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    An Eco-Friendly Guide to Christmas

    Eco-friendly Christmas

    For many people, Christmas is a favourite time of year. Giving gifts, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying decorations are all what makes Christmas time special. Unfortunately, Christmas can also be a wasteful time of year, between plastic packaging, wrapping paper, and all of that food.

    This eco-friendly guide to Christmas will help you to navigate the holidays in a more sustainable way. Trying to do even one of these things is a step towards a more environmentally friendly Christmas. 

    This Christmas, try to buy local, choose eco-friendly gifts, and think about the environment when you’re choosing decorations.

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    Blogging, connecting, and Gilmore Girls

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    I’ve been thinking about why it is that I do this lately. Why I’m sitting here writing this blog post to you, whoever you are. There are so many websites out there, just like mine, millions of us just typing into the ether. Sometimes this fact is encouraging, and sometimes it’s disheartening. I move between the two constantly, and when I start to think about it too hard, that’s usually when I stop writing altogether.

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    Embracing the Vancouver rain at Lynn Canyon

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    Something I was only too aware of before before coming to Vancouver was that it rains here a lot. I’ve always had a sort of romantic idea about the rain, usually with images of being inside, next to a fire with blankets, tea and books while the rain batters the roof outside. This is what I like to think my experience will be when I think about a rainy day, but I’ve lived in a country where it rains a lot of the time for most of my life and I can say that in reality, rain is just rain.

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    If Autumn were a guest

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    Watching the leaves on the trees turn red and orange through the balcony door of our apartment fills me with anticipation of what’s to come in the next few weeks. I feel like I need to prepare, to have my house in order to welcome in the new season. It’s like I have a guest coming to stay, and I need to get in some cakes and brew some tea. And if Autumn were a guest, the cake I would get is Barmbrack.

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    The great Vancouver bucket list

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    In June 2018, I moved to Vancouver, BC with my boyfriend on a two-year working holiday visa. We came here with certain expectations of what our life would be like. We saw adventures in mountains, weekend camping trips, exploring nature, and visiting all of the scenic lakes we saw in pictures before we got here. Now we have to figure out how to do it all.