I just want to say WOW!! I have not blogged to you much at all the past 6 months. Life has been too amazing.. I’ve been soaking up each moment & when I have been home I have not been around my computer.
I want to thank everyone who continues to support my blog. I have been averaging 7-10 visitors a DAY still… with no recent posts. It just blows me away. So thank you all for still returning to my site to see old posts.. recipes or trick. I will be in the process of changing my site up & I plan to write to you all more often now that life has slowed itself down.
A little update… there is no longer a WildRose Gypsy Facebook page. However please feel free to share posts on your Facebook if you wish.
I will leave you all with a sneak peak wedding photo… T & I got married on June 21. It was such a beautiful day! We loved every minute of it. ❤
Hi There Ladies… & Gents… Whoever purchased items off my little online shop.
I have to say that for now I will be closing my shop. Reasons being that I just have not had time to focus on it & I do not want to let any of you down by not getting items to you or not being able to meet what it was you wanted.
I appreciate all the business & support you have given me. I had so much fun in the little time I was opened & I hate to quit on you all… but I have other needs that need to be taken care of & given time over this shop.
The items that I was selling are available online. The ladies who make these items are beyond a joy to deal with. In fact some of us even become email-pals! All you buyers know they quality of their items… so please continue to shop from them. I know I will be!
Bear Creek Collections (bracelets) is a little Canadian-based company. They are sisters who work hard & continue to learn new things to bring only the freshest look to you all! These sisters got it going on… & I have never had a complaint about there product.. instead people say “Give Me More!”
Shipping is cheap & takes a week! So how can you go wrong!!
Gertie & Baxter is who I dealt with for all my soft goods! These girls rock at producing product. Again, I have not had any complaints regarding there quality. They bring together vibrant colours, with great quality fabric & a whole lot of Fun!
Here is there site: http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/gertiebaxter
They are from California, USA but the shipping only took a mere 10 days on average to make it to Alberta.
I still have a few items left, some scarves & headbands.. I hope to post these items soon.
I appreciate you all letting me give this little shop a chance & I really hope to re-open its doors when the timing is right! I made a lot of new friends because of it as well… I mean who doesn’t LOVE new friends!!!
Thanks again All for the love!!
Onto the next adventure…. check back here to see where the roads may lead next…
I know you have all probably felt that I have fallen off the face of the earth.. But lucky for you all I have not.
I have been a busy busy girl lately & have not taken the time to tend to my readers. For that I am sorry. I have thought of you all quite often though.. if that makes you feel any better. 🙂
Since I have last wrote to you all I have had a lot going on.
1) T proposed to me December 9th! Yup he sure did. We are getting married in June & couldn’t be more excited!!
So with a June wedding that has only given us 6 months to plan. Among this was the month of Christmas… which we took in stride & spent every waking minute with friends & family & soaking up the fresh new change.
2) I had ACL surgery on my knee finally!! During this time I did have time to write as I sat on the couch with a leg in the air for 2-3 weeks. But to be honest not a lot was happening & I wasn’t feeling all that inspired to write.
A week after my surgery I was able to hop in & out of wedding dresses with my crutches.. mom, mom in-law & my two best friends (T’s cousins) to help me out! The dress was bought!
T was amazing during my recovery.. the dishes were always done & my water dish was always full. With 1000 stairs in our house I felt slightly limited to… well everything. I could hardly get myself a glass of water the first ten days. So I am happy to be marrying a man that between work, the shop, the house, the meals, the cats & his broken down lady friend he was able to keep up with everything & with non the less a massive smile across his face!
So I dedicate this collage of pictures to him!
3) Next my Best friend called to say she & her man were getting married! They have been engaged for some time, & have a beautiful family…. so we always knew the BIG day would happen… I just wasn’t expecting her to say “We are getting married next Friday.. can you do me a favor & be my witness?!” Holy S*&@! Heck Yes I Will!
So T & I got to stand next to our best friends, in a beautiful church at night with the Pastor. Her sister & her guy took pictures & videoed it… so with just 7 people I must say it was quite romantic. I couldn’t be happier for the two.
To top the night off.. we planned a Surprise House Warming for the couple (which they were in on) so we could get their families both over without any suspicion. Little did the parents & neighbors know.. that it was them to be surprised.. when in walked a Bride & Groom! It was such a fabulous night & one that none of us will ever forget!
Love you Guys & Congrats Again C + G!!
4) I had my community bridal shower that T’s community threw for me. It was absolutely beautiful & I was showered with so much love, laughter, & gifts. I feel so blessed to be apart of this community.
5) I had to visit this little man… I mean look at those cheeks.. how could I not..am I right!?
So as you can see things have been a little wild in our parts. But all in great fun of course!! I hope to write to you all a lot more from now on!!
I am still getting to know this gal… but so far what I do know is she is one determined.. focused…fun loving chick!! I follow her on the ole Instagram… & you can tell she likes to have fun… get healthy & spin through the air!!
She is one of our very own Canadians.. & she will be competing in Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games! I am beyond excited to watch her through these times.
She has faced a pretty big challenge leading up to her training for the Olympics. She tore her ACL for the 3rd time just 6 months prior to Sochi! Talk about throwing a wrench into things. But with her positive attitude, her support team & her drive to be competing at the 2014 Olympics, for the first year of the Slope Style Skiing… she is well on route to being healed up & ready to rock!!
Kaya really caught my interest when I learned the route on how she became a pro skier…
Kaya started skiing late 2005/2006 when she was 17 years old… & she turned Pro in 2007 at 18 years old. I loved this fact about her. It proves that you don’t necessarily have to start out as a small children to become a professional… & that if you have the drive, the determination & the attitude to LOVE what you do & pursue it.. you can succeed!!
I’m definitely not saying 17 or 18 years is old… I’m just saying no matter what it can be done!! If YOU choose to~!
Then from 2007 on she has been climbing the ranks & pushing the limits in women’s slopestyle skiing. For example she was the FIRST woman to land a switch 1080, & she has also won 6 consecutive X-games Gold Medals. So as you can see Kaya is a force to be reckoned with!
Here is her 1080 on video (@ 58sec)… Click the Link below:
If you don’t have one of these “mesh donuts” (I’m naming it that because the real names slipped my mind) yet, go get one!!! You will thank me later! You can get different sizes and colors and find them anywhere from Claire’s to Walmart. Best $5 you’ll ever spend. They are genius!!!!
So first throw your hair in a high ponytail. Stick the donut over the ponytail. Spread your hair out evenly around it. Grab an elastic and wrap it around the whole thing, once or twice if possible. Leave the ends out for a messy look or tuck them in with bobby pins for a neat ballet bun! It’s the easiest cutest up-do around. Anyone can do this one!!!
From the first time I seen this girl rip on a Matchsticks Production Ski Film I was hooked! She has such a free spirited presence to her.. & her style is so smooth! She charges some massive lines.. & drops some pretty rad cliffs too! The passion that she has for the sport & life in general just drives me to want to ski better.. to try new things… or even just to go for a hike in the backyard & appreciate & soak up all that is around you. You can see it in her eyes that she is determined to live her life to the fullest! I suggest you follow her on Instagram… Her pictures show you the world through her eyes… & she has some pretty unreal shots.
When you don’t see her on the slopes… you can guess she is either mountain biking down some trails… or hanging off the side of a rock… or calming her spirit through yoga.
Last year her & a few other leading ladies in the ski world decided to put together S.A.F.E A.S. (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education for Avalanche and Snow Safety) Clinics for women! Not only do they teach you the reality & risks of the Mountains & how to stay safe… but they also give you a YOGA class with Sherry McConkey, & an afternoon full of skiing followed by some great prizes!! I suggest looking into this. I was dying to go to this clinic this year… I got in contact with Michelle Parker about it (reason 153 why I think she is so down to earth as she has taken the time to respond to my messages & fill me full of tips & facts regarding this clinic among other things). For all you skiers out there… I cannot stress enough the importance of Mountain Safety.. so please educate yourself before heading out into the back country. Click on the link below to see if they are coming to a resort near you… It may be booked up this year.. but at least you will be aware of it & can get a head start on the 2014 year.
Seeing this gal can’t get enough of the snow & winter…. she is teamed up with SASS Global Travel where she works as a ski coach for a month of the summer in Argentina! (talk about living the life eh..!?) If you are interested or have the chance.. I suggest you check this out & join Michelle & her team there next year!
Michelle also works hard for others & raises awareness from climate change to helmet protection.
She has been faced with many challenges… from multiple knee surgeries.. to helping heal close friends… to losing great friends who continue to inspire her. All of this has made Michelle who she is today… a strong, beautiful soul ready for whatever adventure strikes her next! This is where she inspires me… she works hard.. she pushes through & all in having a great Smile spread across her face & embracing all life has to offer her!
I have been getting very inspired the last year by some amazing women who Rock!! Not only do these lovely ladies know how to have fun… but they also seem extremely down to earth… & they stick true to what they love without getting caught up in the “Hype” of being a “Superstar”… if you know what I mean.
I often hear ladies saddened by the fact that other women judge them before getting to know them. This breaks my heart, because often those who are saddened have the most beautiful souls! My parents always taught my brother & I to never judge anyone until WE..ourselves know them. To this day my brother & I have done this.. & because of this we have met some really great people & made some really good friends. You don’t judge a book by its cover… so why judge a person by theirs…right!?
With this being said… most women are the bad for this. Most men stick together… they look after each other.. they get excited when each other succeed… they have healthy competition.. they have a beer after.. they help each other…
I’m not saying women don’t do the same for each other… I’m just saying a lot of them are quicker to judge then lend a hand. & I feel it can only benefit us to work harder on looking after one another.
How does this work in to my Women Who Rock… Although I don’t know these ladies personally…. I do feel that they are STOKED to be Strong Women.. & they strive to push other women & girls to be strong, have fun & care for one another… That’s why over the next few weeks I will feature two of these women every Thursday on my blog post!
I promise you will be inspired by each of these ladies, just as I am now! From the Mountains to the Ocean & everywhere in between… These Ladies know how to Rock It!
Week 1 – Michelle Parker – Big Mountain Skier
Week 1 – Kaya Turski – Freestyle Skier
Week 2 – Lakey Peterson – Pro Surfer
Week 2 – CoCo Ho – Pro Surfer
Week 3 – Lynz Pastrana – Pro Skateboarder/NitroCircus/Mom
Week 3 – Jolene Van Vugt – MotoCross Racer/NitroCircus
(Photo Credit to those who took these. Pictures are not my own. Thank you to those who share.)
Keep in tune ladies… Let this inspiration set you out to push forward, follow dreams, & be your own Super Star in the making!!
So I understand Social Media is now a very important way of life. A lot of businesses, artists, athletes, celebrity’s, charities, etc etc rely on social media to get known. & Yes.. It can work wonders!!!! However, the last couple months I have been getting tired of everything. I find it overwhelming…& well just a plain waste of time.
I have to admit since starting my Blog & my online shop…. I have had to add a few accounts.. which I then got in too deep with.
2 personal emails… 2 work emails
2 facebook accounts… 2 twitter accounts
2 instagram accounts…
That is 10 accounts I was checking on a daily basis… Nasty right!!!?? Although I have to admit that without social media I would have lost touch with some close friends… would have not had as many people find out about my blog or online store either.. but with this being said I decided to “DeActive” my social media life… so to speak!
I want to worry about spending time outside.. working on projects for my store.. spend MORE time with T after work.. & instead of reading about other peoples life.. & goings on… I want to be ACTIVE in my own goings on… while riding passenger I want to look at the mountains… the prairies… & not miss that massive moose that briskly ran into the trees while my head was in my phone.. Although I LOVE looking at peoples photo’s on instagram.. I have to admit.
Also, I will no longer feel bad for missing peoples calls…because when I get home from work or on the weekend.. I usually leave my phone on the counter in the house. & I will get back to you! Promise.
Or when I go into a store I will more than often leave my phone in my truck, as I feel its rude to be talking on the phone when around others, whatever it is can more than often wait.. & you will make the cashiers day by saying “Hi”.
Remember this is JUST my own personal opinion, & social media can be hugely beneficial (mostly pinterest! so many smart ideas.. & delicious delicious fooo!).
I do not judge what other people Do..or Post.. or Share.. or Like or ReTweet or Favorite or Pin or etc…
each to their own.
So with this being said I have deleted some/most of my accounts.
So you can catch me on Instagram… Or on my WildRose Gypsy Facebook page… but other than that I hope to talk to you personally, enjoy the outdoors, & the “un-distracted” time with family..friends..& T.
Live in the moment that’s yours… as we only get a few… Take the time to unplug as much as you can! Your missing out on some amazing things!!! 🙂 Plus I bet it will make your head, your heart & your eyes feel better~!!~
Luv Ya.. WRG (slight hypocrite.. but I didn’t say I was completely shutting it down..or how could I share these thoughts with you..) 😉
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