Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Garden Tour 2014

     Ever since I was a little girl I have loved flowers, and working in the yard with my mom and grandmas.
Two summers ago when I had my own yard for the first time, I couldn't wait to fill it with flowers and try to grow my own food. It was the first summer since my grandma died. When we went to her funeral in July 2011 I took photos of her garden and posted them here. In the summer of 2012 I felt like I was carrying on a tradition when I planted flowers and food in the yard.
     Now, in its third summer, my garden is filling in and growing more independently. I took lots of photos this summer of all the beautiful flowers.
     I wish I could show my grandma my garden and get her advice, but I love sharing it with my mom, my sisters, and my other grandma. And now, with you.
     I've noted the things I planted with * because some of the things were already in the yard when we moved here. You'll notice lots of roses and lilies because those are my favourites.

tree blossoms

bleeding heart* - my sister-in-law's favourite


iris* (came from my mom's yard to mine)








spirea bush

I tried to grow strawberries* this year but the birds got to the berries before they were fully ripe.

I did grow peas* again. These are probably about a fifth of the total amount of peas I grew this year.

And I got more raspberries* than last year now that the bushes are maturing!




more lilies*


These ones* get the tallest and are so majestic. We refer to them as the queens of the garden.

one of the potentillas* I planted last year flowered this year!
Hopefully all of them will flower next year as they continue to grow.


my sister-in-law got me this plant for my birthday.
It's a type of dianthus* known as "fruit punch flower" because of its scent.

my sister gave me some money for my birthday to buy a plant since she couldn't make it out to our place for a visit this summer. I got this "short 'n' sassy helenium"*

lilies* in the main flowerbed

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." - Alfred Austin

Friday, August 8, 2014

How To Style Floral Shorts

I got these floral shorts from and thought I would style them a few different ways for inspiration since they are a trendy item this summer and sometimes it can be hard to style patterned bottoms. 

Here are some of my ideas for how to style these shorts:

cardigan & tank

graphic tee/band tee & jean jacket

plain tee

blouse & blazer

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bruno Mars: Moonshine Jungle Tour

On Sunday night my mom and I saw Bruno Mars in Saskatoon. It was a really fun, high-energy show and we had a great time. 

His band is called The Hooligans and they've been together for years and have played on all his albums. The band featured Bruno Mars singing and sometimes playing guitar, a backup singer, a guitarist, a bassist, a drummer, a keyboardist, a trombonist, a saxophonist, and a trumpeter. The band was tight in their playing and their choreography. They had some dance moves in their spots and would occasionally all come together in the centre of the stage to dance with Bruno (not the drummer or keyboardist, but everybody else.)

Early on in the set he covered "Money (That's What I Want)" and it led into "Billionaire", which was one of his first radio hits. It was cool hearing him sing "Every time I close my eyes I see my name in flashing lights..a different city every night," when that's now his reality.

The lighting effects and videos were well planned and super fun. Lazers, strobe lights, spotlights, pyrotechnics and sparklers made the show into a big party.

During the song "Marry You" Bruno changed the lyrics to one of the lines at the end, singing, "It's a beautiful night. What the hell is a saskatoon? Who cares, baby? I think I wanna marry you!" It was super funny. And in case you didn't know, a saskatoon is a berry kind of like a blueberry but a bit more tart.

The backup singer was featured during "The Lazy Song" because he was the guy who played 'the really nice girl' on the record saying, "Oh my god, this is great!" He did it at the concert and Bruno stopped the song to make a big deal about it and had him do it again while the audience cheered.

The band really enjoyed playing the crowd. At one point Bruno said, "Saskatoon, if you want to be quiet, we'll be quiet, too," and did the "Shout" line "a little bit softer now, a little bit softer now" while the band decrescendoed and lowered themselves until they were crouching on the stage and not playing. Then Bruno danced and did the twist to the sound of the audience screaming and cheering.
After a while they did "a little bit louder now, a little bit louder now" and rose up again to continue the song.

The finale was "Just the Way You Are" and everybody in the audience was singing.

At the end of the song they thanked everyone, left, and the stage went black.

A few minutes later, Bruno Mars was playing a drum solo on an elevated drum set in the middle of the stage and the lights were corresponding with the drums.

The encore lasted quite a while and featured "Locked Out Of Heaven," "Grenade," and "Gorilla."

Confetti canons went off and covered everyone on the floor with gold confetti.

It was a really fun concert. My mom and I had a great time!