A Summer Recap

Yesterday started out as a rainy, September day, and it made me think “Hey, this would be a good time to reflect on how we spent our summer”. There’s no time like the present to share that with you, right?!

In short, it seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye, as the summer months tend to do. It was a busy one for us, but we managed to get away on a couple of small trips (pictures to follow below), enjoyed a lot of what was happening here in Edmonton, excitedly planned and celebrated my sister’s wedding (stay tuned for photos from the very talented Carmyn Joy), and all the while, I am growing baby #2. Surprise! Depending on whether you follow along on either my personal or blog Instagram accounts, you may have seen a few photos revealing a rapidly growing bump. We are SO excited to be expanding our family, and with another baby GIRL!!! This pregnancy has brought along its fair share of sickness and next-to-nothing energy levels, but thankfully I have left that behind in the first trimester and am happy to be feeling more like myself these days (save for a bad back).Life is going to get a whole lot girlier around here, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. January can’t come soon enough!

Back to the recap. Back in June, we took a trip down to Calgary for the annual Greek Festival that the community puts on. This trip was twofold – partly to perform with my Greek dance group and partly to have a little family getaway.

Here’s the dancing gang, Kyklos (that’s me in the top row, third from the left)

At the Calgary Zoo, trying to snap a picture with Thea before she runs away (something she loves doing nowadays)

Grabbing a coffee at the famously rich and satisfying Phil & Sebastian in Chinook Centre

We took the road down south again later on in the summer and spent August long weekend in Canmore. This was the first time I had spent actual, dedicated time in the town, and it didn’t take long for me to fall completely in love. It’s scenic, quaint, and has something for everyone. We can’t wait to go back, and perhaps experience what winter in the Rocky Mountains is like (mental note: sign the family up for skiing lessons first!)

While in Canmore, we hiked the Grassi Lakes trail which came highly recommended from a few friends. Despite not making it all the way to the top (thanks to my pregnant huffing and puffing!), we are so glad we did what we could. It was a scorcher of a day, so to conquer what we did was a pretty great feat! Here are some of the views we encountered along the way.

It was another great one for the books! We have said this more frequently in recent years, especially since starting a family of our own, but there’s something so cool and fulfilling when you can dive in and explore the gems within your own province; your own backyard, so to speak. And to think there’s so much more of this great province to uncover.

With summer officially behind us, I am ready to embrace the cooler temperatures and all of the beauty that fall brings. Oh, and Starbucks’ pumpkin scones 🙂

Happy Wednesday…xo

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And the winners are…

Happy Friday, guys! I’m so excited to announce the winners today. Without further delay…

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EMILY S. & CATHY M.

Congratulations, and thanks for your support! You will soon have one of these hot tanks in your hot little hands, so stay tuned for an email from me.

If last week’s interview with Sandy sparked an interest, and you’d like to stay in the loop of what’s next for How’s My Down Dog, give her a follow over on Instagram and Facebook.

Wishing all of you a wonderful long weekend!

xo,
Kassey

Inspired || How’s My Down Dog?

In light of my recent giveaway with Sandy, I thought this would be a good opportunity to begin, yet, another series where I feature cool people doing cool things all on their own. There is so much of this that goes on under the radar, why not spread the word as best as you can?! Here’s a little more about Sandy, how she got the idea for the yoga tanks, and a little more about her fabulous self!

Tell us a bit more about these cool tanks. How did you get started and why?

The idea for the shirts is inspired by my yoga teacher – Jeff Mah. His classes really focus on the foundation of yoga poses and how to refine your practice to avoid long term injury. We spend a lot of time in class talking about the foundation of downdog. So, while in downdog one day, I thought it would be cute to print “how’s my downdog?” on a shirt, like “how’s my driving?”. Then I started giggling to myself and people stared…

Has yoga always played a role in your life? If not, what is it that keeps you going and loving it?

I started practising yoga (seriously) about 5 years ago. Depending on where I’m at in life, I practice anywhere from one to five times a week.

I love yoga because you can really craft your practice to make it work for you. For instance, I was training for a leg of the Canadian Death Race with my sister this year, so instead of my normal Vinyasa/power flow practice I opted for Yin or Restorative.

It’s also a major challenge and never gets stale. There’s always a something new to learn, whether it be a new pose or how to get your hamstrings to stop feeling like they’re going to snap like a twig (I’m still working on this).

You balance this, plus your day job as Principal at Bassett Digital Consulting. Any tips or tricks to making it all happen so smoothly?

If you have the luxury of working for yourself from home, I would suggest that … You don’t have to wear pants!

Seriously though, it’s a matter of prioritizing. What are you going to do today that will help you achieve your goals? Then sort out what needs to get done and what can wait.

Also, don’t over extend yourself, be realistic, and manage expectations. I have worked in a project management capacity for many years so I am able to set fairly realistic deadlines for projects that I’m working on.

Favourite spots to do yoga in Calgary and in Edmonton?

Calgary – One More Breath (see jeffmah.com for more details on where and when), Bodhi Tree, Yoga Mandala

Edmonton – Moksha Yoga (go see Meghan Butler), Noorish Yoga in Garneau

If you’re ever in Canmore check out the Yoga Lounge

Favourite indulgence?

Cheese, wine and beer.

I actually read a book about cheese mongering once, called “Living Life on the Wedge”

Best piece of advice for someone looking to start yoga, or take their practice to a more serious level?

For someone wanting to start I would suggest a yoga sampler. Try a bunch of classes and different studios. See what you like and what you don’t like. It’s fairly cost effective to check out new studios. Most intro passes will get you an unlimited week or month for pretty cheap. Know that there is a yoga out there for almost anyone, you just have to find your sweet spot.

Also, don’t get discouraged. It’s called a yoga “practice” for a reason. Some poses will come naturally and some will not. If you keep at it and practice regularly, you’ll be amazed at your progress. I know people who, when they started, weren’t able to touch their toes and now they’re in full hanumanasana (full splits).

Let’s all try and say hanumanasana three times fast! It was so fun working with you, Sandy, and getting a bit more of an inside scoop on how this all came to be! And for you, dear readers, don’t forget you still have a few days left to enter for a chance to win one of these yoga tanks. Just follow the link below to enter your information:

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Good luck and have a great week!

xo,
Kassey

Giveaway || How’s My Downdog?

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Happy Thursday and Happy Giveaway Day!

I’ve teamed up with my friend Sandy, the cool and talented gal behind How’s My Downdog? yoga tanks, and we’re giving away not one, but two to two lucky readers!

I had the good fortune of meeting Sandy (that’s her ^) many years ago through a childhood friend, and we have crossed paths and caught up many times since. When we started chatting about joining forces and putting this giveaway together, I was all too excited. Without saying too much here, as I’ve got a fun spotlight post coming up on her and all of her coolness next week, I’ll get straight to the good stuff – entry details!

It’s quick and easy – follow the link below and enter your information, and then cross all of your fingers and toes that your name is drawn! This contest runs until August 28, so don’t let the week get away from you. Winners will be chosen on August 29, at which point I will get in touch with you directly to obtain further details and information.

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Good luck to you all, and allow me to be the first to wish you a lovely weekend!

xo,
Kassey

#yeg Spotlight: District Coffee Co.

As a coffee lover, you can imagine my sadness when I discovered that I had an aversion to the fuel that keeps me going while I was pregnant with little Theodora. Especially since I enjoy discovering and trying out new, independent coffee spots, like Transcend Coffee , Remedy Cafe, or Credo. This is not a slap in the face to my old faithful, Starbucks (you’re always #1), but I get really excited at the opportunity to find and support local businesses. My excitement was heightened when I heard all of the buzz around District Coffee Co., which officially opened in early March of this year.

Located in a sweet spot between Jasper Avenue and the High Level Bridge, this is sure to receive major love from downtown dwellers and south-of-the-river folk alike. Minimalist in its decor, District Coffee Co. is the kind of place you can grab a satisfying cup of coffee while you’re on the run, or stay awhile and enjoy your smooth as velvet latte on their expansive patio (season dependent, of course).

While out running some errands a couple of weeks ago, we happily took advantage of the opportunity to test it out. Both Alex and I enjoyed a latte and indulged in some sweet treats. Chocolate chip cookie for me. Cinnamon bun for him. We were both in heaven! I haven’t had a chocolate chip cookie that good in a long time, so I suggest you run there, don’t walk. What I found really cool about District was that we were not only supporting an Edmonton business, but a Calgary one as well. District serves Phil & Sebastian Coffee, which is a Calgary-born business with five cafes throughout the city.

It will be a while before Theodora can experience the true joy and comfort of a good cup of coffee, but we fully support starting her young, one independent cafe at a time!

District Coffee Co.
#101 10011-109 Street
Edmonton, AB
http://www.districtcoffee.ca/