Friends, only two more days until my favourite show returns!

Last year I had posted my excitement about the arrival of Season 4. In my opinion, the first few episodes were a bit slow but also very fitting with the changing nature of Lena Dunham’s character Hannah, and ultimate commentary on our generation. By the time the finale had rolled around, we had witnessed some relationships fall apart, as well as come together, and a baby being born! How appropriate for my current situation.

This will be the second last season of Girls. While most people detest both Lena Dunham and the show, many women of my era can wholly relate to what she represents. I, therefore, love her and it.

Tune in for the season premiere this Sunday on HBO!



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in march

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.48.01 AMWelcome April, and my fellow April Fools!

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.49.50 AMMarch was a month of adventure. We only just began our vacation when the new month rolled around. Then we continued to spend the entire first week of March abroad in the United States! We had such an amazing and indescribable journey, and I tried my very best to supply you with daily updates through my Instagram photos. When we got back, I published this post describing the first half of our trip. The second post can be viewed here. Finally, this 9-minute video summed everything up in one musical notion. 

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetOne week after returning home from America, we went on yet another trip. This time, it was to buy more antiques for my store.

34244012_007_bUnfortunately, being consumed with our travels left little room for do-it-yourself projects this month. My first post this month was a tutorial in brewing pour over coffee. I received some helpful feedback, and I can’t wait until I purchase my own pour over set.

stpatricksday3My St. Patrick’s Day craft post was a new direction for me. I loved being able to bring in ideas from other bloggers, and to have more than one DIY as well!

AloeVera1Next, I had an instructional post on propagating succulent leaves. After gathering tips from the internet, I felt as if I was ready to share that information with you. However, time will tell if my leaves will grow successfully!

ringI showed you items that I loved on Etsy, and items that were available in the Potomac Trading Post store.

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetWe went to two films this month. The first was The Fight Club, and the second was What We Do in the Shadows.

IMG_1288In general, this was a month of reflection and soul-searching. Here, I began with recalling the times that I have experienced an act of generosity from a stranger, and discussed my own attempts to be a more selfless person. In this post, I expressed my views on our own generation-shaming. Looking back, I think our vacation played a big role in renewing my sense of self, which inevitably gave me a clearer perspective in regards to all things, both big and small.

_DSF1572Last, but not least, you were able to experience the second post in my Home series. This one featured two places by one man, both his lovely little house in Texas and his other home on the sea. This was such an inspiring collaboration, and one that I hope everyone enjoyed. I cannot wait for April’s home tour!

Do you have any plans for tonight? I think that I will watch one of the first scary movies that I ever saw when I was little girl; April Fools Day. Have an enjoyable day!

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girls: season finale

I wrote this entire post without even discussing the last episode of Girls! Having the post take an unexpected turn is something that I didn’t plan on, but will certainly leave. That said, I am sad to see this season end, and cannot wait for season five to begin! I also now want to name my first-born daughter Jessa-Hannah Bluebell Poem. (Kidding of course.) Is anyone else on the same page? :-)))



I am a lover and supporter of nearly all things Lena Dunham. Of all the things I admire, this is probably the most controversial. The comments that I read about her are horrendous, abusive, spiteful, and much more. I get it. She’s loud. She’s not ashamed of her body. She has money and power. She’s young. And she gets naked, a lot. However, I don’t know if it’s because people are intimidated by her, or if they just don’t understand this young and creative girl. I do. I completely relate to her and can understand where she’s coming from. No, I don’t claim to know anything personally about her that she doesn’t wish to disclaim to the world. But I’ve been watching her for years, have read about her back story, have listened to her autobiography, and have put her story together from a distant, third person’s perspective. 

I am of the Millennials, or Generation Y. People say that we are too liberal, too non-committal, cannot hold a job, are entitled, selfish, and every other nasty human trait that you can possibly think of. Thanks, world. This is what I think of our Generation Y double standards and shaming of successful young women:

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When I get called liberal, I view it as a compliment. I don’t take it so much in the political sense, but in a way that shows that I can accept people from most or all walks of life, and will fight for inequality when it’s needed. I also have the knowledge and courage to know when to back down from an altercation before it turns into a dire situation.

When I hear that our generation cannot hold a full-time job, I tell these people to take a look at the current job market and truly analyze how many full-time jobs are available to us 20- to 30-something-year-olds. I work for both the University and the City, the former of which I have been employed for six years, and the latter, four. The University has only ever offered me 25 hours per week, and with no benefits. The City’s public library system subsequently offers no full-time employment to any of it’s library staff members unless they are a librarian, are near retirement and are still in a position that has not been made into two part-time positions, or work out-of-scope in administration. That leaves several hundred (mostly female) employees with part-time jobs, and no means to support themselves or their families alone. In addition to these jobs, I also own my own business, write for several magazines, and do photography on the side. If just one of these jobs offered me full-time hours, or a career opportunity, then I would accept it in a heartbeat. However, this is not the case. Additionally, with student loans still present in many of our bank accounts, these are the hard truths of our generation. For that, we are chastised by our elders.



As for Lena Dunham. Most people view her as a typical product of her (and my) generation. That’s fine. I am not here to change opinions, but merely to say that I politely disagree and to explain why. While I would never have the courage to do half of the crazy things that she does (namely parade my body around in front of millions of people), I get that it is for her work and her art. Yes, art. She is an extremely creative individual, who is doing what she loves, working extremely hard at it, all the while getting paid. For that, she is someone that I truly idolize. She writes her own scripts, directs, and produces most of the episodes on Girls. This was also the case for her past films and shows. She went to university. She wrote her own novel. She guest stars on other shows that she finds inspiring. She lives a life with one man and her dog that she adores. She is a feminist. She rarely has blowout public feuds unless she is defending herself (namely her body). She admits her insecurities but doesn’t believe in body-shaming. She literally has done no physical harm to any human being in the public eye. She is funny and charming in interviews, stands up for women, and continues pursuing her dreams. Personally, there is nothing not to love about her.

As for her being naked, it’s mostly women that have an issue with it. Or men that don’t like the fact that she doesn’t have a supermodel body. How do I know this? I read the comments on multiple social media sites, as well as watch her interviews. Michael Fassbender, Ben Affleck, Jude Law, and Ewan McGregor have all had full-frontal nude scenes, and on the whole, they do not get much hatred for it. If anything, many people want more of it. If Hannah in Girls looked like Megan Fox, I think that it would be better received. To me, I find that deplorable.



Really, I could find worse role models. But I won’t. I’ll stick with Lena, who I find to be an inspiring voice of creative females in Generation Y.



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girls: season 4

Lena Dunham has just released a sneak peek for Season 4 of GIRLS on her Instagram. I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am. In the words of Shoshanna, “Oh. Em. Effing. Gee.”


Here was an Instagram peek at Season 3. I’m definitely going to have to watch the entire thing again before January 2015.

Speaking of the third season, here is a clip of the premiere party.

I never thought that I would say this, but why can’t winter come any sooner?!




we need to talk about juicing

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_4.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_5.jpgIMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpgIMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg I first heard of juicing a few years ago when it was becoming a popular form of ‘cleansing’ among celebrities. More like a admittance to a dangerous new diet fad. These already emancipated celebs were suddenly losing even more weight at an alarming pace. Since then, I have frowned upon anyone who juices to drop the pounds. That is, until one documentary on Netflix caught my attention. It is called Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead.

When my husband and I first came across FSND, I assumed that it would be just another film on health and obesity. The moment it started, it played as if it were a Saturday morning cartoon. I was instantly drawn in. It became real when Joe Cross, the director/protagonist, revealed that he was actually quite sick with an autoimmune disease and would be adopting a 60 day juice cleanse. While I immediately became skeptical, I was also curious to see if he could pull it off. Cross seemed like a truly genuine person who was set on ridding himself of his painful disease and numerous pills, and who was excited about regaining control over his body. You can’t help but root for him, but beyond that, I was relating to him. By the end of the documentary, I was extremely motivated to try juicing out for myself.

I have my own health reasons for beginning my juicing journey. For those of you who want to or have already tried it, you will as well. I also believe that going on cleanses is not for everyone. However, if you or I or anyone were to replace one meal with a juice every once in awhile, we would be surprised as to how much energy that we have, and how good our insides  would feel. When I do it, it’s almost as if my organs are rejoicing in the sweet, deliciousness that I have just provided them with. I know that the more I juice, the more I crave one of these simple, yet healthy little snacks. So why not try it out for yourself? #YOLO


IMG_11.jpgP.S. For  fans of Instagram and Girls, check out this hilarious video here

P.P.S. If you are interested in trying juicing, make sure to tell me about it below!

  • Hello! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of four (three on earth in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.

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