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June 21st is Car Free Day in Victoria!


I just found out that June 21st is Victoria’s very 1st Car Free Day!  It’s going to be a huge street fair on downtown Douglas Street celebrating the best parts of Victoria’s culture.

Check out our great downtown businesses and local vendors, pick up a few groceries from the farmers market, enjoy a local craft brew, and see some live entertainment.  There will be family friendly activities, too.  You can find out all about it  on the Downtown Victoria Business Association’s (DVBA) website.

I am totally supportive of anything that promotes our fair city as the wonderful place to walk, bike, and take transit that it is!  I thought you might be too!

Hope to see you out on the street, car keys at home 🙂

Car Free Day 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day and a free heart-themed font for you!

Oh boy it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow!  Did you get any valentine’s at work today? Me neither! Haha, I miss that elementary school tradition.

The way I celebrate Valentine’s Day has shifted from burning letters with my girlfriends on the sidewalk of a quiet residential street in Fernie, to doing nothing at all, to fancy dinners out with my guy Irvin.  This year we’re staying in and cooking up some of Sobo’s magical seafood chowder… and I finally get to give Irvin the surprise I’ve struggled for weeks to keep secret.  Tomorrow can’t come soon enough!

A few months ago I posted about my quest to learn how to make my own font.  One of the fonts I made I called ‘Hearts for You’ and it’s totally perfect for Valentine’s Day.  You might also feel inclined (as I do) to use it any time you feel love in your heart 😉

If you like it, click here.  Save it to your fonts folder and use as you please!

Here’s a little preview:

hearts for you font


Whether Valentine’s Day tastes like a sour key (that should taste like a cinnamon heart) or if it makes you feel joy pour through all your pores, I hope you have a lovely day tomorrow!  Make time to celebrate whatever is beautiful in your life in a way that feels right to you 🙂

Lots of love,




5 West Coast beers to ease into Autumn

We had a wonderful (and busy) summer marked by day upon day of beautiful weather, fantastic friends, home improvements, time in the water and even a couple of memorable trips to Portland and LA.  It was the kind of summer I’ll compare future summers to for the rest of my life – a really, really good summer.

As the seasons change, so do my beer preferences. Through the summer months I tend to favour light, cold and refreshing beer, while in the fall and winter I prefer dark, bold and thicker beer.  This year, even though the weather hardly called for it, by September I found myself reaching for a darker beer – surely an indication of a full and satisfying summer. We’ve had some heavy rain this week, and I  am feeling quite ready for the onset of fall!

Here are five local-ish beers from Victoria (or nearby) to help you ease into the coming darkness, fog, and high visibility bike gear.

Ordered from light to dark:

Electric Unicorn White IPA by Phillips Brewery (Victoria, BC) – a light beer with a kick ass name and high-ish (6.5%) alcohol percentage.  A nice transition beer that would do well in the summer too.


Avatar Jasmine IPA by Elysian Brewing Company (Seattle, WA) – an elusive beer worth trying if you are a fan of IPA’s and the flowery flavour of a nice loose-leaf jasmine tea.


Fat Tug by Driftwood Brewery (Victoria, BC) – an islanders favourite.  Refreshing, filling, and very hoppy! Possibly the first IPA I ever tried – reminds me of grapefruit juice (which I love).


Dark Matter by Hoyne Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC)– for a grey evening reading a book by the fire, or doing crossword puzzles by yourself at your neighbourhood pub.  Yes, that happens here.  Any dark beer with caramel and coffee notes gets points when I’m keeping score.


PBC Dry Stout by Perspehone Brewing Company (Gibsons, BC) – my all time favourite stout hailing from one gem of a brewery! We discovered Persephone on our last trip to the Sunshine Coast.  On 11-acres, they grow their own hops and vegetables which they use on wood-fired pizza made to order.  They’re relatively new (about a year) so I’m still waiting for our local pubs and liquor stores to start carrying them. As they make such fantastic beer I am hopeful it will be available here soon!


I’d love to hear what your favourite craft brews are in the fall.  Any thoughts on which brewery does the best pumpkin beer?  Post in the comments below!

Until next time friends, cheers to the summer and happy Fall!



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