well. This park is really nice though! There is a great path that goes around the whole perimeter of the park with two paths, one for bikers and one for runners or walkers. I don’t know if anyone else does this or not but I find that when I walk I daydream a lot. I see what’s in front of me but I almost zone out while I walk so when I get to my destination I’m stunned that I got there, you know? So I’m walking around this one touristy part of the park where the horse and carriage rides are and I had planned to walk 3-4 km before turning around and going to another cool part of Vancouver. HA. Yeah, that did not work out as planned. So I daydreamed and when I got back to reality I realized that I had actually walked about 5.5km and there was no where close for me to stop to turn around. I had walked so far that it was still busy on the path so going against the current would have been a pain and not worth it and I was so far that there were no easy paths that I could have taken to get to a road to call a cab to get out of there! So I did what anyone else would have done. I walked the rest of the 5km to get back to civilization so I could call a cab. I accidentally walked a full 10.5 km in bad shoes! Who does that?? It was great exercise, don’t get me wrong, but the blisters on the bottom of my feet would tell you a completely different story of my experience! Haha.

Anyways, my trip was fantastic and I recommend that you guys look into doing something like this if you can because it was so much fun! Alaska was great but if I could go back I would want to go to a different town or city and see that they’ve got going on, I’ve had enough smoked salmon to last me a little while!! Vancouver is definitely somewhere I think everyone should go to at least once, it is beautiful and there are so many cool things to do that I didn’t have time for but I would love to go back and do more exploring.

Love,

R.A.B

 

Wicked Lovely Series

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Wicked Lovely (Series): Melissa Marr

(*Note: The last book Darkest Mercy is missing from the picture because I borrowed it from the library when I read it years ago and never purchased it.)

I don’t know if anyone knows of these books or remembers them but I know that these books were a big hit when the first book of the series, Wicked Lovely, was first published in 2008. I don’t remember when I picked up these books but when I did I was hooked! I think I’ve said before that I’m a huge fan of the supernatural/fantasy genre and as a kid and teen I was all over that genre because of Harry Potter. I love these books so much because it is honestly like a modern fairy tale. The first book had me hooked and it is really good at explaining the whole premise of this hidden world. The idea of Wicked Lovely (book 1), is that this girl Aislinn, wants to be a normal teen but she can see these creatures that no one else can and she is taught that they are dangerous and they no one should, if they have the Sight, make any contact with these creatures. Well, as most of us know, in all story books someone has to break the #1 rule! So a faery by the name of Keenan realizes that a human has the ability to see him and they begin a journey together to see if Aislinn has what it takes to be the Queen of the Summer Faery Court. And that is just the first book; the rest just get more and more amazing. Haha. As the other books go on readers get to see more of this interesting and fantastic world that Marr has created with the faeries and their Courts.

One thing that I really like about this series is that the story in this world continues but each book is focused on a different character each time. At first I found this disorienting but when I read the series over and over again (as I usually do), I understood where things left off and how they were progressing now. I highly recommend this series to any tween, teen or young adult who loves the supernatural/fantasy genre. It is really interesting how the author puts all these books together and to see how all the Faery Courts move and change throughout the series as well as the character development within each book as well. These books are great reads that I hope you like as much as I do!

Summer Scents From Bath & Body Works

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Bath & Body Works is probably one of my favourite stores although I don’t really have a good reason for claiming that. Maybe it’s the constant deals that are happening or the amazing smells or the bright colours in the store but something just draws me in. I was at Bath & Body a week or so ago and I had some creams that I wanted to get and decided to share some of my favourite scents with all of you! My absolute favourite right now is Hello Beautiful followed by French Lavender & HoneyEndless WeekendSea Island Cotton and Beautiful Day. These scents are kind of alike in the light fresh scent that they give off. These scents are not too overpowering which I think is perfect for summer when you just want a light scent.

I love floral scents most of all which is why French Lavender & Honey was a number one for me for a while until Bath & Body released a brand new scent, Hello Beautiful. I honestly fell in love at first sniff. This cream smells so delicate and I find that the scent stays longer than other products that I’ve tried. I find that even discovering these favourites in the store is hard enough because of the amount of scents you have to go through (I mean, you can’t walk in the store and not smell almost every single one!) and I feel like there are some great products that I’m missing. So let me know in the comments which ones are your favourites or what I should be looking out for!