Baby’s First Christmas Present-Custom Screen Printed Birth Stats Poster

Birth Stats Poster

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. My favourite “season” so to speak, other than summer, is Christmastime and it is finally here. It’s the only acceptable time of the year for snow. I love everything about this holiday – the music, the movies, the lights, the tree, the decorations, the festive gatherings, the outings, the holiday-themed baking, the turkey dinner, and the creative and meaningful gift-giving (I could go on and on). I especially love writing cards, making presents, homemade advent calendars, and all things sentimental and DIY. Every year I am excited to kick off the celebrations, but this year is extra special: my first year celebrating Christmas as a family of THREE.

Halifax’s Maritime Mala Movement Inspires Clarity, Communication, Connection, and Creativity

 Maritime Mala Movement
AMaritime Mala Movementre you feeling muddled, disconnected, or foggy? That’s exactly how I felt when I first moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. My husband and I finally had the blessing of moving back to the East Coast, but after living in four cities in less than twelve months it takes a toll on the mind, body, and spirit. Although we finally made it to the city where we wanted to be–our “home”, I felt ungrounded, disillusioned, and a bit lost. After numerous moves, countless flights, and world travels over the last few years, I couldn’t remember what ‘home’ felt or looked like. Although I’m originally from Nova Scotia, I never had the opportunity to live in Halifax. Our arrival was both exciting and overwhelming and with that came many unknowns. I didn’t know where we would live, where I would work, or what my life would look like being settled in one place after nearly 3 years of bouncing around and living out of suitcases. Halifax would be another new beginning and start over–the typical life of a pilot’s wife.

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Tis the Season for Yoga in the Park

 Port Credit Yoga in the Park
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Living Outside the Box with Dusky Leaf’s Cubist Yoga Bag

Dusky Leaf
 Dusky LeafAs a busy-bee hyperactive traveler, pilot wife, and on-the-go yoga teacher, I’m constantly on the move whether I’m on a trip with my husband, commuting locally to and from the yoga studio, or traveling to out-of-province yoga workshops. For everyday in-studio teaching or local workshops, I’m absolutely in love with my Dusky Leaf bright cerulean blue B.I.G Yoga Bag — it has it all! This BIG bag proves to be exactly what I need to transport ALL of my favourite essential yoga teaching tools and props with its many extra features. However, there are those days when I’m in need of a yoga bag spacious enough for my Dusky Leaf Natural Rubber Mat and a few other practical items, while not being “too big” so it’s convenient for air travel and land exploration. Tis the season for outdoor yoga! I like to maintain my yoga practice and lifestyle even when on the road. My new Dusky Leaf Cubist Yoga Bag is an innovative rectangular bag made specifically to transport as much as possible, while keeping things light and compact—perfect for the unconventional carry-on-only traveler like me.

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Tell Me What You’d Like to See More Of

Tell me what you’d like to see more of! Bucket list, travel, yoga, lifestyle, or turquoise inspired posts?

Turquoise Compass is a lifestyle and travel blog devoted to living life to the fullest, dreaming a new dream, traveling and doing yoga! Who am I? I’m a Maritimer currently living in Toronto, part-time traveler, pilot wife, yogi, yoga teacher, educator, water fanatic, and turquoise lover! Be a part of the journey and follow your compass: live, dream, travel, and do yoga!

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7 Interesting Facts about Australia

Western AustraliaCheck out the article I wrote for Kaleidoskope Magazine: 7 Interesting Facts about Australia based on what I learned during my 3 month adventure throughout Australia during my around-the-world travels. Australia is a place where I lost and found myself. I’m so thankful for my time in Australia and Aussie will forever be near and dear to my heart. Do you know the feeling? Continue reading

Best Things to do in Ohau, Hawaii

Ohau, Hawaii

Check out the article I wrote for Kaleidoskope Magazine: Best Things to do in Ohau, Hawaii about my previous trip to Ohau, Hawaii–my first dream turquoise bucket list destination during my around-the-world-travels. This post brought up so many fond memories of my solo backpacking adventure to 22 incredible countries. Hawaii is just one of them, but it’s amongst my top favourites. I bet you’ll soon see why! Continue reading

All-In-Luxury: Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun

MexicoMexicoHere are our favourite images from our relaxing and luxurious honeymoon in Mexico from our stay at the Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun including the TOP 20 turquoise inspired photos which I posted on Instagram & Twitter. The Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun is an all-in-luxury adults-only hotel located just 15 minutes from the Cancun International Airport–in Mexico’s Caribbean paradise. The 340 room boutique-style Hideaway is an all-inclusive hotel located within the Royalton Riviera Cancun. The staff are warm and friendly, the rooms are modern and spacious, the property is tranquil, the food is delicious, and all of this is only the tip of the ice berg. Guests staying at the Hideaway receive diamond service and are guaranteed a week of extravagance from the relaxing spa services, unlimited reservation-free dining, exclusive à la carte restaurant and bars, top shelf drink selections, to “room service” delivered right to your beach lounger (yes, you read that right, food and drinks brought directly to YOU on the beach). It doesn’t get much better than this! Our week at the Hideaway was everything we could have ever asked for (and more) to create the perfect relaxing and romantic honeymoon on a spectacular turquoise beach. Heaven.

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Adventurous Honeymoon along the Mayan Riviera

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Mexico

I know you’ve been anxiously waiting for an update about our out-of-this-world honeymoon. Our honeymoon along the Caribbean turquoise coast in Mexico was spectacular! I don’t even know where to begin! We had it all…turquoise paradise, relaxation, romance, and adventure. Here are our TOP 10 favourite adventurous photos from our honeymoon in Mexico, Mayan Riviera from our ATV trek through the Mayan jungle, underground cave swimming in Cenote Estrella, explorations at the Tulum Ruins, and getting our feet wet at the Tulum Ruins Beach with Adventuras Mayas.

Who says you can’t ‘adventure’ when honeymooning? I’m all about relaxing on a beautiful turquoise beach, but we also wanted ADVENTURE! We got it all.
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Hideaway Honeymoon at Royalton Riviera Cancun

Hello 2016! Happy New Year!

So it’s official, we’re starting 2016 off right with a honeymoon in MEXICO at the Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun. Kicking off the New Year cannot get any better than this.  We can’t wait for the sun, sand, and sea! Departure in 5 days!

We’re starting our Mexico 2016 bucket list… What’s your favourite Mayan Riviera adventure?

Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun

Photo Credit: Hideaway at Royalton

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