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Nova Scotia Trip Home

Nova Scotia Trip Home :

So ahhhhh my Nova Scotia trip home! Edmonton friends if you haven’t seen Eastern Canada it is a must. I mean even though it’s like a bazillion dollars to fly across Canada? I could literally fly Edmonton to Honolulu and back! WHATS UP WITH THAT? Anyway, we will save my rant for flying across the country for another day. J feeeeel..  Speaking of which I should book my flight home for Christmas before it’s like $1300 or MAYBE HONOLULU INSTEAD! JK I need to see my FAMJAM. Ok moving along…

So my recent trip to Nova Scotia was a blast. I was home for two weeks and I soaked up every minute of it. My family is in Cape Breton, so I spent the majority of my time there. Cape Breton definitely moves at a slower pace. I’ve always been a city girl and I do love Halifax, but Cape Breton will always be near and dear to my heart. For those of you that don’t know, Cape Breton is a beautiful island in Nova Scotia with SWEEPING ocean views. Ugh, the ocean makes my skin oh so hydrated. Now that I’m back in Alberta my skin will now turn into a wrinkly boot. Don’t get me wrong I love Edmonton but who doesn’t love HYDRATED SKIN from the ocean?

During my time home, my family took a trip to the Cabot Trail. It was the perfect day. My dad passed away 5 years ago and there isn’t a second where I don’t think of his witty humor. I miss him dearly. We talked about Dad a lot that day and all of the wonderful memories we’ve had in the past. It really felt like he was there. It was truly a beautiful day and I will cherish it forever. If you wondering what the limit is to my mother playing Luke Bryan songs, THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST. Also, I remember changing my brother’s diapers and now they are basically MEN. Oh did I mention my brother Devon has his FULL LICENCE and a CAR? Ok, I’m ancient. Oh and now that Aaron is 15, Mom finally let him take his training wheels off his bike. #proudsister Maybe 16 is the year she will teach you how to cut the crust off your Bologna sandwich (ha he will get me back for this) Don’t worry we all have my fathers twisted humor. Besides spending the majority of my trip eating seafood, I really went home to stand in my Best Friends Wedding.  I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU.

“The moment I wake up

Before I put on my makeup

I say a little pray for you

While combing my hair now

And wondering what dress to wear now

I say a little prayer for you” 

Belting out excessively over here……..ANYONE? Ok, moving along. So I listened to The Rankins (Cape Breton celebrities) watched my beautiful friend say I do, danced, drank OH BOY DID WE DRINK and created wonderful memories! During my time in Halifax, I spent a few days with my friend Carmen. FYI: Mussels at the Bicycle Thief in Halifax are the bomb.com. If you haven’t tried them, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ok, I need to chill on the caps in this blog post ha ha. I swear I’m not yelling aggressively. Bicycle Thief in Halifax is probably my favorite restaurant.  Ever. Even though we were hungover pieces of crap the next day we still made it to Peggys Cove. Stillwell Beer garden really sneaks up on you when you end up at the dome on a Monday night. Also, I broke my two year “No Dome Streak” #domeishome  (Carmen’s idea obviously) So that is basically it! I wish I took more photos of this beautiful province but I was truly too busy enjoying my time home. Whoever I didn’t have time to see I apologize, I will be back soon. It’s really nice to put your phone down once in awhile and hear the waves crashing on the rocks. If you have any questions on Nova Scotia, feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I have quite a few blog posts coming in the upcoming weeks so don’t forget to check back! Ps: Have you seen my Blog post with Allure by Chelsea and Sara Jewell Photography? Check it out here! We just recently did another shoot so I’ll add those photos when I have more time.

Much love,

xo, Shay




what breed is your dog rescue pup

What Breed Is Your Dog? Cambio, the Rescue Pup

what breed is your dog rescue pup

What breed is your dog?

So, I get asked “What breed is your dog?” a few times a week. I literally have no sweet clue.

I’ve been meaning to do one of those dog DNA kits but I haven’t got around to it yet. I’m also pretty sure he thinks he is a cat. Should I mention he plays with the cat toys and chases the laser around…

He will be four pretty soon, so I thought I would dedicate a post to him (he also has a fake birthday because I have no way of knowing when or where he was born). I may be biased but he’s the best dog in the world. Anyone who follows me on Instagram probably already knows my pup is an international rescue.

I used to work at Boston Pizza in Nova Scotia during university. They have a program through Live Different, It’s called a hero holiday. We got to go down to Sosua, Dominican Republic to build homes.

One of my good friends Carmen was on the trip with me and I was a little skeptical about adopting a pup but she totally convinced me it was a good idea and boy was she right. PS: remember that time he was so cold in the A/C we wrapped him in the bed with us and we woke up in the morning and the bed was covered with TICKS. Oh wait, we don’t talk about that. Basically I stood two feet away while Carmen individually picked out ticks… and let’s not forget about his first swim when he power puked all over the curtains at the missionary resort, SORRY ABOUT THAT!

Basically a family had Cam and they couldn’t afford to keep him. I had to take him to the vet in the Dominican to make sure I could legally take him out of the country. The vet was actually from New York, he checked Cam out, gave him de-wormer and sent us on our way. He told us he was about 10 weeks old. I didn’t have any issues at customs, but I was totally freaking out.

You know that declaration paper they give you? Mine had a GIANT red “X” on it. So naturally, I was freaking out. What if they don’t let me keep this dog I fell in love with?

They took my dog in a room, checked him out and sent us on our merry way. My cat’s name is Sephora. Don’t judge me, her name suits her perfectly; actually Beyonce would have worked better! Anyway, I figured I should name my dog something legitimate given his back story. I mostly call him Cam for short but I named him Cambio because it means change in Creole AND since I kinda CHANGED his life I figured it was suitable (insert cheese emoji).

So there you have it, my dog is pretty awesome and now you know his cool background story. Also he drove across Canada with me so he’s pretty much a world traveler. Does peeing in almost every province classify as world traveler? LOVE YOU CAMBEANO.

xo, Shay

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