A Tour on HMCS Haida

Our nerdy selves finally made it to Hamilton Ontario to take a tour on the HMCS Haida. It was just about the coolest tour possible. It is a floating piece of history that everyone should board at some point.

A National Historic Site, run by Parks Canada check out the website HMCS Haida

If you have the Parks Canada pass for the 150 celebration, it was free admissions on Sunday, which was a bit of a surprise for us. It is well worth the entrance fee if you don’t have the pass!

What sets this apart from other naval sites, you can tour all aspects of the boat, including where the sailors would eat, sleep, work, and fight.

Your child should definitely get a workbook, not only is it engaging and fun, but the kids get a little prize at the end of it!

Of course, my son’s favourite part of the experience, was going deep into the belly of the ship, and checking out the Engine room, where there was a lovely retired Engineer who explained how the system worked.

My inner nerd moment was checking out the communications room.


Capsule Wardrobe

OMG, I did it, I paired down my wardrobe to almost nothing…

For a couple of years, I have researched, checked out other blogs, and hummed and hawed about getting rid of half my wardrobe, but I was terrified. For 2 years, I cried every time I had to get dressed up, I felt horrible in 99% of my things, I was holding onto clothes that no longer fit me, but somehow, I thought I would, eventually.

Here is where I remained stuck, and unhappy. I had too many clothes, the majority of them didn’t fit, and were the wrong colour for me. After having a baby, I somehow lost all sense of style, so I got into a habit of buying cheap, ill-fitting clothes and lots of them. I did not know how to dress for my body, or my new life outside of an office. As I have become healthier, mentally and physically, my mentality began to switch.

As we were going through our house, and chucking things that we were holding onto, the lighter and clearer my mind became. I was happy, and no longer wed to holding onto things.

One day, I had an epiphany, and I went with it. The daunting task of going through each and ever item became easier.

  1. I started with a base colour. Most people choose black, which was always my default, but to be honest, depending on the dyes, black is a really hard colour to keep, and can look cheap. So, I decided to opt for navy. It is not only classic, but looks fantastic on me, so it was a no brainer. I got rid of every last black item (accept my black workout wear, there was just no point). This process actually made things way easier, as the navy blue stuff in my wardrobe was actually the more expensive pieces I love.

2. I was then left, with 2 pairs of jeans, 4 tops, and 2 pairs of shorts. Not exactly the biggest wardrobe. but dang, it looks so pretty to open a wardrobe, and everything fits, looks lovely, and can mix and match.

3. I then went to Ikea, and bought all new hangers. I bought the wood one’s, which not only look nice, but separates each item evenly so it is easy to see.

4. I then took all, and I mean, all, of my shoe collection out of their shoeboxes. Which was probably the most emotional task I have ever done. I decided that if I didn’t start actually wearing them, they weren’t worth keeping. Keeping them out of the shoeboxes, means I know what I have, and can just pull whatever shoe I want out at any time.

I still have some work to do, and holes in my wardrobe, which I will start documenting, but honestly, I have had no headaches, and dressing up has been a blast.

What does your wardrobe look like?

Dip Kid