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1am snow hike with a nearly full Snow Moon

1am snow hike with a nearly full Snow Moon

1am snow hike with a nearly full Snow Moon up on Grouse early this morning. What magical moments are made of… Glittery night and sugar coated trees.

#moon fullmoon #snowmoon #snow #tree #mountain #forest #outdoors #lightwalk #nightout #nightphotography #outdoorphotography #grousemountain #snowshoe #snowshoeing #pnw #pnwonderland #pnwcollective #igers #igersvancouver #herpnwlife #adventurevisuals #stayandwander #thepnwstory #herpnwlife

Glittery night and sugar coated trees

Glittery night and sugar coated trees

1am snow hike with a nearly full Snow Moon up on Grouse early this morning. What magical moments are made of… Glittery night and sugar coated trees.

#moon fullmoon #snowmoon #snow #tree #mountain #forest #outdoors #lightwalk #nightout #nightphotography #outdoorphotography #grousemountain #snowshoe #snowshoeing #pnw #pnwonderland #pnwcollective #igers #igersvancouver #herpnwlife #adventurevisuals #stayandwander #thepnwstory #herpnwlife

Magical

Magical

Magical.

#snow #frost #winter #winterwonderland #pnw #pnwonderland #nature #pnwcollective #igersvancouver #outdoorphotography #wildernessculture #beautifulbc #explorevancouver #getoutside #outdoorwomen #stayandwander #picoftheday #naturelovers #naturephotography #604explore #seekingtheoutdoors #instanature #instanaturefriends #earthvacations

Update to “Who Stands in Your Corner?”

Update to “Who Stands in Your Corner?”

Since I discovered my new found awareness around love and a person’s integrity level, which I accounted for in a post a couple of years ago, I have since found that special someone who loves as I do and has been there for me through both the sunny and dark days, as I have been for him. It’s a wonderful thing. Once you know what is important to you and how you need to be supported, you gain a shifted perspective on what to look for, then go out there and look for it. The better you understand yourself, both strength and weaknesses, the greater your chances are in finding what you seek.

Sending you love and light for your journey in this life.

Darren and Kai

DOF: Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Yield: Makes approx 14 cookies (depending on size you choose)

Ingredients

Instructions

Pre-Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In one bowl, combine and sift dry ingredients: coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, mix well.
  3. In a measuring cup, measure out vanilla, and crack open 2 eggs.
Preparation:
  1. In a larger mixing bowl, use whisk or mixer to combine soft coconut oil and coconut palm sugar.
  2. To the oil/butter mixture, add the vanilla-egg, making sure to one egg at a time to the mixture, mix well in between.
  3. Add dry ingredients, mix well.
  4. Optional – Lastly use a spoon and stir in chocolate chips and candy cane bits.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop the cookies by spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet with at least 2 inches apart. *These cookies spread out very thin and almost double in size. I usually put 9 cookies on a tray in rows of 3.
  6. Bake for 12 -14 minutes. Baking them the extra couple of minutes produces more long lasting crispy cookies.
  7. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a wire rack to cool. Store in air tight container, and the cookies may just last for a few weeks and stays crunchy. We stored in a canning jar, and it lasted 5 weeks!

Coffee Poops & Mugs?

It’s funny how basic human bodily functions can makes us laugh and even bring us together with feelings of camaraderie. This weekend Darren and I went Thrift Store shopping, part for fun and part for practicality, as I needed to find some dinnerware/serving utensils to repurpose. To our humour, we saw these giant 20oz mugs separately, I chucked and walked on. When Darren came upon them, of course he knew I’d get the funnies, brought it over to show me right away, and I of course suggested he should buy it to bring it to work or something, and of course preferably not keep it at home. Lol. And of course he did buy it, here’s a selfie D had with his new thrift store purchase, a 20oz. Coffee Makes Me Poop  mug:

New coffee mug. It’s all true. #coffeemakesmepoop #mugs #coffee #thriftstore

A photo posted by Darren Phillips (@cruseruser) on

Slàinté to the weekend.

Slàinté to the weekend.

Slàinté to the weekend. Remember to give yourself a break, to unwind, recover and center yourself especially when you get too busy, feeling frazzled. Self care is crucial to your success, to stay strong and grounded. Once in a while I treat myself to a dram of Scotch I enjoy. It’s a small ritual, to sit in my favorite armchair, one drink sipped over a long time while relaxing with music, a book, or a TV show.
Today is that day, and it’s also Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve. Time to say adieu to the past and Hello to the new. Happy year of the Rooster! 🐓

Tomorrow, it’s time to get out to the wilderness and let nature do her magic. 💚

#herpnwlife #onelushlife #ladolcevita #livingwell #unwind #happyfriday #vancouver #imbibe #scotch #igers #igersvancouver #takingabreak #stilllife #foodporn #foodanddrink #whisky #happynewyear #lunarnewyear #yearoftherooster

Curl it up. Thanks gravity

Curl it up. Thanks gravity

Curl it up. Thanks gravity!

#snowcurl #snow #tree #mountain #forest #outdoors #outdoorphotography #mtseymour #snowshoe #snowshoeing #mysterypeak #pnw #pnwwonderland #pnwcollective #igers #igersvancouver #herpnwlife #adventurevisuals

Good early morning!

Good early morning!

Good early morning! It has been amazing here with the snowfalls, as we rarely get opportunities like this. Both @cruseruser and I are headed up to Dog Mountain this morning so that I can introduce him to one of of my favorite hikes, made easier with snow and snowshoes! Stoked!

Video of Campbell Valley Regional Park last weekend, by the marsh land and river. We even witnessed a tree top break from the weight of the snow, glad we were just far away from it enough to not get hit! It creaked so loud then BOOM! the trunk exploded, crashing down trunk, limbs, and snow bombs.

#snow #frost #winter #winterwonderland #pnw #pnwonderland #nature #getoutside #pnwcollective #igersvancouver #outdoorphotography #wildernessculture #beautifulbc #explorevancouver

We all can falter…

We all can falter…

We all can falter and have not so great days where our mind is laden with work or worries. We loose our focus on what is important in the process of that, and easily get caught up in the negatives, whether it’s co-workers griping about something and we join in because it might feel good temporarily, or we are tired and go down that slippery slope of ‘woe is me’ or victim mentality. Today I’d like to remind us of the word FOCUS, and WHAT we CHOOSE to focus on sheds either light or darkness into our mind and lives.
#ThoughtFriday to carry you through the weekend in some mindful contemplation:

Do you choose to focus on all that you have or all the have nots? Putting focus on your HAVEs ties into being able to have gratitude, which supports being happy. I too had to remind myself today, and a little harder than usual, to focus on the HAVEs in my wonderful life. Somethings may not what I wanted them to be, yet, and it certainly doesn’t mean I can’t achieve them still and will 🙂 Sending you all love and light for the weekend! xo

2017 #Gratitude Jar project!! Think about all of your HAVEs and which are you grateful for?

https://www.facebook.com/events/603991019811350/

#begrateful #onelushlife #livingwell #livelovelaugh #igers #igersvancouver #vancouver #love #positivity #pnw