July 17, 2017

tips & tricks for busy bees

Well, it's no secret that I've always got a lot on the go and this Summer it seems like it's been crazier than ever! I am using this post partly as a way to remind myself of all these things.

The one crazy thing about Summer is that there is not only so much happening on the weekends, but the week days are just as jam packed! I'm definitely feeling that this Summer. I've done similar posts to this before, but it's something I always like to chat about so here's another. Below are a few of my tips & tricks to stay organized with a crazy and chaotic schedule ♥

c h o o s e   y o u r  "d a y   o f f"
I generally do my best to always have one day out of the week where I don't make any plans. Normally it's Monday, because for me that just makes the most sense and feels right with my schedule. I use Monday's as my day to catch up, plan for the week ahead and relax. This at least guarantees me one ~chill~ night a week too!

w r i t e   i t   a l l   d o w n
I use my bando paper planner to keep track of everything! I've always been one to use a paper planner vs. my iphone for stuff like this. As soon as anything pops up in my schedule I put it in my planner right away. Also, since Pete and I are always filling our schedule with fun plans, I also use a monthly calendar for us and put it up on the fridge to see all our plans in front of us. This has been clutch for keeping track!

t h i n k    a h e a d
Lately I've been all about planning waaaaay ahead, to the point where it seems silly! But, it's nice to be able to make time for everything (ok, most things) and this seems to be the trick. So when there doesn't seem to be any time for certain things in the near future, why schedule it for down the road. It's also wonderful to have lots to look forward to!

t a k e   t i m e   t o   d o   n o t h i n g
This is one I am not always the best at, but am definitely trying to improve on! The past two weekends we had weddings, both of which I was day of coordinating. Since I knew they'd be crazy busy and tiring, I made sure the rest of our weekend was extremely low key and relaxing. We did this both weekends and I have to say it was beyond amazing. I will definitely be more mindful of this and make it a regular thing.

n e v e r   s t o p   w r i t i n g   l i s t s
I actually would not be able to live my life without lists! It's probably one of my favourite activities (hahaha) But, for real - #listlove, I've got a notebook for my daily/weekly to-do lists and such, one for work, one for wedding planning & a few more here and there and in between. I most definitely wouldn't be nearly as organized as I am without all my lists!

July 12, 2017

(tiny) patio makeover

Hello & Happy Wednesday! We made it half way through the week (and what a week it has been!) I couldn't be happier to be at home snuggled on the couch watching movie (Perks Of Being a Wallflower) WHY is this the saddest movie ever?

I wanted to share some photo's of our recent patio makeover! It was one of the bigger projects we wanted to complete after we bought our house. Believe or not, this is considered a pretty decent sized patio for Toronto standards. 

Pete and I love hosting as I'm sure you've gathered by now. We wanted a perfect little spot where we could sit out back with a drink, a book, a coffee or just each other and enjoy some outdoor time!

Pete worked with my awesome Step-Dad Blair to make this custom bench and table with us. Since we didn't have a lot of space to work with we measured it up and did a sketch of what we pictured. I am legit over-the-moon excited with how it turned out, and Pete and I are LOVING spending time out there and having friends & family over. Now if we'd stop getting all of this rain, hopefully we will spend even more time for the remainder of the Summer. Below are some photo's I snapped:

//  B        E         F        O        R         E
// A         F         T         E         R

July 9, 2017

life, lately [ a summer update ]

// Happy Sunday! ♥ Long time, no talk (or write!) I do feel like there's so much to say and so much that has happened so I will do my best to fill y'all in

- Summer is hereeee! It's been a weird, very rainy one but it's here. & before we know it, it'll be gone! We've pretty much got plans for every weekend for the rest of the Summer and lots to look forward to.

- Weddings, weddings, weddings! You may of remembered me blogging about it a few months back, but I've got a little #sidehustle going on :) -- day-of wedding coordinating! I had my first one one Friday (+ it also happened to be my good pals' wedding) it was just lovely and it felt good to get my first one under my belt. Wedding #2 is happening next Saturday!

- Work is wonderful. I am now now five months into my new job and am just loving it so much. I feel so lucky to be there and to do something I truly love (plan events + make people happy!) It's been busy, but really fun, challenging, and rewarding. I'm so happy!

- Our home is really feeling like home. It has for a while now, but revamping our patio was the icing on the cake and looks sooooo good (I am going to do some before & after photos in a post soon) We've still got some things to do here and there, but things are really coming together and we're loving it (did I mention it's a five minute walk from work?) Our next big project is doing some work to the bedroom to make it as pretty as the rest of the house.

- Wedded bliss! It's been over a year since Pete and I got married, and over NINE of us being together, and I just can't help but gush over him still. We spent the last two days relaxing (actually though), snuggling, walking, adventuring, cleaning, starting to plan our next trip (!!), and just having the best time. I am just so lucky to do life with someone so amazing.

- Catch me on Instagrammm if you want some more constant dedicated life updates :) - I hated stories at first and now I really love doing them. If you don't follow me then let's bee besties + make it happen @heyjulesxo - it's just so much easier to share little bits and pieces there.

& if you still read this little ol' blog, then thank you for not giving up on me! I will still be updating when I can and hopefully more often than I have been lately! I'm not going to lie, it is always on at least one of my "to-do-lists" hehe


June 25, 2017

hello summer! + to-do list!

Oh hello there strangers! Happy Sunday (+ Happy Prideeeeee!)

So I just realized it's been 20 days since my last blog post, oh my! Well I guess I don't need to explain that the past few months have been insanely busy (but just wonderful) and it's finally Summer. Feels like it's taking forever in Toronto this year. So here we are, a few days into Summer and it's already been justtttt amazing. I've been putting this list together for a few months and will probably keep adding to it, I've actually already done a few of them but wanted to share!

Hopefully I can squeeze in some more blogging this Summer too! 

The Hey Jules Summer To-Do List!:

  • bike to sugar beach
  • revamp our patio
  • go to the leslieville flea
  • host an awesome canada 150 bash
  • get a new cute bike
  • learn to bbq delicious food
  • go to cherry beach
  • celebrate toronto pride
  • try out a new spot for patio drinks
  • bike rides & baseball at christie pits
  • read 3 books
  • make delicious sangria
  • try a new fitness class
  • have a picnic in the park
  • re-watch stranger things (probs on rainy days)
  • get fresh goodies from a farmer's market
  • go to the toronto flower market
  • go to a outdoor concert
  • try meditating outside
  • do a diy project for our house
  • go to a new fitness class
  • make a delicious fruit based dessert

June 5, 2017

cute toronto - baddies

b   a   d   d   i   e   s       ///
For our first wedding anniversary Pete and I made a list of fun things to do in Toronto and were off on some great adventures! We had lots of things on our list and almost completed every single thing! One thing on our list was to check out a really awesome brunch spot/cafe in the west end called Baddies.

It's beautifully crisp and white inside. The decor is perfect and most definitely a dream as far as pretty photo's go. Marble table tops, ashy tones, lovely wallpaper and stadium style benches in one part of the cafe. The menu is small and simple, but awesome. I had the smashed avocado toast with egg and Pete had a breakfast sandwich. Our food was SO good! Absolutely delicious. After our food we enjoyed two of the most glorious cappuccino's you ever did see.

I was excited to bust out my DSLR for the first time in a while! Excited to (try) and get back into the whole blogging thing and really make some more time for this here lil' baby.

Toronto pals, or anyone visiting - you should definitely check out Baddies when you're here. They're open Monday - Saturday 8am-4pm.  -- 679 Landsdowne Ave is the address, and for a little more love + inspiration follow them on Instagram @baddies.caf but for now, enjoy some of my  snaps! ♥