July Summer Update ~ Camping, Relaxing & the BEST Garage Sale Find Ever

Well hello, my lovelies. I hope your summer is off to a good start, and that you are taking in everything summer has to offer.  This summer my goal is to make more memories and spend more time with the people I care about that I don’t get to see as often as I’d like.

This summer my goal is to make more memories and spend more time with the people I care about that I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. Sometimes I think that we get caught up in keeping things as they should be that we lose out on the memories we could be making.  Laundry CAN wait. Dishes CAN sit in the sink overnight.

Lester Beach Overnight with Friends

My best friend from a million years ago and her husband recently purchased a cottage and invited us to spend Canada Day with them.  Canada Day is my favourite holiday and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with our close friends.

Their cottage is perfect. It’s not fancy and it’s not new but it feels like home. It’s cozy and inviting. The perfect place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I am so excited for them and this new chapter in their lives.

The kids all played so well together and were busy doing a ton of different activities from swimming and kayaking, to riding around on quads. They had so much fun they didn’t want to leave.

Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of our time there. (I really got to get better at that)

Camping Trip #1 – Black Lake Provincial Park

We went camping as a family up to Black Lake Provincial Campground a few weekends ago.  This campground has a special place in my heart. It is so quiet and peaceful. A great place to go if you want to unplug for a few days and just relax.

Cell service is so scattered it’s best to say there is none, there are no amenities and the closest store is over 50km’s away.   It truly is secluded. Just what I like.

My hubby took this picture at 5am one morning while he was out fishing.

5 am on Black Lake

Breathtaking isn’t it 🙂

I was able to sneak away for a few hours with my dog and run the Black Lake Hiking Trail.  Trail running is one of my favourite things to do although I don’t get to run trails as often as I’d like. Rarely ever actually, but when I have the chance I’ll be out there.

Black Lake Hiking Trail Map

Being alone in the wilderness, running through the forest, climbing rocks, and trying to find the trail; this is pure bliss to me. As I type that I fully understand that not everyone would find that enjoyable, but I know my people are out there.

Like I mentioned, I brought my dog Abby along with me keep me company and protect me from the wild animals that I may encounter on the 9 km trail. Thankfully it was just me and her out there. She really is good company. She listens to all of my stories without complaint. She doesn’t whine or complain that she’s tired. Best of all she enjoys being out there just as much as I do.

The trail is marked by rock cairns so it can be a bit of an adventure trying to find your way sometimes. I only got somewhat lost a couple times. Ended up in the middle of the forest with no path to follow.  Turned around and quickly found my way again.

Black Lake Hiking Trail

Black Lake is located in the Canadian Shield which makes for some great rock climbing. At one point I was wondering how on earth I would make it back to camp if either myself or Abby were to get injured. Thankfully that didn’t happen.

The views were spectacular.

Black Lake

Black Lake

The bugs were not so lovely. Actually, they were horrendous, but I did manage to keep them at bay (for the most part) with my homemade Bug-B-Gone Insect Repellent.

If you are up for a stay in the wilderness and are comfortable with the fact that modern conveniences are over an hour away, I highly suggest you check out Black Lake Campground.

Camping Trip #2 – Stephenfield Provincial Park

Just last weekend my daughter and I left the boys at home and headed out to Stephenfield Provincial Park to spend the night with friends of ours.

Stephenfield Campground Sunset

Heading out for a night of camping without my husband isn’t something I would usually do.  I would definitely want to go, but I would end up staying home. It’s just easier that way.

This summer I am living for the experiences, the adventure of doing things out of the ordinary. So when your BFF who you don’t see nearly enough calls and invites you out for a night of camping, that is an experience I wasn’t about to pass up.

I am so glad we went. The kids had a blast playing in the sandhills, and at the beach and I filled my proverbial cup spending time with my friend.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a lot of pictures. Quality time to me means putting the phone/camera away and just enjoying where you are. I need to find a balance here because I realize pictures really do make these posts better.

The Best Garage Sale Find EVER!!

OMG. I still can’t believe it. I was out with the hubby checking out some garage sales last Saturday and you’ll never guess what I found.  Are you ready…

Vita-Mix Super 5000

A Vita-Mix Super 5000. Now here’s the best part.  Can you guess how much I paid considering they go for like $500 online……

FIVE DOLLARS!!

Can you believe that?  Obviously, the lady had no idea what it was worth.  I feel a bit guilty but that’s why we go to garage sales right!

I think the reason why this has made me so incredibly giddy is that I had asked my husband for a Vita-Mix for my upcoming birthday. I’ve been trying to eat healthier and plant-based and a high-powered blender is almost a necessity.  Knowing that the retail price tag is WELL above our birthday limit I had thought I would be waiting forever!!

FIVE DOLLARS!!!

The only catch is that the Vita-Mix didn’t come with lids. I’ll be ordering new lids, or maybe a container in the next little bit but until then I’ve had to makeshift one out of my old blender lid and some cling wrap.  It’s not pretty but it works.

FIVE DOLLARS!!!  Sorry. I just can’t get over it.

This weekend we are off to spend some time at our friend’s cabin at Twin Beaches. So looking forward to getting away, relaxing, and visiting friends.

Do you have a favourite Vita-Mix recipe you would like to share? Or maybe you know of a great camping spot in Manitoba that we should check out. Please let me know in the comments below.

 

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